Thursday, May 31, 2012

Interview with Michelle Lovitt & Giveaway!

Hey guys,

I'm so excited for this post, as I have a little treat for you today! :)

I recently did an interview with {Michelle Lovitt}, fitness expert and personal trainer to some of the hottest celebrities. Michelle is SO cool, and I got to talk with her about all kinds of stuff - from eating healthy on-the-go to staying in shape for summer. She has such great tips, I'm sharing them with you today, along with a giveaway, so stay tuned until the end!


SC&P: First off, I want to know how you stay in shape! 

ML: "I work out with my clients. The majority of my clients have gyms in their homes, but because LA has such nice weather most of the time, they like to go outside. My clients like to do cardio via hiking and mountain biking. Personally, I like to take yoga classes - they keep me centered and help me with stretching."

SC&P: You've worked with a lot of celebrities (Courteney Cox, Julianne Moore, and Mary-Louise Parker, to name a few!). Who has been your favorite to work with?

ML: "I have a lot of favorite celebrities, but one of my best friends is Lauren Graham. She's like my sister. She was originally going to have Julian Michaels as her trainer, but Lauren doesn't respond well to having someone yell at her. The one thing that made a difference in Lauren was that she had never trained with a heart rate monitor. She'll be a friend for life. She's the girl next door, she's a blast. I always block out a lot of time because we'll go and do two and a half hour workouts."

SC&P: What kinds of workouts do you and Lauren do together?

ML: "We do everything! She has a gym at her house and we do workouts with weights, bands, balls. We go mountain biking and hike a lot. We're also trying to get back into horseback riding as well. You don't have to go to the gym to be fit."

SC&P: You have an insanely busy lifestyle. How do you eat healthy while you're on-the-go? 

ML: "For me, it's all about preparation. I always have raw cashews and almonds with me. I have a little cooler I keep in my car with hard boiled eggs. In order to maintain my energy level, I try to eat every three to four hours, whether it's a chicken breast or an apple with almond butter.  I don't like to get to the point where you're beyond hunger and you'll eat whatever comes your way."

SC&P: What's your favorite healthy snack right now? 

ML: "I'm in love with Greek yogurt! I always ask what's going to make Greek yogurt taste really good? I mix a half teaspoon of maple syrup in with my yogurt and add in chia seeds. Oh my Lord, you can put them in anything and it's all fiber! It's the new hot thing that people are adding to food.... But back to the yogurt bowl. I add in berries and mix it in a bowl. it's perfect when you're craving something sweet, and it's all natural."

SC&P: What do you think about having dessert? Because I love dessert, and it's hard for me to give up! 

ML: "I have a sweet tooth, and if you deprive yourself of anything you're only going to want it more. I will have a piece of dark chocolate, but it has to be above 70% dark. Cacoa should be the first ingredient. It's not baking chocolate, and it doesn't taste bitter. One or two bars will always take away my craving for sweets. I also like red wine! If I'm craving chocolate, I'll have a glass of red wine. I say it's everything in moderation." 

Michelle is also an ambassador for Zobha, the super chic workout line that offers workout and yoga wear, and even a maternity collection. Zobha carries cute workout clothes that are pretty enough to take you from the gym to the grocery store, to shopping and lunch with a friend.

The best part is that I'm hosting a giveaway with Zobha!

One lucky reader at Southern Curls & Pearls will have the opportunity to pick out any one item (under $70) from Zobha's collection.

I even had the chance to try out some of their products, and I chose the following:

{Y-back Bra} & {Nirvana Skort}

I wore both the other day for a Jazzercise class with my mom (with a shirt, of course!) and LOVE both of them. The sports bra is one of the most comfortable I've ever worn, and has a built-in liner that offers more support than anything I own. The skirt is also adorable, and I love how you can see the green shorts peeking through the side. A tip: order a size up from what you'd normally wear! I'm normally a zero, and I ordered both in a size 2. While the bra fit perfectly, I wish I had ordered a size up in the skort - it's just a teeeensy bit tight! But other than that, I love both and am super, super impressed with the quality.

 {Unflattering mirror pic... but you get the idea!}

It's so hard to narrow down my favorites. Here's a few more:

{Amelia Tank}{Ruched Capri}

How to Enter:

Mandatory:
You must be a follower of Southern Curls & Pearls via google reader and...
you must check out Zobha's website, and tell me your favorite item in the comments!

For extra entries:
{1 additional entry} Tweet about the giveaway
{1 additional entry} Blog about the giveaway

That leaves the possibility for three entries! Please leave each entry in a separate comment. The giveaway will close Wednesday, June 6th at 11 p.m. E.S.T.

Good luck!!! :)
Love, Cait

30 comments:

  1. Such a fun interview! And definitely going to have to try those seeds!

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  2. I love the plain straight leg capris and the different colors everything comes in. I also like that skort.

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  3. How cool to interview her! Great interview! You know I follow and hmmmm..my two favorites are the compression pants and the nirvana skort!

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  4. That's awesome that you got to interview such a big name - congrats! I'd go with the compression capri bottoms - I didn't really know that compression has all those benefits and I could use them all with running!

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  5. I'm a follower and I would choose the Tiffany Tank.

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  6. Great interview, thank you for sharing with us! I think I'm going to add some chia seeds to my breakfast this morning. I would go for the Paige Tank... love the colors and fit looks great!

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  7. This is perfect since I'm trying to use the summer to be super healthy and get ready for basic!I love the grace V tank and the nirvana skort is a close second (Both because of their femininity; a woman doesn't have to be manly to be strong.)

    P.S. Thank you for this interview. I might have been fighting my mom about Chia seeds, but now that I know how to eat them, I will actually start.

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  8. Also just tweeted about it! :) https://twitter.com/#!/veronicaaabry

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  9. Fabulous interview. So proud of you. Way to go. OK. Mama needs some clothes so I would love to win this. I like the capris.

    I am tweeting this for you.

    Two entries for me.

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  10. Here is the tweet.
    https://twitter.com/Hinessightblog/status/208567415540416512

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  11. love the straight leg capris! i could definitely use a pair for my power yoga classes...

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  12. What a cute post! And I you look adorable in what you picked! My favorite item is definitely the Nirvana skort that you picked :)

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  13. Awesome interview. I've been curious about chia seeds, and I'll definitely have to try them.

    I'm a follower, and my favorite item is the Tiffany tank. So unique!

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  14. Great interview, how fun! You look great...I don't think my post-baby body will ever get back there. I can try though. I'm a follower and I actually like the low impact halter. When I run, I keep my arms close to my body and actually get a rash on the back of my arm from rubbing against the tanks. I've never thought about it, but a halter might actually help curb that issue!

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  15. Love the Y-Back Bra. I always look forward to your posts. They are so fun and inspiring!

    Check out my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/MeganTurner211

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  16. Great interview! I follow, of course, and my favorite item would probably be the hot shorts!

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  17. So hard to choose, but I love the compression capris!!
    Posted at: http://clp614.tumblr.com/#24260672011

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  18. I'm a follower and I'm loving the racer capris!

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  19. I tweeted about it too :) https://twitter.com/rundreamcook/status/208940146513555456

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  20. I am a follow.

    My favorite item is the Tiffany Tank in pink and black. So super cute!

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  21. I'm a follower!

    My favorite item is the sports bra that you are wearing because girl, I'm in desperate need of a new one.

    I also love the Paige tank.

    Fingers crossed!

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  22. I'm a follower. I really like the straight leg capris and the amelia tank.

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  23. I tweeted too!

    https://twitter.com/#!/LindseyRenee01

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  24. I'm a follower (of course) and I love the Tiffany tank!

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  25. First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog because it led me to your ADORABLE blog!! New follower! Secondly, this interview was fab! I need to print this out to remind me of her tips!!! My favorite item(s) are any of the sports bras!! I could definitely use a new one in my life! ;) Fingers crossed that I win! Cheers to new friends!!
    xo,
    Shanna

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  26. i like the braided tank! great giveaway!

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  27. I own the Cozy Hoodie, and I LOVE it! It's great for a run during the fall months or just snuggling up on the couch!

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  28. I've wanted a running skirt for so long, I love the Nirvana skort!

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  29. I am a follower and love the Julia tank. So cute!!

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