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LLScene’s Favorite Cosmetic Procedures for Younger Clients

*This information represents the opinions of Lindsey Swing and Lilly Robbins. They are reviews, and are not intended to diagnose or treat. Always consult a doctor and do your research before deciding to get any medical procedure. 


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We’re getting up close and personal with bocamag.com today, so buckle up.

As two 20-somethings quickly approaching 30, we’re committed to doing anything and everything it takes to remain looking young. You may think we’re crazy, but no matter what age you are, you will benefit from our post today. Growing up, we could eat whatever we wanted, drink whatever we wanted and bounce back in a matter of days. As we grow older, we’re starting to see the dreaded effects of all that “catching up with us” as that “bounce back” becomes a little slower each time.

LLScene girls Lilly Robbins and Lindsey Swing.

LLScene girls Lilly Robbins and Lindsey Swing.

It’s no secret. We are very open with sharing our tricks of the trade when it comes to anti-aging and beauty.

What do you do when you’re looking for a quick fix? You book an appointment with your trusted cosmetologist. In this case, our approach to cosmetic procedures begins and ends with Dr. Mylissa Graber from Dr. Mylissa’s Medical Boutique in Delray Beach.

Lucky for us, we’ve never had to go anywhere but Dr. Mylissa’s Medical Boutique. She has never steered us wrong or given us a treatment that we didn’t need. In fact, she had to tell Lindsey that she wouldn’t give her lip injections at one point because she thought she was doing too much.

Lindsey Swing

Lindsey Swing

What makes Dr. Graber different than some of the other doctors in the area? She is a board-certified emergency physician and has been practicing for more than 15 years, and she knows exactly what to do to ensure you leave her office with a naturally enhanced look.

You may be saying to yourself, “They’re not even 30. Why are they getting Botox and starting so early in life?”  We’re glad you asked. If you don’t start now it will just be that much harder to “bounce back” in the future. We decided to take the leap into the world of Botox and fillers when we noticed our makeup and foundation cracking and crinkling into our fine lines. The earlier you start getting Botox, the easier it will be to maintain when you get older, in some cases. There will be NO fine lines and wrinkles on these #SceneGirls ever again.

Lilly Robbins

Lilly Robbins

In order to ensure you get the most out of your Botox treatments, it is recommended that you go every three months. We waited a little longer than that and honestly saw a big difference, so it was a little like Christmas morning. There won’t be a line or crease to be seen or heard from again (well … at least for another three months). Our makeup goes on smoothly, without a dreaded crack or imperfection from our foundation. Ladies, you know what we’re talking about.

There are a million businesses out there claiming to bring you the fountain of youth through their groundbreaking procedures, but you should be very careful when choosing the right cosmetologist, aesthetician or plastic surgeon for you. We recommend Dr. Mylissa Graber to everyone we know because we’ve never had to go anywhere else, but we’re also “in the know” and well educated on the other medical spas that provide a wonderful experience with the same results. Here are some of the other LLScene-approved cosmetologists, aestheticians and medical spas and we recommend in the area.

Dr. Mylissa’s Medical Boutique

1441 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach; 561/ 330-9444

ABOUT

Dr. Mylissa

A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Graber (MD, FACP) has 15 years of emergency medicine experience. She is also talented in medical beauty treatments and is a compassionate physician to her patients.

NOTEWORTHY SERVICES

Botox

Dermal Fillers

Exilis Body Contouring

B-12 Injections

Hydrafacials

IPL Photo Facials

Tattoo Removal

*Mention LLScene for special discounts!

DelRaydiance

15340 Jog Road, suite 202 Delray Beach; 561/501-3177

ABOUT

Dominique

DelRaydiance was founded in 2016 by Domenique Massari, who holds a Masters of Health Science and is a Certified Physicians Assiants. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida. Massari focuses on cosmetic medicine and offers a wide variety of treatments, and she is especially knowledgeable about PRP injections. She expands her cosmetic and mecial knowledge by attending medical training conferences.

NOTEWORTHY SERVICES

Botox & Dysport

Dermal Fillers

Micro-Needling

Hair Loss

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Allure Aesthetics

4700 NW 2nd Ave., suite 103 Boca Raton; 561/409-279

ABOUT

Heather Allure

Heather Schwartzmann, MPAS, PA-C, is the owner and practitioner at Allure Aesthetics. She earned a Master’s degree in Medical Science from Keiser University and is passionate about performing cosmetic procedures to improve people’s self -confidence. She is especially adept at injections, taking the time to determine the right products for the right person and issue at hand.

NOTEWORTHY SERVICES

Botox & Dyspot

Fillers

Laser Facials

Chemical Peels

Laser Hair Removal

Double Chin/Saggy Chin

Boca Med Spa

600 S. Dixie Highway, suite 105 Boca Raton; 561/447-2240

ABOUT

Monica Tittsworth is the founder of Boca Med Soa. She is a licensed aesthetician and a Certified Medical Electrolysis, and Laser Specialist. She has worked in aesthetics for over 10 years with top dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Her business philosophy is based on combining her heart, mind and hands to achieve the best results.

NOTEWORTHY SERVICES

Infrared Skin Tightening

Chemical Peels

Dermaplaning

Permanent Makeup

Skin Tag Removal

Lipo Cavitation


If you’re not ready to take the plunge into the world of cosmetic fillers and Botox, that’s fine! Each and every one of these medical spas offers an array of other treatments customized to your everyday needs. At the end of the day, what’s important is how you feel about yourself.

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Bridesmaid for Hire: Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride Takes on New Meaning

This is an extended story from our May/June issue. For more content like this subscribe to the magazine


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One Boca native turns chaos into opportunity

Written by Allison Lewis

 

The idiom “always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” couldn’t be truer for Boca Raton native Jennifer Glantz. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Glantz lived with her parents in Boca while trying to find a job, finally landing at a PR firm in New York City.

“I am this person who loves to function under chaos,” Glantz said. “I had to create my own opportunity. I wasn’t satisfied sitting at a desk all day.”

It was during this time that Glantz found herself attending wave after wave of her young friends’ weddings back in South Florida.

“That’s when I saw at weddings people are extremely stressed out. They’re unhappy; they have so much emotion attached to the day. There was really nobody there to manage the emotion, manage the stress,” she said.

At her roommate’s half-joking suggestion that Glantz was a “professional bridesmaid,” a light bulb went off. A few nights later, Glantz posted an ad for herself on Craig’s List as a for-hire bridesmaid. The ad went viral, and Glantz received a stunning amount of responses. Her now two-and-a-half-year-old business, Bridesmaid for Hire, was born.

“I have this bizarre love for strangers and helping strangers through difficult times … The strength behind the idea was, ‘Let me be there to troubleshoot your wedding when things go wrong, because I know they will, and I’ve seen first-hand how they will.”

Today, Glantz gets hundreds of requests from brides that want to hire her. But she selects clients carefully.

“I am really picky based on what their [the bride’s] needs are, what they really want a bridesmaid for hire for…I want to make sure their story matches the morals of my business and that our personalities match as well because we do work together many months before the wedding.”

Glantz does almost anything imaginable for her clients. She writes toasts, plays therapist, assists with makeup, hair, shoes and dressing, calms parents, runs errands, coordinates with wait staff, makes sure the bride eats at the reception, and she can DJ last-minute if necessary (yes, this has happened). She has seen and dealt with every possible situation that one could think of and more. At a wedding in August, the scenario almost took the cake.

“Five minutes before [the wedding], the bride pulled me into a room, locked the door and tells me that she hates the groom and doesn’t want to get married. My whole body went into shock, and I realized this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever dealt with on the job. I had to really think on my toes to figure out how to help her in that situation,” Glantz said.

She ended up pulling the bride and groom into a room for 10 minutes and letting them talk. When time was up, Glantz asked for a decision. The pair ended up walking down the isle with an understanding that they had problems to fix.

When it comes to weddings, Glantz said, “… the best thing you can remind yourself is that things are going to go wrong. Problems are going to happen. Your job is to get through the day and make it what it’s going to be. It’s not going to be perfect.”

This is where Glantz’s business comes into play. “My job is to get people to not be so stressed out and just enjoy the moment that they’re given at that time,” she said.

These days the New York-based business is taking off; she’s had more than 13,000 women apply to work for her in the past two and a half years and created a training program for women who want to start their own professional bridesmaid or wedding business.

When she isn’t attending weddings or speaking engagements, Glantz finds time to write. Her first book All My Friends Are Engaged was published in 2015. She released her second book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) on February 7, 2017. It’s an open, honest and comical retelling of her life and business.

“I wanted to write about … the struggles: the mistakes I made, the heartbreaks I had, to let people know they could relate to this adventure, they could relate to this journey,” Glantz said. “I wanted to be honest about my past to where I am now and prove to people that it really wasn’t easy but it’s doable as long as you don’t give up.”

 

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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LLScene’s Guide to a Delicious, Beautiful and Calming Easter Holiday

Still not sure what your plans are this Easter? Well, we’re here with Boca Mag to ensure your have a #SceneWorthy Easter in South Florida this year. Your trusted #SceneGirls are back and sharing our favorite Easter brunch, beauty and fashion spots to prepare you for one of our favorite holidays.

Easter Brunch

The Addison

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The Addison on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re looking to truly remain #OnTheScene this Easter, you’ll want to make reservations at The Addison for Easter brunch. The buffet is to die for, the mimosas are flowing and there are more than enough photo opportunities and backdrops to take advantage of. It’s also a great place to take the kids because the Easter bunny will be there making his rounds. What more do you need in an Easter Brunch?

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Reservations: (561) 372-0568

2 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

What to wear?

One of the first questions we ask when planning for a holiday, is “what are we going to wear?” Lucky you for, we have done our research and know all of the local boutiques carrying the hottest spring trends. Easter is the time of year when you can really start to take advantage of spring to summer style and pastels—lots and lots of pastels. How you should dress depends on how you plan on spend your Easter Sunday. Floral maxi dresses and rompers are always our go-tos. Gone are the days of the traditional Easter bonnet and stuffy uncomfortable dress. Although, wouldn’t an updated Easter bonnet be kind of adorable for us 20 somethings? These boutiques always carry our favorite looks, but have really stepped it up for the spring season.

Apricot Lane

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Locations:

Delray Marketplace, 9169 W Atlantic Ave #120, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4419 Lyons Rd #103c, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

COMING SOON The Mall at Wellington Green 10300 Forest Hill Blvd Suite 2000, Wellington, FL 33414

LoveRich Boutique

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2 NE 5th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Lucky for you, LoveRich Boutique is celebrating its 3-year anniversary next week with all kinds of giveaways and sales! On April 13, from 5p.m. to 8p.m. VIP members and family and friends will receive 25 percent off the entire store!

Bella Boutique

One-half of the LLScene duo, Lindsey Swing.

One-half of the LLScene duo, Lindsey Swing.

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Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Cir Suite #230, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Beauty before brunch

Cloud IX Salon

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Our favorite new salon, Cloud IX can help you look your best on Easter Sunday. This adorable location can elevate your look in more ways than one; not only is Cloud IX a full service salon, but it also provides lash extensions! In our opinion, there’s nothing better than going to a salon that can meet all of your beauty needs in one place.

7901 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33446

(561) 562-8389

Think outside the basket…

Deelishables

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Surprise your little ones with customized Easter treats by Deelishables, a local company that specializes in the “edible selfie”. Yes, you read that right. It produces personalized photo cookies, pretzel rods, chocolate covered oreos, strawberries and so much more. Whether you’re planning on taking your Easter basket to the next level or need favors to give your guests after your famous Easter brunch, Deelishables can do it all for you. Have your face and eat it too, because when it comes to Easter baskets, Peeps are so yesterday.

(754) 444-2611

Chill out

Seven Elements Spa

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Stress is inevitable when planning for the holidays. This week/weekend, take a moment for yourself and combat that stress by visiting one of our favorite spas in Boca Raton, Seven Elements. Seven Elements is located in the heart of Downtown Boca and provides an all-natural and relaxing experience through its Reflexology and massage treatments. Thanks to Seven Elements all-natural essential oils line, we’ve recently started to dabble in the world of aromatherapy and couldn’t be happier. These oils can be purchased in the spa or used during treatments. Check out the spa’s amazing April specials going on right now.

64 S Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432

(561) 757-6211

By now you should be fully up to date on everything you need to know in order to have a #SceneWorthy Easter Sunday. We’ve covered where to go, what to wear, where to glam, how to relax and how to take those Easter baskets to the next level.

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Three Gorgeous, Versatile Styles to Wear All Spring

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Lilly Robbins and Lindsey Swing (our LLScene girls!)

It’s officially March, which means it’s officially acceptable to wear your favorite spring colors and pastels. As much as we love fall/winter fashion, spring is easier for us South Floridians to identify with.

In today’s post we’re spotlighting our favorite spring looks of the season, beauty trends to look out for and where you can find them in South Florida.

Let’s start with the “Spring Pantone Colors” of 2017.

These are the colors you’ll want to implement into your wardrobe.

Pantone Colors

The easiest way to translate these to your look is through nail polish.

Pantone Polish Colors

(Top Row Left to Right) Opi Fiji Super Trop-I-Cal-Fiji-Istic, Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine, Essie Butler Please, OPI Modern Girl, Deborah Lippmann Splish Splash

(Bottom Row – Left to Right) Essie Baby’s Breath, OPI I’m Soooo Swamped, Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets, Essie Pretty Edgy, Essie All Eyes on Nudes

All brands & colors can be found at

GBS Beauty 21306 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33468

Seaside Stripes

Channel your inner cabana girl and channel that Nantucket awning into your South Florida style. Grab the girls for a lunch by the beach when rocking this look.

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Cold Shoulder Cutouts

A cold shoulder allows you to show a little skin without revealing too much. We envision this outfit making it’s mark during a breezy Sunday brunch on Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach.

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Garden Party

Who doesn’t love floral? Lucky for you, you will start to notice floral popping up in all of your favorite local boutiques. Spring has sprung with these garden party looks!

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For more Boca style, visit our Fashion & Wellness page, and subscribe to the magazine for fashion trends and style ideas. 

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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When Your Boca Kid Has a Better Spring Wardrobe Than You

Looking at photos I took of my daughter the other day, I can no longer deny she may be 3. But she is 3 going on 16. I’m equal parts floored and terrified of the clear vision I now have of her as a teenage girl. A teenage girl in Boca Raton, no less. Pray for me.

HavenGirl Mermaid Tunic $40 at JoBella Girls Boutique

HavenGirl Mermaid Tunic – $40 at JoBella Girls Boutique.

Last week, we spent the afternoon at JoBella Girls Boutique

in West Boca to learn about all of the new spring 2017 fashion trends for girls. It didn’t take much convincing to get my little fashionista to model some of the trendier looks in the store.

You see in Boca, fashion for kids is a “thing.” I work at a local private school and host ‘Mommy & Me’ classes, so I see it firsthand. But it’s getting to the point where my child is beginning to have a better wardrobe than I do! How did that happen? I can guarantee you that my mother wasn’t putting much thought into what clothes she purchased for me and my sister during our weekly trips to K-mart in 1987.

Mayoral Chic Denim Combo Dress Light Blue $57 at JoBella Girls Boutique

Mayoral Chic Denim Combo Dress Light Blue – $57 at JoBella Girls Boutique.

In my pre-Boca mom life, I read all the fashion magazines, researched trends and carefully sourced the “necessary” staples and accessories to make sure I was on point each season. Clearly I had more time (and money) on my hands back then. And now, I still make an effort to put myself together when I’m not wearing yoga pants. Even if it doesn’t always work out perfectly, I just don’t have the time to care that much.

But this is Boca. Our kids are walking talking, representations of how we’re doing as moms. We are challenged by them and win and lose every day. I guess in the end, at least we can control whether our kids look the part. And they look good…

Tutu Dumonde California Dreaming Tutu Dress in California Orchid $168 at JoBella Girls Boutique.

Tutu Dumonde California Dreaming Tutu Dress in California Orchid – $168 at JoBella Girls Boutique.


Visit www.modernbocamom.com for even more kids fashion news! And be sure to subscribe to Modern Boca Mom’s weekly e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/mbmsubscribe

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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Free Yoga This Weekend at Delray Marketplace Amphitheater

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Local yoga instructor and physical therapist Bea Gruman will be teaching a free yoga class at the Delray Marketplace Amphitheater, at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

The event, called Yoga in the Park, is for all levels of yoga experience. People only need to bring a mat and towel.

While the class is free, any donations made at the event will go to support Lynn Cancer Institute and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The inspiration for the event came from a local network of teens, called Teens of Pink Ribbon. Teens of Pink Ribbon was founded in 2014 by Fern Duberman, a Boca Raton resident, professional interior designer and cancer awareness advocate. The group has evolved into a growing network of local teens and adults committed to wellness, education and fundraising, according to Duberman.

“[Teens of Pink Ribbon] is dedicated to advancing awareness and education about cancer, genetics, lifestyle choices, prevention, treatments and technological innovations [for] teens and adults, as well as fundraising to support local medical facilities and resources,” Duberman says. “This specific event was created by the teens, and Delray Marketplace went along with the idea and donated the space!”

Boca Raton resident and yoga instructor Katherine Karageorges Sharp, who is a cancer survivor, will close Yoga in the Park with meditation.

“My yoga practice really brought me to my meditation practice,” Sharp tells Bocamag.com. “Since beginning a regular meditation practice, I feel happier, lighter and more grounded. I am less reactive to external events—things I cannot control.”


Gruman teaches yoga at Synergy Fitness Boca, Life Time Athletic and Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

For more information about Teens of Pink Ribbon, go to: http://www.teensofpinkribbon.org/. For more about Yoga in the Park, email Duberman at fduberman@aol.com.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Anti-Bullying Martial Arts Class Free for Local Kids

Bullying is a scary thought for kids, parents and grandparents. I know that, as a grandparent, I’d like to do something to help my grandson feel less vulnerable and more empowered in school.

Well, here’s an idea. And it’s free.

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The Institute of Human Performance (IHP) is offering a free anti-bullying class, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. to noon, with Danillo “INDIO” Villefort, a professional mixed martial artist, world-class judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

The class is designed to empower children, ages 5 years and older, by combining self-defense skills, self-awareness and self-confidence, Villefort says.

Villefort doesn’t teach these classes because he was bullied when he was a kid. He does it because he was the bully.

“It’s something that makes me feel really ashamed.” Villefort says. “That’s why I teach kids how to protect themselves. It’s the very [least] I can do. My real mission is to create bully awareness and turn a bully into a shepherd.”

There’s more to the February 25 class at IHP. Instead of sitting around and waiting for their kids to finish the program, parents who attend can work out with an IHP trainer for free. IHP performance coach Marc Saint-Preux is offering a free functional training class to keep parents fit, while their children learn to bully-proof their lives.

To register for the free class, call Villefort at 954/290-1376 or IHP at 561/620-9556. To learn more about Villefort, go to IndioMMA.com.

IHP is at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Fashion Ideas for the Honda Classic and Where to Get The Looks

Our fashion sense is anything but preppy at LLScene, so when we bought tickets to the Honda Classic for the #SceneBoys, we immediately started to think about what we were going to wear. Should we channel our inner “country club chic” or go the “athleisure” route? We contemplated these two looks a little longer than we should have, but after asking around and doing a little research, we’ve decided it’s best to stick with the “effortless style” look.

What does “effortless style” mean? Well, it’s basically everything you’ve ever wanted in one outfit. It exemplifies an effortless, yet stylish complement to your everyday look. A big misconception about the style at the Honda Classic is that you HAVE to dress up in wedges or something fancy, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. There’s a lot of walking and moving around on grass, so heels and wedges are unnecessary and out of the question. Don’t look like you’re trying too hard ladies. Here are some examples of what we mean.

Apricot Lane, Delray Beach

Delray Marketplace, 9169 W Atlantic Ave #120, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4419 Lyons Rd #103c, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

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Bella Boutique Boca

Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Cir Suite #230, Boca Raton, FL 33486

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Alene Too

Woodfield Plaza, 3013 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434

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We hope this post prepares you for one of the biggest social golf tournaments of the year!

 

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Delray Gym ‘Beyond Fitness’ Fighting Parkinson’s with Punches

The gym offers fitness classes for kids with disabilities and adults with Parkinson’s. 

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

I get lots of press releases about how to get fit in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but this news was something I hadn’t yet seen.

Beyond Fitness, a Delray Beach-based gym that focuses on fitness for seniors, began offering fitness classes specifically for kids with disabilities, including those with Autism, as well as classes for adults with Parkinson’s disease.

“We opened in mid-September, and originally we were focused on seniors only, then realized that the community needed other classes that we could offer” says Colleen Greenhalgh, Beyond Fitness’s owner and head trainer, and Delray Beach resident. “We want to be a place that offers something for everyone, and it’s always changing to meet the needs of the community.”

Greenhalgh has worked with people with special fitness needs, including children on the Autism spectrum or with Down syndrome, as well as with adults suffering from the progressive nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s.

Greenhalgh, 36, started working with seniors 13 years ago and loved it.

“It wasn’t until I went to Indianapolis to get certified in Rock Steady Boxing that I got into the boxing component with Parkinson’s. After leaving the training, I knew I wanted to have that class at our gym,” she says.

Rock Steady Boxing is a boxing exercise format that trainers use to reduce, reverse and delay symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to its website.

“Ever since then, I have taken certification after certification to learn as much as I can about the clients that I am working with,” she says. “I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and someone that made a difference in the world.”

Greenhalgh says Beyond Fitness aims to offer safe, challenging, fun, joyful classes, which offer an element of mindfulness. That’s regardless of one’s ability.

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Included in the current lineup of classes for kids with disabilities, participants will also learn to dance. A class starting later in the month will be a mix of strength, cardio, yoga and meditation. The cost is $130 for 10 weeks of once-a-week classes.

For those with Parkinson’s, The Rock Steady Boxing class starts with participants introducing themselves, which creates connections and a family feel, Greenhalgh says.

“We do a warm-up with movements in all directions, balance exercises, strength exercises and coordination. We add some shadow boxing so they are ready for the combinations on the heavy bags …,” Greenhalgh says. “We then do some speed bags, which is coordination. [That] helps them stand up straight, and it just makes them feel good. We then go to heavy bags or focus mitts to work on strength, cardio, memory and coordination.”

Greenhalgh says people in the boxing class emerge more able to move and feel hopeful that they can do something about slowing down a disease with no cure. They have more energy, a support group, better balance, coordination and strength.

“We even have some doctors asking our members ‘What are you doing?’ and they [members] are saying ‘Coming to our gym and boxing,”’ she says.

All the trainers at Beyond Fitness have experience working with the populations they teach. The trainers also have big hearts and love what they do, Greenhalgh says.

In addition to her work with seniors, Greenhalgh worked in various positions, including fitness training, at country clubs for 13 years.

“I loved my last job and loved the members, but I couldn’t ignore this feeling inside. So after one night when I was meditating I began to cry and then found myself in this peaceful place. I went into work the next day and gave my notice. My boss was shocked and was wondering what I was going to do. I told him ‘I am not sure yet, but I know I have to do this,’” she says. “A few months later… we opened up the doors to Beyond Fitness.”

Greenhalgh seems to be finding her calling.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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