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Getting Red Carpet Ready With Sakara, Furthermore from Equinox & Violet Grey: Week 1

Whether your red carpet is at the Oscars, a special event, or in the private of your own bedroom, feeling like absolute magic in your body is good for the soul. Not sure how to get there? All February long we will be taking you through our carefully crafted Red Carpet Ready regime to get you there. We’re sharing week-by-week tips from the top food, beauty, and fitness experts around the world to help you create every inch of your dream body -- inside and out.

So let’s meet your team.

FOOD: Because building a paparazzi-bait bod all starts with food, you’ll kick off your red carpet prep by making a few tweaks to your daily eating regimen and incorporating some key nutritional and wellness fundamentals into your lifestyle, guided by the holistic health pros at, you guessed it, Sakara Life.

BEAUTY: You’ll also go back to beauty basics by hydrating, exfoliating and protecting your precious skin with the best of the best product recommendations from makeup artist and VIOLET GREY brand ambassador Kira Nasrat.

BODY: Finally, you’ll hit the gym three to five times a week, armed with a Furthermore-approved fitness plan designed by Equinox Tier 3 trainer Simone Tchouke that will help you fast-track results through low-weight, high-rep resistance training that highlights your sexy show-off muscles (glutes, legs, shoulders and arms).

Step one? Wipe the slate clean. The first week of our Red Carpet Ready program is all about pressing the reset button and starting fresh.


DIET, a la Whitney & Danielle, Sakara

Say bye-bye—or at least, see ya later—to the following items: caffeine, meat, dairy and processed food. A good rule of thumb is to ditch anything that comes in a package in favor of fresh, whole, high-vibe foods. Hit the local farmer’s market if you can, or at least stick to shopping the perimeter of your grocery store and stocking up on the goodies mama nature made you. Don’t focus on what you can’t eat (we’ll start to incorporate some of these things back in in the coming weeks), but rather, focus on all of the body-loving nutrients you are currently filling your body with.

Hydrate smarter by eating your water—in the form of fresh, h2o-rich produce. Fill up on foods like romaine, cucumber, celery and radishes. This is the ticket to bright, glowing skin (as well as flushing out toxins that are weighing you down and staving off between-meal snacking). For extra hydration bonus points, focus on drinking mineral-rich waters -- these help your cells soak up every ounce of hydration.

Include greens in at least two meals each day (or go for all three!). This is the other Sakara secret to getting that coveted glow, thanks to their many vitamins and antioxidants. (Plus, did you know greens also contain protein?) Throw a handful of spinach into your smoothie, enjoy a veggie-packed kale salad at lunch and serve dinner atop a bed of leafy greens instead of pasta or rice. If possible, always go with organic when eating greens!

Cleanse your body with the help of digestion-supporting fiber, specifically the insoluble kind, found in whole grains (like quinoa, buckwheat and brown rice), raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. This will start to help to rid the body of any pesky bloating.

Put at least 4 to 5 different colors on your plate. Again, fruits and veggies get their hues from the vitamins and antioxidants they contain, so when you eat the rainbow, you can be sure you’re getting an abundance of nutrients in your diet. A dark, leafy green salad with bright red tomatoes, brilliant orange carrots, yellow zucchini and purple potatoes looks, tastes and feels good.

BEAUTY, a la Kira Nasrat, Violet Grey Brand Ambassador

Hydrate and nourish! Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin and help flush out impurities (check!). Kira counts Sisley’s Black Rose Oil, a dry oil formula, among her favorites. She recommends massaging one drop of this all over the skin in a gentle, circular motion to help diminish fine lines and keep the skin soft and beautiful. For even more hydration, she suggests adding another drop or layering it with a face cream, like Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Cream, which she loves for its creamy and rich yet light texture.

Exfoliate once or twice a week. Kira recommends Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa because it's gentle and leaves skin glowing. Use the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths to wipe away any residue, then a nickel-size amount of the Gommage and rub gently in circular motions on dry skin, and watch the dead layers of skin roll away. Wash your face after with warm water, pat dry and moisturize. Don’t forget to exfoliate your body as well. It's just as important. Kira relies on African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt and Sugar Scrub to scrub away a dead layer of skin while leaving it hydrated, but never flaky.

Protect your skin with an SPF every day, especially when you’re in the sun. This is so important all the time, but especially when you’re prepping for a big event—the last thing you want is to get sunburned or have dark spots. Kira loves Revive’s Intensité Crème Lustre Day Firming Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen because not only does it protect your skin from the sun, but it also has firming properties. When time is of the essence, multitasking products are key.


BODY, a la Simone Tchouke, Equinox

Monday: Focus on a big muscle group like the legs—doing so not only shapes your stems, but it has total body payoff. Finish with some high-intensity interval training (HIIT) of your choice. (1 hour total)

Tuesday: Steady-state cardio of your choice. You can throw in some intervals if you’d like—for example, alternating walking or easy sprinting with some short sprints. (45 minutes to 1 hour)

Wednesday: Rest. To stay supple and loose, try some foam rolling.

Thursday: Work your upper body by choosing either pulling or pushing exercises. The average person isn’t strong enough to do both in the same session. A push-up sequence can do the trick; squatting is another pushing exercise. Like Monday, round out your hour with some HIIT. (1 hour)

Friday: Another steady-state cardio session. Try a different machine than you used on Tuesday. (45 minutes to 1 hour)

Saturday: If you focused on pushing exercises on Thursday, now focus on pulling movements, like deadlifts or rows. Finish with HIIT. (1 hour)

Sunday: Rest. If you’ve had your fill of foam rolling, hop on some yoga tune-up balls.

Following along with our exclusive month-long regimen? Keep us posted on how you're going with the hashtag #SakaraRedCarpetReady! We've got a pretty drool-worthy prize lined up, so the earlier you start posting, the more karma points you earn.

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