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Review: Barre & Soul Harvard Square


Disclosure: I received a complimentary barre class. All opinions, as always, are my own.

This past year was a difficult one for me personally and professionally and I’ve struggled to find peace, balance and harmony. I’ve only recently accepted self-care as an act of self-preservation and not an indulgence. I avoided yoga studios for many years because I couldn’t bear to spend an hour in silence with my thoughts. Like many moms my brain just doesn’t shut off and the thought of slowing down wasn’t an option. As I continue jumping hurdles that my mental illness throws at me, I have no choice but to s-l-o-w down, and thanks to Barre & Soul Harvard Square I now have a safe and accepting space to do so.

In the midst of the constant bustle of Harvard Square lies an oasis for those that need an outlet where they can relax, rejuvenate and train hard. I was excited to have Barre & Soul join Harvard Square as there aren’t many barre studios on this side of town and travelling into Boston for a fitness class just doesn’t work with my schedule.

I arrived to barre class late and quickly found a mat (provided by the studio!) and breathed a sigh of relief at the smiling instructor and small class size. I am wildly out of shape (I blame it on turning 30 last year) and have done little other than complain about the extra bulge around my midsection. Thank goodness for high waisted pants! I wasn’t sure what to expect at class, and stupidly thought it wasn’t going to be too hard for this newbie. Nope. K-i-l-l-e-r workout. My body was on fire (in a good way) post class.

As a newbie I enjoyed the small class size and the instructor was amazing! She came over as soon as I entered class and asked if I had any injuries and when I was struggling to hold certain positions as sweat was dripping from my brow she gently helped with my form without agitation. EMMA!My fear of being with my thoughts for an hour wasn’t something I had to worry about as my main focus was on digging deep and pushing myself to be present in class. I’ve never been flexible, couldn’t touch my toes in high school and still can’t, but it’s something my body craves. I hold all my stress in my shoulders and quads, they are constantly tight and in knots, which is crazy uncomfortable and frustrating. During class as we used the bar for various positions I was able to lengthen those sore spots and give them the much needed love and care they’d been missing. And they soaked it right up.

The studio is located in “the garage” on JFK Street in Cambridge and offers their signature barre classes as well as yoga, aerial yoga (want to try!) and teacher training. I had the pleasure of meeting the manager Emma and I think she might be my new best friend :) She was amazing and so supportive of me as I complained that I totally sucked in class.

Finding time to exercise isn’t easy, but just like anything else that’s important you have to make time for it. Because my time is so limited I look for six key aspects in a fitness class:

  • A welcoming environment
  • Friendly and supportive instructors
  • Affordability
  • Judgement free zone
  • Accessibility
  • A full body workout

Barre & Soul Harvard Square encompasses all of these aspects and more. The studio isn’t some massive space, it’s intimate and relaxing and really sets the tone for the type of workout you receive. I am now all about that barre life (#BarreSoHard) and look forward to purchasing a membership so I can continue my fitness journey, and I encourage you to take a class if you have yet to try them out. They also have studios in Melrose, Lexington, Portsmouth and now offer virtual classes so you can Om at home! Oh and did I mention the owner, Andrea Isabelle Lucas, is amazing (interview with her coming next week) and is organized a yoga and barre retreat in ST. CROIX ya’ll!! Amazing.

You’re going to love this studio! They are offering a couple of special membership options: $30/month of unlimited yoga or $69/month for unlimited barre and yoga classes! And because I love ya use the code VIP during checkout to receive $10 off the unlimited barre and yoga intro special!



One Month until Boston’s 2015 Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Photo credit to John Deputy

Photo credit to John Deputy

Hard to believe that there are just 31 days until Boston’s Jimmy Fund Walk! (And only 30 days until my 30th!!). Just last month I posted about how I’m joining thousands of walkers both in person and virtually on Sunday, September 27 to for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund walk presented by Hyundai and help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute conquer all cancers in both children and adults.

Want to get involved? Good news! There is still time to register for the walk – don’t be alarmed you don’t have to walk the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton. There are other starting points along the route like Wellesley (13.1mi). Boston College (5mi) and Dana-Farber (3mi) you can begin at. Regardless of where you start all participants will cross the finish line at Copley Square where walkers and their families can enjoy some of Boston’s best live music and bites. Click here to register and be sure to use the promo code BLOG to get $5 off!

I’m still a ways away from my $300 fundraising goal, so if you’d like to support me by donating $5 it would sure make me happy! Every dollar raised by myself and the other walkers is helping the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. I’m tired of living in a world of terminal diseases – we can do better. Together. Maybe cancer has touched your life like it has mine. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one due to the disease and maybe you’re not personally affected. The point is it doesn’t matter, we should all want better for each other and ourselves and should all make it a priority to invest in crucial cancer research. We shouldn’t just have to imagine a cancer free world. It should be a reality. For my Grandma and for all of those who have been touched by the horrid disease.


Star Market Celebrates its 100th Birthday & Giveaway!

I participated in an Event Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Star Market. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation


I love Boston in the summer. Not only is the Boston skyline breathtaking, but there is so many activities for families to participate in – many of them are often FREE. If you know me, you know I love love FREE! We stopped by the Shops at Prudential Family Film Fest in the South Garden this past weekend to not only watch Frozen outside but to help Star Market celebrate their 100th birthday!! This year marks a century of commitment to quality products and dedicated employees.


With so many different grocery stores to choose from these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with deciding where to shop for your family. But I have to tell you, our local Star Market in Porter Square in Cambridge rocks my world. It recently got an upgrade with all the aisles named after popular streets in Cambridge (which was a very nice touch!) yet the facelift didn’t compromise the quality of products or stellar customer service we always receive when we shop there.

For all my local folks, Star Market was actually started in Watertown, Massachusetts and has been the premier grocer in New England since 1915! To celebrate this momentous occasion they are hosting anniversary events throughout the rest of 2015!

20150718_175743I love a good party and the Film Fest was the perfect environment to celebrate Star Market’s birthday and also sample some delicious treats from Chef Jason!



Guests were in for a real treat with popcorn, fun signage and props, tote bags and food. Chef Jason and his team served up delicious lobster salad and something I never would have put together – popcorn rice pudding. Annnnnd, it was delicious!!

Your turn…go follow Star Market and wish a HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Oh and because I love you and Star Market so much, I’m giving away one $100 Star Market giftcard to a lucky reader!

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