Vixen Army Spotlight: Vanessa Baez

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I didn't really come to Vixen with a purpose, but I found one anyway.
What made you join the Vixen Army? I can probably sit here and tell you everything I've been through but it's easier to just tell you that I'm like a cat... I have 9 lives--not sure how many I have left though.                       In 2016 my life drastically changed at the beginning of the year,  and my whole world was upside down. I knew it was time for me to take back control of so many things, my health included. I came to the Vixen Workout one day just "for fun" and I literally have not stopped coming back since.  I really didn't come to Vixen with a purpose, but I found one anyway. It's become my little daily escape and in some ways my therapy. Once the music turns on and the lights are going, you have no choice but to keep up and focus on the moves.  For that one hour you really just forget about everything else that's going on in your life. Name: Vanessa Baez Age: 33 Kids? One furry little terrier named Lucky Favorite Cheat Meal? Cheese Fries or Ham Croquetas from Islas Canarias  Favorite Routine? "Ah Leke" and "So Sophisticated"  Favorite Lipstick? MAC Candy Yum Yum  screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-2-59-16-pm  Favorite Popstar? Britney Spears   If you were a Popstar, who would you be? A perfect combination of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj  Life Motto? Keep your head high and your middle finger higher.  keep-your-head-high-andyour-middle-finger-higher   [gallery ids="788,789,787" type="square"]  
October 14, 2016 — 58945583

GlamSquad x VixenWorkout 1.11.16

preview-full-vixenglamsquadinvite   GlamSquad and Vixen Army commander, Janet Jones, got together to create the ultimate Vixen Glam look. GlamSquad is a new app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable beauty services to the home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. We love them, with the touch of a couple buttons you've got a hairstylist and make up artists at your door ready to glam you up within an hour. Hello! GlamSquad visited our Body & Soul Miami location and prepped girls with what, we like to call, the "Vixen Glam" look. This look consists of a bold winged liner, please use waterproof liner, and a bold lip. We recommend you use a matte lipstick or lipgloss, cause with all that hair twirling, we don't want your hair sticking to your lips. Vixens arrived an hour earlier than our Monday night 8:30pm class, and got slammed up. Hair was curled, liner was touched, and one of the GlamSquad team members broke down the perfect winged liner look for the girls to try at home. The app is free, we say, "Why not download it?!" Thanks GlamSquad! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iovarKFVh00&w=560&h=315] IMG_2842IMG_2850IMG_2851IMG_2853IMG_2856IMG_2869IMG_2871IMG_2872IMG_2877IMG_2879IMG_2880IMG_2881IMG_2885IMG_2886IMG_2894IMG_2899IMG_2900IMG_2901IMG_2904IMG_2909IMG_2912IMG_2917IMG_2918IMG_2924IMG_2926IMG_2931IMG_2932IMG_2935IMG_2938IMG_2943IMG_2946IMG_2950IMG_2957IMG_2963IMG_2965
January 13, 2016 — 58945583

"LIVE LIKE A VIXEN"....How to make your living space as fabulous as your workout

image-2Hello fellow Vixen Army ladies! My name is Alena Capra, and I have been a member of the #vixenarmy since May. I am an Interior Designer and owner of my own design firm, Alena Capra Designs. For me, the Vixen Workout is the perfect end to some very long days of designing, meeting with clients, and running around to different construction sites. For one hour I get to completely lose myself in the music, and I love it! Any stress of the day goes away for those 60 minutes, when I lace up my sneaker wedges, and transform from interior designer to video vixen... ;)
What is so cool about Vixen, is that it is a workout that has its very own unique "look"....we all know it..sneaker wedges..the more embellished the better, funky leggings, cool tank tops or crop tops, and a hoodie emblazoned with the Vixen Silhouette. Well...why stop at just the Vixen Uniform??? How about bringing a little "Vixen" style into your home...whether it be in your home office, living room, bedroom, wherever! I created a few different looks, inspired by our favorite Vixen footwear, the Sneaker Wedge, and named them with to go with a few of the popular Vixen songs. Most of the pieces can be found locally at shops like Z Gallerie, CB2, Homegoods, and West Elm, or on their respective websites.
ROOM CONCEPT 1: "So Sophisticated"
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The style in this design vignette is for the glamourous and chic Vixen. Think soft grey colors, whites, and maybe some mirrored and silver metallic accents. Mix a bunch of accent pillows for a sofa or bed with some different textures.... The white textured one pictured is from CB2. I paired it with some silver  pillows. You can even throw in a beaded or sequined pillow or two. Homegoods always has a large variety of these to choose from. A little sparkle goes a long way! An accent piece of mirrored furniture is also a nice touch...it could be a small side table, or a large leaning mirror like the one from Z Gallerie as pictured here (perfect for taking those Selfies!!) Mirrored accent furniture pieces are available at anywhere from Target to West Elm. Adding an accent lamp with a little crystal bling (George Kovacs lamp pictured) will give the perfect ambiance, to sit back in your glam new space and listen to a little Rick Ross! (the perfect juxtaposition!)
 
ROOM CONCEPT 2: "The Party Ain't Over"
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Studs, Leather, Black and White Bold Prints, and Silver create the perfect backdrop for the sassy vixen who has an edgy style. To recreate this look, find pieces with nailhead accents...it could be on a bench or ottoman, or even a cool serving tray for a coffee table, like this one pictured here from Z Gallerie. Find pillows with bold black and white prints, like a chevron (pictured), houndstooth, or damask print. The bolder the better! You can even add a pop of your favorite color, everything goes well with black and white. Homegoods is also a good source for embellished accent pillow with silver studs, and pillows with a "leather" look. A cool shag rug or one with a bold chevron print can really complete the look.
ROOM CONCEPT 3: "I'm a Boss"
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Lounge around in this inspired space like a Boss.. Accenting the room with gold, black, and white creates a perfect neutral palette to also add in a pop of your favorite color. Think of using stuff with rich metallic gold hues for pillows, frames and accessories. Mixing an edgier accent pillow in a leather, with a luxe white mongolian fur pillow (pictured and available at West Elm, Z Gallerie, and Crate & Barrel) and then a bold printed pillow or two will create a fun mix of styles that compliment one another. Z Gallerie currently has an amazing selection of gold accessories, like book-ends, table trays, and other fun decor pieces.
For the D.I.Y. Vixen:
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When all else fails, if you cannot find the perfect embellished accent piece for your room, you can always make one! I made this Louboutin inspired chair from a piece of furniture from a thrift store! Spray painted it with Rustoleum black lacquer (available at Home Depot in a variety of colors and metallics) upholstered the seat with some gold vinyl from a local fabric store, and used some crazy glue to embellish the chair frame with gold and silver studs (purchased at Michaels). Takes some time, but a fun project for a day when you are resting your sore muscles between classes!! ;)
Check out www.alenacapradesign.com
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Mommy takes Vixen!

Fam shotHello everyone, my name is Jessica Mark.
I am a wife, a mother of 3 beautiful girls and a proud member of the Vixen Army!
As a mother of 3 children ranging in ages 5-12, I know just how hard it is to make all the hectic schedules work.  I just wanted to talk to all the mothers out there who think they can't make it happen.  You really do have the hardest job in life.  It's nonstop, 24/7 and feels more like 30/10 if that was humanly possible, so first, kudos to you for surviving!!!  So, I wanted to share with you all the reasons why you SHOULD do Vixen as a Mom.
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Each of you has a little Vixen in her already (these kids got here somehow, right?  Ay Papi, El Papi???).  When you have children who depend on you for so much, sometimes you lose your mojo.  You dedicate all your efforts to their wants and needs.  Vixen can give that back to you.  It gives you those 60 min. of pure "escapism" from the feeling of anyone relying on you.  All you have to do for that one hour is rely on yourself.  Rely on yourself to look in that mirror, push you body to the limits, let your inner Vixen out and allow yourself to feel sexy again.  The confidence you'll gain is remarkable and you'll be able to return home refreshed and happier.  Some may be thinking, "Hmm, I don't know HOW to get my sexy back besides feeling safe in the class."  Let the Vixen philosophy spill over into your everyday life in small ways.  Put on a statement necklace with your outfit, try out that trend you've been eyeing lately, paint your nails a funkier color than you normally would and try wearing that brighter lipstick in the day time.  Don't have time to do your hair?  Throw it up in a cute topknot and wear some dangly earrings or big studs.  To give yourself a fresher look without doing a full face of make-up, get a great tinted moisturizer, some concealer for under your eyes, mascara and lipstick or gloss.  Just that little goes a long way.  When all else fails, accessorize with some big sunglasses and maybe a cool hat!  Check out Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross or other discount stores for cool inexpensive leggings, tops and sneaker wedges for class and trendier clothes that you may not want to splurge on.  You may even feel so good about yourself that you decide to buy an outfit that you could never see yourself wearing, then feel even better when in 2 months of Vixen, you need to buy a smaller one!!!  It may feel weird at first but great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.
     In addition to getting your glamazon on, the endorphin rush after this class is no joke!  And we all know the saying, "Happy Wife (Mom), Happy Life!"  Believe me, your family benefits more from you being happy with yourself.  You'll be a better wife (in more ways than one, those Vixen moves can cross over into many an area, lol!) and a better Mom if you can have an outlet like the Vixen Workout to relieve the stress of your daily duties.  So?  How can you make this happen if you're concerned about getting to the class?
Lemme give you a few ideas:
1) Talk to your significant other and express how important this class is to you. Most men need concrete, logical examples so think of a good comparison.  Something like, "Honey, you know how you love to (insert hobby/sport/etc. here), well, that's like this class for me.  Hopefully, that will get your point across and they will be supportive.
2) As hard as it is, (especially with the unpredictability of kids) try to schedule you class(es) out the week before.  That way you can get stuff done to allot for the time spent at class that night.
3) If your significant other works late, try to get a babysitter once in a while.  Ask a family member or maybe barter with a friend.  "Hey, I'll watch your kid(s) so you can go get your hair done one night and maybe you can watch mine so I can go to Vixen."
4) If you can schedule out the day(s) you can come to class, try and meal prep.  You can make dinner early that day and have your significant other heat it up later.  Or even better, declare it pizza or any other yummy take-out food night.
5) Always keep a bag of clean "Vixen appropriate clothes" in a bag in your car if you come from work or lay out your clothes the day before class.  One less thing to do.
     I've been doing Vixen consistently for almost 9 months now, and I can tell you, I am so thankful every time I take that class for what it gives me both physically and mentally.  Yes, I have a husband, 3 children and a home to take care of and yes, each child is asking me to help them do something as I write this.  The 5 year old is actually pulling on my leg.  Yes, I CAN and WILL devote time to how I feel about ME.  I make myself a priority in small ways compared to what I do for the rest of my family and yes, it is absolutely essential.  Yes it's important to keep your sexy for your significant other, but more importantly for your own sense of self.  Yes, you should make time to take care of your body AND mind.  Yes, with a stress-reliever you'll be more productive in anything you attempt to accomplish.  Yes, you deserve it.  See, the operative word here is YES.  So the Vixen affirmation applies to me really every day and in every situation in life…"Yes I'm sexy, Yes I'm fierce, Yes I got this, YES!"
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Transformation Tuesday:Letter from Christie Rodriguez

My name is Christie Rodriguez. I have been attending Vixen classes for the last six months. As I sit here and write this, I am amazed at how much my life has changed in what is relatively a short period of time. Last June, I was working at a summer camp and I was asked to review some pictures that we had taken on one of our field trips. As I was sorting through them, I saw something that shocked me to the point that then and there I knew I had to make a change ASAP.

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bob_0561_FotorI still can't wrap my head around everything that has happened over the last year.  We turned 1 this October, so in celebration we hosted our largest workout to date at Story Nightclub, November 16th.  This is the second time we take to workout to a South Beach hotspot to unveil our new material (first was LIV back in June).  The goal of these events is for our Vixen Army to feel like they are participating in their own concert.   I spend months searching for music, seeing whats trending in the clubs and looking for inspiration both visually and artistically.    story102_Fotorstory6 For the Story event I partnered up with my brother, Anthony Jones, who mixed the music for the event.  Once I knew what key elements I wanted in the show, Anthony helped piece it together which is the most challenging part.  He created great intros to each section which really added to the performance quality of the event.  Funny thing is Anthony doesn't have any professional experience or fancy training in music; he's just an uber-talented soul with major skills on garageband and great instincts musically for live performances. story4 I went a little different musically this go around, and added some "Dance" tracks from artists like Diplo, David Guetta, Major Lazor, and Mak J to name a few.  Still had our regular sophistiratchet favorites like Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Pitbull, and of course the Queen B but I wanted to bring in a different genre to compliment what we already had.  I had been inspired by a few DJs I had seen recently and the overall energy in the audience caused by the drops and rises on their tracks.  The lyrics to Diplo's Revolution "Dont let them steal your light, Dont let them break your stride... this is a revolution" definitely resonated with me and what the workout stands for. story2 It took a few weeks of rehearsals with our amazing instructors & assistants to put it together (some 2am rehearsal nights).  Our outfits were styled by the same team that worked on our LIV event: Natallye Torres (Social Stylist) and Kristina Ashley (Kristina Ashley Swim). Pictured below is the amazing Vixen Workout Miami dance staff. story5The lights and the video capabilities of the venue were unmatched. I was extremely excited to be able to shoot a video intro and it was important for me to set the tone for the experience.  I brought in the talented Mary Beth Orman to hang out with us one day & shoot me in my element. My brother created the concert intro and recorded me reciting our "Vixen Anthem".  Wallace Cruz who edited the intro used footage from class and the footage Mary beth caught that day. Concert Intro I used the blindfold in the video as symbolism for how we as women choose to see ourselves... sometimes we don't see ourselves at all.  I hope through our classes you can see yourself as you truly are,  A VIXEN. bob_0609-1_Fotor story7
Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.
December 13, 2013 — 58945583