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Find Your Fit for February: Studio Barre {Strength. Defined.}

Kate Snow

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Oh, holidays. During that time of year, we all indulge a little extra, have that extra cookie or glass of wine (or both...oops) and enjoy this time with our family and friends. It is such a wonderful and joyful time, but come January, I think many of us are itching to get back into a routine and work off those indulgent meals and missed workouts. Over here at Hysteria, we will be featuring a three-part series called Find Your Fit, where we will be interviewing three different fitness studios in the Alexandria area to help our readers get to know the owners, and find out what makes their workouts awesome.

Today, we will be featuring the beautiful Angela Lutzker of Studio Barre. Located near the Braddock Road metro station, Studio Barre is an exercise boutique that teaches the “barre method,” a ballet-inspired workout that incorporates elements of dance, pilates, and yoga to help clients tone up, improve posture, and build a lean dancer-like figure. Hysteria employees Kate and Juliet are big fans of this studio, and Angela was kind enough to sit down with us and give us the low-down on Studio Barre, and how you can “tuck” and “plié” your way to a stronger body in 2017.

Kate: Can you give us a little bit of information about your background, so we can get to know you a little better?

Angela: I have always been interested in health and fitness. For a long time I used to be a runner, but then I got injured. I started practicing yoga, but I couldn’t help feeling like I wanted more. I then tried barre, and I was hooked. I wanted to start a community of my own, and help people get excited about transforming their bodies and reaching their goals.

Kate: What makes Studio Barre different?

Angela: I think what makes our studio different is our community. We hire people who are personable and with vision. We want people to come in and feel like it's their place. Along with an intense workout, this level of intimacy is important to us.  

Kate: What are the benefits of barre vs other workouts?

Angela: Barre is beneficial because it accesses muscles that other workouts cannot, with tiny isometric movements that hit muscle groups from head to toe. By working these muscles to fatigue, you break them down and build back lean (not bulky) muscle. It not only tones and strengthens, but after a barre workout, you burn more calories throughout the day. You can really build a dancer-like figure. It is also low-impact, so it can be very beneficial for those who have had previous injuries or are older. Barre really is a great workout for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.

Kate: What would you say to a newcomer to barre?

Angela: Anyone’s first time in a fitness studio can be intimidating and overwhelming, with all the nuances and new information, but keep coming! The more you come the better at it you will get. It takes a few classes to see results, but in about two weeks of barre and going 3-4 times a week, you will be able to see results and feel stronger. Many of our clients have lost weight, toned up, and improved their health with healthy eating and consistent barre workouts.

Kate: A lot of Hysteria’s customers are busy working professionals. What advice do you have for them regarding a healthy lifestyle when time is limited?

Angela: My advice is to never underestimate the power of a small workout. Even if you only have 5-10 minutes for a plank or some free weights, that little bit really adds up and keeps your fitness level from plateauing. These stolen moments can really add up and improve your muscle tone. Eating a balanced diet is also important, like preparing meals the Sunday ahead of a busy week to help keep yourself on track. I also believe strongly in the power of positive thinking. If we are constantly stressed out and beating ourselves up mentally, it can really counteract all the good things we are doing for our bodies.

Kate: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Angela: My favorite thing about my job is working with so many wonderful people with great energy. I love having the opportunity to really get to know the clients who come in multiple times a week, and getting updated on their lives and families. You feel their absence when they haven’t come in awhile. Additionally, health and wellness are very important to me, and working in this industry not only holds me accountable for my own well-being, but I get to see people reach their own goals and make a difference in their health.

Kate: What exciting things do you have planned for Studio Barre’s future?

Angela: Our first year anniversary is in April, so we will have a celebration for that. We love to do challenges every month to keep things exciting for our clients, like the Live Love Detox we are doing for the month of January. We also hope to collaborate with more local businesses and maybe do some pop-up workshops. We love being part of the Alexandria community!

Studio Barre is located at 610 N Fayette Street, next to Bastille. We look forward to collaborating again with this lovely studio in the future!


5 Favorite Reasons to Rock a Statement Necklace

Nina Doherty

One thing we definitely have fun with at Hysteria, is a statement necklace.   We love the way that a statement necklace ties together your whole look for a really polished "outfit".  A statement necklace transforms daytime attire into a going out for a night on the town look (without having to change anything but the necklace), it takes an LBD (little black dress) to work or play depending on the style of necklace that you choose to wear (also making that dress just that much more wearable and versatile), and the statement necklace makes your basic jeans and a t-shirt go from "just okay" to "interesting and edgy" with one quick closure of the necklace clasp.  Three examples new at Hysteria are these new arrivals -

Or, as another way to create a statement look, you may have seen this great layering approach that we posted on Facebook this week -

Whether you have made friends with the statement necklace look, or you are looking to give it a try, here are 5 reasons you may want to consider it (in no particular ranking order):

  1. A statement necklace gives you the ability to expresses your personality and style (and even your mood) in one accessory.  This is a quick way to don something akin to “wearable art”, and as art taste is very subjective, you send a message about who you are in the accessories that you wear.   Your message may be:  glam (shiny metals and stones), or earthy (natural textures and materials), or whimsical (pops of color and unusual objects), or bohemian (lace, fringe, etc.), or ladylike (think pearls or even a cameo).
  2. A statement necklace finishes off an otherwise simple outfit in a really polished way.  As fashion stylists, we know that the combination of color, pattern, texture and shine elevates a look.  With a statement accessory, you can hit all of these notes with one piece of jewelry around your neck.  Think of the necklace portion of the color/pattern/texture/shine styling objective as being the finishing touch that pulls everything else together.
  3. A statement necklace really focuses attention upward toward your face versus your whole body.  No matter what shape you are in, the perfect statement necklace always fits.   It’s probably never been said that “I am trying to lose weight to get into my necklace”!  The statement necklace is a no stress / no extra gym time required piece of fashion.
  4. It helps you to be more memorable.   Perhaps it’s because we’re all attracted to shiny and interesting objects, we’re more likely to notice and remember what is around a person’s neck (if it's distinctive) than what they are wearing otherwise.   When you look at a person’s face, and right below the face is a beautiful accessory, it’s likely to register in the memory bank.  
  5. It can be your signature way of dressing.   If you make a point of always adding a statement necklace to your going out to work and or play look, it will be something that people expect and appreciate about who you are.  Some of us feel practically naked without this finishing piece.

For more tips on how to wear a statement necklace, stop into Hysteria to try out some of the great new pieces we have in store.   Shine on!

Five Ways to Enjoy the #Renewal of Summer

Nina Doherty

Who can believe the DC weather right now?   This is the quintessential spring / early summer climate that we long for at this time of year (especially after all of the rain we have experienced of late). Right now the weather is perfect for those end of school-year events and graduations, for saying goodbye to school related friends, and “hello” to slightly less structured time.  It can be liberating and exhilarating, and it’s a great time to reflect on what you want your summer to be like.

As the summer season launches, the team at Hysteria is focusing on being healthier: taking care of ourselves, and our loved ones.   The #reinvention theme we’ve been talking about in recent months speaks to the renewal of our business, and also quite literally to the way in which we are working on renewing ourselves; inside and out.  

Renewing Yourself Can Spark Joy

This healthier lifestyle practice takes form in “sparking joy” (a la best seller: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondō). The concept applies in our closets and in yours with the selections that we’re constantly adding to our inventory, and to the closet cleaning that we’ve been doing in our own homes (actually, maybe just me in this case).  Renewal also takes form in getting on the elliptical (Suzanne) while catching up on the morning news (versus plopping down on the sofa), succumbing to the fitness tracker craze (Suzanne and I both), and logging many hours celebrating our kids’ past school year and major milestones (Suzanne, Juliet, Kim...and me); all while dreaming about hitting our favorite vacation spots over the summer.

If you are contemplating summer and #renewal as we are, here are a few tips to help you enjoy all that summer has to offer whilst you’re still making plans:

Five Ways to Experience Summer #Renewal

1.   Hit the Open Road

Let's be honest, we all love vacation, but we don't always have the time or the budget to get away. If you want to get out of town (even for just a few days) without spending big bucks on airfare or too many hours on the road, check out these 12 DC area driving-distance destinations (from 1 hour to 4 hours drive) recently noted by the Washington Post - “D.C. getaway guide: 12 drivable weekend trips”

2. Get Outside & Catch Some Fireflies

There’s something kind of magical about seeing fireflies in the summer evening dusk, so why not indulge the kid in you by experiencing the simple pleasure of a summer evening chasing the glowing light of fireflies... you could perhaps enjoy this experience with some juicy chilled watermelon and maybe a nice pink sparkling rosé? Here’s the skinny from REALSIMPLE Magazine on fireflies and 20 more of the “Best Ways to Enjoy Summer"

3. Sample the Many Frozen Delights in DC

If you’re like us, you may remember having a banana split or hot fudge sundae (with a cherry on top!) from DC's famous ice cream institution Gifford’s, and you’ve dreamed about ice cream ever since. Whether you have that memory or not, surely we all love frozen confections - particularly in the summer, and you can find some great ones in the Washington Post’s recent list citing: “The essential guide to ice cream and frozen desserts around Washington” 

4.  Learn Something New

It’s incredibly soul satisfying to pick up a new skill, and area parks are chock-full of activities, classes, events and tours that will help you expand your horizons.   Have you dreamed of learning to garden, to paint, study photography…?  Well, on the Fairfax County Partakes site (for example), we found interesting classes and adventures galore!    How about an “All About Bats Campfire”?  Sounds scary AND fun!

5. Gin Things Up

Suzanne is quick to say that gin seems to always be her go-to liquor during the warmer months of summer.  Her latest twist on a traditional gin & tonic is to add fresh cucumber seeded and diced or simply sliced; and with fresh basil or mint leaves (torn) in each glass. This is especially refreshing when dinning al fresco, and can be the perfect aperitif to accompany your favorite dish.  

And Suzanne also recommends these gin based "boozy" popsicles from popular blogger Tracy Benjamin aka Tracy Shutterbean.  As Tracy said, "How could you go wrong with cucumber, ginger beer, lime and gin??! Dust off your popsicle molds and get at it!"

Photo credit:  Tracy Shutterbean

Photo credit:  Tracy Shutterbean


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled with seeds removed
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 cup Reed’s ginger beer

In a blender combine cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup and gin blend until mixture is smooth. Add ginger beer and blend for 5 seconds to incorporated.   Fill the ice pop molds with the cucumber gin mixture about 3/4 full.  Place molds in the freezer for about an hour and then put the ice pop sticks in the mold. Freeze for 12 hours to guarantee popsicles have set before serving.

Hopefully these suggestions and linked articles are helpful toward getting you thinking about making the most of your summer.  We hope it's a great one for you!

Cheers & Happy Summer!