Introducing Bad Witch Workout: LIVE In New York City!

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Ever since I started working out with my boyfriend and sharing the videos on Instagram, the two of us have been answering endless questions about exercise. In the time that I’ve known him, my body has completely transformed, and it’s all because of his very unique training style.

Finding the right kind of exercise can be tricky, especially if you’re anything like me. The things that many other people love fill me with a creeping dread. The idea of sitting on a stationary bike while a perky blonde screams at me makes me want to die a thousand deaths!

I started thinking that I couldn’t be the only person who felt this way. What if you, like me, prefer to wear a serious cat-eye to the gym? What if you’d choose Coal Chamber over Coldplay any day of the week? What if you desire Morticia Addams’ hip-to-waist ratio… And don’t mind using a little bit of magic to get it?!

As Garnett and I talked, a vision started to appear in our minds: a room of badass babes doing moves that really work, while listening to Nine Inch Nails and rocking some epic winged liner. The daydream was so beautiful that we decided to make it happen.

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I’m EXTREMELY excited to announce that we’re going to be holding a live Bad Witch Workout in NYC on Sunday the 24th of July at 3pm! Come and join us for a killer workout with excellent tunes, plenty of bad witch attitude, and lots of hugs.

Got questions? I’ve got answers!

Q. I’m a beginner/advanced gym bunny, is this class for me?
A. Yes! This class is for all levels. If you have limited mobility or injuries, let us know at the start of class and Garnett will tailor moves for you.

Q. What’s the location of the workout?
A. The workout is in Manhattan, and you’ll receive the exact details via email once you purchase your ticket!

Q. Do I need to bring anything with me?
A. Bring water for sure! A yoga mat will make life easier if you have one, but if you don’t, you can totally participate without one.

Q. What should I wear?
A. Sneakers are a must, but other than that, it’s up to you. Have fun with it! If you come along wearing a witch’s hat, I’ll give you a special prize!

Q. How long is the class?
A. Class is 45 minutes and then afterwards there will be plenty of time to socialise, take photos, and talk about your favourite goth songs to sweat to!

Wanna join us? Click the button below! We can’t WAIT to see you!

 

If you have any other questions, email us and we’ll help you out.

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Kisses and kettlebells,

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Zip It! An Experiment In The Power Of Keeping A Secret

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Have you ever noticed that when you tell people about something exciting that is still up in the air, it feels like the energy gets sucked out of it? The project starts to slow down; people are less prompt with replying to emails. What had previously seemed full-steam-ahead suddenly goes quiet. What the hell is up with that?!

This is exactly the subject my friend Jasmine raised at breakfast yesterday. We had been talking about our work and all the fun things we had bubbling away on our respective stoves. There was a brief pause, and then she looked at me and asked, “When something exciting is happening for you, do you tell people about it, or do you keep it to yourself?

“Well, it depends on whether it’s still in process or if it’s signed, sealed, and delivered,” I said. “I sometimes find that when I tell people about things that haven’t been finalized, it’s almost like the energy comes to a standstill. The momentum just stops.”

“That’s exactly what I’m finding!” she replied.

“Why IS that?!” I exclaimed. “Do you think it’s something to do with having so many other people’s energy involved in the project? I’m not sure, but sometimes I think that when other people get their energetic hooks into an idea, it transforms, and not necessarily for the best.”

I gave the example of a project that had been floating around for a while, which had been progressing nicely… Until I mentioned to a couple of friends and to my parents. One friend responded in a way that made me feel like she was a little bit jealous, and since I mentioned it to my parents, every time I speak to them, they ask if I have an update. Of course, I don’t. Don’t they know that as soon as I hear something, I’ll tell them?!

“This is really interesting,” Jasmine said. “There is definitely something to this. It’s so hard too, because I love to share what’s going on! I almost can’t help myself!”

“Totally!” I replied. “The urge to share is so massive because you feel so excited. Really though, when you tell your friend something you’re excited about, what you want is for them to be equally excited. You want them to mirror your delight back at you, but very rarely are they able to do that. People have their own stuff going on, their own agendas, and a lot of people, despite their best intentions, feel jealousy.”

“I think we should do an experiment,” Jasmine said. “I think that until September 1, we should keep everything exciting that is in process to ourselves. During that time, we can keep a journal where we write down what is exciting for us. And then! Then we can tell ourselves in the mirror what’s happening, and respond in the way that we really wish someone would respond to us.”

Brilliant. Yes! I was immediately on board. In that instant, it became clear to me that in these moments, what we were seeking was external validation — which is unreliable and tenuous at best — when really we should be able to validate ourselves.

In fact, if you ask yourself, ‘What do I wish someone would tell me when I give them exciting news?’, that says everything about the kind of care and encouragement you need to offer yourself!

When you know what kind of reaction you want, you are then empowered to give it to yourself anytime you need it. Radical self love in action, baby.

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Jasmine and I after breakfast, commemorating our Zip It! idea.

 

Want to join us in our Zip It! experiment? It’s easy. The steps are…

1. Keep things to yourself! If an exciting offer or project comes your way, despite your overwhelming urge to tell someone, resist!

2. Keep a journal which contains all the details of the project at hand. Don’t be afraid to get really hyperbolic with your enthusiasm if that’s what feels good to you. Go hard! No one is going to read this except you, so feel free to be your most ebullient self.

3. “Break the news” to yourself in the mirror, and then, respond exactly the way you’ve always wished someone would. Ooooh, it will feel so good! Give yourself a goofy grin. High-five the mirror! Do whatever feels awesome in the moment.

4. Repeat.

5. Keep it up until September 1st, and then let’s convene over on Facebook and discuss our findings!

Love and zipped lips,

Photo of zipper lips by Aaron Tilley.

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Road Runners And Red Rocks

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Driving out to Red Rock in Nevada is an incredible experience. It’s like stepping inside a Road Runner cartoon. I was gobsmacked as I stared out the window. I thought that iconic landscape which I had only seen in cartoons, full of wild rock formations and ACME anvils, had come from someone’s imagination. Nope! Huge swathes of America look exactly like that!

Red Rock is 15 miles outside of Las Vegas, a pretty short drive from the Strip. (I recommend stopping for In-N-Out burgers on the way, like we did.) The rock formations are 250 million years old which is such a long span of time that I cannot even begin to get my head around it. The colours are incredible: bright rusty reds, delicious dusty pinks, and creamy taupes as far as the eye can see.

Anyway, get ready, because this is… Drumroll… An outfit post! It has been so long since I did one of these! I hope you enjoy it.

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Crammed into our friend Christina’s car, Shauna, Kat and I watched incredulously as the scenery around us changed.

We showed up at Red Rock Canyon around 3pm, when the light was just starting to change and shadows were cast around the canyon. It was perfect. It was also full of families, so we had to crawl into the back of Christina’s tiny yellow Volkswagen Bug to get changed, and I’m sure I flashed a bunch of people and scarred some children for life. The story behind the story is always so funny!

I’ve been to Las Vegas more times than I can count. I love it there: the excess, the history, the encouragement to be your loudest and most vulgar self is deeply appealing to me. I can understand why some people dislike it, but I’m not one of them. Even so, getting off the Strip and seeing something different was magnificent. I’m a little bit obsessed. Getting out into nature feels so good to me. It’s deeply restorative. Do you think I can talk the girls into making another pilgrimage when we go back?!

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This dress is by Guess and I have gotten so much wear out of it already.

I had literally never been into a Guess store until this trip. The three of us were walking through Planet Hollywood when I saw the dress above on a mannequin in the window. I walked a few more paces, then said, “Wait,” and walked inside. I am obsessed with this dress and the way it fits. In fact, I loved it so much that a month later, in Miami, I went into another Guess store and bought jeans, cut-offs, and an olive green jumpsuit. I guess (ha!) I just became a Guess fan. Better late than never!

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Can you believe how long my hair is getting?! The secret to my success (haha) is these gummies. I take 5 a day. I swear that they are the sole cause of my hair’s exponential growth, and they’re definitely helping out my skin and nails too.

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My makeup is by the excellent Blanca who — at the time — was working at the Venetian Sephora, but she’s moving over to the Fashion Show Mall when the new Sephora opens. She is so lovely and she does the best makeup! Love her. We’re going back in a couple of weeks and I will definitely be bothering her! Anyway, if you’re in Vegas, go and see her to make your face beautiful!

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Can I get a ride?

Love and rocks,

Photos by Made U Look Photography.

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Carousel: Why You Should Refuse To Worry, Solo Sex Magic, And Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person

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Happy July! Despite the insanity we’re experiencing in the USA right now, I hope you’re happy and healthy and looking after those around you. July has gotten off to a roaring start for me, with fireworks, love adventures, and concerts by the sea!

Here are a few of the best things I’ve read recently…

This is unreal — About A Virgo. I used to eat at this woman’s restaurant all the time!

The Toast is closing and here’s a piece about how making indie media with a small staff is impossible.

This is crazy. Tarot card reader kept murderer talking for an hour while waiting for police after dealing him death card.

What’s the “big real” of what you’re doing? Encouragement to think bigger from Danielle LaPorte.

This person has spent over $2k on Instagram props so far this year. Here’s a hint: just DON’T.

What’s the prognosis for media? Grim. Vice’s Shane Smith says we should expect a bloodbath within the next year.

New Uber Update Allows Users To File Lawsuit Against Company Directly In App. Lolololol.

Anthony Bourdain says don’t eat airplane food. And never drink in your hotel: find out where the people who work in your hotel drink.

Sorry, Not Sorry: My Apology Addiction by Lena Dunham.

I am a woman who is sometimes right, sometimes wrong but somehow always sorry. And this has never been more clear to me than in the six years since I became a boss. It’s hard for many of us to own our power, but as a 24-year-old woman (girl, gal, whatever I was) I felt an acute and dangerous mix of total confidence and the worst imposter syndrome imaginable.

How weed went from high times to high class.

Found Photographs of Perfect American Road Trips, Fifty Years Too Late and Street Style of the Great American Road Trip.

I’m truly obsessed with this post: The Existential: Ten Tips For Saturn-Neptune Success.

The Tragic, Pseudoscientific Practice of Forcing Addicts to ‘Hit Rock Bottom’.

Szalavitz argues, and argues compellingly, that when it comes to “hitting bottom” and so many of the other pseudoscientific approaches to fighting addiction, the actual goal — or part of it, at least — has always been to marginalize the addict, to set them apart and humiliate them. There’s a deep impulse to draw a clear, bold line between us, the healthy people, and them, the addicts. What clearer way to emphasize that divide than to cast them down into a rock-bottom pit, away from the rest of us?

To Get Happier, Focus on What Makes You Miserable

Americans are going to start wiping their butts differently, and — big surprise — it follows the Europeans by like, a million years.

Here’s why Weight Watchers doesn’t work.

Prince died from an opioid overdose. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin.

Erotic astrology! How does your Venus influence the way you love? How about your Mars?

This is why you will marry the wrong person.

This song by Sun Ra is the best comedown music ever.

Being surrounded by blue (aka water) makes you happier and correlates to less psychological stress. So let’s all move to the Greek Islands!

Wayne White has done a series of serveware at Fishs Eddy!

We are ‘almost definitely’ living in a Matrix-style simulation, claims Elon Musk.

The only expert on your dreams is you.

Don’t get hung up on finishing. Whatever you can do is a gift.

I was interviewed on BroadCast:Broads Building Businesses.

Fuck yes Laurie Penny. Is marriage worth it?

Emotional labour, Weigel reminds us, is not just the cleaning and the cooking and the wiping of snotty noses, but the organisation of households and relationships, the planning of marriage and fertility, the attention paid to birthdays and anniversaries, the soothing of stress, the remembering of food allergies – all the work, in short, that goes into keeping human beings happy on an intimate level. Someone has to do it, and the burden has fallen on women to such an extent that it has been naturalised, made invisible by the assumption that women and girls are just built to take care of all this stuff, if not by God then by nature, with a great deal of pseudo-scientific handwaving over the specifics. The idea that we might not be, and that we might furthermore be fed up of doing so thanklessly and for free, is profoundly threatening to the smooth running of society as we know it.

The reframing of marriage and partnership not just as work, but as optional work, raises real questions for women and girls thinking about “settling down”. Is it worth it? Is signing up for what might turn out, even if you’re lucky, to be a lifetime of domestic management too high a price to pay for limited reward? Do you actually want to spend years taking care of children and a partner when it’s hard enough taking care of yourself?

Lisa Bonet loves coconut oil and she looks amazing. 48! My god.

Here are some awesome and actually helpful Buddhists concepts to apply to life when things get tough. I love this post.

Refuse to worry and be more useful to your friends.

How to practice solo sex magic, and masturbation tips from a sex witch. Hello!

Here’s how to find your edge, and find true healing in discomfort. Aka, pull down your mask!

Stoya Said Stop. She was one-half of porn’s power couple before she accused her ex-boyfriend James Deen of rape. Now she’s trying to fix the industry from the inside.

Apparently the number of men you’ve slept with is a good indicator of how likely you are to get divorced. More than 9 sexual partners increases your risk for divorce by 30%. Whoah.

Your personality isn’t fixed. In other news, science supports the idea that you can literally be ANYONE you want to be.

“People can use their wonderful brains to think differently about situations,” Milgram says. “To reframe them. To reconstruct them. To even reconstruct themselves.”

In one experiment, many student subjects opted to give themselves mild electric shocks rather than sit alone with their thoughts. Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

Layla Martin is THE SHIT, I just discovered her recently and am so obsessed! Here’s her 10 minute sensual yoga practice, but you should go through her whole site because it’s rad.

How can you possibly figure out the value of the world’s largest diamond?

Anxiety magazine covers… This shit is FUNNY!

The lost gardens of NYC are beautiful!

Doubt is corrosive. Someone faced with doubt rarely brings her best self to the table. Doubt undermines confidence, it casts aspersions, it assumes untruths.

The Buenos Aires zoo is setting all the animals free!

Six ways to sexual healing from Alexandra Roxo. Essential reading for most of us.

This is pretty wild: Sexual Reflexology. Flick to page 91 where they start equating facial features with vagina size and you’ll be entertained at the VERY least.

Depression-Busting Exercise Tips For People Too Depressed To Exercise. It’s good stuff!

Here’s why French women swear by cooch coaches. That is not a typo.


 


 

This very illuminating David Copperfield interview starts at about 14 minutes.

 

This song never gets old.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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#blacklivesmatter And What We Can Actually Do About It

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I woke up this morning thinking about #blacklivesmatter and I couldn’t get my mind off the subject. If you’re anything like me (aka a human with even the smallest amount of compassion and empathy), I’m sure you’ve been thinking about it too. And you’ve probably been feeling similarly helpless as you watch the news updates roll in and feel the swell of outrage from your friends on social media.

#blacklivesmatter is acutely real to me, made even more visceral by the fact that my boyfriend is African-American. I asked him yesterday whether hearing about yet another murder of a black man by the police made him afraid to leave the house. “No,” he said, “It just makes me more angry.”

If you’re feeling the whole spectrum of emotions — from fear to rage to confusion to helplessness — you are not alone. I sat down on my couch to make this video about what we can actually do in the face of so much ugliness. I hope that it inspires you to get involved and be part of the change that we want to see.


 

Love and awareness,

P.S. These ideas are gleaned from a number of sources, including the Washington Post, Huffington Post and Mic.

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