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Links You’ll Love

Links You’ll Love

Fashion & Beauty:

If you gentlemen are wondering how to begin wardrobe or style overhaul then this guide from Attire Club is the perfect starting point for you – Beginner’s Guide: A List Of 20 Style Tips Which Cover The Basics.

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The key to creating a swoon-worthy wardrobe is the ability to use the same pieces in new and interesting ways – Skillfully mixing your separates can exponentially increase the number of outfit choices you have when you step into your closet. Check out The Glamourai’s An Outfit For Any Occasion for some great tips & recommendations!

Who knows how long the mixing prints trend will last so you should enjoy the amazing combinations while you can! Get inspired over at WhoWhatWear with their piece Steal Her Style: Clashing Prints.

A head-to-toe monochrome look is one of those styles that manages to look effortless and oh-so-chic at the same time, which is a fabulous combination. You’ll be dying to try this style after scanning the gorgeous shots in B a La Moda’s Looks Monocolor post.

Summer-Denim

As you’ve probably discovered by now, I’m a big fan of denim. And it looks like I’m not the only one! If you’re a fan of chambray and the perfect pair of jeans you’ll LOVE If You’re Thinking About… Summer Denim from The Sartorialist.

Health & Fitness:

While comfort food is a must, bad-for-you comfort food isn’t. Craving fries? Try making these Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries instead for a healthier indulgence.

HIIT is the best way to get through your cardio so check out FitSugar’s Burn Calories, Blast Fat, and Save Time: 7 Minutes Is All You Need for some great new tips to try.

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Embarking on a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean forgoing all of the indulgences in your previous diet. It’s about making better choices, not depriving yourself. Try this Enlightened Carrot Cake recipe from Chef Amber Shea.

With stress and stress-related illnesses on the rise it’s important to focus on finding your inner peace. Not sure where to start? Read this – Easy Ways To Slow Down & Find Balance.

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When you read the labels on your supplements and vitamins you’ll be blasted with information – Take on an empty stomach! Don’t eat for 30 minutes! Take with a meal! Curious when you should pop them? Learn the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins.


Links You’ll Love

Do you let a bad mood ruin your day? It happens to us all and the consequences can be rough. Here are some GREAT tips on how to keep that from happening – 5 Ways to Flip your Bad Mood from Organized Clutter.

Health & Fitness:

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Sometimes you just can’t fight your sweet tooth. It happens to the best of us. Eating a healthy diet is about not going to extremes – So try a healthier treat to keep yourself on track rather than succumbing to junk food cravings – Frozen Coconut Macademia Bars.

Gut bacteria and its role in a health and weight loss has been a frequent topic of discussion in the media in recent months. If you haven’t read up on this topic this piece should be of interest to you – Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale.

As bathing suit season is upon us keeping your abs in shape becomes more and more important, check out these great Pilates moves from Women’s Health – 8 Pilates Ab Exercises.

Chlorophyll

In the last Links You’ll Love post I included an article on all the reasons to try wheatgrass so this week I wanted to share some great reasons to add Chlorophyll to your healthy diet – Why You Should Love Chlorophyll.

Are you a fan of snacking like I am? Finding new snacks to try to ways to make healthy choices can be a challenge – So why not take some advice from an expert. FAQ With a Vegan Chef: What kind of snacks do you eat?

Fashion & Beauty:

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Stripes are a must for Spring year-after-year, the key is to put a modern twist on them and find interesting ways to pair them and create new looks. Nicole Warne – aka Gary Pepper Girl – is here to teach us just how to do that – How To Wear: Breton Stripes.

Each season there are a handful of great pieces that you can find that will instantly revive and modernize your wardrobe – Pieces that are versatile and can help you put together look after look. The same goes for men and women, so check out what Stylist Brad Goreski suggests for you gentlemen this season – Brad Goreski on Men’s Fashion: Stylist Shares His 6 Must-Have Pieces for Summer.

During Spring Cleaning each year I store my Fall & Winter wardrobe and rearrange the pieces in my closet to make dressing easier for that season. Here are some great tips for reorganizing this year – Accessories: Moving from Winter to Summer Shoes…

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A neutral bag is a must every season – A handbag that goes with everything and can seamlessly translate from day-to-night. And this fun DIY project is just the way to make the perfect bag for yourself this year – DIY Celine Structured Clutch.

Ombre is everywhere this year – From hair color to maxi dresses to accessories – Trends We Love: Ombre Obsession.


Links You’ll Love

Fashion & Beauty:

Are you a fan of topping your looks with a chic little blazer? Check out Refiner’s 29’s Challenge Accepted! Watch How Our Editor Styles 1 Blazer 5 Ways for some creative new ideas!

Braids

I don’t know about you, but I love a quick & easy up-do during the Summer, it’s the perfect way to get your hair out of your face. For Sure J’Adore clearly agrees – Easy Summer Hair: Braids.

This season is all about sunglasses – Bold colors, fun embellishments – There are some great pairs out there. In the mood to get creative? Try The StyleList’s DIY: Two-Tone Sunglasses.

Still in the market for the perfect Father’s Day Gift? Apartment 34 to the rescue – Fab Father’s Day Gifts You Can Still Get!

Backpack

This Summer’s new trend in carry-alls is a bit of a throwback. Backpacks are back! Don’t believe me? Check out Into The Gloss’s Knapsack Nation for some of the options out there.

Health & Fitness:

Whether you love to bake or are a fan of adding something sweet to your morning coffee, this is an article you should read – The 5 Best Natural Substitutes For Sugar.

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Now’s the time that the Farmers Markets and grocery stores are flooded with tons of colorful, fresh produce so it’s the perfect time to whip up some delicious vegetable filled dishes:

One of the biggest health risks in our modern society is stress. Not only can it play a role in ailments like heart disease, it can also lead to weight gain, interfere with sleep, and cause depression & anxiety. Read this now – Why Stress Can Kill You: A Cardiologist Explains!

Wheatgrass

There are a lot of supplements & superfoods & healthy foods touted as “miracle cures” today and it can be hard to figure out which you should try and why they may help. Here are some interesting facts about Wheatgrass to help educate you – 50 Reasons To Drink Wheatgrass Everyday.


Links You’ll Love

I wanted to start off this week’s Links You’ll Love post with a motivational video from Marie Forleo aptly entitled How to Move Ahead When “Everything Sucks.” We’ve all been there and this is a great way to get yourself moving in a productive direction – Enjoy!

Health & Fitness:

When it comes to sweeteners there are more choices today than ever – Sugar, Splenda, Stevia, Agave Nectar, Sweet n’ Low… The list goes on and on. If you’re curious about which products are best for you check out this Guide To Natural Sweeteners.

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If you want to make the most of your gym sessions there some common mistakes you should be sure to avoid – True or False: 5 Fitness Myths, Debunked!

Both athletes and gym junkies have their share of habits, routines, and superstitions when it comes to workout fuel. What to eat beforehand. What to eat afterwards. Read Five Pre-Workout Fuel Secrets for Athletes and learn more!

TheTruthAboutDairy

While I firmly believe that every body has a different ideal diet, it is always interesting, and educational, to stay abreast of current studies and research when it comes to health and nutrition. Check out Reginery 29’s No Whey: What Milk Really Does To Your Body.

What’s better than a workout that turns your arms to jelly? A killer playlist that keeps you pumped up and motivated for the entire workout! Home Workout Help: 20 Minutes to Tank Top Arms from PopSugar.

Fashion & Beauty:

One of the most enduring and classic pieces a woman, or a man, can have in their closet is a well-made, well-fitting blazer. If you need some creative new ways to pair yours check out 14 Perfect-For-Spring Blazers We Want Now for some fun new styles.

TalesOfEndearment

Do you dress for men? Over the years my motivation and thought process when it comes to dressing for an occasion has changed – I mean, once you realize most men don’t notice if you chop 10 inches off your hair you realize how silly it is to agonize over which pair of shoes to wear. But what happens when a blind date comments on your outfit choice? Tales of Endearment – Skirting Around The Issue.

Are you a fan of nail art? Why not make your trips to the salon or home manicures last a little longer? Check out StyleList’s 6 Secrets to Make Your Manicure Last Longer.

METGala

Without a doubt my favorite event each year is the Met Gala – Check my past reviews here {Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala 2011} and here {MET Maddness}. Are you as curious as I am about this year’s event? Read Fashionologie’s Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About the 2013 Met Gala.

If retro inspired hairstyles are right up your alley for Spring then this Style.com tutorial is a must read – A Step-By-Step Guide to Zoe Saldana’s Thirties-Era Waves.

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?


Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Rest days and giving your body time to heal itself are vital in not only maintaining a healthy life, but in losing weight or gaining muscle. Read 7 Often Overlooked Signs of Overtraining from Fit Bottomed Girls for some tips on making sure you’re spacing out your workouts.

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Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods and I love finding new recipes to add to my repertoire – I loved The Fitnessista’s South West Sweet Potatoes so I was excited to try her Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

You know that relaxed, unhurried, peace-of-mind you have when you’re on vacation? Well what if you could channel that mindset during your 9to5? Intriguing. I know. Check out The Practice of Work Mind & Vacation Mind, Simultaneously from Zen Habits and prepare to be amazed.

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Finding a healthy protein bar that doesn’t cost a small fortune can be a challenge, so why not try making your own? You can’t lose with OhSheGlows’s amazing Banana Bread Protein Bars.

This time of year allergies are a frequent hot button issue. From insomnia and headaches to depression and fatigue – They can be at the root of many common ailments – 4 Hidden Allergy-Related Problems.

Fashion & Beauty:

PardonMyFrenchDIY

I’m an avid blog reader and as a result I see lots of DIY posts. But rarely does one jump out at me and scream “make me now!” quite like this one did – Pardon My French DIY from The Daily Savant.

Why not go green and celebrate this Spring by trying out some fun, eco-friendly pieces? WhoWhatWear rounds up some seriously cute lines that you should try – Get Green With This Completely Sustainable Outfit.

It’s happened to all of us – The dreaded wardrobe malfunction. And I’m not talking about Janet Jackson, I mean tearing a seam, realizing your hemline came unraveled, visible bra straps, breaking a heel… Check out how the experts deal with these issues with Lucky Magazine’s 17 Lucky Editor Secrets For Surviving a Wardrobe Emergency.

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Does anything say Spring better than a flirty ponytail? Check out A Trendy Life’s adorable Ponytail Round-Up for all the fun inspiration you could need for warm weather updos.

In the market for some cute new sunglasses for Spring? Check out Warby Parker’s Great Gatsby themed 1922 Collection or some of these other great retro versions – Spring Sunglasses.


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

If you’re looking for some great new products to try or tips & suggestions for mixing up your morning beauty routine then you’ll love this tutorial video from Peace Love Shea – Beauty Tips & Tricks.

CheckeredPrint

My favorite Spring 2013 collect was Marc Jacob’s amazing retro-inspired show for Louis Vuitton – I’m a lover of all things Mod and my closet is filled with shift dresses, drop waists, and boatnecks. My favorite parts of that collection were the yellow hues and the bold checkered print – If you’re an inspired by those pieces as I was check out WhoWhatWear’s Check Mate for a real world version.

I’m not sure if it’s all the music festival and Coachella chatter or just Spring fever but I’m attracted to all things fringe right now, and I’m clearly not the only one – Summer 2013 Trend: The Fringe.

MenswearSuits

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The modern man should have a great fitting, classic suit in his repertoire. Still trying to find the right one? Here’s all the inspiration you need – Italian style – The Suit.

Tis the season for… Maxis! The Sartorialist did us all a favor and captured some lovely shots of one of Spring’s maxi trends – Grey dresses. It’s the perfect transitional color as we all wait for the weather to even out since you can pair it with black, white, or even brights – If You’re Thinking… Long Grey Dresses.

Health & Fitness:

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Are you a fan of donuts-for-breakfast but don’t love the hefty dose of guilt that goes with them? Peas And Thank You to the rescue – Super Healthy Banana Breakfast Donuts.

Did you enjoy my Fitness Friday: Workout Q&A? If you’re interested in learning more about fueling your workouts check out The Fitnessista’s What To Eat Before And After A Workout for some tips & recommendations for making healthy choices.

VeggieSushi

Want to try a healthy new take on traditional sushi? Check out Carrie On Vegan’s “California-Style” Vegan Sushi Rolls for a creative, tasty recipe that recreates a traditional sushi roll using veggies and hummus as a base.

One of the most important factors to living a healthy, happy life is getting a enough sleep. Without sufficient rest your body can’t recover from workouts, your memory and concentration will be effected, you’ll even find it harder to say no to unhealthy foods and snacking. Before hitting the sack read T Nation’s Fascinating Facts About Sleep for interesting facts to keep in mind.

Another factor that can have a big impact are your stress levels – From ulcers and heart disease to insomnia and anxiety – Stress can affect virtually every aspect of your life. Read Lift Big Eat Big’s Is Stress Making You Weak? and learn more about how stress might be hindering your workout goals.


Links You’ll Love

Let’s start this week’s Links You’ll Love round-up with some positivity and a reminder to be a good friend AND a good person. I loved both of these pieces and really wanted to share them:

Health & Fitness:

Sometimes making a spa date isn’t in the cards, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax and pamper yourself at home! Check out 15 Minute Beauty Wars’s great post At Home Spa Pampering: How I Cram Hours of Pampering into 90 Minutes or Less.

I find it endlessly fascinating when more mainstream publications – Like Refinery 29 – Report on cult-like topics that I’ve been reading about, studying, and/or trying for what seems like years. Such as the Paleolithic Diet which has been popular with CrossFitters for quite some time. Read R21’s take here.

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If you’re revamping your fitness routine or just starting out you may be asking yourself just what you should be doing and how much – When I first became a gym junkie I was all about cardio machines, but as I educated myself more and discovered what worked best for my body I started skipping the machines in favor of weight training – Check out my latest Beginners Fitness post – All About Medicine Balls.

Fashion:

While I personally haven’t worn overalls since childhood there’s no denying they’re everywhere this Spring. And there are some fashion bloggers out there who are putting together some great looks! Check out NYC based We Wore What’s Overall Army & Second Skin or The Man Repeller’s More Overalls? for some serious overall inspiration.

If you’re a classicist like I am, stripes will always be in for Spring. They’re versatile, flattering, and each season there’s a fun new twist to apply to them – What’s not to love? WhoWhatWear agrees – The stripes trend is everywhere. How can I get the look?

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The Coveteur is a great site for fashion inspiration and drool worthy photographs of closets, beauty products, accessories, and the like.  One of the best features they’ve done recently was on Virginie Dhello – Fashion Editor; Consultant; Founder, VeePost.com. Swoon.

Happy Easter – Big plans for your holiday?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

What’s better than free advice from experts? Nothing! Check out Refinery 29’s A Superstar Stylist Offers Up The Wardrobe Of Your Dreams and get ready to get inspired.

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As you’ve probably picked up by now, I’m madly in love with chambray for Spring – It’s light, flattering, and extremely versatile – What’s not to love? If you’re up for a fun weekend project than give Cupcakes & Cashmere’s DIY: Distressed Chambray a try.

If you enjoyed my How To Apply Fashion Week To YOU post then you’ll probably like this similar round-up from Olivia Palermo – Fall 2013 Trend Report.

If the casual chicness of a kimono is your go-to style than this post from Prim And Propah is for you – Pattern Project: Simplicity New Look 6072 Misses’ Kimono.

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If you’re looking at a fun printed dress for Spring but aren’t sure how versatile it’ll be, thank this is a Must Read piece for you – 3 Ways To Wear A Geometric Print Dress.

Health & Fitness:

ChanaMasala

My all time favorite indulgence is Indian food – These savory, spicy dishes are the perfect end to a long day or a stressful week. So when my favorite baker The Wannabe Chef published this Chana Masala recipe I was all over it – Smitten Kitchen’s Chana Masala.

Smoothies are great for a number of reason – If you don’t like eating breakfast they’re a perfect way to get a dose of nutrients first thing, they’re also perfect for refueling after a workout. Check out Mod City Mag’s Drink Up that Protein for some more information.

This list made me laugh and nod dramatically even though I was reading it alone so I decided I needed to share it with you all – 23 Things I’ve Learned About Love from the fabulous Garance Dore.

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Want a sweet treat without the calories and guilt? Try Fat Free Vegan’s Strawberry Whip for a delicious, Summery dessert filled with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

If you’re interested in trying out new methods of eating in order to find optimal results than intermittent fasting might be something for you to read up on – Along with Low-Intensity Fasted Cardio. So check out Outside Online’s Does Intermittent Fasting Work?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

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My favorite trendy Fashion Blogger accessory? French bulldogs. My second favorite trendy accessory? Celine bags! My Precious Confessions’ Top 10 Fashion Blogger It-Bags.

Sometimes it just isn’t in the cards to try all of the new trends each season – They don’t suit you or you don’t have any interest or you’re saving up for something else. A great, and less expensive, way to mix things up each season is to pick up some fun new accessories that you can mix into your existing pieces – 12 New Accessory Trends We Can’t Wait To Try.

One of the dreamiest blogs with the most gorgeous, fantasy-inducing photography is Gary Pepper Vintage. Oh, and she has an amazing fashion sense – WhoWhatWear’s Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage.

DIYJewelryStorage

If you’re sick of clumped necklaces and sorting through mismatched earrings it might be time to organize your jewelry collection. And I Spy DIY’s DIY Home: Jewelry Storage might be the answer.

One of the fun trends this Spring is Letterman and varsity jackets, not sure where to start? Check out The Sartorialist’s picks – If You’re Thinking About……. Baseball Jackets.

Health & Fitness:

CleanEatsTheFitnessista

One of the best ways to have a healthy week is to plan out your meals and do your grocery shopping in advance so that you have clean, healthy options available – Plan and prep: an hour of clean eats.

The crock pot is a very versatile kitchen appliance, check out this post on how to use your slow cooker for roasting – Hungry Hungry Hippie’s Roasting in the crock-pot.

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Fresh pesto is a thing of beauty. And oil. Try this delicious, fresh recipe and get your pesto fix – Green Powerhouse Pesto Plate.

Managing your stress levels and keeping up with your busy life can be a challenge this day in age so being aware of how you feel and how things affect you is important. Check out Prevention’s How To Prevent Job Burn Out for some interesting tips & suggestions to keep you motivated.

If you’re like me, keeping track of you workouts and activities is a great way to stay inspired and keep your fitness routine interesting and effective. Fitocracy is a great new site that lets you not only track your workouts, but interact with and get inspired by others.


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Chanel

Finding fabulous new sites to enjoy is a favorite pastime of mine and I wanted to share my latest blog crush – Veblen High. I mean, seriously, with a description like this, how was I not going to become addicted?

WTF is a Veblen high? It’s a provoked state of intoxicating, stimulating, euphoria (similar to the effects of drugs/alcohol/sex) induced by the purchase of Veblen goods. Symptoms include high- feelings of relaxation, enchantment, pride, self-worth, dominance and a public display of social status.

Colorful and bold are always fun options when it comes to accessories but sometimes an outfit just screams for a neutral hued bag. Not sure where to start? Bag Snob of course – Best Beige Clutches: Caught Blushing.

If the idea of cropped pants and shorts is too shocking for you right now why not try out the boyfriend jean trend? Luckily for those of us new to this style one of my favorite bloggers, Lovely by Lucy, tackled this topic recently – How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans: Part 5.

Starting to get bored with your cold-weather looks as you’re yearning for Spring weather? Me too. But don’t despair! Stylist extraordinaire, Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society, is here to help us stay in the mood with My Chic Winter Style Secret.

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If you’re in the mood for a fun DIY project and you’re loving all the embellished pieces this Spring you should tackle Cupcakes & Cashmere’s DIY: Embellished Sunglasses ASAP! 🙂

Health & Nutrition:

My go-to pick me up in the mornings isn’t coffee or tea, it’s a green smoothie. Not only are they energizing, delicious, and filling, they’re also the ultimate recovery meal. Not sure where to start? Check out Green Thickie’s The Ultimate Guide to Green Smoothies.

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When Spring rolls around I’m always thrilled by the bright new produce at the Farmers Market, but that doesn’t mean I stop craving comfort food! If you’re in the same boat try this killer appetizer and you’ll be packing nutrients & fresh ingredients into your delicious snack – “Cheezy” Roasted Tomatoes.

Gyms can be pretty pricey these days – Last week I saw a CrossFit gym that was charging clients over $200 a month! If you, and your pocketbook, aren’t up for those kinds of prices than read this Women’s Health piece – Fun (and Cheap!) New Workouts.

If you love to bake like I do finding healthier alternatives and recipes that aren’t laden with calories & fat can be challenging. Choosing vegan, gluten-free, and/or paleo-friendly recipes is my go-to move these days. Not sure what that means? The No Meat Athlete breaks it down in his Veganize and Healthify Your Baking with These 6 Steps.

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Green juice is another healthy, refreshing choice when it comes to beverages. But don’t worry if you don’t have a juicer or if your city isn’t filled with juice shops {aw, I miss NYC}. Choosing Raw has the answer – How to Make Green Juice Using a Vitamix or Blender.