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Fashion:

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably picked up on my serious girl crush on The Man Repeller – Her site is clever, witty, and she’s just as fashion obsessed as I am. Maybe even more so. And today’s she’s here with a phenomenal Do It Yourself project for all you fashion lovers out there – DIY: Fancy Footwear.

Don’t you want bows?

Refinery 29 doesn’t want us to forget about all the stylish mom’s out there, check out their post on stylish moms in NYC – 8 Ultra Cool Moms Show Off Their Killer Style.

If your city is starting to heat up you’re probably in the mood for some tips on warm weather dressing. The Little White Dress is always a great option and here are some oh-so-tempting versions to try out: 14 Little White Dresses You’ll Live In All Summer.

Calling all bun heads! If you’re looking for some new hairstyles to keep your Summer looks interesting check out Refinery 29’s Give Tired Bunds A Twist With These 4 Fresh Styles.

If Coachella just whet your apetitite and you’re going to get geared up for more concerts and music festivals as the weather warms up, you’ve got to check out The Festival Tracker – The Ultimate Guide to Music Festival Fashion and Style. Bonnaroo anyone?

Health/Fitness:

Were you brave enough to sign up for a race this year? Do you have some 2012 New Years Resolutions that you still haven’t reached? Check out The Blog of Impossible Things’ The Women’s Guide To A Triathlon or watch David Kirsch and Heidi Klum’s video How To Train On A Treadmill for some needed motivation and inspiration!

Searching for healthy snack ideas or a great energy boost for before your daily workout? Look no further! 100-calorie snack: Dairy-free chocolate almond butter chews ready in five minutes.

Concerns surrounding the physical and mental consequences of chronic stress have increased over the last few years – weight gain, diabetes, depression. Are you taking it seriously? Read Chris Kresser’s Are You In Stress Denial?

Interested in the new CrossFit trend but hesitant to head to a gym for an introductory class? Take a look at FitSugar’s Three CrossFit Workouts Anyone Can Do to get you started!’

Are you fan of spices? Check out the Whole 9 Life’s Spice Hound 100 Spices Whole 30 Approved. There are some GREAT ideas here.

Barefoot running was all the rage during 2011, due in part to the success of Christopher McDougall’s Born To Run, but what about barefoot walking? Take a look at FitSugar’s Three Ways Walkers Can Benefit From Barefoot Walking and learn more on the subject.

Speaking of Born To Run, if you read it you probably got as interested in chia seeds as I did. Here are a few articles on these phenomenal little seeds


Getting Sweaty

 

I’m talking about working out.

Even better, what to wear while you’re working out. Obviously, some activities may impose specific dress codes, but here are some of my personal suggestions and recommendations for the basics.

Cross Trainers/Running Shoes

For shorter runs and trips to the gym, I usually don my Vibram Five Fingers.

Worshipped by barefoot runners the world over, these “shoes” are essentially a rubber sole strapped to your feet with velcro. I mentioned these briefly here and will admit that after reading Born To Run I immediately ran right out and bought them, anxious to see what all the fuss was about. I was especially interested in seeing how they could change my running style and posture.

“A lot of foot and knee injuries that are currently plaguing us are actually caused by people running with shoes that actually make our feet weak, cause us to over-pronate, give us knee problems. Until 1972, when the modern athletic shoe was invented by Nike, people ran in very thin-soled shoes, had strong feet, and had much lower incidence of knee injuries.” Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University

It makes sense to me that without a thick sole to confuse your feet, they’ll naturally realign themselves with your hips and shoulders and your gait will become natural and gazelle-like. Ok, maybe not gazelle-like, but I am impressed by how much cleaner my running feels when I wear these. You’re more aware of the ground and your stride and your feet, so there’s less bumbling around like a bear just out of hibernation (picture Yogi and you’re not far off from how I look running).

However, for longer runs I like to have a bit more cushion than the oh-so-thin Vibrams can offer.

Enter Brooks Green Silence.

I had read about these eco-gems from an environmental standpoint (entirely sustainable & recycled materials) and was impressed, but the real selling point was when I read that Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek wears these babies (No Meat Athlete Jurek interview). These are thin enough that you’re not hindered by over cushioning, but thick enough that lots of pounding wont leave your poor feet bruised and tender after hitting the road.

Tops & Bottoms

While I have Gap and Zara t-shirts and Old Navy yoga pants galore, my all time favorite gear is from Raw Threads. Their products use bamboo and organic cotton, so they’re made of natural, environmentally friendly materials. My favorite bottoms are the Running Crop Pant in black, they’re comfortable, cute and dry out really quickly after a run.

I usually stick to black or white shirts when I plan to get sweaty (sweat stains – Coco would not approve). Below are two of my current favorites, the first from Raw Threads, the second ordered from Cafe Press after a vegan Christmas dinner and too much wine.

Fueled by Plants - 100% organic cotton

Vegan by day, deadly ninja by night

People always laugh when I run by in this second shirt and trust me, nothing helps motivate a run more than laughter!

Extras

I’m not big on gadgets and was cautioned by my running guru not to put stress on myself by anchoring my “success” to a number on a little screen. His advice for me as a new runner was to just go out and run, no goals, no timing myself, no feelings of failure for not living up to my expectations. He was adamant that running is an entirely a mental game and that by putting unnecessary pressures on myself, I had already lost. So rather than use GPS or a pedometer, I use Map My Run after a new run to gauge my distance.

Now go out and get sweaty!

“You don’t stop running because you get old.  You get old because you stop running.”  Born to Run