Go From Zero to Chic in 10 Seconds or Less: 3 Key Pieces

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Sometimes you need to get classy in a flash, like last week when I forgot about my apartment’s Board meeting and needed to look more Nob Hill chic than Mission hipster, fast. My 3 key pieces to go from zero to chic in 10 seconds or less are below, and they’re an accessible mix of vintage, hand-me down, and investment pieces.

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Hurdles to Eating Clean: 3 Easy Ways to Beat Them for Good

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Sticking to a healthy diet can be a real pain the butt. Through my years of loving fitness and experimenting with all things health-related I wholly believe the old saying “abs are made in the kitchen”. This makes the struggle to eat clean even more painful!

First of all, what is eating clean? To me, it means eating a diet balanced in fat, protein, and carbohydrate, heavy on vegetables and making the healthiest choices possible in any situation. It means nourishing myself with food that is as unprocessed and fresh as possible, and enjoying treats in moderation.

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How To Wear High Waisted Jeans – Distressed Denim + A Boxy Bag

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How to wear high waisted jeans? Like Julia Robers did in My Best Friends Wedding, circa 1997. I was struggling to recall when high waisted were first popular, and I realized that my earliest memory was seeing them in that movie.  I was in grade school, and was probably wearing a miniature pair myself as I was watching it. It turns out that jeans have always been high waisted, from when women started wearing them in the 1940’s to work in factories during the war effort and right up to when low rise denim stole the show in the late 90’s.  Lately, the low rise jean with it’s perpetual plumbers butt and the controversy about cutting off circulation (seriously?) has been replaced by the more flattering mid rise. Continue reading

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Leopard Print, Louis Vuitton, And A Business Suit

I’m such a sucker for Converse, but when I saw the throwback Adidas Originals shoe bust back on the scene this year, I couldn’t help but take a look at what styles they had to offer. I immediately fell in love with these leopard print babies. They were perfect to spruce up my on-foot commute, and daily trekking around San Francisco. I think I might have to get a back up pair I love them so much! This is the kind of look I’d wear to dinner or drinks right from work, like somewhere in the Mission. Often, I’ll pop a fun tank and clutch into my giant work purse (like this sleek Louis Vuitton), throw on my walking shoes and some bright lipstick, and my corporate clothes are transformed into a funky, unique outfit. Forever a fan of the sporty + dressy trend!

PS. Ombre hair courtesy of skipping salon visits, knee scar courtesy of running in heels in NYC. Effortless!

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Flat Belly Myths Debunked + Life Changing FODMAP Diet

DSC_0134It’s that time of year when we’re coming out of holiday season, and some of us are feeling it in the waistline. There’s nothing like a little overindulgence to make us more aware of our mid-sections. Belly bloat can be fat or it can be air, and at least one is easier to flatten than the other.

I’ve struggled with stomach problems, IBS, and food allergies since I was a little kid. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that dairy (other than certain Greek yogurts or kefir), wheat, and veggies like broccoli or brussels sprouts cause more of a problem than others. But avoiding these foods didn’t solve all my problems.

Life, Changed!

Recently, I decided to do a deeper dive into what causes bloating and upset stomach, and it turns out I’d missed some gigantic findings in the last few years. After reading this research, I’ve realized there are tons of old wives tales and myths floating around the internet that might be doing more harm than good for people like me and should be debunked (like recommending fennel or chamomile tea for an upset stomach). Or how quickly some articles point the finger at salt or sodium as a cause of bloating, when new evidence shows that active people probably need a decent amount of this.

I’ve even been to a stomach specialist who’d never heard of the FODMAP research I’m about to share, but it’s gaining momentum now because it works.

In 2005, a wonderful woman named Dr. Shepard from the Monash University in Australia and her colleague identified exactly what causes bloating, digestive pain and IBS  in sensitive people and why (study overview here).

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Sporty vs. Business – 1980’s Adidas

DSC_0168Speaking of business casual violations, this look was inspired by an incident a few weeks ago when I was forced to carry my gym bag into a business meeting due to a schedule change . It was amazing how many compliments I got on the bag, especially since it was such a dresscode no-no.

I love any excuse to mix athletic and dressy gear, so I’m always that girl wearing Chucks with a Kate Spade dress pre- and post-work (sometimes I even “forget” to change). I’m over the moon that brands have finally realized how chic athletic gear can be. I’m obsessed with the socks and heels look too, so I couldn’t resist pairing these fuzzy, baby blue-toed ones with my jacket.

This is a vintage Adidas jacket that I picked up in high school at a thrift store for $10, and have been wearing ever since. Thanks to the sturdy 80’s polyester, it still looks as good as new! Continue reading

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The World’s Most Accurate Fitness Tracker – My Week of Shocking Results

To track or not to track? As someone who’s managed to stay very fit without a device, when fitness trackers started popping up on everyone’s wrists this year my immediate reaction was total skepticism. How could this gadget really be smart enough to know how many calories you burn? Based on my experience, it may not be.

My personal fitness philosophy is built on eating clean food, working out, and having a general idea of how much I can eat without outgrowing my clothes. Once in a while I’ll use My Fitness Pal as a wake up call, but I’ve always felt that relying on technology to stay on track would interfere with listening to my body. Especially if it was wrong!

So, naturally I scoured the internet to see if I could find any studies that tested fitness tracker accuracy. Thankfully, some folks over at the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise tested eight of these babies and ranked them by how far off their estimates of calorie burn were (margin of error), compared to state of the art lab equipment.  Here were the results:

BodyMedia FIT – 9.3%

Fitbit Zip – 10.1%

Fitbit One – 10.4%

Jawbone Up  – 12.2%

ActiGraph – 12.6%

DirectLife – 12.8%

NikeFuelBand – 13%

Basis B1 Band – I can’t even find this for sale, but seriously what’s the point? – 23.5%

Obviously, I bought the most accurate one to test out!

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Resolutions-shmalutions: How to Crush Your Goals Year Round

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It’s the time of year when we reflect on our achievements over the past 12 months, and think about what we have to look forward to in the new year. I love reading blog posts about the ups and downs my fellow bloggers have experience throughout the year, but why can’t we be better about patting ourselves on the back and checking in on our progress towards our goals more often? Because our busy lifestyle often gets the best of us. Continue reading

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