Our Italian Vacation + Why Young Professionals Deserve A Break

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We all deserve a break once in a while, no matter what our situation may be. There are people all over the world who work hard day in and day out who deserve a moment to themselves to take a break. On behalf of the Chobani Flips #BreakYouMake project for National Break You Make Day on June 3, 2015, I’d like to nominate some people who deserve a much needed time-out. I love this project, not only because I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt and recommend it to everyone as part of a healthy diet (see this post and this post for more on that), but I immediately knew who I would nominate: all of my hard working young professional friends.
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Champagne Part 2: The Name of My Blog and a Sommelier’s Cocktail

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Cheers! It’s almost Friday, and you can bet I’ll be enjoying a nice cold glass of bubbly in a few hours. Back in February, I interviewed a sommelier girlfriend of mine, Shannon Silver, to learn all about champagne or bubbly/sparkling wine as I interchangeably call it, even though we are not supposed to say “champagne” unless it’s from the Champagne region of France. Sorrrry!

Since we’re on the topic of champagne, I also thought I’d answer a question I get asked a lot: how did you come up with the name of your blog? I’ve picked up another recipe and some more tips about bubbly from Shannon that I thought I’d share. Continue reading

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Lady-Like Leopard Print + The Dress Every Girl Needs

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I can’t tell you how much I love this dress, not only for the elegant print that walks the line between demure polka dots and bold leopard (I call it lady-like leopard print) but also because it was a killer deal. In my post “My Love Affair with Vintage” I talked about my (limited but successful) thrifting adventures and how it’s produced some long-living wardrobe staples. Well, this little number is one of them. I scored it on Poshmark for a cool $50! Continue reading

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The Plank: How My #1 Most Effective Core Move Got Even Better

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I love the plank for the fact that it works not only your abs, but your back, legs, and arms. Plus, you can literally do it anywhere and it’s so easy to fit into any routine (or non-routine) as I talked about in “Do It Anywhere Abs: My #1 Core Move“.  Lately I’ve been loving the variations of the plank done with straight arms (or from push up position), including mountain climbers and twists (pictured below). It requires greater engagement of all muscles involved to keep the body steady, and is a great alternative to a static plank when you’re ready for something more challenging. Incorporate some of these into a morning routine at home, and you’ll be reaping the benefits before you know it. Continue reading

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How to Wear Horizontal Stripes: Double Down

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Stripes are huge right now, and they have been chic since Parisian painters rocked them back in the 1800’s. That said, it’s widely believed that horizontal stripes make you look large. If anyone had asked my grandmother to wear a horizontally striped dress, she would have looked at them in horror.

Well, I’m here to tell you a secret: horizontal stripes are actually slimming.  Shocking, I know.  Continue reading

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Part 2: How to Digest Dairy – Stress, Enzymes, and Greek Yogurt

In last week’s post on dairy, I touched on some surprising facts about dairy and how it relates to breakouts and hormones, and mentioned that I was lactose intolerant. It hasn’t stopped me from the occasional indulgence, so I’ve made it my mission to understand dairy digestion. This post is also timely as we’re heading to Italy in two weeks where I plan to eat all the amazing gelato with minimal stomach aches!

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Part 1: Everything You Need to Know About Dairy – Breakouts and Hormones

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It leads to breakouts! It makes you bloated and causes cancer! You’d think I was talking about drinking too much alcohol or something, but no, these are all things I’ve read about dairy. Most of us have heard the rumors and read scary headlines about dairy, while being told we need to drink more milk to get our calcium and eat lots of yogurt for probiotics.

Diagnosed as lactose intolerant at a young age, I didn’t pay much attention to the dairy controversy until I moved to the US where Greek yogurt and kefir are all the rage (and delicious). I started to research and uncovered some interesting facts about dairy and hormones, acne, and allergies (more on those next week in Part 2). Continue reading

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Naughty Girl Preppy: Cut off Denim and a Suit Jacket

The idea for pairing cut off denim with a business like blazer came to me one night in NYC, when we were on a rooftop having drinks. It had been so hot during the day, that I’d changed out of my dress and into cut offs and a silk tank after work.  My boyfriend  gave me his suit jacket to stay warm as the temperature dropped, and I actually loved how it looked with my cut off shorts. This combo is perfect for San Francisco, where a suit jacket only really looks right when it’s paired with a casual piece rather than a structured dress. I have so many blazers and silk tops from working in NYC, that I need to put them to use somehow and what better than in an unexpected combination with tattered shorts. I kept the rest of the outfit preppy with a basic white silk top, lady like Ferragamo flats, and my favorite bright orange RK bag that I’ve got on repeat.

How would you take your business wear from the office to super casual?

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