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Getting inspired to eat healthy

March 20th, 2014 1 Comment

Eating “healthy” and “clean” isn’t as exciting as a hearty plate of pasta or a juicy hamburger next to a steaming basket of fries.  Or, as we all know, just a plate of bacon. Those meals don’t need a lot of fanfare to be appealing.  The same old yogurt with berries and over-scrambled eggs we eat regularly lose their luster pretty quick, in my opinion.

However, I’ve found that looking at beautiful, stylized pictures of healthy food on instagram pulls me back to the bright side and away from the fries.

Here are four instagram users I love to follow and inspire me to keep my diet clean.  Three of the four also have blogs where they post their healthy recipes.  Click the images to find their instagrams.


livebeaming instagram

sweetsimplevegan instagram

sweet green instagram


@PhilosophieMama (Sophie) is a super cute energetic mother of 2 who created her own line of powdered super foods.  After watching her promote her line and post recipes on instagram I had to meet her. We had a breakfast date that could have gone on for days.  Since then, I’ve been using her  cacao magic superfood blend in my protein shakes.  Sometimes I just mix it with water.  Others I make a smoothie with spinach and acai.  It tastes like a milkshake!  Just what my little sweet tooth needs after a double SoulCycle day.  I’ll be hitting up the “Green Dream” next.  She also has TONS of recipes in which she incorporates the powders.  I just threw some into my oatmeal the other day and it went from bland to heavenly!

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Birthday Balloon Countdown

April 3rd, 2013 No Comments


Birthday Ballon Countdown

My friend Georgina posted this on her instagram.  What a cute idea to celebrate Charlotte’s 6th birthday.  (I can’t believe she’s 6 already!)

For more great mommy ideas, follow G on all social platforms – twitter, instagram, tumblr, Pinterst – @GeorgieGirlNYC.

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Are you into “pinning” your favorite things?

October 26th, 2011 No Comments

Over the last month I’ve gotten a ton of email alerts that people have started following me on Pintrest.  Most of these are friends and clients I know who I would never guess to be active on a new social network.  (“Facebook is enough for me.” You know them.)  In the past they’ve scoffed at blogging and took no interest in tumblr or instagram.  So I’m curious as to why they have signed up for Pintrest….

A quick breakdown for those of you who are unfamiliar with these social networks:

  • Tumblr – Blogging platform that allows you to post easily and follow all of your favorite blogs on one “dashboard” feed (like facebook) so you don’t have to go to each blog separately. Content is pictures and witty short text from real people, news sources, celebs, restaurants, and magazines.

  • Instagram – Photo app that enhances pictures with filters and posts to a feed.  You can “like” and comment on people you follow.

  • Pintrest – It’s like ripping out an article and putting it on a bulletin board to use later.  You pin a pic with link to the source on your different themed boards.  Follow other people’s boards that will feed to your main board.

I believe people like Pintrest because they don’t feel pressured to create original content or add their own photos.  Pintrest is purely a reblogging platform.  The truth is that you don’t HAVE TO POST anything to tumblr or instagram to follow people and read their content.

Personally I’m a fan of tumblr because I like the quality and variety of content mixed with life stories.  Instagram is a great place to play with pics, but I don’t check my feed often.  Both of these have become wildly popular.

Today I spent an hour updating my Pin Boards, but it’s just not my thing.  I distribute my content to a lot of networks facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and tumblr so you can read it easily on the platform you prefer.

The links above are to my pages if you’d like to check out each and follow me there.

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#FF tumblrs blogging great pics and links for #NYFW

September 9th, 2011 No Comments

Want to see quick recaps of the runway shows?

and behind the scenes action?

Of course you know you can always hit up WWD or Style.com, but following these tumblrs is much faster and more fun!

For livestream coverage, go to Maybelline’s YouTube Channel here.

I know you don’t believe me, but I’m still loving my seat for NYFW at my desk.  No makeup, tight clothes, 4 inch heels for 8 hours a day, 7 days straight.  Going to a show or two, now that would be fun!  And I suppose if I wasn’t working I could enjoy the parties instead of editing videos until the wee hours.  Huh.  Ok, now I miss fashion week.

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Check out this real man’s fitness blog

August 1st, 2011 No Comments

Most trainers I have ever met always have to be right.  They believe their methods and explanations are far superior than anyone else who has given you advice.  (So narrow-minded it drives me crazy.)  Andrew Heffernan, the 17 year trainer, black belt, and blogger who pens this blog is quite the opposite.

Before I tell you the name of the blog, let me tell you why I like it.

Admittedly Andrew is a fitness fanatic, but he’s also able to take a real person’s perspective on exercise.  (Real person = you and I)  From his compostition and thought process, I believe he isn’t your usual suspsect meathead trainer.  He takes on our issues and understands that most people don’t have the same motivation as he does.

In his post, “How Not To Stall,” he says:

“I’m a trainer with all kinds of certifications and experience….

…But I don’t design my own workouts.

Here’s why: no matter how hard I try, when I design my own workouts, I wind up catering to my strengths, ignoring things I hate, and-or just doing things the way I’ve always done them, with the same, middling results.”

And then offers this list that seems basic, but we need to remind ourselves of it often:

1) Don’t design your own workouts.

2) Assuming you’re training for fitness, and not for performance in some athletic in endeavor, change things up–radically–every month. Seriously. Go from low rep focus to high rep focus. Low volume to higher volume. Lots of slow, heavy exercises to lots of light, explosive exercises. High cardio to sprints to no cardio.

3) Don’t fall into the rut of thinking what has worked in the past will keep working. The best workout program in the world stops working after awhile, and you have to do something else.

4) Sometimes things work that everyone says won’t work…usually [does] because your body just needs the new stimulus.”

Now I’m going to send you over to this inspirational fitness blog called….ugh, I don’t want to tell you.  Just click here and see for yourself.  Giggle at the tag line then move on to read through a couple of posts.  I like his sensibility and approach.  His expertise will shine through as you read.

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I love it and you will too

April 20th, 2011 1 Comment

I know your inbox is flooded with newsletters and discount alerts, but Refinery 29 is worthy of the subscription.  They do a really good job on not only keeping you in the loop with trends, restaurants, and travel tips, but they engage you like a human, not like a customer.

Let me put it to you this way: every time I click through to their site, I’m happy I did.

Enjoy (if you aren’t already)!

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The NYTimes started a tumblr!

April 6th, 2011 No Comments

Actually, T Magazine (the culturally-centered publication that comes with the Sunday Times) started a tumblr called “T on Tumblr.”  People will instantly love it because the posts are simple – amazing photographs of interesting and relevant people with one line of text.  It’s a brilliant way to begin because tumblrs love pretty, aspirational pictures.  That and snapshots of food.

Eventually, I hope T on Tumblr offers commentary from their writers, behind the scenes dialogue, pictures of their lunch, etc.  Something a little more personal, not just what we see in print.  Since it seems I’m making a list of requests, I’d also like the paper itself to start a tumblr.  If The Economist can play with the cool kids, the Times should not just get on swings, but instead dominate the playground.


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The New York Times wants to keep our attention!

March 9th, 2011 No Comments

Did you do a double take when you saw The New York Times Magazine in last weekend’s Sunday edition?  They said they revamped the mag  to be more “alive and dynamic” as an attempt to keep our attention amidst the digital revolution of journalism.  The cover is pretty old school in comparison to the previous one, but I like the change.  The throwback look serves as a reminder I’m reading a real paper. There a new additions to the content as well.   In my option they did a great job!  I’m biased because The Times is one of my favorite publications of all time, but there’s a reason for that.  The writers have the ability to pull you in deeper into their articles with every word.  We could say, with that kind of talent, the layout shouldn’t matter, but I suppose it does.

The mag also launched a new blog called The 6th Floor.  Named after their location in The Times building, the blog has a catchy tag line “Eavesdropping on The NY Times.” Unfortunately the inside scoop on what goes on inside their four walls is not what they post.  It’s a space for their staff members to “share ideas and opinions.” Although the content is edgy, the voice of the blog is still conservative.  I’m hoping the writers grow to use a more conversational tone and actually let us into their world as employees for The Times.

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