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Start your summer with these singles

June 10th, 2015 No Comments


The Weeknd’s new single, “Can’t feel my face.” A-mazing.

On a lighter note, download these more upbeat releases too!

  • Flo Rida + Robin Thicke – I Don’t Like It
  • Pitbull + Cee Lo Green – Have Some Fun
  • Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt
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Truly effortless protection

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

No, I’m not talking about condoms, but I gotcha with that photo didn’t I?? :)

Sunscreen is important protection you should wear everyday!

The thing that sucks, about both sunscreen and condoms actually, is they’re such an effort to put on and uncomfortable to wear.

Most sunscreen is packed with chemicals, takes minutes to rub in, and irritates your precious skin.

Not Radical!  It’s super thin, weightless on my face, chemical free, and doesn’t irritate my eyes when I sweat.

 

A friend of mine works for the two sisters who started the brand and hooked me up with the Radical daily regimen and their sunscreen.  I love it all, but the sunscreen is a god-send.  It’s main properties:

  • Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced
  • Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn’t leave white streaks
  • Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light
  • Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation

For more info, click here.

(Headline photo by Kelly Fajack. Product provided via PR.)

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Strength will get you a sexy back

June 8th, 2015 No Comments

When you’re wearing a bathing suit, the most exposed part of your body is your back, so we gotta get it looking good!  Plus, strength in your back body will improve your posture.

I’m a firm believer in “Repetition = Definition” but you can’t define muscles that you don’t have.

By using heavier weight in your workout, you’ll build the muscle first and then you can tone it.

In this video of an angled row, I’m using that philosophy to build back muscle.

In a normal seated row, you will usually feel tension in your neck and you pull.  By raising the angle of your arms, we take your neck out of the equation entirely!

Go for 3 sets of 10 reps.  In between, throw in some lunges to keep your heart rate up while your back and biceps are resting.

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Create a website as your resume in ONE CLICK: Strikingly

June 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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I wouldn’t believe it unless I had done it myself, but you can seriously create a website that will serve as your resume in ONE CLICK with Strikingly.  And, it looks AWESOME!

Strikingly pulls the content from your LinkedIn Profile, loads it into a single-page template, and incorporates sleek design elements with background images from their library. I’ve tried it (see my site here), and yes it’s that easy.

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Not only does your site look good online, it’s also responsive to mobile devices. In other words,  you don’t need to hassle with creating a resume in Word anymore.

Founder and creator David Chen set his goal to give anyone the capability to build a website in 10 minutes or less. In my experience with the Strikingly dashboard and user-friendly interface. That is absolutely true, but it was so easy to make changes, add new content, rearrange the flow, and edit photos, I spent an hour having fun playing with the features!

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The cost of the site is $0 if you use their Strikingly domain. YourName.Strikingly.com. Should you want to use a custom domain, you’re looking at $96/year that includes email service and the ability to build another website. The Pro version ($192/year) gives you three sites, access to the app store, embedding capabilities, and other features worthy of the cost.

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Strikingly isn’t just for resumes. The platform can also be the foundation for your company website and serve you analytics. Coupled with the fact that it’s also mobile-optimized makes Strikingly the perfect solution for businesses that can’t afford web development.

Go to Strikingly.com to create your online resume now. Then offer up a note of thanks to their team on Facebook. Trust me when I tell you, they will love to hear from you!

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The rules of cut off shorts

June 2nd, 2015 No Comments

At the ripe old age of 33, I feel like I’m too old and have become too conservative to wear cut off jean shorts of the super-short, ripped-to-shreds, pocket-hanging-out variety. Totally ridiculous, especially since I live in a beach town and I’m a stone’s throw away from West Hollywood where anything goes.

I think it’s time I lighten up!

@PeaceLoveShea (“a global talent and fashion influencer” per her website) has become one of my favorite fashionistas to follow on instagram,  I don’t really care what she does for a living, but I love living and dressing vicariously through her.

She exemplifies how this trend should be worn.

 

 

RULES TO ROCK THIS TREND

  1. Loose-fitting top

  2. Flat shoes

A few other examples from IG.

    

 

One thing you need to watch out for are the high-waisted shorts.  They look good from the front, just don’t take the tags off until you make sure they look good from the back.  I have a severe case of pancake butt in anything high waisted.  These two below pull it off beautifully.

 

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My substitute for burpees will tone your whole body

June 1st, 2015 No Comments

As effective as they are, I can’t stand burpees so I have been happily substituting this move into my workout for weeks!

Just like a burpee, the total body twist requires me to use my arms, abs, and legs.  During my weight training days, 20 reps gets my heart rate up so I stay in my fat burning zone while I’m lifting.

A few things to remember:

  • Your weight should be moderately heavy to support the movement.
  • Don’t let your elbows flare out to the side.
  • Keep your abs contracted to support your back as you’re twisting.
  • Don’t stop when you get tired, just slow down your pace.
  • Go for 20 reps, 10 on each side.

Total Body Twist Heat to Toe

  • Lululemon Top
  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor
  • Lululemon Pants
  • Brooks Pure Running Shoes
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Peachy suggestions for your summer table

May 28th, 2015 No Comments


Peaches, my favorite fruit, are back in season! And while I love to just devour them straight from the fridge, we should have a little patience and incorporate them into some dishes.  A few of my favorites along with other ideas below.  The best thing about peaches, they don’t need much!

  

  • Appetizer: served on toast with salty blue cheese
  • Salad: chopped with arugula, avocado, toasted sliced almonds, and a tangy dressing. Protein of your choice!
  • Dinner: Peach chutney over chicken (Recipe is from Cardamon Hill, AMAZING Indian in Atlanta)
  • Dinner: Grilled with grilled shrimp or PORK CHOP!
  • Dinner: Sautéed with my pork tenderloin
  • Side: Grilled or lightly sautéed with green beans, toss with slivered almonds and sherry vinegar (via bon appetite)
  • Dessert: Don’t fuss over cobbler or pie. Roast sliced peaches with butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and agave. Served with cashew ice cream, sprinkle sea salt. Or with homemade whippedcream. My easy instructions for both here.

 

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Don’t stress about Dad

May 27th, 2015 No Comments

I think the reason we stress out about shopping for Dad is because we don’t fully understand the things they really enjoy in life.
Hence I reach out to my go-to “guy” who is corporate but not too conservative, stylish without being flashy, Southern but not a cowboy, enjoys all sports and plays golf. A very well-rounded, happily married father of two. In other words, he seemingly fits the bill for every man in some way.

Below we have come up with a gift guide for you that hopefully takes the stress out of your thoughtfulness :)

A more affordable option to the Big Green Egg: The Weber Smoker Grill

 

No fire pit? No problem. This Light ‘n Go Bonfire lights up anywhere.

 

 

His weekend watch has to be durable and cheap, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.  Timex has totally rebranded and has plenty of attractive styles like this one to choose from.

 

Oversized board shorts belong in the trash. It’s time for your man to show a little leg too!

We love Saturdays because they’re well made, unique, and the price point is perfect!

It’s come to my attention that women now dominate choosing the restaurant. So, on Dad’s day, find the biggest and best new burger in town and take him to devour it!


RAREFORM backpacks and totes are made from recycled billboards so they’re all one-of-a-kind and super durable. Again, starting at $50, totally affordable.

 

For the hubby who likes to host: honeyboards are also one-of-a-kind.

If you’re still on the hunt, hit up TouchOfModern, my favorite website for stylish accessories, chic furniture, and awesome gadgets. And, it’s all on sale :)

You can also check out my previous Men’s gift guide from Christmas here.

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