Thursday, June 16, 2011

JCrew Sawyer Hobo

This beautiful textured leather hobo comes in amber
military green and this blush pink
and black shown above.
It retails for $298 and is on sale for $229 online. Their might
be some available in store,
but I would call
ahead just to make sure they have it in the color you want.
It has a strap so that you
can wear it on
your shoulder or cross-body. It is a very functional and classic
bag for everyday use.

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cream Cheese

I use to say that there is more wine and chocolate running through my veins than anything else.

Well these days I am drinking A LOT less and maybe eating a bit less chocolate. I have been on the cheese train for a couple of years now and can't seem to get off.

I love it on almost everything. I spread it on a tortilla for an egg burrito, I have it shredded on tacos, I eat quesadilla's like the world is going to end and I love provolone by the slice.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't have at least one serving, okay usually two.

Lately I have been REALLY trying to calm down. I think it's getting out of hand, especially since I am trying to eliminate my dairy intake to once or twice a week and eventually just once a month. It hasn't happened yet, mostly because I keep buying it...

I'm going to stop now, but first I wanted to tell you about Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cream Cheese. Two of my favorite things in one! This is really going to be difficult as it is VERY GOOD.

Have it with fruit, an english muffin, or by the spoonful. It has a thick consistency, not like whipped cream cheese, and a little goes a long way. I still have some in my fridge, though I imagine it will be gone by tomorrow..

Banana & Butter Breakfast

I am always searching for new healthy combinations for any time of day, but I also don't believe in eating certain foods for breakfast or dinner, I just eat what I feel like eating. I eat every 3 hours, 4 if I have no choice, but it's not always easy coming up with a variety of foods so I am really trying to find some new things.

For breakfast today I found a nice combination of protein, fat and carbs. It's light, filling and tastes good too! Well you have to like cottage cheese...and I know not everyone does so maybe try substituting plain greek yogurt.

In a bowl I put half a cup of low fat cottage cheese, cut up a very small banana, sprinkled some cinnamon and put a tablespoon of organic creamy peanut butter on top. If you need it to be a bigger meal, I suggest doubling up on everything as mine was pretty small. I don't really eat bananas often, maybe once a month, but sometimes I crave them. I usually stick to blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, or peaches.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rose Gold Accessories

I am really loving anything rose gold right now. It's pretty, feminine and seems a little vintage.

I think it stands out a bit more since it isn't your typical gold or silver and it accents a tan nicely too! Most designers are also doing a rose gold collection now because of the high interest.

I have always liked Michael Kors watches since they look good on my small wrists.

This watch retails for $180, but is on sale for $107!

The bracelet is from Banana Republic and retails for $35.

These actually look nice together on the same wrist, but you shouldn't wear anything else or it will seem like a bit much.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lotus Biscoff Spread

Have you ever heard of Biscoff Cookies???

I first heard of Biscoff when I was traveling to Europe years ago and they were being served on the plane as a snack.

I was weary of cookies being served on a plane thinking there is no way they would give out two-hundred free cookies if they were really really good right?!

Well they are FANTASTIC so I asked for a couple more packs...I was hungry.

Because of the high popularity of their cookies, the company started making a spread.

This is very similar to peanut butter, but with a hint of more sweetness. It is wonderful on bread, waffles, a dip for fruit, or with ice cream.

This cookie spread has all natural ingredients, doesn't have preservatives or artificial colors. It's also vegan and nut-free.

These cookies now have a cult following after being served on several flights, which have probably increased sales in general.
"Light, fantastically crisp, just-sweet-enough and tasting of caramel and warm spices, they're like everything you've ever wanted in gingerbread or graham crackers." Francis Lam

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Heartbreaker Bentley

How do you think they cast the 25 lucky men that get out of the limo during the first episode?

They interview hundreds, if not over a thousand guys for the show, and it's not just one interview, it's several.

Different personalities equal good TV right? They like guys whose personalities clash, they like guys who are into themselves, they like guys who talk too much or not at all, they like guys who are silly. And by "they" I mean the producers of the show. They know exactly what to do and are doing it well with the show in it's 21st season.

I have watched the show on and off, but was never really invested in it and remembered watching Brad Womack's first time around when he didn't pick either of the last two girls- which by the way both women are planning weddings.

So I watched my very first ENTIRE season when Brad Womack got a second chance.

The two women at the end couldn't be more different in appearance and personality, but he chose the blonde that spoke minimally. (Guess that answers what guys really want...)

Sooo it didn't work out. Those who watched knew it wouldn't. She wasn't that into him and don't know why she did the show. I found her, Emily, to be a bit boring with zero inflection in her voice when she spoke about anything.
Supposedly Emily is back with her ex and the other girl, Chantal, is in a relationship with someone that is MUCH better looking that Brad Womack.

See? Women like good looks too..

The girl that is the bachelorette now, Ashley, was one of four women remaining of Brad's season and so far it's shaping up to be a quite entertaining season, largely due to a guy name Bentley.

While she's not good looking (as my boyfriend says), she seems sincere and fun. I don't know why I am watching this season...I actually think the guys are making it good. (And there's not a lot of good TV during the summer).

Bentley, a divorced father, has been the talk of the show. He REALLY doesn't like Ashley. I don't think he came on the show to promote anything, I think he just came on for something to do and get a little bit of fame. He seems like an easy going guy who doesn't find Ashley attractive. I don't think he's shallow (well maybe a bit), he just knows what he likes. I can't begrudge him for that.

He is taking it up to a level that I don't appreciate, but I have laughed out loud many times. Here's some Bentley quotes, though I should warn you if you haven't been watching they are harsh (and yes I do feel bad that he is messing with her).

I do have to tell you, Ashley, that 60 percent of guys are not here for the right reasons. The reason I know that is because 60 percent of guys in America are boob guys. But her ass makes up for it, I'll tell you that.

I had the opportunity and I played everyone. That's something that's never been done before.

I've been saying from the beginning, like, she's just not my type. I'm not feeling it. I feel like it's a waste of time and it's better to just walk away, to the point where all I want to do is be on the first plane back, ASAP.

I’m gonna make Ashley cry… I hope my hair looks OK.

These tools, these freakin' idiots, they believe me.

I can tell you that 24 guys out of 25 are here for the right reasons.

It's, like, she's such a standout. She's so breathtakingly beautiful that Ashley kind of looks like an ugly duckling to me.

Even if I'm not coming back, like, I still want to keep the dot dot dot there. … Dot dot dot's better than just a period.

Ashley, she's not somebody that I'm not necessarily smitten by, but definitely the type of girl that I would totally hook up with now and then.

Looking back, things could've turned out differently if the Bachelorette was Emily.

Did you know he is actually coming back during the season after he just left the show???

He told Ashley he missed his daughter and that it's time for him to go home, but really he just doesn't care and is over it. Supposedly Ashley begged producers to get him to come back...and I guess he does, but word has it it's only because he wanted a free trip to China...

Staying Thin

Summer is here! I LOVE every single thing about this time of year. The heat, the clothes, the frequent traveling, the smell of sunscreen and barbecues. I also love the sound of children playing and took this picture in Hawaii as the sun was setting. I know it's a bit weird to take pictures of someone else's kids, but the moment was so beautiful I couldn't resist...

I love summer so much that I can't remember the last time I worked...well I worked on Big Love a couple years ago for the summer, but does it count as work when you get to hang out with Bill Paxton and a crew of people you spent more time laughing with then working?

A little bit of luck with a lot of great people in my life is why I haven't truly worked during the summer. For so long I wanted to be a teacher because that would mean I could travel, go to the pool and spend long nights out..oh and of course shaping the lives of our future during the rest of the year.

But summer also means wearing less clothing and losing the five stubborn pounds that I've been carrying since Winter..and wasn't motivated enough to do anything about in the Spring. So I really procrastinated and started paying more attention to my daily eating/lifestyle habits......just today.

There is a big difference between thin and healthy. The author uses thin to describe someone who is fit and healthy..not just thin. Health really is about how you feel, not necessarily your weight, though I know many people use weight as an indicator for success.

I actually am DONE with the scale. I find that I fluctuate so much throughout the month that it started to REALLY mess with my head. I know I need to lay off the cookies and ice cream when my clothes are tighter. But I usually know I need to cool off by how I feel after the foods I'm eating. Food should make you feel energetic, not sluggish and tired.

This is one of the most informative pieces I've read recently on health and weight loss. While I can say I follow most of the items listed, there are a couple things I let slide as following every rule seems a bit too calculated for me.

The Secrets of Thin People by Lorie Parch

Thin people favor bulky foods.

Barbara Rolls, a professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, has done extensive research on “calorie density,” or the ratio of calories to the weight of food.

Simply put, foods with a high water content―fruits, vegetables, water-based soups and stews, and cooked whole grains―are low in calories but satiating. Most also contain lots of fiber (an apple has three grams; one cup of cooked barley has six), which fills you up.

Whether consciously or not, many thin people follow the strategy of starting out with a sizable soup or salad, which leads them to eat less for the rest of the meal. One Rolls-led study found that subjects who began a meal with a low-calorie salad―about 100 calories for three cups―were more likely to eat fewer total calories. “It subtracted about 12 percent of the calories from the meal,” she says. Foods with a lot of water, she adds, “can help you perceive that you’ve eaten more.” Drinking water with a meal, Rolls has found, doesn’t have the same effect.

Thin people watch portion sizes.

No, most thin individuals don’t travel with a food scale and measuring cups or demand fat-gram counts from waiters.

But to keep an eye on what they eat without being obsessive, many focus on filling their plates with mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. “No one ever got fat from a grilled shrimp,” says Stephen Gullo, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Thin Commandments Diet.

They also use strategies such as buying just a single serving’s worth of food, eating portion-controlled frozen meals, passing up gargantuan-portion family-style restaurants, and using smaller-than-normal plates.

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), an ongoing study of how more than 5,000 people keep off the weight they’ve lost long-term, has found that successful weight maintainers tend to eat five small meals a day rather than three squares, which may make it easier to scale down portions.

Thin people can put themselves first.

For five years, Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian and the author of Thin for Life, worked in an obesity clinic. “So often the women I saw were people who refused to take time for themselves,” she recalls. “Their whole lives were spent giving, giving, giving―which women tend to do anyway, but it was really to a fault. Sometimes you need to put yourself first.”

Thin women prioritize eating right, exercising regularly, and reducing stress―all of which are conducive to staying slim. Fletcher confesses to missing the occasional Little League game to work out but contends that such behavior shouldn’t induce guilt. Rather, it’s about taking care of yourself.

“When people take the reins, they realize that the solution to weight control is inside them, not in some magic potion or fad diet that their mother or sister is on.”

Thin people have thin parents.

And genes are only partially responsible.

“Perhaps 30 percent of being thin is genetic―the rest is environment,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in Denver, and cofounder of the NWCR. If you’re raised playing sports and eating healthy, unprocessed foods, chances are you’ll continue those habits into adulthood, significantly raising your odds of staying slim.

Holly Johnson, age 45, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida–based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of an eight-year-old, describes her father as a “beanpole” and says her mother still weighs “within three pounds of what she did when she married my dad.”

But while genetics were clearly in her favor, Johnson credits healthful home-cooked meals for creating a model of good eating that helps her maintain her weight. “We always had breakfast and dinner together,” she says. “I was brought up with family meals, and now my family sits down every night and lights candles. Dining and healthy eating are important to me.”

Thin people don’t skip meals.

Slender people don’t drop everything to eat the minute their stomach starts to rumble, but they don’t let themselves get famished, either.

“In my work with over 15,000 patients, the number one behavior that leads people to lose control is skipping meals,” psychologist Stephen Gullo says. Why? Being ravenous makes you much less likely to control impulses to overeat.

Alice O’Neill, a trim 40-year-old playwright in Brooklyn, is quite familiar with this phenomenon. “Skipping meals can be deadly for me, because I do get really hungry and I don’t bear the pain of hunger well,” she says. “And if I’m hungry, I’ll eat anything, and too much of it. Sometimes I use hunger as an excuse to eat things that aren’t good for me, like pizza and French fries.”

Thin people limit their options.

While everyone needs a variety of foods for optimal nutrition, professor of nutrition Barbara Rolls's research shows that the more types of food we have available, the more we tend to eat. It’s related to what’s called “sensory-specific satiety"―meaning our stomachs and appetites will cry “Uncle!” after we eat a lot of pasta, but if dessert is pie à la mode, suddenly we’ll find just enough room to partake.

“What happens during a meal of many different foods or courses is that we experience satiety for each food as we eat it,” says Rolls, who is also the author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. “But we are still ‘hungry’ for foods we haven’t eaten yet, particularly those that have different tastes, aromas, shapes, textures, and other sensory properties.”

Still, Rolls would never recommend severely limiting the number or types of food in an effort to stay slim. “People should increase the variety of low-calorie-dense foods they eat―such as vegetables, fruit, and soup―to get the nutrients they need,” she says.

Thin people live in Colorado.

OK, so there are thin people outside Colorado. But there must be something the Centennial State knows: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado has the highest percentage of people with a normal weight (meaning neither overweight nor obese) in the nation.

And why are there fewer fat Coloradans? “My take is that, traditionally, Colorado has attracted people who value outdoor living and health and wellness more,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in Denver, who has lived there for 14 years. “People will take off every Friday because they go to the mountains. They’re willing to prioritize health and wellness.”

The state has the country’s largest system of city parks, more than 3 million acres of national parks and forests, 10 major ski resorts, and 400 mountain-biking trails. In addition, 20 percent of Coloradans belong to health clubs―the second-highest percentage in the United States. (Delaware has the highest.) Colorado’s weather also helps. Says Hill: “We have 300-plus days each year when it’s nice to be outside.”

** I was just in Denver and am not kidding when I say people are RIDICULOUSLY active. Running trails are packed, the gyms are packed and people LOVE to bike...for hours. I also grew up there for most of my life and think I acquired many of my habits due to the environment.

Thin people don’t sit still.

At the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, a study of 20 self-proclaimed couch potatoes―half of whom were lean, half mildly obese―revealed that the thin volunteers were more likely to stand, walk, and fidget. The researchers noted that the obese participants sat, on average, more than two hours longer every day than the lean ones did.

“If the obese subjects took on the activity levels of the lean volunteers, they could burn through about 350 calories more a day without working out,” says endocrinologist James Levine, the lead author of the study. “Over a year, this alone could result in a weight loss of approximately 30 pounds, if calorie intake remained the same.”

Simply moving around more, taking walks during the workday, and parking your car at the far end of the parking lot can burn many calories. But regular exercise is important, too. “Ninety percent of people who maintain their weight are exercising in a way that’s the equivalent of walking four miles a day,” says registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, the author of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet.

Johnson, for instance, does “some yoga stretching and light weights in the morning.” Then, she says, “I combine a run with walking my son to the bus. I’ll usually get some aerobic exercise every day.”

Regular workouts have another dividend: “Exercise makes you more aware of your body,” psychologist Stephen Gullo says. “You’re less likely to eat the chocolate cake that you know will take hours to burn off on the treadmill.”

Thin people weigh themselves.

For years diet experts discouraged stepping on the scale to keep weight in check. Yet one of the findings of the NWCR is that slim people do weigh themselves regularly. Not obsessively, not agonizing down to the ounce, but at least a couple of times a week. “At the first sign of weight gain, they go right back to their weight-loss plan,” says registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer.

Anne Fletcher, also a registered dietitian, says of the weight maintainers she’s interviewed over the years, “Most have found that it’s easier to manage their weight if they don’t allow themselves to go over their goal.”

Holly Johnson, age 45, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida–based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of an eight-year-old, confirms their findings. She always knows whether she’s in her preferred range of 105 to 113, because she weighs herself about twice a week. “If the scale starts creeping up to the higher end or I feel that things are starting to get out of control,” she says, “I cut back on starchy carbs and dessert.”

** As I mentioned earlier, weighing myself is not productive for me. I become obsessive and prefer not to be.

Thin people don’t skip breakfast.

You’ve heard it ad nauseam: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.It’s also a way to stay svelte.

A 2002 study of nearly 3,000 NWCR participants found that 78 percent ate breakfast every day; just 4 percent said they never ate breakfast. (The registry also found that people who don’t eat breakfast have caloric intakes similar to those who do, meaning the skippers make up the calories later.)

A recent study of breakfast eaters in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association backed up other findings that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

**I NEVER skip breakfast. EVER. Unless someone wakes me up and throws me in a car and I have no control over my day, I NEVER skip it. It's my favorite meal of the day and I sometimes have egg burrito's for dinner.

Thin people enjoy their food.

It’s tempting to think that one of the reasons thin people stay that way is that they simply aren’t “foodies.” Not true, psychologist Stephen Gullo says. “Naturally thin people enjoy their food every bit as much as overweight people do,” he says. “In fact, many enjoy it more, because they eat without self-reproach.”

Feelings of guilt, or believing that everyone is watching what you’re eating (and thinking you shouldn’t be having that hot-fudge sundae), interfere with enjoyment. “Thin people are selective gourmets,” Gullo says. “Our bodies have a budget, like our checkbook. We should ‘spend’ on what we eat selectively, not compulsively.”

Thin people practice early intervention.

“A large number of the people who seem to be ‘naturally’ thin have evolved their own strategies for staying that way,” psychologist Stephen Gullo says. They have to, because thin people do gain weight. But they take action when the numbers on the scale creep up or their pants become hard to button.Their response usually involves a combination of exercise and dietary changes.

Carla Matthews, a 38-year-old stay-at-home mother of two in Newport Beach, California, says that when she goes over her upper limit of 130 pounds, she cuts out dessert and wine, drinks more water, and rides her exercise bike three times a week instead of once (in addition to doing Pilates twice a week). “I also tend to eat more salads and do my ‘halves’ routine, where I only eat half of whatever I would normally,” she says. “After 7 to 10 days, my weight is usually back in the comfort zone.”

Understanding what causes you to put on pounds can go a long way toward preventing them. “Thin people know they need to either limit exposure to certain foods that trigger appetite or limit the quantity or frequency of those foods,” says Gullo, whose personal kryptonite is pizza. “Or, if they can’t do any of those, they ban the food completely.”

Anne Casher, a 37-year-old stay-at-home mother of two in Wilton, Connecticut, has learned to steer clear of her enemy: “I decided not to keep ice cream or cookies in the house,” she says, “because if there are some really good chocolate-chip cookies in the drawer, I’m inclined to eat them after dinner even if I’m not hungry.”

Because stress, sadness, anger, loneliness, and grief can send anyone to seek solace in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, the successfully thin person knows mood-driven eating when she sees it and defends against it, Gullo adds. “Thin people recognize the syndrome and don’t bring trigger foods into the place where it happens,” he says. “Mood eating takes place primarily at home.”

Thin people do what works.

Perhaps nowhere does the frequently cited definition of insanity―doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result―apply more aptly than with weight loss. The math makes this clear: By one estimate, one-third of Americans are on a diet, but 64 percent of us remain overweight or obese. Something doesn’t add up.

The biggest difference between the permanently thin and everyone else might very well be this: Those who don’t gain (or regain) have come up with effective, specific, and often personal ways to keep their weight in check.

Becky Grebosky, age 38, a children’s-clothing and gift manufacturer and a mother of two in Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes a smoothie when she feels like having a treat. “I mix up yogurt, a bit of juice, some water, ice, and whatever fruit is around,” she says. “It tastes like a milk shake.” Other thin people can’t live without dessert, so they shave calories elsewhere or “pay” for the indulgence with extra time or intensity at the gym. “Thin people get out of the mind-set of being ‘good’ or ‘bad,’” psychologist Stephen Gullo says. “It’s about doing what works.”

This practice may account for the single most annoying trait of the always-thin: that their achievement seems effortless. But it’s not. “People think you never have a fat day―I do,” Holly Johnson, age 45, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida–based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of an eight-year-old, says. “I have days when I feel awful. But I spend a lot of time and energy on fitness and cooking. And I have to work really hard, especially now that I’m over 40.”

But when good habits are integrated into your life, something shifts. There’s no need to count calories, agonize over an order of fries, track miles walked, or (worst of all) talk endlessly about what you’re eating and not eating. For the thin, feeling strong, healthy, and, yes, slim are powerful rewards―and their chief motivation to continue, as Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian, has heard from dozens of people. “More than 90 percent of those who have mastered weight maintenance feel like they’re not dieting,” she says. “It becomes a way of life.”

**I definitely agree with this paragraph the most. I eat the same 3-6 foods a day and when I do I fluctuate the least and feel the best...because I have figured out what works.

the internet is a playground

Have you heard of David Thorne?

Maybe you read his email called 'Missing Missy' about a missing cat?

It is quite possibly one of the funniest emails I have ever read.

Click on the link and enjoy...I promise you will..

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes

  • Genuine Hand-Sewn Tru-Moc Construction for Durable Comfort
  • Stain and Water Resistant Leather for Durable and Lasting Wear
  • 360° Lacing System™ with Rust Proof Eyelets for a Secure Fit
  • Shock Absorbing EVA Heel Cup for Added Comfort
  • Leather Footbed With Contoured Arch Support Provides Under-Foot Comfort
  • Non-Marking, Rubber Outsole with Razor-Cut Wave-Siping™ for Ultimate Wet/ Dry Traction

  • Yes I know these scream I belong in the Hamptons or the Catalina wine mixer,
    but that is why I like them.
    They are shoes to be worn on holiday, but that doesn't mean you
    have to wait for one...
    Maybe some of you have noticed I love 'resort-wear' so these fall right into
    my favorite category. I have the ones pictured
    and also a pair of plaid ones that I have yet to wear.
    While I do not spend that
    much time on boats, these look great with with dresses, shorts, jeans, and pants.
    They retail for $85 and are available
    at a Nordstrom near you,, and
    And I know they do go on sale quite often.

    Bradley Cooper Speaks FRENCH?!?

    I have always been a lover of all things French. I find Paris to be one of the most fascinating cities in the world and though I've only been once, it is everything I thought it would be.

    I am in the middle of writing a blog about fashion in Paris and then I saw this...

    I have never been a huge fan of Bradley Cooper. I don't dislike him, but just never thought he was THAT great. I met him once on the set of the first Hangover- he was nice and professional, but finding him dreamy...not so much.

    I saw this video this morning and wanted to share.

    And yes, I am slowly coming around. I am a sucker for the language as well.