Monday, September 5, 2011




Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Colorful Diet

The more color you add into your diet, the more nutrients you will get! With all the various colors, each food has different potential benefits to offer. Next time when grocery shopping, if your cart isn't screaming the colors of the rainbow, educate yourself with the info below and take another lap.

Greens indicate antioxidant potential and fiber that reduce cancer risks and smoothens bowel movement.

Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime
Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers, cucumber and leafy greens such as spinach

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision, immunity and give you glowing skin.

Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach and pineapple
Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health.

Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins
Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-flesed potato, beetroot, turnip

Red indicate products that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and to maintain a healthy hemoglobin level.

Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes and watermelon
Vegetables: red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes

White, tan and brown food contains nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks and good vascular circulation.

Fruits: banana, brown bear, dates and white peaches
Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, white-fleshed potato and white corn

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Natural Sleeping Aids & Remedies

Did you know that we spend 33% of our lives asleep? I know we all want to live as much life as we possibly can but decreasing this percentage is a big no no. It's really important to get enough sleep so you can give your body enough time to self-heal. Sleeping is just as important as eating and breathing. Without deep sleep, you're more likely to get sick, feel depressed and gain an unhealthy amount of weight. Um, no thank you.

With that being said, nothing is more aggravating when you know everything above but your body just won't cooperate. Some people miserably suffer with bad cases of insomnia and need to seek out medical attention. Before resorting to pills that you may not need, try these natural sleeping aids and remedies. Sleep can be very fragile so every little bit helps!

1. A glass of warm milk. It's not a myth, it's true! Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is also found in turkey. The tryptophan is converted to serotonin in the body, calms the body and consequently, induces sleep.

2. Exercise. Try yoga - meditation causes instant relaxation. Regular exercise during the daytime reduces stress and enhances the quality of your sleep. Do not exercise right before bedtime. It can energize you and you will be bouncing off the walls.

3. Wholegrain cereals, pulses and nuts contain Vitamin B, which is proven to be effective in curing insomnia.

4. Stick to a fixed schedule for going to bed and waking up (6-8 hours is optimal for adults). Your body doesn't like surprises.

5. Avoid refined sugar, white flour, chocolates, high fat foods etc. is very essential. A high intake of salt can worsen insomnia so make sure you restrict the intake of salt in your diet to a max 5g/day.

6. Chamomile can be used as a natural sleeping aid. It comes in different forms so you can either brew as a tea or simply put under your pillow.

7. Avoid caffeine after noon.

8. Avoid TV and computer screens an hour before bed.

9. Try and avoid naps.

10. Take a hot bath or shower. The temperature drop from getting out of the bath signals your body it's time for bed.

Friday, September 2, 2011



To celebrate Salma Hayek's birthday today, I designated her as our Friday eye candy. I'm starting to wonder if these Friday eye candy posts are a good idea. You know, I'm just never going to wake up and look like this adorable, feisty actress (especially with those 'assets' of hers).

However, there is something about Salma that is inspiring. The woman is approaching 50 and she looks flawless. Sure, photoshop comes into play but not much touching up is needed. Salma is huge on taking care of her skin and body. In her interview with Allure, she said, "I believe that every woman is entitled to fight to preserve her youth." She claims she's never had anything done on her face and never had dermabrasion or peels or injections of any kind.

A few of her beauty secrets are juice detoxes, daily exercises, a balanced diet, excessive sunscreen, and lots of sleep. Yeah, she's definitely a MILF. I can use that term, right?

Even her outlook on men is great...

"I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do."
-Salma Hayek


Happy Birthday Salma Hayek!

Helmut Lang FW 2011

According to New York Magazine, Helmut Lang is going to put on its first fashion show since 2005. Theory bought the label from Prada in 2006 and for some reason, never put on a fashion show. They'll do their first one for the label on September 10th during New York Fashion Week. You can watch the show live at HELMUTLANG.COM. Also this month, the brand's new e-commerce store will launch. Although I can't promise cheap finds, I can promise an easy and convenient way to shop the beautiful collection!

[Photos: Tweleveth]

Music Doesn't Lie

Music doesn't lie. If there's something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
-Jimi Hendrix

Friday, August 26, 2011

FRIDAY EYE CANDY: Nails, Nails, Nails

Just some nail inspiration for Friday...
Something to do when you're trapped indoors because of IRENE!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love

Tonight, I went and saw Crazy Stupid Love - what I thought was going to just be another rom com. And in fact, I was wrong. Although I was laughing my a*s off at Steve Carell and drooling over Ryan Gosling, I thought it was a great movie with some great meaning behind it. Of course we all know some relationships work and some don't. But I think the movie showed the audience more. When there is love, you don't want to let go.

"When you find the one, you never give up"...a legit quote from the movie.

You might think, ohhh so cliche. But I really like it. It's simple. And I thought I would share with my people. It's really not complicated. Everyone deserves their crazy stupid love and they shouldn't settle for anything less. Move on and don't look back. Usually when you reach this point, that guy or girl gave up on you. It's life and it happens every day but at least it's one step closer to the real thing.

Oh wow, DEEP.

[Photos: snap a booty]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Home Workouts on a Budget

The hardest part about maintaining your workout routine is getting your booty to the gym - it's half the battle. And as much as everyone likes to say the money is worth putting towards a gym, the cost of a gym membership can really get up there...especially for us, New Yorkers. $100/month? Equivalent to a pair of shoes, a hot dress, dinner with friends...or money spent toward home workout gear. Each piece of equipment below is under $100. At the most, you will spend $400 max and the life span for the equipment lasts for years. And, well, gym membership only lasts for a month.

Essential items for a home workout:

1.) Cardio Training Equipment
Options: jump rope; stepping machine; step-block; aerobic exercise DVDs; cable TV exercise on-demand channel.

2) Strength Training Gear
Options: hand weights (free weights); low end bench; resistance bands.

3) Balance Equipment
Options: burst-resistant stability balls, non-burst-resistant stability balls, soft foam exercise pads; wobble boars; gel-based balance beams; balance dome; hand weights (free weights); low end bench; resistance bands.

4) Flexibility Training Gear
Options: slant board; stretching bands; foam rollers; mat and towel.

If you're missing those classes, try thee home workout DVDs below - you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!

via WebMD

Friday, August 19, 2011

FRIDAY EYE CANDY: Cindy Chao Jewelry

Cindy Chao: The Art Jewel

Cindy Chao, only in her 30's, is the only living fine jewel artist who has been inducted into the Smithsonian Institute. Her collections are endearingly artistic, like small sculptures crafted from exquisite gemstones. Chao also creates smaller custom versions of some of her designs for private clients....BUT there is a 2-3 year waiting list....AND by invitation only. She's kind of a big deal.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Move, Learn, Eat

makes you wanna move, learn and eat...doesn't it?

videos via STA Travel

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trend: Marbleizing

marbleizing dates to the 12th century, when it was practiced in Japan. it's called "suminagashi," which means "ink floating" in Japanese, the technique involved using absorbent papers to pick up ink from a water bath.

those ripples of color are actually created by liquid. it creates a a sophisticated and beautiful finish to anything - whether it be a pillow, a vase or apparel.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Spiced Coconut Coffee Recipe

give your monday a kick...

servings: 2
prep time: 5 min
cook time: 10 min
ready in: 15 min

2 tablespoons ground coffee beans
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 whole cloves
1/2 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
2 cups water 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey

Combine the ground coffee, red pepper, cloves, and cinnamon stick in a coffee filter set into a drip coffee brewer. Pour the water into the brewer's water reservoir. Set the coffee brewer on to brew. While the coffee brews, gently warm the coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the honey until the honey is dissolved. Pour the brewed coffee into the mixture; stir. Divide the liquid into two mugs to serve.

recipe via

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Miha: Holiday Collection

a look into miha's holiday collection.

the 3 astounding women behind the scenes - aimee kellner, caroline constas and stephanie otto - quoted in their full fashion frontal interview:

“Miha represents today’s modern, empowered woman, who can have a career, be a jet-setter, have a family — or any combination of the three. She is effortlessly chic. We adopted the name Miha from the Spanish term of endearment (“my daughter”) and launched our inaugural spring collection in 2011. Miha offers our girl a new wardrobe four times a year filled with both subtle and statement pieces that work 18 hours — from her walk to work in the morning to cocktails with friends in the evening and into the early hours."

see more:

Miha Studio]

Colored Denim

denim deliciousness.

buy here.

Video via

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It Is What It Is

Is there ever a time when it's not it is what it is? Or not it was what it was?
Oh life, gotta love it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

FRIDAY EYE CANDY: Brigitte Bardot

"I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous and very unhappy."
-Brigitte Bardot

[Photos: ebashy]

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Baby Photography

Too cute for words, right? Charlotte from Rainbow Eleven Photography is brilliant at capturing those baby moments that brings happiness into people's lives. Now, I just need my friends to start havin some babies!