Weekly Links – Number Five

weeklylinks1. A building collapsed in Manhattan and it was live streaming on a new app, Periscope

2. Southwest CMO talks about the future of Marketing 

3. Tavi Gevinson on #GirlBoss Tips 

4. 12 Books to read if you loved “The Girl on The Train” (which I am reading now- and loving)

5. Trader Joe’s must-haves

6. I love these super cute cafes 

7. This basketball coach passed away & left $200 for each player that played on his team… that’s $36,000

8. You go girl- I love the statement this mom is making 

9. This is an awesome yoga music playlist 

10. I want basically everything from this Free People lookbook

 

Weekly Links – Number Four

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1. Lauren Conrad is Empowering Woman All Over the World

2. This 10-year old’ story is pretty freaky… I never believed in reincarnation, but maybe I do now? 

3. Jessica Lange is leaving AHS, which is sad. 

4. Elton John is Boycotting Dolce & Gabbana- for good reason. 

5. This has been on my wish list forever- when do I spring for this Grey Malin masterpiece?

6.  Building a Community on Social Media 

7. Found a travel blog I love- Alex in Wanderland 

8. Hiking Trails in Southern California – adding to my to-do list

9. NYC Brunch Spots- enough said. 

10. Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patty’s Day & Beyond! 

11. Falling for Haim

Alternatives to Coffee

Coffee is my favorite. I look forward to it when I wake up, I crave it when I get to work, and I feel like I need it when the 2 o’clock hour comes around. I won’t go as far as to say I’m addicted to coffee- because when I’m on vacation or super busy and simply don’t have time to make or stop for my morning cup, I’m fine.  I’ll realize “Wow, I didn’t have any coffee today and I actually lived.”  That being said, it’s something I allow myself to enjoy because I try drink it in the healthiest way possible- basically black. I usually don’t add creamers or sugars – sometimes I’ll add a splash of almond or skim milk & a pinch of artificial sweetener (which I know is bad- but I say “fine in moderation”).

Even if I just convinced you that my love of coffee is normal and acceptable, I think we can all agree it would be healthier to mix in some other drink substitutes. Sometimes, it’s not even the caffeine I need, rather just the need for a good tasting beverage to distract me from snacking the afternoon away. I have been mixing in some other caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks into my day over the past few weeks, and I’ve cut down my coffee intake substantially since.

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Here are some of the alternatives that I turn to when I’m wanting something to warm me up, energize me, quench my thirst, or keep me busy so I don’t eat 45 girl scout cookies (it’s that time of year) instead.

1. Early Grey Tea + Honey: This one does have caffeine and is a good go-to sub for coffee. It’s better for you and although it doesn’t have a high caffeine content, it will give you a little boost.

2.  Water + Lemon + + Cucumber + Mint: This combo is delicious… simple as that. It makes a bunch drinking water easy and if you get it really cold, it will wake you up a little.

3. Water + Splash of Apple Juice + Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar + Agave + Cayenne + Cinnamon: I found this recipe on ToneItUp and often forget about it- but I’m trying to make it more of a staple. There are a lot of ingredients, but they are all ones that stay for a while so you can buy & have them all for a while. You’re supposed to drink this in the morning because it boosts your metabolism, give you a bit of an energy kick, and gets your body ready for the day.

4. Green Tea + Lemon: Low in caffeine, but it makes me feel good about myself. After drinking a cup of green tea, I can’t help but think “I just did something good for my body.”

5. Pomegranate Tea + Honey: This one craves my sweet tooth that often comes out after lunch. I sometimes add 1/2 packet of splenda for some extra sweetness.

6. Water + Coconut Water: I sometimes drink pure coconut water, but mixing it with water is easier to drink more quickly and hydrates me quickly.

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Have any other suggestions? Post them in the comments!

Weekly Links – Number Three

In the third installment of Weekly Links, learn about Instagram marketing tips and find out what the #1 song was the day you were born (mine was Vision of Love by Mariah Carey)!

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1. Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 

2. Love this dreamy NYC apartment  

3. Etsy files $100 million IPO

4. Applause for love… (crying)

5. An open letter to Boston bomber 

6. Career advice from young professionals 

7. What was the #1 song the day you were born? 

8.  Instagram marketing tips

9. I love this look

10. A site that gives you discounts on hotels based on your social reach

Recipes on Rotation

Working in the city, it’s so easy to go out after work and meet friends- sometimes mealtimes are only time I have to socialize. I love trying new restaurants and would even consider it a hobby if it counts as one. I’m realizing I need to cut back on it for multiple reasons: it’s expensive, often not healthy, and causes me to get home later than I’d like. I want to make an effort to not only cook more often, but to cook more of a variety of meals. Right now, I have around 5-10 meals on rotation that I am comfortable making, and I don’t really challenge myself to make anything else. I’ll use this as a place to share recipes that I’ve tried and liked- it will encourage me to cook more often!

Right now, I rely pretty heavily on the recipes of Gina Homolka from SkinnyTaste- I’ve been following her blog for quite a while and have become a huge fan. Her recipes are easy and healthy, but not too boring… and they’re all delicious. She recently came out with a book, of which I purchased four of (one for me, one for my mom, and two for friends who also love her recipes).

Like I said, I have a few dishes that have become staples in our kitchen- I have them memorized and try to make sure I always have the ingredients in the house. I listed a few of them below and am excited to add to the list as I try new recipes!

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1. Asian Turkey Meatballs

2. Banging Good Shrimp

3. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

4. Chicken Caprese Pasta

 

 

Moorea

If you know me at all, you know traveling is something I love and treasure. I am so lucky to have seen so many special places. I really have loved every single place I’ve visited- one of the things I love about traveling is how different each place is and how they have elements that make them special and unique in their own way. I loved the romance and sophistication I feel when in Paris, the artistic and adventurous feeling that Costa Rica brings out, the relaxing and at-ease moments only the Caribbean can emit. Until last week, I would have to say Costa Rica was my all-time favorite destination. The reason I say until last week is because i just returned from a place that has stolen that spot by a landslide.

 

Moorea.
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Moorea is an island in the French Polynesian that embodies the word paradise. It’s a 8 hour flight from Los Angeles, but it’s beyond worth the long trip. Of course I had seen pictures and was excited to see the aqua blue water, lush green mountains, and vibrant culture; but I had no idea it was going to embody everything I’d imagined an island paradise would be. The pictures I saw before the trip that I assumed were photoshopped or enhanced were not. In fact, looking at the post-trip, the photos don’t do it justice. The water isn’t just aqua- it’s completely see-through and the array of blues is almost ombre. It’s insanely beautiful and I stared into it for approximately 700 combined hours (just kidding- kind of). The mountains aren’t just green- they are so vivid, they look like a scene from Jurassic Park. The weather was an ideal 80 and sunny every single day, which made the trip even more incredible.
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We snorkeled for hours on end, ATV’ed through the mountains, relaxed and napped, explored the sea and land, went jet skiing, swam with sting rays and sharks, and drank our fair share of mai thais. My favorite thing we did (something I beg you not to skip) was swimming with sharks and sting rays. It was incredible and indescribale- except I am going to go ahead and try to describe it. We took a boat trip to go snorkeling, and didn’t know that we were going to be snorkeling with anything other than tiny fish until we got there. Our boat captain instructed us to get in the water… “The sharks and sting rays are out to play, hop in!” “Hop in? Hell no! I am 100% not going to hop in. I’ve seen shark week and I know how Steve Irwin died (RIP). Sorry, I’ll stay in the boat.” 5 minutes later, I was in the water among the wild ones. He assured us they wouldn’t hurt us (as long as we didn’t mess with them) and to be gentle if they approached us. For over an hour, we played with the sting rays and fed sharks while surrounded by this crystal clear water and vivid green island scenery… it was a moment I’ll never forget.
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I have more stories and tips if you plan on traveling there, but I’ll end here for now. I would recommend Moorea a million times over. Let me know in the comments if you want to hear about something more specific!
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Here are some photos that once again, don’t do it justice.


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Weekly Links – Number Two

In this week’s installment of weekly links, learn about how to make a long-term relationship feel new and swoon over Olivia Palermo’s flawless style.

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1. Don’t miss out on these sales this weekend!

2. Sign up for “The Skimm” to get a daily newsletter on news relevant to you

3. Oliva’s Palermo’s style RULES

4. Optical Illusion Fun (freakier than “the dress” that has been circulating all week)

5. Social media for business – what you may be doing wrong

6. A case on switching from Uber to Lyft… important stuff

7. Christina Aguilera’s amazing impression of Britney Spears

8. Ways to make a long-term relationship feel new

9. 32-minute at home workout

10. The best time-killing site: Imgur.com

Brights & Lights: The Best Spring Bags

As spring draws closer, I begin to think about all of the happy colors the season brings. The bright, saturated pigments like deep yellow and magenta are my favorite- maybe because they also remind me that summer isn’t too far. Pastel, lighter shades also come to mind- easter colors like light pink and sky blue. I use the springtime as an excuse to add a pop of color to my typical monotone winter wardrobe. I love having a new bag that evokes the colors of this season. This year, I’m looking at these brights and lights as inspiration for my next purchase!

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1. J. Crew, $98

2. Lauren Merkin $195

3. Milly, $195

4. Micheal Kors, $1,295

5. Rebecca Minkoff, $195

6. Rebecca Minkoff, $995

7. Kate Spade, $148

8. Loeffler Randall, $350

9. Saint Laurent, $2,750

 

Weekly Links – Number One

Every day, I come across so many awesome stories, videos, and articles while I’m scrolling my Facebook feed or catching up on news in the morning. I figured this would be a great place to share the ones that I think were worth the read. Sometimes they’ll be inane and funny, sometimes they’ll be interesting and thought provoking. Either way, they’ll be here when you need a second away from work projects or have some time to kill.

This is the first installment of “Weekly Links.” I will be posting these every week, so if you like them, remember to check back for more next week!

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1. This 7-year-old is an amazing artist

2. Boss-lady secrets to make you succeed at work

3. Mercury is in retrograde

4. Healthy beauty products

5. Cute and fun facts

6. If “Best Line in a Movie” we’re an award at The Oscars

7. Interesting read on confidence

8. Facts about Tahiti (l’m going tomorrow!)

9. Because you need more excuses for why you’re always late

10. Winter vacation packing guide

Have you come across any articles worth sharing? Put them in the comments :)