How to Be a Conscious Fashion Consumer – via Darling Magazine

December 12th, 2014 admin


If you break it down, “fashion” is by very definition, impermanent.  The word is often bookended by others like “latest”, “craze” and “trend” – implying that no matter the current popularity of the subject, it too will soon be replaced.

If you’re like most women, it’s probable you’ve lusted over an “it bag” worth more than your rent, trolled eBay for deals or maybe even maxed out a credit card to secure one of your own. Remember when Uggs were an absolute wardrobe essential? To be worn with everything from leggings to mini skirts, the furry boot went from sell out success to being dubbed “fuggs”, now acceptable only on snowy days for sprinting to the corner deli.

It’s true. Fashion is an industry built on abolishing the old and outdated by creating a craving for the new. This constant cycle often nurtures a herd mentality of consumers buying what magazines tell them to buy in an effort to avoid the embarrassment of being “out of style”. Yet, despite the moneymaking roots, fashion is much more than just materialistic consumerism. For designers, fashion is an artistic expression as valid as any other. For editorial stylists, fashion is used to convey a message and tell a story that goes far beyond the clothing itself. For women like you and I, fashion is also a method for presenting the outside world with the person we are inside…


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15 Unique Gifts That Give More via Guest of a Guest

December 9th, 2014 admin


Every year we say the same thing. The holidays are about time spent with loved ones and the spread of good cheer. We vow to be less materialistic, and spend more energy on the things that matter. But let’s face it, everyone loves to give and get gifts – and the practice will always be a big part of the season. The look on the aforementioned loved ones’ faces when you give them something special is certainly an example of that “good cheer,” right? And even better if the gift you bought spread that same cheer to another face somewhere around the globe. Click through for our list of the most covetable gifts that just happen to also donate proceeds to charity, employ those in need and/or support worthy causes of all kinds.

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December 8th, 2014 admin


Lumbersexual. Yup, it’s a thing.  In fact, it’s been a thing pretty much since Brooklyn has been a thing, but the difference now being that it’s exploded all over mainstream media. Characterized by flannel, facial hair and the outward appearance of a lumberjack (without the calloused hands to back it up), a lumbersexual is the guy who may not chop wood, but he probably smells like the forest. As woodsman-esque style continues to spread from the pages of an L.L.Bean catalog and onto our metropolitan men, it’s highly likely that you know a lumbersexual or two (or perhaps you are one yourself!).  If so, check out our gift guide of all things rugged…yet stylish.

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Natty Style for Crest & Marie Claire Magazine’s December Issue!

December 3rd, 2014 admin


The holidays are here, and so are my style tips for the season – in December’s Marie Claire Magazine, on newsstands now.  Be sure to pick up a box of Whitestrips along with your issue to polish off your party look!

Forget Black Friday & Cyber Monday, This Year – Celebrate #GivingTuesday!

November 26th, 2014 admin


Remember when Christmas decorations didn’t appear immediately after Halloween, and the whole season didn’t seem to revolve mostly around buying stuff? No? Me neither… It’s so easy to get swept up in the craze of finding the perfect gift, the best deal and beating the crowds at it, that we often end up with much more than we need. Believe me, I’m as guilty as anyone (uh yeah, this girl LOVES an excuse to shop) but as a general rule I pretty much treat Black Friday and Cyber Monday like I do gluten: stay away! Ever since 2008, when a woman was trampled to death in a stampede of Black Friday deal hunters at a Wal-Mart – I became pretty grossed out by the whole movement. I mean, what does it say about our society that people could act so greedily under the auspice of being generous, that they savagely stomp out someone’s life?! YIKES! And apparently, there have been at least 7 other Black Friday related deaths and 90 injuries recorded since 2006. That sure doesn’t sound like the holiday spirit to me…


So while boycotting Black Friday and Cyber Monday is one great way to show your solidarity, why not take it one step further? If you’ve never heard of #GivingTuesday, unfortunately you’re not alone. Fortunately that’s about to change. Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #givingtuesday is a “response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season” and offers an alternative to the mania of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is, just like it sounds, a day dedicated to giving back, rather than shopping. So whether or not you wake up before the sunrise on Friday to stock up on discount electronics, Tuesday now offers an opportunity to get back to the spirit of the season.


Last year, the initiative raised over $27 million dollars for nonprofits across the country, and this year they hope to double it.  Click below for 12 amazing and worthwhile ways to help #givingtuesday reach its goal!


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3 Thanksgiving Recipes that You Wouldn’t Even Know Are Healthy

November 25th, 2014 admin

Thanksgiving is all about acknowledging and appreciating what we have, quality time spent with family and friends… and stuffing our faces. No other holiday gives us permission to binge eat the way that a Thanksgiving feast demands. Dinner is typically served at an unheard of 4 or 5pm to allow for endless lingering over conversation and plates piled high, followed by a second round of leftovers before bedtime. In the face of such divine decadence, it can be hard to maintain moderation. So, rather than saying no to that second plate beckoning from the kitchen – I like to prepare foods that allow me to indulge without feeling sick.


This year I planned a Friendsgiving the weekend before the actual holiday, giving me twice the reason to take it easy on the animal fats and starches present in many Thanksgiving favorites. And while nothing replaces the tradition of mom’s maple glazed turkey (sorry but NOBODY wants a vegan tofurky) or grandma’s buttery mashed potatoes, there is always room at the table for a few healthier additions.


Last weekend was the big Friendsgiving feast, and I got to road test these 3 recipes on my guests, many of whom are amazing cooks, and almost none of whom are vegan, paleo, gluten free or even very health conscious (though all 3 recipes here are!). Each dish received the ultimate stamp of approval: requests for seconds.  Plus, nobody was the wiser that their arteries were as happy as their taste buds.


Click through for 3 of my favorite autumn recipes; perfect for a guilt-free Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or both!

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Lushlife Nailworks: An Organic Oasis in NYC

November 12th, 2014 admin


It was a grey, drizzly day in early November. I was fighting a case of seasonal sniffles and struggled to get out of bed. I rolled over and with one eye open, peeked at my calendar, which read “Lushlife” 11am. “Ooh yes! That lovely, natural nail spa I discovered recently on social media!” I quickly remembered. Well, if anything will motivate a groggy blogger to bounce out of bed it’s the promise of pampering. So with a swig of The Squeeze’s Raw Ginger Aid, I was up and at ‘em and headed to the Lower East Side.


One week prior, I had seen a snapshot of the sunny, plant filled space on Garance Doré’s Instagram feed and instantly clicked through in search of its location. Upon doing so, I soon discovered that not only was Lushlife Nailworks totally Pinterest worthy in aesthetics, it was also dedicated to being organic and toxin free!


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Pumpkin for Breakfast

October 30th, 2014 admin


Pumpkin in the morning, pumpkin in the evening, pumpkin at suppertime… When pumpkin is on a bagel… Well, never mind.  No matter how or when you like it, pumpkin is the veggie of the moment for obvious reason, and with as many health benefits as this squash varietal offers – it is definitely healthy hippie approved!  The popular pumpkin is loaded with filling fiber and very little sugar or calories, so it aids digestion and will keep you from becoming pumpkin shaped.  Like most orange fruits and veggies, it’s also amazing for eye health thanks to a hefty dose of Vitamin A, lutein and beta carotene.

And don’t forget about the seeds!  Pumpkin seeds are often tossed with the rest of Jack-o-Lantern’s guts, but don’t overlook these little edibles.  Pumpkin seeds contain a bunch of minerals including copper, magnesium and zinc; essential for immunity, energy, mood and sleep.  Zinc is particularly important for the men in our lives because it protects against prostate problems and promotes the overall health “downstairs”.  So slip a few into your dude’s next meal and tell him not to ask questions.

Now back to when, where and how to eat pumpkin.  Sure it’s easy to find ways to bake pumpkin into desserts, or serve it up at suppertime – but what about first thing in the morning?  Click below for three tasty ways to give your breakfast a boost with this seasonal favorite.


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Apples to Apples, Sauce to Chutney – 3 Ways to Get Your Apples into Every Meal

October 22nd, 2014 admin

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It’s apple season folks, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.  First of all – how fun is apple picking?!  I mean, there are few ways to better spend an autumn afternoon than by donning a flannel and plucking through an orchard in search of the perfect fruit.


Besides being fun to collect and tasty to snack on, apples are nutritionally awesome too.  They’re loaded with fiber and cold busting vitamin C – so an apple a day may actually keep the doctor away!  BUT remember that like many fruits and veggies, at least half of the nutrients reside in the skin.  So keep it on!


Yes, apples are full of good-for-you stuff, but unfortunately they come with a warning… Apples rank at the very top of the Dirty Dozen list year after year – dubbing them the most contaminated fruit on our shelves.  This is largely due to a super chemical called diphenylamine, or DPA, used to keep our apples shiny and spot free during storage and shipment.  DPA is so toxic that it’s been banned throughout the entire EU, yet the US continues to pile it on.  So always try to buy organic apples if available.  And if you can’t, at least pick up a bottle of fruit and veggie wash and spend a few moments to spray away pesticides and yucky wax coating.


A day in an orchard usually yields more apples than you’d buy at Whole Foods in a year.  So, once you’ve gathered the goods the question becomes “what do I do with all these apples?!”  The good news is that apples last 3-4 weeks when stored in the fridge.  But if you tire of snacking on them raw and want some easy ways to get your apple-a-day fix: look no further!


Click below for 3 super simple recipes to serve with every meal, stash in your pantry and give to your friends!


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NATTY [Life] STYLE: A Seasonal Guide To Fall Foods by Color

October 17th, 2014 admin

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The autumn leaves are a-changing and the season’s rusty, warm hues have settled into our landscape and our wardrobe.  But what about our plates?  As farmer’s markets and restaurant menus shift from summer squash and sweet corn to butternut squash and sweet potatoes, it’s time to get with the program.  And just as you methodically color coordinate your clothing – you should also be thinking about which colors to eat, and why.

To simplify things, I’ve created a cheat sheet of fall fruits and veggies explaining why exactly you should be eating them… all according to color of course.  Because color makes everything prettier… and healthier!

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Natty Style for Crest & Marie Claire Magazine’s October Issue!

October 6th, 2014 admin

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A preview of my latest feature for Crest and Marie Claire Magazine, in the October issue on newsstands now!

[PARTNER POST] My Feature on Guest of a Guest’s “You Should Know”

October 1st, 2014 admin



Natalie Decleve, or to the Instagram world @natty_style, is a NYC stylist, a writer, the founder of The Hippie in Heels, and Guest of a Guest’s very own Fashion Correspondent Recently, Natalie took to New York Fashion Week, where she covered the week’s best shows, parties, and events. As our correspondent, Natalie gave us an inside look at her fashion week schedule and all her best fashion week looks. We have loved getting to know her and think you would too!”

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[PARTNER POST] Sustainable Styles on Reve en Vert – Shop My 5 Faves!

September 25th, 2014 admin

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Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind the socially conscious online marketplace, reve en vert.  Aimed at being a “sustainable version of Net-a-Porter” the site offers a range of uber chic everything from housewares to ready-to-wear, all with an ethical ethos.

After spotlighting their mission for an Earth Day post in April, Cora and Tash asked me to select my seasonal faves for a feature on their site.

[CLICK HERE] To shop my fall picks from reve-en-vert!




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