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

November 26th, 2014 admin

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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[PARTNER POST] Natty Style for Marie Claire Magazine

October 6th, 2014 admin

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

October 1st, 2014 admin

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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!

 

 

 

[NATTY NEWS] My Treehouse Featured on Refinery 29

September 24th, 2014 admin

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“Whitney & Paloma, the free-spirited beauties behind Valentine NYC, are on a two-woman mission to revive romance by showcasing some of the most inspiring couples from NYC to L.A — often in their skivvies. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, the ladies design some killer lingerie, too.


Natalie Decleve, a stylist, fashion correspondent, and Lorde-lover like ourselves, turned her West Village apartment into a stylish, inspiration-filled hang-out. Click through for the pics!”

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[NYFW] Where I Went & What I Wore Part 1 via Guest of a Guest

September 17th, 2014 admin

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“Uptown, downtown, and running all around town. Our Fashion Correspondent, Natalie Decleve (aka @natty_style) brought us the best of what’s happening at New York Fashion Week. Of course, she had to look her best while she was at it, while staying comfortable enough to make her rounds. Click through to see Part 1 of where she went and what she wore to NYFW!”

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[NYFW] Interview: Style Advice & More from Designer Sylvie Millstein via Guest of a Guest

September 12th, 2014 admin

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What do you get when you combine Parisian style with Japanese simplicity? The answer is Hellessy, the ready-to-wear line born of French/Japanese designer, Sylvie Millstein. The Paris born beauty lived in Tokyo for years before moving to NYC in 2007, and worked for esteemed fashion houses Givenchy and Chanel, as well as Harrods before using her wide experience to create her own collection. Hellessy’s effortless pieces are crafted in luxe materials that translate seamlessly into a modern, working wardrobe. This season’s collection proved no different, and included a variety of wearable items – from a perfect autumn poncho to a pair of leather bellbottoms paired down with a simple striped top. We caught up with Sylvie to get her style tips for dressing chic and maintaining a well-edited wardrobe.

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[NYFW] Street Style from the Tents: Day 4-8 via Guest of a Guest

September 11th, 2014 admin

4[DAY 4] June Ambrose and Jonathan Cheban…But no Kim Kardashian

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[DAY 5] Rumi Neely, Kelly Frammel and a stylish smiles at Pier 59

6[DAY 7] Christina Milian, Miss J from Project Runway and Jessica Hart join a myriad of Betsy Johnson fans outside of the tents.

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[DAY 8] Bill Cunningham snapped along with us outside of Ralph Lauren, catching Anna Della Russo, Kate Davidson Hudson, Chiara Ferragni and more…

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[Natalie Decleve] Hippie in heels. NYC based Stylist, Fashion Correspondent & Writer. Guest of a Guest contributor.
All natural, always Natty. www.nataliedecleve.com

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