My current obsession… Preserve

Blake Lively’s new lifestyle site launched last week, and reviews of the site are mixed. Personally, I’m in love. Preserve really is everything – style, home goods, wellness, design, eats and best of all stories.

The stories Preserve shares easily make the site one of the most unique and interesting lifestyle sites I’ve yet to view and read. While some articles poke fun at the design and writing style of the site – I disagree. Preserve feels like a warm home. Its stories are about real people, real crafts and real life. Goop is cute and all, but Preserve is delightfully different and in the most unassuming way.

If you still haven’t opened a new tab in your browser to checkout Blake’s site – please do so now. Preserve’s motto is simply great, “… all of us, together, championing the goods, makers and legends that instill meaning inside the moments of our lives.” If the editor’s letter doesn’t make you want more, this story on the lost art of ice-cream sundaes will. After my first read of Blake’s letter (yes, I read it twice) I immediately followed Preserve on all social media platforms and subscribed via email. You could say I fell fast… but you can judge me after you spend your lunch break or evening perusing Preserve.



Rebel Yell

The end of July is almost here, and I’m beginning to feel a sort of summer-fever. The urge to pack a suitcase and drive to the nearest beachside location meets the urge to get down to business and hit the books…

Although I love the effortless attitude of summer, I often tend to become restless and in search of stability, schedules and structure. Apprehensive feelings about my upcoming fall (and final!?) semester of college – as many graduates can probably relate – have left me quite hungry… famished actually.

I’m hungry and ready to devour fall’s challenges. I’ve become bored with effortless summers, and I’m starving for experience…

I earnestly look forward to all the future holds – despite my apprehensiveness. This month my summer-fever has had me in search of some inspiration and strength. I found a bit of needed encouragement in this month’s Vogue cover – starring Lupita Nyong’o. The 31-year-old actress has only recently lost her anonymity; although it’s safe to say she’s always had that star quality. Nyong’o serves as a reminder that good things often take time. At all stages of life we must remember that patience is key, and the greatest successes in life are worth being patient for. Continue reading

Go naked

Mid-summer is approaching, and temperatures are heating up. Sunbathing in this season’s hottest bikinis may give you some relief, but it’s time to give your nails some air (and sun) too. After all the buzz created over gel-manicures and gel-polishes that are proven to be damaging to layers of natural nail and the nail bed (oh the things we do for fashion) going naked may also be a step in a healthier direction.

These five steps for baring it all will get your nails in shape before sunbathing season comes to a close. 

1. Take your vitamins. Good health comes from within. Complement smart eating with a multi-vitamin each day. For an added boost to your nails’ health consider taking biotin or a prenatal vitamin as both are proven to enhance nail strength and growth. (Your skin and hair will reap the benefits too!)

2. Undress. It’s time to remove that enamel and renew those tips. Begin by using a gentle polish remover such as a non-acetone brand. I’m a fan of Zoya’s Remove Plus formula, which conditions nails during each use.

3. Shape up. There’s more than one way to file your nails. For inspiration try searching YouTube for nail filing how-to’s, and if you’re still at a loss Pinterest never lacks DIY nail shaping ideas, tips and tricks. The best part of this step is that you won’t need to invest in a pricey product. Most nail files are inexpensive and can be purchased at just about any drugstore.

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Fashion-film of the summer: Yves Saint Laurent

Ever wish you could peak into the life, love and work of a revolutionary designer? Look no further than this recent film – Yves Saint Laurent – which recently made its U.S. debut in May.  

NPR’s special correspondent Susan Stamburg gives listeners a preview of the film in her commentary “The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent’s Revolutionary Rise.” Yves Saint Laurent is this summer’s must-watch film for designers and fashionistas alike. 



This summer’s travel must-have: Gillette Venus’ Snap with Embrace razor

Beach perfection found in Door County, Wis.

Beach perfection found in Door County, Wis.

Most of us love to travel. Jet-setting off to a hot private beach scene sounds pretty great for this Wisconsin native. (Temperatures only reached about 70 degrees Fahrenheit this week!) The only down side of packing for air travel? You know it ladies… packing the cosmetics and shower kit bag. Is it three three-ounce bottles or three three-ounce bags? Ugh. You need to take it all, but it’s always so hard to fit everything neatly.

Well prepare to say goodbye to those packing-for-flight woes. Gillette Venus’ new Snap with Embrace razor will make sure that your shaving needs won’t be left at home due to lack of space in your bag. (I mean bags, let’s be realistic.)

The Snap with Embrace razor is adorable. The creative mind responsible for this cute mini design deserves an award. With ladies who are on-the-go clearly in mind this razor fits the bill for year-round jet-setting adventures.

The Snap features a mini version of the traditional Venus Embrace easy to grip handle that is great for traveling and storing. The Snap also comes with its own portable compact and the Venus Embrace 5 blade refill, which is a personal favorite of mine. The Snap fits any cartridge, so if you have another preference in blade refills feel free to indulge.

You can buy the Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace at most drugstores, Target and Walmart for about $10 USD. According to the product’s webpage, “You’ll be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.” It’s definitely a must-have this summer.


Add Juicy Couture to your summer reading list

My favorite track pants - a true casual luxury.

My favorite track pants – a true casual luxury.

Finally a book for your summer reading list actually worth reading! Juicy Couture creators’–Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy–latest book, “The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand,” outlines how the glamorous pair created the well-known and respected brand from the ground up.

Listen to their interview with Marketplace reporter David Gura here. If you’re already a fan of the brand made famous by their luxury track pants, you’re sure to love this book.


10 Ways to De-Stress at Work!


10 Ways to De-Strees at Work! My latest from The Daily Quirk:

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Work Stress

We’ve all had those days at work or class when it seems hard to focus — we feel tired, a bit cranky for no apparent reason and stressed to the max over lengthy to-do lists. Whether you’re feeling hungry, tired, irritated or overwhelmed, there are several ways to chill out and relax at work. These ten tips will help you de-stress at work and give you that extra boost to make it to quittin’ time.

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Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup Recipe by Yes, More Please!


A delicious dinner option tonight…

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Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

Roasted Pumpkin-Poblano Soup (Image Credit: Yes, More Please!)

I have been a vegetarian for about two-and-a-half years, and I am always game to try a new dish (meat-free of course). Soups, in particular, have always been a favorite meal of mine, and I get excited when I find new vegetarian recipes in cooking magazines, on the menu at restaurants, or in the aisle at the grocery store. Who doesn’t love warm, flavorful, colorful soup at the end of a long day?!

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Get excited!


Get excited!

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Five ways to salvage a smudged mani!

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Neon Nails (Image Credit: Katya Zoom)

Neon Nails (Image Credit: Katya Zoom)

We’ve all had this moment: You just got your nails done and then suddenly that perfect glossy finish gets smudged. Ahhh! How? When you get your nails done the topcoat may appear and even feel dry, but the coats of polish underneath are not dry. Cue the dreaded smudge. So what do you do? Taking off all that pretty polish is simply out of the question. Lucky for you, here are five no-fail ways to salvage a smudged manicure…

  1. There’s the obvious tried-and-true way. Try taking a dab of nail polish remover and lightly smoothing it over the smudged nail. This will even out the surface of the smudge. Then, paint one coat of polish over the nail, and let it set. Finish with a clear topcoat, and your smudged nail will be good as new! The only downsides to this method are that you…

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