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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.6

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This week was a week. I can’t wait to tell you all about it but with something like this, it has to be absolutely perfect. To tide you over, read some of the best links and articles I found this week. There’s not a ton… I’ve had less time to sit on the computer and read blogs, sadly.

Take this tongue-in-cheek peek at what San Francisco is best at and why it’s the best city in the US (well, at least in California).

This is a cool map of all the locations in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

I’m totally into the third-world country vibe. I like a good challenge. I’ve wanted to go to Bolivia for years. I even wrote my honors thesis on it in college.

According to social media, I’m pretty sure every boyfriend in the entire world is now ‘bae’. Does the extra b kill you? Also, it seems like bae is the worst boyfriend.

I’m obsessed with all of these colorful rooms.

Want to be more stylish? Check out the 7 Habits of Highly Stylish People.

My marathon may not be happening (long story), but in case it does, I’ll be referencing how elite runner Tina Muir fuels for a marathon.

You can have crappy cupcakes or cookies but I would venture to say there is no thing such as bad ice cream, which is why it’s my favorite treat. Now I just need to eat all of the best ice cream in the world.

Butternut squash queso… are you kidding me? YUM!

I am always crushing on Kylie’s recipes and her Zucchini Coconut Rice with Crispy Cheese & Chickpeas is no exception.

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What was the high of your week? The low? What amazing article did I miss?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.15

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Whoops, I originally didn’t write an intro for this, thought about it last night, then immediately forgot and continued to not write an intro. My brain is everywhere (once again) this week. Isn’t it crazy that September is over halfway over? Is it time for next summer yet… or for me to live somewhere warm year-round yet?

I could probably use a spa vacation/social media detox/life detox right about now. So tempted to just disappear for a weekend at one of the best spas in the US.

It’s getting a little cold for Scandinavia, but I’m not opposed to visiting this “gamla stan“, or old town, in Stockholm.

Okay, can I just go back to Hong Kong right now? I miss it so much. Anyone want to find me a job there?

I don’t know if Oktoberfest has me craving soft pretzels (or I’m constantly craving soft pretzels) but I’m going to have to whip up these gluten free soft pretzels this weekend… if I find the time, that is.

I really want to make my own chocolate bars so then I can add all the pink Himalayan sea salt I want.

I never eat quinoa for breakfast (unless it’s in my 2-minute pumpkin quinoa breakfast muffin in a mug) but this chocolate peanut butter quinoa parfait makes me want to start.

Davida has the best taste in everything (that’s why she chose me, duh), so check out her favorite things for fall 2014.

Shalane Flanagan’s career highlights. That’s all.

A week later and I’m wishing I was back at Ragnar. I’ve drank the kool-aid. Loving these photos from Ragnar DC, including one of my teammates squirting water guns at the hand-offs!

Since I’m currently obsessed with relays, the idea of the Mt. Fuji Ekiden, or the “toughest relay on Earth”, both intrigues and terrifies me.

CFGF, the blog. If you love beer, food, traveling, running, crossfit or me, you’ll love one of my besties, Emily’s, blog. Remember when she guest posted about her Whole Foods Copycat Green Trekker?

The Breakfast Runner. My friend Lesley who is a former collegiate cross country runner, Boston Marathoner and breakfast aficionado has started her own blog. Check it out!

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The Classes You Should Take in College

I made a joke about the classes we all wish college offered –  Personal Finance 101, How to Not Burn Down Your House Cooking, Intro to Not Spending All Your Money on Clothes (okay, just me?) – but what about those classes your school does offer? Which of those should you take?

In case you’re new around here, I have a pretty good gig in social media at a large retailer. I honestly fell into social media – classes in social/digital marketing didn’t exist when I was in college (way back in 2011). Instagram was relatively new and no one was on it. I have two degrees – one in fashion design and merchandising and one in marketing. So I’m basically in the industry and field that I went to school for.

I find that a lot of the classes I thought I would never need – Business Law, Computer Science – I should have really paid better attention in. A lot of people ask me how I got my job and what advice I have for others who want to get into fashion, marketing or social/digital media, so here it is. I think this is also great for people who want to make blogging a career, because some of these classes I wish I had taken and didn’t… they would really have helped me out!

The Classes You Should Take in College

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Business Law
If you want to start working with brands, you should have a contract if payment is involved. It protects both of you so you get exactly what you want from it and vice versa. Business Law teaches you things like this. You also learn about copyright and trademarks and all of those things that you don’t ever think about. Also there is a ton of crazy stuff going on with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and bloggers so that is also a hot-ticket item right now.

Business Management
I had THE WORST business management professor. He was such. a. dick. Sorry to be so blunt, but it’s seldom to find a human being who is that full of himself. I hated that class so therefore, I paid exactly 0 attention, spent all class playing Angry Birds and probably just signed in and left if I even bothered going (I was never into going to class, even in high school I skipped a ton of school).

Anyway, so he thought he was great because he ran a marathon and was a doctor (oh yeah, all of my friends have run marathons and also now some of my friends are doctors, cool story, bro) and I thought I would never need Business Management because only people who had a sad, sad life being a manager at the mall ahead of them needed that class. HAH I WAS WRONG. I wish I knew what happened in this class but mainly I also wish I knew about management. So kids, take this class and just get a different professor if you get that guy.

Intro to Photoshop
Is Intro to Photoshop a thing? If your school offers any entry-level Adobe Creative Suite courses, TAKE THEM. That was my biggest regret of all of college, even including a lot of dumb shit I did (see: getting into a strange van in Panama City with my friends one night, eating drunk pizza, kissing boys I shouldn’t kiss). It’s such a marketable skill for basically everything.

Computer Science 101
One of my first assignments when I started my job was to make a calendar on Excel. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time Googling how to do really basic shit in Excel. I can do things now (i.e. format cells) but I wish I had paid better attention so I could do V-Lookups or whatever. I don’t know what I would use them for, but you never know.

Intro to Coding
Is this a real class? It has to be. If I could have forced myself to have an interest in anything in the world, it would be to be a developer because I would be rich. I know the culture for girls in that world is rough (workplace culture for girls is a whole other topic/book for another day), but if I knew some simple CSS I could fix some minor issues on my blog and not be paying someone else to do it for me.

Marketing Research
This was one of the hardest classes I took in college but I know a lot about stats from it and a lot about data which helps me out when I’m doing basic analytics, hindsights, or trying to figure out why a project isn’t working and how I can get data to figure out how to fix it.

Study Abroad
This isn’t a class but just do it and don’t go somewhere dumb. CHALLENGE YOURSELF. That’s the point.

Vines to Wines
I had to throw this in there. West Virginia University started out as a land grant school so it focused on agriculture, fishery, etc. Winemaking = agriculture = let’s learn about wine! I personally think it’s a super important skill to have when you’re out with your friends, at a business dinner, or let’s face it – a date. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a significant other that knows a thing about wine (luckily mine does) so it’s important to enlighten them.

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Did you take any of these classes in college? What classes did you wish you took? What was your worst class/professor ever?

How to Style Shortalls

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Remember when you were a little kid and your parents put you in OshKosh B’Gosh purple shortalls? (Fun fact: Did you know OshKosh B’Gosh has been making kids clothes since 1895?!) Just me? Okay, well then…

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Cassie, circa 1991 in purple shortalls. Pushing fashion boundaries since the beginning.

Do you ever feel like you need to buy something to go to a place, i.e. you’re going to France so you should probably buy skinny white jeans and lots of striped tops or you’re going to Austin so you should buy cowboy boots? This is how I ended up with a pair of shortalls in my closet.

I don’t know what exactly it is about Nicaragua that screamed, “You should definitely wear shortalls” but I ended up with a pair in a shopping bag a week or so before I left.

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Shortalls NOT in Nicaragua.

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It takes me 20 photos to not stand in 4th position from dancing ballet for 10+ years.

I’m also all about white. And neutrals in general. I have this silky Brandy Melville tank I literally always I forget I have but love when I wear it. I decided to pull it out of the old tank top drawer to take to Cincinnati.

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Pittsburgh or Cincinnati?

Doesn’t Cincinnati look just like Pittsburgh? Isn’t it weird? Also, this is what I look like after a 12 mile run in the heat and not washing my hair because the humidity made it totally not worth it. Also, I had a blowout scheduled in two days. Aren’t I the worst? But hey, my hair is INSANELY healthy.

Anyway, so what should your wear with shortalls? I love crop tops, simple neutral colored tanks, bralettes and bandeaus, and swim tops. I love adding a pop of color with shoes.

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Shoes for a POC (pop-of-color).

Thanks to my cousin Jaimie for being the photographer and for putting up with me always. Also Angela for being the moral support behind this frenzied photo shoot. Love you both so, so much.

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How to Wear a Shift Dress

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These photos are a month old. I spent the Saturday before Father’s Day Weekend with my dad since I was in Portland over Father’s Day (sorry, Dad). Every year he always wants to go to the Pittsburgh Arts Fest. Last year we actually went to the Arts Fest on Father’s Day after brunch at Meat and Potatoes. Fun fact: a Bloody Mary really takes the edge off of my anxiety.

Needless to say, Pittsburgh Arts Fest STRESSES ME OUT. There are too many people, people have tattoos of Abraham Lincoln on their shins and there are a lot of women wearing things that they shouldn’t be for their body type. This is potentially why I look so uncomfortable in these photos.

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One day I will be a less awkward blogger when it comes to fashion. And everything.

I’m so attracted to a shift dress even if it isn’t ideal for my body type (short, athletically-slim – yes, I just made up athletically-slim to describe my body type). They’re basically ideal for girls who are models (5’8” and taller, super skinny) but I’m trying to incorporate more prints in my closet and this fit the bill.

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Please note how stressed I am to be in public.

I had to wear this dress twice to be really sold on it, which is how most things that aren’t colored chino shorts, dark super skinny jeans and neutral-colored over-sized tops (I know my style, what can I say?) are for me. I have to get some compliments on whatever I’m wearing to know it truly deserves to take up closet space.

I love the print as I said, but I also love the back detail of this dress. I’m a sucker for cut-out backs, awful tan lines and all. I’ve worn it twice, once with my hair down and once up (post-12 mile run this day, whoops) and think that something with the back detail like this definitely needs to be shown off.


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I love a good back cut-out.

Dress: Nordstrom / Shoes: Elie Tahari / Bag: Kate Spade

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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 5.23

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It’s been a while since the last “Now Trending” so these are probably things that were trending last month, or potentially even in 2013, knowing me.

Do you ever wonder if people are genetically pre-determined to be long distance runners? Hayley Birch, a British runner, explores this thought while finding running as a form of therapy.

I’ve only ran in two of the 25 most beautiful places to run (but at least one more coming soon!). How many have you ran in?

I’m constantly girl-crushing on amazing girl runners (I need motivation for that sub 1:50-half, right?). Tina Muir wrote a really honest, raw post about what it’s like to not have the race you want, even at an elite level.

Has anyone seen this amazing campaign Nike is doing right now? These photos running in front of the most beautiful places on earth are insanely inspiring to me.


There have been food trends basically as long as people have been alive, or well, as long as food has been readily available (let them eat cake, anyone?). The ManRepeller team investigates the newest in food trends – health food. I clearly eat basically all of them except frozen yogurt on a weekly – if not daily – basis. Side note – last year in America over 250 babies were named Kale.

These added-sugar free granola bars from Oh She Glows look so tasty! She really makes me contemplate eating vegan part time, at least just for the challenge of it (but I love/need animal protein).

I feel like my life is constantly just vaguely craving carrot cake. Davida made a wonderful gluten free carrot cake for her boyfriend’s birthday – but really most of all, what I love about this post is her love for him. (I’m so obsessed with my friends who are in love – also looking at you, Em.)

This on-again-off-again couple ventured to Iceland with no set plans. Their photo diary of their trip across Iceland is really haunting – and of course, giving me a serious case of wanderlust.

It kind of annoys me to see fashion bloggers and models who are my size or smaller Instagramming ice cream cones every day when they clearly can’t be eating ice cream every day and stay a size 0 or 2. Finally someone made an Instagram account, @youdidnoteatthat, to call them out.

I’m kind of obsessed with ghost towns and abandoned structures. (Isn’t that weird? Maybe that’s Italy’s one redeeming quality for me.) This note map on Findery features a bunch of cool ghost towns across the US.

I never really wear flats (especially ballet flats #sorryimnotsorry) unless I’m doing a ton of walking and/or are in Pittsburgh and hating life and not caring how I look, but I can appreciate a good cats and flats look book from Vogue.

If you want a good weekend cry/inspirational store/dose of adorableness, watch Frosty the Snow Goat. Whenever you need a reminder that there are really good, selfless people in the world, watch this.

Frostie the Snow Goat from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary on Vimeo.

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How to Style a Kimono

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I love a good kimono moment. Davida told me she missed my outfit posts (and okay, I kind of miss them too sometimes, so you may see more of them) and paparazzi-ed me the entire day. I can’t say that I hated it. You have her to thank for all these amazing photos.

I have a love-hate relationship with the camera, but I’m sure anyone under the age of 22 does. Everyone under 22 is selfie-obsessed and is totally okay with posting awful photos of themselves.

Wondering how to style a kimono? Kimonos feel a little tricky to wear, but really just think festival fashion or street style – destroyed denim shorties and booties or dark skinny denim and heels for a night out.

I like to think of my style as effortless – my favorite thing to wear in the summer is denim shorties, a loose tank, bright colored bralette and aviators or Raybans.

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Paparazzi shot.

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Kimono moments.

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