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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.16

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I really should go do my PT exercises for my Achilles and… wow, updated November 26th: I’m an utter failure and totally just published this and never really finished writing anything. Whoops.

Travel
Can travel ever be authentic anymore? You see the same photo Instagrammed on everyone’s account of them riding a camel in Dubai, drinking Guinness in Ireland and in a hot spring in Iceland. My key? Go somewhere gritty.

A list of things to do before you leave for Thanksgiving (or vacation or honestly, in general). I actually do all of these (minus leave a meal in the freezer – but gotta start doing that) before I leave.

Lifestyle
Unexpected nail polish combinations, for when you don’t know what color to make your party nail (am I the only person who still consistently rocks the party nail?).

It’s not news stress is bad… but are we overlooking that some stress is normal? And why are millennials so anxious? (Answer: Helicopter parents and as much as I love mine, they were helicopter parents.)

Running and Fitness
A woman with terminal cancer runs her last marathon. How scary to just know a race will be your last – and it could kill you in the process. Such a brave, brave undertaking.

I tweeted this link yesterday, but Angela from Cowgirl Runs has an awesome and informative post on Nutrition and Running. I am obviously eating way too much dairy.

I’m tempted to start training with a heart-rate monitor because I know I don’t push myself hard enough.

Food
Very into what wines sommeliers drink at home.

All about the LA darling artisanal chocolate, Compartes Chocolate. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for me, go this route.

I think I’m going to make this Cheesy Kabocha Squash Breakfast Burrito for a lunch or dinner burrito… yum!

My girl Davida recreated one of my favorite meals from my trip to visit her in Toronto with The Ultimate Buddha Bowl.

Oh hello, infographic of what cheese to put on your cheese plate.

Chat with me:
Do you ever train with a heart rate monitor?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.09

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Happy Fri-yay, ya’ll. I used to wonder what it would be like to have a Saturday that didn’t involve having a long run and now I unfortunately have a Saturday that doesn’t involve a long run and I’m not into it. Long story short, I decided to try and run 12 miles on my Achilles last week, overcompensated on my quad, strained that and now I’m out for the count. I’m 12 weeks out from the LA Marathon so I called the physical therapist in tears on Tuesday and now I’m in a relationship with ice packs and my foam roller. COOL. If anyone asks, we didn’t meet on Tinder and instead met at a running group. Aren’t. I. Hilarious? My body is basically falling apart and I’m 26.

I’m headed out to SoulCycle since it’s the only form of exercise I like that doesn’t currently kill my quad/Achilles so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
24 Hours in Seattle, Washington. I’m having such issues committing to things, even weekend trips. I need to book a flight to Seattle and just do it.

Lots of us are traveling this season and staying with friends and family. Be a gracious overnight guest so you’re asked back!

Need. To. Go. Glamping. Especially at a place that looks like it’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

Lifestyle
Have you started your Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year list yet? Add a few of the best cookbooks of 2015 of the year to your list.

By now, we all know social media is a curated look at the best of the best of someone’s life. What’s actually going on when those photos aren’t so cropped?

This post by Aziz Ansari on parents went pretty viral this week. Your parents were people just like us at one time, they’re just doing the best they can. They just want to spend time with us. And if I ever had someone who was 1/2 me, I’d probably want to hang out with them too.

What do your exes say about you? (Really though, what do say about my exes?) Notice how I said exes. Such a reformed serial dater over here.

Running and Fitness
Eight signs you’re addicted to SoulCycle. My fitness budget is out of control. #noononMonday

Uh, so I can’t run right now… hopefully working out like a Victoria’s Secret Angel will help keep me in shape?

Food
What you should know about going gluten-free. Fun fact – most gluten-free foods are packed with preservatives. Just stick to real, whole foods. If you think that gluten-free bagel is any healthier you’re wrong.

Why have I never thought of stuffing baked apples as a dessert? Sign me up for any of these, please.

These tostadas made from pitas are going to be my dinner next week for sure.

Have you thought about the appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

Chat with me:
Tell me about how you overcame a running injury. I need validation I’m going to run again someday. What are you up to this weekend? Have you started watching Master of None yet? (SO GOOD GO WATCH RIGHT NOW!)

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.02

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This is once again coming to you late. Remember when I did stuff like write posts the morning before they were supposed to go up? Me either.

This week was jam packed (an event with Brit + Co you’ll see a recap of next week, drinks with a friend from home, dinner for another friend’s birthday, SoulCycle galore) and this weekend is me trying the old leg out on double-digits again, more Soul, a trip to Scribe (hello pickup weekend!) and like maybe fitting in being a real person in there somewhere.

Okay, I need to be out the door for an appointment like right now so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
Loving these ideas of vacations to go on with your group of friends. I’m very into the idea of a surf trip to Morocco… who’s in?

How to save money when you travel abroad. I definitely agree with the Airbnb route and with buying souvenirs for your friends and family that involve food.

Lifestyle
Who doesn’t love following The Fat Jewish? He did an a-maz-ing interview on The Coveteur and it’s definitely worth a read.

Cabin goals. Need I say more?

Remember when I said I was going to be more confident this year? Still a work on progress and these tips to be more confident are good reminders.

Running and Fitness
Spin class in France is just as you expect it to be – not sweaty, not intense and super laid back. Guess Soul won’t be opening there anytime soon?

I love seeing what ultra and elite athletes eat (and people in general, because it reminds me I’m the only psychopath who eats 2 cups of yogurt a day).

Should you stop drinking during marathon training? The glass of wine I had at dinner last night and the cocktail the night before tell you my thoughts on it… but I never drink the few days leading up to a race. Minus that one time. And that other time.

Food
If anyone wants to send me this chocolate vegan salami, please feel free.

Healthy hacks to beat sugar cravings. I need all of these and then some. I am a non-refined sugar #sugarmonster.

Is it ever not banana bread season? Making this Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from The Iron You this weekend for sure.

Ways to start and end your day with peanut butter. Because if you’re me, you eat like at least 1/4 cup nut butter throughout the day. Literally 1/5-1/4th of my daily calories come from nut butter. It’s maybe an issue.

Chat with me:
Who are your favorite funny people to follow on Instagram? (It’s okay to say me.) Do you love seeing what other people eat? What has been the best trip you’ve ever been on with your friends?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.26

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I have a confession – I’m not into Halloween. I have a really hard time thinking of something both culturally relevant + witty + sexy. Because honestly, I think I’m attractive and I wear skimpy clothes because I’m petite and flat-chested and athletically built and live in California and you can get away with short shorts and flowy tanks that show your bralette and all of that when those things are all things but I’m bad at being like, “okay I’m going to be a sexy cop” or whatever. I cannot be my authentic self when I’m trying to be a sexy sushi roll or something.

Okay, but because it’s Halloween and I am lamenting on being unable to be a sexy bumblebee, I thought I would share a little gem from college with you. Back when I was a size 8 but for whatever reason would go out dressed like this (but look at that tan!). I was a Sexy ABC Officer (Alcohol Board of Control) with my roommates. The real ABC wouldn’t take photos with us… basically McKayla Maroney status non-amused at our antics.

halloween senior year

 

Okay, now after that trip down memory lane and a great time laughing at how clever I am thinking of Sexy Julia Child Halloween costumes, here are the best links of the week.

Travel
I really need to get my life together and plan a little getaway for Thanksgiving (or just really commit to Friensgiving) and this list of affordable California getaways is a great starting point. (I’ve already knocked Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur off the list, though.

A list of places you should visit in the winter because you can find great airfare deals. Basically all of these places are places I want to visit, since you know my love for Central/South America.

Airport breakfasts are literally the worst. I’ve had a total meltdown in the Detroit airport because they didn’t have plain Greek yogurt. Flight attendants share their healthy airport breakfast tips.

Lifestyle
For whatever reason, I’m mad into this Rihanna interview.

You know I love a good “what does your favorite [fill-in-the-blank] say about you”. I don’t see Peanut M&Ms on ‘What Your Favorite Halloween Candy Says About You”, but I can maybe get behind what it says about Reese’s cups.

I finally bought a bench for my kitchen table so I can have more than one other person over for dinner (don’t you feel like I was talking about that damn bench for the past year?) so now I’m going to use these tips for hosting in a small space.

Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere is basically the authority on all things lifestyle. I take her beauty comments to heart.

Running and Fitness
Stretches for runners. All of the yeses. This is why I get injured – I don’t focus on this enough.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US gave John Kerry SoulCycle classes!!! Yes, that many exclamation points were necessary. It’s because Kerry had a bike accident with a curb last spring and the ambassador told him in SoulCycle there aren’t any curbs. Okay, fan girl moment over because I unapologetically love John Kerry because he’s so badass.

Food
Why does LA get everything great Portland has? Why doesn’t SF ever get any love? There’s a Blue Star in LA now (you can find me there after the LA Marathon… followed by Salt & Straw) and this interview with the owners about the brioche donuts is great.

So you’re pairing your Halloween candy with wine, right? If not, you should try it this year.

The Kitchn shares 10 cooking tips that changed everything.

I’m a total failure of baking with yeast. I had my brief stint dating a brewer who was all about making pizza crusts with yeast but I’m still not convinced I was ever successful. Goals for 2016? Learn how to bake with yeast.

The psychology behind restaurant menus. None of it surprising, but it makes you see trends.

A bunch of oatmeal recipes for National Oatmeal Day. Because fake holidays, right?

Chat with me:
Do you dress up in dumb costumes like “sexy dinosaur” for Halloween? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? What cooking tip do you have that changed everything for you? Best donut ever?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.12

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It’s past my bedtime as I write this… not much exciting going on here this week. I’m running the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon again this weekend then plan on brunch at Nopa, which I haven’t been to in months. Since I need to get to sleep before I have FitBit anxiety over my lack of sleep tomorrow, here are the best links I found this week.

Travel
I want to go on a spa trip with my girl friends… who is in?

Instagram-worthy amenities at hotels… I’d like the Glam Bar, please.

Five Offbeat Vacations That Make You Feel Alive. We all know I’m into the craziest, seediest travel.

I put together a list of San Francisco restaurants you should eat at for Brit + Co.

Lifestyle
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching on following my passions (aka blogging). But the life of a fashion blogger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… and I think having to go to 2-3 events a week is taxing.

I’m super concerned I’ve been emotional eating but everyone tells me eating Greek yogurt and peanut butter after dinner if I’m still hungry isn’t emotional eating. I’m still trying to cut it out… theses ways to soothe without food are great.

Do you find yourself going to the same section of the wine list or wine store every time you’re in the mood for some fermented grapes? Me too. Try these four wines to get out of your wine rut.

Food
I haven’t tried making bread with quinoa yet but Lindsay from Cotter Crunch has me thinking I’m going to be baking tomorrow since I have some cooked quinoa left over…

I realized today I’ve made at least five recipes from I Am a Food Blog which is huge for me because I rarely make recipes (whoops). I made this Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad for dinner Thursday night… so. good.

Listen
I love the Jess Lively Show podcast which my dear Davida recommended to me about a year ago when I was going through a rough patch. Wednesday and Thursday just weren’t good days for various reasons and she told me to listen to the newest episode with Elizabeth Gilbert because it would resonate with me – and she was right. I need to learn more compassion for myself ASAP.

Chat with me:
Do you ever listen to Jess Lively? Do you have compassion for yourself? What blogs do you find yourself making recipes from frequently?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.5

This post is once again going up a little late. I don’t know where this week went (okay, I kind of do). I need to be totally better about forcing myself to be productive when I feel like it the least. I didn’t really have a ton of time to read blogs this week, but here are the best links I found.

Travel
People often ask me where to go when they visit SF. I should be an adult/real blogger and make a real list (it’s on my to-do list, I swear) but in the meantime, Well + Good is now in SF and has a San Francisco Healthy Lifestyle Guide.

Dying to go to Goa, no puns intended. Major gypset vibes.

A great post on whether or not traveling heals a broken heart. Personally – I think it helps.

Lifestyle
I really don’t talk about growing up in West Virginia a whole lot, but this photo journal of coal country really brings back a lot of memories.

Is the party dead? I think my lack of space and my need to serve ornate food and drink is why I only have parties when I’m home.

Running and Fitness
I should really start making cross-training more of a priority… 6 cross-training moves every runner should do.

Just because I run ~40 miles a week doesn’t mean I can eat whatever I want. I have some work to do to get leaner – and faster. I am really inspired by this post by this marathoner who talks about racing 25 pounds lighter

Food
Guess what… nutritionists wouldn’t eat Quest Bars. I’m personally not surprised.

A super informative piece on what you should know about baking with coconut flour from The Kitchn.

I haven’t seen a pumpkin spice angel food cake yet so this one from Ambitious Kitchen looks like it will be on my weekend to-do list.

Chat with me:
Give me all your tips for productivity, please! Are you so over pumpkin-spiced everything? Do you eat Quest bars?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.14

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Mercury is in retrograde again. I just can’t with Mercury. I’m going to assume I’m not getting broken up with this time around since I’m single but I’ve just felt off the past few days. Luckily this weekend I’ll be seeing my girl Davida who is in town.

Anyway, since this is my little space to talk about what’s going on in my life each week, I volunteered with work yesterday at the Boys and Girls Club. I’ve never volunteered there before, either in SF or in Pittsburgh. A kid told me he wanted a burrito and it was the most adorable SF thing I have ever heard.

Here are some of the best links I found this week. Enjoy.

Travel
I’m planning a Lake Tahoe trip soon. Loving this guide from Making Thyme For Health of where to stay, dine and play in Tahoe.

I totally believe everyone should travel solo at least once in their life – you learn a lot about yourself, get to do whatever you want and are forced outside of your comfort zone. These are the best countries to travel solo.

If these places in LA are good enough for Beyonce, you best believe I’m visiting them on my next LA trip.

Lifestyle
People read the last text their ex (or like current hook-up or whatever) ever sent them. They are all pure gold. I have some gems including ones from boys whose new girlfriends were probably asleep next to them.

Kind of obsessed for these New Rules For Dinners With Friends. If we’re at a restaurant and you’re not snapping a photo for Instagram, we all should have our phones put away.

Looking to get the new iPhone next week? I have a time slot reserved… now to see how to score some money for my shattered iPhone 5S.

What your Instagram filter says about you. I’ve been cheating on Lo-Fi or Valencia with all the new filters lately.

Food
Pizza flavored ice cream is a thing now in LA. Why is everything cool food wise in LA right now?

I’m all about using up food. I have this weird thing with wasting it. I think it’s guilt over people in other countries not having enough food. Here’s some ideas for how to use up every food.

Healthy snacks to keep at the office. I have KIND bars in my desk at all times.

Someone please bring me a container of homemade ricotta right now so I can have these pumpkin ricotta pancakes for breakfast.

Chat with me:
What are your feelings on phones at the dinner table? Would you eat pizza flavored ice cream? What’s the best last text you got from an ex? And by best I mean most terrible.

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.7

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This week marked two years of blogging for me and I didn’t even acknowledge it on the blog. I feel like that was a total missed opportunity. Happy second birthday, little blog. I never imagined what the next two years of my life would bring the night I sat down and wrote my first blog post. I’ve made some really amazing friends thanks to this blog, had the opportunity to travel and attend awesome events and so much more.

This week has been crazy busy with being in Pittsburgh, coming back to SF, blog events, dinners with friends and work and life in general. Here are the best links I scrapped up Thursday night for you.

Travel
I would like to think I’m pretty pro at flying. I’m (sadly) mainly loyal to one airline, can sleep most, if not all, of a red-eye and my carry-on is always overflowing with everything I could ever need. Do you have the same habits of savvy flyers?

I’ve had the post-vacation blues all week, even if my vacation was only Pittsburgh. Five days with my family and friends wasn’t nearly enough. Maybe I’ll make a quick getaway with one of these fall travel destinations.

I’ve learned everything I know about myself from traveling. Okay, maybe that is extreme, but I’ve learned a lot from traveling. The Kitchn team talks about what they’ve learned (food-wise) on their travels.

Lifestyle
If you ever mention a movie, chances are I haven’t seen it. I don’t have the patience to sit still for two hours or to actually commit to a movie. Maybe I’ll actually watch one on Netflix with this website to help you find a movie that doesn’t suck.

What ethnicity do you drink like? According to this, I drink like a Bulgarian because I drink ~3 glasses of wine a week, the Chinese because I don’t drink milk or soda, an Equatorial Guinean because I don’t typically drink liquor, an Afghan because I don’t drink beer and an Eritrean because I don’t drink juice. Where does my 20 bottle of San Pellegrino a week land me?

Running and Fitness
Who wants to do this 30-day kettlebell challenge with me?

I need to get back on the strength training train (pun not intended). I was doing 15 minutes at least 3-4 times a week until this past week which isn’t a lot, but is an improvement on 0 minutes 7 days a week. Erin’s Bicep Burner Workout looks like a good way to get back into it.

Oh, just as I mention 15 minute core workouts… here’s a great one from Pumps and Iron.

Food
These grain free naan are making me want to buy cassava flour like, right now.

The days are getting shorter… which means you can sleep in longer, right? Prep these make ahead breakfasts perfect for fall on the weekend and hit snooze without having to sacrifice breakfast.

Are State Fairs anything other than redneck, no matter what state you’re in? These state fair foods look like insanity and 5,000 calories each.

Um, so I want these paleo funnel cakes like right now.

In case you missed it…

carrot cake cookies gluten free | almost getting it together

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Healthy Recipes You Can Make with Freekeh

10 Healthy Recipes You Can Make with Freekeh (and a Giveaway!)

Chat with me:
Which of those state fair foods look amazing to you? When was the last time you were at a state fair – and what did you eat? Any travel plans for fall?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.31

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I’m writing this from my house in Pittsburgh (!!!). I started getting pretty homesick (aka missed my dad, grandparents and friends) a couple weeks ago and booked a flight home. Let’s talk about how nice it is to have air conditioning, an actual bedroom and your dad to take you grocery shopping and to cook your meals for you. But don’t get me wrong – I miss SF. My steps are so down right now (#fitbitanxiety is real), avocados are sub-par and I’ve done a great job running into people I’d rather not run into.

Also, this is totally late. Started this last night then didn’t finish it. I had a busy week (obvi) so not much time for reading, but here are the best links I found.

Travel
Last night I had drinks with a friend from college and spoke about my love of traveling to Mexico and Central America… I would love to go to Mexico City, especially because their food is more than just tacos.

I’m sure you caught this essay of a couple who quit their fancy advertising jobs to travel the world. Part of the plan as to make money with odd jobs as they went – and they are quick to remind everyone that their life isn’t as glamorous as Instagram makes it out to look.

I’m going to be spending some time in Los Angeles soon and I will have to hit up Sqirl during one of my trips there! I’ve actually been dying to go since I listened to a Podcast with the chef, Jessica Koslow, and she discussed why you need to use almond milk in lattes if you’re not going to use whole milk.

Twenty foods from around the world you need to eat before you die. This list is clearly totally subjective but it’s a good one.

Lifestyle
I often joke that I can’t wait to be 30 because I’ll have my life all figured out. At this rate, it isn’t looking like it, but these women speak about being 30 in Los Angeles. The thing that got me is that so many are East Coast transplants and love the West Coast lifestyle so much more.

Here’s what SF rent can get you in different cities. Not leaving anytime soon, but also depressing to know I could have a multi-bedroom home for the rent of my 600 square foot studio (albeit beautiful) apartment.

Do you have guests this holiday weekend? Some tips for feeding visitors.

Running and Fitness
Not to get a little dark on you, but this professional runner talks about how anorexia almost ruined her entire career.

Hungry Runner Girl has some great tips on how to rock your long run.

When you don’t necessarily want to do something, maybe think about how you “get” to do it rather than “have” to do it. I thought that pre-SoulCycle, post only four hours of sleep Wednesday and it made it so much more enjoyable.

Food
This article is a few weeks old, but it discusses why millennials are so obsessed with food. I actually may have to read this entire book. But yeah, I think my friends and I sometimes eat at places just to brag about it.

Back to food… it’s everywhere. And how do you say no to everything all the time? Sometimes you gotta give in – then keep on going.

Food scientists have invented an ice cream that doesn’t melt and is even more high protein – sign me up to be a taste tester, please.

I want to start cooking through crazy different ethnic recipes – maybe starting with these Azerbaijani Savory Pancakes.

I’m making these vegetable buns ASAP.

Upgrade your childhood favorite snacks with these homemade versions.

Chat with me:
Why do you think millennials are obsessed with food? How are you spending your Labor Day Weekend? What things do you miss when you aren’t home?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.24

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Let’s talk about something I’m really tickled with myself about – the fact I “run commuted” to work this week. Chrissy and I took everything we needed to get ready for the day on Thursday to our office on Wednesday, ran home from the office Wednesday night and then ran back to the office on Thursday morning. Despite there being way too many tourists/pedestrians on the way home Wednesday night and my frustration getting a little vocal, it was awesome. The worst part of my day was completely non-existant. I think the run commute is going to have to happen at least once a week.

Since I was sick last week this post didn’t happen (I know, you’re all really torn up about it) so I have like, a bazillion best links to share with you. Okay, maybe just twelve because I wanted to save you from having 15+ browser tabs open. You’re welcome.

Travel
I think taking a solo trip is something everyone should do at least once. Here are 15 Destinations for Women Traveling Alone (I can vouch for Hong Kong since I used to spend time alone in the city when I was living there!).

Skip the basic bitch London, Paris and Rome when you go to Europe and check out these other cities in Europe (disclaimer: I have been to London, Paris and Rome and they really aren’t basic but I have a sense of humor to keep up here).

Holding onto this list of places to elope. JK I already know where I’m eloping – The Seychelles, providing they are not underwater by that point.

Blogging
I’m honestly kind of bad at e-mails. I always read them right away then don’t respond because I typically want to give a thoughtful response… which means I don’t stay on top of them. I need these tips to keep my inbox from stressing me out.

I’ve started going to a lot more PR and press events since moving to SF. My first one was admittedly scary… but these tips for events are sure to help.

Running, working all day then coming home to “work” more on freelance articles, this blog and more makes me really not want to get shit done sometimes. Loving these tips for staying motivated even when you don’t want to do anything.

Running and Fitness
I admittedly do not get to yoga as much as I did when I lived in Pittsburgh and as often as I need to… here’s a good reminder of why to get your butt to yoga.

I want to visit the invite-only Nike Training Studio in NYC. Can someone make this happen?

Here’s what your workout looks like with emojis.

Food
I really need to get out of my salad rut for lunch and these 10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas might do the trick.

Someone please make me these divine looking Blueberry Pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Co.

Incase you didn’t know, it was my girl Davida’s birthday yesterday so I’m making her Healthy Cookie Cake to celebrate until I can drink champagne with her in SF next month.

Chat with me:
Have you ever done a run commute? Have you ever traveled alone? Would you ever travel alone? What does your normal lunch look like?