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meatless monday: try this, this and this

via vogue.com

via vogue.com

wear this: a fresh pair of jeans.

via aloha.com

via aloha.com

make this: raw superfood bites.

matcha latte, some succulents, matcha bar, brooklyn.

matcha latte, some succulents, matcha bar, brooklyn.

drink this: a matcha latte. earthy, soothing, healthy. from matcha bar in williamsburg.

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spring to-do list

It’s almost here. Almost. Occupy thyself with spring to-dos, in preparation for warmer, longer, brighter days:

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Obsess over brackets.
It’s a late-March tradish, and the only time of year that my entire nuclear family gets on one group text and trash talks the crap out of each other. Sometimes, to tears. March Madness is the great neutralizer in my clan, and is celebrated the way other families might celebrate a birthday, a First Communion, Thanksgiving. If it weren’t for college basketball, I wouldn’t hear from them until Easter.

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Wear orange lipstick.
Hands down, my favorite color. I’ve been convinced that anyone and everyone can wear orange lipstick. This is the season. Do it.

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Catch up (again) on Game of Thrones.
If I was, say, a staff writer at the New Yorker, or an undergrad taking a film course called something like “Characters in Film & Television” (an easy A, duh), I would write a 5-page essay on the women of Game of Thrones. This series is a porny, bloodier Lord of the Rings, also as dramatic and shocking and soul-sucking as any other great show on TV right now. It’s simply the best. And while it’s certainly about fantasy families feuding and power struggles and betrayal and war, I think it’s really about women: if you peel away at all the plots and subplots, behind it all are these women,  quiet women, often deceptive and manipulative, women who control every move made, every manly, warlord-ish action, the whole thing. The third season starts next Sunday. If nothing else, watch for Cercei’s amazing outfits: in Season 2 this queen slips a gold-plated armor bustier over an amazing velvet gown while her city is under siege. I mean.

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Rock a crop top bustier and high-waisted circle skirt.
Speaking of bustiers. A longtime supporter of cropped tops (since Alicia Silverstone wore the bejeezus out of them in the 90’s), I was sad  to see them go in the 00’s during the advent of the ultra low-rise waist (and subsequent muffin top). No one looks good in low-rise and midriffs. So glad this look is back. 

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Plan a trip.
To Thailand, specifically. My baby sister is moving there in less than a month! Seems like once something gets in your mind, you see signs everywhere: all I’m seeing on Instagram  and elsewhere are Thai beaches and markets and temples and sunsets. Let’s go.

Spring starts tomorrow. Hang in there, peeps. xx

chill out, yo: 4 ways to beat the summer heat

Yo! (channeling my inner Jesse Pinkman, yo). In case you weren’t already aware, east coasters and midwesterners and others suffered a MAJOR heatwave earlier this week. Not that you would know it today, as it’s almost 40 DEGREES COOLER in NYC, and raining and gray and nasty to boot. Don’t worry, though, we’ll get more heatwaves again, thanks, mid-July! So have you experienced melting? Sweltering? Sweating? And all that? Me too. Over the past six summers in New York I’ve come to appreciate central air, coconut popsicles, and have embraced helpful heat-busting trends like the top knot and short shorts. Need more? Here are four more essential (and all-natural!) ways to chill yo’self.

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Peppermint essential oil. Peppermint has natural cooling properties and revives depleted energy, while enhancing concentration and positivity. So many uses for summertime! Try mixing 3-4 drops in a spray bottle with water, and spray pillows and sheets at bedtime, or spritz lightly on head, face and chest in the morning. Or: mix 2 drops peppermint and 4 drops myrtle in a refreshing bath. Or: mix 4 tsp. sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil) with 2 drops peppermint, 4 drops rosemary, and 4 drops black spruce and massage into fatigued summer muscles.

via Refinery29.

Watermelon cooler. Taste and smell are the senses most closely linked to our memories. Whenever I see the pink of a watermelon slice, I’m instantly taken back to lazy childhood summers on my friends’ pond, floating in our RiverRats, spitting black seeds at each other. Watermelon is not fruit for the sophisticate. But it’s high water content, and light, refreshing taste give it powerful rehydration and cooldown components. Post-workday or post-workout, try this: toss into a blender 1/2 c. ice, 3 c. chopped watermelon (seeds removed and reserved for spittin’), a splash of coconut water and handful of fresh mint leaves. Blend until coarsely incorporated, then pour mixture over a glass of seltzer water; top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Sitali Pranayama. This breathing exercise physically and mentally cools you off. Sometimes I do this breathing on the train when it’s crowded and sweaty and I’m feeling anxious (yes, people stare, but stay on that train long enough and you’ll see WAY crazier things going on). How to do it: sit tall, with a long spine. Curl your tongue into a tube and let it protrude out beyond the teeth a little. Take in a long inhale through the mouth, dragging breath across the tongue and soft palate, for a count of five or so. Close mouth and exhale through the nose, also slowly. Repeat this for at least five minutes, or longer if you can. This practice is known to aid in digestive and mental detoxification, reduces fever, and when practiced regularly, to extend your lifespan.

Loving my stylish summer skin saver, in breezy, nautically striped silk (with cool hardware details). From Zara.

Long sleeves. Am I last to know that this is one of the best ways to stay cool when you’re out and about? Yes, apparently so. I used to think less clothing equals cooler core temp, but history and culture have proven me dead wrong. Wearing loose, natural fabrics (think: cotton, linen, silk) over bare shoulders shields your skin from UVs. This sun worshipper finally hopped on that boat.

What do you do to cool off in the heat? Happy weekend. xx