DO YOU HAVE GOOD POSTURE?

08/26/2015

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Feeling shorter? Don’t worry, you’re not shrinking—yet. So many of us suffer from poor posture (me included!), and slouching over a computer at work all day certainly doesn’t help! The good news is, there are plenty of ways to improve your posture with just a few daily practices. I have noticed that mine has gotten worse over the years, so I’m consciously making an effort to correct it.

1. First, check your standing posture. Stand with your back and neck against the wall to feel what form your body should be in, and work towards maintaining that posture. It may feel unnatural at first, but over time (and with a little work) your muscles will adjust themselves and your neck, shoulders, and hips will align properly and effortlessly.

2. Exercise. Strengthen your core muscles with some abdominal exercises. These muscles form the foundation for good posture, and who doesn’t want nice abs?

3. Stretch. Frequent stretching helps prevent soreness of the muscles and release tension in the neck and back. Even if you can’t make it to a yoga class, try a few simple stretching exercises in the morning or before you go to bed. A little stretching goes a long way towards good posture.

4. Take a standing break. If your job requires you to sit at a computer all day, make sure to take frequent breaks to get up, stretch a little, and walk around. This will help prevent stiffness in the muscles and help your body support a relaxed posture. It will also help improve blood flow and reduce fatigue throughout the day!

Obviously it’s easier said than done and you have to practice good posture everyday in order to see results, but I am up for the challenge. Who’s with me?

Photo above via Getty.

EGG WHITE COCKTAILS

08/24/2015

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Four egg white cocktail recipes that I’m dying to try / Paloma Sour. Rosemary no. 03 Blood Orange Negroni. Swamp Spice Flip. Sweet Thai Basil Smash.

When I first heard of egg white cocktails, I was immediately turned off—eggs and booze? No, thank you. But after a couple of years and a lot of peer-pressure from my cocktail-loving friends, I finally tried one and now I get it. The egg white adds a foamy texture (much like thin layer of meringue) to the cocktail without the eggy taste, making for a rich and creamy indulgence. I am an instant convert and tend to steer towards any drink that includes egg on the menu.

P.S. Four more drinks I want to try.

TEN THINGS

08/21/2015

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Yesterday we celebrated Birdie’s fifth birthday. I can’t believe how quickly the years went by, but I guess the saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun, and we have a lot of fun. Hope you all have a nice and relaxing weekend. We plan on working on the house—cleaning out the garage, the toy room, etc. Some good ol’ spring cleaning, but in the late summer. Here are this weeks ten things…

1. How creating a meaningful morning routine will make you more successful.
2. Never drink alone again—they now make wine for cats!
3. On a Byredo binge lately. This scent is too good.
4. Would you be able to live out of a van?
5. Cannot wait to take my kids to see this movie.
6. Why we’re all drinking Rosé.
7. A list of annoying words cultivated in 2015.
8. Sriracha lime corn salad sounds delicious!
9. Found this rad Grateful Dead Tee and had to make it mine.
10. There is an Instagram giveaway going on for a really great cause, check it out at @shopdarlingclementine.

Photo above via FVF.

BITS + PIECES

08/20/2015

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A few recent photos…

1. A Sailor burrito.
2. We tried this kale salad recipe and all of us got stomach aches. :(
3. Guitar hero.
4. My kids on canvas.
5. Decisions, decision.
6. Led Zeppelin III on a Sunday afternoon.
7. The smell of cinnamon rolls filling the air.
8. A boy and his bunny.
9. Maybe a few minutes too many in the bath.

A PEEK BACKSTAGE

08/19/2015

We’ve all wondered what goes on backstage, or more specifically in the dressing rooms of our favorite actors, musicians, and models. Seeing as few people are allowed access to these private spaces, photos like the ones below are especially iconic and revealing of our most beloved Golden Age celebrities. I pulled together twenty of my favorites, featuring the idle moments between sets or the last minute glamour shots. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Cher backstage before releasing her fifth album in July of 1968. (Imperial Records)
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Barbra Streisand preparing for her first Broadway star in the 1960s. (Getty Images)
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Kate Moss backstage at Matthew Williamson London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2000, September 22, 1999. (Sinead Lynch/AFP)
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Elizabeth Taylor applying her make up in her dressing room. (Terry O’Neill)
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Stevie Nicks in her home, August 25, 1981. (Neal Preston)
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Aretha Franklin in her dressing room at Newark Symphony Hall in 1969. (Walter Iooss Jr/Getty Images)
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Tim Curry on set of The Rock Horror Picture Show. (Imgarcade)
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Raquel Welch in her dressing room during the One Million Years B.C. filming in 1966. (Terry O’Neill)
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The Temptations prepping for a show backstage. (Soulful Detroit)
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Audrey Hepburn in her dressing room during the Broadway production of Ondine, 1954. (Mark Shaw)
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David Bowie a.k.a Ziggy Stardust backstage in 1973. (Mick Rock)
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Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones backstage in 1972. (Jim Marshall)
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Frank Sinatra in his dressing room at the Sands in Las Vegas, 1964. (John Bryson)
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Debbie Harry and Clem Burke backstage at the Paradise in Boston, 1977. (Roberta Bayley)
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Neil Young backstage at Fillmore East, March 7, 1970. (Amalie R. Rothschild)
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Marilyn Monroe putting on her makeup in 1954. (Sam Shaw)
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Liza Minelli doing her makeup in her dressing room. (Forms Vogue)
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Marianne Faithful waiting backstage in 1965. (Getty Images)
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A 21-year-old Elvis Presley before a show in 1956. (Alfred Wertheimer)
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