How You Glow

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I’ve become slightly addicted to How You Glow, a lovely new website dedicated to all things healthy, healing, nourishing, and beautiful by Tara and Jesse. It’s both a lifestyle how-to guide and a behind-the-scenes look at a standard of living that I only wish I could emulate: days filled with fresh pressed juices and homemade smoothie bowls, garden yoga at what’s called the “How You Glow Treehouse”, and dress-up adventures at vintage boutiques. And Tara and Jesse get to essentially live and breathe this lifestyle 24/7—Tara is a natural foods chef and holistic nutritionist, and Jesse is a certified yoga instructor and art therapist.  

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Through their site, you get to come along on private yoga sessions with instructors such as May Che…

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…into the kitchen to make these vegan and gluten-free Raspberry Crumb Bars

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…out and about town to profile equally fabulous women like Ali Kay and her backyard full of organic produce and fruit…

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…on a beauty date with braid extraordinaire Ashley Streicher

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…and of course model amazing pieces for new online vintage boutique The Neck Down.

What a life! You can peruse more stories, features, and tips on their site here. Plus, if their website isn’t envy-worthy enough, their Instagram feed will make you want to quit your job, do yoga all day, and just frolic around hip L.A. spots.

p.s. After doing some digging around, I discovered that Tara is actually the sister of Roxy, one of the cast members of E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills!

{photos via How You Glow}

Literature, Right To Your Inbox

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Years ago, I read a quote from Stephen King where he said everyone should learn to read not only in gulps, but also in sips. It’s still one of my favorite pieces of reading advice. For most of my life, I was always a gulper, nerding out after class or work with a book for a good 4-5 hours straight. Over the summer, I would read up to 12 hours a day! As I got older, I still had gulper mentality, but with less time–and with that came less reading. If I knew I wouldn’t get more than 30 minutes of reading in, I wouldn’t even bother (my thinking was that you can’t really enjoy a book unless you really sink into the whole experience, which requires time!). Are any of you guys like that? :) Anyway, a little after I read that quote, I moved to New York. At first I didn’t think I would ever pull out a book during subway rides or while waiting in line, but I slowly started to and it made such a difference! Even ten minutes a day got me through a good amount of pages over a week. And, surprisingly, I could still get lost in a book in just a matter of moments.

Which brings me to DailyLit…this cool little site will actually e-mail you installments of books, designed to be read in about 15 minutes per day, right from your inbox. So if you don’t have an actual book on you (which happens to me a lot more now that I’m back in L.A. and forget it in my car/don’t have to carry my life around with me in a big bag anymore), you’ll have your trusty phone on you. Plus, the e-mail is an easy reminder to squeeze in regular reading, and installments can be customized to come on specific days and times of the week. And the whole service is free!

Think you would try this? I just signed up for Journey to the Center of the Earth, which I think I’ve been meaning to read since I was 12. :)

{photo via DailyLit}

On Goofy Art and Giggles

Mountain Monster print by Chris McMahon

Land Narwhal and Young print by Chris McMahon

You guys know how I’m obsessed with goofy animal art – and, let’s face it, goofy art in general. Just the other day, I was this close [ ] to buying a gigantic blue oil painting of two bunnies in a field.

I can’t even describe the level of joy I found from these masterpieces by Chris McMahon, who, as I’m told by the ladies at Hello Giggles, paints these funny monsters into landscape art he finds at thrift stores.

I’ve already purchased the narwhal and the mountain monster pictured above. Only $10 including shipping! I couldn’t resist.

And while I’m on the topic, Hello Giggles is the best! How did I just now discover it? I especially loved this post by 13-year-old Mikaela Foster, who is already a much better writer than me and describes my junior high/high school sentiments to a “T”.

How To Be Money Saavy

I have to admit that I’m really bad with my money. I try to be reasonable about monthly expenditures and think through the big-ticket splurges, but besides that, I don’t know much about managing money. Investments, retirement savings, and taxes? Zilch. And my biggest nightmare of all? My student loans. Funding college and grad school = a bajillion different loans, passwords, due dates, interest rates, and accounts to take care of. Eek!

If you’re in the same shoes as me, don’t worry; check out LearnVest. I found this site through DailyCandy and it’s such a refreshing take on helping women manage their money. It’s free to become a member and there’s a ton you can do on the site: sign up for bootcamp sessions that walk you through investing and budgeting, link up all of your financial accounts (students loans, personal banking, etc.) and manage them in one place, get tips that are customized for where you are in life (recent grad, expecting a baby, trying to get out of debt) and more. There are a couple of features on the site that do cost a fee, such as personal financial planning with an adviser, but otherwise you can navigate the rest of the site for free and start organizing your spending habits so they reflect your future goals. It’s awesome! And, just in time for tax season. :)

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Have a great weekend, everyone! xx

{photos via here & here}

The Color of Money

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I feel sort of bad saying this, but U.S. money is kind of boring. Maybe it’s because I see it all the time — as opposed to money from foreign countries. But even then, it’s just sort of blah. That’s why I’m loving this project and website called Make Your Franklin. It features user-generated designs for $100 bills. They range from the beautiful to the bizarre to the hilarious. And I like just about every one of them better than the real thing.

Tripping Made Easier

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I love traveling, but sometimes I think I’m more addicted to searching for the flights. I have it down to an art — although  it’s often an art that involves spending hours in front of the computer, switching between dozens of travel sites and Google maps and currency exchange calculators. I admit I get a little crazy.

Today, however,  I found this new feature called Explore on Kayak.com that’s pretty much the best thing ever invented for travel lovers. It’s a map that shows you the top flight deals found recently from your location to anywhere around the world! See a price you like? Just click on it, and you’ll get details about the travel dates, stops, number of flights from that area and so on.

Thank you, Kayak!

Going, Going …

Petra, Jordan -- Photo by Сергей Ершов

It’s getting to be that time of year when I no longer want to go on a big, fun vacation abroad, I need to go. It’s a survival thing. Currently, my must-go list includes Petra, Jordan (if you’ve ever seen “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, you’ve seen this place — pictured above — and have probably dreamed of going as well), Turkey and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

To prepare for my eventual trip, I’ve been exploring a number of travel resources I’ve discovered lately. So I thought I’d share them here!

1. Intrepid Travel — a great site for small group tours of all kinds that don’t skew to travelers too young or too old. It’s just right.

2. Airbnb — A wonderful resource for rooms and vacation rentals around the globe. Depending on the setup and your preferences, you can even stay in a larger house or unit with locals to get more of the real deal.

3. I’m a Kayak.com diehard, but if you need to be really thrifty, which I often do, I’d recommend CheapOAir. The name says it all really. If you don’t mind roughing it with long layovers and multiple stops for a much cheaper flight, this is your best bet.

Do you have any travel tips or resources you recommend? Where are you going on your next big vacation? Share in the comments!

{Photo by Сергей Ершов}