5 Ways to Fall Back into Your Healthy Habits

By  January 21, 2015


Have you ever experienced that feeling when everything in life is just kicking your butt? It happens to the best of us and sometimes when life happens, the bad habits start piling up. Workouts become few and far between, home cooked meals turn into takeout, and 8-hours of sleep just isn’t in the cards. The best thing you can do is to turn your slump into a motivator for success. Here are 5 easy ways to fall back in those healthy habits that keep you happy.

1. Shake Up Your Workout
I’ll speak for myself but when I do the same type of fitness routine for a long period of time I tend to get bored. Search Yelp or Groupon for new fitness programs in your area and give them a whirl. Who knows, you may find a new workout that motivates you.

2. Eat Up
Food is fun (cooking it, eating it) but food can also be stressful when life has already served you a full plate. Whenever I get too busy to cook instead of turning to take out, I turn to healthy meal delivery services like Paleta. Each morning they deliver a cooler with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. The whole bag of food is around 1200 calories and has all the nutrients I need to keep fit.

3. Catch Some Zzz’s
When the bags under your eyes aren’t Chanel, it might be time to change your sleeping schedule. Try going to be a half-hour earlier each night and wake up just 30 minutes earlier. Getting in that extra hour will make a huge difference in your day.

4. Get Some New Gear
I’ll use anything as an excuse to shop but purchasing a few new things for my fitness wardrobe has really helped me get inspired to get back in the gym.

5. The Buddy System
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. Grab a fitness accountability buddy or someone to do your fall workouts with. One of my co-workers is my fitness buddy. We head straight to the gym right after work. We also carpool so one of us can’t drive home instead of the gym!

Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.

NousDECOR's Techie Take on Decorating

By  January 16, 2015

nousedecorYou can shop for a whole new wardrobe while running errands, book a trip across the world while you’re out and about, and even buy a home on the go, so redecorating a room from the palm of your hand should be a given. And now it is, with the launch of NousDECOR’s iOS app, one of the first to bring the “same look, different price” functionality right to your phone.

NousDECOR has already been building a following through its “moodboard-to-real-life” based interactive website, where visitors recreate professionally designed rooms using the same or similar decorative pieces from around the web. In addition to Chief Designer Mark Cutler, several high profile designers have uploaded their images on the site and created moodboards, including Philip Gorrivan, Gillian Lefkowitz, Adam Hunter, and Philip Nimmo.

We Glam girls are always finding inspiration on our daily adventures, which makes this decor and design app especially useful. Simply take a photo of the piece you’re lusting after, enter a few details about the product, and then run a quick search for similar items at various price points right there on your phone. NousDECOR will search for similar styles across the company’s library of more than eight million items from savvy, fashion-forward retailers including Crate & Barrel, Cost Plus World Market, and Target, boutique retailers such as Serena & Lily, flash sale sites like One Kings Lane and vintage sources including 1stDibs and eBay.

Here’s a secret to leave you with–it’s a fun app to play with even if you’re not actually in the market to redo your haute haven. It’s a convenient way to channel your own inner-creative, while gaining inspiration from others– all with, of course, the touch of a button.

The Golden Globes Cocktail You Need to Sip Like the Stars

By  January 09, 2015

The official kick-off to awards season starts January 11 with the Golden Globes. As Hollywood’s best and brightest gather together to find out who will take home the coveted statue, all will be sipping on one cocktail. The Moët Bijou Rouge, featuring the official champagne of the ceremony, will be on hand to raise a glass to all of the evenings winners and even ensure a few hijinks that we’ll all be chatting about on Monday. If you’re hosting a viewing party of your own, you can shake up the same spirits as the stars will on Sunday. Cheers!

Moët Bijou Rouge by Elettra Wiedemann

1 oz. Gin
1/4 oz. Dry Curacao
3/8 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters
Brandied cherry garnish (with a touch of the brandied cherry syrup)
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

Combine Gin, Curacao, Sweet Vermouth and orange bitters in a cocktail shaker. Stir very well with ice, and strain into a coupe glass. Top with Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial and garnish with brandied cherry.

The Nomadic Life: Beaver Creek, Colorado

By  January 09, 2015


If you are thinking of traveling this winter, Beaver Creek is the place you’ve been dreaming about, even if you didn’t know it. It is the kind of place that makes you feel like you’re in a European ski village – no passport required. You can shop, relax, peruse the quaint village, ski, and then Apres-Ski, all while enjoying twinkly lights and drinking hot cocoa in the snow.  If you decide to make us very jealous and venture there for the winter season, please do these things for us:

Eat: Blue Moose Pizza
It is homey, cozy and casual and the pizza is greasy, just the way we like it.

Apres-ski: Buffalos at the Ritz-Carlton
A chic spot that also hosts a nightly marshmallow roast. When can we move in?

Shop: Gorsuch
In case you were asleep while you packed or the airport so thoughtfully sent your luggage to Maui, Gorsuch has you covered. Feel free to bring us something back.

TOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.

Current Obsession: A Post-Holiday Detox

By  January 08, 2015

The holidays are such a happy time but we can’t ignore that they often do a number on our bodies. Overeating, eating the wrong things, and skipping the gym in favor of nights cozied on the couch all add up after awhile. By time January rolls around, most of us are actually ready to get back on track – and we should definitely listen to our bodies when they tell us that. Whenever I start to feel sluggish or tired, and like I need something to revive my health again, I turn to a detox. Of course, that can mean many different things, but I have a few favorite methods.


You don’t necessarily need to go on a crazy-strict lemon-water only cleanse to flush the toxins from your system after the holidays. But to make it worthwhile and effective, I do turn to lemon as one of the main ingredients. I like to mix a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger root, and a dash of cayenne pepper. A bit of Manuka honey sweetens it while adding antibacterial and inflammatory properties. These drink  ingredients aid in digestion and promote a healthy immune system, which is much needed in the middle of winter!

Aside from detoxifying drinks, there are countless ways to incorporate healthy food that also helps flush toxins from your body. Some examples include apples (which have fiber and glucaric acid for sweeping out toxins), garlic, and citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit. While some people go on a fruits-and-veggies-only type of detox diet in the new year, you can simply incorporate these as ingredients into other healthy dishes for extra help in cleansing. It’s definitely something worth sticking to year round, too!

Since the holidays can mean a major lack of sleep, it’s vital to get back on a normal, healthier sleep schedule. From back-to-back travel to cramming before school or work gets out, all those days off usually mean working twice as hard to get to the finish line. Even though I’m traveling most of January, I want to start off the year by ensuring I rest when I need it. If you feel the same, try a sleep app like Sleep Cycle to monitor and review your sleep patterns, and make sure to unplug for a bit before bed so you can log 6-8 quality hours of sleep each night. Then you’ll be ready to greet the day – and year – when the time comes.

MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.

Current Obsession: Hot Tea for Cold Weather

By  January 05, 2015


When the temperatures drop, there is nothing more comforting to me than a good, hot tea. I drink tea year around because it promotes health, soothes and calms, and can give me energy or help me relax depending on what my body needs. And in winter, there are even more reasons to love tea, from fighting colds to warming up and even boosting your mood. Here’s a handy guide to find the perfect hot tea for cold weather:

To Calm: Smooth flavors and pleasing aromas are key to finding a warm beverage to relax and unwind with. The essential oils of both chamomile and lavender are often used to de-stress and even aid in sleep. Studies have shown that even smelling lavender can slow your nervous system down, promoting feelings of relaxation and encouraging sleep. A cup of calming tea can ease anxious feelings too. However, it’s important to find a scent and taste that works for you – if you don’t enjoy the scent of lavender, for example, it may have the opposite effect!

Combat a Cold: When trying to prevent or fight off a cold, look for teas that contain high amounts of antioxidants and immune boosting properties. Green tea gives you a great dosage of powerful antioxidants, while ginger tea is traditionally used for aiding digestion, soothing an upset stomach, and general pain relief. Adding lemon to your ginger (or lemon on its own) is a great way to get in more vitamin C during the winter months to help fight off colds.

Warm You Up: A hot beverage warms the body on the outside, but warming teas specifically warm your body up on the inside, too. In traditional Chinese medicine, warming teas are made of spices that actually offer a warming sensation, while giving your metabolism a boost. Try ginger or chai tea or create your own warming tea by adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Beat the Winter Blues: In addition to the benefits I’ve listed above, some teas can help boost your mood. If the calming scents of chamomile and lavender aren’t quite enough to treat feelings of depression, these may help: Some studies suggest turmeric as a natural antidepressant (as well as anti-flammatory and anti-cancer benefits), so turmeric tea is a good choice when looking for a mood booster. Ginseng has also been known to aid in the production of serotonin, which is essential for maintaining your mood.

MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.

The Best Bubbly Cocktails to Toast to 2015

By  December 30, 2014

2015 is upon us, and it’s time to raise a glass and toast to an epic New Year! The bubbly is sure to flow freely during the festivities, but it doesn’t need to be boring. We’ve found a few fresh recipes to shake up your spirits and those of your guests no matter where you get the party started. Cheers!

Pinnacle New Year’s Sparkler

1½ oz. Pinnacle Pomegranate Vodka
4 oz. Chilled Champagne
Splash of Grenadine

Pour champagne into a champagne glass and top with vodka.

Elderflower Fizz


1 oz. Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
1 oz. St. Germain Liqueur
1/2 oz. Lime
Garnish with small mint sprig
Brut Champagne

Place gin, liqueur and lime juice into a cocktail mixing glass. Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into Champagne glass and top with champagne.

Berry Bubbly


1 ½ oz. CIROC Red Berry
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne

Combine first three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a strawberry wedge.

Lavish Spritzer


1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach*
1 oz. lemon sour **
2-3 oz. Chandon Rose
Garnish: Orange slice + 2 raspberries
*Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach can be substituted with Cordon Rouge & still delicious.
** Lemon sour: 1 part lemon juice to 1 part simple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Squeeze in the charred orange half and drop in the drink. Roll contents and serve.

Cloud 9 by Mark Drew of Critical Mass 


2 oz. Raspberry Infused NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin*
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Dash Peychaud Bitters
Top with Champagne

Shake all ingredients (excluding the champagne) together in a cocktail shaker, strain into an highball glass over cubed ice. Top up with champagne and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lemon zest or a couple of raspberries.

*For the Raspberry-Infused Gin: Place a small container of raspberries into a mason jar add 1 bottle of Nolet’s leave to steep for two weeks.

Pomegranate Sparkler


1 tsp. fresh pomegranate seeds
3 oz. VOGA Prosecco
½ oz. Pomegranate Juice

Scoop 1 teaspoon of fresh pomegranate seeds into a champagne glass. Pour in pomegranate juice. Top with VOGA Prosecco.

Cupcake Berry Holiday Cocktail


½ c. sugar
1 c. fresh cranberries
1 oz. ruby red grapefruit vodka
2 oz. Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. black currant juice

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar into 1 1/2 cups water. Add cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain, discard liquid, and place cranberries on a tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Chill vodka, Prosecco, and juices, then mix in a champagne glass. Garnish with skewer of 4 or 5 frozen candied cranberries. Reserve the rest for another drink.

Rum is the New Champagne Daiquiri
1½ oz. Caliche Rum
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
Top with Brut Champagne (or Dry Sparkling Wine)

Shake first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a flute glass and top with brut champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

The Best Bottled Gifts for December Drinkers

By  December 22, 2014

Last-minute holiday gift shopping doesn’t have to be a doozy. Get boozy instead with beautiful bottled gifts the celebratory drinkers on your list are sure to appreciate. Don’t just head to the local liqueur store hoping to wing it, though. We’ve curated our favorite alcoholic beverages to bring all your relations this season. You’ll find a few cocktail recipes along the way– you can include them in the card.

Party Pointers: Introducing Easy Elegance to Your Next Holiday Dinner Party

By  December 12, 2014

It’s easy to get stuck in a daze during the holidays, especially when you’re hosting a dinner party. But overwhelmed, overworked, and overstressed don’t need to be your preparty norm. This season, bring beauty and creativity into your festivities without the usual preparation freak-out with subtle, rather than overboard, elegance. These stylish solutions for making your soiree stand out are stress-free but statement making, with the power to take your party from drab to fab.

1. Place cards
Find a beautiful way to personalize each guest’s place at the dinner table with a posh place card.  You can type attendees’ names on pretty, festive paper and then cut them down to size, or you can simply write out your guests’ names with a nice pen. The older kids can even help with this one. This detail takes less than minutes but makes the entire tablescape look much more refined.

2. Signature cocktail
Come up with a cocktail with a name that’s representative of your party. For an easy cheat, look up a unique drink on the Internet that you can make your own for the night. This extra addition will take your party to a more personal, elegant level.

3. Printed menu
Add the elegance of a fine-dining restaurant to your party with a printed menu at each person’s plate. Type the names of the dishes you plan to serve in a calligraphy-style font and print your work on pretty paper. All done.

4. Stylish centerpieces
A candelabra, a fresh floral bouquet, or a holiday-inspired arrangement are all fantastic additions to the table. Make sure the dinner table looks more dressed up than it does on a usual night, even if this just means lighting some candles.

5. Color scheme or theme
A color palette or overarching theme will bring everything at your soiree, from the place settings to the decor, full circle. Select colors that fit the festivities and are easy to find, then simply decorate in those hues.

Here’s a necessary extra tidbit of party-prep advice: Make sure the family knows who the designated kitchen cook is! Is it just us, or does this scene look oh-too-familiar during the holiday season?

Rock Out In Style With Urbanears New Marc Jacobs Headphones

By  November 28, 2014


True Marc Jacobs fans love that you can rock his style from head to toe. From headgear to footwear, even popular perfume (hello, Daisy!), you can fill your closets and cupboards with all things MJ. And now you can add to your collection and listen to your favorite tunes in signature Marc Jacobs style. Urbanears, the distinctive and colorful European (verify) headphones company, has partnered with the bold designer to create Urbanears Marc, an exclusive collaboration with Marc by Marc Jacobs.

These are headphones made for slouching in style through a gritty urban landscape. Headphones made for glamorous airport travel. Statement headphones in three styles, in colors “inspired by various tones of nature and representative of the elements that come together to give music its raw beauty.” OK then. What does that mean? You can get earbuds or on-ear headphones that are two-toned. The “Berries” headphones speak for themselves, very on-trend for fall. “Ocean” is a bold cobalt blue paired with turquoise. “Oil” is the coolest, IMO – evocative of an oil slick on asphalt, they’re rainbow hued paired with black. Super fly. Humlan headphones are $60 and the Kransen plus earbuds are $45, available at Urbanears.com.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.