Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Did you enjoy my guest post on Low-Intensity Fasted Cardio? Then definitely check out this article on T Nation called Get Ripped. Get Walking.

This is a brief, but interesting discussion on the increasing prevalence of gluten-related diseases in the UK – Celiac Disease on the Rise in the US.

I’m all for healthy eating and teaching your children proper nutrition, but this “inspiring story” is a biiiit disturbing – Maggie Goes on a Diet.

An interesting take on the organic vs. pesticides debate on Discovery.com. While I’m not taking Ames’s side in this, I do 100% agree that if you can’t afford/are unable to buy organic you should NOT skip fruits & veggies each day, just be sure to wash everything thoroughly.

Are you vegan? Lactose intolerant? Plant-based ice cream hits European markets.

Garance Dore’s 3rd entry in her Changing Lifestyle/Finding Balance series. Highlight: “Realizing my “rules” weren’t anything more but bad habits to hide behind”

Fashion:

Karen Elson & Raquel Zimmerman show off their dancing skills for Lanvin. Sigh. Didn’t Alber get my audition tape???

Check out these great hippie-inspired felt hats at Momma’s a Rolling Stone.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley Fashion

Love Rosie’s sweet, summery look? Check out the Frugal Fashionista’s breakdown here.

See the list of Summer 2011’s chicest women over at Harper’s Bazaar.

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Looks of the Week(s)

 
I completely forgot to post this for last week, so this week you get two weeks worth of fabulous looks!
 

Aussie model Miranda Kerr looked chic and somewhat Parisian on her way to the airport. I love that someone other than me still dresses for flights!

From The Sartorialist's latest jaunt to Milan. Love the monochromatic navy, love the shoes, LOVE the bag.

Miss Gaga likes to make an impact but her clothes, though designer and expensive, frequently leave her looking like a caricature. Here, in Versace, she looks chic, sharp and still a little rock n' roll.

 

I love this whole look from Rosie Huntington-Whitely, the dress, the sunglasses, the boots, the bag. She made headlines with her Transformer red carpet looks, but clearly she's no slouch in the street style category either.

Model Elsa Ekman captured by Craig at Models off Duty. This is a great late summer/early fall transition look, the long-sleeved sweater and ankle booties take it effortlessly to cooler weather.

Charlize Theron is chic and comfortable in this classic but modern trench look and pointy toed heels.

This is from the Sartorialist and was taken in Tokyo. I love the uniqueness of this photo and the outfits the girls are wearing, I love how modern, fresh and young they've made such a traditional garment.This is how a stylish woman dresses! SJP nailed it in this dress, the cut, the color, the fit are all perfect. Stock up on these for Fall ladies!

And on a final note, I know that I said here that it was unlikely anyone would wear anything from the Bill Gaytten for Christian Dior Fall 2011 Couture line…
 
Katy Perry at VMAs
 
I apologize to you all, I clearly forgot about Katy Perry.
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Fashion Crushes

 

 

When I think about fashionable and memorable looks that I’ve enjoyed recently two individuals immediately come to mind – Red carpet darling Zoe Saldana and Michael Fassbender. Does the latter not sound familiar? Perhaps you know him as Magneto from the recent X-Men First Class – I saw the movie in theaters months ago and am still thinking about his wardrobe!

Zoe Saldana:

What I adore about Zoe’s style is her ability to mix pieces and she’s a master of the high-low, which make her looks much more accessible to those of us not making millions per picture. Thanks Zoe! Another thing she’s fabulous at? Accessorizing! She always has gorgeous jewelry, enviable shoes, and to die for bags, whether she’s on the red carpet or running errands on her days off.

{Not only is the color phenomenal on her, the lace back and sweet accessories pull the look together perfectly! The floral earrings might seem over-the-top on some, but she makes them look stylish.}

{A little black dress is anything but boring when Zoe gets her hands on it. This Barbara Bui mini is sleek, sexy & fun and those Balenciaga heels are to DIE FOR.}

{This Express dress was all the rage last summer but I loved the way Zoe made this dress totally her own by belting it and adding a chic cross-body bag.}

{Only Zoe could make this Balenciaga shorts suit looks so chic – I love that she paired the printed, embellished suit with a basic white tee. The red carpet never looked better!}

Michael Fassbender:

Boys – The costume designer for this latest installment in the X-Men franchise, Sammy Sheldon, is an utter genius! Not only are these clothes gorgeous and tailored to perfection, they’re right on trend for this fall. In case you’ve been sleeping all summer, Mad Men is all the rage – See Banana Republic’s Mad Men-inspired collection here and I promise you wont be disappointed.

Please proceed for some much deserved eye candy and menswear fashion porn.

{This linen suit is the perfect Summer look paired with a white collared shirt – It couldn’t be further from the stiff formality of the white suit made infamous by Mark Twain or Colonel Sanders – And evokes hot Summer nights is Havana!}

Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Caleb Landry Jones, Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne

{Turtle necks can be a great layering tool during the Fall & Winter, as can a chic leather jacket. Invest is both!}

{Retro sunglasses are always going to be in style – Find the shape that suits you best and stick to it!}

I can’t be the only one who saw X-Men and immediately wanted to take my boyfriend shopping, right? I mean, the actor is cute enough, but those turtle necks and three pieces suits – Swoon!

Who are your fashion crushes? Is there someone who you always looked to for fashion inspiration over the years or who helped your personal style evolve?

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Doughnuts!

Raise your hand if you like doughnuts…

That’s what I thought.

While I’ve never really thought about making doughnuts before I decided to give it a try when I saw Jenna’s Glazed Cake Doughnuts recipe on Eat, Live, Run. I knew that they would never look as good as Jenna’s, which is a little discouraging, but with 9 ingredients and a proposed time of 25 minutes, I figured even I might be able to pull it off.

During a lull at work I ran out to the Sur La Table in the Ferry Building and picked up this doughnut tray.

Glorious right? Right!

On my walk home from work I picked up milk (they were out of buttermilk) and eggs, so I was ready to go by the time I got home. Just as Jenna promised it was quick and easy once you assembled all of the components.

Tiny adjustments: I used 2% milk instead of buttermilk (not my fault!), earth balance instead of butter, gluten-free flour and rather than go with the glaze I dipped the doughnuts in melted earth balance and rolled them in cinnamon sugar.

Side notes: (1) Don’t be discouraged if you don’t use a pastry bag to put the dough into the tray, it looks messy but they fluff up. (2) Because these aren’t flipped, mine ended up a bit striped, pale on top and golden brown where they were in the tray.

But they were a success! Perhaps too much of one actually, my boyfriend ate close to a dozen and gave himself a stomach ache…

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Style File – Kate Middleton

 
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to dress like a Duchess?
 

 
While the commoner formerly known as Kate Middleton’s recent straight-from-the-runway Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2011 look could run you a couple thousand dollars (blouse $1,355 & skirt $995 @ Net-A-Porter) you can definitely put together a similar look for less.  
 

(L to R) See by Chloe - $240 (sale) @ My-Wardrobe.com, Paul & Joe Sister - $70 (sale) @ TheOutnet.com & Tibi Military Bodysuit - $83 @ Tibi.com

 

(L to R) AK Anne Klein - $50 @ Macy's, Moschino Cheap & Chic - $100 @ Outnet.com & MARC by Marc Jacobs - $330 @ Bloomingdale's

If a pencil skirt and blouse combo isn’t quite your style or you’re looking for an outfit that’s a little easier to put together, a navy double-breasted shirt dress is a great alternative, like the examples below.
 

(L to R) Laundry by Shelli Sega - $105 @ Bluefly, ABS by Allen Schwartz - $150 @ Lastcall.com & JCrew - $130

The perfect finish to this regal look are a pair of classic navy pumps, heeled Oxford’s or peep toed heels.

(L to R) Pilar Abril - $105 @ Endless.com, Giani Bernini - $90 @ Macy's & Badgley Mischka - $120 @ Bluefly

Read TLo’s comments on this outfit here.

This isn’t Kate’s first navy & white military-inspired outfit, see below for other classic looks she’s worn with the same style.

Check out MCLV’s first Style File look – Red Maxi Skirt
 
 
 
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