The Annual “Movember” PSA

It’s November (weird right?) and I can finally find an excuse to be on Pinterest all day, looking at pictures of hot bearded men. Of course, I never do this any other day of the year…. My great reason for doing this all day is of course the fact that November is the month that we all raise awareness for men’s health issues such as cancer and men do this by growing out their facial hair. I love this because #1) I want the men in my life to stay healthy, and #2) beards are sexy, especially when they are at that perfect “scruff” stage (in my opinion). So, the little cherry on the top is that I get to do this annual post of sexy beard pictures to give the guys some incentive to grow out their own and the ladies some reasons to push their own guys to join in on the trend. Behold my friends, beard porn..

McScruffy:

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McScrufferson:

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ca. 2006 — Eric Dane — Image by © Lance Staedler/Corbis Outline

Bradley Cooper:

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Paul Rudd:

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Ryan Gosling:

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Christian Grey, I mean, Jamie Dornan:

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Christian Bale:

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Tom Hardy:

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Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Khal Drogo for my fellow GOT fans)

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Prince Harry:

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Lenny Kravitz:

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Taylor Kinney:

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Ingredient of the Week

A few weeks ago, I recognized an all too familiar feeling of tiredness and weakness that’d been hanging over me like a heavy cloud. I’ve been dealing with iron deficiency issues my whole life, off and on, and I could tell that I was yet-again running too low on the mineral. Times like this one, when the deficiency isn’t too extreme, I just start taking some iron supplements and up my intake of iron-laden proteins that I’m not always the biggest fan of. So this time around, instead of ordering a big hunk of meat every night for the next few weeks, I decided to look to one of my favorite but easily forgotten sources of iron: cream of wheat!

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photo via: quemas.mamaslatinas.com

Cream of wheat always brings me back to my childhood, when my parents would heat me up a bowl in the mornings, with a touch of sugar and milk swirled in. My sister and I loved having cream of wheat for breakfast, with its savory-sweet smell and comforting warmth filling our bellies. Not only is it a yummy and filling breakfast, but it’s also very nutritious. Chock full of vitamins and minerals, with iron being its top bragging right, this classic breakfast is anything but simple. While I enjoy eating it plain, the same way that I did as a kid, ever since I decided to add it back into my eating regimen, I’ve been playing around with some fun toppings to give my breakfast an extra kick. I usually resort to adding a sliced banana, slivered almonds, and a bit of honey to my cream of wheat, but after browsing through these recipes that I randomly found, I can’t wait to mix up my routine a little more!

What do y’all think about cream of wheat? Have you tried it before?

Small Brands To Love

Happy Sunday everyone!  As I mentioned in my previous post, Storefront Spotlight, storeowner Tricia Snyder is always bringing new and unique designers into her cool boutique, Trish. Every time I visit the store and see these new brands displayed among the racks and shelves, I am immediately educated about these brands by Tricia or her employees. This is not only a smart sales move, but it also makes my shopping experience much more personal and memorable. Plus, when leaving with a bag full of merchandise, knowing about the designers behind my purchases makes them feel that much more special.

This morning, I thought that I’d share with you some of my favorite lesser-known brands that Trish first introduced me to: Mother, Calleen Cordero, and Pam and Gela.

Mother:

            Mother was founded in 2010 by designer Tim Kaeding and Lela Becker. Famous for its super-soft fabrics and irreverent attitude, their boutique, made-in-L.A. brand is unique for its genius for keeping an indie spirit while still offering fits and washes that appeal to a wide range of women. Tim likes to say that Mother, a word as loaded with innuendo as it is unconditional love, goes against the grain; the brand pushes technological boundaries when it comes to that signature soft denim, and pushes brand boundaries when it comes to, for instance, naming silhouettes (think cheeky: The Dropout Boyfriend, The Groupie).

                                                             (http://www.motherdenim.com/about-us)

Favorite Looks:

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Via motherdenim.com

Calleen Cordero:

            Calleen Cordero’s first step on her journey to becoming one of today’s most inspiring American designers began in Marin County, CA, where at the age of fifteen she was first immersed in the world of high fashion footwear. Beginning in sales at an upscale boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine through, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, travelling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry and learned about every aspect of the art and trade.

            In 1999, she began designing her own line and started her company with two simple ideals: bring the Old World art of handmade artisan quality footwear, handbags and accessories back to the United States – and everything that she made would be as authentic as it was beautiful, as comfortable as it was luxurious, and as nourishing to the soul as it was to the eye.

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Favorite Looks:

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Via calleencordero.com

Pam and Gela:

            Pam and Gela were the maximalist masterminds behind the extraordinary Juicy Couture brand. They created an unapologetic world where more was fun. Their unique take on everyday luxury and irreverent fashion expression served as an inspiration to a whole new generation of young designers and paved the gilded way for progressive, up and coming ready-to-wear brands.

                                                                 (http://www.pamandgela.com/about-us/)

Favorite Looks:

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Via pamandgela.com

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Good morning everyone!  We are halfway through the week and only a few days away (woah) from the start of May.  This means that it’s time to get shopping for a Mother’s Day present if you haven’t already!  If you’re struggling to think of the right present for your deserving momma, don’t fret!  I’ve kindly put together a fab gift guide to help you out in your hunt for the best gift, so get clicking and order your items today!

For the athletic mom:

Nike Free 5.0

Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet (splurge!)

Zella ‘Live-in’ Leggings

For the lounge lizard:

Walton Wood Farm Recovery Bath Salts

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe

La Mer ‘Soleil de La Mer’ Collection (splurge!)

For the entertainer:

‘Mom’s’ Copper Mug

Le Creuset Four Mini Cocottes Set

Diptyque ‘Baies’ Hourglass Diffuser (splurge!)

For the fashionista:

Nadri Pave’ Curved Bar Studs

Eileen Fisher Bateau Neck Cotton Blend Top

Shinola ‘Gomelsky’ Moon Phase Leather Strap Watch (splurge!)

What To Watch Now: Fed Up

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Last night, I watched the documentary Fed Up, and I cannot express how eye opening, scary, and important this film is. It investigates America’s obesity epidemic and why our society is only getting bigger and bigger, despite increases in research and “education.” Even though I’m a very health-conscious person and always reading into the latest health news, I still learned quite a bit about how our minds have been brainwashed about nutrition and health over the years. Everyone being affected by this problem, a.k.a. ALL OF US, should watch this documentary and educate themselves about the foods we’re putting in our bodies. So, put down the Doritos, grab some water, and start watching this on Netflix ASAP!

Here are some disturbing images from the documentary:

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images via http://www.momtrends.com

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image via rollingstone.com

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