Saturday, August 12, 2017

Is Eating “Clean” Doing You More Harm Than Good?




First things first, let’s give credit where credit is due: Amidst the rampant vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free crazes over the last few years, we’ve come a long way in terms of making healthy eating not only possible, but enjoyable. Gone are the days of pretending to love food that’s essentially variations on cardboard discarded by a break dancer, dipped in the armpit sweat of real chocolate (I’m looking at you, Snackwells).

We’ve now got nut milks that make you forget you’re drinking nut milk, kale chips that make you forget you’re eating kale, and—as someone of Korean descent, this is especially thrilling—Western culture has at long last embraced the miracle food that is seaweed (Ariel didn’t get that voluminous head of hair by accident).

“Clean” food has become an industry in and of itself and is expected to reach $1 trillion globally this year.But in the midst of all this frenzy and the labeling of certain elements like gluten and dairy as “bad,” scientists are starting to worry about the long-term effects on our health, particularly for young women. Only 1% of the U.S. population has celiac disease, meaning they legit cannot eat gluten, and while 65% of the global population is reported to have lactose intolerance, it’s generally not considered a serious condition and symptoms tend to be mild for most people.

The primary concerns are twofold: First and foremost, the National Osteoporosis Society warns against the loss of calcium that comes with cutting out dairy, as it leads to weaker bones, and considering bone development generally stops around age 30, this can be problematic for young women who are already at an increased risk for deterioration later on in life, as Business Insider reports. There are ways to make up for the calcium loss, but this requires a pretty focused effort, and the casual clean eater may not have the knowledge or resources to ensure all nutritional requirements are being met.

The second aspect is more psychological. Renowned foodie and chef Nigella Lawson put it this way in interview with The Guardian: “There is a way in which food is used to either self-congratulate—you’re a better person because you’re eating like that—or to self-persecute, because you’ll not allow yourself to eat what you want.” Worst-case scenario, you might be contributing to an eating disorder by disguising it with super “healthy” stripped-down eating, disguising it even from yourself.

The takeaway? Just because that blogger looks amazing and her diet seems healthy, it doesn’t make her an expert on nutrition and wellness. So wield that almond milk with caution, ladies, and as always, it’s best to consult with a health professional before making any drastic changes to your diet.

-Deena Drewis

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Seriously: I Completely Changed My Body in Only 3 Months

I’ve always gone through ebbs and flows with my body—and I’m sure that’s true for most humans (men included). I’ve tried every crash diet and trendy workout craze only to come to the same conclusion every time: It’s not for me. When it came down to it, I hated working out, and I loathed restricting myself even more. I love food. I began to accept that my penchant for soup dumplings is a huge part of me—and, subsequently, my happiness. I wasn’t willing to give that up just to shed a couple pounds. Though, many times, my “this is me” attitude allowed for unhealthy lifestyle choices. I knew I had to make a change, but I refused to let said change ruin my life.

It seems serendipitous, but the more I allowed my brain to give up its lifelong quest for the perfect body—as if there’s even such a thing—the more I started noticing inches gone from my waistline.
Seriously, this is not a drill. Why? Because rather than spend two hellish weeks on whatever regime I had read about that month, I began making very small adjustments. Such changes never interfere with afternoons spent on the couch and Chinese food delivery orders (perhaps my two favorite things).
And they work: I lost a significant amount of weight in three months. The best part? I didn’t even realize it was happening until one day, my favorite trousers slipped right off my newly lean figure. (Don’t worry, I’ve since had them tailored and wear them more often than I’d like to admit.)
These are the secrets to losing weight without giving up… anything.



This one seems counterintuitive, but it works. I used to trash my leftovers because I thought that would save me from overeating. (Most restaurants supply a heftier portion than recommended.) However, if you save your doggy bag, you’ve just supplied yourself with a free meal for the next day. That way, both meals stay in line with the proper serving size, and you can spend your money on important things like handbags and shoes
Another easy option, according to Farah Fahad, a dietitian, is to wrap up a portion of your meal and swap in some veggies. "Take your serving of pasta and cut it in half," Fahad says. "Then replace the other half with your favorite vegetable. This will automatically make the dish a lot lighter and nutrient-dense, as well as keep you full and happy."

Stop Weighing Yourself






































Weighing yourself can drive you crazy. Our intake of food and drink makes it so that our bodies fluctuate throughout the day. If you weigh yourself in the morning, it may read something different than at night. So why do it? It’s difficult to gauge what that number really means anyway. Muscle weighs more than fat, after all. It’ll make you feel bad if the number is higher than you expected it to be—and feeling bad is a waste of your time.
"I am not a fan of weighing yourself," says Amy Rosoff Davis, Selena Gomez’s longtime trainer. "I think it breeds obsessive thoughts and behaviors. If you work out and eat healthy, your body should do the rest! When you have a healthy mind, body, and soul, the results will come. I prefer the jean test. You know how your pants fit, so go off of that instead of a number." Essentially, leave the scales to your yearly checkups, and you’ll live a far more blissful, body-loving life.




by HALLIE GOULD


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Un-Lazy Ways to Wear Sweatpants in Public

It wasn't so long ago that your trusty pair of sweatpants was relegated to Sunday mornings or the late-night trips to the store to pick up a carton of milk. It wasn’t that we didn’t like our sweatpants — we actually loved them —it was just that we didn’t really consider them ready for prime time.
Thanks to the burgeoning athleisure trend over the past couple of years, things certainly have changed. Sweatpants, along with other casual styles like bra tops, yoga pants, leggings and sneakers, are now at the front of our wardrobes and being worn proudly for all occasions. You’re now almost as likely to see a pair of joggers or leggings on the pins of street style stars as you are a pair of cropped jeans.
If you’re used to wearing your joggers with your beloved college hoodie or a T-shirt, it’s time to start playing around with your sweatpants outfits. There are a surprising number of items that work with your trackies besides casual basics. For some inspo, read on to see the different ways you can style your sweatpants outfits.

Swap your go-to neutral sweatpants for a brighter color. A roomy coat and  sneakers give your joggers a cool contemporary vibe. 





Think of your black sweatpants as something to build upon. Try yours with your favorite sweater and sneakers. Note that you can never go wrong with a jacket draped over your shoulders and a wide-brimmed hat.






































Fashion rules? What fashion rules? Ignore everything you thought you knew about layering and tuck a zip-up jacket into your sweatpants. Then half tuck an oversized button-down on top. Accessorize with statement heels and you have yourself a unique look that slays.






The quickest way to take your joggers from casual to fierce is by choosing a sequined pair. Once you do that, it doesn't really matter what you wear with them. 






Stay warm but look chic by teaming your joggers with a tweed coat and coordinating patterned scarf. Statement socks and fashion girl-approved white sneakers complete the ensemble.




Substitute your usual black pants for a comfy pair of sweatpants. See these black joggers worn with an oversized cardigan, button-down blouse and blue peacoat for inspiration on how to master the look. 




Who said that sweatpants have to be basic? These printed gold joggers are the star of the show. Not even the metallic high-tops or the oversized peach cardigan can compete.



Color and pattern elevate your average pair of sweats, but don't forget about texture. 


by HEATHER CICHOWSKI


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

15 Simple Ways to Change Up Your Look for 2017

If you repeat outfits so much you could be a cartoon character, it may be time to change up your look. The first month of the year is the perfect time to revamp your wardrobe. With just a few styling tricks, your 2017 closet reboot will be easier than ever. Check the slideshow above for 15 next-level outfit ideas.







In lieu of your usual sweater, take the dress-over-pants trend for a spin. Bonus points if your frock of choice is a bell-sleeve, semi-sheer, velvet-accented number that combines three trending looks in an unobvious way.






Let your pants do the most, whether you’re partial to patterned, wide-leg styles or daring (yet neutral) patent slacks. We love this black pair.






Cheer up your wardrobe with a rainbow print creation. Make it pop by subbing your neutral everyday beanie for one in a more striking hue.






Let your outerwear be the main attraction. Experiment with fabric and proportion. Trade in your classic coat for an off-kilter yet digestible version. Eye-catching mixed paneling, colorblocked fur, oversized, 70s-inspired shearling numbers — all fair game.






We’ll call this the belt-sold-separately look. Decorate — and add definition to — your waistband with a standout band. Wrap it twice around your waist or fashion it into an oversized bow.






Two coats are better than one. Those who will never consider puffers fashionable stay warm in fur-lined denim cloaked in a coordinating patterned shawl.






It's time to trade in your black scarf for a more memorable hue. Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel (think pink and green) are the perfect complement.





Want to add some drama to your work wardrobe? Belt your scarf over your suit. It creates a feminine silhouette and keeps your scarf from flapping in the wind.


by CORDELIA TAI

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

FACT: Anyone Can Pull Off A Denim Skirt



Those who are trend-conscious know that fashion is nothing if not cyclical. It’s a snake eating its own tail. And, as was inevitable, the mouth of said snake has reached a particularly stiff, hard-to-swallow bit. Within the past year or so, the denim skirt, a relic of the early 2000s (when everyone’s style was generally bad), has made a comeback.

Today’s denim minis are decidedly chicer than those favored by Paris and Kristin Cavallari, however. They’re clean, polished. Their hemlines are (slightly) longer, their frays more deliberate, their waistlines higher. They come paired with see-through turtlenecks and coordinating denim jackets (Bella), outsize, pseudo-professional button-downs that add interest and coverage (Rihanna), tailored coats, statement purses and hardware-accented brogues (Selena). Still, it’s a hard silhouette to pull off, especially for those of us with more curves and shorter limbs than the aforementioned celebs.
On the streets, jean skirt outfits came styled with ruffled knitwear and feminine footwear. One showgoer introduced a springy alternative to the Canadian tux: a midi chambray pencil skirt worn with a matching button-down of exaggerated proportions. Another kept things casual with a bold hoodie, oversized denim jacket and shiny thigh-highs. Like Leandra Medine, we’re all about complementing our denim skirts with statement socks and loafers, slinky silk midi dresses or structured, cheerily printed blouses.
Still not convinced? Trust us, nowadays there’s a denim skirt to suit all shapes and tastes. You’ve got 70s-inspired button-fronts of all lengths and washes, bodycon pencil skirts (a favorite of Nadia Aboulhosn), side-slit maxis, embroidered minis, boxy carpenter skirts…the list goes on and on. 
by CORDELIA TAI

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to Style Fishnets Like a Pro


As we predicted, the future of fashion is fishnet. Once owned by the punk, pinup, grunge and goth crowds, the diamond-patterned material reentered the fashion zeitgeist by way of the Fall 2016 runways. Antonio Marras favored shin-high fishnets, Max Mara went with classic cut-outs and Jeremy Scott made the case for XL diamonds. The eye-grabbing legwear quickly caught on with the fashion set, namely Lourdes Leon (whose mom is a noted fishnet advocate), and Sarah Snyder.
Fishnet adds edge to any outfit, whether it’s in sock, tights, shirt or even dress form. That’s right — not only is fishnet in the midst of a serious comeback, it’s taking on new, innovative forms. Don’t be daunted — the rebellious pattern (in all its iterations) is surprisingly easy to pull off. The more hesitant among us might start by pairing denim minis with fishnet tights. #Freethenipple advocates can jump right in and swap their sheer turtlenecks for tops of the diamond-net persuasion. As with any trend, you decide how far down the rabbit hole you go.
But first, some styling tips. 

What's "too much"? Team your fearless legwear with a miniskirt, neutral sweater and patterned outwear. Polish off the look with ladylike shoes and coordinating (metallic) socks.









 
Another (more wearable) suggestion: use grids to dress up a standard sneaker-dress combo.

















Fishnet stockings add edge to any boho or slip dress. Finish off the ensemble with a white tee and oversized black blazer and let the 90s, punk and corporate vibes collide.

Worn as a statement sock, fishnets can add a touch of interest (sex appeal, rebelliousness) to an otherwise casual, menswear-inspired look. Extra points if the cuff matches your chunky combat boots, which, by the way, go great with 'nets. (Utilitarian footwear detracts from the pinup factor in a good way.)



Same principle, but with sandals, cropped pants and stockings.


Another option is to play up the pinup vibes with retro, high-waisted shorts. Of course, you'll still want to balance out your 'fit with a not-so-skin-showy topper and "boyish" accessories.





Denim stylist extraordinaire Sarah Snyder likes her holey hose peering out from beneath lace-up denim. 




Prefer your oversized tees and hoodies without a side of thigh-grazing boots? Here's a happy, eye-grabbing alternative.



by CORDELIA TAI

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