Personal Essay

The Healthy $2 Dinner I Make Every Week (With 20 Grams of Protein!)

I'm a creature of habit, and when I find something I like, I tend to be repetitive - extremely repetitive. I'll drink four glasses of iced green tea from David's Tea in one day, get an almond milk latte from Starbucks eight days in a row, and take the same Barry's Bootcamp lunchtime class every week, and so on and so forth. The biggest staple in the past year, however, has been my dinner: crispy tofu nuggets and sautéed zucchini. RelatedA Step-by-Step Guide on the Best Ways to Cook Tofu Eating healthy on a budget can be tough and tiresome - and it's easy to fall into the ramen diet when you're especially strapped for cash (I've been there!). But I promise you this meal is more tasty, more nutritious, and well worth the extra dollar than those dehydrated noodles. I learned this part...

Holy Sh*t – This Is How Many Miles I Walked at Lollapalooza Without Even Trying

I'm not a big believer in restricting myself from eating or doing what I want while I'm on vacation. That's because I've personally found that nothing can ruin a good time quite like panicking over caloric intake or forcing myself to work out in a wei...

I Channeled Kendall Jenner – and Went Braless at Work

I hopped off the bus in Times Square and started to walk toward the office. That's when he saw me - the very homeless, very drunk man looking as disheveled as you can imagine on a sweaty, humid morning at 8:30 a.m. I had never gone braless to work bef...

I Hated Underwire Bras – Until I Found the 1 That Changed Everything

As a pretty full B cup, I viewed underwire bras as a necessary evil. I never loved the way they felt, but - if I'm being honest - didn't like the way the girls looked without one. I'd found bras that did the job all right and I got through the day, bu...

I Stripped My Closet Down to the Essentials, and I’ll Never Look Back

It was a hot mid-July day in New York City, and there I was, testing the limits of my organic deodorant. Despite the heat, I was wearing a long-sleeved cashmere sweater. I'd just KonMari-ed my closet. I didn't have much else left to wear. Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, sparked an extreme decluttering craze that took America by storm this year, causing men and women to clear out their closets and leave only belongings that "spark joy." I was as caught up in the frenzy as any fashion-lover overdue for culling her ill-fitting and rarely worn items. The movement illustrated a larger trend playing out across the wardrobes of America: learning to love living with less. It's not a question of buying only the best designer items (though that would be nice) but paring...

7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Designer Bag

Even though I always admired the beautiful creations of Prada, Céline, or Louis Vuitton, owning a 3.1 Phillip Lim bag was what I daydreamed about. At first sight, the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Backpack was just perfect. Its structured shape looked so luxe and edgy. I imagined the backpack would be so practical to carry all my day-to-day essentials, especially while commuting to the city. The almost $1,000 price tag certainly didn't feel like pocket change, but I figured I could save up to own it eventually. Soon I would see the bag everywhere: in the pages of magazines and on the arms of übercool street style stars. Even though I saw many fast-fashion replicas, they didn't compare to the quality and overall look of the original. And I was on a mission to make it mine. Here's every...

How to Shop Thrift Stores Like an Expert

Yes - I'm a fashion editor who buys most of her clothing secondhand. Over the years, I've managed to amass some crazy-amazing finds, and there are some days when I walk out the door only to realize not a single piece of my outfit is brand new. Currentl...

After Years of Exercising, This Is the Workout That Changed My Body

When I started working out with a trainer a few months ago, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but if there's one thing I am certain of, a barbell was never part of the equation. Yet here I was, standing in front of one with my trainer off to the ...

This Natural Anxiety Remedy Will Become a Part of Your Everyday Routine

"You have an emotional attachment to your oil diffuser," my boss said with a smile and a laugh. And she was right; after two years of relying (partly) on essential oils as a tool to mitigate anxiety and depression, I really do have an emotional attach...

A Fitness Editor Shares Her Week of Meals and Workouts

A "Unicorn Parfait" that you'll find in Friday's food log Since becoming a fitness writer, I can't tell you how many questions I get about my routine, my food, my favorite products . . . actually, I can tell you. I get one to four questions a day from anyone from family to complete strangers. Most recently, a co-worker asked me what my typical week looks like, so I decided to lay it all out. This is a sample week, spliced together from two different weeks because of the holiday weekend and travel throwing off my usual routine, but this is actually a very accurate (and painfully honest) account of what my days look like on any given week. Some days my nutrition is on point, other days I'm in a downward spiral of processed carbs. I'm a human, OK! RelatedFind Out What a Bikini Competitor Eat...

This 1 Wedding Guest Dress Is So Versatile, You Can Wear It Any Season

"But it's so plain!" you might think to yourself upon laying eyes on the one wedding guest dress I am fully devoted to. To that I say: sometimes simplicity goes a long way - especially based on all the compliments I received when I wore the Fame and Pa...

I Wore Heels to Work For 2 Weeks – and I Paid

Once upon a time I lived in the corporate world and wore LBDs and stilettos to work every day. No blistery or frigid trek across the Manhattan tundra could reverse the spell that heels had on my heart. And then one day like a fairy godmother, a career...

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