Link Love II

Archie-Comics

-We’re not all crazy fake breasted bitches and other stereotypes about Latinas that need to  die (Cosmopolitan.)

-“I’m not a regular Archie, I’m a cool Archie!” New and improved version of our favorite redhead now sends texts, instagrams but is still in the same love triangle with Betty and Veronica (Mashable.)

-7 married men explain why they talk shit about marriage even though they love their wives (Women’s Health.)

-Bring on the legwarmers! Here’s a roundup of the  80’s most popular workouts (FabFitFun.)

-Since we’re talking about past decades, here are 31 beauty products every 90’s girl will recognize (Huffpost Style.)

-To continue the walk down memory lane, here is the history of the “Ballet Body” throughout the decades. (Vogue.)

-17 Disney quotes that offer timeless wisdom. (Elite Daily.)

-And for Harry Potter fans, here are 25 Harry Potter quotes to brighten your weekend (Bustle.)

-It’s not all Namaste’s and Om’s in the yoga world. Here’s what happens when yoga teachers behave badly. (The New York Times.)

-You won’t believe what Cindy Crawford studied in College. (Purewow.)

 

Link Love

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so why don’t I use the amount of time I spend reading blogs towards something productive? Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

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  • Ever realize how men seem so much more attractive to you only after they have rejected you? Rejection makes the heart grow fonder (Elephant Journal.)
  • Girls are always the crazy ones in relationships. Guys get called aggressive, or passionate, or sensitive, but never, ever crazy. (Galore Magazine.)
  • While on the topic of men underestimating women, men are sooo not smarter than women so why do they make us feel like they are? (Huffington Post.)
  • Yoga Cures. 16 celebrity yogis share how yoga changed their lives. (Mind Body Green.)
  • While on the topic of yoga cures, here’s an article about the power of using Yoga during eating disorder treatment (Recovery Warriors.)
  • For those of us who miss getting artsy on Paint, here’s 11 other things we did in the 90’s that we can’t do anymore (Bustle.)
  • While on the topic of the 90’s, here are 9 things you didn’t know about the show Full House (Self.)
  • Consider this your official warning to not sleep with your phone on your bed, because you know, it can burn your hair. (Cosmopolitan.)
  • 6 Grammar mistakes even smart people make (Real Simple.)

Link Love IV

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James Franco explains why he chooses so many gay roles- via Huffington Post.

Baby Boomer discusses why he would like to be a Millenial when he retires- via New York Times

5 steps to turn jealousy into positivity- via XoJane.

Dress for the part you want in life and eventually you’ll get it – via Elite Daily.

You’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty! and other things you should never say to a Jewish girl – via Cosmopolitan.

Are you dating a Thursday guy?- via Elle.

The only situation where crocs are acceptable, on Boo!! – via Fashionista.

 

 

Link Love III

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Sunday Blues.

Can’t believe it’s officially been a year since Ghesquiere left Balenciaga, my how fast the fashion industry moves- via Fashionista.

Sunday blues explained- via Cosmopolitan.

How our phones are ruining our lives- via Elle.

Has photoshop made models irrelevant? – via StyleCaster.

A list of questions every baby-boomer would like to ask us millenials – via Huffington Post.

15 things successful people do every day – via Forbes.

10 decisions that will make you happier and healthier- via Huff Post Style.

 

Link Love II.

I might make this a weekly thing.

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Doutzen feels really bad about looking this good.

OH SHIT, a global wine shortage may soon be upon us- via The Huffington Post.

You better watch your mouth Kaiser! Karl Lagerfeld’s rude remarks come back and bite him in the derriere- via Huff Post Style.

The Cheerleader Effect explained- via The Cut.

Why husband shopping is so 2012- via Elite Daily.

Reasons to love Ataturk, and to feed my obsession with Turks – via Time.

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes apologizes for being so perfect- via PopSugar.

10 things every girl  woman should know by 25- via Cosmopolitan.

The More I Shop, The More Miserable I Feel. Retail Therapy Analyzed.

original article published in The Huffington Post.

Forget meditation and yoga: For many stressed-out Americans, the best remedy for a stressful day at work or the sting of a painful breakup is the smell of brand-new clothing, the feel of a silk dress and the sound of a credit card being swiped. If you turn to retail therapy in times of anxiety, you’re not alone — according to a recent survey, nearly one in three recently stressed Americans (which accounts for 91 percentof the general population) shops to deal with stress.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey — an online poll of over 1,000 U.S. adults commissioned by the Huffington Post — found that women were twice as likely as men to use retail therapy as a way to cope with stress (40 percent vs. 19 percent). And in turn, men were more than twice as likely as women (34 percent vs. 16 percent) to say that they had never shopped out of stress and would never consider doing so in the future.

But gender aside, there is one trait many “stress-shoppers” have in common: They tend to seek distracting, temporary fixes to alleviate their stress. HuffPost’s survey found that those who shop to deal with anxiety (versus those who do not) were also…

  • 46 percent more likely to exercise to cope with stress
  • 86 percent more likely to eat to cope with stress
  • 76 percent more likely to worry about their weight

In other words, the stress-shoppers are also “stress-eaters” and “stress-exercisers.” Those who used retail therapy tend toward the “flight” side of fight vs. flight, distancing themselves from the stress with an unrelated activity rather than facing it head-on. In contrast, the respondents who said they never shop to deal with stress were more likely to cope by finding the root of their anxiety and confronting it.

And yet stress-shopping is still an appealing coping mechanism — and it helps that it’s super convenient. Many of us shop online using our iPads, laptops and even cell phones. “It was so easy to lose track of how much I was spending,” Darleen Meier, a self-described “Gilt addict,” told HuffPost Women in 2011. “At the high point, I was getting boxes delivered to my doorstep every single day of the week. It was time to stage an intervention.”

As temporarily uplifting as an afternoon of store-hopping may be, excessive consumption can leave a lingering toll on your credit card statement that may ultimately lead to higher stress levels due to financial concerns. Unsurprisingly, those who turned to retail therapy were more likely to feel stressed out by unexpected expenses (55 percent vs. 44 percent) and to be concerned about how they’ll pay their monthly bills (59 percent vs. 34 percent).

To curb a stress-spending habit and avoid accumulating debt on impulse purchases, try to avoid shopping altogether when you know you’re feeling upset or anxious. If you do need to shop, go with a list of items that you actually need to buy — and stick to it. Women’s personal finance resource Learvest also recommends leaving credit cards at home and carrying cash instead, unsubscribing from email newsletters from your favorite retailers and avoiding shopping with wealthy friends as ways to tame an impulse-buying habit.

Of course, that’s all easier said than done. Do you ever shop to deal with stress? How to you try to curb your stress-shopping habits?

And on that note… The perks of being Blake Lively

Blake Lively may be self-effacing when it comes to her acting skills. But she has no problem admitting the incredible access and privilege her fame brings — especially in the fashion world.

In her new interview with Marie Claire (previewed by People.com), the lithe, blonde “Gossip Girl” star reminds us once again that she is not like us.

“Maybe it sounds jerky,” she tells Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia, “but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There’s no designer I don’t have access to.” And on the subject of her future wedding:

“What I planned before I got into the business has changed,” she says. “Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture house should I go to?’ “

But of course. Christian is a FOB (Friend Of Blake), naming a shoe after hergiving her personal style advice and gifting her his entire Spring 2012 collection. In short, it’s good to be Blake.

To be fair, the star has acknowledged how lucky she is to live a life of fame and fortune. “For me, this other stuff — well, the perks — is not the reason I do the job,”she once told Interview. “Couture fashion week, getting to meet Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano and Christian Louboutin is so exciting. […] But at the end of the day I wouldn’t be there without my job. There are a few things in life that matter above all else: your family, your friends, your loved ones.”

And by “loved ones,” we assume she means Ryan Reynolds. Some girls really do have all the luck.

Read more at People.com and MarieClaire.com and get a glimpse of her Marie Claireshoot below. Seriously, how gorgeous does she look?

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