Month: November 2014

Thanksgiving Looks


I had one of those weird dreams last night where I was running but it felt like my legs were underwater. So I went to the gym this afternoon and hopped on the treadmill (a different beast than my usual elliptical) to shake off my lead-footed dreams. Although I’m not a runner, I was pretty sure I would feel extra athletic on the treadmill this time. Wrong. Maybe the dream was less of an R.E.M. creation and more of a foreshadowing. The power walkers were moving faster than me. Running is no joke, friends, I barely made it to a quarter mile before I had to drop the treadmill down to walking pace.

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The Weekender

Happy Friday, friends.

Here are some links to take you through the weekend to the short holiday week!

Do you read The Skimm? My girlfriends and I all agree that it’s the best way to start your morning. It’s a daily e-mail that summarizes need-to-know-news in a way that’s succinct, intelligent, and witty.

If you like irreverent facts, you’ll enjoy getting Dan Lewis’s newsletter “Now I Know” each morning, as well. In this recent email, Dan explains why you should never attempt a recipe for Swedish Lemon Angels…

I couldn’t hack pre-med but I love reading Think Like a Doctor from The New York Times Magazine.

In related medical mystery news, I just finished Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. Susannah is a New York Post writer who came down with a life-threatening autoimmune disease in her early twenties that left her fighting to regain control of her brain and her sense of self. Now fully recovered, she writes a memoir that’s both fascinating and haunting.

Cringe-worthy and funny – celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves.

Via Cup of Jo, Charts for People Obsessed with Serial.

Treat yourself to a couple drinks this weekend – my friends and I are loving Spiked Seltzer! (Shoutout to Kelly for having such good taste!)

Stay warm!

(Anthony Perkins and Audrey Hepburn via Tumblr)

Thursday Features: On Passwords, Kindness, and More…


Looking for some longer articles to peruse while you’re commuting home or cooking dinner? Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Is our culture starting to accept that although we age, we never really “grow up”? (

The Bill Cosby rape accusations are so disturbing. Like The Atlantic argues, however, choosing to ignore them is “reckless.” (

Required reading on the value of being kind. Keep the tissues close by in case you “get something in your eye.” (

“You have a choice. You don’t realize it, but you have a choice. You can be a giver or you can be a taker. You can get filled up or empty.” Why the very wealthy often feel very unsatisfied. (

How meaningful are your passwords? (

Up tomorrow: The Weekender. Happy Thursday!

(Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett via Tumblr)

Show Up Before You’re Ready


Have you ever applied for a job that you don’t have all the qualifications for? Volunteered for a task that you had to learn along the way? If so, you’ve got a lot in common with other successful women.

I love this article about showing up before you’re ready.

Women (and men) often inadvertently hold themselves back in their professional and personal lives by waiting for the “right moment” to make big moves in their careers or relationships. The subject of the article, New York Times bestselling author and blogger Glennon Doyle Melton, sums her success up nicely, saying “It keeps turning out that I’m enough, every single time.”

Keep that in mind next time you’re unsure if you’re ready to make a move.

Check back tomorrow for more of my favorite articles!

(Meryl and Hilary via Tumblr)

Transformation Tuesday: Give Up the Easy Mac


Transformation Tuesday is about making positive changes to your life, and I’m starting with one of the areas of my life I most need to change – my eating habits.

I like to claim that I eat six small meals a day – very chic, I know – but that’s a lie. More accurately I snack the entire day. I’d go into what I eat, but I’d like to encourage people to read my blog, not drive them away in disgust. Let’s just say that if you compared my lunchbox with a kindergartner’s, you’d have a hard time telling which was mine until you saw my wine juicebox. (Kidding, friends, wine is an after-dark treat. Thankfully, it gets dark at 4:30 now.)

Anyway, in an effort to adopt a more adult palate and feel healthier, I’ve decided to tackle two tasks. The first is simple: cook more. The second is a horrific proposition: give up dairy for a month. Full disclosure, through no fault of my own besides, perhaps, sins in a past life, I’m lactose intolerant. Read: this may not be a bad move. I’m thinking of going dairy-free from Thanksgiving to Christmas (call me the Grinch) but I’ve yet to make the final call.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks for some inspiration. She occasionally goes off the edge and cuts gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and everything else delicious out of her diet in the name of cleansing. I will never do that. Yet, lots of her recipes look fabulous and are dairy-free.

In other cooking news, I made my first family dinner in years the other night, and I was totally surprised that it didn’t suck! (Translation: it was really good.) You can find the recipe I used for oven-baked fajitas here.

Any other dairy queens or kings want to join the challenge with me? I promise almond milk is delicious…

Wednesdays are all about women on Life of La, so check back tomorrow to see what wild new claims feminists are making now! (Spoiler: none, really, we all just believe that men and women are equal.)

(Photo via Tumblr, Spaghetti Eating Contest in the 1950s)

Back-at-It Monday


With hibernating season upon us, it’s time to fire up the old blog again. When the weather gets freezing, we all spend significantly more time indoors, and with time indoors comes time online. So as to put that time online to all of our best use, I’ll make an effort to blog every weekday and you can try to check when you have time.

So Monday’s finally over, every American’s favorite food-centric holiday is almost upon us, and it’s cold enough that you don’t have to justify to anyone why you can’t make it to the gym. Let’s get back at it. Follow the jump for more. (more…)