Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Picture Perfect People Who Have Their Sh*t Together

To me, Lauren Conrad is someone who just does it right. She falls into a category of young women I've dubbed Picture Perfect People Who Have Their Sh*t Together (PPPWHTST, for short), including the likes of Blake Lively and Emily Schuman. I just assume these ladies look chic, put together and dainty even in their sweats on a Sunday. Actually, they probably don't even own sweats; they surely prefer designer loungewear. Also, they probably all have supremely organized, immaculate homes, in which to lounge. 

The PPPWHTST position themselves in the media in the most flattering of lights. They all have their own lifestyle brands, and they strategically share tastefully edited peeks into their fabulous lives. I have the utmost respect for these young women and I stalk them via social media and magazines.

When Lauren Conrad appeared on the cover of Us Weekly, my favorite entertainment magazine and former employer, I was thrilled. I couldn't wait to read about her "dream wedding." LC's dress(es) (!) were gorgeous. Her wedding decor was elegant and rustic chic, without being too cliche. Her hair and makeup looked perfectly flattering, as per usual, and she was a super hands-on bride. She even baked for the celebration.

I devoured the LC cover story on a plane last weekend. I highly recommend you get your hands on the 10-page feature if you're as intrigued by the PPPWHTST queen bee as I am.

And if you're interested in a "Just Like Us!" moment, check out my own rustic chic nuptials here and here.


Image via Glamour / Elizabeth Messina

[Us Weekly, September 29, 2014]

Sunday, September 28, 2014

rules meant to be broken

I was initially attracted to the September 2014 issue of Health magazine because of it's glowing cover star: Erin Andrews. What a babe. Seriously.

Of course, Health offers lots of juicy information beyond the aforementioned sexy sportscaster's workout regimen. (Hint: It's inspired by Physique 57.)

Health's September issue features one particularly intriguing piece:

"Health Rules You Really Can Break" by Esther Crain

"Exercise less! Ignore expiration dates! These new-and-improved guidelines might just surprise you."

The rule:
You always need a solid seven to eight hours of sleep.
The new thinking: 
Go ahead, stay up late--you can make up for it.

The rule: 
Toss expired meds.
The new thinking: 
Save 'em; they might be A-OK.

The rule:
Never use the ER as your doctor.
The new thinking:
Why wait to see your MD?

The rule:
Do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week.
The new thinking: 
Up the intensity and you can cut your workout time in half (or more!)
These "breaking news" guidelines aren't exactly shocking, but to me they're reassuring--especially the notion that needing to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week is now null. 

The new philosophy is that you can still benefit from exercising even if you're working out for just 10 minutes three times a week. That's right: 10 measly minutes! There's just one caveat: The 10 minutes are only effective if you're really pushing yourself. 

That's fine by me. On many nights my go-to workout is to run a mile, and sprint at the end. (Approximately 10 mins. total) Some friends and family members balk, "What's the point?" Haters gonna hate. I've always insisted that doing something, even just logging a mile on the treadmill, is better than doing nothing at all. 

Thank you Health for backing me up.

*See the article for full details.

Photo credit: James White

[Health, September 2014]

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spirituality: No Crystals Required

I read the October 2014 issue of Women's Health during my commute recently. I work in the health & wellness industry, so this particular magazine pick is quite fitting. An article on spirituality stood out to me: "Spirituality: No Crystals Required" by Alyssa Giacobbe

"Spiritual practices don't have to be about woo-woo mysticism or religious stuff, if those aren't your things. They can simply be pathways to discovering what truly brings you fulfillment."

Women's Health remarks that spirituality is "having a moment." Personally, I've been immersed in the spirituality moment for about a decade. After years of shunning yoga in favor of sweaty cardio, I tried it. I took a Sunday morning class at a Chicago Equinox. I was a single twenty-something living far-ish from my family and native NY, and I was insecure. My classmates were shiny yuppy couples getting their stretch on before brunch. I didn't fit in, but it didn't matter. I learned that yoga doesn't discriminate, and also that yoga - for me, at least - is not an alternative to running or other traditional workouts. For me, yoga is a spiritual practice that provides me with tools for feeling okay and, ultimately and ideally, feeling fulfilled.

The WH article presents six "modern spiritual thinkers" and their takes on becoming healthier, happier and more centered:
Arianna Huffington
Guru Jagat
Dan Harris
Danielle LaPorte
Marianne Williamson
Gabrielle Bernstein

Arianna Huffington, Dan Harris and Gabrielle Bernstein all struck a chord.

Huffington's overall message is to get outdoors and to take breaks from technology.
Harris speaks about meditation for true beginners - something I can certainly get behind, considering I've been meaning to start meditating for about ten years...
Bernstein provides specific, tangible instructions for reducing anxiety, in the moment.

If you're feeling unbalanced and seeking fulfillment, or just need a pick me up, pick up the October issue of WH.

Illustration by Montse Bernal 

[Women's Health, October 2014]

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Welcome to Bound & Glossy.

B&G is a collection of posts inspired by traditional literary mediums I deem sacred: particularly books & magazines.

Perhaps you don't lug around hard copies of the latest best-sellers and September issues anymore, but I still do, and I'm dog-earing anything especially inspiring and sharing these pieces with you.

I'm also sharing personal tidbits inspired by my reading.


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