Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Episode 15 With Nutrition Coach Chanel Gold Kenner

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In this episode, Ali and I interview Nutrition Coach, Chanel Gold Kenner. We talk about eating clean and healthy meals, wellness, exercise, losing weight, smoothies, and snacks, as well as making delicious food that is both easy to prepare and cost effective. We also discuss among other things, healthy nachos vs Taco Bell. Fun fact: I’ve never had Taco Bell. Chanel shared so much great information and we were so excited to learn from her. We know you will enjoy listening to this episode as much as we loved recording it.

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Wow, it’s been such a busy week for me. Between the big makeover reveal and some super exciting projects coming up that I’ll tell you about soon, I haven’t had a minute to breathe. [Insert Deep Breath Here] Okay, I finally exhaled.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite links from last week. From hair and food ideas to Lena Dunham doing yoga, beauty product organization tips and what could be my favorite new podcast, these links are both a great way to procrastinate and learn. So, click away and enjoy.

Fat Mascara Podcast

Hit subscribe now because I’m “raising a wand” to Fat Mascara. This podcast features beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein dishing about their favorite products, dissecting trends, and interviewing celebs as well as influencers. #FanGirl

Well+Good: Lena Dunham Does Yoga

Lena Dunham recently collabed with Well+Good to make a series of short videos (under 2 minutes, so actually short) that based on the title, are pretty self-explanatory. Along with her yoga bff, Beth Cooke, Lena will make you smile, stretch and give you a little peak of her cool living room.  

A Sweat Life: Ways To Indulge In A Whole Avocado All At Once

As a Californian, I can attest to the magic of avocados. In this post for A Sweat Life (and yes, I also write for them), Ashley Aranha gives us some healthy meal ideas that use the entire fruit. Because we all know how gross half a leftover avocado living in a Ziploc in your fridge is.

Hello Giggles: Banana Buns Are Trending In Paris, And Yes, We'd Like To Partake

Spoiler alert: French women know EVERYTHING! Have you ever seen those banana clip things at the drugstore and wondered what you’re supposed to do with them? Apparently, they’re used to make an extra chic bun in your hair.

By Jonnie March: 4 Quick Tips For Organizing Your Beauty Products

If so much stuff falls out of your medicine cabinet that you need to put orange cones around your sink, this post from Jonnie March is for you. Speaking of beauty product organization tips, if you haven’t read my post on how to KonMari your beauty products, you should. 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! If you’re new here, welcome to So Last Week, a compilation of things I read on the Internet that are totally worth your time. If there were a general theme of the links this week, I think it’s being your best self. Aren’t we all striving for that? So, whether it’s business, style, food or fitness, these posts can inspire us to try new things and push ourselves in a positive direction.

West Coast CEO: Etsy Entrepreneur & Eco Gifts for Animal Rescue with Jillian Clemmons of Best In Shore

Jillian Clemmons is doing amazing things for animal rescues with her Etsy shop, Best In Shore. She discusses her passion for helping our furry friends, creating eco-friendly products and running a business, in this enlightening interview for West Coast CEO. Stay turned for my interview with Alex, which should be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Among Other Things: How (and Why) to Be a Morning Workout Person

Are you trying to motivate before the sun comes up? Soul Cycle instructor Hallie Wilson gives us new reasons to become “morning workout people.” She also includes tips from other bloggers, myself included. Shouldn’t that be reason enough to click?

The Little Blog of Vegan: Best Ever Blueberry Pancakes

This beautiful blog features easy vegan recipes that vegans and non-vegans alike will appreciate, including these tasty Blueberry Pancakes. I can’t wait to make them!

House of Comil: Play It Like A Parisian Woman – Parisian Style

There’s nothing I love more than French style. Looking at this post, it’s almost impossible not to say “oui” to Julia Comil’s jaw dropping style. You will want to steal all of these looks.

LA Times: Shopping Habits Are Changing, And Teen-Oriented Retailers Like Wet Seal Are Among The Casualties

With The Limited reaching its limit earlier this month and now Wet Seal going out to sea, you might be wondering why these retailers that have been around since the beginning of time (the 80’s and 90’s) and now saying goodbye forever. The LA Times explains what happened. 

Holiday Travel: Carry On Bag Necessities

Welcome to December. Is it really the most wonderful time of the year if you have to go to the airport? In any other situation, a complete stranger yelling at you to take off your clothes and shoes is considered a violation. But, there is one way to try and tame travel stress (other than a valium and a glass of wine), which is to be equipped with a large carry on bag that has everything I need to make my flight more comfortable. 

The Bag

I always travel with my MRKT Martin Travel bag. It has enough room for everything I need and more. I also use it on weekend trips. Made entirely of vegan felt and microsuede, it's stylish and durable enough to be squeezed under the seat.

Snacks Snacks Snacks

I always travel with tons of snacks because Terminal 3 at LAX, which is the only terminal I fly out of, literally has zero healthy food options. (Zero! If don’t believe me, read the Yelp reviews.)

I’m really into Perfect Bars right now. High in protein, they’re packed with superfood, non-gmo, gluten-free ingredients. They’re also filling, so I don’t end up eating junk food on the plane. My favorite flavors are Almond Butter and Maple Almond butter, which taste like spooning actual almond butter out of a jar, but in bar form. The Blueberry Cashew flavor is also pretty delicious. I usually bring extras so I can eat them for breakfast on the go.

I also love Heath Warrior Chia Bars. Between 100 and 110 calories each, these small, but mighty snacks have 1000mg of Omega-3, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of plant-based protein. There are several flavor choices, but my favorites are coconut and dark chocolate. They’re light, but filling, so they're good for before or after working out (which is something I try to do when I travel) or for those times when you know you're going to eat dinner in an hour, but you're starving. 

Purely Elizabeth's Ancient Grain Minis are practically made for travel. Gluten-free, non-gmo and vegan, every bag has 2oz of ancient grain granola. You can mix into yogurt (which is readily available at most airports, even LAX) or pour milk right into the bag. It won’t leak, I promise. 

Cashmere Wrap

When I’m on a plane, I either sweat like I’m taking a spin class or shiver like I’m in a cyrotherapy session. So, I wear a light top and carry a cashmere wrap. It’s a blanket and fashion accessory all rolled into one. The one I'm wearing in the picture is from Vince and I’ve had it so long, it's practically vintage. 

Talbots currently has a beautiful cashmere wrap. While that store isn’t exactly one of my go-tos, there aren't many affordable cashmere wraps available this season. Cashmere doesn’t come cheap, but friends don’t let friends buy wool blends. Treat yourself. Traveling is hard enough. 

Neck Pillow

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I always try and catch a few zzzs on the flight, so a neck pillow is a must. Skip the ones they sell at the airport because they’re overpriced and generally mediocre. Instead prepare early and buy The World’s Best Neck Pillow. It’s comfortable, machine washable, cheap and apparently the world's best.

Decléor Aurabsolu Mist

Nothing makes your face feel gross quite the way re-circulated airplane air can. Decléor Aurabsolu Mist is travel friendly and smells like herbal heaven. You can also spray some on a cotton ball in place of your regular toner.

Thank you to Chin-Chin Hao for the beautiful photos. 

It's Amanda Lauren X The Kitchn: How Dinner Changed When I Moved in with My Husband

My husband had me at "Chinese food."

The first time we met, we discovered that we grew up just blocks away from each other on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. When I asked him if his family liked to order takeout from China Fun, he recited the phone number. I swooned. Clearly, I thought, food was going to play an important role in our relationship. And it did — just not in the way that I expected it to.

As it turns out, China Fun takeout was basically the only food my husband and I had in common. From early on in our relationship, it was apparent we were not going to reenact the infamous spaghetti scene from Lady and The Tramp. He likes lamb chops; I love quinoa and kale. But our divergent culinary preferences were never an issue — that is, until we moved in together.

Moving into our first place together in Los Angeles, I remember unpacking all the goodies from our registry: All-Clad pans, Wüsthof knives, beautiful Kate Spade dishes, and gadgets galore. I finally had everything I needed to really cook the way I wanted to — not to mention a dream kitchen.

Sure, my bachelorette pad had a kitchen, but the range leaked gas more adequately than it cooked food. By comparison, our new apartment's kitchen had granite countertops, modern stainless steel appliances — the works! It was even smoke-alarm snafu-proof, thanks to cathedral-height ceilings in the living room and French doors leading out to the terrace.

Realistically, I knew I was no Nigella — but still, I was so excited to finally be able to really cook!

(To read the rest of this essay, head on over to The Kitchn)