Thursday, January 23, 2014

fashion friday :: mad for hats (via trip styler)

i've accumulated a handful of hats over the years---straw hats for summer, wool toques for winter, ball caps for weekends and my absolute favourite, wide-brimmed fedoras for any d*mn time i please. while working as a television stylist and wardrobe consultant, i learned that there are generally two types of people when it comes to hats: people who think they look ah-mazing and people who think they look terrible. if you don't think you're a hat person, i challenge you to try some on, and then some more, like you're trying on sunglasses---super embarrassing until you the find the perfect style and fit.

hats are memorable. they don't just make you and your outfit memorable, they also remind you of the times in your life when you wore them, like a favourite song or band. i can tell you about all the trips i've taken with my steven alan fedora like i can tell you about all the road trips i've taken listening to "viva la vida" or milo greene. 

here are a few more benefits of hats:
  • they're better than dry shampoo for bad hair days.
  • they give you an air of mystery.
  • they stave off the cold.
  • they automatically create a "look."
trip styler tip: don't pack your felt hat in your suitcase---wear it on the plane to avoid a "crushing" discovery upon arrival.

when looking for a hat:
  • forget trends and go for one that makes you feel fabulous.
  • try it on in person.
  • know your hat size.
check out my nine picks for timeless toppers that will change your game at the drop of a ... hat.

1/ rag & bone wide brim fedora, 2/ janessa leone lucy, 3/ shade + slouch the alexandra fedora, 4/ janessa leone vera, 5/ iron and resin ranchero hat, 6/ catarzi for asos classic fedora, 7/ free people matador hat, 8/ etudes unisex midnight hat, 9/ federica moretti torero hat

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

travel detox (via trip styler)

if coffee wasn't such a treasured ritual in my morning routine, i could stop drinking it right now. i've found a smoothie that gives me so much energy i don't even need my morning americano. the glowing green smoothie was created by nutritionist kimberly snyder, whose famous fans and devoted smoothie drinkers include drew barrymore, dr. oz, fergie, josh duhamel, olivia wilde, kerry washington and owen wilson. 

packed with dark, leafy greens and naturally sweetened with fruit, this green smoothie boosts your energy level, cleans your body of harmful toxins, oxygenates your blood, supports your immune system, stimulates your digestion and brightens your skin. it's also the ideal pre- and post-travel detox. i'd like to think it cancels out the happy hour fries, cocktails and erratic international eating. if you're craving it on your travels, ask for it at your hotel; many take custom room service orders and some resorts even have smoothie stations similar to omelet stations. and if you're in LA, visit snyder's glo bio juice and smoothie bar. oh, and did i mention it's delicious? 

my take on the glowing green smoothie
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 bunch spinach, rinsed
  • 1/2 head romaine, rinsed
  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 pear, cored & quartered
  • 1 green apple, cored & quartered
  • 1 banana, peeled & halved
  • 1/2 lemon (juice & grated rind)
  1. fill blender with water, coconut water, spinach and romaine, and blend until smooth (30-60 seconds depending on your blender).
  2. add celery, apple and pear, and blend until smooth.
  3. add banana and lemon and blend, then add 1/4 cup more water if too thick.
* yields approximately 60 oz (4-5 servings of 12-16 oz) 
* nutritional information and original recipe here 
* mix it up a little; vary ingredients with chard, kale, cucumber, cilantro, or parsley 
* tastes best cold and can be stored in fridge up to three days or frozen and thawed overnight

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