Karlie Kloss: Americana Manhasset SS ’12

February 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

This 50’s style lookbook, featuring Karlie Kloss and Simon Nessman is very fresh and original. The radiant colors look amazing on Karlie. She has the most interesting face and delicate features. Sorry, but the male model is simply a prop in this campaign.


Aly’s Apartment

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Got a new camera… We were just having some fun shooting in my sister’s apartment yesterday.

How To Train for Long-Distance Running Events

February 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last summer I became very into long-distance running. When friends talk to me about my hobby, I frequently hear them say “I could never do that.” This is very untrue.

I wasn’t born one of those people who just loves running and being active, even though that’s exactly what I am now. The majority of my running activity consisted of 30 minute-jogs on the treadmill, 2-3 miles around my neighborhood, and some long-distance running events from when I was on the high school track team. By the way, I was probably one of, if not THE, slowest people on the team and I hated the 800m and 1600m with a passion.

Anyway, in May, I started running as soon as I got home from being abroad in London for a semester. This was when I accepted the fact that I had gained weight (I nicknamed myself “Cider thighs”) over the past 4 months from eating and drinking whatever I pleased all over Europe and not making exercise a priority. A few weeks into my weight-losing adventure, I decided to train for the Bronx half, which would be taking place on August 28th. Unfortunately I chose the wrong race as it was cancelled because of a hurricane, but there were still many benefits of my new-found love for long-distance running.

Not only did I lose my “abroad weight” and keep it off, but I increased my speed by about 2:30 per mile, and learned a lot of new workouts and techniques for staying in shape and strengthening my body (and my mind). In preparation for the race, I participated in a few races in the New York State Parks Summer Run Series (a 10K and a 5K). It’s a good idea to run a shorter race before your big event, if you never have, to get a feel for the racing vibe. Here’s what you need to know to train for any long-distance event you please.

1. Pick an event and plan.

  • Give yourself ample time to prepare, especially if you are planning on running a half or full marathon.
  • Find a training plan. Hal Higdon’s 12-week training programs are great. He breaks them up into different experience levels (Novice, Novice 2, Intermediate, etc.).
  • Track your times and distances so you can see your progress. Make a chart so you can easily keep track of your times and workouts. You can do this in a variety of ways:
    • Get a GPS watch. While these can be pricey, they are very convenient and accurate.
    • Plan your runs on mapmyrun.com. This is a great site for runners, in everything from logging your activity to planning a route and knowing how long your run is to the exact .00 mile.
    • Use an app. I love the Nike+ GPS app because it keeps track of your runs and records, and you can also organize everything online.Nike+ GPS Records

2. Improve your speed, mileage and agility.

  • Incorporate one speed run and one hill run into your weekly schedule.
    • Speed Run: A speed-interval run is best to do on the treadmill because you can easily adjust your pace. Here is one speed work-out that I like a lot, mainly because it helped improve my pace majorly in just a few months. It may take you a few trials before you are able to run at the 6.5-8.5 pace, so you can always adjust it (5.5-7.5, 6-8, etc.) as you desire.
    • Hill Run: A hill run is also best to do on a treadmill. The “hill” you are running is created when you slowly increase the grade on the treadmill (incline/decline). This hill run is 4 miles long, and you are adjusting your speed and grade after every 1/2 mile. This workout is also very tough at first, it took me a few tries before I ran it at this pace. Just try your hardest! Running hills is also a great way to burn fat.

  • Plan to run one long run a week. And no more than that! Running over 6 miles multiple times a week is an easy way to get injured. For my training, I’d go on 3-4 mile runs four times a week, have one day of cross-fit (elliptical and bike) once a week, and one long run (which started at 8 miles and turned into 12).
  • Don’t forget strength training. Lift weights and work out both your arms AND your legs. Running isn’t enough, and you need strength in your entire leg to support your knees. Your core is important too.
  • Rest days are important. Your muscles will be tired, especially during the first few weeks of training. Give them time to heal and restore themselves.

3. Fuel your body.

Your body definitely isn’t going to be used to this new exercise load. So eating right and drinking a TON of water is really important.

  • Drink at least 3 liters of water a day. Yeah, you’re going to be walking back and forth from the bathroom for the first couple of weeks but eventually your body gets used to it. This is really important, so don’t skip it!
  • Eat balanced meals, but increase your protein intake. Adding extra carbs isn’t really necessary unless you’re going on a long run. I always eat a really big breakfast after a long run (eggs, english muffin w/peanut butter & turkey bacon). During the week I base my meals around protein. Eggs for breakfast, sandwich or salad for lunch (loaded with lean proteins like grilled chicken, fish, nuts, etc.). I always snack on peanut butter and apples or celery, other vegetables, Greek yogurt, and nuts. If my stomach is grumbling, I eat. I just make sure that what I eat has significant nutritional value.

4. Have fun with it!

  • Make a good playlist (here’s one, more coming soon!).
  • Buy cute workout clothes & gear. Lululemon makes the best pants (the “Excel Crop,” $78, is my favorite) and long-sleeves (gloves too!), and C9 at Target has a great selection of inexpensive sports bras, cold-weather gear, and much more. Make sure you bundle up and wear proper layers if it is cold out! You also might want to invest in a hydration belt, like one of these. You might think you look funny but it is very important to stay hydrated during long runs. You can also keep your iPod in there, and it will come in handy for race day.
  • Take classes or try other forms of fitness to help you get in shape. Spinning, kickboxing, boxing, pilates, and swimming are a few of my favorites. Each will help strengthen different muscles in your body in ways that running and weight-lifting can not.

Citizen Cope at the Paramount, 2/11

February 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past Saturday night I saw Citizen Cope perform acoustically at the Paramount Theater in Huntington (on Long Island). This was my fourth time seeing him, and as usual, he does not disappoint.

Citizen Cope, or Clarence Greenwood, is a songwriter and singer who creates an eclectic, alternative mix of rock and blues music. He’s produced 5 albums since his start in 1992.  His most recent album is The Rainwater, from 2010.

Clarence Greenwood has the type of voice you could listen to anywhere, any time. He sounds even better live. As much as I love his performances with his band, and with Alice Smith (who he sometimes records and performs duets with), it was great having Clarence as the sole focus of my listening pleasure. It was definitely a more calm and intimate vibe than his usual, jamming out-type performance.

In addition to playing my favorites (“Pablo Picasso,” “Sun’s Gonna Rise,” “Let the Drummer Kick,” “Healing Hands,” “Hurricane Waters,” & “Sideways,” to name a few), Citizen lent the audience some extra audial pleasure by introducing a few new songs that will be released this year in his new album.

If you’ve never heard any of his music, I’d definitely suggest giving him a try. Download any of the songs I mentioned. He also does an awesome cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” (I personally think it’s better than the original).

Valentine’s Day Noms

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

I said in my first Valentine’s Day Post (4 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day When You’re Single) that I was going to bake this weekend… So I ended up making the Cookie/Cake pops from Bakingdom that I blogged about. They were very time consuming, as I spent most of my Sunday making them, but they came out DELICIOUS and very pretty. Not as neat as the ones from the blog but still pretty cute.

One of my favorites (photo taken on Instagram)

I didn’t put sticks in them, so they are just cookie sandwiches. I still filled them with the mixture of cake and frosting, dipped them in pink candy melts and sprinkles, and then stamped a few with rubber stampers painted with food decorators. However, I did try something different! I made some of the cookies tye-dye.

I started by making 4 different color doughs, which I colored using Neon food coloring.

I made pink, blue, green, and purple. Then, I made different batches of cookies, some out of a mixture of colors, and some out of just a single color. I used two heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut the cookies into thin hearts. Then I baked them. The trick was to only bake them for 8 minutes since they were so thin and could burn easily.

After I let all of them cool, I stamped a few. Then, I assembled them with the cake-frosting mixture, refrigerated them, and decorated them. It took a long time, as I said earlier, but they were definitely worth it. The sugar cookies were easy to make and were delicious. You can get the recipe for those on Bakingdom also (right here).

Here are some more pictures of the final products:

Special thanks to Bakingdom for the recipe! You can get the full recipe here: Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake Pops!

NYFW: Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Friday, the tenth, I went to my first ever NY Fashion Week show. I saw the Rag & Bone Fall Winter ’12 show, which was at 5 PM at Pier 57, right on the Westside Highway at 15th.

The show was amazing and the venue definitely gave it some personality, as it was off the beaten path of Lincoln Center, where many other NYFW shows take place. The runway was longer than usual and there was seating only to the left, so everyone had the same side-view of the models and looks. Here are some of the photos my sister and I took from our phones & instagrammed:

The collection was abundant with textures, patterns, and my personal favorite, mixtures of leather and fur. I loved the shades of maroon, navy, and black. The patterns were gorgeous– especially the darker florals used for a bag and jackets, and the stripes in a variety of long, draped vests that were cinched at the waist with belts. I definitely will be adding one of those vests to my list. The Rag & Bone shoes never fail… Need multiple pairs. A collection of handbags was also introduced, which included a larger, rectangular-shaped leather bag with large pockets and a small “rag & bone” logo embossed on the front. As for the makeup, the mix of grunge with pale faces and dark eyes was very fitting. I especially loved the messy hair.

I took a video of the finale. It’s a little dark but I think it’s pretty cool to see the run-through of the entire show:

Obviously I took many pictures on my iPhone but they didn’t do the clothing justice. Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection, from fashionsta.com (click to see the rest of the looks from the show):

4 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day When You’re Single

February 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s coming up whether you like it or not. In most cases, I do not. However, maybe this year can be different.

Does Valentine’s Day for singles have to be about listening to your taken friends’ dinner plans, romantic gift ideas, cute stories about their significant others, and overall just not really enjoying the day because it’s like Cupid is slapping you in the face instead of shooting his bow and arrow at you?

I don’t think so. It’s one day. And when us single people have someone special to enjoy it with, we won’t be hating it anymore. So isn’t it kind of hypocritical to hate it until that day comes?

I’ve had a bunch of Valentines before. The best one– my dad. By far.

One of my beloved Valentines took me out for dinner to an Italian restaurant. When we were seated, SURPRISE SURPRISE, it’s a Valentine’s Day menu! With Valentine’s Day prices. My lovely date took one look at the menu, rolled his eyes, and said, “Wow… We are definitely not getting dessert.” He picked the restaurant. He made me feel like such a princess that night. (Not).

Anywho, instead of rolling my eyes and being angry at the world this Valentine’s Day, I think I’d like to try something different. Here are some of my ideas.

1. Spread the LOVE.

This is a holiday about love. Everyone has at least someone who loves you. Why not show your appreciation for them in some special way? Send your momma flowers. Send your best friend an appreciative card. It may sound kind of cheesy but I think giving gets your farther than you may believe.

It’s the little things…

2. Indulge (a little).

As a foodie (and lover of all things baked), I am never opposed to trying new restaurants or eating delicious food. I’m sure you’re receiving emails upon emails like I am, about making your reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner (don’t they know they should be sending these to the males?). You don’t have to book a reservation at one of those restaurants (that may backfire and make you realize you’d much rather be there with your future significant other). Why not have a little dinner party and invite your single friends? Great food, great friends… that sort of sounds more exciting to me than gazing into someone’s eyes for a few hours, over a piece of filet mignon) that I’m going to feel guilty about letting someone buy for me later in the night).

Remember the huge fight Carrie and Miranda got into on Valentine’s Day, surrounded by heart-shaped balloons (yuck)?

There are other ways to indulge though. Buy a bag of dove chocolates and spread the love at work. Bake something. I’ve found some really cute recipes online, here’s one of my favorites from “Cupcakes and Cashmere” for these adorable conversation heart sugar cookies.

And here’s another recipe for these cake pops below, from the blog “Bakingdom.” These are so cute and delicious-looking.

Definitely going to try one of these recipes this weekend. To share!

3. Love yourself.

Or CONTINUE loving yourself, rather. Go to the gym. Wear something cute. Look your best, on this day, and on every day! If you think you don’t have someone specific to look good for, you’re wrong, because it’s more important to be happy with yourself rather than trying to gain the approval of someone else. Watch a romantic comedy or read a good book. Do something on February 14th that will make you smile for YOU.

I’m a sucker for Channing & Rachel.

4. Don’t throw a pity party.

I think that as single people, it’s easy for us to express contempt for a holiday dedicated to celebrating love . But I truly believe having a positive attitude, not only on this day, but in general, can only lead to great things. So stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop eating that whole tray of cookies you just made. Don’t have a few too many glasses of wine. You aren’t the only one without a significant other on Valentine’s Day! Let this Valentine’s Day stand as a representation of your attitude for the future. Celebrate love, not loneliness. Then, when you are celebrating Valentine’s Day in 1, or 2, or 3, or however many years, with someone you really care about, it will be that much more enjoyable and special for you both.

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