Archive for June, 2014

Blogger Boredom

June 30, 2014

You might want to sit down for this one…

I’m getting bored with blogs. There, I said it. I’m ready to move on. What’s next?

Fashion blogs in particular are quickly losing their luster for me. The genre started with unique young women with great style, who took to the internet as a vehicle to share their sensibilities with the cyber world. Today, the web is saturated with pretty “young -ish” women, narcissistically sharing their every bland outfit, manicure and soy latte, painstakingly documented by their husband or boyfriend.  While I won’t name names, there are a few very high profile, highly paid bloggers, whom I couldn’t pick out of a line up of “pretty enough” blondes in ordinary clothes, trying to be extraordinary.

Their loyal followers comment on every post, stroking their super sized egos, and scampering to recreate their basic-at-best looks. On the flip side, the bloggers who really stepped out, showcasing their eclectic and truly original style have been watered down by the designers and brands that now endorse them.

While I am sure there are still a group who offer great insight into the world of fashion, they aren’t the biggest or most successful ones.

These bloggers epitomize the meme of the “basic bitch:” unoriginal and just doing what everyone else does.

I look to blogs to inspire, inform, amuse and educate me. Show me emerging trends, and how to wear them. Show me your own twist on the “it” item and make me want to wear it. Talk about a new sleeve roll or a novel way to layer a tee shirt. Go big or frankly, just go home.

Now that everyone and their mother is a blogger, regardless of their style, it’s gotten a little dull. How do we disrupt this space and make fashion blogs interesting again?

Until then, we are destined to live in a mundane world of pumpkin spice lattes, logo covered ballet flats and Ugg boots, while we wait for the next round of originality emerge.

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Unrecipe of the Week: Roasted Chickpeas

June 26, 2014

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These roasted chickpeas are a high protein, satisfying snack that are also a great toss in for salads and vegetable dishes.

They are simple to make and a healthy alternative to munching on chips to fulfill that salty and crunchy craving.

Roasted Chickpeas:

Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Drain canned chickpeas and rinse under cold water to remove the excess starch. Pat dry with paper towels.
Toss the chickpeas in olive oil, seasalt and a little cumin, and spread on a cookie sheet.

Bake in the hot oven for 15- 20 minutes, shaking the pan intermittently to avoid burning.

The chickpeas are done when they are crispy and starting to brown, but not burnt.

Cool, and enjoy!

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Cuff ’em

June 25, 2014

Sometimes, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it, that separates the uber stylish from the rest of the pack.

This summer, the wide cuffed jean is making a comeback, replacing the nonchalant double roll of yesterday.

Stiffer, less broken in denim tends to hold the cuff better, but white works as well as indigo.

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Are you ready to roll?

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Fruit Ice

June 24, 2014

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Summer is here and the days are starting to heat up. It’s more important than ever to drink lots of water to keep cool, and stay hydrated. This trick adds a little fun and flavor to your water pitcher, by freezing pieces of fruit right into the ice cubes.

In a large ice cube tray, place slices of lemon, lime,orange or other fruit into the wells of the tray. Add water and freeze until solid.

The end result are beautiful fruit filled ice cubes that add a hint of taste to your water as they melt.

Delicious and nutritious! Yum!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Pretty Girls, Ugly Shoes

June 23, 2014

This season’s breakout trend isn’t about skirt lengths, or a specific color. It isn’t about making your legs look longer, or your waist look smaller. Dare we say, it may be rooted in comfort?

Designers across the globe showed low heeled shoes for spring, many inspired by some of the ugliest, yet most comfortable shoes on the planet. Birkenstocks are turning up everywhere this summer, and some of the most well-heeled ladies are opting for these clumsy looking sandals usually associated with tree huggers and kibbutz workers.

Check out these beauties in Birkenstocks:

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Eva Chen’s daily accessory selfie: A high/ low mix of Chanel and a Birkenstocks.

Tevas are coming in as a close second, with these Prada versions taking the runway by storm:

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Marni took the shoe to new heights with this chic platform version:

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It wasn’t long before they hit the streets:

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Just last week, Lucky magazine’s influential editor in chief Eva Chen showed these beauties on instagram:

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Stay tuned…those fluffy slippers could be next!

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Oven Spills

June 10, 2014

Don’t you just hate when something splatters in the oven and burns to a crisp, sending smoke and a nasty smell into the air?

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Next time that happens, (and it inevitably will) sprinkle some salt over the spill to reduce the smoke, and make it easier to clean up later. Adding a  little cinnamon to the warm oven will give off a much nicer smell than the charred food did, giving the kitchen pleasant spicy scent. Much nicer than “Eau de Burnt Food,” don’t you think?

photo: Glasshouse Images

Indigo Blues

June 9, 2014

Lately I am obsessing over indigo. Yeah, I guess since I named my blog Indigo Jones, it’s on my mind a lot.

I loving the rich hues of indigo blues. The shades, the tones and way the color bleeds so beautifully, creating interesting effects.  The slightly bohemian style of deep blue embroidery on crisp white cottons. The way that indigo wears and fades, becoming a whole new shade in the process.

While it seems to be a fashion trend right now, it’s something that never goes out of style.

Here are just a few of my favorite indigo photos that are inspiring me this week:

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Ethnic embroideries

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Light as air paisley

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Faded prints and tribal jewelry:

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Indigo and crisp white:

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Indigo stripes on twill tape:

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Tie dye and tropical surfer motifs, circa 1988 and looking very 2014.

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Sheer indigo wraps, blowing in the sea breeze.

Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Spraying Pans

June 3, 2014

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Don’t you hate when you spray a pan with cooking spray and the counters and backsplash get a coating too? I often put it in the sink to spray, but sometimes that is otherwise occupied. This idea came across my desktop, and I have to admit it’s pretty savvy:

Place the pan on the open door of the dishwasher, and spray away! The excess may get all over the place, but it gets washed off when you run the dishwasher. Pretty smart, huh?

photo: glasshouse images

Rev Up Your Metabolism

June 2, 2014

It seems every few years, there is a diet trend that is later found to be unwarranted. Remember high carb, low fat? How about high fat and low carb?
Right now it’s all about juice cleansing, and being gluten free. Thanks to the new film “Fed Up,” sugar free eating is gaining momentum, and will be the next big thing in dietary deprivation.

While some of this advice is valid, we spend so much time hip hopping between the latest diet and exercise crazes, that we often sabotage our metabolisms in the process.

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Metabolism is defined as the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. Revving up your metabolic functions can result in weight loss and increased energy. Yet, so many of the things we do actually have a negative effect on our systems.

Some of the first things we think of when trying to lose weight are eliminating calories and hitting the gym. While those things will impact weight loss, going about them in the wrong way can have adverse implications.

The more you move, the more you burn.

Recent research states that sitting all day at a desk can be hazardous to your health. Even exercising for an hour per day can’t offset the sedentary lifestyle of a desk jockey.

To alleviate the problem, try to get up every hour or so to stroll around the office. Use your breaks to take a walk, and hit the steps instead of the elevator. Getting up and getting the blood flowing keeps the metabolism active.

Iron deficiency can also be a metabolism-slowing culprit. Menstruating women and some vegetarians can easily become anemic. Add a supplement, or simply increase your intake of iron rich foods, such as beans, spinach, shrimp, lean meats and artichokes.

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Extreme dieting may initially get the scale moving in the right direction, but long term and frequent yo-yo dieting can wreck havoc on your system. When you deprive your body of essential nutrients and the calories it needs to function properly, you trick it into “starvation mode”, causing your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy, resulting in a lower than normal calorie burn. Alcohol can also be a culprit in slowing down the metabolic process. Avoid fad diets and cleanses, and instead adopt a well balanced diet, full of healthy proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and eliminate unhealthy processed foods.

Dehydration can be another metabolic roadblock. The body needs water to run properly, and without it, it works less efficiency. Drinking more water also helps escort excess fluid from the body, flushing out toxins and bloat.

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Your body needs adequate sleep in order to function at its optimum level. When deprived of sleep, we perform much more slowly, and our metabolism follows suit. Sleep deprivation is also linked with unhealthy food cravings. Try to get 8 hours of shuteye each night, and step away from the empty calorie foods, like cookies and chips.

Good health revolves around a consistent program of well-balanced eating, physical exercise, and adequate rest and recovery. Taking care of your body will help it function at its peak level. Try cleaning up your diet, and getting up and moving, and see how positively it responds. You will look and feel better in no time!

photos: Glasshouse Images


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