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This is it.

This video (for Irene Neuwirth’s jewelry) is pretty good. And Alison Brie is so cute.

Song by Au Revoir Simone

What’s A Road Trip Without A Playlist?

I love a good playlist. Especially when you’re going to be in the car for more than oh… 30 minutes. Try a total of 30 15+ HOURS (there and back).

I recruited Alison of Brown Eyed Style to help me put together a diverse, fun playlist for our trip.  She is always introducing me to new and unique sounds.  Check out her blog for a nice combo of fashion, music, and cooking/diy!

And here is the playlist I plan on listening to on our trip. Hope the BF is ready (fortunately, he’s very tolerant of my music choices):

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Goal: Skinny Mini.

I’ve been out of town for work which is always hard to do when you’re trying to be healthy and hit the gym 3+ times a week… So this time I’m turning to Pinterest. Yes. I know.

I have a whole board dedicated to workouts, etc. that I want to try but the one that I have actually tried and enjoyed is the “Core Challenge.” I like that one because it reminds me of the workouts we do at LA Boxing – and you can do it right in a hotel room – no weights or machines necessary. I’m sure if you’re on Pinterest, you’ve seen it. Here it is:

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For me, the hardest part is the raised plank. I’m so tired by then! Check out my Skinny Mini Pinterest board for more workout inspiration.

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The Repeller of Men.

This blogger is amazing. She  just exudes confidence and creativity! I totally want to be friends with her.

Don’t you love the concept behind the name “Man Repeller”? I feel like every girl has a few items/outfits that their boyfriends (or men in their life in general) just don’t get.

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Dreaming of a Vacation.

Who doesn’t love daydreaming about traveling the world? Fathom is the perfect outlet and fuel to make your travel dreams a reality.

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Fathom kind of reminds me of websites like Thrillist and Refinery29 in that it features a variety of topics: guides, shopping, contributor articles, etc. Only this one is for those who “suffer” from wanderlust. Fathom’s about section says:

We created this site for those who tour the world spontaneously and deliberately. Who combine business with pleasure and familiarity with curiosity. Who love new discoveries as well as old classics.”

I especially like their travel guides and shopping suggestions. Check out the site and start planning a few trips in 2013!

Have a great week! Be sure to check back tomorrowthere is something kinda exciting happening for “Tuesday Dudesday”!

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New Year, New Theme.

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So 2012 was my “No Fear Year.”  I didn’t really have huge “no fear” moments but did manage to look change in the face:  dying my lifelong blonde hair red, getting bangs a few weeks ago (there’s a pic of me to the right with my new bangs in line to meet The Sartorialist!) , getting some piercings I used to just talk about, and signing up for LA Boxing. There are two things on my “no fear year” list that didn’t get checked off. One of them was getting a tattoo… maybe that will be completed in 2013.

I’ve dubbed 2013 my “Get Fit Year.” I’m actually sort of embarrassed by this because I know that everyone’s’ New Years Resolutions are about losing weight, etc.

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Instead of having ambiguous goals that live about as long as a stink bug, I want to create more measurable, do-able goals for this year that will hopefully become part of my lifestyle and lead me to live a healthier year/life:

1.  Eat breakfast every morning
2.  Go to the gym at least 3x a week
3.  Avoid eating carbs except on Saturdays
4. Take a multivitamin daily
5. Try to focus less on my scale and more on my health in general.

I also want to throw in a little running,  cooking, and crafting.  How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? Worth it or worthless?

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2012 Mashup

Have you seen this mashup of all the popular songs of 2012? It’s pretty fun! Thanks Clarabelle for sharing!

What do you think?  Did they miss any songs you think should have made the mix?

PS Click “Show More” under the description of the video to view all the songs/artists included

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The doctor is in.

I don’t know about you but I’ve have a really hard time finding doctors. 

That is where these guys come in:

But first, a little background…

I didn’t realize that finding a doctor took mad skillz.  Like anybody new to an insurance company,  I started my doctor search using their website. It only takes one attempt at this strategy to realize that it is completely time and soul sucking. So I gave up. No rush. I wasn’t sick – just thought I should have a go-to guy.

Then… a pull-up bar fell on my head. Blood gushed, tears flowed, and I turned to Google.   After a quick search, I selected a doc who had the same last name as the only doctor I had and liked: Nguyen. No joke. I basically picked a doctor based on a last name equivalent to “Smith.” And they took my insurance! So off I went.

To summarize my visit, the doc decided I had a rare blood disorder and forced me to go the ER.  A whole day and $150 later, I find out what I already knew – that I had a little bump on my head.

As you can probably imagine, I was a little apprehensive the next time I needed a doctor but I started the dreaded search yet again.  Fortunately, I stumbled upon ZocDoc.

When it comes down to it, ZocDoc is basically a user-friendly version of your Insurance website. You start by filling out some basic info are taken to a neatly organized results page. The results (ex: eye doctors in Vienna, VA) include not only reviews of qualifying doctors, but also photos, bios, and their availability. You can even schedule your appointment right there – without ever having to call anybody!

So that’s what I did. I found a great doctor, everything went smoothly, and I’ll never go back.

At this risk of sounding like I was paid to say this (I wish..), don’t bother struggling with your insurance’s website or risk your time, money, or worse with the first doctor in your search results.  ZocDoc is way better (and who can resist those cute little doctors?!).

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October Update

 

In October, we went to this jazz club in DC – kind of a mediocre experience triggered by a “daily deal” coupon we had. Hey, we’re just trying to be more cultured…

We also cashed in a daily deal and went on a winery bike tour with some friends in Purceville, VA. We saw 4 wineries and rode over 23 miles! Definitely had a sore butt the next day but definitely recommend it.

Last Saturday,  BF and I attended the Tedx Midatlantic – a regional event based on Ted Talks. Over the course of the day, we saw over 20 speakers (44 total over Friday and Saturday – I missed Fri) discuss topics related to being fearless – these topics ranged from education and charity, to science, entrepreneurial endeavors, and more!  Honestly, all the speakers were very inspirational in their own way. I can’t really tell you who my favorite was. Check out the whole list of speakers here.

Then, of course, there was Sandy. The “Perfect Storm” aka “Frankenstorm” that encouraged me to start blogging again.  Amazing photos are being passed around the internet, and of course, some of them aren’t even real.

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September Update

In September, we attended two friends’ weddings – one at a campground in Richmond and one on the beach in the OBX. The OBX wedding was also an excuse for a vacation with some great people!

At the end of the month, I went up to Chicago to visit my friend Alison (of Brown Eyed Style). We visited this awesome outdoor flea market, sipped on bourbon bloody marys, and even shopped with some hipsters at the US’s second largest Whole Foods – while filling up on wine and samples 🙂

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