L.A. is Now One of the World’s Fashion Capitals; Plus, Big Changes for New York Fashion Week

Fashion_District,_Los_Angeles,_CAFashion junkies across Los Angeles are all thinking, “In your face, Milan!” right about now. Global Language Monitor released their yearly report on the fashion capitals of the world, and Los Angeles came in FOURTH! I know, I know, as much as we love L.A. and all of its designers—we were shocked too. As was GLM, which noted in the article, “Los Angeles! Yes, L.A.,” after we moved up five spots from 2012.

The top three cities were New York (stealing the spotlight from last year’s capital, London), Paris and London, respectively. See the rest of the list here. The rest of the top 10 included Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Sydney, Antwerp and Shanghai.

New York’s top ranking bodes well for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week, taking place February 6-13. IMG Fashion, which runs NYC’s fashion week, reported to the Wall Street Journal that a number of changes were in the cards for fashion week, which had become “too cluttered with people whose connections to fashion were tenuous at best.”

“It was becoming a zoo,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director at IMG Fashion Events and Properties, to the WSJ. “What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”

Those changes include new, less expensive venues. And, said the WSJ, “The redesigned venues aim to better control and reduce audience capacities, ‘making invitations once again an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders,’ according to IMG. Lincoln Center has often been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans looking to be seen and photographed at the big scene, in addition to the hundreds of journalists and scores of celebrities.”


Training Week #15: 18 Miles

Yet again, this was a tough run. It was made especially hard since I’m coming off a 4-week (flippin’…FOUR WEEKS) cold that turned into bronchitis…the last month has been exhausting from that alone. Whatever, I’m just glad to wake up and not cough up a lung. So, following my doctor’s orders to not move from my bed, I took a two week break before our early morning 18-mile run. I was a little nervous that my legs would stop working, and they almost did, but I finished. And I kept running a quote from famed runner Dean Karnazes through my head:

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

Excellent advice from an inspiring athlete.

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Fashion Journalism at Its Worst (and Most Useless)


So Hayden Panettiere bought her dress for the Golden Globes instead of borrowing from a designer. That sounds pretty innocent, right?

Well, wrong.

Not long after Panettiere walked the red carpet, fashion journalism Jim Shi tweeted: “#GoldenGlobes: Tom Ford confirms to me he ONLY dressed #NaomiWatts tonight. Hayden Panettiere BOUGHT her Tom Ford dress at RETAIL. Tsk tsk.”

Well, the “problem” is that Mr. Ford only dresses one celeb per awards show, and on Sunday that was Naomi Watts. 

But didn’t she look gorgeous? Who the F cares if wore the same designer? Didn’t it used to be wearing the same dress as someone else to an event was the faux pas—now it’s the same designer? Ugh, too much.

This, I just think, is a fashion journalist going too far. No, he didn’t say anything that was outright offensive (such as calling her fat or ugly). But…was he being respectful? No. Just the opposite. Not to mention, rude. What he did wasn’t fashion journalism and it certainly wasn’t a thoughtful critique. It was judgemental, at best.

But no worries, Tom was all class about it, sending her a bouquet of roses and a note.ford16f-1-web

Cover Controversy: Why We Love to Hate Everything

mindy12f-1-webHoly shit, you guys. First of all, calm the F down. Second of all, calm the F down.

So, there’s been all this backlash at Elle for their February 2014 cover(s), which featured Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams. The problem? Well, there is no problem, so people just made one up.

People have been freaking out because, while Amy, Zooey and Allison were pictured from head to toe (or at least knees), Elle only showed Mindy from the boobs up. So of course, everyone had to get mad that her full body wasn’t being shown like everyone else. For example, Julia Sonenshein at thegloss.com wrote:

“Here she is on a cover with three women who do fit into the ‘model-skinny’ category, and Elle cropped her body out almost completely. While Poehler, Williams, and Deschanel all displayed about 75% of their whole bodies, Kaling didn’t even get a whole torso…I don’t entirely understand the intention behind releasing four covers that act as a set, but painting one subject specifically as the odd-man-out.”

Here’s the intention: There isn’t one. Elle simply saw this as a beautiful shot and decided to use it on the cover. 

But OK, OK, you’re still pissed. Let’s talk about why you are being incredibly offensive.

First, let’s switch these roles around a bit. Let’s say that it was Allison Williams who was only shown from the chest up. Would there be a controversy? No, because who is going to say, “Why didn’t you show the skinny girl’s entire body? Is she too skinny for you?”

To be clear, what you’re basically saying is, “Why didn’t you show the fat girl like you do everyone else?”

Oh, you don’t see why that’s rude? Besides the fact that you’re singling someone out and calling them fat? Well, she’s not fat. She’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that Elle decided they needed to zoom in on that beauty so we can get the full, knock-out effect.

And before you get all up in my face with comments, you should know that Mindy agrees:

Speaking on Letterman last week, she said, “The implication was, ‘What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why? Cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why can’t we look at her beautiful fat body?'”


4 Hot Babes You’ll Say “Yeah, Right” to When They Tell You They’re Plus-Size Models

Real talk, guys: I had trouble not bursting into laughter when I wrote “Plus-Size” into this headline. These girls are gorgeous models, and they happen to not be a size 00. Technically, they’re plus-size models—but after looking at these ladies, what does that even mean ? From what I gather, it means anyone who doesn’t fit into designer sample sizes, and I’m going to guess that pretty much all of us. (Also, side note: A former Cosmopolitan editor recently wrote an exposé on how, in more recent years, women’s magazines have put more effort into photoshopping models to look bigger (“fuller” might be a better word). It’s worth a read.)

4. Leah Kelley

Leah burst onto the scene recently modeling Robin Lawley’s (see below) swimsuit line, and people went nuts—over an instagram of the shoot. The swimwear wasn’t even out yet! You can see why she is such a hit.

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3. Toccara Jones

Though she finished in seventh place on season three of America’s Next Top Model, Ms. Jones has gone on to a fabulous modeling career and even has her own workout DVD, Toccara’s Fabulous Workout.

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2. Robyn Lawley

So. Much. Gorgeous. Robyn has worked with massively talented photographers including Lee Broomfield and Steven Meisel and is the first plus-size (sorry, “plus-size,” because, be serious. She’s skinny if she’s anything.) model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren.

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1. Crystal Renn

My all time favorite model, Crystal Renn, is pretty much perfection from every angle. She caught flak a few years ago for losing weight, but her rep assured us she was just exercising and hiking more, and not starving herself.

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Training Week #13: 16 Miles

Whew! Sixteen miles. So that’s done. This was the training run that really made everything click—that this marathon is happening and running it is really hard. Twelve miles was hard. Fourteen miles was hard. But this week, 16 miles was painful. Especially once we hit the last three miles, when I felt like I was crawling through an ocean of molasses just trying to get back to the parking lot. Weirdly, this has made me even more excited for our 18 mile run coming up in two weeks.

The best thing we did was switch up the scenery and run at the beach. We started just south of the Santa Monica Pier and ran four miles north, just a little past Temescal Canyon Road. It was a beautiful day at the beach. We are so lucky to live here!

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A Happy Start to the New Year: Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles

Happy 2014, everyone! Instead of black-eyed peas, we started the new year with whole wheat waffles, a recipe from “Vegan Cooking for Carnivores” by Roberto Martin. Don’t worry, you don’t even have to ask—they are sooo freaking good. Highly recommend. I also recommend buying the cookbook if you’re curious about a vegan diet—Roberto is excellent at making a plant-based diet palatable to those who prefer the meatier side of food.



Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Step 2: Stir in the milk, water, applesauce and melted butter until well incorporated.

Step 3: Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.

Step 4: Spray the preheated waffle iron with nonstick spray and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with maple syrup.

*Makes 8 medium waffles.

Ring in the New Year with Healthy Habits

I’m a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. Most people wait until January 1 to start on their new goals, but I like to jump in head first—two weeks early (though, I realize right now we’re less than a week from NYE). I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s always much more effective when you can step into the new year with a strong start on your resolutions.

It’s easier to exercise daily/lose 10 pounds/eat healthier/volunteer more if you’ve not only been doing so for two weeks, but you managed to fit those things in around the holidays. Plus, when you’ve planned ahead and started your resolutions early, you won’t wake up on New Year’s Day hungover and thinking, “I’ll just start eating healthy tomorrow…”—that’s the end of the beginning.

One more tip? Tell bunches of people your resolutions so you’ll feel accountable to your words. (Mine are below! And if your resolutions include charity work, start now! Find details on donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here!)

So what are your resolutions? Do you guys have any special tips on sticking to those goals for 2014?

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Marathon Training vs. a Nasty Cold

Marathon training is going so well, to the point where I look forward to 12-mile runs on a Saturday morning. And right smack dab in the middle of all that goodness—a cold hits. Like, I woke up this morning and it was all stuffy nose, sore throat and cough, cough, cough. So now I’m trying to speed heal in order to be ready for our 14-mile training run this weekend. This weekend! So soon!

My go-to cold remedy is always a vegan diet, and the lack of dairy contributes to a lack of mucus, so, hopefully I’ll be feeling better tomorrow morning. We’ll see. (I’m not much for over-the-counter cold meds, they  make me spacey and a little nauseated.) For now, it’s lots of healthy foods and maybe—just maybe—some super helpful advice from my favorite bloggers? Any suggestions for feeling better soon are welcome!

Side note: Because we’re in Los Angeles, we have the chance to try Amazon Fresh grocery delivery. We had bunches of fresh produce delivered today at Trader Joe’s prices. Worth. Every (though not many). Penny.


The Happy: My Weight Loss Journey on EverydayHealth.com!

Hi friends! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve written up my weight-loss journey and success story on EverydayHealth.com. Thank you so much to the wonderful team at Everyday Health—I’m thrilled to share this with all of you! Please check it out!

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