Happy Earth Day!

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Enjoy all the beauty that Earth provides us with and treat it well.

Xx – A

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Home Workout Essentials and Routines!

At home gym
Having equipment at home can be crucial for those moments you get instant motivation to workout or the days with little motivation to make it all the way to the gym. These are my favorite at home essentials.  A lot of my items, I  was able to pick up slowly over time for pretty affordable prices. TJ MAX and similar stores have sections with different workout gear on major sale. I got my ab roller for $7 bucks!! I usually get all my workout gear from stores like TJ Max, ross etc. If I can get the same sports bra or workout shorts for significantly cheaper…duh, I am going to. Don’t feel you have to buy everything at once, grow your personal gym slowly. I had only an ab roller, then I bought resistance bands and thanks for a friends ex boyfriend for leaving his kettlebell, I came up on a 20lb kettlebell. There is also the jump rope, it is also a very affordable and small foot print piece of equipment that can burn those calories of quick.
It is important to stay an active healthy babe and that does not mean a certain size or weight but to live a healthy lifestyle and treat your body well because it is the only one you get!
I hate counting so I tend to do my workouts by times.
Try doing each exercise for a minute and if you can’t do a full minute make sure you keep track of your progress.
1 minute each  for 4 rounds.
1. Jump Rope
2.Ab Roller
3.Kettlebell swings
4.Push ups- any style that you do to get them done.
5.Walking squats with  a resistance band tied around your calves. When the resistance band is tied around your legs it provides great resistance. Do different ranges of motion with your leg to reach different muscles in your legs and glutes.
Or try out a at home Crossfit style WOD : My brother is a personal trainer and made this plan for me and I thought what a perfect routine to share!
*** To perfect the moves check out youtube for proper form or to clarify the move. Simply type in the exercise and there is a youtube that is there to help, that I am sure.
DAY 1
10 push ups – this kicked my ass… just keep trying and don’t give up.
8 Moutain  climbers
6 KettleBellAir squats
    *5 rounds for timeDAY  2
15 KB Swings.  26/44 lbs
20 sit ups
25 air squats      *4 rounds for timeDAY 3
6 burpees
8 push ups
10 sit ups

*AMRAP – 12 minutes  (As Many Rounds As Possible)

DAY 4
10 reverse kb lunges
8 kb squats
6 kb push press

*5 roundsDAY 5
40-30-20-10
Mountain climbers
Push upsFor time
Live healthy, live happy and most importantly live life!! 
xx-A

Anna Wintour gets what she wants and she wants The Met Ball to be more exclusive!

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball Photo: Getty

When I read this article, I had to share. Get the inside on the more exclusive Met Ball and this seasons theme.

 

Anna Wintour obviously wasn’t best pleased with the outcome of last year’s punk-themed Met Ball, because this year she wants it to be significantly more exclusive – hence the grand Charles James theme and White Tie dress code that was recently announced.

“Anna wants more exclusivity and high fashion,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, though points out that Kim Kardashian, who appears on the most recent US Vogue cover, will still get an invite.

Met Ball 2013: celebrities on the red carpet

It’s little surprise that Wintour wants this year’s event to be grander – it will mark the reopening of The Met’s famous Costume Institution, which has undergone a renovation since last year’s event and been renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honour of the editor.

As such, Wintour has hiked the ticket prices for the gala up by $10,000 – from $15,000 (£9,000) to $25,000 (£15,000) – and given stricter guest list guidelines. Men must wear black tails and top hats, while women will be expected to don James-esque ball gowns.

READ: Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘The Met Ball sucked’

So, who can we expect to make the cut? Lupita Nyong’o – current toast of Hollywood and the fashion world – will be in attendance to represent Prada, who dressed her for the Oscars. Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will also partner with the Italian brand (she and Nyong’o share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger ). Zoe Saldana will be dressed by Prabal Gurung, Amanda Seyfried by Givenchy, Taylor Swift by J. Mendel, and Margot Robbie by Diane von Furstenberg, while Lanvin will host a “mystery celeb”. Actresses Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams will also reportedly all be in attendance.

Despite the hefty ticket price, some stars could actually end up having a very lucrative night indeed. Rumour has it that some famous faces are being paid to represent lesser-known designers, and getting all of their travel, hotel and ticket costs covered.

Original article: Daily Telegraph newspaper

Low Carb Green Bean Fries.

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The other day I found my self taking the extra crispy piece of green beans from dinner and began dipping them in a sauce my boyfriend made… and wallla.. an idea.. GREEN BEAN FRIES!  I love to dip anything, and this is no exception and what a perfect low carb healthy snack or side dish. Dip or no dip they are excellent and should curve any babes desire for fries. It isn’t about a diet but about a healthy lifestyle and choices.

  • Preheat Oven to 425
  • Wash + cut ends of fresh Green Beans
  •  Then toss with garlic powder, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and olive oil
  • Place a single layer on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes
  • For extra crispy broil for an additional 2-5 minutes

Try a Wasabi dip, low carb ketchup,yummy ranch or blue cheese… you get my drift… I love dips lol

Enjoy your new healthy low carb/paleo option fries.

xo-A

Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown takes over Yahoo’s beauty section!

Bobbi Brown, makeup artist to the stars
I had to share major news! Yahoo Beauty steps up their game with new Editor-in-Chief Bobbi Brown.
Bobbi Brown, the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo’s beauty section and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Photograph: Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics will keep her role at makeup company while fulfilling new role as section editor-in-chief.

In a rare jump by a retail executive onto the masthead of a media outlet that covers her industry, Bobbi Brown, the makeup mogul, will take over Yahoo’s beauty section later this month, the company announced on Wednesday.

As editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty, Brown “will lead editorial direction, original content and the expansion and re-imagination” of the section, Yahoo said in a statement. Brown was quoted as saying that she would keep her role at her cosmetics company and that she was “confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other”.

Brown is the founder and leader of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, which is estimated to bring in more than 10% of the annual sales of parent company Estée Lauder. The average of estimates of annual sales at Estée Lauder through June 2014 is $10.7bn. Yahoo itself is less than half that size in terms of sales.

It was unclear whether any editorial restrictions would be put in place on Brown’s coverage, as Yahoo editor, of Bobbi Brown products – or on her coverage of competing cosmetic companies’ products.

“The thing that’s surprising about this is it creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” said Kelly McBride, co-author of The New Ethics of Journalism and senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute. “The reason that people would turn to Yahoo Beauty is for independent news and analysis on a specialty topic. If you have an editor who has a vested financial interest in a product line, news consumers are automatically going to assume that that product line gets preferential treatment. And so it doesn’t even matter if it actually does get preferential treatment, the perception alone will damage Yahoo’s credibility.”

Yahoo might try to address the situation by explaining its editorial process in a transparent way, McBride said, and by consistently delivering “what the audience needs when the audience needs it”.

Asked to comment on the matter, a Yahoo spokesman released this statement: “Yahoo has very strict editorial guidelines and Yahoo Beauty will adhere to these standards just like all of our sites.”

Brown’s career began in the 1980s, when she worked successfully as a makeup artist in New York City, but her brand began in the early 1990s, when she launched her eponymous makeup line and quickly established a range that catered for an ethnically diverse customer base.

At a time when mainstream makeup ranges were dominated by bright colours aimed at white women, Brown showed an awareness of black and Asian skin tones years before her competitors by basing her ranges of a wide range of understated neutral colours.

Brown’s ethos has always been about making the professional seem accessible for women everywhere. Years before YouTube tutorials became the norm, Brown appeared on TV showing women how to apply eyeliner and pick the perfect shade of foundation. The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual became something of bible for makeup lovers.

“As [editor-in-chief], I’ll work to curate smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best selves,” Brown said in a statement released by Yahoo. “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”

It is not unprecedented in the world of media for economic stakes to overlap uncomfortably with editorial interests. In a widely followed 2011 case, Michael Arrington, a founding editor of the influential technology site TechCrunch, came under fire for launching a $20m venture capital fund to invest in tech companies. Arrington was subsequently ousted from his editorial perch by parent company AOL. “It is very, very clear that they are distinct entities and Michael will have no influence on coverage,” AOL editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington told the New York Times’ David Carr at the time.

The announcement of Brown’s hiring came a week after reports that Yahoo would undertake a major overhaul of its women-focused lifestyle section, currently known as Shine.

Under CEO Marissa Mayer, who took over in July 2012, Yahoo has gone on something of a shopping spree for big-name talent to lead its various media sections. Last November the company hired Katie Couric, the ubiquitous television news personality, as “global anchor,” reportedly for a $6m salary. Yahoo also has hired David Pogue, formerly of the New York Times, as a technology columnist, and Josh Wolk, formerly of Vulture, as entertainment editor.

Original thegaurdian.com article

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Pastel Madness

Pops of pastels
This season is exploding with pastels and personally pastels are not in my color pallet. It washes me out completely and does nothing for me BUT I do love a good pastel mint or purple. So here are some ways to incorporate the pastel trend into your wardrobe this season.  If you are not big into pastels or just want to keep the trend affordable, paint your nails with a your favorite pastel or add a pastel bag or jewelry to your favorite outfit.
*Comment below on your favorite summer/spring trend… like and follow  to stay up to day with babedays!  Thx, babes!
xo-A

Festival & Boho Babe Outfit Inspiration.

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Get inspired before you pack for your next festival or just live the every day laid back boho babe life.  Easy to get the look just by adding some accessories or fringe.

xo-A

Crunchy Roasted Edamame Snack | low carb.

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Who doesn’t love to snack… I know I do and I try to find healthy alternative to my bad cravings. Here is a healthy low carb crunchy salty snack with my favorite,  Edamame! 

1 (12 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
1 tablespoon olive oil or until nicely coated
Sea salt abd cracked pepper to taste and
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. 

Directions

1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
Place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw. Drain.
2.Mix in a bowl the edamame with evoo and seasons and then finish with tossing in the parm. 
3. Then spread the edamame beans onto  baking sheet with parchment paper.
4.Bake in the preheated oven until the they are crispy and golden, about 15 minutes.
5. Lastly and most important,   enjoy hot or cold, your new favorite low healthy low carb babe snack.

Be adventurous and toss in your favorite seasons for a twist on this yummy snack. Try some garlic, basil or even paparika, get fun and creative.