WP: Stop Calling Women Crazy

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After a long hiatus and many distractions, this Washington Post article has brought me back here and inspired its very own post. Harris O’Malley, aka Dr. NerdLove, makes some incredibly smart points about relationships between men and women and mental health. Male, female, single or taken, this article is necessary.

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Yoga

One of my favorite things I got out of 2013 was my new-found love for yoga. I started going to free yoga classes at the gym on campus and now I wish I could go to yoga every morning. I never really understood the big deal about yoga until I started going and realized how much you actually work your body during a 50 minute yoga class. To a casual passerby, it looks like these yogis aren’t doing anything in terms of staying fit and losing weight, but they are! You just have to experience it to find out.

Take a look at some of the health benefits yoga provides (besides the obvious de-stresser). You may be surprised!

  • Improved posture, balance, strength and flexibility
  • Better blood circulation and lower heart rate
  • Improved breathing
  • Healthier joints and bones
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Easier relaxation and peace of mind
  • Cheers you up!

Yoga Journal is great website to use to start practicing yoga on your own or to learn more poses outside of class. You can build your own yoga sequences to follow in your routine and take a 21 day yoga challenge among many other things. Check it out and give yoga a try if you haven’t already. Namaste!

yurbuds

Until I found yurbuds, I thought I’d never find a solution to my problem of headphones always falling out of my ears. When I’m working out, when the wind is blowing, when I’m walking around campus…my headphones and just did not agree. I used to use a cheap pair of Sony headphones with the little foamy things over the earbuds (without those they would fall out even MORE easily). But when I went on a Google trek to solve my problem, I figured I’d give yurbuds a try, because they claim to never fall out.

So far, so good. I got a navy pair for Christmas and have been using them during my workouts since. They haven’t fallen out yet, and I run with them, do squats and sit-ups with them, etc. Here’s how they’re different:

Unique Shape with Ear Tunnel: yurbuds aren’t just circular earbuds you stick in your ear. They have a tunnel that fits into your ear canal when you twist the earbud into place, locking it into your ear more securely.

Different Sizes: yurbuds come in different earbud sizes for men and women, and in those categories they come in a large size and a smaller one for people with different sized ears.

Designed by Athletes: I think we can trust athletes to know how their bodies move with earbuds when they are working out, so it makes sense that athletes designed a headphone that stays in no matter what kind of movements you’re doing.

Flexible Silicone Material: yurbuds are not made of slippery plastic like some headphones are. They are made of soft silicone that shapes to your ear and adds comfort to your earbuds.

If  you have headphone problems like I did, I strongly suggest getting a pair of these. Whether or not you work out regularly, yurbuds stay in your ear a lot better than plain old round, plastic earbuds. You can find them in stores like Target and Best Buy for about $30.

MapMyRun

Ever go for a run and feel like you worked your ass off, but are unsure of how far you even ran? What if all the sweating was only from half a mile? If you ran on a road, no problem, you could drive the route later and get a pretty good idea on mileage. But if it was a trail, you’re kinda stuck.

I had this problem and started Googling to solve it (as usual) and I found MapMyRun. And I LOVE this app.

If you’ve had my problem, or if you’ve had problems with other apps tracking your miles correctly, switch to MapMyRun. You can actually go on the MapMyRun website and map out a route you take by street or trail and the site/app will save it for you. Using the map shows you how far you ran and it will help the app track you better if you choose one of your previously used routes in the app before running it again.

It works the same as most other running apps, like Nike+. You can listen to any music you like, turn on/off the voice that encourages you and tells you how far you’ve gone in a certain amount of time.  You can also track your meals in the Nutrition section which is a plus. I don’t use this part (mainly because I’m too lazy), but it’s still nice to know I have the option of tracking my runs and meals in the same app.

Bottom line: if you’re a runner using a different app, you might want to try this one. If you think yours is better, please share! And if you’re not a runner, go download this app and get running. Your body will thank you later 🙂

Sock Buns

Just look at all of these cute sock buns! I have a slight obsession with these, but how can you not? They’re so simple but so chic. Talk about a quick fix for a bad hair day…

Sock buns are easier to do than you might think. All you need is an old long sock, some scissors, a ponytail holder and your hair! First you use the old sock to create your ‘donut,’ and then you can roll up your bun. There are TONS of video tutorials and diagrams on how to make both the donut and the bun. Here’s a good one:

To summarize, you cut your long sock horizontally at the ankle, so it’s just a straight tube with holes on both ends. Then you roll it inside itself (kind of like how you roll a normal pair of socks together) until turns into a donut shape. Once you have your donut, set it aside and put your hair into a regular ponytail at the height you want your bun. Next, take the donut and wrap it around your ponytail and pull the tail through like you do with a hair tie. Pull the donut to the very tip of your ponytail and spread the ends of your hair around the donut as best as you can. Then start rolling the donut down your ponytail, wrapping your hair in it. Go slow at first, as hairs will likely fall out and you’ll need to tuck them back in so you don’t mess up the bun. Once you’ve reached the base of your ponytail, you should have a beautiful sock bun. Viola!

Talking Pretty

I told you it would happen! The makeup tips post has been reincarnated into a fashion tips post. Here are three fashion tips that I live by and am ever grateful I learned.

The Sorority Girl Rule

I’m generally not a big fan of sorority girl fashion tips, but this is one every girl MUST know. It’s really simple: when dressing (especially dressing up to go out), you have to choose one: boobs or legs.

If you’re wearing a short skirt, cover up your cleavage. If you’re wearing a low cut top, wear jeans or something that covers your legs and butt sufficiently. Showing both legs and boobs is trashy and makes you look like you’re trying too hard. So don’t do it.

The Ankle Rule

Fun fact: wearing shoes or pants that cover  your ankles automatically makes you look shorter. Exposing them makes you look taller.

If you’re wearing skinny jeans and sandals and feel like too much is going on around your ankles, roll your jeans up to be ankle jeans and you’ll instantly appear taller. Wearing wedges with skinnies and want to up the effect? Same thing. It works wonders.

The Balancing Act

A quick way to look overdone-up is to have on too many colors and patterns between your clothes and your accessories. Wear bright accessories with neutral-colored clothes and neutral accessories with bright clothes.

Also: treat makeup as an accessory. Don’t go crazy with bold colors unless you’re outfit is toned down and/or it’s night time. Keeping a good balance between bolds and neutrals will make you look stylish but not overdressed.

Best Face Forward

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve learned so many tips and tricks that I wish I would have known sooner. So I’m spreading the love. This post will probably reappear with different tips later on, but I’ll start with the most important part: keeping your skin healthy.

If you wear concealer, foundation and power (like I do), that’s a lot to be putting on your lovely, flawless face. And that’s before you even get to blush and bronzer.

So the solution: prepping your face properly. It’s simple, and only requires three products. But they are essential!

1) Moisturizer with SPF

If you are using nothing else, you should at least be using moisturizer (with SPF!) on your face every day. It keeps your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, which is important even if you’re hardly outside during the day. Your face is the LAST place you want skin damage or wrinkles from the sun, so protect it! Use every morning – no need to wear SPF at night, so either use an oil-free moisturizer without SPF or no moisturizer at all! (Remember, if you’re using the oil-cleansing method, you don’t need to moisturize at night).

2) Eye Cream

I don’t care how old you are. Use eye cream! It will prevent circles and wrinkles down the line, and it gives your eye-areas the special moisture they need. You’re technically supposed to apply morning and night, but I only use it in the morning. Starting young = less wrinkles when you’re old. Yes please.

3) Primer

Primer does a LOT for your skin if you wear makeup every day. It will perform different duties based on the type you buy, but most offer to smooth (even out your skin tone),  brighten (give your skin the glow it deserves!), mattify (keep your foundation from making you shiny), and protect your skin from your makeup. I know it may seem unnecessary, but primer acts as the guard between your skin and all the makeup products you pile on. If you want to keep your skin clear and happy (and especially if it is sensitive or acne-prone) then primer is your friend.

Pictured above is the primer I use because it helps prevent acne on top of doing all the other wonderful things I mentioned. But you can certainly buy a cheap drugstore brand–as long as you’re using it!

A makeup artist once told me, “Please, don’t ever ever NOT use moisturizer, eye cream and primer every day.”  I know it may seem pricey to be using these products every morning, but they last a long time. You use so little with each application that the bottles/tubes last several months. So no excuses! Keep your face happy, healthy and beautiful. 🙂