Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Looking for the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life? Or do you need a great corporate gift for your company? We're on it.

Dallas-based Barrington Gifts is launching its Cyber Monday deal one week early, starting November 24th (valid through December 1). Use promo code CYBER10 for 10% off the entire site. Sure, 10% isn't a ton but Barrington never does sales. You can get almost any of their products debossed with your loved one's initials. Even better, their Gameday Collection is entirely customizable. Meaning you can get any bag in your school's favorite colors and in up to 12 different patterns.

Their Stadium Crossbody is a fabulous, NFL purse policy-approved gift (watch my video on it HERE). I have one AND have given these as gifts. Everyone loves them. A friend of mine just ordered a set of customized dop kits as corporate gifts.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Diet & Fitness News You Can Use For The Holidays

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That indulgent season is here, friends. I'm trying to fight the good food fight, too, and keep my waistline in check while still enjoying wonderful meals over the next few weeks.

To help you (and me!) stay focused and not put on extra pounds here are few things to keep in mind during the holidays:

You Can't Outrun The Fork
Sorry, but you can't exercise away a bad diet. I gained weight while training for marathons because I would eat three cookies a day.

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A relatively "healthy" Chipotle burrito with chicken, brown rice has 700 calories. That's more than what you can burn in most hour-long workouts. Exercise can help you diminish the damage done by an indulgent meal but it doesn't negate it. (Tweet this). Read more here.

Sugar Is The Diet Devil 
Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau adopted a diet of low-fat and supposedly "healthy" food. You know, the prepackaged low-fat, high-sugar stuff that was so popular in the 90's? Within three weeks he went to the doctor after feeling sluggish. Turns out he was beginning to develop fatty liver disease.

Gameau claimed he had "no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery." Low-fat foods like yogurts, muesli bars, cereals, fruit juices and sports drinks made up the bulk of his diet.

That's kind of scary. I lived on that stuff in college. This story will shock you. Read more here.

The Med Is Best
If you know anything about me, you know I love the Mediterranean approach to eating for it's practicality and deliciousness. Turns out adopting this way of eating can help you lose some pounds before Thanksgiving. Try adopting principles of the Mediterranean diet the week before Thanksgiving. Think plant-based food and incorporate fish, olive oils, nuts, wine and chocolate (fo realz!). By starting NOW you could drop a couple pounds before the holiday. Learn more about this here.

I say eat this way all year round. You love it!

The LeBron Diet
Remember how LeBron James lost all that weight?

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He ate fish, meat, fruit and vegetables (not starchy ones) and avoided booze, processed food and dairy for 67 days. Nothing groundbreaking here. Sounds sort of Paleo-light. Some folks in the Cleveland area tried it. Here's how they fared. 

Diets That Don't Make You Hungry
I remember when the Atkins Diet craze had everyone saying "I'm never hungry!" Yeah, because you're stuffing yourself with meat.

Anyway, there are some weight loss diets that can help you drop pounds without starving. Turns out one of them is...wait for it....the Atkins Diet. Others include "low energy diets". Read all about this here.

How To Travel In Style

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Traveling in style is tough. You're likely going to be on the move for a few hours (meaning your clothes will get wrinkled and dirty) but you want to be comfortable. I would love nothing more than to wear fatgirl yoga pants on every flight but that's not the smartest or most sanitary way to go. Think about that for a minute.

Moving on.

For much of my career, I was the queen of the long travel day. When covering Texas Rangers spring training, for example, I had to hop on a 6am plane to Arizona, hit the ground running once we arrived in Phoenix and be on television at 10pm that night in the same clothes I wore that morning. Yeah, no time to change, much less reapply my makeup. To that end, I have been able to adopt a travel-ready wardrobe that works. 

With most of us gearing up for a holiday trip, it's the perfect time to rethink your travel style.

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KISS - Keep It Simple, Sister
I am a believer in wearing simple, smart yet stylish clothes on flights. Adopt a minimalist approach to dressing for the plane, with dark colors being key. You don't want to be wearing white pants, with a Diet Coke on your tray when turbulence hits. 

In the summer, I like a maxi dress with a scarf. In the winter its leggings or skinny jeans with a sweater or cardigan. I usually wear boots or Yosi Samra's genius ballet flats and ALWAYS bring socks for the plane. 

TIP: If you're bringing a pair of boots on your trip, wear them on the plane so they don't take up too much room in your bag. 

Learn To Love Layers 
I swear, no matter hot it is outside, planes are always freezing. Bring a warm scarf or cardigan with you for the flight. You do NOT want to use those nasty airline blankets. Yuck. I have a Gucci shawl I bought at an outlet store that I take with me on every trip.

Leave The Big Bling At Home
Don't wear a ton of jewelry on the plane. You will have to remove every piece of it when you go through security. I would definitely wear a watch, though. You don't want to lose track of time and miss your flight. Check out my tips on packing jewelry for a trip HERE.

Something Chic To Carry Your Crap
Your raggedy duffel bag isn't the way to go. A chic tote or shoulder bag to carry your work essentials, makeup, wallet, etc. goes a long way in pulling together your travel look. From Tory Burch's York Buckle Tote and GiGi New York's Hobo bag to Gucci's Swing Leather Tote (my current carryall) and C. Wonder's affordable finds, there are so many wonderful bags to choose from in a range of price points. 

What Do You Think? 
Am I hitting or missing the mark? Let me know in the comments section. What's your go-to travel outfit? If you have a travel look you love, please share it and tag me on Instagram or Twitter.

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Details On The College Football Playoff's Taste Of The Championship

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The College Football Playoff weekend will have a ton of events and parties leading up to college football's first ever "national championship game" on January 12, 2015. One of the best parties will be the Taste of the Championship which will feature 18 chefs from across the country including 10 from Dallas/Fort Worth as well as a slew of celebrities. Tickets are expensive but the party benefits a number of good causes: the College Football Playoff Foundation, Extra Yard for Teachers and North Texas food banks. 

Learn more here. 

Hostess Gifts Ideas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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There is a something about the concept of a hostess gift. It means you have been invited to a party, a celebration or even a simple luncheon. Whatever you have been invited to, it means someone thought enough of you to want to spend time with you. That's special.

Things like hostess gifts and thank you notes are meaningful because they symbolize so much more than the actual item or letter you send. They represent one of the most valuable things we can share: time spent with friends.

Okay, if she loves to travel, this travel wallet is insanely cute and only $12.50! Yeah.

Here's hoping you'll be sharing a ton of hostess gifts and writing a lot of thank you notes this holiday season.

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The Daily Cheat Sheet: Thanksgiving Travel Tips, Potential Botox Price Increase & More

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Price Of Botox To Increase? Perhaps
Don't say I didn't warn you: Botox maker Allergan accepted a $66 billion takeover bid with Actavis on Monday. You can read all about it.

Here's the thing: expect the price of Botox to increase. Allergan has raised its wholesale price of the wrinkle remover multiple times over the last few years. This, in turn, has made it more expensive for us to get shot up. A source who works in the wrinkle filler world told me to expect prices to increase even more once the deal is finalized.

Meaning it's going to cost keep our brows wrinkle-free.

How To Fix Holiday Diet Slip-Ups
Whether it's too much to drink or too many cookies at the company potluck, most of us indulge a bit more during the holidays. Don't beat yourself up over it. Enjoy. One piece of cake or an extra serving of turkey never hurt anyone. You can counter the slip-ups by making colorful vegetables and lean protein the bulk of your diet. Add a little more time to your workout. Here are additional, albeit more scientific, ways to fix diet slip-ups during the holidays.

What are you looking forward to indulging in this holiday season? Me: cheese plates. I'm a simple girl.

The #1 Thanksgiving Travel Tip
Are you heading on the road this Thanksgiving? You're not alone. Thanksgiving travel is expected to increase this year with Vegas, New York City and Orlando some of the most popular destinations, according to experts. We'll be in Paris. The number one Thanksgiving travel tip? Print out your ticket before you get to airport. Simple as that! Even better, use a smartphone app so you can check-in online and stay paper free. Also, bring your own snacks and an empty water bottle so you won't pay a fortune for bad airport food and bottled water.

Find last minute travel tips and deals here.

Oprah's Favorite Things
Have you checked out Oprah's favorite things for 2014? One Dallas company made the cut. Find out which one here. 

Sale Alert 
C. Wonder is having a killer sale with 30% off everything through November 25th. They have adorable (and super affordable) clothing, jewelry and accessories as well items for the home that make for great hostess gifts. I love this agate coaster set.

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