Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Texas Longhorns Accessories


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It's not easy wearing burnt orange every day. While Texas fans will proudly don their team's colors on gameday, you won't see it that often during the week because, frankly, it's just a funky color. 

It's a breeze, though, to show your Longhorns colors throughout the week with stylish gameday accessories. I love the idea of an orange purse or piece of jewelry to add a great pop of color.

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Baylor Bears Accessories


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5-0 Baylor is having a serious moment. They have a gorgeous new stadium and are dominating teams on the football field. It's never been easier to support Baylor in style with a slew of chic accessories you can wear not just on gameday but throughout the week.

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As pumped as I am about the TX/OU game, the Baylor/TCU matchup is the one to watch on Saturday. Which game will get your eyeballs? Share your Saturday plans in the comments section.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Paris Travel Trips Or How To Meet The Man Of Your Dreams In France

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Arc de Triomphe
I was standing in front of the Arc de Triomphe on one of those magical Paris November days: cool but not bone-chillingly cold. While crouched on the ground and angling for the perfect shot of the famous monument, I heard a man say "Pardon, madame."

"Oui, monseiur" I said, standing up to fix my eyes on one of the most beautiful human beings I'd ever seen. I'm talking Michael Hutchence at Wembley Stadium hot.

"Would you take my picture?" he asked, obviously noting I was some random tourist.

"Pas problem," I responded, trying to impress this Frenchman with my high school English and wishing this experience was happening to me about five years ago.

I snapped the shot. He asked for my phone number while I was in Paris, jolting me back to reality. That jolt was apparent.

"You are here on holiday?" he asked with a sly smile. "Or with the airlines?" he said assuming I was a flight attendant. This wasn't Mr. Michael Hutchence look-a-like's first rodeo.

"Um, actually," I stammered and looked my left. "I'm here with my husband and daughter", pointing to Jim and Jordan.

"Quelle trag├ędie," he said.

Yes, it was. On my fifth trip to Paris, my first with my family, I finally had the stereotypical "flirt with a Frenchman" experience. Oh, what could have been.

On The Bright Side
Thing is, it wasn't a tragedy. It was further proof of the city's allure. In Paris, you never know where the day will take you or who you will meet. The struggle of getting there, dealing with potential language barriers and the dollar's weakness in relation to the euro are ALWAYS forgotten when met with the beauty of a city that inspires romance and a sense of adventure.

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At the Parc du Forum des Halles, November 2012
I have visited Paris and met neighbors from Dallas, oil barons from Dubai, new friends from Portugal and moguls from Austin. The city is one that breaks down those walls that we construct around us going through our daily existence.

Then there was the Michael Hutchence look-a-like. Damn....

Why Bring This Up Now? 
The husb, the kid and I are heading back to the City of Light this November (a great time to go). It will be the third straight year we've made the trip with Jordan.

It's gotten to the point where I am constantly asked about my favorite Paris stops. Those who take my recommendations are rarely disappointed.

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Paris with Jordan & a new friend at the Trocadero, 2012
I believe that traveling well is a sport. In the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of my favorite Parisian adventures with you. From where to eat and sleep to secret shops and brocantes, I'll be spilling all my Parisian beans. Pardon, haricots. I'll even tell you how to get to Normandy and Champagne, the latter being a monumentally more difficult affair than it should be.

Heading To Paris Soon? 
I've written about Paris a ton: Here's how to rent a Paris apartment.  Paris avec bebe. And with a baby again. Looking for a great app to keep up to speed with Paris happenings? Hotel Pavillon des Lettres has you covered. Just search "Paris" on my blog and you'll find a bounty of travel treasures.



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What To Wear To The Cowboys/Saints Game, Who Dat Nation Edition

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Photos from the Cowboys/Saints game, 2013
Saints fans do not fear the bling or have any trepidation dressing up. I have been to a ton of Saints games as both a fan and reporter and am always impressed at how they bring it. I have seen Christmas elves, priests and zombies in full regalia at the Superdome.

While I don't expect to see that Sunday night when New Orleans plays the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, I do know the Who Dat Nation will represent.


One of (many) great things about being a Saints fan is that their color combination is fabulous. Stylish black and gold is so easy to find. This MICHAEL Michael Kors camo top is ideal for New Orleans fans.

There are so many beautiful gold accessories that it makes shopping and dressing for Saints games a blast. Fleur de lis jewelry is so fun, making it easy to support New Orleans in style.

So if you're a Saints fan heading to AT&T Stadium for the game, don't be afraid to bling it. Pun intended. Click here for your Cowboys gameday look and game preview. Here's your AT&T Stadium purse and bag policy guide.

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What To Wear To A Cowboys Game, New Orleans Saints Edition


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The Cowboys and Saints meet for the 27th time on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.

Given that it's a Sunday night game, I say bring your fashion A game. Saints fans will. Temperatures are expected to top around 88 degrees on Sunday with it forecasted to be around 83 degrees at kickoff.

I love the look of this Michael Stars silver sweatshirt. You can dress it up all you want while still maintaining a "sports girl vibe".  The Elizabeth and James Star earrings are perfect for any Cowboys fan and could become a staple in your gameday wardrobe.

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If you want to go more casual, I think this look strikes the right tone. It's fun, comfortable and perfect for any Cowboys game.

Saints fan? Here's your gameday style guide.

What To Expect
Barring NFC East matchups, Cowboys/Saints games are my favorite. Whether in New Orleans or North Texas, the meetings rarely lack drama.

The Cowboys are 2-1 for the third straight season and looking to improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2008 but have lost three straight to the Saints. New Orleans, meanwhile, is 1-2.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The New Mavs Jersey: Following A Fashion Trend Or An NBA Classic?

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I've always postured that sports is woven into the fabric of our community in Dallas/Fort Worth. Now the Mavericks are truly reflecting that. The team unveiled its 2015-2016 jersey on Tuesday which reps the Dallas skyline well.

It was a crowdsourced project designed by Dallas native Geoff Case. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban chose Case's skyline-themed look out of 1,000 entries. For his efforts, Case received $1,000 and season tickets for the 2015-2016 season.

Sounds kinda skimpy to me. I digress.

This alternate jersey will be worn at least eight times during the 2015-16 season.

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From t-shirt company Outline the Sky's skyline-themed looks to City + Sky's chic Dallas pieces, the Dallas skyline is having a moment. Dallas recently earned "Best International Skyline" honors  from USA Today.


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Here's the thing: while this is a trend on the fashion front, skyline jerseys are nothing news. The dear, departed Seattle SuperSonics had a great skyline logo on their jersey from 1975 to the 94/95 season.


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The Golden State Warriors have sported various versions of the Golden Gate Bridge in their logo throughout the years. The Nuggets had an odd Tetris-looking logo for more than a decade.

What Do You Think? 
I like all things Dallas. Given that the Mavericks are truly the only team that plays in AND is headquartered in Dallas, it's smart to promote that.

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Maybe it looks better in action? Maybe....
As for the aesthetics, I don't quite care for the color patterns, particularly the blue uniform with the green piping. It just looks "off" to me.  I like the skyline logo, even if it does ignore the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and pegasus.

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All You Need To Know About The 2014 SMU/TCU Game

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SMU and TCU meet for the 94th time Saturday at Ford Stadium. The Horned Frogs are looking to improve to 3-0 while the Mustangs are looking for their first win after starting the season 0-3.

If you're going to the game, remember they don't tailgate at SMU. They Boulevard. Yep. As pretentious as that sounds, it's a good scene.

Also remember this: fashion counts on the SMU campus. A lot. So much so that you could spend hours talking about it. In fact, I did with SMU senior Taylor Hardy and TCU senior Suzi Mellano in the SMU/TCU GameDay Style Hour


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As for what to wear to the game, it's expected to approach 90 degrees on Saturday. This will be one of your final chances to dress in lightweight clothing this football season. Any combination or interpretation of the looks shown here will work.

Here's all you need to know about going to an SMU game.

What's your prediction? I say TCU wins 42-6. Share your prediction in the comments section.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Southpark Takes A Shot At The Redskins And It's Awesome

I love anyone who takes shots at the Redskins. Even better when it's well-done. Even more awesome when shots are fired at team owner Dan Snyder.

Let me just say this: I've met the guy. Fire away.

Comedy Central aired a Southpark promo during the Redskins/Eagles game on Fox. In a word: brilliant.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Why 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Will Change Your Life

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Whether it's aerobic exercise, yoga or weight lifting workouts, exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day will change your life.

I promise.

It bears repeating: 30 minutes.  That's it.  In the time it takes you to watch "Modern Family" or an old episode of "Sex and The City" you can squeeze in a workout and save your life.

If you're a relatively healthy adult, there is no excuse.

You don't have to spend hours in the gym, researchers have repeatedly proven this.  I blogged about less being more when it comes to exercise in February.   Gretchen Reynolds outlined reiterated in the New York Times Magazine in a Q & A titled Double the Workout, Double the Benefits?

In a notable study from 2011, people of all ages who exercised very moderately, for about 15 minutes a day, or approximately half of your current regimen, reduced their risk of dying prematurely by about 14 percent, or the equivalent of three additional years of life. Those whose workouts were twice as long — like yours, 30 minutes per day — saw an additional drop in the risk of premature death, but only by 4 percent. Using that data, other scientists have estimated that people who go really big with their workouts, increasing their exercise time from 50 minutes per day to 120 minutes per day — a 140 percent increase — achieve only about a 5 percent added decrease in their risk of dying too young.
 
Exercise beyond a certain level may even be counterproductive. When researchers tracked 52,000 adults for 15 years, those who ran 5 to 20 miles a week at a fairly pokey pace of about 9 to 10 minutes a mile received the optimal mortality benefits, the study authors write. The fastest runners and those who completed the most miles every week did not live significantly longer, on average, than people who didn’t run at all. 

Yes, You HAVE The Time
Every day, I meet women and men every who ask me how I squeeze in my workouts.  I have made it clear that exercise is my "non-negotiable".  I don't give those up.  I get at least five workouts in a week.

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But here's the thing: they aren't always ball-busting, go-all-out-affairs.  Some days it's a brisk walk, a treadmill run, yoga, pilates, hula hooping or a quick weight workout.  

Recently, I was in a time crunch, so I walked 10 minutes to the park with Jordan and the dog.  While she was playing, I jumped rope for about 20 minutes, on and off, and walked back home.  That was a quick workout that also allowed me to spend time with the kid.  She had fun watching me jump rope, as well. 

The majority of us aren't professional athletes, models or actors.  We don't need to "look a certain way" for the cameras or be able to dunk a basketball.  But we DO need our bodies to work for us in every day life: lifting the kids, moving furniture, running up stairs, even getting in and out of chairs. 

A simple 30-minute session of exercise will get the blood flowing, stretch and strengthen your muscles and make you feel better mentally, too.

Great 30-Minute Workout Options
When you're pressed for time, what do you like to do? 

RELATED: Is there such a thing as "negative calorie foods"? An expert weighs in.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How To Determine What Type Of Protein Powder Is Right For You

Protein powders are a quick and convenient source of quality, complete protein. If you're a growing teenager it's a good way to fuel workouts. If you're just starting a workout program and trying to build new muscle, you'll need more protein than normal. If you're amping up your workouts, recovering from an injury or going vegan, a protein powder is a good option to consider. 

But there are so many options out there! Still trying to figure out your whey from your casein? And what about egg white, rice and pea (really!) protein?

Here's a simple cheat sheet to help you navigate the overwhelming minefield that can be the protein powder aisle. 

Share it, Pin it, Tweet it, Facebook it. This is an outstanding cheat sheet from Health Perch to help you determine the right protein powder for you.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Texas A&M/SMU GameDay Guide



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SMU hosts Texas A&M in the Mustangs home opener this weekend. Those poor Ponies. They're 0-2, lost their head coach and face a 6th-ranked Aggie team that has looked outstanding in its first three games. 

SMU has an awesome gameday atmosphere and given that this will be the 2014 debut of The Boulevard and the virtual runway that is the SMU campus, it's a great day to showcase your gameday style. 

There are also a number of changes in store for SMU games this year, including booze. Smart move. Fans have to get through the season somehow. 

WHAT TO WEAR
I've said it before and will say it again: SMU fans bring it on the fashion front. They dress up and do so in quality, expensive clothing. It's nothing for an SMU fan to sport Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Prada to a game. (These Prada sunglasses are the perfect SMU accessory, btw). 

The high temperature is expected to approach 90 degrees on Saturday, so prepare for warm weather. 

SMU GAMEDAY TIMELINE: 

  •  8:00 AM: The Boulevard opens
  •  10:00 AM: Main Ticket Office/Will Call opens
  •  11:30 AM: Mustang Alley opens
  •  12:00 PM: Mustang Walk
  •  1:00 PM: All ticket windows open
  •  1:00 PM: Gates open
  •  1:45 PM: Mustang Band & Cheer march
  •  2:00 PM: The Boulevard closes
  •  2:30 PM: Kickoff
SMU GAMEDAY IMPROVEMENTS: 
  • Beer and wine now available at concessions! Guidelines and procedures can be viewed here.
  • The new Social Media Center located near Gate 2. Come check out the conversation taking place around SMU Athletics in the social media world!
  • A new customer service and security team, Andy Frain Services.
  • Significant upgrades to the Stadium Club including new seats, stools, carpet and countertops
  • To get to and home from the game, SMU fans can now use Uber

Click here for more SMU gameday information.

I say A&M wins by at least four touchdowns. What's your prediction?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Stylish Texas Rangers T-Shirts

I took in the series finale between the Braves and Rangers on Sunday (a 10-3 win and series sweep...woo-hoo!). Globe Life Park seemed like a half-empty ghost town in comparison to the pennant-chasing days of just two seasons ago. Certain concessions stands were closed. The upper decks were empty.

Kinda sad.


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What impressed me was how Rangers fans still support their team on the fashion front. Of all the four pro teams in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas fans make a point to wear team gear at games. Perhaps that's because there is a better selection for baseball fans.

Even more impressive is the outstanding offering of women's gear. I blogged about it earlier this summer. Major League Baseball makes it easy to support your favorite team in style.

The Rangers have one final homestand left in this brutal 2014 season. They begin a three-game series against the Astros Monday, September 22 before starting their final series of the season against the A's on Thursday, September 25th.  

Be honest, are you interested at all? Have you checked out on the Rangers or will you be there next week?
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Splurge or Steal: Gucci's Fall Collection


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Have you seen Gucci's fall collection? It is full of all sorts of 60's-inspired looks that are beyond fabulous. I love everything about it...except the price.

While I am a believer in investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, I can't afford to spend $3200 on a dress. So I set out to recreate one of my favorite looks with a more wallet-friendly approach.

What do you think?

Splurge
Gucci Tote, $3800
Gucci Dress, $3200
Gucci Boots, $1450
Gucci Bracelet, $450
Gucci Ring, $430
Gucci Sunglasses, $345

Steal
Tory Burch Tote, $295
Ann Taylor Dress, $169 (50% off this weekend!)
Ivanka Trump Boots, $199
Alexis Bittar Ring, $195
Aqua Clara Bracelet, $50
ASOS Sunglasses, $22.86

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The Friday Cheat Sheet: LeSean McCoy Explains Tip, Fun With Nicknames and More

From Ray Rice to Ron Washington, it's a been a headline-grabbing week. Here are some stories you might have missed.
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LeSean McCoy Explains 20 Cent Tip
The Eagles running back has been tip shamed all over the internet. So much so that Charlie Sheen pledged $1000 to the waiter who received a 20-cent pittance from McCoy who has explained the reason for the tip. Sorta:

"A 20-cent tip is kind of a statement. You can't disrespect somebody and expect them to tip you. I don't care who the person is. That's why I left my card so they could see my name."

McCoy didn't explain how he was disrespected but did add that he's glad Charlie Sheen is finally "doing something positive".

Curious: what's your tipping philosophy? I usually double the amount and leave 20%.

Kenny Hill Wants To Trademark Nickname
First Johnny Manziel's parents tried to trademark the nickname "Johnny Football", now Kenny Hill's parents want to trademark the nickname Kenny Trill but turns out some troll from Lousiana filed a trademark for the name as soon as Hill said he liked the nickname.

Oh No He Didn't
Rory McIlroy believes that Tiger Woods & Phil Mickelson are "into the last few holes of their careers".  Strong words in this "let's not say a damn thing" media climate. Let's see, Woods is 38 and Mickelson is 44. Rory's right.

Connect With ARod
Looks like Alex Rodriguez has a LinkedIn profile. As of Thursday morning he has zero connections. Would you accept his connection request?

Fun With Nicknames
From the Hutto Hippos to the New Braunfels Unicorns, I love a good nickname. How about the Conway Wampus Cats, Mars Area Fighting Planets or Webster University Gorloks? Here are more of the strangest mascot nicknames around.

I feel terrible for anyone who plays for Yuma. They're Criminals. Really.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

TCU/SMU Football Fashion Faceoff




When it comes to area rivalries, the TCU/SMU game, or Battle for the Iron Skillet, is a good one.

The two teams play in University Park on September 27th. Given what's not going on with the SMU football team (in terms of wins, that is) the most exciting thing going on is The Boulevard aka that prime tailgating real estate west of Gerald J. Ford Stadium where what you wear is almost more important than the game itself.

That's not to say TCU doesn't bring it. If you plan on supporting the TCU football team, you better plan on wearing purple.



Fashion counts when it comes to football games at both schools and we're going to dissect every bit of it with the TCU/SMU GameDay Style Hour brought to you by Barrington Gifts on Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm.

Join TCU's Suzi Mellano, SMU's Taylor Hardy and yours truly as we discuss the matchup, explore the rivalry and share our favorite gameday looks.

We'll also share a coupon code for a fabulous Barrington Gifts Stadium Bag. It's the ideal purse for any sports fan. You can personalize it in the colors of your favorite university and monogram it with your initials. Even better? It fits within both the NFL & PGA Tour's purse policy. Learn more about the bag here.

How can you join our football fashion faceoff? Easily. Click this link to participate in the Google+ Hangout or simply watch from the video box below.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oklahoma GameDay Style Guide


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With 4th-ranked Oklahoma playing Tennessee this weekend, it's time to talk Sooner style.

Any time you're in Norman for a game, you'll see fans wearing Sooners gameday dresses or branded t-shirts paired with jeans. I prefer to get creative and wear something colorful. Need something for the man in your life? I love this retro t-shirt.

About the Sooners 
Oklahoma is averaging 50 points a game two games into the season while holding opponents to 11.5 points in wins over Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.


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It's the annual Stripe the Stadium game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Fans in odd numbered sections are being asked to wear white while fans in even numbered sections should wear crimson.

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