Posts tagged ‘advice’

February 5, 2012

Girly Tip #2- Disconnect, then REconnect.

by T

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Have you ever had that friend that spent most of her day connected to her phone? Like, she practically could not eat dinner without texting, geesh.
This tip is dedicated to those Girlys out there who practically have a heart attack when their phone is less than two inches away.
Stop.
Breathe.
Listen to this.

It is ok. Remember when there was no such thing as a blackberry or iPhone? You know, when we actually used (gasp) PAPER MAPS TO GET DIRECTIONS!!!!!!

Or those old days where we…

(another MORE dramatic gasp)

Only could talk to people face to face. Look up from the phone screen, look around, yes the sky is a really pretty blue. Engage with people, look at them when they talk, laugh at silly jokes, do not take everything so seriously.

Bottom line: Take time to enjoy this fast paced life.

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February 3, 2012

“My NYE resolution WAS to” …Eat Healthier

by T

Well, well, well… It seems we have reached the most romantic month of the year– February. That means a month filled with heavenly chocolate-covered everything and romantic candlelit meals. Everything so yummy in your tummy.

But, wait…

Remember on the eve of January 1 when you made a resolution to eat more vegetables and fruits? That resolution to cut out the heavy pasta and bread meals, stop the constant rotation of caffeine and candy bars. Sure, you did good for a couple of days, but temptation and cravings got the best of you soon after. Well, December 31 will come around again, better luck next time.

Your wrong! It is never too late to revisit your new year resolution. Most people make these resolutions with the most extreme starting points that destined them for failure. To go from consuming fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to becoming acquainted to a meal that takes more than three minutes to get is a daunting task. It is the equivalent of putting a house cat into a pool– total shock value.

So, let’s think of February as retribution month. Instead of picking up every low-fat, naturally grown, calcium-enriched product at Whole Foods, take your time to transition yourself into your new regiment of eating.

For example, I love to eat out. If one was to look at my bank account, one would see a sequence of restaurant and gas charges. True story. Where I live, the city is full of eclectic, tasty restaurants each with their own flair. It is absolute heaven for any “foodie” that isn’t able to go to the motherland of these restaurants to taste the native food.

Eating out is great and all, but not conducive to the overall health of your body. In America, everything is practically served in ginormous sizes compared to the serving sizes of other countries. We have become used to the super-size value meal with these outrageously high calorie counts.

I believe portion control is one of the most important factors to eating healthier. Portion control conditions your mind and body into eating smaller, more frequent meals. Eating more, smaller-portioned meals will limit your cravings for those giant-sized portion meals. Doing this increases your metabolic rate, as opposed to eating large amounts of food at certain times which slows down metabolism. You can read more about portion control here.

You also want to include more color into those small meals; which means more fruits and veggies. The more colorful, the better!

They are happy to SERVE you! :-)

An important thing to note is that a “meal” does not necessarily mean a plate of food. For example, a snack such as trail mix, an apple, or a smoothie is considered a meal. Just think about it like this: breakfast [snack] lunch [snack] dinner.

  • Start by incorporating healthier options little by little into your daily diet. For instance, instead of having a bag of chips, trade it for a single serving of fruit.
  • It is better to have company. We often cheat on our diets when no one is watching. Having a friend to support or go along with your new diet can keep you on track.
  • Don’t know which fruits and veggies to eat? Pick some of your favorites from the grocery store. For instance, I love grapefruits, so I make sure I have plenty of those around to eat when I get snack cravings.
  • When in doubt, throw away the junk food in your cabinets. If your workplace is full of not-so-healthy food vending options, opt to not bring cash for the day and pack a lunch instead

Remember, February = Retribution month. Get back on it!

Cheers,

T.

Sidenote: I am not a dietician nor personal trainer. For further information on dieting please search qualified sites on the internet or go see a dietary consultant. For a list of popular diet sites check this article out.

February 1, 2012

Girly Style: T is Styled!

by T

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This look is from a recent shoot I did. Even though I would rarely ever think to put this ensemble together myself, I loved this look that the stylist on set put together. I am especially fond of the faux fur vest, blue hat and the neck piece. Very posh if I do say so myself! ;-)

What do you Girlys think of this look? Chic or no? Hott or not? Let me know.

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And as always, we always want to hear your thoughts, give advice, or just drop a line to say “hey!” to us at our email- girlyornot@gmail.com

Until next time.
T

January 30, 2012

Girly Tip #55 ‘When life gives you lemons…’

by Desi

Don’t settle for just lemonade…make a Three Berry Lemon Trifle!  In life we never get what we  plan for. Try to make the best out of any situation…it may spark another interest you never thought of before.  ;)

Side note: (Lemons and Berries are the shit together!)

-Desi

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January 16, 2012

Get Over Here Sparky- 5 Tips To Get Your Relationship Going

by Desi

It is a new year, which means new commitments,  new love…right?

Lucky for you there is already a special person in your life. But, what happens when dates become routine and the spark isn’t as sparky? Lucky for you, again, the spark can be reignited. Relationships usually hit a rough patch when:

  • you or your partner get too comfortable (I know you like my ripped up tight jeans honey, but these PJs are just SO comfy), or
  • things that you loved about them you hate (Your optimistic personality, its making me pessimistic), or
  • now you each are just bored with each other (Yes, the chicken crossed the road to get to the other side. Another joke, please.)

Before you go throw the PS3 game controller at them, check out these helpful tips to fire up your relationship-gone-humdrum.

1.)    Flirting

Flirting isn’t just for the relationship-challenged (AKA single people.)  While its known that you two are the old ball and chain, your partner may not feel the love all the time. Send cute messages to show that you are thinking of them. Something as simple as a good morning text or a compliment makes all the difference.

You: Babe, you look like a tall glass of water and I am thirssssstttyyy! Lol :-)

Your Honey: Oh yeah? You weren’t thirsty enough to clean those tall glasses that were in the sink this morning.

You: …. :\

When it comes to social gatherings, the worst thing you can do is be that couple that have become conjoined twins. Separate yourselves, steal some glances from across the room while talking to other people. Do not overkill on PDA, give yourselves something to look forward to when you head back home.

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2.)    Adventure Time

In your relationship, you two have a lot of adventures to be had and it shouldn’t be something that only happens in the beginning of your relationship. So, get off Netflix and go outside! Going to the park or having a spur-of-the-moment road trip.

Both of you can try picking up new hobbies. Take a couple of weeks to get used to your new hobby, and share it with each other. This can take you to another level with your partner. Forming new memories with your sweetheart and not reminiscing on the old ones is the best feeling.

Some of the best adventures happen when you don’t even expect it. One time my boyfriend and I were heading home when we drove by this bowling alley we past often, but this time we decided to go in and do go-kart racing! It was the best time because it was something that brought out our competitive sides. We made a game out of it and I kicked his ass! (He may have another story to tell though.)

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3.)    Playing “The Game”

Just because you’re in a relationship, doesn’t mean that you can’t play hard to get. Make your partner crave you by not always being in their face all the time. I know I’ve said this already, but I think you needed to hear it again. One thing my mom always told me (and admit I ignored often) was to not make yourself too available. Give a little mystery, make your partner miss you.

Remember that hot little number you wore on your first date? Pull that out from the crypt, or wear something new or something you know you can pull off. Surprise your partner. The best thing you can do is to keep your partner guessing.And yes, one thing any Girly can wear is confidence! Confidence is the most important to play the game (Not to mention, sexy!)

Hang with your girls and let your partner chill with their friends some weekends. The last thing you wanna hear /say is,

“Hey what did you do today babe?”

“I hung out with you dummy.”

4.)    The Big Kissing Theory

While you may kiss your partner everyday, when was the last time you had a steamy make-out session with them? Kissing releases chemicals that puts us in that sensual heated moment with our partner for more than thirty seconds at a time.

Try different types of kissing like the “music kiss” –play your favorite song and see where the passion takes you. Or try the “counter kiss”-where you slowly come in for the kiss by rubbing noses then brushing lips slowly till they give in. There is actually a site that teaches you to do this!

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5.)    Spend time with Me, Myself and I

This is the most important tip on this list. When you keep your distance from your partner, you shouldn’t fear that they will leave you. Take the time to enjoy being alone. Take the time to finish that book you’ve wanted to read, or write that paper you’ve avoided.

These small tips will help you build new bonds in your relationship and find a new-found passion for one another that reintroduce romance into your relationship.

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