(healthy) link love (4).

this week’s healthy favorites? you got it.

1. a look inside someone else’s weekly grocery list.

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i love danielle cuccio’s blog, the beauty blender. her health advice is simple and doable–you won’t find juice cleanses in her schedule, but balanced living that includes yoga, kale salads, and ice cream. just the way it should be. this week the blogger shared some of her staple food items and i couldn’t agree more with her picks. my regular choices overlap with many of hers–especially almonds, bananas, blueberries, dates, and dark chocolate. my favorites! check them out here.

2. the anti-diet project

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refinery29 writer kelsey miller has embarked on “the anti-diet project,” a plan that may change the way you think of your relationship with food, exercise, and, well, life in general. read this, the first entry of an inspiring series that chronicles kelsey’s journey towards a healthier, happier existence.

3. “heart chakra smoothie”

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make this valentine’s-inspired smoothie a la well and good nyc blog. that is all.

link love (3).

how about some link love to start off 2014? here are three things i am loving this week.

1. a dreamy dinner party

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i am in love with this post from a house in the hills, a blog i regularly check for–among other things–its absolutely stunning photography. take a peak at this post about a middle eastern dinner party that blogger sarah yates attended, complete with recipes. drool on.

2. modern love

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every week i read the modern love article in the sunday styles section of the new york times. the articles are all personal accounts that weave through the ups and downs of love, be it familial, platonic, or romantic. sometimes the pieces leave me discouraged, sometimes inspired, and other times weepy and wondering whether my tears are happy or sad ones. here is the link to this week’s article. the photo above accompanies  the piece, entitled, ‘the hard-won lessons of the solitary years’.

3. a healthy kind of butter

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nut and seed butters are up there with my absolute most favorite foods. in fact, i consider them to be their very own food group: that should give you an idea of how often my spoon dips (and re-dips and re-dips) into whatever jar is currently open in my refrigerator. it is an addiction i admit to and have no intention of overcoming. so, there. as of late, sunflower seed butter ranks at the very top of my list–though the almond and peanut varieties do not fall far behind. check out this quick synopsis of the health benefits of some of today’s most popular nut/seed butter picks.

what are you loving online this week?

the week’s links (2).

today i am sharing some of this week’s favorite links, a few pages i just can’t stop returning to.

first up, this homemade chocolate chip cookie dough from imma eat that, one of my favorite food blogs. it’s made from some pretty wholesome ingredients (no butter or sugar) and is by no means meant to be baked. eat it as is, preferably out of the jar. kylie writes that the recipe is perfect as a holiday gift. that’s sweet and all…but a personal jar seems just fine by me.

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next up, some bootie (as in shoes) dreaming. after realizing my black j.crew motorcycle boots are nearing five years of wear, i am in the market for some new ones. these three are all very different, but serious contenders nonetheless.

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finally, everyone loves snooping, right? well these two recent posts on some of my most admired blogs let me do just that. the first is from rosie the londoner, who lets readers inside her cabinets, revealing all her current essential products, from lotions to vitamins. the second is a peak inside cupcakes and cashmere’s emily schuman’s carry-on purse. just in time to guide you while packing for your holiday flights next week.

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what are you loving online this week?

lovely links (1).

with little time for anything but schoolwork, i am resorting to some good old link love today. find some of this week’s wants/needs/inspirations below. thoughts?

 

something to look at. 

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i have been eyeing this poster from etsy vendor angelaferrara for quite some time now. i love how the colors blur the rigid geometric structures within the image. go check out her shop online, where you can find tons of retro prints and posters for affordable prices. this one is $12.50.

 

something to admire. 

 

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if any one could pull this off, it’s style blogger aimee song. overalls are a statement worn on their own, but paired with a white fur cross-body bag and bell sleeves takes the daringness of a denim jumpsuit to a whole new level. check out song’s beautiful blog for more fashion ideas. i’ll just be here ogling over this genius ensemble…

 

something to bake. and then devour. 

 

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so i am thinking i could curl up and live inside this cranberry buttermilk breakfast cake from the website, alexandra cooks. not only does this recipe look wonderful, but also the photograph is flawless (as are all from this beautifully done site). anyone else drooling over those sugar granules dusting the perfectly golden crust above? thought so.

 

enjoy these baby inspirations today. in the meantime, i will find the time to write a proper post. for now, just look, admire, and bake  your hearts out for me while i am swamped in work.