Happy Halloween

halloweenHappy Halloween! Today I will be dressing up as Carmen Miranda, and dancing to 90’s music at a party with friends. This month I have had the dickens scared out of me at this haunted hayride, carved pumpkins, toasted the seeds, drank apple cider, and eaten a full bag of peanut butter pumpkins in celebration.  In the holiday spirit, here are some Halloween themed stories for you to read.

4 Strategies to Survive Emotional Vampires

9 Healthiest Candies to Eat (because you know you’re having some!)

7 Scary Attractions Around the World

DIY Costumes based on Historic Women PowerHouses, Not just a Sexy [Fill in the Blank]

Last Minute Costumes You Can Achieve with ONLY Your Makeup Bag

And because the funniest part of the day after Halloween is seeing all the people in costume who didn’t make it home, 12 Horrifying Walk of Shame stories to caution you. And now that you’re appalled, look at some cute pictures of animals in costumes.

Starbucks’ New Menu, Fall Cocktails, and Fidgeting

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Hi friends! I have been pretty busy this past week dressing up as Carmen Miranda for Halloween, watching movies, and visiting the Storm King Art Center. Here’s what caught my eye in between.
Everyone wants a snack at Starbucks sometimes to go along with that latte while you surf the internet, or just in pure food desperation because you’re passing by. Here’s a hilarious guide on what to eat, and what to avoid on the new menu. I still miss the giant M&M sugar cookies, Starbucks.
For when you’re sick of spiked cider, mulled wine, and hot toddies, but still want a seasonal cocktail, try this Tito’s maple syrup drink.
Keep your hands off that baby bump. In PA you could be arrested.
Why are taxi cabs yellow? Find out here.
Some handy grammar reminders. 7 basics you shouldn’t ignore.
The thing about being an adult is that you start making friends because of shared interests, not because of proximity to where you grew up or the dorm you lived in  during college. While old friends can be the best friends, it makes sense to be choosy about the type of people you want in your life. This article can help you pick the right people to make you happy. And after you’ve chosen them, here’s how to convince them to like you too.
When someone cat calls you, or says something so un-PC it makes you cringe, here’s how to cope.
Turns out fidgeting may be good for you, even if it does annoy everyone sitting around you.
For all of you gym rats, here’s a brief (and amusing ) history of the sports bra.
This makes me want to stop wearing make up all together. Roaches in my products? EWWWWW.
What have you read?

Happy National Cat Day, Go Order Some Kittens!

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Today is National Cat Day, and while they are not my favorite of all animals, there are some pretty cute ones on the internet (hello Maru!). The day was originally founded in 2005 to attract people to adopt the little animals frequently found in shelters. You can find one of your own on Petfinder, or the ASPCA adoption page. Or if you live in NYC, why not just order some kittens to be delivered to your door? Uber (the taxi service you can order from your phone) will send your very own black car full of little kitties. For $20 you’ll get kittens to snuggle, and cupcakes to eat. All fees will be donated to an animal shelter, and all of the kittens up for snuggling are open for adoption in case they really capture your heart. Sounds like a deal to me!

Like Kickstarter for Women Entrepreneurs

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So, you like Kickstarter, but you’re looking for a way to invest in something you believe in – like women…now you can easily find projects by female entrepreneurs all in one lovely place. It’s called Plum Alley. It launched as an e-commerce site, and you can still shop its curated list of products ranging from accessories to homewares. But now they’ve added a new component to the site, allowing for crowd-funding. It follows the business model of Kickstarter and indiegogo, but hones in on the all lady entrepreneurial projects. Research shows that only 16% of businesses looking for financial backing are backed by females, and of that 16%, only 24% received the funding they needed. Plum Alley not only provides access to these funds via crowd sourcing, but also provides experts in various industries to tap for advice to succeed. Here’s to hoping it pays off, and if you don’t want to sponsor a project, you can at least get a jump start on your Christmas shopping!

Another Reason to Clock 8 Hours Between the Sheets

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While we’ve known for a while that sleep is a restorative time for our bodies, a recent study completed at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that there is a particular restorative process at work in the brain. During sleep, our brain cells shrink down to about 60% of their size when we are waking. Then the brain’s cleansing system, known to scientists as the glymphatic system, gets to work washing out the gunk from the day with all the extra space. Fluids can more more easily when the cells shrink during sleep, allowing this system to remove waste products and the proteins that cause Alzheimer’s and neurogenerative disorders. The brain uses as much energy while you are sleeping, and while you are waking. This is likely because even though you are unconscious, the brain is still active- consolidating memories from the day, recharging cells, and taking out the cellular trash. So why does this only happen when you’re sleeping? Time magazine quoted researcher Nedergaard describing the brain as a  house party, “You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t really do both at the same time.” And without a good mix of both, you’re not going to be able to keep doing either for very long. So there you have it, your excuse to sleep in this weekend. Happy Friday!

An Easy Way to Tell if He’s Not That Into You

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In the days of smart phone technology and internet dating, sometimes it can be tough to decode if that guy you met is really that into you. What did he MEAN by that emoticon in that text? How are you supposed to interpret the italics in that online message? Even when you meet face to face, there’s the guessing game of how much he likes you, and how much you just happened to be standing next to each other at the bar. Now, thanks to a study published in PLOS ONE (that I read about in Women’s Health Mag), there is an easy tell.

When a guy likes a lady, he tends to walk more slowly. Researches clocked the gaits of male-female pairs, walking around a track. When guys walked with female friends, there was no change in their pace. When they walked with their significant other, they slowed their steps to be in time with the girl they liked. Now all you have to do is suggest a post-drinks walk, notice if he’s walking side-by-side, or leaving you in the dust. Then, mystery solved!

Apps, Measuring Happiness, and New Clothes

hump dayHi Guys!  I had a lovely week of visits to the salon, catching up with friends, dining at a Caribbean restaurant, volunteering in public schools, and preparing for Halloween. This year I am going to be Carmen Miranda. What about you? Here’s what I’ve been reading:
Feeling sketched out on your walk home, or weirded out by your date? Activate React Mobile, a follow me feature that will allow your friends/family to track you on GPS and make sure you make it home safe.
What is the best way to measure the total happiness of a country when it’s hard to even tell on an individual level from day to day? Spanish researchers say it’s how many people move away from it, or net migration.Read the story here.
If you are already fantasizing about hitting the slopes, maybe indulging in some new snow gear by Gwen Stefani and Burton will make the wait for fresh powder a little easier to bear.
Just in case you needed an excuse to browse Tiffany’s gorgeous jewelry, they have totally revamped their website, so there. You have one!
My alma mater made The Cut. Now only if it were for something other than drunk makeouts…
With it getting lighter later, it’s getting harder to drag yourself out of bed to go to the gym in the morning. Now you have a motivation other than your own gain. Use Charity Miles, an app that will donate money to your favorite charity whenever you walk, run or bike. Do it for the children!
Ever wonder why people in the midwest are so gosh darn friendly? Being from New York, I know I have. Now it’s all explained here!
Ladies, if you have ever worried about your body not being hot enough, these real men in underwear ads might make you feel a little better that the guys you’re trying to impress feel that same pressure.
If you’ve ever had a button down gap open between the buttons, here is a guide to finding the right shirt for you.
What have you read this week?