Everett Collection/20th Century FoxEven though New York is the subject of glamorized tales in which women run around town in stilettos, drinking $15 pink cocktails and carrying puppies in purses, the reality is more like this: We commute long distances on a subway that often smells of trash and urine, abject poverty shares the sidewalks with glamazons, and the standard work week is usually a good deal longer than 40 hours. It's the most exciting city in the world, "they" say, yet even the most high-achieving among us talk in hushed tones at parties about what would happen if we escaped the glittering skyline and teeny apartments to embrace a better quality of life. And that's just what Cathy Halley did.
What led you to sell your apartment, quit your corporate job in New York, and move half-way across the country?
I'm a very lucky girl because I moved for love and money--well for a perfect-for-me job. Everything just fell into place the way it does two, maybe three times in your life. I'd been dating someone who lives
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Everett Collection/20th Century FoxEven though New York is the subject of glamorized tales in which women run around town in stilettos, drinking $15 pink cocktails and carrying puppies in purses, the reality is more like this: We commute long distances on a subway that often smells of trash and urine, abject poverty shares the sidewalks with glamazons, and the standard work week is usually a good deal longer than 40 hours. It's the most exciting city in the world, "they" say, yet even the most high-achieving among us talk in hushed tones at parties about what would happen if we escaped the glittering skyline and teeny apartments to embrace a better quality of life. And that's just what Cathy Halley did.Read More »from Real-life expert: I quit the rat race
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 4:44 PM EDT
On Real-Life Makeover, we're all for streamlining and simplifying our lives wherever possible, but our makeup bags? It's like an archeological dig in there. Cluttered with free samples, broken compacts, and dried up tubes of---what is this?--it can be darn near impossible to pull together a polished look when you're sifting through make-up trends of yore. Starting from scratch, we're sharing the classic, never go out of style, sure to make you look gorgeous make-up bag essentials.Read More »from Make over your make-up bag: Classic, trend-proof beauty products guaranteed to make you look great
Tinted moisturizer with SPF. Talk about a multi-tasker. This product protects your skin from harmful UV rays (preventing premature aging), gives your skin a dose of moisture, and evens skin tone, all in one swipe. We love CG Smoothers and Laura Mercier for normal to oily skin, and Olay Complete Plus for drier skin.
Blush. The power of blush is pretty transforming, and yet this is a step the lazy bones among us often skip. Make-up artists sometimes recommend putting on your blush before lipstick or mascara.
When it's Monday and you've had to deal with a slew of annoyances in your persona life and career before the clock even hits noon, the prospect of squeezing in a workout is probably less tempting than settling in for some quality couch time with The Real Housewives of New York. But here's where a bit of mind trickery comes in handy. A couple of new vibrantly colored workout items can maybe, just maybe, psych you up for a little sweat time. And if that doesn't work, imagine a workout high that will feeling just as good as a skinny girl margarita buzz --- and with no hangover.
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With binge-eating disorder syndrome set to enter the next revised version of the DSM, and a whopping 63% of you saying you would participate in a binge eating recovery program, this is clearly a topic we need to talk about. The Mayo Clinic defines binge eating as "a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food." But this is more that just overeating when you're presented with a plate of French fries. Binge eating disorder is "a regular occurrence, shrouded in secrecy...When you have binge-eating disorder, you may be deeply embarrassed about gorging and vow to stop. But you feel such a compulsion that you can't resist the urges and continue binge eating." How can you begin to help yourself? Here are some ideas to begin the healing relationship with food and yourself.Read More »from 5 steps to help overcome binge eating
See a doctor.
WebMD notes that "Diagnosing eating disorders can be challenging, since secrecy, shame, and denial are characteristics of the diseases." But left untreated, experts
Here's the kind of advice we love: for beautiful skin, eat delicious food. Now that a prescription we can get behind. Whether you're dogged by dryness or a dull complexion, here are seven fresh foods to nosh to give you that gorgeous glow. Perhaps best of all, there's nothing weird and out of the ordinary here; these are likely foods you're already eating as part of a great-tasting, healthy diet. Seconds, anyone?
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Wed, Apr 7, 2010 4:47 PM EDT
The results of our recent poll on Shine showed the majority of you are raring to get outside. And who could blame you? The temperatures are sending the thermometer's mercury skywards and flowers and babies seem to be popping up everywhere. The great outdoors is a pleasant place to be right now. Inspired by what the majority of you are hankering for right now, here are five outside-the-box ways to take your movement outdoors.Read More »from Spring training: 5 creative ways to take your exercise outdoors
Hiking, as most of us come to realize at one point or another, is just walking with a scenic overlook. And surprisingly, no matter where you live, there are a plenty of hikes to take you through meadows, woodlands, and by waterfalls. Who knew? LocalHikes.com is an incredibly comprehensive site with lots of comments and advice direct from hikers who've taken the suggested trails. AmericanTrails.org is a well-organized compendium showing trails where you can walk, run or ride your horse or mountain bike. TrailLink.org has info on more than 30,000 trails
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Tue, Apr 6, 2010 4:11 PM EDT
Most girly girls dream of a collection of lotions and potions with fancy French labels, but a trip to the produce aisle can be a super natural way to treat your skin free from scary science lab ingredients. Equally exciting, making your own sugar scrub is a heck of a lot easier on your wallet than buying one. Most of these beauty recipes below are cheap, cheap, cheap, but the question is: would you be up for smearing banana on your face or bathing in egg whites?
1. Detoxifying Bath Salts
¾ cup Epsom salts
¼ cup baking soda
4 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or scent of your choice)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. One at a time, add drops of essential oil, stirring after each addition. Add salts to warm bath water.
2. Wake Me Up Scrub
from Body + Soul
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil
½ cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Apr 5, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
When the sun starts shining and the air warms up, everyone seems to go nutso for spring. The world wakes up and starts flirting, breaking out the seersucker and sandals as soon as the temps get above 55 degrees. Even the coolest cynics among us can't deny having a goofy grin about the seasons changing, so we've compiled a list of things we love about spring this year and, well, always. Add your favorite spring delights in the comments!
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Fri, Apr 2, 2010 4:18 PM EDT
Spring gets into us in a way the other seasons just can't hold a candle to. And the reason, I'd surmise, is that its symbolism is just too powerful to ignore. For months, it looked like all of life had gone on a permanent leave of absence: trees stood dark and foreboding, flowers hid underground, and we stayed in our homes, perfectly content on the couch. But it's hard not to take a cue from those crocuses popping up and the tiny buds on the branches. If you applied the energy of the season to an area of your life, where would it go?Read More »from Take a cue from the season: What area of your life needs a spring boost?
Think about how natural, in an utterly ancient way, it is to take cues from the seasonal changes. Way back when, in what we'll call Ye Olden Times for ease's sake, we didn't sit behind computers all day. Our lives were more integrated with the seasons. Cold meant nesting, knitting, and staying in, and warm meant connecting with the community, building things, and getting out. So it seems only fitting to let the vim and vigor of the season lend a natural
How do you go from being told you can't run to crossing the finish line of a marathon? Ask a woman who's been there. Roni is the author of many blogs, including Roni's Weigh, a chronicle not only of her 26-mile triumph, but also of how she learned that the way to feel good about yourself isn't the quest to be skinny, it's to set a goal and achieve it.Read More »from Real-life expert: "I'm a marathoner!"
Why did you decide to run a marathon?
My entire life I thought I couldn't run. At a young age I was told I couldn't run. I was told I was fat. That I would be "pretty if" and that "if I just lost a few pounds," I'd be perfect.
I fell into that perfect trap for years. Yo-yo dieting and punishing myself by starving and then binge eating. It was a vicious cycle I know many get stuck in, and for me, I consistently gained more and more weight and felt more and more hopeless.
But things started to drastically change for me when I had my son 5 years ago. I started to work on accepting my body. I learned how to eat and balance my meals