February Link Love: Beauty, Bodies + Books

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

taken at powell's books in sw portland

taken at powell’s books in sw portland

`This month has been busy – I didn’t do as much online reading as I did in December and January (I think that means I’m healing – whoot!), but I did read a novel (The Vacationers by Emma Straub). That said, what I did read was what online communities can be really good for in February: L-O-V-E spelled out in the alphabet of acceptance. It makes sense, then that February holds space for both Valentine’s Day and National Eating Disorders Awareness Month. And I chose the image above because both could use lots and lots of…#feminism.

* BUST tells us 10 things we might not know about orgasms.

* Here are the six best web series that we all apparently need to watch, according to BUST.

* This woman learned to find body acceptance through a relationship…but the finger always points back around to that being her responsibility.

I will work to earn love from me, who is the person who will always play the hardest to get. I will flirt as hard as I can, and I will win myself back.

* Watch the video for a brief history of young adult books – it’s like seeing my own reading history from one decade develop over many.

* NPR’s Krista Tippet nails it again with articulating the myth of multitasking (so for all my friends who call me a terribly multitasker…I WIN).

* Here’s Spry Living’s guide to the nation’s best yoga studios.

* Good PT + yoga = preventive asana therapy, via Yoga International.

* I am a routines junkie…though I should likely call it a rituals junkie. I love reading about how people spend their time and so appreciate how The Chalkboard  asks style icons, like this blogger at The Tig how they spend their days particularly in light of their health + wellness habits. The best restaurant tip I came across?

Take your time. Order your starters and have a glass of wine, and then see how hungry you are before you order your next course. It’s a great way to enjoy dining in general… pacing yourself and enjoying your food without rushing through it and you’ll inadvertently eat less. Alternatively, I would say one of the best tips would be to put your phone away. It’s healthy to be present. Everything can wait.

And a recipe I want to try?

Roasted cauliflower with chickpeas and hot curry powder – it finds its way into my salads, or as a side dish that I constantly nibble.

* And (drumroll!) The Chalkboard has an app…which means I really need to find my iPad charger!

* This is how two fashion bloggers go on a friend date.

* A very Portland(ia) list of protein bars.

Smart Girls at the Party said Happy Galentines Day!

Gala Darling is encouraging zine-making this project season and Rookie Mag shows us how.

* Speaking of Gala Darling, I’m pulling some articles from her February Carousel for my own:

* JK Rowling reveals 11 “facts” about the Harry Potter books after-the-fact.

Your body is not a problem to be solved!

* It’s NED month and Instagram is helping with eating disorder recovery.

* Here are 35 essential habits of incredibly happy people.

* Carmen Farina, my old elementary school principal who’s moved up in the world of education, is changing the course of NYC public schools.

* What happens when you’re insured, but not covered? The New York Times reveals.

* The HuffPo reveals the 4 things us 20-somethings should know about money.

* Anna Kendrick – who after last month’s NYT Styles article – has become my beauty/self-care icon, shares tips for making showers faster in Self Mag.

* Yoga instructor was rated by CNN as a career with some of the largest growth, via YogaDork. I could also not agree with YogaDork more about killing off the yoga studio paradigm.

* Now, I’ll end this link love on the most positive of notes…a yoga body is EVERYbody (34 photos to dispel the myth of the “yoga body”), via Sonima!

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