Bad to the Bone (Broth)

So, lately, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about bone broth – the avocado toast of the winter! (Just kidding, we’re all still eating avocado toast.) Places like Springbone and Brodo in New York have started serving this warm (and apparently, life-giving) liquid in to-go cups for $5-$11 a pop!

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I was a little confused when I started seeing blog-posts about “how to make your own bone broth,” because isn’t it just soup? Like chicken soup, minus the chicken, etc.?

I’m not a big-believer in all-healing foods. I think that green juices are a great way to get some extra vitamins in, but eating a big (fiber-filled) salad can provide you with the same (and more) nutritional value. I think taking a wheatgrass shot when you’re sick is not as effective as the old-fashioned “drinking a lot of water and sleeping” cure.

But I am one to try new things AND do my research before forming an opinion on something. So, I did some investigating to see if this magical beverage is in fact the millennial’s penicillin.

What I found out:

  • There is not a lot of science backing the benefits of bone broth.
  • There is no one standard recipe, therefore nutritional content varies.
  • Believed to heal and restore collagen (structural protein found in connective tissue), but the collagen in the broth probably doesn’t have any effect on YOUR bones.
    • Basically, collagen is broken down into amino acids and your body decides where to use those protein building blocks.
    • Plants are actually a more complete source of collagen. (Going back to my salad point.)
  • The vitamins and enzymes get denatured by heating the broth.
  • Bone broth COULD be beneficial for your immune system IF made from chicken bones.
    • So, having chicken soup made from real broth (not stock cubes) could slightly reduce inflammation or help respiratory infections.
  • Good for athletes because it replenishes the electrolyte sodium.
    • Another takeaway – broth is high in sodium. If you want to avoid bloating before your holiday party, I wouldn’t suggest broth as a pre-game drink.

Summary: Bone broth is a food trend that has accumulated a decent amount of crafty marketing. Don’t be fooled by the hype.

BUT, it is not BAD for you. So, if you like the taste and you need a cold-weather alternative to coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, then broth away!

(Source: NPR, Time)

The New New in New York

Times are a changin’, especially in the realm of startups in NYC. Brands such as Outdoor Voices, Everlane, and Glossier are making a name for themselves via Instagram and word-of-mouth. And it’s working for them.

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These brands are connecting to their market using millennial-worthy phrases such as “Doing Things,” “Radical Transparency,” and “Skin is In.”  The founders Tyler Haney (OV), Michael Preysman (Everlane), and Emily Weiss (Glossier), know that their customer is smart. Each CEO discovered a gap in their market’s industry, a craving that this generation (and older) had for easy, usable, wearable, affordable, and sustainable fashion and beauty. They started with good ideas and created great products. outdoor-voices-spring-2016-collection-twin-with-your-bff-01-780x520

Here are my favorites from each (and fun little quotes from the founders):

OUTDOOR VOICES, Tyler Haney: “I’m very much a risk taker. I don’t have experience on my side, but I have persistence.” (Forbes.com)

Outdoor Voices favorite: Two-Tone Athena Crop

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3/4 Two-Tone Warmup Legging

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EVERLANE, Michael Preysman: “I think the notion of a product where you know you’re going to get great quality, you know the price is going to be good and you know the company is incredibly honest and transparent about everything that happens is something that’s very refreshing.” (BoF)

Everlane favorites: The Modern Babo
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The Cashmere Crop Mockneck

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GLOSSIER, Emily Weiss: “That’s sort of how we think about things, as always a fresh start. We want to be able to make girls really happy and excited about beauty. I think that beauty is something that can be very overwhelming and very alienating and there’s certainly no shortage of beauty products that exist. We wanted to give a clear vision for something that can make you really happy, or really bring joy to your morning or your evening or your day.” (Racked

Glossier favorite: Balm Dotcom

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Haloscope in Quartz 

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Beauty: The Rich + Clean

I’m a sucker for packaging, product packing that is. More and more “curated” shops and speciality products have been popping up on the market. Within this Instagram/media-driven world we live in, there are more opportunities for small producers/ entrepreneurs/ startups to make a niche product line AND have it be successful.

And due to the visual nature of our present society, aesthetics are crucial in creating a new product line.

This past weekend, I discovered The Rich + Clean at a local, small town Connecticut store. (Also loved the Balsem candles in the back of the photo.)

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This line is made in Brooklyn in small batches. It is all-natural, sulfate and paraben free… and made for men. Wait, what? Yeah, it’s a beautifully designed men’s product line and I’m obsessed. Their tagline is: “Men… you’re welcome.”

Generally, I’ve never discriminated against using men’s products – fun tip: at the drugstore, they are usually much cheaper than those for women. I think it’s absolutely genius to create a line entirely focused on men. I know, I know, they are not the first – Kiehl’s is another popular brand that does. But coming from a female, thank you @therichandclean for making it easier for us females to buy gifts for our SOs… and ourselves?

unnamed-1I walked away with their  White Grapefruit, Aloe, and Cedar Wood Hand Wash , but I could have bought the entire line. The scent is distinct, but unusual. The type that will make you smell your hands multiple times after washing them just to figure out all the different notes.

And, the bottle itself makes my sink look so much cooler now. Thanks Rich + Clean! (Women… you’re welcome.)

Everyday Face Ritual

Morning:

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Night: