Blogger-Spotlight

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Blogger Spotlight: Justin Livingston

Last Sunday Dustony had the pleasure of spending an eventful afternoon with fellow male style blogger Justin Livingston of Munrowe, who’s blog, like ours, aims to “educate, entertain, and inspire.”

Justin’s style is young, trendy, and bold much like the blogger himself. He can wear anything from bright colors to vibrant prints, with a sassy confidence that’s enviable and inspirational. We’ve definitely taken a note or two from Justin’s great sense of style ourselves.

Aside from putting together a killer outfit, Justin is a master of two things: turning on the southern charm, and eating…lots and lots of pizza. When we met up with Justin on Sunday he was super nice and more than willing to offer us, semi-new style bloggers, a lot of great blogging advice and take us out to not one, but TWO pizza places in just a few short hours. (We WILL be forwarding our gym membership payments to you Justin!)

When he’s not blogging (or eating), Justin manages to balance a day job, with personal shopping, freelance styling, and GAME OF THRONES, obvs. He even had time to do a recent collaboration with Sisco Berluti to design a signature stack of bracelets. Kinda makes you feel like you’re not hustling hard enough right? GOSH Justin!

If there’s anything more you need to know about Justin, you can find it on his website at eHarmony.com munrowe.com. And not that he needs our promotion, but go ahead and follow Justin on Twitter @justinliv, Facebook, and Instagram @justinliv, and also be sure to show some tumblr community love by following his recent Tumblr page.

Thanks for a fun day, and can’t wait to hang out again soon!

Now, allow us to conclude by borrowing Justin’s signature catchphrase:

BOOM!

- Anthony & Dustin

P.S. Justin TOTALLY paid us to say all these untrue and nice things about him.

Blogger Spotlight: Eating Bird Food

So after having so much fun doing Fitness Expert spotlights on celeb trainers, fitness models, and activewear designers…I thought why not highlight some of my fave fellow blogger friends!!?? So here’s the first blogger spotlight! This week, I bring to you someone who has inspired my vegetarian creativity!

Name: Brittany

Location: Richmond, VA

Blog Name: Eating Bird Food

C: Hi Brittany!! So happy we connected over Twitter. Since becoming vegetarian a month ago, I’ve been using your recipe index as a guide for some delicious plant-based recipes! Can you tell us a little about yourself before we get this interview started?

 B: Hi Cassey, thank you for this opportunity! I’m Brittany - an online marketing professional and blogger who’s passionate about living a healthy, balanced life. I love eating and cooking and want to share with the world that being healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. I’m also enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will graduate as a Holistic Health Coach this fall!!

C: Why did you start your blog?

 B: I started Eating Bird Food in March 2008. I had been reading Self’s blog, Eat Like Me and realized there were other healthy food blogs out there. I soon decided I needed a space to share my own weight loss story and help to inspire others. Eating Bird Food started out as an online food journal, but it has definitely progressed since then. :)

C: Did you ever expect it to be such a widely read online “publication”?

 B: No, not at all.

C: I read about your weight loss/getting fit journey on your blog and am very proud of your accomplishments! What can you tell us about how someone can empower themselves with the decision to make a healthy lifestyle change?

B: Just like anything else, the decision to get healthy has to be for YOU and no one else. You have to make up your mind what you want for your life. I think setting small obtainable goals are the best way to get started. Overall, you need to make a lifestyle choice and incorporate healthy modifications that you can stick with for the long run, not a temporary diet.

Before:

Today:

C: Give us a snap shot of your daily diet/meal plan!

B: Typically I start my morning on a sweet note with something like protein overnight oats or oatmeal with nut butter. Some days I have coffee with almond milk, some days I don’t want or need it so I don’t have it. For lunch I normally throw together a salad with lots of veggies and a vegetarian protein source like quinoa, beans, tofu or tempeh. I almost always have a mid-afternoon snack. Lately I’ve been on a Greek Yogurt kick. I buy the plain 0%, sweeten it up with liquid stevia and add a little fruit or 1 T of nut butter. For dinner I try to have more veggies and protein as well as some sort of whole grain like brown rice or quinoa. Last but not least, I normally always need/want a night-time snack so I’ll snack on something like a small bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal with almond milk, cottage cheese, yogurt or frozen fruit.

C: Now give us a snapshot of your weekly workout!

B: Recently I have been doing the Body for Life training plan so my weekly workouts look like this:

M- 45 min upper body strength training

T- 20 min HIIT, 10 min moderate paced cardio

W- 45 min lower body strength training

TH- 20 min HIIT, 10 min moderate paced cardio

F- 45 min upper body strength training

S - 20 min HIIT, 10 min moderate paced cardio

S - OFF

I also like to add in a few yoga sessions a week  - even if I just do them at home. I love using yogadownload.com to try out different types of yoga.

C: Fave healthy recipe?

B: That’s a tough one. Here are a few - Overnight Oats, Kale and Sweet Potato Brown Rice Bowl, Black Bean Burgers

C: Fave “bad food” ;)

B: Ice cream. And sweet potato fries, which I make “good” by baking them in the oven at home. :) Here’s my recipe for crispy sweet potato fries.

C: For aspiring healthy living bloggers, what is your best advice for “getting out there”?

B: The fastest way to get a larger readership is to tell everyone you know about your blog and to engage in the community. Leave (meaningful) comments on other healthy living blogs, connect with bloggers on twitter and reach out to bloggers that inspire you.

C: What’s the coolest thing that has happened to you or that you have experienced as a blogger?

There are a few cool things! One, I’ve meet so many wonderful people (including you!) and become quick friends with many of them. I won a trip to San Francisco as a Nature’s Pride bread ambassador for a veggie-stuffed hummus sandwich recipe I created.

I was also named one of Richmond’s Healthiest people and even got the chance to be a judge for a meatless gourmet Iron Chef competition.

C: Thank you Brittany for sharing with us your healthy living tips! You look fabulous!

I always love browsing through Brittany’s recipe page for vegetarian inspiration. So far, all of the people I’ve encountered in the healthy living community are so kind and generous in sharing their experience and their knowledge. That’s how I met Sarah from diet.com and sarahfit.com. We had coffee after a facebook comment I left her, then shortly after we began filming vids together!

The cool thing about bloggers and YouTubers is that we are all real people that you can relate to and “talk” to on a daily basis - whether that’s facebook comments, emails, or tweets. I love hearing from you guys and I already feel like I know some of you…so much so that if we ever met up, I could probably predict what you would say ;)

Want more Brit!?? Check her out here:

BLOG: http://www.eatingbirdfood.com

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/eatingbirdfood

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/eatingbirdfood

I WANNA THANK ALL MY AMAZING TUMBLR FRIENDS

You have done so much for me and I can’t thank you enough you have brought me back from some of my worst moments and made it ok again. Here are some of the people I wanna thank personally
fiddlestringsandpianokeys you were one if my first real RP friends and I loved the bond that we created through our RPs and just random conversations. You have made me understand that I am amazing at what I do and that I should be thankful for my talents.
not-dark-only-misunderstood you have really shown that darkness isn’t a bad thing and just because some people live in it doesn’t mean they are scary and bad. Mal really is a gray representation of something dark that has true beauty locked inside. I love that about you and your character thanks for everything.
theboogie-mans-daughter although we don’t talk much we connect in such a way we both have rough times but we show that we can both pull eachother out of it and make it threw. Twyla shows this when I RP with he as Cerise both of our characters are timid at first but start to open up and learn from each other’s mistakes. I think that’s an amazing thing that both of us do for each other pull each other the ought the dark spots.
artzygal016 thank you for showing me the beauty in everything and I hope we can talk more in the future Phoebe is an amazing character and I love everything that she is and now amazing and strong she is. Even when she is dating she still has a passion and fire to her. It’s amazing and that’s so beautiful.
askgoryfangtell I know we don’t talk much anymore but you and howls-and-kisses showed me how in Rping is and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Thanks to all my online tumblr friends
I wish to meet you someday but until then stay strong and see yah later
Sarah aka ceriseandcyrushood

NetGalley Blogger Spotlight

We’re highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about! Today’s spotlight is on Anna and the Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog.

Blog name: herding cats & burning soup
Blog URL: www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com
Your name: Anna Cade

What genre does your blog focus on? 

Oh I’m a Romance girl all the way. From very sweet and innocent to full out kinky :) And then a little UF and mystery thrown in now and again

What is your favorite romance sub-genre?

At the moment historical romance. Something about the prim and proper exteriors with a little wild spirit tucked inside. It’s just a fascinating combo. And then…all the dresses and accessories. Loves!

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Blogger Spotlight: Melanie Schnitzlein | @sketchyblonde | thatsketchyblonde.tumblr.com

For all the lovely ladies that read our blog, we decided to feature another girl for some style inspiration. Although we don’t like to share the spotlight, we’ll make an exception for this bitch. INTRODUCING: Melanie Schnitzlein, a good friend, skinny bitch, and professional Dakota Fanning look alike.

We sat down with Melanie last weekend for some drinks, some food, and some photos in the East Village and chatted with our fashiony gal pal about her style.

Introduce yourself to our readers. Who the hell is Melanie?! Self Summary. GO!

I’m a project manager in the furniture industry, a French fry enthusiast, ski racer extraordinaire, cat lover, a denim fetishist, UCB theater sort of student, and I wish I was born Debbie Harry. Or Beyonce. I’d like to get all up in Nicole Richie’s closet.

How would you describe your personal style?

A college friend once described it as “artsy glam” which I think is fair. I don’t think I’ll ever not love the 70s and I think my outfits typically have some kind of bohemian twist to them.  Lately I have been doing a lot of simple colored outfits with pops of color in my jewelry; or the opposite, bright color clothes and then sharp black accessories to balance.

There are so many elements for girls when it comes to putting together an outfit. How do you choose your accessories/accessorize your looks?

I’m all about the accessories and normally my outfits revolve around the shoes and jewelry.  More is more and I always have at least 5 pieces on! I’ve been like that forever too. I like interesting statement pieces mixed with very simple things to offset. I try to go for contrast rather than matching. And I always like messy hair and black winged eyeliner too to top it all off. Bleaching my hair at the start of the summer definitely changed the way I dressed a little- I wasn’t expecting that. All of a sudden the palm beach 60s housewife thing I had goin on turned into Malibu Barbie and I had to adjust (read: wear more black).

Absolutely love your outfit today - tell us a little about it.

The rings belonged to my grandma and some of the bracelets I made. I looked for a pair of lace shorts for about a year and a half before buying those which I deemed the perfect lace shorts. That top was an impulse buy but it gets so much use. It’s not normally something I’d go for!

Last question, who are you wearing?

Top - Rojas via Alter Brooklyn

Shorts - Zara

Shoes - Miista

Bag - Rebecca Minkoff

Left Arm - Black triple wrap bracelet by Chan Luu, DIY Gold chain with orange beads, Turquoise stones in silver via Another Man’s Treasure, Gold owl cuff by In God We Trust

Right Arm - Neon bracelet with gold screws by CC Skye, DIY rhinestone wrap bracelet, Silver spine by Verameat

Necklace - Madewell

Location - Tompkins Square Park, East Village, New York, NY

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NetGalley Blogger Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!


Blog name: Reading Teen
Blog URL: http://Readingteen.net
Your name: Andye

What genre does your blog focus on? 
We mostly review Young Adult with occasional Middle Grade and New Adult thrown in there.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start? 
I’ve been blogging going on five years. When I first started, I didn’t even know other people had book blogs. I just wanted a place to share my reviews with friends that were always asking me about books, and I wanted a fun way to share the enjoyment of reading with my teenager (she’s now almost 20!)

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