“Chic Looks” or “Fab Cooks”

I live in a somewhat bi-polar world–I’m a toal foodie (hence the TWO food categories on my blog role), but I work in the fashion industry (“Would you like a piece of marinated lettuce?”).  Finding the balance between the two can sometimes be a little tricky (although you would be surprised not only how much Fashion Girls can eat, but how much they will actually eat in front of other people).  While my co-workers use their free time to online shop, I have a split screen between foodporn (thanks foodgawker), and the latest sale at Saks.

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That said, in choosing the subject of my first REAL post, it came to the age old question: Food, or Fashion? Luckily, with the chic brûlée I don’t have to choose.  From a Lucky Magazine contributor, this site serves up recipes, runway shots,  and even restaurant recommendations (the blogger lives in NYC and recaps some pretty swank spots).

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Her recipes are amazing too (Fudgy Brownie Bites anyone?). Although the Almond Butter Rice Cakes (really–Rice Cake + Almond Butter + Sliced Bananas = Recipe?) were probably more suited for the more fashion inclined who head to the site.  Bust into the archives for some pretty great Christmas Cookie recipes, and then seamlessly transition to her take on holiday fashion.

One gripe – the site isn’t updated SUPER frequently, so if you’re looking for a new daily read, this probably isn’t for you.  If you do love the concept though, snag my trick: when I find a blog that I LOVE, but I know they don’t update on the daily, I’ll sign up to get their latest entries delivered by email.  That way I don’t have to check in frequently (which chances are I’ll eventually forget about if they’re not updating all the time), and every once and a while there’s a nice surprise in my in-box of something I actually want to read.

What do you think–would The Chic Brûlée make it on your blog roll?

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To tee it off? A Blog Role

I find that the best way to judge a blogger, is by what they’re reading. Note to other bloggers: please keep your blog role up to date.  If I click a link on your blog role, only to be led to a page that hasn’t been updated since 2008, chances are you aren’t reading it on the regular (and if you are, it’s time to let go).

My goal on this blog is to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest, but I thought the easiest way to kick things off would be to give you a quick snapshot of my daily reads (besides my horoscope of course. But while you’re asking, I read 4 daily: dailyhoroscopes.net/ , elle.com/horoscopes/glo.msn.com/horoscopes/sunsign/daily, and then monthly I read the bible: astrologyzone.com/  You can thank me later).

So here’s the top 3 in my top 5 categories:

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Fashion blogs:
The Cut
The Business of Fashion
HuffPost Style

Healthy foodie blogs:
For The Love of Food
With Style and Grace
Young Married Chic

Decadent foodie blogs:
smitten kitchen
Food + Femininity
two loves studio

A bit of news/goss:
The Huffington Post
The Daily Mail
TMZ

A few randos:
SousStyle
Refinery29
BRIT + CO