Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have a great Eve and a Happy New Year!

This is a few hours early, so don't read it until midnight if that's important to you, but

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope that the next year brings great things for you and your loved ones. Instead of letting resolutions be the cause of unhappiness and disappointment, how about resolving to be happy this year and not letting little things (like not working out or how awesome ice cream is or how infrequent flossing happens) get you down. 2014 is the year of you, don't beat yourself up, love you and love the year! YAY!

I love new beginnings :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

3 Good Reasons not to Day-Drink

As a college student, even at an Ivy League (where studying severely limits partying relative to some other places), I'm aware of how much drinking happens.

I'm also aware of how great an excuse  the holidays seem to be to extend that drinking from Saturday to Friday night to Thursday night to Wednesday afternoon...

Courtesy of images from the internet (yay, internet!), here are three good reasons not to day drink.

Your reputation.

The holidays are a really social season for most of us and drinking tends not to make you sound any smarter. You will form impressions, and a reputation, now that will last all year!


Drinking doesn't bode well for decision-making.



That might be a bit extreme, but you get the idea.

The Hangover.



The whole movie (including the conception of the movie) was just a bad idea.

This one isn't a GIF, but it's almost better - have you heard of the Drinking Mirror App? It shows you what drinking does to your looks. Since the holiday season is also a prime to take photos, you definitely don't want to go down in history looking like the 'after' you on the Drinking Mirror App.

Just don't day-drink! Or, if you do, you've been warned.

Whatever you're drinking this holiday season, drink responsibly.

And DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. That's a personal pet peeve of mine (I've heard people brag about it - it's not something to brag about, it's shameful and endangers the lives of innocent people).

Okay, lecture hat is off.

What's one your pet peeves?

What's your favorite holiday beverage? Alcoholic or nonalcoholic!


Friday, December 27, 2013

December Bestowed Box Review + A Discount Code!

As you know from my previous reviews, I'm a big fan of Bestowed Box.


It's a great way to try new foods and learn about new healthy products. Health foods can often be on the more expensive end of things, and I'm not a fan of any sort of food waste (even if the food isn't particularly expensive), so it's great to be able to try a wide variety of things without having to buy large, full-sized containers or multipacks of anything.

Bestowed Box subscriptions are a great gift for adventurous eaters, foodies, unadventurous eaters trying to expand their horizons, health nuts, and those trying to eat healthier. It's also a great gift to yourself! Receiving a fun orange box of surprise goodies every month is a great way to build in a mood booster into your life. 


It's also a great way to make progress on two resolutions - expanding your horizons (trying new things!) and the ever popular eat healthy foods one. It's a great way to get some healthy snacks into the pantry after the somewhat unbalanced holiday feasting that a lot of us do (myself included! It's okay - it's the holidays - but it shouldn't be permanent).


This also becomes true for parents, once you move out to college - they start loving you so much that home becomes one delicious Candy Land! Whodathunk.
And they're reasonably priced for all that you get (see the bottom of the post for a discount code)!

Every month, nutritionist Heather Bauer selects some great products with a theme to share with Bestowed box subscribers. 




This December, Heather got into the holiday spirit by putting together a box full of products that give back to the community in some way, whether through a popular organization (like Make-a-Wish) or a unique way. Read more about the way the individual products give back online!



My mom happy-danced when she saw the Saffron Road Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauce.



Okay. So she doesn't actually ever dance. But she was really happy! She loves these - they're healthy and make meal prep super fast and easy - just add meat and/or veggies, cook up some rice to go with the main dish, and you have an ethnic restaurant-worthy meal with better nutrition and less cost/hassle!



My 8-year-old sister loved the All-Natural Baked CHeddar Fries from Snikiddy. And parents love them just as much as kids do! While kids love the cheesy, crunchy snack for its flavor and mouthfeel, parents love that it's non-GMO, gluten free, and has 50% less fat than regular potato chips. Made of cornmeal and potato, it also packs so nutrition - including some healthy digestion-promoting fiber!




I couldn't get enough of the I Heart Keenwah Ginger Peanut Quinoa Clusters - ginger and peanut just belong together, I don't know why I haven't done it before! They're sweet, crunchy, nutty and delicious!




Same goes for the KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Chili Almond Bar, which helped me make it through a last-minute packing debacle for my fabulous family vacation (photos to come! I love my fam-bam). 




All good stuff and great taste.



We can't wait to try the Simply Organic Mediterranean Herb Greek Yogurt Dip (just add plain yogurt!) and my mom loves that the Pacific Organic Chicken Stock is unsalted and all-natural. No additives here!




As always, you can order more of anything that you really like on Bestowed Box's website. It's so convenient, I love it.

Okay, so here's what you really want - the coupon! Enter the discount code HELLOYUM40 at checkout to get your first Bestowed box for only $10 (normally $19). This code expires on 12/31 (in just a few days!) so be sure not to dawdle in putting your order in!


What's the best gift you got this Christmas?


What's the best gift you gave this Christmas?


Are you giving yourself a gift this holiday season? Do it.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Remember my Life Force Juice review a few weeks ago?

Liam and Brian are offering $20 off with the coupon code LLE2014 to anyone who orders a cleanse. Since their cleanses aren't restrictive and you're encouraged to eat healthy foods during the cleanse, not starve, they're great for anyone.

Lala Berry Smoothie - Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Homemade Almond Milk. 100% Organic. 

A Life Force Juice Cleanse a great gift to yourself, if you've received some Christmas money - or a makeup gift for someone who gave you something way better than what you got them!

Awkward.

What's the best gift you got this Christmas?

What's the best gift you gave?

What are you doing for the rest of your holidays?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Knock Santa's Socks Off

Here's the deal - Santa Claus gets a LOT of milk and cookies on Christmas Eve. A LOT a lot. Combine that with the fact that he's been at it for the past eons and chances are that he isn't going to be impressed with your standard refrigerated cookie mix chocolate chip cookies.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure the jolly old elf won't complain if he finds a plate of boring old chocolate chip cookies at your house this year. 'A' for effort right? It's definitely not a coal-in-the-stocking-worthy offense.

I would like to give a whole generation dictionaries and library cards
But if you're asking for some really big ticket item, like a VitaMix or a boyfriend for Christmas (lolz), you're going to have to bring more to the table than the same overdone offerings that every little Timmy and sweet Sally on the street are bringing.

You're going to have to bring your A game.



Luckily, there's this magical portal of endless information called 'the internet.' In addition to being a great source of GIFs and other forms of procrastination, it contains more recipes than one could ever hope to make.

I've had mixed success with internet recipes, so these days I love looking at recipes that have been reviewed by someone other than the original poster - especially if they come with photos! And thus I've decided to start posting my experiences with recipes on here now and then.

Guess what? I found some cookies to really know Santa's socks off! Broma Bakery has an awesome recipe for Halfway to Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies.

What they look like on her site, with a fancy camera (I can just tell) and possibly some editing
My pre-Christmas Eve trial run of the cookies was a huge success. My friends and roommates raved about them and I loved them, too!
What the photos looked like when I made them (excuse the lighting - I made them well after dark. Still, not bad!
I didn't make any purposeful substitutions and pretty much followed the recipe to a T.
Pre-sandwiching
The only changes that I made were that I accidentally forgot to cream the sugar with the wet ingredients (I mixed it in with the flour, instead),


I used honey roasted peanut butter for the filling as well as the cookies (I'm a college student, aintnobodygottime for two kinds of peanut butter),

The filling (peanut butter and confectioner's sugar) mixed up in the container that the remaining peanut butter was in
I made the cookies a bit bigger than suggested and baked them a little longer (ask for big prezzies, give big cookies),

Mmmm...
and I pressed the cookies down with a fork, instead of my finger, to achieve the typical criss-cross peanut butter cookie look.

The cookies, pre-adding filling (okay, so they didn't really take the criss-cross pattern, it sort of baked out)

Haha, and that's what I call following a recipe to a T. Obviously I have some issues with following directions...


Anyway, the cookies were a huge success! They were as scrumptious on the second day as the first, in case you want to get your baking done the day before Christmas Eve, for whatever reason. I can't vouch for what they taste like after that, though, because the cookies didn't last that long!

Yum.

Do you have a recipe you want me to try out? Link to it in the comments below or email me at livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com and I'll consider it!

Do you make the same cookies for Santa every year, or do you mix it up?

What are your favorite kind of cookies?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Breakfasts to Start the Day Right!

I love breakfast on Christmas morning. Delicious, sweet breakfast foods eaten around a merry table with family, post-presents (or pre-, depending on the extent of your self-control around presents/how hangry you get). What could be more perfect?

If you're one of those people who wakes up at 4am on Christmas, you can put together a delightful breakfast for the rest of the family. They'll like that a lot better than if you wake them up at that ungodly hour!

Here are some delicious-looking recipes from around the internet. Make one (or several!) of these and you'll be one of the most sought-after Christmas guests around!

Lulu's Pop's Pancakes



The ingredients are pretty easy to find in most pantries, with buttermilk as the only slightly unusual one.

Don't worry if you're out of buttermilk, you can easily sub in just under a cup of regular cow's milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice (I tend to get the best results with lemon juice) for the buttermilk. I haven't tried it with non-dairy milks, however, so be wary if you're going to try to make these with almond or soy milk - I don't recommend it!

To turn a great breakfast into a stellar Christmas breakfast, turn the above pancakes into a winter treat:


Alternate options for fruit lovers are blueberry 'coal' buttons/eyes/nose and shaved coconut snow. Feel free to frost the snowman with vanilla greek yogurt and/or powdered sugar. Also, vegetarian breakfasters will be pleased if you sub out the bacon scarf for a row of strawberries!

If you're serving a real health nut or need a lot of energy for your Christmas morning activities (snowman building, anyone?), this next option is a great choice!



To make it even more Christmasy, add some chopped peppermint bark and/or candy canes. Yum!

Or maybe you're hosting a granola skeptic.

WHAT? THOSE EXIST?

Convert even the most stubborn cereal-foe with the following recipe.


white fudge Peppermint oreo granola | thebittersideofsweet.com
So it's definitely not the healthiest breakfast around, especially since it's almost begging to be combined with ice cream. But it's Christmas and a sugar high is almost a requirement!

As fun as these breakfasts are, don't forget that simplicity can be a real winner. For example, my little sister loves bacon.


We don't have it very often, so making sure to put a rare, but loved, treat like that on the menu can go a long way towards awakening those Christmas morning happy tummy smiles!

If you got up way too early to make anything less than gourmet, turn it into Marla's Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com
Or get fancy and French with Marie's Bacon Quiche


Or you can just serve chocolate on bread. That works.

YUM.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

What are you serving on Christmas this year?

Are you planning on trying any of those recipes?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Worst Christmas Presents

It's the thought that counts, right? I guess so, but I am inclined to believe that there's a connection between quality of gift (not necessarily thought) and the price put into it.

While any gift at all is a gesture of goodwill and a nice thing to give/receive, there are some gifts that you might really want to rethink. Or they'll be regifted (or regifted to the store where you bought them).

Underwear or socks.

Both can be a good gift if there's something special about them - like they're sparkly or super adorable or they're striped colorful knee-highs for a friend who loves wacky socks. But no one wants to find something as utilitarian as a pack of Hanes plain granny panties under the tree.

boy unwrapping underwear scowl
I will make that face. No joke.
I wouldn't even want something that utilitarian ever, never mind on as fun a day as Christmas.

A star.

This one is even worse than the charitable donation gift (I know, I know - it's a nice thing to do, blah, blah, blah. I'm all for being charitable in general, but donating to an organization and calling that a gift to someone else seems like a real cop out to me. Some people might like it, but...really?).

Unlike the charitable donation gift, a star or a mile on the moon don't even do good for someone else. and they're lame gifts that are essentially non-gifts. If I wanted to name a star after myself, I could do it myself without the questionable paperwork from whatever scam.com website prints those certificates.

The battery-powered thing without batteries.

Here, the gift itself isn't the problem. It's the lack of thought! If you're gifting a camera, a battery-powered toy, or anything else that won't function without batteries, make sure that you include at least enough batteries to power the thing through the obligatory Christmas morning test run.
No Christmas Batteries - NobleWorks - Funny Christmas Card
Otherwise it ends up getting shoved into a drawer until someone finally remembers to pick up batters well into the New Year. Around our house, you can usually count on that not being before mid-March!

Gimmicky Sky Mall gifts.

Gimmicky gifts can be good for a laugh when you open them, but just about no one actually wants that stuff.

Worst gift ever?

Thank goodness for the internet, where you can laugh about this stuff without actually being the sucker stuck with the gift or the awful gifter stuck with the reputation for gifting that stuff.

Any sort of underhanded compliment-type gift.

Basically, don't give anyone something that suggests there's a fault you would like to work on.


Example: if your roommate isn't very good about cleaning, you can't give her a Swiffer or a broom for Christmas.

Well, you could. But that's a gift that could leave more hostile giver-recipient relations than no gift at all.

What's the worst gift you've ever received?

Have you ever given a truly awful gift?

What percentage of your holiday shopping do you have left to do?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Little Help For the Holidays from Kraft!

Yay for the holidays! I'm finally home from school, done with exams, and able to enjoy Christmas and the associated Christmas festivities 24/7 (at least until Christmas is over next week - noooooooo).

It's always such an amazing feeling to come home for break and see the lights lighting up the house and yard, as well as the fluffy green tree, beautifully ornamented and presiding over piles and piles of presents. My family did an awesome job with our tree this year!


I love the color scheme. Some years we just throw it all up on there and it's a crazy colorful mess, which is great, too, but this year my sisters and mom went with a nice wintry color scheme. I love it!
Christmas vacation means sleeping in, catching up, baking up a storm, and time for leisurely lunches - no lecture or work to run off to!


One of my mom's favorite occasional lunches is quiche. We don't have it often, since it's one of those things that sounds so intimidating to make, but it's perfect for the holidays! It's not actually that tough to make, though it is a little time consuming, making it a great holiday lunch.
With protein-packed eggs and calcium-rich cheese, plus some veggies in the filling, it's a great healthy option for lunch!


I adapted a general recipe for quiche that I had lying around, in order to fit what I had in the fridge.

Spinach Quiche
* 0.5c butter
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 10oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
* 4oz can mushrooms, drained
* 8oz Kraft Shredded Mexican Four Cheese
* salt and pepper, to taste
* 9" unbaked ready pie crust
* 4 eggs, beaten
* 1c. milk (I used 2%, but whole milk works, too!)

1) Saute garlic and onion in melted butter over medium heat, until browned (5-7 minutes).
2) Stir in mushrooms, spinach, and shredded Mexican Four Cheese.


3) Season with salt and pepper.
4) Spoon into pie crust, spread evenly.


5) Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium bowl.


6) Season with salt and pepper.
7) Pour into pie crust, let it mix with the spinach mix already in there.


8) Bake in preheated 375F oven for 15 minutes.


9) Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top, bake for 35-40 more minutes (until set in center).


10) Cool for at least 10 minutes (it'll be a mess to cut if you try any sooner!) then serve and enjoy!


To save a little money (more for Christmas shopping!) head over to http://coupons.target.com/kraft-coupons to get coupons for the Kraft Shredded Cheese. The Kraft coupons are red
eemable exclusively at Target and can get you up to $20 in savings on participating Kraft products!


I personally really like the Kraft Shredded Cheese because it's natural, convenient, and melts really smoothly. Both my mom (more of an epicurean) and my little sister (a flavor-sensitive eight-year-old) really liked it!

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Mistakes NOT To Make

Holidays are great and the Christmas is season is my ABSOLUTEHANDSDOWNFAVORITE time of the year. But holidays, with all the increased social activity, can also provide prime opportunity to social suicide. 

Especially when you combine high spirits with spiked eggnog and then throw your boss/dean/professor/research advisor into the mix. 

Here are some (all too common) holiday bloopers to avoid. Just say no to embarrassment and practice safe merrymaking!

DON'T serve red wine if you have a new white carpet/couch and invited your klutzy friends.


We all know who those are. I'm one of them (but I'm 20 and don't underage-drink, so it's more like don't serve me grape juice). 

DON'T regift carelessly.

Make sure you remember who your gift was from if you're regifting, so that you don't regift it to the same person or to their best friend/sister/boyfriend/mother. AWKWARD.


Also, try to make sure that you're regifting something because you think the recipient will actually be pleased by the gift, not just because you weren't and want to get rid of it. You don't want it to be regifted year after year after year - it will probably find its way back to you if it is!

DON'T give all your guests food poisoning by improperly thawing a bird and serving it still half frozen.


The bigger the bird, the longer it takes to cook through. Not that I know much about cooking meat, as a vegetarian, but I know enough to know that un- or under-cooked poultry is a big no-no-no-no-NO.

DON'T wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping.

Christmas shopping should be fun! I think it's the most fun sort of shopping, period. But last minute Christmas shopping isn't fun for anyone, so don't do it! 

Start early and enjoy the Christmas cheer longer. 

DON'T throw your fashion sense out the window, just because there's red and green involved.


I'm sorry, but no. If you love Christmas sweaters, go for it. By all means, you do you. 

But do know that we're all judging. Hard.

DON'T forget to have fun!


It's Christmas, after all! There's no time for scrooges and grouches!

What are your Christmas plans?

Do you have any funny holiday disaster stories to share?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

NutiLight Review

Nutella is AMAZING. It's been big in Germany for as long as I can remember (probably all of my life, maybe more) and has really picked up in the US in recent years - I remember how excited my sister and I were when we saw it in Target for the first time!


I think we literally jumped up and down for a bit, shrieking, before dumping it into our shopping cart by the armload.

Nutella does have a significant amount of sugar, however, which is fine for most people but can be problematic for diabetics or those on significantly carbohydrate-restricted diets (commonly recommended by doctors to control some forms on epilepsy).

But guess what? THERE'S A SOLUTION.



Hold on to your seats, people - I discovered NutiLight, a natural, sugar-free and gluten-free alternative to popular chocolate hazelnut spreads out there, on Netrition the other day.



And it gets better - not only is this version sugar-free with only 2 net carbs per serving (perfect for diabetics, like my uncle!) but it also comes in two amazing flavors!



Yup, not just chocolate hazelnut, but also chocolate almond!

And they're both so divine that I eat this straight out of the jar with a spoon. SO GOOD.

They're also packed with fiber, thanks to the addition of chicory fiber (the fiber you find in fiber one granola bars).



The spreads are a bit thicker than Nutella and a little harder to spread, but they're still definitely spreadable and, if consistency is an issue for you, the consistency is just about the same if you microwave the spread for 15 to 30 seconds (depending on the amount that you're warming).



I bet these would taste great in some of those Nutella-based recipes I keep seeing pop up on Pinterest...can anyone guess what this afternoon's activity is going to be?

To NutiLight baking, that is.
Time to get my NutiLight on.

Have you heard of NutiLight?

What's your favorite bread spread?

What's your favorite way to get fiber in?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dating During Finals: College Edition

There are endless articles and blog posts about staying healthy during the holidays, but my favorite way is to de-stress with laughter!

So, for the sake of entertaining, I've decided to sum up what I, from my observations around campus, understand the experience non-students attempting to date students during finals.

Boy meets girl. Boy attempts to break the ice.

Or vice-versa, if you prefer. Since it's the holidays, what better way to break the ice than an absurdly corny pickup line? 'I must be a snowflake, because I've fallen for you' is a nice change from the usual introduction.

Boy gets girl's phone number. Boy makes use of said phone number with witty textversation later.


I mean, true love can be found in very strange places:



Boy tries again. This time, girl remembers boy.

Set some ground rules — you can't just be dating anyone:


Clearly girls have very high standards for who to hang out with these days.

Boy tries to set up a date. Girl is busy.


Once things get going, make sure you establish some barriers:

Boy settles for more realistic expectations.

She Seems to Have a Problem Getting Started, Though
But I've been so unfair to the poor boys in this post! Sometimes it goes the other way around:

Don't get too attached at first:
Dating fails don't discriminate based on gender.

Do you know any good Christmas pick-up lines?

What's your favorite pick-up line?

When are your final exams over?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why Buy The Cow...?

Why buy the cow dress, when you can have the milk wear it for free less?

Okay, that's not a direct application of the concept. But it asks the same question, why invest more when you can get the benefits for less?

With designer dresses, there are several reasons, ranging from the ability to reuse them to the value of having the garments in your closet and being able to sell them (soon, or to try to hold on to them until they're vintage designer dresses and worth a fortune - but whether that happens is a gamble).

Still, the reality is that most of us just can't afford to fill our closets with stunning Versace gowns and Herve Leger wrap dresses. It just isn't feasible on a student's budget, nor on the budget of most young professionals.

Also, take it from a girl who's big sister owns upwards of fifty party dresses - most girls don't want to rewear their dresses to formals and big parties. Something new tends to be more fun.

cute, dress, funny, gif, green
Sadly, you can't always count on your neighborhood fairytale princess to whip one up.
Rent the Runway is an online designer dud rental shop that allows you to order designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of their retail cost. You pick your dress, they ship it to you, you ship it back, and done!

I've never used Rent the Runway, but I've heard really great things from a lot of my friends. How else can you be the stunner at your House Formal (it's a Harvard thing, but other schools and businesses also tend to have formal dances or parties at this time of year) without using up next semester's book budget?

The dresses still aren't cheap (most rentals seem to be between $50 and $250, with some real stunners costing even more) but being able to rent a $1250 Herve Leger signature bandage dress for $150 is great for those of us who couldn't justify the retail price tag.

Here are some of my favorite looks for winter parties!

Pamela Roland Declaration of Love Gown


This eye-catching red gown retails at $1925 and rents for $260. Customers say "the back sash is as dramatic as the red color" and enjoyed wearing it to a Christmas Day wedding, for one proud mom, and an engagement photo session, for the female half of a happy couple.

Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown

This dress, retailing at $650 and renting for $160, is a personal favorite. It's like a waterfall of sequins! You can peruse a whopping 565 customer photos on the dress's page, so you're almost certain to find someone with a similar figure to you and be able to imagine how it will look on you!

Catherine Deane Patricia Gown


This elegant number, a real trans-generational gown, retails at $1540 and rents for $300. It's elegant, classic, and looks just as good on older women as on spring chickens.

Um, yeah. Is my southern showing?

Nicole Miller Arctic Mist Gown


This slinky number retails for $750 and rents for $145. It's a perfect winter formal or ice ball dress! Customers say that it's "very comfortable," "true to size," and "looked and felt great!" One note is that it's pretty long and shorter girls cautioned that you'll either need to figure something out to handle the length or get a really tall pair of heels to wear with it.

Caroline Herrara Take My Breath Away Gown

This retails for a whopping $3690 and rents for a still staggering $475. Maybe the price tag is what takes your breath away?


All jokes aside, however, this really is a one-of-a-kind gown and if you have a big budget and/or a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, it's hard to top this classic beauty. All eyes will definitely be on you!

Robert Rodriguez Black Label Berry Wild Lace Gown


This breathtaking dress retails for $795, but rents for $125. Customers caution that the slit on the side is higher than expected (so be careful if you're thinking of wearing this to a company party!) but say that it's "magnificent," "gorgeous," and one even said that it made her feel "like a Grecian goddess."

Raoul Ruffle Waisted Peplum Gown

This gown is for the more daring fashion friends. It's retails for $660, but rents for $135. If you lack curves, the fun detail at the middle creates shape. I would say this is best for a tall and straight figure, however, as a short hourglass figure would be cut oddly by the bustle at the waist.


As you can tell, I LOVE long dresses. So glitz, so glam!

One touch that I really like from Rent the Runway are that the dress pages include customer reviews and photographs of how real people wore the dresses! The photos come with the size of the dress and height, weight, age, and bust size of the woman wearing it, so it's really helpful in trying to figure out how a particular dress will look on you rather than on a 6'0" blond Amazon.

Have you used Rent the Runway?

Do you re-wear party dresses?

Do you prefer long, short, or midi dresses for formals?

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