How You Take Care of Yourself Transforms Every Aspect of Your World

We came to this earthly plane with a body that needs to be nurtured and cared for, and yet, as women we are often second, third or fourth in line to care for ourselves…even when we’re single!

We liken this phenomenon to using the oxygen mask on a plane; you must take care of yourself before you take care of others, or there will be little or nothing to give.

Once again, we’re talking about self-care. (Do you see a theme here?) You only get one body per lifetime…honor and care for it, and it will serve you well! Be Iconic Style’s mission in fitness and wellbeing is to help you make you a priority!

Upping Your Casual Look with Fitness Wear

Fitness wear, sports wear—or whatever you want to call it—has become a staple of style for us all—especially now. More often than not, we’re opting for the unkempt PJ look sans makeup these days, but it doesn’t take much to up our style game while still maintaining a serious level of comfort. That said, you’re going to want to be sure to check out the fabulous casual fitness wear looks we’ve found for you!

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Fitness Wear – May

For many folks an extended period of quarantine has meant extra time on the couch…while for others, it’s been the perfect opportunity to up their fitness game! We’re not going to judge, but chances are if you’re here, you’re looking to keep moving…and we’re so lucky that spring has finally made an appearance! Since you’ve likely been wearing your workout gear a LOT these days (even for lounging) you may want to consider splurging on a few new items for your fitness wardrobe. That said, here we go!

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Fitness Wear – April

Let’s face it… this Spring is unlike any other we’ve experienced in our lifetime. Never has it been so important to take advantage of all that the great outdoors have to offer us to stay fit and, quite honestly, mentally balanced. That being said, you may want to consider spicing up your fitness gear with one or two new items to help keep you moving in the right direction!

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Fitness Wear for Spring – March

It’s here… Spring is in the air! Are you ready to move your workout outside? Time to up your game and refresh your workout wardrobe! Take a look at what we’ve found this month.

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Salmon Rice Bowls with Coconut-Ginger Broth

Freshly grated ginger, coconut milk and fluffy white rice meld together to create a heavenly aroma in this dish. Both savory and reminiscent of the Caribbean islands, this recipe is not only good for you, but sure to delight!

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Spicy Chickpea Poppers

If you’ve ever had fried chickpeas before you’ll know how unbelievably addictive they can be. And the good news is, they are not only high in protein, but they’re also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber! That said, you’re definitely going to want to check out this recipe for Spicy Chickpea Poppers from one of our favorite recipe sources, Epicurious. The crunchy bite of the fried chickpeas combined with fragrant basil and earthy cumin makes for a savory snack you will crave. Warm and golden brown, these spicy chickpea poppers are absolutely delicious!

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The Secret Reason Some People Are Never Happy

Has anything really good ever happened to you and after celebrating for a split second you stop and think, “no, this is too good to be true”? As harmless as this thought may feel, it’s actually you not allowing yourself to experience the joy of a good thing! It’s you believing your happiness has a “full capacity limit,” and guess what? It’s time to break out of that mentality! This O magazine article features life coach, Martha Beck, who offers amazing advice to those depriving themselves of happiness and may not even know it! Are you one of those people? Keep reading to find out…and if you are, discover how to become the happiest version of yourself. You deserve it.

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Winter Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts.

The cheerful appeal of cherry-red pomegranate seeds along with a tangy bite of citrus and a deeply flavorful Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette are just a few of the ingredients that set this salad apart from the rest. Finish it off with a touch of sweetness from candied walnuts and you have before you a winter salad that is the perfect balance of savory, tangy, and sweet. And lest we forget, it’s good for you too! Be sure to add this fabulous recipe to your menu this week… We know we will!

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For the New Year, Say No to Negativity

The start of every new year brings fresh resolutions, new mantras, and, unfortunately, some trepidation that at least some of our fabulous intentions will not manifest. As it turns out, there is a scientific basis for this. It’s called negativity bias, and it causes negative events to affect us more deeply than the positive ones we experience. However glum it may seem, there are ways to combat this tendency and have a healthier, happier, and wiser year.

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5 Foods That Will Speed Up Your Metabolism

If you have ever wanted to burn calories and boost your metabolism at the same time look no further. This is just the article you’ve been looking for! Check out these five foods that will not only boost your metabolism but will also help burn calories simultaneously! We thank theeverygirl.com for this fabulous article. Happy eating!

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January Sales

It’s the start of a new year, a new decade, and it’s SALE season to boot! We have so much from which to choose, get comfy, settle in, and happy hunting!

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Recipe: The Secrets to Perfect Cacio e Pepe

It’s true—the best things in life are the simple things. All you need is sea salt, pasta, Pecorino Romano and freshly cracked black pepper, to create a richly flavorful dish straight from the streets of Rome. This recipe is equal parts comforting, easy, and delicious. It is also the perfect addition to a cozy winter’s night inside your home. Buon appetito!

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15 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Cold Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside! With temperatures rapidly falling and the events of the holiday season upon us, the thought of eating in is just so cozy this time of year. Whether you’re craving chicken pot pie or pumpkin oatmeal you’re going to want to check out these 15 fabulous recipes—courtesy of theeverygirl.com—that can all be made in a slow cooker. With minimal prep and a little bit of patience, you’ll soon be enjoying a piping hot meal that will warm you from the inside out!

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How to Prevent Bloating When Traveling

Vacations are meant for setting out on new adventures—relaxation, exploration, and generally experiencing what the world has to offer—all of which are that much more enjoyable without the annoyance of stomach bloat. Don’t let digestive issues and a bloated stomach dampen the spirit of your time away. The following article from theeverygirl.com features five ways to combat the dreaded travel bloat, and each one has been tested and approved by the article’s writer herself. Read on for fool-proof methods that will allow you to enjoy your vacation without fear of a stomach revolt!

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Butterscotch Pudding Parfait with Gingersnaps

Butterscotch pudding parfait? Well don’t mind if we do! The holidays are the perfect time of year to set aside your calorie-counting ways and treat yourself to a little something special after dinner… and this indulgent dessert fits the bill beautifully! It can be made a few days in advance and is sure to impress and delight your friends and family with its classic creamy pudding and spicy gingersnap crumble. Bon appétit!

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The Case for Taking a Walk After You Eat

What happened to the good old days of eating dinner then taking an evening stroll afterward? It comes as no great surprise that with the rise of technology and portable screens has come a decline of physical activity…but there are so many reasons why this age-old tradition needs to be resuscitated. Studies show that a simple 15 minute walk can be crucial to controlling blood sugar levels and aiding digestion… and that’s not all! Read on to find out why walking after a meal is so vital to your wellbeing, in this fascinating article from Health.com.

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Modernizing Your Health

If you think about, we’re constantly updating various areas of our lives, from the surroundings in our homes, to the people we hang out with and the clothing we wear… But what about the things you do for your health? Have you made any updates in that department? This fall, BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren invites us to take a look at the status of the choices we make around our health and wellbeing and modernize them as necessary so that we can look and feel better for the holidays. Happy Fall!

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15 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes for People Who Hate Salad

For those of us who aren’t crazy about salads, reading that they are the easiest way to a healthy lifestyle is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. But the fact is, you can compose a perfectly healthy meal without its being comprised of a boring bowl of lettuce—and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your busy day. The following article from theeverygirl.com features 15 creative meal prep ideas for all who might be looking for a salad alternative and for whom time is limited. Follow this plan, and when the work week rolls around, every meal will taste like it took hours to prepare as opposed to minutes to heat up! You’re sure to find something you love!

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How to Naturally Boost Your Energy Throughout the Day

Many of us are hard-pressed to get in that eight hours of precious slumber every night… And as a result we often wake up feeling like we’ve hardly gotten any sleep at all…which can wreak havoc on your energy levels throughout the day. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t able to take that midday nap whenever we please! Fortunately, the following article from the everygirl.com helps us out. Read on and find out some of the best ways that you can naturally boost your energy when you need it most!

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Raisin-Challah Apple Betty

With the temperature falling and the familiar scents of autumn drifting in, we can’t help but crave delicious desserts using seasonal ingredients that put us in the mood for this coziest of seasons. In this wonderful recipe by Martha Stewart, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon paired with plump raisins and in-season apples come together for a wonderful autumnal treat that is sure to warm you up! Bon appétit!

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30 Ordering Hacks to Cut Calories When Dining Out

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times but when it comes to losing weight, the calories you burn have to be greater than the calories you consume. This sounds simple; you ate chicken and vegetables for dinner and worked out for an hour already, but the majority of “hidden” calories we consume don’t originate from our own kitchens. Eating out can mean hundreds of hidden calories in a single sitting, but this article from Eat This, Not That will help you out with 30 hacks that will allow you to enjoy a night out with your people and not wake up with regrets the next morning!

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It’s OK. Don’t Cook. This Approach Is Surprisingly Healthy.

Not that you need permission, but we’ll go ahead and say it: don’t cook dinner tonight. If eating healthy at home conjures up in your mind scenes of you slaving over the stovetop, think again. From assembling ginger-citrus soba noodle bowls to chowing down on crab cakes with lemon slaw, The Wall Street Journal has curated low-maintenance recipes that will nourish your body without depleting your energy in the preparation process.

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Secrets of Superior Salad Architecture

It’s time to say a friendly farewell to your mother’s salad recipes. Long gone are the days of boring, unrecognizable ingredients tossed together in a serving bowl. Today’s salads are visually appealing works of art, served on platters with distinctive ingredients like pickled onions, olives and intentionally placed dollops of creamy dressing. Read on for the guidance you need to unleash your inner salad architect.

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This Recipe Will Make Your House Smell Heavenly

If you don’t have time to travel to Brooklyn and experience popular Iranian restaurant Sofreh, then you should consider whipping up this intensely aromatic and flavorful dish from the cookbook written by its chef, Nasim Alikhani. With turmeric, caramelized onions and saffron in the mix, your guests will have nothing less than a heavenly sensory experience!

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8 Incredible Spas for a Total Body Reboot

Ahhhh, the spa. This simple, three letter word instantly calms. And while sometimes the local masseuse is all you need, there are other times when you need to pack a bag and hop the first jet out to Sri Lanka. If you’re looking for a total mental and physical refresh, the online magazine Porter has compiled eight of the best spas from around the world… And whether you’re looking for an Aryuvedic detox or yoga in the jungle, this list has you covered!

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15 Acts of Self Care to Try This Weekend

Weekends can be a lot of things: relaxation station, hangover nation. But one thing they should never be is a “stress-cation.” Instead of trudging through a laundry list of chores and weekend work to-dos, why not try to take two full days to yourself? You’ll not only reap the benefits yourself, but you’ll also score major brownie points with  your boss when you show up to work on Monday refreshed, rejuvenated and empowered from a weekend of intense self-care. Put that on your to-do list!

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20 Healthy Snacks that Won’t Leave You Hungry

Snacking can be a dangerous game…As satisfying as it may seem at the time, it’s way too easy to look back on your day and realize that not once were you full from any of the countless snacks you treated yourself to. Try any one of these 20 guilt-free recipes collected by theeverygirl.com. We promise you they’ll taste better than any store-bought snack!

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I Ate (And Cooked) Like a Parisian for a Week—Here’s What I Learned

Ah Par-ee. The art, the fashion, the romance, the bread. What’s not to love? Like many aspects of French culture, the mindset regarding food is very different from that of the average American cook. Indulgence over restriction. Simple and fresh over processed. Enjoyment over efficiency. So go ahead and give this experiment in French cooking a read and pick up some brie and wine on your way home tonight.

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Three American Icons on Beauty, Flaws, and the Concept of Aging

Today’s generation of women old and young are finding common ground when there was once a divide between them. Debbie Harry, Judith Jamison, and Pat Cleveland are all trailblazers and icons who share their wisdom and insight on the beauty of getting old and reveal what matters the most when growing up.

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Curb Your Cravings: 9 Healthy Food Swaps You’ll Want to Try ASAP

Eating “healthy” no longer means a chicken breast and broccoli for dinner every night… So many of us automatically associate healthy living with boring food, and that just couldn’t be farther from the truth! This article from theeverygirl.com features the perfect way to begin a healthier eating routine by swapping out some of your everyday staples with tasty, healthier versions of them.

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6 Ways to Have a More Productive Weekend

Hellloooo, Friday! This might just be our favorite day of the week, mostly because we get a consecutive two days off from work and all responsibilities. However, there is a fine line between giving yourself a break and vegging on the couch for a solid 48 hours eating nothing but Ramen noodles and potato chips. Why not spend that time making the week to come an easier transition? Here are some easy tips that anyone can incorporate to have the best—and more productive—weekend.

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I Tried InStyle’s Good Skin Diet and Here’s What Happened

Looking to have clearer skin, less bloating, and be a healthier and happier you? Well, look no further than InStyle’s “Good Skin Diet”! This 30 day skin cleanse starts from within and provides results you can’t find on the skincare aisle. You, too, can achieve the skin you’ve always dreamed of… and there’s no better time to start than right now!

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Egg in an Avocado Recipe

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But… it can sometimes be the hardest. Take the “busy” out of your morning and prepare this delicious and easy meal the night before. Trust me, your morning self will thank you, and so will the rest of your day.

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5 Habits to Adopt for a Happier Life

Happiness. It’s something we could all use a lot more of. It’s not something that comes from material goods or more money, we know that for a fact, but when you really sit down and think about it, happiness isn’t always easy to obtain and sometimes time goes by and we don’t notice how in need of it we really are. If you find yourself stressed, overworked or just in need of a bit of joy, this fabulous article from theeverygirl.com has five amazing tips to brighten your day and put a smile on your face!

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Travel to Bali for Revelations in Balance and Beauty

Ever since Bali became a celebrity vacation spot in the 1930s, the Indonesian island has only amped up its reputation as a destination for natural beauty, tranquility and spiritual retreat. With no shortage of beauty and creative energy to offer its visitors, Bali stands out as a go-to summer get-away. Fortune has the inside scoop and some well-researched choices of places to stay once you get there.

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The Beauty Products That Will Help You Sleep

Sleep is essential for so many countless reasons…Our health, both mentally and physically, our mood, weight management, and our energy levels are just to name a few. We know that it’s good for us but it doesn’t always come easily to all of us. If you have ever had trouble falling asleep at night, or simply want an overall better night’s rest, you’re going to want to keep reading this article from theeverygirl.com on the best products for a good night’s sleep.

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The Canned Cocktails You Should Be Sipping This Summer

Beer is no longer the only portable drink you can sip on pool-side during summer’s heat waves. A new and improved wave of ready-to-drink options (think gin and tonics and spritzers in cans) are hitting the shelves. They have been created and refined by everyone from sommeliers to drink-mixologists, and there’s a high chance you’ll find yourself sipping on one this summer.

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Happy July!

We’re now officially half-way through the year… And BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren wants to know how your fitness goals are going. Have you taken on a Health Partner to help you accomplish them? Your Health Partner could be a friend, sister, husband, partner, mate, dog or neighbor. Make it easy and you will increase your success-ratio. The key to all new healthy habits is simplicity and sustainability.  

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A Late-Night Snack to Help You Snooze?

The midnight snacks we know and love are starting to get smart. Or rather, the companies that are forging a new sector in the snacking industry just for them are. That’s right, there is now a whole class of late-night ice creams and chocolate squares catered toward helping you sleep. Some of them are lower in sugar, some include small doses of melatonin, but all of them have a similar goal: helping you get better Zs.

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The Shocking Ways Stress Directly Affects Our Appearance—And How to Beat It

We all know that a rise in cortisol is what causes us to experience the feeling of stress, but what exactly happens on a physical level to our bodies—to our skin, hair, teeth and body? You probably guessed correctly if you’re thinking “something that’s not good,” but if you’re looking for the fine print and the remedies to combat them, give this NEWBEAUTY feature a read.

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10 Meals for Health Conscious Hungry Girls

Don’t be fooled by the old wive’s tale that you need to eat less to lose more…Eating is all about fueling your body with energy to keep you going, so don’t starve that little voice in your head that’s begging for fuel. With appropriate meals filled with fiber, protein, healthy fats and complex carbs, eating whole foods until you feel satisfied is the right thing to do! This article by theeverygirl.com features 10 amazing recipes that will have you actually craving healthy meals!

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Choosing Happiness—From the Inside Out

How do you define happiness? The dictionary describes it as “a state of well-being and contentment.” But what does that mean to you? This month BIS Contributor Li Saul Shares with us a few tips on finding happiness…from the inside out!

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How Eating More of What You Love Can Make You Healthier

Walk in just about any health food store and you will see refrigerator shelves of Kombucha and other probiotic supplements that are asking for your business. While there is nothing wrong with these things, the Wall Street Journal poses a new theory: you may getting too many probiotics in your diet and not enough prebiotics. Prebiotics are found in many types of everyday produce and are necessary to making probiotics beneficial to your body. And the good news is that they come in the form of many foods you already love!

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11 Proven Ways to Boost Your Happiness

Countless books, poems, and songs are written about the pursuit of happiness. But when it comes to finding the real deal, we’ve got the goods. Here are 11 scientifically proven ways to be happy. Songwriters, take note. Start now and live a happier life today!

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Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations

Have you ever returned to the office Monday morning feeling just as exhausted as you were on Friday afternoon? You are not alone—new research shows that without practicing mindfulness on the weekends, most people fall into this trap. The good news? Research also shows that simply shifting your mindset can have transformative effects on your emotional experience.

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Recipes That Start With Seeds—From Sunflower to Poppy

Sometimes going back to the basics can be the best source of inspiration in creative endeavors, and when it comes to the kitchen, starting with seeds as the base for a recipe is about as “square-one” as you can get. Check out these four recipes from the chefs at the Wall Street Journal and start playing around with everything from chia to pumpkin seeds this week.

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20 Gorgeous Spring Salads You Can Meal Prep

If we’re being honest, sometimes salads can feel redundant in the daily work-lunch grind…But that’s where the lovely season of Spring with its abundance of fresh flavors come in to help us get out of our salad-ruts. So go ahead. Give this article a read and take step number one toward a more adventurous lunch break.

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6 Tips to Help You Wind Down at the End of the Day

Our mothers may have told us that counting sheep would do the trick of lulling us to sleep, but in a day and age when we are constantly connected to our emails, on-going to-do lists and a million other details wound up in a full day of work, it doesn’t seem quite as simple, and it isn’t. This article from GOOP shares a few seriously helpful tips and tricks, from physical practices to little purchases, that will lead you into a more peaceful sleep tonight.

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How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D supplements have long been hailed as drops of sunshine in our daily diet. They have even been claimed to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke and developing cancer. But a new study suggests it may not be as big of a game-changer as we thought. Follow along with Oprah as this article dives into the details of the vitamin D debate.

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