January 29, 2014

Fuel for January

There are two things that I don’t quite understand (which means everything else in the world makes perfect sense to me). Number One: where the heck did January go?! Does anyone else feel totally discombobulated that it’s gonna be February in two days? Number Two: when is the polar vortex (btw, what’s the plural of “vortex”? “Vortices”?) gonna loosen its grip on the DC region? Having the temp start at 6 degrees in the morning is actually manageable, but the kicker is the blustery headwind that tests your sanity. Enough already!

Of course, this post isn’t about heating your house in winter. It’s a compilation of the best stuff I’ve uncovered, consumed and coveted during the past month. It’s the stuff that keeps me going—and now, I’m passing along my secrets to lucky you…


Have you ever heard of this quote: “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today”? Well, I got a Nike Fuelband almost one year ago and recently hit a milestone of one million fuel points. Woot!

I love hitting goals: my NikeFuel dashboard on Jan. 18, 2014.

Regular motivation comes in the form of an iPhone app that syncs via Bluetooth with your Fuelband and presents your progress as beautiful visuals.

Knowledge is power, right?

Speaking of Nike, I’m obsessed with these new Flyknit Air Max kicks. I can’t even wear them for running since my feet need more support, but as a fashion statement? Wow, yes please!

The Nike Flyknit Air Max women’s running shoe can be yours for $225. This luscious color combo will be available on Feb. 27th.

(By the way, did you see that Karl Lagerfeld shod all his models in sneakers for Chanel’s Summer 2014 show? A modern mix of casual and couture.)


My wise mentor once told me that you should read a wide variety of magazines to keep your creative juices flowing, learn about new ideas and detect trends. Since I still prefer paper copies to digital issues, here’s my current haul:

I’m positively giddy at the prospect of diving into these.


As a mobile product manager in my day job, I’m always searching for new sources of tech news, design innovation, and the latest remarkable apps to complement my steady diet of articles from The Verge, TechCrunch, Fast Co. Design, etc. Recently, I found the website for this app development agency called Fueled. They have swagger in spades. They also have a blog that has become part of my secret sauce. Through one of their posts, I even discovered an artisanal chocolate shop near my mom’s house that I’m going to check out during my next visit.

Fueled.com’s homepage: declarative and delightful.

(Sidenote: Fueled also runs Fueled Collective, an 18,000 square foot co-working space for start-ups in Soho. Check out their hipster-cool office here.)


I miraculously didn’t go nuts with my spending at post-Christmas sales. In fact, I bought only a couple of new items—both at full price.

Saudades Fringe Necklace from Anthropologie, $42.

The necklace goes well with slouchy t-shirts and long cardigans.

J.Crew Tipped Side-Panel V-Neck Sweater in a lightweight merino wool, $89.50. I like to pair it with one of my favorite bracelets, also from J.Crew.

The thin fabric and 3/4-length sleeves won’t keep you adequately warm during the polar vortex, but the relaxed silhouette and neon yellow trim are sweet.

Apparently, the temperature is supposed to rise above forty degrees on Friday. I’m stoked!

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