A Closer Look at Female Millennial Migraine Sufferers in America

The makers of Excedrin® Migraine recently conducted a survey of 1,000 female migraine sufferers and the results are really interesting. Would you believe 71% of millennial migraine sufferers surveyed said they would give up their favorite pair of jeans to never suffer from migraines again?!  Check out this infographic to find out more about the causes and impacts of migraines. And be sure to read the full report here.

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Disclaimer: This post and the survey findings were made possible by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. Respondents of the survey were diagnosed migraine sufferers. See your doctor for diagnosis of migraines and migraine treatment options.

Please note that I have been compensated for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

season’s sweetings with SMARTFOOD.

Would you believe that in my four years of living in NYC, I haven’t once decorated for the holidays? I always put it off because a) getting a Christmas tree here is a pain and b) I usually spend the week or two around Christmas at my parents’ house.

This year, though, I teamed up with SMARTFOOD® popcorn to get a little creative with the holiday decorations. And I must say – it was so much fun (and delicious)!

SMARTFOOD’s two holiday flavors – SMARTFOOD Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn and SMARTFOOD Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn Popcorn – are not only insanely good, but you can also get creative and make tons of holiday-themed decorations with them around the house! The combination of sweet and salty plus some crunch made for the perfect snack to munch on as I decorated my apartment.

I’m not normally one to play with my food, but I decided to go old school and make fun holiday decorations out of SMARTFOOD popcorn. All you need is some thread and a needle, and you thread the popcorn on for a cute decoration to either put on your Christmas tree or around the house (in my case, apartment).

This season, let’s see how many popcorn craftivities we can create. From centerpieces to wreaths to garlands – ornaments to snowmen to decorative treats…the question is, what CAN’T you make with SMARTFOOD popcorn?

Now through December 20th, simply share a photo of your #SmartfoodDIY holiday creations on either Twitter or Instagram. Use the #SmartfoodDIY and #GMLifeEntry and we could both win a $250 gift card – just a little extra sweetness for the holidays! (see official rules at fritolay.com)

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style: ready {set} go.

This look is brought to you by two things I never thought I’d wear.

1) a co-ord set
2) a tight crop top

Let’s start with the co-ord. I’ve been a huge fan of this look for a while, but my short stature always kept me away from it. Too much print is usually way overwhelming my measly 5’3″ self. But when I saw this black and white dogtooth print, I thought it might be a good one to experiment with.

dog tooth co-ord set || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

And then there’s the crop top. I actually do wear crop tops here and there in the warmer seasons, but I usually stick to a more loose/flowy one. Tight crop tops are much less forgiving, for obvious reasons. I love it with this set, though, and it doesn’t feel too showy because I have the “safety” of the big faux fur coat over it.

The best part? This whole look (minus the jewelry) is definitely #TrendyNotSpendy! Almost every piece is from Boohoo.com, which I’m such a huge fan of. They have so many great clothes at reasonable prices.

Ben Amun necklace || Dolce Vita Handbags purse || girlmeetslife.com

black platform booties

Ben Amun bracelet

Gracie Gordon

The whole look:

coat – Boohoo.com
skirt/top co-ord – Boohoo.com
boots – Boohoo.com
purse – Dolce Vita Handbags
tights – H&M
necklace – Ben Amun
bracelet – Ben Amun

{photos by Sam Ruby}

Are you a fan of co-ords? What about crop tops?

style: crane & lion activewear {+ giveaway}.

Let me be honest with you for a second. Even though I love fitness and I love fashion, for a while I could never fully get on board with the whole higher end activewear trend that has appeared over the past few years. I didn’t understand how it could be that much better than the workout clothes I’ve been wearing for so long.

…until now. Seriously. I totally get it.

I never realized how much my crappy not-so-haute exercise clothes cramped my style. Because of the look and cheap material, I’d find myself going directly to and from the gym, and then changing to go back out again. But now I’m learning that the right activewear can actually be a huge timesaver because I can squeeze in errands and even meetings before and after my workouts.

Crane & Lion activewear

In addition to making my life easier, I was surprised by how much quality activewear makes me feel so much better. Unlike my college gym shorts and an old t-shirt, fitted/feel-good workout clothes motivate me more to kick butt at the gym.

Crane & Lion activewear

Crane & Lion activewear

Crane & Lion activewear

These pants and jacket are from Crane & Lion, who were kind enough to send me their activewear to try out for myself. All of their pieces are stylish and sophisticated, but also versatile and high quality. You can check them out here.

(Also pretty cool – 100% of the proceeds from these limited edition pants go to Mass General Cancer Center.)

Crane & Lion also offered to give a pair of their original tights (color of your choice) to one lucky reader!

THREE WAYS TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment on this post saying the most important thing you look for in activewear

2) Follow Crane & Lion on Instagram

3) Regram one of Crane & Lion’s images on your Instagram, using hashtag #CraneLionGML

You can enter once, twice, or all three times! Just be sure to *leave a comment for each entry* so they can be counted accordingly. Giveaway ends on Thursday 12/11 at 4pm EST. Must be 18 years or older, open to US residents only.

Good luck!

***UPDATE: winner has been chosen and contacted via email!

inspire: nearing the year’s end.

It’s been a hot minute since I did an inspirational themed post, huh? I must say that amidst the style, recipe, and relational posts – getting all kumbaya with you is my favorite thing about GML.

Anyway, the other day I posted this on Instagram – basically a mini blog post – so I thought I would share it here as well.

Gracie Gordon

oh hey, December. does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with this month? I’m a Christmas fanatic (so there’s that) but then there’s the whole reflection on the past year that I’m usually not so much a fan of. this time of year I always find myself looking back and wishing for more out of the past 11 months – that I had made more, did more, was more. but you know what? that’s where grace comes in.

I’ll never be the “more” I want to be, but I don’t have to. my God is more – more than enough…more than the “more” I can even imagine. so here’s to the end of looking back with regret. I (let’s) choose to look forward with hope, expectancy, and fulfillment in what HE has done rather than what we can ever do. here’s to December.

 Can you relate to this? Tell me something AMAZING about your 2014! 

dating: all about hinge.

You guys. Let’s talk about DATING.

Some of you are all yayyyyy and some of you are all OMG stop reminding me that I’m single.

Me? I personally love talking about dating. I think it’s fun, and I think girls need to stop being so pessimistic about dating and get EXCITED about the opportunity to meet new people! I also really want to get rid of the stigma that surrounds things like online dating because they can actually be incredible opportunities to meet people (even though I kinda sorta feel like social media has made us terrible daters).

BUT. I digress. Those are tangents I’ll save for another post ;)

Anyway, we’ve already covered Tinder, so now it’s on to another popular dating app – Hinge.

Hinge dating app

Hinge isn’t exactly a new app, but I’ve been meaning to post about it for a while.

Some basics of Hinge:

* Hinge works by connecting to your Facebook (but doesn’t share anything on your FB)
* you’re shown either mutual friends or friends of a 3rd degree connection
* you’re only matched with someone if you mutually “favorite” each other
* once you’re a match, you can chat with the person via Hinge

Hinge dating app

Hinge dating app

Here are some of the pros and cons I’ve found from using Hinge.

PROS of Hinge

1) It’s free, easy, and fun.
As someone who breathes works in social media, it never ceases to amaze me how many new ways there are to meet people. I’m ALL for that. Hinge is free, user-friendly, and a great way to meet new people – plain and simple.

2) You’re matched with mutual Facebook friends.
I think this is a genius idea. I don’t know why, but it just feels more safe and like real dating for some reason (or as they like to put it, “no randos”). It’s more like you’re being set up by a friend rather than talking to a complete stranger, in a sense.

3) You can see more information about each other.
This is the other thing that I really like about Hinge – you can see more info about the person such as where they went to school, where they work, religion, height, hobbies, etc.

(This wasn’t mine, but you get the idea)

Hinge dating app

 

CONS of Hinge

1) As with Tinder, intentions can be…blurry.
Unfortunately there’s no way around this other than just chatting/getting to know someone.
Side note – while it’s okay to have certain intentions (i.e. not wanting just hookups), I think it’s also good to ease up on the (unrealistic) expectations until you get to know someone.

2) You’re essentially going on blind dates.
Yeah yeah, you see photos and you chat beforehand, but there’s still nothing like meeting someone in person. The “blindness” can be fun sometimes, but I personally prefer meeting people the old fashioned way to get an idea of there’s at least some sort of connection.

3) It made me a bit jaded about dating.
This isn’t really an issue with Hinge – it’s more of an issue of mine. As much as I think online dating/dating apps are an AMAZING thing – full of opportunity to meet new people and maybe even “the one” – it takes a lot of the romance and excitement out of what I think dating is supposed to be. I’m very much a heart person, though, so that could just be my over-expectant side speaking. But overall I have noticed that dating apps have turned dating in NYC into more of a game, and that’s unfortunate.

I wish I could go into more detail about my personal experience with Hinge, buuuut gotta keep some stuff private!

(Side note – ever notice you’ve never seen a man pal here on GML? haha. I’m weird about that stuff.)

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Would love to hear your thoughts! Have you tried Hinge, or would you be interested in it?

New York Life’s Celebrating Good: a favorite holiday tradition.


Making homemade apple crisp.
Decorating the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
Driving through the holiday light show.
Baking Christmas cookies.
Drinking hot cocoa by the fire before opening gifts.

Those are just a few of my favorite family holiday traditions – ones that I look forward to every year, and ones that I hope to one day pass along to my own children.

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No matter how old I get, the holidays are such a special and magical time of year. As much as I love the celebrating, the food, and the gifts, there’s nothing better than having the quality time to spend with my family. Even if we don’t live close to each other anymore, I always know that the holiday season will bring us back together.

Since moving to New York City a few years ago, I don’t get as much time with my family around the holidays as I used to. That’s why the time that I do get to spend with them is cherished more than ever!

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Since moving to NYC, we’ve started a new family tradition of sorts. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family comes to visit me and enjoy the fun holiday festivities that New York has to offer. Some of our favorite things to do together are go out to dinner at a favorite restaurant, see the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, go to Macy’s in Herald Square, and see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

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After their visit, I head back to my parents’ house for the remainder of the holiday celebrations. It’s such a perfect way for them to get to experience my new home here in New York before heading back to the home I grew up in.

I am extremely thankful for my family, and I am happy that I get to spend time with them. During the holiday season I think it’s so important to not only be thankful, but also to take opportunities to be generous to others.

That’s why I love how New York Life is encouraging people to share their own special Keep Good Going moments and experiences, and are donating 25 meals to Feeding America for every tweet.

Tweet your own holiday tradition or memory using #KeepGoodGoing and the hashtag #FeedingAMillion. Each tweet with the above two hashtags will trigger a donation of 25 meals from New York Life to Feeding America!

*Through 1/9/15, New York Life will donate $2.50 for each approved post, with a minimum of $25K & a maximum of $100K. See full terms and conditions at NewYorkLife.com/CelebratingGood. Find info about Feeding America at feedingamerica.org.

What you are thankful for this holiday season? Leave your answer in the comments section for the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and a $50 donation on behalf of BlogHer in the winner’s name to Feeding America.

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style: holiday gift swap with Zappos.

Alright friends – it’s officially Christmas season!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for the holiday celebrations that will happen over the next few weeks. There’s nothing I love more than having excuses to get together with friends and family, eat, drink, and be oh so merry.

If there’s one thing I’m not crazy about over these next couple of weeks, it’s the pressure to find the perfect gifts for my loved ones. I love the actual process of giving gifts, but braving a tourist-packed New York City isn’t exactly my dream Christmas shopping situation, to say the least.

That’s why I was really excited to partner with Zappos and learn about how they’re making holiday shopping convenient, fast, and fun!

Zappos is an online resource for shoes, clothing, accessories and more. No matter who is on your list to get gifts for this year, Zappos really has something for everyone. I love the idea of being able to get all of your gifts at once and then having them delivered right to your (or their) doorstep.

To celebrate the start of holiday gift-giving, I teamed up with Zappos to do a gift exchange with fellow blogger, Corilynn. Right away I knew it was going to be fun because she has thee cutest style. We were able to exchange or sizes and style preferences and then surprise each other with holiday gifts from Zappos. How cool is that?

I gifted Corilynn this Rebecca Minkoff Mab Tote Mini. I love the shape and size of it!

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And then a few weeks ago, I received her gift to me in the mail. It was such a fun surprise to come home to!

Corilynn gifted me with these amazing Dolce Vita Isleen boots, and they couldn’t be more perfect for me. I was actually on the hunt for a new pair of heeled black booties – #win.

Dolce Vita Isleen Boots

Dolce Vita Isleen Boots || girlmeetslife.com || gracie gordon

Dolce Vita Isleen Boots

She also got me this Betsy Johnson Buffalo Check Lace Infinity Scarf – also something I was on the market for. Homegirl read my mind, ha. The scarf is so soft, and I love how it’s black and white and goes with everything.

Betsy Johnson black and white scarf

Betsy Johnson black and white scarf

 

Betsy Johnson black and white scarf

Check out the Zappos Gift Guide here – it seriously is the ultimate holiday shopping destination for everyone on your list. Their promise is to be fast, free shipping, a 365 day return policy, and world class customer service.

Please note that this post is sponsored by Zappos. All opinions herein are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.