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Vince Camuto Louise ClutchIt’s nearly impossible to go wrong with Vince Camuto. It seems like the designer turns out fabulous must-haves every week, from shoes to accessories. Right now my eye is on this just-fierce-enough clutch. With its bold animal print flap and buttery-smooth leather, it epitomizes classic style with a twist. The cool pattern ensures it will never be boring - and it will also never go out of style. In four colors.

$148 at vincecamuto.com

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Tinley Road Bleecker Ponte DressThis could well be one of the most versatile dresses I’ve owned in recent memory. With its feminine silhouette - the slightly flared skirt is flattering without adding volume to the lower half - and selection of pretty colors (including this fall-friendly aubergine), it’s made for wearing year round and perfect for just about any situation, from work to play. Bonus: the visible back zipper lends it a polished, higher-end appearance. Very chic!

$69 at piperlime.com

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CitySlips Travel Rain BootsHow convenient are these? Keeping a pair of emergency rain boots in your car has never really been practical - until now. Simply roll up these packable boots and slip them into their included nylon bag. Available in several fun colors, they’ll make life so easy (and chic!) when those surprise storms roll through.

$60 at neimanmarcus.com

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fresh-veggies-1.jpgI’ve always believed in eating healthy, fresh foods that deliver valuable nutrients and minerals to my body while also sustaining me and keeping me satisfied. To me, the key has always been to treat it as a lifestyle and not as a “diet,” which usually assumes some sort of negative connotation. That said, there’s always some sort of temptation to fall into easy traps that many food companies try to lead consumers into - think the convenient, easy foods marketed as “healthy” and “quick.” While I like a tasty breakfast bar as much as the next person, I also recognize it’s not actually all that healthy at all - and it’s certainly not fresh.

That’s what makes healthy eating so appealing to me. Fresh foods are not just better tasting, but better for the body as well. And by adopting a few simple, innovative methods, I’ve found it’s really easy to incorporate fresh foods into my diet every single day. To start, my fridge is always stocked with a variety of herbs, usually chopped and ready to add to everything from leafy green salads to homemade soups. When I have some time, I mix them with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a cool vegetable dip or salad topping.

Vegetables are fresh-diet staples, of course, but there’s no denying that whole routine can get a little boring. I like to shake things up by adding a variety of spice blends to the meal. Steamed vegetables taste great with things like chili powder, turmeric, paprika or black pepper. The aforementioned herbs - think parsley, dill and tarragon - also liven up the plate and make simple foods more flavorful. Roasting vegetables is another method I love: It brings out the flavor in a way that steaming and sautéing simply can’t, and it’s so easy to get creative with things like fennel and squash. Roasted veggies also taste more intense with garnishes like lemon, cumin seeds and mint. The options are endless!

I’m also big on healthful smoothies - they’re fun to prepare, offer great nutritional value and are so much better than sugar-laden fruit juices. Adding things like ground flax seeds, coconut water and agave nectar can really dress up the beverage and increase its health benefits even more.

My most innovative practice is also probably the most old-school of them all: I shop from the source. I love spending time at farmer’s markets and picking the freshest, brightest and most seasonal foods available, whether it’s a selection of succulent summer berries or an array of crisp apples in autumn. With so many opportunities to eat clean and so many benefits to eating fresh, there’s no excuse not to take advantage and reap them all!

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With ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by TwinChill technology, the new GE French Door Refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.


image: Bruce Guentner

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