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Bidding Summer Adieu in a Super-Comfortable Blue and White Stripe Dress
August 28, 2015

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The end of summer is near, but how could I pass up this super-comfy blue and white stripe dress on a recent run through Barney’s?!  I mean blue and white stripe in an airy linen has my name written all over it.  Let’s just say that you can expect to find me in this dress on repeat until the temps start dropping and I’m forced to trade these wonderful Nicholas Kirkwood flats for suede booties come fall.  

And these flats!  You’ve seen them before and I’m still raving about them.  They are quite possibly my favorite flats ever..they are so so so comfy. Typically I’m wary of flats because of blisters, but this pair is simply perfection and the leather truly feels like butter (not to mention, they come in so many colors!)  

I’ll be bidding summer adieu in this blue and white stripe dress, that’s for sure.  What about you? Truly, MKR

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary 

Creamed Vidalia Onion Bake With Homemade Bread Crumbs

Local to Georgia, vidalia onions are the star of this creamy, crunchy casserole
August 27, 2015

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Vidalia onions are local to Georgia, and I try to buy, cook and eat local whenever possible, as you know.  Unlike its brothers, the yellow, red and white onion, vidalias lack the sharp, astringent taste of other onions, and in turn taste sweet.  While I don’t discriminate against any onions (I adore them all), I will say you can find me grilling vidalias on the big green egg with just olive oil, salt and pepper quite often.  So when I had the opportunity to team up with Williams-Sonoma and whip up something local to my great state of Georgia, I immediately thought vidalias.  

So with summer beginning to sing its last sweet song, I knew I wanted to try a recipe that eases a summertime flavor into fall.  My answer: a recipe for Creamed Vidalia Onion Bake with Homemade Herb Bread Crumbs.  Sweet vidalias and shallots combine with creamy mushrooms and warm cinnamon, to then be topped with crispy herb breadcrumbs to create the perfect bite. Sweet + salty, soft but with a crunch.  

This dish completely stands on it’s own, but it would also be the perfect accompaniment for grilled steak, roast chicken or Thanksgiving dinner.  Imagine a little bit of this, a bit of stuffing, and a bit of turkey all on one fork…divine!  (Is it too early to talk Turkey??)

Be sure to tune in for my Williams-Sonoma Instagram takeover this Friday; I’ll be celebrating its store opening at Ponce City Market here in Atlanta all weekend long!  I’ll also be at the store all day Friday, so come say hi and join in the (yummy) festivities.  Can’t be there in person, I’m periscoping from the store at 12:00 est on Friday so make sure you join us at least virtually!  Truly, MKR

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Photography, Rustic White  |  This story is in collaboration with Williams-Sonoma, a brand we love and adore.  Opinions, recipe and images are 100% our own.

Why You Should Consider A HIIT Workout

5 Reasons to Incorporate Strength Training into Your Fitness Routine
August 26, 2015

A few weeks ago, when I started ClassPass, I introduced strength training into my workout routine. Before that, I’ll admit that I had fallen into a rut with my fitness routine. I definitely wasn’t pushing myself to my reach my own potential during each gym sesh. Sure, I clocked time on the treadmill and I hit the mat for some ab-work, but none of it was truly as challenging as I know I can handle. And you may remember, I ran my first half-marathon this past year, and I’m no gym-fanatic. 

But then I started strength training. And the thrill of an HIIT workout is maybe the best of all the various workouts I’ve tried thus far. HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training, is short (like 30-45 minutes-short) and man, it’s hard.  Each workout is different, and it’s usually organized in short stations (which can be as short as four minutes) designed to strengthen specific muscle groups while your heart rate is high.  I’m talking burpees, lunges, planks, etc.  It’s effective and efficient; it makes you feel like a boss as you clear box jumps and throw around a kettle bell…all during a quick lunch break. 

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IT'S MORE EFFICIENT

IT'S MORE EFFICIENT

“YOU DO SO MUCH WORK IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME,” EXPLAINS KATE.

“YOUR HEART RATE IS HIGHER. YOUR MUSCLES ARE DOING MORE WORK. THEY’RE ENGAGING IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS: STABILITY, STRENGTH, ENDURANCE AND POWER! YOU’RE BURNING MORE CALORIES. YOU’RE SWEATING MORE. YOU’RE JUST WORKING HARDER!”

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IT'S EASIER MENTALLY

IT'S EASIER MENTALLY

“THINK ABOUT RUNNING ON A TREADMILL FOR 6 MILES,” SAYS KATE.

“THAT COULD TAKE UP TO AN HOUR OR EVEN MORE! AND IT’S JUST ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER. MENTALLY, THAT’S DIFFICULT. IT’S HARD FOR YOU TO STAY FOCUSED IN THAT AND KEEP GOING. THE MINUTE YOUR MIND WANDERS AND STARTS TO THINK ABOUT HOW BORED YOU ARE, THE MINUTE YOUR RUN IS OVER. YOU’VE LOST IT.

HIIT, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS EASIER TO KEEP UP WITH BECAUSE YOUR BRAIN GETS TO KEEP SWITCHING FROM ONE ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER.”

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IT'S MORE HELPFUL IN EVERYDAY LIFE

IT'S MORE HELPFUL IN EVERYDAY LIFE

“WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU ‘ELLIPTCALED’ IN REAL LIFE?” ASKS KATE.

“I KNOW THE ELLIPTICAL HAS ALL SORTS OF BENEFITS, BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE BAD KNEES AND YOU’RE RELATIVELY ABLE-BODIED, YOU SHOULD DITCH THE ELLIPTICAL AND DO SOMETHING YOU’LL USE IN EVERYDAY LIFE. SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO JUMP OVER SOMETHING. HIIT TRAINING HELPS YOU WITH THAT.”

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IT DOESN'T LAST AS LONG

IT DOESN'T LAST AS LONG

“HAVE 30-45 MINUTES? YES. OF COURSE YOU DO. MAKE TIME,” SAYS KATE.

"HIIT WORKOUTS DON’T HAVE TO BE DONE FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR BECAUSE YOU ARE WORKING SO HARD BUILDING STRENGTH, ENDURANCE AND POWER ALL AT THE SAME TIME. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF LONG STRETCHES ON THE TREADMILL FOLLOWED BY ISOLATED MUSCLE MOVEMENTS.”

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YOU'LL BURN MORE CALORIES DURING (AND AFTER) THE WORKOUT

YOU'LL BURN MORE CALORIES DURING (AND AFTER) THE WORKOUT

“HIIT WORKOUTS ARE QUICK AND HARD,” EXPLAINS KATE. “JUST THINK HOW MUCH ENERGY IT TAKES FOR YOUR BODY TO WORK LIKE THAT COMPARED TO JOGGING.

SO WHAT’S THIS ABOUT BURNING CALORIES AFTER YOU’RE DONE WORKING OUT? YOUR MUSCLES ARE GETTING STRONGER, ERGO YOUR RESTING METABOLIC RATE IS GOING TO BE HIGHER.”

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