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Gladiator Oatmeal, Anyone?

In the spirit of starting off 2011 with good habits, I’ve been thinking about ways to upgrade my eating routine — starting with breakfast. I’ve always been a fan of sweet breakfasts, and have been known to order toast with peanut butter and banana in restaurants (yes, I am five years old). But it’s time to break out of the rut. Savory breakfasts, here I come. I’m planning to make Mark Bittman’s Coconut Oat Pilaf soon, but first up: a savory twist on traditional oatmeal, courtesy of Daphne Oz.

Gladiator Oatmeal

I make this thing called gladiator oatmeal: Start by cooking steel cut oats on the stove top. In a separate pan, I saute shallots in a bit of olive oil with a sprig of rosemary. I add cut up dates and fake Canadian or real bacon. Once that’s done, I put it over the rice or oatmeal. It’s the perfect balance of a little bit of sugar and fat, combined with complex carbohydrates.

Beauty Resolution: Make Time for Little Luxuries

In 2011 I’d like to take the time to do the small beauty things that make me happy. It doesn’t take very long to get my nails painted in a fun bright color or to straighten my hair in the morning but both can significantly improve my mood.

— Hayley


To give yourself the ultimate DIY mani, read nail guru Deborah Lippmann’s guide. Or check out some of our favorite get-happy polishes.

Resolutions Worth Making

I have a friend who has an atypical New Years tradition: he writes down all his resolutions on scraps of paper and, at the chime of midnight, burns them to ashes. I like this. It’s a firm stance against those un-keepable resolutions that we all make. Then again, there’s something about January 1st that is incredibly seductive - the chance to reset and charge forward refreshed. This year, instead of resolving to lose five pounds, I’m more focused on tweaking my lifestyle to make it healthier and happier. I love the approach that my friends at Well and Good NYC are taking: they’ve devoted this week to healthy resolutions that they can achieve, from trying exercise classes that scare them and detoxing their beauty cabinet. 

My beauty resolutions are still in the works, but here is a small start:

-No more being lazy about SPF. I’ve been lectured by dermatologists, facialists, and skincare gurus for years and still I laze by with the modicum of sunscreen in my daily tinted moisturizer. No more. It’s SPF 30 everyday or bust. Stay tuned for more resolutions from me and Team Birchbox.