We can’t always stick to a perfect diet, but we can fill our pantries with better, less processed options.

A round-up of natural foundations so you can find the perfect base for your face.

In our smoothie-crazed health world, have we ever stopped to wonder if frozen drinks are really healthy for us?

Read on to learn four perks you’ll reap the next time you top your margarita pizza or pesto pasta with some basil.

There are countless fun and simple habits we can incorporate into our routines that strengthen our mindset and improve our overall well-being. Here

We're not saying everyone needs to toss their lip gloss ASAP. We are saying it shouldn't be a gold-standard for everyone to layer on

So what’s the answer to setting fitness goals we’ll actually achieve? It’s both simple and revolutionary: Think one week at a time.

Think you need to carve out hours of your morning in order to get a good workout in? We’re happy to tell you that’s not the case. FabFitFun shares some of the easiest ways to stay healthy (and get out of bed…) before getting to that 9-5.

Exercising before work may sound like death, but there are quite a few benefits to it. Working out helps wake you up, gets you mentally prepared for the day, and jump starts your metabolism. You don’t have to set your alarm for the crack of dawn to work out, though. Even squeezing in quick, under 30-minute exercises can counteract the hours you spend sitting at your desk job.

Try these five easy exercises in the morning before you head off to work.

As the weather warms up so does a desire to streamline our beauty and skincare routines. The simpler, the better, yes? Well, it can’t get any simpler OR better than this latest Chalkboard Mag advice. In our opinion, taking a cure from nature is always a safe bet.

Honey is so much more than just sugar, and the wide-reaching benefits of honey prove it. Everything about this golden goop boosts beauty, both internally and externally. We’re not ready to try the bee sting facial just yet (yes, that’s a real thing), but we’re more than ready to use honey – a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory – for these three simple beauty ideas to get our skin purified, plumped and glowing!

Tan skin can sometimes feel like a right of passage into summer. Having that radiant glow is all about long beach days, late bonfire nights and weekend travels to be cherished for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, what doesn’t often get invited along for those memories is proper skin care. Whether we’re beckoning the rays with baby oil (I’m totally guilty of doing that in the past) or just neglecting any coverage at all, it’s damage to our body’s largest organ. Luckily, over the years, experts have developed innovative and completely natural products to keep us healthy and lustrous — without the danger of long-lasting repercussions.

As many of you probably are, too, we’re nuts about our nut milks over here. In an attempt to make of our favorite meals dairy-free, allergen-free and animal-free, almond milk has become a happy staple in our kitchens. But could a new milk — which, we admit, when we first heard about gave us pause — be … better?

It seems like we can’t run a simple errand — like grocery shopping — without being bombarded with a dozen choices requiring a dozen decisions that ultimately will affect our health and wellbeing. Thankfully, the Chalkboard Mag is here to shed a little light on a topic swirling with misinformation (and avoidance). Read on below to get the ‘skinny’ on all those skinny lattes.

WE VISIT our favorite coffee shop and order the usual: coffee with almond milk, no sugar. Instead, we reach for two packets of calorie-free sugar substitute. Good choice, right? Think again. In terms of long-term health, it’s possible that this small-seeming choice in sweetener comes with side effects.

According to CNN, a new study conducted by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital reveals something we may have always thought, but never knew conclusively. Now, we do.

A Note From The Editor: Happy Earth Day! If there was a better day to be reminded of all that this blue-green orb we live on offers us, we don’t know it. That’s why we wanted to share this article from FabFitFun as a timely boost of motivation to break out the dirt and reconnect with our hands — whether we have a green thumb or not. 

Newsflash: Gardening isn’t just for your grandma! If you’re all about eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, then gardening is your new favorite pastime. All those fruits, vegetables, and herbs will look as gorgeous in your garden as they will on your dinner plate. Plus, there are a ton of benefits to spending time with Mother Nature that will have you breaking out the hand rake and shovel in no time!

As if Food & Wine doesn’t give us enough reason to feel hungry or inspired, they’ve just upped our spirits once again in a pretty big way. In a recently published article, they’ve revealed the surprising findings of studies conducted by researchers at UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

What did they find?

If you’re a busy woman (and frankly, aren’t we all?), there’s no doubt you’ve tried some shortcuts in the realm of beauty. Taking care of yourself during the week can be tedious and exhausting, so it’s easy to fall behind on it. But, keep in mind that a good beauty routine is just as important as brushing your teeth — and a great start to making yourself a priority.

Social media challenges periodically take over our feeds, some leaving us feeling empowered and determined and some leaving us annoyed. Whether it is an ALS ice bucket contest or obtaining Kylie Jenner’s pout via suctioning glass, social media challenges are usually viral but short lived. The newest challenge is causing quite the media stir and instead of leaving followers feeling simply determined or annoyed, it is causing legitimate concern.

The latest trend, #A4waist, involves females (and some males) demonstrating how thin their waists are by covering it up with an A4 sheet paper. If concern didn’t jump out at you immediately, maybe knowing the width of this standard sized paper will.

Spring is officially here and with that the chimes of wedding bells envelope the air. This year’s bridal season is all about tousled hair — whether it’s thrown in an updo or a fashionable deep part, we can’t get enough of this effortless trend.

As a master hair artist who’s been creating wedding looks for over 12 years, I’m happy to teach you how to hack the perfect tousled look for your big day. Best of all, these easy-to-DIY styles work for both straight and curly hair, so read on and share your thoughts on the trend below.

Reaching for protein when it’s snack time is a sure-fire way to stay nourished and energized when the mid-day slump would otherwise kick in (I’m talking to you, 3pm donut-craving). Focusing on protein and fat provides longer lasting fuel than all of those pre-packaged, carb-centric snacks that are readily available for gals on the go.

Aim for whole, unprocessed and organic foods whenever possible. Be wary of things that come in wrappers or have ingredients you can’t pronounce. Remember, snacks can be smaller portions of foods that you normally eat during mealtime!

Here are 18 ideas for healthy snacking.

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: I’ve loved Darling magazine ever since the first issue I read, which was introduced to me by my friend Ingrid Nilsen. When I was asked by the team to write an article for the magazine, I was absolutely thrilled. The whole day for the photoshoot was magnificent, I had such a fun day and the whole shoot took me out of my comfort zone, something I’m very thankful for as I was so happy with how the pictures turned out. Make sure you check out the video included in the post! 

This was hands down one of the best experiences of my entire life. It was as wonderful as it seems and the team was so great to work with. We listened to cool music, I got to wear clothes I never would have normally worn and I got to try being a model for today. Oh, and Darling got me a chicken parm sandwich for lunch which I’m still daydreaming about!

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: By Terry is one of my favourite make-up brands, I wanted to be able to share the very best products from the brand because there are so many to chose from. By Terry has some of the best quality makeup and skincare I have ever tried and all of the products smell subtly of rose. Everything can be suited to such a natural daytime look, but can also be amped up for evening. Although some of the products are a little more expensive, they are well worth the investment.  

There’s no denying that I love the brand By Terry, as my love for their foundation & concealer has been well documented over on my YouTube channel. But there are so many other products which are hidden gems!

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: Beauty will always be a huge interest of mine and as I’m given the chance to try out so many beautiful collections, I always ensure that I share my favourite collections on my website. I’ve been a lover of Dior makeup for many years now and their new Spring collection didn’t let me down. 

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: Herbivore is a super simple yet effective brand. Beyond their gorgeous packaging, the products certainly pack a punch! I hadn’t read too much about the brand at the time I posted this on my site, so I wanted to give the brand a spotlight to show my audience how incredible I found the products.

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: At the end of every year, it has become a tradition of mine to film a yearly beauty favourites video where I talk about all of my favourite beauty products from the previous year and why I have loved them so much. This year many of the products had been featured in my monthly favourites videos but there was some I hadn’t spoke about before. This is definitely a good post to get you started in the world of great beauty products! 

If you don’t know Estée Lalonde from her feature in our winter issue, chances are you’ve already caught her on YouTube, Instagram, or on her blog, EstéeLalonde.com. Reaching over one million subscribers with her beauty and lifestyle content, Estée’s relatable, inviting spirit permeates all that she touches.

As we begin diversifying our blog and digital endeavors here at Darling, we’re excited to welcome in key “Guest Editors” to curate persona-specific articles and advice. Without a doubt, Estée was our first choice for The Beautician. As you’ll see below and in her articles to come later this month, this Canadian-turned-Londoner is more than a makeup expert. She’s insightful, lovely, and someone you’ll simply want to have over for tea and heart-to-hearts.

As women, one of our greatest collective fears seems to be the fear of growing older. I mean, be honest: When was the last time someone you know actually looked forward to their 30th birthday? I’m only 24 years old and yet I’ve already been told numerous times by others that I should be using anti-wrinkle creams, exercising diligently, etc. in order to hold onto my youth for as long as possible. In their words, “it’s all downhill from here.”

A Note From The Editor: We’re nearing the end of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and felt that this personal narrative, though one unique experience, helps to capture a sentiment we hope all women learn to embody just a little bit more: Perfection doesn’t equal satisfaction. Our bodies are miraculous, amazing, strong, and beautiful. Let’s love them as they are, and honor them in all the ways they can be.

One of the little details I love best about my life is that my parents still live in the house I grew up in. My room is practically untouched from the time I was a teenager, photographs and books stacked up on my desk from when I moved home my senior year of college. The box of sand dollars collected on the beaches of San Diego in 1995 are right where I left them, the magazine cut-outs of Broadway performers and Wendell Berry quotes from an early-200s O Magazine issue are still taped up to my walls and cabinet doors. The Beatles poster I got when I was 15 is torn and faded, but it still hangs to the side of my bed as a reminder of my classic rock roots.

My closet is also fairly unchanged.

With glossy magazines stocked at every supermarket checkout, the emergence of the digital supermodel (Gigi and Kendall), and trending hashtags like #fitspo devoted solely to fitness inspiration, it’s no surprise that women feel pressured to achieve what is portrayed as an ‘ideal’ body weight.

Prior to the days of social media, women were less likely to be constantly visually reminded of what society portrays as physically appealing. Today, unless you only follow your aunt Lucy and the account you made for your dog, your social media handles are likely bombarded with perfected selfies, inspirational hashtags and re-grams of perceived ideals.

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