June 09, 2013

Bye-Bye Google Reader!

Hiya everyone! I'm sure that by now most of you heard the news that Google Reader will no longer be available starting July 1st!  If you’re like me you may still rely on RSS feeds to organize your favorite blogs.  Lucky for us there are several alternatives out there to help us during this transition. Although setting up a new feed can be a pain, Google has created an easy way to transfer the Reader data.  They suggest using Google Takeout to export xml files that should have subscription information from Google Reader. However, some of the alternative platforms have their own special buttons or directions on how to import the data, so follow their instructions.

Here is a quick list of some of the best alternatives to Google Reader:

1. Feedly is a Google Chrome app that is also available on mobile devices. The service is free and also has instructions on how to transfer data from Google Reader.  At this time, I’ve decided to go with Feedly for now.  It’s pretty easy to use and the data was transferred effortlessly.
2. Netvibes is a service has been around for about as long as Google Reader. Its basic service is free, and users can pay more for features like analytics, alerts and sentiment.
3. Newsblur is a straightforward RSS reader that has an easy button to add RSS feeds or to import data from Google Reader.
4. Bloglovin' is also great alternative to read your daily blogs and there is a button to import your entire Google Reader feeds
5. The Old Reader is a perfect look-a-like replacement for Google Reader.  I haven’t checked it out yet, but it seems like a great alternative.

Have you already made the change to a new platform?  If so, which platform are you using?  Let me know in the comments.  Whatever platform you decide to use, I hope that you will continue to follow Moody Girl In Style. 

June 08, 2013

Fresh Picks to Follow – Summer Sunnies

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in Florida lately, so I haven’t had the need for sunglasses for about a week.  But we all know that this is only temporary.  Since I’ve moved back to Florida, I’ve owned several pairs of sunglasses to get me through each year. I have a couple pairs of designer sunglasses (bought on a deep discount) that I don’t wear all the time, because I’m afraid that I’ll either lose them or break them.  And I definitely don’t run in them.  For my run days, I grab a pair of my cheap glasses or wear a sun visor instead. 

I’ve always thought about investing in a really nice pair of designer sunglasses, but then I think to myself is it really worth the price? I recently read an article that suggested that they are not.  For starters, did you know that most sunglasses are made by the same company?  One company, Italian manufacturer Luxottica, makes some all of the top brands like Burberry, Chanel, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Donna Karan.  Luxottica is one of the biggest consumer companies that many consumers have never heard of before.  Another thing that I learned is that in many cases, the same company is also selling you the glasses. Luxottica also owns LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sunglass Hut. Who knew right?  Check out this article here for more information about sunglasses.

Anyways, for this week’s Fresh Picks to Follow, here are my top 10 sunnies that I’ve been eyeing lately.  It’s a mix of high-end designer brands and low end designer knock offs.  Do any of you have a pair of sunnies that you can’t live without?  What’s your favorite pair? Do you splurge or try to save money when it comes to sunglasses?  Let me know in the comments.

Today, I’m linking up with AV’s Friday's Fancies over on Long Distance Loving.  If you like what you see here, check AV’s blog for more sunglasses ideas.  

1. J.Crew – Cutler and Gross® Cat-eye Sunglasses…$495.00
2.Tom Ford - FT0130 Miranda…$395.00
3. Banana Republic - Emmy Sunglasses….$98.00
4. Top Shop - Jackie Drop Lense Sunglasses…$32.00
5. Urban Outfitters - Risky Business Sunglasses…$12.00
6. Target - Abey Sunglasses…$12.99
7. Tory Burch - Butterfly Sunglasses…$165.00
8. H&M – Sunglasses…$9.95
9. Coach – Abigail…$138.00
10. Forever 21 - F2892 Studded Cat-Eye Sunglasses…$5.80

June 04, 2013

Current Mood – Top 3

I haven’t been doing really well this year with sticking with my new years resolution of not shopping, but I’m happy to report that I haven’t been shopping as much as I use to.  My once weekly/biweekly visits to Anthropologie have been cut down to about once month.  Now, I have to admit that I didn’t intentionally set out to stop going into the store.  That would take some serious will power.  I have to credit my crazy work schedule to helping nip my extremely bad shopping habits in the bud.  Although, I don’t visit the store often I still check out the website from time to time and I always find items that I would love to have.  As a result, my Anthro wish list has grown much longer over the past several months. Here are my top 3 items that I would love to add to my wardrobe if I were still shopping. Do any of you have any favorites that you can’t live without this month?  What’s on your wish list?  Let me know in the comments.

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