Coffee Reads of the Week – vintage fatness workarounds

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

technology: How to Give your Photos a Vintage Look by Amy-Mae Elliott

For anyone who doesn’t have photo editing know-how, expensive editing software and a load of time to spare, here’s how to create a retro profile pic in a matter of minutes using some absolutely free, entirely online services.

health & wellness: 7 Most Effective Exercises Slideshow by Brunilda Nazario, MD

These seven exercises deliver results – whether you do them at a gym or at home. Pay close attention to the form demonstrated by the personal trainer in these slides – good technique is a must for a safe, effective workout.

fashion: Lizzie Miller fuels debate about plus-size acceptance by Sheila Marikar

An estimated 41 percent of US women are larger than a size 14, making up a critical mass of buying power eager to covet clothes and, maybe, despite the recession, splurge on style. In this economy, what sense would it make to ignore millions of consumers?

fashion: Model Kate Dillon speaks out – about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what’s up with the Crystal controversy by Liz Brody

On a 103-degree morning, Kate Drillon breezes into a New York coffee house and plunks down on a torn couch with one thing on her mind: food. There’s nothing about her – the generic jeans, flats, boho blouse, E-Z Pass ponytail – that reads fashion model.

health & wellness: 10 Things that are ruining your skin by Liz Brody

“As the crow flies” is usually welcome news. Except when those avian feet head straight for your face and leave their telltales tracks around the eyes. But if aging is inevitable, its pace definitely isn’t. As for breakouts, dryness, and general epidermal malaise? Here’s what’s wrecking your skin – and how to turn it around.

technology: 5 Lessons to Learn from Web Startups by Jolie O’Dell

Web startups comprise one of the most exciting segments of small business culture. They’re young, they’re sexy, they’re rolling in glamorous-sounding amounts of “free money” from venture capitalists, and they get to make products that people around the world end up knowing about and using. Although not all small businesses will have the same characteristics of a tech startup, there are some lessons you can learn and some values you can appropriate into your own company, no matter what your business is about. Here are five ways to grow your business from observing and emulating web startup culture.

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