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Girl On the Go – A Personal Blog About Travel, Taste, Truth and Trying New Things

Meet Renee Woodruff, one of Shape.com's contributing writers. If you are into food, fun, and travel, she's your girl. Catch Renee every Tuesday and Thursday as she shares some of her favorite thoughts, stories and ideas on getting the most out of life. You'll hear all about her adventures to the far-flung corners of the world — as well as great tips on how to get there, where to stay, and what to do. If you're into food, check out her "Taste Tuesdays" to steal some of Renee's favorite recipes both from her own kitchen and from some of the amazing chefs she encounters during her travels. And don't forget to catch Renee's musings on healthy living, fashion, fitness and beauty. For Renee, getting the most out of life is about challenging yourself, having a sense of adventure, and stepping out of your comfort zone to experience new things. We love Renee's fresh take on life, and we hope you will too.

 

Thursday, 9-15-11: Try
3 Tools to Help You Have a Good Hair Day, Every Day

When it comes to our outward appearance it goes without saying that when we look pretty, we feel pretty. And when it comes to what we use to make ourselves pretty, we have lots of choices. Read more>>

Tuesday, 9-13-11: Travel
A Girl on the Go's International Journey

For all of you gals out there that dream of traveling, but can't seem to find the perfect pal to accompany you on your journeys, I've found the quintessential words of advice for you. Read more>>
 

Thursday, 9-8-11: Try
Running Wild with Emotions

I am not a runner. At least that's what I kept telling myself until one day, I put on a pair of running shoes and began running without any idea of where I'd end up. Read more>>

Tuesday, 9-6-11: Try
3 Delicious Fall Cocktails to Transition from Summer to Fall

I've never in my life felt a sense of depression ordering a glass of my go-to red wine, but the other night that's exactly how I felt as I realized that summer is coming to an end. Read more>>

Thursday, 8-25-11: Truth
4 Must-Have Scented Candles

I'm obsessed with scented candles, the shimmer of light they provide and the pleasant smell they leave lingering around my apartment. Read more>>

Tuesday, 8-23-11: Taste
Stay Healthy On The Go: Healthy Snack Ideas For Traveling
Traveling often calls for chaos, last-minute packing, and if you're anything like me, a mad dash to the grocery store to acquire the necessary things to keep the good ole tummy tied over to prevent indulging in unhealthy airport food. So, for all of my fellow travelers out there, you're gonna love this handy snack guide that I've pulled together with the help of foodie-expert, Food Network Star and bestselling author, Lisa Lillien. Read more>>

Thursday, 8-18-11: Truth
Gastronomically Correct: Ways To Ease Stomach Discomfort

The truth is, I'm gassy. I have gas and lots of it. I'm pretty sure there are days I could fuel a car for a cross-country trip with the amounts of gas my body produces. For as long as I can remember, my family and friends would poke fun of me for always complaining about how my tummy hurt...Read more>>

Tuesday, 8-16-2011: Taste
Renee's Favorite Restaurant Experiences And The Meaning Behind Them
Last week was an incredibly busy one and filled with more social events than usual. Over the weekend, I started reflecting on everything I had experienced and was touched by two facts. Read more>>

Thursday, 8-11-11: Try
The Art Of Accessorizing With LOFT Senior Stylist Lisa Bradkin

It was a humbling moment when I was asked to participate in the LOFT Girl Ambassador Program that was founded earlier this year...Read more>>

Tuesday, 8-9-11: Travel
Trips Of A Lifetime, Part 1: Rafting Down The Grand Canyon

I've been most fortunate with regards to being "mobile; hence, the "Girl-on-the-Go" title for my blog.  I have been blessed with an Internet-based career where I've worked for great companies that find value in a balance between work and life. Read more>>

Thursday, 8-4-11: Truth
Mind Over Matter
I would never claim these words as my own, but somewhere along the way, I've captured them and because of the impact they've had on my life, I'd like to share them with you. Read more>>

Tuesday, 8-2-11: Taste
Drink Up To Slim Down: 3 Tasty, Healthy and Easy Smoothie Recipes

There's nothing I hate more than craving something like a refreshing smoothie on a hot summer day or following a long productive workout and being forced...Read more>>

Thursday, 7-28-11: Try
CrossFit: The Ultimate Workout Challenge

I think it's safe to say that I have a family that is moderately obsessed with one another. We're unique in that my twin sister Rachel and I arrived into this world on the same exact day that my brother showed up, only two years later. So, we all share the same birthday (July 25th), we're all Leo's and we're all tolerably unhinged...Read more >>

Tuesday, 7-26-11: Travel
Weekend Getaways: Sweet, Sweltering Summer in Savannah, Georgia
Anyone who knows me well knows that I like being away from New York as much as I like being in it. Weekend getaways are my absolute favorite and are a great way to explore new areas, spend quality time with friends and create new memories through the everlasting desire of pushing past my comfort zone...Read more >>

Thursday, 7-21-11: Truth
10 Ways To Relax In Bed

While I was visiting my sister a while back,  we were laying in her bed together and chatting while her husband was out of town (something we often do but never tell. Shhhhh!). It occurred to us that our all-time No. 1 favorite place in the whole entire wide world is in our beds...Read more>>

Tuesday, 7-19-11: Taste
Preparing The Perfect Summer Salad

The absolute easiest thing to make on a hot summer night is salad. Cooking has become something I've learned to really love, but I'll be the first to admit, it's time consuming and takes a certain level of dedication to do...Read more >>

Thursday, 7-14-11: Try
Ellen Piccolo's 5 Summer Fashion Must-Haves

Ellen Piccolo, fashion guru for Tommy Bahamas, dear friend, and the most fashionable woman I know, always isnpires my sense of style. I feel strongly that I would be robbing the world of something special if I didn't take this opportunity to have her talk to us about fashion...Read more >>

Tuesday, 7-12-11: Travel
Heavenly Places to Rest Your Head, Part 1

I'm such a sucker for hunting the best places to rest my head while spending time away from home. I'll usually spend hours reading reviews on websites and emailing friends for feedback on their experiences...Read more >>

Thursday, 7-7-11: Truth
Sexy Swimsuits for Every Bust

Having bigger bosoms makes simple things in life more difficult than they should be. I'm not necessarily speaking from experience; I'm just sayin. For example, things like running full-speed or even trotting for that matter, become tedious and somewhat painful experiences. Read more >>

Tuesday, 7-5-11: Taste
Reflecting on the Importance of Food

One thing I most love to do is read my magazines in bed, with my pen and paper nearby ready to capture the profound things I learn. I've always sworn by food and the meaning of it in terms of defining our social lives. Read more >>

Tuesday, 6-28-11: Travel
TSA-Approved Beauty Products for Your Next Trip

Meet Alexi Mintz, Cofounder of 3Floz.com, one of the more brilliantly thought-out ideas I've heard of in a while. 3Floz.com is exactly what you think it is, a one stop shop for all of your favorite TSA friendly beauty products. Read more >>

Thursday, 6-23-11: Truth
Are You Skinny Fat?

One of my best girlfriends, Kelly, who you'll be hearing a lot about in this blog, was 29 years old, married and just had her first baby; a beautiful girl named Chloe Marion. You see, Kelly is one of many who have (or eventually will have) children who battle what she elegantly refers to as being "skinny fat." Read more >>

Tuesday, 6-21-11: Taste
Clean Plates Author Jared Koch on Eating Well, Loving Healthy Food and More
Living in New York has provided me many amazing experiences and exposure to equally as many amazing people, Jared Koch being one of them. I'd like for you to meet the man behind the book and website, Clean Plates. Read more >>

Thursday, 6-16-11: Try
Three Must-Have Beauty & Bath Products

Living in Manhattan means most of us don't typically have the luxury of having big bath tubs.  Therefore, bathing either consists of scrubbing down in the hole you stand in under a make-shift showerhead or squeezing your bum into the smallest space imaginable in the effort of achieving horizontal relaxation. Read more >>

Tuesday, 6-14-11: Travel
Traveling Tips for the Girl On the Go

A list of my favorite tips, tricks and some useful websites that we can all benefit from the next time we are planning a get-a-way. Read more >>

Thursday, 6-9-11: Truth
Ever Want to Go Back to Childhood?

Recently I've had this overwhelming feeling of wanting to go back to my childhood and get stuck there. Read more >>

Tuesday, 6-7-11: Taste
How to Outfit Your First Kitchen

For as long as I can remember what I've enjoyed most is talking with folks that are far more experienced than I am in areas of personal interest and taking in their advice to make changes to my life for the better. Read more >>

Thursday, 6-2-11: Try
Can't Wake Up? Tips for an Easy Rise and Shine

Waking up is hard to do. For me, some mornings it seems impossible. Not for dreadful reasons like fearing the day, the rain outside, or lack of sleep. It's really because I love my bed so much. Read more >>

Tuesday, 5-31-11: Travel
Travel Report: The Innkeepers Kitchen - Atlanta

I discovered this little piece of southern comfort when perusing one of my favorite discount travel websites, Jetsetter, a few years ago, and I've thanked this stumble-upon experience ever since. Read more >>

Thursday, 5-26-11: Truth
Kicking Off New Resolutions on Memorial Day
Know it's technically past the beginning of the New Year, and I'm a little late to the game but who says you can't create resolutions any time you feel moved to declare your new state of mind? Read more >>

Tuesday, 5-24-11: Taste
The Modern Food Pyramid

While visiting with my twin sister, Rachel, a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, AZ, the city she's called home for the past ten years, we were on our usual mission of taste testing some of the new restaurants in town. Read more >>

Thursday, 5-19-11: Try
4 Great Tools to Make Your Life Organized

Keeping track of everything in our lives can be overwhelmingly difficult. If you ever find a way to do this so that nothing ever slips through the cracks please do tell, but I have a few thoughts on tools that I've found that work for me. Read more >>

Tuesday, 5-17-11: Travel
Travel: Taking Pleasure Seriously in Asheville, North Carolina
I recently spent a day touring around Asheville, North Carolina. It was unexpectedly quaint, surprisingly close to my dad's newly built lake house and a town that welcomes the unfamiliar with open arms. Read more >>

Thursday, 5-12-11: Introduction
Ready for a Fun Adventure?

Hi. It's me. Renee. I've come to inspire you, to give you that push you've been seeking, and to hold your hand as you take a leap toward your better self. Read more >>

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