Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Green Smoothie

It took me a while to actually get around to trying a green smoothie. I kept seeing them everywhere and they look so healthy, but I wasn't sure if I was down for drinking something that tasted like grass clippings.There are a lot of different ways to make one, but I eventually sampled a fruit based one and was immediately won over. The best part is that they are super easy to make and you can pretty much add whatever you want! They also make you feel marvelous first thing in the morning. 

In these I used spinach, strawberries, banana and orange juice. I also made a second batch with blueberries, raspberries, spinach, banana and greek yogurt. I eyeballed the measurements, but I would say a really big handful of spinach, half cup of fruit, half a banana and a cup or so of OJ is a good combo. You also might like to add some ice to make it colder and thicker.

An important thing to note here; if your smoothie turns out more brown than green, it's just from the red or blue berries. While it will still taste just as good, it might not look as pretty. No worries though, you're still getting a super dose of healthy goodness!

We enjoyed ours at home, but it's very easy to make these on the go. Just portion out your winning combination of fruits and veggies, freeze it over night, pop in the blender in the morning with your juice or yogurt, pour into a to-go cup and you're on your way! 



Monday, April 27, 2015

Tough Ballerina

Tutus are for everyone. Toddlers, teens, women wanting to relive being a toddler, Ace Ventura...the list goes on and on. I like to toughen up a tutu so it doesn't come off as so twee (think Dolores Umbridge, no one wants to be like her). 

The best way to toughen up something is by adding leather. Or a barbed wire neck tattoo. A leather jacket is less permanent though. I decided to go with nude heels to elongate my legs so I can pretend to have ballerina legs without actually working for them. Pretty genius, right? 

Who wants to be in my motorcycle ballerina gang? 

Outfit details (all old): Tutu skirt: Modcloth, Crop top: Modcloth, Necklace: H&M, Earrings: Baublebar, Heels: Nine West, Jacket: Forever 21, Clutch: H&M


Friday, April 24, 2015

Mod Molly

I love it when a top has enough going on that all you really have to do is pair it with some basic bottoms and flats, maybe throw on some earrings for good measure. This shirt is definitely one of those. The geometric detailing is so simple, but the black and white really pop off of the coral, and you'd really hate to pair it with anything that might compete. I finished off this look with some fun circle sunnies and art deco-inspired earrings. Basics that enhanced, not busied the simple ensemble.

To complete the look, a teased updo was an absolute must. Which is often the case in my life. Seriously, a 2 minute baby beehive can take an ensemble from "bleh" to "wowcoolcrazyretro" instantaneously. (Going to go trademark "wowcoolcrazyretro" now. BRB.)


Shirt: Modcloth, Jeans: H&M, Shoes: Urban Outfitters (similar), Sunglasses: Modcloth, Earrings: Modcloth (similar)



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spinach Feta and Sun Dried Tomato Omelet

On a weekend when my husband was out of town, I was rummaging through the fridge looking for what I could use to make breakfast (does anyone else do that, have a competition to see what you can live on while your S.O. is away, since you're only cooking for one and who cares if you come up with something real weird and it doesn't work?) and I rounded up all of my favorite ingredients and decided to make an omelet. Right then and there my new favorite quick breakfast was born. I'm admittedly not an egg white type of person, but with the bold flavors of the sun dried tomatoes and feta, a more neutral palette is necessary. There's so much going on, you won't notice the missing yolk, pinky swear.

I chocked these puppies to the brim with spinach because it's one of my favorite foods and I cannot get enough of it, that is, unless it's cooked. So, full disclosure: this is as much as an egg around a salad as it is an omelet. A breakfast salad-stuffed egg, if you will. I love how the crunchy spinach adds texture and freshness to balance out the bold flavors. The spinach does wilt slightly once it's added to the hot egg, but feel free to sauté your spinach first if you prefer it cooked.

You'll need:
4 egg whites
4 sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1-2 T of feta cheese
a handful of fresh spinach
salt and pepper for seasoning

Heat up a small pan with a slice of butter or a splash of oil on medium heat. Separate egg whites from eggs and add a pinch of salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, add egg whites. Once the eggs are set, flip over in one movement with a large spatula. Immediately add spinach, feta, and tomatoes, reserving a few tomato slices and feta crumbles for the top. Once fully cooked, fold egg over onto fillings and serve immediately.  

It's so rich and delicious I can't even believe it's healthy, too!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Rain boots and Stripes

Hunter boots were on my wish list for quite some time before I pulled the plug and bought them. I had a good excuse though, I was going on a trip to Ireland and Scotland. What better reason to buy rain boots? It didn't rain quite as much as I had anticipated, but I still wore these puppies through many an ancient castle. 

I really love fun details that make an ordinary article of clothing or accessory different, especially if that detail is asymmetrical. This style of dress has been all over the place and I picked this one up for super cheap online. I've also been wearing this army green jacket whenever I get a chance. It keeps me warm on these chilly spring mornings, but isn't so heavy that you're miserable later on in the day. 

Outfit details: Dress: Priceless, Army jacket: Target, Boots: Hunter, Boot socks: Target, Clutch: H&M, Sunglasses: Nasty Gal, Ring: Modcloth, Earrings: Target


Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue Leopard

Do you ever see a piece of clothing that you instantly fall in love with only to find out it isn't in your size? You pace around the store, try it on twice, and finally decide to go with it or leave without it (and probably regret it forever). This dress was one of those pieces. I mean, leopard print makes a statement enough as it is, but reduced to black and white, and on cobalt blue, I feel like it gives it a totally different fun and retro feel. 

Luckily I just couldn't say no to that crazy color and pattern combination. Its so light and flowy that it can be easily belted without creating bulk and you can't really tell it's a size up. Whew. All you need is some gold accents (including gold nails, my favorite!) and a red lip, and you've gone from potato sack chic to a cool retro-inspired ensemble. 

Outfit Details: Dress: Gap, Necklace: Modcloth, Booties: Modcloth, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Irish Mule

Is there anything better than whiskey? The correct answer is, of course not, why would you even ask a crazy question like that? Well sorry, let me make it up to you. 

Ever heard of a Moscow Mule? Well this is its crazy, drunk, slightly-inappropriate-at-family-gatherings cousin, the Irish Mule. 

The Irish Mule has a lot of the same characteristics as the Moscow Mule, but uses whiskey instead of vodka. Pretty genius huh? 

Below is the recipe (adapted from this one). You'll need Irish whiskey, Ginger beer (I used Gosling's), a lime or lime juice and aromatic bitters.  I recommend serving in a copper mug, although other glassware will also do the trick (a mason jar, pint glass, ladle, bowl, whatev). 

  • 1 1/2 oz of whiskey
  • 1 cup of ginger beer
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • A couple of splashes of aromatic bitters
Mix together the whiskey, ginger beer and lime juice. Pour in your mug over ice. Splash in the bitters and garnish with a slice of your lime. 

Make one for a friend or make two for yourself. I recommend the latter, sharing is overrated. Enjoy! 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Winter to Spring Kimono

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I'm obsessed with kimonos at the moment. If I could get away with wearing one every day of the week I would. Long, short, floral, embroidered, fringe, you name it, I want it in my closet. I particularly love the stark contrast of blue and cream in this one from Modcloth. I wore it on one of the first warm(ish) days of this year as a celebration of the sunny days to come. It paired well with these Seychelles wedges and bag from Sole Society.

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I've always been a fan of matching. I think it's because my mom matched my socks to my scrunchies when I was little. It set me up for a lifetime of making sure my bags go with my shoes...and my kimonos go with everything else.

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Outfit details: Kimono: Modcloth, White tee: J.Crew Factory, Jeans: The Limited, Wedges: Seychelles, Sunglasses: Nasty Gal (just like these Prada sunnies), Bag: Sole Society, Necklace: vintage



Friday, April 10, 2015

Fuzzy Pink

This winter was all about blush pink for me. I acquired more than a few pieces of light pink winter wear over the season, most of them fuzzy or textured. It all started on a trip to Scotland and Ireland last fall, when winter clothes were just getting into stores and fuzzy pink coats were everywhere you looked. While I oogled at the coats in all the shop windows, ultimately sweaters are much cheaper way to jump on fun trends.

These winter pieces are absolutely perfect for a transition into Spring, since everyone equates springtime with soft delicate pastels, anyway. To avoid looking like I'm dressed up as an Easter bunny, I typically pair pastels with something more dramatic, like stripes and black, for a good balance between feminine and edgy. These shoes, which I lovingly refer to as my Frankenstein Mary Janes, help finish off the look perfectly. A bold red lip goes a long way too, if your aim is to evoke classic 60s fashion more than 90s influences. (Ain't nothin' wrong if you wanna take that 90s style train though: just throw on a choker and a dark lip.) 

Outfit Details: Shirt: The Limited, Cardigan: H&M, Necklace: Modcloth (similar), Jeans: H&M, Shoes: Modcloth


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Floral Candle Refresh

I don't know about you, but especially during the fall and winter, I'm all about creating ambiance when we entertain. Decorations, lit candles, dimmed mood lighting, the whole experience. But once the holiday decorations are put away, I'm left with half-gone wonky candles sitting about. I mean, if candles could look forlorn... well, just look at these guys.

When looking for a way to make these candles more "springtime fresh" rather than "subtle winter ambiance-y," I ran across these little paper flowers at Hobby lobby. And born was a quick and easy project that really helped give these candles new life.

All you need is:

Sad, sorry pillar candles (or new ones, if you feel like splurging!)
White paper scrapbooking flowers
E6000 Glue

Plan out your pattern ahead of time, especially if you're doing a design that wraps around, so you don't end up with funky spacing. Use a pen or pencil to dot very small divots in the surface to demarcate where the flowers will go. Simply place a small dot of the glue on the back of each flower and hold in place for a second to secure. E6000 is amazing, so it won't take long. Though the glue is not flammable, obviously the paper flowers are not flame-resistant, so be sure not to place them too close to the top of the candle. And, like with any candle, don't leave them unattended when burning.

Also, check out this adorable pineapple candle snuffer I snagged at an estate sale last week. If that doesn't scream "warm weather entertaining" I honestly don't know what would.


Monday, April 6, 2015

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

I saw this dress on Anthropologie's website a few months ago and knew I had to make it mine. I was devastated when it sold out, but luckily it came back in stock. How do I know it came back in stock? I stalked it online every day until it did, like a real big creep. 

I love that this dress can be used for multiple occasions. Need a dress for a holiday party? This is it. Need something extra special to wear to dinner and drinks with your best friends? Check and mate. I even love it so much, I wore it for a leisurely stroll through the snow in 5 inch heels, as seen here. 

I also wore it for my engagement pictures a few months back. We took them in the pine tree forest where we will be getting married (spoiler alert) and this dress really fit with the atmosphere.

Outfit Details: Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: L.A.M.B., Clutch: H&M, Earrings: Baublebar

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