This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!
Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!
You know that I’m all about the healthy eats, but can’ t give up the yummy drinks. My new solution to this conundrum is to use soda water as my mixer in all my cocktails, and then to add some sweetness with healthy fruity garnishes (or ginger!!). This post focuses on my latest fave, which is oh-so-simple, just the way I like it!
♥ 1 shot vodka
♥ 1 cup soda water
♥ handful of blueberries, muddled & mixed
♥ 1 splash triple sec
*In case you’re wondering, I prefer my blueberries whole so that I can suck ’em up and enjoy them as little treats in between sips! Depending on personal preference, you can muddle to expose more flavor in your drink! Random finding: orange slices are the perfecccct little treat to pair with this drink because they’re just so sweet and tasty! (AYSO memories, anyone?). This might have something to do with the sweet citrusy element of triple-sec, which adds a certain richness to the drink and helps make it feel like you’re not just guzzling watered down vodka.
Of course, you can totally alter this recipe as desired. I’ve done this combo with strawberries, raspberries, even APPLE SLICES. Go crazy! Share your results below!
^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^
As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.
That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.
Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!
Ran into this fabulous chica while brunching at Mattei’s. Her brunch outfit looked super comfy but also so stylish! She was celebrating her birthday and just looked so happy with her oysters and champagne and the beautiful ambience! The best part of her outfit? The striped top is actually her boyfriend’s sweater — she “made it work” because she got cold! WHHAAAAT. That’s the sign of a true fashionista… making it work, no matter the circumstances. Her pants? Fabulous, and from Splendid. Get them here or here.
Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★ Halfsies Bank: $$ Genre: American Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever
This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven
Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!
How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.
It’s so appropriate that my dress is made by Staring at Stars because that’s basically all I did last weekend! I kid you not… I stared at the stars, basked in sunshine, and drank and drank wine w my bests! So much fun! I love this dress because it’s long but the slip is super short so it’s still really flirty while appearing long and proper! Downside, it’s tight and not ideal for days of drinking and eating cheese… But then again HAY! Who cares.
It’s winter, and when it’s cold out I crave desserts. Have you seen the New Girl episode where Nick’s girlfriend/sleep over buddy “…just isn’t a dessert person” and Jess freaks out? Because seriously!? Who is not a dessert person?? You can lie to yourself all you want, but I’m pretty sure if you don’t like dessert you don’t have a soul.
Anyways, I’m all about this guilt free, healthy version of a traditional cobbler. It’s jam packed with berries and antioxidants (among other things…) so at least you don’t have to feel terrible about it. And, I promise you’ll still fit into your skinny jeans tomorrow.
Here’s what you’ll need:
♥ 2 cups mixed berries
♥ 1 apple, chopped
♥ 3 tablespoons lemon juice
♥ 1.5 tablespoon stevia
♥ I cup oats
♥ 1/2 cup coconut oil
♥ 2 tablespoons honey
♥ 1/4 cup butter
The how to:
♥ Combine berries, apple, lemon juice, and stevia in a bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Place mixture into 8×10 inch glass baking dish.
♥ Using the same bowl from your fruit mixture, cream together coconut oil and melted butter. (By using same bowl, you’ll get the super cute pink effect!)
♥ Mix honey and oats. Add to coconut/butter mixture, mixing slowly to achieve a crumbly consistency.
♥ Cover the fruit medley with your crumble!
♥ Place in oven on middle rack and bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Ran into this girl wine tasting in central cali today and was totally taken by her cute classy getup. Her colorful kimono stands out against her all black outfit, pairing well with her big glasses for a very glam effect! Personally, I’m always about the dresses when wine tasting, but I love this take! Glam, comfortable, but still light & fun! Winning look in my book!
Just a few colorful photos from my trip to Morocco! I love looking back at these with an appreciation for the beautiful culture, colorful homes, and delicious foods! Time to start thinking about my next adventure…
↑↑↑ Ahhh those tiles!! So inspired, I’m hunting for something similar for my new bathroom!! Where are you favorite adventure spots?? I need suggestions! Share below :)
Even the busiest city girl has time for some classic Wuthering Heights during lunch. How cute is that book, by the way? And the fact that it matches her glammed out BCBG outfit?? It’s all about the little things, people! (Speaking of books, my college girlfriends and I are starting a book club! First thing on the list : Brain on Fire! Comment below if you’re interested in joining && maybe I’ll start a separate Book Club blog segment!)