Banana Nut Breakfast Muffins

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I’m back on my paleo grind, which means none of my favorite pastries for breakfast (tear, it was fun pretending to be Parisian with my pain au chocolat & espresso while it lasted). Desperate for a fun alternative to spoonfulls of almond butter, I spent this weekend in the kitchen in a trial-and-error kind of craze until voila! I perfected the world’s most delicious paleo breakfast muffin.

What you’ll need:
♥ 4 eggs
♥ 4 bananas
♥ 1/4 cup coconut oil
♥ 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract
♥ 1 tsp honey
♥ 1 tsp stevia
♥ 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 tsp baking soda
♥ 2 tsp cinnamon
♥ 1 tsp allspice
♥ 1 cup chia seeds, blended down
♥ Handful blueberries or dark chocolate chips (optional)

How to:
1. Smash together bananas, eggs, and nut butter using a fork. Add all remaining wet ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Melt down coconut oil & nut butters if needed. Use hand blender to ensure that all contents are evenly mixed!
2. Pulse chia seeds and walnuts in a blender. Add dry ingredients to your wet mixture, mixing slowly until smooth.
3. Spoon evenly into muffin tin with paper liners. Bake 20 minutes at 350°

Eat immediately while warm, or store for an on-the-go breakfast! If saving for later, keep in an air tight container, or refrigerate.

(And yes, in case you were wondering, fun cupcake liners DO make all the difference–find some here, here, here):
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Weekend Wardrobe: Hooded Fur Coat

This weekend’s look is a little confused because, well, I was a little confused. There was finally a forecast of rainstorms and showers for soCal, which made me so happy! I love the fresh smell of a rainy weekend, and was looking forward to brunching in my warm winter ware. But try as it might to rain, the sunshine prevailed for the most part, leading to fashion improvisations on my part. I ended up with the unconventional look of sandaled feet and a fur-lined face–a look that I’ll definitely replicate going forward (no sweaty ugg feet for me, thx)! Made brunching outdoors on an overcast day super comfy and still glam. I know this isn’t a look you’re likely to see on the east coast, but it was perfect for a more chilly, still chic Cali weekend!

Shop the look:

Nordstrom Coat / H&M Leggings / Vera Wang Shoes / Prada Sunnies / Tiffany Bracelet

Blog Love + FASHIONLUSH

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Our favorite part about blogging is connecting with other blogger beauties! There’s something so motivational and supportive about the blog community! Recently, the babe behind FashionLush sent us a package of bloggy goodies that totally brightened our week! Take a look at a few of our favorite items below. Hope you like them — we’re obsessed with the new Skinny Confidential book & Erica’s (FashionLush boss lady) hand painted arrows!! Also newly drooling over the Prana Headband & all their cute athletic gear!

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Best Ever: Skinny Blueberry Cocktail

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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!

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^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^

Street Style: Splendid

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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 Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant 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

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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!!

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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.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Weekend Wardrobe: Staring at Stars

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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.

Get the look
◊ Dress – Staring at Stars (out of stock but similar here, here, here) ◊
◊ Shoes – Joie a la plage ◊
◊ Sunnies – Miu Miu ◊

Guilt Free Berry Cobbler

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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.

 

Enjoy! xx

Street Style: Floral Kimono

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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!

Thoughts?? Share below!

Skinny Tip: Flavored Ice Cubes

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I’m known to guzzle water all day longgg. Drinking water just makes me feel so good and cleansed! And it’s sooo important for your brain / weight loss / clear skin / a healthy body overall!

It always amazes me when people tell me that they haven’t had any water all day. I chug water first thing in the morning and don’t stop all day! Nothing does a better job of waking me up and helping me to feel refreshed.

If you’re one of those people that doesn’t get their water fill, try this fun trick and I promiseee you’ll be more inclined to remember that water! These flavored ice cubes are super yummy and infuse water with different flavors and nutrients! You can pretty much do whatever you want here, but I’ve found that the most successful ice infusions are cubes made from a fruit base (lemon juice, orange juice, apple juice, watermelon, strawberries) with fun little accents embedded within (blueberries, mint leaves, orange rind).

There are two distinct ways of doing this, but I tend to favor blending fruit into little smoothie ice cubes! Gather your ingredients and follow the instructions below!

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Here’s my fave recipe:
Blend 1 cup strawberries with 1 oz orange juice and 1 tsp on mint. Pour into ice cube molds, let freeze. Drop in your water (or hell, your favorite vodka soda??) and enjoy!

Another option that I love? Straight lemon juice with blueberries floating inside! These look super pretty and taste even better!

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On the go? Try adding fruit to this fruit infusion water bottle!

What awesome combos have you tried?? Share with us below!