Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Green Beans
Green Onions
Feta Cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T Olive Oil
2-3 T Red Wine Vinegar (I noticed that 3 made it taste a bit better)
1 T Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 tsp. Salt (Sea Salt preferably)
1/2 tsp. Freshly-Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano (Optional)

*If you don’t want to make your dressing, feel free to use Italian or Balsamic Dressing.

This salad is one of my faves! It is healthy, tasty, pretty, and easy to make – there is really no reason not to share it! If you decide to make your own dressing, then I would prepare that first. As soon as you finish mixing your dressing ingredients together, begin to cut your green beans into bite-sized pieces (make sure to trim the ends of the beans beforehand). When you are finished cutting, place the green beans in a pot of boiling water (feel free to add some salt), let the beans cook for 3-4 minutes.

While the beans cook, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and chop up the green onions. As soon as the green beans are done cooking (crisp), drain into a colander, then immediately rinse the beans with cold water until they’re cooled. Make sure to completely dry/drain the beans by blotting them with paper towels. If you do not thoroughly dry the beans, then your salad will be watery.

Now, you are ready to mix together all ingredients – beans, tomatoes, green onions, feta cheese, and dressing! Stir the salad until all pieces are coated with dressing. BON APPÉTIT!

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On the Road: Wanderlust

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Wanderlust (n): a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Often times, people associate travel as a form of escape – those who like to travel, are essentially running away from something. As Halfsies, we feel that those who have a strong desire to travel or explore, are not running away, but searching for something. Quite possibly searching for themselves. I guess our entire life is based on little moments of self-identity, but travel and exploration can really uncover a side of ourselves or the world, that we never knew existed.

Grab some friends, clothes, a camera, and jump in the car. You never know what you will find.

On our road trip to Mammoth, we were lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful scenery – fields, open roads, ranches, and abandoned churches and buildings. We captured these graceful and alluring places, Halfsies Style…which is a photoshoot, obviously!

Take a glimpse into our spontaneous ‘On the Road: Wanderlust’ photoshoot. See how you can encompass summer pieces into fall outfits, with the use of flannels, cut-offs, denim jackets, sun hats, florals, maxis, boots, and fringe! You will also be exposed to our favorite term, “shoulder it”. Enjoy!


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London’s Look (London, Like the City): Urban Outfitters Flannel  /  F21 Cut-Offs / Tilly’s Felt Fedora
Get the Look:  Flannel Shirt; Denim Cut-Offs; Felt Fedora 

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Cardigan / Mossimo Lace Dress / Mossimo Felt Fedora / Steve Madden Boots
Get the Look: Long Cardigan; White Lace Dress; Felt FedoraKnee High Boots

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Larissa’s Look: Flannel (from Paris) / American Vintage Fringe Top / Thrift Cut-Offs  / Menatonka Boots
Get the Look: Fringe Crop Top; Cut-Off Shorts; Flannel Shirt; Necklace; Fringe Boots

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Star Slip /  Jeffrey Campbell Rumble Boot
Larissa’s Look: Everly Maxi Dress / Free People Necklace
London’s Look: Free People Lavina Midi Dress / Free People Feather Necklace / Mossimo Fringe Boots
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Click here to see more photos from our Wanderlust shoot!

On the Road: Wanderlust

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Wanderlust (n): a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Often times, people associate travel as a form of escape – those who like to travel, are essentially running away from something. As Halfsies, we feel that those who have a strong desire to travel or explore, are not running away, but searching for something. Quite possibly searching for themselves. I guess our entire life is based on little moments of self-identity, but travel and exploration can really uncover a side of ourselves or the world, that we never knew existed.

Grab some friends, clothes, a camera, and jump in the car. You never know what you will find.

On our road trip to Mammoth, we were lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful scenery – fields, open roads, ranches, and abandoned churches and buildings. We captured these graceful and alluring places, Halfsies Style…which is a photoshoot, obviously!

Take a glimpse into our spontaneous ‘On the Road: Wanderlust’ photoshoot. See how you can encompass summer pieces into fall outfits, with the use of flannels, cut-offs, denim jackets, sun hats, florals, maxis, boots, and fringe! You will also be exposed to our favorite term, “shoulder it”. Enjoy!


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London’s Look (London, Like the City): Urban Outfitters Flannel  /  F21 Cut-Offs / Tilly’s Felt Fedora
Get the Look:  Flannel Shirt; Denim Cut-Offs; Felt Fedora 

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Cardigan / Mossimo Lace Dress / Mossimo Felt Fedora / Steve Madden Boots
Get the Look: Long Cardigan; White Lace Dress; Felt FedoraKnee High Boots

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Larissa’s Look: Flannel (from Paris) / American Vintage Fringe Top / Thrift Cut-Offs  / Menatonka Boots
Get the Look: Fringe Crop Top; Cut-Off Shorts; Flannel Shirt; Necklace; Fringe Boots

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Star Slip /  Jeffrey Campbell Rumble Boot
Larissa’s Look: Everly Maxi Dress / Free People Necklace
London’s Look: Free People Lavina Midi Dress / Free People Feather Necklace / Mossimo Fringe Boots
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Click here to see more photos from our Wanderlust shoot!

Weekend Wardrobe: Nordstrom, Forever 21, Neo 39

I know, I know, I am a little late with the weekend wardrobe update! Better late than never, right? On Sunday, my girlfriends and I had a celebratory brunch for a friend who is leaving for Med School!! Due to the hot summer weather, I thought I would keep it cool and classy with a flowy floral dress. I didn’t want to accessorize too much because the dress already draws so much attention with its vibrant colors. Also, I decided to go with shorter heels to give the outfit a more casual/daytime look. How are you staying cool, yet fashionable during these hot summer days? Share with us!
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This week’s look:

◊ Dress – Nordstrom ◊
◊ Necklace – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Shoes – Neo 39 ◊

Weekend Wardrobe #7: Nordstrom Rack, Target, Jeffrey Campbell, Forever 21

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If you haven’t noticed, my summer fashion obsessions are kimonos and sundresses! I have been in a very happy mood the past few days, which my outfit clearly displays. The bright colors and the prints are not only a reflection of my mood, but also of the beautiful Cali weather! Of course, I had to throw in my ‘happy’ Pharrell hat, go-to Jeffrey Campbell booties, and statement necklace to add a little kick and dimension to the outfit!

This week’s look:

◊ Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell ◊
◊ Necklace – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Hat – Target ◊
◊ Dress – Target ◊
◊ Kimono – Nordstroms Rack ◊

Sweet Tooth Review: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

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Restaurant Name: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Location: 2615 NE 46th St, Seattle Washington
(click HERE to see all locations in Seattle!)
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Ice Cream
Great for: Unique flavors of homemade ice cream – great on a hot summer’s day!

What I loved: The welcoming vibe – you could tell they are a community driven shop.

What I’d recommend: Maple Walnut Ice Cream… YUMMMM :)

I learned that they have six stand alone locations, as well as a BIG BLUE ice cream truck! If you are having a company party, family bbq, birthday party, etc. – call up Molly Moon to come to your gathering (Seattle based).

It is also important to know that their ice cream flavors rotate with the seasons, as well as the availability of ingredients. You can find out what flavors are coming out via Twitter AND you can request a flavor here!

Flavors

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Balsamic Strawberry
  • Salted Caramel
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • Maple Walnut
  • Scout Mint
  • Honey Lavender
  • Earl Grey
  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer Sorbet (Seasonal)
  • Vegan Cherry Chunk (Seasonal)
  • Berry Goat Fro-Yo (Seasonal)
  • Cherry Chunk (Seasonal)

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Fun & Fab Flash Tattoos

Have a pool party, festival, or concert that you are attending and want to add a little glimmer to glam your outfit? Well, we bring you Flash Tattoos! They are are metallic, jewelry inspired tattoos, that are great way to transform your entire look in seconds! There are a variety of different metallic styles and designs, which are available online @ flashtat.com. Check out our photoshoot below showing off some of the oh-so-fab tats! Photography done by our talented friend, Holly Pendergast! Check out her work @ hollydazephotos.com!

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Summer Skincare… Your questions answered!

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Living in So-Cal means that Summer Skincare is always on our minds here at Halfsies. Every year we struggle the perpetual issues of summer… sweating our makeup off, oily sunscreen breakouts, burns, tan lines, & dulled manis (just to name a few).

Here, we put together a list of the most notorious repeat offenders—-plus, an arsenal of tips that leave you on top and #winning! (We love winning)

1. I always hear that if I don’t wear sunscreen, my skin will age prematurely, get wrinkly, and suffer from sunspots. I don’t want that, but sunscreen always makes me break out like crazy! What can I do to have the best of both worlds?

This is a common issue for women of all ages, but with time we’ve realized that it all comes down to your skin type, and the quality of the products that you’re using! Shiseido & Lancaster Sun Sport make excellent face sunscreens that are super protective and won’t make you break out (Halfsies tested!). Lancaster Comfort Touch Cream is a great base that “provides an ideal gradual golden tan  while maintaining firmness and elasticity.” Cover up with the makeup found in Shiseido’s UV Protective Stick Foundation. This combo should provide the perfect amount of coverage & sun protection. Our #1 tip? Don’t make the mistake of caking makeup over your sunscreen… if you’re spending a day in the sun, chances are you’ll sweat off all those layers anyways! Keep coverage light, and you’ll avoid sweating it all off! 

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2. Summer is the time to show off my cute mani-pedi, but just one day in the sand or chlorine and my nails lose their luster and start to fade!! What can I do to keep my polish looking fresh?

This is a perpetual problem for all of us, but there are 2 simple solutions. First, make sure you’ve got on a solid top coat. If your mani/pedi is more than a few days old, we suggest reapplying a protective top coat. Second, lather yourself up with sunscreen! Gross as it sounds, sunscreen can double as a cuticle/nail oil and will keep your polish fresh by acting as a protective layer.

3. I hate wearing makeup when it’s super warm, especially if I know I’m going to be near water (ocean, pools, etc). Waterproof products get clumpy and are so hard to remove at the end of the day, but non waterproof turn into a sweaty smeared mess! Don’t even get me started on face makeup.

Go with the waterproof stuff. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner is a faveeee for all the time (not just when you’re exposed to the water). Use it, use it, use it! And while waterproof mascara can get clumpy, it will flake off instead of smearing all over your pretty face. Plus, once makeup starts to smear, you’ll likely rub your eyes/face, exposing the thin, sensitive skin near your eyes to extra sun damage!! Premature eye wrinkles, NO thank you! Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is a classic, and is super affordable (yay!). Another solid option? Curl your lashes and ditch the eye makeup altogether (we heart Tweezerman’s eyelash curler). If you’re in the sun, you should be hiding under a pair of good quality sunnies anyways. As for face makeup, choose something that already has SPF built in. We like Shiseido’s UV Protective Stick Foundation (above) or Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented. Coola is amazeballs because it’s chemical free and lightly tinted. It protects you from the sun and all the chemical crap that’s found in other sunscreens. Talk about a winner.

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4. I know excess sun exposure can lead to serious healthcare concerns, but I’m very fair skinned and need that extra pigment to make me glow! Spray tans can get pricey quickly. Any suggestions?

Ditch the sun exposure and fake it! Try to stay under umbrellas when you’re at the beach or pool, and make sure that you’re wearing at least SPF50 when there’s no shade. Set yourself up for success by using fake-tanning products like Bare Minerals Faux on the Go Tan for body and face, or St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. Both are easy to apply at home and provide streak-free results.

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5. What areas am I forgetting when I apply my sunscreen?

Don’t forget your hair part, the tops of your feet, your fingers, or your ears! Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil for your hair!

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6. Lotion makes me feel sticky during peak summer temps. How do I stay moisturized without feeling icky all the time?

Use the spray stuff! Vaseline sells cheapy body lotion sprays, but out favorite light-weight formula is H20 plus Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion Spray. The hints of fresh Water Lilly are super refreshing, and the misty spray moisturizes and cools simultaneously.

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7. I want to use really high SPF sunscreens, but they’re nearly impossible to spread because they’re so thick! What can I do?

Try mixing your sunscreen with an SPF infused body oil. It really helps your sunscreen to spread without diluting the content! Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 is the bomb!

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Got any unanswered questions? Additional tips? We’d love to hear!! Comment below :)

Festival Fashion

Well, it’s that time of year again! The time when you start seeing a sea of floral headbands, fringe on fringe, patriotic paraphernalia, novelty sunglasses, denim cutoffs, bathing suit tops, cowboy boots, and sunburns! It’s festival season! The kick-off was April 11th with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and Stagecoach following on April 25th (extended list of 2014 music festivals here)!

Although the music is the centrum of these festivals, we can’t help but turn our attention to the fashion. Some of my favorite music festival fashionistas are Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kate Bosworth. They all have unique styles, which balance each other out. Katy Perry is very geo/neon centric, Vanessa Hudgens is the epitome of boho chic, and Kate Bosworth sticks to the motto “less is more”. With all of the music festival style inspo, I couldn’t help but put together a style guide photoshoot featuring my beautiful friends and Halfsies very own, Larissa! Check it out!

(Leave us a comment if you are attending any music festivals this year! We would love to feature your style on our blog!)

Party in the USA

This patriotic look will definitely fit well at Stagecoach! All you really need are some boots, tank top, cut-off shorts, and a cowgirl hat. IMG_9303americanflagOn the left, we layered a faded blue printed cropped top over a red and white striped bikini top. We also added a boho flair with the beaded layered necklace and feathers in her hair. On the right, we wrapped a scarf around to make a cute midi top, pairing it with denim shorts, brown boots, and of course, a floral cowgirl hat. IMG_9281 torilars Cheetalicious 

I LOVE cheetah print. It is one of my many obsessions because the print is so versatile, giving any outfit a classy, chic, street, or urban vibe. IMG_9246 meesh cheetahHow awesome is this outfit? From head to toe, this is one of my favorite pairings. The dress and pop of color create a girly look, while the layered necklaces, Obey hat, and cheetah converse, add a street/punk flair. tori cheetahERRMEERRGERRD. Although this printed body con dress stands out on its own, we wanted to add subtle bursts of color and more casual accessories – magenta vans, floral sunnies, and neon necklace & hat – adding a chic street look. larscheetaRawr. The cheetah top is actually a one-piece bathing suit I got at a thrift shop! With this look, we didn’t really have to add much – just a fedora hat, layered necklaces, and a pair of black cut-off shorts. To add, the hat is great to keep that desert sun out of your face. This outfit is simple yet sassy! cheetah1 IMG_9247Accessories

While attending music festivals, it is almost mandatory to wear an overload of accessories, it is often times what makes an outfit. We decided to showcase headbands, arm cuffs, and body jewelry stickers that are far different than the usual floral headdress or fill up half your arm bracelets, which can be an overkill. Here, we used accessories that are subtle, yet still give a boho chic flair! headbandzIMG_9376

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Wearing mixed prints instantly gives you a summer and trendy look. They’re statement patterns that add dimension to your outfit, as well as give you a cultured edge.

IMG_9217I love this look because it is so effortless – cropped patterned top with high waisted shorts, and black gladiator sandals – can be the perfect outfit in the hot desert sun! Just remember to put on the spf!

IMG_9214I am obsessed with this outfit because she made that kimono cardigan the night before we did this shoot! Plus, this style of cardigan is very trendy and versatile. It is made of lightweight material, which makes it a great if you want to casually cover up. The graphic and bright patterns are also great for spring!

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Crochet

What’s so great about crochet tops is that they are light and can breathe! Perfect for this Cali weather! You can wear a bandeau, thin tank, or bikini top underneath, along with some jewelry and denim shorts, creating a cool, yet cute festival look. LMTIMG_9433

It’s a wrap!

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