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June 19, 2017


It's been so crazy lately that I haven't had the proper time to type up this post that's been noodling around in my brain for so long! This summer I'm working 2 jobs while also trying to keep a balanced outside-of-work life. This means I'm out of the house more than I'm in, which means a lot of my food is on the go! This used to mean a lot of stops at the local coffee shop for yummy breakfast pastries but now I've found some amazing ways to score the energy I need without compromising the health I like to maintain!

In the mornings, I'm up early to workout. I usually grab a banana or a plum to eat on the way to give me a quick burst of energy without weighing me down. After my workout, I eat my breakfast at the beach before I head into work. My newest favorite breakfast trend is a smoothie bowl I make that keeps me full for hours! (Recipe below)

I pack a lot of fruit for the day so I usually pack blueberries that I eat with breakfast, a peach or a plum, and an apple. The apple really gets me going during that late afternoon slog where all I want is a nap.

I also tend to crave sweet stuff so I usually pack some dried mango. It really hits the sweet tooth without making me feel guilty.

For lunches lately I've been making my favorite salad and taking some pre-made seaweed salad. Costco has had the best seaweed salad lately and I love the stuff so much I pack some everyday.

That's it! There are really such simple ways to stay healthy, even when we're all so busy! 

Let me know what's in your lunch box!

xx
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Breakfast Smoothie Bowl (+Vegan!)

Modified From: 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 2 Smoothie Bowls

What You'll Need
1/2 an avocado
2 frozen bananas
1 cup (approx.) almond or soy milk*
1/3-1/2 cup (approx.) peanut butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
*you can use skim milk if you prefer

Blend all ingredients together until mixed completely. Divide into 2 airtight containers and keep in the fridge. The smoothies will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. I like to serve with blueberries.
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June 1, 2017

Photo credit: http://www.savingdessert.com/blueberry-breakfast-cake/
For your taste buds....
This blueberry breakfast cake recipe
Being a fan of everything cake and breakfast-related, respectively, how could I not be a fan of something that is cake + breakfast?! Full disclosure: I haven't tried this cake yet (and when I do, expect a post!) because of my recent sugar detox but I've been drooling over it this month. Originally found on Pinterest (let's be friends!)

For your partner....
This oh-too accurate statement of affairs for many relationships Translated from the original French and presented in comic strip form, this commentary on the splitting up of household chores in typical relationships struck a nerve with people everywhere, and even with me! (Someone woefully single atm) Originally found on Cup of Jo's weekly Friday round-ups.

Styles and late-night TV host James Corden
For your soul & your ears....
This beautiful collection of songs, formally known as Harry Styles' new album
Having been a fan of One Direction since their third album, I was quite excited for Harry's venture into solo music. If Styles lacks anything, it's sure as hell not talent. I very rarely enjoy entire albums, in fact the only 2 others are Halsey's 'Badlands' and Adam Lambert's 'The Original High', but I love this one. It's old rock with both melancholy notes and tattoo-able lyrics. (PS 'Kiwi' is my favorite, if I was being forced to choose)

For your nightmares....
This epic novel, "the Moby Dick of horror novels"
Not a slight read, at over 1000 pages, you will be haunted by this nightmarish clown stalking children in the small-town Maine equivalent of hell on Earth. (PS it has already enjoyed movie, starring Tim Curry, and mini-series adaptations and is up for a new depiction coming to the big screen this year)

For your summer wardrobe....
This sunflower sun dress (available in 2 colors!)
A gorgeously flirty addition to your summer style, this swing dress with spaghetti straps is perfect for nearly every summer occasion! Backyard barbecue? Cute date? Stroll along the boardwalk? I love the cinched waist and buttons on the front, as well as the bright pattern.
Get this cute dress here for $16.99
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May 13, 2017


Summer is quickly approaching! In fact, some lucky ducks are already hitting the beach. I have a bookmarks tab a mile long of all my favorite summer pieces, and I thought I'd share my absolute favorites! And for a fun little bonus: they're all under $50!

Picture credit: http://fora.mtv.ca/5-books-women-writers-2017/

Your new favorite beach read
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul is a new book of essays about growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants. Much like one of my other favorite books about Indian immigrants in America, Interpreter of Maladies, these essays demonstrate Koul's funny and heartfelt style of writing, and bring a new perspective on immigration and life in a Western world to light.

Find the novel on Amazon for $10.85


Your new favorite go-to outfit
The boxy cut of this patchwork romper, combined with its gorgeous dip, lace-up back, makes this a total statement piece! Wear it to the farmers market, to the beach, to brunch with your girls, go strawberry picking...perfect for all occasions really! I adore pockets and would stitch them to all of my clothes if I had any sewing talent. No need with this romper as it comes with deep pockets already!

Find this romper on Forever 21 for $48


Your new favorite bralette
Tie-dye will never go out of style and what better way to celebrate than with this adorable bralette? Perfect to pair with high-waisted jean shorts and a layered body chain or wear under a baggy cable-knit sweater, this little dose of vibrant color will be your new wardrobe favorite.

Find this tie-dye crop top on Pretty Little Thing for $26.25


Your new favorite jean shorts
I think I'm really into statement pieces at the moment, and what better way to make a statement than wear this gorgeous pair of daisy applique denim shorts? Perfect with a basic white t-shirt or white lacy crop top, you can bet these shorts will be in heavy rotation for me all summer.

Find these ripped hem applique shorts on SheIn for $16

Your new favorite bikini
Traditionally, I'm a one-piece kind of a girl but there's just something about this gorgeous scalloped bikini that could change a girl's frame of mind. I really like the scallop detailing and the one-shoulder top. I also like that the bottoms are not too revealing or high-cut. I'm personally a fan of the orange suit, but several other colors are also available. 

Find this adorable suit on Zaful for $14.99


Your new favorite crop top
Maybe I'm having an orange phase at the moment but this summer vibes 1996 crop top is one of my favorite pieces right now, very high on my wish list. The bold color lettering reminds me of the popsicles my family and I devour every summer during family beach week. This works with white shorts, or even a light denim pair.

Shop this adorable crop top from Pretty Little Thing for $17.50


Your new sweet hang out
This watermelon pool float looks comfy enough to lounge in all afternoon, bobbing from one end to the other. Pool floats as of late have become the hottest new Instagram accessories, and I want in on the trend!

Brighten up your feed with this pool float from F21 for $24.90


Your new favorite beach bag
Big enough to tote your towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and new favorite read to the beach and back. Wicker is also a hot trend this season, and it's a relief to be able to partake without spending hundreds of dollars!

Find this wicker tote at Zaful for $19.99


Your new favorite printed dress 
This print is so incredible that I stared at this dress for five minutes straight. The moon, the roses, and then the astronaut?! Both unique and as soft as watercolor paint, this dress is already on its way to my closet right now! Also available in several other gorgeous prints, this dress is perfect for any fun and flirty occasion that might arise this summer!

Find this unique dress on SheIn for $12
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May 9, 2017


You are going to go absolutely crazy over this new dessert recipe, I promise! I made this on a Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning it was completely gone! I found this recipe on Pinterest, an amazing treasure trove of recipes, and after a few tweaks it turned out perfectly!


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Cinnamon Bun Cake

Original Recipe from Pinterest
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 25-30 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients
Cake:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1.5 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
.5 cup butter, melted
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Topping:
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze:
1.5 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

What You Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F or around 175 C
  2. Mix all your cake ingredients together except for the melted butter. Add the butter once all other ingredients are combined. 
  3. Pour your combined cake mix into your greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle half a tablespoon of cinnamon on top of the cake mix in the pan and spread throughout the mixture with a spatula. 
  4. Combine your topping ingredients, except for the butter, together in a small bowl. Cut your softened butter into small chunks and add to the topping mixture. Clump together with your hands and mix with a spoon until crumbly bits form. Be careful not to over-mix into powder, but don't under-mix and leave too much butter uncoated and raw. 
  5. Sprinkle your topping bits over the cake batter in the pan and swirl them throughout your cake to get good coverage. 
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is a golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make your glaze. Mix together your powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. If the mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. The mixture should not be liquid-y but shouldn't be too thick either.
  8. As soon as the cake is done and you pull it out of the oven, drizzle the glaze mixture over top.
  9. Enjoy! (Best when warm)
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April 16, 2017


Gold Crop Top originally from Charlotte Russe (similar)
Floral Kimono originally from Ross (similar)
Jean Shorts originally from H&M (find them here)
Green Necklace and Silver Bodychain (similar)
Beaded Flats originally artisanal (similar)
Sunglasses originally from H&M (find them here)

We may be broke college students incapable of actually getting to Coachella but that can't stop us from dressing like it on campus! I love the 70s vibes Myriam has going on here. She's one of my favorite style inspirations (and constant subject of my photos!)

xx
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April 9, 2017


I stumbled across this recipe on one of my favorite cooking & baking blogs: Sugar & Charm. I decided the end of my winter break was the perfect time to whip them up! It's a simple, 10 minute recipe that is not too sweet and not crunchy....basically perfect!

At this point, the batter should be really thick and sticky and more like a dough.


I'm not very experienced in baking with actual dough like biscuit or bread dough. The original recipe calls for kneading the dough on a floured surface--this is very messy and sticky and honestly I don't think it's necessary. I recommend just combining everything in a bowl with a rubber spatula or spoon. I then used two spoons to plop the dough on the pan instead of my fingers--less messy!

I also made a change to make some biscuits with the marshmallow fluff and some without--I love them both ways but there's definitely something especially gooey about the marshmallow ones.


 


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Chocolate Chip S'mores Biscuits

Original Recipe from Sugar & Charm
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8-10 medium-sized biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups Bisquick mix
1 cup milk (I used skim)
1 bag milk chocolate chips
8 marshmallows (large) OR
1 jar jet puff marshmallow cream, vegetarian substitute

Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F 
  2. Mix the Bisquick and milk in a large bowl
  3. Add in the chocolate chips
  4. Spoon dough onto greased cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the biscuits begin turning brown
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes
  7. Cut the biscuit in half (or simply tear them apart, I found cutting was cleaner)
  8. Put a marshmallow in the middle of each biscuit or spread the marshmallow cream--place the biscuits back together
  9. Turn the oven down to 400° F and re-bake the marshmallow'ed biscuits for 1 to 2 minutes

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April 4, 2017


Floral sundress from the Gap (similar)
University of Rome sweatshirt
Zippered Converse
Elephant earrings from Forever 21 (similar)

It was a gorgeous day here in the 'burg, perfect for this little number. I love mixing completely different styles together, like the università di Roma sweater and converse with a floral patterned sundress.

Era un giorno belissimo qui della 'burg, perfezionare per questo piccolo numero. Mi piace mescolare i stili diversi insieme, come la 'università di Roma' maglione e converse con una abito floreale.

xx 
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