Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GIFT GUIDE // My Valentine's Day Picks

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the modern hip gal
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SMOKY FIG PERFUME west third brand // HOT MAMA CARD moorea seal // HIGHCLERE HAT moorea seal // SLIM STRAP GOLD WATCH asos // PURE BEESWAX TAPERS terrain // CARAMEL FLECKED CLUTCH moorea seal // KABALE FLAT moorea seal // HEART CUTTING BOARD terrain

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie

Green Spinach Kale Power Smoothie - Winter Detox
I cannot get enough of smoothies lately. There is something so wonderful and simple about throwing a ton of fresh healthy ingredients into a blender, hitting a button, and gulping down something you know is nourishing and repairing your body from the inside out.

Being pregnant has made me even more conscious of my food choices and smoothies have been an easy way to get the large amounts of protein, fluids, amino acids, and healthy fats needed for a healthy pregnancy. Plus, drinking lemon, spinach, ginger, and celery on a regular basis has made a big difference in reducing the amount of inflammation I experience. Swollen feet be gone! Even more importantly, I've seen a marked improvement in the amount of sustained energy I have throughout the day.
Green Spinach Kale Power Smoothie - Winter Detox
Get the green power smoothie recipe after the jump!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

DIY Modern Vanity

DIY Modern and Minimal Makeup Vanity Table

I had this antique mahogany vanity in our bedroom for quite some time. And even though it was gorgeous, it was too large for our space and wasn't comfortable as an everyday makeup table. So we found it a new loving home and went to work creating a more minimal modern vanity more suited for our space.

I wanted something sleek and able to organize my makeup. One, among many, surprises of pregnancy has been my insatiable desire for order and organization. Maybe it's part of the whole nesting thing, but I suddenly want, no NEED, systems in place for everything. Closets, cabinets, drawers, you name it, I want to organize it.

I saw the EKBY ALEX shelf awhile back and thought it may look cool paired with tapered wood legs. Rich spray painted shelf brackets white and stained tapered legs with a cherry oil stain. And ta-da! A pretty rad looking set up for minimal cost and efforts. Here's how we did it...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

big news! we're having a BABY and it's a...

We are so very excited to announce that we're having a baby this spring!

I'm a few months along (almost 20 weeks to be exact) and hopefully that explains why I've been somewhat MIA around the blog lately. My second trimester of pregnancy has brought with it an influx of energy and excitement, so we've been diving full swing into nursery preparation and will have some really rad DIY's to share in the coming weeks (think a dresser, bookcase, and decor galore!) 

We had our midterm ultrasound this past weekend and found out the gender of our little peanut. To celebrate and surprise our families with the news, I made a special cake. And if I'm baking a celebration cake, you better believe I'm going to make it a gradient ombre layer cake.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DIY Holiday Sparkle Glass Dome

Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

Last year, our holiday involved a kitchen renovation and traveling in and out of town, so I opted out of decorating for the holidays. I assured myself it didn't matter and kept saying how I had saved myself the work of cleaning up come January. But not having my own sparkly pine-scented green and red retreat was such a bummer. So this year I went all out. And I started early so we can enjoy the frivolity as long as possible. And I know many people have a strict "don't decorate until after Thanksgiving" rule, but I think you should just do what feels right.

So here is a super simple holiday DIY that you can do in less than an hour that will yield adorable sparkly winter wonderland results.

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DIY Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

What You'll Need: 

12" Glass Bell Jar Dome
*Mine is Martha Stewart Collection's dome found here.
Anthropologie Aurora String Lights, 15ft. 
*We got our tree from West Elm. They don't have it listed online, but you may be able to find it in-store this season. I suggest calling ahead and asking.  
Double-sided tape (something like this will do)

Cut a piece of double-sided tape and firmly stick it on the base of your glass dome. Place the miniature pine tree on the taped base until it's nice and sturdy. Take the tall glass dome and flip it upside down. Gently place the string lights in the top. While still holding the glass dome upside down, place the base (with the attached tree) on the top. Flip the entire piece right side up again. Carefully and gently use your hand to drape the lights strategically around the tree until you're happy with the distribution. And voila! Plug it in and let the holiday wonder take over. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Day 3: Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl Recipe

I couldn't, in my right mind, feature an autumn dessert recipe collection without a classic pumpkin pie. And believe me, I'm not one that goes crazy with pumpkin combinations (I'm looking at you, Pringles, you're just too much). But I couldn't pass on trying my hand at a Pumpkin Pie greek yogurt recipe. And this baby turned out very nicely. The addition of the crunchy granola gives that nice pie crust crunch and the pecans just took it over the top. Who's ready for Thanksgiving!?

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Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt (I use Chobani Non-Fat Plain)
2 Tbsp. Canned Pumpkin
2 Tsp. Honey or Agave Nectar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Sprinkle of nuts
Handful of your favorite granola
Pinch of sea salt

Mix together and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 2: Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt


It's Day 2 of Greek Yogurt Week and I have a GREAT combination to share with you today: Cookie Dough! And let me just tell you, this legitimately tastes like eating cookie dough straight off a spatula. But it's SO much healthier. Healthy enough, in fact, that it can still boast as a protein-packed breakfast option. So who's with me on cookie dough for breakfast?


Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

6 oz. nonfat greek yogurt (I use Chobani Non-Fat Plain)
1 Tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp. Honey or Agave Nectar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips
Pinch of sea salt

Mix together and enjoy!