I am beyond honored to be featured on the Shinola Detroit blog. I have worked with them in the past and am always impressed with their impeccably handmade goods. They are known for their beautiful watches, but also extend their product range to timelessly crafted jewelry and lovely leather items.
I’ve been seeing recipes for overnight oats a lot lately and have been wondering how they would taste. It seems like the perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Do all the prep at night and grab and go in the morning.
I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It does take a bit of preparation but it was so hearty and tasty. It will get you through till lunch. I hope you give it a try.
Are you throwing an epic Halloween party this year? I love Halloween parties, but I don’t like throwing them. I like to go over the top and want things to be absolutely perfect when I throw a party. With Halloween there are so many awesome details I could think of doing like setting up the bathroom as a murder scene or serving hot dogs that resemble fingers or having your whole place lined with cob webs and creepy crawlers… it gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it. I do admire those who throw an epic Halloween party.
I know summer is officially over and you probably have all your outdoor activities out of your system, but I feel like the beginning of every season bring a new list of outdoor activities to check off. Whether it be pumpkin picking or long walks through the woods, there is always time to plop down, have a picnic and experience the changing of the leaves.
Smoothies are a great way to start the day. These smoothies are so healthy, loaded with superfoods and are great to sip whenever you need a healthy pick me up.
I’ve been making a variety of smoothies lately and I’ve found it is a great way in incorporate healthy super foods that may be hard to incorporate in your diet. For example, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits and I’ve read you should have 1 tablespoon or more a day, but I have a hard time drinking it by itself so adding it to my smoothies is perfect for my routine. These smoothies are loaded with super foods in 3 different forms. You can really add whatever you like and have fun with it.
Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again. This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design. I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.
I have recently kicked sugar and most dairy products from my diet, but needed something to quench my cravings. I’m not a sweets person to begin with but it’s funny the minute you eliminate something from your diet, the cravings all of a sudden start. I looked up a few different recipes and narrowed it down to these ingredients. These cookies came out so good! I personally think they taste like the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, but not as sweet of course (which I kind of like).
Processed bread is always one of those foods that is always on the top of those “what never to eat” list. Processed bread is loaded with preservative that are so difficult for your body to digest which then turn into fat. On top of all that, personally I have never really liked the taste of store bought bread. I've been making my own for a while now. I've tried several different recipes and techniques and this one is by far the easiest and the best tasting. Give it a try! I promise, you can't mess it up.
April is such a busy month and I feel like it’s the kick start to the summer (here in LA). Not only is my birthday in April but its festival season! This is my first year going to Coachella and I am so excited. I’ve always dropped the ball when planning to go, but not this year. I’m not ecstatic about the lineup but I still think it is an experience everyone needs to do in their twenties.
Pesto is one of my secret ingredients to fix a boring meal. You know those simple weeknight dishes that you’re kind of bored of but are easy quick meals so you just make it and force it down. I feel like even a little goes a long way, such as adding a teaspoon in a bowl of some chicken noodle soup or using is as a base for your pizza. I love to toss it in sautéed potatoes and adding some to pasta marinara.
Ok! How adorable is this pineapple vase? I mean I think pineapples in general as so cute (and I they always remind me of Sprongebob), but add some really pretty flowers into the mix and my mind is blown lol. I love when I see people’s vacation pictures of them on a beach with a straw in a pineapple and slurping a fruity cocktail, it just makes perfect sense. So, I thought why not up-cycle the pineapple in other ways. This is great for parties (like a luau) or even just to have around the house after cutting up the fruit.
There is nothing I love more than enjoying brunch outside with my girlfriends, especially during the springtime. It’s the season when bridal showers, engagement parties and baby showers start rolling around. It’s my favorite time to throw a party because of all the pretty flowers to choose from to set the table.
Haven’t you been seeing these cute tassel garlands all over Pinterest for like ever now? I thought I would take a stab at making my own. I like the idea of hanging one over my bar cart when having a few people over for cocktails. It’s pretty simple but does take a lot of time. So if you would prefer to buy one I found some cute ones over at Oriental Trading. But maybe you want a certain color palette and want to create your own, here is a little tutorial to create your own.
I’m all about the little details when it comes to planning an event. I always like to put my own personal touch at my table. These watercolor name cards are so easy and you can even get the kids to help in. I think there is something so therapeutic about painting, especially with watercolors. If name cards are not your thing you could always turn them into gift tags or thank you cards.
It’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. Eating healthy and getting shape is my yearly struggle, but this year I am totally motivated. I got a Fitbit for Christmas and I’m totally obsessed. It’s not something that was on my wishlist, but I’m so glad I have it now. So now that I am up and moving, it’s so important to me to pull through with healthy meals.