Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lookbook: Neon and On (Bethany Mota x Aeropostale)





Dress: c/o Aeropostale // Bag and Necklace: South Moon Under // Shoes: Steve Madden

Ahhh, the Tuesday after a long weekend is much worse than any Monday could ever be.  But what a glorious weekend it was.  I didn't actually go to any BBQ's or beaches this year but we headed into the city. And while everyone else flocked to the shore, the city was left (relatively) empty.  I stood on the left side of the escalator.  I used a Starbucks restroom with no line.  I was seated promptly for brunch.  It was a rare day in the city, that's for sure.

Be sure to check out Aeropostale today--they've got some killer deals today.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Product Review: Lush Fresh Face Mask "Oatifix"


Calming oats, bananas and ground almonds, with just a hint of vanilla.  Sounds like the perfect breakfast but also fabulous for the skin.  Particularly so if you're having a bout of irritation, dryness or sensitivity.  Oats are naturally anti-histemic, meaning they sooth any negative reactions or redness.  It's great for those who are suffering from seasonal allergies this time of year.  The smashed bananas help to soften the skin and the almonds gently buff the skins surface.  After ten minutes, your left with baby soft skin.  And I mean, soft!


I have to take a moment to point out how good this smells.  It makes me want to plop some on a cookie sheet and bake it for 8-10 minutes--yes, that deliciously fragrant.  I like using this on nights where I'm having a proper pamper night because the smell alone is so comforting.


It's a lumpy face mask because of the mashed bananas.  I've found working in small sections makes it a little easier to apply an even layer.  I love removing the mask to find smooth, glowing skin.  It's a very gentle mask and I can't think of any reason it would irritate even the most sensitive of skins.  The almonds are finely ground for a light exfoliation.


The Lush Fresk Face Mask's are some of my favorites ever.  Be sure to pop in to your local Lush to find your perfect mask.

Check out my review on another fresh face mask 'Love Lettuce' here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lookbook: Seafoam







Dress: J. Crew (old) // Scarf: Madewell // Purse: South Moon Under // Sandals: Madewell 

The only thing blue about today is this magnificent blue wall.  I think I'm only going to take pictures in front of colored walls that match my outfit. All the cool kids are doing it.  By the way, if you haven't seen this awesome instagram feed, check it out--she is realllllly good at what she does.

Other than that, I am thankful for bare legs and sock-less shoes.  I'm pretty sure I belong on a beach full-time. Who's with me? 

Happy Monday, friends!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lookbook: Color-block






Sweater: J. Crew // Jeans: J. Crew // Purse: J. Crew // Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita // Scarf: Loft

I know I'm either hating the weather or completely gushing about it but I just can't help it!  I feel like I just had the longest winter of my life and I am not taking for granted these recently warm-ish days we're finally getting.  To show my appreciation, I've been wearing as much color as I can squeeze in.  I still love my neutrals so pairing a neon color block top with simple jeans and nude slingbacks in right up my alley.  I love how the bold color pairs with the casual--the best of both worlds.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

EAT: Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups (vegan, gluten-free, paleo)


Houston, we have a problem.

I have become slightly obsessed with coconut milk.  Have I been living under a rock? I need to hear more people sing the praises of a can of coconut milk and it's many uses.  It's deliciously creamy and a great alternative to dairy in a great number of recipes.  I don't want to label myself as vegan or this or that because I will eat what I want (one word: cheese) but in an attempt to eat as clean as possible and eliminate refined sugar, my sweet tooth is left wanting.  Enter this little can of heaven.

Probably the easiest way to enjoy it is to naturally sweeten it and stick in the freezer.  Honestly, it tastes like ice cream to me, minus the refined sugar, corn syrup, preservatives and nastiness.  The options are endless--add fruit, nuts, berries, chocolate, etc. I have yet to explore all the possibilities but this one was a home run.  The ingredient list is short and all natural, making this sweet treat virtually guilt-free.  I adapted the recipe from Juli at PaleOMG--be sure to check out her blog for more great recipes.

Ingredients
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped (or other nut of choice)
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate the coconut milk for at least 24 hours (I usually keep a few cans in there just in case the fancy strikes).  When you are ready to use it, flip the can upside down and open.  That way you can drain the top layer of liquid and be left with the creamiest coconut cream of all creams.
  2. Place a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add your blueberries and honey. Mix to help break down the blueberries.
  4. Once your blueberries have exploded (less dramatic than it sounds), add in the milk and oil.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in the nuts and shredded coconut.
  7. Line your cupcake pan with, pour mixture into each cup (doesn't matter how much or how little), then place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!  Store in freezer.



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lookbook: Chambray Chic









Dress: H&M // Purse: Kate Spade // Shoes: Soludos // Necklace: F21

Chambray, denim, jean--whatever you may call it, it's THE most versatile fabric and makes up about 75% of my wardrobe.  In a flirty dress, the lightweight material is perfect for a breezy Saturday.  After a yummy lunch, we ended up at Storm King Art center.  It's an outdoor park filled with massive sculptures, sprawled out on acres and acres of beautiful scenery.  I paired the feminine dress with comfortable espadrilles to accommodate all the walking we were going to do. 

Keep scrolling to see our day there, but if you get a chance, you must go yourself--the sculptures seemed to transform from every angle!

Lunch at Homespun in Beacon, NY.  Fresh mozz on gluten-free bread with a cup of broccoli-cheddar soup.

Epic.


Framed at Storm King Art Center

I love this guy.

Storm King Art Center