Thursday, August 20, 2015

Healthy Snacking - Fluffernutter "Ice Cream"



Is there anything better then a frozen treat when the weather is this hot?! I think it's fair to say that ice cream is a crowd favorite all summer long and it's only flaw is the calories that each delicious bite has. So to continue my healthy snacking series I thought I would tackle a frosty dessert that is 100% guilt free. Growing up I loved me a fluffernutter sandwich and decided to take those flavors and turn them into an "ice cream". Below is how I did it. 

Ingredients 

4 ripe frozen bananas
1/4 cup low fat peanut butter
1/4 cup marshmallow fluff

Directions

Peel & slice your bananas into small pieces & freeze overnight
Pour frozen banana pieces into a food processor and pulse till creamy
{it will take a few minutes to get the right consistency, I stopped the processor once to scrape the sides down so it all blended evenly}
add in peanut butter and marshmallow cream & blend again
place in a loaf pan and freeze for later or enjoy right away


Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Neutral Territory

If we are friends on Instagram it should come as no surprise that I rarely wear color and have been all about neutrals in my home and in my wardrobe. Some of my summer looks featuring everything white and beige as well as a little round up of some transitional pieces that bring this look right into fall are all below. Because let's face it, who follows the rules of no white after Labor Day? Not this girl!







shop the above looks 




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shop the above looks



Monday, August 17, 2015

Beauty Round Up


Do you ever get a point where your entire beauty bag needs refreshing. Lately I have felt I run out everything all at the same time which is such a heavy hit to the wallet {which also begs the question - why is it totally impossible to walk into Sephora and only buy one thing?}. To make matters worse a lot of the products I was using had since been discontinued {insert sad face}, including my beloved perfume, which we all know is so hard to find one you love. So I asked around to my girlfriends what products they like to use, took their recommendations and went about starting a new daily beauty regimen for myself. For my skincare I have been so happy with these all natural products and these for my anti-aging care. First was finding a new scent. I luckily stocked up on a few bottles when I heard my beloved signature scent was being discontinued but decided to keep looking for a replacement and thankfully to some free samples I fell in love with Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li and have been smelling my wrists non stop since my husband surprised me with a bottle. All my other beauty favorites are below. 
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Tar-Jay


I think it's safe to say that Target is one of those places you go in for one thing and leave with twenty plus items. This was definitely the case for me when I went into the store a few weeks ago with the intention to stock up on household items and instead found myself in the festival dress below. I thought it was so cute for a summers night out on the beach that I also purchased it in black. I however felt that the ivory colored one would be better utilized as a blouse so I went to my local tailor and had him hem it for me. I am so happy with the results and this $30 dress is now one of my favorite items in my closet.

before


after


more Target favorites below for your home & your wardrobe 




Thursday, August 13, 2015

Style & Real Estate - Giuliana & Bill



Yesterday when we were heading home from Denver I picked up some magazines for reading on the flight home. While I usually opt for a glossy like Vogue or a gossip like US but this time I went for Traditional Home where I saw the gorgeous Chicago home of Bill & Giuliana Rancic. I have long loved taking a peak into celebrity homes {I mean who didn't love Cribs or Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous} but this one was extra appealing to see how a city home can be made to really function for a family while not giving up a urban lifestyle. Something that is so interesting to us as we continue to search for our forever home in Boston. I lam totally smitten with their home and the pops of blue for a little color like they had in their LA Home


I would line those lattice walls with some flowers or ivy for more of an outdoorsy look but a urban yard like this is pretty amazing and very hard to come by. 


How amazing is this closet that overlooks the master bath. While this would make me silly nervous with a toddler I love the look of the modern glass railing allowing lots of natural light to shine through multiple rooms. 


I would live in this bathroom. It's perfection. The custom tile, the designated his and her vanities and oversized tub is everything. This bathroom meets all my symmetry obsessions. 







Some items in their home you can get for yourself!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Gifting



I love giving gifts, searching for the perfect item, wrapping it up pretty and of course the act of giving all makes me so very happy. I was really inspired by this company's beautiful packaging and knew I wanted to put together a little basket for couple that has been so good to us. Sometimes it's fun to give a gift for no reason at all but to let someone know how much you appreciate them. I went with a theme of a "date night in" which included all the essentials for a relaxing night at home with your favorite person. Some items were picked up during our travels on Nantucket as well as some local Boston shops and online favorites. All the details to make one for yourself or a friend are below.  



I decided that finding the perfect vessel to hold all the treats would be my starting point. I knew I wanted to do a basket and when I saw this market basket I quickly scooped it up not only for it's awesome color but ability to hold a lot with a sturdy handle. From there on out, I collected items that coordinated with the aqua color all while staying within the "date night in" theme. So super soft towels, a delicious smelling candle, gem shaped soaps, bubble bath and salts were all in order. I then used a piece of lace gift wrap  to line the basket as well as some filler to arrange all the items at different heights so you could see everything clearly. You can shop everything below. Happy Gifting!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Healthy Snacking

There is nothing like an indulgent vacation that makes you want to get back on the healthy bandwagon. Don't get me wrong, it was great to have wine with every dinner and an ice cream cone for dessert but after awhile you just start to feel blah. So since we have been back I have been trying to snack with healthier foods. I have been trying to be careful on what I choose when we order out, i.e. swapping out white rice for cauliflower rice or quinoa and I am trying new recipes that I haven't before which I'd like to report that I am pleasantly surprised to say that I love them. A few of my favorite and easy to make healthy snacks are below. Enjoy!


Acai bowl's are the perfect summertime snack. I mean, it tastes like a bowl of sorbet with all sorts of healthy toppings so what's not to love. This super fruit is packed with antioxidants and is even believed to help lose weight among many other things. Below is how I made mine.

Ingredients

one cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
one banana
one and half cup frozen mixed berries
toppings of choice - I used almond granola, banana, fresh strawberries & drizzle of honey, shredded coconut would also be awesome in here

Directions

throw all your ingredients into a blender & puree till creamy but not as runny as a smoothie. It should resemble frozen yogurt a bit, then pour into a chilled bowl and top with your favorite toppings & enjoy!


It's no surprise that avocado toast is delicious. I literally could eat this for every meal I love it so much but I limit myself to one slice a day. I buy my avocados in a bag and in about a day or so they are perfectly ripe to use {feel free to place your avocados in a brown lunch bag to speed this process up}. I cut one avocado {makes two slices of toast} mixed in salt & pepper, chopped basil and a teaspoon of olive oil. Then spread on toasted health nut bread. I also had some grape tomatoes in the fridge so I tossed those in some olive oil, s&p as a topping. SO.DAMN.GOOD! {sorry for the shouting but it's tastiness needed to be emphasized}.



Last but certainly not least is my chia seed pudding. I first had this at a little cafe in my neighborhood and I have to admit, it was pretty bland. I did some research online and thought this recipe sounded the tastiest so I copied it and holy smokes, it was good. Even my husband ate a jar and he is so not into this sort of thing. I am definitely going to be making these cute little guys again and again for a grab and go snack. I may even try to make it with coconut milk for added flavor.  

I'd love to know...what is your favorite healthy snack??? 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Indie Lee

I rarely will feature or purchase an entire line of products from one brand. I attack the beauty counter like a buffet. A little from this brand, a little from that one. However when there is a line that I truly love I commit fully to it and that has definitely been the case this summer with Indie Lee's eco-chic beauty and natural skincare line. Her philosophy is simple, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. So her products are all natural and filled with nothing but the finest ingredients to care for your skin. I originally picked up the face oil at Follain opening in Beacon Hill but during our Nantucket vacation I was feeling the effects of beach time on my skin and picked up the rest of the line to tend to my skin and you guys...I am totally hooked. The brightening cleanser is the best face wash I have ever used. My skin feels hydrated, clean and of course brighter after each wash {oh the fragrance in it smells divine}. I finish with the toner and then the face oil every night before bed. The blemish lotion has helped with redness and inflammation for when those pesky flaws appear. You can shop the line here or in Follain boutiques. 



Friday, July 31, 2015

Closet Confessions

Happy Friday friends! I am back with another installment of closet confessions with a few of my recent purchases that I am loving. The best part, is that some are super duper affordable like this little dress that is perfect to wear as a coverup to lunch and one I think I will shorten to wear as a tunic with some destroyed denim. I bought it in two colors because I loved it so much. 


dress {available in black & aqua too}

now this shirt is a little more revealing then I would normally wear but it's perfect for a date night with my guy.


top // jeans // shoes




top // denim // shoes // bag

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Embroidered

As of late I have been finding myself gravitating to items with a little something extra to them. An embroidered detail or a subtle embellishment, I adore how a simple item like a sun dress or a tunic can instantly look more chic with this detail. So I put together a round up of some of my favorites below. That little pouch with the tassel is such a style steal, it might have to become mine!

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