kale & quinoa rainbow bowl

healthy quinoa and kale rainbow bowl kale & quinoa rainbow bowl

 

 

You may not be able to tell from my last few recipe posts (fancy grilled cheese, sweet biscuits or French beignets, anyone?) but I’m actually on a bit of a health kick lately. It can maybe be attributed to the impending bikini season (if winter ever heads out of town), but even more than that, I’m just trying to be more conscious of the types of food I put into my body. More veggies and fruits, less processed foods, dairy and grains. But cheese, always cheese.

 

One of my favorite new dishes (if you could call it that) to pull together is a rainbow bowl. I know this is one of those, “Um, I don’t need a recipe for kale and a bowl of vegetables, thanks…” things, but I wanted to share it anyways because it’s so yummy!

 

Basically, it’s as easy as this: one cup cooked quinoa, one and a half cups kale (raw kale or roasted kale, your choice), then go crazy with the veggies–I topped mine with orange pepper, tomatoes, avocado, carrots and snap peas. Finish it off with a heaping scoop of hummus and call it lunch (or dinner, even!). I always feel super well-behaved, full and energized after eating a rainbow bowl. Plus, they’re so colorful and fresh looking–it makes it feel like spring, even if it’s not quite here yet!

 

 

 

 

a tourist’s uniform

casual vacation outfit a tourists uniform

Chambray, Madewell | Skirt, Madewell (old, but cute similar here and here) | Boots, Nordstroms | Tee Shirt, GAP | Bag, Vintage (Similar here) | Watch, Kate Spade

 

When it comes to my tourist “uniform” I subscribe to three major schools of thought: it needs to be comfortable (that means no tight pants, itchy fabrics or blister-inducing shoes), it has to have layers (especially if I’m outside a lot, like we were in Savannah) and it should be casual (because walking around the city in some fancy dress would garner a few stares).

 

This look, which I threw on for our main “tourist-y” day in Savannah, hit the trifecta. My old faithful chambray kept me warm during the cooler morning hours, and my boots (which I seriously recommend) were comfortable to walk the whole city in all day–quite the feet (HA. See what I did there?).

 

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Can we also talk about how I’m pretty sure the whole city of Savannah was specially designed for outfit photos (I mean I’m joking, but only kind of…)? There are so many pretty quiet streets, intricate house facades and ivy-covered walls. Plus, no one gives you nasty stares like they do here in New York City. Definitely an upgrade.

 

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your valentine’s day look, simplified

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If you could narrow in on the days in a women’s life where she wants to look especially pretty, Valentine’s Day is probably one of them. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s just something about the holiday (at least, I think) that makes you go extra-feminine, extra-girlie and extra-pretty for a few days.

I’m definitely not one of those people who thinks you should dress or look a certain way for a guy (like wearing your hair only the way he likes it, etc.), but I do feel like it’s very easy to go over-the-top on Valentine’s Day (or any other date night really). Red lips, red nails, fake lashes, lots of bronzer! Next thing you know, your guy thinks he’s cheating on you because he’s at a romantic dinner across from someone he barely even recognizes. This Valentine’s Day, keep it soft, pretty–and most importantly, you. Here’s how:

 

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What’s that saying? Keep it simple, stupid? Well yeah, do that. Let’s face it, your guy isn’t going to notice if you spent four hours highlighting and contouring in the mirror (unless you’re late for your dinner reservation), so skip the hoopla for the evening and save it for a night out with the girls. Your date wants to take you out, not you and your entire Sephora collection, so any makeup you use should stubtly play up your best features. I love starting with a highlighting primer, like Make’s version, for a little bit of a glow. Bring some dimension to your face (and call attention to your gorgeous eyes) with a little brow action and some mascara (Eyeko’s version is seriously amazing…I always get compliments on my lashes when I wear it!). I’d even make a case for a bit of a cat-eye with a felt-tip liner…just nothing too crazy (think more Emma Stone, less Alexa Chung). Finish things off with a bright cheek and pretty lip (Laura Mercier makes the best lipsticks–so hydrating!).

 

 

valentines day hair inspiration your valentines day look, simplified

Now, let’s talk hair! You know that very audible hairspray “crunch”? Yeah…we don’t want that. Besides making sure you don’t have a heavy hand with the spray nozzle, focus on whipping up a ‘do that makes you feel pretty without the high-maintenance every half hour mirror check. I love going for loose waves–they’re pretty and romantic while staying out of that “too dolled up” category. I love starting with Fekkai’s Coiff heat protectant before I blow dry (plus it smells amazing), then I focus on creating loose, pretty waves with my Jose Eber wand (you’ll want to wrap hair with a lot of space in between the spirals on the barrel–that will ensure more of a wave, less of a ringlet). After finger combing my hair to give it an intentionally messy look, I finish with a combo of Living Proof hairspray and Bumble and Bumble’s thickening spray at the roots. Oh! And don’t forget perfume–that always makes me feel prettier and pulled together. Lately, I’m loving Issey Miyake’s “Florale” scent.

 

 

valentines day fashion inspiration your valentines day look, simplified

 

Finally, the best part–the clothes! I love the idea of a pretty, girlie dress for a special Valentine’s Day date (with your guy, or your girlfriends!). Liz’s Red Valentino frock is amazing (I mean, pretty much my dream dress), and hits the perfect note between just-fancy-enough while still young and fun. You could go with a pale pink like this Tory Burch to stay holiday-themed, or opt for a sexy black cut out number.  I love the pretty blue lace on this Alice and Olivia dress, the pattern on this Peter Pilotto for Target one, and the Olivia Pope-ness of this black and white one (doesn’t it remind you of the dress from this scene?).

 

 

 

 

 

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what lies beneath

valentines day lingerie what lies beneath

 

I have one friend who has over 70 pairs of underwear. I’m not even joking–I’ve had to physically stop her from adding to her collection on more than one occasion, and every time she has the chance, she squirrels away pairs of VS undies like they’re the last ones on earth.

 

I’m no undie addict, but like her, I can appreciate the transformative power of a really good pair of underwear (is this getting weird?). Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so there’s that whole idea of getting a lacy set for that someone special, but more than that, I think it’s all about how nice lingerie can make you feel. Whether it’s for someone else or just for you, I strongly advocate for pretty set or lacy bra–it can make even the most basic of evenings special, or leave you feeling strong and sexy. Nothing wrong with that, right? Here are a few pretty picks:

 

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From L to R: Midlight Set by Underella |  Elle Macpherson Cannelle Set | Eberjay Theodora Bra and Boyshorts | Elle Macpherson Novara Set | Eberjay India Lace Bra and Low-Rise Boythong | Stella McCartney Cherie Chemise

 

 

 

 

steal her style: felicity jones

felicity jones style steal her style: felicity jones

 

 

For me, there’s just something about British style–it’s cool but aloof, casual but thought out…it’s quintisentially British, and just something us lowly Americans can’t fake, no matter how hard we try. And Felicity Jones? Well, Felicity Jones is one of my favorites from across the pond.

 

Maybe it’s because she’s the star of one of my favorite movies (Like Crazy) or maybe it’s because she has a really cool accent–either way, I’m totally smitten with Felicity’s style. Her red carpet appearances may be few and far between, but with several big-name flicks coming out this year (including a little-known franchise film called Spider Man), that’s sure to change. Here, a few of my favorite looks so far–she’s definitely one to keep your eye on!

 

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Coat, Net-a-Porter | Sunnies, KamaliKulture | Boots, Nine West | Black jeans, 7 For All Mankind | Cross-body bag, Michael Kors

 

 

felicity jones outfit steal her style: felicity jones

Yellow cardigan, Equipment | Floral blouse, Mango | Teal peplum skirt, Marni | Bow heels, ModCloth

 

felicity jones beauty look steal her style: felicity jones

 

Face oil, Fresh | Tinted moisturizer, Stila | Lipstick, Clinique | Eyeliner, Sephora | Blush, Benefit | Shine pomade, The DryBar | Thickening Spray, Bumble and Bumble (I’m obsessed with this stuff!) | Eyeshadow palette, BareMinerals 

 

 

 

emerald and lace

emerald holiday dress emerald and lace

 

Emerald Lace Dress, Dolce Vita | Heels, Banana Republic (old, similar) | White coat, H&M (old, similar) | Emerald ring, vintage (similar) | Thin gold rings, Catbird

 

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the power of the “investment piece.” Being young and living in the city, I obviously have to be thrifty with my money. I’ve strayed away from buying super trendy items and I’ve instead started focusing on pieces that are more special and have a bit more longevity in my closet and in my life. They’re few and far between, but on a recent trip to Anthropologie the clouds parted and the heavens opened up and I. Found. This. Dress.

 

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It was one of those love-at-first-sight moments. The emerald, the lace, the pretty shape, the cutouts in back–it just all screamed “special occasion” and I knew I had to have it instantly (what is the single girl equivalent to a “bridal moment”? I think I had that).

 

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This time I paired it with a pair of simple black heels and my white coat (I like to call this my Olivia Pope coat, thank you very much), and I’m planning on remixing it with tights and a cozier coat for a few holiday parties I have coming up. And just like that, my investment piece is already earning its keep.

 

 

the fanciest time of year

midi skirt the fanciest time of year

Shirt (actually a dress), J. Crew (old, similar) | Skirt, H&M | Gold hoop earrings, old (similar) | Heels, Banana Republic (old, similar)

 

The holidays are my favorite time of year for many reasons (food! family! hot chocolate!), but one of the biggest has to be because there are so many reasons to get fancy. As a little girl, I always loved dressing up for different occasions (even when we used to fly to Disney World, which made the whole experience that much more special), and that has carried over into adulthood. Even if we’re just going out for a girls dinner, it’s always fun to get a little extra fancy.

 

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Luckily, a month full of holiday parties is the perfect excuse to pull out some of my favorite pieces. I have a few tried-and-true dresses that always make the rounds during the holiday season, but this H&M skirt is a new addition that will be getting a ton of play.

 

I love the midi length–that actually works on me if I wear it with heels, which is a Christmas miracle in and of itself. It makes me feel extra feminine and girlie, and paired with a dress-turned-shirt and a simple pair of black heels, it’s the perfect look for hosting or partying the night away.

 

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the perfect thanksgiving dinner outfit (hint: it involves a stretch waistband)

thanksgiving outfit the perfect thanksgiving dinner outfit (hint: it involves a stretch waistband)

Sweater, C. Wonder | Plaid skirt, Joe Fresh | Cable knit tights, Joe Fresh | Booties, Kork-Ease via Nordstroms | Necklace, Violets Blue (similar here) |

 

There’s really only one rule when it comes to dressing for Thanksgiving dinner for me–it has to have an expandable waistband. I mean, it’s kind of a no-brainer, right? The holiday does revolve around food, after all.

 

We host at our house each Thanksgiving, so it’s pretty casual in terms of dressing–no fancy frocks or heels here. I need something that is cute enough to warrant a compliment from my (very sweet) grandmother, low key enough to risk getting food on while helping my mom in the kitchen and comfortable enough to be able to nap in on the couch post-meal. This Joe Fresh skirt? Bingo.

 

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Paired with a cozy C. Wonder sweater scored on major sale and cable knit tights, it was a feels-like-pajamas outfit that’s perfect to re-wear this Thursday. I can’t wait–Thanksgiving is my favorite!

 

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the a-list: bracelet length coats

bracelet length coats the a list: bracelet length coats

a list bracelet length coats the a list: bracelet length coats

From L to R: Tory Burch Dayton Coat & Luisa Via Roma Gloves | MSGM Coat & Kate Spade Gloves | Helen Berman London Coat & Guess by Marciano Leather Gloves | Adele Fado Coat & ASOS Gloves | Joules Wool Coat & Uniqlo Gloves

 

I’ve formed an obsession with all things ladylike. On a scale from tomboy to girlie, I’d say I fall somewhere in the middle, but lately I’ve noticed my wardrobe taking a turn. I mean pastels, lace and ladylike cuts–who am I?! Maybe it’s just because there is so much pretty outwear in stores this time of year, or maybe I’m a litttttleeeee bit influenced by my love for all things Olivia Pope/Scandal, but I’ve been crushing on feminine coats hard lately.

 

Pastel shades and refined shapes are great, but what I’m really loving is bracelet length sleeves. Sure, you could call them 3/4 length (because really, that is what they are), but “bracelet length” just sounds so proper and evokes a mental image of Audrey a la Breakfast At Tiffany’s (do you remember that great orange coat where she wore the cat mask?!). Bracelet length sleeves end just above your wrist bone, allowing a pretty sleeve or sweater to flutter out, or a sliver of skin to show. While they’re not the most practical for the dead of winter, they sure are pretty–especially when paired with a great pair of long gloves (even better if they’re leather!).

 

I’m adding pretty much every coat above to my wish list this holiday, but I’m also considering hemming an old H&M cream coat at the sleeves to achieve this ladylike look. Now all I need is a friendly neighbor named Paul Varjak and a cat named…Cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ladies who brunch

casual brunch outfit ladies who brunch

 

Ah, brunch–let me count the ways in which I love you. This weekend rolled around and it called for sleeping in late (I made it ’til 7:45 a.m. Woohoo!), a lazy morning around the apartment and a casual brunch in Brooklyn. It’s so close to Queens (just a quick few minutes away on the BQE), but unless I’m heading to Brooklyn Flea or Smorgasburg, I really don’t spend much time there. So away we went.

 

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After stuffing our faces silly, we needed to walk it off (a massive egg sandwich will do that to ya, I guess). Trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge has been on my NYC bucket list for a while, so my roommate and I somehow found our way there and walked over–the view from up there is seriously something special.

 

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It wasn’t too crowed, and it completely reignited my love for the city–which, I have to admit, had waned this week with the hundreds of people camping outside the new Times Square H&M waiting for Lady Gaga…it took me 20 minutes to get to my office door and was just all-around not fun. We ended the day with gelato in Little Italy, a bit of shopping at C. Wonder and Joe Fresh (where I snagged this adorable skirt!) and sushi on the couch. Pretty perfect if you ask me!