Monday, August 25, 2014

Currently Listening To: Taylor Swift

Shake it Off- 1989 (2014)

I am not one to usually listen to Taylor Swift, but this song is catchy and cute. It makes you want to stop what you're doing and dance the night away.
It's the perfect song to play out  the end of Summer.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FEAST: Green Smoothies w/Moringa Powder

A couple of months ago, I went to a wellness store and had a long talk with the owner there who shared so much wisdom with me about who easy it is to be vegan and healthy. One of the supplements he told me about was Moringa powder. He informed me that all I needed to do was add moringa powder to my smoothies once a day and I will be in tip top shape. Moringa leaf powder is supposed to be a mega super food, packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

The problem is moringa leaf powder has a very strong taste and after trying twice to make smoothies and barely finishing them; I placed my powder on my shelf and decided to wait for a recipe to come along that helps with the taste.

After looking around on the web for a good  green smoothie to try, I came across one via
Sweet Lemon Mag.
The ingredients sound like they will cancel out or won't be
Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mixed berries (any will do, I like the berry medleys from Ralph's and Trader Joes)
1 cup almond milk
1 banana
1 tbsp Moringa Leaf Powder 
1 handful of spinach (optional) 

Directions:
Throw into a blender and enjoy!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beauty Tuesdays: Yes to Coconuts Head to Toe Restoring Balm

Yes to Coconuts Head to Toe Restoring Balm


Growing up with eczema and sensitive skin, I always had to tread carefully when trying new products. This normally meant spending too much time in the drug stores reading labels, reading tons of reviews and then using a brand that had no fragrance and left much to be desired. 

My first experience with the Yes to products it was the Yes to Carrots moisturizer with SPF. It was one of the first face lotions with SPF that worked with my oily-acne prone skin and didn't make it worst, but actually helped.  From there, I started trying out the other products: Yes to Blueberries, Yes to Grapefruits and Yes to Tomatoes ((which are all now part of my facial regimen).

My favorite product by them so far has to be their newest Yes to Coconuts Head to Toe Restoring Balm. It smells and feels amazing! The best part about it is that it's not greasy but last throughout the whole day (which is needed on the days when I am out for 14+hours). It's made with Virgin Coconut, Sweet Almond and Avocado Oils and is paraben, sls and petroleum free. 

I also love the fact that Yes to products are tested on humans and most of the products are vegan (minus those containing honey and beeswax). I can see this being apart of my regimen going forward, I can't wait to see how it holds up in the colder months.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Currently Listening To: Jasmine Tate

More Than a Conqueror (feat. David Wade) - Life & Love (2014)

"I look fear in the face and say 'you can't stay here. 
I'm more than a conqueror. 
I can feel the battle but I know the end."

Jasmine's voice gives me goosebumps, and this song is the perfect anthem for anyone who needs the reminder that we are fighters and the battles only make us stronger. If you haven't heard this young woman's voice yet, do yourself a favor and get acquainted with one of the people who are going to change the face and sound of soul music.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Feast: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I have a serious sweet tooth. There are days that I could just sit and eat sweets all day. This weekend feels like one of those days.

Lucky for me The Live-In Kitchen has an amazing recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that I can't wait to try this weekend.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
Coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vegan mini chocolate chips (plus another tablespoon mini chocolate chips for topping, optional)




Directions:
Line a 7" x 5 1/2" pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Place almonds in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarse but not powdery. Add the dates, a pinch of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla and process until a dough ball forms. If the dough seems too crumbly, add a few drops of water until you reach the desired consistency. Be careful because too much water will make the dough extremely sticky. Press the dough into an even layer in the prepared pan and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla with a fork until thick and well combined. Add the flour and mix until smooth and shiny. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the mini chocolate chips. Pour the cookie dough over the almond mixture in the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with an additional tablespoon of chocolate chips, if desired, and use your hand to gently press them into the dough so they'll stick.
Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Use the parchment to lift the bars from the pan and cut into bars or bite sized portions. At this point you can transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to one week. 

If any of you guys are able to try this recipe this weekend, tell me how it is. Also, check out Lindsay's site for more food recipes.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Words Wednesday: Jim Elliot


Jim Elliot lived a life completely for others. This speaks to me in volumes today as I am reminded that even in my season of discomfort and solitude, that I need to be COMPLETELY present so that I may learn and grow in this time. 
If life has dealt you a couple of blows lately, I encourage you to get up and keep fighting. Take notes, learn and when its over; you will be wiser.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On My Radar: Free People Vintage Loves Indigo Jacket


I love over sized, printed outerwear. They always feel like the icing on the cake for me for hanging out during the day or that ultimate piece for going out at night. Free People's recent Vintage Loves collection is inspired by the world traveling, bohemian woman that I long to be. During the FP Me Shoot in Montauk I had the privilege to shoot in what has become my favorite piece from the collection and will be one of the needed pieces for Fall.


Paired with Smocked Crop Top vintage GAP Boyfriend Jeans (cut into shorts) similar necklaces here and here.


I also love wearing kimonos and light, silk blazers during the cooler nights during Summer. What are some of your favorite layering or outerwear pieces for the cooler Summer days/night?