printed pantsuit

pp2 Free People jumpsuit, Sole Society sandals, Nordstrom B.P. necklace and sunglasses, Target clutch 

I spotted this printed jumper in the window of Free People a few weeks back.  I was wandering through the mall eating fro-yo and ditched my snack so I could run in and try it on.  It’s the perfect casual, comfy one piece that still can be dressed up a bit.  I’m really into jumpsuits and rompers this season.  I love having a whole outfit in just one piece of clothing.  I also love these sandals I got on sale from Sole Society.  I was stocking up on cute flats for my honeymoon (next week-yay!) and these definitely fit the bill.  Have a great week everyone! xo

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food & flea

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I love a good flea market but throw in some of the most amazing food trucks, and I love it even more.  Enter Long Island City food & flea.  Every Saturday in the summer months some great food vendors come together with some adorable little trinket stands and viola.  The perfect Saturday is born (at least in my book).

We go there pretty frequently since it’s so close to our apartment.  I’m always excited about the goodies I might discover or to sample a new yummy cuisine.  Here are some of my favorite shots from a few weekends back.  It’s definitely worth a trip to LIC on a sunny Saturday. xo

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cropped scallops

cropped scallops Top Shop crop top, J.Crew pants (30% off with the code HISUMMER), Shoemint wedges, Banana Republc bag, Kendra Scott earrings, Dogeared & Gorjana necklaces 

I’m not sure when exactly the crop top started working its way back into my wardrobe.  I remember having a distinct conversation with my friends about three years ago, stating how I had aged out of my crop top stage of life.  I donated any mid-drift baring shirts that I had and called it a day.  Now that they’ve been popping up again, I’ve added a few back into my wardrobe.  The trick, (if you could call it that- it’s more just common sense) is high-waisted pants.  Really high pants hide the belly and show only a teeny sliver of skin.  This is something I can get on board with at twenty-eight, maybe even thirty.  As always it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it, that really matters.

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strawberry fields forever

strawberryfield5 American Eagle romper, Madewell belt, Banana Republic bag, Sam Edelman sandals 

Hi all!  Long time no…blog.  I wish I could say my blogging hiatus has been spent enjoying evening cocktails and dining alfresco, but unfortunately I’ve just been SO busy.  Turns out ending the school year, getting a new job, and planning a wedding (4 weeks people) takes up a lot of time.  Like a lot.  I just have enough energy to sneak in one reality t.v. show at night before collapsing in my bed- sometimes when it’s still light out.  Anyway, all good things, but it’s been hard to find time to sit down and put together a post that’s more than a quick phone shot and some emojis on my instagram.

This weekend we found some time to take a little day trip upstate and go strawberry picking.  I love pick-your-own farms.  I think there’s something so fun about pulling your own food out of the ground and then making something delicious with it.  These strawberries have become a topping for yogurt and salad (spinach also picked at the farm), strawberry jalapeno salsa, and will be showing up in every smoothie recipe this week.

Also, for casual summer looks rompers are my fave.  I got this one recently in American Eagle with a coupon for an absolute steal but I’ve added some of my favorites below.  Missed you all. xo

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sweet spots: cold spring, ny

coldspring1 Most people know I’m pretty obsessed with quaint small towns, so it never comes as a surprise when I get recommendations of places to visit.  When Tommy’s cousin told me I would love Cold Spring, we waited for some nice weather and drove up there for a day of antiquing, lunching, and hiking.  Pretty much the trifecta in my mind, especially when the day ends with a home-made ice cream cone and a bag full of local-organic goodies.

The hike was a little more strenuous than my floral hat and I were expecting, but I managed, and the view from the top was beautiful and very worth it.  If you live in the NY area, I would definitely recommend taking a day or weekend trip to this adorable litte spot.

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I’m wearing: American Eagle hat, Stem top, Forever 21 leggings, Nike sneakers, and a Banana Republic bag.

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Some cute vintage finds.

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The most refreshing iced tea after that hike.

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The General Store was my favorite part where I found organic local honey and maple sugar! coldspring13


falafel bowl with superfood pesto

falafelbowl1 Considering the amount that I love the falafel street cart near my apartment, I’m surprised I never thought to make one at home before.  Once I saw how easy Alyssa made it seem, and upon receiving a food processor for my bridal shower, I had to give it a go.

I decided to make the superfood pesto to throw in the bowl after downloading the Whole Pantry app, and reading up a little about the creator Belle Gibson.  Belle’s pretty inspiring, battling cancer with healthy whole foods, and also creating a widely successful food app.  The app has some great recipes, including one that makes pesto with kale.  I never thought of doing that before and it turned out to be a great compliment in my falafel bowl.  Healthy and delicious is always a win in my book.

My recipe for both the falafel and the pesto are below, but make sure you check out Alyssa’s version here and The Whole Pantry app!

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First make the falafel by combining the following in a food processor:

  • 1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas
  • 1 tspn lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp cumin & chili powder
  • 1 tspn cayenne pepper
  • a generous handful of parsley
  • salt and pepper

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Blend until well combined.  Form the mixture into patties and wrap in plastic wrap.  Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to chill.  Fry them on both sides (about 3-4 minutes a side) in oil.  I used grapeseed oil but you could certainly use any lighter colored oil.   falafelbowl3

For the pesto combine the following in the food processor:

  • 3-4 kale leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas (I used frozen ones that I defrosted in the microwave)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5-7 basil leaves
  • salt and pepper

Pulse until combined and then slowly drizzle in olive oil until pesto reaches a desired consistency.

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Now assemble your bowl!  Over greens I added sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, homemade tzatziki, crumbled feta, humus, the pesto, and of course the falafel.  Then I drizzled with a little tahini.

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Enjoy!


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