lavender lady

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Happy Monday everyone!  I say ‘happy Monday’ a lot, and I rarely mean it (sorry).  Usually I’m down right grouchy on Monday.  But today I really, really, mean it.  It’s a beautiful day in NYC, following a weekend of great weather.  My Sunday night T.V. has significantly improved with Mad Men returning and Game of Thrones, and both were great last night.  And most importantly, I’m off from work.  A happy Monday indeed!

The nice weather this weekend allowed me to do so many things I’ve been waiting on.  Spring clean my closet.  Go to an outdoor flea market.  Have drinks on my rooftop.  And wear this lavender shirt sans jacket.  How was your weekend? xo

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go green

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This post title is two-fold.  1- my jacket, sunglasses, and that wall are green (duh your’e all thinking).  Secondly, I wore this outfit when I went to the grocery store and used my reusable bags instead of plastic bags.  I literally went green, while wearing green, so you can see where my train of thought was here.

The grocery store I usually go to actually gifted me another reusable bag.  Turns out they wanted to encourage me on my going green bandwagon.  They also give it to everyone who spends over a certain amount on all their organic veggies and fancy sea salts.  I fall into that category almost every weekend.  Anyone else over spend at the grocery store?   I feel like every time I go I find a new exciting kind of produce or healthy treat I’ve never seen before.  At least I save the 10 cents by bringing my own bags!  Have a great weekend everyone. xo

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sweet eats: my favorite kale salad

kalesalad1 As I’m writing this post, I’m sitting here thinking about how I’m going to make this salad to go with my dinner tonight.  It’s refreshing my memory on the recipe and making me excited to eat it.  Mostly this post is for me, and you guys are just along for the ride.

I love this kale salad.  It’s just a simple recipe, adapted from the many, many, kale salad recipes that are out in the blogosphere.  I played with the ingredients (mainly in the dressing) until I got something that tasted exactly perfect to me.  I usually make a huge batch of this salad on Sunday.  I’m talking huge, like a giant tupperware bowls worth of this salad.  My fiance always says the same thing…”what’s all that salad for?”.  The answer- me.  I eat it all week long.  The best part about the kale and brussel sprouts combo is you can dress it all at once, and it gets better the longer it sits in the dressing.  Having a non-soggy salad on a Thursday that I prepared on Sunday is a big win for me.  It means I have time for other things, like blogging, which is a win for you guys (I hope).  Recipe is below!

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Kale & Brussel Sprouts Chopped Salad Recipe

  • 2 cups finely chopped brussel sprouts (you can use a mandolin but I usually just chop them as thin as I can with a knife.)
  • 9-10 kale leaves, stems removed and thinly sliced

For Dressing:

  • 1 inch grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • the zest and juice of one fresh lemon
  • 1 tspn apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

Combine the thinly chopped veggies in a bowl.  In a smaller bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing except the olive oil and begin to whisk together.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and keep whisking until everything is combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I top this salad with slivered almonds and if I have it, fresh pomegranate seeds!  It’s such a delicious combo.  You can honestly top it with anything though and it would be great.  It’s the perfect base for chicken, fish, or leftover roasted veggies.  Enjoy!


pattern play

patternplay4 Equipment top (on sale), Nordstrom blazer, LOFT pants, Banana Republic bag, BCBGeneration shoes

There are a few things that just feel more natural in the spring.  Drinking iced coffee.  Running outside.  Smiling.  And of course, mixing prints.   I know you were all probably sitting at home during this long winter, imaging all the print combos you could put together if it would just warm up (please tell me I’m not alone here).  

It was like as soon as the weather got slightly nicer this outfit was calling to be worn.  I love the tiny polka dot print on these pants from the LOFT.   I couldn’t wait to pair them with this floral top, which is so colorful and springy.  If I can get away with this outfit, a white bag, and the guy behind the counter doesn’t frown and shiver when I order the large iced coffe, then I’ll say Spring is finally here.  Patterns everywhere rejoice!  You’re about to debut.

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Here are some of my other favorite printed tops & polka dot pants! xo


$180 Nordstrom giftcard giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!  It was a beautiful spring weekend and today I have a giveaway for you, so it’s a happy Monday indeed.  Some other lovely bloggers and I are bringing you the chance to win $180 giftcard to Nordstrom!  I’ve been stalking the Nordstrom website lately, eyeing this, this, and this so I’m jealous of whoever wins!  Entry is simple, just use the raffle copter below.  Have a great day! xo

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spring must haves

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I’ve been in a bit of a blogging funk lately and I blame the weather (of course).  It stayed cold far longer than it should, and I couldn’t bring myself to go outside and take any outfit pics bundled in my coat.  That mentality, coupled with a cold and being super busy, makes for a pretty boring blog.  Lucky for me, and everyone in the tristate area, spring finally decided to show up.  And with nicer weather comes a totally different mentality.  One that leads me to crave shopping and new pieces for the season.

My spring must have list includes plenty of white ( I get to be a bride soon after all!), pastels, and some fun prints.  I am loving a white bag for spring, I just picked up this one at Banana Republic and can’t wait to break it out.  I also love this Tory Burch one, which is a bit of a splurge but you can save 20% at Bloomingdales using the code FF14.

What’s on your spring must have list?


sweet potato drop biscuits

sweetpotato1 I am actually amazed that it has taken me this long to make sweet potato biscuits.  If you know me at all, then you know that I have a weak spot in my heart for biscuits.  One of my favorite past times is waking up, after having one too many drinks in college, and going to the McDonald’s drive-thru for some breakfast biscuits.  That’s right, just plain biscuits in all their buttery goodness.  Luckily for my body, it’s been quite a while since I’ve visited the McDonald’s drive-thru, but my love for biscuits has remained.  Yesterday, I tried my hand at making drop biscuits using whole wheat flour and fresh mashed sweet potatoes.  Drop biscuits have to be the easiest thing ever.  No mixer, no rolling pin, no chilling the dough for hours.  Just a slightly healthier version of my hangover treat, made easy (recipe below).

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Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1 tblspn maple syrup
  • 3 tblspn vegetable oil
  • 1 tspn red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 1 tspn ground nutmeg
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tblspn water

In a large bowl, mix together the first five ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Slowly sift the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture until just combined.  Add the water so the mixture is moistened.

Drop large rounded spoonfuls of the mixture onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I served these with this creole chicken stew (I subbed the andouille sausage for spicy chicken sausage).  The combo was perfect!

 


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