almond & date smoothie with coconut

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(Ban.do phone case, Banana Republic shirt, Smoothie- recipe below)

You don’t even really need to read this post because I literally named every ingredient in this smoothie in the title.  I included the recipe below, but I’m using the term recipe lightly.  It’s just five ingredients, plus ice and a blender.  And it’s delicious.  Since I can’t have any form of sugar on the cleanse I’m doing this tasted like a really indulgent treat and it was very filling.

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Speaking of the cleanse, I’ve gotten lots of questions about it so I thought I would share a little update on how I’m doing as I come to the end of week two.  You can read all about the details of the cleanse on this great blog I follow, but it’s basically no sugar, no dairy, no gluten, no red meat, no alcohol, and no caffeine for 21 days.  It sounds like a lot but it’s shockingly not that bad once you get the hang of it.  I think the hardest thing is preparing everything yourself and cooking every meal at home.  I’m someone who cooks a lot, and to me this even feels like a little bit much.  Besides being well planned it also takes a lot of being creative, and subbing out foods for ones you might be used to.  My cravings haven’t been too bad, but I will say I miss my morning coffee the most out of everything!  I know some people say once they go off caffeine in the morning they never go back, but I don’t think I fall into that category.  I only have one cup in the morning usually and I can’t wait to go back to that when the cleanse is over.  Other than that I feel really great and think this is such a good way to reset your body and reinforce healthy habits.  Let me know if you have any other questions and enjoy the smoothie recipe below and the weekend!  xo

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Almond-Date smoothie with Coconut:

  • 4-5 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until desired consistency.  Top with a little extra shredded coconut.

*I think this would be even more delicious with a frozen banana.  I didn’t use a banana because they’re a no-no on the cleanse but think it would be a fab addition.*

rainy day blues

DSC_0099Forever 21 coat, Loft sweater jacket, Paige denim, Nordstrom sweater & bag, Hunter boots, Forever 21 hat, Ralph Lauren tech gloves

New York weather has me bummed lately, with all the frigid cold temperatures and rain/snow combinations.  Every year I forget how brutal winter can be until it arrives and then the only thing that can get me through it is the purchase of new warm gear.  I love my pastel blue coat because it makes me think of spring.  I also picked up this super warm anorak with furry hood recently and I am obsessed with how warm it is (see here).  It’s around now that I usually start looking ahead to think about pieces I want to buy for spring.  I’m trying not to do that this year and know it would be impractical since winter isn’t even half over.  I’ll just have to find some other way to get through the frigid months ahead.  Any ideas…?

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our wedding day

DTWeddingHighRes-826Waiting to share our wedding pictures here on the blog was almost as hard as waiting for the actual day to arrive.  It was well worth the wait though because now I can finally share all the beautiful images snapped by our amazing photographer.  And at last I can share the exciting news that our wedding is up on one of my favorite wedding websites today, Style Me Pretty!  I was so thrilled that SMP was going to publish our wedding photos, it made waiting to share them totally worth it.  Stop by their website today to read all about my design inspiration and how I created the theme for our special day.  I’ll also be pinning all the pictures here, to a board I made for these images which are so near and dear to my heart.

Our wedding was the most special day I have ever experienced and I’ll be forever grateful to our family, friends, and amazing vendors for making everything possible (all vendors are listed in the SMP article).  And of course, I’ll be forever grateful to my wonderful husband who started making this day possible nine years ago when we met.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I decided to share and don’t forget to read all about it on Style Me Pretty today! xo

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grab & go egg muffins

DSC_0048These egg-muffins have to be one of the easiest things you could make for a simple breakfast item.  I love eggs in the morning but during the week I’m always rushing out the door and never have time to make them.  A few Sunday’s ago I made these little egg muffins and they were the perfect way to get my egg fix on the early weekday mornings.  Eggs aren’t allowed on the cleanse I’m doing so please make these so I can live vicariously through you.  There are endless combos and I listed some other possible variations underneath this recipe below.  Let me know what you think! xo

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  • 4 eggs beaten (this will make about 6 muffins)
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Spray your muffin tin liberally with cooking spray (my cute muffin tin is available here!).  Preheat your over to 350 degrees.  In a bowl beat the eggs, add the spinach, parsley, and goat cheese and season with salt and pepper.  Distribute the mixture evenly throughout the muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes or until eggs are puffed up and set.

Some other healthy + yummy combos:

  • turkey bacon, cheddar, scallions
  • feta, kale, roasted cherry tomatos
  • mushrooms, onions, swiss
  • cilantro, black beans, jack cheese

The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy.

the great cape

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Forever 21 cape sweater, Nordstrom sweater, Gap denim shirt, COH pants, Modern Vintage booties, UO bag, Bauble Bar earrings

The cape has to be the best thing people started wearing since everyone started wearing pants for the first time.  I just love it.  It’s an instant outfit, plus they’re comfy, warm, and oversized.  My favorite cape was the best thing to throw on after eating one too many holiday cookies.  Also I was going to brunch and eating beignets (yum), so an blanket/sweater was necessary.  There are so many cute cape sweaters this season and I’m also loving this one, this one, and this one all at a super inexpensive price point!

PS- All those cookies and beignets I mentioned have lead to me doing a post holiday 21- day cleanse.  I’ve gotten a few questions on instagram so you can read all about the cleanse I’m doing here.  Wish me luck!

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wordspiration: embracing 2015

quotesI have a pinterest board which I so cleverly call wordspiration.  It’s where I pin inspiring quotes and important messages I want to keep in mind.  In honor of beginning a new year I thought I would round up the quotes I find the most motivational.  A new year is a great time to make change, even if that change is just in your mindset.  I know some people believe in having a mantra or one particular quote they try to live by at all times.  I find it helpful to just scroll through my favorites on occasion to be reminded what is really the most important to me.  Here’s to a happy, healthy, and positive year ahead! xo

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a look back at 2014

2014newyear2014 has been a wonderful, exciting, and busy year.  It brought so much change and so many blessings into my life (getting married and starting a new job just to name a few).  I feel so grateful for everything that came to be over the past year and am so looking forward to 2015 and what lies ahead.  Thank you all for following along this past year.  Here’s to a wonderful, happy, and healthy new year!

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