Happy Friday everyone!
On the Blog:
- Reviewing the Hello Fresh meal subscription service
- Detox with this anti-inflammatory powerhouse smoothie
- Sweaters galore in these winter looks–red, tan, and black here & oversized knit and cobalt here
Around the Web:
- Paige jeans are one of my favs so I’m loving this new look book with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
- Dreaming about this house tour on House of Turquoise
- I always look forward to Lauren Conrad’s monthly style tips
- Valentine’s Day gifts, food, and outfit round-ups
- Craving simplicity in outfits and recipes this week
- More recipes, outfits, and fun!
- Nordstrom has a great sale going on! Also, I just noticed the new KENDALL and KYLIE line and I’m actually loving a lot of the pieces.
- J.Crew has 25% off select styles with code STARTSHOPPING
- Gap has 40% off all regular priced items for cardholders with code DENIM
Have a wonderful weekend!
This outfit has been one of my go-to winter outfits. Cozy oversized sweater, Paige jeans (distressed when I can handle the little bit of cold getting through!), pop of color with my J.Crew cobalt jacket, and now, my Rebecca Minkoff bag.
I wore this this past weekend to head up to Charlottesville for the day and since it was going to 50 degrees (!), I slipped on my lace-up flats as well. These Christian Siriano for Payless version are a fun and cheap option, but I’ve also linked up a few other versions below. I have my eye on the light pink studded ones for spring!
Brown Knit Sweater: MTLA Gio via Stitch Fix
Distressed Jeans: Paige Verdugo Quinnley Distressed
Cobalt Wool Coat: J.Crew Stadium Cloth (sold-out)
Lace-Up Flats: Christian Siriano for Payless
Black Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Other Lace-Up Flat Options:
It’s no secret that I love creating new smoothie recipes, even in the heart of winter, and even if I have to follow them up with a cup of hot tea to warm back up again.
This smoothie recipe, however, is a bit more adventurous than usual. It has turmeric, an amazing spice that acts as an anti-inflammatory, as a main ingredient. Back when I was dealing with my concussion, I used to take turmeric supplements each day to help with the healing process but now, I try to incorporate it when I can in other ways.
Don’t be weirded out by the black pepper in the smoothie either–your body can’t process the turmeric without it–and you can’t even taste it.
I also added hemp hearts for the first time after reading a ton about their amazing properties as well. They’re full of omegas, protein, and add a delicious nutty flavor to whatever they’re added to. Hooray for new smoothie recipes!
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup coconut cream
1.5 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Time: 5 minutes
This sweater is one of my favorite items in my closet–the mix of red in the front + tan in the back, the side button detail, the high/low hem–its definitely a great versatile item to keep me going through this winter.
I paired it here with a plaid Old Navy scarf, black booties, and another one of my fav pieces–this Gorjana disc necklace. I actually received this necklace as an add-on free item for spending a certain amount at Birchbox a few years ago which still amazes me since it was originally over $100!
This snow, though, can seriously go away. We had a glorious weekend of unseasonable spring like temperatures which was amazing, but its going to make it even harder as it gets back to way below freezing yet again!
Red & Tan Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Skinny Jeans: Banana Republic
Gold Necklace: Gorjana (similar)
Plaid Scarf: Old Navy (similar)
Black Booties: BCBGeneration (see more options here)
Black Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Other Gorjana Items I Love
Happy Monday friends! It’s hard to believe its already the first day of February!
A few weeks ago, I received a discount code to try Hello Fresh, a food subscription service similar to Blue Apron. I was intrigued by Hello Fresh for two reasons: first, it seemed a bit healthier than Blue Apron, and second, each week Hello Fresh includes one of Jaime Oliver’s original recipes, who is , one of my fav chefs for recipe inspiration anyway.
You can choose from three options–an omnivore box, vegetarian box, or family box, each for varying prices. The vegetarian box was the cheapest and the recipes more aligned with how I like to eat so I went with that option of our first try.
We received our box on Thursday, a day late thanks to winter storm Jonas, with the following three recipes:
- Jaime’s Cool Mexican Bean Wraps with Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, & Chili
- Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Bulger, Tzatziki, and Spiced Oil
- Roasted Beet and Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese, Arugula, and Walnuts
Surprisingly, Jaime Oliver’s recipe was actually my least favorite of the three. It was only spiced with chili powder which definitely not enough of a flavor profile to enhance the diced tomatoes and tomato paste, but the other two recipes were great, so it might have just been a fluke.
What I found the most interesting was that unlike Blue Apron, which gives you perfect portions of everything, you actually had to measure out ingredients and were left with lots of leftovers like an entire tube of tomato past, 1/4 can of kidney beans, and half a head of cauliflower.
Also, I found the direction formatting to vary a little across recipe sheets and overall, it seemed like you kind of needed to look ahead and know what you were doing to master the recipe in the time referenced.
However, despite a few tweaks I’d love to see implemented, I loved the healthier recipe focus and on busier weeks, it would be such a great resource! The app was also an amazing addition as you could see step by step instruction as well as the recipes included in your next set of boxes.
If you’re interested in trying for yourself, click here to sign up and get $40 off your first box--I’d love to hear what you think!