Quinoa for Breakfast

You guys. I’m sick. Like days in bed, looks like a truck ran over me, after I was trampled by a heard of antelope. That kind of sick. Which is no bueno, especially mid-summer!  BUT what is making me feel a little bit better is this yummy oatmeal & quinoa breakfast.

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  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk, plus more for serving or as desired
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup steel oats
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon or maple syrup

Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Garnish with berries, nuts, more brown sugar or whatever you want!

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Beacon Collection {by Warby Parker}

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Today, the 24th of July, Warby Parker has dropped some huge news! They’re releasing their Beacon Collection!

I know you’ve heard of Warby Parker. The actually affordable eye glasses shop that sends you 5 pairs to try and for every pair you purchase, they give a pair! (And they’ve distributed over one million pairs!!)  And to ensure that you get the absolute best looking pair of glasses out there, Warby Parker has an in house design team that gathers inspiration from around the globe! And the design team knocked it out of the park with this new collection.

The Beacon Collection not only has glasses but also sunglasses! It’s inspired by impromptu, can’t-duplicate-them all nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities. And how cool is this- the collection name is a hat-tip to the morning star, which you can catch just after sunset or right before sunrise. These glasses can easily transition from day to night looks, fancy to casual, and everything in between!

My personal favorite of the collection is the McKee in Whiskey Tortoise. It’s an easygoing, round frame that “suits medium faces and cheery personalities!”

 Check out the new collection here (sunglasses / glasses) and let me know what your favorite is!

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Keeping Cool

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This weekend is definitely going down in my top 5 favorites of this summer . It was filled with lots of live music, grilling out, drinking, dancing, laughing and ended with family time. I made a big pasta meal last night over at my Grandmothers and we sat, shared stories and of course I’m thinking about how blessed I truly am. And one thing I can tell you… after eating an italian dinner I’m definitely not in a crop top today! BUT this combo is one of my favorites too… high waisted shorts, crop tops and statement earrings. I’m all about the crop top and statement earrings right now so this one will be worn again for sure!

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Shorts, Vince Camuto (similar) / Crop Top, Collective Concepts (similar) / Sandals, Dolce Vita (here) / Purse, Tory Burch (here) / Sunglasses, Tory Burch (here) / Earrings, J.Crew (here) / Ring / Nails

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

 

 

Sunglasses / Ring / Watch / Earrings / Leggings / Makeup / Tote / Boots

A couple days ago I posted about simple outfits  which is still on my mind. I shop a lot, and sometimes I buy things for one specific event or outing and then hardly look at it again. (Such a waste!) So my end of the summer, going into fall, goal is to focus on key pieces. Key pieces can still be fun and bright and exciting, but I need pieces that I’ll see a future with!

I’ve already shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early, but I keep going back because so much of what’s on sale are those key pieces I’m talking about! How pretty are these statement earrings from Kendra Scott, and can’t you just see yourself grabbing and throwing everything into this tote! I just might have to re-shop the sale!

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Watermelon & Mint

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Usually I’m a “I’ll just have water” type of girl but after standing in line for what seemed like forever, and staring at the two fresh juice options Cava Mezze Grill had, I decided to opt for the watermelon & mint. Welp, that changed everything. I couldn’t suck that baby down fast enough, and I even debated turning around and going back for seconds. Yes it is that good!

I tried my hand at a watermelon refresher and it wasn’t half bad! Super simple to make, really delicious and hydrating, and the best part about it… if you’re feeling a little spicy, just throw in some alcohol. Rum or a mojito type vibe, tequila for a semi-margarita!

1 cup cubed watermelon, 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, 1 cup of water. Blend together watermelon and water to a puree. Add in mint leaves, leave a few to garnish.

Happy sipping!

 

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P.S. Anyone in the DC area attending the RewardStyle back to school night tomorrow?! If so, I’ll see you there!! xo

 

 

Solids

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I love prints. My closet is filled with mostly prints so putting together an outfit of solids isn’t as easy as one would think. But, as much as I love prints, this outfit reminded me of how much I love simple, staple, solid pieces. This skirt is a long pencil skirt from J.Crew which has become a regular in my 9-5 rotation. And this racerback silk cami, another J.Crew buy, I can’t seem to get enough of. I have a million outfits spinning through my mind where I can wear it… to a picnic, on a date night, or just running errands. (And I love it so much that I bought it in a print!) And lastly my shoes… my new shoes that I have to give the boy credit for since he told me to go with these beauties… which were 50% off. So yeah, he gives pretty good advice… I’ll keep him around ;)!

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Skirt, J.Crew (here) / Racerback Cami, J.Crew Factory (here) / Heels, Ann Taylor (here ON SALE!) / Ring, BaubleBar (here) / Purse, Kate Spade (here) / Watch, Coach (here)

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Pool side Essentials

Poolside Essentials

 

Towel / Bikini / Hat / Flip Flops / Book / Water Carafe / Sunscreen

Happy Friday!!

I had one heck of a week and semi restricted from going anywhere this weekend so if I have to stay put (which drives me nuts) I plan on spending it pool side! I mean I might as well get a tan, right!?

I just started reading The Fault In Our Stars. I usually shy away from reading books that are already made into movies but I picked this up and didn’t want to put it down. I can’t wait to get the chance to pick it back up and I can bet you, by Monday I’ll be done!

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Sun Deco

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I saw this dress on J.Crew Factory’s site and immediately had to buy it. Screw my “no shopping for a while” promise to myself, this dress needed to be in my closet. Plus it was the perfect dress to pack for my whirlwind of graduation trips! The color, the sporadic print of art deco beach scenes, and the fact that it is beyond comfortable… this dress very well may be my new favorite! I can’t wait to dress it more casually with flip-flops and my panama hat or continue to play on the lilacs, corals, blacks and reds in the dress!

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Dress, J.Crew Factory (love this one) / Shoes, DV by Dolce Vita (here) / Necklace, gifted (similar) / Wallet, Tory Burch (here) / Rings, Hammered, Leaf, Jewel, Pink, Midi / Lipstick, Chanel 129 (here)

Getaway Ready

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You know how crazy and all over the place you feel when leaving town for a weekend. Making check lists, throwing things in a bag, and then of course having to turn around once more before actually leaving because you forgot that razor or tide-to-go pen! Well thanks to the Vow VoxBox they have me covered with everything I need to bring on my weekend getaways. Whether it be for a wedding or vacation, I have an item I’m absolutely packing! Out of what I received in my VoxBox, my top three favorites were Olay Moisturizing Cream, Sally Hansen Nail Polish and Pure Silk Shaving Cream. These three will be coming with me on every summer getaway!

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First off, I’m a huge fan of moisturizing creams. I have tried tons and constantly on the search for a good one that won’t be too oily or heavy in the humid summer months. Well, Olay’s Regnererist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream just might put my search on pause. It’s light, smells great and you do seriously see a difference in a couple uses.

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You all know that I’m a snob when it comes to nail polish. I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to Essie and OPI being my two go-to brands, but this Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure was amazing for a quick fix! No base coat needed and the color is perfect for summer!

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And finally, Pure Silk. Which makes your legs feel just that. I, unfortunately, got the genes where my legs stay smooth for a day before I have to shave again which makes me feel like I’m just taking off any tan (real or fake!) that I have! With Pure Silk it leaves my legs smoother for longer and the smell is just as delicious!

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Hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

July 4th

July 4th

 

Dress / Sandals / Bag / Necklace / Nail Polish / Nail Polish

Just a little quick post to get you ready for one of the greatest American holidays!! I hope you’re ready to eat lots of potato salad, hot dogs and good ol’ American pie! I know I am!

Happy 4th of July!

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