Monthly Archives: November 2013

26 November 2013

Friendsgiving 2013

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Carbs, sugar and friends. That’s the equation for a good time. I’ve never been to a Friendsgiving before nor have I ever heard of the term. One of my friends from college invited me to his and I had a great time, ate some good food and enjoyed even better company. Everyone surprisingly stayed on the “Thanksgiving” food theme. None of that hot cheetos-pizza-cookies-and more cookies kind of potluck here. Although we didn’t have a turkey (we had rotisserie chicken, though!), we had ham, corn bread casserole, mashed potatoes, apple pie and even chicken tinga!

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My friend held the Friendsgiving at his parents’ house. How cute is this decor? The home is so cozy!

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To each one of my friends, I wish I could thank all of you individually for being great friends in this post but that would just be way too long and too much for everyone to read. Thank you all anyways, you know who you are. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving with my family & Black Friday right after! We used to have Thanksgiving dinner but since the sales are getting earlier and earlier each year, that dinner turned into lunch. I just hope it slowly doesn’t take over Thanksgiving. Does anyone else hit up all of the sales on Black Friday too or do you avoid it altogether? I love finding great deals and that’s not always a good¬† thing [for my wallet, at least].

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

24 November 2013

Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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Who knew the little seeds that grew “hair” for your chia pet had so much more potential? I’m trying to find new ways to use these seeds because the bag I got from Costco seems to be endless. I’ve been adding them into my smoothies and tea but there are other ways chia seeds can be used. Apparently they have great health benefits too. When they’re soaked in liquid they form this jelly-like skin around it which is a reason why the seeds make such a great pudding. I’d describe the texture to be sort of like tapioca pudding. I have been playing around with different flavors of chia seed puddings and I’ll post those recipes later on. Today I’ll be sharing a coconut chocolate chia seed pudding. It’s vegan-friendly, too!
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I found the easiest way to make this pudding is by using a 16oz mason jar. Feel free to double up the recipe if you want to make more. I just throw all the ingredients into the jar, twist on the cover and shake until all the ingredients are mixed. If you want, you can mix it in a bowl with a whisk or throw everything in a blender but I try to use the least amount of dishes possible when I make food.

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Yields: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp of agave syrup(or sweetener of choice)
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Shredded or shaved coconut

Method
If using my mason jar method-

  • Fill up the jar with the coconut milk, cacao or cocoa powder and agave syrup
  • Screw on the lid and shake the jar until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed
  • Pour the chia seeds into the jar, cover and shake until well mixed
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight while shaking the jar occasionally
  • Serve cold and top with shaved or shredded coconut

Keep refrigerated. This pudding can last up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator (if you don’t want to eat it all before then!)

20 November 2013

‘Tis Flannel Season

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Hat (Thrifted), Flannel (Thrifted), Dress ( H&M), Purse (Collin Camera Bag by Rebecca Minkoff), Boots (Vince Camuto), Midi-Rings (UO & H&M)

It was my grandpa’s birthday this week so my relatives decided to get together and visit his grave over the weekend. I can’t believe it’s been two years since he passed and I still miss him all the time. Our outing to visit our grandpa isn’t complete without some Sam Woo BBQ.

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This flannel has been my go-to piece during the fall and winter times. If you see me wearing this, it’s usually because I don’t know what to wear. I’ve been looking for more flannels with the perfect fit and pattern that this one has, but no luck. Maybe I have to visit a thrift store again. I used to be an avid thrifter but not so much after college. I think I just don’t have as much time anymore or I’m just too tired to sort through everything after work.

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I’m absolutely in love with this camera bag. Even though it doesn’t really fit my DSLR, it fits all my other belongings nicely (hinting to a “what’s in my bag” post, maybe!). If it wasn’t for two of my girlfriends, I would not have this bag. Thanks girls!

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A big thanks to my cousin for helping me out with the photos! I decided to take some of him as well in return. Isn’t he stylish?! He’s definitely one of my favorite shopping buddies. His birthday falls on Black Friday this year. What better way than to celebrate with some shopping!

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And of course we can’t leave the area without an iced milk drink from Half & Half!

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Jacket (Thrifted), Sunglasses (H&M), Pants (Cotton On), Boots (Clark’s Desert Boots)

I’m still trying to get used to be in front of the camera. I’m usually behind it taking the photos or directing. I’ll definitely have more style posts like this in the future.

17 November 2013

Green Smoothie

GreenSmoothie-01 I’m going to attempt to do a green smoothie cleanse this week so I thought it would be fitting to share one of my recipes. There’s a fitness bootcamp that I joined in my area and a suggestion from them was to do this cleanse for 14 days. Ha…let’s see if I’ll last 5 days. I’ll post an update of how I did at the end of the week.

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Serving size: 2 (16 oz.) or 1 (32 oz.)

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 whole orange (peeled)
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut water
  • 1 tbsp of Flax Seed Meal (optional)

Directions

  • Blend the orange, spinach and coconut water together until smooth
  • Throw the remaining ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth
  • 16 November 2013

    Oh Hey!

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    If you knew me 3 years ago, you would rarely see me wearing jeans unless all my leggings and tights were in the laundry basket. After graduating college, a lot in my life changed. One of those was my style. My hair went from long to short and I went from leggings to jeans. It took me a while to get the confidence to rock jeans. It’s such an odd thing to feel insecure about but that was one of my insecurities. Now if you look in my closet, I probably own too many pairs.

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    Moto Jacket (H&M), Shirt (Cotton On), Jeans & Oh Hey Necklace (American Eagle), Heels (Zara)

    I really enjoy the juxtaposition of edgy and girly which is why I paired my moto jacket and distressed jeans with a pair of bright red heels. This “Oh Hey” necklace is one of my favorites at the moment and I love how it subtly gives my outfits personality.