Monthly Archives: February 2014

17 February 2014

Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

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I love smoothies…LOVE them. I would often make a stop to smoothie joints to get my fix until I realized how much sugar these smoothie places actually put into their smoothies. Ever since I invested in a Vitamix, my life has changed. That baby blends everything so well and into the smoothest consistency I could ever imagine a blender could blend. If you are a smoothie enthusiast like me, I would definitely recommend it. When people think of green smoothies, spinach, kale and cucumbers often pop into mind. But herbs are green, too! I have made a strawberry-basil sorbet before and it was a total hit. So this combination was definitely a no-brainer. I opted for a creamy consistency with this smoothie so I used soy milk. But feel free to use coconut water or some strawberry juice if you want something a bit lighter!

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And yes, I drank both of those. It was that good.

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Serves 1 (or 2 if you’re feeling generous)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 10 basil leaves (more or less depending on how prominent you want the basil flavor to be)
  • 2/3 cup of soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup of spinach (optional)

Method:

  1. Place basil leaves, spinach and soymilk into the blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Add frozen fruit and continue to blend
  4. Add more soymilk if needed.

Enjoy!

 

 

10 February 2014

Red Envelopes

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We had a small family get-together last weekend to celebrate my cousin’s birthday and it happened to also be the weekend of Chinese New Year. We all got red envelopes!

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This sweater has been my go-to lately. It’s so comfortable and I love how it drapes.

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Top & Sweater (Forever 21), Shorts (Zara), Boots (Dolce Vita), Purse (Thrifted), Watch (Timex), Necklace & Bracelets (Handmade)

This purse I thrifted a few years back and I still love it. Chain + quilted pattern + tassels. It’s timeless.

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Jacket (Urban Outfitters), Crop Top (American Eagle), Jeans (BDG), Shoes (Chinese Laundry)

Aaaand the little lady behind the camera this time around – my little sister.

2 February 2014

DIY Geometric Gold Pattern Planter

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I love finding cute little planters to arrange the little succulents that I pick up from flea markets. I suggest checking out your local thrift store for interesting vessels if you’re looking for some funky home decor. I found these ones at a thrift shop for less than 50 cents each! Such a steal. These DIY planters were inspired the Kate Spade gold polka dot iPhone cases that I have been wanting to get. This DIY is so easy and can be perfect for a last-minute gift!

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Materials

  • A planter or cup/bowl of your choice with a high-glossy finish
  • Gold Sharpie Paint Marker (oil-based)

How To

  1. Shake your marker until the paint inside of it is mixed
  2. Push the tip down on a piece of scratch paper to get the paint flowing
  3. Draw your geometric pattern onto your planter
  4. Wait until it is completely dry and then pot your plant!

Tips:

  • If the vessel you are using is safe for the oven, bake it at 375°F for 30 minutes to make the pattern more permanent (I didn’t do this for mine because the gold looses some of its shine).
  • Draw out your geometric pattern on a sheet of paper before drawing on your planter. This will prevent you from making mistakes.
  • If you make a mistake, take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the marker before it is completely dry.
  • Draw on half of your planter, wait for it to dry and then draw on the other half so that you don’t accidentally ruin your pattern while it is wet.
  • Most importantly, have fun!