Posts tagged ‘stripes’

April 19, 2011

Shopaholic

Someone needs to sign me up for Shopaholics Anonymous A.S.A.P. I’ve noticed that in the past 3 days I’ve purchased an outrageous number of clothing items, accessories & shoes. I should probably buy stock in J. Crew or Nordstrom  since I basically handed them my paycheck.

In the pile: Salmon colored skirt – j.crew, white shorts – j.crew, sequin 3/4 length coral shirt – j.crew, pink & white dress j.crew, beige tank top – j.crew, gold shimmer tank j.crew, white racerback tank – j.crew, pink & white pinstripe tank – j.crew, orange boyfriend cardigan – j.crew, camel studded belt – j.crew, 2 long necklaces – j.crew, off white flower hairpin – j.crew, starfish gold earrings – j.crew, gray zipper pocket cardigan – j.crew, j-brand flare jeans – nordstrom, black lace dress – bcbg, gold jeweled flats – bcbg, blue and gray striped boyfriend cardigan, orange & white short sleeve off the shoulder sweater – nordstrom

The good thing is all of these are staple pieces and can be worn with many different outfits. Plus, everyone needs a little shopping spree to kick off a new season 🙂 I should also note that you shouldn’t ever go shopping while running on 3 hours of sleep 😉 Unless you want to spend money of course!

If you are into spending money on clothes I have some cheap Spring staples that I wanted to share with you.

1. Dress – This is something you could throw on during the day  with flats for a casual look, dress up with wedges for a night out or add a cardigan to attend a family function. $34.99 – Jc Penny

2. Denim Skirt – When I was younger a denim skirt was a staple for me. I wore one probably 3x a week with a tube top, tank or whatever I could find. I still love the versatility but wearing a ripped, faded and short skirt isn’t age appropriate for me (I’m OLD) anymore. $16.90 – Forever 21

3. Striped Shirt – I’m OBSESSED with stripes. White shorts, skinny jeans, leggings…It all works! $40 – Top Shop

4.  Flower Applique Sandals – I like to wear something that’s not plain. Cant beat these at $12 – Old Navy

5. White Shorts – I would wear these everyday if I nobody would notice 🙂 $39 – Gap

6. Aviators – Loving the classic look. Not too big, not too small – Just right. $16 – Sunglass Warehouse

7. Long Gold Necklace – I used to be against gold…Now I’m a fan. $1.50 – Forever 21

8. Colorful Scarf – Perfect to wear with a tee, shorts and flats to give your outfit a little uumph. $15 – Affordable Scarves

9. Boyfriend cardigan – Always nice to have one of these when it’s NOT so Springy out $19 – J. Jill

10. Canvas Tote – Picnics, Beach trips and Days at work with the kids. This bag would get A LOT of use $50 – Land’s End

This morning I had a delicious breakfast but it didn’t LOOK delicious. I’m horrible at making an omelet look good. Any ideas for me??

It broke before I even flipped it!

Eh, who cares about pretty pictures when you have lump crab, egg whites, red peppers, vegan cheese, old bay and cholula on a Tuesday morning for breakfast?

Not me.

I’m enjoying some leftover chili for lunch while watching Rachel Ray and mentally preparing myself for a butt kicking at Boot Camp tonight.

Happy Tuesday!

QUESTIONS: What is a Spring staple in your wardrobe? Any tips for making the perfect omelette?? 

February 17, 2011

Healthy & Dairy Free

Yesterday I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my sugar addiction! I decided to make a banana bread for breakfast… An extremely healthy banana bread. No eggs, no oil, no sugar, no dairy… and still amazingly delicious. Take that sugar cravings!

I also was trying to stay from my Peanut Butter so I made some fresh Almond Butter to spread on my slice. Why haven’t I made this before today? No salt, no sugar – Just simply perfect.

If you are looking for a guilt free delicious breakfast I highly suggest you make this – It definitely wasn’t lacking any flavor!

Peanut Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/4 cup Peanut flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Natural Applesauce
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Medium-Sized, Very Very Ripe Bananas, Mashed (about 2 cups)
  • Add ins – I knew I was going to spread almond butter on top so I didnt add anything but I think walnuts would be perfect

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the almond milk and flaxseed and set aside.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Returning to your mixing bowl, blend in the applesauce, vanilla, and bananas until well mixed. Stir in the dry ingredients by hand, being careful not to over-mix; a few lumps are okay.

  • Gently fold in the nuts, fruit, or any other add-ins, if using.
  • Spread the batter into your prepared loaf pan, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is browned and resilient to the touch.

  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • I also made one small loaf that took about 22-25 minutes if you choose to make them mini-sized

I plan on eating this for 2 days and then freezing the rest! If you do freeze this make sure you wrap it really tight and stick inside a plastic bag.

Lunch was Spinach, romaine, cucumbers, pepper and carrots with roasted red pepper hummus. This was my first time substituting hummus for salad dressing and it was SO good. If you’ve never tried them together, give it a shot.

I made it to the gym after work and ran intervals for 40 minutes. It was totally random because I did it by the songs on my ipod so for every song I ran/walked at an incline from 4.0 and level 4 incline to 7.5 level 1 incline. I pushed myself to go because it was already Wednesday and I was trying to convince myself to start over next week but the good side of my brain said no, just do it! I sure didn’t regret it 🙂

Dinner was Shrimp, Mushroom & Spinach Risotto – This was my first time making actual risotto since the last one I made was actually cauliflower.

Shrimp, Mushroom & Spinach Risotto – Dairy Free & Vegan if you leave out shrimp

  • 4 ounces dried shitake mushrooms
  • 3/4 pound of shrimp
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2½ cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 t. sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 T. dairy-free soy margarine
  • 1 ½ T. nutritional yeast
  • Black pepper, to taste

Preparation:

1. In a small bowl, combine the boiling water with the shitake mushrooms, and let them soak, uncovered for 30 minutes. Drain the liquid into a medium-sized saucepan and discard the mushrooms. Add the vegetable broth to the sauce pan, bring the mixture to a simmer and cover.

2. In a small bowl, toss the spinach, lemon juice and 1 t. of the salt. Set aside.

3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 T. of the olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 4 minutes more. Add the remaining 1 T. of olive oil and the rice, and, stirring constantly, cook until the rice is evenly coated and sounds like crispy rice cereal in the pan, making snapping and popping noises, about 4 minutes. Drop in Shrimp. Add the wine, stirring constantly, until all of the liquid is completely absorbed.

4. Ladle ¾ cup of the simmering broth into the rice and cook, continuing to stir, until most of the liquid is absorbed.Continue to add the broth in ¾-cup increments, allowing the liquid to be absorbed before another addition, until the rice is translucent around the edges but still solid in the middle and the rice is of a creamy consistency, about 20 minutes.

5. Add the spinach and cook for just about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, or until the spinach is wilted and bright green. Stir in the dairy-free soy margarine and nutritional yeast. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

This could probably serve 2-3 people. It was filling, “cheesy” and tasted a lot better than brown rice! It even left me satisfied enough to not even crave dessert. Woohoo!

I found out that Thursday is actually my Friday because the family is going to the beach since its going to be 70 degrees out! A beautiful weathered surprise paid day off? Sounds like a perfect way to start the weekend! I’m hoping to go hiking for the day in Virginia – i’ll get a great exercise in and it will keep me away from the malls. Everytime I have a day off I end up spending more money shopping then I would’ve even made! Guess that’s what boredom does to you..

Speaking of shopping and 70 degree weather… That must mean spring is on its way! New season + new trends = Shopping Trip…I will probably wait a couple of weeks to start my spree but here are some things I have my eye on.

Number 1 must have: Cargo Skinny Pants – LOVE these


Number 2: Trench Coat – obviously this is a staple and not a trend but sometimes its fun to get a new spring color


Number 3: Colorful clutch – A girl can never have too many bags


Number 4: Romper – Yes, I like onesies


Number 5: Cognac colored wedges – My favorite waist belt is cognac so I like to keep it in the family


Number 6: Stripes – Call me where’s waldo but I cant get enough striped shirts in my closet. This is actually a 3 in 1 for me. Gray (favorite new color to wear), stripes and a t-shirt dress.

Questions – Do you shop at the beginning of each season for new items? Have you ever made a guilt free bread?

Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME. Why?

This is one of my favorite pictures of myself because I love the way my hair looks! I am not good at curling my hair but I was proud of myself for the job I did that night 🙂

OH more exciting shopping news – I received my shoes from Shanna!! Love them and they fit PERFECTLY 🙂 Thanks again girl!