Friday, September 4, 2015

Foodie Friday: Healthy Smoothies with Greenblender

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Okay so if you follow me on Instagram you know my love of all things coffee, sweets, and baked goods...but as much I love everything that is bad for me, I try to balance it out with working out and actually eating right. My husband and I have been making more and more smoothies and protein shakes. But there is only so many strawberry banana protein smoothies a girl can have. That's why Greenblender is here to save me.  Greenblender is a weekly smoothie delivery service. Every week you'll get a box full of delicious ingredients and smoothie recipes sent to your door. This is a week's worth of smoothies until you get the new box! Say goodbye to your boring smoothies.

My smoothie box contained an interesting mix of veggies and fruits. One of the best parts about Greenblender is that the send you a list of recipes for your box of ingredients. If nothing tickles your fancy, you can go on their web page to find a listing of all their smoothie recipes (find it all here). If you're like me you might be hesitant of trying anything green...but this is the time to try it. You have all that you need and more.

Here a couple of recipes that I one that I made up myself:

Cantaloupe Apple Ginger 
1 1/2 oz Kale, stemmed
1 slice Cantaloup, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1/2 inch ginger,peeled
1 tsp spirulina
1tbsp coconut oil
1 cup water, 1 cup ice

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Truth be told...I've never been a fan of kale OR green drinks. The color and the idea of green veggies being in a drink always threw me off. Though this drink is indeed GREEN and has kale in doesn't actual taste green. From  the cantaloupe and coconut oil you get this fruity drink feel.

Hibiscus Peach
1 1/2 oz Collard Greens
1 Peach, pitted
1 Banana, peeled
2 tbsp Hibiscus Flowers
1 tbsp Flaxseed
1 cup coconut
1 cup ice

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Since the Cantaloup Apple Ginger recipe had me rethinking my initial thoughts about green smoothies I thought I'd give this Hibiscus Peach recipe a try. Plus, I like the Hibiscus donut from Dough Doughnuts. Anyway, the name has peach in it, it has peach in the recipe but I really couldn't taste the peach. For me it had a very strong banana taste, which I am not against by any means. But if you're looking for something peachy this is not it.

Thanks to Greenblender we had a lot of yummy fruit and veggies. Since we also had some fruit in our fridge that needed to be used I decided to blend up a little mix of my own, which I would like to call a Strawberry Medley.

Strawberry Medley
1 cup of Strawberries
1 cup of Mangos
1 handful of blueberries
1 handful of blackberries
1 tsp Flaxseed
1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 cup of ice
*optional for sweeter taste add a tsp of honey*

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This was a fun take on our usual strawberry protein smoothies that we typically do. Since our Greenblender came with flaxseed I opted to not add our protein and add the flexseed instead, as it is a good source of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. This little medley mix was also super freshing.

Let Greenblender help you blend up your routine! As a special promo for my readers, get 20% off your FIRST BOX by using the code "HEATHER" 
*please note there are delivery restrictions. see here if Greenblender delivers in your area* 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sisterhood of the Traveling Tote Bag #TravelFoxy

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Top: LOFT | Jeans: Madewell (via Nordstorm Rack) | Shoes: J.Crew| Sunglasses: LOFT | Bag: c/o Flying Fox (shop it here

I was lucky to be included in Flying Fox's #TravelFoxy campaign. This was a round up of bloggers across the US (including Tiffany Mast of The Together Traveler, Lauren Price of Fashionably Lo, and Jessica Fay of Lipstick, Heels, and a Baby) sharing Flying Fox's Cole Tote Bag and our adventures with this bag. This bag had been on some epic trips from Miami Beach to Sugar Loaf Mountain...and now to New York. It's amazing how versatile this bag is and to see how other bloggers styled and used this bag on their voyages. Though this bag didn't go on any wild adventures with me, it did fit in perfectly with my on-the-go lifestyle.

Saturday the husband and I took a trip to IKEA to pick up our new coffee tables and some other odds and ends. This bag saved me from having to buy a IKEA blue bag as I was able to fit a lamp and lightbulbs that we had bought in it. Since the husband will be away for the week we decided to do a little date night at our local BYOB pizza place, Lucali. I swapped out my booties for my favorite pair of heels, pulled my hair up in a ballerina bun, and easily slipped a bottle of white wine in this tote...and out the door we went.

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What I truly love about Flying Fox's Cole Tote Bag is it's buttery leather feel. This bag is super light weight so you pack it full of your days necessities. The two front pockets are not only perfect to hold your cellphone, keys, and a pair of sunglasses, but also make it super accessible in getting these items instead of fishing them out of the bottom of your bag. I'm so sad to be saying goodbye to this bag but I have a feeling I'll be making a purchase soon.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Outfit Post: First Day Jitters

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Top: Target | Shirt: LOFT | Skirt: Zara | Shoes: Forever21 | Sunglasses: LOFT | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

No matter how old you are whether it's starting a new job or starting school...there are the first day jitters. I started a new job mid this year and now here I am about to start my first day of graduate school...and it's the same first day if I was entering kindergarten all over again.

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Lets get personal, I will be going back to graduate school at The New School (home of Parsons) to obtain my Masters in Media Management. While attending I still will be working full time. I think the scariest part for me isn't so much school itself as much as it is how I will get everything done...and still have a life. Don't fear I plan on continuing FNYG, but please bare with me. I'm excited for this new chapter. My 20s were probably the hardest years (I can say that now as I approach my 29th birthday). I've quickly learned that being in your 20s is all about self discovery. This is the first time in 17 years you'll not be in school. And I'm sure if you're like me, you thought you'd have everything figured out by the time you were in your mid-20s. Wrong. You are VERY lucky if  you know what you want to do, are doing what you want to do, and are happy doing what you are doing. As for me, I didn't know what I wanted to do, I wasn't doing what I wanted to do (whatever that was), and I wasn't happy doing what I was to doing. So I had to DO something about it...that's how FNYG got started. Through blogging I discovered my love for all things social media...unlike many of my younger counterparts social media management wasn't taught in school (Facebook hit my college when I was a junior). So here I am embarking on the next chapter of my life...and I honestly couldn't be more happy and excited. It's the first time in a long time where I feel like everything is starting to come together.

Here's the can't sit around waiting for things to happen...because they won't. Things will not fall into place, jobs won't land on your lap, you need to go out and get what you want. That can mean anything from starting your own online business to going back to school to finding an internship. When something isn't working you need to figure out what it is and fix it. Life isn't going to wait around for you...and it goes by so fast. So do what you need to do in order to reach your goals.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Outfit Post: Shades of Grey

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Jacket: American Eagle | Shirt: Forever21 | Shorts: LOFT | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique

Well...not that kind of shades of grey...Have you ever have days that you wake up and don't have any idea what to wear? This was one of those days. I woke up and was like "Shit...what to wear?" When in a morning style rut I tend to go for easy throw on looks. No matter what the temperature is outside, I have to also take in account the temperature inside my office. So shorts, a long sleeve shirt, and some sort of extra layer works best.

Do you wear layers in your office?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Wear: Daycationing

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Dress: Free People | Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff (similar styles here| Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique

This weekend my husband and I celebrated his 30th birthday by taking a day trip up to Beacon, New York. He wanted to check out Dia: Beacon and since we were in this beautiful Hudson Valley town we took advantage and explored a bit. We stopped into a little local cafe, Homespun Foods, for lunch, walked Main St. and stopped into the local ice cream shop Beacon Creamery before checking out some modern art at Dia. We are already making plans to come back next summer to go kayaking at Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park. Beacon was such a beautiful escape from the city. Perfect for a daycation as it's only 2 1/2 hours away from the city and an easy ride on the Metro North. This little town is something that I can see us settling into to start a family. I know a city girl moving out of the city for a more quiet life...crazy. But it's something we have been discussing as we think and save to buy a house. Beacon, you definitely made the list.

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Style Guide: The Adult Crop Top

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I hate when people say that crop tops are for certain ages only. Anyone under 20 only, anyone under 30 only, blahblahblah....Sure as an adult you should wear crop tops styled appropriately and tastefully. The "Adult Crop Top" to me means longer crop tops (like ones pictures above) that pair easily with high waist pants and skirts. These crop tops are perfect for date night or can be worn to work with the correct dressing. Pair with high waist pants, flats, and simple earrings for a day time look, throw on a red lip and heels for a evening out.

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Shirt: Badgley Mischka | Jeans: Carmar via LF Store | Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique | Earrings: Kate Spade

I found this Badgley Mischka crop top at their sample sale. To be honest I was hesitant on buying this top, I actually made a second stop at the end of the sale to pick it up with further reductions. I'm actually quite pleased that I went back to buy it. I wasn't sure how seamless this would transition in my wardrobe but thankfully I have a thing for high waist clothing. This shirt is so much fun to dress up or down. I've worn it once so far, and got tons of compliments.

Do you think there is an age restriction on crop tops?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Inspirational Monday: Fall Style

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This Fall it's all about the earth tone colors (marsala, oak buff, desert sage...see all of the fall colors here). It seems that every fall piece I have been eyeing is either in marsala or in oak buff and in a 70s style; pinafore dresses, wide leg pants, wide brim hats...etc. Because I'm not one to wait for anything...I love to start to transition into the new season. With Summer to Fall you need to be careful of picking pieces that aren't heavy, like suede, leather, and chunky knits. These pieces to me look silly when it's 80 degrees out. Luckily, lace is still around for the fall and it's perfect piece to play around with for the summer and fall, like this lace dress from Zara.

Wear Fall Trends Now:

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Shirt: T by Alexander Wang | Pants: Badgley Mischk (sample sale) | Bag: Coach | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Topshop | Sunglasses: Feathers Boutique 

I recently picked up these pants from Badgley Mischka Sample Sale. The best part about these pants besides them easily falling into trend again, is that they were $25! Want to know why they were $25? Because the tag was ripped! As soon as I tried them on I knew they were coming home with me. They fit to perfectly to pass up...for $25!

These pants are going to be so much fun for me to play around with. I can see me dressing them up with a crop top or dressing them down this fall with a graphic sweater. Plus, these pants just get me in the mood for fall.

Are you guys ready for the fall?

PS would anyone be interested in a sample sale tutorial? like how to shop/survive a sample sale?