Isn’t it crazy how where we’re from effects us so strongly, even when, like me, you’ve lived in other places for even longer than where you grew up? I lived in the same house in rural Pennsylvania my entire life, and my parents still live there, so perhaps I’m influenced more strongly by my childhood roots than the average person. But memories formed in our little kid brains seem to really hang on, and that’s something I think about a lot as I try to do the right things as a parent.
I’ve been eating A LOT of salad lately, which is all good except for the fact that all my salads are all pretty much the same. The family is hecka bored and I am too, come to think of it. So, especially with summer coming, I was excited to find this chopped detox salad recipe. It feels like the time for a change.
The only thing I’m switching up in the recipe is the dressing: I’m nixing the onion because I HATE raw onion. Just hate it, though my husband and most of the rest of the world seems to love it. And I might also go without the garlic depending on my mood. Sometimes it does a number on my stomach, but sometimes I kind of love it. And I love fennel! It’s one of those veggies I always forget about, so I’m excited to get it into a regular rotation. And any salad with pistachios is fine by me. Lastly, I might add green olives? I rarely make a salad without olives.
If you make it, let me know what you think!
Eat the rainbow, they say, and I do try to do that on the daily with my salads. And while I don’t always wear the rainbow, it’s fun once in a while, especially with a dress as amazing as this Rachel Comey stunner. With summer right around the corner, and with summer being perpetually cold in San Francisco, I’m all about these long sleeves. I’ve also been really into layering necklaces lately, and these two wouldn’t get tangled. I couldn’t decide on heels or flats, so I didn’t.
Taolei necklace, $37
I realize it sounds terrible if you happen to be British. But “bum pack” provides no alliteration so I’m sticking with the American nomenclature.
The fanny pack is by Timbuk2, the brand best known for colorful, customizable messenger bags. This design is from their Femme collection, an effort spearheaded by the brand’s first female CEO and which I wrote about for Forbes here. I was a little skeptical that I would actually use it, and it took me a while to do so.
But when I did, it was very exciting. The hands-free situation was liberating, and the white fur lining keeps your cell phone nestled in luxury. If anyone gifts me a diamond ring or solid gold anything, it will be the perfect place to carry them. [Read more…]
I learned many things on the Hormone Reset diet, and one of them is that I hate avocado in my smoothies. I love avocados every other way, and I seem to be the only person on earth with this aversion, but there it is.
With that out of the way, on to what I love in my smoothies. Over the course of my 21-day detox and now in the nearly two months since, I’ve come up with a few go-to favorites.
I NEVER thought I’d be one of these smoothie people. “I like to chew my food,” I’d say before rolling my eyes behind the backs of people who blended their meals (I can be surly like that sometimes). But, since I realized I can eat about 100 times more protein and vegetables by way of a shake, it’s a whole new world. Now, I am the eye-roll-ee. And I’m OK with that.
I like to make the vanilla shake for breakfast or as a meal replacement. The chocolate one is my favorite after a strenuous workout and it’s a much better option than rushing to the kitchen and shoving bread in my face. The collagen one I have once or twice per week to keep my nails and hair strong and healthy. By the way, there are a lot of vitamins and whatnot packed into these mixes, so it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before making drastic diet changes.
Without further ado, here are my three favorite shakes.
I didn’t really mean to get all Deadwood on y’all, but that’s kind of what happened with this outfit. From the hat to the horsehair necklace to the duster and the belt made of old saddles (no joke, although I’m sorry to say I can’t remember the designer), there’s a wild west theme going on here for sure. And then you get to the boots and it’s all… space cowboy? What can I say, this is what I was feelin on a particularly windy Pacifica day last week.
I’m also wearing a watch for the first time in ages. This one is by The Fifth, an Australian brand that releases 5 styles of watches every month on the 5th day at the 5th hour and the company tells me they always sell out. You have to sign up for their mailing list to access the exclusive shop. I love this black and gold unisex style. I was also tempted by the rose gold. A new batch will be released in just a couple days, be sure to check the site on 5/5! Also, the company has been so successful that this month they’re expanding into eyewear, handbags and leather goods.
More outfit details below! [Read more…]
I can’t stop listening to this song:
Or this one:
Or this one!
Thx to my sis-in-law for this awesome 30% off Mother’s Day bag sale at Hipsters for Sisters. Use code LOVEMOM16.
Speaking of Mother’s Day, check out my deliverable gift ideas at Forbes.
It’s Sunday, y’all, let’s make it good.
When I was invited to “An Evening With India Hicks,” I immediately wanted to attend because I had a vague idea that she was somehow related to the royal family, that she was fabulous and stylish, and that an evening with her should not be missed. [Read more…]
Until recently, I’d had the same Marimekko fabric print hanging above our couch for, oh, a dozen years? I rather liked it and was proud to have kind of DIY’d it—as in I bought the fabric and the assembly-required frame and put it all together. That’s pretty much the extent of my DIY abilities.
And since said abilities are limited, the fabric always seemed to have unsolvable wrinkles which became one of those eyesores in the house that you don’t even see anymore because your brain figures it shouldn’t care since you’re not in any way addressing the issue.
So when Minted got in touch about a collaboration on their art selection, I jumped at the opportunity. This beautiful horse photograph by Jenni Kupelian caught my eye and while I wondered how the husband would feel about it, I almost didn’t want to ask him because I was really falling for this horse. If he wasn’t on board, it would be a problem. [Read more…]
Hey everyone! Here I am with my face, wearing my old glasses because I broke my newer ones. I’ve been obsessed with my skin since I was in my 20s, mainly because of my issues with acne over the years. But also, I won’t lie, because of vanity. When I was a nanny in Colorado in my 20s, the mother of the family I worked for convinced me to go to her aesthetician. Perhaps she thought I had a trust fund because one facial plus the products I couldn’t resist buying cost the equivalent of about a week’s worth of nannying.
But, like I said, I was vain, and that’s where my priorities were. Never mind rent and health insurance.