Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lemon, Blueberry & Brie Waffle Sandwiches

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Brie is one of my favorite cheeses, so I’ll find an excuse to put it on anything!  This recipe is a really quick and easy one that makes it seem like you slaved away in the kitchen all day. Using frozen waffles saves time, but it’s so packed with flavor you would swear it was made from scratch.

This would be a great breakfast to make while you have company over, as it won’t take away from your time to socialize, but will be sure to impress.

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ingredients for fruity waffle sandwich

Lemon, Blueberry & Brie Waffle Sandwiches
Cook time: 10 min. | Prep time: 10 min. | Serves:  | Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients: 
1 ½ cups blueberries 
1 tablespoon lemon zest 
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 
1 tablespoon Simple Truth sugar 
2 tablespoons Simple Truth unsalted butter 
8 Simple Truth whole grain waffles 
4 oz. brie cheese 

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Directions: 
1. Add blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar to a sauce pot and heat over medium heat.
2. Once it's at a simmer, reduce the heat to low. Stir occasionally until the sauce has thickened (should take about 5 minutes).
3. Remove the pot from heat.
4. Thinly slice the brie cheese. Cut enough slices to cover the waffle, and put them on the waffle. Scoop the blueberry sauce onto the brie, and top it with another waffle to make a sandwich.
5. Melt butter into a frying pan over medium-high heat, and place the waffle sandwich into the pan.
6. Grill until the cheese is completely melted (approximately 3 minutes per side), and the waffle is golden brown.
7. Drizzle maple syrup on top of the sandwich (optional).
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nellie

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Romper: Urban Outfitters  |  Chambray: Forever21 (similar)  |  Loafers: Jeffrey Campbell  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker  |  Belt: Zara (similar)  |  Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I try to keep things pretty surface level on this blog for the most part... fashion, home decor, product reviews and the occasional recipe, but today I want to share something very close to my heart, and I hope you don't mind.

I'll start with a little backstory.  I have always been an animal lover, and pretty much always had dogs in the house growing up.  I can only think of maybe 5 total years of my childhood where we didn't have a dog.  I actually wanted to be a veterinarian until I realized I absolutely can't stand the sight of blood and that idea got nixed real quick.

Almost all of my dogs growing up came from breeders.  My family was always told that dogs from shelters are there because they are ill or have behavioral issues, and thus I grew up with that impression as well (I hate to admit that).  It wasn't until I adopted a mutt of my own from a classmate whose dogs accidentally had babies that I started to question this idea of "purebred" only, and the notion that dogs should come from a breeder in order to be the best dogs.  Zoey, my first mutt is the smartest dog I know.

About a year ago, Jesse and I started thinking about adopting a second dog, as we had just bought our place and knew we were ready (Zoey was too!).  Instagram led me following various rescue organizations which opened my eyes to the hardcore truth.  Approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year in shelters due to the fact that there is no room to house all of the homeless animals in the world.  This number is mind-numbing and chilling to me.  The reason there are so many homeless animals?  People who fail to get their dogs spayed & neutered, puppy mills (those cute little dogs in a teacup online or the puppies you see in pet stores), and backyard breeders (people who want to make a quick buck).  For this reason, I cannot see any reason to buy from a breeder until all of these animals in the shelter are free.    

We adopted our second love bug Archie in January from MaeDay Rescue in Los Angeles.  He is a dream come true for our family.  He has nothing but love to give and asks for nothing but love in return.  Archie was rescued by MaeDay from the San Pedro shelter after he was found running on the streets for days with another dog.  When I think of all of the dogs like Archie sitting in the shelter I cry.  There are so many perfectly good dogs just looking for a second chance at life.  They didn't choose to end up there.  Irresponsible humans put them there. 

Now back to a few weeks ago where I met Nellie.  I heard a yelp one Friday night outside my place and was instantly concerned that someone was hitting their dog.  I look out the window to see Nellie, dirty, with bushes stuck in her side, and without a collar.  I ran outside to see my neighbor who had tried to pet her but she was scared and in pain, hence the yelp.  I fed her some food, got her into a crate and took her in for the night.  I reached out to our friends at MaeDay because I had absolutely no experience in taking in a stray dog.  They walked me through each step and offered to sponsor Nellie, which we are so grateful for.   

The next day we took her to the vet where we found out she had just recently had puppies (although they were nowhere to be found), and had a giant abscess on her side that was swelling by the minute and causing her great pain.  The vet drained the abscess, got her on antibiotics, gave her all necessary shots, and put her on flea medicine.  The dog I brought home from the vet was not the same dog I found the night before.  She instantly jumped into my lap in the car and looked out the window with the happiest face I've ever seen.  She's now spayed and recovering and looking for her forever home.  We sadly cannot keep her as our association has a two dog maximum policy, but we are so excited to see where life takes her next. 

A little more about her personality -- She loves to play (she's a terrier mix of some sort so running around is a must), she loves to chew bones, and she equally loves to cuddle.  Whether I am on the couch or reading in bed, she will come up and curl up right under my arm.  (She wants to be as close to you as possible).  She loves to give kisses and you know she's excited to see you every time you walk in the room because her tail wags like crazy.  She is really shy to strangers at first, but once she knows you she bonds very quickly. 

If you know someone in the LA/OC area looking to add a pup to their family, contact MaeDay Rescue for more info on Nellie or any of the other adorable adoptable dogs they have. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

14 Days of Denim


This post is promoted by Target
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If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might notice I rarely wear jeans. I will usually opt for trousers or a dress over a pair of jeans. A big reason I rarely wear them is because I really only have one or two pairs that fit the way I like them to. 

 I am 5’3 with a slim-average build and I prefer skinny jeans that show my ankle. Because of my height, I can never find jeans that are actually ankle bearing unless they are cropped and intended to hit higher on the shin, but I make them work as ankle bearing. On the rare occasion I find an ankle bearing pair that’s short enough for my height, it will be way too tight in the waist area. 

 I was thrilled to be able to try out the new Target denim, and was so pleasantly surprised at how each pair was a perfect fit. I tested out three different pairs over the course of 14 days, which was certainly a challenge for a non-jean wearer! All three of my jeans were skinny style, and ankle bearing, but all had a different color wash (light, medium, dark) and rise (low, medium, high). Each pair showed just enough ankle, while still being extremely comfortable in the waist (no love handle squeezing here!) The material is really soft and stretchy so they feel as comfortable as leggings. 

 Just as I gravitate towards the same style in denim, I usually gravitate towards the same color wash as well. I almost always pick a dark wash, as I feel it is more slimming. I would have never picked out the lighter wash on my own, but was surprised to find I really loved the way they looked with many of my outfits. It’s nice to have a lighter option for more casual outfits, or when your top is dark to add some contrast. That being said, I still wore the darkest wash the most – but I think the fact that they are high-waisted had a lot to do with that. I love the versatility of high-waisted jeans – you can wear them with a shirt tucked in to accentuate your shape or with your shirt un-tucked and they look like two different jeans. 

 Do you guys get stuck in a denim rut like myself? What is your favorite style/wash? 

 If you are a Target addict like myself, make sure you stop by a store to try on a pair of denim and receive $10 off! Promotion begins July 26th. 

 Find your style @targetstyle

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

There are few sales that get me as excited as the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  You all know I hate paying full price for anything, but especially designer items.  A year ago I scored a pair of Michael Kors boots for a fraction of the price and they've been my favorite dependable black boots.

I've scoured the sale for you guys and picked out my favorites.  Clearly I'm loving jewel tones paired with neutrals for the upcoming fall season.  Have you scored anything from the sale yet?




Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blue & Beige

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Dress: Forever21  |  Bag: Coach (sold out - love this bag)  |  Shoes: ASOS  |  Sunglasses: ZeroUV c/o  |  Hat: Forever21 (old - love this)

Do you ever have a piece of clothing or outfit that reminds you of a place you've never been?  For some reason this dress remind me of Greece, even though I've never been to Greece.  Something about the soft blue, white and beige color combination reminds me of pictures I've seen of Santorini.  It's definitely on my list of places to see, so I will have to pack this dress when I finally am able to go. 

I love that this dress is lightweight, and you can adjust the drawstrings on the side to make it sit wherever you want.

On a personal note, we've been crazy busy as our lives got an unexpected twist when a stray dog came to my door on Friday night (if you know me on a personal level, you know how perfect this is -- I am a huge advocate for animal rights, and adopting rescue dogs over buying from a breeder or puppy mill).  I am thinking about sharing more in a personal post, but until then, you can read more about it on my instagram

I hope you are all having a great week!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Girl on the Go Recipe: Quick & Easy Overnight Oats



This post is sponsored by fairlife ultra-filtered milk. 

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We all have those times of our lives where we are constantly on the move and rarely find the time (or energy) to plan out meals.  Personally, I find when I don’t plan out my meals, it’s extremely hard to eat healthy (the vending machine at work isn’t the best option).

If I have to prepare something before work, I can forget about it ever happening.  I will choose sleep every time. I love these overnight oats, as I can make them the evening before when I seem to have a little more time to do things like meal prep.  I love that I can grab one of these in the morning and eat them cold without having to do any prep work.

I am extra excited about a particular ingredient in these oats and that is the fairlife reduced fat ultra-filtered milk.  I am lactose intolerant, while Jesse is not.  We have always had to buy two separate milks as he prefers the taste of real milk over milk alternatives (almond, coconut, soy) this leads to a lot of milk being wasted.  Neither one of us can finish a whole thing of milk to ourselves before it expires.  I am beyond thankful for fairlife because it is lactose-free, meaning he and I can both enjoy it without any sacrifices.

The best part?  It’s actually way better (taste-wise and health-wise) than regular milk.  There’s less sugar and more protein and calcium in fairlife, which is an upgrade for both of us.


Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup fairlife reduced fat ultra-filtered milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp honey

Optional Toppings:
Sliced Bananas
Carob Chips
Cinnamon
Drizzle of honey

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Directions: In a bowl, mash the large banana with a fork.  Add the leftover ingredients and mix until well combined.  Pour into two mason jars and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to eat, stir the oats and add optional toppings. (Can enjoy cold or heated.)

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