Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Go Fly a Malachite

I know I’m kinda late on the malachite train (choo, choo), but I am obsessed. I have loved this precious gem (literally, it's a precious gem) ever since I laid eyes on the malachite box in Claiborne Swanson Frank’s living room. And we know how much I love that living room. But there is so much more you can do with malachite that I didn't even know about. Think outside the bun box, people. Pun 100% intended. Or just look at these pictures I’ve gathered from the greenest, marbley-ist corners of the internet. Placemats, pillows, and chairs – oh my!
I want ALL THE THINGS. But for now I will just appreciate them from afar. Especially since this stuff is not exactly cheap. Although there is an awesome malachite fabric on Spoonflower that is supes affordable and begging to be purchased. I think it would look quite special on a wingback chair. Too bad I have no room. Maybe if I can just lay the chair horizontal on my bed and sleep very, very still next to it? It's a thought. Also, THAT LAMP. Craig Van Den Brulle knows his way around a light fixture. I have had his amethyst "rock candy" lamps on my wish list for years. And this malachite beauty will now join the ranks.

For even more green goodness, feast your eyes on these photos of malachite in action. In it's natural habitat - living rooms, entry ways, bars and the like. I've got a fever, and the only cure is more malachite!





Which of the malachite items above do you need to come live with you? From my board or any of the rooms above. I need the lamp and the black bergere chairs in the fourth pic from the top.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pep Talk Tuesday

"Aren’t we all on the same team? I’m on your team. Be on my team." Just a few of the wise words of wisdom Kid President has to share with us. I dare you to watch this without smiling.

P.S. I love Space Jam too! Best soundtrack of '96 fer sher.

5 Drink Challenge Update & HIIT Elliptical Workout

Hey guys! I totally forgot to update you all yesterday on how I’m doing with the 5 drink challenge. Probably because I was embarrassed that I totally blew it on Saturday night and didn’t want to fess up. But that’s what making this challenge public is for, right? Right. Last week, I was doing great all week (no drinks Monday through Thursday and two glasses of wine on Friday night). However, I most definitely had more than three drinks at the wedding on Saturday. Whoops! I didn’t even keep track, but I know it was more than three. Back in the saddle this week with a potentially modified goal since I will be on vacation Thursday to Monday. However, at a minimum I will at least keep track of how much I am drinking and aim to keep that amount as low as possible while still enjoying myself and Sunday’s Super Bowl Beyonce concert.

While I went over my drink budget last week, at least I am somewhat making up for it with my workouts. Fortunately for you, that means I have a new workout to share. This entire workout (including one minute of warm-up) took 31 minutes and left me drenched in sweat. It is a variation of the elliptical workout included in this post but is less impossible. It's been a while since I've done the original workout exactly as prescribed, but the one below is exactly what I did this morning. It is tough and worth your while without making you want to punch someone in the face. I am positive this is due to the lower resistances and higher speeds. Resistance above 11 or 12 is KILLER. Speaking of speed, for the fast intervals I like to lean forward onto my toes with my heels slightly lifted. I find this helps me hit the higher speeds without burning out. As always, feel free to adjust this workout to your level, but make sure you are still challenging yourself!

30 Minute HIIT Elliptical Workout

What part of the Super Bowl are you most excited about? The actual game, the commercials, or the halftime show? I think we know where I stand.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Week in Fitness, Workout Playlist & Craig's List Finds

Howdy guys. Monday's already halfway over - yay?

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I got to go to Austin (wahoo!) for a spectacular wedding, and I really did not want to come back. I miss that place so much.

It goes without saying that an out of town wedding makes for a very tired Monday. To motivate myself to get in a good workout today, I've added a some new (and old) songs to my current workout playlist. I figured you guys might be looking for some new jams too, so hopefully you can find something you like on the list below. All of these are available on itunes. My current fave is the Icona Pop song, which I heard on Girls last night and immediately downloaded. A show that makes me laugh and gives me new music. Winning. There is a broad mix of genres on this list including middle school punk rock, country, and Spanish pop. Take what you like and leave what you don’t. I like to listen to some odd things when working out. You have been warned.

Icona Pop – I Love It
Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian – Battle Scars
Scissor Sisters – Baby Come Home
Macklemore – And We Danced (try not to take this one too seriously and just enjoy the awesome beat)
Blink 182 – I Miss You (please stop judging me…)
Ke$ha – Die Young
Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom (awesome song, most disappointing video ever – ZERO dancing what a let down)
Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath
Borgore – Decisions
Matt Nathanson – Modern Love
Taylor Swift – 22
Florida Georgia Line - Cruise
Paulina Rubio – Ni una Sola Palabra

Before I recap last week in fitness, I want to share some recent Craig's List finds with you to demonstrate how easy it can be to find great stuff on The List. For all of the items below I went to the furniture page on CL and typed "regency" into the search bar. Seriously, so easy. I have the Craig's List app on my phone, which is AWESOME, and I always search Houston, Dallas and Austin juuust in case. Since I could pretty easily get something from Austin or Dallas if I loved it enough, I like to keep my searches as wide as possible. I also always filter to only those items sold "by owner" to get rid of the spammy "by dealer" items. Just a little tip to make your searches easier.

Side note: if you don't already have the CL app and you search Craig's List a decent amount, I highly recommend it. It let's you see the images of the items along with the descriptions on the main page. This prevents you from wasting precious time opening posts with great descriptions only to find out they are actually held-up-by-a-lying-down-metal-bear tables that have been described as "hollywood regency" and "restoration hardware" to get more hits. Craig's List sellers are a sneaky bunch.

P.S. I am renting a U-Haul and driving to Dallas. They have the best CL finds. So unfair!

P.P.S. Links to the original CL post below each pic. 

1. Bamboo Chairs ($140) - I would definitely recover these, maybe in something like this or this, but I think the shape is really cute and versatile.
Craig's List Link

2. Pagoda Mirror ($299) - This could easily be spray painted if you wanted to change the color, but I like the black in the right setting and the style is awesome. The large scale is another plus.
Craig's List Link

3. Bamboo Headboard ($500) - I think this would look great in a room with all white furniture and some colorful fabrics and accents.

Craig's List Link

4. China Cabinet ($500) - LOVE the shape of this cabinet and all of the bamboo detail on the bottom doors. This wouldn't have been my first choice in color, but it could work in the right setting or be changed to something like white or fire engine red.

Craig's List Link

5. Wheat Sheaf Table ($300) - I have been obsessed with these tables ever since seeing this post on La Dolce Vita. The price on this is incredible, and the look is spot on!

Craig's List Link

6. Bar Cart ($380) - Bar carts are all the rage these days, and while I don't really have a place for one in my apartment I definitely like the idea. I like this one a lot, and the price is not bad considering how much these usually go for. I still might try to negotiate it down though - never hurts to try!

Craig's List Link

7. Sphere Lamps ($110 each) - The last thing I need is another lamp, but I seriously want these. They are so unique and different, yet I could see them mixing well with a variety of styles.

Craig's List Link

Who's coming with me to Dallas?!?

As promised, last week in fitness below.

Monday - 35 minute cycling interval workout, 75 girly push-ups
Tuesday - 30 minute HIIT workout, split between the elliptical (20 mins) and treadmill (10 mins)
Wednesday - Define Body
Thursday - Ran 5 miles at an 8:46 pace
Friday - Define Body
Saturday - 30 minute cycling interval workout
Sunday - Rest day

I leave for Jackson Hole on Thursday, so I'm going to do my best to fit in as much fitness as I can before I leave. Cheers to a 3-day workweek!

What is your favorite of the seven Craig's List items listed above? Do you have a bar cart in your home? If so, where did you find it?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Japanese Binocular Soccer

I'm super bizzay and running on very little sleep, so I apologize that I don't have much for you today. Just this You Tube video of what I would look like if I tried to play soccer. Good for some much needed morning LOLz.

Genius! This game needs to make it stateside STAT.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Living Room Progress

Over the past year or so I’ve started getting really into fabrics. I think my obsession started when I was looking for something to recover my kitchen chairs.

This mission led me to the wide world of fabrics that exists on the internet and in stores around the world at High Fashion Home. Sifting through all of that fabric is a weird mixture of overwhelming and addicting, especially if you are searching online. But all the sifting is worth it in the end when you find that perfect combination of color, pattern, and texture for your tushie home.

Why all this talk about fabrics? Because I am currently in the midst of two fabric projects. The first is recovering some stools I bought on Craig’s List, and the second is making a bolster for my newly redecorated bed. Since fabric is on my brain, I figured I would share my recent finds with all three of you. If any of you are also in the process of finding fabric, one piece of advice I would give you (especially if you are painfully indecisive like myself) is to order/pick up some samples and live with them a while before making a final decision. Even if you have to shell out a few bucks for a sample you may not use, I promise it’s worth it. I am currently heeding my own advice and living with the fabric below as a potential for the bolster. Like they say, do as I say and not also as I do, or something like that.

While I have yet to pull the trigger on the bolster, I am making some actual progress on the stools. Over the holidays I bought these cute little stools for $50 each off Craig’s List. Sorry this photo's not great painful, but I'm not at home and it's all I've got. You get the idea...

Love these little guys. Cheers to cheap Craigsy finds and to not getting murdered in the process. To be honest, I got a little bit of a murdery feeling picking these bad boys up since the "deal" went down at 10:00 at night. Don't worry, I took proper precautions and my collection of homemade shanks a male companion with me to keep it safe. Joking aside, there was no sketchiness to the transaction other than the pick-up time, which was mainly due to my schedule anyways. Craig’s List still rules. But always be cautious!

Sooo I am officially obsessed with the shape of my stools. That sounded way better before I typed it out - yikes. Dare I say that I like them more than these x-base stools I have been lusting over for months?

I think maybe I do. Howeverrr, the fabric on the Craigsy stools is very outdated. Very 80s, 90s or something equally offensive. Thus began the hunt for some new fabric.

The process was pretty simple. My inspiration for buying these stools in the first place was the cut and paste mood board below that I created when I first moved into my apartment. This board was meant to serve as a guideline for the colors, patterns, and textures I ultimately want to incorporate in my living room. So I knew I wanted something in the orange or leopard family.

A little side note/background on the mood board. It was inspired by Claiborne Swanson Frank's den (pictured below), which was feature in Elle Decor last year. Upon seeing this room I immediately fell in love with all of the awesome patterns and colors. However, I decided to warm it up a bit by replacing the red/pink with orange and adding the charcoal. Plus, nude furniture in a high-traffic room spells disaster for a klutzy person like me.

To get my living room really looking like its inspiration board I still have quite a ways to go. For example:
  • My couch is currently ivory (but washable!)
  • I am waiting on my mom to redo our den at home and give me the hand-me-down tufted chairs (which are actually skirted, swivel, and more blue than navy)
  • I don't yet have the blue pillows but have a cheaper, similiar-ish version from Tar-jay
  • I have made similar curtains using Home Depot painters drop cloths and some hem tape (I should do a tutorial on that), but I have yet to add the orange trim

However, I do have all of the pillows shown on the sofa, I do have a sofa, and I'm in the process of making those stools a reality. Bit by bit, my friends. So...the stools. After weeks of debate, I finally bit the bullet today and ordered this fabric. I ended up going with leopard over dark orange because I consider leopard to basically be a neutral and wanted them to be more versatile for the long haul.

In my humble opinion, the fabric I chose is a perfect leopard fabric and the price can't be beat. Now that I've snatched up the yardage I need I feel comfortable sharing my secret with you. I imagine that the stools will look like these beautiful pets when they are done, and I cannot wait. I'll be sure to come back with an after photo the instant they are camera ready.

Alright, I'm tired and the leopard spots are making my eyes hurt so that's all I've got for you tonight. Once I can get my hands on a proper, non-iPhone camera I'll share some more apartment shots with you guys if you would be interested. I know I love creepin' on other people's places!

What's your favorite fabric source? What's your favorite fabric in your home?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Recap & Week in Fitness

Hey guys – how was your weekend? Mine was pretty grand, although I’m jealous of you jerks who get to make it a 3-day! I’ve got a 5-day (!!!) weekend next week though so I definitely can’t complain. I’m headed to Jackson Hole at the cracker jack of dawn next Thursday, and I am PUMPED (and maybe already a little cold just thinking about it).

This is NOT what I signed up for.

So Mondays are generally blah and we all know it, but you know what makes them so much better? At least for me, going to the grocery store over the weekend completely transforms the most dreaded day of the week. I would say I actually make this happen about 50% of the time, but I am really working on getting it closer to 100. If I go to the grocery store over the weekend, I (a) don’t have to deal with going after work Monday/Tuesday, and (b) can spend Sunday prepping meals and snacks for the upcoming week. Seriously - life changing. I find Saturdays to be better than Sundays in terms of general grocery store traffic, but early in the morning or at night is not as bad. Just avoid adult-sized carts anything being pushed by someone under the age of five. Complete. Disaster.

Speaking of places that are crowded on the weekends, when is the last time you went to the movies on a Friday night? It’s been a while since I’ve been to a movie theater in general, but I went on Friday to see Zero Dark Thirty and the place was packedReminded me of my middle school days when going to the theater on Friday night was the COOLEST. The best part was that you didn’t even see a movie! Sounds fun, right? Teenagers definitely know what’s up.

Sooo, back to Zero Dark Thirty. I went in planning to compare it to Homeland since at the core they seem quite similar - semi-crazed female CIA agent plots to catch the world’s most wanted terrorist. However, I eventually realized this was not a fair comparison for various reasons (movie vs. 24 hour TV series, reality-ish vs. completely made up, nothing can ever top Homeland, etc.). That being said, I thought the movie was a little longer than necessary but very good. The movie was suuuper long - in total I was at the theater for almost 3 ½ hours - but I never once felt bored or wanted it to end. Might’ve had something to do with the fact that it took me 3 of those 3 ½ hours to finish my box of Sour Patch Watermelon; but still, the movie is definitely worth seeing.

Good luck opening us silently and without annoying your theater neighbors!

Alright, now that we’ve recapped a bit of my weekend, it’s time to check in with you guys on the fitness and alcohol fronts. Those two things go together, right? First I’ll re-cap the week in fitness, then I’ll discuss the 5-drink challenge. Sound good?

The Week in Fitness

Monday – 35 minute cycle HIIT workout
Tuesday – Modified awesome treadmill workout
WednesdayDefine Body, 30 minutes of cardio split between the ARC, elliptical, stairmill and bike
Friday – Define Body
Saturday – Ran 3 miles in 25:00
Sunday – Define Body, Define Mind

And now for the 5-drink challenge. I got sooo close to meeting this goal – as in, as close as you can get without actually meeting it. Over the course of the week I had 6 drinks. Five glasses of white wine and one beer. Between a Rockets game on Tuesday and an engagement party on Saturday I still consider this a success. Maybe 5-7 drinks/week is a more reasonable goal for me, but I’m still going to try to stick to 5 if I can. I’ll obviously let you guys know on Monday how I do this upcoming week.

Gotta get back to it, but I hope you guys had a relaxing and/or semi-productive weekend. Enjoy your day off today if you’ve got it!

Did you ever go to the movie theater to hang out and not watch movies? What was the weirdest place you and your middle school/high school friends hung out?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Favorite Books Over The Years

Before we get to book talk, can we talk rull quick about yesterday's workout? I did it exactly as written this morning (except I left out the off treadmill parts because I was pressed for time), and let me tell you. It. Was. TOUGH. I honestly think I would have scaled it back if I hadn't told you guys yesterday that I was going to try and go for it. So thank you for the unintended encouragement! The hardest parts are obviously the ones where you run at a high incline. That is pleasant for NO ONE. I think minutes 8-13 were the hardest, with 20-23 coming in at a very close second. I mean my heart rate got up to 186 during minute 22. Yikes.

That being said, definitely feel free to scale down the workout as much as you need to. And do not feel discouraged if you can't initially complete it as prescribed. I definitely did an easier version my first time through. Fer. Sher. Ver. Zer. I think the easiest way to scale it down is to prolong the walking breaks but still try to hit all of the "hard" intervals. In other words, don't change the inclines or speeds of the hard sections but take longer breaks in between, as needed. The only part I would change the speed on is minutes 34-38, but try to still run that section at a brisk pace. Aim for the pace you would run a speedy three miles. Slower than your 5K pace, but faster than a jog.

Alright. Just had to share that with you guys because I promised I would. Did I promise I would? I can't remember, and now I'm too lazy to look. But at least we know I can actually do the workouts I'm posting.

You know what else I can do? Read! I can read good. And do other stuff good too. But seriously. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved reading. That is a true statement, since I started reading fairly early (maybe around 6 months 3 years), and my earliest memories don't quite go back that far. At least I don't think they do. It's hard to say whether the things I remember about being 3-4 are actual memories or a combination of things my parents have told me and pictures I have seen. Do you know what I mean? Sorry, weird tangent. Back to books. My favorite book in kindergarten (when I first started reading "real" books) was Charlotte's Web. Like borderline obsessed. I remember (actual memory, not fake story/photograph memory) asking my mom to buy it for me in an airport when I was around that age and thinking that it was the best. purchase. ever. No need for food and water guys, I've got a hardback copy of Charlotte's Web! And even more freakishly, I remember that it was 186 pages. Why can I remember that 20+ year old piece of useless information and not remember people's names 30 seconds after I've met them?!? I don't know. It's a gift.

What started with Charlotte's Web quickly blossomed into a love of all things book. According to my mom, when I first started reading and people would ask me what types of books I liked to read, my typical response was "70 page books". Look it up. It's a really significant genre. While I don't remember my love of 70-pagers, I do remember that I was really into series. I think it started with the Cam Jansen series and eventually turned into a full-blown series addiction. Sweet Valley High (obvi), Goosebumps (scary!), Babysitters Club (say hello to the peeeople who care), Boxcar Children (wanted to be one thought I maybe was one), Nancy Drew (I read every single ND book at the Grady Middle School library), Wayside School is Falling Down (this series made me terrified of 13th floors), and probably more that I just can't remember. Other childhood/teenage favorites included Walk Two Moons (I think maybe I was having a Native American phase because I was also really into dream catchers...), Wonder (for me and my friends this book was a teenage rite of passage), Summer Sisters (gotta love the Judy Blume), and The Giver (pretty sure I read this one more than once). Don't worry, I eventually got into more "adult" novels. But the books of my childhood developed my love of reading, and I will never forget them. To me, they are the classics! ;)

Since this post be gettin' lawng, I will leave you with some of my favorite books from the past 5-10 years. I'm guessing you'd rather read some of these than revisit Sweet Valley High. Strangely a lot of them fall into the non-fiction category. This is weird because I kinda despise history (sorry). Maybe I was just reading the wrong history books? Who knows. All I know is that all of these books are awesome. Read them! DO IT. Then tell me about it. GO!

(P.S. these are not in any particular order, but my favorite book of ALL TIME is Unbroken).

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Open by Andre Agassi
3. Bloom by Kelle Hampton
4. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
7. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
8. The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin

I just need two more to make it an even 10! Better get reading...

What was your favorite childhood book series? What is your favorite book of all time? P.S. I get a lot of my book selections/suggestions from Eat Live Run. Check out her blog if you're in need of some inspiration. But not until you've read the 8 books above. Got it? Good.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Awesome Treadmill Workout

Been a while since we've seen a workout around here, no? Hopefully the one I'm about to show you will totally make up for it.

A looong time ago (like maybe a year or two ago) I saved a copy of this "crazy treadmill" workout from One Fit Foodie to my phone. Does anyone besides me take screen shots of recipes/workouts/books they want to read/etc. on their phone as a really ghetto version of Pinterest? I have been doing it for years, and I can't won't stop. I think maybe I invented Pinterest and didn't even realize it. Ugh, that's like millions of dollars I could have made down the drain. "I don't think my father, the inventor of the Toaster Streudel, would be too pleased to hear about this."

Anyways. I remember doing this workout once or twice back when I discovered it at my fancy old apartment gym (so miss that luxury); but for some reason I didn't really keep it in the rotation. In need of some variety in my workouts, I went scrolling back through all of my iphone pics on Monday and stumbled upon this lovely gem. I tried it again yesterday and have no idea why I didn't do this workout more frequently. Not only is it killer, but it goes by fast because you are constantly changing the speeds, incline and position. In my opinion it is not quite as brutal as the treadmill workout included in this post, but it still left me sweating buckets.

Yesterday my friend Brittany and I attempted to do the workout as prescribed on One Fit Foodie, but we couldn't quite keep up with her version. Homegirl's hardcore! Three straight minutes of running at a 10% incline?!? Just no. So I changed her version up a wee bit to make it manageable but still tough. I give 99.9% of the credit for this workout to Naomi so thank her, not me, for your hot new bod (bee-tee-dubs she has tons of awesome workouts on her blog if you are in the market for more).

Brittany and I are going to try to this workout again tomorrow, and hopefully complete my revised version above without any modifications. Fingers crossed. I think the version we did yesterday was a little easier than the one I've included here, but I'm up for the challenge. That being said, feel free to prolong the walking breaks, decrease the speed, lower the incline, stop and eat a cookie, etc. to make this workout challenging for your level. No need to pass out at the gym please. And if you are a wizarding beast then I suggest you try Naomi's original version. If you can get through hers without resting, you are my hero. Maybe that should be my new goal? To do the workout, not to have you as my hero.

Anyways...give it a whirl and report back. And if you are awkward like me and don't want to do the "off treadmill" parts solo in a crowded gym, feel free to skip them. I personally wouldn't do them if I weren't in a barely-populated gym and/or with a friend so I feel ya 100%. Awkwards unite!

What's the best workout you've tried/pinned/found on the web recently? What have you invented that someone else stole from you? Is it Friday yet?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week in Fitness, 5 Drink Challenge, & Banana Protein Soft Serve

Hallo! Remember me? Per my blog statistics, a small few of you do :)

Sorry I have been so M.I.A. recently. Work and life have been a little nutzzz and haven't left a lot of free time for blogging. But I couldn't stay away too long! Had to at least come back at a reasonably early point in the week to catch you guys up on last week in fitness.

Without further adieu:

Monday - 30 minute cycle workout, 4 minute tabata girl push-ups, 3 minutes of planks
Tuesday - 35 minute stairmill workout
Wednesday - Define
Thursday  - 35 minute HIIT cycle workout
Friday - Define
Saturday - Define
Sunday - Rest day

Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let's discuss the 5 Drink Challenge. If you're having wild flashbacks to your time spent on MTV Spring Break Daytona Beach circa 1986, I'm sorry to disappoint you. It's not that kind of challenge.

Quite the opposite actually. For the upcoming week (and for as many weeks after that as I decide since you're not the boss of me) I am challenging myself to drink five (or less) drinks per week. With frequent dinners out, weddings, work events, and the like, the drinks can tend to add up quickly. That being said, I chose five as my limit because I think it's low enough to make a difference in my overall well-being yet high enough to reasonably accommodate my semi-social lifestyle.

How do I hope this challenge will affect me? For one, better sleep! Even a small amount of alcohol can diminish the quality of your sleep, and sleep is not a category I can afford to mess around with. My spazzical constantly churning brain has enough trouble falling and staying asleep as it is. 

In addition, I would really love to lose the "last five pounds" we all (at least me) have so much trouble shedding. When I started working a little over three years ago, I slowly gained about ten pounds. Unfortunately for me I was not one of those people for whom the weight started falling off the second they received their college diploma. I was super active and ate fairly well in college, so the 8 to 16 (on the worst days) hours I spend sitting at a desk have, for my body, not gone unnoticed. The weight gain was slow and probably took place over the first two years-ish of working, so I realize it may not disappear overnight. I have already lost five of the ten, but the last five literally will. not. budge. It's beyond frustrating, and I'm hoping this challenge will kick start the process.

I will obviously keep you guys posted on any progress I have to report (positive or negative), as well as post my weekly drinks on Mondays along with my week in fitness. Yay accountability? Ha. Scary but effective.

Last but not least, I made a really delicious variation of banana soft serve last week, and I wanted to pass it along to you. The recipe is extremely healthy, with 300 calories, 17.5 grams of protein and little to no fat (depending on the type of cottage cheese you use). And it uses all natural ingredients. And iz rull good. And...just try it out. You won't be sorry.

Banana Protein Soft Serve


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (optional - can be omitted to make the recipe vegan, but the protein will decrease to 2.5 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular or vanilla)
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until well mixed
  • Pour into a bowl and enjoy. Would be delicious with a little peanut butter mixed in as well!

Okay one more thing. Did anyone watch the Golden Globes? Either way, you must check out Erin Gates' red carpet recap on Elements of Style. In my opinion she is pretty much spot on. And I agree with 95% of her non-fashion related commentary. Especially the part about Anne Hathaway being a walking, talking humblebrag. Couldn't have said it better myself. And Lea Michele's tan! The Ross reference is unbeatable. 

The only thing I would add is that Tina Fey's dig on Taylor Swift was a little, shall we say, awkward? In case you weren't watching, Tina warned T. Swizzle to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" and to "take time for herself" instead. Maybe it was all in fun, but if Tina Fey said that about me you can bet I'd be in tears! Ha. While I think Taylor certainly has her annoying moments, after the whole Kanye debacle she's just too touchy a target. I think it's partially due to the fact that she doesn't seem like someone who would dish it back out (unless of course, we're talking about her exes). Who knows. All I really know is that the comment made me uncomfy, which to be honest is not hard to do. Anyways, that's just my opinion on a ten-second snippet of an overall awesome show. And Tina and Amy are still my heroes!

What's the best movie you've seen this year? What was your favorite awards speech? I think I may have to go with Adele. She just seems so genuine, and I really admire celebrities who can be genuine in the face of so many strangers. Best dressed? Emily Blunt all the way! Is it weird that I want to be friends with her husband her?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Old Navy For The Win

Y’all. How did I not realize that Old Navy currently has some really cute (and cha-heep) stuff?!? I feel like it’s a secret or something. Well it was a secret, and now I’m sharing it with you. Don’t believe me? Let me break it down for you. In the past two days I have purchased the following items from Old Navy, all for under $250. 

  • 2 workout capris
  • 1 workout tank
  • 3 pairs of jeans (2 of which are leopard – rawr)
  • 1 leopard sweater (meowww)
  • 1 floral tunic
  • 1 chiffon button down blouse
  • 1 pair of black chino style shorts
  • 2 pairs of linen drawstring shorts

I am an Old Navy wizard! Granted, their active wear is 40% off and I used a 35% off coupon on three of the items, but still. So affordable. The active wear is 40% off through January 16th, so if you need new gear I highly recommend visiting your nearest ON. You could also order online, but predicting clothing sizing is an art I have yet to master. If you do decide to buy online, I personally found that the two pairs of capris I bought were true to size, but I had to go up a size in the tank to prevent a sausage casing situation. In terms of how these items perform outside the dressing room, I wore the tank and black capris to Define this morning and loved them both. I definitely think the more form-fitting items are most conducive to my gothic lifestyle flattering in black, but they are also available in some really fun colors if you dare.

Here are pictures of everything I purchased, with links where available. I got the leopard sweater in the clearance section, so that one’s mine and mine alone; but there were loads of everything else at the store I visited. I had to try really, really hard to resist the voice inside my head saying “BUY ALL THE THINGS!” But I did it just so I could leave some for you. You’re welcome.

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On a total side note, have y’all heard the new B. Spears and song?

I've gotta be honest - I’m not sure what to think. Brit Brit’s weird accent at the beginning is very reminiscent of the song below, and I am having a hard time coming to terms with that.

What do you think of Scream & Shout? Any secret clothing stores up your sleeve (no pun intended)? Please share with the class.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

High Protein Paleo Sweet Breakfast Scramble

Have y’all tried the egg/banana/nut butter combo that’s so popular in the paleo world right now? I am by no means paleo, but this combo is delicious! I know it sounds weird. Just trust me, mmkay?

I made this for breakfast on Saturday, and it was de-licious. Even my boyfriend's dog Charlie agreed but did not appreciate being woken up to hear about it.

Give me chicken or let me sleep, woman!

I based my recipe off this one from Carrots ‘n’ Cake but tweaked it a bit as you can see below. My recipe is not strictly paleo if you include the cottage cheese, but you could easily omit it. If you do, I would suggest replacing the cottage cheese with an additional tablespoon of nut butter to give it some extra staying power.

High Protein Paleo Sweet Breakfast Scramble


  • 1 mashed, ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (I used almond butter, but peanut butter would work too if you don’t care about the recipe being paleo)
  •  ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 packet stevia


1. Add mashed banana, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla to a bowl or cup (preferably something with tall-ish sides to prevent spills). Mix well.
2. Coat pan with melted coconut oil and add batter.
3. Cook on medium heat until eggs are no longer runny, stirring frequently.
4. Mix cottage cheese and stevia in a jar or bowl (I used an old nut butter jar).
5. Pour cooked batter over cottage cheese, top with nut butter, mix, and enjoy.

Not only is this recipe delicious; it includes the perfect mix of protein, fat and healthy carbs to keep you full until lunchtime. If you include the cottage cheese, this recipe has 30 grams of protein! And if you replace the cottage cheese with a tablespoon of nut butter, it still has 19 grams. Not too shabby.

On a somewhat-related side note (related since this post references dogs and eating), you have to check out this hilarious video of dogs dining out. My equally dog-obsessed friend sent it to me this morning, and it's hilarious. I love how impatient the dogs are for their waiter to come to the table. So bossay!

Dogs are life, the rest is just details. Word.