Can you believe we’re halfway through July already? Where has the summer gone?! Before you know it, the crisp air of fall will be here. Not that that’s a bad thing. I’m always down for hot apple cider!
Until then, I’m just going to enjoy iced cold cider with a bit of alcohol by the pool. Does that sound better? Thought so!
Below is our July 2014 wish list. Most items are very minimalistic and we totally got inspiration from these bloggers across the pond. So enjoy and shop away!
What’s on your July 2014 wish list? Let us know in the comments below!
There’s just so much to do in the summer: block parties, lazy days by the pool, rooftop parties, and outdoor brunch — just to name a few. But the list is endless!
If your schedule is a bit crazy due to all the exciting things you have planned this summer, you might be running out of outfit ideas. That’s why we teamed up with Marlen, the vintage loving blogger behind Messages on a Napkin. Below she styled five awesome outfits for any summer event — from movies in the park, to a local carnival.
Movies in the Park
Many towns and cities play newly released movies on a semi-big screen during the summer. If your town didn’t get the memo, grab a few friends and watch a movie at the park while snacking on yummy treats.
Food trucks are the latest trend in the restaurant industry and we aren’t complaining. In New York City, we have a grilled cheese truck, a fresh pressed juice truck, and even a food truck serving amazing coffee! What does your town or city have?
In the past, most of us looked to celebrities and magazine editorials for style inspiration. Well, those days are coming to an end. The internet is filled with extremely fashionable people who have a more approachable style than say, Kim Kardashian, and they are called fashion bloggers!
Below are our favorite bloggers from the U.K. who have some serious summer style!
1. Chloe from The Little Plum
Chloe from The Little Plum has amazing style! All of her outfits are pretty simple, but she always adds some extra pizazz to make them her own. Mainly with her accessories and shoes! Could we borrow your shoes Chloe?
Charlotte, the voice behind The Good Owl, always looks like she’s about to sit front row at London Fashion Week! She also doesn’t just blog about fashion, her blog offers a little bit of everything: beauty, decor, and DIY to name a few.
It’s almost July 4th! Now, what are you going to wear? First, you need to figure out what you’re doing and go from there. Family cookout? Beach day with friends? Fireworks date with that hot guy you just met?
We recommend you don’t go too overboard on the red, white and blue. The more subtle you are with the famous color trio, the more fashionable you’ll look.
Below are different outfits perfect for all of your July 4th festivities:
Think cute dresses, maxi skirts and simple-yet-well-done makeup. Save your sexy cut-off shorts for later when you meet up with your gal pals!
Have you finally scored a date with the guy you’ve been eyeing? Or maybe, your longtime boyfriend has invited you to enjoy the fireworks with him. Either way…get a tad fancy! We recommend crop tops, long skirts and pretty headbands.
Warby Parker is the go-to place to buy frames and shades if you’re a budget savvy fashionista. Their frames and shades are always on-trend, durable and affordable, and their Summer 2014 Collection is no different.
Below are our favorite frames and shades that need to be a part of your life this Summer!
It’s strange how glasses used to be “un-cool” when I was in grade school. It wasn’t even that long ago! They are so popular and trendy now that even those with 20/20 vision are starting to wear glasses. I can’t really blame them since these frames are awesome!
The Lyle frame comes in three different colors: Hanalei Tortoise, Plum Marblewood, and English Oak. The Hanalei Tortoise reminds me of camouflage, and the pair speckled with plum is extremely pretty and sophisticated.
It seems like no two stir-fry recipes are the same. Some are extremely easy, while others are fancy and complicated. When you’re in a rush, or on a budget, spending a ton of money and time on dinner isn’t always practical. If you’re looking for a hearty meal that’s affordable, extremely tasty and simple, look no further.
Ginger & Garlic Stir-Fry
This stir-fry is a combination of my favorite stir-fry recipes, and you can use whatever veggies you would like. I usually use whatever veggies are in the fridge, so if you don’t have a veggie on the ingredient list, just replace it with something you do have.
1 lb. of skinless + boneless chicken breast
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Celery Stock
2 Red Peppers
1 Green Pepper
1 Bunch of Bok Choy
2 Handfuls of Green Beans
3 Medium Carrots
1 Package of Snap Peas
1 Cup of Chicken Stock
3 Tbsp Flour
1 Tbsp Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
1 tsp of Pepper
Pinch of Salt
*Most veggies work in stir-fry dishes, so mix it up. Broccoli, yellow squash and zucchini would also work in this dish.
-Clean and chop up your veggies.
-Trim and slice about 1 lb. of skinless and boneless chicken breast into 1-inch slices or cubes. You want them to be bite-size!
-Start making your rice since it needs to simmer for about 45 minutes.
*About 20 minutes
1. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add the chicken when hot. Cook for five minutes and stir frequently.
2. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, ground ginger and garlic powder. Mix well.
3. After the chicken has cooked for 5 minutes, add half of the soy sauce mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.
4. Remove the chicken.
5. In the same pan, add the remainder of the soy sauce mixture, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and all of your veggies. Cook until tender (about 6-8 minutes).
6. While your veggies cook, mix the flour and chicken broth (this will thicken your sauce).
7. Once your veggies are tender, add your cooked chicken and chicken broth/flour mixture. Stir until your sauce has thickened and your chicken has warmed up (about 3 minutes).
8. Serve your stir-fry over rice.
What your favorite stir-fry recipe? Let us know in the comments below!
Everyone knows a superfood smoothie is great for your skin, but what about other skincare treatments and exfoliants that can be whipped up in your kitchen?
We teamed up with Nina Curtis, a beauty expert with Blendtec. Below she created fun and easy recipes — both edible and topical — that are perfect for achieving healthy skin that glows.
With just a blender and a few ingredients, these recipes will exfoliate, hydrate, and keep your skin fresh and dewy all summer long!
Skin ‘Glow’ Smoothie
Glowing skin begins from the inside out. Enjoy this smoothie three times a week.
*All ingredients should be organic as much as possible.
2 cups of coconut water
1 handful of spinach
3 stalks of celery
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
1 ripe frozen banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
Add liquid first into the Blendtec Wildside vessel, then combine all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Place any remaining smoothie in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Oatmeal Cleansing Exfoliator
Gentle exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation which will leave your skin smooth and vibrant.
Using organic steel cut oatmeal, blend 1⁄2 cup of the oatmeal in the Blendtec Twister Vessel until it becomes flour-like. Combine equal parts water to create a thick paste, or use the guide below to customize the appropriate recipe for your specific skin condition.
Normal Skin~ mix with rose, chamomile or peppermint tea
Oily Skin~ mix with goat milk yogurt and a 1⁄4 teaspoon organic lemon juice
Dry Skin~ mix with raw, organic honey
Sensitive Skin~ mix with a ripe banana
Massage this oatmeal paste gently onto your skin, using upward and outward motions. Leave on for five to ten minutes, rinse with warm water, pat dry gently and apply moisturizer.
Pineapple Papaya Skin Smoother for the face, body and feet
This skin smoother contains enzymes and physical particles for maximum exfoliation, to smooth, brighten and even out skin tone.
1 ripe papaya
1 teaspoon papaya seeds
1 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth. It takes a powerful blender like Blendtec to pulverize the papaya seeds into powder like particles that gently, yet thoroughly exfoliate the skin.
Apply to dampened facial skin and gently massage all over the face for about 30 seconds, paying special attention to the t-zone area of the face. Leave on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse. Follow with your favorite night cream.
For the body, step into your shower and apply all over the body paying special attention to areas where the skin is dryer and or thicker, like the elbows and knees. Vigorously massage the thighs, buttocks and back of the arms to exfoliate thoroughly and stimulate blood circulation. Finish with your favorite body cream.
For the feet, apply onto feet and wrap with saran wrap and cover each foot with a hand towel for 10- 15 minutes. Remove saran wrap, massage feet well and rinse off. Complete with your favorite foot cream.
The Hand Smoother
During fall and winter our overall skin condition can look and feel drier, and our hands tend to suffer the most. Gentle hand exfoliation is great to do on a regular basis to improve skin texture, tone and smoothness. Follow with your favorite hand cream.
4oz. ground almonds or almond meal
4 tsp almond oil
4tsp lemon juice
2 oz organic goat milk yogurt
Put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec Twister Vessel and blend until smooth, to a thick consistency. Use about the size of a walnut and rub over both hands as if you were using soap, for one to two minutes, rinse off and apply hand cream….Voila!
Store remaining product in a glass container, label and keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Use daily or two to three times a week depending on skin condition.
Have you ever made your own skincare products? Let us know in the comments below!
Father’s Day is right around the corner! Are you prepared? Dads can be tough to buy for; some dads are sporty, while other dads are fashion-forward. Some dads love to cook, and other’s would rather go to a fancy restaurant.
Whether you have super trendy dad, or a dad who would rather spend his day off in the middle of nowhere, one of the gift ideas below will strike your fancy!
Let’s talk about shoes: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Actually no, let’s just talk about the ugly. And I mean U-G-L-Y. Did you know that the Olsen twins were recently spotted wearing socks and sandals (and not in a cute way)? And what about those knee-high gladiators? Eww!
When it comes to the Olsen’s, they are extremely talented designers and two of the most stylish women in the world. So in all honesty, I was beyond shocked when I saw the image above. But let me defend Mary-Kate and Ashley for a second. Birkenstocks are extremely good for your feet! Way to go for wearing shoes with support. But with socks? Just no.
And those gladiators? I have mixed feelings. Vanessa Hudgens wore a pair while walking around Los Angeles last year, and she looked okay. If I wore them, it would not be a pretty site. I’m also not into spending 20 minutes putting on shoes — my makeup routine takes up too much time as it is.
What are your thoughts on the ugly shoe trend? I really want to know your thoughts!