Weekday Favorites!

Since it’s a lazy and rainy Friday night, I figured I’d compile some of my favorite things from this crazy and stressful week.  Reflecting on the good at the end of a long school week is always helpful for me and is a great way to set oneself up for a positive weekend! Happy Friday (almost Saturday) everyone!

Favorite quirky springtime accessory:

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get it here!

Favorite Interview:

GQ interview with the amazing Kit Harington…because who doesn’t love a little (or a lot) Jon Snow?!

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Favorite Stress Reliever: 

Yoga and Spin Revolution (both really helped me get through the week)

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Favorite Experiment:

Fashionista.com did an experiment about customer service in high-end stores while wearing sweats…interesting outcome!

Check it out here!

Favorite Movie:

Divergent..I’m such a book worm and of course read and LOVED the books and the movie didn’t disappoint!

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Favorite Man Crush:

Theo James from Divergent- these looks plus a hot accent..no words

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Favorite sunnies for the spring:

ImageRay-Ban Blue Mirrored Aviators- such a cool spin of the classic style

Favorite Duo:

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This adorable yoga-loving mother/daughter duo is too cute for words..check out more of their pics here!

Outfit Ideas For Some Of My Favorite Spring Trends!

Since it’s “officially” springtime (even though it may not feel like it), I gathered together some outfit ideas featuring a few of my favorite spring trends!  All of these clothes come from stores such as Intermix, Nordstrom, Zara, and Bloomingdales, so if you like any of them, feel free to click on the image reference link to take you to the store’s website!  If you haven’t done your spring shopping yet, it’s time to get out and GET IT DONE- hopefully this post will be a little motivation for ya!  Enjoy!

1. Crop tops..yep they aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon!

Image(top left-right): Sequin Floral Crop, Rag & Bone White Crop, Sporty Crop

(bottom left-right): Flower Power Crop, Floral Crop, Marbled Pink Crop

2. Sheer fabrics

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(top left-right): Sheer blue top, Navy Cutout Top, Sheer White Dress 

(bottom left-right): Black Sheer Stripes, White Sheer Top

3. Graphics + Florals

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(top left-right): Graphic skirt, Printed sneakers, Floral pumps, Neoprene dress

(bottom left-right): Floral print tee, Pink print tee, Graphic dress

4. Sporty Chic

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(top left-right): Print shorts, Mesh sneaker, Sporty top & cap

(bottom left-right): Football dress, Mesh sling bag, Converse sneaker, Floral tee

5. Pretty Pastels

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(top left-right): Multicolored skirt, Blue satchel, Mint shoes, Green aviators, Pink shift

(bottom left-right): Scalloped tank, Pink blazer/shorts combo, Blue layered top, Mint outfit 

6. Midi/Tea Length Skirts

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(left-right): Black skirt, Yellow skirt, Nude pleated skirt, White skirt

 

My New Food Crush…

In honor of the many Sunday brunches probably happening around the world today, I wanted to share with you one of my new food crushes and a classic staple to the fancy brunch meal…smoked salmon.  I initially got excited about this somewhat random ingredient during the last dinner on my spring break Carnival cruise last week.  I ordered the sushi appetizer because I was craving it all week and finally able to fill the growing void in my stomach for some yummy raw fish and wasabi.  When the appetizer came out, I was initially disappointed with the minuscule portion size, as there were only three little rice balls with pieces of smoked salmon and various garnishes on the plate.  However, my disappointment quickly turned around and I was already asking for another round of sushi after cleaning my plate in about 30 seconds.  When the trip was over, all I could think about was how to get my hands on some good smoked salmon so that I could relive the few moments in heaven that I experienced during that last dinner.  Luckily for me, The Fresh Market here in Athens knows me well and the employees were able to point me in the right direction to their smoked salmon selection quicker than you can say sashimi.

I thoroughly enjoyed my salmon all week, but I was quite disappointed this morning when I realized that I polished off the last slice of it yesterday and wasn’t able to make an impressive brunch with it.  However, all is well because I’m sure that I’ll be back to The Fresh Market in no time with another package of salmon in my hands when I leave.  I’m only hoping that this food crush of mine turns out to be short-term because my wallet may end up running dry before my mouth does…

If you’re already a fan of smoked salmon or haven’t even had it before and want to try it out, take a look at these yummy recipes with smoked salmon that I’ve provided right below.  It can truly be a great salty snack or meal complement that will give you a boost of omega 3’s and some brain power at the same time!

1. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Wraps

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2. Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

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3. Smoked Salmon Avocado Salad

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4. Poached Egg, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon on English Muffin

Image5. My Own Creation: The Power Breakfast

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 I hope these recipes and mouthwatering photos gave you some inspiration for your own Sunday brunch- have a great day everyone!

A Breakfast For Success

This morning, I woke up very early to get some last minute studying in for a big test I had today.  Every morning, no matter what, I give myself about 30 minutes of extra time so that I can make and actually sit down to enjoy my coffee and breakfast without feeling rushed and anxious.  This time I have to myself every morning really wakes me up and starts the day on a relaxed and positive note (in my opinion).  However, I do treat test days a bit more special when deciding what to make myself for breakfast.  Instead of the usual Greek yogurt or oatmeal mixed with various fruits, I always make some kind of egg-based dish since I’ve always believed that they give my brain a little boost.  This morning, I was exceptionally lucky because I not only had eggs, but also some fresh smoked salmon, avocado, and whole grains, which are all listed as brain-boosting “superfoods” by WebMD!  I promise they are…check out the WebMD full list if you don’t believe me!  Anyway, my breakfast was so satisfying and combined with some berries and the usual coffee on the side, I felt confident and ready to kick ass on my test.  Check out a few snapshots I took this morning and an easy recipe for the delectable and “smart” breakfast I made right below!

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Ingredients:

½ whole wheat English muffin or whole grain + flax sandwich thin

¼ fresh avocado (mashed)

~ 1 slice of smoked salmon (shred it up with your fingers)

Handful of feta cheese

1 whole egg + 1 egg white

ground pepper and hot sauce for garnish

Steps:

  1. Scramble your eggs into a bowl and combine them with the shredded smoked salmon and feta cheese
  2. Add ground pepper into the mixture and pour it onto a hot skillet to cook until desired level
  3. While eggs are cooking, toast your bread and spread the avocado on bread while warm
  4. Top the cooked egg mixture on the avocado-spread bread and garnish the mountain of deliciousness with ground pepper and hot sauce
  5. Enjoy while it’s hot! SO YUMMY!

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P.S.: look out for my next post if you are a smoked salmon lover, or want to try it out…lots of yummy recipes to come! 

Reasons why a coconut oil obsession can be the best (and sometimes worst) thing ever:

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Admit it, about a year ago, 99% of us hadn’t even heard of coconut oil.  Upon hearing the word coconut, we usually just experienced flashbacks about the coconut rum-filled regrets from high school or the makeshift Hawaiian bras that all of us ladies have secretly (or not so secretly) tried on before.  However, nowadays we can barely go a week without hearing the word coconut oil being name-dropped by celebrities and the media as the new “miracle food.”  I’m not ashamed to confess that I am among those gals who have jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon over the past year, and I have happily used the product for many different purposes.  Unfortunately, over this past week on my last spring break, I wasn’t reminded of the numerous benefits of coconut oil, but instead of a downside to using it incorrectly.  Check out the list below, where I’ve rounded up my favorite uses of the tropical oil as well as a few pointers to make sure you’re getting the best out of your purchase and don’t make the same mistake I did!

  1. It’s great for baking yummy (and healthy) treats- it’s a great replacement for vegetable oil
  2. Put a little into your morning coffee or tea instead of creamer… it may seem scary but actually tastes GOOD
  3. Use it as a delicious-smelling body and face moisturizer- it won’t dry out your skin later since it isn’t made with water
  4. It will give your hair the tropical vacation it deserves- it’s a great conditioner for the dry ends and adds shine
  5. Use it to remove your eye makeup- super moisturizing and gentle on that delicate skin
  6. It’s a fantastic lip balm- it tastes yummy too

Tips:

  1. Yes, it does serve as a great tanning oil but it only has SPF 4 and won’t protect your skin from high-intensity sun without any other sunscreen— this is where I made my mistake on my spring break cruise, as I relied only on the oil to protect my fair skin on the first day
  2. Make sure the type you get is extra virgin, non-hydrogenated, non-bleached, unrefined, and non-deodorized (you also might as well get organic to ensure perfection)
  3. Eat it in moderation- since it IS still an oil and high in saturated fat
  4. Be aware that it liquefies when the temperature is above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so store it depending on how you want to use it
  5. ENJOY!

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This is the kind I use!

top photo from coconutoil.com

My Favorite Links From This Week

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1. Instagram inspiration for that bathing suit body you’re probably working on

2. A new awesome way to advertise hair products as seen in Sweden

3. A new dessert to lust over and add to your list of cronuts and macarons

4. New spring outfit ideas for the fashionista on a budget

5. Exciting spring products for the beauty junkie

6. A smart and fashionable way to save money for the party gals

Best Things About The Chanel Show in Paris:

  1. Instead of a stage or runway, Karl Lagerfeld built a Chanel Grocery Shopping Center (complete with fresh produce, Chanel shopping carts and baskets, and lots of Chanel branded household items and food).  This is SO COOL, and early show arrivers were even able to take a walk through the isles before it started.

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2. There were a lot of sporty looks- a.k.a. more sneakers with added sweatsuits and leggings that actually looked comfy and awesome.

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3. Even the dressier and more “Chanel-esque” tweed looks seemed more casual and wearable than ever.

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4. The hints of Andy Warhol and pop art themes were so fun and exciting when added into the supermarket setting.

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Check out some more pictures and looks that I loved from the show right below!

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All photos courtesy of Elle.com and Vogue.com

An Important Read For Both Women and Men

I really don’t want to bring down anyone’s Tuesday but there is a good chance it’s already kind of dreary considering the widespread freezing weather and the fact that it’s ONLY Tuesday.  Therefore, I figured that I might as well take the time to spread the word about an important story I read yesterday.  It’s a story about the horrible prevalence of human trafficking and sex slavery, which is still unfortunately occurring all over the world.  The blog post shares a brief account by sex slavery victim, Eden, about her horrifying experiences as a slave and how she was able to escape from it three years after her initial capture.  Even though the narrative was written a few years ago, it is still just as important today as it was then and I highly recommend that you search for and watch the movie (Eden), which debuted in 2012 to depict Eden’s story.   The link to the blog post is right here, so check it out and spread the word!

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A still photo from the movie, Eden

10 Best Dressed At The 2014 Academy Awards (Oscars)

Last night at the Oscars, there were a lot of blacks, whites, and pastels on the red carpet and I luckily didn’t see any terrible fashion faux pas among the stars!  Overall, it was a great night for fashion and beauty and it couldn’t have been more difficult to pick my favorites.   Check out my top 10 looks below to see what you think and if you agree with me!

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture

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Kate Hudson in Versace

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Amy Adams in Gucci

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Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

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Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani

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Portia De Rossi in Naeem Khan

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Kerry Washington in Jason Wu

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Emma Watson in Vera Wang

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Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection

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all photos taken from Eonline.com and Instyle.com