April 10, 2014

Tie-Dye Beach Cover Ups

I have never owned a beach cover up. My go-to is just an old t-shirt and some Nike shorts. After all these years though, I'm starting to realize why people invest in them. They're easy, breezy and can be quite stylish. Unfortunately, as I start my search, I am also remembering why I have never owned one. It's hard to justify spending the money on a thin piece of fabric I will only wear a handful of times. Now, I love crafts for fun, but I am not really into the whole DIY movement (too time consuming and half the time I have no clue what I am doing!). However, the idea of taking an over-sized tank top or white scarf and making a tie-dye cover up or sarong sounds kind of free-spirited cool; something that California hippies might don while wearing hemp bracelets and no shoes (i.e. the lifestyle I fantasize about). Sadly tie-dying in New York might not be feasible...unless I set up camp in Washington Square Park (wouldn't be the most shocking thing ever to happen there ). 




And in the event that I just go out and buy a tie dye cover up (highly likely), I might choose something like these:






April 5, 2014

Chia Seed Pudding

Photograph by Britta Lokting
Chia seed pudding is officially my new favorite breakfast. With the nice weather coming and Miami in a few short weeks, I've been trying to eat as vegan as possible. Chia seeds have great health benefits, and supposedly help with weight loss by expanding in your stomach, making you feel full and subsequently eat less. I imagine that is true given the seeds absorbed much of the almond milk to create a thick, jellied tapioca. The pudding itself is a great base for toppings - I chose strawberries here, but you can add blueberries, almonds, lemon juice, etc. The combination of almond milk and honey make for a sweet breakfast without needing to add sugar. Oh, and did I mention this takes little to no effort to whip up?

Ingredients
3/4 cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Choice of toppings

To make:
Combine the almond milk, honey and chia seeds in an air-tight container. Shake well and seal.
Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight
Serve with choice of toppings



April 3, 2014

Normcore?

I've been reading a number of articles recently, namely this one in today's NYT Style section and this one in New York Mag, about Normcore, or today's younger generation dressing in '90's fashion. This includes what we typically refer to as "dad jeans." I am all for comfort and casual style, but really? the 90's? Granted I was younger than ten throughout that glorious decade, but if I recall correctly, it was not an era known for its cutting-edge, sexy styles. Well, apparently it is making a comeback. I gotta say, I am not sure how keen I am about this "new" look. I think fashion has always evoked some type of nostalgia. No matter how forward-thinking the newest line is, it typically pulls inspiration from times past. I also believe that my generation, the Millennials, continually yearns for the 90's specifically (take all those Buzzfeed articles that go viral for their resurfacing of hilarious gadgets and weird toys we grew up with. Chia pet anyone?). However, I have not really known anyone to pine after 90's clothing, especially those who were in their 20's at its peak. As a 90's child, I appreciate the desire and motive to go back to a time when life was simpler. And I do have to admit that metallic jackets and Nike sneakers done right are on my hit list, but as for donning baggy overalls and ill-fitting t-shirts. I say, "No thanks." How Normcore are you?






April 1, 2014

Pastel for Thought

April is pastels and vintage. 











March 31, 2014

Is it Vacation Time Yet?

How is it that vacations always sneak up on us? Remember when I booked Miami about three months ago? Now it's only three weeks until I am there. I initially thought it would be better to get away during March when it's brutally cold here in NY, but as it turns out, April isn't looking like a scorcher. Either way, I am excited to escape the city. They are some crazy kids down there in Miami, so I'm thinking about what I should pack with me...vacation always makes me want to shop, but I am trying to hold back on this one. I think a bold bathing suit and bright dresses should do it. I also wish I had all of these cute shorts to bring with me...







 
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