Monday, March 3, 2014

Sweet Sweet Saturdays

Not gonna lie, I wore this outfit out and about Saturday during the day, on the dance floor at Landsdowne that evening, and then put it back on on Sunday. Ya know, for good measure.

Sweatshirt: Anthropologie // Jeans: J. Brand (via Marshall's)
Shoes: Franco Sarto (via The Rack) // Nails: OPI - Manicurist of Seville

Is it just me, or has Anthropologie been on fire lately? If I ever fell off of the Anthropologie wagon, I'm back on said wagon now more than ever. I even bought something at full price (gasp!) recently. Which if you follow my blog you know is something I never never do. Except this once. Or at Forever 21/ H&M/ Zara or other places where waiting for a sale means there's less than a 10% chance you're getting that item. Amiright?

What stores can you not stay away from lately? 



Friday, February 28, 2014

Sweet and Tangy Brussel Sprout Coleslaw

Howdy partner!

I recently had a hankering for southern comfort food which turned into a homemade pulled pork and coleslaw. 

I wanted to lighten up the calorie count so I used a nifty substitute for the coleslaw dressing.



Shopping list:
- shredded carrots (which you could DIY but... I did not)
- 5 large brussel sprouts
- 1 small head of purple cabbage 
- 1 very small white onion 
- 1/4 cup mayo or miracle whip for a hint of tang
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0% fat)
- 1/8 cup white vinegar 
- 3 tbs sugar
- pepper to taste

*disclaimer: measurements are mental estimates, I believe I have a keen eyeball for measuring things so I generally don't measure things.

Directions:
- shave (thinly slice) cabbage and brussels. Rinse, dry and place in large Tupperware container.
- dice onion.
- add all ingredients to container and shake, shake, shake (your booty, that is).
- marinate in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy (when I woke up I turned the container upside down to spread around the goodness).

Lasts 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

True story: I made this meal while dog sitting and staying at my parents place. I swung by to finish off the yummy left overs I had been dreaming about all morning the other day only to find that my dad had kindly beaten me to it

I'm still silently fuming to myself about it. And venting about it to the internet.

Lesson of the day? Make this in mass amounts.

I substituted Greek yogurt in place of more mayo in this recipe to lighten it up. Do you have any healthy substitute tricks you use? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Commute

I commute to and from work every day in my car. My drive can be anywhere between 40 minutes to over an hour (those days are the WORST). To reduce my risk of a heart attack from the stress of commuting, I try to make the most of my twice daily ride. Here’s how I like to spend my time commuting:

Audiobooks are a girl's best friend.  And they can be yours too. If you’re like me you have a list of classics that you’ve been meaning to read but never got around to them. Sound expensive? It’s not. Remember that fabulous wealth of free knowledge called the library? Here’s a pro tip: register your card for your library’s digital network. This way you can put items on hold for pick-up, browse titles, join waitlists, and get notified when your requests are ready for pick-up (and due!) right from home or on your phone.

This works for digital books too. Most books I read today are on my kindle and from the library. Don’t have a kindle? Me either. Download the kindle app, that’s free too. You’ll need an Amazon account as well which if you don’t have one, sign up now and welcome to the 21st century my friend, you too can have a shrimp ecosystem delivered right to your door (true story!). You can place a hold on books, create lists, renew titles, and more. The best part? No late fees! The books disappear when your loan ends. Which also happens to be their one downside and why I still buy physical copies of books I’m reading for book club. And then I sell them on e-bay.

Recommendations:

There’s nothing worse than listening to an audiobook that's not engaging you, so don’t force it. I could NOT get through “The Great Gatsby” on audiobook but I wanted to re-read it before seeing the movie so I did put eyeballs to paper on that one and it’s one of my favorite books!

My favorites so far have been: “The Help”, “Perks of Being a Wall Flower”, all of the Dragon Tattoo books, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, “The Love Plot”, “Unbroken”, anything by David Sedaris is instantly funnier on audio- trust me, “Bossy Pants”, and “Lean In”

Books I did NOT enjoy listening to: “The Great Gatsby”, “The Princes of Ireland” (powered through it), “Middlesex” (powered through it), “Paris Wife”, and “The Time Keeper”

And yes, I count listening to a book as having read it. I read books with my eyeballs too so calm down I know what I’m saying. I've enjoyed some books in both forms and in some cases enjoyed them more in audio form! 

My newest commute buddy: Pod Casts!

This is a recent discovery of mine via a new friend. Your phone might have come with a pod cast app. If not, you can download it. It connects to your iTunes account.

Recommendations:

Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips. This pod cast is easily digestible (pun intended) useful information about eating healthy. I like that each “episode” is short, usually under 10 minutes and addresses everything from more scientific matters that I remember learning about in my nutrition 101 class like HDL vs. LDL, smoke points of different cooking oils and why that matters, foods that can prevent a sunburn (um, thank you!), to how to make a healthy and tasty smoothie and the difference between California or "hass" avocados and Florida avocados. 

Spanish Grammar Review: This is Spanish language review for advanced speakers but there are many language pod casts for all levels! I use this one to keep my mind sharp (I fear I’m losing my Spanish language skills).

Social Media Marketing Podcast: This is a pod cast from Social Media Examiner, a blog that I follow religiously (it relates to my job). There are TONS of specialized pod casts in every industry, find ones that apply to your job and stay up to date with what’s happening.

If you’re like me, you’ll subscribe to a lot of things that you think you should because they'll make you smarter or help you own the stock market, but then you’ll never listen to them or you’ll try them out and decide they’re not for you and lose interest in pod casts altogether. Try to find pod casts on subjects that you’re genuinely interested in. Bonus? You'll have so much to talk about at your next social event.

Pro tip: download new pod casts when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll use less data.

Music

If you know me, you know that my missed life calling was to be a DJ. I love music. Sometimes I like to put on a great playlist, zone out and just brave the traffic. Singing along to music just feels right. When I have a good mix on that I can sing to (yes I shamelessly sing my car), I actually notice my mood improving. The only downside to this is that I get sick of music quickly and I don’t stay on top of updating my iPod and I don’t pay for Spotify or anything (I’d rather own my music thank you) so I only do this every so often.

Let me know in the comments if you have any audiobook or pod cast recommendations. You can find me on GoodReads and keep up with my posts on Facebook!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bomb Salad

I'm calling this one "Bomb Salad" because it's da bomb, and it's kind of a salad.

This quinoa salad is made with roasted sweet potatoes, beats, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, and green peas.


It was going to be called "Casey Pony Salad" but then I started thinking about other salad possibilities that would better compliment the Casey Pony Sandwich, so I'll revisit that later.

Not gonna lie, I've been eating this same meal for lunch all five days this week and there's still more so get your tupperwares ready. Here goes:

You will need:
-1 can black beans
-1 can kidney beans 
-1 can garbanzo beans
-1 medium/large sweet potato
-4 Brussels sprouts
-3 beats (I bought the pre-cooked kind.. Surprisingly they were cheaper)
-1 head of broccoli
-1 bag frozen peas
-1 package of quinoa

Prep:


  1. Cook the entire package of quinoa per instructions. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
  3. Peel sweet potato and cut into pieces (about 1 square inch). Put in plastic Baggie with 1 tbs olive oil and seasonings of choice- I used pepper, garlic powder, and dried rosemary. Mix around until coated evenly. Pour potatoes onto a baking pan (do not cook the plastic baggie!) and place in oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (ish)
  4. Chop chop the broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Sautée in high heat for about 3-5 minutes (I may or may not have used a little bit of leftover bacon fat)
  5. Slice up them beats
  6. Microwave them peas
  7. Drain and rinse all beans
  8. Divide cooked quinoa among containers (I made 5 go-lunches and still had a good amount of quinoa left over for later). 
  9. Divide the rest of ingredients among your go-containers as well. Store any remaining separately. 

Serve plain or with a little dressing, I tried it with this dressing recipe which I make on the regular and it was pretty dang dang good. Makes a great meal by itself or is a yummy side salad. At work I zap it in the microwave for about 1:25.  

Makes 8-10 servings, maybe more! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pear Lover Poser

I don't even like pears but I'll gladly wear them on my sweater- does that make me a poser? Ap-pear-entally it does. Ok I'll stop the pear puns.
sweater: J. Crew // pants: Sara Campbell // shoes: Ralph Lauren
glasses: Warby Parker // necklace: initial reaction
watch: DKNY // earrings: Ralph Lauren

This is how I do casual Friday (no jeans allowed).

It's hard to tell but... my pants? They're maroon. And they're my favorite. The kind of favorite where you have to keep track of when you wear them so that you don't accidentally become the maroon pants everyday lady at work. (But I also have them in navy, black, and taupe-nbd.)

What's your favorite color pant to wear to work? 



Friday, January 17, 2014

On Warby Parker Glasses and Getting Them After the Hipsters

I think I might need an intervention. I'm fairly certain that my latest purchase of glasses is a direct result of watching New Girl. They're big. They're bold. They're Jess-like.
Warby Parker - "Crosby"

And I know that I'm a little late to the trend, and that I may have pegged myself as a hipster-wannabe but let's be real- we all secretly want to be hipsters. 

Back to me and my Warbys.

After squinting my way home one evening while driving, I realized that I need to wear my glasses more but I didn't love the one pair that I had. So, I made it my mission to find a pair of frames that fit said description above and found myself at the Warby Parker store on Newbury street on a Friday evening around 6pm. Random, right? 

The store was packed! There were at least 15 other people mulling about trying on frames. Did I mention it was a Friday night? The weekend before Christmas? Can I buy stock in Warby Parker? So I elbowed my way into the hipster convention crowd and after trying on everything in sight, I landed on the "Crosby" frame. 

I had tried their at home try on but choosing good glasses for round faces is hard so it was much nicer to be in the store and able to try on all of the different options because I ended up ordering a pair that I probably wouldn't have chosen online. 

Have you tried Warby Parker glasses? Which do you like? Or if you have a round face, let's be friends on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quick Tip: Favoriting Tweets on Twitter

Did you know that by favoriting tweets on Twitter you're essentially curating a list of tweets?

Consider what message you would like your curated list of tweets to say, and use that as your guide for deciding whether or not to click that star. Your list of favorite tweets can be found from your profile by clicking "favorites" on the left navigation rail and is viewable by anyone who is allowed to see your timeline.

Twitter Tip


If you're managing a Twitter account professionally, you can use the favorite tweet capability for branding. For example you might want to favorite tweets that mention your brand, company, or employees in a positive way.

Tweets worth favoriting for branding purposes:

  • A tweet that depicts your brand in a positive light. Ex: "Company X has great customer service", or "Company X has a blog full of great advice on XY and Z". 
  • When another user quotes you or one of your tweets.
  • If somebody shares a link to your site or content. (Consider giving them a retweet as well.)
  • When somebody gives a thoughtful reply to one of your tweets. (Also potentially worth a retweet too.)
  • A mention of a product or service that you offer.
  • A sentiment that aligns with your brand image such as a quote.
By following these guidelines, you will have a list of tweets that show off your hard work cultivating relationships and building your influence. Best part? It's ready to show off to potential customers or company stakeholders at a moment's notice.

As always on Twitter and other social platforms, be sure to check into the person's profile whose tweet, post, or status you are about to "favorite" or share. Avoid favoriting tweets from spammy accounts or personas that do not align with your brand image (or target audience personas).

What types of tweets do you add to your favorites or would you add to this list? Do you follow similar guidelines?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Them New Year's Resolutions

First, let's collectively resolve to ignore the fact that these resolutions are a cool 7 days late. I say they still count.

Here goes:
  • Go camping for at least 2 nights (has to be in a tent). This is where my boy scout skills will finally come in handy.
  • Drink more water. So far, so good.
  • Call family more often. Self explanatory.
  • Run at least 2 half marathons that are at least 3 months apart. Last year I ran one and then thought I had filled my quota for the year or something and literally did nothing after that. Thus the 2 and the 3+ mo. apart rule. Also, I got a fitbit for Christmas and realized that I walk a total of .46 miles per day on average while at work. Yikes.
  • Make bed every morning. This is more of an aspiration, although I am getting quite good at the "make your bed as you get out of it" maneuver. 
  • Do not eat gummy bears. This one might be impossible. Can't moderate so... has to be cold turkey. Maybe like 1 bag for my birthday. I might let that slide. 
  • Pack lunch 4 days/ week. Sensible.
  • Blog more. You're welcome. 

I will probably be eating gummy bears editing this list over the next 3 weeks. 

What are your New Year's resolutions?