Monday, August 18, 2014

Pumped Up Kicks

Zara Moto Jacket (similar here and here), Monrow Grey Tank, Jbrand White Jeans (similar here and here),
Prada Sunglasses, Banana Republic Clutch, Gorjana Super Star Necklace

Can I just say that I love that sneakers are in style? I thought it may be a fleeting trend, but NOPE, it's here to stay, at least for another season. As such, I am loving rocking my silver and pink glitter sneakers that I got in Italy

I'll admit, I bought them on a whim with no real outfit plans in mind. It wasn't easy to find something that matched silver and pink high tops <SURPRISE> so it's taken me some time to figure out what to rock them with. After a few runs of trial and error, I came up with this look. 

Not anything wild, just white skinny jeans, an oversized grey tank, and a moto jacket. Seems to be just the right combo of edgy and casual. I'm loving the sneaker trend and look forward to rocking even more looks this fall!

So what do you all think; are you for or against the sneaker trend?

Xo J

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classic with a Twist

I am a huge fan of classic pieces. I love sweaters, button downs, v-necks, skinny jeans, ballet flats and sneakers. Classic pieces are definitely my comfort zone, but I do try to keep my look up-to-date. What does that mean? To me, it means mixing up my look with more unexpected pieces, like in this case, my new star necklace from Gorjana.

I am obsessed with the necklace and how easily it fits into my wardrobe. In addition to the necklace, I also have the Mila Cuff, which I love too. Both pieces feel like the missing puzzle to my look- a little big edgy, a little bit classic and a whole lot of fun.

Equipment Blouse (similar here and here), J.Crew Denim, Jimmy Choo Heels, Louis Vuitton Bag,
Prada Sunglasses, Gorjana Super Star Necklace, Gorjana Mila Cuff, Banana Republic Bracelet

So I'm totally obsessed with Gorjana now and have several items on my wish list. Here are some of my favorites!

Happy shopping!

Xo J

Monday, August 11, 2014

Coconut Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

As you may or may not know, I am a vegetarian. I do occasionally dabble in bacon or proscuitto, but that's really as carnivorous as I get. I've never really been keen on meat, but for the past 8 years or so, it's been full throttle.

Now, I know this is insane for a vegetarian to say, but I was never super concerned about getting enough protein. You see, I eat egg whites, cheese and peanut butter every day so I thought I was doing okay in the protein department. However, after recently stepping up my workouts, I found myself exhausted and craving protein-heavy foods like veggie burgers and more eggs. Curious as to my necessary protein levels, I did a quick google search.

According to the research I did, I need about 40-80g of protein per day. HOLY CRAP. I was maybe getting 26g on an average day? I needed to double or even triple the amount of protein I was getting. Hardly an easy task for a vegetarian.

Luckily for me, it was around this time that I came across this post from my friend Kat at The Fit Girl's Kitchen. She had tons of yummy protein-based breakfast smoothie recipes. I had always been wary of "protein shakes" but the brand of why Kat uses is organic so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I've been experimenting for a couple of weeks now and I have a favorite recipe to share with you. I give you, the Coconut Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie!

Coconut Vanilla Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
8g protein/serving

1 Banana
1 Cup Light Almond Milk, Plain
1 Cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened
1 Serving Tera's Sustained Energy Whey Protein - Vanilla
2 Tbsp Shredded Sweetened Coconut

Toss all ingredients in a blender and go wild! It makes two servings so I just fill two mason jars, take one to work and leave the other in the fridge for tomorrow. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jazzy Jumpsuit

Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

Much like boyfriend jeans, jumpsuits can be tricky. I've want to get one for awhile but could never find just the right one. I was looking for something versatile and classic so when I came across this jumpsuit on Piperlime, I took a chance.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

It's very versatile with the ability to be dressed up or down with a quick change of shoes and accessories. On this particular night, I was going for a 70s glam look so I pulled my hair up into a sock bun, busted out my glamour girl Kendra Scott earrings (similar) and slipped into my nude heels.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

Banana Republic and Hermes Bracelets, Banana Republic Clutch (similar)
Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

Photo Credit: Lindsey Kessler

What about you all? What's your favorite way to style a jumpsuit?

Xo J

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lemony Kale and Fig Salad Recipe

The only photo I could snap of this glorious creation before my starving husband gobbled it up.

As I mentioned in this recipe post, I am always looking for healthy salad recipes to use up all of my produce. After a particularly indulgent weekend at my friend's bachelorette party this weekend, I was on the hunt for some new kale salad recipes this week. I came across this kale salad recipe on Pinterest and thought to myself 'THIS LOOKS AMAZING.' While I've never actually cooked with figs before, I DO LIKE Fig Newtons so I thought I'd give it a try. Here is my modified recipe for 2.

Lemony Kale and Fig Salad Recipe

Ingredients - Salad

  • 1/2 bunch kale, ribs removed and chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cups cooked quinoa, (from 1/2 cup raw quinoa)
  • figs, quartered
  • 1 oz gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1.5 oz prosciutto, chopped (1/2 a standard package)

Ingredients - Dressing
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic
  • 1 Tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Place kale in a large bowl and squeeze lemon over the top. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Mix quinoa into kale. Normally people prefer the quinoa to cool but I added it to the salad when it was still warm and it was divine! 
  4. Add quartered figs and crumbled gorgonzola into bowl and toss well.
  5. Prepare dressing (whisk all ingredients together) and pour over the salad.
  6. Top salad with chopped prosciutto and enjoy!

I'm so excited about this new recipe and hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Xo J