Coconut Oil is my new JAM. Use it on your body as a cheap and highly effective (and all natural, organic, anti-aging, the list goes on…) moisturizer, throw it on your face at night and go to bed smelling like a Mounds Bar, but wake up looking like a million bucks! Toss is on some sweet potatoes and throw them in the oven. I am telling you this stuff is the.real.deal. And I am currently religious about using it anywhere and everywhere.
Ok, so I don’t know if it comes with the territory of co-habitation or if I am just fully embracing living in Brooklyn, but I have been SO into cooking and holistic health these days … Maybe it’s the thrill of feeding someone besides myself, or just having actual SPACE to cook, but I have really found making homemade meals to be extremely gratifying. While I am fully against fad dieting, I really love finding ways to improve my health and, along with exercise, diet is the easiest way to do that (something I know you have never heard before). I think I am somewhat of a foodie, so I don’t like slacking on meals (besides the occasional pb & j – it never fails), so when I found this website that was equal parts healthy, easy to make and full of FLAVA (Did I mention vegan? Which I most definitely AM NOT.) – I was beside myself! And, where better to share this little gem than right here with you all! So without further a do, I present you… Oh She Glows!
Here are a few of my faves that I have whipped up so far…
I am finally coming out of hibernation (curse you winter 2014!) and have some new and exciting news to share! As I have mentioned before, I have always dreamed about going into interior design and/or getting into a creative field, but have never acted on it for a number of reasons. While it always sounded fun, I feared the paycheck (or lack there of) and risky nature of changing careers. After much internal debate, self-assessment, and discussions (sorry friends and family), I finally decided to go for it! A few classes and a couple of interviews later and I am starting to work part-time at one of my favorite design firms. I am beyond grateful and excited and ready(!) for this next phase, as terrifying as it is. Thank you all for your patience over the last few months and I plan to kick back into gear here at South of Main and also share all of the new things I am learning at the new gig!
While we’re on the topic of fresh starts… my spring/summer wardrobe needs a serious revamp. I can’t remember the last time I bought a new bathingsuit (2010?) and I think I have outgrown the jean mini skirt… check out these steals I found to ring in the season of sun!
What are your latest warm weather finds? I’d love to know! This year I went for a lot of solids that I can mix and match with different accessories. I am trying to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle (something I am not good at…) and my first step was tackling the closet!
Have a fabulous day!
PS – If you’re thinking about changing careers, here are a few helpful articles (and feel free to email me!)…design sponge, LearnVest, The Every Girl, Huffington Post… and a food blogger with an inspiring story on making a passion into a profession. I know I have read so many other good ones, but am totally blanking! All I have to say is – do what you love! Life is too short :)
Hope you have a wonderful day with your families and a Happy New Year! I am headed to Sun Valley tomorrow for 10 days (!) of skiing and fun in the sun! So I will be back in 2014 with new outfit ideas, home decor, beauty tips and lifestyle posts! In the meantime, thanks to my loyal followers for sticking with me through my inconsistent posting and random thoughts – you guys are the best!
Hi friends! As you know, I have always loved interior design and often fantasize about what it would be like to actually do it as a career. Recently, I got an amazing opportunity to design a one bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side as a little side project. The requirements are: low budget (it’s a “guest” apartment), modern, with neutrals and clean colors. I started off by checking out the apartment and putting together a presentation with room ideas. Take a peek below at my initial thoughts…
My “client” liked what I had put together but asked that we make it a little more modern and had a few Ikea pieces in mind that she wanted me to incorporate. So here is phase two of the look book (that lovely free standing TV has an Ikea custom cabinet that couldn’t be copied into the presentation).
Most of the pieces above were found on Ikea, Target, One Kings Lane (one of my all time favorites), and West Elm. You can totally decorate an apartment and make it look nice without breaking the bank!
As you can tell, we are still early on in the design process but have established the basics, which I can’t wait to share with you. It has been so fun to try to incorporate my own taste but also challenge myself to work with a different style than my own. If you’re interested, check out my “Project” Pinterest board to see more inspiration for the apartment!
PS – Unfortunately, the boys didn’t take a liking to my track-what-you-eat project, so we will have to revisit that post at a later date (Maybe after I bribe them with food.).
S: Apple, handful of almonds, gluten-free pretzels.
L: Panera salad.
D: Out to Italian dinner with many different courses.
B: Smoothie – vanilla whey protein, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a coffee with splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Truvias. dried apricots.
L: 2 wedges of spanikopita, garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach and cherry tomatoes.
S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.
D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash.
S: Mini square of pumpkin cake, cream cheese frosting.
B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with banana, 2 tbs peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, water.
L: 1/2 cup wild rice, 2 tbs of all natural garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes.
S: MacIntosh apple with bag of Skinny Pop.
D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash, 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.
B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with strawberries, mango, pineapple, vanilla whey protein powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a coffee with a splash of fat-free half anf half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.
L: Garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and 1/2 oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie.
S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.
D: Bowl of lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion) and an apple.
B: Smoothie – vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk
and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.
L: Baby spinach, sprouts and a 1/2 c. multi colored quinoa with a handful of walnuts.
D: Bowl of lentils, fig burrata, Carr’s whole wheat crackers, Macoun apple, Giredelli peppermint bark, a few glasses of Pinot Noir.
B: Vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda with dried apricots.
D: Steamed veggies with brown rice, teriyaki and a few pieces of avocado roll.
Interesting right? Here are my observations:
1. People tend to be pretty routine when it comes to breakfast.
2. If you don’t eat a lot in the morning you end up eating more later in the day. As they say, eat your breakfast!
3. Girls are HEALTHY.
4. Those who are veggie lovers… eat a lot of veggies. Those who are not… lack veggies in their diets. This may sound obvious, but there doesn’t seem to be an in between.
5. Monday is the healthiest day.
6. Everyone has one “cheat day” whether they plan to or not.
7. Girls like sweets. Thank GOODNESS I’m not the only one who needs icecream.
8. You’re one of two things: a snacker or a mealer. (Go Team Mealer!)
9. People hit the bottle on Thursdays. (They don’t call it Thirsty Thursdays for nothin’!)
10. Red meat is not high on the priority list for us gals.
What patterns do you see? Aren’t you impressed with all of their healthy choices! Go GFs! I need to get on the barley salad train! Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It’s amazing how different everyone’s days are! Not one person has even a remotely similar day to the next. If we were looking at their outfits I guarantee you could find some (many) parallels. But (!) how interesting that not one person has the same tastes or eating habits as another. Have you ever thought about that? How do your eating habits compare? It might be a fun project to track your meals/snacks for the week. When talking to my friends a lot of them said they even found it interesting to see their own habits written out.
This weekend Bry and I had our first big housewarming party. Given we are in the holiday season, we kept it festive and went with a fondue and Christmas sweater theme. It was a major hit and hilarious to see people’s get ups as they walked into our apartment. Bry has always had a vision of having a fondue party (His family has a unique affinity to fondue… which I don’t hate.) and it was great to see it in action. Three fondue pots, 2 buckets of hotty toddies and a keg later… well I would say it was a success. Here are some highlights from the night (apologies for the terrible photos)!
We served chips, guacamole and salsa, red and green M&Ms, homemade chocolate chip cookies and of course, fondue with baguette pieces, apples and pepperoni for dipping. For drinks we made a bucket of hot toddy which was cider and whiskey (something Bry is becoming infamous for…) and a keg of PBR (keepin’ is classy). Everyone was so generous and brought bottle upon bottle of wine, which we didn’t really get around to drinking… probably for the better. One friend even brought homemade egg nog, which I don’t think I have ever had and wow, is it good! I must say, much better than that bottled nonsense!
As the soiree concluded and people started dispersing, the rest of us (only the strong survive!) headed to a local karaoke bar which ended the evening on quite an entertaining note. I have videos to prove it (sorry guys)…
We couldn’t have asked for a better night or group of people to break bread, eat fondue, drink cider, celebrate a BFFs birthday, admire our Christmas tree, get chatty and embrace our new home with! Hope everyone is having a merry holiday season and I would highly recommend the fondue party idea! There’s nothing like cheese and good friends!