The Weekend List {No. 1}

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Happy Saturday, everyone! What are you up to this weekend? The weather is so nice, I'm planning on taking a long walk and getting caught up on podcasts. One day, I'd like to take a walk sans headphones, but I'm just not there yet. 

Lately, I've been getting caught up on episodes of Popcast with Jamie Golden and Knox McCoy. It's the perfect podcast to listen to in the background during your daily activities. They talk about all sorts of pop-culture related things in a humorous way that doesn't really require any knowledge of the shows or movies they're referring to.

Speaking of humor, my best friend sent me this New Yorker article called "Cookie Monster on the Dole" that made my entire week. I couldn't stop thinking about how clever it was and I would crack up everytime I thought about it.

Another thing that made my week was a lunch meal that I brought to work that was so, so delicious. It was essentially a twist on the classic BLT. Instead of lettuce, I used spinach and instead of bacon, I used tempeh. The tempeh was cooked in the skillet with coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a bit of tamari for about five minutes on each side until golden brown. Super easy, quick and really, really good.

In keeping with the warm-weather theme, spring is a great time to pick up a new outdoor hobby and that doesn't necessarily mean swimming or hiking. I recommend trying something creative like watercolor painting. Here is a good set of brushes to get you started!

Finally, I didn't buy anything from the Shopbop sale but there are tons of cute items around the internet that I've been browsing like these...

 

Tell me about your weekend! What are you up to? Did you get anything from the Shopbop sale? Have you made any good recipes lately? 

3 Strawberry Recipes

It's hard to pick a favorite fruit, but strawberries are definitely up there for me! They're super versatile as they can be used in everything from desserts and smoothies to salads and tarts. Plus, they're full of vitamin C, phytonutrients, folate, and other nutrients that are incredibly beneficial to your body's health. Here's three ways to use strawberries this spring!

Apple Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

These popsicles from Chalkboard Magazine are the perfect, refreshing treat for warm days. They are made using Pressed Juicery's Strawberry Coconut Apple juice, but you can easily choose a similar product from Whole Foods or any other grocery store if you don't have access to a Pressed Juicery location.

5-Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

If you're looking for a simple and healthy ice-cream, try this quick frozen yogurt from Just a Taste. This recipe takes five minutes to make and only uses four ingredients: frozen strawberries, honey, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice.

Goat Cheese & Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

I think it's safe to say that everyone loves Poptarts, but we might not buy them that often because there's not much nutritional value, so how about making them at home? Saveur has a great recipe using strawberries, goat cheese, and other natural ingredients for a slightly healthier version.

What are your favorite recipes using strawberries?

Pinspiration {No. 2}

Lately, my pins have followed a trend which evidently reveals my deep desire to go somewhere tropical. There are a lot of white blouses, agave plants and palm trees, sparkling pools, white blooms, fresh fruit, green juices, and minimalist interiors. The aesthetic that I've been drawn to lately is kind of Palm Springs meets Charleston with a little hint of Japan.

Luckily, I'll be off to warm weather and the pool/beach in only three weeks, so I can add my own photos to the mix. I'm anticipating lots of lemonade, vegan cooking, swimming, and fun afternoons out in the heat.

When I lived in Florida, I used to get really sick of the constant heat especially when I would have to plan a cute outfit that would keep me warm in the freezing buildings at my college but also not cause me to sweat buckets walking to and around campus. I eventually developed a good route that was mostly shaded but there's not much you can do to combat the humidity.

Writing this reminds me of a really great restaurant in St. Augustine called The Floridian. They've since changed locations (I actually get really upset when things change in my college town, I even had a pit in my stomach when I learned that they moved while writing this post) but when I lived in St. Augustine, I would go to the main restaurant for dinner sometimes and also spend time between class in their courtyard. Even though they've changed locations, I still highly suggest you check it out if you're ever in the area.

12 Easy Birthday Gift Ideas

With my birthday coming up, I've had the topic of birthday gifts on the mind. Sometimes, occasions come up where you want or need to buy a birthday gift for someone who isn't necessarily your best, best friend and it can be hard to figure out what to buy without blatantly asking for their list. Since that's no fun (and can feel awkward or impersonal), I've put together a list of twelve easy birthday gift ideas. These gifts work for just about any girl and don't require a huge amount of knowledge about their personal tastes to be a success.

Fancy Candle
This is the perfect gift, in my opinion, because it's something that a lot of people aren't quick to buy for themselves. If you know what scents they like, go for it! Otherwise, stick to a blogger/Instagram approved candle like the ones from Jo Malone, Byredo, and Diptyque. Another great option is the Volcano candle from Capri Blue (the one they burn in Anthropologie) which you can get from Anthropologie or Altar'd State.

Perfume Discovery Set
Fragrance, like candles, is another great gift option since it's something that most people don't buy for themselves very often. By choosing a discovery set, you're basically giving multiple gifts and allow the recipient to choose their favorites. Certain Sephora discovery sets even come with a voucher for a free full-size fragrance! 

Skincare Gift Set
Sephora has a huge selection of skincare gift sets, so you can pick one from your recipient's favorite brand if you know it or allow them to try something new. I suggest keeping it fairly simple (no intense, specific treatments since you may not know their specific concerns) by choosing face masks or facial mists.

Framed Art Print
Everyone can use a cute art print at home or at work! Whether it's photography, illustration or a motivational quote, be sure to have the piece pre-framed so that you're not giving the recipient something else to add to their to-do list.

Monogram Necklace
So simple and easy and all you have to know is their first initial. Stick with something simple and delicate in a timeless gold or silver. That way, the necklace can be used as a layering piece and won't quickly go out of style.

Luxury Bath Product
This is a great way to buy someone Chanel without paying a lot. Net-a-Porter and Violet Grey have a great selection of high-end bath products.

Cute Market Tote
For this gift, you could choose something traditionally cute, cheeky, or specific to the person's tastes. Places like Ban.Do, Target, Nordstrom, and Urban Outfitters have lots of great options. Plus, everyone can use an extra tote bag for the market, school, or work.

Journal
I say this because I know that I can never have enough journals. A pretty journal makes a great gift because it's practical and general enough that you could even buy one for a complete stranger if needed. However, it means a lot when someone pinpoints your personality with a journal. My go-to for cute journals are Rifle Paper Company, Sugar Paper, and HomeGoods.

Mug
I know some people say they have too many mugs but I think if your friend is a coffee or tea drinker, you can't go wrong. Keep it simple with a solid color or get personal with a monogram or unique design from Anthropologie.

Phone Case
I like this idea for a gift because it's very practical. Some would say necessary, although---gasp--I don't use a phone case currently, which many say is precarious. There are so many cute cases around these days, especially at Kate Spade and Rifle Paper Company and your friend will thank you the next time they drop their phone.

Lifestyle Book
Gifting a specific fiction or non-fiction book can be difficult unless you definitively know that the person wants that book. My alternative is to buy a lifestyle book that they can use as coffee table decor or that they will re-read several times. For this, I like the Times' 36 Hours travel book, Lisa Birnbach's True Prep, or Bloom: Navigating Life and Style by Estee Lalonde.

Halo Top Birthday Cake Ice-Cream
Finally, the easiest birthday gift is a treat and even better is a guilt-free treat like Halo Top's Birthday Cake ice-cream which contains only 280 calories per pint plus 20 grams of protein.

 

What to Wear: Airplane

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With lots of fun spring and summer trips coming up, it's time to get back to the never-ending task of styling the perfect airplane outfit. I've found that black leggings are a necessity in any airplane outfit in order to strike a balance between comfort and style. Here are a few options to pair with your leggings for your next flight.

Gray Sweater + Black Leggings + Blush Nikes + Cute Luggage

White Oxford + Black Leggings + Statement Slides + Tote Bag

Oversized White Hoodie + Black Leggings + Adidas Sneakers + Sunglasses

What do you guys like to wear on airplanes?