Life Lately

Morning friends! I hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to the long weekend ahead (I know I am!). Today's post is just a little update on my life and what I've been up to lately. Most of these photos are from Instagram, but since not all of you follow me there, I like to do the occasional update on the blog. This includes health tips, style updates, exercise favorites, recent food discoveries, and more. Enjoy!

The Casual Classic | Central Park

I honestly have never found spring time all that amazing, due to the rain and chilly weather it brings, but this is my first spring living by central park, and WOW is the park just incredible this time of year. Everything is so green, lush, and beautiful. Walking around the park during this time - you'd never know you're in NYC.

The Casual Classic | Golden Latte

Loving my golden lattes still, even as the weather warms up, although here in NYC, it's 90 one day, and 50 the next, so hard to figure out what season it is really! I use this golden milk mix for my lattes - simple, easy, and full of amazing ingredients. Makes the process a whole lot easier and faster than mixing it yourself!

The Casual Classic | Y7 Yoga

Recently (since joining Equinox), I've just fallen in love with heated yoga! Other than Equinox, Y7 is one of my favorites because it uses infrared heat, which has so many health benefits. On a similar note, a CorePower Yoga studio is opening ONE BLOCK from my apartment (the first in NYC - FINALLY)!!! I couldn't be more excited. So excited that I even got a position as part of the Studio Experience Team! I'll keep you guys updated on all the fun happenings there too if you'd like!

The Casual Classic | YSL

I stumbled upon these when wandering through Saks a couple weeks ago, and I am so in love. I'm really into the slides this season - they're simple and beautiful on! This pair is great too and much more in my budget.

The Casual Classic | Carnitas Burrito Bowl

So I did it. I invested in an Instant Pot, and one of the first things on the list to make was CARNITAS!!! I love love love Mexican food more than anything, and carnitas is my favorite type to make. I found some easy recipes here and here, and mixed them a bit to make my own. It turned out wonderfully and took only about an hour max. I'm always looking for new recipes for this amazing appliance, so feel free to send over. I've created an Instant Pot pinterest board for all the great recipes I find.

The Casual Classic | Barbour

A recent rainy day in SoHo with Luna and Nick. We love going on adventures on Sunday's - especially anywhere we can take the pup. 

The Casual Classic | Smoothie

A favorite smoothie recipe of mine includes dragon fruit, also known as pitaya. I don't make it every day because it is a bit sweet, but I love making it for the color it makes the smoothie. Isn't it pretty!? I'm working on a post with my favorite smoothie recipes and superfood additions, so keep an eye out for that.

The Casual Classic | Yoga

I've gotten so into Yoga this past 6 months (if you haven't noticed), and have huge news: I just paid my deposit for a yoga teacher training program this fall! I'll be traveling to beautiful Costa Rica for 3 weeks to get my 200 hour training. I'm not sure I've been this excited for anything EVER. 

The Casual Classic | Rag & Bone

I did something bad... but not really that bad. I bought these boots that I've been staring at for at least the past 5 months. Yes, I know it's almost summer time, but this is the best time to grab winter items on sale - these are over 40% off right now! In hindsight, I'm perfectly fine with the fact that I bought them because I think that if you can't stop thinking about something for as long as I've thought about these boots, it's totally justifiable. 

The Casual Classic | While We Were Young

I dragged one of my good friends down to While We Were Young on Cinco de Mayo for drinks and apps. I've been wanting to check out this little West Village spot ever since I discovered it. If you want a healthy, yummy cocktail, go here. If you love to Instagram your meal, DEFINITELY go here. The food was amazing and the restaurant is so fun.

The Casual Classic | My Style

A favorite spring outfit of mine: the Canadian tuxedo. I'm wearing head to toe Madewell, which is a company I've really been digging lately. I just discovered their jeans and am just loving this pair. Order a size down if you want them well fitted though! The top is old, but they have a very similar version every single year. I'm loving this one.

I'm having quite a thing recently for mid-heel sandals - I'm loving that they're something I could wear to work and then drinks afterwards. They need to be comfortable though and pretty, which I think is really hard to find in a mid-heel sandal as they tend to look frumpy pretty often. I saw these last year, but they sold out immediately. Luckily, they brought them back again and I added myself to the pre-order list! They come in every neutral color and are so insanely comfortable. I am still on the hunt for a pair or low black sandals though, so if you guys have any recos, let me know!

Cauli Fried Rice

I've never been a huge fan of cauliflower, but recently I've been trying different ways to eat it so that I can incorporate it into my routine more often. I'm always looking for ways to get more cruciferous vegetables into my diet to help lower my estrogen levels, so I decided to try out cauliflower rice recently.

Side note: I have high estrogen due to PCOS. I haven't talked much about this on the blog even though it's been something I was diagnosed with a couple years ago, but happy to do an additional post on it if you guys are interested. It's something that at first was very scary to me and something I kept under wraps, but SO MANY girls are getting this diagnosis given to them these days, that I would love to talk more about it. 

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Anyway, back to my cauli-fried rice. I saw an instagram post of cauliflower rice which inspired me to make my own version. I LOVE fried rice - maybe its the fact that I just love rice, eggs, veggies, and everything that comes in it, but it isn't all that healthy when you order it take-out, which is usually the only time I tend to get it. So... I decided to make my own!

Making cauliflower rice is so simple - as long as you have a food processor. Otherwise, you can buy it pre-packaged at Trader Joe's or other grocery stores I'm sure. You guys, if you have been reading and doing me recipes for a while at this point, and DON'T have a food processor, now is really the time to get one. Trust me, you'll use it more than you ever thought you would. 

Once you make the rice, the rest is easy. Throw in any type of veggies you'd like, plus a protein, eggs, and anything else your heart desires. I LOVED this recipe, and will for sure be making this again. Cauliflower has tons of vitamins and antioxidants, is good for your digestion and detoxification, and much more. Start incorporating it into your diet more immediately!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 carrot, chopped or grated
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: additional protein such as shrimp or chicken

Directions:

  1. Cut the cauliflower head into florets. Place the florets into a food processor and process on low until the cauliflower has the consistency of rice. Do NOT over process, or it will get mushy.
  2. Heat a medium pan/skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and carrots and cook for a couple minutes until onions are translucent. 
  3. Add the cauliflower rice, garlic, and frozen peas to the pan and cook for a few more minutes, mixing frequently, until the rice starts to soften.
  4. Add the remaining sesame oil and coconut aminos, and continue to stir until well mixed.
  5. If you are adding additional protein, like shrimp or chicken, you would cook this in a separate pan and then add to the rice towards the end. I didn't do any meat this time around (just because I didn't have any), but I think shrimp would have been so good in this recipe!
  6. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!

Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

The Casual Classic | Zucchini Bread

Yes, this is as good as it looks. And yes, it's also decently healthy (aside from the chocolate part). This is my dark chocolate chip zucchini banana bread, and it's gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and absolutely delicious - even for breakfast if you feel so inclined. I make my regular banana bread so darn often that I decided I needed to try something new this time around. And although it's not as amazing as my original banana bread, this version is a great twist on the original recipe.

The Casual Classic | Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is super high in fiber and low in calories, making it a great food to incorporate into any recipe. It's also rich in potassium, just like bananas, so you're really getting your fill with this recipe. I used coconut flour, as usual, which is also super high in fiber and even better, low in carbs. But really, how good is this recipe!? This bread is also sweetened naturally (aside from the chocolate chips which are totally optional), and fulfills my constant dessert craving that I have throughout the day. Luckily, I don't feel guilty snacking on this one, which is exactly why I make recipes like this!

The Casual Classic | Zucchini Bread

Recipe:

  • 1 cup organic shredded zucchini, or about 1 medium sized zucchini
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed up
  • 6 organic eggs
  • 3 tbsp REAL maple syrup, or raw honey
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used pink Himalayan)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup dark chocolate chips (optional, depending on your preference)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Squeeze the excess water out of the shredded zucchini either in a paper towel or dish towel.
  3. Throw everything together in a food processor (minus the chocolate chips) on low until well mixed.
  4. Fold in about 2/3 of the chocolate chips to the mixture.
  5. Pour mixture in to a greased (I used ghee), 8x8 pan, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and you can insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.