Homemade Vanilla Cashew Milk

The Casual Classic | Cashew Milk

This is one of those recipes where every time I make it, I'm wondering why I don't do it more often. It takes about 15 minutes max (with a tiny bit of prep before hand), and is only 4 ingredients or less if you want it to be. It's creamy, delicious, and the perfect with smoothies, coffee, golden milk, alone, you name it! You can also make this with many other types of nuts, but cashew is by far my favorite because of the taste and texture.

The Casual Classic | Cashew Milk

Cashew milk takes the tiniest bit of prep before you can make it... You have to soak the cashews! I throw them into a bowl and cover them with some filtered water and let them sit for about a day while I'm at work (or at least 4-6 hours). Once they're done soaking, the milk is so so easy to make. You will just need a couple of items: a really good blender (the ninja is great), and a cheese cloth (optional, but without it, there can be tiny cashew sediment in your milk). 

All you have to do is throw all the ingredients (water, cashews, maple syrup, and vanilla bean) into a blender, blend on high until everything is mixed well and liquified, and pour through a cheese cloth to strain the sediment out! Voila, you've got the yummiest, creamiest, cashew milk. I use it to make my golden lattes every morning... Maybe I should do a post on those too!?

Oh! I should mention that I usually do a double recipe because this goes super quick! It lasts in the fridge for about 3-4 days, but if you (and your significant other) both use it, it'll disappear quickly, I promise!

The Casual Classic | Cashew Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for about 6 hours or full day before hand)
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped

Directions:

  1. Throw the cashews in a bowl and cover in filtered water. Soak for about 6 hours beforehand.
  2. Throw all ingredients into a blender and mix/blend thoroughly until liquified.
  3. Strain milk through cheese cloth.
  4. Enjoy. :)

Highway 1

The Casual Classic / Highway 1

I've been meaning to do this post since we arrived home from the west coast, but this is a lengthy one, and gosh did it take a lot of time. Many of you have been asking me for my itinerary, where we stayed, what we did, and where we took all those incredible photos. Well here it is - I've listed it all for you guys. If you haven't driven Highway 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway), plan a trip immediately. It's the best road trip I've ever been on, and it was the most gorgeous, incredible drive. Read on for all the details, and please let me know if any of you end up going or have other places on this route you recommend!

The Casual Classic | Highway 1

We started our trip in Seattle. I have some family in Seattle, so we ended up staying with them for two nights which saved us a bit of money and allowed me some time to see family I haven't seen in years! They live on Mercer Island, which is just beautiful and was a blast to explore. We got in late on a Friday night and went straight to bed. On Saturday, we drove downtown and explored Pike Place (had to!), as well as strolled around and window shopped a bit, and I snagged these amazing sunglasses at a little boutique we walked through (highly recommend Wonderland by the way). We drove up to Discovery Park to get a good view of the city and do a little hike, swung by Snoqualmie Falls, and then grabbed a doughnut at General Porpoise, which is a must! We finally ended up at Westward for dinner. I honestly have to say, it wasn't my favorite meal, but it has gorgeous views, so I'd recommend it for a lunch spot in the summer when you can sit outside. If you have time, you should definitely take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and explore that a bit!

The Casual Classic | Highway 1

On Sunday, we got on the road early because we had a pretty long drive to do to get to our next destination (Port Orford). Our first stop of the day was Portland, a city I've been wanting to visit for a while now. We stopped in the Nike store to get me sneakers since I forgot mine (and of course because it's the Nike store and Nike is based in Portland), wandered around a bit downtown, and then headed up to Pittock Mansion to see the view, which is SO good. You can see all of downtown from up there and the drive is very cool also. After that, we hopped on the road and took the scenic route from Seattle down the northern Oregon coast. I wish we had more time to spend in Portland, but it was an 8 hour drive (without stops), so we had to get on the road.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

Did I happen to mention we were in the pacific northwest during the typhoon (the one in October)? Let's just say it was a rainy first few days. The drive down the Oregon coast was incredible, but I have to say the weather and tornadoes that had hit just a day or so earlier made that drive super interesting. Highway 1, which can be decently narrow and somewhat treacherous in areas, winds along the coast, high up on the cliffs quite frequently. The pouring rain and winds really didn't make that too enjoyable, but I have to say that the views were just insane. We ended up in Port Orford for the night, at a little resort called Wildspring Guest Habitat

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

The resort was tucked away in the woods surrounded by tall pine trees, ferns, and the most gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. It was so unassuming and not something you'd ever find from the road without directions, which we loved. There are about 8 cabins, each one a one bedroom with a living room and bathroom. We got there when it was completely pitch dark, the only way you can find your cabin is with a flashlight and a map. Such an adventure! We threw on our suits and hopped in the hot tub with the sounds of waves crashing on the coast. The next morning consisted of coffee and homemade breakfast on the deck over looking the ocean. I LOVED this little place! We only had one night there, so got on the road early and headed to our next stop (which was the best one of the trip by the way). As you head down the Oregon coast and into Northern Cali, you absolutely have to stop and see the giant Redwood trees. There are a ton of hikes and drives to do - it's hard to pick one. Avenue of the Giants is really cool, as well as Humboldt Redwoods. This is a great list of all the scenic drives you can do! I just wish we had had an extra day or two to explore Oregon more. 

The Casual CLassic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

GLAMPING!!! This was our next destination, located in Northern California on the Sonoma coast. I found Terra Glamping on Airbnb originally, but booked directly through the website once I did a little research on them (it was cheaper that way). Guys. If could do any one thing on this trip, you have to stay here. There is no street sign, no indicator, nothing to identify the driveway of this place! You drive straight up a mountain on a dirt road and arrive at a little clearing with a grill/table setup, and a welcome tent. There are about 10 tents total, and they all line the side of the hill with a view and sound of the Pacific Ocean. Each tent has the COZIEST, memory foam mattress, a very heavy down comforter (yes, there is no heat in the tent), flannel sheets, and a rug and dresser. It only gets down to about mid 40s at the most in the winter months, but the tents stay toasty if you zip it shut, and the bed couldn't be warmer.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

Terra Glamping is in very good company at Stewarts Point (California). You've got a couple great dinner/lunch options at Sea Ranch Lodge to the North, and Timber Cove to the South. We opted for Timber Cove which was the perfect choice. We had the best sleep I think ever that night in that tent - you can legitimately hear the waves crashing from your tent! We got on the road early again the next day after watching the sun rise. You HAVE to make sure to swing by the Stewarts Point store for the best sticky bun of your life. I'm embarrassed to say I ate one whole one all by myself for breakfast. We did a quick hike at Sea Ranch lodge (it's got beach access - definitely a must do!), and hopped back in the car yet again!

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

San Francisco was next on the list. We decided to spend a couple nights there as it is one of my favorite cities and we wanted to get to know it a little better. We drove through Muir Woods on the way down because it was a much shorter drive than the first two of the trip. Honestly, the parking situation was soo bad, we didn't even get out of the car, but we did see the crazy big trees and drove yet another insane cliff road. We snagged Hotel G on Gilt for an amazing price. It wasn't in the best area, but it was a great spot for a couple nights. They did not have comforters though. Like WHAT hotel doesn't have a comforter for the bed? That was my only complaint.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1

Dinner the first night was at The Progress, which is the sister restaurant to the extremely popular (and impossible to get into) State Bird Provisions. Everything was big family style share plates - SO so good. The second night we got to join a friend at The Battery. The Battery is like the SoHo house of San Fran. A newer club, really funky and cool, with great food and drink. They have the most gorgeous outdoor rooftop patio for a sunset drink.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1

During the days in SF, we walked, and walked, and WALKED. Did a little shopping and lunch in the marina district (my favorite!), hiked the lands end hike, saw the Red Bull heavy water stand up paddle boarding race), drove over to the Cliff House to see the views, and also snuck in a couple workouts. We had to hit up Barry's of course, but I talked Nick into trying Core40 with me, since I have a small obsession with the megaformer. He was the only guy in the class... hehe.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1

By this time, it was Thursday. We were already more than halfway through the trip and not even tired of driving yet. Nick wanted to make a pit stop in Half Moon Bay to see the Mavericks wave (which unfortunately, you cannot see from the shore), but the area is still great to explore and if you have time, the Ritz Carlton down on the south end is worth paying a visit for lunch. Gorgeous views! Our next and most anticipated stop was Carmel. I visited Carmel with my parents years ago, but only really remember walking on the beach and seeing the insanely gorgeous houses. I couldn't wait to go back this time around. We stayed in a little Inn (Colonial Terrace) about a block from the ocean.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

There is SO MUCH to do in Carmel and down in Big Sur, I could literally write a second post on it (and maybe I will), but I want to give a brief overview of all the things we fit in. First of all, we fell in love with Mission Ranch. We had dinner there twice while we were in town. So not a good idea because we really should have explored more, but we just loved sitting on that patio with a huge glass of wine and the live piano player! And there's always the chance of running into Clint Eastwood...

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

During the first day, we got up early for a hike at Point Lobos, did the 17 mile drive, took a million photos, and drove down to Rocky Point Restaurant for lunch. You want to hit the hiking really early, as it can get super crowded and there is not much parking. Rocky Point was way down Highway 1, built into the side of a cliff with views for days and no cell service. A big thing to note is, make sure you know where you're going before you start the drive to Big Sur, because you won't be able to search or google once you're down there. 

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

We had a super fancy, extravagant dinner planned for Friday night - our one big splurge of the trip other than the Glamping: Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn. Now, we planned ahead for this one because we knew it would be pricey (no prices online), but just going to that resort and seeing that view is worth so much more than that dinner cost. We ate dinner above the clouds. Literally (check out the photos below!!). We were so high up that the fog and cloud cover was far down below us. So we saw the most incredible sunset, while sipping on our $25 drinks. HA!! What I would have given to stay at that hotel...

The Casual CLassic | Highway !
The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic| Highway 1

The second full day there, we did the full Big Sur drive. We went all the way down the Pfieffer state park and did a little hike to see the McWay Falls. I HIGHLY recommend swinging by Nepenthe for lunch if you can get in without waiting for an hour... Go on a weekday maybe? The best view down there, after Post Ranch Inn of course! Big Sur Bakery is to die for also. Plan a couple hikes, because there are so many to do, and they're all great. You will also pull off the road to take an obscene amount of photos, so bring the good camera! We came back into Carmel for dinner, and watched the sunset from the beach. There are so many different spots to watch the sunset in this town, but Pebble Beach is a great spot to grab an early drink before dinner and see the sky just light up with colors of pink, orange and red.

The Casual Classic | Highway 1
The Casual CLassic | Highway 1

 I still was on East Coast time most of the trip, so was waking up for the sunrise pretty much every morning and got the most INSANE photos of the Carmel beach in the morning. I have to say this was my favorite part of the trip, other than Glamping. Carmel is like the Nantucket of the West Coast. The houses are all beyond charming, the town itself has some great shopping, and there are endless things to do. If you want the perfect little getaway without the full 8 day road trip we did, I'd highly recommend Carmel and Big Sur. I can't wait to plan our return trip!

The Casual CLassic | Highway 1
The Casual Classic | Highway 1

Sale Roundup

The Casual Classic

It's sale time!!! Woo hoo! Grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and let's shop! This is the week when I get ALL my Christmas shopping done. The sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year it seems, but some amazing ones popped up today that I was glad I waited for. I may have grabbed a thing or two for myself, but I'm really trying to focus on shopping for others this time around. 

  • Vince: Take an extra 25% off all sale items. This is probably my favorite sale - their stuff is just the best. I highly recommend this sweater (I own both colors), and am dying to own this coat. Also, these are just to die for. Use code FALL25.
  • Shopbop: They're having their buy more save more event, where the more you spend the more you save (hence the name). Promo code GOBIG16.
  • Tuckernuck: the more you spend, the more you save. They have the best selection of holiday wear. I'm loving this dress and this festive jacket. Up to 30% of your purchase. Discount code on site. 
  • Reformation: 30% off everything. Yes everything. This is a rare sale, and I would snag everything you want from them now. I am OBSESSED with both this dress and this dress for the holidays! 
  • Theory: Up to 40% off a huge selection of items. Not as impressive a sale as I wished for this site honestly... No discount code needed.
  • Kit & Ace: My FAVORITE! They have a bunch of great mark downs on their site, including this cozy jacket (I just ordered it!!). No discount code needed.
  • Tory Burch: 30% off a $250+ purchase. I always love the Tory shoes, and these are the perfect every day boots! Use code THANKS.
  • White & Warren: My favorite cashmere company is having a 25% off site wide sale. If you don't own this wrap, you should. No code needed, discount applied at checkout.
  • Bandier: they are having their first ever warehouse sale, and a ton of items are marked down to 70% off! You can never have too many pair of leggings, right!? No discount code needed.
  • AYR: Take an extra 30% off all sale styles. This sweater is a must have. Use promo code LATEBLOOMER.
  • Anine Bing: Big sample sale on this site. Gorgeous silk dresses, leather booties, and chunky sweaters. Prices as marked.
  • Joie: 25% off site wide. I've been eyeing these over the knee boots for a while in the tan color (they're on sale!!!). These velvet booties are perfection also.
  • Rag & Bone: 25% off site wide. I always love stocking up on my favorite booties during these sales. Normally, they're so pricey, but you can get them at a pretty good price, especially if they're already marked down! This poncho is everything. Discount code is BLACKFRIDAY25.
  • Equipment: 25% off site wide. Stock up on a classic silk blouse in every color now! Use promo code THANKS.
  • Zimmermann: Big markdowns on tons of summer items, which I know you guys probably aren't shopping for right now, but they make the BEST swimwear, and I've had my eye on this dress since the summer. Prices as marked, no code needed.
  • Christy Dawn: 30% off site wide. I've had my eye on this gorgeous floral number for weeks now. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2016.
  • Miansai: My favorite place for cuff bracelets and hook accessories (I own this necklace). Take 20% off entire site. No code needed, discount reflected at checkout.
  • Intermix: 40% off designer favorites here (the extra 40% is automatically taken at checkout). I just grabbed this dress for $77!!! Also take $150 off for every $700 you spend. I always find great deals at the Intermix sales! Use code THANKS for the $150 off - no code needed for the 40% off.
  • Stuart Weitzman: 40% markdown on a ton of items. If you're in the market for the most perfect pump, I've found them here. No promo code, prices as marked.
  • All Saints: They are offering 30% off their entire site, including this incredible jacket. If I was in the market to splurge, this would be it. Use promo code CYBER for discount.
  • J.Crew: For the first time ever, they are offering 40% off the entire site. Stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts for your man, family, and pretty much everyone on your list here. Use code HOLIDAY.
  • Rebecca Taylor: Take 25% off the entire site, plus free shipping. Use code CELEBRATE.
  • Loren Hope: 20% discount off the entire site. Stock up on a gorgeous holiday necklace to pair with that LBD that you own. Use promo code THANKFULLY.