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Wedding season with my love, (Washington, Connecticut). Wearing probably my absolute favorite dress to date - splurge on this one you guys, you will not regret it.

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Kind of healthy, yet not really, gluten-free cheesecake. I mean, how healthy can cheesecake (made with cream cheese) really get?! I used the real stuff too (organic of course). Recipe here.

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Not sure why this hollow back handstand pose is SO DARN HARD for me, but I'm getting there! Practice practice practice.

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Finally made it out to Sunday in Brooklyn for Nick's birthday. Incredible menu, full of light, healthy, delicious small plates. Highly recommend  the chicken drumsticks (SO good), and the super unique craft cocktails ("Champagne Problems" specifically, because it has beets, mint, and is so delicious).

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I had the opportunity to spend 4th of July at the most incredible house I've probably ever stayed at. I spent the weekend in this pool, getting some much needed vitamin D, and explored the town of Amaganssett (which I'm entirely obsessed with now - so cute!). 

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I've been on a huge matcha kick these past few months and have finally gotten to a point where I can make a great one at home. It's become my daily morning routine. I originally purchased Sunfood matcha, but it just wasn't the kind I love in a drink (its the type that would work better with baking). So a couple weeks ago, I finally splurged on some real, true, matcha. Yes, it's pricey, but it's much cheaper than going and buying a $5 latte every day! Stay tuned for a post on how I make my matcha lattes soon!

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One more shot of this dress, because it really is that good.

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Cutest shop in Amaganssett - I wanted all the baskets! I can't remember the name, but it was on the right hand side as you're just entering town.

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I couldn't get enough of this bathroom, which was in the house we rented while in Washington, CT for the wedding. Goals.

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Meat sauce is on repeat in our household. Warming, hearty, healthy, and delicious, it's the perfect meal (and we always have leftovers for the next day). Throw it over some zucchini noodles for a lighter dish in the summer! Recipe here.

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One of my favorite views of NYC.

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Slightly obsessed with all the Beautycounter products I just stocked up on, this mask being one of them. It brightens, firms, lifts, and gives my face this fresh and clean glow in 10 minutes flat. To top it off, it's non-toxic and full of natural ingredients. But then again, I wouldn't let anything else touch my skin, would I?

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I've just recently started putting brazil nuts in my smoothies. Did you know that only one a day gives you 100% of your daily intake of selenium?! Pretty cool, and a very easy way to get it in.

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.

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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.

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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!

Sweet Potato Risotto (vegan & gluten-free)

The Casual Classic | Sweet Potato Risotto

I made this twice last week, and got so many requests for the recipe, that I bumped this post up so I could get it to you guys immediately! It's a wonderful side dish to steak, chicken, or pretty much any protein that you desire really. It also works well next to a salad, as a base for bowl, or just all by itself.  Everyone that has tried this has loved it. It's super easy to make, and it's much healthier than your normal, run of the mill risotto.

My secret is that I use organic sprouted brown rice or wild rice (always choose organic!), instead of the white rice usually used in risotto that has no nutritional benefits. I also sub out butter and/or cream for ghee or coconut oil, depending on what you prefer. Instead of parmesan you can also use nutritional yeast, but this time around, I decided to go the cheese route. There is no replacement for good old, regular cheese people!

The Casual Classic | Sweet Potato Risotto

Feel free to add, subtract, sub, and do whatever you want to this recipe. It's a great one to experiment with! We actually doubled it (2 cups of rice instead of 1 cup serving that the rice package suggests) because we love having left overs (meal prep anyone!?). The recipe below is just an estimate of what I threw in the pot, but you really can't screw this one up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes/yams
  • Organic brown rice (or whatever rice you'd like to use)
  • 1 small red onion (or half a large onion), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • Chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegan)
  • Parmesan cheese (nutritional yeast for vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Put in a bowl, pour melted coconut oil over, and dust with paprika, cinnamon, and salt & pepper (I used a generous amount of spices since I like a lot of flavor). Toss in the bowl until the potatoes are evenly covered with the oil and spices.
  3. Place the sweet potato cubes on a baking sheet and put in the over for about 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned and soft.
  4. While the potatoes are cooking, you can start on the rice! In a medium sized pot, heat the ghee (or olive oil) over medium heat.
  5. Once it is melted and bubbling slightly, add the chopped onion and minced garlic cloves. Cook for a couple minutes until translucent/slightly browned.
  6. Add the rice to the pot (all of it). Stir and coat the rice fully with the butter/onion/garlic mixture. Cook for a minute or two. Cover the rice with the white wine and again, cook for a couple more minutes.
  7. Begin to add the broth to the rice about 1/2 cup at a time. Each time, you'll probably cook the rice for about 5-10 minutes in between pours. You're going to do this until the rice is fully cooked. I cooked about 2 cups of rice, so I used about 6 half cups of water total by the time I was finished.
  8. While the rice is cooking, we're going to mash the potatoes! I used a food processor, but if you don't have one, you could just use a potato masher or a fork. You want to get it as pureed and smooth as possible. I'll add a little bit of broth to them before pureeing just to help the process a bit.
  9. Finally, once the rice is cooked, add some parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast), and stir well. Last step is to add the sweet potato puree.
  10. Mix everything together well and serve! You can also sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top to make it look nice. Let me know what you guys think below!