Thursday, July 28, 2016

Door by Nice As F*#k

GURL POWER! 
This video makes me want to make some friendship bracelets and save the world. 
After seeing NAF live last month (and being arm length from Jenny Lewis), I've been dying for them to release a peace-powered video. 
As their NAF theme song says,"We're nice as fuck, we shoot good luck."

Groovy! Peace and love, y'all. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mixtape Monday: J U L Y

What I've been into lately and why:

1. I Wanna Know (feat. Nico & Vinz) - Alesso (this song sounds like a trip to St. Lucia and is my bf and my's song at the moment)

2. Wona - Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg

3. Magnets (feat. Lorde) - Discloure

4. Make Me - Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy (I'll always root for Brit)

5. Best to You - Blood Orange

6. Obvs - Jamie xx (this would be the theme song to a Bahamian murder mystery series)

7. Good to Love - FKA Twigs

8. Turn It Around - HAERTS

9. That Girl - Tegan and Sara

10. The Hours - Beach House

11. Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett (the video is a must see)

12. Door - Nice As Fuck

13. Depreston - Courtney Barnett (I love her Aussie voice)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains

Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains
Raise your hand if you love bowls? The trendy/ambiguous term for a bunch a food you eat together in a bowl. Typically healthier, sometimes not. I can't tell you the last time I ate food I made off a plate. 
When I saw the pictures for this recipe on Pinterest I was immediately obsessed. And the title: Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp In Coconut Milk, I mean how yummy and summery does that sound?! 
If you like looking at pictures of bowls and other unusual foods paired together, please check out Half Baked Harvest.

*note: I followed the recipe exact, but used Goya frozen fried plantains instead of doing it myself. 

What food blogs are you salivating over lately?
Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Pins {Pinterest}

This is how Pinterest is making me feel lately....
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above: {pin it} //  Exotic Fruit Tartlet {source / pin it}
below: Frozen Açaí Bowls {source / pin it} // {source / pin it}
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below: Raw Kiwi-Ginger "Cheesecakes" {source / pin it} // MANGO, COCONUT AND CHIA POPSICLES {source / pin it}


Vibrant Coral & Green Fiesta Birthday Party {source / pin it}

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mixtape Monday: ~~Heat WaVe~~


HOT n' FRESH music! Salsa with a side of QUESO

1. Queso - Pell (I love any song about cheese. It is about cheese, right?)
2. Used - Strangers You Know
3. Send Me A Picture - Gwen Stefani
4. Rain Dance - Whilk & Misky
5. Me and Armini -  Emiliana Torrini (actually an older song, but it flows with the playlist)
6. Doin' It By Myself - Guster
7. Better Look Back - Lucius
8. Golden Days - Whitney
9. Homerun - Nice As Fuck (Jenny Lewis' new band!)
10. Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Beyoncé
11. Easier Said - Sunflower Beam
12. Ready Or Not - Myzica (current JAM)
13. Cookie Lips - Nice As Fuck
14. Suddenly - SWIMM

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pimento Chicken Salad, y'all

pimento chicken salad
Summer is in full swing - and so is the heat. It's time for a oven-free dish - and a Southern inspired one too. You would think being from the South I would have more Southern recipes on here....

Pimento Chicken Salad
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cooked and shredded 
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) jar pimentos, drained
8oz white cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt 
1/2 cup mayonnaise
bread and butter pickles and crackers, for serving

Mix together everything in a large bowl, adding more salt and pepper as needed. 
pimento chicken salad

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lady Cave {Chairish}

I teamed up with Chairish, an exclusive curator approved - online marketplace for vintage furniture, to bring you my dream "Lady Cave." 
My parents have an under-the-sea themed basement since my dad is a scuba diver (see: seashells, under water pictures, and even a themed Christmas tree that's up all year long). 
If I ever have a basement I would love to borrow from that idea and 60's Tiki bars. 
I'm thinking... palm wallpaper, an actual Tiki bar, pineapples, flamingos, wicker furniture, a real aquarium, a neon sign. A little vacation all year long. 
A big inspiration for this is Lost Lake - a hip Tiki bar in Chicago with potent drinks. I'm obsessed with their whole vibe. 
These vintage bar stools from Chairish are exactly the look I'm going for! How cute! 
above: I want palm on palm on palm on palm (source )// lots of tropical plants, and peacock chairs (source)
below: painted pineapples - GENIUS! (source )// these copper pineapple goblets at the bar (source)
above: fully stocked bar cart (source)
below: a neon sign would be fun, words or maybe a flamingo (source) // party all the time (source)

What would your Lady Cave look like??

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mixtape Monday: piña COOLada


Summer's music already be poppin'

1. WOW - Beck (I hope this means a new album....)
2. Sorry - Beyoncé
3. Big Boss Big Time Business - Santigold
4. Where Would I Be? - Gwen Stefani
5. Gold - Marina and the Diamonds
6. Stay - St. Lucia
7. Blinking - GIVERS
8. WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS - LANY
9. Boyfriend - Tegan and Sara
10. Don't Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White) - Beyoncé
11. Freazy - Wolf Alice
12. Roma Fade - Andrew Bird
13. Best Kepy Secret - case/lang/veirs
14. Million Years Ago - Adele
15. Dusty Trails - Lucius

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summery Pesto Zucchini and Corn Couscous

zucchini corn couscous with pesto
After 3 summers of no AC, I'm finally getting a little window unit! Here's to not sweating right after I get out of the shower!

So yeah, it's hot, which makes me crave summer veggies and fruits and lots of La Croix.
This bowl of savory summer vegges and Israeli couscous is a perfect seasonal dinner.

Summery Pesto Zucchini and Corn Couscous
inspired from this recipe

1 cup whole wheat Israeli couscous
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium sized zucchini, diced
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
salt and pepper to taste
1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup basil pesto (homemade or store bought)
juice of 1 lemon

1. Cook couscous according to package directions (I add a bouillon cube to mine), let cool.
2. Meanwhile, prep the zucchini and corn, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the zucchini and corn and cook until tender, about 12 minutes, before removing from heat and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Toss zucchini and corn along with the couscous, chickpeas, green onions, pesto and lemon juice.
ENJOY! 
zucchini corn couscous with pesto

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chicago Lately...

jenny cake
My bakery makes the most amazing cakes, RIGHT!?
bdayspring
It's been a while since I last touched base and a lot has happened.... How is it almost JUNE!?!

I turned 27 and had a Jenny Lewis cake, celebrated with friends eating tacos and going out dancing ... Real Housewives of Improv opened after months and years of dreaming about it ... graduated iO and am sorta done with improv classes for the time being, focusing on performing now ... my parents came to town and we walked all over Chicago, saw the Van Gogh exhibit and ate Indian food ... celebrated 1 year since our first Tinder date with Michael by going to the place we met ... reminisced about how this time last year I was in Iceland with Vern and how it was life-changing ... got bangzzzz ... started reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I highly recommend, esp. if you are in the arts ... realized I've now been out of college for as long as I was in college ... made Michael a big ole cookie cake for his bday and wrapped his presents pretty cool (wish I took a pic) ...  performed my first solo sketch doing my characters that have been living inside me for a couple years (sounds creeeeepy) ... saw Ellie Goulding (fo' free) in the sweetest "babysitting" gig there ever was ... had LEMONADE on repeat ... finally finished Nurse Jackie ... went to my cousin's wedding in Virginia for a short weekend, I forgot my dress, but thank GOD for Belk, also it was great to see family ... whipped up this dinner - healthy and oh so yummy ... sent off one of my bakery besties, now she has a real person job and I miss seeing her everyday ... 

Life seems a lot more certain now, and stable. Hustling for performance opportunities will always be a thing, but that's what I signed up for when I decided I was madly in love with improv/comedy and that's its what I want to do with my life. 
XOXO LOLO
ellie india
Ellie experience // finally went to Devon in Chicago - the Indian neighborhood with restaurants and sari shops galore! 
michael
Michael's mom made this picture of us into a puzzle. I like it. We look like an old-timey music duo from the 60's. 
pink kels
Spring is quite lovely in Chicago // This sweet girl/my sisterwife
flower show
Macy's Flower Show is a definite repeat! 
wedding flower show
an ice cream truck at a wedding = GENIUS!
flower show
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