Month: November 2013

Sweet Treat: 5 Ingredients Under 5

This recipe is actually so awesome, I just couldn’t wait to share it with you! This is like, the perfect dessert because it has the trifecta – healthy, quick & simple to make. You can literally throw this together in less than five minutes.

Raw Chocolate-Date Bites

Ingredients:

1 bag of whole, pitted dates (or about 2 cups)

1/3 cup almonds

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened, 100% cocoa)

1 tbsp. flax seeds (optional)

Instructions:

Soak the dates in hot water for 1-2 minutes, until softened.

While the dates soak, process almonds, flax seeds & coconut oil in a food processor.

Add the dates and cocoa powder to processor and grind until everything is combined well.

Pinch off about 1 tbsp. of mixture at a time and roll into balls using the palms of you hands. The mixture will make about 20 balls.

Place the balls onto a lined baking sheet and freeze until hardened.

These bite-size treats can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, and longer in the freezer.

2 pieces are approximately 145 calories. They are so rich and filled with nutritious & yummy ingredients, 2 will definitely be enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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These may not be the prettiest sweets left as-is, but they taste fantastic – almost like a super-moist brownie bite. You could roll each ball in shredded coconut, chopped almonds or dip them in melted chocolate before freezing & give them as gifts during the holidays (as all the stores are reminding us the season of giving is swiftly approaching).

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How to Rock Your Lazy Days

Everyone, even the most accomplished fashionistas, have those days where you just want to wear your sweats all day. Well stylebandits, I have great news: it is possible to have those comfortable (& comforting!) pieces without sacrificing your unique stylishness! Thanks to the kicked-up-a-notch sweatshirts and embellished sneakers many brands have been coming out with, you can have your lazy-girl style cake and eat it too.

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Sweatshirt forever21, Jeans asos, Shoes steve madden

Having one or two embellished sweatshirts in my closet has seriously made life easier – on those lazy days where you still have to be presentable I can just throw one on with my comfiest jeans and I’m ready to go. Picking shoes and tops that have small embellishments also mean no accessorizing necessary, which is always a plus if you’re feeling lazy or short on time.

What do you think of this look? How do you rock your lazy days with style?

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

I’ve always loved pastels, so I am actually pretty excited that they are everywhere recently! Specifically, pastel pinks are everywhere recently. I love the fact that they are having their moment in the months that are usually reserved for heavy, dark & rich colors. What I love even more, is that pastels are being matched with heavier textures, which makes them definitely cold-weather appropriate. But, what I love even more, is the fun that can be had mixing and matching soft, floaty feminine pastels with harsher and heavier Fall/Winter gear.

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I love the floaty pink top I’m wearing – you can find it at Forever21 – it’s very girly, but less in-your-face than some other pink styles I’ve been seeing around lately.

However, if we’re talkin’ in-your-face pink, I’ll be honest. I am 100% dying for a pastel pink coat. I know, I know, I’m falling for a trend, but just gaze your eyes upon these beauties and try to tell me you wouldn’t wrap yourself up in one of them forever …

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H&M

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Topshop

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Topshop

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Modcloth

You’d think a pink coat would be aggressively girly, but the cool thing about these is that they’re being cut in masculine shapes so they’re a little bit feminine, but also a little bit badass – my favorite way to mix and match!

Would you wear this trend?

Fall Favorites

I hope everybody has been enjoying this colorful Autumn! I love shopping (no surprise there / sorry Mom), especially when there are so many new styles out for new seasons. However, I am on a saving money kick as of lately, so I’ve been limiting myself to (online) window-shopping. Score one for self control! Anyway, I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite things I’ve been finding (and trying so hard not to buy!) from some of my favorite stores. Maybe you’ll find some gems and buy them and I can live vicariously through you (please)!

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These two sweaters are both from H&M & I love them. They both have short sleeves, which is fun & the details on both of them are playful and add a little bit of interest. They would be perfect with darker colored jeans (think black, maroon, dark green). The details on these also mean you don’t even have to find a necklace to wear, so getting dressed in the morning is that much faster!

Get these sweaters here & here.

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Clearly, fall is all about sweaters & this fuzzy pink sweater is great. I actually am loving the whole ensemble here, minus the shoes. The punchy pink is so fun with the polka dot midi. It actually makes me feel like this color/pattern combo should never be without each other. This outfit could be casual enough for class, work, meeting up with friends, or it could be easily dressed up for fancier occasions.

Okay, I am obsessed with this kimono. The red velvet and floral print is so dramatic and romantic – perfect for fall & can carry into winter. It’s a little bit victorian, a little bit bohemian. This is definitely a great statement piece. I cannot get enough of this one.

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Talk about statement pieces! This little jacket comes with its own attitude people. The neon green is so unexpected & looks amazing with the edgier pieces. I would totally rock this over black jeans or a dress with a chunkier metal necklace and boots. This almost reminds me of the iconic Chanel suit, but less expensive and way cooler.

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I’m currently having an art-deco, 1920s obsession, which is one of the reasons I love this blouse. It’s simple, but the embellishment is so pretty. Not only is this slightly art-deco, but the beading also reminds me a little bit of spider webs, which is fitting for this time of year (hello, Halloween!).

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Continuing with my 1920s obsession – this party dress is amazing! It isn’t too theme-y, but it’s like an ode to the era with the art-deco patterns and sparkle. Because the shape is modern, it wouldn’t even be overkill to dress this up with 1920s inspired bling, maybe even a killer headpiece (that hat is killing me, but not in a good way).

When I look for party dresses, I’m always drawn to fun textures and shapes. The feathering on this LBD is exactly that! I actually think this dress would look awesome with much girlier makeup – pale pinks and shimmery whites. This would be an adorable outfit for, say, a fall birthday or Thanksgivukkah party…

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I’m obviously very into reds and velvet this season, so these two dresses definitely caught my eye. The dark velvet dress is so rich and the shoulder cutouts add that extra detail that makes it stand out. This bright red dress is like the perfect party dress in my book – its got the texture, the print & the fun, full skirt. This dress happens to be from Forever21, which means its on the cheap-side. I’m all for that, clearly, but with a dress like this, I would be a little careful – I bought a similar dress with cute tulle from there a long time ago, and it looked very cheap. That being said, its not a guarantee that all dresses like this will be the same way.

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I love jeans, and I like finding ones that go beyond the average black and blue. This khaki green pair is great for fall & the detail on the bottom is unique. These actually came in black too, and I couldn’t decide which I liked better, but I have enough black already.

These faux tweed & leather pants are AMAZING. I have no other words to describe them… and they are on sale! If you’re really feeling like livin’ on the wild side, these pants would look insane with the neon green jacket from above.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite fall picks & got some seasonal inspiration!

Tricks & Treats

Keeping with the Halloween theme, I decided to share a little post about the fun & easy treats we made this year. I know Halloween is over 😦 , but these can be great for any theme parties, potlucks, or just stash the ideas away until next year!

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These are my english muffin mummies – they were ridiculously easy to make, and even though Zach & I are not kids anymore, we had so much fun making them. Obviously, actual kids would also have a blast putting these little guys together. All you need are the following ingredients:

– English muffins (we used whole wheat)

– Marinara sauce

– String Cheese

– Sliced black olives

Once you have all of the above ingredients, you just split all the muffins, layer with sauce, strips of cheese (so that it looks like mummy wrappings) and two olives for eyes. Bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden & enjoy!

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If you ever are in need of a fun, festive dessert, these are the way to go! My mom and I actually made a whole graveyard cake one year for Halloween, and these are my improvisation on that. I like cupcakes more than cake because they’re already individually sized and easier to eat. For these, you just need:

– Cake mix of your choice

– Chocolate frosting

– Oreo cookies

– Gummy worms

– Milano cookies

– Icing to pipe onto the cookies

Once you have these ingredients its just a matter of baking the cupcakes as the box instructs, letting them cool, then decorating! To decorate you simply frost the cupcakes, cover with crushed Oreos (so it looks like dirt), stick on a worm or two and then add your Milano tombstones.

Do you have any favorite Halloween treats?