I discovered acai a few years ago in California – I know, I know, I’m not cool and didn’t discover it in Brazil – and was immediately obsessed. It’s got a creamy texture to it, and even with no sugar it’s bursting with flavor. Every time I’m in San Diego, I treat myself to an acai bowl at least once during the trip. I know that we have acai bowls here in Chicago, but I try to steer clear because I feel like most places add a ton of sugar to the acai puree. Bottom line is, I was acai deprived…until I found these acai packets at Trader Joe’s.
I knew these acai blended packets would be a game changer! I immediately started experimenting with different recipes to make the perfect acai bowl. After much trial and error, I think I’ve nailed this down. Below is an easy acai bowl recipe that is absolutely foolproof – you can thank me later!
Maybe I’m speaking too soon, but I think that spring weather is here to stay! We had friends in town all of last week so we laid pretty low this weekend to catch up on life. I used our roof deck for the first time on Saturday and it was amazing. Can’t wait to spend many summer afternoons up there! Yesterday, we spent time with family for Easter. We decided to have everyone come over to our place (since most of our family was out of town this weekend), and enjoyed same tasty Middle Eastern food. I finished the day off with a lonnnng walk – I think we walked 6 miles, no joke – on the 606 with Mom. It was the best way to burn off all that falafel, and it was just too beautiful out. Def had some Mom/daughter bonding time!
I didn’t get too dressy this year for Easter, since I knew it would just be a few of us and we hosted. It’s been a while since I got to wear these flare jeans (I think this was actually the last time), so I felt it was time to bring them out. They also make me feel like a million bucks because they just suck everything in – ha! I picked up this oversized silk shirt – I’m pretty sure it’s men’s – on my last vintage shopping run, along with this pretty blush & cream scarf. To finish off the look, I wore my tan square sunnies & pulled my hair back (partly because it was dirty and partly because I wanted to show off the pretty scarf).
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I alluded to this a couple weeks back, but I have a really tough time shopping for swimsuits. Swimsuit shopping is tough period, and it gets even more difficult if you have big boobs. I can recall countless times where I’ve tried on swimsuit after swimsuit and end up leaving the store nearly in tears. I used to feel like swimwear just wasn’t made for us bustier babes. Luckily, over time, I realized that there are suits out there that work with my body. I just have to look for the right things (& avoid a few others) to set me up for success. Here are a few rules of thumb I follow when swimsuit shopping –
I’m so behind on everything this week! We have Leo’s friends in town, so we spent the weekend out and about enjoying the beautiful weather…and have basically been out every weeknight as well. I spent Monday night at Kingston Mines – like, what? I’m partying like I’m 24 again, and my body is so not equipped for this anymore. I’m in need of a desperate detox. Is it Friday yet? And no, not to party like it’s the weekend, but because I need to sleep in and not drink until July.
On another note, I’m so happy dress weather is finally here! You probably remember this slip dress from back in February, but now I can wear it without a million layers over it. Exciting stuff. We hit the mid 70s on Sunday, so it was the perfect time to rock this dress with a white tee. I brought out my blush bomber to throw on later in the day, which I’m so grateful for because it got crazy windy in the evening (in case you couldn’t tell from my wacky hair/holding hair in place photos). Something about grey and rose pink together is so soothing – I love the color combo.
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I can’t believe it’s already April! I’ve been in good spirits the last few days because we had a weekend of beautiful weather here, after two weeks of nonstop rain. It’s amazing how much weather can impact your mood and outlook. The gloomy days were really getting to me, and I found myself being negative and just not motivated. I knew it was happening, and I felt like I couldn’t get myself out of that funk. I’m glad I got a taste of warmer weather…I’m starting to feel like myself again!
The last month or two, I’ve tried to become more mindful of my emotions, and what triggers both negative & positive emotions for me. I know for a fact that the weather was one thing that was bringing me down. Knowing this was happening, I tried to do more of what makes me happy. Working out, cooking, spending time friends & family. I realized that something as small as hearing an old song that brought me back to a happy place could change my day. I know it sounds trivial, but it’s so true!
I’m also trying to focus on giving off positive vibes and surrounding myself with those who do the same. I realized how important it is be around people that make me happy. Now that I’m older & wiser, it’s much easier for me to identify unhealthy relationships in my life. I’m consciously spending more time around those who make me a better person, and also (for the first time in a long time) letting new people in. Here are a few articles around the web that inspired me the last month –
I went through a phase years back where there wasn’t a day I didn’t wear statement jewelry. Chunky, colorful earrings, thick bangles, long & elaborate necklaces completed every ensemble. I eventually grew out of it, and progressed to my now minimalist approach to jewelry…dainty chains & rings, my diamond studs. Lately, I’ve found myself rekindling my love for statement jewelry, and I think tassel earrings are driving this change. I don’t know what it is about them, but they feel so fresh, chic and fierce. Maybe it’s the spring/summer vibes they give off – I am desperate for warmer weather, after all. Either way, I love that you can rock a killer pair of tassel earrings with a basic tee and jeans and instantly look stylish.
I’ve linked to a few of my favorite earrings below – as you can tell, I don’t discriminate between colors, shapes or sizes. I appreciate them all.
PS – The other trend I’m currently obsessing over is patchwork denim!
I’ll be the first admit that I legit like grocery shopping. Is that weird? I don’t get to cook everyday, but I love going to the grocery store on the weekends to stock up on my go-to snacks and whatever recipes I’m making that week (really it’s “recipe”, singular, but I shoot for the stars). I also enjoy hunting for new stuff to try, and Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to do this. They’re always introducing new items to the mix – I’m like a child in a candy store when I shop their “new in” section. That and the section where they have the samples. I love samples.
I’ve been a Trader Joe’s shopper ever since I graduated college, which feels like forever ago (because it is). They’ve been popping up everywhere in the city which is amazing. Rumor has it, they’ll be opening on in Wicker Park soon – heyoooo. Cannot wait. Since I’m a long time T Joe’s shopper, there are specific things I always buy from there, on top of the experimental purchases I throw in the mix. Below are my favorite things to buy from Trader Joe’s (all of these items are Trader Joe’s exclusives). I’ve linked to the items that aren’t pictured so you can easily find them!
Happy April – did you get fooled this weekend?! Luckily I didn’t, which I attribute to Leo being out of town. I spent time catching up with friends on Friday at Dove’s (we wanted to hit up Big Star but of course the wait was outrageous per usual), and Saturday I got things done around the house. We have visitors staying with us next week and I want to make sure the house is in good shape before they arrive! I’m usually scrambling to prepare last minute and wanted to avoid that this go round. I’m sure I’ll be scrambling still but at least I tried #oldhabitsdiehard.
A few weeks back, I came across a few awesome vintage finds, one of which was this chic red blazer (based on the intense shoulder pad situation, my guess is that it’s from the 80’s). I’m not normally a red kind of girl, but I’ve been SUPER into it lately. Maybe it was the inspo from NYFW? Whatever it is, I’m not fighting it! Anyway, it’s such a cool piece but depending on the outfit, it could look either edgy & cool or extra frumpy. I obviously was going for the edgy vibe, so I wore it with my Spiderman vintage tee (I’ve had this thing for years and haven’t gotten sick of it yet) and my go-to high waisted wide leg jeans. I topped off the look with my silver strappy sandals – I usually only rock these in the evening, but they were too perfect for this look so I had to do it!
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It’s that time of year to stock up on swimsuits for the season! I didn’t have a proper spring break this year, so I’m fiending for sunshine and warm weather (& let’s be real, a TAN). This pic from Milos, Greece in 2015 is giving me major feels…take me back! PS – I’m officially booked again for Greece this summer – we have a wedding this year and will be exploring new islands. Yay!
Anyway, I always have a hard time finding suits because my boobs don’t fit in anything #bigboobprobs. That said, I have to start shopping earlier than most so I can try and return before I settle on my top picks. It takes more time than I’d like to admit, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Fit is KEY with swimsuits, so I suck it up and prepare myself to try on a million before finding the perfect one. Here are suits I’m loving currently (whether or not I can actually wear them – maybe I can, we’ll see), curated by trend/style! By the way, ASOS has a full bust line that I LOVE. I’ve included a few below, but you can shop the full collection here.
I’m always one for testing new beauty products & mixing up my skincare rotation, but jojoba oil has been part of my routine for a couple of years now. It took me time to warm up to the idea of putting oil on my face – I used to think it would make me break out! “Oil free” was always a positive thing in my mind – but I’ve learned that’s SO not the case. I find myself using jojoba oil the most out of any other oil (I use coconut & vitamin E oil too), because it’s lighter and absorbs really well. In fact, it’s supposed to be very close to the natural oils our body produces. I buy mine from acne.org – it’s such a great value! I’ve had mine for over a year and there’s PLENTY left. You can also find it here & here. Now, on to how I actually use it…