The hiatus is officially over—I’m back! It’s been a very long summer filled with food (lots of food), fun, but unfortunately not a lot of fashion. During the summer I usually spend my days within the confines of my house, and when I do venture out into the world, I do not bother to put a lot of effort into my outfits. The summer is my time off from everything–wearing heels in the supermarket included. But alas, every summer must come to an end and that is why I found myself wearing this adorable romper. That’s right, what you’re seeing above is the outfit I chose to wear on my…wait for it…first day of senior year!!! The wait is over, I am finally a senior! Now I must brace myself for a long year of applying to colleges, waiting for replies, and waiting for graduation. As long as I have my trusty pair of heels, I think I’ll manage.
This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney perform live in Albany with my Father. I grew up listening to The Beatles—our family would listen to them as we were swimming in our pool, cleaning up our kitchen after dinner, or lying around on a lazy afternoon. Having the opportunity to see Paul McCartney in person, performing all the songs that were staples in my house as I was growing up, was unbelievable. Words cannot describe what it was like to be in an arena of twenty-thousand people, singing along to Hey Jude as Paul McCartney conducted us; to see the stage burst into flames during Live and Let Die; and to hear Paul McCartney sing “Yesterday” while strumming his guitar. I will remember that night forever because it was magical to see someone in live that you’ve heard so many times before. All I have left to say is that I hope I am as righteous at seventy-two as Sir Paul McCartney is.
When it comes to breakfast cereal, I operate along the same lines as Jerry Seinfeld. I love strolling down the cereal aisle, taking in all of the names, flavors, and boxes. While I normally only eat Cheerios or wheat squares, I do love the occasional bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats. Ever since I was little I would always pick through the cereal and extract the clusters of oats. I remember a couple of years ago they came out with a bag of “just the clusters” and the feeling that ensued could only be described as pure, unadulterated bliss. However, as I have grown more “health conscience,” I have come to realize that those bunches, as well as many other brand name granolas, are high in fat and sugar, and are processed with unnecessary oils and chemicals. Instead of giving up my love for granola, I decided to make my own. I love homemade granola because it is so customizable. If you do not care for the dates and almonds I put in the following recipe, you can replace them with dried cherries, raisins, apples, walnuts, pecans, or whatever else your heart desires. I stick with almonds as my go-to nut because I am allergic to every other nut (besides peanuts) and I used dates because they are sweet, delicious, and taste like candy. In following recipes, I plan on experimenting with flax seed, sunflower seeds, or any other seed for that matter. This granola is just as good as the stuff you would buy at the store and it does not contain any processed ingredients!
To start you will need:
- 2 Cups Rolled Oats
- 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Dash of Sea Salt
- ½ Cup Slivered Almonds
- ½ Cup Dates
Preheat your oven to 300⁰F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt, almonds, and dates. Place the coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until slightly melted. Combine with other ingredients and mix until combine (use your hands, it is much easier, trust me!) Spread evenly onto the baking sheet and place in your oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly toasted. The granola will harden as it cools, however, it will not form large clusters. Enjoy!
Feel free to leave me comments below telling me what you think of the granola and what recipes you would like me to make next!
Anytime I have an excuse to dress up I take it. It doesn’t matter where I’m going or what the dress code is, I immediately look for the heels and dresses that make up the majority of my closet. In the summer, however, dressing up proves to be a challenge. I don’t go anywhere, and when I do, it is usually to the grocery store to pick up eggs or bread or whatever my cabinets are lacking. That’s why when it came time for the senior class to graduate, I knew I had to break out the shoe boxes and extract a dress from the depths of my closet. Now a graduation is usually a formal event where a dress and heels would be acceptable, but you see, I sat on a beach towel sprawled upon a grassy hill overlooking graduation. In an occasion such as this, a pair of heels is not normally acceptable. I figured that I might as make the most of the situation so I decided to go against what was normally acceptable and wear this outfit. I am proud to say that I did not once trip as I was climbing the hill.
At last the time has come where I no longer have to wake up to a blaring alarm at 5:50 in the morning; I no longer have to hop aboard a big yellow bus to travel to school; and I no longer have to learn about inhibiting factors in the environment, the domestic and foreign policies of various presidents, or how to say “hello” in Italian. That’s right; I am finally completed with my junior year of high school. Now that the summer is in full swing, I finally have time to lazily watch Netflix, read a book in the afternoon sun, and update this blog. I was thinking long and hard about this blog and how accurately in represents me, and I realized that it lacks a vital aspect of my life: food. I am very health conscience and I enjoy eating foods that taste good and make me feel good (I honestly do, I’m not just saying that I promise!) So, I’ve decided to start posting some of the recipes I enjoy on a regular basis. To start, I chose this chocolate peanut butter banana protein smoothie that I have been eating constantly. It is delicious, filling, and nutritious—the perfect thing to enjoy on a summer morning. To start, you will need:
• One banana (I used a medium banana, but any size will do)
• 1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey’s cocoa powder)
• 2 Tbsp. PB2 (You could use peanut butter as well)
• 1 Cup Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar Vanilla Almond Milk, but you could use dairy, soy, coconut, etc.)
• ½ Scoop Protein Powder (I used vanilla protein powder, you could use chocolate to give it a more intense chocolate flavor, or you could omit this as well)
• Blender of Magic Bullet
• Optional: Ice
First, take your banana and split it into small sections. Take these sections, place them in a plastic bag, and freeze them for at least five hours—preferable overnight. This ensures that your smoothie will be thick and cold. Measure one cup almond milk and pour into blender or cup.
Measure one tablespoon of cocoa powder and place into blender or cup.
Measure two tablespoons of PB2 and place into blender or cup. For those who do not know, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. The oils have been pressed out of the peanuts, leaving behind an intensely flavorful powder. A serving of this (which is two tablespoons) only has 45 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein. You can pick this up at your local grocery store near the peanut butter or purchase it online.
Next, measure half of a scoop of protein powder and place into blender or cup. I add protein powder because it fills me up for a good four hours and adds a pleasant vanilla flavor to the smoothie.
Place the frozen banana slices into the blender or cup and blend until smooth.
The penguin straw is optional; however, I do believe it enhances the flavor:) Feel free to leave me comments below telling me what you think of the smoothie and what recipes you would like me to make next!
So…I went to prom this weekend. While it was fun, the main thing I was excited for was my dress. I present to you the plethora of pictures that were taken of me in various locations. However, some things must be noted:
1. There are a ridiculous amount of pictures because I cannot, for the life of me, make any decisions regarding what pictures to post.
2. My prom was held at West Point, thus the Hudson River is in the background for a couple of the shots.
3. Anyone seen Michael Clayton? Do some of the pictures look familiar?
Well, this past weekend has been eventful to say the least. On Thursday, my family and I drove to Boston to attend my brother’s graduation from Northeastern University. The graduation was Friday morning at the TD Gardens (otherwise known as the home of the Bruins). I have never attended a college graduation before, but I was shocked at how entertaining it was. We sat in the bar overlooking the stadium and, in doing so, had a perfect view of the festivities. We saw as thousands of college students’ march to their seats, adorned in their cap and gown, smiling from ear to ear. I found it to be very inspirational, for I look with excitement to my future and my college graduation. Although it is a long way off, I know that I will soon be one of those students smiling ear to ear, walking towards their last event of their college career. My brother has worked so hard his entire academic career so it was gratifying to see him earn his college degree. He is not done with schooling, however; in the fall he is attending law school in order to become a lawyer. It is crazy to imagine that at his next graduation, my other brother will be out of school and I will be in my junior year of college. The rest of the weekend went by in a blur of shopping, eating at food trucks, and spending time with my family. It was hard to come back home after spending such a wonderful time in one of my favorite places on earth (it didn’t help that I returned home to an AP test the following day). All I can say is, congratulations Sean! I can’t wait to see where law school takes you (and wherever it is, I know it will be great)!
It sure is good to be back after a long and unexpected break from posting! These past two weeks have been crazy; I’ve been busy touring colleges and celebrating Easter! Now that things have settled down (for now), I’m excited to start posting more outfits to my blog. For instance, this outfit showcases what I wore to church and Easter dinner yesterday! I love this dress because I don’t have any mint/sea foam green pieces of clothing in my wardrobe, and the color is so fresh and spring-esque that I thought it would be perfect for Easter! Though not pictured, I paired the dress with matching stockings and white heels. Finally, I decided to include a picture that depicts a pertinent activity on Easter morning: eating chocolate! And yes, I am wearing pajama pants!
I absolutely adore a good surprise. There is nothing like being greeted by something that you never expected. Whether it is a gift, a person, or a trip, surprises are near and dear to my heart. Take this weekend for example. My weekend was comprised of school work, studying, and copious amounts of television watching; nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. However, my surprise came to me when my parents told me they had a movie for me to watch with. (Watching movies with my parents wasn’t the surprise; this is an activity that occurs on a weekly basis.) The surprise came in the form of the movie we watched: The Big Chill. I’ve heard about this movie through other individuals and media outlets, but I was not quite sure what it was about. Well, needless to say, I was pleasantly surprise when I watched it. The plot was simple, but the characters were both complex and endearing. The soundtrack was superb, and the humor was straight to the point and witty. This movie encapsulated everything that I like– good music, clever dialogue, and a simple, but thought-inducing plot. However, my weekend of surprises was not quite over. I am a huge fan of Modcloth—their clothes are unique, beautiful, and the epitome of my style. Every once in a while, Modcloth has something called as Stylish Surprise. For ten dollars, you can select your size and you receive a piece of clothing at random. I love this deal because you have the opportunity to receive a beautiful piece of clothing for a fraction of its retail value. This terra cotta, owl printed dress was the surprise I received. I love everything about it: the color, the print, and the way it fits me. Paired over a long sleeved shirt and leather ankle boots, I can continue to wear this surprise well into the spring and summer seasons!
Last year, when I was a sophomore, I remember walking through the main hallway of my school and looking into the various display cases that showcase student artwork. One such display case immediately caught my eye. In this case were student photographs from our digital photography class. Each picture showed the same person in multiple poses, photoshopped to appear as if there were multiples of the same person. Upon seeing these photographs, I got an idea: if I were to take digital photo as a junior, I would photograph myself with various instruments to look as though I were a part of my own band. Well, low and behold, I decided to take digital photo, and I finally got the chance to execute my idea. These photographs, each showing a different personality, are outfitted in different clothes, shoes, stockings, and hairstyle. After painstakingly photoshopping and editing this image, I am finally pleased with the result. It is so rewarding to develop an idea and carry it through to make a product that you are proud of. Depicting my love for both clothes and music, I will definitely be printing this image out and hanging it in my room.
P.S. I apologize for the blurriness of the individual photos, I had to blur them in order to make my background appear more in focus.