Renaissance

September 18, 2018

Renaissance

This is the last week of my family and I living in our house before we move to our Oakland apartment (more on that here if you missed the announcement!). Of course with any change, there’s always a dull, aching sadness for the chapter of life that’s ending, but more than anything else, I’m excited for our new adventures. The thing about the past is you can’t get too caught up in it. I’m the first to say I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but you can’t get stuck reminiscing about the past.

Renaissance

The other day, I was going through old artwork from when I was in preschool when we lived in Connecticut which got me thinking of what life would be like if I had stayed in Connecticut. Would I have gotten into fashion, photography, and studied graphic design? Would I have the same friends now I grew up with? Would I have eventually moved to New York City? Part of my heart aches for the life I left behind, but you can’t worry about what could have been because life is all about ebbs and flows, change, and progress.

Renaissance

Renaissance

Renaissance

Anyway, I bought this top and bottom from Need Supply Co. when they were having a really good Labor Day sale (they still have lots on sale btw!). I’ve been increasingly drawn to dramatic bell sleeves and open necklines.

Renaissance

Renaissance

Renaissance

Savanna Top: Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
Crimson Pant: Need Supply Co. (currently sale!)
The V Heel in Mustard Suede: Everlane
Connection Earrings Large: c/o AUrate

Sweet Marie

September 4, 2018

Sweet Marie

You know gets me disappointed? Discovering a new band AFTER they broke up. Well THAT’S a positive way to start off a blog post. I’ve been listening my way through The Walters only to find out they sadly broke up last year. Still listening on repeat though.

With the beginning of every new season comes a period of introspection and this coming fall has been nothing different—especially with our move. Yes! Did you know that we’re moving? I announced it on Instagram, but realized I never announced it here. I have a Stories highlight on Instagram going into the nitty gritty of it all, but basically my family and I are selling our house and are moving to either Oakland or Alameda. We’re renting for a year while we decide exactly what we want to do after that. With my mom and I co-running a small business and being best friends, I’d love to stay close to my family. We’re thinking about finding a multi-family house, getting two units in an apartment, a house with an au pair dwelling unit, etc. It’s coincidental that as we approach a new equinox season, we’re also entering into a new season of our lives.

Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

I know this outfit isn’t too fancy schmancycakes, but I’m just feeling the creative itch and wanted to post something. With selling our house and moving, my personal life is pretty overwhelming right now and it’s a delicate balancing act finishing up my graphic design degree online at SCAD, running this blog, running my own business, and keeping my personal life in order. As much as these endeavors fill up my plate, they also paradoxically help keep me sane. As impossibly full as my schedule is right now, I’m also insanely inspired. I’ve made intentions to glow up my outfits, workout routine, and skincare and makeup routines. I’ve been in a rut, maybe this move is shaking things up in just the way I need.

Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

Violet Top in Cordelia: Reformation (on sale!)
Levi’s 501 Jeans: via @noihsaf.bazaar on Instagram
Gray Matters Mildred Pumps: via @noihsaf.bazaar on Instagram
Gold Huggies: c/o AUrate
Necklace: Gift from my aunt

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream (+ VIDEO!)

August 22, 2018

If there’s something you must know about me, it’s that I love the texture of frozen bananas. Something about a frozen banana takes it from a sad, mushy mess to next level goodness. Since my constitution runs cold, I’m not supposed to eat a lot of cold food, but I treat myself when it’s hot outside, which means I eat frozen banana ice cream a minimum of once a day during the summertime. When frozen bananas are cut up into chunks, they have a doughy texture I love using in frozen banana ice cream to mimic cookie dough chunks. I’m actually surprised that to my knowledge, no one has written about this, but I’m here to tell you my favorite frozen banana ice cream hack AND I filmed an IGTV episode to go along with it! CLICK HERE to watch the IGTV video.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH FROZEN BANANA ICE CREAM
(serves 2)

INGREDIENTS:
Frozen bananas
Raw cacao powder
Raw cacao nibs
Ghee (omit if v/veg)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cut up your bananas into 1/2” width size coins and put them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. I like to use these reusable silicone bags called Stasher bags.
2. Put about 4 medium size frozen bananas into a high speed blender (preferably one that has a tamper to make blending easier).
3. Put 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder in with your bananas. Don’t put in too much chocolate as you want this to be a lighter choc flavor rather than heavier.
4. Add 1 Tbsp of ghee (omit if v/veg).
5. Add just enough water to blend it all together and still maintain a thick consistency. (I’m doing about 1/8 cup.)
6. Blend ‘er all up! Work from low speed to high speed and use your tamper to fully incorporate the ingredients. (You’ll know your mixture is ready when it forms 4 small mounds.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream

7. Add about 2 Tbsp of raw cacao nibs to your mixture. These will be your choc chips.
8. Set aside your ice cream. Take a few of your frozen banana coins and cut them through the center each way into quarters. These will be your cookie dough bites.
9. Lightly sprinkle raw cacao powder over your cookie dough bites to give them an extra chocolatey layer. Put your cookie dough bites into your mixture.
10. Using a spoon, mix it all up. OPTIONAL: Add more raw cacao for extra chocolatey goodness.
11. Pour your ice cream into your bowls.
12. Bon appétit!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Watch me make this recipe on IGTV here!

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