Haaaappy Friday! I’m extra happy today to introduce a new series on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a bit of a health nut. It’s partly by choice and partly dictated by the truckload of food sensitivities my body carries (which I’ll write about in a future blog post). I’ve been having so much fun with Drifter & the Gypsy’s food column lately that I’m starting a new series called Smoothies with Style, which combines my passion for healthy eating with fashion.
One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to make smoothies. (I’m also known to make smoothies during the cold winter months, but I think it’s much more fun in the summer.) I love throwing together fruit & vegetables into my blender and seeing what bright and vibrant concoctions I can make. It really is an art. Case in point here.
For this column, I will create one smoothie recipe and an outfit to match with it. Being a huge fan of color and color combinations, I love matching together two photos that aren’t from the same genre but match in aesthetic & style. The series will be a combination of matching smoothies with both new outfits as well as already existing outfit pictures. It will include the smoothie recipe (of course) as well as a little fashion history on the outfit. This All-American parfait (I know I know, I cheated a little. It’s a parfait, not a smoothie–but close enough!) matched too well with my American Sweetheart outfit shoot that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to match these two together. I used all images I didn’t include in the first post to keep it fresh for you guys. But I WILL be creating entirely new outfits inspired by the smoothies too, so stay tuned.
Here’s your first Smoothies with Style: American Sweetheart Parfait…
Click through to see more photos & the recipe!
Nothing says classic America like the colors red, white & blue. Nothing also says classic America like Coca-Cola, but I like to think this parfait is just a weeeee bit better than a can of Coke. Growing up by the water in Connecticut, red, white and blue were–and still are–classic nautical colors. (Cue the memories of me wearing white shorts with a navy blue anchor print on them and polo shirts.) Regardless of its origins, red, white & blue is a beautiful bold color combination of primary colors.
With the end of World War II and rationing being lifted, consumerism picked up and the fashion industry began to thrive again. Sweaters and skirts in wool and velveteen were popular for teenage girls. Color blocking, check patterns, plaids and stripes were also popular, as were pleated or quilted circle skirts.
One of the most iconic images of the 1950s is the full circle skirt, emphasized by a cinched waist and accentuated bust–aka the hourglass figure. Hemlines remained mostly knee-length or longer during the ’50s.
The 1950s were all about creating a softer, more feminine look. Women & teens wore softly curled hair, defined eyebrows, lipstick and rosy cheeks. Pale skin was back again and pastel hues in powder.
AMERICAN SWEETHEART PARFAIT
(makes 1 12 oz serving)
– ¼ cup fresh strawberries
– ½ cup frozen strawberries
– 1 T coconut water
– 1 cup blueberries
– Lemon & lemon zest
1. Put all ingredients for the red layer into a blender and blend. Pour into glass and freeze for 10 minutes. (Freezing ensures your layers stay nice and separate from each other.)
2. Take the glass out of the freezer and pour the coconut milk yogurt into the glass. Freeze for 10 minutes.
3. Put all ingredients for the blue layer into a blender and blend. Pour into glass and serve.
**Optional: Top with more blueberries and strawberries for garnish!
Recipe & food photography by Drifter & the Gypsy
(Outfit shoot credits can be found here.)