Punk Meets Prep

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Romper – New York Company (vintage, similar) / Blazer – Aqua (similar) / Bag – Kate Spade (old) / Shoes – Mustang (old, similar) / Belt – J.Crew / Jewelry – Aqua, Elie Tahari

I’ve come to the realization that now that I’m out of NYC, I need to do some serious wardrobe updates. And my biggest one? Shorts. I was never really much of a shorts person, but it’s nice to live somewhere that sees shorts as totally acceptable attire. So I’ve been slowly transitioning to allowing myself to be a shorts fan by introducing a few new rompers into my wardrobe.

This New York Company romper was another great eBay find, and I love that it’s easy to throw on, appropriately baggy, and a bit punky (tie dye + planned shredding? Totally punk). But I wanted to make it a bit more wearable for a night out so I threw on this lightweight summer blazer, some heels, and my preppy staple, this Kate Spade Sam bag (remember when EVERYONE had one?). I was totally surprised with how much I loved the outcome of this outfit, I’m glad I can dress rompers up a bit for my day to day life!

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July Recap & August Goals

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I’ve been back in Montana for a month now, and it’s amazing how totally different and how totally not different my life is. On the one hand, my job life is a bit easier right now, I’ve been working out a ton, and it’s kind of totally weird to live with my parents.

On the other hand, I still like to walk everywhere, and I don’t think I’ve cut back on the drinking quite like I thought I might (I keep using the excuse that it’s summertime). But at the end of the day, I still love to set a few easily attainable goals each month to keep up with my constant self-improvement.

If you’ll remember, here were my July goals:

  • Work out for 20 minutes a day.
  • Drink 60 oz of water each day.
  • Eat vegan for 30 days.

Okay, the first two I totally had, no problem. Whether I was at the gym, hiking with my dog, or at work where I’m on my feet for 5 hours, show up I did. Clothes that weren’t fitting great are fitting a bit better, and I can start to see muscles I forgot existed. And in terms of water, I’ve been easily surpassing my 60 oz a day goal and it feels great.

But of course, the whole “eating vegan” thing didn’t go so well. I made it about 18 days before I caved, and part of it is that it’s just so hard while living here, making friends, and going out. But I did make a few really amazing vegan recipes that I can add to my repertoire.

For my August goals, I’m focusing on personal betterment. There are several 28 in 28 goals I can start working on, so I’m going to work on the following:

  • Practice French every day. I used to do this, but then I got out of the habit, so I want to get back into doing at least one Rosetta Stone French lesson a day.
  • Blog Monday-Friday. This can definitely be a bit challenging, as when life catches up with me, or if I feel uninspired, it can be tough.
  • Read every day. And no, I don’t mean all the blogs on Bloglovin’, but I really miss reading books on the subway, so I want to force myself to read at least 20 minutes a day.

I’ll be continuing with my July goals (except the vegan thing, I’m not any good at that), but am excited to be adding a few more daily tasks to my list!

What about you? What are some of your August goals? 

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Vegan S’mores

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I feel like living in New York and not getting as much time around a campfire has robbed me of s’mores in the past few years, and with National S’mores Day being next week, nothing was going to prevent me from toasting a marshmallow this year. I know I had this whole “30 Days Vegan” thing going on, but truthfully I only made it 18. Okay, so epic #fail, and I’ll have to try it later on this year, but I could still make vegan s’mores right?

I posted about vegan marshmallows here, and while I could’ve ordered them online, I was lucky enough to find this brand at my local organic grocery. I made homemade vegan graham crackers and chocolate bars, both of these were super, super easy to make, and without all the icky preservatives to boot.

There is nothing I love more than sitting around a campfire in the summertime, and luckily my parents have a great little fire pit that allows me to do this far too often. And with more and more of my friends becoming vegan, I love that I can have this recipe as a go-to for them if they come to visit!

Vegan S’mores:

Graham Crackers

  • 1 1/2 cup graham flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (plus a bit more) coconut, almond, or rice milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first 5 dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a well and add the oil, molasses, and vanilla. Give it a quick whisk and then mix together with the dry ingredients.
  3. Drizzle the milk over and mix with your hands until you can start to form a pliable ball of dough.
  4. Roll out into a rectangle and cut off all the rough edges. Cut into even squares. Continue this process until all the dough has been used.
  5. Transfer the squares onto the baking sheet using a greased spatula. Score the tops of the squares.
  6. Bake 12-15 minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack to let cool completely.

Vegan Chocolate Bars

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and blend until there are no lumps.
  2. Pour into chocolate molds, or a pan lined with plastic wrap. Freeze until set. These are best kept in the freezer.

Now toast the eff out of a delicious vegan marshmallow and assemble these bad boys around a campfire!
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Reunion

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Dress – Betsey Johnson (old, similar below) / Boots – Dolce Vita (old, similar below) / Bag – Vince Camuto (old, similar below)  / Jewelry – Alexis Bittar (old), Aqua, The Gold Canary, Milly & Earl

I always kind of pictured that my reunion would be like Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. But let’s be real, that was before the advent of Facebook, which now kind of makes reunions….blah. We all know who has babies, who’s doing what jobs, and what everyone looks like. But still, I couldn’t help but take advantage of the situation as an excuse to buy a new dress.

Unfortunately, that dress didn’t come. Thank you UPS for literally delivering it 20 minutes after I left, but hey, at least I have a new dress for any possible upcoming occasion. So what do you do when your outfit doesn’t go as planned? Improvise. I pulled out my classic Betsey Johnson lace LBD and paired it with my comfortable Dolce Vita booties. It felt very New York, and very me.

And yeah, I got totally hot mess drunk at the reunion, but hey, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?

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Weekend Reading

weekend-reading-72414 I can’t believe it’s almost August! The summer seems to be flying by and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished near enough off my bucket list. But then again, life always does have a way of catching up with us in ways we wouldn’t have thought. Speaking of which, tonight is my 10 year high school reunion. Talk about time catching up with you! I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years, it certainly doesn’t feel like that much time has passed. I’m really looking forward to seeing my former classmates and look forward to catching up on the past 10 years with everyone (or at least with those people that don’t constantly post updates to Facebook). This weeks reading almost primarily revolves around film. I’m not sure how that happened, but I guess it was one of those weeks where film really caught my eye. Enjoy!

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