It’s been a few months since I got an offer to do a review of Green BEAN Delivery, which is a service that brings fresh, organic produce (and other groceries, too) right to your door. I kept putting it off because I wasn’t sure how well it would fit in to my regularly scheduled programming of “hey, look, here’s something else I wore.”
But recently I’ve been feeling extra awesome in everything I wear, and that’s partly because I’ve been replacing a small percentage of the cookies I normally eat with some slightly better things. Turns out, exercising and watching what you eat can make you healthier. Who knew, right?
Since we’re in the depths of the sugar-filled holiday season, I figured this was a good time to finally try out Green BEAN Delivery and share a healthy recipe made with their tasty fruit! This is a green smoothie, but to make it more festive, I’m calling it a Grinch Smoothie!
spinach (as much as you want – probably about a cup)
1 banana (frozen if you want a thicker smoothie!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
approx. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other liquid
Green – ahem, I mean Grinch - smoothies are super easy because the exact ingredients and measurements don’t matter. In general, I start by throwing in a couple handfuls of baby spinach leaves. I promise you won’t taste it. For a vegetarian, I’m not very good at eating my vegetables, so putting spinach in a fruit smoothie is pretty ideal for me.
Then add in a banana. I’ve gotten in the habit of saving my slightly brown bananas before they go bad, cutting them in a few chunks, and putting them in zip lock bags in the freezer. Then they’re ready to go whenever I want to make a smoothie. Frozen banana really makes a big difference. The smoothie is thicker and colder so it feels more like a treat than just a cup of juice.
Then add whatever fresh fruit you want. I did a lot of strawberries and raspberries over the summer. This time I stuck with kiwi so the color would be nice and Grinchy. If you’re in to supplements or other extra healthy things, go ahead and throw them in. I’ve been adding chia seeds to my smoothies for the Omega-3s.
Finally, you’ll need some liquid to help everything blend nicely. If you’re using frozen banana, you’ll need a little extra. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it adds a little bit of flavor and not too many extra calories. You can also use water, regular milk, juice, vodka, whatever. Just start with a healthy splash or 2 and see how it goes. You can always add more and blend again until you have the consistency you want.
I use a Nutribullet so I can blend right in the cup, but you can also put your smoothie in a glass with a cute straw if you’re feeling fancy!
There ya go! Drink up, and feel slightly less guilty about all the fudge you’ve had recently.
Along with the spinach, banana, and kiwi I ordered from Green BEAN Delivery, I also got a bunch more yummy produce that I’m still munching on. Including some of the best blueberries I’ve had in a long time. Oh, and all the ingredients for a killer guacamole that got good reviews at my Christmas party last weekend. Basically, I was impressed. Green BEAN just gave me the one bin for free, but I’m planning on continuing the service voluntarily just to make sure we keep healthy stuff around the house more often. The bins start at just $35, and you can adjust the schedule as often as you want! Green BEAN only delivers in certain cities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri. To find out if they deliver to you, just visit their website and type in your address. If you end up trying it out, be sure to use the promo code 15SRLml to get $15 off your first order! The code expires in a week so hurry up, and then let me know how much you like your Grinch smoothie.
It’s not often that I think more about my outerwear than my regular wear. But when we made plans to go to Christmas at the Zoo last Wednesday when it was about 25 degrees, I had to put my thinking cap on. And my thinking cap just happens to be a really cute pearl-embellished beanie. I wore one of my simple A-line dresses from Madewell to work, along with fleece-lined tights and boots. I kept the scarf on too, just because it’s cute.
Then I brought along a cashmere sweater for an extra layer of warmth under my coat, plus a hat and gloves. Boom. The only thing I wish I had added was a pair of socks. I thought the tights would be warm enough but they totally were not. Luckily, Christmastime is the one time when you can kind of almost enjoy being cold. Hell, let’s even throw in a few snowflakes. It makes the hot chocolate taste better.
It had been a few years since we went to Christmas at the Zoo, and it was even better than I remembered. The place is covered – and I do mean COVERED – in lights. And they have reindeer. And hot chocolate. And the dolphin show is Christmas-themed. Oh, and did I mention there’s hot chocolate?
*Hat purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
Just a couple extra outfit photos I’ve been hanging on to for a while, and a PSA: don’t eat the yellow snow.
Happy Friday and happy last weekend before Christmas! Remember to enjoy it.
Well guys, I can phone it in for the next 2 weeks because this is probably the best I will look this year. My office holiday party was black tie (lawyers…so pretentious, right?) so I took full advantage of the opportunity to look fancy. I knew at a formal event – especially one full of attorneys – there would be a lot of long black dresses, so in an effort to stand out, I went for a short white one. I know a little white dress is usually more of a warm weather thing, but the texture of this one kind of reminded me of a snowflake, and I decided to add Santa-red shoes and lips. In other words, if you thought this was a summer dress…what the hell were you thinking?
I felt like a celebrity on an award show red carpet in this, so in that spirit I feel like I should give some credit to the people who helped me look so good: my wife for taking really great photos, my friend and stylist Brandy for giving me this braid crown, Rent the Runway for existing so I could rent a dress I can’t afford to buy, and Pure Barre for helping me get in great shape over the past 4 months! And my mom. Because you always have to thank your mom.
*Rings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
Has anyone else noticed that December is a busy month? Because it totally is. But not the kind of busy where you sweat through your blazer and just want the week to be over. December’s the kind of busy where you say bring on the hot chocolate cuz I’ve got festive shit to do.
December weekends are usually full with parties and such, so we try to fit in some other Christmassy activities on weeknights after work. Tonight we’re going to Christmas at the Zoo, and last week (when I wore this) we went to see a high school production of the Nutcracker. If your high school was anything like mine, that probably sounds horrible. But this was an arts magnet school and it was actually pretty darn good. I say this as a very judgmental former dancer, so you know it must be true. It was a somewhat condensed version, but I’m not complaining because – let’s be honest – that ballet is too freaking long. It’s like, pirouette a little a faster, ladies…We’ve got a lot of dancing candy to get to.
Anyway, I chose this outfit because it was equal parts professional lawyer and wannabe ballerina. I really hate changing clothes in a bathroom stall, so I wanted something that would work for the whole day. Which reminds me…I better sign off so I can plan my office-to-orangutan outfit.
*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
There are some summer dresses that can really only be summer dresses. Ones made of linen or covered in tie-dye, for example. But for the most part I think you can winterize pretty much anything. How do you winterize? Add some dark colors, tights, maybe some fur details or boots. Boom. Winterized. I wore this to a bridal shower earlier this month, so I was perfectly warm and comfortable once I was inside (and maybe had a few cups of punch, but that’s irrelevant).
*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop, and the “more flared dresses” link goes to Shopbop, which is a current sponsor of this blog. For just 2 more days, you can get an extra 20% off sale items at Shopbop and East Dane with the code EXTRASALE! Thanks for letting me do a little bit of promoting for the brands that help keep me so well dressed.
Raise your hand if you love taking your clothes to the dry cleaner!!! Is your hand up? Put it down. You’re a liar, and your wool pants are on fire.
Let me tell you what I used to do with my dry clean only clothes. I would wear them as many times as I could before they got gross, and then I would put them on the floor in the corner of my closet. Then I would wait and gradually add more things to the dry cleaning pile. Then I would wait some more. I’m talking months, not days. Eventually, there would come a point when I really wanted to wear something that was in that pile, so I would take everything to the cleaners. Then I would go pick them up a couple days later and be mad at (1) how much it cost (is that where the phrase “taking them to the cleaners” came from?) and (2) the fact that I had to drive a quarter of a mile out of my way…twice (#firstworldproblems).
But guess what? I am now a Blog Ambassador for Dryel! In addition to the fact that you must now refer to me only as “Madame Ambassador,” I also get to try out Dryel’s at-home dry cleaner product and tell you about. Spoiler alert: it is cheaper, easier, and I might just clean my clothes more than twice a year now.
So let’s do this thing. The starter kit ($6.99) comes with a big bag to put your clothes in, a couple cleaning cloths, and a booster spray. The starter kit lets you do 2 loads of up to 5 garments, and you can get refill packs after that.
The booster spray is for if you have any extra dirty spots. I just used my spray on the armpits of all my stuff, as I am a human being.
Then you put your clothes in the bag. You don’t want to fill it up all the way, but it’s a big bag. I was able to do 2 jackets, 1 sweater, 1 skirt, and 1 dress.
As a side note, try not to be too jealous of how amazing I look in my post-workout laundry-doing outfit. Not everyone can look this sexy 24/7. But I’m sure you have your own strengths.
Then you put in one of the cleaning cloths. They’re kinda wet and soapy, and they smell pretty.
Zip up the bag, and throw it in the dryer for 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how nasty and dirty you…I mean, your clothes…are.
DING! You’re done, and now you can make this excited face:
When you take your clothes out of the bag, they should actually still be a little wet, so then you just hang them up to finish drying. Everything I cleaned came out looking and smelling great! There were even a lot less wrinkles than when I started, so that was a pleasant surprise. The only complaint I have is that you’re not supposed to use Dryel on silk or rayon. I’m a little tempted to try it anyway just to see what happens, but what kind of ambassador would I be if I encouraged you to break the rules? A bad one. So pretend I never said that.
In case you didn’t know, Dryel is sold at pretty much all major retailers, and it’s now in a nice bright red box so it’s easy to spot. In addition to clothes, you can also use it to clean your fancy linens if you’re one of those people that throws elegant holiday parties (in which case, I eagerly await my invitation).
And there you have it. This post was obviously sponsored by Dryel, and I was provided with the product for free. However, all the thoughts expressed in this post are mine and are 100% true (especially the part about wanting to go to your holiday party). If you have any questions about my thoughts on this product, just leave a comment and I will respond honestly.
This was what I wore on my last day of Thanksgiving vacation in South Carolina. I’d been holding off on posting this outfit and then I realized why: I’m wearing short sleeves and sunglasses because it was 70 degrees, and now that I’m back in Indiana that just seems unnatural. But in the spirit of Flashback Friday, I’m going to enjoy this memory of warmer days and let you file this away in your mental folder of outfit ideas for next spring.
And if you’re interested in getting felt up by Uncle Sam’s minions, I highly recommend wearing this shirt – which is covered in metal – through security at the airport. I may or may not be speaking from recent experience.
*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.
Last Friday after work I went to see a community theater play in one of the kinda hipster areas of town. I’m way too
lazy busy and important to come up with an extra outfit, pack it in a tote, and change into it after work, so I had to come up with something that looked professional enough for the office but didn’t make me look like a stuffy lawyer afterward. Oh, and did I mention it was raining buckets all day? Because it was.
Everything you see here except for the hat was what I wore to work – I figured a simple black and cream palette was the safest way to go. And these rain boots are a life saver because they totally pass for normal ankle boots so I can wear them all day! After my working hours were up, I stuck the beanie back on. Boom, instant rain-proof hipster. OK, maybe not. I’m still at least one flannel shirt away from hipster. Oh, but I did have a local beer at dinner. That certainly counts for something. Also, I liked Jimmy Eat World before they got popular, AND after they stopped being popular. More hipster points there, for sure.
Buuuut I think I get negative hipster points for the fact that I put my new blush Ann Taylor satchel inside a plastic bag to protect it from the rain. Yup, that happened.
*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
I first spotted this dress when it was much warmer. A nautical striped, loose-fitting dress in a pseudo-chambray fabric? Perfect for late summer, right? I was waiting for it to go on sale, and then I spent my budget on other things, and then I was unemployed for longer than I hoped, and…you know how it goes. So instead I put it on my Christmas wish list! My in-laws wanted to exchange gifts while we were visiting for Thanksgiving, and this was under the tree for me! (Yep, Christmas already happened; didn’t you know? Wake up and smell the poinsettias.)
It might be short sleeved, but I think the leather details and sturdy fabric make it cold-weather appropriate. And obviously I’ll wear it again when it’s warm. This really is a year-round dress. I’m pretty sure I’ve said that before and it was a total lie, but I mean it this time. Somebody do me a favor and set an alert on your calendar. Sometime in May, scold me if I haven’t worn this dress again. How will you know if I’ve worn it again? Because you’ll have read every single post I do over the next 5 months because you’re SUCH a loyal reader and friend.