Everything I Brought To The Bahamas

Vacation has officially come to an end and real life has hit me in the face. It has take me over a week to get back to my normal routine and let me just say I am missing Paradise Island more than ever. This past trip has by far been one of the most beautiful memorable vacations I have ever been on. 

As a gift for my 25th birthday we stayed at The Cove, Atlantis Bahamas and it was  D R E A M Y ! Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. If you are looking to book a tropical vacation I 100% recommend this resort. The grounds, the room, the staff, the FOOD, everything was hit out the park. So just because I am feeling nostalgic I am sharing everything I brought to the Bahamas!

Keep It Classic

Dress & Bag Forever 21 / Loafers Nordstrom / Hoops H&M

NoBu On The Agenda

Dress Princess Polly / Loafers Nordstrom / Bag Urban Outfitters / Sunnies Ray Ban 

This is my first time ordering from Princess Polly boutique. I was beyond impressed with the styles & quality. It was difficult to narrow down to the pieces I needed there were so many great options!

I am so excited to work with them and offer you a 20% discount code on your order!!! GUYS this is crazy good (I literally use my own discount code on the 3 other orders I have placed since this one...) Use code ANASTASIA at check out!

Click here to visit the store!

Date Night

Dress & Hat Princess Polly / Bag Chloe / Sandal Forever 21 / Earrings For Love & Lemons

Roam The Grounds

Dress Princess Polly / Bag & Other Stories / Loafers Nordstrom / Sunnies Rayban / Hat H&M

I absolutely love this dress for summer, the square neckline is so on trend this season along with the wrap detail! 

Let's Go To The Beach

Bikini MinkPink / Visor H&M / Bag Etsy

Beach + Dinner Look

Top, Skirt & Dress by Princess Polly / Bag by & Other Stories / Jacket TopShop / Sandals Madewell

Summer Style: Smocked Staples

This summer one of my absolute favorite trends is a little smocked detailing. I have been seeing this trend everywhere whether it is a feminine crop top or a layered dress this trend is everywhere and I am jumping on the bandwagon!

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I have done some searching and curated my favorite takes on this summers hottest trend! Take a look at the pieces I pulled to achieve the perfect smocked look.

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How to Style Smocked Top

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Dresses

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My Thoughts on Turning 25

I sit here with just a few days left before I walk into my mid-twenties, and for the first time in my life, I have mixed emotions about turning another year older. Twenty-five feels surreal to me. I can look back at my younger self, talking about marriage by 25, maybe even kids by 25..I thought by TWENTY-FIVE I would have it all figured out. How naive. I am not where I had myself planned to be by 25, and I could not be happier.

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Although the number to me feels iconic, like a great milestone in my life, I have decided to take the pressure off of myself when walking into this next year.  I have spent so many years of my life trying to find myself.  For the first time, I feel so true to who I am. This year I am dedicating my time to setting new goals and putting myself out there even more (something that does not always come so naturally to me contrary to what it may seem.) For this next year, I plan to push myself in parts of my life that I have not focused on before like mental health, getting in tune with my body taking the absolute best care of it to keep it running about 125 more years ;)

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Twenty-five is not what I thought it needs to be. I spent every milestone thinking I would be somewhere else in my life, and as every milestone has passed I was exactly where I needed to be at that time. I am not going to look at this year and pressure myself to be somewhere I am not ready to be yet. Although I may not be at the point in my life where I thought twenty-five would be, I feel like I have so much more to take in. I want to learn more, see more, love more, travel more, DO MORE. I am more comfortable, confident, and true to who I am than I ever was in my early twenties. I plan to walk into my mid-twenties with more courage and tenacity than I've ever had. The best part? I get to bring you all with me, and that was something I never thought I would be lucky enough to have. I can't wait to see where this year takes us.

xoxo

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Trader Joe's Repeat Offenders

You have asked and you will receive! I am sharing my ultimate FAVS from Trader Joe's. These are items I have bought over and over and OVER again. These are those "shit I just ran out I am going first thing in the morning items". I am sharing everything from haircare, wine, veggies, and more!

As many of you know I love to experiment in the kitchen with fresh healthy recipes. I utilize Trader Joe's (like a lot) for basically every meal! I love the inspiration I get by walking through the aisles to try new recipes! I have nailed down a few that have come second nature to me when I am stuck with not knowing what to make.

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Meal Additions:

As a disclosure I like to make 90% of my meals with fresh produce..that being said if I can find a good cheat you better believe I will take full advantage of it. I look for items that contain simple wholesome ingredients. So here is what I have landed with!

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry:

I have two bags of this in my freezer at all times. One of my favorite weekday dinners is a steamed veggie (and protein) stir fry, this is such a quick an easy meal to make and is so tasty! What I use:

  • 1 serving of riced cauliflower stir fried in a pan with 1/2 - 1 TBSP coconut oil.
  • Steam you choice of veggies - I like to use broccoli florets, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus to name a few
  • Add your choice of protein - I switch this up often! I will typically make this with Trader Joe's Teriyaki Tofu, shrimp, or edamame
  • Add the sauce and spices! This is where you can get creative, right now I am on a kick using fresh or ground ginger (whichever is available) chili paste, fish sauce, and sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. You can also pick up Trader Joe's coconut aminos as a healthier replacement for soy sauce.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Now this is a newer one for me but I have to say after first try I was sold. I absolutely love gnocchi but find it to be such an indulgent food. I love that I have found an alternative that will let me enjoy eating this dish without feeling uncomfortably full or over indulged. There are so many great ways to prep a quick gnocchi dinner.

Marinara Gnocchi

  • pan fry some white onions and mushrooms with a tiny dollop of your perferred oil (I am currently switching between grape seed and coconut depending on the dish I am preparing).
  • add the gnocchi to your pan and cook until ready
  • lower heat on your pan and add your Trader Joe's marinara, fresh spinach, cracked pepper, oregano, basil, and himalayan salt. Adjust to your taste (you can always add turkey meat balls or grilled chicken to this dish as well).

Viola!

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Staples Worth Adding:

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The List


Tomato Basil Marinara

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Baby Spinach

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Kale Cashew & Basil Pesto

Carrot Spirals

Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Teriyaki Tofu

Coconut Aminos

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Coconut Sesame Clusters

Mint Watermelon Tea

Chile Spiced Mango

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Smoked Salmon Pastrami (for LOX bagel or salads)

Chile Lime Seasoning

Vegan Cream Cheese

Vegan Shredded Mozzarella 

Shea Butter Coconut Hair Mask (I swear by this product + use it 3x a week!)

Don't forget your floral ;)

The Swim List

Summer is upon us!! FINALLY. I am sharing my summer swim list with you because I want to help answer the age old question we ask ourselves as soon as the weather breaks...Where do I get a cute bathing suit? 

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BIKINIS

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ACCESSORIES