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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ONE PIECE


BIKINIS

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ACCESSORIES


What I Packed For Miami

Ahhhh back in Charleston.. vaca has come to an end and I could not feel more refreshed. Life lately has gotten so busy between work, the blog, the new trend book, and finding time to wind down and detox in between. A vacation was so necessary and well worth it! I am sharing a look into what I brought with me on our long weekend to Florida!

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Booking a trip to Florida you would expect endless sunshine and clear skies, not so much for our trip. Lucky for us living on the beach all year round the endless rain we got during our stay did not phase me one bit. I was just happy to get away. To be 100% honest I packed my suitcase with so many outfits to share and ended up wearing a third of them because we lounged in our sweats on the rainy days (my inner go go go personality let loose and I lounged in a hotel...who am I). No worries I will share what I had in mind with you this week, ya don't want to miss it.

Beach Day

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I picked up this feminine floral top while roaming Lincoln Rd after lunch and am officially obsessed with it. Soft florals, a wrap tie, and a balloon sleeve comee onnnn it was made for me. Oh and it was $18 so there you go. 

Exploring Miami

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I just about fell in love when I laid eyes on this dress. Oh my God. The fringe! Unfortunately I was unable to find it online to link but it is recent and from Zara, I highly recommend! The sandals are from Urban Outfitters (they are the absolute perfect wrap sandal and I bought the exact same pair in black because they're that good). The bag is also Zara and you can shop it here.

Wandering Wynwood

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Remember when I said I had these sandals in black? Well there you have it. I love how simple and comfortable they are- I even packed a pair of comfy shoes because I knew I needed to break these in and I didn't even need to change once. Trust me when I say THEY'RE SO GOOD. I love how simple and classic they are! I paired these lace ups with a matching set from CleoBella

This was SUCH a rainy day so I threw my hair up in a bubble pony- this is my go to for a bad hair day, added a chain to my wallet and made it waist belt (life hack for ya!).

Skin Care

Now I know this is not pictured BUT this is crucial when I travel so I without a doubt have to mention these items! Whenever I travel I make sure to have my "go-to" products to take with me while I am away. My go to's for travel consist of my Osea Milk Cleanser, a sheet mask (usually something moisturizing) eye masks, Mario Bedascue travel cucumber facial spray, tea tree oil essential oil (for possible breakouts), and last but most important my Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream.

Charleston Lunch List

My favorite spots in town to grab a bite to eat!

 Basic Kitchen

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Charleston has quickly become a major food destination. Just when I think I have hit all the new places a next one pops up around the corner. AND THEY'RE ALL GOOD. With so many of you sending DM's my way asking for reccomendations in the Holy City I thought I would put together a little post rounding up a few of my favorite lunch spots. So without further ado...

The Lunch List.

Basic Kitchen

One of my absolute favorite places in the city is Basic Kitchen. As a sucker for fresh, healthy, light-hearted dishes this little nook downtown has quickly become a staple for me. Not only are the dishes trendy, healthy and delish, you also get the dreamiest decor making you feel like your smack in the middle of Venice Beach. Basic Kitchen gives a nod to west coast decor and menu style. A few favorite call outs on the menu- buffalo cauliflower wings (to die for) beet juice margarita, Vietnamese chop salad, rainbow bowl & more! Whether it may be a girls brunch or date night there is something on the menu for everyone. 

The Harbinger

The Harbinger Cafe should absolutely be on your list when grabbing lunch or a cup of coffee. Harbinger is the perfect place for a casual sandwich and salad as per expected if you're getting a reccomendation from me, the decor is so quaint and cozy. I love the wide array of toast, salad, sandwich and pastry options all natural and healthy ingrediants. Plus they may or may not have the cutest coffee cup in town.

Millers All Day

Miller's All Day is next on the list. This is a new find for me and within seconds of walking through the door, I was instantly in an Instagram worthy heaven. The typical old-school diner decor has been given a new life with a trendy update you can expect to find a full-service bar, lounge area with records and more. The in-house coffee bar and photo booth also add to the many things that make Miller's stand out amongst the lunch crowd. The menu is simple, to the point, and classic. You can expect breakfast all day and lunch options such as BLT sandwiches, salads and more! Located on King St, shopping and other sights to see are just a short walk away! 

The Daily

The Daily is one of the first lunch spots I had been to when first visiting Charleston. With a perfect location on King St. this is an absolute must if you are looking for a filling healthy lunch. I have tried the toasts on the menu (these are deceivingly filling!) salads, sides, smoothies they've got so many fresh healthy options to choose from! The menu changes seasonally since all produce is provided by local farmers (that is my love language right there). A few of my favorites are the classic avocado toast, hummus bowl, and smoked salmon toast.

 


 

I love sharing some of my favorites from Charleston, I would love to know what else you would like to see from the Holy City! Leave a comment with suggestions below!