It's about to be summer, which means sandals and bikinis. This time of year, I like to eat lighter fare in preperation for less clothes and more sunshine. Who's with me? 

I had a bunch of veggies I needed to use up last week, so I whipped up this simple salad that doesn't take a whole lot of ingredients and only 15 minutes to whip up. It's perfect for lunch on a hot day! It's surprisingly filling and especially tasty.

 

ingredients:

3 carrots (peeled)

1 bulb of fennel (chopped)

2 spring onions (chopped)

1-2 apples (sliced)

dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp honey

1 lemon (squeezed)

Salt (to taste)

 

All you need to do is chop up the vegetables, mix up the dressing, add them together and you got yourself an awesome salad. Since there aren't any greens in this one, it keeps for a few days and actually gets better with time as it sits in the dressing. YUM

Xo, 

Lindsey

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another post from our friend, Steve!

Do you ever find yourself yearning to visit a place where nobody else wants to go? Well, as scary as it sounds, you may want to try taking a trip by yourself! It’s the perfect way to meet new people and to see the world. 

I recently spent some time traveling by myself in Switzerland, and here’s what I did (and what you can do!) to make the most out of a solo trip:

 

  1. Do your favorite things – The best part of traveling alone? It’s all about YOU, baby. Treat yourself to foods, activities and experiences that you love. Surprisingly, you’ll get to know yourself better along the way. So take a little time to be selfish. You deserve it.
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  3. Take lots of pictures – The only thing that makes an amazing trip even better is a great set of photos from it to bring back home. Without companions to weigh you down, you won’t have to worry about stopping every five feet to snap a quick photo. Take your time, as these will help you remember your trip for years to come. 
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  5. Don’t compromise – Again, this is YOUR time. If you really want to do something, do it! Even if it is a little out of your comfort zone (like skiing the Swiss Alps in my case!), there’s nothing like a good story to tell your friends at home. Besides, nobody else is there to laugh at you but yourself! Have fun with it. 
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  7. Talk to people – This is probably the best part about traveling alone. There are no two ways about it: you will meet friendly people wherever you go. Try your best to make new friends. Strike up a conversation at a bar or on a tour because you never know just whom you’ll meet!
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  9. Blog about it – Your friends and family will want to share in your fun, too! Keep a blog of your trip. Besure to include who you met, what you saw and funny tidbits about your day. Don’t forget photos, too! Your readers will eat it up while you live it up!

 

And when you come back to all of the places you’ve visited on your own with friends, you’ll be an expert. So take a risk and try traveling solo, you’ll be amazed at how fun it is.

 

Happy Travels!

Steve 

 

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Where did you grow up?

St. Louis, MO

How long have you been working for Blowfish?

Just a little over a year.

What's the best part about your job?

I learn something new everyday!

Describe your personal style.

I don't know if I can give it a name. I like bright colors and patterns. 

What's your favorite season?

Summer, I love the warm weather and BBQ's!

What's your favorite food?

Chinese Food and Mexican food-I love a good plate of messy nachos!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

My brother and one of my best friends are getting married on July 4th, I'm super excited and literally can't wait for the wedding and to spend the holiday with my family.

What's your favorite spot in LA and why?

Venice Beach! I love the culture there. Street Performers, Art, Food, and the Beach…what else could you ask for?!

Where's your favorite place you've ever traveled?

I went on a cruise a few years back and we visited Honduras and Belize, it was pretty awesome. I would love to go back some day.

Isn't Leslie awesome?! Say hi in a comment!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

 

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Since spring is in the air, the world's abloom, Easter's around the corner, as well as Earth Day- I thought I'd get a little crafty with some flowers. This one's for the ladies, and those gents looking to get in touch with their feminine side. This project was a lot of fun, pretty straightforward, and they made an awesome prop for some fun pictures. (I used this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess as a guide- but subbing and modifying to accommodate for what I had on hand.)

I suggest getting a bunch of friends together, whipping these up and heading out into the great outdoors for some laughs, and maybe a hike, bike ride, city stroll or beach walk... and plenty of grammable moments

 

here's what you need:

1 bouquet of flowers

Medium to thick wire (measured to the circumference of your head, plus about 3 inches)

Tape (green preferred)

Pliers (to cut the wire)

Scissors (to cut the flowers)

 

Once you've gathered your materials and measured your wire- start by cutting the stems off the flowers. Be gentle- the petals are delicate!

 

* You want to leave 2-3 inches of the stem so you have room to tape the stems to your wire frame. 

 

* You want somewhere between 7-10 flowers set aside, depending on how large your bouquet and how big you want your crown. Use more or less, depending on your tastes. 

 

Arrange the flowers along the wire frame you've measured out and wrap the tape around the stem and the wire to hold the flower in place. Once it's secure, you can use your scissors to cut off any unnecessary stem that's leftover.

 

Continue layering the flowers beside each other, mixing up the colors as you see fit and taping the stems to the wire. Be sure to move slowly and be careful not to crush your petals! Also don't leave too much space in between each flower- unless you want some gaps in your crown. 

 

Line about half the wire with flowers and then wrap the back of the wire in tape. (If you want the flowers to go all the way around, feel free, but you might need to add a little length to your wire if you're going to go this route.)

 

* Try to only wrap the stems of the flowers in tape- you might prefer using a green or different colored tape opposed to the white. You could also try using a glue gun and wrapping the flowers and wire in fabric. I didn't have the extra fabric, but I want to try this next time!

 

Once your flowers are in place, and your wire is wrapped in tape, you're ready to rock! Store these in a plastic bag in the fridge and they should keep for up to 48 hours! Perfect Easter/Earth Day attire!! 

 

Will you give this a try? Comment below!!

 

xo, 
 

Lindsey

 

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Spring is definitely yummy. I’ve been getting my weekly CSA box and visiting the Farmers Market from time to time and seeing all the fresh produce makes me happy. My favorite treat that’s been making an appearance in my box for the last few weeks has got to be blood orange, or asparagus... Hmmm. Luckily, I don't have to decide- I eat it all. 

Eating what's in season is a really good way to guarantee you're eating what's fresh, and in turn, doing the best job at nourishing your body. I read recently that it doesn't matter what you eat, as long as 50% of it is fruit and veggie based. I think that's a good way of looking at it to make sure you're getting your daily dose of vitamins- though in my opinion- it's always about balance. 

what's in season this spring:

blood oranges 

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asparagus

beets

fennel

frisee

kiwi

avocado

What are some of your favorite spring fruits & veggies?! Comment below!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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