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Hellllo my Blowfish friends, Fall has arrived and what better way to start off a new season than with new goals to achieve. I love setting goals for myself, it always gives me something to work towards and it’s a good way to keep me motivated. My first goal for Fall is to experiment with healthy cooking! You may know from my previous posts, I’m always on a mission to get/stay fit and eat healthy. So figuring out ways to make things I like, but make them the healthy way, is what I’m aiming for! I just found out a cool way to make healthy, but yummy pancakes by just using a banana and eggs! Crazy right! You should try it…check out the recipe below:
Just grab a banana and two eggs:
Mash the Banana
Scramble the two eggs and a banana together
Cook them on a hot skillet…and Walllah!
I found the recipe here, such a good find!! :)
Now we’re at my next goal….Reading! I love to read but lately I’ve been finding myself too busy to read. I know, lame excuse right?! So I’ve decided I want to make the time to read this Fall and I’ve got just the book to start…”Warrior of the Light” by Paulo Coelho. I’ve already read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and it’s by far my favorite book, so I’m ready to bury myself in the next one! What’s your all time favorite book?!
Stretching! Yep, that’s my final goal! No but really, I’ve been saying I want to practice yoga for a while now and I’m finally gonna do it this fall! I’ve started by doing a little in my room a few times a night but I’m ready to find a studio and really get in it! What about you?! Are you a yogi?!
What are you trying to acheive for Fall?
What are you trying to acheive for Fall?
Let us know!
It’s the first day of October. You know what that means… though it was technically Fall last week, the month of October brings on all those looming thoughts of cold, it almost being the end of the year and Thanksgiving! I'm trying not to fret though, it’s not all that bad. Here are some of my favorite things about October!
I know, not everyone cares but sport season picks up and one of mine happens to be basketball. Time for me to get my jersey and tickets ready! I'm from London and I've even noticed that Football Sundays is a big thing out here. Like a real big thing. Almost everyone I know old or young has mentioned football to me in the past few weeks. I'll focus on the NBA but either way...
I know, people always go on about Pumpkin, I’m not the hugest fan, but I do like Brussels Sprouts and this is the time of year I know I can always pick ‘em up at the store. I bake mine with some salt, pepper and olive oil for an easy dinner. (Bacon fans can add bacon for something extra) Easy and very good for you! I used to never eat them but they don't seem so bad now. What are everyone elses favorite Fall /winter stock food?
(I know some of you are still going to say yuck!)
Pumpkin Patches & DIY Fun to do with them.
I love heading to the pumpkin patch in October. i'm terrible at carving them but I still like to try. I also like to pick up small ones as decorating around my apartment. Does anyone have cute and easy DIY's for October and Fall decorating?
Check out some inspiration here
There's also other fun things like fall fashion, trends, hikes & camping.
There's also other fun things like fall fashion, trends, hikes & camping.
What do you love about October?
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? I did the 3 day Suja Cleanse in preparation for the summertime and it wasn't too bad. It wasn't awesome not eating food, but it felt good taking a step back and letting my body start to detox a bit.
Here's what happened.
Day One: This was the worst of it- I was a hot mess. I ate a bunch of ice cream and crap the day before, which is not recommended, and I think might be why I had headaches and cravings the first day. I had to go shopping for 1300 pairs of socks in DTLA's fashion district, and smelling the bacon wrapped hto dogs at every corner was kind of torture. I didn't feel super hungry, but I was very tired. I spend the entire night sinking into my couch and drinking juice.
Day Two: I did this over the weekend, so I spent most of Saturday in bed reading and painting my nails. Don't judge! I did a little bit of work, but my energy levels were up and down all day. I got a surge of energy that night, so I went to the beach and took a long walk. I also vaced and ate an avocado when my stomach started grumbling...
Day Three: I woke up at 10am and felt pretty normal this day. The headaches stopped and I had much more energy. I was able to take a long walk, get some writing done and I even made some salad to get me through the week on a healthier note.
Do you have any tips on cleansing? Comment below!
Enola is one of my favorite styles for summer. It's a simple strappy wedge that goes with just about everything, and it's super comfortable. I can wear these for a day at the office, a casual day of shopping with friends, or out to date night. It's my go-to when it comes to making any outfit a little fancier, and just as comfy.
Pair it with a cute summer dress and a pair of shades and you're ready for that date!
Or wear a short skirt and a flowy tunic & you're ready for a day at the office.
Pair it with a maxi and a chambray top and you're ready for whatever the weekend brings your way!
Or pair it with skinnies & a tank for a casual look on the fly!
How would you style the enola wedges? Comment below!
Aloha! Karen, here.
Do you ever dream of going to a place, or a travel destination you have wanderlust for? My place was Hawaii. I say was because I just got back from a trip there!!! It was a very special trip at that, to celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday!
There were definitely adventures to be had, and though I got back a few weeks ago, I’m still day dreaming and wishing I was on the beautiful beaches or swimming in the warm (almost) bathwater like ocean!
My top 4 things to do in Oahu, Hawaii:
1. Go to the beach! Whether there’s one in the more tourist spots like Waikiki Beach, or the more isolated and famous north shore beaches, ensure you make time to lay out with a book, surf, snorkel or take a dip. You won’t regret it!
2. Eat and walk around! This doesn’t just go for Hawaii but try and do some research on where the locals eat. Immerse yourself in some Hawaiian culture. My favorites were poke (ahi tuna sliced up and seasoned in various ways), and dole whip – pineapple soft serve. YUM!!
3. Take a tour! Unless you rent a car, make sure you sign up for a tour that will take you around the island showing you various sightseeing spots. You can choose from more historical type tours, to a beach tour, or even tour the WHOLE ISLAND in a day.
4. Go to a Luau! Okay so I’ve seen a lot of Lilo and Stich (teehee), grass Hawaiian skirts and shirts. But seriously for a full experience with dancing, food and drink, try and sign up or book a Luau. You’ll be taken through a journey of Polynesian culture through dance and music.
North Shore > Here’s the North Shore in Oahu, perfect for any beach activity!
Lost > Taking the tour meant I got to see where Lost and Jurassic Park was filmed!
Mum exploring > Here’s my mum taking a stroll around the Dole Plantation where we had a tasty pineapple soft serve dessert.
Chief’s Luau > Firedancing
Whether Hawaii is your destination this summer, or elsewhere, stay safe during your travels!
Where are you heading this summer and more importantly, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT IT!?!?
Our favorite sandal of the season has gotta be the GRANOLA! This criss-crossed cutie comes in 3 different colors and it goes with just about everything. Pair it with shorts & a tshirt for a day at the beach, harem pants & chambray for a day at the office, or a maxi & a crop top for date night!
Snag a pair today, this style's going fast!
We went exploring around town yesterday and brought our favorite sneaks with us! We had some ice cream, took a walk, made contact with some sand and shared a lot of laughs. Sometimes it's good to get out of the office; you end up coming back feeling refreshed. The SoCal weather has been so beautiful, so we're soaking it up before June gloom sets in...
So if you're crushing on any of our summer styles, guess the name of the shoe and where we were for a chance to win a pair! Just leave your answer in a comment below and we'll pick a winner next week.
Have an awesome weekend!
We had our Fall '14 Photoshoot in DTLA last week and it was so much fun!! This year we went with a rebel theme, so the urban landscape was perfect! It was a lot of work figuring out the shoes we wanted to include, the wardrobe, booking the location and assembling all the props and equipment we needed for the day, but it was worth it. We had so much fun getting everything together and seeing it come to fruition! It was about 100 degrees both days we were shooting on top of the roof, so we all got a great tan and enjoyed the early summer weather. We worked with an amazing crew of photogs & models and can't wait to see all of the final pictures!
Summer's just around the corner, but looking at these boots all week got me excited for fall already! Aren't they the cutest!?! Stay tuned for more sneak peeks coming soon...
Are you excited for Fall?! Comment below!
I'm back back... in cali cali... after a weekend in Paradise Valley, AZ for my best lady friend's bachelorette party!
I felt silly for packing a suitcase- as it turned out, I really only needed my bikini. I thought I'd be catching up and getting ahead on some blogging, but a computer anywhere in our general vicinity would have been a pretty terrible idea. We went a little nuts- or maybe a lot. A few of us were finishing off another school year, while the rest of us have been buried in work since Christmas, so we needed to let loose. And, how often is it that you get to hang with six of your best friends in an infinity pool on top of a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona? Just this once for me, I'm sure.
I picked up Stacy Friday afternoon for the drive- car packed, 2 gallons of water and plenty of playlists, ready to rock. Before we crossed the Arizona border we drove straight into a thunderstorm/sand storm of sorts; the craziest driving conditions I've ever experienced. Pummeled by sand and rain, emergency lights were an order and no one was driving over 20 mph- in fact, some people pulled over and just straight stopped. We lived to tell the tale and made it to the house in time for Friday night fettuccine.
I'd say the risk was well worth it... I pulled up and was directed to park in a private garage, attached to my own bedroom, private bath, mini fridge, flat screen tv... WHAAAT!? I felt spoiled, it was awesome. Not to mention, the TempurPedic bed, I miss it already... Friday night we stayed up late singing in the hot tub so we slept in on Saturday and woke up to french toast and plenty of bacon. We spent the rest of the day lounging by the pool and sipping on fancy cocktails. Sunday we all left the house for the first time since arrival, only took us 6 hours to get out the door. After brunch, we restocked our beer supply and hit the pool again. It was HOT so we made friends with the pool once more, threw some burgers on the grill for dinner, played some beer pong and hit the hay.
Yesterday's eight hour drive was a bit rough; half of my body is burnt to a crisp and pretty sure my ass melted into the driver's seat never to be seen again, but the way back is never quite as wonderful as the way there. We were tried, hangry, and dreading diving back into work and responsibilities. So here you are Tuesday, feeling a whole lot like Monday. How did you celebrate Memorial Day? Link to comment up top by the title!
Who's excited for Memorial Day weekend! I am so pumped to hit the road!!! I'm off to Phoenix for a bachelorette and I'm driving out with my BFF who happens to be the bride to be. I personally love long car trips, and she does too, so this will certainly be one for the books! We're going to stop for some lox bagels before we leave and pool toys before we arrive! I plan on sitting/lounging/swimming by or in the pool for the entire 72 hours of the weekend. I am so ready for a little vacation action.
Today's favorites are my round up on some vacation essentials:
Don't forget the sunscreen! Getting burnt to a crisp on day one of vacation has to be just about the worst, plus skin cancer's no fun. Remember to get down with that SPF!
And of couse, SHADES! Protect your eyes & look cute - don't forget the glasses.
Tunes are essential when it comes to proper vacationing. Get the earbuds so everyone can pick their poison. SAM SMITH. ALL DAY.
COCKTAILS. Because when you're on vacation... it's 5 o'clock somewhere!
Sandals. Poolside, shopping, or out for dinner, the BAKER will keep you comfortable, casual and looking flyyy!
What are some of your vacation essentials? Comment below!