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So, I've been pretty crazy obsessed wtih our new BELONA sandals these days. They match wtih everything and they're ridiculously comfortable. They have a really slight heel and a fairly narrow footbed, so they also look awesome. I find a hard time finding strappy sandals that don't give me blisters and pair with anything from pants to a sundess, but these fit the bill.
I know it's a bit chilly for most of your still, but I'd grab a pair of these ASAP if I were you. The one good thing about winter is, it ALWAYS brings spring. So stock up on a pair of my favorite sandals of the season before we're out!
Which outfit is your favorite?! Harem pants on the left, black skinnies on the right. Comment below!
HAPPY NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY! If there's anything I love more than pancakes, it's muffins. So I have the most amazing news and I'm excited to share it with you on this special day... I discovered how to turn pancakes into muffins. For any of you who don't have a griddle, you can join in on the pancake fun, too! So long as you have a muffin pan...
let's get started:
1. follow the directions for pancake batter.
2. add in 1/4 cup maple syrup & chopped fruit (i used strawberries) & stir.
*optional for extra fluff, add an extra egg. i also sub almond milk for regular milk.
3. pour batter into muffin pan.
4. bake in the over for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
5. let cool and proceed to devour.
Have such a delicious pancake day! If you're not up for cooking tonight, then head to your local ihop! They're giving away freebies all day long! YUMMM!!
What's your favorite way to do pancakes? I LOVE blueberry pancakes with whipped cream and butter the best. Comment below!
Happy Friday everyone!
Here's a roundup of our favorites from the week:
This looks like a great idea:
image via Pinterest
Karen found this nail art inspiration and got something similar done for her trip to Vegas this weekend:
We caught this sweet moment last Sunday:
Honestly Yum is right:
Getting really excited about new sandals:
It's Friday- so we decided to go on a little field trip and we packed our favorite spring flat, GLO. First person to comment with the intersection where we were wins a free pair!
What's the weather like where you are? Any good plans for the weekend?
So ladies, we've got a new sole construction this season, that we need to talk about. It is quite possibly the most comfortable construction we've had to date. I can't get enough of it... Feels like slippers, wears like a really cute shoe... Pretty perfect. This sole construction comes in several different styles, so check out our new arrivals today and pick a favorite. Because what would be better than a new pair of shoes to carry you through the rest of the work day?
Happy Hump Day!
It's Friday! Holy smokes, it sure took it's sweet time. Tuesday felt like the day that never ended, but all in all, it's been a pretty great week. The sun's been shining bright in SoCal and I've been able to rock our new sandals, so that's amazing. Pretty incredible what the ability to wear open-toed shoes in February can do to a person... I'm so sorry to all of you still stuck in the polar vortex, buried under snow and slush. Uck, slush. Come visit us in Los Angeles before you turn into polar bears!!
Here's some things that made my week:
As I mentioned, sandals. These puppies just arrived and I'm obsessed. Super comfortable and very stylish, in my opinion. Because I'm all about style, I am a lady. ;)
This soup looks SO TASTY!!! Is there anything I love more than cumin & cauliflower? O yes, that in soup form. I can't wait to make this!
After getting inspired blogging for Blowfish and interacting with our lovely bloggers, I got inspired to start my own and it went live this week! I'm most definitley very excited and feeling accomplished. So check it out!
Also this ring. Because who doesn't need a gold-plated shark tooth ring?
What are your favorite moments from the week? Post a pic on instagram with #blowfishfridaylove & we'll pick a winner on Monday!!! Winner gets a free pair of sandals to get you ready for Spring!! :)
So we like to think that everything that is a trend each season is super cool and something we’re all on board with.
Buttttt………. Lets be real, trends and styles are not for everyone or even suited to everyone! We are all different and beautiful in our own way RIGHT?
So in saying that I have to write about this Spring 2014 trend that keeps popping up, introducing:
See the pictures below, yay or nay?
1. See by Chloe 2. Isabel Marant 3. Kenzo 4. Zara 5. Isabel Marant
(Images Courtesy of Refinery 29)
And at Blowfish Shoes we tried to do our own cute version this year….
Shop Geela, here.
That’s all folks!
Well ladies, the holidays are over and somehow January was another expensive month and I can't quite figure out why. I don't know about you, but I'm a bit over budget and looking to really cut out extraneous expenditures in February. I've been thinking it may be time to start giving a little love to my savings account. I've had a bad habit as of late of living paycheck to paycheck. It's ok. My brother claims, it's all part of the process.
Here's how I'm going to work on saving in February and beyond:
Write up a budget.
I use a google doc spreadsheet and list out all my credit card balances, checking/savings account balances, and then what I make and what my expenses are every two weeks. This helps me plan a bit in advance if I have doctor appointments, bills, or plans with friends that I know I need to budget for. Getting ahead of your spending is the first step!
Work in cash.
It may sound silly, but give yourself an allowance. Decide how much money you are going to spend each week and take it out in cash. This way you can really see where and how quickly your precious bills are headed.
To all my 21+ friends, alcohol is expensive. Maybe you think that $8 of wine is a great deal, and maybe it is, but a few of those a week and you're looking at over $100/month on alcohol. Try cutting back to one night a week spending the extra cash on booze. After a month of sobriety, I can tell you that being the only sober one at the party, really isn't all that bad.
If you notice you're broccoli is about to bite the dust, figure out how you can save it! I bet Pinterest has a few recipes where you just need to add a couple extra ingredients (that you may already have!) to make another meal rather than trash! I started doing this and freezing my leftovers and it has made a huge difference on my monthly grocery tab!
Make a list.
Don't go to the grocery store listless and hungry. That's when I buy about 42 things I don't need and get really surprised when the checkout person tells me the total. Excuse me, what?! You're telling me I came unprepared and hungry AGAIN. Darn.
There's my tips for this month! I'll be back again, but for now... what are your tips on saving that cabbage? (Cabbage means money for those unfamiliar with rapgenius.com) Comment below!
Guys, I've jumped onto the hummus boat. For a while it was soup, then muffins, now hummus. I started out with a plain garlic/lemon, moved onto beet, and then edamame. And let me tell you, this edamame hummus is a clear winner. I had a package of frozen edamame beans in my freezer for over 8 months and I know this because I moved it from my last apartment to my current apartment. I know, ridiculous. I have no excuse other than wasting food feels wrong to me, hence my obsession with all things freezable. Hummus is not one of these things, so I am working on making the perfect amount to get me through exactly 5 days. Fresh hummus just doesn't last as long as the store bought kind, but it is so much better.
Anyways, I highly recommend you join me in jumping onto this hummus boat. It makes for the perfect healthy snack atop toast, crackers, or for carrot dunking. I love a good carrot dunking dip. Can we agree?
Onto the recipe...
1 package of frozen edamame (completely thawed)
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. sesame oil
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. fresh ginger
Salt & Pepper
Juice from half a lemon
Cumin (to taste)
Sriracha (to taste)
Dump it in the food processor. Blend til smooth. Too thick? Add oil. Not spicy enough? Add sriracha. Place in bowl & dip away, my friends.
Can we just talk for one second about how ridiculously happy I look nomming down on this? Apparently homemade hummus is my happy place.
brrrrr. seems like everywhere across the country is experiencing extreme cold temperatures. we are def feeling it here in the south and you do whatever you can to stay warm, right? here are some of my favorite ways to stay warm with these record dropping temperatures (and more than half of them conclude that staying indoors is a must during this time of the year!). when i lived in chicago, puffy black jackets were a staple. when i discovered this plaid puffy coat from choies, i knew i needed it - not only is it super warm but it def breaks the mold with this trendy plaid pattern. also nothing better than snuggling with the husband, wrapped in a huge blanket, ready to binge watch a brand new tv series on netflix (breaking bad! hart of dixie! pretty little liars! the office! must i really keep going?! no, the last interjection was not a tv show - though i guess it could be). or if you are a night owl like me, pulling on those fuzzy, socks and cuddling up with a brand new book. if you are looking something light and hilarious, this one by mindy kaling is a must read! and last but not least, any hot beverage is fave. i discovered this parisian hot chocolate recipie and i am def planning to mix up this concoation this weekend.
So, I made empanadas for my book club meeting this week, but I think if you were into that whole football thing, they'd make the perfect dish to bring to your Super Bowl party. For some reason those Super Bowl parties tend to lean towards a Mexican theme and I'm not sure why... Perhaps because beer alongside chips & salsa just makes so much sense. Well, ladies, empanadas are more impressive than chips and salsa. So, impress your football loving friends this weekend, with a treat that looks a little bit like a football. Because, why not?
For the dough I used this recipe, to avoid some unnecessary repetition. I subbed half the white flour for sprouted wheat flour and used yogurt in place of the cream and they came out quite tasty, so don't be scared to go that route. And the yogurt I used was non-fat... I also tried the recipe later using coconut oil in place of butter and the result was healthier tasting, so if you're trying to keep your non-health obsessed friends happy, just go with the butter.
For the filling:
A bunch of spinach
1 1/2 cups of beech mushrooms
1 can refried black beans
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup cashews
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Add mushrooms, garlic, spinach and cashew to food processor and blend until mostly smooth.
2. Add in the black beans salt and pepper.
3. Stir it up real good.
4. Take the dough out of the freezer (where it's been resting for at least 15 minutes after you made it)
5. Roll out the dough and cut out circles. (You decide how big you want to make those empanadas!)
6. Stuff with veggie-bean mixture & seal with your fingers.
7. Pop in the over for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
8. Take out of the oven when they're golden brown and wait 15 minutes to eat if you want to avoid burning the roof of your mouth. (Because that's the worst. Am I right?)
Now you have fun Super Bowling about, my friends. I'll be standing in the chip bowl, covered in french onion dip, licking my fingers, wondering... where are the cupcakes? That's where you'll find me... Because I've already eaten my way through ALL THE EMPANADAS. That's why YOU must make more! Don't let the world go on empanada-less, especially not on Super Bowl weekend...