Drinking Caipirinha’s Until The Next World Cup.

As you know (or you should know), the World Cup wrapped up yesterday with an epic match between Argentina and Germany (Germany won). I’m not really sure how I’m going to spend the rest of my summer days, considering I just spent the last month watching the games and recapping everything during World Cup Tonight on ESPN. (Who knew ESPN could be cool?)

Being as the Cup was hosted by Brazil this year, I spent most weekends drinking caipirinha’s (a kind of Brazilian mojito made with Cachaça) and stalking all my friends pics who were in Rio (very jealous!).

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Here’s a pick of me and Danielle holding up our booze of choice during the Colombia vs Brazil game last week. (I’m holding Aguardiente: Colombia’s version of Cachaça.)

Caipirinha’s have become my favorite summer drink! They’re light, refreshing, SUPER easy to make, and very boozy.

Here’s what you need:
-Cachaça
-Limes
-Sugar
-Ice
-Club soda (not traditional, but help balance the bevie nicely, especially if you’re new to Cachaça.)
-Mint (also not traditional but our mint plant is growing like crazy so i threw a couple in.)

caipirinhasMuddle about half a lime into your glass (plus mint if you’re adding it). Scoop a teaspoon of sugar on top of your muddled fruit and muddle a bit more. Really mix it well. Top with plenty of ice, 2 1/2 ounces of Cachaça (I went for a nice long glug here. It’s up to you). Mix well again. Top with a splash of club soda (again, only if you want a bit of fiz).

Sip. Enjoy. Remake!

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Chanel Couture: Bring On The New It-Shoe.

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Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld debuted Chanel’s Fall 2014 Couture show complete with a Kardashian and a pregnant bride. However, what really stood out was the shoe of the show: flip flops. I can’t recall (correct me if I’m wrong) the last time we saw a flip flop on the runway…

Could we be seeing the new Birkenstock? Every so many years the fashion kings and queens select a new shoe to sanctify and become the beacon of all things chic. Sometimes it’s an ugly turned pretty shoe (ie metallic Birks) or a plain jane turned badass (ie high top Chanel ); which when paired with high fashion or contrasting pieces make it seemingly cool, instantly effortless. Haute couture, once reserved for galas and red carpets, are instantly transformed into flea market ready-“Oh this old thing?”s without missing a beat.

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“That woman is wearing off the runway Celine with… Birkenstocks? NEED A PAIR!!!!!” fashionfreaks shrieked last summer.Celine-birkenstock-full-look-636x954

After this week’s show, Karl has done the same with the flip flops. Gone are the sandy, weather-beaten Rainbows which gave you blisters in 2006 or everyone’s favorite candy colored Havianas. Nope. I predict this new species of Shoe of the Moment will identified by texture and pattern and embellishments. Details, my friends, details.

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Chanel Fall 2014 Couture

Chanel’s version featured their classic tweed material tied sweetly around the ankle with a ribboned bow, like a Grecian Jackie Kennedy; and as we saw with Celine, it only takes one fashion nod to send the rest of us into a frenzy. What do you think? Are you ready to wear flip flops with your custom Balmain?

Because who knows… In a year’s time, us fashionfreaks might be saying “Balenciaga with…. NO SHOES!?”

From Weddings To…. Everything Else This Summer.

Wedding season is officially upon us which means it’s time to go dress shopping! No not that dress shopping… well maybe if you’re the one walking down the aisle..

There are two issues with having a summer full of weddings: the need for a new dress for each event (hello, EVERYONE Instagrams these days) and casting another dress you’ll probably never wear again to the back of your closet. You know you have a good thing going when you can rock the same dress for 2+ weddings and/or events in the same season.

Here I’ve chosen a 3 to-die-for wedding guest dresses and a few different ways to rock them all summer long!

 

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This elegant but flirty ASOS dress can be styled up or down by just a few smart accessories. Simple heels in a bold, contrasting color elevate your look, especially when paired with a matching bag and chic hat. Perfect for cousin’s country club wedding, right? Belted with minimalist sandals and fun lips make it a go-to for a backyard wedding or lunch at your fave beachside cafe.

 

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There’s something about a summer-colored sheath dress. I think Jackie-O looking glamourous getting off her private jet and headed to her yacht. Statement earrings and a minimalist or retro shoe can balance the brightness with this look while still keeping the glamour and grace. On the other hand, a sheath dress can turn any Jackie-O into a California girl. This summer fashion babes everywhere are rocking a chunky heel. It gives you an elegant lift without being too fussy. Extra points if they come in pastel or metallic colors. Throw a breezy kimono over this frock and let your hair loose you free-spirited, indie princess. You’re officially a California girl.black maxi dress styledEveryone loves a slim maxi dress. They’re your most versatile bet during hot summers in the city. Perfect for a black tie wedding, a light shoe blends quietly while all eyes will be on a graphic statement clutch. After the wedding, you can rock this dress to work or while getting rooftop cocktails by dressing it down with the summer favorite: Birkenstocks. Pearl white birks are white hot (get it?) right now, along with a chic leather backpack which screams it-girl chic from a mile away. Vintage sunnies are also a must.

 

See how easy that was? Play with your accessories and mix and match unexpected trends, colors, and materials for endless styling options. Everyone loves a 2 for 1 deal right? ;)

How else would you style these looks?? Let me know in the comments!

Summertime Ceviche

There’s something about summer and seafood that just make sense. Especially ceviche! I rarely ever order ceviche (especially in Boulder, it’s a little harder to find) and usually only indulge my cravings when I’m in South America. But last night I was watching Parts Unknown: Peru (obsessed with Anthony Bourdain!), and decided I couldn’t wait until I got down to South America again for my fix!

Using my favorite blog’s Ceviche Boat recipe (Find it on my Pinterest) I headed to Whole Foods to find the freshest fish in Boulder. (If anyone knows of a fresher, better fishmonger in the Boulder area, please let me know!!). The original recipe calls for Seabass (an excellent choice!) but I opted for the slightly cheaper tilapia. Still very good, though I think I prefer Seabass.

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Ceviche is wildly easy to make. The key is to have quality and extremely fresh ingredients! The marinade is just a mix of fresh lemon juice, lime juice, a small chile pepper, cilantro, and green onion. The acidity of the citrus cooks your fish in about 30 mins, but I left mine in about an hour and half since my chunks were slightly larger. It is recommended not to exceed 3 hours so that the fish does not overcook and fall apart.

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When it was ready to serve, we scooped it out into avocado halves for a light, refreshing, and healthy dinner!

Bon Appetite!

Graduations!

My little brother graduated from high school last weekend! We’re all super proud and excited for him, he’s accomplished a lot AND he’s going off to CU Boulder next year, just like yours truly!

Aren’t we a cute bunch?

 

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Santi and I worked on some sketches before the ceremony…

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It’s Loyola tradition that the graduates have a cigar (gifted by their dad) after the ceremony. It’s really random and I don’t know the exact meaning, but pretty badass, nonetheless, in my book.

 

 

 

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Post-grad we went to a great French bistro in Pasadena called Cafe Bisou, but I had a bowl of lobster bisque and escargot in front of me and was too hungry to take any pics. (I know, and I call myself a “food blogger”…). I was carrying Aaron’s grad balloon and I was nearly blown away! That seems to happen to me at graduations! 

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Dress: Zara/Belt: Vintage/Shoes: Zara/Purse: Vintage Neiman Marcus/Panama Hat: street vendor in Colombia

Congrats Aaron and GO BUFFS!! Check out his Bitcoin podcasts here, and his Twitter here! 

Ugly Beauty: Birkenstock Revival

Society has been conditioned to hate Birkenstocks. We are Birkencists. We think they’re ugly, super hippy, totally not chic.

I’ll admit it: I was Birkencist for a really long time. I had an ex-boyfriend who lived in his and they were just soo… ugly. One summer, my free spirited cousin was rocking a thong-sandal version of the Birk that her sister bought for her in Germany. She let me try them on. I slipped them on as I looked over my shoulder making sure no one saw me (wearing, god forbid, a Birkenstock) and shunned me for interacting with the Birk-kind. The moment those clunky, leather shoes touched my toes I knew I was in trouble. They were sooo comfortable! I never noticed the tension in my feet until I wore those birks. My feet felt like they were on beautiful soft clouds and life was good.

That was a few years ago, but I never forgot that feeling. Outwardly, I was still a Birkencists, though secretly I was fighting a battle to repress my love for Birks. Last spring, I was perusing Pinterest and saw a pic of some chick rocking a pair of white Birkenstocks and I admired them. They were effortless, chic, and practical all at once. Shortly after, I read a piece in Vogue highlighting the “Pretty Ugly” (in cool metallics, nonetheless!) in which various Vogue editors described secretly wearing their Birks around the house, to run quick errands, etc. Each one hiding their love in vain. With each picture and article I saw, my Birkencism began to untangle until this winter, I denounced it once and for all!

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Boulder, being the hippie haven that it is, has a plethora of Birk-wearing shoe shops, so I marched down Pearl St. after days of researching shoe care, examining the styles, and comparing colors to pick up my shoes. I finally settled on the traditional Arizona (“Jesus sandals” to some) in shiny, black patent leather. I’m obsessed with them. In fact, as I type this piece I’m wearing them.

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Now it seems the rest of the fashion world is finally letting go of their Birkencism. Everyone from Celine to Zara and even J.Crew have created their versions. Instagram Fashion-girls are modeling them in #ootd selfies and yet, I still have a group of friends who call them ugly and other names. Guess what? I dgaf. Finally happy to be embracing my once closeted love for these bad boys.

Farmer’s Market Cordon Bleu.

Summertime in Boulder is one of my favorite things! It rains enough that the whole city turns green with lush trees and grass and wildflowers. With the warmer months comes the Boulder County Farmer’s Market. As a kid, I spent Saturday mornings with my mom at the local Farmer’s picking out flowers and honey sticks. I feel that nostalgia every time I’m there which is why I’ve become so adamant about going to ours every Saturday morning. It’s a great place to pick up brunch and enjoy it on the grass after meandering through the stalls.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with a local farm’s heirloom tomatoes, and have picked up a few each weekend from the Farmer’s. I had a bowl full last week and was searching for a quick lunch to prep at home which is when I created this beauty:

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I call it a Rustic-Farmer’s Market Cordon Bleu.

Instead of wrapping it in cheese and meat and frying it, I went for a much simpler (and healthier) version and stacked everything on a piece of gluten-free Bavarian bread I picked up from the corner store (which is really delicious, albeit $6 a small loaf). Here’s what you need for the fanciest, easiest lunch (using leftovers!):

  • Thin sliced Bavarian bread (or rustic, day old bread you like)
  • Last night’s rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Spinach
  • Thick sliced, heirloom tomato
  • Munster or swiss cheese
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt/pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Stack all your goodies (I went: bread, mustard, chicken, spinach, tomato, salt/pepper, cheese) until it looks like this:

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…and then pop that bad boy into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until your cheese is bubbly and gooey.

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Pull it out and slide your open faced masterpiece onto a plate and top it with fresh dill! Your friends will think you’re a gourmet chef working in a trendy, farm-to-table community seating restaurant!

What Farmer’s Market finds do YOU love! Lemme know in the comments!

Bon Appetit!