Pinspiration: Vegetarian Favorites

I’ve recently come to the realization that when I start to allow stress into my life, it spills over into my eating in negative ways. The past few days my food choices have included lots of sour cream and onion chips, pasta, and in general a large amount of carb overload. In an effort to curb that, I’m starting my weekend off with as many veggies as possible. I’ll be instituting a meatless day into my normal cooking routine and I’ve rounded up a few vegetarian recipes that look mouthwatering.

:: Baked Parmesan Tomatos – Jo Cooks ::
baked parmesan tomatoes

:: Parmesan and Spinach Orzo – Damn Delicious ::
parmesan and spinach orzo

:: Summer Farro Salad – Naturally Ella ::
summer farro salad

:: Kale, Grape & Blue Cheese Flatbread – Foxes Love Lemons ::
Kale, Grape, Blue Cheese Flatbread

:: Red Pepper Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach – What’s Gaby Cooking ::
mushroom red pepper pasta

The Twisted Pink Lady

The Twisted Pink Lady Cocktail; summer cocktails

These past few days have most definitely required a cocktail at the end of the work day. I won’t complain, as there are many things in my life that I know I am lucky to have, but let’s just say that these past two weeks have been a doozy for me. While my go to drink has always been a really good glass of dry red wine, these summer days, I’ve been leaning toward something lighter. I’m slightly over margaritas and palomas, but have been on the hunt for something equally light and refreshing. I found a recipe for a old 1940′s cocktail, The Pink Lady, and doctored it up to suit my taste. The Dirty Pink Lady is the perfect cocktail that’s lightly sweetened, a bit tart, all while being completely refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 3/4 oz of peach schnapps
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of grenadine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 egg white

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Shake longer than you normal to mix the egg white and sugar well. Pour into your glass of choice and enjoy!

pink lady cocktail the pink lady cocktail

Tune Tuesday: Manou

With Lollapalooza coming into town next weekend, my spotify has been working overtime recently. Music plays a huge part in breaking or making my mood these days, therefore I’m always on the hunt for artists that will uplift me. This week I’m featuring brand new music from up and coming artist Manou. This 17 year old German beauty with a looks like Iggy Azalea and a voice reminiscent of Foxes, you’ll be moving and grooving to her beats all day long. A perfect blend of classic pop tunes with new RnB beats, you’ll be hearing more from this European girl in the future.

All Wrapped Up

summer maxi dress

:: Lulu’s wrap dress | Sole Society wedges  c/o| Kenneth Cole sunglasses | LOFT bracelet | Anthropologie necklace (old)| M.A.C. “Lustering” Lipstick ::

Chicago, you showed me just how beautiful you can be this weekend with the wonderfully warm weather. I had one of those weekends where it seemed like I was all over this city. I spent a few hours on Saturday saying goodbye to my friend Lenka, who is moving to France, with an extremely fun animal themed bar crawl. This photo only shows a glimpse of the awesomeness that took place that day.

Since Sunday was much warmer, I decided to start my day off in this new wrap maxi dress I recently bought, and headed to one of my favorite brunch spots – Kanela. The wrap dress is one of those iconic dresses that literally looks amazing on every single woman in the world. This summer maxi has everything I want, a simple graphic print, wrap waist and the perfect length that will easily work for day or night.

For those of you in Chicago this week, make sure to head to 52Eighty this Wednesday for happy hour where I’ll be hosting the #YESWAYROSE party!

wrap maxi dress, graphic print maxi dress wrap maxi dress

:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::

Pinspiration: DIY Beauty Day

At the end of an exhausting work week, a well deserved Friday night in with a large glass of wine, a Netflix queue filled with rom-coms and a few DIY beauty recipes to detox. I’ve recently learned that homemade facial masks are sometimes even better than the jarred kind from Sephora. I’ve rounded up a few DIY spa day treats to start off your weekend in the best possible way!

:: Whipped Green Tea Coconut Oil Moisturizer – Henry Happened ::
whipped green tea coconut moisturizers

:: Lemonade Lip Balm – Pretty Handy Girl ::
lemonade lip balm

:: Vanilla Bath Salts – Styleocholic ::
vanilla bath salts

:: Floral Body Scrub – Wallflower Girl ::
floral body scrub

:: Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub – A Pumpkin & A Princess ::
coconut tangerine sugar scrub