April 27, 2018

Triple Berry Loaf with Berry Glaze

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Taking something so simple and making it an elegant piece of art does not need to be reserved for special occasions, or take a lot of effort! Elevating the every day is the exact mantra I try to promote because why not! All you need is little creativity and a few simple garnishes to turn a basic berry loaf into a work of art.


Triple Berry Loaf Gluten FreeThis past weekend we hosted Brandon's family over for a casual dinner. I wanted to make a dessert that was classic yet simple, and berry beautiful to look at (wink, wink)! A few weeks back (you may have seen my Instagram stories), I made a lemon-blueberry loaf and although it was delicious, I knew I could take it up a notch! I wanted it to be fruit-filled and fabulous, so on my second time around I changed up the recipe and opted for a triple berry version of the loaf. 

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The loaf batter could not have been easier to put together, just a few simple ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour (yes, it's gluten-free!), and eggs, but the real star of the show was the fruit-filled center that was just oozing with E.D. SMITH jam! Not only did I add fresh berries to the batter, but I layered the jam for a berry delightful treat! The whole loaf took about 10 minutes to throw together. No time at all! One thing I can tell you is DO NOT forgo the glaze. It is insanely delicious! I could have easily eaten it with a spoon (confession—I may have)! Don't have coconut yogurt or almost milk on hand? Use whatever milk/yogurt you have!

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Triple Berry Loaf Ingredients
1 1/3 cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup fresh berries (I used blackberries and blueberries)
1/2 cup E.D. SMITH Triple Fruits Raspberry Strawberry Blackberry Jam

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line loaf pan with parchment paper and spray paper with non-stick spray or spray coconut oil.
2. Whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs and maple syrup.
4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until combined.
5. Fold in berries.
6. Pour half of the batter into parchment lined pan, add large spoonfuls of E.D. SMITH Triple Fruits jam, then layer rest of batter on top of jam.
7. Sprinkle top of bread with a few berries.
8. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Glaze Ingredients
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 tablespoon Yoso Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt 
2 tablespoons E.D. SMITH Triple Fruits Raspberry Strawberry Blackberry Jam

Directions
1. Whisk together almond milk, coconut yogurt, and jam. If the glaze is too runny, add a touch of flour to thicken.
2. Pour on top of loaf once the loaf has cooled.
3. Place glazed loaf in the fridge to set.

4. Top with leftover berries, or other garnishes such as flowers, sliced almonds.

Do you love it?! How simple was that? If you make it I want to hear all about it! 

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*This post was sponsored by E.D. SMITH

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April 25, 2018

VIDEO | How To De-Bloat Your Face

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We've all been there. Too much wine and you're left waking up with a bloated, dull, puffy face. I love a glass of rose as much as the next girl, but sometimes one turns into three and you find yourself struggling in the morning. If you are nodding your head in agreement right now you need to watch today's video! I'm sharing how I amp up my morning after skincare routine. It's so simple, just a few extra steps I add in, but really it takes no more than 10 minutes to complete, and you're left completely refreshed and feeling 10 pounds lighter in the face. It seriously works! Check out the video and let me know if there's anything I am missing! You can shop some of my picks below if you'd like!

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April 18, 2018

VIDEO | Three Wellness Practices to Relieve Anxiety

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So new video Wednesday is becoming a thing! Do you guys love it? Please say yes! I have so much fun creating video content. It's such a wave of fresh new energy but I want to hear what else you guys want to see.

In today's video, I'm chatting three wellness practices that have helped me to relieve anxiety and stress, naturally. They are also such great grounding and balancing practices to try. And no, one of them does not include yoga! Check out today's video and let me know if you'll give them a try! I'd love to hear what you do to relieve stress and anxiety naturally as well.




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April 11, 2018

VIDEO | How To Maximize Your Summer Wardrobe



By now I'm sure you know I am the queen of mixing and matching my wardrobe! I love repurposing pieces to maximize wear and really get the most out of what I have in my closet. In today's video, I'm sharing three ways to get the most out of what you have in your closet!

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April 09, 2018

How To Wear Pink on Pink

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While some people feel unstoppable in black, there's nothing that makes me feel more powerful than a pink on pink ensemble. The colour makes me feel best, and there is no reason to shy away from that. You gotta do what feels good for you! Wearing pink on pink has me manifesting all my wants, and I am willing on spring with all of my might, here. Just hoping that the temperatures will warm up this week so I can bring out some more of my spring pieces.  So how do we wear pink on pink? This blouse and pair of pants, which had me sold from the second I saw each of them, are part of my spring lineup. The pants (which I got at M) are the softest material ever, literally track pant material, but they are dressy. It's a win-win in any situation! Work, play, they just fit! And this lollipop coloured blouse (which is now on major sale!) caught my eye with its dotted texture. I can't wait to pair it with midi skirts and pants alike! I couldn't resist taking each piece out of a spin this weekend, even if I did need to throw a coat on top. Wearing pink on pink is easy. Play around with different shades and different textures.

As you can see I've started to whip out my spring shoes, too! White leather mules are going to be HUGE for me this spring! What's at the forefront of your spring wardrobe?!

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April 06, 2018

VIDEO | Chic & Nasty House Hacks

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Chic and nasty... what does that even mean?! You'll need to check out the latest video! I am going over my top three house hacks to decorate on a dime, make your home super stylish, and personalize your space with some great conversation pieces. 







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April 05, 2018

What You Need To Plan A Wedding

Real talk. Wedding planning is a JOB. At first I was in a state of panic, not knowing what the heck I was doing, where I was going, or even when it would happen. But, now that I have a few details sorted out I am getting into the groove and mapping out my plans more strategically. But not with the help of some serious goods. I'm excited to share more wedding plans and updates with you guys! BTW- have you watched the latest Wedding Planning vlog? Subscribe so you never miss an ep! Back to this list... here are some KEY items that I have been relying on through the stressful phone calls, numerous social settings and indulge in a little self-care. BECAUSE WE NEED TO! 

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1 - The cutest clutch for any bride-to-be.
  2 - A planning book to get you in order.
3 - Everyone's going to be looking at your nails. This is the only polish that lasts!
4 - An amazing glow serum to radiate your skin from within
5 - The best way to ensure you're getting a deep sleep, and enough sleep. Don't know how this miracle spray does it, but it works!
6 - A concealer that doesn't crease, winkle or flake... so good!
7 - I'm all about natural beauty and wellness. The more tips the better. 
8 - Get your smile as white as your dress! Whitening at home-- no pain, no discomfort. 
9 - Boho chic guide to wedding planning! 
10 - For when you need to chill the heck down. Literally smells like heaven. 
11 - Hydration is key when you're on the go. 
12 - An all natural lash and brow serum that will lengthen and thicken!

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April 02, 2018

Bonjour Spring Denim

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April is here! Sound the alarm! Could I not be more excited? This past weekend the sun was brilliant, and we were even graced with double-digit temperatures. I always love Easter weekend because I get to go full out pastel crazy (as you'll see in the next few OOTD posts!). Not that I don't do that on the regular, but Easter is sort of a kick-off into my pastel, pink, floral dreamland.

Sundry Bonjour Shirt Nordstrom. H&M Wide High Waist Denim, Pastels and Pastries, Denim Spring trendsThis pair of jeans was on repeat for me this weekend. I love how they are totally different than anything else I own. I have recently been getting into different styles of jeans lately and I'm loving the breakaway from my go-to skinny jean style. I use to wear skinny jeans, and only skinny jeans, thinking that I could not pull off any other types, but this fun pair is totally proving me wrong! Since I purchased this pair, I even found myself pulling the trigger on a pair of mom-style jeans! I did not think I could wear them! But leave it to AE to make a pair that is flattering and fun. Denim is huge this spring, and we are making the transition from classic styles to strong styles-- think more fun, more flare, more embellishments. Wide leg, cropped leg, bejeweled leg, here are some styles you should take a chance on this spring:

Baggy Denim
Loving the wide leg, and baggier styles! Not to mention, they are ridiculously comfortable. Next, I think I may need to get into a pair of denim culottes to really hone in on the 90's look. They are so refreshing and I love how you can easily take them from day to night. A pair of slide-on loafers in the day, and a quick switch to a pair of pumps at night. They are sure to make a statement.

Cropped Denim
Hi, mom jeans! I was searching high and low for a pair that would work for my body type and finally, American Eagle came to my rescue. I could not believe how much I loved them! Warning-- these are a total man repeller, LOL! Brandon cringes when I wear them. But paired with a white oversized tee, or this Bonjour tee, I am sold! Feeling like I should go park a vintage wagon somewhere in Venice Beach and just chill for days. These are also a great transitional piece. They pair equally as well with booties as they do with flats.

High Waist Denim
I'm just obsessed with this pair I'm wearing in this post! I was so skeptical when I brought them to the fitting room, but immediately I fell in love. Wear them to the office, out at night, or on a casual Sunday. They have some retro vibes that I love, too.

Mixed Mediums
Pair elements of all the styles together! Go wild here and embrace all the fun new denim styles this spring. There are also great jumpers and overall styles that feature a few of the different looks in one. There's also all the embroidered styles and bejeweled styles to take advantage of. It's a new season and the perfect opportunity to get into some new looks. I'm breaking away from my go-to skinny jeans, how about you?

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