Freestyle Friday Vol. 7

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This week’s Freestyle Friday is jam packed. There was so much quality content on the internet this week that I wanted to share. I love when that happens because I love sharing information that I find and learn!

  • I loved this article on Goop giving advice on how to pay off your student loans. Yes, I am 31 years old, and am still paying off loans from when I was 18. For a long time, I followed the advice of my lender. Paying off what I could, based on my income. Little did I know that those payments weren’t making ANY sort of impact on the principle of the loan, a.k.a. I was getting NOWHERE. I’ve learned so much about paying down substantial debt since then and should have my loans paid off in the next year or two. I wish this article had been published 10 years ago!
  • I found this article on The Cut very interesting about being in an open relationship in the age of social media. Sounds horrible, but the story was intriguing.
  • There was a lot on the internet this week about pregnancy/birth, parental leave, and nursing while going back to work (or quitting nursing because they are going back to work). If you have been following me on my Instagram Stories, you know that I have been very passionate about the fact that our country is the only first world country that does not mandate paid parental leave. That’s unacceptable and I am researching ways to change it.
  • Does anyone get facials regularly? If so, I want to be like you. I loved the look of this Organic Facialist’s space.
  • Do you have more feminine or masculine characteristics. I was shocked to see that I fell on the more feminine side, because I’m typically emotionally closed off and somewhat of a tomboy. Guess we can evolve afterall. Which one are you?

 

Photography by Julia Dags

I&S Tips for Shopping Sales

It’s that time of year again! With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on AND Amazon Prime Day. I wanted to write a quick post on shopping sales wisely!

It can be easy to fall into the trap of “Oh, I need this!” and “I have to buy it! Look at that price!”. It’s not your fault, the marketing works well in that way to make you think that! Be mindful of that then consider these two questions:

1. “Is this an investment piece for me?”

2. “Can I get a lot of use out of this?”

If you’re shopping the Nordstrom Sale, invest in pieces that will take you into the fall and beyond. Like blazers/cardigans, booties, fragrances, and denim. Those are all items that you can wear every year and never go out of style! If you want to buy a dress or something more “summery”, consider whether you will be able to transition it into fall first. After all, there is only half of the summer left (SORRY!).

For example, I bought a few Rebecca Taylor dresses that were all 40-50% off. 1. I know they are well made, because they are a made by a quality designer and 2. I bought them in colors like navy and deep rose so I can transition them into the fall with booties, jackets, or even over the knee boots. Two of them even have long sleeves.

If shopping Amazon Prime, again shop items that you actually need! My advice? Stick with home good items you use on the reg. Like baby formula, your favorite moisturizer, razors, and essential oils. You do not need an Amazon Echo.

Shop the Nordstrom Sale:

 

 

 

 

Freestyle Friday – Vol. 6

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Happy, happy Friday ya’ll!

Well, we did it. We made it through the week after a major holiday. BRAVO! All while a super new moon has been dragging our energy down (anyone else exhausted?).

I’m particularly pumped about this week’s Freestyle Friday because it has left me feeling so inspired for the next few months. I hope it leaves you inspired as well 🙂

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  1. I’ve been really into researching Swedish and Finnish recipes lately as part of connecting with that part of my heritage. The funny thing I discovered is that they eat A LOT of salmon! And if you know me, you know I eat salmon almost EVERY DAY. Ha! Coincidentally, Goop posted this EASY broiled salmon recipe that I can’t wait to try!
  2. Speaking of Swedish and Finnish recipes, I am currently looking for some great Swedish and Finnish cookbooks that are authentic. I’ve been looking through these but can’t decide. PLEASE SEND HELP!
  3. Are you still on Pinterest? I recently cleaned up my page and have been having so much fun letting it inspire me style-wise, beauty-wise, and with life in general. I think it’s such a beautiful way to put your dreams out there for manifestation. Follow me and I’ll follow you back!
  4. Ok, we all know about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), but have you ever heard of JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)?! Me neither, and I am INTO it. Especially as we enter eclipse season and fall and winter. Bring on the nights home on the couch with Netflix!
  5. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that every weekend I venture to our local farm for some farm fresh goodies. I highly, highly recommend that you visit them if you are ever in the area.
  6. Last but not least, I am FINALLY on LiketoKnowit! I will be posting EVERYTHING in my photos there from this day forward, so make sure to follow me!

 

All my photos are by the wonder @JuliaDags

Freestyle Friday – Vol. 5

Happy Friday from I-95 in sunny South Carolina! My husband and I are currently driving to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit some dear friends that moved there from Astoria, Queens a few years ago. It’s been so nice to be in the south for the past week. The change of pace really does something great for the soul.

Vacation is also a great time to disconnect from electronics and the internet. Our Freestyle Friday is a little shorter this week and is primarily based on things that have come up in my life over the past week (skin remedies, astrological counseling, salmon jerky to name a few). Read on, because it may apply to you as well!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and an even better weekend!

  1. Earlier this week I was hit with a bad case of heat rash and contact dermatitis on my ankles. I always try to go to natural remedies before settling for modern medicine so upon touchdown in South Carolina, I went out and bough a huge aloe leaf. Although the contact dermatitis got a little too intense for only aloe, it really has been so helpful in soothing the irritated skin. We’ve also been using it on my husband’s sunburn. Aloe is such a beautiful and multifaceted plant, I loved reading this article by the Be Well team on all of its other benefits.
  2. I’ve been speaking to an astrological counselor named Danielle Beinstein to help navigate through this summer’s eclipse season. She’s hosting a FREE call on July 11th that you should absolutely sign up for. She also does sessions via Facetime. Even if you are just interested in learning more about your chart, she’s your girl.
  3. Staying hydrated during the summer months can be difficult! I have such a hard time drinking enough water when we’re running from the beach to lunch to the pool and to dinner. I loved this Well and Good article on how to amp up your hydration through fruit salad.
  4. As an introvert and an empath, my energy gets so drained when in certain environments. Even on vacation! I loved this article from Goop on how to break free from those that suck your energy.

Go-To Party Appetizers

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With summer in full swing and a party to go to (or host) just about every weekend, I wanted to share some of my favorite crowd pleasing appetizers! These apps are perfect whether hosting a BBQ, cocktail hour, or to bring something of your own to a friend’s party!

When hosting a get-together, the best thing you can do for yourself is to keep it simple. Forget fretting over a million ingredients. You can make delicious and classy appetizers with just a few simple ingredients. The best part is that your guests will think you slaved over them for hours, when really they only took about 10 minutes to prepare!

  1. Puff Pastry Wrapped Asparagus:
    • Gather 1 bunch of asparagus (about 16 total), 1 puff pastry, 1 whole egg whisked with 1 teaspoon of water, and Himalayan sea salt.
    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
    • Lay the puff pastry out on a floured surface. Cut into 16 strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
    • Wrap the asparagus with the puff pastry and put on baking tray lined with parchment paper.
    • Brush the puff pastry with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle with sea salt.
    • Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
    • Remove and serve immediately with honey mustard for dipping.
  2. Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil (one of my favorite items to make ahead):
    • Gather cherry tomatoes, a container of basil (or fresh from your yard!), a ball of fresh mozzarella, some toothpicks, fresh olive oil, and Himalayan sea salt.
    • Cut the fresh mozzarella into 1 inch squares.
    • Take a toothpick, put on a tomato, then the basil, then the mozzarella. Repeat until you run out of mozzarella.
    • Place on a serving platter, sprinkle with the sea salt, and lightly drizzle with olive oil.
    • Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until guests arrive.
  3. Prosciutto Wrapped Melon:
    • Gather a container of already cubed cantaloupe, 1 pound of prosciutto, and toothpicks.
    • Take a piece of melon and a piece of prosciutto that can wrap the melon in a single layer, wrap the melon and place on the toothpick.
    • Place on a serving platter and serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until guests arrive.
  4. Homemade Garlic Hummus and Carrots:
    • Gather 1 can of chick peas, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and Himalayan sea salt.
    • Put all ingredients into a food processor or Vitamix blender. Process until smooth, adding water as needed for desired consistency.
    • Serve in a bowl drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with paprika. Serve with baby carrots or pita chips.

Summer Staples

 

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  1. The Striped Shirt – Wear it with white jeans, a skirt, or your favorite Lulu’s. This classic Breton goes with just about everything and is virtually perfect in any weather. Can be dressed up or worn on a casual Sunday. My favorite is by Saint James.
  2. The Boho BlouseA light and airy blouse is the perfect compliment to summer. Relaxed and comfortable, in whatever the temperature. Pair it with some Ray Bans and a pair of jean shorts for a comfortable and classic look.
  3. The Linen Dress – For those “I have nothing to wear” moments, whip out a classic linen dress that you can feel confident in, no matter the day. I love how these can easily go from beach cover-up to chic dinner attire as well. Like this one from Zara.
  4. The L.L. Bean Pullover – The perfect accompaniment to late night conversations around the bonfire. Hint: everything is almost always 20% off.
  5. The Wear With Everything Sandal – I love a sandal that I can essentially wear with everything. It was love at first sight when I found these.
  6. The Classic Black Tank – Remember when Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy would wear a black tank top and jean skirt and would look so effortlessly flawless? Yea, that’s still a thing.

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Freestyle Friday

Happy Friday, Friends!

It’s officially, OFFICIALLY summer! I honestly cannot believe how quickly June has flown by. In just under 2 weeks we will all be off celebrating the 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoy’s all the tidbits in this week’s Freestyle Friday!

  1. I have a serious #girlcrush on this girl right here.
  2. As most of you know, I’m currently on a journey of self-development. That journey has lead me to Lacy Phillips and her work on reprogramming your subconscious and manifesting the life of your dreams. She’s the creator of Free&Native and I highly recommend her work.
  3. The summer is the perfect time to adapt to healthier ways of eating. I love this guide by the BeWell team.
  4. This post from Buzzfeed was so funny and SO TRUE.
  5. Speaking of eating healthier (lol or NOT), this recipe for Gluten Free Mac n Cheese sounds delish!
  6. Ahem, can someone please give me a $20k allowance for clothes??