Monthly Archives: May 2015

Five for Friday

May 22, 2015

164af4dbd1fe773e348722bb296cd207Happy Friday! Have any fun plans for the long weekend? (and unofficial start of summer!) It has been raining nonstop in Boulder, but we are hoping it will dry out enough for the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10k race. It is a huge event, with over 50,000 runners and the whole town gets amped up for it, passing out beers and setting up slip and slides on the route, should be fun! Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

If you are traveling this weekend, you must watch this.

 

Sometimes I am so glad I am not a celebrity and my embarrassing high school photos aren’t everywhere.

 

A perfect summery drink for the long weekend.

 

Reading articles like this are helping me grieve with the loss of Mad Men.

 

Something to think about when rescuing a dog.

 

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Cookies for Breakfast // Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies

May 21, 2015

strawberry coconut breakfast cookies // gluten free + vegan

So I am kind of creature of habit when it comes to what I eat for breakfast, right now it is simply eggs, toast, and whatever fruit is in season. So when I came across this recipe for strawberry coconut breakfast cookies, I knew it was time to shake up the routine. These cookies are healthy enough for breakfast, but they are so good, I think I have had them with every meal. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, but I don’t think I have ever baked with them. The result is a sweet burst of flavor in these hearty cookies. These cookies are naturally gluten free, vegan (if using maple syrup instead of honey), and naturally sweetened. Translation: no need to limit consumption!

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strawberry coconut breakfast cookies // gluten free + veganIngredients:

2 cups of rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats if needed)

1/4 cup oat flour (I use my coffee grinder to grind oats into flour)

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tablespoons ground chia seeds or ground flaxseeds

1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

In a large bowl combine oats, oat flour, coconut, chia seeds, almonds and salt.

Add in mashed bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, strawberries, spices, and vanilla. Mix well (using your hands works best to get an even mixture).

Make 2 inch balls with the dough and place on baking sheet. Press down gently with your palm to flatten them slightly.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes on the pan, then place on a cooling rack.

These cookies are great for breakfasts on the go and would also be perfect crumbled over yogurt or chia pudding. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here

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Who’s the Boss // Lounge Style Icon – Jenna Lyons

May 20, 2015

The ultimate boss lady, Jenna Lyons, is the bad ass strong business woman running J. Crew. As the Creative Director and President of J. Crew, she has succeeded in modernizing the preppy brand, running the successful American company and keeping its influence relevant. We could go on about all her amazing accomplishments and career advice (and her stint on HBO’s ‘Girls as Hannah’s boss) but since this is a Lounge Icon post, let’s get into her signature look that we can’t get enough of. Her personal style is so unique that its influence is obvious in recent catalogs and ads more than ever. Quirky yet classic, she takes everyday separates and elevates them with her glam-­meets-­tomboy twist.

 

She stands 6 feet tall and usually has heels on. Her dark hair is straight, often sports a bright pop of lipstick, and is rarely seen without her signature black rimmed oversized glasses. Her combination of textures and prints are unexpected yet always work. Denim jackets under camel coats,­ stripes and flowers, even a bow-tie! Last year when Solange Knowles got married in New Orleans, Jenna wore an amazing feathered skirt ­and last minute threw on a white shirt to go with it, sparking outfit envy all over the internet. Jenna is endlessly inspiring and constantly setting trends. For this spring, take a nod from Jenna’s layering, and drape your jacket over your shoulders for the perfect in-between spring weather look. Top it off with a bright lip and bold glasses for an instant polished look. Take a look at some of our favorite looks of hers.jenna lyons // lounge style iconjenna lyons // lounge style icon

5 Ways to Rev Up your Morning Routine

May 18, 2015

c21b19984f083ac7d0c1caaee6d0d469I have written before about how I am struggling to become a morning person. All the coffee in the world is still sometimes not enough for me to wake up, spring out of bed, and greet the world bright eyed and bushy-tailed. While I am practicing the general rules we all have heard before (eat, move, don’t hit snooze), there are some specific ways that I have tweaked my morning routine that have helped to energize me enough to move quickly beyond the morning zombie phase. What are some ways you have found help you be energized for the day?

 

Drink warm water with lemon – There are so many benefits from drinking warm water with lemon upon waking, it is hard to ignore this easy action to add into your morning. Beyond the health benefits, I find that the lemon water warms me up, helping to ease the transition from my cozy bed to walking upright. Also, just taking the time for this mini ritual is comforting before the busyness of the day sets in.

 

Set an intention – I give myself a couple minutes laying in bed before even picking up my phone or hurriedly getting out of bed to set an intention for the day. It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, it can be as simple as checking off some to-dos that get you closer to a goal, working on positivity, or taking some time in the day for creativity or play. Whatever it may be, setting an intention can help energize you to get the day started!

 

Sleep – Obviously getting quality sleep will affect how you feel when you wake up. By now I have figured out the magic number of hours of sleep I need to feel rested. I am quite adamant to sticking to it, even if that means cutting off that Netflix binge prematurely! Listening to your body and figuring out your ideal amount of shuteye will help not only with your mornings, but also allow your body to reap all of the benefits from a good night’s sleep.

 

Get outside – While exercising first thing may work for a lot of people, no mater how I try, it is just not for me. This doesn’t mean that I skimp on the getting outside part of my morning. Whether it is walking the dog or eating breakfast outside, the fresh air helps the wake up the senses. And even if it means walking around the block with an umbrella in the pouring rain, being outside helps to ground me before diving into a computer-driven day.

 

Connect – Talk to someone! Whether it is your significant other, roommate, or texting to your sister, making the time for a few minutes of conversation with someone can help start the day on a positive note, feeling connected to world (especially if you work from home or have a demanding day!). It is so easy to get caught up in social media, emails, and the internet telling you what you must know this AM, but taking the time to talk to a real person can help you ease into the day feeling good about those important relationships that may get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.

 

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Five for Friday

May 15, 2015

jon_hamm_bathtubHappy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? Tonight we are headed to a new restaurant that is headed up by a former top chef, so we’ll see if it lives up to its hype! Saturday I am teaching yoga and catching up on life things after a super busy week. Two things that are a must this weekend: seeing Pitch Perfect 2 and the finale of Mad Men. Are you going to see either one? Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

It’s Friday, pour yourself a second cup of coffee. It’s good for you.

 

Speaking of Mad Men, some real (weird) ads from the era.

 

Great post and the response from readers continue an interesting conversation women don’t seem to have enough.

 

Forget going out to brunch, I am making these.

 

Dreamy home with a fairytale history.

 

Bonus make-it-through-Friday video: Because squirrels.

 

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DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from “Skin Cleanse” by Adina Grigore

May 13, 2015

DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from Skin CleanseWe recently shared our recent bookshelf addition,­ the amazing Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, the S.W. Basics of Brooklyn founder (who also just shared her morning rituals with us!). Along with so many great tips and advice for natural beauty ­in her book, it is chock full of recipes you can easily make at home. One of the first ones I tried the DIY Hair Conditioner, hoping to help with my fine hair prone to tangles.­ I was curious how the natural recipe would work, so I cracked open a beer and begun! (yes, beer is a main ingredient!) After leaving the conditioner in for about 20 minutes and rinsing, combing through the hair wasn’t super easy and doubt creeped in. But once my hair dried completely, the volume I gained was incredible! I let it air dry naturally and the result was some major bounce for my otherwise normally flat hair. I am definitely going to try to do this once a week!

 

According to Grigore, it works so well due to the B vitamins in the beer, fatty acid content in the egg, plus the cleansing properties of apple cider vinegar. Here’s how to do it:

DIY All Natural Hair Conditioner from Skin CleanseIngredients:

1 egg

1⁄2 cup of beer

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

 

Directions:

Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour over hair & wrap in towel.

Hang out for about 15­-20 minutes (and finish the rest of the beer!).

Rinse thoroughly. Tip: Use cool to warm water, too hot and you may fry an egg on your head!

 

Women Before 10am // Adina

May 12, 2015

In this series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Meet Adina, founder of S.W. Basics, and author of the book Skin Cleanse, and see how she takes a less is more approach to her beauty routine.women_before_10_jaluneadina grigore skin cleanse

Tell us about yourself.

 

Hi! I’m Adina, a holistic nutritionist, founder of the company S.W. Basics, and author of the book Skin Cleanse. I’m from South Florida, but these days I spend way too much time in Brooklyn, NY. (Code for: I never leave and have forgotten what Manhattan is even like…)

 

What time do you wake up in the morning?

 

Allow me to begin with my excuse. I do my best work from 11pm to 1 or 2am. I swear. So, my wakeup time is really late. Unless I have a meeting it’s 9/9:30. My habits are even worse. I start by checking my texts, email, and instagram. After panicking over something or another and taking it out on my husband and biz partner Adam, I feel calmer. That’s when I read The Skimm and drink coffee or a protein shake. Then I get ready in a flat 5 minutes and we leave for the office at 10.

 

What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?

 

An iced soy latte, year round.

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What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?

 

We’re lucky to have an amazing coffee shop right on our block, Cup. I have yet to find a coffee I like more than theirs.

 

What’s the last thing that inspired you?

 

This article about Ivanka Trump. Allow me to brag and say I’ve met her, and she’s amazing.

 

What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?

 

Every morning I was my face only with water, nothing else, and then I pat dry. Whether or not I plan on wearing makeup, it’s hands down the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin. Currently I’m using the deodorant cream from the book, and I slather myself in some crazy combo of grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil every time I shower (I have different samples I’ve made of it all around my house). Or I’ll scrub down with our hibiscus mask and then soak in the tub, letting it fill the water.

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How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?

 

I’m a streaming junkie. I know people say this is not a good way to relax, but for me it really is. I’m obsessed with watching nothing except one show until I’m totally through it. As far as self-care, nothing beats working out. I try to make time for it every day, even if it’s only 20-30 minutes.

 

What does your ideal day of rest look like?

 

Well I bet you can guess I’d be streaming something. Probably after going to the park and the farmers market. But we have an incredibly comfortable couch that my mom gifted us because she knew we needed it. So I’d probably lay around all day reading and watching some terrible show from start to finish.

 

An Inspired Mother’s Day // Robin + Koko

May 11, 2015

Hope you all had a great weekend! In honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend and all of the mothers that have influenced and inspired us, we thought it would be fun to profile a mother and get a glimpse into her experience as a mother. And just because we love all of the mommas in our lives so much, we are extending our ‘Treat Mom’ promo until the end of today. Receive 15% off your purchase from Jalune using promo code TREATMOM15. It is not too late to treat your mom (or yourself)!

 

Meet Robin Furlong Tojo. She lives in Fountain Valley, CA with her husband, Ken, and son, Koko, who is 2 1/2 years old. 

mothers_day_jalune_3Favorite things about being a mom to Koko: I’ve really given this so much thought, and I can’t tell you one thing that is my favorite. I love everything about him. I perhaps can fine tune a favorite to his facial expressions and his dance moves. He also amazes me how he pumps his arms in such a way when he walks or jogs like an old man with 5 lb weights, it’s hilarious. He has the sweetest voice and face to hear and see first thing in the morning, and he is the most adorable sleepy child at night before he goes bed. To be very honest, I still don’t believe that he is MY son and that I am his mother. I’m in disbelief, and I don’t know when the day will come when I will understand the reality. He is my angel. Life is weird.

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What I’ve learned about myself from being his mom: I just want to be a good person. I am a better citizen, a better environmentalist, and a better nutritionist. I just want everything to be good for him. I want to do what’s right, and I want to raise a good human being who is a gentleman.

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Favorite way to relax: Ballet, definitely. It’s just so peaceful, and I love classical music so much. I even listen to it for fun, Chopin being my fav and Debussy coming in close. It takes great posture, alignment, pace, and muscle control to practice. It really focuses my mind, helping to clear out all the motherly worries and allows me to focus on me. It’s so important to remember to take care of yourself; when you’re a mom all you think about is your child, it’s hard to think about yourself. Ballet is the gateway to my personal focus and reminds me that I need to be healthy in order for Koko to be healthy. I also love to go to the movies, it’s like my therapy. I can get lost in the film and experience so many different emotions, like ringing out a wash cloth, and then I can go home happy and relaxed!

 

Robin is wearing the Jalune Breezy shirt in blue and the oversized dolman dress in olive. For every purchase made, $10 is contributed to the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through Art of Giving.

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Five for Friday

May 8, 2015

OlgaBarantseva6Happy Friday! Have anything fun going on this weekend? After a big wedding weekend trip last weekend, I am looking forward to catching up on sleep, netflix, and yoga, in no particular order. It may snow here in Colorado this weekend (not cool), so that will be conducive to achieving my lazy weekend! Have a great weekend (and Happy Mother’s Day to the mommas!) and here are some links from around the web…

 

Speaking of mothers… this just upped the ante for all working moms.

 

Beautiful unseen belongings of Frida.

 

The perfect easy dessert to go with my lazy weekend.

 

“We are the sum total of our experiences.”

 

People close to me know that I am absurdly scared of bears, but these photos are mesmerizing.

 

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Martha’s One Pot Pasta

May 7, 2015

one_pot_pasta_1I have been eyeing this recipe for one pot pasta for a while, for it sounded to good to be true, an entire meal made in one pot! I have no idea why I waited so long to make this simple dish as it was so easy (and as my beau said “this is effing delicious”). I used Trader Joe’s Spinach & Chive Linguine this time. Using linguine for the pasta in particular is key, as the thickness and texture helps soak up the amazing flavors.

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Ingredients (I slightly adjusted from original due to how much pasta I had :) ) ­

8 oz linguine

8 oz of cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in halves

3⁄4 of a whole yellow onion thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves

2 sprigs of basil

1⁄2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes

1⁄4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons of salt

a couple of “glugs” of olive oil

 

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients into a large pot. Pour 4 1⁄2 cups of water over all the ingredients. Put stove burner on high and set a timer for 9 minutes. Stir & move with tongs while it bubbles. When timer goes off, taste check the pasta for if its ready. When pasta tastes ready, scoop out with tongs and serve! It will be naturally creamy. I put a bit of fresh parmesan on it, and voila’ ­dinner was served! I loved the texture and the kick the spice with garlic gave it. This is definitely going into the regular meal rotation!

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