Friday Favorites

TGIF, you guys! It’s been a hectic week and I feel like my brain is at full capacity lately…between that and this chilly, damp weather we’ve been having in Seattle, I’m in a bit of an early summer funk. I may be in desperate need of a vacation (or a super long nap/light coma). Anyway, I hope you have something relaxing planned for the weekend! But first, let’s unwind with a few fun links.

Interview with the founders of theSkimm, coconut popsicles, Seattle city guide, an app that shuts down creeps on Tinder, and your ultimate beach bucket list

1. In this interview, the founders of theSkimm discuss finding your voice, going viral, and their journey from dreamers to full-fledged businesswomen. (The Coveteur)

2. These sweet & creamy coconut popsicles are basically summer on a stick. (Style Me Pretty)

3. Ladies, there are SO many creepers in the world. This new app is designed to help you fend off the worst of ’em. (Refinery29)

4. This city guide reads like a love letter to Seattle, and it’s inspiring me to do some exploration in my own backyard. How have I never heard of Neon Taco? (Cup of Jo)

5. If you agree that every getaway should include sunshine and sand, say hello to your ultimate beach vacation bucket list. (PureWow)

Bonus: I love the message of Together Women Can, a public awareness campaign encouraging women to support each other in the workplace as peers, mentors, and friends. (Lean In)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! How was your week? I’ve been feeling so unmotivated lately…I think deep in my heart, I’m really bitter about the fact that I’m an adult and I don’t get the entire summer off anymore. It’s so hard to get anything done at this time of year, am I right? Especially when your Instagram feed is filled with people having awesome summer adventures. I may need to follow people with less enviable lives. Anyway, here are a few fun links to distract you from whatever it is you were working on. Enjoy!

French girl beauty, the best museum restaurants, how to look expensive, lemonade jello shots, and how to make money online

1.  French women have effortless beauty figured out, and now you can steal all their skincare secrets. (Waiting on Martha)

2. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, or both, you’ll want to add the 10 best museum restaurants in the world to your bucket list. (The Blonde Salad)

3. Curating an expensive-looking wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Here are five ways to look classy as hell without blowing your budget. (Sed Bona)

4. These pink lemonade jello shot slices are the cutest boozy snack I have ever laid eyes on. (A Beautiful Mess)

5. From selling clothes on Poshmark to writing product reviews, these clever ways to make money online will pay for an entire summer’s worth of happy hour margaritas. (Coming Up Roses)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, lovelies! How was your week? It’s finally starting to feel like spring around here, and I love it. Work has been crazy busy for me lately, so I’m excited to do some serious lounging in the sun this weekend and not much else. Well, there will probably be a brunch in my future, who am I kidding. Anyway, I hope you have an equally relaxing and sunny weekend ahead of you, and enjoy this week’s links!

Friday Favorites

1. I have a major weakness for anything involving pineapple, so of course this Hawaiian-inspired burger is making me drool. (The Pioneer Woman)

2. Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: a guide to working out without leaving your bed! This is totally going to revolutionize exercise. (Into the Gloss)

3. This DIY room spray would look soooo pretty on my bedside table. (designlovefest)

4. Beauty devotees, check out this roundup of the most influential women in the industry, past and present. From Essie Weingarten to Michelle Phan, the gang’s all here! (Refinery29)

5. After watching the internet lose its collective mind over Hamilton for the past eight months, I’m happy to report that the Broadway smash will be making a Seattle stop on its national tour. (Seattle Times)

Have a fantastic weekend!

♥ Mil

Green Smoothie Bowl

green smoothie bowlHere in North Carolina, spring is well underway with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Seattleites, don’t be jealous.

While I go crazy for cozy breakfast favorites like steel cut oats during winter, come spring my taste buds change their tune. I start craving fresh fruit and cold smoothies. As I’ve grown older, I’ve moved away from the sweeter flavors combinations, like peanut butter and banana, towards fresher and greener options. Greens pack an unbelievable punch of energy in the morning, much like a caffeine hit but without the ensuing crash. Lately I’ve been enjoying my smoothies a little thicker and from a bowl. Here’s my latest morning concoction, perfect to kick your morning off to a refreshing start.
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Green Smoothing Bowl (serves 1)

Smoothie Ingredients
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 ripe banana, previously sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, preferably grass-fed
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
Topping Ideas
  • Granola
  • Raw nuts and seeds (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Sliced fresh berries
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Sliced banana
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Directions
  1. Add smoothie ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Start by adding a 1/2 cup milk and then slowly add more if needed. Be careful not to thin it too much. The texture should be pretty thick as you’re eating it through a spoon, not a straw.
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more banana or other fruit for sweetness, or more spinach (or other greens) for that extra punch of veggie power. You can also add some ice to make it a little thicker and colder. I don’t like my smoothies too intensely cold – brain freeze!
  3. For more protein, you can also add your protein powder of choice, almond butter, or if you’re adventurous an egg white.
  4. Pour into a serving bowl and top with toppings of your choosing!
  5. Smoothies are always best devoured immediately, although you can certainly keep leftovers in the fridge for a day.
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green smoothie bowl 2

Just look at that color. Does that scream spring or what?

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An early morning smoothie bowl selfie. I’m not wearing any makeup here, which reminds me of Karen’s post on the #YouLookDisgusting campaign.

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How do you like to eat your smoothies, in a glass or in a bowl? Any favorite spring and summer breakfast recipes? While I generally don’t eat dairy, I do eat some full fat and grass-fed Greek yogurt every week to make sure my probiotics are on point. For me, a favorite breakfast treat is a big bowl of vanilla yogurt with granola and berries. It’s about as close to real ice cream as I get these days.
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XOXO,
Jules

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