Skinny Snack: Strawberry Summer Salad

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I started the Skinny Snack series as a way to cure my hungered boredom, but it has quickly turned into a way of life for me. As long as these recipes keep coming to mind (or I get inspired to simplify an existing recipe), I think we should keep this going year-round. It is always important for me to feature foods/snacks that are healthy and delicious, but when you throw in easy and fast to the mix, it pretty much makes for the perfect combination. I hope you are enjoying these little recipes as much as I am!

Ingredients: (serves one)

  • Arugula–a handful
  • 4 Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Top with dressing
  3. Add some halved almonds to infused some crunch to your salad
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Lazy Hazy Summer

artisan-de-luxe-lace-topJuly has been an exceptionally tough month for me. While I still can’t pinpoint just what is making me so lethargic, I do know that I’ve been surviving on iced coffee first thing in the morning and Perrier alllllllllll day long. I just need a little buzz and fizz to get me through the day and it is starting to show. If you’ve seen me at all this month you probably already know that my face is make-up less, my wardrobe is a mixture of yoga clothing or this (denim shorts, slouchy top, normally barefoot), and my hair is a whole other story. I guess if I had to sum it up it would basically be this: I’m burned out on the heat, I’ve been working kind of non-stop, and my fiance is about to be done with the BAR, which means I get to live a normal life very soon. So, to make a long story short, THANK YOU Starbucks, Perrier, and Artisan De Luxe for making comfy/lacey summer clothes!

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I’m wearing: Artisan De Luxe lace top // One Teaspoon shorts // Janessa Leone hat

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Your Big Day Of…

Wedding-coordinationLike any excited bride to-be, I love nothing more than chatting weddings with my fellow brides, friends, family, and of course, wedding experts! And it is especially fun when they are a combination of all of the above. My sweet friend Eden Benoun has been a long-time friend of the family and when she told me she is now working in the events industry–specifically in day-of coordination–I couldn’t wait to share her talents with the world. The Your Big Day Of team is comprised of herself and Leah Bleiweis, who has worked alongside the legendary Mindy Weiss for about a decade, and together they are spreading the art of seamless events.

While their speciality is “day of” coordination for just about any event, they know (like any good event coordinator) that it takes more than just one day to actually make sure the event goes smoothly. Their work begins approximately 30 days prior to the event, and it doesn’t slow down until the last person leaves the party. Talk about a hustle!

Until these girls go international (and I can take them to Greece with me!), you know I’m going to enlist these two talented ladies for my endless events. And quite frankly, how cute is Eden who said to me, “I love crying at a different wedding every weekend. Seeing a twinkle in the groom’s eye when he takes his first look at his future wife gets me every time. Working under Leah has taught me so much: from how to create a flawless schedule to how to charm every vendor over the phone to considering every detail when packing the emergency bag. I know who I’m hiring for my wedding!”

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Leah’s favorite part of her job happens moments after the ceremony, “as the bride and groom are coming back down the aisle after saying “I DO”, I am the first person they see and the first person they say to “WE DID IT!” ”

Photos courtesy of Your Big Day Of 

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Rosie

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve got quite the infatuation with roses. I believe it began with the actual flower and everything it represented. Each color meant something different, and the aroma was always slightly sweeter when received from someone special. As I got older (and Pinterest was invented) and discovered other flowers that were just as beautiful, I started to grow away from my beloved roses and onto more complex flowers, such as peonies, magnolias, dahlias, etc. But while my adoration for florals continues to grow, my love affair for roses has never died. If you were to examine all my perfumes, sprays, body wash, candles, soaps, etc. you would notice that they all happen to be rose scented and it is not a coincidence. When I found this romper it almost registered a feeling of nostalgia, as the rosie print just made me feel like home. I obviously had to have it!

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Skinny Snack: Watermelon + Feta Salad

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My summer fantasies all include rosé and watermelon. There is just something so season-appropriate about the two, and any recipe that allows me to utilize one (or both) is something I am willing to try. This salad is probably something you’ve seen floating around Pinterest each summer, but I like to think my version is a lot quicker and simpler–hence the Skinny Snack tag–than the charing that is required in the other recipes. If you are totally new to this combo, trust me, this is something worth trying. The sweetness from the watermelon mixed with the saltiness of the feta, topped with the sweet tanginess of the balsamic reduction will rouse all your tastebuds. Not to mention, the arugula, which always has such a distinct kick to it, is as satisfying as it sounds!

Ingredients: (Serves 3-4 people) 

  • 1/2 of a small watermelon cut up into squares (you can select your thickness)
  • Enough feta to top each piece of watermelon (cut into cubes)
  • Handful of arugula
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic reduction (TJ’s has the best squeeze bottle of this)
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Line a plate with arugula
  2. Drizzle olive oil over arugula
  3. Place watermelon on top of the arugula
  4. Sprinkle salt & pepper over watermelon
  5. Add feta on each piece of watermelon
  6. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the entire salad

 

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Piece of Cake

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAnything printed, flowy, and open back is welcome when I go on a vacation. Or anytime during summer, really. But this look in particular has me swooning for my upcoming vacation. With only a couple short weeks to go, the vacation packing inspiration continues until the real thing arrives (August 6th!). One thing I must keep in mind–as learned last summer on my vacation in Hawaii–is that this is a vacationnot a location for a blog post. While I will of course want to document my time on St. John, I am adamant about living in the moment and truly enjoying my time with Paul. Being present is really all it boils down to. As long as I can remember that, the rest is a piece of cake!

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Skinny Snack: Caprese + Avocado

 

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThe reason I started this segment on the blog–Skinny Snack, that is–is due to my continual need to eat! Since I work from home I often have the urge to be snacking on something (anything!!) but inevitably find myself either bored with my healthy food or just looking for something fattening. I’d have to say that one of my biggest challenges of being at home most days is the eating thing. I’m never satisfied with my weekly store runs, and am constantly looking for ways to keep my stomach happy. These snacks are all very quick and easy, for those of use who are on the go (or those who are chained to your desk at home and have only 5 minutes to prepare something yummy like me), and require pretty basic ingredients. Goodbye bored taste buds!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh buffalo mozarella, cut into slices
  • 1 organic tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tblspns olive oil
  • Balsamic reduction (TJ’s has the best squeeze bottle of it)
  • Salt + pepper

Instructions:

  1. Coat your plate with 1 tblspn of oil
  2. Lay the tomato, cheese, then avocado on top of oil
  3. Pour the other tblspn of oil over ingredients
  4. Top with salt + pepper to taste
  5. Squeeze the desired amount of balsamic
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Copa Cobana Cobalt

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetMy name might not be Lola, but I do know that if I was at the Copa Cabana (Rio de Janeiro) I might consider yellow feathers in my hair and THIS dress cut down to there. However, before you find me in Rio, you will most likely find me in Greece frolicking in this cute cobalt dress. Everything about this dress is me: simple, short, & sweet (well, maybe not that last part).

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Shop MUSE!

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You may or may not know that my consulting firm MUSE is now selling something very special…hand-painted antlers! My business partner (Kelly) and I have been receiving such positive feedback about the antlers we painted for fun for our houses that we decided to share the love with you! All the antlers are naturally shed (so no animals are harmed in the process), grade A (highest quality), and custom designed by yours truly (& Kelly)! Since they are all one-of-a-kind if you purchase any of the antlers currently on the site you will be the only person in the world with THAT specific one! To see all the gorgeous variations check out the site and be sure to follow our IG (shopmuses) for updates and new additions…here is a glimpse:

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Vacation Style

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Well, it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year. Summer–a season that seems somewhat endless in Southern California, but never seems escape excitement come July. I, myself, will be jet setting over to St. John at the end of the month and have already been preparing outfits (duh), as well as a mindset. Paul will be fresh off taking the Bar exam and we will both be needing some time to recoup and become real people again. Confused? The short version is, the last 70-ish days Paul has been rising at 6:00AM to begin studying, and when I finally wake up around 7:30AM, he is already deep into the studying. This leaves me with most responsibilities, including feeding the house, cleaning, shopping, running errands, oh, and did I mention I work?! This little-big routine has been e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-n-g to say the least, and so a vacation will be mutually enjoyed! This week, enjoy a series of vacation looks that will follow me to the Virgin Island.

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