05.28.15

DRESS YOUR TECH / 97

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this week adriana gallo made some fun desktops for us just in time for summer.

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these watermelon are my favorite. aren’t they cute?

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05.28.15

TRAVEL / CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

i have visited paris (here and more recently here) and the south of france (here), but have never ventured to the champagne area! after a few days in paris, we took a short 45 minute train ride to reims. an adorable town that i had no idea about!

the train station sits conveniently right near the town. it felt like we walked onto a movie set! i can’t believe people really live in these charming little places. we had a guide from the champagne tourism office who took us around everywhere and showed us the sights. in all of the cabins on international air france flights they serve free champagne, so they wanted us to see the origin of where they get their champagne. let’s just say we weren’t complaining about that.

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05.27.15

MY HEALTH CHALLENGE / 01

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well, here i am. 15 pounds over my normal weight after going through a breakup (well, two actually) drinking a little too often with friends to talk about said breakups, and then traveling 6 weeks to europe eating every carb in sight. do i regret the carbs? nope. do i wish my pants fit? yep. so when i got home, i decided to jump on a new healthy track and to document it right here to keep me accountable. joanie, who works on the business side of designlovefest, is amazing at staying in shape. she’s always bringing a healthy lunch to work and talking about her crazy aerial yoga classes. to me, working out has always been very annoying. i’m lazy! i did get in shape about two years ago by going to bar method and felt amazing, but lost steam and got bored. wine was way more fun at the time.

my body has always gone up and down in weight. let me show you. i was pretty thin as a teenager and my first two years of college. i think i used to weigh around 118-120Ibs…

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then i gained 30 pounds around 22 years old! (making me 148Ibs) this is when i realized my metabolism wasn’t the same and i went on birth control which put on an extra 10 pounds or so…

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so shocked by the weight gain i decided to cut out almost all carbs and drink way less. by 24 i was the thinnest i had ever been, 112 pounds and i started eating pretty unhealthy honestly…like coffee and salad. i’m not trying to get back to that weight because it was too thin for me. i think at the time i was just so happy to not feel insecure about my body that i took it way overboard. i seriously looked like a bobble head!

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05.27.15

AELFIE / GIVEAWAY

Aelfie Giveaway / designlovefest

this week you can win $300 at aelfie! they have so many fun, colorful textiles for the home.

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i love their watercolor sheepskin rugs!

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05.27.15

THAI INSPIRED SHRIMP TACOS

i can’t tell you how happy i am to be home and cooking in my own kitchen. i had so many amazing meals during my trip but sometimes it’s nice to whip up something simple at your own place. these thai tacos that ivan photographed are definitely on my list!

thai shrimp tacos
makes 3 servings 

Ingredients:
8 ounces cooked and peeled shrimp
2 large sprigs of basil chopped
3 large carrots
• 2 persian cucumbers
• 1 lime squeezed
• 2 tablespoons spring onions
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 avocado diced
• sprigs of cilantro as garnish
• 1 piquillo red chili (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 garlic clove diced
• 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Thai inspired shrimp tacos: de-frost 8 ounces of cooked and peeled shrimp in a bowl of cold water, about 20 minutes (follow defrosting instructions if the shrimp comes packaged). In a skillet on medium heat use 1 tablespoon olive oil to lightly brown 1/2 garlic clove diced. Add shrimp and continue on medium heat for about 1 minute or until shrimp have slightly shrank and are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Peel 3 large carrots and 2 persian cucumbers into thin shoe string size strips and place in a medium size bowl. Squeeze 1 lime and add 2 tablespoons spring onions, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 2 large sprigs of basil chopped. Mix well add salt and pepper to taste.

Heat 3 corn tortillas (either on a skillet with oil or in the microwave) and begin to layer your tacos with the thai inspired slaw. Proceed with the garlic shrimp and top with 1 diced avocado. Garnish with cilantro and pequillo red chili ( it has a similar taste to a bell pepper with a lower heat level)

photos and styling by: Ivan Solis 

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