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favorite blouses under $55! i use to be a 24/7 dress girl but lately i’ve been gravitating more towards separates. i’m especially into feminine blouses with a special touch – a wrap at the waist, a bit of embroidery, shoulder detail, pretty collar, anything that makes a subtle statement while still being chic and wearable. here are some favorites that are all priced at less then $55! – joanie
–Zara Crossover blouse ($40) – i’m five seconds away from buying this and wearing it with a pair of really worn in light jeans.
– H&M ruffled sleeve ($50) – love the exaggerated shoulder on this one.
– Blouse with lace collar ($30) – so pretty and dainty, the cream and black combination with the tie at the neck is very Chanel.
– Madewell off the shoulder ($50) – one of the seasons biggest trends, off the shoulder! in a crisp white, i think it’d be good tucked in too.
– Forever 21 open shoulder ($18) – less of a blouse and more of a tank but still very pretty and wearable.
– Zara frilly blouse ($40) – i love this deep red and the waist detail makes it super flattering.
– Embroidered Floral top ($50) – one can never own too many white blouses.
– Gap split top ($70 but currently 40% off!) – 100% cotton with pretty sleeve embroidery. would be an ideal vacation option to go from beach to dinner.
– & other stories blouse ($55) – the subtly Swiss-dot is seriously calling my name. super soft cotton, pretty aqua blue and sweet little ruffle.
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a couple of years ago we created this post of all of our favorite items to pick up at Trader Joe’s. we had a great time putting it together but one of the best outcomes of that post were the amazing comments left by people sharing what they buy and the recipes they make with their favorite tj’s items. the comments are gold, seriously, check them out. since trade joe’s adds new items to their store monthly we thought it was time for an update to that post. below are more of our favorites plus two easy side dishes that we love to make. please comment with anything we missed or ideas/recipes you’ve been loving to make. we’re always looking for new items to try and your comments are the best way to find those items!
the items above are our favorite baking and condiment items: organic tahini for homemade hummus, the most addicting garlic spread that i put on everything, nutritional yeast for making cashew cheese and sprinkling on popcorn, their cake mix is great and my friend makes it with adding orange zest to punch up the flavor, you’d never know it was store bought when you taste it, blanched almond flour for almond cookies and gluten free baking, the grass fed buffalo milk butter is a stand out to me. i’m a big believer in butter and this one is made with wholesome ingredients. their garlic salt grinder with a mixture of four seasonings for adding flavor to any dish. the mixed nut butter is something i had been wanting to find for a long time after having it in an acai bowl, individual coconut oil packets are great if you’re into oil pulling like i am. ghee for its many benefits and also the avocado oil for it’s lower price tag and high smoke point.
sweet potato fries with garlic deep
• 2 organic sweet potatoes
• 3 tablespoons avocado oil
• garlic salt grinder
• garlic spread
– preheat your oven to 400 degrees. thinly slice the sweet potatoes, soak them in water for a few minutes, rinse until the water runs clear. dry them completely. put them in a bowl with the avocado oil. i like to use the tj’s garlic salt grinder because it has sea salt, roasted garlic, onion and parsley all in one. grind generously over fries, toss to coat and then lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. bake for about 7-10 minutes on each side. serve with garlic spread!
simple bruschetta crostini
• 1 organic baguette
• 1 jar tomato bruschetta (in the canned aisle)
• whole milk mozzarella cheese
• pre-heat broiler. thinly slice desired amount of baguette. lay in a single layer on baking sheet. spoon bruschetta spread onto each. cover with a thin piece of mozzarella cheese. broil until golden and bubbly 2-4 minutes.
and you cannot forget the snacks!
their red pepper dip is a great additional to any cheese, meat and bread appetizer set up, whole milk plain yogurt with cream top – i think i jumped up and down when i first found this, inner peas – if you don’t know about this addicting snack, now you know, bruschetta spread as mentioned above, sliced brioche for french toast or just a decadent peanut butter and jelly. this bread is normally hard to track down and it comes pre-sliced, win win! ancient grain granola to pair with that yogurt – it’s packed with goodness like buckwheat groats, chia seeds and red quinoa, pb&j chocolate bar – the perfect little indulgence, their hawaiian style chips are the best, bbq is my favorite, super seed mix if you’re like me and don’t want to keep all sorts of random packs of seeds and grains in your pantry for your smoothies, tabbouli – love this with everything, especially brown rice and a runny egg, shishito peppers – pan fry with a little oil until they are blistered, yum!
as you know, joanie and ivan are the good chefs around these parts, but watching them cook all the time and now having a boyfriend who’s a great cook…i’ve been inspired! slowly but surely i’ve been practicing more lately and finding a lot of joy in it. i think i always felt intimidated in the kitchen. my parents rarely cooked and so i didn’t really grow up learning recipes or hanging out in the kitchen too often. lately i’ve been making a recipe and then cooking it a few more times until i think it’s perfect. this has helped my confidence in the kitchen!
over the past year i’ve been acquiring more kitchen tools to make my kitchen feel complete. some are splurges but i use them quite often. i used to have a bunch of cheap tools from ikea or from college and never wanted to cook because i hated the way those looked or functioned (i know, i’m a bit crazy like that) once i upgraded some of my items i found myself inspired and excited to be in the kitchen. what can i say, i’m a visual person.
here’s my current kitchen list!
i was working on the next styled post and was so taken by all of the romantic silhouettes at reformation that i had to stop and share. the colors, the ruffles, the movement of the models, it’s all just so beautiful and fun! i also love reformation’s commitment to sustainable practices. small changes make a big difference in the end and it’s something that makes this company worth supporting.
i’m headed to ojai this evening with justin and another friend couple of ours for their birthdays with a relaxing weekend of wine and doing absolutely nothing. it’s a short drive from LA, but always feels like you far away, which i love. i’ve been personally struggling with some weird anxiety stuff this week so i’m hoping this helps with that. being around people i love on the weekend usually does the trick. i have a feeling my birth control is actually working against me and i really want to look into some other options. i just feel like it may be making me a bit off the wall with my emotions. it may just be a matter of switching brands, but would love to hear your advice! you ladies are always good at that.
what are you up to this weekend? and WOW thank you for all your sweet comments and entries on our big luggage giveaway. so fun to read through those. lots of love and happy friday! xx bri