Monday, August 1, 2016

Sundays are Brunch Days







 


  Every time I visit  New York City, there are so many restaurants promoting brunch specials with the most amazing mimosas, mouth-watering cocktails, and flavorful brunch entrees.  I was so happy to discover that Connecticut is starting to pick up the brunch trend because brunch is my favorite meal.  I mean who doesn't love breakfast food married with cocktails?!

   My girls over at Champs et Frites and Style Context set up a blogger brunch at the amazing 50 West in Plainville, CT and we were so impressed by the unique and tasty brunch menu they had to offer.  I mean pork belly tacos with eggs and banana-walnut pancakes had us foaming at the mouth. 
   Not to mention, Diane and I got the off-the-shoulder chambray memo. My favorite drink was the 50w Signature Cocktail which was mixed with St. Germain Elderflower liquor, sparling wine, and blood orange juice. I definitely want to make more time in my schedule for Sunday brunches.  How do you brunch?
 

Ever After,
Jamie

Monday, July 11, 2016

Motivational Monday: Cooking Clean


Because I am gluten-free due to my thyroid issues, a lot of people assume that I load up on all of those "gluten-free" marketed products like rice and corn-based processed foods.  The truth is, I try to avoid any of those foods because you are replacing one processed food with another. Sure, I keep a stock of Udi's rolls in my freezer if I am craving a sandwich, but I try to find clean, naturally gluten-free ingredients to cook with. 

I figured I'd share my absolute favorite "clean" ingredients that are also gluten-free.   Since I am hypothyroid and losing weight is a huge struggle, these foods help me maintain a healthy weight while not feeling deprived.

Here is a typical weekly grocery list:
  • kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini (I love making Zoodles/Zuchhini noodles)
  • black Beans
  • quinoa
  • wild caught salmon (NOT farm-raised)
  • lean ground turkery
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • almond milk
  • almonds/walnuts
  • chia seeds
  • coconut oil (unrefined)
  • organic ketchup 
  • coconut palm sugar
  • apples 
  • Greek yogurt (unsweetened) 
  • sweet potatoes
Favorite clean dinners:
California Cobb Salad
Chicken Sausage, Kale + White Beans
Sunday Night "pasta" Zoodles

Favorite clean desserts/snacks
Greek Yogurt "Cookie Dough"
4-ingredient Granola Bar
Starbucks Inspired Strawberry Frappuccino



Ever After,
Jamie

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Black + White, Day to Night

Don't you love when you find a piece that you end up wearing over, and over again?  Usually for me, the item that I end up wearing living in is not always my most stunning piece in my closet but something fashionable yet comfortable.  You know, like those "lived in" jeans that are your faithful friend? 
For me, this striped crop top is a favorite piece for comfort + style because it's flattering and easy to wear.  These buckled wedges are my everyday comfort wedge; I even have them on cognac as well.  I love how simply trading the jean skirt for black skinnies completely switched up the look.  Perfect transition for a fun day in New Haven to a more evening look.
And let me tell you about Polette! Sunnies from $5, Rx sunglasses from $20, and the most amazing selection of eyeglasses for such an affordable price. 
 





 Day: Bar II top: Macy's similar here | Jean mini: J.C. Penny | Black laptop tote: Tutilo | Buckled wedges: Famous Footwear | Rx sunglasses c/o Polette
 
Night: Bar II top: Macy's | black high-rise  Topshop skinnies: Nordstrom| sunglasses: Burberry | Buckled wedges: Famous Footwear






Ever After,
Jamie