This whole playlist makes me think of California which is where I was when I created most of it. There’s quite a bit of early 2000s hip hop further down on the list that was playing when I was by the pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt with friends one night. Isn’t it funny how music can take you back to a very specific place and time? I love that about it. I’m also digging the new Lumineers song “Ophelia” and as much as I hate to admit it, I’m loving “Pillowtalk” by Zayn – especially the stripped down version on my playlist. Judge away. haha
Does anyone else ever build an entire outfit around shoes?
I gotta tell you – these booties spoke to me in a way that shoes haven’t in quite some time. I was in Nordstrom at the Grove in LA and they basically screamed at me to buy them across that fab shoe salon. I made the joke on Instagram last week that if Chris Stapleton were personified in a pair of women’s shoes, that this pair would be it and since I was already going to the concert… swipe the card, it’s destiny! (Also worth noting – these things are comfortableeee. Also also worth noting – Christ Stapleton – I AM NOT WORTHYYYYY)
I’ve also been a huge fan of lace up tops for the past several months and my 2 friends I was shopping with and I all tried this on. We have a variety of body types and I swear it looked cute on everyone! Good price point too – nice one Nordstrom.
What was the last pair of shoes you created an outfit around?
Photos by Tammy Berg. Art Direction by Amanda Lange. All shot at The Hollywood Roosevelt.
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I’m not always great about consuming protein post-workout, but it’s something I’m trying to get better about. When I’m even remotely consistent with this practice (My trainer has always said to consume within an hour – either before or after), I always notice positive changes in my body and muscle tone relatively quickly. I think one reason I don’t love doing it is because I don’t always love the thicker texture when protein is added. I’ve been experimenting a little bit lately and I found a recipe that I really really like, so I thought I would share. As DJ Kahled would say – the coconut and mint are KEY. Drink this protein smoothie and #blessup THEY DONT WANT YOU TO HAVE AMAZING MUSCLE TONE, but we gonna. (Use all organic ingredients if possible.)
1 cup of frozen fruit of your choice – I use an organic tropical fruit blend from trader joes
Make sure to blend this really well. I usually layer my dry/powdered ingredients (coconut, protein, chia seeds, hemp seeds at the bottom, then add my greens. I pour the water over that and blend for a while to make sure it’s really smooth. Add more water if necessary and then add the frozen fruit. This ensures that your smoothie is really smooth. The mint and coconut add something really special to this smoothie – usually it takes me forever to finish one, but I have no problem getting this smoothie down.
Why do I use these ingredients? The only protein I will consume is Garden of Life – all of these powders are so pure. Organic, vegan, gluten free, non GMO, added probiotics, enzymes, very little sugar or carbs… the list goes on. I’m obsessed with this company – they do it right and don’t skimp on any of the good stuff.
I add chia seeds for tons of added nutrition – fiber, protein, zinc, omega-3, antioxidants, etc.
Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes.
Coconut is great for replenishing electrolytes – byeeee sugary, acidic gatorade.
Kale – Obvious white girl ingredient. But get those greens in, so good for you!
I often stock up on ingredients in bulk using Amazon Prime, that way I’ve always got everything I need. (Plus I HATE going to the grocery store.)
The week of Valentine’s Day I always like to bust out this playlist that I’m always adding music to – a list of my favorite love songs. Enjoy – what is your favorite love song? I might have to add it to the list!