Hi guys! Happy weekend! And happy loooong weekend to those who live in the US! Is anyone else eating copious amounts of watermelon like I am?
We’re a few days into the month of July, which means we are officially halfway through the year. I made a brief little mid-year reader check-in that I would so appreciate if you could take 1-2 minutes to fill out. I know surveys aren’t fun (I actually checked the thesaurus to see if there was any other word I could possibly use besides survey) but I tried to make this one as quick & painless as possible. You don’t have to answer every question & most questions are multiple choice.
I cover a variety of different topics on the blog and it’s really helpful for me to check in with you guys & hear feedback on what you’re liking, what you’re meh so/so liking and what you’re REALLY not liking/not interested in.
Go here to complete the survey. Have a fun weekend doing something you love!
Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Cherry Chocolate Chia Pudding. Say that three times fast.
But in all seriousness, how decadent is this dessert?
One of my favorite things to do is debunk the myth that healthy food can’t be self-indulgent and sweet. Take my dad for example. He’s juuuuust now getting more into healthy & sustainable eating. I gave him this pudding to try and I’m pretty sure his exact words were, “Micaela, this is really rich. What are you trying to do, kill me?” Mission accomplished. (Not that I wanted to kill my dad. I just wanted to prove healthy food can be extremely rich and satisfying… I know you know what I mean.)
I made this for my family about 3 nights in a row when I was in the midst of photographing the recipe for the blog. A few canker sores forced us to take a wee break from chocolate and cherries but now we are back and ready to make this recipe again! Gotta take advantage of cherries while they’re in season!
CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHIA PUDDING
– 1 can full fat coconut milk
– 1 cup frozen cherries
– 1/4 cup chia seeds
– 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
– 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt
Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins which aids in cancer prevention. Cherries also contain melatonin which helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and amino acids, antioxidants and minerals. They are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce high cholesterol & inflammation and promote brain function. Raw cacao powder is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. They are also rich in magnesium and helps regulate blood pressure & reduce cholesterol.
Ready to see this recipe in action? One of my goals is to branch out into the realm of video more with this blog. I’ve made a few videos here and there, but I’d really like to make more. It adds a bit of extra oomph and extra oomph is always welcome when it makes something more exciting, don’t you agree? I hope you enjoy the video and please subscribe on YouTube to stay up-to-date with new videos I make!
Recipe Giovanna Garcia (A Purified Life) Words, photography & video Micaela Hoo (Drifter & the Gypsy)
You may remember the previoustwo outfit posts I shot with Elle? This is the last outfit we shot that day. Since I’m wearing a sweater and the sweater is orange and the whole look is a bit preppy, this outfit feels more autumnish than the rest. (There’s something about the color orange that FEELS so much like fall. Tell me you’ve ever had a summery pumpkin latte. I rest my case.)
Even so, this is a pretty typical outfit I’d don during the summer months in San Francisco. You see, the summers here are characteristically cool and foggy (although ironically right now we’re in the midst of a heat wave). I love warm weather, but I also love the weird SF cool summers because it doesn’t get much better than being able to wear cardigans and tights year-round.
What makes this outfit even more true to what I’d realistically wear in the summertime is that I’ve layered a sleeveless blouse underneath my cardigan. Sometimes the days start off cold but then get really really hot in the afternoon. Fickle weather, eh? Keeps me on my toes I guess.
I’ve only worn head wraps a handful of times (probably like 3) and what can I say, I really like the look of it. It takes some getting used to the feeling of something other than my hair sitting on my head and I’m completely inept at tying a head wrap, so thank you, Eleisha, for teaching me the ways.
The weather’s been sooooo incredibly beautiful outside that pool days have been on my mind. And because pool days have been on my mind, of course bathing suits have been on my mind as well. Gotta be lounging by the pool in style, ya know?
I’ve never been a fan of strappy bikinis. I don’t know. I’m not comfortable showing that much skin. That’s just me. Which is why I really love that retro swimsuits are in style. They’re modest but still super stylish. All of Esther William‘s bathing suits have my heart. I really like the classic two-piece in white and red polkadots (it’s actually the swimsuit the model wore in this shoot). The one-pieces are super cute too.
And now I will leave you with the inevitable question: Are you more of a polkadot or stripes kinda gal?
I find my preference varies with my mood at the moment. Right now I’m feeling like more of a polkadot girl (but it really can change at moment’s notice). I can’t wait to hear what type of girl you think you are!
Haaaappy Friday! I’m extra happy today to introduce a new series on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a bit of a health nut. It’s partly by choice and partly dictated by the truckload of food sensitivities my body carries (which I’ll write about in a future blog post). I’ve been having so much fun with Drifter & the Gypsy’s food column lately that I’m starting a new series called Smoothies with Style, which combines my passion for healthy eating with fashion.
One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is to make smoothies. (I’m also known to make smoothies during the cold winter months, but I think it’s much more fun in the summer.) I love throwing together fruit & vegetables into my blender and seeing what bright and vibrant concoctions I can make. It really is an art. Case in point here.
For this column, I will create one smoothie recipe and an outfit to match with it. Being a huge fan of color and color combinations, I love matching together two photos that aren’t from the same genre but match in aesthetic & style. The series will be a combination of matching smoothies with both new outfits as well as already existing outfit pictures. It will include the smoothie recipe (of course) as well as a little fashion history on the outfit. This All-American parfait (I know I know, I cheated a little. It’s a parfait, not a smoothie–but close enough!) matched too well with my American Sweetheart outfit shoot that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to match these two together. I used all images I didn’t include in the first post to keep it fresh for you guys. But I WILL be creating entirely new outfits inspired by the smoothies too, so stay tuned.
Here’s your first Smoothies with Style: American Sweetheart Parfait…
I used to never have indoor greenery in my house but this past year we have incorporated a lot more plants into our décor and I just love it! It really makes a huge difference in your home and brightens it up (the only downside is sometimes it is difficult to keep them alive!). As we have accumulated more green houseplants, I’ve been looking for new places to place them and finally decided it was time for some stands.
This project is really simple and similar to a few other DIY décor projects of ours like this side table! You can use any type of tile but I chose marble since it is my favorite when paired with copper. You can also spray paint the copper if you want to do a brighter plant stand.
1. Decide how high you want the stands to be – for me I did one that was 16 inches in height and another that was closer to 26 inches. (I used the pipe cutter to cut 4 pieces at 26 inches and 4 at 16 inches.)
2. Cut two pieces per stand 9 inches long.
3. Place the 9-inch piece along one of the tile edges and use gorilla glue to secure it. Repeat on the opposite side.
4. Take the pressure tees and place at the end of both of the copper pipes.
5. Take the 4 longer pipe pieces and place in each of the pressure tees.
6. Use gorilla glue to secure the tees to the pipe pieces by just placing glue along all the creases.
7. Wait for the glue to dry. (At a minimum this should be overnight.)
8. Once the glue has dried, flip the stands up and place your plants on top!
These look great in groupings of 2-4 or just on their own. You can also find different sizes of tile if you want bigger or smaller stands, have fun playing around with it!
Or at least that’s what the guy at Thrift Town asked me when I went to pay for my items. (He was wondering if the faces were supposed to be specific people like in a band or something.) This Leah Reena Goren dress is definitely a conversation starter.
I love the texture of this sweater I found at Crossroads Trading Co. (a few years ago, actually!). I never had much to wear it with and I was surprised by how well I liked it paired with the patterned people dress.
The dress has a classic silhouette, but the unexpected quirky pattern gives it a funky twist. I think this dress is a metaphor for my style: feminine with a sense of humor. Maybe that’s why I like it so much?
The dress has pockets! Which I love! I don’t know about you but there’s just something about dresses with pockets that makes me so happy.