May 27, 2015

Style: 20 One Piece Swimsuits for Summer

Living on the coast definitely has its perks: costal breezes, beautiful sunsets, and easy beach access. We spent this past Memorial Day at Sullivan's Island, which is quickly becoming our go-to spot. With just a quick trip off the peninsula, we have our toes in the sand. I bought my first one piece swimsuit from J.Crew a few years ago. It is a black halter-top with a ruffle detail. I love this swimsuit and wear it every chance I get but, they sadly no longer make this style so I'm on the hunt for something new.  I'm thinking something stripped or a fun palm print. Below you can find my top 20 one piece swimsuits for the summer. They range in style and price point, so hopefully there is something for everyone. 

May 26, 2015

In the Kitchen: Paprika Spiced Chickpea Salad

With the recent move I haven't felt very inspired in the kitchen. Honestly, I am in a bit of a rut. The produce in Charleston is absolutely wonderful, but I haven't had any desire to turn on the stove. Maybe it is the heat, maybe it is my laziness, but there have been a lot of smoothies and salads around here. This post is what is real. This post is what I am eating now. Beans work their way into a lot of my meals. I eat mostly vegetarian during the workweek so they provide the protein and fiber my body needs. These spiced chickpeas add a welcomed heat and texture to my everyday salad. They are an easy additional to any mid-week salad, and are great alone as a snack. What are some of your go-to weekday meals?

Paprika Spiced Chickpea Salad 

2 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed 
1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
pinch cayenne pepper 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 head romaine lettuce, shredded 
1/2 cucumber, sliced 
1/4 cup cilantro, minced 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat chickpeas with a paper towl to dry. Toss chickpeas with paprika, cayenne pepper (use as much as you like), salt, pepper, and olive oil on a baking sheet. Cook for 25 minuets, tossing occasionally until chickpeas are a deep brown. Allow to cool.

Combine 3/4 cup roasted chickpeas, lettuce, cucumber, and cilantro in a large bowl. Top with dressing and serve immediately.

There will be leftover chickpeas which are perfect for snacking. Add additional chickpeas, lettuce, cucumbers, and cilantro to serve a larger crowd.

Kefir Feta Dressing

1/4 cup plain kefir (you can substitute yogurt)
2 ounces crumbled feta
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt & pepper

Combine kefir, feta, sour cream, and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir to combine, using a spoon to break up any large chunks of feta. Season with salt & pepper. Add water if it is too thick. Keep refrigerated.

May 22, 2015

The Brow House

For years I've feared having my eyebrows waxed. I had two traumatizing experiences in high school where my skin was peeled off. Since then, I've stuck with tweezing. My friend Brooke recently open, The Brow House, a waxing salon in Charlottesville. She has the best brows, hands down. They are so perfectly full they make you question your own. So when she offered to do my brows and give me a few helpful tips I jumped on the chance to give waxing another try. 

Though she offers a multitude of waxing services, she is truly a brow expert. Not only her is waxing studio charming (who doesn't love a faux deer head), but she has years of experience and her cheerful nature that makes you feel immediately at ease. Below are a few of Brooke's tips for getting exactly what you want out of your next wax appointment. 

"Waxing is my specialty and has been for years. Its the old saying do one thing and it good! I also believe using high quality products makes a difference. I have a multitude waxes to fit different needs. Before I start any service, we have a consultation, if its your first wax or 20th with me. And I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make you more comfortable.

First we make sure you are candidate for waxing, i.e. are not using skin care you can not be waxed on, or have you had a problem waxing in the past. Then I want to know your 'brow history', when did you have them done last, do you like the shape, how would you like to see your brows, and any questions you have."

I had never felt so relaxed during a waxing. Brooke trained at the Aveda Institute and believes in using botanical ingredients, which I found to be very soothing on my sensitive skin. She ran a "test wax" first to make sure I was candidate for waxing. I passed the test and the waxing began.

She starts with a light massage and then dusts a fine powder around the eyebrows to protect the skin. The actual waxing is almost painless and I left with virtually no sign (unusual redness) that I had just been waxed. She then will pluck any hard to get hairs and do a quick brow trim. A cold compress is then placed over the brows for a cooling relief. Brooke will then fill in your brows, if necessary, and answer any questions.

"Put down the tweezers, and go see a professional brow artist. There is almost always something that can be done! Some times its growing them in... might take a while, but as I always say 'nobody regrets growing their brows in, the regret not doing it sooner.' And if worse comes to worse, practice using make up on your brows can look beautiful and natural when done right.

After you have found a 'brow professional' learn how to fill your brows in. Invest in the right products. And when you are tempted to go at them  yourself, its time to make an appointment! Plan ahead when you know you have an important event so you don't end up using your tweezers in haste!"


Before & After

May 21, 2015

Style: Perforated Midi Skirt

There is something magical about Charleston's streets. I've spent a fair amount of time just walking and admiring all the beauty this city has to offer. Each street is unique in its own way, and I love discovering the charm hiding within each home. We took a stroll around our block before heading to dinner the other night, and this perforated midi skirt from Anthropologie was just the right piece to wear. The perforation adds a little air-flow which is necessary in this humidity! Plus, it is currently on sale so what's no to love? 

Anthropologie Lasercut Midi Skirt // J.Crew Cotton Oxford Cropped Top // Gap Clutch // Stuart Weitzman Sandals (similar) // J.Crew Necklace (similar

May 20, 2015

May Favorites

Greetings from Charleston! We're still settling in after a crazy move (no water in our apartment over the weekend), but things are slowly coming together. As I conquer heaps of laundry and closet organizing I'm dreaming of a few new pieces to add to my closet this summer. I'm looking for lightweight pieces that will protect me for the sun, because this fair-skinned girl is a little afraid of the Charleston sun. See a few of my favorites below. 

ONE An embroidered tee is high on my must-have list for summer because you can easily dress it up or down. // TWO These gold-plated earrings would look great with a simple white dress. THREE Spice up your koozie game with this bold number. // FOUR This Lemlem scarf can double as a beach cover up making it a versatile summer piece. // FIVE I would love to slip into these perforated leather espadrilles. // SIX Afraid to take the plunge on a bright red bikini? No worries, this one piece will look just as good. // SEVEN A printed maxi for those really hot days. // EIGHT Loeffler Randall put a few pieces on sale, and I am eyeing these gladiator sandals. // NINE Make cocktail hour a little more whimsical with these zebra napkins. // TEN Keep your skin protected in this wide-brimmed straw hat. // ELEVEN These light grey twill shorts would be so comfortable on a lazy summer afternoon. // TWELVE Stand out at the beach with this colorful straw tote. // TWELVE Keep your lips protected with these bight lip balms. 

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