Greek Buddha Bowl

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Bowls > Plates. 9 out of 10 times I’m reaching for a bowl for my #couchdinner. I thought maybe I was being kinda lazy…until I saw that Buddha bowls (Bliss bowls?) are super trendy and popular. So good news, guys: I’m not lazy, I’m hip. I’m with it. If anything, a visionary.

I’ve been eating variations on the Buddha bowl theme lately because it’s just been too hot to spend much time in my un-airconditioned kitchen. So Sundays, my designated meal prep day, have been working double-time to make big batch eats so I can mix ‘n match my lunches and dinners for the week. My Buddha bowls start off with a base of romaine lettuce, quinoa and roasted chickpeas. I got really into roasted chickpeas after the Buffalo Roasted Chickpea Wraps and I haven’t looked back since. So I’ll make one batch of roasted chickpeas with one seasoning and another batch with a different seasoning. Plenty of protein with plenty of flavor. My go-to roasted chickpea flavorings lately: Taco seasoning and this Mediterranean spice blend to create the Greek Buddha Bowl. The Greek Buddha Bowl is a virtual explosion of flavors and texture:

  • Crispy roasted chickpeas
  • Leafy greens
  • Hearty quinoa
  • Crunchy cucumbers
  • Quick-pickled red onion
  • Sweet tomatoes
  • Smooth hummus
  • Spicy harissa

If we’re friends on Snapchat (Lauren_Anne2989), you got a peek at this Greek Buddha Bowl when I brought it for my desk lunch the other week. And I’ve brought this for my desk lunch virtually every day since. Now settle this burning question: If this is a Greek Buddha Bowl, should we call it an Aristotle Bowl? Or maybe a Socrates Bowl?

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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Ingredients
Mediterranean Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • Quick pickled red onion (See Notes)
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup, cooked quinoa
  • 1 scoop of hummus
  • 1 scoop of harissa
  • Drizzle of tzatziki
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and spices. Toss to evenly coat the chickpeas.
  2. Let the chickpeas sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes.
  3. To assemble, add the remaining ingredients and a ½ cup of the roasted chickpeas. Top with a drizzle of tzatziki or tahini dressing.
Notes
For the quick-pickled red onion, I use red wine vinegar instead of the apple cider vinegar. Sorry Bon Appetit, I'm going off-script!

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Vitamin Sea

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Madewell Striped Knit Dress // L.L. Bean Boat and Tote (Large) // Jacks // Aviators // Turkish Towel

I’m getting some serious mileage out of my Madewell Striped Dress. From an easy brunch look to an impromptu beach cover-up, this dress does it all! On my Instagram, I use the hashtag #realoutfitgram a fair amount but let me tell you this is probably the most real outfit post in awhile. I’m wearing zero makeup, covered in sunscreen and my tangled beach hair is pulled back in a braid. After a day soaking up the sun on Assateague Island beach (right next to Chincoteague Island), my mom and I headed back to the car to pack up and head back to Chincoteague for dinner and a night cap at the hotel. I tossed on this striped dress over my swimsuit, slipped back into my trusty Jacks, threw my beachy hair in a braid and was ready to grab dinner! Before we drove to Chincoteague, I checked to see if my man Guy Fieri had visited any local spots on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (The Greatest Show Ever). On his advice, we headed to Woody’s Beach BBQ that night and guys, the Big Hot Woody sandwich did not disappoint. Of course, I had to choose the sandwich on the menu that’s covered in hot sauce and jalapeños. And get an order of handcut French fries. I mean…it was vacation.

P.S. Speaking of vacation, don’t forget today’s the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! Brush up on my top tips to get the most out of the sale before it goes live today at 8 a.m.!

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Tips + Tricks for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

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Big news, guys!! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is kicking off on Monday for two glorious days of shifts, Murfee scarves, bags and McKim sandals. So spend the weekend clearing out your closet and gearing up for the big sale on Monday morning at 8!

Have a Game Plan + Know Your Size(s): Items will be snapped up left and right in front of your very eyes. While we won’t know the exact pieces included in the sale until it goes live, it’s helpful to know which sizes in which Lilly pieces work for you.

Update Your Lilly Account Information: Make sure your payment info and shipping address is up-to-date before the sale starts, one less thing to worry about.

Check Out Often: If you have a big order, check out often. Even if you save something to your shopping bag, until you check out there’s a chance someone else can snatch it up. And when you spy your favorite print in just your size, there’s no way you’re going to let that bad boy go without a fight. It might sound crazy but you could end up with three separate orders! Hey, whatever it takes to get those prints safely to your closet.

Stick to Your Budget: In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to get carried away. But be realistic about what you can spend: check your finances + determine how much you can spend on clothes for the month. And then stick to it!!!

Set an Alarm: Getting out of bed on a Monday can be tricky enough, but a Monday right after a vacation? Set an alarm to make sure you don’t miss out to log into your Lilly account before 8am EST. Oh, and be at work on time. That too.

If you want to overprepare and study up (you overachiever you), check out Lilly’s Sale FAQ page!

Which prints and pieces are you hoping to spy in the sale? Let me know what goodies you snag 😉

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Frosé

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Being forced to choose between a fruity frozen drink and a cool glass of rosé? That’s just wrong. I’ve seen frosé (AKA frozen rosé) pop up on Instagram and decided to try my hand at making it myself. When the heat index is 105 degrees like it was last weekend and the concern that you’ll spontaneously combust the moment you leave your apartment is very real, you decide to DIY some frosé. Because why not?

Most of the recipes I found online for frosé involved strawberries and a fair amount of sugar. I decided to lighten it up by swapping out the strawberries for watermelon and nixed the sugar altogether. Trust me, you won’t miss the sugar at all, this frosé is sweet enough on its own!

All you need to whip up a frosé is an ice cube tray, a bottle of rosé, watermelon and a blender. That’s all that’s between you and delicious frozen cocktail. Life’s pretty grand, isn’t it?

So in case you need some weekend plans, I’ve got you covered ; )

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Serves: 4 cocktails
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Rosé ice cubes
  • 6 cups, cubed watermelon
Instructions
  1. Pour rosé into ice cube tray and let freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. In a blender, add the rosé ice cubes and cubed watermelon and puree until smooth. Strain through a mesh sieve to remove any seeds and serve immediately.
  3. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.

 

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Chincoteague Island

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Sailor Sailor Seaport Shift (c/o) // Vera Bradley Chainstrap Crossbody (Similar) // Multistrand Beaded Necklace (Similar) // Aviators

Chincoteague is only a 3 hour drive outside of DC but it feels like a world away, it was perfect for a long weekend trip. Show of hands: Did you read Misty of Chincoteague in middle school? If you didn’t, maybe you read The Babysitters Club and the name rings a bell because Mallory was obsessed with the Misty book series? In case you haven’t, here’s a quick back story on this beautiful island and its famous wild ponies.

According to legend, the wild ponies arrived on Assateague Island after surviving a shipwreck off the Virginia coast and have lived on the island ever since. The Chincoteague ponies, who actually live on Assateague, became famous after Misty of Chincoteague was published in the 1940s (Scroll down to see Misty’s hoof prints immortalized outside the town’s movie theater). My mom and I arrived about a week after Pony Penning Day, a tradition dating back to the 1920s. On Pony Penning Day, they round up the ponies and swim them back to the mainland to be auctioned off. All the funds go to the fire department, who are the official caretakers of the wild ponies.

Luckily, it was easy to get a view of the ponies. We first spotted them when we were heading to the beach on Assateague. You can see them in the distance (Note to self: Bring binoculars next time) just grazing and hanging out! My mom and I went on a boat tour of the island and we were able to get pretty close to several herds! Our boat captain had enough binoculars to go around and even a book to identify the various ponies by their markings. It was an incredible sight!

When we did manage to tear ourselves away from the ponies, we loved walking around Chincoteague’s historic district. There is an abundance of adorable boutique shops and a particularly amazing ice cream parlor that gave very generous scoops and makes their waffle cones right in front of you. Seriously, go to the Island Creamery. Skip lunch and have an ice cream cone, you’re welcome in advance.

Chincoteague’s beach town vibe just calls for an easy, breezy shift that can go from day to night. Enter Sailor Sailor! Sailor Sailor is an American made brand with dresses, tops and skirts made with performance wicking material. Translation: When it’s a billion degrees out, you’ll stay cool. Thank god!

I love the Sailor Sailor Seaport Shift‘s fun nautical fish net print (It was a tough decision though since they have so many whimsical patterns) and their upturned collar, which is very different from typical shifts. This shift was incredibly comfortable to walk around in all day and then go straight to a fresh seafood dinner! Because when you’re by the water, you need to get oysters. It’s pretty much mandatory, right?

My favorite part of the Sailor Sailor Seaport Shift though is that this dress packs incredibly! What do I mean by that? Well, I packed up my clothes into a duffel using the rolling method. When we arrived to our hotel, I unrolled the shift and hung it up in the closet. The Seaport Shift had minimal wrinkles from traveling but as soon as I hung it up, the wrinkles worked themselves out and we were ready to go! When you’re traveling, you don’t always have an iron or steamer so having a dress that won’t wrinkle is clutch. I was downright giddy when I discovered this feature! Hellooo, Sailor Sailor!

P.S. This shift paired with a navy cardigan is a cute outfit to wear to work on a casual Friday.

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How to Get Back on Track After Vacation

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I love going on vacation but I always feel like I’m behind the 8 ball when I get back to reality and sometimes, it can take a few days to feel 100% back to normal and on top of things. Having just taken a long weekend jaunt to Chincoteague Island and Williamsburg, I thought this would be a good time to chat about how to get back on track after vacation. Thankfully, my work week is pretty quiet (DC is pretty much a ghost town in August) but usually that’s far from the norm. And with busy work days, you don’t always get the luxury of easing back into things and just have to hit the ground running. From weddings to trips home and a Phoenix vacation, I’ve traveled more this year than I have in awhile and I think I have a pretty solid checklist to get you feeling back to normal. Ready? Let’s go.

  1. Clean Your House before Leaving for Vacation: I know this is kind of cheating since you have to make sure you do this before your vacation but I promise, it makes a world of difference. Before I close the door in my apartment and head to the airport, I make sure I have a clean kitchen, the garbage is taken out and most importantly, there are fresh sheets on my bed. After a day of traveling home, unexpected obstacles usually pop up and when you finally get home, you just want to collapse onto your bed. Slipping into clean sheets is probably one of the best feelings in the world and pretty much guarantees a glorious night’s sleep, which is key to making it to work the next day on time. It’s the little detail that makes a BIG difference.
  2. Prep Healthy Meals for the Week: I’ll be upfront, I’m not the healthiest eater on vacation. Over the weekend, I had French fries every day and that was just the tip of the fried food feast. I came home feeling particularly fluffy and without getting TMI, when I eat fried food, it shows up with a puffy face. Not a cute look, guys. I have a few big-batch healthy meals that I make the first day I get back with the main ingredients coming from my pantry. Stock up before you leave and you’ll be set with a week’s worth of breakfast and lunches in about 30 minutes. For lunch, I turn these Buffalo Roasted Chickpea Wraps into salads and for breakfast, I am all about the overnight oats. Here’s my go-to recipe for PB+J Overnight Oats, delicious and incredibly filling! The recipe doesn’t call for it but I add a spoonful of strawberry jam, it’s my non-guilty guilty pleasure.
  3. Keep Yourself Hydrated: Part of feeling that post-vacation fluff is dehydration so I do my best to refill my Bobble water bottle a few times during the work day. But sometimes you gotta mix it up and put a little pizzazz into your 9-5. That’s where my IZZE Sparkling Water comes in. It’s light and fizzy with just the right amount of watermelon flavor and makes me feel a vacation moment right at my desk. There’s just something about bubbles to make you feel festive and just more alert! Be sure to save the bottles for a fun DIY project like this DIY Cactus Centerpiece.
  4. Map Out the Week: If you’re a regular on my blog (Hi!), you know I’m a big fan of to do lists. It’s easier to conquer the week when it’s broken down into manageable pieces. I will write down everything I need to do that week, both at work and home. Then, I’ll rank them in terms of importance/deadline and create a to-do list for each day. Suddenly, the crazy week doesn’t look so crazy after all. Keep calm and check things off your to do list.

Are you planning on any summer trips? I’ll be in DC until Labor Day weekend when I’m flying out to Chicago for a wedding and I cannot wait! Definitely going to give this post a re-read when I get back from that trip ; )

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My Favorite Striped Knit Dress

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Madewell Striped Knit Dress // Factory Printed Scarf (Similar) // Coach Satchel Bag // Jacks // Aviators

Happy Monday, friends! It’s pretty easy to be cheerful this Monday…because I’m on vacation! The “Out of office” is up and running and I’m currently exploring colonial Williamsburg with my mom today. We ventured over the weekend to Chincoteague Island to celebrate my mom’s birthday and see the famous Chincoteague ponies. Anyone else read Misty of Chincoteague in grade school?

Okay, before I get into a full-blown play-by-play of my trip to Chincoteague, let’s switch gears and talk about this striped knit dress. You know I’m a fan of a good cotton striped dress (L.L. Bean’s Mariner Striped Dress is a wardrobe staple for me) but I searched high and low for a lighter weight striped knit dress and was foiled several times. I swear, it’s the classic pieces that seem to everywhere…until you are looking for it. This striped dress is my first Madewell piece ever in my closet and I gotta say, I’ve been missing out for years! This dress is light enough to wear in the summer (It was the first piece I packed for my Chincoteague weekend!) and I love the button detailing on the shoulder, it just adds that extra nautical touch. I love throwing this dress on on a lazy Sunday and pairing it with a fun patterned scarf to go for an iced chai run. Since my beloved Bagels ‘n Baguettes on the Hill closed, I’ve started going to Ebenezer’s for my iced chai fix, their vanilla chai is delicious! And 100% necessary on some mornings. 

This striped knit dress will definitely remain in heavy rotation through the fall, I’m already thinking about ways to layer it when the temperatures cool. But in the mean time, I’ve got my iced chai in hand and I’m soaking up every moment of Summer 2016.

I’ll post a recap of my visit to Chincoteague next week, you can still see some highlights of my trip over on Snapchat (Lauren_Anne2989).

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Power Pink Blazer

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Ann Taylor Pink Blazer (Similar: A + B) // White Eyelet Shift – Last Styled Here (Similar) // Nine West Tatiana Heels // Old Navy Reversible ToteLast Styled Here // Talbots Infinity Scarf (Similar: A + B)

From college to now, I’ve accumulated quite a lot of blazers in my closet. Mostly of the navy, black and gray varieties. When it comes to building a professional wardrobe in DC, it’s easy to fall into a muted color scheme. I’ll admit in the mornings when you haven’t planned an outfit and you just have to hit snooze (twice), reaching for a black sheath dress, black blazer and a statement necklace is really just too effortless. So I’ve been trying to take a step on the wild side and up my blazer game (Remember the chambray blazer? Love it!). I picked up this Ann Taylor pink blazer over the Fourth of July weekend at Potomac Mills and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since. It’s polished and professional and the vibrant pink is anything but stuffy.

For an added burst of color, I tied my Talbots infinity scarf around my go-to work tote handle. I couldn’t resist how the pink pineapple matches the pink blazer, it just pulls the whole outfit together.

This pink blazer is pretty much the epitome of “colorfully conservative” and I cannot get enough of it. I’m thinking of pairing it with wedges and white jeans + white shell for a girl’s night out. A power pink blazer that packs twice the punch, what’s not to love?

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Eyelet Skirt

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Factory Eyelet Skirt (On sale for $22!) // Factory Linen Shirt // Eastern Market Necklace (Identical: BaubleBar Bold Beaded Strands) // Factory Rattan Clutch // Jacks // Aviators

I’d call this weekend a success. After the last few weeks of traveling and fighting a summer cold, I needed a good weekend and boy, did I get one. It always helps to start with a White Ford Bronco concert at the Bullpen, their set list was on point on Friday. It was like listening to a soundtrack of my middle school years and I loved every minute of it.

Saturday was a pool day that turned into a spontaneous all-day party. Friends, grilling, pool, canned rosé. It really doesn’t get much better than that. We wanted to keep the party going so we piled into an Uber and headed to The Codmother on U Street. If you haven’t been before, The Codmother is a pretty no-frills  basement bar covered in chalk drawings that serves up 90s and 00s tunes and PBRs (Angry Orchard for us non-beer drinkers) all night. It was like an encore of White Ford Bronco. If you haven’t been before and you love a good dive bar, I’d recommend checking the place out. Any place where you can belt out “Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Scrubs,” and other girl power anthems is a winner in my book.

Sunday is my main blog day. I shoot and edit photos, write posts and schedule social content. Yesterday, I reunited with my friend Abby to shoot outfit photos and it was a blast despite the crazy humidity. I threw this look together a couple of weeks ago for Blogger Scene after my original outfit idea fell through and I was running late. The white linen shirt breathes like no other and the Factory eyelet skirt (currently on sale for $22!) is loose yet flattering, which means it heavy in my summer rotation. This eyelet skirt is definitely going into my suitcase next weekend for our Chincoteague vacation. Bonus: It has pockets!!

Sundays are also Platform class days, which means I have to block out a period of time for me to recover from this intense workout. No joke, you guys. It’s going to be a challenge to roll out of bed tomorrow, I can already tell. I also continued to read Big Magic and get to a good pause moment since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits my doorsteps tomorrow! Reading a new Harry Potter in the summer while listening to 00s pop, it just feels right.

How was your weekend?

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Peach Bourbon Lemonade

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Are you sensing a theme here? I picked up peaches over the weekend and just ran with it. Tuesday’s peach crumble smoothie bowl was super healthy (gluten-free, wheat-free AND vegan) so to balance it all out, today really just had to have some bourbon in it. It’s only fair, right?

Probably one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to make simple syrups. Don’t know why but the whole process is just therapeutic. Maybe because it’s minimal effort yet makes me feel like I just adulted so hard? Make a batch on Sunday evening when you’re meal prepping and you are cocktail-ready until next Sunday. My favorite simple syrup would have to be peach because let’s be honest, bellinis >> mimosas. There, I said it.

But it’s not Sunday yet so I held off on the bellinis and instead opted for a peach bourbon lemonade. I’m a big fan of using lemonade as a mixer in the summer, I keep a pitcher of lemonade in my fridge to cool off from DC’s heat wave. So if, let’s say, a little peach simple syrup and bourbon “slip” into the lemonade, I’m okay with it…

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Ingredients
Peach Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups peaches (I used frozen and let them thaw first)
Bourbon Lemonade
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar and water over medium heat, whisking until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the peaches and lower heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain to remove peaches and let cool to room temperature.
  3. To make the lemonade, combine the sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved and let cool.
  4. In a pitcher, combine the syrup and lemon juice with water, stir to combine. Add the bourbon and stir thoroughly.
  5. Add the peach simple syrup and serve over ice.

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