Friday, March 27, 2015

Style post//chartreuse dress

Dress//local OKC boutique Bow and Arrow (sold out-similar)
Sandals//Old Navy (on sale!)
Lipstick//Revlon Black Cherry
Tattoo//temporary :)

Last week, for my last spring break ever (cue depression) a girlfriend and I took a trip to the beach. Although the weather was overcast and foggy the whole week, the quality time with a good friend and week off of school/work was well worth the trip. Plus, the lighting made for great pictures at our hotel and on the beach-pics coming soon!

We stayed at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, TX. I would like to go back when it's warmer/sunnier to take advantage of the huge pool with swim-up bar and killer views of the ocean!

This dress was perfect for a day of strolling around the resort with messy hair, minimal makeup and a bold lip. Also, that grass is the softest grass I've ever felt, hence the no shoes!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recipe//black beauty smoothie

Last Sunday was a beautiful day. The birds were playing outside in the bird bath, the sun was shining and the weather? Forget about it.

After a trip to the ER late Saturday night (my boyfriend sliced his finger open, but no worries, he was fine!) we woke up super late and wanted to jump right in to the day. After protein pancakes and eggs for breakfast, we decided to make smoothies to get some vitamins flowing. I took what I had in the fridge and made this. Enjoy!

Black Beauty Smoothie
Serves 1
Amounts below are estimated, and as always, use as many organic ingredients as possible!

1/2 c. frozen spinach
1/2 banana
3/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. chopped cucumber
6 oz. pineapple coconut water

Blend well and feel awesome!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Recipe//whole wheat cinnamon rolls

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I posted a picture of the cinnamon rolls I made last week in honor of a snow day. I promised that I would share the recipe soon, so here it is! It's the first time I've ever made cinnamon rolls from scratch, so I learned a few tips that I will share on here as well.

All in all, this recipe was a winner. It was super easy, fairly quick and I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen; which was key when I couldn't get out of the house! Bonus: this recipe has no yeast.
It was adapted from this recipe, but since I made so many substitutions, my version is posted below! Another bonus? it is 100% boyfriend approved. Score.

PS-This can be 100% vegan (my version is, minus the icing where I used real milk) and organic ingredients were used wherever possible.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tbs. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 tbs. Earth Balance buttery stick
3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

4 tbs. Earth Balance buttery stick
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon

2 tbs. Earth Balance buttery stick
1/4 c. nonfat milk
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
appx. 1/2 c. powdered sugar (to taste)


  1. For the filling: in a small bowl combine softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture (I used my hands to mix.) Sprinkle 1/2 of the mixture over the bottom of a 9x9 pan.
  1. For the dough: In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in softened butter using your hands. Stir in milk to form a soft dough.
  1. Roll out dough on a lightly floured into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread the remaining filling on the rolled out dough, and roll up your rectangle. With a sharp knife, slice into rolls, depending on how big you want them to be and/or how many you need. I had about 11 full rolls.

  1. Bake for 20-25 min at 400°F.
  1. For the glaze: While rolls are baking, hand mix milk, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Whip butter with a mixer. Slowly blend in milk/powdered sugar/vanilla mixture and mix until completely combined. Icing should thicken a little, but it will be a thin glaze.
Drizzle glaze over rolls and serve warm.

Watch your rolls, as they continue to cook after taken out. I overcooked mine a little; these are better just a smidgen undercooked to get more of a soft, gooey texture! However, even completely done, they have a great flavor.
If I were going all out, I would've added cream cheese to the glaze to add more of that flavor that's so prevalent when I think back to eating cinnamon rolls as a kid.