Friday Favorites


It’s peony season // photo by yours truly

Below is a round up of some of my favorite internet finds of the week. Check them out this weekend.

Cook this delicious looking zoodle recipe from Lake Shore Lady. I’m obsessed with zoodles, but need some new ideas for what to do with them. This one looks so good.

Off the shoulder tops and dresses are all the rage this season. Check this dress out from ASOS – it’s only $25. It’s a great cover up option for the beach and pool. It comes in black, red, yellow, pink and white.

Subscribe to theSkimm. I recently heard about theSkimm, and have been hooked ever since. It’s a daily email newsletter with quick snapshots and current events that should be on your radar. theSkimm makes it easier to start a conversation and keeps you up-to-date on top news. Sign up here. Not to mention, it’s whitty and funny – and written by women for women. It’s now the first thing I read when I wake up.

I love listening to movie soundtracks. They provoke the same feelings you get when you watch the actual movie. I listen to the Little Women soundtrack a lot, especially around Christmas. Check out this list of the 20 best movie soundtracks that define cool. The Social Network music is so haunting!

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  1. I just learned about this this eight minute song called Weightless. It’s supposedly so effective at inducing sleep it should not be listened to while driving. It contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50 to help calm and slow down your heart beat.
  2. 10 best travel travel apps.
  3. For the last few months, I have been sending myself a Birchbox. You’ve probably heard about the service, but if you haven’t, it allows you to try, learn about and purchase different products (mostly beauty) in sample sizes. Your box is completely customized based on your likes and what you’re interested in. It’s a fun way to try new products you normally wouldn’t consider. And it’s a nice little monthly treat. In my December box I received the Harvey Prince Seat Salt Texturizing mist. Total game changer. I use it in lieu of hairspray when I use my flat iron to make my hair wavy. It smells so good and gives your hair the perfect textured, lived-in, beachy look.
  4. This Loft sweater is my favorite sweater of the moment. I have in it in Whisper White, but I’m tempted to order another color. It’s on sale for $29.88 and it’s an additional 60% off today. Total steal.

Have a great weekend!

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Happy Friday! We have conquered the first week of February. It was unusually warm early in the week (50 degrees!) for Michigan. It had me longing for spring already and a trip to the Northwest (hello drizzly mild winters). Here’s what caught my eye this week around the internet.

  1. I found this blog post about trying five new fitness classes from A Cup of Jo candid and relatable. I love pilates reformer, but want to try a new class. I recently joined a gym that includes classes like cycling, yoga, ab blast and more. I’m going to try a new one next this weekend.
  2. Look at this pretty iPhone case. It has a “tough case” option for clumsy people like me. I completely shattered the screen of my iPhone for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I replaced the screen right away, but have already cracked the corner of the new one! The tough case is constructed as a two-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic case with an extremely slim profile and extra shock dispersion. A flexible rubber liner provides a secure fit and feel without compromising style…according to the website.
  3. I love romantic movies (my all time fav is Pride and Prejudice). I recently heard about Me Before You and watched the trailer (it’s based on this book). It looks so, so good. And Emilia Clarke as the lead?! She’s finally breaking free from Game of Thrones…and it looks like she’s going to be totally adorable (and perfectly cast) in the movie.
  4. 31 Life Lesson They Don’t Teach You in School. I was going to pick a couple of my favorites to highlight, but they are really great. The list should be called “31 Things to Practice Everyday.”
  5. A pretty top from Ann Taylor.

*I could not find the original source of this image. I found it on Pinterest.

Indian Turkey Meatballs and Yellow Curry Sauce


I made the most insane dinner on Saturday night. I’ve been experimenting with making different Thai and Indian dishes this past month. But after two failed attempts at tom kha gai and some so-so curry dishes, I finally nailed one. So spicy, so flavorful and so delicious. I had ground turkey I needed to use, but I was craving something with curry – so Indian turkey meatballs were born. I made a yellow curry sauce to simmer the meatballs in and served everything over rice.




IMG_3274My meatballs always turn out as triangles – what’s the secret to making them round?!

Ingredients for the Indian meatballs:

1 large egg
1 t yellow curry powder
1 t cumin
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T fresh cilantro
Dash of salt and pepper
1 Lb. lean ground turkey
1 T olive oil or coconut oil

Add the first six ingredients to a large bowl. Mix together well with a fork. Add the ground turkey to the egg and spice mixture. Thoroughly mix together with your hands. Form meat into 1.5 inch balls. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides for a few minutes (they do not need to be cooked through because you’ll add them to the sauce to simmer later). Remove meatballs from skillet and set them aside.

Ingredients for Yellow Curry Sauce:

1 T olive oil or coconut oil
Half of a medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 t yellow curry powder
1 t garam masala
1 14 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz. can of lite coconut milk
1 t salt
dash of pepper
Fresh cilantro for serving

In the same skillet you browned the meatballs in, add the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sautee until soft. Add the garlic, curry powder and garam marsala. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Simmer the meatballs in the sauce uncovered for 30 minutes. The sauce should thicken. Serve over rice with fresh cilantro.


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TGIF! Its been a cold and snowy week here in Michigan, so I’m looking forward to a weekend of hibernation. Here is another round up of some interesting articles and tid bits to check out this weekend.

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  1. Have you heard about the exciting collaboration between Who What Wear and Target? On January 31, Target is launching a new clothing line in partnership with Who What Wear. Here’s a sneak peak of the lookbook. The best part? Everything is under $50 and comes in sizes 2 to 26.
  2. 19 Books to Read Before the Move Comes Out in 2016. The Girl on the Train has been sitting on my book shelf for way to long. I must start reading it soon. I didn’t realize How to be Single was a book, but I’m looking forward to seeing the chick flick. I’m not a huge fan of Dakota Johnson, but I love Rebel Wilson and Alison Brie. Tom Hanks returns as Robert Landon in Inferno. I’m a HUGE Tom Hanks fan and I love Felicity Jones…and who didn’t love The DaVinci Code?! I am curious to find out if the two stores are related.
  3. Did you catch Obama’s final State of the Union? Get a re-cap here.

Internet Must Read

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I know you’ve seen a million lists on the internet of “things you need to do.” I recently came across one that is worthy of sharing. A lot of them are basic, everyday, good habits I should be practicing – and I am going to start incorporating them ALL into my life starting today. Check out the original article here.

26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year

1. Use good-quality moisturizer on your face every morning, every night, or, if you live in a dry, cold climate, both.

2. Unfollow all of the Instagram accounts and Facebook friends that make you feel like shit. Unsubscribe to all of the random-ass e-newsletters that show up in your inbox even though you don’t remember signing up for them.

3. Color. Adult coloring books are becoming increasingly popular because they’re amazing. (Yes, that’s subjective, but you’d be amazed by how relaxed you can feel coloring in a beautiful and intricate page with colored pencils.)

4. Set aside time to just sit by yourself and be silent. Schedule yourself into your day. Use the time alone to meditate, read, breathe, take a bath, or, if you’re really exhausted, to take a nap.

5. Write down what you’re going to accomplish at the beginning of every work day (or the night before, if it will help you sleep better).

6. Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. You don’t need to only ingest health foods, but make a conscious effort to drink a lot of water, and balance out your meals.

7. Save more money. You don’t have to aggressively save every month, but make a conscious effort to give yourself a savings goal, and then try to meet it. At the end of each month, evaluate whether you actually followed through.

8. Dress appropriately for the weather. You don’t need to look like a knockout in a hat, gloves, scarf and parka. You just need to stay warm.

9. Stop to smell the flowers when someone is selling them at your local market.

10. Reading one article per day that you really enjoy.

11. When you talk to your mom, dad, siblings or friends on the phone, actually take the time to tell them what happened during your day. Ask about their day. Don’t spend the entire conversation looking at your work emails.

12. When there are important software updates for your phone or computer, download them when you’re supposed to. You’ll waste less time wanting to throw your phone against the wall because it’s loading so slowly.

13. When someone offers you a bite of their food, say yes.

14. Assess your flaws on a regular basis. Realize what you’re doing wrong. Keep your own behavior in check.

15. But don’t be too hard on yourself. When you’re incredibly harsh on someone, realize that you could’ve approached the situation in a kinder way. When you put in a really hard day of work and not everything goes according to plan, don’t beat yourself up over it.

16. Make popcorn on the stove top.

17. Look nice on days when you have nothing special going on. You don’t always have to dress up for a date, or an important meeting. You don’t need to dress up just for the compliments. Pick a day, and dress up because you wanted to look good.

18. Buy quality ingredients at the grocery store so that you’re excited about the food you’re cooking for dinner. Nothing brightens up a meal like pesto, good bread, or a fresh vegetable.

19. Get a lot of sleep when you’re not feeling well. Stop running yourself into the ground when your body feels weak, you have a bad headache, or you feel a cold coming on. Listen to your body and get into bed. Make yourself some tea. Have some Vitamin C.

20. Listen to comedy in the car, or on the Subway. LOL while no one is watching.

21. Take a workout class you feel completely ridiculous signing up for. Try hip hop, zumba, or kickboxing. If you can’t get a friend to do it with you, just be brave and go alone.

22. Stop showering every day (unless you have really thin hair). It’s better for your skin and your hair if you shower less frequently. You don’t need to grow dreads (though feel free to), but you should try washing your hair every second day.

23. Re: hair care, use the over-ripened avocados in your fridge as shampoo every so often. Your hair really will turn out shiny AF.

24. Smile at little kids. Smile at adults. Stop pursing your lips at strangers who are walking on the wrong side of the street. All you’re doing is giving yourself premature wrinkles.

25. Sit up straight.

26. When you’re listening to someone talk, actually listen. You will get so much more out of your experiences with people if you’re fully engaged, instead of only half-listening while you think about what you’re going to say next.

Splurge or Save: Olive Wrap Coat

You know I love finding a good save alternative to a more expensive piece of clothing. But this one takes the cake. Earlier this fall I purchased an Old Navy olive wrap coat. I love it. It’s the perfect length for me (I bought it in long) and is really warm. Then I started seeing a lot of look-a-likes on other blogs and Pinterest, but with much higher price points – like this one from Aritzia. Even though my Old Navy version is not 100% wool, it’s still warm and comfortable.

Aritzia Babaton Sian Coat | $425

cn10214113Old Navy Belted Wool-Blend Wrap Coat | $84.94

Bonus! The Old Navy version is on sale for $35.97 as of January 11.

Recipe: Smoothies

I know smoothies are nothing new, but I’ve been completely obsessed and have been diligently making one every morning before work. I wanted to share some of my favorite combos.

Blueberry and Spinach Smoothie
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 small banana
1 large handful of fresh spinach
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
A few frozen mango chunks (makes it smooth and creamy)
Water, if needed to thin smoothie

Carrot, Pineapple and Tangerine Smoothie
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 small banana
1/2 cup shredded carrots, packed (I just buy the pre-shredded salad carrots)
2 small tangerines, peeled
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
Water, if needed to thin smoothie

Strawberry and Tangerine Smoothie
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 small banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 small tangerines, peeled
Water, if needed to thin smoothie

To make each smoothie, add the ingredients listed to a blender (add the yogurt and banana first). Blend until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of water while blending if the mixture is too thick. I usually add protein powder to my smoothies as well. My favorite is the women’s protein powder from Trader Joe’s.

Splurge or Save: Bedroom Accent Chair

I’m looking for an accent chair to add to my bedroom. I have a medium-grey upholstered headboard and neutral bedding in my bedroom, so I want the chair to have dark grey or rich jeweled tone fabric. Accent chairs can be expensive, but I don’t want to spend a lot because it’s not a chair I’m going to be sitting on everyday. It will probably serve as a place to pull on my boots or, more realistically, a place to toss clothes when I’m getting ready in the morning. I found some great options for every budget:


Row 1: Splurge | Save
Row 2: Splurge | Save
Row 3: Splurge | Save

I’m leaning toward the Hayden Armless Chair from Target – I love the color!