Wednesday, March 9, 2016

LATELY - MARCH





Hey there, March!
I'm glad you're finally here because I'm sort-of over this whole "winter" thing. I'm really itching to break out skirts and sandals! I'm making a quick trip down south at the end of the month, so hopefully that will tie me over until summer rolls around. Although, my legs haven't seen sun in months... cue the self-tanner.

WEARING: I know it's not yet April, but it's been raining like crazy here, so my "trash bag" ensemble has been getting put to use. What's the "trash bag" ensemble? It's my black Hunter Wellies + black North Face rain jacket. Usually I pair it with black leggings in between to complete the all black look... and when it's wet, it's kind of shiny, just like a trash bag. Just preserving this nickname in writing on the internet makes me cringe.

WATCHING: I stumbled upon this absolutely comical Ted Talk the other day. It's about a guy that responded to some spam email. Do you have a free 10 minutes? Because this will totally make your day!



CONSUMING: Salads aren't usually my favorite thing to eat, but I came across this great recipe recently for an avocado honey lime shrimp salad (boy, that's a mouthful) and can't get enough. (Side note: check out this snack plate I made a few weeks ago during the Oscars!)

YOU'LL NEED: 

+ Twelve fully cooked frozen shrimp
+ Two hearts of romaine lettuce 
+ One avocado 
+ Two handfuls of blue corn tortilla chips
+ Six cherry tomatoes 
+ Juice of one fresh squeezed lime
+ An equal measure of olive oil 
+ Two teaspoons of honey
+ Pepper to taste
+ Two dashes of turmeric
+ One ziplock bag
[serves two]

TO PREPARE:

+ Thaw and peel shrimp if necessary. Place shrimp in ziplock bag.
+ Wash and chop lettuce. Place in large bowl.
+ Cube avocado into chunks. Place in bowl with lettuce.
+ Dice cherry tomatoes. Place in bowl with lettuce and avocado.
+ Crush two handfuls of blue corn tortilla chips. Place in bowl with lettuce, avocado and tomatoes.

+ In a small mixing bowl, add lime juice, olive oil, honey, pepper and turmeric. Whisk to combine. Add three tablespoons of the mixture to ziplock bag with shrimp and mix to coat shrimp. Reserve excess liquid for later use. Place mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, no longer.

+ While shrimp is marinating, heat a dry sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Once shrimp is ready, place all contents of ziplock bag in sauté pan. Cook for approximately one to two minutes per side, or until shrimp is golden in color. Add shrimp to bowl with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and chips.

+ Use remaining liquid mixture as "dressing" and top the salad. Thoroughly toss ingredients in large bowl to mix salad. Divide amongst two bowls. Serve + enjoy.



LOVING: In college, I loved this spin studio we had on campus. I mean, I still really do love it (it's called CYC Fitness if any of y'all live in an area where there's a studio!) But sadly, they don't have a location in D.C. So, I tried out SoulCycle for the first time the other week to fill the void. Friends. I am obsessed. SoulCycle embodies everything I love about upbeat spin classes and I can't wait to go again!

Switching gears a bit, I've been really into LUSH fresh face masks recently. Occasionally, I'll pop into the store to pick one up and I'll snag a sample or two of one of the other types. I can usually get two to three masks just out of the sample size alone! My favorite so far? Rosy cheeks. The smell is so heavenly! And speaking of rose smell... I finally caved and picked up a Diptyque candle. I can't tell you that spending $65 on a candle is a smart idea, but I can tell you that my entire apartment smells like a luxurious bed of roses. And yeah, I'll totally be buying another. Because sometimes you just have to treat yourself, right?

COVETING: I've been seriously lusting over Stuart Weitzman's Nearly Nude sandal. Though, I picked up this Aldo dupe and can't wait to really break them out this spring!

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13 comments :

  1. That salad sounds so yummy!
    I am wearing the trashbag ensemble too haha except mine is rain boots, a flowy piko dress, and leggings plus my rain coat. I love the rain but not when I have to be productive at the office all day.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  2. I think we all have that "Trash bag" ensemble! And I'll definitely have to check out that Ted Talk!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

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  3. I love Lush masks too! And I've heard so many fabulous things about SoulCycle. I still haven't caved for a Diptyque candle yet but I think it is a worthy splurge to help home feel a little more luxurious.

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  4. Oh my gosh that salad sounds amazing! I've got to try it :)

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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  5. That salad sounds so good! I want to try soul cycle. Haha your trash bag ensemble is great, I have a similar one!
    xoxo

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  6. That salad looks so good and I love Soul Cycle!

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  7. Just the description of the shrimp salad made my mouth water! This summer I want to get back into a fitness routine and I'm hoping it'll be easier because I'll be able to take my little doggie for long walks!

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  8. That snack plate looks awesome! I'll definitely be trying out that salad soon.

    Southern Soul

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  9. I love love love salads! I hate how they sometimes get a bad rep for girls wanting to look "thin" for their date, but I truly love them. I may give your salad recipe a try one day!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  10. That TED talk was the best thing that I've seen in so long!! Thank-you for sharing and making my night!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  11. That TED talk sounds so interesting, I'm gonna watch it after class! I've never tried any face masks before but the LUSH one you mentioned sounds amazing.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  12. It rains here half the year. Not kidding...half the year. I wear that outfit regularly. :) Your salad sounds delicious.

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  13. That picture of all that food was insanely good looking. I'm literally starving right now!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

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