prom pictures

I'm currently sitting in a hot and boring study hall in my non-air conditioned school, flipping through pictures and wishing I was back at prom. I attended my first prom a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast! Of course, I was super excited to dress up in a fancy dress and spend time with my friends before the school year ends. I thought I would share some photos from the event with you all...

This is the lineup for what I wore:  dress 1 2 | shoes (similar) | earrings 

I absolutely loved my dress, it was the very first one I tried on so I got lucky!

My pretty pretty best friends
Get someone that looks at you the way Auggie looks at me <3
My little sister, Emma, was just as excited for me to go to Prom as I was
Rachel in front of the camera for once :-)
I kept jewelry to a minimum because the dress was so embellished.  But, I did get to wear my great grandma's rings from the 40's!
I hope everyone had fun at their proms, good luck on final exams!

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new about page

Hi! Just popping in to say I updated my about page after a long while of "under construction" :-) I love how my blog has grown and changed with me over the past four years, and I hope my new page reflects that. Check it out here, and as always, stay sunny.



what's the deal with coffee (and how i take mine)

Can coffee be part of a healthy lifestyle? Do dieticians drink coffee? Do I personally?

The answer to all of the above is yes. If that surprises you, let's face it, coffee lovers get a bad rap. The morning ritual for people all over the world is referred to as a drug, addictive, or just plain bad-for-you. I'm NOT saying that coffee can't be addictive or can't have adverse effects. I AM saying that, if you drink coffee in moderation because you like it (not because you need it), and if you don't load your cup with sugar or other chemicals, it's no big deal. (Read a helpful article by an RD here).

You can utilize your morning cup of coffee in a way to make it work for your body, get tons of nutrients, de-stress, and all the while feel more energized. Here's how I do it:

1 cup of regular black coffee, usually trader joe's or whole foods

1/4 cup MALK almond milk (or homemade)
I use this type of almond milk because it's literally just almonds and water, no additives, sugar, or gums. I mostly add it for flavor and to help keep me full after breakfast while I'm at school. It contains vitamin E, which helps your skin stay healthy. AND it has fiber, for your gut!

2 tsp coconut oil- I did some research on WHY you should put this healthy fat in your coffee, besides that it makes it super frothy and yummy. (read about more here)
1. it increases energy: coconut oil is made up of lipids that can be quickly metabolized as fuel instead of becoming stored fat.
2. it speeds up your metabolism: this gives your body a little boost to metabolize your breakfast early in the morning and so you can have an energy boost when you need it, early in the day.
3. it's naturally antimicrobial: the lauric acid found in coconut oil is super helpful in strengthening your immune system and fighting off sickness. It helps with preventing cold sores, which I'm prone to.

...and this is definitely not scientific, but when you sip coconut oil coffee from a mug the oil will also moisturize your lips :-)

1 tsp honey- Honey has energy benefits + more, but I just add a small amount for the flavor.

how to prepare:
Froth it all up with a milk frother (I use this one that's $20 and doesn't take up much space). This is the easiest way, but if you want to blend it in a blender or Nutribullet that would work too!

i sometimes add...
ashwaghanda: if you can overlook the fact that you're basically putting shrubs in your coffee, this power herb helps reduce cortisol levels (your stress hormone). I take it when I'm feeling anxious. Not to mention it boosts memory and reduces inflammation, creating the perfect cure for exam week :-) I take it in a drop form, but many people also like it as powder! See what works for you.
collagen: this super protein helps your hair, skin, and nails grow and stay healthy. It also rebuilds your gut wall, which stops inflammatory toxins from leaking into your body! I use Vital Proteins brand.

please note that coffee is NOT breakfast. Eat some real food, people. :-)

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please note this blog post is not to be used as a substitute for professional or medical advice. everyone is different, do not let what works for my body harm your body.


paleo gf coconut sugar donuts (chocolate + raspberry)

One of the things I've missed most since giving up gluten and cane sugar is donuts. There's a really yummy donut place right by my house that I used to frequent, and love Whole Foods jelly donuts. Not to mention, they're EVERYWHERE: meetings at school, around the house, from my friends.  So, when I got packages from Hannah's Healthy Bakery and Vivoo, I decided to combine them into a delicious donut I can eat. They're loaded with benefits from the raw cacao chunks, including antioxidants and added magnesium + vitamin c. Here's how I did it:

*you can sub your preferred brownie recipe with coconut sugar

  1. follow ingredients for brownies, adding the water if the batter is too thick to be smooth in the pan
  2. fold in chocolate
  3. pour into donut pan, and bake according to your brownie recipe 
  4. place the juice of 1 clementine and the half cup of raspberries in a small saucepan over high heat
  5. once boiling and the raspberries are thawed, reduce heat to simmer and simmer uncovered until most of the juice is evaporated
  6. cool the raspberry reduction, remove donuts from pan, and use a small spoon to put the reduction in the middle of the donut
  7. store in an airtight container or freeze

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spring outfit post

I'm happy to kick off spring by getting back in front of Rachel's camera for an outfit post. I mean, I haven't done one since LAST YEAR (omg). Granted, it was a New Year's Eve post, but it's still been a while! 

The inspiration for this outfit came when I had to wear a professional outfit but wanted to put my own spin on it. So, I added a striped t-shirt and fun earrings from BaubleBar. I love the idea of layering a crisp button down over a soft tee for when you need to dress nicely, but don't want to lose your personal flair. 

Rachel even brought along this fun vintage suitcase!
baublebar earrings | tshirt (on sale!) | oxford | skirt | shoes

stay sunny & happy spring


swimsuits under $50

On spring break and during summer, I live in swimsuits. But, when I got my box of swimsuits down from my closet to see how many I need for Mexico, a ton of them were gross. They were worn out because, as I said, I lived in them! They've been though sun, salt water, chlorine, and sand. Not that I'm mad about it...I love an excuse to shop for more.

When I was shopping online I found a bunch at great prices, most of them around $20! So, I thought I would share them with you all :-)

Enjoy and stay sunny!


you go, girls

1. Girls Do Science

Last week, I was babysitting a 7-year-old girl named Sadie. I casually asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" She looked up from her project, constructing a cardboard house, and said, "Oh, I want to be an architect and a designer, and invent lots of things." And she went back to working. At her age, she hasn't been exposed to the stigma that science is for boys, and the fact that the field of science is dominated by men. She likes building and science, so why wouldn't she pursue it as a career?

7 of 10 girls are like Sadie: they're interested in science. However, only 2 out of 10 of these girls will defy stereotypes and have a science-based career. Microsoft asked bright young girls about their thoughts on this, in their video Girls Do Science. (This one is also really good!)

2. Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection

I read an article on Psychology Today about how being a bright young girl can hinder you in the long run. I clicked on it, a little bit scared as to what I would read. I learned that there is an issue in the way girls are educated at school: they are praised for their perfection in a certain area, or for their innate goodness. All the while, rowdy little boys are told they can do something "if they would just apply themselves." Through no fault of their own, this leads women to think their abilities are unchangeable: that they are good in one field and bad in another. On the other hand, boys see the opportunity to improve in a field by how hard they focus or work. In the same way, this makes women believe they are to be perfect. As women feel the need to be perfect, they shy away from risks or challenges. Reshma Saujani explores this in her TED Talk, and tells us what we can do about it.

3. Tory Burch Embrace Ambition

This video, recently released by the Tory Burch foundation, was made on the basis that "ambition" in the business world is a positive for men: meaning successful or powerful. But for women, it can be used as a negative: meaning greedy, selfish, or pushy. The video is a call to action to women (and men) to "own your power, own your drive, own your dreams...embrace ambition."


Too often women shy away from embracing what they're passionate about, the very thing that sets us apart. Passion is not something to bury; but rather we should wear our passions like the clothes on our back. Our dreams are not embarrassing or "too ambitious," we should spread them like wildfire.

Girls: know that this is your life, and no one can tell you what to do with it. So go, build that robot, build that empire, wear that outfit that makes you feel strong. Be ambitious, be confident, be kind (but take no sh*t).