Blue .. BERRY Monday

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Happy Monday!

Did you watch the Oscars?!

What did  you think of Neil Patrick Harris as the host? I was absolutely blown away with the newly engaged Lady Gaga’s performance and tribute to Julie Andrew’s.   She really does have a lovely voice and hopefully we will see more of that side of her in the future.

Did you host or attend a party?

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at home with delicious appetizers followed by the BEST chili (I promise to share my recipe!) and then finished it all off with chocolate brownies with our secret ingredient (M&M’s or chocolate chips;) ..

so ..

with all that weekend fun,

I thought I’d begin my week with this.

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Begin with a splash of fresh spring water and a dollop of your favorite yogurt.

Next, add your favorite organic berries and anything else you feel your body needs.

I use a Vitamix Blender for my smoothies and also to puree ingredients for my soups.

I have tried other smaller blenders and this is hands down the best.

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..and serving this berry smoothie in a pretty glass like this makes it all the more enjoyable:)

Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup fresh spring water or juice
  • 6 ounces of yogurt ( I am trying a yogurt made with goat milk in this recipe)
  • 1 cup frozen berries ( I used organic fresh blueberries and frozen strawberries)
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 serving of protein powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon of green powder optional  ( I use Raw Reserve )

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth.

 Makes one serving.

xxleslie

 


 

 

 

 

Office Accessories

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Happy Friday!

 Well, after a brief reprieve we are back in construction mode here at the house.

The kitchen is almost complete but still needs some more marble back splash around the range and I need to add trim to some of the cabinets.

The family room is empty now as the hardwood floor is going in and then we will finish the mantle.  In the spring and summer we will look forward to working outside on landscaping and painting.

Lesson learned ..these projects always take longer than you think and always seem to run way over budget.  Patience is important for emotional survival;)

We are working on the family room  so I’ve got furniture in my kitchen and once again dealing with dust and things being displaced.

 I have yet to figure out where my work or office space will be.

There is a room off the family room that will do however there’s not much light and I think I’ll end up back in or near the kitchen.  I enjoy my light, bright kitchen and there’s a television, munchies, I can make an extra cup of coffee, tea, or grab a snack.

Anyway today I decided to round up a few gold office accessories to get me thinking about how to create a pretty space to help me stay organized. 

Flowers, a candle, a journal, glass of water or mug of coffee,

paper, a favorite pen..

these  items are always on my desk.

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You can go the traditional route or add gold and acrylic pieces to dress your desk up.

So tell me, how do you personalize your work space?

xxleslie

Candle: Kate Spade |  Scissors: Fatima Tailor | Journal: Kate Spade | Cards: Quips and Queries

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Eat Like it’s Summer

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 Hi Everyone!

How was your weekend?

Mine was fun .. although I think I ate more than my share of chocolates (salted caramel to be exact) and frosted cookies …… no regrets:)

Some families are starting second winter break this week and are leaving for their final ski vacation or heading to a warmer, tropical destination.  Do you have any plans?

It’s our nature to want what we don’t have and I think it’s safe to say that many of us are beginning to tire of the cozy fireside, snowy day feel and are thinking about putting away the boots and leggings and slipping on a pair of pretty pumps and dress in anticipation of warmer, sunnier days.

This inbeTWEEN stage can be a challenge .. and we are up for it right?

Rich meats, pasta, potatoes with lots of butter .. chocolate brownies with caramel sauce and ice cream.  We all crave it, right?  It can make us feel heavy though, and then we feel tired and sluggish.

To help keep me feeling light and my energy level high, I like to change up my menu during the winter months.

I eat like it’s summertime!

Last week  I found these gorgeous strawberries at the market.   It’s not the season for them so they were pricey but every now and then I feel like it’s worth the splurge.  Berries are very healthy and full of Vitamin C which can help us boost our immune function to fight all those winter viruses.

Spinach is on my list of beauty foods because it’s packed full of nutrients and when you add these sweet little berries, the Vitamin C helps your body  absorb the nutrients!

 Add some salty pumpkin seeds, a sprinkle of feta if you’d like, and you’ve got a very healthy and filling salad.

 

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 So there you have it…

A quick lunch and back to the office!

What are you having today?

xxleslie

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • 1  bunch of spinach
  • 1 cup or more of  strawberries
  • 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • 14 cup feta cheese optional
  • Dressing to taste

Directions:

Wash  spinach leaves and berries.  I usually choose organic here as berries tend to have lots of pesticide residue.   Dry the spinach and place the leaves in your bowl.  Slice the strawberries and set to the side.   Toss your salad with your dressing and then add the strawberries.  Garnish with the pumpkin seeds and feta cheese.

Serve with your favorite cracker or bread.

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of spicy mustard

Blend by hand or on the low speed in a mixer.

Blouse: Rebecca Taylor | Skirt: 7 | Shoes: Jimmy Choo |  Fragrance: JoMalone 

Plate: Apilco |  Bracelet: David Yurmam  |  Bowl: W&S

Will You Accept?

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IMG_8262 (5)There are those moments in life…

anticipation of what’s to come,

butterflies in your tummy,

and then there’s Cupid’s arrow..

love.

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If you have just fallen in love or have been in love for decades,

you know the feeling.

Celebrate the day of love ..

buy flowers, eat chocolates, share a meal, watch a movie, light a candle, or

make it a date-night!

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 Regardless of your age, you can look and feel pretty for your day!

To assure a soft, even application I choose creamy eye shadows that blend well.  Soft pencils are wonderful for accentuating the eyes and the perfect foundation and bronzer gives me a healthy glow without leaving me feeling overly made up.  To top off my look,  I added a sheer pink/red YSL lip color.

I started with a lite application of Giorgio Armani Foundation and followed with Chanel Les Beiges and MAC powder in Peony.  For my eyes I used Burberry in Almond and then I lined them with a dark brown pencil by Smashbox.  Brows are everything and I am a fan of Anastasia brow kit.  My lipstick for my special date will be YSL Rouge Volupte 31.

Jeans: J Brand | Blouse: Equipment  (on sale!) | Pumps: AnineBing  (also like Jimmy Choo) |

Beanie: Free People | Bag: Rag & Bone | Make up: Giorgio Armani | Eyes: pencil /powder

Lips: YSL | Chocolate: Frans | Vase: Zush