Gift Guides

22 birthday gifts for her


1. Grey Printed Yoga Mat, $23.49 | 2. Candy Bento Box from Sugarfina, $64.00| 3. Floral Garden Gloves, $38.00| 4. Kate Spade Planner, $36.00 | 5. Bacon Gift Set, $97.50 | 6. BirchBox Subscription, prices vary | 7. Watercolor Tea Towel, $35.00 | 8. SwellWater Bottle, $42.00 | 9. Farmgirl Flowers Fresh-Cut Bouquet, $68.00 | 10. S’mores Marshmallows, $10.00| 11. Guacamole Print, $37.00| 12. “You’re, Like, Really Pretty” Makeup Bag, $20 | 13. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Perfume | 14. Carved Teak Serving Board, $78.00 | 15. Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, $24.00 | 16. Champagne, Delivered! Courtesy of Drizly, $40 | 17. Fruit Tree Apron, $28.00 | 18. Garden Poems, $15.00 | 19. FitBit Fitness Tracker, $150.00 | 20. Custom Handwriting Bracelet, $31.00 | 21. Rooftop, Saturday Candle, $38.00 | 22. Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese-Making Kit, $39.00

Confession: I don’t actually love shopping. *GASP.* I know.

I mean. Well. Wait. That’s sort of a lie. I like new sweaters and heels and makeup just as much as the next girl (friends, if any of you are reading this while buying me any of the above, KEEP BUYING THEM). I just tend to get a little overwhelmed by all the stuff out there. A day of putting on and taking off clothes can really take a toll on a person.

So, when it comes to clothing, accessories, and the like, I prefer to shop once a season and get it all over with in one big haul. It’s more exciting that way. Like a big shopping holiday.

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What to Cook

july 2017: what to cook this month

Crispy Beer-Battered Avocado Tacos via How Sweet it Is.

PEEPS. Wish me luck! I’m about to embark on a deep-clean of my refrigerator and pantry, inspired by the girls at The Home Edit (though it’s not likely to be as stunning as their recent projects. I wish). In the meantime, I’m daydreaming about all the fun things I’ll be able to cook once the interior of my fridge doesn’t resemble a war zone, and I’ve outlined all those wishlist recipes below. I’m hoping to keep this up as a monthly series, so, to all the readers out there: Lemme know if you like it!

*crickets chirping*

NOT ALL AT ONCE, GUYS!!! Really. I’m overwhelmed.

Below, you can find links to recipes I’ve been hoping to try. They’re seasonally appropriate (most of them use in-season produce—peaches, plums, avocado, cherries, watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, corn, raspberries, eggplant, blackberries, blueberries, kale, and so on!) and I err on the healthy-ish side. For the most part. Emphasis on “ish.”

Important disclaimer: I haven’t tried most of these recipes yet. I’m just intrigued and have them bookmarked myself. So if you do try your hand at one and things go terribly wrong and your kitchen is tarnished beyond repair…I had nothing to do with it. On the other hand, if things go well and you love the recipe in question, it was TOTALLY all my doing.

You’re welcome.
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coconut cold brew popsicles


I don’t drink coffee (just never got into it!), but if I did, this is how I’d take it: Brewed cold, thickened with coconut milk, and frozen. Pure, summery, caffeinated bliss on a stick.

I actually had several of these—like, three or okay fine FIVE—and it was a pretty revelatory experience. Revelatory and also a little bit jittery and probably partly responsible for a series of over-excited emails I sent to my editor over at Shape. WHOOPS. (Hi, Kylie!)

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red, white & boozy fruit salad


It’s almost the Fourth—yay! And after all the barbecued kabobs, hotdogs, and burgers, you’ll prooobably be left yearning for something to sweeten the deal. You could, of course, opt for a flag cake or a tray of cupcakes. But if you’re hoping to counteract all of that red meat with some lighter fare…I suggest you make this.

(Also, sorry for all the flag cake hate in my recent posts. I actually love flag cakes. For real. I’ll probably even make one this weekend.)

Anyway. This is a red, white and “Boozy” salad (get it?!?) I threw together for Shape Magazine. I don’t have a lot to say about because, I mean, it’s a fruit salad. It’s so easy to throw together—yes, even that fancy-looking apple garnish. And before you start making excuses…I don’t own a star cookie cutter, either! I just used a knife and freehanded it.

And it looks fine. Right? Right.

But you could totally use a cookie cutter for more precise results.

Find the recipe below!

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3-ingredient salad dressings


We’ve all been there. We eat a glorious, healthy-looking salad for dinner, and expect the universe to reward us for our efforts by turning us into Wonder Woman. Like. Is that really so much to ask?

But then, as we’re crawling into bed just a few hours later, we feel a little less like Wonder Woman…and a little more like Wonder Woman’s sidekick, Etta Candy, who is remembered among comic book fans for her, um, love of candy (and her shouts of “For the love of chocolate!”)


Why is it that even on some of our healthiest, most salad-filled, no-cheat days, we wind up feeling like we just ate a triple-tiered ice cream cone with the works? The culprit, ladies, is more likely than not the dressing, which is typically loaded up with sugar.

But never fear: Healthy dressing ideas to the rescue!!!!!! (It is very possible that I saw Wonder Woman this weekend and really loved it.) I developed the following recipes for Shape Magazine, and not only are they sugar-free; they also only require 3 ingredients each. And sometimes that third ingredient is water. Couldn’t be easier.

For the record, Etta Candy is a pretty awesome character. But you’re not sidekick material, my friend. You. Are. A. Superhero. Now go make some salad.

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dark chocolate watermelon popsicles


(quick note! this is a recipe i developed for shape magazine. you can find it over on, too!)

it’s summaaaa!!! and i am LOVING IT. it’s watermelon season. the good news about everyone’s favorite picnic staple is that it’s mostly water—somewhere around 92 percent of it, actually. but it’s (somehow!) still packed with a few good-for-you nutrients like vitamin a and vitamin c. it even has a tiny bit of potassium, too.

here’s one way that’ll allow you to get your watermelon fix and some healthy dark choc, too. these pops would make a stunning addition to any al fresco dinner party, or you can just eat ’em after work as a guilt-free snack. they’d probably also be a hit with kids, who’d be just as happy toting these around as they are toting around those refined-sugar-filled supermarket versions.

also, the chocolate drizzle is super easy to make. the addition of coconut oil turns what would be plain-old chocolate sauce into something like the “magic shell” syrup you might remember from your childhood. when it hits the frozen exterior of the popsicle, it hardens really, really quickly. woot!

video coming soon. in the meantime, you can find the recipe below or over at! and here’s a link to the popsicle mold i used, in case you should have any desire to purchase it. (it’s great!)

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