Thursday, May 30, 2013

Banana Oatmeal Loaf

I must admit that I'm a huge bread fan, I usually go for whole wheat breads, but I'll really taste any type of bread I find. I tend to use bananas only in my post workout frappes, but I had a couple of them left and didn't want them to go to waste, so I decided to try out this recipe from a new book I bought. It's a super moist bread that has a bit of a crunch from the crust and texture from the oatmeal. I used and recommend regular oats, because they have more of the nutrients than instant oats have, but if you find oats that have been processed even less those will be healthier, but it really depends on what you prefer. I can see this bread working perfectly for a light weekend brunch, or packing it as a nice snack during a hiking trip or a day at the beach. Hope you like this recipe!

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Banana Oatmeal Loaf Recipe
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup regular oats
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large)
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in oats
3. Combine bananas, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs. Add to flour mixture, stir until moist
4. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean

*Source: Cooking Light Way to Cook 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tropical Feel

Today, as I was stepping out for a lunch date with friends I snapped a couple of pictures of what I was wearing. I bought this skirt on my last trip to Zara, I loved it's tropical feel and knew it would be the perfect piece to pack for weekend getaways during summer. This skirt works perfectly with heeled sandals, like I wore it for a lunch date or pair it with ballet flats for a more comfortable look, ideal for sightseeing or shopping. I know temperatures have been crazy all over, but summer is supposed to be hot, so finding pieces like this skirt would make dressing for warm days extremely easy and fashionable. Hope you like it!

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Tshirt: Max Azria, Skirt: Zara, Bag: Tory Burch, Shoes: Idore, Shades: Tom Ford

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shoe Genius-Sophia Webster

If I had to put into words what I think about Sophia Webster's shoes, I would say they're pure genius. Anything with bright colors, embellishments, or that breaks the norm is a must have in my closet. They have the perfect amount of creativity while still being extremely wearable and versatile. I can just imagine them being the statement piece with a little black dress for a quaint dinner of two or wearing them with cropped boyfriend jeans for an afternoon of shopping with your girlfriends. I know it's easy for shoes to be the forgotten detail, but these will never look like an afterthought. Sandals are definitely the go to shoe for summer, and with prints, colors and textures being super must haves for summer these are the perfect shoe to sport during summer days and nights! Hope you like them!

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Source: Sophia Webster

Friday, May 24, 2013

Florals & Fringes

Lately, all I've been wanting are bright colors, prints and textures, anything that looks like a world traveler would have in their closet. I saw this fringed cardigan that's inspired in a spanish shawl in Zara and fell in love with it. It has so many possibilities, like throwing it over your bikini or pairing it with shorts and nice flats for a very hippie-ish look; it's a great summer staple. I went for a really easy and relaxed look, ideal for starting the long weekend. All I wanted to stand out was the fringed cardigan, so I kept the blouse and accessories within the color pallet of the cardigan, and chose my ripped jeans to complete the casual style. The fringe clutch I thought could be like an overkill, but I liked how it complimented the overall look, possibly the color is what helped it blend in. Hope you like it!

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Fringed Cardigan: Zara, Blouse: Tommy Hilfiger, Jeans: Levis, Clutch: Tory Burch, Shoes: Zodiac, Shades: Tom Ford

Thursday, May 23, 2013


If there ever was a power look, this would be a pretty good representation of it. Pencils skirts are a great way to show you mean business while still looking feminine. I looked up the history of the pencil skirt and was surprised to learn that Wilbur and Orville Wright had a really impressive role in it, and then Christian Dior gave it the spin of how we know it today. Houndstooth is one of my favorite prints for its retro feel. With checkers making such a big splash with Louis Vuitton's collection, I couldn't be more excited in pairing these two statement prints. Everything else I maintained relatively simple except for the bag, the graphic Alexander McQueen clutch gave the look a more modern style. Hope you like it!

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Blouse: My design, Skirt: Zara, Clutch: Alexander McQueen, Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Shades: Tom Ford

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

City Dwelling

It's been raining nonstop lately, so when the slightest hint of sunshine decided to appear today I took advantage of it and went for a walk. I know it may look a bit out of place, wearing shorts on a rainy day, but I can't help but to feel the summer mood, I did layer this elbow length jacket to keep me warmer. Lately I haven't wanted to separate from this bag, I think it's just perfect for summer, with all the colors, and textures and the shape is amazing to fill it with everything and anything you want. The embroidery detailing on this blouse is amazing, and I love that you can dress it down for a more casual and boho-chic style. Embroidery is a great accent for summer, it's the perfect kind of simple. I really got tired of the rainy days, so I went all in for those magnificent 30 minutes or so of sunshine while walking through town. Hope you like the look!

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Photos by: Rarod 

Jacket: Juicy Couture, Blouse: Finn & Clover , Shorts: Billabong, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Shades: Tom Ford, Bag: from Santorini 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm so intrigued by anything that combines sweet and salty; the first time I dared to adventure with this concept was with salted caramel, I'm obsessed with it. Since my introduction to this concept I look for sweet and salty recipes and try them out, until now they've all been great. Chocolate chip cookies are such a staple to our everyday sweet tooth, that I was more than excited to give them the salty twist. This recipe wasn't something I stumbled upon in my drooling routine of looking at recipes, I looked for it and compared recipes, finally settling with this one! Hope you try it, it's delicious... I promise!

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1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup light brown sugar 
2 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract 
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.

Add egg yolks, egg and vanilla. Beat, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, until mixture is pale and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, slowly add dry ingredients, mixing just to blend. Using spatula, fold in chocolate.

Spoon rounded tablespoonful's of cookie dough onto 2 parchment paper lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 10-12 minutes.

*Source: Bon App├ętit

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cannes Red Carpet

We have learned to expect some of the most glamorous and show stopping looks from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, this year left nothing to desire. It's no wonder we have such high expectations from this red carpet since this in one of the most renowned film festival in the world. I didn't go far from my black & white obsession, I'm sorry, but black & white is just so sophisticated! I must admit though, that my top favorite is Naomi Harris in this Calvin Klein dress, which is metallic, not black & white. This is without a doubt one of the most amazing dresses I've ever seen, it's figure hugging and it has a really modern and sophisticated/elegant combination, it's just amazing I don't think I can put it into words. 

Carolina Herrera makes some of the most recognizable dresses out there, she has such a signature that it's impossible not to recognize them on the red carpet. I love that this dress has a really bold and graphic touch, but the skirt is really the wow factor here. Ziyi Zhang, in Carolina Herrera, with Chanel jewels and a Jimmy Choo clutch.

This Burberry dress is the greatest example of looking sexy and still very classy. - Cara Delevingne in Burberry, with Chopard Jewels 

Emma Watson has one of my favorite styles to follow, she has a very fashion forward way of dressing. This Chanel gown is super modern, but still really classy and elegant, I also love that it looks young and fresh.  

Isla Fisher looked super refreshing in this Dolce & Gabbana Dress, it was definitely the perfect choice for during the day activities, and the red lips where the ideal compliment to this look. - Isla Fisher in Dolce & Gabbana Dress, Robert Vivier Shoes

What were your favorites looks?