Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LEMON BLISS BALLS



guys... summer is almost here, and i've been taking the whole summer
body thing prettyyyy seriously. in fact, i haven't had processed
sugar in one month and (almost) 2 weeks. how crazy is that?

the first day/week was hard. i felt like my body was addicted to
both sugar and snacking, and i had to ween myself off of this
horrible drug.

i've cheated maybe 4 times total with a tiny bit of bread (and
the occasional bite of pasta) at certain food events that i've
attendedbut truly haven't had a sweet dish/dessert (made
with processed ingredients) this entire time.

but since i am human, i still crave something sweet every once in
while. insert the other night, when all i wanted to consume
were...lemon bars

unfortunately, lemon bars don't really fit into the whole "i have to
be in a bikini in 2 months" thing, so i developed this super healthy
lemon bliss ball recipe using nothing but whole, clean ingredients.

and oh my gawd, these are delicious. these bites literally melt in
your mouth and taste like they were made with butter. nothing about
them feels healthy, but they are. and one is totally enough to
satisfy. here's how i made my refined sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan
lemon bliss balls (keep in mind i didn't measure, so these are all
estimates:

ingredients:

3/4 - 1 cup slivered almonds
2 handfulls shredded coconut
1 cup medjool dates
zest & juice of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
more shredded coconut and lemon zest

how to:

1. place almonds, coconut and lemon zest in a food processor (i
recommend the ninja express chop). pulse until flour-like
consistency

2. add in dates, 3-4 at a time. pulse until they are in tiny pieces.
keep adding dates until all have been pulverized. the "dough" will
be crumbly

3. add in salt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. pulse until a
stick dough forms

4. roll into balls and roll the outside with the additional coconut
& lemon zest

5. chill for a little bit. and then EAT. ALL OF THEM.

please let me know if you tried this recipe!! i'm obsessed and want
other people to appreciate them with me.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

SHOPBOP SPRING TRENDS


guys. aside from getting a facial (aka napping while someone touches
my face) and running a 5k, i have done absolutely nothing today. and
it feels fucking great.

normally my weekends are consumed with brunches (which feel a lot
like work sometimes... gotta get that perfect gram!), shoots (like
what you're seeing above), and more shoots. so a day off was
reallyyy nice.

and even though i love my me-time, i still want to feature these
incredible photos that my friends kelly, celine & i got for
shopbop's new spring trends. we repped the "modern americana" trend
and had a blast shooting in handsome dan's, an east village candy
store. 

the original plan was to go buy cotton candy and shoot several looks
outside. well, mother nature said "fuck your plan" and decided to
hand us 30 degree weather, so we had to improvise. after loading all
of our bags into handsome dan's, we batted our eyelashes and kindly
asked pete (or steve... i can't remember) if we could casually take
over the place for an hour or so.

and yes, you guessed it, pete fell for our flirtatious (or extremely
aggressive) tactics and granted us access to his candy shop for an
hour an a half. he even let us change in the staff bathroom.

shooting for this campaign was one of the most fun shoots i've had.
it was one of those moments where the outcome was way better than
what i could've possibly planned ahead of time, and the experience
was ridiculously memorable. the clothes weren't too bad either ;)

shop the spring trends here

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOA GRIFFEL

Thursday, April 6, 2017

INSPIRING MYSELF



hi guys!! i can't believe i'm here right now. it almost feels like
i'm in a strange dream world, but that might just be the terrible
weather and lack of sunlight in my office. 

i clearly took an extremely long hiatus from spur of the moments (in
fact, i even changed my instagram handle to my name and declared
myself a public figure... because i have the power to do that).

and i'm not sure if it's the cocktail of "pop matters" playlist
on spotify and speed round of creative concepting i'm currently
executing at my job, but i suddenly feel ridiculously inspired (and
arguably manic).

in fact, i've been searching my blog, instagram, icloud and vsco
library feverishly for the past hour to grab reference photos for a
video i'm producing and am like, WOW. i've produced some pretty cool
content in the past year or two. there are so many photos i've
captured and/or art directed that i am now using as inspiration for
branded content. that's pretty damn cool.

these are two of the photos that i'm using to show a client my
vision. what is life?

so i'm just going to share old photos i'm proud of until i have new
content. hope you all enjoy, and so good running into you here!

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