Sunday, August 12, 2018

HEALTHY AF LASAGNA



this lasagna will change your life. it has a lot of steps, but
they're all easy and worth it.

step 1: soak ~8oz. raw cashews for at least 4 hours

step 2: make a tomato sauce [or buy a really really good one. Rao's is the only brand i'd consider]

 step 3: sauté up some kale + spinach with olive oil, salt, pepper,
garlic powder, and some nutritional yeast

step 4: slice 1 eggplant, 1 yellow zucchini, and 1 green zucchini =
length-wise so they look like long lasagna noodles. i'd say my =
slices were 1/4" thick

step 5: make cashew "ricotta". here's how:

ingredients:
-your soaked cashews from earlier
-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp onion powder
-2 cloves garlic
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-2 tbsp - 1/4 cup water

directions:

add all ingredients to a food processor. i loveeeee my ninja
express. it's cheap, so effective, and easy to clean.

keep scraping down sides of food processor/adding splashes of water
until the consistency looks like ricotta. feel free to add more
salt/pepper.

now layer your lasagna:
1. tomato sauce
2. eggplant slices
3. tomato sauce & cashew ricotta (spread evenly on eggplant)
2. yellow zucchini
3. tomato sauce & cashew ricotta (spread evenly)
4. cooked greens
5. green zucchini
6. tomato sauce & cashew ricotta (spread evenly)
7. eggplant
8. rest of sauce and cashew ricotta

bake at 350º for 1 hour
top with fresh EVOO and basil
EAT






Friday, August 10, 2018

BIKINI SECRET



every time i wear this style of bikini, approximately 3,000 of you
ask me where it's from. well, it's from amazon and it was like $15. 


you're welcome.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PERFECT SUMMER OUTFIT


my favorite summer outfit right now:

long-sleeved crop tops - buy this one here
vintage levis - buy some here
western belt - buy similar here
biker shorts (underneath the levis) - buy some here
vanessa mooney & shop evren jewelry - (exact pieces here)

NYC OR LA?



can't really tell based on these photos...

but NYC! [domino park to be exact]

vintage nascar tea from eBay

PALEO EVERYTHING BISCUITS


it's not okay how delicious these are. like... i have no self
control as it is, and now these paleo everything biscuits are
sitting in my freezer, ready to be heated/toasted at any waking
moment. it's not okay.

what is okay, is that there's no gluten, dairy, or refined sugar in
these delicious, crumbly treats. they do have eggs, so if you're
vegan, try substituting with a flax egg. i eye-balled most of the
ingredients, and it worked out fine, but i'll try to give you actual
measurements:

ingredients: 
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup melted coconut oil
-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tbsp date sugar
-1/4 cup almond flour
-2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

directions:

alright here's where i went rogue, and it still worked out, so feel
free to go rogue as well. and remember to preheat your oven to 350!:

1. whisk together eggs, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, date
sugar, baking soda, and salt

2. add in paleo baking flour & almond flour until mixture comes
together. the batter should be pretty gooey, but thick

3. add in your coconut

4. feel free to add more almond flour or paleo baking flour if the
mixture seems too sticky. the consistency was like... between a
banana bread batter and a cookie dough

5. use a spoon to scoop biscuits onto a parchment paper-lined
baking sheet. i think this recipe made 5 or 6? depends on how big
you make them. feel free to shape them a bit with your fingers

6. brush on some more melted coconut oil

7. add everything bagel seasoning on top. push seasoning into
biscuit with your hands so it really sticks

8. bake for around 15-17 minutes. i kept my eye on them and took
them out once they were golden/almost slightly brown.

9. eatttttt.

these are so good. let me know if you make them!


CS BEACHWEAR





thank you, carolina, for this one-piece. it's absolutely beautiful!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

CAME THROUGH DRIPPIN'



yes, i just used a cardi b line as the title of this blog post...
it's fine. lots of you have asked about these necklaces, so i'm
breaking it down for you, from shortest to longest:

mejuri 5 dot necklace - $75
nameplate - custom made from a jewelry shop (a gift from a relative
circa 2001)
vanessa mooney gemstone necklace - $64
shop evren thick figaro chain in 20" - $75.45
shop evren gold medallion necklace - $55.02
vanessa mooney the gold rosa charm necklace - $70
shop evren gold coin necklace in 26" - $59.73

earrings: vanessa mooney the giovanni hoop earrings - $90 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GREEN HEALTHY PANCAKES!!


i got a lot of guesses on what makes these healthy pancakes green:
matcha, avocado, spirulina, kale. you're all wrong... it's spinach!!
recipe below:

-1 overripe banana
-2 eggs
-large handful spinach
-splash unsweetened almond milk
-cinnamon
-some date sugar, if need be (this is just dried, ground up dates. i buy mine at whole foods)
-pinch of salt
-1-2 tablespoons chickpea flour
-frozen berries
-unsweetened dried coconut
-almond butter

combine all pink ingredients in blender or food processor. add in
chickpea flour until slightly thickened (they really don't need to
be too thick to hold together... trust me)! fold in some frozen
berries

cook on a non-stick pan in coconut oil.

top each layer with more cinnamon, dried coconut (and date sugar if
you'd like. coconut oil between each layer is also nice). top with
almond butter, cinnamon and coconut.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NYFW LOOK 2



pants: adidas leggings i've owned for 3+ years
jacket: free people impulse purchase from a few months ago
shoes: frye suede over the knee boots
hat: random purchase from DSW

i truly pulled together this look in about 5 minutes. also, philipp
plein was the best show i've ever seen.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NYFW 2018 - LOOK 1

OUTFIT: H&M. BAG: BRAHMIN. SHOES: VIA SPIGA. SUNGLASSES: TARGET.

this is the outfit i bought for NYFW look #1, but then i ended
up ditching 99% of shows/events to save all of my energy for the
only one that really mattered; philipp plein. definitely the
right decision [the show was absolutely epic], and at least i got
some cute photos in this look.


Friday, January 19, 2018

5 YEARS


today marks 5 years of being sober. i didn't go to meetings, i
didn't go to therapy, i didn't become religious. i just had an
epiphany exactly 5 years ago today that alcohol, or any other
substance for that matter, was preventing me from being the best
possible, most productive, most successful version of myself.

a lot of people ask me 1) for my story and 2) for advice, and this
year i'll elaborate a little more than i did the year before. 

let's start with the story:

1. i drank a lot in college [go, badgers] and was just feeling tired
from that life. 

2. i didn’t know what i wanted to do with my life/career and felt
like drinking every night was preventing me from figuring out my
career path. i was an art major, which doesn't exactly set you up
for success...

3. i interned at an art gallery in chelsea when i was 22. at one of
our gallery parties, i noticed that one of the gallery owners wasn't
drinking. while i was sipping wine, slowly losing my ability to
communicate with others, i just sat there observing the stark
contrast between my boss and his patrons around him. he was
composed, level-headed, stoic while others were drunk, rambunctious,
obnoxious, sloppy. i admired my boss and his composure and success.
i wanted to be like him—a badass boss...not a grown adult who makes
a fool out of herself when she's had one too many. edit: not
everyone is an obnoxious drunk. some people know their limits. that
night, a handful of the people went overboard and made themselves
look very dumb, which is why this moment had such an impact on me.

4. i was forgetting my nights. why live in the best city in the
world if you don't even remember what you're doing?!! i wanted to
have memories... not blurry nights with no recollection of all of
the "fun" i was having.

5. i joined an a cappella group — yes, that led to sobriety. i had
significantly more fun singing soberly every sunday night than
whatever partying i was doing the night before. the last drink i had
was at an a cappella retreat/sleepover in hoboken (lol). i blacked
out and barely remembered our first retreat. i regretted how much i
drank and how little i remembered. the next morning i was like...
fuck this. i'm never drinking ever again.


okay now for my advice:

1. if you don't want to drink, but still want to go out and have
fun, do the things you'd normally do for fun and drink seltzer. go
out and dance. do karaoke. go out for dinner. go to a concert, a
rave, a music festival, a birthday party, WHATEVER. just drink
seltzer. most of the time no one even fucking notices.

2. change your mindset: it's not the alcohol loosening you up, it's
the amount of time it takes to drink one drink. i challenge you to
go to a party and rather than grabbing a beer, grab a cup of water.
by the time you're done drinking the water, you'll feel comfortable,
happy, chill etc.

3. social pressure? be firm. tell your friends that you don't want
to drink anymore. say you're over it. smile when you say this;
you're happy about this decision and are excited to have fun sober
[which is way more fun than being drunk, might i add]. if they're
still pushing it/whining, then dump them. you don't need people in
your life who don't support you wholeheartedly.

4. find a sober hobby. mine is a cappella. maybe take a cooking
class, pottery, improv, dance. just make sure you commit and do it
weekly, and preferably form a community and deep friendships around
it.

what's changed:

well, everything.

1. better relationships. with both friends and partners. when you're
sober, you're more aware. you feel more. you see more. you care
more. also, better sex. i can't imagine having drunk sex (sorry
dad). everything is just better.

2. my career. i didn't have a career before i quit drinking. i was
lost and so confused as to how i could become successful doing what
i love. how was i supposed to turn an art degree into a career? i
took to instagram. i put all of the energy i used to put into
partying into creating content, sharing that with the world,
building a brand, and meeting tons of people... all through an app.
next thing you know, i'm art directing branded videos at POPSUGAR
and then a full time producer. 

3. my happiness. i'm fucking happy. i feel great. i'm productive.
i'm never hung over. i'm healthy. right now, everything feels just
right.


this post is ridiculously long, so i'll leave it at that. feel free
to ask me any questions. i love you all. :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

BE DIFFERENT




heading to a free people workout class tomorrow morning and
am reflecting on some of my favorite FP purchases from 2017.
this bright green puffer coat is one of them. i've been making a
conscious effort lately to buy clothing that is different. i
was tempted by the classic black, but the green stood out more to
me. it's little things like that that make me feel super confident
and excited about my style. i paired it with an athleisure outfit
that my friends at aday gifted me. this blue and black look with the
green coat is kind of mish-moshy, yet it goes perfectly :)