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Salad Starter

We love nothing more then a tasty, hearty and healthy salad for lunch.  Filled with yumminess and texture.  But I am not the BIGGEST fan of store bought mixed greens - I find they wilt, or taste off and go bad WAY too fast.  So when I miss the Sunday’s farmers market I make the PERFECT salad solution.  It stores well and can be eaten by itself but preferably I like it packed with the usual salad suspects.  Below is the EASY salad starter accompanied by one of my fast and favorite lunch time salads.

Salad Base

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This can be stored for up to 4 days if it will make it that long in your fridge!

What You Will Need:

  • 4 cups of kale chopped
  • 4 cups of cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 large lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop the kale so that is mini bite sized and add to the cooled quinoa - mix thoroughly to incorporate.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the 2 lemons all over the kale and quinoa and mix - add salt and pepper to taste.

This is the base to all your salads and is the canvas to yummy meals!

Kale and Fennel Chicken Salad

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We always have pre-cooked chicken breasts on hand for fast meals - but this week the fennel was a new visitor in our fridge.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups kale & quinoa salad base
  • 1/4 of a bulb of fennel
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 of an avacado
  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • dressing of choice

Directions:

  1. Add the salad base and top with sliced fennel, haled cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado and sprinkle  on the almonds
  2. Finish with a little of your favorite dressing and bon appetite!

You can add anything you want to make this salad your favorite and the best part is it travels well, doesn’t wilt and will still hold the crunch and flavor!

Tagged: #recipes

Wanderlust-ing: Jamaican Us Happy

We a wanda-lustin’ mon!  And our sights are set on Jamaica: not only for the beautiful scenery and untouched land, but for the food also.  Blue waters, lush flora and jerk chicken!  Below is the Goldeneye Resort where you have your own beach—and, of course, your own pool, gardens, and staff.

Walk over to GoldenEye for a spa treatment, for sunset cocktails at the Bizot Bar, or for dinner at the Gazebo. Removed from the real world in peace and tranquility - Really, it’s the best of all worlds.

Of course, there’s the history. Fleming, and his character, Bond. James Bond. If these walls could talk they’d tell tales of artists and writers, spies and seducers. The romantic atmosphere is palpable. The vibe, utterly relaxing, though you may feel the inspiration that lives here, still.

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GoldenEye History: Ian Fleming


Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during WWII, sent by Naval Intelligence to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. It was difficult for him to keep his mind on the war, such was the beauty of the place and its people. It was love at first glance. Paradise on earth. He knew that when the war ended, it was there that he would live out his life, in the sun, by the sea. He had visited a property on the sea in the little village of Oracabessa Bay, which means “golden head.” By chance he had been working on a naval operation called GoldenEye. He bought the property, and when the war ended, built his dream house–a perfect place to heal the psychic wounds of war and escape the civility of civilization. Above all it was a place to dream. And it was at GoldenEye that he dreamed up James Bond, 007, who turned out to be an escape for millions of readers.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is JUST around the corner…this Sunday! And I am sure, like both of us, you haven’t gotten further than the THOUGHT of buying a gift.  Flowers are good for when you don’t live in the same city, and the Apple photo book has done too many times, so what to buy?

We have it!  Below is our carefully curated Mom’s Gift list - we did the work for you, so now just make sure Mother’s Day is as special as she is:

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Buy it here:

  1. Camel Monogramed Pouch - Rebecca Minkoff  - $280.00
    Perfect for makeup, as a clutch or an extra purse pouch and the monogramming makes it more “hers”.

  2. Scarf - Somaly Foundation - $50.00
    Support a cause while supporting your ma!  Even though it is almost shorts season, this can be used for those cool summer nights!

  3. Book - Find it in Everything by Drew Barrymore  - $18.00
    This book is precious - a compilation hearts photographed in nature, life and on a stroll down the street. From your heart to hers.

  4. Earrings - Oscar De Le Renta - $395.00
    These are everything - the drop, the vintage beading and the color - surprise mama with this statement piece.

  5. Key Wine Opener - Jayson Home - $48.00
    For the mom that likes to have her wine and drink it too…this is key!

  6. Black & White Throw - Jayson Home - $150.00
    For your summer home or curling up and watching a movie together, you can’t go wrong with something cozy that can be shared.

  7. Candle - Jayson Home - Starting at $65.00
    Because most moms love a good candle, right?!  Let her have a relaxing bath and light one of these.

  8. The Glow An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood - $30.00 
    For the new mom - this book is amazing.  It is a glimpse into the lives of several fashionable moms (and all their secrets).

  9. Glass & Metal Terrarium - Jayson Home $95.00
    Don’t spend a fortune buying one of those little terrarium’s that are pre-made - make one yourself with this!

  10. Lipstick - Tory Burch Beauty - $32.00
    With the exquisite packaging on Tory Burch’s beauty line, a lipstick can be a gift all itself - give her a nice ‘pop’ color for summer.

  11. Secret Brightening Pen - Laura Mercier - $30.00
    I mean, cause all of us, not just our hard working moms, need to cover up the lack of sleep sometimes.

  12. "I Love You" Necklace - Jenifer Meyer - $675.00
    Nothing says “I Love You, Mom” quite like a necklace that says “I Love You”

  13. Market Basket - Jayson Home - Starting at $45.00
    Throw in some speciality foods, a bottle of champs and a wildflower bouquet and you have the perfect Mother’s day picnic and a basket she can re-use at the market.

  14. Notebooks - Jayson Home - $10.00
    For her lists, thoughts, and jots - with the cute tie string it can hold in receipts, recipes and more!

  15. Travel Perfume - Le Labo - $145.00
    For the mom on the go - after the gym, jumping in the car, or on the way to work - Le Labo’s scents are soft and specialized for all!

Happy Mother’s Day to Our Moms, Your Moms and Every Mom!

Tagged: #currentcrush

Met Gala 2014: Best Dressed

Our take on the 2014 Met Gala fashion: from whimsical to pastel we have a winner for each! 

Best Black & White:

We couldn’t choose between Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung or Charlize  Theron in Dior - so it’s a tie! STUNNING Ladies!

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Best Color Combo:

Thought it was a littttttle basic, Emma Stone in Thakoon has a fab color combo…we are fans!

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Best Nude:

Suki Waterhouse looked absolutely beautiful in the nude and blush ruffle number by Burberry with the perfect up-do!

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Best Pastel:

Toni Garrn wowed in this pale blue Topshop dress - and her hair and makeup are perfectly dramatic!

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Best Yellow:

There were a few yellow numbers this year but Jourdan Dunn in Topshop was the only one that wasn’t a “lemon”…she looked perfect in this silhouette and color!

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Best Unique Look:

Naomi Watts in Givenchy Haute Couture - we can’t if it’s amazing or too much so we called it unique - the details and lavender ombre though are amazing!

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Best Whimiscal:

Tabitha Simmons in her tulle Dolce & Gabbana is not best dressed but this is what we want to se - dresses we wouldn’t normally see at the met gala - even though she looks like a small floral shop, we love it.

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Best Couple:

It’s a TIE (get it)! We couldn’t pick between Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci or the obvious Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren and Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. - so we gave it to them both!

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Best Overall:

Karolína Kurková in Marchesa was phenomenal - edgy, floral, out there - it was JUST what we like to see from the met ball…Bravo!

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Tagged: #fashion
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