Coolest Cropped Jeans Jacket

A few posts back I did a write up about this bomb as vegan clothing line I found called Olaf Designs Studio. Ten percent of all sales are donated to Animals Australia which is something to feel great about.  Aside from the top and skirt in the other post, I also got this amazing denim jacket.  It is the perfect crop for the summer.  Or any day in Southern California (don’t be jealous, just move here).  You’ll definitely see me sporting it a lot in the next few months.  I love it!

Jacket: Olaf Designs Studio

Jeans: Levis

Vegan “Meatloaf” Muffins

I’m not a huge cook, but recently I’ve been trying to change that.  My boyfriend, Adam, and I are always trying to veganize recipes from our childhood.  We are huge fans of Beyond Meat products and have been buying the new Beyond Burgers a lot.  One day Adam looked at the patties and said, “I bet you could make meatloaf out of these.”  And with that…we did!  

Here is what you’ll need:

3 packages of Beyond Meat: The Beyond Burger (1.5lbs)

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs – I like Ian’s Panko Bread Crumbs

1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal combined with 3 tbsp of water)

Mushrooms (I used 5-6 large white ones)

1 onion

1 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)

4 cups spinach/kale mix or just spinach (chopped)

1/4 cup ketchup (I try to buy ones without high fructose corn syrup)

2 tbsp Dijon mustard (I used Tabasco’s Spicy Brown mustard which is BOMB!)

1 tbsp Tomato Paste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  In a small bowl combine the flax meal and water and set aside to thicken.
  2. Chop up the onion and mushrooms and sautée in a pan until the onions are translucent.
  3. Measure out one cup of parsley and four cups of spinach and then chop them up throughly.
  4. In a large bowl combine the Beyond Burgers, spinach, parsley, bread crumbs, mustard, tomato paste, flax egg, ketchup, mushrooms and onion mix, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  5. Transfer the mixture to muffin pans.  Depending on your pan, you may need to spray it with non-stick spray.  I always do just for good measure.  Fill the muffins up to the top, they don’t spill over so make them full as you like.  It should make about 15-16 muffins.  More or less depending on how big your onion/mushroom mix is.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Once the top is nice and browned is when they’re done.
  7. Enjoy!

PS:  I guarantee you can use these Beyond Burgers in your mom’s meatloaf recipe and it would be delicious.

 

 

Olaf Design Studio

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One of the things I love about the internet is that it connects you with people that you never knew existed.  I am constantly discovering new clothing lines via the inter web,  and I especially love ones that share the same values as me, which is why I was stoked to discover Olaf Design Studio.  Their mission statement: “Build a wardrobe of beautiful, flattering essentials and feel good getting dressed every morning. Vegan. Sustainable. Ethical. These are the cornerstones of what we’re all about. A Brisbane based label where everything is designed and made under one roof, using fabrics that are friendly to animals and the environment. They look better, feel better and wear longer. Simple, classic staple pieces that never go out of style. It is my hope that by creating and consuming mindfully, we will discourage the pervasive view of clothing as disposable.”

The line is so airy and feminine.  It’s perfect for the Southern California weather.  One thing I love about smaller, independent clothing lines are the personal touches.  When my package arrived there were cute little hand written notes on how to wash the clothes.  Now, that might not sound exciting, but the fact that someone took the time to make them means they care.  This such an awesome line and I love supporting it, oh and 10% of all sales are donated to Animals Australia…HOW COOL IS THAT!?!

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Pansy Shirt in Ocean Washed Crepe

Yarrow Skirt in Black Cotton Twill

Boots

Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 and Warrior by Naomi

 

 

Perfect Date Night Outfit

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I’m gonna come out and say it, I hate Valentine’s Day.  I think it’s pretty dumb and I’ll tell you why: you should be doing nice things for your significant other all the time.  Not just one day when everything is over priced.  I don’t think I’ve ever been into it and thankfully, Adam, isn’t either.

So, this outfit is for an anytime date.  Could be day or night which is one of the reasons that I love it.  I’ve been really into white as of late, as well as these higher necks on shirts and dresses.  It makes me feel Victorian or something.  I also love the sheerness of the top.  You could easily rock a sexy black bra underneath it as well.

The jacket was a total steal.  I was paying for an item at Zara one day when I overheard the girl next to me talking about the jacket she was buying.  The saleswoman told her the jacket was actually 60% off.  So I immediately left the counter and headed to the racket with the jackets, praying that it might actually be vegan and IT WAS!  It looks and feels like suede but it’s not and it’s nice and light so it’s perfect for So Cal weather.

The shoes I found at Ross on NYE when I was supposed to be shopping for a necklace organizer.  But we all know you can’t go into Ross and just buy the one thing you went there for when they have so many great deals.

And lastly the awesome dangling heart earrings I’m wearing, Adam got for me over the holiday in Kauai.  They were hand made by a local.

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Top: SheIn

Jeans: Paige

Shoes: Ross

Jacket: Zara

Photos by Matt Misisco

 

Fun and Games

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Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city.  I hardly ever do it and I’m realizing that I should be.  On a whim, Adam and I decided to head down for a day at the Santa Monica Pier.  It’s been so long since I’ve been there but it was a fun day date.  You can play games, ride rides and get your fortune told.  It’s took me back to my childhood.  Part of my resolutions are to have more fun this year.  Say yes to stuff and not be so boring.  🙂

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Clearly by the look on my face in the last photo, I’m terrible at these games.  But I had fun anyway!

Top: Chicwish

Pants: C/Meo Collective (thrifted at Wasteland)

Shoes: Lulu’s

Purse: Antik Kraft

Jumpsuits and Denim

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I’ve said it many times but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jumpsuits.  Like I just want wear them all day, everyday.  They are so versatile and I think they flatter every woman’s body. You can dress them up or dress them down.  I find it to be an effortlessly cool look.

My friends and I do these “clothing swaps” where we all bring thing we don’t want or don’t wear and then we go through each others clothes and try to find things that work for us.  Many of my friends are a lot shorter than I am which can make it harder to swap clothes with.  My friend Pippa has great style and I tend to love everything she brings to the clothing swaps, but the problem is that she is 5’2 and I am 5’9.  But when she brought this jumpsuit to the swap, I knew I had to have it.  And luckily when I tried it on, it was the perfect cropped length.  In the past I have found things in stores or clothing swaps that were a little too short in a not cute way,  and I just had them hemmed up a little bit more and then they are the perfect cropped pant! Easy Peasy!

I also got this jacket from Pip.  You can see how it just looks like a cute cropped jean jacket where as on her, it’s was a normal jean jacket.

And my badass vegan shoes I purchased at Nasty Gal.  Obsessed with them.  Be prepared to see them paired up with a lot of outfits.

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Jumpsuit: Unknown

Jacket: Juicy

Shoes: Nasty Gal

Photos by Matt Misisco