WIAW: Food Fails & Fashion Talk

I like trying out new recipes, and just new things in general, but unfortunately, they don’t always work out in my favor. I bookmark recipes with high hopes that they’ll be amazing and sometimes they’re not but that’s okay! That’s why I like to throw some new things into the mix but keep some old favorites so I’m never totally disappointed.

Breakfast: cacao banana softserve with Sunwarrior, cacao and lucuma powders, topped with buckwheat rawnola and raw pumpkin seeds.

Breakfast: cacao banana softserve with Sunwarrior, cacao and lucuma powders, topped with buckwheat rawnola and raw pumpkin seeds.

This isn’t really a fail, but more like a weird thing I’ve been doing lately. I used to be able to blend my banana softserve with just bananas, and it would turn out smooth and creamy every time. Now that I’ve been doing add-ins everyday, I’ve needed to add in a splash of coconut milk to get things moving. Not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes the softserve turns out more like a thick soup than ice cream. Trial and error!

Lunch: raw taco salad. Base of romaine, dressed with lime juice and cracked pepper, topped with homemade guac, homemade sprouted and dehydrated corn chips. Side of canary melon and water.

Lunch: raw taco salad. Base of romaine, dressed with lime juice and cracked pepper, topped with homemade guac, homemade sprouted and dehydrated corn chips. Side of canary melon and water.

I’ve been trying to perfect the homemade salad dressing. I love cashew based dressings, but they are sometimes chunkier than I’d like them to be. I just can’t get the smooth consistency down, even though I soak the raw cashews beforehand. At least they taste good, right?

Raw snackplate: homemade buckwheat rawnola in coconut milk, half a chocolate coconut Kit's Organic bar, frozen watermelon. carrot, flax crackers, Thai coconut curry cashews.

Raw snackplate: homemade buckwheat rawnola in coconut milk, half a chocolate coconut Kit’s Organic bar, frozen watermelon. carrot, flax crackers, Thai coconut curry cashews.

Snack plates are never a fail! You just can’t go wrong combining different tastes, textures and macros all in one plate. Like I’ve said before, I’m indecisive when it comes to snacks, and I like having a little bit of everything.

Dinner:: raw teriyaki portobello burger (marinated in coconut aminos+liquid smoke and prepped in dehydrator for 30 minutes) on romaine 'bun' topped with homemade cashew pumpkin seed 'pesto' and fresh pineapple.

Dinner:: raw teriyaki portobello burger (marinated in coconut aminos+liquid smoke and prepped in dehydrator for 30 minutes) on romaine ‘bun’ topped with homemade cashew pumpkin seed ‘pesto’ and fresh pineapple.

I had high hopes for my first raw veggie burger, but sadly it wasn’t that great. I think I just don’t like the consistency of portobello mushrooms if they aren’t cooked well enough or at least drained of their excess water. I found a few recipes for raw portobello burgers but they all called for the portobello to be in the dehydrator for at least an hour. I was running short on time and wanted to eat NOW so I set it in there for only half and hour and it wasn’t so tasty. The toppings definitely made up for it though! I’ll definitely try it again when I have more time to let it sit in the dehydrator.

Dessert: chocolate Sunwarrior protein 'pudding' topped with cacao+coconut oil 'magic shell', raspberries and coconut flakes.

Dessert: chocolate Sunwarrior protein ‘pudding’ topped with cacao+coconut oil ‘magic shell’, raspberries and coconut flakes.

The only fail about this was that I ran out of Sunwarrior a week or so ago and had to wait for my order to come in from Amazon before I could start whipping up raw protein-packed desserts. I used to like the Garden of Life RAW protein powders but they’re really chalky and only taste ok in some things, like banana softserve. Lesson learned: Sunwarrior is the best raw protein powder I’ve found so far!

The BEST raw chocolate I've found!

The BEST raw chocolate I’ve found!

I raved about this bar on Instagram the other day. Such a delicious raw treat, but at $5 per bar (and these bars are about half the size of a normal chocolate bar), it’s a once-a-week purchase that I make last for a whole week. I could easily demolish the whole small bar in one day, but that would be a total wallet fail. Maybe I’ll try to make a version of it at home with the lucuma powder I have, coconut oil, cacao and dates. I gotta say though, as much as I like making things from scratch, some things are better storebought. Like this chocolate. And the Living Intentions raw flavored nut mixes I love.

OOTD June 25: black studded tank (Forever 21), light pink high-waisted shorts (Abercrombie & Fitch), unpictured pink heart pendant and white rose ring (F21), white watch (American Eagle), black sparkly flats (Target).

OOTD June 25: black studded tank (Forever 21), light pink high-waisted shorts (Abercrombie & Fitch), unpictured pink heart pendant and white rose ring (F21), white watch (American Eagle), black sparkly flats (Target).

I feel like my style is really evolving lately, and I like it. Both the tank and shorts are recent purchases (bought within the last 3 months) and prior to this year, I would have never bought either. The tank is the first black thing I’ve ever owned as casual wear and though I’m still not a huge fan of black, I think it works well in small doses and paired with pink or white/black patterned things. The shorts are high-waisted, which I never thought I could pull off–they generally work well on curvier girls and I am…not curvy. They may not be as fitted as they’re supposed to be but I really like them and I think they look great with tucked in shirts or cropped tops.

As I’m getting closer to college graduation, I’m reevaluating my closet. As much as I still like most of it (and the rest I gave away to charity–one good thing that came out of the fires was that I was able to donate some of my summer clothes to fire victims!), some of it screams high school, or at least college. I may or may not donate those things, but I know that they’ll probably be more casual and weekend wear for me. I would like to focus on building a more adult casual wardrobe, but especially focus on finding career wear. I have a few things that I got last year when I started with the campus TV station that are definitely work-appropriate, but I need a LOT more (or maybe just want a lot more…). Before this year, I didn’t have a need for a ton of dressy clothes, and while I never wore the typical college kid yoga pants and sweatshirts, my school clothes are a bit too trendy for the workplace. On-air dress code is generally business casual to business (blazers with pencil skirts, solid sheath dresses, etc.) and I’ve never really had a need for those clothes before, so it’ll definitely be a learning experience for me. Luckily, I don’t mind dressing up as long as I can make my outfits fun with a pop of color and such, so I’m excited for what’s ahead fashion-wise.

Do you ever have food or recipe ‘fails’? If you have a job, what’s your dress code? 

Playing Tour Guide

So I’ve been sorta absent around the blogosphere for the past few days, and I’ve really been missing it! I wish I would have been able to post/comment more, but this weekend was move-in weekend at my college, so I was super busy with that. But now I’m back in action 😉 And I’ve got a surprise for all of you…a virtual tour of my new place!

I would have loved to have lived in a campus apartment this year, but my parents thought it would be better to try for those next year, since I don’t have a car and I applied for them too late and the selection was small. I was originally supposed to be in the same dorm building as last year, except on a different wing and in a double-as-single room (a double occupancy room without a roommate). But apparently, in June, my school realized that too many freshman were enrolled than there was housing, and they sent me an email telling me I could upgrade to an actual single room in a much-newer dorm (it was built in 2004!) with a suite-style bathroom for the same price I was paying for the double-as-single. Well, that was a total no-brainer! So here I am in an air-conditioned dorm that seriously looks like a hotel on the inside and out, and I couldn’t be happier! Now I can do (almost) whatever I want in my room without worrying about a roommate’s disapproving look (not that I do anything that weird…) or awkwardness (a la last year). And I don’t even care that I’m only one of the few sophomores on my floor. It actually feels cool to be older-slash-more mature than all the freshies in my hall.

Sink shot! It's way messier than my sink at home, mostly because this sink area is teeny tiny.

Trash and recycling. Going green is cool, yo.

My lovely closet-behing-curtains, which has (almost) as much room as my closet at home, except it's not a walk-in. Bummer.

Testing out the self-pics in the mirror. The lighting sucks, but other than that, pretty decent.

The mystery door. Actually, it leads to the bathroom I share with my 2 suitemates, but I didn't feel like being a creeper and actually taking pics in the bano. It's basically just a toilet, shower, and some towel bars.

My lovely widescreen TV on top of a dresser covered with fashion magazines and my jewelry tree. Wouldn't it be legit if jewelry grew on trees?Fridge--numero uno. Oh yeah, I went there. Such a rebel with 2 fridges. This one is my makeshift "freezer" so I can store more frozen yumminess, like veggie burgers and frozen mango. Being rebellious is worth it.

Microwave and pretty pink dishes! I love having real dishes, even if they're plastic, because it feels more like home.

 

Fridge numero dos. This one works double duty, as a fridge and as a white board. Le-git.

The bed, aka the couch, aka my new breakfast table. Eating breakfast in bed lives up to the hype.
View out my window: I’m 3 stories up, which is nice because no creepers can watch me!

Food stash! I have another bag in my closet, a drawer with some bars in it, and a drawer stuffed full with all kinds of food. I think I'm set for a while...

The "mural" on my wall, plus floor lamp from IKEA. Doesn't this just scream "happy"?

 

Desk, aka study (or not) station. It looks messy, but it's really not, it's just big and has plenty of space to put stuff. Like an amazing lamp I got from IKEA. I love orange.

 
 

What’s your favorite part about moving into a new place? What do you think is the best part of my new room?