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My 2018 Cooking #GOALS

Okay, real talk. Looking at all of the social media posts of meals couples made on their Valentine’s Day dates was barf-inducing. So finally after logging out when I just couldn’t take anymore, I went browsing my bookmarks, Pinterest, and Tumblr to create a list of #GOALS for the year. Being single can suck when it comes to cooking because when it comes to purchasing ingredients you have to be really strategic. Most ingredients, if not all, aren’t packaged for one so creating a menu of meals has to use whatever I’ve purchased so it doesn’t go to waste. Good news is I learned how to cut the recipe for pancakes for a single serving. That’s really all someone needs, right?

Fortunately, I sometimes can get people to try whatever I want to cook which makes things a lot easier. I get to try to make something I haven’t made before, learn a new skill, and they get something (hopefully) delicious in return. It’s a win/win. I have collected maybe hundreds of recipes in tons of places especially virtual places. It’s still a pretty new year so I’m still pretty positive about trying new things so I thought why not choose 12 recipes I really want to try this year. Consider them my #goals for the year in the kitchen. Since it’s February I should probably get started.

There’s a variety of things including brownies that are claimed to be loved more than the recipe sharer loved Hanson in the 90s. There’s plenty of pasta and some things I’ve never tried to make before (a chocolate tart). There’s also a recipe featuring my arch nemesis, polenta, because the recipe looks way too delicious to pass up. I’m even giving a pass to rosé pasta sauce since everything should be tried at least once. Only time will tell if I end up making any of these during the next 10 months, but I’ll be sure to keep the blog posted on any updates to this list. I’m talking about all the good experiences and the bad.

Below you’ll find my kitchen #goals for the year. If you want more suggestions you can check out my food Pinterest board or the food tag on my Tumblr.

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Loaded Mediterranean Street Fries

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Surviving the Heat: Summer Wellness

Initially when I sat down to write this post I wanted to share some things I do to beat the crazy heat during the summer. Shortly I realized it’s slightly different for everyone and the biggest tip of them all really is just to stay inside and avoid it all. Then I realized maybe it’s best to just share some of the wellness ideas I’m currently incorporating into my life instead. It’s summer and I’m currently existing in the harsh Arizona hellscape so I guess these are currently my best tips for surviving the heat.

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Mix 08 Summer Take 2

Gather round boys and girls it’s time for another monthly playlist. Summer is probably one of the easiest times to make mixes. They just kind of write themselves. There’s always something playing that sticks with me and creates a memory for years to come. Whether it’s enjoying a nice meal with friends at a restaurant or just simply driving in the car when something funny happens, a memory has the ability to stick to these songs like glue (for better or worse). Rather than zone in on a particular summery theme like pool parties, BBQs, or road trips, I decided to try something a little different.

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Denim Shorts 2 Ways

Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.

Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.

Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.

Shop this Post: Frame Denim shortsH&M sweaterAdidas sneakersZara crossbody bagClean UP Dodgers hatTopshop tank topMichael Kors duffleQuay sunglassesAncient Greek sandalsMadewell rings

Styled: Boyfriend Jeans

A good pair of boyfriend jeans are a wardrobe essential. A girl can never have too many different pairs of jeans. Boyfriend jeans go in and out of style, but right make an outfit look relaxed without trying very hard. They are often baggy with a low waist which is a very 90s type of silhouette for girls. Boyfriends jeans can offset dainty pieces like lace or crop tops to add a little something extra to an outfit.

It girls and fashion girls love boyfriends jeans so there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration. One of my favorite ways to wear distressed boyfriend jeans is with a baggy sweater and loafers. It looks effortlessly chic but not too relaxed where it becomes frumpy. There are tons of different washes, styles, and brands to check out so it’s easy to find the right pair.

If you haven’t considered them before or thought they were out of style here is some inspiration to guide you.

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Bodysuit, Jeans, Sunglasses, Heels, Handbag

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What I’m Wearing

A way back somehow (I’m not very sure how) I began receiving the Goop email newsletter. A long with links to interesting stories on their website the offer tips and tricks, how-to’s and product recommendations on fashion and style. At the very end of the newsletter there’s a section of clothing and accessories they currently love. I think it’s pretty cool because what they choose often puts together a really chic outfit with clickable links to buy.

So I’m super casually borrowing it for my blog. I can’t confirm the people at Goop actually use, wear, or love those stylish pieces, but because this is my blog I can confirm I do. I thought this might be a little different than an #OOTD because I want to share the outfits I’m obsessed with or just think are pretty great.

This outfit I wore to Easter dinner at my parents this past weekend. The birdcage skirt is brand new in the spring releases of Who What Wear’s collection with Target. My only gripe is the white is very…thin when it comes to the sun. No matter what color underclothes I tried to wear there was a shadow or they were visible. I would much rather have this skirt in black (it’s available online). Other than a pretty spring skirt the rest of what I chose were just classics in my closet.

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Hairstyles to Change Things Up

There’s two times I get incredibly bored with myself: the beginning of the year and when something happens that makes me feel like I just need a change. It’s the beginning of the new year so naturally I’m bored with my hair. I think it’s too long and too dull (despite the pretty highlights near the bottom), so I’ve been browsing for ways to change up my hair. Although I probably won’t end up doing it. What I do know is I would love to try out the whole “rose gold” trend. I’ve done it by accident years ago (purple faded to a darkish pink) but after the awkward Bayalage saga of last year I’m avoiding colors at all costs.

I mean what if they ask me just how many strands of rose gold hair color I want to end up with? Yes…that’s basically what happened last time I added color to my hair. Color isn’t the only issue, styling becomes boring too. Not to mention the damage caused by styling tools. Hopefully I can find something new to do with my hair…

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