If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have seen quite a few of sneak peeks of the new Spring Collection, which will be launching in the next couple weeks. Well here’s another one for you! Thanks to everyone who’s “Liked” the new chain rings, I have a feeling that’s going to be a favorite this season. What are some of your favorite looks for the spring? Leave a comment!
As we close out Black History Month I thought it be only fitting to close out the “Black Herstory: Fashionable Beauty” posts with our very own First Lady Michelle Obama. As a mom, wife, career driven, humanitarian and community leader she has also been given the title a style icon. What I admire most about our First Lady is that she’s living proof of it doesn’t matter where you come from, if you’re determined enough to achieve your goals, you can work hard at it and achieve them. So here’s to our First Lady!
Once again today’s Make It Monday is a recipe. Last month I had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful raw vegan restaurant called Tassali’s Raw Reality in Atlanta’s West End. It’s one of those spots that’s very casual and has home feel to it. One of the things that I tried was the Spicy Naked Tacos and in one word it was DELICIOUS! Made with a sunflower and chili pate topped with guacamole and salsa on kale leaves, I found myself scraping my plate when I was done.
Last week I was in the mood for this wonderful dish, but it was mid week and I wasn’t in the mood to venture downtown, so I decided to come up with my own version. It didn’t taste exactly like the one at Tassali’s, but it came close and I was satisfied. Here’s the recipe I came up with for my version. If you haven’t eaten at Tassali’s you definitely need to add it a “To Try” spot.
Chili Infused Sunflower Seeds
1 cup of sunflower seeds (soaked in water for a 4 hours)
3 dry chili peppers
¼ cup of olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons of honey
¼ tsp Sea Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Onion Powder
3-4 dashes of Spiced Chipotle Pepper Powder (very spicy)
- Soak sunflower seeds for about 4-6 hours in water.
- Drain sunflower seeds and add a to food processor, process seeds until they are grainy.
- Add chili peppers, olive oil, honey to food processor and pulse with sunflower seeds for a few minutes until a pate texture is achieved.
- Spoon pate into a bowl and add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and mix.
- Add 2 dashes of the Spiced Chipotle Pepper Powder at a time and taste to achieve the spiciness you like.
- Add pate to a bed of organic chopped kale and top with homemade guacamole.
I hope you’re enjoying our weekly Fashionable Beauty posts. NYFW ended last week and I thought it would be very fitting for our next beauty to be from the fashion world. This week’s Fashionable Beauty is the wonderful Tracy Reese. This Detroit native’s designs are full of bold color and prints. What I love about her style (besides for the fact that it has a slight Bohemian flavor) is that much of her clothing is versatile, I can go from office to drinks and not have worry about changing. Her sense of style just makes you want to smile.
Check out her lookbook, what are some of your favorite pieces?
Old man winter seems to be in for the long haul. Between extreme cold fronts and snow and ice storms I think it’s safe to say we can’t wait for spring to arrive. Right now in Atlanta it’s actually pretty nice, for now at least, that will all change in a couple of weeks when our next cold front rolls through.
The one thing I do love about winter is that it’s soup season. A few months back my husband brought home wonton soup (with meat in it of course). So I thought to myself, I do have some veggie wontons from the Asian supermarket in the freezer, why not make a meatless one. Luckily enough I had all of the ingredients in my fridge and cupboards. It came out very tasty and I even had enough leftovers for lunch the next day—even better!
Veggie Wonton Soup
2 cups of vegetable broth
½ cup sliced mushrooms
1 Tablespoon of chopped scallion
1 cup of baby spinach
6 frozen veggie wontons
- Steam wontons according to directions on package less 3 minutes.
- In a saucepan sauté mushrooms, chopped scallions and baby spinach in a little olive oil.
- Slowly add vegetable broth vegetables and add sea salt and pepper to your liking.
- Allow soup to simmer on low for at least 20 minutes.
- Then add the steamed wontons to the soup and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Thank you to all of the contestants who created boards and uploaded pins. Congrats to Debbie Craft on winning a $25 gift card to our Etsy store. Take a look at Debbie’s beautiful board. A special thank to our judges Miss Mikelah from Style and Vibes and Carla from Soulster Vibes.
The one thing I do miss about the city (NYC) is the street fashion overall, but particularly around Mercedes Benz’s Fashion week. During fashion most people rush off to see the hottest new trend and styles strut the runway, but you’ll find some amazing fashion styles and trends right in the streets. What’s so great about fashion overall is that it’s so versatile, every one has a unique style that makes them…them! We may not always like each other’s style, but I believe that a body is a canvas that deserves to be painted with whatever articles of clothing, jewelry and/or accessory that tickles your fancy.
Since I don’t have the privilege of actually experiencing the street style fashion at NYFW I took to handy Instagram and used the hashtag #nyfw2014 and #streetstyle to curate a mini gallery of street styles that I loved. I’m a strong believer in giving credit where it’s due so I’ve included the Instagram handles for each of the street style subjects and/or photographers. Enjoy and let me know which ones are your favorites.