Mind Body Soul

Happy Friday everyone! To start the New Year off right, I reached out to Marjan Afshar who is a Functional Nutritionist/ R.D. to hear her thoughts on nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness.

Julie : Tell me a little about yourself and your background in nutrition?

Marjan : My journey in Nutrition and Wellness began when I was studying Pre-med in college. I developed this passion from the nutrition classes I took and learned more and more about how food is medicine and the internal/external benefits that clean eating has on your body. I continued my education through the years and became a Registered Dietician, Holistic wellness coach, and did years and years of self education/ research while being a busy mom of 3 kids and a wife. With my background and passion, everything has followed in a natural progression and my ability to help others has truly planted its own seeds, and I love sharing the abundance of what I’ve planted with my clients.

Julie : Tell me about what you do for your clients and ways you would like to expand your business?

Marjan : My main Goal for my clients is to give them the ability to believe in themselves and find the right system for their unique DNA creation. We are all built with a different creation and I love tweaking and mixing plans for my clients. I usually start my clients with a reset to detox their bodies from the buildup that’s been accumulated through the years. Once the reset is accomplished, I provide my clients with custom designed plans that consists of clean eating regimens and wellness rituals.

Julie : Any tips for starting off the new year right with a clean and healthy lifestyle?

Marjan : 2021 is definitely the perfect year to reward yourself to indulge into the areas of your life that you want to improve. The opportunities and desires you have for yourself are limitless and I want you to believe in that power. I would suggest starting a new time-lined spiritual detox (yoga, daily meditation) combined with a functional food detox which will to help eliminate the stress buildup in our bodies from this past year. This will provide you with a clean slate and will inevitably allow you to start accomplishing your goals/resolutions.

Julie : Morning Ritual ?

Marjan : I try to start my day with a quick meditation and a few breathing exercises to allow myself to center with how my body is feeling that morning. I then start my day with a cup of hot water and the juice of 1/2 small lemon which wakes up my digestive system while I read my emails, while my coffee is brewing.

Julie : What is your daily vitamin regimen?

Marjan : I’m very picky when it comes to many vitamins that my clients or myself take because so many vitamins are sourced commercially and I believe that vitamins need to be sourced from the outmost highest quality. My staple vitamins that take daily are Multi Vitamins, Vitamin C, D3, Omega 3, a Turmeric supplement and at night I take Magnesium/Collagen blend before bed (Beauty and sleep blend by Ancient Nutrition). I add supplements and tweak supplements and adaptogens to my regimen when I think my body needs it.

Julie : What type of yoga do you practice and do you have a favorite online class?

Marjan : Kundalini Yoga is my favorite type of Yoga,. It is a physical and spiritual practice that uses breath-work and sounds combined with yoga poses to create a reenergizing experience that has allowed me to eliminate what doesn’t emotionally/mentally serve me well anymore. I practice Thursday mornings on a virtual Facebook Live with Alexandra Reza at 9:00am and Friday mornings on IG live with “limitlessstrength’ at 8:00am.

Julie : Favorite workout outfit?

Marjan : Alo yoga because its flattering and chic to wear out while running errands after light workouts. I really like Noli yoga for their leggings too!

Julie : What are your five kitchen must haves?

Marjan : A small food processor for my pestos and nut cremes. A Vitamix for my daily smoothies, nut milks and soups. wooden spoons from Williams Sonoma because they come in all shapes and sizes, last long and great for not letting toxins leach into the food while cooking. Le Creuset or Green Pans are my favorite choice of cookware. Parchment paper because I bake and roast so often.

Julie : What is your guilty pleasure?

Marjan : Japanese Mochi Ice Cream and French Red Wine.

Julie : What are your must have items that everyone should stock in their pantry?

Marjan : My pantry is always packed with a variety of seeds, nuts and nut flours. I always have a good variety of gluten free ramen noodles because we eat bowls and ramen soups with lots of veggies so often. A variety of good quality extra virgin olive oil from different regions is one of my favorite sections of my pantry because each olive oil has a unique flavor and reminds me of our summer holidays.

Julie : What is your favorite Fall purchase?

Marjan : Our Peloton treadmill

Julie : What are your key elements that keep you cozy in your home?

Marjan : A variety of Herbal teas, and lots of salt blends for my bath rituals.

Julie : What is your favorite recipe?

Marjan : Sunflower butter chocolate chip cookies that are packed with nutrients and still so satisfying. You can find the recipe here.

Thank you Marjan for answering all my questions. You can follow Marjan on her IG account Makemefeelgoodfood where she shares healthy lifestyle tips and recipes. Have a great weekend!




Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my dog Archie. Archie is hopefully getting a brother or sister in the next couple of months. With that being said, I compiled a list of some my favorite dog products. Enjoy!

  1. Orvis Leather Dog Collar & Leash These are the best, they last forever.
  2. Orvis Bolster Dog Bed
  3. Mark & Graham Personalized Pillow Bed
  4. Puppia Camo Dog Harness Archie wears the size large.
  5. Staud x C. Bonz custom dog embroidery sweatshirt Too cute, picture below.
  6. Mark & Graham Personalized Cable Knit Dog Sweater
  7. Personalized Velvet Dog Collar
  8. Pet Portrait Dog Pillow
  9. Custom Pet Portrait Pillow
  10. Mark & Graham Dipped Ceramic Personalized Dog Bowls
  11. Collapsible Dog Bowl Set of 2 great for long walks.
  12. Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Grooming Rise & Shampoo
  13. Lucy & Co Big Bear Fleece Puffer Vest
  14. Dog Bone Cookie Cutter Set

A fun activity over the holidays is baking dog treats. My mom just made them for Archie and he loved them! Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

Kitchen Katch-Up

I have been spending more time then ever in the kitchen this past year. I’ve needed to replace some kitchen staples which I’ve listed below along with some other items I’ve coveting.

  1. Food52 Oven Mitt Set I just ordered these, I think they will be easier to clean then the all fabric ones.
  2. Epicurian Cutting Boards All natural materials and dishwasher safe, just ordered and LOVE (got 3 different sizes).
  3. Smeg Citrus Juicer This will definitely help making margaritas easier.
  4. The Always Pan The IT pan!
  5. Colorful Market Dishcloth Set I need to replace mine often.
  6. Estelle Colored Glass Cake Stand also love the Stemless Glass Set
  7. Silpat Half Sheet Set of 2, it’s finally time to replace mine after many years.
  8. Colina Ceramic Canister
  9. KINTO Handmade Ceramic Mugs
  10. Hawkins New York Low Bowl We use our shallow bowls all the time. Everything looks and tastes better in a shallow bowl.
  11. La DoubleJ Big Pineapple Porcelain Vase Love the colors!
  12. La DoubleJ Bowl & Plate Set These are beautiful.
  13. Boho Ceramic Tumbler

Outfit: Sweater // Chinos (on sale), Heart Necklace //Mini Chainlink Necklace // Earrings // Headband (similar to above)

Have a great weekend!



Tree Candy

Christmas is fast approaching and I wanted to share these beautiful porcelain ornaments that my friend Jeanette Prestandrea is making in her NY studio. Each ornament is hand painted and fired in a kiln at 1422 degrees. This process ensures that each piece is completely one of a kind. You can learn more about Jeanette and her beautiful works of art here. They are the perfect ornaments to adorn your tree this holiday season!

To order contact Jeanette directly at prestandrea@optionline.net or DM her on Instagram here.

Large ornaments 3.5″ are $50 and small ornaments 2.5″ are $25.

Now it’s time for a give-a-way! Check out my Instagram page today to enter to win one of the above ornaments.



Tip Top Table

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I wanted to share my Thanksgiving table setting which I enjoyed putting together. I was on the hunt for an affordable gingham table cloth this year and I found one at Amazon. I lined the table with Silver Dollar Eucalyptus branches that I found at Whole Foods along with oversized pink daisies. I filled in the gaps with dried orange slices, persimmons, mini pumpkins, and amber colored candles. Below are all the table setting details along with what I wore.

  1. Commes Des Garcons Play Button Down FRWD, $279. Runs small size up, I’m wearing a medium. It’s one of my favorite dressy button downs.
  2. Mother Faux Leather Pants Revolve, $218. These have been selling out but Revolve has a full size run.
  3. Golden Goose Super Star Low Top Black Sneakers Nordstrom, $530. These are great for a dressier look.
  4. Meredith Quill Heart Pendant Necklace Etsy, $60. Love that is comes black, pink, turquoise, and blue now. Great holiday gift!
  5. Topshop Ami Borg Faux Fur Jacket Nordstrom, $135. Mine is Zara and sold out but found this similar one at Nordstrom.
  6. Cottage Style Buffalo Check Rustic Style Table Cloth Amazon, $31.99. 100% cotton. Quality is really nice for the price.
  7. Turquoise Folding Chairs Walmart, $34. I get a lot of use out of my colorful folding chairs.
  8. Grapefruit & Fig Candle Lineage Goods, $24.
  9. Mermade Hair Waver, Mermadehair, $60. My daughter introduced me to this curler and I love it! It comes in two sizes a small and medium depending on how long your hair is.

A couple Cyber Monday Sale Highlights

Jenni Kayne 20% off – Shearling Slide Sandal // Shearling Moc Clog // Suede Moc Boot //Cashmere Beanie // Cashmere Fingerless Gloves

Christy Dawn 30% off – Plum Dress // Basil Dress // Amiee Dress // Noah Dress

Alo – Lounge Legging // High-waist Airlift Capri // Bae Hoodie

Mansur Gavriel – Dream Ballerina // Shearling Mini Bucket Bag // Sock Loafer // Large Tote

Leatherology 20% off – Elizabeth Bag // Train Cosmetic case // Envelope Computer Clutch

Top Trending

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

A couple sales to look out for Shopbop is doing 20% off all orders $200 or more, Anthropologie is doing 30% off all purchases, and Jenni Kanye is doing 20% all purchases. Now onto my list of Top Trending products.

  1. Ray Ban Hexagonal Flat Lens Glasses Saks, $107.
  2. Ninja Air Fryer Amazon, $99.
  3. Super Cozy Waffle Pajamans J. Crew, $98. J. Crew is running a 50% off Black Friday sale.
  4. Year of Ours Sweat Pants Shopbop, $69. 20% off all purchases today.
  5. Stand Studio Maria Jacket Carbon 38, $529. Carbon 38 is running 30% off site wide sale.
  6. Kitchen Aid Artisan White Mixer with Hobnail Bowl Williams Sonoma, $499.
  7. Madewell Drawstring Bag Zappos, $126.
  8. Rain Boot Everlane, $75.
  9. GE Opal Nugget Ice maker Amazon, $440. Makes the best ice!
  10. Fujifilm Instax 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera Amazon, $119.
  11. Adventure Travel Tumbler Stanley, $40. & Simple Modern Tumbler with Straw Amazon, $18.99.
  12. APL Wave Trainer Sneakers Free People, $225. They come in several different colors.
  13. Gucci Leather Belt Net-a-Porter, $470.
  14. Align Pant 25″ Lululemon, $98 & Wunder Under High Rise Tight Lululemon, $98.
  15. Bala 1 Pound Bangles Revolve, $49.
  16. Apple Air Pod Pro Kohl’s, $249. Not pictured above.
  17. Diptyque Figue Candle Nordstrom, $36-$68. Not pictured above.

Below is a recap of all of the holiday gift guides I’ve done over the past couple of weeks. Happy Shopping!

Get Your Gift On // Budget Gift Guide // Teengle Bells // Holiday Set // Home for the Holidays // Etsy Gift Guide

Giving Thanks

I want to wish each and everyone of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all of you and for your support. My blog has been a great creative outlet for me, especially throughout this year. Lots of love to everyone!



Home for the Holidays

Many of us will be home for the holidays so I wanted to share some houseware items and gifts that I’m loving.

  1. Frayed Linen Runner Jenni Kayne, $110. Above picture.
  2. All Clad Roasting Pan Williams Sonoma, $179.95. I have the large and it works great for a Thanksgiving turkey.
  3. Set of 4 Placemats Mirth, $80 & Set of 4 Scalloped Napkins Mirth, $84. Mirth just launched their tabletop collection.
  4. Hawkins New York Dinner Plates Set of 4 Nordstrom, $96. Comes in Blush & Bone. All Hawkins New York dishes at Nordstrom here.
  5. Breville Barista Expresso Machine Amazon, $684. This made my girls holiday wish list.
  6. Alfred Tea Matcha Gift Set Nordstrom, $75.
  7. Eames House Minimal Print Etsy, $47.
  8. Handmade Plaid Stockings Lulu & Georgia, $78. So cute!
  9. Paradiso Glass Candle Stick Blush West Elm, $32. These would be pretty for Thanksgiving.
  10. 20 Inch Fresh Olive Leaf Wreath Williams Sonoma, $69. Williams Sonoma has a beautiful selection of fresh wreaths.
  11. Food 52 Set of 3 Knives in Blush Pink Nordstrom, $132.
  12. Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven Williams Sonoma.
  13. Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit Williams Sonoma, $69. Fun project for the kids over the holidays.
  14. Ultimate Apron Food 52 Nordstrom, $45. I like the dusty rose.
  15. Advent Calendar of the Month Nepresso, $39. A different Nespresso pod for every day of the month.

I’ve been updating my SHOP IT page check it out here.

Food52 x Nordstrom

Nordstrom just announced cult favorite Food52 is bringing their curated selection of kitchen wear to Nordstrom. At Food52, it isn’t just about great food it’s about the elements that come into play to create the meal. To shop the whole FIVE.TWO collection at Nordstrom click here.

  1. The Ultimate Apron Nordstrom, $45.
  2. Set of Essential Knives Nordstrom, $139. Love the Rhubarb color!
  3. 5 Pack Silicone Utensils Nordstrom, $49.
  4. Set of 4 Cotton Napkins Nordstrom, $30.
  5. Set of 4 White Dinner Plates Nordstrom, $79.
  6. Set of 4 Shallow Bowls Nordstrom, $69.
  7. Set of 4 Kitchen Towels Nordstrom, $39.
  8. 11 Piece Cookware Set Nordstrom, $429.

The Etsy Awards

The Etsy Design Awards (aka The Etsies) are Etsy’s global award program. They are honoring the work of sellers from around the world and across multiple categories. The 100 finalists are in, and I’ve highlighted my favorites from the list. To see the whole list click here.

  1. Fromfran Rainbow Coffee Cub & Saucer Etsy, $46.
  2. Melanie Abrantes Marais Vase Esty, $160.
  3. Tiletiletesto Black and White Wooden Ceramic Plate Etsy, $50.
  4. OmiWoods The Cowrie Infinity Necklace Etsy, $128.
  5. Danibarbe Ombre Raw Gemstone Ring Esty, $126.
  6. Maisolorzano Handcrafted Gold Seed Dangle Bracelet Etsy, $366.
  7. Atuko Long Bohemian Tunic Sweater Dress Etsy, $477.
  8. Linen Fox Mimosa Wrap Dress Etsy, $100.
  9. Yarkate Off the Shoulder Linen Dress Etsy, $129.
  10. Emmamakestudio Ethiopian Ravine Artwork Etsy, $18.
  11. Ingrid Beddoes Arial Beach Photography Print Etsy, $55.
  12. Alina Stilgenbauer Large Abstract Painting on Canvas Etsy, $340.
  13. 9 House Pet Design Pet Bowl Stand Etsy, $115.

Amber Lewis for Anthropologie

Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors has teamed up with Anthropologie to debut her carefree California style with this amazing home collection. Check it all out here.

  1. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Stemless Wine Glasses
  2. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Striped Duvet Cover
  3. Amber Lewis x Antropologie Grayston Tablecloth
  4. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Set of 4 Napkins
  5. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Ferndale Pillow
  6. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Marana Table Lamp
  7. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Amboy Knit Throw Blanket
  8. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Set of 4 Dinner Plates
  9. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Theo Arm Chair
  10. Amber Lewis x Anthropologie Audette Rug

Say Cheese

Yesterday I hosted a small gathering to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I used mini wooden bread boards (that I got from my friend) and made individual cheese boards. The boards had sharp cheddar, brie, seasoned cashews (from this week’s Thai Chicken dish), olives, apple slices, crackers, olive bread, and rosemary garnish. For lunch I served three different salads (Mediterranean Quinoa, Italian Chopped, and Nectarine Fennel & Arugula). Drinks consisted of Skinny Margaritas, Mimosa’s, and mint iced tea. I decorated with colorful Gerber Daisies and spread Turkish towels (these make a great gifts) around the yard. It was a fun way to celebrate my sister’s birthday.

Hope everyone has a nice long weekend!




Over the weekend I put together floral arrangements for a small outside gathering. I used distressed painted mason jars in bright colors for the vases. Painted mason jars are my go to when doing colorful floral arrangements. Click here to learn how to make them at home. I picked up greenery and florals at Trader Joe’s and was able to create a beautiful table setting that was simple and easy to execute. It went perfectly with the boho picnic vibe we were were trying to achieve.

Materials for Painting Mason Jars

Have fun!



Back to School

Back to school shopping looks a bit different this year for my girls. Less about clothing and sneakers and more about the best set up for at home learning. Both girls have desks from West Elm (this one & this one), along with this comfy chair. Other room upgrades include a new chandelier (& this one), table lamp, drawer organizer set, bulletin board, personalized memo paper, faux fur seat cushion, and candle.

Wishing everyone’s children a great start to the school year!