Tahini Slaw

img_5264Last night’s dinner consisted of Shawarma Chicken, Roasted Carrots, and this amazing Tahini Slaw that my daughter Zoe made.

Tahini Slaw

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized purple cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of curly purple kale (or any kale) chopped
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 garlic clove minced on a micrograder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

Directions

  1. Place your thinly sliced cabbage and chopped kale in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a glass measuring cup mix your tahini, water, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Depending on how think your tahini is you might need to add more water.
  3. Whisk together until completely combined.
  4. Pour your dressing over your slaw and toss to combine.
  5. Let it rest for about 15-20 mins before serving.

LOVE

img_5112“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela

Picture: Robert Indiana

Vegan Pesto

Vegan Kale Avocado Pesto

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts 
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 cup basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 leaves kale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta (we used Banza chickpea pasta )

 

Directions: In a small pan over medium-low heat, add your pine nuts. Stir constantly to make sure that the heat is being distributed evenly. When the pine nuts turn a golden brown color, remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl. Cook your pasta according to package directions. In a food processor or blender add 1/4 cup of your toasted pine nuts, the avocado, basil, garlic, kale, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add the water as needed to reach your desired pesto consistency. Toss your cooked and drained pasta in your avocado kale pesto. Top with the leftover toasted pine nuts. Enjoy!

 

Summer Essential

If you’re trying to narrow down your summer wardrobe, a fresh white dress is a Summer Essential that’s a must! 

  1. Max Dress Reformation, $118
  2. Oxford Dress Reformation, $278.
  3. Xirena Samantha Dress Shopbop, $244.
  4. Xirena Ruby Dress Shopbop, $218.
  5. Honorine Tired Crinkle Dress Net-a-Porter, $350.
  6. Faithful the Brand Alberte Linen Midi Dress Moda, $280.
  7. Cruise Dress Reformation, $278.
  8. Verona Dress Free People, $128.
  9. Banjanan Bella Dress Tuckernuck, $380.

Photo: Jenny Walton

 

Headbanz

One way to get on a zoom call without having to do your hair is throwing on a cute headband. That’s been my strategy these past couple of weeks. Some cute ones below. 

  1. Loveshackfancy Athena Headband Blue & Cream, $35.
  2. Lele Sadoughi Gingham Headband Blue & Cream, $65.
  3. Twisted Turban Headband Liberty Print Etsy, $14. So many more cute one here.
  4. Eugenia Kim Penny Headband Shopbop, $38.
  5. Lauren Knotted Headband Anthropologie, $18.
  6. Loveshackfancy x Lele Sadoughi Ruched Headband Revolve, $85.
  7. Tenley Embroidered Headband Anthropologie, $18.

Above top is Ulla Johnson similar top here, here, and here. Above headband here

 

Button-Up

img_4920The above picture of Gigi Hadid in her pink Ralph Lauren button down brings me back to high school. My daily uniform consisted of a Polo button down with vintage Levi’s that I scored at our local flea market. Not much has changed, still wearing the same uniform. 
  1. Relaxed Fit Cotton Shirt Ralph Lauren, $128.
  2. Relaxed Parker Shirt Blue & White Stripe Reformation, $78.
  3. Striped Relaxed Print Shirt & Other Stories, $89.
  4. Cropped Oversized Cotton Shirt & Other Stories, $69.
  5. Tie Dye Oxford Ralph Lauren, $148. Raw hem version here.
  6. Relaxed Poplin Shirt Everlane, $55. Size down. 

 

Belt it Out

Belted shorts, pants, and skirts are big for the Summer season. Picks below.

  1. Safari Belted Short Frame, $225. Above picture. 
  2. Casual Linen Short Frame, $250.
  3. Cotton Utility Pant H&M, $24.99. I love the cream color way. 
  4. Expedition Pant Alex Mill, $125
  5. AGOLDE Reworked Paperbag Skirt Bloomingdale’s, $188.
  6. Belted Linen Pleated Short & Other Stories, $69.
  7. High-rise Belted Paperbag Pant Cream Denim & Other Stories, $79.
  8. Belted Paperbag Trousers Khaki & Other Stories, $89.
  9. Amo Relaxed Fit Straight Leg Paperbag Pant Shopbop, $285.

 

Summer Orzo Salad

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Summer Orzo Salad

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Ingredients 

  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatos

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove (minced) on the microplane grader
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions 

  1. Boil your orzo in a medium stock pot according to the directions. Once it’s done drain and rinse.
  2. Place your orzo in a medium size bowl and allow it to cool.
  3. Add your tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella in the medium sized bowl with your orzo.
  4. In a small liquid measuring bowl, whisk your olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper until emulsified. 
  5. Pour your dressing over your orzo and toss to coat. You can serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready. Taste before serving to see if it needs any additional salt.

Normal People

Normal PeopleThere were so many things I loved about Normal People (Hulu), but one thing that stood out was the beautiful elegance and style Marianne (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones) portrayed throughout the whole series. Marianne’s sophisticated refined wardrobe complimented her beautiful hair and make-up. I’ve selected some similar pieces inspired by her wardrobe below.

  1. Orange Cashmere Cable Sweater Ralph Lauren, $398 or Cotton Cable, $69.99.
  2. Smocked Silk Midi Dress Black & Other Stories, $149 and White Sneakers. Spaghetti strap dress she was wearing while sitting on the steps in Italy.
  3. Tripper Denim Overall Mother, $325. Look for less Levi’s.
  4. The printed sheath she was wearing by the pool was vintage but I found a couple similar ones. Cindy Cotton Poplin Mini Matches, $244Reformation MaxReformation Sable, and Reformation Cruise dress.
  5. I loved the eyelet sheath dress she was wearing in Italy. Similar options by MajeRebecca Taylor, and Ephemera.
  6. Silk Scalloped Navy Polka Dot Top Zimmermann, $395. Look for less by & Other Stories.
  7. David Yurman Silver Chain Saks, $230 or Silver Box Link Choker Missoma, $97. Can’t forget about Connell’s infamous chainlink necklace that even has it’s own IG account.

 

 

Clean Slate

Let’s kick the Summer off with a Clean Slate. I love these two shades of white mixed together with a chunky cotton sweater thrown over. Look below. 

  1. Acne Cotton Blend Sweater Net-a-Porter, $410. Also like this Jenni Kayne one in Oatmeal.
  2. Cotton Box Cut Pocket Tee Everlane, $14.
  3. AGOLDE Riley Frayed High Rise Straight Jean Net-a-Porter, $180.
  4. Le Specs Sunglasses Intermix, $128.
  5. Rylan Studio Small Leather Trimmed Rattan Bag Moda Operandi, $432. On sale.

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

XOXO

Julie 

Photo: Brook Testoni 

 

Street Smart

A blue and white stripe shirt never gets old. Especially when Clare Vivier’s muse (and niece) Frannie Gilligan is sporting an oversized drop shoulder version. She’s accessorizing it with a blood orange Emma Bagshell bracelet  (look for less here), turquoise braceletpearl necklace (also like this one), and Sophie Monet wood charm necklace. This look exudes simple classic dressing with a smart use of color. The unofficial start of Summer is approaching you might want to swap out jeans for shorts like thisthisthis, this, and this

SALE ALERT! Moda just launched their up to 50% off sale. Some things to scope out…Matin Mini dress, Veja’s, Juliet Dunn mini, Alexander Wang jewel toned slingbacks, Carrie Forbes raffia sandals, Aqua Benita dress, and Dodo Bar swimsuit. To shop the whole sale click here. Also launching today is Mansur Gavriel’s summer sale (here). You can scoop up a pair of Dream Ballerina’s on sale or a Mini Bucket bag

 

Le Clog

Jessie Randall of Loeffler Randall was sporting their new Regina Bow Clog on Instagram with these adorable SZ Blockprints Disco pants. I’m a fan of BOTH! Details below and some other high low clog and pant options.

  1. Regina Bow Clog Slide Floral Loeffler Randall, $295.
  2. Regina Bow Clog Slide Leopard Loeffler Randall, $295.
  3. Dr. Scholl’s Original Sandal Nordstrom, $87.95.
  4. Steven Fabee Clog Shopbop, $109.
  5. No. 6 Erika High Heel Clog Shopbop, $315 Metallic here.
  6. By Far Sam Clog Shopbop, $343.
  7. Marni Buckle Clog Shopbop, $650.
  8. Carpenter Pant Everlane, $72
  9. Rolla’s Original Straight Revolve, $99.
  10. Amo Wide Leg Army Pant Shopbop, $260.

 

Stories

& Other Stories has so many beautiful cotton dresses and tops that you can wear this upcoming holiday weekend. 

  1. Wrap Midi Dress & Other Stories, $149. Reminds me of a Mara Hoffman/Lisa Marie Fernandez dress but for less. 
  2. Open Back Midi Organic Cotton & Other Stories, $179. Similar to this Innika Choo Alotta dress. 
  3. Blue & White Striped Relaxed Fit Button Down & Other Stories, $89. Cute over a swimsuit. Button down’s are trending especially in blue & white stripes.
  4. Puff Sleeve Scoop Midi Dress Organic Cotton & Other Stories, $119. Very Doen-esque.
  5. Blue Floral Twill Mini Dress & Other Stories, $119.
  6. Oversized Ruffled Cotton Midi & Other Stories, $129. Also Doen-esque.
  7. Cropped Oversized Cotton Button Down & Other Stories, $69.

*SALE ALERT! I found a full size run of the cotton Nili Lotan Montauk pants in Eggshell here (50% off!). Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the sale price. 

 

Asian Noodles

This is a really easy recipe that can be served warm or cold. I will be making them tonight with grilled salmon. You can make extra sauce and use it as a marinade for your salmon.

Simple Asian Noodles

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Ingredients 

  • 2 carrots thinly sliced (see above pic)
  • 1-2 scallions thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 package of noodles *I like using udon noodles but any will work
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas

Sauce 

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar *optional
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste

Directions 

  1. Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, sugar, chili paste in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon of salt in a pot. Add the noodles and cook according to the package directions. About two minutes before the noodles are done add your carrots to the pot. Once the noodles and carrots are done drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Sauté your ginger and garlic with 2 tablespoons of oil on a medium skillet. When the garlic and ginger are fragrant (about 30 seconds) add your peas and scallions. Continue to sauté for about 3-5 mins mins. 
  4. Place your noodles and carrots in a medium sized bowl. Add your sautéed vegetables, and pour the sauce over the noodles. Toss to coat.
  5. Enjoy!