Mes Filles

img_5126img_5292Several months ago I was grocery shopping and spotted a woman in a beautiful colorful dress. I approached her and asked her where she got it and she said “I design them.” Voila..that’s how I discovered Mes Filles.

Local designer Cristen Kauffman designs and manufactures her Sadie dress right here in Los Angeles. Her goal with Mes Filles is to celebrate the uniqueness of each and every woman. I love the simple silhouette and the beautiful prints she uses. I’m wearing the Zippy in the above picture; it’s one of my most comfortable dresses I have in my closet. To shop all the different Sadie dresses click here.

A portion of Mes Filles proceeds goes to Africa Schoolhouse, No Kid Hungry, Laura’s House, and Minnesota Freedom Fund. All charities that support women and children in need.

Hope everyone has a great day!

XOXO

Julie

Brother Vellies

Brother Veilles

Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 by Aurora James, with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design. A couple of my favorite shoes from her line.

  1. Picnic Basket Shoe Brother Vellies.
  2. Greg Sandal Shopbop.
  3. Picnic Shoe Maya Brother Veilles.

Flower Power

Flower Power

Beauty update! I wanted to give you an update on several new products that I started using and really like. I was looking for a new face wash and bought the Ursa Major set consisting of face balm, tonic, and face wash (all clean beauty products at a great price point). I just ordered Suntegrity Sunscreen, a friend recommended I try it she loves it! Will keep you posted.

  1. Ipanema Women’s Pearl Strap Sandal Amazon, $32.
  2. Roxanne Assoulin Daisy Anklet Shopbop, $45.
  3. Seed Bead Flower Hair Pin Madewell, $17.
  4. Ruched Bikini Top & Other Stories, $29.
  5. Floral High waist briefs & Other Stories, $29.
  6. Embroidered Kaftan & Other Stories, $99.
  7. Twisted Turban Headband Etsy, $18. Not pictured above (headband I was wearing in last weeks pic).

 

 

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips

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Ingredients 

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatos
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil 
  • salt to taste 

Directions

  1. Line a 1/2 sheet tray with all natural parchment paper.
  2. Cut your sweet potatoes on a mandolin about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  3. Place your sweet potatoes on the sheet tray and toss with olive oil making sure to evenly coat. 
  4. Place in the oven and bake at 300°F for about 2 hours. *All ovens are different so I recommend checking them at 45 mins. If the chips are getting too brown then reduce temperature in the oven. 
  5. Turn each chip half way into baking. 
  6. Take them out of the oven when crisp but not too brown and sprinkle with salt.

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 *ground on Microplane
  • 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