Stitchfix

Oh boy, it has a been a MINUTE since my last post and I probably wouldn’t be writing right now if it wasn’t for my first ever Stitchfix! This is such a great concept I can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner. If you are familiar with birchbox or any of those other sample services Stitchfix is a clothing version. They send you a box with five pieces of clothing (or accessories) and you get to try them on at home and mix and match them with your current wardrobe. This is great for someone like me because I always buy things, bring them home and then return them because they don’t work with my wardrobe.

The box

 

So you fill out a style survey, tell the stylist what types of items you want (tops, work dresses, jeans) and what sort of lifestyle you’re dressing for (I said office rat in process of starting fitness business so I need pieces that I can wear to the office as well as meetings for the new gig and out on the town…gotta get my money’s worth 😉 ) Cinco

Let me tell you, they hit the nail on the head! It seriously amazes me that someone who has never seen your body is able to send clothes that fit so well, especially because I have been dressing myself for 26 years and still struggle to find things that are flattering and that I love.

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The styling fee is $20 and you can use that fee for any item you want to keep from the box. Anything you don’t want you just send back in their package which they have labeled with prepaid shipping, there is a section for comments next to each item so you can give feedback and they can continue to make the boxes better and better, pretty darn awesome.

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To sum it up I loved four out of the five items and I will definitely schedule another stitch fix for the future! Go check out Stitchfix you won’t regret it

 

 

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Arlington Farmers’ Market

I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on Saturday and decided to head over to the Arlington Farmers’ Market. If you are not familiar with the area it is pretty yuppie and very expensive and yet tons of young folks live there (not sure how they afford it). I was warned I needed to get there when it opens (8 am) so I made sure to gather my reusable bags and head out bright and early.

It is in the Courthouse area and actually there was plenty of parking all around. Another plus, it was raining a little so the crowds were light.

They had all kinds of produce there with everything being fresh and in season since it is locally grown. The prices were definitely cheaper than the grocery stores, I was worried since it was a “yuppie” region they might try and up the prices. I ended up with a basil “bush,” lots of veggies (think tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and asparagus) as well as some buffalo meat, YUMMY!

Although I was totally spoiled by my market experience in Boulder CO, this was a good find and I will definitely be back! If you live in a different area you should check for a farmers market, they are becoming very popular and are popping up all over! Google is always a good start as well as Yelp, share your local farmers market experiences as well as any tips for saving money while shopping organic.

Paradise Springs

My friend Shannon and I went to a great little winery so close to DC! It is in Clifton and is called Paradise Springs. It was so quaint and quiet in the outskirts of Main Street, Clifton has such a small country town charm to it (but can be really overpriced) this place was great, affordable wine that was DELICIOUS. They give you the option to bring a picnic (or they have cheese/sandwhiches/meats) and the provide plenty of chairs and tables around the vineyard or out on the deck. It was raining when we went but the deck is covered so everything worked out great.

Every Friday they have live music and I think they are doing a free movies series out on the lawn Saturday nights. If you are looking for something near by and can’t stand the crowds at other wineries, this is the place to go!

We found Him

So as a follow up to my post about the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, we found him…. Rodriguez came to DC! I am so selfish, I was secretly hoping no one else saw the film so we could have a private concert but it was so exciting to see it was sold out! There was such a great crowd there to support a really amazing person.

We were all ready with our tickets and cd!

We enjoyed a yummy dinner before the concert and even thought we had time for some fro-yo …. dummies, we walked up to 6th and I and to our surprise there was a line around the block!

We stayed all smiles while waiting in line, Migs is wearing a Duly’s shirt and strangers from Detroit were walking up and introducing themselves. Some guy graduated from Mig’s elementary school in the late 60s!

The concert was at the 6th and I synagogue so it had a really great vibe, very intimate and cozy. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to more events here! Plus if you know me you know I am SUPER interested in Judaism.

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It was so surreal to feel the crowd’s energy and we were in the front row! If you ever have a chance to see him you should jump on it. Also, I would love to hear about other artist/small venues, please recommend!

That cutie is in his 70s!!!!! Still has amazing finger dexterity… I need to start training 🙂

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Oh my, I’m a slacker! It has been so long since my last post I forgot my password and received an error message.. I will try to be more diligent!

Lucky for you all I stopped by the library today and hit the jackpot!

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So let’s see:

-We have Suze Orman to help make us financially stable, so that I can work from home as a blogger 😉

-Books about the dark side of the food industry so that I can continue to eat well (and have something to comment on)

-Jillian Michaels workout DVD… because my AM bootcamps are on an “off” week this week

-WordPress for Idiots, so that I will be more savvy when financially well off enough to blog about food and workouts!

-Fifty Shades of Grey, which I actually heard was pretty bad but I’ve been on a 7 month waiting list so I may as well try it

-And Chelsea Handler who, by the way, was in the relationship self help section of the reference area HAHA! She is moving on up in the world, soon she will be doing couples counseling!

Hopefully I can pull myself away from the books long enough to write some more!

Shrimp Wraps

That yummy shrimp I ate yesterday I had again for lunch today, it is really tasty even though it’s kind of ugly…

The concept was a shrimp cake however when I flipped them on the stove they fell apart and became “scrambled shrimp.” Luckily they are flavorful so I am still eating them.

The recipe is as follows:
-1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined
-1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
-1 jalapeño minced
-1 tablespoon minced garlic
-1 inch of ginger grated

So you dump everything in a food processor/blender and pulse around 10 times so that they are well blended but still a little chunky.

Then in a skillet over medium heat I added a couple (3ish) tablespoons of ghee.

I used the tablespoon (small cakes, for traditional larger cakes use a bigger spoon) to scoop up the “cakes” and drop them in the heated butter and let them brown. Clearly I did not leave them long enough and that is why they fell apart during flipping so my cooking time (adjusted for success) is 6 minutes on first side. They will be brown on bottom and turning pink on top.

Ideally you could eat them as appetizers, my plan was to plop them on salad. Since they were of the scrambled variety I decided to do lettuce wraps…. I just go with the flow!

I made an easy sauce, 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk, 1 tablespoon almond butter. You can throw in any extras you see fit (herbs like cilantro or some jalapeño to spice it up) and ENJOY!

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Guilty Pleasure

Oh my goodness, I have a confession to make….

While I made an awesome shrimp dish, I forgot to take a picture because I’m hooked on the abc show Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition!!! It is ridiculous and I’m ashamed to admit how much I enjoy but I can’t lie, this is the 4th episode I’ve watched on demand 😉

The show follows one person for a year per episode so you see them lose 200+ pounds. It is actually pretty touching watching them overcome their issues and become empowered. It definitely puts things into perspective, I can wake up and work out… no excuses.

However I will say I seriously hate tv shows nowadays, this should not be entertainment.

Tell me what you think, am I alone??

Zucchini Fritters

I cranked out another delicious meal this afternoon, while listening to the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack, still amazing!!

On the menu was steak, zucchini fritters and salad. Pretty easy meal and who doesn’t love steak?? Steak is the reason I could not be vegetarian mm mmm mm, makes my mouth water! We got some tenderloins from the meat counter at Weggies (I love Wegmans!) and seasoned with salt and pepper.

The zucchini fritters go something like this:
-2 zucchinis
-1 cup coconut flour
-3 eggs
-1 tablespoon all seasoning mix ( I use trader joe’s)
-1 cup basil finely chopped
-1/2 cup parsley finely chopped

So I cut the ends of the zucchinis and grate with a cheese grater. I let the zucchini sit in a colander for 20 minutes to get the excess water out. I beat the eggs in a mixer and then added the flour. When the texture was consisted I added the rest of the ingredients. I used a cookie scoop to ball them in the same size and then flattened into patties.

I heated some ghee and fried them up, coconut oil or olive oil would work as well ….. I need to save bacon fat and try that, seems flavorful!

Now we are playing with the new MacBook, woo! I can’t wait to blog from that fancy computer…

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Banana Walnut Pancakes

It’s another amazing Sunday! I awoke to my brother’s dog begging me to play. 🙂 We then took him for a nice long walk on the back trails, you can feel fall approaching.

I came home and ate a perfect Sunday breakfast, walnut and banana pancakes with some fruit.

-1 cup almond flour
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup water
-2 tablespoons oil (we had olive oil and it was good)
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1 banana sliced

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Searching for Sugar Man

Migs has a ridiculous busy work schedule and miraculously had Wednesday off so I took a half day and we had a date.

First thing first that bum 😉 needed to buy a computer. I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard him say he was going to get one and then would read that a new version was coming in the spring… and then the fall…. and then the winter… and now 2014… but enough was enough he did it YAY!

We drove to Bethesda for a film that was playing. Along the way Migs was asking what to yelp for my eating habits. I told him to try healthy which yielded nothing, poor America and then eventually we tried gluten free. We found this gem Lilit Cafe and it was AMAZING! He had the crab cake which was highly recommended and I ate a super juicy grilled chicken breast over greek salad (feta on side for him to scarf down). He also ate some homemade gelato, I will be back to try a baked good! We liked it so much he went back Saturday!

Afterwards we saw a PHENOMENAL film, Searching for Sugar Man. It is a true story documented in an interesting way. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a look into how much a humble artist can influence a social uprise. Really spectacular, and we will be seeing Rodriguez in concert next week!

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Everyone should YouTube Rodriguez!

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Migs finally bought a laptop 🙂