8 Spring Trends You Will Either Love or Hate

I have mixed emotions about this year’s Spring trends. I love the banker stripes, shirt dresses, satin jeweled pumps and tweed, but there are a few styles I just can’t wrap my mind around! I remember wearing pom pom earrings and embroidered jeans as a 13 year old in 2001! Not my best fashion year. Which stands to reason why I wouldn’t want to revisit it any time soon! What do you think about the trending styles below? Love them or hate them?

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake Recipe

Instead of a ‘cheat day,’ or even ‘cheat meal,’ I’ve decided to try enjoying one ‘cheat item’ per week to keep myself on a healthy eating lifestyle track. Early last week I was trying to decide what my special Saturday treat was going to be and realized it wasn’t really a reward for hard work to ingest something that would take away from all my progress during the week! I wanted to trigger those foodie pleasure centers without derailing myself and going on a junk bender! I’m the type of person who can’t dip their toes in bad habits — I’m all in our all out. For me, forming good habits is as much mental as it is physical. I realized a ‘reward’ didn’t have to mean treating my stomach like a rubbish compactor! My first thought was to keep my ‘cheat’ treat at least gluten free, even if it had high fat and sugar content (baby steps!). I think I ended up truly enjoying a couple pieces of this cake because I knew it wasn’t chemical-ridden and damaging, which kept my mind-set on track for the following Monday. There’s no reason to purposefully torture yourself with something you know is bad for you. Why use unhealthy food as a reward at all?! While this cake is empty calories (there’s not enough of the right types of nutrition to keep your energy sustained, or your tummy full!), it was still a pleasure to eat (and isn’t that the point!?), and I can’t wait to make it again when I need a ‘little something’ to keep me going, and remind me what I’m working towards, without feeling guilty afterwards!

Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake Recipe

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Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake
A healthily decadent chocolate cake dessert that can be made for many different tastes and occasions!
Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake Recipe
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 1.5 hours
Servings
2" cubes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 1.5 hours
Servings
2" cubes
Ingredients
Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake Recipe
Instructions
  1. Grease 9" x 13" glass baking dish with desired non-stick baking grease, oil or spray.
  2. Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir gently to combine.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
  4. Stir in desired nuts and baking chips (optional).
  5. Pour batter into greased ban and smooth evenly.
  6. Bake at 325F for 45 minutes or until fork inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool before serving.
Recipe Notes

I topped my cake with blueberries and added in the cashews and peanut butter chips for some added nutrients. However, you can choose any sort of add-ins that you'd like. I think next time I'm going to mix in chocolate chips to the batter and top with a strawberry compote!

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Baked Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

I’ve been trying my darndest to add more cruciferous vegetables to my diet, but as a Southerner it’s imperative my food not be bland, so it’s been an adventure to produce dishes that not only taste good, but retain their health integrity! Another nutrition goal I have is to include as many macro nutrients in each meal as possible to make sure I’m eating enough of the right kinds of food. This Brussels Sprouts dish is not only flavorful but is also packed with protein, fiber, and the healthy kind of carbs and calories!

Roasted Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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Baked Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Savory and lightly sweet, perfect for Sunday dinner and as a side to chicken, fish or steak. Pairs beautifully with a gutsy red Rhône or Languedoc wine.
Roasted Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30-45 minutes at 400 F
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30-45 minutes at 400 F
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Roasted Apple Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Instructions
  1. Line 9" x 13" non stick baking dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Dice apple into 1/2" or smaller pieces.
  3. Place diced apples, halved Brussels sprouts, salt, olive oil and maple syrup in a glass bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into lined baking dish.
  5. Remove from oven and stir in bacon bits until combined. Serve as desired.
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I hope you enjoy this dish! If you make it let me know what you thought and tag me on Instagram so I can see what you paired it with!

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Fitness Gear for Fashion Girls

Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks

As someone who isn’t a fan of bright colors, or giving up my fashion style identity while working out, it’s difficult to find fitness gear that reflects my personality! I understand the psychology behind eye catching fitness clothing (i.e. bright colors = happier mood!) but it’s the opposite case for me! When faced with bright colors I become discombobulated and unfocused, thus making my workouts less effective! I need calm tones, muted shades and a sense of serenity when working out. Recently I started the hunt for “the perfect” workout outfits for myself and realized there are probably a lot of fashion-minded girls like me who don’t wear brightly colored clothing, and as a result, don’t see the point in wearing them to exercise! After lots of searching I’ve found some great pieces and had to share with y’all! I’m watching the post office box for mine to arrive and am already so excited for everything to finally be matching! A few sets of matching, good quality exercise outfits are one of those “30 before 30” things everyone should have on their to-do list! Since I’m nearing 29 now is as good a time as ever!

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Fitness & Workout Gear for Fashion Minded Chicks
I hope your next glow sesh is as fabulous as your outfit!
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Michael Kors February 2017 | Paris Meets Prep

I don’t follow the runway shows (except for Dior & Elie Saab; be still my heart!) but after seeing the Fall ’17 Michael Kors collection come across my social media I had to check it out! The instant vibe I got was, “Paris Meets Prep,” and somehow the whole collection looked startlingly familiar… My Pinterest board, “5th Avenue at 5am” could have been a literal inspiration/mood board for this collection, which is why I fell in love with it!

Michael Kors February 2017 Runway

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These are my 12 favorite looks from the MK F17 runway this month:

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Give me all the navy blue and white! Things I love about this collection: The platform heels, wide shoulders and tapered waists, wide belts, double breasted men’s wear cut jackets and coats, pinstripes, and all the suit separates you can mix and match!

Do you follow runway shows every season? Who are your favorites and how do they give you inspiration for your own style?

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