May 26, 2016 |
Summer 2016 officially begins on June 20, but for me, Memorial Day weekend always feels like the summer kick-off.
The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, represents the first warm holiday weekend and the beginning of outdoor barbecues, pool parties, summer travels, al fresco dinner parties and cute little summer outfits like this Madewell jumpsuit! It’s such a cute yet easy option for a sunny day, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I’ll definitely have this on all summer long!
Wishing everyone a happy and safe long weekend!
P.S. If you’re having a BBQ this weekend, I HIGHLY recommend this matcha ice cream. xx
May 25, 2016 |
I love this recipe so matcha! The almost-vegan matcha green tea coconut ice cream is SO good and not just in taste; it’s dairy free and doesn’t contain refined sugar, making it pretty darn clean.
The rich and creamy base comes from coconut milk and coconut cream, while the sweetness comes from the dates, honey and vanilla almond milk. And then, of course, the bold flavor comes from the matcha which is packed with antioxidants and has its own slew of health benefits.
This is basically one of the healthiest—but more importantly, tastiest—ice creams I’ve ever eaten. Here’s how to make it:
Recipe: Matcha Green Tea & Coconut Ice Cream
1 can organic full-fat coconut milk
1 can organic coconut cream (I like this brand)
1 cup organic vanilla almond milk
2-3 Tbsp organic matcha green tea powder (I like this brand)
3-4 organic pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup honey
May 24, 2016 |
A couple weekends ago, I did something I had never done before—I camped in the middle of the woods. Queue the Troop Beverly Hills theme song (which I did in fact sing as I hiked in with Drew, the creator of DYLANLEX, and our significant others)!
We hiked for five hours in and along the coast of Big Sur, carrying our tents, sleeping bags and food on our backs, then set up camp right in between big, beautiful redwoods. We cooked over an open fire (s’mores included, obviously), meditated to the sound of a stream, slept under the stars, and relished in the fact that we didn’t have cell reception. It was liberating, freeing, humbling, mind-clearing and so many wonderful things. I enjoyed every minute of it.
I did, however, need a major detox bath after being outdoors all weekend, and whipped up this concoction which was 100! The salts and baking soda draw out impurities while delivering a dose of natural minerals and the essential oil is wonderfully rejuvenating.
Here’s how to make it:
1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
2 cups baking soda
7-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Add ingredients to a hot bath and soak.
May 23, 2016 |
When it comes to wellness, a lot of girls ask me how I got started and where they should start. The truth is I’m no expert, BUT a lot of us already have a really strong wellness practice by definition.
well·ness: the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health.
Good physical and mental health comes from a variety of things and this is different for everyone. For me it’s about balance, moderation and practicing the things that make me feel good, such as healthy relationships, exercising, eating for nourishment, getting good sleep, spending time with people I love, enjoying my life (including eating pizza, and yes, drinking!) meditating, reflecting, being in touch with my body…the list goes on.
So when girls ask me where to start, I respond by asking, “What makes you feel good physically and mentally?” Whatever that is, that’s where you should start. If you aren’t sure, here are seven simple ways to integrate wellness into your life each day of the week:
Monday: Drink hot water with lemon in the morning (more about that here).
Tuesday: Workout. No excuses, just go!
Wednesday: Drink a healthy smoothie (recipe inspiration here).