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Food: How To Make An Açaí Bowl At Home

Nourishing, full of antioxidants and perfect for the warmer days ahead, açaí bowls are basically superthick smoothies often topped with granola, shredded coconut and fruit. The toughest part is getting the texture just right—you want the açaí base to be thick, creamy (not chunky!) and easy to eat with a spoon.

Below is a starter recipe (which serves two).

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Sambazon Açaí Berry packs (found in the freezer section at Whole Foods or your local health food store)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • Handful of spinach (optional—though we promise you won’t taste it!)
  • Sliced banana, berries, granola and shredded coconut for toppings

DIRECTIONS

Blend açaí packs, banana and coconut milk (and spinach, if you desire) in a blender until smooth. The mixture will be thick, but add extra milk as needed to ensure everything is completely blended. Split into two bowls and top with sliced banana, granola and coconut.

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Beauty: 6 Honey Based Homemade Face Mask

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1. Honey Mask 
Benefits
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
Bad Complexion: Honey is extremely moisturizing, so it helps create “the glow” and we all want “the glow”

Make It
1 tbs Honey
1 egg white
Flour (enough to form a paste)
* Apply the paste directly to the skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.

2. Oatmeal Mask
Benefits
Sensitive & Dry Skin: Oatmeal is very soothing for the skin.

Make It
5 tablespoons of Oatmeal
Enough milk to form a paste
* Apply directly to skin and remove after it’s hard, with warm water.

3. Avocado Mask
Benefits
Dry Skin: Avocados are full of minerals that gives moisture to even the driest skin

Make It
1/2 Ripe avocado (mashed)
2 Tbs hot water
1 Tsp Honey
* Combine mashed avocado, water, and honey in a bowl and apply directly to face. Remove after 10 minutes with warm water.

4. Strawberry Honey Mask
Benefits
Acne: Strawberries actually contain essential fruit acids (AHA’s), including salicylic acid, which is commercially sold for acne treatment!

Make It
6 Strawberries (mashed)
1 Tbs Honey
* Apply to face in a circular motion and remove after 10 minutes with warm water.

5. Sour Cream Mask
Benefits
​Dull Complextion: This mask heals, exfoliates, brightens and moisturizes skin

Make It
2 Tbs sour cream
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
* Combine and apply to face and allow to set for 20 minutes before washing with cool water

6. Banana Mask

Make It
1 Banana (ripe and mashed)
2 Tbs of honey
* Apply directly to skin and remove after 15 minutes with warm water.

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8 Green Smoothies To Try

For most of us, the new year usually means resolutions for healthier eating—especially after all of our holiday indulging. Within the past few years, green smoothies have been the ‘it’ drink of choice, so here are a few recipes I’m inspired to try out this month.

1. This Banana Peach Green Smoothie is creamy and sweet thanks to avocado, peaches, banana and maple syrup!

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2. Looking to reboot your system for 2015? Try this Super Detox Green Cleansing Smoothie.

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3. Caitlin swears by her Good Morning Green Smoothie—she drinks it almost every day! Have fun swapping out seasonal fruit and flavored milks.

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4. Not ready to dive into a fully green smoothie? Try this kid-friendly Strawberry Pomegranate Green Smoothie.

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5. This Coconut Green Smoothie has us dreaming of warmer weather!

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6. This antioxidant-rich Blackberry Green Smoothie is an ideal afternoon treat. And thanks to that gorgeous purple hue, you won’t even realize you’re drinking your greens!

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7. If you’re getting extra serious about your diet, this Fruit-Free Green Smoothie is for you!

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8.We love the addition of almond butter and ginger in My Favorite Green Smoothie.

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Food: Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Smoothie

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ingredients

  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon hemp hearts, optional

 

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instructions

– Combine all of the ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender if necessary. Pour into two glasses and top each with 1/2 teaspoon of hemp hearts, if desired.

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Fashion: New Magazines To Add To Your Reading List

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Flipping through glossy magazines is one of our favorite pastimes. This activity pairs quite well with a glass of wine on stressful weeknights or a cup of coffee on lazy Sunday mornings — a foolproof way to unwind! Here are some relatively recent launches worth adding to your reading list.

Darling-Issue-7-Cover-Mock_1024x1024-e1395182645702Darling is a magazine devoted to “the art of being a woman,” and its beautifully curated pages certainly deliver! While their vision may be what originally grabbed our attention, their smart and inspiring content has rendered us loyal readers!

cerealTravel and lifestyle magazine Cereal is based in the UK but relies on contributors from around the globe. The stunning photos and informative features that fill the pages of this quarterly publication are enough to give anyone a serious case of the travel bug!

holeAnother British publication, Hole & Corner is sure to be a new favorite for anyone with an appreciation for lifestyle, culture or artisan goods and independent makers. The bi-annual magazine is dedicated to chronicling the work and lives of talented folks in a wide variety of industries (think chocolatiers, shoemakers and web designers — all in one issue).

portercover1-e1395182595701Luxury online shopping destination NET-A-PORTER launchedPORTER — “the global fashion magazine you’ve dreamed of” — during New York Fashion Week. With a range of content including travel, fashion, beauty and lifestyle, this high-style glossy isdefinitely worth a subscription!

628x471-e1395182587327The return of home décor magazine Domino, first launched in 2005, has generated some serious buzz. Design enthusiasts who lamented the magazine’s 2009 retirement can once again flip through pages and pages of design inspiration — and even purchase their favorite pieces straight from the new online shop! No doubt about it: this mag is back and better than ever!

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Fashion: Pleated Midi Skirt

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Even though the weather isn’t quite as warm as we’d like it to be right now (except florida), we’re more than ready to usher in spring with our outfit choices!  A pale pink midi paired with a button-down and plenty of accessories? Now that’s an ensemble that’s right up our alley!

1. Cotton Shirt, H&M ($29.95)
2. Knee-Length Pleat Skirt, Zara ($79.90)
3. TENOVERTEN Nail Polish in Prince, Sephora ($18)
4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 18 Prune in Fire, Sephora ($35)
5. Onyx Phoenix Necklace, BaubleBar ($46)
6. Capsule Necklace, Need Supply Co. ($28)
7. Valentina Patent D’Orsay Pumps in Soft Desert, J.Crew ($238)

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Fashion: Trendspotting – Martinique Print

“With spring well on its way, we’re all anxiously awaiting the temps that will allow us to dress ourselves — and our homes! — in warm-weather fashions. And if ever there was an item that could instantly transport us to somewhere sunny and tropical, it’s the Martinique print! Made famous by The Beverly Hills hotel (it adorns the walls there!), it’s an all-around fantastic print — regardless of the climate! These are some of our favorite picks!”

1. Leaf and Bird Print Bikini, Topshop ($68)
2. Milly Banana Leaf Print Cosmetic Case, Beauty Bar ($65)
3. Michael Kors Floral Print Bustier Jumpsuit, Neiman Marcus ($1325)
4. Pink Floral High Waist Bikini, Topshop ($68)
5. Tropical Banana Leaf Print Phone Case, Society6 ($35)
6. Medocie Flats, Anthropologie ($98)
7. Canopy Circle Clutch, Anthropologie ($58)
8. Martinique Wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings
9. Palm Leaf Tray, Furbish ($75)
10. Beverly Series Prints, The Aestate ($61)
11. CR Lane Chair (not available)
12. Martinique Pillow, Kate Spade New York ($148)

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