the crispy egg (with padron peppers)

crispy egg - 1My Saturday morning usually starts with a run. And then after the run, I’m very hungry but too tired to cook. I will usually just grab a quick yogurt or make my morning energy smoothie and start my day. But just a few weeks ago, I was introduced to a Saturday morning treat – the crispy egg.

There are only a few amazing things necessary when it comes to food – that it is easy to make and that it is absolutely delicious (forget healthy, although there are worse things). The crispy egg is just that. You’ll just place a pan on the stove, turn it to medium to high heat, pour some olive oil and wait until the pan starts SMOKING. It’ll usually take about five minutes. Throw on an egg, step back and let the egg bubble up until the bottom is CRISPY. Use a spatula to loosen the egg from the pan and SERVE. It is a great topping for anything – salad, toast, or anything else. Feel free to get creative. I like enjoying mine with a side of blistered padron peppers or shishito peppers.

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fall style classics with a twist

fall style

I have a bad tendency of buying the same styles over and over again. So, now when I shop, I think about what else I have in my closet that is similar and whether the item I'm looking at is really distinctive enough to have a place in my closet. Many times the answer is no. But this season there are trends that are twists on some classics, and a few of these WILL make their way into my fall wardrobe (and yours too). hat: I usually leave hats for the beach to keep the sun out of my eyes. But a great hat is THE season's accessory, with no functional reason other than looking good. No bad hair day needed. My pick: J.Crew hat   loafers: I've been wearing loafers for years, whether they are in … Read More

5 bad habits that cause breakouts

breakouts

I've always had breakout-prone skin. Mostly clear, but a pimple here and there. Of course the better I take care of my skin, the less likely I am to experience the occasional zit. And working for a skincare company with great products has helped! But then sometimes I get lazy and a bad habit becomes obvious on my face. Bad habit zits can be pretty damn embarrassing and are easiest to avoid. Here are just a few of those that may cause the unfortunate breakout. skipping the post-workout rinse A good workout routine can help clear up skin. But the sweat that piles on the face can quickly dry and clog your pores... resulting in the unfortunate breakout. Avoid this by washing your face … Read More

how to wear denim on denim

denim on denim cool

Yesterday the latest issue of Lucky landed on my desk and all I could see was denim. Karlie Kloss was dressed in triple acid-wash denim and it looks just too 80s. It just wasn't resonating with me. But it did get my coworker and I talking about one of the season's hottest trends. While she isn't in love with it, I actually think it can look very chic when worn RIGHT. Here are four rules to follow when wearing denim on denim. #1: contrast colors Wearing matching denim is just so 80's (sorry Lucky!) Give the denim on denim look a modern spin by wearing different shades of denim together like Alexa Chung did with her jeans, top, and coat. (image via WhoWhatWear) #2: keep it simple Double or … Read More

4 must-have fall boots

fall must-have boots

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a few friday favorites (fashion week edition)

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spring 2015 fashion week beauty looks

marc jacobs spring 2015

I always look to the runways for beauty inspiration and ideas of new ways to wear my hair or makeup. This season, it was all about minimal makeup and one of two extremes in hair – statement or polished and simple. Here are 5 Spring 2015 Fashion Week beauty looks to try now. Deconstructed Makeup at Mara Hoffman (tutorial via Elle) No Makeup (literally!) at Marc Jacobs Dark Edged Eyes at Narciso Rodriguez Sleek Minimalism at Jason Wu Rope Braids at Donna Karan … Read More

zippered vest dress

OAK Vest

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(kinda) grown up overalls

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heirloom tomato, corn and quinoa salad

tomato, corn and quinoa salad  (1 of 1)

There are many days after a long day of work that I'm scrounging around my kitchen trying to throw something together for dinner. This salad was the result of doing just that. Because I haven't had the time to go to the grocery store lately, after a long day at work last week I found myself desperately searching the cupboards and fridge to see what I could come up with. This salad uses a few ingredients I ALWAYS have around – quinoa, corn (fresh is ideal, but I just used canned), and feta cheese. I combined it with some fresh produce that I also had laying around – tomatoes and avocado, added some truffle sea salt, balsamic, olive oil and yum – it really hit the spot! You can switch around … Read More