A Green Smoothie For Those Against Greens

Every morning I wake up and look forward to a tall glass filled to the brim with green smoothie. Needless to say, I am a firm believer that a green juice a day keeps the doctor away. Cheesy but true. Greens are packed with vitamin K, fiber, and even calcium (perfect for the vegans out there!), so you really can never get enough of them.

Being the health nut that I am, I am always trying out new green smoothie recipes and feeding them to my friends. While they may not have been too happy with some of the smoothies I have fed them, this one is always a favorite. You can’t even taste the greens, making it perfect for those appalled to the idea of green smoothies.

In order to make this green smoothie you are going to need:

Lots of greens! (spinach is my favorite)

1 Frozen Banana

Frozen Pineapple Chunks

Frozen Peach Slices

Almond Milk or Coconut Water

Chia Seeds

First, start off with your greens. It is important that you add them to your blender first since they are the most difficult to blend into a liquid texture. Having spinach chunks in your smoothie leads to spinach in your teeth and nobody wants that, especially if you have one of those friends that is too awkward to tell you that it’s in your teeth. Don’t be afraid to add handfuls of your greens to the smoothie; I promise you that you won’t even taste them!

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Next, add your frozen fruit. I try to add just enough fruit so that you don’t taste the greens but you also don’t get an overload of sugar. I recommend adding 2 or 3 peach slices and half a handful of pineapple chunks. Less is always more.

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Once everything is in the blender, take you almond milk or coconut water. If you like your smoothies to be sweeter, opt for almond milk. However, coconut water is a healthier option to use because of its low calories and little sugar. If you are new to drinking green smoothies begin with the almond milk and ease your way into the coconut water.

Here you want to eyeball the amount of liquid that you are adding to the greens and fruits. Add a little at a time, blend, and if the blender is giving you trouble then add more! You don’t want your smoothie to be too liquidy which is why it is important to add a little at a time.

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And there you have it; your green smoothie is finished. Sprinkle some chia seeds on top and it is ready to drink. The chia seeds will add a little crunch while also keeping you full for hours to come.

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This green smoothie is delicious, healthy, and doesn’t cost $200 like the smoothie that Gwyneth Paltrow makes herself every morning. Beauty on a budget! If you try this smoothie be sure to post it on Instagram or Twitter and tag me.

The Art of the Neck Scarf

If you are stumbling upon this post because you were wondering how to pull off the season trend of the neck scarf, let me warn you right now of what wearing one endures. Yes, they allow you to embody your inner Kate Moss when paired with simple blouses like this one. And yes, they allow you to incorporate fun patterns into your otherwise monochromatic look. However, nobody tells you that you will be choked the entire time you are wearing it, making it more difficult to breathe than usual. But hey, fashion is painful, right?

As I mentioned in my last post, my wardrobe consists of primarily black pieces. This is pretty ironic for a girl who loves colorful art murals. I was recently inspired by some of my favorite works of street art to add a bit of color to my wardrobe. Although my Instagram feed is full of colorful street art and green smoothies, I often find it difficult to incorporate color into my outfits.

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I have had a few adventurous moments where I have added bright yellow crop tops and outrageously colorful, floral print dresses into my cart. Lets just say I quickly learned that bright yellow is not my color. After much trial and error of buying these pieces and soon returning them, I discovered that the easiest way to add color to any outfit is with accessories- shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves, you name it. If suburbia can add color to a primarily commercialized town with this art mural than so can I!

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Every girl needs a little red bag in her accessory collection. Red bags add an element of surprise to any look while still matching and keeping the outfit classic. You would be shocked by how much use I get out of this crossbody purse.

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Vintage neck scarves are the best kinds of scarves there are. NEVER buy one of these scarves at a fast fashion retail chain. These are mass-produced prints that you are likely to see on another fashionista while passing them on the streets of Soho. By heading over to your local thrift store (in my case Goodwill), you can find a beautiful and uniquely patterned scarf for less than $5. You are guaranteed to be the only one sporting that scarf this season. When this way of wearing these scarves wasn’t on trend I tied them on my black bags to add a flash of color. This is just proof that these scarves are a purchase that will prove useful long after this particular trend passes.

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Black is the New Black

Everyone is always saying, “stripes are the new black”, “red is the new black”, even “Orange is the New Black.” How about black is always the new black? For those who are truly faithful to this staple color, nothing will ever replace it. Black is always my go-to when I am dressing for a special event, or even just trying to drag myself out of bed at seven in the morning.

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I am a huge fan of matching sets, whether it’s with clothes, earrings, or salt and pepper shakers. Ok maybe not the salt and pepper shakers; we all know I am not mature enough to go out and buy those yet. Matching sets give the illusion of a dress but are much more practical. I personally love them because they give me an opportunity to show some skin. So ladies if you’ve been working hard in your pilates classes the past few weeks, opt for a matching set to show off that six-pack.

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While matching sets aren’t something I always go for, wearing my hair straight is. I have naturally super curly hair (but not in a good way). In order to change up my everyday hairstyle, I added a side braid. With my hair being so thin, this is unfortunately the only way I can add some oomph to it. Lucky for me, braids are a huge trend this season! I recommend checking out #TrendingAtSephora for some braid inspiration.

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Although black is a classic color, it can be boring in the world of fashion if you don’t dress it up with some killer accessories. Revisiting the blog is my favorite body chain. This accessory makes every outfit sexier and accentuates the right parts of your body. Opt for this when you have a lot of open blocks of skin, like the deep v-neck in the top that I am wearing.

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Just as every fashion blogger owned the Chloe ‘Susanna’ Stud Buckle Booties at one point in time, every girl owns this style of heels. They are flattering for every foot shape and size. Foot shape and size? If you are a human Big Foot like myself, you completely understand what I am talking about. I can never find heels that don’t look like I’m trying to stuff size ten feet into a pair two sizes too small. Many brands sell this style but I was able to find mine at Forever 21 for a price actually in my budget. This just proves that no matter your price range, you can find the right pair for you.

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As someone once said, “women who wear black live colorful lives.” Don’t be ashamed to always be wearing black. Black is the most universally flattering color and it never goes out of style. The women in black really do live the most adventorous, carefree lives if I say so myself.