LOVE AND STREETWEAR
After some pretty incredible opportunities in the last couple weeks, it has me feeling very grateful to be a GD woman. My new friend and boss babe, Emily Roggenburk, recently launched an amazing GRL PWR clothing line and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the shoot for it’s premier! I first met Emily through Instagram when I saw her one of a kind "Not Your Baby" corduroy that had quickly sold out and (not knowing about her business) had messaged her to ask if she was able to make another. If you're not familiar with Emily's work, she releases one-of-a-kind items every Monday that inevitably sell out quickly (and rightfully so, her pieces are the bomb). We started messaging each other back and forth more often until I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to be one of the faces of her new GRL PWR collection (click here).
"This collection was created to celebrate the woman that you are, lift up the women around you, and embrace the most powerful force on the planet. Who runs the world? GIRLS."
The news of the death of Avicii is devastating, there's no other way to put it. He is the first iconic person in the music industry of our generation to pass, a modern day Jimi Hendrix if you will. You may not realize it now, since the songs are so fresh in your head and it wasn't too long ago that Avicii was introduced to the music scene, but at 28 years young his musical influence was only getting started. Believe me when I tell you, these are the songs our generation is going to hear playback and say "ahh the good old days."
My husband loves Italian Cuisine, especially Lasagna, so when I found this little cheat recipe it instantly became a staple in my kitchen.
Start by preheating the oven to 350° F. Then on your stovetop, in a large pot, boil water and cook lasagna noodles according to package. Meanwhile in another pan, brown meat and onions. Proceed to drain noodles and add a little dash of olive oil to prevent sticking before laying them out flat on a tray or baking sheet and set aside. Once your meat is browned, drain remaining grease/oil and put back in the pan on low. Then add marinara sauce, garlic salt and Italian seasoning and let it all simmer together for a minute before turning off your burner. Side note and my secret little touch: If you like a little more spice, sprinkle some red pepper flakes in at this step as well! YASS I gotchuu. Next, get a baking dish and line with marinara sauce. Taking one flat noodle, spread meat mixture thinly down the noodle and top with fresh parmesan and shredded mozzarella (this time I only had sliced mozzarella in my kitchen, but really any cheese preference would work fine! Get creative, I sometimes use pepper jack to spice it up). Then from one end gently roll the noodle all the way up and place in your baking dish. Repeat these steps with the rest of the noodles until your baking dish is full. Lastly, top with remaining sauce and cheeses to your liking. Cover with foil and bake for a half hour (or until hot and bubbly). Let the dish cool for a few minutes before you serve and enjoy!
Now most people, when I told them we were going to El Salvador, asked me if I had a death wish... So now that we made it back alive, I think it's time I write about what took me there and some common questions you may have if considering it. My best friend and maid of honor, Matina, got engaged a year ago at a castle in Germany like one of those "love at first sight" stories you read about in fairytales. She met Carlos through work and developed a long distance friendship with him throughout the years, until timing found a way to align their paths last winter and four short months later he proposed. Being from El Salvador, he arranged to have their civil union ceremony there a year to the date of the proposal (April 14) before having their true wedding day in September in Cleveland, where Matina is from and they both now live. I'm not going to lie, traveling to El Salvador took Jake and I out of our comfort zone a little bit... with the travel advisories from the U.S Department of State and ABC News calling it the Murder Capital of the World, we couldn't help but be a little nervous. However, what wouldn't you do to see your best friend say I do for the first time, am I right? In my mind, it wasn't optional and with that we were off!
For me, it’s all about relatability. While I can appreciate Jen Selter’s ass, I don’t see myself going to the gym with her and doing a workout or chillin on her home gym’s Louis Vuitton Stair Stepper. While I do follow her for inspiration & bod goals, we all want to feel like our results are achievable and "Seltering" in random places didn’t jump out at me as something I wanted to try or work towards. These women, however, shout strength and radiance, as you can feel their endorphins jumping through the page. Let me start by saying I don’t know any of these women, nor is any of this sponsored (I doubt with their following they’ll even see or read this). They’re just genuine recommendations, as I get a lot of questions from my lady friends asking about workouts. So that being said, here are my six favorite Instagram fitness accounts:
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