fall wardrobe + what to wear with your o.mandalade bag

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when the season changes and I wonder: what the heck did I wear last fall? How did I survive the ice tundra that is our apartment with such few sweaters? Who knows, really.

Anyhow, fall is my favorite as I’m sure many would agree. I love to wear boots and scarves and drink warm drinks. So while I’m creating a never ending wish list of sweaters and scarves, I thought I’d share an outfit I’d wear on a casual day and how to include my large cross body bag with it!  I’d certainly pair some slim fitting jeans with those ankle boots as well but couldn’t find the perfect ones to include (I am wearing lots of black jeans these days).

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You can find more of my wardrobe favorites on Pinterest. That’s right, I’m finally using my Pinterest. I used to really dislike it BUT I do like making collections of what you see here plus lots of textile inspirations too.

I have some good news coming up…possibly about the holidays and of course new things! So stay tuned.

xxx amanda

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my smoothie addiction

If you follow me on facebook, instagram, or twitter I’m sure you’ve been seeing all of my recent smoothie images. I’m a little bit addicted lately as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Not too long ago my husband and I were both unhappy with how we were feeling and wanted to cut out wheat from our breakfast options and add some super healthy things in too. I feel like all I was seeing on the internet were images of juice and smoothies. Finally, I tried one and realized what this is all about and why it’s so popular. They make you feel good! (duh) So we’ve replaced breakfast with smoothies.

We were spending a good chunk of change on fresh options from local places and finally decided to get a NutriBullet. It was an affordable option, under $100, and the majority of the reviews were really good. It turns out that we really like the NutriBullet because it takes up very little counter space and is VERY easy to clean. It’s also really good at blending, of course.

Here is the basic smoothie formula: greens (I prefer spinach), fruit, almond milk. We like to add flax seeds and fresh ginger too and I often add a bit of agave nectar for a little extra sweetness. We try to buy organic when possible and if we can afford it. I know some people may think EW to some of those things or may think they sound gross or weird but with all of the fruit the smoothies are actually really delicious. I was a little afraid of adding greens and flax at first thinking it would taste terrible but I simply wouldn’t have a smoothie every day if I didn’t like them.

Here are some things I’ve tried:

I commonly use strawberries and bananas for our fruit mix but you can really use anything you like. Blueberry, peach, pineapple, etc., I love them all. I have not used harder fruits like apples very much because my first smoothie with apple and chard was AWFUL but I will eventually get back to trying it again once berries and summer fruits are out of season. I didn’t really love swiss chard in my smoothie either but recently used a chard, kale, spinach mix and didn’t mind it in smaller amounts.

We started using almond milk to cut back on dairy. George and I were having cereal almost every morning as well as cheese, yogurt, etc. so we decided to cut back. At first, I really didn’t love it but I finally tried Pacific almond milk and really love it now. I buy this one, which I find to be just the right amount of smoothness and sweetness. To me, other brands tasted watery and bland. Pacific also makes and unsweetened version of the same exact thing. The NutriBullet recommends adding water to smoothies but I honestly thought they tasted TOO watery so we use half the amount in almond milk that they would suggest for water….I’ve added pomegranate and lemon juice to this too.

As for the other ingredients, I usually get the organic Whole Foods coarsely ground flax seeds. I’ve used Trader Joe’s roasted flax seeds in the past but they definitely add the flavor of roasted seeds to your smoothie, which is good but I prefer the WF kind. I also use Whole Foods organic agave nectar. Frozen fruits are awesome too but are more difficult to blend if you use all frozen. Now I like to have frozen fruits in the freezer as a backup for when we’re low on fresh. Plus, I freeze things that are getting close to going bad so they don’t go to waste.

Recently, I started using Rebel Green to wash our fruits and veggies especially for the times when we cannot buy organic. I love it and only wish I had found it sooner! You can also make your own veggie wash at home!

And of course for the times when I need to satisfy my sweet tooth I blend peanut butter, almond milk, banana, and flax seeds (frozen bananas are even better! if not, I add ice).

Now that I’ve gone on and on forever and given you my very beginners guide, what are your favorite healthy (or not) smoothies and juices?

 

great gifts for food enthusiasts

I know, I know. No one wants to hear it but it’s true – Christmas is coming. I have come to love Christmas over the years. When I realized that I actually love how it makes me feel and love how my family all gets together, I realized I love Christmas. This is super cheesy and I’m a little shy to even be writing it but it’s the truth.

Over the next few weeks I hope to give you some insight in to why I began to love Christmas shopping. I try to start my shopping a few weeks in advance and to get to a craft fair and peruse through Etsy as much as possible. Once I began buying handmade gifts or making them myself I actually began to enjoy the process of gift giving. I’m lucky and my list of people to shop for is very short so this allows me to put a lot of thought in to what I choose. Here are some ideas that I love for food enthusiasts and those who love to cook at home.

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I’d love to hear what your favorite gift ideas are for the holidays! You can either leave a comment here or message me at omandalade@gmail.com.

current favorite…comfy sweaters

During this time of year all I want to do is be bundled up and cozy. I have a pretty good collection of cardigans and have been making a conscious effort to stray from them, even though they seem to go with everything. While the price tag on these are pretty steep, I’ve seen some similar finds at TJ Maxx recently too! I also love that some of these are a little bit lighter and would be perfect through spring. All can be found via piperlime.com.

Open Knit Pullover Sweater by Willow & Clay

Jess striped pullover sweater by A+RO

Sunday Smile Yarn Horizontal Rib Pullover by Free People

*all images are linked*

send some love

It’s not too late to start writing out your Valentine cards! Yes, I’m sure most of you hate this holiday and think it’s stupid and made up. While I don’t buy in to the hype or do anything special with my sweetie, we do have a little tradition of making Valentines for one another. I’ve always unofficially considered February 14th as the legitimate beginning to our relationship when we first started dating almost six years ago. Yup! We didn’t go on a fancy date and I didn’t get cheesy flowers or chocolates. George and I went to a party at our close friend Marianne’s apartment where we wore funny hats and drank wine out of coffee mugs. I couldn’t have been happier to celebrate in such a fun way. At some point in the evening George gave me a handmade Valentine made out of construction paper. I suppose because he included the words “Love, George” on it I really knew then that he cared about me. Yes, I realize this is really silly but we hadn’t talked about boyfriend/girlfriend things but we were obviously dating. His small gesture made me feel really special and happy and to me felt like we were both realizing we were in fact a couple.

Here are a few lovely Valentine’s if you change your mind about February 14th.

Sparrownestscript

Rifle Paper Co.

JulieAnnArt

Ashley Pahl

Skrynka

*all images are linked*

Currently Obsessing About: Quill and Fox

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of valentines cards featured on some of my favorite blogs. I love cards of all shapes and sizes and have been so excited to see all of the wonderful new designs. Today I found Quill and Fox featured in an etsy article: Cards & Calendars for a New Year. There are so many wonderful cards, calendars and other treasures you can find there. Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites from Quill and Fox.

I especially love this Rudolph card and wish I had found it before Christmas!

-aw