Shirt Dresses for the Non-Basic Chick

Everywhere I turn, I can’t seem to escape the shirt dress trend. Coworkers rock them in the office, storefront windows merchandise them as the *must-have* of the moment, and magazines forecast them as a necessity this Spring. Though I’m often one to gravitate towards the more tailored details, I can’t seem to find a lot of shirt dresses out there that truly pique my interest. As you know, I love the quirky little details, especially ones that lean towards the dark, the edgy, the avant-garde…key features that tailored or flowy shirt-dresses don’t typically include. I’ve rounded up a few options below that go beyond the basic shirt dress with the little details, a different silhouette to suit different tastes, and best of all just a little bit of funk.

ShirtdressesFrom Left to Right, click below to shop
Dress: MSGM Striped Shirt Dress
Heels: Reed Krakoff Snake Print Leather Sandals
Flats: Office Ghillie Lace-Up Flat

Dress: Aquilano Rimondi Striped Contrast Shirt Dress
Brogues: Prada Leather Laced Derby Shoe

Dress: Michael Kors Long Striped Kaftan
Sandals: Chloé Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Dress: Prabal Gurung Ombré Effect Marble Print Shirt Dress
Heeled Booties: Saint Laurent Lace-Up Booties

Dress: MM6 Maison Margiela Shirt Dress
Heels: Tibi Pierce Sandal
Sandals: Tomas Maier Lace-Up Sandal

SoCal vs. Refined Boho

SoCal vs Refined Boho

With bohemian / 70s style being all the rage this Spring/Summer season, there are all sorts of style influences (psychedelic, disco, Cali cool, ethnic, etc.). Cali cool boho has been one of my personal favorites because there are so many variations and fun details, but festival inspired looks are something to avoid with how overplayed and overly commercial they’ve become (hello Forever21). Who doesn’t want to incorporate their originality while being on-trend?

I always tend to throw on refined basics as my main look and add in funkier pieces with shoes, bags, and accessories. In the warmer months I gravitate to my boyfriend jeans, breezy tops,  and fun, seasonal clutches for easy transitions from my laid-back office to dinner + drinks with friends. Click below to shop:
SoCal Boho
- Stone Cold Fox Off-the-Shoulder Top
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Antonello Woven Bag
- Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals
Refined Boho
- Crop Top Cami, similar styles here
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Stella McCartney Bag
- Prada Suede Ankle Strap Sandals

Early Birds: Overnight Oats w. Chia Seeds & Protein

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Overnight oats has become such a staple in my diet lately—it’s one of the easiest ways to get my #protein—just mix your protein powder with the almond milk before combining ingredients :) In this bowl: rolled oats, pea protein powder + almond milk mixture, raisins, walnuts, almonds, blueberries, bananas, vanilla extract, and cinnamon

Taken straight from my Instagram.

The best method I’ve found to get this combo right is to first mix the protein powder with about 3/4 cup-1 cup almond milk in a cup with a fork, making sure to get all the clumps out. In a bowl (or Tupperware dish if you’ll be taking this to class/the office) pour in your rolled oats, walnuts, almonds, vanilla extract, raisins, and cinnamon. I always opt to add in the fresh fruit at the end/right before I leave my apartment so the banana doesn’t get too mushy. Sorry for not having measurements for these, everything is eyeballed and made to taste. Feel free to post a comment if you’d like me to be more specific in the amounts of each.

Warming Winter Salads

As it gets deeper into winter, the more comfort foods start to become a favorite (for taste buds, not your waistline!). From hearty root vegetables to creamy soups and decadent desserts…it’s a tough way to stay trim! With trade show season and a warm-weather vacation fast approaching, I’ve been trying to incorporate greens and root vegetables in as many dishes as possible to stay satiated while still getting a little more nutrition from my cravings. My favorite way to get both fixes are by combining them in a salad. I’ve included two latest recipe obsessions below. Enjoy!

Warm + Roasted Winter Salad Bowl (taken from OhSheGlows)

Ingredients:
For the salad:
∞ 1 cup uncooked rainbow or regular quinoa + 1.5 cups water
∞ 3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks (about 2 1/2 cups)
∞ 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
∞ 2 extra-large or 3 large garlic cloves (peel left on)
∞ 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
∞ 1 cup stemmed and finely chopped kale (I used curly, but OhSheGlows used lacinato)
∞ 3 green onions, thinly sliced (I omitted)
∞ 3 tablespoons pepita seeds (OhSheGlows added sesame seeds as well)
∞ Sliced avocado (I did not have on hand)

For the Dressing:
∞ 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Golden Balsamic vinegar)
∞ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
∞ 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
∞ 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
∞ Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line one extra-large (or 2 large) baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chopped potatoes, green beans, and garlic cloves (leave the peel on) onto the baking sheet. Toss with the oil and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Spread into an even layer.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip, and continue roasting about 10-20 more minutes until the potatoes and beans are tender and golden. Watch closely during the last 10 minutes to avoid burning.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa by adding the quinoa into a medium pot along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and cook for 13-17 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and leave the lid on to keep warm.
  5. Prepare the dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Chop the kale and green onions.
  7. When the vegetables are finished roasting, remove garlic cloves and set aside. Spoon the potatoes and beans into a large serving bowl. Stir in the quinoa and the other chopped vegetables.
  8. Trim the end off each garlic clove and push the roasted garlic out. Finely chop or mash the garlic. Whisk the garlic into the dressing until combined. Pour all of the dressing onto the vegetables and toss to coat.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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Sweet & Savory Salad (as seen on my IG)

Ingredients:
∞  1 cup uncooked rainbow or regular quinoa + 1.5 cups water
∞  3 medium-large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
∞  1 1/2 cups walnut wholes and halves
∞  2 cans chick peas
∞  1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
∞  2 cups stemmed and roughly chopped curly kale
∞  Cumin
∞  Ground cinnamon
∞  Cayenne pepper
∞  1 lime for dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450F and line one large baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Combine the chopped sweet potatoes, walnuts, EVOO and chickpeas in a gallon zip-lock bag. Add the cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon to your liking, close the bag 98% and blow air in the bag before sealing completely. Roll the now inflated bag around to evenly coat all contents in spice mixture. Spread into an even layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and flip, and continue roasting about 15-25 more minutes until the sweet potatoes and chickpeas are tender and golden. Watch closely during the last 10 minutes to avoid burning.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa by adding the quinoa into a medium pot along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and cook for 13-17 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and leave the lid on to keep warm.
  5. Prepare the dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Chop the kale.
  7. When the vegetables and walnuts are finished roasting, remove from oven and set aside. Spoon the sweet potatoes, walnuts, and chickpeas into a large serving bowl. Stir in the quinoa.
  8. Squeeze the lime’s juice over the chopped kale. Massage into the leaves, and let sit a minute or two to soften the kale. Combine all ingredients, toss, and enjoy!

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