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April 15, 2014

adventures of huck finn

 overalls: american eagle, shirt: forever 21, plaid button down: nautica men's, shoes: converse, lipstick: chanel

Even with pictures of girls in overalls spattered all over the fashion week street style feeds, overalls are still more "19th century adolescent boys playing along the Mississippi" than "popular spring summer 2014 trend." With my men's plaid shirt and converse, I think I probably fit better into the first category. But it's cool cause I have no problem admitting that I take sartorial inspiration from immature, little boys. Nbd.

I posted a bunch of shortall (which is still weird for me to say, or rather type) options a few posts ago. While I didn't try all of them on, these AE ones were perfect for me! My major problem when trying overalls in the past were that they were just too tight on the legs and midsection. While I can fully embrace the idea that all shapes and sizes are beautiful, it's harder to apply the same ideology to myself. Consequently I am pretty self conscious with emphasizing my midsection. These overalls may not be as flattering as say... a swishy maxi dress, they definitely do forgive more when compared to other shortalls. So even though I'm shorter than 5 foot 9 and heavier than 110 pounds, I too could wear some overalls. 

April 13, 2014

it was the best of times, it was the worst of times

It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.

Famous words from the only Dickens book that I've read and actually liked.

And how is that at all relevant about what I'm posting? I'm talking about food. On one hand, with all our modern day technology we're able to eat foods from all over the world, we're able to cut the time on cooking or baking with different appliances, we're able to have a plethora of recipes at our fingertips thanks to the internet. We have a deeper understanding of human physiology, of what our bodies need to be healthy.

But then there's the bad. Even with all this knowledge, obesity rates are increasing. Processed foods are becoming the norm. And going out to look for information on the internet can be completely chaotic.

I'm currently taking a phy sci class that's got me wanted to eat healthier, and reign in the amount of unhealthy foods I like to indulge in. Something I've constantly heard is how honey and agave are healthier alternatives to sugar. I use honey as a substitute in tea and smoothies, but have never really tried using agave.

I then decided to do a little research... which left me incredibly overwhelmed. On top of there being about 1,001 different conflicting opinions on agave, I'm left wondering if the writer's have alternative incentives to sharing their findings?

But here's the basics on what I found. In comparison to sugar, agave has less calories, has a lower glycemic index (meaning it will not cause your blood sugar to spike as fast), and is sweeter -- meaning you will have to use less to get the same amount of sweetness. On the other hand, agave is primarily composed of fructose, which in high doses has been linked to a multitude of diseases.

As my professor always reminds us, rather than avoiding anything remotely unhealthy, it's important to control what you intake. For instance, even though bananas are healthy, eating 4000 calories a day worth of them isn't. So small doses of agave once a week isn't going to kill me (I hope.)

P.S This isn't a proper recipe, but rather an excuse to try out food photography + introduce the idea of doing recipes on my blog.

The Drink

One of my favorite drinks to drink at Coffee Bean is their agave nectar sweet tea! Naturally, making it at home is immensely cheaper. Plus, it's incredibly easy to recreate. It has a distinct taste when compared to other sweet teas, and I must say I'm a fan.

Instructions: Instead of sweetening with sugar, sweeten your freshly brewed tea with about 1 + 1/2 tablespoons of dark agave per cup of water. You can add more or less depending on your tastes, but that's the sweet spot for me. Then refrigerate to let it cool down, and drink away!

I used the constant comment tea by Bigelow because it has a hint of orange rind along with some sweet spices, which I think works perfectly with the agave! Listening to the people of steepster, I steeped it for about 2 minutes before removing the tea bags.

April 10, 2014

yankee status

sweater: zara, jeans: free people, also sold here, sandals: birkenstocks

The odds were really out against these white jeans.
1) Wearing white jeans gives me cottage cheese legs. (Incredibly unflattering)
2) Jeans with two lone holes at the knees rarely match up with where my knees actually are-- a common struggle for the vertically challenged.
3) Free people jeans usually fit me awfully.
Despite these factors, I decided to bring these jeans into the fitting room with me, and boy am I glad. I could have never believed they would fit, but they do! And with the frayed hem and busted knees, they're pretty much perfect for the spring/ summer season. Outfits with a plaid shirt, with a black top, with booties, with strappy sandals, with a floppy hat, the list of possibilities never ends. 

P.s happy national siblings day!! Here's a shout-out to my little brother... who is not so little and now taller than me.