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10 Good Reads That We Are Loving

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Read on for links to 10 good reads that we are loving // xo

* making your closet a happy space (because I’m addicted)

* foods that help promote a healthy, beautiful glow (goop)

* the healthy dose of turmeric (well + good)

* eight healthy daily reminders (sakara)

* the working girl detox (goop)

* inspiration for an organized bathroom (my domaine)

* how to have hard conversations without conflict (goop)

* the benefits of vitamin D3 when it comes to autoimmune diseases (goop)

* making nontoxic sunscreen with Shiva Rose (marysia)

* an energizing anti-inflammatory facial massage (because I’m addicted)

Ragdoll LA

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I am just going to lay it all out there – I live for sweats, cozy tees, and oversized sweatshirts. My parents literally had to limit my sweat pant purchases growing up because I seemed to fall in love with every pair I saw. Even to this day, when I walk through our front door, I am in comfy clothes faster than anything, with a candle lit and a cup of Sakara tea by my side. With all of this said, my excitement when relaxing ensembles were deemed appropriate for public appearance was on another level.

I love when random decisions turn into the best realizations. My parents were in town last month, and we ran into Kreation on 3rd Street for a juice and popped into a store called Ragdoll. My mom and I were immediately lost in the effortless essentials – the vintage sweatshirts, the most perfect puffy sweaters, and the casual tees. The lovely founder and designer, Lisa Larson, came out for a quick visit, which made me feel even more appreciation for the brand.

I have so much respect for family owned businesses, and I love Lisa’s story and how she describes her brand : “Just like me, Ragdoll is a mix of European chic and slouchy Los Angeles lifestyle. From LA I like the very casual way you dress, and from Europe I love the aesthetic and colors. I’m a Ragdoll. I like to dressy classy with a touch of sexy, vintage, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

I couldn’t help but leave the store with two sweatsuits; the blush pink sweatshirt and track pants might be my favorite, and I couldn’t leave without the classic black sweats and coordinating pullover. They are perfect for travel days, running errands around bustling LA, and they are oh so perfect for a cozy night in lounging on the couch with takeout food watching This Is Us.

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8 Favorite NYC Restaurants

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Lo and I both love making getaway trips to NYC. It’s a bigger trip for Lo of course from the West Coast, but I am just a 3 hour train trip away in Annapolis. Below we have rounded up 8 favorite NYC restaurants. Scroll down for info on each spot and bookmark this post for the next time you need to make a dinner res in the Big Apple. [feature image via Cafe Cluny]

The Smile

The Smile is an amazing gem of a place where the restaurant is smaller, the atmosphere is cozy and dim, and the food is unique and delicious. My friend who is an NYC local introduced me, and it was immediately added to my favorites!

Cafe Cluny

A cozy and quaint French restaurant serving delicious, healthy food made with the best ingredients. This is a great spot for brunch, too!

Mercer Kitchen

This restaurant is nestled in the heart of Soho and feels warm in all aspects after a bustling day in the city. The food is absolutely delicious, and the always packed restaurant brings so much life rather than feeling overwhelming!

The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter is on a street corner in charming Nolita, and it offers mostly vegetarian and vegan fare and freshly pressed juice. It is a healthy escape and the atmosphere is fun and vibrant!

ABC Kitchen

An elegant date night spot with the most lovely, rustic-chic decor and amazing food. Book this one 30 days out, as it is a Jean-Georges restaurant and very popular, for good reason.

Gato

A fun, hip, lively restaurant that embodies the NYC scene. For you Food Network fans, this is a must-try since it’s a Bobby Flay restaurant. Also, their saffron linguini with muscles is seriously SO good.

Bobo

A cozy, chic French dining experience in the West Village of New York. The bar is downstairs + dining is upstairs. It’s a small space, but it feels very home-y in a cool way.

Catch

A go-to spot for a fun night out. The bar scene is “happening” so-to-speak + the food is really, really good. It’s loud however, so you definitely need to go on a night that you are in the mood for that classic, unique NYC energy.

Best Pair of Black Denim Under $100

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Black denim is always in constant rotation for me. I love how a pair of black skinnies can be dressed up or down and styled so many different ways. I am so confident in these jeans (c/o) that I have deemed them the best pair of black denim under $100. They fit like a dream, are so comfortable, have the perfectly placed knee slits, are ankle length, and can be worn with all shoe types from sneaks to heels. Abercrombie is the company responsible for making these amazing jeans and the price point is truly incredible. Check them out if you are in the market for a new pair of black denim and below is style inspo! xo

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Our Staple Grocery Lists

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We are so excited for this post! Today Lauren and I are sharing our grocery lists- items that are staples inside our refrigerators, freezers, and kitchen cabinets. The items on our lists consist of things that we are constantly buying and buying again. We are very passionate about fueling our bodies with good-for-you ingredients so that we feel our best from the inside out, and the below items definitely do that for us! These are just the basic, regular items we are always buying, but of course there are specific things we need when it comes to trying new recipes and preparing certain meals. I personally do a lot of shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, and Erewhon is Lo’s grocery store home. The Thrive Market is another great resource! Take a look at the lists below and get Lo’s outfit deets & links at the bottom. We would love to hear your grocery staples in the comment section, too! xo

 

LO’S LIST

Organic bananas

Frozen organic blueberries

Organic kale

Organic mixed greens

Sprouts

Organic veggies – broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, peppers

Fermented cabbage

Organic sweet potatoes

Avocado

Lots of organic lemons!

Organic heirloom tomato

Mung bean chips

Salsa

Homemade bone broth

Grass fed and hormone free ground turkey

Organic and hormone free chicken tenders

Wild salmon

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Minced garlic

Fresh flowers

Forbidden rice

MELISSA’S LIST

Oranges

Avocado

Organic Spinach

Organic Kale

Hummus

Organic Cucumber

Organic asparagus (or brussels)

Brown Rice

Rice crackers

Almond Butter

Bananas

Frozen wild organic blueberries

Frozen Peas

Multigrain english muffins

Organic chicken

Wild Salmon

Organic Eggs

Wild canned salmon

Almond milk

OneCoffee pods

Rishi ginger turmeric tea

OUTFIT DETAILS:

SUNNIES (c/o) | JACKET (c/o) | BANDANA (similar) | DENIM (c/o) | TEE | BOOTS (c/o)

images by felicia lasala 

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Friday Night-In Checklist

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Sometimes after a busy and long week, a Friday night-in is just what we need. For those moments, we created a Friday night-in checklist for a peaceful, relaxing evening. It’s amazing how rejuvenating a night-in can be for the soul.  It’s a great feeling to wake up Saturday morning to a great cup of coffee, knock out a few things on the to-do list, get a workout or sauna session in, and enjoy a healthy breakfast all before 10AM. Scroll down to see our checklist + get the links to browse. From the coziest sleep shirt from Rails to the best sleep tea from Sakara, these essentials will add some serious comfort to your night at home. Enjoy and happy weekend! xo

the sleep shirt | a good book | mug | sleep tea | throw

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