foodnow

 

This isn’t what it looks like, guys. I am definitely not trying to make junk food healthier. See the kale salad included? I’ve got my priorities straight, I swear.

Ok, but seriously, the weekend is here and you want your health food to be a little more interesting, right? I’m all about living a little. Did someone say nachos? Oh yes.

Plantain Chip Nachos from Against All Grain. Change nothing. Make extra because this will go quick.

Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette  from Damn Delicious. Change nothing except swap the agave for local honey or organic maple syrup. Not a fan of agave and it’s processed BS. Also, I would probably go for organic dried cranberries instead of pomegranates, just thinking about the crunch is making my teeth hurt. I’m a sissy.

Cauliflower Bread Sticks from ifoodreal. Use Organic Valley cheese, it’s my grocery story pick. Or visit your local farmer for grassfed cheese, a chedder/pepperjack combo would be delish. And I usually go for Amy’s marinara.

Salted Banana Almond Ice Cream from Comfy Belly. Do you even have to ask? That’s what I thought.

 

Happy weekend! xo

 

LRinspo

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I’m in the process of moving, and my head is SPINNING ya’ll. When I shut my eyes I see visions of shower curtains and shaggy rugs and accent tables galore. The options are endless and I am one of those people who has to make sure the purchase is EVERYTHING I’ve ever hoped and dreamed before I click “checkout”. It’s a problem. And it’s very overwhelming. So instead of doing every room at once  (that would be my usual style, ha!), I decided to go room by room with the basics, and then add accent pieces and unique decor pieces as time goes. I’m very much into reviving vintage pieces, and reconstructed furniture. But my conundrum is that I always want it to be clean and fresh looking. There’s a definite balance, right?

We have a gorgeous grey couch and loveseat, but everything else is a blank canvas. Here’s some inspiration and pieces I’m loving…

treasures

 

I have a serious obsession with Etsy. Not only am I obsessed with the unique one-of-a-kind items found in this treasure land, but I love supporting small businesses, true artistry and handmade craftsmanship. Not to mention there are some killer deals that are hard to pass up! Here are some recent finds that I’m loving…

Rosemary, Thyme, and Mint Bath Oil | Pour le latte drinking bowl
Turquoise Wrap Rings | Dead Sea Soap

spring

As you can easily tell, I’ve taken quite the hiatus from blogging and the majority of social media interaction lately (albeit the occasional puppy-gram of my two fur babes). To be honest, life got crazy! We’re in the process of moving into a new house, we have two dogs, we’re super active in CrossFit, we’re both working a lot… you know, that thing we call life. And I’ve been doing some soul searching lately, too, in regards to the purpose of my blog. I just turned 25 last month and it was the most blissful, ordinary day. We didn’t do anything extravagant, but it was just a celebration of the simple things in life; the blessings we’ve been given, and our very breath that allows us the opportunity breathe life and love into others. This new year feels like a new start; I look at my blog now  and I see less and less of me in it as time passes. So much has changed in the past several months and I realize that I want something much greater for this online space, and for my readers. It’s been weighing on me for awhile. 2013 was an incredible year of experimentation and learning, as well as much failure and heartache. Now 2014 has quickly become a year of discovery and reward. And this year feels like a launching pad into what life was meant to be for us. We couldn’t be more excited.

This new Spring season is symbolic of how I feel about my life and this blog. Style Activist has become such a part of me, but for awhile it became something I couldn’t recognize.. and I honestly started to resent my blog and all of blogging as a whole. Ridiculous right? It became something that was so frustrating because I let comparison and regimen steal my joy.

So I’m going to be sharing just a lot of me, and what everyday life is like for us, and a lot about what inspires me. Also decorating our place! And feeding ourselves to remain fit and strong. Things like that. We are not glamorous people. I do not (and would not) eat cake for breakfast. I haven’t worn high heels since……. yeah, I can’t even remember. I’m usually in workout clothes, and have probably spilled a green smoothie on my shirt. We are just about living life fully, sleeping in when we feel like it, taking the dogs for a walk, living healthy, happy, lives.

So there you have it. Let’s focus on being present in the moment, and living the lives we always dreamed of.

 

Brb. xo.

 

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be

I don’t have much to say except I’m done with trying to be a perfectionist here on the blog. I tend to want to outdo everything I’ve done before, in terms of posts and content, and that’s not always possible. At least for now. But I don’t want to stop pouring into this community because it keeps me inspired everyday, to continue to do the things that I love.

So sometimes my posts will be really short, sometimes sweet, but always with sass. This isn’t about what I’m getting, but rather about what I’m giving. If only one person comes here a day and clicks away feeling better, more inspired or anything remotely positive, I’ve accomplished something monumental.

So I leave you with this, because when I read it, it got my all goosebumpy and fired up.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”
- Cecil Beaton

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