GIFT GUIDE: HOLIDAY HOME DECOR

Every year when the temperatures begin to drop it takes everything I have to not start breaking out my Christmas decor and start decorating the entire house! This year I’m caving a little early (we usually don’t start decorating until after Thanksgiving), but with the cold we’ve been having I decided it was necessary to get a head start. For my decorating, especially Christmas decorating, I love mixing classic pieces with more modern ones. Take the stripe container for example, it has a classic metal design with a modern, Christmas-y print (and is perfect as anything from a flower and candy cane vase to a card holder!). The Kate Spade ornaments are another obvious staple with an adorable modern twist – I’m hoping to decorate with a more neutral pallet of white, black, and gold ornaments this year. Around this time (especially in Decembrrr) I’m also stocking up on blankets – in our climate you can never have enough! I think what’s even greater about trends this year is that I can walk around wearing one and be considered “fashionable” (take that mother nature!), but back to the decor. I’m also loving the adorable “JOY” display – I think it’s not only insanely cute but a good reminder during these hectic times about what this season is all about. 

Shop some more of my favorite holiday pieces below and Happy Decorating!

xo

BRAZILIAN BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: ACAI BOWLS



Lately, I’ve been really big into blended fruit bowls for breakfast. They contain enough sweetness to wake me up and give me energy for a long day full of whatever it decides to throw my way. I find that it’s also a great snack any time you need a pick-me-up or some added energy around that slumming 2:00 feeling time. What I’ve found though is that although they taste delicious, they can quickly add up if you’re buying them everyday, not to mention the fact that they’re nearly impossible to find where I live, and since have decided to start making them on my own. If you’re not familiar with acai it’s an antioxidant rich berry from the Brazilian amazon, loaded with protein, and a host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids – making it a wonderful way to start your day!







Ingredients:

2 packets frozen acai puree (3.5 oz)
1 banana frozen (cut in pieces)
1 handful of frozen blueberries
scant 1/4 cup orange or apple juice
scant 1/4 cup almond milk
1 scoop protein powder (optional



Toppings (have a little fun here!):
mango
blueberries
strawberries
banana
granola
goji berries


Take the acai packets (I usually get mine from the brand Sambazon at Whole Food’s – so good!) out of the freezer and and break them apart before opening. I suggest letting them set out on the counter for a few minutes to make this a little easier. Now, put the acai chunks, blueberries, and frozen banana pieces into the blender. Pour in a small amount of juice or almond milk and (optional) protein powder. Between blends you may have to open up the blender, move things around a bit, and scrape the sides or push down the fruits to keep things moving. Once you begin to blend you will be able to see how much liquid you need – go from there and adjust the thickness to your own desire, although; most people (like myself) like to create a very thick sorbet-like consistency.




And, walla! You can use whatever toppings you like – I prefer and always seem to cut up any leftover bananas or fresh fruit and usually add coconut shreds, almond slices and for an added kick of energy I’ll pour on a little bee pollen.


Enjoy!



xoxo

FOR THE HOME




Happy Thursday!

With the beginning of the school year leaning over head, I felt the sudden urge to re-decorate my office space. I’ve never had a very colorful or eye-catching space to work in, just somewhere to go to get my work done and then leave to carry out other tedious tasks. That was until lately, when I started practically living at my desk, and the drab, dull space started to have an affect on me – and not in a good way. Although, what I’ve noticed since I’ve started to update it and bring in some color and inspirational pieces (like the ones above) is that I feel more at home and inspired being surrounded by the things I love. Maybe a little materialistic and superficial, yes, but it’s made working a lot less painful and even somewhat easier for me. So, try it! It doesn’t have to be anything major either – a colorful piece of art, a new tray to display your favorite jewels, even a vase to hold those beautiful flowers (fake ones are great for year-round!) – just that one piece of love can make a world of difference! Also worth mentioning for all of my frugal ladies out there, I may or may not have some home decor DIY’s headed your way in the upcoming weeks… stay tuned… (:


Stay Extraordinary,
Shelby ♥