We're moving

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(No, we're not moving to LA. But I can guarantee you that we will be moving there before I'm 25.) 

I'm literally just throwing this little post up because I feel like I HAVE to tell you guys about what's going on in my life right now. Like, honestly, though, shit is about to get super cray. 

Maxim and I are moving. Right now, we live in the straight-up SUBURBS of DC, and it's a long-ish commute to downtown. It was cute for a while, and I adore our apartment and the "Town Center" that we live in. BUT, both Maxim and I have events almost every night, and it's become too much to drive/metro/uber at 11 p.m. back to our apartment 25 miles away. 

SO WE'RE MOVING.

We're moving to {apparently} one of the most hipster places to live — Arlington (I strongly disagree with this rating. Like if we're looking at benchmarks, Arlington is definitely on the lower half of the hipster scale). And we're moving in less than 10 days. 

We literally signed the lease last night while sitting on the couch. And on Sunday, we weren't even planning on moving. But it popped up on Facebook and we were like "why not?" The place is much smaller than our current apartment, but we needed to downsize. 

THIS IS WHY 

When I first moved in with Maxim, I thought he had a one-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms. Totally normal, I thought. I went on with my life, no worries. THEN ONE DAY, the {always locked} door that I thought was, like, for the boiler room or whatever, was unlocked. And I just opened it and I know you guys know what happened. THERE WAS A SECOND BEDROOM. But not just a second bedroom — it was literally being used as a room filled with, like, junk. Straight-up boxes of stuff that I've never seen Maxim touch. EVER. And the room is STILL used as a storage room.

My name for it is the "mierda room." 

So now that we're moving, Maxim and I are taking the time to just PURGE. And by purge, I mean we're selling stuff, donating stuff and throwing away A LOT of stuff. Like, honestly, though, we're selling almost all of our furniture and I've already thrown out like five HUGE bags of pure mierda. I'll be sure to keep you updated as the move continues, but I just had to share! 

BUTTTTT....Have you guys ever gone through a giant clear out before? What worked and what didn't? Let me know in the comments below or on social! 

xx phoebe

I tried the new vegan Ben & Jerry's flavors and they're amazing

When I was a kid, Ben & Jerry’s was life. If you put a pint of Phish Phood in the freezer on a Friday, it’d be scrapped out to the very edges of the container come Monday morning. I loved the smell of cookie dough wrapped in frozen dairy that would waft from their store fronts on hot, summer days. 

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But then I went vegan. And I had to give up one of my most favorite things: GOOD ice cream. Yes, I’d tried the vegan versions — Tofutti, Almond Dream, So Bliss. But there was always something off. The ice cream would stay hard just a little bit too long. Or it would contain more ice crystals than frozen cream. I settled for what I thought would be my best options. 

So when Ben & Jerry’s came out to announce that they were taking the plunge into non-dairy ice cream, I jumped for joy. Finally my love for them could be re-kindled. It apparently took them 60 tries and years of R&D to find the perfect combo. In the end, the settled on almond milk for the base because it was "the most neutral" flavor. 

I spent a year courting Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy flavors. I watched from afar to see the reaction. It was positive and I wanted to be a part of it. I remember that it was a hot, hot day and I couldn’t resist the taste of a sweet treat. Maxim and I headed into a Ben & Jerry’s…and there it was…the NON-DAIRY SECTION. They were offering PB & Cookies. I got the kids size. 

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The rest is history. 

I fell in love again with Ben & Jerry’s and always tried to have some in the freezer (just in case). 

BUT it’s 2017, and Ben & Jerry’s stepped it up AGAIN. On Wednesday they debuted THREE NEW vegan flavors: Cherry Garcia, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and Caramel Almond Brittle. I tasted them and they're INCREDIBLE. 

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Cherry Garcia {for the nostalgic + fan favorites} 

This flavor is a classic and a staple in Ben & Jerry's shop. It was debuted in 1987 and has been a top seller ever since. Maxim couldn't believe that it was the vegan version! 

Coconut Seven Layer Bar {ugh yes} 

This might be my favorite of all the seven vegan flavors. It's filled with coconut and you'd swear it's made with coconut milk instead of almond milk. I love the taste of chocolate chunks and caramel mixed in. If you've ever had a multi-layer bar, you'll be in love. 

Caramel Almond Brittle {YAS} 

The best thing about this flavor is the combination of gooey caramel with crunchy, sweet almond brittle. It's also the new fan favorite among taste-testers of Ben & Jerry's. 

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And what better time to celebrate than this weekend? It’s going to be 60s in the DMV + NYC, which means ice cream is always a good idea. No one’s ever regretted a spoonful of the sweet stuff. 

Interested in trying it out? Look for it anywhere that ice cream is sold

breakfast on-the-go: 10-minute chia seed pudding

Mornings are crazy hectic. Like crazy, crazy hectic. 

I work a 9-5, and I carpool downtown with Maxim. We're out the door by 7-7:30, and always forgetting to eat something. Let's be real, we're young + more focused on coffee + finding a clean pair of pants than making sure that we've had breakfast.

PSA: Breakfast is crazy important! Please eat breakfast!

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By the time I'm at the office, I'm HANGRY...and we all know how well that goes over in the first meeting of the day. 

SO, I try to make easy (like so easy you can do it in your sleep) breakfasts to-go the night before so that I can just grab it on the way out the door. 

This, my chia seed pudding recipe, is my fave. And honestly, though, it doesn't even take 10-minutes. It takes maybe 5-minutes if you're a little bit slow pouring in the milk. BUT a little disclaimer first: I'm a s o u l  c o o k e r , which is why I oftentimes am more focused on reviewing other people's food or just posting photos. My measurements are not exact and I add stuff like I'm a witch concocting a potion. 

THAT BEING SAID, I googled ratios that I'll be including below, but PLEASE just experiment yourself. You never know what you'll discover! 


Not-even-10-minute chia seed pudding 

Ingredients: 

  • mason jar or other similar-ish container
  • handful of chia seeds (a 1/3 cup) 
  • healthy pour of non-dairy milk OR a couple tablespoons of non-dairy yogurt. 
    • (think 3:1 ratio of milk to chia) 
  • cinnamon 
  • mashed banana
  • coconut chips 
  • oats or hot cereal (my fave is from iheartkeenwah) 

Directions: 

  • Fill half a mason jar with milk/yogurt
  • Add chia seeds, some {healthy} shakes on cinnamon. Put top on jar and SHAKE. 
  • Open jar, add 2-3 tablespoons of hot cereal or oats. 
  • Add mashed banana, coconut chips. 
    • side note: my favorite thing about adding coconut chips is that they're soft(er)when you end up eating this and sweetens up the entire breakfast! 
  • Put top back on jar and SHAKE! 
  • Put in fridge overnight or for a few hours. 
  • ENJOY! 

Yes. It's literally that simple. You can experiment with different flavors, toppings, etc! 

My {other} fave chia pudding combinations: 

  • Vega protein powder + banana + oats 
  • Almond butter + cubed apple slices + cinnamon 
  • Frozen berries + shaved coconut {omg yas} 
  • Sliced pineapple + shaved cooconut + oats 
  • Frozen berries + cinnamon  

The possibilities are  E N D L E S S , you beautiful people! Give it a try and let me know below how it goes! 

weekend reads {feb 11&12}

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photo by dave mentzer

I don't know about you guys, but this week has literally been the longest week ever. It felt like each day was dragging on and I could never catch a break! But the week is over, and I'm typing this from a suite overlooking the river in Old Town Alexandria. Maxim and I are having a little staycation right now and just enjoying each others' presence!

BUT, I'm also attending an event TONIGHT at the Current Boutique in Old Town Alexandria with a few other DC bloggers! There will be champagne, chocolate strawberries + 20% off for all shoppers! Click here for deets. So with that, happy weekend! 

bloggers 

These chic, elderly couples will give you all the feels. [WhoWhatWear]

One of my favorite bloggers in the whole world is talking about her February loves — and I bet it'll have you blushing. [Meg Biram]

Anne Knot has a beautiful message for any of you struggling with city living. [KnotCouture]

If you're stuck in the rain, cold and snow, live vicariously through these gorgeous snaps of Julien's Floridian getaway. [It's Julien]

Paola went to TommyLand and has one of the best round-ups I've seen. I watched the show live on my mac and went to go pre-order my favorite pieces and I kid you not they were sold out within 5 minutes. [Blank Itinerary]

This chic DC blogger has the best date night outfit idea for this week [Alicia Tenise]

And since it's basically spring in the middle of February, try these floral ice cubes for your next cocktail. [A beautiful mess]

in the know 

GUYS, Ivanka Trump used a fake name to be able to go to Solidcore and the owner was pissed. And omg this is what The Real Housewives Of DC should be focused on. [The Cut]

Greece, The EU + the IMF are in an epic battle right now over Greece's debt. And if you're at ALL into the government + world affairs, you'll love it. [BBC

Kellyanne Conway broke the law by telling people to go by Ivanka's stuff. And Nordstrom is SURGING since Trump tried to bash them. [DCist]

Obama is LOVING life as a private citizen and can someone please tell him to come back because I miss him. [Buzzfeed]

And forgive me for continuing on politics but OMG Sean Spicer might finally be fired. [Washingtonian]

ICYMI: Beyonce is pregnant with twins. BUT NOW AMAL + GEORGE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THEY'RE EXPECTING TWINS. [Vox]

My friend + fellow UNH alum, Katie Gardner, is a writer living in Maine. She loves women's magazines and makes an amazing point about how much they're focusing on EMPOWERING women recently. [Medium]

"Was there a woman who didn’t recognize herself in the specter of Elizabeth Warren silenced by a roomful of men?" No. The answer is no. [NYTimes]

long-form 

Love CSI and Law & Order SVU(okay, if you don't you're insane because Olivia Benson is the coolest person ever)? Sink your teeth into this awesome piece about an algorithm that might help solve mystery murder cases. [Bloomberg]

"Our omnivorousness gives us an exhilarating and terrifying amount of freedom. As social creatures, we seek safety from that freedom in our culture, and in a certain amount of conformity. We prefer to follow leaders we’ve invested with authority to blaze a path to safety." [The Atlantic]

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What're you reading? Let me know in the comments below! 

things i'm loving {december 2016 edition}

I feel like the day after thanksgiving is TECHNICALLY December. Even though it's not, it should be. Besides the insanity that is Black Friday shopping (count me out, I'll shop from my bed and a homemade coffee, thank you), everyone is already in a holiday mood. So for me, day after thanksgiving? December. 

And no matter what holiday you celebrate or don't celebrate, there is an atmosphere that is so...pepperminty? 

In my apartment, Maxim and I agreed not to put a tree up until after thanksgiving. We put it up on Black Friday after chilling at home for the entire day while devouring leftovers and watching Westworld. Hint: If you haven't gotten into Westworld, you're binging TV wrong. Honestly, though. 

And with that, let's get into what I'm loving for the month of December! Are you loving what I'm loving? Let me know in the comments below! 

bloggers I'm loving

Glass of Glam // Meet Roxanne. She's just casually a trial attorney, glam + fashion blogger, and all around badass. PLUS, she's petite and gives great advice on how to dress for your proportions — currently obsessing over this post

Blazers and Bubbly // Literally one of the sweetest (and most gorgeous) women I've ever met! Julie of Blazers and Bubbly blogs about girly things like mermaid blankets + barbie print skirts. Her style is crazy cute and perfect for all the girly girls in your life! 

 

what I'm eating

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GrazeBox // So I knowwwww what you guys are thinking: I am so late to the game. I get it. But I discovered the individual graze boxes on a recent trip back to England and totally fell in love. Like honestly, though, it's really hard to find vegan snacks that are as varietal as Graze! I get their 8-portion snack box every other week and it's a GAME CHANGER in the office for days when I'm in meetings back-to-back...or when I forget to eat all day. Want your

what I'm drinking

VineBox // Basically every wine box subscription is wine by the bottle. And if you're young + broke like me, you're probs not going for the most expensive bottle out there. BUT, if you're actually interested in good wine, this box is for you. VineBox lets you taste expensive + rare wines BY THE GLASS, so you can experience what a vintage 2005 Merlot tastes like with a good cheese + crackers board. Every box comes paired food suggestions, tasting notes + music suggestions. 

It makes a perfect last-minute gift too. Pair it with a bottle of cheap af champs and you're good to go. 

what I'm wearing

Photo by  Kenan Ergvn

Photo by Kenan Ergvn

Whistle + Wild // ICYMI: Whistle & Wild is an amazing online boutique started by local, Amanda Nelson. She just launched in the fall and has already had wild, wild success. BEWARE: Her picks sell out fast and some (like this Huntress Top, above) are completely extinct now. Check her insta daily for hints about what's dropping next. 

PinkieSwear Necklaces // If you've been on my Instagram AT ALL lately, you know that I'm hooked on PinkieSwear. They, too, are an online boutique. But they only offer accessories that are "affordable yet fashionable." Honestly, though, I was nervous when I first received their necklaces because I didn't know if they were going to look/feel cheap. BUT They didn't. I've gotten so, so many compliments since I've started wearing them and they're now my go-to spot! (p.s. Shop fast because my fave pieces by them are almost all sold out)

what i'm using

E.L.F.'s new hydrating bubble mask // Winter is no longer coming. Winter is here and with winter comes dry skin, flaking and pore that overproduce oil (gross). But, I've found the solution: E.l.f. Everybody knows this brand for their wilding inexpensive products + now fully vegan mission for makeup + brushes. But I love using this mask in the morning to lock in good moisture during my commute on the metro + to combat against the craziness of a busy work day. { DYK: E.l.f. is now a 100% plant-based + cruelty-free brand }

where I'm going

Sechoir Beatuy Bar // So a few weeks ago, I went to Sechoir Beauty Bar and saw Walid, their head colorist + stylist. My hair had kind of been in a funk since a year ago when I had some awful balayge done. Now, my hair was flat + kind of damaged + had weird bits of grown out yellow. Insert Walid. He literally changed my hair in every way. He added depth and color to my hair and made sure that every step was something that I was comfortable with. AND when I suggested something that might not look good on me, he let me know (aka saving me from my hair-dyslexic self). If you go, mention Honestly, Though + ask for Walid. And then get your FACE threaded. I'll be here when you realize this was the best recommendation ever. Read more about my obsession here. 

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Every place that serves ramen in the DMV // So this has been a long time coming, but I'm working on a ramen round up of the Washington, D.C. area. It'll be updated as time goes on, but you can start to check it out here. 

Thank you to Influenster + E.l.f. for sponsoring this post!