watermelon jalapeño juice recipe, sage+sparkle

With a long week ahead of me and it only being Tuesday, what I really need is a refreshing kick to get me started – in steps my new juice recipe… Watermelon jalapeño with a touch of cucumber.  With only three ingredients, it’s super easy to make, while still being insanely delicious!

Watermelon Jalapeño Juice Recipe, sage+sparkle

Juice Recipe, sage+sparkle

Watermelon Jalapeño Juice Recipe, sage+sparkle

Watermelon Jalapeño Juice Recipe, sage+sparkle

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of watermelon
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded (keep a few of the seeds for an added kick)
  • 1/3 cucumber

Directions:

  • Slice the watermelon + cucumber
  • Cut out the middle of the jalapeños, leaving a few seeds if you like the extra spice
  • Add all to juicer, in the order listed above.  It’s important that the jalapeños get added in the middle as the cucumber will help bring the jalapeño juice through.
  • Add a straw (optional) and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to kickstart your morning?

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

Over the weekend, we came across a new mural in Astoria that I knew I had to take pictures in front of.  I wish I knew what the artist was thinking, while they created this pieces or even who the artist is.  Something about this wall reminds me of a grownup version of the Disney song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah“, probably not at all what the artist intended but what can I say, I relate many things in my life back to musicals, so they should take it as a compliment. Nevertheless, I’m over here singing the song as I type, and stepping out the door today with a blue bird on my shoulder and a smile on my face.

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With Fall right around the corner, (sorry, I can’t help it) I can’t stop thinking about transitioning pieces in my current wardrobe into the cooler months.  Today, I’m showing you how I plan to wear a boho mini dress, straight into Fall, with the addition of a faux leather vest – Fall is the perfect time to experiment with textures. With the addition of booties or boots this Michael Kors dress becomes even more versatile, while the color combo plays well with the darker, saturated tones of Fall. Oh, and how could I forget the best part – this dress is on sale!   Make sure you check it out, before it’s gone.  By the way, I also included a maxi version in “Get the look” below, just incase mini’s are not your thing.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Watch, Baublebar bracelet, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Platforms, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Dress, BB Dakota Faux Leather Vest, Sage+Sparkle

{Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Vest, BB Dakota c/o mimi&mo | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch + Sunnies, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Earrings + Bracelet, Baublebar

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one top, 3 ways

The last couple of days have been pretty cool in the morning, almost Fall like, and naturally I’ve been loving every minute.  However, this time of year can sometimes be a challenge, when it comes to deciding what to wear or even what to buy.

If you buy one thing in the next couple of weeks, this plaid silk top that I’m wearing, from mimi&mo is a perfect choice, as you can wear it now and into Fall.  It’s the perfect layering piece, for days that are breezy in the morning, warm in the afternoon and cool at night. But don’t just take my word for it… see for your self!

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In today’s post, I show you how you can wear this top now and straight into Fall – showing you this one top, styled three ways.  Maybe you’re looking for a “sheer days of summer” look, something to “mix + match into Fall”, or you want to be “Fall ready”… whatever look you choose, I’ve got you covered – literally.

Dakota Collective Top, J Crew Shorts, Sage+Sparkle

Dakota Collective Top, mimi&moi, Sage+Sparkle

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Look 1: “Sheer days of Summer”

{Top, Dakota Collective c/o mimi&mo | Shorts, J Crew | Shoes, c/o TJ Maxx | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors} 

Dakota Collective Top, mimi&mom, Sage+Sparkle

Hudson Jeans, Dakota Collective Top, mimi&mo, Sage+Sparkle

Hudson Jeans, Dakota Collective Top, mimi&mo, Sage+Sparkle

Look 2: “Mix + Match into Fall” 

{Top, Dakota Collective c/o mimi&mo | Sweater, c/o mimi&mo (similar here) | Jeans, Hudson | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Clutch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, LIC Flea Market}

Dakota Collective Top, Dakota Vegan Leather Jacket, Hudson Jeans, mimi&mo, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Bag, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties, Sage+Sparkle

Hudson Jeans, Dakota Collective Top, Dakota Vegan Leather, mimi&mo, Sage+Sparkle

Look 3: “Fall Ready” 

{Top, Dakota Collective c/o mimi&mo | Jacket, BB Dakota c/o mimi&mo | Jeans, Hudson | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors}

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H&M Leopard Pencil Skirt, J Crew Chambray Shirt, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, J Crew (similar via OId Navy) | Skirt, H&M (love this version too)| Belt, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Shoes, Zara (similar via Revolve) | Necklace, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelet, Alex & Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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In some ways, this week has flown by, but on the flip side, I can’t help but wonder, IS IT FRIDAY YET… If you follow me on instagram, then you know I picked up this skirt from H&M, what feels like a life time ago, but in actuality was last Friday, and I couldn’t wait to wear it. Leopard print is always hard for me to resist, especially when its done in a unique way – as shown here with a slate grey backdrop and dark grey and mustard spots, this skirt is anything but normal – just the way I like it!

Believe it or not, this skirt is also pretty versatile too.  I’m already dreaming of all the ways I will wear it, as the temps continue to cool down… for starters with an oversized cream sweater and my mustard pumps, last seen here {insert happy dance}.  Fall, I’m coming for ya!

H&M Leopard Pencil Skirt, J Crew Chambray Shirt, Sage+Sparkle

H&M Leopard Pencil Skirt, J Crew Chambray Shirt, Sage+Sparkle

H&M Leopard Pencil Skirt, J Crew Chambray Shirt, Sage+Sparkle

J Crew Chambray Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

H&M Leopard Pencil Skirt, J Crew Chambray Shirt, Sage+Sparkle

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Heather Women's Clothing, Blue Long Sleeve Dress, Sage+Sparkle

Hopefully after reading my post Monday, you immediately signed up for mimi&mo’s newsletter – if not, what are you waiting for?  There is plenty more to come, as I will be collaborating with mimi&mo more in the future, to share with you how I style new arrivals.  I said it Monday, but mimi&mo is so good, I must repeat myself – if you live in the NYC area, you must come to LIC and check out this fabulous new boutique. If you need directions, let me know – if fact, I will even meet you there!

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Todays look is giving you even further insight into one of the looks featured in The Look: by Sage+Sparkle for mimi&mo.  The dress featured is by HEATHER (available in store), and is super comfortable. What I love most about this dress, aside from the color, is that fact that it feels like a sweat shirt, but gives you a polished, pulled together look. This dress is something you can wear now and easily transiting into Fall and even Winter, with the addition of tights.  The draping details, at both the waist and neck, are also incredible.  And let’s not forget the silhouette… form-fitting, showing off my curves, but with a high neckline so it’s not revealing – I love pieces that show a little something while leaving parts to the  imagination. I couldn’t find this dress online, so if your interested you’re going to have to come visit…

Heather Women's Clothing, Blue Long Sleeve Dress, Sage+Sparkle

Heather Women's Clothing, Blue Long Sleeve Dress, Sage+Sparkle

Michael Kors Bryn Platforms, Heather Women's Clothing, Blue Long Sleeve Dress, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Bryn Platforms, Sage+Sparkle

Snake double ring, Sage+Sparkle

Heather Women's Clothing, Blue Long Michael Kors Bryn Platforms, Sleeve Dress, Sage+Sparkle

{Dress, HEATHER c/o mimi&mo | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Baublebar | Ring, Nordstrom (similar) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Lipstick, Icon by Hourglass} 

More awesome pieces from HEATHER


pineapple, spinach, cucumber green juice recipe, sage+sparkle

It’s been way to long, since I have shared a juice recipe with you… seriously, way-to-long! I think my juicer was starting to collect dust – in fact, I know it was. Lately, I have been so busy and in result, resorted to buying a green juice from my local juicer or *gasp* Pret A Manager – in my defense it’s literally next door to my office and way better than a croissant.

Then it hit me, it only takes 10 mins to have a homemade juice and they sure do taste better, all I needed to do was use my time a little more wisely in the morning.  While I made this particular juice over the weekend, you would be proud to know that I also found the time this morning to make one to take with me to work – in under 10 min!

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Keep reading for the recipe… 

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Leopard Skirt, Sage+Sparkle

The weekends are flying by, labor day is fast approaching, and the sun is starting to set earlier – Fall is right around the corner! But, you wont catch this girl complaining – Fall just so happens to be my favorite season.  However, dressing during the transition, can sometimes be a challenge.  When it comes to transitioning from Summer to Fall, I have one rule that seems to help it all make sense – summer staples, in fall colors.  Now we’re not talking bikinis here… by summer staples I mean, loose fitting tanks, fitted mini skirts and big sunnies (a must for any season). When summer staples are worn in muted neutral tones, like khaki, olive-green, brown, navy, etc. you easily look like you’re ready for fall, without jumping the gun… something I have to continuously remind myself – enjoy the moment! 

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Speaking of Fall, I’m excited to announce that this week I will be starting a new collaboration with mimi&mo, a local boutique in LIC – where I will be sharing with you how I style items currently available in store.  I will of course show you the full look here but you can get a sneak peek by signing up for their newsletter, which is where the looks will go live first.  Stay ahead of the game and sign up now! The first issue will be sent out today around lunch time EST, so make sure you sign up soon.

Tribal Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

Olive Green tank and Leopard Print Skirt , Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather Bomber Jacket, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather Bomber Jacket, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather Bomber Jacket, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather Bomber Jacket, Leopard Skirt, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather Bomber Jacket, Leopard Skirt, Sage+Sparkle

 Now you’re probably thinking – where is she wearing that leather jacket this time of year?  And to that I remind you of how cold indoor air-conditioning can be, making it perfectly acceptable to wear your leather jacket while at the office. Plus, it gives you an excuse to buy now/wear now before they sell out and still wear later.

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{Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Tank (similar via Nordstrom) | Skirt (similar via The Outnet) | Pumps, (similar via Zappos) | bracelets, Alex&Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, LIC Flea Market | Ring, Flea Market in London | Sunnies, MICHAEL Michael Kors}

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DTLA Where to Eat

If you follow me on instagram, then you know that I am often in a different city at least 2 times a month- sometimes once a week.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing different restaurants.  One week I may be in Los Angeles and the next a little town in the middle of Tennessee, but regardless of the size of the town, there is always something delicious to taste.  As a result of my loves for experience new restaurants, I have decided to start a new series, called “Taste… (insert city name here)”, where I will share with you where I’m eating and what I’m ordering.

Restaurants Downtown Los Angeles_Sage+Sparkle

                                                                                             

B R E A K F A S T : If you ever find yourself in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), you must stay at the ACE Hotel, recently listed as one of the top 10 new hotels in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler, and after staying there for three nights myself, it did not disappoint. For breakfast, orrder the avocado toast on 7 grain toast with crushed avocado + aleppo pepper with a side of Anastasia Kusmi tea, which is a blend of black tea, bergamot and orange blossom.

L U N C H : Perch Cafe just recently opened for lunch and it is a must, in my book.  From start to finish, talk about an experience! You start off by arriving in the lobby of 448 South Hill St. then once you enter the elevator, in case you forgot what floor your going to, there is a little gold bird right next to the #13.  From there you enter to a dark little lobby with draped curtains, then step into a second elevator, again with the little gold bird guiding the way.  Next stop, 15th floor – be prepared to be amazed! Every detail is thought of, from the layout to the decor, to the food – not to mention the incredible views from the outdoor balcony, giving you the feeling of being “perched” high up in a birds nest.  We ordered the quinoa + kale salad and the grilled peach + speck salad with grilled shrimp – both were delicious and highly recommended.  Now I must go back and try dinner!

S N A C K : The coffee counter in L.A. Chapter, has a wonderful selection of kusmi tea and stumptown coffee… plus a wonderful assortment of pastries – the pistachio cookie is a must!

D I N N E R : Fortunately I was able to experience two great restaurants in DTLA, one at the ACE Hotel called L.A. Chapter and one close by called Faith + Flower.

L.A. Chapter was great, a quaint place with beautiful b+w checkered floors, gold round table tops, and b+w woven chairs.  The food was equally as good.  My favorites included the grilled octopus and the watermelon + cucumber salad, with both red and yellow watermelon.

Next up, Faith + Flower… now this restaurant has been added to my top 10 restaurant experiences of all time, three of which were in Mexico City, one in Paris and one in London… saving those stories for another day.  Faith + Flower named for the street name today (Flower) and the street name in the 1920′s (Faith), pays homage to heyday of downtown LA, and they do it so well.  Every detail is impeccable.  We had the pleasure of meeting not only the manager but one of the owners of the restaurant and hearing first hand their “story”.  Lucky for us, we went during restaurant week, so we pretty much got to try everything on the menu – however it changes daily.  Not to be missed is the spaghetti, the octopus, the snow peas and the crab toast – and make sure you leave a little room for the passion fruit marshmallows – holy cow, they’re amazing!

D R I N K S :  The Garden Cup at Faith + Flower is not only stunning but delicious too including pimms, basil, citrus and pickled carrot.  I had never had primms before but the bartender sold me when he said it was similar to an earl grey tea! This drink really is like a garden in a cup – like a delicious fresh squeezed juice with a kick and the watermelon radius garnish was the perfect touch.  Highly recommended.

D E S S E R T : Last but but not least, head to downtown LA and then “escape to Paris” by dinning at Bottega Louie.  I went for the dessert and opted for an assortment of macarons and coconut tea, obviously, but there are so many great options to try, including the sorbet and beignets.  I also hear dinner is great too.

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The next time you find yourself in la la land (Los Angeles), be sure to check out DTLA – with so many amazing little gems to try and many more to be discovered, it’s a must!

THML Tank, Distressed Jeans, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

There was a slight chill in the air this weekend that can only be exciting to someone like me, who loves autumn.  Even though I know it was probably just a tease, the breezy weather did get me excited for whats to come.  With the cooler and by cooler I mean high 70′s temps, I decided to put away my cut off shorts for the weekend and bring out an old favorite – my distressed jeans.

We were all over the place this weekend – from dinner in our neighborhood Friday night, to a party at a country club far out on Long Island Saturday, followed by a shopping trip to ikea and then rounding out the weekend with five photos shoots and a trip to New Jersey to see family.  Add in a little apartment makeover and shoe closet reorganization and there you have my weekend – pics coming soon.

BTW… can you believe that it’s already August?!?  Where has the year gone? Before we know it the year will have passed us by.  My loves birthday is this month (still finalizing details on where we will be jetting off to for the celebration), not to mention my 30th is just a little over 3 months away – hard to believe, but so exciting at the same time. Maybe I should work on finalizing that “30 before 30″ list I’ve always talked about – 3 months is plenty of time, right? Geez, the pressure is on!

 

THML Tank, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

THML Tank, Distressed Jeans, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

 

THML Tank, Distressed Jeans, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

THML Tank, Distressed Jeans, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Suede Wedges, Sage+Sparkle

THML Tank, Distressed Jeans, Old Navy Bucket Bag, J Crew Tassel Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, THML (similar) via Mimi&Mo | Jeans, Zara (similar via Gap) | Bralette, PINK Victoria’s Secret | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bag, Old Navy | Necklace, BaubleBar + J Crew Tassel | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelets, Alex & Ani}

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Check out 12 Summer Seafood Dishes

by Fallon Carmichael at Foodie.com

Lately, it seems like all I have been doing is eating.  Between trips to New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati over the last two weeks, let’s just say I have been staying pretty well feed.  One of the common threads amongst all of the amazing dishes I have had lately is that they have all been sea food.  In New Orleans, naturally seafood was on the menu for basically every meal – from crawfish, to ceviche, to shrimp & grits, every dish was delicious. Then there was the crab toast in LA that was to die for and this past week, I had the most amazing fish taco and grilled octopus that I have had in a long time.  All in all, I have been experiencing some amazing seafood dishes lately, so when foodie approached me and asked that I share my top 12 seafood dishes with you, I jumped at the chance. Seafood is bar far my favorite dish to order, cook, and eat.

In this recipe roundup, I’ve shared my favorites – from delicious ceviche, to multiple ways to cook shrimp, followed by my standout favorites – octopus, halibut, salmon, sea bass, and cod. If you like seafood, then there is something in this roundup for you.

 

So tell me, what are your favorite seafood dishes for summer? Send me links to your favorite recipes – I’m always down for trying new things.  

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