Fresh Picks to Follow – Summer Ready?

Are you ready for summer? I know that I am.  So yesterday was the official first day of summer, but I’m not able to see or feel the difference.  I’ve been summer ready for a few months now since I live in Florida.  I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I always used to look forward to the first day of summer.  Growing up in Jersey it was just one of those things that I looked forwarded to each year.  My summers were never filled with exotic vacations anywhere, but my sisters and I had the best time hanging out with our neighbors on the block or with family in Brooklyn, NY.  One of the many reasons that I looked forward to summer is that I got to buy a couple new summer outfits each year. I remember my mom dressing my sisters and I up in some sort of nautical themed outfits and over the years it has stuck with me.   Each summer I always end up finding at least one piece of clothing or accessory that reminds me of summer at sea.  For this week’s Fresh Picks to Follow, here are my top 10 nautical pieces to get me ready for summerDo you buy any specific outfits or pieces or accessories to get you ready for the summer? Let me know in the comments.

2. CWonder - Striped Knit Drawstring Dress…$68.00
3. By Malene Birger Gertrudi - Anchor Print Silk Trousers…$309.38
4. Valentino R.E.D. - Maritime-Style Dress…$479.00
5. Coach - Small Summer Charm Bracelet…$129.00
6. Delia’s - Stripe Sequin Anchor Tank…$24.50
7. Sperry Top-Sider - Anchors Away Short…$90.00
8. Talbots - Nautical Stripe Dress…$69.99
9. Anthropologie - Sailaway Circle Skirt…$39.99
10. ModCloth - Nautical on Me Dress…$94.99

Today, I’m linking up with AV’s Friday's Fancies over on Long Distance Loving.  If you like what you see here, check AV’s blog for more summer clothing ideas.  

miscellany monday

happy monday everyone! i’ve added my random ramblings to carissa’s miscellany monday party!  check out carissa’s blog here and join in on the fun. 

{one} running. so i’ve ramped up my running again because i’m training for the lululemon seawheeze half marathon.  i’m getting very excited for the this race because it will be my first time in vancouver and race organizers have promised the runners an amazing weekend.  i’m pretty impressed with the organization of this race so far.  i received my official race shorts in the mail a couple of weeks ago (*pictured) - aren't they cute?  the race organizers have also sent the runners a pretty detailed training schedule and several videos consisting of yoga and running drills.  i can wait to see what’s in store for us in august.

{two} chia seeds. as i mentioned previously, i’m eating a new food called mila, it has given me more energy to get through a long workday and it has increased my mental clarity and the best part is they send me a check. i recently decided to become an independent distributor of mila because i love the product so much and it’s made a huge difference in my life.  if you want to learn more about what mila is and all of its benefits, please click here.  and if you have a chance, check out the video here from abc about chia seeds.

{three} giveaway time.  i’m super excited to let you know that lisa from respect the shoes is hosting a giveaway for a $50.00 gift card to either anthropologie, j.crew or zara.  check out her blog here for details on how to enter the contest.  this giveaway will end on sunday, june 23rd at 11:59 p.m. est. 

Fresh Picks to Follow – Father’s Day Gift Guide 2013

I always seem to wait until the last minute to buy a gift for Father’s day.  Do any of you fall into that trap as well? Well, don’t worry because I’ve put together a quick guide for all of you in need of some snazzy gift ideas.  For this week’s Fresh Picks to Follow, here are my top 10 Father’s Day Gifts for your favorite DadWhat are you getting your dad for Father’s Day??  Let me know in the comments.

2. Craftsman - 10 in. Buffer/Polisher…$39.99
3. J.Crew - Men's Backup Battery For Iphone…$39.50
4. Oakley - Deviation Sunglasses…$130.00
5. Williams Sonoma - Wüsthof Classic Chef’s 8’’ Knife…$129.95
6. Coach - Bleecker Leather Slim Brief…$498.00
7. Crate&Barrel - Whisky Stones…$19.95
8. Nike - Nike+ SportWatch GPS…$149.00
9. Brookstone - Etched Globe Spirits Decanter…$49.99
10. BeatsbyDre – Pill…$199.95

Moody Girl Eats: A Go-To Green Drink

I’ve been drinking this amazing green drink ever since I saw the actress/co-founder of the Honest Company, Jessica Alba, on a variety of talk shows several months ago.  On the talk shows, Jessica Alba revealed her secrets to her hot new body after giving birth to her baby in her new book, The Honest Life.  One secret that she revealed in her book is that she sips on this green drink throughout the day to help keep her feel full.  So, she didn't feel the need to snack as often throughout the day. I never had a chance to buy her book to get the exact measurements of the drink, but the ingredients below is what I was able to gather based on her various television appearances.  When I heard Jessica list out all of the ingredients together I knew it was going to be pretty amazing. I made a couple of changes to the recipe based on my tastes and I wanted to share it here with you all.  Let me know what you think about this drink if you have a chance to try it.  Do any of you have a favorite smoothie or juice that you like to mix up on a regular basis?  Let me know all about it in the comments.

Go-To Green Drink
[Adapted from The Honest Life, by Jessica Alba]


2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 whole cucumber, skin on, chopped
2 apples, chopped (either a golden delicious or granny smith)
2 big handfuls of kale (2-3 large leaves)
1 whole lemon (juiced)
1 teaspoon of a peeled fresh ginger (you can add more to taste)
2 tablespoons of MILA chia seeds (OPTIONAL - I added this ingredient for extra nutrients).
3-4 cubes of honeydew melon or watermelon for sweetness.  Or you can also use a pinch of stevia or a tablespoon of honey.  (I added the honey to this recipe because I personally think it tastes great with it).
5-7 ice cubes


Makes about 2 servings.

Place all ingredients in a blender and add just enough water to get it going. Blend until smooth and sweeten the drink to taste. Pour the drink in a glass and sip it right away with a straw and Enjoy!

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