CONNECTICUT – #CoastTheEastCoast

HEY EVERYONE! Happy August! This month Erica Aube and I are coasting up the East coast. Join us every Friday from Connecticut to Maine to see our favorite eats and adventures in each state! We are starting down in Erica’s home state of Connecticut. Ironically, this is also kind of my home state. I’m torn between being a Maine girl and a Connecticut girl. Having spent half my life in each state, I guess that makes me both? This weeks post will be kind of a throw back for me as I talk about all of my favorite things I used to do as a kid growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut.



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Old Greenwich is a neat area in Connecticut. With lots of little shops and restaurants lining each side of the street, it can be quite a fun little area to walk around. One of my all time favorite places to stop in here is Darlene’s Heavenly Desires. This candy shop used to be just a walk away from my childhood home and boy did I love stopping in to fill a bag with a disgusting amount of candy. I would always try convincing my parents I was mature and LOVED the chocolate dipped orange peels. They grew on me and I love them to this day.

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Along the coast, just a short ways out of New York City, you’d never guess you would find such a nice beach and walking area. Tod’s Point Park has great paths for exploring, picnic tables for lunch, and sandy beaches for miles which allow for fun activities like swimming, sailing, and kayaking. Not to mention, the gorgeous sunsets at the end of a hot summer day!

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For a big day of exploring Connecticut you have to fuel up with a good breakfast, and pack a yummy lunch. You can’t go without stopping at Rinaldi’s Country Deli in Cos Cob. This truly screams childhood for me. After begging my dad to bring me along to the Greenwich Town Dump so we could sort our trash and maybe snag a book at the book exchange, we would top off the perfect Saturday morning with an egg and cheese on a roll. They manage to make this perfectly EVERY SINGLE TIME! Also, don’t leave without grabbing lunch. The turkey sandwich on a sub is delicious and they don’t skimp out on the meat.

Where are your favorite places to go in Connecticut?! I must say, having grown up for some time down there I need to go back and explore more. The state is so big and has so much to offer! Check out what Erica’s go-to places are HERE. Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram to see our daily adventures! Check back next week to see our must see places in Rhode Island!

 

-Sophia Tatiana

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Spring Tea Time

Nothing says spring is here quite like a tea party. This post is less of a how-to and more of an inspirational photo journal of my tea time treats. I love tea parties and all of the mini bite sized snacks that go along with it. I am loving the warmer weather and being outside with the sun shining and enjoying good company. I hope this post inspires you to make some yummy treats, set up a cute tea party, and enjoy the company of the people who make your day brighter!




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I made a few mini treats for this afternoons tea time. I made mini chocolate chip cookies with mini chips. I don’t know what it is but these are SO much better than regular sized cookies. I just followed the recipe on the back of a Tollhouse chocolate chips.

For my other treats I tried two new recipes that I thought would be perfect for a spring tea time. The first were mini lemon bundt cakes. These are so moist and yummy and HERE is the recipe I used. I dusted mine with powdered sugar afterwards.

I wanted a pop of color on my treat plate and decided to go with a simple homemade yellow cake with a mixed berry butter cream. I baked my cake batter in mason jars to make them bite sized. I love the exposed frosted cake look and that’s what I went for here. I sliced the mason jar cakes into multiple sliced and filled it with the berry frosting and topped it with some as well. HERE is the frosting recipe I used as a guide.

Lastly, for my drink I went with a muddled berry seltzer. It’s a warm day so I didn’t want hot tea and I’m not the biggest fan of iced tea. Instead, I took a bit of the mashed berry mixture before adding it to the buttercream frosting and added it to my seltzer water. This was so yummy and refreshing.

Happy spring! Enjoy your tea time, see you next week! (:

-Sophia Tatiana

 

 

Whole Body Wellness

Happy Friday! To wrap up Erica and I’s Fitness Friday series I am going to be talking about whole body wellness. Be sure to check out Erica’s Blog to see some yummy pre and post workout snacks to fuel your body with goodness while staying fit!


On a fitness journey it can be easy to slip into a state of mind which is focused on the wrong things. It is important to remind yourself that numbers and sizes don’t matter. Whole body wellness matters. This means getting active, exercising, staying fit, eating healthy foods, but also your state of mind. Here are some things I do in order to keep my head clear and be mindful.


  


Reading is something I didn’t start really enjoying until I started doing it for myself, rather than for a school assignment. I have found reading to be something that refreshes my soul and spirit and allows me to relax. My favorite author is Thich Nhat Hanh and his books are amazing especially in regards to spiritual wellness and mindfulness. I highly recommend all of his books.

Coloring is something I did as a child, but stopped. Recently I’ve been loving adult coloring books full of peaceful scenes and mandalas that let your creativity flow and make you focus just on the task of coloring, not all of life’s worries. Not only are adult coloring books super trendy right now, but they are also scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Definitely a win for whole body wellness!

Exercise. This is something many people just see as a physical benefit. Although exercising is very important for you physical wellness, it is also crucial in your mental health as well. So get moving!

Take time to listen to the ocean and watch the sun set. With the hustle and bustle of life it can be difficult to take time to be mindful and enjoy the simple things the world has to offer. One of the most therapeutic things for me is to just be at the ocean. Hearing the waves and watching the natural beauty of the ocean always relaxes me and brings me joy. The only thing that can make the ocean any better is watching a sunset over the beach. There are no words for a beautiful sunset over the ocean in Maine. I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful state!

Lastly, put your phone down and go for a walk in the woods! (Preferably not sketchy woods haha) it is so amazing to be out in nature without the distractions of technology. It isn’t necessary to hike a huge mountain to get in touch with nature. Just get outside and walk. This is good exercise and also great for clearing your head, relaxing, and enjoying the beauty of this world.

Different things work for everybody, but these are some of my favorites. It’s important to find what works for you and to remember during your fitness journey to take time to take care of your whole body! Be sure to see what goodies Erica is cooking up! Subscribe, share, and check out all of our social media links to stay up to date! I can’t believe this is the last post of January! See you all next month (;

Beauty Blogger Tag

hey guys! I was recently tagged by my good friend Erica to answer 10 questions about me! I think this is a great idea to help you get to know the blogger behind all these posts a little betters! Let’s go(:

Rules For This Tag

  • Tag the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the questions you were given
  • Nominate 5 bloggers whose blog is about beauty//fashion//lifestyle 
  • Come up with 10 questions for your nominees 
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them 

1. What is your blog about? My blog is about pretty much anything that comes to mind! I love posting outfits, recipes, and lifestyle favorites. I like to keep my posts relevant to what I’m currently doing in life (:

2. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because seeing other people do it inspired me. I loved what they had to say and the photos and decided to share my thoughts and images with the world too!

3. What’s your favorite form of social media? Definitely Instagram 

4. What’s your favorite item in your closet? Eek such a hard choice! I’d have to go with my Loft leggings because they are thick and warm and can be dressed up or dressed down.

5. What’s your current favorite song? I’ve been loving all of Selena Gomez & Justin Biebers new stuff . . . Embarrassing I know.

6. Who inspires you the most? My momma. She’s just the best at everything!

7. What’s your favorite season? It’s a tie between summer and fall.

8. If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why? Turks and Caicos because the photos make it look too beautiful to be real.

9. What’s your favorite color? Depends on the situation but I’d have to go with pink overall.

10. What’s your favorite quote? “Of this be sure – You do not find the happy life… You make it”

The boosters I nominate:

Morgan Elizabeth 

Paige Healyn

Kaylee

Cherien Cook 

Kayla Maryly

My questions for you-

  1. What’s your favorite accessory?
  2. What’s your go-to nail polish color?
  3. Who inspired you to start blogging?
  4. Where is your favorite place to write your blogposts?
  5. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
  6. What is your dream vacation?
  7. Do you take your blog pictures before or after you write your post?
  8. What’s your favorite dry shampoo?
  9. What’s your favorite Pandora station?
  10. What motivates you to blog?

Thank you so much Erica for tagging me & for everyone else reading my post(: be sure to head over to my nominees blogs to learn all about them! Happy Wednesday! (:

Healthy & Vegan What I Eat in a Day | FitnessFriday

This Fitness Friday is being brought to you a little late because ….  well . . . life happens (: Keep reading to see what I eat in a day when being health conscience! All of these recipes are vegan, and healthy! Although I am not vegan, I believe that is a very healthy lifestyle and eating vegan and plant based has amazing benefits for your body! Also, be sure to keep an eye on my friend, Erica’s, blog to see how she dresses up her veggies!IMG_6295 (800x533)

First, I always start my day with a big glass of water. I don’t drink coffee or tea, but there’s no need because a big, cold glass of water is extremely hydrating and energizing. This has great health benefits including clearing up your skin and removing toxins from your body. On colder mornings I prefer hot water with fresh lemon. This is a great metabolism booster and tastes so yummy! Now, for the food I went with a whole grain English muffin with all natural peanut butter (this can be replaced with any of your favorite nut butters). Be sure to check the ingredients on your peanut butter because they are often full of sugar and preservatives which are no good and definitely not necessary! I topped it with some cut up bananas, strawberries, and a side of kiwi. I am a major “fruit fly” and always fill up on fruit in the mornings. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so be sure you’re fueling your body with whole foods which are nutrient dense!IMG_6312 (800x533) IMG_6310 (800x533)

For lunch, I absolutely love sushi. However, always buying sushi can get pricey and although making it at home is definitely possible, it is quite a time consuming task. Instead, I prefer making a Chirashi Sushi bowl! This is amazing because it’s all of the ingredients of sushi, but in a salad form! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sushi rice (this can also be replaced with brown rice or quinoa for a healthier alternative)
  • Seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Cucumber – chopped
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Avocado – cubed
  • Pickled ginger – chopped
  • Furekike (this is flakes of seaweed and taste amazing on top!!)
For a non vegan alternative you can also add any other sushi fillings such at fish or crab. Cook the rice per the instructions on the bag, season with rice wine vinegar, add and combine all of the ingredients. I top mine with soy sauce or coconut aminos for added flavor. This is amazing because you can make a huge serving of it the day or night before and pack it to go for work or school. Not to mention, so much easier than hand rolling sushi!!!IMG_6298 (800x533)
I like to finish off my day with a hardy meal. I like eating something filling so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night starving. Tonight, I chose to make yummy zucchini noodle pasta (sh don’t tell my Italian relatives!). This is so yummy, simple, and filling. All you’ll need is fresh zucchini (preferably organic since you will be eating the peel), pasta sauce, and a spiralizer. Here’s the one I use. First, wash the zucchini thoroughly, then follow the instructions for your specific spiralizer. While I’m spiralizing my “pasta” I begin the heat my sauce in a pan on the stove. You can use any sauce of your choice, but once again be sure to check the ingredients for bad stuff that they sneak in there such as a ton of extra added sugar. Once that begins to simmer I add my spiralized noodles to the pot. I let this cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the noodles become tender and heated through. Be sure not to boil your zucchini noodles or they will become mushy. Now eat away! You can add any additional topppings similar to the ones you would add to pasta such as nutritional yeast, or for non-vegan options cheese, meatballs, or other veggies!IMG_6302 (800x533)
After dinner I always have to have dessert. I have the WORST sweet tooth and finding healthy alternatives to the typical, ice cream, candy, or cookies is amazing! Two of my favorites include medjool dates. These are a great alternative to sweets because they like natures caramel. They are sweet and chewy and satiate my sweet craving. To dress them up I like to add some peanut butter. If I’m getting really fancy I pit a few and add them to the food processor with just a splash of water. Once the dates are pulverized I remove them and clean the food processor. Next, I pulverize raw almonds until they are the consistency of rough sand (weird analogy for food I know). I then mold the pulverized dates into a small ball and roll them into the sandy shaped almonds. These are seriously to DIE for. I could eat 10 in a sitting, although I wouldn’t recommend it since dates are high in fiber.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day when eating health conscience, plant based, and vegan! For more inspiration be sure to head over to my Pinterest which is linked to the right to see my yummy food boards! Happy Saturday, see you next week for some fitness style!! (:
Sophia Tatiana

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


My fall obsession is in full swing and the baking has commenced! I think I have finally perfected my pumpkin whoopie pie with cream cheese filling recipe! Follow these simple steps to try this tasty fall treat.

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. For the “cookie” part of the whoopie pies, measure out all of the ingredients. Pumpkin whoopies

In one bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. IMG_4426

In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and oil. IMG_4435IMG_4447

Next, add the pumpkin puree *make sure you use puree (just pumpkin) and not pumpkin pie filling!

Once the pumpkin puree is combined, add one egg and vanilla extract and mix well.IMG_4455

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until it is fully incorporated and becomes dough-like. The mixture will be thicker than cake batter, but thinner than cookie dough.IMG_4462

Scoop heaping tablespoons onto a cookie sheet leaving about an inch apart. Make sure the dough is smoothed over on top because they will keep their shape as they bake. Also, make each “cookie” as uniformed as possible to ensure each cookie has an even sized one to form the pie. IMG_4469

Bake for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven and size of “cookies”. While those are baking, start the cream chees filling.

Using a mixer, cream together softened butter, cream cheese, and confectioners sugar. If you don’t have a mixer, this can be done by hand using a fork. I went back in and smoothed out the lumps with a rubber spatula because no one likes a chunk of butter in their woopie pie :pIMG_4486 IMG_4490

Once the “cookies” are done allow them about 30 minutes to cool completely before filling.

Take a dollop of fillng and spread it over one “cookie”. Then, find its soulmate who fits perfectly together to make a yummy whoopie pie!IMG_4495 IMG_4504 IMG_4500


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon ground ginger

1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used the whole can)

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling

3 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter-softened

8 oz cream cheese-softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-11 minutes. Cool Completely, and fill with cream cheese filling.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Subscribe to my blog to see more fall recipes, lifestyle, and fashion posts! (:

 

 

Affordable Fall Fashion


It’s official!! Leaves are changing, pumpkin spices latte’s are latteing (definitely not a real word), and fall is in the air! Fall is my absolute favorite season. Whether it’s the outfits, the baking, or apple picking I am just totally obsessed. I love fall because it means you can finally start layering pieces without getting too warm. Today I’m going to show you one of my favorite ways too layer classic pieces and to add some fall spice to them, while keeping it affordable!

  

  

  

  

  

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I started the outfit with a pair of basic dark washed jeans from American Eagle. I cuffed the bottom to add a little dimension to them and to help them flow well with the shoes. On top, I wore a chambray collard shirt and layered a St. Johns Bay sweater which I thrifted on top. I brought the collar of the shirt out to peak through the top of the sweater and from the bottom of the sweater. I thought this made the outfit look flirty and chic.

I accessorized with an adorable wool floppy hat as well as some suede oxfords, both from Old Navy. Who would’ve guess Old Navy would have such cute and trendy accessories!?

Thanks for checking in to see my affordable fall outfit! Click the ads above and subscribe using the sidebar to support my blog and keep up with future posts! I have many more to come… Fall time has me feeling crafty and like Betty Crocker (:

– Sophia Tatiana –

Summer to Fall Outfit Transformation

We all have that go-to summer outfit which is so hard to part with once the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing. There’s no need to pack up your favorite outfit into your summer clothes bin when you can change it up a bit and have a perfect fall outfit!

This summer my favorite outfit was a nautical blue and white striped tee and the most comfortable navy shorts. This whole outfit was from Jcrew and I convinced myself it was okay to re-wear it so many times by changing up my sandals.

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My summer outfit easily transformed into this warm outfit. To make me look more fall ready I switched out my sandals for suede oxfords, my shorts for jeans, and threw on an army green utility jacket.

This kept the outfits nautical integrity while keeping me warm and adding in some perfect fall neutral colors.

Above you will also see my first ever style video!! Here you can see the summer to fall outfit transformation in live action. Let me know what you think! (:

Summer Outfit

Sandals: Italian Marketino

Shorts: Jcrew

Top: Jcrew

Fall Outfit

Shoes: Old Navy

Pants: American Eagle

Top: Jcrew

Jacket: BCBG