I hope wherever you’re celebrating the sun is shining, the champagne is flowing, & the brunch is delish!
Here’s some of my favorite Easter ideas ( I’ll def be utilizing Peeps tomorrow & serving my sex kitten summer salad ):
1.} Peep cupcakes!! Who the F doesn’t like Peeps? I’m actually not a fan of eating them ( I’m more of a chocolate lover )…but seriously how cute are they?? Use them for decor or cupcake toppings. They’re so peeping cute! x.
2.} Bellinis, bellinis, bellinis! Fresh white peach bellinis are literally perf for Easter brunch. I like to add a little ice & make my own bellini mix.
3.} Pretty decor is mandatory for any hosted brunch. I love taking empty vases & filling them with color pastel candy. So pretty, right?!
4.} Glitter eggs are also another way to sex-up the table. Two years ago I made glitter eggs but used the plastic kind so they’re reusable each year. I’m obsessed!
5.} This sex kitten summer salad is a pretty, lil appetizer for a small group. Plus there’s avocado involved…yum! If you’re looking for something with more veggies, click here for ‘The Best Salad on the Planet.’
6.} A little DIY is always fun for guests. Set out colorful bowls of sprinkles, melted dark chocolate, & low sodium pretzels for guests to make their own chocolate dipped dessert!
Sooo, you guys have anything fun planned for Easter? Spill!
Ummm…if Carolyn Pinson from Always Against the Grain isn’t babe town x a bill, then I don’t know what is.
She’s got rocking style & a badass, sexy blog. Naturally I was immediately drawn to her style because it’s not typical— the girl has her own look going on. Love it, right?! Different= cool in my book.
Ok, so kick back, grab a glass of vino, & enjoy Carolyn Pinson:
|| + Hi! Introduce yourself. ||
Carolyn Pinson: My name is Carolyn Pinson. I live in Columbus Ohio & I’m a personal style blogger. I have a great love for fashion, but also love to travel & work out! Staying fit and eating right is a very important part of my life.
I also enjoy walking in local fashion shows & currently I’m pursuing modeling for online shopping websites.
|| Lil skinny tip? ||
CP: Cut out carbs, no alcohol, &/or sugar, Sweat as much as possible & track calories with the Live Strong App on the iPhone.
|| Ok, so your bod is rocking…spill your weekly workout schedule! ||
CP: My weekly workout schedule consists of running three to four times per week & doing hot yoga at least four times per week at Harbor Yoga studio. The hot yoga is not your average yoga class. It can last up to an hour & half and the room is 95 degrees…it’s hardcore cardio yoga to upbeat music.
|| + Healthy food obsession? ||
CP: My favorite healthy go to food is kale! Love it! Kale salads, smoothies, and I even put it on my pizza ; ).
|| Cocktail pick? ||
CP: My cocktail of choice is usually a glass of Chardonnay. But If I’m going to slurge and have more than one drink I go for a vodka soda.
|| Can’t live without beauty product? ||
CP: My can’t live without beauty product is my Clarasonic face brush. I use it every morning and night. It helps with fine lines and wrinkles! Plus my face is 1000 x cleaner.
|| Fashion blogger tip? ||
CP: Looking good for the camera is all about knowing what looks good on you & what works with your body. Also, the right lighting is key!
|| Favorite natural remedy? ||
CP: Every night before bed I use Emu Oil on my face. It’s 100% natural and has anti aging, moisturizing, & anti-inflammatory properties.
|| WTF in your handbag? ||
CP: My purse consists of Chapstick ( I’m obsessed ), an array of lip glosses, almonds, sunglasses, gum, & of course dark chocolate.
|| Top five favorite outfits lately? ||
CP: My top 5 spring fashion pieces are:
1.} Free People’s Matador hat
2.} The Stone Cold Fox Majismo pant
3.} Stone Cold Fox x Luv AJ belt
4.} Sheer tunic dress from Spell Designs
5.} Isabel Marant sandals
|| + Quick, lil recipe? ||
CP: My quick go to healthy recipe is Greek yogurt, with organic raw oats, organic dark chocolate chips, & a little bit of all natural almond butter— mix together & it seriously tastes like cookie dough. Yum!
+ To follow Carolyn on Instagram, click here.
++ To shop dresses like Carolyn’s wearing click here & here & here.
Butter & I are in a relationship and ‘it’s complicated.’
We began our complex partnership in my younger years when I ate regular butter on toast.
In my teenage years we hit a rocky phase because I become skeptical. Everyone said: “butter is bad! Fat is bad!! Low-fat, no-fat-everything or it’s gross!”
So I cheated on butter with his arch enemy: substitute butter. I mean, technically I had to test the waters to eventually find my butter soulmate.
Canola oil butter ( << hello GMO’s! Barf! ), Earth Balance “butter” ( << full of soy, no thanks ), &/or ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!’ ( which should actually be called ‘I Can’t Believe I’m Eating This Fake Bullshit!’ ).
Anyway after a relationship full of up’s & downs, butter & I came to a mutual understanding. We decided to start getting real. Like, really real.
Our latest status? I love butter. But the real deal, balls to the walls raw butter.
None of that artificial, sickie, chemical-filled fake ‘butter.’
So meet my main squeeze:
Reasons I’m obsessed with raw butter:
♡ It’s a good fat. And no, good fat is not an oxymoron. There’s such thing as a ‘good fat.’ It’s good for the heart! Some other healthy fats: avocados, seeds, nuts, & fish.
♡ Protects against tooth decay.
♡ It has probiotics/good bacteria.
♡ Contains laurie acid, lecithin, antioxidants, Vitamins E/K/D, & calicum.
♡ Aids with thyroid health.
♡ It’s a source of quick energy.
Bottom line: according to All Body Ecology, “the best butter you can eat is raw, organic butter because pasteurization destroys nutrients. Unfortunately, the sale of raw butter is prohibited in most of our states.You can, however, make your own healthy butter, and it is easier than you think. Look into our Body Ecology Culture Starter, which you simply add to organic cream. After letting this mixture sit at room temperature for 24 hours, chill it, beat it with a whisk, and voila! You’ll have healthy, probiotic butter that is delicious! Cultured butter is full of health sustaining good bacteria like lactobacillus planterum, and lactococcus lactis. These microflora are essential for a healthy inner ecosystem.”
P.S. if you don’t like raw butter, at least stick to grass-fed.
Nasty-ass downsides of fake butters:
♡ Margarines are a processed food/filled with GMO’s ( more here ).
♡ Contains trans fats ( << not ‘good fats’ ). Saturated fats are good for you & are part of every cell membrane in our bodies— they help prevent substances from oxidzing which provides the bod with valuable minerals & vitamins, boosts the immune system, & aids in heart/liver/adrenal gland function ( << helping to detox the body ).
♡ It’s filled with additives & preservatives…yuck x 10.
♡ Fake butters contain dactyl which is linked to Alzheimer’s.
The Wright Newsletter states, “people just don’t know about the dangers about artificial butters. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that ‘low fat,’ ‘low calorie,’ and ‘zero calorie’ are code for healthy. These companies throw in harmful food additives to make up for flavor loss and to keep things stable on the shelf, and they just assume we’re none the wiser. It’s time we woke up. I will always choose a small amount of organic butter over a spray laden with ingredients I can’t even pronounce.”
Basically when you read the ingredients in any product ( AKA fake butters ) & there’s a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce, BEWARE. I’d rather eat butter with one ingredient ANYDAY, then a fake butter with ten chemicals.
Thanks, but no thanks!
To address questions about cholesterol, I asked my nutritionist friend, Freddie. Here’s what he said: “cholesterol is an antioxidant & a mother steroid for most hormones in the body. Mother’s breast milk is the highest source of cholesterol & doesn’t do any damage to infants but rather the opposite. It allows for proper growth & increases the interigrity of an infant’s immune system. As for heart disease & other ailments, where presence of cholesterol is noted in the blood vessels & other tissues, jumping to the conclusion that cholesterol causes the actual sickness is like saying that a firemen causes fires because they’re present every time there’s a fire.”
Good info, right?
Oh, BTW: I love the brand Ghee & Organic Pastures ( pictured ). If Ghee is not avail in your city, click here to purchase it online.
Ok, so what’s your relationship status with butter?