August 23, 2016

two amazing recipes featuring Kashi GOLEAN Protein Powder at!

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I feel like this is a pretty all-inclusive question but... who here likes online shopping? Oh, hello, sea of raised hands! I completely and totally agree, online shopping is the easiest especially when you can do a one-stop-shop. I can do exactly that with! everything from the world's cutest printed pants (a girl at work bought a few pairs and I died over them when she styled them! I cannot wait for my next order :P) to something that I'm pumped about- the new Kashi® plant-based protein lines

I've been bouncing between full vegetarian and pescatarian (the fish-allowing sibling of veggie!) since middle school, so protein has always been a biiiiig draw for me! These two protein powder lines- Organic and GOLEAN™- are perfect for on-the-go energy. They're ridiculously easy to mix with whatever you have on hand- even just with water or ice, my Matcha Tea Mantra Plant Powered Shake is absolutely delicious! 

I've always loved matcha both for its subtly sweet, earthy taste and for the gorgeous green appearance- it definitely puts a smile on my face first thing in the morning! Kashi knows that being able to mix and match ingredients for the perfect smoothie is half the fun of making smoothies, so they keep their powders a natural sweet that can be heightened or downplayed through the addition of honey, almond/coconut milks... or pretty much whatever you'd like!

The Kashi GOLEAN line is vegan, organic, and gluten free! With a diverse array of nutritious benefits and 15-16g of protein, it pretty much fits exactly as easily and seamlessly into my life as I could possibly hope for. PLUS! With code TGTKASHI, you can get $10 off one Kashi Protein Powder ( from either line: GOLEAN or Kashi Organic!). The GOLEAN line has flavors like Vanilla Vinyasa, Matcha Tea Mantra, Original Inspiration, and Dark Cocoa Powder while Organic Breakfast superblends feature yums like Rise & Shine Vanilla, Sun-Up Coconut, and Cocoa Awakening. Basically, from the long-time favorites or exciting new "hmmm let me try that!" there's a flavor for everyone!
Not only are the flavors super varied, but the powder itself is remarkably versatile! Which is something I'm going to prove with not one but TWO absolutely delicious, quickly thrown together breakfast recipes!
Firstly, I'm a HUGE fan of smoothie bowls- I've gone around Boston on bikes with one of my best friends, searching for the city's finest and traveled to San Diego with her for spring break where we re-created the search!- so I was beyond excited to create a simple, at-home version of my favorite good-for-you treat!

Matcha Monster Bowl
8oz of water and ice
2 scoops of Matcha Tea Mantra Kashi GOLEAN protein powder
other assorted toppings!

1) in a blender, grind together your ice, water, and scoops of powder until smooth.
2) add honey, blend, and repeat until you've reached your desired sweetness!
3) slice your fruit and other toppings! I only had strawberries on hand (I'd already eaten all of my other fruits with previous fruit bowls and completely forgot to photograph my delicious and colorful creations! They're that good- the need to gulp them down outweighs my naturally shutterbug nature.)
4) make your creation as colorful and loaded with goodness as possible! I cannot wait to try this bowl with coconut flakes, peaches, watermelon... pretty much anything! 
5) don't make my mistake- take pictures of all of your colorful creations before you nom!

MmmmmmMmmMmm! Now, on to recipe two!

Matcha Mug Muffin
4 tablespoons of the flour of your choice
1 teaspoon Matcha Tea Mantra Kashi GOLEAN protein powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons of the milk of your choice (I highly recommend coconut- It really brings out the matcha's natural sweetness!)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil (or melted coconut oil!)
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1) mix everything together in a coffee mug of your choice.
2) microwave for 1 minute.
3) enjoy with sliced fruit, maybe a drizzle of honey, the morning is your oyster!

I also cannot wait to make some protein packed pancakes and desserts! I'm basically looking for any excuse to use this delish Kashi GOLEAN powder

August 21, 2016

super subtle Harley Quinn style!

As much as I love my pops of color in both clothing and makeup, sometimes my favorite looks involve a super limited color palette! Black, blue, and gray? #perfection

This minimalist look is perfect for summer layering! My favorite black linen jacket definitely balances the black and blue portions but I don't think anything gets lost style-wise when I shrug it off. 

I ended up tying the color scheme in through the choice of my more rounded gray Warby Parker frames (on a different note, I kind of can't believe I haven't done a glasses collection video/post yet! Is it something you'd be interested in seeing?)

This shirt always makes me smile both because I found it while thrifting and (more importantly!) because it reminds me of Harley Quinn's original red and black paneled outfit! I LOVE incorporating little geeky things into my everyday life, especially through fashion or makeup!

I've really been loving a more natural makeup lately! Some of this love is definitely bred through necessity as I'm going into the workforce, but I'm finding that the more I reach for the more neutral shades, the more I want to use them. So that's pretty perfect!

What's been your go-to look this summer? I'd love to hear about your style in the comments!

August 18, 2016

Japonesque Brushes at Ulta Review! || smilingrid

Happy Thursday, my loves! SO sorry for the mini break- like I said on twitter (@smilingrid hayyyyy), life is insane right now as I juggle two jobs and try to establish a start date for the third, and deal with getting/planning to move into my new apartment, and whatever else gets thrown at me from week to week :P without further ado (and since you probs don't want to hear all of my whining), here's a new video! I have soooo many waiting to be edited, so hopefully I can do one or two a week from here on out!