The other day on Instagram I posted a pic of coconut/cacao hot chocolate…( SO freaking yummy ) and you guys asked me for a recipe.
Annnnnd today I’m sharing it…BUT I added Bailey’s ( so sue me ).
First off, I had a full on love affair with this little recipe because it’s that good. I fully just sat alone in my house with Spotify’s Christmas Jazz station on repeat pretending like I was in the depths of winter in Alaska with a blazing fire.
When in reality it’s like, 70 to 75 degrees in San Diego.
You should see people here though; they’re in full blown UGG’s with wool scarves, leg warmers, jackets, & North Face vests, acting as if they’re experiencing unlivable conditions like ‘Beyond The Wall’ in “Game of Thrones” exclaiming “can’t you believe this weather? It’s bone-chilling!” All while checking out at the grocery store buying logs & heated blankets.
This is real life in SD right now.
Before we get all dramatic, A.) it’s not cold at all ( I just got back from NYC so I’m feeling pretttttty savvy to what’s cold ) & B.) I’m jealous of places that are cold in winter because I want to drink warm drinks by the fire.
…but I mightttttt be wearing a vest & scarf right now too? So I guess I’m just as guilty?
Ok let’s get to the hot chocolate…with a spin though: cacao nibs & coconut flakes!! Here’s a quick video tutorial of how to DIY.
Soooo good it hurts. The recipe is seriously the easiest thing in the world:
+ Sprinkle coconut flakes or add a few drops of coconut sugar ( it’s a liquid )
+ Sprinkle cacao chips ( sometimes I melt them before I add them )
+ Add a couple of marshmallows because DUH!
( Option: dash of pumpkin pie spice to get super festive-y )
Directions: on a stove heat up coffee and almond milk. Add to a holiday mug. Add Bailey’s. Sprinkle coconut flakes or add coconut sugar. Sprinkle cacao nibs or heat them up for an added touch. Dash on pumpkin pie spice or marshmallows. Cheers! x
Also, I HAVE TO KNOW! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL?
Like: OMG what is going on, my hands are falling off & I may die of hypothermia, beanie hat Emjoi-kinda freezing.
And let’s be real: who wants to get ALL dressed up when it’s THAT cold?
Unfortunately for me, this was my New York situation. I was on the go THE ENTIRE TIME SOOOO this meant dressier, tighter fitting outfits despite the cold weather AND extra, extra NYC calories ( but really, the food in New York is on a whole different level!!! ).
Thank Goddddd for Spanx. I’ve been wearing them for years but they really, really came in handy in NYC…so I figured: ding, ding!!! Blog post idea!!
NO LIE THOUGH, I’m playing for Team Spanx.
Especially when it’s freezing (!!!) because they give ya an extra layer WITHOUT adding an extra layer, if ya know what I mean? In fact, they very much so take off a layer.
A layer of Katz’ Deli turkey sandwiches/lox & bagels/potato pancakes with apple sauce/sour cream type of layer, if we’re being specific ( I’m always undoubtedly drawn to those damn potato pancakes ).
Anyway these pics were shot before a nighttime meeting— hence the white blouse & pleather skirt & I even ended up unbuttoning the top button to show off a little, sex kitten pop of nude. For the meeting, I actually wore the black underwear with the cami for extra, extra support. Pleather also has a tendency to scrunch up a little, so while it looks great- so important to have a smooth fabric underneath to keep everything from bunching (great trick, ladies!)
When picking out Spanx, you can’t go wrong with the nude cami because 1.) it’s nude ( a total classic- duh ), 2.) you can wear it with practically anything ( any time, any day ), & 3.) every girl should invest in one pair during the holidays ( especially because of the overload of bubbly x finger food x sugar cookies ). Adding the black undies is an added bonus too- don’t even get me started on that insanely powerful microfiber that literally SUCKS you in!
Also, for the record: thank God you can walk everywhere in New York. Because #potatopancakes.
How do you keep it tight during the holidays? Share!!
I’m sooooo excited because not only is this project a lookbook, it’s also an online magazine ( press ‘download PDF’ to get the whole experienceon this page ) …AND when you click the picture of the gift it takes you straight to the source.
You guys have been asking me for specific gift guides for specific people lately a lot, so now it’s all in one spot. Easyyyyyyy right?
Plus 99% of the guide is under $250. #YES
Since I wanted to guide to feel holiday-esque, I went to New York City to have the pictures done to make them feel super festive-y.
It was F-ING FREEZINGGGGGGG but beauty is pain, so I sucked it up to get this lookbook to you guys in time for the holidays/NYE.
Some of pages you’ll find? Here’s a couple of options:
♡ Shopping for the jet setter/black lover/fashionista
♡ The boyfriend guide ( Michael totally weighed in )
♡ What to get the parents
♡ Presents for the fur baby ( << the tipi is to die )
♡ Beauty gifts
♡ WTF to get a blogger
♡ My Christmas list ( hint, hint babe )
♡ Stocking stuffers under $25
♡ What to buy a foodie
♡ Full New Year’s Eve gift guide
…& tons more!!
& lucky you, MOST RETAILERS ARE OFFERING FREE SHIPPING FROM DECEMBER 18TH TO DECEMBER 20TH!! : ))) Also, there’s about a week to ship before Christmas. If you know me I’m the ultimate procrastinator, so nothing new here!
I’ve literally poured myself in to this project soooooo I really hope you like the online magazine!! Any suggestions are welcome!!
I think I’m going to go shower/crash/die now because I’m not looking so hot…I’ve probably gotten about three hours of sleep & I really, seriously fell asleep at the computer the last couple nights ( like, at the actual desktop though…so chic ).
AHHHHH!!! So according to my editorial calendar today was the day I was going to put out something very exciting, but after literally ten hours ( true life ) in front of the computer today, things weren’t working out how I planned.
In the meantime you can find me wearing what I call my ‘Depression socks’ ( they’re like these really thick-ass, fuzzy, gross looking, but comfortable socks ) with a gnarly rat’s nest in my hair…in front of the computer.
My first tippity-tip of the series is WEIRD. But super effective: bone broth.
If you’re a vegetarian, I’m sorry! I’ll get ya covered in the next couple of posts.
Really though, bone broth.
When I was in college, I was on a strictttttt budget & only wanted to buy foods that were filled with benefits and nutrients.
So let’s just say I had a CHAMPAGNE TASTE ON A BEER BUDGET.
I freaking hustled my beer budget & made it work though.
That’s why I started this blog in the first place to share my Veuve Clicquot ideas on a Natty Light ( << #TBT ) budget.
A girl’s gotta get creative right?
So my favorite college tip was bone broth. I’d buy some frozen broth at the grocery store ( *** make sure it’s plain bone broth…typically they’re in the frozen section ) & defrost it. Then I’d heat it up in the microwave ( yes, I know, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do ) or on a stove top in a tea kettle. After that I’d add lemon ( duh ), chili flake, apple cider vinegar, & chopped carrot or herbs. SOOOOooo ta-da: fresh chicken BONE BROTH, college-y soup.
“I want people with coffee cups and sip lids to be walking down the street sipping on broth—not coffee, not tea, not Gatorade,” Canora says, “because of all of the benefits, and also because it’s fucking delicious. There’s something so satisfying about sipping a hot cup of broth that I feel we all need so badly in our lives.”
Uhhh…why bone broth?
Let me explain:
First off, a little research: this source states that “chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: there’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths beef, chicken, fish, lamb, and more are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine.
That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost healing.
Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be boiled then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.
Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.”
P.S. it’s also known as one of the best anti-cellulite treatments…ever.
Now I’m not talking about that boxed weird-ass, fake chicken broth at the market. I’m talking about REAL DEAL bone broth.
When you get REAL DEAL bone broth it’s frozen & there’s this odd layer of jiggly stuff. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT throw that out. Heat that jiggly-jiggle gold up too & drink it! That’s the good stuff, man.
Jiggly gold= COLLAGEN!!!
This article says that “real collagen is the source of stock’s immune-boosting properties. Collagen is the protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals. It’s abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is what produces gelatin.”
COLLAGEN PRODUCES GELATIN!! Which makes your skin look amazing & is full of amino acids.
And I haven’t done a post on gelatin yet but I have one in the works because GELATIN IS A GOD SENT. IT CONTAINS SOOOO MANY BENEFITS. This is another post for another day but point: don’t get rid of the jiggly stuff on top. Just heat up a little & add lemon & I promise you’ll love it!
If you’re not a college student & want to make this for your kiddos at home, check out this homemade recipe ( it’s one of my favorites ). Sometimes it’s fun to add tons of veggies & actual organic chicken too.
And to college students: find some real deal bone broth at your local health food market, heat in a tea kettle ( or micro ), & gulp it down!! Benefits galore that won’t break the bank. If you want to buy it in bulk it’s about $30 dollars but lasts & lasts & lasts. At the health food store, it’s about $9 bucks & lasts too.
By the way, this stuff is the SHIT when you’re sick. I can’t live without it.
What’s one of your tips for budgeting in college? Would love to know.
- L xx
+ Read about the ancient history of bone broth here.