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Tiki

pregaming with coffeeHi, guys!

So, my relatives from Cincinnati came to visit me and my parents this past weekend. I had a wonderful time hanging out with them by the lake, and it was so great to catch up with all of them!

Aside from spending time with the humans, I got to hang out with their awesome dog, too. Her name is Tiki, and she’s a one-eyed pug. She can’t exactly move around a whole lot — except to follow her dad (my uncle) everywhere, which is adorable — but she was so content with just chillin’ in the shade on a bed of soft, green grass on a nice summer’s day. And I learned a few things from her.
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What did she teach me? That nobody’s perfect, so you gotta work with what you’ve got. That the best things in life are free: All you really need is good company, good weather and a comfy place to enjoy the day. That life is too short to take anything seriously.

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Miley ain’t got nothin’ on this tongue.

So cuddle up with your best friend (human or non-human) and enjoy each other’s company! Oh, and if you’re in the market to get a pet, adopt a rescue! They’re the best!

Have a great day,

Gina


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Pixie

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jacket: Old Navy | top: F21 | necklace: Lauren Conrad | shorts: T.J. Maxx | shoes: Vans

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Happy Monday!

Hope you had a great weekend! As you can see, I’ve made a bit of a change with my hair! (OK … more like a foot-long change.)

Getting a pixie cut was on my bucket list somewhere in between running a half marathon (check!) and going skydiving. (Still working on that!) While making the plunge to chop off all my hair isn’t exactly on par with jumping out of an airplane, it was still a tad bit scary. Luckily, my boyfriend’s friend works at a reputable salon, so I was definitely in good hands — and I must say, I’m absolutely loving my new ‘do.

Looking back, I feel like I was oftentimes hiding behind my mane of hair, so cutting off that crutch has, in way, forced me to be more confident about myself. And while most people associate long hair with femininity, I think short hair is just as empowering — and sexay!

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watch: Charming Charlie

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A shameless selfie.

So here’s to all my fellow short-haired ladies. Raise yo’ glass … or coffee mug, rather, since it’s Monday.

Have a happy day!

- Gina


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Grown-up macaroni & cheese

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Hi, friends!

So remember back when I posted that one vegan pasta recipe? When I was all about a documentary that detailed just how terrible animal products are for our health?

Me neither, clearly. Because this recipe kicks ass. Life is too short to not eat cheese. I mean, LOOK AT IT:

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Heaven in a bowl.

The original recipe calls for some sauteed shallots or onions, which I didn’t have on hand, so onion powder had to suffice. It was still tasty, but the real thing would have been better!

Grown-up Mac & Cheese
Serves 4 (and then some)
(adapted from “The Accidental Vegetarian” by Simon Rimmer)

  • 1 box cooked penne pasta
  • 3/4 cup julienne cut sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion or shallot, diced and sauteed in olive oil (or onion powder to taste, if you don’t have the veggies)
  • sprinkling of dried basil
  • handful of seasoned breadcrumbs (to top pasta)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups Muenster cheese (I recommend throwing in some mozzarella or cheddar, too, for a little kick)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

To make the cheese sauce, pour milk into a small pan, add bay leaves and heat to scalding point. Remove from heat and, when cooled, discard the bay leaves.

In another pan, melt the butter, then stir in the flour. Stir for three minutes to prevent browning. Add a little bit of the milk and stir to combine. Gradually add the rest of the milk and stir until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, all while stirring. Remove from heat and add cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and basil.

In a large pot, combine cooked pasta, sundried tomatoes and cheese sauce. (Note: the sauce should lightly coat the pasta, not smother it. If it seems dry, add a little bit of milk and stir.)

Serve into bowls and top with breadcrumbs.

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I hope you enjoy this summery twist on my all-time favorite comfort food! Have a fantastic day!

- Gina


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Music festival guide part two: Urban fests

Hi, guys!

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted on here. Between traveling and the holiday, (happy belated Fourth!) I haven’t had much time to sit down and post.

I had an incredible time at Electric Forest and returned feeling, well, a little sad that it was over, to be honest. But I also came back feeling quite inspired and revitalized! It was a beautiful weekend filled with insane talent, crazy lights and lots of love. I’ve added a few photos on my Insta-wham, check it out! @yeehawgeenaw.

But now that that’s over, we must move on with part two of my music festival fashion guide: urban/city fests! i.e.: Lollapalooza, Forecastle, North Coast, Outside Lands, etc. (For part one, click here.)

Basically: wear what you want, as long as it’s comfortable. I find that there’s a little more freedom to “dress up,” as you’re not stuck in a hot tent for four days. You’ll also be a bit more energized, seeing as you’ll have an actual bed to sleep in rather than a sleeping bag. Here’s a little outfit idea to jog your brain!
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  1. Don a wide-brimmed hat to keep your face out of the sun.
  2. Sport some stylish shades to look city chic.
  3. A sheer fringe kimono jacket is light and breezy during the day but will cover you up once the sun goes down.
  4. A bright-colored, A-line dress is no-fuss and will help you beat the heat.
  5. Backpacks are great, but this grown-up version adds a touch of class.
  6. A pair of combat boots will prevent your toes from getting trampled in the crowd. (I have these in a different color!)

 

And, of course, what not to wear:

  1. Rompers. Do you really want to strip naked in a porta-potty? Didn’t think so.
  2. Maxi dresses. Again, the porta-potty issue. I bet you’re thinking a million disgusting thoughts right about now.
  3. Flip flops. One will probably go MIA in a mud pit, and then where will you be? Barefoot on broken glass, that’s where.
  4. Native American headdresses. Take that off. You look like a jackass.

 

And REMEMBER: sunscreen and water are your two best friends! You’ll be on your feet, shakin’ dat booty all day long. Stay hydrated and on top of your SPF.

That’s all for now! Oh, and I recently got a Facebook page  :) give me a like, will ya? I’ll reward you with some awesome music to get you through the week!

Until next time,

Gina

 


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Quinoa burgers with yogurt dressing

pregaming with coffeeHappy Hump Day!

Figured I’d throw yet another recipe post your way that contains the magic ingredient: yep, quinoa. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
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I’ve made these patties a handful of times and they never disappoint me. They fill you up without making you feel completely stuffed, and the boost of scallions and carrots give ‘em a nice texture and flavor. Hamburgers ain’t got nothin’ on these!

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Quinoa Burgers with Yogurt Dressing
Serves 4
(adapted from WholeLiving.com)

For the burgers:

  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 medium carrot OR handful of baby carrots, chopped
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 can great northern or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • as much sliced cucumber as your little heart desires

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside.

In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, and a bit of salt and pepper; pulse until combined but still chunky. NOTE: I don’t think it’s imperative that you use a food processor. I tried my blender and it didn’t work that great, so I ended up mashing a lot of this manually anyway. I will gladly accept any food processors as gifts, though!

Add a bit of your favorite vegetable oil to a non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Dip your hands in water and form the mixture into four patties. Cook patties on skillet until browned and cooked through (roughly 8-10 minutes per side).

To make the dressing, simply combine the yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve burgers on toasted hamburger buns topped with dressing and sliced cucumber.

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That’s all for now, folks! I’ve got a vacation to attend to :) see you next week!

- Gina

 


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Seven things I learned from reading #GIRLBOSS

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Image source: glamour.com

Happy first day of summer, all!

I rejoice whenever I discover a good book. Kind of like when I first listen to an artist I’ve never heard before and then I put their album on repeat for the entire week, wondering how I’ve survived so long without hearing such beautiful music. You could say that my jam as of late is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the CEO and founder of Nasty Gal.

If you’re a chick and semi-active on social media, you’ve probably heard some buzz about this book. The buzz isn’t just noise, folks. This book pretty much rules. No, it’s not some deep, philosophical piece of art. In fact, most of it is just common sense. But reading this book has been somewhat of a wakeup call for me. It’s been that extra push to get off my butt and stop thinking about things I want to do and actually DO them.

Here’s a little background info for ya: Sophia was basically a wayward hippie goth teen living in San Francisco. She was a high school dropout and a little bit lost about what she wanted to do with her life – a feeling we’ve all probably experienced at some point. But she discovered that her true passion was finding vintage clothes in thrift stores, so she jumped on it. She followed that passion, worked her butt off and is now the owner of a pretty badass multi-million dollar online clothing retailer.

While I don’t expect that I’ll become the next Sophia Amoruso, (a girl can dream, right?) the book did teach me several things about myself and the world that will ultimately help me be a better human being:

  1. I’m an introvert. No, that isn’t synonymous with “weird antisocial freak who hates people.” I like people, but I also value my alone time. I feel the most “Zen” when I’m doing something by myself, for myself, whether it be running, yoga, hula hooping or cooking up a good meal whilst listening to Justin Timberlake. Even if you’re an extroverted person, I think it’s valuable for everyone to take some alone time each day. Read a chapter of a book, watch an episode of your favorite show, take your dog on a walk. Check in with yourself and give your mind some time to relax.
  2. Credit cards are the work of the devil. Seriously, don’t use them unless you absolutely must. Yes, they will tempt you with their 5 percent cash back gimmicks, and yes, I know you can rack up those points to purchase that bag you’ve had your eye on. But it’s more rewarding to purchase the things you want with the actual money you’ve EARNED, not the imaginary money that you’re borrowing. Plus, it’s easy to accumulate a hefty bill on your plastic, and nobody wants to be spending more than they earn. Stick with cash.
  3. While we’re on the subject of money: Set up automatic withdrawals from your paycheck to go into your savings every pay period. Pretend like you never saw that money. (You didn’t!) Then one day, you’ll look at your savings and be astounded by how much you’ve accumulated over time. Money looks better in the bank than on yo’ feet. Take pride in being the boss of your own income!
  4. If you want something, ask for it. Want a raise? Your boss isn’t going to read your mind and randomly decide to give you one, probably because he’s thinking about a billion other things. Oh, and he doesn’t have ESP. It pays to speak up – literally.
  5. If you’re feeling bored or apathetic about something, it’s probably time to move on. This can be applied to everything – your job, your relationship, the place you live, whatever. Are these facets of your life exciting to you? Are they meeting your needs? Are you giving these things your all? Check in, assess and come up with a solution to improve your situation.
  6. It is possible to do what you love as a career. You just might need some time to figure out what that is, and the best place to do it. Unless you’re a spoiled princess, everyone at some point has held some sort of shitty job. (I once picked human poo out of a toilet, which I’m pretty sure is the epitome of “shitty job.”) But those shitty jobs teach us the valuable lessons of hard work and humility. You’re not going to magically land your dream job overnight, princess, so wash those dishes and figure out what it is you want to do someday. I’m sure it’s not scrubbing food off of people’s plates at Olive Garden.
  7. Life is a big fat swimming pool, and it’s best to take the plunge headfirst. In the words of the beloved musical Rent, “No day but today.” Dreaming of moving to a big city? Do it. Have an idea for a business? Jump on it. But make sure you’re doing these things with your whole heart. Half-assing leads to failure. Create a plan and execute it, full throttle.

Even if you’re not that into fashion, or if you’re a #DUDEBOSS, you should check out the book. It’s a fast, entertaining read and it might even be that little extra push you need to be the badass that you’ve always dreamed of being.

Have a fab weekend!

- Gina


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Landlocked blues

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jeans: Loft | hat: Target | necklace: UO | tank: UO | bandeau: JCP | sandals: Dolce Vita via MYHABIT (love this nautical version!)

pregaming with coffeeHappy Friday Eve, y’all!

Today officially marks the less-than-one-week mark til my vacation to Electric Forest, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have a feeling that a few days off work will do me good, especially since I’ll be spending them in a magical light-up forest far, far away in Michigan. Sometimes, a girl’s gotta get away. Ya feel me?

Probably the next best thing to a vacation is a shopping trip. I paid a visit to Loft after receiving a gift card for my birthday, and I was psyched to discover these boyfriend jeans. (on sale, nonetheless!) I’d been lusting after this chic yet comfy style for quite some time, but I wanted to wait to find the perfect pair for my wardrobe. I have to say, these babies are quite the catch. By far the most comfortable pair of pants I own!
pregaming with coffeeI paired ‘em with my beloved sherbet-hued sandals, which I purchased back in February-ish when I was longing for summertime. Absolutely love the fun colors!

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Photos by Jessica.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of baby blues, check out some of my favorite boyfriend jeans below! And, have a fantastic day. It’s almost Friday!

- Gina

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