Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

healthy banana bread recipe

Yesterday I woke up to bananas that were beyond repair (i.e. too ripe to even drink in a smoothie) and I decided to transform them into banana bread instead of discarding them. When I realized I was out of flour I decided to make it extra healthy banana bread and use some whole wheat flour I had in the back of the cabinet. I’m pleased with how it turned out! It has a nice nutty taste, while still being sweet, and tastes particularly delicious with cream cheese! Here’s the recipe -

healthy banana bread recipe
healthy banana bread recipe

5 very ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp sea salt

Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well (you can whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, but you don’t have to). If you like you can also add in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Pour into a well greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Voila! A delicious and healthy breakfrast : )

healthy banana bread recipe

What’s your favorite recipe for using up leftovers? Please share!

Fun Finds for Memorial Day Weekend

It’s almost the unofficial start of summer! Is it just me, or did spring go by in a blink? I think it’s because Memorial Day is before the technical start of summer, so it actually is less time…either way I’m excited to wear white ;)

We haven’t nailed down all of our plans for the vacation weekend, but I know I will be sitting by the pool with a pina colada at some point and definitely enjoying the sunshine and some good food. Looking through all the bright and colorful releases at stores right now, not to mention the sandals (!!!) made me so excited for the holiday and for all the summer nights ahead! Here’s what I’m particularly loving -

Memorial Day Weekend Finds

One - Woven St. Barths Earrings - I love the texture these earrings add to any outfit. Plus the neutral color goes with everything, while still adding interest to an outfit.

Two - Lilly Pulitzer Larsen Shift - I love how patriotic and festive this shift is. It’s perfect for the 4th too!

Three - Heart Sunglasses - I love a pair of trendy statement sunglasses for only $25, don’t you?

Four - Flag Jack Rogers - Can you get more patriotic than American flag Jack Rogers? I think not.

Five - Red Jumpsuit - You guys know I love red, and it is such a great color for summer (especially the holiday weekends). Aren’t the ruffles on the sleeves just darling?

Six - Gal Meets Glam Alma Dress - I love the gingham on this dress! Isn’t the green color so pretty? It also looks so summery yet so unique.

Seven - Citrus Bag - Can you get more summery than a yellow and orange citrus beaded bag? Nope.

Eight- Heart Beaded Earrings - These earrings come in lots of colors and add such a great pop of color!

Nine - Floral Jumpsuit - I love the ruffles on this jumpsuit and also the cool statement back!

Ten - Woven Bag - This handbag looks like a work of art!

Eleven - Jeweled Jelly Shoes - I mean, how fun are these?!

Twelve - Madewell Slide Sandals - These are the perfect neutral sandal to go with every summer outfit. I think a nice cognac sandal is a wardrobe staple!

Thirteen - J.Crew navy woven sandals - I’m always on the lookout for a good pair of summer sandals with a low heel. I think these are so pretty and unique, and the heel height is perfect!

Fourteen - Salma Dress - This is one of Tuckernuck’s new designs and I love how easy breeze it is, and the red triangles are so unique and pretty!

Fifteen - Fan Tassel Earrings - I love this periwinkle color! And I also love that they add drama to an outfit without being heavy.

Sixteen - Sam Canvas Bag - This bag comes in a navy that I love too. The Sam shape is great because it fits all of your essentials, including an iPad, without being bulky.

What are you doing this Memorial Day Weekend?

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A Day at Mount Vernon

A Day at Mount Vernon

Once the warm weather hit DC we decided to get back into the swing of sightseeing and doing more “tourist” activities again. The city has so much to offer and I feel like we have barely scratched the surface! At the top of our list was a day at Mount Vernon. I love touring historical homes, and Mount Vernon is just gorgeous and most of it is original. Plus, George Washington slept there! As a history buff I don’t know if you can top that…

A Day at Mount Vernon
A Day at Mount Vernon
A Day at Mount Vernon

We just loved it (in fact we became members so we can return all year round). I had been in high school for a quick visit, but I didn’t remember how large the property is. On top of the home itself there are acres and acres of gardens and farmland, even a working mill. The in the gardens flowers are from all over, because Washington used to receive exotic seeds as gifts. Plus, the restaurant is delicious and so very charming. I highly recommend the peanut soup.

A Day at Mount Vernon

Lilly Pulitzer Dress / Earrings / Jack Rogers / Basket Bag / Sunglasses

I couldn’t wait to wear this new navy dress. I love that it has a cap sleeve and embroidery detailing, and that the fabric is light and has a lovely drape. The pops of yellow make me very happy too - I couldn’t wait to pick up these yellow earrings to pair it with. They are very light and didn’t bother me after wearing them all day both Saturday and Sunday. I think yellow might be my color of the summer; I can’t wait to pair these earrings with lots of yellow prints. It’s just such a sunny color!

A Day at Mount Vernon
A Day at Mount Vernon

I can’t wait to return to Mount Vernon when my parents come in July. I bet it looks super patriotic then! I’m also looking forward to reading more about George Washington. The fact that he voluntarily relinquished power is so impressive (and rare). The book 1776 looks like a good place to start. Do you have any biography recommendations?

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Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the weekend my sweet tooth struck again and I baked some raspberry white chocolate chip cookies. I was initially going to use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but when I realized I was unexpectedly out of cake flour I decided to try out a new recipe. I was very pleased with the results! The cookies were soft and chewy and brimming with chocolate. Plus, the ingredients are all things I already had in the pantry. Here’s how you make them:

Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Set aside and cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the egg and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and raspberries, and spoon out 1” rounds on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.

*I made two batches - one immediately after I mixed the ingredients and one where I let the dough sit in the fridge overnight. I don’t think letting the dough sit over night is necessary; the cookies tasted the same, and since the raspberries had melted overnight it was a lot messier to spoon out the cookies.

Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you tried out any new recipes lately?

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What is a serum?

You here a lot of skincare product terms these days - day cream, night cream, serum, exfoliator, chemical exfoliator. Once of the most generic and confusing, I think, is serum, since there are so many different kinds with so many different ingredients! Basically, a serum is a lightweight skincare product that is full of active ingredients that help your skin. Many have moisturizing agents, but they can also help with things like acne, dullness and signs of aging. Into The Gloss wrote a good primer a few years ago about it here.

New Glossier Supers

Serums can be on the pricier side, unfortunately, which is why I love that Glossier has just released new and improved versions of their serums, The Supers. Super Pure is great for blemishes; whenever I see a pimple coming and use Super Pure it vanishes. Super Glow how vitamin C which makes it great for combating overall dullness, like when your skin just looks bleh. Finally, Super Bounce is full of hyaluronic acid, a great moisturizing agent!

new Glossier Supers

What makes the the serums difference? First, they are double the size! Second, they increased the hyaluronic acid concentration in Super Bounce to 2%. Glossier also changed the texture of Super Glow so that it is now more of a “milky emulsion.”

They are $28 each or $65 for all three. Plus get 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link!

Do you use a serum? What’s your favorite?

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Happy Friday

Washington DC Flowers

Happy Friday everyone! Is it me or is May already flying by? I know it just started but I feel like it’s already almost over. I have a feeling that that is how the whole summer is going to feel, between holidays and vacations and family visiting. You know the saying, time flies when you’re having fun (or rather, busy!) This week had a bit of time to catch up on life - chores, errands, phonecalls. Plus, we made it to the zoo on a Wednesday so I’ll just call it a success! The weather is so nice here I think we will continue playing tourist this weekend and see Mount Vernon before it gets too hot. What are your plans?

Welcome to the world baby Archie!

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I love these floral print pajamas

So excited that Southern Charm is coming back!

I love this cute white handbag, I think it would look so good monogrammed

I’m excited for the new Nancy Drew show! I used to love those books!

Have you seen the new Aladdin trailer?

These “beautifying” drinks sound like such a refreshing mid-day treat

Tips on how to air dry your hair

I love Duchess Kate’s nautical look here

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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All The Best Seashell Earrings

One of the big earrings trends of the spring and summer is scallop seashell earrings. I’ve seen them in many forms and colors - large stud earrings, gold dangles, acrylic statements earrings, etc., and I love them all! I think they are such a fun nod to summer beach days, and have a definite preppy ascetic. Don’t you agree? I think they’ll go especially well with a white and blue striped top or bright colored shift! Here are all of my favorites -

All The Best Seashell Earrings

One - Pearl Oyster Drop Earrings - I love the pearl!

Two - Shell Kite Earrings - These are only $6.39! I love how they are delicate but the chandelier shape still makes a statement.

Three - Shell Drop Earrings - I think these are just gorgeous. They are so special, they make the perfect addition to all of your dressier summer outfits.

Four - Elsa Shell Drop Earrings - I love how these look just like a gilded shell!

Five - Seashell Hooped Post Earrings - I think these are just so delicate and pretty, so different from the other variations on the scallop.

Six - Embellished Shell Drop Earrings - These Sugarfix earrings are a steal; they are on sale for $10.39! And they have the prettiest blue accents!

Seven - Tiered Shell Drop Earrings - I also love these Sugarfix earrings. Aren’t the pastel shells so pretty?

Eight - Rouge Double Mermaid Earrings - What a great name! These earrings are large and make such a fun statement, perfect for dressing up a simple tee or sundress!

Nine - Summer Gold Mermaid Earrings - I love these! They are light weight and have the tiniest amount of sparkle in the gold. I just got them and can’t wait to wear them all summer long.

Ten - Ashore Drop Earrings - How fun are those triple scallops? Plus, the color would pair well with black tops and dresses.

Eleven - Scallop Shell Dangle Post Earrings - I think the double scallops on these earrings look so elegant! Plus they are gold for more sensitive earlobes.

What pair is your favorite? Do you think you’ll wear scallop earrings?

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Finding Inspiration In My Fashion Icons

Audrey Hepburn Pants

I have always been drawn to the ascetic of fashion icons Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. They are so stylish and beautiful and, well, classic. I love the way they take classic pieces and make them look fresh and whimsical, all while staying so feminine and pretty. One of my favorite Audrey looks is her ankle length pants - she makes them look so effortless! When I saw these periwinkle blue pants at the store they looked exactly like something she or Grace Kelly would wear, and I fell in love with them immediately.

Audrey Hepburn Pants

This blue color is one of my favorites right now. It’s a gorgeous light blue color that looks flattering on everyone, and looks excellent with white. While you know I love navy, I think you are going to see more and more of this blue in my closet in these warmer months! I also love the way the pants have a little texture in the weave, and the ankle length is so perfectly Audrey (in my opinion).

Audrey Hepburn Pants

Pants / Similar Blouse / Sneakers / Similar Bag / Earrings / Sunglasses

I paired the pants with a white blouse and easy sneakers. To add a little glamour I opted for gold hoops, and used one of my favorite basket bags (old, similar) to add some texture. Also, my aviator sunglasses broke and I found these frames at Nordstrom Rack for a steal! They have so many great choices right now, if you are looking for new glasses definitely check it out!

Audrey Hepburn Pants

When creating an outfit I like to incorporate glitzy and casual pieces (in this case statement earrings and a basket bag) to balance each other out and add interest. So much of fashion is about balance - whether it’s in pairing a bright lip with a basic eye, a statement earrings with a casual sandal, or a fancy dress with a basket bag. I try to always keep that sense of balance when I decide what to wear in the morning.

What do you think? Would Audrey approve of periwinkle pants?

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Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

Blueberries and Cream Cookies
Blueberries and Cream Cookies

This weekend my sweet tooth reared its head and Easter candy, while delicious, just wasn’t cutting it. I wanted some homemade baked goods, you know what I mean? I also wanted something that tasted fresh and summery, so I opted for blueberry cookies. They turned out so yummy! I love the mixture of blueberry and white chocolate (some of my favorite pancakes!) and it tasted delicious in a cookie. If you are looking for a fun treat that still has some guilt-free fruit, look no further!

Here’s the recipe:

Blueberries and Cream Cookies

Cream the butter and sugar. Then add in the egg, sour cream, pudding mix, salt and baking soda. Add in the flour one cup at a time until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, and then carefully fold in the blueberries. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes and let cool. Enjoy with a glass of milk!

Blueberries and Cream Cookies

Have you enjoyed any baked goods recently? Do tell!

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Happy Friday!

Georgetown Flowers
Georgetown Flowers

Happy Friday! Did you all have a good week? Mine was the perfect amount of busy - lots to do, but not enough to be stressful. I’m looking forward to a similarly paced weekend full of errands, new museums and lots of snuggles on the couch. The perfect way to start a new month, in my opinion! Which, by the way, can you believe it’s May??!! It’s almost a year since we began talking about moving to DC and it has FLOWN by. I can’t believe it honestly. What about you?

Taylor Swift meeting her cat on the set of her Me! music video - it’s so sweet and cute!!

Some good TV and movie recommendations

We can smell with our tongues!

The Sephora spring sale is here! You get 10-20% off depending on what level of Beauty Insider you are. I’m looking forward to stocking up on my favorite products that are empty, including this brow pencil, the best makeup brush cleaner, and the fabulous Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Petal.

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte!

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Blush is my favorite beauty product, and I am so excited to try this new Charlotte Tilbury one, pinkgasm

Louis Vuitton releases giant logo monogram bags; not my favorite, what about you?

Rachel Zoe’s spring wardrobe picks (I used to love the Zoe report, what about you?)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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