Vegan & Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Vegan Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

After acquiring a bunch of fresh veggies from my dad’s garden. I thought zucchini bread would be the perfect Summer treat. I found this seriously yummy recipe, and added diary free chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. It turned out so good, my fiancé could not believe it was actually vegan, and gluten free.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Paige Denim Jeans / Treasure & Bond Leather Jacket / Moon & Lola Monogram Necklace /  Burberry Boots / Nars Lip & Nail SetAstr Top / Tildon Dress / DV by Dolce Vita Boots / Leith Laser Cut Shell 

There’s only one day left to shop the exclusive, hard to pass up deals before they hit full price. Nordstrom never disappoints with their chic selections, these are my top picks for favorite Fall finds.

My Skincare Routine

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When choosing my skincare, I’m always extremely careful. Given the wrong product and my skin goes haywire. I have combination skin, and have tried pretty much every brand high and low to figure out what suits it best. Acne products are something I’ve always steered clear of because of over-drying my skin in the past. When ready for a change, after getting in a skin rut, I decided to try Boscia’s Clear Complexion line. It’s made for all skin types, including sensitive, and created to neutralize blemish-causing bacteria. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

After starting the simple skin regimen 8 months ago, I haven’t seen a single blemish! My combination skin isn’t dry or oily, it feels “normal” for once being completely blemish-free.

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The soft gel cleanser goes on smooth and eliminates every stitch of makeup. It unclogs and purifies pores, by gently exfoliating and helps diminish dark spots from previous breakouts.

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The tonic spray is alcohol-free and has a fresh botanical smell. It relieves dryness and leaves skin soft and supple.

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The moisturizer is extremely light-weight, yet improves skin elasticity and hydration, making it perfect for year-round use.Boscia | TheSubtleStatement.com

The clear complexion treatment only takes one pump and absorbs into skin quickly. The willowherb helps alleviate skin inflammation and diminish visible redness.

It feels great to have finally have found a skincare line that works best for my skin. Not only are the full sized products great, airplane-friendly versions in the travel kit has made traveling much easier! Sign up using your email on Boscia.com to receive 10% off of your order!

**Product courtesy of Boscia. Opinions and content are all my own.

We’re Engaged!

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We recently returned from our vacation in Florida, and it still hasn’t set in that we are engaged! During a walk on the beach on our first day there, Jimmy handed a box to Hunter, his son, to hand to me and I immediately started crying. I opened it up to find the sweetest note, and at the end “Will you marry me?” He had another ring box opened with a gorgeous ring inside and the rest was a blur, only remembering repeating yes over and over between kisses and hugging and crying. It was the most perfect moment! I loved how he incorporated Hunter into it, making it even more special. It was Hunter’s first time at the beach, which made it such a perfect memory, he absolutely loved playing in the sand and ocean! I can’t even begin to describe my happiness to marry my best friend, and spend the rest of our lives together!

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Morning Links

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  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

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Fresh flowers and warm sunny days should only be accompanied by light refreshing beverages. Water and tea are my usual vices, but since stumbling upon a light organic lemonade (stevia based, instead of sugar) it’s been a nice occasional change. I’m not a fan of syrups or anything artificial, so for our first cookout/bonfire last weekend, I poured a pitcher of the light lemonade and placed fresh strawberries and mint in the attached infuser. After infusing for a few hours, it had a perfect slightly sweet refreshing taste. Slice up strawberries and mint for garnish and it makes a great party refresher.

Weekend DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table

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When deciding which style direction to take our living room, my boyfriend and I thought of all the possibilities, from contemporary glam to traditional and rustic. We knew we wanted something unique, and a combination of both of our styles. After a trip to Restoration Hardware, we fell in love with the uniqueness of rustic farmhouse tables placed in a contemporary room.

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We found a basic white table at ikea, bought pine wood boards, and stained them, then fit and drilled them on top to the top of it, and under just a few hours, we had a new coffee table, along with two matching end tables totaling less than $115.

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Adding serene candles, fresh florals, and a personal touch really pulled everything together, along with comfy throw pillows, into a cozy, homey living area that fits us perfectly.

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Step by Step Instructions:

  1. We purchased a basic coffee table, along with two side tables.
  2. Keeping our table measurements in mind, we went to our local home improvement store, and purchased 1″ x 6″ x 6′ pine boards (9 boards fit all three of our tables.)
  3. We cut the boards to fit each table and allow a 1/4″ overhang on each side of each table.
  4. Next we stained each side of each wood board with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Weathered Gray. (You can use any stain and color you prefer.)
  5. After the wood boards were dry, we applied Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive to the back of the boards, and placed them on the tables.
  6. We then used 2″ wood screws to secure the boards to the tables.
  7. Lastly, we applied a polyurethane in a clear satin finish to repel stains and moisture.

How to Make Any Day a Spa Day

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Chill CucumbersChilling sliced cucumbers in the fridge or freezer makes it easy for me to grab a couple to place over my eyes first thing in the morning, or during a busy day. The antioxidants and flavonoids help reduce irritation or puffiness, and fade dark circles. The refreshing ritual instantly relaxes me.

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Lighting candles creates a serene spa vibe. I love the calming atmosphere in Anthropologie, so we brought that into our home by adding glass apothecary jars filled with sand, and our favorite scent, Capri Blue “Volcano.” Placed on our coffee table makes the room really cozy, and relaxing.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Detox Water

When I infuse my water with fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables I’m likely to drink it more often, because of the refreshing taste. Filling an infusion pitcher is nice for the home, but I also like to fill up water bottles so I can grab them and go. Slicing up fresh cucumbers, lemons, limes, oranges, and mint when I get home from the grocery store enables me to throw in a variety without the hassle. Infusing for 30 minutes or more really bursts with flavor.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com  | Detox Bath

There’s not many things more relaxing then a calming soak in the tub. A detox bath will flush out toxins, and relieve achy muscles, as well as many other benefits. I mix 2 Cups Epsom Salts with 1 Cup Baking Soda in a jar, so it’s readily available to pour in the tub. While the water is running, you can add in several drops of essential oils. Soaking for 40 minutes total will reap all of the benefits, 20 minutes of flushing out toxins, followed by 20 minutes of absorbing the minerals.

Vegan 10 Layer Dip

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10 Layer Dip TheSubtleStatement.com  | vegan, gluten free

I could always go for Mexican food, but in honor of Cinco de Mayo I had to of course whip up a delish vegan dish packed with festive flavor.

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) can Vegetarian Refried Beans
1 oz Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
12 oz Vegan Sour Cream
8 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
3 Ripe Avocados
Organic Lime Juice, to taste
Garlic Powder, to taste
2 T fresh cilantro leaves
Jar of Salsa or a variety mixed
1 Large Tomato, diced
1 Organic Green Pepper, diced
1/4 of bunch of Green Onions, chopped
Shredded Lettuce
1.5 C Daiya Cheddar Cheese
3 oz Black Olives, Sliced

  1. Make homemade taco seasoning and mix well with refried beans. Layer in the bottom of a 8×8 dish.
  2. Mix sour cream and cream cheese well and layer on top of refried beans mixture.
  3. Mash the flesh of the avocados, add lime juice and garlic powder to taste and mix in cilantro. Layer on top of sour cream mixture.
  4. Add a layer of salsa.
  5. Layer on tomato.
  6. Next add green pepper.
  7. Layer green onion on top.
  8. Distribute shredded lettuce evenly.
  9. Sprinkle on cheese.
  10. Finally add sliced olives to the top layer.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Loaves

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

For a sweet fix in the midst of our weekend projects, I used up the fresh blueberries I had on hand to make muffins. I came across a recipe that was vegan and gluten free (We’ve also tried her belgium waffles, they’re so yummy!) I switched up a few things, like substituting Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for the flour blend, and organic brown sugar instead of white sugar. I also sprinkled a little brown sugar on top before I stuck them in the oven, as well as the last 2 minutes they were baking.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

Covering the blueberries (fresh or frozen) in 1 T of the flour blend was a great tip in the recipe, preventing any juice and color from entering the batter.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

I used mini loaf pans, which are great for a brunch and for gifting. Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

They turned so delicious! This will definitely be a brunch staple for upcoming weekends.