Sunday, June 30, 2013

Boohoo.com Festival Collection [Part 3]






Necklace: (c/o) Boohoo.com | T-shirt: Pacsun (old) | Shorts: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Boots: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

This is the last post of the Festival Style series with Boohoo.com. This last outfit is much simpler than the other outfits (Part 1, Part 2), but the statement necklace makes it seem more intricate than just a t-shirt and denim cut-offs. I was a bit uncertain with what this necklace was going to look like when it arrived. I didn't know what I would wear it with since it has so many layers. But, that's what's so great about it! You can turn a plain t-shirt into something more interesting just by adding this necklace. The day I wore this I got multiple compliments. Guess I made the right choice when I decided to order it!

I hope you enjoyed this series of outfit posts. Definitely check out Boohoo.com for other great pieces at reasonable prices. And of course, let me know what you think!
-AG
Sponsored. All outfits and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quinoa Veggie Fried "Rice"

I promised I would try one of the recipes from last week's post, and I did! This week I cooked the Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice and it was so so so good and filling. I couldn't even finish half the bowl I served myself (even though it was a heaping pile of quinoa). Check out the pictures:

 Veggie Heaven.
 We mixed everything together in a large Wok.


The recipe tasted just like veggie fried rice except with more vegetables. Good thing that's my favorite part! This quinoa fried "rice" is a lot healthier for you, too. For those of you who have never heard of quinoa, it is a grain-like crop that's actually a seed close to the beetroot, spinach and tumbleweed families. Quinoa is known to be a superfood with a high protein content, unlike some other rices (Source: Quinoa). This is the main ingredient that makes this type of fried "rice" so much better for you, plus it still tastes like a rice grain except with a slightly softer texture.

This recipe is from the blog Damn Delicious. The instructions for the recipe are easy to follow. Although it calls for a lot of prep work, it's definitely worth it and makes a large amount (we still have leftovers in the fridge). Here's what you'll need:
Olive oil
2 Eggs
2 Cloves of garlic
1 Small onion
8 oz. Mushrooms (I don't like mushrooms, so we took these out)
1 Head of broccoli
1 Zucchini
1/2 Cup frozen corn
1/2 Cup frozen peas
2 Carrots, peeled and grated
3 Cups of cooked quinoa
1 Tbs. ginger
3 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Green onions sliced
Sriracha sauce (by far the spiciest sauce ever)

Now follow the directions on Damn Delicious from here!

What do you think of this healthier fried "rice" recipe? Will you try it at home?
-AG

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Boohoo.com Festival Collection [Part 2]








Chambray: (c/o) Boohoo.com | Dress: Delia's (old, similar) | Hat: Pacsun (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden

This is Part 2 of this three part series of Festival style looks. (Don't forget to take a look at Part 1 from yesterday!) This outfit is a bit cooler for a really hot festival day. I'm wearing a white cotton sundress with a cropped chambray shirt over it. The dress is light and flowy--perfect for hot weather and humidity. To top it off, I wore a black sun hat. A big, floppy hat is a festival must to block the sun from your face. No sunburn for me!

P.S. It was so sunny out when we took these pictures, as you can probably tell, ha! Sorry for the weird lighting.

What do you think of this festival look?
-AG
Sponsored. All outfits and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Boohoo.com Festival Collection [Part 1]






Maxi: (c/o) Boohoo.com | Vest: Gap | Shoes: Bass | Headband: Forever 21 (old, similar)

This week's style post segment is all about music festival style featuring Boohoo.com. I'm very excited to be attending the Newport Folk Festival this summer with friends, but there are many other larger festivals that people attend for the awesome music, i.e. Bonnaroo, Firefly, Lollapalooza, just to name a few. Festival style is known to be very hippie-ish and grungy, but it's also all about personal style. There are many different ways to portray "festival style," but the key thing to think about is staying cool. Literally. Music festivals can be extremely hot. You pretty much bake in the sun all day. That's why sleeveless, light weight dresses like this maxi are the way to go. 

I paired the dress with a denim vest, sandals and head wrap as personal touches, but just wearing the maxi dress is fine too! When putting together a music festival look, definitely pull out your inner flower child. I'll be showing more outfits of different options throughout the week, so stay tuned!
What do you think of the maxi dress look?
-AG
Sponsored. All outfits and opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Instagrammy Sunday

My new shoes:) On sale!
Drew and I took a trip to Great Brook Farm to shoot some new outfit posts and enjoy the sunshine!
 Drew, I see you.
 Recital Weekend!

Despite the fact that I didn't work a lot this past week, it was still surprisingly busy! I was catching up with all of my other errands and such, including chaperoning and performing in my old dance studio's recital this weekend. It was so much fun catching up with my dance friends and performing on stage again. This week Drew and I also spent a beautiful morning at Great Brook Farm shooting outfit posts for festival styling featuring Boohoo.com. Stay tuned next week for the photos! I can't wait to share!:)
If you'd like to follow my week's ongoings live, follow me on Twitter and Instagram!
-AG


Friday, June 21, 2013

Q&A With Asha Isabella, Editor-In-Chief of Tosser

I had the pleasure of asking Asha Isabella, the Editor-In-Chief of the Boston Bazaar's newest publication Tosser Magazine, a few questions about the mag and how she got to where she is today. Asha is a recent college graduate and young business owner who is definitely one to look up to. Not to mention she's a local Boston gal! She started Tosser to celebrate art in all its forms: fashion, beauty, film, music and more.

For those of you who don't know about Tosser Magazine, it is a fashion and culture publication geared toward young curators, artists, designers, bloggers and business owners. Not only do they regularly post articles online for you to read, but you can also purchase a printed or digital copy of their issues filled with tons of interesting features.

Source: Asha Isabella
Now, Asha can tell you a bit more:

Q: Tell us a little bit about Tosser Magazine. What made you start the publication?

A: Well Tosser Magazine is completely fueled by and catered to people with some type of brand related to the arts. So, we target designers, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, the list goes on.

And during it’s creation I was doing a lot more design work and was at the point where amazing things were happening but at the same time I was just facing a ton of difficulty with it. I’m blessed to have such major support behind me to keep me going but it really made me think about some of the incredible artists out there that may not have that. So, I wanted to create something to serve as inspiration, a resource for those turning their art into their meal ticket, and just an outlet for their stories. It really boggled my mind that there are so many incredible artists out there that I may never know about because our media outlets won’t take the time to tell their stories; so I went searching for them. And that’s what Tosser is all about; a never-ending search for people committing to their art. A search for Tossers.

Q: Where do you want to see it go in the future?

A: I want to see it grow. We’re focusing more on our other cities. Chicago, LA, NY and I want us to get very involved in those communities.

Q: Do you have a favorite feature in the newest issue of Tosser?

A: I put my favorite feature on the cover so I definitely have to say June Haynes. It was just a beautiful experience spending the afternoon with her and the inspiration and love for my job that I felt in just one afternoon made me really excited for the future of Tosser. Her story is incredible and she was just full of so many words of wisdom and encouragement.

I’m also genuinely inspired by every story in the magazine. Everyone from our Top 50 and our featured stories and I go back to the issue every once and a while when I’m just in one of my moods and it’s like a kick in the ass to get me moving. As much as we all participate in it, the arts tend to be a bit undervalued here so to see this many people working so passionately for their art it’s a really beautiful thing.



Q: What’s a typical day like being the editor-in-chief of Tosser?

A: It’s really a juggling act, especially because I also own the company so I always need to find a way to take care of business matters and handle editing duties. We’re still developing Tosser Daily on TosserMag.com so I work a lot with our .com editors on the content that goes up daily; editing each article and planning the calendar. We also shoot for the magazine about every week so we do a lot of planning, a lot of going through look books and coordinating with designers, run-throughs with our hair and makeup people, coordination with our graphic designers to really relay the image I have for the magazine so we can all focus on getting that vision out of my head and into our book. I also check in with our marketing and PR teams daily. And at the end of the day when everyone has gone home I get really creative and I’ll write a story, or create a new piece of clothing for the line, I might sketch -- maybe completely plan an editorial. It’s taken some time to fall into my routine but now that I’m here I’m finding that I have a lot more time to get creative.

Q: Were you always interested in fashion as a career? How did you get into the industry?

A: I actually was a massive science geek all through high school and started college pre-med with a focus on pediatric plastic surgery. Then one year I was asked to coordinate our school fashion show (because I stuck out like a sore thumb on campus) and I got a chance to meet with designers, cast models, come up with runway concepts, and all that jazz. It was really that type of meticulous planning and detail that made me want to change my entire future. I changed my majors (writing & literature and economics with a focus in corporate finance-- still not fashion-- strange), and kept planning the show, developing my own clothing line for it and started The Boston Bazaar at the end of my freshman year. And I still wouldn’t say that “fashion” is my career. I am very invested in the business side of “the arts” and publishing. As The Boston Bazaar grows you will see us stretch our paws into industries other than fashion alone. I’m just very “expressive” in my way of dress so this industry just felt like home. Plus, we started covering fashion week in 2009 and I just really developed such a strong appreciation for fashion as an art form.

Q: Where do you get your fashion/art inspiration?

A: It comes from everywhere. I can’t really go out looking for inspiration. I just welcome it when it comes along. It’s like a light bulb moment. I can be staring at a blank page in front of me then suddenly my eyes will open.

Q: What is your favorite summer trend?

A: Honestly, summer is my least favorite season. I hate the heat so maybe it’s just that resentment but I’m really into monochromatic trends, whether it’s the color or a print. I think it’s incredibly sexy to wear all white. Since I’m such a fan of black, switching up to white for the summer is a lot of fun. Head (yes, hair) to toe white with a red (or black) lip and a fat necklace is just so easy to do and really chic.


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You heard it, ladies, white on white is hot for summer with a just a touch of color. I loved reading Asha's answers. I always like hearing how people get to where they are today because they always have such interesting stories, like starting out as a pre-med major and ending up starting a fashion and arts publication! She also gives us a good glimpse of what it's like to work in the magazine/publication industry. What do you think of Asha's answers? So inspirational!

Definitely check out Tosser Magazine for a great summer read.
-AG

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

6 Recipes To Try This Summer


I know the recipe posts have been popping up a lot recently (Recents: Mint Oreo Brownies & Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes), and I like sharing what I cook. So expect to see more recipe posts this summer! This week I didn't get a chance to cook anything for the blog, so I decided to list the top six recipes I want to try this summer from popular food blogs and websites.

I got the idea of listing my want-to-try recipes from an Independent Fashion Bloggers project. I'm a huge list maker because I like to keep my thoughts organized, so this project was perfect for me. Now I just have to figure out what I want to cook first! I'm thinking of doing the shrimp with salsa or the quinoa veggie fried rice. Although, that triple berry pie is calling my name, too! Ah, decisions, decisions. You'll just have to stay tuned next week for what I'll be cooking next. Any input on what to try? Comment below!
-AG

Monday, June 17, 2013

Midi Skirts

Midi Skirts

From left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 (all from ASOS)

Just between the length of a maxi skirt and a mini skirt, midi skirts are the perfect pieces for summer. Mini skirts are fun for some occasions, but they're length isn't always comfortable. Maxi skirts are super comfy but can be a little hot when it's a 90 degree summer day. Midi skirts on the other hand are flowy for a hot day and come in lots of bright colors and patterns. Hello summer!

There are many ways to style these skirts. Pair a sleeveless button-down with the skirt for a vintage look similar to Audrey Hepburn shown below. For a more modern look, wear a crop top with a printed midi skirt. To avoid looking too frumpy or old-fashioned, stick with a form-fitting top and heels. 


For more midi skirt style inspiration, check out Amber Fillerup Clark's blog The Barefoot Blonde. She wears a really cute floral midi skirt in this post that I love. 

I have yet to purchase a midi skirt. I'm still looking for the perfect pattern and color, so I'd love to hear your input! What do you think of these midi skirts? Would you style one like Audrey Hepburn?
Who wouldn't want to dress like this iconic lady?!
-AG

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Instagrammy Sunday

Ogunquite, ME

Brother's baseball game. They won the Division 4 State Championships this week!

Rose Garden Party, Boston, MA

My yummy drink at the Rose Garden Party. I'm definitely going to try to mimic this and post for you all!

Happy Father's Day to the best! This is also my first trip to Newbury Street!

These instagrammies pretty much sum up my week. My brother won the state championships for his high school in baseball for the first time in LCHS history, and I couldn't be prouder. I volunteered at Mayor Menino's Rose Garden Party in Boston. It was a great event; I drank delicious drinks, sold some raffle tickets and met the Mayor! Also, the Rose Garden pictured above is in the Fens. Isn't it beautiful?! I think it looks like The Secret Garden. I had no idea it even existed! Last but not least is a photo of my dad and I on Newbury Street in honor Father's Day.
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
-AG

Friday, June 14, 2013

Kreativ Blogger Award + Happy Friday!


I have good news to share! In case you haven't noticed the new badge on my blog already, I've been nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award by two fellow Her Campus Blogger Network ladies, Caroline  from The Caro Diaries and Emma from itsemmaelise! Thank you ladies so much for this award. It means a lot to me seeing as I love getting feedback from readers. According to Emma, the Kreativ Blogger Award was created in May 2008 by a Norwegian blogger named Hulda. She originally made the award by hand, took a photo of it and uploaded it to her blog. Now it's a tradition to pass the award along to other deserving bloggers who show this same level of creativity.

I've decided to nominate four more of my local blogger friends for this award: Zoe from Fashion Is Freedom, Joey from Shut The Blog Up, Kelsey from Bay State and Beyond and Ciara from College Miss Fit. Check out their blogs!

Also, doesn't this photo depict summer perfectly?! Right now, I'm wishing I was that pretty lady sitting on the sailboat. I'm hoping that's going to me this weekend...beach day please! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? Share below!
Happy Friday! xo
-AG

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Last weekend I baked these Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes for my mum's birthday. Salted caramel is my mum's favorite flavor cupcake at Georgetown Cupcakes, so I googled some recipes that I could make. Many of the recipes included chocolate caramel, as well, so that's what I decided to do. They turned out so delicious. Even Drew ate one, and he never eats cupcakes.

These are caramel cupcakes with a chocolate caramel frosting sprinkled with sea salt. I used the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction for the caramel cupcakes. The instructions on the site are very easy to follow. FYI I used Half-and-Half instead of whole milk. 

I used a recipe from The Domestic Rebel for the chocolate caramel frosting. The recipe calls for caramel coffee syrup, such as Torani or Monin brand. I couldn't find it in the grocery store and ended up buying the totally wrong thing. Turns out, these brands are the types that coffee shops like Starbucks use. No wonder I couldn't find them in an average grocery store! Instead I used Hershey's caramel syrup, like the kind you use as an ice cream topping. It worked just fine, but I ended up using a little more of the caramel sauce and a little less of the powdered sugar. You'll know what I mean when you start mixing and the frosting gets really thick if you go by the recipe on The Domestic Rebel.
Aside from some ingredient issues, the cupcakes turned out so good! You can really taste the chocolate, caramel and salt. They are very rich despite their yumminess though. What do you think of these Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes? Will you try them? I think I may eat one right now!
By the way, GO BRUINS!
-AG

Monday, June 10, 2013

Geometric Maxi

Yesterday my family and I went to Ogunquit, ME for my mum's birthday celebration. The day was picture perfect. We ate seafood at Barnacle Billy's and explored the little shops in Perkin's Cove. Here are a few pictures from the day, outfit post included.







The birthday girl!

Mum & the kiddos.

And Dad carries everything/directs the photography, apparently.

Daniel wanted a blog feature. Like his new mohawk?

Maxi: Gap | Vest: Gap | Shoes: Marshalls | Starfish Cuff: Vendor in the Bahamas (similar)

We had a fun day in the sun, as you can see from my sunburn. My mum kept telling me I looked like a lobstahhh. She's so kind. Anyway, what do you think of the new maxi? And I finally bought my denim vest! I wore it all weekend with dresses. It's the perfect layer for hot weather. I'm sure you'll see it again soon in future posts! 
Hope you're all having a great start to the week!
-AG
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