Tough Enough

 

img_7244Jersey City is a hub of construction — new buildings or brownstone rehabs seem to be on every other block. I thought the rough hewn look of this almost finished condo was the perfect backdrop for this post. While I love all the individual pieces in this outfit, I wasn’t sure about the total effect. But on second look, I’m pretty happy with the combo. It’s a mostly black palette with the pop of red plaid and leopard. And red lipstick! Which I probably dare to wear once a year.

Snack Attack: Banana Oat Balls

img_0517One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat as healthy as I can — work, life, travel permitting. So for me this snack is the perfect answer to combining healthful ingredients …and getting rid of overripe bananas! My ad agency served as guinea pigs, and I can report that these bite-size balls were a huge hit. Best of all, I literally put this snack together while drinking my AM coffee. Super easy, super good.

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MP’s Banana Oat Energy Balls

Ingredients:

2 (or 3) overripe bananas (prefer organic)

2 cups oatmeal (prefer organic)

1/4 cup mix of chia and flax seeds (prefer organic)

2 tbsp agave syrup (prefer organic)

1/2 cup peanut butter (I LOVE Crunch Time Chunky PB but go with your favorite nut butter)

1/3-1/2 cup choc chips (Your choice! Here I used dark and white, but for my first batch I just went with dark. My favorites are Guittard and Ghiradelli.)

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1. Peel and smash Bananas.

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2. Mix in oats, chia & flax and agave.

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3. Add in chocolate chips.

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4. First line a plate or air-tight container with wax paper. Then start rolling your balls! The mixture is kind of sticky, so you will have to work each ball (about the size of an ice cream scoop) in your hands for a bit. Space out on wax paper, layer by layer ( probably 2). I found I had to rinse my hands in-between layers.

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5. Place plate or container in refrigerator, preferably overnight.

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6. Share…and enjoy! (These will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

All photos by MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

Over 50 & OTK Boots

img_0186Over 50 and Over-The-Knee Boots? Yes, you can! The OTK Boot has become an accessory that should find its place into every wardrobe — no matter your personal style or age. Since the trend took hold, I’ve added 4 pairs to my wardrobe. My oldest pair is up at our cabin, while the other 3 are in regular rotation in my fall/winter JC/NYC wardrobe. All are Stuart Weitzman, who’s the King of the OTK Boot as far as I’m concerned. While his boots (and shoes) are not cheap, they truly are investment dressing. If well maintained with water/stain protector and professional cleaning and repair, you will have them for many (many!) years to come.

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

img_5722Sorry for going radio silent. This month took off like a (silver) bullet, and it’s been a struggle to keep up. I have 3 TV/Digital Shoots/Edits in January alone. All super exciting projects that you can see starting in February. Of course, when you’re a freelance Creative busy is what it’s all about. But it’s made my own blog shoots just about impossible.

Style DIY: Furry Feet

img_9626It’s possible you missed fashion’s insane passion for Gucci’s fur-lined Princetown Slipper. I succumbed to its wild style and ordered it multiple times, only to return it each time. Aside from the steep price tag (Kangaroo fur?!?), it just didn’t flatter my 50-something feet. Then I had an “Aha!” moment and decided to make my own version.

Hello 2017!

img_9631It’s January 2nd and I don’t know about you but I feel like the year is off to a fast and furious start. I am booked solid on a slew of exciting TV and Digital projects, which as a freelancer is the best start to your year. But I also don’t want to ignore LAS. It will be hard for me for the next month or so, so I hope you’ll hang in there. It means so much that you do!