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We chose the name The Fashion Cookbook because we believe style is made up of many intricate ingredients - such as lifestyle, values, and career - and accented by unique flavors like a pinch of sass, a teaspoon of whimsy, and a dash of glamour.

Pure Happiness

June 29, 2015

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 Ingredients:

Jacket- Forever 21

Shirt- Express

Skirt- Tobi

Sneakers- Converse

Necklace- Sheinside

Bag- Kate Spade


Happy Monday! I hope your day went as well as mine did. It was one of those days where I was brought to tears of joy twice and was reminded of how truly loved and blessed I am. Everything about this summer is perfect and even if I’m scraping by financially living in NYC, I’m so happy to be doing it. More and more I’m blown away by how well God knows my heart. I keep thinking about how perfect the timing of everything is and how so many things keep falling into place when I least expect them to.

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

How to Style a Kimono

June 23, 2015

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 Ingredients:

Kimono- Forever 21 (similar)

Faux leather shorts- Forever 21 (similar)

Top- H&M

Pumps- Zara

Bag- Louis Vuitton


 “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk

That has always been and always will be my favorite quote. I was going to write a post about how to style a kimono/define personal style, but I kept deleting everything I had written over and over again. I kept finding what I had wrote to be trite. I find the way people talk about personal style tends to be in black-and-white terms and somewhat stagnant. What does “boho-chic” or “edgy” really mean? Does that mean a person is confined to wearing only maxi dresses, messy (yet somehow perfect) hair, and a floppy hat everyday? If I have any fashion authority from co-authoring this blog, it is that everyday is a new day and that what you identified strongly with last year, yesterday, or earlier this morning, may not be what you feel fits you at this current moment. Heck, if I look back to when I started this blog and how my personal style has evolved, it’s hard not to gasp (or shutter). Having this blog has been an incredible source of confidence and inspiration. It has given me the opportunity to try new looks and explore my personal boundaries with my exterior looks. Another factor that has been monumental has been sharing my closest with my exchange students sisters. It wasn’t just sharing a closet, but sharing a space with Yui and Nastya that helped to open my eyes and my heart to new perspectives. I am who I am today because of the many friendships I’ve had and for the impact these people have had on me. My style cannot be described in a catch phrase because it is a blend of everything I’ve ever been inspired by or felt a deep connection to. I hope this outfit recipe inspires you, but know that however you choose to style a kimono, you are doing it right.

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai Recipe

June 17, 2015

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Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini

1/2 pound peeled and de-veined shrimp

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1/2 green pepper, seeded and sliced thin

1/2 onion, diced

1 large egg

1 cup bean sprouts

cilantro (optional)

crushed peanuts (optional)

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar

2 Tablespoons fish sauce (or tamari sauce as a substitute)

3 Tablespoons ketchup

1 Tablespoon peanut butter


Stop what you’re doing… you NEED to go out and buy a vegetable spiralizer!! It’s seriously the best $24.99 you’ll spend…ever. I’m only slightly kidding. With the need to eat more clean and on a budget, zucchini noodles- “zoodles” are the best solution. Not only will you save $$$ from not dining out, but you’ll be eating wayyyyy healthier! A plate of zucchini pad thai is around only 300 calories. Also, for those of you reading this who are thinking,”but I can’t cook” trust me on this, it is SO easy to make. Besides, using the spiralizer to make the zucchini is more than half the work, and it is a lot of fun to use.

Over the past couple weeks I have been making a zucchini noodle dish at least two to three times a week. I make this pad thai recipe, shrimp scampi, and pesto using zoodles. I get all my ingredients from Trader Joe’s and it barely costs me a thing. To be honest it feels so good to be able to cook for myself. I love that it has become part of my daily ritual. I find it so fulfilling to be making new meals every day with fresh ingredients and to be eating so healthy. It’s been helping my overall mindset. During college living on campus made it hard to prepare dishes because of the crowded shared cooking space and because I had such an insane schedule between classes and working three jobs, I never had time to cook. Now that I’m cooking almost everyday I feel more whole- like a piece of me has been missing for a long time.

My love for fashion and style derived out of my love of reading cookbooks and being absorbed in the tantalizing imagery of food photography. When I was a little kid I would go to the clearance section of a book store and buy a cookbook for $5. I would read it back to cover, but would rarely ever “read” it. I mostly just stared at the images page after page. I studied the colors, the placement of the food, and was left feeling inspired. Its ironic though, because I didn’t cook many of the recipes after looking at it over and over again. It still inspired me to cook though. I would go to the kitchen and cook my own meal and work hard to style it with the same sort of perfection I had seen on the glossy pages of the cookbooks. My favorite was when I made a dish for my family. I loved to be creative and be able to produce something for someone else. It’s a similar feeling to being an artist or performer. Yes, it can be for the glory, but for most it can be an opportunity to give something tangible and filled with so much meaning to a person you care about.


Directions:

1. Using a vegetable spiralizer, like the Veggetti Prospiralize 2 medium sized zucchinis and put to the side.

2. In a sauce pan sautée the onion and green pepper using either coconut oil or olive oil. Add the minced garlic to the mix. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp is tender and becomes pink (3-4 minutes).

3.  Add the rice vinegar, fish sauce, ketchup, and bean sprouts. Stir the sauce and add in the zucchini noodles.

4. Add the peanut butter and evenly mix the sauce over the zucchini noodles. Keep on medium heat for 3 minutes.

5. Serve the warm zucchini pad thai and garnish with crushed peanuts and cilantro.

Enjoy! 

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LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

Summer In The City

June 15, 2015

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{white converse- day-time errands and breezy summer vibes}

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I’m blown away by the fact that I’ve already spent two weeks in New York City. Somehow it feels like it’s been so much longer because of how well I’ve adjusted and how much I feel at home here. I normally adjust horribly with transitions. Every move between home and school was always so anxiety producing that it got to be that I wouldn’t start packing until the very last minute before I left (so sorry parents!). As much as I knew this summer was exactly what I needed, part of me was hoping I could fast forward to the very end, where I’d begin my Master’s in the fall. I’m so glad I don’t have that mindset anymore. This summer, although it’s only been two weeks, has been one of the very best things to ever happen to me. I know I would not have been able to have made as smooth as a transition if it had not been for my best friend Melissa accompanying me on the journey. She spent the whole first weekend with me; helping me navigate the subway and exploring. Together we found the Tommy Hilfiger corporate office, and finally she helped build my confidence that I could truly take on this new adventure.

Living in a new city can be tough, but taking the time over the weekend to explore new places and subway routes, can be the best way to gain familiarity over a new environment. I said goodbye to Melissa that Sunday night and tried as hard as I could to fall asleep in a timely fashion. The night before the first day of work is so similar to the night before the first day of school. I kept playing over and over again the possible scenarios in my head of what would happen and what my coworkers would be like, planned the outfit I would wear, and tried as hard as I could to not psych myself out. The next morning I got to work thirty minutes early and sat in the lobby as all the other interns poured in. Once it was 9am we were all ushered into the auditorium and fed a light breakfast. The beginning half of the day consisted of a company orientation and then we met our department. I’m interning for the Men’s Merchandising department of Tommy Hilfiger, where I assist the buyers with organizing samples and do various data entry. I didn’t study merchandising in school, so most of what I’m doing is new to me. At times it can be overwhelming, but my team is great at supporting me and are wonderful to learn from. weekendoutfitarmcandycentralparkweekendwearkatespade

{Wedges instantly glam up the look- ready for cocktails with the girls!}

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Ingredients:

Top- Loft

Denim- Loft

Sneakers- Converse

Wedges- Steve Madden

Bag- Kate Spade

Watch- Michael Kors

Bracelets- Baublebar


      These photos are from the first weekend of June, after a full week at Tommy. That Saturday I explored more of the city and shot this photos in Central Park with my long time blogging friend, Lauren of “Someone Like You.” I stumbled across Lauren’s blog around four years ago and it has been a daily read since. I emailed her out of the blue once after I was beyond moved by reading one of her posts. Since then we have corresponded and became online friends, but then met two weeks ago in person and instantly hit it off. In fact, this weekend we did another photo shoot and went to church together. All that I’ve experienced has been amazing and it’s only been two weeks! I know without a doubt that I’m meant to be here and I’m so eager to see what God has in store for my life and for all this summer holds. Now that I’ve found my footing I’ll be able to blog more consistently and I’m so looking forward to sharing more of my experiences (and food adventures) with you all! If I’ve learned anything so far, it is; don’t give up on your dream. Little by little, you’ll get there. In addition something I’m really learning is that I am living my dream… everyday. I just need to remember that everyday is a miracle of its own and every 24 hours makes up a piece of the journey.

LOVE,

Blog Signature Hannah

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