Blueberry Balsamic Farro Salad

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Happy Friday!

All I want right now is for Texas to finally look at the calendar and realize it’s fall. Is a cold front too much to ask for? I just want to be able to wear my fall clothes, eat hot oatmeal and soup, and get cosy with a mug of apple cinnamon tea every night. Everyday I check the ten-day weather forecast, hoping that there will be a sudden drop in temperatures in my future, but so far, I’ve had no luck.

For now, while the temperature is still 89 degrees, I have to settle for cold lunches. It’s either that or risk heat stroke trying to whip up something fall-ish. But luckily for me, this salad doesn’t taste like “settling”. A base of farro and chickpeas provides protein and fiber to keep you satisfied all afternoon. Mixed greens bump up the health factor even more, and the last of the summer’s blueberries add a bright sweetness. When the goat cheese mixes with the balsamic vinegar, it creates a delicious, creamy sauce. I love this salad so much I’ve had it for lunch three times this week already.

To those of you still longing for fall, I completely understand your pain. Eat this salad, and you’ll feel better, at least for a few hours. Even those of you lucky enough to be wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire right now can enjoy this lunch. And send a little fall breeze down to Texas, will you?

xoxo

Claire

Blueberry Balsamic Farro Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 Serving

This delicious salad is nutritious and a snap to prepare. Farro and chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber, and blueberries and mixed greens add antioxidants for a satisfying meal. Goat cheese and balsamic vinegar create another dimension of flavor. Who said lunch can't be healthy and taste great?

Ingredients

  • ½ c cooked farro
  • ½ c chickpeas
  • 1 handful mixed greens, sliced into ribbons
  • ¼ c blueberries
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the farro, chickpeas, sliced mixed greens, and blueberries in a bowl.
  2. Crumble the goat cheese over the top.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and season with a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Enjoy immediately!
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Pinspiration

Do you ever have those weeks when you just feel kind of meh? When I’m stuck in a slump, I like to take a little pause to recharge and prepare myself to tackle the rest of my week. One of my favorite places to find inspiration is Pinterest. There is nothing like finding a quote that speaks to you and whatever troubles you may be facing.

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I really love this quote I found the other day. The idea that you can control your destiny is so powerful. I think this quote is especially relevant to women today. We don’t need to wait for a hero to swoop in and save us, we can become our own hero and take care of ourselves!

What has been leaving you feeling inspired lately? Have you ever had an experience when you became your own hero?

xoxo

Claire

Foodie Friday: Breakfast Obsessions

TGIF!

There’s nothing quite like the weekend, especially lazy Sunday mornings. I love to lounge around, brew a big pot of coffee, and browse Pinterest while deciding on a breakfast plan of action. Sunday is the day I go all out, with pancakes, waffles, or french toast, often including liberal amounts chocolate chips and whipped cream. I try to keep up the breakfast spirit during the week, but whipped cream and chocolate chips can’t always be part of my morning. Lately, I’ve been loving these three healthy breakfast choices.

1. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa

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This breakfast is a great alternative to oatmeal. Just like my favorite breakfast grain, quinoa is perfect for a sweet, warm bowl of goodness, but it amps up the nutrition with extra protein. The addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice makes this the perfect autumn breakfast.

2. Pumpkin Spice Granola

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I baked a batch of this delicious Pumpkin Spice Granola over the weekend, replacing the maple syrup with dates, for a naturally sweetened breakfast I’ve been enjoying all week. The nuts, seeds, and coconut oil give this granola a healthy dose of good fats. It’s delicious on top of Greek yogurt or with almond milk.

3. Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl

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This has been my favorite quick and easy breakfast lately. It’s a great way to use up leftover quinoa once you get sick of salads or homemade quinoa veggie patties. Since it’s served cold, it’s been great for the extended summer we’re experiencing here in Dallas. The sweet berries, creamy yogurt, quinoa, and almond butter combine for a super satisfying weekday breakfast.

What have you been enjoying for breakfast lately?

xoxo

Claire

Fall Beauty Updates at Any Budget

Image Source: Marie Claire France, September 2012

Image Source: Marie Claire France, September 2012

Today I’m sharing two of my favorite ways to update my beauty routine for fall. Whether you want to save or spend, here are two tricks for transitioning into autumn.

1. Plum-colored Lips

As the temperatures drop, I love to swap my shimmery pink gloss for a richer shade of lipstick. This Guerlain lipstick ($51) in Gala is the perfect shade for cooler weather, and L’Oréal’s Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick ($9.99) in Everlasting Plum is an excellent option as well.

2. Fall-Inspired Fragrance

Changing my scent can change my mood, and spritzing on a spicy autumn fragrance gets me excited for riding boots and sitting in front of the fire with hot chocolate. Orchard ($14) from Bath and Body Works has hints of honey crisp apples and warm buttered rum. This Jo Malone London nutmeg and ginger cologne ($120) scented with sandalwood and cedar will evoke memories of eating pumpkin pie and baking gingerbread.

How are you planning to switch things up for fall?

xoxo

Claire

Looks I’m Loving: Fall Edition

Hello!

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately, I have been making an exciting transition from public school to online school. This has definitely been a big adjustment for me, but now that I have gotten into more of a routine with school, I’m hoping I’ll get back to more of a routine for blogging as well.

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall looks with you. Even though it’s still 90 degrees here in Texas, I’m totally ready for my favorite season, fall. I’m already eating pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast, reorganizing my sweater collection, and browsing Pinterest for autumn inspiration. Here are some styles I can’t wait to sport as the temperatures drop.

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I’m so in love with blazers for this season. I already picked up a classic black blazer at the Nordstrom anniversary sale, and I have my eyes on a few fun patterns as well.

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Caitlin always has the cutest looks, and this one is no exception! This look is the epitome of schoolgirl chic and I can’t wait to incorporate some preppy details into my fall outfits.

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How stylish is Olivia Palermo? This look incorporates some of my favorite elements: chunky knits, blazers, prints, tights, booties, and a pop of color!

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This look is great inspiration for Texas’ cool fall mornings and warmer afternoons. When it gets warm, just tie your sweater around your shoulders for instant elegance. And nothing says sophistication like a quilted bag!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

xoxo
Claire

The Best of Kate Spade New Arrivals

Kate Spade continues the year of traveling colorfully with a new collection inspired by Shanghai. The collection, inspired by the art deco era, is feminine and sophisticated. I love the bows and polka dots featured throughout the collection and the black and pale pink color palette. I have a feeling Kate Spade’s latest would get Blair Waldorf’s stamp of approval!

Kate Spade New Arrivals

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