All Hail!

 

OrganicCoconutOilCoconut Oil is my new JAM.  Use it on your body as a cheap and highly effective (and all natural, organic, anti-aging, the list goes on…) moisturizer, throw it on your face at night and go to bed smelling like a Mounds Bar, but wake up looking like a million bucks!  Toss is on some sweet potatoes and throw them in the oven.  I am telling you this stuff is the.real.deal.  And I am currently religious about using it anywhere and everywhere.

That’s all for now!

XOXO

Meg

PS – read up and get on the train!

Here You Glow!

Ok, so I don’t know if it comes with the territory of co-habitation or if I am just fully embracing living in Brooklyn, but I have been SO into cooking and holistic health these days … Maybe it’s the thrill of feeding someone besides myself, or just having actual SPACE to cook, but I have really found making homemade meals to be extremely gratifying.  While I am fully against fad dieting, I really love finding ways to improve my health and, along with exercise, diet is the easiest way to do that (something I know you have never heard before).  I think I am somewhat of a foodie, so I don’t like slacking on meals (besides the occasional pb & j – it never fails), so when I found this website that was equal parts healthy, easy to make and full of FLAVA (Did I mention vegan? Which I most definitely AM NOT.) – I was beside myself!  And, where better to share this little gem than right here with you all!  So without further a do, I present you…  Oh She Glows!

Here are a few of my faves that I have whipped up so far…

Creamy Avocado Pasta (I used soba noodles – so easy and delish!)

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No Fail Hummus

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Vegan Bowl (Don’t be scared – this thing is GOOD and sure to make you glow!)

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And a few more recipes on my to do list…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough “Blizzard”

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(I made this similar recipe recently which was ri-dic-u-lous. I could say I will never eat real icecream again, but I wouldn’t lie to you.)

Green Warrior Smoothie

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Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (for my carrot cake loving boyfriend)

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Can you believe these are VEGAN!?  Trust me you won’t miss your steak and potatoes after you whip up one of these bad boys!

Hope you’re all having a good week!

XO

Meg

PS – a couple more healthy and delicious recipes I have made lately… kale and sesame soba noodles with a fried egg, 7 ingredient raw cookie dough bites, flourless peanut butter chunk cookies

Fresh Start

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I am finally coming out of hibernation (curse you winter 2014!) and have some new and exciting news to share! As I have mentioned before, I have always dreamed about going into interior design and/or getting into a creative field, but have never acted on it for a number of reasons.  While it always sounded fun, I feared the paycheck (or lack there of) and risky nature of changing careers. After much internal debate, self-assessment, and discussions (sorry friends and family), I finally decided to go for it!  A few classes and a couple of interviews later and I am starting to work part-time at one of my favorite design firms.  I am beyond grateful and excited and ready(!) for this next phase, as terrifying as it is.  Thank you all for your patience over the last few months and I plan to kick back into gear here at South of Main and also share all of the new things I am learning at the new gig!

While we’re on the topic of fresh starts… my spring/summer wardrobe needs a serious revamp.  I can’t remember the last time I bought a new bathingsuit (2010?) and I think I have outgrown the jean mini skirt…  check out these steals I found to ring in the season of sun!

A Marysia imposter… from Nasty Gal

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Chambray and neon (best combo evah?) J.Crew beach cover up – it’s on sale ladies!

jcrewWhat’s a summer without Havaianas?

havaiianasA pretty DVF dress for the many weddings ahead (note: this is an old DVF dress I have been eying since forever and found on ebay - my new favorite site!)…

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Anddd a cute new tee

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What are your latest warm weather finds?  I’d love to know!  This year I went for a lot of solids that I can mix and match with different accessories.  I am trying to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle (something I am not good at…) and my first step was tackling the closet!

Have a fabulous day!

XO

Meg

PS – If you’re thinking about changing careers, here are a few helpful articles (and feel free to email me!)…design spongeLearnVest, The Every Girl, Huffington Post… and a food blogger with an inspiring story on making a passion into a profession.  I know I have read so many other good ones, but am totally blanking!  All I have to say is – do what you love!  Life is too short :)

(photo via Pinterest)

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from South of Main Street!

Hope you have a wonderful day with your families and a Happy New Year!  I am headed to Sun Valley tomorrow for 10 days (!) of skiing and fun in the sun!  So I will be back in 2014 with new outfit ideas, home decor, beauty tips and lifestyle posts!  In the meantime, thanks to my loyal followers for sticking with me through my inconsistent posting and random thoughts – you guys are the best!

Love you all!  Cheers to an amazing 2014!

XO

Design Project: UES Apartment

Hi friends!  As you know, I have always loved interior design and often fantasize about what it would be like to actually do it as a career.  Recently, I got an amazing opportunity to design a one bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side as a little side project.  The requirements are: low budget (it’s a “guest” apartment), modern, with neutrals and clean colors.  I started off by checking out the apartment and putting together a presentation with room ideas.  Take a peek below at my initial thoughts…

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My “client” liked what I had put together but asked that we make it a little more modern and had a few Ikea pieces in mind that she wanted me to incorporate.  So here is phase two of the look book (that lovely free standing TV has an Ikea custom cabinet that couldn’t be copied into the presentation).

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Most of the pieces above were found on Ikea, Target, One Kings Lane (one of my all time favorites), and West Elm.  You can totally decorate an apartment and make it look nice without breaking the bank!

As you can tell, we are still early on in the design process but have established the basics, which I can’t wait to share with you.  It has been so fun to try to incorporate my own taste but also challenge myself to work with a different style than my own.  If you’re interested, check out my “Project” Pinterest board to see more inspiration for the apartment!

XO

Meg

PS – Unfortunately, the boys didn’t take a liking to my track-what-you-eat project, so we will have to revisit that post at a later date (Maybe after I bribe them with food.).

Food Diaries: The gals

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This is how we all look while grocery shopping, right?

As promised, my amazing girlfriends and I kept track of everything we ate last week, check out what these fine ladies had and let me know what you think (names masked for privacy)…

Ellie

Monday

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, almonds and strawberries. Large coffee.

L: Barley salad with Brussels spouts and an egg.

D: Greek salad with chicken. Glass of red wine.

Tuesday

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, almonds, strawberries, and peaches. Large coffee.

L: Leftover Greek salad plus an egg

D: Barley salad with roasted Brussels sprouts, snap peas, and chickpeas with sriracha on top.

D: Brownie and vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday

B: Whole wheat toast with sliced banana and peanut butter. Large coffee.

L: Salad with roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and mozzarella

D: Steak with roasted vegetables (made by a friend of a friend at a dinner party—was delicious but kind of rare…) and many glasses of red wine.

Thursday

B: Oatmeal with raisins, almonds, honey, and cinnamon. Large coffee.

L: Turkey wrap with lots of vegetables, chipotle mayo, and a pickle on the side.

D: Hummus and veggies and lots of pita.

Friday:

B: Whole wheat bagel with lox and cucumber. Large coffee.

L: Salad with feta, beets, and walnuts

D: Pizza and beer

Wendy

Monday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs.

L: Yogurt with peanut butter Kashi cereal and M&Ms.

S: Grapes.

D: Chicken noodle soup and bread.

Tuesday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and Kashi cereal.

L: Arugula salad with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds and pecorino cheese.

S: Pack of M&Ms.

D: Pumpkin and cheese ravioli, kale salad and bruschetta.

D: Edy’s frozen yogurt and Trader Joe’s “Cat cookies”

Wednesday:

B: 2 hard-boiled eggs and Kashi cereal

L: BBQ Pop Chips

D: Chips and hummus, homemade lean meat tacos with avocado, goat cheese, taco seasoning and lots of Tostito chips.

D: Haagen Daaz Chocolate bar.

Thursday:

B: Fage yogurt with M&Ms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, peanut butter and banana.

L: Arugula salad with chicken.

D: Lots of Moscow Mules drinks (out), bread, Triscuits and cottage cheese and eggs and bread (full disclosure: drunk eating at apartment).

Friday:

B: 2 bananas and Kashi cereal

L: Turkey sandwich and BBQ Pop Chips.

D: Sushi dinner and 1 glass of wine.

D: Ice cream.

Jackie

Monday:

B: Jamba Juice smoothie.

L: BLT Sandwich with avocado.

D: Sushi dinner.

Tuesday:

B: no time!

L: Chipotle burrito bowl with brown rice, peppers, chicken and guacamole.

S: Sour patch watermelons

D: Sweet chili salmon with brocolli and mac and cheese.

D: 2 pieces dark chocolate.

Wednesday:

B: Chocolate croissant with chai tea.

L: Tuna fish sandwich with Cape Cod chips.

D: Rosemary roasted chicken with cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

D: 3 pieces of dark chocolate.

Thursday:

B: Chocolate croissant.

L: 2 slices of caprese pizza.

D: Out – burrata and tomato with prosciutto, linguine with truffle sauce, filet with green beans, 2 pieces of bread, 2 martinis, 3 glasses of red wine.

Friday:

B: Health grain bagel with scallion cream cheese.

L: Chipotle burrito bowl with brown rice, peppers, chicken and guacamole.

D: Pizza.

Audrey

Monday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Small arugula salad with chicken, bacon bits, avocado and broccoli with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette.

S: Green tea and a handful of almonds.

D: Spicy brown mustard and brown sugar glazed salmon, kale chips, a glass of white wine and a glass of water.

D: Chocolate covered pretzel.

Tuesday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Chicken salad and honey mustard on whole wheat bread with Cape Cod potato chips.

D: Spicy brown mustard and brown sugar glazed salmon, kale chips, a glass of white wine and a glass of water.

D: Chocolate covered pretzel.

Wednesday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Sushi – salmon avocado roll and spicy crunchy tuna roll on brown rice.

S: Handful of almonds.

D: Two slices of Whole Foods whole wheat pizza, a glass of white wine and water.

Thursday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: Small arugula salad with grilled salmon, brussels sprouts, broccoli, feta and avocado.

D: Cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, a glass of white wine.

Friday:

B: Oatmeal square cereal, water and coffee with skim milk.

L: One slice of pepperoni and one slice of cheese pizza.

D: Cheese and crackers and a glass of Cabernet.

Sarah:

Monday:

B: Vanilla low-fat yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with craisins, quinoa, beets, walnuts, apples and balsamic vinaigrette.

D: Grilled chicken, crispy kale, quinoa with carrots and craisins.

D: Mug of mint chocolate chip ice-cream.

Tuesday:

B: Warm lemon water, low fat vanilla yogurt and granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with craisins, quinoa, apple, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette.

D: Rosemary ginger gin cocktail (out), soba noodles with grilled chicken, carrots, onions and almonds.

D: Two chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday:

B: Organic oatmeal with honey, cinnamon and bananas and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with quinoa, craisins, apples, almonds and Honest Aid pomegranate blue juice.

S: Dark chocolate and sea salt Kind bar with lemon ginger tea.

D: Cheese and crackers, chips and carrots with spinach dip, two pieces of pizza, two glasses of wine, one beer.

Thursday:

B: Oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, bananas and blueberries and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Spinach salad with quinoa, craisins, pecans and apples.

S: Kombucha drink.

D: Out – 3 oysters, split mussels with frites and split shrimp burger, two glasses of white wine and a cocktail.

Friday:

B: Warm lemon water, low-fat vanilla yogurt with granola and an iced coffee with 1% milk.

L: Quinoa with apples, almonds, craisins and carrots.

S: Cheese and crackers, glass of red wine.

D: Cheeseburger and sweet potato fries, with a beer.

Blake:

Monday:

B: Protein shake (Acai smoothie from Barry’s Bootcamp), green tea.

L: Chicken meatball soup.

S: Gummy worms, apple with almond butter.

D: Sushi.

D: Gluten free cookie.

Tuesday:

B: Frozen waffle pre-workout, protein shake post-workout (Acai smoothie from Barry’s Bootcamp), green tea.

L: Bare Burger turkey burger on lettuce wrap and side salad.

S: 2 Rolos.

D: Brussels sprouts, kale & brown rice.

Wednesday:

B: Protein shake with kale, pear, blueberries, coconut milk, water and veggie protein.

L: Salad with grilled salmon and 2 Rolos.

S: Apple with almond butter and Pop Chips.

D: Butternut squash soup and brussels sprouts.

D: Sorbet pop.

Thursday:

B: Protein shake with kale, pear, blueberries, coconut milk, water and veggie protein.

S: Green juice.

L: Chicken meatball salad from Penelope’s.

S: 2 Baked by Melissa cupcakes.

D: Veggies and brown rice with hot sauce.

D: Mini Snickers.

Friday:

B: Protein shake and green juice.

S: Apple, handful of almonds, gluten-free pretzels.

L: Panera salad.

D: Out to Italian dinner with many different courses.

Catherine:

Monday:

B: Smoothie – vanilla whey protein, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a coffee with splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Truvias. dried apricots.

L: 2 wedges of spanikopita,  garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach and cherry tomatoes.

S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash.

S: Mini square of pumpkin cake, cream cheese frosting.

Tuesday:

B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with banana, 2 tbs peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, water.

L: 1/2 cup wild rice, 2 tbs of all natural garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes.

S: MacIntosh apple with bag of Skinny Pop.

D: Lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion), 1/2 roasted winter squash, 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

Wednesday:

B: 1 tbs agave syrup (pre-run), smoothie (post-run) with strawberries, mango, pineapple, vanilla whey protein powder,  unsweetened vanilla almond milk  and a coffee with a splash of fat-free half anf half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.

L: Garlic hummus, 1/2 green pepper, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and 1/2 oatmeal, chocolate chip cookie.

S: 2 brown rice lightly salted rice cakes with almond butter.

D: Bowl of lentils (simmered with vermouth and a chopped spanish onion) and an apple.

Thursday:

B: Smoothie – vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk
and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda and dried apricots.

L: Baby spinach, sprouts and a 1/2 c. multi colored quinoa with a handful of walnuts.

D: Bowl of lentils, fig burrata, Carr’s whole wheat crackers, Macoun apple, Giredelli peppermint bark, a few glasses of Pinot Noir.

Friday:

B: Vanilla soy protein powder, strawberries, mango, pineapple, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a coffee w/ a splash of fat-free half and half, 2 Splenda with  dried apricots.

L: Baby spinach, 1/2 avocado, yellow tomato, pepper, hummus.

S: No fat maple greek yogurt with an apple.

D: Steamed veggies with brown rice, teriyaki and a few pieces of avocado roll.

Interesting right?  Here are my observations:

1. People tend to be pretty routine when it comes to breakfast.

2. If you don’t eat a lot in the morning you end up eating more later in the day.  As they say, eat your breakfast!

3. Girls are HEALTHY.

4. Those who are veggie lovers… eat a lot of veggies.  Those who are not… lack veggies in their diets.  This may sound obvious, but there doesn’t seem to be an in between.

5. Monday is the healthiest day.

6. Everyone has one “cheat day” whether they plan to or not.

7. Girls like sweets.  Thank GOODNESS I’m not the only one who needs icecream.

8. You’re one of two things: a snacker or a mealer. (Go Team Mealer!)

9. People hit the bottle on Thursdays. (They don’t call it Thirsty Thursdays for nothin’!)

10. Red meat is not high on the priority list for us gals.

What patterns do you see?  Aren’t you impressed with all of their healthy choices!  Go GFs!  I need to get on the barley salad train!  Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It’s amazing how different everyone’s days are!  Not one person has even a remotely similar day to the next.  If we were looking at their outfits I guarantee you could find some (many) parallels. But (!) how interesting that not one person has the same tastes or eating habits as another.  Have you ever thought about that? How do your eating habits compare?  It might be a fun project to track your meals/snacks for the week.  When talking to my friends a lot of them said they even found it interesting to see their own habits written out.

Tell me what you think!

XO

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Party People

This weekend Bry and I had our first big housewarming party. Given we are in the holiday season, we kept it festive and went with a fondue and Christmas sweater theme.  It was a major hit and hilarious to see people’s get ups as they walked into our apartment.  Bry has always had a vision of having a fondue party (His family has a unique affinity to fondue… which I don’t hate.) and it was great to see it in action.  Three fondue pots, 2 buckets of hotty toddies and a keg later… well I would say it was a success.  Here are some highlights from the night (apologies for the terrible photos)!

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We served chips, guacamole and salsa, red and green M&Ms, homemade chocolate chip cookies and of course, fondue with baguette pieces, apples and pepperoni for dipping.  For drinks we made a bucket of hot toddy which was cider and whiskey (something Bry is becoming infamous for…) and a keg of PBR (keepin’ is classy).  Everyone was so generous and brought bottle upon bottle of wine, which we didn’t really get around to drinking… probably for the better.  One friend even brought homemade egg nog, which I don’t think I have ever had and wow, is it good!  I must say, much better than that bottled nonsense!

As the soiree concluded and people started dispersing, the rest of us (only the strong survive!) headed to a local karaoke bar which ended the evening on quite an entertaining note.  I have videos to prove it (sorry guys)…

We couldn’t have asked for a better night or group of people to break bread, eat fondue, drink cider, celebrate a BFFs birthday, admire our Christmas tree, get chatty and embrace our new home with!  Hope everyone is having a merry holiday season and I would highly recommend the fondue party idea!  There’s nothing like cheese and good friends!

XO

Meg