German Chocolate Cake Smoothie

German Chocolate Cake Smoothie | Like Fresh Laundry

German Chocolate Cake Smoothie | Like Fresh Laundry

German Chocolate Cake Smoothie | Like Fresh Laundry

Honestly this tastes more like German chocolate cake-inspired mousse than a smoothie, but no need to complicate things.

The chocolate and sweetness are a tad subtle, the way I like it (although you can amp up both if you prefer by adding more cacao and honey), and the texture is especially rich and creamy thanks to the addition of avocado. But what really gives this drink the yummy cake-esque flair is topping it off with a heap of shredded coconut, reminiscent of frosting.

Word to the wise – you may want a spoon for this one. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or any kind of milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon pecans
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes, plus more for topping
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder

Instructions: Blend.

Ice Cream Sunday

Ice Cream Sunday | Like Fresh Laundry

Ice Cream Sunday | Like Fresh Laundry

Ice Cream Sunday | Like Fresh Laundry

Ice Cream Sunday | Like Fresh Laundry

Ice Cream Sunday | Like Fresh Laundry

In my quest to make the most of the second half of the weekend, we had a few friends over for Ice Cream Sunday recently. It was definitely a repeat event — both because of the sweet, sweet cream consumed (along with gluten- and lactose-free options), and because we bought far too much food.

Coincidentally, we’re moving to a new neighborhood in two weeks, so it ended up kind of doubling as a house cooling party too. Nothing like high sugar content to wash away the bittersweetness. And speaking of washing things away, a tip — lining your counter with postal paper makes ice cream clean-up pretty much non-existent. Huzzah!

Among my favorite concoctions were the old-fashioned root beer floats and lavender and honey-drizzled vanilla. Yes and yes. Until next Sunday…

Lessons from a $20 Jacket

Basics

White on white outfit

Vince Little Boy Tee

Forever 21 jacket, Vince Little Boy Tee (also on sale here, here and here), Blank jeans, Clare V. clutch, Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, Jenni Kayne flats (similar here, here and here)

For the most part, I try to buy what I love and think I’ll wear for awhile. Sometimes that means investing in high-quality pieces that are worth the higher price tag. And sometimes it means buying a denim jacket at Forever 21. I’ve had, and more importantly worn, this jacket for years and I’m guessing it cost less than $20 when I bought it.

I can’t deny the “cost less than $20″ part feels pretty good. But really, feeling good in it matters to me a lot more. If it feels cheap, it’s probably cheap. And if it feels great, no matter if it’s $5 or $500, maybe I’ll even wear it for years to come. For me I think that’s a pretty good goal.

The Laundry List: My Favorite Links of the Week(ish)

100 years of beauty in 1 minute | Like Fresh Laundry

  1. 100 years of beauty in 1 minute is pretty incredible. See here for Caucasian American beauty standards and here for African American. There are also fantastic videos for Iran and North Korea vs. South Korea.
  2. A couple is making fancy bags out of Legos. Pretty cute!
  3. And while we’re on that Lego tip…huh?
  4. Excited to try this much-touted drugstore red lipstick.
  5. We’re apartment-hunting in SF for the first time in six and half years…so yeah. This video.
  6. Another impressive installment of home styling using Target items.
  7. Ooh, loving this unexpected book wall.

Top It Off

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Building

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Building

Clean spring style | Like Fresh Laundry

Cleobella Hendrix Tote (also here), Vince Claire Pumps (also here), AG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap MeetRay-Ban Aviators, Everlane Silk Point Collar blouse

Provided you feel good in them, I maintain a button down and jeans is a complete outfit in and of itself. It’s clean and simple and foolproof. Plus, restraint is a virtue, and all that good stuff.

But then chill vibes are also a virtue, (some might say). So — this bag again! I can’t decide if it’s bohemian or country western, but either way, it’s chic and a little out there and I like it.

Branches are the Best Accessory

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

Dogwood is in season! I saw these branches at the flower shop and purchased them immediately without thinking about how to get them home. And thankfully, we did eventually figure out a way to stuff these guys in the car without roughing them up too much. It was so worth it.

I love the wild, free flowing feel of blooming branches and the way they fill up a space. Plus, they make a foolproof arrangement – for once, so simple to recreate at home. Inspiration below…

Nicole Hollis | Like Fresh Laundry

Image via Est Magazine

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

Image via C Home

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

Image via Remodelista

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

Image via Flickr

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

 Image via Archiproducts

Branches are the Best Accessory | Like Fresh Laundry

Image via Elle Decor

Palette Cleanser

Studio Ko lap pool | Like Fresh Laundry

The Line Coqui Coqui | Like Fresh Laundry

Red canyons of Lake Powell, Arizona | Like Fresh Laundry

Jessica De Ruiter pool | Like Fresh Laundry

Garance Dore Weekend Inspiration No 177 | Like Fresh Laundry

Nature comes up with the most gorgeous color combinations. When it comes to my own clothes and interiors I often opt for vivid hues in small doses, but this copper and ocean blue-green palette is both rich and vibrant, and completely soothing. I will GLADLY take all the color.

Our painted concrete floors are already a ruddy orange and these images make me want to run out and find some bright blue artwork. Or just transport myself to any of these locations. I’m not picky.

Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

The Simplest Closest Update

Neutrals | Like Fresh Laundry

Neutrals | Like Fresh Laundry

Neutrals | Like Fresh Laundry

Splendid tee, Joie jacket, Reliquary necklace, old black necklace, Helmut Lang skirt, Alexander Wang heels (similar), Clare V. bag, Sweet & Spark bracelet (shop my “Master Minimalism” collection here), Spark and Pepper ring

Sometimes it’s surprisingly easy to ignore the wardrobe issues sitting right under your nose, (no pun intended). For the past few years, the part of my closet that consistently bummed me out was my tees and tanks.

I only had a couple I liked, so when I wore sweaters or blouses I’d purposely pick the saddest, oldest and most ill-fitting ones to wear so I didn’t “waste” the good ones on an outfit where you wouldn’t actually see them. But recently I finally bought a few of tees I absolutely love and got rid of the rest. It’s the smallest change, but such an impactful one.

How do you feel about your under layers? Do you invest in them or “save” the ones you like for certain outfits? If you’re in the market, my favorites are this and this from Splendid, this AG tee and this crewneck tee from Vince.

The Essential

Vince Little Boy Tee

Vince Little Boy Tee

Vince Little Boy Tee

Vince Little Boy Tee

Vince Little Boy Tee

Vince Little Boy Tee

Joie jacket (sold out), Vince Little Boy Tee (the best), AG legging ankle jeans (sold out), Alexander Wang heels (sold out), Ray-Bans, Stila Beso Lipstick, vintage necklaces (similar here and here), Alexander Wang Prisma Bag (here in black)

This jacket again! I’ve already done some spring cleaning and culled my closet, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a classic wardrobe staple. According to whom, you might ask?? How about SANDRA MOTHERFREAKIN’ DEE. Or actually, whomever she turned into when she said “goodbye” to Sandra Dee.

It is pleasing and functional, with or without a billowing blond fro. (But preferably with — next time.)

On the Fringe

Cleobella Hendrix Fringe Tote | Like Fresh Laundry

Cleobella Hendrix Fringe Tote | Like Fresh Laundry

Cleobella Hendrix Fringe Tote | Like Fresh Laundry

Cleobella Hendrix Fringe Tote | Like Fresh Laundry

Madewell shirt (sold out), Blank jeans (sold out), Cleobella Hendrix bag (also herehere in tan and here in black), K. Jacques Bikini Wrap Sandals

Fringe! The fringiest. I’m in. You may have seen this tote on the blog “shop” page. I had debated buying it and then it sold out. So recently when it came back in stock I managed to snag it (on sale, yes!) at the Shopbop sitewide event. It only seemed right to wear it with ankle wrap sandals and turquoise jewelry.