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Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Granola bars are the ultimate grab-and-go healthy snack. Unfortunately, many of the commercial bars are pricey and packed with not-so-healthy and potentially allergenic ingredients. I started making my own when I couldn’t find any ready-made ones that are soy-free. This recipe, adapted from this one, is quick, easy, and fully […]

March 7, 2013 × 4 comments

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Inspired By: Double Denim and Gray

Inspired By: Double Denim and Gray

Image courtesy of Gap I picked up a denim blazer from Labels, my favorite consignment store, ages ago, but I could never decide how I wanted to wear it. That is, until I saw this old Gap ad in a magazine. I even have a yellow tee – random, I […]

March 6, 2013 × 4 comments

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Little Luxuries: Snow & Graham Calendar

Little Luxuries: Snow & Graham Calendar

To me, Little Luxuries are those small things that don’t cost much – or anything! – but that never fail to bring a bit more shiny, happy Joy and Sunshine to my day 🙂 My wall calendar is still on February. Just like it was stuck on January until well […]

March 5, 2013 × 0 comments

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Camo and Dirty Birds

Camo and Dirty Birds

This look is a departure from my usual preppy tomboyish look, but here’s the deal: I had bronchitis, was coughing like an extra in “Outbreak” every two seconds, and could barely bother getting dressed. I was also freezing, so there was no way I was taking off the big, warm, […]

March 4, 2013 × 10 comments

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2 Ways to Wear Sweatpants and Heels

2 Ways to Wear Sweatpants and Heels

I’m linking up with Eboni of the Fashionista Next Door again – check the “Daytime Sequins” link up here! – to put together looks featuring sweatpants and heels. Yes, AND. These two seemingly not-even-in-the-same-area-code items actually pair well together, and it’s an easy way to feel both put-together and comfortable. Mmmm… dressed up […]

March 1, 2013 × 18 comments

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Stripes and Argyle

Stripes and Argyle

Peacoat: Banana Republic Sweater, Shirt, and Bag: J Crew Jeans: Madewell (available in other washes)

February 28, 2013 × 4 comments

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Inspired By: Orange, Garnet, and Blue

Inspired By: Orange, Garnet, and Blue

San Francisco Cable Cars I was flipping through – electronically of course, because I can’t remember the last time I actually printed pictures – some old vacay photos, and the colors in this one really caught my eye. The bright orange, garnet, blue, and cream/white look so vibrant and interesting together […]

February 27, 2013 × 0 comments

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Cookbook Love

Cookbook Love

A while back, a Joy and Sunshine reader (thank you SO much 🙂) asked for some recommendations to help expand her cookbook library. My response post got lost in cyberspace, thanks to a blog hacking meanie, but no worries! Here we go: For uncomplicated recipes and great tips: Barefoot Contessa […]

February 26, 2013 × 2 comments

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2 Ways to Wear Orange Jeans

2 Ways to Wear Orange Jeans

Remember this past summer when bright jeans were EVERYwhere? I’m not a big fan of labeling or wearing pieces strictly by season (see Exhibit A & Exhibit B) – my budget isn’t a fan either 🙂 – so when these jeans nearly blinded me when I walked into my closet […]

February 25, 2013 × 4 comments

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Casual Layers

Casual Layers

It’s been chilly and raining like crazy the last few weeks, so comfy, casual layers have become my go-to fall/winter “uniform.” Denim Jacket: Gap (BTW: I wanted to wear this jacket yesterday, and I cannot find this thing. I wonder where it is…) Sweater: Banana Republic Scarf, Shirt, and Sweats: […]

February 22, 2013 × 6 comments

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Quick Tip: Portion Control

Quick Tip: Portion Control

Public Service Announcement: THIS is a serving of ice cream. Left: Mini Latte Bowls; Right: Latte Bowls Doesn’t look so bad…until the bowl holding the suggested 1/2 cup serving size is compared to a regular size bowl. Contrary to what I want to believe, all those cute little neatly-packaged small […]

February 21, 2013 × 0 comments

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2 Ways to Wear Mini Skirts in Cooler Weather

2 Ways to Wear Mini Skirts in Cooler Weather

If you were following me for a bit before all my blog-related technical issues, then you already know that I love, love, LOVE short shorts and mini skirts. (Quick recap for the newbies: My legs, especially below the knees, and ankles are practically see-through, and I’m fairly deficient in the […]

February 20, 2013 × 0 comments