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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Meanwhile in Transylvania

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All photos are by Rachel Epperly Photography.

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 Happy Halloween, y'all! This post almost didn't go up today thanks to Tropical Storm Phillipe (AKA Franken-Phillipe) but I finally figured out how to use my phone as a hotspot, so here we are. I've mentioned a hundred times that I'm not very crazy about Halloween-- but man, this sweater makes me feel festive AF. And it is also kinda Christmas-y, like creepy Christmas-y. Is that pushing it? Wearing a fair isle skull sweater is kinda my way of dressing for Christmas without people yelling "it's too soon for Christmas!" at me.

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My favorite part about dressing the holiday season is incorporating little accessories into my outfit to be more festive-- like my Umbreon socks and my vintage Dracula postage stamp pin that I found in an antique store in upstate New York when I was about 11 years old.

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Sweater: Modcloth
Jeans: Old Navy
Socks: Hot Topic
Boots: ASOS
Purse: Modcloth (sold out, similar linked below)
Glasses: Coastal glasses, maine style blog, new england style blog

Which do you prefer-- Halloween or Christmas? Tell me in the comments!
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Dinner - Pumpkin Rice with Maple Balsamic Tempeh

Pumpkin Rice Bowls with Maple Balsamic Tempeh vegan

This is my favorite time of year for about a million reasons, but one of those reasons is: pumpkin everything! I'm always a little unsure of how to incorporate pumpkin into savory dishes, I stick to the same 2 or 3 recipes, but that's gotten a little boring. I was so excited to try out this recipe for Pumpkin Rice Bowls with Maple Balsamic Tempeh and it didn't disappoint.

My favorite part of this dish is the maple balsamic tempeh using Lightlife's Organic Tempeh. It's so delicious, a little sweet but tangy. The pumpkin in the rice is subtle and creamy and makes the white rice a little more interesting. The recipe said to steam the broccoli but I roasted it for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees, just because I prefer roasted broccoli over steamed, and it really brought the whole dish together. Plus, we topped it with some vegan "parmesan"(hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt mixed together-- super easy).

Another thing about this meal that I loved was how easy it was to make. I arrived home tired and not at all in the mood to cook but once I got going, I was fine. No complicated techniques are necessary for this dish. It's flavorful, filling, and easy-- exactly what I want in a dinner.

I loved this meal and we keep all the ingredients stocked in our house, so it will be easy to make again soon. It's a great dinner for cold autumn nights in! You can find the full recipe and instructions here.

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*This post was sponsored by Lightlife. All opinions are mine!*
Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: SimplyScrub Organic Body Scrubs

If you've been reading for a while, you know that I am a fan of exfoliating scrubs that don't contain those evil little plastic microbeads. Especially with winter coming up, I need scrubs that will exfoliate and moisturize. I was so excited when SimplyScrub approached me to partner up on this post to show you their range of organic body scrubs. Their scrubs do not contain plastic microbeads and I know what all the ingredients are-- no mysteries. Currently their range offers a coffee scrub, rose scrub, chocolate scrub, and soursop scrub.

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The Coffee Body Scrub is a classic. A coffee body scrub is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. This scrub is probably the most abrasive of the 4 that SimplyScrub offers, so if you're not into that, maybe this one isn't for you. I, however, love it!
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The Rose Body Scrub is one of the most indulgent of their range and the most gentle. I reserve this for a relaxing bath. It's a great scrub for "me time."

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The Chocolate Body Scrub is ridiculous. It smells heavenly, exactly like chocolate frosting. Usually I don't go for sugary-sweet scents, but how could I not love this? I'd be lying if I said that I didn't think about eating this scrub.

I wasn't too sure about the Soursop Scrub-- mostly because I had no idea what a soursop was-- but I love the bright, citrusy smell of this scrub. It's another great, energizing scrub for your morning shower.
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I can't possibly only pick one favorite, so I'll pick two-- the Soursop Scrub and the Chocolate Scrub. Neither of which I expected to be my favorites! They're unlike any other scrubs I've used before, but you can't go wrong with any of these scrubs!

*This post was sponsored by SimplyScrub. All opinions are mine!*
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fudgey Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

With the holidays coming up many people are dusting off their cookbooks to find recipes for pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie...but I am really not one for baking. It's just not my thing, so I don't typically make any desserts. But! My mom is visiting from Florida right now so I figured this would be a good time to make a lil' somethin'. When I was a kid my mom sneaked tofu into my cookies, so now I'm going to sneak tofu into her cheesecake!

October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month so I've partnered with Nasoya to show you yet another great use for tofu. This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is an excellent option for those with sensitivities to dairy or gluten. It's also an excellent option for people who don't want to spend all afternoon in the kitchen (*raises hand*) because it can be prepared in only 30 minutes.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

This recipe called for Nasoya's Organic Silken Tofu which is something that I've only used a couple times before. I never think to buy silken tofu, I always buy extra firm, so it's kinda foreign to me. I really wasn't sure how the consistency would come out or if it would be close to cheesecake. While the peanut butter and pretzel crust cooked in the oven, I made the silken tofu and chocolate filling, skeptical of the recipe the whole time. I let it cool overnight before serving it and was totally expecting to not like the consistency of it. But y'all-- this recipe is amazing.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

The texture was more like a fudgey torte than cheesecake (maybe I did something wrong?) but it was so delicious. The filling wasn't too sweet and the crumbly peanut butter and pretzel crust was a great contrast. My family loved it and raved about it, and I couldn't believe I had made such a great dessert. It was a total hit. It is so incredibly easy to make and so delicious. It's so rich and decadent. This is a great recipe to make if you want to impress your guests with minimal effort. I'll definitely be making this again! You can find the full recipe and instructions on Ambitious Kitchen.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

*This post was sponsored by Nasoya. All opinions are mine!*
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: October Ipsy Glam Bag

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I was initially less than thrilled with the products in my Ipsy Spellbound Glam Bag but that changed once the bag actually arrived. This cute red lacey bag, complete with a bat on the zipper, had a couple great products in it and I'm happy with this bag, though it isn't the best.

  1. Meech and Mia Loose Eyeshadow in Purple, $11.50- I first thought that Ipsy had sent me the beige color of this shadow, it looks more beige in the pot. When applied lightly this looks a lot like the Amethyst shade from the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette. The more you build it up, the more it looks like a smokey gray with a purple holographic highlight. It's a very pretty shade and I foresee using it quite a lot.
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in R230, $43- I usually hate receiving samples of foundation because they're usually so darn wimpy, ya know? Those little packets that are typically sent as foundation samples can only cover one cheek, if that. This sample is actually a decent size and almost matched my skin, which was surprising because I usually need the very lightest shade from a range. I'm not crazy about how this looks on my skin, but it's not bad.
  3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, $20- Another black eyeliner pencil. Another one. I've said before, I have a lifetime supply of these sitting in a drawer. This one glides on very smoothly, as the name suggests, and is very creamy. It's easy to smudge when first applied, but dries quickly, so if you're going to smudge it, do it fast! They sell this in a large range of colors and Id definitely consider buying it in a color other than black.
  4. MDMflow Liquid Lipstick in Retro, $23.37- This is the product that I was most excited to try from this Glam Bag. I always need more liquid lipsticks! I love the packaging of this product and thought I would love the color, but it's Barbie pink and Barbie pink doesn't look good on me at all. The formula is also very sticky and remained sticky for the few hours that I wore it. It also wore off very easily just from drinking. I can't say that I would buy this product, it just doesn't seem worth it when so many cheaper products are more long-lasting.
  5. Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment, $7.99- This is a decent hair oil. It's not my favorite but it's not the worst. It's not as oily as similar products so it doesn't smooth down my flyaways as much, though if I add too much it doesn't make my hair look greasy. If I needed a hair oil, I would consider buying this-- but Ipsy keeps sending hair oils so I have no need to go buy one on my own!
Not the best bag, not the worst. I've seen some spoilers for the November bag and I'm looking forward to it!

Have you tried any of these products? Want to sign up for Ipsy? 
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Quick + Delicious Tofu Breakfast Tacos

vegan tofu breakfast tacos

We're usually in a hurry to get out of the house as quickly as possible in the mornings which usually means that we skip breakfast and spend the next few hours being pretty darn hangry. It's not a great way to start off the day. On top of moving quickly in the morning, we're not really big on breakfast food, with the exception of bagels and hash browns. We know that skipping breakfast isn't a good idea for us, so we've been trying to make more of an effort to make quick breakfasts that we actually like-- enter scrambled tofu breakfast tacos.

Since October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month, I've partnered with Nasoya to show you yet another use for the ever-versatile tofu. I tried out this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen and it's delicious, can be made in about 15 minutes, and is so convenient. We love tacos and make them frequently, so we always have all of the ingredients that this recipe calls for stocked in our house.

vegan tofu breakfast tacos

I wasn't sure if this recipe would actually be good for a quick breakfast. For the past few years I've been in the habit of pressing my tofu for at least a couple hours prior to cooking it because doing so gets out the excess water and helps the tofu retain flavors. This recipe said nothing about pressing the tofu, so I only pressed it for about 30 seconds to squeeze out a little bit of water. I was worried that it wouldn't taste as good or that I wouldn't like the texture of the tofu, completely forgetting that I used to prepare tofu like this all the time. It was still delicious and the texture was perfectly fine. So yes, I can say that this recipe does fall under the quick breakfast category!

The tofu has 9 grams of protein per serving, the veggies are refreshing, and the garnishes add a little kick. Plus, this recipe is dairy-free/vegan, but of course you could add cheese if you'd like. Unfortunately my avocados were over-ripe by the time I went to make these tacos (why must they be so temperamental?) but they were still delicious and the two of us ate 'em all up. This is definitely something I'd make again-- it's quick, easy, delicious, and great for those who aren't huge fans of traditional breakfast foods. You can find the full recipe and instructions on Ambitious Kitchen.

vegan tofu breakfast tacos

*This post was sponsored by Nasoya. All opinions are mine!*
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #8

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Life Lately: 

It hasn't been too long since my last LL+LL post, and not too much has been going on, but here I am posting this anyway. The next few weeks are going to be crazy-busy. We have a lot to do before winter comes (which is pretty soon!), I have a few projects that I'm working on, and my mom is coming to visit from Florida for a week, which I'm very excited about since I haven't seen her in over a year. She's never been to Maine during autumn before, so I have lots of things planned (like Acadia National Park)!

This week I posted my first style post ever, and thanks so much to those of you who gave support and feedback! I'm really looking forward to posting more style posts, I already have so many planned. I've also been updating Poppyseeder's Facebook page more often and it would be great if you could give it a "like"!

Another thing that I'm excited about...I finally got a new camera! For almost 8 years I've been using a Canon Rebel XS, which has served me well, but I don't think it's going to last much longer. It's very beaten up on the outside and it shorts out occasionally. I was refusing to admit that my XS is on its way out, but a camera upgrade was a bit overdue. I haven't been able to play around with it very much yet, but I can already tell that I love it.

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Winter prep

Link Love:

  • Maria has been posting so many amazing Halloween makeup looks lately, but this one is by far my favorite. She turned herself into The Nightman from "The Nightman Cometh" episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia-- my absolute favorite episode from the whole series.  
  •  I have really been enjoying this list from SinĂ©ad of 5 relaxing YouTube streams. I've always wanted to find this sort of content on YouTube but I didn't know where to start, this list helped a lot!
  • Charlie documented her time at Himeji Castle in Japan and I've officially added Himeji Castle to my to-do list...if I ever visit Japan. It's so beautiful!
  • There goes Melina again, making me jealous of her adventures. See what she got up to in Costa Rica! 
  • I used to be a Game of Thrones superfan but I didn't even watch season 7 till a couple weeks the season finale-- which was previously unheard of for me. Andini perfectly explained why she stopped watching and we share quite a few opinions on the direction of the show and the treatment of one of the characters. #TeamSansaForever 
  • If you live in Maine and need some ideas for things to fill up your calendar this fall, get some inspiration from Cassandra
  • If you have the means, click here to donate to Puerto Rico's relief efforts.

Has anything awesome happened to you lately? What posts have you been loving lately? Tell me in the comments!
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Comfort Zones + Statement Sleeves

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All photos are by Rachel Epperly Photography.

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I've been blogging for over a decade about various things but there is one subject that I haven't covered yet, but I've been wanting to. So yeah, I guess I'm going to be posting outfits now! This has been on my to-do list for a long, long time and I'm so excited (and nervous!) to be sharing it with you.

I know it may be a little surprising that I'm going to start posting outfits-- it's surprising to me, too. I mean, I hardly post photos of myself on here. For the past few years being elusive has kinda been my ~thing~ buuuuut that's been holding me back from a lot of stuff that I've been wanting to do.

I was really nervous for this shoot, but much to my surprise, everything was fine. I didn't pay attention to the people looking as they walked by, I didn't mind the guy who was side-eyeing me, and my face doesn't look nearly as dopey as I was expecting it to. Heh. Self-deprecating humor aside, being the center of attention for half an hour wasn't as bad as I was anticipating and I'm so happy with how these photos turned out.

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So let's talk about this dress! I am living for it. I'm totally okay with bell sleeves, fluted sleeves, and flared sleeves coming back. I want them to stay forever. And this dress has little ties on the sleeves, which is the whole reason why I bought it. I've been trying to only buy black and gray clothes because that's what I prefer to wear when I have brightly colored hair, and that may be happening again soon, but this dress was too perfect to pass up. It would have been more perfect if it had pockets, but I'll get over it. It's been getting a bit chilly here, so I paired it with some tights and topped it with my denim jacket that I wear almost every day. This outfit is so easy and comfortable, and perfect for temperamental autumn days.

I've been having trouble finding more casual statement sleeve dresses, but this one is a great option. I bought a couple earlier this year that are beautiful but the sleeves are a little over the top for everyday wear. I mean, I live in a rural Maine, where am I going to wear a dress with giant sleeves? Certainly not to dinner, that would be a mess.

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 Dress: ASOS
Denim Jacket: Hot Topic
Tights: Target
Shoes: Vans
Purse: Modcloth
Sunglasses: Bonlook
Eyeglasses: Coastal

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Are you team statement sleeves? What is your go-to outfit during the change of seasons? Tell me in the comments!