Bake-free energy balls

Instead of reaching for a store-bought granola bar, try popping a few, homemade energy balls. They’re little, healthy morsels of delight. Plus, they’re super-easy to make and so delish! Once you pop, you won’t stop - trust. 

Ingredients

1 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats

1 cup toasted coconut (not pictured)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (with no sugar added)

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Then let it chill in the fridge for about 30 - 40 minutes. 

Take the mixture out of the fridge and roll into bite-sized balls. Store the finished bites in an air-tight container for up to a week in the fridge and enjoy!

You can also substitute some of the ingredients listed above with others or add additional ingredients. It’s up to you. 


Whatever happened to… Montell Jordan?

The mid-to-late 90’s R&B hit-maker once graced top 40 radio station playlists with his jam, “This is How We Do It.” And let’s be real. When it’s Friday and you feel alright, you gotta get your groove on before you go get paid.

This song is worthy of being known as my “classic throwback party jam.” And don’t act like you don’t know the lyrics to this song (I’m talking to you mid-90’s middle/high schoolers).

But for real, every time this song leaks into my Pandora R&B playlist, I just have to wonder… whatever happened to Montell Jordan?

Bloomingdale’s Steps Up its Window Shopping Game

The next best thing to actual shopping is window shopping, obviously. Bloomingdale’s has amped up the window shopping experience with interactive sunglass shops at its Lexington Avenue NYC store. Shoppers can now virtually try on designer sunnies while they’re passing by those jaw-dropping window displays. That definitely beats intently gazing into the glass, only to wonder whether those Gucci shades are worthy of adorning that mug of yours.

There are six interactive windows, each dedicated to a different designer. Shoppers simply position themselves in front of an LCD screen in the window and a pair of glasses appears. The guest has the option to try on four different styles and can see how they look straight-on and from the side. 

If the shopper is feeling spendy from all that window shopping, he or she can hit the print button to send a photo of themselves inside to the ‘Sunglass Style Bar’ where a salesperson awaits them. Well played Bloomie’s. Well played.

Ikea Promotes New India-inspired Collection with Pinterest

 

The assemble-yourself furniture giant Ikea is debuting its India-inspired collection, “True Blue,” with the help of Pinterest. According to Mashable, “Home” is one of the most popular categories on the pinboard site, making this a palpable move on Ikea’s part. Visitors to the site can view the collection as well as images of inspiration, with the option to pin or share instantly. Let’s see if consumers start painting the web blue.

A New [Social] Way to Get Up and At ‘Em

There’s nothing worse than having an obnoxious alarm rudely interrupt a precious slumber. Thanks to Japanese casual clothing mogul Uniqlo, fears of that dreaded buzzing may start subsiding. Uniqlo has developed a new iOS and Android compatible social app called, “Wake up.” Created in partnership with Grammy nominee Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) and Yoko Kanno of Cowboy Bebop fame, the app is all about making the process of waking up as pleasant as possible. The app uses alarm music that changes accordingly with the weather, time and day. It also gives users the option to share the time, weather and temperature at the exact moment the alarm is stopped via social media. See how the apps works here.

New Jimmy Choo Street Style Website Spotlights Fans

Whether fashionistas want to admit it or not, being featured on street style blogs like The Sartorialist or Jak & Jil is the equivalent of winning an Oscar. There is a “How to Get Photographed by the Satorialist” guide floating around on the internet and the “Sh*t Fashion Girls Say During Fashion Week" video even references it. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that making it into the web spotlight is considered a really big deal.

Since the street style movement doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon, the highly-coveted London-based shoe label Jimmy Choo jumped on the bandwagon and launched “Choo 24:7.” Choo lovers now have an outlet to not only share their stilettos and sense of style, but can be inspired by other tastemakers from around the world. Fans and photographers are invited to submit their photos. Additionally, the site integrates Facebook and Instagram.

Throughout the year, headline Stylemakers from around the globe will be featured on the site. And appropriately, Jimmy partnered with renowned street style photographer Edie Newton, who exclusively photographed the first round for the launch.

Props to Jimmy for doing it right.

Pharrell Enters the Social Media Sphere

Apparently producing, rapping and designing aren’t enough for Pharrell Williams. The entrepreneur extraordinaire is now adding social media to his resume.  On May 15, a sci-fi-esque themed video hit YouTube to promote his new venture dubbed “i am OTHER.” The inspiring, sub-two-minute video spotlights individuality as the main driver of the initiative.

According to Variety, Pharrell partnered with entertainment producer United Entertainment Group to launch the content-driven platform. The website is targeting 16-to-25-year-old creatives with the goal to “tell their stories in a way that inspires others to dream bigger and go further.”

In the mean time, music fans will still have something to look forward to. In all of his “spare time,” Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco are working on a joint album due out this summer. That Pharrell multi-tasks like a boss.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Besides being pretty damn tasty, sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients such as antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. So when I stumbled upon this sweet potato muffin recipe in Runner’s World Magazine, I just had to give it a try.  I did substitute the vegetable oil with apple sauce to reduce the fat. The muffins turned out just as the food writer promised - light, fluffy and moist. They’re absolutely tasty and perfect for that mid-morning or post-workout snack.

I heart Muddy Waters

[Pictured above: meat & cheese plate from late night menu]

Reasons I <3 Muddy Waters:

  • Laid-back atmosphere
  • Coffee shop, bakery, bar & restaurant all-in-one
  • There’s an in-house pastry chef. Boom.
  • Light eats for chillin’ & good eats for grubbin’
  • Kick-ass outdoor seating area
  • Named best new bar in 2011 by Vita.MN

Super [killer] Shades

On my pursuit for a new pair of shades, I decided to forgo the typical mall offerings and searched the interwebs for something a little different and matte black (an obsession of mine). I pleasantly stumbled upon Super sunglasses and now, I’m a huge fan. They’re handmade in Italy and are equipped with German Zeiss lenses for ultimate protection. And… [cue drumroll] they’re reasonably priced! Go figure. You don’t have to spend half your rent to own quality eyewear. Celebs like them too. Daft Punk, Justice, Kanye West and Jessica Alba have all been spotted sportin’ the Supers. Lucky for me, I received a pair of the Super Matte People sunglasses (pictured above) for Christmas and now hoping that everyday is a sunshine day.