Fall Styles with Tobi

Chunky lace-up sweatshirt with black wide rim hat and boyfriend jeans

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Hello from Maine! I’ve been up at my parents’ house in Rangeley for the past few days enjoying a break from the city. The foliage is gorgeous and the weather was nice enough yesterday for us to take our boat out on the lake. If the rain lets up today, I hope to get in a nice long hike. Nothing like a few days in the woods to recharge the batteries!

There’s no cell service or internet connection here, which always makes me a little frustrated and anxious at first until I realize it’s exactly what the doctor ordered. I don’t like that I can’t get in touch with people but I LOVE that people can’t get in touch with me, if that makes any sense. When we go into town to eat, I get enough service to throw up an Instagram and text Joe to tell him I’m still alive (in that order because I’m a disgusting millennial with skewed priorities), and then it’s back to being off the grid.

Right now I’m at the Internet cafe in town taking care of a few things for work so I guess this was a semi-unplugged weekend. I clearly haven’t mastered the art of fully disconnecting. 😉

Fall Styles with Tobi

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a style post, and I want to share some of my favorites for fall from Tobi. I’m loving the lace-up trend this season and the thick side detail on this cozy black sweater has made it a wardrobe favorite.

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OUTFIT DETAILS | Fleece Lightning Sweater c/o Tobi // Zara boyfriend jeans (old) // Aldo fringe booties (old) // Jamie Suede Hat c/o Tobi

Keeping with the lace-up trend, this cropped tank is perfect for pairing with high-waist denim. Some flannel around the waist takes it out of summer and into fall.

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OUTFIT DETAILS | Willow Lace Up Crop Tank c/o Tobi / Rails plaid button up / Level 99 high waist jeans / Vans sneakers 

Even though we’re well into October, the weather is still pretty warm around here, so I’ve been pairing shorts with cardigans and light jackets. The more rips and holes in my denim, the better. 😉

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OUTFIT DETAILS | You Already Know Distressed Denim Bermuda Shorts c/o Tobi / RD Style cardigan

Let me know which outfit you like best! (Cozy sweatshirt FTW in my opinion). For more pics from Maine, you can follow me on Instagram (@nicoleperr).

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan)

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers - vegan and gluten-free

This recipe was originally published on December 14, 2014. It’s one of my favorites and was deserving of some new photography so I gave it a little facelift. Make these sweet potato veggie burgers today and freeze the leftover patties so you have them on hand for weeks to come. Original blog post below!

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In coming up with recipes lately, my focus has been on recreating things I find myself buying constantly. Every time I go to the grocery store, I pick up some frozen veggie burgers. And every time I tell myself I should just make my own. The first attempt resulted in patties of baby food mush. Yummy baby food, but … baby food. It’s funny how with cooking, sometimes the tiniest ingredient or technique tweak can make a world of difference—I made a couple tiny changes for round two and BOOM. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!

I’m so in love with these. I make a batch at the start of the week and pop ‘em in the freezer to have on hand. They can be served as a burger (duh), on top of a salad (my favorite way to eat them!) or mashed up with some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Talk about a food prepper’s dream!

I’m not vegan or gluten-intolerant, but it was so easy to make these without eggs or gluten that I went for it. (The buns pictured aren’t gluten-free—I’m just referring to the patty!)Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers - vegan and gluten-free

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Yield: 10-12 patties

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet potato, coarsely mashed
  • 1 can black beans (15oz)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (I used gluten free), ground
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I probably used ½ tsp salt and a little less pepper)

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the package (bring water to a boil, add rice, simmer 35-40 mins); roughly ½ cup dry with make enough for the 1 cup of cooked rice you need.
  2. While the rice is cooking, peel your potato/s (one huge potato or two medium sized will probably be enough) and chop into small pieces. Toss them lightly in extra virgin olive oil before spreading on a baking sheet and placing in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping halfway through. When they’re done, use a fork to coarsely mash them up (you want them to be chunky; not like a puree).
  3. Grind the oats into a flour using your food processor. Next add the beans, rice and onion into the food processor and pulse a few times. You want them to retain some structure and “chunk”. Because I am severely challenged in the cutting-cilantro-and-garlic department, I also tossed those in the food processor with the previous ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the food processor contents, the sweet potato and all the remaining spices. I found it was most efficient to use my hands to do this.
  5. If the potatoes were still hot when you mixed everything together, you may want to stick the mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Otherwise, get right to the patty-making. Grabbing a small handful of the mixture, roll it into a ball in your hands and then gently press it into a patty shape.
  6. To serve, heat a splash of olive oil on medium-high heat on the stove top and cook the veggie burger for 3-4 minutes, flipping midway.
  7. To store, wrap in a piece of parchment paper (so they don’t stick to each other), place into a plastic Ziploc or Tupperware container, and freeze.
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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers - vegan and gluten-freeIf you do Sunday food prepping for the week, add these to your list! I wrap each patty in a small piece of parchment paper and then stack 3-4 into a ziploc bag and slide ’em in the freezer. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers -- vegan, gluten-free and a great option for food prepping for the week!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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My Favorite Things: September

My Favorite Things: SeptemberLike many of you, I spent yesterday morning watching the news with a heavy, broken heart. Deep sadness for the victims and their loved ones, frustration that these horrific acts of violence continuously occur—there’s a swelling of emotion surrounding events like this that make hitting the publish button on a “my favorite things” blog post seem trivial and even inappropriate.

And in a way, I’m glad I feel uncomfortable posting regularly scheduled content. I hope the day never comes that I/we are so desensitized to this type of brutality that we simply go about business as usual without any thought. There’s no “right” way to respond to something that is so wrong, but I think responding in some way (privately or publicly) is important.

Sharing kind words, prayers or a favorite quote on social media are certainly sweet and unifying gestures. If you’re like me and want to put action behind those words from afar, donating what you can to the Las Vegas Victims Fund is a small way in which to help. Of course there are larger national issues at play which contribute to the frequency and occurrence of these events, and working to make the changes necessary to prevent these tragedies in the future is the most significant way in which we as a country can take action.

I certainly don’t mean to imply an hierarchy of tragedy by taking the time to talk about Las Vegas today while responding in private to other recent natural disasters and acts of violence. Moving forward, I’ll share links to the charitable organizations to which I donate if you guys would find that helpful in getting involved. 100% of the proceeds from Unidos Por Puerto Rico go to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, while we’re on the topic.

Sending lots of love to all those affected by these tragedies.

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My Favorite Things: September

Favorite Products + Services

Hubway

I believe it was Maya Angelou who once said, “The best gifts for others are those which you actually buy for your own selfish benefit.”

So for Joe’s birthday this past summer, I bought him an annual Hubway membership so that he could ride to and from his office (our old apartment was just a little too far for him to comfortably walk). Welp, we ended up moving literally right around the corner from his office, so I took the Hubway pass back from him and now use it myself to get to Btone in the morning. Best gift ever or what?!?!

Ok so maybe I owe him another birthday gift, but jokes aside, Hubway is making my life so much easier. I don’t feel safe riding bikes in the city during busy times, so I only use it at 5:30AM when I need to get to the studio to teach, but it’s still a GAME CHANGER.

Thrive

I’m late in hopping on the Thrive train, but love the service now. Basically you pay a yearly membership fee ($59.95) and can then shop healthy foods and natural products at 25-50% off retail prices. It’s great for pantry bulk items and snacks, but I actually use it most for household and skincare/beauty products.

I was so excited to see they offer Aura Cacia essential oils, and that alone makes the Thrive membership fee worth it for me right now. With my aromatherapy certification, I was given small vials of all the essential oils I’d need, but as I progress through the course and want to experiment with more blends, I find myself purchasing a lot of oils.

As a bonus to Thrive, when you join, you are also sponsoring a free membership for a low-income family. Love that! You can get an additional 25% off your first order and free shipping if you sign up using my affiliate link.

Ionic Clay Mask from Botanics

I was gifted a few Botanics products and am a big fan of this Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask. I have naturally oily skin and like to do a clay mask once or even twice a week.

Favorite Eats

Lantana Sriracha Carrot Hummus

This might sound a little odd but OMG is it good! Lantana has a bunch of fun hummus blends (I also really like their Edamame Hummus), but Sriracha Carrot is topping my list of favorites right now.

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

Obsessed with the fudgy chai blender muffin recipe I shared here a couple weeks ago! If you haven’t made them yet, get on it. 🙂

Favorite Things I…

Watched

  • The SinnerThis is an 8-part mini series on USA with Jessica Beil that everyone seems to be talking about, and if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it as your next binge. I couldn’t stop watching, but was a bit disappointed with the ending—anyone else?! I don’t want to give any spoilers so I won’t go into detail on my opinions but the ending left me feeling like, “Wait, what. That’s what happened?! Meh.”
  • The Vietnam War | This 10-part series by Ken Burns on PBS is so good! Joe and I love any sort of historical documentary, but his dad actually fought in Vietnam so this era is always of particular interest.
  • Foo Fighters: Back and ForthI don’t even particularly love Foo Fighters music, but found this Netflix documentary on the band super interesting. I’m always blown away by how talented some musicians are. For Dave Grohl (<–I originally published this accidentally writing “Anthony Kiedis,” who is incredibly talented as well but is definitely not in the Foo Fighters lol) to play drums in Nirvana and then switch to singing and guitar in Foo Fighters—maybe it’s just because I’m personally tone deaf but that diversity of musical talent always just blows my mind. Speaking of talented musicians, the Lady Gaga documentary on Netflix was good, too, but not what I expected. Takeaways from Five Foot Two: Lady Gaga is extremely talented; she’s extremely driven to work as hard as she does despite the pain she’s in; and she smokes a sh*t ton of weed. 😉

Listened to

  • Casefile True Crime Podcast – Jonestown Episodes | I’m new to this podcast and have only listened to their most recent three-part series on Jonestown so far, but loved it. I knew the general story of the Jonestown mass suicide/murder, but this went deep into the background, showing the evolution (devolution is more like it) of Jim Jones from childhood till the end. Fascinating and horrifying.
  • The Morning Breath PodcastThe Morning Breath is Claudia Oshry (the girl behind the @girlwithnojob Instagram meme account) and her sister Jackie talking about the “fast five” entertainment news stories of the day. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure (lots of reality TV talk) but I find it hilarious. Some episodes I literally laugh out loud while walking down the street.
  • Tom Petty | I couldn’t love Tom Petty’s music more and was so sad to hear of his passing. Spotify has a tribute playlist of all his music that you can listen to here. It’s hard to pick favorites because he has so many legendary songs, but Mary Jane’s Last Dance will always top my list. Reminds me of summers on the Vineyard growing up, driving around with the windows down. RIP TP.

Favorite Moments

Tone It Up Tour & Meeting Jillian Michaels

I had so much fun at the Tone It Up Tour event in Boston early this month. So fun getting to meet Katrina & Karena and Jillian Michaels, and after three 30-minute workouts (CorePower Yoga, Jillian, TIU) celebrated with some rosé and hair braiding. Yes, that makes it sound like a Basic Bitch Convention but whatever, I love that shit. 😉 #basicandproud

Sublime with Rome & The Offspring Concert


Joe and I went to see Sublime with Rome and The Offspring at The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and talk about a throwback for this 90’s kid! Brought me right back to my childhood. So much fun!

Favorite Follow

  • @rogermathewsnj | Big shoutout to Ashley for turning me on to the hilarity that is JWoww’s husband on Instagram. If you’re easily offended, he may not be for you, but otherwise, drop what you’re doing and follow him. It’s a lot of poking fun at himself, married life, raising kids.

If you guys have other recommendations for hilarious and borderline inappropriate people to follow on Instagram, please share. I’m at my max capacity of inspirational quotes, I need more funny in my feed!

My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well.