Elle’s Favorite Sanguiches

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Yes, I say “sanguich” instead of “sandwich.” Yes, I know this is wrong. No, I do not care in the least.

Let’s move on from idiosyncratic pronunciation to something really important. How ridiculously, insanely, magically delicious tomatoes are during the month of August. I can’t get enough of them. Deliriously ripe tomatoes are the focus of three of the four sandwiches above (and have been the focus at least 75% of the meals I’ve been eating this month).

I implore you to try the sandwich formulas I’ve listed above while tomatoes are still this good. You’ll thank me, I promise.

PS, Everything above is totally vegetarian and could easily be made vegan except for the top left if that’s your thing.

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Elle’s Sunscreen Solution

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Problem: Sunscreens are icky feeling but makeup doesn’t have a high enough SPF for the beach.

Solution: I mix half SPF 55 sunscreen and SPF 15 tinted moisturizer.

Result? Not greasy, a perfect SPF 30, and just a touch of complexion blending color.

Love!

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High Five For Friday!

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It’s High Five For Friday time! It’s been a great week so far. Here are my favorite parts, in no particular order:

1. The beach. ‘Nuff said.

2. This photo that popped up in my newsfeed. Hysterical. Google translate it and you’ll see why. (And according to my grandmother’s rules–which once again are the only ones that count–doesn’t count as cursing since we are in America).

3. This series of text messages I sent. I crack myself up.

4. These awesome recycled bracelets that M snagged for me. She’s the best.

5. The beach. Yes, again.

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Elle’s Pesto Tuna Salad

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I have to be honest, I’m not a fan of mayo-y tuna salad. I prefer an O&V tuna salad, or just a bit of mayo like I’ve used here. The addition of pesto really adds a sweet freshness to the tuna. This serves two, increase as necessary.

Elle’s Pesto Tuna Salad

2 cans of albacore tuna
2 ribs of celery, chopped small
1/2 a large tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp of mayo (I use one made with olive oil)
1 Tbsp of pesto
3 Tbsp (or more if nec) of Elle’s Light White Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 tsp dry mustard (or dijon)
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together everything except the first three ingredients. Mash that into the tuna, then add the celery and tomato. Serve over a bed of baby spinach with whole grain crackers.

Enjoy!

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Olympic Hair Inspiration

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What can I say? I love the Olympics and am so sad that they’re over. In lieu of my usual topknot, I’ve been wearing a ponytail (sans scrunchie) a la the Women’s Gymnastics Team. And on occasion, a high braided pony, a la Misty May Treanor and Kerry Walsh.

Are you as sad as I am that the Olympics are over?

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Sweet and Smoky REAL Popcorn

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Guys, I had a revelation about popcorn this week. It was twofold. The first fold was that microwave popcorn does not taste that good. The second fold was that most of the popcorn I buy is probably genetically modified. I know, horrifying! I don’t want to eat that crap!

I also remembered my parents making popcorn in a pot when I was a kid, so I decided to give it a whirl. What a fantastic experiment! I’ve been making plain buttered/salted (Earth Balance buttered, that is) and this deliciously savory sweet and spicy mix. This one is like the popcorn version of fancy warm bar nuts.

Here’s how:

In bottom of pot, toss organic popcorn kernels (enough to cover pot), a dab of Earth Balance (or a little olive oil), a generous pinch of sea salt, and a generous grind of African Smoke Seasoning from Trader Joe’s (this stuff tastes like the powder on barbecue chips).

When I say “generous” I mean generous. Whatever salt and seasoning you put in the pot right now is what is going to season all the popcorn.

Keep heat low and cover pot. Once it starts popping, shake the pot every few seconds so the kernels don’t burn. (Remember Jiffy Pop? Shake it like that!)

Once the popping has slowed down to a pop every few seconds, remove from heat. Now, stir in a little melted Earth Balance (this is vegan butter, btdubs. Feel free to use dairy butter if that’s your thing) and a generous grind of Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Sugar. Stir it up and enjoy!

Happy snacking!

xo,
Elle

PS, Just a friendly word of advice: wait until the pot is cool to attempt washing it. I learned that lesson the hard way via a wicked painful steam burn on my thumb.

Let’s talk sunglasses…

Let’s chat about sunglasses for a bit… If you ever leave your house during daylight hours, you need them. They protect your precious eyes and vision, and save you from squinting (aka, not causing crow’s feet).

I love any type of accessories and love to switch them up to match my outfits or my mood. I feel that everyone should have at least two pair of sunglasses (especially if, like me, you switch back and forth between glasses and contacts; some of mine are prescription, some are not). You need one classic style that you can dress up or down and wear with everything. Those are your classic aviators or bold plastic frames. They’re equally appropriate at a wedding/funeral or with jeans at the park. Then (depending on your taste) you need a pair that is funkier or bolder or sportier.

Here is my collection of sun with brands and descriptors listed for you. What is in your collection?

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I totally forgot to pop a pic of these in the collage above. They’re Prada and totally mod. I’m obsessed with them.

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xo,
Elle