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I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I’m craving sweets…I really crave them. Sakara Life Matcha Balls are a sweet treat that take my cravings away. Plus, it contains antioxidants and a lot of plantbased protein.

The antioxidants come from the matcha. Since you’re consuming the actual leaf, matcha has way more antioxidants than green tea. It also has caffeine, but won’t give you a coffee caffeine crash. Learn more about matcha here or here.

The protein comes from the raw cashews (~5g/0z) and Philosophie Green Dream Protein Powder (10 g/tbsp) — not in Sakara’s recipe…but I sprinkle Philosophie on almost everything, and hemp seeds (10 g/tbsp). That’s a LOT of protein, right?

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{ Recipe } Sakara Life’s Raw Matcha Energy Balls

Ingredients

1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted (soak in water for ~1 hour if overly dry)
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1 TBSP extra-virgin coconut oil
2 TBSP organic maple syrup
1 TBSP matcha powder
3 TBSP shredded coconut
2 TBSP hemp seeds

Optional: I like to add 1 TBSP Philosophie Green Dream

  • Blend all the ingredients above until coarsely smooth. The ingredients should start sticking together, sort of like a cookie dough texture. Roll into balls.

Coating

1/2 cup shredded coconut
2-3 tsp matcha powder
3 TBSP goji berries, coarsely chopped

  • Combine coating ingredients on a plate. Gently roll the balls o to the plate to coat the outside.

Recipe adapted from Sakara Life

I store these matcha balls in the fridge. They taste extra yummy when chilled!

Have any favorite sweet treats? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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I got my FIRST romper. I’ve avoided rompers because I thought it was weird that you pretty much have to get naked to go to the bathroom. I will make that sacrifice because I am in loveeee with this Kimchi romper from Urban Outfitters.

I got this romper in June to wear to dinner one night during my trip to Cabo. Since then, I’ve been wanting moreee rompers. Because a romper is basically a top and bottom stuck together, it makes getting dressed easy. So perf for those lazy days when you want to look effortlessly put together.

urbanoutfitters-romper{ On the steps of Anthropologie with Kendall. Photo taken by Julia Dent }kimchi-romper{ Shop it } Urban Outfitters – Kimchi Blue Trompica Skort Romper, $39.99

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During the day time I wear this romper with sandals and at night time, I throw on some block heels. It’s an easy summer look.

So what’s next in my style journey? Exchanging shorts for pants!! I’m going to try finding the perfect jumpsuit to replace my romper obsession for the colder fall and winter months.

Have any fav rompers or jumpsuits? I’d love some style inspo! Share in the comments below.

xx Melissa

Photos by the amazingggg Julia Dent <3 <3

 

 

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Dogs obvs. need protein, so why not mix it into their treats? But with so many types of dog treats out there…it’s always difficult figuring out what to get. Wellness is a dog food brand I trust because they use high quality and healthy ingredients. Plus, Maddie has never ever turned down a Wellness treat.

Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars are a protein packed treat for your dog. They sort of remind me of beef jerky! Maddie loves these treats and she shows me like allllll her tricks when I take them out.

Tip: These treats are kind of large for a 15 pound dog like Maddie. I cut each bar into three pieces. This makes the bag last 3x as long.

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The Ingredients?

Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars are made from simple, high quality ingredients. The protein comes from turkey and duck. The treats contain about ~30% crude protein. The superfood portion comes from kale, flaxseed, broccoli and carrots to provide all-natural wholesome nutrition. There are NO weird fillers, no meat by-products, no cheapy grains, and no artificial colors, flavors or ingredients. Just wholesome ingredients.

{ Shop it } Find Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars on Chewy.com.

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See my past Wellness posts herehere and here.

Treats c/o Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Fishtown is such a cool neighborhood! So cool Vogue did a travel feature on it. Fishtown’s covered in street art, there are a ton of amazing boutiques andddd of course, delish cafes and restaurants. Last Saturday, I met up with a few of my blog friends to walk around and snap some fun pics of the neighborhood. There was an excessive heat advisory that day, so I wore this breezy, boho pastel Free People dress.

My favorite part of this dress? The ruffly swingy skirt!! It’s fun to prance around and feel the dress flow with movement. It also has a plunging v-neck and cutout side accents to keep you cool from the heat. Pretty much a good dress to wear on super hot days when you want to wear something comfy, flowy and airy.

{ Style Tip } When it’s hot, I try to wear soft colors, like pastels — we all know light colors reflect heat, while darker colors absorb them.

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{ Shop it } Free People One Sumia Mini Dress

Visiting Philly? Here are some places in Fishtown to check out:

1. The Yachtsman

The Yachtsman is a tiki bar. Like, how could you resist a tiki bar on a hot summer day? They use fresh fruit, herbs and plenty of booze. The bar even smelled like refreshing fruit. I felt like I was on a tropical island, awaaayyy from the city heat. The day before I decided it was going to be a treat myself to whatever I want to eat/drink day — part of balance, people!. I ended up getting a Western Sour (bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime, falernum, simple syrup) in a fun tiki cup.

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2. La Colombe

I’m so partial towards the Fishtown location <3 <3 <3 (it’s even on Vogue’s list!!). We made our way to La Colombe for some coffee + snacks — one of my favorite coffee shops in Philadelphia. I usually get a latte or black and tan. I heard their draft lattes are pretty good too. My favorite snack there? Their to die for blueberry muffins.

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3. Field

Field’s a cute little succulent/plant store. Literally a succulent dream house. I was getting so much home style inspo there. I couldn’t find their website online, but they have a gorgeous Instagram feed. Field is next to La Colombe — coffee and succulents? Sounds like my kind of morning!

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3. Street Art

Not really a place to stop…but it’s found everywhere in Fishtown. Philly’s an artsy city — it’s easy to find street art. However, to me it seems like the street art in Fishtown is more concentrated — I was literally finding street art everywhere I went.  I spotted some by Amberella. I’ve seen a few people post her work on Instagram, but never came across them myself, so I was really excited when I found two hearts.

Have any fav Fishtown murals, stores, cafes or restaurants? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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I’m excited that Philadelphia’s the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). This week I went to The Logan Hotel’s rooftop bar, Assembly for a Bluecoat Gin event. Bluecoat Gin is the official gin provider for the DNC.

Have you ever been to Assembly? The views are so pretty! I mean, exploring the Art Museum area on foot is spectacular. I can’t even describe how gorg it is from above.

image{ Shop it } MINKPINK Spellbound Dress

It was SO humid that day. So humid my sunglasses fogged up in the morning. I wanted to wear a light weight fabric that wouldn’t cling to my skin in the yucky, sticky weather.

This flowy blue and white stripe dress from MINKPINK is great for humid days. If you saw my Instagram boomerang, you could see how light the fabric is.

I was actually going for a nautical theme with my red nails and white and blue stripes. But now that I think of it…I was in an American Girl USA theme. So fitting for the event!

imageClassic Martini (left) and Martinez (right). The Martini is made with Bluecoat American Dry Gin. The Martinez is made with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin. Vote for your favorite here.

{ Style Tip } To accessorize, add an extra nautical touch with a pop of red. I went with red nails. I’m using my go-to red nail polish — Dior Pandore.

See more of my favorite nautical stripe dresses here.

What’s your fav summer style pattern? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa