Tuesday, 09 April 2013 18:09

Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Mint

Written by megan kramer

Happy hump day! Spring is finally showing her lovely face and I could not be happier about it.

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As the weather gets warmer, Colleen and I both crave lighter, zestier meals. For me this usually means leaner meat and rosé instead of Pinot Noir, but this year I thought I would finally dive into the world of quinoa. This is a great salad for lunch and can be made to be a little bit heavier with mini turkey meatballs mixed in.

Enjoy!

Stephania

 

Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Tomato, and Mint
by Stephania Stanley (adapted from Bon Appetit)

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What you need:             

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup mint, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

What you do:

Combine olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Whisk together. Stir in quinoa. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix. 

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Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:53

DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Written by megan kramer

DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

 By Megan Kramer

I love the idea of natural DIY beauty products; knowing just what you are putting on your skin and being in control of how many chemicals go into it.  Whenever I find one that sounds semi interesting, I always try it, but I often find myself disappointed.  It doesn't work, leaves a weird film, makes a huge mess... but I have been hearing so much about coconut oil lately, that I had to try yet another.  This one... amazing.  Totally, completely amazing.  I don't know about you guys, but I'm always on the lookout for that one magic product that will be life changing.  Apparently coconut oil comes kind of close.  It has tons of uses.  It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, fights wrinkles, is a natural moisturizer, can reduce cholesterol... the list goes on and on.  But back to my DIY.  I made a scrub with it and it really is my new favorite!  It left my skin so soft and smooth, plus my legs were shiny for hours!  This is the perfect way to get ready for summer.  Now if only the DIY self tanner I tried a few weeks ago had worked, I would be totally set...

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What you need:             

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

What you do:

Combine all ingredients.  Mix Well.  That's it.  Now you're ready to exfoliate.  I started out using it on my legs.  Wet them with warm water and apply the scrub in circular motions.  Give yourself a little massage and work the scrub in until you feel like you've exfoliated enough.  You can let it sit for a bit, 10 minutes or so, so that the coconut oil absorbs.  It's a good reason to relax and just do nothing for a few minutes!  Rinse with warm water and pat dry.  If you want, you can apply straight coconut oil (without the sugar and lemon juice) as a moisturizer.  Trust me, you won't be able to stop touching your legs! 

Xo,

Megan

 

Friday, 05 April 2013 11:32

Weekly Roundup!

Written by Helen

Happy Friday!

Is it beautiful where you all are too? It finally looks like Southern Indiana has decided to be Spring after long deliberation, and I for one could not be happier. I hope everyone has a perfectly relaxing weekend!


xo

helen

This Week We Posted...

TND: Officially 30 and Plantain Adventures

Don't miss Steph's post about her trip to Miami and some pretty delicious-looking plantain chips

This Week They Posted...

Anthropologie: Nanette Leopre Kimono Floral Seductress

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I'm way too excited for summer now

Joy the Baker: Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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need I say more? Sounds like a lazy Sunday must

The Small Things Blog: Low Chignon Tutorial

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I've been meaning to do more with my hair... perhaps I will start here!

Offbeat and Inspired: Coconut Lime Soap

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DIY soap in one of my favorite scents... Mmm

Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:56

TND: Officially 30 and Plantain Adventures

Written by stephania
Aaaaand we're back! Colleen and I have safely returned from our 30th birthday vacations. We are both officially the big 3-0 and it feels fantastic (although it felt way more fantastic on a beach in Miami). 
 
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(Our running path for the week in Miami.)
 
After the girls departed Miami, I hopped on a plane to meet Dave in Culebra, Puerto Rico. We spent the week snorkeling, hiking to remote beaches, and eating lots and lots of plantains. We spent my actual birthday in a rain forest and capped the evening off with wine and guava and brie stuffed croissants (yes, they were as heavenly as they sound).
 
We got back to Brooklyn late Sunday night and I must admit that it's been a bit tougher than I imagined coming back to NYC. Rather than feeling rejuvenated, Colleen and I are both feeling a little bummed and uninspired since our return. I decided that it feels like the day after Christmas, except times 10. You know what I mean? You have all of that excitement and build up and then the actual event is absolutely perfect and then afterwards all you can think is...ok so what's next? It's also always difficult to part from my Thursdays crew. They have all become like sisters to me. I am truly grateful to have the privilege of having such intelligent, witty, beautiful women in my life. Who knew that when I moved into Collins at IU at 18 years old, that I would be living directly across the hall from women who would become lifelong friends?
 
While I'm still missing my time away, I thought that I would bring a little bit of Culebra here and make plantain chips. These are incredibly easy to make and are fantastic on the side of black beans and rice.
 
Enjoy!
 
stephania  
 

Plantain Chips
adapted from Gourmet; November 2008

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Photo: Ditte Isager

What you need: 

  • 4 cups vegetale oil
  • 2 lbs green plantains
  • salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Peel plantains and cut off the ends. Using a sharp knife cut very thin, vertical slices. In a large non-stick skillet, heat about 1/2 the oil (depending on the size of your skillet) over medium-high heat. You want to get the oil hot enough so that the plantain slices will fizzle as soon as you place them in the pan. Working in batches, place about 12 slices of plantains into the heated oil. Turn frequently and fry until they are golden brown. Place on a sheet of paper towl and quickly sprinkle salt and pepper. Repeat until all plantain chips are cooked.

 

Sunday, 24 March 2013 21:30

DIY Gift Wrap

Written by megan kramer

DIY Gift Wrap

 

 By Megan Kramer

Such an exciting week here at Thursdays; it's Stephania's Birthday!  So we are just having an all around birthday week!  Everyone loves a party, and if you're like me at all, you love to bring a beautifully wrapped gift with you!  I'm always looking for a creative way to wrap presents, so I set out to find something different.  I decided I would paint some paper with chalkboard paint and add a coffee filter flower.  The best part, you don't even have to buy a card!coffee filter flower

 

What you need:  

   For the paper:          gift

  • shipping paper (the brown kind that comes in a roll)
  • a paintbrush
  • chalkboard paint

  For the flower:

  • about 8 coffee filters
  • floral wire
  • scissors

What you do:

For the paper simply paint the paper with chalkboard paint.  I used 2 coats.  Make sure you leave enough time for it to dry.

For the flower take a coffee filter (you can do a couple at a time) and fold it in half.  Fold it in half again, and then one more time.  Round the top edge with your scissors to make a petal.  Do the same with the next 2.  When you cut these ones, cut it down a little lower so that it's shorter than the last.  Continue until you get to all 8.  Now open them all up.  Take your floral wire and poke it through the center of the first filter (the biggest one), then add the others so that the smallest is on top.  Now poke the wire back down through all of the filters and twist the 2 ends together to secure the flower.  Now arrange the layers so it looks how you wish. 

Wrap your gift with the paper, tape on the flower and write your message!

Xo,

Megan

 

Thursday, 21 March 2013 18:51

TND: SXSW Street Style

Written by stephania
It's 48 hours until I'm flying down to Miami for my back to back vacations in Florida and Puerto Rico and I can barely contain my excitement! It's been March madness around here with work and I cannot wait to go dancing with the ladies and finish off the week with Dave on a quiet beach in Culebra. This week at Thursdays we're all about getaway gear, so I thought I would share a bit of street style that I shot for DailyCandy last week at SXSW in Austin. Where better to get a little inspiration for our warm weather wardrobe than in Austin?! It was a hell of a week and I must say that it wouldn't have been even close to as enjoyable as it was without Dave (who was also there for work) and my kickass NYC editor, Jordan Blumberg. 
 
Jordan and I covered Austin from head to toe seeking out our favorite picks of SXSW street style. We saw stripes, bright hightop sneakers, and loads of mini leather backpacks. Here are just a few of my personal favorites. To check out the rest (including Jack Nicholson's daughter!) hop on over to DailyCandy.
 
Next week we'll be reporting from Miami! If you wanna see what we're up to, I'll be documenting the whole thing from Instagram here
 
xo,
 
stephania
 

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Jordan and I met this girl at Feathers. An amazing little vintage shop down on S. Congress.

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Obsessed with her little fringed black leather bag!

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We loved her look! She is an acress from NY. Check out her Marlow & Sons tote bag!

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This may be my favorite piece of jewelry that we saw all during SXSW. The diamond engagement ring was her great grandmother's and they were able to find the wedding band that fit perfectly at an estate sale.

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Amber actually works with Dave and we knew we wanted to shoot her street style all week. The girl always looks good. We were finally able to catch her on the last day. She quickly went off the walkie talkie, detangled the numerous cords, and stepped out so that we could photograph her. 

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 07:21

Our Favorite Things: Getaway Gear

Written by stephania

In just four days Colleen and I will be in Miami celebrating our 30th birthdays with our original Thursdays crew, Emily and Kate. After a crazy week in Austin shooting street style at SXSW and running the NYC Half Marathon I could not be more excited to have a cocktail with the ladies with the warm sun shining on my face. After some much needed girl time, I'm hopping on a plane to meet Dave in Culebra, Puerto Rico. Now Miami and Culebra aren't exactly the same kind of vacation so in order avoid packing a suitcase that's impossible to carry (and getting that look from Dave), I need to figure out some essential getaway gear that translates from flashy over the top Miami to low-key, romantic Culebra. Here are a few of my favorites that have made it to the top of the list. You can find more on our Pinterest board here.

 

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1. Mara Hoffman 2. Steven Alan 3. Madewell  4. Dolce Vita 5. Elizabeth Cole Jewelry

 

Sunday, 17 March 2013 20:06

Perfect Getaway Hair

Written by megan kramer

Perfect Getaway Hair

 

 By Megan Kramer

I can't tell you how many times I've said the phrase, "I need to go on vacation" in the past month. I think it may be nearing the triple digits.  I've had just about enough of this cold, snowy nonsense.  Well, as it turns out, I'm not going on a warm, sunny vacation anytime soon, but it seems like tons of other people are.  So for all you lucky ducks who are going away, I have a little hair inspiration that would be perfect if you're on a little get away.  It can be dressy or casual, whatever you need it to be.  Plus, it would be amazing with textured, beachy hair.  Oh, and it's also great for those of us (sigh) who won't be having any fun in the sun.  We might not be tan, but at least our hair can look good!

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What you need:             

  • hair tie
  • bobby pins
  • comb
  • hair spray

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What you do:

  1. Start with dry, day dirty or textured beachy hair. 
  2. Make a small ponytail.  It should only be a little section from the bottom, side of your hair.
  3. Tease the section.
  4. Make it into a bun and secure with bobby pins.  This will be the base for you to pin the rest of your hair to and will make the whole thing secure.
  5. Now take smallish sections and wrap them around the bun and secure with bobby pins.  I loop and weave some of the pieces into the hair already in the bun, just to give it a little more texture.
  6. Continue until all your hair is secured in the bun.
  7. Add a little spray to hold everything in place.

Xo,

Megan

 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:34

TND: Friend Inspiration

Written by colleen
It's Inspiration Week at Thursdays, so we're reflecting on those things in our lives that keep us creative and focused, even when we're tired and at risk of losing motivation. In thinking about it, it sounds a little cheesy, but, honestly, my girlfriends are my biggest source of inspiration. I am so lucky to be surrounded by the most lively, creative, loving, honest, and hard-working girlfriends (pretty, too!) If I feel motivation fading, I know I can reach out to anyone of these ladies for a pick-me-up.
 
They've gotten me out of the hardest times, and celebrated along with me during the best times. From teachers to librarians to social workers to artists to aspiring nurses, these are some of the hardest working people I know. But no matter how busy they are, I know I can always count on them to drop what they're doing if I need something, or if I just want to hang out and cook and craft-- because they can always be persuaded to do something fun. So, here's some fun photos that I surround myself with to keep me happy and inspired. I've recently taken to printing out and framing photos that inspire me to smile, so I can have them around my house and easy to access.
 
I hope I can inspire you to think about who or what inspires you and to dig through your favorite photos of your friends and place them somewhere you can see them every day.
 
Enjoy!
xoxo,
colleen
 
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Caitlin modeling for Thursdays
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Emily and Colleen and summer fun
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Kate, my oldest and dearest
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My pretty, red-head Erin
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Monday, 11 March 2013 20:35

Be Inspired to Love Your Hair

Written by Administrator

Be Inspired to Love Your Hair

By Megan Kramer

 

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I always feel like I’m so lucky to have a job where I get to be creative. Being a hairstylist is like doing little mini art projects all day long! Unfortunately, like every job, occasionally I can feel kind of stuck in a rut… hate when that happens. When I’m feeling like that, I know it’s time to find some inspiration to make every day, every client feel exciting and new.

One of my favorite places to find hair inspiration is maybe weird but nonetheless, it’s the subway. Might sound silly, but next time you take the subway, take a look around- you'll see some really cool hair (and a lot of really bad hair)!  I think that's where a few of the braids I've shown you have come from. New Yorkers are known for their sense of style, and the subway is a place where you see styles that real people can do, not just editorial stylists.  Don't use the subway?  Find a cool coffee shop or bar.

I feel like I have been so unbelievably lucky to train with both Bumble and Bumble and Oribe.   Whenever I go to a training with them, I can't wait to get home and start experimenting. It reminds me why I love my job so much! The pictures below are from a fashion show my co-workers and I did. The hair was inspired by a training with Oribe. While you guys can't all train with amazing stylists, you can keep up with what they're doing. They both have amazing websites! Check them out and see what they're up to. Even if you don't do exactly what they do, it still gets the creativity flowing and who knows what styles you might come up with!!
So when you're stuck in a hair rut, just look around, be observant!  You never know what you might find.  The perfect style could be right around the corner!

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Xo,

Megan

 

 

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