oz recap part 3: eco beach + the wedding!
finally time to do another australia recap! today, i have a bit of a photo diary for you. i mentioned in my previous australia-related posts [here, here, here and here] that the main reason I was in australia was to attend my friend from college’s wedding. i love weddings to begin with, so imagine my excitement when i found out that this wedding would not only be in australia, but was going to take place at a secluded eco resort on the north western coast of australia.
the resort, eco beach, is located about an hour drive from broome and the place is actually paradise. they run on solar power, have an organic garden, chickens, a restaurant and bar serving amazing, fresh food, lots of activities [including yoga!] and, finally an infinity pool. we stayed in a four person villa, which was massive. it had one bedroom, a big bathroom, an oversized living room with bunk beds and a wrap-around garden view patio. this place was absolute heaven.
[garden view patio…perfect place to sit + drink a cup of coffee in the morning!]
[early morning yoga with a view]
between the beach, the cliffs, the color of the ocean and the infinity pool, the views at eco beach were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. the sunsets and sunrises? FORGET IT. the sky was so clear and there was no light pollution, so at night we could see the milky way. we even got to witness a staircase to the moon [which no photo i could take could do justice]. again … this place was absolute paradise.
[um, talk about the most epic sunset of all time. HASHTAG NO FILTER.]
[woke up early to catch the sunrise on our last morning in paradise. worth it.]
finally, i want to show you a few pictures from the wedding. the wedding took place on the beach, with the ocean and the cliffs as the back drop. the bride and the bridesmaids casually arrived via helicopter. yea, you read that right. the ceremony was beautiful and the party started right away, with the celebrations carrying on way into the early morning hours. shoes were not worn at any point during the evening, as the reception was also on the beach. there were twinkle lights, paper lanterns, a lounge area with a fire pit. everything was absolutely picture perfect. oh, and did i mention that the bride was stunning?!
[goofing around + drinking “champers” after the ceremony!]
[barefoot beach reception]
[drinks, food + dancing!]
[our table’s centerpiece]
[photo booth fun!]
[soul sisters. the end.]
sesame sweet potato fries
i don’t know about you, but sweet potatoes are one of my obsessions, only behind avocado toast, brussels sprouts and pizza. seriously. serve them to me in any form and I’ll be a happy camper. with that being said, sweet potatoes fries are without a doubt my favorite variety and are typically a great replacement for regular french fries [as long as they aren’t fried in vegetable oil, covered in brown sugar or served with a side of honey].
i found white sweet potatoes at the grocery store the other day [has anyone else ever seen these?!] and decided to do a little experimenting … what I ended up with were these [baked!] sesame sweet potato fries.
you will need:
- 3 large sweet potatoes [white sweet potatoes work, too!], peeled
- 1/4 c. toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. gomasio [i like this black + tan version from eden organics]
- pepper to taste
- preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- after you have peeled your sweet potatoes, chop them up into long chunks, the thickness can be up to you [you’ll want them to look similar to fries].
- place the chunks in a large bowl and toss with sesame oil and gomasio [if you find you need a little more than what the recipe calls for, you can add it here].
- spread the fries on the baking sheet, evenly distributing them the best you can.
- bake at 425°F for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- remove from the oven and let cool. season with pepper [and a little extra salt if you would like] to taste.
- serve with a side of sriracha or ketchup and enjoy!
motivation mondays: week 40
good morning, ya’ll! sorry that I’ve been m.i.a. since bananas + bellinis officially turned the big o-n-e last week… i’ve been ever so slightly busy with the whole relocating process. today, i’m happy to say that as of last thursday, i’m officially in warm, sunny, absolutely perfect los angeles… finally!
i spent the weekend catching up with my friends who live out here, exploring the city a little bit, attending the grand opening of wanderlust hollywood [where I’ll be going this week for a class and a full tour of the new space, so stay tuned for that!] and, naturally, eating some really effing good food.
[hummus salad at kreation kafé]
[veggie tacos + ginger margaritas at blue plate taco]
[shakshuka + basil gimlet at the misfit]
and just for good measure… some beach/palm tree/sunset pictures [prepare yourself to start seeing a lot more of these]:
i typically find inspiration for my motivation mondays posts in my own life and this week is certainly no different. considering the big move i’m making this summer, i really connected to this quote:
honestly, i kind of have no choice but to believe this right now. making this big move, i’ve put a lot of faith in the universe. not that i’m totally plan-less… but, i am kinda wingin’ it. i have to believe that because i’m doing what i feel is right for me, that it’s all going to fall into place.
when you’re going against who you are or what you want to do, that’s when things don’t work out. don’t look at the roadblocks… look past them. you have to believe that if you’re listening to yourself and going after your dreams the universe will align for you so that it all works out in the end.
have an amazing week! see you on wednesday with a new recipe and on friday with another recap from my australia trip!
p.s. you may have noticed some of the new pictures that i mentioned before are now up! how amazing are they?! thanks again to the lovely and talented jess husted for making these happen!
photo courtesy of deena douglas
happy 1st birthday bananas + bellinis + a giveaway!
so, today is kind of a fun day because…
bananas + bellinis turns 1!
i can’t believe that it’s been exactly one year since i launched this site… it doesn’t seem like that can be right, but it definitely is! [also, how good does this birthday cake smoothie look?! definitely will be making this, like, a.s.a.p.]
it’s fun to see how far b+b has come and i’m so excited to see where it goes from here! i have a few updates for the site planned in the coming weeks, including some new pictures which the lovely, sweet and talented jess husted shot last night. they should be up within the next couple weeks, so be on the lookout for them… i’m looking forward to getting a sneak peek today!
and as always, i have lots of ideas floating around my head that i hope to refine and make into a reality soon, but like i always say, baby steps!
to celebrate b+b’s 1st birthday, here are some of my favorite [and most popular] posts from the past year!
finally, in honor of bananas + bellinis turning o-n-e, i’m doing a special giveaway! i am giving away a free 6-month health coaching program [a $1,000 value] to the first person who emails me telling me why they need a health coach and what their top three health and wellness goals are. my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org… don’t hesitate!
can’t wait to hear from you… cheers!
motivation mondays: week 39
wow, another summer weekend has passed… so happy we finally had nice weather in my neck of the woods! it allowed me to spend a lot of time outside, at presque isle state park on lake erie on saturday and canoeing down clarion lake for 10 miles in cook forest state park yesterday. one good thing about my hometown is all of the things you can do outside… the only problem is that usually the weather doesn’t allow for such things, but when it does, it’s great!
[lake erie, presque isle state park]
[canoeing down clarion lake, cook forest state park]
to backtrack for a minute, friday night we checked out a local brewery, voodoo, in meadville, pennsylvania… they had so many awesome beers [i had a flight, which was six beers, and loved the good vibes i.p.a.] and their veggie burger… also amazing]. really digging this whole brewery thing lately.
as my [one-way!] flight to l.a. slowly approaches, i’m kinda sorta starting to freak out a little bit. i saw this quote on pinterest and it just felt appropriate for today’s motivation mondays post.
pretty self-explanatory, right? it would be so easy for me to just stay put for a little while longer because it’s comfortable. and the idea has certainly crossed my mind and been presented to me on more than one occasion. but, it’s only delaying the inevitable, right? no matter what, moving across the country without a job, apartment or car [and nothing more than a general plan] is going to freak me out.
i’ve said it before, but let’s revisit it quickly: if there’s something you want to do… get. on it. a.s.a.p. baby steps work wonders and you have to start somewhere. what’s waiting going to do for you?
monday links! [thinking about making “links i love” a recurring, weekly post of its own…thoughts?!]
1. so…south africa anyone?!
2. i’m still pretty much obsessing over caitlyn jenner’s acceptance speech at the espys. it’s all about love, respect and equality. you’ve probably already seen it, but if you haven’t, you can watch it here.
3. i think i’ve found my dream home slash vacation home on the lake slash potential retreat center. i could d.i.y. the sh*t out of this place.
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