Sunday, October 26, 2014

Product review: Alive & Radiant Kale Snacks

Long time no chat! So... let's talk kale! lol Why not, right? Personally, I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship with it.  Ok ok, not really hate, more like I mildly dislike it sometimes, if only for the fact that it's a kind of an intense flavor, a bit bitter, and if it's prepared wrong it can be terribly chewy.  And honestly, another almost deal-breaker for me with kale (chips in particular) is that this stuff gets in your teeth, not gonna lie. Like, you cannot eat this while you're out and about if you've left home without floss or a toothbrush or something!  Maybe I'm being weird here but like I said, I just like to consider them an "at home only" kinda food. That said, (well-prepared) kale chips totally work as a stand-in for my arch enemy the potato chip, which I sometimes battle the urge to have while I'm engaging in some nightly "TV therapy." Now that I've figured out how to work them into my life, I feel good about trying to eat more of them than other, unhealthier snacks!  In fact, Alive & Radiant has several tasty kale snack flavors! If you're curious about their products, I've provided some thoughts on three of my favorite kinds.  Happy snacking!

Kale Krunch Chocolate: Genius. Pure genius.  These prove that I would probably eat chocolate-covered anything.  Paired with kale particularly though, it kind of blends into the dark-chocolate flavor and complements it. It also gives it that sweet crunch factor too, of course.  Definitely my favorite of the bunch.  Go ahead, be crazy, try a chocolate-covered vegetable!

Kale Krunch Cheezy Chipotle: To me, these were not as spicy as I wanted, but still very tasty.  However, these stood out for their "cheezy" flavor.  The cashews are magical here because they give the chips a little weight or "meatiness."  I also really enjoyed the fresh red bell pepper and paprika flavors!

Rebel Without a Cause Spicy Superfood: Really, really liked this one.  Check out the ingredients and nutrition info here if you'd like.  One of the reasons I liked it so much was for it's simplicity.  At first I thought it would be too plain for me though, but truly it was seasoned just right - not too salty, and somewhat spicy. Warming, too.  I also thought I didn't like turmeric very much but they are one of the few ingredients in these, so these made me re-think that, too!

Alive & Radiant has so many unique flavors of kale snacks, SO many more that I want to try! Like Southwest Ranch, Sweet Onion, and Tarragon Dijon.  I've tried to make this stuff at home and for some reason I just can't get 'em to taste this good, so don't hesitate to try a bag or two, you'll be glad you did!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What I wore: Denim on denim (on denim)

Vintage denim sack dress: c/o Vintage Jet Set
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters

Jewelry: Thrifted (first seen here)

Boots: Steve Madden

New denim blouse from Maurice's. Haven't quite styled this in a way I love yet!

So, I went a wee bit crazy with the denim mixing trend there for a minute.  These Steve Madden boots aren't actually denim, but I just really like seeing all the shades of denim in one outfit for some reason! I love this material in part, too, because of what it represents: the working class, rural living... I'm curious, what does denim mean to you? These outfits are from short walks/hikes around the neighborhood and one of the local parks. This fabric is the perfect weight for fall temperatures, so I find it super comfortable.  The dress especially is comfy. I really enjoy its simple design, and how my body shape is more vague and concealed than most silhouettes I tend to wear. It was shipped quickly, and the seller I got it from was very pleasant, so if you like vintage goodies and trusted Etsy sellers, I recommend taking a peek at Colleen's shop, Vintage Jet Set!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Daily Life: Souvenirs and a Sandwich

Coaster from a Yoga exhibit that just closed at the Cleveland Art Museum.

Rogue squash blossom found in the yard far from where we planted.

New mannequin for the shop

Grilled cheese with swiss cheese, onions, and kohlrabi - new favorite!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Studio Tour: One Love

Meet one of my new favorite studios: One Love Yoga in downtown Kent!  This is my refuge between classes - I really like this place.  Not only do they offer Yoga, but it's also a clothing boutique and smoothie/healthy snack stop.  Everything you need in one place, if you ask me! Anyway, if you're ever in the area I highly recommend this studio for its fair prices (awesome student rate!), all of its amenities, and super friendly staff.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Daily Life: Summer Finale

Mural on a coffee shop in downtown Kent.

Cute plaque on a park bench. 

From that fun crafty day.