STRAWBERRY BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS WITH COCONUT AND GOJI

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OVERNIGHT OATS was a breakfast that I’ve been wanting to try for way too long, but last week I decided to finally make it!  And I was nothing near disappointed.  This is the perfect breakfast for on-the-go people that need something quick, but also really filling.  You can basically put any toppings you prefer, so this time I chose banana, strawberry, coconut, and goji berries to sweeten it up a little.  This recipe makes about 1-2 servings (I shared mine with Austin).

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 banana, sliced

3 strawberries, sliced

coconut shreds

handful of goji berries

cinnamon

honey

Directions:

Combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Mix.  In a glass mason jar, put down 1 layer of the oat mixture, then place bananas and strawberries on top.  Repeat this process until all of the oat mixture is used.  Store in fridge overnight.  In the morning, top with banana, strawberries, goji berries, coconut shreds, and honey.  Enjoy!

FLOATING: WHAT IT IS AND WHY I LOVED IT

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SOOOO this happened.  Before two weeks ago I had no idea this even existed.  It’s called ”floating” and it’s a relaxation and de-stressing method that involves tons (TONS) of salt, water, and yourself.  It basically goes like this: you enter the zen-like studio, rinse off in the shower, and step into the tranquil-lit ”pod” (that looks like a big oyster haha) where you will float and enter into a deep relaxation period, for a total of 60 minutes.  There is so much epsom salt in the water that your body is instantly bouyant, allowing your body to relax and let go while remaining afloat.

For me, the meditation came in stages.  I first entered the pod, closed the lid, and laid there for a good five minutes just taking it all in.  A soothing blue light illuminates the pod while therapeutic music plays softly.  You have the option to turn the lights and music off at any time, so I did it when I felt it was the right time.  First with the lights, and then the music.  It was a bit weird when everything was dark and silent.  I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but after a couple of minutes I began to let my mind drift away.  That’s when all the magic happened.  Before my session, I was told that deep relaxation was found in the ”theta” state, which is the dream-like state people enter usually before they fall asleep.  I definitely entered the ”theta” state.  I’m not sure how long it lasted but before I knew it I was gently woken up by the lights signaling my session was over.  It was such an experience!!  So different than any other meditation-related thing I have ever done (like yoga).

Some of the benefits of floating:

it eases emotional and sleep disorders

relieves physical pain

enhances athletic performance

benefits creativity

Some of the immediate benefits that I experienced were: soft skin, shiny hair (it made my hair sooo shiny!!!), decreased muscle soreness, and calmness.  Overall it was a really cool experience and I would definitely do it again.

The place I went to was called Pause Float Studio in Culver City

WHAT’S ON TODAY’S (AND TOMORROW’S) MENU

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Today I wanna talk a little bit about buying in bulk, my go-to snacks, and new things I’m trying out in the kitchen.  One thing I’ve been doing lately is buying in bulk.  No, not like Costco bulk.  Like from the part of the grocery store where you take however much you want of a certain bulk item and you pay based on the weight.  This is CRUCIAL for me because I like shopping at Whole Foods, which we all know is a total wallet-eater.  They didn’t get the nickname ”Whole Paycheck” for nothin’.  Anyways, buying in bulk has saved me tons of money when I want a certain ingredient in small (or large) quantities.  I’ve found it fits perfectly with my on-the-go lifestyle.  There’s nothing more I hate than having an old bag of something that gets lost in my cabinet.  Buying in bulk is quick and easy.  It’s in and out of your pantry just like that BECAUSE you bought the amount that you actually needed.  See?!  Easy peasy.  I wish more things came in bulk.

SO. On to my go-to snacks.  You know me, I’m ALL about health-conscious meals and snacks.  If it’s natural, healthy, & easy, I’m in.  I think a good place to start is to show you guys a glimpse of some of the things I ate today.  I cut up some fresh watermelon (read my watermelon rant hereand mango, snacked on homemade coconut oil popcorn with tabasco, and sipped on a meal-replacement juice throughout the day.  Those are some of my favorite snacks!

Today in the kitchen I made my first smoked salmon omelette with fresh chives and sliced avocado!  It was SO SO SO good.  My latest food obsession has been smoked salmon, so instead of waiting to get it out at restaurants like I’ve been doing for quite some time now, I decided to make it at home.  I used wild-caught Alaskan smoked salmon from Whole Foods and I am definitely buying that one again!

Another thing I made (to eat tomorrow) is OVERNIGHT OATS!  I can’t tell you guys how excited I am to try this in the morning.  In the photos above, that’s when I JUST poured it in the glass jar, so it hadn’t set yet.  Tomorrow I’m gunna dress it up all fancy with fruit, honey and coconut so I’ll take a picture so you can see 🙂  If it’s really yummy I’m going to have to post the recipe here on the blog.  Have you guys tried overnight oats yet?

I’m going to start adding a lot more food-oriented blog posts here, would you guys enjoy that?  I feel like I have so much to say about food haha.  Let me know your thoughts 🙂

xx

THE PALMA DRESS

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Wearing: Palma Dress by Montazami Brand [HERE] // tan choker by Montazami Brand [HERE] // jacket from ZARA // Adidas // Strathberry bag // Shevoke sunnies

So in love with Montazami Brand’s newest style, the Palma Dress.  It comes in this icy grey color as well as black.  Yesterday I styled it with some fresh white sneakers, a bright yellow leather jacket, a Montazami Brand tan choker and a matching grey purse.  Love it!! I wear a size Small.  The best part is that this dress is double lined so everything feels smooth and held together.

Today Sara and I are going downtown to approve our newest style for Montazami Brand!  We can’t wait to see it… it’s something that Sara and I decided to do on our own so it’s a little different from our current styles.  Exciting 🙂

 

SNAPSHOTS FROM NYC & FOOD AND BAR GUIDE!

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Hi loves!

I know I didn’t have any outfit photos for you guys from New York, partly because it was too hot to do anything, and I was with Austin’s family. But I wanted to share with you some snapshots from our trip 🙂  This time we stayed in SoHo (Austin and I stayed near Central Park on our last trip to NYC) so we got a whole different experience of New York!  Now that I’ve stayed in two different areas, I think I would choose to stay in SoHo for my upcoming trips.  The restaurants and bars are endless, there’s great shopping, and it doesn’t feel like you’re being BOMBARDED by tourists.  Now that I have a little experience under my belt I put together a little restaurant and bar guide for you guys to use if you ever visit this city.  Enjoy!

Brunch:

Locande Verdi (MUST GO)

Jack’s Wife Freda

Ladureé

high tea at The Plaza Hotel

Italian:

Malatesta (every dish was phenomenal)

Lombardi’s (amazing pepperoni pizza and wedge salad)

Pizzarte (a bunch of different kinds of thin crust pizza, including truffle)

Dinner:

The Sea fire Grill

Keens Steakhouse

Ocean Prime (steakhouse)

Grafitti Room (really good ramen place in SoHo, casual)

The Smith (good for late-night dinners, casual.  GREAT fries!  They have oysters too)

Bars:

Mr. Purple (must go, either in the day or at night, beautiful views of the city)

Acme (speakeasy down below the restaurant)

Le Bain (on top of the Standard Hotel)

Boom Boom Room

Chloe 81

 

MY (AND COPPER’S) FAVORITE SUMMER SNACK

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HAHA I cannot get over Copper’s face in these photos.  I’ve never met a dog more obsessed with food than she is.  She fits right into the Montazami family haha.

This watermelon was too good NOT to share with you guys, since after all it is my favorite summer time snack (along with peaches and nectarines).  The good thing about watermelon is that its low in calories, has a high water content (hence the name), and they are even great little treats for your pup too (make sure to remove the seeds and rind before giving it to your pup, though).  They’re also good sources of Vitamin A, lycopene (known to offer your skin protection from harmful UV rays), and have a fair amount of Vitamin C.

Fun fact: I’m the designated watermelon cutter of my family.  I’m known to create the best, triangle shaped watermelon pieces, as you can most definitely see in the photos above, hehe.

Some tips for picking the most perfect watermelon at the market:

Make sure it has that yellow-creamy colored spot.  This means it’s ripe!

Pick it up!  The heavier the better 🙂

Knock on the melon with your knuckles.  It should bounce right off and feel firm.  No dull thuds, because that means it’s too soft.

Thanks for reading my *totally random* watermelon rant… hope you enjoyed!  Anyone else as obsessed with watermelon in the summer?

xx

SNEAK PEEK

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Hi babes 🙂 I just got the photos from my latest photoshoot with Ardy (@ardiology on instagram) and I’m dying over how good they are.  He is truly an amazing photographer.  Here’s just a little sneak peek of some of the shots we took.  I can’t wait to show you guys the rest….

Tomorrow’s our last day here in New York!  I feel like I’ve gained 10 lbs from all of the amazing food we’ve been eating on this trip.  But once I get back to LA I’m going straight back to my routine diet.  My body has such a hard time digesting breads, pastas, and carb-y stuff I’m not used to eating in large quantities.  I’m looking forward to my morning smoothies that’s for sureeee 🙂

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Wearing: dress by East n West label // boots by Pierre Balmain [HERE] // watch by Triwa [use discount code ”montazami” for 15% off [HERE] // bag by Rag & Bone

NY FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE

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Arrived in NY.  Wearing the black Palma Dress from Montazami Brand [HERE] and Henri Bendel carry on bag [HERE]

Hi guys 🙂  Talk about a gorgeous way to come into NYC!  We landed just as the sun was setting.  If these photos weren’t stunning enough, take a look at my latest instagram post (@hannamontazami) to see the most beautiful sunrise I experienced this morning.  It literally looks like a painting of the NY skyline.  I haven’t watched the sunrise in a long time, and today was definitely the day to do that.

We all just woke up so we’re gunna get ready, grab some coffee, and then hit the ground running!  It should be a little cooler today (88 degrees haha) so it shouldn’t be too bad.  Talk soon loves!

PACKING MY BAGS FOR…..

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NEEEEWWWWWW YORKKKKKKKKKK!

I leave early tomorrow morning for yet another fun trip to NYC!  This time I’m going with Austin’s whole family to celebrate his brother’s 21st birthday, so it will be a fun party trip.  I remember my excitement when I turned 21… what a feeling.  But I hear it’s going to be hotter than a chili pepper over there so I’m doing my best to bring light and airy clothes.  I’ve never been to New York in the dead middle of summer, any tips on how to stay cool?  I’m bringing my anti-frizz hair spray in case you guys were wondering 😉

Talk soon!

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