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 here) and 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 🙂
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 🙂
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!
Locande Verdi (MUST GO)
Jack’s Wife Freda
high tea at The Plaza Hotel
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)
The Sea fire Grill
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)
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
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?
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 🙂
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!
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 😉
(not my photo)
Wearing: Ivy Jumpsuit from Montazami Brand [HERE] // Moonlight Choker from Montazami Brand [HERE] // Converse // Strathberry bag // Shevoke sunnies
I have to admit it’s a super cool feeling to wear clothes from your own clothing line. I mean, it’s definitely not a normal thing that everyone gets to experience in their lifetime, and I’m happy that I’ve made that a reality for myself. So much work goes into each piece from our line, so I almost look at them like finished projects once they go up on the website. Speaking of the website, we just added our newest piece, the Palma Dress! It comes in icy grey and black [shop it here]. I’m so proud of my mom, sister, Anna, our amazing customers, and everyone else who has helped support Montazami Brand 🙂
Today I wore the Ivy Jumpsuit with some white sneakers and the Moonlight Choker in graphite. Sara and I spent the day working downtown and grabbed a fresh salad bar lunch and green juice at Whole Foods.
Check out Montazami Brand’s Palma Dress [HERE]
Hi alllll 🙂
We are getting ready to release some new styles up on the Montazami Brand website, so we had a photoshoot on Thursday with gorgeous model Rachel Brann and photographers Chris Sullivan and Kent Avery. We shot both product shots and lookbook and they turned out amazing! Just a couple more days until you guys can see 🙂
Sara and I also picked up some gorgeous material yesterday for future MB dresses, skirts and tops that we are so so sooo excited to design. My mom is letting us experiment with a few designs totally on our own, so we have total freedom with it. Usually there’s a lot of discussion and compromising when it comes to designing each Montazami Brand piece because Sara and I have a certain style and my mom’s differs a tiny bit from ours. But that’s okay! I’m happy we have three different minds contributing to Montazami Brand. That’s what will keep our line fresh and unique, and it will help us fulfill our mantra of having something for EVERY woman to wear and love. Things are looking bright ahead, and I’m eager to accomplish our goals.