The Stylish One

BY JULIE SALDARRIAGA

On Point

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Some of you may know that I injured my foot a few years back and had to have surgery to remove one of my bones (gross... I know). Because of that injury, I was left with the tragic reality that I could no longer wear heels. For a woman who loves fashion, it was pretty hard to grasp the idea that I would need to part ways with so many of my beloved shoes. It also makes getting dressed up a bit difficult since flats can feel fairly "dumpy" for lack of a better term when paired with dresses and skirts. 

It definitely caused me to have to search a bit harder for stylish shoes that were not sky high but still looked stylish and appropriate with a dressier outfit. One trend I've fallen in love with is the pointed flat so I've decided to share a few of my favorite pairs from J.Crew and ASOS!

I prefer a wider fit so my toes don't get squished and I love trying metallics for a little twist on the more demure trend. Who says flats can't be fabulous? Take a scroll through below for some of my favorite styles!

Puppy Love

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I am so thrilled to introduce you all to my beautiful new little niece, Kilo. At just five months old, she is already one of the smartest, sweetest pups I've ever met. I love spoiling her with goodies like this colorful bow collar Oh Joy for Target and had so much fun taking her pictures! My best friends adopted her just a couple of months ago and, needless to say, we are all head over heels in love with this little girl.

Keep scrolling to see more furry cuteness and learn more about the awesome way that Kilo came into our lives!

While my friend was serving our country in the Air Force over in Kuwait, they adopted this little pup. My bestie, Korinne spent so much time and effort getting all the things that Kilo would need when she arrived in her new home.

Because of their efforts, and her sweet spirit, Kilo is adjusting very well in the good old USA! Korinne showers Kilo with so much love and affection. She really is the best puppy mom. 

Looks like someone was a little sleepy after a day of playing in the park with all of us and modeling for our photoshoot. Kilo was such a good sport! Her stylish little raincoat is also from Oh Joy for Target.  

Please join us in welcoming Kilo Marie! Check out the gallery below for more.

TSO Loves: Kimothy Joy

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I recently came across an artist named Kimothy Joy through her Instagram account last week and fell in love with her artwork and her message of equality and empowerment. When I saw these illustrations I couldn't get over how beautiful and powerful they were. I was so impressed by the fact that Kimothy took such simple imagery and created such moving pieces from them. If I'm ever lucky enough to have a little girl one day, Kimothy's art will absolutely be hanging on the walls of her room reminding her that the future is bright and her potential is limitless.

#GirlPower

Visit KimothyJoy.com for more information and a look at her inspiring work.

Mounds (Bounty) Bars with a Healthy Twist

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Erin Ireland is one of my favorite food bloggers. I love her healthy take on life and the awesome recipes she serves up. I found a great recipe for a vegan twist on Mounds bars on her Instagram story last week. Mounds bars are one of my favorite candies (possibly my favorite) so I loved the idea of a healthier version. Erin found the recipe on VoilaVegan.com, so check out her site, too.

Okay, let's cut to the chase.

The Ingredients

2 cups desiccated coconut
1 can coconut milk (only the solid part)
4 tbsp agave or maple syrup
1 cup vegan (dark or milk) chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil

The Instructions

  1. In a food processor blend the desiccated coconut for a few seconds, then add agave and coconut cream and blend until slightly sticky. Quick tip: Place the can of coconut cream in the refrigerator the day before. This will make it easier to separate the solid portion from the liquid.
  2. Shape bounty bars with your hands and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Start melting the chocolate over low heat with coconut oil.
  4. Once it is melted, dip each bar into the chocolate and make sure it is evenly covered with chocolate.
  5. Place each piece back on the cookie sheet and freeze for another 30 min.