Style Post // On Wearing Shorts + Body Image

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Summer in Florida this year has been crazy hot. It’s the kind of heat that makes you sweat by just stepping outside and almost suffocating.

It’s really messing with my love of strolling around Disney in the afternoons cause the weather is way too intense. But I feel like one good thing has come with this heat, after so long I am finally wearing shorts out in the world.

Wearing shorts seems like such an easy task. And I am sure many people don’t even think twice about putting on shorts when the weather is near 100 degrees. But I am not like that. Just to purchase shorts it took me weeks of gaining courage and debating – and then to finally wear them out and about in the real world can really set off my crazy brain into panic mode.

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For years I have dealt with issues about the way my legs look. I remember dreading gym because of those ridiculous gym shorts. It was like torture to have to wear those in middle school – and like most kids in middle school – people loved making remarks about my “chicken legs”. Unfortunately those mean jokes really made a negative impact and I let it control my self-esteem and confidence.

And I know I am not the only person who has gone through this. So many ladies (and gentlemen too!) have let what other’s say about the way we look affect us. I had gone years (last year I wore shorts just once!) without wearing a pair of shorts out in public – which is nuts when you live in Florida.

We let what other people say dictate how we feel about the way we look. We believe all the magazine covers that are plastered with images that are labeled as “perfect” and “flawless”. It’s either – we are too skinny, too fat, too short, too tall – it’s easy to allow these images and comments take over our feelings and make us feel self-conscious.

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For me, getting over my body image issues is something that I am constantly working on. I still don’t feel 100% confident in shorts, but I am constantly reminding myself that these are my legs and that is good. Instead of focusing on my awkward knees or how my legs feel “too bony” I focus on the fact that I have been blessed with a pair of legs that give me the ability to walk around the places I love – it’s something that I shouldn’t take for granted.

This year I can finally say that I’ve worn shorts multiple times. I finally own 3 pairs of shorts and they have all been worn! It might sound silly but it’s something that I am so proud of. I am learning how to feel good about the way I look and slowly letting go of the silly thoughts that society has led me to believe.

So remind yourself everyday that you are beautiful. Don’t let what society thinks (or mean comments) make you feel self-conscious. Own it, cause you can. ;)

Outfit Details //
Top from Forever 21
Shorts (Similar) from Target
Purse from Coach

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Photographed by chevrons and éclairs

xo,
Meli

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Home Decor // Canvas Prints

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Before fancy digital cameras and iPhones I remember how much I used to love getting photos printed. I would use an entire roll of film in just a day then take it to a local pharmacy that would develop the photos for me so that I could frame them, hang them around my room, and make scrapbooks.

Now times have changed and I rarely get any photos printed. I have over 1,000 photos on my iPhone but none of them get printed, just uploaded on Instagram or saved to my computer.

As our walls are still somewhat bare I wanted to finally make use of all the images stored on my phone. I decided to partner with Easy Canvas Prints to get two of my favorites images (both inside the Disney parks, obvi) printed onto a fancy canvas so that I can finally enjoy these images.

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The first image is one that was taken by some dear fiends on the 24-hour Disney event. I wasn’t expecting for the Hubby to surprise me with a kiss – it was such a fun and spontaneous photo!

The other image is in Rapunzel’s village which is one of my favorite areas of the park. I placed this one in my office so that I always have a fun photo to look at filled with lots of good memories.

So far I just have 2 of them but plan on getting a few more for the dinning room and bedroom!

The best part is that you don’t even have to upload the images when ordering. Their ordering system allows you to link your Instagram account and you can easily browse for any photo you would like to use.

You also have the option of using non Instagram photos. :)

The canvas are great for decorating a mantle, hanging on the wall, or to add some flair to you current decor.

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Photographed by chevrons and éclairs

xo,
Meli

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Style // Being a Mermaid

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Since I was a little girl I’ve always been weirdly fascinated by mermaids. I remember spending hours at the pool try to swim like one. Unfortunately I never really mastered their swimming technique (due to my lack of grace and coordination) but it was fun trying.

As an adult I am still intrigued by mermaids. There is something so mysterious about them. I could spend hours reading up on mermaid legends and watching documentaries about how they can exist in our world.

So as I can’t be a mermaid I like to pretend I can be one by dressing up as my favorite mermaid, Ariel. This is definitely my first tee at the moment, I just can’t stop wearing it! And of course I know want all the mermaid tees from Hot Topic.

Outfit Details //
The Little Mermaid Tank from Hot Topic
Green Pants form H&M
Mermaid Inspired Necklace from Hot Topic

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Photographed by chevrons and éclairs

xo,
Meli

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A Little Extra Storage

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Moving out can be stressful. And when you are moving out on a college budget things can get extra tricky.

When the Hubby and I moved out (we were just little babies in college) we were on a strict budget. The place was tiny so we were careful to only buy things that we felt were necessary and reasonably priced. Of course, after buying some really cheap furniture we learned that sometimes it’s best to just splurge a little. Especially when it’s furniture that has dual purpose.

Living in a small place means you need to have lots of storage space. Furniture that doubles as storage can cost a little extra but it’s worth every penny. Whether living in a dorm or renting a room – chances are that your first place on your own will be teeny-tiny. Or at least that was our experience.

BRIMNES Bed frame with storage

KIVIK Footstool with storage

NORDEN/ FRODE Table and 2 chairs

VITTSJÖ Shelving unit

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And IKEA has another special giveaway that I wanted to share with you all! Just sign up using the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win a “Comforts of Home” Care Package!

The package is loaded with goodies such as delicious cookies, plastic storage, cozy fleece, and some other goodies.

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Also, make sure to check out the 2014 IKEA College Checklist to help you shop for your new place. :)

xo,
Meli

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Recipe // Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Ice Cream

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When it comes to ice cream I really have no self control. I mean seriously, how am I supposed to turn down a delicious bowl of ice cream? It’s hard to say no. But lately we’ve been trying to cut back on the amount of dairy we are consuming because it’s not really the best thing for our bodies.

So whenever I try to cut back on something that isn’t healthy I like to find alternatives that taste just as good but have less of the bad stuff in it. I started doing some research on ice cream that didn’t contain so much fat and egg yolks, which is how I came across vegan ice cream.

Of course, N’s first reaction was something like this:

But his reaction when he tasted a spoonful of this delicious vegan cinnamon sugar ice cream:

Which I have to admit – that was also my reaction.

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BTW – Aren’t these OXO measuring beakers the cutest? I want to measure everything with it! All I need is a lab coat and I can be a scientist.

The key to this recipe is the coconut milk. It adds the thickness that it needs to create the creamy texture and also has a delicious flavor. What I loved the most was that I can taste the mixture while it’s cooking (as it doesn’t have any eggs) so that I can tweak it as I went along.

Honestly – this recipe is a game changer. I’m excited to try out other flavors using the base.

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Action shot!

Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Ice Cream
 
Ingredients
  • 2 (13.5 oz) cans of full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of raw sugar syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Shake the cans of coconut milk to make sure it's all evened out. Open cans and pour milk into a medium saucepan. Turn stove to medium-high heat.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of raw sugar syrup. You can use also use agave or honey. I've read that granulated sugar also works but feel that a syrup type of sugar dissolves a lot easier.
  3. Slowly sprinkle in the cornstarch to the mixture as it's heating up. Make sure to sprinkle it and mix quickly to avoid clumping. Pour it all at once will definitely create some major clumps.
  4. Once it's all mix continue to heat the mixture. It took about 6 minutes for it to start getting thicker. As it gets thicker start to add the ground cinnamon. Add this into the mixture slowly to avoid clumps. Continue stirring at mixture heats.
  5. Make sure the ice cream base does not boil. Continue to stir for about 2-4 more minutes until the consistency is thick.
  6. Once it has reached the desired consistency, remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  7. Pour the ice cream base into a glass container and let it chill to room temperate. Then cover and place in the fridge for about 4-6 hours so that it is completely cooled.
  8. When it's ready, prepare your ice cream maker as per the machine's instructions. When ready pour the mixture into the machine and being churning.
  9. Churning the ice cream took about 25 minutes in my ice cream maker. This time will vary depending on what machine you use so keep an eye on it. You will see the mixture thickening.
  10. When ready (the consistency should be a little thicker than soft serve ice cream), transfer to a freezer safe container. Place ice cream in the freezer for about 4 hours so that it hardens. Then dig in! :)

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Have you every made or tried vegan ice cream? I would love to hear what flavors you have enjoyed for a little inspiration!

And want to see more ice cream recipes? Then make sure follow the #IceCreamForOXO hashtag on Twitter or Instagram to see what others are making this summer!

xo,
Meli
Photos by Blush + Jelly

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