Posts tagged ‘Weekend’

March 19, 2013

Glass Slippers Are So Back

Growing up, my sister and I were all about Disney. Like most little girls, we spun around the house in princess gowns (a Jasmine two-piece pajama set, in my case) dreaming of one day being swept off our feet by a handsome prince to live happily and royally ever after. It’s no wonder everyone drools over William and Kate! We have long been imprinted to believe in the whole fairytale baloney…ugh, the communication sciences major in me digresses. Anywho, on Saturday, Kru and my mom came into the city to relive those previously described childhood fantasies with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Sorry, Disney but this version of the most infamous rags-to-riches story took things up a notch. No longer is the soon-to-be princess painted as a pushover, unaware of her self-worth needing a prince to save her. This gal, Ella, is confident and empowering, ultimately teaching the prince a thing or two about standing up for his beliefs in order to be a powerful, successful leader. He needs her to introduce democracy to the kingdom and spread kindness among the people. You go, girl! Now that’s a message I hope all the cutie patooties in the audience takeaway. 

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With that being said, my only criticism would be that the whole musical harped a bit too much on this notion. Like, I get that they were targeting the tiara-wearing audience members so they had to be overly obvious about things but after a while, it was excessive and borderline obnoxious–especially in the song lyrics, which were, dare I say it, amateur and lame. So yes, I just contradicted myself a bit. I liked the empowerment message but I wish they toned it down a bit, particularly in the music. Get it? Don’t get me wrong, the show as a whole was whimsical, surprisingly funny and spectacularly entertaining. The set design? Spot on with regal architecture and an enchanting wooded forest. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the costumes. Woah. I’m STILL trying to figure out how Cinderella’s dress magically upgraded from tatters to gown mid-spin…twice! Mind. Boggled. I may no longer prance around in “gowns” and faux diamond-encrusted accessories from the mall’s Disney Store, but sitting beside my mom and sister during our matinee the other day brought me back. Watching the wide-eyed kidlings around me made me realize how grateful I am to have been raised to believe in myself, in my future so that I can “be whatever I want to be,” as the cast belted out–with or without some handsome prince. Lucky for me, I’ve got one of those, too.
Who was your favorite princess growing up?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

April 25, 2011

Nutty Nanner Overnight Oats

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend. It was nice to head home for a few days to relax a bit before coming back to school to deal with the gloom of looming final exams. After all the rainy weather, my dad and I took advantage of the few rays of sun yesterday with an early morning jog along the water. It was a breath of fresh air (both literally and figuratively). Shortly after, my parents, Mike and I went to a wonderful brunch at Whitfield’s on the Guilford green. They had an Easter buffet set up, which was delicious with fresh fruit and yogurt, salad, salmon…the works. Yum!

When I got home, I found a piece of mail I have been waiting for…my Starbucks Gold Card! Yay! I’m so excited for free refills and beverage customization, not to mention the bad ass, personalized card.

Please note the manicured nails above…I finally tried out the OPI Axxium Soak-Off Gel Mani and think I’m in love. First of all, my nails have never looked so good (I’m obsessed with the glossy light pink…very classy and sophisticated) and secondly, they last for 2 weeks with no damage to your natural nail! Woah. It is a little more expensive but since my biggest pet peeve is chipped nails, I think it will be worth it. I have a lot going on in the next two weeks so figured it was the perfect time to put this treatment to the test. I’ll let you know if it actually lasts as long as it is supposed to. FYI, according to the reviews I’ve read, the French Soak-Off lasts longer.

Now onto my breakfast this morning. I have another fabulous overnight oats recipe to share, this time inspired by the Healthy Tipping Point’s Sweet and Salty Vegan Overnight Oats. Similar base as the last one with a nuttier/nanner twist!

Ingredients
1/3 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used flax milk)
2 tablespoon chia seeds
Dash of cinnamon
1 banana
Natural crunchy peanut butter, to top

In a small bowl, combine the rolled oats, chia seeds and milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, slice up one banana and place the chunks on a griddle or hot pan until lightly browned. Mash up half of them and mix into the bowl. Top the overnight oats/banana with a generous dollop of natural peanut butter (I warmed mine up in the microwave before so it was super ooey gooey). 

I’m a huge peanut butter and banana fan so this recipe took that up a notch and a half. The contrast between the cold overnight oats with the warm PB and grilled banana was out of this world. Now THAT is how you start your Monday off right! What Monday morning routine gets your week going? Have you ever tried OPI’s Soak-Off Gel Mani?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren