the most yummy veggie burger.

It’s tough to find food that is fast to prepare and healthy. In fact, this is one of the first times I’ve seen the words fast and healthy in the same sentence! That’s why I was so amazed when I came across Hilary’s Eat Well

Hilary’s Eat Well has literally been a lifesaver. Not only is are the dishes easy to prepare and delicious, but they are certified gluten-free, organic, kosher, non-GMO verified, and vegan! This has been super important to me recently because I’ve gone almost completely vegan. I simply just like the way I feel more when I eat vegetables rather than meat. But, gosh, I miss a good burger! I’m basically constantly on the hunt for a great vegan burger. This is why I gave Hilary’s “World’s Best Veggie Burger” a try. I’m SO glad I did. 

I put together a quick recipe below, but you can have fun and mix up the ingredients in any way to make it your own style. Take my word though, this recipe below satisfied my cravings in a huge way!   

(makes 2)

INGREDIENTS: 

1 box of Hilary’s Eat Well “World’s Best Veggie Burger”

2 organic hamburger buns

1 organic onion 

a handful of organic pickles 

a handful of organic grape tomatoes 

a handful of organic spinach 

4 strips organic vegan bacon

a handful of organic vegan mozzarella cheese 

1 tbs. butter

1 tsp. olive oil 

Your favorite dressing/sauce. I used Hilary's Ranch Chia Dressing.

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  On a stovetop frying pan, cook the burger in the olive oil for 3 minutes on each side.

2.  Once the burger is finished cooking, turn off the heat and add the vegan cheese. Let it settle and melt on the burger before moving to bun.   

3.  In a separate pan, butter the face of each bun and lightly grill until lightly browned. 

4.  Move buns to a separate plate and add the burger patties to the bun. 

5.  Add all of your favorite toppings! Mine are listed above, but you can do whatever you like. Be creative!

6.  Eat the deliciously healthy veggie burger from Hilary’s Eat Well

7.  ENJOY!

Kasbah Bab Ourika

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As the weather here in New York City starts to get a little more chilly, I’m finding myself daydreaming more and more about going back to the heat of Morocco. We were primarily staying around the city of Marrakech, but decided to venture out of the city to get away from the hustle and bustle to relax in the shadows of the Atlas Mountains. This is how we found our way to the Kasbah Bab Ourika.

Kasbah Bab Ourika is probably the furthest away from a tourist area within the Marrakech vicinity that you can get. To get there you are led onto a dirt road and through winding village streets. We had the Kasbah set up a car service to navigate us throughout the streets. It was nice to have someone drive us that knew the area by heart. It was a beautiful experience though—getting to see Morocco in its natural state without people pandering to tourists.

Once you are finished meandering up the path to the Kasbah, you are led up to the hill and at the top of the hill is the Kasbah. What a beautiful sight it is! The scene surrounding the Kasbah is entirely different than Marrakech. It is complete tranquility. You are led on to the grounds and immediately feel at home.

While all the rooms are amazing there, we opted for a room with its own private pool. Best. Decision. Ever. Aaron and I loved to just relax here all day in the Moroccan sun. They have a pool in their gardens for guests to use, but there was something extra special about being able to soak up the rays at any moment just by stepping outside of our living room door.

Without a doubt, though, one of the best experiences Aaron and I had in Morocco was riding camels through the towns that surround the Kasbah. We truly felt like we were one with our surroundings. The Kasbah arranged the camels/guide for us and our guide was wonderful. All of the people in the neighborhoods knew him. One thing that was kind of fun was that he let Aaron try on his local “Berber” outfit. It was so unique and definitely a first! There’s also a tradition of eating a snack down by the riverbed, so we all feasted on a watermelon and watched as all the kids in the community played together. Everyone was simply so joyful. They also loved Aaron’s long hair and thought it was very funny-haha.

Another activity we enjoyed was exploring the local markets. I literally had my arms full of wicker baskets by the time we left the Kasbah. Our local guide took us around the markets which were full of everything you could imagine. They even had a section for guys to get their beards trimmed! There were spices galore and so many hand made pottery items. We actually bought a mug from a vendor for around 15 cents. The prices were ridiculously inexpensive since we were away from the tourist area! While in downtown Marrakech, I got the sense much of the market was designed for tourists to buy gifts, but out near the Kasbah, it was completely about the community supplying goods for the rest of the community.

Another memory we made on our day trek was that we visited a Saffron farm. It was incredible to see how the delicate and rare plant is produced. At the farm, they also had a very fun barefoot trail. Basically, every step you take is a new element—sand, rocks, wood, grass, water, etc. You spend about 15 minutes going from element to element barefoot so that you can feel connected to the earth. I, personally, loved the rose petal soak for my feet. Never experienced anything like it!

Side note—the donkey’s on the farm were soooooo cute!

After a long day of camel trekking or shopping at one of the markets, we would go back to the hotel. Aaron would relax in the pool while I would get a massage. The massage at the Kasbah was so relaxing! They used local Moroccan Argan Oil and it smelled like a total dream. I actually ended up falling alseep-haha. I love taking the time to get a massage when I can and this one was so worth it! 

If you want a great view of the sunset, Kasbah Bab Ourika has you covered. Aaron and I would make our way to the edge of the property and sit on chairs overlooking the countryside. It was picture perfect. We loved looking into the distance at other rooftops. On them would be local families gathered around watching the sunset as well. It was such a great feeling of unity with the community. It was just beautiful to see everyone connecting by watching the same sunset.

And what would an article about Morocco be without talking about the food? The food at the Kasbah Bab Ourika was without a doubt 100% Moroccan Cuisine! Almost all of the main dishes were served in tagines and had unbelievable flavors. The setting of every meal we ate at the Kasbah was outside on their patio. As with almost all locations at the Kasbah, it looked out onto the Atlas Mountains and was a sight to behold. Watching the sunrise and set while eating breakfast and dinner was something I’ll never forget. 

On your next journey to Marrakech, try thinking outside the box just a little bit. Venture to the outskirts and get another perspective for the Moroccan way of life. We loved our time at Kasbah Bab Ourika and know a trek there would be well worth it! 

Bits and Pieces.

It has been such a joy-filled week! Just yesterday I got the opportunity to walk a runway show for Anthropologie with some gorgeous inspiring women. Also, I didn't fall on my face. Always a plus, right? Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys some of my favirite new things I have been loving lately. I cover everything from rugs to face masks in this post. So without further ado, let's get going! 

This shirt and these jeans from Madewell... and my new pet, Cuddles, my bulldog pillow. 

I love how Madewell makes clothes you can just throw on a be comfy in without even thinking about it. I love this shirt because it is so vintage inspired plus the color is such a stunning shade of pink. These jeans I am wearing are also very awesome. They have several different types of denim sewn on them so they have a very unique and hip vibe to them. 

Now you might have seen my bulldog friend Cuddles in my bedroom makeover post, but I love him so. I found him in a little shop in Amagansett, New York. But you can actually buy him here. P.S-he gives great cuddles! 

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Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night OilSaturn Sulfur Acne Mask and C.E.O. Moisturizer

I love Sunday Riley so much. I trust their products over almost all other for ingredient quality and results. These three products have proven to be my skin heros over the last couple of months. When I got some unsightly acne I used the Saturn Sulfur Acne Mask and I swear it clears my problem spots within days. Not to mention, right after I use it I feel like it gives me a bit of glow! 

The Luna Sleeping Night Oil I keep right by the bedside table for night application. Don't let the blue color scare you! That colors fades away when it is absorbed into your skin. When I wake up after having applied this oil to my face my skin feels so soft and plump. It's just nothing sort of awesome. Try it out!

Lastly one of my favorites ever has been the C.E.O. Moisturizer! The smell is delightful first off. The perfect blend of intoxicating citrus and freshness. I love to massage this into my skin right after cleansing in the mornings. Not only does the scent energize me, but my skin is so moist and glowy using this every time. Love it! 

This rug, basket, and pillow are from The Citizenry.

If you guys haven't heard of The Citizenry I am happy to introduce you now! The Citizenry is an amazing company that collaborates with local artisans in countries around the world to sell their gorgeous handcrafted items to us. One of the main things I love is that they pay the artisans fair wages, happy working environments, and sustaining grants, so they are able to take their crafts and their businesses to new places. Love this!

The Sierra Rug proved to be the perfect addition for this cosy corner of my dining room. Not only is this rug so visually beautiful to look at (and the perfect combo of my favorite colors ever!) but it was handwoven in Mexico by the women of Oaxaca. I like to think that every time I look at this rug I imagine all the hard work that went into creating such a beautiful add-on to my space. 

I love a good catch-all basket. It is one of my huge organizational secrets, actually. Just throw all your stuff into cute baskets, done! This Mercado Storage Basket fits the bill perfectly. It is so serviceable and wonderful (it's actually made out of Mexican palm leaves). I also think a plant would look really cute in here... a project for another day perhaps. 

A lady can never have enough pillows! The La Brista Pillow is the perfect pillow to throw on a couch, chair or bed. The colors in this pillow go with everything and add an interesting accent to whatever you pair it with. This pillow was handmade in Peru and you can definitly see all the stunning detail that was put in the stitching. A great go-to piece for decorating almost any space! 

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Anything Yellow + More jeans from Madewell I love.

Cue the Coldplay song guys-haha! I have been loving all things yellow, perhaps its because the sun seems to be making its exit officially now, but I digress...

These glasses are my go-to accessory now. I'm trying to use them as much as I can before winter hits. I love how when I put them on they make the world seem like a much more sunny place (hey, it makes me happy!). They add a fun color pop to any outfit and are just plan cool which I'm generally into.

This top by Madewell has also been on repeat lately. It is the ideal light weight top you don't have to think about. Just throw it on and go! Unfortunately, it's sold out now or else I would tell you guys all to run out and buy it asap. 

Next up these jeans!!!! I love them. They are straight out of the movie Dazed and Confused (one my favorite films, btw). They give just the right amount of stretch but are sure flattering on pretty much any body type because they are high-waisted. Plus they are on sale!