What's New With You? Linkup #18

Hi everyone and welcome to the July What's New with You linkup!  Can you believe it's the second half of the year already?  2017 has already been a great, fun year and for this month's post I wanted to share all of my favorites from January through June.  Make sure you link up below (and check out Kristen's blog as well!)


Express Minus the Leather Jacket - I've talked about this jacket so much on my blog, but it's seriously my favorite and most-worn item in my wardrobe.
I originally got it for a trip to Europe, and I wear it constantly!  It's the perfect jacket when you need to wear something but don't want to wear a heavy jacket (so, most of fall and spring, as well as parts of summer and winter!).  It also makes anything that I'm wearing look about 100 times cooler, which is a nice bonus as well.

Lululemon Love Tee - I love all of my Lululemon pieces, but this is probably my favorite.  The cut of the top is really flattering, and it can be worn to workout, paired with jeans, or even tucked into a skirt for a more formal look.
This is my favorite shirt to wear while traveling because it's long enough to be worn with leggings, and is insanely comfortable.  Plus, since it's so versatile, I can wear it multiple times during my trip.  There are always new colors and patterns coming out in this top, so I know I'll end up buying another one (or two, or three) anytime they're on sale!

Gibson Twist Front Cozy Fleece - Out of all of the clothes that I wear, this one might get the most compliments.  I like to wear basic pieces most of the time, and I love the fact that this light-weight sweater is a basic with a (literal) twist.
It makes it a little more interesting and exciting, but can be worn with just about anything!  Plus- the fabric is INSANELY soft, which makes me want to buy all of my tops in the same fabric.


Vegan Gyros - It's been about a year since I went vegan, and I've tried a lot of different recipes.  Most of them have been pretty good, with a few failures here and there, and a few standouts.  By far my favorite recipe has been this one for vegan gyros.  I mean- just look at how good the picture looks!
Gyros used to be one of my favorite foods, and I was definitely missing them when I stopped eating meat!  Plus, tzaitki sauce is just amazing, and I would eat it up as a dip.  I knew I had to try this recipe, which was surprisingly easy (even though you have to make your own seitan), and was shocked at how similar the taste and texture was to my beloved gyro!  I make it about once a month to get my gyro fix- in fact, I'll be making it tomorrow on Snapchat if you want to follow along! (my username is gretchxo :)

Miso - This year has been a game changer for me in the food work, mostly because I finally discovered MISO!  I was definitely missing out, because I've been adding this to just about everything lately and it just takes the food to a whole other level.
It's such a simple, healthy ingredient, especially for vegans and vegetarians!  If you haven't given it a try yet, I highly suggest picking some up on your next trip to the grocery store.  This is the recipe that got me hooked!

Homemade Almond Milk - Earlier this year, I made it my goal to start making my own nut milks, and it's been a game changer for me.  It's so much easier than I expected, tastes amazing, and is cheaper (and healthier) than store bought.
Plus, I love the fact that I can mix and match flavors, and re-use the almond pulp for other recipes.  Basically, it's a win/win/win/win!  This is the base recipe that I use, but now I try out different flavor combinations and different nuts!


Aveeno Daily Scrub - I have really sensitive skin, so it's hard for me to find an exfoliator that's gentle enough for me.  Usually they make my skin really irritated or cause breakouts, so I was excited to find this one from Aveeno.  I have really good luck with products from Aveeno, which seem to be more natural and gentle.  Plus, they always smell like a spa.  I love how soft this scrub makes my skin feel, without any irritation at all.  Even though this is a "daily" scrub, I only use it about once a week.

Loreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Mask - I have oily roots with dry ends, and when I saw this new line from Loreal I was SO excited.  You just smear this mask all over your roots, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse it out.  You're left with gorgeous hair that isn't oily at all, and stays that way for a week.  This is seriously a game changer for me, and as soon as I finish my first jug I'm buying about 10 more (just in case they ever discontinue it).  I also tried the dry shampoo from this line which I love, and am planning on testing out the shampoo and conditioner next.

Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara - I am a HUGE mascara fan (mostly because it's the only makeup I regularly wear lately), and this one definitely caught my eye.  It's been compared to a very popular (and inappropriately named) mascara from Too Faced, and I think I like this one even more!  It has a drier formula, which helps it go on smoothly with no clumps, but gives amazing length and volume.  I love it!

Your turn!  Let me know what's new with you!!
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  2. I definitely can't believe it's the second half of the year already! My brain is still stuck in April.

    Those bottles of almond milk look so pretty!

  3. I have that Loreal hair mask but haven't used it yet. Glad to know you like it. Is the mascara you are comparing it to called " better than..."?

    I've tried several Loreal mascaras and have not been impressed. I don't believe I have tried the one you are referring to though. What color tube is it in? Is the

  4. Our local juice bar does an in-house almond milk and it's AMAZE 🙌🏻 Of course it costs an arm and a leg so I can totally see why to DIY. Loving that fleece top ❤️

  5. I agree, there's just something about a leather moto jacket that makes whatever you're wearing look 100x cooler. I have one and, I admit, I feel like a total badass whenever I wear it!

  6. I NEED to try making my own almond milk - the Aldi stuff is fine, but seems to have a lot of SHIT in it for something that is as simple as nuts & water. Especially since I buy unflavored & unsweetened, so need for extra stuff.

  7. The lululemon tee and the jacket are both lovely. PS that gyro looks so good!

    Also your making your own milk reminds me of my mum making her own coconut oil. I mean... just absolutely beyond anything I could go but I sooo wish I could.

  8. OMG I LOVE it when you post posts like these! I want that sweater, and I want that shirt too but I need to make sure it's long enough to cover the vag in leggings. Is it?

  9. Oooo I definitely need to learn how to make homemade almond milk...we go through so much of it! Also those tees look super comfy :)

  10. oh i love that fleece! i don't have that exact one, but i have a sweater from that brand that i absolutely love. so soft and comfy. those vegan gyros look so amazing, definitely checking that recipe out! can't believe it's been a year since you went vegan! this might sound weird and rude - i definitely don't mean it that way! - but, what are your reasons again? for health or the animals? i try and eat as little meat as possible, but i still do. i also try not to use brands that aren't cruelty free, but loreal is one i can't quit.. love their mascaras. wasn't sure if you'd ever mentioned the whole beauty products/makeup cruelty free thing and i was just curious :) not trying to be rude or anything at all. i'm always intrigued by the reasons people do things. i'm of the mind that something is better than nothing, always wanting to improve (when it comes to eating animals and such). but then i have a friend who is a vegetarian but buys leather and fur, so.. you know? haha. anywho. rambled long enough. exiting now.

  11. oooh those clothes are so cute. I'm going to have to look into that twist front sweater. It looks so comfy but really polished! A great winter staple. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  12. I'm so impressed that you make your own nut milk! I want to try all three beauty products you mentioned. I also have sensitive skin and dry ends and always need a good mascara recommendation!

  13. i love that sweater. thanks for sharing it.

    i'm impressed that you make your own milk, too. and that aveeno cleanser is pretty good. i'm partial to an oil of olay regenerist exfoliating cleanser. but i have used the other and like it.

  14. That sweater is so cute, and I love the moto jacket!

  15. I want all of those clothes! And I don't travel, so I have no excuse, but they are just so comfy looking!

  16. I must try the almond milk recipe! We have a nut bag (use it for making cold-brew coffee though) and we regularly have two cartons of almond milk in the fridge (chocolate and reg. unsweetened). Also, I love that sweater! :)

  17. That twist front fleece looks really pretty and comfy! :)

    Oh and gyros! Hadn't had gyros in ages and must try the recipe! Doesn't TJ's have gyros meat now?

    I've heard good things about the Loreal Mascara and need to try it. Mascara is definitely my staple beauty item.

  18. That jacket is so cute! I wear mine all the time for the same reasons :P

    That gyro looks legit too! I am off to see what's in the tzatziki!


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