Friday, June 15, 2012

Hostal la Buena Vida

Who would think, that when you are traveling as a backpacker you will end up staying in trendy-chic hotels? Does this sound like a fantasy? I traveled for a month around Spain with my friend and we ended up sleeping in pretty bad hostels; we even slept in and old lady's guest room, yaiks! But anyways, the idea is to get a different experience in a low budget, right? So for all the backpackers who are planning a trip to Mexico City, Hostal laBuena Vida  is my best recommendation. For only $25 dlls a night, you can enjoy an ultra modern Mexican inspired hostel in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city- La Condesa.

Photos by Jaime Navarro via arquitour

Monday, June 11, 2012

Get the look : Ralph Lauren Restaurant

Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren has become an icon of classic fashion. His wide product lines reflect the mix of  English-American style always representing an image of elegance.
Ralph Lauren not only creates beautiful clothing; he also developed a home line and two upscale restaurants where you can enjoy extraordinary American cuisine.

Opened in 1999 right in the middle of Michigan Ave, Chicago; Ralph Lauren Restaurant has the same sophistication as the RL brands, the dining space is elegant with a feel of old world New York’s renowned Metropolitan Club.  Located in the first floor of their 37,000 sq ft store in “Magnificent Mile” the RL store was build in  a structure that was originally designed  as a bank and now is home of the largest RL store in the world.

The restaurant has a very warm atmosphere with British elements that creates a prefect environment for a cold night in the windy city.

If you would like to get some ideas on how to create this look in your own home, check out the GET THE LOOK section, where I explain with detail, how to achieve this classic, elegant look.

Ralph Lauren in his home

Photos via Ralph Lauren

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tasty Frozen Treats

The summer  months are just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the warmer  weather  than enjoying some delicious, light, frozen Popsicle recipes with healthy Greek Yogurt.

Tip: If you don't have a Popsicle container you can get creative and use tequila glasses, an ice tray or small paper cups (Dixi cups). All the recipes make 5-6 small Popsicles.

Blueberry - Honey Pop

1 cup –  0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup – Blueberries
1/4 cup – Chopped Strawberries
1 1/2 tbsp – Honey or Agave Nectar

1.   Chop your Strawberries into chunks.
2.  In a bowl (or blender if you’re in a hurry), whisk together yogurt, fruit, and honey.  If you use a blender, keep in mind that you want your fruit to be a little chunky.
3.  Once blended, distribute your mixture into your popsicle  container of choice, insert one stick in each, and freeze.
4.  When frozen, run warm water over container until popsicles are loose enough to remove.

 Recipe by fitnesswithashley

Banana- Peach Pop

5 ripe peaches
2 ripe bananas
1 cup water
1 1/2 - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
2 / 4 tablespoons honey ( as sweet as you want!)
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour mix into popsicle container or if your using paper cups, freeze for 45 min and then insert the popsicle sticks, continue to freeze until popsicles are set.

Recipe by babble

Wild Berries - Honey Pop 

1 cup - 0% honey-sweetened Greek Yogurt
1 cup- Naked Juice (The one on the photo is Blue Machine) you can use any other juice.

1.Mix together yogurt and juice. 
2. Pour mix into popsicle container or if your using paper cups, freeze for 45 min and then insert the popsicle sticks, continue to freeze until popsicles are ready.

Recipe by babble 

Strawberry - Cream Pop

1 1/2 cup - pureed strawberries
2 cups -  0% honey-sweetened Greek Yogurt

1. Puree strawberries in blender or food processor
2.  To assemble as seen in the picture, layer the yogurt portion first and let it freeze for 30 min before adding the strawberry layer.  Let the second layer freeze for 30 min and the add the last yogurt layer .

Note: For a quick assembly, pour each layer on top of one another without any freeze time in between and then use a skewer or fork and gently swirl for a swirled Popsicle look.

Recipe by bakersroyale