JANE SAYS

Pick of the week! January 14 2015

Once again we can thank the gods of Pinerest for this treat. Some of our resolutions are related to food so we searched the interwebs for yummy and healthier alternatives.

Many goals made at the new year include vows to eat healthier. We like this recipe of energy bites for a healthier alternative for when cravings strike. 

 

Here's the recipe for healthier, no-bake energy bites

1/2 cup chocolate chips (coco powder and stevia can be used for a low-cal substitution)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup oatmeal, dry

1/2 cup peanut butter (you can used pb2 as a low cal substitution)

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup ground flax seed

Mix together all ingredients and enjoy

 

 

What are your goals for 2015?


Pick of the week! {dessert} January 14 2015

Chocolate is abundant in an office full of creative women. We love to discuss new chocolates or new (guilt-free) ways of eating it! Pinterest is the holy grail of finding easy and delicious new recipes. These Truffles are to die for!

 

 

Easy Chocolate Truffles  (Don't worry, we won't tell)

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Five strips 1-inch-wide orange peel, pith removed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped assorted nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, and pistachios

 

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together cream and cardamom. Add orange peel; bring just to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Line a baking pan with parchment; set it and another pan aside.
  •  Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth
  • Return cream mixture to heat; bring to a boil. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Remove cream mixture from heat. Pour through a sieve set over chocolate; discard solids. Stir until melted and smooth.
  •  Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pour chocolate mixture onto the unlined baking pan, and spread in an even layer with an offset spatula. Transfer baking pan to freezer; chill chocolate until hardened but malleable, 15 to 20 minutes.  Using a tablespoon, scrape enough chocolate from pan to form a roughly shaped 1-inch ball, being careful not to press too hard against baking pan. Repeat. Transfer balls to the parchment-lined pan; chill truffles in the refrigerator 10 minutes. 
  •  Place the confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder, and the chopped nuts in three separate bowls. Roll the truffles in desired coatings.

Pick of the week January 14 2015

For the avid traveler in your life, this Scratch Map is a perfect gift! It's a fun way to track where in the world your friends (or you!) have been, and plan future adventures.

The ojai sandal is perfect for casual or dressy days!


Pick of the week! January 14 2015

We also love Pinterest (the best kind of crafty black hole) and we have put together a #HolidayGuide just for däv. We have the best boots, gifts and treats you will find this season. Click the #Grinch pic to see everything we are loving for the Holidays!

 

Start Shopping and happy pinning!

 


Cozy Fall Days! November 13 2014

 

Now that we have had 3 days of cloudy weather, people are taking out the jackets and scarves!

MJ ballet flats are always a great option if it’s not cold enough for boots. We have new styles coming so be on the lookout for those (they are so cute!)

California is spoiled by mild seasons but we thought we'd share our favorite pieces that complete our Fall Faves.

 

Infinity scarf

This gorgeous and luxurious scarf is from Nordstrom. You will never want to take it off. It is a bit pricey but who doesn't deserve a splurge every once in a while??

 Layering Tank

Even when the weather is Arctic, layers are key. You need to be able to adjust your outfit without undoing your whole look when the coats and outerwear come off. This Knot Sister tank is perfect because of the cut, giving you great coverage while always looking fab.

 

Leggings

We are Obsessed with leather so why not put them with our favorite pants?! Genius! Leather Leggings dress up any outfit and make you feel like a rockstar! (Entourage and microphone sold separately).These are by Paige.

 

Floppy hat

 Hats are perfect when the weather gets cold and you have to keep your head nice and warm. Also they are the best accessory to hide your bad hair day or 3rd day post shampoo.This oxblood color is everywhere this season so add this little pop of color to keep on trend without going overboard!

 

The best part is this look goes with any kind of shoe you want! Boots! Flats! Sneakers! Here at MJ HQ flip flops are almost part of the uniform... But sometimes we like wearing other footwear (sshh don't tell). That is why this outfit is so amazing- it goes with everything. Show us how you style your favorite fall looks.

 

xoxo!


Stuff we love! October 21 2014

Sometimes it's good to go back to basics. This bag fashion vocabulary is a useful guide to the different types of bags. Now you will be a pro when it comes to bags! 

 

we love pumpkin themed anything! Here are some drool worthy recipes from Refinary29. 

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Stuff we love! October 08 2014

Fall is the perfect season to blend styles. Layers make Summer pieces transition into Fall. We love all things fashion so we are constantly online window shopping looking at fabric and patterns. One of the perks of making shoes is the excuse that shopping is "research". Here are a few of our new favorite things. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

This rylie Side-Zip Tunic is a perfect fall look. 

THE "it" ring of fall, this ring is fun, trendy and elegant. Whether you are an accessory queen who never leaves the house without a full set of jewelry to accessorize your outfit, or, if you are a minimalist in the jewelry department...this ring is perfect for you! We love it! 

 

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon is currently our favorite lip color. So easy to apply and it adds a nice touch of color without the hassle of applying lipstick. You never cease to impress us, Burt's Bees! 

 

Xoxo!


Pick of the week! October 02 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so celebrate by adding extra pink to your day. We all know someone affected by this horrible beast and we will continue to support our fellow sisters until there is a cure. Learn how you can donate here and here
xo xo,
Lauren 

Pick of the Week! September 25 2014

Happy Fall!

It's the perfect time to bring out the cozy blankets, pumpkin themed everything and a good book. Fall means Holidays and family time. We love new seasons and are so excited to decorate our houses and the office!

 

Xo Xo,

Lauren 


Pick of the week! September 18 2014

Even though it feels like Summer here in California, Fall is around the corner! 
The Calistoga is so soft and comfy, you will never take them off!
This delicious leather backpack is great for back-to-school or a weekend getaway!
As a new season approaches, it is always a good time to remember just how amazing and wonderful you are. 
And because it is actually 101 degrees today, here's how to make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte on ICE #PSL

Pick of the Week September 04 2014

As we head into Fall, it's time to grab ballet flats instead of flip flops. The Malibu is a perfect Fall shoe to take you from the office to play. cozy and soft, this flat will be a great addition to your wardrobe. the Olive and Khaki colors are perfect neutrals to match any outfit.

Happy Shopping!
xo xo,
Lauren 

The Skinny on Skinny Cocktails May 16 2012

I was all excited when I heard about zero cal drink mixes. I do love me a good margarita now and then -- but after seeing how certain Malibu girls blow up from over indulging in that sweet treat, I limit my happy hours to a glass of wine. How boring!  The skinny mixes are good, but you can also make your own! None of us want extra girth on our tail -- so, get busy in your own kitchen and save yourself some money or any additives, colors or anything nasty you should not put in your instrument---including those pesky carbs!
JANE'S MARGS
YOU NEED 2 cute glasses, 5-8 lemons or limes, Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Mariner, Stevia packets, Katie Perry playlist
START BY: wetting glasses and place in freezer, play music. For two margaritas (too SAD to drink alone!), juice 4 lemons or 6 limes. Slice some in circles for your garnish. My bff-mixologist-friend insists lemon juice is in a true margarita---but I prefer limes. Add 4 packets of Stevia, a sweetener made from a South American herb. Stevia is sweeter than sugar and has no calories or anything dodgy. Stir this concoction and taste it - it should be like a very sweet lemon or limeade. Add more Stevia if you pucker.
In a large shaker, add 4 shots of Cuervo Gold Tequila, 1 shot of Grand Marnier, one cup of your mix and ice to fill shaker. Shake vigorously with lots of hip action while singing California Gurls by Katie Perry. Remove your glasses from freezer and pour your margs thru the strainer in the shaker. Leave the ice out of the drink, as it dilutes the drink and waters down the flavors. Leave the salt off, it's one of the ingredients you are avoiding in typical margarita mixes. Enjoy! Sub vodka for the tequila, and you have yourself a nice lemon drop. Next recipe - the COSMO!
BRANDS AND WHY
Cuervo Gold - This is a good Tequila, but not super-premium. Why use a tequila that is not primo? The fancier the Tequila, the smoother the taste. In a good marg, you want a bit of a bite, as well as the rich flavor of the gold variety. You want to taste the Tequila - a primo tequila will actually make the margarita taste like it is watered down! Weird, I know!
Grand Mariner- A typical marg calls for triple sec. Grand Mariner has a orange-ish flavor like triple sec, but is more delicious and is really nice with the Cuervo.
Stevia - there are different brands such as a brand called Truvia. I really have no preference here, so buy what you can find. Sometimes, I use Splenda, but Stevia is better.
Refine- If you choose not to make your own mix, I found one called Refine at Von's. It is REALLY good and has no calories!

http://www.refinemixers.com/