Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal

From the author of one of Oprah’s favourite things, The 52 Lists Project, Moorea Seal is set to launch her third book, Make Yourself at Home, next week on September 26, 2017. I had pre-ordered my copies (yep, I bought more than one!) of this book about a month ago and was able to pick it up yesterday from Moorea Seal’s local shop here in Seattle. Her Belltown storefront is moving to Downtown Seattle in October, so a few lucky pre-orders of the book were available for pickup before the shop move– how exciting is that?!

I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks of what you can expect behind this beautiful cover and a Make Yourself at Home review in today’s post!

Best interior design book: Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal

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Chia seed drink recipe

chia seed drink recipe

Earlier this year, around springtime, chia seed drinks became a regular item on my weekly grocery list. I really enjoy the texture of chia seed gel in beverages (it’s a bit like evenly distributed mini tapioca in bubble tea, but with less chewing) or with yogurt, and started to become mildly obsessed with the bottled beverages in the drink aisle. Alas, this habit became less and less wallet friendly as my love for chia seed drinks grew.

Here’s a quick way to avoid spending $3 per beverage and to make the chia seed drinks at home instead!

Ingredients (makes 2):
– Juice of choice
– 4 tbsp chia seeds (bulk-sized jugs available for under $13)
– 2 cups of water

Step 1: Soak the chia seeds

Soaking the chia seeds is what causes the chia seeds to form the outer “gel” layer. In a sealed contained (I used a mason jar), soak 4 tbsp of chia seeds in 2 cups of water. Stir the chia seeds in the water (to avoid clumping) and place the container in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

how to soak chia seeds

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Minimalist sneakers for all day wear

I was first introduced to minimalist sneakers last year when SUAVS, a Texas-based shoe company, first launched in 2016 and made a visit to Seattle to promote the line. Unfortunately, I missed this event but still managed to catch up with the designer behind the shoes. The idea of an all day wear shoe was so fascinating to me, especially as someone who owns at least 3 pairs of shoes in each category of boots, running shoes, flats, block heels, etc. An everyday shoe became a concept in my day-to-day life when I started to travel for work and had limited space (carry on only) to bring additional pairs of shoes. Below are the first pair of slip-on SUAVS shoes that I ever owned.

SUAVS barton slip-on shoes

The slip-on SUAVS that I’m wearing in the photo above are the Barton Slip On. I wore these knit sneakers everywhere: to and from the airport, at work, to the gym, sometimes at the gym, riding my bike, running on concrete floors, etc. These truly became my go-to shoes for the 6 months that I owned them. I was so sad when I had to put them down after my bike had snagged the knit and tore a hole on the side of the shoe where the knit meets the sole. To be fair, I continued to wear them for another month after this hole formed because I loved them so much! These shoes are so comfortable and the materials are very breathable (to the point where no socks are required)!

SUAVS Zilker lace up minimalist sneakers

Fast forward to 2017 and I could not have been more excited to learn that SUAVS launched a pair of minimalist lace-up sneakers based off of their popular Barton slip on design. The Zilker lace-up pair boasts the minimalist design of the original Barton’s and comes with a handful of new features.

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