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Brit Wolfe

  • Skin & Hair STYLE

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Looking for a foolproof way to get that just-left-the-beach summer hair? I’m sharing my three favorite (cruelty-free, duh) products to give you the perfect hair every time.

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Sea Salt Spray

    What is sea salt spray? Sea salt spray is a sprayable styling product made from salt water that gives your hair the perfect spent-all-day-at-the-beach texture.

    Sea salt spray is my newly-discovered secret for perfect summer waves. I don’t know about you guys, but my “beach hair” never looks the way I want it to. I never get the perfect wavy hair, I always end up with streaks of crunchy, damp, slightly bent hair. Sea salt spray gives you the texture and shape you’re hoping for: perfectly wavy with just enough grip from the salt to keep it in place.

    My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Dry Shampoo

    What is dry shampoo? Dry shampoo is a sprayable “shampoo” that absorbs the grease in your hair and keeps it clean between washes. It also adds volume to your roots and a nice texture to the ends of your hair.

    Dry shampoo has been my secret weapon for years now. It was my savior through the days of brightly colored hair (I’m looking at you, only-washed-twice-a-month pink hair), and nowadays it gives me the perfect texture and volume that my hair needs.

    My favorite? Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    Deep Conditioner

    What is a deep conditioner? A deep conditioner is a hair conditioning treatment that’s a little more intense than a normal, everyday conditioner.

    Deep conditioner is a life-saver during the summer. Not only does it help reverse all the sun damage and chlorine damage from spending all day at the pool, but it also helps protect against the sea salt spray drying out your hair. Salt attracts moisture, so when you use the salt spray everyday, it can take a toll on the health of your hair. Using a deep conditioner is the best way to counteract that!

    My favorite? L’Oreal Ever Pure Repair Remedy Balm

    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

    How I style my summer hair:

    1. Braid it.
      My first step in styling my summer hair is to spray a little bit of the sea salt spray in my hair, scrunch it through with my fingers, then braid my hair into a loose, messy braid. I sleep with my hair in the braid overnight to get really defined waves.
    2. Loosen it up.
      In the morning, I take my hair out of the braid and loosen up the waves with my fingers. I usually brush out just the ends of my hair (the bottom 1 inch or so) because it makes it look neater than having stringy ends. If the waves aren’t as defined as I would like, I spray just a tiny bit more sea salt spray and scrunch it through with my fingers.
    3. Spray it.
      My last step is to spray my roots with dry shampoo and work it through. This gives my roots the volume that I want while adding a little extra texture!
    4. Keep it going.
      I usually repeat these steps for 3-4 days, depending on the weather and how my hair looks (if it’s flat, greasy, etc.). I’ve found that spraying the salt spray every other day works best because it keeps the texture without completely drying out your hair. Once I feel that my hair stops looking great, I’ll shampoo and do a deep conditioning treatment to put moisture back in my hair.
    My 3 Essentials for Perfect Summer Hair

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  • STYLE

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    I’ve seen more and more people putting together their ‘style uniform’, which is just a fun way to describe your everyday outfit. I remember reading about this for the first time on A Beautiful Mess where Elsie talked about her everyday uniform . I’ve done this for a looong time (I tend to find an outfit I like and wear it to death), but I’ve never thought of it as my uniform before…. until summer hit and I realized that I’ve created my perfect summer uniform without even realizing it! Here are 2 of my favorite reasons to have a style uniform:

    1. It makes it easy to get dressed in the morning.
    2. It’s something that makes you feel confident, so you don’t have to try on a million things before deciding.

    I’m obsessed with the idea of a style uniform. It’s quick, easy, and totally customizable, plus anything that cuts down on my decision making is a plus in my book. Here are the 5 essentials of my perfect summer uniform:

    A band tee or t-shirt

    Band tees have been my go-to since high school. They’re easy to style, super comfortable, and pretty unique (especially if you find vintage band tees!). I tend to wear band tees from more “modern” bands, but this look will work with literally any t-shirt you can find. I like my t-shirts a little baggier, and then I tuck in just the front edge.

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    Parkway Drive t-shirt – thrifted // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – Vans

    Cute bralette

    Let’s just be real here: nobody wants to wear a bra during the summer. My solution: a cute, comfy bralette. They go with literally any outfit, are comfortable to wear all day, and best of all you can wear them with any type of shirt because you don’t have to worry about hiding the straps. This is my favorite bralette, and it’s only $15 from Target. Plus it comes in tons of colors!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    Descendents t-shirt – thirfted // pink bralette – Target // hat – Forever 21 // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – Vans

    High-waisted shorts

    To be honest, I wear high-waisted things all year round (I’m looking at you, Gaiam leggings). I feel that they give my body a better shape and usually look cuter with my style. But especially in summer, high-waisted shorts are a must. Tucking the t-shirt in the front gives a little extra style and shows off any cute details of the shorts!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    Comfy shoes

    Comfy shoes are so important for summer. Flip-flops are perfect for the beach or pool, but comfy sneakers are my go-to for day-to-day life. I’m a Vans girl at heart, so Vans are what I’m usually (always) wearing.

    Here’s a Tip: instead of heading straight to the Vans store, check out Nordstrom Rack first. They carry all the unique, special edition Vans at great prices. I just recently found these classic black and white checkered Vans at Nordstrom Rack for only $25!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)

    An oversized flannel

    Tying a flannel around your waist not only defines your body shape, but is also super handy for chilly late-night barbecues or beach trips. Thrift stores are the first place I check for flannels because they’re a good price, there’s always a ton of them (don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section!), and you can find some really unique colors. This flannel (my absolute favorite) was a thrift store find. Not only is it in perfect condition, but it was only $5.

    What’s your perfect summer style uniform? Let me know in the comments!

    5 Essentials for the Perfect Style Uniform (Summer Edition)
    The Wonder Years tank – thrifted // high-waisted shorts – thrifted // flannel – thrifted // shoes – thrifted

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  • Brownies & Bars FOOD

    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars (Vegan)

    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars – a delicious layer of blueberry and peach filling sitting on top a buttery crust, topped with a crumbly streusel

    Overhead shot of blueberry crumble bars on a marble surface

    Summer is in full swing here. That means the bathing suits have been purchased, books are being read next to the pool, my tan is getting better day by day (I’m still white as a ghost, but I’m trying), and my list of to-make summer recipes keeps on growing. I’m obsessed with fruit in the summer: fruit salad, fruit desserts, fruit as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But when it comes to making a fruit dessert, what screams summer more than peaches and blueberries?

    Blueberry peach crumble bars drizzled with glaze sitting on parchment paper

    The combination of peach and blueberry is one of my favorite flavor combos of all time. It just works so well together! Light and refreshing but full of flavor, these crumble bars are the perfect summer dessert.

    Blueberry peach crumble bars drizzled with glaze sitting on parchment paper

    How to make Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars:

    These bars are a little bit of work, but so worth it. Plus they look fancy, like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen for hours and hours. But all it comes down to is three simple steps: the crust, the filling, and the crumble topping. The optional fourth step is to add a glaze on top, which is totally optional but I highly recommend it.

    First, make the crust. The method for making this crust is just like a scone or pie crust: sift together the dry ingredients, add the cold butter, stir in the wet ingredients, chill. Once the crust is made, pour about 2/3 of it into a parchment-lined pan and bake until slightly golden. Then, add the blueberries and peaches to a bowl with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon and let sit until the fruit starts releasing juices. Pour this fruit filling over the baked crust, top with the crumble topping, then bake until bubbling and lightly golden brown.

    Overhead shot of blueberry crumble bars on a marble surface

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    Blueberry Peach Crumble Bars (Vegan)

    A delicious layer of blueberry and peach filling sitting on top a buttery crust, topped with a crumbly streusel
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time50 mins
    Total Time1 hr 10 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: bar dessert, bars, blueberry, peach
    Servings: 12
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    Crust & Crumble

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed
    • 1/2 cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance cold and cubed
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

    Blueberry & Peach Filling

    • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
    • 1 heaping cup peaches, peeled and chopped
    • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch

    Instructions

    For the crust:

    • In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of water. Mix well, then set aside until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt), then add the sugar and mix well to make sure there are no lumps. Add the cold, cubed butter and mix with your hands until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the flax and vanilla and mix well. If this mixture starts to get warm at any point, throw it in the fridge to chill for 5-10 minutes. Just like a pie crust, you want it to stay cold!
    • Press about 2/3 of the crust mixture into a parchment-lined 8"x8" baking pan. Make sure to really press the mixture into the corners or else the fruit juice could seep down and make the crust soggy. Chill the crust for 15 minutes. While the crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    • Once the 15 minutes has passed, bake the bottom crust for 15 minutes until set and slightly golden brown. In a separate bowl, add the chopped pecans to the remaining 1/3 of the crust, then set aside (this will become the top crumble!).

    For the filling:

    • In a large bowl, combine the blueberries and peaches. Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice over top, and let sit for 15 minutes until the fruit has started to release some of its juice. After 15 minutes, drain some of the juice from the bottom of the bowl, then add the cornstarch to the fruit and mix well.
    • Pour the blueberry filling over the baked crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust over top and gently pat into the filling. Bake 35 minutes until bubbling and light golden brown.

    For the glaze:

    • In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 Tbsp. of nondairy milk. Mix until smooth, then drizzle over the fruit bars.

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Almond Butter Trail Mix Cookies (Vegan)

    Almond Butter Trail Mix Cookies – crispy, buttery cookies packed with dark chocolate chips, crunchy granola, and swirls of almond butter

    Pile of chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

    Can I share something with you guys? Cookies are my favorite thing to share on the blog. They’re quick, they’re so easy to throw together, and most importantly, they’re always delicious. Plus cookies are really fun to experiment with. Once you get a good base recipe, the possibilities are endless.

    Chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

    These cookies remind me of the Kitchen Sink Blondies I made a while back. The base is delicious on its own, but the mix-ins are really what make it. For these trail mix cookies, I used a mix of chocolate chips and granola (Nature’s Path, of course), then swirled some almond butter (Justin’s, of course) into the cookie dough. I’m obsessed.

    Chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

    How to Make Almond Butter Trail Mix Cookies:

    These cookies use the same method as my Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies. First make the cookie dough, then add the mix-ins (in this case, chocolate chips and granola). Once fully combined, add scoops of almond butter to the top of the cookie dough and fold together with a spatula. Make sure to fold gently so the almond butter swirls through the dough. If you fold too much, the almond butter will literally disappear, and that’s not what you want, chief.

    Once the cookie dough is made, scoop it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours. The chilling process is necessary to keep the almond butter from seeping out the sides of the cookies, so the longer you can chill the cookie dough, the better! Chilling cookie dough overnight also helps the texture (the fats solidify so the cookie won’t completely flatten in the oven) and the flavor (the ingredients mix and flavors become stronger).

    Chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

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    Almond Butter Trail Mix Cookies

    Crispy, buttery cookies packed with dark chocolate chips, crunchy granola, and swirls of almond butter
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Resting Time2 hrs
    Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
    Course: Cookies
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 12
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup granola I used Nature's Path
    • 1/2 cup almond butter, such as Justin's

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened (about 5-7 minutes).
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the flax and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes until fully combined.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) and add into the mixing bowl all at once. Mix on low until the flour is just incorporated.
    • Fold in the chocolate chips and granola.
    • Add spoonfuls of the almond butter to the top of the dough, then fold together with a spatula just until the almond butter is starting to incorporate into the dough. You can also do this with your stand mixer: just quickly turn the mixer on and off a few times and you'll achieve the same result.
    • Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, then chill in the fridge at least 2 hours, overnight if possible. When you're almost ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350º.
    • Bake 15-17 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
    Chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

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  • Drinks FOOD

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Shake – a great source of vegan protein! This rich shake combines strawberries, bananas, and chocolate for a delicious, vegan, protein-packed snack.

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

    I know it isn’t the healthiest to rely on protein shakes, but as someone who works out almost every day, it’s definitely helpful to get that extra boost of protein. And it’s delicious. The way I see it, as long as you don’t get all of your protein from protein powder, there’s no harm. You just need to make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet for the rest of your meals.

    Unlike a lot of pre-made shakes or protein drinks, this chocolate protein shake is actually healthy for you. Full of good fat from the peanut butter, fiber from the flax, and no added sugar, this shake makes the perfect protein-packed snack.

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

    How to make this chocolate protein shake:

    My number one tip to make this recipe not only easy, but time-saving? Target sells a frozen mix of strawberries and bananas. I buy at least one bag every week so whenever the craving strikes, I can blend this up super easy. If you don’t have this pre-mixed bag of fruit, just measure out 1 cup of frozen strawberries and 1 cup of frozen bananas. If you don’t have frozen fruit, you can still make this shake! Just decrease the amount of liquid and add some ice. Blend until totally smooth, then top with granola (or vegan whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy!).

    Honestly, the most difficult part of this recipe is finding a protein powder that you like. It took me a minute until I found Vega (chocolate and greens, please), but it’s by far my favorite plant-based protein powder (so much so that I even listed it as one of my 2018 favorites).

    Looking for more protein-packed recipes?

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Servings: 2
    Author: Brit Wolfe

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups frozen strawberries and bananas
    • 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk, such as Silk
    • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
    • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
    • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter

    Instructions

    • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until totally smooth.

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