The Big City

This night in NYC was a particularly freezing one, that my Miami blood was not prepared for. But that aside, we watched one of the most entertaining fashion shows, the YEROC by Corey Woods. The pieces were fantastic and the performance was one for the books.

We found another amazing vegan restaurant, that I wish would make its way down South. Blossoms, was my all time favorite restaurant for the trip, the full menu was vegan and their Truffle, Mushroom Pizza was insanely delicious!

My look for this nights show was one of my favorite pieces from Lilac and Lilies Boutique, in Fort Lauderdale Florida, this flattering white dress. Paired with our Livin’ the MAD Life “Winter Sparkle” tote.

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Blazer | Zara (similar)

Dress | Lilac and Lilies

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

Shoes | Gianni Bini (similar)

 

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Sunday Brunch at Sciuri

I’m dying over this top from Ralph Lauren! It’s the perfect piece to dress up for a fancy night out, or to throw on some cute shorts and spend the day brunching it with your girls.

And I think I’ve found another favorite brunch spot, located in South Beach! If you’re looking for an authentic Italian bakery, where everyone is from Italy, then Sciuri Bakery is the place for you! They had the most amazing selection of baked goods, cakes, cookies, fudge, you name it! I don’t think I’ve ever had a cannoli so good! And they even have delicious lunch options like lasagna, pizza and, my favorite, the arancini! If this doesn’t sound good already, they even offered vegetarian options! I’ve definitely stumbled across a gem in South Beach!

Photographer// The Valdez Photo

 

Top// Ralph Lauren

Shorts// Zara

Watch// Daniel Wellington (Use Code “Aroon” for discount)

Shoes// SteveMadden

 

Check out Sciuri next time you’re looking for an amazing place to grab a bite to eat 541 Jefferson Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xoxox

Livin’ the MAD Life

Exciting news everyone! My mom and I have decided to start our own purse and bag company. But there’s a twist! We wanted to bring our personal values into the brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, and have decided to keep it all vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and focused on empowering designs.

For those of you who do not know, my mother is a world renowned artist, who has sold hundreds of thousands of art pieces and has collectors from around the world. Her art has been featured in popular media streams such as the “O” Oprah Magazine, was the cover image for the Interior Design Magazine, and the featured artist and cover for the Spectrum Art Basel in 2015. She also has her art sold in various retail stores across the country such as, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Not only that, but she also has art in major hotels, TV shows, celebrity homes and restaurants around the country.

Okay, so enough bragging about how awesome of an artist my mom is.. But that’s what makes the brand even better! My mother will design each bag and we even have original, hand painted purses!

Pretty cool, huh? Well it’s even cooler, because all of our hand painted bags are on thrifted, upcyled bags! Not sure if you knew this or not, but the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, only behind the oil industry. Purchasing second hand and thrifted fashion items is a great way to keep sustainable and help reduce the fashion industries, and your, carbon footprint. We have thrifted bags from brands such as Chloe, Steve Madden, Samsonite and more! Some of the pieces date back to the 1950’s, making them a vintage masterpiece!

Although our other collections are not on thrifted bags, they will be designed with the colorful workings of my mom, which makes them a collectors piece and not fast fashion.

What’s even more, is we will never sell a bag that is not vegan or cruelty free. The majority of our bags will be made from PU faux leather.

There’s so much more to learn about our products and how they embody empowerment and what a MAD symbol stands for. To read more and check out all of our products visit www.livinthemadlife.com and keep in touch via social media @LivinTheMADLife.

Here are a few of our bags that you can purchase! Side note| I will also be modeling for the brand, so stay tuned for our other fun and exciting campaigns, that are already in the works!

Thanks for your support guys! Can’t wait to see where this takes us next!

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Now I feel there might be one question you all have… what does MAD stand for?

It’s simple, its our initials! Megan Aroon Duncanson

Healthy Greek Kale Quinoa Recipe

Healthy Greek Kale Quinoa Recipe

I am usually not the biggest fan of quinoa all by itself, but I had a huge bag in the pantry and needed to find a way to use it up. After searching Pinterest for ideas, I found the most delicious and super healthy quinoa dish!

I doubled up on the recipe, as I like to have a bunch for my roommates and I to eat for the next few days. But the recipe below serves 4.

This is one of my new favorite recipes, as it only took 15 minutes to make and it is sooooooo yummy!

  Ingredients:

2 cups of water

1 cup of quinoa

1 cup of baby kale, stems removed

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/2 cup cucumber

1/4 cup of minced onion

2 tbsp kalamata olives

1 tbsp of cilantro or parsley (chopped)

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/8 tsp himalayan salt

1/8 tsp pepper

feta cheese

Instructions:

  • Cook quinoa. Add water and quinoa into medium pan, bring to boil. Turn stove top to low heat and let quinoa cook for 15 minutes, or until desired texture.
  • While your quinoa is cooking gather all of your vegetable and chop up. Mix all veggies in large bowl.
  • In separate small bowl mix together your dressing. Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Stir dressing in with vegetable.
  • Add quinoa once cooked and stir thoroughly.

You can eat this dish hot or cold, its just as delicious either way!

And feel free to switch up the veggies or take certain ones out if you are not a fan.

Let me know if you recreate this recipe and how you like it!

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Stew

I’ve been really into soups the past few months and decided to make my own at home! 

I went to my local farmers market and picked up some fresh veggies. From there I threw everything together in the crock pot (besides water and coconut milk) and sautéed it in grapeseed oil until it browned.    Next, I added in the water and coconut milk and let the soup cook on medium heat in the crock pot for about 4 hours.   Finally I toasted some fresh homemade bread that I picked up from the farmers market and made some white rice to make the perfect meal! Ingredients:

1 sweet potato 

1/2 cabbage

2 whole carrots

Himalayan salt

1 1/2 purple onion

Curry powder

1/4 garlic

Coconut milk

Water

Xoxox

Healthy Banana Treat

Healthy Banana Treat

Hi everyone!

I have recently been trying to get back on track with my eating, it is so hard to maintain a healthy diet over the holidays!

That being said, I have also been experimenting with the foods I eat, and in the process I have found a new favorite snack, a delicious banana smoothie!

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This recipe is enough to make 8oz

You will need:

  • 1 banana
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • (optional: coconut shreds)

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients above and use your blender or nutribullet.

Enjoy!

The chia seeds and flax seeds are optional, but I always add these into my smoothies to add a little healthy kick. If you are having trouble blending the smoothie, then add a little almond milk.

xoxox

Two Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Two Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Being a full time college student I am short on time some mornings. I try to stay healthy therefore making my own food seems like the best option. Here are a couple quick breakfast ideas for when you’re short on time!

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This has been one of my favorite breakfasts so far! (Current obsession)
Toasted Bagel Thin smeared with crunchy almond butter topped with banana slices and drizzled in honey. Yum!!

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Another super easy breakfast idea is a quick breakfasts sand which.
Once again toast a bagel thin and cook your egg to the desired way, add some cooked spinach and top with shredded cheese!

Thanks for stopping by!
Xoxox

A Quick and Delicious Breakfast Treat

A Quick and Delicious Breakfast Treat

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

I always make sure I start my day off with a nice big breakfast, and I like to be quick about it. Therefore, my breakfast meal is usually the same every morning. But I am still not tired of it!

If you want to find out how to make a delicious breakfast in just over a couple minutes then keep reading!

Ingredients:

My Nature’s Path Oatmeal is by far my favorite. It only takes 75 seconds in the microwave and all you need is a 1/2 cup of water!

Once my oatmeal is done I take it out and add however much honey and cinnamon I am feeling. (Fun Fact: Use your local honey, it helps to build an immunity to some allergies in your area)

Mix it all up and add in your almonds and fruit!

I usually use blueberries, but I love to add banana and strawberry if I am out of blueberries.

Ahhh, the perfect quick and easy breakfast!

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Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Crisp

Made Susan Sampson’s delicious rhubarb crisp with a slight twist.

 

Ingredients: 

4 cups rhubarb, cut and prepared

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups strawberries

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

 

Crisp Topping:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup butter, melted

 

 

 

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Directions

  • (prep) Cut up 4 cups of the rhubarb into small rectangles and soak overnight in 1 cup of sugar
  • The next day add 2 cups of strawberries and let them soak for a couple hours
  • Mix together the rhubarb/strawberry, sugar, cinnamon and flour.
  • Scoop the mixture into a baking pan
  • Mix the flour, oats and sugar. Add butter and mix. Place over rhubarb mix
  • Bake for around 30 minutes (or until golden brown) in a preheated oven at 375F

 

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This was the perfect ending to our family picnic today. Pairing this with some vanilla ice cream would be magical!

I hope you enjoy and let me know if you end up recreating this recipe!

Thanks

xoxo