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Memorial Day 2018 Style Guide

Memorial Day is a time to sit back, relax, and celebrate.  And this Memorial Day, we plan to take full advantage of that! As women, we know that the only way to completely relax is to feel good and empowered, not only on the inside, but also on the outside.  A few sweat sessions can definitely help with that internal glow, but what we put on our bodies can be just as important for our self confidence.  So if you have been wondering what to wear this Memorial Day weekend… no need to fear! We have put together some essentials that you can catch your sweat techs in this holiday! Bonus: All of these items are available right here in Nashville!

1. An Easy White Dress

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

Nothing says laid back like a comfy t-shirt dress.  This Memorial Day, we are keeping things really simple and casual.  We like this dress from Hemline because it takes the t-shirt dress to the next level.  The ruffles on the sleeves and the texture of the fabric will definitely draw the attention to you in the best way.  You can dress this look up with a pair of wedges, or dress it down with a cute pair of casual sneakers.  The styling options are endless, and we can’t get enough! Shop this dress here: https://shophemline.com/collections/dresses/products/sunset-dreams-dress

2. Comfy Overalls

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

If done the right way, overalls are always in style.  We love this pair from Hemline because of the light color of the denim and small rip details.  Overalls are so easy to style and can also be worn over your bathing suit to double as a cover-up.  That is what your sweat techs are all about… easy and multi-use clothing that is still stylish! Shop overalls here: https://shophemline.com/collections/jumpsuits-rompers/products/georgia-overalls-in-polar-acid-1

3. Red, White, or Blue Bathing Suit

Photo via J. Crew

Photo via J. Crew

Because…duh!  Nothing says Memorial Day like red, white, and blue! Instead of putting all three colors into your bathing suit palette, settle with just one to get into the spirit.  This one piece from J. Crew is great because it comes in red, cinnamon, blue, or navy, so you have a lot of options when it comes to color! This suit is also very comfortable and versatile for any location you might be for your extended weekend.  Shop it here: https://bit.ly/2s6cXNH

4. Casual Sneakers

Photo via Popsugar

Photo via Popsugar

You can always catch your sweat techs rocking a cute and casual sneaker.  Sneakers are so easy to pair with any look.  Whether it’s jeans, shorts, a dress, or romper, casual sneakers always work! Not only is it about style for us, but it is also about comfort.  And this pair of sneakers from Nordstrom has both! Shop them here: https://bit.ly/2xdezdu

5. Straw Handbag

Photo via Hemline

Photo via Hemline

Nothing says summer like a straw hat or handbag.  This season, we plan to rock the straw as much as possible! Not only is it stylish, but it is also practical! No need to worry about getting your bag wet or throwing it in the sand… Straw can handle it! Shop one of our favorite straw bags from Hemline here: https://shophemline.com/collections/accessories/products/small-straw-bag

We hope you have the best Memorial Day holiday yet! Remember to wear an organic sunscreen and stay hydrated.  Tag us on Instagram at @thesweathouse to show us your Memorial Day style! 

Holly Darnell's Healthy Memorial Day Chia Seed Pudding

Holly Darnell knows a few things about simplifying healthy and delicious meals.  As a registered dietician, Holly provides healthy and nutritious meals to the 615 via her meal delivery service, Golden Roots Nashville.  We had the opportunity to sample Holly's chia seed pudding at an event recently, and we fell in love with the flavor.  Not to mention, the demo took nearly 5 minutes to complete! This recipe is super simple, super delicious, and super healthy, so we just had to have Holly share her recipe with you for this Memorial Day holiday!

(Read from Holly below)

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I find that the best things in life often come in the simplest form. And that is exactly how I like my food, where the ingredients speak for themselves. Food that can be minimalistic yet also personable. Enter: the chia seed pudding. It’s been having a moment in the food world, and I can absolutely see why. The ingredient list is short, the toppings are endless, and it’s delicious and Instagram worthy for your Memorial Day fun.

Not only is this recipe refreshing in the heat, but it’s also packed full of healthy goodies for our bodies. So let’s talk about the chia seed! Native to Central America, the small black seeds come from the plant called the Salvia hispanica, which is in the mint family. They take on a gelatinous texture when soaked in water or liquid, which is how they get the pudding-like consistency.

The gel-forming action of the chia seeds is due to the soluble fiber, which acts as a prebiotic and supports the growth of probiotics in your gut (hooray for good gut health!) Chia seeds also contain antioxidants which help fight free radicals (hello beautiful skin), omega-3 fatty acids (lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation), and stabilize blood sugar while boosting energy and metabolism. We will take all of the above, please. Chia seeds can also be eaten raw and sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, fruit, and vegetables.

I love making my chia seed pudding different every time depending on what’s in season and my current mood. For a fun addition to your gathering, set up a DIY chia seed pudding bar with different toppings to showcase preferences and personality. This recipe is perfect for Memorial Day with all of the red/blue produce that’s in season.

          Red: watermelon/strawberries/cherries/raspberries

          White: fresh coconut/unsweetened coconut flakes/coconut whipped cream
          Blue: blueberries/blackberries/plums

One of the perks of this recipe is that it can be made a day ahead of time and only takes five minutes. Less prep time, maximum deliciousness, and more hang time with loved ones equals perfection for me. I so hope that you enjoy gathering together, celebrating and enjoying this healthy treat for all of your Memorial Day fun!

All the love,

Holly Darnell

(See recipe below)

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Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

- ⅓ cup chia seeds

- 2 cups almond milk

- 2 Tbs honey (or maple syrup if vegan)

- 4 Tbs almond butter (optional)

- ½ cup dried, shredded unsweetened coconut

- ½ tsp ground cinnamon

- ½ tsp vanilla

- toppings of choice: fresh fruit, granola, cacao nibs, coconut, etc

Directions:

  1. In a bowl or mason jar (preferably with a lid), whisk together chia seeds, almond milk, honey, almond butter, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla vigorously (about 2-3 minutes). You can also use a blender.

  2. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or 2-3 hours so the pudding can set.

  3. Serve chilled with preferred toppings. Eat and enjoy!