Nourish and Glow: Vegan Golden Milk Ice-cream Brownie Sandwich Recipe

Last week I received two books in the mail that were so beautiful, they literally made me say, “Ooooooh!” Those books were Nourish & Glow: Naturally Beautifying Foods & Elixirs  and Fresh & Pure: Organically Crafted Beauty Balms & Cleansers by Jules Aron.

You may remember Jules’ name from my post about her book Vegan Cheese last year. This year she’s back with two new books – Nourish & Glow, which features recipes for nourishing foods and elixirs (think juices and smoothies) and Fresh & Pure, which features loads of DIY beauty recipes.

Jules told me the books are meant to look like old apothecary books, and I think they nailed it on design. Inside each book, you’ll find 75 recipes and some truly stunning photography.

Today I decided to not only share one of the gorgeous recipes from Nourish & Glow, but also to give away a copy of each new book. Enter below, and for more entries check out my Instagram giveaway too.

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For the  Raw Brownies:

  • 1  1/2 cups walnuts
  • Sea salt
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Raw brownies
  • 1  1/2 cups walnuts
  • Sea salt
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water

To make the brownies:

Chop 1/4 cup of the walnuts and set aside. Place the remaining walnuts and salt to taste in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and water and process to distribute. Transfer the mixture to a glass container and pack it in evenly. Spread the reserved walnuts evenly on top. Place in the refrigerator to cool. Cut into squares before serving.

goldenmilkicecreamBeauty Food Spotlight

Golden Milk is a truly synergistic healing blend. The turmeric and curcumin, its most documented bioactive ingredient, include powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties.

Black pepper, whose sharp taste comes from the alkaloid piperine, enhances the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. And since turmeric is also fat soluble, the coconut milk maximizes absorption of its healing properties.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase I could earn a commission. I received these books for free in exchange for my honest review.

Golden Milk Ice-cream Brownie Sandwiches

By BakeandDestroy Published: March 7, 2018

  • Yield: 8 Servings

From the author: Tucked between two chunks of these oh-so-chocolaty, nutty, chewy brownies is creamy, coconut milk-based ice cream, inspired from the sweet and spicy drink affectionately known as Golden Milk. Ground turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom bring plenty of rich, warm flavor to this delicious frozen treat.



  1. To make the ice cream: Place the coconut milk, ginger, maple syrup, turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and salt to taste in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, whisking to combine. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Whisk once more.
  2. Taste and adjust the flavor as needed, adding more turmeric for intense turmeric flavor, cinnamon for warmth, maple syrup for sweetness, or salt to balance the flavors.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the mixture, transfer to a blender, add the bananas, and blend.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large, freezer-safe container and freeze for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and process in the blender once more.
  6. Cover securely and freeze overnight, until firm.
  7. To assemble the ice-cream sandwiches, cut a brownie in two horizontally and scoop ice cream between the two halves. Serve immediately.
  8. Kitchen Note Take care not to overprocess the frozen bananas, as they will melt 
and ruin the ice-cream effect.

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    Vegan 100: Vegan Moroccan Chickpea Omelette Recipe

    Author Gaz Oakly is a vegan chef from Cardiff, UK. He was a chef before he was vegan, so he brings and interesting approach to his recipes – loads of which you can watch him make on YouTube.

    If by some chance you haven’t seen Avant-Garde Vegan’s YouTube videos yet, you’re welcome for the rabbit hole you’re about to fall down. But before you go, take a look at this recipe from his new cookbook, Vegan 100: Over 100 Incredible Recipes from Avant-Garde Vegan.

    The recipe for the chickpea “omelette” is a keeper – throw in different herbs and veggies as you please and top it all different ways. The filling and topping suggestions here give it a Moroccan flair.


    • 1 red (bell) pepper
    • 1 small red onion
    • 6 cherry tomatoes
    • 10 pitted green olives
    • handful of spinach
    • a little olive oil, for frying


    • handful of fresh baby spinach
    • 1 tbsp of a hummus
    • sliced avocado

    Disclosure: Some links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase I could earn a commission. I did receive a review copy of this book for free, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

    Moroccan Chickpea Omelette

    By BakeandDestroy Published: March 5, 2018

      Recipe excerpted with permission from Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley, published by Quadrille February 2018, RRP $24.99 hardcover. Photo by Simon Smith.



      1. First up, you will need a large mixing bowl. Add all the omelette ingredients to the bowl apart from the water. Give it a thorough mix, then whisk in enough water until you have a pancake batter consistency.
      2. Cover the batter and pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes while you prepare your filling ingredients.
      3. Finely slice the red pepper and red onion. Thin, even slices work best for this dish. Simply halve the tomatoes and chop the olives into 3. Make sure the spinach has been washed.
      4. Preheat a large, non-stick, oven-proof frying pan and add a small drop of olive oil. (I use a 28-cm [11-inch] pan.) Preheat your grill (broiler).
      5. Add the peppers and red onion and sauté over a medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Once the peppers and onion are soft, remove them from the pan and add them to a bowl with the tomatoes, olives and spinach.
      6. Turn the heat down low and add a touch more oil if you think it needs it. Ladle in the batter, then quickly follow with a good covering of the pepper and spinach mix.
      7. Cook on a low heat for 3 minutes before placing the pan under your grill just to cook the top. Cook for around 3–4 minutes or until golden.
      8. Slide the omelette onto a warm plate and top with lightly dressed spinach, hummus and avocado.

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        Friday Five: My Most-Used Vegan Cookbooks

        If you and I are friends IRL there’s a solid chance I’ve given you a stack of vegan cookbooks at some point. Each month I receive anywhere from 5-10 new ones to review and most of them end up in a friend’s collection. It’s not that I don’t love having a plethora of vegan cookbooks, but I’ve dedicated one kitchen shelf to them and once the shelf is full, the purge begins.

        There is a small handful of these books that will never get donated. I may even be buried with them. They’re sticky, the pages are falling out, and often times I don’t even need to reach for them because I have all my favorite recipes memorized. There are definitely more than five favorites in my collection, but for the sake of brevity, here are the five vegan cookbooks I use the most:

        1. Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

        Yeah, I could do a whole post about my favorite Post-Punk Kitchen books, so hang onto your butts. Vegan Bunch tops the list if for no other reason than it contains Tony’s most-requested recipe: Navy Bean Gravy. (Real talk, Tony also loves Isa because she always kind of makes fun of me when we run into her in NYC.)

        Aside from that super-savory, rich and creamy gravy recipe, Vegan Bunch is also home to Teno’s favorite Old-Fashioned Chelsea Waffles recipe and about ten more that I make all the time. It is by far the dirtiest, most falling-apartiest cookbook in my kitchen.

        2. Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson

        This was a tough call for me, because I also reach for Julie’s Vegan Pizza book pretty often, but when it comes to simple, delicious recipes I want to make over and over again I just can’t quit Vegan Casseroles. Whether you grew up calling them casseroles, bakes or “hot dish” you cannot beat some starch, veggies, protein and sauce mixed together and baked.

        My personal favorite is the Truffled Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese, but I also make the Almost Alfredo Sauce by itself all the time to use on pizzas or to pour over veggies. I’m so committed to my 4-5 favorite recipes I still haven’t even ventured into the dessert section of the book, but one of these days it’ll happen.

        3. Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

        Recently, my friend Melisser and I were trying to talk a cheese monger into making nut-based cheeses. When we told him about Artisan Vegan Cheese we both blurted out “It’s the Bible” at the same time and kind of freaked him out. But it truly is a must-own for anyone who’s ready to move beyond nooch sauce and get serious about vegan cheese.

        You’ll need a few special ingredients, but nothing you can’t buy online or track down in a health food store, and once you have them, most of them will last you for months. It’s well-worth the time and effort the first time you unveil perfectly fluffy pillows of homemade cashew mozzarella to a party full of astonished guests. Oh, and there are a couple simple noochy sauces in there too if you need baby steps.

        4. Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer by Kathy Hester

        vegan carrot cake in a mug made in the air fryerOh shit, a rookie made the top 5! Well, with eight or so cookbooks under her belt Kathy is no rookie, but this book just came out in January so to already be a go-to on my shelf is pretty special. What can I say, I love my air fryer and Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer makes it easy.

        I already went on and on about this book when I shared the Carrot Cake in a Mug recipe, so I’m not going to repeat myself. But if you own an air fryer, you need this book.

        5. Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater

        YAAASS bitch, I named my own book in this list! Listen, if I’m not using my own book all the damn time, why should you? Bake and Destroy, even five years later, still stands out from the crowd. I make my Nacho Chee-Zee Sauce at least once a week, and I can’t tell you how many hundreds of Banana Bread French Toast Cupcake photos I’ve been tagged in over the years.

        The first edition sold out, so it can be a little tough to find new but you can definitely grab a used copy on Amazon or track it down on another online seller. I’m working on getting the rights back from my publisher now – still trying to decide if I should make some major updates and reprint, or just give all the recipes away on my blog while I work on a second book. What’s your vote?

        So that’s my top five – what are your faves? Tell me in the comments.

        Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase I may earn a commission. That being said, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.


        Vegan Granola Bar(k): A Dog-Friendly, People-Friendly Recipe

        Lulu vegan dog food V-dog

        This is Lulu. She likes vegan dog food, but she also likes to eat dead pigeons.

        Do you eat dog food? Would you?

        I’m going to pause here and ask you to wonder why you answered the way you did. If you’re like most people you not only answered “no,” but you recoiled in horror when you did. I’m curious – why is dog food so gross? Aside from the obvious answer from vegans (it’s typically meat-based) the general consensus is that dog food is made from gross stuff people wouldn’t eat.

        A while back I pitched an idea to the company that published my cookbook. I wanted to call it Bark and Destroy: Dog Food for Vegan People. The premise? Vegan food that you can share with your dog. In fact I can give you more than a premise. I can give you the synopsis I actually wrote for the book proposal that they promptly rejected:

        As a dog owner and vegan, I found myself conflicted when it came to dinner time for my dog. It just felt wrong to eschew animal products in my own diet, but then to serve them up to my furry friend. I started making my own pet food and treats at home, and quickly realized I’d save money and time if the whole family was eating the same thing! So, I got to work developing recipes that I could share with everyone I love – including my dog. Throw in a real-life veterinarian’s seal of approval and some DIY dog treats and you’ve got yourself Bark and Destroy – a vegan cookbook like no other!

        Now before you get your panties in a bunch, I want you to know two things. 1) No I am not trying to make your dog a vegan. I’m going to say that one more time because I know you’re already typing up a mean comment: I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE YOUR DOG VEGAN. 2) Many dogs can thrive on a vegan diet. is an excellent resource if you’re curious. Ultimately it’s up to your dog and your vet.

        OK, now let’s get to the point of this post: Dog food does not have to be gross. Yes, you can buy natural, healthy dog food at the store. You can also make dog food. You can make dog food so healthy and good-tasting that you can eat dog food.

        Think about it – you’re already making yourself food, right? Why not make a couple of modifications so your dog can have some too? Well, my publisher didn’t think people would be interested, but I’m here to prove them wrong so I’m going to share some dog-friendly recipes with you over the next few weeks. Let me know in the comments or on social media what you think!

        P.S. Here’s a graphic I made with some tips on dog-friendly people food. As with anything anyone you care about eats, always read labels to make sure there aren’t any weird additives or fake sugars.

        Vegan Granola Bar(k)

        By BakeandDestroy Published: February 26, 2018

          This recipe calls for spices in very small amounts, which is typically safe, and even beneficial, for dogs. Cardamom in larger quantity can be a laxative, which is bad news, but in this small of an amount it’s no big deal. If you have a particularly small or sensitive dog friend you might want to skip the spices.



          1. Preheat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet with raised sides, stir together the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews. Bake 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until toasted. Remove from oven, transfer to a large bowl and stir in the ginger and cranberries.
          2. Line a 11 x 13” baking dish with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. (A smaller pan such as a 9 x 13” is fine, it will just result in thicker bars.)
          3. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the peanut butter, molasses, coconut oil, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and salt to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour this mixture over the nut mixture and stir together so everything is coated. Transfer to prepared baking dish and use a rubber spatula to spread it out and press it into the pan.
          4. Place a sheet of waxed paper on top, and press down hard to compact the mixture into the pan. Let this cool in the pan 2-3 hours, then turn out onto a cutting board and use a large knife to cut into bars.
          5. Preheat your oven to 300°F, and place the cut bars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container or plastic wrap.

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            Docs n’ Dogs Dr. Martens Vegan Shopping Event & Mixer

            When: Friday, March 9 at 5 PM – 8 PM

            Where: 1133 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610-2717


            Have you been dying to check out Dr. Martens line of vegan shoes, boots and bags? Here’s your chance to see them all and save a whopping 20% on your purchase!

            I’m excited to host a one-night only vegan mixer at The Doctor Martens Store on State Street!

            Not only will guests save 20%, but you’ll also be treated to vegan cupcakes from Pie, Pie My Darling! Plus, the store is DOG FRIENDLY so bring your good boys and good girls and we’ll have free vegan treats on hand for them, too!

            You can R.S.V.P. and spread the word on Facebook! 

            Getting there:

            The State Street Docs store is walking distance from the Clark/Division Red Line stop, and about a 15 minute walk from the Chicago Brown Line stop. It’s also accessible from many bus lines.

            Metered street parking is available, but could be scarce on a Friday night so plan on carpooling if you can, or taking a ride share!

            Help Me to Help Joy

            Today I’m asking you to help a family that not only needs some kindness, but truly deserves it. You don’t have to give much, even a few dollars will help so much. And if you can’t give at all, I hope you will share this and help me to extend a hand to someone who has done so much for other people in her life.

            Click here to donate now.

            If you’re reading this, you probably already know and love Joy. If you’re reading this, there is a good chance Joy made you custom bows for your own fundraiser and refused to take any money for them. There’s a chance she made your daughter a bow featuring her favorite cartoon character, or one for you featuring your favorite pro-wrestler. There’s a chance you spent $20 in her shop and then she turned around and spent $25 in yours.

            If you’re reading this and you don’t know Joy, let me tell you a little bit about her:
            Joy Garcia-Roughton is just about the kindest, most generous person I have ever known. “She would give you the shirt off her back” is often an exaggeration but Joy literally would. She would take it off, fold it neatly, wrap it in colorful tissue paper and mail it to you with a few pieces of your favorite candy and a handwritten note.

            Joy and Bob

            I could make you a laundry list of ways Joy has helped and supported me over the years – from donating bows to fundraisers for a cancer non-profit I work with to keeping an eye out for my son’s hard-to-find favorite cereal, to lighting a candle for my father every year, remembering someone who I lost and holding him in her heart as if he was her own father. And I’m just one person among hundreds who call Joy a friend. Imagine if we all told our stories how many there would be.

            Click here to donate now.

            Joy and her husband Bob have raised two incredible kids. The kind of kids who ask for donations to their local animal shelter instead of birthday gifts. No, really. They do.

            Recently Joy and her family have been subjected to an unbelievable series of misfortunes and tragedies, starting in November with the passing of Bob’s father. The family barely had time to grieve when Joy’s brother died suddenly and unexpectedly on Christmas day.

            Just a few weeks later, Bob found himself in the emergency room where he was diagnosed with carotid artery dissection – an uncommon condition that can result in a stroke. The hospital kept Bob for several days to determine the best treatment – managing stress being at the top of the list. Losing a parent is devastating, and having it immediately followed with a loss in your wife’s family would be almost too much to bear.

            Click here to donate now.

            Unfortunately, there was more. While he was in the hospital, Bob’s mother passed away. Now here is Joy, still mourning her father-in-law and her brother, missing work while her husband is in the hospital. And now this.

            Joy and her brother, Al

            Bob is a tattoo artist, and has not been cleared to go back to work. Meanwhile, his condition has left him in need of Joy’s care – he has already ended up back in the e.r. twice when trying to take on too much has gotten the best of him. Joy used all of her paid time off between her brother’s death and Bob’s hospital stay and has been forced to take a leave of absence as she continues to care for Bob and their two children.

            Joy would never in a million years ask anyone for help. I’m the one asking you for help. Please give whatever you can to help me take one thing off this family’s plate. If you believe in karma in any form, this is the time when Joy’s kindness and generosity should come full circle.

            Thank you so much for reading this. Click here to donate now.

            Podcast and Destroy: Car Con Carne

            Every time I record a podcast with someone I walk away convinced I’m going to start one. I’ve had a zillion ideas – one where I talk to interesting people about a specific food-related memory, one where my friend Melissa and I talk about shame boners (people we find hot even though they are totally disgusting), one where I just ask Tony questions about things I know he hates. So many ideas!

            But the fact of the matter is I am way too lazy to figure it all out, so instead I will continue to be a guest on other people’s podcasts (OPP, yeah you know me). So here I am on Car Con Carne. This was a really quick and lighthearted chat about vegan food, pro wrestling and Killer Klowns from Outer Space!

            A Vegan Guide to Chicago French Market

            I mentioned Chicago French Market in my Chicago Vegan Eats Guide, but beyond the two specifically vegan restaurants inside, I didn’t even know how many options a vegan might find. Recently my friend Melissa and I were given a guided tour and even got to try a few “secret menu” items. But before we get to the food, what is the Chicago French Market?

            Chicago French Market is an indoor marketplace featuring more than 30 vendors, with a focus on local foods. If you’ve been to Chelsea Market in New York City or the Ferry Building in San Francisco it’s a similar vibe. It’s the perfect place to bring omnivorous friends because everyone can get what they want – or if you just like to have a side of fries with your raw lasagna and chocolate truffles. You do you. The market is located in the Ogilvie Transportation Center’s Suburban Concourse, so it’s easily accessible by CTA. During the week, the market is open from 7 am until 7:30 pm but lunchtime is slammed. I like to stop in on Saturdays, when they’re open from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm, and not as crowded.

            While this is a pretty thorough round-up of vegan offerings, there are always new vendors and new menu items so don’t be shy about popping in and asking vendors what they can make for you. I’m going to do this alphabetically, but I’ve called out my *personal favorites*.

            Aloha Poke Co – Chicago’s Poke craze is in full effect, and even though it’s traditionally made with fish it’s pretty easy to veganize. You can build your own bowl, or veganize any of the house options – the employees have an ingredient book so they can help you choose. Melissa and I tried the Aloha bowl with tofu and agreed we’d build our own next time, but definitely get that sesame vinaigrette on whatever we built.

            B.I. Tea – A bubble tea house was my first wholesale customer for Bake and Destroy so I have a special place for it in my heart. The “bubbles” are tapioca, and vegan-friendly. The menu at B.I. Tea calls out the vegan options (Melissa and I squealed to see the word “vegan” on the menu). Just swap almond or coconut milk into any of the milk tea or fruit tea options.

            One of us went home with truffles in our pocket. I’m not naming names. Melissa.

            City Fresh Market – You’ll likely enter the French Market by walking through City Fresh Market. It’s a produce-heavy market with some grab n’ go options and packaged goods from local brands. If you just need a quick fruit salad or some greens you can get in and out quickly.

            Buen Apetito – We didn’t have a chance to try anything here (we were stuffed) but this Mexican food stand has several vegetarian options that would be vegan if you hold the cheese and sour cream.

            Flip Crepes – While they don’t offer vegan crepes (I’ve only had those from Little Choc Apothecary in NYC) you can get a vegan quinoa bowl in a pinch!

            *Frietkoten* – Gurl those fries, tho! I could not wait to share a cone of these hand cut fries with Melissa. I usually get a side of curry ketchup, but one of these days I’m going to pack my own Just Mayo and live it up. Check out Barnivore’s listings for vegan-friendly Belgium beers before you hit this stand.

            Vegan food by the pound is the best idea ever.

            Klay Oven Kitchen – This Indian spot keeps local office workers in mind, swapping in olive oil for a lot of cream and butter traditionally used in these dishes – thus preventing a workplace food coma. This also helps us vegans, as we can try some dishes we typically don’t have access to. The menu here calls out vegan items, but definitely check with employees when you order.

            *Lolli and Pops* – At the time of our visit, this confectionery was offering two vegan truffles (made locally by Katherine Anne Confections), a vegan chocolate bar, and marzipan.

            *Loop Juice* – When I feel a cold coming on, I head to Loop Juice and order a Cold Fighter with extra ginger. Melissa had the Around the World smoothie. Smoothies are made with 100% fruit, unlike a lot of smoothie places that use yogurt or even sherbert in theirs (wtf?)

            Build a bowl at Saigon Sisters

            *Pastoral* – I admit to walking past this stand dozens of times because, well, it’s a cheese shop! Little did I know they have a secret menu item for vegans. Order the Farmhouse Veggie Deluxe and swap in spiced almond butter for cheese. It’s delicious! They also seemed very interested in making vegan cheeses, so if you go, let them know you’d buy those!

            Polpetti Espresso Bar – It’s pretty hard to go wrong with coffee…but Starbucks finds a way. I didn’t take note of what the non-dairy swap options but I have to assume they have them on hand for soy lattes.

            *RAW* – I damn near had to drag Melissa to this one, as a San Francisco vegan she’s had her share of raw food and doesn’t typically love it. But the dishes we sampled here changed her mind – we both loved the Riding the Wave kelp noodles and of course all of the desserts. I was on my own drinking the Spirulina Grapefruit smoothie, but we both walked away converted into raw food believers… who still also eat French fries.

            *Saigon Sisters* – This one was a surprise to me, as I am very loyal to my local Banh mi spot in Albany Park. You can get a teriyaki tofu Banh mi, but I recommend the tofu and veggie pho. I believe the owner also said the tofu banh bao and tofu spring rolls are vegan, but it seems like her staff knows their stuff so feel free to ask.

            Raw, vegan tiramisu made out of magic and cashews, probably.

            *Vegan Now* – Soul Veg lovers rejoice, you can now enjoy this South Side’s greatest hits in the heart of the city. Favorites like mac n’ cheese, broccoli casserole and “drumsticks” are sold by weight, so you can try a scoop of each. There’s a rotating daily menu, so keep an eye out for your favorites. Plus, they offer a Saturday brunch for only $11 featuring tofu scramble, grist, hashbrowns, French toast and more.

            I was really excited to learn about all the options I never knew I had, and hope that you guys will go in and support these vendors who make it easy for us to sample the vegan world under one roof! Did I miss your faves? Tell me in the comments!

            Friday Five: Galentine’s Day Gifts

            Best friends are angels from heaven sent down to share your fries, hate the people you hate, and to re-watch Ghost World with over and over again until even your dog is sick of it. There should be a special day every month dedicated to the people who love and support you, like and comment on all your posts, and who never talk shit behind your back. In honor of them, and Galentine’s Day (Feb 13), today’s Friday Five is dedicated to the Left Eye and Chilli to your T-Boz — your fraaaands.

            1. You’re Like, A Good Friend and Stuff

            Alex Strangler’s shop is a wonderland of 90s pop culture crossovers and her Princess Beavis and Butt-Head pin set is no exception. It’s the 2018 version of the BFF necklace, you wear one while your bestie sports the other. I also love her Ren and Stimpy Best Friends pin, although if your friendship reminds you of these two you might want to find new friends.

            2. Amber D’Alessio Made Out with a Hot Dog

            Now I’m not suggesting you actually shit-talk other people with your bestie… but if you’re so inclined, why not record your sickest burns like The Plastics did? Word of advice – use codes in your Burn Book just in case it falls into the wrong hands. Or, be a grown up and use it to write down stories of your friendship instead of mean things about other people. Whatever.

            3. Spill the T

            The first rule of adulthood is that you cannot possibly have too many coffee mugs. I have probably 20 of them and I just had to take one out of the dishwasher and hand wash it so I could have some god damn tea because they’re all dirty. My personal favorite is my Suck My Balls mug from Daisy and Aster, and if you’re BFF is anything like me, he/she/they will love it too.

            4. Fake Food

            There are certain joys in this life that your romantic partner simply can’t provide. Only your bestie knows how much you will love and appreciate a macaron that you can hang on your wall. A life-size banana split for the bathroom? That’s something no lover can give you. That’s why the Mini Plaques from Everyday is a Holiday are a perfect Galentine’s Day gift – and only $30!

            5. Witchy Shit

            Remember when you and your friends saw The Craft for the first time and low key all decided you were witches without having to say a word about it? Commemorate those good times with a box of Spells for Modern Life from last Craft. Ward off exes, unsolicited dick pics and even internet trolls with this magical set. Give them to be used all together, or split them up among your nearest and dearest.

            Whether you do it with gifts or not, take a minute to let your best friend(s) know how you feel about them today. Good friends are a treasure – keep them close!

            Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase I might earn a commission that I will most likely turn around and spend on my friends.

            The Bake and Destroy Juice Beauty Vegan Skincare & Beauty Mixer

            If you’ve read any of my posts about cruelty-free skincare and beauty, you know that I am a huge fan of Juice Beauty. It’s vegan, organic, cruelty-free and my god, it’s effective. I was happy just being a loyal customer, so imagine the amount of pee in my pants when a member of their team reached out to see if I’d be interested in hosting an event for them! I could not say yes fast enough, so I hope you’ll join me for this FREE night of mixing and mingling. Here’s the deets:

            When: Friday, January 26, 2018 from 4-8pm (open hours)
            Where: Bloomingdale’s (900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611)
            Why: To hang out with me, check out this line of vegan skincare and cosmetics and to enjoy more fun surprises details below
            How: Just show up any time from 4-8! Help us plan by RSVPing here (no tickets necessary)

            P.S. There is also limited space for 1-on-1 consultations throughout the day, so please call 312 440-4460, ext. 4233 and ask for Shayla to book an appointment!

            What to expect: 

            • We’ll have treats on hand from Pie, Pie My Darling, I Heart Keenwah and BESTeas.
            • Check out Juice Beauty’s line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare and cosmetics, with professional recommendations from their amazing team.
            • Selfie station
            • Giveaways!
            • Free gifts with purchase!

            How to get there: 

            • From the suburbs: I highly recommend taking the Metra, or parking in a less-busy area of the city and taking the Red or Brown Line to Bloomingdale’s. See below for more info about parking.
            • From the city: Bloomingdale’s is easily accessible from the Red and Brown Lines (get off at Chicago). If you take a Lyft or Uber to the event and make a purchase, show someone from the Juice Beauty team your ride receipt for a gift!
            • From outer space: Just land on the roof. When you leave, take me with you.


            We will be able to validate parking in the 900 North Michigan Shops parking garage ($15) or you can use SpotHero to reserve a spot.


            Please note that this is an open event, meaning you can come and go as you please – you don’t have to get there by 4 or stay until 8! You don’t have to buy anything to attend, but if you do, you’ll get gifts. Please feel free to bring your friends!

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