Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate chip banana anything is pretty much my favorite. Bread, muffins, shakes, all so good. I have been making these muffins for a while now, but I usually have three or so recipes open in different tabs, then mix and match the ingredients that I think make baking sense. Last time I made these treats, I decided to document my process and share it with you all. These muffins are soft, fluffy, and non-vegan approved.

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Style Grad

So…this blog has a new name. “All Worn Out” is now “The Style Grad.” Same good ol’ Stephanie behind the words, just some new name fun. All Worn Out started about 7 years ago as a digital media project for a high school journalism class. Allie, Miriam, Caroline, and I were the original authors on the blog. They are all a year older than me, and upon graduating from high school, I was the only one who wanted to continue to blog, so that is what I did.

As I have now finished college and joined the workforce, amongst many other life changes, I thought it time to change things up on this platform as well. I have found myself searching for more content online that was catered to women like me: women who are smart like me, women who like to travel like me, women who are civically minded like me, women who are fit like me, women who are Black like me, women who are into fashion like me, women who are driven like me. In some ways, I am having a hard time finding the content that I want, so I decided it would be as good a time as any to begin creating the content I would like to see.

With that in mind, the scope of this blog will expand from what it has been, which for the most part has been fashion. Those who know me in real life, know my interests go well beyond fashion and know that my writing extends well beyond fashion. In the future, expect more posts about food, travel, wellness, and my takes on timely news and events.

I am excited to write more in this space and explore my interests with you all. Please let me know if there are any topics you would like for me to write about. Otherwise, thanks for reading.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend in Austin, Texas

My twin sister, Jeanette, and I spent this past weekend in Austin, Texas to celebrate our birthday. It was my first time in Texas and it was everything and nothing I expected it to be. The heat was overwhelming, the BBQ was hearty, and the nightlife was unlike anything I've ever seen.

As soon as landed, at the recommedation of our older brother, we headed to Franklin Barbecue. Franklin Barbecue is probably the most famous BBQ spot in all of the US right now and it has the line to prove it. We arrived a little after the 11am open time and were greeted with a three hour wait time. The first people to get in line that Friday arrived at 5:30am. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I don't eat meat often, let alone beef and pork. But, when in Rome. We went for the ribs, but they sold out as soon as we got to the counter to order, so we ordered pulled pork, brisket, and sausage -- we waited three hours, we had to try it all. 

Look, I don't know much about meat, but you did not need to put any barbecue sauce or anything on this. It was all so flavorful on its own. Well worth the three hour wait. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nike Air Society Chicago

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time with some badass women at the opening of the Nike Air Society here in Chicago. The weekend kicked off with a bra fitting and Air Max event at the Nike Chicago store, then carried over into the events at the Air Society.

At the Air Society, there was a closet (read: decently sized room) where you could chat with women designers from Chicago and even try on some of their digs, a braid bar, henna tattoo station, manicure stations, kitchen with tasty and healthy snacks, and a totally sweet rooftop patio. Throughout the day, there were organized panel discussion and roundtable talks with women changing the game in Chicago and elsewhere. And, of course, this wouldn't be a Nike event if fitness didn't figure into the equation: there were rooftop yoga and high intensity training classes you could join. The coolest part of the event was seeing a diverse group of women come together to just hang out, have a good time, and embrace their bodies.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summertime Chi

Welcome to the good life! (Did you catch the reference?)

If you have never spent a summer in Chicago, you're missing out. Of course, I am romanticizing the city a bit, but summer has always been the time when I get to reconnect with friends and spend more time with my family. It's also the time when the weather is more consistent and Chicagoans can count on some sunshine.