What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day videos have been taking over YouTube and the truth is, I haven’t been able to stop watching them! I thought it would be a great idea if I brought the trend over here to the Blogging community for y’all!

Health and wellness is my top priority so I tend to eat super clean, whole foods. I’ve been Vegan for over 2.5 years so you guys will be able to see what types of foods I eat on this lifestyle. In addition to being Vegan, I also follow Food Combining. Food Combining in short, is a method of eating that promotes optimal digestion. Certain foods pair better together in the digestive tract which leaves you feeling good after finishing a meal, rather than feeling bloated. In addition, this method of eating leans you out and improves gut health.

For example, starches and vegetables pair well (brown rice and broccoli), while starches and proteins (meat/meat substitutes and potatoes) do not. This is because of the way the digestive tract breaks down these compounds. There are a couple of guidelines to this eating method that I will insert below. After a week or so, these guidelines become so ingrained that you won’t have to think twice about what pairs well together. I found out about Food Combining thanks to YouTuber Maggie Macdonald, who started Instagram Influencer, Kenzie Burke’s Food Combining 21 Day Reset.

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Eating this way has completely changed my relationship with food. I have never eaten healthier or more whole…my body feels amazing, my mind feels clear and my skin is glowing! Below, I am going to take you through my everyday eating routine that is Vegan and follows Food Combining!

Breakfast 

Hot Lemon Water : I drink a cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon every morning before I eat or drink anything else. This helps to coat the stomach, detox your body, and prepare the gut for digestion.

1st Breakfast – Fruit Bowl : In Food Combining it is essential that fruit is eaten on an empty stomach (bananas are the only exception). This is because it does not mix well with other food categories due to its rapid digestive nature. I love cutting up a whole banana, throwing in some cantaloupe and a handful of blueberries!

Let the Fruit Digest for 30 Minutes 

2nd Breakfast – Koia Cacao Bean Protein Shake : These shakes are my lifeline y’all! I wake up everyday craving one…they seriously taste like a chocolate milkshake. They are Vegan, 190 Calories, 18 grams of plant protein, only 4 grams of sugar and the ingredients are so clean. I love having this shake as my second breakfast because I do intense exercise in the morning including running and lifting. It is imperative that I replenish my body with a complete protein that has essential amino acids. This holds me over properly until lunch time.

Lunch

Avocado Toast + Everything But The Bagel Seasoning : For lunch, I toast up 2 pieces of Sourdough bread until they are extra toasty! Next I use a whole avocado and spread it between the 2 slices of bread. I drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and crack some black pepper! It is soooo delish and super satisfying.

Hummus + Veggies : After I finish my avocado toast, I love eating some celery and carrots with Sabra Original Hummus! It gets some extra veggies in for the day and is so yummy.

Snack 

Lara Bar in the Coconut Cream Pie Flavor : This magical bar is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Kosher and Non-GMO and only has 5 clean ingredients…a total win! This bar is made up of dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and extra virgin coconut oil. I usually snack on this bar right after work while I am prepping to make dinner. Some days I will for-go the snack if I’m not feeling super hungry…it’s so important to listen to your body’s needs and wants.

Dinner 

Brown Rice Veggie Bowl : This has been my current dinner-time obsession! I usually tend to do the starch and veggie Food Combining option for dinner. I start off by sautéing an entire box/bag of baby spinach (it really cooks down) in the frying pan…getting all of those greens in! I season the spinach with pink Himalayan salt, cracked black pepper and garlic powder. After the spinach cooks down, I add half of a carton of mushrooms and season them with the same ingredients. Next I add in a chopped bell pepper (red, yellow or orange). While the mushrooms and peppers are going, I start cooking the brown rice. I typically buy the quick, microwave version to cut-down the time and pop a serving size of rice in the microwave for 7 minutes. Once the mushrooms and peppers are done and the rice is cooked through, I add the rice to the pan and combine everything together. Next I add in some Vegan pesto (my mom makes homemade Vegan pesto from our garden) but there is also a Vegan pesto at Trader Joe’s that I’ve heard great things about. On low heat, I let it sizzle all together and make sure the pesto is combined into the veggies and rice. I put everything in a bowl and top it with sun-dried tomatoes! They totally make the dish. It is seriously amazing and super easy to make! You can also make this in bulk and meal-prep your dinner for the week. I have lots of other dinner recipes over on my Instagram in the “Vegan” story highlight @lexiejmurray.

Dessert 

A cup of Detox Tea : The Pukka Detox Tea is an awesome tea to cleanse your body at night with after a full day of eating. It tastes great and I personally love having something warm at night to help me fall asleep. I also have been loving the Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea as well.

2 Squares of Vegan Dark Chocolate OR one cup of Chocolate Almond Milk :  I love having something sweet at night. A little bit of dark chocolate or one cup of chocolate almond milk totally cures any sweet tooth that I have without many calories.

There you have it guys! That’s exactly what I eat in day as someone who does Vegan Food Combining! If you would like more information on Food Combining, definitely check out Kenzie Burke’s Social Media platforms for in-depth explanations and more.

Instagram : @kenzieburke

YouTube :  Kenzie Burke Health

Website : http://www.kenzieburkehealth.com

I truly feel like my best and happiest self eating this way. Having an awesome exercise routine and fueling my body with whole foods has changed my life and the way I view myself! Thank you so much for reading. If you would like more posts about what I’m eating (recipes) or what my exercise routine entails, comment below! As always, feel free to ask questions you guys have below in the comments or Instagram message me @lexiejmurray.

xo, lexie

Rounding Up My Favorite Summer Scents

I think that we can all agree that “omg, you smell so good!” is seriously the best compliment ever…and a major confidence booster! In light of that, I am always on the hunt for new perfumes and body mists that have a long lasting scent. In the summer, I gravitate towards something that is light and sweet. After many years of doing test trials with perfumes, mists and sprays, I have found my holy-grail scents that I cannot live without! Below I am going to be rounding up some of my favorites in order of least to most expensive.

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Love and Sunshine Fine Fragrance Mist $14.00

At just $14.00 for an 8 fl oz mist, this is a deal that you simply cannot pass up! This sweet scent combines a blend of strawberries, lemon, honeysuckle and daisies that will leave you feeling super fresh after just a few sprays. It’s not overpowering in the slightest and the scent stays on your skin. I always pack a travel-sized bottle in my purse to spray on whenever I need to freshen up.

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Gourmand EDP Pistachio Brûlée Fragrance $18.00

My twin sister is an avid Urban Outfitters shopper and loves to look around the beauty section of the store. A couple of years back we were testing out perfumes and came across this pistachio brûlée scent that I totally fell in love with! The perfume has notes of vanilla mouse, pistachio and vanilla bean resulting in the perfect combination of light and sweet. I love using this fragrance during the day when I go out for coffee or brunch and get compliments on it almost every time I wear it out.

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Gourmand Hair + Body Mist Sel Ocean Fragrance $24.00

Another Urban Outfitters favorite! The Sel Ocean scent is the epitome of summertime. The fragrance is a blend of honeysuckle, muguet and pink sea salt. This is my boyfriend’s favorite perfume and I always wear it when we go on dates and out to dinner. It is sophisticated yet fun and the scent last all night long. I even turned my roommate Emily onto it…it has become one of her new staples as well! This fragrance is my holy-grail scent that I can spritz on and I know it will be appropriate for all occasions.

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Chloé Eau de Perfume $75.00-$132.00 

As I’ve been getting older, I have found that investing in a high-end, quality fragrance is essential. I am head over heels for the Chloé Eau de Perfume because of the fresh, light and powder-like floral scent it has. It is by far my most mature perfume that I own, but because it is light, it is still appropriate for a young 20 year old woman to wear! I wear this scent when I go out for fancy dinners, on job interviews, or for formal sorority events. Because it is on the pricier side, I like to save it for special occasions only! A trick for preserving the original scent of the perfume is to keep it in the box that it came in and store it in a cool, dark area!

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If y’all try out any of these scents please comment below or message me on Instagram @lexiejmurray! Thank you for reading!

xo, lexie

Fitness Favorites!

2019 is here! What better way to embrace the new year than with some great workout gear!? There’s no denying the fact that with a new year, comes new goals and resolutions…a ton of them involving health and fitness. I’ve never necessarily been one to set a resolution; if I want to do something or work on something, I’ll get started on it right away. Coincidentally, last January, I went out for coffee on a Friday afternoon with my friend Carmen. Somehow, fitness and exercise came up in conversation and she mentioned the fact that she works out 6 days a week! In my mind I was like…whoa, that’s a lot of exercise! I thought to myself, if Carmen can work out that much, so can I. After our conversation, Carmen asked me to join her for a workout and the rest was history! I made a commitment to myself that I would get healthy and exercise. They say the best things in life come when you are least expecting it, and this unintentional New Years resolution was surely it for me! Here I am, a year later, continually working out every single day. Transforming my body has allowed me to feel confident in myself for the first time in my life. Through exercise, I have been able to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. The greatest reward however, has been growing my relationship with God through exercise and treating my body with the respect it deserves! Below I am going to be highlighting all of my fitness favorites to help you continue/start on a path that honors your body!

Headphones: Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones

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When I first started my fitness journey I couldn’t seem to find headphones that allowed me to thoroughly enjoy my workout. My Apple EarPods would slip out as soon as I worked up a sweat and my Beats Solo3 headphones were too bulky for my runs. I researched a ton about the best wireless headphones that were sweat/water resistant so I didn’t have to worry about them slipping out, were ultra lightweight and had a lasting battery life. I finally decided on getting Jaybirds and to date, they were one of my best purchases I have ever made! The headphones connect to your phone through bluetooth and there is an app that allows you to see the exact battery percentage of the headphones. In addition to that, you can customize the sound of your headphones depending on your workout and there are even playlists to choose from! As a runner, the battery lasts me through a couple 9 mile runs without a charge in between which is awesome! It also warns you when it is about to die which is a huge perk.

Running Sneakers: Brooks Ghost 11

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This summer I took up running and it was seriously love at first stride. When my family rented a beach house, I initially freaked out because I wasn’t sure how I was going to get my cardio in. I knew that my only option on the Island was to run, so the very first morning I laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement. I was shocked how free it made me feel. Every step further felt amazing and when I looked behind me to see how far I had gotten, I was shocked. My very first run was 3.5 miles and the natural high that I got afterwards was truly unmatched. After a week of running, I didn’t want to give it up just because I left the Island. I continued/continue to run a local trail at home and have worked up to running between 9-9.5 miles! I invested in good running sneakers and my Brooks feel light as air. They are comfortable, cushioning, and even have a spring-like ball embedded in the shoe to allow for an extra boost with every stride you make, resulting in a better and longer run. I love how this company is dedicated to creating running shoes alone, showing that they truly care and craft their shoes special for runners. I seriously can’t recommend this shoe enough!

Running Socks: Feetures High Performance Running Socks

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If you’re a runner, you know that blisters are inevitable. A lot of times, we are quick to jump to the conclusion that we are getting blisters because of our sneakers but that is not necessarily the case. For me, it was because of the socks I was wearing. Feetures socks have completely changed the game. They mold to my foot helping to prevent blisters, provide proper cushioning and breathability, and are moisture resistant thanks the wick fibers. They even have a seamless toe to prevent irritation. At only $12 a pair, you will definitely want to stock up on these!

Cardio Sneakers: Nike Gym and Training Shoes

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On days when I’m not out running on the trail, I am in the gym on cardio machines! It is imperative to have the proper sneakers when switching to different style of workouts to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself or strain a muscle. I’m a huge fan of the elliptical, and I found the perfect Cardio sneakers that give me a boost during my workout! The Nike gym and training shoes are lightweight, sleek, comfortable and great for intense cardio workouts both indoor and outdoor, making these very versatile sneakers!

Workout Wear: Old Navy Active

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I may or may not have a slight obsession with Old Navy Activewear! The students working at my college mailroom are even starting to notice…opps!? The quality of their clothing is insane considering how affordable it is. My favorite leggings are the 7/8 high waisted compression leggings! They are incredibly flattering, suck you in and hug all the right places. They make me feel so confident before, during and after my workout. I have them in so many different colors and patterns and am slowly building up my collection. In addition to the leggings, I love their medium support sport bras. They are great for my cardio workouts and my runs. I love how they match the colors and patterns of the leggings so that I always have great workout sets. Their tanks are awesome and have the same moisture wicking fiber as in the leggings. Old Navy refers to this as the “Go Dry” technology so you don’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes during your workout. I also have a bunch of athletic jackets that I pop over my sports bras/tanks after my workout to keep me warm during the cold months. I seriously peek at their website AT LEAST 3 times a week to see the new merchandise. You have to go check it out!

I’m ecstatic about incorporating more fitness based content into this blog and hope that y’all are too! I hope that this post gave you some motivation or inspiration to try/buy something new. It’s your year…do this for YOU!

XO, Lexie

 

Young and in Love in NYC // Central Park

After a crazy month of final exams, present prep and saying goodbye to friends at college, I’m finally home for the holidays! I’m beyond excited to spend quality time with my family over the next couple of weeks…I’ve missed them so much! A few days ago, my boyfriend Mike and I headed into the Big Apple to explore all things Christmas! Growing up, I’ve always had this dream of exploring Central Park with someone I love. Going there with Mike was seriously a dream come true for me!

We started our day by boarding the crowded train in New Jersey. After only an hour’s time, we made it to New York City! Our first stop was Times Square which was flooded with tourists from all over the world basking in the holiday spirit. We stopped at Starbucks for a little “pick me up” to prep us for a day full of lots of walking.

As we made our way uptown, we finally reached Central Park. I was giddy with joy to have Mike by my side in one of my favorite places in the whole world! Hand in hand, we made our way around the Park, laughing, joking and taking lots of photos!

The Christmas Vendor’s were set up in the Park and we decided to stop and take a look. Mike bought me my perfect white pom hat that I’ve been on the hunt for…I’m seriously obsessed with it and put it on right away! As far as my outfit goes, I went for a more casual look and decided to make a statement in my new cherry red puffer jacket! I wore my favorite black Quay aviators which are my go-to sunglasses no matter the occasion. I find that they always help to polish any look I’m going for. Like I mentioned before, I popped on my white pom hat to add the perfect winter touch to the look! Whenever I’m in the city, I also find that carrying a cross-body purse is the best idea; this way, I can keep a close eye on my belongings. I wore my favorite black Michael Kors bag with gold detailing that is seriously the perfect size!

The whole day was so magical and truly unforgettable. There’s something about the Christmas spirit in the air in New York City. I’m so happy that I got to experience the joy of the holidays with him!

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This holiday season, I feel so lucky to have this guy by my side! He’s the best gift I could ever ask for! Wishing y’all a happy and safe holiday season!

XO, Lexie

 

Oh My Gourd…Fall is Here!

Happy fall y’all! A week ago it seemed like the cool weather would never come, but by the grace of God, the temperature dropped and autumn is finally here! To kickoff the season, my sister Cammie, best friend Courtney and I decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch to get into the spirit. We started our day with Starbucks and worship at church and then drove to Lloyd Family Farms for a fun filled day!

Upon arriving, we waited in line to get our hayride tickets. After purchasing, we began loading onto the wagon. We were surrounded by giggling children pointing out the farm animals and soft smiles from all passengers as they gazed at the gorgeous open-land. The crisp air was magical making me wish this day could last forever!

As the pumpkin patch came into view, the hayride came to a stop. We made our way off of the wagon and into the sea of orange. Court, Cam and I immediately pulled out our cameras and began snapping away!

Like every blogger, fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I couldn’t wait to showcase my staples at the patch! I wore my holy-grail Urban Outfitters black turtleneck top (seriously can style this in a ton of different ways) paired with an A-line camel colored suede skirt from Old Navy that I know I’m going to wear on repeat this season! For shoes, I went with my black, suede, block heeled, thigh high boots from Zara that I adore. To finish the look, I popped on Mac Cosmetics Cream in your Coffee lipstick (favorite fall shade) and threw on my Quay Australia black aviator sunglasses for polish.

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I hope you guys are enjoying the cool weather as much as I am! What are your fall fashion staples? Comment below!

XO, Lexie

 

The Little Lemon Dress

In the beginning of summer, I remember scrolling through Instagram seeing all of my favorite bloggers/fashion influencers sporting lemon print and I was immediately obsessed! I bookmarked their posts for inspiration and was on my very own hunt for the perfect lemon sundress for summer. While shopping in Marshalls looking for swimsuits, I stumbled across this sky blue, fit and flare, 50’s style lemon printed dress. It was love at first sight and the dress was completely darling; I darted toward the rack, scooped it up and headed for the dressing room! As soon as I zipped it up, I knew that I had to purchase it! It fit like a glove and I immediately started to style the dress in my head. I envisioned my blush Kendra Scott necklace, my gold holographic Michael Kors bag and some white vintage sunnies and that’s exactly how I wore it! I took the dress out for a spin at my favorite coffee shop in Long Beach Island with my sisters for some iced soy lattes and acai bowls!

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What print have you been loving this summer? Comment Below!

XO, Lexie

 

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie

 

But First, Brunch!

Brunch has and always will be my favorite meal! You simply cannot go wrong with a mix of sweet and savory delicacies, coffee, mimosas and most importantly, great company. My family and I love trying out new places to eat and recently, we were recommended by a friend to try out Wildflour Bakery Cafe. This darling little restaurant is in a gorgeous, historical Victorian style home making for a cozy and warm atmosphere. This menu puts a special spin on classic brunch foods. They’re dishing out unique crepes, omelettes, flatbreads and offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten free options, making this restaurant a pleaser for all lifestyles. I started off the meal by sipping on a delicious almond milk cappuccino that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of! I followed my cup of joe by ordering a vegan roasted kale and sweet potato crepe served with a vegan chipotle aioli…it was seriously amazing! There is nothing I love more than sitting down to a meal with great people, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying life together.

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I can’t wait for many more delicious brunches at Wildflour! What is your favorite brunch place? Make sure to comment your recommendations below!

xo, Lexie

Best of Beauty 2017

Hi readers! 2017 was a huge year for me filled with so many life changes! I graduated high school, started at my dream college, made the most amazing friends, joined a sorority (shout out to Alpha Gamma Delta) and grew so much as a person. As I reflected on myself this past year, I thought that I would also reflect on some of my favorite beauty products that I used throughout 2017! Below I am rounding up my holy grail products that you definitely have to add to your beauty routine in the new year! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Best Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin // lightweight, airy, medium-buildable coverage, flawless finish. the perfect foundation. 

Best Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser // smooth, easy to blend, airbrushed look. perfect coverage on under eye circles and blemishes.

Best Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Pressed Powder // added coverage, perfect to dust overtop of foundation, doesn’t crease.

Best Setting Spray: NYX Matte Setting Spray // affordable, keeps makeup in place ALL DAY, can’t leave without spritzing some on.

Best Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush // pigmented, natural, flushed look. the perfect rosy cheek. 

Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer // guaranteed chiseled cheekbones. great for contouring. awesome shade for all skin tones, warms up the face. 

Best Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss in Eclair // creamy, moisturizing, the perfect pink pout. 

Best Lipstick: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx // my everyday pink/nude lipstick, inexpensive, long wearing, my go-to. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” // amazing color payoff, highly pigmented, blendable, mix of fun and neutral colors, potential day and nighttime eye looks.

Best Mascara: Maybelline Colossal in Glam Black // have tried high end mascaras of all brands and always come back to this Maybelline one. affordable, lengthens, curls, makes the lash line look dark and full. 

Best Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal // glowy, soft, photographs well, not outrageously metallic like some others, good for an everyday shimmer.

Best Makeup Brushes: Ecotools // soft, cruelty free, inexpensive, wash nicely, made with recycled and synthetic materials, feel good about applying your makeup with these brushes.

Best Face Wash: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel // use this face wash once and you’ll never want to use another cleanser again. leaves your face soft and very clean after a long day of oil and makeup exposure.

Best Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray // spritz this rosewater spray for a refreshing, hydrating lift after washing your face! 

Best Face Mask: Aztec Secret Bentonite Indian Healing Clay // hands down the best face mask I have ever used! it seriously feels like you have new skin after just one use.

If you try out any of these products please comment below! I would love to know what you think about them! Wishing all of you nothing but health, happiness and success in 2018!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Snow Place Like Central Park

To me, the holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. Growing up, my family and I always took a trip into the city near the holidays to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Because of all those amazing memories, my friends from college and I decided to do a girls trip into NYC to experience the magic of the Big Apple around Christmas time. We started our trip by trekking down to Central Park from Penn Station. It snowed the day before, so when we arrived the Park was covered in a blanket of white. It was breathtaking. While strolling around we made sure to stop at the famous Gapstow Bridge and Central Park Pond for some photo ops of course!

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After taking tons of pictures we decided to fuel up with a proper NYC brunch at Jam’s Restaurant conveniently located right across from the Park. The restaurant is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Ivy covers the exterior of the restaurant contributing to the upscale vibe of the place. The inside of the restaurant is cozy and elegant. Exposed white brick walls, lots of greenery and twinkly lights warm up the space and create a romantic ambience. The menu consists of a great balance of sweet and savory brunch options, everything from brioche french toast topped with an apple-berry compote to killer kale salads. Eating at Jam’s does come with a price so be sure to come financially prepared…I can assure that it is well worth it! I seriously can’t wait to go back in the future.

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Lots of posts are coming soon so be sure to be on the lookout for those! I’m super excited to share them with you!

xo, Lexie