Recipe: The Ultimate Sandwich

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(Photo courtesy of The Wild Beet blog)

This sandwich is everything. It’s more than that– it’s a complete flavor explosion. We found this recipe on one of our favorite new plant based food blogs The Wild Beet. Look, we enjoy a good steak as much as the next person, but this whole foods vegan blog has us drooling with these amazing recipe creations! So much that we tried this little number out ourselves and , well… let’s just say we have our go-to summer beach food down now. Good recipes are for sharing, so say hello to The Wild Beet’s Rainbow Bomber.

The Wild Beet’s Rainbow Bomber 
1 rustic french baguette, sliced into two 6″ pieces
1/4 c pesto (recipe here)
1 small butternut squash, roasted and mashed
1 purple yam, thinly sliced
4 small purple heirloom potatoes
1 haas avocado, halved then thinly sliced
1 c baby spinach
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp earth balance butter
2 tbsp veganaise
cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the butternut squash, dry, then place into the oven whole. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender when poked. Slice open, gut the seeds, and scoop contents into a large mixing bowl, add 1 tbsp earth balance butter, 2 tsp maple syrup, and salt to taste. Mix and Mash together until smooth. Set aside.
Set the purple yams inside a large mixing bowl. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the yams, ladd a few grinds of salt (I use himalayan), then evenly distribute the salt and extra virgin olive oil amongst the yams. Place each yam on a baking sheet (each in their own spot).
In another mixing bowl, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the heirloom potatoes and lightly season them with the garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and a light sprinkle of cayenne. I don’t use measurements for these spices, as I know my palette. Use your judgement and add the spices to your liking. Rub oil, spices and potatoes together evenly. Transfer each seasoned potato slice to a baking sheet (each in their own spot). Depending on your oven, cook for about 12-15 minutes, or until tender and slightly crispy at the skin.
Place the bread in the oven and lightly toast for 3-5 minutes (depending on your oven). Remove when ready.
It’s time to set up your Bombers! On the bottom half of the baguette spread pesto over entire slice generously and place 3 slices of avocado on top evenly throughout the bread. Add 3 slices of the yams on top of the avocado layer, followed by 2 heirloom potatoes with a few leaves of baby spinach on top.  On your top slice spread the maple butternut squash evenly throughout the slice, add a light layer of veganaise on top, then finish off with some freshly ground pepper. Put the sandwich together, take a sit, sit down, and strike up the band.
Serves 3.

 

Thursday Movie Night: Dazed & Confused

One of our favorite cult classics and coming of age movies from the 1990s has to be Dazed & Confused. Are we right? A young Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, and baby faced Ben Afleck? Yes, please! The 70s style and humor in this movie have set the tone for timeless quoting. Who could forget Matthew’s infamous “Alright, alright, alright!”?

Now, it’s only appropriate to snack to the death with this movie. (Insert stoner joke here). So, we’re sharing this ultimate brownie recipe in proper Dazed and Confused fashion.

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Dazed & Confused Munchie Brownies

1/2 c vegetable oil

1 c white sugar

1 t vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Prehear oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares and enjoy!

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Kult of Koolaburra: Feral Creature

We love Eugenie Grey of Feral Creature. So much that if you recall, she took over our Instagram account for Coachella a couple of months back! What do we love the most though? The way she styles Koolaburra and makes it her own with her edgy rocker babe look. Mega babe, mega member of the Kult of Koolaburra.

Here are some of our fave photos from her Sail editorial on Feral Creature:

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Summer4Ever: The Weekend Round Up

There’s nothing like summer in California. The surf is high, people are laying out on the sand, cocktails on the beach, and the most  memorable sunsets on the pier with your closest friends. Here at Koolaburra HQ in sunny Santa Barbara, we make it a regular to walk over to the beach even if it’s for a little while for some necessary wave time. But what’s summertime without killer tunes to accompany those memories? Nada. So, we’ve created a weekly summer series of playlists to help you along with your fun in the sun.  First up, #summer4ever playlist no.1 featuring some tracks off of our latest obsession, Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence! Some other tracks include Bleachers, FKA Twiggs, Blood Orange, Sky Ferreria, and Best Coast!

Add us on Spotify (@koolaburra) and listen to the playlist: SUMMER4EVER #1

A WEST COAST visual to get you amped a la Lana Del Rey. (Obsessed. Told you.)

Thursday Movie Night: Almost Famous

Happy Thursday party people! It’s time to spice things up with a little #tbt movie night. We’re going to throw it back with one of our favorite 2000s flicks, Almost Famous. Words cannot describe our love for this 1970s inspired film. And, really, who can forget on screen boho rock goddess and bandaid Penny Lane? Not us. That furry leather coat. Now words, just epic. If you’re in the Santa Barbara county, we recommend stopping by one of our favorite wineries Municipal for a bottle of their amazing Pale Pink Rose– DELISH. All grapes are handpicked from special Santa Barbara county vineyards. The nose of his wine has spices like nutmeg and cardamon, along with a palette of sandalwood and fruity strawberry and cherry notes. I mean, if you’re going to have a movie night, do it the right way. Get ready for a night of 1970s style, #boho4ever , fine wine, golden gods, and rock and roll!

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Kult of Koolaburra: Nicole Bernades

Welcome to the Kult of Koolaburra. A krew of badass boho babes including celebrity fringe lovers like Vanessa Hudgens and Kate Hudson to fashion bloggers, and fashionistas alike who inspire us with the way they don our styles. Every Wednesday, we’ll be paying homage to the ladies who rock this kult with their killer boho and laid back California style. First up, fashion blogger and model Nicole Bernardes of O Fantastico Mundo De Nicole!

Nicole is a Brazilian boho bombshell. She believes in living life the way she wants it, in a beautiful fantasy world. She admires the unusual and different, and refuses anything routine and common. Can you say #boho4ever? Yeah. Let’s take a few minutes to admire how perfectly bohemian her outfit is paired with our Enez Fringe Espadrille sandal.

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Quick Summer Beach Waves

So, as much as we’d like to wake up extra early every morning to bathe our hair in beach water.. we’ve realized this just isn’t realistic– and we live in Santa Barbara! Beach waves aren’t only the ultimate summer ‘do, they’re year round if you live a #boho4ever lifestyle. We found this easy, adorable hair tutorial illustration from She Lets Her Hair Down and had to share! All you need is hairspray, a curling iron, and hair clip and it’s hello to easy breezy beach waves in 4 steps. Killer, right? Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

1″ curling iron

hairspray

medium hair clip (to hold hair sections)

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STEPS

First, prep your hair by spraying a light hold hairspray all over.

1. In sections, curl all of your hair so it goes away from your face.

2. Without clamping the iron shut, hold your curling iron with the tip pointing down and wrap your hair around it starting as close to your scalp as possible.

3. After curling each section, tug on it by holding the ends and pulling down on your hair. This will give you a soft be achy waves as opposed to Sweet 16 curls!

4. Once everything is curled, tousle and toss out your hair. You’re done!

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The Perfect Skin Detox Blueberry Smoothie

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Happy Summer Solstice!

We’re smoothie obsessed here at Koolaburra HQ, especially now that the warm summer sun has officially made it’s home here in Santa Barbara. With all this summer sun hitting us, we have to be wary of protecting our skin, and we’re not just talking about sunblock. Smoothies are not only delicious but they benefit different areas of our bodies depending on the ingredients. And since we’re on the topic of skin, there’s nothing like this blueberry smoothie right here. Blueberries are huge in antioxidants and other nutrients and vitamins that are good for the skin! Whether it’s acne, splotchy skin, or overall complexion– blueberries are basically you’re bestie this summer.

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

1 cup Blueberries

 1/4 cup Young Coconut Meat

1/2 cup Young Coconut Water

1 tsp honey

Put all the ingredients into a blender and say hello to glowing skin.

Enjoy!

Vanessa Hudgens wears the Becca Fringe Ankle Booties!

Nobody does boho like V Hudg. From festival chic draped in boho luxe, to every day looks with fringe and floral– Girl knows what she likes! We also love her self created motto, “Be the girl you fantasize about”. She definitely rocks that mottos, even after a sweaty work out. Spotted in LA post pilates, Kult of Koolaburra member, Vanessa Hudgens, wore  a vintage tee paired with her new Koolaburra Becca Fringe Ankle Booties! We’re swooning over here. We love you, V!

See what we mean? Boho through and though…and that’s how we like it. #boho4ever baby.

Get Vanessa’s look and shop the Becca Bootie: http://bit.ly/1l0qTzs

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Koolaburra Dame Bootie Featured in NYLON!

NYLON Magazine loves Koolaburra!

Oh, denim…  the one article of clothing that has been the same for ages but never off our minds. From the 50s, 60s, and 70s, to the 80s and 90s– forever iconic and always different. Denim remains the ultimate classic and there’s no classic pairing like denim and boots. Whether your vibe be rock & roll, wild west inspired, or boho– this look is never out of style!

The Koolaburra Dame Bootie was featured in NYLON Magazine’s June/July issue as one of the seasons hottest boots to pair with denim in their ‘Wild for Denim’ Spread! Moral of the story here? Wear it loud and proud! We’re talking loud prints, animal motifs, and leather this fall. The possibilities are endless, and no matter what your denim outfit of the days may be, we’ve got just one boot for your pairings, and boy is she a Dame.

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We’ve come up with some of our favorite ways to create the perfect denim inspired ensemble with the Dame Bootie. Boho babes, tom boys, label lovers, and grunge girls alike– we’ve got you covered.

Look 1: We love a good pair of overalls. Try a sleeveless animal print crop top with denim overalls paired with the Dame.

Look 2: Nothing says LA like a pair of vintage denim cutoffs. Set the SoCal mood in a pair of demin cutoffs and a loose white tee paired with the dame. Looking for more? Pop the classic with an animal print purse, like the zebra clutch featured in the spread!

Look 3: More of a floral frock type of girl? Us too — we’ve got the ultimate #boho4ever look for you. Wear the Dame Bootie with a midi length floral dress, denim hobo bag, wide brimmed black hat, and drape your arms in chunky silver cuffs and bangles.

What now? Go out and treat yourself, because you look damned good.

Tag us on Instagram (@koolaburra & #boho4ever) if you try any of these looks or have a denim/boot #ootd of your own to share!

x Koolaburra

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