GARDEN TABLE + STITCH FIX + FAVORITE FINDS + ALL BIRDS + SOUTHWESTERN QUINOA SALAD

I have written about Garden Table before, but about their original location in Broadripple. Now they have a second location on Mass Ave and it’s even better than the original. I’ve been a few times, but it wasn’t until I had lunch there this week that I realized how much I like it. The cactus wallpaper, sunny windows, and the sleek white marble bar make Garden Table a cheery little spot on Mass Ave.

The avocado toast and poached eggs had been my go-to order, but I tried the warm quinoa salad with smoked salmon on my most recent trip. I also tried the nachos with three different mole sauces and it was delicious. Somehow it felt a little healthier than your average restaurant nachos.

If you go, be sure to get a beverage. They’re known for their juices, so they have a long cocktail list of boozy juice concoctions. We got the lush mimosa, which has their grapefruit juice mix and prosseco.

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Mimosas with Nick and his mom
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the nachos
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warm quinoa salad with salmon
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the breakie biscuit sandwich
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My version of avocado toast – I am on a Native Bread kick lately. Such hearty bread and it’s made in Indy!

Onto Stitch Fix! One night I had a glass of wine (or two) and I decided to give Stitch Fix a shot. The idea of someone else picking out my clothes never appealed to me, but I had heard positive things from friends.

So, today my box arrived and I have to say, they nailed it. I filled out a profile in advance and my description of “preppy, classic, and occasionally quirky” was achieved. Polka dots, plaid, stripes, skinny jeans, and ballet flats.

The sizing was perfect for all of the pieces and they fit better than if I had shopped for the items myself. Here’s my honest opinion: I wasn’t crazy about the plaid once I had it on, I already have very similar gold flats, and I need another striped t-shirt like I need to be slapped. Stripes and gingham are my ultimate weakness.

The jeans are adorable and I love the color, but they’re more expensive than I’d typically spend. I love my Paige denim, but I’ve always gotten them really on sale. The t-shirt with the polka dots (party on the back) is cute, but I didn’t like the material and I can’t see myself wearing it that often.

There is an incentive to keep everything – you get 25% if you keep all five pieces, but I am considering sending back two: the polka dots and the plaid. I think I do better economically when I shop on my own, but this was a good way to diversify where I get my clothes. I tend to stick to J.Crew and I don’t want to have to shop multiples places in search of the perfect item.

Stitch Fix will also accommodate all occasions – a formal event coming up or a pregnancy. One of my good friends just got her box and she requested items that she could continue to wear after she has her baby. Genius.

I’m glad I did it, but the verdict is still out on what I’ll keep and if I’ll request another box at some point. Apologies in advance for the photos that follow. There’s a reason I am not a fashion blogger.

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Tahari gold ballet flats

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Here are a few favorite finds that I’ve been loving lately.

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L to R: 1. Onyx bath salts from my friend Lauren D – She gave them to me for my birthday in November and I made it last until now. Available at Homespun Indy. It has a really clean smell and I am a big believer in the power of taking a bath. When I don’t feel well, it always improves my mood. 2. I love the retro hair bows at J.Crew right now. 3. My newest cheese obsession. I’ve been adding it to my Green Bean orders. They also offer cheese classes at the Creamery. 4. All Birds – the most comfortable sneaker you’ll ever wear. Promise. You can even throw them in the washer. My incredibly stylish friend, Joanna, in STL recommended them and now I understand the addiction.

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SOUTHWESTERN QUINOA SALAD

I threw this together last week when I realized that I didn’t want to eat straight-up plain quinoa for weeks. Get creative – I added cherry tomatoes and cheddar cheese to this for my packed lunches and it kept me full the rest of the workday.

  • Corn
  • Bell peppers, diced
  • leftover quinoa
  • cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (cayenne would work too)
  • Optional: black beans, chicken, cherry tomatoes, and / or cheddar cheese

Mix it all together! I served this cold, but you could also eat it warm.

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Have a good weekend, friends!

XO, Libby

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4 thoughts on “GARDEN TABLE + STITCH FIX + FAVORITE FINDS + ALL BIRDS + SOUTHWESTERN QUINOA SALAD

  1. So we were the fortunate recipients of the leftover quinoa chicken salad…. I added avocado which I knew Libby would bless…oh, and a little more dressing from Cara and Garlic Inspirations in Ohio…BOOM!
    PJD

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