May 26, 2016

Must-Try Recipe: Fiesta Kale Salad

I don't think it's even a question that we LOVE to eat. And although you might think that we're always super healthy since we were raised vegetarian, all of our friends know that our diet mainly consists of carbs & cheese.
Aka pizza, pasta, grilled cheese, french fries, green chile tamales, and did we say pizza?

While we still enjoy the foods listed above and would NEVER recommend cutting your favorite foods out of your diet, we do believe in moderation.
That being said, we set out to find the perfect salad that was healthy, totable to work, and "mmm this is good!" flavorful. Shockingly, one stop to Trader Joe's and about 20 minutes of preparation later, we found it. 

Mexican salad in bowl on marble table with Hollywood Reporter

Fiesta Kale Salad with a Kick!
Prep time: 20 minutes, if that
Servings: Four
aka split these ingredients into 4 Gladware containers and then transfer to a bowl at work to feel fancy!
P.S. You can find ALL ingredients at Trader Joe's!
1 packet of Trader Joe's Organic Tuscan Kale (cut, washed & ready to use!)
1 can of organic black beans
1/2 diced red onion
1 jalapeño
1 pack of grape tomatoes
1/2 block of Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar Cheese (YUM!)
Trader Joe's Cilantro Salad Dressing
2 avocados

Preparation Instructions
Wash jalapeño and grape tomatoes.
Rinse black beans.
Massage kale as you separate the bag into four containers.
Divide the can of black beans into the containers.
Add onions, halved grape tomatoes, and grated cheese.

Day-Of Instructions
Place all of the ingredients in a serving bowl.
Drizzle the cilantro salad dressing to taste.
Add half of a diced avocado - save the other half in the Gladware to avoid browning for tomorrow!
Bon appetit!

We hope you enjoy! I've had this meal for the past 2 weeks and feel more energized! 
Also, Kelcy thought it might be a good idea to do a sweetgreen-like bowl and add brown rice to the mix! Let us know what you think if you decide to try it this way, even before we do.

April 27, 2016

10 Steps to the Perfect Santa Barbara Day Trip

So you only have 24 hours to see the best that Santa Barbara has to offer? We suggest following the 10 steps below to keep your heart happy and your stomach full the entire day.

1. Grab breakfast or brunch at Crushcakes & Café

2. Walk the pier, watch the fishermen reel it in, and try not to fall over the edge.

3. On your way back to town, stop at Deep Sea Tasting Room to sample wines. Swoop an outdoor table & watch the sailboats pass as you share a bottle of your favorite wine with your friends and/or family.
wine tasting with view of ocean and boats

4. Get a bit of exercise in and walk to lunch at Los Agaves. If you're visiting on a Saturday, be sure to cut through the farmer's market to get a glimpse of local life and fresh foods.
Los Agaves in Santa Barbara burritos with chipotle sauce

5. Walk to the top of the Santa Barbara Courthouse's Observation Tower to burn off those extra calories from lunch. 

6. Enjoy a sweet treat at McConnell's as a pat on the back for all of that walking you just did.
Ice cream in waffle cones from McConnell's in Santa Barbara

7. Walk up & down State Street - stopping in every store that catches your eye.
Standing clock in downtown Santa Barbara

8. Sip your way through the Funk Zone for an extra dose of fun. If drinking copious amounts of wine isn't your thing, you'll find whiskey tasting, too!
Twins and friends drinking wine on porch in Funk Zone

9. Have dinner at The Lark (reservations recommended!) or Lucky Penny - they're right next door to each other!
Table and food at The Lark in Santa Barbara 
Burrata and Arugula pizzas at Lucky Penny in Santa Barbara

10. Grab a beer, reminisce about the jam-packed day you just had, and plan your next trip to Santa Barbara on the outdoor patio of Figueroa Brewing Company.

Which activities/snacks/restaurants would you add? Feel free to comment with any questions & we'll do our best to answer them.

March 04, 2016

Let's Play Catch-Up, Shall We?

Hello there! 

We're not going to even waste your time apologizing about how we haven't been posting consistently, let alone in MONTHS. Instead, we want you to know that we've been busy growing in different areas of our lives. But now, we're finally at a place where we can share them with you and begin putting more focus and time into this lovely blog of ours.

As you know from our last post back in September, we started our Etsy shop! It's been exciting, fun, stressful, rewarding, and inspiring all at the same time. The shop also gives us a great opportunity to hang out since we no longer live or work together, even if while we're stuffing our faces or listening to music, we're also busy working on orders. We're currently taking some time off to ensure we continue to impress our buyers with a quick turnaround time – due to vacations and upcoming busy weekends – but we'll be back in action soon!

Brooke started a new job at the beginning of January at the LA office of a London-based management firm called James Grant. Stay tuned for more on that – she'll be posting interesting news & music videos by the clients they represent. 

Kelcy enrolled in Interior Design courses! She also created The Inspired Abode: a creative outlet that features inspiring home décor. We encourage you to follow her blog and Instagram – links below!
The Inspired Abode // instagram

We hope you continue to follow us along this journey with us! 
We're also very much looking forward to catching up on your blogs. Leave a comment in the comment section letting us know how you've been!

September 04, 2015

Our Etsy Shop (shopBKCsquared) is Now Open!!

We are so excited to announce that our Etsy shop, shopBKCsquared, is NOW OPEN!!!

It all started during a spontaneous coffee "meeting" at Alfred Coffee in Brentwood six months ago. Once summer started, we felt like it was the perfect time to turn our dreams into a reality!

Twins drinking Alfred Coffee shopBKCsquared

Ever since we were little, we spent our summers making crafts & selling them out of our garage, and now thanks to Etsy, we get to share our passion with the world. Currently, we only ship within the United States – but that will change very soon!

We love hand-lettered items and printed goods – long live handwritten notes & thank-you cards – and we only make items that we would use or buy ourselves! From mugs perfect for your morning coffee or chilly fall nights, to festive cocktail and wine glasses, to pretty wood signs for weddings and events (or home décor), we love adding a little personality to everyday items.

signature cocktail menu with champagne and peach
set of 2 margarita glassware with limes and pineapple
wood sign with white lettering and pink roses
coffee time print with gold lettering and orchids
cheers set of 2 blue wine glasses on fashion magazines
In addition to the items you see in this blog & in the shop, we also offer custom products – just select the custom button on Etsy to send us a message or shoot us an email ( Plus, we'll be adding calligraphy items very soon for your invitation & stationery needs!

We can't wait to hear what you all think of our new venture!!

August 07, 2015

Life Lately: Quarter-Life Happiness

More often than not you hear about someone's mid-life crisis, or quarter-life crisis for those of us 20-somethings getting that much closer to 30. We turned 25 at the end of June, and (surprisingly!) have only experienced "quarter-life happiness" since.

One of the biggest & best things we've realized? Work hard at the office or your career, but do what you love with just as much energy all other hours of the day – even if it amounts to less. Taking our own advice, we've decided to spend more time working to make ourselves happy! That means blogging, treating ourselves to delicious meals, getting together at least once a week to prepare for the launch of our Etsy shop, and saying "no" to things we don't want to do & "YES!" to activities we truly enjoy.

Check out the photos below to catch up on our lives for the past few months & we promise you won't have to wait this long again!

Kelcy went to Mexico:
View of the turquoise blue ocean from the rocks of Tulum, Mexico
Men in charro suits with woman in Mexican garb before tequila tasting
We were Maids of Honor at our best friend Paige's wedding:
Twins and the bride-to-be at Mumm in Napa
Bride-to-be and her girlfriends at Mumm Napa in Northern California
Bridesmaids in rehearsal dinner attire holding wine glasses
Bride-to-be and three maid of honor women
Bridesmaids in pink dresses and an outdoor first dance
Bride and bridesmaids outside holding hand-picked bouquets

We played with bunnies and chickens at our friend Chanel's "Party Animal" get-together:
Red-head twins holding chickens at petting zoo
Girl kissing bunny at outdoor petting zoo
Chanel Celaya and Brooke Christy holding rabbits in arms

We ate (DUH!):
Breakfast and brunch at Ashland Hill in Santa Monica
Boyfriend and girlfriend holding ice cream from Westwood hotspot
Truffle fries and open-faced vegetarian meal at Umami Burger in Hollywood
Double scoop of ice cream from Van Leeuwen truck

Our friend Taylor came into town, so we went to Rosenthal in Malibu:
Relaxing on a blanket with a glass of wine
Three girls with wine glasses at Rosenthal Wines

We celebrated our birthday at Disneyland:
Man and woman eat pretzel at Disneyland

Kelcy went horseback riding & to the Hollywood Bowl:
Crowds and mountains of the hollywood bowl in Los Angeles
Couples horseback riding trip in Pacific Palisades, California

We fell in love with Nashville:
Twins standing in front of I Believe in Nashville mural

& we celebrated the 4th of July and found out we need more patriotic clothes:
Twins and friends sitting on stairs at Independence Day party

If you haven't already, be sure to follow the two of us at @BKCsquared
If you're a foodie like we both are, follow our new food- & drink-only Instagram: @passthenapkins

April 24, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Bachelorette Party in San Diego

Earlier this month, we planned & hosted our best friend's bachelorette party weekend in San Diego! 
The bride and most of the girls flew in from Phoenix, two girls came in from Northern California, and another girl arrived from Las Vegas. It was so great to meet new people and see friends we hadn't seen in years!

After meeting at a beach bar around the corner from our Airbnb apartment, we headed back to the place to pass out favors (cute & soft tank tops that read "Bride," "Maid of Honor," "Bridesmaid," or "Team Bride") before our wine & cheese welcome! That turned into walking the short distance to the beach to enjoy the sunset and catch up on the sand.

The next morning, after making a drink at the bloody mary bar, we all shared a mimosa toast on the rooftop and posed for photos with the beautiful bride before making our way to the beach to soak up the sun.

We stopped at a local beach bar for a quick drink and snack before heading back to the hotel & dinner... that was the plan at least. We all had so much fun that we stayed there until it was dark outside!

All of the planning & hard work definitely paid off. It was an amazing trip with an amazing bride & her fabulous friends! We just wish we could go back & do it all over again!