🌲 My Comfy Classic Jean Jacket Look and The Best Part of Black Friday 🎄

…plus the most comfortable pair of black leggings! Not to mention super affordable too! (And yes, when it comes to the ‘Are leggings pants?’ debate, you can guess which camp I’m in. 😉 #LeggingsArePantsToo)

November 26, 2016 Christmas Tree Picking on Black Friday with Mei Mei the Pomeranian

This blog post recaps Black Friday, which was nearly a month ago, but, as I always say, better late than never!

I’m also trying something a little different in this post and will be sharing a couple outfit details today! I’m so excited to do this because I’ve been wanting to blog more about my personal fashion style for some time now. Of course, I will never stop blogging about the typical fitness and sharing my healthy recipes, and fashion will likely never become the main focus on my blog because: (1) I don’t consider myself to be a major fashionista — I’d rather stay home and watch The Office than watch some runway show, (2) I always prefer comfort over style, and (3) fitness and food is and will always be more first and foremost love over fashion!

With that said, my approach to quote-on-quote “fashion” is all about comfort, style, and affordability; I’m all about looking somewhat expensive with quality clothing that were bought for an affordable price. Since I spend time searching for the best deals out there, I thought I might as well just share what I find on my blog to perhaps help some girls out! Plus, I think it’d just be fun to share my outfits here and there! 🙂 👗 And so, this blog post features some “beta” outfits, and by that I mean, nothing fancy or complicated, just testing this sort of post out with some straightforward clothing.

Some of my favorite items that I’m sharing today are my favorite pair of what I think is the most comfortable black leggings (that are also super affordable), and my go-to classic denim jacket that makes any comfy outfit instantly chic.

More outfit details can be found in the jump below!


Black Friday, Part 1: The Non-Conventional and Fun Way to do Black Friday

Typical Black Friday shopping means getting out of bed super early (or, in some cases, skipping the pumpkin pie 🍮 on Thanksgiving to drive to the outlet mall and shop until 3AM — crazy, but I know people who actually did this! 😱) to score the best deals in fashion, electronics… basically anything besides Christmas trees. 🌲

On the contrary, my Black Friday looked more like this: slept in from eating all that turkey & yams the night before, and spent my morning doing yoga to detox from the Thanksgiving feast and stretch out my super sore muscles. I did a crazy intense full-body workout on Thanksgiving day, and I could barely feel my legs that morning!

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(Notice in the photo on the right: that Mei Mei and I were both doing down dog at the same time! Totally unplanned, and I’ve always wanted a photo like that with her! 🐶 #PartnerYoga)

After yoga, I finally headed out to do some Black Friday shopping, and by that, I mean, heading to Lowes with my dad to pick out this year’s Christmas tree! 🌲 I mean, who goes shopping on Black Friday to shop for Christmas trees and holiday wreaths? This girl and her papa, right here, that’s who. 🙋

When it comes to the ‘Are leggings pants?’ debate, you can guess which camp I’m in. 😉 #LeggingsArePantsToo

Because Lowes is dog-friendly, I of course had to bring along Mei Mei to help us select the finest-smelling tree! We like our Christmas tree smelling extra piney. 🌲

November 26, 2016 Christmas Tree Picking on Black Friday with Mei Mei the Pomeranian

And because there’s a Pet Smart in the same shopping park, we first stopped by that store. Yup, dog food + Christmas tree shopping: totally the sort of exciting, deal-breaking shopping you’d typically do on Black Friday. 😂 At least there were no lines! 😉

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Wafflin’ Wednesday ✧ New Website Design! 🌹

Wafflin’ on this Wednesday to celebrate my new Website design! 🎉 Woot!

Since launching this VivianTang.Co a few months ago, I’ve been frustrated by clunky it was just to scroll through the site. Personally, when I visit a blog that’s new to me, I first browse through the entire site, as oppose to reading each of the post individually, as I’m sure many of y’all likewise do.

Therefore, it was very important to me that this website could be smoothly scrolled through. I wanted to have my posts displayed in a grid layout, making it much easier to browse through all of my posts starting from today to March 2015. Wow, has it really been that long since I’ve been blogging?

 

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Anyways, despite the fact that I took 2.5 years of computer science courses throughout high school and some in college, my coding skills are still rather elementary, and I by no means am a pro at website design. What can I say, computer science was hardly my favorite subject, and thus I never retain any of the information. Woops. 🤷

Point is, I wasn’t quite sure how to create the blog format that I wanted my website to have, but last night, I finally decided to give it a go, delved into the CSS, and twinked the code a bit. Turns out, displaying all my posts into grid format wasn’t too hard to do!

That’s not to say it didn’t take me a couple hours though… Remember my coding skills aren’t amazing. Lol.

I know the changes to my website layout isn’t a drastic one, but I think the small change makes big difference because now readers can easily browse through my blog like a magazine! ☺️✨

Let me know what you think, and if you browse my new site carefully enough, you might just discover who’s the hottest b*tch on Instagram! 😹 Seriously though, I worked hard on the new site layout so do take a look! ❤️

Anyhow, these waffles are from Saturday morning, when I slept in until 11am and woke up to the smell of crispy, hot vanilla oatmeal waffles! These waffles are a secret recipe of mine. Despite being 100% whole grain and oil-free, they have a chewy interior and crispy exterior. If I had my own cafe, I would definitely serve these! ☕

That Saturday was particularly special to me because it Mei Mei’s Birthday! I’ll share more from that fun, happy day in another post!

🌹 🍵 ❤️

Happy Wednesday!

♡, vt

☕ A Comfy, Cozy, and Healthy Breakfast ✧ Chai Almond Milk Latte, Pumpkin Spice Muffin & Persimmon Parfait 🍂

Another “Breakfast Scenario” type of video is up on YouTube! Maybe I should start a series of these because it’s no question that I’m a fan of breakfast, especially slow and leisurely breakfasts on peaceful easygoing mornings. Mornings when I can slowly enjoy my caffeine, as oppose to chugging it down.

Who am I kidding, I chug my tea/coffee/latte regardless, and the video above just solidifies that fact. 😹 What can I say, I’m also a fan of hot beverages. ☕

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Anyways, this particular video was actually uploaded last Friday, so this is a belated update to the blog, which means you should definitely check it out, and enjoy a comfy, cozy, and healthy breakfast with me. 😉

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And, yes, I know you’re eyeing that fluffy, soft Pumpkin Spice Muffin, and yes, I shared the recipe to it. It’s unbelievably healthy, 100% whole grain, and refined sugar free! Let me know if you try my recipe!

Happy Monday!

Can’t believe the holidays are so close! Are you more stressed or more excited?

♡, vt

 

❄️ Hello December 🎄

November 26, 2016 Christmas Tree Picking on Black Friday with Mei Mei the Pomeranian

🎄We got a Christmas tree last week on Black Friday but haven’t gotten to decorating it yet, so #ThrowbackThursday to last year’s pose and tree! 🌲

Christmas Tree Yoga December Winter

Happy December! ❄️ Who’s excited about the holiday season? I’m looking forward to the festive decorations, the comfy cozy feelings, and of course seasonal eating! Be sure to check out the “Holiday Recipes” tab to grab all of my healthy and delicious holiday treats, from whole wheat biscottis to pumpkin pie! I’ll be adding even more of my recipes to the blog soon, so keep an eye out. 😉

xx, vt

🍂 Whole Grain Pumpkin Spice Muffin & Almond Milk Cinnamon Chai Latte ☕

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

 

Tomorrow is the 1st day of December, but the official day of Winter doesn’t begin until December 22, so I’m going to keep doing autumn as long as there’s still pumpkin spice running through my veins, starting with my Whole Grain Pumpkin Spice Muffins, which I plan on whipping up a fresh batch of very soon.

I say that, but, then again, I’ve been listening to Christmas songs before Thanksgiving. Can’t we just agree that pumpkin spice isn’t exclusively for autumn and is just as “winteresque” as gingerbread?! 😂

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Anyways, I shared my love for these delicious homemade pumpkin muffins in a previous post, so I’ll spare repeating myself too much, but I’ll mention one thing: despite these muffins being 100% whole grain, oil-free, refined sugar-free, I can’t get over how soft and fluffy they are. That’s why they’re so amazing to me! They taste so good even though they’re healthy!

Healthy Breakfast: Chai Latte + Pumpkin Spice Muffin + Persimmon Yogurt Parfait

Haha, I know, I should just shut up and start my own healthy cafe and bakery already. One day… 😉 But in the mean time, you can snatch my recipe over in that blog post before I set up the Tangy Kitchen Cafe and start selling these bad boys for $1.50. 💸

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These muffins make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. Often, I have two of these for breakfast…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

…or I’ll have it along a fruity yogurt bowl, like this one with persimmon and cacao nibs.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Healthy Breakfast: Chai Latte + Pumpkin Spice Muffin + Persimmon Yogurt Parfait

But my favorite way to enjoy my Pumpkin Spice Muffins is with a Hot Chai Almond Milk Latte, which I’d also serve when I start my cafe, hehe. 😉

Happy (It Is Still Technically) Fall Y’all! 🍂

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Let me know, do you think pumpkin spice should also be an official “winter flavor”? 😂 And also let me know if you try out my muffins! Tag me on Instagram @vivianrtang #tangykitchen

xx, vt

🍁 Autumnal Kale Salad 🍂

Lighten up your Thanksgiving or Holiday menu with this colorful, tasty, and fresh autumnal kale salad! 🍁 I got so many ravishing reviews on this salad during Friendsgiving last weekend, and it couldn’t be easier to make! 🍂


Autumnal Kale Salad, Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

Last weekend, my friends and I made this salad for our Friendsgiving menu, which included succulent juicy whole roasted chicken, brussels sprouts, maple roasted sweet potatoes, etc. — all very delicious but a little bit heavy–, so this kale salad added a nice zesty balance.

Autumnal Kale Salad, Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

Even though it was placed next to delicious comfort foods, this kale salad was really popular, even to my friends who don’t always enjoy eating healthy. 😉 They gave ravishing reviews and mentioned how beautiful and yummy it was. One of them even said “Kale Yeah! This is Kale-eh Good.” Hahaha…

You can imagine how happy I was to hear that. Getting my friends to eat healthy and having them enjoy it? Mission accomplished. ✔️

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Pumpkin Spice ‘n’ Everything Nice Muffins 🍂 Whole Grain, Oil-Free, Sugar-Free

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

My craze for pumpkin continues with my Pumpkin Spice Muffins. These muffins may look unassuming, but they pack a punch! They’ve got pumpkin (of course), whole wheat and oat flours, autumn spices, and even 🍎 apple cider to bring out that fall flavor. In fact, my favorite thing about these goodies is how flavorful they are. The pumpkin in them ties all the warm spices together while adding an extra soft and fluffy texture.

Another favorite thing about these is how delicious yet healthy they are: oil-free, whole-grain, dairy-free, and sugar-free. With the exception of one egg, they’re vegan, and so they can be easily veganized. They’re also so healthy that you can definitely afford to add in extra chocolate chips because, well, pumpkin + spices + dark chocolate are a divine combination, and because it is the holidays after all! 🍫 Cheers!

Almond Milk Latte, latte art, healthy, vegan


This time last week, the temperature finally dropped below 70*F. The cold front came pretty late considering we’re way into November, but at least it came just in time for the holidays!

About time, Texas.

I’m not a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of winter because it’s the season to be indoorsy and do indoorsy things. ❄️ I may be fitness nut, but it’s pretty obvious on my blog that I’m a huge homebody who just loves being cozy, hehe. 🙂 The holidays and winter is the time to do that: keeping toasty under layers of cozy blankets, cuddling with my Mei Mei, and showing the oven some lovin’ oven: doing one of my favorite cold season activities, baking.

So last week when the cold front finally hit us, the first thing I wanted to do was bake! And I wanted to bake something with pumpkin, spice, and everything nice (like chocolate, craisins, and nuts).

I thought, “Pumpkin Muffins sounds so yummy and cozy,” but I’ve never made pumpkin muffins before, so, like any of my baking recipes, I just winged it and hoped for the best.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Considering that I’ve been baking since I was a kid, it’s kind of surprising to me that this was only my first time baking Pumpkin Muffins. Well, I do bake Pumpkin Cakes every year, but the two treats are different. The most challenging part to baking a successful batch of muffins is achieving that perfectly round muffin top, and every time I set out to create a new muffin recipe, I’m always a little anxious about it falling flat.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

But, to my pleasant surprise, these muffins turned out really nice!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free

Beautiful round muffin dome. 🙂 When I took a taste, I was blown away!

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Enjoying my muffin with an almond milk chai latte… 😉

And these are so good despite being so healthy and oil-free!

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