Perfect Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies- Gluten Free

I had a chocolate chip cookie craving and a stressful day so I caved, decided to bake and finally do another recipe post.

I was inspired by a gluten-free recipe and after making my own modifications and a couple of trial batches, I came up with the perfect coconut flour recipe that is not dry, but soft and delicious.

You may not be able to eat the ones I made with my love (giggles) but here is the recipe... it's super easy!

You'll need:

1/2 cup organic coconut flour
About 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
3 large eggs
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
A heaping 1/2 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° F /176° C and grease a cookie sheet. In a bowl, combine coconut flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and baking powder.

Add in eggs, butter, vanilla and chopped chocolate. Combine until a thin dough forms.

Yes, I used BOTH chocolate chips and chocolate chunks because sometimes more is better.

Now you can roll the dough into balls and slightly press them down onto your cookie sheet or spoon them on.

TBH I spooned them the second time and preferred it that way but it's just preference.

Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden brown.

The whole downstairs smelled deliciously invigorating from the vanilla baking and the incense I had burning in my family room.

I have been cooking and baking since I was 12 years old and I have to say for a "healthier" cookie these are delicious.

So good in fact, I did not get a properly staged picture of them afterwards since we all ate most of them right away.

Go make it for people you love to the moon and back!

Enjoy warm with a cold glass of milk.


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New 'do- Haircare Chat

Top: Winsdor Store / Skirt: Forever 21 / Purse & Shoes: Michael Kors

Back to my favorite shade on myself! My hair has been dyed literally EVERY natural shade of hair color other than gray and I cannot stress enough on how important is it to take special care of your locks from a young age, especially if you decide to color treat it. I have made the mistake of damaging my hair by bleaching it at home on my own. It was so bad that I had to stop dyeing it for awhile and it took me a couple years to get it healthy again. Shout out to my amazing hairstylist Katie B for fixing it! <3 

Here are several tips for healthy and voluminous hair.

No. 1- Shampoo Less

Shampooing too frequently can strip your hair's natural oils causing it to look frizzy and prone to breakage. Choose a shampoo that is "sulphate free" as sulphates tend to dry out your hair and skin and strips your hair color sooner.

Keep in mind not to use dry shampoo too often or at all as its deposits build up on the hair follicles,  it could cause inflammation, weakening the follicles, which results in increased shedding. These products also cause hair follicles to stick together, so that a hair that would normally shed through brushing may take two or three strands along with it.

Everyone's hair is different, so work out the right number of washes for it. I recommend starting with every other day depending on your lifestyle.

No. 2- Condition

Do not skip conditioning! Condition each time you cleanse, starting from the ends and apply lightly at your roots so it does not fall flat too soon. Also, deep condition once every week or two depending on your hair type.

No. 3- Organic Coconut Oil/Argan Oil

I absolutely love organic coconut oil treatments at home! It nourishes and softens my hair, making it less prone to breakage. I always have some on hand as it amazing for so many things!

Argan oil is a good heat protector, reduces frizziness and is not as greasy as coconut oil so it is great for more frequent use.

No. 4.- Comb Gently

Separate your hair into sections, hold it halfway down, and brush from your hand downwards. Once those knots are out, continue to the top and brush through. Sounds obvious but I ALWAYS used to rush through brushing and end up pulling out more hair than necessary, so take your time.

No. 5- Invest in a great haircut

No. 6- Eat Healthy Fats

Avocados, nuts, fish, olive oil and coconut oil are amazing for your skin, hair and nails... so hopefully you are not allergic! I love having an avocado daily with one of my meals... it's a Californian staple! 

No. 7- Vitamins

There are so many hair gummies and vitamins out there so please do your research on a good quality one. I take one that includes Vitamin C, E,  biotin and borage oil. Borage oil has the highest potency for naturally occurring GLA and I have noticed a big improvement in the past couple years personally.

No. 8- Sleep with a loose top knot

Gather your hair in a ponytail at the crown of your head and twist it all in one direction, then twist it around itself in bun and tie (not to tight though) with a soft hair scrunchie. This prevents hair tangling during the night and gives me natural soft waves the next day in case I do not have time to re-style it.

No. 9- Relax

Stresses in life cause hair loss so don't worry TOO much about it. In the end it's just hair. ;)

I cant think of a No.10 so that's it! If you have any haircare tips please share in the comments below! I'm always looking to brush up my skills ;)


The Mission Inn

Old world charm in SoCal's Inland Empire you should not miss! 

Southern California continues to amaze me with all its tucked away gems. Built in 1876 and outlined with beautiful palm trees, the mission-revival style hotel opens up like an oasis amid the urban downtown streets of Riverside, California. Each spontaneous turn has a perfect backdrop for photos such as grand archways, lofty domes, courtyards and hanging gardens. 

I am LOVING the current flower/rose embroidered trend as it reminds me of the folklore costumes of my Serbian heritage.

Sister's OOTD
Suit: Express
Watch: Michael Kors

It had started to lightly rain so we dashed off to lunch, leaving the other spots for another time. 

A lovely place for lunch is The Mission Inn Restaurant. My sister and I prefer sitting outdoors in the courtyard as it is enchanting and makes us feel like we are back in Europe again.

I have been to this restaurant many times but my favorites are the Margherita flatbread and the Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose wine from Cote de Provence, France. My sister had the smoked salmon tartine which was tasty as well. ;) 

Boasting delicious food, great service and gorgeous aesthetic for photoshoots, I highly recommend Mission Inn for a mini staycation or a pit stop enroute to Palm Springs, CA. 

They also host meetings, events and is a gorgeous place for weddings! 

If you're craving some java, I recommend you head right across the street to Molinos Coffee. Thanks to my friend Taylor for the recommendation, this has become one of my new favorite coffee shops. My sister made a good call, the lavender-honey latte was absolutely delicious! It was not too floral or sweet as I thought it would be.

Grab a seat by the window!

Molinos Coffee is a great place to bring your laptop and do some work, so I definitely plan on going back soon!

Golden Hour- Golden Rule

Lighting is everything in photography and I would have to say that my favorite time of day to take photos would be during "golden hour" which is typically an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.

This golden lighting is soft, warm, dimensional and can flat-out look awesome. 

Dress: Forever 21- SOLD OUT
Location: Huntington Beach, CA

It was such a lovely Sunday and it got me thinking about a golden rule or principle we should all live by,  to "treat others as you would have them treat you". Think of some ways you can be kind to someone and make their day! ;)

Verses of the day: Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

CEOs Agree- Wake Up At This Time To Be Successful

As a 20-something CEO I am always looking for ways to organize and improve the use of my time so I am able to get to the things that are important to me such as family-time, work, fun physical activities, to just unplugging and having my coffee. Although I will always wish there were more hours in a day, I have found that the most important tip to being successful is just plain waking up early.

The daily routines of the world’s most successful people reflect that as well, from fashion designers like Diane von Furstenberg to successful entrepreneurs like Warren Buffet. While their morning routines alone are enough to spike our interest, their wake-up times are sometimes especially shocking. The Business Insider chronicled the wake-up times of over 20 successful people, from Michelle Obama to Martha Stewart. Organized by time frame, here’s when the world’s most successful business leaders choose to start their day:

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.: Apple CEO Tim Cook, NextDesk director Dan Lee, Twitter CEO Dan Dorsey, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck.
Between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.: Former First Lady Michelle Obama, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Virgin America CEO David Cush, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.:  Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Martha Stewart and Project Runway co-host Tim Gunn.

Most of these entrepreneurs start their day by either working out, checking email, meditating, reading, drinking coffee, or a combination of the five activities. I personally love to do a quick yoga sequence, have my coffee and read before I check my email and leave for work. Others, like Disney CEO Bob Iger, prefer to use that unstructured time to think in peace. Regardless of how they spend those early morning hours, these people clearly seem to live by the motto, “the early bird gets the worm.”

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