apologies!

Okay I have been on hiatus for the simple reason of life being taken over by school and work and holiday fun! Now it is back to the routine of no sleep, homework, and wasted time on the internet. Why not put that internet time to use!

Holiday fun means winter, and everybody knows that with winter comes dry skin, dry hair, & dry lips.
Here are a few of my favorite products to take control of all those problems!

 Vaseline Dry Skin Conditioning Lotion
this is my ultimate favorite unscented body lotion. although it is simple and cheap, it does what it needs to by instantly nourishing and giving moisture to dry, itchy skin. i use it day and night, and see results with consistent use. consistent use is a must with any product that you are using to restore healthy skin, hair, lips, or anything else!

Bali Mango body lotion
Bath & Body Works always has the best scented lotions, creams and soaps with new seasonal favorites that I always fall in love with. in the summer, i was obsessed with the apricot vanilla scent and this season it is bali mango. this cream leaves you feeling soft and moisturized and leaves a fresh amazing scent.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer
this face lotion is oil free, and contains an ance-fighting ingredient that has been proven! it is great for all over coverage, leaving dry skin fresh with a cool feeling. i use it morning and night and with consistent use, i see results!


Maybelline Baby Lips
this is the only chapstick i use now. i am completely obsessed. i have two already with hopes to buy every flavor. quenched and peppermint are the two clear options, and the rest leave a sheer color coat.my personal favorite is peach kiss. with once use, i fell in love. it instantly gives your lips a smooth, soft feeling them, leaving them shiny, with a great scent. i cannot get enough of this adorable, cheap, perfect chapstick!

 Moroccan Oil Hair Care
this hair care line is perfect for hair that is feeling the effects of winter! it has been recommended by my lovely hair stylist friend, Natalie Jonas, who is my personal go-to on all things beauty – whether it be product, or style.
check out her blog – http://stylemesmashing.tumblr.com/
back to the hair care line – it is great for brittle, dry, processed hair. the product restores hair by bathing it in a highly concentrated formula rich in antioxidant argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids, which also help to restore elasticity, moisture and manageability. the oil in the product seals the cuticle, which also helps with split ends. the scent is fresh and light which is a bonus!

hopefully these products find their way into your hands & you can combat this gross cold weather with  soft skin, shiny hair, and smooth, healthy lips!

sorry for the looooong break but i am back! xoxo.

PF chang’s lettuce wraps

last night i was assigned kitchen duty for the night. and as my family would hopefully agree, it was a huge success. my family and i are obsessed with PF Changs. we go every time we go to the states & this at-home recipe for our favorite dish is perfect. It is a lighter take on the original, and can be perfected to taste! enjoy!

what you will need:
– 1lb ground chicken breast (we used lean ground turkey)
– 1/2 medium onion, minced   – salt & pepper, a dash of each
– 2 large cloves garlic, minced  – 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– 1 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled & minced  –  1/2 Tablespoon honey
–  2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce   – 1/2 tablespoon water   –  1 tablespoon  peanut butter
–  1 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar   – dash of fresh pepper
–   2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (we like a kick, & used 3)
–   3 green onions, chopped  – 1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
–  1/4 cup peanuts, chopped – outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry

Directions:
1 – heat a large, non-stick skillet on high. add chicken, onion, salt & pepper, and cook until chicken is nearly done, stirring often. add in minced garlic and ginger, and continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink
2 – meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, combine sesame oil, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce and pepper. microwave for 40 seconds, then stir until smooth. add into the skillet and stir to combine
3 – add green onion and water chestnuts into the skillet & cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions are soft and the water chestnuts are heated through
4 – sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and serve with cold lettuce leaves on the side

original photo and recipe cred:
http://iowagirleats.com/2011/04/26/p-f-changs-lettuce-wraps-remade/ 

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spending addiction

okay ladies, i know i am not alone in this when i say that i have a problem… i cant stand to see something i like in a store, and not buy it.. i always tell myself i am on a spending freeze and then that cute cardigan at H&M calls my name, or those accessories and boots just make me pull out that bank card. it’s so bad that i have been told that a friend just shops through me now, she doesn’t even have to shop, i do it enough for the both of us! i sense an addiction…first step is admitting you have a problem right?

part of it is that i tell myself i deserve it. where the heck do i get that idea from? let me tell you. two jobs, five classes, and a diminishing social life. that’s where that idea comes from. not only do i barely see my boyfriend – bless his heart – but i barely see my mom.. and i live at home.. anyways, i convince myself that i deserve these things and end up with no money for bills and an over abundant closet. that being said, i have snagged a few great finds in the past month or so, and i am here to share my favorite of them all with you!

we all know that Wilfred cardigan that everyone wants or has. it runs for a whopping 95 dollars at aritizia.

all my poor ladies out there, you are in luck… i picked up this cozy, classic cardigan at Bootlegger for 49 dollars! they have so many colors, and you cannot even tell the sweater from the Wilfred one. you are welcome. now go! before they sell out!

more great finds to come, shop on addicts, shop on!

photo cred:
http://aritzia.com/fashion/sweaters/diderot-sweater
bootlegger version:
http://www.bootlegger.com/womens/fleece/belle/prod9189BELLE.html

 

nude lip tips

like a lot of girls out there right now, maybe you, maybe not, i am obsessed with the nude lip look. i have been told that it looks good, it doesn’t look good, i shouldnt do it, i should do it, the list goes on. regardless of all the feedback, i like it. maybe that’s because i am quite pale and feel like it looks a little better. i am sure it is just a phase, but for now, i love it. i go through different stages of how i achieve this look and here a few great ways!

the first is just your foundation on your lips, which doesnt always last, but leaves a good base coat.

frou by mac is a great pink take on the nude lip

YSL has this perfect nude lipstick called sweet honey. perfect. gimme.

at a simple $1, this color – nostalgic – by elf, is a great choice

lastly, Dior Abricot Cuticle cream. it seems crazy, but it creates a perfect peach lip
Emily Maynard from NBC’s Bachelor does this!

if any of you have some good products or ideas, let me know! enjoy! xx.

lofthouse cookie love

my friend madison and i are obsessed with lofthouse cookies. before she left for austrailia, i think we had them almost every other week in the summer. they are gone before we even know it and we dont regret a single thing.

when i miss her a lot, i go buy them and eat them pretending she is with me. i came across the recipe on pinterest by Sweet Pea Kitchen & now that i have found out that i can make them at home, i am happier than ever. you will loooove the way these turn out. enjoy!

what you need:
COOKIES
– 6 cups flour, divided   – 1 teaspoon baking soda  – 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 cup butter, at room temperature   – 2 cups granulated sugar  – 3 eggs
– 2 teaspoon vanilla extract  – 1 1/2 cup sour cream

FROSTING
– 1 cup butter, room temperature  – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  – 4 cup powdered sugar
– 6 tablespoon heavy cream  – food coloring   – sprinkles

Directions:
COOKIES
1-  cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. add the eggs, one at a time. add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined
2 – add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined. the dough will be a bit “sticky”. divide dough into two sections. flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. let the dough chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.
3 – once the dough is firm, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
4 – use the plastic wrap that you chilled the dough in. dust the top of the dough and then flip and flour the other side, keeping it on the plastic wrap. with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. using a round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

FROSTING
1 – cream together the butter and vanilla and slowly beat in the powdered sugar.
2 – once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your  desired spreading consistency. if you want to, add food coloring and beat until combined.
3 – once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

* depending on the thickness of the dough, this recipe should make about 5 dozen cookies

a girl can never have too much

since breaking my habit of biting my nails, i have kept them painted almost every day for the past 4 months. i have become obsessed with colors, feature nails, designs, and sparkles. i fully believe that a girl can never have too much nail polish & that is why my nail polish bin is now overflowing! so here are a few of my recent faves by essie, which all run for about 8 dollars. overpriced? yes, but just so hard to resist:

chinchilly

tart deco

lilacism

mini how high

photo cred:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YEPS9QBLfbk/Sn7nKsaEhWI/AAAAAAAAADQ/y-dOOK77ZhE/s320/essie.jpg

http://www.essie.com/nail-colors/