What I’m Into: Beauty

 

Products Discussed in this Video:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Dermalogica Active Moist

Laura Mercier Body Butter

Dior Airflash CC Primer

Molton Brown Body Wash

NYX Butter Gloss

 

 

How to get to work on time

wake up

Go to bed earlier: Your brain needs at least 7-9 hours to recharge and rest up for the next day. The longer, the better. I try my best to get in bed by 10pm. If I fall asleep by 10:30 that gives me a full 8 hours of sleep. It’s not easy but it really does help.

Do everything the night before: Pick out your clothes, pack your lunch, pack your gym bag, curl your hair, etc. If you do everything the night before, it’s less you have to do in the morning and more time you have to sleep/putz.

Set your alarm earlier than normal: I set my alarm an hour and a half before I have to get in the office. This is great if you like to snooze. I only let myself snooze one time (which is new for me).

Hit the lights: As soon as I wake up in the morning I turn on all the lights. It sucks but it helps me wake up especially when it’s still dark outside. Before J and I moved in together I would also blast the news.

Turn on the coffee maker: The smell of coffee instantly wakes me up. After I turn on the lights, coffee is the second thing I do.

Give yourself enough time: Make sure you give yourself enough time for your commute. This goes back to what time you wake up. If I know it takes me 15 minutes to get to work, I make sure I’m out the door 20 minutes before I have to get there. I give myself an extra 5 minutes to be on the safe side.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

I find that whenever I buy fresh fruit it never gets eaten and ends up in the garbage. When I stop buying fruit I get asked why I never buy it. UGH! Long behold I found myself making banana bread muffins with bananas that were too ripe to eat. It’s been a while since I baked and it was nice to have fresh muffins in the apartment to grab for breakfast or a snack.

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ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together. Beat well with electric mixer. Side note: I’m not much of a baker and I don’t have patience to cream the butter and then sugar together and take all the correct steps mix the wet ingredients first and then add the dry ingredients slowly. I just dump everything into the bowl and mix. I am aware this is incorrect but to be honest, the muffins came out great. So… mix as you please!

Spoon the batter evenly into muffin tins. I like to fill the batter all the way to the top of each muffin tin to make big muffins!

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown. You will know they are almost done when your kitchen starts to smell amazing.

Allow the muffins to cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying.

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New Trader Joe’s Finds

Kale and Spinach Bites: These warm, cheesy, nutrient packed bites make for a satisfying snack. Serve them as apps when you have guests over or snack on them as a savory treat. 140 calories for 4 bites. Can I say anymore?

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Cookie and Cocoa Swirl: I am obsessed with TJ’s cookie butter, I put it on everything. When I saw cookie butter AND hazelnut spread in ONE jar there was no question it wasn’t coming home with me. This is pure happiness in a jar. Oh, it’s 90 calories per tbsp which is less than peanut butter. This is a no brainer.

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Vanilla Ice Cream Bon Bons: These are just pure heaven. Side note: when I think of bon bons I think of Peggy Bundy. The best thing about them is that they are 60 CALORIES PER PIECE! OMG… I sometimes don’t believe it myself. You’re welcome.

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Green Tea Mochi: They are exactly the same as the mochi you get at Japanese restaurants for except you can eat them on your couch. With 100 cals per mochi, they make for a great after dinner desert.

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Pumpkin Butter: I love to spread it on toast, add it to my oatmeal, or spread it on crackers.

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Restaurant Review: Bavette’s

I’ve decided to start doing restaurant reviews again. I used to do them when I first started this blog and for some reason I stopped. I love recommending restaurants to my friends and family. I am usually raving for days if I go somewhere new or had a great experience. Soooo, why not rave on here? Let’s get started.

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 9.21.39 PM Same owners as Gilt Bar, Maude’s Liquor Bar and Au Cheval & Doughnut Vault

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Ambiance: Sexy! Dim lights, glass chandeliers, and cozy red booths. I took J there for his birthday and we sat in a intimate booth downstairs.

Service: Excellent. Our waiter was super knowledgeable and described the dishes on the menu so well that my mouth was watering. He was personable but not too overbearing. He was totally on top of everything.

Food: Honestly, the first time I went was for J’s birthday and it was awesome! We ordered shrimp cocktail (huge shrimps), salmon tare tare, and warm goat cheese. For dinner we split a bone in filet and a sweet potato. UNREAL. The sweet potato tastes like candy. The second time I went with my family and I thought some of the dishes were just fair. For example, we ordered the white fish caesar salad. I LOVE the salmon caesar salad from Gilt Bar. I figured white fish would work just as well. The salad was really fishy tasting and I was disappointed. We ordered the rib eye this time for our entree to split. Even though it was full of flavor it was SO fatty and SO salty. I should have known better, rib eye is a fatty cut of meat. Our amazing waiter sold me on it, I was convinced! J and I were left thirsty and bloated.

Anything else?: You should definitely go there at least once. The service and the ambiance make for a great dining experience. Don’t order the rib eye if you don’t like fat on your meat (even tho it was super flavorful). Stay away from the white fish caesar salad and you will be golden!

Avoid Breakouts with My Favorite Moisturizers

Let’s talk moisturizer! It’s that time of year where the weather really messes with your skin causing dryness, irritation, and breakouts. It’s the worst! If you’re breaking out like crazy it’s because you’re not moisturizing enough. Even if you think you are, you’re not. What happens is that your skin gets so dry that nothing can come out of your pores causing you to breakout and even get those nasty underground zits that are sooo painful. I learned this from my girl Julie at Mirelle’s Studio. She gave me a facial and she could barely do extractions because my skin was too dry. This is when I started to use a good moisturizer that got the job done. In about a month’s time frame, my skin cleared. It’s funny that something as simple as moisturizing can do the trick. I’ve tried countless creams, gels, and even eliminated certain foods from my diet. Who knew?!

This weather totally sucks but your skin doesn’t have to. Below are my favorite moisturizers both drug store and high end brands. Have you tried any of them? What is your favorite moisturizer?  Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 10.24.38 PM

Falling for Flannel

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.58.41 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.58.58 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.59.21 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.59.44 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 6.00.12 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.56.48 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.57.49 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.54.45 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 5.56.20 PM I was not crazy about this trend coming back at all. When I think of flannel I think back to the 4th grade when I wore it with my dr martens thinking I was the coolest girl in school. A couple of months ago when I saw flannel coming back I never thought I would get into it… ew flannel, wtf.

What I realized is that you have to wear it right. Flannel is perfect for this weird in between weather. Throw it over a t-shirt and wear it open (see above), tuck it into leggings with otk boots, or tucked into a pencil skirt with a blazer and heels. To be honest, it’s a great way to keep cozy while still looking chic. What are your thoughts on flannel?

Weekend Reads

Happy Weekend

An elegant updo in seconds. Prefect for when you’re running late to work.

How french women get their effortless natural beauty.

blog is so funny it will make you pee your pants.

Is your sister your best friend? Mine is!

10 pieces every woman should have before 30.

Everyday ideas to make your life easier.

I’m definitely making a big pot of this comforting soup this weekend

Casual Friday

IMG_8532 Top: Baily44 (similar here + here), Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Steve Madden, Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Prada

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I always look forward to casual Fridays in the office. Not only is Friday the best day of the work week it means that I can wear jeans! I just got this pair a couple of weeks ago and I love them. They are soft, comfortable, and figure flattering. I feel like they suck me in! I could literally wear them 10 days in a row and not get tired of them. They are the mid-rise skinny leg jean. They are worth the investment because you will wear them to death!

Speaking of J Brand, you can purchase them for 25% off from now until October 21st at Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s their Friends & Family event. Yay! Have a fabulous weekend!

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

It’s my favorite time of year… FALL!  I went apple picking over the weekend and got about 10lbs of apples. There’s something about going to the apple orchard and picking the apples yourself. It’s like a feeling of accomplishment. So, I went to the apple orchard, picked the apples with my own bare hands, and made 3 dutch apple pies. Talk about domestic! Actually, I had to do something to entertain myself while J was watching football alllllllll day on Sunday. He just can’t get enough. Right now, it’s all about his fantasy team. Woof.

My sister Samantha coincidentally went apple picking as well so we combined our apples to make the pies. We were like a little tag team. Samantha peeled the apples and I chopped them. We had a little assembly line going. Thank goodness for Samantha because making an apple pie is a lot of work. I don’t know what I would have done without her! Our Mom gave us her recipe for dutch apple pie and the recipe itself is pretty simple. The only annoying part is preparing the apples. P.S. This is my Mom’s recipe, thanks Mom!

 Dutch Apple Pie

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For the crust:

The apples are difficult enough. I purchased pre-made pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I used Pillsbury pie crust that comes in a long red box. All you need to do is unroll the crust, mold it to your pie pan, and poke small holes with a fork throughout the pie crust.

IMG_8517 Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

For the filling:

25 apples cored and chopped

2 tbsp flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Peel, core, and chop the apples into 1/2-1 inch pieces. Sprinkle lemon juice over the chopped apples so they don’t turn brown. Put the chopped apples into a pot and boil for 10-12 minutes until tender. Drain well and transfer into a mixing bowl. Add the flour, sugar, and cinnamon to the apples. Gently mix together making sure the apples are fully coated. Don’t mix too much or the apples will become soggy. Pour the apples into the cooked pie crust.

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For the topping:

2/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter

1/2 brown sugar

Combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour and sugar mixture. With clean hands, mix the butter into the mixture so the butter looks like small peas.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Put a baking sheet underneath so the pie doesn’t make a mess in the oven.

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM!!!!!!!

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