What I Want Wednesday: Tall Gladiator Sandals

There’s something about this trend that I absolutely love. I’m a huge fan of tall boots and over the knee boots. I don’t know what it is but they make me feel confident. I have long legs for my height (I’m 5’3), most people think I’m taller than I am. When I wear tall boots they give the illusion that I’m not only taller but they make my legs look skinnier- swear!

When tall gladiator sandals started popping up everywhere I got super excited! I can’t wait to purchase a pair to wear with jean shorts, dresses, and skirts. I want all of the sandals below- which one’s should I buy?!

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Image 1 of ALDO Umarelle Gold Knee Gladiator Flat Tie Sandals 'Bellflower' Tall Gladiator Sandal (Women) Image 1 of ASOS FENTIMAN Leather Knee High Gladiator Sandals

Spring Beauty Obsessions

 

Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This stuff makes me happy…SO HAPPY! I discovered it when I was on vacation in Naples, FL. My skin was breaking out like crazy so I went to the spa at my hotel and asked for something that would clear me up. They recommended the Clear Skin Starter Set which includes the cleanser, moisturizer, mask, and serum. I fell in love with the entire line. I use this cleanser in the morning. I love the way it makes me skin feel and it smells like mint and cucumber– the perfect cleanser to wake me up!

Nars Dual Intensity Blush (Adoration): A blush and a highlighter in one, could you ask for anything more?!? I use this everyday. The colors are gorgeous on every skin tone and a little goes a long way. I also like to mix the highlighter with my lip gloss. I take my finger and dab a little in the center of my lips to make them pop. I even use this on my eyes and put the darker shade in the crease and the highlighter on the lid. So many uses!

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer (oil free): Every time I used a product that reduced the size of my pores or minimized my pores I would break out…this primer does not do that! I was so happy to find something that really works without making my skin freak out. The texture is like clay so it’s a little weird at first but once you apply it your skin it becomes soooo smooth. Every time I use this primer people come up to me and tell me how amazing my skin looks…if they only knew THIS primer was the real reason. Secret’s out folks!

Make Up Forever HD Powder: Obsessed. Can’t go a day without it. This makes your skin look flawless. It gets rid of any shine and also sets my makeup beautifully! It doesn’t have a powdery or cakey finish either.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette: The colors in this palette are absolutely stunning and can be used for everyday or for a dramatic evening look. The colors are very pigmented and I’m finding NO fallout when applied. I just love this palette– everything about it!

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion: I’m almost out of it and that makes me really sad. I use this to shave my legs and use it right before I get out of the shower. It smells great and makes my skin really soft. I will definitely be purchasing more.

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

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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

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