Monday, August 18, 2014

Fresh Corn Tortillas

homemade corn tortillas
Oh oh baby, things are getting REAL in the kitchen lately.  

I've had a desire lately to make basic items that can be easily purchased in the store.  I'm convinced homemade versions are fantastically better and so far, my theory is proving true.  

I've also had a desire lately to make insane elaborate cakes but I suppose we'll cover that in another post.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Weekly Manicure #4: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

We've had quite the mild summer in Chicago this year (and I'm not complaining about it), and as a result I haven't been choosing my usual obnoxious neon nail polish quite as much.  After having a bit of a rummage through my nail polish collection, I decided to find the brightest neon I own and the winner was China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy.  It's a super bright peachy pink that seems like it practically glows in the bottle.  

While the color is fabulous, the longevity is so-so.  Most neon polishes tend to have a matte finish and most matte finishes chip a bit easier than other lacquer-y type finishes.  Even with using a base and top coat, I still only get a few days wear out of this.  However, I haven't found any other neon finishes that can really hold up to the wear anyway so I'll take what I can get.  

What's on your nails this week?
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

6 Things Making Me Happy This Week

The weather in Chicago has been nearly perfection the last few days (aka it feels like fall) and I've got a mug of chamomile tea by my side.  Oh, and FRIDAY.  

1.  This Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake.  Donut!  Bundt!  I mean, duh, why hasn't this been thought of before?  Anything bathed in butter and coated in cinnamon and sugar is a sure win.  

2.  This is real?!  Wanna know what's even better though? I'll be able to see it in person.  WHEN I GO TO LONON.  Eeep!!!  Mark your calendars: November.  I'll come back so European.  

3.  I've got what could be considered a mild obsession with thrift store china saucers and the thought of upcycling them never occurred to me.  This is an adorable idea but I maayyyy not go with the bug theme.  Not quite my style on account of my inability to see a bug without practically losing consciousness.  

4.  I've never done a juice cleanse but I am highly suspicious of all this "detoxing" people speak of.  The thing is, no one has ever named exactly what is being detoxed.   And it seems like most people are either all in or all out.  Love 'em or hate 'em.  It was nice to find an article with a balanced approach to it.  Stop the madness people!

5.  Ok yeah I'll take some of these Kahlua Crunch Bars please.  NOW.  (See how quickly I can forget about detoxing?)

6.  I have discovered what is possibly a major game changer.  The Perfumed Court is a website that sells high-end perfumes for prices that don't make me weep!  They decant those lovely expensive perfumes you never let yourself buy (but smell every time you enter the store and ask for samples for the millionth time) and sell them in smaller sizes for cheaper prices.  Being someone who can sometimes go from loving to hating a perfume with the flip of a switch, I'd prefer to have several selections in smaller sizes than one or two choices in full bottles.  The first one I'm eyeing up is Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir.  It's sweet and slightly spicy and reminds me of cough syrup but in a really good way.  (Remind me to never describe perfume again).

What's making you happy this week?
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Hourglass Blush Dupe?

That is a very purposeful question mark in the blog title.  Being that I don't actually own any Hourglass blushes, I don't feel particularly qualified to declare something a dupe.  You better believe that I've swatched the blushes nearly every time I've entered a Sephora but I could never get past the $35 price tag.  

So as I was perusing the drugstore aisles one day (as I'm wont to do quite frequently), I noticed these Illuminating Face Powders by Milani.  They're actually not marketed as blushes (instead they're meant to be various highlighters), but I noticed what seemed like a striking resemblance to the Hourglass blushes.  They're sheeny and glowy but subtle.  They're not uber pigmented and I like that in a blush.  I tend to have a heavy hand with blush application (despite my best efforts to avoid it), so I consider these blushes especially easy to work with.   

Monday, August 11, 2014

My Husband's Beans

I've been meaning to write this post for months!  And it was supposed to have been called "My Boyfriend's Beans" because if alliteration is an option, you choose it.  Or maybe it chooses you.  Food for thought. 

Anyway, I never got around to it because #storyofmylife but I finally remembered to whip out my camera to capture the process, which happens about once a week in our house.  

And here's the thing, this recipe has nothing to it.  It's hardly a recipe at all.  But I LOVE these beans and I love that Eric makes them every time we eat them.  I don't even trust myself to make them.  So if you're curious, here's how we eat beans in my house.   

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Weekly Manicure #3: Essie Marshmallow

This week's manicure is Essie's Marshmallow and it's easily one of my favorite shades.  In the bottle it doesn't look like much but on the fingers it's the perfect compliment to my often pink-ish fingers, offsetting the pink tones a bit.  

In terms of opacity, it lacks the formula I'd prefer but I think I'll survive.  You can get very decent coverage with two coats but I often opt for three.  I like my white neutrals to be very opaque.  

What's on your fingers this week?

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

6 Things Making Me Happy This Week

That sweet sweet moment on Saturday morning when I enjoy a homemade iced coffee and watch the Food Network is calling to me!  I'm comin' Saturday! 

1.  This is just the saddest.  I actually don't find many food advertisements to be appetizing anyways (they always looks so plastic-y to me) but dang, those real pictures are rough.  Somebody doesn't know the value of some natural light.  #bloggersknowhatsup  

2.  Brownie Brittle!  Dyyiinnnggg.  I found Brownie Brittle a few weeks ago in my local grocery store and that stuff is like crack.  It's got the absolute essence of a brownie but it's crunchy and tastes light as air.  And it's 0 calories (in my mind)!  I wanted to try a homemade version but I never got around to testing it out.  This recipe is heading straight to the top of my list!  

3.  This is possibly the world's best pasta.  I haven't even tasted it but I'm confident I'm right.  

4.  The thing is, if I were to try this eye look myself, I would look like a 1980's prom queen who got caught in the rain.  There's just no way I could make it work.  But I so badly want to try!  So the question is, what day of the week is best to look like a 1980's prom queen who got caught in the rain?  

5.  I am 100% certain that this is what every yoga teacher wants to say.  I'd like to take a yoga class where people just be real with me.  

6.  Feel like I just need to tuck these affirmations away for a rainy day.       

What's making you happy this week?
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