Favorites | On Friday

Friday, August 28, 2015

Favorites | On Friday
Are you unintentionally being rude in another country?

These are the most delicious looking savory waffles I have ever seen. 

Advice to someone one year younger.

Holy cow banana split!

I don't know that I've ever had a hushpuppy before and don't really know what they are- but these look incredible!

For the last week, I have been watching nothing but this recently discovered YouTube channel.  I'm obsessed.

I miss Blizzards.


Fun fact: I was a cheerleader for 10 years and this entire list is so true.  

Ok, this looks freakin amazing.

Have a great weekend!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation | Review

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation | Review

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation | Review

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation | Review

On June 15th, Too Faced released its highly praised Born This Way foundation.  After reading rave reviews and watching tutorials touting its perfect lightweight coverage and flawless finish, it immediately shot to the top of my beauty wishlist.  A couple of weeks ago, my dreams came true and I became the proud owner of Born This Way in Porcelain (which is currently the lightest color available in Ulta and Sephora).  

I have been using this product every day since, and I must say, it really does live up to the hype.  It truly is lightweight and does not feel heavy or like I have on a thick layer of makeup.  Since I use one pump to cover my face (shown in the photo above), I would consider it light to medium coverage.  However, it is buildable, and an additional pump or two would definitely take it to full coverage.  When I first started using it, I applied it with a brush and for some reason it would take a bit of work to fully blend it into my skin.  However, once I switched to the Beauty Blender, the application was extremely quick and flawless (maybe I need a new foundation brush?).  Afterwards, I lightly set it with finishing powder and my canvas is flawless for applying the rest of my makeup.

Born This Way foundation is infused with coconut water which hydrates the skin and provides a healthy glow.  Additionally, it contains hyaluranic acid, which helps balance the skin for a smooth, youthful appearance, and Alpine Rose which brightens the skin's appearance and promotes elasticity.  The formula is oil-free, which is especially wonderful for individuals that are prone to break outs.  Although I cannot fully comment on the validity of the ingredient claims, I can say that my skin looks super healthy, both with and without the foundation on, and I have not had any pimples.  The product also has staying power and does not fade throughout the day.  It's perfect for transitioning from work day to evening out- no need to reapply.

Have you tried Too Faced Born This Way foundation?  Did it live up to the hype for you?

Miakoda a-line dress | Review

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Miakoda a-line dress | Review


Miakoda a-line dress | Review
Miakoda a-line dress | Review

Miakoda a-line dress | Review
You all know by now that I am a huge fan of the eco-friendly fashion brand Miakoda.  Their clothing is made of super high quality, organic fabric in patterns that are loose fitting and comfortable.  I think of Miakoda as the perfect label for active individuals that enjoy being fashionable, while staying minimalistic and environmentally friendly.  

I recently added the a-line dress to my Miakoda collection (see my reviews for the sweatshirt dress and circle shirt).  I had been lusting over it for months, as it pairs perfectly with jeweled flipflops for an effortless summer lounge outfit, or dressed up with wedges and a cardigan for work.  I have been wearing the dress both ways and it is truly a versatile garment.  The fabric is a sturdy, super comfortable organic cotton knit, which I really appreciate as many summer dresses can be a bit on the sheer side.  The dots and dashes pattern is hand drawn by Miakoda's designer, Julia Ahrens, and is even more detailed and beautiful in person.  Although this dress is large on me (the smallest size available was a small), I enjoy its loose fit and it is perfect for those days when I want to be comfy yet still classy.  It runs on the short side, but the length is not a problem for me since I am only 5'4''.

Recently, Miakoda added extra small to their collection and I am looking forward to ordering that size in the future.  Check out my current wishlist and let me know your favorites.

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, August 21, 2015

I love learning where expressions originate.  I also love painting the town red.

My kind of recipe- simple ingredients, preparation, and super healthy.  Pinned.

How to have killer confidence from a true lady role model.

I loved reading the comments underneath this article.

How delicious do these bars look?

Pretty damn accurate.

Many of these products are on my to try list (especially the deodorant, contour kit, and concealer).

Next on the library list.

I'm totally on team pie (apple crumb, blueberry lattice, pumpkin, coconut, pecan..NOT SHOO-FLY).  What about you?

In other news, Richa redefines mashed potatoes.

Have a great weekend!

The Homemade Vegan Pantry | Review and Recipe

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Homemade Vegan Pantry | Review and Recipe
With all of the amazing vegan cookbooks that have been released in the last few years, there is no doubt that plant-based food can be delicious.  As vegans continue to experiment and create more innovative recipes, it is important to have high-quality basics on hand.  We can forget how easy (and cost effective) it is to make our own staple ingredients.

Luckily, vegan guru Miyoko Shinner recently released The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples.  Within the book, she provides a wide variety of recipes for basic ingredients that make life easier in creating homemade, delicious meals.  Recipes include nut milk, yogurt, butter(!), mayo, cheese, mustard, and pancake mix.  How amazing it is to be able to make all of these ingredients rather than spend a fortune at the grocery store?  So much power.

As an individual who loves making homemade ice cream, I was immediately attracted to the basic ice cream base recipe.  It is the perfect base to create an abundance of variations with several suggestions listed in the book.  I had never made ice cream with cashews before (only coconut milk), so it was really interesting to switch it up.  For individuals (like me) without a high speed blender, I suggest soaking the cashews in the water for a few hours before blending them.

Notes: Here's a base for making rich, creamy ice cream- any flavor you want.  In the variations (in the cookbook), you'll see how to mix it up.  The combination of cashews and coconut milk creates a neutral base that's not overly nutty or coconutty, making it perfect for flavoring as you like.

Basic Ice Cream Base
makes four cups

1 cup cashews
1.5 cups water
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup organic sugar

Combine the cashews and water in a blender and process until creamy.  Add the coconut milk and 1/2 cup sugar (or more, depending on desired sweetness), and blend again briefly.  Chill until very cold, then pour it into your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.

To flavor the ice cream, follow the variations on page 210, keeping in mind that the total quantity for the mixture should be no more than 3.5 to 4 cups.  If you add a liquid item such as coffee or pureed fruit, you should reduce the amount of water in your base accordingly.  Don't worry; it's not an exact science, but keeping the total blended mixture at or below 4 cups (not including last-minute add-ins such as chocolate chips, chunks of fruit, and so on) will ensure ultimate creaminess and richness.  If it gets too diluted, you run the risk of an icier ice cream.  All of the flavors of ice cream will keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Reprinted from The Homemade Vegan Pantry.  Copyright © 2015 by Miyoko Schinner.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Photo © 2015 by Eva Kolenko.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Disclaimer: I was given this book to review, but all of the thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own.

Miakoda wishlist

Wednesday, August 19, 2015



It's no secret that I am a big fan of the eco-friendly fashion brand Miakoda.  I love their unique approach to sustainable clothing which boasts a wonderful assortment of minimalist, staple garments.  After going through a major clothing purge over the weekend and continuing to whittle my closet down to its bare minimum, finding the perfect staple pieces to complete my capsule wardrobe is super important.  Conveniently, Miakoda recently released some new items that would be a great addition to my collection.  They are simple, but sometimes simple is all you want and the last thing you can find.  I just want to get back to basics. 

Bamboo blend racerback tank in black and white | This tank looks super soft and is perfect for walking Mina as well as lounging around the house.  I want both black and white because they are perfect staple garments.

Leggings | Paired with the racerback tank, I'm pretty sure this combo would be my new weekend comfy outfit.  I also wouldn't be embarrassed leaving the house in it (in fact, I would totally strut my stuff).  Plus, they look so comfy and just the tiniest bit slouchy.

Bralette | As a small chested woman, I fully embrace the ability to wear bralettes and strapless "bras" that are mostly stretchy fabric.  This bralette looks like the perfect addition to my small collection and would also go along perfectly with the racerback tank and leggings combo.

Slouchies in striped | Would can resist an ultra slouchy pant?  These slouchies looks so comfy and I love the stripes.  Also, Miakoda recently added extra small to the sizes which is perfect for petite ladies that worry about pants sliding off their body.  Paired with the racerback and bralette, this outfit would be perfect for those days when you want a more relaxed fit outfit (or when the leggings are in the wash).

What are your favorite new products from Miakoda?

PS- Photos and review of the a line dress coming soon.  Spoiler: It's my favorite dress ever.

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Favorites | On Friday

Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm not a cake person, but holy shit, someone would have to pry this one out of my hands before I ate it all.

This curry is happening.

Loving the ingredients in this mac and cheese.

Awesome vegan guide for eating vegan anywhere (love the restaurant tips).

Words of wisdom from Diane von Furstenberg.

No two people are the same.  A little lesson on handling that fact in marriage (and also a super amazing recipe).

YES PLEASE.

I think everyone can relate to this list.  For me: 7, 10, and 18.

I have mixed feelings about Amy Schumer, but this video makes me love her.

Have a great weekend!
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