Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Fashion: Modest Looks I Love - Fall 2014

I am one of those people who really gravitates towards those easy, effortless outfits. For example a t-shirt paired with a pencil skirt and a pair of flats. At the same time, my absolute favorite time of the year in regards to style is definitely Fall. I love layering with scarves, capes, cardigans and jackets and I literally live in knit hats. Something about being able to pull out those sweaters again and zip up a pair of riding boots on my way out the door is just perfectly cozy! Whenever I share one of these posts highlighting some of the modest looks I am loving for the season, I mention how modest dressing requires a bit more effort. While that is true, it is becoming easier and easier to find inspiration online, courtesy of some of our favorite fashion bloggers who seem to be embracing the lower hemlines and longer sleeves. For some, it may be due to the colder weather setting in, but for others it truly is a beautiful fashion statement being explored. I am always on the lookout for some outfit inspiration when a new season rolls around and whether or not you have the same customs as me (as a Jewish women) I'm hoping these looks I've chosen to share today will inspire you as well. I also have an entire pinterest board dedicated to the topic so go and have a look there as well if you'd like!







Which of these 9 looks is your favorite? Please do share the modest looks currently inspiring you, by way of any of my social media, I would really love to see them and I am sure others will appreciate it as well! 

Some pictures in this post are from google or pinterest all of which have been linked and given credit for. If a photo is yours and you'd like it removed, please contact me by email or in the comments section below and I will gladly comply immediately. 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Go To Fall Makeup Look with Video Tutorial


When the weather grows cold on this side of the world, I love getting out my berry shaded lipsticks and pairing them with a neutral eye look. The lipstick that has really made it to the forefront of the rotation recently is this one by Mac called Rebel. It's a beautiful purple berry shade that I'd still consider wearable on a daily basis depending how it's worn. It is also matte in finish but doesn't look flat and boring either. It definitely keeps it's shine and dimension and literally lasts on my lips all day long! It is certainly what adds the glam factor to this look and pulls it all together. If you want to see how I got this look from beginning to end including my face makeup, eyebrows, false eyelashes application and more, then head over to this weeks youtube video and watch that here. You can also read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual.


Here are the products I used to achieve this look:

Urban Decay Naked Palette- Half Baked, Buck, Virgin, Creep
Dark Brown shade from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette*


What is your go to makeup look when the cold weather sets in? Are there any specific products you particularly tend to favor a lot more? Let me know what they are, I would love to get some recommendations!
 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nails of The Day: Essie's Bahama Mama + Sally Hansen Black Nail Art Studs

 
Like so many of the other topics lacking on the blog lately, nails of the day has been one scarcely visited since way back in April. It's not that I haven't switched up my polish per say. It has been mostly due to no polishes really striking me as anything special in the months since. I have also been really sticking to some of my old polishes that have already been featured here in an effort to get through some product and purchase new ones. When it rains it pours though, so be prepared to see another awesome nail related post pretty soon with a video to go along (spoiler!).    
 
 
Now lets talk about this gorgeous fall polish that I've had in my collection for years now and yet haven't ever shared here. It's by Essie and it's called Bahama Mama which is funny since my favorite bronzer from The Balm is called by that very same name! If you love those wine colored purple shades on your lips and nails during this time of year then I guarantee you will love this one. It's opaque in two layers and dries really speedily. It also lasts on the nails for at least 5 days if you aren't doing any serious dish washing. Even after washing the dinner dishes last night without any gloves, I was happily surprised to see no chips at all.

 
 Something I haven't dappled in much in a while is nail art of any sort and I hadn't played around with those Sally Hansen Nail Art Studs in months. I pulled out the black ones and decided to dot one onto each nail after applying this purple polish. To do so, I used a little bit of nail glue and a dotting tool and I have to say I am super impressed that none of them have popped off yet. I love how it turned out and I have to say this is probably my favorite manicure of the year.



Let me know what you think of this nail look in the comments form below, I absolutely love hearing your opinions! Also, be sure to tell me if you own this shade as well or have had it painted on your nails at the nail salon at any point since it came out a few years back.
 
 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Roasted Chicken Thighs in an Apple Butter Whiskey Sauce Recipe


What a lovely start to November it has been. I have reacquainted myself with printed leggings and scarves and those cozy hats that were shoved to the back of my closet in hopes of never seeing them again. The darker lipsticks and nail polishes have also made their way to my every day beauty bag again and yes I do realize this is a post about food. Getting there....really the biggest advancement to happen at the start of this month is that I've finally made it back into my kitchen and cooked up some wonderful autumn dishes. This is what you get with a beauty blogger who has a great passion for food. When a recipe idea starts forming in your head at the most random time, you don't question it. You embrace it and you run down to the kitchen like I did, leaving behind a Sephora cart that truly does need to finish getting filled before all of the items I want get sold out. Yes, get ready for a huge haul, because the beauty shopping bug has bitten. But back to the food. 


With this recipe, I've not only welcomed fall foods and aromas into my home but also was able take advantage of the lovely products Manischewitz so kindly sent me to use in some of my recipes. They have come out with a whole slew of new products recently, so go check those out here and stock up on some new recipes as well while your over there!  I have to say both their apple butter and chicken broth added a whole lot to the divine flavors of this dish. Here is the recipe!

 Roasted Chicken Thighs in an Apple Butter Whiskey Sauce 

Ingredients:

3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
3 Tablespoons Flour
6 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1-2 Large Yukon Gold Potatos, Cubed
1/2 Cup Sweet Baby Carrots or Regular Carrot, Sliced up
1 Medium Onion, Chopped 

The Sauce: 

1/2 Cup Apple Butter
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Tablespoons Whiskey 

Method:

1. Start by dredging the chicken thighs in the flour, this will give them a crisp later on when they come out of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450.  Place about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of a baking pan. Lay the pieces of chicken down in the pan carefully so as not to shake off all of the flour. Sprinkle each piece with about a tablespoon of brown sugar and then a decent amount of salt and pepper. Place the pan in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes or until the outside is nice and browned and the inside is cooked through completely. 

2. In a separate baking pan, put another 4 tablespoons or so of olive oil and add the baby carrots, cubed potato and chopped onion. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and add 3 tablespoon of brown sugar to the pan as well, mixing to incorporate evenly. This will give them a nice caramelization. You can do this in a frying pan if you'd like, otherwise put them in the oven and let them cook for about 35 minutes or until they are tender enough to cut through easily with a fork and knife.

3. Finally, prepare the sauce. Simply place the 3 ingredients- apple butter, chicken broth and whiskey into a sauce pan on the stove top. Turn the heat on to about medium and stir constantly for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by about half, thickened up quite a bit and has cooked off the alcohol. 

4. To serve, lay down a few tablespoons of the sauce onto the plate, then add 2 pieces of the chicken to the plate on top of the sauce and then add some of the cooked veggies to the center. Then spoon some more sauce over the chicken and vegetables and add some chopped herbs to the top for garnish if you'd like, before serving.  

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Cooking & Baking: 10 Recipe Roundup 2014

I've been a really terrible food blogger and haven't posted a single recipe since early September. I was sick for a few weeks and it just really took a toll on my cooking. I have learnt one thing, without my appetite I lack every ounce of my much needed inspiration. I've decided to give you all my annual fall cooking recipe round up today in hopes of trying to make up for it in a tiny way. You all seemed to really love the one I did for Rosh Hashana a few weeks back. I'm not surprised either, everyone needs a little menu planning nudge from time to time, especially with the change of seasons! Recipe development is back up and running in my kitchen though, so get ready for some really amazing dishes coming your way! In the meantime, here are 10 great fall recipes that you obviously need to get cooking ASAP, I did throw in a couple of my own original ones as well! Each one will be linked to it's recipe post so just click on the image or title to be rerouted there. On top of that, If you still feel like you need some more fall cooking ideas I've got you covered, head over to my pinterest here, where I have created a fall foods board with over 100 autumn appropriate recipes to get you in that sweater weather mood.



















Tada! 10 amazing fall recipes that are practically screaming at you to prepare them. Go do that! From heart warming soups to mouth watering deserts and turkey dinners that will have everyone asking for doubles, I think I have covered it all here. If there is still something you feel you are missing, go and have a look at that pinterest board I've created where there are over 100 recipes waiting, you are bound to find what you are looking for!

Which of these recipes are you most excited to try now that the weather has gotten a bit more chilly? Let me know in the comments form below, I would love to hear from you!

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