Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fashion: Fall Bargains Under $30

With the slight chill in the air becoming a permanent presence, I start thinking about shopping again and picking out some new suitable pieces to add to my fall wardrobe. I think this is my favorite season to shop for as well. I like choosing cozy pieces to layer with and finding bolder lipstick options as well. I am currently obsessed with faux leather once again as well as plaids, military style anything and also specific shades of blue and deep red. What are you looking at purchasing as your new season closet staples?

Here are some items I've chosen and the good news for you is that they are all under $30 a piece making them amazing bargains! Click on the item description below to shop if you see a piece you like!





Which one is your favorite?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Recent Beauty Favorites (June, July, August, September 2014)


I hope that all of you that celebrated the Sukkos holiday over the past weeks have had a really enjoyable one! I certainly did. At the same time I am grateful for being able to get back into my every day humdrum routine and get more blog posts up. Before I get into this one, I just want to thank those of you who took the time to enter the cookbook giveaway I held in my last post. The winner was Vicky Strobel who entered through instagram and of course that was chosen through random.org to give everyone that entered an equal chance at winning. I look forward to holding plenty of more giveaways in the future, so look out for that if you enjoy winning free things from blogs. 

Now about those favorites. As we are getting into fall and the weather is beginning to grow crisp, I realize it's probably about time for me to share some of the beauty products I've been using nonstop from the start of summer until now. There aren't a whole lot of items this time simply because I've gravitated towards some of my old favorites and didn't try a whole lot of things. At the same time, there are still several products here that were very worth mentioning. This post comes along with a youtube video so go ahead and watch that here to see these products in further detail, or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual! Here is what I've been loving from the beauty category lately:










 

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Have you tried any of these products? What are your most recent beauty favorites? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I love hearing from you!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking By Cara Reed Book Review+ Giveaway! (Closed)


If you are gluten free, dreaming and aspiring of being gluten free or not even gluten free at all like me, you are going to absolutely adore the book I am featuring today! From the basics to the more creative baked goods recipes, Cara covers it all!  The good news for all of you, my dear readers is the giveaway included. One of you will win a copy of your own which I will personally ship out to you. So DO read till the end of the post to see all of the details for that. 

Now, let's talk about the amazing cookbook full of mouthwatering recipes for every baked treat you'd want to whip up!  


How it looks: Enticing. I really love the black background with the white lettering as it reminds me of a chalkboard in a fancy bakery with all of the dishes of the day written out in pretty cursive lettering. Also, don't those cookies look so chewy and perfect? I think you really can't help but flip through the entire book immediately after seeing them!

What's inside: There are over 100 different recipes included in this soft cover book all of which are written out clearly and seem to be super easy to follow, even for the gluten free newbies. As would be expected from a popular food blogger, the pictures in this book are so clear, beautiful and tantalizing! For me, great photos are always a big plus.    

Price: This book is sold for about $19.99 which is very decent for a cookbook of it's size!


What I love: The pictures obviously! I also really like that she has a basic blend for her powder ingredients which she's included in every recipe so if you have that already prepared, you have the foundation of every recipe already set each time.  

What I don't love: I really can't think of anything I don't like about this book. I feel like it would be really easy to follow for anyone both gluten free or not. 

My favorite recipe: Definitely those gingerbread cupcakes. They are so clever and cute and also great for the season we're coming upon. This may sound absolutely ridiculous but I am certainly planning to prepare a non-gluten free version of my own. I don't think I will ever be able to cut out gluten- it is what I live on, literally! 


This book can be purchased here or here and of course go and check out the author's site forkandbeans.com for some more amazing vegan and gluten free recipes! 

Finally for the giveaway! There are two ways you can enter since I know not everyone is on Instagram. If you do have instagram then the first way is going to be super simple to you. Go over to my instagram account here where I will post a photo when this post goes live. All you need to do is follow my instagram account and like the photo by double tapping it. Simple! If you do not have instagram, don't worry I am going to offer a second way to make sure everyone can enter. Head over to my facebook page here and give it a "like", then give the photo I will put up when this post goes live a "like" as well. 

So in simple terms you can either:

1) Follow me on instagram and "like" the photo that goes along with this post   or 
2) "Like" my facebook page and then "like" the photo that goes along with this post

You will then be automatically entered in to win this cookbook, really easy! 

This giveaway will end in two weeks time on October 15th at 10 pm. 
Good luck to all!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Rosh Hashana Cooking & Baking: 10 Recipe Roundup

I think I may be the only person who hasn't spent the past 6 weekends kneeding challah dough and putting kugel ingredients through the food processor to freeze for the upcoming holidays. Even with all the pressure holiday preparations bring, I always find myself doing it completely fresh, from scratch the night before. It's just a personal preference. Some people plan vacations for months, others by plane tickets closer to departure. It's the same right? In hopes of slightly changing up my game this year and making my life just a tad bit easier, I have recently begun scouring the internet for perfect dishes to add to my menu. Soon after coming across several amazing recipes, I knew it was my obligation as a food blogger to share them with you, my readers. Today, I am giving you all a pre-holiday gift: 10 recipes that really must be added to your menu's immediately and I did throw in a couple of my own of course. I just want to add that all of these recipes will be linked, just click on the photo to be rerouted to the recipe or click on the description words. Also, if these recipes weren't exactly what you were looking for, I have created a Rosh Hashana Pinterest board with almost 100 suitable recipes so go have a look at that here

Now for those Rosh Hashana Recipes: 

Beer Braised Brisket with Onion Jam, recipe from the blog Cherry on My Sundae 


Kale, Beets & Pomegranate Salad with Poppyseed Dressing 


Grilled Duck Breast with Citrus Fig Thyme Sauce, recipe from the What's Cooking with Doc Blog


Honey Glazed Salmon, recipe from the Damn Delicious Blog


Sweet Potato Apple Kugel, Recipe from the Cuisineous Blog 


Pear & Honey Sorbet with Pomegranate Sauce


Baby Arugula Butternut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, from the Healthy Seasonal Recipes Blog.


Goat Cheese Apple Tartlets


Roasted Beetroot Soup, Recipe from the Kitchen Highlights blog


Caramel Apple Pie Napoleons, Recipe from the Living Better Together Blog


So there you have it folks, 10 amazing Rosh Hashana Recipes and they are all begging you to prepare them for your holiday meals! I think I have covered it all from meat to soup, salads and deserts. Don't forget that if you didn't find what you were looking for there is an entire pinterest board dedicated to Rosh Hashana recipes over on my page, so go feast your eyes on that here!

Hope you all have a wonderful, enjoyable and most delicious Rosh Hashana! May all of your tefilos be answered l'tova!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My September 2014 Wishlist


I've been a real slacker and for that you have my sincerest apologies. I haven't done Friday Fashion in weeks...no more like months. I haven't shared any kitchens of the month and my wishlist posts came to a halt back in June. I'm trying to be a better blogger. Stick with me here. Finally I've got my latest wishlist for you and it is packed with goodies. So what's been on my mind lately? Moisture for the skin. Booties and jackets to keep the chill out and of course darker lips and nails.

Here is what made it to the wish list this month:

1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream- As soon as the weather gets slightly cooler, my skin and lips react. Dry uncomfortable skin is the last thing anyone needs or wants and I've heard fantastic things about this moisturizing cream.

2.  Military Shirt Jacket- I love the military look in the autumn and I really must have one of these!

3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Berry Tinted- Berry lips with a moisturizing factor are just the thing this time of year.

4. Paris Eiffel Tower 18" Square Decorative Printed Pillow- In an attempt to spruce up my living room a but, I have already added 3 decorative pillows to my couch. I am very tempted to purchase this one as well. I am just a sucker for pillows.

5. Aqua Marine 3 Drawer Console Table- I have been in search for the perfect entry way table and I've recently decided I want it to be aqua. That thought may change but in the meantime, I love how this looks!

6. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone- If you haven't heard about this highlighter with the power to give you that lit from within look, then I don't know where you've been! All I know is, I want it NOW!   

7. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara- Another cult product in the beauty community, and the fact that I haven't given it a try yet is simply dumbfounding!

8. Butter London Brilliant Bronze Nail Lacquer Trio- The orange and bronze both make me think Autumn and they are two colors I have yet to own so ya know I need these in my life.  

9. Crate & Barrel Vitamix S30 Blender- I mentioned wanting this back when I wrote my smoothie review and recipe post. My old piece of garbage has to go and this is going to be it's replacement.

10. Modcloth Restricted Festival Desert Daybreak Bootie- Classic booties. Need I say more?

What are you wishing for this month? Let me know in the comments form below, I would love to hear from you!

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