Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Fashion: In Black & White OOTD






Todays look is the definition of me in Spring. I do alot of basics with pops of bright fun color or light pastels with soft accessories. I am still really enjoying this leather jacket with a peplum from Forever 21 (similar). Another very old Forever 21 find is this coral beaded necklace that matches my nails at the moment perfectly. (similar) Although these Steve Madden purple toned pink heels aren't the epitome of comfort they work well for an occasion where you'll be sitting but still want to look chic walking in and out of an event. (similar). I love how they matched my every day bag which is Aldo (mentioned here in my what's in my bag video and post) beautifully with it's pop of fuschia on it's side. Lately I like to throw on a basic white tees on with everything and I found this really incredible one at Target and couldn't leave it behind because of how soft and comfortable it is. (link). My black skirt with gold glitter was a vintage find in Fall and Winter but it's definitely one of those all year round pieces for me that will stick around with me through the seasons. And as for these black sunglasses with white sides that have black polka dots on them, they are so old that I don't recollect where I go them, but here's a similar pair.

Also, the lipstick I'm wearing is Mac's Stone- a really deep, cool matte lipstick. 

I love easy looks like these in the Spring and Summer, how about you?

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

My April 2017 Wishlist


A fashion look from April 2017 featuring distressed skinny jeans, short mini skirts and adidas originals shoes. Browse and shop related looks.


































Happy April everyone! You may sense a theme with this months wishlist. I am really liking my pastel pinks and mint greens and spring style is on the brain too. I've a done a little bit of shopping throughout March for my Spring wardrobe essentials and since a lot of it has been ordered online, I am waiting in trepidation for it to all arrive. Some of the items that were on my fashion shopping list were- slides, scalloped skirts, colored distressed skinny jeans, and bright statement earrings. If you too are after something similar, be sure to check out the links for every item I've selected above. 


What's on your wishlist for this month? Are you loving those Spring pastels too?

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pesach 2017, A 10 Recipe Round Up

This is always a hard one. Mainly because of all of the different customs. I think we can all agree on one thing in this respect, wheat is chametz and not allowed on Pesach. So please do forgive me if there is a recipe in this round up that includes an ingredient your family does not eat. In this case, I usually will just substitute that ingredient for something we are allowed. I'm currently packing for a big road trip to be with my in laws for Pesach this year which is actually quite a relief in regards to covering, kashering and cleaning immaculately, did I forget to say cooking? oh yes that too. Although I do plan to come with some recipes on hand and help out once I arrive and get a good nights sleep.
Wether you are staying home or away, I  am hoping little recipe guide will be very helpful. Lets get to it! Here are 10 recipes I think anyone cooking this Pesach should have under their belt:
























Also, check out my Pinterest board called Pesach recipes, it's got over 80 recipes pinned and I will be continuing to pin new ones up until Pesach still. 

What's your favorite Pesach recipe? 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Intense Oil Creme Shampoo & Conditioner




With my thick, knotty, sometimes frizzy natural hair (I say natural because I mostly wear wigs as you may already know) it is very easy to understand why I purchased this Alterna Shampoo & Conditioner pair. If Anti Aging or Moisture didn't get me then the Intense Oil Creme part certainly did. I'm still a little unsure why they were given such long titles but oh well. These specific hair products are geared towards very dry, coarse hair, and are both free of sulfates and parabens which is always an excellent thing when it comes to treating your hair. The shampoo is low lather which is actually the only detail I would say I despised. When I'm scrubbing my scalp and my ends with a shampoo I really like for it to lather up and spread evenly throughout. This one kind of got stuck in sections and was then really hard to wash out. The conditioner on the other hand would have to be one of my all time favorites, it was easy to work with and really gave my hair a good amount of moisture, leaving it soft and a little easier to manage. It also annoyed me a little bit that the shampoo has more product in the bottle then the conditioner had which makes no sense. I ended up finishing the conditioner off first of course. These have twist off caps and I'm not completely sure if I prefer that over the typical flip back style but even so they were very difficult to dispense, especially as I began to finish them off. The scent was nothing exciting to me especially as I didn't find it lingering in my hair as other of my favorites do. I'd say these are good products but at $32.00 a piece I can't really imagine myself purchasing these again. Will I try other products in the line? Absolutely! I picked these up at Sephora, if you are interested in them at all. 




Have you given these a try? If you have did you have a good experience? If you haven't, would you want to give them a go?

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Garlic Fingerling Smashed Potatoes Recipe (Video)



Mashed Potatoes, Hot Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, these are all great and wonderful, but SMASHED potatoes are where it's at. They take very little preparation and will please your pickiest guest. Another plus, the health factor and versatility. Their gluten free, baked not fried and can be changed up in so many ways. Fried jalapeƱos for heat, fried onions for a bit of sweetness or even parmesan and mozzarella cheese will make great additions if your in the mood for something dairy. Potatoes are what I live on during Passover since there's not much else I love. Finding creative ways to eat them is the part that requires effort, challenge accepted! This weeks video takes you step by step through my recipe, check it out here if you'd like or read until the end of the post where it will be inserted as always. And now here's the much anticipated recipe you're here for:


 Garlic Fingerling Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

15-20 Assorted Fingerling Potatoes- Red, Purple, White ( cleaned well, skin on)
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon Fresh Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Spice Mixture- liberal amounts of chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper mixed to combine.

Method:

1. Heat a pot of salted water over medium heat in a medium pot. 

2. Once water is bubbling and has come to a boil, add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes or until they are tender enough to easily stick a fork through. 

3. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a non stick baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil. 

4. Drain the potatoes and allow the water to completely drip off of them. Then lay them out on the baking sheet and use a shot glass or any glass to smash them, pressing down from the center of the potato and then smashing the outsides as well. 

5. Drizzle them liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle the garlic cloves and chopped parsley making sure to get into all the grooves. Lastly sprinkle with the spice mixture.

6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 more minutes or until nice and crispy all along the edges. 

7. If you are adding fried onions, jalapeƱos, cheese or any toppings, do it at this point when they are still oven hot. Serve warm or at room temperate. 

  

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