Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nordstrom Tomato Soup & Coconut Crusted Fish

My go-to, fairly easy soup recipe has been on heavy rotation this Fall! I found this recipe for Nordstrom's Tomato Basil soup awhile back and absolutely love it. 

The recipe can be found here. I do make a few changes when I make this soup. 1. I do not use any heavy cream. 2. I use a shit load of crushed garlic...usually about 8 cloves per batch. I love that this recipe uses carrots, so it's packed with veggies. After it's ready, I top the soup with a few basil leaves =) 

Coconut crusted cod over a bed of spinach, topped with homemade dijon vinaigrette

Sometimes I run out of ideas for clean dinner ideas, as I'm not the kind who enjoys eating plain meats with plain veggies. I love experimenting with different spices and (healthy) sauces. I came up with this recipe on my own, and I'm impressed by how well it turned out! 
It's pretty easy to prepare. Here's what you'll need:

-White fish (I used cod fillets)
-Shredded coconut
-Almond Flour (I use this in place of flour)
-Curry Powder
-Cayenne Pepper
-1 egg
-Dijon or Hot mustard (with no sugar--finding one with only a few ingredients is tricky!)
-Balsamic vinegar
-Olive oil

First, whisk an egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix about 1/2 a cup of coconut flour with about 1/8 cup of almond flour, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, cumin, and curry powder. Dip the fillets (I made two) in the egg, then drench in the coconut mixture. Place in a baking dish, and bake for 15 minutes @ 375 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk together 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, a teeny tiny bit of olive oil, and 1/2 a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Once the fish is done, place it on top of a bed of spinach. Top with the Dijon vinaigrette. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Szechuan Shrimp & Grilled Eggplant

First off, please forgive the iphone quality photo. 

Chinese food is one of my favorite cuisines, so I'm always looking for new (clean) Chinese recipes that don't use a bunch of oil. I came up with this szechuan shrimp recipe on my own, and it was a hit! I used a pound of shrimp, sauteed it with some garlic and szechuan peppers (those spicy, mouth numbing peppers), then added 1.5 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic chili sauce, red peppers, and ginger and continued to sautee for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, I broiled some eggplant marinated in low sodium soy sauce, pepper, garlic and a tiny bit of sesame oil for about 15 minutes.

This was a super easy dinner to make, my favorite kind!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


1. Smashbox Photofinish Primer: After I apply moisturizer, I use this Primer which smoothes everything before I put my foundation on. Quick tip: sometimes I mix the primer with my foundation to create an even more flawless look. 
2. Mac Studio Fix Foundation: I have tried many foundations, but I keep coming back to MAC's Studio Fix Liquid Foundation. Why? I prefer full coverage foundation, and I haven't found a full coverage formula as good as MAC's that doesn't look caky. When I'm taking photos or have an event, I use Makeup Forever's HD Invisible Cover foundation as it doesn't contain any SPF (which can reflect in photos and gives you that ghostly pale look).
3. Mac Prolongwear Concealer: After applying my foundation, I use this concealer in the lightest warm/pink shade (NW 15) under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, around my mouth, and in between my eyebrows. This serves both uses as a concealer and a highlighter for contouring. 

4. Urban Decay Primer Potion: I use this on my eyelids and right underneath my lower lash line to give my eyes a more awake look, to cover redness, and to set the stage for eyeshadow and eyeliner sans creasing. I used MAC's Painterly Paint Pot in the past, and liked it, however I like that UD's Primer Potion has more of a yellow tone to it which cancels redness. Even on days that I don't wear eyeshadow, I still apply this primer.
5. Makeup Forever Duo Mat Powder: I use this over my foundation and concealer, and yes, I realize it's considered a powder "foundation". When I want a more dramatic look, I'll apply this before putting my concealer/highlighter on. It's so velvety and smooth, and gives a very flawless finish. 
6. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder: After I apply powder, I dust this over my entire face to set everything. This HD powder is amazing, and hides any pores that may still be showing. 
7. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: I use Hoola with an angled blush brush right under my cheekbones, at the bottom of my chin, under my neck, around the top of my forehead, and at my temples. I also use this to contour my nose with an eyeshadow blending brush. Quick Tip: After years of trying to figure out how to make my nose look less.....long and witchy, I figured out the next best thing over a nose job. I have watched countless videos on "how to make your nose look smaller", but nearly all of those videos show you how to make a wide nose look smaller. Mine is skinny and long. Anyway, I contour my nose like everyone else, focusing at the bottom by adding bronzer right under the tip of my nose to make it appear shorter.  I love that this bronzer doesn't have any orangey-ness to it. It gives the perfect matte, bronzed look. 
8. Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony: This blush is the perfect pink! It gives you a nice glow without being shimmery. The formula is awesome; it applies flawlessly. 
9. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick: This is It blends perfectly with blush. I hate the look of shimmery white highlighters, and this one is subtle with the prefect amount of shimmer. Words can't describe how amazing it is. You just need to take my word for it and try it!
10. Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil: Filling in my brows is a must to give the rest of my face a frame. I have naturally dirty blonde eyebrows, and I use this pencil in Medium Ash. Quick Tip: Use a brow pencil that's one shade lighter than your hair color. This gives a soft, less harsh look to your entire face.
11. Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx: I use this liner on my upper lash line as well as my lower lash line to cover redness and make my lashes appear thicker. This Stila liner is the most pigmented, rich black liner I've found to use in my waterline, and the Urban Decay Primer Potion prevents smearing.  
12. Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum: I've been using this for about a year underneath black mascara and LOVE it. It creates a smooth base for mascara, and I have noticed that it does make my lashes look longer. 
13. Diorshow Extase Mascara: I am obsessed with this mascara. It makes my lashes look incredibly full and long. I've used every other Diorshow mascara, and this one takes the cake, by far. 
14. MAC Lipliner in Whirl: This is my Holy Grail lipliner for an everyday look. It matches the color of my lips almost perfectly, which I love. I line almost my entire mouth with it, and then use lipstick and/or lipgloss over it for a polished look.
15. Lorac lipgloss in Haute: This has got to be the most perfect pink lipgloss out there. And I have tried A LOT. I make fun of myself for having a million pink lipglosses sitting in my vanity and piled in my purse. Lorac's lipgloss in "Haute" is great because it's not too nude and color draining, but it's also not a hot pink. Just the perfect healthy looking light pink color.
16. Naked Palette: This palette is perfect for a natural eyeshadow look, or for a bronzed smoky look. I use it almost daily. 

And there you have my everyday makeup products and routine! It was hard not including some of my other favorites, but these are the products that I use every single day. I am very loyal to each of these products, but of course I am open to new suggestions! What are your favorite makeup items?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Wedding Style: Burgundy

Here is my final Fall wedding look for the year. I went with a burgundy dress, as it is my absolute favorite color for Fall and Winter! I thought it was even more appropriate since the wedding took place at a winery. I couldn't sneak a photo during the wedding, so I had my very tired groomsman husband snap a picture at 3 am when we got back from the wedding, hence the lack of shoes in this picture. 

Dress: Rachel Roy (old), similar//Necklace: H&M//Cuff: Forever 21//Link bracelet: J . Crew, similar in a larger link size//Belt: ASOS

The Inspiration

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween Hair and Makeup

Although I don't have photos of my entire costume(s), I wanted to share some snaps of my hair and makeup.

First up is my Corpse Bride costume. The whole thing was very last minute (I couldn't decide what I wanted to dress up as, and I didn't want a lame or slutty costume). I found a makeup tutorial on Pixiwoo's Youtube channel and followed the steps from a Corpse Bride makeup tutorial there. I really liked how the makeup turned out!

My second costume was from this past weekend for a friend's 20's themed birthday party. I love experimenting with makeup from different eras, so this one was so much fun! I went with a lighter shade of foundation, all matte, dark eyes and dark, defined lips.

*See that huge blister on my arm? I burned myself with my curling iron. I'm just thankful it wasn't on my face.