Friday, August 1, 2014

Illuminate me

Dewy, bronzed, glowy, minimal makeup is my favorite form of maquillage.  Illuminator checks every one of those boxes; making it one of my faves...alongside mascara of course.  

I own both liquid illuminator and powder.  I like the liquid one (Nars) because of its dewy texture in contrast with the powder one (stila) which is matte.   The stila one is the prettiest, pearly shimmer so when I do use it, I place a dot of the liquid one on my cheeks for the sheen, dewy factor.  The powder one is also a bit harder to apply to the brow bone and upper lip so the liquid one is perfect for those areas.  

The Nars Orgasm illuminator is exceptional when paired with the matching Orgasm blusher.   I've been using it since 8th grade, I'm on my 5th one and I even own Super Orgasm (Nars orgasm blush with gold flakes.)  I feel like I could be so punny right now, but I'll refrain from that because it's kink and we're talking about freakin' illuminator here, people! 

Let my shameless selfie be a guide for all the right places to add illuminator.  SHINE ON! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monkey Bread

I was jonesing to make something different last night... I was thinking donuts or pasta.. I'm the best carbo-loader their ever was!  I found this recipe on pinterest for monkey bread and quickly came discouraged when I realized it had yeast in it.  Partly because I was already pajama clad and didn't feel like running to the store. Partly because I'm scared to work with yeast.  Majorly because I'm impatient and I didn't want to spend the evening watching yeast rise.   I found this other recipe and was extremely delighted!! Monkey bread, no yeast... HELL YA.

Monkey Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

2 cups + 2 tbsp of flour 
3 tbsp sugar 
1 tbsp baking powder 
pinch of salt 
1/2 buttermilk OR 1/2 cup whipping cream mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon (buttermilk substitution) 
1/3 milk
1/3 cup butter melted (I used salted. if unsalted, substitute pinch of salt for 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon 
1 tbsp vanilla 

Set oven at 350, butter cupcake pan.

Mix the flour, 3 tbsp sugar, baking powder and salt in bowl.  Then add buttermilk, butter and milk. Mix with hands until the dough is formed.  Mixture will not be smooth, avoid over mixing as it will take away the fluffiness!!

Place 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl with a lid.  Make dough into teaspoon size balls and drop in the sugar.  I would stop with 20 in the bowl. {6 balls per muffin cup.  You will need to repeat this process.} Close the lid and shake.  When you remove the lid the balls should be covered in sugar.  Place 6 in each cupcake tin.

After the muffin tin is filled.  Mix the 6 tbsp melted butter with cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla.   This mix will be iced over the dough balls using a tbsp.

Place in oven for 20 mins.

While in the oven, make the vanilla bean glaze!

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 of the beans of a vanilla pod.  (it shouldn't be alot.  just to add vanilla bean flecks to the icing.)

After the monkey bread is out of the oven, let them cool for 5-10 minutes.  Use 2 forks to remove them from the pan.  I placed the icing in a ziploc bag and cut off the tip to apply it to the muffins.

Enjoy!! They we're delicious.  My brother, the pickiest eater in the world, ate 3!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 years and counting....

Gap tee / zara shorts / steve madden flats 

I've been blogging for two years now and and it's interesting to look back on everything I've learned and how my style has evolved!  I've gone from knowing none to slim about HTML, but hey, IT'S HARD!  I used to want to blog about clothes/fashion/ shoes and nothing in between but now I blog about books, cooking, beauty, shoes (lots of shoes) clothes, shopping! Everything that I love. Blogging becomes a lot of work very fast and it's hard when I have school, volleyball, homework and this year, college apps.  Blogging is about being yourself and showing that through your loves and finding a way to be different because theres tons of blogs out there.  It's much more rewarding when you blog about what you love.

I found a picture of one of the first outfits I started my blog with; long hair (which I miss dearly), lace shorts (thank God, I never wear those because I get mad wedgies from them) and ballet flats which I never wear anymore.  Lace shorts and ballet flats translate to overalls and sneakers now.  My style is edgier, sportier and more carefree, now.  I wear less color, and I rarely wear prints!  As much as I like to consider my self a minimalist -- quite frankly, I'm not. I like neon nikes and sequins wayyyy to much. {Erica Pelosini's archives on the Coveteur makes my heart palpitate.  She has mad style and a very enviable shoe closet}  My mad face is ever still present -- somethings don't change.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Denim on Denim

Bella Dahl Shirt // Paige denim shorts // nike sneaks 

Denim on Denim. Bun. Wedge Sneakers. Tan legs.  This outfit is quintessential, (albeit tanned legs) happy Reece!  HAPPPPPY HUMP DAYYY.