Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wishlist: Spring Forward

To say that this has been a brutal winter would be an understatement. Even those who love winter and snow are begging for spring at this point. After a fantastic run along the Potomac and a cookout this past weekend, I'm reminded of all the fun and happiness that warm weather brings. The number one thing on my spring wishlist is that these warmer temperatures stick around. The rest of my wishlist is packed with furniture, florals, and light pastels and neutrals.    

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Orleans Style Shrimp Po'boys

Happy Fat Tuesday! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, and one of the many things I love about it is its food culture, which is so unique from anywhere else in the country. From seafood gumbo to beignets, there's no shortage of rich decadent flavor when eating your way through New Orleans. The first thing I ever ate in New Orleans was a shrimp po'boy and it remains one of my favorite meals to this day. My fiance and I have nearly perfected this New Orleans staple, and it's been on heavy rotation in our house for several years. There's no better time than Mardi Gras to try the recipe for yourself.


Yields: 4 Po'boys

Time: 25 minutes

1 egg
2 cups flour
salt and pepper
2 cups canola oil
1 pound of uncooked shrimp, peeled
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
pinch of cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon lime juice
2 French baguettes
1½ cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 large tomato, sliced

1) Crack the egg into a small bowl. Fill a mixing bowl with the flour, mixing in a pinch of salt and pepper.
2) Heat the oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Once warm, dip the shrimp first into the egg and then into the flour, coating the shrimp completely. Place the shrimp in small batches into the frying pan until golden brown, roughly four minutes. Remove shrimp from pan and place on a drying rack.
3) Mix together mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and lime juice in a small bowl, then spread mayonnaise mixture over each half of the baguette. Top with shrimp, shredded lettuce, and sliced tomato. Your New Orleans Style Po'boy is ready to serve!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Academy Awards: Best Dressed List

{ Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace }

The fashion gods were at work at the 2014 Oscars. I have never been so floored by award show fashion than I was last night. From everyone's new girl crush, Lupita Nyong'o, to seasoned "best dressed list" veteran, Cate Blanchett, there was no shortage of jaw-dropping moments on the Oscar red carpet. To top it off, Ellen was hilarious, Lupita danced with Pharrell, and Jennifer Lawrence fell on the red carpet...what more could you ask for out of an award show? Anyway, back to the fashion, here are my favorite looks of the night.

{ Lupita Nyong'o in Prada }

{ Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis in Prada }

{ Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection }

{ Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani }

{ Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture }

{ Camilla Alves in Gabriela Cadena }

{ Emma Watson in Vera Wang }

{ Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan }

Photo credit: E!Online

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fun Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day is this Friday, and in case you're still looking for the perfect card to express your feelings for your loved ones, here are some fun options to brighten someone's day.

P.S. These digital Valentines are so great, I wanted to include them all.

{ Etsy }

{ Etsy }

{ Etsy }

Friday, February 7, 2014

Summer Dreams

My distaste for the polar vortex has already been revealed here and here, so rather than harp on that fact I'll just pretend to be anywhere sunny and warm. I love these photos of a glam day at the beach from Elle Singapore. The floral prints and classic black and white suits and coverups will serve as great inspiration for my spring/summer shopping. Overall this editorial happily reminds me that beach days will be here before we know it.

Photo credit: Elle Singapore

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cold Weather Treatments

According to our groundhog friend, Punxsutawney Phil, we have to suffer through six more weeks of this unbearably cold winter. I honestly can't believe that I haven't packed my things and headed out west to the beautiful and always warm SoCal. My skin and hair have really taken a beating in these severely cold and dry conditions, so I've had to up my game on moisturizing routines to keep my skin and hair healthy. Here are a few of my favorite moisturizing products to use year round, but especially in the colder and drier months.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Conditioner - I recently discovered this combo at my hair salon. The shampoo and conditioner leave your scalp feeling tingly (in a good way), and they smell so fresh like menthol. They are great products for both men and women and will treat dry scalp in no time.

Chapstick, Classic Original - An oldie but a goodie. I've tried a ton of lip moisturizers, but nothing tops the original.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - Keeps cuticles healthy and prevents nails from drying out and chipping. It doubles as a lip moisturizer too.

Dr. Hauschka Moisturizing Day CreamGoes on light but keeps your face moisturized all day long without making it oily. This moisturizer is perfect for people with dry skin or combination skin, like myself. 

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream - This is the best beauty product I've discovered in years because it has completely cured my dry and itchy eyes. Even though it's labeled as night cream, I use it in the morning and at night. A little goes a long way, so this container will last you a while.

St. Ives Naturally Soothing Body Lotion - Fantastic for getting rid of dry skin, with a pleasant but not overpowering scent. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Nail Polish Shades for Spring

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update your look and feel put together is with a mani and pedi. I love catching up with girlfriends on a mani/pedi date, especially as the weather gets warmer and our toes get more exposure. I tend to have the most fun with my nail color in the springtime and I can't wait to try all of these fun colors this Spring.

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