Monday, July 21, 2014

Product Review: Jouer Cosmetics

Nothing ruins my weekend faster than one simple word: humidity.  Any of my Southern state babes can likely vouch that there is nothing worse than leaving your house looking all hot, only to arrive at your destination lookin' like a hot mess!  

I love wearing tinted moisturizer for an everyday all natural look, but during the summer months most tinted moisturizers combined with the Miami humidity {which is basically the equivalent of living in a steam room} makes my face look like a big ol' oil slick.  That's why I was beyond thrilled to hear about Jouer Cosmetics tinted moisturizer, which is a matte moisturizer.  Dreams do come true, ladies!  

Read below for my full review.


I first heard about Jouer on Instagram.  I can't remember exactly whose page I was stalking browsing, but it was some celebrity makeup artist who was displaying various products that she used for a photoshoot.  I had never heard of Jouer before and was curious as to what type of products they offered.  A quick google search turned up an endless list of YouTube + blog reviews, all of which were actually pretty good.  I saw that Jouer is sold online at Nordstrom, and since I basically buy all of my makeup/beauty products from there {it's all about those Nordy notes!} and given Nordstroms great return policy, I decided to give it a try.



 The matte moisture tint is amaaaaaazing!  It's like velvet blending into your skin, and you need to only apply a small amount as a little goes a long way.  It is lightweight, but provides the perfect amount of coverage and completely covers any imperfections on my face.  I LOVE the matte formula because I don't need to apply a finishing powder afterwards and can not imagine ever going back to a regular tinted moisturizer that leaves that glowing, greasy looking sheen.  The moisture tint is oil free, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and is infused with vitamins A, C & E.  Additionally, it offers SPF 15 to protect from UVA & UVB rays.  I also lovelovelove the fact that Jouer 100% does not test on animals!  

I also purchased Mineral Bronzing Powder {in Suntan} and love it as well!  It blends seamlessly on top of the moisture tint and makes my face have an allover healthy golden sun tan glow.  The bronzer is also oil free, and is infused with Japanese green tea {which is a powerful antioxidant}, as well as vitamins C & E.  It's labeled as "perfect for all skin tones".

Jouer {zhew-ey} means 'to play' in French, and what girl doesn't like to play with makeup?!  The containers for all the bronzers, blushes, eye shadows, etc. that Jouer manufacturers are all made to clip into place with one another, essentially creating your own custom palette.  What an ingenious idea!



I am so happy that I discovered Jouer, and can't wait to try out more of their products.  I've read that the blushes are supposed to be amazing!

Right now, Nordstrom is having a Jouer promotion.  If you spend $50 in Jouer products, you receive a full sized Jouer liquid eyeliner, a mini Jouer lip gloss, and a cute leopard print Jouer cosmetics bag {as pictured above} for free.  The promo is online only, and you can click here to be directed.

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Have any of you tried out Jouer yet?  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easy Side Dish: Pan Fried Spicy Sweet Potato

Since we always seem to have sweet potatoes on hand, I find myself cooking them more often than not.  Besides being a great source of complex carbohydrates, the sweet potato is loaded with dietary fiber, vitamins, and many other micronutrients + it tastes pretty amazing {much better than a regular ol' potato if you ask me!}.  Baking sweet potatoes in the oven gets real old, real fast & this recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook them up.  It's fast, easy, and has great flavor that rivals any sweet potato french fry!  This makes the perfect healthy side dish for your morning eggs, or for grilled chicken/fish in the evening. 

Enjoy!



Ingredients

1 large sweet potato, scrubbed, peeled, and chopped into 1" to 2" chunks
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
generous pinch of chilli powder


Directions

Heat olive oil in a non stick pan over medium high heat.  Once heated, place sweet potato in pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, season with salt & pepper, tossing to ensure potatoes are coated with seasoning.  Place lid on pan and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Don't be afraid to let your potatoes brown up a bit on the bottom, it adds extra flavor!

After cooking for 10 minutes, your potatoes should be soft enough to pierce with a fork, but still slightly hard on the inside.  At this point, add in onions, garlic, and chilli powder.  Lower heat slightly to medium-low, and place the lid back on.  Continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.

*This recipe makes 2 servings, but can be easily doubled*




Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.  xx

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Trend To Love: Distressed Denim Shorts

This has been the summer of distressed denim shorts.  We've seen mega ripped up versions like these Rag & Bone shorts that have been super popular this summer, and also much tamer versions which I tend to prefer.  The beauty of cut offs is that they go with almost anything; from tanks & tees, flowy blouses, casual knit sweaters, and even dressed up with a fitted blazer.  This is the new workhorse for your summer wardrobe.


images via here, here, & here.


I've been a big fan of distressed denim for years and am always on the hunt for that perfect pair.  Girls, I found them!  Meet the best denim shorts you'll ever buy: Joe's Jeans cut off shorts.  These have been such a staple in my closet for the past month that I've been wearing them with literally everything I own.  Additionally, {I'm not gonna beat around the bush here,} I purchased them in 2 different sizes because, yes, I love them that much.  I wanted a looser much more relaxed version as well as a normal fitted version.  Hello, summer uniform!
 
Distressed denim shorts have always managed to exude a free spirited, laid back vibe and that's what summer is all about, right?  

Are you loving ripped up denim shorts as much as me?  Which one of the above is your fave?

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pops

These scrumptious summer pops are the perfect healthy treat to help you keep cool on those scorcher type of days.  The ingredients that I use are super simple; greek yogurt, vanilla almond milk, strawberries, honey, and a vanilla bean.  That's it.  Super simple yet damn delicious {and guilt free!}.

I don't have kids, but if I did I imagine that these would be a big hit in our house.  Our furbabies are the next best thing, and they LOVE these!  Since greek yogurt is really good for dogs digestion, I make smaller ice cube tray versions of these and give them as pup treats.  :)

Feel free to play around with this recipe, substituting the strawberries for blueberries, or even some fresh peaches.  The variations are endless with this recipe - get creative!  The greek yogurt is a bit tart, but the honey cuts down on that and can be increased to suit your taste preference.

Hope you enjoy!




Ingredients

1 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp + 1/4 tsp honey
1 vanilla bean, de-seeded & scraped
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup strawberry puree {recipe below}


Directions

To make the strawberry puree, combine about a half of a cup of sliced strawberries with 1/4 tsp of honey in a food processor or blender.  Puree until you reach a liquid consistency with a bit of pulp.  Set aside

Next in a medium bowl, combine greek yogurt, almond milk, 2 tbsp honey, and vanilla bean seeds.  Taste at this point and add more honey if needed.  Stir in strawberry puree.

Take your popsicle molds, and layer a few strawberries at the bottom of the molds.  Pour in about half of the yogurt mixture, and layer more sliced strawberries.  Pour in the rest of the yogurt, and finish with the rest of the berries, gently pressing the strawberries down so that they are submerged in the mixture.

Place molds in the freezer and freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.





I purchased my popsicle mold from Amazon.  I wanted a mold where I could insert the old fashioned wooden sticks {I think it just adds a bit of nostalgia}.  It was under $20 and you can purchase it here.


Have a great day! xx

Monday, July 7, 2014

Typical Domestic Pinspiration

Hey babes!  Welcome back from the long holiday weekend.  Hope you had a great weekend filled with lots of fun + family time!  I spent my time relaxing with my hubs this weekend.  He works so much during the week, and I really treasure the time that I get to spend with him {sans a million after hours calls & emails galore} on the weekends.  :)

Today, I wanted to share with you a few images that have been inspiring me lately on Pinterest.



I love noshing on salads, especially during the summer season.  This is a great guide for different combos that can be used to create your own dressing.




This summer uniform on serious repeat.



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I've been pinning home decor inspo like a mad woman lately {guess I'm excited for our new pad!}, and LOVE the bright & airy feel of this living room. 

 
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in all the bullshit, and this is such a great reminder to stop, look around, and appreciate life's little moments.



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LOVE this effortless hairstyle.  




This sweet potato & quinoa patties recipe is on my list of things to make this week.




Perfectly styled {and not overly girly} shelves.




Need to recreate this look - perfect for summer!



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A skinny pineapple & rosemary spritzer looks seriously refreshing on a hot summer day.



To see more of what I'm pinning, follow along here.


Have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by! xx


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Coffee Table Decor

Recently, I gave my coffee table a fresh new update to reflect the summer season.  I like to make small changes in my decor to embrace the changing of the seasons, but do so in a way without breaking the bank :)

Read on for more deets.


Our living room is a pretty tranquil space, and believe it or not, we don't really watch a lot of tv.  For that reason, I like to outfit this space with comfortable furniture + decorative accents that create a welcoming environment to both entertain and relax.  Since we live on the beach, I wanted to bring those elements in and create an endless summer/beachy vibe; something you might experience on a chic island getaway.


Decorating with trays is an easy + cost effective decorative accent.  After your initial investment of the tray, you only need to make small tweaks & changes in the decor to reflect the current season.


I love the natural woven rattan look of this tray, and the metal handles gives it character.  I usually try to decorate with natural elements; in this case the faux coral, sea stars, the beachy driftwood, and sand.  Using candles, small photo frames, and summer vacation mementos & souvenirs also make for great decorative accents.

The small small lantern is a great buy from Pottery Barn {under $25}, and all that I needed to do was walk down to the beach and collect some sand in order to transform it to my beach theme.  Lanterns really can be used all throughout the year; in autumn you could switch out the sand for some pretty red & orange faux leaves.  It would also look beautiful glowing on a front porch with some festive clipped cedar branches or pine cones during the holidays.  


I always decorate our home with coffee table books.  They really have the ability to make a wide variety of spaces look chic.  I have so many of them, and place them all throughout our home, often rotating with the seasons when I make small changes around the casa.  Grouping them together by color makes for a much "cleaner" look.



Another great aspect about using coffee table books is that they make a great platform for displaying smaller trinkets & objects of curiosity.  Here I've displayed a pretty candle with this interesting hand carved bowl that we picked up while in Africa.  I always bring back something for our home whenever we travel to other countries as I prefer authentic decorative accents vs. mass produced box store versions.  I've also picked up the habit of bringing home pretty books of matches from our travels and display them in bowls around the home.




I'm so pleased with how everything came together, and think that this really embodies the beach chic look that I was going for.

I've linked below to most of the items that I used and also included a few budget friendly picks that I found from good old Target.  I can often find extremely similar decorative accents at places like Target or Home Goods :)

Additionally, Restoration Hardware is currently having a sale on coffee table books and two of my books {Vogue Living & In The Spirit Of Capri} are both on sale.  Since they can sometimes be a bit pricey, sales are a great time to start or add to your book collection.  You can view the sale by clicking here.










How do you decorate your coffee table?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Casa!

Hi, hi, friends!  Happy first day of July!  It's been a little silent over here lately and thought I'd share whats been going on.  I've been a little overwhelmed recently with a death in my family + family issues.  I'm normally not the type to get super stressed out, but the family drama stuff combined with the death of my Grandma really got to me and gave me a bad case of the blues.  Luckily, a girls weekend was right around the corner, and turned out to be the best medicine to get me out of my funk {gotta love girl time!}.  I only posted a few pictures of our fun Napa Valley getaway on my Instagram, but plan on doing a full post soon! 

Also, we are officially packing up shop over here, and are moving to a new casa!  I'm so excited because we've been house hunting forever.  It's officially ours in August, but we'll be doing some renovations + aesthetic upgrades and aren't planning on moving in right away. 

It's going to be a bit bittersweet saying goodbye to condo life and all the amenities that come with it.  Not living on the beach will be a bit of an adjustment and I'm sure I'm going to miss our gorgeous ocean views, but we are gaining a great backyard for the pups and can't wait for them to be able to frolic around and finally be real dogs :) 

I'm also excited for all the fun projects that will come with this new house!  It's quite a bit bigger than our current condo, so that means lots of new furniture to help fill it up {Adams thrilled lol!}.  The serious question that I have for you girls is what.the.hell. am I supposed to do with this enormous space that will be our living room....



Seriously, I'm so intimidated by this space.  I've been searching high & low on Pinterest trying to get ideas, but I'm just not seeing anything that would seem to fit this area.  I'm thinking a media space for a couch + tv & separate formal seating area but other than that I'm totally stumped and might need to hire an interior decorator to help me out.  

Any thoughts/ideas on how to fill this room up?  Help a girl out and leave any ideas in the comment section below.  xx
 

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