Happy Tuesday! Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate.
Regardless of beliefs, we all have one holiday coming up: New Year’s Eve!
Adapted from Mealime
- 1 crown broccoli
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 (12 oz) package extra firm tofu
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1/2 lime
- black pepper
- crushed red pepper
- natural peanut butter (we’ll want the runniness)
- sesame seeds
- soy sauce
- virgin coconut oil
- Cook rice per directions, set aside
- Wash and dry any fresh produce
- Peel and grate/mince ginger and transfer to small bowl
- Preheat skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil. Once heated, add ginger and cook until fragarant (10-30 seconds)
- Drain and cube tofu, add to skillet with ginger and season with salt/pepper to taste. Cook 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown
- Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets and transfer to a medium bowl
- Peel carrot and trim off ends. Using a box grater, corsely grate the carrot and transfer to another medium bowl
- Transfer tofu and ginger out of pan and add broccoli to cook until soft (2-3 minutes)
- Peel and mince/press garlic. Transfer to a small bowl to prep the sauce
- Juice lime and add to garlic
- Add peanut butter, soy sauce, water, honey and crushed red pepper to the garlic and lime juice. Whisk until combined
- To serve, arrange rice, tofu, broccoli and carrots in a bowl. Drizzle with peanut sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Okie dokie. Today’s post may be a bit niche but I’m hoping it’ll find its way to the proper corner of the internet to help some people.
In the past three or four months since getting engaged, I’ve mostly dealt with one thing: my engagement ring. No, no. Nothing about the design of it (it’s exactly what I wanted) or even the ring itself, really (although I tried). It’s more an issue of my finger.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Here is my freaking perfect ring:
Honestly not sure how the ring managed to be straight in that photo because it was hu-u–u-u-u-ge on me. HOWEVER! There was nothing actually wrong with my ring. It properly fit over my knuckle but once it cleared that, it was massive on the meat of my finger. I realized this QUICKLY upon getting on my computer and more specifically, my keyboard. That thing was spinning all around my finger and it was wildly distracting. Does this look familiar?
The two-plus months following our engagement were spent back and forth between our jewelers’ shop doing the following:
- Sizing the ring down from a 5.75 to a 5.5 (it was still too ‘big’)
- Sizing the ring down from a 5.5 to a 5.25 (it was still twirling around the meat of my finger– too ‘big’)
- Adding sizing beads to keep the ring from twirling (now it was too tight and couldn’t get past my knuckle)
- Sizing the ring back to a 5.5 and keeping the sizing beads (still too tight to get around my knuckle)
- Removing the sizing beads and keeping the ring at a 5.5 (just barely fits over my knuckle but still twirls on the meat of my finger)
|Framed art is super high, I know. It was hung based off an old piece I had before my storage console.|
I’m not sure what’s with me and liquid contours lately but that last one seemed to go over prettttttty well so here’s another review and demo! Today I’ll be discussing the Giorgio Armani Beauty A-Line Contour Liquid “Bronzer”.
In the above swatch, it looks like the product is bleeding (and it is) but it does not bleed on the face and it doesn’t really matter since you blend it out anyway.
Pictures really do say a thousand words, don’t they?
I’ve had this contouring liquid in my ‘loves’ list on the Sephora app for weeks and I finally decided to give it a go during Sephora’s recent 20% off promotional sale. The shade I purchased was ’21-Cool’.
After I dusted off the initial SHOCK of how tiny this bottle is………. it’s like, smaller than my palm……. I was able to demo it out and I concluded that I do really like the stuff. If you’re scared of contouring, this is a great beginner product for you because it blends very, very easily. I personally prefer highly “blendable” cheek products because I don’t have a very precise way of applying face makeup. Anytime an item can blend itself out well and not require too much specific attention, it’s a winner in my book. Additionally, this contour doesn’t look dirty on the face as some cooler-toned contours can appear. The one down side? The $38 price tag.
I’ve been applying this liquid contour/bronzer with either a brush or my Beauty Blender. I do not recommend using your fingers as things can get a bit streaky.
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I’ve been wanting to show more of my style choices here sooo I am doing just that with today’s post. My fashion taste is simple but sometimes I feel the need to share those simple things as this wild online world can sometimes be overrun with OTT outfits that I could never imagine actually donning for an entire day.
I picked up this Free People sweater from LuLu’s on Black Friday because I was inspired by the sunny shade in a sweater since I’d be obligated to wear it November-March– the months I’m usually rocking jewel tones and extra hardcore blacks and greys. I paired the sweater with some tassel earrings from BaubleBar in a matching mellow yellow color (similar tagged below).
Heads up if you’re reading this the day I’m posting it or soon thereafter– this sweater is actually 40% off if you buy from Nordstrom (linked below), which is an even better deal than what I got it for on Black Friday! It comes in a variety of delicate shades that you can easily transition from Winter to Spring when the time comes.
Random side story– I have driven past this little gateway well over a hundred times in the two and a half years I have lived in my current city. It’s behind a stretch of townhomes next to the shopping center that holds both my Target and grocery store (aka I’m passing by there a LOT). I always told myself I would get around to shooting either myself or someone else underneath it but have just never gotten around to doing so. Yesterday I was off from work for a day of mourning former President Bush and I figured I’d do it since I’m moving so soon. The owners of the home were totally fine with me setting up behind their house for a few minutes on a random, chilly Wednesday afternoon. I love that.
I’m not big on gift guides BUT I have found myself drooooooling over some jewelry lately across a few different sites so I figured I’d throw together a mix of what I’ve seen that’s new and pretty in jewelry land.
1. I have two favorite stones from Kendra Scott. I love her opals and I love her dichroic glass. These studs are the latter– and come in two more colors! They’re fairly large for studs– which I prefer. If you’re gonna buy pricier jewelry that you think is cute for someone, I think they should show them off as much as possible!
2. If you follow me on Instagram then you know about my obsession with South Moon Under’s resin tortoise earrings. I own two of the three shown above and fully intend on buying the third as well. I love the creaminess and contrast of this tortoise pattern and they’re sooo light. It’s like you aren’t even wearing earrings. I sent a picture to my sister after I bought my first pair and she immediately went and bought the same ones. They’re definitely a gifting winner!
3. Another fave of mine from Kendra Scott are her lariats. This one comes in three colors and is a unique addition to a layered necklace look.
4. This necklace looks a bit wild but I think it’s just so cool. The discs look like they’re floating on your neck and the choker length creates an edgy, yet simple vibe. AKA MY VIBE. Edgy, yet simple. Always. This one also comes in silver!
5. On the topic of creamy and contrasted, this sweet bracelet is just that. I’m a sucker for anything black and white and speckled. This bracelet is made of dalmatian stone– which, other than sounding cute, balances the emotions and body. Plus, it’s stretchy. Who doesn’t prefer a stretchy bracelet? This allows it to fit many different sized wrists so it makes a worry-free gift.
6. Next are some statement earrings. They also come in a blush but something about the black and gold screams New Year’s Eve to me and these would be the BEST party earrings for somebody. These also come in blush!
7. Lastly is this delicate letter necklace. You can pick any letter you want for your recipient for your name, their name or anything else your heart desires. I want to pick up the ‘B’ for my first name (and future last name!) The chain balances the off-kilter letter by placing in two small stones up the chain to the left. It’s dainty and understated but will feel extra special with the personalized letter– without having to pay for an actual personalized gift.
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