Happy Friday once again! We missed last week’s Friday Favorites but we are back this week with lots of fun and happy things. A week from today we will be airplane bound for Seattle, and I only hope that I can stay comfortable for this 4+ hour flight, without going stir crazy. I may be that passenger pacing the tiny aisles and bumping into people with my oversized body. But until then, let’s get into our Friday Favorites!
First and foremost…..
….because we all need a little shimmy time
Then there were the Oscars. Oscar fashion is talked about for at least the week following and I’ve had my fill and picked my favorites. Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchet and Sandra Bullock. But these days I love seeing the couples. My two favorites were
Pacey (err Joshua Jackson) and Diane Kruger, because how can you not like them and their coordinating looks
Jason Sudekis and Oliva Wilde. Some think her dress was a tad boring. While I agree, and after seeing her in the fitted emerald long sleeve gown from the Golden Globes, I think it could be better. However, pregnant, bump, Valentino and beautiful.
But you can’t forget the ultimate group selfie
Sometimes watching fashion shows in their entirety can be kind of boring. I just want to see a slideshow of all the great looks and be done with it. But this 12:57 presentation from the Chanel Fall-Winter RTW show is mesmerizing. Supermarket meets high fashion meets runway meets art show meets everything that you wouldn’t think of for a fashion show. If you have the time, watch the video below.
This is how I feel all day, everyday
Our second favorite piece of the week is the Beyoncé Drunk in Love Emoji Video. Why was I not blessed with this creativity? I could watch this on repeat.
And finally. Our favorite favorite of the week. Norman Reedus reading romantic text messages
As we announced earlier this week we are taking a long weekend trip to Seattle! The thought of getting away, just the two of us, before the baby arrives is something we wanted to do and Seattle seemed like the easiest getaway. Sure we could opt for a beach or warmer weather, but let’s face it….no where in the United States has warm temperatures right now so really, any place where it’s not snowing, sleeting, or freezing is fine with us. The other perk to this mini vacay is finally getting to meet Julia (and Dan, of course). I couldn’t travel out west to her home state without a meet up.
Just like with our trip to Mexico, I’m tackling this packing process in the same way. I don’t want to over pack, and Mexico proved that I didn’t really wear all the pieces that I brought. That being said, this isn’t a tropical paradise vacation where I can lay around in a bikini all day. Clothing is not optional and outfits are a MUST. Add in the pregnancy and I’m already struggling with what to pack and what I will potentially wear.
I’ve narrowed my outfits down to two categories: day and night. As long as I’m prepared with 2 day outfits and 2 night outfits, then I’m good to go, right? So for this trip I am packing 2 tops + 2 jackets + 2 bottoms + 2 dresses + 3 pairs of shoes + accessories + tights/leggings + 1 handbag + 1 clutch. This seems do-able and I might toss in some last minute surprises that The Beard doesn’t know about, just so that I’m covered in case I change my mind last minute before dinner one night. You can never be too prepared!
Pork is one protein that we don’t eat a lot of around here. Sure we eat a lot of bacon during our Sunday morning breakfasts, but that’s about it. Our dinners usually consist of chicken or beef. Every once in a while The Beard gets a hankering for pork chops, so I’m always on the lookout for great pork recipes. To me, pork can easily turn tough, chewy and just overall not so great. I turned to SkinnyTaste, as I usually do and found a recipe for Pork Chops with Herb Sauce. I knew I could play around with this and make my own recipe with this inspiration.
This is a two part recipe featuring a side and the main meat course. But trust me when I say that the side dish is something you can do and set aside while your pork cooks.
1 package of pork on skewers (I think this is the best way to describe it?)
1 can chicken broth
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 cups instant brown rice
1 package frozen spinach
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
In a pan, start by cooking your pork in the oil. Season with salt and pepper and let it cook away. I like the idea of the pork on the skewers because it was already trimmed down into manageable pieces. Plus it made the presentation pretty. I’m still a woman afterall! Cook the pork for about 5-7 minutes on both sides and remove from the pan. Add in your chicken broth (making sure to get all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan), dijon mustard, honey and butter. Combine all the ingredients with a whisk and let it start to meld together.
Meanwhile, get your instant rice going. Once the water has boiled, you added the rice, and let sit aside covered for a few minutes, then it’s time to add your spinach. Make sure it’s thawed completely and drained well. You don’t want too much excess liquid in the rice. Add in the juice of half a lemon and season with salt and pepper.
Back to the pork. Once the sauce starts to come together, add the pork back into the pan and cook for a few more minutes.
Serve the pork over the rice, or if you’re one to not mix your dishes, serve the rice on the side or in a bowl. But don’t forget to drizzle some of the pan suace onto the pork before serving. You can’t let that hard work go to waste!
For an extra twist, try making your rice with chicken broth for a creamy texture and flavor.
The Oscars on Sunday proved to me that a Neutral face can make a large impact. Sometimes I get caught up in doing a dramatic eye or a bold lip, that I forget a more neutral palette can go just as far. Ladies, for those of you that are afraid to look too natural and like a full face look, don’t fret just yet. Neutral doesn’t mean no makeup. It just means working with a color palette that is more along the lines of your natural skintone. Don’t be fooled by nudes and neutrals. We’ll be using both for this look, but they aren’t the same thing. Nudes are flat colors such as bone, or brown and they look great on everyone regardless of their skin tone. Neutrals are those colors found naturally in your skintone such as rose, peach or bronze. Make sense?
First things first….a clean face. Wipe it down. Make it clean. Moisturize and serum up your skin. We want pristine, clean looking skin to start with this look.
Start with a base. This can be your BB Cream, tinted moisturizer or foundation. Depending on your coverage and preference, apply it all over. Next, grab your concealer. Concealer is a MUST for the perfect looking neutral face. Why? Since everything is going to look clean and flawless, we can’t rely on intense pops of color to distract from a blemish or under eye circles. It’s as if you’re starting with a perfectly blank canvas. Everything should be the same color across your entire face. Use powder if needed to help absorb any access oil or to help mattify your look. You’ll get a chance to mix textures and add shimmer later on for more depth and intensity.
Bronze away. But not with a heavy hand. This will just help to bring out the natural radiance in your skin. Remember to apply bronze to your cheeks, forehead, nose chin and neck. Or all the points where the sun would naturally hit your face. Pick a cheek color. Based on your skins natural undertone, pick a color to compliment that tone. This is when you’ll be choosing colors based off those “neutral” roses, peaches and bronzes. This is also the point where you can choose to add a highlighter on the cheekbones for extra dimension.
Now, onto the eyes. Again, go with those soft natural tones. For the eyes, you’re safe to stick with nudes. Bone, brown, beige. Basic everyday colors you can sweep all over the lid. Here again you can play up the textures and add shimmer to your inner corner, or at the brow bone. Speaking of brows, don’t forget to define and fill. They are the frame to your face after-all. Don’t forget the mascara and apply generous coats to make your eye POP!
For the final step, we want to tackle the lips. You guessed it…neutrals! Like your cheeks, this is the time to pull some more color in to play off your natural beauty. Opt for a peach lipstick and shimmer gloss for your warm undertones, or a rose pink combo for the cool undertoned gals.
Seems fairly easy, right? It’s like your normal makeup routine but with basic shades. Try it out and let me know how it goes!
For March we’re going to explore the world of tartans. With spring around the corner it seemed like the best choice was a trend that has one foot in winter and another in spring with a variety of dark and light patterns. This week I’m focusing on my personal favorite ‘Black Watch tartan’ which is a Scottish tartan of navy, green, and black. It seemed like the perfect choice for the beginning of March where people are still feeling the harshness of winter, we even saw a smidge of snow over the weekend, so take your darkest tartan pattern and wear it till the sun shines. And maybe even after if you’re feeling bold.
I normally don’t accessorize to this extent but felt this outfit needed it. Part of the fun with Black Watch is all the classy British imagery that comes to mind, and this outfit is a play on something you might see a Downton Abbey guy wear on a foxhunt. Gaudy jewelry and a feminine blouse and flats keep this outfit playful and girly.
How does one wear tartan leggings? With confidence and luxe but casual accessories. These leggings are going to attract a lot of attention, but really the same rules apply with this look as with our first; to keep things feminine contrast the Black Watch pattern with differing colors and styles. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a school uniform, so don’t be afraid of mixing Black Watch with bright or badass leather pieces.
Surprisngly I still fit into some of my pre-maternity button ups. Well, it’s starting to get to the point of stretching and pulling and the butttons are screaming for help but…..layered under a sweater it hides it all. It’s my own little secret. I’m also secretly obsessed with blue. Call it my days of working at Abercrombie when blue, white and gray were your staple uniform, and I still can’t get enough of the color blue. To some this look may be overkill but I fall back on this look just because the blues are all different and honestly, make my happy.
Many pregnant couples like to enjoy a babymoon before the arrival of their little one. We both think the term is slightly cheesy and have opted to just call it a weekend getaway. Yes it’s because we want some alone time away before the arrival of our little nugget, but also because we want a getaway in general. During this lovely winter season (sarcasm) most people would opt for California, Florida, or a Mexican getaway. Not us. We’ve decided on a cultural, west coast travel of a place we’ve both never been. Seattle! I know, crazy. We are leaving the tundra for cool/mild wet winter temperatures. I guess it’s better than snowstorms and ice!
Our decision came about literally by looking at deals on priceline and deciding which city we found interesting. Chicago was a top pick but they experience colder temps and worse conditions, so that was immediately out. We could go somewhere warm, but we didn’t feel it was worth a long weekend just for 2 days of warm weather. Yes, we might be crazy. Then it came down to Seattle or Las Vegas. Pretty different extremes on the spectrum. And you might be asking “isn’t Las Vegas in the warm category?” well yes indeed it us, but The Beard loves a little gambling and I like a little shopping. It seemed like the perfect weekend combination. But then Seattle stayed in our minds. We’ve both never been. We’ve both never traveled that far North-West. Add in that Julia (of Style and Cheek) is in Seattle, and it became an instant winner.
It will be a quick two day two night weekend trip and we are actually really excited. We know that once we’re back we are in the final months of baby preparation and planning that almost every weekend will be designated to some specific task. This is the perfect opportunity to get away for just the two of us, and enjoy everything we can. Oh and let me not forget that Julia and her boyfriend Dan put together the best list of things we should do, see and eat while in Seattle. I’m not sure how we are going to narrow down their list and fit some of the best things in, but it’s the best travel guide we’ve read thus far.
We’re not leaving until next weekend, but if you follow us on Instagram you’ll certainly find some touristy pictures as we make our way there and around the city. And there may be a post or two in between now and our departure on packing, what we plan to do and much more.
Pasta Sauce. A great staple to master and always have on hand. The nights when I make my own red pasta sauce, I make a large batch so I can freeze some for later. It’s easier to portion out a large potful of sauce rather than making a single serving batch. We’ve used this sauce for chicken parmesean, ravioli, spaghetti and pizza. You name it, we’ve tried it. The Beard has a love/hate relationship with red sauce as almost everything tends to give him extreme heartburn and indigestion. This my friends has been the key to helping him enjoy his favorte italian dishes at home without the pain. It’s a bit sweet and less tangy than restaurant quality sauce. Maybe that has something to do with it? Either way, I know he can enjoy this and be happy. I’m not italian and I’m not a master chef, but this sauce is pretty decent.
2 large 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 16oz can of chicken stock
1 160z can pasta sauce
2 red bell peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 large basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
In a large stock pot, add the oil and garlic. Cook on low-medium heat for about a minute until the garlic cooks down. Add in the bell peppers and cook down until they are softer, about 2 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and break up the basil as you toss it into the pot. Stir together and set on low and cover for at least an hour.
Some people use fresh tomatoes, and if I had more time to get that fancy I likely would. But canned tomatoes do the trick and it turns out pretty awesome….if I do say so myself.
There were so many topics I wanted to discuss this month that I had to be very selective with the time and what I did actually post. But there was one thing I knew I had to cover this month and that was the February Must Haves. This month isn’t over yet so fear not. All of these products were NEW to me in the month of February and helped cure my winter blues. Polar Vortex, massive amounts of snow, dry air and cold bitter temperatures plagued most of the United States so we all need a good product or two as a pick me up. We’ve earned it after this disaster of a winter!
1. philosophy hope in a jar foundation - the makeup gods shed their light down upon me and introduced foundation from philosophy. Can you hear the little harps playing? There are 3 different options they released and I had the chance to try a sample of the hope in a jar foundation. This lightweight formula is great when you are trying to avoid heavy makeup when your skin is already dry, tight and abused from the winter. Plus it has some of the great added benefits of hope in a jar skincare (brighter, tighter skin) while giving a light-medium coverage. I’m one for full coverage but didn’t mind this texture and would definitely consider using it on my “off” makeup days.
3. L’Occitane Verbena Body Salt Scrub - Alright, ladies…who has severe dry skin right now? I am not afraid to throw my hand up because I do. It’s horrible. I feel like a scaly alligator with no relief in sight! I need to exfoliate often in the winter and my new favorite is the Verbena Body Salt Scrub. It smells great, it does the trick of sloughing all the dead skin off and it contains Vitamin A leaving my skin smooth and bright. I’m like a new woman on body scrub beauty days.
4. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask - After you’ve scrubbed your body, it’s time to take care of your face. Don’t neglect your money maker and hydrate that pretty face. It’s a 10 minute mask that leaves your face smooth and flake free. Add this into your regime (that we talked about in the beginning of the year) to give your skin that extra hydration it needs right now. Dry winter air can have your face screaming for help and this is the perfect pick me up.
5. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - I will openly admit I only tried this because I went into Sephora and asked for a sample. I use chapstick and lip butters daily but thought I would give this a go. WOW! I applied it at night, as recommended and in the morning I woke up with soft lips. That may not be an area of concern for you, but for this pregnant lady, sleeping and heavy breathing at night has become my favorite pastime and I always wake up with dry chapped lips. My sample is almost out so I will be heading to Sephora to purchase the full size of this lip mask.
6. The Body Shop Body Brush Round - Dry brushing is apparently a thing these days and when I first heard about it on Refinery29 I thought to myself…um riiiight. But I have an exfoliating brush at home so I decided to try it. I think now I’m in love. It’s a great alternative to body scrubs and according to the article has some great health benefits too.
7. The NARSissist Cheek Kit - This one needs no explanation. If you’ve been ready The Makeup Lady posts for a while, you know my love of NARS blush and bronzers. This kit is a highlighter, bronzer and blush IN ONE, with a brush. Enough said.
8. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - If you’re not tired of the dry skin beauty products yet…then I have one more for you. A cheap purchase to make but with extreme payoff. Burt’s Bees is great for all natural lip balm and beauty products. Cuticle cream is another one that they excel at. Apply regularly if you are an extreme hand washer, after an at-home manicure or before bed each night.
9. Oribe Moisture and Control Conditioner – The perks of being married to a hairstylist is knowing about great hair care products and brands. Also when he’s gifted full size product, I reap the rewards. I tried this conditioner out after my recent haircolor and was told, with a strict stern voice, that I was to only use a dime size amount…NO MORE! I did as I was told but felt that during my shower, it was not enough product, my hair was going to be dry and I would complain the rest of the day about how I could have used more. He was right and I should have listened to his professional advice and not complained. Great to use as a weekly or bi weekly conditioner. And remember, a little goes a long way!
The last sheer post of the month. Ermahgerd! We had some amazing, sunny days that got me mentally ready for spring and summer, and sheer, and then the weather turned eh and now I’m wishing I owned more sweatshirts and sweatpants so I can hole up in my apartment. Alas, the weather will turn into wonderful warm sunshine and little buds will sprout out of the ground. Until then, let’s discuss sheer, both for winter and spring. Both of these outfits feel very transitional and can be worn with or without the jacket and still feel like a complete outfit. Since we’re saying goodbye to sheer, at least for ‘How She’d Wear It’, I wanted to point out how many sheer pieces I saw in the collections for Fall 2014 (there were a ton!). Sheer is here to stay, and whether you choose a sheer cutout, or overlay, it’s a sexy trend to add to your wardrobe.
What can I say? Even though I’d never chose to wear yellow over other colors, I’m clearly ready for spring. Even black-obsessed me can’t help but notice when light colors like these work well together, plus the dress is really cute. It’s a very bright and cheery look fit for Easter or a Kentucky Derby party. A white dress is a blank canvas but the sheer detail at the waist and hem with the slight puff sleeve is definitely girly. As always I love structured jackets and this one looked so cute on the model I couldn’t resist.
If the first outfit is representative of Spring 2014 then this one is Fall 2014. Spring is about pastels and bright sunny colors where as Fall 2014 is about muted tones – blues, burgundy. This dress can be worn with or without a coat, but either way it’s lace, sheer, embroidered style calls to your inner hippie. What pairs well with a relaxed, sheer chiffon dress? Booties, a big floppy fedora, and lots of boho jewelry. It’s a fun look that gives off that sexy IDGAF vibe.