Chicken Tikka Masala

October 30, 2014

Chicken Tikka Masala

This recipe explored the outer boundaries of our cooking comfort zones. The Beard has yet to ever try Indian food and I have dabbled a few times in my life. Thanks to Jamie Oliver we set out to try this recipe because it seemed rather easy. It helped that the picture looked incredible and our eyes were bigger than our stomaches. This isn’t the typical recipe that I post on here that is relatively easy and quick. This recipe is a bit more complex and requires more ingredients, most of which you may not be able to find in your local grocery store. In the end it will be worth the hunt and the time spent in the kitchen. Get fancy with yourself and try this Chicken Tikka Masala.

For The Chicken You’ll Need:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 6 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 lemon, (1) juiced and zested and (2) cut into wedges
  • 3 fresh green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garam marsala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small piece of fresh gingerroot, finely peeled and grated

Place your spices into a frying pan and toast for about a minute until you start to smell the aromas coming off the pan. Set aside into a large mixing bowl. Zest one lemon and juice as well into the mixing bowl. Add in the garlic, gingerroot, yogurt and sea salt to taste. Add in the chicken and let marinade for two hours. Longer if you have time. Once the chicken is ready, skewer on with the chiles and wedges of lemon. Don’t squish the pieces together or else they won’t cook too well. Place in the oven, or on a grill until the chicken is cooked through.

For The Sauce You’ll Need:

  • 6 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tumeric
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garam marsala
  • 2 – 14oz cans of light coconut milk
  • 2 – 14oz cans of plum tomatoes
  • 2 fresh red chiles
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • olive oil

Add the garlic, onion, red chiles and cilantro stalks (save the leaves for later) in a large casserole, pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat with olive oil. Cook for around 20 minutes until everything is softened and golden. Add in the coriander, tumeric, paprika and garam marsala. Cook for 2 minutes and add in the almonds. Toast your almonds before hand in a small sauce pan. Next, add in the tomatoes, bouillon cube and 1-1/4 cups of water. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes and add in the coconut milk. Place the lid on your dutch oven and let cook for around 20 minutes.

When you’re ready to serve, add in the chicken, a drizzle of olive oil, a spoonful of yogurt and top with the cilantro leaves. Serve over rice or serve alone in a bowl. This makes for a great dinner or even better as leftovers for lunch the next day.

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – October Must Haves

October 29, 2014

We are nearing the end of October which means it’s time for my monthly must haves round up. Last month I felt completely underwhelmed by the September selections. Nothing interested me and quite frankly I was bored even with the pieces I picked. Now that we have that out of the way, we are onto October and I’m much happier this month. An old favorite is back this month, along with some smell good things, a hair product and some beauty products to round out the list. We only have two months left in the year, so I hope that November and December don’t let me down.

The Makeup Lady - October Must Haves


Bath and Body Works ‘Thanksgiving Harvest’ Candle – everything that I love about Thanksgiving is mashed up in this candle. Okay, so maybe turkey and mashed potatoes are not include, but everything else. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, berry and cinnamon is the perfect fall accompaniment for your home.

Bumble and bumble Repair Blow Dry - if you suffer from dry, damaged hair and wish to achieve a sleek, smooth blow dry look then add this product to your hair collection. And it’s a heat protectant which obviously comes in handy when you are blow-drying your hair on a daily basis.

fresh Cannabis Santal Spray - A scent made for men but I’m not embarrassed to say I kind of like this for myself. Patchouli, strawberries, chocolate and vanilla make your man smell like a yummy fall treat but also not overpowering for a woman.

Dior ‘Diorific – Golden Shock’ Top Coat - The only words I need to use to describe this product are Gold Leaf. Enough said.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in ‘After Dark’ – Ever since last week’s Halloween Inspired look I am really feeling the vampy beauty products. I love long wear lip colors for the dark hues because it’s the worst when they wear off so easily after all the work you put into perfecting and applying.

Bobbi Brown ‘Scotch On The Rocks’ Highlight Powder – The name alone makes it feel like fall. Even in this season you can still use a highlighter to add a hint of warmth and glow to your skin.

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara – It’s baaaaack! I can’t get enough of this mascara and I can’t believe I stopped using it for a few months. But it’s back and my lashes couldn’t be happier. The other mascaras I used were good, but nothing compares to the Hypnôse Drama.

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Capes

October 28, 2014

HSWI October 2014

We’re ending October with capes, a very fitting end to the month that is all about Halloween costumes. While I would have loved to put together an outfit fit for a witch or superhero get-up, instead I have two outfits that are perfectly acceptable to wear whenever you like. Capes = drama, but don’t worry, they are suitable to wear outside the witching season. I’ve done a couple outfits over the past few months that involve capes with more of a witchy vibe but today I tapped into boho influences and equestrian style which look fantastic with capes. A cape is a great choice if you’re wearing something delicate underneath and want to prevent wrinkling. And don’t forget that capes come in all sorts of weights and fabrics, so depending on your needs (and the weather) there is a cape for almost any occasion. I hope that my posts on capes, ponchos, and throws have shown you that this trend is a lot easier to navigate than you may have previously thought and that you have fun styling your outerwear this season.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Capes

1. McQ Alexander McQueen Gradient Sunglasses

2. J.Crew Metal Medallion Earrings

3. Sam & Lavi Mandy Dress

4. Louise Et Cie ‘Allemont’ Bootie

5. Zara Buttoned Cape Coat

6. Trasparenze Poland Grey Woven Tights

7. ASOS Turban Headband In Wool Mix Moss Stitch

8. Samantha Wills Enchanted Nights Necklace in Cream

9. MADEWELL Inkstone Cuff

10. Monserat De Lucca Serpiente Pouch

Turbans and capes are two fall trends I wouldn’t have thought to put together before this post but if you’re looking for a hair accessory to wear besides a floppy hat, try a turban. Turbans are great because your hair is still free to bounce around, which means if you can still have some fun styling your do; with this outfit I’d go with something kinda 60s since there already is some serious mod potential. The turban and cape, combined with a floral shift, textured tights, and sexy ankle boots, create a super cute boho vibe. Just add a bunch of vintagey gold jewelry, a standout clutch, and sunglasses in a classic but unusual shape and you’re good to go.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Capes

1. Karen Walker Number One Mirrored Sunglasses

2. ELLSWORTH & IVEY Oxblood Marilyn Cape from Tuckernuck

3. Enzo Angiolini ‘Eero’ Leather Boot

4. Thomas Mason For J.Crew French-Cuff Shirt

5. J.Crew Pixie Pant

6. Mania Mania Potens Earrings in Smokey Quartz

7. J.Crew High-Low Crewneck Sweater

8. Tory Burch Cecily Charm Bracelet

9. Michael Kors Petite Darci Watch

10. Kate Spade Cedar Street Leopard Maise

Equestrian style is the way to go if you’re working with a utilitarian style cape like the oxblood Marilyn Cape above. This is a cape that looks great with jeans and sweaters but if you’re going for a more elevated look then a white button down and riding boots really take the outfit a step above casual. The Pixie pants are thicker than leggings and if you need an extra layer you can always wear a sweater over the button down. To make this outfit more exciting, add luxe accessories. Think leopard print, gold, uniquely shaped earrings, even statement sunglasses. You never know when you’ll need sunnies on a fall day, so keep them close.

- Julia of Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

October 27, 2014

life with the lady

This is one of those weeks where I dive into a sensitive topic and something close to home. It’s been ten years since my Aunt Pam passed away and it felt natural to make a post about her. I started this post last week in an effort to try to get it all out and then ditched it all and almost gave it up all together. I didn’t want to be sad when I sat down to do this post, because that’s not what it’s about. Nor do I think that’s what she would want. But damn…it’s been ten years and that alone makes it hard to write about.

Pam, my dad’s sister who was one year younger in age, was this incredible human being. As a child I remember doing the fun things with her. She and her husband never did have children so all of the nieces and nephews became their children. Because of this we experienced the spoiling and extra fun moments. Movies, toys and more love than we knew what to do with. I remember small snippets of time of being with my brother and Pam and just being so happy. I also remember vacations, weekends spent when they came to visit and all the holidays. She was around for almost every big moment and one of my biggest fans, after my parents of course. I felt warm and loved when I was with her.

It was hard when she passed. Knowing that day when I left the hospital, it would be the last time I hugged her and had her near me. Knowing that when she said she would “keep on eye” on me, she fully meant it. Knowing that there was nothing that could change the outcome of her fate and it was bound to happen. But she didn’t want us to sit around and cry over her life and memories. That wasn’t her. There have been some years when this time comes and I am overcome with extreme sadness. I don’t know how to handle it all. And then some years I’m happy knowing that she was in my life.

I missed her when I got engaged and I missed her more when I got married. I know that Adam was one she would really love and would love him even more knowing how much he loved me. When I found out we were expecting it was one of the first things my mom and I talked about…how happy Pam would be for me. When I was in the hospital after having Ava, we had the same conversation. How Pam knows that Ava is here, how happy she would be and how much she would love this little baby. But I missed her in those moments knowing she wasn’t there to see Ava and for Ava to get to know her.

When I think about her now, I have a hard time remembering her. That long, long, long hair was her trademark and through her sickness was still how I imagined her. It’s the one thing that sticks out when I think about her or hear her name. As the years pass on it becomes harder to remember her but I can still see her when I think of her.  I know that I won’t ever forget her but I miss her all the time. Random moments I find myself thinking about her and how I know she would be so happy for me and the life I created. Because of the relationship and bond that Pam and I had, I realize it’s something I wish for my own child and know that she will have one day.  While she may not be here with us physically, there’s no doubt in my mind that she knows what’s going on.

I love you Aunt Pammy
Always & Forever
Love & Kisses


Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

October 24, 2014

I’m not one to accessorize with my hair much. A bobbi pin here, a hair elastic there…that’s all I need to create every day looks. I’m starting to love hair accessories/headbands to give a fun touch to a typical hairdo. If I were ballsy enough to try and pull this off, outside of work of course, I would choose from the selections below. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Hair acessories have expanded from basic headbands and clips to intricate, ornate and detailed beauties. Let your inner goddess loose with a grecian inspired leaf headband. Or maybe throw together a last minute Halloween costume with a bejewled cat ear headband. Whatever your flavor, there is a headband for you. Of course I’m naturally drawn to cat ears, but I’m really liking the pom-pom ears for a different twist.

friday favorites



ASOS Pom Pom Ears Headband :: Lace Cat Ears Dot Veil Headband :: BCBG Stone-Detail Cat Ears Headband :: Forever21 Leaf Cluster Headband :: Rock ‘N’ Rose Beatrice Oversized Floral Headband :: Johnny Loves Rosie Velvet Bow Headband :: Rock ‘N’ Rose Gold Lace Crown

The Makeup Lady

The Makeup Lady – Witchy Woman

October 22, 2014

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I may not be a huge fan of Halloween but the one thing I enjoy about this holiday is it gives every lady the opportunity to go overboard on their makeup without too many stares and questions. It’s socially acceptable to layer on the makeup with the rainbow palette you have saved just for these occasions. Sky’s the limit when it comes to creating and I for one love that.  My favorite look out of all the creations is the Witchy Woman. Goth, deep colors creating a witch like look is the perfect and easiest go to for Halloween inspired makeup. You don’t need professional MUA status or have memorized Michelle Phan’s YouTube video collection to create this witchy look. 

Chances are you have a few of these products already in your collection to create this easy look, if not all of them. You will just need a dark lip, black eye shadows, false lashes and brow color. Pretty simple, right? Let’s get started!

The Makeup Lady - Witchy Woman

  1. NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Empire - fill in your entire eyelid with this shadow pencil to create a base. If you really want to go to the extreme, smudge on the bottom lash line for a full goth look
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in M100 Matte Black - next fill in your lid with this matte black shade – basically just covering and layering over where you used the NARS pencil. BLEND well into the crease so it creates a smooth transition from crease to brown bone. Take this color up as high as you feel comfortable
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Granite - if there is one time you go extreme on the brows, this is your chance. Do something different and create a pointed arch or a fuller brow. Go wild!
  4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Waterproof Lip Liner in 12C Matte Dark Plum - line the lips and then fill in with this waterproof lip liner. This will create ever lasting staying power as your party the night away
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Violet Incognito - finish off your lips with full application of this dark violet lip color to really add the oomph to your look
  6. Urban Decay ‘Urban Lash’ in Come Hither  - last but not least, false lashes! Falsies are my favorite product to help add drama to the face. And for Halloween, you definitely need them!



Month Four

October 21, 2014

Month Four


I will not start this post of with the typical “where has the time gone” even though I technically just did that. Instead I will cry on the inside on how big you are! Month four brought with it your most energetic and amazing month thus far. Your personality is EXTREME. One minute you are carrying on, cooing, giggling and screaming in happiness. Then in the next you are fussing, crying and screaming because you are unhappy. If this is any indication of what you will be like as a teenager, then we are in for it! 95% of your days are happy and we have plenty of videos and pictures to prove it.

You are also learning how to roll over. My goodness little girl, it’s going to happen any day now. And you’re not the typical baby that wants to roll from tummy to back (because you really hate tummy time most days) but instead you are going from your back to tummy. You get those chunky legs kicking and your body starts moving and before you know it half of your body is flipped over. Now if only you can get that big head of yours to follow along.

My favorite part of each day is coming home to you. I know your daddy would say the same. When we walk in the door and you turn your little head to see us and let out that BIG smile, my heart melts. You recognize who we are and seeing your face light up in excitement is the best feeling in the entire world. You realize that I’m your momma and he’s your daddy and that is all we need in the world.

Your smile is infectious and everyone knows just how special you are. I can’t believe we are already on month four, and month five will be here before you know it. You’re growing by leaps and bounds and we love watching you discover the world around you.

Love you always,

Momma and Daddy

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

October 21, 2014

HSWI October 2014

Last week we discussed how to wear blanket capes and this week we’re exploring ponchos, another outerwear option perfect for fall weather. It’s nice to have a variety of outerwear that will keep you warm enough as the weather transitions from cool to cold. Ponchos, usually something that goes over your head and aren’t open in front, come in a variety of fabrics with varying thickness. Here I have a sweater poncho, which is a lightweight layering option, and a wool blend poncho that is more like a coat. I consider them closer to a shawl than an actual coat, however, they do cover up quite a bit of your outfit, unlike a blanket cape. A scarf over the poncho or a poncho with buckle details give the look an extra accent to keep things from looking too one note or simple.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

1. H&M Knitted Poncho

2. Michael Kors Pave & Baguette Crossover Ring

3. TOPSHOP Large Purple Stone Ring

4. kate spade new york ‘Blaine’ Patent Leather Skimmer Flat

5. House Of Harlow 1960 Enameled Starburst Stud Earrings

6. River Island Red Tartan Blanket Scarf

7. Le Skinny De Jeanne Mid-Rise Jeans

8. Mango Flowy Shirt

9. J.Crew Anchor Lock Bracelet

10. Dooney & Bourke Florentine Small Satchel

This is as classic as you can get with a camel poncho. You have your white button down, skinny jeans, a plaid scarf, and black flats which are all closet staples. You can easily make this outfit your own by changing up the color palette or wearing different jewelry. Here we have just a very simple but super chic outfit with really beautiful, classic jewelry like a statement stone ring and chain bracelet. While I’d wear this outfit any day it also makes for a really cute and comfortable airport outfit.

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Ponchos

1. Pieces Siwi Round Sunglasses In Black

2. Snake Chain Tassel Pendant

3. Joomi Lim Luxe Spike Bracelet

4. Tory Burch Robinson Shrunken Boxy Satchel

5. ModCloth Show Them The Sway Dress



8. Ivanka Trump ‘Tarrilyn’ Knee High Suede Boot

A black blazer seems like the go-to jacket for dresses but how about a poncho instead? This Ralph Lauren poncho seems like an especially romantic choice because of the rounded funnel neckline and classic houndstooth pattern. However, with black knee-high suede boots and black tights with an Eiffel Tower-esque geometric pattern, this outfit does not lack attitude. It’s these details that take a standard, solid color dress and turn it on its head from simple, to fun, cheeky, and a little sexy.


- Julia of Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

October 20, 2014


life with the lady

I started to write this post out Sunday evening and really didn’t have a main topic or point of interest to write about. All of these random thoughts started coming to my mind of what I need to get done, what was going on around me and just randomness in general. These are all of the ideas that I thought of as I was brainstorming for topics on this post. Yes it is random and yes this post is different. You get a small glimpse into how my mind works with today’s post. This is a true ‘Life With The Lady’ moment.

  • Ava is 4 months old on Tuesday and I’m not sure where the time is going. I can’t believe that I have been back at work for 2 months because the time is flying by. I still get emotional when I look back at pictures of my little nugget. Now I fully understand when parents say “where did the time go?”
  • I need to see Gone Girl. After flying through the book, I NEED to see how it all plays out visually. My brother saw it and enjoyed it which speaks volumes. He is quite the critic so if he says it was great, then it must be.
  • A few weeks back I mentioned how I cut my hair. Well since then no one has really noticed. Or maybe they’re not saying anything. So is that a good thing? I would hope someone would speak up if it looked like complete crap.
  • These last few pounds of baby weight are a pain in my ass…literally! And I really just want a Snickers!
  • Speaking of baby weight, I have yet to try on real pants lately and I don’t even want to take that plunge. I know I’m not the only one that hates trying on clothes to determine what size they will be. I’ll just keep wearing leggings, dresses and maternity jeans until I lose the last of this weight.
  • I’m loving my new job. I don’t bring up the topic of my career and business much because it’s the other part of my life and these two don’t quite mix. But I’m enjoying it and so grateful for the opportunity that presented itself.
  • My fear and dislike of clowns is heightened by this season of American Horror Story. I can’t even type out this sentence without getting creeped out.
  • I looked back at old blog posts and found thepost of By 30 and realized I’m still working on this list and I’m already 32. I am realizing the importance of not apologizing for someting that is not my fault. I stopped apologizing for others a long time ago.
  • I use to let my feelings get hurt by things that people did or didn’t do, and I realized that I can only be responsible for myself and not the actions of others. Do you. I’ll do me.
  • The Beard is currently watching ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and he doesn’t think I’m paying attention. Maybe because the guests are Tamar Baxton, Teresa and Nicole from The Real Housewives of NJ and Andy Cohen, so the entire episode is a hot mess. I get it. And he likely won’t enjoy that I am calling him out on it. :)
  • ‘Friends’ is coming to Netflix and I’m setting out to watch every single episode in order from start to finish.
  • We bought pumpkins a few weekends ago and they are just sitting here. We should probably carve them, paint them or do something with them. Can you tell we are NOT in the Halloween spirit.
  • I’m really into Taylor Swift’s Out of the WoodsYou don’t have to judge me because I’m judging myself.
  • I still want that Snickers.


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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

October 17, 2014

Halloween is upon us and it’s not to late to add a little something to your life to bump up the festivities.  Whether you’re one to go full on spooky, creepy with decorations in every corner of your home or you’re like me and minimal pieces here or there satisfies your taste, you find just about anything to fill your Halloween craving. I’m never typically one to decorate for any holiday other than Christmas but The Beard fully believed we needed to do something this year for the baby. I just personally can’t do cheesy Halloween pieces in any aspect of my life. I know, bah humbug to me, but it’s just not my thing. Having Ava will likely change that because her excitement over the next years of her life will grow when it comes to Halloween. I’m not against costumes but decorations are a snoozefest. I did some research and come up with some decent and perhaps great options for the Halloween Scrooges like me. Don’t get me wrong, if there is a all day marathon of Hocus Pocus on, I’m giddy like a little girl. You won’t find a jack-o-lantern flag hanging outside our door, but you may find some of these fine things making a secret appearance.

Friday Favorites


Crate & Barrel Bat Cup Punch :: World Market Muertos Plates :: Williams-Sonoma Halloween Bone Double-Sided Jigger, Bottle Opener, Wine Corkscrew :: Nordstrom ‘Halloween Graffiti’ Pillow :: Pottery Barn Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins

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