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orange is the new red (for fall makeup!)

August 14th, 2013 · No Comments

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You guys, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but orange is THE new color for fall makeup!

I remember seeing peeks of orange and coral at fashion week several seasons ago, but this is the year that orange is going from weird-fashion-trend to wearable for everyone!

You all know that I get a little nervous with bold lip colors, but for some reason, this is one is a huge favorite of mine!  But if you guys are nervous about taking the plunge, I figured I’d share a few tips that I’ve picked up in experimenting with this trend!

Lips First

When it comes to orange, the easiest place to incorporate it into your beauty routine is in lipsticks!  I’m wearing Clarins Juicy Clementine in these photos, along with a gloss over it.  Where you might raise an eyebrow at, say, orange eyeliner, lipstick in bright orange just looks carefree and fun!  Generally, from easiest to hardest, I’d say: Gloss, Lipstick, Blush, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner/Mascara.  So start at the beginning of the list and work your way through!

Keep the Rest Minimal

This is true of any dramatic beauty look: you don’t want to go overboard!  If you’re playing up your lips, tone down your eyes and cheeks — you can still do a pretty, soft liner or a natural smoky eye, but don’t go for a bold shadow when you’re already playing up your lips!  You want to draw attention to a standout feature, and then have everything else be pretty backdrop.  The best way to do it?  Keep your skin smooth, healthy and radiant with a great moisturizer (I love the Protecting Light Moisturizer from Simple Skincare!) and as little product as you can get away with!

Brighter is Better

When you’re picking an orange shade, go for to bold, bright tones!  You don’t want your orange lips to be vampy — for that reason, I like to stick to oranges with pink undertones to keep the bright, youthful shade.  And as fall goes on, think about branching into coppery orange shades for eyeshadow! 

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recipe: homemade quinoa cakes

July 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments

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One bad habit that we had trouble breaking when we left New York: take out. 

On nights when we both got home late, the quick and easy thing was always to order chinese food, or thai, or sushi, or pizza, or…. you get the idea.  Sure, I had some things I could cook at home (ahem, ahem, mac and cheese), but really: no healthy options.

Living in Houston has changed all that, and I’m so incredibly grateful for it!  Because take-out isn’t as plentiful or easy here, I actually plan our dinners for the week and grocery shop on the weekends.  (I know, what a novel concept!) But it’s helped us be a lot more flexible with what we eat, and also a LOT healthier.

One of our biggest challenges has been incorporating whole grains into our diets.  Whole grains have been showed to promote heart health and lower cholesterol — and their zinc and selenium guard skin from aging and promote healthy collagen! 

And, of course, never forget veggies on this side!  I topped these with some warm marinara sauce (yum) and roasted asparagus is a delicious side and contains tons of antioxidants! 

If you’re looking for more skin-healthy recipes, Ellie Krieger, an expert nutritionist for Simple Skincare, has tons of other great recipes on the Simple Skincare website!  I can’t wait to give them all a try.

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Homemade Quinoa Cakes

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature (this works great with leftover quinoa too!)
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Water, if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, mix together the quinoa, eggs, cheese, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Form the mixture into about 12 small patties — add a little water or an extra egg if they seem too dry. 

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat.  Cook about 4-6 patties at a time, for7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are browned.  Gently flip the patties with a spatula and cook for an additional 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and allow to cool, while you repeat the progress with the rest of the patties.

Serve with pesto, marinara sauce, or drizzled with a finishing oil.

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what’s in my beach bag?

July 10th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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It’s probably pretty obvious that I spend a lot of time by the pool — during the summer and year-round! But there’s nothing like summer sunshine to inspire some trips to the beach, pool parties, and just generally soaking up the sun — so I thought it would be fun to do a post on my beach-bag essentials!

First of all: even if you’re just spending a little time in the sun, protection is key! SPF is an obvious one, but I also like to bring a wide-brimmed hat and a big sarong or scarf for extra protection! I usually try to sit somewhere in the shade or under an umbrella, but if that’s not possible then: hat, scarf, sunglasses, SPF all over… you get the drill.

For sunscreen, I’m really partial to the kind that you spray on — it only takes a few second and you don’t wind up with lotion all over your hands! Since there’s usually no easy place to wash off your hands at the beach, this just takes away one of the big hassles. I don’t like to use spray sunscreen on face, though — the skin on my face is just too sensitive, and it’s no fun to deal with post-beach breakouts from your sunscreen. Instead, I start with a generous layer of Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer (SPF 15) and layer that with a higher-SPF product for when I’m not in the shade.

What else?  Trashy magazines, obviously!  Seriously, I’ll buy anything with Kate Middleton on the cover.  I love my iPad, but between the bright sun and worries about dropping it in the pool or ocean, I’m kind of partial to old-fashioned paper magazines.  I subscribe to just about all the fashion magazines, but on a low-key beach day, I’m a sucker for celebrity gossip.  :-)

Last but not least, especially for days by the pool, I love packing a pair of chic sandals!  I used to wear wedges, but I started to think it was a little ridiculous to hang out by the pool in high heels (right?), so lately I’ve been gravitating towards cute flats and sandals.  Much safer, and way more comfortable!  I’ve had this pair for over a year and they still feel brand new!

And when you’re done at the beach?  Take off all that sunscreen with Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes, dust on some bronzer (my favorite is from Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess line), create a messy bun or ponytail with cute hair elastics, and head out for summer evening drinks or dinner!

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