Stress-Free Thanksgiving Recipe
Posted on November 13, 2017.
Are you doing a casual friendsgiving this year? Or just looking for a low-maintenance way to celebrate Turkey Day with the fam? Either way, we found a really cute recipe by Brittany of www.ilovevegan.com for a vegan (yes, we said vegan) Thanksgiving bowl that is fast, easy, and quickly made non-vegan by adding turkey, if you like. This recipe features yummy veggies, potatoes, and drizzled with pecans, and is absolutely delicious serving up the holiday feels without the fuss… here is the recipe (for 2 servings worth of T-Day goodness):
Sweet Roasted Squash and Carrots
-1 large carrot, peel, quarter and cut into 2" long pieces
-½ sliced medium acorn squash
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Roasted Garlic Broccoli
-1½ -2 cup broccoli florets
-2 cloves minced garlic
-½ tbsp olive oil
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
-1½ cups brussels sprouts, halved
-½ tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp brown sugar
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Mashed Creamer Potatoes
-1½ lb bag of potatoes (Russets work)
-1 cup vegetable broth
-1 tbsp vegan butter
-¼ tsp salt
-dried thyme and oregano (just a pinch of each)
Easy Vegan Gravy
-1 tbsp vegan butter (or olive oil)
-2 tbsp flour
-¼ tsp each of onion powder, thyme, and oregano
-1 cup vegetable broth
-1 can cranberry sauce
-¼ cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, mix carrots and acorn squash with olive oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Spread both the carrots and the squash out on your baking sheet. Next, mix halved brussels sprouts in the same bowl with brown sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper, then spread them out on the same baking sheet. Finally, mix the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the broccoli on the baking sheet and put baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About halfway through the cooking time, flip and stir everything on the baking sheet and sprinkle everything with ¼ cup of chopped pecans, and top the squash with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar.
Mashed Creamer Potatoes
1. While everything is baking, you can boil your potatoes and make your gravy. Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes (until tender) before mashing them with vegetable broth, vegan butter, salt, dried thyme and oregano.
Easy Vegan Gravy
1. In a small saucepan, heat vegan butter over medium heat. Once hot, whisk in the flour, salt, thyme, and oregano, and mix well. Cook for 1 minute before slowly whisking in the veggie broth. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until thick, adjusting the consistency with extra vegetable broth as needed
Serve with cranberry sauce, top mashed potatoes and/or roasted veggies with gravy, and have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Glitzy Glitter Palettes For The Holidays
Posted on November 9, 2017.
Finally! We are upon the most wonderful time of the year! This means many different things to many different people, including everything from hot chocolate to over-the-knee boot season. One of our favorite parts of this season: glittery eyeshadow palettes. They are an absolute must for bringing a little sparkle to this magical time of year. Many of our favorite makeup lines actually come out with seasonal collections, and we’ve made a little list of our must-have palettes for this holiday season. So whether you plan on gifting them or treating yourself to them, these are the palettes to get your hands on:
-We’re loving Urban Decay’s Heavy Metals Holiday Collection, featuring 20 brand new, extra metallic shades in a rad metal lavender box. This collection gives you all the goods, as it’s made up of half neutrals, and half stand-out jewel tones like teal and emerald. Yes.
-MILK has an amazing all-around holiday collection this year, but their Snow Ball Eye Compacts are of special interest to us. Available in either Rose Gold or Gold, both palettes feature a gorgeous selection of frosty nudes with plenty of shimmer, with the Gold collection being a little icier and the Rose collection being a little warmer. The foiled box completes the cold, sparkly vibe that MILK is going for.
-Last but certainly not least is 2017’s make-up breakout star, Fenty Beauty. Yep, Rih Rih hit us for the holidays with her Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette. Not your typical holiday eye palette, but maybe that’s why we like it so much. Described as “celestial” and “star-dusted,” this collection includes variations of greens, blues, pinks, and neutrals, and we can’t get enough of it. Even better is the rainbow case of the palette. It’s so NOT holiday themed, but Santa, all we want for Christmas is the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette.
The Lion King, 2.0
Posted on November 3, 2017.
Disney’s latest thing is live-action versions of its most popular animated classics, and we’re into it. This year, they released a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson, which totally satisfied our cravings for the classic we grew up with, but with a fresh, modern spin.
People are losing their minds over the just-announced next live-action Disney movie in the works, which is none other than ‘90s favorite “The Lion King.” We are so ready to circle back into the Circle of Life! But that’s not even the kicker. Guess who will be the voice of Nala, Simba’s friend/crush? The one and only Beyonce! We can only imagine the soundtrack, and we’re getting chills just thinking about it. Other main parts include Donald Glover as Simba, and James Earl Jones coming back to voice Mufasa again, the first time being in the animated version. But yeah, we’re still pretty stuck on Bey voicing Nala (!).
Have patience, Blush girls, because this movie is slated to come out in early 2019. Also, it’s going to be a bit different than other “live-action” Disney movies, in the sense that it will use new technology to bring the African jungle to you. Photo-realistic animation brings the landscape and realistic-looking animals alive on the big screen, bringing you a life-like story, voiced by your favorite stars (BEY!).
We are too excited for this super-cool remake of a Disney fave! For something this good, we will happily wait!
Star Style: Halloween!
Posted on November 1, 2017.
Halloween is over, and we have the pictures to prove it. This year was a blast, maybe even more so because some of our favorite celebrities got in on the fun, with super creative costumes (inspiration for next year?). Here were some winners:
-Kim Kardashian as Selena Quintanilla. While Selena was quite a popular costume this year (Demi Lovato and America Ferrera also dressed up as the late Queen of Tejano music), nobody rocked this look quite like Kim K. Dressed in a jumpsuit modeled after the last outfit Selena performed in, along with a wig (for volume and bangs) and bright red lipstick, Kim looked ever the part of Selena. Well done, Kim!
-Best family costume definitely goes to the Timberlake/Biel clan, with Justin dressing up as Buzz Lightyear, Jessica dressing up as a very cute Jessie, and their little one, Silas, decked out as Woody. Everything from Jessie’s yarn braid to Buzz’s helmet was on point, and Silas was completely adorbs. Love.
-Chrissy Teigen nailed it as Carmen Miranda from “Copacabana” (aka The Chiquita Banana Girl). The DIY-queen paired an off-the-shoulder puffy sleeved top with a layered tulle skirt, then added chunky layered necklaces, and of course, a headpiece layered high with fruit. Her costume was fun, bright, and vibrant. Her best accessories? John Legend as Groucho Marx, and their baby Luna as a little pineapple. Chrissy Teigen for the win!
We hope you had the best (and spookiest) Halloween ever! Countdown to Thanksgiving begins now!
Current Obsession: Jennifer Fisher
Posted on October 27, 2017.
If you’re familiar with Jennifer Fisher, you know she has a badass jewelry collection that has a celebrity following (including the likes of Rihanna and Rita Ora). You also know that her jewelry is amazing because it is totally customizable and features high-end pieces that are made to be layered, stacked, and worn to express the woman wearing them. Her collections include everything from funky brass pieces to dainty, individualized charms made for building on.
Well, now there is another reason to love Jennifer. She’s begun adding recipes to the lifestyle section of her website, and just like her jewelry, they are easy-breezy yet perfectly delectable, fitting every woman’s lifestyle, no matter who you are. Just a couple of her scrumptious recipes include Garlic Shrimp, Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes, Zucchini Frittatas, and Cauliflower Rice. Many of her recipes are gluten free, and all of them look restaurant-quality, while being fast and easy to make. Thank you, Jennifer Fisher, for making all of us ladies look like 5-star chefs!
Cheers to a woman who can do it all! Check out her site for more.
Nail-Spiration: Halloween Edition
Posted on October 26, 2017.
With Halloween just a few days away, you’ve likely already prepped your costume, and maybe your makeup as well. Did you forget your nails? If so, we have some Halloween-y inspiration that will get your talons looking terrifying in no time. Here are some quick and creative ideas we love:
-A Halloween take on a French mani? Separate the whites of your nails with a Frankenstein-looking stitch design. Use black polish to create border line, and make little parallel lines along original black line, resembling stitches. This look is quick, easy, and SCARY!
-A modern take on candy corn? If minimalism is your thing, round up some orange and yellow nail polish, and cover a diagonal half of the nail yellow. Let it dry, then paint a vertical orange stripe down the other side of nail. Voila! Looking chic AND delicious!
-For a more gruesome look, paint thumb and pinky nails bright red. Then, paint tips of in-between nails the same red, but with a wavy border where the whites of your nails end, and little drips of red onto the bed of your nail, as if they are bleeding from the tips up. A scary rendition of a French manicure, if you will.
There you have it! Creepy-chic nails, just in time for Halloween.
We Love Group Halloween Costumes!
Posted on October 20, 2017.
Ever since you’ve pretty much been born, this time of year has brought upon a Halloween costume. Now that we’re all grown-ups, here is a fun twist on picking your outfit for October 31st: do a DIY group costume! Whether with your besties, or in the office, select something that everyone can get in on, and add their own custom touch to! Here are some of the best ideas we’ve come across:
-Party Animals! LC of The Hills fame had the super classy yet fun idea to pair floor-length dresses and glittery jewelry with animal headpieces, like antlers and bunny ears. Think getting dressed to the nines, then using your favorite Snapchat filter. So simple, yet so genius! And you can be as DIY as you want to be, either creating your “animal” headband yourself, or totally cheating and getting cat ears on Amazon.
-Lisa Frank Gang! The 90s are totally back, and we couldn’t be happier about it. With Lisa Frank back in the spotlight after her recent Target collections, we remember fondly the days when we had LF folders, pencils, and backpacks. What better way to honor all that is Lisa Frank than get a group together to dress up like they just walked straight out of her magical world? Nothing, clearly. Get this look by mixing and matching basics in neon/bold colors, and adding Lisa Frank-like wild touches, such as bright animal ears, rainbow wigs, and funky shoes. When in doubt, go with hot pink!
-Tropicana Girls! This is a fun and colorful, yet really easy group costume to pull off. Start with black & white basics like leotards, leggings, ruffle tops, and even bikini tops or one-piece swimwear. Then, layer on the color! Bright, patterned sarongs, bangle bracelets, and hoop earrings. Of course, you need to top off this look with fruit! Take stretchy, colorful, headbands, and hot glue fake fruit up high onto the headband (make sure to use lots of glue, since you want this thing to stay on your head). You can also fill a woven basket with fruit (fake or real) for the full-on Tropicana Girl effect. Add maracas as desired.
Happiest of Halloweens, and have fun with your costume!
Gotta Have It: Hello FAB Highlighter Stick
Posted on October 18, 2017.
Every now and then, a beauty product comes along that we absolutely fall for. This is one of those moments, Blush girls! We currently can’t imagine life without Hello FAB’s Mango Butter Multi Stick. This is an illuminating stick that goes on creamy, thanks to its nourishing mango butter base, and blends at the tap of your fingertips. This cream-to-powder amazingness comes in 3 shades that look good on every skin tone – Rose, Moonlight, and Champagne. You can highlight anything from your eyes to your collarbone (and anywhere in between), and you can build the amount of illumination by applying multiple layers of this heaven-sent stick.
This stick perfect in a pinch for a facial pick-me-up (for example, en route to happy hour after a long day at work). In fact, if you only have space for one beauty product in your bag, we highly suggest this one, because a little illumination goes a long way. And with ingredients like mango butter, vitamin E, and shea butter, you’re also pampering your skin with a little extra love.
Get in the glow, and thank us later!
Boo Thangs: Fun October Phone Wallpapers
Posted on October 16, 2017.
Ok, so if you have an iPhone and you’re anything like us, you appreciate a nice seasonal change to your phone’s wallpaper every once in a while. Be it a pic of your dog, your boyfriend, or something to celebrate the current season, it’s nice to have a little something to make you smile when you take a glance at your phone.
With Halloween just around the bend, here are a couple wallpapers that we simply can’t decide between:
Sink your teeth into this: a pair of blood-red lips with fangs sticking out ever-so-slightly. Perfect for reminding any guy out to break your heart that you’re out for blood!
Pumpkin patch! These cute little loosely-sketched pumpkins are adorable, and so fall. That reminds us, it’s PSL time…
What’s cute and scary all at once? A little ghost, with the caption “boo and stuff.” Sometimes you just wanna get a little ghoulish, but still be super cute.
We hope these wallpapers help you get in the spirit! Check out Pinterest for more Halloween inspiration, whether it’s wallpaper for your phone, or your actual Halloween costume (get creative! We hope you go all out this year! We definitely will be!).
And happy October!
Trick or Treat: Cute Halloween Cocktail Recipe
Posted on October 12, 2017.
It’s the spookiest time of the year, and we have just the cocktail to get you feeling ghoulish! The Deathly Hallows Cocktail (created by Tieghan of super cute blog, Half Baked Harvest) pulls out all the stops in bringing out fall’s best flavors. Get your juices flowing with the flavors of cranberry, orange, maple, ginger, and thyme, and get in the Halloween spirit with a smoky garnish to finish off the recipe. Here’s the deets on making a pitcher of Deathly Hallows, worth 8 spooky servings!
-1 1/2 cups silver tequila or Mezcal
-3 cups cranberry juice
-1/2 cup orange liquor
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-1/4 bottle real maple syrup (to taste)
1. In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, cranberry juice, orange liquor, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Chill until ready to serve.
2. Top with ginger beer just before serving.
3. Garnish with a couple sprigs of thyme. Light the thyme on fire for a smoky effect as you serve.
That’s it, girlies! This cocktail recipe is perfect for a Halloween party or just a girl’s night, so start mixing these yummy fall flavors in your cauldron!