Friday, September 19, 2014

Black and Whites




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Current Favorite: Sandwich

 Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich
I found this recipe by Ina Garten and tweaked a few things to fit my time constraint of the day. I have listed the alterations I made below but I am sure that making it precisely as she has instructed would be a good choice as well!
 Rather then waiting for the peppers to cool after roasting them, I peeled and cut them immediately and tossed them hot into the marinade (minus the capers...who has capers sitting around??).  My peppers were only in the marinade for a few minutes and the taste was strong and delicious. If you have the time to let them sit longer I am sure it would enhance the flavor but you certainly will still be able to enjoy this sandwich without using all that time.
 I like my sandwiches to be hot, so I placed my goat cheese covered ciabatta under the broiler for a few minutes until it was nice and toasty. Once I removed them I spread pesto on top of the goat cheese, (I did not have basil and figured pesto would be a nice flavor addition, which it was!) added the peppers and a few sliced red onion pieces and devoured it. Both my husband and I enjoyed this sandwich two days in a row because it was that delicious!

So yummy. So many flavors and textures. Simple to make and luxurious in taste!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Under Eye Concealer

  I recently developed this lovely little habit of waking up at 4 am each day and not being able to fall back asleep until around 6am. It is pretty special, laying awake with the foresight that come the afternoon I am going to want to crash with every fiber of my being. Mentally I have been pushing through the time of sleeplessness by praying for all the needs going on in my life and the lives around me; though this practice certainly does not encourage sleep, it does make me feel productive even as I lay there. I remind myself this lack of sleep is going to be the new normal and growing accustom to while I still am getting some sleep cannot be all horrible.

   However, when I roll out of bed each morning and take that first look of the day into the mirror I often have this thought..."Now where to start?" The larger my baby belly grows the less I am seeming to care about things such as under eye circles but on the occasional day when it bothers me I have rediscovered this (cheap) little gem of a concealer. It has a nice yellow tone to it which helps counter the shade my lack of sleep has naturally provided. I usually mix it with a tiny bit of moisturizer simply because it can be a little drying for me, but beyond that I have nothing but good things to say about it. With a price point of only $4.99 I think this is a reasonable addition to a makeup routine. Find the product here.

left side has concealer right side does not

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dreaming in Dresses

Dresses and skirts are my favorite things to wear. I enjoy the femininity of dresses and always find it a win when a single piece of clothing can be considered an entire outfit. I know with nursing in my near future that some dresses will be off limits for a time, but that certainly is not going to stop me from daydreaming about them.  I jumped over to Madewell today and took a peek at their new dresses coming. I appreciate Madewell's ability to be simple, cute and realistic in their clothing options. And please don't get me thinking about the tights I would pair with these lovelies because I might not ever stop!  Here are a few of the dresses that caught my eye....what are you dreaming about lately in the clothing category?
 Sessùn™ Hurakan Dress
Long-Sleeve Tunic Dress
Skyscape Dress in Colorblock
Indigo Linen Tunic Dress in Ink Shell
All images taken from here

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Current (least) Favorite: Mascara

I have desperately been in need of a new mascara and though I have a few sample size mascaras that have been holding me over I was anxious to get a permanent replacement. Being the savvy shopper I like to think of myself as I was thrilled to use my $6 off coupon at Ulta and purchase a mascara for just around that price point. In my mind most drugstore mascaras are created equal so I grabbed the first one that caught my eye and sounded like it had to offer what I wanted.

I truthfully cannot recall purchasing an item of makeup that I so disliked that I stopped using it entirely. I usually make do if the purchase was a poor one and use it with the guilt of money spent propelling me forward. Not this time. This stuff stinks so badly that I refuse to use it due to the amount of time it takes to make it even slightly passable! (picture a few precious minutes wasted on application with the needed follow-up of a different mascara to go on over top!!) What a waste. My only hope is that once it dries out a bit I can some how use it....we shall see. Needless to say-don't get this product! Unless of course you are on the lookout for a labor intensive mascara application process with no pay-off.