Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Basket Wish List

While my Easter basket is usually filled with lots and lots of chocolate, in an ideal world it would actually be filled with all of the pastel items I’m currently lusting after. What’s on my wish list this April? Check it out below. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carob No Bake Cookies

As we saw in my post yesterday, swimsuit season is quickly approaching and this has me kicking into high gear with health and fitness. Finally, after a decade of regular yoga practice, I've gotten hooked on hot yoga, and I'm embracing some out there things like oil pulling.

While looking at new healthy recipes to try, I came across carob powder as a substitute for chocolate. Since I am a bit of a chocolate fiend, I figured I would give it a try. No bake cookies seemed like an easy enough place to start and I'm declaring my first venture into carob powder a success.

Carob No Bake Cookies
(I put links below to the exact products I used. You can find most of these at a normal grocery store and absolutely all of them will be at Whole Foods.)

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup carob powder
1 cup quick oats
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat the peanut butter, coconut oil, and agave nectar slowly until completely melted. Be careful not to burn it! Mix the carob powder, oats, coconut, and flaxseed in a medium mixing bowl. Add melted peanut butter, oil, and agave nectar. Add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Let cool. Fold in chocolate chips (do not add while still warm or they will melt completely!). Scoop onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Stick in freezer to solidify, store in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Warmer Days Ahead

Despite the fact there was snow falling this evening (it was 70 this morning!), my Memorial Day vacation is now booked and I'm focused on warmer days ahead. I'm still on a one piece kick and I'm loving all the vibrant prints that J.Crew has this season. Bright florals, graphic prints, and fun colors are perfect for jazzing up a basic silhouette, and this geometric print bandeau is absolutely now on my wish list.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Clarins Spring Makeup

A few weeks ago I went to a presentation on Clarins featuring both their new skincare and makeup collections for spring. The fabulous Jean Fayard walked us through the how-to of using all of their latest products and emphasized the importance of glowing, gorgeous skin this spring.

I hadn't tried Clarins products before and after watching Jean work her magic, I was so excited to get home and try out the new Opalescence collection. I always love trying out new makeup and the promise of radiant skin makes that even more enticing.

First up, the Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, which I have been mixing with a little bit of my favorite BB cream for just a bit of added luminosity. It comes in two colors, Rose and Champagne, and I've actually found that both work for me depending on what I need that day. Rose has a bit of a pink undertone and is perfect for those days when I need a bit of a color, while Champagne has a bit of yellow for color correcting that I often need for my sensitive skin. It's a glowy boost that is subtle and pretty for everyday.

I hadn't used bronzer in years (I've come to embrace my porcelain skin), but I like the concept of this blush-bronzer-powder in one. It's an easy way to add just a bit of glow as a finishing step. Not too bronze, just a bit of added warmth.

As a brown eyed girl, I've always been told purple is the best color to complement my eye color, so I was thrilled to see that the Vibrant Light Eye Quartet featured two gorgeous shades of purple with a dark gray and a sparkly white to add depth and light. Jean showed us how to create both a subdued daytime look as well as a sultry smoky eye. I tend to skew towards brown neutrals for day, but I'm absolutely loving how dramatic these shadows look for evening.

The last product I tried out was the Cream Blush in Grenadine. This cream blush is perfect to apply on the go as you can just swipe it on with your fingers and it dries to a powder. It's ideal for creating a natural flush and adding a bit of color onto your already luminous skin thanks to the Clarins spring line.

Stay tuned for a recap on the great Clarins skincare products that I tried out!

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick Review

I was recently sent the new Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick to review and while I'm normally a lip balm and gloss kind of girl, I was eager to try out something new in my makeup routine.

At first impression, I just absolutely loved the deep berry pink color, and after applying it, I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth texture and silky feel of this lipstick. It certainly lives up to the name Moisture Renew as it is the most hydrating lipstick I've ever tried. Plus, layered over a pink lipliner, the boldness of color and the staying power is impressive. This is absolutely a lipstick I'll reach for again and again when I'm looking for a bright, bold look.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Spray

I was talking to a friend the other day and it came up that she rarely wears perfume, which she attributed to the fact that her mother never wore perfume when she was growing up. I got to thinking and I don’t know that my mother even owns perfume, so I’m not sure where my obsession came from. But it certainly is an obsession and since it’s time to let my winter fragrance go, I decided it was time to track down a scent that I fell in love with last year when I received a sample in my Birchbox.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine is a bit of an unusual pick for a girly girl that typically looks for anything with gardenia, rose, or otherwise floral notes, but this perfume has a refreshing slightly sweet scent that is perfect for casual warm days. It's the kind of perfume you'd spritz when you're about to throw on a pair of worn jeans, a navy and white striped shirt, and boat and tote bag before hitting the farmer's market. That's the kind of not too feminine, clean, casual air it has about it. Of course, since it had been a year since I finished my Birchbox sample, I only picked up the travel spray size, but I have a feeling I'll be going back soon for a bigger bottle. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pineapple Earrings

In keeping with the name of the blog, I always like to share any pineapple themed finds that I come across. How great are both of these pairs of earrings? My sister sent me a link to the first pair a while back and while they would be a bit of a splurge, the second pair is an absolute steal from Topshop. In fact, I couldn't resist treating myself to an early birthday present with the Topshop pair

Monday, April 7, 2014

Classic Colors

Navy and white is one of those crisp color combinations that never goes out of style, and coral is a classic motif that looks just as at home in the city as on the beach. Put these together and you'll have a sophisticated table setting that's perfect for any occasion this spring and summer.