Food

50 Shades of H&M Haul

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Good Day Everyone!

I think I might need some color in my life.. what do you think? Subconsciously I automatically gravitate towards the white, black, and in between gray. The moment I stepped into the dressing room I noticed that these pieces are not the most vibrant colors but thats pretty much my closet. This was one of those casual shopping trips where you’re not really expecting to buy something but it just happens that everything in the store appeals to you.

I love basic casual wear because we get the most wear out of them AND its the most comfortable.

Striped Shirt – $17.95 Casual legging length shirt are the best!

 

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Jersey Top – $14.95 The sheer panels on the arm are what drew me in. Its the little details that sucker me in.

White Long Shirt – $9.95 White shirts with a collar and pockets are the best to match anything and everything. I need one that is long enough for me to tuck without me worrying that its going to be slipping out throughout the day. I’m not sure if I will be keeping this because it fits a bit weird with the cutting of the shoulder and underarms.

 

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Holy Chic – $9.95 I can lounge around with this at home or wear it as a casual sweater. If I want to look a  bit more put together then I can just layer a collared shirt underneath. All 3 options for only 10 bucks.

Since the title is 50 Shades can I just take a moment to talk about it just for the heck of it. I have not read the books but I do know what it’s about from word of mouth. I did end up watching it with some girlfriends because they wanted to and I have to say that it was a hilarious movie for the stiffness and awkward moments. I am not a fan of the Twilight movies so I have to say that this was even more stiff and awkward than Twilight (which I didn’t know was possible until now). For that, I recommend you to go watch it for you entertainment (:

Until Next Time,
❤ Jess

Liese Bubble Hair Dye: Raspberry Brown

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Hello Lovelies!

To my fellow readers that dye your hair you know how annoying roots can be. Unfortunately that is something we need to endure and take care of on a regular basis if we want our hair to look well kept. I haven’t dyed my own hair since these bubble hair dye came out so its been a couple years! I don’t have the time and money right now to go and get a $100+ coloring treatment done to my hair so I’m just going to do it myself while testing out these new (to me) innovation.

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The prep direction is pretty self explanatory but the application process got me a little weary. The tutorial on youtube from the company did not help me at all because when I tried to do it the way they showed it wasn’t applying evenly on my hair ( I have thick long hair). I would see clumps on the interior that did not get covered with hair dye. It might also be because I didn’t apply enough on my hair initially before moving onto the next step.

So my suggestion to you would be … IF you are following the YT tutorial then apply a VERY generous amount on your hair initially before moving onto pulling your hair up. OR A more full proof and safe way to do it would be to section off your hair in layers and work it one layer at a time.

The application process is definitely a lot easier than mixing traditional dye in a bowl compared to brushing it on with a brush.

Before

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After

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I know the Before and after pics are terrible T.T but here is a more true to color in person picture of how the color looks. If you buy this in stores and there is a hair swatch for you to compare, the color is pretty accurate on the hair swatch. Not so much on the box though because the color on the box looks a lot more red.

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Final verdict, I will be repurchasing this in the future if I want to dye my own hair again!

Until next time,
❤ Jess

 

Review: Maybelline the Rocket Volume Mascara

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Hello Lovelies!

I have been on a Mascara Binge lately which would explain why I have so many mascara reviews up. I would like to do this review a little later but I just can’t contain how excited I am to have found this miracle worker in a tube.

Package: Feels just like any of the other Maybelline Mascaras.

 

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Brush: Although I have mentioned that I generally don’t like plastic brushes but I DO like this one. This brush is very similar to the CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara (which is another mascara that I like as well).

 

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Formulation: The most PERFECT consistency. Just the right amount of wet but not overly wet that will make my lashes loose its curl.

 

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Performance: I got this in the waterproof formula (my usual) and I haven’t experience much smudging during a 7+ hour day. Your lashes are properly separated without it clumping up and best of all it holds a curl fantastically!

Final Verdict: Hands down the BEST drugstore mascara I have ever used. The curling power of this is comparable to my beloved Majolica Majorca Mascara which is amazing because I have not found one that is comparable until now. My only complaint would be that I would like this to be a bit more volumizing. I’m not saying that it isn’t volumizing already because it is, but in a very natural way. I like a bit more volume but besides that I Really Really Really do recommend this to those that have trouble finding a mascara that will hold your curls.

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

Would I Recommend these?… I think NOT

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Helllooo Lovelies!!

So I have shared a lot of my beloved product discoveries but as we all know there are many not so great products that was tried along the way. Instead of snatching a special spot in my collection of products they get their own special blog post.

Maybelline EyeStudio Cream Shadow Palette: Just don’t do it. This is one of the worse cream shadow products I have tried. If you have tried the old NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil and those don’t work for you then I can guarantee you that this will fail you miserably. It creases on me almost instantly.. well.. more like an hour after application. It tends to just slip and slides and never really sets.

Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: I have heard so many great things about this mascara but unfortunately it doesn’t work for me at all. The formulation is really wet, it’s a plastic flexible brush, it doesn’t hold a curl at all, and it smudges within a couple hours without it giving me any volume.

Stila One Step Bronze Primer: The product looks like mushed up jello when it’s dispensed from the tube. The bronze coloring doesn’t disperse evenly so it leaves your skin blotchy after applying. The weirdest and grossest part is that after application theres some residue that forms if you continue to rub it. It’s so weird and nasty that makes me almost believe that I got a bad bottle.

Bare Minerals Face and Body Color Genuine Jade: This highlighter gets more and more green each time you use it. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk I haven’t met anyone that has a green undertone to their skin. I have quite a yellow undertone so I thought that this product would work and the first couple of times did work but as time went on I noticed how green this product actually is.

Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Honey Dipped: As much as I tried liking this bronzer in the end I just couldn’t force it to work. The color was just too orange for me and a little to shimmery as well.

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play: I don’t like crunchy stiff hair spray. That is all.

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Shots

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Hello Lovelies!

To kickstart this long weekend for the 4th of July, I am here with an easy recipe that you can bring to your BBQ or party. Everyone knows about Jello Shots and if you have outgrown them then fear not because this Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Shot is like a jello shot that gained enough EXP and now has leveled up to the grown up level. This looks super cute and it’s easy to enjoy.

 


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 Ingredients:

Strawberry (make sure their bigger in size)
1 Box of Chocolate Pudding (4serving size)
Cool Whip (4oz) – Optional
Creamer (1 cup)
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (1/2 Cup)
Vodka (1/2 Cup)

 

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Step 1: Cut the top of the strawberry and scoop out the insides making it hallow like a cup. I used a Double Melon Baller as a scooped because the size is perfect for this. If you want the strawberry to stand on its own then you can also cut the bottom portion off as well creating a flat surface but make sure you don’t cut too much or else it’s going to cut into your hallow strawberry cup. You can use the insides for something else if you are making multiple dishes but I just make strawberry water with it.

 

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Step 2: Get a big soup noodle bowl for the next step. It should only be filled less than half after you pour in 2 cups of liquid. Mix in your Creamer (I used hazelnut because.. hello? Chocolate Hazelnut= Nutella = heavenly!), Liqueur, and Vodka (or in my case Soju which is a clear spirit that is similar to Vodka because I didn’t want to spend 15 bucks on a bottle of vodka that I will not drink so instead I opted for a bottle of Soju that is only about $3).

 

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Step 3: Add in your pudding mix and whisk it until its smooth.

 

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Step 4: This step is optional but it really makes the pudding a lot more fluffy and light. Fold in 4oz of Cool Whip (do not whisk it in).

 

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Step 5: You can either do the next step the hard way by scooping in spoonful at a time to fill the strawberry or transfer your pudding into a zip lock bag and create your own pastry bag so you can squeeze it in.

Step 6: Let it chill until it’s ready for serving. You can either chill it in the fridge so it’s easy to plop in your mouth and consume or it can also be chilled in the freezer turning it into a frozen treat.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product but I really want to post this today before tomorrow! It’s pretty straight forward so I’m sure you guys can imagine how it looks like (: You can’t even taste the alcohol in the pudding and it’s so delicious paired with the strawberry.

If you decide to try this recipe out please let me know how yours turned out!

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

**sorry for the picture quality, the lighting was terrible yesterday >.< and when I make this again I will probably update the pictures in the future but for now this will do**

 

 

Blue Jam Cafe

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i’m in love.
everything we ordered was just so delicious that even after the meal I wanted MORE!.. Like now. I have been craving for Blue Jam’s crunchy french toast this past week so I thought hmmm.. I should share this delicious gem with you guys and make you want it so you can suffer with me.

This place is quite small so I can’t imagine the amount of people there are waiting for a table during peak hours.
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Italian Breakfast Risotto- beautifully plated and tasted just as good as it looks. Arborio rice with fresh mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, fresh tarragon, and parmesan reggiano, topped with two poached eggs and drizzled with herb pistou. need i say more? just a forewarning though, if you’re looking for a lighter brunch option then this might not be what you’ll want to order because it is quite heavy since it is a risotto.

Crunchy French Toast. … GET IT! .. don’t think about it.. its a must! French toast with corn flakes. Not too heavy or sweet.. the most delicious french toast I’ve ever had. Has just the right amount of crunch to it without it being too hard or awkward to chew.

If you ask me for a recommendation for brunch, right off the bat I’ll say Blue Jam.

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

 

Healthy Eats: Pesto Turkey

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Hello Lovelies!

Today we are going to dive into this extremely simple recipe of Turkey with pesto sauce. You can pair this with salad, pasta, quinoa or anything else you want in your tummy. Today I will be putting our turkey on a bed of greens to make a simple yet filling salad.

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Ingredients…
Pesto Sauce (you can make your own but I have store bought ones)
Turkey Cutlets (you can substitute it for whatever protein you like)
Mushroom (cut up)
Onions
Mayo (optional)
Salad/Pasta/Quinoa/Etc (whichever you prefer)

 

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Step 1: You will need to prepare your turkey by doing a simple brine. Since turkey doesn’t really have fat, it’s really hard to keep the turkey moist without brining it first. Just have the turkey sit in a bowl of salt water for at least an hour if you didn’t have time to prepare it (makes a huge difference if its overnight though). You can pre-brine your meat as well and just have them in plastic baggies for whenever you are ready to use it. This will ensure that your turkey is nice and plumped with moisture.

 

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Step 2: Place your cutlets in a small tray and spread the top with pesto sauce. If you want, you can mix a little bit of mayo with your pesto. This will help make your turkey even more moist. I used mayo on the left two and just plain pesto on the right two. Top it off with mushrooms and onions and you’re ready to plop it in the oven (350f for about 13min or until its cooked) **You can actually put the veggies on the bottom of the turkey. It only makes sense to place the protein on a bed of veggies but I’m not sure why I did it the other way around when I took the pictures -_-**

Step 3: While your turkey is baking you can prepare your pairing.

 

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Step 4: Plate and you’re ready to chow. You can add some extra pesto sauce onto your pairing to add more flavor. You might have noticed that no additional salt is needed because when we brined the meat it somewhat marinated it and the pesto sauce has enough aroma and flavor that no extra sodium is needed.

 

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I like to place hot protein on top of my salads mainly because I don’t feel satisfied if I am eating something that is cold. If you are someone that never feels satisfied after a salad then try heating up your protein and enjoying it that way. The other plus side to heating up your protein would be that you can probably even skip out on using a dressing because the juice/sauce from the meat will be enough to act as a substitute therefor cutting the extra fat/sodium/calories that comes with salad dressings.

Turkey isn’t the tastiest or most tender meat out there but it is the least fatty of them all which is why you would see that I try to use turkey meat whenever possible. I am still experimenting to see which way is the best in preparing it so that its more palatable. Make sure you don’t overcook your cutlet because when you do it becomes really tough.

Hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you have any healthy tasty recipe ideas you want to share!
❤ Jessica

Healthy Eats: Turkey Tomato Sauce Brown Rice Pasta

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Hello Lovelies!

Its been awhile since I’ve been on a healthy grind. I have just been telling myself I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow.. this will be the last ice cream.. last burger .. last.. well guess what.. no more last! So the first meal I have is pasta! I love pasta but traditional pasta has so much carbs and refined sugar so an alternative would be brown rice pasta. According to google, heres how they compare

Brown Rice Pasta    VS    Regular Pasta

Calories: 111                     371 / 100g
Fat:          0.9g                   1.5g
Carbs:      23g                    75g
Sugar:      0.4g                   2.7g

I’ve tried whole grain pasta and the texture of it is just not the same so I don’t feel satisfied but with the brown rice pasta (i have the Trader Joes brand) the texture of it is very very similar so its almost as if you’re eating regular pasta!

 

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Ingredients: Ground Turkey, Brown Rice Pasta, some type of vegetable, tomato, kalamata olives, Mrs.Dash (Extra Spicy), and Garlic Salt.

 

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Step 1: Season your ground turkey. Just add enough seasoning to cover you turkey meat and mix. The garlic salt is optional because the Mrs.Dash is enough to season it but if you want a little bit more flavor then the garlic salt really adds that extra flavor.

 

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Step 2: Chop up your vegetables. You can add as many or as little as you want. I would normally go with onions and celery but since I didn’t have any at home I just grabbed any greens I could find. You can even add a medley of vegetables if you want!

 

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Step 3: Heat up your pan with some oil then throw in your Turkey Meat. Once you see that its about 2/3 cooked you can add your vegetables in as well.

 

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Step 4: While the Turkey is cooking, you can bring a pot of water to a boil and just cook the pasta like you normally would. Keep in mind though that the Brown Rice Pasta is not as sturdy to cook as regular pasta. So if you over cook it then it will be a lot softer than regular pasta. Keep an eye out for it and don’t let it over cook, if anything you can turn off your stove when its almost done but not quite and just let it sit for a little and eventually it will finish cooking itself in your pot while we whip up the sauce.

 

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Step 5: Remove the Turkey from the stove once its done and now we can move on to the simplest sauce you will ever make. If you have fresh tomatoes at home then be my guest and chop up those tomatoes and use fresh ones but since I didn’t I opted for canned ones. Just look at the labels before you purchase and don’t get ones that has a ton of added sugars in it! Dump the tomatoes into the pan and let it heat up. I love olives so I add a lot more than needed but this just adds a really nice flavor to your sauce without adding any additional seasoning to it. Chop the olives up and plop them into your pan, stir it a little and Wa la! you’re done.

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Brophy Bro

Stopped by for a light quick meal in Santa Barbara on the way home from Solvang.. It was a little hard to find considering that the back of the restaurant was undergoing construction when I went.. but it was all cool and dandy when I found it.

The place looks like any other seafood joint that you’ll find by the pier. Inside seating as well as outside around the perimeter of the restaurant on the second floor.. (the first floor I think is more fast food style? I’m not sure.. they weren’t open yet when I went)  Very open and a great view of all the boats in that little harbor.

Since I was going for a light meal I ordered the…

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HOLY SMOKES.. mouthful of clams in every spoonful. No joke. Even though its clam chowder, you won’t get that overly heavy creaminess. The star of the chowder is in fact the clams and not the potato like a lot of places. Must try!

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If only the oysters shells were cleaned better before serving. It was almost as if the oysters were just lightly rinsed over water before cracking open because there were a ton of concentrated black dirt that got all over my hands when I was trying to enjoy my oysters effortlessly. Don’t get me wrong.. the oysters were deliciously fresh. Just got annoyed of constantly have to wipe my hands after touching the oysters.

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One of their recommended dishes.. and after trying it.. I recommend it as well! When it comes to battered fried fish I am quite skeptical since there is nothing I hate more about food than over battered fried food. (fair food anyone?) But Brophy Bro does it right. The batter is so light its almost tempura like, but its not! I bet you this is one way to get kids to eat fish!

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While you eat, if you decide to sit at the patio then this is the view… Sail Boats! Its so calming because the surrounding area wasn’t crazy busy with a ton of tourist. This was actually away from the crowd which was nice.

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And after your delicious meal, you can go take a walk down this beautiful path.

Definitely stopping by again next time i’m in SB bro~

Brophy Bro’s Yelp Page

Tender Greens

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Fresh Fresh Fresh!

I have been wanting to give tender greens a try but sadly there is none around my area. I wish there was. Their salads are humongous so it will definitely fill you up. You can either get their specialty salads or pick and choose.. kind of like chipotle? You can choose your meat which determines the price and choose what kind of salad you want…. (for full review click on any of the pictures!)

** So if you don’t know I am a huge yelper. I want to incorporate some restaurant reviews for you guys so let me know if this format is good.. where I just link it to the yelp page or would you prefer me to just post the whole review. Don’t want to be repetitive so let me know!**