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New (and Old) Favorite Beauty Products

 I found some new products that I now love, and some old ones I swear by, here are some of my favorites:Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 9.44.21 AM

 

MAKE EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER

The most effective yet gentle one I’ve found

BITE AGAVE LIP MASK

This completely changed the texture of my lips, which was much needed after this winter

DIOR LASH PLUMPING SERUM

The best thing to put on before your mascara, makes any brand go on smoother and look better

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ZOYA NAILPOLISH REMOVER

I love everything from the smell to the way it dispenses the remover, and it conditions nails

LULU ORGANICS HAIR POWDER

A natural and great smelling way to extend the life of your blow out

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BENEFIT THE PORE-FESSIONAL

An easy to use balm that minimizes the appearance of pores, and really works

HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER

The perfect thing to prep your skin before putting on make-up for a night out

BENEFIT STAY DON’T STRAY

Put this on before your concealer and eye shadow to ensure they don’t move, all day or all night long

 

What I Made This Week (4)

 After we landed late Monday night we came home to an apartment with no food. We picked up salad and made eggs for dinner most of the week, but I did find time to make 1 new dish.

Shrimp with Spicy Green Curry and Green beans over cous cous (rice would have been better)

Recipe from: Keepers

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Miami

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We planned a little get-away to Miami last weekend and it was exactly what both of us needed. It was so nice to be in the sunshine, read my book (The Luminaries), see some friends and have some terrific fried chicken.

Hotel: Fountaine Bleau

Dinners: Vida & Yard Bird

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Michael Kors, similar here

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Jacket Express, Dress Anthropologie

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Kaftan Anthropologie

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Top Madewell, Heels Steve Madden

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What I Made This Week (1)

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<me, one and a half>

On any given day I get to work at 9am, leave somewhere between 5:30-7:00pm, try to go to the gym after work a couple times a week, occasionally see a friend, practice my French (one of my goals for 2014 is to practice 6 days a week) and then it’s time to cook dinner.

I don’t have time for something fancy, the below pictures (if any) will not look professional or highly stylized. These are the things I make in my New York kitchen after a long day. Weekends are a little different but those are usually dedicated to breakfast items.

Meal planning is something I’m reading about more and more. I’m a big fan of the ones posted on What Would Gwyneth Do .

But here’s the thing; I love cooking (and baking). There’s something enourmously satisfying about making your food, and now that the food I make usually tastes pretty good, it’s even more enjoyable.

So here’s what I made last week!

<Disclaimer: it was a long weekend, I was more productive than usual>

Saturday

The Best Buttermilk Pancakes You’ll Ever Have

I usually use regular milk, but seriously, these are the best pancakes, they’re more of a pancake-crepe hybrid. Tip for creating buttermilk in your own kitchen.

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Sunday

Egg Sandwich

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heart you Whole Foods English Muffins!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I like to use half chocolate chips and half butterscotch chips.

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For fresh baked cookies each time (especially when you only want 1, or 5): make the cookie dough, use a cookie dough scoop to form individual cookies, place in plastic bags and freeze, take out cookie balls as needed/wanted

Monday

Ribs & Baked Potato

Recipe from: Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce Label

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Tuesday

Roasted Shrimp with orange chipotle sauce and Greek salad

Recipe from Keepers Cookbook

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Wednesday

Japanese Style Meat and Potatoes

Recipe from Keepers Cookbook

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Thursday

Went to another great class at Paper Source, and had a great dinner here.

Friday

Went out for goodbye drinks with a co-worker, picked up pizza on the way home

Valentine’s Day Card Making at Paper Source

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I love cards. I’ve kept most of the cards The Canadian and I have given each other throughout the years, save especially sweet birthday cards from friends and always get excited when we receive a save the date or wedding invitation. I also loved that all of the wedding related events allowed me to send so much snail mail last year.  We also received so many beautiful cards last year I couldn’t bear to throw them away so I kept them in the year to the wedding scrapbook I made. I found a Valentine’s Day Card Making Class Paper Source was having and convinced a friend to go with me. We learned how to make 5 cards and it made me want to invest in stamps all over again.

If you’re looking for some paper related inspiration my favorite blog is

Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Be Mine Card

Materials:

Recipe Tips:

  • Punch out flag shapes before stamping.
  • Using a clothespin to hold shapes, (to avoid burning fingers) heat set stamped images with embossing heat tool to dry ink.
  • Apply lace tape to card and wrap ends of tape strip around card to prevent it from peeling up.

<all instructions via papersource.com>

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Happy Valentine’s Day Arrow Card

Materials:

Recipe Tip:

  • Heat set using embossing heat tool. 

<all instructions via papersource.com>

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Wedding Party App

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When planning an event like a wedding where there are so many variables, probably a decent amount of people, and lots of coordination from multiple parties involved, there are so many things you won’t know about. You won’t know if the planning decisions you’ve made are going to turn out the way you think they will, because you don’t know what will happen on your day, which is part of the excitement! However, when doing something that may or may not be used or seen, I usually like those things to be free. I read about Wedding Party App on my favorite wedding blog (Style Me Pretty) when I was planning our wedding and decided to let everyone know it was an option if they wanted to participate.

Hundreds of uploaded pictures later, I was glad I did!

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The site is easy to use, the app is free and you can print out instruction cards for your guests (which I left in the welcome bags)

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Even the guys got in on the fun and I had easy access to so many pictures instantly! You can also save the pictures or post them on facebook.

It’s also a great way for your guests to see other events, such as your rehearsal dinner, bachelorette or bridal shower.

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Lately

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A new way to see my favorite necklaces and a little something I used at our wedding.

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The best way to cut perfectly square brownies (a great wedding gift!)

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Hydrangeas for a friend who’s visiting from far away in my new favorite vase (also a wedding present, noticing a theme?)

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Baking with summer fruits. I tried this peach/raspberry crumble and it was great with vanilla ice cream.

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<thanks kaitlyn’s instagram!>

From our wedding. I just got all our pictures back and can’t wait to get some on our walls!

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<thanks allison’s camera!>

Bora Bora

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The second stop on our honeymoon was Bora Bora. It’s a 50 minute flight from Tahiti. If you snag a seat on the left side of the plane you get an amazing aerial view before you land. The airport is on an island (or motu) and everyone needs to take a boat to either get to the main island or their hotel. We stayed at the Intercontinental which is exactly the type of place you want to be if you can’t go anywhere else. The Intercontinental has 2 properties, one on the main island and one on a motu. There are boat shuttles provided between the 2 properties daily, but it’s a longer ride than we anticipated. We snorkled, swam with the stingrays and sharks (yes, sharks, it was amazing!) and had lots of Tahitian poisson cru.

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Lately

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Since moving into our new apartment I’ve been cooking and organizing.

2 cookbooks I highly recommend

The Newlywed Cookbook

Grilled Cheese, Please!

IMG_1951 il_fullxfull.270719325Stolen from one of my littles, the day is getting closer!

 

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Wedding cards are so pretty.

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New fragrance.

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Love how I get to be cute and organized thanks to the container store.

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Brunch at Home

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