January Beauty Buys

Maybe most of these purchases happened at the end of 2015… However, all of these products are awesome and its my blog so here goes to the first beauty post of 2016!

January Beauty Buys

  1. DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm– To make a long story short, I false lashes to a wedding in the beginning of November. I put them on myself, I felt awesome, they looked awesome and I got a ton of compliments. The downside, I had a crazy reaction to the lash glue and my eyelids got so swollen! The skin around my eyes were dry, sensitive and didn’t recover until recently. I told my sob story to my Sephora sales rep and she guided me over to three eye creams before I settled on the Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm. What I love about this product is that it works quickly. The first two days, I noticed a big difference in how my makeup was laying under my eyes. The obvious patchy eye makeup stayed smooth throughout the day! My “dark circles” have lighted up and my skin is smoother. If you are in the market for an eye cream, my sales rep has worked at Sephora for 10 years and she said this cream hasn’t lost its sales appeal. Also, the jar should last you 4-5 months. A little goes a long way!
  2. Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer– Another Sephora purchase! I have been using drug store concealer for the last 6 months but I wanted to get a concealer that was hydrating since I have been having so many issues. For a price point of $14, the gel serum concealer + the eye cream have put me at ease. Both have done wonders for me. I’m a very happy camper. I use color 05 Parfait.
  3. NARS Audacious Mascara– Ladies, if you want to throw away your eyelash curler, get this mascara. I love this is mascara lengthens my lashes by leaps and bounds! It feels very light and it doesn’t take forever to come off at the end of the night. I love, love, love it.
  4. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish– If there is one product that I learned to really love in 2015 it was a highlight powder. This was another impulsive makeup purchase when I was walking through Macy’s in the summer, but I have been using the Mineralize Skinfinish ever since. I bought the Global Glow shade because it can be used on my skin all year long. The lighter shade, Lightscaped, was recommended for only summertime use. I’m a girl who likes to stretch my dollars as far as I can so I went with the more universal shade.

California Dreaming

True story, I’m a reality TV junkie for anything Southern California. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules are all on my rotation when they come on during the year. Wow, it felt good to say that out loud and mow you all know my guilty pleasures for reality tv.

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Driving to Hollywood in 2010.

Though its nice to watch sunny California via Hulu, I’m counting down the days until my vacation in March. Scott and I are going to visit his brother Mike in Los Angeles and I can’t wait to show Scott around town. Here are a few items so far on my list:

Joan’s on Third – Whenever I talk to a friend who lives in LA, Joan’s on Third

The Honorable Society – Yep, getting another tattoo. I went here in 2012 and I am looking forward to going back. THS has great customer service and it was very easy to book a few months in advance.

PUMP – I said if I couldn’t go see Britney Spears in Las Vegas, I had to eat at a Lisa Vanderpump restaurant. Luckily, The Honorable Society is a 20 minute walk from PUMP so we’ll have a nice afternoon and early evening in West Hollywood.

In & Out Burger – What fast food dreams are made of.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – I am counting down until I can see the light installation in the front of the building. Scott and I haven’t been to any art events as of late, this will be a nice switch up to our usual entertainment and dining choices for vacation.

Hike a beginner trail…. – I went on a hike during my trip to Asheville, North Carolina this summer and I can’t think of a worst first experience. (Dramatic, I know.) Besides getting motion sickness and then not being able to catch my breath the entire first half of the hike, needless to say it was terrible. When I found out the NC hike was classified as moderate to difficult and I was at a higher elevation then my breathing was used to. Hopefully I will find redemption in LA.

If you have any Los Angeles or California recommendations, let me know!

 

Adult Milkshake for the Holidays

Though Hanukkah has come and gone, we still have Christmas and New Year’s to think about! While everyone is thinking about baking and cooking, I am thinking about what new cocktail recipe I can feature during my annual New Year’s Day party. (If you have never been to Philadelphia on New Year’s Day before here is information about the Mummer’s Parade and a video series.) Thanks to the DuClaw Brewing Company, I was able to take their For Pete’s Sake Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and create an adult milkshake!

For anyone who is wondering how I decided to go with an adult milkshake, here’s why. As much as I want to get into baking – it hasn’t hit me yet! Working in the retail industry this year has been completely exhausting and I’ve made a few extra tips to happy hour because of it, ha! When Scott told me the beer finally came and we should make brownies, I had no desire to bake. The lightbulb did go on though for making a boozy milkshake. Also, Scott has never had a homemade milkshake before so it was time to change that as well. The For Pete’s Sake Imperial Porter is a bolder cousin of DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus! It has an ABV of 9% and has a roasted malt flavor with subtle notes of fruit and coffee. If you ask me one 12 oz beer is the perfect option to make milkshakes for two!

Now let’s get started on the recipe. (Serving size – 2)

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Ingredients

1 – 12oz For Pete’s Sake Imperial Porter

1/2 quart of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

4 oz Chocolate Syrup

5 – ice cubes

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Pour porter into blender first. (The blender I am using can be found here. Its great because it has a milkshake option for blending.)

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I scooped a half quart of vanilla bean ice cream for this recipe. Here’s a tip – The more ice cream you add the thicker the milkshake will be!
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Next is adding in the chocolate syrup. As you saw above I said to add four ounces but its really your preference. By adding the chocolate syrup, it enhances the chocolate notes in the beer.

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Now blend for around 5 minutes.

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Ready to pour!

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Time to consume! I used two 12 oz glasses for serving.

I hope this tasty milkshake can be added to your list of holiday drinks for this week. From my family to yours – happy holidays!

Thank you to DuClaw for sponsoring this post!

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This past weekend I got to see two of my sweet friends get married at a gorgeous historic mansion in Philadelphia. We danced, ate amazing food, and saw so many old and new friends through out the entire weekend. Of course there are so many topics that we talked about and one left an impression on me.

“What do you have to lose if you go to therapy?” How did this get brought up? To make an incredibly long story short, a friend was/is considering writing an article about experiencing therapy for the first time in his late twenties. Our table was unanimous that it was a great idea for a story and that it could help so many men in his audience break their own potential stigma’s about therapy. So that got my wheels turning. What was I afraid of sharing my own story?

I’ve been to therapy. Its not scary. It was tough. It was safe space where I was able to tell someone all of the weight I had been carrying on my shoulders from my adolescence and early twenties. Do I think about going back? Sometimes.

Sometimes, I think I can’t handle all that the world has to throw at me. Sometimes, I don’t know how to tell a loved one that what they said to me stuck to me in the wrong way. Sometimes, I can’t get out of bed. And sometimes, the tears stop and I can move on.

Hopefully, I can help someone by what I just said. Your never as alone as you think you are. And there is always tomorrow.

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Its Pumpkin Time with DuClaw Brewing

Ah, October. When my craving for pumpkin flavored drinks and food are now appropriate to consume every day until Thanksgiving. (Just kidding I think I have been drinking Pumpkin Coffee from Wawa since the beginning of September, whoops!) However, one thing I decided to wait on trying was pumpkin flavored beers. I had good reason because I was approached by DuClaw Brewing to try their 31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager or 62 Pumpkin Imperial Ale. The best part of getting to try two beers is that I had to incorporate one of them into the recipe of my choosing.

Last week I posted on Instagram that I was going to make a Pumpkin Mac & Cheese incorporating one of the beers. Some of my friends were left scratching their heads and asking “Jade, why Pumpkin Mac & Cheese?” Well, let me tell you. While looking for recipes on the internet aka Pinterest, I saw hundreds of recipes for pumpkin. When I was looking for recipes to incorporate the beer my options were limited to mostly breads and ice cream floats. Nothing really piqued my interest until I saw this Pumpkin Mac & Cheese recipe from Fabtastic Eats. I have been itching to try a mac and cheese recipe at home and this recipe incorporates the pumpkin beer of your choosing. I was up for the challenge!

Originally, I was going to add the 62 Pumpkin Imperial Ale in this recipe but after trying it I decided to do a last minute switch. While I think the Imperial Ale is a great after dinner drink because its a full body ale with a distinct taste. I went with my gut instinct to use the 31 Spiced Pumpkin Lager. The Spiced Pumpkin Lager has double the cinnamon and nutmeg and DuClaw says that its their version of a grown-up pumpkin spice latte. I don’t need to say anymore, its an awesome fall beer.

 

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Macaroni ready to become delicious mac and cheese!

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Adding the Lager to the cheese sauce!

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Adding reduced fat Sharp Cheddar!

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Its Pumpkin time! I picked Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin for this recipe.

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Macaroni with cheese/pumpkin sauce waiting to be baked…

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The final product! Pumpkin Mac & Cheese after baking for 25 minutes at 425 degrees.

There you have it folks! I have more Pumpkin Mac and Cheese then my refrigerator can hold. I hope you learned a few more facts about DuClaw Brewing and do not be scared to cook with beer! Its a great trick to add more body and flavor to your current recipe.

Thank you to DuClaw Brewing for sponsoring this post! All opinions reflect my own personal opinion.

 

 

 

Wild Lilies Jewelry

I love exploring new boutiques in the Greater Philadelphia area. (Yes, this city dweller does get out sometimes!) A colleague introduced me to a jewelry and accessories boutique in Ambler, Wild Lilies Jewelry. I have passed by this store in the past but I was thrilled that their online boutique was stocked with merchandise. If you are looking for bold, statement jewelry this is the boutique to head over to. I always feel like I get a feel good bonus for shopping local.

Now let me tell you about the piece I picked out. I used to think I was a pop-punk kid in high school. Maybe I am not giving myself credit but now that I reflect on my high school apparel choices, I am going to assume I looked pretty silly. HOWEVER fashion trends do repeat and I instantly fell in love with the Spike Easy Necklace. Minimal spikes, rhinestones, I got away with wearing this to work. YES. I love pairing this necklace when I have a feminine blouse on just to give it a little edge.

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To check out all of the statement and delicate jewelry Wild Lilies has to offer, click here. If you order online, you can also pick up your order at the boutique.

Thank you Wild Lilies Jewelry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. Image via Wild Lilies Jewelry.

Greenfest Philly

Happy weekend guys! This week was a total blur even though it was a short week. (Let me tell ya, Tuesday definitely felt like a Monday. Who is with me?) I am looking forward to my first September weekend in Philadelphia and I am looking forward to trying something new and going to Greenfest Philly on Sunday.

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Greenfest Philly is celebrating a huge milestone on Sunday and celebrating its 10th anniversary. I can see why this festival has been running for so long. 1. Its the largest eco-festival in the tri-state region. 2. There is live music, beer, food, shopping and more. 3. It takes places at Headhouse Square (<3) 4. New this year is a 25 ft rock wall! 5. Outdoor yoga!

Dig Yoga to offer open-air yoga lessons, courtesy of Clean Air Council

delicious, healthy, local and organic food from food trucks, photo courtesy of Clean Air Council

 

If your itching for a new festival to check out, Greenfest is not to be missed. See you Sunday on South Street.

Fall Beauty 2015

Have you ever been to an event and looked around the room thinking “How does everyone have such perfect makeup on?” I do, frequently. I know I have said on this blog that I have always wondered how to do my makeup. What products do I buy? Do brushes matter? What is the difference between foundation and concealer? So I finally put an end to my questions and decided to explore the internet frontier, Youtube Beauty Vloggers.
Enter, Jaclyn Hill. I feel like I don’t even need to write anything else because I find all of her tutorials amazing. The first video I watched of her’s was the Foundation Routine tutorial. I was able to follow along, learn how to buff (who knew) and achieve the flawless makeup look that I always wanted. (Watch out wedding receptions, I’m feeling like Beyonce!) A few more of my favorite videos include this, this and this.

 

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Now onto my makeup wishlist. I’m jumping on the palette bandwagon and I would love to get a Naked Eye Palette by Urban Decay. My friend Alexandria’s eye makeup at Diner En Blanc last week was AMAZING and I would like to get the same affect. Now, I know contouring was big this entire year. Some say its here to stay, other outlets I have read said contouring is on its way out. Regardless, I think having a small kit would let me achieve that look for special events or nights out. A blender brush has been on my mind recently. (Has anyone used one? Let me know what you think!) The Real Techniques price point is up my ally. I will be buying it very soon! Finally, I do not own a lot of nude nail polish. I have seen a lot of Deborah Lippmann polishes recommended for brides and I have made it my quest to find one or two for a home pedicure. What are some of your fall beauty wishlist items?

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Happy Weekend!

Hi guys! I decided to continue my mental health break for the rest of the summer but I think it was for the best. I went on vacation in Asheville, North Carolina, had a small surgery, went to Art of the Brick and Diner En Blanc for the third time. I honestly thought about blog writing all the time but I just couldn’t get myself to physically write. I felt like I needed to work on me and get my creative juices flowing again before I committed to writing original content again. So I’ll be easing back into writing and I have a few projects in the works that I am excited to share.

I have to say South Philly is happening this summer. If you haven’t been to Le Bok Fin yet (myself included until last night) get there ASAP. Le Bok Fin is a pop up restaurant on top of the Bok Vocational School at 9th and Mifflin. I have always admired this school for its beautiful architecture so its wonderful that the building was bought and new energy is being implemented into it. The views are stunning so if anything get up there for a drink and an Instagram photo.

Tomorrow, I am going to go to the WHOLE Flea located on top of the South Street Whole Food’s location. Scott and I have been talking about going to flea markets all summer to see if we can find any unique pieces to add to our apartment. I think this is a good first try. Wish us luck!

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Photo via My Android. Our last night in Asheville.

Lighten Up with Parachute

When it came to decorating our apartment, I knew I was going to have to merge a TON of stuff with Scott. Let’s just say Scott and I both had different esthetics in our bedrooms before we moved in together. Regardless, I knew I wanted to create a bedroom that was light, relaxing and with neutral color palette focusing on grey. (Scott is more of an earth tones kind of guy and I love pops of bright colors). I picked out a light grey duvet for our bedroom and we’re going to build from there since we spent the first few months focusing on the kitchen and living room for accent pieces.

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Recently, I stumbled upon Parachute and I am in love with their bedding sets and accent pieces. How cute is this throw pillow and this linen duvet set? I am attracted to Parachute’s simple, clean aesthetic which is exactly what I want to achieve in our bedroom. Another bonus to Parachute? They specialize in top sheets! Scott hates being hot and I love being bundled under blankets, even in the summer. The top sheet is a great option for us to compromise and not overheat at night. My top pick is the Sateen Top Sheet in Ash!
Do you do anything different in the summer to your bedroom? How do you compromise aesthetics with roommates? Let me know!

Photo via Pinterest