Popping in today to share a recent product find that is too good to keep a secret. Every girl loves a face mask now & again – it’s the ultimate pampering product & pairs perfectly with red wine & SATC marathons…c’mon tell me I’m not the only one!
Onto business… THIS mask is the ultimate – it is seriously magic & at only $7.50, what’s not to like?
Remember when I divulged my love for raw APPLE CIDER VINEGAR? Well, now I have yet another use for it. Just mix the clay with ACV [ or water ], apply to your face & feel the “pulse” as your pores get sucked of all the gunk [ description totally necessary ]. Leave on for 10 – 20 minutes & rinse off. Go to bed & wake up with amazing, glowing, happy skin! You could even use it as a spot treatment on a really pesky pimple.
What makes this such a powerful skin product to have in your beauty arsenal? Bentonite clay. It’s pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to drawing impurities from the skin. Fun fact: Shailene Woodley EATS clay. Please research this before deciding to test the whole clay-as-a-food-group thing…
It’s Friday & I couldn’t be happier! There have been some great changes in my life as of late & so the weekend is especially appreciated to sit back & relax. With autumn’s arrival, I’ve felt a shift in my mood for the better – typically, summer’s departure has me feeling down in the dumps, but this year feels different; it feels like a fresh start. Also, in regards to Chicago’s perfect weather this week – can we just freeze time & pretend winter’s imminent arrival will never happen? K, great. Have a great weekend, beautiful people!
My style of eating has led me to ask this question over the years: What can I make/eat/buy that is healthier & TASTES the same as ______ [ or sort of the same ], but won’t make me feel deprived? I want to start sharing my knowledge on the topic of healthy food swaps with all of you. Let the Swap Out commence!
Today, let’s talk mashed potatoes.
Generally, I stay away from pasta, bread, starchy carbs, etc & only very occasionally do I indulge. I was once a carbaholic 5 years ago, but the lethargic feeling that comes with basing much of your diet off of such a heavy food group just wasn’t working for me anymore. Now, I’m so used to this way of eating & how great it makes me feel that unless it’s a fabulous pizza or homemade pasta, I just don’t go there.
My recipe for mashed cauliflower is insanely yummy & tastes so much like the real thing that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference. While regular mashed potatoes, prepared with whole milk & butter, have roughly 225 calories per cup, my mashed cauliflower has only roughly 50 [ !! ] calories per cup. You could pretty much eat ALL of the mashed cauliflower for the equivalent of only one cup of mashed potatoes – & let’s be real here guys – who eats only one cup of mashed potatoes? Let’s compare some other nutritional stats: mashed cauliflower has only 6 g carbs & .5 g fat vs. mashed potatoes’ 36 g carbs & 9 g fat! Cauliflower is also anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins & minerals & a detoxifier for the body [ read more HERE ] – take that potato!
Super Simple Mashed Cauliflower
- one head cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or other non-dairy milk [ feel free to use dairy milk if you'd like! ]
- fresh herbs
- salt & pepper
- hand blender [ could also use masher ]
1. Steam cauliflower florets until fork tender. Remove from heat.
2. Add milk to cauliflower.
3. Using hand blender, blend cauliflower until creamy or desired consistency. Add herbs, salt & pepper to taste.
Ever wondered what the best place for a blowout is in the city? Or have you ever desperately needed a spray tan right.this.minute? If you find yourself nodding your head in agreement, then you are probably a beauty addict like me.
So what’s a girl to do? Enter PRETTYQUICK, the super simple beauty booking service in Chicago.
I don’t know about all of you, but I have a hard time planning out beauty services in advance. Usually I need that brow wax NOW or find my feet desperately need a pedicure like, yesterday. That’s why PRETTYQUICK is so great as it allows you to book hours prior to an appointment & all without picking up the phone. You can quickly filter by neighborhood & service, select a salon & go. If your selected day & time isn’t available, they suggest similar salons in the area that may have just what you’re looking for. Text alerts get sent straight to your phone & the best part? You can travel cash free! Your credit card is stored securely, allowing you to show up to the salon without worrying about payment.
Lucky for you all they are offering my readers a free manicure! Just make sure to SIGN UP, enter the code adrianjames, & the credit will be added to your account.
To get your beauty juices flowing, here are just a few of my fave salons offered on PRETTYQUICK + the services I love at each:
Pearl’s Nails for manicure/pedicure
Arch Apothecary for brow wax/tint
Leah Chavie Skincare & for spray tans
Mixed Co Salon for balayage
Marianne Strokirk Salon for hair cuts [ Gia rocks my world! ]
The power of the mind is a compelling force. It is often the difference between success & failure. This week, eliminate all thoughts of “I can’t do this” or “I’m not good enough.” Keeping the mind in a positive zone is one of the most effectual things we can do for ourselves. Success depends on it.
When it comes to beauty, I’m a total girly girl – my cabinet is stocked with products, mostly due in part to my love for SEPHORA. It’s basically a beauty lover’s dream: a one-stop destination for cult favorites & new trends in beauty [ charcoal masks! face oils! ]. It’s rare that I go anywhere else for my makeup, skincare, etc. Here’s my most recent haul.
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This post was sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are my own.
Black boots are an absolute staple in my closet during the fall & winter months. Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 & HIGHLAND boots [ also - how amazing are the LOWLAND boots?! ] have been on my radar for quite some time & since the price is out of my budget, I’ve been desperately seeking a quality stand-in. Last fall yielded no luck. This year, however, the tides have turned & TARGET has some amazing look-alikes for a much better price.
There are hundreds of recipes floating around for kale salad; but I promise you – if you make just one – make it this one. Inspired by a salad I ate often when I lived in Aspen, this variation is hearty from the kale, bright from the lemon & a little bit sweet & salty from the dried cranberries & freshly grated parmesan. The bright colors make this a beautiful addition at any gathering, especially at carb-heavy football tailgates. Another bonus – it can be made ahead of time & lasts all week for a quick lunch or dinner. Massaging the kale softens the tough green, making for a much more enjoyable bite.
-Bunch curly green kale
-Freshly squeezed lemon juice
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Freshly grated parmesan cheese
-Toasted pine nuts
-Salt & pepper
-Large salad bowl
1. Tear kale greens off of stems & roll together, slicing into ribbons; or just roughly chop. Massage the greens in salad bowl until they soften & take on a rich green color.
2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Toss.
3. Top with dried cranberries, parmesan & pine nuts. Toss again.
4. Let sit at least 30 minutes in fridge or on counter before serving.
Another New York Fashion Week has come & gone. As the glitter gets swept under the rug, I’ll take this time to showcase my favorites from the runway. Lots of suede & fringe with a flowy 70s vibe made appearances. Perforations/cut-outs, sheer & gingham fabrics & tie waists had their moments as well. Stay tuned for Part II!