Ricotta Cheesecake with Figs and Honey 

I hope you’re not surprised to see yet another recipe with figs. They are just simply one of my favorite foods and they are only available in a nearly nonexistent timeframe here. I have to get them while I can. This is my go-to cheesecake recipe. I love it because it’s not too sweet and uses great cheeses. I decided to add figs for an obvious reason and a bit of honey.

It’s really quite a process to make, but so worth it. This is the recipe I use. In my fig and caramelized onion pizza post I explained my oven situation. It sucks. So I promise this cheesecake isn’t burned. It’s just very browned. Thanks oven. I adjusted the recipe to my liking by only using a cup of sugar instead of a cup and a half. The i drizzled honey on top and arranged the figs on top.

Beauty Staples Restocked 

I’ve recently picked up some fresh and new beauty staples. These are some of my favorite products and hence, staples in my beauty wardrobe. I was teeter-tottering between the Tarte Shape Tape and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for the past month and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a pride and true narsissist, at least when it comes to this concealer. Here are a few pluses: the wand is the perfect size for just concealing where you need it, it doesn’t oxidize and is the perfect shade for me, it doesn’t crease around my nose or eyes and lasts all day long. I highly recommended it if this fits the description of what you’re looking for. The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze is just one of the best mascaras in my opinion. It doesn’t clump, it’s waterproof and has a natural finish to the lashes. I might be biased because I’m an Aquarius but, hey. I always prefer to powder over my concealer, it just lasts longer. For this reason, I love using the Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder. It’s translucent, light weight and helps keep my makeup intact all day.

Nars Radiant  Creamy Concealer / Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara / Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder /

Graphic Green Liner Look

Today I’m showing you a recent look I’ve been loving that’s inspired by watermelon. A graphic green winged eyeliner look thats squared off and completed with a peach/coral lip color. Enjoy!

Eyeliner: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Matte Khaki
Highlight: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter in Exposed
Lip: Hema Soft Matte Lip Balm in Colour 1

Inspired by Vintage

 

I went to a few vintage shops this past week and found some real gems. I was really inspired by all of the pieces that I found and decided to do a little “Matching with Vintage” post.

The star of the show today is this beautiful olive green leather bag. It’s complete with a long skinny green strap, enamel detail and gold closure. Being so obsessed with these green tones right now, I paired in with this cropped green jacket and thrifted white denim with black sandals. The shape of this jacket is beautiful and it compliments the vintage bag.

A second post inspired by vintage will be coming next week so stay tuned!

 

Summer Glow Routine 

After having many a hectic and busy months, I’ve streamlined my skincare. Long gone are the days of using 5+ products for morning and evening. But it’s made it easy to get an effective and quick skincare routine. Always researching skincare for glowy skin has given me an upper-hand and I’ve found some great products this year just for that. I find that products containing anything rose (rosehip oil, primrose, just roses in general) leave my skin with a perfect natural glow. During the summer months especially, a natural glow really compliments my freckles.

Like I’ve said before, my skin is normal/sensitive. Occasionally on the oily side but nothing major. So I use three steps to get my skin ready for the day and glowy. I haven’t been wearing any skincare at night as a chance to give my skin a moment to just be. So cleanser, toner and moisturizer have become my basics.

Cleanse

I’ve been using the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser for 7 months now. I really do love it. It leaves my skin clean and moisturized. I couldn’t ask for a better product. I use warm water to lather a bit of the cleanser in my hands then spend a good 1-2 minutes massaging my skin. Then I take it off with water and a cloth or just water.

Tone

I recently switched to the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. In my opinion, it’s much better than the Herbivore Botanicals Rose Facial Toner. The spray  bottle is a big plus; it releases a gentle allover mist, I can actually smell the fact that there is rose in it (which is a plus for me) and just works better with my moisturizer. So after cleansing I spray this all over. The while it dries, I go in with my moisturizer.

Moisturize

I have been using the Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream for 5 months and I’m on to my second jar. It’s amazing! Neither thick, nor greasy. It’s easy to work into the skin but makes my skin soft and moisturized. After the toner, while it’s still a bit wet on the face, I take a bit of the moisturizer and blend it into the skin. It’s godsend.

The Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is proving to be a great year-round lip balm. In the colder months it works well on chapped lips but isn’t overwhelmingly thick or balmy. In the warmer months it just helps keep lips moisturized and healthy. All-around knockout.

A lot of the time we can neglect our hands in summer as it’s not as dry as in winter months. So I’ve put the Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream in here just for that reason. It’s another great year-round product. Intensively moisturizing but not overwhelmingly thick.

Treat

About twice a week I use the Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask. I’ve only been using it for about 2 months but it’s been really nice. I actually like getting to mix the clay with water and turn it into a mask, surprisingly relaxing.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray/ Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser/ Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream/ Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream/ Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask/ Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream/

Montréal 101

I’m back! After a hiatus spanning the past few months I have decided to come back to blogging. The real reason I was absent so far this year is because it was my last semester as an undergrad! I graduated with my BA in French and also psychology. I needed time to focus on what I was doing and being present so I took a break from It’s a Mod Life. I have to say, I am glad I did because my schedule was jam-packed, I wouldnt’ve had any time. So now I am just working on my job search and furthering my future career and hence plenty of time to blog, create, and make.

As a graduation gift to myself, I decided to bring Harry and I to Montréal. I had never been which is shocking because of the proximity of the French speaking area to me. I’ll take any chance I get to speak French (everybody in Montréal speaks English so don’t worry if you can’t speak French). With the help of one of my previous instructors, who lived in Montréal for six years, and our adventures there, I have curated Montréal 101.

Accommodation:

Stay in an Airbnb. Montréal has so many neighborhoods and they are all charming, quaint feeling, and safe. It’s easy to get anywhere you want from any given neighborhood because of the great public transportation, see below. It’s also a great way to meet locals. We stayed in Villeray and absolutely loved it there.

Transport:

Take Bixi! It’s Montréal’s bike share system and the first one in North America. It’s extensive, almost a bike station on every corner, very affordable, and probably the best way to get around the city. Montréal is very bike friendly and there are bike lanes on almost every street. It’s also just the best way to get to know a city.

Metro! The metro is very streamlined but very effective. It’s really really cheap, only about 25CAD for a weekly pass.

Cafés: The most important thing to know about Montréal is that it is a coffee city by far. There is an abundance of independent cafés. Some of our favorites were: Cafe Ferlucci, Cafe Pista, Cafe Noble, Tommy Cafe and Cafe Laure et Fils.

Bagels and smoked meat: Montréal has a large Hasidic Jew community which has made it famous for bagels and smoked meat. Please do yourself a favor and take advantage of this while visiting. The bagels are all one of a kind and beautiful.

Dining: Montréal has a really low cost of living so you can enjoy great food at a low cost. We opted to eat most breakfasts and lunches in our Airbnb to save money but also to take advantage of the charming back balcony of our Airbnb. Our favorite food was at Sparrow, L’Gros Luxe, Le Cagibi, and Venice MTL. Montréal is also very vegetarian/vegan friendly so it’s a great place to visit if you are one of those.

Attractions:

Montréal is the kind of city where you can just walk around a neighborhood all day and be completely content. For this reason we weren’t so concerned about making it to an attraction and a lot of the days we were there we just walked around, a lot. We did make it to the Biodôme, the Biosphère, the Fine Arts Museum, the Olympic Stadium, the Contemporary Art Museum, Mount Royal, Jarry Park, etc.

Neighborhoods to check out:

Our favorite neighborhood was Mile-End. Lots of cafes, vintage stores, book stores, and restaurants. Old Montreal, Le Plateau Mont Royal, Villeray, Little Italy, and Little Burgundy are all great neighborhoods to hang out in.

We both highly recommend this city. As Americans, Montréal has restored a lot of hope in us for what North American cities can be like and has given us energy to keep striving for better urban communities. Safe travels!

Nashville, TN

Last week Harry and I trekked from Chicago to Charleston but not without stopping in Nashville first, of course. We got the idea to stop for a few days in Nashville when we found out that Chicago to Charleston was about a 14 hour trek, and that’s without stopping to fill up the gas tank or to stretch. Even the idea of it was exhausting so we decided to stop. It may have been the best desicsion of our lives because we loved Nashville more than we love each other… not really but I’m sure that it comes close.

We stayed at the best Airbnb ever, decked out, head to toe in MCM and in East Nashville which I think is the best neighborhood. We did our usually Hannah and Harry kind of activities but this time it was more like “Hannah and Harry time 2.0.” Nashville definitely upped our leisure capabilities with it’s endless cafés, record shops, bookstores, local owned businesses and the food. Oh my god the food was the best part, as it quite often is.

We stopped at White’s Mercantile, Fond Object, Grimey’s, Barista Parlor, Dose Coffee, Pharmacy Burger and Beer Garden, Imogene + Willie, Local Taco, Dozen Bakery, Two Son and loved every single one of them. Maybe we hit the jackpot or maybe Nashville is just that magical. I’m leaning towards the latter.