Golden Beet and Watercress Salad


I’ve been loving golden beets. It seems like a crazy thing to love but they are slightly more mellow than red beets and that makes them perfect for salads, especially when fried. This is a great salad for yourself at lunch or make a large bowl of it to share.

Ingredients:

  1. Bunch of watercress
  2. 1 radish, sliced thinly
  3. 1 golden beet
  4.  1 Avocado, sliced
  5.  Balsamic vinaigrette

To cook the beets: first slice the beets then, steam the beets in the microwave until tender. Seer the beets in a frying pan coated with olive oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, flip occasionally. Let cool.

Assemble the salad: layer the watercress, beets, radish and avocado onto a plate. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette. Bon appétit!

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Winter Capsule Wardrobe 

My journey with a Capsule Wardrobe started almost a year ago already. Time has really flown by but I have definitely learned a lot about my style, clothing and consumerism over the past year. I have to say that I really do believe that a Capsule Wardrobe is the best way to organize your life and also force you to realize exactly what goes into the clothes you wear. How they are made, where they are made, who made them…etc. My journey for this next year is going to involve supporting ethically sourced, made and produced clothing including eco-friendly made clothing. Consuming less is inherently eco-friendly but I would still like to strive to push my ethical and ecological backbone even further. For now though, here are just some ways I’ve worked with my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

Using accessories has become critical during the winter months. Most days I wear a chunky sweater and jeans so layering with scarves, jewelry and bags has definitely been a focus of my spending for my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

My sweater collection was big enough from my Fall Capsule Wardrobe that I didn’t really need to purchase any sweaters. So I bought a new pair of jeans because I wanted to get a pair that would last and be versatile throughout the changing of trends. They still have ripped hems though; I don’t think I’ll ever get over that trend.

Exhibit A: stacking on the jewelry. This is actually a bit excessive for me but, case in point. Jewelry can change a minimal Winter Capsule Wardrobe in so many ways.

Some how I lucked out this year. It hasn’t been nearly as cold as it normally is so I haven’t purchased a warmer winter coat. I’m still wearing this teddy bear one from last year but it’s warm enough and I feel comfortable in it so there’s no need to change it.

It’s even been warm enough on some days to just wear my leather jacket which astounds me. Also I’m clearly not over the cami over tee ensemble. So 90’s, so understated ‘cool’.

Keep an eye out for my future Capsule Wardrobe post because I will most certainly be including some ethical brands that I am supporting for 2017.

Updated Skincare Routine 

Over a month ago I went to pick up a new bottle of my standard cleanser at Target. If you’ve read my last skincare post, you’ll know that I am in love with the Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser and that it’s my go-to. But much to my dismay, Target no longer sells it, nor does Whole Foods or any other store in my area. Although I was ultimately heartbroken, I took it as a sign. A sign for me to get a new cleanser, of course. So I did a bit of research, as I always do when buying beauty products (and everyone else should too). I came across the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser. It checked off all of my boxes so I decided to go for it. Let me tell you, this is a kick-ass cleanser. Gentle, non-drying, smells amazing, and keeps my skin moisturized and clean at the same time. I’m so happy to have found another cleanser that I love.

I hear stories all the time about people being “moisturizer-happy” and after careful reflection, I’ve come to realize that I’m “cleanser-happy,” seeing as though I use not only my Aesop cleanser but also the Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I guess I just like options.

I’m sticking with my Odacité Jo + L serum, it really hasn’t left my side for almost a year. It’s the perfect serum for when my skin looks a bit lackluster and in need of help.

I’ve been trying out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil and I think in-combination with the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, it works best. This is my strictly night-time routine because it’s just a bit too much to wear under makeup during the day. The Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is probably actually just a magic potion because when I pair it with the Lapis Facial Oil at night, I wake up in the morning with plump bright skin and I can visibly tell that my various acne scars are diminished and my skin tone is evening out. It is really a relief, definitely going to purchase the full size versions once I run out.

In the morning I always keep it really simple. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I need something lightweight but still creates a barrier for the day ahead. I’ve been reaching for the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist as a toner and then applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. They work well together and keep my skin fresh and moisturized throughout the the day.

If you’re as skincare happy as I am then you probably know about the struggles of sticking to a regimen. It also is the best thing ever when you find products that you actually want to keep using despite the temptation of new, flashy products. What are some of your go-tos?

New Year’s Eve Essentials

I have been trying out some new products recently and was feeling inspired to write a bit about New Year’s Eve. I’m especially ready for 2017 but first I have one thing left to do in 2016. We are currently pit-stopping in Nashville right now but are heading on down to Charleston tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier to be back with my parents in such a charming city.

My parents moved all the way from Sheboygan, WI to Charleston, SC this year and it’s been a bit of a tough one. Although I didn’t get to see them over any holidays this year, I am going to be with them for New Years Eve. New Year’s Eve was a strictly family holiday growing up; my mom insisted on this because she new that once we were all grown up it wouldn’t be so easy to corral us all together. It really didn’t bother me growing up, in fact I loved NYE. It meant some kind of extravagant meal, like my stepdad making homemade sushi, and playing board games all night just waiting for the count-down. But no matter what, it was always very special.

Because it was so special, I have always enjoyed getting jazzed up for the occasion. It was half the fun. So here are just a few products that are going to get me through the passing of one year to the next while I celebrate with my family.

About a month ago I picked up the Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples and have been loving it ever since. The bronzer, blush and highlight are creams that are highly pigmented and easy to blend. They also stay put all day which make them great for a NYE look. The Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites are part of the holiday range but they are great for everyday use. There are 5 loose eyeshadow shades that are all matte, I love this because my go-to party look is a 60’s matte cut-crease. I usually take a fluffy shadow brush and spray a bit of face mist onto it then dip in the pot and tap of the excess. I have found that that’s the easiest way to apply.

My base is always the Glossier Skin Tint because it’s really the best. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please do. I have been trying out the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and I am finding that it is the best concealer yet. It doesn’t crease and is long-lasting. The color match for me is perfect which can be tricky because I am so pale yet warm undertones. If you have warm undertones, I’d recommend checking out this concealer.

Last but not least, my eyelash curler and my favorite lipstick. I love the NYX matte lipsticks. This one is in Pure Red and is the perfect pop of red as the focal point of my NYE look.

Tell me what NYE look you’re going for in the comments or if you’ve tried out any of these products already!

Homemade Spiced Gingerbread Latte

I’m a sucker for homemade coffee recipes. There is something about making coffee at home that is so “comfortable”. But that’s probably because I can make coffee in my pajamas. Also, it usually makes me feel like a scientist in a lab. Whipping up different homemade coffee potions has lead me to make this spiced gingerbread latte more than once.

Now that we have some holiday decorations up, making one of these on a Sunday morning, sitting next to the tree and reading a book makes me feel so festive. When doing lattes at home there are two main components: percolator and milk frother. With these two tools, homemade lattes become so much more desirable.

So to make this spiced gingerbread treat:

*recipe makes one latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk, of your choice
  • 3 or more bags of Celestial Gingerbread Spiced Herbal Tea
  • Maple syrup, or sweetener of your choice
  • A dash of a spice blend (cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg)
  • a piece of a cinnamon stick for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons of espresso
  • water

Process:

  1. Prepare the percolator and heat over low flame on the stove.
  2. While the espresso is going, heat the milk, tea bags, spices and maple syrup in a saucepan.
  3. Bring to a low boil and remove from heat. Remove the tea bags and transfer to a liquid measuring cup and use the milk frother to get the milk to a smooth and creamy consistency. I usually stop frothing once the milk volume has doubled.
  4. Once the espresso is finished, pour it into the bottom of a coffee mug. Then pour the frothed milk slowly down the side of the glass until only the frothy part is left. Pour the frothed part on the top.
  5. Sprinkle some spices on the top and add the piece of cinnamon stick.
  6. Sip and enjoy!

I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday weekend and if you decide to give this homemade latte a spin, let me know what you think in the comments!

A Weekend In My Capsule Wardrobe 

A few weeks ago I started a Capsule Wardrobe, you can read that post here. I wanted to simplify my wardrobe and to finally have a wardrobe that I was really happy and comfortable with. The Capsule Wardrobe was the answer to that and I am still a bit in shock of how much it has simplified so many aspects of my life, from getting ready in the morning to picking out something to wear for a specific occasion. For those who don’t know the Capsule Wardrobe is a 37ish piece wardrobe that consists only of versatile clothing and shoes that you ABSOLUTELY love that changes seasonally, read my full post for more insight. 37 might not seem like a huge number but once you have only the stuff you love in your wardrobe, life gets so much easier and you also realize how many versatile outfit you can exactly make. I wanted to share with you a few outfits from my Capsule Wardrobe to show you just how versatile it actually is. I have come of with various occasions throughout any given weekend that require different outfits. I had a lot of fun creating these looks, let me know if you would like to see more posts like this!

THE FRIDAY NIGHT OUT:

Blouse: Gap (similar), Culottes: Old Navy Ankle boots: Aldo  Bag: thrifted

THE SATURDAY ERRANDS: 

Jacket: Macy’s  Blouse: J.Crew Denim: Old Navy Flats: Old Navy Bag: Vintage

THE SUNDAY GIRLS DAY OUT:

Cardigan: Old Navy Denim: J.Crew Mules: Forever 21

Before and After: Retro Restoration

Several weeks ago, I saw a listing for this MCM footstool well priced at $25. I instantly fell in love with its charm. The wire legs in combination with the faux leather seat also really compliments my space, while the price was more than generous despite needing some TLC. I also was on the lookout for a side/accent chair and Harry happened to have found this one sitting outside, for free. It was in a state when he found it; the vinyl was ripped and it was in need of a deep cleaning. But I loved it’s groovy shape and alas here we are.

The legs on the footstool needed some TLC and quite frankly, so did the seat. The wire legs were pretty badly tarnished and they also had some paint splatters on them, which is nearly impossible to get off. After hours of elbow grease and some steel wool it started to come clean, kinda. At that point I decided to leave it how it was. Besides, it adds an industrial feel, right? The hardest part was probably the reupholstery. Have you ever tried to reupholster a cylindrical object? Don’t. Unless you’re okay with it not being perfect. Otherwise, send it to the upholsterer and let the professionals handle it. I was okay with the ruche-ing that was happening when I stretched the fabric around the seat so it worked for me.  I used a faux leather in cognac that I picked up at a craft store for 11 dollars (on sale!) a yard.

The chair was much easier to reupholster. Cube shaped = my friend. I decided to skip the buttons and just stick with some simple clean lines and it made it a lot easier to reupholster. I got the suede herringbone fabric from the same craft store for $8 (also on sale!) a yard.

Overall the footstool was $25 and the chair was free. The supplies were $20 for a total of $45 for both the chair and the footstool. I’m really pleased with the results and considering the cost of the project, I think it was an all around win.