London Fog

The London Fog, or earl grey tea latte, is by far one of my favorite drinks when it is cold and rainy out…which is pretty much everyday up here in Seattle. I’ve seen a few different variations of the drink, but at the end of the day, you just can’t go wrong with anything that has steamed milk in it.

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It may be 90 degrees and sunny in LA right now, but go inside, crank up the air, put on some slippers and make one of these suckers, you will not regret it!

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London Fog

1 cup raw cane sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon madagascar vanilla bean paste (must be paste, not extract!)

organic earl grey tea
1 cup milk

First make a vanilla simple syrup by adding the sugar and water to a small sauce pan. Cook on medium/high heat until it comes to a rolling boil then turn off the heat. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste and set aside.

Steep the tea in 2 ounces of boiling water for about 5 minutes (or whatever the package says for the tea) in the mug.

Steam the milk. If you are like me and don’t have a steamer, heat the milk over medium/high heat in a small saucepan, whisking constantly, until it comes to a simmer. Do not let the milk boil, it will create a huge mess!

When tea is finished steeping, add 1 tablespoon of the vanilla syrup, pour in the steamed milk and voila! You’ve got yourself a London Fog.

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*store vanilla syrup in an airtight container at room temp for 4-6 weeks

Bright Eyed for Spring

Saturday marked the first official day of spring, and I’m sure many of us welcomed the season with open arms. For us southern California residents, the changing seasons don’t really matter much because our weather stays relatively consistent. That’s not to say that we can’t break out those spring dresses as the temperature heats up a bit or look for that perfect shade of coral lipstick.

I’d like to share a fun trend I’ve seen for eye makeup this spring… the bolder the eye, the better!  These looks give a whole new meaning to “bright eyes!”

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I love the way the yellow brings attention and brightness to her brown eyes. I even like the pink lipstick with this look. It is a bit out there for my taste, but looks great on the model. Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.22.10 AM

A great way to add a pop of color is with brightly colored eyeliner. I’m personally a fan of the bright aquas, but the bright blue is growing on me as well.

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Another way to add that pop of color is using blue mascara. Cara Delevingne looks really beautiful with this look, but she’s Cara Delevingne, so that’s natural! This can be a great way to incorporate something different into your everyday makeup look without adding extra time to your routine.

As always, you want to remain balanced in your makeup- if you focus heavily on the eyes, then go with a more neutral lip color so as not to overdue the look.

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I experimented with the “pop of color” eyeliner look with my new LA Girl Glide Eyeliner.

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 I used with the beautiful bright, white gold color called “champagne” and added an extra line on top of my winged eyeliner. I also added eyeliner underneath my lash line and into the inner corners of my eye as well. I definitely felt this look brightened up my makeup.My favorite shade from the LA Girls line is a bright, matte turquoise called “aquatic.” I want to try using bright liquid eyeliner, because for me the pencil eyeliners are more time consuming and smudgy than liquid liners.

Song of the Day: Iggy Azalea – Impossible Is Nothing

Vegetable Beef Pasties

The first time I ordered a pasty, pronounced pah-stee, I asked for a pasty, pronounced paste-ee, you know, like the nipple covers? Well, it was embarrassing, to say the least.

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Anyways, for St Patties day this year, I decided to make some traditional meat pies for dinner. But wait, aren’t pasties Cornish, not Irish? Shut up.

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Any excuse to eat pie for dinner is good enough for me! The flakey pie crust melts in your mouth with every bite and you find yourself going back for fifths seconds.

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Vegetable Beef Pasties

Pie Dough
1 pound pastry flour
10 ounces cold butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
ice water

Filling
1 pound lean, grass fed beef
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 celery sticks, chopped
2 large carrots, pealed and chopped
1 large russet potato, pealed and chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper

1 egg
pinch salt
splash water

Preheat your oven to 375.

To make the pie dough, cut the butter into small pieces, making sure that it is cold, if it is warm then it will melt into the dough and it won’t be flakey.

Add the flour, butter and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium/low until the butter pieces are a little larger than the size of a pea.

Using your thumb and pointer fingers, flatten out the butter chunks to create flakes. Slowly add in ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms a ball. Don’t let it get too sticky!

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

For the filling, add 1 tablespoon of butter to large pan, add the beef, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, add the fresh thyme and cook over medium heat until done.

In another large pan, add the remaining tablespoon of butter and saute the onion, carrots and celery on medium/high heat until the onions are translucent, then add the peas and cook until they are soft.

In a sauce pan, boil the potato chunks until soft, then strain the water out of them.

Add the potatoes and veggies to the meat and set aside.

Remove the dough from the fridge and on a floured surface, roll out the dough to about an 1/8th of an inch thick. Use a large round cookie cutter to make about 12 circles (I had to re-roll the pieces a few times to get 12).

Roll out the circles a little bit more into an oval shape, add a couple of spoonfuls of filling and fold the dough together like a pocket. Pinch the edges together so the dough stays closed while baking.

Mix your egg, pinch of salt and splash of water together to make an egg wash and brush the tops of the dough with it. This will give the dough a crispy and golden look. Use a sharp knife to make a couple of slices in the tops of the dough on each pasty to let the steam escape and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the pasties are golden brown.

Enjoy with a Guinness…or tea

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Song of the Day: Mitis – Innocent Discretion

Song of the Day: Adara & the Spacies – Lighting Up The Night

Quick and Classy Makeup Look

So this past Sunday, I was scheduled a double at my serving job and worked about nine hours. That morning as I quickly applied my makeup, I knew I was in for a long shift so I applied my fav. makeup look!

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This look was very simple to achieve and it lasted all day long!

To start, my all-time favorite lipsgloss: L’Oreal Infallible in 310 Crimson. 

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This is a great shade of red and it stays on 12+ hours. I could go to bed with this lipgloss and wake up with it perfectly in tact. No exaggerating! It’s great for nights out or long days- it doesn’t come off on your coffee cup or flute of champagne. I’ve tried some pinks in this lipgloss, but nothing compared to this color! I will do an update blog if I find something I like more, I’m going to look at their deeper plum colors. Beyonce did some collab. colors as well, but those are a bit more rare to find.

The most important thing about this lipgloss is to do a few swipes! Multiple coats can result in a flakey lip coverage that may not last all day. The gloss and tool are easy to apply, apply one good coat and let it dry before you apply the moistening clear gloss. For the rest of the day, just dab the moistening gloss on whenever your lips feel dry and voila! You’re good to go.

Aside from this! I started with a quick swipe of the Wet N’ Wild makeup primer I discussed last week and the Wet N’ Wild Cover All foundation. Use whatever foundation is your favorite, but I suggest you try a makeup blender!

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These little babies are sold everywhere and they are a great tool to have. Honestly, I bought mine at Hot Topic (strange, I know), but you can buy them most anywhere! The egg shape makes blending makeup easy as pie- from the inner corner nears your eyes to your jaw bone, the beauty blender has you covered!

I also used a Wet N’ Wild white, opaque eyeshadow to get the simple eye, bright lipped look!

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I used the Wet N’ Wild Smoke and Melrose eyeshadow. I just used the “base” color which is just a nice off-white color with a minimal amount of sparkles. Use your favorite white or off-white eyeshadow as a base to hold your eyeliner on!

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I topped it with a thin coat of my current favorite Wet N’ Wild Black Liquid Eyeliner. Without the wing, it lasted all day easily, but there is always liquid eyeliner for guaranteed hold! Use your favorite black eyeliner to make a straight line from the inner corners of your eyes to the outer corner, or get fancy and apply a small wing!

I applied a bronzer to define my cheekbones a bit. Use your favorite bronzer to define your cheekbones and a sheer blush to highlight the apples of your cheeks. These are the products I used: NYC BB Radiance in about a shade lighter than my actual skin and ELF Baked Blush.

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To finish off the look, I defined my eyebrows with the ELF eyebrow kit.

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I usually just stick the wax to define my eyebrows because it provides enough color and easily shapes the brows. However, any of your favorite brow kits will work.

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After nine hours of work, this classic beauty look lasted and it took me about ten minutes to prepare this look. All of your favorite beauty products will work great, but I really encourage you to try the L’Oreal Infallible Duo Lipstick because I guarantee that you will love it!

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