Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

When I have a sweet tooth, which is always often, I head into my kitchen and begin scrounging for whatever I can possibly find to bake. This week, my refrigerator has been empty, I’m talking pb&j’s for lunch, noodles for dinner. Why, you ask? Because I’m so darn lazy just so busy that I don’t have time to shop. So, in my scrounging, I just so happened to find all of the ingredients for these delicious little cookies (hence the golden raisins and mini chocolate chips). The perfect answer to my ever insistent sweet tooth.cookies5

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The best part about these beauties is that they are insanely easy to make. You essentially just throw everything in a bowl and call it a day…oh yeah, and it does involve some baking as well.cookies7 cookies8 cookies9

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil (I used olive)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chip

Preheat oven to 325 and spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, egg, vanilla and honey.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and raisins.

Using a spoon or small cookie scoop, arrange the cookie dough evenly across the cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until done. The cookies will look gooey and glossy when finished, so be careful not to over-bake.cookies 1cookies4

Two Household Objects to Up Your Eye Makeup Game

Who here watches YouTube beauty videos? (Raising hand Emoji) I know I do! One thing that most YouTube videos and Instagram makeup clips have in common is flawless makeup fast. No one ever shows the bloopers involved with creating a perfect cut crease or winged liner.

While I haven’t yet mastered the cut crease, I have days where I can put on my liner and lashes like a pro, and I’ll tell you how.

There are two random household objects help me greatly when applying eyeliner and faux lashes. Can you guess what they are?

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That’s right. Tape and toothpicks. Now before you think I’m totally crazy,  let me explain.

When I want a solid line of eyeliner, I reach for the tape, after applying my face makeup. I take a strip of it and stick it in the outside corner of my eyelid in the direction I want my eyeliner to go. Sometimes I’ll do a 100 degree angle, while other times I’ll go for about 145.

Now, I’m not gonna lie, the trickiest part of this is making sure that the tape on both eyes matches– same placement and angle. I use my eyebrow and the crease of my eye as a reference to ensure they match up.

Often times, when I want a clean line of eyeshadow as well, I’ll add a darker tone into my crease and blend it out so it stops at the tape’s edge.

Next, draw your usual eyeliner line. Then, make a line along the tape to create the “wing.” Lastly, draw a fluid line connecting the wing and your top liner.

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You can finish the look off with some falsies, my favorite brand is Ardell. To make the lashes easier to put on and more long lasting, I usually cut them a bit. I always have a difficult time getting my lashes to stay glued in the inner corner and it often irritates my eyes, so this takes care of that problem.

One of my favorite things about Ardell is that they have Accent
Lashes that are already cut and meant to add volume to your outer lashes.

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I like to apply my liner before my lashes because it gives me a guideline of where to put them. I recommend using Kiss Clear Strip Lash Adhesive.

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I love the durable little jar it comes in and it lasts forever. Much better than the little tubes of glue! They also have the adhesive in black which is a little too brave for me, because it’s less forgiving on mistakes.

I know some people apply their lashes with tweezers, but I just use my fingers to push them onto my lid. I then gently use a tooth pick to move the lashes to the desired spot and to smooth out any bumps.

The last thing I do is touch up my eyeliner in case any has wiped off and voila! You’re ready to go.

Did these tips help at all? Let me know!

Until next week! XO- Ashley

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DIY Laptop and iPad Covers

Okay, so by now you should know that I am not a very artsy-craftsy person. I would love to be but I don’t have the time to be. The most I have done it wrap some cheap file holders from IKEA with tape or scrapbook paper.

I really like checking out DIYs on Pinterest and saving them for the day I feel like creating something magical. Today, I found this super cute tutorial from lifeannstyle.com for creating your own laptop and iPad covers.

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Materials:

Hard case for ipad/laptop. I bought it in clear on Ebay.
Spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Colorful gloss paper
Glitter paper
Printed pictures on high gloss paper. I used pictures from Instagram and had them printed out at Staples.
Spray adhesive. I used Easy Task
UV Resistant gloss coat
Craft paint
Paint tray
Water
Clear acrylic coating
Ruler
Gilded gold paint
Decoupage glue

Instructions:

Mosaic Design:

Using a paper towel with some rubbing alcohol, wipe off any dust or oil off the surface of the cover.
Next, spray on an even layer of paint (color of your choice). I recommend spraying on at least 2 layers. Set aside to dry.
For the mosaic, use colorful gloss paper and printed pictures. To cut out the shape for the mosaic, I used a shape puncher purchased from a local craft store. I used a variety of different of different gloss, metallic, and glitter to add dimension and texture.
Lay out your design on top of the cover.
Use spray on adhesive to the back of each piece and place it where you would like.
Seal with clear gloss coat. Let dry completely before use.

Feathers Design:

Clean case using paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Set up tray and brushes. Have some water on the side.
Draw out your design on a piece of paper. I drew out some feathers, but you can be creative and draw what inspires you.
Place your template under the cover and paint over the template. I suggest practicing on a piece of paper before doing it on your cover.
If you are painting feathers, use wispy, short strokes and layer on layer on different colors to add interest.
Spray on clear acrylic coating. Let dry completely before use.

Arrows Design:

Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Using a ruler, draw arrows parallel to each other.
Use gold paint and paint over the arrows. Add glitter for more shine.
Spray on clear acrylic to protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.
Coco Chanel Design:
Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Print out picture of perfume bottle on high gloss paper.
With scissors, carefully cut out picture.
Use decoupage glue on back of cut-out picture and adhere to cover.
Brush on decoupage glue over picture to seal and protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.

Check out her tutorial on www.lifeannstyle.com and don’t forget to watch her video!

Saturday Styles in LA 8/29

Ladies, summer is almost over but it’s still so hot outside!

Below are some super cute night out outfits ♡

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*All images from Pinterest. See That LA Writer’s Fashion board by Jessica Cortez.

Double Chocolate Biscotti

The first time I tried a biscotti, I was probably 6 or 7, and needless to day, I thought it was pretty awful. It hurt my teeth and it’s taste had a slight resemblance to cardboard, there just wasn’t enough sugar for my juvenile taste buds.biscotti3 biscotti2

Now, on the other hand, I love biscotti, but I pretty much love any excuse to eat a cookie for breakfast. The stark contrast of hot, full-bodied coffee and sweet crunchy biscotti is just so satisfying. So what if it’s not a balanced meal, so what if I ate 10 3 with my coffee this morning, who cares, we all die at some point right? Eat the darn biscotti! biscotti4

Double Chocolate Biscotti

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 and line a sheet pan with parchment (or spray with coconut oil cooking spray).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until evenly combined. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl in between each addition.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter/egg mixture in 3 stages, making sure the dry and wet ingredients are evenly combined each time.

Add the chocolate chips. Eat some of that mouthwatering dough.

Shape the dough roughly into the size of a 12×4 inch log and place of prepared sheet pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let the biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the biscotti into 1/2 inch pieces and lay flat on sheet pan. Bake again for 5-10 minutes. Flip biscotti and bake once for for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and let the biscotti cool completely. Grab a big ole cup of joe and enjoy the world’s best morning.

original recipe here!

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A Case of the Lazies

Hi!

If it is not obvious enough, Ashley and Brianna have been doing all the work around here. They have been writing amazing, beautiful, delicious articles for months now and they really do deserve more credit than I can give.

Yeah, I know. You haven’t seen my name pop up recently. I have been doing a terrible job at keeping up with my blog posts. I’m really sorry. Sadly, my personal blog has gone downhill, too. I honestly think it is because I spent so many years looking at my computer while finishing up my degrees that I no longer take interest in opening up this thing. That or I really need a desk to sit at. Either way, I need to get over this slight hiatus because I still want to blog and begin a career in the entertainment industry as a social media coordinator.

I’ve also become a Debbie Downer. I’ve become unsocial, unhappy, and a tad bit cranky. No, I did not recently have a reality check. I have known that I needed to change but I just did not know how or feel like changing. Now, I sort of do. At least, I really want to try.

So, with that being said, I will try to commit to my weekly fashion and DIY posts along with more music, some book reviews, and small updates on my journey to becoming a better person.

♡ Jessica C.

How to Make Your Summer Glow Last

Remember when you were little and you would steal your mom’s clothes and shoes to play with? Well, now that we’re older and more mature… we can still do it and get some real use out of it.

A couple of weeks ago, I had my eye on the St. Tropez Gradual Tan shower gel but held out because I didn’t want to spend $25. The reviews for the product were about 50-50, good and bad, so I decided to opt out for a while. But then, guess who pulled through? 

You guessed it. My mom. When I saw the newly purchased product in her shower, I reached for it instantly. That might explain the currently sun-kissed skin, formerly known as fair skin.

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The thing that drew me in about the shower gel is the simplicity it promised. The bottle states five easy steps: rinse off in the shower, apply the gel (in circular motions) to clean skin, let it soak in for three minutes (away from the water), rinse it off and gently pat dry. Knowing I had nothing to lose, but pale skin, I decided to give it a try.

Before: 

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To prep for the tanning shower gel, I used the Pretty and Perky sugar scrub in Watermelon Lemonade scent to exfoliate. I then applied the gel to my freshly smooth skin. As promised, the product is easy to use. The gel itself is an off-white color, it didn’t give me Oompa Loompa hands, but I did wash the product off my hands before I let it soak for three minutes, as directed.

Before the three minute way time, I scrubbed my Macadamia Conditioning Hair Mask into my hair, so I could kill two birds with one stone, as I let both products sit. This is embarrassing, but I’ll share it with you guys anyways. I actually did a few squats one day while I waited. Is that weird?!

After: 

Now, this product is gradual so I didn’t notice results right when I got out of the shower. I used the product three days in a row and although I didn’t notice a difference, my coworkers did. I had about five people tell me that I looked tan. And my mom noticed that my legs looked a bit darker, as well.

The Bad: 

-One frequent con mentioned in reviews is the strong cologne scent of the product. I did notice a clean, cologne smell to it and, unfortunately, I still smelled like it after drying off. However, a few pumps of sweetly fragranced lotion and a spritz of Pink Sugar perfume, and I was good to go.

-Somehow, I dropped a small glob on my toe and didn’t notice. I now have a small tan smudge on my foot, but it’s not too noticeable and I know it’ll wash off eventually. I also have a small streak on my inner arm from where I didn’t massage the gel in enough. Although these spots are annoying, those are the only two I have and it made me feel reassured that: yes, the product works and  that I should be careful and thorough when applying it.

The good: 

-The product adds a gradual color that doesn’t wipe off on your towel, sheets or clothes.

-Because the tan is gradual, it’s believable. Did you use a self tanner or did you spend a few days in Cabo? No one knows ;)

-Quick and easy at-home method of tanning that won’t dye your hands (wash them before letting product sit), make a mess or leave streaks if you massage it in with circular motions.

I would give this product a four out of five star-rating and recommend it to anyone willing to spend $25 to try out a new product. I’ve tried the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs before and found this to be easier to use with better results.

What’s your favorite self tanner? Let me know!

Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)