Saturday Styles in LA 8/1

Good afternoon ladies!

It’s a beautiful, sunny day and warm day in Los Angeles. Today we will be looking at a high of 80º and definitely no rain in sight! Shave your legs, pull out your bikini and your short shorts and enjoy this day.

While, I just got off work an hour ago, today’s plans consist of going to the Special Olympics! My boyfriend, DJ SafeScape, will be playing at the UCLA campus at 4PM and during the dance party at night.

Today, I plan to wear some short shorts, a flow-y tank top, and my Toms. Also, since I get cold super easily, I will be bringing a pair of jeans and a light jacket.

Check out this outfit below that is super chill, totally grunge, and easy to replicate.

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White crop top
Denim cut off jeans
Flannel
Beanie (Optional in this heat)
Combat boots // Vans

Ps. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

3 Ingredient Coconut shrimp

When I was a kid, I dreaded the houses on halloween that gave out the mounds and almond joys. The reason? Well, for one, my big sister loved both of those candies and would steel all of mine, without a proper candy swap. Rude. Two: I hated coconut. Since my trick-or-treating, pillow case-slinging days, my palate has matured (or as Dr Drew likes to say, muh-two-erd). shrimp9shrimp1 shrmip8

This gluten-free/dairy-free/paleo/whatever else dish is perfect, literally for anyone. I guess, unless you hate coconut…or shrimp. And only three ingredients?!?! Why yes, that is correct. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re used to cancer-laced restaurant quality (and by quality, I mean sodium-bathed) coconut shrimp, this may not be the world’s best recipe out there. However, if you enjoy real food, you will love it.

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This coconut shrimp is so easy, a child could make it…but wait, there’s more. Not really, just make it already. But Brianna, that looks like it has 4 ingredients, not 3. Yeah well, the shrimp doesn’t count. Jeez.shrimp 3shrimp103 Ingredient Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Flour
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Fully cooked shrimp (thawed if using frozen)
Eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Pour coconut flour and shredded coconut onto two large plates. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, I ended up using 3 eggs for about 30 shrimp.

One by one, coat the shrimp in coconut flour, dip into eggs, roll in the shredded coconut and place on the lined sheet pan.

Bake shrimp for 13-16 minutes, flipping half way through. Bake until coconut is a light golden color.

Serve with your choice of dipping sauce and enjoy!

10 Beauty Secrets that “Friends” Taught Us

Summer days and the fact that Friends is on Netflix has resulted in some serious binge watching. But, alas, some good has come out of it as inspiration struck and I extracted a few beauty tips from the highly revered show.c3aacb1dfcae5b875b55309f12563bfc

1.) Never underestimate the power of a neutral lip

The running beauty trend for babes Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow in Friends can be summarized in two words: mascara and lipstick. You can’t go wrong with a bright clean face, highlighted eyes and a neutral lipstick or lip stain!

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2.) Don’t be afraid to change your hairstyle 

 Friends was on for 10 years, debuting a whopping 10 seasons! During this time, the three actresses rocked about five hairstyles each. Sure, 10 years seems like a long time, but think about how many hairstyles you’ve gone through in that time. I know I’ve had long hair for about seven years now. And yes, I picked Rachel as the example because she’s my favorite. ;p

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3.) There’s nothing a bubble bath can’t fix

In a world that’s constantly fast-paced, it’s nice to stop and take a few minutes for yourself. What a better place to do that than in the bath? So draw a bath, sprinkle in some fragranced bath salts, light a few candles and drown your worries away. Don’t forget your toy boat if you’re looking for that masculine touch.

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4.) We all have bad hair days 

It’s true. Especially when humidity is involved. We feel your pain, Monica. There’s ways around it, though. In Monica’s case, throw on a hat or show off some dreadlocks (a treat for the eyes and the ears). In my case, throw on a headband and wrap your hair into a sock bun.

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5.) They created the “Boyfriend does my makeup tag”

The writers of Friends had Ross doing Rachel’s makeup long before YouTube makeup gurus jumped on it. Too bad Rachel ended up looking like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. 

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6.) Waxing is no joke

Before the 40-year-old Virgin (ah,Kelly Clarkson) Monica and Phoebe discovered the pains of waxing while trapped inside their bedroom. “Painless” leg waxing kit, my ass. Sigh, guys may never know the struggle.

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7.) Spray tans can be scary

Ever stepped foot into a spray tan booth? The misters pointing at you, like guns ready to fire, liquid sprays at you and you feel like you’re being gassed. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but the results can shock you if you’re not careful to hold your position and rub the color in evenly.
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8.) Eyebrows are important 

When Joey attempts to have his eyebrows tweezed and backs out after the first one’s done, Chandler has to get them back on fleek for Joey. I almost pulled a Joey the first time I got mine threaded! Regardless, we all know that brows play an important part of our makeup routine. So, remember to be cautious when fixing yours up!

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9.) There is such a thing as too white of teeth 

Of course, home-remedy teeth whitening can’t be as extreme as Ross’s ultra pearly whites, but for some it’s a terrifying image that some of won’t forget.

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10.) It’s not always a good idea to let your friends cut your hair 

It may save you a few bucks, or you may be acting as a model for your beauty salon friend, but always keep in mind the outcomes if you don’t  like your hair in the end. Especially if you’re particular about your hair like Monica! If anything, make sure you’re specific about the look you’re hoping for, so you don’t end up looking like Dudley Moore instead of Demi Moore.

Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

No Bake Granola Bars

I don’t know about you, but I love sugar. I also love real food. What I love even more, is satisfying my sugar cravings with real food that tastes like it should be bad for me, but it’s not. Spoiler alert: pretty much anything that comes pre-packaged is bad for you, even the “healthy” granola bars at my beloved Trader Joe’s. The problem is all of the unnecessary sugar, preservatives and fillers they throw in, but they taste so good! Alas, I have solved the problem for you.bars2bars5 In an effort to eat something relatively healthy, or at least all natural, I made no bake granola bars. These puppies are packed with so many nuts that they keep your hunger at bay, helping you resist the box of doughnuts in the staff break room. Resist the temptation my friend, resist. Plus, if you’re going to eat doughnuts, at least be a DIYer about it.
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My motto is: if you’re going to eat sweets, make them yourself. Jk, I don’t have a motto. But seriously, instead of falling victim to the trap that is corporate America and injecting your body with toxic, made-in-a-factory crap, try whipping it up yourself. Chances are, it will taste better anyway. I know, I know, I’m lazy too and I don’t like to make everything from scratch. Good thing these only take all of 5 minutes to make.bars6FullSizeRender

No Bake Granola Bars

3/4 cup almond butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup walnut pieces (raw or toasted)
3/4 cup almond slivers (raw or toasted)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds (raw or toasted)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/4 cup unsweetened dried blueberries (or dried fruit of your choice)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Throw everything into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl) and mix on medium/low speed until everything comes together into a loose ball.

Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread out the granola mix evenly on to the sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night, or at least 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and transfer the granola bar slab from the sheet pan to the counter. cut strips out of the slab to your desired size. Individually wrap bars in plastic, or place in parchment lined tupperware with parchment in between each layer. Store in fridge.

Now grab a couple and go for hike!bars1

Out with Contouring, In with Strobing

It’s a debate that beauty bloggers and beauty fanatics everywhere are arguing: strobing versus contouring. Strobing focuses on highlighting the areas of the face that light naturally hits, rather than on facial angles to create a chiseled “Kardashian” look by contouring.

My mom would always tell me, “Makeup is meant to enhance your natural features.” This idea fits perfectly with the concept of strobing.

I know what some of you are thinking.

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It’s apparent that this “new” trend isn’t new at all. Whether it’s new or just renamed- The Art Formerly Known as Highlighting, is a definite hot topic right now.

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The great thing about highlighting is that it only adds an extra five minutes tops to your makeup routine, it’s hard to mess up and there’s a 99% chance you’ve already got these tools in your makeup bag.

Accentuating these naturally lit areas of the face gives the skin a bright, dewey glow that is perfect for summer.

Great Highlighting Tools (Right from My Makeup Bag) 

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For a look that is not as shiny or translucent, I recommend using a relatively matte highlighter that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. I like to use my Glamoflauge concealer in the light shade.

Use your ring finger to gently dab product onto upper cheekbones, the center of your nose to the bottom, temples, cupid’s bow and center of chin. Some prefer the technique of highlighting the center of the forehead, I like to keep it simple by doing just the temples. Blend product in with a beauty blender, brush or your fingers. Afterwards, apply some bronzer or blush to cheekbones and you’re ready to go!

And of course, don’t forget to highlight the upper brow bones. I usually like to do this with a matte white shadow.

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For a more shimmery application, I use the Clinique chubby stick in 01 Hefty Highlight. This highlighter chubby stick makes for extra easy application and the smooth product is easily blendible.When first applied the color has a bit of a frosty tint. Once blended, it’s a soft pearly shimmer. I love that the moisturizing formula results in an extra dewey glow!

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I know, I talk about this palette ALL the time. But, I recently discovered that the Too Faced Chocolate Bar has yet another trick up its sleeve. The Champagne Truffle eyeshadow is a perfect pale pink, shimmery highlighter! This color is slightly more pink than the Clinique highlighter and has a bit more shimmer when blended.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the strobing or highlighting look, and that it comes in handy for your summer days and nights.

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): 

“New” trend takes us back to basics with the rediscovered highlighting technique. Enjoy!

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Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Lavender Lemonade

I usually try to steer clear of sugary drinks and stick to wine water for my main source of fluid intake. I mean, really, if I’m going to ingest extra calories, it’s going to be in a burger and fries, not the soda. That being said, summer is the time of year when sweet, cold beverages sound amazing. Sometimes you just need to give in to temptation and drink the cool aid lemonade.lem3

My mouth is watering as I type. The tart lemons, sweet sugar and floral lavender come together to create something delightful: an explosion in your mouth, a lip-smackin’ good time…you get the picture.

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Lavender Lemonade

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons dried lavender buds
The juice of 6 lemons

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In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, sugar and lavender and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Boil about 2 minutes; keep your eye on the syrup mixture, it tends to want to boil over. Set aside to cool.

Juice and strain your lemons, depending on the size, you should get 1-1 1/2 cups of juice.

When the syrup mixture has cooled, strain the lavender and discard. Mix the syrup and the lemon juice together in a pitcher and add cold water to taste. I probably added about 4 cups. Add some vodka ice and you are ready to be lounging, poolside!lem1 lem7 lem2

Palettes for a Girl on the Go

Hello! I’ve taken a mini vacation this week and traveled up north to see J. Cole in concert! Giving my over-packing self a back seat, I tried to pack light this trip. Yes, I forgot my jean jacket in the midst of this, but that’s another story. As I grabbed my typical day-to-day makeup bag: mascara, Glamophlauge concealer, brow kit, face makeup, brushes and 4 lipsticks: nude, magenta, deep bold mahogany and classic red, I knew I didn’t have much room for eyeshadows. I grabbed my favorite two palettes and want to share them with you. These may be familiar to you… I can’t help but write about products right when I get them! Trust me, though. These are the best I’ve seen!

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The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is my all-time favorite. To start, it has a wide range of colors, more than half of them being stable neutrals suitable for day or night looks. Second, the palette actually smells like chocolate, (yum!). When smoothing these shadows on my lids I can’t help but inhale deeply. While in San Fran, I’ve used this palette for hikes, day lunches and dinners. White chocolate is my favorite as it’s the ultimate base color. Salted caramel is my second favorite because it’s a warm, orangey color which works well for day or night looks. It warms up the eyes, looking great with a bronzey gold shadow or a deeper color for a night on the time.

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At $39 the Smashbox Mini Palette is a complete steal. Complete with deeper shades, a few neutral tones and blush/ bronzer the palette can’t get much better than this! Although I usually reach for the enchanting scent of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I can’t resist this honey bronzer that sculpts my cheekbones and the shimmery high lights that bring out the apples of my cheeks.

So, if you’re looking for a new palette, I highly suggest you turn to these versatile babies. You won’t regret it!

XO, Bye for now- Ashley (@ashleysita).