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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Ice

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

Saturday Styles in LA 7/11 [Bathing Suit Edition]

It’s a beautiful 78º today! If you’re a busy bee like me, you’re at work, not being able to enjoy this beautiful day. Don’t worry! There will be many more days like this, HELLO! it’s California. We have beautiful weather. Okay, not all the time but when it’s hot, it’s hot and perfect for the beach, pool, or water park!

Today, I thought I would switch it up and post some super cute bikinis! While I am definitely not bikini ready, I have about 6 different sets. I usually buy a new one when I find one I like, but lately… I’ve been wearing old ones. I definitely like buying pieces to be able to mix and match. Walmart is probably the best place to get solid colored pieces to mix and match.

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So, above is a photo from last summer. You can’t tell very well but the top is from Forever 21. It says LOS ANGELES on it in white letters. I bought it that summer. The bottoms are by Billabong from Pacsun and I bought those maybe almost four summers ago. This mix & match is my go-to swim set because I look good in it even when I’m not bikini ready.

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high waisted cheetah bow bikini by Shop Hearts $40

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bae watch vintage cut one piece swim suit – red by Shop Hearts $42

LA Hearts Strappy Criss Cross Front Bralette Bikini Top

LA Hearts Strappy Criss Cross Front Bralette Bikini Top by LA Hearts $36.95

LA Hearts Ruffle Cinch Skimpy Bikini Bottom

LA Hearts Ruffle Cinch Skimpy Bikini Bottom by LA Hearts $7.47

LA Hearts Crochet Halter Bikini Top

LA Hearts Crochet Halter Bikini Top by LA Hearts $19.97

Roxy Wrapsody Flounce Rashguard Top

Roxy Wrapsody Flounce Rashguard Top by Roxy $24.00

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Colorblocked Strappy Triangle Bikini Top by Forever 21 $12.90
Colorblocked Strappy Brazilian Bikini Bottoms by Forever 21 $12.90

Somedays Lovin MILLION MILES ONE PIECE

MILLION MILES ONE PIECE by Somedays Lovin on Dollskill.com $89.00

J Valentine ROLLIN' DAISYS BODYSUIT

ROLLIN’ DAISYS BODYSUIT by J Valentine on Dollskill.com $49.00

Wildfox Couture HOTEL STRIPE 90'S ONE PIECE

HOTEL STRIPE 90’S ONE PIECE by Wildfox Couture on Dollskill.com $132.00

Minimale Animale THE SEASHORE ONE PIECE

THE SEASHORE ONE PIECE by Minimale Animale on Dollskill.com $249.00

Dill Salmon

Do you ever have those days where you’ve deprived your body of so many nutrients for so long that all you want to do is pump vegetables into your system? Well after the 4th of July weekend, I was definitely craving some vitamins. I love crappy holiday food: chips, hot dogs, burgers, beer…but after bingeing on crap for four one day, all I could think about was salmon…and bagels, but that’s a post for another time.salm 4

My mom made fish more often than I cared for growing up, which made my life difficult, considering my hatred for vegetables and fish. I basically only wanted to eat the rice pilaf, but all of that changed when she started making salmon on the regular. Suddenly my eyes were opened to the wonderful possibilities of fish. I felt like Ratatouille when he eats the lightening-charred mushroom for the first time. There are so many different ways to cook/eat salmon, but my go to for a healthy recipe is always a simple dill salmon.salm2 salm1

Dill Salmon

Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon, fresh or frozen
1/2 tablespoon butter, cold
Dill, fresh or dried
Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 400. If using frozen salmon, defrost over night in the fridge.

Drizzle a baking dish with olive oil. Place the salmon filet(s), skin side down, in the baking dish. Top each salmon piece with 1/2 tablespoon of butter, sprinkle generously with dill and pop in the oven.

Bake 15-20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.salm5 salm 6