You’ll Love These Lippies

Although it may be more timely to make a post about the AMA’s, one word: J. LO, or Thanksgiving makeup: your fav. lip balm and bold falsies, I couldn’t resist posting about Birchbox’s first makeup brand!

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A collaboration between Birchbox and YouTuber Glam Life Guru’s Tati, the L.O.C. (Love of Color) Collection features three lipsticks and five eyeshadow sticks.

I received the “Wildest Dreams” lipstick in my November Birchbox and, I have to say, it’s my favorite Birchbox product thus far.

Tati says the nice thing about the “Wildest Dreams” shade is that it has a blue undertone, which automatically makes your teeth look whiter. So flash those pearly whites, baby! No wonder I liked this product so much.

In addition to the color, the texture is a satiny finish that doesn’t leave lips feeling thick and cakey. I usually have a hard time applying chubby sticks, but this one went on easily and had a strong staying power.

One large complaint I’ve read in the Birchbox comments are the size of the product (.02 oz), palm-sized, for $8 each or all three for $18. I think the obvious choice here is to buy all three and save six bucks! Maybe they will release larger sizes in the future, but for now I’m satisfied with the quantity and price. Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 9.46.32 AMimage

I haven’t tried the shadow sticks yet, but I’m loving the colors! I’m honestly kind of scared to use them because it’s been a loong time since I’ve used a shadow stick. I’m up for the challenge, though! Tati said that they are long-lasting and crease-proof, allowing for a few seconds of “play” or  application time.

What do you think of the LOC collection? And what’s your experience with eyeshadow sticks? I need advice and pep talks here, ladies!

Until next week, have a happy Thanksgiving! XO- Ashley

*All photos (except featured image) are from the Birchbox LOC Introduction Video, watch it here!*

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Sparkling Cran-Apple Cider

T Minus one week until the best holiday of the year is upon us. Thanksgiving, lets be honest isn’t really about giving thanks, rather, it’s about food and how much you can stuff into your body before you feel nauseas and ultimately have to nap it off. Gluttony at its finest, and you know what? Im okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay, I love it. An entire day celebrating food is like heaven for me.cider5cider2

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. But I say, why not make your own?! It’s super easy and sure to impress. Seriously though, it takes like two seconds and looks super awesome. And for those of us out there that need a little liquid help around the holidays, add some gin and call it a day. Really, it’s delicious.

Sparkling Cran-Apple Cider

64 fluid ounces cranberry apple juice
42 fluid ounces sparkling water
Fresh cranberries for garnish
Apple slices for garnish
Gin (optional)

Pour the juice and sparkling water into a pitcher or glass carafe. Add in some fresh cranberries and apple slices.


You have yourself some bomb sparkling cran-apple cider. Add in some gin for a little kick and enjoy!

If you prefer your cider on the sweeter side, try using juice from concentrate, which is basically liquid sugar. cider6cider3cider1

Nordstrom Trend Show Beauty Recap

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On Saturday I went to the Nordstrom Trend Show. The doors opened at 8 a.m., but the line began at 7. It was funny to see all of the ladies lined up in their most fashionable knits and boots, donning red (gasp) Starbucks cups in hands. I’ll admit it– my friend and I had Starbucks too.

We were handed goodie bags with samples of fragrances. I love the Flowerbomb perfume by Viktor&Rolf, score!

The top floor of the department store was unrecognizable. Racks were pushed aside to make room for a bright stage and a projector streamed videos and logos. DJ Shammy Dee hyped up the crowd and passed out raffle flyers and So-Cal’s Regional Beauty Director Cindy Tjon acted as MC for the event.

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I came to see Gwen Stefani’s MUA Gregory Arlt, but the blurbs that the brand’s representatives gave were a short five minutes in which the rep. gave info on a few of the brand’s new products.

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Mr. Arlt informed the crowd of MAC’s Nordstrom-exclusive palette, “Nordstrom’s Finest.” A $160-value it’s priced at $85. He stated that this season is, “All about being your own makeup artist,” and apparently, this eyeshadow palette will get you there. It’s definitely a start!

Smashbox announced another Nordstrom-exclusive: “Photo Op for Eyes” Set for $49: eyeliner, mascara, under-eye primer, lash primer, makeup remover and eyeshadow 24-hour primer. I’ve used the Full Exposure Mascara and must give it an A-, I was satisfied, but I don’t know if I’d pay $20 for it.

What I was really excited about is the Nordstrom-exclusive 10-piece Brush Set, $200 value priced at $89. Those brushes are so beautiful! I’m impressed that the two-in-one brush counts as only one of the 10, as well. The fan brush alone is priced at $18, so I’d say this is actually a deal.

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Lancome promoted their “Auda[CITY] in Paris” Palette ($68, valued at $346… who would pay that?) Their presentation stole the show. The representative sang in French and English about the palette in a cool jazz tone, asking the crowd to snap their fingers.

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Drybar’s owner, Alli Webb, was there to discuss the 3-Day-Bender 1-inch Curling Iron and the concept behind Drybar. Did you know all of their blowouts are named after cocktails? Mai Tais, Dirty Martinis, Manhattans… get it, ladies. She also promoted their “Triple Sec” 3-in-1 Texturizing Spray ($13-$26).

It was inspirational to see that in five years, Webb opened up more than 40 Drybars and now has a line of department-store products.

After about two hours the show ended, the stage cleared and the chaos began. The only thing girls love more than makeup is free makeup. 

Stands were set up on the second floor for free oxygen-facials, nail polish application, hair styling, and Whish Body Butter and scrubs.

My friend and I waited in line for her to get a facial from Kate Somerville. The sales rep informed us of the importance of fragrance-free products, especially for those with sensitive skin. Out of all the products she used: the EradiKate Achne Treatment ($24), DermalQuench Liquid Lift Spray ($98), Dilo Oil ($65) and the IllumiKate CC Cream – I was most interested in the CC Cream.

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Available in four shades to provide a veil of coverage that adjusts to each skin tone, the cream is illuminating and has SPF 50. The rep told us that illuminating creams are the way to go when trying to disguise breakouts because they’re more forgiving versus a matte finish.

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Downstairs looked like the animal scenes from Mean Girls. Crowds filled the aisles of makeup counters and I was pushed against the glass. Loud chattering filled the air and I found myself shouting to my friend.

Products were all around, samples were being distributed, makeup appointments were filled and free clear, gooey moisturizing masks were applied on women– making the scene look like something out of a scary movie.

Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic, but it did get pretty overwhelming! It was a fun event and I recommend it for all beauty & fashion fans!

Until next week, XO- Ashleysita. divider-5I’m always looking for new beauty, food and lifestyle blogs to follow! Connect with me on Instagram (@ashleysita) or Twitter (@ashley_sita)! For more good reads, head over to


Brown Fried Rice

Do you ever have those weeks days where you have nothing to eat, but just don’t want to leave your house for food? Me too. All. Of. The. Time. This recipe is a product of one such day. A day where I constantly open the fridge, as if by some miracle it will be fully stocked the second or tenth time around. 
In my laziness I had to think on my feet. It was either me or my growling stomach. Survival of the fittest. Natural selection. Peek into the pantry: quick cook brown rice. Glance into the fridge: carrots, soy sauce, eggs. Upwards to the freezer: peas. What’s in the fruit bowl? Onions. Boom, I had myself all of the pertinent ingredients for brown fried rice.rice1 rice4rice5

All that was left to do was to comb Pinterest for the best looking picture of fried rice and assume that meant it was the best fried rice recipe out there. Because you should always judge a recipe by it’s picture. As with everything in life.rice3

Brown Fried Rice

2 cups cooked brown rice (cold is better)
1 cup chopped carrots
1 small onion, diced
1 cup frozen peas
2 eggs
2ish tablespoons soy sauce (if you don’t like it too salty, use low sodium)
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the veggies and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.

Scoot the veggies to one side of the pan and add both eggs to the other. Allow the eggs to cook for 1 minute, then scramble until cooked through.

Stir the eggs into the veggies and add the rice. Add the soy sauce and spices and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until rice has browned.

Eat the whole pan. rice2

Why I Love Wet N Wild Makeup & You Should Too!

If you have the shopping itch, but your funds don’t quite agree, go splurge on some of these products. Your wallet will be happy and you will be too!

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Single Shadows .99

My all-time favorite eyeshadows. Brulee (right) is an everyday shadow for me. It’s a smooth off-white color that’s great for a base or just a neutral look. Nutty (left) is a grey shadow that has a slight metallic tint. I love wearing this as a crease and haven’t found a shadow like it!

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Walking on Eggshells $2.99

This is the ultimate trio eyeshadow. The shadows pair well together but also work well alone. I love using the top as highlighter on my brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes. I often use the pink shadow as a cheek highlighter also!

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Wet N Wild Mega Liner $2.99 

Hands down my favorite eyeliner. The brush and formula make for easy application and it’s long-lasting.

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Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color $1.99 

Out of all the lipsticks I have, these are my favorite. With a price tag of $2, a long-lasting matte finish and a wide-range of colors, I’m SOLD. I have a collection of these, but the above are my favorites: nude Bare It All, deep deep red Cherry Bomb, bright orangey-red Stoplight Red and brownish red Cinnamon Spice. The lipstick itself isn’t angled so I like to line my lips first for a precise look!

If you don’t have any Wet N Wild products in your makeup bag, this is a great place to start. I promise you will love it. I get constant compliments on the lipsticks and the shadows are my all-time favs.

Until next week, XO- Ashley


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Saturday Styles in LA 11/6

Well happy Saturday!
I know I said I’d post my rave outfit last weekend and that I’d try to post a ‘Get Rave Ready With Me’ video for Youtube. Well, last weekend had a lot of bumps! Oh well, I promise a next time. I’ll post my rave outfits on my personal website soon.

Today is going to be a lovely 77º and partially cloudy.


I’m totally loving on this lazy look. A long knit sweater, large tee, leggings, and some running shoes. Great for staying warm and cozy today! Don’t forget your Pumpkin Spice Latte and oversized bag :p

Maple Candied Bacon

I always figured that if I ended up single and alone I would become a mountain woman in the hills of Vermont, never shave my legs and own a maple syrup farm. Whoever is reading this probably thinks I’m joking, but I kid you not, it’s the truth! Maple syrup is so freaking delicious, I could pull an Elf and slather it on my sad, cold, leftover spaghetti and eat it for breakfast. But what is (almost) equally as good as maple syrup? You guessed it: BACON. Hold the phone, what is even better than maple syrup and bacon? Yep, you guessed it again: Maple Candied Bacon. Boom.FullSizeRender-5FullSizeRender-6

Not only do you get the best of both salty and sweet worlds with this heavenly creation, but you also get a little spicy kick at the end; something for everyone, a real crowd pleaser, the answer to our prayers. Yada yada, you get it, it’s amazing, now go whip out that maple syrup and get cookin’, or rather, candyin’.

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1/2-1 pound uncooked bacon strips
3 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Line a sheet pan with tin foil and place a baking rack on top of it, set aside.

Add the maple syrup, brown sugar, dijon, salt and cayenne to a medium sized bowl and mix until combined. Add in the bacon one at a time and, using your hands, coat completely with the sugar mixture.

Place the sugar-coated bacon strips on the baking rack. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is a dark brown (but not burnt). Removing the bacon too soon will result in chewy bacon, instead of crisp candied bacon.

When bacon is done, remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes then remove the bacon from the baking rack. If the bacon cools completely on the rack, it will get stuck.

Indulge in an entire pound of candied bacon, give it away as a super awesome present or break it into peices and throw it on top of your ice cream!
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