Jul 29, 2015

Sensational Summer Salad

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

I’ll be honest- I LIVE on salad.I’m not talking about your basic  head of lettuce with tomato and dressing. Nope-I am talking about organic red leaf lettuce with a bevy of mixed veges-like organic beets, cucumber, red pepper, grilled onion, sesame seeds (no salt please) and usually some organic shredded chicken-drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.. In a word a major taste sensation and a healthy meal-not to mention a great way to get your greens. So your probably wondering-where are the pics for proof or at the very least a Pinterest post? Welllll…here’s the thing-said salad is usually my lunch and that’s after a long morning sustained by a protein drink around 6:00A.M. sooooo the salad is usually long gone before I even think of snapping a pic.  But don’t worry I wasn’t going to write a whole post and give yah nothing-nada… on my quest to search out additional summer salad sensations I came across this yummy grilled vegetable salad  via (where else)  Pinterest/ courtesy of: A Family Feast.com. It is so colorful and looks luscious- clearly something I must try soon and linger long enough to snap a picture so you can see proof positive that I have one ounce of self control. Tee-he. Enjoy a summer salad this week. .

vege salad

 

Ingredients
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 3 ears corn
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 small or one medium summer squash
  • 1 whole red onion
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 red pepper
  • ¼ cup herb infused oil, for grilling
  • 2 pounds mixed grape, cherry and mini sunglow tomatoes (or any of your own favorite varieties)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into a thin chiffonade
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
For the Dressing
  • ¼ cup herb infused oil
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Juice from one lemon (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Few grinds black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to the hottest temperature.
  2. Cut ends from eggplant and cut lengthwise into three or four thick slices. Shave the skin off the two outside pieces so the flesh will get grill marks. Lay the slices on your board or plate and salt both sides liberally. This will draw out the bitterness.
  3. While the eggplant sits, prepare the other vegetables.
  4. Husk the corn and place on a tray.
  5. Cut the ends off the zucchini and summer squash then cut in half lengthwise. Place on tray with corn.
  6. Cut the top off the red onion but leave the root attached. Cut it in quarters, leaving root attached to each quarter. This will help keep it together while grilling. Place on tray with other vegetables.
  7. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and place spears on tray with vegetables.
  8. Cut the red pepper in half. Remove core and seeds and place the two halves on tray with vegetables.
  9. Rinse and dry eggplant and add to tray with other vegetables.
  10. Brush all of the vegetables on all sides with your choice of infused oils. (We found that the Hot Hungarian Paprika infused oil went very well with the corn. The thyme infused oil or the mixed spice infused oil goes well with the other vegetables.)
  11. Once all of the vegetables are brushed with oil, lay them all out on your grill. As each side chars, turn and grill the other side. Depending on your grill, the time to cook will vary but different vegetables will take different amounts of time. The corn and onions took the longest and the asparagus took the least. Just remove back to the platter once each is grilled.
  12. Cut each vegetable into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl. With a sharp knife or a corn stripper tool (like this one), remove kernels and place in bowl.
  13. Cut all of the tomatoes in half and add to the bowl.
  14. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients and add to bowl along with the fresh basil. Toss until combined.
  15. Top with the cheese and serve.
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Jul 29, 2015

National Lipstick Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Beauty
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Image courtesy of shop hers.com

Today is National Lipstick Day-who knew?! I came across this little tidbit of information while sourcing for another item and felt dutiful to share. Whatever your penchant to pop up your pucker goodness knows the color options are endless.

And just to make National Lipstick Day even more memorable-here are a bevy of beauty lipstick hacks that are “Oh, so good to know!” courtesy of (http://www.glamour.com)

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Save a broken, crushed, or melted lipstick by: buying a small plastic container from the drugstore (like the type used to hold medicine). “Melt the bullet down or simply crush it into the pot and apply with a lip brush.”

  1. Punch up a sheer lipstick by: “applying a similar or brighter shade underneath.”
  2. Make your color last longer by: applying, blotting with a tissue, dusting with any type of loose powder, and then applying another coat of color.
  3. Mix your own color by: deciding if you want it to look brighter or deeper and mixing in whichever to move your starter shade in the right direction. “Don’t forget, you can use a matte color as a base and top off with a different color sheer.”
  4. Fight lipstick on the teeth by: putting your pointer finger in your mouth, puckering, and pulling it out. Any rogue lipstick will land on your finger, not your chompers.
  5. Get a rich color to go on like a stain by: using your finger or lip brush to apply rather than pulling the lipstick itself over your lips.
  6. Make a glossy color matte by: finishing it off with by tapping a similar color powder blush over the lips with your finger.
  7. Avoid color creeping outside of your lips by: lining with a clear lip pencil before lipstick.
  8. Do a DIY stain by using: Kool-Aid. This genius move involves wetting your finger, patting powder mix onto your lips, and smoothing it out with a moist cotton swab.
  9. Fake full lips by: coating your favorite lipstick with shimmery white or pale pink powder or eyeshadow.
  10. Re-form a bullet that’s gotten wonky by: heating it for a few seconds with your hair dryer and using your fingers to fix the shape. To really seal the deal, place it in your freezer.
  1. Save a broken, crushed, or melted lipstick by: buying a small plastic container from the drugstore (like the type used to hold medicine). “Melt the bullet down or simply crush it into the pot and apply with a lip brush.”
  2. Punch up a sheer lipstick by: “applying a similar or brighter shade underneath.”
  3. Make your color last longer by: applying, blotting with a tissue, dusting with any type of loose powder, and then applying another coat of color.
  4. Mix your own color by: deciding if you want it to look brighter or deeper and mixing in whichever to move your starter shade in the right direction. “Don’t forget, you can use a matte color as a base and top off with a different color sheer.”
  5. Fight lipstick on the teeth by: putting your pointer finger in your mouth, puckering, and pulling it out. Any rogue lipstick will land on your finger, not your chompers.
  6. Get a rich color to go on like a stain by: using your finger or lip brush to apply rather than pulling the lipstick itself over your lips.
  7. Make a glossy color matte by: finishing it off with by tapping a similar color powder blush over the lips with your finger.
  8. Avoid color creeping outside of your lips by: lining with a clear lip pencil before lipstick.
  9. Do a DIY stain by using: Kool-Aid. This genius move involves wetting your finger, patting powder mix onto your lips, and smoothing it out with a moist cotton swab.
  10. Fake full lips by: coating your favorite lipstick with shimmery white or pale pink powder or eyeshadow.
  11. Re-form a bullet that’s gotten wonky by: heating it for a few seconds with your hair dryer and using your fingers to fix the shape. To really seal the deal, place it in your freezer.

lipstick one

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Jul 27, 2015

Brush Up!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Beauty

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on and aside  from all the fabulous fall fashion I am obsessed with this uber compact and affordable set of make up brushes by MAC. It retails for $170.00 but during the sale it is discounted to a very affordable $52.50. I KNOW!! $52.50-such a steal of a deal! It’s one of my perfect products I just had to share. Enjoy!

Mac look in a bag 52.50

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mac-look-in-a-box-basic-travel-brush-kit-170-value/

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Jul 27, 2015

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

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Jul 23, 2015

Jimmy Choo has gone to the Dogs!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Jimmy Choo has gone to the dogs and that is a very good thing. Seems that the peeps at Choo have pegged Jimmy the bull terrier for their Pre Fall 2016 Ad campaign and might I say it could not be more adorable! For more pics of Jimmy the Bull Terrier check out his Instagram account with a whooping 325,000 followers.  https://instagram.com/rafaelmantesso/

jimmy for jimmy choo

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Jul 23, 2015

Summer’s Sweet Ride

Posted By: Terri

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Jul 23, 2015

Have Faith

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

faith

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Jul 23, 2015

Divine Decor

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

room 1 decoristaroom 3Searching around the web you can uncover just about everything and anything BUT when you come upon an interior that is so glam-worthy your jaw literally drops you know it’s time to share some divine décor with your wonderful readers. Enjoy!

room 2

Interiors of Brazilian designer Christina Hamoui’s home  courtesy of www.thedecorista.com

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room 6

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Jul 21, 2015

Designer Opulence

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

Designer Opulence ….courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana Haute Couture

D and G Haute COuture

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D & G

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Jul 20, 2015

Summer Lov’in Sale -(Alice & Olivia)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

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One of my very favorite collections this summer was by Alice and Olivia.  So you’re probably wondering: Why am I talking about this collection NOW when all around the web and in stores the fall collections are being stocked. Wellllll the reason I would highlight this very collection at the end of the season is two words(Hello!) Summer Sale. Yep-you can find fabulous buys on  some of your favorite Alice and Olivia pieces at  Alice & Olivia stores nationwide and around the web. Sooooo what are you waiting for-those bargains are not going to bag themselves.

http://www.aliceandolivia.com/designer-clothing-sale.html#p=4

All images courtesy of Style.com

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