Month: December 2014

Girl On The Move

Hello beautiful people!

I haven’t shot a YouTube video in a while, and I was getting ready to run some errands and I thought “Why not make a video?”. This is a compressed version of how I usually get ready when I’m just going to be out and about all day. I just ran to the grocery store, gassed my car up, and did some Christmas shopping. Nothing too fancy. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel! ❤

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What’s For Dinner?: Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce

Planning what to make for dinner can sometimes be an arduous process.

Me: “So what do you want for dinner?”

Him: “Umm…I don’t know. Chicken?”

Me: “Ugh! Chicken again? I’m chickened out!”

Him: “McDonalds…?”

Me: “Yuck! Do you have any idea what’s in that stuff?”

Him: “Pizza.”

Me: “We had pizza Friday, I want real food.”

Him: “Nachos.”

Me: “I’ll go unthaw the chicken.”

The above exchange is an actual transcript of how this process usually goes. Chicken over and over is boring, there are only so many ways you can cook a fish, and is mad cow disease still a thing? Why is this so difficult? It actually doesn’t have to be this way. One of the great things about cooking is that you can cook the same thing (meat, vegetables, ect.) in a new way, tweak the ingredients, and end up with something amazing. So when faced with the seemingly mundane option of chicken, again, I decided to try something a little different. If you’re tired of cooking the same old bird, and are looking to kick it up a couple notches, the following recipe is sure do just that.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Yields 4 servings

Serving size: I chicken breast, 1 cup of quinoa, & 1/8 cup of cream sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions

In a medium size sauce pan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the quinoa, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, covered. When it’s finished cooking (no liquid will be left), stir in the scallions and a 1/2 tsp of lemon juice.

In a small bowl, mix the paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the chicken breasts.

Next, spray a large frying pan with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, cook the chicken breasts for 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Make sure to cover the pan while they’re cooking.

Meanwhile, mix the Greek yogurt, remaining lemon juice, garlic powder and avocado in a food processor.

To serve: place a single piece of chicken breast on a bed of quinoa and drizzle the sauce on top. You can add a lemon wedge for garnish of you like. And viola!

Enjoy! ❤

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Enhancing Your Eye Color

We all know that hair color, skin tone, and makeup techniques play a big role in the overall intensity of our eye color. But today’s post will prove that the extra glimmer in your eye has everything to do with the colors you wear. Whether you have darling baby blues, sparkly greens, bright hazel, deep brown peepers, or gorgeous greys here are the basic color guidelines to follow to get your boldest and brightest eyes:

blue eyes

The colors that work best for you:

  • Classic neutrals
  • Any shade of pink
  • Deep blues
  • Lighter shades of green

If you’re out and about during the day, try a nice shade of: Taupe or Grey (rhyme much?)

blue eyes

Panting the town red tonight? Wear: Fuschia

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Green eyes

The colors that work best for you:

  • Purple
  • Deep shades of green
  • Coral
  • Pale shades of yellow

Out and about during the day? Try: Coral

green eyes

You have a birthday dinner at 8. You should totally wear: Mossy green.

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Hazel Eyes

Your best colors:

  • Dark neutrals
  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Burgundy

Looking to add an extra spring in your step? Try a dash of: Lavender

Rihanna purple outfit

Date night? Wow him while wearing: Charcoal.

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final

Your best colors:

  • Cool neutral colors
  • Pinks
  • Charcoals
  • Purples
  • If you have lighter hair go for lighter neutrals like pale yellow
  • Darker haired gals go for richer shades like navy

Notice how Zooey’s eyes pop? Her dark hair and that rich green she’s wearing made that happen.

Reese’s blonde hair and the baby pink top come together and make her eyes the focal point of the image.

A word of advice for my divas with grey eyes: Avoid warm colors like the plague, they make you look washed out. I’m feeling especially empathetic towards you guys because almost no one on the web seems to have tips regarding your eye color. I had to search high and low for it. I was reading all these articles and I paused and thought, “What about grey eyes?”. There are tons of makeup tips out there, but not too many fashion tips for you guys. On behalf of bloggers everywhere, I apologize, being left out of the mix is totally unfair. You guys are awesome.

Well I hope this helped a little. Now you have the tools to get your boldest, brightest eye. It’s time for this girl to split (studying for finals). *cue vomiting*

Stay beautiful my loves ❤