My New Favorite Manicure

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet to make up for last week’s miss. I love having my nails done. It makes feel like I am still put together even if my hair is a mess or my makeup is the bare minimum. I find the upkeep difficult though for several reasons. There’s finding the time to go to the salon without the little one, or I could do them at home but I never am able to allow them to fully dry so they end up getting messed up on day 1. Recently I attended an online party with Sandy, for a company called Color Street and my mani world has changed!

Rio Red

Color Street is 100% nail polish strips. They are easy to apply, come in a ton of colors, and they last just as long (but mostly longer) as a regular manicure! Plus, my favorite feature: NO DRY TIME!

What makes Color Street better? In my experience Color Street exceeds it competitors for a few reasons. My struggle with similar products is that the strips don’t fully adhere to my nail so I end up with puckering and peeling. With Color Street, since it is real nail polish, the strips are more flexible and can even be stretched a bit to fit your nails perfectly. Application is easy and quick, plus everything you need comes in the little packet. There’s nothing extra needed!

Color Street is purchased through Independent Stylists. I have a few I can refer you to if you are interested in checking them out!

Here are some of my manicures. I promise, they’re awesome!

Colors top to bottom: Rio Red, Giza Sands and Tokyo Lights, French Meet Me in Paris, Tokyo Lights

Tip: Since these strips are made of real nail polish, they will eventually dry out if left open. To get more than one manicure out of a pack, I replace the unused strips back in the plastic, squeeze out as much air as possible then seal with packing tape. I was able to use the same color strips 3 weeks later. *No where on the Color Street site, or through consultants, is this endorsed…just found this to be useful to me after I lost half a pack without even thinking about the strips drying out!

Check out the strips here and let me know your favorite color! Mine is Tokyo Lights!

I purchased the nail strips shown above on my own. I received a free set of strips as a thank you for the referral links after the blog was published. All pictures and opinions are my own.
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The Perfect Wedding Makeup

The Royal Wedding has been blasted everywhere and I am here to bombard you once more. There’s no doubt that the Duchess of Sussex looked amazing on her wedding day. Her skin was flawless, her makeup was subtle and let her natural gorgeousness shine through, and of course she was glowing with happiness.

But, I want to talk about Lady Kitty Spencer. I became instantly OBSESSED with her look. Her skin is flawless. The soft brown smokey eye makes her light green eyes pop. Blush and highlight are perfectly placed and the pinky-coral lip is a perfect enhancement of her natural lip color. The look is light and elegant, yet very natural. According to US Weekly, her look was created by Charlotte Tilbury. I haven’t tried their products yet but it makes me itch for a trip to the makeup counter. My version is a little darker since I have darker features but I am really loving the result. Also, how have I never tried this blush placement?!

So, what do you think?! I am loving this look. It’s perfect for any wedding on your calendar. Would it be weird to wear this look every day? NOPE! 😉

Face: I started with Benefit POREfessional primer on my face and Laura Mercier eye primer on my lids. Under my eyes I used Mary Kay Undereye Corrector followed by Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Warm Nude. On top of that I used Too Faced Born This Way concealer in Light Medium for the highlight areas under my eyes, forehead, nose, and chin. I know many people love the Beauty Blender but I am just not a fan. I use Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush brush #56 and love the airbrushed look it gives. I set everything with Mary Kay Translucent Powder. Over the highlighted areas, I used Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting powder. It gives a lightly diffused highlighted look without being too bling-y. I love it under my eyes. Using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer I very lightly contoured my cheek bones and nose. Right above the contour I used Mary Kay Shy Blush. On my cheekbones and caring it up to my temple I used a powder highlight that I have. It’s been depotted and there’s no name on the back but I am almost positive it’s from Julep.

Eyes: I started with Enlight from the Jaclyn Hill palette all over my lids followed by M.F.E.O. from the same palette on the lid taking the color up to the brow bone and just under the brow itself. I used Winning Ticket from the Color Pop You Had Me At Hello palette (loving this one!) in the crease with a touch of Caramelized from the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette along my lash line. I lined my eyes with Marc Jacobs Fineliner in Truffle. I used Tartiest Lash Paint on my lashes, followed by Benefit Rollerball mascara to lengthen them a bit more.

Lips: Her lips are a great coral-nude color. I used one that is more pink from Bare Minerals: Swag. Looking back, my Julep Lip Oil is Obsession would have been a great color as well.

What was your favorite look from the Royal Wedding?

My Favorite Vegan Meals to Make

I love a good plant based meal. I am not vegan but I have been eating less meat in general and looking to eliminate dairy (which is in everything!). There are many reasons I have chosen to do this, but my biggest reason is health. Animal protein, and specifically dairy, can be hard on the liver. There’s also a big misconception of how much protein we actually need. I won’t get into all of that though because that’s a whole post in itself! So, in the meantime, here are a few favorites that are in our meal rotation. They’re even hubby approved!

Maple Miso Roasted Veggies and Quinoa Bowl: This is probably our most made veggie based meal lately. It’s easy and delicious. I use Red Miso Paste instead of white because I feel like it has a bit more flavor. The link above will take you to my Plan To Eat page (my referral link here). Unfortunately I cannot find the original recipe for this. I have it credited to http://www.Sobremesa-blog.com but I can’t find it. However, check out their Soba Noodle dish. It’s another awesome one!


They don’t look like much, but these veggies are delicious once roasted!

Chili Garlic Cauliflower Risotto Bowls: The sauce on this bowl is AMAZING! Seriously, make a double batch of it. You won’t be sorry. I added some Sriracha Tofu and am really sad that my local Sprouts only has the tofu occasionally .

Crowd Pleasing Caesar Salad: This salad is delicious! I added some Sun-Dried Tomatoes (the ones in a bag, not packed in oil). I’ve also used her recipe for crunchy chickpeas on other salads as well, just change up the spices.

One Pot Zucchini Pasta: This is probably the quickest meal of the list. It’s really easy to make, especially if you buy pre-spiralized zucchini noodles, which you can find at most grocery stores. It’s a staple in our house.

Mexican Lasagna: I make this for every new mom. It’s healthy, delicious, filling, and everyone always asks me for the recipe. The recipe uses regular cheese but of course you can sub in vegan cheese.

Veggie Tortilla Soup: I know it’s getting warm out but in the winter, I make this all the time. This recipe is actually a compilation of a few soups and I unfortunately am not sure where the originals were since I’ve edited my saved version as I’ve worked on making it. Bear with me as I kind of wing it each time I make it!

–INGREDIENTS–

SOUP
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced (I typically get red bell peppers)
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 large jalapeño pepper, finely diced (exclude the seeds)
2 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in juice
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup uncooked quinoa

TORTILLA STRIPS
2 tbs olive oil
4 corn tortillas
Kosher salt

GARNISH
chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 avocado, sliced or diced

–DIRECTIONS–

SOUP: In a large pot, heat the oil. Add in the onion, bell pepper, carrot, and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the vegetables have just a bit of golden color to them (about 10 minutes). Add in the spices and stir for a couple of minutes until fragrant. Add in the broth, tomatoes, beans and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is cooked through and the veggies are soft. It’s about 30-40 minutes.

TORTILLA STRIPS: Pre-heat your oven to 375. Slice the tortillas into strips, as thick or as thin as you like. I use a pizza cutter to make it quick and easy. Place them on a cookie sheet and make sure they do not overlap. Drizzle with olive oil and bake to preferred doneness. Usually about 15 minutes. Add salt if you like.

Divide into bowls and garnish with cilantro, avocado, and tortilla strips.

I love Plan To Eat for my meal planning. I’ve talked about it before and it has been such a great tool for making the process quick and easy. After inputting your recipes (and theres an “easy button” for adding online recipes), you drag and drop them into the planning calendar then your shopping list is automatically made! Meal planning was always such a chore but now it’s much faster.

I hope these recipes give you some new additions to your meal rotations! I’ve made these multiple times so I promise they’re good. ENJOY!