Friday, March 30, 2012

OPI Red Lights Ahead...Where?

Nail of the Day ~ Red Lights Ahead...Where? by OPI {Holland Collection, 2012}

I LOVE this color! Not only is it the "it" color of the year/season, it's just a beautiful color. I love the pop of color it gives the nails. It's a true tangerine/orange color with a cream finish. I really can't say anymore about it without gushing. Perfection.

OPI ~ Red Lights Ahead...Where? no flash


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Colored Denim

I have been drooling over the colored jeans trend lately. I especially love the bright greens and cobalt blues. However, whatever the reason being, I can't bring myself to purchase a pair. Then I saw these coral colored Lauren Conrad pair at Kohl's recently. I immediately grabbed my size and headed to the dressing room. To my surprise they fit. They were comfy and I thought they looked nice without screaming "colored jeans". Win-win. I also enjoy that they are ankle length. That's fast becoming my length of choice because the shoe options are endless. For their first outing, I wanted to go casual. We were shopping and having dinner so I knew I'd be doing some walking. I would also pair these with nude pumps or a tan/brown wedge.



Denim Jacket: Target (old), T-shirt: Target: Jeans: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohls, Shoes: Aerosoles, Bag: Tignanello, Sunglasses: Rayban, Necklace: Macy's (old), Watch: Anne Klein, Bracelets: Pandora, gift, Ring: (old), Lip: Sephora+Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango



Monday, March 26, 2012

Sephora+Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2012

If you haven't heard by now, Tangerine is THE color of the year. It's everywhere from clothing and accessories to makeup. The color guru Pantone Universe decides each year what will be the "it" color. They have teamed up with Sephora for a small makeup line which includes lipstick, lip glosses and blushes. All items are available at Sephora. The standout item of the collection is the Color of the Year lipstick in Tangerine Tango. It's a bright, tangerine/orange cream.  It can go on sheer built up for more intense color. It has a lot of shine and feels slick when applied. The packaging has a nice, heavy weight to it with a magnetic closure.

My overall thoughts: I love the color but I'm not crazy about the formula and application. I'll show a picture wearing it in an upcoming outfit post so stay tuned for that. Updated: see it here.





Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Casual Stripes

This is fast becoming one of my favorite tops. It's so soft and comfy! I love stripes, always have. I'm not sure if it's the nautical vibe or what but I'm always drawn to them. I know they're not for everyone but I think most can pull them off if they'd give it a try. I wore this for a casual Friday night dinner. I would also pair this top with white or tan pencil skirt, jeans or shorts.


Top: Loft, Jeans: Kohls, Wedges: Kohls, Sunglasses: Jessican Simpson, Necklace: J.Crew, Watch: Fossil, Bracelets: David Smallcomb, Target


Bag: Coach

Monday, March 19, 2012

OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips

Nail of the Day ~ Kiss Me on My Tulips by OPI {Holland Collection, 2012}

I fell in love with this color as soon as I saw the collection. It reminded me of the bright pink lip I've been sporting and so I had to have it. This is a great bright, hot pink. It's a cream, which is my favorite finish. I'm not sure if OPI has a new formula to go with the wider brush, but I found the first coat to go on a tad streaky. Nothing that wasn't corrected with a second coat. It wears really great, as do most OPI colors in my opinion. I find it to be much brighter in person than what it shows in the photo (which I prefer). If you love brights or just pinks in general, this is a must have for your collection.

OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips ~ no flash

Easy Chicken & Spinach Lasagna

Hi everyone! Recently I tweeted I had made a really good chicken and spinach lasagna for dinner. I don't make lasagna a lot even though the Hubby loves it. When I do make it, I usually do the roll up kind. It's just easier to me and for some reason I like that better than traditional.
While browsing in Target the other day I came across these "oven ready" lasagna noodles. They made making lasagna SO easy! I guess that's why I don't make it much, I hate boiling the noodles. They are so hard to work with afterwards. Well not anymore.
Now, keep in mind that you will need to bake the lasagna longer with the oven ready or no bake noodles. Cooking time on the box says 60-70 minutes at 375. I found mine was ready in 60. I then put cheese on top and baked for another 10 minutes.

Because I  had 3 large chicken breasts that I needed to use, I used fresh (I'll tell you how next). You could also use canned (I've done this in a pinch) or even rotisserie. You'll just need about 3 cups of cooked chicken. I eyeball everything so this is just approximate.

I boiled the chicken in half water and half low sodium chicken broth on med - med high heat for about an hour or so until tender. I added salt, pepper, paprika and Italian seasoning blend. Again, I eyeball everything. I'd say about a teaspoon of each except for the salt. After that I shredded the chicken. I used about 3 big handfuls for this recipe. I had plenty left over for another meal or chicken salad. Again, use what you want as far as chicken. :)

This picture was taken after we ate. I forgot to take a pretty one with the gooey cheese on the white plate right when I first cut it.


Ingredients:
1 box Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles (I used the Target brand)
Ricotta Cheese - small container (I use part skim)
Marinara Sauce - 1 large jar or homemade
2 cups Mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 cups shredded chicken
1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed, drained
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp balsamic
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, minced garlic, balsamic, parmesan, salt and pepper, chicken and spinach. Mix well.

In a 13x9 casserole dish, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce. Then add a layer of noodles. Drop small mounds of the chicken mixture on the noodles and spread evenly. Add a layer of marinara on top of the chicken mixture and spread. It will be easier to spread the cheese and the sauce now. Repeat layers. I used 3 layers of noodles.

I ended with the sauce layer and covered with foil to bake for 60 minutes. I then removed the foil and added about 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and baked an additional 10 minutes, uncovered.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

How To: Self Tanning Tip

I've been self tanning for several years now. I do get some actual sun in the summer months but try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. I've had a few bouts with skin cancer over the past 5-10 years. Nothing too serious and thankfully they were removed, but it's still cancer. Because I rely on self tanning so much as to not look like a pasty face, I've learned a few tips and tricks along the way. This is probably my favorite. How to avoid having those nasty orange, self tanned palms! If you have any self tanning tips, I'd love to hear them.





 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cruising on the Eclipse

If you were wondering why the lack of posts lately, we were on vacation! We took what we think is our 10th cruise (they all start running together). This one was on the Celebrity Eclipse. It's the third and newest ship in the Celebrity Solstice class of ships. It has the Corning Glass Blowing Show (which I forgot to take pics of) and The Lawn Club among other great features. This is our second Celebrity cruise and we really enjoy it. The cabins are large, the food is great and we like how they cater more to adults.

It seems the more we travel the fewer pictures we take. I'm not sure if it's because we're caught up in the moment or what. I tried to remember to take pictures each night of what I wore to share with you. There was one night where we were tired and skipped the dining room and had dinner in the cafe. The last night I just totally forgot to take a picture. I wore the navy flowered dress from Target that was shown in my Closet Tour video.  Enjoy the pictures! *Note - These pictures were taken with a point and shoot. We decided to leave the DSLR at home for packing reasons.

Day 1~ Port of Miami ~ Dress: JCP (last season), Sweater: Target, Sandals: DSW, Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole, Watch: Anne Klein

Our Cabin ~ Deluxe Veranda Stateroom

bathroom

Day 1 ~ OOTN ~ Shirt: Old Navy, Jeans: NY&Co (last season), Belt: Target, Shoes: Mossimo for Target, Clutch: ASOS, Necklace: my own DIY, Bracelets: Target, David Smallcomb, Watch: Fossil

The Lawn Club

Day 2 ~ 1st Formal Night ~ Dress: Jason Wu for Target, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Clutch: (old), Earrings: NY&Co seen here, Bracelet: Macy's, Watch: Anne Klein

San Juan
Our ship ~ Celebrity Eclipse
Day 3 ~ OOTN Dress: Candies (old), Leggings: Victoria's Secret, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Clutch: ASOS, Bracelets: JCP(old), Watch: Anne Klein
Martini Bar ~ a cool place to hang every night
He poured 6 martini's at once. It was pretty cool. They were always doing tricks.
St. Maarten
St. Kitts
Dress: Old Navy, Belt: (old), Shoes: Mossimo for Target, Clutch: ASOS, Necklace: (old), Bracelet: David Smallcomb, Watch: Fossil
Second Formal Night ~ Dress: Jessica Howard c/o Dillards, Shoes: (old) I changed into the Calvin Klein pumps, Clutch: (old), Earrings: NY&Co seen here

Thursday, March 08, 2012

NYX Retractable Lip Liner

Looking for a great lip liner? You'll want to check out the NYX retractable waterproof lip liners. I bought these a while back at Ulta. It was an impulse buy because I was actually looking for another NYX lip product that they were out of. I'm glad I picked these up. They go on very smoothly and the color is rich. I'm not sure about the claims of actually being waterproof, but they will last a seriously long time. They are so pigmented, you could easily use them as an all over lip color and pair with a gloss.  I was really impressed and I like the two colors I chose. If you've tried these, I'd love to know your thoughts.

Nude
Pink Nude
Top: Nude
Bottom: Pink Nude

Revlon Cherries in the Snow

Nail of the Day ~ Cherries in the Snow by Revlon

This one is a classic that Revlon has had in their collection for quite some time. Oddly enough, I just bought it for the first time a few weeks ago. I've picked it up several times but put it back down thinking I had something similar or just wanted something else more that day. I'm so glad I finally bought it! It's such a pretty color that can be worn any season. I'm really loving brights right now, especially bright berries and reds. The name of this one is fitting: a bright cherry color. It's just such a classy color. It looks great when I'm pale or with a self tan.

natural light
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