FOTD: Downtown

I broke out the Armani Rouge Ecstacy in Downtown… and kept the rest of it pretty simple:

FACE

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation (I 100)

Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)

Armani Bronzer (as blush)

Eyes

Armani Summer Palette:

Shimmer Brown on lids

Shimmer Ivory on crease

Elizabeth Arden Smoky Powder Eye Pencil in Black on waterline

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

LIPS

Armani Rouge Ecstacy in Downtown

Drink Up: Spin Spin Sugar…

…Cane. Juice, that is.

I have this lovely friend, who gets really Really REALLY excited when she discovers something new.

Yesterday, she discovered Sugar Cane Juice. She calls me in her high pitched excited voice, talking a mile a minute, tumbling and combining words (that really shouldn’t be combined) and talking about this fabulous elixir that she tried. I interjected when she took a breath, and agreed that sugar cane juice is indeed wonderful (I had my first drink at 10 years old, when our Puerto Rican neighbor showed us how to pound sugar cane to get the juice), and said that she certainly couldn’t do any damage by drinking it. She was worried about her sugar levels (so was I). Turns out, she’s just fine if she consumes the juice.

From ehow.com:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5417328_sugarcane-juice-health-benefits.html

Health Benefits

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    As raw sugar contains no simple sugars, sugarcane juice has a relatively low glycemic index (the effect a carbohydrate has on blood glucose levels), which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight. Roughly one teaspoon of raw sugar contains only eleven calories. The natural minerals and vitamins found in sugarcane are exceedingly valuable. Phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane is an alkalizing substance, and therefore is beneficial at fighting cancer. Studies have shown that it has proven an effective at fighting prostate and breast cancer cells. Furthermore, it is exceptionally beneficial for rehydration as it not only cools the body but also energizes with a high quantity of useful carbohydrates and protein. The nutrients found in sugarcane are beneficial to inner organ functioning, including the kidneys, heart, brain and sex organs.

Sugarcane and Diabetes

  • As it contains no simple sugars, sugarcane can be enjoyed by diabetics without worry. In diabetic and weight loss experimentation, the replacing of raw sugarcane juice for refined sugar and other sweeteners has shown positive results not only in stable glucose levels, but also in weight loss.

So I went to the Farmer’s Market and found a lovely lady who sells Sugar Cane Juice, and got her one to enjoy, along with a chlorophyll concoction (with lime) which is really good for us to share. She was over the MOON. 😀

Now we’re blending all manner of Sugar Cane Juice with everything under the sun. Sometimes we hit, and sometimes (I’m gonna learn to just leave the Anise alone) we really miss. 😀

She’s on the right track with substituting Sugar Cane Juice for anything that might prove more detrimental, so she’s got my full support with that one.

Now, if I can just get her to stop wearing Capri Pants…

Eat Up: Easy Protein Bars

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I came across some information for Dietician Ashley Koff, who’s got a pretty decent recipe for protein bars that even my chocolate-loving husband can enjoy. I ate one prior to a workout and KILLED it at the gym. Then I ate another afterwards for recovery. They’re not too sweet, and really get the job done.

Here’s the Recipe:

The AKA High Pro bar

Ingredients:

3 scoops Wholesome Chow High Protein pancake mix

1 ripe organic banana, mashed

3 cups So Delicious unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

½ cup Nature’s Path Qi’a cereal

1 cup Tcho superberry drinking chocolate crumbles

¾ cup organic raisins

½ cup Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts

Spectrum cooking oil spray or coconut oil

8×8 baking pan

Instructions:

1. Lightly coat baking pan with oil.

2. Preheat oven to 375 F

3. Pour ½ cup of coconut milk into a cereal bowl. Add Qi’a and stir. Allow to sit for five minutes, stirring once or twice to create an even, thick pudding-likeconsistency.
4. In a large mixing bowl, place pancake mix. Stir in 2 cups of coconut milk, banana, and chocolate.

5. Blend in Qi’a + coconut mixture. As you are doing, the mixture should still be easy to blend, if not, add the remaining ½ cup of coconut milk

6. Fold in raisins and hemp heart

7. Pour total mixture into the baking pan, spread evenly.

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes based on your oven (recommend looking at it at 12 minutes to make sure the top is not burning; at 15 minutes check the center to see if it is cooked (with a cake tester); will be dark brown colored but should not be brown or burnt on top

Makes 16 older child / adult portions

They look kinda like this:

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You can find out more information about Koff, and her recipes HERE.

Lip Service: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (Controversy)

Chanel released a tiny new collection (as they are apt to do, in an attempt to separate you from every single penny) in anticipation of the big Holiday Collection. The little bundle consists  primarily of lip colors, with a nail color thrown in for good measure.

I saw the collection recently, and decided that the only real standout was the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Controversy.

The strong berry-purple color is part chic, part goth. I think it’s perfect for the Autumn/Winter season, and I love that you can manipulate the color with liners to bring out either a cool or warm result.

I feel like there’s just enough brown in there to keep it from going totally goth on me. This color translates well on my warm skin, and wears more like a deep rusted berry.

You can find out more about Controversy HERE.

FOTD: Anniversary

Eight years ago, I did this…

…although honestly it feels like yesterday. So I woke up bright and early in the morning, looked at my husband (who will always be my boyfriend) and proclaimed my love! Then I put on some makeup:

FACE

Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation (Amber)

Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)

Becca Blush (Wild Honey)

EYES

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette:

Bone (browbone)

Frappe (crease)

Rich Chocolate (lid/under waterline)

Cargo Eye Kohl (tightline/waterline)

Volume de Chanel Mascara

LIPS

Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Tiger Lilly (as a stain)

We ran around, did some errands, did couple more things that everyone else might find mundane but in which we take absolute delight… then we got ready for dinner at our favorite restaurant (Vibrato Grill & Jazz). There’s always a live act, and we never check to see who was playing. Didn’t matter. We go for the experience… because it’s always a good one.

True to form, I put on some more makeup:

FACE

Guerlain Parure Gold (06)

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC42)

Armani Bronzer Summer 2013 (as blush)

EYES

Saucebox Creme de la Creme Palette:

Shimmer Champagne on lids

Shimmer Taupe on outer crease

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)

Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold (on waterline)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

LIPS

Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Tiger Lily

Shiseido Lacquer in Gold (center of lips)

Then a funny thing happened, that sums up my union in three perfect pictures:

Whenever he feels that I am too serious (I can get very serious sometimes), he says or does something to lighten up my spirit. This has been the case since the day I met him… to the day I said I do… to today. His goal is to make me smile, by any means necessary. I will never take this priceless quality for granted.

We headed out to Vibrato … and were greeted with flowers and a card to celebrate our night. We got our (almost) favorite table, and to our delight found out that one of my FAVORITE BANDS OF ALL TIME was playing!

Okay, sort of. It was ‘Gypsy All Stars’ — doing Gipsy Kings. There were some originals, and some replacements, but the sound was ON.POINT.

It was EPIC. I knew every single song. We clapped and sang and suddenly I was a 20-something young producer again spinning spinning spinning in my too-expensive apartment after landing my first big producing job at ABC. No one could stay in their seats. One person got up… then two… then EVERYONE got up and was spinning and singing and dancing with total strangers. It was PERFECT.

I wept. I did. It was a true celebration of life. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience. At first, hubby was a little concerned (tears kept coming), but then he realized that I was so happy… so he wept. He won’t admit that though. He’ll tell you he got something in his eye. 😉 Mmm Hmm.

They played for HOURS, and we stayed till the end. Then we braved a chilly Southern California night… went for a little drive… and eventually headed home.

Lucky are those who recognize the miracles in their lives as they unfold.

*These same Thai Lily’s were prominently featured in my wedding bouquet, and on my wedding cake. There is no way that anyone at Vibrato could have known this. Like I said… perfect.*

Eye Adore: Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette

Just in time for the Autumn Season, Bobbi Brown released a palette of their most wearable ‘warm neutral’ eyeshadows. Appropriately named ‘Rich Chocolate’ (and featuring the equally appropriate Katie Holmes. I swear she’s the best face to happen to this brand), it brings together some of the ‘most used’ hues in a single palette.

The casing is a flat plastic brown. I’m not sure how I feel about that. It looks a little ‘cheap’ (and this palette is not cheap). I would have preferred the metallic casing they used for the smoky palette many moons ago, or even the standard black. This case appears to nearly be a juvenile afterthought, which is unfortunate.

From the left: Bone, Stone, Frappe, Caramel, Champagne Truffle, Cocoa, and Rich Chocolate.

Swatching was… interesting. The color payoff of these shadows is decent, but because the undertones are ‘warm’ I had a hard time getting them to really show up on my warm skin tone. Plus, a note should be made about the glitter shade. You need a primer (or to wet it) to get it to show up. Otherwise, you get a dry swatch that is basically clear with a couple of sparkles in it. This shadow is definitely meant to be used with the Bobbi Brown primer associated with it.

Although these swatches damn near match my skintone, it should be noted that because of their warm overall tone, they are incredibly flattering on me. There’s not a bad color in this palette, as far as my face is concerned. It’s a fantastic warm neutral palette, and if you’re in the market for such a thing… I definitely recommend it.

You can find out more about Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate Palette HERE.

FOTD: Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s officially Autumn, but don’t tell that to Mother Nature. We hit 90+ in some places here in Southern California. So I joined the weather, defined the calendar, and went for a decidedly summer look.

FACE

Armani Face Primer

Armani Maestro Fusion (#10)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)

Armani Blush (#10)

 

EYES

Armani Summer Palette:

Shimmer Peach on lids

Shimmer Brown through crease

Shimmer Champagne on inner corner

Guerlain Kohl in Brun Dore on waterline

Hourglass Film Noir Mascara

LIPS

Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Peony