Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mexican Quinoa


We've all heard the great nutritional benefits of quinoa and I've been searching for delicious recipes including the power-grain. This Mexican Quinoa was so flavorful and so easy to make! Simply throw all the ingredients into a skillet on the stove and heat for about 20 minutes - even the quinoa cooks right in the pan! My family went crazy for this dish, next time I'll double the ingredients, but below is the single recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles, drained
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt/pepper to taste

Directions
In a large skillet, heat olive oil on high and add onion & garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, black beans, corn, Rotel, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until quinoa is fully cooked. Add cilantro and lime juice at the end, stir together until all flavors are combined. Add salt/pepper if needed. Serve warm and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Red Carpet Style: SAG Awards 2016

The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards were last Saturday and there were a lot of red carpet hits and misses. Some of the biggest trends of the night included plunging necklines, floral appliqué and beading, and shades of blue, green & hot pink. See my picks for Best Dressed below. Who was your favorite of the night?

{Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab}

{Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton}

{Eva Longoria in Julien Macdonald}

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hippie


Without a doubt, my favorite trend over the last year has been the 70's revival. Flares, fringe, boho prints - I want it all! I spotted these wide-leg printed pants at T.J. Maxx and loved the hippie vibe. To balance the proportion, I paired them with a cropped sweater and platform heels. Also, totally obsessing over my new Warby Parker sunglasses I got for my birthday! The lighter tortoise and oversized Jackie-O shape are pure perfection!








Cropped Black Sweater - BCBG (similar)
Printed Wide-Leg Pants - T.J. Maxx (cute options here & here)
Fringe Bucket Bag - Zara (last worn)
Tortoise Sunglasses - Warby Parker
Lipstick - NARS "schiap" (last seen)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

26


Yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday! It had been years since I'd been with my family for my birthday, and it was so special having my niece & nephew sing me "Happy Birthday!" We went out for a delicious dinner and my mom made me a homemade purple velvet cake - my fave color! (We used this recipe and substituted purple food coloring instead of red!) It was perfect! I'm looking forward to a long weekend with Greg and a sushi dinner with my girlfriends on Friday! 25 was a very eventful year and I have a feeling 26 is going to come with a lot of fun changes as well. I'm fully embracing the start of my late 20's and can't wait to see what the future holds!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Birthday Cake Batter Cookies


Birthday Cake Batter Cookies in honor of my birthday on Wednesday! Soft & chewy cookies with white chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles - what's not to love! Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 instant vanilla pudding package
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
2 cups Ghiradelli white chocolate chips
1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Slowly add flour mixture. Add package of vanilla pudding mix. 
Add sprinkles & white chocolate chips until thoroughly combined.
Evenly space 1-inch balls of cookie dough on a non-stick baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for 1 minute after cooking.
Carefully remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!






Friday, January 22, 2016

A Little Leopard


 A little leopard goes a long way. This American Apparel t-shirt dress is quite possibly the most comfortable thing I own - soft cotton & an oversized fit are a winning combo. Since this dress is super simple, adding the right accessories are key to keep it from looking too boring. These leopard booties & my favorite hat take this dress from frumpy to fab! 












Black T-Shirt Dress - American Apparel
Denim Jacket - Current/Elliott
Brown Wool Hat - Target (similar here / last worn here)
Leopard Ankle Booties - Sam Edelman
Black Leather Belt - Target (similar)
Cognac Leather Satchel - Dooney & Bourke (new version / last seen)
Lipstick - Revlon "siren"
Nail Polish - Essie "a list"

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Perfect Brow Pencil


I've talked about my love for bold brows on MC2 before, but I have since found the most perfect eye brow pencil. The Benefit Instant Brow Pencil is a dual-ended magic wand, with a waxy pencil on one side that deposits natural looking color, and a comb on the other side which smooths every hair into its place. This is my second pencil - I've had the first one I purchased for about 6 months! I don't leave the house without using this brow pencil, it completes my makeup routine and makes me look polished and put together even if I'm doing a 5-minute-face.