Happy Things

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently as I normally do! I’m still getting caught up from being on vacation in Florida. Here are a few things that have perked up my week in pictures:

20120823-134943.jpg{This memory of the beach in Florida. I’m ready to go back!}

20120823-135000.jpg{This is one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers with one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. Essie Weingarten herself wears this combination so I had to try it!}

20120823-135031.jpg{This was the ONLY makeup I packed for my Florida trip besides lipgloss. I was so proud of myself. These essentials kept me feeling put together without being overdone. Products: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, MAC Powder Blush in Dame, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Stila Stay All Day 10-1 HD Beauty Balm (Laura Mercier is still my favorite but I left it at home for this trip), CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (this is my second favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous is my fave.)

20120823-135107.jpg{I did a fun twist on the french manicure this week with Essie Mademoiselle and Martha Stewart Glitter in Sugar Cube as the tip.}

20120823-135118.jpg{Jon was out of town this week so I cooked for one! I made myself this salmon dinner and this Brussels sprouts dish…so good!}

20120823-135125.jpg{Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh strawberry slices and a touch of agave was the perfect breakfast this week.}

20120823-135135.jpg{My friend Paula and I had a fun night in this week. We baked a homemade, healthy pizza (recipe coming next week!), sipped red wine and watched the movie Bachelorette on OnDemand. Hilarious movie.}

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{**OBSESSED** with this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It came in my July Birchbox and I just love love love it.}

20120823-135150.jpg{Posted this picture of Jon and me on Instagram this week for Throwback Thursday. This was in Vegas 6 years ago. Love this picture…and him!}

20120823-135156.jpg{My current favorite lipcolor is MAC Creme Cup lipstick with a swipe of MAC Nymphette Lipglass. The pinky gold shimmer of the gloss makes the lipstick look so feminine and sexy. LOVE.}

What made you happy this week?

Happy Things

Happy happy Friday! I have a lot of happy things documented this week! Here are the highlights of my week in pictures:

20120726-165221.jpg{I saw this glitter gradient manicure on Pinterest and had to try it myself! I used Essie Limo-Scene with Essie Set in Stones. I followed this tutorial}

20120726-165233.jpg{Fresh mint water was the perfect evening refresher. You can buy the infusion pitcher here}

20120726-165244.jpg{Bo was in dire need of a bath and a hair cut. Nothing like a clean, soft, groomed pup! Thanks Renee!}

20120726-165259.jpg{I switched my nails up a lot this week! I reversed the glitter for this manicure and used Essie Ballet Slippers with Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube}

20120726-165309.jpg{I’m officially hooked on Lux Divine Jewelry and am so in love with these agate handmade necklaces I ordered for my mom and me}

20120726-165325.jpg{We have had afternoon rainstorms nearly every day this week. Absolutely love gloomy, stormy weather}

20120726-165337.jpg{I made a casual maxi dress from Forever21 work appropriate with a Loft cardigan and skinny belt. Similar dress here. Yes, I’m obsessed with stripes}

20120726-165402.jpg{Lunch break pedicures are the best! This is Essie Mint Candy Apple}

20120726-165413.jpg{I’ve been too lazy to cook dinner this week so I’ve been living off of arugula salads and white wine water. Recipe for my arugula salad here}

20120726-165440.jpg{Bo has been so snuggly in the mornings! It’s hard to leave him}

20120726-165449.jpg{After reading that the gorgeous Bachelorette Emily Maynard wears Essie Fiji I pulled out my bottle and applied it right away. Such a pretty, opaque whitish pink. Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. Click here to find out the rest of Emily’s beauty must-haves}

20120726-165459.jpg{The absolute highlight of my week was when Emily Maynard saw my Essie Fiji manicure picture on Instagram and LIKED it! And then I proceeded to get 46 new Instragram followers in a matter of minutes.}

What made you happy this week?

Spicy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

This girl was living alone all of last week while Jon was on a business trip.  I couldn’t figure out what to make for dinner when I only had myself to feed!

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 I had a bag of sweet potatoes sitting on my counter from my last Trader Joes spree and some were starting to sprout those ugly things.  I figured I should use them up right away and make something delicious while I’m at it!

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These took about 5-10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook.  They were simple, easy, full of flavor and very low in fat and calories.  My perfect meal!  The combination of the potatoes and the ginger, paprika, cayenne and cumin was both sweet and spicy.  The lime juice that goes on after they are baked really adds a fresh, unique twist.  These definitely had a kick!

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These tasty little wedges make an excellent side dish, appetizer, snack or, if you’re like me, they make a fantastic main dish!

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 Enjoy!

 Spicy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Wedges (Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main dish)

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed well
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400  degrees.
  • Slice sweet potatoes in half lengthwise; slice each half into 3 wedges and then cut those in half.
  • Place in a medium bowl, and toss with oil, cumin, paprika, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.  If you have a baking rack like this, put the potatoes on it before putting on a baking sheet.  The rack helps the hot air distribute evenly over the wedges.
  •  Transfer to oven; roast until potatoes are crisp and golden on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
  • Turn, and continue roasting until golden all over, about 15 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven; season with salt and pepper and squeeze lime juice over wedges.
  • Serve with lime wedges.