Arbonne Beauty Haul!

I’M BACK! It’s been a hot minute, but I finally have time to take a deep breath and post some shizz on this bad boy! I suppose it’s kind of a good thing that I’ve been so busy… means business is good. And while I love my blog, this ain’t my bidness. ;]

Ok guys, I was recently introduced to Arbonne cosmetics, skin care, and wellness products and they’re amazeballs. If you’ve never heard of this brand, read up on them a little here. Their products are all vegan, natural, no animal byproducts or parabens… and I’ve recently decided to start paying attention to what I put on and in my body, so I’m happy with this company! So here’s my latest video all about the wonderful goodies I have acquired. Enjoy! xo

Friday Fav!

Remkerirussell11ember this girl? The oh-so awkward and sad Felicity? I was obsessed with that show, but not so much with her. Being that I am a victim of curly/frizzy hair myself, I watched in total agony every time this girl was on screen… like… why couldn’t someone get you a blowdryer? I know it was a late 90’s show and the frizzy hair wasn’t a HUGE issue in fashion yet, but whatever. I suppose that is beside the point. Keri Russell kind of came and went, didn’t she? I’m glad she made a comeback. First in August Rush, then in some Lifetime movies about Pie or something… now in The Americans [awesome show on FX, if you didn’t know] and she is hotter than ever! Check this out.

keri-russell-290um… MEOW. I love it. Everything about this. [except the fact that it looks like she has a broken ankle down there.. what the hell is that? Super uncomfortable looking!] Anywho. It is seriously so difficult to wear a leather mini dress, am I wrong? I’ve been 100% honest about my feelings on leather; you have to practically be a supermodel to pull it off… even though I own leather leggings… I’m very shy about wearing them! ha. This dress fits her like a little leather winter glove. If you guys saw Olivia Palermo in her leather dress not long ago, it looked like a big frumpy Hefty bag. Which is so weird to me because she hardly ever wears anything poorly, but apparently it’s possible. So when buying anything leather, make sure it’s flattering! Her smokey-eye-like makeup kind of gives her an uber sexy look without looking like she’s about to spank you with a big paddle. Simple black pumps, and an easy side-part blowout ties this look all together. I’m a big fan, and it kind of makes me want to go out and buy a leather dress. I won’t. But I want to.

So what do you think? Love or hate? Tell me your thoughts! Until next time. Kisses!

Recipe: Shrimp Scampi [Paleo]

I was never a huge fan of shrimp. I would only eat when I had hibachi. My husband tried to get me to eat or make it ALL the time and I would constantly tell him no, because I don’t eat shrimp. Meanwhile I hadn’t had it since I was like 11 and I just resigned to the fact that I didn’t eat shrimp because I didn’t really eat when I was 11. I’m so mature. Little by little I would try it every now and then, and one day I realized, I actually like this. So needless to say I try to cook with shrimp more often because I know Matt really likes it, and I’ll actually eat it.

I had been making the Barefoot Contessa’s shrimp scampi for a while until we started this Paleo diet. It has twice the amount of butter that this recipe has, I think heavy cream… and pasta. Yikes! This is the Paleo recipe. I promise it’s just as yummy as ‘regular’ shrimp scampi! It has to be, because I’m kind of a shrimp snob now. Here’s all you need:

DSC_34272 T coconut oil
2 pounds shrimp | Peeled & Deveined [2 lb. serves 4 people]
3 T butter (or ghee)
4 cloves garlic | minced
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T fresh parsley | chopped
A pinch of cayenne pepper (you can add more to taste)
Sea Salt & fresh black pepper

I threw this over sautéed kale instead of pasta. And I know what you’re thinking… sautéed kale… again?! I swear I make more than just kale! haha but I thought since we added lemon juice to the kale it would compliment the shrimp well, and IT DID! So hush. If you want the recipe for my sautéed kale go here.

Step 1: Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp all the way through until they turn pink. [about 2-3 minutes, give or take]
Step 2: Spoon out the shrimp with a slotted spoon and set them aside. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add one tablespoon butter until melted then add the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Remove the skillet from heat. Add lemon juice, chopped parsley, remaining butter, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
Step 4: Return the shrimp to the pan, combine with the rest of the ingredients.
Step 5: Serve over the side of your choice.

And that’s it! It’s pretty easy. I’d say the most difficult part is making sure the shrimp is cooked all the way through and not overcooked. But this is a really delicious recipe. My husband added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to his shrimp and it was really good, ha. Not paleo, but whatever. Hope you guys like it! Until next time, kisses!

Wednesday Worst!

This post is proof that you can go from the best dressed celeb to the worst in almost the blink of an eye! A few weeks ago I posted this picture of Victoria Justice. 


I loved the way she looked here! So sleek and sexy! This bold print mini dress is seriously gorgeous… I want it. And her hair looks perfect. But you can read that whole post here. I don’t want to dive into it all again. Anyway…. She is a beautiful girl, hands down. However, being beautiful doesn’t always translate well to your wardrobe. In this picture, she looks like a grown up.. not a Disney star. Not so much in today’s picture… take a look.




Here she screams DISNEY STAR!! So much layering going on with this outfit. She has a striped tank top on under a white tee shirt under a very busy printed button up. All of this with some cuffed denim shorts… Not terrible although it is quite a lot for your eyes to take in… but if your eyes go lower you land on mid-calf high black leather boots. Say what?? They are so out of place with this whole outfit. It’s really just strange to me! From the torso up it’s super busy and from the legs down it’s so miss-matched! This outfit, however funkadelic it may be, would have been salvageable with some cute sandals since she’s clearly going for a laid-back look here… or at least I think she is? With the boots I’m seriously not sure. On the flip side, her hair and makeup looks flawless, as always, so she has that going for her, but the rest of this… major fail for me. Black leather boots are never a go-to when you’re wearing denim shorts… come on now!

What do you guys think? Are you digging the S&M boots with the day-at-the-beach outfit? (I don’t think you are.. but you never know!) Until next time kiddies. Kisses!


Recipe: Almond Banana Smoothie

This is, BY FAR, my favorite thing to have for breakfast… or lunch. I literally have one almost every single day. It’s the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever tasted. I’m not a huge fruit person… in fact… I hate most fruit. Pineapple is about the only thing I’ll ever actually want. Come at me with an apple and I’ll hit you. Unless it’s covered in caramel and candy… then it’s ok. My point is, I hate super fruity smoothies. I just can’t stomach them. So this is the perfect one for me.

This smoothie recipe is located in my Paleo cookbook and it’s SO easy to make (especially if you have a Ninja Kitchen) that I figured I’d share.

Here’s all you need… DSC_3424

1 banana
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
3 ice cubes.
1 cup coconut milk (i’m using almond/coconut milk here… just as good)
a pinch of cinnamon. (and a little for garnish)

And you obviously combine all of the ingredients in a blender or Ninja Kitchen. I cut up the banana into pieces to make it blend faster… which I’m sure is what everyone does. And that’s it! Top it off with a little sprinkle of cinnamon and there ya have it… the best damn smoothie ever! It takes me about 2 minutes total to make this every morning, I have it down to a science now. Try it out, let me know what you think! Enjoy. xo

Tunesday Spotlight: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Aloha, loves! It’s freaking cold today! It was so nice out yesterday, I was lucky enough to get to spend a large portion of the day outdoors. I was hoping it was going to be equally as nice out today because my friend and I have standing play dates with the kiddies every Tuesday and we like to take them for long walks when it’s nice out. Maybe next week, it is supposed to warm up again. Fingers crossed!

Anyway. Here’s my song of the week. It’s Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, literally sitting around a table singing some of their best songs. This is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs! When the album version comes on in my car I turn it up as loud as humanly possible and sing along at the top of my lungs til I’m blue in the face. SUCH a good song. Enjoy!

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Things I Never Needed

Recipe: Citrus Beef Salad Stir Fry [Paleo]

It’s recipe time, my loves! This is one of my favorite recipes from our Paleo cookbook. I’m a huge stir fry person. I don’t know why, but I really like it. They have a whole section in this book on stir fry so I’m pretty much in my glory here. Anyway. Here is the recipe for Citrus Beef Salad Stir Fry:

IMG_2958What you need:
cooking fat (coconut oil)
Stir Fry Beef (if you can’t find it already packaged, just buy 1 pound tender cut beef and cut it into thin strips).
1 onion – sliced
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 lemons – peeled and segmented. – Use the peel for 1 tsp. zest
2 oranges – peeled and segmented. Use the peel for 1 tsp. zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (from lemon #2)
1 Tablespoon orange juice (from orange #2)
1 tsp fresh ginger – grated
A big bunch of spinach (If you’re a big spinach fan like I am, use A LOT of spinach because it wilts down to almost nothing after you cook it for a few minutes.

Step 1: Melt 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large frying pan. Stir-fry the beef until ALMOST fully browned.
Step 2: Before it cooks completely, remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.
Step 3: Add a little less than a tablespoon of coconut oil (the pan will still have juices in it from the meats) and add in the ginger, onion, and garlic. Stir fry for about three minutes.
Step 4: Return beef to pan and add lemon & orange juices. Bring to a boil. Add the bunch of spinach.
Step 5: Cook only for about another minute or two, just until the spinach wilts.
Step 6: Serve over bed of segmented oranges and lemons, top with the zest for garnish.

And viola! There you have it, kids. My favorite paleo stir fry recipe so far. It’s super yummy. Try it out tonight and tell me watcha think! Also, in the book it says it serves 4… but I’d say this is more for like 3 people. Matt and I finished almost all of it. I’d add a little more spinach & beef if you’re cooking for 4 people. Use the amounts I listed above if it’s just you and one other person. Hope this helps! Until next time, kisses!