Saturday, October 15, 2016

Coffee Talk // No. 3

What photo editing apps do you use?
For my Instagram photos, I use Afterlight, Snapped, and VSCO.

What can I do to prevent razor burn?
I get razor burn really bad around my bikini area, so I started waxing instead of shaving and that has helped a ton! I love Bliss' Poetic At-Home Hair Removal Kit. It's a hard wax that you just pop in the microwave or on the stovetop and you're good to go. You can check it out here. And its actually on sale right now for $24! That's half off.. So stock up! I also use Bliss' Ingrown Eliminating Pads, here, also half off! If you're not down with waxing, then I suggest shaving with coconut oil!

What are some good face masks for acne?
I am obsessed with Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I mix it with apple cider vinegar.. I've actually gotten all of my coworkers hooked on it also! Check out my blog post on it here.

I want eyelash extensions, but I'm scared it will make my real lashes fall out. What do you think?
I got eyelash extensions for the first time almost exactly one year ago because I was going to Hawaii and didn't want to worry about makeup.. and I've had them ever since! Beware. They are addicting!
Before I took the eyelash extension plunge, I used Latisse which I loved.
I haven't had any problems with my real lashes falling out and not coming back.. of course your real lashes will fall out no matter what, but they shouldn't more than they normally would. Make sure you do your research. Ask friends for a referral and I love looking at Yelp reviews. Also, make sure they have taken the correct certifications for lash extension application. 

Why do you do cupping all the time?
I LOVE cupping. I probably do it once a week.. I have horrible back pain, and cupping helps tremendously. I'm actually working on a whole post about cupping now..
Cupping is like getting a reverse massage. Instead of pushing the toxins out of your skin like a regular massage does, it pulls the toxins out using suction. Hence the round cupping marks you see afterward. I totally recommend it!

I want to get Botox but I'm scared. Any tips?
Well.. I have a confession. I'm a Botox junkie! I've been getting Botox for about five years now, and I don't plan on ever stopping. Its nice because the longer you do it, the less you have to get it. It's totally preventative so start before you see any big wrinkles. I get my whole forehead, and I just started getting it around my crows feet.
I'm pretty good with pain, so I don't think it hurts at all.. just a little prick. But, if you're a little apprehensive they have numbing creams they can apply, and also ice packs to help numb the area.
Make sure whoever you go to knows what they are doing.. I wouldn't recommend going to someone in a salon or an at home Botox party. Not worth the risk! Stick to physicians and nurses.
If you want a referral for someone in Southern Oregon, I love love love my girl, she is seriously THE BEST. Email me and I will pass along her info.

What are some inexpensive, cute scarfs for fall?
I'm so excited scarf season is upon us! I'm loving this dark colored BP scarf from Nordstroms here. Also I'm a sucker for a good blanket scarf.. here are some good ones from ASOS here, and here. Lastly, here is a great simple scarf, thats under $40, and comes in some great colors.

Remember to keep emailing me questions.. Or Tweet me, Snap me, or Instagram me!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Flora Springs Halloween Wine

Hey guys! Its my favorite time of the year! And my favorite winery, Flora Springs, just released their limited edition Halloween wines! 

The wine pictured is their 2014 All Hallows Eve Cabernet Franc, and it was delicious!

If you guys didn't know, Flora Springs is actually one of Napa Valley's original "ghost wineries".. Winery's that were built between 1860 and 1900 but abandoned in the early 20th century due to vine disease, The Great Depression, and Prohibition. Today, some ghost wineries still exist as ruins, but others, such as Flora Springs, have been renovated and restored to their former glory. 

Each year Flora Springs bottles small amounts of estate-grown wines in honor of this illustrious history!

For a limited time, you can get Flora Springs three Halloween wines here.

In addition to the 2014 All Hallows Eve Cabernet Franc, they also have a 2014 Ghost Winery Malbec, and a 2013 Harvest Witch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Special thanks to Flora Springs for sponsoring this post!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Book Club

My October read, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. 

Buy it on Amazon here.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pumpin Muffins With Maple Cream Cheese And Cinnamon Streusel

2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baling soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 pinch of salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/3 cups pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Maple Cream Cheese Filling
4 ounces (1/2 a package) cream cheese
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Cinnamon Streusel Topping
5 tablespoons cold butter, chopped into small cubes
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners, or grease and flour the cups.
2. In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl whisk together melted butter, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, about 3/4 full.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
1. In a small bowl mix together cream cheese, maple syrup, and brown sugar until all lumps are smooth.
2. Top muffin batter with a spoonful.

Cinnamon Streusel
1. Combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
2. Add chopped butter into dry ingredients, and mix until crumbly.
3. Sprinkle onto muffin batter.
4. Place muffin tins in the center rack of oven, and bake for 25 minutes or until tops are golden.