Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Favorite Coffee Table Books



I love coffee table books! 

I have a pretty big coffee table, so I'm always switching it up depending on what new books I get, when I get new flowers, new candles etc. 

It's always changing! 

Here are my top five favorite coffee table books right now..





Love x Style x Life by Garance Dore
French fashion blogger, Garance Dore shares her stories about love, style, and life. 





Emily Schuman, blogger behind Cupcakes And Cashmere, gives design ideas and DIY projects.





The Year Of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme
The author of the popular blog, A Cozy Kitchen, gives recipes and projects for all year round.





How To Be Parisian by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
Four accomplished French women give their take on what it really means to be Parisian.





Where's Karl? by Stacey CaldwellAjiri AkiMichelle Baron
A modern day 'Where's Waldo' with Karl Lagerfeld and his friends.








Coconut Macaroon Easter Egg Nests



Happy Easter!

These coconut macaroon Easter egg nests, are very easy to make, and taste incredible!!!

You can't go wrong with coconut, tons of butter, and Nutella! 

Plus, I look forward to the mini Cadbury eggs every year.. So addicting.







Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
6 cups shredded coconut
1/4 cup Nutella
45 Cadbury mini eggs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, until mixed thoroughly.
4. Mix in coconut.
5. Use a medium size cookie scooper, and drop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (6 balls to a cookie sheet).
6. Make an indent with fingers, in the middle of the ball, to resemble a bird's nest.
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom, and browned in spots on top.
8. Once cooled, spoon Nutella into each nest, and top with 3 eggs.


Recipe adapted from Lauren Conrad.





Monday, March 21, 2016

DIY Marbled Indigo Eggs



Spring is here, and Easter is coming. I've always thought Easter was such a fun holiday. Especially as a kid.. 

In the morning, my parents would hide eggs in the yard, and my sister and I would race to get as many as we could. (Most of them were filled with money.) 
Then we would come in and get these amazing baskets with candy and toys.. And as we grew older the toys turned into Chanel makeup palettes, and Essie nail polish. 

I've always had a little soft spot for Easter. 

Here is a super chic way to decorate Easter eggs this year, and it's SUPER easy! (Just make sure you wear gloves!)





Supplies
Eggs (faux or real)
Blue nail polish
Disposable container 
Room temperature water
Gloves
Drying holder
Stir stick

Directions
1. Fill plastic container 3/4 ways full with room temperature water. (Cold water will make nail polish sink and set up fast).
2. Add nail polish to water. Stir if needed. 
3. Dip egg and swirl to get all sides covered. 
4. Place on drying rack, and let dry!









Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding



Ingredients
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk (you can use any milk)
1 tablespoon blue agave syrup
1 tablespoon PB2
1 banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Granola (homemade granola recipe here.. its so good!

Directions
1. Mix together chia seeds, almond/coconut milk, blue agave syrup, and PB2 and whisk. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Mix again.
2. Mix in peanut butter and bananas.
3. Top with granola.



This recipe is super quick and easy. Also great for getting protein after the gym! 
Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. 





Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pizza Dough




I love pizza.. especially homemade pizza, with homemade dough!

Heres my super fast and easy pizza dough recipe.
(You only have to let it set for about an hour.. aaand BONUS! It makes 2 crusts, 
so you can put one in the freezer for later!)






Ingredients
1 packet active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour, or flour of your choice
1 cup slightly warm water

Directions
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with hook attachment, pour in warm water and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Add oil, and salt.
3. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour. Mix until dough mall forms.
4. Transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit about 1 hour.
5. Cut dough ball in half. (You can freeze the second piece in plastic wrap and a freezer bag)
6. Roll out dough into a 12 inch round. Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.



I topped mine with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil.

This will seriously be one of the best pizza's you will ever have!



Enjoy!


XO




Monday, March 7, 2016

Bee Venom

Well, if you follow me on Snapchat (username: Colieolieoh) you will know that i've been using a new face mask. Bee venom face mask.. You will also know that it stings and burns like a mother f*#%er.
But hey, if Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton do it, I can too.

I'll try just about anything for youthful skin. I'm a Botox junkie.. and I started using anti-aging skincare products when I was sixteen years old. 

Anyway.. Bee venom is NATURES BOTOX! 

As the skin ages, it loses its naturally occurring collagen, which results in sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. 




 The venom causes a rush of blood to the area and stimulates the production of natural collagen and elastin. 

 Collagen strengthens body tissue, while elastin is the protein that helps the skin to remain taut and bounce back into shape after being pressed or pinched. 

Bee venom itself increases blood circulation, gently plumping out and firming the skin, filling and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. 

 (Source: Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodail skincare)



Although, bee venom isn't for everybody.. obviously if you're allergic to bees, don't try it unless you want to end up in the emergency room. 




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