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So we all know about the man bun trend and how that took off like a rocket but crashed just as hard due to the mini bun that wished it was a man bun. We also know that that sparked more creativity in man grooming and along came the beard. With that more fun trends appeared like fashion colours, like sea foam and chartreuse, to flower beards.. BUT have you seen the new trend being marked as the “Men’s Holiday Beard”? This new phenomenon that incorporates wonderful things like beards and glitter (ooh shiny things!) is gaining speed as the holiday approaches. Personally, we love it! If girls can glitter their roots and have all kinds of crazy hair, why can’t a guy dip his entire face bush into a bowl of glitter? Think of those kisses.. actually sparks will fly!
What do you guys think?
Fall is in full force and we are lovin it!
Here is a quick video tutorial, done with our amazing quality cellphone, to show you a few fun ways to wrap your scarves.
That’s right!! Here is our tried and true recipe for the perfect at home Pumpkin Spice Latte <3
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
In a medium sized bowl combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a medium size hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, about 1 to 2 minutes. If you prefer not to microwave you can bring everything up to temperature in a saucepan over the stove. Whisk mixture until milk is foamy, about 30 seconds.
Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk mixture. Top off with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
And there you have it!! Your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home! This recipe makes one drink so double up for you and a friend.
In the pool but your cellphone addiction won’t leave you alone? Pop your cellphone into a Ziploc bag. That way, you don’t have to worry about water damage when you reach for your phone with wet hands.
Heading out for a day of summer activities and need to pack some hydration with you? Take a water bottle, fill it half full with water and stick it sideways in the freezer overnight. The next day, pop any liquid you’d like in there to keep it cool all day long.
Nothing is worse then when you’re out and about and you break a flip flop! Keep a bread bag tag in your purse for a quick fix! Simply put the sandal tong back through the hole in the sandal and secure underneath with the bread tag. Easy peasy!
So you’re out at the beach all day, enjoying the sunshine and relaxing in the water. When you get up to put your shoes back on… they’re covered in sand. And let’s be real, that stuff follows you around forever. Get rid of that pesky sand by putting baby powder on your feet. It sticks to the sand and makes it ALL brush right off.
As amazing as laying in the sun all day is, we need to be careful. Sometimes though, we do forget to add on some protection and come home looking.. a little lobstery. Help soothe that burn by putting some Aloe Vera Gel into ice cube trays and freezing them. The aloe will help the burn heal and that ice cold touch will help soothe.
The season shoe switch is a real thing. We do more walking and therefore tend to opt more for flats. If you’re like me, you prefer your flats without the added bulk of socks. The sockless life tends to be a rather, unpleasant smelling one. Fix this by putting a tea bag in your shoes overnight. The teabag will absorb any odours leaving you feet smelling fresh all day!
As stated in number 7, the great season shoe switch happens this time of year. Sandals, as cute as they are, can cause some serious toe rubbing and with that can cause blisters. Fix this by rubbing some antiperspirant on your tootsies! The added lubrication will cause less friction. Less friction= less blisters!
This added heat can make any makeup masterpiece turn into an oily disaster. Fix this by grabbing some coffee filters, cutting them into smaller squares and patting them on your face. They will soak up all the extra oil and leave your makeup looking flawless! (added hack: grab a bag of 100 filters from the dollar store for under $2!! cutting them into smaller squares can make hundreds!)
Not feeling heavy makeup in the heat, but still like the coverage? Then girl.. I have got the perfect hack for you! Let’s just say: best for last! Grab any concealer (I love Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer for this) and mix a small amount with your daily moisturizer and VOILA! Tinted Moisturizer! Not only is it tinted.. but you have that full, flawless coverage that you love without any heavy feeling! You’re welcome <3
It’s hot out there!! Cool off with these delicious frozen treats <3
CUCUMBER HONEYDEW MARGARITA POPSICLES
Makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles
1 cup honeydew juice (approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb)
1/3 cup cucumber juice (approximately half a cucumber weighing 5oz.)
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 large mint sprigs
(You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses.
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cups sugar
· 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed
1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Depending on the fineness of the sieve tiny pieces may remain).
1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.
BERRY-LIME-COCONUT YOGURT ICE POPS
makes about 8 medium-sized ice pops
8 oz mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries etc.)
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
3½ Tbsp sugar
16 oz Greek yogurt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut milk (with cream)
big pinch of salt
1. Mix together the berries, lime juice, and 1 Tbsp of sugar. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then mash roughly with a fork. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, coconut milk (with cream), 2 1/2 Tbsp of sugar, and salt. Fold in the berries — juice and all — but make sure to leave streaks.
3. Fill ice pop molds and freeze for about 30 minutes to an hour, then insert ice pop sticks halfway. Freeze until solid — about 4 hours or overnight.
4. To unmold, dip the popsicle molds in running water or leave out for a few minutes.
Note on coconut milk: make sure to stir together the cream and milk in the coconut milk before using.
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
2 small ripe avocados
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a bowl, along with the cooled syrup and salt. Mash and stir until smooth. (You can also do this in a blender, but we just stirred by hand.) Add the lime juice and stir just until combined.
Divide the mixture among your popsicle molds, snap on the lid and freeze until solid, about 5 hours.
NUTELLA FUDGE POPS
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2c choc-hazelnut butter or Nutella
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- tiny pinch salt
Blend all ingredients until super-smooth. (We used a food processor, and we thawed the bananas a tiny bit so they’d blend.) Eat as ice cream, or scoop into popsicle molds (or paper cups) and freeze for fudgsicles.
STRAWBERRY COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER POPSICLES
- ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, split
- juice of 1 lime; split
- 1 (15 ounce) can whole fat coconut milk, well shaken
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter, slightly melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle the shredded coconut onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Place the strawberries into the bowl of a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and juice of half a lime. Blend until smooth.
- Using a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, remaining lime juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and vanilla extract and stir in the toasted coconut.
- Pour in some of the strawberry mixture into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Next, drizzle the slightly melted peanut butter over the top, and then pour in the coconut milk mixture to fill the each popsicle mold about ⅔rd full.
- Cover with the popsicle mold lid and place sticks inside. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight, before serving. When ready to serve, run the popsicle mold under warm water to help release the pops from the mold. Alternatively, you can place the popsicle mold in a large container filled with very warm water to loosen the pops. Enjoy!
Acid green, bitter lime, chartreuse, electric crimson and fluorescent pink…..
If you’re sitting there having Flashbacks of dancing in your room, hairbrush in hand, while singing Pat Benatar in the best off key way you know how… then you know that I am talking about neon. Thanks to Oscar de la Renta and celebrities like Julie Bowen, this 80’s craze is now becoming “haute” stuff. Now before you bring out your scrunchies and start teasing your hair… let’s have a little chat about the do’s and the don’ts.
DO: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Wearing neon is like texting in all caps.. so be ready for it. There is a very fine line to cross into Boy George land. Pair neon with a neutral like ivory, peach or even lilac.
DON’T: CHANNEL BIG BIRD
You know what I’m talking about.. don’t do it. Just.. don’t
DO: GO FOR A POP
Pop’s of neon can brighten any outfit, and day. Whether you have some facetime with a swipe of neon pink lipstick or a small bright cross body handbag, a small pop of the colour can go a long way.
DON’T: LOOK LIKE AN EXTRA FROM A WHAM VIDEO
Read above… just a pop of neon.. not the whole club pack.
Now go forth and be bright!