Oscars Best Dressed

I have to admit, I did not stay up for the majority of the actual show, but what I did catch a whole lot of was the red carpet. Unfortunately, there weren’t nearly as many dresses this year that really caught my eye. In fact, the only time I can remember being kind of awed by a dress was when Rachel McAdams was presenting and all I could pay attention to was her dress. But regardless, I did find a handful of other dresses pretty gorgeous. Here are my top picks from the Oscars and the Vanity Fair after party. What were yours!

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Saorise Ronan

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Charlize Theron

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Rachel McAdams

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Priyanka Chopra

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Rachel McAdams (again)

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Kate Beckinsale

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Sara Sampaio

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Beauty Wishlist

Yes, it’s that time of year again: the time when I find myself fawning over numerous makeup items because I haven’t been to a Sephora or department store in way too long. To drive this point home, I still have 2 unused gift cards for Sephora and MAC that I received for Christmas, and I haven’t touched either of them! This weekend I’m looking forward to using them and here are the pieces that I’m most excited to (potentially) purchase:

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  • MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor – I’ve been looking for a liquid lipstick for a while now and seeing as MAC makes my favorite lipsticks ever, I’m hoping their liquid lip formula will be just as good.
  • Clean Reserve Warm Cotton – I smelt this scent during my last trip to Sephora and being someone who loves clean, crisp scents I found this one right up my alley. I think I’ll start off by getting the travel size and maybe graduating to full if I really like it.
  • Clarins HydraQuench Cream – I tried out a little sample of this a couple of months back and can still remember how in awe I was by how soft my generally dry patches on my face felt hours after applying this.
  • Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder – From what I’ve seen and heard, this is the perfect color for contouring. It’s hard for me to find a bronzer that works as a contour as my yellowish skin usually brings out the orange undertones so this ashier color can hopefully do the trick!
  • MAC Amber Lights – This color reminds me of Half-Baked by Urban Decay, one of my top 5 favorite eye shadow shades. But I would like to experiment with more MAC shades and seeing as I already have Half-Baked in my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, I think this color would be perfect for travel when I don’t need a whole palette.
  • Makeup Geek Houdini and Jester – Both of these colors were featured in Jaclyn Hill’s favorite eye shadows video and I think they are both stunning. I usually don’t go for crazy colors for my eyes but I think both of these are subtle enough and would really compliment brown eyes so I really want to give them a try!

If you’ve tried/own any of these items please let me know what you think of them!

Sunglasses for Round Faces

I am a round faced person. And while I didn’t always love this about myself, I have come to accept and embrace it over the years. Part of this journey to self-love for my round face has in part been due to the fact that I have learned what works and what doesn’t for people with my face shape. Sunglasses, for example, are one of those things that can either complement the shape of your face or possibly put it in worse light than it could be (literally). Here are some styles that I think work wonders for us round faced ladies and some that I personally can’t pull off. Let me know if you agree with my choices!

Best

Aviators – Everyone looks good in aviators. That’s just a fact.

aviator.PNGRetro Square – This classic style is big enough to not look small on larger faces and also adds sharper angles to the  face that  would otherwise not be there.

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Oversized Square– Wearing oversized glasses will naturally make the face look smaller in comparison if that’s what  you’re going for.

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Worst

Round – These glasses tend to sit closer to the center of the face which can make the sides of your face look wider than they really are.

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Sundresses to Shine In (all under $100!)

I think it’s safe to finally tell you all that come May/June I’ll be making my first trip to Italy! I’ve only been to Europe once before when I was 12 to see Paris, London and Wales which was an absolutely amazing experience even though. But now that I’m older (a lot older) I’m returning to Europe with my family and am so incredibly excited to experience the beautiful country of Italy with them and my matured appreciation for different cultures, foods, landscapes and basically everything else the country has to offer.

So naturally I have already been planning on what I’m gonna be wearing when I’m there (think mid 70’s) so I took to Revolve Clothing to check out their selection of summery dresses. Yes, it’s February, but you can never be too prepared! Here is a selection I’m contemplating purchasing:

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Easy Honey Mustard Salmon

Besides a brief 2 month period of time between my Sophomore and Junior years of college, I have never really been that into concocting dishes because I tend to choose convenience over cooking. And when I moved out of my parents house and into an apartment, my inclination to cook became even smaller. I no longer had the use of my parents kitchen or kitchenware, my pantry supply was significantly smaller than theirs so it seemed like every dish required an extra trip to the grocery store, I was working and exercising more and usually wouldn’t get home till around 7:30pm and I would only be cooking for one person which meant way too many leftovers from proper recipes.

But regardless, one of my New Years resolutions this year was to cook more. My friends, all friends that shared the duties of grocery shopping, cooking, and eating with a significant other, could cook so why couldn’t I? So I started. And I am by no means have started cooking all my meals at home, I actually usually only cook once a week! But it’s baby steps.

So I thought I’d share with you a recipe that I picked up from my company’s chef that’s super healthy and simple, and that anyone can make with salmon and ingredients that are probably already in their kitchen. And it only takes 20 minutes! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 half inch thick pieces of salmon (about the size of your hand)

1 . Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Lay salmon skin side down on a sheet or two of tin foil that has been placed on a baking sheet

3. Pat salmon with a paper so the skin is not really wet and season with salt and pepper

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4. Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl

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5. Pour honey mixture over salmon, making sure to run the mixture over all parts of the salmonIMG_5583.JPG

6. Fold the edges of the tin foil over the salmon to cover the salmon completely (you may need an extra pieces of tin foil at this point to cover the whole thing) and make sure no mixture is coming out of the sides

7. Place salmon in the foil on the tray (including the tray) into the over for about 15 minutes

8. Open foil and keep in oven for another 3-5 minutes until the fish is a little bit flaky and cooked through (I just suck a fork in mine and pulled it open to make sure)

9. Season with more salt and pepper then place on top of rice with a side of roasted veggies (I chose brussel sprouts) and enjoy!
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