Easy and Simple Festive Mani Featuring Julep Polishes

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Here is a really simple, classy, easy festive manicure that will  sparkle up your holidays (or anytime of the year)!

These two polishes (except the silver base color for the glitter) comes from a company called Julep. It is another subscription box that costs 20 dollars per month. You pay by month (no lump sum like some other subscription services), so that means you can skip months. I don’t get it very often. The amount of each polish is only about 0.27 oz. Most polishes are usually in the 0.4 – 0.5 oz range. HOWEVER, they have some really amazing colors. When I saw these two colors, I had to have this month’s box. Also, the polish is 4-Free aka nontoxic.

You can head over to Julep, if you want to try out a box.

You can get this look by using a makeup sponge or using the wand the nail polish comes with. Just get as much polish off the brush as possible and put a little put on about 3/4 down your nail. For the next coat, keep a little more of the polish on the brush and start about half down your nail, so the upper part of your nail builds on the color. This time, get even more polish on your brush and put it on from a little below the tip. Finally, put more polish on the tip of your nail and you should achieve a gradient look.

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Easy Thanksgiving Nail Art Tutorial!

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I have been slacking on the nail art department lately. I had been in a slump. Alas, I believe I am out of the slump. Expect some cute Christmas nails after Thanksgiving has passed.

I also, want to extend a humongous THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this blog. It’s been fun posting my nail art and recipes. I hope you all enjoy it and will continue to do so!

On to the nails!

I was inspired by this post from Ducking to Swan. Check it out!

Start off with a base coat and two coats of a brown.

turkey thanksgiving nail art manicureWith a tiny paint brush and dotting tool, make an outline of a beak and eyes with black polish.
turkey thanksgiving nail art manicureTo get a brush with skinny enough bristles, I just cut the bristles off a paint brush like so:
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BBQ Sauce Marinated Pork Loin Roast With Vinaigrette Dressed Cabbage

Last week when I went to the grocery store to pick out my meat for my lunch for the week, I saw this pork loin roast. It was very cheap. Cheaper than chicken or turkey meat. I had never cooked a pork loin roast before, so I was hesitant. Since it was such a good price, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The store also had a package of raw coleslaw for 89 cents! So there was one side. They also had frozen veggies for 10 for $10. Another side added. So yeah, it was a good grocery shopping experience. Walking around the store, I saw a display for Frank’s Red Hot Sauces. They had a BBQ sauce flavor. I knew then how I was going to make my pork loin.

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For the pork loin, I put in an appropriate sized Tupperware, and I covered it in salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Then I took about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot BBQ and rubbed it all over the pork loin. I made sure it was covered nicely. I put the lid on the Tupperware and set it in the fridge. I made my lunch on Sunday Football, so I let the meat marinate for the length of the Saints game. (You could probably get by with a half hour to hour marinade.)

I did sneak a taste of the Frank’s Red Hot BBQ Sauce. Oh man, is that good! If anyone has been to a Brewer’s game in Milwaukee and has had their Secret Stadium Sauce, it reminded me a little bit of that. Tangy with a bit of a kick. Love it.

After it marinated, on a covered pan, I put the pork loin into a 350 degree preheated oven. I let it cook for about an hour. About half way through the cooking process, I gave the pork loin another covering of the BBQ sauce. Pork needs to reach an internal temperature about 165 degrees.

franks red hot bbq sauce pork loinSo beautiful. I let this rest for about a good hour, hour and a half. You can let this rest not as long if you are serving this the day you cook it. Since I wasn’t, I let it rest as long as possible before I cut into it. Got to  keep those juices in!

As the pork loin rested, I made my side dishes. I took some corn and zucchini and sauteed it in coconut oil. I let them get a little charred before I took it off the pan to let it cool down.

For the cabbage, I wanted to make a vinaigrette since that holds up better if you are stretching the coleslaw for a whole week.

I found this recipe for a warm vinaigrette. I followed this recipe as it was. the only thing I did differently was use regular mustard and horseradish mustard because I didn’t have any dijon mustard on hand. I should have lessened the amount of the liquid ingredients. Not by much, just a little. I think this recipe used more coleslaw than what came in my packaged coleslaw.

balsmaic paleo vinaigrette colesalw

  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Read more: http://therealfoodguide.com/red-cabbage-paleo-coleslaw/#ixzz2kMq7WpF0

You basically put all this in a sauce pan over medium-high heat and make sure it is all combined well. Let it come to a boil, and put the heat down to low. Let this reduce for three to four minutes. Pour it all over your coleslaw. It will wilt your cabbage, but still keep it somewhat crisp. It has a nice tartness to it.

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Back to that pork loin. After I finished my two sides, I finally cut into the pork. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was soooooo juicy. I shocked myself with how awesome this came out on my first attempt. None of it was over cooked or undercooked. I really feel that letting it rest so long helped that.

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I taste tested a few pieces. Wow. So so good. I will definitely make this again. Maybe this time for  dinner instead of lunch.

Here is my lunch for the week put together.
franks red hot bbq sauce pork loinI cut up all the meat and put it in an airtight container. The meat was just as juicy from Sunday as it was on Friday. It was so succulent. So let your meat rest! I don’t think it would have been as juicy on Friday if I didn’t let it rest so long.

I hope everyone has a great week! See yall soon!

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Black and Gold Aztec 2.0

Yesterday I posted this post featuring Aztec nail stickers from Maybelline Colorshow.

I decided to add some more of the stickers to my other nails. I absolutely LOVE the outcome. Get creative with your nail art stickers, especially the ones that don’t fit your nails all the way.

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Black and Gold Aztec

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Maybe I should have done my nails BEFORE watching the Saints instead of during the game. Maybe they would have won. :[

Anywho! When i went to Texas this summer, I bought quite a few nail stickers on sale at Walmart. I am finally using one of them. I didn’t use them in the traditional way. I didn’t want to cover my whole nail. I cut them how I wanted to use them. I really like the results of this manicure.

I used Maybelline ColorShow Nail Sticker in Aztec Gold. You can read a review I did of their stickers here.

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Scar Tissue Nails

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

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I used this tutorial from PackaPunchPolish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0H7f5RF6Ek&feature=youtu.be

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Halloween Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes (Picture Tutorial)

I’ve seen these all over the place. I knew I had to make them. There won’t be much writing on this post. I bought the cheapest cake mix I could find and followed ALL baking directions for it. I will give one tip, after the 20 minutes of baking (per my box instructions), I turned off the oven and let the cupcakes sit there for about 10 minutes.

Of course, you don’t have to make these Halloween themed, but since it is the holiday, might as well!

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The cupcakes came out kind of flat-topped. This is probably because I put the food colored batter on top. I think if I put the colored batter in the middle and then topped it off with the non-colored cake batter, it might be a bit more rounded at the top.

The cupcakes came out kind of flat-topped. This is probably because I put the food colored batter on top. I think if I put the colored batter in the middle and then topped it off with the non-colored cake batter, it might be a bit more rounded at the top.

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You’ve Got Red On You (Shaun of the Dead Nails)

Continuing my non-traditional Halloween nail art theme, I chose another movie to base my nails off of.

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Shaun of the Dead is one of my absolute favorite zombie movies. Ever. I pretty much love anything Simon Pegg and Nick Frost create. This movie will make you laugh til you cry and also make you want to throw up your lunch. Perfect combination. If you have never seen it, do it now. What have you been doing with your life?

I saw a minimalist poster of this movie on Pintrest, and knew this would be doable and kind of fun. Enjoy!

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A Clockwork Orange Manicure

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Halloween is approaching quickly. I thought about doing a few manicures for the holiday, but I really didn’t want to do the normal bats, ghosts, and mummies. (I did that last year. I will post those at some time.) Instead, I wanted to do a manicure inspired by a movie that frightens me.

A Clockwork Orange is not really a horror movie, but it creeped me out majorly. If you have not seen the movie, you need to. I have not yet read the book, but it is on my list. Malcolm McDowell is so brilliant as Alex DeLarge. What him and his gang do to innocent, random people is terrifying. What is done to Alex to reform him is terrifying. Definitely a must watch.

I really like how the mani turned out. My suspenders could have been a bit better, but other than that, it looks awesome! For those of you who have seen the movie, you will understand the Singin’ in the Rain reference.

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clockwork orange manicure halloween

clockwork orange manicure halloween

clockwork orange manicure halloween

clockwork orange manicure halloween

clockwork orange manicure halloween

 

Nails in Motion:

 

I think I may do one or two more Halloween movie inspired manicures. It was a lot of fun!

Polishes Used:
Base Coats – Chip Skip by O.P.I.
                       Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
Orange – “Club Havana” by Wet N Wild Megalast
Black – “Lights Out” by Wet N Wild Megalast
White- “Whipped Topping” by Wet N Wild Megalast
Blue – “I Need a Refresh-Mint” by Wet N Wild Megalast
Grey – “Audacious Asphalt” by Maybelline ColorShow
Glitter – “Dotty” by Maybelline ColorShow
Top Coat – “Out the Door” by INM

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Mixed Green Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Baked Chicken

Warning, I did a bad job with taking pictures as I cooked this meal, so there aren’t very many pictures. Please forgive me.

Tzatziki Dressing

However, this was such a good salad! I love love love Greek food. I wanted something super light that was also low carb and low in sugar for my lunch last week. This definitely achieved that.

For the chicken, I had a Mediterranean spice blend and baked my chicken in the oven with that.

I adapted this recipe for the dressing from a blog called Mother Rhyme. There were ingredients in there I didn’t like too much, so I left them out. You can always refer back to the original recipe if you want to see what she had in her dressing.

Tzatziki Dressing:

1 1/2 cups (12 oz) plain Greek yogurt
1 cup seedless cucumber peeled (I forgot to peel mine) and chopped or seeded cucumber peeled, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or 1/2  a fresh lemon)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon (1-2 cloves) garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional ingredients:
Jar of artichoke hearts (I think I used a 5 oz jar)
Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (I used what I had left, about 1/2 jar)

I added all the ingredients, except the tomatoes and artichoke hearts, in a blender and blended away until it was pretty smooth. Since I forgot to peel my cucumber, the dressing turned a little green, but it did not affect the flavor of it.

When the dressing had the consistency that I liked, I put it into a container and then added the sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes in. I just gave it a nice stir and set it in the fridge. As the week went on, the dressing became thicker and thicker. It was really lovely. It had such a nice, refreshing, and crisp flavor. This would be perfect in the summer.

For the rest of salad, I bought mixed green salad, olives, feta cheese, and Roman tomatoes (I chopped them).

My fridge was overflowing with containers.

Tzatziki Dressing

I couldn’t even use my regular lunch bag to pack my lunch in because even when I condensed everything, there were still too many containers! I put the chicken in with the salad mix, added the feta cheese to my dressing, and put the olives and tomatoes into a small container.

Tzatziki Dressing

Tzatziki Dressing

Here is the nutritional information about the salad. It was way lower in calories than I thought it would be. Of course, these are approximate calories and nutritional data. It has A LOT of protein, so it was filling.

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