Jan 16

Kale Chips: My New Favorite Snack

I really like to eat.  Like a lot.

I think breakfast, lunch, AND dinner are all the most important meals of the day.  (This is why I try to work out so much, because I’m always eating.)  On top of my three square (usually) meals, I am a pretty big snacker, too.  If I could eat whatever I wanted, I’d go for nacho cheese Doritos every time.  Because I just can’t eat like that whenever I want + I definitely wouldn’t want to offend you with Doritos breath (no really – Doritos give you the worst breath!), I’ve turned to alternatives like whole wheat pita chips + my newest love/ favorite snack: kale chips.

Kale is super healthy for you since it’s high in fiber, vitamin A, and calcium among other things.  It tastes pretty good raw, but it’s truly awesome when thrown in the oven and made into chips.  Kale chips totally curb my salty/ crunchy cravings and they are way more filling than they look!

Basically, I get this bag of kale from Trader Joe’s

…and in a few simple steps I turn it into this.  Voila!

Here’s the kale chips recipe I’ve been using lately:

What you need:
8 cups of kale
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper

How you do it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line sheet pan with parchment paper.  Remove stems from kale.  Tear into very large pieces.  (Chips will shrink considerably.)  Wash kale.  Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels.  Make sure it’s fully dried.

In a large bowl, add kale, oil, and seasonings.  Stir to coat evenly.  Add kale to parchment lined sheet plan in a single layer.  Bake in batches for about 8 minutes until edges are slightly brown.  (Start checking your chips at about 6 minutes.)  Do not allow to overcook – they can go from perfectly crisp to completely burnt in a matter of seconds.  Enjoy!

Happy healthy cooking + eating, y’all!  :)

xx, L

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Jun 26

My Bumble and Bumble Arsenal…

I am a budding Bumble and Bumble hair product addict. 

Please see my current 3-piece arsenal below:

I use these three bad boys regularly and am totally obsessed, y’all.  Total!

Quenching Complex: A potent, daily, leave-in treatment that quenches the cuticle smooth, seals in moisture, renews shine, and protects – keeping flyaways…away.

Thickening Hairspray: Begins styling lift-off for any hair type with moderate hold.

White Hair Powder: Styling ease, dry cleansing, and tinting.

I also looooove this product, but I can’t use it because it will strip my keratin treatment.  :(

Surf Spray: Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever.

Get your Bumble and Bumble hair arsenal here: I heart B+B!

xx, L

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May 24

Adventures in Hair…and Alpharetta

Since we started this blog (almost THREE years ago!) I made myself a promise never to divulge my hairstylists’ names for fear that I’d never be able to get an appointment again… but since my guy was almost impossible to get in with before I even met him… I figure I’m no worse off by telling you that I am officially hopelessly, ridiculously devoted to the magical Daniel Jones at his salon, Muse Salon and Spa.

I love you.

It feels good to say it out loud.  

How obsessed am I, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  For the last 7+ months, I’ve been driving up, up, up 400 to exit TEN to ALPHARETTA on the regular just to see him.  Yep, he is OTP BIG time…and I couldn’t care less.  I’m pretty sure I’d travel further because my hair has NEVER been better.

This weekend, I left with much more than bright, shiny, blonde blonde blonde hair!   I also made three purchases that I’m very excited about:

1. Kerastase Ciment Thermique  Daniel turned me on to this product months ago and it’s doing wonders for my poor, processed locks.  It’s a leave-in protective reconstructive cream for your hair and I adore it.   I use the tiniest amount, and though this little tube will run you upwards of $40 – it lasts forever.  I recommend 100%. 

2. Youngblood Mineral Lengthening Mascara

Whether or not this mascara’s “volumising formula” or “conditioning benefits” remains to be seen since I’ve only had it for a few days.  But what I can tell you is this – it’s a fantastic mascara.  In my opinion, the trick is to apply one coat and allow it to dry before applying the second.  Trust me – if you do this, you will have a gorgeous set of full, lush lashes that will NOT flake or smudge.  I love this stuff already –and if it improves the health of my lashes – well that?  That’ll just be gravy.      

3. Iso Clamp-less Curling Iron

I love my big heated rollers, but I feel like all they do is give me volume and lift and when I use a regular curling iron, I feel like I look like I’m an adult contestant in Toddlers and Tiaras…

with tightly twisted curls in place of the the soft beachy waves I’m craving.  Well, no more – with this “twister,” I can finally achieve them!  This tool is amazing and I absolutely love it.  BIG time bonus: it’s blonde-proof.   It comes with a nifty glove so you literally CAN’T burn your fingers.  Genius.

And that?  Is all I have for you today.  Go forth with longer lashes and stronger, bouncier hair, my friends.

xx, L

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Apr 19

Top 10 Makeovers of All Time

10. Tai from Clueless
They may have dragged her kicking and screaming…but she was a total Betty afterwards.

Cher, I don’t want to do this anymore. And my buns: they don’t feel nothin’ like steel.

9. Katy from Mean Girls.  You go, Glen Coco!

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

8. Andrea Sachs from the Devil Wears PradaBangs?  Check. Amazing handbag?  Check.  Ridiculously amazing clothing montage?  Checkity check check checkkkkk!

Take that, Meryl.

7. Two words: MRS. DOUBTFIRE.

Is it me or is her skin flawless?

6. Elfaba’s POPULAR Makeover in Wicked….

“When someone needs a makeover I simply HAVE to take over…”

5. Sandy from GreaseNow that’s one way to get some attention…

“Tell me about it….stud!”

4. Ronald Miller from Can’t Buy Me Love.  Don’t make me laugh, lawn boy!

Yep. Like, he went from totally geek to TOTALLY CHIC.

3. Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady (even though her “before” would be totally acceptable in Little 5.  What a hipster!)

All I want is a room somewhere…and fancy new clothes and a diction coach.

2. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman  Enough Said. 

“Oh honey you know what’s happened? I got a runner in my pantyhose, I’m not wearing pantyhose.”

 and… the #1 Makeover of all times is……

The QUICK + DIRTY DIRTY!!!!!!

Thanks to our amazing web designer, Mark Wolfe, of Wolfepack Creative – we have a brand new style and we’re feeling GREAT.  

What do you think of our new look???

xx, L + L

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Jan 24

I Don’t Want to Grow Up…

No, seriously.  I don’t want to get any older.  I just hit 31 and that is ENOUGH. 

Let’s be honest – I’ve been obsessed with skin for a while, but I’ve noticed that as my age advanced…so has my obsession. 

Here are my latest tricks of the trade:

I have to thank Jenn Falik for recommending the first two.  Are you guys following her?  She’s amazing.) 

1. iT Cosmetics “No-Tug™” Heavenly Luxe Dual Eyeshadow Brush 

Ok so here’s the Q+DD: this is the “first ever” anti-aging and age preventative shadow brush that won’t pull on your delicate eye skin while applying your shadow.  Am I 100% convinced?  NoWill I try absolutely everything?  You betcha.

It’s actually a pretty great brush, too.  It’s dual-sided for contouring.  For $24 – I’d say give it a go. 

2. Vichy 3-in-1 Cleanser

 

It’s a cleanser, toning lotion, and an eye makeup remover all in one.  You can actually wipe it off with a cloth once you’ve cleansed or rinse with water.  My skin has been AMAZING with this.  So super soft and fantastic. 

3. Natura Bisse “The Cure” Cleanser

So, at $57 a bottle (to Vichy’s $20) this cleanser is definitely less economical, but it’s great also.  Its a little less “milky” and I still feel like I need to use a separate eye makeup remover when I use it.  But, not only does it clean, but it detoxifies skin and is extremely gentle as well.  PLUS: when I use it with my Clairsonic Mia – there’s virtually NO residue left over when I’m done and I feel squeaky clean.  (Without the squeak, of course.)

It also has Green Tea Extract, which is lovely and supposedly neutralizes the effects of free radicals, “diminishing irritation and dryness.”

4.  Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream with SPF

I’ve blogged about it before and I’ll probably blog about it again.  I absolutely love this stuff.  It’s a foundation.  It’s a moisturizer.  It’s a SPF.  It’s a firming treatment. It’s amazing.  Get it today.  You will thank me.  (many of you already have!)

5. Water.

Yep.  Good old H-Two-Oh.  I’ve been drinking it like a fiend.  Just like they always tell you to and I can tell a huge difference in my skin! (somewhere in Birmingham my mom is saying “I told you so.”) 

There you have it.  My new plan for reverse aging.  Who knows.  Next year I might just turn 29 again!  (nah, 31 has been pretty awesome so far)

La and me at my 31st birthday last Saturday

Enjoy, lovelies!

xx, L

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