Monday, March 2, 2015

HOMEMADE KIND BARS


Ingredients
  • FOR NUT MIXTURE:
  • 1-1/4 cups whole roasted* unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup whole roasted* unsalted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup roasted* walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 7 dates, diced
  • 7 dried apricots, diced
  • 2 tablespoon raisins, diced
  • 1/2 cup puffed millet
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

  • FOR SYRUP:
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


*IF NUTS AREN'T ALREADY ROASTED:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts  on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant. 


Directions
Grease/spray a 9x13 baking sheet/pan, Set aside. (I also lined with parchment paper for easy removal).

Add toasted nuts and dried fruits to large bowl; breaking apart clumps of fruit to distribute evenly throughout mix. 
Add puffed millet and flaxseed meal. 
Stir to combine; set aside.


In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, corn syrup, apple juice, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. 
Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. 
Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9x13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. 
Let cool 20 minutes (pan should still be slightly warm). 
Invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. 
Cut into 20 bars. 




Saturday, February 28, 2015

PINSPIRATION




Loving neutrals right now



So true



I love re-using candle jars



Tulip wreath just in time for Spring



Cream puffs


 

Stag horn fern


 

My all time favorite flower


 

Melon, mozzarella and prosciutto


 

I love this blue deep v neck


 

Can't go wrong with flowers and fashion books


 

I want to re-create this ring party



Love the brows and nails



Ready for a vacation




To follow along and see more of what I'm pinning, head over to my Pinterest account -NicholeStArnold

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCARS 2015

Here are some of my favorites looks from The Oscars. 
Nude/light pink was a popular color this year.

 
Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein Collection


 
Lady Gaga in Azzedine Alia


 
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab


 
Jennifer Aniston in Versace


 
Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace


 
Catt Sadler in Charbel Zoe


 
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture


Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


 
Emma Stone in Elie Saab


 
Margot Robbie in Saint Lauren


 
Bradley Cooper in Ferragamo


 
Jared Leto in Givenchy

Monday, February 23, 2015

LINKS I LOVE




Sucking on an ice cube can make your skin less blotchy


5 mother sauces you should know


What happens when you go to luxury stores in sweatpants 


The worlds best clothing stores - a fashionista ranking 


New iPhone emojis coming soon


I just finished the 'Serial' podcast






Monday, February 16, 2015

MY TOP 7 FACE MASKS



ORIGINS GinZing
I love this mask because it wakes my skin up and the smell is amazing. 



Murad Clarifying Mask
I like to use this mask when I feel like I'm starting to break out. It puts a stop to the zits immediately. 



Aztec Secret Healing Clay - Available at Whole Foods
This hidden gem I found at Whole Foods. You mix a little dry clay powder with water until you get a nice consistency for a mask. It really is deep pore cleaning and you can't beat the price! This tub will probably last me the rest of my life. 



Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
This mask not only looks cool but it's fun to peel off once it dries. 



Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
This is one of my favorite masks. It foams up and just makes your skin feel wonderful!



ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
This is my go to mask. I can definitely see an improvement in my skin after I wash it off. 


GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
I tried this mask for the first time last week. I've seen all those pictures online of the girls with this on their noses with black dots where their blackheads are. I did not get the same outcome. I don't know if it's because I don't have a lot of blackheads or what. So I will try it again soon. I did like the little tingling feeling it gave my skin though. 




LINKS I LOVE






At Home Hydrating Hair Mask from Somewhere Lately


Runway shows from Fashion Week 2015 via The Cut




The best dry shampoo, now makes it for brunettes


DIY Paper Marbling from Honestly WTF





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

VALENTINES DAY

With Valentines Day this Saturday, I thought I would share some holiday must haves.




Strawberry Champagne Tea from The Skinny Confidential

I haven't made this yet, but you can't go wrong with champagne!



 

Stainiac lip stain

I got this in a BirchBox awhile back and used it a few times, and really liked it.
This stain doesn't come off while eating/drinking or giving kisses.





My favorite is the Maison Close Sublime Luxure triangle bra on slide 1.





One of my good friends made this for my birthday last year. 
I am usually not a big fan of chocolate cake but this was AMAZING!



My boyfriends mom gave me this for Christmas and I LOVE the subtle scent.


Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day!
XO


Monday, February 9, 2015

#GRAMMYs 2015

 The 57th Grammy awards were last night. 
I don't watch the award section but I love to watch the red carpet to see what everyone is wearing.
Here are a few of my best and worst dressed from the night.



Gwen Stefani in Versace
My FAVORITE look of the night. 
Best


Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams in ADIDAS 3M
Cara's tracksuit is not flattering at all. 
Pharrell's short tuxedo is totally working for him. And it changed color.
Cara - Worst  -  Pharrell - Best


Joy Villa in Andre Soriano
She looks like she crashed into a construction site. 
But that's one way to get people to remember who you are.
Worst


Rocsi Diaz in Jovani
This dress is totally working for her and her curves
Best


Beyonce in Proenza Schouler
Queen B always looks amazing
Best


 Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier and Kanye West in Balmain
Kim's dress looks like its too big for her. 
I'm digging Kanye in velvet.
Kim - Worst   -  Kanye - Best

Madonna in Givenchy
Was she on drugs?
Worst


Rihanna in Giambattista Valli
I can't decide if I love this, or hate this.
Undecided