Monday, July 6, 2015

Links I Love




Jillian Harris' healthy piƱa colada banana frozen yogurt 


24 hours with Naomi Campbell via Harpers Bazaar


How to sprout your own beans via bon appetite


Fig and vanilla overnight oats via because i'm addicted


How to decompress your neck on lengthen the back via Goop


Spicy plantain black bean tacos via Minimalist Baker


Sequin & Stripes 5 tips to being happier


Why I'll never get 'coconut milk' from Starbucks again via The Skinny Confidential


I'm lusting over these sunglasses






Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th Of July Weekend Sales



J Crew Factory -
50% off everything, and an extra 20% off and free shipping with code HOTSALE

Extra 60% off clearence and up to 50% off everything else. Plus free shipping

50% off entire store, including clearence with code BRFS4U

Extra 15% off clearence with code EXTRA15

Extra 40% off sale items

Save 20% - 65% on select items

Extra 30% off sale items. Free shipping over $50

Macy's
$10 off your $25 or more purchase with code FOURTH25. 
Extra 20% off with code FOURTH

H&M -
$4 deals. Free shipping on orders over $50 with code 3125

Ulta
20% off one item with code 301066

ASOS
Up to 50% off select items

Extra 20% off with code FIREWORKS15

Victoria's Secret -
Buy one bra, get one 50% off with code DOUBLEUP.
Get $10 off one regular priced bra with code SP1549765


Hope everyone is having a great and safe 4th of July weekend! XO


Monday, June 1, 2015

Dry Brushing

So the other week while I was back visiting friends and family in my hometown, the subject of dry brushing came up and I told my girlfriends how amazing it is for your skin and overall health. 

How it works:
Your skin is the largest organ. 1/3 of the body's toxins are excreted through the skin. Dry brushing helps unclog pores and remove those toxins.


Health benefits:
Dry brushing stimulates the body's lymphatic system, promotes circulation, increased energy and blood flow, smoother and softer skin, exfoliation, and reduces cellulite.

How to do it:
Start at your ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes in long sweeping motions, brushing several times in each area.
(Always brush toward your heart because that is how the lymph flows naturally)
Repeat the process with your arms. With your arms above your head, start with the back of the hands and brush down the arms towards the heart.
Lastly, your midsection. Brush from your back toward your stomach, then rub clockwise on your stomach.
Your skin will probably light pink after but it should never be red or sting.

Brushes:
You can find a brush at most stores, but make sure to get a brush with NATURAL bristles, not synthetic, that are fairly stiff. (Synthetic bristles would be like brushing away toxins, with toxins)

After dry brushing, take a shower. Then moisturize with Cetaphil lotion or coconut oil. (I use this coconut oil). 
You can also drink a cup of hot water and lemon to help jumpstart your digestive system!

You will want to clean your brush about once a week with soap and water to remove dead skin and let air dry.









Monday, May 25, 2015

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes




Last weekend I made some chocolate sprinkle cupcakes filled with marshmallow.
They were probably the best tasting cupcakes I've ever eaten. They tasted like a Ding Dong.


Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or EVOO)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

- Heat oven to 350.
- Get muffin tins ready with paper liners.
- Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until mixed.
- Stir in boiling water. (mixture will be runny!)
- Fill cupcake tin 2/3 full with batter.
- Bake 22-25 minutes.





After cupcakes are completely cooled, I used a cupcake corer to hallow out the middle.




Marshmallow Filling

2 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 TB light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

- Bring a shallow pot of water to boil.
- In a separate bowl combine all ingredients.
- Place bowl on top of boiling water and whisk until hot.
- Transfer bowl of ingredients to stand mixer and whisk until fluffy and a little stiff.
- Transfer mixture to a pastry bag.
- Pipe marshmallow into cupcake holes.









Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

- Melt butter.
- Stir in cocoa.
- Alternately add powdered sugar and milk.
- Stir in vanilla.





Frost cupcakes and roll in sprinkles. Then enjoy!





So good! If you make them, let me know how they turn out, and what you think!

XO
Nichole




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Friday, May 22, 2015

Links I Love





A yummy Iced coffee Popsicle recipe



What would Blair Waldorf do? Coffee cup via Etsy



How to make your own overnight blemish treatment via PopSugar



The best way to keep flowers fresh



Rhubarb strawberry tart from Martha Stewart 



Pom Pom tassel and fringe heels from Jessica Buurman



The perfect Panama hat from J Crew


9 healthy changes that burn more fat via FitSugar


Advice from Cara Delevigne's esthetician via ManRepeller


A zucchini recipe you didn't know you needed


I need to try this 'Goddess' clay mask