Monthly Archives: April 2012

Miami Monday….Shortcut to Fabulous Fashion, Beauty and Beachwear this week

GUESS Miami Invite

Lots of fab events this week in Miami starting Tuesday with the Guess 30th Anniversary Party hosted by The Fashion Poet, Annie Vazquez. Next up is my event on Thursday hosted by Electric Blogarella, Ginger Harris and a competing event that will be just as fabulous hosted by my fabulous friend Melissa. One week, three events….many reasons to love living in the Magic City.

 

 

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Shortcut to Fabulous Lips worth their weight in Gold

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Okay so your lips wont be gold plated but they will be flecked with gold if you are sporting YSL’s Shimmering Lip Gloss. This gloss is not the newest or latest thing on the market, but it IS one of the best and perfect for spring and summer. A tube is $30, but lasts forever. It is a super high shine lip gloss with real 24-carat-gold flecks and mother of pearl. This is THE lip gloss to have in your make-up bag and you can layer it over any lipstick or even lipliner for a quick pick me up. Every stylist and freelance make-up artists I know has this in their “kit,” and so should you. Get it at Sephora by clicking here.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Chocolate

kron

The hubs brought me home a treat this weekend from kron chocolatier and I fell in mad, deep, crazy L-O-V-E. I can’t believe I have gone 30 something years of my life without having this amazing and delicious treat….Chocolate Covered Caramel Marshmallow. Especially because Kron HQ is one town over from my childhood home. (They are based out of Great Neck NY.) OMG this is good. The one I got was on a pretzel stick. I ate it for breakfast on Sunday and about died and went to heaven…and before you judge me for having chocolate for breakfast, I had eggs and some fruit for lunch…so there! Click here to check it out. I also found this recipe to make them at home…this could be a fun weekend activity and you could add sprinkles for a little festive flair!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Lunch totes

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On my continued quest to slim down for summer, I am trying to pack my lunch for my days on the go. I am of the opinion that you can’t get excited about packing your lunch unless you have a cute lunch tote to pack it in! Here are a few I’ve found that are cute, affordable and can please any personality.

Nantucket Insulated Designer Lunch Bag with Ice Pack, Zebra Pattern $15.11

 

BUILT NY, INC. GOURMET GETAWAY NEOPRENE LUNCHBAG $24.99

Rachael Ray Pleated Lunch Tote with Exterior Pocket $19.97

 

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fun Blazer

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Oh how I love me a good blazer. I am such a huge fan of blazers because they instantly make any outfit look polished and put together. You can wear a blazer at any age no matter what your size and it will look great on you!  They are the perfect layering piece and great for people like me who wear sweaters in 80 degree weather. Blazers are a celeb favorite and there is a definite reason for it! Next time you are reading a trashy celeb-gossip magazine count how  many celeb looks include a blazer or jacket. Single breasted blazers actually can have a thinning effect if they fit you properly. Urban Outfitters has these fab boyfriend blazers that come in a wide array of colors including orange, green and cream and they are under $100. I love the pink one photographed here. Click here to check it out.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Event May 3rd

Beachwear-Blast-Blue

One of the perks of this job is getting to find all of the most fabulous places, fashions, beauty tricks, etc. Now, I get to share some of my favorites with my Miami readers on Thursday May rd from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Bliss Spa in the W Hotel SOBE. The event is hosted by one of Miami’s best fashion bloggers, Ginger Harris whose blog Electric Blogarella is one of my favorites and is a definite shortcut to fabulous fashion inspiration for me. Please come enjoy the free drinks, mini spa treatments and the collections of designers Kariza and Aquarius. The event is free. All you have to do send an email to RSVP@shortcutstofabulous.com. Hope to see you there!!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Mashed Potato Fake Out

cauliflower-mashed

This past weekend I spent some time with my cousins in NYC. One of my cousins in married to a total renaissance man who can pretty much do anything from cooking to putting together a fabulous NYC apartment. I came back to their apartment one evening to find the most fabulous thing on the stove…cauliflower and potato mash. My cousins hubby made it and told me how he did it.  I tried it and fell in love. As soon as I got home, I had to make it with my own spin. It is so easy, versatile and such a great alternative to tradional mashed potatoes which aren’t exactly figure friendly. Here is what you need:

  • One half a head of Cauliflower
  • 4 Medium Sized Yukon Gold potatoes (to peel or not to peel…that is the question…you have the answer my friend)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic salt
  • Sea salt to taste
Here is what you do:
Boil the cauliflower and potatoes together in the same pot until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Mash them with the butter, garlic, garlic salt and butter and Voila! You can add other things like cheese or hot sauce to make things interesting. For 2 cups of these fab Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes you are looking at 250 calories! You can serve these as a side or put some beans or lentils on top for a complete meal. In fact my inspiration for this (we call him the Urban McGyver) served his version with Black Beans and Peas. Nothing better than something quick, easy and figure friendly! I would say this serves four.
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