Monthly Archives: July 2012

Shortcut to Fabulous Two in One Lipsticks

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When I am sick and stuck in bed, I do four things: work, research from my laptop, watch trash TV and shop HSN, ShopNBC and QVC. QVC usually sucks me in first, especially when Laura Geller is on with her fab make-up products. If you haven’t tried Laura Geller make-up, you should definitely give it a whirl. I recently scored this lipstick duo for $30 on QVC which is really four lip colors in two tubes. Each lipstick has two colors…one on each side. I love this concept! The lipstick doesn’t have the best staying power, but the colors are great and the feel is creamy and luxurious on your lips. Plus you can blend the two colors to create a third color!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Photo Apps

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I got sick a few weeks ago and had to cancel all my meetings and spend a day in bed. What is a fidgety workaholic to do when a cold’s got her down. Well research to find the best FREE Photo Apps of course. Here are my faves in no particular order:

  • Color Effects- Allows you to color and recolor photos.

    Color Effects lets you selectively color and recolor photographs

  • Graffiti Me- Turns any photo into a graffiti effect photo with brick wall backdrop that you can “spray” graffiti messages on the photo…LOVE this app!
  • Turn any photo into a Graffiti Image

  • Photo Toaster Jr- The best photo editor I could find for ease and effects to your pictures. Check out how gorgeous this photo of the risotto meatballs from Craftbar in NYC turned out with Photo Toaster.

    This photo editing App will make you look like a professional photographer!

  • BeFunky-Has so many fun effects…way more than instagram from Sketch (seen here) to Retro

Be Funky has awesome effects!

  • Picture Effect Magic- Another app with great effects
  • Viddy- This app lets you share video and helps you turn everyday moments into movies.
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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Free Public Event…this Week!!

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I know this is a repeat from last week, but if you haven’t made plans to join me and Kelly Saks from Kelly’s Kloset Blog at Miinto.com‘s Ready, Set, Swim event at the fabulous Emena Spa in the Design District you should. The event will run from 7 pm to 10 pm on July 18, 2012 and will feature a fashion show featuring boutiques from Miinto.com, free sips from Reyka Vodka and SNAP, spa delights from Emena Spa and shopping from really fabulous designers. There are so many reasons you don’t want to miss this, starting with the fact that the first 40 guests to arrive get a free $15 gift card to Miinto.com, coupled with the fact that there will be free liquor and you can check out all of the fab things Emena Spa has to offer and maybe even book a treatment off of their Miami Spa Month special list (one of the most amazing deals I have ever seen), you’ve got yourself a must-attend event. Plus, the shopping will be kind of amazing. I have a seen a preview of the designers collections that will be featured at the event and let’s just say my wallet is in serious danger on the 18th. Swimwear from Karess, handbags from Diamantina, eco-friendly accessories from Calamarie, Jewelry from Cre and Earthy Chic and more accessories perfect for summer from Savera Chopra…something for every style profile, taste and budget! RSVP to rsvp@itmarketingconcepts.com. For other public swimweek events, check out the Wordy Girl’s listing on Miami.com and Rod Hagwood’s article on Sun Sentinal.com

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Shortcut to Fabulous Key to Coed Travel- An Item you Never knew you Needed but you sooo do!

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Have you ever been on a trip with a boyfriend, lova’, your gay boyfriend or anyone for that matter and found yourself wishing they would leave the room to go get a cup of coffee so you can take care of some necessary “business?” I can’t believe I am writing about this…this is sooooooo not me, but I realized that I would be a really crappy (*) blogger if I didn’t share one of the secret items that should be on every girl’s packing list. The item: You Go Girl Toilet “Conditioner” The purpose: Keeping the illusion alive that your $hit don’t stink….literally…I know this is so gross so I am just going to quote from the package now, “Your business shouldn’t be anyone else’s. Reduce bathroom anxiety on airplanes, restaurants or at work with You Go Girl. Just pour a packet into the toilet before use to mask embarrassing odors, dampen sounds and eliminate splash. Biodegradable, phosphate-free formula is safe to flush, and each packet is small enough to carry discreetly in your purse, day bag or pocket, so you can feel confident taking care of business away from home. 10-pack.”  Where to get it: One of my favorite online travel stores, Magellans, click here to check it out. A ten pack is $12.85. Why you Need it: Well if it isn’t obvious why this isn’t the greatest item you never knew you needed, then you are clearly way more secure about yourself than the rest of us and Dr. Oz is very proud.

* Yes, I went there with the silly pun…I know maje cheeseball, but I was so uncomfortable writing this blog post, I went from zero to cheese in under 30 seconds. Please excuse. I am going to go die now…Mom I know you read my blog and I know I was not raised to discuss these topics in public…didn’t learn this one in etiquette school, but it is a public service for all womankind :)

 

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Shortcut to Fabulous Henri Bendel Sale with some Must have Summer Travel Items

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I know I have been on a bit of a travel kick lately. Here’s what: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE travel and I know this is blasphemy to say, but I am not a huge fan of summer fashion. As I type I am sure the Fashion Gods are stripping me of my magical “editor of a blog” powers, but the thing is that I just look better in winter clothes and since it is so hot in the summer my allergy to exercise and anything that causes sweat results in weight gain which has me dreading bikini season. Anyhow, this is all besides the point..yes there is a point….Henri Bendel is having their Brown and White sale right now and there are a few items on my gotta have it list that are perfect for travel:

The absolute perfect travel accessory to avoid a meltdown…of your make-up that is. Marked down from $58 to $29…this is a no brainer

Such a fan of this travel tote that it is my third pick in an animal print below. This bag will fit all the essentials you need to board an airplane and lead a jet set life…on a budget of course. Marked down from $178 to $89.

The sassy little sister to the Black tote above…this little number will help you take a walk on the wild side. Marked down from $168 to $84, this is perfect summer accessory for planes, trains and automobiles.

 

 

 

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Shortcut to Fabulous Two Night Meal: Stuff Bell Peppers and Easy, Peasy Healthy Burrito

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I have been trying to get a little normal back in my life lately and this weekend, I thought to myself, “What could be more normal than being all Rachel Ray and cooking a meal” So, I started with a base recipe from Clean Eating Magazine and added my own spin and shortcuts to it.

Here is what you need:

1.5 cups of a lean protein (I used lean ground beef sauteed in olive oil, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon minced garlic [from jar], salt and pepper, but you can use lentils, canned beans, etc)

1 half a medium onion chopped fine (use a mini chopper..under $15 from Target)

1 half a jalapeno chopped fine (throw this bad boy in the chopper with the onion)

1 handful of cilantro chopped (you guessed it…in the chopper with the onion and jalapeno)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 medium zucchini diced

1 medium tomato diced

1 half cup frozen corn (thawed)

1 cup of cooked rice (brown or white, your choice…if you are too lazy to make rice from scratch get the boil in a bag or steam in a bag kind from the freezer section)

1 half a teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 half a teaspoon crushed black pepper

2 bell peppers (for meal 1)

2 tortillas (for meal 2)

1 can of refried beans (for meal 2)

1 and a half cups of four blend mexican cheese (divided in half for meal one and meal two)

1 teaspoon of Olive oil

Pam to coat a baking sheet

A small oven safe dish to cook the excess taco filling

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To Prepare:

1. First start by chopping up the onions, jalapeno and cilantro in your little chopper. Also preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. If you are cooking up meat, put some olive oil in a skilled and use some of the chopped up mixture along with the cumin, salt and black pepper and cook up the meat until about three-fourths cooked.

3. After your meat is mostly cooked, combine the rice, corn,  garlic, zucchini, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato, chili powder and olive oil in a bowl. Then add your protein (drained canned beans or cooked meat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Next, cut the top off of your two bell peppers and take out all of the seeds and white “guts” inside…you can just use your hands.

5. Fill each bell pepper with the mixture you have from the bowl. Take your leftover mixture and place it in an ovensafe dish. You can either refrigerate the oven safe dish and bake on the day you will make your burrito or bake with the bell peppers placing it in the oven for the last 30 minutes of cooking and then you would reheat the mixture in the microwave on the day you are serving it. Place the filled bell peppers on a baking/cookie sheet sprayed with Pam, cover it with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the bell peppers and return to the oven uncovered for ten minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

 

7.  The next day you can use your excess rice, protein veggie mixture with your favorite tortilla and make a burrito. Open the canned refried beans and warm them per the instructions on the can. Warm the rice, protein, veggie mixture in the microwave. Warm the tortilla (I actually use flat out low carb tortillas) in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then spread a layer of refried beans on the tortilla, follow with the rice mixture and sprinkle some of the cheese on top. You can add other fillers such as salsa or avocado.

Two meals. Easy prep time. Perfection.

 

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Shortcut to Top Five Posts of All Time

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I was reviewing my fancy schmancy Google analytics when I realized that many of you may not have been around for my most fabulous blog posts, so I figured I would round them up for you here. These are the posts that have gotten the most hits, received the most emails and best feedback. I didn’t include my fashion posts since trends from 2010 wouldn’t exactly be relevant today.

5.  My tips and tricks for small space entertaining with an honorable mention for serving pieces for small space dwellers who wish to entertain

4. My Semi-Homemade recipe for a fabulous strawberry shortcake trifle that literally takes 15 minutes tops to make and looks gorge!

3. My one-on-one interview with “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell where she revealed what’s in her handbag!

2. My 5 minute bun tutorial video

1. My detailed guide to Vintage, Consignment and Thrift Store Shopping in Paris and while you are at it, check out my Paris guide for where to stay and eat, what to do, etc and my Paris sightseers  food guide.

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