Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Primp // Best of ELF Cosmetics

ELF Cosmetics has been making strides in the make-up industry.  I think they do a great job of combining effective products and good packaging, simultaneously keeping up-to-date with new trends.  There are certainly some amazing finds within this brand, regardless of the cost.  I find myself reaching for these products on the regular.  Today, I'm gathering up 12 products I find to be exceptional and why I love them.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

INSPIRE // Three Ways to Find Inspiration

Although it may look different to each of us, I imagine we all struggle at times to find things that move us.  I always get the sense that there's an endless amount beauty out there that we have the capacity to harness or explore.  It's just finding it and then holding on to it that's the hard part.  For myself, I need to stay inspired creatively to do my job.  For you, it may be an outlet you're seeking.  Whatever our end goal is, I know that there is much inspiration in the beautiful world just waiting for us.  Now when I feel stuck, I turn to three sources to spark my creativity and find joy, passion and purpose. As always, everything pictured will be link down below.

Friday, November 25, 2016

EAT // Coconut Ladoos with Jaggery

 I didn't have much of a sweet tooth but India has converted me.  The making of Indian sweets is truly an art form and secret recipes are handed down from generation to generation.  Recipes for these truly decadent confections often range from complicated to more complicated.  One of the only ones I've dared to make at home, without adult supervision, are these coconut ladoos.  It's a simple recipe that only requires few ingredients but the result is a rich dessert with aromatic coconut and cardamom, lightly sweetened with jaggery.  Jaggery is basically unheard of in the States, mainly because it's the sap of palm trees, like date palms or coconut palms.  It tastes delicious and by adding it to water today, we can make a simple syrup to add it to our ladoos.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

EAT // Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Am I the only one that prefers to eat my meals out of a bowl?  I'm just not that into plates.  A big bowl of soup with warm bread--be still my heart! Inspired by the season, I was in the mood for butternut squash soup.  The best thing about this soup is how creamy it is sans any kind of dairy.  I love the colors in these photos, that mirror what I see when I look out the window these days.  Here's a simple recipe for a flavorful meal that's sweet and creamy.  It's also vegan and gluten-free!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Primp // Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist 2016

img source: Sephora
Hello and Happy Fall!  It's that time of the year again--nope, forget about the holidays.  It's that rare sale opportunity on high end beauty products.  In case you haven't noticed, beauty is almost always excluded from sales and promotions.  But Sephora's VIB sale is a wonderful time to either restock on your favorites or try something new you've been saving in your cart.  I've rounded up my ultimate wish list for make up, skin care and hair to share with you guys.  All sale details are below!