I Cooked and Everyone Lived!

Last week I was feeling a little pin-spired and decided to actually MAKE a good, homemade dinner rather than phone it in to the local Coney Island (baby Greek with grilled chicken is my religion). I enlisted my boyfriend for help since he is a much better cook than I, plus he actually enjoys it and doesn’t refer to the kitchen as “Satan’s Land”.

The Dish: Coconut Chicken Tenders with honey-mango dipping sauce. (serves 2-4)

The original recipe that pin-spired me:

http://thecozyapron.com/a-cozy-appetizer-coconut-crunch-chicken-strips-and-letting-love-be-the-inspiring-guide/ (thanks Ingrid!)

Ingredients (some of these are modified from the original recipe based on our results):

The Chicken

  • Vegetable Oil (for frying the chicken)
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast- I like to use organic chicken. You’ll slice them length-wise into 4 strips, then cut those strips length-wise again to give you a total of 8 strips per breast. It’s a lot of tenders so come hungry or call some friends (or call no-one).
  • Pinch of Curry Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut

The Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • small pinch of curry powder
  • 4-5 drops of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Seems like a lot of ingredients, I know- but the prep is actually very simple and doesn’t take much time at all:

  1. First things first: I hit my head on the fridge right away collecting the ingredients. bb
  2. MOVING ON- Fill a medium sized pot just about half-way with the veggie oil. We brought it up to a pretty high temp on the burner.
  3. Put your sliced up chicken strips into a bowl and add the pinches of curry powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. We used a bit more of the cayenne for some extra flavor. Toss the strips around to cover them in the seasoning.
  4. Next, you’re going to need a few bowls. In the first bowl, mix your flour, a little bit more salt, pepper and cayenne. Put the eggs in a second bowl and whisk until smooth. In a third bowl, pour in your shredded coconut.

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  1. Use these bowls as an “coating assembly line” for the chicken. Dip one strip at a time in the flour mixture, then the egg, then the coconut and set aside on a new plate. Repeat for all strips. Make sure you press the coated chicken strip pretty good in the coconut so it sticks when you put them in the veggie oil.

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  1. Fry time. We put about 4-5 strips in the hot oil at a time. Don’t worry if some of the coconut rises to the top. If you coated them well enough, you’ll be fine. We moved them around with tongs every few minutes until they were golden brown. The original recipe says they’ll be done in 1.5- 2 minutes, but it took us more like 5-6 per batch.
  2. Once they’re a nice golden brown, take them out of the pot and place them on a paper towel lined plate. This helped soak up some of the oil. Once they’re all done, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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While the strips are in the fryer, you can quickly make the DELICIOUS dipping sauce.

  1. Add all the ingredients for the sauce (listed at the top of this post) into a blender and serve immediately. We placed our finished sauce in the fridge for a bit. I added more Mango than the recipe called for, it really gives the sauce the right kick.

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VOILA! You have a delicious meal that makes your taste buds feel like they’re on a Jamaican vacation. Just add some margs you’ll have a temporary cure for seasonal affective disorder.

(I’m talking to you, Midwest friends)

Nars-issistic V-Day

I’m officially back from the dead. Seriously people- I was non-existent from all life in the past week. BUT I’M BACK and brighter than ever- mostly in part to these amazing new products. Nars has always been my go-to makeup brand, and while I was sick and feeling sorry for myself I found an excuse to buy myself something new from them (I had a gift card so that doesn’t really count towards my February-no shopping rule..or so I told myself).

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These products are perfect for Valentine’s day and just about every day- I love the pops of pink that make me look  fresh and alive- which is something my Valentine (my cat…jk it’s my boyfriend..and cat) hasn’t seen me look like in over a week now. Both of these are from Nars Limited Edition “Final Cut” Collection available at Nordstrom, so I highly suggest grabbing them up A.S.A.P before they’re gone!

|NARS “Adelaide” Illuminator: $30|

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I apply this on the top of my cheekbones BEFORE my powder/concealer and rub it in good- so it’s not too glittery. I put a bit of Nars Orgasm blush over it after applying powder to really make it have some depth.

|NARS “Villa Lante” Satin Lip Pencil: $25|

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I LOVE this shade. It glides on so easily and even after a few hours it leaves you with a nice pink-flushed look.

 

Hope everyone has a great V-day! Single, taken, whatever, it’s a great day to celebrate love in all shapes and forms. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to go get a dozen heart-shaped doughnuts and share with NO ONE.

Disclaimer: I lied about having a cat. Wishful thinking since my dear Mr. Pepper went to the litter box in the sky.

 

 

NYFW Fall/ Winter 2014

Happy New York Fashion Week! Apologies for being a tad behind.. I’ve been very busy this week blowing my nose and spending some quality time at the hospital sicker than a dog SO I’m just catching up on the shows. Overall, GREAT start. A few dark horses really grabbed my attention. Cue Katy Perry’s annoyingly addictive Juicy J jam…

TOME

– By far my favorite. It was the label’s runway debut and they killed it. These are clothes for a woman who knows what she wants, not a little girl trying to play dress up. These clothes actually work. Seriously, they WERQ.

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VERONICA BEARD

– Pleasantly surprised with The Veronicas. Nothing too terribly special, but these are clothes I would skip Summer for just to wear in Fall (and that’s saying a lot since the snow is up to the waistline of my leggings…which are actually pulled up to my bra).

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BCBG MAX AZRIA

meh. I expected more on their 25th anniversary. A little too American Hustle for me, which I think has been played out already. HOWEVER, those Muff Purses are everything. I’ve been trying to bring muffs back since 1997. My time is now.

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COACH

Bravo Stuart Vevers. If someone were to show me this collection and ask me to guess the designer, I would have NEVER guessed Coach, which is a great thing. It’s completely different from the brand’s usual aesthetic, and I love it. There is about to be a whole new Coach customer- and it may be me. I haven’t owned a coach bag since I had one of those baguette ones with 2347023 C’s on it in the early 00’s. I used to carry it around in middle school with the lip gloss and feminine products I didn’t need yet.

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DION LEE

I really enjoyed the mix of perfectly tailored work-wear and sexy, unconventional body-con dresses. Soft and Sexy- like Ryan Gosling holding a kitten.

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CREATURES OF THE WIND

– This one might be a tie for my favorite. Effortless, easy, fun, great lines. Enough said.

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RICHARD CHAI LOVE

– I was really looking forward to this collection and I found myself a bit disappointed. Great collections tell a story and take you somewhere. This collection just felt messy and chaotic. The textures and colors were beautiful, but I feel unfulfilled and confused as to what the inspiration was.

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Well, it’s about that time to go rub Vic’s over every crevice of my body! Stay tuned for more snot and shows.

(This sickness is making me very vulgar, I apologize for nothing)

Style.com for Photos

H.L.A.A (Haute Look Addicts Anonymous)

A few years ago when fashion “flash sales” became a thing, I dabbled in them a bit but never really bought into the hype. Nothing was returnable….brand names weren’t that big…I had no money…..

However, in recent weeks I have rediscovered Haute Look. Haute Look was acquired by Nordstrom in 2011 and let me tell you, SO.MUCH.BETTER. Seriously people- the brands are spectacular, the sales are huge and best of all, just about everything is returnable to Nordstrom Rack. How easy is that?!

My wallet has felt the wrath of Haute Look. As much as I try to stay away, some of the sales are just too good to pass up. It would be rude of me not to take advantage of these God- given opportunities. Here’s some of my haul:

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Retail:$50 | Haute Look : $22

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Retail : $50 | Haute Look : $22

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Retail:$70 (set) | Haute Look:$30 (set)

(It’s becoming apparent to me I may have a pajama fetish….)

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Retail: $158 | Haute Look: $59

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Retail: $275 | Haute Look: $65

And finally, the dress and the price that brought me to my knees:

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Retail: $625 | Haute Look: $65

SIXTY.FIVE.DOLLARS.

Although I can’t stand that “gym, coffee, Haute Look” commercial (hello, we have jobs), I can’t help but find myself being THAT GIRL.

I’ve made a vow not the shop in the month of February (LAWD HELP ME), although there is nothing wrong with browsing Haute Look, viscously adding everything in to my cart then exiting out of the browser in between sobs.

Pray for my soul. February is going to be a LONG month.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

No, I am not talking about Disney Land (or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which may be a tie for first). I’m talking about Linda Dresner. Linda Dresner is a woman, a store, and an icon. Dresner owns a self- titled boutique here in Michigan. She is an incredible visionary and has an immaculate eye for fashion. She owned a boutique in New York in the 80’s that attracted the likes of Jackie O and many other influential ladies of that era. This past weekend I was  invited in to help with a sale event (I work for her on occasion- sales, events, photo shoots, etc.).

I have always admired Dresner. As a young girl I used to walk by her store and see the beautiful, one of a kind pieces in the window and dream about the woman who gets the wear them. She offers Couture, Avant Garde pieces in a Midwest town- talk about rare. Working with Linda has been one of the biggest and best opportunities in my life. Building a personal relationship with her has given me some of the greatest inspiration I’ve ever known. She lives and breathes fashion and has fun with it- she doesn’t take it too seriously and she always steps outside the box.

 I definitely still have a contact high from all the Couture I held.

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On me: Style Stalker varsity sweater coat, Madewell blouse and Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.

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Giles Coat

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Above: Balmain Jeans, Commes de Garcons Vest, amazing sherling vest I forgot the designer of (shame on me)

OBVI my favorite- an Alaïa:

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I feel so fortunate that I basically stalked Linda for months so she would invite me to do anything in the store I’ve always admired. Best advice she’s ever given me:

“Life is too short to not dress and look how you want. Have fun”.

Couture to Contour

Aside from being a slave to my job, networking events and style.com this week- I’ve had time to experience a beauty revelation. I’ve been very curious about “contouring” and what products were best for it. Some photos REALLY scared me (see end of post). I found one from Birch Box that was simple and easy enough to follow. Since pay day is still a few days away, I opted out of going on a Sephora bender and just used the makeup I had in my bag.  I’ve gotten more compliments on my makeup the past few days than I have in the past few months, and I actually feel like I’m wearing less makeup than before. Call me Kim K (but please don’t) ya’ll- I’m now a contouring convert.

Here’s the photo from Birch Box: (white lines are for highlighter, the brown for bronzer and the pink for blush).

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Products I used:

1) I start with Benefit’s “Fake Up”. I have dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose, and this stuff is AMAZING for covering it all up. Then I lightly brush bareminerals powder all over.

Benefit-Fake-Up-Hydrating-Concealer $24- http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/fakeup

bareMinerals-make-up-006$27- http://www.sephora.com/bareminerals

2) Time to begin the contouring miracle. I use Revlon’s Photoready Eye Primer and Brightener. It’s not the best- I’m in the market for a better one, but I like the applicator and it does the job for now.

revlon$10- http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4040057

3) I use an Elf angled brush with Nars Laguna bronzer. I apply it pretty dark and then blend it in.

nars$36- http://www.sephora.com/bronzing-powder-P12790

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4) Next comes Nars Orgasm blush. I just use a regular blush brush and blend with a beauty blender.

nars2$29- http://www.sephora.com/blush-P2855

flawless-forever-makeup-sponge$6- I got mine at TJmaxx. WAY cheaper

5) I finish it out my filling in my brows with Benefit’s Instant Brow. Best brow pencil on the market for those of us that want Cara brows, but unfortunately had a plucking party 6-8th grade.

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SO EASY. Pictures like the one below can be so intimidating.

1) I don’t want to look like a cast member from the Broadway version of The Lion King when I’m doing my makeup. 2) Girl looks good in the end but I can’t sacrifice my morning coffee and instagram binge for this.

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Anyone a Contour Connoisseur? Feel free to recommend some products I can try once pay day comes around!(well…maybe NEXT payday, I’ve got my eyes on some Attilio Giusti Leombruni‘s that need me)

Birchbox.com, Benefitcosmetics.com, Ulta.com, Sephora.com & Samer Khouzami for photos