“Ready for Summer” Favorites

Summer is right around the corner! June 21st to be exact and I have a few favorites I have been using recently to get me into the summer mood! And because they have been my recent go-to’s I thought it would be great to share them with you!

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What You See:

  • Clinique Happy. Gelato Cream: Berry Blush

 

I LOVEEEE this product. I actually bought it around Christmas time and just recently started using it… I am mad I didn’t try it sooner (that is how good it is).

The product is called gelato cream and if there is one word to describe this product it would be gelato. This cream is the exact consistency of gelato, it is a delicious sweet berry scent and is one of those creams that does not leave your hands oily afterwards. In other words, it is perfect.

  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil

I have been obsessed with this product for a while and I am kind of upset I did not talk about it sooner. This is a tinted lip oil by Burt’s Bees in the color ‘Caramel Cloud’. The color itself is very very very similar to your normal lip color but I really like it! Absolutely my favorite part about this product is the applicator, it is a little feathered tip that applies just the right amount of oil onto your lips so that it is not too much!

I love it!

  • La Croix Berry Flavoured Sparkling Drink

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You are not getting ready for summer if you are not drinking La Croix. I am not going to lie, I am not the BIGGEST fan of carbonated drinks (I hate the fizzy noses and burn down my throat) so it takes a lot for me to actually end up liking a carbonated drink — And I love this one! The one depicted in the image is the Berry Flavour but I also really enjoy Lime and Cran-Raspberry. La Croix is naturally flavoured and has zero calories and sugar! This is the perfect refreshing summer drink!

  • Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology

I was planning on mentioning this product ages ago as a gift idea but I thought now would be a great time to mention it as well. This is the Polaroid Mobile Printer and it is — FANTASTIC– I love this for all year but especially during the summer I love to take photos with friends and print them for myself or as a gift. The weirdest part about this product is that there is no ink in it (all you need is the printer paper and polaroid and you are good!). If you are into photos or enjoy having little mementos then this is the product for you!

  • Chance Chanel Perfume

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I have been wearing this ALL year. I am not quite sure how to explain the scent exactly but it is the perfect Chanel style – sweet and flowery – with a little kick- perfectly sublime! I always spritz this perfume once in the morning and then I am good to go for the rest of the day. The flowery scent makes this perfect for a summer’s day!

  • Pixi by Petra Natural Contour Powder Shape and Shadow

Don’t make fun of me…. but this is my first contour powder!!! One of my goals for this year was to really expand my makeup and how I do my makeup and this definitely constituted an expansion. I always think contour for summer as it creates this gorgeous bronzed and shapely look that is beautiful! Pixie by Petra is one of my favorite brands so I instantly went to them when it came to contour powder (I actually used it in this look: Formal Makeup Look)

Overall I completely adore this product!

  • Keep Calm and Bake Cake Recipe Book

I LOVE BAKING (it is a well known fact). I have plenty of cook books and baking books- I will not lie- but I really wanted to share this one. I love the plethora of cake recipes in the book as well as the bright color and it’s pint sized size. It is perfect on a desk as not only quick inspiration or motivation but also as a sweet ~punnn~ piece of decor!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

Formal Makeup Look ~ Pixie

As it is formal season, I figured a formal makeup idea post could be beneficial to anyone attending a formal event.

Here I will share with you the makeup goodies I got to use that I really enjoy for formal events and how it looked!

 

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The Products I used: 

Face: 

The Body Shop: BB Cream

Pixie: Natural Contour Powder Shape & Shadow

Pixie: Concealer

Yves Rocher: Youthful Glow Powder

 

Eyebrows:

Pixie: Natural Brow Duo

 

Eyes: 

Urban Decay: Naked 2 Palette

  • For eyes I primarily used the color Foxy as the base and Tease and YDK for the crease!

Lips:

Mineral Fusion Lipstick in Nude Chair

 

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Hope you enjoyed this post and it provided some makeup inspo for your formal events!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Phi’s Super Salmon Salad ~ Recipe

Whenever the sun comes out two food types dominate my daily menu…

Smoothies & SALAD.

I know, I know some of you might be going EW salad, skip…

BUT WAIT!

I personally believe that the way to get a perfect salad is to find the perfect ratio of salad to toppings: 1:1

And from the ratio I developed my favorite go-to salad ever! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 heart of palm
  • 1 persian cucumber (or a third english cucumber)
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 3 cooked beets
  • 4 oz salmon**
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar

 

** If you don’t enjoy salmon or don’t eat it I have tried this recipe with two 6-minute boiled eggs as well and it is equally as delicious!

 

Steps:

  1. Cook the 4 oz of salmon in a pan on medium heat with salt and pepper.
  2. Take a bowl and create a nice bed of spinach.
  3. Slice the cucumber and heart of palm into thin slices and sprinkle over the salad.
  4. Cut up the tomato and beets into cubes and sprinkle over the salad.
  5. Shred the cooked salmon with a fork and add that on top of the salad as well.
  6. Add salt and pepper on top of the salad and drizzle the salad with balsamic vinegar.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the post!

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Travel: Great Falls, VA

Ahhh the beginning of my travel series!

I have so much more prepared for this series but since I was in Virginia I figured why not showcase some beautiful spots you might want to check out if you are ever here.

Great Falls, Virginia

Pictures speak 1,000 words so let them begin!

 

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I don’t want to talk too much about this… there is only so much you can say about a place…. you have to see it to believe it… hence the photos.

This is the perfect place for a hike with friends or family, the views are incredible from the cliffs to the designated overlooks. Multiple hiking trails are provided varying from easy to moderate to difficult difficulty.

If you are in Virginia and looking for some hiking trails to explore and a place to get a view of some beautiful water falls then this is the place to go!

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

 

 

My Yoga App Workout + Outfit!

I have finally finished school so I am back on the blogging grind with a workout post!

Ahhh yoga… always been an afterthought to me. I always made excuses… I am flexible enough, I don’t need to meditate, running is easy enough, it will take too long… and yada yada yada. Well I recently broke through the barrier. I downloaded about 10 different yoga apps so that I could tell you exactly which one I use and why I like it.

By the way this is not an ad. This is completely my opinion and an interest of mine that I really want to share with you!

Out of the many apps I downloaded (they were all free by the way) I narrowed it down to the app that I have been using for over a month now.

The app: Asana Rebel 

This app is completely free to download and I have been obsessed with it. If you would like to get on a yoga fitness program then you will have to pay an extra amount. But there are plenty of workouts provided that come free with the app!

I am a huge fan of the free yoga workouts, so much so I use those every day!

A little background on the free workouts… there is a free 5 minute workout provided that changes everyday and another 10-15 minutes workout that changes every day as well. On top of those daily changed workouts, there are 5 single workouts that range from 6-19 minute workouts. Each workout focuses on something else, whether it be detox, fat burn, flexibility etc. and those remain and do not change daily.

These workouts are absolutely perfect for me (as someone who is not very flexible), I find it to be the perfect way to sneak in a little quick workout and feel more flexible, strong and relaxed afterwards.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have found this app and kickstarted my yoga adventures, I wish I had done it sooner!

Which is why I have written this blog post to share with you my insights on this app!

Outfit: 

I have lately been obsessed with the brand Fabletics! I find that their clothes are perfect and very soft (basically the most comfortable) I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

They are having a huge sale right now (This is not sponsored by the way). So I thought I would link it down below 🙂

Fabletics Sale

I hope you enjoyed this post and it either inspired you to begin yoga and breathe in all it’s benefits or test out this app (if you so wish!).

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Mixed Berry Buckwheat Breakfast Muffins ~ Recipe

Hey, it’s Phi! I have been experimenting with buckwheat flour for the last few days. As a great gluten-free flour I decided that I wanted to master it! But I also wanted to find a new quick breakfast recipe I can make over the weekend to use during the week. And that is when this recipe came to be!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (I used Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 6 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

 

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Steps: Makes 12 Large Muffins

  1. Firstly, you are going to want to pre-heat your oven for 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tray for 12 muffins.
  2. Next you are going to mix the maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs in a small bowl, until well incorporated.
  3. In a larger bowl you are going to mix the baking powder, baking soda, buckwheat flour and gluten-free flour.
  4. Pour the small bowl with liquids into the large bowl with the flours. Mix until well incorporated. Now measure out the whole strawberries and then cut them into little bits (bite sized chopped strawberries- be careful they are harder to cut when frozen!).
  5. Measure out the frozen blueberries and put both frozen fruits in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of whatever flour your desire. Then pour the frozen fruit into the batter. Mix lightly and as soon as possible (so the fruit does not bleed into the batter).
  6. Scoop the mixture into the 12 muffin holes- is that what they are called? probably not…
  7. Now it is time for the crumble. In a small bowl mix the chia seeds, coconut sugar and oats. Sprinkle this mixture on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. And enjoy!

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

 

Favorite Books

You have no idea how long it took me to work out a title for this post. The struggle was due to the fact that this book post is not about the typical novels I enjoy reading. Instead it is about cook books, exercise books and coloring books that I have been enjoying recently.

Don’t get me wrong I love a good novel (and a post on those types of books will be coming soon) but I really wanted to share some of the other books that I enjoy using and perhaps you would to!

So here is my list of 5 books with some reviews for your reading pleasure!

1. Naturally Nourished by: Sarah Britton

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I saw this book at a Costco believe it or not and was instantly drawn to it due to the gorgeous photos on the cover and the inside. If you did not know already I love anything related to food and health and this book was the perfect mix. The author, Sarah Britton, is also the creator of the blog, My New Roots, another great reason to purchase the book- support the bloggers! I have already tried a bunch of recipes in the book, my favorite (so far) being the Pantry Pea and Dill soup!

2. The Women’s Health BIG BOOK OF EXERCISES

I love fitness, what I love about it is the way I feel afterwards- though I may dread it when it comes to getting up to do it! But like most people we face the trouble of finding the time to actually do it. Which is why I have been obsessed with this book lately! I actually got this book for Christmas but I only started really using it last month and I have been loving it. It is great for a quick rummage through before I go to bed along with some yoga (post coming soon on that as well!). If you are on the look out for a good quick workout guide with a ton of different exercises then this the book to get!

3. Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

I love to bake-probably more than I love to cook so I am a fan of any book that has to do with baking. I also have a major sweet tooth so this is perfect to satisfy that! Tanya Burr also happens to be one of my favorite YouTubers/Bloggers so why not support them? Anyways if you are looking for a great book for baking desserts- with a section for special occasions (like Halloween, Christmas and Easter), which I love, then this is the book for you!

4. Color me Stress-Free by Lacy Mucklow illustrated by Angela Porter

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If you have not checked out my 5 Tips to De-Stress, then you would not know that I tend to get stressed out sometimes and am always looking for ways to de-stress! I love this coloring book, the templates are very beautiful and well done, overall this book is very fun to color in!

5. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

You probably don’t know this. But I am a major fan of Harry Potter- from the books to the movies- I love it all! What you do know is that I am a big fan of cooking and baking so when I saw this at my local Barnes & Noble I freaked out. I had to buy it. I always love getting snacky bits out when I am watching a movie and figured this was the perfect book to take out when watching those movies. Favorite recipe so far: Hagrid’s Rock Cakes.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤