Monthly Archives: July 2015

Friday Five + Leisure Links

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Friday Five:

  1. Classic Half-Bridge Sunglasses: If you know me, you know I have an uncontrollable obsession with sunglasses. I am seriously into these, and cashing in under $10 means I could order a zillion pair without feeling the buyers remorse  #addictsneverquit. My one rule with sunglasses is to always test out a style (especially if they’re trendier) before investing in the good stuff. Trying out the cheap knockoffs will give you a great indicator to see if you’ll really get the bang for your buck.
  2. Hatch Azul Tank: Another maternity(ish) piece. I’ve mentioned Hatch before, but it’s honestly one of the smartest brands. They offer pieces that can be worn before and after the bump (and styles you’ll actually want to wear again after). I have this in blush and I’ve worn in probably 10 times in the past 3 weeks (ew). Super lightweight and easy to dress up or keep casual, PLUS it’s perfect for that ole’ front tuck post-bump.
  3. AG Jeans The Legging: Truth, I caved. I finally splurged on maternity jeans after all of that smack talking. I should have known from my friends who said “TRUST ME, you’ll waste more on the cheap pairs than one solid good pair”. And they were right. So yesterday, I went ham at Pea in the Pod (lol at that fact, first of all). The AG “The Leggings” (maternity edition) were on sale, and the casual wash/frayed ankles won me over. Hello! Why did I wait this long? Give me that full panel all day long. 
  4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: One of my favorites sent me this lipstick with her stamp of approval the other day, and while I’m not a huge lipstick wearer I was smitten. I’d be willing to take a giant step out of my comfort zone for this lipstick. The red is the perfect shade that really packs a punch (see emo picture below). I love that it’s matte, and doesn’t move a muscle all.day.long. If you’re on the hunt, I seriously recommend!
  5. Sam Edelman “Onyx” Half d’Orsay Pointy Toe Pumps: Yes, these are kitten heels #judgeme. Really feeling the fall vibes this week with my pumps and jeans – and I blame it on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You laugh, but I’ve been thinking about these since seeing the movie Trainwreck. No, I’m not joking. Amy Schumer wore a pair gray suede pumps in the movie and I legitimately thought – I need those (I have a problem).  These not only come in this leopard and a beautiful gray suede, but also a million other colors. Call them a mom-heel, but these shoes have proven to be universally flattering. I have a feeling they will be on heavy rotation during the work week.

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Leisure Links: 

  1. This is What Disney Prices Would Look Like in Real Life: You’re welcome.
  2. Design Mistakes: Hanging Curtains All Wrong: Emily Henderson speaks to me on a weekly bases with her Design Mistake series. She breaks down the do’s and don’ts of interior design, and is insanely entertaining. I’m sold. (Also, she has awesome resources for those of you working on home projects!)
  3. Hallie Eubanks Art: I mentioned in my first post that Hallie has done a commission piece for our nursery, and HOORAY it’s finished! I cannot WAIT to pick it up this weekend!! Pictures to come…but until then, check out her awesome work. 
  4. Kitchen Remodel: Nick and I are cautiously entertaining the idea of remodeling our kitchen (yes, before the baby comes….), and this look is exactly what we’re going for – shocking, I know. It started with wanting to repaint the cabinets and has turned into an entire overhaul . The verdict is still out whether or not we’ll tackle it in the next two months, but an update is definitely on the horizon. Stay tuned.
  5. A healthy take on cookies: Get in my belly.

 

The Self Tanner Debate

Ah, self tanners. Do we have a long history or what. 

I’ve always been a huge advocate of the faux sun – mainly in the dark months and occasionally those few summer days when temps climb above 120 trillion degrees, like right now.  My love affair with the fake stuff goes way back to TanMe in High School, and then on to the Palm Beach Versa Spa days (clear medium, please). In college, airbrushing was introduced, and I have Aruba Tan to thank for making me look like an Oopma Loompa in every sorority formal picture. My engagement was even tainted with the smell of spray tan, for crying out loud! Some kids never learn. 

These days, I’ve moved to more conventional methods that both save time and literally save face. These fixes don’t require sitting on a towel while you drive home covered knee deep in a sticky substance that reeks to the high heavens. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the occasional airbrush splurge (at more tasteful establishments, no less), but for the everyday color I prefer to stick to easy stuff. 

And oh how many brands I’ve tried. My #1 go-to brand is St. Tropez, although Tan Towels never let me down and are priced far more reasonably. Here are the tried and true self tanners that I can personally vouch will not cover you in zebra stripes. Also, for tips on applying these bad boys, keep scrollin’ 

Tips for Applying Self Tanners: 

1. Always shower/exfoliate first. And shave. I feel like this is a pretty obvious one, but you want to make sure you’re scrubbed squeaky clean prior to applying any kind of tanner. 

2. Towel off and apply a small amount of moisturizer to your knees, elbows and heels (basically, any place that can allow tanner to seep into dry skin). 

3. Apply self tanner in small increments, focusing on one body part at a time. For example, I usually start at my ankles and work my way up to my shoulders. Make sure to work in a circular motion to avoid any kind of streaking. 

4. For hands and feet, go sparingly. Cover the tops of your feet and hands, but avoid your knuckles.

5. Wash your hands as best you can! I typically make sure my palms are thoroughly scrubbed. Tan-less hands are better than orange hands, my friends. 

Best Burger Ever

Let’s talk burgers. Random, huh?

Prior to being pregnant, I had all but sworn off burgers. I maybe ate one a year – and only to nurse those epic hangovers (sorry, mom). My thoughts now? Bring on the beef.

I wouldn’t say I necessarily crave burgers (sadly I’ve only been fancying frozen grapes and a whole lotta fro-yo. Snooze fest.), but my husband seems to have developed some severe sympathy cravings #eatingfortwo. He’s become obsessed with making burgers.

Smash burgers to be exact.

What are smash burgers? They’re small, reeeeeeeally thin sliders – served piping hot with all the crusty juicy goodness (how’s that for appetizing adjectives). The recipe calls for two patties sandwiched together with cheese and sautéed onions in between. Can’t hate on a mini burger split it two, right?

The recipe comes from Serious Eats Food Labs, a website that provides detailed recipes and breaks down the science of preparing food, aka an engineer’s dream. We’ve made these a dozen times for friends and family, and they’ve turned out to be a huge crowd pleaser – and so easy to execute! 

My husband has now brought my dad into the burger hysteria. You leave the two of them together in a kitchen, and 10 minutes later they’re opening a hamburger food truck with homemade buns, a secret sauce, and smash burgers. Boys. 

By now you’re thinking, “get to the recipe already!”, so here you go.

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Ingredients: 

  • Ground beef, rolled into 2 oz. balls
  • American cheese
  • Sautéed Onions
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Buns (we prefer Hawaiian Rolls)

Step 1: Start by placing two 2-ounce patties on the surface of a sizzling hot griddle. One important thing to note: make sure to use an un-greased surface. You want the meat to stick, so as to maximize contact points for browning.

Step 2: Smash the Patties. 

Use a utensil that gives you good leverage, remember, your smashing petite 2-ounce patties down to a size that’s wide enough to fit on a standard burger bun.

Step 3: Season

Next, the patties get seasoned with salt and pepper. 

Step 4: Scrape the Patties

After just about 30 seconds, the burgers are ready to scrape.

To scrape up the browned bits in the burgers, we use a thin steel spatula, pressing down on it firmly and working around the patty to make sure every last bit of flavor is lifted from that griddle.

Step 5: Flip and Cheese 

After flipping the burger add a slice of american (or cheddar) cheese + sauteed onions. Then, add a second patty directly on top. This way, the cheese and onion combination get heated from both sides simultaneously and rapidly melts, helping the patties stay together on their trip to the sandwich.

Step 6: Stack and Go

From start to finish—from the time the meat gets laid down to the time the burger hits the window—the process takes less than a minute.

This basic cheeseburger recipe originated at Harlem Shake in NYC. Traditionally, it’s served on a Martin’s potato roll toasted in butter, so be sure to serve these babies on a toasted bun with every condiment known to mankind. Happy eating!