Manicure Monday: Fahrenheit

Better late than never, right? I’ve been a little absent recently because I’ve been hard at work at my new job! Woo hoo! A job! It’s been busier than ever with the holidays coming up. I had my first actual shift yesterday and am happy to report everything went smoothly. I love to a deep burgundy nail color around the holidays… for some reason it just seems appropriate. This color, called Fahrenheit, is a polish from the new Formula X for Sephora line that launched last month. It took me two coats to get this gorgeous gel-like consistency. Its safe to say this color is a new favorite. Enjoy!

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A few weeks ago I was perusing the internet, as I’m usually always doing, and I came across a blog called The Pioneer Woman. I kept thinking to myself: Why does that sound so familiar? After clicking around on her website I was practically drooling all over my keyboard just looking at the pictures of her delicious meals. It didn’t dawn on me until the next day while I was flipping through my usual channels on TV (HGTV, TLC, HGTV, Food Network, HGTV, ABC, HGTV again). Then I saw her! She has a show on Food Network also called The Pioneer Woman. Duh Viktoria. That week I ended up making one of her recipes for Benjamin and I, which we promptly devoured all 6 (YES, SIX) servings of. Since my aunt was in town last week and loves shrimp just as much as I do I made the dish again, but this time with a slight variation.

For the full recipe, check out the link: Penne a la Betsy but I’ll give a quick run through of what we did.

First, cook the pasta. We didn’t have any Penne on hand so I made Farfalle (bow ties) and Fusilli. Obviously, follow the directions on the box and keep the pasta warm.


Meanwhile, I roasted some garlic in the oven and chopped a small onion.

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Heat equal parts olive oil and butter in a pan and quickly cook the shrimp. Make sure to not overcook them! Once cooked, pour them in a bowl along with all the yummy juices.


Press the roasted garlic out of their shells and crush into a paste. Heat some more olive oil and butter in the pan and add both the onion and garlic.


After a few minutes of sautéing add white wine and let that simmer. I underestimated the amount that I was making (double the recipe) and ended up having to switch to a larger pan at this point.


Then, add tomato sauce and season.


Next, add cream. I used half and half in an effort to make this dish lighter but I’m sure it would taste just divine with heavy cream. Make sure not to let the sauce boil after adding the half and half. I made this mistake the first time I made this and it ended up curdling. In the end it still tasted great, but didn’t look as good.


Add basil. I would’ve preferred fresh but we only had dried on hand. Still, the world must go on…


And finally, add the shrimp. Make sure to scrape out all of those yummy juices from the bowl, you’ll want every last drop!


Lastly, toss the pasta in with the sauce and enjoy! Bon appetit!


Manicure Monday: Shake Your Groove Thing


Today’s nails are a fun mix I’ve been wanting to try for a loooong time. I bought this Deborah Lippman gold glitter polish (Shake Your Groove Thing) quite a while ago at Nordstrom and I’m so happy I did because I absolutely love it. At $18 a pop they’re not cheap (and the most expensive nail polish I own) but I had to have this limited edition color. The glitter is so heavy, in a good way, so that you get a ton of pieces with just one coat. I find that most glitter polishes are sparse and require 12+ coats to achieve a similar look. I had mine done at 3 coats. The peach color is a Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant color appropriately called Peaches & Cream. I’ve only tried two of the colors from this line and I have to say I’ve been very impressed. They’re very pigmented! The other color I have is a bright purple which I’m actually wearing on my toes right now. I picked up one more color this past weekend from the Covergirl line and, big surprise, another Essie color… bringing my grand total of nail polishes to 115! Woo! I’m officially a nail polish hoarder. And maybe just a little proud of it. Maybe. Just a little. Ok, yeah, I’m pretty proud of my collection.

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The Journey Back

We’ve been home for just about a week now and its strange to say it feels like we never left. Tuesday last week we were awake by 3:50 am and leaving the house by 4:30. I was surprisingly chipper for such an ungodly hour. We got to the airport and through security smoothly. Us and our 6 pieces of luggage, 2 carryons, and 2 personal items. Ha. Yes, thats 10 pieces of luggage. Benjamin was making some last minute phone calls while we sitting in the airport and I got sucked into the deep, dark hole that is Pinterest that we completely missed the fact that we were sitting at the wrong gate. I just barely heard the FINAL call for our flight and we dashed off to get on the plane before it left. In all fairness though, we weren’t the last ones! There was one person behind us. The flight was a mix of sleeping, adjusting sleeping positions, attempting to sleep, adjusting again, and attempting to sleep some more. Benjamin was awake a little bit more than I was and managed to catch a movie that was being shown on our flight. In LA we had 2 hours to get to our next gate and onto the next plane. A quick hop, 43 minutes to be exact, and we’d made it back. We were greeted by a chilly 65 degrees which was refreshing compared to the 90 degrees we were used to. I immediately put on a light sweater, a scarf, and a cheesy grin because it felt so great to be back in southern California. My mom picked us up and after a quick drive home we enjoyed dinner and some much needed sleep. 3 days later Benjamin was off again, this time to Georgia to visit his parents and I’ve been back on the job hunt at home. Here are a few pictures from our journey back:

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Manicure Monday: Bachelorette Bash

I’ve decided that since I’m such a nail polish-aholic (110-ish and counting…) I’d share some of that with you. I usually paint my nails 2 or 3 times a week so the look is always changing. My colors range from pinks to blues to grays and beyond, I even have a highlighter yellow. Occasionally I’ll take a little more time with my nails and use nail stickers or paint a funky pattern. My nails are my own little mini canvas. If you want to keep up with me and my lacquer, check back every Monday!

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Todays nails are by Essie. This color, Bachelorette Bash, is a dream to apply. Its such an opaque color that I barely needed two coats. I took this last photo during the day which shows the true color a bit better. Enjoy!


What I Wore: Happy 238th Birthday!

Last week we had the pleasure of attending one of the many 238th USMC birthday balls. This was our first ball together and let me tell you we were both blown away. It was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Waikiki (not too shabby right?) last Friday evening. I knew we’d be attending at least one ball this year but it didn’t really dawn on me that I needed to be prepared before leaving for Hawaii. So, about a week before I left for the island, after my initial freak out, I buckled down and designed this dress.  There was the chaos of packing up my entire apartment and moving it all into storage and trying to get myself packed for Hawaii oh, and sew a ball gown. I was luckily able to move my sewing machine and some sewing supplies to my parents house but not nearly everything. Thankfully, this fabric was in my stash there. It’s a heavyweight silk, Oscar de la Renta I believe, that I found at Mood last year. If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with polka dots (and stripes) and especially those in any variation of black and white or navy and white. Really though. I will buy anything with horizontal navy and white stripes. But, the polka dots were calling my name this time. A peplum is one of my absolute favorite design details so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the look. I also figured that since the peplum was going to cover the waist I might as well make this dress as two separate pieces, a skirt and peplum top, so that I get more use out of them. While I don’t plan on wearing the skirt all that often I will be able to wear the top with jeans or a pencil skirt. Yay multitasking! I wish we could’ve had more time to take pictures but it was a busy day of hair, makeup and prepping. So without further ado, here’s the final look:


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Dress: Made by me

Clutch: J.Crew (old)