Currently Crushing

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Another missed Thursday post! I was out to dinner with Mike on Wednesday evening and as I sipped my wine I realized that it was getting late, I was exhausted, and there was no way I was getting a post up in time. In moments like that I try to cut myself some slack. I work 40+ hours a week, I cook and do laundry at least 4 or 5 days a week, and I’m spending time with my husband and our dogs during my down time, so sometimes putting a time consuming blog post together just has to wait. However, I really do hate missing days and get tons of anxiety if I miss a week all together. Getting better at scheduling things ahead of time was a New Year’s resolution of mine and seeing as how we’re only about 4 months into the year I still have plenty of time to work on that! Not wanting you all to have to wait until Monday for a post I figured I’d share some things that I’m currently Currently Crushing on!

French Press Coffee

Mike and I got this French Press as a wedding shower gift and I have yet to use it. I liked the idea of it, but it’s a bit intimidating and the Keurig is so simple. A few weeks ago we we’re out to brunch and we saw that the restaurant offered specialty brews of coffee prepared in a French Press for your table. I decided that was the perfect time to try because I didn’t have to make it. The only way to describe this coffee was amazing. The coffee was a seasonal blend they had for winter and everything just tasted about 100 times better than it ever has from the Keurig. Now I’m obsessed and planning on making it on my own this weekend. Wish me luck.

Gel Manicures 

Now I know what you’re thinking…Laurient you write beauty content all the time, how have never tried gel manicures before?! When they first came I heard all this buzz and a friend of mine who’s beauty opinion I value said they weren’t worth it and hers started to peel off early only giving her a couple days of wear longer than regular polish. I scoffed – not worth it. Until a little over a month ago, when I went with my mom to the nail salon. In the past she had always gotten acrylics and then switched to a pricey and time consuming gel powder clear coat over regular polish. Someone in salon suggested she tried gel polish because it’s quick, there’s no dry time, and that the formula and process has improved since it first came out. My mom loved it said she gets two weeks of wear out of them and I should try. Obviously I did and now here we are. I really like the OPI polishes, my two go-to colors are Tiramisu For Two and Bubble Bath.

Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick

I’m embarrassed by how many liquid lipsticks I own! I love them and probably buy more than I should. Here is the dilemma I often face with them – I’ll love the way a color swatches, but when it dries to it’s matte finish it looks totally different. IT’s not that I hate it’s true color I just really want something closer to the initial color. So then I have to go out searching for a new color that dries to the color that first one swatched as. Such a process really. Recently I purchased Stila’s liquid lipstick in Baci after seeing it all over Katey McFarlan’s lips. On me I feel it looks a little darker than it does on her, prefect for the fall, but i was hoping for something slightly lighter and more pink toned. I went back to Ulta and asked the sales girl if she could recommend a new color for me. She gave me Stila’s liquid lipstick in Perla and it pretty identical to how Baci first swatches.

Mule Heels 

My favorite shoes right now hands down are a mule with a bit of of a heel. So far I have these and these. I’m looking to add a neutral pair and the it color I keep seeing this season, poppy red. They’re just such an easy addition to any outfit and add a hint of chicness and sophistication that other styles don’t have. Also, they’re super comfy!

Dijon Balsamic Herb Sauce

Mike and I have been trying (not always succeeding) to eat Paleo at home. I’ll grill or bake chicken a lot but, I find plain chicken to be so boring and unappealing. I was messing with approved ingredients to create a tasty sauce that I can bake on my chicken and I came up with Dijon Balsamic Herb Sauce. Here’s the recipe:

3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

2 tsp Vinegar

2 tsp Honey

Sprinkle of Rosemary and Thyme

Whisk everything together until smooth and then add to chicken that is just about cooked to completion. I only let this sauce sit in the pan or bake in the oven on the chicken for about 5 minutes. It’s so good, even easier to make, and adds tons of flavor.

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