On My Bookshelf

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For book club last month, we read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

The Plot: The story takes place in 1999. The Internet is still relatively new. The clothes are phenomenal.

The  male lead, Lincoln, has been hired to monitor emails at a newspaper. (Big Brother is watching.) While at work, he starts following the correspondence of two of his co-workers who are friends. Continue reading

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An Orange Lip

Making a small change to your beauty routine can have a big impact on your appearance. Whether its embracing new nail trends or trying a different shade of lipstick, you can update your look for under $30 – sometimes for less than $10. Some seasons the difference is less dramatic, but this spring, it’s all about an orange lip.

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This look is not for the faint of heart, but I found it surprisingly flattering. After dipping my toe in the bright lip pond about a month ago, I was still apprehensive about trying this trend, but was much more up to the challenge. I asked the husband’s opinion at Sephora, since I knew he would tell me nicely if it didn’t work. Instead of saying he didn’t like it, he actually suggested I go darker in my application. (Who knew?) Since then, I’ve been sporting the shade around town, and while I do still feel self-conscious at times, I really like the look. (I’m still learning this whole selfie business, so I apologize the image is pretty blurry, but I think you get the general idea.)

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I splurged on NARS satin lip pencil in Timanfaya to try the trend. The texture is smooth. It covers really well, and the color lasts through several diet cokes. Needless to say, I’m already saving my pennies to buy a few more of their colors. If you’re not sure you want to spend as much on an orange lipstick, fear not. There are plenty of other options out there. Though, I am really happy with this one. Will your pouts be orange this season? Or, will you be sitting this trend out?

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Oscar Fashion

Oscar night is both parts fantastic and frustrating. Every year, I look forward to the red carpet, but then, end up shaking my fist at the T.V. asking them to pan down or show me a dress. I am quite the heckler when it comes to award show coverage. It’s not pretty people.

After looking at the dresses online, I suspect people are going to be pretty conflicted on who got it right and who didn’t. So, before I am swayed by reading too many articles and best dressed lists, I wanted to share my favorites with you.

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photos via InStyle.com

Though they are not shown here, I have to say I think the pregnant ladies knocked it out of the park this year. Olivia Wilde’s dress and jewelry were lovely, and I’m obsessed with Kerry Washington’s hair and pout.

Which looks were your favorites?

Spring’s Key Pieces

Key Pieces

Every season, a few pieces emerge as must-haves. This spring is no different. Here are some of trendiest items you’ll be seeing in stores.

1. Crop Top: While I won’t be sporting a midriff bearing crop top, they are very popular again. Now, this is not the full stomach showing version of our past. The chic and toned set are displaying the smallest sliver of skin and making me think I should start doing crunches, like yesterday. Continue reading

Fashion, Fashion

It’s that time of year when I begin wondering what I’ll be wearing next. Despite 30 degree weather, I start envisioning sandals, pedicures and bare legs. As soon as spring fashion magazines are in stores, I start stocking up, comparing trends and making lists.

This year the list of trends I like is really long. Would anyone like to contribute shopping money? No one?

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Amped Up Cocoa

After a week of really perfect weather, actual February temperatures can seem blisteringly cold. It might be nice to warm yourself up with something special – a Mexican-inspired hot cocoa, for example.

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I had planned to share this recipe and technique with you last week, but thought you might not be so interested while frolicking in the sun. But today, I have a feeling you might be more convinced. Lightly spiced, this was the best cup of cocoa I’ve ever had. Period.

I first read about spice-infused milk in Martha Stewart Living. I loved the concept. Basically, aromatics and spice steep in milk to create unique flavors. The infused milk can then act as a base to things like oatmeal, coffee, chai tea or cocoa. While I have only tried the version listed below, I think the possibilities are endless. Continue reading

Chicken Fried Rice

When I was on my Food Matters kick, I learned a life-changing way to make fried rice via Mark Bittman. It’s simple, but the results are anything but. Just ask Ellie.

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Here, I’ve included a classic recipe with carrots and peas. I’ve also made it with mushrooms and red peppers, which was equally good. In the recipe, you’ll find I give varying amounts for chicken and vegetables. Feel free to scale any of the ingredients up or down to suit your tastes. As long as you follow the process, you’ll have great results. I’ve made it with more vegetables, less chicken and less rice. It turned out really well regardless.

The key to this recipe is prepping all of the ingredients before you start cooking. It all comes together really quickly, so you need to have everything ready before you get started. Even with everything prepped, the last few steps are a bit of a mad dash. Continue reading