Saturday, August 12, 2017

She's Booked!

Active, fully scheduled, booked lives call for a fast and simple makeup application, right? Right! Especially if you’ve only slept for 5 hours or if you are sitting in an airport waiting on an early morning flight, wondering why you booked an early assed flight to begin with?! Here’s an easy 5-minute look: Start with an eye shadow stick-no blending necessary. The one I use is the massive midnight chubby stick by Clinique. I chose to cover my eye lid, but you can take the application easy and use the stick as eye liner that will create a thick line for top lash line. For the cheeks, go with an actual bronzer or a gold cheek color.  My go to is Makeup Forever’s gold dual cheek and eye color. If you go with a dark color like I did, keep the lips subtle with a nude gloss: I used bamboo pink long wear lipstick by Clinique.
 Side note: Yes, it’s still Summer and I’m showing you a dark eye color. Don’t get caught up in the “Summer colors versus Winter vs Spring colors”! Keep it simple…color is color is color! Wear all of them all year! Another side note: Wear all the colors that match your skin tone, okay?! A look like this is easy to make packing, for a busy day or vacation, easier. A makeup look like this can take you from day into evening. So, instead of packing every lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush we have, we can narrow our makeup bag to a “few” items. I know your schedule is crowded, but your makeup bag doesn’t have to be!

Do you want to pack a makeup bag that looks like this...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s Officially Summer; Let’s Officially Drink To That!

Summer is officially here! Every year, my excitement for this season remains: a tank top and shorts is always better than a coat and gloves! Some of us are excited for the extra vacations, some us are excited for the chance to be out doors more, some of us may be firing up the grill more often. Summer puts some of us into party mode. I’ve hosted a few summer parties of my own. No, I was not the cook because I believe in caterers, but I did not have a problem mixing up a few adult beverages.  Do you have a summer party to host? Outfit~Check! Food (to be catered in of course!)~Check! Music~Check! Drinks~Well..Don’t fret. I have a few drink menus to share with you. Since you don’t have time to search for drink recipes, both menus are post below..just for you!
Tell me about your Summer plans in the comments section.  Let’s connect on Instagram (tamuinc) so that I can see your version of these drinks!

*Salty Dalmatian*
½ tsp sea salt flakes 
½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper 
1 recipe Salted Simple Syrup (To make this Syrup, do this: Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 4 tsp gray sea salt and boil for 1 minute. Pour into a jar. The syrup is good for one month.) 
3 0z fresh grapefruit juice 
2 oz vodka 
1 recipe B&W Ice Cubes (To get these fancy ice cubes, do this: Mix 1 cup crushed ice with 1 tsp each of cracked black and white peppercorn. Divide mixture among ice trays and fill with cold water then freeze.)

Mix salt and black pepper on a plate
Moisten the rim of a glass with the Salted Syrup, then roll the glass in the salt mixture 
Mix 1 tbsp of the Salted Syrup, grapefruit juice, and vodka in a shaker with plain ice. Pour into a glass then add B&W Ice cubes (makes 1 serving)

*Hibiscus Mimosas* (A good mimosa never gets old!)
2 cups water
¾ cup dried hibiscus flowers (aka flor de Jamaica)
½ cup sugar
1 lime cut into wedges
1 bottle of chilled sparkling wine

To get the tea, boil water then add ½ cup of hibiscus flower; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Let flowers sit in water for 10 minutes (steep the flowers like you would do with a tea bag!) Strain to get the tea and discard the flowers
Using a grinder, grind the rest of the hibiscus flowers, then mix with ¼ cup of sugar; leave mixture on a plate.
Place tea in a saucepan and add the rest of the sugar; cook mixture over medium heat until it’s reduced to ½ cup; This will take 15 minutes. Be sure this “tea” is cooled before serving.
To serve: Moisten rim of glass with a lime wedge, wiggle rim in hibiscus sugar mixture to coat completely. Pour cooled “tea” into a glass and top with the sparkling wine.
This should give you 6 servings!


Source:2017, May. Food Recipes. Better Homes & Gardens, 144 & 150.

Monday, May 1, 2017

No Chocolate and Cherries On Top!

I believe in positive thinking, speaking, and work…the 3 complement each other.  Before you know it, you’re moving into the direction of how you think and speak.  Yet again, before you know it, things begin to fall in place. Yet again, before you know it, your life starts to look like your vision board.  Some things begin to fall into place a little sooner than you expected and that’s when you say to yourself, “I’m really doing this. This is really happening.” There’s more work to be done, but the gratification becomes your ammunition. So, when you’re moving into the next phase of your vision, why the slight irritation? Where is the next phase coupled with chocolate and cherries on top? The next phase is exciting, but the next phase also means omission and more responsibility. Omission of what you ask? Omission of anything or anyone (ouch!) that will take up space for your next phase.  The omission is needed to make room for advancement. Whatever you’ve had to sacrifice was needed to get you to the next phase, but it’s not needed anymore. Your advancement comes with added responsibility; more decisions to be made, more plans to refine, more patience to muster up when tasks don’t get done within your time frame! I think we make ourselves believe that we cannot and should not take the next step because the progress isn’t smooth or there are too many kinks to iron out, or the omissions and sacrifices are uncomfortable to make.  This does not mean you cannot make your next move. It just means you are looking in the wrong place for the chocolate and cherries (try your local supermarket).
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