A Divalicious Summer

Summer is knocking at the door, and all the major stores are making room for the new season.

I’m not a summer person because that means more heat and less clothes.  I typically I’m the layering kinda of gal, but I know it’s important to have day and night looks that are comfortable and fresh for this upcoming weather.   Old Navy and Torrid are my go-to places for light, loose-fitting clothes that will make me feel refreshed and at ease.  Here are my plus-size picks (that you can combine however you’d like too)  that I know will make me feel like a Summer Diva.  I think it will make you  feel like one too!

Now say, “I Look Hot and Cool!”

Summer Divas

Night Look

Navy Floral Braided Knot Strapless Top- Torrid

White Lace Drawstring Shorts- Torrid

Cream Lace Espadrille Wedge- Torrid

Gold & Ivory Flower Cuff- Torrid

Gold Textured & Ivory Stones Bangle 2pk- Torrid

Beach Look

Blue w/ Buttons Halter One-Piece Swimsuit- Torrid 

Women’s Plus Smocked Romper- Old Navy

Women’s Crochet Hat Fedora- Old Navy

Day Look

Women’s Plus Shirred Tank- Old Navy

Women’s Plus Printed Twill Shorts in Tropical Breeze- Old Navy

Women’s Slouchy Canvas Sneakers in Blue Lagoon- Old Navy

Anti-Wrinkle Sour Cream & Honey Face Mask

Since 26 22 is just around the corner, I’ve been more consumed with trying out anti-wrinkle face products. So I turned to my aunt, whose seriously an expert in anti-aging and she gave me this quick and easy face mask recipe. She said that sour cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, lightens skin, and naturally removes dead skin to help generate new skin cells.  While raw  honey hydrates and rejuvenates skin and is filled with antioxidants. What’s not to love?

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Ingredients

1 cup of sour cream

2 tablespoons of raw honey

Step 1) Scoop one cup of sour cream into a bowl.

Step 2) Add two tablespoons of raw honey.

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Step 3) Stir together.

Step 4) Apply mask onto face and neck for 20 minutes.

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Step 5) Rinse, pat dry, spray toner, and moisturize!

You know, if I didn’t hate math or science so much, I would’ve totally been a dermatologist.

Timeless Classic: The Red Swimsuit

No one forgets a woman in red just take a look at these deviled beauties.

And remember, trends come and go but classics are forever.

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Lolita (1962)

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Farrah Fawcet (1976)

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

If you’re looking for someone to have a memorable temptation.  Don’t forget to add red to your Summer beach wear.  Here are some of our picks.

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Where to Buy?

Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit @ Nordstrom

UO Ruffe Bikini @ Urban Outfitters

High Neck One Piece @ Free People

St.Lucia Twisted Two Piece @ Neiman Marcus

Lyssandra Swimsuit @ Agent Provocateur  

Hey Bud, Let’s Party!

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One of my all time favorite films has got to be, Fast Times at Ridgemont HighIt has cool fashion, great music, and my secret crush, Jeff Spicoli. Inspired by Amy Heckerling’s classic, is a modern day look for the cool dude looking for tasty waves and a cool buzz.

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Where to Buy?

Fitted Floral Print Shirt @ Forever 21

Big Pocket Tank @ American Apparel

Warriors of Radness Palm Print Shorts @ Nordstrom

Vans Washed Canvas Chauffeur @ Vans

Persol Sunglasses @ Sunglass Hut

Aviator Nation Pullover @ Aviator Nation

Miracle Icons Tribal Bead Bracelet @ Barneys

Anchor Tank @ Toddland

Gant Rugger Floral Swim Trunk @ Gant

Classic Canvas @ Toms

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Reading to Raising Beauty: Les Miserables

Bonjour!

Glad to see you back for our 3rd installment of our series Reading to Raising Beauty.  Reading to your children doesn’t have to be a monotonous experience; you can tell a story with flair.  So why not start with what to wear?

From the seaside to Victorian England, we now introduce our French fashion picks (for preschool age)  inspired by the unforgettable tale, Les Miserables, retold for children by My Cozy Classics.

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Adieu! Until next time

Girls Picks: 

Ivory Flower Headband by The Fairy Factory Shop from Etsy $9

Diamond Applique Taffeta Dress from Kids Formal $ 74.95

White Flower Flat by Delightfully Preppy Kids from Zully $ 33.99

Boys Picks: 

H&M Bear T-Shirt $9.95

Vintage Tom Sawyer Military Jacket by Wee Little Ones Vintage from Etsy

Opening Ceremony Jean Paul Gaultier Gaucho Pants $110

Dr. Martens Brooklee $65

I, Artichoke Chicken

Another week, another successful kitchen adventure!

Since I’ve already mastered the art of Crispy Cheddar Chicken, I decided to further my culinary skills by stuffing some chicken.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, although inserting toothpicks can be a little intimidating.  So fear not and prepare with ease.

Recipe was retrieved from Menu Musings via Pinterest

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Ingredients

  • skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • spinach artichoke dip
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil (to desired taste)
  • 1 can of medium artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and quartered
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 – 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • handful of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • handful of fresh basil, cut into ribbons

Prep Time:

45 to 60 minutes

(there is a lot of prepping for this recipe so if you are a woman/man on the go, we suggest to either prep the night before or make sure to start cooking early)

Bake Time:

~60 minutes @ 400° (This can vary, the original recipe calls for cook time by thermometer temperature, but use your best judgement for doneness)

Step 1:

Create a pocket in the chicken breast, stuff with a spoonful of artichoke dip, and close with toothpicks (we went through a couple of toothpicks, so it can be a little tricky)

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Step 2:

In a bowl, combine halved cherry tomatoes, quartered artichokes, minced garlic, dried basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, and flour. Mix it all together well.

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Step 3:

Place all the stuffed chicken breasts into a sprayed/greased baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, dried basil and garlic powder, according to your desired taste.

Step 4:

Pour artichoke and tomato mixture over top of  chicken.  Bake for about 45 minutes @ 400° or until internal temp is above 155°.

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Step 5:

Take chicken out, spread Parmesan and Mozzarella on top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until chicken temp is above 170°.

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Garnish with fresh basil and serve.  You can accompany this dish with a side of pasta. The remaining roasted veggies from the pan are also delicious.

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Enjoy!

LaRocca Body Champagne and Shimmer Supreme Creme: 2 out of 5 Stars

I can’t say no to deals, so naturally when Birchbox sent me an email for an offer on a discounted LaRocca body product, I couldn’t refuse.

I was drawn to this product because it offered shimmer, moisture, an irresistible 24k Colloidal gold ingredient, and not to mention a 45% discount.   I had never tried this brand; I took a risk to see what it was all about.

Here is what LaRocca’s website had to say about it:

“This ultra-rich and nourishing crème beautifully soothes the skin with intense moisture that lasts all day. Using an enriching blend of natural butters and oils including murumuru butter, shea butter, avocado butter and olive butter, Champagne and Shimmer crème enhances elasticity and provides deep long lasting hydration to dry and damaged skin. Using the restorative properties of LaRocca’s Signature 24K Colloidal Gold along with champagne grapes, green tea and cranberry extracts, the product contains no fillers or binders, which allows aging skin to absorb water better over time for long lasting, truly beautiful results.

  • All Natural
  • Chemical Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Made with Wind Power
  • Biodegradable ingredients
  • Inner & Outer Packaging Recyclable
  • No Irradiation

How to use: Massage into your skin, as often as desired. Best after bath.”

I’m all about presentation.   When I received it, it came in a nice packing box with the creme safely secured inside.  I immediately unscrewed the cap off and it smelled a combination of citrus, champagne, and butter.  The consistency was thick and granular.  When I lathered it on my skin, it felt a little greasy and sandlike.

Overall, I wasn’t to keen on the smell, but it does moisturize your skin and give you some shimmer.  My skin was soft and dry-free all day, but for the price, petroleum jelly can also do the same job.   I wouldn’t buy this product again, but on a positive note, I scored some points on Birchbox to earn money towards cosmetics of my choice.

2 out of 5 stars

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Original Price: $35

Birchbox Special Member Price: $19