Cooking Chemistry: Nut-free Vegan Raspberry Tartlets

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This weekend I wanted to experiment with vegan desserts and I finally found a recipe that would be modifiable due to my nut allergy. With most vegan or vegetarian recipes, nuts are substituted for the protein element which makes it very hard to eat pre-cooked meals or even recreate recipes to tell you all the truth. However, after unsuccessfully trying to add meat back into my diet, I am back on the vegetarian train :-(.  That’s why this weekend I modified a recipe over at My Wholefood Life and baby was it delicious. These no-bake tartlets are perfect for dinner parties or even a small healthy snack that you can easily make into a family cooking affair. Note: Makes 12 mini tartlets

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Behind the Scenes: New Product Photos

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I’ve been working on quite a lot lately and I can’t wait to share these new items with you.  For those that follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’m working on two awesome fur coat samples, finishing my “muslin” sample for my tuxedo “sweatpant” trousers and working on the accompanying jacket.  However, today I really wanted to share my new product photos for the Leather Gored Skirt (seen here, herehere and here).

I did a retake on my product photos because I really wanted everything to be cohesive on the website. I’m using different lighting and even a different camera so it was just something that I had to add to my never ending to-do list. I decided to have some fun with it by adding one of my favorite purchases, my Steve Madden thigh-high boots, a Ramones t-shirt and some Closet Chemistry jewelry. I wanted to really capture how I would style my pieces with other brands as well as really tap into the attitude of my brand.  Let’s check them out!

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Drink of the Week: Blackberry Lavender Lemonade & Her Drunk Cousin

Lav_DOW It’s time for the Drink of the Week!!!! This weeks Drink of the Week is a great solution for dinner parties.  This is especially true if you have someone that doesn’t or cannot drink.  I mean, do you really want to leave the poor person with the option of drinking water only? I didn’t think so.  So, to rectify situations like this I find that the best option is to make complimentary virgin drinks to whatever alcoholic beverage you choose.  Now, this doesn’t have to be a completely different drink but a drink that will only be adding a slightly new flavor profile with the addition of some good ol’ boozahol. Personally, I love bourbon and whiskey so I decided to pair up the lavender lemonade with my favorite Chicago whiskey, Koval.  This pairing will go especially well together because of the honey substitution in the lemonade and the extra flavor dimension given by the roasted blackberries and mint.  But more importantly, this combination of virgin and alcoholic drink options will leave your guests that drink happy all while keeping your glowing pregnant sister from disowning you. Note: Makes approximately 1.75 Litres

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Beauty : Jamberry Review

Hey guys!! Today, I’m really excited to talk about a beauty product that I was honestly a little skeptical about, the Jamberry nail wraps.  For those that don’t know what a Jamberry nail wrap is, it’s an alternative to your regular old nail polish that you order from a consultant, like you would Pampered Chef or Premier Jewelry.  Now, for those that know me really well, you know that I really hate doing anything with my nails other than cutting them down. This is not because I don’t like nail polish, but because I’m the worst, John Ralphio style, when it comes to painting my nails. So, in hopes of finding a viable nail solution, I immediately jumped at the chance to review the nail wraps when my sorority sister, Kasia, asked me if I would be interested. As soon as I agreed, I received my black and white nail wrap samples (to keep it less obvious at work) and a full starter kit. That same day, I used this application process provided by another consultant on Youtube to test them against my Sally Hansen nail polish for a 7 day challenge. I took the pictures at the end of the day to show how the nails responds to a full day of wear and tear. Let’s take a look at the photos below: Continue reading

My Workout & Playlist – Fartleking Good Time

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Today is all about getting fit!  That’s right, I’m adding a fitness page because I absolutely love working out. It’s the only thing that makes a normally hyper person such as myself feel more relaxed.  Also, being an athlete all my life, I don’t think it’s easy for me to get used to being out of shape. I mean I love getting my mind right with meditation but nothing can replace a good fartlek or longish run to and from Navy Pier. Coming off of this hip injury has been such a blessing and has gotten me excited to try new routines and get my tunes in order.  The featured playlist is part of my fartleking jams. I say part because I have so many playlist it’s ridiculous.  Sometimes it’s pure rock, hip hop, crappy dance music or a mix of all three.  I hope this playlist gets you amped and you are able to try out this awesome routine.

Note: Please consult your doctor before trying these workouts.  I’m am by no means a doctor but a blogger that is choosing to share her workout routine.

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