Currently Obsessed: Astley Clarke Biography Collection

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's official, I'm in love with the Astley Clarke Biography Collection! I wasn't one who got into the whole Alex and Ani thing. The idea was kind of cute but they just didn't appeal to me, especially once everyone and their mother had them piled from their wrist all the way up to their elbow. A couple weeks ago, a friend introduced me to the Biography Collection by Astley Clarke and I had the opposite reaction. Both the idea, and the design appealed to me. They have just the right amount of color and sparkle. They're fun, but still chic.

These bracelets are made to be stacked, layered, and collected. They come in a variety of colored gemstones and diamond charms, allowing you to create your own story. The collection offers the perfect amount of color, style, and personality. These are some of my favorites from the collection:

You can see the full collection here. Which piece is your favorite? 

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Monday, June 29, 2015

I feel like it's been forever since I shared a recipe with you guys so today I'm sharing my shrimp spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce recipe. This was loosely inspired by the Thai Lettuce Wraps from the Cheesecake Factory. I've tweaked the recipe a bit, used shrimp instead of chicken and made it in a spring roll wrapper instead of a lettuce wrap.


Marinated Shrimp
1 pound fresh or frozen shrimp
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger root 
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons water
4 green onions, cut into 1 inch sections

Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Juice of half a lime
1/2 teaspoon chili oil

Spring Rolls
Spring roll wrappers
Fresh vegetables of choice, julienned (I used carrots, red bell pepper, red cabbage, and cucumber.) 


For shrimp:
Thaw out (if frozen) and peel shrimp. 
Mix soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, water, and green onions in a non-reactive bowl or zip-lock back for easy cleanup. 
Place peeled shrimp in marinade and cover. 
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours stirring occasionally. 
Place shrimp on a skewer or silicone grilling mat and grill on medium-high until pink and not translucent.. 
Set aside to cool. 

For peanut sauce: 
Combine peanut butter, sugar, water, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, and chili oil in a small saucepan.
Whisk together ingredients over medium heat until bubbling and well combined. Let cool.

To put it all together: 
Find a container that the spring roll wrappers will fit in while remaining flat, I used a glass pie plate. 
Fill the bowl with 1/2 inch-1 inch of warm water. 
Place 1 spring roll wrapper in the water and soak until it becomes pliable. This happens quickly.
Take the spring roll paper out and lay flat on a plate. 
Fill the roll with your fresh veggies and shrimp, and roll like a burrito. 
Serve with peanut dipping sauce.

Tria Hair Removal Laser Update II

Friday, June 26, 2015

It's time for another update on my progress with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x. I have been using it as directed, once every other week on both my bikini line and underarms. The device is showing very promising results so far! I would say I've seen about a 50-60% reduction in the amount of hair regrowing in both areas. The hair that is growing back is growing in slower and thinner. It is worth noting that I've still been using the device on around setting 3 out of 5. I still find it to be pretty painful, I think because of where I am using it. I tried it once on my legs for kicks and was able to use it on the highest setting, with no problem. I am seeing my results come slower because of using it on the lower setting but that's okay with me because I am seeing it work.

If laser hair removal is something you're interested in I would definitely recommend this product. Although, it may be a bit pricey it is only the fraction of the cost of getting professional laser hair removal in just one area. In addition to being more cost effective, you can use the device in the comfort and privacy of your own home at your own convenience. You can also adjust the setting to whatever is the most comfortable for you. This all helps give you the best possible hair removal experience that you can have.

Just a reminder that because of the technology the device uses, it is only safe to use if you have lighter skin and darker hair. Otherwise, the device cannot tell the difference between your skin and the hair and this could result in injury.

Click here to read my first impressions and here to read my first update.

This was a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Birthday Wish List

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As you may or may not know, my birthday is coming up so I just wanted to share what's on my birthday wish list with you this year. I really can't pick which Lilly shift dress I want to get this year so I'm going to have to wait until I'm at The Cape to try them all on and then decide. I'm also really obsessed with this compact elliptical. It's so versatile and portable. I'm going to have a hard time picking a couple of things from my list this year to get! I hope you guys are enjoying your week! 

Macbeth Collection by Margaret Josephs for Ulta Beauty

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share these really fun travel and beauty accessories with you this morning. The Macbeth Collection by Margaret Josephs has done a capsule collection for Ulta Beauty. The pieces range from $4.99-$29.99 so everything is really affordable and comes in prints you know and love from The Macbeth Collection. The pieces in the collection include valet cosmetic bags, folding jewelry organizers, colorful nail files, easel mirrors, and shower caps. It's available in all Ulta stores and online. 

I was sent the cosmetic duo, the mini jewelry valet in Sophia Prep, and the nail files. Both the cosmetic bags are perfect sizes and the larger one has pockets inside that you could put things like brushes, lipsticks, concealer, or your eyeliner that you use so much it's now really tiny. I'll definitely be using them for traveling this summer. I'll also be using the jewelry valet instead of just tossing my jewelry into my big weekender bag so it will be organized and I'll know exactly where it is. The nail files are so fun and perfect for summer. They're great for gifting or snagging a set for yourself. All in all, this is a really fun and colorful collection for lovers of fun, travel, beauty, and bright prints.

This was a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

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Fourth of July Fashion

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Neon and Stripes: A Match Made in Heaven

Sunday, June 14, 2015

What I'm Wearing: 

Shirt: Joules Earring Jackets: Swarovski Heels: (Similar) Denim: (Similar) Key Necklace: Tiffany 

I am absolutely in love with this shirt from Joules. I love neon pink and I love navy and white stripes, they are two things that I can never get enough of. This shirt brings the two together. They actually had several shirts with this color combination at the little boutique I picked this up in but this was my favorite. I can see myself throwing it over a tank top when the sun goes down and just wearing it by itself on cooler days. I hope you all have a fabulous week!