Spicy Margarita Recipe

I L.O.V.E. a good margarita, especially in the summer!! Lime, tequila and salt puts me on a beach in Mexico even if I’m just in my backyard! This is a super simple crowd pleasing recipe for a “kicked up” margarita. It’s not super spicy but it just has a little something extra. Not gonna lie we had a few rounds of these this weekend! Check out the recipe below…

Spicy Margarita Recipe

Ingredients:

3 tbsp coarse sea salt

1 tbsp chili lime seasoning (Trader joe’s or Tajin)

1 oz triple sec

1 oz tequila

2 oz Trader Joe’s jalapeño limeade

Lime for garnish

Directions:

1) dip rim of glass in water (or lime juice) followed by dipping in coarse sea salt mixed with the chili lime seasoning

2) in cocktail shaker combine jalapeño limeade, triple sec, and tequila and give it a good shake

3) pour mixture in rimmed glass over ice and garnish with lime

Cheers!! If you try this one out let me know what you think!

Xo,

Lynne

Customizable Clothing? Yes please!

Ok ladies I’m sure I’m not alone on this…you try on a dress and think to yourself gosh I wish this was a v neck instead of a crew neck.  Or I wish I could add a few inches in length to this dress.  Or I’m so disproportioned I’m going to have to spend a ton on alterations to make this dress work.

Enter Eshakti.  I was initially pretty hesitant about this company when they first reached out to me.  But when I really started looking into their vast selections and how each piece is truly customizable I quickly changed my tune!  You can change the neckline, sleeves and length of most garments on top of having the option to give them your exact measurements and have a piece truly tailored to your body.  They offer a huge dress selection, but can also make skirts, tops and they have a denim line.

The dress I chose was a pretty lace cocktail dress, I can wear it for just a date night or dress it up and head to a wedding or fancy event. I added the cap sleeves and lengthened the hem to make it just below the knee so it was formal attire appropriate.  It was shipped out to me within a week of ordering and I seriously amazed by the quality!

I loved adding my own touches to this dress so much that I definitely plan on ordering more pieces from them in the near future.  Check out their offerings here:

 

XO,

Lynne

*affiliate disclosure all endorsements and opinions are my own.

Sugar…I get it now.

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Ok, I’m going to start this post by saying I obviously have a degree to practice medicine as a PA, not a dietician license.  There is no preaching of any sort going on here, I’m just sharing this information based on my experience in the last month having cut out sugar from my diet.  I hesitate to call this change a keto diet because I feel that implies I have been eating bacon and steaks all day every day which I’m definitely not.  What I have done is made a conscious effort to avoid all refined and most natural sugars/carbs.  No pasta, bread, baked goods, potatoes, rice, and high glycemic index fruits. And no mochas or lattes or craft beer…

Let me start by saying I can’t emphasize enough that genetics plays a huge role in how/why we gain or maintain our weight.  For some, genetics lets them eat any darn thing they want and not gain a pound.  My DNA happens to code for sluggish thyroids and diabetes in many of my family members.  For a long time I was able to get away with eating anything I wanted, in the last 3 years though my DNA started to get the best of me. Sure I could stand to lose about 10 pounds but that’s not the reason I decided to cut the sugar.  I cut the sugar because it was exceedingly clear to me that I was on a never ending rollercoaster of cravings.  I would eat and three hours later feel sweaty and shaky (aka reactive hypoglycemia) and then need to eat again.  I would try to snack on protein but it seemed if I had already started the day with any carbs the protein snack wouldn’t help all that much. I cut the sugar so I would feel better, period.

My husband is doing the no sugar thing with me and the first week was really tough.  Detoxing from sugar gives you a hangover of sorts called “keto flu”.  You feel mildly dehydrated (the ketosis makes you lose water weight which is why you will lose a few pounds pretty quickly) and I was crabby and not all that nice to be around if I’m being honest.  During the first week, I literally let myself eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted if I was hungry as long as it was on the diet.  The staples so far have included nuts/peanut butter, avocados, cheese/ cottage cheese, carb balance tortillas – we’ll eat half of one, turkey jerky, lean lunchmeats and smoked salmon, frozen salmon burgers, tuna, salad, zucchini noodles with protein, eggs, and some berries.  I think the eggs and nuts, particularly almonds,  are what we both are eating a significant amount more of than ever before.  For dinners, we’ve subbed most starchy sides for some kind of cauliflower version.  We eat a lot of spinach that we saute or put in salads and usually have a roasted vegetable with dinner. We do eat red meat on occasion, but really no more so than what we have in the past. My husband is thrilled he can have a little whiskey on the rocks every night and it’s zero carbs, I’ll have a bud select 55 if I really want a drink. When a serious sweet tooth craving hits I came up with a great recipe for sugar free chocolate chip peanut butter cookies which I shared below.  We are not doing any other extra keto type supplements or drinks that are popular in the health food stores- in my opinion if you stick to the diet they aren’t necessary.

So a month in and I can say without question, I’m off the sugar rollercoaster and feeling better.  I rarely experience hunger because I’m snacking regularly on protein throughout the day. We are eating out a lot less, on occasion I’ll treat myself to a salad bowl at Chipotle with all the carb free fixings but even that has only been once or twice.  I’ve lost a few pounds which is nice but more than that I just have less cravings and crashes and I’m overall so pleased! I don’t plan to limit the fruits forever and I will at some point introduce back some chickpea pasta and sweet potatoes but for now I want to do this at least a few more months to allow my system to recalibrate.

If anyone has any questions or wants more detailed recipe recommendations for starting out please feel free to comment or email me!  I’d be happy to share more details with you.  You can find my recipe for sugar free chocolate chip peanut butter cookies below.  A couple ingredients will want to have on had are monkfruit sweetener and almond flour.

SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

Ingredients:

1 cup of finely ground almond flour

4 tbsp. sugar free chocolate chips or cacao nibs

2 tbsp. monkfruit sweetener

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 TBSP natural peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tsp milk of choice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degress. Mix dry ingredients very well.  Add in extract, peanut butter, milk and stir to form dough.  Makes 10 small cookies, bake for 10-12 minutes, allow to cool 10 minutes on baking sheet before moving.  They are delicate and need to cool completely before handling.

Enjoy!! I will be making these on the regular as it is just enough to curb my sweet tooth but still stick to a low carb diet.

XO,

Lynne

 

“C” You on the Bright Side!

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored but all opinions and reviews are my own. 

Hi all!  Today I wanted to chat a bit about one of my favorite active ingredients to look for in skincare and why you might want to include it in your skincare regimen.  If you hadn’t guessed from the title of this blog post it’s Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is an antioxidant well known to boost your skin’s brightness from within.  It works to repair skin damage caused by free radicals and stimulates collagen production.  It can help to even out skin discolorations which I’ve mentioned before has always been my biggest skin concern.  There is research to suggest it can help with deterring future sun damage- but you’ll still want to use SPF.  It can also help with dark circles.  If you’ve never used vitamin C before it can cause some irritation when you first start using it.  Over time, this should improve but you may want to take it slow in the beginning.

Skincare products of every type can include a dose of skin brightening vitamin C…look for it in cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers and even peels and masks.  Some things to watch out for though is to make sure the products use a “stabilized form” of vitamin C and ideally the packaging should be dark in order to prevent the vitamin C from destabilizing.  Specifically, look for products that contain Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate as that is the most stable form of topical vitamin C.  In addition, you can also get the skincare benefits of vitamin C by taking it as an oral supplement.

Another big concern when using skincare products with Vitamin C is to be careful not to mix it with certain ingredients.  You won’t want to layer it with retinol/retinoid products as this can definitely cause skin irritation.  If you want to still use a retinol product your best bet is to do so at night and then use your vitamin C products in the morning.  You also will want to avoid using directly with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids and Niacinamide as these will destabilize the vitamin C and make it ineffective.

One of my favorite clean beauty brands has an excellent line up of dermatologist recommended vitamin C skincare.  Derma E has vitamin C containing makeup wipes, micellar water, serum, moisturizer and my favorite is their vitamin C peel.  I’ve been consistently using these products and noticed my sun spots from the summer are fading quickly! As with most skincare consistency really is key…it won’t work if you don’t use it! You can find Derma E products here: https://dermae.com/collections/vitamin-c

Do you have a favorite Vitamin C skincare product? If so I’d love to hear in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Xo,

Lynne

Microblading 101

Brow game on point!  Ok ladies I wanted to give you the run down on my microblading procedure.  As with any cosmetic or aesthetic related service I urge you to do your research and get referrals prior to booking any appointments.  As for microblading, you need to find someone you trust to perform the procedure under sanitary conditions but also someone you trust for their artistic eye.  I first looked at having my brows microbladed three years ago and I waited until I found a place where I truly felt like I was in good hands.  Microblading (tattooing) of the brows has been around for awhile but it’s only become more mainstream in recent years.  This means there are a lot of new aestheticians out there who haven’t really been doing this all that long.  Research and referral will be crucial to your final outcome.

I chose microblading because I not only wanted less daily maintenance with filling in my brows but I also wanted to achieve more of a lift to my eye area by raising my arch just slightly.  In that sense, there are a few sparse hairs that I will end up plucking regularly that are part of my natural brow shape but no longer fall into my new shape…hope that makes sense!

Basic to most microblading procedures is the fact that you’ll need to come in for touch ups, usually a few months after the initial session and then sometimes yearly or every other year thereafter.  From what I understand, this depends a lot on your skin cell turnover and each person’s skin will process the dye a little differently.  I’ve been told the sun will definitely fade the color and so you’ll be seeing me slick down these brows with SPF when I’m in the sun.

The day prior to the procedure you are asked to avoid caffeine and blood thinning medications like aspirin, ibuprofen.  I was told for a week after having your session you cannot get your brows wet at all which means no work outs and no swimming.  For some, this might affect when you get the procedure done.  In hindsight, might be something better suited for colder months of the year.

As for the discomfort level, I have to say it was definitely a jaw and fist clenching session…especially on the first session. They did two passes (rounds of cutting) at my first session. The first pass was without numbing cream and lasted about 25 minutes. On the second pass, they applied the numbing cream so it was more tolerable. When I went in for my touch up appointment 5 weeks after my initial session they did not numb me but it was only about a 10 minute process that time. Would I let the pain stop me from doing this again? Nope. I love the outcome so much!! It was worth it to me.

After talking with others who’ve had microblading I would definitely ask detailed questions about the dye being used, the sanitation precautions, the numbing cream used and post-care nuisances (like not getting the brows wet). It seems these variables are quite different depending on the tech and place that you go to. Personally, I think it’s best to a have a referral from a trusted friend so you know exactly what you are getting into.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below! Thanks for reading!!

Xo,

Lynne

Frosé the Day Away

Hi guys!  We had the best summer weekend!  Fantastic weather, a loose itinerary, a few parties, staying up late and sleeping in.  With a little extra time on hand I decided to try to perfect my recipe for frosé…if you can believe it I hadn’t tried this yummy frozen drink until a few months ago on Spring Break.  Ever since then, I knew I had to break out the blender and make a round at home.  If you haven’t heard of frosé it is basically just blended rosé wine usually with fruit and sometimes additional sweeteners/herbs.  It’s the perfect drink for entertaining on a hot summer day.  I tried to make mine a light version so I went with Fit Vine rose for my wine.  Check out the full recipe below which makes two servings.

SKINNY FROSÉ

1/2 bottle of FitVine Rosé

1 1/2 c. Frozen strawberries

1 tbsp agave syrup

1/2 squeezed lime

Blend all of above for 1 minute until smooth. Pour frozen mixture into glass and top with a few ounces of flavored seltzer water, garnish with strawberries. Enjoy!!

Xo,

Lynne

 

 

Transitioning Your Makeup for Summer

Are you someone who finds yourself buying all new cosmetics when summer comes around?  If so, this post is for you!  I’m going to explain how to transition what you’ve been using in the winter months to help you get the most out of your products for summer. The key to summer makeup is always making sure you have on SPF, keeping your make up from melting off your face in the heat, and having a keen eye to make sure your foundation matches whatever tan you develop once you’ve been out in the sun. *This post contains affiliate links

Tip #1 Mix it up!

I feel like sometimes we forget how valuable it can be to mix products and come up with our own formulations to satisfy our makeup and skincare needs.  Brands will want you to think you need the latest and greatest super product that contains antioxidants, spf, hyaluronic acid, holy water (OK just kidding!)  But my point is a lot of times, we have all this stuff on hand and you just gotta get the right recipe down.  For example, some of my foundations lack a strong spf so for summer I will be mixing them with this Neutrogena oil free facial sunscreen: https://rstyle.me/n/djw67rcike7 Along these lines, once your face starts to develop a summer tan you don’t necessarily need to go out and purchase a darker foundation.  My trick is to use a tiny amount of a much darker concealer to deepen the color of your liquid foundation before applying.  This ELF one is a great option and is so affordable: https://rstyle.me/n/dj2waccike7 You can also purchase kits like this one from Ulta with products to help obtain the perfect color match using foundations you already have on hand: https://rstyle.me/n/djzve4cike7

Tip #2 Make it last!

Chances are even if you have dry skin you deal with some amount of makeup melt during the summer.  You don’t necessarily need to purchase a matte foundation but if you need an affordable option I like this Maybelline matte and poreless: https://rstyle.me/n/djzvnscike7  . There are two products that will allow to continue to use your current foundation and these are primers and setting sprays.  Primers can be divided into two categories – those that help your makeup up stay bulletproof and those that smooth the skin surface and fill in large pores and wrinkles.  So be careful when picking a primer for summer, the skin smoothing ones are usually somewhat hydrating and won’t really help all that much when make up is sliding off your face in 90 degree heat!  I recommend this primer for summer:https://rstyle.me/n/djzvv7cike7   Usually you won’t need a separate primer for your eyes, but if you are someone with oily lids I recommend giving these MAC paint pots a try for summer, sometimes when it’s super hot out this is all I use on my eyes: https://rstyle.me/n/djzvhkcike7 Another must have for me during summer is a good setting spray, I don’t always need them in the winter but if I’m going to be outside in the summer they are essential.  I recommend the Urban Decay All Nighter: https://rstyle.me/n/djzvxqcike7 or this drugstore option from Makeup Revolution: https://rstyle.me/n/djzv2gcike7

Tip#3 Correct the red!

One last simple tip for summer makeup… invest in a green primer to color correct redness from sunburns or flushed skin in the heat.  I was amazed at how well this worked when we were on our last beach vacation.  Some good options are this one from NYX: https://rstyle.me/n/djzvbtcike7   or this ELF color correcting stick: https://rstyle.me/n/djw6twcike7

Hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks for your summer makeup routine!  Hopefully instead of buying all new products for the season these suggestions will help you make use of what you already know and love!

XO,

Lynne

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day

Hi friends!  I realize the blog has been a been on the quiet side lately and I promise to work harder on posting more content here.  I came up with this Mother’s Day Gift Guide for those of you looking for ideas!  These are all things on my wish list! The products here range anywhere from $25-$200 as I wanted to cover a wide range of budgets.  If you are a last minute shopper like I tend to be, this is a great guide sure to cover everyone from your mom, mother-in-law and even yourself! (Hint hint hubby!!)

  1. Gibson romper: https://rstyle.me/n/djr75pcike7
  2. Charlotte Tilburry Highlighter Palette: https://rstyle.me/n/djr8fccike7
  3. Wanderess Fever Palette: https://rstyle.me/n/djr8gxcike7
  4. St. Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit: https://rstyle.me/n/djsimkcike7
  5. Capri Blue Watercolor Candle: https://rstyle.me/n/djr72rcike7
  6. UGG Lolla Silk Robe: https://rstyle.me/n/djr7xvcike7
  7. Aerin Aegea Blossom fragrance: https://rstyle.me/n/djr768cike7
  8. Gold initial pendant: https://rstyle.me/n/djr7tfcike7
  9. Sole Society Emery Backpack: https://rstyle.me/n/djr7utcike7