Monday, July 16, 2012

Face Chart - Travel Edition

I have a lot of experiencing traveling for work, and have gotten the make-up routine down to a science (5 minutes to be exact).  When you have to wake up at 4:30am for a 7am flight, its important to preserve every extra minute of sleep you can!  While I LOVE make-up and could honestly use 25 products or more in one sitting for the perfect look, you can still look perfect with 7 products!   

Excuse the tired eyes, these pictures were taken at 5:45am this morning!  Make-up can work wonders, but when you are tired its hard to cover that up. 

7 MUST HAVE products for a 5 minute face -
  • Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF) 
  • Blush 
  • Bronzer 
  • Eye Liner
  • Cream Eye Shadow, natural color 
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
My 7 step by step instructions:
  • Rub Tinted Moisturizer all over your face (make sure your moisturizer always has SPF) 
  • Blend in Bronzer on the highlights of your face (chin, jawbone, cheeks, nose, forehead)
  • Blot blush along the apple of your cheek and blend in and up along your cheek bone. 
  • Smear in your cream shadow along your entire lid
  • Line your lids with a sharpened pencil or ink liner 
  • Brush on two to three coats of your mascara 
  • apply your Lip color!  
Tips for Make-up when traveling
  • Choose longwear options (especially for eyes).  When you are on the go, sometimes your makeup is also (which would be tragic), so I recommend choosing as many products as possible that are long wearing.  Bobbi Brown's new long wear collection is amazing, it will not come off or rub off!  
  • Choose bright colors, when you are tired they help to make you look like you are awake!  
  • Keep chap-stick (colored or not) with you, as your lips will get dry on the plane!    
Vola!  The perfect stay-put face for your early morning flight, or the weekend when you just don't feel like painting the whole picture!  

Products I used 
  • Tinted Moisturizer: Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer (Fair)
  • Blush: Bobbi Brown Blush (Pale Pink)
  • Bronzer: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder (Light Golden Bronze)
  • Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil (Jet)
  • Cream Eye Shadow: Benefit Cream Shadow (RSVP)
  • Mascara:Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara (Black)
  • Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipcolour (Unchanging)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Feature: Face Chart

Make-up is a very important part of my life, and its something I change up daily!  It's one of my favorite parts of my morning!  I pick out my cheeks, eyes and lips based on my outfit.  I just love make-up! 

I honor of my love of make-up (and truly the copious amounts of make-up I have in my collection), I will be featuring make-up looks weekly (maybe more) as well as a few tips that I have learned along the way!

Today's Tip: You can do a BOLD lip & cheek as long as you keep the eyes neutral.  In this case I chose pink tones for my cheeks and a red lipstick with pink undertones, they work because they are complimentary but not the same.  Don't be afraid of color, I promise you will get compliments!  I also paird this with a blue and white dress, the red lips are definitely the statement of this look!  

My Face Chart:

What do you think?  Do you like bold lips?  Do you need/ any specific tips?  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Inspiration and the Blogs I love

I mentioned in this post that I have been inspired!  I was really struggling with what I wanted this blog to be about.  I came to the realization that its okay for this blog to be multidimensional, as I am very multidimensional.  I have also come to the realization that its okay to be real, life is not always beaches and love expect real!  To my loyal readers (all 3 of you) I am going to be posting about my life with photos (see - Photos and Life works so well).  My multidimensional life consists of style, design, food, cooking, my home ( little apartment in Brooklyn), photography, sports, sailing, NYC (lots about Brooklyn), DIY projects, exercise, nutrition, my travel adventures and last but not least my puppy (I'm sure there is more)!

Back to the blogs that inspire me, below is a sampling of the blogs I stalk read daily.

My Other Projects :)

And because no post is complete without an image, I wanted to share a photo of my very lucky little puppy getting a piece of sushi for dinner tonight (shhh...don't tell the vet)!  

Friday, July 6, 2012


I have been inspired by other blogs recently (will post about blogs I love soon)!  As you can tell (for the 3 loyal readers I have) I can't quite figure out what to do with this blog.  I was posting a lot about life last year with some photos peppered in.  I took a long hiatus this year and have just started getting back in a groove recently

I like to post about food, cooking, travel, photography, exercise, work, fashion, my puppy, DIY projects, my apartment...etc.  I choose the name photos and life because I didn't want to be tied down to any one thing.  I am a bit of a free spirit and I like to create and be creative for whatever moves me in the moment, however I do want this blog to be inspirational to others.  I want people to read it and feel like they can be creative with everything they do.  I want to provide value!

Being creative for me is all about feeling good and proud of what you are doing from your make-up in the morning, clothing you choose to wear, accessories you put on, photos you take (iPhone to SLR), attitude you exude, food you make, projects you complete.  So I am hoping to share more about everything creative

I have always been into make-up and fashion (as in fashion I can afford).  I'll post about fashion in another blog post (looks like I have lots of topics to cover soon), but this post is dedicated to make-up.

Ever since i was a little girl I have been exposed to make-up.  It might be from my ballet/ice skating days, where at 7 years old I would perform with a full face of make-up!  After my performance days were over, I still loved experimenting with make-up.  Make-up is also a favorite activity for my mom and I (whenever we get together we always visit a make-up counter somewhere to get a new look).  I daily choose my lip color based on my outfit.  I wanted to share what I am wearing today (and will start to do this more often).     


What's in my make-up bag today!

Tinted Moisturizer: Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer
Blush: Arrojo Sheer Cheek Tint (Similar: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral)
Eye Shadow:  Benefit Creasless Cream eyeshadow RSVP & Tattle Tale
Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown Ink Liner
Mascara: Bobbi Brown Intensiying Long-Wear Mascara
Highlighter: MAC Hey, Sailor Highlight Powder 
Lips: Mac Hey, Sailor Sail La Vie Lipstick

PS: what do you think of my new hair cut?  I can't seem to find the perfect cut (since I cut it all off last year).  I am thinking once this grows out a little bit more it may be perfect, or maybe I should just grow it out and be done with trying to find the perfect short hair.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Statement necklaces making a statement!

I have had a vision in my head of not having my necklaces strewn everywhere in the apartment (or just sitting in multiple purses!  My jewelry box has been rather dusty in the back of my closet for a while now and my jewelry has not gotten major play (other than a few old standbys that come out every day).  The sad thing is that I LOVE jewelry, especially necklaces!  Just like make-up you can wear what you feel and it can make an ordinary outfit look extraordinary.

I am committed to spending my summer cleaning out and organizing!  Jason and I are both extremely sick of clutter and just want to minimize the things we own as well as display them in fashionable ways (although I should caveat he doesn't care about my necklaces)!

I have gotten quite familiar with Ikea during my quest for organization, and knew I could get all the supplies there for this project!  All it takes is two black frames and 10 hooks!

I love the way it turned out so much that I may consider doing a third frame on the bottom of the door (as believe it or not I couldn't fit everything in the first two frames!  What do you think?

Do you want to do this project at home, below are the supplies I used!
  • 2 Ikea Black Frames FJALLSTA - $30
  • 10 (5 packages) Ikea SAVERN hooks- $25

*All photos taken on my iPhone and edited with instagram!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Homemade Pizza (one of my favorite)

Pizza and a glass of Rose

We decided to cook tonight (its been a while, we have both been so busy that when we are actually home for dinner cooking has consisted of heating something up or ordering takeout on the iPad).

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make!  1) I get to us the pizza stone and board (love this home kitchen invention) 2) It's healthy and I can put whatever I want on it 3) its oh so good!   

This afternoon my husband suggested Prosciutto and I really wanted brussels sprouts, so that's what we made!

For the crust I adapted this recipe, and it came out so great.  In my past few attempts with whole wheat, I have not had much success so I have kept true to my tried and true perfect pizza crust recipe.  I have to say, after tonight, I think I am going to stick to whole wheat exclusively.  Not only can your body process it better, I think it was better than the its white flour cousin!    
Before it was cooked!

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Crust -
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (turn the water on your sink to hot and let it run for about 1 min, just until its just about too hot to touch with your finger)
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast 
  • 1tsp olive oil 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour 
  • 1 cup of white bread flour, plus more for keading  (you can use all purpose if you don't have bread flour handy)
Directions for Honey Whole Wheat Crust -
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (and if you have a pizza stone place in oven and let heat up for 45 minutes to an hour) 
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Lets stand for 10 minutes (make sure the yeast has activated, you will know when you see it bubbling and popping on the top of the water...if you do not see it bubbling on the top it has not been activated and you need to dump it and start over).  
  3. Stir in the honey, olive oil and salt.  
  4. Mix in the flour until mostly combined (it will look like small flour chunks) and dump it out onto a floured surface 
  5. Knead for 10 minutes.  If the dough is sticky, keep adding in flour until it is not sticky to the touch anymore.  
  6. Once its into a ball, put it into a buttered bowl and let rise for 1 hour 
  7. After its risen (aprox doubled in size) punch it down and divide into 2 to 4 balls (depending if you want large/thicker crusts or thin individual crusts.    
  8. Let small balls rise for 30 min or so
  9. Roll out and spread your favorite toppings.  
  10. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes (until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden)
Toppings of the evening -
  • All purpose tomato sauce (this sauce will not let you down)
  • Fresh Motzarella 
  • Graded Parmesan
  • Prosciutto
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Rose (for drinking, not the pizza)
The puppy REALLY wanted pizza!

Homemade Quadruple Berry Frozen (Greek) Yogurt

Mixed Berry Frozen (Greek) Yogurt
 As part of my summer of adventure, I wanted to make my own frozen yogurt!  I LOVE frozen yogurt (like love so much could eat it for multiple meals a day), and wanted to find the perfect recipe using local healthy ingredients.  I LOVE berries, and knew my first attempt had to use these delicious summer treats. 

So Once this indulgence arrived in the mail, I set off to find the perfect recipe!  

I have been scouring the web for a great greek based frozen yogurt, and to be honest I was coming up empty handed all around!  I really wanted a recipe that used local ingredients (in my case berries that have been freshly picked and are waiting for me in my freezer) and was the perfect aspect of sweet and tangy.

I found a glimmer of hope when I came across Pink Parsley's recipe for strawberry frozen yogurt.  It had the makings of being the perfect recipe, however I don't have a food scale and wanted to use the mixed berries I have available in my freezer.

So off I went to try to not only make frozen yogurt for the first time, but also create my own recipe!  I love to create recipes (much to my husbands disliking) so I felt good about what I was up against!  (TIP: I was also told when making frozen yogurt or ice cream you want to make the mixture into your favorite milk shake and then freeze).  Below is the recipe and instructions, and my oh my is it good!  You must run (don't walk) to your local farmers market to pick up seasonal berries to try this recipe!   

Quadruple Berry Frozen Yogurt

Berries, Strawberry infused vodka, sugar

  • Healthy heap (between 3 to 5 cups) of your favorite frozen berries (I used Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries & blackberries).
  • 1/2 cup of sugar 
  • 3 tsp vodka (I used homemade strawberry infused vodka, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 1/4 cup of 0% greek yoghurt (my brand of choice is fage) 
  • Pinch of Salt 
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juiced  

  1. Make sure your ice cream maker is prepared according to the manufacture instructions (in my case I froze the bowl overnight)
  2. Combine frozen berries, sugar and vodka in a bowl and let sweat for aprox 1 hour (until the sugar turns into a syrup) 
  3. Take frozen berries and blend until smooth in a blender or food processor 
  4. Add Greek Yoghurt, salt and lemon juice to blended berry mixture and fully blend everything.
  5. Take your mixture and add to your ice cream maker (I have the kitchen aid attachment) and let mix for 15 to 20 minutes
  6. Once mixture has taken a soft frozen consistency, transfer to your containers and freeze for an additional 1 to 3 hours.  
  7. Enjoy!     
Everything blended together and ready to chill!
The great chill begins!
Action shot!!!

All packed up in Jars and ready to finish chilling in the freezer!

Ready to eat!

 The perfect Sunday treat!

All photos taken on my iPhone and filtered through Instagram!