Friday, November 21, 2014

Fit Friday: Green Bean Recipe // Culinary Mamas

Hello Little Miss Fearless readers! I'm Kristen from Culinary Mamas and it's an honor to be posting on Amanda's blog. Amanda asked me to share a healthy Thanksgiving side for her Fitness Friday post and I knew immediately that I wanted to share this Garden Green Beans with Lemon Garlic Sauce recipe. These green beans make green bean detractors into green bean devotees. Just ask my husband who has sworn his entire life that he hates green beans, but was licking his plate clean when eating these beans. If you are looking for more Thanksgiving side recipes, I think that I have the best green beans, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce recipes because all are made with simple, fresh ingredients.

  • 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper
The first step is blanching the green beans. Start a pot of water to boil. While it is heating up, get a medium sized bowl with a few handfuls of ice and fill it halfway up with water. Once the water is boiling, add the green beans and cook until the beans are dark green in color, about two minutes. When the beans are dark green, pour off the boiling water and place the green beans in the ice water bath. Once the beans are cool to the touch, dump out the water, dry off the beans and set aside.

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add your olive oil and butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add the garlic and stir until the garlic is just beginning to brown, it should take about one minute. Add the red pepper flakes and stir for another thirty seconds. Add the green beans and continue to cook until the beans are heated through and coated with the butter, another few minutes. Plate the beans and toss with the lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe is adapted from the Food Network.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Five Autumn Beauty Faves


Autumn always makes me excited for change. A new haircut? Sure! A yummy new candle? Don't mind if I do. This year is especially exciting because of everything I'm learning from Lauren about beauty. I love feeling confident and honestly, sometimes beauty products make me believe I have an "it" factor. Like the girl who has it all figured out and put together. Not to mention, my list of gift ideas for gal pals is already overflowing (thanks to Lauren). 

Since we're both a little obsessed with Autumn, we wanted to share our excitement and get you energized to add some new products to your beauty bag. Check out Lauren's 5 Autumn Beauty Faves below (let me tell you, that lip balm in Salted Caramel is calling my name!).

This baby comes with me everywhere. It’s light but still packs a significant amount of moisture. It’s ultra-hydrating but never greasy and absorbs quickly. The fragrance is light and slightly fruity, but not overwhelming. Seriously, this is my number one autumn companion.
This is the perfect palette. It’s cooler in tone than the original, but I actually prefer these shades even though I generally reach for the warmer shades. They’re highly blendable and you can create dramatic or very neutral looks -- it’s incredibly versatile. All shades are matte (save for one with a very subtle satin finish that’s perfect for highlighting) and super velvety.
This lip balm is heavenly. The fragrance is a perfect mixture of sweet cream, sea salt, caramelized sugar and toasted vanilla bean. It keeps your lips satiny and smooth. Enough said.

Nars Blush in Sin
The perfect berry blush. This blush is hyper-pigmented (a little goes a long way), and it’s the perfect warm shade for autumn. The slight gold shimmer paired with the berry color (and a hint of purple, I swear) makes for the best blush of the season.

MAC Lipstick in Rebel
Don’t let the color in the tube frighten you, you can wear this classic jewel tone sheer as one swipe or buildable as a brighter berry shade. You can easily change the look of this lipstick up by varying the lip liner, too. Right now, I’m obsessed with a little MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil underneath a sheer swipe of Rebel for that “just a tad vampy” look.

For more from this beauty maven, be sure to check out Lauren's blog,

Do you have a favorite beauty product this fall?
Share it with us in the comments!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Check Shirt & Coated Skinnies

shirt: jcrew {color sold out; similar here} | pants: ag {seriously, my fave!} | boots: seychelles {old; similar here} | bag: kate spade saturday {similar style} | glasses: karen walker | watch: marc jacobs {similar} | bracelet: stella&dot | rings: elizabeth & james, t+j designs {hashtag, bubble} c/o, gorjana | lips: 'girl about town' by mac

Another simple, fall outfit today. I've found myself wearing neutrals and black a little more since I cut my hair. But you'll still always catch me with a pop of something bright. ;)

Thanks for reading!

Photos by Ashlee Brooke.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

sweater: jcrew | jeans: zara {extremely similar here} | boots: duo boots c/o | clutch: clare vivier | glasses: asos {on mega sale!} | watch: michael kors | earrings: candy ice jewelry c/o | rings: gucci, t+j designs c/o, gorjana | lips: 'rebel' by mac

We've been having the prettiest fall sunshine lately. It's getting chillier out, but I'm thankful every day to live in such a beautiful place. And the colder it gets, the more cute clothes I get to layer on. ;)

On anther note, I have two quick things to point out...

First, the DUO Boots I'm wearing--LOVE. I hadn't tried this brand before, but I struck gold with this pair. (I recommend sizing down if you're in between sizes.) I love how comfy these are, even with the stacked heel, and they're just the style I've been craving this fall. The buckle detail reminds me of a classy Tory Burch bootie.

Second, the earrings I'm wearing from Candy Ice Jewelry make me feel like a celeb. Partly because this brand (also new to me) has appeared at some of the most glamorous events in the world, on some of the most famous celebrities in the world. The best part is, the turquoise charm on my earrings is detachable and you can purchase different charms to mix up with your different Candy Ice earrings.

Yay! I love learning about new clothing and accessories brands!
Definitely recommend checking both of these out.

Photos by Ashlee Brooke.
Special thanks to DUO Boots and Candy Ice Jewelry for sponsoring this post.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Cut...

sweater: dvf {more affordable styles here + here} | pants: ag {in love!} | shoes: jcrew {similar here + need these!} | bag: tory burch | glasses: karen walker | watch: marc jacobs {similar} | bracelet: stella & dot | rings: gucci, t+j designs c/o | lips: 'girl about town' by mac

I'm just realizing this is the first time I've posted photos of my actual haircut (not just me pretending to have short hair). If any of you are considering a similar change, I totally recommend it. I was terrified up until the very last snip (I literally made my hair stylist cut an inch at a time to ease me into it), but now that it's done, I don't know why I waited so long. It's so refreshing and such a great way to reinvent yourself. I finally ditched all my layers and went for a longer, blunt bob. It's now my favorite hairstyle I've ever had.

Happy Monday!

Photos by Ashlee Brooke.

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