December, 2013

Ladies Gift Guide

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It’s beginning to look a lot like traffic, rude people, and long lines… That sounds very bah-humbug, but the truth is I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! Love it, I just can’t stand what the holiday season does to so many people, which is why I shop from home. I love purchasing all my holiday delights directly from the internets so that on the rare occasion that I step out into the retail world I’m able to keep a smile on my face and let people go ahead of me in line etc, etc. Moving on, after The Captain’s dude list I got a few requests for a gift guide for the girlies!! So here you go!!

1. Love More Tee – I love ScoutMob’s super awesome Shoppe that has tons of super cool independent designers and so many must have products. This tee from Arquebus Clothing out of Texas has the coolest shirts and I’m obsessed with this one! And considering how much some retailers try to sell graphic tees for this is a steal of a deal!!!

2. Naked 3 – So I can’t wait to get this!! I’m a fan of the original and think that 3 has amazing shades that ARE different than the other 2 palettes, proof here. I think these shades are more subtle than the previous 2, but still have plenty of intensity! Perfect for a NYE bash or just grabbing brunch with friends. Fab.

3. Makeup Brushes – I lalalalove MAC makeup brushes and these sets are an affordable way to get 5 killer brushes. The super cute travel case also makes it very easy to… well, travel with them. Any girly-girl would love to get this set.

4. Rebecca Minkoff bag – This bag is so fab. It’s like a fabulous angry Chanel without the 2 grand price tag. Perfect for any fashionista. RM is one of my favorite designers of quality,  affordable handbags and this is a classic!

5. Rose hip & Red clay face mask – I love a good face mask and this company, Beridan Naturals, is one of the coolest brands around. Even their packaging is too cool for school. This pretty pink mask is perfect for cleansing and detoxing trouble skin! While the clay absorbs impurities and toxins, the rose hip powder exfoliates leaving skin smooth and bright. I want everything that they make!!

6. Madewell Tee – This looks so comfy that I can barely stand it. I love a clever gift, but a super soft well-made (see what I did there) tee is a perfect present. It would be great with jeans or maybe even paired with #12.

7. Fox Pillow – Sooo Foxxxxxyyyyyy. This pillow is just the cutest thing that I’ve ever seen. It’s a fox pillow. I don’t know why, I love it. So if the lady you are shopping for is a touch quirky this might make the perfect gift… and bonus, it’s on sale!!!

8. Kate Spade Planner – I never thought I’d be a Kate Spade girl, but lately I’ve just loved everything they make. This planner is so fabulous and a perfect gift for the lady who is far too classy to put her important meetings in her iCalander. Plus, gold polka dots are, like, the best thing ever.

9. Diptyque Candle – This is for the chick who literally has everything. I don’t ever think to buy myself a pricey, fancy candle, but I can assure you I would flipping love to get one as a gift. I think I’m speaking for most women when I say that. And this one smells of hazelnut, basically fall in a candle. Yes, please.

10. Betsy & Iya Ring – I mentioned my love of this brand before, but I toats love their style! I dig their jewelry and am a big fan of the way they run things! I love buying jewels from small companies because your piece is truly unique. You don’t see it on every other person. I found them on Etsy and can’t stop buying from them!!

11. Jane Austen Penguin Classics – This is for the book worm. I have a few of these Austen classics, but to get a whole set!? Be still my heart!!! These books are beautiful and look like art work displayed in your home. If your lady has mentioned on more than one occasion her love of Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley or Edmund, this is a much purchase.

12. Fancy Skirt – This is so fancy and beautiful and fancy. It would be super funky with a crop top, casual with a chambray shirt, über fancy with a silk top so many options!! Ladies love when their men buy them clothes… perhaps I should specify, ladies love when their men buy them AWESOME clothes. Did I mention it’s fancy?

13. Spiralizer – Yes, yes, yes. The health nut in your life will jump for joy over this gadget. It makes zucchini pasta a snap and just in case you’re thinking, “what the duck!? I just want regular pasta!!!” It also makes the perfect curly fries!!! Winning.

14. Chloe’s Vegan Desserts – Chloe knows what she’s doing. She’s the only vegan chef to ever win Cupcake Wars, so naturally her dessert book is freaking awesome. Everything is delicious. Everything. Don’t get me started on her chocolate chip cookies!!! Perfect for your veggie with a sweet tooth.

15. Global Bread Knife – Yes. A bread knife. What? I want a nice bread knife and Global knives are hands down my favorite. This knife is sexy and it’s perfect for cutting up some yummy italian bread, slicing tomatoes, or stabbing the occasional zombie.

That’s a Spicy Potato

potato-vegan-lunch-veggiesA few weeks ago I attended a Pinterest party… A party inspired by food and projects found on Pinterest. We made holiday crafts, ate fun treats, downed jello shots… just your basic Tuesday night with my crew. We were all tasked to bring a recipe discovered on Pinterest. I found a dip that I thought sounded tasty, so I made that… welllllll it wasn’t great. It was super bland and just didn’t do what I was thinking that it should, so I made a few changes and kicked up the heat factor quite a bit and it was a hit!!! Everyone loved it. We all agreed that it would taste brilliant on top of a potato or smothering a veggie burrito.

1 organic russet potato

1/2 cup broccoli [frozen heated or fresh steamed]

1/4 cup black beans

2-3 tablespoons of your favorite salsa

A ton of spicy cashew cheeze sauce

I flatten my potato out… I think that’s a family thing. Sandy flattens her potato; therefore, I flatten my potato. Instead of using any butter I smother it with salsa and smush that into the potato, then sprinkle on black beans, broc, and cheeze and super easy, super quick, super healthy meal!

Spicy Cashew Cheezey Sauce

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight if not using a Vitamix

1/2 cup of veggie broth [water will also work]

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 full teaspoon cayenne pepper [less if your a wuss]

1 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth!

If spicy isn’t your thing, this potato rocked my rocks. Inspired by, Jyoti Bihanda, a hippie joint in Normal Heights. I quickly sautéed some fresh broccoli with veggie stock. Once it’s cooked through, add some thick chopped onions. Flip about for a minute or two then douse with tamari. Bam. Smoother a smushed potato with the whole pan of goodness. WINNING! baked potato-vegan-quick-warm

Grown Up Prom

rent the runway-shopping-style-fashion rent the runway-shopping-style-fashionrent the runway-shopping-style-fashion rent the runway-shopping-style-fashion[gown] Badgley Mischka [ring] Nordies Rack [necklace] Loft, similar here currently on sale! [earrings] Kate Spade [nail polish] Taboo by Chanel

Military life is not always easy and it’s rarely glamourous, but once a year we get to dress up and get all fancy to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. It’s basically Prom for grown ups and it is awesome! Because prom with booze equals crazy good times. It was a blast and we had an amazing time until, like the end to many a great story,  The Captain became belligerently drunk… So the night was fun, they actually had some weird vegan food for me, and bonus, I watched my husband’s boss dance to Thrift Shop. Yes, it was pretty brilliant. But the real story here is my killer dress! Rent the Runway you complete me! I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to use this site. What I really can’t believe is that I didn’t invent this site! GENIUS!!! So in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Rent the Runway is a site where you can actually rent designer gowns/accessories for special events. Now the real win here is that you can save TONS of money and not be stuck with a dress that you won’t ever wear again. This Badgley Mischka was like 80% off of retail! They send you 2 different sizes, so you don’t have to worry about one not fitting. For 15 bucks more you can’t get a second dress! Magic! You get the dress the day before your event and can keep it for 4 or 8 days. It sounds so daunting, but it’s so easy and I will never buy another cocktail dress or black tie gown ever again— It’s perfect for weddings, fancy parties, etc etc. I’m a huge fan. Can’t wait to use them again. So dude, someone invite me to something fancy, stat!!!

Shopping for your Man + CyberMonday Deals

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So I’m not sure if you know this, but The Captain is ah-mazing. I’m not just saying that because I’m married to the guy. He has a knack for finding the next big thing, whether it’s the newest hip glasses company or a soon to be massive website. He’s just that cool… Here is his list for must haves for Christmas! Hopefully it will help when shopping for the cool dude in your life! Hope you enjoy his witty commentary below, sort of makes sense that we’re married, right?! After his post, make sure to check out all of the CyberMonday deals on the interwebs today!!

1. Cole Haan Colton Oxford: Try keeping your sneakers in the gym bag and opt for something with a leather sole. And if you still feel like you may need to spontaneously dunk on somebody, Cole Haan has other classy offerings with Nike Air technology.

2. Warby Parker Striped Chestnut Sunglasses: Because you can do good while looking good: If you’re more conservative with your eyewear, you can go with the Revolver Black Matte frames…and because Revolver Black Matte sounds badass.

3. Jack Purcells: Blue Jack Purcells, because you can never have enough pairs. A pair for going to the beach, one for yard work, one for running out to the store after dinner because ice cream and Oreos sound good.

4. The Embassy Pen: Because when you use a 60 cent Bic, you drop your guard and people keep walking off with your pens. But when it weighs almost a quarter of a pound, you’ll notice it missing out of your pocket. This is an heirloom your kids will be fighting over.

5. Driving Snap Cap: Because gentlemen wear hats. Just know when to take ‘em off.

6. Paul Newman Print: Framed. Actor, veteran, race car driver, devoted husband, humanitarian, and all around badass. Your better half will appreciate this piece of wall art.

7. Tie Bar: Often simple is best. Simple is also often timeless; your “#YOLO” trucker’s hat is not going to become a family heirloom the kids fight over.

8. Rat Pack Print: Framed and put in a place of honor. Like next to the bar. No bar? Okay, in sight of your whiskey chair.

9. Ice Molds: Why was this sitting next to the neckties in the men’s section of J. Crew? Oh that’s right because almost everyone around you in the shopping mall during the holiday season becomes a monster and this reminds you to swing by the liquor store on the way home to grab a bottle of Basil Hayden’s so you can decompress in your favorite chair when you get home. Well done J. Crew, I’ll take two.

10. Flask: Don’t you dare ruin the gentlemanliness of this flask by pouring in your favorite whipped cream flavored vanilla vodka. Whiskey only.

11.Guide to Moonshining: Something to read while you’re in your favorite chair? Oh, and by the way that homeless man who asked “Excuse me, do you have any change?” outside the liquor store has more manners and general awareness than you jackals at the mall.

12. Louisville Slugger: A good wooden bat is classy and nostalgic. Representative of both distinguished gentlemen and youthful boys. You can even look for replica bats of your favorite players for a personal touch. Great for home defense against burglars or zombies.

13. Knife Magnet: A simple yet elegant way to store your cutlery in the kitchen adhering to form follows function principals, by protecting their edges and keeping them easily accessible. You know, for zombies and stuff.

14. KA-Bar: Again, a multipurpose gift great for chopping onions, frenching a rack of lamb, or for eliminating the undead.

CYBER MONDAY SALES!!!!!

[ASOS US] Save 20% off site wide. DATES: Through Dec 2 – CODE: GIMME20

[BaubleBar] Take 20% off site-wide and play their Cyber Smash game for a chance to win prizes – like $100 off. DATES: Dec 2 – Dec 3 – CODE: CYBER20

[French Connection] Save 30% off your total purchase + free ground shipping on orders over $150. DATES: Through Dec 2 – CODE: W13COUPON

[Gap & Banana Republic] SAVE 40% off your total purchase + free shipping on orders over $50. DATES: Through DEC 2 – CODE: CYBER

[LOFT] Save 50% off EVERYTHING! DATES: Through Dec 2 – CODE: CYBER50

[Madewell] 25% off your entire order. DATES: Through Dec 2 – Code: FEAST25

[Nordstrom] Shop new markdowns of 40% or more on a wide variety of items. DATES: Through Dec 2 (10PM PST)

[Piperlime] 30% off entire purchase. DATES: Through Dec 2 – Code: CYBER

[Rebecca Taylor] Save 25% off site wide. DATES: Through Dec 2 – CODE: RTMONDAY25

[Shopbop] Save 15% when you spend $250, save 20% when you spend $500, and save 25% when you spend $1000. DATES: Through Dec 2 – CODE: BIGEVENT13

[Target] BOGO 60% off on apparel, shoes, and accessories. DATES: Dec 2

[Urban Outfitters] Save $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150 and enjoy free shipping. DATES: Dec 2