Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nail Files: Shiny

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Did I mention we got a house?
Well, yesterday we FINALLY closed and got the keys.
So it's official.

To celebrate, I covered my nails in bling.

That's China Glaze Polarized, a polish so glitter it breaks camera focus function (courtesy of Miss Bling herself, Jennie).
And also Maya "Blue Flavor", which the lovely gave to me (it also has shimmers, but they're hard to see), courtesy of the lovely Ashley.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eye of the Week: Dragonsbane

Hello, Skittles! 
Here's another Springtime look from the Printcess Fantasy Collection.

That's Wizard on my inner eyelid, Dragonscale on the majority of my eyelid, and Marque as a lick in the outer edge of my eyelid plus as a short outer-lower lid liner.

The ruddy outer-lower lid liner move had an interesting whitening effect on my eyeballs.

Mostly, though, what comes across is the Wizard gold and the Dragonscale peachy orange.

Okay, now I'm just vogueing...
But seriously, I love these colors and they'r such a fun pop of color to wear.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cacao Nib Fish Recipe

It's no secret that I have a love affair with Viva Labs.
Every single product of theirs that I've tried has been super high-quality and amazeballs.

Their Cacao Nibs are no exception.
Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Organic, these crunchy nibs are full of chocolate flavor without sugar.
(If you like dark chocolate, you'll like cacao nibs)

They're fully of flavonoid antioxidants, which may help prevent cancer and Alzheimers, among other things.

But what if you don't want to bake with them, or put them in your smoothie, or sprinkle them on your yogurt? How else do you eat them??

Cacao Nib Fish.


  • 4 fillets fresh fish (I used rainbow trout)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil (or sub 3 Tbsp butter)
  • Cocoa nibs as needed for coating

1. Fillet your fresh fish, and sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika on the flesh side of each.

2. Gently pat cacao nibs onto the flesh side of each fillet.

3. Heat oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes.

4. Place each fillet, flesh-side down, in the hot skillet. You'll lose some nibs as you do this, but work swiftly and decisively and they'll be okay.

5. After 1-2 minutes (depending on thickness of fillet), flip each to by skin-side down.

6. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, then transfer to a dish to cool.

7. Carefully de-skin each fillet and serve.

The cacao nibs and smoked paprika impart an earthiness that pairs well with almost every kind of edible fish you can cook. We served ours with fresh asparagus and leeks, but it'd also be excellent with roasted squash, potatoes, spinach or a simple salad.


This was adapted from a recipe my father passed to me (which is a wee bit more complex, but just as awesome)

The Original Recipe:
4 fillets fresh salmon
6-8 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 small leek, cleaned and diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbsp butter
Cocoa nibs as needed for coating

  1. Marinate salmon in salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil.
  2. Sauté onion and leek in 2 tbsp olive oil over a low flame until tender. Add 1/2 cup of wine. For creaminess, add butter. Set aside, keeping warm until ready to serve.
  3. Place salmon skin side down on platter and coat with cocoa nibs to cover. Place salmon cocoa nib side down in very hot sauté pan with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. 
  4. Cook for two minutes and flip to skin side; cook for 3-4 minutes more. Be careful not to overcook, center of salmon should remain rare.
  5. Divide onion and leek mixture among 4 plates.
  6. Top with salmon and serve.

Monday, May 25, 2015

GrowHobby LED Grow Light Review & Giveaway

I'm a garden junkie.
I mean, I hatehatehate weeding, but I love harvesting produce after work each day, eating the tastiest, ripest, juiciest veg and fruits. 

Here in Seattle, our "the garden gets enough sun to thrive" times are July 5th-September 1st.
(Yes, it's that precise. Ask a local.)

That means the first 2 months or so of seed-starting-season are too overcast and cold to grow anything outside. 

You can protect seedlings from the cold by starting them indoors, but they need artificial sunlight to encourage them to grow strong.

This is why I love this GrowHobby's LED Grow Light:
  • It only uses 12 watts (so it's cheap even though you may be leaving it on for 6 hours/day)
  • It's LED, so it doesn't heat up (so it doesn't burn the seedlings, or your hands)
  • It doesn't require heat sinks or ballasts or fans, because it doesn't heat up
  • It's as easy to operate as any lightbulb...just screw it in to any socket!
  • The company is dedicated to encouraging classrooms to grow plants (I learned gardening at my mom's knee, so I'm all for this)
  • It's not a boring ol' bulb's PURPLE!

Want to win a grow light of your own?

(they're giving one away on their website)

*I received this product from Tomoson in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hot Sox Product Review

When offered to let me review one of their fun fashion socks here, I jumped at it. I'm a huge fan of colorful, fun socks (they make a great conversation starter), and always have been.

I requested the Mona Lisa or Birth of Venus designs, but I received the Dream Rousseau design. I reached out to them about this, and never heard anything back. Strike one for SoxMax.

When they arrived, the socks were a nice quality. Thick enough that my toenails aren't going to burst through in a week, without being so heavy my feet sweat in the. Score one for SoxMax.

Unfortunately, the design portion (although reinforced for durability) was constrictive and didn't have any stretch in it, which resulted in an uncomfortable cuff around my calf, even though the rest of it was comfortably stretchy. Strike two for SoxMax.

Overall, I think one of the full-sock designs would be more comfortable. I'm wary of recommending them, because their customer service is lacking and their product (although pretty, and detailed) lacks some elements of comfort I require in socks.

* I received this product from Tomoson in exchange for my honest review.