Peach Cobbler For Breakfast

Food, Lifestyle

peach-cobbler-sl-257827-lAs I mentioned in a previous post, I didn’t like my actual birthday cake. I originally wanted a peach or cherry pie but was vetoed.

I posted my comment to Facebook and my friend Hollie responded by bringing me a peach cobbler the next day.  It was so good and the most beautiful part was that  she shared a childhood memory. 

Hollie

Hollie bringing over homemade peach cobbler and ice-cream

Hollie’s grandmother would give her peach cobbler for breakfast during her summer visits by putting some in a bowel and adding  milk.  Hollie said it was just like eating oatmeal. She eagerly shared her recipe with me.

Well, I made some last night and it’s good, not as good as Hollies after all she’s been making it for years, but good.

My Peach Cobbler

My Peach Cobbler

I also picked up 5 large peaches at the Farmers Market and since Gluten-Free flour takes longer to bake opted for organic regular flour. The chore is peeling and slicing the peaches, but once that’s done it’s easy sailing from there.

Hollie’s Peach Cobbler:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut Peaches:
-3 if they are large and 4/5 if small

-Slice and put in a bowl.

-Sprinkle a little sugar (about ¼ cup)

-Let it sit until later in recipe

Take your pyrex and put 1 stick of butter in the pan. 
Put in oven until all is melted. (size of pans: 9 x 13, 8 x 8)

Mix together:
1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Sugar

¼ tsp of Salt

2 tsp of Baking Powder

Place peaches in the pyrex pan of melted butter

Pour batter over the peaches

Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon

Bake for 45mins or until  edges are golden brown

(TIP** I usually add a little more sugar and cinnamon when there is 15mins left of baking time)

I just had some for lunch, with a little bit of ice-cream.  I’ll go back to being healthy again on Monday.

Do you guys have a favorite recipe?

Afternoon Reading – Lola Rykiel for Harper’s Bazaar

Fashion, Lifestyle

01-mon-idee-de-la-mode-lola-rykiel-parisienne-modele-roland-mouret-cartier-giuseppe-zanotti-designI love, love surfing the net and have a lot of my usual blogs and websites that I visit on a daily basis.  The only time that doesn’t happen is on the weekends and while I’m away on vacation.

05-mon-idee-de-la-mode-lola-rykiel-parisienne-modele-sonia-rykiel-apc-tiffany-co-christian-louboutinToday I went to some of my usual haunts and came across an article by Lola Rykiel for Harper’s Bazaar.  I loved it and especially loved how there were links throughout the piece that led to more of her well-written pieces giving out words of wisdom in a storybook format.

So, with that being said I had to do more research and wanted to share this with you guys in the event that you find yourselves with time to read.

For more @HarpersBazaar.com

Beauty Tip

Beauty

SephoraFavorites_Hero_112613_ImageI have several beauty tips, but this one I find useful more often than not.  I had bangs almost two years ago and I loved them, but they were a job in itself to maintain.  I finally started growing them out and ladies I am still growing them out.

It used to be that keeping my bangs picture perfect were my hair obsessions and now since their regrowth it’s been keeping all the flyways, frizzes under control.  That’s actually my full-time beauty occupation.

What do I use when nothing seems to work, because at some point there is no overnight treatment, hair mask or serum that’s going to help.  I use one of my many sample mascaras to comb my tiny flyways and frizzes and my problem goes away, until the next morning that is.  But the beauty of this tip is that the control will last all day, how can you not love that? For blondes or redheads I recommend brown mascara instead of the usual black and this trick also helps cover up the grey.

You can use your regular mascara too, but the sample mascara brush is smaller and works better. 

What are your beauty tips?

Happy Birthday Coco!

Beauty

10547574_900440099983808_6552571317203938451_nSo much has been written about Coco Chanel, after all she is the one that set the rules for style.  She created the little black dress, refined the art of wearing trousers, boyfriend sweaters and added pearls and red lipstick. She also started the trend of wearing striped t-shirts etc. It’s almost like style, fashion began with her vision.

I adored her when I first discovered her in my adolescence and loved her even more when I found out we shared the same birthday month, I’m partial to Leos.

She also gave the best advice, if you haven’t read any of her biography’s I suggest you pick one up, very insightful and empowering.

Here’s to Coco Chanel and style!

A Guide To Scent – Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Fragrance

FKRemember we discussed the power of a great scent several weeks ago? Well, I wasn’t disappointed. Feminin Pluriel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian did not disappoint.

Like all of his creations, it’s intoxicating and sensual.  You wear one of his many scents and you literally fall-in-love with yourself, I’m not kidding.

Of course you have to choose the one that works for you, a person has to choose the right scent that works with their individual chemistry. A fragrance will never smell the same on any two people.

How to choose and wear the right scent for you? (exert from a previous blog post on Mylifeinbeauty.com)

I’ve made a few bad fragrance choices, and once made a huge mistake in practically bathing in a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle – not pretty.  Never wear too much.

The changes of the seasons reflect our choices in clothing, skincare, makeup and fragrance.  We also wear these items in accordance to the time of day/night and whether or not they are appropriate.

The Fragrance Wardrobe consists of fragrances for day/night, spring/summer, and fall/winter. This means that everyone should have three to six bottles of fragrance to choose from.

I once dated a man that had a fragrance wardrobe of 9 bottles – the most my fragrance wardrobe consisted of was three bottles at a given time, but in reality having a signature scent works too, it’s just finding the right fragrance that works with your lifestyle.

FK Trio“Besides being very talented at creating fragrances, Francis has a great ability, which seems to be rare nowadays: he knows how to give volume to a perfume and also to make it last. What in French we call sillage and remanence. He’s obsessed with it. I also really like the way he introduces animal materials in his formulas, in a very subtle way, like hints of cumin (the spice) which has a “fur” effect on the skin.” – Lili Barbery-Coulon, Journalist, Le Monde Magazine

Fragrance is a base of three notes:

Top Notes – The initial introduction to the scent that lasts for the first 5-10 minutes, an introduction to the character of the perfume.

Middle Notes – The heart of the fragrance that defines the character, they give the scent depth and roundedness. Usually lasting for an hour or two depending on the concentration of the fragrance.

The Base: The long-lasting notes that appear 15-30 minutes after fragrance application and last throughout the day.

Applying Fragrance:

Pulse Points – the nape of the neck, decollete, behind the ears and knees because fragrance travels up.

“Wear Perfume wherever you want to be kissed” – Coco Chanel

Other Fragrance Tips:

FKLayering your fragrance with the use of shower gels, lotions, moisturizers, and after-shave ensures a long-lasting fresh scent throughout the day.

Take advantage of fragrance strips, and don’t be afraid to ask for samples.

Never over do it when making fragrance selections at the fragrance counter – take breaks in-between.

Spray the fragrance of choice on your person and not your clothing – fragrance can leave a stain.

Terminology:

Eau de Parfum – The strongest concentration that contains 15-22% essential oils.

Eau de Toilette – The average concentration consisting of 8 to 15% essential oils.

Eau de Cologne – 4 to 8% – a low concentration pf essential oils.

Eau Fraiche – 1 to 3%

There is also a difference between the EDT and EDP – these two vary slightly, make sure to ask questions.

A great fragrance marks your personal space, it’s also the finishing touch to a well polished and groomed appearance.  I never leave home without a splash of my current favorite scent .

Word to the wise, if you are buying a bottle you are not sure of, ask for a fragrance sample to take home and try out for a few days, if it works then open the bottle you recently purchased or take it back.  Most vendors do not take back bottles that are not in their original packaging.

A great way to test fragrances is to order samples online from leading fragrance houses such as Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Oh and Feminin Pluriel will be available at Neiman Marcus in September.

Happy Hunting!

Eat Cake Or Not

Lifestyle

CakeWell my birthday week came and went.  It arrived too early and left even earlier, oh well. I did have a nice time though, my birthdays are low-keyed.  The only people obligated to remember are my sisters, parents and my little nephew, I mean they are the people I love the most in the world.

AlyssaI received money and some nice gifts that will make being healthier easier.  I received a pair of New Balance sneakers and a FitBit, a tracking device that keeps track of my physical activity and food intake. I also received beautiful flowers from my friend Alyssa and organic beauty products from my friend Shannon.

ShannonWe ordered my Birthday cake gluten free and I can honestly tell you guys that it didn’t taste good , the only good part was the frosting.  So my question is, should I go out and buy myself another one and share with my sisters etc?

Thicker & Luxurious Tresses with PhilipB

Hair Care

PhilipBYou guys know me, if it say’s on the bottle or jar that it thickens your hair instantly, I’m in.  I am in love.  I sprayed this into my freshly dried hair, I did it the best that  I could given the circumstances that I’m hair inept.   I mean really, I need expert products otherwise I wouldn’t look as nice and I think I do.

INSTA-THICK is part of the Russian Amber Imperial haircare collection by Hair Maestro Philip B. And it’s only the 2nd item I’ve tried and what can I say, so far I have not been disappointed.

I just wish I could go to his hair institute in New York or London, wouldn’t that be exciting? The price may seem pricey, but it isn’t because it’s generous and a little goes a long way.

$40

@PhilipB.com

Playing With Colour – MAKE COLOUR

Beauty, Makeup

Celeste-e-Verde-Palette_1_1000_WhiteI don’t know about you guys but I love playing with colour, layering, mixing and matching. A new brand I mentioned awhile ago is by MAKE.

The colours are bold, look-at-me colours that can be applied subtly or with dramatic flair.  Everything is in the wrist and your favorite makeup brushes, although I have been known to use my fingertips.

This palette is called Celeste e Verde, Blue & Green and the colours are sublime.  The pigments have long-wearing colour, they don’t come off until you take them off.

I can’t wait to try these with one of my various shades of crimson and guess what? If you forget to take your tried&true red, there is a red inside that not only compliments the shades but various skin tones. Plus, if you’re not in the mood for red there are other shades available.

Truly a collection of fiery brights and gorgeous earth tones.

$40

@MAKE.com

Also available at Barneys New York

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Napoleon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence & Me

Happy Birthday!

Marko_Stojanovic,_Jeff_Koons_-_Cake,_2007_(Art_Food_-_Eat_ArWhat do I have in common with Napoleon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lawrence? We share the same birthday.

I also took drama classes and writing classes, alas I didn’t pursue either of them as actively as I could have. Not that I would be famous if I had, of course.

Large Vase with Flowers - Jeff Koons

Large Vase with Flowers – Jeff Koons

I’ve indulged a bit this week, with it being my birthday week.

Come Monday I will be back to eating as healthy as I can.  I also want to say happy birthday to my cousin JR and to an old high-school friend Ramon L.

Happy Birthday!

P.s I love Jeff Koons & Cake

Red Lipstick *is the power tie of the boardroom – of the world

Beauty

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Charlotte Casiraghi

I love that she’s not afraid of wearing red lipstick, most women are for some reason. 

It’s our power tie of the boardroom – of the world.  However I never looked at it as a power move and I’m sure they didn’t either.

I just grew up admiring women that wore red lipstick and knew that I wanted to be just like them, opinionated, intelligent, strong and beautiful. Not that I am any of those things except for opinionated. I can’t very well call myself beautiful.

Doesn’t she look stunning?