Beauty, Food, Fashion and Monthly Favorites for April
We share our monthly favorites – jade roller-to-ring stacks, sheet masks, gluten-free pasta recipes, and of course cat pictures!
Before you know it, April is already over!? Where does the time go? I hope you are enjoying the warmth and sunshine wherever you are. And share it with us New Yorkers! It’s been slowly, very slowly getting warmer here.
April is coming to an end and today’s post is a special one. Share your monthly favorites. Scroll down to the bottom for my all time favorite =)
:: Monthly Favorite – Jade Roller ::
True story… A few months ago, Colin and I were working from our couch and said our jaw hurt. Some people have stress in their lower back, others in their shoulders. It’s very tense and locks up at times. As we sat there, Colin started digging his knuckles by the side of my right jaw. It was a very intense chin massage, but the next morning my right chin side was definitely less tense/bulging/bloated than my left side! From that day on, I started massaging my chin every day. It not only relieves tension, but also helps to eliminate swelling in the affected area.
So now instead of massaging my chin with my knuckles every morning and night, jade roller (I bought mine on Amazon, highly rated and made from 100% natural jade). I massage it all over my face, still concentrating on putting more pressure on my jaw. The jade roller significantly reduced swelling and improved circulation. Some people put their jade rollers in the fridge, but I literally put mine in very cold water for a few seconds and wipe them dry. It has the same effect as putting it in the refrigerator. Using the Cold Jade Roller is like applying a cold compress to your face. Reduces puffiness and puffiness and is very relaxing!
:: MONTHLY FAVORITES – RINGS, RINGS & MORE RINGS ::
I love Love Delicate stacking! It’s such a fun way to style and personalize your jewelry. If you’re starting a ring collection or just interested in ring stacking, I hope this mini-tutorial was helpful.
upper left :: Start with your favorite ring.It turns out that delicate stacks look better with more engraving ring.
upper right :: Add a thin companion piece next to your favorite ring. It feels complete when the sculptural elements match (for example, my narrow ring opening matches the T-ring).Then add two or three more delicate rings on your ring finger, combining widths and designs like this band When glitter eternity ring.
lower left :: Mix thin band to match look.I found it thin band A great neutral piece that adds depth and complexity to the look without disrupting the overall flow of the stacking. If the two rings don’t feel connected in design, adding a thinner ring in between creates a more natural flow.
bottom right :: end the stack signet ringFor delicate layering, we prefer thinner signet rings so that the different widths and designs flow harmoniously.
But honestly, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to stack. It’s really how you feel and an expression of your personal style.
:: MONTHLY FAVORITE – SHEET MASK ::
My skin is very sensitive and unfortunately in the last few months I’ve had some strange skin reactions and allergies. was swollen. I am very careful when trying new products and especially appreciate beauty and skin care products that work well for my sensitive skin.
I am a big fan of face masks. Not only does it help soothe the skin, but it is also very calming and hydrating. Erno Laszlo Sensitive Hydrogel Mask, SK-II Facial Treatment MaskWhen Tatcha Hydration Lifting MaskAfter exfoliating with me Philosophy Micro-Delivery Exfoliating Wash, I apply a face mask and alternate between the three each week. SK-II Mask is a super-saturated cloth that is highly moisturizing. It’s a disposable pack, so you can take it with you when you travel.
:: Monthly Favorites – gluten free pasta recipe ::
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had stomach problems. I was treated for ulcers and gallstones in college, but fast forward to now, my day to day is mostly stomach pain. . However, in the last few months my stomach pains have become much more intense. I’ve eliminated gluten from my diet, but honestly it’s too early to tell. After only 3 weeks, it will probably take 2-3 months to see if gluten is the culprit. , Colin is helping me stay on this path. My favorite chef’s favorite dish! it tastes very good!
:: Chef Colin’s Gluten Free Pasta ::
4 slices bacon, extra thick, cut into 3/8 inch wide
1 red onion, cut into 20 petals
10 tablespoons tomato paste
12 oz gluten free elbow pasta
8 ounces unsalted butter, be sure to cut into small cubes
Season with red pepper flakes and salt
Quick Tip :: Prepare all ingredients first. This reduces cooking and cleanup time.
Start by heating a large pan and begin to sear the fat from the bacon until crisp and golden, about a few minutes. Once the fat has rendered, add 20 onion petals to the pan. Cook the petals with the bacon in the rendered bacon fat. The natural water stored in the onions removes the browning left over from cooking the bacon. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan.
While the bacon and onions are cooking, bring the pasta water to a boil in a pot. Boil the pasta until it reaches the desired texture and taste. Boil the pasta in cold water and set aside.
When the onions are soft, add the tomato paste. Simmer until the tomato paste is deep red. If the tomato paste is not cooked properly, the sauce will turn bitter or sour. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the von from the bottom of the pan and mix it into the tomato paste. Add red pepper flakes. Then carefully add 1 cup of pasta water to the pan to start making the sauce. Once all the pasta is added, add 8 ounces of butter.
Finished with fresh oregano and pecorino cheese. Use chili oil for additional heat.
Maintain good heat control in your pan when cooking this recipe. Remember to always use a wooden spoon to scrape up any fondant on the bottom of the pan.
Let me know if you’re interested in a step-by-step guide. You can create a full blog post or a video.
:: Lifetime Favorites – Sammy, Sherlock and Pip ::
i love love Love Kitten photo shoot. know. I sound crazy. But they are so funny! Sammy and Sherlock are sitting next to me as I write this. Their tiny faces, tiny feet, and big personalities. This may sound crazier, but this is… I tell them every day how lucky they are to be in our lives. When I lived in LA, I was in really bad shape mentally and emotionally. I was diagnosed with depression in college, so I know how it feels. I wasn’t depressed in LA, I was always feeling the blues. To be honest, Sammy saved my life.
After he came into my life, my life started to change a lot. I wanted to distance myself from toxic people, start believing in myself and give myself a chance to love again. Cats have a habit of hiding when they are in pain, so I always say… If you don’t feel well, you gotta tell mamaSounds like you have unresolved attachment issues. But they are family. And like all families… there are fights (including catfights), lots of love, countless moments, and lots of cherished memories.
thank you for reading! Thank you thank you! Thank you for sharing your monthly favorites and for putting up with all that cat madness!
thank you for reading!