Say Yes to the Bling

Guess what guys?! I said YES! Just kidding. I know marriage is somewhere in my future, but until the actual day, I’m sticking with this fabulous ring by Anjolee.

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Many thanks to Anjolee for gracing me with this stunning accessory that not only gives my hand a little glimmer, it also brings out the best my mani. This lightweight gem of an accessory can serve as a promise ring, an engagement ring, or just a fashion ring. Right now I’m enjoying rocking my little rocks as fashion jewelry and very much admire the detail in the setting.

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With the holidays just down the street and around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones. Of course a ring like this will do the trick, or perhaps a shiny new pair of Diamond Studs will seal the deal. Anjolee offers an array of diamond studs, rings, necklaces and more.

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*Ring provided by Anjolee. All opinions are my own.

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Pop of Color

To the person reading this, I don’t know where you live, but the weather here in Michigan has been absolutely delightful lately. We’re a true four seasons state, but 2016 weather has been treating us quite well. And while we all know this won’t last forever, we are still able to happily experience some extra days of legs out, sunshiney, non bone-chilling fall weather.

With the fall season comes a muted color palate, but warmer temperatures naturally make you want to bring out brighter colors. So next time you slip into a fall ensemble on bright day, don’t forget to add a pop of color as a nod to the warmth in the air.

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I chose to pair this slate grey dress from Old Navy with my favorite fall booties and a mustard colored purse from Detroit’s own Zarkpa’s Boutique. This look brings fall and the warmth in the air together as one. But don’t forget your pops of color even when the weather is dark and gloomy.

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Pops of color in the form of accessories are an easy fix to sprucing up any outfit this fall and winter. Stay bright. Stay fabulous.

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Not So Pumpkin Spice: Chai Cookies

Pumpkin spice, and everything nice. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling down, and that means pumpkin spice is king. Why? Because coffee giant Starbucks says so. Fall has unofficially become pumpkin spice season. There are pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Cheereos, heck there are even pumpkin spice manicures.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can totally get down with some pumpkin spice and partake in a healthy dose of “basic” when it comes to consuming pumpkin flavored treats. But sometimes, I like to explore a little. That’s why I decided to show a little love to my other favorite spice – chai. I am a huge fan of chai tea lattes in the fall, so I wanted to put my own twist on it and give my sweet tooth some satisfaction. I made chai latte cookies.
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What you’ll need – Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chai latter tea mix **

What you’ll need – Frosting 

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I live for Tradar Joe’s specialty items like this Chai latte tea mix, so I chose to use this to create my sweet, spiced cookie concoction. And if you’re a baker or recipe aficionado, you’ll notice this is literally the recipe for sugar cookies with the chai mix added. Try them out. Let me know what you think!

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Healthy Food Tips You Can Learn from Indian Cuisine

There are hundreds of tips you can use to make healthy meals. One of the excellent things you can do is look at other cuisines from around the world. There are lots of different cultures that have healthy and delicious foods you can experiment with. Indian cuisine is actually a collection of different cooking styles. They come from different regions in the country. While there are some dishes that are less healthy, there are also plenty of healthier tips you can pick up from Indian cooking. Try these ideas to make your food healthier, whether you’re making Indian food or something different.

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Flavoring with Herbs and Spices

Indian cooking uses plenty of herbs and spices to flavor dishes. Learning to use them properly can take a long time, but can take your cooking skills to a new level. You don’t have to be making an Indian-inspired dish to spice your food well. Using herbs and spices allows you to rely less on other types of flavoring. For example, you can cut down on salt, fats, and condiments for healthier meals. Try out different herbs and spices, including mixes and rubs. You can get different products from all over the world, so don’t be shy about experimenting. From Cajun spice to Ras-al-hanout, you can make simple meals more interesting.

Plenty of Vegetables and Fish

There are several different types of cuisine in India. Some areas favor meat, while others are vegetarian or use a lot of fish. Some places have creamy sauces, while others use more tomato or other vegetables. You can find plenty of options if you’re looking for dishes with vegetables or healthy fish. Many Indians are vegetarian, so you can find lots of vegetarian or even vegan meals to try. You can learn to bulk up meals with legumes and pulses, from lentils to chickpeas.

 

Using Alternative Fats

Indian cooking often uses alternative fats, instead of oil or butter. Two options to consider are coconut milk (or oil) or grassfed ghee. Ghee is a type of clarified butter, which doesn’t contain casein or lactose. So it’s better for anyone who is lactose intolerant, as well as anyone trying to be healthier. Although it is higher in fat than normal butter, you can use it sparingly to impart flavor. However, watch out for the fat content of some Indian meals. Many have creamy sauces, while there are also items that are fried in lots of oil.

Healthy Cooking Methods

Another thing you can learn from Indian cooking is to use different cooking methods. While there are many fried Indian foods, not all of it is. One healthy method of cooking is tandoori, a form of grilling with little or no oil. The quick cooking method ensures that nutrients aren’t lost from your food. You can also boil, steam or bake plenty of Indian foods, as well as other cuisines.

You can learn some great healthy-eating tips from Indian food. Just don’t assume that all Indian food is healthy. You need to watch out for high-fat content too.

**This post has been contributed**

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Functional Fashion Staple: Kardashian Edition

Hi friends!

You know those pieces you get that you just cant wait to wear? Like a little black dress, a hot pair of pumps, or a camel-colored light trench? Because we’re diving right in to fall now, It’s the perfect time to pull out my light trench. This staple piece is great to dress up or down, plus it’s chic and comfy.

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For this look, I channeled my inner Kardashian and paired this perfect jacket I picked up at TJ Maxx with a little black crop, and a black midi pencil skirt. To top off the look, I added a bold lip – Beso by Stila and a choker from Forever 21.

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Next time you’re thinking about your wardrobe and the must-haves you need in your closet, think staple. Think about something that you’ll get use out of and, something that’s easily transitional. This light trench is great for a brisk fall day but can also be warn in the spring. Find a similar piece here.

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Swing into Fall: To be a Kid Again

Do you remember going to the park as a kid and swinging on the swings, jumping rope, and hanging from the monkey bars? Those were the good ol’ days when all we had to worry about was what flavor Capri Sun mom packed for lunch and making sure our Tamagotchis were fed. As adults, we’re tasked with worrying about things like work, budgeting, relationships, dressing ourselves, and who we’ll be voting for as the leader of the free world.

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There’s no doubt that life can get chaotic. For me personally, I have had a few crazy things happen recently that made me just take a moment to sit down and do some soul-searching. So as craziness wizes around me, I’ve realized that there’s nothing wrong with going back in time and having a little fun. The next time something crazy is happening around you or in your life directly, don’t be afraid to take a moment and find a park. The free feeling of youthfulness is therapeutic and of course, fun.

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Some may say this is an unconventional outfit for a day at the park considering my skirt actually did fly up a few times and I may have given a little peep show, but that’s the beauty of feeling like a kid again. Who cares? Not to mention, this fashion is a blast from the past that’s becoming popular again. This ensemble reminds me of my childhood, making time at the park a fabulous walk down memory lane.

 

The look: 

Faux suede button down skirt – TJ Maxx (similar)

Exposed shoulder top – H&M

Peep toe heel booties – Somewhere on the Internet 

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Let go and have a little fun.

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Fab Shoes for Fall

I posted a snap not too long ago of a few shoe boxes from Target and I got some requests to see exactly what was inside. Well, I’d be happy to share!

Fall footwear is fabulous, and now is the time to build your bootie collection and stock up on sued. Check out my fall footwear favorites that I can’t wait to slip into. I hope to inspire you guys to get something cute for your happy feet. BTW, feel free to snap me (jessthenoel). 

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Black booties – Jane.com 

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Olive green suede sandals with tassels – Target

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Black boots with a chunky heel – Target

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Perfect black heels – Target

Do you need the shoes? Probably not. Do you want the shoes? Yes! Will the shoes look great with that outfit? Of course! Life is short. Buy the shoes. Happy fall, ya’ll!

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