Saturday, June 16, 2012

Loving my blonde hair!

It has been officially 7 days since I colored my own hair blonde. And guess what? I am truly loving it. I don't really like attention, but for some reason I am getting a lot of it since I went blonde. Perhaps the saying "blondes have more fun" really can apply, since it is a proven fact that most men prefer fun women.

I am fun as a brunette, but I guess my personality must shine more so since becoming blonde. Platinum blonde, that is. I feel more compelled to style my hair on a daily basis now since becoming blonde also.

Is this normal?

Either way, it has been a week and I am truly loving my blonde hair. It's a change, a dramatic change at that, but I really like it. I'm also noticing my hair doesn't seem to be damaged and feels like it has more texture to it. The only thing I don't like is the fact that my hair grows fast and I feel like I have to touch up my roots once every two weeks.
For today's look, I decided to really dip into quite a few new hair products. Right now I am really loving the Oscar Blandi At-Home Salon Glaze. It really does wonders for my hair. Probably the most used styling product I use.

A lot of you have asked me what shampoo I use since becoming a blonde. I have tried quite a few, but right now I really love the Schwartzkopf Professional Bonacure silver shampoo. It is literally the best one I've used for blonde hair. If they were to come out with another one, I would not hesitate to use it.

In terms of conditioning, I condition my hair using Matrix Biolage Oil Conditioner has it tends to bring the moisture back into my locks and treats my tresses amazingly. I haven't tried as many as I could be, as I have been sticking to only a few. So far; however, this one is my favorite.

I'm currently living in a very old Victorian house in Butte, Montana, but will be moving soon so I will have more space. Which means more beauty products to try and hoard. I am on the lookout for a good curling iron. I've used so many different types, but haven't touched as many as I should or could as I would go to a stylist and get my hair professionally styled. If you have any you want to recommend please do so.

I hope you are having an amazing day. It is beautiful here.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Very Berry Vegan Cupcakes

I tried my first vegan cupcake a few years ago at a bakery called Sprinkles. There are locations all over the United States, but it was the one in Chicago where I had the opportunity to eat one. It was delicious.

I kept thinking to myself "How can a vegan cupcake taste this good?" As much as I love regular cupcakes (which I still do) I wanted to attempt to make vegan cupcakes. If I messed them up, I messed them up. There wasn't much to say. The ingredients you will need are...

1 Cup of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Raspberries
1/2 Cup Strawberries
Silk's Fruit & Protein in Mixed Berry
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup of Margarine

First and foremost, you want to blend the blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries together to kind of make a thick puree, almost like a pasty texture.

As you continue, you want preheat the over for 350 degrees F. You want to combine everything into your mixer. Blend generously. Don't worry about overblending. The actual batter isn't going to be extremely thick.

Once you have mixed all of your ingredients, you want to begin filling the cupcake cups 1/2 to 3/4 way with the batter you just produced. Depending on the type of cupcake pan you use, if you notice that there isn't much space in between the spaces, you want to only fill them 1/2 way. If you do notice some space, you can fill them 3/4 way. 

Bake your cupcakes for 19-23 minutes. Let them set for 5 minutes before applying the frosting.

Which reminds me, frosting was something I was highly debating. If I were to make and use a regular buttercream, these cupcakes wouldn't be vegan. I must say that I was a bit relucant to make the frosting, as I was half afraid to mess it up. The biggest mistake cooking and baking enthusiasts make is fear. Anything can go wrong and the reality is, if you want to master something, you may have to mess it up a few times. (And that's ok)

As I pondered the type of frosting I wanted to make, I settled with making a simple vegan buttercream frosting. The ingredients are simple and sometimes less is more. What you will need to make your vegan buttercream frosting include...

3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
1 Cup of Margarine
1/2 Cup of Silk's Soy Milk in Very Vanilla

Add everything into a mixer (I prefer to use my Kitchenaid when I make frosting) and simply blend together.

You're done! Great job!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe

Happy Birthday to the beautiful Marilyn Monroe. You will be forever missed. You may be gone, but your legacy remains forever.

“A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.” 

“When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.” 

“I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!”
“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.”

“If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” 

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.”

“Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.”  

“Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman but loose enough to show you're a lady”

“I live to suceed, not to please you or anyone else.”

June 1st 1926-August 5th 1962