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Loving Malandrino and Lacoste Collab

Oct 17, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Foodie Fridays with a Vegan…Err Flexitarian! Smartypanties.com Best Kale Salad Recipe and Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole!

Oct 14, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!, Health

So I have so many haters out there who think that my vegan eating ways are offensive. But I have to say that once I make people try my food they ALWAYS think it’s spectacular! (Even my toughest critics!) Even though healthy eating is important to me, my inner fat girl just will not eat something unless it tastes amazing and usually means me cooking! You have to believe me when I say this salad is wonderful! It might even rival my favorite Lemon Parmesan Kale salad. You haven’t had a delicious salad until you’ve tried kale as the staple green! It stays so crunchy, even overnight. It’s perfect to pack for work. When spinach would wilt, kale stays intact.
 
Nutso for Kale Salad
 
I was inspired by Carrie On Veggie. I adapted it a bit but she was right! This is strangely addicting!! I changed the recipe up to make it a bit more salty and a little spicy too!  
 
I used curly kale (this is my fave for salads). You have to wash them and absolutely need a salad spinner otherwise the leaves completely change consistency when you try to chop them up. It’s weird, they start to taste like steamed kale, which I personally find offensive. So wash, dry and chop your kale leaves into the tiniest pieces possible, making sure to remove of course the leaves from the main vein in the middle (it’s too bitter).
 
Here’s what you need:
2 Large Heads of Curly Kale
2.5 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 cup water
1/2 cup raw, unsalted almond butter
Juice of 2 limes
2 cloves of garlic (minced very finely)
1 1.5- inch piece of ginger, grated or chopped so it mixes well
5 Medjool dates (Pitted)
1/2 tsp Low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Squeeze of Sriracha Hot sauce (to taste)
Salt to taste (I added a bit)
Ground Pepper to taste
 
The deliciousness of this particular recipe comes from the combination of sweet spiciness and the saltiness.
 
Directions:
Combine all ingredients (except kale) in a food processor and grind until smooth. Pour about dressing on the kale. Massage the dressing into the leaves with your fingers until they appear fully coated. Place in the fridge and let marinate for about 10 minutes so the dressing can fully absorb.
The sweet, salty, sour, spiciness of this is the most amazing kale salad yet! This also is a great salad to pack to go, as the kale really keeps well. Also feel free to add in other chopped veggies like carrots, peppers, onions, etc.
 
I also served this dish with a recipe I got from one of my fave bloggers, Oh She Glows! It is her Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean and Cornbread casserole. Look how beautifully it turned out! And the flavors mixed perfectly for the perfect Fall dinner!! I also added some Frank's red hot to her recipe to really make it pop. It strangely satisfied my craving for BBQ without a drop of meat or dairy!
 

Mani of the Day

Oct 14, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Loving this color by Nails Inc. It’s called Porchester Square!

Taylor Swift in Tracy Reese in NYC!!!

Oct 14, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Celebs, Fashion

Yesterday Taylor Swift was at Macy's for a fragrance release. I could literally hear screaming girls from my office! Who cares about the stupid fragrance though. I loved her dress!!!

Similar styles to Taylor’s striped frock are sold at the Tracy Reese store in NYC or on TracyReese.com.

LORAC’s Bejeweled Holiday Set Available at Sephora This Week!

Oct 13, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty

I had the pleasure to meet the fabulous creators of LORAC to discuss their upcoming collections. I was so excited to see such a fabulous holiday kit. If you need new makeup the holidays are really the best time to stock up because you can really get the best value. This kit for instance is $56 but is valued at $415! It comes with 2 high shine lipglosses in peach and rose, 1 humongous bronzer, 2 eyeliners pencils in brown and black and then my favorite 16 eyeshadows for daytime wear and 16 eyeshadows for nighttime wear, each which come with a matching blush. 

I am loving how all the pieces are removable. Most kits have everything built in and you can't take anything on the go. But in this kit everything comes out for travel–and then you have an adorable keepsake jewelry box or box for whatever. 

The eyeshadows are phenomenal. They truly feel like suede. But more on that in a few months. You have no idea what LORAC has in store for you for this coming Spring (due to launch in January) definitely my favorite eyeshadows I've ever tried! But that's all I can say or LORAC will come after me. Just remember, you heard it hear first! Be on the lookout for more fabulous holiday collections and a super Spring line too!

The best thing about LORAC's holiday collections are that you can mix and match–if you need stocking stuffers you can buy a kit and then break it up. Use a lipgloss to tie onto another gift or throw an eyeshadow set into your cousin's gift bag. LORAC wanted to make their holiday collections affordable and that they did!

Check out LORAC on Sephora or ULTA today! 

Fashion Week Hair Transformation Diary from Kerastase USA

Oct 13, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty, Hair Stylin'

Fashion Week Hair Transformation Diary from Kerastase USA on Vimeo.

I wanted to share with you a video documentary that Kérastase created, bringing to life extreme hair damage being restored back to health.

Who knows hair damage better than a high profile runway model? During New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 season, Kérastase followed model Hanne Gaby Odiele backstage to document her hair experience. Over the course of seven days and twenty shows, her hair experienced a year’s worth of damage—constant blow drying, pulling, twisting, glued in extension and then pulled out! Watch to see how Kérastase experts took her damaged hair and restored it to beautiful healthy hair. Hanne’s journey truly exemplifies The Kérastase promise of hair transformation, guaranteed.

Sit back and enjoy the hair transformation journey by checking out the link below. To go behind the scenes and learn more about Hanne’s hair journey visit www.hairtransformation.com

Maggy London Brings Affordability and Charm to the Dress World!

Oct 13, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Fashion

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of checking out Maggy London's showroom. Truth be told I had never really checked out the brand much despite many emails from their PR girls telling me about their celebrity fans. Well, I was so pleasantly surprised by what I found. An extremely affordable collection with a wide range of styles from fancy and funky to casual and conservative. 

Thank you Maggy London for sending me my favorite piece from the collection! Here are a couple other frocks in stores now! (These are available at Nordstrom). I am most impressed with the low price point for the quality of the dresses. Really they look just as well made as your traditional Nanette Lepore dresses. I think that Maggy London dresses are perfect for the fashionista on a budget–to be a little cliche! But seriously this gorgeous dress is only $168!

Maggy London even makes bridesmaid dresses that are affordable as can be! And they're super adorable!!

Shop Maggy London online today!

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