FOTD: Deconstructed Smokey Eye

brilliant smokey eye

Anouchka does a brilliant smokey eye with just the right balance of color on her lips and face.

Monday Morning Makeup Inspiration Lisa Eldridge Acne Coverup

The Secret Life of Marisa Maven

Check out my new blog – Virtually Marisa!

I’ll be writing about Marisa Maven’s secret and real life adventures every week. Get a head start on her life by checking out the 5 published episodes of a maverick in a maven family, and her crazy teddy bear hamster.

the secret life of marisa maven

November Favorites

november favorites

Touch Organics Oolong Tea

Trades of Hope Redeemed Necklace

Headwraps and Headscarves

and more!

A Day Without Rain

why say no to drugs

I can’t sleep at all (written last night). And I have no idea why. I was working just as hard as Nate, carrying the tripod around, helping to set up the crane and take it down, running all over the scene trying to get the best angle, calling out the shots and directing. He has been soundly sleeping since 9:30 and I just can’t sleep. I’ve had a lot of insomnia lately and have no clue why.

The day was so exciting to me, being with Nate and doing something together we both loved so much. It was fun to see him so inspired and gifted at what he was doing. It was fun to work with 3 young people, two of which we already knew and a new friend we made, on their first day on set. They worked hard and looked like they were having fun. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of nervousness. But we got the shots we needed and looking over the footage later from both cameras we realized our hard work paid off. The two main cameras both had some really dramatic shots and Nate’s forehead-cam had some good stuff, too. (He looked like a spelunker). I like both directing and handling the camera so we’ll have to see what my role becomes in the future as I can’t do all of both. At first I thought I would become more of the director and set up the scenes and read the shots and make sure the takes were moving along, and even though that really worked well, I also got some pretty necessary and awesome camera shots, so we’ll see.

I wish we had gotten more of the security guards and police. It would have made for a dramatic “the making of #whysayno” movie. Two security guards stopped us to question us but both let us proceed. A policemen pulled up when we were setting up the tripod by the bus station but only to tell us we had to move our car from the alley.

One of the security guards talked about his prison ministry drug addicts and a lady stopped by to rave about the public schools and how badly her nephews needed good role models.

We prayed for good light, no rain and to be done on time. For good shots and for the city of Harrisburg to allow us to shoot. All went better than expected.

Monday Morning Makeup Inspiration: Peaches and Green

I immediately loved how the green eyeliner came together with the Melon Sonia Kashuk Lip Sheer.


Products used for this look:

Base/Primer: Paula’s Choice Resist Ultralight Super-antioxidant Serum

Eyes: Inglot Freedom Square in a seashell pink and a taupe, NYX retractable liner in green, Paula’s Choice Great Big Lashes

Foundation: Lancome Teint Miracle

Blush: Sonia Kashuk Glisten Bronzer/Blush Duo

Lips: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Melon

Two favorite kitchens ever and my favorite living room

I visit these 3 pins of mine often. And send them to my husband. And show them to people. And just stare at them. They are me.

Here is my favorite kitchen ever:

And my second most favorite kitchen ever:

And my dream living room:

And that’s it.

On of my favorite photos of Nate and I

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In our happy place in Reston.

Trim Healthy Pancakes – my husband loves these!

Updated with video. Note, I gained a little weight after having my baby, so I’m not the down 26 + pounds I was when I wrote this post. Yoga challenge for 2017 just begun though!

I have lost 26+ pounds by following a simple healthy fats medium carbs low sugar lifestyle. Instead of going into detail about the kind of diet I follow, I’m just going to share with you the yummiest recipes I come across (for now – story later).

My first experiment with Trim Healthy recipes (a new one for me from the book Trim Healthy Mama) was a success. Nate and I loved these yummy healthy fat, medium carb pancakes made with 3 simple ingredients. Score for me! It’s a great victory for me and my diet-overhaul endeavors that Nate was genuinely impressed with these.

Since these pancakes are focused on a healthy medium carb level, the fat is limited.

1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (Wegmans)

1 Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese (Wegmans 2%)

1 Cup Egg Whites (I bought them in a carton so as not to waste the yolks)

2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp Truvia or Xylitol (no carb healthy sweetener -optional.)

dash of vanilla

Blend the Oats (make sure you are using whole oats not quick oats, which cause more insulin production in your system.

Then throw everything else in and blend well.

This thick creamy mixture fries amazingly well into puffy golden pancakes. Fry in the slightest bit of butter. Top with Greek Yogurt (1% or 2%, for these meal don’t use whole yogurt as the carbs and fat will have a hard time burning off together – though lots of yummy recipes coming up soon that allow whole yogurt). Also add blueberries and a drizzle of Stevia-sweetened or Sugar Free Syrup. You’ll never miss the butter!

Delicious filling breakfast!!