Weekend Reading #29

 

Dress: Reformation // Shoes: Matisse (ON SALE!) // Earrings: BaubleBar // Sunglasses: Karen Walker
 

1. Lower carb pizza recipes I need to try!

2. Is intermittent fasting bad for women?

3. A new online wellness store that sells everything for under $3? Yes, please.

4. What to eat while on antibiotics.

5. How to detox your skin.

6. Restaurants where you can get free food for your birthday.

7. American breakfast through the years.

8. Is social media killing female friendships?

9. What to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

10. Stay healthy this summer with these travel tips.

 

 

Sequin Jacket

Cali

Sequin Jacket: True Decadence on DailyLook //  Shirt: Sincerely Jules {similar} // Shorts: Just Black on DailyLook {similar} // Sunglasses: Dior // Booties: Franco Sarto // Choker: Forever 21 // Rings: BaubleBar and & Other Stories {similar here}

Hey ya’ll! How is everyones week going? Mine has been quite the week. I’m battling a cold that’s been lingering for a few days, and also getting over some food poisoning from the weekend. I’ve seriously been taking a million supplements and Wellness pills that I got from Whole Foods. I’m on Vitamin D, Wellness Pills and Oregano Oil, honestly just doing whatever it takes to nip this cold in the bud. If you guys have any cold remedies, please let me know in the comments below!

Now onto the outfit because I’m super excited to share this with you. This is one of my favorite summertime casual outfits. This look is perfect because it can take you from day, to night. The sequin jacket I got in my DailyLook box is seriously EVERYTHING! I’ve gotten so many compliments on this jacket! On its own, this outfit is very casual. Jean shorts with a cute Cali tee and some booties, but throw that jacket over it and BAM. Next level.

sequin jacket

Photography by Jordan Zobrist

Cauliflower Mash Recipe by Catherine Marchetta

Hey Everyone! I am Catherine, from my self named blog Catherine Marchetta bringing you healthy living recipes and life tips. Today I am sharing Cauliflower Mash, it is super easy to make and delicious. I promise you won’t miss the potatoes in this recipe, the consistency and taste is so similar, it may even be…dare I say, better.

Recipe List: 

Frozen Cauliflower
Butter
Milk of choice (I used Almond)
optional: thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper

*Disclaimer: you will need a food processor, trust me on this…possibly a Vitamix would work too. Do not use a hand mixer, you will have cauliflower flying all over your kitchen. I may have learned that the hard way.

Firstly, you’ll need frozen cauliflower because we are busy and don’t have time to wring out the water in fresh cauliflower. Am I right? I love buying Trader Joe’s frozen grilled Cauliflower its gotta be one of my favorite items from there.


Directions:

Step 1: Place frozen Cauliflower or frozen riced Cauliflower (gather whatever serving size your heart desires), into a microwave safe dish with water covering cauliflower and microwave covered for 7 minutes.

Step 2: Drain water out of cauliflower dish and transfer to the food processor

Step 3: Add cauliflower, butter, garlic clove, splash of almond milk (you won’t need much since cauliflower is very water based) and pulse until smooth

Step 4: add salt, pepper, thyme and parmesan cheese.

Honestly this recipe is so easy I just eyeball everything measurement wise. It is super versatile and can be paired with vegan or paleo dishes and you’ll be sure to have leftovers.

If you’ve ever tried cauliflower mash before, comment below!

Until next time!
xo Cat

Be sure to check out Catherine’s blog here, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook! *PS: I have a guest post on her blog as well so be sure to check it out!

DailyLook Elite Box – July 2017


Hi everyone! We’re back once again with another month of the DailyLook Elite Box. For those of you who are new to the club, DailyLook Elite Box is a monthly subscription service where you get your very own personal stylist to send you a box full of clothes and accessories. You keep the pieces you like and return what you don’t want. These are what I got in my July box.

Julie Faux Wrap Skirt Suede Dress – $89: Love, love, love this dress! It’s a beautiful rust color and the suede material is very soft. I love the cut detailing on the bottom which makes this dress very flattering. I can’t wait to have an event to wear this dress! KEEP

Olivia Grey Paradise Heaven Dress – $96: When I first saw this in my box I thought I was going to love it. I love the cold shoulder trend. But this dress somehow just did not work. I don’t know if it was cause it was too big on me but it honestly just looked like I was wearing a floral garbage bag. RETURN


Uptown High-Waisted Super Skinny Jeans – $78: Love! These jeans are so comfy and fit very well. I love the dark wash on them and the high waist. Also, for $78 you really can’t get any better! KEEP

Olivia Gray Miss Independent Top – $79: This was an unexpected top for me. It looked cute when I first got it out of the box but it wasn’t until I tried it on that I realized how flattering it was. I love the knot on the bottom, it’s a really different element to the shirt that I haven’t seen elsewhere. KEEP

Raga Molly Jumpsuit – $98: This jumpsuit I was very torn about. I loved the open back, and the whole thing fit really well except the side boob situation. I’m not sure if my torso just wasn’t the right fit for this jumpsuit but something just didn’t look right. The boob area puckered in a very unflattering way, and no matter how I tied the back, I just couldn’t get it to look normal. RETURN


Corine Lace Up Bodysuit – $62: I got this in a previous month’s box. I wasn’t that big of a fan because of the stripes and the snap button of the bodysuit. RETURN


DailyLook Sasha Satin Slip Dress – $58: This was another repeat item in my box. I ended up keeping it previously, and I still love it now. This was the dress I wore to Coachella. If you are looking for a cute slip dress, this is a great one! RETURN


Korye Unexpected Waterfall Cardigan – $88: This was a super cute cardigan and I loved the color, however it’s about a million degrees in LA right now so the last thing I need is another sweater. RETURN

Olivia Grey Makin Me Look Good Top – $69: This off the shoulder top is obviously one of my favorites in the box! I love the olive green color and the bell sleeves. Definitely wearing this on a night out on the town! KEEP

DailyLook Vivian Silk Intimate Layer Up Cami – $74: This is another one of those items I almost kept. I love the cut of this cami, it looks very flattering on. The color is also very beautiful. I just have other tanks in my closet that are very similar, so that for I decided not to keep it. RETURN

So there you have it, those are the items in my July DailyLook Elite box! Let me know which items you would have kept from this box in the comments below!

BTW, I just started my YouTube channel up again and have an unboxing of this month’s box so go check out the video here and be sure to subscribe!

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight Review + Swatch

Highlighters are all the rage, and I have definitely jumped on that train. I picked up the Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight at Sephora (so happy Sephora now carries Kevyn Aucoin!). Now this highlighter is not cheap. It’s $44 for .11oz. But, this has been a highlighter I have been wanting to try for a while. I absolutely love this highlighter. It’s perfect for everyday wear. Now if you are looking for a highlighter that’s super shimmery or really pops, this is not the highlighter for you. This highlighter is the type that gives you a glow from within look. It’s very subtle and you can only really tell you are wearing it when the light hits it.

This powder is extremely finely milled. It’s super buttery and melts onto the skin. It’s super easy to blend and looks very natural. The only downside I have to this product is since it is such a fine powder, if you blend too much it almost disappears. But on the upside you can definitely layer this without it looking overly powdery or cakey. Color wise this has a slight yellow/golden undertone which I think would go great with just about any skin type.

If you are looking for a very natural highlight, I think this would be the perfect fit. If you are looking for that BAM in your face highlight, this is not the one for you. Overall rating: A-

Weekend Reading #28

Sunglasses: Dior // Top: Brandy Melville // Shorts: DailyLook {similar} // Belt: ASOS // Shoes: Converse

1. Kourtney Kardashian’s detox salad recipe.

2. Ways to save money this summer.

3. Romantic comedy break-up cures…do they work?

4. The best things to buy at Trader Joe’s for an easy dinner.

5. 11 travel hacks you should know.

6. Whole 30 compliant restaurants in LA.

7. Why pets make you healthier.

8. The best donut shops in America.

9. How to properly apply your skincare.

10. Ways to keep your house cool without AC.

 

DailyLook Elite Box – June 2017

Guess who’s back back back, back again…my DailyLook Elite Box. I swear every time this box comes in the mail, I feel like it’s Christmas! Let’s hop right into it because I got some really cute things this month!

True Decadence Sequin Beaded Jacket – $89.95: My favorite thing from this month! I’m obsessed! I did an Instagram story with it when I first got my box (follow me @esthercollins if you aren’t already!) and got so many compliments! I can’t wait to wear this with some jeans or a cute dress! KEEP

 

DailyLook Night Cruise Cold Shoulder Romper – $72: Rompers are seriously going into heavy rotation this season for me. I love that this one incorporates the cold shoulder trend! Can’t wait to wear this on a night out! KEEP

Jack by BB Dakota Rocco Plaid Tunic – $88: I like plaid but I hated the colors on this. It was a little too loud for me. Also the dress fit more like a nightgown than a dress I’d wear during the day. RETURN

Lindsay Tie Hem Sweatshirt – $79: This one I almost kept. I loved the color, cut and the tie details. I just already have so many sweatshirts and I’ve been trying to buy more classy items I can wear to work vs. stay at home in sweats. RETURN

Ariel Mid Rise Cropped and Distressed Fray Hem Skinny Jeans – $88: This was another item I almost kept as well. If I didn’t already own about 30 pairs of jeans, I would have kept this. I loved the cutouts in them and the length was perfect for me! Maybe once I destroy some of my current jeans I’ll go back and get these. RETURN

Juliet Lace Off Shoulder Top – $89: I love off the shoulder but this one just didn’t do much for me. It was a little loose fitting and also I didn’t love the lace with the navy blue. RETURN

Korye Cold Shoulder Knit Top – $68: This was definitely my least favorite of the bunch. I thought I wold like it because of the cold shoulders but I hated the horizontal stripes. It made me feel very frumpy. RETURN

DailyLook Hana Off Shoulder Tie Back Top – $64: This was another favorite in my box! I LOVE the dusty rose color of this top and the back had a really pretty tie in it. I even wore this shirt last night on a date! KEEP

Korye Off Shoulder Alessa Tencel Top – $72: This was another item I really liked and almost kept, but I have a few chambray shirts already that are similar to this so I decided to pass. RETURN

J Brand Classic Florence Denim Jeans – $198: I have a couple pairs of J Brand jeans and I love the quality, I just didn’t love the color of these jeans. It was a little too greenish for my taste. Also I’m not a huge straight legged jean type of girl. Skinny all the way! RETURN

So there you have it! Those were my June box picks! You will definitely be seeing some of them in upcoming fashion posts so keep an eye out! Also be sure to go check out DailyLook and sign up for their boxes! It’s seriously such a great deal, you pay $40 to get a box designed just for you. Then you use that $40 towards any items you want to keep. Whatever you don’t like just send it back and you won’t get charged! It’s a win/win situation!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite items from this month was!

Leopard Skirt

leopard skirt

Skirt: PrettyLittleThings // Bodysuit: Forever 21 // Shoes: Urban Outfitters {similar here and here} // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Hey ya’ll! This post might look familiar to some of you, and that’s because it’s my second attempt at posting it. I had a glitch in the system and my last post got deleted. Then there were server issues and blah blah blah, but don’t worry I am back! Also I obviously had to post this again because this is one of my favorite looks!

Can you believe this bodysuit + skirt combo cost me less than $50?!? I mean, talk about a steal! Bodysuits are huge right now and I love to pair them with skirts because they don’t leave any bunched up fabric underneath. I saw this bodysuit at Forever 21 for around $10 and had to snag it! This skirt was also a huge steal. It was from one of my new favorite websites PrettyLittleThings. PLT is a website that has very affordable and very on trend pieces. The red dress I wore in Vegas was also from PLT and I got so many compliments on it! Speaking of Vegas, I’m going this weekend and I CAN NOT WAIT. Vegas is literally one of my favorite places on earth, I’m like a kid in a candy store.

Back to the outfit. Since the bodysuit and skirt were so cheap, I decided to splurge on the accessories. I paired it with my new Karen Walker sunnies, which I’m OBSESSED with. I literally wear these everyday. The tortoise goes perfectly with the leopard print! I decided to keep the bag and shoes to a simple black. This outfit is seriously one of my favorites to wear this spring. It’s so easy to throw on, and looks so chic. You could wear this during the day, or even at night (throw on a leather jacket if it’s chilly!).

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #27

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Hey ya’ll! How are we already towards the end of May?? I’m ready for it to be Memorial Weekend already! I have a birthday party to attend this weekend and am just going to hang out with some friends. I also feel like I desperately need a massage, who’s with me??

1. Tips to looking chic at the airport.

2. The best cheap eats in LA – sign me up!

3. The 7 minute exercise.

4. IKEA responds to Balenciaga’s new tote bag.

5. Are frozen veggies as good as fresh?

6. This new Bachelor spin-off will certainly be icy!

7. Are avocados preventing millennials from buying homes?

8. What 2,000 calories look like at home vs. a restaurant.

9. What is Instagram’s Shadowban?

10. Have you entered my Harry’s giveaway yet?