Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beauty Bargains: Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow

If you like the Urban Decay matte shadows, you can get the following colors for $10 each (regular $16):
Chronic
Electric 
Foxy 
Narcotic 
and Purple Haze 

Really pretty colors!  Use code: NLDE at purchase. Also, right now Urban Decay is offering FREE shipping on all orders.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Say Thanks to the Troops!


Regardless of how you feel about war or the US being in a war and what not, there are still people overseas who have left the comfort of home to put their lives in danger and sacrifice for the rest of us.  Going into the military is never a choice I would make for myself and I don't wish it on anyone, but I still feel grateful and inspired by the people who have the cojones to put their lives on the line.


XEROX is doing something pretty neat.  If you go to this web site - www.LetsSayThanks.com - you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. 

You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.  How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second. 

Please take the time to send one and let others know of it as well.

Beauty Bargains: Urban Decay 24/7 Sets



Urban Decay posted a new deal on their Facebook today!  Stereophonic and Hi-Fi 24/7 Sets on sale for $20 each. (Regular $29.00 each) No code required.  Their sales usually last about a week.

The Hi-Fi Set includes 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Mildew (an exclusive deep green color), Zero (black), 1999 (plum), and Flipside (teal), and a Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion (an iridescent sparkle).

The Stereophonic Set includes 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Crash (an exclusive deep plum), Zero (black), Underground (metallic taupe), and Gunmetal (metallic silver), and Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (beige sparkle).

It would make a great holiday gift or last-minute stocking stuffer!   My personal experience with Urban Decay is that my order gets to me within 3 days after it ships, so if you order it ASAP you can definitely get it by Christmas.  And if any of the elves taking care of me read this blog, I would choose Stereophonic!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pardon my absence...

I've had a bought of holiday induced depression.



I'll be okay soon, but I miss my Dad and my stepbrother.  My dad passed away 11 years ago, while my stepbrother passed away in March of this year.  I've done pretty good on the holidays since I met my husband, but this year has been really tough.

I have so much to be thankful for and happy about.  I am very grateful for that.  But no matter what I do, I just feel really ho-hum right now.

I'll post some more upbeat things soon.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

10 Uses For Vodka




I'm not assuming you are tired of drinking the stuff, but I enjoyed reading THIS article about additional uses for vodka.

Just thought I'd share!  CHEERS!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Beauty Bargains: LORAC Cheek Stamps

Hello, everyone!

This is Part One in a short series on some Lorac makeup products I bought recently.  I want to do some reviews about the products and some swatches for those of you who want to know exactly what it looks like on skin before you buy.

The first product review is of Lorac Cheek Stamps.


These little suckers offer a new way of applying blush that I feel makes it quick and easy.   It is basically a stamp (as the name implies).  The blush is contained in the base, with a sponge applicator attached to the lid.  You need only twist the top off to reveal the spring-loaded sponge with product on it.  Literally stamp it on your cheek to apply the perfect amount.  You can use your fingers or a brush to blend and you're done!

I purchased the Cheek Stamp in Hibiscus  and Golden Glow  .
Both colors are vibrant and nicely pigmented.  They are really smooth and blend easily.  I haven't had any issues with fade at all, but I do use Smashbox Primer before applying my makeup.  Both colors look very natural on my skin.



Both colors side by side


Hibiscus is very close to my skin tone so the swatch I did of it did not show up well on camera, but here is Golden Glow.


I definitely recommend the Cheek Stamps!  I personally want to purchase at least two more colors for my collection.  They retail for $22, but are a part of LORAC's VIP Discount sale right now for $5.  They would make GREAT stocking stuffers for any makeup junkie, teenager, traveler, or mom-on-the-go!

In upcoming posts I will also be reviewing the following LORAC products: Oil-free Moisturizer, Sheer Lipstick, Croc Mocktail Collection, and Everyday Eye Collection.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Awkward Family Photos

If you have yet to check this site out, I suggest stopping by for a good laugh.  It is along the same lines as People of Wal-Mart where people send in pictures of zany, disturbing, weird, and awkward family members together.  Check it out HERE.

Here is just a sample of what you are missing:


















Diva in the Kitchen: The Best Brownies Ever

The best brownie recipe I have ever used is still the one on the back of the Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa box.  It still makes the most delicious brownies I have ever had.  I always add an additional 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and sometimes I couple big handfuls of pecans or walnuts.
   


Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Powdered sugar


Directions
PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
COMBINE granulated sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan. 
BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Diva in the Kitchen: Thai Coconut Rice with Peanut Ginger Veggies


I remembered to take pictures of the dinner I cooked last night!  I was so hungry and it is super-tasty, so I almost forgot.  For your dining enjoyment, I present:

Thai Coconut Rice with Peanut Ginger Veggies


  • Start making the Coconut Rice. I use this recipe and it is tasty every time.
The following rest of the recipe I just made up while I was cooking it.  I didn't really measure anything out so I will do my best to give an estimate.  Remember to taste your food as you cook, so you can tweak it to your liking.  This recipe can be very versatile because you can change up the veggies if you like or leave out the peanut butter if you don't like peanut sweet and savory foods. ( I mention that because my sister-in-law doesn't like peanut butter with her veggies lol)

  • One bag (about 14 oz) of frozen stir fry veggies (I used the one with snap peas, carrots, baby corn, etc)
  • One bag (about 14 oz) of frozen broccoli
  • Half a large sweet onion, chopped
  • About an inch and a half chunk of fresh ginger, grated  (you can cut the skin off and freeze the rest and easily grate it into other recipes in the future)
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • One can of garbanzo beans (also called chick peas), drained
  • One box of Pacific Natural Foods Cashew Carrot Ginger soup or something similar
Peanut Sauce
  • 1 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Curry powder
  • 2 to 3 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (normally I would just use basil but I was out)
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

Directions
Defrost frozen veggies and drain them.  Put a medium size pan on medium heat (about 3 1/2 to 4 on the dial), and heat a little bit of olive oil in the pan.  Add the veggies to the pan and stir.  Add onion (or you can sautee onion before putting the veggies in if you like).  Put top on pot and let cook for a few minutes.  Add ginger, garlic, and garbanzo beans and let cook with top off pot.

Meanwhile, warm 1 cup of peanut butter in a mixing bowl and add other sauce ingredients to the peanut butter, stirring well to combine.  These measurements are estimates, so don't be afraid to tweak it.  Add sauce and stir.  Let simmer for a few minutes and add about 2 cups of Cashew Carrot Ginger soup to veggie mix.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  If sauce is still too thick for your liking, add more soup.

Serve over coconut rice and enjoy!
(We also like to eat it with Garlic Naan.)

Friday, November 20, 2009

My Review of Galaxy Dot Cotton Brief Panty w/ Lace

Originally submitted at Avenue.com

These comfy cotton briefs get a fresh look with a modern dot print and lace trim.

  • Soft and stretchy waistband. Cotton comfort panel for protection. Lace trim at leg openings. Stretch. Imported.
  • Exclusive of trim: Cotton/Spandex.
  • Machine wash. Women's Plus Siz...


Not for me

By DivaDahling from WA State on 11/20/2009

 

1out of 5

Waist: Feels too big

Cons: Uncomfortable, Cheap Fabric, Wears Out Quickly

Pros: Nice Colors

Describe Yourself: Comfort Driven

This was the first time I have tried undergarments from Avenue. I tried these panties because they were on sale.
I am so glad I didn't pay full price and only bought one pair. They fit okay but were a tad big. The colors were cute and the lace was a nice touch. However, They aren't soft at all. The fabric is scratchy and thin. The elastic waistband was very loose. Within a day of wearing them, the elastic band was ripping off the fabric, another hole appeared above the leg. They were just so cheaply made.
I threw them away within 24 hours.

(legalese)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Shopping at Avenue

I'm not sure how many people read my blog yet; and I don't know how many of you are chubby girls.  But for all my Plus-Size hotties out there, I thought I would post something about the Avenue.  If you haven't yet been to Avenue, I would suggest you pop in and look around.

I've always been an avid shopper of Lane Bryant, but lately I have found that a lot of the styles they are offering are not styles that would look good on me and not in fabrics that would flatter my figure.  Plus, LB has always been on the pricier side.  Sometimes the clearance is AWESOME and sometimes it just plain sucks.  When one uses the Gift Cheque at Lane Bryant one can get some great deals.  Typically though, I find that it is just over-priced. (LB is still the only place I can get bras and underwear that I like though.)

Avenue has some GREAT sales and offers some really cute options in dressy and casual.  The prices are way better and lately I have found a lot cuter items at Avenue than at Lane Bryant.  Avenue also offers jewelry that is similar to but better priced than Lane Bryant's collection of accessories.  Also, Avenue has shoes in larger sizes, wide widths, and wide calves.  I haven't bought shoes at Avenue yet, but I intend to.

Some of the things Avenue offers are made cheaper when compared to Lane Bryant.  I tried a pair of Avenue panties that were on sale and I hated them.  They were very cheaply made and not soft at all.  It can be hit or miss depending on your tastes, but I really recommend trying some things on.

This weekend, I hit up the Winter Essentials sale.  The Divine Denim bootcut jeans were on sale for $20 (regular $31.90).  I tried on the "Average" length, but it was a bit too long for me when I am wearing flats.  After trying on the "Petite" length, I purchased those so I can wear cute flats with my jeans!


I also purchased a purple Thermal Henley that was 50%.  It is comfy and thin enough of a material so I don't get too warm.  They have LOTS of colors.  The sale for both of these items was supposed to end yesterday, but it looks like they are still on sale online.  Go take a look!

Beauty Bargains: Urban Decay Friends and Family Sale!!



I ordered the Urban Decay Loose Pigments when I posted the 50% off deal on those a few days ago.  It came in the mail in about two days!  I ordered it in "Shag" because I wanted a sparkly, neutral color since my Smashbox beigey glitter eyeshadow is almost out.  The color is a little bit darker than I anticipated, but it is easily blended to a lighter shade.  The powder is very fine and smooth and silky.  I am really loving it!!

The brush and funnel system inside the tube does help with spillage.  I find that I still use one of my own makeup brushes to apply the pigment.  I look forward to owning more colors!

Take advantage of the Friends and Family deal!  If money was no object for me, I would get the Show Pony set, Book of Shadows, Hi-Fi 24/7 kits, 24/7 Super Stash, as well as some Deluxe shadows and primers.  *sigh*  A girl can dream!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fo-Sho

Okay....here is a pet peeve of mine that I have noticed a lot lately: 


What is up with calling everything by its initials? On Little People, Big World this week they kept calling the Virgin Islands "BVI".   On radio commercials I just heard 5 minutes ago, they are calling the Trans-Siberian Orchestra "TSO".  


Really?  Is it so much harder to just say the freaking whole name of a place?  It only takes a few more seconds.  It really doesn't take a lot extra out of you to call something by its name.  I also feel this way about "SoCal", "FroYo", and "rom-com".


Just sayin'...

Torrid Sale!




In an effort to inform you of awesome sales (because I hate to pay full price for ANYTHING), for a "Limited Time Only" Torrid is taking an additional 50% off all their Clearance stuff.  There are still some great things to be had!




They are also having a sale on Booties through midnight tonight (Thursday).  Torrid booties are only $19.99 - online only.  If I was gonna rock the booties, I would do these:

Have fun shopping!!

Beauty Bargains: Makeup Mania!




For about 5 more days, you can take advantage of an awesome deal on Urban Decay's Loose Pigments.  They come in 12 different colors and provide a more intense color than the regular eyeshadows or creme shadows.


According the website, "The spill-proof tube uses a special internal funnel to keep pigment inside until you’re ready to use it. The cap features an ergonomic flared handle and a built-in premium brush."  



Use code: NLDP at checkout and get ANY shade of Loose Pigments for only $10! (Reg. Price $20)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diva in the Kitchen: Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

I've been going to Red Lobster since I was a small child.  It was always the fancy place to eat out to celebrate some big event or accomplishment.  It wasn't every day we got to go to Red Lobster, but when we did, ooooh boy!  We would scarf down as many garlic cheese biscuits as we could because those were always the BEST damn things we had ever had!

In my adulthood, I've always tried to replicate the tastiness that is the Red Lobster biscuits.  I haven't had any luck until last night.

My friend Summer posted a picture of the biscuits she made and said they "kick booty".  I immediately snagged her recipe and made it myself.  It is TOO GOOD not to share.  They may even taste better because I feel that victory is finally mine!



Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

  • Box of Bisquick (I used Krusteaz, but same difference)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley (dried or fresh diced in very small bits)
Directions
Make the biscuit recipe from the box of Bisquick (or Krusteaz) as directed.  Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and mix well.  I had to get my hands in there to really incorporate the cheese.  Make drop biscuits and drop them onto a non-stick or well greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Melt 1/2 stick of butter.  Add about 2 teaspoons of garlic salt, 2 teaspoons of parsley, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and stir together.  (You may end up needing a little bit more or less butter depending on how it tastes the best to you.  I used a lot of butter.)
Brush the butter mixture onto the biscuits and bake for another 5 minutes.  When you take them out of the oven, brush them with a little more butter.  Then, as Summer said, eat until you explode! lol

ENJOY!!!

(Update: Also use them to make breakfast sandwiches!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Diva in the Kitchen: Kiss My Grits

I LOVE grits!  I really do.  I was born and raised in the South, so grits have always been a staple of my household.  I've lived in the Northwest for the majority of 12 years now, but I always try to keep some grits on hand (even if that means having relatives ship me giant bags of it.)

Typically, I make it for breakfast now and again and season it with butter and pepper and sometimes cheese and bacon.  But I am always looking for new ways to prepare this beloved food.  I'm lucky that my non-Southern husband is open to trying new cuisine and therefore loves all the Southern things I have cooked and/or made him try.

When I saw this recipe on the Food Network feed on Facebook, I knew I had to make it; and I may as well make it for dinner!


Baked Garlic Cheese Grits
Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups regular grits
  • 3 (6-ounce) rolls cheese with garlic, or any garlic-cheddar spread, diced (recommended: Kraft)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
(Instead of the cheese-garlic spread that I didn't have in the house, I used 5 finely diced cloves of garlic and a fourth of a big brick of Velveeta and half a container of chive and onion cream cheese.  I also sauteed a half a red onion prior to boiling the broth and added the onion in when I added the milk and cheese.)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 4-quart casserole dish.
Bring the broth, salt, and pepper, to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in the grits and whisk until completely combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grits are thick, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic-cheese and milk and stir. Gradually stir in the eggs and butter, stirring until all are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the Cheddar and bake for 45 minutes, or until set.



We dug in before it set because we were hungry and it smelled REALLY good.  It was still thick enough to not be a mess and set very fast.  It is also very creamy, which I like, and not too dry.
Mr. Diva gives it an A+. I will definitely be making it again in the future.

Got the World on a String

We finally got our "Newlywed Map" up on the wall!  I have been waiting for the supplies to come in the mail for a few weeks now.

I've always enjoyed maps.  When we drove across the country for a move when I was 17, I highlighted our path across the USA and hung it on my wall.  I like seeing where I have been.  So when I saw a blog post here about this "Newlywed Map" thing, it was right up my alley.

Obviously, you don't have to be newly married, married, or even in a relationship to do this for yourself.  It was a really fun project.  Heather over at Heather Drive did a great post on what all she bought for it and how much it cost her here.  The only things I did different were that I bought two additional colors of map tacks so Mr. Diva and I could mark places we have been individually; and I used a coupon at JoAnns instead of Michaels.  The frame was the same amount though.

Here are pictures of my finished product:


As you can see, the Mister and I have a LOT of traveling to do.  I look forward to adding more tacks onto the map.

Have fun starting your own!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fun on Polyvore

I've had trouble sleeping this week.  Mostly I can't shut off my brain at night.  I always worry about stuff or I get lists in my head I should write down or I obsess over certain situations or events; and I can't just shut it all off.

I've taken to reading before bed, which helps a lot.  Sometimes I watch The Daily Show and Colbert Report while my husband snores next to me.  And then sometimes I just waste time online trying to focus on something light-hearted until I get so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open.

That is where Polyvore comes in.  If you don't know what Polyvore is, it is a website that allows you to mix and match products from various stores to create different looks based on a color, a feeling, an event - whatever you choose.  The site also allows you to shop these products and looks when you put things together or look at the collages of others.  For someone like me who just LOVES to put outfits together, I could spend hours and hours just sorting through all the fun products and pictures.

I thought I would share some of the outfits I have put together during my phases of insomnia.
Girls Lunch
Dressy Date


Girls Night Out


Work Day
Work Day by piperfeehily featuring Ted Baker





Thursday, October 8, 2009

My First Post!



So here it is - my very first post.

This week has been a weird one so far.  Mainly I have just felt a bit bummed out.  I can't really put my finger on exactly why.  I just know it is more than one thing.

This blog is going to be about a bit of everything.  I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, so I look forward to sharing those.  I love shopping and clothes.  As a plus-size diva, I want to share my thoughts, opinions, and cute outfit finds.  My husband and I have been married for about a year and a half now (and we are not having children - ever); instead, we have 3 chihuahuas whom we love very much.  I was born in the South, but moved around a lot my whole entire life.

I hope to be able to blog about all this and much more.  It is pretty darn therapeutic to me.

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