Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I Wore: Struttin' My Stuff

I've been keeping an eye on all the new stuff coming out at Torrid Online.  There are some SUPER CUTE items.  In particular, I love the style of this cardigan.  During the Buy One, Get One 50% off sale at Torrid, I decided to go with this Grey and Pink Leopard cardigan.  (They also have a red one with black hearts I want too.)

I also really wanted the Black Lace-Up Ankle Booties since I checked out Rebecca's post over at The Plus Side of Me.  It was a great deal, as the booties were already on sale as well.  And I love both the cardigan and the booties!

The cardigan is super cute, a good length, and fun pattern.  The arms are just snug enough that I can't really wear a t-shirt or other sleeved blouse without it bunching a little.  (I have rather large upper arms.)   I prefer wearing a tank underneath though so I won't get too warm.  That said, the cardigan isn't too thick or bulky, so if you get warm easily this should still work for you.

The booties are actually pretty comfortable and super cute.  They are wide width and fit my wide, size 11 feet very well.  They are easier to walk in than other heels I have tried.  The booties are a good height really - three inch heel with half-inch platform.  That works out great for me because I don't have a lot of heel-wearing experience, especially in the last five years or so.

So here is what I wore when I hung out at the local bowling alley with Mr. Diva and his workmates:

Sorry for the awkward poses.  I had issues with making my hair do what I wanted it to and we were running late for the party.

By the way, I really like my jeans too.  It is the first time I bought something other than a Bootcut style in FOREVER.  These are some straight legs from Lane Bryant.  I don't see them online anymore though.

Grey and Pink Leopard Print Cardigan - Torrid
Black Tank - Old Navy
Straight Leg Jeans - Lane Bryant
Black Lace-Up Ankle Booties - Torrid
Earrings - Torrid

Friday, January 20, 2012

Birchbox Review: January 2012

Catching up with Birchbox posts...

If you don't know about Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service.  For $10 a month, you get a box of 4 to 5 high-end skincare, makeup, and/or hair care products to sample.  Sometimes there are also "lifestyle samples", like an organic granola bar, tea, etc.  Some products are even full-size!

It is a really fun thing to get in the mail!  Plus, I am a product junkie and love being able to try all these different products.  Check out the website for more information!

This month's them is Clarity.

Birchbox January 2012

Products Include:

  1. Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream - This is a wonderful moisturizer that leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated.  It has a nice, light smell and creamy texture.  If it wasn't so expensive, I would buy some immediately.
  2. FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion Smoothing Serum - Another fabulous serum.  It has a light gel texture and fruity smell.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and wonderful.  Again, if it wasn't so expensive, I would buy some right away.
  3. Miracle Skin Transformer Treat and Conceal - This was too dark for me, so I didn't really use it.
  4. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock - This is my first Stila Smudge Stick and already my new favorite eyeliner.  The teal green of the Peacock shade is something I do not have in my collection.  This eyeliner has awesome staying power. This was actually a full-size product too, which is fabulous!  I ended up buying the navy blue and purple one as well.
  5. LARABAR Mini Bar - This mini snack bar was pretty bland to me. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Recipe Index

Hey, everyone!  I added a Recipe Index to the page for your convenience in checking out what I have on the blog.

Just look right under my picture at the very top of the page.

"Home" is the main blog page.

"Discount and Sale Sites" has a list of various websites for finding great deals, as well as sites I love and use.  Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the site to take a look around.

"Recipe Index" lists links to all the recipes on the blog, sorted by category.

I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Diva In The Kitchen: Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Hello, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic week.

I made this recipe for roasted green beans this week as a side.  They are fantastic!  The main dish I was making took longer to cook than expected, so Mr. Diva and I snacked on these beans while we waited.

I love how they can crisp up a bit and the combination of the beans and parm.  A big Diva thumbs-up!!

From - Follow above link for printer friendly directions

  • 12 oz green beans, trimmed (make sure they are dry)
  •  2 tsp olive oil
  •  kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper to taste
  •  1/4 tsp garlic powder
  •  1 1/2 tbsp shredded parmesan

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum for easy clean-up. 
Lay green beans out on the baking sheet and drizzle oil over them.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss to evenly coat.

Spread them out on the sheet so that they all lay flat and place on the lower third section of your oven. Bake 10 minutes, shake the pan to turn; bake 5 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese.


I made them again and this time, I added slivered almonds (which you can also toast beforehand) to the mix.  It was very good!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What I Wore: Christmas Shopping Outfit

I was finally not sick and Mr. Diva was on his first day back to work after surgery.  It was less than a week before Christmas when I had a shopping day with the girls!  It was much needed.

We are usually out and about for quite a while on our shopping excursions, so comfort is very important.  But so is cute, so I wore some new stuff:

Lace-trim cami - Lane Bryant
Ruffle henley - Lane Bryant
Jeans - Avenue
Earrings - JCPenneys
Shoes - Target

I am particularly excited about my sequined Converse.  I hate how little kids get all the blinged out comfy shoes.  They should always make them for adults too! lol
I was lucky they even had these and that they fit my wide size 11 feet!

What I Wore: Shirts of November and December

We were mostly housebound at the end of November and parts of December.  Mr. Diva came down with a cold.  As soon as he started to feel better, I got sick.  And then the craziness of the holidays set in.  Then Mr. Diva hurt himself and had to have hernia surgery, so we didn't get too dressed up or do much of anything for a while there.

I didn't take too many outfit photos, but I do have some top photos from here and there I thought I would share.   

Before we both got sick, we had a birthday dinner to attend for my father-in-law.  I wore my Lane Bryant lace tank and argyle sweater and earrings from JCPenneys.


For our Thanksgiving with the in-laws, I went comfy and wore my Avenue leopard tank with the open cardigan from Torrid.  Barrette is from Claire's, necklace was made by the in-laws.

I bought this ruffle-front top from Lane Bryant in three colors.  Here I am wearing the teal option with my purple lace tank from Lane Bryant.  JCPenneys earrings again.  I love those earrings.

On Mr. Diva's surgery day, we had to get there early and I was stressed out to the max.  So I pulled my bangs out of my face with my NKOTB barrette I made.  Then I wore my Avenue sweatshirt that I wish I had more colors of and a scarf I got from Catherine's.

Another Lane Bryant ruffled top, this time in green, with a black ribbed tank from Old Navy.  This is the day I got my hair did, so it was all curly and sassy.

I hope we don't have to be housebound too much in 2012.  And maybe I will try to wear more than just jeans with my tops lol

Diva In The Kitchen: Grilled Pineapple

 There is a restaurant that my friends have been to on occasion (and that I finally got to go to a few months back) that has this cinnamon-glazed, warm pineapple that is to die for!  I don't know what technique they used for cooking it so deliciously, but this recipe is a good, lower calorie stand-in.

This is another yummy one from Skinny Taste.


For the marinade:
  • 2 tbsp dark honey
  •  1 tsp olive oil
  •  1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  •  1 tsp ground cinnamon

  •  1 ripe pineapple, cut into half inch slices
In a small bowl, combine the honey, olive oil, lime juice, and cinnamon and whisk to blend. Set aside.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill. Lightly coat the grill rack with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the flame.
Lightly brush the pineapple with the marinade. Grill or broil, turning once and basting once or twice with the remaining marinade, until tender and golden, about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Serve warm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Diva In The Kitchen: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

In honor of the new year, Mr. Diva and I decided to adopt a pescatarian diet.  I've had to define the word "pescatarian" to a few people.  If you don't know what that is, it is a vegetarian who eats fish.

I've been really excited about going pescatarian.  Not only do I feel like it will be a more healthy way of eating for us, but I feel like it is a way of eating that is closer to my beliefs in regards to my love of animals. 

Part of the excitement of starting this new food adventure is trying new recipes!  And man, I have had some good eats on this first week of vegetarian food.  I am so excited to share these finds with you.  I've pulled most of this week's recipes from the site Skinny Taste.  The site has a lot of low fat recipes and even has them sorted by Weight Watchers Points, types of meals (breakfast, dessert, freezer friendly, etc.), as well as holidays, vegan, and vegetarian selections.

This recipe was delicious!  I ended up making mini lasagnas for my in-laws.  They just came home from the hospital.  Because of my father-in-law's illness, he can't prepare or cook food right now; and my mother-in-law isn't the usual cook of the family.  So I made mini lasagnas for them to freeze and reheat when they want them.

Also, for this recipe, I added a layer of sauteed mushrooms, onions, and eggplant slices in between all the squash, sauce, and cheese layers.  It is really tasty.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!!

From Skinny Taste - Follow above link for printer friendly directions

  • 2 cups marinara sauce 
  •  3 cups cooked roasted spaghetti squash
  •  1 cup part skim ricotta
  •  8 tsp parmesan cheese
  •  6 oz part skim shredded mozzarella (I used Sargento)

Preheat oven to 375°.

In four individual 5 x 7-inch oven safe baking dishes, ladle 1/4 cup quick marinara sauce on the bottom of each dish. Top each with 3/4 cup of cooked spaghetti squash and spread evenly. Top each with 1/4 cup ricotta.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese and .75 oz mozzarella on each.  Add the remaining sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. 

Here are my mini lasagnas:

I labeled each one with ingredients and reheating instructions:

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