Ladies in Navy

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Wants

After my make-up appointment at Urbaca on Wednesday, I decided that I really need to up my face-game for my wedding (and any other events I happen to go to this year). Luckily my make-up artist gave me her card with all the products I need to achieve a pretty, understated smoky-eye. She recommended, for my pale skin, Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in these colors: Bone, Burnt Sugar (metallic/sparkly), and Rich Espresso. They're actually on sale at Nordstrom right now for only $19.80 a palette. I'm also totally a make-up brush noob and need to up my game in that department as well. This Sephora $39 brush set is apparently all you need. For those of you less challenge than I am, this is probably old news, but for the rest of the sad-make-up-ers... enjoy! :)


Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow: Bone, Burnt Sugar, Rich Espresso ($19.80 on sale at Nordstrom)
Sephora Brush Set


Gap Raglan sweater

I just bought a marled sweater at the Gap in blue that I'm obsessed with and these raglan sweaters in the prettiest of fall colors are calling my name. Gap has some great soft and wearable sweaters right now that're about 25% off right now online.


Madewell scarves
Shop other scarves at Shopbop here.

And of course, blanket scarves are on every single instagram account in the blogger-nation. I am digging these less conspicuous plaid versions from Madewell!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Night at the Salon

This morning as I blow-dried my hair, I realized that it was the last possible day I could live with it without a trim. The ends were stringy, dry, split, and no matter what I did to them (flat-iron, serum, conditioner, drenching them in a torrential rainstorm), they didn't look ANY better. So thank goodness I had my Urbaca Salon appointment for a hair cut this evening. I first headed to Urbaca two weekends ago for a facial from Sherry Okamura (shared my experience here), and couldn't wait to return for more of the spa-level treatment I experienced during my first visit.

Tonight I had my hair cut and beautifully styled by Caitlyn on the team. She was absolutely awesome to talk to - we seriously talked weddings, boyfriends, and travel the entire time - and the two hours I spent at Urbaca flew by like they were minutes. I usually make smalltalk with my hair stylist but on this trip I really felt like the conversation that flowed was pretty organic and engaging. Ben actually texted me many times asking if I was dead and I was so preoccupied and didn't respond that he was driven to examine traffic reports for accidents. (Sorry Ben, just great conversation!)

After giving me a much needed trim (here's a before), Caitlyn smoothed my fly-aways with an awesome product and then set in on my make-up. She's the awesome make-up artist that assists on wedding make-up and it's no wonder. She not only applied flattering make-up that didn't overwhelm my face, but she taught me how to do it myself. I don't know how many times I've attempted a smoky eye and ended up looking like the victim of a fight. She showed me each step with a mirror, made me look fabulous (if I do say so myself) and then personally wrote down a list of products I should buy and use. I am absolutely going to follow her tips for the future and for my wedding as the make-up she gave me didn't look or feel too heavy on my face.

Obviously, once I left my dreamy hair and make-up experience, I went home and forced pajama-ed Ben to take photos of me (again, sorry Ben!) and then forced my unhappy and napping cat to join in on the fun. Excuse the yellow-ish lighting in our apartment. But the moral of this story is that Urbaca Salon is honest-to-goodness the best salon experience I've had in Portland (and I am racking up the experiences from NW salons and SW salons). I am even switching my current hair salon for Urbaca and keeping them in mind for any make-up and facial services that I ever need done. Their services run about $40+ for a hair cut and $55+ for makeup and you can find more info on their website. 

*My Urbaca appointments were complimentary but I wasn't obligated to review or recommend their services. I'm seriously just crazy about this salon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the Menu: Butter Mochi

My Hawaiian upbringing introduced me into a wealth of unhealthy desserts that are unique in consistency and insanely delicious. After I made this dish for a sushi party the other night, I figured I'd share its delicious weirdness with you. I have a butter and mochi (think chewy Japanese treats) baked good that's really easy to make and only makes a marginal amount of oven + apartment smoke due to dripping butter. Enjoy! Recipe follows.

You'll need:

1/2 c. butter
1 pound (1 package) mochiko flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups milk
5 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in the microwave and then set aside to cool slightly. 

Combine mochiko, sugar and baking powder well. In a separate bowl, combine butter, milk, eggs, vanilla, and flaked coconut. Stir combine dry and wet ingredients. Mix well. 

Pour ingredients into a 13x9" pan and bake for 60 minutes (or until golden brown on the top). Be warned: the butter in this dish will overflow in your oven. Consider placing a pan underneath your baking dish to catch any drips.