The “Hangover” Routine

Beauty, food, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

So last night I went out, as I do most summer nights on the weekend. I went to my favorite rooftop and basically kicked off my Summer by drinking (alcoholic)  peach slushies on a nice warm summer night.

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Naturally, I woke up in the morning feeling kind of blah and dehydrated. I won’t go as far as to say I was hungover, but I was feeling some after effects for sure. So of course, I have a whole routine to bring me back to life…especially my skin.

First off I start by going ham with the water. I’ve probably had about four or five glasses of water today and I’m still so thirsty. I like to drink alkaline water because it supposedly rids the body of toxins…but I also like my good ‘ol filtered water too.

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For whatever reason, my nail polish always gets chipped on one or two of my nails whenever I go out. Last night, they got pretty messed up somehow, so the blue will be coming off right after this blog post. Any good nail polish color recommendations?

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As I’m typing this, I have a hydrating mask on my face. I have the Farmacy Honey Potion on to be exact. This mask never fails to make my skin feel so smooth and look glowy, which is great after a night out drinking.

Normally, I would include a lip mask as well, but I currently don’t have one on me. I like to get the sheet lip masks from Sephora for $3. They actually do work especially after a good lip scrub!

Last, but not least, I rest! I use this time to catch up on my shows and get some much-needed sleep. It’s great to go out and enjoy yourself, but it’s even better to take care of yourself after a long night. I’m a huge fan of pampering myself even if I have no reason to! I plan to write more about self-pampering in the near future because it’s so important!

That’s it for tonight, you guys. As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

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Back at it again with the CLEAN EATING

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Ever since I’ve gotten back from Miami, I’ve been eating not so clean. I haven’t been eating extremely bad either just not as clean as I normally do. I’ve been going out a whole lot more than usual since the weather is warmer. What can I say? I love rooftop bars!

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It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for you and neither is most bar food. So, today I took it upon myself to go to the grocery store and buy whole foods. That’s not to say I won’t be going to the rooftops anymore, but I am going to be a whole lot more mindful of my intake of well anything again.

Before Miami, I was eating more salads, drinking more water and eating frozen and canned vegetables. Now, I’m taking it a bit further and I plan on eating fresh veggies that I can eat raw, steam, or sauté. Of course, I’m still going to be eating salads, but I want to start eating more of them more often.

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As for meat goes, I’m already a chicken and seafood girl and only indulge in red meat very rarely. As I’m typing this I am eating a salad that has lettuce (duh,) green onions and cucumbers with some salt and pepper and homemade honey mustard dressing.

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One cool thing I noticed while shopping today, the vegetables (lettuce, green onions) smelled extremely fresh like they were pulled straight from the dirt earlier this morning.  I am very much here for that!

Also, it might as well be Summer now because I found a really fresh watermelon that is so sweet! Look for black spots on the melon. This shows that bees have pollinated the watermelon, which gives it that sweet flavor! Fun fact!

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Well, that’s all for today. I wanted to get back on my clean eating game and include you guys in it. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

For Once, It’s Not About Acne

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OK, so this was a 1st world story I HAD to tell you all. I was going to talk about my acne woes again, but I didn’t want to bore you guys and woe is me about my damned skin for another post. Long story short – I have shitty skin right now and I’m trying to fix it by healing it from the inside and also with products that work as “healers” rather than with harsh acne products. I will explain more in another post next week.

Anyway, I went to this really cute café in D.C yesterday and fell completely in love. Except for the fact that that they had zero WiFi and it was pretty obvious that they throttled down the signal. Okay, I get it A Baked Joint (name of the café/restaurant)…you want people to be more social. *Le sigh.* I did a quick Google search of the place and read that last year they banned laptops and studying materials. What? D.C is home to so many freaking colleges and universities and you banned studying? Also, D.C is corporate AF…do you know your target audience or nah? Cool, they don’t ban laptops anymore, but I guess if you take up too much space then you might get a stern talking to, which is a perfectly acceptable argument.

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Now I can’t tell someone how to run their business of course. I’m just a paying customer and love the coffee shops’ aesthetic and food and coffee and tea. I can have an opinion, though, right?

Well, you just can’t force perfect strangers to be social with each other. A coffee shop (A Baked Joint calls themselves a restaurant but are set up like any other café) is an introverts’ best friend. I can be around people without draining my essence all while getting some work done and giving my eyes something pleasing to look at. Even if you took away my phone and computer, I’m still not talking to Janet or John whose sitting two seats down. If I come with friends I’m definitely not talking to Janet or John and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to talk to me either.

IMG_5254Also, I’m kind of tired of people blaming technology for making us less social when I think that we are a WHOLE lot more social now. We may not communicate on an oral (out loud? auditory?)  level as much, but man I can text all five of my friends in ten seconds and plan a movie night at my place. I even met my beau online and we have a really good thing going right now yet our society is less social? Sure our communication skills could definitely use some work (the society not my relationship) but nothing is perfect.

I do get the purpose of the WiFi or lack thereof, but why do you have to mess with my signal, though? We’re in a tech age now and I’m sick of being told that it’s a bad thing and brainwashing us. Maybe some of us, but definitely not all of us. The perfect example of cool technology…I started this blog on a whim to really get the things that are on my mind out there and I actually have people who read this blog on a daily basis now. If it weren’t for technology…the Internet, this blog wouldn’t exist. Well, that was a good example to me.

Anyway, like I said, I can’t tell anyone how to run their business even though I think that it is a bit obnoxious from both a business and consumer perspective. The idea is great on paper, but in practice…it can be divisive. Technology has its issues but so does everything else. I will be going back to A Baked Joint sometime soon because I can’t resist the atmosphere. I just won’t be going back to get any work done, which I guess, is the point. Hopefully, I didn’t come off as being too whiny because there are dozens of coffee shops that I CAN work at and I know that. Also, I found this topic to be interesting and it sort of peaked my curiosity. I’m always fascinated by the way certain establishments run their business and why exactly. So that is all for today and I will be returning back to my regular beauty, fashion and simplicity posts on Friday!

ChelsiKay

Mindful Eating

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Ahh mindful eating. This is a big one for me, yet probably the easiest change for me. I’m definitely an abuser of eating junk when I’m bored; who isn’t though? Eating mindfully comes easy to me because I gave up gluten around this time last year. So once I gave up gluten, eating healthy and clean was something that was pretty much written in the stars for me.

This definitely isn’t a how to guide to healthy or mindful eating, because what may work for me may not work for you. Personally, I read a few books and magazines and even watched a couple of documentaries. I ran into this user on Reddit who makes these amazing recipes, both clean and not so clean. NerdsWithKnives is their website and I certainly will be visiting quite often.

As for the books – cookbooks to be exact, they really aren’t always the best. You read this awesome recipe only to make this huge dinner and have ALL these leftover herbs, spices and sauces that you’ll probably never ever use again. Recipes seem to be written for families of 5 of 6 as well. Have you ever seen a recipe that says “Serves 8” and you’re only a family of four or less? I mean even the ones that say “Serves 4” you end up with this giant meal for an extra three people. Of course leftovers, but do we really want to eat the same thing for the next three days? If you have this problem, try to half your recipes; yes this involves a little math, I apologize. Or you can eyeball everything, I don’t think I’ve ever actually followed a recipe to tee – yup I’m such a rebel.

I picked up this cool mimg_3977agazine on whim at Wegman’s and it includes some really creative recipes. Instead of it being sorted by meals of the day, it is sorted by type of food. For example: There is a section on egg recipes and then another section on pork, chicken, etc. The portion sizes are pretty decent and they’re easy and affordable.

Pretty much any documentary talking about any social or economic issues like the food industry, it is going to be somewhat extreme. I’ve watched about three documentaries on the affects of junk food and processed foods and sugar. All of this stuff is bad for us and we know that. The problem isn’t that we eat these foods; it is that we eat it in excess. That’s what the documentaries don’t tell you which is why they don’t really seem to be that effective. If they came out and said, “hey don’t eat so much of this, you’ll feel better,” this would be a better tactic. The key should be to change the way we eat, not to scare us into eating healthier foods. So when watching any documentary on food or any other economic issue, take points from it and not at face value.

If you’re still reading, I suggest doing your own research when it comes to food. This is a personal and intimate choice for us all. Changing the way you eat is a huge adjustment to your life and not everyone can do same thing. Even eating mindfully is a big change, but definitely attainable. Give it a try; you might like it.

ChelsiKay

 

Documentaries (All on Netflix)

Food Matters

Hungry For Change

Sugar Coated

Books & Cook Books

Waste Free Kitchen

Damn Delicious

Eat Cheap. Eat Healthy

 

 

Foodie Fridays

food, Lifestyle

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  1. Breakfast in bed is one of the best things ever. I get spoiled by my boyfriend almost every weekend with a fried egg, bacon and cinnamon toast. Sometimes the breakfast changes every now and then, but this is usually the norm. I gotta say, he might be a keeper :).
  2. Have any of you seen these jello shots all over the Internet? As soon as I saw these, I had to make them. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was throwing myself a birthday party. Well I did! I made a big batch of these awesome jello shots and my friends and family loved them! The key to making jello shots not taste like cough medicine is…use tequila and any flavor of jello that is not cherry.
  3. This giant pancake was probably the best pancake I’ve EVER had. That allergy stick is there is because I got them made gluten free. Normally GF waffles and pancakes are not that great, but this one may have been better than regular pancakes.
  4. Who doesn’t like seven layer bean dip? I also had this dip at my party and half way through it was completely gone. Everyone kept on asking me where I got it from and when I told them that I made it myself, they were surprised. It is literally the easiest recipe ever. Comment if you would like for me to share!

That’s all this Friday! Thanks for reading and if you would like me to share any of the recipes or restaurants, just leave a comment!

ChelsiKay

Mindfulness and Parties

food, Lifestyle, Minimalism

It’s that time of the year where I get extremely ecstatic because August is my birthday month. I don’t celebrate all month of course, however I do prepare to start celebrating once the month starts. If you haven’t caught on yet, I am really serious about birthdays! I don’t know if it’s the cake or the presents, but I love celebrating someone’s special day including my own (duh!)

This year I am planning my own birthday party with some help from a friend and I couldn’t be more excited! Planning events can be extremely stressful, also it is really easy to over spend on things you don’t even need. Pinterest is a really good outlet for DIY everything!

When it comes to planning any event, mindless shopping just happens. You want to please your guest so you buy lots of alcohol, food, party supplies, decorations etc. etc. What you’re left with is a bunch of leftover food, half full (or empty) drinks, and leftover plastic plates and cups.

I am attempting to do the bare minimum with hopes of having a maximum party. The first step is to have hors devours and side dishes instead of big entrees of food. This does require a little more work, but the clean up will be extremely minimal. Can you say skewers and various finger foods?

The next step is to have people bring their own bottle (optional of course) but still have a good selection of drinks. Sangria is usually a big hit at most events and who doesn’t like margaritas? BYOB seems like its for the younger crowd when the host can’t afford liquor, but if you throw a “happy hour” party bringing your own liquor is almost essential. The guest will be able to make their own drinks if they prefer something other than what is being served.

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The red solo cup dilemma is a hard one. For whatever reason people ALWAYS use about five different cups. I still haven’t figured out how to remedy this problem. At my party I will set a limited number of cups out and put a couple of sharpies by them. Hopefully that will relieve the millions of cups that end up all over the kitchen counter.

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Remember back in the day in preschool and kindergarten when we used to create decorations for the classroom and they would come out alright? Fold the paper hot dog or hamburger and cut slits all over and now you have snowflake! Yeah you remember! DIY’s come out a lot better (for some of us) now that we’re older. Tissue paper and construction paper goes a long way for some pretty awesome decorations.

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These are the few tips I have to throwing a great yet mindful party. Not only do you save money, but you’ll save time on cleaning up. I hope my party is a big hit and ends up being as easy as the planning process. I’ll be sure to update and post pictures of the party when the time comes around. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Foodie Friday’s

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Yes I know I’m a day late, but better late than never right? This week features food that was homemade and I put lots of love into. Most of the dishes were actually pretty easy and quick which is exactly why I made them.

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1. Funnel Cake! It’s fair season and who doesn’t like funnel cake? Well us people whose stomach doesn’t tolerate gluten had to give up this yummy fried dough…at least at the fair. I found a gluten free recipe online, but didn’t really follow it because that’s me. It turned out well I must say and it’s pretty.

2. So I technically didn’t make this, my mom did. It’s a red wine spritzer with a splash of lemon. Earlier this summer I got a little sangria crazy and needed to take it easy. I despise red wine normally, but with a little 7up or Sprite…perfection.

3. I made it seem like the chicken and broccoli was the center piece of this meal, but it’s actually the things behind the chicken. Crab rangoons..on tortilla chip scoops instead of wonton wrappers. Cream cheese and crab meat happens to be really good!

4. I’ve mentioned many a time how much I love Mexican food. I know taco salad really isn’t authentic Mexican food but this was still freaking amazing. The fam was definitely a fan of this meal!

Normally I am all about going out to eat in the summer, but cooking is just way more appealing to me this year. Stay tuned for more foodie Friday’s..actually on Fridays.

Foodie Friday’s

food, Lifestyle

I’ve been away for a few weeks trying to figure out what to post on here. I’m not sure if it’s better to post something that has nothing to do with the blog or post nothing at all. I am definitely still working on the kinks of this blog, but I have to thank those who are still following.

Who knew that posting food on a blog would be one of my favorite things to do. So here goes another Foodie Friday! Theres not as many pictures this week, but the food still looks great. IMG_3335

  1. Doesn’t this look amazing? It most definitely was! I lived in Korea (due to the military) for two years and ate endless amounts of Korean food. To this day, Korean food is one of my favorite cuisines. In the states it can be hard to find especially the authentic kind. One of my friend’s coworkers is Korean and found a place that was spot on give or take a few spices here or there. The meat in the very middle is samgyeopsal which is sliced pork belly meat. I wish I could remember the rest of the names, but that was the one that I promised myself to not forget!
  2. I love drinks that look glamorous like this. The drink was almost too pretty to actually drink, but trust me I did.  This name of the drink is La Suprema. It has reposado tequila, cointreau, gran marnier, lime, and agave. It was a drink that you definitely sip or else.
  3.  I try to mix in food that I cook on here as much as possible, but it doesn’t usually come out as pretty. I was craving tacos one day and decided to give it a try. I’m a big fan of authentic tacos that aren’t super Americanized but just a little. As you can see, I used corn tortillas, corn, (I wanted rice) cheese, homemade pico de gallo, black beans, and chicken. I was so surprised when I took my first bite, because it tasted so good and fresh. It tasted almost exactly like the ones I get from this place called La Sandia. Seriously I was shocked!

That’s all this time! I hope to do another Foodie Friday next Friday, but we will see. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

Foodie Friday’s

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Hello again! Welcome back to another edition of Foodie Friday’s! Instead of doing my normal collage of food, I’ll be just posting each picture individually. Here it goes!

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Let’s start with drinks! I have been drinking smoothies almost everyday. I cannot get enough of them. This one is from Tropical Smoothie Cafe called the Advocolada. I never used to like smoothies until going to this place. Now I can’t get enough.

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These decadent drinks belong to Arlington’s very own ObyLee. This drink is called a wine slushie; mango flavored and extremely refreshing.

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It wouldn’t be cool of me to not include my own creations on here, so I must! I once saw a video recipe of this sweet chili chicken and when I went back to recreate it, I couldn’t find the video ANYWHERE. So I went into the kitchen, threw a bunch of seasonings and sugars together making this amazing marinade. I pan-fried some cut up chicken thighs, added the marinade and let simmer for 20 minutes – this is what I got. This is an all time favorite in my family, it’s too bad I don’t make it that often.

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Patatas Bravas y Albondigas. Potatoes and Meatballs. I’m seriously a sucker for tapas and sangria. I feel like I don’t need to describe this amazing-ness because the picture is just so pretty. 🙂

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Speaking of tapas…theres more. This Mexican Benedict was just great. I think it was the poached egg that did it for me, that and the super fresh pico de gallo on top! Yet another picture that speaks for itself!

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Sometimes I miss bread surrounding my burger patty, but sometimes lettuce wrapped burgers are just better all around. Good Stuff Eatery is where I got this deliciousness from. The restaurant has a burger named after Obama that was apparently (not sure how true) ordered by him, which I have had before and man does the president have good taste in burgers. My favorite part about this place is the selection of sauces they have. Mango mayo is the best one *hint hint.*

That is all this Foodie Friday! There is definitely more Foodie Fridays in the future. I hope you all enjoy!

ChelsiKay

 

Foodie Friday

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Hey there everyone and welcome back to Foodie Friday’s! Eating at these new and also not so new places has been a lot of fun! I can’t wait for the summer weather to begin so that I can experience even more places as well as get the grill going at home!

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I didn’t get the chance to number these so I’ll just state which dish I’m talking about by position.

Top right: These wings are just amazing! That day I took a risk and neglected my gluten free diet which I had to pay for later. These breaded chicken wings topped with mumbo sauce are like I said before, amazing. If this was the only dish I could eat for the rest of my life, I think I would be okay.

Bottom left: Jack Daniels ribs at TGI Friday’s are a go to for me! If you haven’t had them, then I highly recommend them. Go for the full rack because you’ll want to take them home.

Top right: So I always try to make it a point to show food that I’ve made too. Here you have a romaine lettuce chicken salad. I prefer homeade salads because everything can be bought extremely fresh as well as cheap. I topped this salad off with homeade honey mustard as well!

Middle right: If you’ve ever been to Peets coffee & tea and like iced coffee, get the Black Tie. Go for the small because the caffeine with hit you like a ton of bricks. Their teas are also really good too.

Bottom right: If there is one thing that I could always go for, it’s Mexican food. Normally when I’m at a Mexican restaurant, I try not to be super typical and get tacos. These specific tacos are just so good. I’m pretty sure they put crack or something in their corn tortillas because they’re just THAT good!

That’s it for now. Look out for the next Foodie Friday!

ChelsiKay