Welcome to my monthly beauty round-up of the BEST things that have come across my desk as of late. Here are my standout picks for May:
Smooth Operator – I am a BIG fan of the Amazonian Clay line from Tarte Cosmetics. So when my current pressed powder broke into a million pieces, I knew I was finally due for an upgrade. Smooth Operator is from the Amazonian Clay collection and comes in a tinted pressed finishing powder in a compact. I tote it around in my purse with a fresh book of these oil blotting sheets.
I have an oily T-zone due to my combination skin and my face starts to shine in under an hour. Lately, I’ve been keeping my beauty routine simple with concealer, tinted BB cream, blush and this tinted finishing powder. The clay is great for absorbing oil and provides pretty decent coverage as well. It does not look cakey or powdery – just a nice, light and natural finish.
Garden Escape – Another pretty palette for spring! The Garden Escape Eye Palette from Clarins features six long-lasting colours in deep greens, pastel pinks, a taupe and a white highlighter.
At first, I didn’t think the greens would work on me – but the key is to blend like crazy. Blending the green with a bit of the soft pastel pink really made my eyes pop. I used the highlighter in the inner corner of my eyes and ended up using the taupish-brown on my brows. Comes in a pretty gold compact. Continue reading →
I’m all about weekend brunch and this is my go-to when I’m looking for something quick, healthy and satisfying. My Easy Egg Tacos can be as fancy or as simple as you like. Here’s how to make it happen:
Organic corn tortillas
Pan fry the corn tortillas to warm them up and set aside
Fry an egg in a non-stick pan until sunny-side up, put on top of your tortilla
Add 2 tablespoons of fresh salsa per serving
Chop up 1/2 of an avocado and add as much as you’d like to your egg tacos
Roll up into taco form or keep it mess-free with a fork and knife!
Calories – 259 per serving (one tortilla, egg, 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp of salsa)
Make it fancy by adding a small tossed salad or some cut fruit. If you have a bit more time, throw in some breakfast sausage, beans or even leftover meat and vegetables. If you prefer a less messy and runny egg taco, scramble your eggs instead and add some fresh peppers and onions to your fry up for a bit more flavour.
I buy the organic corn tortillas that come in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. If you don’t use up the whole package for your egg tacos, you can freeze the tortillas, make chips or quesedillas for dinner.
Burger shops seem to be popping up everywhere these days and there is reason that I now call Bareburger one of my favourites.
We all know that feeling of joy when biting into a juicy, decadent burger, but we also know the unpleasant feeling that can follow. Between the heavy meat, as well as those not so good for us fillers and antibiotics, it can leave us feeling lethargic, and just plain crappy. Bareburger is a chain of burger restaurants that uses organic, natural and local ingredients. Originating in New York, the first Toronto location opened just a couple months ago.
This is not necessarily a healthy burger in the sense of fat and calories, but the food is definitely better for you. All of the meat is organic, antibiotic and hormone-free, which allows for a more pure, healthy burger. There are a variety of healthy vegetarian and vegan options as well. Unique types of meat are offered, such as elk and bison, which are extremely lean. The menu is quite extensive, but you can customize anything on it.
I had the pleasure of attending an evening of sampling and tasting where I was fortunate to try a variety of different dishes. Continue reading →
I first met the lovely Erin Souder at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City this past January. I sat in on a panel that Erin and Alexis Mattox hosted about launching your own product line. It’s definitely something I’ve been thinking about, so I was easily intrigued by their processes. I really admire how Erin gives 150% to everything that she does and how she left a steady corporate career to pursue her dream. I’m excited for all of you to meet Erin!
What motivated you to start your wildly successful home decor website, Earnest Home Co.
I started Earnest Home Co. back in 2011 because I literally had too many ideas to keep inside my head! I would always be creating something, or renovating a room, or whipping up a party and friends always wanted to know how I thought of the ideas I had. I realized that I had to share my creative process and ideas with the world. Continue reading →
Some amazing news. Paul and I are only $3500 away from funding a water well for a community of 500+ villagers in a developing country. We are SO CLOSE. To push us over the top, This Beautiful Day will be holding our FIRST ever online silent auction next month!
Here’s where I need your help.
I’m looking for brands, services and sponsors to donate items for this auction and I’m definitely open to ideas. The auction will be held in Canadian dollars and I am open to businesses and services located in Toronto, GTA or across Canada. If you have a product that can ship within Canada or possibly the USA, I’m open to that too. Please do email me if you think you have something tht might be a fit!
Here’s more info on the water well project that Paul and I are hoping to have funded by the end of July and then built one year from that date. We have partnered with the charity Generosity: http://give.generosity.org/LisaAndPaul
Mark your calendars! This Beautiful Day’s Online Charity Auction will go LIVE on Thursday June 11th, 2015 and be open for bidding for 10 days. Not only will you be making a donation to a fantastic cause, you will be rewarded with an awesome service or product for doing so. Everybody wins! Here are some awesome brands + businesses who have already made a donation + you can look forward to bidding on: