Happy Things

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently as I normally do! I’m still getting caught up from being on vacation in Florida. Here are a few things that have perked up my week in pictures:

20120823-134943.jpg{This memory of the beach in Florida. I’m ready to go back!}

20120823-135000.jpg{This is one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers with one coat of Essie Mademoiselle. Essie Weingarten herself wears this combination so I had to try it!}

20120823-135031.jpg{This was the ONLY makeup I packed for my Florida trip besides lipgloss. I was so proud of myself. These essentials kept me feeling put together without being overdone. Products: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, MAC Powder Blush in Dame, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Stila Stay All Day 10-1 HD Beauty Balm (Laura Mercier is still my favorite but I left it at home for this trip), CoverGirl LashBlast mascara (this is my second favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous is my fave.)

20120823-135107.jpg{I did a fun twist on the french manicure this week with Essie Mademoiselle and Martha Stewart Glitter in Sugar Cube as the tip.}

20120823-135118.jpg{Jon was out of town this week so I cooked for one! I made myself this salmon dinner and this Brussels sprouts dish…so good!}

20120823-135125.jpg{Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh strawberry slices and a touch of agave was the perfect breakfast this week.}

20120823-135135.jpg{My friend Paula and I had a fun night in this week. We baked a homemade, healthy pizza (recipe coming next week!), sipped red wine and watched the movie Bachelorette on OnDemand. Hilarious movie.}

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{**OBSESSED** with this Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It came in my July Birchbox and I just love love love it.}

20120823-135150.jpg{Posted this picture of Jon and me on Instagram this week for Throwback Thursday. This was in Vegas 6 years ago. Love this picture…and him!}

20120823-135156.jpg{My current favorite lipcolor is MAC Creme Cup lipstick with a swipe of MAC Nymphette Lipglass. The pinky gold shimmer of the gloss makes the lipstick look so feminine and sexy. LOVE.}

What made you happy this week?

Arugula Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Have you entered my giveaway yet for a 60-minute Cooling Facial from Broadway Retreat? If not, go enter now! Giveaway runs through Thursday! Now, onto the a delicious recipe I am sharing with you today!

Salads are a great way to fill up without having a carb crash or feeling really heavy afterward. As long as you are eating a HEALTHY salad. Salads drenched in ranch or caesar are the farthest thing from healthy. And even vinaigrettes are often packed with sugar.

I made my own gourmet salad at home and it was so delicious. I topped fresh arugula with sliced strawberries, nuts, goat cheese crumbles and a bit of grated parmesan. I added some of my homemade dressing, which is just olive oil, fresh lemon juice and grated parmesan. This was absolutely delicious. It fills you up while feeling light.

Arugula is a spicy and delicious herb that’s in the cruciferious family. It’s high in fiber which helps with feeling full. It’s also full of Vitamin A. It’s my new favorite way to eat salad.

This salad would also be great to make for a party. Just put the arugula and nuts in a large bowl and then mix in the dressing, strawberries and goat cheese right before serving. It’s full of summery, bright flavors that are perfect for entertaining!

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Enjoy!

Arugula Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • Generous serving of Arugula (about 1-2 cups)
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Nuts (I used the candied pecans from Trader Joes)
  • Grated Parmesan
  • The juice of 1-2 lemons depending on your preference
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the juice of one lemon and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan to dressing and whisk
  • Season with salt and taste for flavor. Add more of the above ingredients until you get to desired taste.
  • Put arugula in a bowl and top with sliced strawberries, goat cheese and nuts
  • Add desired amount of homemade dressing to arugula
  • Top with a bit of grated parmesan
  • Enjoy!