Pretty in Pink

*Disclaimer – I am a jeans/t-shirt kind of gal who just so happens to get dolled up every once and a while. I am self-taught (thanks to youtube and magazines) and do not have any degrees in fashion, makeup or hair. *

Now that I got that out of the way, I going away this weekend with my boyfriend for our anniversary. We both really like getting dressed up, going out for a nice dinner, and just have a “classy” date night instead cooking in like most of the time. But since it’s expensive, we only do it on very rare occasion  Well this weekend is our 1 year anniversary and we are pulling out all the stops. We have a lot to celebrate (side note: we just signed a new lease to an amazing apartment we both fell in love with). I decided to buy a new outfit since it is spring and the weather is suppose to be amazing this weekend.

I’m going to show you what I’m going to be wearing, how I’ll do my hair, and makeup.

THE OUTFIT

Let’s start with the shoes! So shoes are always the hardest part for me. I can’t walk in heels. I just don’t have the gracefulness to walk in them. So usually it’s flats for me. BUT, I have wide feet so it’s always a struggle to find a pair of shoes that fit my troll feet. I took a chance, did my research, and found a pair of flats that looked amazing online and ordered them.

This is where I got them. I’m going to go and buy all the colors they have. 
Being a curvy AND short gal, it’s hard to find a dress that is the right length and fits well and is flattering. I did tons of browsing online on Torrid, SimplyBe, Lane Bryant, Forever 21+, and Eloquii but just couldn’t find anything I liked or would ship in time for this weekend. It wasn’t until I was walking through JCPenny when a dress pop out and hit me in the face! I seriously went to the store 2 times before I bought it on my 3rd visit. I’m very pleased with my purchase and it will make a great spring/summer dress to add to my wardrobe.

THE HAIR / MAKEUP

For my hair, all I did was curl my incredibly straight hair with a 1 1/2 barrel curling iron. I don’t really ever curl my hair so it will be curly. My hair just doesn’t hold a curl so it’s more just give it body. I parted my hair with a exaggerated side part and pinned the hair with a bobby pin to keep it out of my face. 
For make up here’s what I did.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Creamy Natural
A Matt foundation is perfect for my skin because I have oily skin and really works wonders on my enormous pores!
For my under eye bags.

Avon Satin Duo Blush on the apples of my cheeks. 

Milani Eye Shadow Primer (THIS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE)

I used the 2nd color on this palette  I’m not sure what the name of the color is but it matched my shoes and I wanted keep my eyes farely nude. 

Physician’s Formula in Ultra Black

Wet n Wild’s Mega-last Liquid Color in Back in the Fuchsia. 
I wanted the contrast of a nude eye and pop lip. I think it looked nice and sweet for a date night!
Have a great weekend!
Krit
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Date Night Dinner

Staying the theme of food, my significant other and I cooked a dinner together. He’s not too bad in the kitchen but he’s more of one pot or slow cooker kind of guy. He makes a mean curry or chili on that slow cooker of his. He tends to gets a little over-whelmed with more complicated recipes or more than one course. Which is fine, the first time I cooked dinner by myself, I was a mess and made even more of a mess than what was needed. I’ll take a guy who cooks over one who doesn’t any day. 
So we cooked something I’ve never attempted before. Cornish Hens. We got these hens a while ago and they’ve just been hanging out in my freezer for what seems like forever. They are little intimidating for a couple of reasons, they are so small and I’m afraid of over-cooking them but I did some research and my fears were put to rest. We’re going to treat them as we would any poultry. 
Side note: As you will probably see I’m using lemons a lot the last couple of days because I made the foolish mistake of buying a 5 lb. bag of lemons at our local club store so I don’t want them to go to waste. I’m making Chicken Scampi tomorrow and I think I will make lemonade to just so they are used up before they go bad. 
A yummy date night dinner! 

Rosemary-Lemon Cornish Hens

Ingredients

3 Cornish Hens (1 ¼ lbs each) 
1 cup Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, grated or crushed
½ white onion
1 large lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tbsp Fresh Rosemary
Salt
Pepper
Directions
  1. Marinade the hens in a 1 gallon freezer bag with the olive oil, garlic, onion, rosemary, salt and pepper, and 1 of the lemons for 1-2 hours. Once the bag is sealed, massage the ingredients into the birds so all the flavors meld together.
  2. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  3. Put the hens in a roasting pan. Add all the ingredients into the pan.
  4. Zest the second lemon and then cut it into quarters. Place the quartered lemons into the cavity of the birds. As the bird cook, the lemons will release their juice from the inside out (My mouth is water just as I write this).
  5. Cook the birds for 1 hour or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife and a meat thermometer registers 170° F. Don’t forget to baste every once and while.
They should look as yummy as this. 

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic

Ingredients
1 lb Asparagus
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic (crushed or grated)
Salt
Pepper
Directions
  1. Cut or snap all the woody ends off of the asparagus.
  2. Arrange on a baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic over the stems.
  4. The asparagus will take about 30 minutes at 375° F so I just throw them in with the birds after 30 minutes of cooking so the Cornish hens and asparagus are done at the same time.

Baked Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients
2 ½ lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
3 cloves Garlic
½ cup half/half
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
Salt
Pepper
Directions
  1. Cut the potatoes into quarters. There’s no need to peel the potatoes. Make sure the cut pieces are relatively the same size so all them cook evenly.
  2. Place into a large pot with the whole garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
  3. Fill pot with water so the water just covers the spuds.
  4. Boil for 10-15 minutes until they are fork tender.
  5. Drain water.
  6. Working in the same pot, add the half/half and ¼ cup of the shredded cheese and smash using a hand masher or large fork. I choose not to use a hand blender because I like the heartiness of the potatoes rather than whipped potatoes. This is just my preference.
  7. Place the glass cooking dish.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake with the hens and asparagus the last 10 minutes of their cooking time.


    Enjoy with a Belgium Tripel or a glass of white wine!