Beachy Waves

This is what you all have been waiting for...!! A How-To video on how to get beachy waves.  I break it down step by step so you can learn with ease. Give it a try! Watch how to get Beachy Waves Here

Meyer Lemon Chicken




Ingredients:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6 sliced boneless/skinless chicken tenders
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
1 lemon cut into 1/3 inch thick slices and seeded
1/3 cup chopped shallots
4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
½ cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 cup unsalted chicken stock or low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Coat with cooking spray and add to the pan. Cook about 6 minutes and then flip over and place into a baking dish. Bake for about 12 minutes.
In a skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, potatoes and ¼ teaspoon salt.  Cook potatoes over medium high heat, 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove the potatoes from the pan.  Add the lemon slices and cook 1 minute on each side.  Remove the lemon from the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and then add the shallots and garlic. Saute about 3 minutes.  Add the wine, chopped fresh thyme, and cook until the liquid almost evaporates.
Return the potatoes and lemon slices to the pan. Add the chicken stock, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, lemon juice, and butter and cook until butter and most of chicken stock dissolves. Layer the chicken over the potatoes in the pan and cook a few more minutes, until chicken is warm.

I made a few substitutions to this recipe to make it even healthier. For the full recipe, Click here

Breakfast Sandwich




Start your day off with this delicious egg sandwich!

Ingredients:
1 piece whole wheat bread
1 egg
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 teaspoon light mayonnaise
1oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Cook egg to your liking, I like mine over hard. Toast bread in a toaster oven, adding cheese about 2 minutes before complete. Cut bread in half and layer the avocado and mayo on one side of the bread. Place the egg on the avocado and then top with the other half of the bread. Eat like a sandwich. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie


Protein smoothies are a smart breakfast option. They help you stay full all morning, and provide the essential protein you need to start your day.  If your'e anything like me, your stomach is growling around 11:00 am and you are searching for a snack.  Whenever I have protein smoothies for breakfast I'm never hungry before lunchtime.   This was the first recipe I tried using protein powder.  It really is a great recipe to start with!  This smoothie is my favorite for breakfast, but it also is a nice post workout meal.

Ingredients:
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2-3/4 cup skim milk

Directions:
Combine 1/2 cup skim milk, protein powder, banana and peanut butter into a blender.  Blend until smooth.  If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more milk.

DIY Color Block Shower Curtain


DIY projects are the best way to add personal touches to your home. While searching for my next craft I stumbled upon this Color Block Shower Curtain. How cute is that?! Martha Stewart walks us through step by step on how to liven up our bathrooms. Can't wait to try this one! Click here for the full tutorial.

Trocadero

Next time you've got the itch for brunch check out Trocadero. Eric and I went to Trocadero last weekend and really enjoyed it.  We ordered the pancakes, breakfast tacos and fruit and yogurt parfait.  All were amazing. Eric really loved the tacos and the pancakes were some of the best i've ever had! They had a slight citrus taste that was to die for.  Check out Trocadero for a guaranteed great brunch.

lululemon Cool Racerback Tank



Lululemon is everything. As much as I’m against overpaying for clothes I can justify every penny I spend at lululemon because the quality is top notch.  My new obsession is the cool racerback tank. This tank is perfect for every kind of workout. I love the long length and tight fit. You won’t have to worry about pulling it down during workouts, it stays in place whether I’m jogging or doing yoga.  Another reason why this tank is worth the money is that you can wear it anywhere {not just the gym!} I love the black one to wear under a blazer and I have a hot pink that looks awesome as a layering piece under sweaters.  This tank is the perfect tank for your workouts!  To buy the lululemon cool racerback tank click here

Healthy Snack: Mini Sweet Peppers


It's been said that Americans consume up to 600 calories a day from mindless snacking. That is A LOT!  Keep your snacking in check with these mini sweet peppers. I bring these in a bag to work and munch on them all afternoon.  They're great to eat on their own or dipped in your favorite veggie dip.  You can find these at your local grocery store. Most stores have started selling them in bags of about 30 peppers for around $5.

Freelance Work: BVK Fashion show





This year I had the honor to work with some of the fabulous employees from BVK Advertising agency. BVK is in the process of redoing their office interior and thought it would be the perfect time to revamp their corporate dress code. It was my job to coordinate a fashion show using BVK employees as my beautiful models and showcase different ways to dress nice-casual to work.  I did some shopping and styled everyone's look. Here are some of the shots from the runway.  I also did all of their makeup so they were ready to strut their stuff on the catwalk!  I love working with people to develop their personal style and help them look and feel their best. If you struggle with putting outfits together or feel lost in a shopping mall I can help you! The BVK fashion show was a perfect way to showcase everyone's unique style and also display outfits that are trend right and work appropriate.  If you're interested in working with me on personal shopping or styling, email me at LSilverStyle@gmail.com . If it’s time for your wardrobe to get an upgrade or your employees are dressing too casual don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and I would be happy to help J



Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

If you've watched my video on  How to get Beachy Waves then you know Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is the finishing touch. The spray ads that surfer girl texture and gives any hair a little extra body.  Work through damp hair and let air dry or spritz a few sprays on your hair after you've put the beachy waves in it for an effortless, all natural look.   Buy Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray Here

Sugar Free Cookie Dough Dip



This recipe is definitely one to try.  With ingredients like Chickpeas and dates this hardly qualifies as dessert food, but lucky for us it tastes like dessert! My best friend showed me this recipe and I really like it!  The recipe comes from the healthy dessert blogger, Chocolate-Covered Katie.  Give this recipe a try! Sugar Free Cookie Dough Dip

10 Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Make

Okay so I stumbled upon this article on twitter. Shape magazine features Fitsugar talking about 10 healthy lifestyle changes to make. All are realistic and will help you reach your healthiest!  Print this article out and post it on your refrigerator or mirror to remind you that health is important! Take a look for some health inspiration.
Fitsugar How to Have a Healthy Week

Shen Yun



If you're looking for something fun and different to do in Milwaukee this week, get your tickets for Shen Yun . Shen Yun is a performance about Chinese culture featuring Chinese music and dance. The show is quoted as being "an exhilarating show you will never forget".  Eric and I love going to see shows and are pretty excited to see this one! Shen Yun is going on Tuesday and Wednesday February 19th and 20th. We'll be at the Wednesday showing.  Looking forward to it! There's still time to buy tickets, you can buy the tickets here Click here for ticket information

DIY Plastic Bag Organizer


We all know how frustrating storing plastic bags can be.  You reach for one and down falls 15. That's why you should bust out your crafty side and whip up this easy plastic bag holder.  A perfect way to organize your home. Click here for instructions on this  DIY Plastic Bag Organizer

Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting


This healthy recipe comes from the lovely blogger, Eat Yourself Skinny .   I haven't tried these muffins yet but am excited to bake them this weekend! The muffins are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, a snack or even dessert:) Each muffin is only 150 calories and has 6 grams of protein.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup cooked white quinoa
1 cup shredded zucchini
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting:
6 oz plain fat-free greek yogurt
2 tablespoons light agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon shredded lemon peel to use as a garnish


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda and set aside.  In another bowl, beat together the eggs and milk and then add quinoa, zucchini, applesauce and vanilla and stir until well mixed.  Add the zucchini mixture to the flower mixture and stir until just combined- be careful not to over stir!  Coat a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and fill each tin 3/4 full.  Cook for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
To make the frosting, whisk all of the frosting ingredients into a bowl until smooth.
Let the muffins cool before you frost. Frost each muffin with 2 tablespoons frosting. Garnish with a lemon peel and enjoy!

Serves 12

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Here's a little collage of what my Valentine's Day looked like <3  We celebrated a day early with a decadent meal at Circa 1880.  This morning we continued our celebration with   heart shaped bagels for breakfast. What's in store for your Valentine's Day?  I hope you all have a lovely night!

Kale Chips


There are a million reasons why you need to eat kale.  Kale is the superfood! Low calorie, high fiber, loaded with Vitamin A, C, K, calcium, iron, and antioxidants.  If you're not ready to mix up a kale salad, try making delicious kale chips!  This recipe is super easy so give it a try.

Ingredients:
1 bunch kale
olive oil
sea salt

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350.  Break the kale leaves off the stem and layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle a little olive oil over the kale leaves and top with sea salt.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until leaves start to brown.  

Tilapia with Tomatoes and Olives


Tilapia is top on my list when it comes to fish.  I enjoy finding new recipes using fish and this one I found from Self Magazine is full of flavor.  The original recipe calls for Sole but I swapped it with Tilapia instead.  I also used only about half of the butter that the recipe calls for.  Try this for a healthy week night meal.
Self Magazine Sole (or Tilapia) with Tomatoes and Olives


Pink Lips

Every lady can benefit from a little lip color. If you don't wear lipstick already, why not?  If it's because you never have, or are afraid to try it trust me in that these shades are the perfect pinks to start with.  I (proudly) own all of these lipsticks and glosses and they are my favorites. Pucker up with any of these shades and for a natural and feminine pink pout.

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Tulle
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Petal (amazing worn over Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Tulle)
Victorias Secret Lipstick in Exquisite
Chanel Lip Gloss
Revlon Lipstick in Softshell Pink
Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya

Do you love lipstick as much as I do? What are some of your favorite pink shades?

Prabal Gurung collection for Target


FINALLY Prabal Gurung's collection for target is available!  I love the bold print and bright colors of this line.  In order to get these pieces you have to act fast!  I was at target bright and early this morning and although my favorite piece (the pullover sweatshirt) was sold out I still managed to walk away with this fun and flirty dress and amazing sleeveless blouse. One thing to note about the line, it runs big! I would usually wear a small and I got an XS in both pieces. Can't wait to wear these!

Best Everyday Mascara

Ladies, if you're looking for an everyday mascara CoverGirl Lash Blast is my pick. This mascara is glides on easily and never clumps.  Almost every time I've been on a photo shoot the makeup artist used CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara to get that natural, beautiful look we all want.  You can purchase the mascara here CoverGirl Last Blast Mascara

DIY Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the best way to share the love is with a handmade card.  Here are some creative ideas to get you going on your Valentine's day masterpiece! Do you have any good DIY V-Day cards? Please share!  Happy crafting

Fitness Move of the Week

Hi Guys! For this week's Fitness Move of the Week segment I got help from the amazing Zac Wein, who is a trainer at Gold's Gym Milwaukee. Zac worked with me to film 4 short video segments showing you workouts emphasizing the Legs, Abs and Arms.  Watch each segment to get a full body workout that you can do at home.  Enjoy!
Link 1- Intro
Link 2 - Legs
Link 3 - Abs
Link 4- Arms

Miss Cupcake


Last weekend I went to Miss Cupcake with a friend and all I have to say is yum! This little shop is simply adorable. Serving an assortment of freshly baked cupcakes, coffee and soft drinks Miss Cupcake has your afternoon covered. On top of the amazing sweet treats, the owner even said she wouldn't mind if you brought in a little wine to sip while indulging...sounds good to me! If you're in need of a delightful few hours, you should definitely pay Miss Cupcake a visit.


Aldo Feltmann Purse


Cute Cute Cute! This Aldo bag is the perfect accessory to carry around with you while running errands or grabbing drinks. Just the right size to fit all of the essentials without having too much room. I dig the color of this bag and more importantly, the $27.99 price tag! Aldo Feltmann Purse

Beef Filets with Red Wine Sauce


You know those signs, the ones that say "I love cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food" ? That is how I felt making this savory dish!  Because I, like many of you, don't want to splurge $30 for a filet, we got New York Strip steaks because they were on sale.  Obviously this portion of meat is bigger than 4 oz. so I made sure to only eat half! Which was actually awesome because I took the leftovers for lunch the next day:)  We also made sure to trim the fat off of the meat before cooking.

I really enjoyed this meal.  It's nice to have steak once in awhile and the red wine sauce is pretty good.  I could have gone without the cornmeal on the veggies, the added taste and texture didn't do much for me.  So, if you're looking to cut calories don't bother dusting the veggies with cornmeal.

There are a handful of Ingredients and steps to follow so instead of listing them out for you, just click this link for the full Cooking Light Beef Filets with Red Wine Sauce recipe.

Freelance Work: Sarah Cunningham Wedding


A lovely guest post about some of my freelance work from my dear friend and beautiful bride, Sarah Cunningham :)  You can contact me at LSilverStyle@gmail.com if you're interested in working with me on hair and makeup for a special occasion. Enjoy!


I grew up with LSilver and her Style – she and my sister have been best friends since they were five years old.   In a family of three sisters, she is our fourth.  Although I am four years older than her, a small difference that can seem big when you’re young, I have turned to her for fashion advice ever since I was a teen and she a pre-teen.  I remember getting ready for my senior prom in our kitchen with a gaggle of my girlfriends, and Lindsey helping us all with the finishing touches. 

That lifetime of sisterly style advice is why it was an unhesitating decision to have Lindsey do the makeup at my wedding.  My bridesmaids and I were all so excited as we planned our dresses and our hair, but we didn’t even think about our makeup, knowing Lindsey would know best.  On the day of the wedding, we got our hair done and our dresses ready, and piled into Lindsey’s hotel room.  It was there that she spread out all her goods – her zillions of colors and brushes and blushes – an artist’s palette.  We sat down on the bed and let her go to work.

Lindsey had known my sisters and me for her whole life.  However, she had just that very moment met my soon-to-be sister-in-law, as well as our adorable little flower girls.  She took one look at all of us – those she has known forever and those she had just met – and knew instantly how to make us up – the artist with her canvases. 

Every one of us had our makeup perfectly done to accent our looks and fit our personalities.  My sister Colleen had black eyeliner and the softest pink eye shadow; my sister Lizzie had nude tones that fit her natural-living personality; our beautiful flower girl had golden eyeliner that set her off in the ecstasy unique to a five-year-old; I had eyeliner that softly sparkled.  We looked in the mirror and knew we were in the hands of the best.  We zipped up our dresses and headed out to walk down that aisle.

If anyone is considering having LSilver do their wedding makeup and has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at nursingsarita@gmail.com.  I cannot sing her praises enough and would love to discuss the details with anyone interested. 

Faceted Faux Stone Necklace


This necklace would look great over any blouse or printed tee, paired with a tank and blazer, or over a simple dress. For $8.80 it's worth a try!   Forever 21 Black Stone Necklace

Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini


My Boyfriends favorite meal is Chicken Tetrazzini and although I agree it's yummy, I never like eating it when prepared the traidtional way. A creamy white sauce scares me unless I've prepared it and know exactly what's in it.  Well thanks to Cooking Light,  no need to fear this dish any more!  Cooking Light gives us an amazing Chicken Tetra recipe for about half the calories.  Check out the recipe here: Cooking Light Chicken Tetrazzini . 


*Important to note: the cooking light recipe serves about 12 people! So if you don't have to serve a family make sure to divide recipe accordingly.

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Fellas, let's cut to the chase on what to get your lady for Valentine's Day. This is what we want (and expect) Flowers, Chocolate (find a way to combine the two and you're golden) and a nice dinner. Depending on how special you want to make this Valentine's Day, something sparkly (jewelry) is also appreciated.  This is not the time to get your girlfriend that bike she's been talking about forever or the shoes she just can't live without. This is the time to gift something meaningful and feminine.  *Note, she will be talking about this with her co-workers so the more thoughtful the better!

Flower Guide:
Breaking this down for you in 3 tiers....(with a visual...)

Tier 1: You have been on less than 10 dates and don't say the L word. Give flowers that are shades of yellow, orange, white, and green.  In the image above, this is the top row.

Tier 2:  Dating 3-9 months. Give flowers that are pinks, purples, and whites. In the above image, these are the flowers in the middle row.

Tier 3: Dating over a year. Reds and golds are the colors of true love. Give arrangements that look like the bottom row.  If you're married, giving an arrangement of your wedding flower is a cute and thoughtful idea.

Fine note: Please don't give carnations, unless you are in 6th grade.

Surprising your lady at work is clever. Send the flowers to her at work or have cupcakes (red velvet) delivered to her to share with her coworkers.

*Last, but not least- don't forget the card!! The words are what counts. If you're in a "Tier 1" relationship, a few words only- nothing too serious.  For the rest of you, this is the time to show your romantic side. Let your lady know you care!  Make your own card or get one that is short and sweet. If you buy a card you are not excused from writing a personal message on the inside.

Valentine's Day Dining Guide


Men of Milwaukee, listen up! Valentine's day is right around the corner and if you have a sweetheart it's time to start planning.

Valentine's day is one of the most difficult days of the year to get a reservation, so make the call now before it's too late.  No matter if you've been dating for 3 years or if you've only gone on 3 dates this is the night to make your lady feel special.  Here is a list of a few Milwaukee spots that are prefect places for a nice Valentine's Day meal:  Pasta Tree , Pastiche , Mimma's , Balzac , Vino 100 , Harbor House , Cuvee , Swig

If you really want to impress, try cooking yourself! There's nothing more romantic than giving your lady the night off from cooking, and whipping up something special yourself. Here is what you need to know; we want something light and nothing too crazy.  A few recipe recommendations are listed below, pair them with a side salad or fresh dinner rolls.  Just make sure you prep something that isn't going to put us in a food coma. Oh, and don't forget the wine!! If you're making fish or chicken go with white, if you're making tenderloin or pork do red.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Pork Piccata with Lemon and Capers
Tuna Steak
Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Sauce

If you really want to go the extra mile, dessert is the key. These are some of my favorites: Chocolate Pudding Pie , Chocolate Souffle , Strawberries and Cream

As far as setting the mood...candles are a must, set the table ahead of time, dim the lights a little, and aside from that just make sure your place is clean!

Need more guidance? Post a comment and I'll make sure to get back to you.

Lentil-Tomato Soup


This soup is not only delicious, it's incredibly good for you! Lentils are a superfood and help with weight loos by providing both protein and fiber to your body.  Load up on this recipe and serve it for dinner or take it with you to work for lunch.

Ingredients:
4.5 cups water
4 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2/3 cups dried lentils
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
In a large saucepan, combine the water, lentils, carrots and onion. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until veggies and lentils are tender.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.

Strawberries & Cream


Craving something sweet and seasonal? Make this Strawberries & Cream recipe for a festive and light Valentine’s day treat!


Ingredients:
7 strawberries
1 tbsp almond slivers
1 tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional)
lite Cool Whip

Directions: 
Slice strawberries lengthwise.  Place them in a bowl and spray cool whip on top.  Sprinkle with almond slivers and chocolate chips

Serves 1

Vino 100



Vino 100 is the place to go if you’re a wino.  It’s the perfect spot to cozy up and share a bottle (or 2) with friends. Also would be a cute and romantic date. Vino 100 features bottles upon bottles of wine priced anywhere from $8 to $300.  Although they do have a selection of finer expensive wines, the majority of the wines are under $25.  They offer a small assortment of food if you want to munch while you drink-cheese and hummus plates and a variety of dips are what you can choose from.  Most Thursday nights they play Trivia which actually is a lot of fun! I love Vino 100 not only because it’s a wine bar, but because it’s the whole package.  I think Milwaukee could use a few more places like this..!



Eat your Vitamins :)

Good morning everyone! With February being National Heart Month I had to stock up on all of my vitamins and supplements.  As pathetic as it sounds, I'll only take vitamins if they are in gummy form:) I really hate taking the horse tranquilizer size pill vitamins in the morning, so I substitute with the easy chewable gummies:) I take a probiotic, a Multivitamin and a B Complex.  If you only want to take one, go with the Multivitamin.  However, the probiotic gummies are an easy way to get the healthy bacteria you need.  If you don't eat yogurt regularly than you should really consider a Probiotic supplement.

Why I eat my vitamins:

Probiotics: Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help maintain the balance of organisms in our intestines.   Probiotics reduce the negative bacteria in our bodies and promote a healthy digestive system.  I bought these  Probiotic Gummies from Amazon for only $12.14.

Multivitamins: Multivitamins are dietary supplements containing recommended daily values of several important nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy.  You've heard it before from your mom, your doctor, your grandmother; you should take a daily multivitamin.  Multivitamins help prevent nutrient deficiencies that can add up over time.  They give us essential vitamins that we don't get enough of from our diets such as Vitamin D, and also things like calcium and potassium.  Getting your vitamins through food is preferred, but taking a multivitamin on top of eating healthily is beneficial to fill in your nutrient deficiencies. I buy these Gummy Multivitamins  from Amazon for only $9.59.

B-Complex: The last vitamin I take daily is a B-Complex. B-Complex supplements combine several B vitamins including; B6, B12, B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid) and Biotin.  B vitamins are natural energy producers.  They are also known to ease stress, reduce heart disease risk, and aid immune function. I bought this 3 pack of  B Complex Gummy Vitamins from Amazon (70 gummies per pack) for $11.97.

If you don't take any vitamins already you should start now! As I mentioned earlier, it's important to try and get your vitamins through a healthy diet, but supplementing on top of that will ensure your body gets the daily nutrients it needs.

Do you take your vitamins?  If you take any not mentioned above, please share!


 
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