QUAY AUSTRALIA: REVIEW

You guys! I have to tell you about these sunglasses! Now, I am sure you have probably all heard of them by now because their latest collab is with Kylie Jenner, and anything that girl touches blows up big time, and they have been seen on the always gorgeous Gigi Hadid, but in case you live under a rock.. you need to be checking out Quay. They are killin’ it right now. I just wanted to share about my experiences with them! I stumbled upon them when I was needing new sunglasses, and too lazy to drag my butt to a store to get them. Yes. The level of laziness reached new heights that day.  I was scrolling around online and saw a photo of Gigi Hadid in the Cafe Racer style. I loved them, and immediately thought, oh god.. they are probably like so expensive, some high end brand that no normal person can afford, and I will never own them. After some quick online investigating I found out that they were made by Quay. (Pronounced “key”) I headed over to their website, after checking them out on Instagram of course. I was pleasantly surprised! Their prices are seriously decent! They are mid-range.. roughly like $50-$100 a pair. So I mean.. they aren’t outrageously expensive, but they certainly are not your $5 gas station specks either.

“In case you live under a rock..
you need to be checking out Quay.
They are killin’ it right now.”

I poked around and decided that I wanted to try 3 styles.. French Kiss (Clear/Rose), Santa Fe (Rose/Pink), and Cafe Racer (Black/Smoke).  – They happened to be sold out of the Cafe Racer in the color that I wanted.. but luckily Nordstrom had my back on that pair 😉

They ended up shipping out within a couple of days, and arrived to me about a week later, which isn’t so bad for delivery to the other side of the world. When they arrived I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning!

All 3 pairs arrived in great condition, and in a soft pouch case! They are not metal frames like they kinda appear to be in the photos but they are pretty good quality regardless, so I don’t let it get to me. They are nice and light, but not so light that you feel like they may crumble apart at any moment. If you have bought cheap sunglasses in the past, you know what I am talking about.

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Okay, a quick rundown of each pair and I’ll let ya get on with your day…

French Kiss: I love these!! Like.. I don’t know what else I can say other than: They. Are. Awesome! I chose the clear/rose ones and I am so happy that I did. They have become my go-to glasses. I love how they can be worn casual, perfect for a lunch date, or you can easily dress them up if you are off to a wedding or event! They are extremely versatile and every one that I have shown them to has asked me if I will let them have them, or if they can buy them from me. No. and no. but if you want to get your own pair, you can do that riiiiiiiight… here.

Cafe Racer: Let’s be real. These are the shit. They are bold, and loud, and in your face. The best hangover sunglasses. Put these on when you wanna give life the middle finger, and be in your own world. Or, put them on when you want to be bold, and make a statement. Just put them on, okay? You’ll fall in love. They cover basically my whole face, which I am totally ok with, and bonus! They don’t weigh a ton. Which is nice! Nothing like your face hurting because your sunglasses are so heavy, especially on a hot sweaty day. Ugh.. no thank you! If you wanna jump on the bad bitch train you can buy your ticket …. here. (In case you didn’t get my sarcasm, you’re not actually buying a ticket to anything.. it’s just an expression..and i sort of cant believe i have to explain that lol!)

Santa Fe: If I am being totally 100% honest with you.. they are my least fav of the bunch..on me. I still do like them, but they are obvi too big for my face.. and so I don’t feel completely at home in them. I still wear them anyway, because they are super cute, and I do receive compliments on them (not to toot my own horn or anything! LOL!) so they must not look as awkward as I think. I do love the color, style, and the idea of them. They are always in my bag as my backup pair… just in case! These will honestly go with anything. Get yo self some.. here.

 

I tried to get ya’ll a discount code, but at time of writing I’ve had no such luck, but if I hear back from them at all, I will get back to you!.. So, in the mean time.. save your pennies, check them out, and let them know I sent ya!

 

 

 

 

 

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#ADAGIOTEA | The Zodiac Series: LIBRA

Okay, I don’t really know how to explain the relationship I am currently growing with this tea, but I feel… You know how people say that when they find “the one” that they just know. Like someone will ask a married woman, oh when did you know that he was the one for you?.. and they say.. oh i just knew. That is exactly how I feel about this tea. I know, it’s ridiculous. But it just gets me. I knew it from the moment I opened up my package, and found this little tin box staring back at me. And get this! The picture on the tin, is a girl.. with pink hair.. in pigtails. How. Did. They. Know?! *shifty eyes*

Seriously, let’s get down to business. The tea I am talking about is this one right here. It’s LIBRA from The Zodiac Series, by Adagio Tea. The Libra tea is a black tea backed by chocolate and strawberries, with a hint of rose and cream. Steep at 212° for 5 minutes is what they recommend on their website, however it can be hard to adjust for the temperature depending on where you are making your tea (like at the lake!). I just keep an eye on it, and it usually takes about 4 minutes for my preferred flavor.

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The smell of this tea is quite honestly one of the best. I can be having the worst day.. come home, smell this tea, and it’s like my whole body just relaxes. They should think about making a body spray in that scent blend. I want to bathe in it. Oh wait.. maybe I should try that! – Stay tuned lol.

The first time I made this tea, it wasn’t even half way done steeping and I was already sold. It’s romantic. It’s kittenish. And it’s the perfect dessert tea. Yes, I know, we all love and want dessert every single day, but that’s not good for anyone. Now, it doesn’t matter! This tea is so perfect for after dinner that you won’t miss out. I really enjoy the strawberries and cream feel it has, and the rose with the cocoa nibs are a good addition to balance it out. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s rich, but not too rich. Yet, light. I prefer to drink it straight up – some people like to add cream and sugar (or honey) to it. I have also heard that this tea makes a killer latte. Have not tried it yet. Imagine it would be amazing. I will get back to you on that.

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The price point on this tea I find not too bad either. A 4oz tin is $9, while a 16oz refill bag will getcha for $29. I should also mention that Libra is a part of their Zodiac Elements: Air package, which also include Aquarius, and Gemini.

This tea has easily made it into my regular rotation. It has become one of my most favorite go-to’s. I had just found out about Adagio Teas recently, yes I live under a rock, but if this is just one of the first ones I have tried, I can not wait to taste more!

I also wanted to include the description of the tea straight from their website:
A balanced blend of black tea and sweet strawberries, chocolate and creme will appeal to Libra’s sense of harmonious beauty. Libras have mastered the art of diplomacy, and enjoy bringing people together over a cup of tea. Rose petals and cocoa nibs are stylish details in a blend that will complete Libra’s sophisticated tea collection.

Since I love this tea, and refuse to share it with anyone, you should head over to Adagio dot com and get some for yourself! I would love to know what you think after you try it, so make sure you let me know!

 

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid money to write this, I just really do love this tea so much. Also, I most certainly scooped up every last bit of the tea from the photos, and put it back in the tin. No tea was harmed in the making of this post. (Except the serving that I added to my mug!)

 

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“AH-DA-GEE-OH” – Say it with me now.. AHHH-DAAA-GIO.. and get used to saying it because after you get you some of what they are offering… you’ll never look back. I know I haven’t! Okay, let’s get serious.. I am talking about ADAGIO TEAS. If you haven’t heard of them, now you have. They recently reached out to me and I am so happy that they did. I don’t know if I live under a rock or something, but how I did not know of them sooner is well beyond me. I received my package of choices I had made and upon arrival I was impressed. I must say that when I pulled out the Libra tea – and it had a picture of a girl with pink pigtails on the front – I knew it was meant to be. I mean, it’s basically like looking in the mirror! 😉

I have spent the past few weeks putting these teas through all my tests! Drank them hot, drank them cold, incorporated them into recipes, smeared them on my face and used them as a mask, and I even have a tea party planned so I can share them because they are too good not to.

Over the next couple of weeks I will let you in on what I have been up to and more about why I have fallen in love with this company, so stay tuned! It’s way to much to fill you in on all at once… but in the mean time.. head to http://www.adagio.com and take a little peak! And!..Let them know I sent you 😉

 

 

 

MONDAY

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Photo Cred: Ryan McGuire

Sip your coffee, take a giant deep breath, and buckle up! A new week is upon us! Is it just me, or do the weekends go by way to quickly? I am imagining you nodding along with me, because you would have to be a crazy person to not wish the weekends were longer. Honestly, is it really asking too much to just have one more day tacked on there? Who do we need to talk to about that?! 😉 Just when I finally get relaxed, I realize it’s Sunday evening and the next morning the alarm is set.. boo!

I hope you all had a wonderful, productive weekend. Ours was busy busy, but great! Lots of family time which I always love.

This weekend, we gave my Brother-In-Law his Christmas gift, of a Rib Dinner! I know that sounds like a funny Christmas gift, but it’s what he asked for! I must say, it’s quite a compliment to my cooking that each year, instead of a random item, or gift card.. he puts my cooking on his list! The past couple of years he asked for Slow Cooker Meals, which is helpful to them throughout the year.. I did about 10-15 meals for them.. got them all prepped into freezer bags so that on their busy days, dinner didn’t have to be a thought.. they could just remove from the freezer, pop into a slow cooker and be done with it. This year he surprised me! His list read “come to my house and cook a rib dinner.” Done! Without tooting my own horn tooooo much, I can tell you that the dinner was great! I love a good BBQ dinner, so this was right up my alley. I will share my menu and recipes with you in a separate post, or this could go on all day! It was a close call when we arrived to their house and I slipped on the ice, carrying the box with dinner in it, and everything flew in the air.. a classic movie slip moment.. thankfully, I had saran-wrapped everything so tightly that it survived! Phewf! I was almost in tears, thinking of walking in the door, and telling him that his Christmas gift was currently all over their front yard!

On Sunday, we went to see The National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus. The show was pretty cool, a little less exciting than I was expecting, but very informative, and interesting to say the least! Dinosaurs are so cool. #NerdAlert

So what will this week bring for me? I have a few posts to share with you, along with a few recipes so I am looking forward to doing that, as well as possibly some veerrrry exciting news! (Just waiting to get the final word so trying to not get ahead of myself!) And, I will also fill you in on what was on the menu at our BBQ dinner so you can plan on of your own!

Your week is a blank canvas! Now top up your coffee, and let the adventures begin!

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Photo Cred: Carli Jeen @ Unsplash.com

 

 

 

It’s. Just. Life.

I know, I know it’s been AGES!  The summer flew by with many adventures under my belt, and my tan is fading away now..Halloween has come and gone which means..Dun, dun duuuuuunnnnnn…It’s coming! Brace yourselves, the snow will be here before we know it!
(It’s our own fault. We choose to live in a deep freezer.)

I wish I had a excuse to feed you as to why I suddenly went MIA but if I am being honest, It’s. Just Life. It gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it!?

Alright, a quick run-down of where I am at..
My work load has doubled this year, and what started out as a part time position.. to get out of the house so I didn’t continue to lose my mind at the rate I was, and make a little extra cash, has completely consumed my life. The clinic that I work in is busy, which is great, don’t get me wrong.. but it really takes a toll on you!
Work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work. Right?!
We’d all rather be vacationing on a beach.

School?.. Studying?… What’s that again?!.. Just kidding! I think I can almost remember! 😉
I had started studying Holistic Nutrition back in 2014..OMFG! 2014?!?!
Christ.. anyway.. yes, two years ago I started.. and NO, I am not close to being done. But does it reallllllllly matter? Well. Yes and no. It does, because it’s been paid for already, and it’s what I WANT to be doing, rather than what I am doing.. but what I am doing now is important too, and I am still studying behind the scenes – little to never – but when I can, and it’ll get done when it gets done. Why stress over it? The way I think of it is if it is causing stress, it is not worth doing. And studying Holistic Nutrition is def worth it! So i am determined to not let it get me down. I refuse to let it stress me out. And some day, I will be Brittany, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Until then, I’m totally fine with being just Brittany.

The candle company, Atmosphere Candle Company, (which you can check out HERE) is still coming along nicely so stay tuned! The online store will be up and running hopefully in the next few weeks! I am in LOVE with our scents! I can’t get enough of them! We got a tad held up when our roof decided to leak, and destroy the inside of our condo.. and our lives. Not really, but no one likes living through reno’s. Especially when you didn’t ask to do them. But who can complain about a nice new rooftop deck, and a fresh coat of paint!? Not me! (except for that’s exactly what I just did LOL!) I will share some before and after pics once all the finishing touches are finito! I LOVE LOVE LOVE home decor, I have a feeling it will never really be “done”.. but whatevs!

See, It’s. Just. Life. There’s no excuse. It is what it is!
Take a gander at what I’ve been up to, and then find out what’s coming next below!

 

So what’s to come?..Well! Just because I have not been updating you guys, or staying in touch, doesn’t mean my creative mind hasn’t been working away! I am back, and it’s time to get busy! I have a whole wack load of recipes to share, including a whole week dedicated to spaghetti squash (just when you thought you couldn’t love it anymore!). Plus, Crafts..photos..projects. Update on my fitness journey (a verrrrryyy long and bumpy road).. Also..I have some beauty tips to save your skin this winter!.. What else..?.. Um.. I am thinking, I am thinking, oh yes! Wellness items, including why it is SO important for chiropractic to be a part of your life, along with acupuncture, cupping, massage, and an all around wellness lifestyle! And, some products that have been introduced to my life this year! We will also be featuring a few new friends over the next few months, who are seriously rock stars at what they do!

And now I will stop rambling on and let you all get back to your lives!

I hope this finds you all well. I’ve missed you dearly.

Sneaky Swap Out #2: Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

This will be quick because there is literally not much to it! We all know how hard it is to get kids (and even some adults!) to eat their veggies. This idea is a fairly well-known one.. however I still get a number of people who sound surprised when I mention this one to them, and after having it happen a couple of times over the past week, I figured.. why not just get it out there?!

This one is the Creamy Mashed Potatoes – with Cauliflower! Now let’s get serious here.. who in their right mind does not love to gorge on creamy, delicious, buttery & garlicky mashed potatoes. Okay, well I suppose that there may be some who don’t like them, or can not eat them for health reasons (allergies, etc.), but for the most part, mashed potatoes are a staple. And a completely delicious one at that!

This one is so easy you guys. I don’t even use a recipe for it anymore, I just do most of it to taste. But.. for those who really enjoy following a recipe, or maybe their “to taste” skills aren’t up to par (which is totally okay!).. here you go! And remember – any of these quantities can be increased or cut down depending on how many people you are serving!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut up
  • Approx 1 TBSP of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – smushed, minced, or just cut up into smaller pieces
  • Reduced fat cream cheese – this one truly is to taste.. I use a few tablespoons.. but it depends on how “creamy” you want them to be.
  • 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (sometimes I use a full cup if I’m feeling extra cheesy)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Steamer (sauce pan, steam basket)
  • Pan (small one to cook garlic)
  • Food processor

What you’re going to do with it:

  • Get out your steamer, put in some water and let it come to a boil.Toss in that cauliflower and let it get a good steam for about 7-10 min. (depending on how big or small of pieces you cut it into.) You should be able to stab through it with a fork.
  • While you’re waiting for your cauliflower to cook, heat up a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a pan, over med heat. Add the garlic and let it cook down a few min until it’s softened. Don’t let it burn, or it will turn bitter!
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, put about half of it in your food processor. Blend on high. Add the rest of your cauliflower slowly, blending until creamy. Then, add in your butter, garlic, parm cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper and blend until mixed.

Voila! Enjoy!!.. Hey I said it was delicious, not completely healthy!

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