Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thick Hair Tips

People always tell me of how much hair I have, and how I always always shed everywhere (sorry)I think the worst part is getting headaches if my hair is in a ponytail for too long, and you don't even want to know how long it takes to dry! I know I'm not the only one who has been blessed with 5 times the amount of hair actually needed, so I decided to let you know how I keep it tame (and how I don't pull it out myself).

1. Half up/half down styles are your friend. Best friend. 

I know for every formal event many people are sporting those gorgeous up-dos, but I know there's no way my head can support that much weight. Thankfully, there are many half-up/half-down styles that can be elegant OR for everyday! There's so many variations to play around with - twists, braids, sparkly accessories, bows..

2. Try out some low ponytails.

One exception to not being able to sport any up-dos, are low ponytails. They can still be elegant without being too heavy - not to mention how easy they are to style. Along with your favorite hair accessory, I love this look!

3. Braids, braids, braids.

Also another go-to hairstyle are the beautiful, but simple braids. Some of my favorite are french braids, dutch braids, and fishtails. Best of all, I usually only do one side of my head or just my bangs to save time, and to use as little hair as possible!

4. Leave in conditioner

Not only do these creams/sprays, aka angel's tears, help soften + smooth out your hair, but it cuts the drying time down tremendously. My favorites include the it's a 10! and Tresemme Split remedy - both are sprays which also make it so easy to use.
No matter what type of hair you have, find the go-to styles that make you love! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Current Music Loves

I've been on a music kick lately, and oh boy have I been enjoying it. There's nothing like playing your favorite songs while walking to class to make it a little more bearable. All of these songs have put me in a ~mood and have made me just feel better. I'm excited to start these series of posts just to update my current favorite songs, since it's changing all of the time! 
Kevin Garrett
I discovered this soul-pop artist on 8tracks, and immediately fell in love. His songs are all on the slower side, but still make me so happy. He's so personal, and the words he writes always get to me. Kevin has to be one of my favorite artists, and seeing live videos of him on Youtube makes me love him even more. (marry me)
Favorite songs: Come Up Short and Pushing Away
This alternative band never fails to put me in a good mood. Especially their song ILYSB, I can't get enough of it on a sunny day while walking to class. The bad composed of three guys are amazing live as well, and if you're ever in a need of some road trip music, this is the artist for you.
Favorite Songs: ILYSB and Where the Hell Are My Friends
Bad Suns
I've known about Bad Suns for awhile, but more recently now that it's Spring their songs remind me of LANY, but the lead singers voice is so unique. He is literally only 20 years old and so talented. They are becoming more well known which is so amazing, and again, literally the perfect music to listen to poolside or while running outside.
Favorite Songs: Cardiac Arrest and Dancing on Quicksand 
Troye Sivan 
Of course I can't leave out youtuber Troye Sivan who has been blowing up recently. From being an internet personality to a real musician, his songs and aesthetic of not being your typical pop songs are so so wonderful. 
Favorite Songs: Fools and Bite 
As always you can listen to a playlist of my favorite songs by these artists on my 8tracks HERE. Let me know some of your favorite songs at the moment and I'll check them out! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Coconut Crusted Tofu + Sriracha Peanut Dipping Sauce [VIDEO]

I'll just start off by saying that I've never loved a recipe quite like this one. I've been obsessed with the Youtube channel + blog hotforfood, and I saw them prepare this tofu in taco form. I wasn't in the mood for tacos, so I just made the tofu, and on the fly, this spicy + sweet peanut sauce. Oh my. You could do so many great things with this tofu and sauce - put in a salad, roll it up in some spring rolls, by itself as an appetizer, on a sandwich, or like hotforfood, put them in some tacos! Either way, I'm sure you will enjoy this crunchy, healthy, and hearty recipe. 
The peanut sauce I just made up with ingredients I thought would go well together and it turned out SO well. It is the perfect compliment to the tofu as a dressing or dipping sauce, and customizable to however spicy or sweet you'd like it to be. 

 Click here to watch the original hotforfood video!

- Block of medium firm or firm tofu
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Cut tofu info cubes.
3. Whisk together the coconut milk and lime juice. Set aside.
4. Mix the breadcrumbs, shredded coconut, garlic powder, chili powder, and sea salt.
5. Toss the tofu into the flour for a light coating, dip in coconut milk, and lastly the breading. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Sriracha Peanut Sauce 

-2 Tablespoons peanut buter
- Juice from half a lime
- 2 packets of stevia or sweetener or choice
- 3/4 Tablespoon sriracha
- salt and pepper

1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add water until desired consistency.
2. Taste test to see if it needs more hot sauce or sweetener.