Apr 18, 2015

eShakti Review & Sizing Guide Info

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the eShakti team to try out their customization service. I had heard of a few girls online on a forum who had tried the service, so I was super excited to try it out myself.

The twist about this site is that it is all customized, and comes straight from the makers. As a result, you can make the perfect dress for your body...rather than trying to find that perfect dress! Keep reading to find out how to order from the site yourself:

eShakti Review & Sizing Guide Info
I love my new eShakti summer dress!

Apr 17, 2015

How To Go Dairy-Free (The Easier Way)

When I first got rid of dairy in my diet, I was awful about the transition. I wandered grocery store aisles, exclaiming at the amount of food I couldn't eat anymore...you can imagine I was a lot of fun to be around in those first few months!

Luckily, the last three years has taught me a lot about how to enjoy eating without dairy. Whether you are doing it for lactose intolerance, diet, or allergy, I hope this could help someone else out there!

1. The first thing I would say is to create unbreakable rules for your diet. If you have a full allergy to diary, this most likely means cutting out all dairy. (Yes, even those small pats of butter on bagels that seem so completely harmless. Spoiler: they're not...evil little pats of butter!).

If you are okay with a little more dairy, you want to specify which foods (french toast and pizza) or which times of the week (one day of the weekend). Rather than deciding each item whether or not you can eat an item every time you go out, you can easily and quickly use the rules.

2. If you're out at an unfamiliar restaurant, don't get the vegetarian option. I know it seems really tempting, as vegetarian is so close to vegan, and you COULD get a beautiful tofu scramble. Unfortunately, I have been way burned with this. My experience is that restaurants often put their cheesiest and carb-intensive (ex. mac and cheese) in this section. Nope! If you're not vegan, the meat entrees can often be more easily modified by asking for sauce on the side (or no sauce).

Apr 15, 2015

The Truth About Rocksbox

 I don't know about you, but my Instagram feed has been filled with Rocksboxes! I would see other bloggers receiving gorgeous statement pieces, and I jumped at the chance from the company to try it for free for 3 months.

This is why I decided to cancel my subscription after only two weeks of the service.

Rocksbox aims to be like Rent the Runway for jewelry: you get access to high-quality designer pieces through a rental service. Take a few pieces out, and keep as long as you like. If a box doesn't fit your tastes, you can exchange it as many times as you want during the subscription period.

So far, so good. I signed up March 29 (a Saturday) and received my first box that Saturday, April 4. The whole day, I was basically dancing around, waiting for my box, hopefully filled to the brim with delicate silver toned pieces.

Rocksbox Review
Rocksbox Review

Apr 12, 2015

I Tried It: 5 Ingredient Fix

On a whim this weekend, I picked up 5 Ingredient Fix without knowing anything about Claire Robinson. I'm a sucker for catchy titles and anything that purports to make cooking easier and the blood orange olive oil cake was calling my name.

First of all, I don't know about you and recipes, but...I am the type of person who tries to do everything exactly like the recipe. Mixing recipe flavors isn't exactly in my wheelhouse (yet). The last time I decided to mix flavors "uniquely", I made accidentally-BBQ-flavored pizza breadsticks. These were as terrible as you would imagine.

My cake did not come out exactly like this.
Source: http://leitesculinaria.com/20321/recipes-portuguese-orange-olive-oil-cake.html
So, 5 Ingredient Fix seemed like it could work for me. After 3+ dirty bowls and ingredients spread all out over a counter, I think that the book might be a tad overly complex. For example, instead of just cutting up oranges, there's a whole lot of "separating membranes" and "revealing piths". The actual cake, at least to me, tasted pretty good for all that! I just don't know whether I needed to separate like 91 separate orange membranes, when slicing would have been 99% of that result...

(If you're wondering, I ended up air frying the cake for another 8 minutes and it was the bomb.com.)

For her Ginger Mojitos, the proportions were much better than other ginger-beer cocktails I've tried. I also appreciated how she presents the information for adding additional flavors/ingredients in the sidebar, rather than just writing "optional".

Unfortunately, as I am allergic to dairy, a LOT of her recipes revolve around cheese and milk. I am normally down to substitute here and there with soy, but there's only five ingredients (Ship of Theseus, anyone?).

With all that said, I think I will definitely use this book for new cocktail recipes and a simplified version of the olive oil cake.

What recipes have you tried lately? Do you follow the recipes exactly or improvise?