Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites (Apartment Decor, Makeup & More!)

Happy Friday, friends! I'm back with another round of Friday Favorites, and I think you're really going to like this one :) At least I hope so! First off, I've been trying to fix up this apartment. The "office" is still filled with boxes, but I did make some progress in decorating the bathroom this week. 



 The hardest decision was picking out the shower curtain, haha! The one that I really want is going to take a few weeks to ship, so I went ahead and ordered this shower curtain for only $12.50 online (check out this similar one if you want a more reputable website). I picked up all of the shelf decor from both Bed, Bath & Beyond and Homegoods. My favorite item on the shelf is this gold polka dot cup filled with white and gold brushes! I wanted the shelf to be both decorative and functional since I don't have a lot of storage space in the bathroom, which is why I have towels and toilet paper sitting out. It has been driving me crazy having a completely empty bathroom, and just these small decorations make it feel much more like "home." :)


Next, I found a new makeup product that I'm head over heels for! I have been using the this primer for the past year and really liked it, and honestly thought it was the best primer out there. This week I tested out this new veil mineral primer, and WOW. It's ten times better than my old primer! It seriously feels like you're applying silk to your face. Not only does it feel good, but it also minimizes redness and extends the durability of your makeup. The old primer was really good, but my makeup goes on smoother now and lasts for much longer now. If you're in the market for a new primer you have to try this one. I honestly never believed in the power of a good primer until about a year ago when I started using one - they really do make a difference! 


I also though I'd show you a few more products I picked up from Ulta this week: another tube of my favorite foundation (in the shade medium), and two tubes of mascara since my Dior one is close to empty. I have used this mascara (on the left) for a couple of years and keep going back to it - it's hands down one of the best out there. I included a picture of the brush so you can see how fluffy it is! (I think the brush really makes a difference in the application.) I also picked up this new mascara to test it out. The verdict? I probably won't buy it again - it's hard to build up enough volume using just this mascara. Instead of throwing it away, I found that I like using a combination of both - the mascara on the right adds a finishing touch since the brush is firm and gets all the clumps out of your lashes. 

Next up, I wanted to include a recipe that I am really loving this week (I've made it twice!). I ordered this spiralizer off the internet before I moved, but hadn't had the chance to use it until now. If you haven't heard of them, a spiralizer is really awesome because you can turn vegetables (zucchini, squash, carrots, etc.) into "pasta." You simply put the vegetable into the machine and it cuts it into spirals that look just like noodles. My machine came with three different attachments for different kinds of vegetables. I wrote out my recipe for Pesto Chicken Zoodles below - it is really delicious and so healthy!



Pesto Chicken Zoodles (serves two)
Ingredients:
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut vertically in half
- 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles
- 1/4 cup basil pesto (I buy this in the grocery store on the pasta aisle) 
- Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes start to caramelize.
2. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook all the way through (I have a small George Foreman that I use to grill the chicken). Once it's done, slice the chicken and set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook the zucchini noodles over medium heat for about three minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes, chicken and 1/4 cup basil pesto to the dish and continue to cook for two minutes. You want the zoodles to be tender! 
4. Toss the pasta to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Enjoy!

original post here

Next, remember these tortoise earrings from last year? They are one of my very favorite pairs of earrings. Well, a new version is in stores this year and they are CUTE! They are currently 30% off with code SCORE.

That's all I have for you this week, friends! I'd love to hear what you're loving this Friday :)
xoxo

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55 comments:

  1. Love this kind of a post!
    Love,
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  2. Those pesto zoodles seems so delicious! I'll give this recipe a try! :)
    You look absolutely gorgeous on that last photo!!!

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  3. Love this post Caitlin! Great variety and I can't wait to try the recipie. I love my spiralizer!

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  4. Thanks for the post! I bought the same primer but my skin feels a little dry. Do you add first moisturizer? I'm probably using it the wrong way :)

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    1. I moisturize first thing in the morning (my favorite is a bareMinerals one) and then I use the primer right before I apply makeup. Make sure that you're exfoliating regularly too! :)

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  5. Oooh! Thanks for the mascara rec! Mine is empty and the one I bought to replace it is way too clumpy.
    Don't you love zoodles? They're such a fun base for a meal, and they look so pretty!
    Have a great weekend :)

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  6. Your bathroom looks great! Love that navy off-the-shoulder top too. I have heard SO much about that sprializer thing I may have to actually try it! Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! :-)

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  7. I love your white shelves! Can you say what brand they are? I know you said Homegoods and Bed Bath & Beyond, but I've been looking for something like this for my bathroom for what seems like forever! Love how clean and white your bathroom is :)

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    1. They were $50 from Amazon! I will have to look up the link, if you want it let me know :)

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    2. I'd love to see the Amazon link too!

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  8. Love your bathroom! That shelf is such a great idea for keeping organized. Where is it from?!
    Happy Friday!

    Xo - Steph

    www.urbanblonde.com

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    1. It's from Amazon! It was only around $50 - the quality is not great but it is the perfect size for that particular spot in my bathroom! I'm happy to send you the exact link if you want it!

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    2. That sounds perfect!! I would love the link. Thank you! :)

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  9. I am obsessed with your bathroom, it's so cute! The spiralizer looks so cool, I'll have to check that out! Happy Friday!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  10. Those monogram hand towels are the cutest ever! The apartment is coming along nicely. Have a good weekend!


    How Gorgeous

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  11. Your bathroom looks so good!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  13. Recipe looks so good! Where did you get your blue and white plates?! So cute!

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    1. The brand is "Spode" and department stores like Macy's and Belk carry them! :)

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  14. Happy to see another post like this. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I may consider a spiralizer someday! Love seeing the décor for the bathroom and what else you're loving. :)

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  15. Love this post :) What scent of candle is on your oven? I've been looking for some new spring candles!

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    1. It's a scent from Bath & Body Works, "Turquoise Waters!" Bath & Body Works candles are my favorite, they have a ton of great scents out for spring (and they come in pretty colors too!)

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  16. Love to see posts about your interior. I am moving soon and it's great to get new inspiration.
    ♡ Kristina
    TheKontemporary

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  17. Best Friday Favorites yet! I loved the mix of content!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  18. Oooooh want to try that primer for sure! Thanks for sharing, Caitlin!

    xoxo

    www.moxiefashionblog.com

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  19. Yes.......would love the link to the bathroom white shelving unit from Amazon! Thanks! Love your site!!

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    1. Hey Karla, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/nexxt-Hadfield-5-Tier-Leaning-Shelf/dp/B00181HVOS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1461947769&sr=8-6&keywords=ladder+shelf+white

      It didn't get the best reviews, but it is not very expensive and gets the job done, in my opinion! :)

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  20. I love that primer and mascara too!! I haven't tried It CC cream but have heard good things!

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  21. Love this post...such a fun roundup of all good things!! I need a zucchini spiral machine so badly!! That recipe looks super awesome!! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  22. Your bathroom looks so cute! I love how you added pops of pink to it. :) And that recipes sounds so easy and so yummy! I just need to get a noodle maker to make those noodles. :)

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

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  23. Pretty apartment! Also, that primer is AWESOME! It is a little pricey but soo worth the money!

    xoxo
    Sharan
    www.MyGoldenBeauty.com

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  24. Everyone keeps raving about that CC cream. I'm going to have to give it a try!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  25. I love all the details in your bathroom!!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

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  26. I love your blog! Where did you get the monogrammed towels from? And the big fluffy white ones?

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  27. Sounds like such an awesome week! I love the look of your bathroom, so cute. && what I can see of your desk, too! Plus the veggie noodles look amaaaaze yummmm

    elainea
    toast the girl almighty

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  28. Your bathroom is coming together nicely! I especially love the monogrammed towels. Also, that recipe looks delicious! I might give it a try over the weekend.

    xo, Natalie

    www.forallthingspinkandpretty.com

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  29. Love this post! Your bathroom looks great and your picked a great showercurtain! So cute!

    Xoxo
    Serein
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  30. I'm going to share a dirty little secret on makeup primer. I used the same Smashbox primer for years and loved it. But, while training for a triathlon, I needed something to help with chafing. Enter Monistat (yes, Monistat!) chafing "gel". It is EXACTLY like the Smashbox primer and you get a HUGE tube at Target for $6. I've been using it for over a year now and you just cannot beat it. I also found that if I have shoes that are rubbing at the heel, a quick dab of this stuff will help take care of it. Lord only knows what else it might be good for! Lol! It is located in the feminine products aisle with the yeast creams and pregnancy tests. It is NOT for yeast infections or any other female issues, it's just a solution to help with chafing. You will not be disappointed!

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  31. I love the ladder shelf in your bathroom!

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  32. Love, love, love the bathroom decor!! It looks fab! Can't wait to see how the office turns out. Plus I'm such a fan of veggie noodles in place of spaghetti!

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  33. The ladder shelf is SO cute! Also adore your little monogrammed towels...and your hair is ALWAYS perfection!!

    xx
    Ash

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  34. In love with the earrings!!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  35. I need a zoodle maker in my life! Zucchini and pesto? Sounds absolutely perfect! And of course your bathroom is adorable!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  36. I am in love with your bathroom (Words I never thought I would say). But seriously, its a perfect mix of classy and feminine.

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  37. That recipe looks amazing! I'll definitely have to give it a try.

    xx Kathryn
    www.chicandshimmer.com

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  38. I love the shelf! It's so cute :) Great post ;)
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  39. I love favorites posts! How do you like the CC cream that was in the photo with the mascaras? I've seen a lot of people using it lately and have been thinking of trying it out.

    Also I soo wanna try that recipe! It looks so yummy!

    Sam
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  40. Love your style. Just found your blog. A tip for your bathroom to make it seem more grand is this: hang the adjustable shower rod high as you can. This draws the eye upward...especially with the bath tub being white, it will give the illusion of one more stripe (in the shower curtain), if you hang it higher. I just started doing this and figured I'd share:)

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  42. Hey Caitlin! Would you mind sharing the etsy shop you got your wash cloths from? I think I read somewhere that they came from etsy and I love that font monogram!

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    1. Hey Reatta! Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/267346616/linen-monogrammed-hand-towels-set-of-2?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=monogrammed%20hand%20towel&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=f4f7e9cac122136e27f373cd176050502a62bfe9:267346616

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    2. One more question. What color do you have? I can't decide between the Rebecca Rose of the Matte Hot Pink.

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  43. I'm so glad you linked this post because I must've missed it. It's so good! I'm trying your chicken pesto tonight! Love your blog 💕

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  44. where do you get your makeup storage from in your bathroom?

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