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Make Me Blush

Blush is the perfect color. It is light and romantic, yet classic and modern. The perfect shade of blush is a delicate, creamy color just dusted with a hint of pink and peach. It compliments any skin tone and can be worn for any occasion.

BCBG recently previewed some beautiful blush pieces for NYFW (New York Fashion Week). I especially gravitated toward a piece with a plunging neckline. One of my favorite go to dresses is by BCBGeneration and features a deep v lace back. I recently wore it to my best friend’s wedding rehearsal and received tons of compliments.

I love blush tones with jeans, black, or white. Jeans for day, black for night and a more edgy look, and white for everything. Monochromatic blush on blush is also lovely. However you decide to perfectly pair your blush items, make this tone your new go to color.

Blush beauty is in and is here to stay.

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BCBG Max Azria Celebrates 25 Years

I was lucky enough to experience the perfectly curated retrospective exhibit of BCBG Max Azria’s past collections. It features red carpet looks donned by Hollywood’s elite and a look back at the collections to view the evolution of the brands from year to year. 

Upon entering the exhibit, I was greeted with lovely dresses and a timeline depicting the progression of the brand. Then there was a table with mannequins that showed the design progress of one look beginning with the inspiration of a men’s shirt to the transformation into a dress. There was a wall full of iPads showcasing the runway shows, with special recognition of the photographers such as Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier in conjunction with the models they photographed. The next area displayed favorite dresses over the years and guided me into the red carpet portion, which highlighted the dresses worn by celebrities for award shows. One notable dress was the green flowy dress worn by Angelina Jolie. 

It was on to the Herve Leger display which featured the signature bandage dresses. Some were embellished with fringe and jewels, while others were encased by leather harness belts.  The BCBGeneration room was fun, bright, and youthful and even had a special selfie nook.  The exhibit ended in a room with silver cutout flowers lining the ceiling and the walls plastered with photos from guests of events that have used the hashtag #bcbgmoments in their social media posts. The wall also enclosed several televisions that play the runway shows on a loop and a quote etched on the wall stating, “What is important in a DRESS is the WOMAN who is wearing it.” The exit of the exhibit lead to the glass doors of the Runway Archive Pop-Up shop where visitors can get deeply discounted items from past collections. 

Their design philosophy is “We design for a dynamic woman with a discriminating sense of style. It begins with a vision inspired by the evolving landscape of art and culture. That vision translates into colors, prints, silhouettes and finishes. With steadfast attention to fabrication, construction and fit, each collection comes together as a complete narative that inspires the wearer.”  The designs are meant to inspire “Living the Bon Chic Life.”

I have included pictures below that walk you through the exhibit and also feature my favorite parts of the retrosective. I have always loved these brands and it was such a treat to have a personal tour and see these dresses up close and out of the fashion vault. Many thanks to the BCBG team! You are all dolls. 

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Paleo Banana Bread

I have so many friends that abide by the Paleo diet, so being a people pleaser, I wanted to try a recipe that they could indulge in. I originally saw this version of banana bread on a friend’s facebook page and she said it was amazing, so I gave it a shot.

The bread turned out super moist and more hearty than traditional recipes. I loved it so much that I actually prefer it over my usual banana bread. Sorry Mom! A little tip to make things super easy is to buy premade cashew butter if possible. I buy mine at Bristol Farms for around $6 a container and the portion is actually the exact amount I need for the recipe. If you do this, skip steps 1 & 2.

What you will need:

Heat oven to 350 degrees, hand mixer, measuring cups, teaspoon and tablespoon measuring spoons, bread pan (mine is pyrex), coconut oil spray, a cooling rack, a knife to cut.

Ingredients
For the bread
  • 3 medium bananas (you want them brown and spotty)
  • 1.5 cups roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pull out your handy dandy food processor.  Add your cashews to the food processor to grind down.
  3. Once your get a fine cashew meal, add your walnut oil while your food processor is still on until you get a cashew butter. OR use store bought cashew butter. 🙂
  4. Then peel your bananas, roughly break them up, and add to your food processor with your cashews. Turn your food processor on and let combine for a minute or so until you have a soupy paste.
  5. Now in a large bowl, whisk your eggs, then add your cashew/banana mixture along with almond meal/flour, baking soda and powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine until you get a batter.
  6. Grease a bread pan with some coconut oil. I used a loaf pan that was 9.3×5.2 inches (weird numbers) and it worked well. You could use smaller for taller loaf of bread, just may cook differently.
  7. Pour batter into your greased loaf pan. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bread is cooked through and the top of your loaf has a bit of a “crisp” to it.
  8. Let bread cool for about 10 minutes.
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