Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Favorite Finds on Society 6

Before I get into this, I swear on my dog this is not a sponsored post- I'm just really really really obsessed with this website and needed to proclaim my love for it to the world and so this post happened. 

ANYWAYS. The post.

Society 6 is essentially this website where artists can upload their artwork and graphic designs to be printed on various pieces of home decor, clothing or random knick knacks you never knew you desperately needed until you see them. And on that note here are a few of my faves. 

1) This dope-ass Astronaut Throw-Blanket 

I love space, fuzzy blankets, and weird trippy artwork- and this combines them all.

2) This interstellar-esq Wall Tapestry.
My roommate and I have already bought it for our apartment next year. Enough said.

3) Dogs in Outerspace. With Rainbows<3 div="">

4) This Star Trek: The Next Generation Laptop Sleeve 

For all you Trekkies out there this print includes phasers, The Enterprise, shuttlecraft and even Geordi's Viser- all blended in a sleek jungle print so people don't judge too hard.

5) Basically, every Star Trek Throw Pillow I've ever found on there.

Welp, that was a lot of nerd for one post. If you can't tell I love space and Star Trek and Society 6 has things that please my inner nerd while still looking cool as fuck. If you liked what you saw here check out my Pinterest page cause I'm always pinning random shit that I want.

Tell me! What's your favorite item from this post or Society 6 in general?


Saturday, February 13, 2016

5-Step Vegan Pasta and Meat Sauce Recipe

Ayy-Oh! Today I will be sharing a recipe I accidently concocted in my kitchen today for a 100% Vegan pasta and meat sauce. As someone who gave up meat just over a year ago, I promise you this tastes like the real thing- so get ready to trick some carnivores am I right?

Anyways, without further ado, I give you my recipe.

Here's what you'll need

*1/3 Cup Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe's
*1/2 Bell Pepper of your choice
*1/2 Yellow Onion
* Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* Tablespoon minced garlic
*1 Cup of a vegan tomato sauce of your Choice (I used Wegmans' organic tomato-basil sauce)
*2 Cups of Vegan Pasta of your choice (I used an Organic brown rice pasta from Trader Joe's)


1) Dice up your Onions and Peppers

2) Saute the Peppers and Onions in olive oil until they're browned

3) Once brown add in 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic

4) Take your tomato sauce and add it to the pan of peppers, onions and garlic

5) Take your Soy Chorizo out of the plastic casing in comes in and add it to the mixture

4) Mash up the Chorizo, and your sauce is done!

5) Pour over pasta and eat up!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Review: Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Dandruff Control Hair Mask

Wassup everybody! Today I will be reviewing Shea Moisture's Dandruff Control Hair Masque. I personally have horrendous dandruff, and have been looking for a cruelty-free treatment for a while- and this is it. The masque doesn't smell the greatest and has a grey color to it, but if you can put your aesthetic judgements aside this stuff is glorious. I use this product as a co-wash and completely skip shampoo, and it eliminates any dry scalp issues along with the normal drying effects of dandruff shampoos- which is pretty bomb-ass. Although it is a hair mask, it does not help with hair texture and curl patterns so I would still use another curl defining cream on top of this masque.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: Burt's Bees Brightening even skin tone moisturizing cream

This face cream is my saving grace: my skin went from grody to clear as fuck in only a few says. I'm not exaggerating when I say this I only used this at night along with my Burt's Bees Clary Sage Moisturizing Cream cleanser. It evens out your skin tone, helps fade acne scars, eliminates dry patches and gives you some Beyoncé- esq skin. I use this in the morning and at night have no problems with it, in fact, I may not buy another face cream ever. Just Kidding, but I will definitely be repurchasing this shit. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Taylor vs Nicki and Why This Isn't About Race

I know this is an extremely unpopular opinion on the internet right now, but it is one that needs to be here. Before anyone calls me a racist, I'll have you know I am a woman of color and completely agree with Nicki Minaj in that women of color are often neglected when it comes to recognition of their work, but this VMA snub was not a racially charged one, rather just a good ole snub. Yes Minaj deserved a video of the year nomination, just as much as Leonardo Di Caprio deserves an Oscar, but the fact of the matter is shit happens. With three out of the 5 nominees being people of color (Beyoncè, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars,) people of color have been properly recognized for their work this year. At last year's VMAs  Iggy Azalea received the most VMA nominations, and there was absolutely no outrage when an appropriator of black culture got equal recognition as Beyoncè, and champion of black culture. Yet somehow this year is we decide we need to talk about black women in the media, a year when every artist nominated got their nomination through their own artistic merit without cultural appropriation. But what I want to know is where was all this outrage when black women were really fighting a bigoted society? Where was all the outrage at the Oscar's this year when Ava DuVernay became the first woman of color to have her film, Selma, nominated as Best Picture, but did not receive a best director nomination? All the other nominees in the Best Director category were white males, with the exception of Mexican, Alejandro Iñárritu. Now this is a case when women of color are being ignored and degraded, when a black woman got shut out of a category she deserved to be in so more white men could have a chance at a golden statue. THIS should have caused outrage, but it didn't. Where was Nicki Minaj when Ava DuVernay didn't get a Best Director nomination? Where was social media praising DuVernay for becoming the first woman of color to have her film nominated as best picture? As you can see this whole VMA fiasco really degrades what women of color fight for, as there is a big difference between a snub and intentionally withholding a nomination because of someone's race. This is a year where the nominees in the Video of the Year category celebrate minority culture without being appropriated, and that should be applaud. Nicki Minaj got snubbed, and that is the end of it. There was no need to throw shade- obviously directed at Taylor Swift- because Bad Blood was successful by its own merit. Minaj seems to forget we are fighting for equality, not supremacy, and by putting down another body type or another group she is no better than her oppressors. Now Minaj has launched the internet into a hateful tyraid against Swift because she "doesn't understand what it's like to be a woman of color." People seem to be forgetting that while Swift may benefit from white privilege, she's only recently started to reap the benefits. For the longest time, the media hated her for writing songs about her life, and it wasn't until this year the social media pointed out how incredibly sexist this was. So while Swift may be fair skinned, she of all people knows what it is like to have your work degraded because of who you are.  And now social media is up in arms against a woman who stood up for herself because one artist threw shade after making false claims of racial discrimination. While Nicki Minaj definitely deserves more recognition for her work as a female rapper, this has little to do with the VMAs and more with American culture. If Minaj keeps fighting for her recognition past this silly award show that changes things, but she only started this after she didn't get a silly nomination, and that feels more like Minaj being salty that she didn't get a nomination than Minaj upset about the state of American society. And now let the haters hate.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Freshman College Survival Guide: Gourmet Microwave Recipie #1

Howdy y'all- Sorry for my spotty posting I've just been in a wee bit of a rut on what to post about. But fear not cause I'm back with a College Survival Guide, and this post will teach you how to become a gourmet microwave chef.

My first and most frequently used recipe is microwavable pasta: no not that chemical mystery macaroni like substance- real pasta that you normally boil in a pot.

Other than the 12-minute cooking time, you make pasta in the microwave the same way you make easy mac.

Take two paper bowls and fill in with your desired amount of pasta, then add just enough water so all the noodles are submerged and microwave for about 12 minutes. This may vary based on your microwave strength and the type of pasta you are using.

When you take the pasta out of the microwave it should have absorbed all the water and you can put whatever kind of sauce on it and eat like a king.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Handy-Dandy Tips to Help You Start Blogging

Welp I feel that I have been blogging long enough that I've obtained 20/20 vision regarding my early blogging days. In one word I'd call them horrendous: I had no clue what I was doing and running my entire site of my little IPhone 4. That being said I learned how to blog the hard way and have decided to share some handy-dandy tips to help you start blogging.

1) Just Do It

Nike. Just Kidding, but seriously just blog. I promise you, you'll probably start out with shitty pictures, content, layout, web design, or something of that sorts, and that's okay because no one starts out with their ideal blog. And to be blunt, so few people are viewing your blog in the early days that your blog won't suffer while you go through your learning curve, and once you start to gain traction your blog aesthetic will be where you want it to be.

2) Try and Keep a Schedule 

I feel like this is less important once you've got your blog up and running- but it's easy to let blogging fall to the wayside after the initial excitement wears off. Even if it's once a week, just try to stick to your schedule until you feel that you've invested too much to ever let your site demise, that way even if months go by without a post you know you have a reason to come back to blogging.

3) Join Forces with a Friend

It's really easy to get lazy when no one is watching, so what better way to be held accountable than to have someone watching. I did this when I first started- our blogs were our little secret, but we made sure we posted and learned html together. While eventually we both went our own direction with our blogs, a partner in crime can really help those early days fly by. The result? Two blogs on their way to success. You can check out my chummy's blog, Annie Leaf, here.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June Favorites 2015

Welp it's time for June favorites 2015, and I've got some spiffy cruelty-free items that I have been lovin' this month.

1) Guava Colada Bath and Body Works Candle

Honestly, I can't tell if I love the ombré Candle jar or the actual scent of the candle more- or I can just love them both equally. The description of the scent is "the intoxicating fragrance of sweet guava mixes with golden passion fruit and a rich Pacific island vanilla," but if for whatever reason that doesn't sound appealing to you I suggest you buy this bad boy just cause it looks cool.

2) Celestial Mango Acai Tea

Do you like juice but not the calories? Cause I sure do- and this stuff can be your calorie-free juice. It's extremely fruity without any sweetener and decaffinated so it makes a before late night treat, so my recommendation to you is to buy this stuff ASAP rocky.

3) Fake Chicken

I'm 100% sure I talked about fake chicken in my last post, but it's worth a second mention cause it's just that good. It literally tastes exactly like normal chicken, but better because it's moist and no animal was killed in the process. Talk about a win-win.

4) Denim Shorts + Crop Tops

5) Fake Madden- Girl Birkenstocks

Another repeat item, but I've literally worn these shoes non-stop since I bought them in the beginning of the month, so I had to give them an honourable mention. Without a doubt the best thing about these shoes is that they're not leather, so no animal was hurt in the process- also they're a solid $60 cheaper than the name-brand version for all you wallet conscious people out there.

6) Tarte BB Cream

I bought this years ago, well maybe only 2.5 years ago, but that's no the point. When I first bought this I hated it- I felt that it didn't really provide much coverage and didn't last all day, but for whatever reason when I revisted it this summer (after the expiration date mind you,) I loved it. It's lite weight, lasts all day with good coverage, and it fills in your pores. I don't know why I ever hated this stuff but I'm so happy I rediscovered it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Vegetarian BBQ Ideas

With 4th of July around the corner,  everyone will be whipping out their Barbeques, which means a lot of meat and a lot of hell for us vegetarians. So in order to BBQ season a little easier for us herbivores I have composed a list of my favorite vegetarian BBQ options.

1) Veggie Burgers

This one is kind of a no-brainer so instead of talking about how awesome veggie burgers are I'm going to talk about my favorite kind of veggie burger: Gardien Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. These are hands down the best tasting veggie burgers I've ever had, they're spicy and have peppers, salsa, corn, and chipotle seasoning mixed in: in other words they taste a burrito bowl turned burger. If you need to serve non-vegetarian friends veggie burgers, these are the way to go, cause who doesn't like chipotle?

2) Corn on the Cob

This a standard BBQ favorite, and since corn is shockingly meat free you can keep everyone's favorite veggie on the grill and ready to be buttered

3) Veggie Shishkabobs

These are great because you can customize them to people's tastes: my personal favorite is eggplant, peppers, and onions. Be sure to let your eggplant sit in your sauce of choice for a few hours so the flavor stays when you throw it on the grill

4) Portabella Mushroom Sliders

These are another great burger substitute for burgers for people who can't deal with veggie burgers. Just throw that shroom on the grill with some BBQ sauce and put them in a bun and you've got a vegetarian burger that everyone will appreciate.

5) Chick-less Patties

Let me first just note these chicken-less patties taste exactly like chicken, but without the cruelty that comes along with it. My favorite are from Wegmans, but all brands taste the same for the most part. You can bake these in the oven or grill them and dress them how ever you please. And as long as you don't tell your guests they'll never know it's tofu-chicken.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is only two weeks away, and it's hard to get something for the man who has you for a child, so here are some Father's Day gift ideas.

1) Some Cool Kitchen Gadget

Now this could vary depending on what kind of Dad you have, but I personally got my Dad a panini press cause he loves weird gadgets like that. He bought a rotisserie one time so that's always an option, or a coffee maker (a single serve French Press costs as low as $12 on Amazon) or even one of those fancy machines that grind up coffee beans. Point is you can find a shit ton of cool kitchen gadget for your Dad for any budget.

2) Colone 

It's a fool proof gift: most Dads don't bother with cologne anymore so they'll love any scent you give them them, especially if it's from you.

3) Shoes

Most Dads either work shoes, sneakers or occasionally those Old Navy flip flops your mom bought him. Buying him a quality pair of sandals or boat shoes is sure to be a winner; who wouldn't love a comfy pair of shoes that you can just slip on?

4) Something Homemade 

Weather you good him a gourmet meal or make him a gigantic card out of posterboard