Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Quinoa Salad or Quinoa Tabbouleh, is a very fresh salad perfect for spring and summer time. It has a lot of vegetables in it, which makes it very healthy and high in nutrients. I ran out of a lot of vegetables that are part of the salad, but I wanted to try it for the first time anyways. So, I used the ones I had on my fridge, and it was delicious.

Ingredients

Quinoa
European Parsley
Half Onion
Half Cucumber
Yellow Pepper
Lemon/ Vinager
Olive Oil
Salt

First of all, prep the quinoa. Quinoa is really easy to prep, there is no secret about it, I prepped  1/2 cups of quinoa by frying it in a pan with olive oil, added 2 cups of water and let it boil for about 20 minutes. Then, took 1/2 cup of prepped quinoa and put into a large bowl.

PS. The parsley does not have an specific amount, I was adding it the bowl like I wanted it to taste, but it wasn’t neither too little or too much because I didn’t want it to overwhelm the taste of the other ingredients.

1. Start by dicing the vegetables 2. Add vegetables to the bowl as you chop them up 3. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, squeezed half lemon, a little bit of vinegar, salt and mixed everything.

The recipe is basically this, effortless and very yummy.

Thanks for reading,

Xx

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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Perfect for romantic dinners, chill saturdays or that family sunday lunch. Roasted pork tenderloin is  very homemade yet flavorful. To add a little more finesse, I roasted with rosemary and added a lot of lemon juice, the perfect ingredient for pork. I added the lemon while it was inside of the oven, and added more when removed it. Lets move on…

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 Ingredients:

Pork Tenderloin
Garlic Powder/ Fresh Garlic
Creole Seasoning Original
Beer
Olive Oil/ Butter
Rosemary

1. Season the pork with garlic, creole seasoning, beer and let it marinate for a couple of minutes. 2. Place a large pan on the stove, put a tiny bit of olive oil, butter, fresh garlic and rosemary. 3. When everything is melted, remove the rosemary, add the pork tenderloin inside of the pan. 4. Allow each side to fry for about 4 minutes, add beer and lemon juice if necessary (in case it gets dry) then use a spoon to soak the sauce in the pan on the tenderloin. 5. After 8 minutes remove from the pan, and put inside of the stove. 6. Let each side roast for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and add back the rosemary and some more lemon juice.

Enjoy your meal,

Xx

Home Decor: Room Desk

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My desk is everything to me I just can’t live without it, I don’t work there that often but when I do, it feels like I really get the job done. Sitting there is inspiring, calming, conforting, it gives my room an amazing look making it “My Happy Place”. I love changing my decor from times to times, otherwise it becomes boring – personal opinion, so even though I’m always changing it, today I wanted to show how does it look like right now.

I’ve wanted to do a post about interior design for so long, it took about a year to do this, but today I finally made it. This is not the first time I show off my desk, yes show off, because I loveee it so much. The first time I posted a picture of my desk on instagram, I got a lot of question, on where did I buy, where I can find something similar, how much it cost, etc, etc. Well, I am going to mention every single item I have on the desk and where can you find similar stuff in case you miss it.

Desk: White, clean, very affordle, just a little complicated to set up. I will be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with white fornture, just because I have to clean that all the time, but the good thing is, it is not hard to clean, you can just pass some wipes and you are good to go. The  desk is from Ikea, it cost $69.99, name : MICKE Desk.

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The two items besides de vase are from Zara, I bought them separately. The perfume I bought in Brazil at the main store and the candle I bought online at the official Zara website, I put both of them together because I wanted to fill out the empty spaces on top of the desk. This desk is quite big, and even though it has space for many things, I wanted to keep things simple. Check out  ZaraHome to find candles and fragrances for your bedroom too.

The chopper vase isn’t actually a vase, it is a candle holder from Bath and Body Works, but my creative side didn’t allow me to only using it as a simple candle holder, so I turned into a vase, I have another cup inside of it, thats why the flowers are standing. it was only sale when I bought it but I guess it cost $9.99, definitely worth the price, simple, classy, it seems like a luxury item.

The Buddha… The buddha is my favorite thing about the desk, just because my bedroom is a peaceful place I bought a Buddha statue for the final touch. I was looking for a buddha statue fir decades, but they were so expensive, I was always giving up, one day I went to Ross and I found this one for only $6.99, isn’t that amazing?

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The brushes containers and the acrylic diamonds are from Michaels, do not recall the price I have them for so long but I am pretty sure it wasn’t more then $35, everything. The lamp is also from Zara Home, I loved it because it is like moroccan style, which I’m obsessed about,  I am so obsessed that I have this pink/blue/white pillow in morrocan style too. the pillow was $40 and the lamp around $150.

Last, is this chair. THIS CHAIR. I am gonna take it everywhere I go to live, like the simplicity is awesome. simple, clean, what else do you want. It is also from Ikea, the chair called TOBIAS  costs $79.

Hope you enjoyed my first post on this category.

Thank you for reading!

 

Zucchini Sandwich

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I have been preparing this post for days, so here it is. I was on my way to school and wanted to do a quick sandwich which only take me less than 20 minutes, this is what I came up with.

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It tastes amazing, it is low calorie, easy to do, fresh, flavorful, perfect if you are running out of time. To prep this sandwich all you gonna need is:

Italian Wheat Bread
Zucchini
Egg
Onion Sprouts
Turkey Bacon
Colombier Cheese

1. Toast the bread on the oven for 2 minutes each side. 2. Fry the egg (over easy or over hard depending on your preference), I went for over easy to give juiciness to the sandwich. 3. Fry the bacon until it gets crispy. 4. Cute the zucchini in slices, 5-6 slices are enough 5. Remove the bread from the oven, and spread the cheese all over the toasts 6. After this, start putting together all other ingredients. 7. I started with onion sprouts, then the fried egg, the zucchini and the bacon on top. 8. Cute the bread in half, and enjoy it.

Classic Valentine’s Day Makeup

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The title says itself: CLASSIC! Red lips, Gold eyes, Long Lashes and Winged Eyeliner. This valentines day makeup is a sum up of what all the girls want to look like on valentines day.  I have a similar look from last year: Valentine’s Day Makeup, I will always  suggest red lips on valentine’s specially for those girls that never wear one. Using a red lipstick, would cause so much impact on your date because is something you don’t usually do, red lipsticks are just sexy!

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Face:

Mac Foundation SPF 15 9.5
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Nars Exibit A
Gold Deposit

Lips:
Nars Velvet Matte Pencil “Cruella”
NYX Butter Gloss “Devil’s Food Cake”

Eyes:
NYX Pigment Ultra Pearl
Blush Raizim
Inglot Gel Liner #77
KoKo Lashes, Soho

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Ebony

Smokey Eyes Makeup Look

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As I mentioned on my instagram post Smokey Eyes are the ultimate eyes makeup look. Seductive, attractive and suits every woman perfectly, and you couldnt have a better option for valentine’s day. Instead of a bold lip like on the previous post, now the main focus is on the eyes. What I like the most about smokey eyes is how it enhance the beauty of eyes; its shape, color and the look it gives.  I am thinking about having an Smokey Eyes 101, because I have so much things to talk, but better than words pictures speak itselves. So check pictures and deets below.

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Face:

Mac Foundation SPF 15 9.5
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Mac Blush “Raizim”
Lorac Tantalizer Highlither

Lips:
Mac Lipstick “Velvet Teddy”
Jordana Lip Pencil in Brow

Eyes:
The Balm Palette
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Ebony

 

 

 

 

Simple Romantic Valentine’s Day Makeup

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Simple, romantic and charming. This makeup look would definitely be my suggestion for a daytime event, very easy to do and takes almost no effort. If you like beiges, pinks and nudes this look is for you, I have too previous post with looks similar to this one, check this Summer Makeup Look and this Valentine’s Look from last  year.

Details below and more pictures below.

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Face:

Mac Foundation SPF 15 9.5
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Mac Blush “Raizim”
Lorac Tantalizer Highlither

Lips:
Mac Lipstick “Taupe”
Mac Lip Pencil “Chestnut”
Stila Lip Glaze

Eyes:
Elf Eyeshadow Pallete
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Ebony

Bold Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

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I know most women have a sutile preference for light tones like pinks beige nudes for valentine’s day, some of us aren’t daring enough when it comes to colors on special occasions like this, umm.. that was my opinion too about a month ago. I used to think that on valentine’s day you have to be as light as possible on the light because you gonna drink, eat, talk and a bold matte lippy would be a little bit embarrassing, but you know what? DARE YOURSELF! Use any kind of lipstick you want to, any color of any formula, dare to be yourself cuz’ you only live once. A purple matte would be trick for a dinner, of course; you are going to eat and drink, maybe kiss and the color is going to start to fade without you even noticing (more info about this lipstick check Raine Fever Review  here), but going to a dinner is not the only thing you do on valentine’s day, you might go to a night club, karaoke, dancing, for a walk, I think Raine fever is perfect.

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Face:

Mac Foundation SPF 15 9.5
Mac Foundation SPF 15 #10 for contouring
Mac Pro Long-wear Concealer NW45
Mac Studio Fix Powder NW50
Nars Blush Exibit A
Beauty Blender (Concealer)

Lips:
Coloured Raine “Raine Fever”

Eyes:
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Inglot Gel Liner #77

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Ebony

Sirloin Tip Steak

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Any steak lovers out there? Im steak lover, fan.. I would eat meats everyday all day. Going to restaurants sometimes can be a little expensive, so why do not turn a $29 meal into a $5 homemade dish?

Here it is, last week I got this a few pieces of Sirloin Steak at Whole Foods Market, prepared on the weekend  and guess what? It was amazing.

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Sirloin Tip Steak
Black Pepper
Salt
Rosemary
Olive oil and Butter

Instructions: 1. Season the steak with salt and pepper 2. Heat the olive oil for about 4 minutes 3. Place the rosemary and seasoned steak on the pan, fry each side for 5 minutes (heat must be medium). 4. Pre-heat the oven in 180 degrees while the steak is frying. 5. Make sure you stir the steak onto the butter so it can get the rosemary flavor. 6. Here it is, normally you know a medium rare steak is ready when the steak reaches 140-145 degrees, I don’t have  a thermometer for meats to measure check if it is done or not, so my trick is to check the tenderness with my finger, the less tender more cooked. 7. After 10 minutes frying, put the meat into the oven for 6-8 minutes and then you have this flavorful medium well Sirloin Steak.

Enjoy!

Gift Ideas : Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s day is right on the corner and I know some of you don’t even know what to buy to your girl. Well, this is what  you are going to know right now. I’ve collected some of the products I haven’t opened or used yet, and came up with this brilliant idea: The Valentine’s Gift Box for Her.

The Valentine’s Gift Box for Her would include small things your girl like, you might put together 10 items (more on less, depending on the size of the box and your budget) this ten item have to be small (like candys, samples, nails polishes, pictures of you both of you, a ring, you might also include a book, all depends on you) is like a 10 in 1.

The red box you see on the picture, I bought last christmas on Walgreens, I don’t know if they still have it but it was the first time I saw it. On my box, that I am going to offer to myself I have 8 items:

Victorias Secret Spray
Nail Polish
Beauty Blender
Hair Bow
Mac Foundation
Sample  Benefit Primer
Bath Bomb
Pair of KoKo Lashes

Well this is my box, you can also create yours, and the best part is not going to be too expensive. This gift idea would be perfect for a guy too, put inside of a beautiful box things your boyfriend, fiancee, husband likes and you good to go.

Hope you enjoyed the idea,

Thanks for reading!