15 Products from Sephora I LOVE


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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk

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Josie MaranWhipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter

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NARSPencil Sharpener

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FreshSeaberry Exfoliating Soap

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Bumble and bumbleThe Flat Brush

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DiorDiorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

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FreshSugar Soap Anniversary Edition

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philosophyHope in a Jar

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TweezermanUltra Precision Slant Tweezer

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FreshCannabis Santal

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FreshBrown Sugar Body Polish

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philosophyRenewed Hope In A Jar Eye

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Benefit CosmeticsThey’re Real! Push-Up Liner

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T3BodyWaver 1.75″ Professional Curling Iron

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Kate SomervilleEradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment

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I have a Sephora shopping problem.

xoxo

My Christmas Wish List UNDER $50


1. Fresh Citrogne de Vigne Perfume $36.79

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2. Elle Macpherson Bra $39.59

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3. Green Bandage Dress $42.72

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4.Clock $46

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5. High Frequency Wand $25

JUZZZ Singapore New OxyMax Ozone Oxygen Skin Beauty Derma Magic Wand HF Portable High Frequency Device a4a

6. LED Light Therapy $47

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7. Frederick Fekkai Holiday Gift Set $24.89

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8. Asian Flavors of Jean George $25.69

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9. William Sonoma Slow Cooking Cookbook $23

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10. Flexible Dieting 101 $9.15

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11. IIFY $49

Fav Salad Recipes.


CHIPS AND SALSA


SUNFLOWER AND FLACKSEED MULTIGRAIN CHIPS FROM WHOLE FOODS
2 CANS OF BLACK BEANS DRAINED
2 CANS MILD ROTEL TOMATOES
1 RED BELL PEPPER
1 YELLOW BELL PEPPER
1/2 BUNCH OF GREEN ONIONS
1 TSP GARLIC
1 CAN SHOEPEG CORN DRAINED
1/2 BUNCH OF CILANTRO CHOPPED
MANGO

MY SPINACH STRAWBERRY SALAD


SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
CANDIED WALNUTS
BLUE CHEESE
BRIANNAS STRAWBERRY VINEGARETTE

FOR THAI STYLE (SEARED AHI)

SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
PINE NUTS
CUCUMBERS
THAI PEANUT SAUCE
SEARED AHI

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD


SPRING MIX SALAD
CHOW MEIN NOODLE (DRY)
MANDARIN ORANGES
AVOCADO
GRILLED CHICKEN
BRIANNAS POPPY SEED DRESSING

WALDORF SALAD


  • 3 tart apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  1. In a large bowl, combine the apples and lemon juice. Add the grapes, celery, and green onions; toss.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, apple juice and celery seeds. Spoon over the apple mixture, and toss gently.
  3. Wash the watercress, and dry thoroughly. Arrange greens on individual salad plates. Mound the apple mixture on top, and sprinkle with the walnuts.

Belgian Endive Pear Salad

1 very ripe small pear (about 3 ounces), plus 4 large pears (about 6 ounces each)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon nonfat sour cream
6 ounces Belgian endive, separated into leaves
1 ounce Gorgonzola cheese (1/4 cup)

1. For the dressing, peel and core the small pear. Cut it into large chunks, place in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, the apple juice, parsley, sugar and sour cream; set aside.
2. Halve, stem and core but do not peel the remaining pears. Cut them lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, place them in a medium-size bowl and toss with the remaining lemon juice.
3. Line a serving platter with the endive leaves and arrange the pear slices on top. Crumble the Gorgonzola over the pears and drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Fruity Green Salad with Ruby Pomegranate Dressing

Salad:
6 ounces mixed baby salad greens
1 cup blackberries (or other seasonal fruit)
1/2 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Sweetened Dried Cranberries
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
Dressing:
1/4 cup Ocean Spray® Ruby Pomegranate Grapefruit Juice Drink
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Toss together all salad ingredients in large bowl. Divide equally among 4 salad plates.
  2. Whisk together ruby pomegranate juice drink, lemon juice and sugar in small bowl. Add mayonnaise and oil. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over salads.

LOW FAT COCONUT AMBROSIA SALAD


  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed (low fat)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries

GRAPEFRUIT AND FENNEL WATERCRESS RECIPE


1 bulb fennel
1 bunch red radishes
1 pink grapefruit
1 bunch watercress
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
Pepper and salt
6 tablespoons olive oil

Remove fronds from fennel bulb and trim root end. Slice in half lengthwise and remove outer layer, discard. With a very sharp knife, slice fennel lengthwise to form thin sheets (this can also be done on a mandolin). Add to salad bowl.

Remove stems from radish and slice each into thin rounds. Add to bowl.

Working with a sharp knife, slice off skin and pith from the grapefruit. Working over a bowl to save dripping juice, work with a pairing knife slicing along the edge of each membrane to remove segments. Let segments drop into bowl. Squeeze juice from the empty fruit carcass into the bowl and reserve.

Wash watercress and chop into three longish pieces. Add to salad bowl.

To make dressing, mix half of reserve grapefruit juice with lemon juice, honey, salt and lots of fresh cracked black pepper. Pour in oil and whisk to emulsify.

Toss salad with dressing to taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Divide grapefruit segments among salad plates to serve.


Southern Italian MUNCH Dinner Pairing Thursday, July 28th @ Apartm3nt.


APARTMENT3 GOES ALL THE WAY TO ITALY FOR THE NEXT MUNCH, SOUTHERN ITALY TO BE EXACT.

Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm

Apartment3 located in the Century Center Building, is a hosting our monthly MUNCH event on Thursday, July 28th starting at 6:30pm.

Munch is every last Thursday of the month for 2011. This month Munch will feature a premiere four course dinner menu created exclusively by Apartment3. Each course will then be creatively paired with a mouth watering specialty cocktail by Better Brands Master Mixologist Joey Gottesman.

This month’s featured theme is Southern Italian. Southern Italian fare is a perfect summertime dinner that always fits in well with our Hawaiian climate & sensibilities. Influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean, Southern Italian cuisine is known for it’s incredibly fresh & light ingredients. Come educate your senses and your palate with this exquisite delectable pairing dinner.

To reserve your spot for this exclusive dining experience call Apartment3 at 955.9300 today or emailhello@apartmentthree.com. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and 20% auto-gratuity. This exclusive dinner is limited to just 30 seats so put in your reservation soon. 48 hour cancellation notice is required, and a 50% no show fee will apply.  Credit card information is required with each reservation.  This event will sell out so plan accordingly.

Details on Munch:

What:       Apartment3 Southern Italian Munch

When:      Thursday, July 28th , 2011

Where:     3rd Floor, Century Center, 1750 Kalakaua Ave.

Time:       6:30 PM

Ages:       21 and over

Parking:  Self Parking is $1 in any yellow marked guest stalls available in Century Center, $4 valet.  Parking is limited, so come early!

Food Menu:

1st Course –

Warm Octopus & sweet onion salad with fresh basil & citrus vinaigrette.

2nd Course –

Local hand cut pasta with fresh crushed local tomato, garlic, shallots, sliced green beans, red peppers, fresh basil & parsley, grated manchago cheese.

3rd Course –

Pan seared 1/2 chicken over roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, sour dough bread, deglazed white wine vinaigrette, tossed with frise.

4th Course –

Panna Cotta & lemon preserve with toasted almonds.

Next month’s Munch will be the soon to be legendary TV Dinner Munch, Thursday, August 25th.

Open every Monday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Happy hour available nightly until 8:00 p.m. except Tuesday’s when it runs all night 6:00 p.m. til 2:00 a.m.  For reservations and corporate events, please contact Apartment3 directly at 808.955.9300  or hello@apartmentthree.com.

SEE YOU THERE!

Love Potions


A pheromone (from Greek  φέρω phero “to bear” + hormone from Greek ὁρμή – “impetus”) is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species. Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting outside the body of the secreting individual to impact the behavior of the receiving individual.

Have you ever been out at the club, and you look at a guy and before even asking his name, or opening your mouth to say hello, you think, “I am going to sleep with him.”  I think most people make up their minds about somebody, if they are going to sleep with them or not, the first time they lay eyes on them.  That’s why that sly grin just appeared on his face, as your eyes linger on eachother through the club.  Yes, I think physical appearance plays a role, and personality as well.  But sometimes we find ourselves magnetically attracted to someone.  Something that we can’t control.  And that my friends, is phermones.   I hate going to the gym and smelling the guy next to me sweating.  But when you’re rolling around in bed smelling “his stink” it’s a different smell, and you are attracted to it.  

Have you ever stood next to a lady at the counter who wore rancid perfume that smelled like your dead grandma?  Immediate turn off!  Something as simple as the smell of vanilla can especially trigger sexual arousal.  They say baby powder is a stimulant, but I despise the smell.  So I guess that everybody is different in what is attractive to them.  If you wear an unconventional perfume, that might be the strange scent that attracts “him.”Don’t wear cheap perfume ladies.

One fragrance or sexual attractant made up of 17 different scents has the property of a phermone. To be consistent the agent must have high quality scents to be a consistent sexual attractant. The scents have to be chosen carefully
and kept in the correct ratios. The results over a period of time have been outstanding. The idea is that not one scent can be identified  In fact knock off perfumers have tried to duplicate this product without success because of its complicated makeup. In addition the multi scented fragrance has powerful pheromones added to it making it more powerful than just pure pheromones alone.
I use to wear “Jadore” and often found men sniffing me trying to figure out my perfume.  I wear different perfumes depending on the what I am doing.  When I have a hot date, I wear a stronger perfume like Versacce Crystal, or Ja Dore.  I actually call Ja Dore my “Whore perfume.”  When I work at the club, my interest is to attract men, and I wear sexy scents like  Cool Waters or Michael Kors.  During the day I like to keep casual and wear lighter scents like Issey Miyaki or Sugar by Fresh.
Many mainstream perfumes are designed to smell appealing to the wearer, but make poor attractants.  The key is to wear a fragrance that “he/she” is not use to.  An unknown scent will keep them coming back to try to identify it, however with each sniff, the scent changes, making it hard for them to pinpoint, a mystery they find attractive.  Here is one test to determine if a fragrance has sexual attractant properties. Place a small amount of the fragrance on your wrist and smell it. Then extend your hand completely away from your nose. Then bring it back to your nose and smell it again. Do this several times. If the aroma smells different but at the same time is pleasant you may have a powerful sexual attractant.

The men’s cologne which usually increases a woman’s vaginal blood flow is a natural fresh scent,  other scents actually decreased a woman’s sexual response. What women found most appealing were very light scents, such as ocean breeze, kiwi, or a combination of baby powder and chocolate. The smell of a mans clean skin with a little sweat, combined with fresh fruity scents, was the strongest stimulant for women. Hirsch’s research also found that men’s penile blood flow increased up to forty percent from the scent of cinnamon buns, roast meat, cheese pizza, chocolate, vanilla or peppermint.”   Scientific studies show that they do know that scents stimulate, however, I believe everyone is different as to what scents are attractive to us, and that is what makes certain people attractive to certain people.  If the scent of strawberry pie can stimulate me, why can’t his “stink” stimulate me either way?

There are 3 stages of a relationship that change by the chemicals your body gives out.

Stage 1lust – ruled by testosterone and estrogen (the sexual hormones)

Stage 2attraction – controlled by dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin (those feel-good compounds)

Stage 3 attachment – initiated by oxytocin (aka: the hormone thought to create the bond between mother and child; known to play a role in trust, empathy and generosity)

I would suggest a potential 4th stage – jealousy – which has recently been linked to oxytocin as well.  And a potential 5th stage – infidelity – which has been linked to a genetic allele in some studies, and has also been linked to high levels of the hormone estradiol in women.
It’s worth it to buy that one bottle of $100 perfume.
Some of the best phermone colognes and perfumes out there:
for men: Alpha 7, Chikara, Edge Men’s, Nexus
for women: Pheromax, Primal Instinct, Scent of Eros
xoxo
Kristie

Kai Market @ the Sheraton Waikiki


Last week I had dinner with my parents at the Kai Market, located ocean front at the Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki.  The Hawaiian contemporary decor of Kai opens to an open lanai, ocean front, with live bands, and hula and fire dancers.  The buffet had a variety of seafood from shrimp to clams and fresh fish.  I tried the fresh bok choy, some macadamia nut crusted lamb chops with mint jelly, and the prime rib as well.   The desert Bar was fabulous.  I had a custard with a sweet jelly like garnish that looks like Ikura (large fish eggs), and mango pudding.  They had a variety of delicious deserts from fresh chi chi dango mochi or coconut crusted daifuku (azuki bean mochi), and portuguese sweet bread pudding, key lime pie, coconut tapioca, and chocolate haupia pie and trifles.  All the seafood went well with the Sauvignon Blanc I ordered as well.  Definitely one of my favorite buffets, along side with my favorite brunch spots, Hoku’s at the Kahala Mandarin, and Orchids, at the 5 star Halekulani.

Hours: Breakfast 6:00 a.m.–11 a.m. | Dinner 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
**Final seating 30 mins prior to closing.
Location: Ground floor overlooking the Infinity Edge Pool & Waikiki Beach
Reservations: 808-921-4600 or email: TDRC.Hawaii@starwoodhotels.com

Price Range:
* Breakfast – $28.95 per adult, $13.00 per child*
* Dinner – $51.00 per adult and $55.00 per adult on Seafood and Paniolo nights on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
*Children 1-5 yrs old eat free anytime, children 6-12 yrs old eat free with paying adult (one child per adult & cannot be combined with any other discount), Ages 13-16 yrs old receive 50% off the Adult price ($13.50 for breakfast and $24.50 for dinner)

Cafe Bolivar: Santa Monica


I had breakfast at a cute little latino inspired, contemporary corner cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Yesterday, my sister was in a rush to get to work so we grabbed sandwiches.  I had a chicken pesto with avo, and my sister grabbed a vegetarian sandwich, the Vegan Torta, which had a black bean spread.  They have fresh fruit smoothies, so Kai had the Papaya, Mango, Strawberry.  I had a ginger, mango, yoghurt drink, called Lassi’s.  They were different, but I love the flavor of ginger even if the strands would get stuck in my teeth sometimes.  Way to start the day with a healthy breakfast!  The side salad was a simple spring mix with a light vinegarette, walnuts, and bleu cheese crumbles.

Today is Saturday so we had more time to wait 25 minutes for $3 arepas, Venezuelan inspired mini sandwiches, made with fresh baked arepa bread.  Don’t have big eyes.  One is tiny, but can prove to be quite filling.  I tried the chicken and a vegetarian one that had avo, mango, cheese, and rosemary.  It came with a pesto-ish sauce on the side.  It was my 5 minutes of Heaven today.  And they have tables set up front so you can bring your dog.  We brought the cute Bonjook. ;D

The adorable Bonjook

Oh yeah, don’t forget the tea and coffees.  They looked good.  I don’t drink tea or coffee often though.

xoxo

Kristie Manning

My Turkey cabernet spaghetti recipe


So as u all know, I don’t measure things, I put it all in according to taste and how many people I’m cooking for.
I like to use italian sausage but today I used ground turkey. It’s lower in fat and has twice the goodness in flavor. I usually use half a bottle of dry and not sweet Cabernet. Pinots tend to be too sweet. I only had expensive bottles so instead of using wine I needed a liquid substitute. I used 2 cups of chicken broth. I browned the turkey. Threw in red bellpeppers (I was out if green), onions, 4 garlic cloves and mushrooms. After they are cooked, I put in 1 can of tomato paste, and found a can of fire roasted tomatoes. Mmmmm. Then instead if wine I used the 2 c. Of chicken broth. Season with salt, black pepper and fresh herbs. Keeping a fresh garden of herbs is cheaper than buying herbs itself and is always available. Marjoram, thyme (lemon), Rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, basil (Greek and Italian). After it boils when I cook w wine I will usually let it simmer for 4 hours n add small amounts of wine as needed. But we just got done w yoga n I’m hungry so were going to cook on medium heat for half an hour. I also put in a dash of soy sauce and a spoonful of msg. Top with fresh grated parmesan. Bon apetite. 😀

Xoxo
Kristie manning