I’m super excited for this weekend because I’m celebrating my birthday with friends at some local wineries! Should be good. I hope you all had a great week!
Since it’s officially fall (and we are even experiencing it here in Austin too, believe it or not), it’s about time to get into fall mani’s. I feel like I have been so behind on fall nail art, it’s truly saddening. I have so many ideas for Halloween art and only a few days to do it! Keep an eye out for those coming soon!
So, I saw an article the other day about how BLUES are the hottest nail polish colors for fall and I could simply not agree more. Looking through my collection, I found some shades that follow this trend perfectly. As much as I love navy polish, I find myself drooling over royal blues and muted teals. I’ve rounded up my picks for the season here.
I’m so excited to be working with Birchbox every month to bring their boxes to life on my nails! This pattern is inspired by the October Birchbox box. I love the fun fall colors and how well they go with the navy. The boxes are always so cute and will be so great for nail art 🙂 I recently got this deep navy from Smith & Cult to make this design with. The formula is so gorgeous and creamy and it lasts on your nails super well!
Welcome to a new series of mine called Nail Art Cookbook! If you’ve seen my Instagram stories (side note, follow me on Insta, if you don’t already), then you probably know I LOVE to cook and try new recipes. One day, I was chatting with my friend Halle (who also has an amazing nail blog!!!) and I typed “lookbook” but it changed to “cookbook” and voila! this idea was born.
The Nail Art Cookbook is my way of marrying two of my favorite things: recipes and nail art. For the first installment in my series, I wanted to be as basic as possible and try some pumpkin recipes that pair with some fall nail art. What could be better? Nothing, honestly.
Pasta with Savory Pumpkin Sauce
For 2 servings
8 oz. pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti & added some zoodles too)
1/4 onion, sautéed
2 cloves garlic, sautéed
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup cooking water from pasta
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Boil water, add pasta to water and cook as directed. Sauté onions in oil, about 6-8 minutes. Add all ingredients to high powered blender (I have a Vitamix, but I believe any blender would do with some pausing and wiping down the sides!). Mix sauce into pasta, top with basil, parmesan, extra salt and pepper, and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk
3 cups almond milk (or any type of milk you like)
3 tbsp pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
You can either use 3 cups of almond milk from the store, or make your own. To make your own, soak 1/4 cup of raw almonds in water over night in the fridge (the amount of water does not matter, just cover the almonds). Rinse almonds, add to blender, add 3 cups of cold filtered water and blend for 2 minutes on high. Strain almond milk with a tea towel, old tee shirt or nut milk bag. Return milk to blender, add all ingredients and blend until well combined. Keep refrigerated for up to 4-5 days.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Add 1 shot of espresso to warm pumpkin spice almond milk, top with pumpkin spice, and enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
I loved this smoothie so much I had it every day that week! It’s not super sweet, which I really enjoy in the mornings for breakfast. Feel free to use more banana if you like it extra sweet, or it should taste sweet if your protein powder is sweetened! This is the powder I have been loving recently. It’s flavorless and you can’t taste it AT ALL in your drinks. I hate the taste of protein powder so I’m super happy I found this one! It’s also not sweet, so the only sweetness is from the fruit that you add.
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia
1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
Handful of ice
Directions: place all ingredients in blender and blend until well combined! Enjoy!
Just dropping in for a super quick hello, and to let you know that I was recently interviewed for the Birchbox blog! I talked about how I started a side hustle and about my little nail blog and instagram. I’m so so so excited to be featured on their blog, I love Birchbox and their marketing so much ?
Check out the article HERE! And let me know what you think. I’d love to know if you have any favorite resources for side hustles or business tips too.