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Low carb comfort food | Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:
1 medium head cauliflower

1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened (optional)

1 tablespoon of half and half or cream.

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions
Boil water over high heat  to then  

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces.

Steam cauliflower.about 6 minutes, or until well done.

Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry 

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese (or some half and half),

Parmesan, garlic,

salt and pepper to taste.

Blend until smooth or your desired taste.  

Other ways to mix it up:  try rosemary or cheddar cheese. for a whole new taste.


This dish is key to fulfilling my comfort food craving without eating mass amounts of carbs. This is a superb way to eat low carb and not feel like you are missing out on anything! I have also made mock mac n cheese with cauliflower.. which is delicious!!

Finding new ways to enjoy your favorites is important when eating healthy.

xo- A

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My fashion basics!

These are my favorite every day mix and match basics. I literally have several v-necks and go to cardigans. and 2 chambrays. 🙂 With accessories you can dress up or down any of these  outfits. These would be key outfit pieces for any travel adventure, comfortable,cute and classy!  I am a huge statement necklace kind of girl and love throwing on a huge necklace with a simple black v-neck and cute skinny jeans.  The more you can mix the more new outfits you can put together. I have discovered all new outfits in my closet just by mixing two pieces I didn’t originally think about. Get bold, get different and be your self!

What is the Cupping Craze?

PHOTO: Celebrity CuppingPHOTO: Celebrity Cupping

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For the past year or so, I have been seeing celebrities with big red rings on their back, from Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet to Lena Dunham posting her cupped back on instagram. Celebrities are flocking to this Ancient Chinese tradition and showing off their marks…so what is causing these marks?
Cupping!!! 

 So what is cupping? Well since I am not a doctor,  I went to my friend WebMD, to get you well-rounded understanding.

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as : Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware.

Cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups can mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

  Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Acne
Facial paralysis
Cervical spondylosis
Blood Circulation
and more!

Types of Cupping Therapy

There are various types of cupping therapy, like dry cupping which is suction only or Wet cupping which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.

During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.

Is this something you are rushing to go get?

Some Nay-sayers: 

According to WebMD ” In general, Western medical societies are skeptical of the health claims made by cupping therapy supporters. “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease,” states the American Cancer Society. “Reports of successful treatment with cupping are mainly anecdotal rather than from research studies.”

But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions.”

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New York City & Conneticut Holiday Adventure.

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A little back tracking to this past Christmas.. who doesn’t want to feel a little Christmas cheer in May 😉 I went on a 3 week North East adventure with my boyfriend, Alex. My family and I wanted to have … Continue reading

Anna Wintour gets what she wants and she wants The Met Ball to be more exclusive!

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball

Anna Wintour at the 2011 Met Ball Photo: Getty

When I read this article, I had to share. Get the inside on the more exclusive Met Ball and this seasons theme.

 

Anna Wintour obviously wasn’t best pleased with the outcome of last year’s punk-themed Met Ball, because this year she wants it to be significantly more exclusive – hence the grand Charles James theme and White Tie dress code that was recently announced.

“Anna wants more exclusivity and high fashion,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, though points out that Kim Kardashian, who appears on the most recent US Vogue cover, will still get an invite.

Met Ball 2013: celebrities on the red carpet

It’s little surprise that Wintour wants this year’s event to be grander – it will mark the reopening of The Met’s famous Costume Institution, which has undergone a renovation since last year’s event and been renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center in honour of the editor.

As such, Wintour has hiked the ticket prices for the gala up by $10,000 – from $15,000 (£9,000) to $25,000 (£15,000) – and given stricter guest list guidelines. Men must wear black tails and top hats, while women will be expected to don James-esque ball gowns.

READ: Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘The Met Ball sucked’

So, who can we expect to make the cut? Lupita Nyong’o – current toast of Hollywood and the fashion world – will be in attendance to represent Prada, who dressed her for the Oscars. Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will also partner with the Italian brand (she and Nyong’o share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger ). Zoe Saldana will be dressed by Prabal Gurung, Amanda Seyfried by Givenchy, Taylor Swift by J. Mendel, and Margot Robbie by Diane von Furstenberg, while Lanvin will host a “mystery celeb”. Actresses Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare and Allison Williams will also reportedly all be in attendance.

Despite the hefty ticket price, some stars could actually end up having a very lucrative night indeed. Rumour has it that some famous faces are being paid to represent lesser-known designers, and getting all of their travel, hotel and ticket costs covered.

Original article: Daily Telegraph newspaper

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Festival & Boho Babe Outfit Inspiration.

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Get inspired before you pack for your next festival or just live the every day laid back boho babe life.  Easy to get the look just by adding some accessories or fringe.

xo-A

Kesha Looks Amazing on Red Carpet in First Post-Rehab Appearance

Kesha is looking amazingly fresh and happy after focusing on herself in rehab for a few months. I commend her for her strength for getting help and staying strong. Below is an article on her first appearance out of rehab.

 

 

 

ABC News’ Daisha Riley reports:
Pop singer Kesha appeared healthy in her first red carpet appearance since finishing two month-stint in rehab to treat an eating disorder.

The “Timber” singer wore a sheer, backless black gown Saturday when she attended the Humane Society of the United States’ 60th anniversary gala.

Kesha Leaves Rehab, ‘Happy to Be Back’

Kesha recently dropped the signature dollar sign from her name and a friend of hers told People magazine that she’s also dropped then negative influences that used to surround her before she sought treatment in rehab.

“Since exiting rehab Kesha has been focusing on her inner strength and practicing self-love – really making sure she’s continuing to follow the rules and guidelines set for her while in rehab,” Patrick Gomez, a reporter for People magazine, told “Good Morning America.”

In January, Kesha’s mother said her daughter’s condition was so bad that doctors said she was lucky to be alive.

Kesha’s Mom on Pop Star’s Eating Disorder: ‘She Almost Died’

Earlier this month, the singer tweeted a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that read “IMA SURVIVOR.” She also tweeted: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me.”

Those fans couldn’t be happier to see her back. One fan tweeted: “Glad you’ve completed treatment. Love you can’t wait to hear what you have in store next.”

Howard Bragman, an image expert and ABC News consultant, said everybody is pulling for Kesha to succeed, adding: “She’s also a very powerful role model for a lot of young women who have these kinds of issues.”

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Fringe Fashion DIY Roundup

A fantastic DIY Fringe Earring that would be perfect for any occasion, especially all the music festivals coming up. Try it out ,all thanks to M&J

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Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!

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These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!

Fringe Bathing Suit from Pulled TogetherInterested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further  than this tutorial on Pulled Together!

Sans Limites Crochet Fringe

This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to…

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