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If you love a creative spirit, bright colors, wit and laughter, you’ll love Nicola Rowlands’ Etsy Shop.

Her greeting cards are the cutest, textiles just fabulous, and a handful of oddities I’m a bit obsessed with. I didn’t even realize how many of her beautiful creations I have until I went perusing through her shop again. Here are a few of my faves & some fun new ones!

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Hee hee. The pocket manfriends crack me up.
Enjoy!

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I mean, at this point you know getting that bright pink box in the mail, filled with goodies, is basically my favorite ever… so many good ones this time. Per the usual :)

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  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser : If you don’t know I LOVE Dr Brandt products (particularly the pores no more line), then you haven’t been hanging around long enough. This cleanser was no exception! I’d been looking for a new one and bought this immediately.
  • Helmut Lang Cuiron : A surprising fragrance. Often they’re too heavy for me, but this was clean, bright and citrusy.
  • 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream : OMG this was the winner! It smells amazing!! I bought it immediately. I love the way my eyes look and feel. Definitely a keeper.
  • Rene Furterer ABSOLUE KÉRATINE Sublime Renewal Leave-in Cream : Delicious smelling, left my hair super soft. A little much for everyday, but great a for a weekly treatment.
  • Model Co Lipstick in Stiletto : FAVE. I love a good red, and this is now on my list of faves. A little more moisturizing than my usual, but with great staying power. I think Model Co lipsticks might be the best ever.modelco_stiletto_selfie2_raudette

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Always a winner! This box was full of goodies as usual. Some well known brands’ new items I knew would be great! And a few fun new brands too.

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St. Tropez Gradual Tan Shower Lotion I knew the name, knew the brand was known to be the best in self-tanning, but had doubts about this product. And I was definitely wrong. It’s really easy to use, goes on evenly and gives a perfect glow. And just out of the shower feels like the perfect time to get a little self-tanning done. I’ll be working on this gradual tan for our upcoming Vegas trip!

Rene Furterer Lissea Leave-in Smoothing Fluid My hair is so fine and straight already, I tend not to use products like this. But it did leave my hair shiny and not feeling too weighed down. I imagine this would work great for someone whose hair has a bit more texture.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant LOVE Dr. Brandt products and this was no exception. Super fine scrubbers and calming/healing ingredients make this my favorite manual exfoliant yet! My skin felt super smooth but not overworked. I will definitely be buying this.

OPI Nail Lacquer Venice Collection: Amore at the Grand Canal OPI is always my go-to for reasonably priced, quality polish. And this was no exception. A great classic red, with slightly deeper tones. Perfect for heading into fall.

LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip Tints This went on super smooth and light. Loved the texture and it is the perfect on-the-go cheek color (the shade was a bit too light for me for lip). I keep it in my purse for a little extra color in the afternoon!

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OMG! These are SO GOOD. One of my recent favorites and surprisingly easy for meatballs. Definitely going into the weeknight rotation. And there’s something about cooking with tumeric; I love the bright beautiful color it makes everything. For the yogurt sauce, we doubled the recipe below so that we had a little extra to mix into the rice. And it was still amazing the next day for leftovers.

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Tandoori Meatballs
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For the meatballs:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground chicken breast
1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the yogurt sauce:
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
lemon wedges (from remaining 1/2), for serving

Heat oven to 350F. Spread the oil onto the center of a rimmed baking sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, bread crumbs, egg, cilantro, lemon juice, and spices. Mix gently to combine. Form into 12 balls (a medium cookie scoop is perfect for this). Arrange the meatballs on the baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Turn the meatballs over and bake another 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and remaining spices. Coat the cooked meatballs in yogurt sauce and return to the baking sheet. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
Serve with lemon wedges. We also served over basmati rice and peas.

It’s been so long! But stews have been calling me. And this is the perfect transitional stew. Fresh, bright ingredients that still feel right on a warm summer night, but warm and filling enough as the weather starts to turn. Plus, anything with fresh peas and ricotta is bound to be amazing.

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Fregola with Green Peas, Mint and Ricotta
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1 1/4 cups fregola (can substitue pearl couscous, if you’re having trouble!)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
2 ounces bacon (about 3 slices), chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 cup shelled fresh peas (from about 1 pound pods) or frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus leaves for serving
4 ounces ricotta

Cook fregola in a large pot of boiling salted water until very al dente, 6-8 minutes. Drain pasta (do not rinse), reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium and cook bacon, stirring often, until bacon is brown around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add wine, bring to a simmer, and cook until skillet is almost dry, about 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Add fregola and cook, stirring often, until pasta is just al dente and broth is thickened, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add peas and chopped mint and cook, stirring, until peas are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Add pasta cooking liquid as needed to adjust consistency. Serve topped with ricotta, mint, and cracked pepper and drizzled with oil.

 

Absolute favorite new place to shop: & Apparel. So cute, the most fun…. and everything under $50! I’m obsessed. Here are a few of my faves:

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Jogger Jumpsuit  /  Coral & Fringe Dress  /  Tropical Vibes Pencil Skirt  /  Flamingo Tee  /  Lemonade Sweater  /  Melange Lounge Pant

Better hurry! They sell out quick! I’ve got the lemonade sweater and the tropical vibes skirt… I think that coral dress might be next on my list! xoxo.

UPDATE: Please note they have a very limited return policy. It must be received back to them within 14 days. So try it on right away!