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Fall TV Shows

With fall comes the new season or bunch of new shows to watch.  Below are the ones I am most excited about.

  1. Dexter
  2. Homeland
  3. The Vampire Diaries
  4. The Office
  5. Gossip Girl
  6. Law & Order: SVU
  7. Modern Family
  8. Elementary
  9. The New Normal
  10. Hart of Dixie
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. Go On

Thursday Treat


Simple Desserts

I am not a big fan of cooking though a huge fan of eating, lol!  So, today’s recipe is for simple dessert that even the laziest of person like me can make.  They are from Giada De Laurentiis, one of my favorite chefs to watch.  Her recipes are always simple and easy to follow.  Enjoy!

GIADA’S Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple


  • 3 sheets phyllo dough (or 12 store bought phyllo cups)
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup raspberry yogurt
  • Small block chocolate, for garnish
  • Special equipment: 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, mini muffin tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and press them into the mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the mascarpone, pineapple, and raspberry yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the phyllo cups. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate onto the top of the mascarpone mixture and serve.



  • 1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
  • 12 (1/2-inch) thick slices pound cake (from 1 (10.75-ounce) loaf
  • 6 fresh strawberries, hulled and very thinly sliced (you can also use banana if you like)
  • Butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray


  1. Heat a panini grill to medium according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over 1 side of all of the pound cake slices. Arrange the sliced strawberries over 6 cake slices. Cover with the remaining cake slices, chocolate side down.
  2. Spray panini grill with nonstick spray and grill each panino until the pound cake is crisp and golden and the fillings are warm, about 2 minutes. Cut each panini in half and serve.




  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated rolled pie crust (recommended: Pillsbury)
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • I use regular store bought whipped cream, like Cool Whip, instead of making it myself like she suggests


Special equipment: a 3-inch round cookie cutter

  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Unroll the pie crust out on a work surface. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 8 disks of pastry. Arrange the pastry disks on the prepared baking sheet. Using the tines of a fork, prick the pastry all over. Bake until brown and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the bottom of the apples to create an even surface for cutting. Slice each apple into 6 (1/2-inch) slices. Cut each apple slice in half and remove any seeds or pieces of core. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Add the apple slices and toss until coated. Shake off any excess mixture. Arrange the apple slices on the same baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until dark brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream until thick, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat until the cream is very thick.  (or use store bought whipped cream)
  5. To assemble the pies: Place the pastry disks on a work surface. Divide the cooked apple slices among 4 of the disks. Dollop about 2 tablespoons of the cream on top of the apples and cover with the remaining disks.
  6. Transfer the apple pies to dessert plates, dust with cinnamon and serve immediately.

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Wednesday Wishes & Wants


Here are the sweet seven fall make-up products that are on my radar:

  1. Plum lipstick – a must for this fall – Nars Scarlet Empress

  2. Brown shadow – for an alluring smokey brown eyes – CoverGirl
  3. Green eyeshadow – Urban Decay
  4. Golden Illuminizer – Benefit
  5. Deep plum polish – Sonia Kashuk
  6. Volumizing mascara - Lancome
  7. Orgasmic glow – Nars Foreplay



Super Combo: Monday Madness & Tuesday Trendy


One of this summer’s biggest trends were printed and colored pants (jeans).  But just because summer is over, doesn’t mean these trends are.  We are still seeing colored and printed jeans for fall and I for one am very about it.  Just make sure to wear richer hues for fall, like dark red, forest green, deep purples or berries.  To get this trend, I am only going to link one retailer – Express.  I am completely in love with Express’ Stella Jean Leggings, not only do they come in various colors and prints, they are extremely comfortable and fit really well.  I wore the black sateen one on a six hour train ride in France and it wasn’t restricting at all like it would be if I wore my regular skinny jeans; the best part is, I washed the black pants and there was no color fading, yay!!!

Express Printed Leggings
Express Colored Leggings

Sunday Spotlight: The Duchess of Cambridge


This week instead of my usual recap post, I am going to do a recap of my favorites outfits the Duchess wore during her South Asia Jubilee Tour.  I thought she looked elegant, feminine yet comfortable for the hot climate.

Friday Fab Finds


Celeb inexpensive beauty tips

Looking fab can and does cost lots money.  I know I spend a lot of money buying cosmetics, few different shampoos, lotions and what not.  So, here are a few tips from celebs that hopefully will save us some $$$.

  1. To soothe dry, itchy scalp, or dandruff crush few ibuprofen or hard pills and mix with your shampoo.  The jagged edge of the pills will work like a scrub and get rid of the flakes per Oscar Blandi.
  2.  Repair end with Gelatin; dissolve a packet of clear gelatin in hot water and then massage the warm solution through your hair, leave in for 30 minutes and then rinse per Ted Gibson.
  3. Natural grapeseed oil is a great moisturizer according to Emma Stone who uses it day and night to keep her skin looking so beautiful.
  4. Add spoon full of sugar to your body wash and then lather up.  It works as a gentle exfoliater according to Kim Kardashian.
  5. Jennifer Aniston uses quarter of a teaspoon Vaseline under her eyes every night to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
  6. Evan Rachel Wood uses olive oil as her make up remover and you can also use it to remove hair extension glue (if you use extensions) per Jennifer Hudson hairstylist Kiyah Wright.
  7. Mariah Carey mixes mint extract to gloss for a natural way to plump up her lips.  You can also use cinnamon extract.
  8. Fergie uses toothpaste to dry up her breakouts!
  9. Lauren Conrad gives herself ice cube facial to get rid of fat cells, breakouts and for dewy complexion.  She also uses potatoes to get rid of puffy eyes.  Refrigerate few slices, soak in water for few minutes and then place them on your lids for about 15 minutes.  It also helps reduce the look of dark circles (this is my tip).
  10. Scarlett Johansson uses Manuka honey (but I use the natural honey) mask to keep give her face a dewy glow and get rid of all the impurities.


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