Hi beautiful people!
The past few days the temperature has plumeted from the heat wave we just went through here on the East Coast, and although the temperatures are still in the upper 60s and 70s, it has been giving me fall vibes! 🙂 Now to be clear, I am in NO WAY ready for summer to end, however, as my long-time readers know, fall is my favorite season! The first cool weather we have had this summer, and I was craving PUMPKIN! So naturally, I made pumpkin muffins as I watched reruns of American Horror Story.
I used a simple recipe you can find at this link Libby’s Pumpkin Muffins. I substituted the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil for a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. I’ve been doing this when I bake lately because unsweetened applesauce is a substitute for vegetable oil, and has a 1:1 ratio – meaning there are no conversions to be done, and you cut the fat down significantly in your recipe! I also used a 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of a 1/2 cup of water to give my muffins a hint of citrus!
PS: Don’t mind the slits in the tops of the muffins – I stuck a knife in the top of them to make sure they were cooked thoroughly before I took them out of the pan
These muffins are delicious, and next time I think I’m going to put chocolate chips in them! This rescipe yielded about 28 muffins! ❤ Right out of the oven with butter they are tasty, and they are also yummy toasted with butter, and with coffee in the morning! If you are feeling fall vibes as well and craving the tastes of the season, these muffins are easy to make and will satisfy your fall-flavor craving while you soak up the sunrays of late summer!
What have you been baking this summer? Has the weather been feeling like fall to you? Let me know!
Who doesn’t love Ulta Beauty?! I could literally spend hours in the Ulta store testing products, and just staring at all of the beautiful beauty products they sell. What I really love about Ulta is their rewards program, and if you are a rewards member you receive a free “birthday gift” during your birthday month. Last year, I received a beautiful Urban Decay eyeshadow – worth about $18!! It is one of my favorite eyeshadows now, and since it was a full-sized product I still have a lot of it left (even though I use it almost everytime I do my makeup).
Anyway, earlier this month I turned 22, and this year Ulta offered an even cooler gift for those of us born in July! It was a NYX Eyeshadow Palette, that says “Happy Birthday” on it! I’m not sure if the colors in the palette were curated specifically for Ulta for this birthday gift, but I have not seen NYX release a similar palette anytime recently, so I assume it’s a special birthday color mix! It is so gorgeous I just had to share pictures with you all!
The palette comes with 10 different eyeshadows. They are a mix of shimmers and mattes. Just from the swatches I made, some seem more pigmented and wetter than others, but with a little eyeshadow primer and wetting my eyeshadow brush before I apply them, the color payoff should be great.
All of these warm-toned reds, oranges, and pinks are my favorite colors to wear, and to be honest, I feel as though those colors are seriously trending across the beauty scene these days. Also, can we just take a look at that taupe in the top right?! UGH so so so pretty! I love this mix of colors so much and I can’t wait to play with it!
These swatches go from the left to the right (top row, bottom row), and unfortunately you can’t really see the first and the last colors from the palette because they are very flesh-toned. Nonethless, they will make great all-over the lid shadows.
If you shop at Ulta and are not on their rewards program you should definitely do it! ❤ There are so many perks, and they make sure their rewards members feel special on their birthday!
Today after company class and rehearsal, I took a hike up to heaven 💓 By that I mean I took the Stairway to Heaven Trail (a part of the Appalachian Trail) up to “the view”, which overlooks a valley and the Appalachian mountain range. And seriously guys – it was heaven!! The sky was pure blue, and the smell of the fresh pine and earthiness of the forest was invigorating! The breeze at the top of the mountain was incredible also, and dried all of the sweat I perspired during my trek up there. Even more amazing were the hawks that flew so close – you could see the definitions between their feathers!
The warm sun toasted my skin and gave me happy, grounding vibes. Sometimes hiking by yourself helps you find your center more than ballet class 🙏 I rehearse out of NY state, and I pass this trail every week on my way to rehearsal. Switching up my workout routine by taking this hike instead of going to the gym was a fun change to challenge my body in a new way. It was my second time climbing this trail (I climbed it last year), and it was even more exhilarating this time around. God bless this beautiful country! 💓
What are your favorite trails to climb in your state/around the county? Do you like to hike for a workout, and have you ever hiked alone before? Let me know!
Hi blog readers!
I am so excited to announce my Etsy shop – Julia’s Leaps of Faith – is now open for business! Remember back when I announced I was making my own makeup? (You can read about it here: Leaps of Faith Vegan & Cruelty-Free Homemade Eyeshadow). I have since been testing out different formulas and have sent some to friends and other bloggers (like Dating Through the Distance!) to try my homemade cosmetics, and I’ve received such good feedback! ❤ For this reason, I decided to take the leap and jump into running my own Etsy shop which consists of homemade eyeshadow, custom eye palettes, and soon screen-printed t-shirts! I am very excited about this endeavor as I venture into my first fall without college to worry about! Below are some swatches of colors that are available to purchase right now (more are to come!).
Also available are custom four pan eyeshadow palettes! They are so so so pretty and conveniently sized for travel or in the pocketbook! The colors will be sure to make your eyes pop whether you are performing on stage, on a date, running errands, or hanging with your besties! ❤ Check out some of my images below!
My eyeshadows are pressed in 26mm magnetic pans! The individual pans are selling for $5 individually, and the custom palettes are $20 each with the magnetic palette! 🙂 You can follow this link to check out my Etsy shop: JuliaLeapsofFaith Etsy. All of the eyeshadows are cruelty-free and most are vegan unless they contain carmine and are specified otherwise! 🙂
I hope you all enjoy my shop! I will still be reviewing other makeup, beauty, and dance products on here, but I will be promoting my own brand from time to time too 😉 You can always comment, or DM my Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions about ordering!
Let me know what you all think!
I stumbled upon this article yesterday, and was thrilled to see Dance Magazine highlight the fact that the road to stardom in the dance world does not necessarily mean you have to uproot your life and move to NYC for opportunities. It is a great read for aspiring dance professionals who may feel as if they are not in the “right area” to pursue their dreams.
What opportunities have you all found outside of NYC? The level of professionalism in a lot of companies based outside of the Big Apple can exceed your expectations.
Yes, You Can Make Big Work Outside of the Big Apple
Photo courtesy of dancemagazine.com