The Parlour – Durham, NC

Surprise! I didn’t think I was going to have time to blog this week, but turns out I do! And today I am sharing something I am SO passionate about. It is ice cream, and ice cream I found in Durham, NC.

As an ice cream lover, I am SO LOYAL to my chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve in a cake cone (also known as a wafer cone). I usually top it off with rainbow sprinkles, and voilà! That is ice cream bliss for me. However, while I was at the American Dance Festival last year in Durham, I discovered “The Parlour”, which is downtown Durham’s favorite local ice cream shop, and for good reason!

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Not only do they have homemade flavors such as Lavendar-Vanilla, Blueberry Buttermilk, Salty Malty Caramel Truffle, and Coconut Cream Pie (all of these are DELISH by the way), they have Kalamansi and Blueberry flavored sorbet. In addition to these, they have vegan options like Yuzu Mandarin and even Chocolate! Among my favorites of all of their amazing varieties is their Vegan Chocolate ice cream! And I must say – it actually bumps chocolate and vanilla twist with rainbow sprinkles to 2nd place in my favorites book. There is actually no competition – this vegan chocolate ice cream has landed #1 as my favorite ice cream of ALL TIME!

Their vegan chocolate ice cream has a consistency between a hard ice cream and a soft serve. It is not too hard, yet it is not super soft. Unfortunately, I suffer from a lactose sensitivity, so my love for ice cream is plagued by a bought of stomach cramps and bloating, and a trip to the bathroom after eating it.

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BUT this ice cream is incredible because it is vegan so I avoid the effects of the lactose and heavy milk fats. Plus, it has such depth to it’s taste! It tastes like a serious fudge brownie, and I am able to enjoy all of it’s cold, chocolatey deliciousness without the lactose-induced bellyaches that usually follow.

I took my mom to The Parlour the day we drove down to NC together to show her how amazing it actually is. And she loved it. She ended up buying the Blueberry Buttermilk, and she tried my vegan chocolate and said it was too good to be vegan!

If you all find yourselves in Durham, North Carolina definitely stop in to The Parlour and try one of their many amazing flavors. I dare you to order the vegan chocolate and not love it! I bet you will love it so much you’ll go back for seconds! And thirds, and fourths…

I will be posting more about my food and travels throughout the next two months! Keep your eyes out – I will be dancing a lot which means I will be very hungry 😉

Until next time,

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Easy Homemade Chia Pudding Bowls

Hi everybody!

Lately, I am OBSSESSED with chia pudding bowls topped with fresh fruit, nutella, and peanut butter! Around NJ, you can buy them at certain quick-eat restaurants that sell acai bowls, smoothie bowls, and fruit bowls. I cannot afford to buy chia pudding bowls multiple times a week, however, so I decided to make my own chia pudding at home!

If you don’t know what chia pudding is, it is basically a mixture of chia seeds and milk. When mixed, it forms a gelatinous kind of texture that is similar to tapioca pudding. Chia seeds absorb 9x their weight, so naturally the mixture forms this interesting tapioca-like texture.

For this recipe, I bought Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds at Shoprite for $8.99, and some Silk brand unsweetened coconut almond blend milk. You can use any type of milk you want, but I prefer nut milk blends!

In addition, you will need a mason jar or container to mix it all in, some vanilla extract, and a sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or any other sweetener!

The recipe I used makes two servings.

  1. 6 tablespoons of chia seeds
  2. 2 cups of milk
  3. 1/2 tsp of Vanilla
  4. 1 tablespoon of sweetener
  5. Fruit, nutella, peanut butter, and/or shredded coconut for toppings

Add the chia seeds and milk to a jar and stir. Add vanilla and sweetener to taste. Stir again. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir or shake to make sure the chia seeds are not clumping together. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight!

When ready to serve, scoop into a bowl. Add fresh fruit, protein, and/or any other toppings you want. Serve cold and enjoy!

Here is how mine turned out!

This recipe is gluten-free and vegan depending on the types of toppings you add! I am so excited how this came out, and that I can now make my favorite chia pudding bowls at home, at a much more economical cost! ❤ Feel free to adjust the chia seed to milk ratio depending on how thick or liquidy you want your mix to be!

I hope you enjoyed this quick recipe, and let me know below if you’ve ever had chia pudding and whether or not you like it! Some people don’t care for the consistency, and usually I am weird with textures, but I really enjoy this for some reason! I’ve always struggled with stomach sensitivity issues, so it is exciting for me to find recipes that work with my body and that don’t bother my stomach!

xoxo until next time, enjoy your chia!

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Snow Day JLoF Eyeshadow Look Cruelty-Free Beauty

Hi everybody!

There was a huge Nor’easter here in NJ yesterday (happy spring… not). I decided to play with and showcase some of my homemade makeup! For those that know me and my blog, I LOVE purple and mauve – so I decided to play with some of my purple and mauve toned shades!

Here is the result!

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Gosh I love these shadows so much! Not just because I made them, but because they go on so effortlessly and they stay put! I will list the eyeshadows of mine that I used and where I put them!

So I put a color I do not have up on my Etsy in my crease! I call this shadow Dusty Tulip. This color is a mauve purple with pink undertone and it is so pretty! I will be adding this color to the shop soon! A similar looking color to this that is available to buy right now is called Teacup. Teacup is slightly more pink, but still gorgeous!

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Next I took Introspective, a smokey purple shade, and lightly buffed it into my outer v! Buff and blend to your heart’s content! What is great about Introspective is that it is so buildable and pigmented, so you can build the color to the desired darkness you are looking to achieve!

Next, I added another shade not yet available on my Etsy, a shade called Babydoll, onto the center of my eyelids and the inner corner of my eyes! This color is a white glimmer highlight with a pink undertone! I love it! I am looking to add this color to the shop soon once my next order of mineral makeup materials comes in! You can check out swatches of Babydoll and Dusty Tulip colors in this old post of mine Leaps of Faith Vegan and Cruelty Free Eyeshadows

I then added Dusty Tulip again under my lower lash line, and blended it into Babydoll which I extended from the inner corner to meet the other color under my lashes.

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I hope you all like the look I created, and if you have any questions about the mineral makeup I create and sell, feel free to comment below or send me an email! I will be adding some new colors this weekend hopefully, so if you are interested keep your eyes out for the addition of colors so you can recreate this look! ❤

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of the look I created below!

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xoxo

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Throwback Thursday – ColourPop Cosmetics 90’s Line Fall Collection

Hey lovely WordPress readers! It is Thursday evening, and I am finally back in the United States! My vacation was INCREDIBLE, and I can’t wait to tell you about it in another post, and also show you some beautiful pictures!

Today I want to tell you all about the makeup I received in the mail! I read on a fellow blogger’s site about her mini haul from ColourPop cosmetics, and the review made me want to look them up and try their products out! Rest assured, the products lived up to my excitement for my order!

ColourPop is an online-exclusive makeup brand based out of Los Angeles. Their goal is to provide luxury formula makeup products for an affordable price! Their products are also not tested on animals, and most of them are vegan! They sell their Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lipstick, eye shadows, eye pigments, highlighters, bronzers, and blushes! By the way, did I mention they have every color in every shade you could probably think of?! Yes, yes they do! It is a dream come true! Not only that, but all of their products come in a variety of finishes (matte, pearlized, glossy, metallic, etc.), so you have a TON of options.

I wanted to test the waters with my first purchase, so I only bought one of their Super Shock eye shadows, and a Lippie Stix matte lipstick. ColourPop recently launched their new fall line, which includes a whole palette of colors and shades reminiscent of the 1990’s! So to celebrate my order coming in today and me using my new makeup, I wore my hooded flannel and my combat boots (I was born in the 90’s, you know!). I will post the selfie later on, haha. I bought my Super Shock eye shadow in the color “Mixed Tape”, and my Lippie Stix in the color “Grunge”. Here is a picture of my order:

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Pictured: Lippie Stix in “Grunge” and Super Shock Eyeshadow in “Mixed Tape”.

This picture doesn’t do the products justice, and it seems like the Lippie is more of a brown color. Well, it is sort of a brown color, but to me it is more of a purple-y taupe with brown undertones. I love purple and burgundy lip sticks, and this color looks great on my skin tone! Plus, it is a PERFECT shade for the fall (which we are in the middle of! I can’t believe it is halfway through October already!). Anyway, here is a picture of the colors demo-ed on my hand:

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Pictured: Top color is the Super Shock Eyeshadow, and the bottom is the Lippie Stix

Mixed Tape, the eye shadow, is also a taupe purple-y grey color, and oh my gosh, it is so pretty! This color is pearlized so it is sparkly and has a nice depth to it! The packaging recommends using your finger to apply it for the best results, and I also used e.l.f. eyelid primer before applying it to make it pop even more! Unfortunately, my front-facing camera on my Galaxy s5 is absolutely awful, so I tried my best to enhance the image colors so you can see the different colors on my lids. The Mixed Tape is the lighter color on my eyelid closer to the inner corner of my eye:

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First face done with ColourPop! Sorry if you can’t see the left half of my face too clearly, the bright light from the sun washed out that side of my face!

Finally, I forgot to emphasize the affordability of this brand!! Each eye shadow runs about $5 a pop, although I think the eye pigments are slightly more expensive. Furthermore, the Lippie Stix are all $5 as well! Nothing individually is priced over $10, unless you are buying packs which are more like bulk purchase options they have available.

I love these “90’s” colors, and I think they are perfect for the fall weather and fashion of the season. I’ll have you all know, I loaded my cart up on ColourPop with $35 worth of cosmetics I want to buy! I can’t wait for my next paycheck, and I will also be buying some of these to give as gifts for the holidays coming up! I’ve officially become a ColourPoppette, as the company likes to call its users, and I hope you all go and order some products from them and become Poppettes with me! If you do place an order, let me know what you think of their products when you get them! ❤ Cheers and much love to you all! Happy fall, and happy Throwback Thursday!

If you are interested in purchasing the products/colors I used, click here:
1. Grunge Lippie
2. Mixed Tape Eyeshadow
Or you can visit: http://www.colourpop.com