But First, Let Me Take A Selfie!

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That’s it! I’m officially hooked on ABC’s new {sure to be a hit} show, Selfie! I’ve watched the pilot episode and now you can too, at abc.go.com! What I love about this show is that it has all of the makings of my fave chick-flick cult classic movies – the inner dialog narration, the A-list clique vs. the hipster nerds, and the girl that becomes “a project”. However, in this super fun show, instead of a girl in need of a makeover, the very self unaware Eliza is in need of a make-under!

Voted “butt ugly” in high school, Eliza blew out her curls, pushed up the girls, and became insta-famous when she started gaining a huge following on social media. On a very bad day that changed everything, Eliza quickly realized, “being friended is not the same thing as having friends.” She asked her co-worker marketing guru, Henry, to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect. Let the social media cleanse begin!

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Eliza may be a bit self-obsessed with her online persona, but there is something about this girl that is so likable and charming! I really can’t wait to see her evolution and I’m hoping there is a love interest on the horizon, but I’ll have to stay tuned to find out. The season premiere of ABC’s Selfie airs on Tuesday September 30th at 8/7c, but you can watch the pilot episode right now! My husband watched Selfie with me and he really liked it too… we shared quite a few LOLs together.

In the spirit of Eliza trying to tone it down a bit, I thought I’d try a social media cleanse of my own. Well, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again lol. Yes, it took me more than a day to pull this one off, but I finally did it! This Saturday, I didn’t pick up my phone once with the intention of using it for anything other than, well, a phone, ummm well, and a camera ;) I didn’t share a single Tweet, Facebook update, or Instagram pic. It was such a beautiful day, spending time with my family riding around our new neighborhood in our golf cart, splashing around in the pool with John, basking in what was left of summer, doing a little antique shopping, and coming home to watch football and eat pizza. I could use more days of living in the moment and taking my head out of my…cloud. Now that it’s fall, I’d love to spend less time networking online and more time snuggling with the fam. #sofab

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Have you ever tried to see how long you can stay away from social media? I’d love to hear how long you lasted. If you haven’t tried a day away, I highly suggest the cleanse. How would you spend your time if you completely “disconnected”?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own.

Homemade Remoulade Sauce

Homemade Remoulade Sauce Recipe

I don’t know about you all, but when I eat crab cakes, I HAVE to dunk every bite in remoulade sauce! I usually whip up a big batch of crab cake mixture, shape it all into patties, cook a few, and freeze the rest. Since I tend to pop them out of the freezer and eat them spontaneously, I often have crab cakes and no remoulade sauce on hand. Lucky for me, I almost always have the ingredients stocked in my fridge so that I can make some homemade remoulade sauce in no time.

Homemade Remoulade Sauce

Yield: About 1 1/2 Cups

Homemade Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup mustard (Creole mustard if possible)
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (preferably Tabasco)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced and smashed

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. The remoulade is better if left for a few hours to let the flavors meld. Keep refrigerated.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/09/homemade-remoulade-sauce/

This remoulade sauce recipe is also perfect when paired with shimp, or any seafood really!

homemade remoulade sauce recipe – via simplyrecipes.com

Win This! Zoya Ultra PixieDust Giveaway

I just entered to win the newly released Zoya Ultra PixieDust Fall 2014 collection at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/09/zoya-ultra-pixiedust-fall-2014-swatches/ #zoya #zoyaultrapixiedust #giveaway

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! And happy first day of Fall! To celebrate, I’ve swatched, and I’m giving away, Zoya’s brand new Ultra PixieDust for Fall 2014.

Meet the next generation of Zoya’s best-selling textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula,­ Zoya Ultra PixieDust! Three shades featuring both fine micro glitter and mega hex particles for tone on tone 3D effects. This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine and plum hues. No base or top coat required. I have one Ultra PixieDust collection swatched for you all below, and another to give away to one lucky reader!

Also, my Zoya Ignite giveaway ends tomorrow. I hope you’ve entered already for a chance to win the entire collection!

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Zoya Arianna is a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with mega hex particles.

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Zoya Oswin is a true red textured PixieDust with crimson mega hex particles.

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Zoya Noir is a deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red mega hex particles.

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Ultra PixieDust Fall 2014 nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries this time; however, some options are worth more entries than others (ex. liking my Facebook page = 10 entries), US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on September 30th.

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Girl’s Night Out Dress & Romper Roundup

Girl's Night Out Dresses - Date Night Dresses and Rompers

Now that I have a kiddo at home, I rarely go out anymore. On occasion, I love myself a girl’s night out or dinner with my husband. For either, my go to outfit is a cute little dress or a fun romper.

Since most of my plans are last minute, I usually end up scrambling to find something to wear. I figured it’s time I stock up on a couple of outfits to have on hand in case a fun occasion sneaks up on me. Any of these dresses and rompers are perfect for either a girl’s night out or a date night with your man! I actually picked up the floral romper recently for my Family Night with Stella Artois.

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Decorating John’s Room, Courtesy of Havenly

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BEYOND excited about this update! BEYOND!!! A few weeks ago, Havenly.com reached out to me about teaming up and after getting more info about their unique decorating services, I was totally on board! At Havenly, the room of your choice gets professionally designed and delivered, all online and all for one low flat fee per room. Absolutely brilliant! I know exactly what I want and love, but having a professional help me hone in all of my ideas was SO helpful. I never imagined that I would be able to work with an interior decorator, but Havenly makes their services affordable and convenient. Check out their concept boards below. I need your help deciding on a design!

We moved into our new home in March and after picking out every single light fixture, paint color, bricks, shingles, cabinets, countertops, appliances, faucets, and everything else, I was SO done making choices. It was such an amazing and fun process, but I was burnt out on design decisions and needed to recharge before I could start decorating. Five months later, right when my creative energy started flowing again and I was getting ready to give John’s room a makeover, I met and fell in love with Havenly! Great timing!

Nesting wasn’t an option in John’s nursery because we moved into a rental when I was nine months pregnant and moved again on his first birthday, although I did my best with a bit of gender neutral decor. Now that he is a toddler and into everything, he deserves a fun little boy room that is childproofed, yet will grow with him. I shared last week’s “rustic meets whimsical” toddler boy room inspiration post with the team at Havenly (collage above), sent them the dimensions for John’s room, set a budget for products, filled out their questionnaire, and five days later, they delivered two amazing product concept boards that I couldn’t wait to share with you all (below). They even incorporated actual pics of the crib and dresser we already have and would like to work into the new design.

Now that John’s two room concepts have been delivered to my inbox, I need your help! Please take a look at the room boards below and take a vote on your fav – safari or surf shack. I have a fav in mind, but I could totally be persuaded ;) For some reason, I was going to wait until my room renderings were delivered to share all of this with you all, but when these concept boards came in, I was bursting with excitement to get your feedback. I hope you’ll share your thoughts on what room I should go for in the comments below.

Upon giving feedback to Havenly on their concepts, they will deliver two room renderings to showcase their ideas on how everything should be laid out and I can’t wait to share those in a future update, so I hope you’ll check in again soon.

Safari Room

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Surf Shack Beach Room

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Which concept board do you like best? I hope you’ll share your thoughts!

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Blackberry Sangria

Blackberry Sangria Recipe

Happy last Boozey Tuesdays of summer! As the season comes to an end, so does my summer cocktail series. I hope you all tried out a recipe or two? If so, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

Today, I have a blackberry sangria for you all, my second favorite cocktail ever, just after the frozen mudslide. The blackberry sangria will transition your summer sangria into fall by replacing the white wine and light summer fruit with your favorite cabernet and blackberries. I’ve actually covered this blackberry sangria recipe at my blog before (it’s a recipe from Carrabbas), but I had to bring it back for Boozey Tuesdays and thought it needed an updated pic. Enjoy!

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Yield: 8 Blackberry Sangrias

Blackberry Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine (inexpensive, or your favorite will do)
  • 6.5 ounces of Tuaca
  • 14 ounces of Monin Blackberry Mix Syrup
  • 14 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 small can Sprite
  • 1/2 cup blackberries

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, combine house wine, Tuaca, blackberry syrup, and cranberry juice. Serve over ice with a splash of sprite and garnish with a blackberry. Enjoy!
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/09/blackberry-sangria-recipe-2/

Blackberry Sangria Recipe

If you have any favorite fall cocktails, I hope you’ll share your recipes in the comments below :) I love getting inspiration from you all!

Manicure Mondays – Scribble Nails

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Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! This entire week, I’ll be saying farewell to summer with one last summer manicure, Boozey Tuesday cocktail, a seafood recipe and more. I found these Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pens earlier this season and thought there were perfect for fun, playful and bright, perfect for my last manicure of the season :)

Also, if you haven’t entered yet, my Zoya Entice giveaway ends tomorrow :)

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in red, turquoise, yellow, and magenta. These pens are perfect for doodling all over your nails. They’re way easier to use than a thin brush and polish.

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To get the look, start by paining your nails with a white cream nail polish. Cut tape into triangles and press firmly onto dry nails. Make sure there are no bubbles in the tape, otherwise the ink may get under the tape and not show clear edge.

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Using the Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pens, scribble horizontally across your nail with each color. Since I was using 4 colors, I made sure each stripe took up about 1/4 of my nail. Make sure the the scribble goes across the tape so that it really forms an edge of color along the tape line. Next, slowly remove the tape while the polish is still wet. If you get some smudges or color that got under any tape bubbles, you can correct this by going back over those places with your white nail polish. After the nail art scribbles are dry, top with a clear coat. Make sure the scribbles are completely dry so that they don’t smear with the top coat brush.

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Some tips on using these pens – it takes a while for the tip to fill with color. You’ll need a thick piece of paper and will have to dab the top of the pen on the paper several times to get it all inked up. Also, make sure you put the caps back on immediately. They dry up pretty quickly.