Manicure Mondays – OPI “Copaca Babies” Giveaway

OPI Brazil Mini

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I’m definitely having one of those “my weekend wasn’t long enough” moments, but I do have a fun giveaway that’s sure to help with our Monday blues!

How To Win

One lucky reader will win the adorable limited edition OPI “Copaca Babies” Brazil minis by entering my Instagram giveaway. For a chance to win,

  • follow @FabFatale at Instagram
  • regram the pic above {you can also regram it from my Instagram profile}
  • caption the pic with tag #fabOPIgiveaway

International readers are welcome to enter, giveaway ends midnight Eastern on August 12th.

The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Shock The Internet With Your Healthy #FoodPorn

Fruit Salsa Recipe With Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

I hope you all are up for a challenge! How many of you follow or post pics tagged with #FoodPorn on social media? It’s one of my favorite ways to get inspiration for my next kitchen adventure, but have you ever noticed how unhealthy most of these recipes are, lacking fruits and vegetables in most pics?

Fruit Salsa Recipe With Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Bolthouse Farms, the maker my favorite Chocolate Protein Plus, Daily Greens Juice, smoothies, and dressings, is hoping to change the imbalance of #FoodPorn by motivating internet foodies to share more fruit and veggie snacks and less sugary desserts. Their new Food Porn Index shows just how unhealthy most food pics on the internet are, with the very on-trend vegetable kale coming in at 10 million posts, vs. icecream at 22 million! To date, Bolthouse Farms has tracked 423.3 million food hashtags on Twitter and Instagram! Fruits and veggies are still getting the shaft.

Help Bolthouse Farms change the imbalance and make every #FoodPorn count! For your next foodie pic posted to social media, get creative and see if you can make your friends swoon over a healthy recipe, like I did! I have family in town and they couldn’t wait for me to finish up my pics for this fruit salsa so they could dig in. The cinnamon chips (tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon) were baking in the oven and the smell was driving everyone crazy! This is one of my all time favorite recipes and it’s SO good for you! Tag @BolthouseFarms and #foodpornindex in your next foodie pic to show off your healthy #FoodPorn!

Fruit Salsa & Baked Cinnamon Tortialla Chips

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Fruit Salsa & Baked Cinnamon Tortialla Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries,
  2. strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the
  3. refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into
  6. wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges
  7. with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla
  9. wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/07/shock-the-internet-with-your-healthy-foodporn/

Fruit Salsa Recipe With Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

This is a sponsored post, courtesy of Bolthouse Farms. All opinions are my own. Fruit salsa and cinnamon tortialla chips recipe – allrecipes.com.

Raspberry Blimey

Raspberry Blimey - Summer Cocktail

Happy Boozey Tuesdays! I hope you are enjoying this summer cocktail series! Can you all think of any interesting summer cocktails that don’t involve fruit? I hope you’ll comment below with your ideas. Besides a margarita, I very much associate seasonal fruit with summer cocktails so I keep reaching for what we have on hand from the market. This week, with a fridge full of raspberries, I thought I’d do a fun take on the traditional raspberry blimey cocktail.

A blimey cocktail usually consists of liquor, lime juice, and simple syrup. This sounded too sweet and strong to me, so I mixed it up a bit. Instead of lime juice and simple syrup, I opted for lemon/lime soda with a splash of lime and swapped out vodka for rum. I hope you all enjoy my take on the pretty and tastey raspberry blimey!

Raspberry Blimey

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce Rum
  • 2 Dashes Black Currant Liqueur
  • 4 Ounces Lemon Lime Soda
  • 1 Lime
  • 4-5 Raspberries

Instructions

  1. Fill cocktail glass with ice and pour in rum and black currant liqueur. Fill glass with lemon lime soda, a squeeze of lime, and garnish with raspberries.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/07/raspberry-blimey/

Raspberry Blimey - Summer Cocktail

Manicure Mondays – Sand & Sea

Essie Mint Candy Apple Sand Tropez Go Overboard Swatches

Happy Manicure Mondays! I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a revolving door of company all week, which I LOVE. Lots of family coming and going, and I wish they could all stay forever! I had a little fun in the sun, worked on {and sipped on} a cocktail for Boozey Tuesdays, and put together a super easy summer nail art manicure for you all.

** Today is the last day to enter my massive Zoya “7 collection” giveaway **

Essie has a fun new Essie Looks blog that showcases nail art using their amazing nail polish. The summer manicure that really stood out to me was their Sea And Be Scene nail art using Essie Mint Candy Apple, Sand Tropez and Go Overboard. I recreated the look for today’s Manicure Mondays and I am so in love with the color combinations. I was so busy this weekend that I really wanted a manicure that was easy, yet stand out for summer, and this nail art was perfect. It kinda reminds me of the Chanel nail art that I’ve recreated a few times {Pantone’s Emerald Chanel Haute Couture and autism awareness nails}, but with a third color layered into the mix.

Essie Mint Candy Apple Sand Tropez Go Overboard Swatches

So what do you think of this Sand & Sea nail art? Is this a summer manicure you would try?


Don’t miss my Manicure Mondays board for more mani Pinspiration!

Banana Pops

Banana Chocolate Peanuts Popsicle

This dessert couldn’t be more easy! The topping for these banana pops reminds me SO much of the Nestle Drumsticks that I used to devour as a kid, yet much healthier with a banana in the center instead of icecream. This snack only has 3 ingredients, yet two combinations to love – banana and chocolate meets salty and sweet! I’d definitely go for the saltiest peanuts you can find for a salted chocolate topping.

Banana Pops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Banana Pops

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
  • 2 bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into thirds
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of gently simmering water. Stir just until melted.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Insert a popsicle stick in one end of each banana piece. Dip banana, one piece at a time, in chocolate, spooning on additional chocolate to cover.
  3. Sprinkle each banana with peanuts, and set on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 20 minutes, or up to 3 days.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/07/banana-pops/

Banana Chocolate Peanuts Popsicle

banana pops recipe – marthastewart.com

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

Happy Boozey Tuesdays! In case you’re new to this series, I’m sharing a summer cocktail every week this season for your sipping pleasure ;) Somehow I ended up playing with my kiddo outside in the rain after this one lol.

What would Boozey Tuesdays be without a yummy fruit infused champagne cocktail? This is a perfect alternative to the standard (but oh so good) mimosa we’re used to sipping on for brunch. Fresh blueberry puree and a squeeze of lemon and lime make this the perfect summer champagne sparkler.

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Boozey Tuesdays – Blueberry Champagne Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon - cut into pinwheels
  • 1 lime - cut into pinwheels
  • 20 blueberries
  • champagne

Instructions

  1. In a large sangria glass, muddle together 15 blueberries, 1 lemon pinwheel, and one lime pinwheel. Fill glass with champagne and remaining blueberries, stir, and garnish glass with a lemon pinwheel.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/07/boozey-tuesdays-blueberry-champagne-sparkler/

blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

blueberry champagne sparkler cocktail recipe - perfect for a summer brunch!

HAPPY BOOZEY TUESDAYS! What cocktails are you all sippin on this summer?

Manicure Mondays – My Butter London Favs For Summer

Butter London - My Favorite Cream Nail Polish For Summer - Cheeky Chops Slapper Snog Swatches

Butter London - My Favorite Cream Nail Polish For Summer - Cheeky Chops Slapper Snog Swatches

Butter London Favs For Summer

Butter London Favs For Summer

Top left to bottom - Cheeky Chops, Snog, & Slapper

Butter London Cheeky Chops

Butter London Cheeky Chops

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops is a beautiful bright pastel chalky yellow cream nail polish.

Butter London Snog

Butter London Snog

butter LONDON Snog is a deep hot pink cream nail polish.

Butter London Slapper

Butter London Slapper

butter LONDON Slapper is a deep teal blue indoors, and a bright aqua blue in the sun.

Happy Manicure Mondays! I hope you all had an amazing weekend!

I love short well manicured nails for summer covered in super bright cream polishes. Of all the seasons Butter London does so well, I think their summer shades are my fav! Their colors are always so unique and really seem to have some sort of glow built in to the polish. The shades just jump off of your nails!

This Manicure Monday also includes an indoor redeaux of my Butter London Slapper swatch that caused all that controversy ;) Check out the slideshow above for swatches of my Butter London favs for summer!