Julep Summer’s {Almost} In The Bag Giveaway

I just entered to win a @JulepMaven Summer's In The Bag giveaway at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/summers-almost-in-the-bag-giveaway/ #julep #nailpolish #giveaway

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My husband and I went out with friends Friday night {we had a baby sitter watch John, whoop!} and had such a great time. We were part of a very fun event that I can’t wait to share with you all soon! The rest of the weekend was so productive, with the exception of a little much needed pool time, so I think I’m ready to face this Monday! I hope to cure your Monday blues with a few, yes a few, givewaways!!!

Today I have 3 nail polish giveaways for you all, I hope you can keep up with all of the giveaway madness lol – ending tomorrow is my Zoya Naturel Deux (2) giveaway, I’m hosting a second Zoya Naturel Deux (2) giveaway for my Instagram followers, and I also have this super fun Julep “Summer’s In The Bag” giveaway, a $150 value!

I’m mourning summer already and it’s not even over yet lol. I always get a little sad when all of the fall promo emails start rolling in, which seems to be earlier and earlier every year! If you’re not ready to let go either, then this giveaway is for you. One lucky reader will win an orange and gray tote, Julep lip gloss in Charming, Solace oil-free sunscreen SPF 30, Sea Salt Texture Spray, Maddy (Classic with a Twist) nail polish, Princess Grace (It Girl) nail polish, and Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat!

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Julep “Summer’s In The Bag” nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. 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 2nd.

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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.

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

French Toast Skewers Recipe

Have you ever wanted to serve yummy, oh-so-messy french toast at a brunch, but opted for easy to eat finger foods instead? This french toast skewers recipe is perfect for your next morning get together when you want to keep it clean, yet delicious! The fruit paired so well with the french toast and the blueberry sauce may have forever changed the way I eat french toast! This one is a “must try”. Apparently I’m going through a food on a stick phase lol {see my chocolate covered banana pops}.

To save on time, I cheated just a bit on the blueberry sauce. I took the smaller blueberries that wouldn’t skewer well, microwaved them for 30 seconds, smashed them with a fork, and mixed them with Smuckers blueberry syrup. Delicious!!! I also used my homemade vanilla which was amazing! It’s time to start making a couple more batches for the holidays!

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

Yield: Serves 4

French Toast & Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup 1% buttermilk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (one-pound) unsliced dense white bread (I used French bread), crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
  • Blueberry sauce (or warmed, smashed blueberries mixed with blueberry syrup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Stir in bread.
  2. In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Place half of the bread mixture in pan; cook, turning occasionally with tongs, until browned on all sides. To keep warm, transfer to the oven. Cook remaining bread in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter as before.
  3. Thread bread cubes onto skewers alternating with blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices. Dust skewers lightly with confectioner's sugar. Serve drizzled with blueberry syrup.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/french-toast-fruit-skewers/

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

French Toast Skewers Recipe

french toast skewers recipe – altered from marthastewart.com via yumsugar.com

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Salty Dog Recipe

I think this pink grapefruit salty dog may be the first frozen cocktail in my Boozey Tuedays series, and it is the perfect summer sipper! It’s a beautiful drink, so refreshing, and pretty easy to make too. The Campari liqueur is optional and is really only needed if you prefer to bring out the bitter bite of the grapefruit. If not, then the pink grapefruit and vodka is perfect on it’s own.

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Yield: 1 Pink Salty Dog

Boozey Tuesdays – Pink Salty Dog

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt, for rim of glass
  • Grapefruit slice, for garnish
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 tablespoon Campari liqueur (optional)
  • 1 to 1/2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place salt in a saucer. Moisten the rim of a glass with a grapefruit slice. Dip rim in salt. Combine juice and vodka with Campari or grenadine in the jar of a blender; blend. With the motor running, add ice until fully incorporated and slushy. Pour into prepared glass.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/summer-cocktails-pink-grapefruit-salty-dog-recipe/

Salty Dog Recipe

pink grapefruit salty dog recipe – marthastewart.com

Go Back To School In Style With Dormify

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Dormify Bedding

I wish I had known about Dormify.com, the experts in stand-out style for small spaces, when I was in college! Whether you’re in school, decorating your first apartment, or trying to create functional spaces in your baby’s nursery, Dormify has all of the essentials you need to get fashionably organized! I absolutely love their coordinating products including bedding, wall art, storage, and more!

It’s been a while since I was a college girl living in a dorm, but for some reason, I LOVE browsing the back to school aisles and online sales every year! I actually get a little thrill from it all lol. This year, I’m on the hunt for anything that will keep us organized in our new place! We’ll be living in this house for many years to come, so I want to optimize every space so that we maintain room to grow. Here are some fun storage solutions Dormify sent my way to try out!

dormifyLaundryBag

This laundry backpack, available in four colors, is the best invention EVER! It holds so much laundry, the drawstring keeps everything from spilling over, and the backpack straps make it easy to lug around to the laundry mat or up and down the stairs in your apartment.

dormifyGarmentBag

This garment bag is as stylish as the dress zipped inside. Next time you travel home for a cousin’s wedding, make sure your outfit is protected in this travel bag featuring contrast stripe lining, an adjustable shoulder strap, and logo gold hardware.

dormifyStorageBoxes

Organizing our closet shelves is must for me right now, so I’m going to need a few more of these stylish boxes! I can’t keep wicker baskets in my baby’s room anymore because he stands on them and pieces of wicker break off. Both of these storage solutions, the large storage box and the grommet tote, are exactly what I’ve been looking for – they’re safe, sturdy, hold so much, and also have several matching pieces available at Dormify!

dormifyUnderBedShoeStorage

I’ve been missing out! Little did I know that I would want, or shall I say “need”, under-the-bed shoe storage. This frees up SO much space in my closet and makes use of the unused space under our bed. It’s way better than the racks that get buried at the bottom of my closet. It’s also perfect because I can see all of my shoes at once to get an idea of what I want to wear for the day. Of course, I’m going to need a couple more! Dormify has several shoe storage solutions, available in patterns that match their other closet essentials.

Dormify Bedding

Dormify.com has tons of inspiration for your apartment or dorm room, and storage essentials for every room! Check out their website for decorating ideas and take their consultation quiz for styling advice!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dormify. All opinions are my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Zoya Naturel Deux Giveaway

I just entered to win the newly released Zoya Naturel Deux (2) collection at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/08/zoya-naturel-deux-swatches/ #zoya #nailpolish #zoyanaturel #giveaway

The NEW Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection has finally arrived! As a follow up to their hugely popular Naturel collection, Zoya just released Naturel Deux (2), another collection of beautiful natural cream nail polish shades for fall 2014! These seasonal colors include full-coverage creams in deeper hues that are perfect as every day go-to colors. This collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties.

I hope you all are excited about this collection because I have one for myself, courtesy of Zoya and swatched below, and a second for one lucky reader. Check out the details below on how you can win the new Zoya Naturel Deux (2) collection!

Zoya Naturel 2 Spencer

Zoya Spencer is a full-coverage, rich camel cream.

Zoya Naturel 2 Marnie

Zoya Marnie is a deep warm plum cream.

Zoya Naturel 2 Madeline

Zoya Madeline is a a full-coverage, muted rose cream.

Zoya Naturel 2 Emilia

Zoya Emilia is a full-coverage, dark chocolate cream.

Zoya Naturel 2 Chanelle

Zoya Chanelle is a full-coverage, toasted almond cream.

Zoya Naturel 2 Aubrey

Zoya Aubrey is a full-coverage, medium mauve cream.

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Natural Deux (2) nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. 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 midnight Eastern on August 26th.

*** If you didn’t win, please see my other giveaways – Zoya Naturel Deux “Instagram” Giveaway and Julep Summer’s {Almost} In The Bag Giveaway! ***

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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.