Monday: Japanese Curry (in an Instant Pot)

Have you guys ever heard of the Instant Pot?  It’s basically a pressure cooker that can also be a slow cooker with lots and lots of settings.  I’ve never really been a big fan of pressure cooking because it sounds rather…scary, but this Instant Pot thing has been AMAZING so far.  Guys, I cooked Shoyu Chicken (it’s a local dish–chicken cooked in soy sauce) in 15 minutes…with FROZEN CHICKEN.  Since then, I’ve been on an instant pot roll.  I’ve made cheesecake, kalua pork, lemon chicken….but my favorite thing that I’ve made recently was Japanese Chicken Curry.  (This isn’t chicken cutlet [fried]–it’s almost like the stewed chicken that you get from Curry House)

SO EASY and SO QUICK.  In all fairness, it does take a while for the instant pot to heat up (aka the countdown timer doesn’t actually tick down until it gets to temperature), but I love that it’s only in one pot and I can pretty much start cleaning up while it’s cooking!  I don’t have to do a thing!  If you come across any amazing instant pot recipes, please feel free to share.

On subscription news:   I thought I was going to be getting rid of some subscription boxes this year but I was terrible and I ended up keeping most of them.  I got my Spring 2017 Avenue A box in the mail the other day and it was AWESOME.  I got a super cool pair of shoes, an entire workout outfit, and a bag (which is super cool but it’s white [not a fan] so I’m Poshmarking it).  My RZ Box of Style is coming in later this week!

 

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Monday: Thrift Store Transformations

If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes this morning, check out this super awesome transformation video by April of Thrifted Transformations on YouTube.  She did some magic by turning this rather…dated…denim dress with some pretty embroidery into this stunning halter dress with a lace-up back.  I’m impressed!  I have a sewing machine but I’m thinking that I really should be picking up a dressform.

Dang, what’d you all think?  The place where I get my car’s oil changed is right next to a Goodwill.  Sometimes if I have time to kill, I’ll wander the aisles but I never really buy anything.  I think I’m going to attempt to try and pick up some high-end men’s Aloha Shirts and alter them so that they’re cute sleeveless dresses.  (I say this now but who knows if I’ll ever do it).

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope you have a great week!

FLAT IRON CURLS (Yes in capitals!) + Weekend Shenanigans

For those of you who already know about this, OMG, you are all so smart.  But for those of you who’ve never tried it, YES.  It’s a game changer.

Eventually, I feel like there’s a certain….hair iron makes it to everyone’s Facebook page.  You all know which one.   It’s either in a sponsored ad, you’re tagged in a post, or you see curls and curls and curls and you have to click.  (I did).  I read a bunch of reviews about it–50% seemed to LOVE IT, 50% seemed to have difficulty with the method.  I was able to score a legit factory refurbished iron on eBay for half the price (this is a $200 iron)…and…I tried.  I have no shame in admitting that I couldn’t get the hang of it!   The company has a video in which a 10 year girl uses the iron and gah, this technique is beyond me.  I sold the iron back to eBay (and made a profit, woohoo!).  [In all fairness, I know someone who has one (she’s 10x more coordinated than I am) and her curls are AMAZING]

I was convinced that THAT iron was MAGIC but it’s pretty much a typical flat-iron, albeit with more of a curve at the plates.  The curve helps but it’s not the magic that makes the curl–it’s the motion!  The motion itself is something that can be created with any flat iron (but ones with beveled edges to make it way easier).  The other thing that I didn’t really like was that the heat was set at one temperature–400.  FOUR HUNDRED.  My fine hair gets frizzy at high temps like that.  Frizzy curls?  No thank you.

But anyway–I found this video on Youtube!  I wish I saw this when I had the iron, but at the same time, I’m glad I’m seeing it now so I can try it with a regular iron that’s 1/4 of the cost.  There’s another method in which you twist your iron 360 degrees and pull it through your hair–I found this one so much simpler.  I can’t wait to try it!!!

Other things:

  • DANG it’s February already!  Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day?  I draped my desk at work with garlands of hearts.  Haha!
  • If you’re in Hawaii, the Punahou Carnival is this weekend!  If you’re not willing to go ridiculously early for Mango Chutney, check out my post about THE RECIPE!
  • THE game is this weekend.  Whoever your cheering for, hope you enjoy the game (and the snacks)!

Monday: New Year Skin Maintenance (for your feet)

First off, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!!!  Secondly, YES.  FOOT PEELS.  I know you might be recoiling a little but bear with me–the results are way better than a pedicure…I guess you have to paint your own nails though.

I don’t know about y’all but I feel like after a while, I fall off the foot-maintenance-bandwagon and my heels get really dry.  And cracked.  It’s gross. My mom swears my vaseline slathered all of your feet overnight but it doesn’t really work for me (aka it works too slowly because my heels are that bad) so I tend to go to town with a pumice stone.  Now, instead, I use foot peels.  I just did one to start the new year with smooth, non-cracked feet!

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I’m not going to post a picture because really!  It’s so gross–just take my word for it that it works (REALLY WELL).  Foot peels, which can be found in your local Korean beauty store (or on Amazon), work by exfoliating the dead skin off of your feet using fruit enzymes.  You put your feet in a little plastic sock (supplied in kit) which is full of gel.  It doesn’t hurt but it may tingle a little.  You wear them for about an hour and a half and then rinse (don’t scrub) afterwards.  About two days later, your feet will start to peel.  Some people peel like a snake, some seem to…molt…OH it’s so gross but afterwards, your feet are SO soft.  It’s totally worth it.

Here’s some tips:

  • Be careful!  If you have a medical condition or sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend this treatment.
  • Instead of two days after, my feet peel almost an entire week after I do my peel.  The peeling seems to last for another week but everyone’s different.
  • WEAR SOCKS ALL THE TIME.  To work, around the house, AND to bed.  Otherwise, you will flake all over the place it’s gross.  And obviously, skip yoga class that week because your feet will peel even more during class and no one needs to see that.
  • You get better results if you soak your feet for a while every now and then.
  • The peeling/crumbling is the worst right after soaking/get out of the shower.  SOCKS. SOCKS. SOCKS.
  • Don’t pick at your feet mid-peel–it seems to stop the peeling from working as well.
  • Try not to peel too often–the process can be rather extreme.  I save foot peels for extreme conditions and try not to do it for at least a few months afterwards.
  • If you can’t stand it anymore, you can use a pumice stone and lightly buff off the dead skin.

PopSugar sent this Kocostar product in one of their boxes but I’ve tried BabyFoot (Japan) and the in-house products made by Korean brands NatureRepublic and The Face Shop and they all work very well–my heels are so thankful afterwards!

Adidas Avenue A – Winter 2016

…featuring the Rita Ora collection!  Think really bold prints.  REALLY BOLD.  The Winter collection was also rather special because they included two pairs of shoes (usually, we only get one): a running shoe and a lifestyle shoe.

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First–can we start with how pretty the lining box is for this season?  I was in love with Fall’s box but Winter’s really hits it out of the ballpark. (I’m using mine as a drawer insert to help organize clothes)

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The running shoe is a gray pair of AlphaBounce sneakers.  They’re really comfortable–I was a bit worried about the chunkiness of the sole but I like them!

And the lifestyle shoe is a really classic Adidas model: the Superstar.  Dang, these things have been around since 1969?  I’ve never owned a pair of Superstars myself–my favorite part of these are the gold logo tags.

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And on to the clothing!  There were two Rita Ora collection pieces in this box: a Sweatshirt and tights.  Both of them feature her ‘Banned from Normal’ slogan.

Here’s the sweatshirt–when I say bold I mean BOLD!

This is personally, way too busy for me to wear out and about but I’m still of a fan!  I like the overall color scheme and I’m digging that Tiger trefoil on the back.  The slouchy, loose fit looks really comfortable.  Poshmark it is!

The tights are less funky and more wearable, I think–These will look great with the other included top (coming up) and either one of the shoes!  That’s the best part about Avenue A, in my opinion.  Lots of outfits, yeah!

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The last piece is a 2 in 1 Top from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection.  I love love love that it’s a layerable top that actually comes apart easily!   This top has a gray tank underneath a white t-shirt that has a keyhole in the back.  I use a lot of my running clothes for yoga as well so this is a great tank/shirt piece for both activities.

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And that’s everything!  I’m still a huge huge huge fan of Avenue A–I totally recommend this box if you’re into activewear!  🙂