Simple Indulgence: No. 17

Banana Nutella Crepes

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As I’ve mentioned numerous times on the blog, one of my favorite afternoon indulgences is dark chocolate paired with a cup of green tea.  Occasionally I would pair my green tea with a cupcake (red velvet of course), chocolate chip cookie, or a macaroon.  But lately, I’ve been craving for some banana Nutella crepes.  I have all the ingredients readily available and I will be the first one awake this weekend busy preparing this sweet delicacy.

If you’re in the mood for some banana Nutella crepes this weekend try this recipe and you won’t be disappointed!  Have a great weekend everyone.  Until then, I will see you on the blog!

Amazingly Chic & Affordable

All these chic and amazing items are under $100!!!

To get shopping details click on the images

P.S. I’ve got some SALE ALERTS!!!
ANN TAYLOR is having 40% OFF  full price DRESSES and SKIRTS!
GAP is having spring sale up to T75% OFF !  No code needed.
LOFT is having 60% OFF all SALE styles!
OLD NAVY is having 040% OFF on their merchandise!  Use Code ENJOY

Dubai Trendy Food Scene

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Savouring Dubai’s Diverse Dining Scene

Dubai may be home to sparkling beaches and glamorous shopping stores but it’s also highly regarded for its restaurants. This is a city where cutting-edge dining establishments rub shoulders with celebrity-chef eateries, and whether you’re here for a week or only a night you can easily find a cuisine to suit your taste.

To say that Dubai’s restaurant scene is thriving would be something of an understatement, but this is a city that feeds on diversity and nowhere is this more apparent than in its ever-expanding restaurant scene.

Value for money dining

Dubai attracts over 10 million visitors per year and this is a city that caters to every taste and budget when it comes to eating out. You don’t need to spend a week’s wages on a first-class meal however, and if you’re looking for great Indian, Lebanese, Italian or Thai dishes then head to Jumeirah where you have choice of over 200 restaurants and cafés. In fact, if you can’t find the type of cuisine you’re looking for in this neighbourhood you probably won’t find it anywhere. This area is where the locals and tourists come for excellent food at value for money prices.

Down by the marina

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Pier 7 has become one of the city’s food hotspots and this innovative dining experience consists of seven restaurants located under one roof. If you’re an Asian food lover then you’ll no doubt head to Cargo Dubai where the panoramic views of the marina and the Persian Gulf are just as impressive as the meals. You could visit Pier 7 to enjoy a different dish every night of the week including French, Latin American, Middle Eastern and British cuisines. This is definitely one of the most fun places to dine in style whether you’re looking for a quiet meal, a celebration with friends, or to enjoy an entire evening of food, drink and dancing, all within one venue.

Well-known names

You’ll probably have to book in advance and may have to pay that little bit extra but if you’re looking to sample some of this city’s best dishes then the plethora of celebrity-chef restaurants are guaranteed not to disappoint. World-famous chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Marco-Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver have all opened dining establishments across Dubai. In fact some, such as Gary Rhodes and Sanjeev Kapoor, offer more than one restaurant to choose from. At these establishments you can expect Michelin Star fine dining, along with a sumptuous atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.

Whether you visiting for business or pleasure, you’ll have no trouble whatsoever finding a place to eat, drink and relax in Dubai. You’ll no doubt also find that the hotel you’re staying in has its own restaurant but if not you won’t be far from an excellent dining establishment in this city.

 

Disclosure:  This content is a collaboration between Mama in Heels & Pier 7.  Thank you for supporting all Mama in Heels collaborations.

ROC SKincare Giveaway (valued over $225)

I have some exciting news to share with you!  I was recently appointed by RoC® as their RoC® SKINCARE Ambassador.  BUT what I am even more excited about is my collaboration with them to give away their RETINOL & MULTI CORREXION skincare products (valued over $225) to 3 winners!  How exciting is that!?   Mother’s Day is around the corner and I think she will LOVE this beauty skincare package to get that “spa feeling” at home!  With that said, here are my honest reviews on these products:

The Goods:

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99),  RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®  Eye Cream ($22.99), and RoC® MULTI CORREXION®  5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream ($28.99).

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The Claim:

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum:  This light-weight RoC®RETINOL formula helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. After four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved. After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished. After 12 weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduced. This formula glides on easily and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling smooth and velvety and is ideal for use under makeup.

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®  Eye Cream:  This non-greasy moisturizing cream is especially formulated for use around the delicate eye area. It evens out the look of dark circles and helps to reduce the look of puffiness in four weeks, and it visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet in 12 weeks.

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream: Improves the look of discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull skin tone and wrinkles with breakthrough HEXINOL® Technology. In a clinical study, women saw noticeable improvements in the 5 main signs of aging in as little as 4 weeks

Mama’s Take:

I’ve been using these products for the past few weeks and I’m really happy with the results.  I was initially scared of the “retinol” ingredients due to my hyper-sensitive skin, but I’m happy to say that my skin did not peel nor was my face on fire.  Here’s my take on each of these products.

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum:  The texture is very cream and emollient but not too heavy.  Very easy to apply and smells great.  It also adds a dewy glow to my skin.  I rotate my facial serums and this is in my rotation right now.

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®  Eye Cream:  The thin white cream comes in an airtight aluminum tube which prevents the retinol inside from degrading.   I applied it faithfully twice a week for a few weeks under my eyes and noticed the puffiness are disappearing.  My wrinkles are diminishing too.  A KEEPER!

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream:  It is very light and hydrates perfectly.  This Allure Beauty winner really works on my skin. I’ve been using this cream faithfully for the past few weeks.  I do notice my skin is a lot brighter, more even complexion.

These affordable products are available at drugstores, Target, Walmart, and online.  But RoC is generously giving away the entire set to 3 lucky Mama in Heels readers.  Keep the prize for yourself or give it to your mom for Mother’s Day!  Open to residents of the U.S. 18+.  Winners will be announced via email and also on social media on or after 5/8/2015.  Good luck!!!

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the RoC Skincare Ambassador Network.  Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Spring Capsule Collection: Outfit Remix #11

What a sad weekend!  There was a massive 7.9 earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands and many more are still missing.  Thoughts & prayers be with those who were affected by this massive earthquake.

Now onto today’s post…

Capsule 12-2Welcome to week 11 of my Spring Capsule Collection outfit remix series.  This week I’m sharing the outfit I wore last week for a girls night out with my sister and friends.  We were invited to a private club called California Club in DTLA for dinner.  The last time I was there was over 12 years ago for a bridal shower.  This club has a dress code and it’s quite restricted, seriously.  Denim and athletic shoes are not allowed at all times for any gender.  For ladies, a range of casual clothing consistent with customary good taste is preferred.

Since the temperature took a nose dive last week I wanted to wear this jumpsuit to pair with these sandals and this blazer, but there was a patch of grease stain near the armpit area.  Not sure how it got there because it hasn’t been worn.  I had to make a last-minute outfit change due to time constraints and chose this dress, which was purchased over a year ago during a major sale event at Club Monaco.  Although the look ended up a bit dressy, but it was business casual enough that they didn’t kick me out :)

Capsule 12-3Capsule 12-5Capsule 12-6 Capsule 12-1Theory Blazer (old, love this one under $90)| Club Monaco Asby Lace Dress (old, similar style)| Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals (love these under $80)| Chanel 2.55 Caviar Leather (love this one under $300)| Kate Spade Crystal Necklace (old, similar style)
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Simple Indulgence: No. 16

Bagel with Fig

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I’m not a big fan of bagels but when it smothered in cream cheese that’s another story. That deadly combo welcomes unwanted muffin tops, and I don’t mean the baker’s delight.  However, a few days ago G picked up a couple bagels on his way home from a jog.  But, he forgot the cream cheese!  I tried to find an alternative, but we didn’t have any jams, except some apricot and fig preserves.  I slapped on some fig and the combination ended up being an unexpected delight.  For a healthy alternative to cream cheese, you can always count on fig or other fruit preserves to enjoy this simple indulgence.

Have a nice weekend everyone.  Until then, I will see you on the blog!

Amazingly Chic & Affordable

All these chic and amazing items are under $100!!!

To get shopping details click on the images

P.S. I’ve got some SALE ALERTS!!!
ANN TAYLOR is having 40% OFF  SALE styles!
GAP is having a TOP SECRET savings!Use code SECRET to see how much you will save!
LOFT is having 60% OFF all SALE styles!
OLD NAVY is having 30% OFF regular-priced merchandise + 20% OFF Sale merchandise!  Use Code ENJOY
REBBECA MINKOFF is having their SEMI-ANNUAL EVENT Sale – UP to 70% OFF!

Before and After Dining Room Makeover

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I’ve been meaning to put this post up but got sidetracked.  This is another room that we also renovated.  Our dining room had Spanish tiles and that 70’s ceiling fan (before picture) when we first bought it.  It wasn’t our style, but we left it at that and just slapped on a fresh coat of paint and placed a set of hand me down dining furniture and called it “our dining room”.

We did very little to transform this room; the Spanish tiles were replaced with wood flooring and the ceiling fan with a chandelier.  The dining table and the buffet were bought during a sale event at WorldMarket.  The dining chairs were also purchased at a sale event but from Joss & Main.  The rug is originally from WorldMarket but is over 10 yrs old.  This rug has been everywhere and never really had a home until now.   You can add a little personality and create a modern, living look by mixing old and discounted new furniture without the high cost.

I know I sound old fashion, but I love eating in a dining room because it is a tradition worth keeping.  We have an eat-in area, where we normally congregate for breakfast and lunch, but our nightly dinners are in this room and we love it!  Yes, a dining room renovation does give you a bang for your buck but not as big as the joy of family gathering….priceless.

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Spring Capsule Collection: Outfit Remix #10

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Welcome to week 10 of my Spring Capsule Collection Outfit Remix series.  I can’t believe we are in mid-April already and I’m just starting to soak in the beautiful weather here in LA.  Spring is my second favorite season of the year following fall.  As mentioned here, I had a shopping relapse and bought this floral dress.

As a busy mom of twin boys, I love wearing clothes that are easy to put on, move freely but still look stylish and chic without worrying about dirt or grease.  This dress fits the bill.  I absolutely LOVE the material.  Although it is made of polyester (not a big fan of polyester btw) but the organza material looks and feel expensive.  The length was quite long for my height so I had to cut 6 inches off; didn’t have to hem…just cut and wear!  I chose not to wear the scarf that came with the dress because it overwhelmed my petite frame!

Overall, this dress is affordable but expensive looking. I can wear this dress to a wedding, brunch, theatre, movie, or just alfresco dining.  You can wrap yourself with this scarf for that romantic look or go casual chic with this denim jacket.  And, need I say more about these sandals from the collection?  Versatile, comfortable, and stylish…a keeper and many more outfit remix contributions for months if not years to come!

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ChicWish Dress| Fendi Denim Baguette (old, similar style)| Stuart Weitzman Sandals (love these under $80)| JCrew Hat| Baublebar Necklaces| Ann Taylor Belt
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This week I’m linking with these lovely ladies: Visible MondayStyle to Inspire, Monday Mingle, Shoe and Tell Fashion Linkup, A Touch of Tartan, ReasonstoDressStylish Saturday, All About You, Dallas StyleThe Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So, Katherine’s Corner, MixMatchFashion and Mid Week Muse Link-Up.

EcoTools Complexion Collection

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope your weekend was treating you well.  If you are following along on Instagram you definitely got a feed full of our family’s mini vacation.  I can’t wait to share an upcoming post about this along with some big news announcement.  So stay tuned.  Now onto today’s post..

I was asked to participate in the #EcoInspire, sponsored by Paris Presents, Inc. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

I have a combination of cheap and expensive brushes; all 3 in total. Two for my eyes and one for my blush.  They were purchased years ago. I bought them based on my needs. Better tools better results. Never once (of all things out there) had I thought about buying makeup brushes that were earth friendly. Was there any back then? I can’t recall. Makeup brushes are not something that I often replace…there’s just no need to. When I heard about an earth friendly company called EcoTools launching a new line of brushes designed to aide in common skincare concerns such as fine lines, spot coverage, under eye circles, and oily skin, it piqued my interest.

The Goods:

EcoTools Complexion Collection: Correcting Concealer, Eye Perfecting, Skin Perfecting, and Mattifying Finish brushes.

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The Claim:

EcoTools is launching a new line of brushes, the Complexion Collection, designed to aide in common skincare concerns such as fine lines, spot coverage, under eye circles, and oily skin.

Correcting Concealer:  Perfecting to precisely target imperfections for an even, radiant finish.  use with liquid or powder concealer.

Eye Perfecting:  Smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and under eye circles.  Use with creams, moisturizers or concealers.

Skin Perfecting:  Boost the benefits of your BB/CC cream and tinted moisturizer with this hand-cut, angled edge brush ideal for precise coverage around nose and under eyes.

Mattifying Finish:  Help reduce oil and shine for a fresh look that lasts all day.  Use with pressed or loose powder

Mama’s Take:

Just like every woman I want the flawless skin look without piling on a lot of makeup.  For years, I’ve been using my fingers to apply my foundation and concealer.  It’s a hard habit to break.  Overall, I love the Complexion Collection brushes.  But my favorite would have to be  the Skin Perfecting Brush!  This brush was so easy to navigate on my face.  Every droplet of my BB cream plus face oil was applied evenly, giving the appearance of a dewy flawless skin look.  I didn’t need to apply foundation after, and with a swipe of a lipstick I can confidently walk out the door.

In my humble opinion, this brush is the hero product of the collection.  It is available in the store (Walgreens) while the other 3 brushes are available on Walgreens.com.  I love using products from companies like EcoTools who cares about the environment and Earth Month.  EcoTools will make a $1.00 donation to Global Green USA for every Complexion Collection brush sold (up to $100,000).  These #EcoInspire brushes are not only eco-friendly but also very affordable.  You can purchase the brushes individually starting at $4.99 or the Complexion Collection for $24.99.  If you are looking for brushes that will apply evenly with little effort to give that flawless skin look while being environmentally friendly then look no further than   EcoTools.