Sunday, August 24, 2014

brb.

 Hello lovelies!

I know I've been MIA for a little bit, but I figure it's time to fully appreciate the end of summer!

We have a wedding this weekend that Michael is the Best Man in, and we'll be travelling a lot...thus...this blog gets neglected.

I'll see you after Labor Day, mmmmkay?

In the meantime, if you need some B&B lovin', just go HERE!

xo, lp


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BEST BITES: SUMMER STRAWBERRY GALETTE

It's still summertime, which means I'm going to milk every single second of it!

I actually made this galette a little while ago when we went strawberry picking, but completely forgot to post it!

It's simple, delicious, and pretty lovely too!
What you'll need to make it happen:
-1 pre-made pie dough
- 3 cups cut strawberries 
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons flour

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Mix strawberries with sugar, zest, salt, and flour in a bowl and drain out excess liquid.
Step 3: Roll out dough and begin to layer out strawberries in circles, forming heap in the middle (yes, heap 'em up! they'll bake down, I promise!)
Step 4: Fold over dough (like pictures below) and bake in oven for 22-24 minutes. Bake until golden brown & enjoy!


There it is, friends.
Super sweet- with a tart lemony bite! I'm a fan of it on its own- but if you love vanilla ice cream, i'm sure that would be fabulous with this!

What is your favorite summer dessert?
Anything with strawberries is good in my book!

xo, lp



*for more delicious recipes, go HERE!



* for instagram fun, go HERE!

Monday, August 11, 2014

THAT ONE TIME I TOOK OVER UG INSTAGRAM...

Monday!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! The weather was beyond amazing this weekend in Wisconsin...which I enjoyed...but then realized IT'S MID-AUGUST ALREADY.

Wheeeeeeeeeeere did summer go?! 
Oy.


Here's what's been good lately:

1. Rainbow of flairs...because... #everythinginrainboworder

2. PSA: RUN TO TARGET! Get these emoji stickers! They're only $5! If you don't live near a Target, Urban also has a set for a lil bit more money- but still great!

3. Didja catch it this weekend? I took over the @uncommongoods Instagram account!!! :

4. Two of my favorite posts were this one, featuring the water flavor infuser bottle:

5. And this Wisconsin themed one with a WI tea towel and slate cheese board! 

 6. Tomorrow's recipe is full of fruit...so...that makes it healthy, right???

What'd you do this weekend, friends?
Anybody happen to spot me on the UncommonGoods insta feed??

xo, lp





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psst: even if you missed this weekend, you can find my own snaps here: @lpodlich !

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

take a bite: SHARK WEEK cupcakes!

Here's the thing-
I was pretty scared of sharks for a solid amount of my life.

Actually.
Wait.
Yeah, no, I'm definitely STILL fully afraid of sharks. I wish I could be one of those people who's like "Sharks are our friends! Beautiful powerful beings" - but I just...can't.
All I think of is TEETH! Big. Huge. Teeth.

So that leads me to talking about Shark Week. I used to be unable to watch it- in college I would stay in my room to avoid it when roommates would watch it. YES I'M THAT LAME. GET OVER IT.

I'm finally at the stage where I think it's not completely horrifying to see seals get annihilated by some great white...and thus, I've learned to love Shark Week (Which starts Aug 10th!).
So clearly that calls for cupcakes, right?

Of course it does.

The recipe itself isn't anything fancy- just a basic white cupcake recipe, and a jar of vanilla frosting...along with some blue food coloring + gummy sharks!

Here's how to make it happen:
Step 1: Dye batter blue & bake away!
Step 2: While cupcakes are cooling completely, add blue food coloring to your frosting, but don't fully mix. 
Step 3: Add a few more drops of food coloring to the frosting so there are dark blue lines running through it- this'll make the waves look even better :)
Step 4: To create your waves, frost your cupcake & using a knife-press down and lift up, creating little curly waves.
Step 5: Add a shark gummy, and you're good to go!

 Alright- tell me friends- what are YOU going to do to celebrate Shark Week?
Anyone else going to make some cupcakes??


xo, lp




oh, and for those of you that REALLY love it, here ya go!:


Monday, August 4, 2014

photo shoots + plenty of sunflowers

Happy Monday everyone!

I haven't done a recap in a few weeks- so here's what's new around these parts:

So I FINALLY bought a Madewell Transport tote. It's magical heaven. Yup. I said that.
As you can see, it's been on heavy rotation:

Also on heavy rotation? This J.Crew Factory necklace

 To stop being so materialistic and talking about clothes for a hot second- I got the chance to do something cool for work the other day! I've been helping out with a photo shoot behind the scenes, and got to tag along for the real thing on Friday. I cannot wait until it goes live so I can share it!!
Here's a sneak peek :)

To fully jump around, tomorrow's recipe post is DANGEROUSLY good. (yes, I went there!)

Aaaaaand finally- go out to the grocery store/target and buy yourself some flowers. 
I grabbed these sunflowers yesterday and it's amazing how some fresh blooms can improve your mood. So get out there and treat yo'self!

Alright everyone- what kind of flowers are you going out to get today?
I want answers, people!

xo, lp


*psst: let's be instagram friends, mmkay? find me here --->@lpodlich

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TIME TO TEST: ALMAY SMART SHADE

Happy Wednesday, you lovely people!

Today I'm doing something I haven't done on the blog:
Test.
Makeup.

I wear makeup just about every day, but I haven't done a sponsored makeup review post ever- because I don't like lying to your pretty faces. You see, most companies that contact you want you to oooh and aaaah about their product (duh) and I had yet to have a company contact me that had a product I whole-heartedly believed in: until now.
When Almay gave me this Smart Shade Foundation to try I knew it was something I could rave about- so here it is: an honest review!
I mean, first things first: I get that this has ZERO to do with the quality of the makeup, but the packaging is perfect: clean, simple, bright. Thumbs up #1. 
Second, Almay Smart Shade makeup makes it easy to find "the one" with just three skintone-adjusting shades to choose from, not hundreds. I feel like there have been times when I'm sitting at Walgreens holding 324309 different bottles up to my hand trying to guess which won't make me look like a ghost or an oopma-loompa. Anyone else been there?

So here's how it works:
Step 1: Put a few dots of Almay Smart Shade on- yes, it'll be white!
Step 2: Begin to blend with sponge/brush/fingers- yes, it'll still be pretty white!
Step 3: Continue to slowly blend- if you have a slightly dark tan (which I do right now) it will seem REALLY light at first, but the more you blend, the more it melts into your skin, creating a totally even tone.

And the final product?

Even, clear skin! 
(see awkward faux-glamour shot below)


I was amazed how light this foundation felt- not in the least bit greasy or heavy. Since it's been sent to me I've been wearing it daily, and am still so pleased!

So there you have it- a makeup post by yours truly.
Big thanks, hugs & kisses to the Refinery29 & Almay teams!

Now I want to hear from you, friends-
Has anyone else tried Smart Shade
Like it? Love it?
Do share!

xo, lp




Find more about Almay here:

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*again: this was a sponsored post by almay cosmetics. all opinions, thoughts, and awkward glamour shots are my own. thanks for supporting b&b!*
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