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My hair is purple.

December 3, 2014


To make this story short, I just had a sudden urge to dye my hair, and dye it purple. Nothing really spurred it. I didn’t lose my mind. I just thought the color would look pretty. I’m not one to normally — or ever — dye my hair any funky color. In fact I normally would never veer too far from my usual hair routine, but lately that’s all I’ve been doing. Garnier came out with the perfect solution too — something for a sudden urge, that you may or may not regret in a week, and that you can easily do at home.

K, I just re-read that. Get your mind out the gutter.

I’m referring to their Color Styler, their new semipermanent wash out intense color. It’s pretty foolproof, even for clumsy people who never dye their hair themselves like moi.

Garnier Color Styler in Purple Mania

It comes in 5 colors — pink, blue, purple, bronze, and red. Throw on an old shirt, wear the black disposable gloves it comes with, give the bottle a shake, and squeeze out a few drops on your fingers. Then just take an inch of DRY hair wherever you want to apply and spread it on evenly with your fingers. You want to just rub the hair where you apply so it coats the strands evenly then just wait for it to dry (or you can blow dry it in). It takes about ten minutes to dry and voila. Color strands that’s good for 2-3 washes.

Half a selfie.

My hair was already light on the tips so I mostly applied it there and the violet came out exactly how I envisioned. And now, I’m ready to move to the Capitol. Like, Hunger Games, not DC.

Can’t wait to try the other colors. Anyone try this? What’d you think? Garnier’s Color Styler is available at drugstores and mass retailers for $7 (2-3 applications with one bottle).

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Appetizer idea: Grape Salsa Crostinis

December 1, 2014

For Thanksgiving, we usually divvy up the cooking amongst us all and this year, as always, every single dish was so delicious. I resorted to my grape salsa crostinis, which if you’ve been following the blog you’ve probably have seen on here a few times. Truth be told, I maybe volunteered to make it somewhat selfishly because it’s one of my favorite appetizers since I first sampled them at a Bobby Flay event a couple years ago (it’s one of his recipes!).

Grape Salsa crostinis

The reason I love it besides that it just looks beautiful, the taste is so unexpected with a mix of things you normally wouldn’t associate with fruits — spicy jalapeños and red onion, and creamy herb cheese on a toasted baguette slice. It’s a little nerve-wrecking trying to introduce something new that parents would like too, but even my Dad kept commenting on how different and good this was, so I figure I share the recipe again :). It’s super easy to make — just chopping everything takes the most time.

A Bobby Flay Recipe

Prep Time: 20 Minute(s)
Stand Time: 30 Minute(s)
Cook Time: 8 Minute(s)


1 cup red grapes, diced
1 cup blue and/or black grapes, diced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for garnish
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (can also substitute with balsamic vinegar which I did for this!)
4 slices whole grain bread, quartered, OR 1 baguette, thinly sliced into 16 pieces
6 ounces herbed goat cheese, slightly softened
1/3 cup mayo


1. Combine grapes, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and vinegar in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper (I didn’t for mine). Let stand at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 375°. Arrange bread on large baking sheet in a single layer and bake, turning once, 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove and let cool.

3. Combine goat cheese with mayo in small bowl until smooth. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto crostinis, then top with grape salsa.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!

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