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Mani Monday: Friendsgiving

Julep Maven It Girl November Box:  Friendsgiving

Julep Maven It Girl November Box: Friendsgiving

I hosted my Friendsgiving on Saturday and I have to say it was a success! Not only did we have a lot of fun, but we had a lot of tasty options (like apps and fresh cranberry sauce). I also had a lot of style inspiration! (like here, here and on my pinterest board!) When I saw Julep’s Maven November box was a Friendsgiving theme I knew I was selecting that one and putting their expertly styled polishes on my digits for my own Friendsgiving!

Mani Monday:  Julep Marzia and KiKi

Mani Monday: Julep Marzia and KiKi

I elected to go with the IT Girl box which contained Marzia, Kiki and Ilsa. I’ve been feeling more simplistic mani’s lately so I used the two metallic shades Marzia and KiKi on my fingers and the dark inky cream Ilsa on my toes.

Got to put that china to good use!  Nail shots!

Got to put that china to good use! Nail shots!

The dark beige metallic Marzia was the perfect fall shade and the accent finger in the shimmering dusty teal Kiki added just enough interest. And I have to say after the abuse they took cleaning and cooking these polishes held up! Which is why if you haven’t tried Julep yet, you need to!

You can join Julep and get your own maven monthly box here!  Your first box is free!

Friendsgiving Success!

Friendsgiving Success!

Friendsgiving – Thanksgiving Appetizers

Let’s be honest, he best part of Thanksgiving, or in my case, Friendsgiving this year, is those hours before you eat when things are cooking and you’re snacking on delicious appetizers and socializing!  A personal favorite is dips!  Who doesn’t like a good dip!?!  The main staple from my family is a good warm, cheesy artichoke dip!  It’s perfect for the fall and Thanksgiving, plus it’s super easy!

eat, drink and give thanks

eat, drink and give thanks

 

Artichoke Dip

  • 1 pkg (8oz) Philadelphia cream cheese softened
  • 1 can (14 oz) Artichoke hears, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Mix all, spoon in pie plate bake 350 for 25 min.

**If you’d like add in some jalapeno’s for some extra kick, or bacon for some savory salty goodness.  Serve it with some fresh french bread or baguette.

A good pairing with artichoke dip is some brie with fruit.  I personally like baked brie for fall paired with apples and grapes.  The clean crisp flavor from the fruit balances well with the savory artichoke dip.  I also love a good crispy cracker because sometimes that’s what I like my dip and brie on!

A few more staples from Hessinger family Thanksgivings are the good old spinach dip in a pumpernickel bread bowl, BLT dip served with broccoli, and the forever a favorite french onion dip.  Now besides the BLT, these are 70’s favorites and I’m sure your mom made them too.  They aren’t fancy but sometimes you don’t need to be.  But what we do like to do is try something new!  This year my new recipe is Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1½ granny smith apples, cubed into ½” cubes
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1½ oz. grated gruyere cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chives, minced
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 package (1 pound) of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set side.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and cook the onions (with 1 tsp. of salt) until they’re golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove and set aside in a large bowl. In the same skillet, sauté mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside in the bowl with the onions.
  3. In the same skillet, melt the butter and add in the apples with the sugar. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and add to the large bowl with onions and mushrooms.
  4. Add the cheese, chives, and thyme to the bowl and stir to combine the mixture well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. With a pizza cutter, cut the puff pastry into 2-inch squares and place them on the lined baking sheets. Using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg on the squares.
  6. Using a tablespoon, place filling in the middle of each puff pastry.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through and switching the baking sheet on the top rack to the bottom and the bottom to the top, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.
  8. Let the tarts cool a bit before serving, you don’t want people to burn the roofs of their mouths!
And just to recap here are a few more Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving ideas on what to wear, mani ideas, makeup ideas and an easy cranberry sauce recipe.

Thanksgiving Day Makeup – Subtle Smokey Eye and Nude Lip

mark. Gimmie A Look Brush Kit - the ultimate tool set!

mark. Gimmie A Look Brush Kit – the ultimate tool set!

As you’re planning your menu, guests and shopping list for Thanksgiving… or Friendsgivng… you should also be thinking about your look!  “OH how vain!”  But nobody wants too look like they’ve been slaving over a hot stove all day even though they have been.  Aaaaaand it’s a reason to put a little more sparkle in your step!  Let’s start with your makeup look!

Thanksgiving Day Makeup - Subtle Smokey Eye and Nude Lips

Thanksgiving Day Makeup – Subtle Smokey Eye and Nude Lips

NUDE LIP:  mark. All Butter Now in Bare All ($11)
Since you’ll be shoveling, errrr gracefully placing delicious food in your mouth all day going with a simple lip and a bolder eye is a good idea.  A nude lip doesn’t need to be reapplied all day long to keep the integrity of the look, just at the start and after you eat!   mark. All Butter Now is like a balm but with full color, it’s the perfect choice!

Subtle Smokey Eye with mark. Eye Dream Of Glam Eye Pallet

Subtle Smokey Eye with mark. Eye Dream Of Glam Eye Pallet

SUBTLE SMOKEY EYE:  mark. Eye Dream Of Glam Eyeshadow Pallet ($40) with Gimmie A Look Brush Kit ($28).

Since your lips are neutral go bold on the eye, but not like “I’m going out!” bold, just daytime bold!  The mark. Eye Dream Of Glam pallet is the perfect glimmering shades that aren’t too shocking.  Go with shade 2 (top row, 2nd pan) as your base color all over the lid.  Dab shade 12 (third row, 4th pan) with an eyeshadow brush to the center of your lid and out.  Use the same eyeshadow brush to use shade 15 (row 4, 3rd pan) to accent your outer corner in a v shape and into the crease.  Since these are marbleized shades they aren’t too heavy and blend perfectly!

Subtle Smokey Eye and Nude Lip Look for Fall

Subtle Smokey Eye and Nude Lip Look for Fall

Use a little bronzer to define your cheeks and as your blush and you’ve got a look that’s perfect for fall!  This look can easily work for the day, and keep you look great all day long with the killer formula in the Eye Dream of Glam pallet.  And it looks great with the perfect fall sweater, mark. Chain of Command Cardi ($50) (as seen here)!

mark. Eye Dream of Glam and Gimme A Look Brush Kit

mark. Eye Dream of Glam and Gimme A Look Brush Kit

You can shop the mark. Eye Dream of Glam Pallet, Gimme A Look Brush Kit and All Butter Now Lip Treat in Bare All at my eboutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger PLUS get a free holiday bundle with a $50 order!

 

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

If the world of Alicia was the internet #friendsgiving would totally be trending.  Now that we’re officially in November and my wedding and Halloween are over, it’s time to start getting excited for Thanksgiving!  Because we still battle with which family we spend Thanksgiving with, hosting is completely out of the question.  So instead, let’s host Friendsgiving aka Thanksgiving with friends!

 

Trending Tuesday:  Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: Friendsgiving

You can do it the weekend before or after.  Have everyone bring a dish and get to enjoy a something outside your norm!  Or host the whole shebang and just have your friends come and enjoy!  Either way get planning now.  Send out invites via online or word of mouth.  I’m guessing since these are your friends you see and talk to them decently often.  Plan a menu, plan an environment and make it happen.  Here are some pinspiration for you Friendsgiving (or your regular Thanksgiving, whatever floats your gravy boat!)

Friendsgiving Meal Inspo

Friendsgiving Meal Inspo

This week I’ll be posting some ideas for Friendsgiving from what to make (apps and fresh cranberry sauce) to what to wear (makeup, plaid and more)!  Until then enjoy my pinterest board!  http://www.pinterest.com/ach167/friendsgiving/

Friendsgiving Look Inspo

Friendsgiving Look Inspo

What To Wear To Thanksgiving - A Casual and Comfy LBD

What To Wear To Thanksgiving – A Casual and Comfy LBD

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo