Grand Opening: Liv Boutique 8/27/15

Thursday, July 30, 2015




 


I have some exciting news! A new lifestyle boutique is opening up in St. Matthews (perfect time to start your fall shopping!). This new lifestyle boutique will have a focus on fashion, beauty & home. According to the press release I received, they will "feature fashion from talented emerging designers around the world, as well as high end beauty and home products." 

Also per the press release:

"In addition to lines by established designers like Bella Dahl, Fifteen Twenty, Chaser, Nicole Miller, Young Fabulous and Broke and Current Elliott, Liv Boutique will feature the work of emerging designers like Amy Matto, Waverly Grey, Mattison Stone, Tangerine Silks, Charli of London, Maya Negri, Yumi Kim and Karina Grimaldi.  The store will also carry beauty products from Glo Minerals, EuroParfumes, Jao organics and Tokyo Milk as well as accessories from Linea Pelle, Lauren Merkin, Tribeca and Gels eye wear. For the home, customers can find not only one-of-a kind art and antique selections but also an array of gift items at the shop."

I'm *really* excited for the beauty products. I took a peek at Tokyo Milk's website, and I can't wait to see what Liv Boutique will be carrying from their line! 

Their Grand Opening is on August 27th @ 5pm! Can't wait to see you there!


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Site Announcement. Bourbon Beauty now has an App!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015




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I have some *really* exciting news.... My blog now has its own personal app!! Available for download on Google Play. Never miss a post again ;-)

I'm in Marketer reached out to me to see if I was interested in developing an app for readers of Bourbon Beauty. It was an awesome experience, and I'm so excited to announce the launch of my new app! Not only can you stay in touch with me, but you can use it for easy reference for recipes, DIYs, and upcoming events.

Thank you so much to the team at I'm in Marketer, I really enjoyed working on this project together.

If you're interested in creating your own app for your company/blog/etc, feel free to check them out here.







I hope you guys enjoy!!!




MAC Selena!!

Monday, July 20, 2015




 



Not too long ago, I blogged about my wonderful experience with MAC cosmetics doing my makeup for Derby. Although I've always been interested in MAC products, it wasn't until recently that I *really* got into their new releases. Instagram probably has a lot to do with it, the looks that some of these girls come up with... I wish I could apply my makeup that seamlessly, lol. I went into MAC, and tried to purchase their Rose fix+ spray, but unfortunately it was sold out. If I see something I need in this new collection, I will not wait!

I squealed when I saw the Email that MAC was releasing a Selena line. For me personally, Selena brings back huge nostalgia. I remember hanging out with my cousins (in the suburbs of Chicago) at my grandmas home, with my aunt blasting Selena in her mini van haha. Those were great memories for me<3

Selena has touched the hearts of many, she represents what it means to be a true Mexican-American, and living the American Dream.


“Selena’s talent and beauty, inside and out have, have left a colourful, meaningful impact in the world, that has continued to grow over the last two decades. We have heard the passion and enthusiasm from her fans and wholeheartedly agree that her legacy embodies M·A·C’s philosophy. We are so excited to announce a Selena inspired M·A·C collection debuting in the latter part of 2016.” - MAC Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director James Gager


 “I am so excited that M·A·C Cosmetics will be releasing a collection in honor of my sister Selena. Helping to create this collection brings me back to all those late night conversations on our tour bus when she spoke of having her own makeup line one day. If Selena were here she would be beyond ecstatic to have this happening. History is being made.”
-Suzette Quintanilla (Selena’s sister)


 As soon as I get more info, I'll be sure to share! Will you be purchasing anything from the new line?

Plantains!

Monday, July 13, 2015




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{My Seared Ahi Tuna & Plantains}


Lately, I've been trying to incorporate healthy foods into my everyday diet. I love sushi... but unfortunately, I have to watch my intake of soy sauce due to the sodium (and I can't have sushi without my soy sauce and ginger!!). Instead of tempting myself with sushi, (and watching the carbs/calories) I've been making Tuna steaks, which are surprisingly SUPER easy and quick to make! (Defrost, season, and sear, voila.)  I was getting bored of eating it with avocado, so I thought something sweet would compliment it! While grocery shopping, I picked up some plantains, and waited impatiently for them ripen....

I was scrolling through pinterest (my go to for recipes), and found a recipe that was very easy and quick to make. 




 
 {Via: The Fit Cook}


I used this recipe for my plantains (use the ripened/black plantains), but I omitted her last step of steaming them. I personally found that pan sauteing them cooked them well :-)


Have you made plantains before? What's the most exotic food you've cooked?


 

1st week check in, Blogilates Calendar.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015



 


When you work out, do you ever notice how your eating habits seem to change? I swear, the mornings I get a workout in, I really think twice about what I'm putting into my mouth. Was it really worth straining that hour, to throw it away over a bad meal? Probably not. After this morning's work out (and my 4th of July cheating turned into an extended weekend haha), I decided to have a raw meal with peppermint tea. (Pineapple & Peppermint are wonderful aids in digestion<3)


    
(Carb filled goodies I enjoyed over the weekend.... Not Shown: Denny's, Hot Dogs, Kit Kats, Reese's haha)


I completed week one of Cassey Ho's beginner's workout plan. I love her workouts in general... but in a workout video, I personally prefer less talking so I can focus on my technique. Pilates is very structured, and its very important that you keep good form (so you don't hurt yourself). I sort of felt her talking was a bit of a distraction.

Also, when I'm working out (especially beginners), I *need* to know how many reps I'm doing. She doesn't really plan it out... It just seems knowing the number (counting down or forward) lets me know in my head "okay only 5 more times, you can do this", so I end up stopping the reps because I tire out (and didn't realize she only had 3 more left.). She mentioned herself that she didn't have numbers in mind, & she just did her reps until she got tired... That is pretty frustrating.

Aside from the talking and reps issue, I do feel like a got a good workout! This morning I decided to keep the volume low so I didn't hear the chit chat, and made up reps in my head alone. If I didn't do as many as she did it was okay, or I ended up doing a few more. I don't know if her newer videos have changed at all, but it would be interesting to hear if anyone else had any issues with this? Maybe I'm just so out of shape, I just tire more than a normal beginner? I'm determined to see this through, along with doing the Paleo diet. (I did low carb/keto for 40+ days and didn't see much of a difference. Hopefully this will boost metabolism :-) )


What do you do to keep in shape?



July Fitness Challenge: Blogilates

Tuesday, June 30, 2015



 


I've been doing low carb for about 40+ days now, and I haven't quite seen the results that I had the last time I did it. So, I decided to incorporate Pop Pilates into my routine, to see if I'll make better progress. (realistically, I'd love to lose about 10lbs, but if I could just get fit I'd be happy.).


(Via: Blogilates)

Casey Ho of www.blogilates.com, is a wonderful "pop" Pilates You Tuber. She has free meal plans and cooridinating monthly workout calendars to help you get into shape. I started one long ago, but never seemed to be able to keep up with it. This time, I figured I've been really good about sticking to my diet, I think I should be able to keep up with it! (Hopefully...)

Starting (tomorrow) July 1st, I'm going to begin her Beginners Calendar Here. If this is something that is of interest to you, she also has her monthly free monthly fitness calendar available on her site now.


What are your favorite ways to stay fit?






Oishii Sushi Louisville, Ky.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015



 

I started doing low carb/ gluten free exactly 38 days from today. It's hard giving up bread, rice, and a lot of my favorite foods. Since giving them up, I've felt *so* much better. Hopefully I can keep this up and get fit. If I can't have sushi, at least I can still have my sashimi! Oishii Sushi has hands down, the best sushi in town. I wish it were closer to me.



Oishii Sushi
2810 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, Ky.