Skinesque – Three Step Brightening+ Charcoal Mask

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This was my favorite part of The Zoe Report – Fall 2017 Box of Style.  There were actually 5 Skinesque facial kits included but obviously I had to use a couple right away.  They’re formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes and they’re cruelty-free.

Included in each facial: gentle foaming cleanser, Hydra+ Essence serum, and a brightening face mask.  This shit works. After 15 minutes, I took the mask off and really did have glowing, moisturizing skin.  I topped it off with Beautycounter eye cream and their No. 1 Brightening face oil.  Truly worth the time and money.

As a 30-year old, I’m very conscious about my skin’s appearance (and it doesn’t help that my husband is still in his 20’s).  I abide by the philosophy that if you spend more time (and money) on your skincare, you won’t have to worry about what kind or how much makeup you use.  After this at-home facial, all I needed before going out to dinner was under-eye concealer, mascara, and bronzer.

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A Very Cool Wedding Present – Brewery in a Box by Northern Brewer

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I’m sitting here drinking bourbon…because my beer is still fermenting!

My uncle and cousin really knocked it out of the park with this wedding present.  On Sunday, Carter and I brewed our first beer, an IPA, and I have to say it was extremely easy with the Northern Brewer Home Brew Kit.  And by easy, I meant self-explanatory. I didn’t say it was without about 30 steps and a lot of measuring and sanitizing, but it was easy to understand and the kit literally has everything you could possibly need in it sans a kettle.  We didn’t have a stock pot large enough to mash in, so we just divided the hot-side ingredients between two big pasta pots.  But that was fine!

I’ll pick one of those up when our next beer recipe kit arrives.  I bet it’s a stout; it’s starting to become stout-weather outside…

 

Praire Artisan Ales – No Chill

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No chill.  Just like your mom who keeps asking if you’ve sent out all of your “Thank You” notes less than one month after your wedding.

This beer is good, by the way.  This milk stout is better and more interesting than Left Hand’s and it’s made just a few hours away.

Also…I finally cut off those claws after Halloween.  It was such a sad feeling but it’s liberating to be able to use a keyboard again…

Russian River Brewing Company – Pliny the Elder

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So I got married last Saturday.  Everyone please say hello to Mr. Still.   We feel incredibly grateful to have been showered with such love and generosity.

Our buddy Julian smuggled the King of IPAs, Pliny the Elder, to Oklahoma and gifted us a bottle just a couple of nights before the wedding.  On Sunday, we toasted to our marriage with a world-class double India Pale Ale and loved every minute of it.

I thought it was incredibly smooth for a double and as hoppy as it should be.  It lived up to the hype.  It’s not overrated.  It’s perfect.

ABV: 8%

Stonecloud Brewing Co. – Astrodog IPA

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I have the pleasure of living and working in locations that make it impossible to avoid passing by the Sunshine Building.  Joel, the owner/founder/main dude, has done an amazing job with his new brewery/tap room.  The flavor profiles are all over the scales so it’s a good place to go with a group of people who have different tastes.  I didn’t have a lot of faith in someone who makes killer sours to also make a great IPA but I was wrong and being negative for absolutely no reason.

Stonecloud can really do it all. This Grapefruit IPA has a large following and you can understand why if you try it.  I also recommend the apricot sour this weekend. I forgot it’s name but it’s greaaaaaat!

Wearing: Target’s A New Day Velvet Burnout Shirt $25

Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale

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The official beginning of fall was yesterday so it’s only fair to start drinking pumpkin beer immediately.

Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is a brown ale with a good balance of pumpkin spice and hops.  It’s flavor level is high but it’s no where near the spice level of a Starbuck’s PSL (but you don’t want that when you’re trying to enjoy a nice, cold beer out of the bottle).  It’s ABV is 7% which is pretty ideal.

Their website says the beer will be gone by Thanksgiving so grab it now!

New Belgium Brewing Co. – Voodoo Ranger IPA

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Stone Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. arrived in Oklahoma this week.  It’s really exciting since we are probably, what, the 48th or 49th state to get them?

Voodoo Ranger?  I’m in tropical heaven with this one.  Plus I like the name. 7% ABV.

Currently wearing: Bobeau Side Tie Top from Nordstrom, $42 (My Trunk Club stylist picked it out for me.  Shout out to Lillian!)

Avery Brewing Company – Mephistopheles

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Let’s address the elephant in the room, my entirely different hair.  Nope. Not a wig.  I just dyed it brown and got hair extensions.  I’ll be posting about extensions care & styling tips since I have a lot of experience with them (I had 18-20″ platinum blonde extensions in 2014…that was a trip).

So back to the beer. I’m reviewing the 2016 Mephistopheles and, Jesus, I just didn’t like it.  It had a sharp aftertaste and didn’t drink like a nice smooth stout.  It didn’t even have the same aftertaste as a nice BOOZY stout.  Didn’t finish the bottle, but that’s okay. Avery makes really great beers like Liliko’i Kepolo and The Maharaja.  I just have no idea why this one is so famous. Oh well…

Roughtail Brewing Co. – Everything Rhymes with Orange

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It’s not everyday you can find ERWO in the liquor store.  It pours hazy, smells citrusy, and finishes with a mildly bitter taste.  Well, mild for Roughtail.  They love hops. It’s definitely still tastes like an IPA. And to top it off, I assumed there Mosaic (my favorite hop strain) was used…and, according to their website, I was totally right. It was a small victory for my confidence in beer tasting.

The Roughtail guys are great dudes and are based out of Midwest City, OK.  I think they distribute in Kansas but I’m not sure if they’ve expanded elsewhere yet.

Wearing: Chokes On You Floral Blouse by Nasty Gal (It’s on sale for $28 online TONIGHT!)

 

COOP Ale Works – Gran Sport Porter

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It was 32 degrees last night in Oklahoma!  Finally some fall weather.  It’s the perfect time to post about Gran Sport Porter, a smooth dark beer with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. It’s one of the easiest drinking beers of COOP’s lineup (and was one of the first beers they ever produced!).  No strong aftertaste, no bitterness, just an incredibly soothing beer. It’s now available in several states…

Check out this bulky sweater I plan on wearing to Thanksgiving….It’s more grunge looking than this photo shows. It looks awesome with leather leggings and platform boots.

Wearing: Nasty Gal Foggy Notion Chunky Sweater, $68