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!)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Wookey Jack and Bretta Rose

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These are the first and only beers I’ve tried from the legendary Firestone Walker.  And I am such a huge fan already.

  1. God dang. Bretta Rose slayed. Its a Berliner Weisse-style (their words not mine) aged in French oak barrels.  They added 1000 pounds of raspberries for a second fermentation. It’s tart, bubbly, funky, fruity, and pink.  Bow down to this beer.
  2. Wookey Jack is a black rye IPA so you look at it and think it’s going to be malty and thick like a porter but no, it’s dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops.  A dark, hoppy confusing but tasty beer. It’s like an IPA ate a piece of that dark table bread at Outback Steakhouse…if that makes any sense.

Currently wearing a very old blouse I found in TJMaxx.  Sorry I don’t have much info.

New Belgium Brewing – Heavy Melon

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I look way more excited about this beer than I was.  It was super average with a *minuscule* melon note.  I didn’t get much lime flavor (it’s described as a watermelon lime ale), just a slight citrus aftertaste. Bud Light Lime is more limey.  HOWEVER, we don’t want to go there do we?

I feel bad posting a bad review so let me say that New Belgium is a great brewery and I enjoy so many of their beers.  Their graphic design is nice too…

My dress is the Kylie Mini Dress in White Chiffon by Show Me Your Mumu.  It’s a little bit sheer so wear it at night if you’re modest (and definitely with nude undies). It’s $136.

Odell Brewing Company – Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

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You guys.  This is one is great and made with Colorado peaches.  It’s citrusy and barely sweet but moderately hoppy (48 IBUs) and refreshing like you want your IPA. You can read about the hazy look this beer has here, they call it a “chill haze”. I wish we got these in Oklahoma.

A word on my outfit:  Shorteralls! They are genius for beer festivals (so many pockets), they protect you from splashes, and they are pretty asexual.  A sweet sales rep in the OKC Madewell store talked me into paring them with the crop top and I’ve worn this outfit 3 times now. I’m so happy that overalls are publicly acceptable right now.  I need to get my $115 worth of wear out of them (I didn’t get them when they were on sale dammit).

My overalls are on sale for $80 and are available here.

My crop top is available for $30 here.

 

 

 

My Experience with Blue Apron

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Good beer and good food go hand-in-hand but it murders my finances to go out every week.  I bought a house in October with an adorable kitchen and felt the need to learn how to use it.  Also…mortgages are freaking expensive…I HAVE to cook.  I can’t afford to go out that much.

So in January, I made my New Years Resolution to cook 30 different dinners this year.  After a couple of months of Pinterest recipes, I was getting exhausted buying new ingredients for every dish.  (But dude, I have so much Crock-Pot, hair braiding, and essential oil knowledge now.)  I stumbled upon a review of Blue Apron and fell in love. I love the portions, the produce quality, the variety, and the EXPERIENCE. I felt the need to evangelize this service…

First of all, I am an entry level home cook.  I still don’t know how to chop a tomato properly or what temperature to bake a potato. It’s not uncommon for me to microwave potatoes and put cheese on top and call it dinner. I do that about once a week. But thankfully the steps Blue Apron lays out on the recipe sheets are really easy to follow. Don’t kid yourself though, it will take you 45 minutes to an hour to cook the dish.  My significant other often comes over to help (but most importantly, eat) and it speeds up the process.

The produce has been extremely fresh, so fresh that I had to bake the avocado for the tacos for 15 minutes to soften it (Pinterest trick, hey!).  The fish and chicken have been great too.  No complaints.  You DO need a lot of olive oil and I suggest using half the salt & pepper that the recipes require.  They ask for it at almost every step…

The only thing I feel guilty about is all the packaging.  I recycle almost all of it but it still makes me feel bad for all the plastic compartments…I guess you still buy things in plastic compartments at the grocery store but when I see a giant pile in my recycle bin from ONE dinner, I feel bad. I hope every Blue Apron user recycles. Jesus.

The other downside is the $60 a week price tag.  This is a total steal, don’t get me wrong; I used to spend $40-$60 per meal before I started Blue Apron.  It’s just that I can scrape by on a $50/week grocery bill for myself…but that’s the whole microwaving-a-potato-for-dinner diet thing. For those on a budget, I suggest signing up and only confirming one or two deliveries a month on Blue Apron’s delivery schedule. If you are cooking for yourself, divide the meal in half (or sometimes thirds) have leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Salmon with arugula, potatoes, radish, peas and a pink lemon/olive oil glaze.

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Crispy cod tacos with a chipotle, cabbage slaw.

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Seared chicken with purple potatoes, green apples, and kale in a dijon mustard sauce.

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And a great vegetarian option: Black bean and quinoa enchiladas with roasted tomatillo and poblano pepper salsa.

No Label Brewing Company – Strawberry Blonde Ale

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Another fruit beer!

No Label Brewing Company is based out of Katy, Texas and I know absolutely nothing about it.  Hopefully, after I travel to Texas next month, I’ll be a little more informed.  This was my first strawberry ale in a while (a lot of breweries tend to stick with peaches and raspberries).

This beer didn’t retain a lot of head but it was very smooth.  It was a little orangey, lighter colored than in the photo, but I had to use a filter to bring out the pink in the label. For some reason the lighting in my house washed it (and me) out…that’s what I get for wearing peach on beige…

Anyway, the point is:  I can’t say this beer had a lot of flavor but my BREATH smelled like strawberries, which was pleasant as hell.

 

Epic Brewing Company – Lil’ Brainless Raspberries

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Dude, I wanted to like this more than I did.  It was a pretty watery beer with zero head. But you know what? It was “Lil” Brainless Raspberries, not Brainless on Raspberries.  You get what you pay for and this was the “diet” version on all accounts.

The beer had an orange-pink color and a nice little tartness at the front end. I could see myself luring in some of my friends who like rosé with this beer. It just wasn’t what I typically love BUT, it’s a fruit beer and that’s this season’s theme.  I’m glad I tried it once and at 5.2% ABV, it’s great for gardening (which is what I did today and why I’m wearing a 15+ year old t-shirt).

My blog isn’t about all the great beers that I’ve tried, it’s more about passing on my recommendations. If you want my opinion, go for the real Brainless in the bottles.

Drinking: Lil’ Brainless Raspberries by Epic Brewing Company. Salt Lake City, UT.

Wearing: Camo T-Shirt, $8.

TO ØL – Sur Amarillo & Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit

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My two favorite things this spring are To Øl’s Sur Amarillo and Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit in “Candy K”.

First off, this dry-hopped sour is legit.  Not too sour, not too hoppy.  It’s foamy and earthy.  It has a good amount of carbonation too.

And this Lipkit, yes, I had to stalk the internet to find out when a restock was about to happen.  Kylie Jenner has built herself a product that literally sells out in seconds.  It’s so hard to snag one, they might as well be Phish tickets. Anyway, I lucked out and grabbed one and a Matte Metal this month (I’ll review it later).  After trying out this lip liner and lipstick, I’m fairly certain I’ll be buying more.  It’s not tested on animals, smells like vanilla, looks very pretty, lasts for several hours, and is comfortable to wear.  It’s worth the price tag and the shame that comes with buying into celebrity-endorsed products. These lipkits are amazing and did I mention that they are cruelty-free?!

Drinking: Sur Amarillo by To Øl.

Wearing: Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit in Candy K, $29 And Show Me Your MuMu Black Crisp Mal Top, On Sale for $80.

 

Cruelty Free Hair – R+Co

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It’s hard to find good beauty products that legitimately work and aren’t cruelty free.  R+Co has been around a few years but I just now started to invest in the line this year.

It was hard to spend $25 on a bottle of shampoo.  Really hard.  But it’s also hard to watch videos of what animals go through when companies test products on them. I want that to end and I want to support brands that are cruelty-free.

So my love affair with R+Co was born because of my bleeding heart and because I was out of shampoo and conditioner when I went in for my 6-week highlight appointment.  My stylist suggested the Gemstone Color Shampoo & Conditioner which have a nice fragrance.  The cute packaging is a pluss.

My real favorites have been the Pinstripe and the Park Ave.  Pinstripe is a good detangler and smoother. Park Ave makes blowdrying my naturally curly hair much easier.  I don’t need to run my brush through my hair so many times because the balm really takes hold and helps straighten.  Tinsel is a great smoothing oil that you can use before and after blowdrying.  I like to use it as a moisturizer on lazy days when I don’t want to wash my hair or style it.  I rub it on the ends and braid or put my hair into a bun.

The next product I want to try is Dallas thickening spray ($28).  It does the same thing as the volume mousse I have (but the bottle I’m trying to use up is tested on animals).  Once it’s empty, I’m definitely switching to Dallas.

 

A Color Story App

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Last week I tried the #acolorweek challenge which was in celebration of fellow bloggers, A Beautiful Mess, launching their new photo editing app A Color Story. Although I missed out on red day, it was a fun experiment.

The full app with all of the filters and accessories is $8. Somewhat steep for an app but if you are like me and perfect every photo before posting, it’s worth it. My favorites are the “Chroma” pack, the black & white Photo Booth filter in the “Vintage” pack, and the color fog options.  I used the pink color fog with the photo of the elephant.  Pretty neat.

I love how it made my Instagram grid look like a rainbow.  I like it so much, I’m thinking about trying to keep up the theme.  Good thing beer labels come in all colors…