With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share my date night routine (not that it's getting much use these days! But still). Whether it's getting ready for a first date with lots of butterflies, or finally going somewhere with your long-term SO that requires actual (non-yoga) pants, or any other occasion when you want to feel a little fancy, there's something a little exciting about getting gussied up to go out.
*It's always nice to start with a fresh face; lately, I've been turning to these Farmacy sheet masks with coconut gel. I love how clean they leave my face, and you get that glowy, lit-from-within skin. Plus, there's lots of extra product in each pouch, so I rub it into my hands and neck. Added bonus: no harsh ingredients or animal testing.
*Date night is the time for a pretty pout. RMS's lip shine in sacred has that perfect blend of color and sheen while also moisturizing. Get double duty out of it by rubbing some into your cheeks for a natural-looking flush. Made with organic ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Increase the wattage when you bat your lashes with tarte's Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara. The volume-boosting formula adds drama while the moisturizing ingredients keep lashes healthy - I love how you can wear this all day without lashes getting brittle, clumpy or flaky.
*Tame flyaways and make your hair smell amazing with Mullein & Sparrow's rose and vetiver hair serum, handcrafted in Brooklyn from organic, cruelty-free ingredients.
*No chipped manicure on date night! Habit Cosmetic's nail polish in Tabou is the perfect pop of color, and as an added perk, its formula will strengthen and nourish your nails - without harmful ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Finish it off with a spritz of something fancy. The warm florals of Tocca's Brigitte is sexy and sophisticated - like Ms. Bardot herself.
What's your date-night getting-ready routine look like?
After the success of last week's sake-glazed salmon, I wanted to try my hand at another marinade, this time heading south of the border for some inspiration. Just an hour or so of sitting in a marinade, even one that took mere minutes and a handful of ingredients to prepare, makes for a big flavor payoff.
To make the marinade, combine:
*1/2 tsp dried oregano
*1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried chili powder (I used 1/2 tsp and did not find it too spicy)
*One scallion, chopped
*3 garlic cloves, roughly minced
*Juice of 1/2 lime
*1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
*1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper your fish - I used about 1 1/4 lbs of cod - and then let sit in the marinade in the fridge for one hour.
When you're ready to cook, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and then pan fry, 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through.
You can serve as is, or scoop into tortillas (we used corn ones, warmed over the stove for a few seconds on each side), and topped with: red cabbage, cilantro, scallions, avocado and lime juice.