ArtPortrait & Sketch: iPad Art by Meric Canatan

Turkish artist Meric Canatan makes art from his iPad. That’s right, iPad. All of his work from his portrait & sketch series has been photographed and illustrated directly from his iPad. He shot the pictures using the ever popular instagram app, and sketched using the Sketch app. The results are amazing. This is the way to make art with your phone/tablet. Check out the rest below!

GeneralA Meal from Bethenny Frankel

Okay, this fabulous woman is one of my role models. She made an empire out of herself, and I have watched her on Bravo ever since she made the scene. She is an amazing woman who advises others on how to eat and drink well without compromising taste. I have all of her books, watch all of her shows, and absolutely adore her Skinnygirl Margaritas. On her website, she has so many amazing recipes that are free to the public! I made one this weekend and it was absolutely amazing, so I had to share it with you all.

Penne a la Carbonara
(Serves 4)


* One box of whole wheat penne pasta
* 1.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
* 1 Tablespoon of Butter
* 1/2 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan
* 6 Pieces of turkey bacon chopped
* 1.5 Teaspoons of salt
* Teaspoons of pepper
* 1/3 Cup of skim or soy milk
* 1 Egg beaten
* 3 Tablespoons of chopped parsley (optional)

* Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the penne pasta.
* In a large skillet, sauté turkey bacon until crispy.  Then coarsely chop.  Place bacon back in the skillet.
* Cook pasta al dente, drain, leaving pasta slightly wet (adds texture and thickness).
* Add the pasta to the skillet with the bacon, add the remaining ingredients and fold until well mixed.
* Garnish with parsley.

She also had this fab low-carb drink recipe that is now my favorite drink EVER. 
Skinnygirl Mojito


* 1/2 lime
* 1 cup ice
* 1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
* 1/2 tsp. gently warmed honey
* 2 oz. clear rum
* 4 oz. club soda
* Mint and lime for garnish

* In a martini shaker, use a long spoon to muddle 1/2 fresh lime cut into six wedges. Add 1 cup ice and 1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice.
* Combine 1/2 tsp. gently warmed honey, 2 oz. clear rum and 4 oz. club soda. Add this combination to muddled mixture.
* Stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and lime.

Check out her other amazing recipes in her fabulous cookbook: The Skinnygirl Dish.
(The chocolate cake recipe alone in this book makes it worth while!)

(Photos and recipes courtesy of

BeautyTrend Alert: Jewel Tone Makeup

As I’m sure all you lovely ladies already know, jewel tones are making a striking comeback this fall. From brightly colored bags to silky tops and berry-colored shoes, this trend is making sure black doesn’t get all the fun when the weather gets cold.
One of my favorite areas where jewel tones have been spotted is in cosmetics. Lush lips and vibrant eyes are all the rage, and I wanted to give you gals a couple of ideas to play around with when you’re trying it out for yourself (I know you want to).
What You Need:
  • Jewel tone eyeshadow of your choice
  • Black eyeliner
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Cranberry eyeshadow and cream eyeshadow (optional)
  • Mascara
  • Fake eyelashes (optional)
  • Eyeshadow brushes for application and blending
Here, our talented Makeup Artist Sarah shows off a gorgeous navy and blue theme on our beautiful model Alyssa. If you look closely, you’ll note that there is a lighter shade in the inner corners and a blending of the darker pink up towards the brow bone.
There is no “right way” to pull off this look, so have fun and experiment! You can’t go wrong with lots of eyeliner, mascara, and color. You can even mix more than one color if you like. Just remember to use primer, so it doesn’t all flake off onto your cheeks, and blend, so you don’t get a scary eighties nightmare.
Here are a couple more pictures for inspiration.
 Both these girls have a bit of a vampy red lip, but if you’re going to wear the dramatic eye during the day, I’d suggest going with a more nude lip so nobody tries to stake you.
Tips for Wearing Jewel Tone Makeup:
  • Avoid going too matchy-matchy with your makeup and wardrobe; for example, if you’re wearing gold eyeshadow, go with a colorful purse or a vibrant top.
  • Be conscious of where you wear it; while it’s easily awesome for a club or night out with friends, it has the possibility of being a little overboard for the office. If you do choose to wear it to work, try a little less black and a more muted color.
  • Don’t be afraid! Autumn is a fantastic time to try out a bolder look. With a little practice, anybody can rock it.
  • Be yourself! Play around with colors, amount of application, etc. Make this look all your own.
Anybody else in love with this trend? Post a pic below of your own jewel tone peepers!
  (Psssst. Want more inspiration on the jewel tone trend? Check out and

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Laura of The World Looks Red

Welcome to another Blogger Spotlight! This week we have the lovely Laura of The World Looks Red. Based out of Amsterdam, Holland, this beauty is the perfect mix of vintage and girly! Take a look below for my favorite photos from her site!

 Obsessed with this dress and platform combo! So cute!

Adorable combo of peter-pan collar and pink oxfords!

 I love the ruffles and the bikes in the background!

 This is such a rad photo! Beautiful pale blue dress and bright white flowers!

 Great pose and such a cute outfit!

This is my absolute favorite. This looks like a catalogue shot. Just perfect!
Make sure to head over to Laura’s blog and say hello! Endless inspiration and super cute style!

GeneralEasy Vegan: How to Make Pumpkin Soup

With pumpkins popping up at all the local markets and fruit stands, I think it’s time I shared my favorite fall soup recipe! This recipe is naturally vegan, and packed with flavor. 
While the commercial varieties of pumpkins are the easiest to get ahold of, my favorite varietal for this flavorful soup is the Rouge Vif d’Etampes or Cinderella Pumpkin. Usually flatter, and often with a yellow or green blush, the flesh of these delicacies is tender enough to eat raw (if you’re into that). When I use them for Jack-o’-lanterns, I’m able to scoop out the seeds using only my hand, and they create a superior soup.
Save and print this recipe card!
*Roasting Pumpkin: Roast a pumpkin by cutting it half and placing it cut sides down in a lightly oiled pan. Bake in a 375* oven until fork tender. Discard seeds and stringy center. Use an ice cream scoop to remove the remaining pumpkin pulp. Pulse in a blender until smooth. You can freeze any remaining pulp for a later cooking project.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes?