RE-BRANDING

Hi all – 

I want to thank everyone for following Confetti13 thus far as I got my feet on the ground as a blogger. I also wanted to alert everyone to a re-branding that I’ve undergone, and provide a link for where to follow me from now on. 

I’ve rebranded to “tan&wild” and can now be followed at this link: https://tanandwild.squarespace.com/home-1 

Hope everyone enjoys!

 

The Best Red Wines at Safeway for Under $15

Time for a confession. I drink a lot of wine. There, it’s out. 

I’ve grown up in a family who plays games such as “guess what flavors are on the nose of this particular wine” and belongs to 15+ wine clubs. Regular shipments to my parents’ home are boxes and boxes of wine for their wine fridge/wine room. Each labeled, and placed strategically in a particular place in the wine cellar to stay to its perfect temperature. 

I used to work at a winery, and needless to say believe I have somewhat of an idea on what is good versus bad wine. The good wine I usually drink with my family and costs $50 – $200. That’s the great wine actually. 

But I’m living on my own, I need to shop, buy shoes, eat out, go to happy hours – so I am not ready to part with $50 for one bottle of wine; yet. 

So what to do? Well – Safeway actually has a fabulous selections of wine that are within anyone’s ideal budget range! 

My mom and her girlfriends do girl’s night every Wednesday where pending weather they go on a hike, eat pizza and drink wine. Each host buys a bottle under $25 – hides it in a paper bag, and then the ladies taste, guess what kind of grape (Cabernet, Pinot, Syrah, Zinfandel etc.) and what they smell on the nose and after a quick taste. 

So – I thought I’d round up some of the best wines at Safeway for under $15 to help guide your next wine trip! 

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BEST LIGHTER RED WINES 

Pinot Noir: Mark West Pinot Noir California 2010 for $9.99 a bottle

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Greystone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 for $10

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The sweetness of this wine might remind of milk chocolate. Some sweet baking spices like nutmeg also come through and add some complexity to the fruity cherry flavors. This one pairs great with a salty cheese like gruyeure.  

BEST FULL  BODIED RED WINES 

Garnacha: Las Rocas 2009 at $11 

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This wine is slightly smoky, with black cherry aromas. The dark flavors are nicely balanced with a slight tobacco and oaky vanilla and nutmey flavors. This wine goes great with a softer cheese, think a honey goat or brie. 

Malbec: Bodega Tamarai Reserva, Argentina at $11

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This wine has smokiness both on the nose and in the mouth. Not too fruity, you may get a slight hint of fruit like raspberry. It’s best when sitting open for a bit and can be paired with a grilled steak or portobello mushroom. 

Cabernet Sauvignon: Bonterra, Mendocino, 2010 for $15 

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Nice black cherry flavors with both black pepper and spices, with a hint of vanilla oakiness. I prefer a sweeter cabernet so this one isn’t my favorite and is best enjoyed with heartier beef dishes. It’s a dry red and great in a tasting line-up. 

Chianti: Cecchi DOCG 2009, $14

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This wine is rather robust and has an earthy smell, is a bit peppery but is complemented by dark fruit flavors. The tannins stand up well to richer dishes like meat-based pasta sauces. 

Cabernet Sauvignon: Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret, California 2010 for $15 

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This wine is layered with dark fruit flavors like currants, dark cherry, balsamic and even a little like soda. It’s very acidic though and is best drank after breathing for a while. Best paired with a meaty lasagna or beef stew. Full bodied and delicious. I drink this wine a lot and it is one of my favorite on this list. 

 

Pan Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas

Sometimes after a long day at work the last thing I want to do is cook for hours and hours and waste my evening. 

This recipe I found from Epicurious is delicious – even my picky eater boyfriend loves it! I’ve modified the recipe a bit to fit our palates a bit. See below and enjoy! 

RECIPE:

2-4 Chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) 

1 can chickpeas

I can tomato paste

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion finely chopped 

2 garlic cloves finely chopped (pre-chopped garlic in a jar is totally fine too) 

1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

Lemon wedges for serving 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat olive oil in ovenproof skillet (if you don’t have one – which I don’t — you can heat in a non-stick pan and then transfer the chicken to an oven-safe dish). 

Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings you like. We like to use cayenne seasoning for a little spice. Cook chicken until browned on both sides – but not all the way through as you’ll be transferring to the oven. 

Add olive oil drippings to oven safe dish, add chicken. On stovetop add chickpeas, onions, garlic, tomato paste and chicken broth and heat through until the paste de-clumps. 

Add over chicken and place in the oven. Heat for around 25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through. 

Season with parsley (if you’d like – or leave plain) and dish up! 

Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon

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DSW’s City Sandals

I’m a current resident in San Francisco, and a natural 5’8, and love to wear heels. Are you sensing my problem here?

It’s not only hard being tall and wearing heels (butI love it anyway – werk it ladies) but walking around city streets and hills can be killer (good?) for your calves and just a plan pain in the ass because of potholes, uneven sidewalk; and let’s face it – we walk more than we drive. 

For those of you that are looking for some cute spring to summer transition sandals that can be worn through the city streets, take a peek at my favorite below from DSW’s “City Sandals” collection.

1. Levity Arrow Sandal, 69.95

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2. Madden Girl Hiighfiv Wedge Sandal, $49.95

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3. Crown Vintage Rebecca Wedge Sandal, $54.95

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4. Matisse CityScape Wedge Sandal, $69.95

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5. Tommy Hilfiger Yara Wedge Sandal, $59.95

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XX, Confetti13

Must-Have Hot List from Foundation to Primer for Any Budget

As the seasons change so does your preference for certain makeup. 

Winter is perfect for darker hues, moisturizing creams and scrubs. 

Springtime is when you want to have a fresh, glowing face free from harsh products. 

For those of us that like to wear makeup at any time for any occasion during any season (guilty) below are some hot items you can’t go wrong with. The below showcases a few different options for some of our makeup favorites like: foundation, primer, bronzer, blush, concealer and more. 

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Foundation:

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Blush

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Bronzer

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Concealer 

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Primer

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DIY Lip Scrub

Ward off those rainy, (almost) Spring time blues and keep your skin and lips fresh and soft during this time of year. I’m a huge fan of making your own facemasks – or really and sort of product that you’ll be using on your skin. 

However – as we all know – things come up, we get busy and it’s just easier to buy one for $30 from your favorite store. 

Below are some great DIY Lip Scrub options, that provide something for everyone! 

Take a look and note your favorite below in the comments.

Happy Friday everyone and try to stay dry out there! 

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There are two prime bases for each of these lip scrubs, either coconut oil or brown or cane sugar as the exfoliants. The cane as you know, is lighter and provides are more gentle scrub while the brown sugar is a bit more coarse – you can choose which you prefer for your lips. 

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I like my scrubs to really reflect the holidays any time of year, because let’s face it – the holidays create the best smells for your home. 

Below are the typical ingredients you can use in your scrub:

Ingredients:
– brown or white sugar
– extra virgin coconut oil
– chopped herbs and fruits of your choice
– flavor extracts and spices of your choice

Here are the instructions for prepping your lip scrub:

Instructions:
1.
 Choose your container, and measure your exfoliant so that the container is just about half full.
2. Measure the coconut oil—you want a 1:1 ratio of oil to sugar.
3. Transfer oil and sugar to a mixing bowl, then add the chopped herbs and fruits, followed by flavor extracts and spices of your choice. Add each of these “to taste.”
4.  Mix gently to combine—over-mixing will make the granules begin to dissolve.
5. Add scrub to an air-tight storage container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Remove from fridge at least five minutes before use so that the mixture can soften.

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The first lip scrub combines white sugar, fresh rosemary and a few drops of peppermint extract. Sometimes the extracts can be a bit pricy – so if you’d prefer not to use an extract I think incorporating fresh orange or lime zest into the mix will do the trick. 

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This recipe uses honey, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. After mixing add a light dusting of ground clove and orange zest. You’ll smell this fragnant scrub immediately! 

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This is sure to be a favorite for any person – just add some cinnamon and mix and you’ve got a light and flavorful spread. 

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This fabulous scrub uses vanilla extract and chopped cranberries and is perfect for spring! 

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This is also a great gift for friends and family – running low on rent because you shopped too much? Me too. This makes a completely personalized gift that doesn’t cost too much money and will mean much more to the special person who receives in than a store-bought gift. Be sure to include a cute little label so they know what they’re getting! 

And voila! 

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XX, Confetti13

Back to the Real World: A Vegas Recap Part 1

So I am officially back from Las Vegas – and full throttle at work. 

As promised, this is a mediocre photo diary of my time in Vegas with some insight into what I wore and why, and some fun treats I bought along the way. 

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This was as soon as we arrived in Vegas. After a fresh spray tan – black is the color to go to – primarily to ensure that you don’t get any tan on your clothes! Nothing looks more tacky. 

Shoes: Payless

Dress: Forever21

Necklace: Forever21 

Makeup: None

Hotel: Treasure Island

I typically always wear some sort of makeup; although there are those days when I’m just truly too lazy to bother. I took a picture of my staple must-haves that I bring with me whenever I travel and don’t have my entire makeup kit. Take a look at my fav products below! 

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E.L.F – Shimmer Powder

Benefit – BeneTint 

Lorac – Eyeshadow Palette

Covergirl – Define-a-line Black Eyeliner

Too Faced – Bronzer

NAKED – Urban Decay, Flushed 

Benefit – Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation 

NARS – Matte Lipstick, Deep Red 

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Above is a closer look at the entire eyeshadow palette. When I am going out somewhere, particularly Vegas I tend to use some of the darker colors such as Unspoken with Uncensored as a highlight sparkle. For day-to-day I typically highlight under my brow and along my lash line with unreal and then use Unconditional all over. 

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Our first night out, we got dressed up, hotel-hopped and gambled. I have officially learned, that gambling is NOT for me 🙂 

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Here’s a snap of us right outside of our hotel. 

I’m wearing:

Top: Rock n Republic

Shoes: Unknown – gift! But I got lots of compliments on them! 

Necklace: Francesca’s 

Stretch Leggings: Macy’s 

The next morning I was starving from staying up late and wanted a treat to hold me over until we went to our SuperBowl party where we had a buffet. I chose a pastry. Typical. 

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Directly across the street from our hotel is a quaint little bakery, Bouchon. I decided on the below. I die. 

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I don’t even remember what this is called. Something along the lines of “Dark Chocolate Almond Powered Sugar Croissant” Calories – do not count when you’re on vacation. 

I’ll continue part 2 featuring our SuperBowl event, evening festivities and outfits and end with our last night where we saw Circque de Soleil.

Stay tuned! 

xx Confetti13