Israeli Inspired Tabbouleh


So my mom saw this huge bundle on the counter and was like umm why is all that grass there?

Parsley

Parsley

Well excuse me mother, it’s called parsley and that’s my dinner. I kid you not.

I love parsley and it’s like a wonder herb if you ask me-especially popular if you’re all about that juicing life. And since I am craving salads constantly, I decided to switch up my normal spinach salad for some yummy tabbouleh. Here’s my own version of the traditional tabbouleh.

Israeli Inspired Tabbouleh

Israeli Inspired Tabbouleh

Ingredient List: 

- 1 cup couscous

- 1 cup parsley finely chopped

- 1 cup cilantro finely chopped

- handful of chive finely chopped

- handful of onions [I use purple] finely diced

- chick peas [1 tin] —> optional but this is my recent craving and trust me, you will love it in here!

- 1 cup cherry/ grape tomatoes halved

- feta cheese [a sprinkle to your liking but don't over do it please because it will defeat the purpose of this otherwise healthy meal]

- lemon juice [1/2 a lemon]

- 1/4 olive oil

- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

- black pepper

Time to whip it up! 

For the couscous:

- I used 1 cup to 1 cup of lightly salted water. For this you want to make sure you add equal parts couscous to boiling water. Let it sit untouched for about 5 minutes and then take a fork and gently fluff. 1 cup yields a LOT so even though it looks little bit when it’s dry, it’s going to fluff up.

For the Tabbouleh: 

Combine all your dry ingredients together and mix gently- you don’t want to be beating up your herbs. When it’s all evenly mixed, add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and mix again. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper, mix again and there you have it!

[Of course for a lesser amount of couscous, reduce the portions of the rest of your ingredients]

I find tabbouleh tastes best when you leave it to chill for about an hour before you eat it because all the flavours meld perfectly and trust me, the taste is exquisite.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know if you’ll like to see more.

XO, The Classy It Girl!

 

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Mini Makeup Haul-Elf, Wet’n Wild & Revlon!


I have completely come to the understanding that there is no way in the world that I will ever stop buying new makeup. The least I could do is therefore stick to my vow to not hoard the ones that I don’t want right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugP0KKfhBjo So I went to this new drugstore in Trinidad [Starlite Pharmacy in Maraval] that actually had a ton of Wet n Wild and Elf makeup so of course, who was I to deny this greatness? I cannot wait to try these out and let you know my thoughts. BTW-did you try any of these? Let me know your thoughts and what products you recommend I pick up next time.

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Shameless'

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in ‘Shameless’

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks

Wet’ n Wild

Wet'n Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker

Wet’n Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker

Wet'n Wild Color Icon Collection Shadow Trio in 'Walking on Eggshells'

Wet’n Wild Color Icon Collection Shadow Trio in ‘Walking on Eggshells’

Wet'n Wild Lipsticks

Wet’n Wild Lipsticks

For those lipsticks, I am in love with them so much that they will be featured in my May’s #BeautyonaBudget Video. Up close and personal swatches and names will be in that post so look out for those!

Elf Cosmetics

Elf Cosmetics Studio Blush in 'Fuchsia Fusion'

Elf Cosmetics Studio Blush in ‘Fuchsia Fusion’

Elf  Cosmetics Studio Bronze in 'Warm Bronze'

Elf Cosmetics Studio Bronze in ‘Warm Bronze’

Elf Cosmetics Tone Correcting Powder

Elf Cosmetics Tone Correcting Powder

Elf Cosmetics Translucent Matifying Powder

Elf Cosmetics Translucent Matifying Powder

Hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to like and subscribe to my channel for lots more videos! XO, The Classy It Girl!

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#BeautyonaBudget- Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain


So much for staying away from makeup.  In my defense, I have to say that this was strictly for blogger purposes in keeping with my monthly #BeautyonaBudget videos on my channel. This month it’s all about these Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain which is almost an exact replica for the Revlon Just Bitten Kissables!

With the exception of the packaging, the two most noticeable differences between them are:

1. The Jordana twistables lack the peppermint scent that is prominent in the Revlon ones (they smell more like candy). I have to say that I do prefer the peppermint scent though because personally, I find it much more appealing to me.

2. The price. Revlon twistables cost $8.99 US vs the Jordana ones which are only $2.99 US. I mean come on, this really isn’t a hard choice  deciding which ones you should buy when you look at it this way. In Trinidad terms, that’s about $60.00 vs $30.00. If this isn’t a #BeautyonaBudget then I don’t know what it!

Since I found these [I got them at WW Trinidad], I definitely am less likely to pick up the Revlon ones because of their hefty price-except maybe the matte balm stains cause those are to die for. That is of course, if Jordana doesn’t soon follow suit!

I picked up three which you can see below:

01 Nude Chic

03 Tropical Frenzy

03 Tropical Frenzy

06 Cranberry Crush

06 Cranberry Crush

Here are the swatches on my skin and in the video, you can see the colours on my lips.

The line has 8 shades and with its low price, you can definitely collect them all- check them out here.

I hope you enjoy these #BeautyonaBudget Videos and Posts!

Enjoy your weekend my loves.

XO, The Classy It Girl!

 

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I am a (Former) Makeup Hoarder


After I filmed my Makeup Collection and Storage 2014, I realized that I had a huge HUGE problem.

I am a hoarder of epic proportions. Okay, well not that dramatically.

I just have a ton of unused makeup and it’s actually products that just don’t flatter my skin tone or that I just don’t like. But for some reason, instead of throwing them away, I just hoard them and for what reason? I don’t even know.

But now,  I have grown to realize that my makeup collection is just ballooning out of control and yes, you make still think that I am exaggerating since my makeup collection is not even as big as other girls on YT, but to me,  I think I really need to just cut down on the amount that I have.

To be all fair, I am a beauty vlogger so it’s kind of what I’m supposed to be doing but at the end of the day, I have to be true to myself. Of course, this is not to say by any means that I am never gonna buy makeup because to be perfectly honest, I just can’t wait to get my hands on new makeup but this time, I’m just going to be buying what I really need want to try out and what will actually suit my skin tone.

I really don’t think that I am alone in this kind of hoarderism though. I feel like girls just get attached to their makeup-that’s how I feel sometimes personally. But there comes a time (like now) when I realize that being just gluttonous in my makeup is not pretty anymore.

So today, I decided that this must stop. It made no sense just keeping things that I clearly don’t use. I designated three piles:

1. Throw away

2. Giveaway

3. Halloween Makeup Tutorial

The first two are pretty obvious so let me explain the last one. If you have followed my channel for a while, you will know that I don’t like wearing colourful eyeshadows on my lids. I always prefer a very neutral look so I stock up quite heavily on all things NAKED. But for my Halloween tutorials which are some of my favourite tutorials, I always need colourful eyeshadow and honestly, I love doing Halloween makeup tutorials because I get to really be artistic and just different. So hence, my third point where I have decided to keep that set of makeup separately since I will just be using them once for the year. I put all my makeup to giveaway in a Sephora bag (yes, I still to have cute packaging) so that when my friends come over, they can just choose what they like-then I just threw away the ones that were really no good.

I have to say that I feel so much better now and relieved that I don’t have to stare at those things every time I open my makeup draws. My goal is to definitely keep my makeup under control and be more organized with it. In the future, I will love to have better storage and organize them better but for now, I legit am holding back on buying anything because I am saving up for my vacation.

Also, another goal is to cut down on the amount of makeup that I buy and instead, use my money for other things which I consider more important to me.  Thus, I now pronounce myself a former hoarder and from this day forward, I will no longer have attachment problems towards my makeup.

Do you find that you have this problem as well when it comes to just having a ton of makeup that you don’t want/doesn’t suit you? Let me know how you deal with it!

XO, The Classy It Girl!

 

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My Food Adventures


Hello my loves! So as I promised you in my last Food Adventure, I will be doing loads more posts like these because I love trying new food and I love sharing them with you!

I love shrimp alfredo and honestly, anything with pasta is to die for. For date night my guy and I went to Trader Joe’s which is a lovely restaurant in MovieTowne P.O.S. The ambience is perfection-they have a live setting as you walk in with a man made ‘pond’ that has real greenery as well as turtles which just love to chill out on the rocks. It’s the cutest thing ever. And I just love the atmosphere because it’s very au natural with bamboo lanterns above your booth and just an overall lovely rustic setting. The shrimp alfredo was absolutely delicious but I have to say that I prefer fettuccine as opposed to penne pasta but all the same, it was still an amazing dish.

Shrimp Alfredo

My guy on the other hand had steak (rib-eye or something like that?). I don’t eat anything other than seafood so forgive my ignorance. Either way, I just wanted to share what he had for dinner that night since it is still part of my Food Adventures.

Rib Eye

Next up was this amazing pasta at TGIF and it was actually my brother’s dish but I couldn’t help myself to a few forkfuls. I just have a weakness for pasta you know?

Pasta

Onto my actual dish, I finally was satisfied with my fettuccine which was beautifully enhanced with spinach and bell peppers, topped with shrimp in a delicious batter and a side of garlic bread. Can I say that this was perfection? Also, it was a new dish being offered at TGIF so definitely be on the look out for it cause you will have weak knees- I promise you that!

Fettuccine

My bff x a million celebrated her birthday this week and of course, I had to take her to lunch. We went Toppers which is located in Grand Bazaar and her order was of course, chicken alfredo, and let me tell you, I enjoyed watching that oozing portabello mushrooms in all its glory. I of course, sampled in that heavenly thing (sans the meat) and it was beyond delicious. Honestly, I think that Toppers had the best food out of this Food Adventure post so you really need to go there if you haven’t already been (or if you ever visit Trinidad!).

Chicken Alfredo

I had the beautifully presented Fried Shrimp Platter at Toppers and (insert  gasp), there is no pasta. I know, I know, shocker right? But I will get into that later-probably on my other more personal blog.  I had steamed vegetables- carrots, string beans and corn with rice pilaf and coleslaw on the side and marinara sauce which complimented the shrimp beautifully. Trust me, this could have gone a lot worse cause the original sides that it came with were onion rings and fries. Yeah. Hell to the No.

Fried Shrimp Platter

For date night again, my love and I went to Zanzibar- another restaurant in MovieTowne P.O.S. Here I had (insert gasp) a mega salad topped with tuna steak. That little brown thing at the side is bread but who eats bread right? JUST KIDDING. I mean, to be completely honest, I won’t recommend ordering this if you go there because the other options are much more delightful and delicious as compared to this. But I have to say it was because I had that meal in Toppers early that day so I really didn’t want to overdo it. Don’t they say moderation is the key?

Tuna Steak

I really hope you enjoyed another Food Adventure blog post! I really would love to know your opinions on this series!

XO, The Classy It Girl!

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DIY Nail Desk!


I’m the kind of girl who does her nails any and everywhere that I could and that could have it’s ups and downs-mainly downs as you will see in the video tutorial! All you need for this amazing DIY is a picture frame that is 8.5 x 11″ because then you can print pictures that size without having to try to resize it to fit your frame.

[In Trinidad, I got mine for $50.00 at Fine Art] 

The reason why I love my nail desk is because it’s glass (since it’s a picture frame) so when things spill on it, it can come off so easily with nail polish remover. I also like the idea of having a frame that is raised like the one I used-just because it looks so chic.  I also have to say that I love how girly my side table now looks since my nail desk has graced its presence.

Nail Desk

As you can see, I’ve used it as a nail station where I have cotton and nail polishes-and you can also include a nail file so you can use your desk any and everywhere!

Nail Desk

Another great option of having a picture frame as your nail desk is the fact that you can change the pictures to fit your mood, style and even décor! My fave was Princess Belle from the Vogue Disney Princess collection that Hayden Williams did. He’s is my favourite artist of all time and I may just have my fan girl moments!

Other looks I played with were a Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Sketch which is very simple but so classy.

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And of course, I had to include a Lilly Pulitzer print because I mean (do I even have to explain?).

Nail Desk

Here are the prints that I used so feel free to download them if you want-please note that I do not own any of the prints below and I got them all online. I just decided to put them up here so you won’t have to look too far if you wanted them.

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Hope you enjoy this DIY-trust me, it’ll change the way you get your nails did.

XO, The Classy It Girl!

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#FitTipFriday-Energy Boosting Banana Smoothie!


Hello my loves!

I have recently started a mini series on my Vlog Channel called Fit Tip Friday and it’s where I will be sharing my ‘Fit Tips’ with you on Fridays (yes, I know it was quite obvious what it was about). Of course, it won’t be every Friday but I will do as much as I can to share with you smoothie recipes that I love as well as salads and other healthy yumminess. I decided to put this on my vlog channel so it won’t get in the way for my normal beauty & DIY videos-so I hope that’s okay with you?

Today it’s all about this delicious smoothie I like to call (ahem, the title of this post) ‘Energy Boosting Banana Smoothie’. I love this as a breakfast alternative or even a pre-workout drink because it is packed with ingredients that are sure to keep you pumped!

Energy Boosting Banana Smoothie

Here’s the video & let me know what you think fo #FitTipFriday!

XO, The Classy It Girl!

Food Adventures

My Food Adventures


Hello my loves! So part of my resolutions this year was to be more devoted to my blog-something that I have been severely failing to do. However, no fear-better late than never right? I decided to have a few posts on my blog about my food adventures because let me tell you, food is definitely an obsession of mine. Honestly, I just love to eat #sorrynotsorry. Here’s my first post and let me know what you think!

There’s a cute little restaurant called Nichossa’s where my mom and I always go for brunch. It has the perfect café like ambience which I have to say is kind of hard to find on this tiny island-oh the irony. Not only do they have breakfast, there’s also a delicious lunch menu which is just as heavenly.

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And speaking of heavenly, did I forget to mention they have an amazing selection of desserts? One of them happens to be macaroons which is my weakness. Honestly, my legs are wobbling just thinking about how amazing they are. And it’s ever better with the ever so slight dust of glitter on them. Here is actually the only place that I found in Trinidad that sells macaroons so this is definitely one of my many guilty little pleasures.

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At my Uni, there’s a little dining area called Veg Out which I love. It’s strictly vegetarian but it has the loveliest vibe in the entire university and I look forward to just going there to unwind in my little nook. There’s also their amazing seasonal salads which I just about live for. It has a ton of different types of vegetables and other ingredients you won’t think you can find in salads-like coconut and squash and other lovely fresh, healthy goodness.

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Yogurtland. That’s all I have to say. Okay, well not really. Have you ever felt really dragged down when you eat really rich, heavy ice-creams (or is it just me?)? I love ice-cream but I hate that feeling so Yogurtland is just perfect because I never feel guilty after eating it. There’s also a rather impressive selection of yogurt and toppings which make it just as delightful. I have to warn you though that you pay by weight and sometimes, one can get a little carried away so just keep that in mind!

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Another ice-cream I have been loving is green tea and I got this at Kaizen-which is the best sushi place in Trinidad. I had it for my birthday as dessert and let me tell you, I need to find this in a grocery or something where I can just hoard it in my fridge. I posted a pic on Instagram and a lot of people were using the word ‘matcha‘ so of course, being forever uncultured (well at least in the Japanese life) I left it up to trusty Google and found out it was just refers to a special kind of green tea that’s prepared in a different way from the ‘green tea’ that we know of. Either way, I just love green tea ice-cream and I need me some. Right now will do please.

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Speaking about my birthday, my absolutely favourite food in the world is sushi. No. Like you really don’t understand the level at which I love sushi. When I went Canada and NYC last summer, it was what I ate practically every day. For my birthday, it’s kind of a tradition that The Boyfriend take me to Kaizen (I tricked him into carrying me there for Valentine’s Day as well-score!). For my little birthday dinner, I kinda maybe ate out 11 platters of sushi. I kid you not.

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On my actual birthday night, The Boyfriend made me the most delicious shrimp Alfredo in the world. No seriously, this guy can be on a cooking show. I have to say that I am one lucky girl.

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And speaking about lucky, he got me this amazing double chocolate double mousse cake. Somebody save me. Unlike last year’s cake which was two tiers of perfection, I didn’t share this with anyone. Except my mother and brother who snuck pieces of it while I wasn’t there. I just couldn’t help not sharing it. This cake was THE most amazing thing I have ever tasted in my life. And The Boyfriend is actually considering getting one for his birthday-fear not. I shall try to convince him on all the reasons why this is a fabulous idea.

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So my loves, I hope you enjoyed my first post about my Food Adventures! I really would love to know your thoughts.

XO, The Classy It Girl!

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#BeautyonaBudget- NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams


My latest (and most fun) video series on my channel is currently my #BeautyonaBudget series which is for everyone in general, but I especially make them with my fellow Trinis in mind because here, where I live, everything is jacked up ridiculously. I am always on the hunt for amazing quality but inexpensive makeup and this time, I will be featuring the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream which I LOVE. I have gotten so much compliments on these beauties ever since I started wearing them and to be honest, I really didn’t use any other lip product besides these since I bought them. I also got a ton of questions about them so naturally, they had to be my next #BeautyonaBudget video.

So why are these perfect for you?

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1. They are gorgeously matte but not drying so as to dry out your lips like some harsher matte lip products do. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exfoliate though because cracked lips are never attractive.

2. They smell like icing. No really.They do. It like a lovely buttercream frosting that’s hard to resist.

3. The packaging is super sleek so it’s definitely an on the go goodie.

5. It is very inexpensive, retailing for $39.00 TT in Trinidad which amounts to $6.00 US-definitely worth the buy I’d say!

6. This isn’t really a point but I just find this detail is so cute-they are named after capital cities!

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My most worn ones are Addis Ababa (capital of Ethiopia) and San Paulo. I also love Stockholm when I’m in a nude mood (haha). But sadly, Sydney is not for me at all! My complexion is olive with warm undertones so the paleness of it contrasts horribly. But that’s okay cause there are a ton more like these and I cannot wait to get my hands on them!

Have you ever tried these? What are your thoughts/faves?

XO, Roxy!

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Dormspiration-DIY Valentine’s Day Décor!


If you can’t already tell, I’m an uber girly girl and Valentine’s Day is just a perfect opportunity to girlify and make my room even more pretty in pink. I have to say that this is my all time favourite Dormspiration Video ever-and I know I probably say that for all my dormspiration videos, but for real this time, this is my fave.

Oh and in this video, I’m having an open giveaway for two of the items that I used/made so feel free to enter! Here’s the video and below are some pictures of my Valentine’s Day Décor!

I love this DIY because it’s very functional and that’s sort of the theme that I want to steer my DIYs into-functionality and décor all in one big pretty bundle. I used plant pots that I overturned and hot glued these glass jars onto it and that’s as easy as it gets! Not only can I display my favourite nail polishes of the moment, but I can also make sure my fave books don’t go toppling over everywhere.

And yes, everything I made also was very focused on a particular color scheme. #OCDproblems

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I have to admit I am crazy about this brush holder and it may just grace my vanity for the entire year. These jars were actually candle jars and I removed to wax ( I show you the easiest method in the video) then added epsom salt to hold my brushes in place. And if you’re wondering, the epsom salt doesn’t stick to your brushes or anything like that so don’t worry. Coffee is also a great filler but I wanted to stick to my colour scheme and brown just wouldn’t have done it for me. I wrapped twine around the jars and just stuck paper hearts to them. I dunno but I just love making gorgeous but inexpensive things that you can make with items right at your home.

Valentine's Day Brush Holder

Again, another simple DIY for Valentine’s. Just grab a picture frame and cut out construction paper to fit the frame. The, grab your favourite lipsticks and begin kissing that thang like crazy. Sure, you’re gonna end up with super chapped lips and may need lip scrubs and lip balms for a few days, but I mean the result is amazing and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s worth it! I used different shades of pink for my pink and white colour scheme but reds are fiery and perfect as well-as is any other colour of your choice!

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This is probably one of the only things in this dormspiration video that you may have to buy and it’s these wooden XOXO letters {I got them at the craft store upstairs in Trincity Mall if you’re from Trinidad}. I painted them pink with acrylic paint and stuck those kinda gem things to it. Obviously, this isn’t mean to take a ton of weight so I just placed a few key pieces on it like my fave bracelets and necklaces on it and I have to say that it looks so amazing. I was originally gonna just stick the XOXO on my wall but like I said, I really want to incorporate functionality in my DIYs.

XOXO Jewellery Display

I have to say I was totally saving the best for last. This is my favourite DIY ever and as I’m blogging, I’m staring at how gorgeous it looks on my wall. I used heart paper doilies {Excellent Stores, Trincity if you’re from Trinidad} for this and this is one of my giveaway items mind you! I loved how uniformed the black and white pictures look instead of using coloured ones because it really brought out a vintage chic style which I loved. I printed the pictures out on label paper so I wouldn’t have to glue them to the paper doilies and ruin them. I have to say that label paper may be my new be all and end all. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use. I hung it to my fairy lights with mini clothespins and I just have this beautiful heart photoholder in my room which I can’t stop staring at. Help me.

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Okay those were some of the items that I made in this dormspiration so I hope you enjoyed it! I know I sure loved making them to share with you.

Stay amazing and hope you’re dormspired! Comment down below and let me know which was your fave DIY!

XO, The Classy It Girl!