Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

 
Every year I make cookie platters for family and friends for the holidays, this is a must have on my platter!
 
Makes about 2 dozen
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. sugar, for topping
1 tsp. cinnamon, for topping 
adding cinnamon to any cookie makes it better!
butterscotch chips, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, followed by vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the flour mixture until dough comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.

Place sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar before placing on baking sheet. Allow about 2 inches between cookies to allow for spread.

Bake for 11-14 minutes, until cookies are set and very lightly browned around the edges.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  While still one the baking sheet you can press a butterscotch chip in the center of each cookie.
 

Juniper Berry & Peppercorn Rubbed Pork Loin Recipe


If you are in So Cali you can buy juniper berries from Penzey's Spices in Santa Monica or Torrance, I know they are sometimes hard to find.
For the juniper rub:
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt 
1 1/2 tablespoons juniper berries*
 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
 2 1/2- to 3-pound boneless pork loin 
DIRECTIONS
For the juniper rub:
Place the salt in a small bowl. Using a mortar and pestle or a mallet, crush the juniper berries and peppercorns. Add to the salt. Crumble the bay leaves and add them, along with the garlic, to the bowl. Mix everything well. 
Press the salt mixture evenly over the entire surface of the pork loin. Place in a shallow pan, cover lightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the pork loin in the pot and brown it on all sides, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove the pork loin from the pot.
Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 30 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest, covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice the roast, arrange on a serving platter and serve. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Win a $50 online or in store credit from my Boutique Le Bijou in Long Beach Ca!

As a thank you to all who have supported my dream, business and self this past year I want to give a little something back... cash for jewelry! 

It has been a crazy year with it's ups and downs and I know I have not blogged often enough since I have opened my shop (check my instagram for more updates from me) but I as I have said before I do plan to get back at it. Anyway, On to the good stuff, the giveaway!
You can enter here on my blog or head to my shop's facebook!

Oh, and watch this short video to see a few of the new designs made by myself and a few other designers I am currently working with available now in store and online!
Good luck and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Product Review- Simulated Pink Opal CZ Rose Gold Stud Earrings


Product Description
Material: High quality copper plated with rose gold, 10mm lab created pink opal
Size: 0.43*0.43*0.25 Inch
A great alternative for your everyday wear, with extra glare and details.
Where to get these- Click here
 Review-
I love these studs. They are very good quality and can be worn as a daily pair of earrings. The simulated opal is beautiful and goes well with the gold finish... I think rose gold would have been top notch though! That being said I do prefer yellow gold on myself so these are perfect. A friend did tell me they look like granny earrings on me, I think it was because the pastel pink next to my fair skin. 

Anyway, these are lovely if you are looking for an everyday pair of earring for school or work or even a evening out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Product Review- New York Biology Haul





Hey all!
I recently received a few goodies to review from New York Biology.

New York Biology Anti Aging Eye Cream
New York Biology Eyelash Growth Serum 
New York Biology Retinol Moisturizer w Hyaluronic

Lets start with the eye gel-
Some of the Benefits Include: 

- Reduces the appearance of puffiness and fine lines around the eyes.

- Has the power to transform your look and boost your confidence.

- Helps rebuild cells, firms skin and repair wrinkles without dermabrasion or other expensive treatments.

- Hydrates and Firms your skin leaving a youthful looking appearance.

Review-
I don't have too many fine lines... yet! I do have puffiness from lack of sleep and so many other reasons. I did notice after a week of using this gel that it seemed to help. I really can't comment on the lines but lets hope its help prevent them as I go :)
Overall, happy with the turn out but not a fan of the bottle. Never like this type of pump top.

Second up is the eyelash growth serum- 
UltraLah Serum Beneifits:

-When applied daily, will encourage hair to grow thicker, fuller, and longer while improving the overall appearance and condition of your lashes.

-Swiss Apple Stem Cells encourage hair to grow thicker and longer. It nourishes and renews hair growth at the follicle, which is the only living section of a strand of hair. Naturally, this makes hair healthy and alive.

-Botanical Complex Tricholastyl® promotes youthfulness of the lashes and brows by helping prevent inflammation, free radicals and glycation which is a triggering factor for hair loss.

-Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, a high-tech active ingredient is clinically proven to increases eyelash thickness and length.
Review-
Honestly, I was the most excited for to try this. I have no-nothing eyebrows thanks to my ma so I couldn't wait to plop this on my eyebrows. I used this for just under two weeks and sadly I have not seen a change in the or my eye lashes which are thankfully pretty nice already. I'm going to continue to use it so hopefully I can update later with good news!

And lastly, the retinol-
Retinol Cream benefits:

- All Natural Antioxidants like green tea and wheat germ oil that help to prevent damage due to chemical and environmental exposure.

- Fight wrinkles, dark spots due to sun damage, and acne scars while increasing your skin's firmness all with a single application of this moisturizer.

- Acts as an antioxidant, scavenging the free radicals responsible for wrinkles and other signs of aging.

- Retinol increases collagen production and may be involved in building elastin, both of which help to make your skin firm and smooth. 

Review-
It has an impressive ingredients list with retinol, green tea, vitamin e & b5, jojoba oil, and shea butter to name a few. It works just as it says, I noticed some dark spots get lighter and my face/ neck tighter. I dig it. Again though, that bottle!

So overall, good products and good outcomes. In the future I'd go with the eye gel and the retinol cream again (just purchased some for a friend too) but I would pass on the lash serum.

Have you tried any, how did they work for you?
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stack Your Rings in Style

One fun and striking trend in jewelry is to wear stackable rings—two or more rings stacked together on a single finger for a stylish, amplified impact.  This popular trend is exciting partly because of its flexibility.  You choose which rings to stack, how to stack them, and where to wear them. And, depending on the breadth of your personal collection, you can change your stack to suit an outfit, an occasion, or even a mood.
http://www.lebijoulb.com/?category=Costume+Jewelry

How to Stack

Stacking your rings, often done as a buildable right hand ring, is a creative expression of your style, and it does not confine you to one look.  There are no specific rules on how to stack your rings, but I hope my rings provide some inspiration.
Get ta stackin'!
And if you are wondering... This is my latest stackable collection for my boutique in Long Beach CA, Le Bijou which is also online if you wanted to check out this vibrant, colorful combination of sapphires and gemstones. These rings are made to fit into each other to mix and match as if you were making your own custom  ring. If you have one or more from my older collections these will fit in just as well!

I also have a few necklaces too!

What is your favorite stack? 
Tag me at @lebijoulb & #lebijoulb so I can see!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Product Review- Professional 16''x16''x16'' Photo Lighting Studio Shooting Tent Box Kit

Product description on Amazon-
Dimensions: 16''x16''x16''/40x40x40cm. Note: the object for shooting shall not be bigger than 30x30x30cm/12''x12''x12''
Output lights: Double 60 LEDs light bands with 13,00 lumin. Super bright to provide the adequate light source. A lot brighter than other ordinary shooting tents. Your photo will be with pure white background and you don't even need to have the photo copped.
No strobe allowing you to take great pictures in white background with different devices: iPhone, smart phones, cameras or professional cameras.
Very easy to instal and uninstal! No other tools needed for the installation and uninstallation. Your bare hands are the only things needed for the installation. Space saving and very flexible. Can be utilized on various occasions or in different places.
Comes with a carrying bag and 2 pieces of background paper boards (color white and black). The paper boards are wrinkle resistant and water resistant. Very easy to cleanse. Ready for you to take with on the go! A light softener is included as a FREE GIFT!

 My review and photos-
 I finally spent money and got myself a real light box! I have had DIY and cheap light boxes in the past and although this one was only $99 it is cheap in the world of professional light boxes and has since gone up in price. This specific one comes in different sizes and prices by the brand. I went with the 16" since it fits my product and product display the best and had the best reviews of the others listed on amazon.
The already posted photos on the amazon listing is what pushed me to go with this brand, the before and after edits looked like something that would work for me.  I am far from a photographer so I needed something that would help me not only take better pictures of my jewelry and products for my shop but cut my edit time down. This did just that, I would very much recommend this box with an SLR camera.
Good lighting, decent construction, no unwanted reflection and easy to put together. It does come with a bag which is handy but since this is for my shop, I have it together and stored along side my dressing room. 
 Here are a few of my photos for my social media and website.
This is before edit with a crop.
This is after adjusting the lighting, fill light, highlights and shadows. I use Picasa from Google, very easy to use and free. I am very happy with the turn out. Everything was clean and even in the box I simply hit the "auto" for the lighting and this was the outcome. A few of my products did need a little more care in the editing department so the item's color matches what is sold  but the time to edit is still nearly nothing.
http://www.lebijoulb.com/?category=One+Of+A+Kind
 These ones have less of the lighting edits, these are what I am using for my website since the designs move quickly with having the brick and mortar shop and the website. These are one of a kind so I again did not want to spend to much time on the edits, once gone they are gone and photos taken down.
http://www.lebijoulb.com/?category=One+Of+A+Kind
If you would like to see and purchase this light box click here to see listing.
I purchased this box with my own money and nothing was given me to me, I was not contacted by the company. I purchased this box because I needed it. 
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