Makeup class update

I am so thrilled to be taking makeup classes @ Lux with Jena Perry, my salon owner. She is super knowledgeable and is giving me lots of tips, tricks, and inspiration for future makeup business. I have taken 3 classes so far, freelance 1 and 2, and skin and lash. I have had 4 models, and of course I took pictures of all of them to share with you! I have 3 more classes to take, and I will update when those are done as well, so here is the first half in pictures!

Shelly was my freelance 1 model, and unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera, so you get grainy bad photos from my BlackBerry! Shelly has beautiful skin, and tends to not wear much makeup on a daily basis, so we kept her fresh and natural.

Caroline was my first model for my freelance 2 class. She has huge gorgeous eyes that just crave some color, so we got to play with a little more product. Most of models like a very natural look, as  you will see, so it was nice to play with a little color in this class.

Tara was my second model for freelance 2. She has these beautiful hazely brown eyes that just popped with some coppery shadow.

Amber was my Skin and Lash model, and she is what we call a “Lux Bride”. A Lux Bride wears very little makeup, but wants to look beautiful and a little more polished on her wedding day. I think 90% of all brides that come to Lux for the makeup want this effortless ‘is she wearing makeup” look.

I cannot wait to work on Jen this weekend at my bridal class. This will be my first time meeting Jen, but we have a total galmance (my take on bromance)  from our excessive e-mailing we have done in preparation for her wedding in July, which I will be doing hair for. She is also an avid blog reader, and will probably chat with me about some of these posts, and is one of the reasons I try to post often (“keep posting, I love reading a giant chunk of new blogs at work when I have time”-paraphrased from one of our e-mails).

I have a photography and makeup class that is lecture only, but I am hoping to get Jena to agree to letting me work on a model. My last class will be airbrushed makeup, and I think I will be having my sister-in-law Angelica model for me, but I really need an Asian model to work on so I can figure out Asian eye makeup application.


Lemony grilled chicken

Just made another yummy chicken dish and wanted to share! I recently got myself an outdoor grill, sort of like a large, free-standing George Foreman grill that plugs into an outlet. It works great, and I am having an awesome time cooking on it. Last week I made sweet Italian chicken burgers on it, which would have been better had I cooked it long enough so it was cooked all the way through, heh, heh. Grilling is a great way to keep the calories down, and also change up the dinner time routine.

Lemony grilled chicken for 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
  • lemon pepper
  • sea salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • a meat tenderizer or heavy object
  • plastic wrap
  • 13×9 inch pan

1) pound out chicken breasts to 1 inch thickness, then place in a 13×9 inch baking dish.

2) zest lemon, roll lemon to release juices, and cut in half.

3) drizzle on olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and lemon pepper, minced garlic, lemon zest and squeeze both halves of lemon over chicken.

4) grill till cooked all the way through and the juices run clear when you cut into them. Place on platter and let rest for a few minutes.

I also steamed an artichoke for me, and yellow crook neck squash for Billy to serve with the chicken. I tried to fake myself out by pretending the yellow squash was a nice starchy side dish, it sort of worked haha!

The chicken came in at a low (and super flavorful) 232 calories. Adding the artichoke (and some light mayo, or other light dipping sauce) adds 60 calories, and the squash was 20 calories, so my entire dinner was 312 calories, which is a fantastic low-calorie dinner!

Let me know if you make this dish for yourself, and tell me how you like it, and if you make any changes. I hope that by posting my healthier dinners that I can inspire others to live and eat healthier as well! My motto is, misery loves company, but it doesn’t mean that it has to taste bad!

pretty girls make pretty prom pictures

Last weekend was PROM!!!! I had three lovely ladies come see me on Saturday for their prom updos, and I had a blast with them. Unfortunately, I only managed to get pictures for two of them, but we had fun!

Tori had her makeup done by Jenny, our fabulous, amazing, super talented receptionist/ makeup artist/ salon order enforcer, so her pictures are more “finished”.

Kellen is a swimmer at Valley Christian, referred to me by her friend Jamie, who was my third updo. Kellen chose a style I haven’t done in a while, and had thought was a little “dated” but she still rocked it and looked great.

I have so much fun with special event styling! These girls and their proms are the reason I became a hairstylist in the first place.

yum, yum, chicken!

Tonight I made Billy’s second favorite chicken dish, my corn flake chicken. His favorite is a pan-fried chicken Parmesan, but I won’t make it anymore because it is very unhealthy. I felt inspired to share the corn flake chicken recipe with anyone else who wanted a really tasty and pretty healthy new spin on chicken. See, in our house, we eat  A LOT of chicken, and it gets very boring, so I had to get creative, and this is one of the recipes I came up with! All in all, half of this recipe is about 190 calories, which is a reasonably healthy “breaded” chicken.

Corn flake chicken for 2

You will need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I used Foster farms from Costco, so 2 breasts come in a package
  • 1-2 cups Kellogg’s corn flakes, dumped in a gallon sized ziplock bag. I start with a little and add as needed
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite creamy salad dressing, I used Marie Calendar’s chiptole ranch, but a lite ranch is great
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a meat tenderizer, or heavy object or frying pan
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • a rimmed baking sheet, like a jelly roll pan
  • a non-stick cooling rack that is oven safe
  • plastic wrap and foil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil, place cooling rack onto sheet, and spray with cooking spray.

2. place one chicken breast at a time on plastic wrap, and fold one half over to make a packet. Use your meat tenderizer or heavy object to pound the chicken breast out to about 1 inch thickness. Repeat on second chicken breast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cut each chicken breast into 2 inch strips, it’s OK if some are smaller or larger, you will get about 8 pieces.

3. Place your creamy salad dressing in a shallow bowl, dip and coat each chicken breast strip.

4. Place corn flakes into your gallon sized ziplock bag, then crush until you have a very crumbly bag of cereal. Place one chicken strip at a time into the ziplock, seal the top, and shake it up to coat! Repeat for all of the chicken strips

5. Lay each strip on your cooling rack, and bake for 20 minutes.

I paired the chicken with some zucchini and yellow squash that I had tossed in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with fresh ground black pepper and baked for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Please share if you decide to make this recipe, it’s totally delicious, pretty healthy, and a great way to get a breaded chicken dish back into your health conscious diet. I love making little switcheroos and tweaks to make recipes healthier, and still keep some of my favorite dishes on the menu even when I am trying to be “better” about my food intake. Billy and I both say enjoy, but make your own, we already ate tonight’s!

wait, people READ this stuff?

Holy moly, how on Earth did I manage to get 120 hits on this blog on Saturday alone?! I know I do not have that many readers, especially people I know (do I even have 120 friends? psshh yeah right!)

With the appointments I had at the salon on Saturday, 3 prom updos, I guess prom season is in full swing! The most searched blog tags were about updos- Lauren Conrad, braided, 2010 Oscars, red carpet etc. My 2010 Oscars write-up got 45 hits on it’s own. This blows my mind. So let me say, to the 2 of you who actually read this on a regular basis, (there ARE 2 of you, right?) THANK YOU! Thank you for reading my sometimes erratic, often not so amusing , scatterbrained posts and STILL coming back for more. I appreciate having someone to write to, even if most of the time I think I am talking to myself, but just happen to put it on the internet, where anyone can see it, *gulp*.

This sort of thing makes me want to write better posts and have a more interesting blog. It’s what has me scouring my friends’ blog recommendations, reading all these wonderful things that other people write. Like, did you know, there are SO many truly talented and crafty people who write blogs? I know I can be awfully naive, and even a little ignorant (what can I say, it’s bliss!) but I didn’t realize just how many crazy cool blogs there are out there! Just a few that my friend Michelle turned me on to are: cake wrecks, Jessica’s Treasures, Kansas couture, and even one I stumbled upon on my own (I think, I have been doing a lot of blog reading and could have found it off of a friends’ blog) knock off wood. I also have become a loyal devotee to all things Dooce, and no I do not mean the #2 you do in the bathroom, but the mommy blogger from Utah! Reading blogs is a great way to find inspiration, feel solidarity with another human being, or get tips and tricks for some sort of crafty project.

So…if this blog started to ramble, or lose any semblance of sense, please forgive me! I hadn’t intended on blogging tonight, but when I checked out the stats, I just had to, even though my Melatonin was already kicking in, and my focus was waning and my brain was tucked in for the night. So yeah, good night, and thank you for reading!

because I am the coolest nanny on the planet*

*claim not verified by the FDA, EPA, or any other association, but clearly stated as fact.

This morning I had the privilege of seeing both of the kids I nanny for. This is unusual because if I do happen to pick a kid up for school, it would be Kobe, and he starts school later than Bryn, so I don’t see her until the afternoon. Bryn is on spring break this week, and Kobe had his last week (I know, SO confusing, right?) so I still needed to get Kobe to school and Bryn to her grandparents house.

On our short drive, I said “YAY IT’S WEDNESDAY, WE ARE HALF WAY THROUGH THE WEEK!!!” in a voice as excited as I could muster at 8:20am, (which for me is VERY excited, because that’s how I roll) to which there were mutterings and questions about “why is Wednesday so great” and such. I wanted to quickly turn the mood around and made a play for the positive in a way I had not tried before. I asked both kids what they were most looking forward to today.This is a very simple question, it helps to get them to focus on the positives rather than the negative, and is actually quite difficult to answer unless there is something SUPER COOL going on that day that you know of.

I started off by saying I am most looking forward to being done with my 2 1/2 mile run, not the run itself, but being finished with it. The kids laughed, and we had a good conversation about how fast we can run the mile and what the differences are between running on a treadmill vs. real life. Bryn  was looking forward to another day off of school. Kobe said he was looking forward to whatever activity his teacher had planned for the class that revolved around their portraits. Now, Kobe’s school has a fun project for their 5th graders, which is to paint their self portraits, and they need a photo to work off of. Kobe had his picture taken yesterday, and is very much looking forward to whatever they do with it today, as it is a long process.

I liked his simple answer that showed a great interest in an unknown task. He just knew it would be fun, without knowing what exactly he would do. I want this sort of enthusiasm for my own life; to be excited for whatever the day has to offer. This is a struggle for me, as I am an obsessive planner, organizer, and ruler of all parts of my day, and I do not like unknowns. I want to plan days, months, even years, in advance just so I know what’s coming. Naturally, I hate surprises that I know about- you know, the “I have a surprise for you! what is it? I can’t tell you, it’s a surprise” sort of surprises, I hate change, even small changes, but especially last-minute changes, and I do better when I have a list of objects or tasks to check off.  If I had a child’s enthusiasm for the unknown, I would be a whole lot less frustrated when I encountered unwanted change, surprises, or working off the cuff rather than a list.

Sometimes I get inspiration and deep thoughts from the kids, and that is always a nice surprise.

Because when your nanny is a hairstylist, of course you get faux hawks!

hair and makeup update

Tomorrow I begin my makeup classes with Jena Perry at my salon! This is very exciting, and I can’t wait. This first class is a freelance class, full of information really, and a little hands on time at the end to work on a model. I will tell you more after the class, as I really haven’t got much to talk about right now.

I am sort of missing styling hair for photo shoots. I got really burned out on shoots when all I was doing was pinup; it gets very redundant when you are doing victory rolls, finger waves and puffy Betty bangs every shoot.   I had a few shoots that stepped outside of the pinup image, but it was the exception. I have been very inspired by the Anthropologie catalog and also the amazing photographic skills of Shanni and Ashley, they always have the most interesting shoots, and Ashley in particular has an aesthetic that has me itching to style effortless waves, use adorable headbands, and create looks that are soft and feminine to the max. Like THESE:

end of Lent reflections

As the 40 days of Lent come to a close this weekend, I am contemplating what to do now that I have my “given up” item back. Mardi Gras marked the end of my frivolous spending and personal shopping ways, and Easter marks when I can go back to buying and spending and having a generally great time with my limited resources. My name is Adrian, and I like to shop. I enjoy shopping for clothes, shoes, makeup, hair products, house stuff, groceries, gifts and more. Basically, I like spending money, even when I don’t have any. Though I enjoy spending money, I do not need to spend a large amount of money in order to get my kicks, and I typically will satiate the craving with a simple $5 purchase. I am the complete opposite of my hubby, who likes to save for months and months to buy a large ticket item, whereas I need to spend small amounts all the time. We equal out in our spending, but his has a sticker shock that just kicks me in the gut when it happens. The kind of kick that makes you catch your breath, or like a quick rip off the band-aid sort of deal. I am generally a much gentler spender, I ease you into the loss of money, telling you all the while that is IS necessary, it DOES make you happy, and you LOVE the new items! My endorphins are increased, my mood lifted and happiness is restored to the world when I am able to make frequent purchases. These last 40 days have been an exercise in restraint for me. I have learned to refrain from my unscrupulous spending and make do with the things I have. I was still able to buy groceries, cleaning products and things for around the house, but I couldn’t buy clothes, shoes, or things of that nature. There were several moments when I felt weak, I wanted to buy buy buy, and I had to physically remove myself from tempting situations, but I managed to make it.

The end of Lent has me thinking of another change I can make in my life that may have a positive outcome like my giving up frivolous spending. I think instead of  giving up something, I would like to add something and see how that goes. I’m thinking that blogging my food choices and exercise every day for 40 days will keep me honest in my weight loss and health-ifying my life, and will get me into the exercise of writing each day. I know 40 days of food and exercise will be VERY boring to anyone who actually reads this regularly, so I am trying to figure out another addition to keep it interesting and change it up. If you have any suggestions, please let me know, I would love to hear what reader(s) would like to see.