food diary-January hits and misses

So I’m done with month one of my Pescatarian diet. It has surprisingly been easy. In one month, I had salmon twice and shrimp once. Otherwise, no meat. My stomach feels flatter and I am pretty certain I’ve lost some weight. I ordered a scale so will report back if I have or not. My migraines aren’t a lot better but they aren’t worse. On the food front, a big miss for me is Boca Crumbles. They smell funny, taste funny and tore my tummy up. All of the Morningstar products I’ve had so far are the opposite: No weird smell, taste good and no bad side effects. I am not as hungry as I used to be, and I thought eating this way would cause me to feel very hungry all the time. It’s the opposite.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday! Love, HauteAngel

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fashion friday deal, hauteangel

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Today, 1/9/15, for Fashion Friday, Cents of Style is having a Clearance Event- take 50% off the lowest marked price with the coupon code: CLEARANCE. Click on this link: Fashion Friday- Clearance Event- 50% off the Lowest Marked Price w/ Code CLEARANCE.

There are 100’s of items on sale with prices as low as $4.97 shipped. Sizing may be limited on some items, but with the wide variety, there is something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some fabulous fashionable items.

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Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a lovely 2014 holiday season. HauteAngel is excited for another fabulous year in 2015 and to begin a New Year of Fashion Friday Deals, Cents Of Style is offering 50% off its winter accessories to HauteAngel’s readers with the coupon code: WINTER2015.

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The deal is valid today only, January 2, 2015. Use link: Fashion Friday- 50% off Winter Accessories w/ Code WINTER2015

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Hats, gloves, scarves and more will be on sale. Items will start at $4.97, most items will be under $10 shipped.

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HauteAngel’s post-holiday favorites, deals, and picks of 2014

Sometimes the best things in life are FREE! I have been listening to and thoroughly enjoying The Life of Caesar Podcast on iTunes recently. The Podcasters, Cam (aka “The Aussie”) and Ray (aka “The Virginian”), are hilarious, self-deprecating and otherwise well-informed or at least well-prepared (just ask Cam as he sits stewing in stacks of unused, albeit he-purports-to-be copious, brilliant, yet unused notes) to make up for Ray’s prodding and “lack of a personality”. The truth is, Ray’s straight man to Cam’s silly, boyish wit is just what the doctor ordered. As the podcast evolves, it has created surprising Kitsch for sale, coffee mugs, t-shirts, you name it, with trademark phrases, such as “Don’t Make me Pulla Sulla”, “Caesar was a Vampire”, you get the picture. Check out these items on Redbubble. But trust me, there is no podcast about Julius Caesar wherein you can learn so much, laugh so hard and which manages to incorporate references to Flavor Flav into the mix of beheadings and wicked animal cruelty.

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Cameron Reilly

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Cameron used to co-host The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast. He was also the co-founder of The Podcast Network back in 2004. He likes reading about history and science and upsetting people with his opinions. Follow Cameron on Twitter and Facebook.

Ray Harris Jr.

Ray has a degree in history from James Madison University. He lives in Virginia with his family and lots of snakes. He is also the host of the WWII Podcast.
Follow Ray on Twitter and Facebook.

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Join them on Facebook to participate in daily banter with Ray and Cam and the listeners about history, politics and other stuff.

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The LIFE OF CAESAR podcast is ranked in the TOP 100 podcasts in Australia, the USA, the UK and Canada! Check out the Podcast on Napoleon, their new Podcast on Alexander the Great and get smarter in 2015, with a lot of laughs too, by the way.

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It’s time to stock up on your Julep beauty favorites, pick up your must have nail polish shades and or just treat yourself to something that you wanted but didn’t get over the holidays. With prices this low, things are going to go quickly so shop now!

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There are more deals and recommendations, but Mr. Winter has me down with a nasty cold right now and I am blogging, sneezing, medicating…repeat.

Don’t forget to enter the $100 Pottery Barn Gift Card Giveaway! Love, HauteAngel

My UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER

So our office is having a contest today and I wanted to share with you my creation. I figured it would be best to stick with self-deprecating rather than calling out any boss. Love, HauteAngel

My Ugly Christmas sweater

Christmas with southern spice

I am a self-proclaimed half breed: Half Southern by birth c/o my father born in Johnson City, Tennessee and Half Yankee by birth c/o my mother born in Pontiac, Michigan. Even though she was raised in Miami, Florida, that basically still kept her in the “Yankee” status. I learned this by moving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 15 to Chattanooga, Tennessee to be immediately classified, a “Yankee”. This always confused me but I learned to accept it, as well as the difference in clothing in the two places. For one thing, I had a lot of bikinis, no coat, mini skirts and shorts. The first day of school, I walked through the halls with the Scarlett “Y” on my chest, dazed in shock at all the overalls, Dickies slacks in every color (this is the horrible era of everything hot pink, navy and kelly green), whale belts, and Sebagos. Nightmare. I flung myself on my bed that day after school, sobbing in my theatrical manner and told my mother, “They have overalls on and I thought that was a costume on Hee Haw!”

This experience led me to a love and disdain of certain fashions, but the move itself led me to my eventual husband (now of 29 years) and two beautiful kids. So Dickies be damned, I became a Southerner and I love everything about it. My mother is a staunch outlier toward most things Southern, but she’s cute and related, so I’ll keep her.

I wanted to share with my readers some fun Southern gift ideas:

Get everyone this book: Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank

1) This book is sure to get the giftee talking and laughing, guffawing, hands downs. A signed copy was gifted to me and I delight in it still. It’s a rowdy collection of essays, where Ms. Rivebbark takes on baristas (“It’s America, call ‘em what they are, COUNTER HELP”), the Cruise/Holmes pod baby, skanky kids clothes and how to make sure your precious child gets a seat at the Disney character breakfast (or you’ll risk eating chicken out of a bucket with Sneezy). While Celia had rather walk on her lips than say something mean, she doesn’t mind WRITING plenty of mean stuff. Dig in; it’s delish.

Rivenbark has seven or so more books out that are equally delightful. She clearly understands than there is no rude comment that can’t be forgiven if it’s followed with, “Bless her heart!” As in, she’s dumber than a bag of rocks, bless her heart.

Although Southern folk love dressing to the nines, seersucker suits and sweet tea, we have a wicked sense of humor and adore Ugly Christmas sweater parties. My place of work is actually having a contest this year. Check out Ugly Christmas Sweatter Ugly Christmas Sweaters best offerings in sizes XS-XXXL, but wait, they don’t just have sweaters, they now have THE BEST Ugly Christmas Jackets! Plus customers get FREE SHIPPING on all order now through December 13th, use code FREESHIP. A few of their horrifying offerings are as follows:

Sequin Gingerbread Man Blazer Jacket

Red 3-D Christmas Sweater with Stuffed Moose

Christmas Cardigan with Bow!

Not to be outdone by any Ugly Sweater, the true Southern lady appreciates high quality fashions.

SheFINDS has reported Saks Fifth Avenue has cashmere sweaters buy one, get one free right now. This is the time to get a great investment piece with another one to gift to a lucky person.

Cashmere Cable-Knit PulloverPlaid Front Cashmere SweaterCashmere Cowlneck Tunic

The thing I love about Christmas the most at home is putting a blend of spices, oranges and cranberries on our pot belly stove to simmer and make the house smell divine. Use this recipe:

This simmering potpourri is simple to make, and will have your whole house smelling like a holiday.

Gather These Supplies:  Bay leaves, orange, lemon, cranberries, cloves, and cinnamon sticks

The best thing about this potpourri is that you can mix and match it to fit your needs. If you have everything but the cranberries, don’t fret! Just add the remaining ingredients! Don’t have a pantry stocked with bay leaves, that’s okay! But, the base of this potpourri is the cloves and the orange. Those should ALWAYS be present in the recipe.

To begin your simmering potpourri, first measure out 4 cups of water and add it to a deep pot.

Measure four cups of water.

Pour your water into a deep pot.

Next, add the cinnamon sticks. You can use as many as you like. The more, the better in my opinion! For this batch, I add 5.

Add cinnamon sticks to your simmering potpourri. You can use as many as you want, but 5-6 is ideal.

Then, add the bay leaves. Again, add what you have on hand. If you have 2, toss them in! This time around, I add 4.

Add bay leaves to your homemade simmering potpourri.

Next, add the cranberries. I add ½ cup.

One half cup of cranberries.

My favorite! The cloves are added next. They add the perfect touch of spicy goodness. For this batch, I added 2 tablespoons. If you want a more clove enhanced scent, feel free to add more.

Add two tablespoons of whole cloves.

Then, add your citrus. Slice up an orange and a lemon and toss them into the pot. This adds a fresh smell to your simmering potpourri.

Add a sliced orange to your potpourri gives it a citrus kick.Slice your lemon before adding it to your pot, for a citrus kick to your simmering potpourri.

That’s it! Set your burner to low and allow it to simmer. Love, HauteAngel

Photographs and Recipe c/o The SITS Girls

Stella & DOt–dot dollars are back

 

Happening now, just for the holidays, Stella & Dot is having their famous DOT DOLLARS sale. For every $50 spent, customers will get $25 back! All the details you need are below.

Dot Dollars

In 3 Easy Steps

1. For every $50 you spend between November 13th to December 15th, you earn $25 Dot Dollars.
2. On December 30th, 2014 you will receive an e-mail directing you to your Stella & Dot Account Page where your promo codes will live. Each code represents a $25 Dot Dollars award.
3. You can apply $25 Dot Dollars to every $50 you spend between December 30th – January 7th.

HauteAngel’s recommendations for Stocking Stuffers:

For your Hunger Games lover: The $19 Wishing Arrow bracelet is the perfect reminder to fulfill dreams. It features a sliding knot closure for adjustable length, shiny gold plating, and a citron cord.

Gold Cord Arrow Wishing Bracelet | Stella & Dot

Canary cushion drop earrings, perfect for every occasion and at $34, these exquisite drop earrings with cushion cut, canary-colored glass stones are a great gift for your lady.

Gold Cushion Drop Earrings | Stella & Dot

Eye Candy Necklace in pink or green for $49

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These stunning Casablanca Chandelier earrings are $59, so you get back $25 to spend on someone else, maybe on yourself. I still need earrings to go with my Gatsby-style dress for Sara’s wedding in June. Wouldn’t these be perfect! For $79, you can purchase a matching bracelet.

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On sale for $29.40, this gold stacking ring is very hot this season and a great price to boot.

Paloma Stacked Rings by Stella & Dot. Image of five shiny gold plated brass bands with glass pave stones.

Lions, tigers and leopard Ipad Mini Cases for $35.40, oh my!Chelsea Mini iPad Case - Leopard by Stella & DotChelsea Mini iPad Case - Leopard by Stella & Dot

Not to ignore the zebras (especially with jewels), get one of these cute Capri pouches for $36

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Happy Hunting! Love, HauteAngel

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