This past week, I gave myself a little “Treat Yourself” kind of day where I focused entirely on self care and things I enjoy that make me happy. Among that included a manicure and letting someone else do my blowout for a change. And I booked them both through my new favorite app, PrettyQuick.
Here’s how it works: Download the app. Make an account. Find a salon. Book your appointment. Go to appointment. Pay through the app.
My first appointment was the mani at Fuga Italian Escape. I’m trying to curb my nail biting and a mani seemed like the way to do that. I booked my appointment the night before and had everything confirmed before I went to bed. Next day I got there and was greeted with tea before going to actually get my mani. The service was amazing and I definitely never would have found this salon if it hadn’t been for PrettyQuick.
Next up was my blowout. Admittedly, I had a harder time booking this one. The cashless payment system was down at the first salon I tried to book and the second one didn’t have any appointments when I was available. But PrettyQuick made it really easy to find a new salon and finally make an appointment at Chroma Salon and Spa in Lincolnwood. Once again, amazing service (this time with coffee) and I left with a great blowout that I didn’t have to do myself!
Basically, this app is my new favorite, maybe even above Instagram. They make beauty easy.
Want to give it a try for yourself? Unfortunately, the app is only for iOS devices. But for those of us who are Apple addicted, go download the app and use code “dannie” to get $15 in beauty services. That’s a free mani!
Full disclosure, I get $5 in credit when you redeem your credit.
This post was not sponsored by PrettyQuick. I’m just in love with the app.
Zoe wanted to join the party for this shoot. So enjoy the puppy shots as well as this amazing blowout and mani!
T-Shirt | Forever 21
Jeans | Forever 21
Necklace | Target
Mug | Anthropologie
Phone Case | Janet Gwen Designs via Etsy (similar)
Photography by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine
Ah, Saturday morning. You bring with you such endless breakfast possibilities. With more time to cook and a significant lack of rushing out the door, the creative juices can get flowing and something beautiful can happen.
Something beautiful being one gigantic pancake.
This style of pancake is referred to as Dutch in some places and German in others. The usual batter involves lots of eggs which we are not about in our kitchen. So we improvised a little bit. We used regular Bisquick mix with dairy and egg replacements.
Yield: One Gigantic Pancake, 6 slices
- 1 batch classic Bisquick pancake batter using almond milk and egg substitute (Our favorite egg sub is 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp baking powder per egg)
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp butter (I use earth balance organic)
- 1 medium to large apple
- 1 heaped tablespoon sugar
- ground cinnamon
- powdered sugar
- table syrup
- Preheat oven to 450F. Place a 9 inch round cake pan in the oven with 2 tbsp butter.
- Make up your pancake batter. I like to add some cinnamon directly to the batter.
- When oven comes to temp, pull out the cake pan, quickly pour in the batter over the bubbling butter and put back into the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- While baking, dice apple into 3/4″ cubes (ish). Sizzle over medium head with more cinnamon, the sugar, and the rest of the butter. Cook until apples are soft and the sauce has a nice caramel color, approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Remove giant pancake from oven, turn out onto a plate
- Put the plate upside down directly onto the cake pan. With one hand on the bottom of the plate and one on the bottom of the cake pan, flip everything and jostle slightly until you hear your creation pop onto the plate.
- Top with warm apple topping, table syrup, and powdered sugar. Slice, enjoy.
Fall days bring a chill in the air and an ever-present scent of cinnamon everything. My favorite pairing with cinnamon is, of course, apples. While everyone’s fawning all over pumpkin everything (which is, admittedly, good) I’m itching to dive head first into vats of apple cider. So, of course, once that familiar chill of fall arrives, I need to venture to the nearest apple orchard and pick a peck with which to make my entire apartment smell amazing.
To my favorite orchard I went! My lady and I went and picked a variety- gala, johnagold, mackintosh, and paula red. We went later in the season than I usually like- rehearsal and moving prohibited anything sooner- so we had to do a little bit of climbing to get to the good stuff. Still, when everyone else is diving after honey crisp, it makes it easy for me to get to the actual good stuff.
My plans for apples change from year to year but there’s always pie involved. This year they also became enough apple sauce to last until Christmas and several dozen apple muffins.