Saturday, April 24, 2010

Italian grilled cheese sammich :)

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(Obviously this is not a picture of my recipe, idk what it is

This is a recipe I came up with when I was on a total grilled-cheese binge-- (blame it on the time of the month, my dears!) After getting sick of regular grilled cheese I tried to come up with ways to spruce it up a bit, this is the result of said sprucing…

You Will need:
Bread (any kind you like, I prefer potato)
Italian cheeses (Mozzarella, Parmesan, etc…)
Cream cheese
Roma tomato
Pepperoni (I get the pizza topping one that comes in a bag)
Butter or Olive oil
Salt & pepper
And a skillet

(Before you start preparing your sandwich, be sure to have your skillet on a low heat to warm it up.) Ok, so, start with your bread and your cream cheese, spread your cream cheese like butter on the inside of your sandwich. (Sounds weird, I know, just go with it!) Next, add your other cheeses and your pepperoni. Slice your Roma tomato in thin-ish slices, salt and pepper them and add them to your sandwich. Next, butter both slices on the outside of your sandwich and slap on the skillet. Should be done when all the cheese is melted and is golden brown on both sides. Cut in halves and enjoy!

XXOO Rosalie

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Weekly Window

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Locay: Love couture

since I am a slacker, once again I hadn't the time to get you the price...I'll try to get on that next month.

XXOO Rosalie

Monday, April 19, 2010

Healthier substitute

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You know those really yummy taco's you like to make? But you might feel all gross afterwards? That's because of the beef you cooked with it-beef tends to make you feel slightly groggy afterwards.
Just a few days ago my roommate made us dinner and she made tacos with ground turkey. I couldn't even tell the difference! Turkey is a lot healthier than beef so that's an added plus, we also used low calorie taco bell seasoning so it tasted like fast food but much more healthier. Enjoy! :o)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

5 Things Jolie-Miette Lovess

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This week's top five is just a few of a favorites I've had for years along with a couple of new favorites as of late. Hope you enjoy this intricate selection of 5 things I love (:

1. Notebooks

I'm sure my family has had hundreds of these borderline-hoarder influencing materials. I mean, who wouldn't? They come in all sorts of styles, colors, sizes, textures; etc. etc. They're just magnificent, and have so many uses! Paper airplane supplies provider, a place to jot down a note, a best friend you can blab to about all your latest adventures without it talking back (although the girl squeals are oh so fun!), etc. etc.

2. Mod Cloth Online Clothing Store

Now, you all know how I love me some vintage - especially the 40s, 50s, 30s, etc. Well, this store is pretty much my heaven: Mod Cloth has modern clothes, vintage clothes and vintage styled clothes with a modern twist. And, they have the most delectable apartment items that are just cute as can be! Shop here to take a look at what I'm talkin' about.

3. Ballet Flats

I have always had a love for Ballet. Ever since I was little I have wanted to be as graceful as a dancer and begged my mother to take me to a ballet class. Unfortunately, we never could, but at least my favorite shoes are in style (: Aren't they adorable? And so comfortable too!

4. Turquoise

I. Love. This. Color. Its absolutely gorgeous! Its flattering, vintage (very popular in the 50s) and just magnificent! Elegant yet modern and urban, I'm very lucky and ecstatic that this color is one of the new 'fads' of our culture (:

5. Audrey Hepburn's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Sunglasses

Ever since I first saw this movie a few years ago, I have wanted a pair of sunglasses like hers. They're sleek, a snippet of classy and a bit cat-like. I adore them. Luckily, I was able to acquire a pair extraordinarily similar to this pair of exquisite sun-defy-ers. You can also acquire a pair of your own at Walmart from Miley Cyrus/Max Azria's clothing and accessory line. (:

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Friday, April 16, 2010

The Weekly Window

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Locay: Abercrombie & Fitch (aka: the stinky store)

wasn't able to find a cost for this outfit, but I can tell you where you can get it cheaper, i found a similar skirt and jacket at walmart for only like, $12-$17 and any long black tank can work as a shirt to make this knock-off a brilliant success :)
XXOO Rosalie

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Polaroid Art

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Oh how I love Polaroids. There's something mysterious and mystical about them. Although their production has ceased to exist from my understanding, there are still many people out there who love the quality of a Polaroid instant picture. I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the beauty that this simple yet complex little figure produces with just the click of a button.

I was first introduced to the Polaroid's wonders by my aunt while we were camping. She snapped a photo of me, at the tender age of 5, wearing a giant shirt that belonged to my grandfather, hovering over the fire. My legs were twigs, and I looked like an innocent little girl (although I assure you I was not; I was one of the most mischievous little girls, but that's a story for another time.)

Well, today I'm showing you a Polaroid artist whom I've recently discovered and admire - Grant Hamilton. See the picture above? Yes, he took that.

His way of capturing the vividness of the colors is magnificent; almost gives you a kind of retro, seventies feeling. I love the bold, bright colors in his photos, and how the closeups make you wonder what the whole thing looks like (and makes you want to see what it looks like.)

I hope you like this little find - I know I did. He inspires me to work harder with my own photography in order to capture beauty in a vivid, bold way.

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fabulosity 101: Nail Polish Psychology

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Ready for a mani/pedi but stuck in a color rut? Read below to find out what your nail polish says about you!

Red: Known as the color of confidence, it’s fierce and in your face! Red is the girl all the guys want and all the girls want to be! Your Anthem: Tik tok-Ke$ha

Blue: A restless girl who lives and breathes art, she shops vintage and collects colorful things. Your Anthem: Soul sister-Train

Yellow: Young, fun and carefree! Yellow is spontaneous, the girl always down for a weekend roadtrip! Your anthem: Seventeen forever-Metro Station

Green: Calm and serene like the wind in the trees? AS IF! Green is the girl who’s bringing sassy back! She’s the girl who runs around barefoot and has pixie-sticks for blood. Your Anthem: Ocean Avenue-Yellow Card

Pink: When it’s all about the lipgloss, pink is hardcore girly girl! A hopeless romantic, pink sees the world through rose-colored glasses. Your anthem: Just Dance-Lady Gaga

Orange: If life were an episode of FRIENDS, Orange would be the Chandler of nail polishes! Your Anthem: Starstrukk-3oh!3

Purple: The color of glamour, purple is a Diva and damn proud of it! Your anthem: I do not hook up-Kelly Clarkson

Nude: A free spirit who lives in her flip-flops, with a style that changes like the wind! Your anthem: Fireflies-Owl city

Black: Here comes trouble! Black is the girl that rocks the party, or starts one wherever she goes! Your Anthem: Rockstar101-Rihanna

Insider tip: Want a great color without breaking your budget? Try sinful colors! I use it myself because for $1.99 you can’t go wrong!

Keep it fabulous, babe!
XXOO Rosalie

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Architecture of Happiness - A Book Review

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Oh dear . . . this book? Beyond amazing. It is something I wish I had in my own personal library, something I cherish and adore! The way it is written is eloquent and ingenious, and its basis makes complete sense.

The whole story of the book rides around architecture and how it makes us feel. How it affects our daily lives, how it portrays us; our happiness. And, it makes perfect sense. The way our surroundings are built; clean, cut lines and modern styles or older houses with worn furniture, they all portray a part of us and affect our happiness.

The whole book is very hard to explain, so you'll just have to read it for yourself - which is something I highly recommend you do. I give it a 5 out of 5, for eloquence, beauty, and originality.



1920s Bedroom How-To

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I have found a how-to in order to make your bedroom look 1920s. Its really interesting, and I'm sure you could find alternates for some things in this article that you don't have (for example, large windows or patience for wallpaper.)

The 1920s was an elaborate decade. Detail was a big part of their decorating process, and they very much cared about the look of their rooms (probably due to the many parties they held - who would want the Crawfords across the street scoffing at your style of curtain?)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at this. I found them intriguing, very much elaborate and BIG in fancy! (:

Where to get some of these styled-furnishings? Try ikea, or better yet, head to your local antique shop and ask the owner where you might acquire 1920s style bedroom furniture/decor. They may know better than almost anyone. If neither of those ideas work, head to your favorite websearch tool, the word that has become a verb itself: Google. I'm sure our dear old friend would gladly find you some nifty 1920s furniture, if not near where you live.

Enjoy, my fellow thrifters. Enjoy!



Friday, April 9, 2010

The Weekly Window

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Locay: Victoria's Secret Pink
Price: ranging from $7.50-$9 or 5/$25
(an amazing deal in my opinion.)
XXOO Rosalie

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

History of Royal makeup: Cleopatra

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Cleopatra (like many Egyptians) was known best for her eyeliner, that jet black line that made way for what’s known today as the “Cat eye.” So, what was this eyeliner made of? The answer is lead! Ground up into powder and mixed with warm water. Because of this many Egyptians (men and women, the Egyptians were quite fond of the guy-liner,) died of lead poisoning. (Talk about a fatal attraction to cuteness…Gwen Stefani has no idea!)
Ironically, the spiritual reason for the eyeliner was so that their spirit (or “ka,“) would recognize their body. The Egyptians also used the eyeliner as a way to shade their eyes from the sun…Much more convenient than sunglasses, I suppose.

You can create your own twist with:
Liquid liner
Pencil liner
Beige lipstick
&& gold eyeshadow

Apply eyeshadow from the lid and follow the curvature of the eye all the way up to the brow bone. Put on your liner, begin with liquid and make a cat eye, dragging the line a little farther than normal. Take your pencil liner and line your waterlines--top and bottom. Apply a bit of beige lip to finish off this dangerously gorgeous look.

Helpful hint: having trouble with the cat eye? Take a piece of tape and stick it under your eye so it runs up diagonally where you want the liner to go. Use this as a sort of stencil. Remove once eyeliner is applied.

XXOO Rosalie

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

An Inspiration: Nirrimi Photography

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I have seen quite a few photographers, but none have had nearly half the talent - or accomplishments - at such a young age. Nirrimi is only seventeen years old and has had several publications and recently interned with a big time New York photographer (whose name I do not know.)
I randomly stumbled on her portfolio she had on carbonmade, and was in awe: this girl did exactly what my mind constantly envisioned, craved, and longed to do. Her use of natural light, natural people in their natural settings was enchanting and real. Bold and beautiful, she used a potent, nearly dangerous mixture of our natural elements to create very intelligent, wondrous photos - all while capturing the beauty to be simplistic. She most definitely has a natural talent.

Recently I found that she had a blog, and was so overjoyed I decided to do this post on her.

For her blog, go here to

For her portfolio, go here to

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Monday, April 5, 2010


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So some of us deal with low iron in our diets-I know i'm one of those people. I've been researching about foods that are high in iron and I thought that I'd share with you the list of foods :o)

-Any green veggies
-Most of any kinds of seafood
-Dried beans
-Dried fruits
-Fruits in general
-Nuts (I prefer Almonds since they are very good for your skin)

Sometime soon I will provide some recipes that are high in Iron.

Til I ecrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Saturday, April 3, 2010

White Walls

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A lot of you have probably lived in an apartment for quite some time, but been unable to paint. Well, as frustrating as it may be, there are other ways to spice up your apartment without using paint - accessories!

Think of the colors you like... bright greens with browns, light pinks with black, or even grays with baby blues. Use the colors you enjoy to decorate your temporary (or permanent) home.

Do you like the vintage patterns? Get some accent pillows and curtains with the pattern you like, and throw in a bright pink vase. What about your dishes? Get some plain, white dishes and paint them with safe paint that's specifically for dishes. Ceramic paint and ceramic plates are the best for this.

I found this article that is specifically about white walls and colorful accessories - its a good article to read when in doubt (:

Any questions or comments? comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Thursday, April 1, 2010


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Happy April Fools day everyone!

I don't have much time, but for now since it's getting to be close to summer-that means mosquito season. One thing to prevent mosquito bites is vitamin B12 yes you can coat yourself in harmful chemicals but to me vitamin B12 works the best.
I took a trip to Mississippi and they are known for the mosquitoes I bought a drink called 'Whoop Ass' and it is high in vitamin B12 and I did not get any mosquito bites whatsoever which is suprising because usually I am the mosquito attractant. So there you have it ladies and gents if your reading this. :o)

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Wuthering Heights--The Movie!

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IMDB has confirmed that Emily Bronte’s classic is to finally hit the silver screen…And you’ll never guess who got the leading role of Heathcliff! Ed Westwick, otherwise known as Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass! (melts!) The movie is expected to be released in 2011. Filming began in 2009 in Yorkshire, England. I personally can’t wait to see it, I’m a huge fan of Gossip Girl, and Chuck Bass is just about as gorgeous as they come! Not sure who is set to play Kathy yet…So, let’s make a game of it, who do you think should get the role? Leave a comment to post your answer!
(My money’s on Leighton Meester, but that‘s just me.)

(...don't you just wanna bite him? I know I do!)

XXOO Rosalie

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fish Oil

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Fish Oil pills, fish oil helps your heart in many ways it reduces the chances of heart diseases and it also helps high cholestrol,cancer and so on so forth. You might think one word when you hear fish oil pills 'gross' but it's really good for you, most pills you won't have a fishy aftertaste and knowing that your body is getting the nutrients that it needs will make you more satisfied.
I have also read that fish oil can reduce chances of depression, anxiety, arthritis, it also helps in weight loss , pregnancy and skin care. It also boosts your immune system! :o) Fish oil pills have the benefits of the 3 essential fatty acids such as Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
So think again everyone! Fish oil is great for you!

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

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If you like books with drama and lots of emotion then the book Speak is right for you.Speak is written by Laurie Halse Anderson in 1999. I have to say that Speak will and has always been my favorite book. I had to read it in eighth grade for an english assignment and once I read the first page I was hooked!
Speak is about a highschool girl named Melinda Sordino who is the outcast of her school.
Melinda and a few friends were invited to a party and they get drunk and she meets an upperclassman. Whose name is Andy Evans (the hot stud) she was raped that night and she called the cops during the party. Everyone despised her after that and no one would talk to her.
I now hope you guys read it to hear the ending. You'll be really suprised :o) I know I was!

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Abrielle Etoile"

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The great swimsuit timeline

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She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot--Sorry. Couldn’t help it! Ever wonder what it is that that made the swimsuit what it is today? Well, I’ve done the research and traced its origins back to the 18th century. Before then, people swam either in their clothes…or in nothing at all!



















XXOO Rosalie

Quick Apartment Find

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I apologize for the quick or lack there-of posts this week; as you all know, it is Spring Break and we've all been a bit busy. We'll be more on it come next Spring Break. We apologize (:

Anywho, I thought I'd post this quick find. . . they're called Bouquet Buffet Plates, and its a whole set of them. Unfortunately, they're extraordinarily expensive ($41.99 for just a set of four) but they're gorgeous. I'm sure you can find similar-looking plates/sets at your local thrift store, so don't be put down just yet! I've actually thought of doing something similar, but we'll keep that project under wraps until the time comes . . . (;

Aren't they adorable? You can find them on under 'Apartment' and 'Kitchen and Bath'.

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Colon Cleansing!

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I know as we get older our bodies become more attractant to health problems. Today I want to talk about colon cleansing. Don't go and buy those expensive pills that could potientally be harmful to you. You can make shakes and other natural healthy contents that will clean your colon and not destroy your insides.
Two ingredients that work the best are Psyllium husk and bentonite clay. Psyllium is fiber from a plant and bentonite is edible volcanic ash. You can get psyllium in husk or powder form so whatever you think would be better you can choose from those two.
Psyllium husk forms a gel like substance when you mix it with water when it goes through your digestive tract it will take all those toxins and some fats and will remove them. Make sure you drink lots of water when you use psyllium husk. When it draws toxins out it will also take water with it so you need to hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water.
Bentonite clay, which is also known as volcanic ash is used as a laxative. It binds all the chemicals, bacteria and other harmful things and guides them out of your system. Bentonite has been proven to improve digestion and your liver function. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water therefore your body stays hydrated

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Celtic Knots

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I only have a moment, but I thought I'd post this quick Art post about Celtic Knots. I haven't done much research on them, but from what I've read they have a unique and interesting history.

Here is a link to an article about the Celtic knots.

Enjoy (:


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fettucine with Spinach, Butter and Cream and Caesar Salad - Can You Say YUM?

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So this week I made two delicious recipes from the cookbook, "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman. They were easy to do, only took me about an hour to make, and as healthy as you can get! Whole wheat fettuccine, organic lettuce and eggs, organic spinach, and organic butter? It was delicious!

Quick tip: I suggest you make the Caesar salad first, so you can fully concentrate on that, which will make it easier and faster. Cover and chill once you are through.

Caesar Salad

Original Recipe:

Makes 4 Servings

Time: 20 minutes

1 clove garlic, cut in half
2 eggs, or substitute 1/2 cup pasteurized egg product
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced anchovies, or to taste
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed, washed, dried,
and torn into bits
Garlic Croutons
1/2 to 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Rub the inside of your salad bowl with the garlic clove; discard it.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Pierce a tiny hole in the broad end of each of the eggs with a pin or a needle and boil them for 60 to 90 seconds; they will just begin to firm up. Crack them into the salad bowl, making sure to scoop out the white that clings to the shell.
  3. Beat the eggs with a fork, gradually adding the lemon juice and then the olive oil, beating all the while.
  4. Stir in the anchovies and the Worcestershire. Taste and add salt if needed and plenty of pepper. Toss well with the lettuce; top with the croutons and Parmesan, then bring to the table and toss again. Serve immediately.

My Take on It:

Makes 4-6 servings

2 organic eggs
Two thick-ish slices of lemon to squeeze
6 tables of olive oil
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed, washed, dried,
and torn into bits
Garlic Croutons

  1. Get the two eggs and boil them for 60 seconds (set a timer once the water has begun to boil.) I let them sit in the water for a minute, but I think this overcooked them. Take them out as soon as possible, run them under cool water (in order not to burn your fingers while taking the eggs out of their shells) and crack them open into a bowl. Don't forget to get all of the egg out of the shell. Mash them up with a fork, and then start squeezing the lemon slices into the bowl. Add the olive oil and continue mixing the lemon juice and eggs together.
  2. Add the dash of Worcestershire sauce and start salting and peppering the mixture. Don't add too much salt; barely salt it and then let your guests add as much salt as they like. Make sure to add a ton of pepper though.
  3. Set aside the mixture and wash, trim, and tear your lettuce. make sure to dry the lettuce well, and pick out the bad pieces.
  4. Throw the lettuce into the serving bowl, add the liquid mixture and toss well. Cover and put in the fridge until ready to serve.

Fettucine with Spinach, Butter and Cream

Original Recipe:

Makes about 4 servings

Time: about 30 minutes

10 ounces fresh spinach, trimmed, washed, and dried
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream, light cream, or half-and-half
1 pound spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine
1 cup freshly grate Parmesan cheese

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Chop the spinach coarsely. Over a medium heat melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet that can later be covered. Add the spinach, along with some alt and pepper. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is very tender, about 10 minutes. uncover, add the cream, and cook gently for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until it is tender but firm. When it is just about done, put the remaining butter in a large, warm bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and toss it with the butter and half the Parmesan. Add the spinach sauce and serve, passing the remaining Parmesan at the table.

My Take on It:

Makes about 6 servings

Approx. 6 ounces of fresh spinach, trimmed, washed, and dried
4 tablespoons of butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup of half-and-half
A box of whole wheat linguine
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

  1. I brought a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. While I was waiting for it to boil, I washed about 75% of a 9 ounce bag of spinach. I then stuck it in a chopper and pulsed it until they were small little pieces. After that, I put the spinach on a skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter (YES use this much butter, it tastes and smells magnificent) and covered it to let it cook. Once it had been 10 minutes, I added the half-and-half and covered it again for another 5 minutes.
  3. While the spinach was cooking, I salted the boiling water and cooked the pasta (it needs to be tender but firm.) When it was almost done, I warmed a large bowl, put 2 tablespoons of butter in it, and added 2 tablespoons of the cooking water.
  4. After this, I drained the pasta and tossed it with the butter and Parmesan. I added the spinach sauce and served!

Now, to present, the finished product:

What I Would do Differently:

Again, I would make the salad FIRST. Its hard to time when things need to be done, especially if you are cooking a new recipe for the first time. I would also add olive oil to the fettuccine to make them a bit slick, and use fresh Parmesan. It served my family of 4, with plenty of leftover fettuccine, but no leftover Caesar, so I would use 2 heads of organic Romaine lettuce instead of 1.

How I Liked It:

I liked a hint of Thousand Island dressing on the salad with a lot of salt and pepper. My family said there needed to be more spinach, but I think there was just enough. If you want to add more spinach, go right ahead. Experiment a bit.

MAKE SURE to use ORGANIC items and CAGE FREE eggs, otherwise the whole 'healthy' part of it will just be a big flop.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Small Spaces and Green Ideas

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Now, as much as some of us would like, we don't have the fancy, nice big apartments that we see in movies these days (For example, Ginnifer Goodwin's character, Gigi Phillips from "He's Just Not That Into You" had a nice, spacious apartment with vintage items and an old telephone and a canopy-style bed . . .) We have tiny apartments that don't necessarily have a lot of room. To crush our creativity streaks even more, we don't have the money for nice, new things. So what do we do?

I was raised in a home that had a mixture of new and old. My mother was (and still is) pro at reusing old and seemingly useless items to decorate a home. For example, She took an old breadbox and painted it to look like it was textured, crackled, and pretty darn old - she got it at an antique store. And, it provided the perfect spot for hiding our dogs' leashes, our snacks, a stand for our microwave and our unscrupulous 'junk drawer'. I also remember going to stores full of thrown away items such as tiles, old wood, sinks and hardware. We frequented that store quite a bit, because it was cheap, my mother's kind of style and recycling (although I'm not sure if that crossed any of our minds while we were shopping.)

So where do you start? DIYs are usually fairly easy, and there are always great tutorials that you can find online. What about storage-that-doesn't-look-like-storage, such as nifty coffee tables that magically open up to reveal a nice place to store items for your living room? There are all sorts of DIYs - and items for sale - in order to create the illusion of a coffee table, when really it is a storage device.
Try searching in your town for stores such as the one I'm about to mention. With such a grand movement, there's bound to be a few stores nearby that are full of used items for a good price, such as this one.

Second Use is a Seattle-based store that has been reclaiming old building materials since 1994. They are a community business, meaning their items come from their local region.
The great man who started this business would be Roy Hunter, who is a contractor and an environmentalist. He started this business due to his frustration of watching all sorts of material being thrown away, when it could've easily been used elsewhere. You can see what is available right now here at their site. Also, check out what they've done with this great small garage room here

Where else can you find great deals? As always, I suggest garage sales and thrift stores. As long as you know how to sift through the garbage, you will almost always end up finding at least one treasure - maybe even something that can be used in many different ways.

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Fabulosity 101: Prom Dresses

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Prom season is just around the corner, ladies! A night that celebrates friendship, blossoming romance, and memories that last a lifetime. That being said, we’re hoping those “lasting memories” are not ones of us in a too-tight pink spandex cloth of a dress, correct? Well, here’s your chance to learn from my mistakes, dearie--
(Yes, even Rosalie has fallen victim to a few fashion crimes.)

If you are:

Pear-shaped (That’s small chested with bigger hips)
Try a dress with a fitted (by “fitted I mean slightly tight) top and a full (poofy) or a-line skirt. Either way is fine, darling.

Slender (That’s a wee on the twiggish side)
This is the time to go for the too-tight cloth, this will create the allusion of curves. So go as tight as you want, my dear.

Busty (Means you're blessed in the boobie area)
Go for a lower (but not plunging!) neckline, flaunt ‘em if you got ‘em, babe!

Petite (Means you’re a shorty McPixie-pants)
Show a little leg and go for the always adorable short dress. Sweet and sassy, just like you, right?

Hourglass (Perfectly proportioned…and I hate you. LOL.)
You, my dear can wear pretty much anything, no need for my advice.

Apple-shaped (What’s with all the fruits?)
I’m not so sure what that means, but it sure looks great in an empire waist!


Insider tip: Like the dresses? (Who doesn't?) find them here:

Any questions? Drop me a line at, and make sure to subject it "Dear Rosalie"
Keep it fabulous, babe!
XXOO Rosalie 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Red Bull

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Red Bull, I'm sure you've seen the commercials saying Red Bull gives you wings well sorry to break it to you but it's not quite true. Red Bull has to be my favorite energy drink out there. It also happens to be one of the best energy drinks for you. It has a 'tangy' flavor with a bit of lime after taste.
Even tho it doesn't give you wings it sure does stimulate your metabolism. It also improves your concentration. I know this for a fact because when I drink Red Bull I feel more focused and I actually do a lot better in school because I am so focused. As for the other energy drinks I have tried Red Bull beats them out of giving me more 'energy'. Red Bull also produces tons of Vitamin B in your system so you will be getting lots of Vitamin B everytime you drink it.
Red Bull can be pretty pricey but it's well worth the price. It doesn't take much to drink before your up and alert. If you are a big energy drink craver I suggest Red Bull. The cans may not be big but it sure does fill you up and it does what energy drinks are suppose to.

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

DRINK ME - Edible Art

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I’m sure that most of you readers drink some form of coffee: latte, mocha, hot, cold, with cream or without cream; there are tons of different varieties of coffee; there’s one particular kind, though, that is also categorized as an art form: latte art.

Latte art consists of steamed milk, drawing, and coffee. It is an art form that is difficult when it comes to consistency, but magnificent none the less!

To make these magnificent designs, you will need a steamer pitcher, coffee, milk, and a bit o' luck and patience.

Here are two good how-tos for creating these brilliant works of art!

Any questions or comments? Comment below or email me at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

America 2 lazy?! OMG!

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Ipod, Wii, PSP, Myspace, text and IM. Names synonymous with the youth of this generation. Seems as if we’ve got an electrical device for everything nowadays. Can’t read a map? Get a GPS! Too busy to use an encyclopedia? Try Google! Too lazy to grow a garden? Use a Roll’n’Grow! And once you’ve done that you can use the Aqua Globe to water it for you! What ever happened to work? What has become of good ol’ fashioned blood, sweat, and tears? Has America completely forgotten what she stands for? “Give Me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

Wake up America! It’s high time we pull the headphones out of our ears and start living, life is short enough as it is without wasting it away on myspace. When it’s gotten to the point when we’d rather text our friends than visit them it’s a sign we’re all in deep you-know-what! If we’re not careful, it could get way out of control. And OMG, that’s not good.

“If Mankind advances to the point where society has lost its humanity, then mankind may as well cease to exist.” -???

XXOO Rosalie

Monday, March 15, 2010

Whey Protein

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What is Whey protein? Whey protein comes in powdered form it is a mix to make a protein drink. They have quite a bit of flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and cookies and creme.
Whey protein is also used for diets they promote many things for your body. I did some research and I found out that Whey protein is not stored as fat as easily as carbs, it also helps repair muscle , strengthens your immune system, decreases your hunger, and it helps build muscle. I also found out that Whey protein is also vegetarian based.
Here is a recipe that I found on the internet that is cheap and good.

Freeze bananas and add 1-2 scoops of what flavor you'd best like with it,I use chocolate.

You can also get Whey protein at Walmart or you can get it online at It's the cheapest place I have found it. It is only $12.

Til I écrire de nouveau,

Abrielle Etoile

Sunday, March 14, 2010

10 Minute DIY Leg Warmers Craft Find

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I was checking out one of my favorite blogs today and saw that she had posted a quick-and-easy DIY project: home made leg warmers. So, since today has been a pretty slow day, I decided to grab the sweater my best friend gave me awhile ago that I haven't worn and use the fabric I had left over from a previous project and voila! Leg warmers!

Aren't they cute? I thought they were absolutely adorable! I think these would look pretty adorable with shorts in the summer, or maybe leggings and a skirt? The possibilities are endless!

here is a link to the original post.

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Review: Kelsey-Metro Station

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We all know teen sensation Metro Station for two things:

The dance-floor hit “Shake it”
…and Trace Cyrus (can you say “YUMMY?”)

But what some don’t know is that the band has newly released a third single from their self-titled album. It’s called “Kelsey,” and it’s making teen girls everywhere wish their name was! With its sweet melody and even sweeter lyrics, “Kelsey” is sure to knock Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and “Our song” right off the list for most common teen love songs. “Kelsey” tells the tale of Kelsey, the girl this guy would do ANYTHING for, you can see from the lyrics she was hurt by others in the past, but he promises to protect her from anymore pain. Sappy yes…But oh so adorable! Just give it a listen:

“And I'll swim the ocean for you
The ocean for you
Whoa, Kelsey
And I'll swim the ocean for you
The ocean for you
Whoa, Kelsey
Oh you, darling…”

-Metro Station

…awww, I love it! Hope you do too.

Peace, love, && great freaking music
-Rosalie XXOO

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Affordable Ideas for Decorating Your Bathroom

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So, we all have trouble decorating our bathrooms, right? We don't know what colors we want, or the kind of artwork, and to make things even harder - if you live in an apartment - you can't paint. You have a tight budget, also, so . . . where do you start? - Wash Your Hands Owl (16.00 US)

I thought this was just adorable - a little sign to hang in your bathroom. It has a vintage, quirky feel to it, and I love the colors together; light blue and brown has always been a favorite combination of mine. You can easily find (or make) things to match the pretty little sign; get brown and light blue towels, or if you can paint, use the light greyish-brown color for the walls with thin dark brown and light blue stripes: the possibilities are endless.
The price of this cute little owl art is a simple $16.00 for an 8x10 print. - Sous La Pluie Shower Curtain (29.00 US)

If you aren't able to paint, you're still in luck. Go with simple, black and white patterns. Black and white towels, matching soap dishes and this shower curtain (or any other that you can find.)
Now, this curtain is a tad expensive, but it is chic, simple, and easily matched. Have a friend who does photography? Have them print out an architectural photo for you to hang in your bathroom. Got a window in the bathroom? Hang up some simple black and white patterned curtains, matching your shower curtain, towels, and bathroom accessories. - Tulip Shower Curtain (16.99 US)

This is a cheaper, but even more fun shower curtain than the last. It is a bold black and white, and (once again) can be easily matched up with accessories. You can easily find things to go with this anywhere. Target may even have a matching set to go with it.

Something Nifty: Target has something where you can search bathroom accessories by colors (I'm sure other stores have this too, but I just found it worthy of mentioning (: ) so if you ever have an accessory that needs matching up, just go to their site and click on the color you need (:

There are all sorts of great deals out there that make it cheap and affordable to decorate your home/apartment the way you want to; you just have to be choosy and know what you're looking for!

Have any questions or comments? Comment below or send me an email at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"

Salut, dolls (:


Friday, March 12, 2010

5 Things Jolie-Miette Lovess

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Hello lovelies (:

I've seen this "5 things I Love" all over the blogging world, so I thought I'd try it out. (No promises that it'll be permanent, I just like the idea (:)

1. She and Him

Just today I found this band by accident. Does the dame look familiar at all? She and Him lead singer happens to be Zooey Deschanel! I was so psyched when I found that she had a band (I adore her "Fabric of Life" commercial,) so I had to add her to this top 5. Isn't she adorable? She is the definition of all the styles I love - chic, classy and VINTAGE.

2. Reading

I've had a bit of a craving for knowledge lately; I can't help but check out a book that looks interesting to me. I have I'm not sure how many books checked out - pray that I don't lose any; I can't afford to buy a new one!
Anyway - my next book review will be about an essay I have been trying to finish for 2 months now: "The Architecture of Happiness" by Alain de Botton. It is a beautiful essay (novella?) about the way architecture affects our daily lives - to put it simply. Its magnificent (:
3. ModCloth Bookstore

I have found many intriguing notebooks (I'm a bit of a hog . . .) to say the least, but most importantly I have found interesting light-reading books for myself to check out when I feel like it. Plus - it brings about inspiration to my next posts (;

4. Europe

I love Europe. I love its' history, and how it shows with all its buildings and roads. It is enchanting to me, and I wish to someday live in their culture; I want to see what its like to live their easy-going way, rather than America's 'go-go-go' way. I love working hard, but they seem to have the right kind of mixture of life over there (:

5. Art

I love art. I love everything about art. If I had a choice, I'd sit in a class all day learning about different kinds of art and how to do it, and then I'd go out and apply what I learned every chance I got. I would live, breathe, EAT art (okay, maybe not EAT it, unless it was something like the above picture (:) I just love art. Its a big passion of mine, and I'm very blessed to have grown up (partly) around it!

What are 5 things you love? Let me know by commenting below or sending me an email at, subject "Dear Jolie-Miette"



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