Saturday, March 11, 2017

|| On Spring Break + Summer Rolls ||

Spring Break came early with cold weather, then really warm weather, then cold again (seriously, from 50 to 70 to 20!).  Although there was a lot of (school)work to do, there was plenty of time for Amanda and I to cook some delicious food!  
This recipe for Shrimp Summer Rolls, perfect for Friday meals (or really anytime) was given to me by Amanda's mum, and I want to share it with you!!!  

|| Shrimp Summer Rolls ||

These rolls are delicious!!
|| Ingredients ||

  • 12-15 Medium Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined
  • 1 Package Rice Wrappers
  • 1 Box Rice Noodles
  • 1 Large Carrot, Peeled & Grated
  • 1-2 Scallions, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce, Peanut Sauce, anything you want to dip your rolls in!

Split shrimp down the middle lengthwise.  Season shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Heat up olive oil in a skillet, then lay shrimp in skillet, cooking evenly on both sides, 2 minutes.  Put on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
Boil water in a pot and make the rice noodles by removing pot from burner, cooking the noodles 3 minutes, drain and rinse well.  Set aside.
Take a medium-sized pan and fill it halfway with water.  Turn the stove to medium heat, warming up the water just enough to be not-too-hot.  Take the rice wrappers and soak in the pan, softening up until clear.  Transfer to plating station (i.e. a countertop or cutting board or anything that you can lay them out to fill).
After laying out wrapper, take the chopped veggies, shrimp, and rice noodles and place a small amount in the wrapper.  Fold the two smaller end, then roll the wrapper to enclose all the ingredients. Continue until all wrappers are filled, then enjoy with dipping sauce of your choice!
To store, place in a container with parchment paper between each layer, as these rolls get sticky!

Simple, delicious, and easy enough for anyone to make!

Friday, March 10, 2017

|| On Color Inspiration Spring 2017 ||

As spring approaches, there's nothing better than finding color inspiration for the season.  When Pinterest introduced their colors of the season, I knew I had to make an inspiration board based from these wonderful colors.  The chosen colors are: mint & blush. Thankfully, there's a ton of options for these colors, which make me happy since I love, love L-O-V-E these colors!!  

I found the Crosley Cruiser Pink UK Plug Record Player at Urban Outfitters (unfortunately only available in mint, darn).  

The beautiful blush on a front door makes any home-modern or vintage-pop with rosy delight.  

A blush lipstick-such as MAC in Long-Legged & Fabulous-is the perfect swipe to go with your favorite spring dress!  

DesignLoveFest made amazing luggage sets, and the blush is definitely my favorite! As you can see from the photos above, you can take this suitcase on any type of vacation. Thankfully, the suitcase and accessories are still available  

A blush retro telephone is the perfect pink to grace a table or desk.  

Homemade mint ice cream?  Yes, please!  Find the recipe on Chew Out Loud!  

Last but not least, chairs painted in various shades of mint are a great way to spruce up any space needing some sweet color!
I hope this helps inspire you to put some of these lovely colors in your life!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

|| On La La Land ||

LA LA Land. 
This oscar-winning movie has the colors, the clothes, the beautiful chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. If you haven't seen it yet (even of you have), go experience this modern-day spin, reminiscent on musicals from the past (think Singing in the Rain colors, y'all).
The Clothes
Oh my gosh, the clothes. Emma Stone's character Mia has the dresses that every girl wants. From the now-infamous yellow dress, to the greens, blues & pinks, the technicolor, a-line skirt, modern meets vintage clothing makes any girl swoon (then hit up all the local thrift stores)!

La La Land is a beautiful love story which may not have the happy ending everyone usually hopes for, but it all makes sense when you think about it. What will you really do with your life? Are you willing to sacrifice things for your dreams? Is everything really worth giving up, and will you be happy in the end? There are many times in this film which make you think carefully, and you may cry (I did), laugh, and tap your feet to the wonderful rhythms that are found in LA LA Land. So go see it-it's still in theaters(!)-and enjoy the sights, sounds, and colors that LA LA Land has to offer.
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we make 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

||On Looking Back and Moving Forward||

I've always seen myself as the girl I've never wanted to be.
The Fat girl.
The Unpopular girl with no friends.
The Not-Very-Good-at-Sports girl.
The Weird Girl.
The Ugly girl.
The Unloved Girl.

Me in 2007
I've been the girl that makes sure that my clothes are loose enough that no one can see any roll or bulge.
I've been the girl who is constantly worrying that people won't like me because I have bad skin and have always and even now is constantly struggling with weight gain and loss.
I've been the depressed girl who struggled with suicidal thoughts in high school.
I've been that girl who looks at herself in the mirror and puts herself down.

"No one will ever love someone as fat and ugly as you!"
"Why do I even bother trying my best when my best is clearly not good enough?!?!"

It's not that I've never tried to do better, to lose weight, it's just hard for me when all I hear and see and feel because of the world is "you're not good enough!"  

Life has been a constant struggle.
Until Now.

Sure, I still struggle with many of these things-thankfully the depression is not as bad-but as I've gotten older, I realized that it's silly to let others around determine how I should feel, how I should look, how I should act.
I am not who I am determined on other people's decisions, words, or ideas.



I am defined by how I act in this world through the way I act, thanks to my parents raising me well.
I am defined through my manners from a mother who homeschooled me and taught me to behave, to respect my elders, and to make decent conversations with people of all shapes, colors, statuses, and rank.
I am defined by the way that I dress, by reserving the most intimate parts of my body for special eyes only-that have yet to come-and to respect my body through dressing modestly.
I am defined by how I work to keep healthy, not constantly worrying about my weight, but by accepting the fact that I am a bigger gal, and while I could be smaller if I wished, I can get there without worrying that I am going about it in an unhealthy way, but instead, encouraging myself and those around me to never give up.
I am defined by how I look by taking care of myself, even when doing the basic things in life, like washing my face.
I am defined in my beauty because I know that God made me this way, and that He defines who I am in my life.  I may not be the perfect, Proverbs 31 Woman, but dang it, I'm going to strive to be the best that I can be according to who I am, letting my inner beauty shine in more than layers of makeup.
I am defined because of my faith.  Without the Sacraments, without Christ, without Mass and prayers and Confession, and everything else that goes with it, my faith would be gone.

I may not love that my thighs jiggle, but I do love that I have beautiful, athletic calves and long legs from my parents.
I may not love that I am bigger than I want to be, but I love that I have lost weight that I am proud of losing, because I did it through my own goals and by my own strength.
I may not love that I have crazy insane hair at times, but I love that it curls in ways that no curling iron will ever get right.
I may not love that I make mistakes I am not proud of, but I love that I have priests that I can go to confession and pour out my sins, my regrets, and feel like a weight has been lifted.

Me Today in 2016
I love that I am not defined by the standards of this world, and I am ready and willing to move on.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

||On Fall Favorites 2016||

Hello Everyone!
I know it's been wayyy to long since I last posted, but with classes and extracurriculars, 
I feel like I never have time for anything else!
Now that it is finally fall break, I've decided to finally make my list of my fall favorites!

1. Apples
Photo: Kim Jaeckel
There's not much more to say than "yum!" when describing the crunchy epitome of fall (next to crunchy leaves and sweaters).  
There's also great times had when going out to pick some in an apple orchard.  
Orange Pippin has created a list of orchard by state, which you can check out here!

2. Leaves

Photo: asphotos via VSCO

There's nothing better than beautiful leaves in the fall, especially if they're colorful and crunchy.  My friends think I'm really weird when walking to class and I look purposefully for that perfect crunchy leaf.  I'm perfectly okay with that, because in truth, I am looking for that perfect cruncher of a leaf.

3. Sweaters
©Carissima Keatley
There is nothing more comforting on a cold gloomy day than pulling on a cozy, soft sweater.  Gap came out with a new Chunky Pointelle Sweater this year that is absolutely fabulous, cute, and deliciously warm & cozy.
My favorite color is Oatmeal Heather (photo above), but there are many other colors available. I realllly want them all, but I'm going to have to pace myself (even through they're a great price)...
Check them out here!

4. Tea (Apple Cinnamon & Perfect Peach)
These teas are my absolute favorites this year! My friend Ashlyn, the biggest tea drinker I've ever met (thank goodness), hooked me on Bigelow's Perfect Peach last spring. My aunt sent me a care package last year that had the Cinnamon Apple Spice from Celestial Seasonings, and I have become hooked. In fact, my roommates and friends make fun of me for having so much tea-I have around 15 boxes of tea on average in my dorm room.
Pinkies Up!
Buy the Perfect Peach here, and the Cinnamon Apple here

or check out your local grocers!

5. Friendships
©Carissima Keatley
Autumn is the time when coming back to school and seeing your friends who live some thousands of miles from you again makes that summer sort of bearable. It's also a time to look back at your current year and feel so amazingly grateful for all of the friends you have made.  As I sit here, I can think of so many people who are my friends of old & of new. There are the friendships who, although we've had some tough times, have worked through our problems to reconnect even stronger than before. I am so grateful for all of my friendships in words I will never be able to fully write or speak out.

6. Autumn Spotify Playlist

Spotify is a great thing to have, and since I love music so much, I've created a special Fall Break playlist featuring some old and new favorites, including some of John Paul White's (formerly of The Civil Wars) new solo pieces, some old & new Ray LaMontagne, as well as some other favorites. 

Listen here!

7. Coffee
Photo: New England Coffee
Coffee. It is the thing that keeps college students alive, the golden-brown nectar of the gods. My roomies and I have about 3 bags of coffee in our room at all times, and New England Coffee's Cinnamon Hazelnut and French Vanilla are our top favorites. They also pair extremely well with Coffee-Mate creamers, which come in small bottles perfect for a mini-fridge! Drink it up here!

8. myDanielGlass Glass Water Bottle
©Carissima Keatley
As far as water bottles go, I've had my struggles.  I hate the way that they smell after you've put things such as fruit in them, and how unsightly many of the can be. However, when I discovered DanielGlass Glass Water Bottles, my thoughts about drinking water changed completely.  My friend Monica, a recent graduate of my school and author of, recommended it on an Instagram post.  
These bottles are stylish, functional, and a great, BPA-free alternative to plastic bottles!
Check them out here!

9. Perfume
Vera Wang has been one of my favorite designers of all times, and I had her Princess perfume when I was young.  Now that I'm a bit older, I decided to find a scent that was a bit less sweet and more ladylike.  
Lo and behold, Vera Wang Embrace in Marigold and Gardenia is the perfect blend of melon, soft musks, marigold and gardenia that lingers but is not overpowering.
This perfume can be found here.

10. Lipstick
There's something iconic about a red lip, from Marilyn Monroe to Zooey Deschanel, and there is nothing like MAC Cosmetics' Russian Red Lipstick.  I have been wearing this color for about 8 years now, and even though the price is high for many people, I do have to say that MAC's lipsticks last a really long time-if I wear it at least 5 days a week, I usually only go through 1-2 tubes per year (and always apply with a lip brush!). 
This perfect red gives you that pop of color on a great, dreary day, and looks good on just about every skin tone!
Buy it here.

Comment below on what you love most about Fall!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On Everyday Beauty From Everyday Beauties

I love makeup. 
Ever since I was a young girl, I was always fascinated by the colors, the textures, and how using these products was like painting a beautiful canvas. 
Today, I still have that love of beauty products, and one of my favorite parts is finding girls who use makeup either as a way to reach out to others, such as a beauty blogger, 
or in their everyday life.
With that introduction, I interviewed two women in my life who use makeup in such this way, to share their favorite products, beauty quote and more!


Kaleigh Snow, 19

Kaleigh Snow, 19, @allthatglittersisgoals

OregonicGirl: When did you discover your love of makeup?
KS:I first started loving the idea of makeup around 17, and then about a year later I discovered Jaclyn Hill on YouTube and I was hooked! Now, at 19, I have a passion for it. It's a form of art, and I would love to do something professional with it one day.

OG: If you could choose 3 makeup products to always have in your bag, what would they be?
KS: I would choose a luminous face powder (I like the LancĂ´me Absolue Powder in Absolute Golden), mascara (L'Oreal Telescopic is my current obsession!), and a hydrating pinky-nude lipgloss (My favorite go-to is by the brand Therapy Systems).

OG: What is the one product that makes you feel better no matter what?
KS: A good highlighter, like Becca's Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hil. I will have no makeup on sometimes and just douse the tops of my cheeks, temples, and Cupid's bow with a highlighter and boom-I feel like a million bucks even on the hardest of days. 

OG: Do you have a favorite quote on beauty?
KS: "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself"-Coco Chanel

OG: If you could give one piece of advice to a woman about beauty, either in regards to natural beauty (beauty on the inside, etc) or to makeup, what would you say?
KS: It probably sounds cliche, but being yourself and expressing you through what you do, say, and wear makes you the most beautiful and attractive. When it comes to makeup, the same thing should apply. Wear as much or as little, of one thing or every thing, as you want! There are no rules in makeup, so express yourself and just have fun with it!

Kaleigh is currently underway in creating her first beauty blog!

Danielle Saunders, 26, 
Professional Ballroom Dancer and Instructor
OregonicGirl: When did you discover your love for makeup?
Danielle: I discovered my loved for makeup right out of high school BUT my avid love for it hit me 4 months before my first professional ballroom competition. Fell. In. Love.
OG: What is your favorite brand of lipstick, what shade, and why do you love it so much?
DS: Hm, my favorite brand of lipstick for every day is Milani from Target or Fred Meyers in the shade Rose Femme or Urban Decay in Cherry Red for competition because it stays!
OG: Favorite Beauty Icon/Inspiration, and why?
DS: My favorite beauty icon are the ever classic Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Marilyn had a talent for blending in when she wanted to hide or standing out when she wanted attention. I embody that quite often.
OG: Do you have a favorite quote on beauty?
DS: Favorite quote on beauty, um, not off the top of my head. I'm sure I pinned something great on Pinterest at some point. 
OG: Everyday Makeup Favorite and Work Makeup Favorite?
DS: For everyday makeup I use as little as possible, not only because I believe in enhancing natural beauty instead of covering it up, but also I am blessed with a nice complexion and I can get away with it. So I do "They're Real" Mascara by Benefit, some concealer I got at Clarins (Clarins is my skin care line hands down, lots of plant extracts and natural ingredients) and some skin tone colored, matte eye shadow: the Naked Palette by Urban Decay and some lip gloss (White Russian by Buxom) and I'm done. My competition makeup is so extensive it requires a YouTube tutorial so I won't launch into that, however the brands are mostly Mac and Urban Decay because it is stage makeup and will sit and stay under bright bright lights and sweat. Ballroom makeup is different than your club look because it shouldn't look good up close, but it is just more dramatic.
    OG: If you could give one piece of advice to a woman about beauty, either in regards to natural beauty (beauty on the inside, etc) or to makeup, what would you say?
DS: My advice for inner beauty is this: I used to believe I had to not wear makeup to look beautiful on the inside and therefore felt less confident. You can look great on the outside and still have a radiant personality. My practical advice is this: research! Nordstrom and Macy's and all sorts of makeup and skincare stores (sephora is a favorite of mine) give FREE beauty samples of high end stuff! A lot of my "research" for competition included watching hours upon hours of YouTube makeup tutorials. It was not a chore it was so fun! My favorite YouTube beauty guru's are Kathleen Lights, Jaclyn Hill, and a lifestyle guru miss Liz Heart.
Danielle instructs and competes with Arthur Murray School of Dance in Salem, Oregon.



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

||On 5 Current Favorites||

Summer being a time of Pinterest binging, sweet tea-drinking, and nap-taking, 
I like to make a compilation of my 5 favorite favorites I have for the summer so far. 

©Tim Rook REX Shutterstock
Duchess Catherine's Royal Ascot Outfit
Can you say, wow?!?! Another stunning outfit worn by the ever-lovely and beloved Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Ascot two weekends ago. Her ivory Dolce and Gabbana dress makes me swoon at the lace and design, and her Jane Taylor hat is immaculately paired with it, as well as a gold clutch. Seriously, though, wow! Is there anything she can't look bad in?!?!

© Carissima Keatley
Kinfolk Magazine: The Travel Issue
 "Travel is a mentality as much as an action, so it doesn’t matter if our adventures start on the side of an alpine mountain or end in our living rooms."[Kinfolk: The Travel Issue]Lots of inspiring articles making you want to travel, the current issue of Kinfolk is inspiration for the heart and lovely to the eyes. Available at

© Carissima Keatley
Botanics Ionic Clay Shine Away Mask
This stuff is amazing! 
A mask that feels good and helps keep shine away is perfect summer. 
Available at and

Album Cover of The Lumineers Cleopatra
Ophelia by The Lumineers
This song is reminiscent of those summer loves gone by, but it keeps you tapping your finger or dancing to the rhythm in your room or car. 
Listen to it on youtube; album available at

Okay, so Pinterest is only a current obsession, it's an everyday one. However, if you haven't explored the wonderful world of Pinning onto dream boards, you are going to want to try it. Makeup tips, natural cleaning tips, and delicious recipes are just waiting for you simply at the touch of your fingertips. If you're looking to see what it's all about, take a look at my page by clicking here!