October 2015 archive

fried chicken & bourbon

anytime I celebrate, please believe ALL of my favorite things will somehow be incorporated. so, as we bring this month long celebration to an end, we can’t forget food & libations! of course, I had to ask for help. because she can BURN in the kitchen (not literally), I turned to the great shawanda mason or as I like to call her “lil wanda, of eat.drink.frolic

you have to follow her blog & InstaGram, she has great recipes, amazing cocktails, and the best frolicking adventures! Not convinced? Continue reading, you’ll see!

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herb fried chicken

I don’t fry chicken often…scratch that, I never fry chicken. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it (I do) it’s mainly because I’ve never been able to perfect it the way many of the women in my family have. I guess that’s setting quite a high standard since they’ve had so many years of practicing but I like to aim high in my endeavors. but when my friend Tisa requests fried chicken, fried chicken it is – she’s the only person I’d do this for; especially given the fact that I have a not so well-ventilated kitchen so I’m pretty sure the house smelled like chicken for days. oh well. In my version of fried chicken, I used chicken tenders primarily because it’s easy and most of the time I’m hungry when I’m cooking and have no time to waste. Enjoy!

for the brine:

chicken tenders (I used 8 tenders)

buttermilk

sriracha

for the chicken:

1 cup of flour

1 tsp salt (don’t be shy with the salt)

1 tsp. black pepper

1.5 tsp. herbs de Provence*

lemon zest

vegetable oil

*Herbs de Provence is an herb mixture that you should be able to find prepackaged in your local grocery store. It is typically a mixture of: marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender.

in a large bowl, add the chicken tenders then pour in buttermilk and a few dashes of sriracha. This is your brine for the chicken. if you can, allow the chicken to at least sit for 30 minutes longer if you can. for this recipe I did an hour and a half. if sriracha isn’t your thing, any hot sauce will do.

in a shallow dish, season with flour with salt, pepper, herbs de Provence and lemon zest.

heat a decent amount of vegetable oil in a skillet. to test and see if your oil is hot, stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil. if it bubbles, the oil is ready.

the fun part: one by one, remove each chicken tender from the brine, dip in the flour, dip back into the buttermilk then flour again. it seems a little extra but it gives the chicken a little extra crispiness and it makes all the difference.

fry your tenders (or whatever pieces of meat you’re using) until the outside is crispy and golden.

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urban decay makeup giveaway

happy friday! as we continue to celebrate One Year at the gold curve, I decided to host a makeup giveaway. I mean, what’s a celebration without prizes? so I teamed up with my favorite NYC makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar. Tedrick has chosen a few of his “go to” Urban Decay products, and we’re giving them to you!

here’s what Tedrick has to say about the giveaway products:

the Anti- Aging Eye Primer is my favorite. It has a slight luminous finish that helps brighten the eye and everyone can use a little anti aging!

the Naked3 Palette is my absolute go to product, especially for brides! plus blush colors tend to look great on everyone. you can still create soft girly looks as well as sexy seductive smokey eyes.

the Revolution Lipstick. provides full body color, and a creamy finish. basically it’s the perfect lipstick. you can wear full on or pat it on with finger or lip brush for a more stained lip look.

to enter:

• follow @thegoldcurve on Instagram
• on Instagram, tag a friend to the “Urban Decay Makeup Giveaway post.” ( there is no limit to the amount of friends you can tag)
• the friend you tag, must follow the gold curve on Instagram

rules:

• contest ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59pm EST
• winners will be announced on Monday, October 26th
• 2 winners will be chosen, the original friend, and the person tagged
• Products will only be shipped within the US
• Winners will be chosen at random
 

have an amazing friday, and good luck!

 

baby, I’ve got the blues…

as promised, in honor of our 1 year anniversary, I reached out to my favorite bloggers for their expertise in their creative field. all the way from DC, providing us with beauty tips for the new season. first up… jennifer, of the amazing beauty en masse!

 

about jen: hailing from the district of columbia. government relations professional by day, avid consumer of beauty products by night. living on purpose. beautifying every part of life.

is anyone else completely distraught that summer is over?? school is back in session, everyone has returned to work full-time, traffic is crazy, and long gone are the days of what seemed to be an endless vacation, filled with fun and sun. sad = me, but that’s not the reason why I’ve got the blues. I’ve fallen dangerously in love with blue eyeliner, most obsessively, with midnight blue hues. This shade pairs perfectly with my “Pretty Brown Eyes” (queue mint condition)…

while applying contrasting shades is not a new phenomenon, it’s a totally new practice for me. Check out Rihanna back in 2008, rocking a bit of blue. take note of that brown eyed-glow!

Rihanna. 29 March 2008 - Westwood, California. Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press. (') Copyright 2008 by Giulio Marcocchi./kids_gm.093/0803301228 (Newscom TagID: sipaphotos996982) [Photo via Newscom]

(souce: news.com)

they say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit well, “viola!”, I’ve formed an addiction. I will make it my personal mission to find the best blue eyeliners in the market. I’ve chucked up the deuces to all of my black eyeliners, opting for a color that adds a little more “character” to my lids. my new blue boo is Le Truth!

now, you don’t have to be as drastic as me and toss out all of your fav black eyeliners in one fell swoop, or be willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the latest and the greatest, but I would encourage all of you brown-eyed dominants out there to open your eyes (pun-intended) to something new.

Brown eyes have natural light flecks that become on FLEEK when you apply a beautiful bold blue hue. blue is less severe than black liner, yet achieves the same sexy sultry effect. blue eyeliner doesn’t give you that hard look, like black, but is still sharp. the more you play around with the intensity of the liner the more looks you can achieve like creating those expressive looks, a smoky eye, or making the whitest parts of your eyes, even whiter…the list goes on.

brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world; make yours unique by playing in a little color. personally, I prefer midnight blues, but when I’m feeling frisky I go for a blue with a little shimmer.

Here are few of my favorite blue eyeliners:

the pictures above do the colors no justice. these are the must see/try on in-person type.

embrace the blues, baby…it’s the new black.

oh and if you’re saying to yourself, “I’m not spending that kind of money on eye-liner!”, you should change your thinking, after all you’re worth it.

special love to tisa on the 1 year anniversary of The Gold Curve. it takes a special type of magic to tap into your passion and share it with the world. happy birthday TGC, keep up the great work!

on that note, I’d like to express even bigger THANKS to tisa for allowing me, a novice “blogger”, some shine on her site. I am a beauty enthusiast [product and tool-obsessed junkie] and have been craving a creative outlet to showcase my thoughts and experiences in the beauty world for quite some time.  

so, recently, I decided to invest in my vision and created BeautyEnMasse—a source of inspiration for all things beauty. beauty en masse will feature a range of content from product reviews, the latest trends in the beauty industry, to health and wellness tips, as well as my personal commentary on how to be your best BEAUTIFUL self. we will cover it all. the site is set to launch this fall, so stay tuned…

Xo,

Jen

 

one year golden

this past month has been hectic. from moving, to traveling, apartment searching (in new york… the drama), bae searching for his dream job, crazy airbnb hosts, living out of a suitcase… I mean the list really goes on, and gets crazier. I’ve bounced back from all of the craziness, and I can truly say how grateful I am. no matter how many up’s and down’s I’ve had, this past month has taught me to live in the moment, oh, and don’t cry at work, not when you’re the happy, funny girl. It’ll freak everyone out.

In the true essence of living in the moment, I’ve blocked all the noise around me to celebrate…

THE GOLD CURVE TURNING 1 TODAY!


because I am obsessed with birthdays, the entire month of October will be a celebration. Here’s what you have to look forward to this month:

guest blogger features from bloggers I am OBSESSED with

multiple giveaways… free ish all month! 

#begoodasgold campaign

beauty makeover to one lucky reader by Master NYC haircare professionals


a HUGE thank you and appreciation to all of TGC readers and supporters. this past year I have received so much support, motivation, and inspiration, and I am truly blessed and thankful! thank you for making the gold curve one year golden!

stay tuned, upcoming details will be released on the blog and social media networks… so stay connected!

xo, tisa monét