Friday Favorite Five

1. 20 bizarre gifts for under $5 on Amazon, via Mashable

Sharing mostly because I can’t believe this cute Nessie ladle is only $2.


2. 20 stylish ’70s movies everyone should see, via GQ

From the fetish-y Clockwork Orange to super-preppy Love Story, it’s impossible to pick a fave.


3. Can you pass this financial literary test? via BoingBoing

Only 33% of 150k people in 140 countries could. Yikes. Take the test, then if you’re feeling wobbly about your answers, maybe check out some free finance courses online at Khan Academy (not a paid promotion, just a personal favorite).

Deposit your budget for investment

4. 20 misused English words that make smart people look silly, via Quartz

A friendly reminder from your neighborhood grammar girl.



5. If Pantene is so good, why isn’t it sold in salons? via The Beauty Brains

It’s so controversial! DOES it coat your hair? Make it fall out? Or is it just business politics at play? Listen to the podcast and find out (Pantene info starts around 13:20).


Have a great weekend! :-D


Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)

Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)
Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)

Exciting news coming up, friends. There’s a new book in the works! Actually, there are three, and I plan to release them as a bundle once they’re all ready. They’re unlike anything you’ve seen from me yet. They are — are you ready? — cookbooks! I’ve finally taken some time to gather my baking recipes from this blog and add a few others I’ve had up my sleeve… If all goes as planned, the first book will be ready for you by Christmas! Stay tuned :-)

So with that out of the way, here’s one of the recipes that will definitely be included in one of the books. It’s a recent favorite because it’s very quick and easy, the muffins are delicious, and this version is actually healthy. Think about it: how often do you really eat a “healthy” muffin? Trust me, once you try these, you’ll understand what I mean by delicious and healthy.

Coconut flour is flour made from the dried meat of defatted coconuts. So, like coconut meat, it is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. It’s also lower on the glycemic index than other flours like wheat. It’s great for those who are gluten-free or Paleo!

Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)
Coconut Flour Muffins (Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added)

These little muffins are super-easy to whip up and only take 15 minutes to bake, so you can have them at the ready in the morning or with dinner. They are subtly sweet and buttery, with no single overwhelming flavor, making them a great addition to breakfast or a larger meal.

Baking with coconut flour is a little different than working with other gluten-free flours. It absorbs a lot of liquid, hence the extra egg(s), but that helps it stay moist and delicious, even for next-day eating. These muffins don’t rise the way, say, a traditional blueberry muffin might — they are kind of like a cornbread muffin, a little more compact. They are, howeverwonderfully non-crumbly, which is helpful if you’re a mess when you eat like, ahem, some of us might be.

Speaking of cornbread muffins, I’ll bet these would be great with a frittata or vegan frittata on a cold, winter morning…

For variations, you could fold in berries, nuts, or even sugar-free chocolate chips! If you make any changes to the recipe, I’d love to hear. Leave a message in the comments with your alternative.

Enjoy :-)

Coconut Flour Muffins


  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (I used Coconut Secret)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter or Earth Balance
  • 2 Tbsp. milk or milk alternative
  • 1/4 tsp. liquid stevia
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Thoroughly grease 6 muffin cups with butter, Earth Balance, or coconut oil. I prefer this method over using muffin/cupcake liners because of the compact size of these muffins.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the coconut flour and baking soda until integrated.
  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, milk, stevia, salt, and vanilla.
  5. Gradually add the flour mix to the wet mix and stir until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into muffin cups.
  7. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve warm or keep covered until serving.

Just a reminder: all product recommendations are my own and are not sponsored or paid for in any way!

Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.
Friday Favorite Five

Friday Favorite Five

1. The Clairisonic Keith Haring colletion, via BeautyGeeks

What?! Yes, I’ll take all three (and give away two, duh). I would like my favorite artist ever to share my bathroom with me. Proceeds support the Keith Haring Foundation. I think the DANCE one is my fave. Or LOVE. Or POP! Haha, hard to decide. You?

Keith Haring Clairisonic Mia 2
Keith Haring Clairisonic Mia 2

2. Three things you can do to grow more brain cells, via Lifehacker (VIDEO)

TL; DW: Learning, sex, and running. So I’m a supergenius now, of course. Click through for the video!  

Brain cell, image via Wikipedia
Brain cell, image via Wikipedia

3. Interactive giant flowers that bloom when people pass by under them, via Ufunk

As long as they don’t drop extra-large pollen pods on you, they’re quite beautiful!


Interactive blooming flowers
Interactive blooming flowers
4.  Fashion’s in crisis, but is it too late to fix? via Dazed 

Ready-to-wear is spiraling toward burnout… or is it?

Moschino ad
Moschino ad

5. Fortune cookies with tiny kitties inside, via Mashable

Both “aww” and “squee!” are appropriate reactions.


Fortune cookie with tiny cat inside
Fortune cookie with tiny cat inside

Have a great weekend! 

Gluten-Free Pancakes with Stevia-Sweetened Chocolate Chips

Gluten-free pancakes with stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
Gluten-free pancakes with stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

Sometimes the best thing about weekends is the breakfast. Now, I realize a lot of you put effort into breakfast every day, and I know I do. But I often have the same thing every day that I work. It’s only on the weekends that I branch out and, you know, go a little crazy!

This past weekend, I tell ya, we went super-crazy. Not only did we have pancakes, but we had chocolate-chip pancakes!

Of course, around here, those chocolate chips are sweetened with stevia, not sugar ;-)

These chocolate-chip pancakes satisfied every little bit of my belly and my taste buds. I topped mine with ghee; my husband had his with Kerrygold butter and Grade B maple syrup. They’d be great with fresh fruit, too, or fresh chia jam (err, recipe coming soon, I promise!).

Oh! And the best way to have them, also? Is with tangerine tea. It really brings out the chocolate flavor and makes the whole breakfast taste like fall.

If you make any changes to the recipe, I’d love to hear! Enjoy :-)

Gluten-Free Pancakes with Stevia-Sweetened Chocolate Chips



  1. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the pancake mix, egg, milk, and oil until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Let the mix stand while you preheat a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Melt the ghee in the pan.
  5. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out the mix and drop onto the skillet. Cook until top is bubbly. Flip and cook until golden brown.
  6. We were able to make 4 pancakes in two rounds this way, for a total of 8 pancakes. Adjust to your own needs as necessary!
  7. Goes amazingly well with tangerine tea. I had Yogi Tea’s Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy tea. So good!

Just a reminder: all product recommendations are my own and are not sponsored or paid for in any way!

Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.

Friday Favorite Five

1. Will strengthening your hamstrings make them tighter? via Yogadork

Turns out there is no scientific definition of “tight” regarding muscles(!). Click through for a pretty fascinating take on this stretching issue.


2. San Francisco’s 13 best local fashion labels, via SFist 

The hubs and I love Blade and Blue’s sharp men’s shirts! All the others mentioned here are excellent, as well. #shoplocal


3. A trio of homes with super cool secret spots for cats built in, via Apartment Therapy

Dreamspaces for the felines to climb!


4. Seven ways you’re accidentally turning your blonde hair brassy or yellow, via Refinery29

 Excellent tips here!


5. Vintage hairstyles in a few easy steps, via Chronicle Books Blog

An excerpt from a cute new Chronicle Books printing. Click through for the steps.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Friday Favorite Five

1. Photographer Mick Rock reminisces about shooting Ziggy Stardust, via Vice

Unff! The dreamiest dream job ever in the universe. Backstage alone with Bowie?? With Bowie looking at you like that!?!?  YES PLEASE THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED!

David Bowie by Mick Rock
David Bowie by Mick Rock


2. The UK has banned this Christina Hendricks Clairol red-to-blonde haircolor commercial for being misleading, via Jezebel

Well, it IS misleading. You simply can’t go from red to blonde using box color. Color can’t lift color. You will end up with disastrous results and then have to pay me huge fees to do a color correction. Which I’m happy to do, but you? Maybe not so much.  If only the US was as stringent with its advertising standards!

Christina Hendricks for Clairol
Christina Hendricks for Clairol


3. Does your hair really change every 7 years?  via Allure

Short answer: yes! Learn how — it’s science!

Hair growth phases (image via Wikimedia Commons)
Hair growth phases (image via Wikimedia Commons)


4. How to decorate with skulls, via PopSugar Home

These gold bookends are my fave!

Gold skull bookends
Gold skull bookends


5. This is what happens when you put on a black turtleneck, via Refinery 29

Sometimes I think black turtlenecks are my soul mate of clothing. Don’t you agree?

Jackie Kennedy, icon
Jackie Kennedy, icon

The One Tip You Need to Succeed in Cosmetology School

Hairdresser doing highlights with foils
Hairdresser doing highlights with foils | Image by Dean Wissing via Flickr

Cosmetology school is the foundation for everything that is going to come after school. If you learn to be successful now, you’ll have a head start by the time you graduate.

If you want to be a successful hairstylist, makeup artist, nail artist, or skin care expert, you need to start now.

Act like the successful stylist (artist / expert) you are going to be!

Imagine yourself after you’ve finished school and gotten your license. It’s a few years down the line, and you’re working at the salon or spa of your dreams. How are you acting? How do you look? What’s your attitude like? Be all those things now.

Pull your dreams into your everyday existence, and they will become your reality.

If you come to school with a bad attitude and acting like a drama queen, then that will be your reality. If you pull yourself together to act with maturity, good humor, and confidence, then that will be your reality, instead.

There’s truth in the old tip, “Fake it till you make it.” If you act in a way that presents yourself as successful, you eventually will be a success.


If you liked this tip, consider buying my book: How to Survive Beauty School: The Ultimate, No-Nonsense Guide to Thriving as a Cosmetology Student, available in paperback and digital formats on Amazon!