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by Nickie Bagai

5.23.2015

Champagne Poached Strawberry Cream Puff



Hello lovelies!! 

    Plans for the long weekend? Shaun and I are Minnesota. He has business to tend to and, thankfully, we happen to be close friends with his colleague and his colleague’s wife!!  Win, win!  Now, I am not entertaining for Memorial Day but if you are, you may want to serve your guest this delicious dessert that I created last week….a layer of whipped cream, mascarpone and strawberries poached in champagne between two flakey and buttery rounds of puff pastry. Enjoy!

You will need:

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (defrosted according to the package directions)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of cold water

1 cup cold heavy cream 
1 tablespoon sugar 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/4 cup mascarpone 

2 cups champagne
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups of strawberries, green tops removed 
6 mint leaves for garnish

Prepare ahead of time:

Poached Strawberries 
In a small sauce pan combine champagne and sugar. On medium heat bring to a simmer, and once the sugar is fully dissolved, add strawberries. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour both strawberries and champagne in a glass or ceramic bowl and allow to cool before covering and placing in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.  

Whipped Cream
Pour the cream into the bowl of a electric mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk until the liquid starts to thicken, and then add the sugar and vanilla. When the cream reaches the point of light and creamy, yet firm, consistency, stop whisking.   With a wooden spoon fold the mascarpone in to the whipped cream. Place the mixture back in to the refrigerator cover for 30 mins to stiffen up a bit.  

To assemble: 

I would bake the puff pastry thirty minutes before you would like to serve dessert. 

1. Unfold dough on to a lightly floured surface. To make round layers, I used a biscuit cutter, to which will give you 6 rounds equaling 12 layers. Place rounds a cookie sheet that is lined with either parchment paper or a french silicone liner. This helps prevent browning on the bottom. Beat one egg and the teaspoon of water together in small bowl. With a pastry brush, brush the tops of each round. Bake according to the package directions. 

2. While the puff pastry is baking, prepare strawberries. Remove berries from the liquid and place on a cutting board and slice. The liquid can be thrown out. 

3. Once the the rounds are out of the oven and are cool enough to handle, put apart each round creating two layers. You are basically making a whip cream/berry sandwich of goodness. On the bottom, half place a healthy dollop (about 2-3 tablespoons) of whip cream then, layer the strawberries. Place a about a teaspoon of whip cream on top of the berry layer then top the  “lid” with a berry and a mint leaf. Serve!  




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5.20.2015

Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE!!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE!!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE!! by nbagai featuring a free people poncho

Here are a few of my picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale. As you can see, from above, I have a vaca by the sea on the brain. All I can think of is the warm sun, salty air, sand between my toes and lazy days by the pool. Okay, I will stop now...Mexico can't come soon enough!!!

Happy shopping! 
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5.19.2015

Navy & Pearls










Hello everyone!! 
I am loving these super preppy, classic shorts by Anne Taylor!! They have a fantastic collect of shorts in the cutest prints and colors this season.  I would highly recommend you take a peak...in fact I am think I may have to buy a few more pair for our up coming Mexico trip!! Yay!!!! 




What I wore: Blouse Similar | Shorts Ann Taylor | Pearls Similar | Shoes Ferragamo (Get the look here and here | Bag LV |  Sunglasses Ferragamo Similar








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5.16.2015

Neon Cheetah







Photos taken by my Momma at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA .

What I Wore | Sweater Similar | Pants Old Navy | Shoes Saint Laurent | Bag Similar | Watch Similar | Sunglasses Ray-Ban | Belt Similar |
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5.12.2015

Mustard






Hello!

   First a little update on Mission: Baby Bagai- I go in tomorrow for the procedure to retrieve the eggs.  I have been put under before, but I'm still a little nervous. I do have an AMAZING doctor so I am sure the whole egg collecting business will be a huge success. We are freezing the egg,s and next month we're doing this all over to better our chances of creating a embryo with a healthy egg:) I feel a little like a hen.  

  I just need to say that Mr. Bagai has been amazing and extremely supportive. All the injections make a girl a little hormonal, and he has handled it like a champ. In fact, for Mother's Day, Shaun surprised me and we headed North just over the Golden Gate Bridge to the fabulous resort Cavallo Point. We had a wonderful and relaxing day/evening, and they are dog friendly so we took Arthur along. Spoiled pup!!! 

Onto important stuff: my look. This is a bit more modern then my usual look, but I like it!  Now, unfortunately, most of my outfit is not relevant but I think I picked some pieces that will give you a fabulous look! 

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day! 

What I wore | Jacket Similar Here | Top Similar Here | Shorts Aritzia | Shoes Similar Here | Bag This One Would Work Perfectly | Sunnies Prada | Bracelets Stella & Dot Gold Silver |


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5.08.2015

PINK NEON & CHEETAH






What I Wore | Blouse Lilly Pulitzer for Target Sold Out Similar Here and Here | Jeans Paige | Shoes Similar | Belt Similar | Bag Similar | Sunnies Ray-Ban | Bracelet Similar |



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5.07.2015

Skin Care Routine || AM & PM


Cleanse 

Repair & Prevent

Protect & Moisturize 


Here is my current skin care regimen.  I am a little obsessed with caring for my skin and put way too much thought and energy into what products I use.  Although,  I must be honest,  I have no plans on changing my behavior ;)

I will start off by saying my skin is normal to dry and considered mature. I have fine lines and hyper pigmentation, and I'm prone to small blackheads. 

Step One: Cleanse 

Dermalogica Precleanse: I LOVE this product. A soothing oil cleanser that will break down make-up, sunscreen, and mascara leaving your skin very clean but won't strip your skin of its natural oils. Thankfully it's built for all skin types.  Apply to dry skin then add a little bit of water to finger tips,  massage (at this point I use the Mia Clarisonic) into  skin then rinse with lukewarm water.  I use this product AM and PM. 

Bioglycolic Face Cleanser:  As the product's name states, this milky cleanser has glycolic acid which helps exfoliate dead skin cells (preventing blackheads) giving my skin a glow!  You will feel a slight stinging sensation when cleansing with this product which is normal, but do not use this product to remove eye makeup.  Ouch!  Bioglycolic Face Cleanser is paraben free and there is no need for toner with Jan Marini products.  I use this product in PM in combination with the Precleanser. 

Step Two: Repair & Prevent 

Age Intervention Retinol Plus:  I have been using this product for a little over three months now, and I am truly a fan.  See my review here.  Why a retinol?  It addresses fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and hyperpigmentation.  It basically increases cell turnover, which slows after the age of 30,  giving you a youthful glow.  Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding....hopefully I will have to give this product up in the Fall if all goes well :)  I use this product in the PM.  It is applied after cleaning. 

Source Natural Skin Eternal:  I have been using this super moisturizing serum for eight years.  Never giving it up!  I was first drawn to this product because it contains C-Ester, and being a believer in the power of antioxidants, which protects your skin from free radicals, this serum is exactly what I wanted.  I use this product AM (after cleansing) and PM (after Age Intervention Retinol). 

Step Three: Protect and Moisturize 

29 by Lydia Mondavi Broad Spectrum SPF 30 D'Vine Day Cream:  It works.  It has a nice fragrance  and it's just moisturizing enough.  My makeup goes on smooth after applying which is a big thing for me.  The price point is good too:)  I apply this product in the AM.

Coconut Oil- It does a beautiful job moisturizing my skin while I sleep, and have been using this natural oil for six months now and I am very happy with the results.  I apply only in the PM. 

Recap:

AM
1. Precleanse (with Mia)
 2. Skin Eternal Serum
4. SPF

PM 
1. Precleanse 
2. Bioglycolic Face Cleanser 
3. Retinol
4. Skin Eternal Serum
5. Coconut Oil

If you have any questions about the products and my experience with them please comment below:)

P.S- Good news. No, GREAT news. The IVF is working. I am growing 6 little eggs and hopefully by next Tuesday they will be all ready to retrieve. We go in Sunday for another ultrasound...fingers crossed! I am so happy. This news makes all the painful test and injections , speaking of six which is the number of injections I give myself daily, completely worth it!! 


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5.05.2015

Harbor







What I wore | Sweater Similar Here | Shorts Similar Here | Belt This one is cute | Sandals Valentino | Sunnies Similar  | 



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