Why Public Health?

In less than a week, I’ll move to Baltimore to start graduate school at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As promised (sorry it took so long, everyone), I’ve launched a public health blog! To all of my blog readers, thank you for your support, and I hope you will enjoy A Healthy Blueprint as much as you enjoy magnetically aesthetic!

I will definitely continue to post on magnetically aesthetic, but all public health posts will be on this new blog.🙂 I would love all of your support and it would mean the world for you to follow my journey through my new blog!

Read the story behind my public health journey here: Why Public Health?

Broken Landscape

Lucky enough to check out Richard Taittinger Gallery the other day to see Jorge Mayet’s “Broken Landscape” temporary exhibit 😁 these little trees were so intricately designed!


ALL PHOTOS ARE ©magnetically aesthetic. Please do not steal, edit, or use these pictures in any way without my permission. Thank you!🙂

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

Ready for a deliciously sweet summer pastry? This 5-ingredient recipe to make strawberry cream cheese pastries will be a definite hit for your friends and family when you invite them over for a get-together on a summer day! The steps may be a little bit tedious, but I promise, it’s well-worth it once you take a bite out of your pastry!

strawberry.jpg

Ingredients (to make about 20 3×4 inch pastries):

  • firm, ripe red strawberries, chopped 13578663_3367853839104_233057731_n(more is better in case some are smaller than you want for presentation)
  • 8oz cream cheese at room temperature (you only need 6oz unless you want it really cheesy)
  • 6 tbsp of sugar (I used brown sugar, but I’m sure you can use white)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract (feel free to use more if you love the vanilla flavor and don’t mind it extra sweet)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 medium/large egg, beaten (this is used to glaze over the pastry so it has a nice golden-brown color after baking)

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice your strawberries to the thickness of your preference **since this was my first time, some of mine came out looking weird since I used suuuuper small pieces haha**
  3. Beat 6oz of cream cheese FIRST (that was where I made my mistake -.- my mixture came out all clumpy since I added my sugar and vanilla altogether with my cream cheese and mixed)
    13563624_3367853919106_987086554_n
  4. Add the sugar and vanilla after the cream cheese is a smooth texture, and again beat it until it’s smooooooth!
  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and put the puff pastries on top; slice the pastries into however many pastries you need (I cut them so there were about 20)!
    13553313_3367854159112_1200287666_n
  6. Use a fork and poke holes on the edges (see picture).
  7. Beat the egg and then brush the egg on the edges of the pastries.
  8. Put the cream cheese mix in the center of each pastry, and lay strawberries on top in whatever pattern your heart desires🙂
    13578859_3367853999108_1337406111_n
  9. Pop them in the oven for 15-17 minutes until you see the top of your pastries start to look golden brown!
  10. Let them cool for an hour or so, and if you want, you can dust them with powdered sugar before serving🙂

ALL PHOTOS ARE ©magnetically aesthetic. Please do not steal, edit, or use these pictures in any way without my permission. Thank you!

Stay connected with me: Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter  ❤

Super Simple Shakshuka

When my family and I went to Paris, France, we stayed in the Marais neighborhood and happened to come across Season by accident. I wanted to go someplace for afternoon tea, but unfortunately it was closed, and this place looked like a hip and trendy place, so we thought, hey, why not?

My sister ordered their shakshuka, and I had zero clue what that was, but when it arrived, the aroma was HEAVENLY. I am a huge fan of almost anything with tomatoes, and this Moroccan dish was no different. The smell of the food was making my mouth water as I sat with my acai bowl in front of me (that was super yummy and refreshing too, though!)

The shakshuka looks deceptively simple, with some spices, fresh tomatoes, and veggies, topped with an egg. It can be too salty for some people, but it goes great with bread, and I’m sure you can eat it with rice or pasta as well if you want to make it at home, like I decided to try…🙂

My sister was prepping for a barbeque one weekend and we had leftover veggies that were meant for shishkebobs, and I thought, hey, why not try making my own shakshuka? What could go wrong!? Luckily, nothing did. It looks simple to make, and turns out it is! I googled some recipes to figure out the spices used and decided to wing it from there.

Ingredients (leftover from shishkebob-making):

  • green bell peppers
  • white mushrooms
  • onions
  • eggplant
  • some mystery melon/squash that looks like a yellow cucumber unpeeled
  • pineapples (yes, I added them in too haha)
  • egg
  • tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, or pasta sauce (like I used haha)
  • cumin
  • turmeric
  • paprika (I didn’t have this, but I didn’t let it stop me!)

Steps:

  1. Get your stove going at a medium heat, and throw your onions into a large pan and stir them around until they start to brown.
  2. Depending on your veggies, add the ones that take the longest to cook first, and then add the easy-to-cook/soften veggies after! 13900556_3401408477949_1958924369_n
  3. When they are about 90% cooked, pour in your tomato paste/sauce/fresh tomatoes and let it simmer until it starts to bubble.
  4. Add cumin, turmeric, paprika, and pepper to taste.
  5. Apparently shakshuka isn’t complete unless you add a poached egg, so drop an egg in there and cover the pan until the egg yolk has a white film over it (that’s when you know it’s done!)

13941008_3401408517950_1292113412_n

This recipe is surprisingly really easy, and is great when you want a quick meal that can feed a group of people. It lasts for a while too, especially if you decide to eat it with some carb on the side, such as bread, rice, or pasta!

ALL PHOTOS ARE ©magnetically aesthetic. Please do not steal, edit, or use these pictures in any way without my permission. Thank you!

Stay connected with me: Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter  ❤

 

Review: L’Oréal Voluminous Voxbox

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review on Influenster’s VoxBox🙂 I’m so happy to have received the #LorealMakeup L’Oréal Voluminous VoxBox for free to test and review!

I received the following products in this box (products linked here):

13942197_3401365796882_434035296_n.jpg

In this picture, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion for my lids before applying the eyeshadows and the eyeliner. After all of that was done, I used a liquid eyeliner to fill in any gaps and make my line pointy at the end. Finished it off with the lash primer and mascara.

Verdict: 200 Paris Beach eyeshadow is extremely white and pigmented, and I needed to blend it quite a bit to have it transition well with 207 Pain au Chocolat. The mascara works great, as you can see how long my lashes look in this picture! The eyeliner glides on smoothly, but my personal preference is liquid liner since they are longer lasting.

13933038_3401365716880_714354334_n

After spending the day at work, and being in 90-degree weather in NYC, this is what the end-of-the-day look is like.

Verdict: The eyeliner pencil started to smudge and wasn’t a crisp line anymore, and I tend to have oily lids so near my tear ducts you can see some of the eyeshadow as lines where my eyelids naturally crease. The mascara held its own, and I’m curious to see how it looks on a humid, rainy day!

13936596_3401365756881_1852892951_n

Thank you again, Influenster, for allowing me to sample these products and give my review after I test them for free🙂

Visit Madrid

Hi everyone, I’m back! The next few posts will feature photos from my recent trip to Europe🙂

My first stop was in Madrid, Spain. The weather was a solid 100~ degrees Fahrenheit the two days I was there, something I’ve never experienced before in the US. The people there are so nice, and I was amazed and impressed that I was able to get by with my middle school and high school level Spanish and speak with the locals! I loved how nearly every city I visited had community trash bins for regular, recycle, and compost trash to encourage proper sanitation. Flowers were in bloom and families were all out enjoying the fantastic weather at El Retiro Park and Mercado de San Miguel! So excited to be sharing some photos from this fabulous city here:

IMG_3747

There were beautiful arches everywhere we went, this was just one of them

IMG_3750

I absolutely love taking photos of the streets in each city I visited!

IMG_3760

People could go boating in El Retiro Park and watch the ducks and the fish in the water

IMG_3765

Paella is a must-have when you visit Spain. This was super yummy, I can’t wait to make my own version one day~

IMG_3774

Super fresh and delicious looking seafood in Mercado de San Miguel

IMG_3779

Charcuterie stores and cured meat were everywhere we went

IMG_3785

Olives seem to be a big thing in Madrid; they’re super popular, but so salty!

ALL PHOTOS ARE ©magnetically aesthetic. Please do not steal, edit, or use these pictures in any way without my permission. Thank you!

Stay connected with me: Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter  ❤

Hello From Europe!

Hey everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts recently, for I am currently in Naples, Italy😮 Originally I was going to get back to NYC Wednesday evening but unfortunately there is a strike with the airline that I booked with -sigh- my luck!

I’m excited to share some photos of my trip with you all when I return, so stay tuned! (I attempted to attach some photos of Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins but my WiFi is too slow to load the photos :()