Tiny Horse

Fashion, beauty, food, art…pleasing to the senses


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Floral Pumps, My New Darlings!

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I got these in the mail today after waiting for a whole month and just can’t take my eyes off them! They are my perfect pair of posh spring pumps! I had been searching for the right floral print for ages and settled on these beauties.
I really dig how the pattern isn’t symmetrical and how each shoe is just a bit different from each other. They are so pleasing to look at with their multi colored petal print and black 3-inch stiletto!

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Estée Lauder Mani

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Normally I really would not spend over $15 for a bottle of nail polish, so I still would never recommend Estee Lauder nail polishes over ESSIE, OPI or any other brand. But because I’m going through an obsessive beauty junkie phase of my life these past couple of months, I’ve been plunking down serious moolah over name brand beauty products like it’s my job. I rationalized my $68 Estee Lauder purchase since it’s a gift for my lovely cousin in China who is bananas over its Advanced Night Repair line. The plus is that I got to keep the Nordstrom free 6-piece set for myself! In that cute little spring set, there was a nail polish (perfect for me! Usually, the samples are always mascara…ugh…I have like 10 brand-name mascaras that I won’t ever use up. Give me something else, please!)

The packaging is a square little bottle with a shiny gold handle. Love! The color itself is bold and beautiful. I would describe it as a rich plum red with fuchsia glitter. One coat almost seemed like enough but I had to slather on two just to get my signature opacity level. It’s called Smash and it’s appropriate because it’s such a smash of pure, attention-grabbing color! For Pittsburgh murky weather, it’s just the touch of zing I need in this 60-degree weather cloudy days!


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Sheer Gray Mani

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Depending on the angle and the lighting, this nail polish color changes the degree of grayness and even looks lilac in this picture. I’m really digging the new wide-brush format because it makes application so much easier and each additional coat smoother. However, it is not nail-art friendly because it can only go in thick, broad strokes.

I got this full size bottle of Essence nail polish in “Grey-t to be here” from Ulta in an amazing beauty extras deal. There are subtle mother of pearl glitter specks in there and you need 2-3 coats to make it opaque. It’s been 4 whole days and I have not seen one chip–all with no base or top coat! It was fast-drying too so none of that stickiness bothered me! For it being an inexpensive nail polish, the quality is akin to that of Sally Hansen, I would say. Although even Sally Hansen would have started chipping by the 4th day…


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Crispy Tofu & Sandwiches!

Here are two things that really satisfied my after-work hunger pains recently:

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I’ve been told to visit Pittsburgh’s famous city chain: Primanti Bros, where they serve all their sandwiches with fries and coleslaw IN them. I think overall, the portions were good and it tasted pretty good, but man, there are so many things this place could take further or improve. For one, toast the bread! They are thick, generous slices, but would taste so much better if they were buttered and toasted! Also, do a combination of different types of fried things in the sandwiches. Okay, steak-cut fries are okay, but haystack onion rings are way better and flavorful. Honestly, this is not the first time I’ve tried a sandwich with lots of crap in it–PJs on High Street on the Ohio State campus offered giant sandwiches in every combo that were cheap and more or less just considered drunk food. Toppings included onion rings, mozzarella sticks, hashbrowns, you name it! Also, not enough meat! My angus steak strips left me wanting for way more than just one skimpy layer at the bottom. Grade: B.

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This amazing dish was inspired from Pochis, also on High Street in Columbus. Note–many of my rosy food experiences were during the 4 years I lived in Columbus, OH for college, at an age when really opening up about food.

I really aimed for the perfectly cubed (courtesy of my hubbie!) and flash-fried blocks of fresh tofu and a homemade sweet & tangy dipping sauce. The result was a party in my mouth. Mmmm!

Dipping sauce:

-Store-bought sweet Thai chili sauce

-Sushi grade soy sauce

-Sesame seeds

-Cilantro

-Lemon zest

-Grape seed oil