Fogo De Chao’s New Menu in Kansas City!


Fogo de Chão Logo

I was very lucky to be invited to a media event for Fogo de Chão’s (fogo-dee-shown) new Kansas City Menu! My husband Brad and I got to hobnob with local KC writers, social media mavens and TV reporters.

Have you heard of Fogo de Chão before? It’s is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria,  specializing the Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – roasting high-quality cuts of meats over open flame – and a  service model known as espeto corrido (Portuguese for “continuous service”).   Founded in Brazil in 1979, Fogo de Chão (which translates to “fire on the  ground”) currently operates 51 locations throughout the United States, Brazil Mexico and the Middle East. Fogo Kansas City opened in 2009.

Fogo is best known for its distinctive and authentic Brazilian full churrasco  dining experience, which begins with a gourmet Market Table and Feijoada Bar that includes an abundance of seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables and  feijoada. The main course features a variety of simply seasoned meats that are  carefully fire-roasted by its famous gaucho chefs, plus seafood, desserts, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list.

A decadent dessert menu features signature, house-made Papaya Cream with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur, South American Flan, Crème Brûlée and much more.

Unique to Kansas City, Fogo now offers three dinner menus for guests to enjoy all that Brazil has to offer at three distinct price points – no matter the occasion, Fogo fits any budget. Select Cut ($29 – $32): Select one cut of fire-roasted meat to be carved tableside, including:

  • Picanha ($32): Most prized Brazilian sirloin steak, lightly seasoned with sea salt and sliced thin
  • Fraldinha ($32): Strongly marbled bottom sirloin steak, carved against the grain for tenderness
  • Leg of Lamb ($32): Fire-roasted until tender, and sliced off the bone (served with mintchurri sauce)
  • Center-cut Pork Chop ($32): Cured and seasoned with Brazilian spices, and thickly sliced off the bone
  • Chicken ($29): Tender citrus-marinated chicken breast, lightly seasoned with Brazilian spices

Brazilian Cuts ($39): Experience a selection of Brazilian favorites – from the house specialty sirloin, Picanha, to a decadent leg of lamb, Cordeiro – which include:

  • Picanha (Prime part of the Top Sirloin), Alcatra (Top Sirloin), Fraldinha (Bottom Sirloin), Costela de Porco (Pork Ribs), Cordeiro (Leg of Lamb), Bisteca de Porco (Pork Chops), Lombo (Pork), Medalhões com Bacon (Bacon Wrapped Steak), Linguiça (Pork Sausage), Frango (Chicken)

Full Churrasco Experience ($50.95): Guests can enjoy the full churrasco experience for which Fogo is best known – continuous tableside service of signature cuts of fire-roasted meat.

My husband and I really enjoyed this experience and will be going back!  Have yhou eaten at Fogo de Chão?

Here are photos from my evening and from Fogo:

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Skincare and Makeup for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! I’m going to spend the day at an anime convention (thanks teenage daughter).  However, I am not dressing up, I will be putting on my best green and gold makeup instead!

Here are some great choices for St. Patrick’s Day:

Maybelline New York City Mini Palette
Maybelline New York City Mini Palette

Maybelline New York City Mini Palette ($9.99 — in Urban Jungle. This is a cute little palette with stunning color payoff! Urban Jungle exudes a confidence and fierceness in gorgeous green hues, brown and gold to get that hot “pot-of-gold” look.

Purchase at Ulta and other great stores!

Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner
Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

jane iredale Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner ($24 USD) — A beautiful emerald green version for dramatic smoke with all-day staying power. This is a part of jane irdale’s new spring 2018 collection that I will be reviewing soon!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Collection ($25 each) — This lipstick looks green, but once it touches the lips, the sheer green pigments transform into a flattering rosebud that is unique to your individual coloring. Frog Prince also comes in the form of a lip gloss and a cream blush. Both contain the same transforming formula that adjusts to match your pH!

Purchase at Ulta stores and

Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit
Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit

Maybelline Lip Studio Lip Python Metallic Lip Kit ($9.99 USD) — Here’s a green lipstick! With this all-in-one compact, you can easily create a daring lip look and unleash your inner makeup artist! Snakebite is a deep forest green lip color with a yellow gold lipshadow.

Purchase and other great stores!


Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz ($10.99 USD) – I have been using this spray twice a day since I received it!  It smells like fresh roses and feels amazing on! It claims to purify the skin, leaving it feeling revitalized and prepped for makeup.  I find that it also helps remove any traces of my makeup at night, too!

Botanics Organic Super Balm ($17.99 USD)– This soothing balm, which melts into the skin, hydrating areas of dry skin. Rich in organic Rosehip that contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, nourishing fruit seeds and moisturizing shea butter. Botanics Organic Super Balm can be used on the lips, hands, elbows or anywhere!

Available at Ulta stores and

Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum

Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum– ($46 USD) — This soothing serum is designed to calm skin irritation with an Asian herbal plant, tiger grass, that is known to aid in skin recovery. It leaves overly sensitive or red skin looking and feeling more comfortable.

Purchase at Sephora

What St. Patrick’s Day products are you going to be wearing tomorrow?




New Fiction Books Released Spring 2018


I have been so busy the last couple of years, that I am ashamed to say I haven’t read as much as I used to.  So, I made a Goodreads goal of reading 20 books this year…I’ve read two.  I need to pick up the pace!

Below are new fiction books that have either just been released or will be released soon:

The Darkling Bride

The Darkling Bride: A Novel –by Laura Anderson — The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she’d thought.

Two decades before, Aidan’s parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple’s unusual deaths harken back a century, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle.

The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers—and to Aidan—could she be the Darkling Bride’s next victim?

The Shadow Land

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova — Released on March 13, 2018 — Twenty-seven years ago—and a week after the fall of the Berlin Wall—found herself traveling to Bulgaria.  Like the protagonist of this novel, she was young and eager to learn about a place she’d never been before. She stayed on for six months, traveling to remote areas and interviewing its inhabitants about their lives. During her journey, she fell in love with this foreign, seemingly enchanted land and also with her future husband.

It’s not hard to imagine Kostova in the shoes of Alexandra Boyd, a young American woman who arrives in Sofia, Bulgaria hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. But within an hour of landing in this elegant Eastern European city, Alexandra helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.

As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression—and risk her own life to solve the mystery behind his.


A Nantucket Wedding

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer  Ballantine Hardcover, on-sale April 3, 2018 —  A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?

Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.


Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir — Release date May 17, 2018 — Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking.  For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a haunting incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.

But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures Anne as his new queen—forever altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the King’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires. Can Jane be the one to give the King his long-sought-after son, or will she be cast aside like the women who came before her?

I’m so excited to read these books this spring (and summer, maybe fall let’s be honest)!  What are you reading now?

New Essence Products for Spring!


Essence has recently starting releasing their Spring/Summer 2018 collection. It is full of fresh-faced essentials to let your beauty shine.
These products are available on and! The collection retails for under $9.99.
I received the following essence products for my honest review:
essence cosmetics prismatic hololighter stick ($5.99 USD) — Prismatic makeup is really hot for spring.  This highlighter is loaded with reflecting pigments, and has a sheer  iridescence.  It comes in a stick that is easy to use.  I think this is really pretty.  I have tried it a few times and I like it, but I enjoy powder highlighters more. I think this is fun and affordable for festival or party looks. Available at



essence cosmetics metal shock eyeshadow ($4.99 USD) —  Liquid, metallic eye shadowas are also really popular right now.  This has  nice formula.  As you can see from the swatches above, the peachy shade on the left was a bit sheer, but the other two are full coverage. They dry down pretty quickly and stay looking nice for hours. Available in 7 exciting shades at
essence cosmetics ultra lasting instant colour lipstick ($4.99 USD) — I have reviewed this lipstick recently here.  I reviewed darker shades, and I was really excited to try these ones.  They feel like spring to me! This is a creamy formula that does last for hours and is very comfortable on.  Available in 20 shades at
What new makeup are you loving now?

IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You! Customer Favorites Collection — QVC TSV!

IT Cosmetics_ IT_s All About You! Customer Favorites Collection

IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You! Customer Favorites Collection brings your most beautiful self forward with the look of light and color! This Today’s Special Value is  on QVC today, Saturday, March 10th, 2018 and will be offered for one day only!

This exclusive four-piece collection features is valued at $173.43 and it is on sale today for $59.96!  It contains the following products:

  • 2.53-fl oz CC+ Cream Illumination in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, or Deep
  • 0.192-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks, a peachy-pink shade
  • 0.057-fl oz Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum
  • Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

I have tried all of these amazing products before, except for the brand new lip treatment serum.  Here’s more info on each product:

It all begins with the super-size CC+ Cream Illumination. It’s your complete skin care, your SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen, and full coverage in one step. There is no shimmer or glitter, but a lit-from-within look! Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other skin-loving ingredients, Drops of Light Technology helps give your skin a beautiful radiance. Paired with the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, CC+ Cream helps improve the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.

To brighten the look of your complexion, Bye Bye Pores Blush in the new shade, Sweet Cheeks, instantly diffuses the look of pores and imperfections while giving your skin the perfect kiss of peachy pink. Hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides infused in your blush? That’s what makes IT Cosmetics so different. What’s more, it’s and talc- and paraben-free!

Infused with butters, oils, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum delivers hydration with your perfect flush of soft, pink color.

You get a HUGE tube of the CC+ Cream Illumination.  This applies so nicely to the skin and makes you look flawless.  Using it with the amazing brush will give a pretty even coverage.  I love IT brushes — so high quality!

I actually have the blush in Sweet Cheeks already and use it every day.  It looks super shimmery in the pan, but when applied, my skin looks so glowy!

The lip product feels nice on.  The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade has been made into so many lip products by IT because it is so popular.  It goes on very light pink, but deepens to a different shade for each person.  On me it’s always super bright pink.  So I don’t wear it often.   If it stayed a light pink, I would love it!

All in all, this is a great deal, especially if you love IT Cosmetics’ fan favorite CC+ Cream.  The jumbo size of that is worth the cost of the whole kit!

Are you picking this up?

Julep Maven March 2018 Subscription Box Review


I have just received Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the March subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for 5 years now.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  I skipped December, because I was a bit short of cash and I didn’t really need any of the products.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose the Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA and two metallic matte nail polishes.  I received some cute shamrock nail decals as an extra!


Here’s a closer look!



I was excited to try the new Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA ($36 or $28.80 for Mavens) — This claims — An innovative stick streamlines your nighttime serum and moisturizer steps into one. It deeply hydrates as it gently exfoliates to unveil smoother, more refined skin overnight.

I really wasn’t paying attention to this, because I didn’t realize that it was a stick until I got it home! I haven’t tried it on my face yet, because I’m trying a new No7 brightening serum (review to come).  But I have swatched it on my hand.  It’s very hydrating.  I hope it’s not to heavy for my face, but we will see!


These cute little shamrocks will be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day manicure.  I have a new green polish that will look amazing with them!


These shades are from top Polly Ann –Cool Aubergine Matte Shimmer and bottom — Sonia — Blue Steel Matte Metallic.

I took this when the day was almost done, so the lighting isn’t perfect.  The top is more purple and the bottom, teal.  These look a bit like fall shades to me. I picked them out.  I guess I’m not ready for spring yet!

Do you get Julep Maven?  What products did you choose this month?

Colourpop My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette Review


Colourpop My Little Pony Palette Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16 USD) — This is my last  Colourpop eye shadow palette from my after holiday sale haul.  I have to be honest, I think I may have purchased this for the packaging!  It’s so fun.  Also, my daughter Abby was obsessed with the OG My Little Pony’s from ages 3-6.  Since she is graduating from high school this year, I’m a little nostalgic…


I usually wear neutral colors on my eyes, but these are so pretty!


The shades from left to right are:

Butterscotch: white with subtle pink violet opalescent sheen
Blossom: metallic peach with pink and gold duochrome finish
Starshine: metallic golden tangerine
Bluebell: satin golden ivory
Applejack: matte dusty red violet
Skydancer: metallic bright icy lavender
Minty: matte cool-toned fuchsia
Flutterbye: matte true pastel peach
Twilight: satin deep blackened violet
Firefly: metallic silvery baby blue
Snuzzle: metallic icy white with opalescent blue duochrome
Princess Sparkle: metallic rich smokey turquoise

Here are my swatches




These shadows are pretty well pigmented.  A few, like the lavender, need to be built up. I think a fun thing about this palette is that there are warm and cool shades.  I was worried that a complete look couldn’t be made with just this crazy palette. It can, but it’s a very colorful look. I’m actually surprised by how much I like it!

This is not my everyday palette, but it will be nice for spring looks and fun occasions.  Like all of the Colourpop palettes I’ve tried, it’s great quality and affordable.

What’s an eye shadow palette that you bought and were surprised by?