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*Gratitude* ~ memory of the heart

Nowadays, we have access to more information than ever! And I have to say that I'm truly grateful for that. Especially since my life has been a whirlwind... which means I haven't got the time spending hours looking for information that I need in a flash. Well, thanks to some twitter buddies, I'm able to find out quick information, tidbits and even make-up help.:) 

For instance, recently, I asked my twitter buddies how to go about applying make-up. The instantaneous responses I got was overwhelming. Hence, my discovery of this lovely lip balm that is now my current favorite, especially in these drier months of winter. My friends: Emmy winning celeb makeup artist @Michchampagne for LIVE with Kelly, and fellow #Ripaholics @RockOnTeamRipa suggested Fresh lip balm which now has been added to my little burt's bees lip nourishing sticks.

By the way, this lovely lip balm can be purchased at Sephora for $25

Thus, many thanks are in order to those ladies for their lovely suggestion that I'm now enjoying. My lips have been less fish scaly and much more smoother and supple {even the hubby thanks you gals for that - lol;}. What's nice about this lip balm is that, you can get it in a variety of colors... which I think is great. It's like wearing butter on your lips.

And of course, when I went on the search for this lip balm, being a girl and a shopaholic, I ended up going to some other surrounding stores for a little shopping therapy. The damage wasn't that bad this time.;)


Look Of The Night: Zebra Print Skirt

What I like about animal print is that it never goes out of fashion. That's why it seems like every season there is an animal print that is on trend. This skirt has been in my possession for the past seven years or more.

I added these feather earrings {seen here} for a punch of color and Pizzazz

However, it's one of those trends that you have to style right. One way for it to work is by choosing only one part of your outfit to be in animal print. For instance, if your skirt is in a zebra print let the rest of the outfit remain in a neutral palate. Give that large animal print its alone time. I personally feel every fashionista should own at least one statement print piece . It can be a dress, a top, a pair of shoes, a scarf, a bag, a ring, or a belt. Go wild! Rrrrrr... hehehe

It's another Monday! Wishing you a fantastic week.


Respect Yourself & Know Your Worth

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What I want to know is: Why wasn't I told this as a child? I strongly feel had I been taught this saying at an early age, I would have spared myself self-inflicted pain by relentlessly extending to people who could care less about me. This year, is the year to have that drilled in my head and protect my dignity.

Enjoy your Sunday:) Xo


I'm Only Human

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Man, oh man, I'm having a hard time today with this gloominess. What's ironic is that I love and most often wish for gloomy days, but for some odd reason today I'm finding it giving me the blues in a very bad way {crazy thoughts bad way}.

Usually when I'm down, I always find solace in music. Today though, it seems that it's one of those days that I just want to stew in my sadness. :( boo to SADNESS!  My all-time desire is to never feel sad/negative. To be always be positive and upbeat. I've been sorting through a box of notebooks/journals that I've accumulated over the years. I came upon this notebook where I can apparently see I do really want to change my thought pattern, especially for these down days. This notebook was filled with pointers on how to identify your thoughts, challenge your thinking and evaluate your attitude to learn to be positive.  

Please allow me to indulge {or should I say bore you} with some pages of that notebook.

All those notes are from this book: Positive Thinking by Susan Quilliam. I had borrowed it from the library, but I'm thinking I should have bought it instead of writing down so many of its pages... although it seems like I wrote down the parts that interested me and were of immediate help. 


Fringes and Friends

This outfit brings back good memories. I threw this on for a chillin' brunch date with who I like to refer to as my 'my little girls' at this quaint crepe place in Las Vegas. The boots that I had on always brought back fond memories and put a smile on my face every time. You see, these black suede fringe pointy boots were given to me by a good frister {get it? friend/who is like a sister...matter of fact, better than a sister. Thanks, Moe;}

I'm the type of person that takes really good care of my belongings so even if I have something for many years, they are still in top condition, looking almost the same as when I got'em. She gave me these boots {sweet huh?:} over 10 years ago, and I think she had them a while herself. The funny thing is, every time I wear them some friends ask me if they're new, and when I tell them how long they've been in my possession - they usually give me the look as if I'm lying. No soy una mentirosa:) Siempre digo la verdad!

What I'm wearing
  • Basic black leggings
  • Black shirt
  • Black Carlos Santana bag is seen here
  • Black Suede pointy fringe boots with grommets {gift}
  • Old Navy tape-yarn sweater with a bateau neckline, dolman sleeves.
  • Orange feather earrings are from Autumn Reed Designs. {which by the way, readers/members of my blog can get a special 20% off discount by using my coupon code: KUWDF11}.
  • Dana Buchman sunglasses {last seen here}

Have a good week!


Experience The Capital Grille Las Vegas Style

How many of us go through all the trouble of dressing up and making a dinner  reservation for a night out on the town with your significant other... expecting an amazing experience? Obviously when you eat out it's not just to keep you away from slaving in your own kitchen or avoiding the bleak prospect of another over-salted/bland takeout meal. 

One of the highlights of a night out is to have an amazing experience. The kind of experience where the stress of the day melts away as you enter the ambiance of a great restaurant. That's what the hubby and I look for when we go out for a date night. It's usually for a reprieve from the mundane things of life... a moment where we can rejuvenate. Which by the way, is exactly the meaning of the term restaurant! You see, restaurant is a french term, derived from restaurer - meaning to restore or revitalize. HA! huh huh! C'est si bon.:)

I have to say, The Capital Grille offers that feeling when you dine there. The atmosphere, the service and the food sure certainly offer that rejuvenation factor during your dining experience. If you're in the Las Vegas area, I definitely suggest going there. The panoramic window views of the strip while dining is truly relaxing.

What made our evening even better!!! The chef came out to make sure we enjoyed our meal. Even chatted with us a bit.  Being acknowledged as an important customer truly sets the bar pretty high for dinner entertainment I'd say.

How about you? What do you most look for when dining out?

*P.S. my pictures were taken with my blackberry phone {a.k.a. "the dingle berry" for how it acts:/} couldn't bother lugging around my big paparazzi camera on such an evening. That's why the pictures aren't too perfect;), but the place is gorgeous. Go and let me know your experience. I suggest to go during sunset. The night views are very romantic;) I'm a hopeless romantic. Must make a reservation.

The Wynn Hotel View depending on where you sit in the restaurant

Happy Fine Dining!


Golden Globes 2012 Fashion Envy

I must admit that every red carpet event that I see makes me wish I could be there just to have an opportunity of playing dress-up. I mean, what girl doesn't like to play dress-up? Especially this girl who gets to be glammed up only for rare occasions such as weddings, formal nights on a cruise ship, or business events for the hubby's company.  It's been such a dry spell for so long... I gave away many of my evening gowns to a friend just because I was annoyed of having all those gowns in dry cleaning bags occupying precious closet space. Sad huh?

Option 1 with the black accessories - I think give the outfit a little more sophistication and presence.
For that reason, I long for wedding invitations. I'm finding these are pretty much the only occasions that really give me a chance to glam up a bit.;) although I have to say the area where the hubby and I are temporarily living isn't into dressing up... not even for a wedding! I don't know if it's because it's a town where a woman's idea of dressing up is fishnet stockings, g-strings and breast spillage {I'll let your mind wander where that could possibly be;} - definitely not my idea of elegance, but it just makes me wonder:s

Speaking about wedding invitations. We just got one! So of course, I've been scanning the web for some evening gowns, but to my dismay, a lot of them are so short... you would actually see my tonsils when I sit down {*sigh*}. But I managed to find some pretty modest ones which totally reminds me of some of the gowns worn on the red carpet at the golden globes this past Sunday. Now, it's the deciding of which ensemble to go for... here are some ideas I'm thinking of thus far; since I don't think anyone on that red carpet wore the 2012 color... I'm going to make sure to represent it and bring some zest to the party;). The good thing is it'll almost be spring, so the color will be right on!

option 2 - with lighter accessories give the dress a much lighter springy feel
I need your opinion on which one you like best. I'll probably be the most dressed, but I've gotten used to it by now. I don't mind being the trendsetter! LOL.

~Happy Friday!


Sterling Silver Horn Necklace Giveaway

Sorry, the Silver Horn Necklace GIVEAWAY is Now Over. Autumn Reed is the winner of this beautiful Silver Horn Necklace Giveaway. Congratulations!

Thanks again to everyone who entered! And don't be disappointed if you didn't win... I will be hosting other giveaways very soon! Make sure to keep checking back.

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*** Which one are you? ***

This week has been an exhausting whirlwind for me, but I made sure to squeeze in some time to share with ya'll these amazing thought-provoking comparisons {for my advice Monday}. Note what we can learn from the behavior of these three creatures:

THE BUZZARD: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night; a remarkable nimble creature in the air,  cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

THE BUMBLE BEE: A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself...

PEOPLE:  In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumble bee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up.

Sorrow looks back * Worry looks around * But faith looks up!


Not Your Typical Meatloaf

Okay, so, remember my post the other day about the meatloaf that I made for dinner that I wanted to share with you? Well, it's not your typical meatloaf because this is my own creation on a whim and it actually turned out pretty good to the point the hubby told me that I can serve it at my next dinner party. I'm not really a meatloaf kind of girl... the name alone does not sound posh at all now does it? That's why I decided to create one that made it fun and worthy of my time slaving in the kitchen to make {giggling:}.

So here's how I made my own kind of 'not your typical' meatloaf.

2lbs. ground turkey {you can do beef if that's your preference}
5oz. diced pancetta
1 cup chopped portabella mushrooms {optional... I wanted the beefy woodsy taste & texture}
1 medium onion chopped
1 small can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups homemade breadcrumbs { you can use store bought ones too}
chopped fresh parsley {add as little or as much for your taste}
6 cloves garlic chopped {I love garlic!}
2 eggs lightly beaten
8 tbsp milk
2 cups gruyere cheese
2tbsp worcestershire sauce
2tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Make sure to place the rack in the middle of the oven.
Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray.

In a nonstick skillet, cook the pancetta over medium-high heat until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Reserve 1tbsp of the pancetta fat and put in a small gravy pan.

In the same skillet, add the chopped onions, portabella mushrooms {set aside about 2tbsp of them}, garlic and cook about 7minutes. Add 1tsp pepper. Stir, turn off heat and let cool down.

In the meantime,  in a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, turkey, the pancetta onion/mushroom/garlic mixture, eggs, milk, gruyere cheese, salt {*remember the pancetta is a little salty, so go light on the salt}, and the rest of the pepper. Stir to combine {I get in there with my hands to make sure it's well-mixed..but whatever works for ya;}, don't overwork the meat so it doesn't turn out tough.

Now the fun part, put the meat mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 375 for 55 minutes or so depending on your oven. Meatloaf is fully cooked when the internal temperature reads 165 degrees. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice.

Now, you know how the typical meatloaf is usually slathered with some kind of tomato sauce on top before it gets put in the oven? Well, I opted for something different. I made a tomato mushroom sauce to serve on the side instead, and let me tell you, it brought that loaf to another level;)

Put the 1tbsp pancetta fat you reserved at the outset in a gravy pan.
Heat pan to medium heat. Add 1tbsp butter. Sautee your 2tbsp portabella mushrooms and onions for about 5minutes sprinkling on top the flour. Mix well. Add  the small can of tomato sauce and worcestershire sauce. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. After liquid is cooled down, blend it. And Voila! You've got your gravy. Taste and season accordingly.

Put your sliced meatloaf/turkeyloaf on a serving platter and serve with vegetable or a side of your choice. I served mine with green beans and carrots... which I blanched for 2minutes and tossed with some sauteed onions, little drizzle of olive oil, herb de provence and some dashes of salt & pepper. BON APPETIT!

*I know my instructions look complicated. I promise you it's much easier to make than it appears. I'm an impatient person... I would never make something complicated. If you make it, please let me know how it turned out for you.

Have fun in the kitchen! You don't have to be a chef to cook like one;) 


Brio tuscan grille restaurant experience in Las Vegas

The view of Tivoli Village from Boca Park shopping center
The hubby and I were starving after attending a meeting. We were on the prowl for some good lunch. Here we are in Las Vegas driving around to find some place decent to eat off the strip and we ran into this newly built development called Tivoli Village. So we decided to eat at Brio tuscan grille - I guess it's a West Coast restaurant. What made it more appealing is that it had outdoor seating... being New Yorkers, outdoor seating is a must! Ok, let's go there...

We got seated. Ahhh... this is nice. Weather is gorgeous and no smoke filled air like the strip. But we waited and waited and waited some more. Finally, after a good 15 minutes or more of waiting this unfriendly waitress {didn't say hello or even give eye contact} came asking what we wanted to drink. We ordered 2 apple cider martinis that looked very appetizing off the menu and our lunch - then we waited and waited and waited some more... than this other waitress came with a smile and told us that our drinks and food order will soon come out soon. I guess this friendly waitress was supposed to be the server for our table, but was too swamped to get our orders - meanwhile, the other one was just annoyed she had to come to us... who knows?

Anyway, the friendly waitress which technically was the waitress we should have had to begin with came out with our drinks finally. {By then a good 40 minutes went by...} As I look at the drinks to be deposited on our table, I could tell they weren't the apple cider martinis we ordered from the unfriendly waitress, so I said: "are those apple cider martinis?" the friendly waitress: "oh, you ordered the featured drinks! No, these are apple martinis. Okay, I'm sorry..." now we're waiting AGAIN! Finally, the right drinks came out. Thank goodness they were delicious... the food came not too long thereafter.

Apple Cider Martini

Eggs Benedictano*

Fruits & Ricotta Cream Crepes

As we were finally eating, our friendly waitress went to ask the table behind us if they wanted anything else while holding glasses in her hand, I guess while she went to reach to grab more glasses off their tables, she dropped one out her hand onto the cement floor and shattered glass went flying everywhere by us. Poor girl, I think she had too much going that day, but she kept her smile and did her job like a champ! The best part is, after we finished eating when she brought the check out, she says: "here's a card from the manager for the long wait for a complimentary appetizer off the menu next time you come." Here's a picture of the card:

Do you see anything wrong with it? Can you believe we have to buy something full price off the menu to get the "complimentary appetizer."! LOL - the one good thing is the weather was nice, so we got to walk around Tivoli Village which is  beautiful. It kind of reminded me a little bit of Rome with the paver/cobblestone streets and the fountain in the middle looking like what they call "centro" in Rome.

Needless to say, we will not be going back. The food is only average and being a cook I always expect food that's way better than what I can prepare in my own kitchen to make it an unforgettable experience for us. Since I went crazy on taking pictures of this place {called Tivoli Village}... I've decided to just put all the pictures in a slide for your pleasure:)

What would you have done???

~Happy Friday Fashionistas!~

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