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1.31.2012

*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.;)

1.30.2012

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.

1.29.2012

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


1.27.2012

Kardashian Khaos




It was on a nice peaceful day with the hubby seeing clients and running errands. As our afternoon of errands was winding down, we decided to stop at the cheesecake factory for Linner {late lunch/dinner} before we headed out on our Thursday pilgrimage to the grocery to do our weekly grocery shopping. As our food came. I got a rare phone call {since we usually just communicate through texts or face-to-face} from one of whom I like to call 'my little girls' asking me if I wanted to accompany them to the new Kardashian store opening night at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas in like 2hrs. {screeeeechhhh - WHAT?! GULP.} They wanted to get there early to be first in line so they could see them and take pictures.  

At first, I was like 'I'm far from where you live, I don't think I can go... cause we just started eating and on our way to go grocery shopping.'  I know very glamorous right? That thought lasted but a quick second, for me to say YES! I'll accompany you guys.

Well, now it's like inhale the food and let's run out of here. It went from "yay, I'm glad you're coming" to "what should I wear?" I said to go Kardashian relaxed style - skinny jeans with a nice billowy blouse dashed with a nice bold statement necklace and boots. Got it!


The icing on the cake is I'm a temporary resident in Vegas and hate going to the strip nor do I know how to find my way in the hotel parking garages. So, the hubby was like: "I'll take you guys... I'll just bring my laptop, do work and wait for you." Needless to say, the hubby once again impressed the girls that he would even do that. I know. He's an angel;) - they said: "you have the coolest HUSBAND!" I was like I know. I tell him all the time;) LOL

Hubby dropped us off. As we approached the store front inside that hotel, OMGoodness! My world went from a calm normal day with the hubby to sheer Khaos.


As we approached the store all we could see in front of us was a sea of a perspiring screaming crowd surrounding the store. This was followed by a crashing broken glass sound coming from the store to security guards shooing us away from any place we attempted to stand. Men had their girls on their shoulders trying to take pictures. As the Kardashian girls started to arrive things got crazier, we could not even get a glance of them from the madness... by then we were exhausted from waiting and our feet were killing us from standing for hours to hopefully get pictures of them.









Rob's head in the window there. He was nice enough to come out to sign autographs for a bunch of screaming girls.


As they all did their red carpet photos, they slithered into the store, so the photographers barricading the red carpet finally went away, which afforded us the opportunity to get closer to the store where we all waited for them to come back out. In the meantime,they sent out some of the store's employees with "goodie bags" { their new nail polish wrapped in tissue paper to which their employees purposely kept passing us over...the boy giving them out was just set on giving the same little girls tons of them. Finally, the girl heard me say behind her "they're getting them all" and she was kind enough to pass one little measly bag to me. I subsequently passed it on to one of my girls which made her happy:} Of course as soon as they were done schmoozing in the store with the 'elite' who were invited to be in the store, they ran out of the front door straight to dinner and the mass crowd followed right behind them, leaving many disappointed and my 'little girls' with no good photos{grimacing}.

This is as close as I got. To the poster :D
Listen!  I know celebrities are used to getting so much attention from people that they don't know and who continuously make them rich and famous. I don't watch the Kardashians, but I have to say it was a much more classier atmosphere we spent with them in 2010 at Dos Caminos Las Vegas {sadly, this location is now closed:(} while we were there with one of our clients.

The ceiling fixture in the KK's store

Happy Friday ~ Pass On Kindness


1.24.2012

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. 





1.23.2012

Fringes & 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 bring 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 leggins
  • Black shirt
  • Black Carlos Santana bag seen here
  • Black Suede pointy fringe boots with grommets {gift}
  • Old Navy tape-yarn sweater with 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!

1.22.2012

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!

1.20.2012

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 wonder 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's 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 accesories give the dress a much lighter springy feel
I need your opinion of 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!

1.18.2012

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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1.16.2012

*** 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!

1.15.2012

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.


Ingredients:
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

Directions
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;)


Sauce:
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;)