Friday, October 14, 2016

WIW: The Bohemian Burgundy Floppy Hat

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This will probably sound like a psychological episode waiting to happen but atlas it is the truth, this past week my beloved has been reunited with me and my heart is suddenly full again. Man? Woman? You may ask. No no, my loves. No - my car, Cams!

This has been a tough few months while trying to get the proper part to fix her. It was all worth it though because there's a higher respect for her and admiration. There's an appreciation that came with a simple trip to Target. Honestly, that's a true story. 

We drove to Target after a long ride to no where.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Hat Inpiration 2016

6 burgundy, tan, olive, brown black and grey wool floppy hats
Burgundy Floppy Wool Hat - Halogen // Floppy Brim Wool Fedora - Rag and Bone //  Brown Winter Floppy Hat - Branded // Felt Floppy Hat Burnt Ochre - Old Navy // Black Double Cord Wool Floppy Hat - Apt 9 // Grey Light Heather Floppy Wool Hat - Hinge
There are "hat people" and there are ... "non-hat" people. There is, most certainly, an air of confidence that needs to be presented when wearing at hat outside of an American NFL cap. We've somehow become accustom to wearing our Mariner's hats and Seahawks well into the coldest weathers of the month, here in the PNW. However, stepping outside of that can/could be a challenge for those trying to avoid questionable looks.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Rent the Runway Sample Sale Review

For my dress obsessed readers, this one will be fun to review.

My trip to New York this past week was stuffed to the brim with fixing work issues, working on communication between locations and problem solving. There was barely time to have any outside activities planned but we managed to squeeze in two happy hours, one yankees game (vs. the Red Socks, quite eventful), and a dinner in Little Italy. Somehow, I was able to sneak away at lunch on Friday, rode the 6 train down to 26th, to go to the Rent the Runway Sample Sale. 

This is officially my second Sample Sale that I've been to in New York. My first one was an Alice and Olivia Sample Sale back in December. It was a great experience and so I thought I would try again. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bellevue Fashion Week 2016: Front Row Fashion Presented by Vogue

A Night Out. Free Bubbles. Fabulous Outfits. Models. Photographers. Fashion Bloggers. Fundraiser. 

For the past 5 years, I've been living in the rainy city of Seattle. Every year, the Bellevue Collection has sponsored a fashion week and every year I've had my heart crushed by not being able to attend. This year, I literally stalked their Facebook event page waiting for the day they would open up their ticket vendor to allow us fashion obsessed individuals to purchase a seat around the their shining lit up stage of pieces presented by Vogue. Yes, oh yes, my loves - you read that right. VOGUE.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Very Long Hiatus

It's true, tis I, the one and only. My dear friends, my sincerest apologies for my absence. Here's the deal, I lost creativity. I lost my light and my outlet and chose to stick to my gut and step aside for a bit and work on another passion of mine: Cooking.

As someone who is around food, works for a company that builds a clientele off of food and, well, in general loves food; My gut was to give it a go. So I did. I started another blog that's built off of food and fitness so that I can can focus this blog on being about fashion, lifestyle and creativity.

In a way, this is quite normal for me. I'm a gemini. I've always battled with myself over my creative outlets and professionalism my entire life. Alas, my brain has been churning and it's got some really awesome plans for the future of this blog.

Coming up this week I've got some topics that are near and dear and things that would be greatly impacted by any commentary from my readers. Please stay tuned for those.

Many of you maybe wondering where I've gone and what I've been up to. You can always keep in touch by my instagram. It's also a creative outlet for me. The duel of Facebook and instagram is a no brainer for me. (Insta all the way)

They posts will definitely be focusing on fashion, accessories and incorporating them into my everyday lifestyle. Let me know if there is anything you'd love to learn!

Kiss Kiss, mes amies!

It's good to be back.

P.S. If you're interested in my other blog, drop on by the The Salad Trip. <3

Friday, April 15, 2016

Early Summer Challenges.

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Getting back on track can be hard. As a Gemini... we're prone to avoid routines and go with the flow of things. That's how it is for me. Getting up at the same time - isn't my thing. Neither is being on time for something every single day. There's probably some psychological force working against us but it's more than likely just procrastination.

Don't know about you but turning in my taxes is like this ... every.single.year. It's like the suspense or something.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

French Press & Lists

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When you come home from a trip, do you ever feel like you'll never have the same routine that you had before you left? 

These past few weeks have been nothing but an adventure. It's always been my dream to travel abroad to foreign countries and get lost alone. There was a great deal that was learned and there were a few things that changed for the better...

To start, daylights savings time was skipped because Europe is très cool and don't have it until this week. Coming back wasn't so confusing even though there a 9 hour time difference. It didn't bother me one bit to "spring ahead". Another positive was being forced not to use my debt card due to the foreign transaction fee. It got tiresome real quick and cash became a main payment method. Not to mention eating in moderation and not taking food for total granted. Finding food wasn't difficult but their way of life is to sit and enjoy every second of your meal. Work/Life/Balance is definitely more of a Life/Balance/Work lifestyle. Something I'd like to semi-adapt into my day. 

The things that you don't know you'll miss until you're gone for two weeks are suddenly the best things ever. In Rome, Ibuprofen (Advil) was around 22 euros for 12 pills! Plus, you have to read medication in another language. Also, Seattle tap water. For the love, Oregon and Washington have some of the best water in the world and it's so refreshing. Living off of bottled water is tough and also pricey. And last, being mindful of transportation and knowing where you're going. A real sense of home set in when my foot stepped onto SeaTac's carpet. There was no sense of panic to find a bus or train. Knowing that you're back home is nothing but soothing after a big trip. Not to mention the nice long shower you can take when you get home to wipe the travel off. 

Already, my routine is completely shot because of all of the things being added into my life. Most of you may not know this but mornings are not my thing but the time difference has me waking up at 4:30am every morning. That time has been used for the better and easing myself into the morning. It's strange but that time is being used for reflection and preparation for the rest of the day. It's helped me go easy on myself and taught me that this should be a priority. Not just because coming back from a long trip is hard but because it's helpful, supportive of yourself and kind. 

Sunday morning was a very early but prepping for the week was one of the reasons for coming home on Saturday afternoon. All of my books were pulled out, my pen and my phone in preparation for the day. My lists were written while I waited on my french press to brew and my ibotta coupons were unlocked and ready for my normal weekend shopping trip. It was the perfect morning. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Leather Jacket Date Night Inspirations

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My post last week on Date Night outfits went through quite a lot of inspirational pins on pinterest. I want to make sure you can see exactly where I was coming from because if you haven't noticed, the most expensive item on my out fit were the 10K gold earrings I want from They are just under $100. I try really hard to keep spending at a minimum these days and only by trends for an inexpensive price, knowing damn well it won't be in my closet long...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cheezy Broccoli Cauliflour Rice Stove Top Casserole

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This, my friends, was a quality day. Despite getting a lovely little Valentine's Day cold from my faux niece (who sneezed in my face), I was able to successfully manipulate a recipe to be completely dairy-free! It came our better than I imagined it would be.

Somehow, between walking the aisles of my local super market and reading the recipe on my phone, I missed that the recipe required a can of "cream of chicken soup". Which isn't something I can eat. Luckily, I'm fairly good at improvising. Being sick has never been ideal for me. I mean, it's not for anyone but I definitely lose my train of thought and interest a lot faster than normal. I skip important steps in task, etc. This one turned out for the better though.

The pictures taken are from today because I cooked until around 9pm last night trying to pack up my life for the week. It took so much longer due to the wheezing and huffing about throughout the day. Did I mention, I'm not a sick person?
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Having a cold or, God forbid, the flu always makes me want comfort food. I was around cookies, cake, chocolate and everything butter related all weekend due to a two year old's birthday. Add Valentine's Day on top of that and you've got a double whammy. I couldn't indulge with my allergy so I decided to go all out and create an imitation cheese casserole. Here's the full recipe from my cold fighting heart to yours:

Serving Size: 4

1 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion (1 cup)
2 clove garlic
3/4 cauliflour rice (Trader Joe's has this pre-made)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 can cream coconut (I used Trader Joe's)
1.5 cups chicken broth
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup Daiya cheddar style shred (extra to sprinkle on top)

1) Place olive oil in the skillet and let heat. Add onion, garlic and raw chicken to the olive oil and cook on medium until chicken begins to brown.
2) Add cream coconut to the skillet and allow to melt. Mix in the cauliflour rice. Once mixed, add the quinoa and chicken broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes on medium to thicken and be absorbed by the quinoa and cauliflour.
3) Next, add the cup of cheez. Stir to melt. Add broccoli last and cook until broccoli softens. About 2-4 minutes should be perfect, especially to help the sauce thicken.
4) Lastly, I sprinkle a little later of the quinoa in top with some additional cheez. I also put it in the oven on broil un the top layer of cheez has melted and crisps up.

Recipe adapted by Jo Cooks
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Black & Gold Date Night

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Vegan Leather Jacket - H&M // Vegan Leather Bag - The Limited // Black Leather Pumps - Nine West // Fancy White CZ Drop Earrings - Alexis Bittar // Black Bodycon Dress - LuLus // Long Gold Chain Tassel Necklace - Forever 21 // Classic Gold Watch - Forever 21
It's last Thursday night, I'm sitting cross legged on my bed staring aimlessly at my closet in complete disbelief that I don't have a single thing to wear for my first date in 2 years - Tomorrow. The amount of panic and frustration I feel with myself is completely overwhelming because I've realized that I've let myself slip somehow. I've not got an item in my closet that's sexy comfy. I've got classy gala, sunday bests, comfy cozy... I've got nothing but outfits for women and nothing what-so-ever to make a man look at me with a seductive eye.

Around 360 minutes is the amount of time I've spent researching, dissecting and archiving outfits specifically for Date Nights. If you follow me on pinterest, I'm sorry, you know I've been on a mission. Not only do I have a board but I've asked 4 of my girls friends and 1 guy friend their opinion on almost each outfit that was saved or pinned.

Exhaustion should be my number one feeling but intrigue has taken over. Different women have a completely unique outlook as to why something is sexy vs cute for date outfits. Men - well, they're on a whole other level. Let's be real here, I trust them but I mostly don't. Haha.

I found a consistent love with black. Black dresses, shoes and bags. Gold is my metal of choice. IT's a trend and I think it's a classy sexy rule to go by. I think I can build a mini-date night unit in my closet out of these.

This afternoon, while hunting for outfits I bought the dress above. I will review and make sure to let you know how it goes. I told you I was on a mission!

I'm dying to know what other women's favorite go to outfits are for casual dates. Do you have a board? Do you have a favorite piece you love more than all the others? Ladies, share your secrets! Us back in the game need your help!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Spicy Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi

You guys, I cooked!

I've been working a lot on my mental well being for the past month and I'm happy to say that I think the final 2015 blues are far away. It makes me joyous knowing I can say that with satisfaction and ease. In the mornings I see sunlight coming through the windows, flowers popping up outside and even though the air is cool it feels fresh and sweet. I can finally break away from my winter soup kick and move on to fresh warm meals for the Spring! Eeep!

Tonight's meal is brought to you by the letter S, for Spice! I went a little overboard today but I'm happy to announce that it still turned out delightful and, of course, dairy-free. This one is also gluten-free. I had Pad See Ew last night from our local Thai place and that was enough noodle to last til the end of the month! I had a double trouble Harry Potter night with take out and dessert with my friend. We both regret nothing. We've been so active lately. Volleyball is over and we came in second for the championship. Not number 1 but we'll be ready for them next season... dum dum dum!

As for the Shrimp Scampi, zucchini is the substitute for noodles. As long as you don't over cook them they keep a terrific texture and soak up a lot of the spices and lemon. It also keeps the meal nice and light, not to mention clean.

Here's what I used:

2 tsp Earth Balance Butter
2 cloves Garlic
8-12 Shrimp (love shrimp)
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/8 tsp Oregano
1 medium Zucchini (Noodled)
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
A dash of Cayenne + Pepper to taste

Grab a wok or medium pan and melt your Earth Balance Butter on medium-high heat. Next add garlic and let simmer for a few minutes. I like to buy frozen already cooked shrimp but it definitely tastes better if you allow for the shrimp to thaw before hand. (This way they don't get too tough)

Add pre-cooked shrimp, red pepper flakes and oregano. Allow to simmer in faux butter and garlic for about 3 minutes and remove with tongs.

Add zucchini noodles to the pan, along with the lemon juice and dash of cayenne (and pepper). Simmer for 5-7 minutes so the noodles soak up the juices. Add the shrimp again, mix and serve! Very easy and not a lot of mess. It look about 15 minutes to make all together.

I love ended the day with a hot meal.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January 2016 Birchbox Unboxing

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Hi Friends!

As we push ourselves into the second half of January, already, I'd like to say that I've got my 'ish together. Alas, it's so not the case. However! My birchox finally arrived this month so it's not a total loss.

I was stoked to see that the theme was dedicated to what we want this year to be about. In the box was a sheet of stickers that you can choose from (below) and I chose "Strength". It's been a goal of mine for quite a long time to get fit. So fit, in fact, that I'd be walking around with a 4 pack. I want to fee comfortable running through Seattle in a sports bra. You heard me!

This is the year for it.

Now, I have been a member of Birchobx since December 2012 and a few of my posts have been on the company (Favorite Skin Care of 2015 and 5 Fall 2015 Lipshades). I am not affiliated with the company. They do not pay to tell you what I think about them. With that said, my heart would probably deflate just a little without my birch box every month. Here's the kicker for me. I always for get about it until it arrives at my door in it's beautifully decorated box. It's a sweet little gift I allow myself to have for $10 a month (+ tax). The Customer Service is insane and quite honestly, one of the main reasons I continue giving them my money every month. But! Most of all, it's makes me happy.

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They started allowing you to choose one of your items per box. For this month, I chose to get a liquid eyeliner pen. The last time I attempted to use one of these was ... pshhh Middle School? A time I would prefer not to look back on. This an brown lipliner. (Don't Ask.)

The liquid eyeliner is Eyeko. It's a fat eye pen and it has amazing ratings. I tried to use it the minute I got the box. Let's just say I will be youtubing some of my favorite beauty vloggers on How-tos. I also got an AMAZING stain that smells like Strawberry LipSmackers. Do you remember those? Am I too ancient to bring them up?

TonyMoly is right up my alley. Conveniently the lip shade comes in one color, Red. The remaining items are Ciate Nail Polish in Mineral Clarity, which I'm not very excited about. I wish I was but it's just not my taste. Key West Aloe Facial Cleanser, amazing for summer or a vacation. Plus 0.2 Meet your Destiny, smells better than I thought. I'll keep it in my gym bag to test it out.

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I'll still test out the nail polish, obviously. Maybe it'll last longer than the average coat! You never know. What are you making your 2016 about??

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chicken Vegetable Boule Soup

Written while: Listening to Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (Lang Lang - Beethoven)

Don't mess with yourself guys. If you're sick, you're sick. Admit it. Take your time to rest up, eat soup and, I know you'll be surprised when I say this but, cheat.

That's right, you heard me. There's absolutely nothing worse than being sick and not being able to eat comfort food. Now I'm not saying go crazy. If you're allergic to something, please don't make yourself worse. However, if you're like me and don't dream amount a quality boule of sourdough on a regular basis, I say live. Be free and eat the damn loaf.

This past Saturday I was so sick. I went to bed late and got about 2.5 hours of sleep. I was a mess. I felt like I had gotten hit by a bus and my stomach couldn't decide if it wanted to throw nothing up (cause there was nothing in it) or just lay there in misery. I choose to lay in misery cause I'm the worst sick person ever. Eventually I forced myself to get up because I didn't have any food in house. I burning up. It was literally 43 degrees outside and I walked to the grocery store... in running shorts.

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I made list but didn't buy half of it, still not sure how or why (head sick happened). I walked out with a turnip but somehow forgot to buy almond milk. Anyways, I came home, cut up the chicken and added olive oil to my cast iron. I got to work on making soup because once everything is cut up, it's an easy waiting game.

This may come as a surprise but I don't like canned soup. I never have and I've always tried to figure out why. It wasn't until very recently when I started experimenting with creating my own soups that I'd come to realize I only like homemade, from scratch, all veggie soups.

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Here are my secrets/instructions for success soup:

  1. Use a cast iron pot. They work wonderfully and are easy to clean.
  2. Start with olive oil and add Mirequoix (1/4 cup onions, 1/4 cup carrots and 1/4 cup celery) and 2-3 garlic cloves to a pot.
  3. Add 1 diced chicken  breast into the mirequoix and let it cook/whiten on both sides. No need to cook through because the rest will cook while boiling.
  4. Add 48 oz of chicken stock to the mix and allow the soup to come to a boil.
  5. Add your 1 diced turnip when the soup barely starts to boil.
  6. I add in majority of my spices at this point because I like mine a bit spicy. (Spices I generally use: Himalayan salt, pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes, basil and oregano.)
  7. Let this cook on medium for 20 minutes.
  8. Add your soft veggies (I love squashes here. I add 1/2 of one zucchini and 1/2 of one yellow squash to my soups)
  9. Let cook on medium-low for 15 minutes.
Serve in either a warmed boule (in the oven at 350 for 3 minutes) or in a bowl with crackers.

Stay warm and stay healthy, my friends!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CorePower C2 UP

Oh my loves, I know exactly what you're thinking: What the heck is CorePower C2 and Why the heck do you looks so excited? 

I've gone to quite a lot of yoga studios throughout the past 10 years. I started with Hatha Yoga and then worked my way to Vinyasa. I have been to Hawaiian inspired studios, actually Studios in Hawaii, 24 hour fitness classes, YMCA classes and the basic everyday standard class. 

This past summer, a good friend's fiancé started to do a teacher's training course and invited me to one of her easy classes. I quickly discovered that this so-called "easy studio" tries to activate your mind through out your entered practice by keeping your body moving quickly and to fairly moderate music. I was floored! I'd never been to a studio like this in my practice. 

The class I took is politely referred to as a C1 class. It's the easiest of the classes because it isn't heated. I've been absolutely terrified to attempt a C2 class because it's in a heated 95* to 98* (The Hardest Thing). As you can imagine, even without my health background, I'm completely freaked out by these dangerous temps and don't want to pass out! It just doesn't seems safe. 

But, I conquered my fear! I went to a class and was the only one with a shirt on. I forgot my towel, of course, and I couldn't do the headstand. I went really easy on myself, focused on my breathing and I didn't black out! I'm supremely impressed with myself. Is that sad? -- Don't answer that because I honestly don't care. I'm my harshest critic anyways. 

I'm so proud that I'm going to post my gross "after" photos which are below. Check out my hot mess of hair, red face and all around drench-ness of my shirt! SO GROSS! LOL! I've never sweat so much in my life! -- That's a lie. I lived in Florida for 3 years but it's still nasty. My pants were soaked and I didn't realize it til I stepped outside in the 35* cold. Oh, Washington. You kill us. 

Namaste, friends!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hello 2016, Hello Vancouver

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Hours after toasting to a better year for 2016, I hoped in the car and drove up though the Peace Tunnel to Vancouver BC. If you're unfamiliar with this side of the states, that's okay! Vancouver is about a 2 hour drive up from Seattle with a LOT of shopping outlets on the way. Conveniently we told ourselves that we would stop on the way home but had so much fun that we left well after open store hours.

Vancouver is gorgeous! I can't begin to tell you how delightful and unexpected the trip was. It was freezing, around 39 degrees, but stunning in the afternoon and evening light. It's not a big city but its surprisingly not small town either. There are darling little homes in between the parks around Yorktown and adorable little shops that were closed to celebrate the New Year.

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Even though Vancouver is super close, it's still a foreign country so when we crossed boarder patrol/customs we set our phones to airplane mode and turned on wifi. The first thing we did was panic because we realized that the speed limit is in kilos but then quickly realized that all cars have a kilo meter on them... Momentary silly heart attack. We ended up driving to a Park and Ride to take public transportation into the city. We figured it would be easier and less expensive. Plus, we wouldn't have to worry about parking meters all afternoon.

As you can see, upon arrival from the train, I took a photo of the map in the tunnel. I learned this trick in London on our second day because we can't use GPS on our phones and we were trying not to look like tourist. It works great every time. Super easy to figure out where you are by streets and the train tracks show stops for when we didn't want to walk. Both R and I are walkers so we walked the whole bit.

I truly wish I had taken a picture but our first stop was to a little itty bitty Sushi Restaurant that, no joke, had some of the BEST sushi I've ever had. That says a lot. I've had sushi all over. Orlando, Portland, Seattle, Virginia, DC... this was amazing. I will happily take a trip up there just for this grub again. SO GOOD.

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After eating our weight in raw fish, we began the walking. We walked from Yorktown to the Harbor Green Park, Waterfront to Granville. It was so lovely. I really really adored the Waterfront. I love water and the boats! So many of them with that amazing backdrop! Haha.

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The last photo I took was of the airplanes landing on the water. I want to post a video to instagram so if you don't follow me, maybe you should. ;) There was a Cheveron station, literally, floating out in the middle of the water for the planes to fill up. It was so weird! Haha.

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I will definitely return soon because it was such a spontaneous short adventure and just how I want to begin the new year. All and all, a great day! I love trips.