Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You made me INK

So for the longest time I've been wanting a second tattoo.  My first one is small and is pretty lame, being that I'm sure a lot of girls get "Carpe Diem" tattooed on themselves, but it does mean something to my best friend and I, so who cares I still like it.

This one I LOVE.  I'm a Harry Potter nerd and this quote means a lot.  It's from Prisoner of Azkaban (Book #3) in which Sirius Black is talking to Harry about his parents, and reminding him that his parents will always be with him no matter where he finds himself.  Unfortunately, I lost my father when I was 11, so in a way, these words bring me a bit of comfort.  I can see him in my face every day, from my butt chin to my birthmarks to my chubby nose, and even in my love for books.  He'll always be a part of me, and I hope that I make him proud.

"But know this; The ones that love us never really leave us.  And we can always find them in here" ~Sirius Black.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Vanilla Protein Banana Panckes

In the beginning of April of this year I started training with a local trainer here in Long Beach, CA, Melina Fitness.  Before her I would work out 3-4 times a week, but my nutrition was far from perfect so I was not getting the results I wanted.  I was not over weight, but like so many other women I wanted to be toned and have some muscle definition.

 I am proud to say that I've continued my training with Melina and have learned LOTS about good eating habits and how to portion my meals.  One of the things I never thought I would do is drink a protein shake, I totally had the idea in my head that protein shakes were for guys only.  At first I was not a big fan, but then as I did more research there were tons of recipes where protein powder came in so handy, not only in shakes!!!  And just FYI, there are a ton of delicious protein shake recipes online that are awesome!

Yesterday I made Banana Pancakes with Vanilla protein powder.  Lately I've been testing out different protein powders and I got a sample from Perfect Fit Protein, which is a good protein if you're a vegan :)   (And I'm not a vegan, but like I said just testing out different brands). I'm going to be honest and let you know that they do not taste like regular pancakes, HOWEVER, to me they are a delicious and nutritious alternative.  I topped my pancakes with Fage Greek Yogurt and drizzled them with Agave Nectar, but you can top them with pretty much anything (strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, almond butter, etc).  Just don't kill it by adding regular fatty syrup, if you're serious about living a healthier lifestyle you HAVE TO make healthier choices.  And I'm not going to lie, some days I do have a bad cheat meal, but as Melina tells me, if you're living and making healthier choices 90% of the time, an ice cream on the weekend is not going to hurt you!

Here's a pic of the delicious pancakes along with the recipe I got with my free sample of Perfect Fit protein!

1 Packet Perfect Fit Protein
1/2 a mashed banana (its easier when its nice and ripe)
1/2 a tablespoon almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup egg whites
1 tsp cinnamon

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wine Tasting Day in Temecula

I don't remember when I started drinking wine, but I know I initially didn't like it (maybe because it was $5 dollar wine from Ralphs).  Then I grew up and started buying good wine and now I love it!!  I'm no wine connoisseur or expert, but maybe one day I will be and I'll retire and work in a wine tasting room :-)

Anyway, this past weekend I had a nice wine tasting day with my good friends at Danza del Sol Winery in Temecula, CA.  It's a small winery, but I haven't taken advantage of my wine club membership, so I finally decided to make a mini trip out there this past weekend.  With 6 tastings you get a nice little buzz going so be careful!  I honestly didn't memorize what wines I had, but I'm always a fan of their white wines especially their Orange Muscat!  Definitely a winery worth checking out :-)

After our little tasting we made our way over to Leoness Cellars which is a winery down the road, and had some yummy lunch.  We had the Artisan Cheese Board, Smoked Salmon and Artichoke Pizza, and the amazing truffle fries with a side of cajun mayo.  If you're ever in Temecula, CA I highly recommend this place for lunch.  The first time I was here I tried the 'Mac n' Cheese for Grown Ups', and that's all I need to say, who doesn't love mac n' cheese?? (just try it!)

Last but not least, is a pic of my friends and I on the bottom right hand corner.  And if you're wondering, I got my maxi dress from a friend who is in the process of starting her online boutique (I'm the one with the chevron pattern).  She currently provides at home shopping parties in the Southern California area, and runs the shop via Instagram (@shopZtique, Follow her!), but soon she'll be launching her shop online.

Thats my blurb for this week! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Magenta Momentum!

     I think this is my first fashion post, and I don't consider myself a fashionista but I do try sometimes :-D  I recently got this dress online on ModCloth.com and I love it! It's flowy, summery, bright, and work appropriate, which is a plus for me!  Check it out here http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/magenta-momentum-dress.  I'm also wearing a cute vintagey Alice in Wonderland necklace that I bought a while back specifically for my Alice in Wonderland themed bridal shower that my sister threw for me (which was awesome of course).  The wedges I scored on sale at DSW a few months ago and they are by Seychelles.
     So that's my fashion post of the day, pretty simple and easy, and I forgot to mention the belt came with the dress (another plus!) I highly recommend checking out ModCloth, you'll fall in love with it!



Monday, May 27, 2013


Daydreaming all the time
Daydreaming day
Daydreaming into the night". ~ Hayley Williams

The MAC Hayley Williams collection went totally under the radar.  Everyone (including myself, I'm not going to lie, was anticipating MAC Riri Woo).  However, I'm also a Paramore fan, so I was just as excited for this collection.  The collection was released about two months ago.  There were four items in the collection:  Daydreaming eyeshadow, Sounds like Noise l/s, Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, and Riot Gear (a bright orange nail polish).
The only items I purchased were the eyeshadow and lipstick.  I finally got around to playing with the eyeshadow and created a fresh and bright look.  Scroll to bottom to see list of what I used ...

Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer
MAC Pain Pot in Soft Ochre
Lid - MAC e/s Daydreaming (I LOVE IT!)
Crease (Blended Out) - MAC e/s Brown Script
Crease - MAC e/s Ground Brown
Above Crease (Below Brow Highlight) - MAC e/s Goldenrod
Brow Highlight - MAC e/s Rice Paper mixed with Shroom e/s
Top Liner - E.L.F. Liquid Liner
Bottom Liner - MAC Pearlglide Liner in Designer Purple
Lashes - Benefit Cosmetics 'They're Real' Mascara

Stila Tinted Moisturizer in Dark mixed with a little bit of 
Maybelline  FITme Foundation in #310
Makeup Forever Multi Loose Powder in #36
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
MAC Blush in Coppertone
Brows - NYX eyebrow kit For Brunettes

NYX lipliner in Pale Pink
Urban Decay lipstick in Lovechild

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