Saturday, February 24, 2018

My latest Nordstrom Haul

So today I decided to shop at Nordstrom. As much as I wanted to look at other things in the store, I found myself gravitating towards the active wear (or athletic wear) section, as I noticed they were having a great sale. 

Needless to say I found quite a few things that I liked today and somethings I truly love. 

I found an Asics tank top, a Nike tank top, another cute tank top by Zella and a nice shirt by Z for Zella. 

I have to admit, I was enamored by the great selection they had of leggings, yoga pants and capris hence why I bought quite a few of those too. I never realized how many great styles. The Zella and Z for Zella brand had quite a few that really sparked my interest. I also bought a few things from Nike. 

Additionally I made another purchase and bought two hoodie + capri sweat sets from Calvin Klein. I had originally purchased one along time ago at Ross for probably half price; however, I loved it so much when I saw it at Nordstrom for about 40% more, I still bought it. 

I looked at the shoes and found nothing of interest. I have several pairs of Asics which I love. There were many people near the shoes, so I didn't really feel compelled to walk over to them. Besides, I like to buy shoes online more so than in-store. 

Anyways, this is today's shopping haul. I definitely want to go back soon. If you are searching for great workout clothes, Nordstrom has a fantastic selection. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How an Emmy award-winning producer compliments your work

How an Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer compliments your rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Thank you Katreese Barnes for your kind words. I am also a fan of you too. I've noticed a lot of people criticizing Fergie for her rendition of the National Anthem. Sure, it wasn't good, but Fergie is an incredible singer and simply took a risk. As I took to Twitter to defend her (Fergie, that is), I decided to take the liberties of sharing my rendition from the Smule app.
Surprisingly, I received a tweet from Katreese Barnes. In case you are unaware, Katreese Barnes is both an Emmy and Grammy award-winning composer and producer. And she also sings too. She is very talented. In fact, she is very underrated so when I received this tweet I was quite moved, as it truly means a lot coming from her. What a compliment. Thank you Katreese!
To listen to my rendition of the National Anthem, simply click here right now.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tribute to Angela Spicer

So, I am on Smule this evening recording. I decided to record "Who Wants To Live Forever" (originally by Queen) and took it upon myself to dedicate the song to Angela. Angela was a fan of Queen and loved Freddie Mercury. She also enjoyed Adam Lambert (the latest front man of the band). She loved this song and would always tell me that if she died, she would want me to perform at her funeral.

I would laugh and tell her she would not die. Looking back, I really didn't think she would die, as she was starting to turn her life around. But now that she is gone, I can only grieve and move on, remembering the good, as I should. I am very sad about her passing last month. If you cannot hear the song, simply click here right now. Listen with headphones.
Tonight, I dedicate this song to Angela.

Rest in Peace, Angela.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A great plant-based blueberry smoothie

Today I made a plant-based smoothie with blueberries, blackberries, Vita Coco coconut water, Silk coconut milk and NOW Foods coconut sugar. I am going to drink this before I workout today. I already tasted some and it truly epitomizes "amazing" in every sense of the word.

Ideally, it is the perfect pre and post workout drink and great for not just vegetarians and vegans, but anyone looking to enjoy something healthy and filling during and after your workout. 

When it comes to working out, I cannot eat before I workout, as it makes me feel a little nauseous. And when I work out, it is usually on an empty stomach or I'll drink one liter of Vita Coco coconut water. Sometimes just bottled water. 

I am open to ideas on what drinks I should make and try. I think tomorrow I will try a different drink. Maybe something with bananas in it. What do you think? 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018: My favorite mascaras at the moment

One thing I have noticed, when I look at my makeup stash, I have a lot of mascara. And to be honest, I am almost certain I have tried every single one around. Mascara that is. Some I loved, others I hated and many I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to use them again. 

It is February 2018. My current favorite mascaras are: NARS Audacious Mascara, Giorgio Armani Beauty 'Eyes To Kill" Mascara, Dolce & Gabbana 'Passioneyes' Mascara, Guerlain Cils D'enfer Maxi Lash and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. 

I like the NARS Audacious mascara because it is very pigmented. I don't have to use a lot of product and I feel like the wand is very easy to work with. I also love the fact that it doesn't clump, which is vital in a mascara formula. 

The Giorgio Armani Beauty 'Eyes To Kill' mascara has one of the greatest formulas I have ever used in any mascara product. A little goes a long way, which I love. I also love the fact that it is pigmented, but doesn't create an awkward spider lash that looks like a tarantula tried to fuck my eyeball. 

Some of the greatest mascaras I have used come with a curvy wand. When I first bought the Dolce & Gabbana 'Passioneyes' mascara, I was reluctant because I didn't try a sample before hand. I wasn't sure what to expect, as my decision for purchasing this was based on reviews. Needless to say, this mascara delivers great volume and curl, without clumping. It also doesn't flake, which I love.

I have tried many mascaras and yet I find myself reaching for the Guerlain Cils D'enfer Maxi Lash. It has created so much curl and definition to my lashes. I owe it to this mascara for having amazing lashes. After one application it literally looks like my lashes are fake.

The Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara is a cult-classic staple. There is a reason it is good. Not just the curvy wand and easy application, but the fact that it coats your lashes generously without having to use multiple coats. And it doesn't clump. There is a reason why this is one of the best-selling mascaras on the planet.

Although there are many I would love to add, these are the mascaras I tend to reach for the most. 

These are my favorite mascaras at the moment

When it comes to mascara, I am extremely selective of what I put on my lashes. Why? Because I have tried so many mascaras. Some I loved, many I hated, and most I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to put them on my lashes again. 

Does that make sense? 

My lashes are always in need of a pick me up. My bottom lashes are naturally long, so it is hard to find a mascara that caters to them, as even most of the bottom lash mascaras simply don't do the job. 

I decided to go through my mascara stash and decide which are the best. I have come to the conclusion that my favorite mascaras at the moment include: Giorgio #Armani ‘Eyes To Kill’ mascara, NARS Audacious mascara, Guerlain Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash mascara, Dolce & Gabbana ‘Passioneyes’ mascara, and Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara

BTW, that is his my hand.

FTC: All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links used.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Purple Rain by Sarah Afshar

I am a huge fan of Prince and anyone who knows me, knows how much I appreciated and loved him as an artist. His music is literally some of the greatest pieces of work in the modern era. And if I were being honest, I would put him in the league with some of the greatest artists to exist including Mozart. When on Smule earlier, I decided to record this amazing classic using my iPhone and of course, my voice.
To listen to my rendition of Purple Rain, simply watch (or listen) to the video above. If you cannot see it, simply click here now. Only want to see you, only want to see you, in the Purple Rain.

I Believe In You And Me by Sarah Afshar

When I first heard this song, I was watching the movie "The Preachers Wife" featuring the late and great Whitney Houston. I was amazed at the dynamics of the song, yes, but the soul she exuded was just incredible. And lets not forget about the message this song sends too. I decided to go on Smule and take the risk of recording this today.

To listen to my rendition of this amazing song, simply watch (or listen) to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here now to listen to my cover.

February 2018: Life Update

I know what you are thinking. I have been a bad blogger. I haven't kept you in the loop nor updated with my life. We are in the year of 2018. I really believe time flies, as I am finding myself embracing Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity in more ways than one. As content as I am at the moment, I feel like my life lacks something. And that "something" is something I need to figure out.

I have been working the same job I have been doing since 2015. I am loving this job; however, I feel like my work load has increased more over the years. I have recently discovered that multitasking is the key to success, as working effectively and efficiently is extremely crucial. I am hoping to take on another job in addition to my current, full-time position as I could use the extra money for present and future endeavors.

Early last month, my friend Angela Spicer died. I met her in 2009 at a casino when I lived in Dillon, Montana. We became great friends, but lost touch over the years. On January 12th she was found dead in Elko, Nevada. She was sleeping in the back of her car and was found hours later by law enforcement. They investigated her death and determined it was a suicide. Angela had a history of this; however, I believe it was a combination of stress, not eating and diabetes which exacerbated this. When I found out she died I was very sad. She was just 35 years old.

A lot of you have emailed me asking about Joe. Joe and I decided to break up in late 2016. We have remained great friends since. He has been there for me through a lot that has happened including the death of my dear cat Murphy in 2017. Not to mention my ongoing support of president Donald Trump, who he also supports. I have no further comment in regards to this. I have known Joe for over 20 years and have no hate in my heart for him. I talked to him a few days ago about his music.

Some of you asked what happened to SarahAfsharBeauty (the domain). I decided that I am not interested in using it anymore, as I wanted to add the content from there to this site (or blog). I wanted to bring this up, as quite a few you of asked about the weird redirects from the site. Someone bought the domain and is currently using it to host and sell cars. In fact, when you visit the site you will see this very awkward redirect. It is very bizarre. The domain is selling for thousands of dollars also and was purchased this month. I have no idea who purchased it or who currently owns it, but the domain is no longer associated with me. I've been told a true crime podcaster bought the domain and is using it to buy and sell cars. Almost like an affiliate publishing scam. Either way, the domain is no longer mine.

It is February 9, 2018 and still no justice for the stalking and murder of Morgan Ingram. I feel like Toni Ingram and Steve Ingram are getting robbed by law enforcement. Morgan Ingram deserves justice, as it is very clear she was murdered. Just one look at the autopsy photos and you will be able to see it was a homicide. My heart continues to break as no justice is happening, but I am hoping eventually it will. Will 2018 be the year? Probably not, but only one can hope and pray.

I will do my best to keep you all updated with my life. At least more often than not. Until then, I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Show Must Go On by Sarah Afshar

I remember when I first heard this song. I was a little girl just sitting in her bedroom, working on her homework when "The Show Must Go On" by Queen played on the radio. I have always been a Queen fan; however, this song was different than the usual songs they performed. 

It was a very robust uptempo ballad with an innuendo that really sent a message. Little did I realize that I would discover this song was about Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest singers, songwriters and performers ever on earth and his final days. 

I decided to go record this tonight on Smule

To listen to my rendition of The Show Must Go (originally by Queen) simply watch/listen to the video above. If you cannot see it, simply click here now.