Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Birthday Dinner 2019

Today before work, I decided to go with my mom and stepdad for my birthday dinner. They took me out for Chinese food. As it has been a while since I devoured anything Chinese cuisine, I had a blast at the buffet restaurant which is several miles away from my house. 

The buffet is good, but not great nor amazing. Satisfying is probably the best way to describe it. Perhaps I appreciate Chinese food when I don't eat it so much. Tonight, I felt like the food tasted amazing even though it was mediocre. 

With that said, I enjoyed pre-made sushi with cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado garnished with gari ginger and sriracha. Followed by a plate of various fried food favorites including cream cheese wontons, sesame balls, onion rings, fried zucchini, custard, a fried banana, and a Chinese donut. 

Additionally, I enjoyed vegetable lo-mein followed by mochi, green beans, and mushrooms. I am almost certain I ate about three plates of food. And the best part is, I wasn't overly stuffed after leaving the place. 

Afterwards, I decided to go to Burger King and enjoy some ice cream. I recently bought the Impossible Whopper from there and they offered me a book for $1 which offers like 6 items in it for free. I decided to take advantage of the free coupon and get some ice cream. 

Now it is time to go to work. Have a wonderful day! 

Birthday 2019: My boyfriend is amazing

Today is officially my birthday. And what better way to celebrate my birthday than with my incredible boyfriend Sumit. He surprised me today with this cake and rose, dedicating his love for me. 

He pre-ordered this cake for me several days ago which consists of chocolate frosting garnished with gold and topped with a recent photo of me. As an eggless, double-layer cake, the flavor is vanilla and filled with an assortment of fruit and homemade cream. 

It was only one year ago today Sumit surprised me with a similar cake. You can see that cake and read about that here. This year, he decided to do it again. 

Amazing right?
As many of you are already aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost two years now. What attracts me to Sumit is the fact he is intellectually endowed, strikingly handsome, has more drive than NASCAR, and has direction towards life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness rather than the local dive bar and melodrama.

Sumit is a polymath with a real, tried and true niche for success. He is quite possibly the smartest person I have ever met in my life, as he is a realist and visionary. Every time I talk to him, I feel like I am speaking with someone who has lived many centuries. 

When I have a conversation with Sumit, I learn something new. Whether it is about Hinduism, the stock market, the Indian culture, and even life in general - he has taught me so much. In fact, I feel like I can utilize the knowledge he has shared to and for a higher purpose. 


Although he is academically endowed, what I love most about Sumit is the fact that he has such a strong and independent mind and he doesn't care what others think. And in spite of what others say about him, he makes himself a better person and always respects everyone. He doesn't have a hateful bone in his entire body. 

Sumit has taught me many vital lessons about life and has made me really love and appreciate life much more so. And it is this fact alone, that has made me truly grateful to have found him and thankful to have him. 

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing. I love you. I am very happy in my life and I owe it all to you. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fenty Beauty introduces Holiday 2019 The Tinsel $how Collection

I have always been a fan of Rihanna's music. She's one of those artists who is very unique. When you hear her music, you know it is her and not another artist. And as much as I love Please Don't Stop The Music, the song Love On The Brain is truly one of my favorite tunes by her. With that being said, I am extremely proud of what she is doing in the beauty industry. What started as an idea became a reality for the world-class superstar when she started Fenty Beauty. 

As a world-renowned beauty brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has officially came out with their newest, latest and greatest holiday collection The Tinsel $how Collection, which features an array of covetable new shades that are destined to bring more love this holiday season. 

For this particular collection, Fenty Beauty will offer the Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Collection which consists of five unique Gloss Bomb shades. These shades include: Fu$$y (a stunning dusty pink shimmer), Pretty Please (a fabulous fuchsia shimmer), Hot Chocolit (a beautiful brown shimmer), Confetti (an outstanding iridescent opal shimmer), and Cheeki (a ravishing red/orange shimmer) which make the perfect gift for virtually every lip gloss lover in your life. And for $42, this is a real steal this holiday season. 

And if the holidays couldn't get any better, they are about to with the new Fenty Beauty Mini Body Lava Body Luminizer in the shade Who Needs Clothes?! which is a gorgeous rose gold shimmer in Travel Size. Not only will this make the best stocking stuffer for every beauty enthusiast on earth, but it is the perfect pick-me-up when traveling this holiday season. And for $25, this looks amazing on every skin tone it touches. 

Additionally as part of The Tinsel $how Collection this holiday season, Fenty Beauty is also offering the Lil Stunna Mini Longwear Fluid Lip Color in the shade Underdawg. As a beautiful burgundy (which is perfect for both Fall and Winter) this little side gift is just $15. The collection also features the Bomb Baby 2 Mini Lip and Face Set for $24 which includes a limited-edition Travel Size version of your favorite highlighter, the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter in the shade Sandcastle and a new shade of the famous lip gloss, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. 

As you may or may know, Fenty Beauty is 100% Cruelty-Free and does not test on animals. 

The Tinsel $how Collection will be available Friday, October 11 at your nearest Sephora, including Sephora in JCPenney. And will be available on the official website FentyBeauty.com also. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Spinach Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Some of the greatest pasta dishes I have ever enjoyed are those that I make myself. Lately, I have been relatively unimpressed by restaurants and am left either dissatisfied or disappointed when leaving them. I think it is because I love to cook and find that my food gives them a real run for their money. 

One of my favorite dishes to make is pasta. It's quick, it is easy, and when prepared correctly--tastes incredible. Homemade pasta is the best, as it simply doesn't compare to the pasta you find in the box or bag at your local grocery store. 

Sure, that is convenient and efficient, but it doesn't satisfy a pasta polymath's taste buds by any means at all. And most of what you enjoy is nothing more than just flavor. 

Texture is everything when cooking any kind of pasta and flavor is what brings virtually every dish together. This pasta only incorporates a few ingredients. 

These ingredients are: spinach tagliatelle, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, cipollini onion, Himalayan salt, black pepper, and fresh water. For good measure, I garnished this dish with a little bit of extra extra extra virgin olive oil. 

And guess what? This pasta is amazing. 

The best part is, this dish is vegan, so it is perfect for those of you that do not consume dairy, eggs, or honey, as it is great for those of you who are plant-based and want to enjoy a wonderful plate of pasta dish right in the comfort of your own home.  

The tragic death of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Jyoti Singh Pandey
Jyoti Singh Pandey was a 23 old woman from New Delhi, India with a big heart and even bigger dreams. However, on a cold December night in 2012 that all came to an end, as Pandey became a victim of one of the most gruesome crimes the country of India has ever seen--gang rape. 

Around 9:30 pm on December 16, 2012 Jyoti Singh Pandey and her friend Awindra Pratap Pandey were walking home after watching the movie Life of Pi in the Saket area of New Delhi, India. Without hesitation, they decided to board a bus. There were a total of 5 men on the bus, with 6 men including the driver and now 7, including Awindra Pandey. 

Shortly after they boarded the bus, Awindra grew incredibly suspicious because the bus started going into an opposite direction and the doors closed immediately after. When Awindra confronted the men with his suspicions they began to taunt him and Jyoti. As the banter continued, the men began to beat Awindra with a rusty iron rod. He was beaten so badly he was knocked completely unconscious. 

In efforts to escape, Jyoti was dragged against her will to the rear end area of the bus. They proceeded to beat her with that same iron rod (which was a rusted wheel jack handle) shortly before raping her. As the bus driver continued to drive, they began to take their perversion to the next level by inserting that same rod into vagina. During this time Awindra tried to fight them after he gained consciousness and they started to beat him until he was knocked out again.

Jyoti Pandey was beaten so badly she was unrecognizable, she was raped to the level that her intestines were hanging out of her body, and tortured so horribly she was put into a coma days after the crime. As she continued to bleed, these savages continued to brag about what they have done before throwing her and her friend Awindra off the bus as it was moving. As both continued to fight for their lives, Jyoti was able to tell the cops some of things that happened to her. 

However, after days of fighting, she underwent a series of surgeries to correct her injuries including removal of her remaining intestine. She suffered a series of complications including pneumonia and stomach infections shortly before she was declared brain dead. And due to her injuries, Jyoti Singh Pandey tragically lost her life on December 29, 2012. 

And 24 hours after the crime was reported, the police were actually able to trace the suspects. They included Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh Singh (the bus driver) from South Delhi, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta from Uttar Pradesh, Ashkay Thakur of New Delhi. Raju Singh, who was a minor at the time of the crime was never fully charged for his part, as he was only 17 when the 2012 Delhi Rape occurred. 

In March of 2014, almost two years since the death of Jyoti Pandey, Ram Singh, Ashkay Thakur, and Vinay Sharma were charged and sentenced to death. Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta decided to appeal the decision. Ram Singh, who was described as the worst of the group was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging; however, theorists believe he was murdered. Both Singh and Gupta lost their appeals.

Raj, the youngest of the perpetrators, who was just 17 years old at the time is now a free man according to sources. He did little to no time at all yet was part of the crime with five other men. There is also speculation that he has changed his name and will be completely free of the crime. 

The question remains: has justice been rightfully served here? And if so, how is this justifed? According to Jyoti Singh Pandey's parents Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh, it has not. "We are still waiting for justice to be served," the couple shared in regards to their daughter's rape and murder. Jyoti's Singh's last words were her pleading and begging her parents to get justice for what happened which is exactly what they will continue to do for the rest of their lives. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Best Foundations for Oily Skin

When the sebaceous gland produces more sebum (or natural oil we naturally produce) than usual, it creates an oily finish to your skin. Granted the production of the sebaceous gland will make your skin hydrated and healthy, too much will make your skin oily. Oily skin can be caused by an array of things that range from the environment in which you live to the food that you ingest to even your individual anatomy to your DNA background. 

As a woman who deals with oily skin in the Spring and Summer months, I have figured out ways of dealing with this issue. Although a good skincare regimen is vital, what I have discovered are some great foundations that help eliminate and deal with extra oil on the skin. My skin. I have tried quite a few foundations for oily skin. So what are the best?

1. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation I like the texture of this foundation and how it lasts throughout the day. I have personally put this one to the test three times--one while working out, two while visiting Yellowstone National Park, and three one while laying in the sun. This foundation lasts and it doesn't feel dry nor creates any sort of weird oxidizing on your skin.

2. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Foundation Balm Hydration is extremely vital and important, especially when you have oily skin simply because you don't want to use products that could potential weaken or damage your skin's natural acid mantle. This foundation is not only long-lasting, but provides your skin with moisture and is good for those of you who are looking for something anti-aging too.

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation This virtually lasts through almost everything. I have went swimming while wearing this foundation and it didn't come off. The only thing that took this foundation off was makeup remover followed by my normal, routine skincare regimen. 

4. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation When it comes to oily skin, I like this foundation because it's very lightweight and sinks into your skin like a second skin. I have used this foundation for years and still pick it up no matter what season it is. I have combination skin which leans towards the oily side during Spring and Summer. This foundation is fantastic.

5. Ellis Faas Foundation Working a regular 9-to-5 shift can be tiresome. And when you have oily skin, you just want the day to be over. Yet the day seems to be slower. Luckily this foundation exists, as it is clearly one of the best I have worn to the office. Whether dry or oily, this foundation will last through it all. 

6. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation I used this by accident before going outside and lets just say, it lasted the entire time. It didn't fade nor flake. Although this foundation is anything, but luxury, it is quality and truly proves that some of the greatest foundations can be found at your local drugstore. Nothing is better than an affordable foundation that performs so effortlessly. 

7. Cover FX Power Play Foundation Recently, I discovered my real love for this foundation as I wore this to the gym recently. It is Summer, so my skin is on the oily side of course. After working out for almost two hours I looked in the mirror and realized my foundation was still on my face as if I just applied it. This was the foundation I used. 

8. Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation As one of the world's best makeup artists, Pat McGrath delivers some of the greatest makeup products, with this foundation being one of them. I put this to the test while doing yoga and lets just say, this foundation lasted the entire time. 

9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful Look 24-Hour Foundation I have tried so many foundations this year, as my skin is combination and leans towards the oily side in the hotter climates. This foundation my friends has lasted through some of my toughest days this year. I have cried in this foundation and it didn't fade. What more can I say? For oily skin this is truly a winner.

10. LORAC POREfection Foundation What I love most about this foundation is the fact that you don't really need a primer and it still works incredibly. And as this is phenomenal for large pores, it is fantastic for those of you with oily skin. I put this to the test when I went to the recent Farmer's Market in 110 degree weather. I was quite stunned and a little shocked to see my foundation still on my face hours after I originally applied it. 


Honorable mentions include: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, DermaBlend Professional Cover CremeHourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation StickLancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting FoundationFenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Graftobian HD Ultra Glamour Creme Foundation, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

In conclusion, I would just like to say that these are the best foundations I have tried for oily skin. 

Now Playing: Higher Love by Kygo & Whitney Houston 



FTC: All opinions are my own. Not sponsored. Some affiliate links used.

This Labor Day, post a job and search resumes

Monster is one of the best places to post a job online. In fact, this world-renowned job site roams the world wide web to find you only the best potential employees for your open positions.

Because it is one of the best employer-meets-employee websites online, Monster delivers only the most efficient and most effective results by finding you only the most chartered candidates.

Monster gives you the best exposure money can buy by connecting you with successful results. And if time management seems to be an issue, Monster provides you with a systematized solution which is ethical and productive. It is 2019, this internationally known site designed a very unique integrated approach utilizing technology to create instantaneous results.

Packages start at just $249 per month and go up to $1,000. You are billed on a monthly basis in which you can cancel anytime. Offering a powerful email distribution, Monster reaches across an entire network of millions of users and offers a platform that is built for mobile.

Additionally Monster engages with candidates using specific tools implemented into the platform. You can messages candidates directly without any pressure and hassle. Some of the products Monster offers include: job advertising, resume search, employer branding, full service sourcing, HR software and services, and Monster exclusives.

For Labor Day this year, Monster is offering a great special. Only $199 for a 14-day (two weeks) job ad. Amazing right? And if you are a new customer, you can save an additional 25%. Just use code: mktal_15801US_Save25. Plus, if you intend to post a 60+ day monster job ad, you will get $126 off instantly. One job slot, multiple postings and great candidates. What is better? 

Are you an employer looking to hire someone? What are you waiting for? Just click here to get started today.

FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links used.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Album Reviews: Lover by Taylor Swift

Lover by Taylor Swift.
When I first listened to Taylor Swift, I will admit I wasn't much of a big fan; however, I always felt like she was destined to be a big star. As isolated as her vocals are, what I really like about her is her artistry and strong ability to be connect to virtually everything she sings. She is a woman's artist and for that, I respect her. 

A lot of you may ask "why didn't you like Taylor Swift when she first came out?" Well, when she first came out, she came out with the song Tim McGraw and I just thought that the song was a bit cheesy. McGraw is a great artist, but to name a song after him and use it as your first single, I didn't understand it. And the song made no sense to me. 

It was when I heard the song Love Story from the album Fearless that I knew she was going to be a star. And I was right. Recently, the country crooner released her seventh studio album called Lover on August 23, 2019. Released by Republic Records, Lover includes 18 tracks co-written and co-produced by Swift herself. The album also includes several bonus tracks which are exclusively available to Target. 

The songs include: I Forgot That You Existed, Cruel Summer, Lover, The Man, The Archer, I Think He Knows, Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, Paper Rings, Cornelia Street, Death By A Thousand Cuts, London Boy, Soon You'll Get Better, False God, You Need To Calm Down, Afterglow, ME!, It's Nice To Have A Friend, and Daylight. The bonus tracks exclusively available at Target include: I Forgot That You Existed (piano version) and Lover (piano version). 

My favorite songs include: You Need To Calm Down, Daylight, Cruel Summer, Paper Rings, Cornelia Street, Afterglow, Soon You'll Get Better, I Think He Knows, Death By A Thousand Cuts, Daylight, The Archer, and Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, with Paper Rings being her strongest song. The song is a very fun and exciting uptempo and really proves why Taylor Swift is an artist we can all relate to. 

Soon You'll Get Better takes us back to Taylor Swift from the beginning over a decade ago. As a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks, this song is probably the only country, bluegrass genre song on the entire album. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince was giving me symphonic rock vibes, which is very new to hear from Taylor Swift. And Daylight was very new wave and reminded me of something Leona Lewis would have recorded. Brilliantly beautiful. The Archer gave me serious 'Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper' vibes. 

And with every album, there tends to be a weakness. I am not the biggest fan of ME! As much as I love Panic! At the Disco and Brendon Urie (Sarah Smiles is a beautiful song), I didn't care for the marching beat in the beginning and throughout the song. I don't know, but I felt like they added too much to the song with that beat being one of them. It's a fun song, but to me it isn't her strongest song. 

Other songs I dislike on the album include: The Man, London Boy, False God, It's Nice To Have A Friend, and I Forgot You Existed. The vocal diction was not good in I Forgot You Existed, I could not understand a lot of what she sang in the song. The chorus was also not good. False God could have been better without the saxophone playing throughout the song. It's Nice To Have A Friend had a very similar problem, as the trumpet was unnecessary with the song. As perfect as the song was for Swift's pretty isolated vocals, I simply did not get it. And London Boy is not only the worst song on the album, but one of my least favorite songs by her. 

Overall, Lover depicts a story about an effulgent woman who is not letting the obstructively obscure steal her shine. It is very 80's new wave sounding compared to her other albums. Almost possessing a retro redux, this album is a reminder why Swift is a woman's artist and will always remain on top in music. Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift is an artist and Lover proves thus so. With that said, I recommend the album. 

Lover is currently available at Walmart for only $12.97. To purchase the album, simply click here right now. To get the deluxe Version from Target for $16.99, just click here now.


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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trying the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King

I am officially trying the new Impossible Whopper from Burger King for the first time today. To be honest, I rarely do fast food as it is relatively unhealthy, addictive, and overpriced, but this I had to try. After all of the hype, I had to try this delicious vegan addition (in my case, vegetarian, as I ordered this with cheese and mayo on it) as everyone is raving about this burger all over the world wide web.

What more can I say that hasn't been said already? This is literally one the best veggie burgers I have ever devoured. 

Truth be told, I have tried so many veggie burgers and everything from the texture to the flavor of the Impossible Whopper is incredible. The grilled smoke flavor is unbelievable, but it is the charcoal taste that won me over. And when paired with a toasted sesame seed bun, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pickles, cheese, and mayonnaise; it is simply outstanding.

If you haven't tried the new Impossible Whopper at Burger King, you definitely need to. I really hope Burger King keeps this fantastic addition to their brand, as there is nothing like it. It is easily one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had in my life and quite possibly the best one in the fast food industry. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

DollarDig

I recently discovered DollarDig through a co-worker of mine who told me she made almost $5,000 just using this particular platform. I was stunned, as I never heard of it until just recently.

If you love to shop online, more than likely you will love DollarDig. In case you are unaware, DollarDig allows you to earn cash back on virtually every single purchase you make. It is simple. Just log onto the site, find your favorite store, click the link and shop like you normally would shop. Then, earn cash back for your purchases. 

Plus, once you earn $25 cash back you can request that money via Paypal, check (US only), Dwolla, or in the form of an Amazon gift card. Currently, DollarDig is only available in the United States and Canada; however, it is growing, so it may hit other countries soon. 

Additionally DollarDig offers coupons from many different brands including Overstock, Walmart and much more. There is no risk with this reward--just reward, making this more than just a place to earn your money back, but an opportunity to claim those incentives you are owed. 

And the best part is, if you sign up to DollarDig today, you can earn $2.50 easily just for joining. What are you waiting for? To sign up for DollarDig today, simply click here right now. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

UniqPaid

Good morning. Before I go to work this morning, I want to share something with you. Recently, I discovered a platform called UniqPaid. In case you are unaware, UniqPaid is a platform which allows you to earn money and other rewards simply for completing offers. 

With hundreds of offers to choose from on a daily basis, not only is it free to join UniqPaid, but the offers are also free. These offers range from visiting websites to reading emails to even referring other people to sign-up. You will earn rewards and money. Yes, actual money.

Although I work a full-time job, I can appreciate a program like UniqPaid simply because all of the rewards and incentives add up. Nothing is better than saving money, as nothing is greater than getting that money back. Minimum payouts start as low as $5.00. 

And the best part this is a program for everyone. UniqPaid embraces the diversity concept in more ways than one. So whether you live here in the United States or live in India or anywhere else in the world, you can join this program too. 

Amazing right? 

There are a total of three unique offers. These include: free, paid, and email-only. The advertisers and merchants affiliated with UniqPaid are interested in the actions, hence why some of the tasks include downloading software or a simple mobile app. 

To get started with UniqPaid and sign up today, simply click here right now. Have a wonderful day!


FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Affiliate Links Used. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

TBT: Me at four years old

It is amazing how fast time flies. And especially after everything I have been through in my life, some days I find it hard to believe I am still here, living in this crazy world. I was talking to mother the other day and we reminisced about life. We were going through old pictures including baby pictures of me. 

I found this photo of me and wanted to share this picture for Throwback Thursday, as I originally shared this with my amazing boyfriend Sumit. This was taken in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania back in the early-to-mid 80's. I want to say maybe 1985? I will have to get validation from my mother, as she would know more so than me. Although the photograph originally has color, I made it black and white as I think it makes more vintage looking. 

My grandfather in the picture is deceased and died several years after from lung cancer. From what I remember, he was a wonderful grandfather. He is my mother's father. My grandmother who is also in the photo is deceased and died back in the early 2000's. She was my mother's mom. She was also my best friend, so I really took her death hard. 

It is truly astounding the memory that comes to life when you look at one simple photograph. In this case, although my memories are somewhat vague when looking at this one, I remember this day and find myself reminded that life only continues. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Your story is only beginning

One bad chapter in your life doesn't mean your story is over. It means your story has character, meaning, and is only beginning. There will be seconds, minutes, moments, hours, and even days you will wake up and endure one of your worst chapters. 

This.Is.Life.

Life is a book of endless experiences that range from a pristine utopia to a sadistic nightmare. And only you can dictate your life. So unless those people who belittle you for whatever reason are willing to read your entire book, they cannot judge you nor define you. Because in the end, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, as those people tend to blame you for their own foibles and shortcomings which only define them.

There will be people who use you, there will be people who abuse you, and there will be people who lose you. You will be betrayed, you will be lied to, you will be manipulated, and you will be left behind. There will be people who love you, hate you, or simply 'nothing' you. And speaking of hate, it is a well known fact that there are people in this world who will hate you. In fact, you will meet several in your life. And sometimes those who hate you, will hate you because of the way other people love you. Remember, you have absolutely nothing to prove. Let them have an opinion of you because at the end of the day, what others think of you is none of your business. 

And speaking of business, you cannot undermine a human's natural right to speak. Whether good or bad, you cannot control what another human being says or how another human being reacts, but you can; however, choose how you want to respond to them. Remember, you are in charge. If you are thinking negatively, you are attracting negative. If you are thinking prosperity, you are attracting happiness and security. Eventually all of those wonderful thoughts will turn into greatness and incredible things will manifest as a result. 

You have so much love within your soul, give some to yourself before you give any of it to someone else. The answer is not within the solution, as the solution is never to be cold and bitter let alone ruthless and oafish. And separating right from wrong, as well as, dissecting wrong from right is relatively chasmic and will only make you feel miserable. Ruination (and rumination) will only bring you down, especially if you overthink yourself into an oblivious brain freeze. The solution is simple: to forgive and to love deeper. To love more profoundly. 

My life is a paradox. My life is a journey--not a race. Your life is a journey--not a race. Everything and everyone you have loved, are currently loving and will love in the future--you may lose eventually. So, the best thing you can do is trust your journey, love the life you live and live the life you love. It is not only the best thing you can do, it is the only thing you can do. 

These are my thoughts for today. Now I must go to work. Have a wonderful day! 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Brooklyn Brownstone

So it is Sunday. Today, I must get back into the grind of things and prepare for my daily 9-to-5 work week ahead. In spite of being depressed and sad all Friday, my Saturday and Sunday truly made up for it. I spent the entire weekend visiting a friend of mine who I met when I lived in Montana. She is going through a tough time in life, so it was good to catch up. 

I really love to play the mobile app Design Home. Created by Crowdstar, It allows me to embrace my inner interior decorator, although I must say that my strengths in interior design are much better offline than online. Does that make sense? 

Anyways, the theme is "A Brooklyn Brownstone" and for this particular live challenge, I took it upon myself to utilize light blue, aqua, beige, and champagne gold. The items I used in this challenge include: West Elm Antonella Sofa, Kathy Kuo Home Amanda Leather Upholstered Gold Finished Chair, Kathy Kuo Home John Richard Modern Silver Champagne Giraffe Print Bench, Phillips Collection Crystal Coffee Table, Kathy Kuo Home John Richard Montego Grey Frame Sideboard, Wisteria Sandblasted French Country Chest, and Apt2B Martina Del Rey Round Pouf. 

The rug I used in this challenge is from the Loloi Anastasia Collection in Blue Mist. Additionally, I utilized the Coastal Floor Sea Orbs in this challenge to give it color which kind of accented the rug. I also used the white roses in the porcelain vase twice along with the Carved Leaves Duo paintings. To finish the 'A Brooklyn Brownstone' challenge, I used a Fiddle Leaf Tree as it was earthy yet brought the entire room together. 

Update: I just checked my score and I received a 5-star rating for this challenge. Lately, I haven't been getting a lot of great scores, so it is nice to see others notice the effort I made. In spite of being digital, I did earn and purchase the items I used to compliment this particular design. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fashion Talk: My Style Is Unique

I have always thought my style was unique. I think that is why I never really blended in with the average crowd. In high school I was mocked, in college I was praised, and in everyday life--people are amazed at my style. As a businesswoman, I find myself shopping for dresses or anything of an elegant yet conservative nature because that is the kind of clothing I am most comfortable in. It is not that I am opposed to wearing anything else, it is just me. 

I am a size 5 and have been this size for most of my life. I am 5'2-5'3, so that is a curvy size. At least for me. My weight tends to fluctuate. I have been called skinny and I've been called fat. I have been skinnier than what I am now and I have been fatter than what I am now. In end, what others think is none of my concern, as what I think matters most. 

In regards to my style, there are quite a few things that I love, many things that I hate, and a lot of things I simply debate whether or not to wear them or at least wear them again. Does that make sense?

When I am at work, I wear primarily business clothing. This can be anything from sophisticated suits to swanky slacks to upscale casual. I never wear anything too flashy or formal as my everyday attire is subdued. Now, when I go out, I like to wear clothing a little more lavish, but even then I am never too flashy nor formal. 

Some dresses that I am loving at the moment include: Givenchy Beaded Long Sleeve DressBoden Tilly Ottoman Belted Sheath Dress, Carolina Herrera Oleander Print Silk Fit & Flare DressTed Baker London Hedgerow Flounce Sleeve Body-Con Dress, Galvan Sequin Long Sleeve Cocktail Mini Dress, Carolina Herrera Leaf Print Stretch Cotton DressHVN Paula Deep V-Neck Sequin DressAlice + Olivia Delora Body Con Dress, and almost every dress at Herve Leger with the exception of Maxi dresses as they tend to not look the best on me. Perhaps it is because I am short or the fact that I am not a size 0. Who knows. 

When it comes to print, I am not the biggest fan in spite of me wearing zebra print in my photo. But all of the dresses at Pinup Girl Clothing are truly beautiful and designed with so much heart by the talented Laura Byrnes from California who I admire and respect. Versace has been really obsessed with creating zebra print lately and I am not really too sure what to think of it. 

I absolutely love stretch knit trousers, boot leg suit pants, pencil skirts, a-line skirts, and anything that can complement a majority of my wardrobe. I also love double breasted blazers and one-button blazers. And speaking of blazers and jackets, the Dolce & Gabbana Double Breasted Stretch Wool Blend Jacket is stunning. What do you think? I am not a fan of wool. In fact, it makes me itch, but I would wear the Judith & Charles Matera Wool Suit Jacket if it were made with faux wool. 

Now a lot of you have messaged me and asked what my favorite pair of jeans are. To be honest, I don't really wear jeans unless they are of a higher quality simply because of my body shape. I find that high-end jeans fit me best. I prefer straight-leg and skinny jeans to boot cut, flare, and wide leg. I am also fond of some of the legging style jeans. Not necessarily a jegging, but a denim legging, although I some of my favorite pairs of jeans are actually denim leggings. 

Some of my favorite jeans include the Isabel Marant Etoile Jamie High Waist Skinny Jeans and the LYSSE High Waist Denim Leggings. I would probably make an exception for the L'AGENCE Margot Metallic Coated Crop Skinny Jeans as they are beautiful. I love corduroy jeans. I own several pairs of the Kut From The Kloth Diana Stretch Corduroy Skinny Pants.

I love athletic wear (or activewear) and find myself wearing a lot of yoga pants. They are what I am truly comfortable in. In fact, if I had it my way, I would wear nothing, but v-neck shirts, hoodies, and yoga pants all day. Of course capri leggings, gym shorts, and crew socks have me sold too. I have to admit, I am quite conservative when it comes to my gym style and don't like to show any skin at all, so to me a hoodie and shorts is okay in my book.  

As much as I love activewear, I can't choose a favorite for each thing that I truly enjoy, but I can share with you some of my favorite brands. They include: Zella, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, BCBGMaxAzria, and much more. 

I despise jumpsuits, but manage to love the Joie Tau Jumpsuit, which is probably one of the few I will ever wear. Although the Balmain Beaded Sequin Jumpsuit I would probably wear. Rompers are probably one of the worst thing to ever happen to fashion and I am not saying this because they look the least flattering on me. I am saying this because they look like a permanent faux pas. 

Other things I will not wear include: halter tops, halter dresses, color block gowns, tube tops, cheesy biker shorts, jumper dresses, ruched sleeve jackets, long cady pants, oversized blazers, asymmetrical midi dress, elbow patch coats, or anything with shoulder pads. Just not my thing. 

I will get into a deeper discussion about fashion very soon. We will talk shoes and accessories later on. Until next time, take care of yourself and your style. Have a wonderful evening! 



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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Brooke Houts is disgustingly vile

Most of you reading my blog probably have no idea who Brooke Houts is. In case you are unaware, she is an irrelevant YouTuber who gained notoriety for making super edited and cringe-worthy videos of her with her dog, a doberman pincher named "Sphinx". 

I am not sure if it happened early this morning or last night into the early morning, but Houts basically exposed herself by uploading a video onto her YouTube account. She actually went and uploaded the wrong video, the unedited version. Shortly after she discovered this, she deleted it (or made it private) and uploaded the edited one. 

With almost 330,000 subscribers, Brooke Houts subscribers noticed and the video went viral, as when one domino goes the rest follow. The video started circulating all over the world wide web as a result. I watched the video a few hours ago and was literally disgusted by this woman's outlandishly sinister behavior. In the video, you can see her yelling at the dog and sticking her finger in the poor dog's face. Shortly after, Houts is seen pushing the dog away, pinning it down, and even spitting on the dog. 

She is disgustingly vile.

Based on the video, I believe this is not the first time she has abused her dog, as you could tell by how Sphinx reacted to her abuse, he had to deal with this before. This low life should not be able to own a dog. And shame on anyone who defends this piece of shit and her abuse. To be honest, I am hoping the ASPCA and PETA get involved and remove this innocent dog from Brooke Houts care. Not sure if YouTube will delete her channel, but they do a major disservice glorifying this animal abuser simply for a quick buck. As the second most visited site online, it is evident and crystal clear why her channel still exists. 

Anyways, Houts attempted to save face and basically do damage control by uploading one of the most cringe-worthy apology videos ever. I don't believe her apology is sincere and if anything, I truly believe she's sorry she got caught more so than sorry for hitting her dog. 

I believe Brooke Houts is dangerous and clearly unfit to be caring for this precious sentient being let alone any dog at all. Hopefully she is investigated by authorities and charged with animal cruelty for her crime. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

8÷2(2+2)

The math problem is 8÷2(2+2) and it seems to be trending all over the place, especially Facebook. Also written as 8/2(2+2), when you enter this problem into a calculator, you will get 16; however, that answer is incorrect. You see, every single time you solve any problem in mathematics, you must follow the Order of Operations. Commonly known as PEMDAS here in the United States (and BEMDAS in other parts of the world) it is crucial to follow this rule and apply it accordingly.

PEMDAS simply stands for Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction. As an easy way to remember this, my teacher in 5th grade use to say "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" which was the way to remember this particular rule. But the question remains, how do you solve this particular problem?

As a mathematical rule, you must do what it is in parenthesis first. 2+2=4. (4) is your answer. There are no exponents, so you can skip this particular step. Now, you must go back to the beginning and apply the multiplication rule. Because the 8÷2 doesn't contain parenthesis, you must take 2(4) which is simply 2x4. Your answer will turn to 8.

Then, going back to the beginning of the problem, you must divide the first 8 into 2x4=8. This will give you one.

8÷2(2+2) is 8÷2(4) = P
No Exponents 
8÷2(4) 2x4 = 8 = M
8÷8 = 1 = D
No Addition
No Subtraction 

If the problem were written (8÷2)(2+2) your answer would be 16, as any linear problem would be solved, left-to-right. Every time you see a number and a () around another number, this represents multiplication. 2x4=8. 

But because there are parenthesis representing only the 2+2, your answer is one.

The final answer is 1.

Monday, July 29, 2019

National Lasagna Day 2019



Lasagna is one of the best dishes to ever come from Italian cuisine. In fact, as one of the oldest pasta dishes in the world, this southern Italian classic has managed to find its way on virtually every single dinner table around the world. Originally created in the 14th century, this holy grail of appetizing aliment was featured in the medieval cookbook Liber de Coquina. 

Having only used semolina and water to make the pasta, time has evolved and the ingredients have been changed or more so amplified. Although staying true to the original roots is always ultimately impressive, multiple variations have been created since the time this dish was introduced centuries ago. 

Lasagna is one of the most universal pasta dishes, as you can create virtually any kind of variation. Not only can you change the flavor of the pasta, but the sauces, the ingredients and the best part - the cheese. As much as I encourage creativity, it is also crucial to execute the flavors properly because a treasure vision can easily turn drastically into trash if you mess up. 


I love to cook lasagna. It is one of my favorite things to make. I love to created a variety of adaptions, as it is very fun to get creative; however, the best lasagna is the classic with tons of tomato sauce, a variety of herbs and tons of cheese. As a vegetarian, I love a lot of cheese, especially with my lasagna. 

As you can see from the photos I have shared, this cult-classic Italian staple is one dish I enjoy making. And my favorite variation of this dish includes homemade lasagne noodles, homemade tomato sauce (or as Italians say "gravy"), basil, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, ricotta cheese, buffalo mozzarella and regular shredded mozzarella. It's as simple as it gets, but what is simple exudes and epitomizes extreme deliciousness.  

Does it get any better? 

From my home to yours - Happy Lasagna Day! 

Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in
Gilroy, California.
(Photo by Skyscanner)
For those of you who are unaware, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is a three-day event held every year in Gilroy, California. What started as an idea, became a 40-year old tradition, as the people of Gilroy (and its visitors) pay respects and honor the local garlic industry. In case you are unaware, Gilroy is known for their garlic crops. 

Primarily held during late July/early August, this event celebrates garlic. Gilroy is a small town in North California. And with 4,000 volunteers alone and over a hundred vendors and sponsors, the community is as tight-knit as it gets. So, when something like this happens (which is rare) the entire community shuts down to grieve. 

I am originally from the Bay area of California where the Gilroy Garlic Festival is held, so when I heard the news regarding this, I was not only sad, but in a panic that one of my family members may have been a victim of this. Naturally I feared for the worst. And although none of my family are victims in this devastating yet unpredictable shooting, I cannot help but be extremely empathetic to those who are victims to such a tragic occurrence. 

Santino William Legan is the original shooting suspect; however, a few eyewitnesses claim they saw a second person with him. And as the speculation continues, some of the people who attended this festival believe this person ran off. Legan who is of Italian and Iranian descent, abused his liberties in more ways than one when he used an AK-47 (a Russian assault riffle) to randomly shoot people at the festival yesterday, killing three people.

Additionally, the angry yet scorned shooter managed to take out 12 other people, some who are currently fighting for their life at the local hospital. 6-year old Stephen Romero died immediately, along with 13-year old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year old Trevor Irby.

Today is a day to mourn. Although Legan was immediately shot and killed by the fine policeman of Gilroy, there is no price on a life. Justice may have been served, but the people of this small town in Santa Clara County will remember 7/28/19 forever. 

If you are from Gilroy or know someone has visited and has not been in touch with you, please call (408) 846-0583 immediately. You can also call (408) 846-0584. 

Lipstick Day 2019

It is officially Lipstick Day. As much as I love lip gloss, lately I have been obsessed with lipstick. I don't know what it is about this round tube of pigmented goodness that I find myself relentlessly putting on my lips, but it makes me look and feel fantastic. 

To celebrate today, I am sharing some of my favorite lipsticks right now. From left-to-right, these amazing gems include:


To all of you who love lipstick and wear it on a daily basis - Happy Lipstick Day!

Dior Beauty presents Happy 2020 holiday collection

Inspired by the festive mood of vibrant color and radiant spirit, Dior Beauty's creative director Peter Philips presents Rouge Dior Collector Couture, a limited-edition set that embraces a real, tried and true celebration which shines and sparkles like Fireworks. 

The Rouge Dior Collector Couture features an exquisitely chic minaudiere clutch complemented with an iconic Dior lipstick. The lipstick is preciously adorned with a sequined band. 

This incredible limited-edition set will include not one, but five refills in the most desirable shades of red, which are destined to suit your mood. And to add onto this haute collection which is due out later this year, each lipstick will possess the Dior logo engraved on the case. 

Choose from 999, The Perfect Smile, Promenade, Feel Good, and Rosewood. Additionally, several of these shades featured in this collection will be available to purchase in the collection with the engraved stick and faceted ring. 

Amazing right? 

I think its safe to say we have a lot to look forward to this holiday season. It's only July now. The Dior 'Happy 2020' holiday collection will be available in October of this year. For more details visit Dior right now.