Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Day of Spring 2019

Me today.
Today is officially the first day of Spring. It is hard to believe, as it seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter. Today is also Norooz, the Persian New Year. Is it bad to say that all I can think about is sleeping, eating and gardening? Perhaps, this is just Spring's effect on me considering I have been busy working 9-to-5, Monday through Friday for the last four years. 

I just looked outside and there isn't an inch of snow on the ground. Not even a fraction of an inch. It is sunny and beautiful outside. Not hot at all and definitely not too cold. Although flowers aren't really blooming, my chocolate mint bush seems to be making an appearance. I'm also noticing the tulips in my yard, but everything else seems to be non existent at this point. 

Time is virtuous, as time is relative but it flies by so fast. Sometimes I wonder if I can get everything I want to done in a 24 hour period. Perhaps I am persistent or impatient, but either way I am content with the way my life is going. Nothing bad has happened yet this year and I am hoping and praying it stays this way.

I want to also share that I just took the selfie I am sharing with this blog post using my LuMee case I got for Christmas. I now own 5 of these cases. They are the best especially for taking pictures up close. If you don't own one, you need one. As much as I love the factory camera that comes with my iPhone, this case will enhance your photos naturally. You don't have to edit them, as it naturally edits them. I love it. 

After work, I have to make a quick trip to Whole Foods to buy some Gardein Mini Crabless Cakes. I also want to pick up somethings to make homemade vodka tomato sauce. I have been finding myself in the kitchen at home a lot more lately, as I don't find any urge to eat out anymore. I just enjoy the comfort of not having to travel let alone spend a fortune for something I can make as good, if not better at home. Know what I mean?

Well, I am going to make a smoothie, talk to Sumit for a few and then, go to work. Have a wonderful day everyone!

2019: Happy Norooz

Wheat, lentils, garlic, apples, goldfish - what are you thankful for? Not only is today the first day of Spring, today is Norooz, the Persian New Year. As an Iranian American woman, I am very proud to say that I celebrate the Persian New Year. 

As today is the first day of the March equinox, the origin of Norooz comes from the mythical Persian King, Jamshid who rightfully saved all of humanity by defeating Winter. Jamshid constructed a throne made out of gemstones where he had demons raise him above the earth, into the heavens where he sat shining ever so brightly like the sun. The entire world gathered around Jamshid, proclaiming that this was the first day of "Nowruz" or New Day. Norooz's origin comes from Zoroastrianism and Mithraism.

Spring cleaning and shopping are both two major activities Persians utilize before preparing for the new year. A clean house is highly auspicious. Decorating is also a must. And buying yourself a beautiful outfit represents change. In addition to cleaning and shopping, Persians are expected to make short visits to family and friends. Often times elders are visited first. Food is heavily embraced, as Persian tea, pastries and cookies are often served. Dried fruits are also part of this lifelong tradition.

Upon arrival of the Persian New Year, a haft sin table is prepared, as this table is deeply rooted with immense symbolism. A traditional haft sin table consists of Sabze, Samanu, Sumac, Vinegar, Apple, Garlic and Persian Olives. Additionally, it also includes a mirror, candles, eggs, coins, goldish and hyacinth as well as the traditional Persian sweets. A book of wisdom, primarily one of faith (Bible, Avesta, Quran, etc.) may also be placed on the haft sin table. 

The sun, the moon, the star, the heart, the eye, the life. Today I am thankful, blessed, honored and grateful for everything in life. A new dawn, a new day, a new noon, a new sun, a new eve, a new night, a new sky, a new life. Nowruz Mobarak! Happy Norooz! 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Entering Neverland

Yesterday, Hibbeler Productions presented one of the most interesting documentaries "Entering Neverland" a very moving rebuttal to the famous documentaries "Finding Neverland" and "Leaving Neverland" by Dan Reed which are dedicated to exposing the King of Pop for alleged abuse of Wade Robson and James "Jimmy" Safechuck. 

I've watched both documentaries fully and could immediately see the deception of the alleged victims, as well as, others who are supporting their allegations. There were many red flags throughout the documentary, which I will discuss at a later date. As a victim of abuse, I definitely can spot those who are clearly lying about it. 

I believe Michael Jackson is innocent. You can read my reasons why here. I use to think it was possible he was a pedophile; however, after doing independent research, I discovered that Jackson is clearly an innocent man and a victim of very evident one-dimensional propaganda.  

Entering Neverland is a great documentary which you can watch here. The documentary is an intense reaction to "Leaving Neverland" and really proves the deception of Wade Robson and James "Jimmy" Safechuck. This is also a documentary that I truly believe many don't want you to see. I would not be surprised if this video was hit with an array of copyright strikes from Robson and Safechuck or anyone who believes them.

You have every right to an opinion regarding this, but I ask that you please do your research fully before believing something one-dimensional.  


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

First look at Disney Aladdin collection by MAC Cosmetics

The MAC Aladdin Eyes palette.
In case you haven't read about the official launch of the new Disney Aladdin collection from MAC Cosmetics, you need to. Just click here right now. And in case you are unaware, Disney has teamed up with the internationally known makeup brand to launch an Aladdin themed makeup collection which features an unique fusion of precious metal tones and jeweled tones inspired by Princess Jasmine herself. 

The collection features MAC Aladdin Eyes X9 which includes nine stunning shades that are inspired by the popular Disney classic. Featuring a lot of jeweled and precious metal tones, this palette is perfect for those of you looking to embrace your inner Princess Jasmine. 
The MAC lipstick in
A Whole New World.


In addition to this eye shadow palette, MAC Cosmetics will also release one lipstick called "A Whole New World" which is a very bright and fun cool fuchsia pink with a semi-matte finish. 

And to complete the collection, MAC Cosmetics will include the Aladdin Powder, which is great for the face and the cheeks. Definitely a staple in this collection. 

The Disney Aladdin makeup collection will be available online at MAC Cosmetics, as well as, in selection MAC locations on May 16, 2019. This is on a Thursday, so mark your calendars. Don't miss Disney's Aladdin in theaters on May 24, 2019. #MACCosmetics #DisneyAladdin


The MAC Powder.

MAC Cosmetics introduces Disney Aladdin collection

A look at the new Disney Aladdin
collection from MAC Cosmetics.
Step into Spring with the Disney Aladdin collection from MAC Cosmetics. The world-renowned makeup brand has officially teamed up with Disney to create one of the most anticipated collections of the year. 

Filled with a fusion of precious metals and Princess Jasmine jewel tones, this is one collection will not limit you to three wishes only. The Disney Aladdin collection unleashes a whole new world into a dazzling place you never knew on a magical makeup ride. With unbelievable sights and an indescribable feeling, this is a collection that embraces a new world of opulently packaged, limited-edition color. 

Products vary upon Aladdin eye shadow palettes to Aladdin lipsticks to Aladdin powders and more. 

Amazing right?

This collection will be available online and in select MAC locations on Thursday, May 16, 2019. For more information visit MAC Cosmetics today. Don't miss Disney's Aladdin in theaters on Friday, May 24, 2019. #DisneyAladdin #MACCosmetics 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Buffalo Style Macaroni Cheese

Some people seem to think that when you are a vegetarian, you have very few options to choose from. This, of course, is false. As a vegetarian, I can tell that you have many options to choose from. Some of which, I have shared on this blog.

Today, I found myself wanting macaroni and cheese; however, I had a craving for bleu cheese and hot sauce also. Don't ask me why, I just wanted those two together. 

Then, it hit me. Why not incorporate those into this American classic dish to make a buffalo style? I basically boiled water, added some salt and pepper before adding the pasta. 

In another pan, I melted American cheese, Cheddar cheese and butter with a hint of cream. Then, I added some crumbled bleu cheese followed by some Frank's RedHot Sauce. I cooked this on medium heat before draining the pasta and adding it to it.

Finally, I plated the dish accordingly. I also added more hot sauce followed by crumbled bleu cheese for good measure. 

This is ultimately amazing. Although I know I won't be able to finish it all, I am pretty certain I will eat most of it. 

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum

Carolina Herrera
Good Girl Légère
Eau de Parfum
Carolina Herrera has decided to celebrate women's empowerment with a breakthrough in perfumery. Inaugurating a new concept in the world of fragrance, the Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum is as promising and intoxicating as the women who wear it. With a milestone that Herrera is destined to repeat, this fragrance forces female glamour through the communicating with the power of the sense of smell.

In fact, the scent is very seductive and possesses an array of notes which work together to create a sensual yet seductive scent. With a hint of sugar and spice and all things nice, the top notes are: Ylang-Ylang, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot and Lemon. The middle notes are: Jasmin, Tuberose, Bulgarian Rose and Orange Blossom. The base notes are: Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Praline, Cinnamon, Dulce de Leche, Cedar, Cashmirwood, Patchouli, Amber and Musk.

When I smell this fragrance, I definitely detect the Dulce de Leche first shortly before I notice the Tonka Bean, Ylang-Ylang, Praline, Jasmin and Tuberose. The Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum doesn't smell like anything that I have smelled before, but does kind of remind me of the Osmond de Noir by Kelsey Berwin for women fragrance.

What I love about this decadent perfume is the fact that it is made of a black lacquered bottle and features a ribbed gold stiletto and a relatively unique internal pressure system which allows the fragrance to be diffused from the actual release itself.

"We wanted an object, not a bottle, and what more power is there but being in a heel? The system took four years and 600 tests to perfect, for this new flacon, we have needed a hundred more," Carolina Herrera de Baez, creative director of Carolina Herrera Fragrances shared. "A girl has never enough shoes. If they tell you you have too many, stop talking to them," Carolina Herrera continued.
Happy International Women's Day! For more information about the Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum by Carolina Herrera, simply click here right now.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Indian Cheese Paratha

Today I decided to make a cheese paratha. Utilizing flour, water, butter, ghee, milk and cheese, I am modestly satisfied with the result. And as flavorful as they are, I added a little garnish to them which consists of homemade pickled onions and sweet dill pickles. I also added two bay leafs for photographic purposes. 

Parathas are commonly made flatbreads in virtually every Indian house. Derived from Sanskrit, this delicious cult-classic staple are quite possibly one of the most popular flatbreads in India next to the famous Chapati (Roti) and Dosa. The first paratha I have ever tried was an "Aloo paratha" which consists of parathas stuffed with potato and spices. 

Tonight I decided to create my own style of paratha using paneer cheese, chhena cheese and buffalo mozzarella cheese. When preparing the dough, I used flour and water. I did not add any butter or ghee. 


I rolled the dough out using a small rolling pin. I added the ingredients in the middle before rolling it back. Then, I covered the entire dough with ghee. I used a lot of butter by placing some on the flat cast iron pan. I cooked both sides generously. I made only a few parathas, as one is quite filling. 

Finally, I placed them onto a plate. Garnished them with ghee and butter before adding the pickled onions and the pickle followed by the bay leafs. 

Needless to say they turned out great. The flavor is wonderful and the texture reminds me of why some of the greatest food on the planet comes from India. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
It is official, Starbucks has introduced the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato. Inspired by the Spanish Summer classic Leche Merengada, this spectacular Starbucks addition combines the essence of cinnamon and lemon zest for a very acquired yet flavorful, decadent drink.

This new addition to the Starbucks family includes a hallmark of layers. It starts with the whipped cloud cold foam (made with egg white powder) infused with a hint of cinnamon and a touch of lemon syrup and is topped with the internationally known coffee house's espresso. Then, the drink is garnished with caramel drizzle crosshatch and a pinch of cinnamon.

And like the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato, this drink is available hot. The drink features an array of alternatives, as you can get this drink with almond milk and coconut milk. If you were to order a venti size of this drink with 2% dairy milk, the drink would be a total of 240 calories with 45 grams being from fat. With 42 grams of carbohydrates alone, this drink features 225 mg of caffeine, 36 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

This drink is also offered in the blonde version, which is a less robust espresso and great for those who are looking for a lighter fare of the classic coffee drink. For more information about the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato, simply visit Starbucks today.

Starbucks Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
Today, Starbucks introduced the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato. This superb Starbucks addition starts with an unique blend of whipped cloud cold foam (made from egg white powder) and vanilla syrup and features the world-renowned coffee house's bold espresso. Then, the new drink is topped caramel drizzle in a decadent crosshatch design.


This drink is also available in hot and offers an array of milk alternatives too. So, you can order this drink with almond milk and coconut milk instead of traditional dairy milk. You will be on cloud 9 if you are a fan of this incredibly delicious Starbucks espresso fusion.

A venti size delivers 240 calories with only 40 grams of fat. This is in a dairy milk drink. With 40 grams of carbohydrates and 34 grams of sugars, this drink possesses 7 grams of protein and 225 mg of caffeine.

This drink is offered in a blonde version, for those of you looking for a lighter espresso drink. From past to present, Starbucks has been serving you only the best since the late 80s. This drink is definitely destined to feed your fix from start until finish. For more information about this new drink, simply visit Starbucks official website today.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Rest in Peace Luke Perry

Today, I heard about the sad news of Luke Perry today while at work. Then, I went on Twitter to check and see what others were saying in regards to his death. As you may or may not be already aware, Luke Perry died today at the age of 52. After suffering from a stroke, many thought he would have recovered. Sadly, he lost his battle today.

Luke Perry was a part of my childhood, as I grew up watching him on Beverly Hills 90210. He played the role as Dylan McKay, a mysterious rebel who was introverted yet had a kind spirit to befriend virtually everyone he knew. He had more of a "bad boy image" which was portrayed amazingly by Luke Perry.

I was about 9 years old when Beverly Hills 90210 first aired. I watched it from the beginning in late 1990 until the end in 2000, when I was 19. And although I was busy during college, I always had the opportunity to watch the show as someone I knew would also watch it and would record it.

When you think of someone or something that is part of your childhood, you are reminded of it when it is brought up. And as much as you think you can forget, it would take an entire lifetime to do so. Today, I was reminded of mine when I heard about the passing of Luke Perry. Although I don't watch much television anymore, I remember Beverly Hills 90210 like yesterday and being a little girl and looking forward to every single episode that would air that week.

My prayers go out to his family. Gone, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Happy Shivaratri 2019

Lord Shiva temple
near Haridwar, India.
Today is officially Shivaratri. As some of you may or may not already be aware, this is a Hindu holiday which falls on the 4th night of a new moon. Krishna Paksha, which means the period of a waning moon or the dark fortnight, Shivaratri is celebrated on what is often referred to as a moonless night. Today is March 4, 2019.

Shivaratri is a holiday that celebrates the love between Lord Shiva and Goddress Parvati, primarily the anniversary of their marriage. Hindu believers (not all, but most) also believe the anniversary of their wedding day was the first time Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya, a dance which holds major significance in the creation of life, as well as, preservation.

It is tradition for devotees of Lord Shiva to attend the nearest Hindu temple (primarily one of Lord Shiva) and give a ritual bath to the Lingam. The ritual bath consists of several things such as milk and ghee, which is part of the actual panchagavya.

Although I have always identified as Christian, what you may or may not know about me is that I have been a Hindu also for almost a year now hence why I am mentioning this celebration on my blog. As a woman who is in a relationship with a Hindu man, this festival holds significant value to me, as I will spend my day embracing Parvati and praying for a long and prosperous love life.

If you do not believe in Hinduism, at least consider this religion as a form of sub-faith. If you are an enthusiast of spiritualism, you will enjoy Hinduism for its richness and seniority in the theological world of tradition, as I know I do.

With that said, Happy Shivaratri.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Michael Jackson is innocent

Michael Jackson with Alan Light
and James "Jimmy" Safechuck.
(Photo by Alan Light)
Recently, Michael Jackson has been the headline of the news lately. In a recent documentary titled 'Leaving Neverland' directed and produced by Dan Reed, several allegations surfaced about the King of Pop including allegations of child abuse. The documentary features Wade Robson and James (or Jimmy) Safechuck who both claim to have been sexually abused by Jackson. The documentary also features archived footage of Michael himself. The Dan Reed documentary aired tonight on HBO.

To be honest, I am extremely baffled by the allegations of abuse, but find it very odd how these two were given a platform to spread such obvious lies. Both Robson and Safechuck previously swore under oath that their relationship with the pop sensation was never inappropriate nor sexual. They maintained this via cross examination for years yet when asked about it recently, they come up with stories to justify their very obvious libel against Jackson.

Wade Robson has always praised Michael Jackson. However, this all stopped when he was rejected as the lead choreographer in a Michael Jackson themed tribute show in Las Vegas. You see, in 2011, Robson approached John Branca about choreographing the Michael Jackson/Cirque du Soleil production of "One" only to be denied the job. This leads me to ask - if you were abused by someone, why would you want anything to do with them let alone a show dedicated to them?

Another reason I truly believe Michael Jackson is innocent is because shortly after, Robson mentions in 2012 that he suffered a nervous breakdown stating he had an obsessive quest and need for success. What I found awkward was after he was rejected, he mysteriously came up with these abuse allegations, claiming to have "memories" of the abuse he endured by the king of pop. This was shortly after he was refused the job as the lead choreographer for "One". And with these allegations, Robson tried wholeheartedly to publish a book detailing the alleged abuse. That ship completely sailed after the book deal failed.

In 2013 and 2014, both Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck hired the same attorney to go after Michael Jackson. Filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the king of pop's estate, the lawsuit was automatically thrown out in court. In addition they attempted to file a $1.5 billion civil suit and creditor's claim. Fast forward to 2016, Robson referred to himself as the "master of deception" in a deposition that same year. And in the course of those particular proceedings, both stories changed several times. The courts were not fooled by their scam hence why the lawsuit was completely dismissed in 2017.

In addition to the libelous allegations made against Michael Jackson, Dan Reed has made it clearly many times he had no desire nor interest to hear any "pro" commentary regarding Jackson, going supremely with the "con" angle and abuse narrative. He didn't want to talk to anyone who supported the pop star nor anyone who would defend him. The documentary aired tonight, March 3, 2019.

And after an FBI investigation, Michael Jackson was found not guilty, as no evidence was found at the ranch. With over 70 police alone raiding the Neverland Ranch, they found nothing to convict Jackson. This excludes the testimonies of those who hated Jackson or found his actions questionable, but includes the evidence which was thrown out and the evidence from prior cases.

When Michael Jackson was alive, he still maintained the fact that he didn't have a childhood and that he slept with children after because he thought of himself as a child. A real predator, a pedophile would be quick to deny this and not even mention children again. If Jackson were a sexual predator, he would not even put himself in the situation repeatedly.

If Wade Robson was really abused, why would he want to have anything to do with Michael Jackson or his tribute show? A real victim of abuse would never want anything to do with the person who abused them no matter how obsessed they were with that person. No matter what kind of friendship they had with that person. He was also asking for tickets to MJ's memorial. A real victim would not ask for anything nor entertain that person as someone they would want to be around let alone support.

When it comes to proof, I believe a lie detector test and/or polygraph would determine the true deception of Robson and Safechuck as well as their claims against the king of pop. I don't believe they are genuine, as real victims of abuse would not want anything to do with their abuser after. Robson tried to get memorial tickets and even tried to work as lead choreographer for Jackson's show.

I believe Michael Jackson paid off Jordyn Chandler simply because record executives told him to do so. I think they told him not to fight it, as he had too much to lose and it would consume a lot of time fighting it in a court of law. I think Michael Jackson had horrible anxiety, depression and mental illness as a result of being falsely accused hence why he died in 2009 of a drug related problem, due to lack of sleep.

Michael may have come across as unorthodox. Maybe even a little eccentric and bizarre, but I don't believe he was a pedophile. He didn't have a childhood and was a kid at heart. He was also a musical genius who genuinely wanted to help people. Unlike R.Kelly, who I believe is guilty of the allegations against him, I believe that Michael Jackson is innocent.

Friday, March 1, 2019

PUBG Mobile: Angra Mainyu Clan

Do you play PUBG Mobile? Are you looking for an incredible clan to join filled with teamwork and a memory breeding mobile game experience? If so, definitely join our clan the Angra Mainyu Clan. Created by Billy Housh (who is the primary leader of the clan), I am co-leader of the clan.
 
 
 
Recently, he created a video for the clan on his official YouTube channel. You can watch the video above. If you cannot see it, simply click here right now. The video shows live stream footage of us playing on the map Sanhok. The music is "Warriors" by me (originally by Imagine Dragons) which was chosen by Billy personally for this video montage he created.
 
If you are playing PUBG at the present time and looking for a team to join, definitely check out the Angra Mainyu Clan.

Dior presents Cara Delevingne the face of Dior Addict Stellar Shine

The new Dior Addict Stellar Shine consists of 28 unique lipstick shades designed to feed your makeup obsession. Infused with aloe, jojoba oil and natural beeswax, these lipsticks are destined to hydrate your lips, while giving you the color your lips highly yearn for.
 
Perfect accessory for a perfect pout, this collection features four wonderful iconic staples. These include: Bee Dior, Lucky, DiorCharm, and DiorCelestial.
 
Watch the video below to see Cara Delevingne as the force and the face behind this wonderful new Dior Beauty addition.
 
 
If you cannot see the video, just click here to watch it now. For $37 each, you can find these today at Dior counters nationwide and Sephora.