Showing posts with label Selfie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Selfie. Show all posts

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Anniversary party + update on my life

Me tonight.
Tonight is a very special night for my boss as he celebrates his anniversary married to his lovely wife of 30 years. He is having an anniversary party tonight, which is quite exciting. I have been invited so I am going to go. As many of you are aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost a year now. Our anniversary is coming up in a couple days (Tuesday, May 28th) which will mark one year. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

As for my life, I started attending gemstone therapy sessions once a week. I love gemstone therapy because it promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. After one session I felt balanced, more calm and relaxed; however, after going for several weeks I really notice a change. The stress I felt for weeks has been completely alleviated and I feel incredibly calm as a result. 

In ancient history, gemstones had a lot of great healing powers. Some of the mummies in ancient Egypt were buried with Quartz. Not only were they used as a sign of luck, but they were used to heal a human's mind, body, soul, and spirit. This was a very holistic way to relieve any kind of pain and eliminate negative energy from the body by promoting positive harmony and eliminating stress. As a result, you will feel less mad, less sad and will enjoy life to the fullest. I recommend this to virtually everyone. It truly does work and after one session you will definitely feel more balanced and calm. 

A lot of you have asked me to stop talking about Morgan Ingram and start talking more about other subjects. My blog is filled with a variety of subjects. Because I support Toni Ingram, I am misinterpreted as one who is "crazy" and "delusional" as well as, one who is a horrible writer, who is being paid by Toni Ingram (yawn) yet you internet stalkers come to my blog relentlessly and read what I have to say. Some of you may disagree with me, but at the end of the day, you come to my blog for a reason. I will be talking about more topics in the near future.   

On a softer note, tonight I am wearing a green bandage dress courtesy of Hot Miami Styles. My jewelry is from Totaram. I did my usual skin care regimen which consists of a hydrating cleanser, an exfoliator, a serum and a moisturizer. Right now I am really loving the Chuda Exfoliating Cleanser, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and the EMK Beverly Hills Bloom Toner. I am sure I am leaving out others, but will get to those in a future blog post.

For my makeup tonight, I applied the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer followed by the Jeffree Star Magic Concealer in the shade in C12.  Then, I applied the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation in the shade Satin followed by the Estee Lauder Set. Blur. Finish Perfecting Pressed Powder in Translucent. I contoured my face using the Mehron Illusion Palette by Mimi Choi. I never use this usually for contouring, but surprisingly love it. 

On my eyes, I used the Eyeko 'I Do' Liquid Eyeliner followed the Giorgio Armani Beauty Liquid Eye Tint in the shades 37 Scarab and 25 Midnight Cruise. To highlight I used Ellis Faas Lights in the shade E302. For my brows, I used the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5. And for my lashes, I used several coats of the Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Voluminizing Mascara

To finish my makeup look, I used the Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Namaste. I topped my lips with Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammo in Galaxy Gold. To complete the entire look, I sprayed MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

For my hair, I shampooed using the Pai-Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and conditioned using the Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner. Then, I did a full blow-out using the T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer and EcoTools Ultimate Air Dryer Hair Brush. Before drying, I applied the Nexxus Promend. After drying, I applied the Matrix Biolage Hair Gelee

Tonight I am surprising my boss and his wife with a 28 Can Rolling Picnic Camping Cooler. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone, especially those who travel often. Road tripping will become much more savvy and fun with one of these. My first gift choice was a drone, but then I realized he said they had quite a few of them. 

I am sure I can write more, but then again I would be here for hours and I have to be there in several minutes. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, as I hope you are all having an amazing weekend. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Only 10 days until Christmas

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day. You know, it dawned on me that it is December 15th today. I have to admit, it is so hard to believe it is December. It seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter, although it is technically not Winter yet as Winter is only four days before Christmas. But to think it is already December. Christmas is only in 10 days. That is only one week and three days away. And if you do the math, you will realize that the New Year is two weeks and two days away.  

On a much different note, a lot has been going on in my life and needless to say, I am very happy. As you are aware, I am dating a man from India. His name is Sumit. He is the same guy that I mentioned previously here on the blog in Spring, earlier this year. We have a strong connection that is a bit complex to explain in context, but easier to say in words. Does that make sense? Although I must admit, I could probably write quite a few epic love stories inspired by him. With that said, as our love continues to grow so does our connection, our chemistry, our compatibility and our communication. 

It is a very cold yet gloomy day here in Idaho today. As I have been working from 9 am until 5 pm everyday, I feel extremely tired on the weekends. As much as I contemplated going to the gym today, I decided to stay home and veg out. Right now I think I may export a few articles I've written in the past for now defunct publications (e.g. Yahoo! Voices, Examiner, etc.) and move them here to the blog. I know this would be a big project and I couldn't do it all today, as I have flushed out thousands of articles throughout the years. 

I'm also thinking for dinner I want to make homemade pizza. I've ordered pizza and I find that no pizza places around here compare to my homemade Margherita. I make everything from the sauce to the actual dough completely from scratch. I've made homemade cheese in the past, but that is probably the only thing that isn't homemade I would put on it tonight. At least at the moment. Buffalo Mozzarella is everything. 

When I was in Italy I remember how the older Italian ladies would make their sauce. They would crush up tomatoes straight from the vine, add herbs and place them on picnic tables in the hot sun for a day just to create their own paste. Utilizing this paste as a foundation, they would place multiple things (including more tomatoes) into a pot and cook the sauce all day long for that classic authentic flavor. I think I will save this for a separate blog post.

Ok, so today I took the selfie I am sharing. I took it about an hour ago, as I attended my company Christmas party. Shortly before, I had to do some shopping, as I didn't have the chance to. I never know what to get during gift exchanges so I went with a practical gift anyone can use - a portable charger. I like the one from Mophie because it's convenient and lasts a long time. I have one in black and one in white and love taking them everywhere, especially when I travel. 

And speaking of practical, I decided that since it is still technically Fall, I wanted to do an orange glam look that was both practical and wearable. The dress (although you cannot see) it is from Hot Miami Styles

For my makeup today, I used the following products: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5, Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Compact in the shade 4.5, OFRA Cosmetics Pro Contouring Cream PaletteBenefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5, Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner, Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 309, Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in M Orange 250, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the shade Black, and Ellis Faas Hot Lips in the shade L409. 

I think I want to eat now. I am hungry. Time to cook. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The last Sunday of October 2018

Me today.
Hello everyone. It is officially the last Sunday of October. As we fly into Fall, I can only think about the work week ahead. I've garnered a fondness for multitasking and am now discovering this to be one of my strongest virtues. Perhaps, I have no choice other than to work on multiple things at once, as that is the only way to get the job done. 

Today I decided to do my basic home chores in the early morning (cleaning, laundry, etc.) before making my way to grocery market to buy a few things. Recently, I am really loving Albertsons. Not only do they have a great selection of produce and cheese, but vegetarian alternatives, including some of my personal favorites. I also love the customer service there too. 

I saw a bunch of fresh red bananas and the sales associate was so kind of ask if I wanted to try one. I had tried them before and although they are good, they fail in comparison to match the traditional yellow. And it seems like every single time I inquire about something in the store, I am always offered a sample. I literally would love to go to every Albertson's store in the United States and review them each individually. 

I'm rambling, I know. 

Anyways, today, I decided to not do full glam, but embrace more of a natural yet wearable look. Although my makeup is visible, as you can see from today's photo, I wanted to just enhance my features. For today's selfie, I used the following makeup products:


Smashbox Cosmetics 24 Hour Shadow Primer in the shade Barely-There Sheer, By Terry Eye Designer Palette in 1 Smoky Nude, Motives Waterproof Eye Pencil in the shade Black Magic, Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Eyeliner in the shade Slate, and Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara in Black. (Eyes)


Motives Lip Crayon in the shade Dusty Rose and Motives Maven Matte Lipstick in the shade Reveal Me. (Lips)


And in case you are wondering where my dress (although you cannot see much of it) is from, it is from Hot Miami Styles.

Additionally, I am really loving and appreciating the Bhagavad Gita. In case you are wondering what it is a Hindu scripture written by Lord Krishna. It is quite possibly one of the most inspiring texts I have read. It is modestly complex, as the translation is in old English. I've read it multiple times and find myself still looking at it when I can. Needless to say, I am quite inspired. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day. As much as I am contemplating and debating whether I want to go to the gym and workout for a few, I've decided that I want to take a nice relaxing bath and catch up on some much needed sleep. Today is national chocolate day, so I may take serious advantage. 

Have an amazing day!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Day of Summer 2018

It is officially the first day of Summer. I woke up in a relatively great mood. The weather is incredible, as it is not too hot or cold. Although the humidity prevents it from being pristine, I would say the environment is close to it for the first day of the hottest season. I am going to leave for work shortly, but want to make a smoothie before I go. I am thinking banana and dates with perhaps some chocolate almond milk? I like to add some coconut sugar for good measure. I don't know what it is with me and coconut sugar, as I seem to really be loving and appreciating it. 

And speaking of coconut sugar, I do have to go grocery shopping after work today. I really love the fruit and vegetable stands here in Idaho. Everything is modestly fresh and organic. The prices are exceptionally good. I have lived all over yet I find myself appreciating this. One thing about Idaho that I find fascinating is the fact that it is hotter in the evening than the late morning/early afternoon. I think it is the only state I have ever been in that is like this. Perhaps this is why so many grow crops (potatoes and onions more than anything else) here.

For work today, I am wearing a simple mustard, gold colored v-neck shirt with a black belt and black pencil skirt. The shirt (which is visible) is from J.Crew. As you can kind of tell in my selfie today. The skirt is from BCBGMaxAzria (which is non-visible from the selfie) and the belt I bought from Forever 21

In terms of beauty products, I am very much obsessed with the Giorgio Armani Beauty Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Face Balm, LORAC POREfection Foundation, By Terry Paris Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow Pen in Bronze Moon (No. 4), Benefit Cosmetics goof proof eyebrow pencil, and Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Libra. I love more things, but I only have a few minutes. I want to also add that I am currently obsessed with the Goutal Paris Rose Pompon Parfum. I own an array of perfumes yet I find myself reaching for this one the most. The fragrance is one of the best things you will ever smell in your life. I'll create a beauty favorites and share what I love for the month. 

Anyways, I am off. Off to work that is. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 4, 2018

I love Sumit so so much

Today I decided to surprise Sumit with these selfies. I took the initiative of professing my love to him by writing on my hand. And in case you are wondering, I did not use a sharpie to write this, I used a felt tip eyeliner pen. In fact, I used the Eyeko 'Eye Do' Liquid Eyeliner to write the message on my hand and I filled the heart in with the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliner in Canary Yellow.

Sumit is the new man in my life, as I met him in mid-to-late April. We just started seeing each other. I have been very happy in my life and I owe a lot of my happiness to him. He's going through a tough time in life, but in the end he is a real warrior so good, great and amazing things will be waiting for him. Every time I talk to Sumit, I feel a sense of true contentment and I am so extremely satisfied with my life, as a result. He is definitely someone who both inspires and motivates me. And for that, I am genuinely grateful.


Today I decided to really look at my life and dissect everything. Instead of looking at my life one-dimensionally, I decided to really look at it fully. What do I love? What do I hate? What can I change? What can I rearrange? Is it ok? Does it slay? I've come to realization that it is pointless to overthink, as any type of rumination (and ruination) will not solve the problem, but rather amplify it. And sometimes this kind of mindset can create problems that simply do not exist. The world can be a dark place, but if we bring ourselves into the light, we can shine in spite of any darkness that attempts to delude us. Today, I realize this more than ever and I am happy about it.

On another note, I have decided to reinvent this blog to feature an array of topics and not just commentary. So, I want let you know that most of the makeup I used in my selfies today are from Giorgio Armani Beauty, Urban Decay and LORAC. I also used Benefit Cosmetics. If you want to know specifics or have any beauty related questions, feel free to ask in the comments or reach out via contact form here.

And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Just got home from a long day

I just got home from a very long day. All work and no play. It is Wednesday yet feels like a Thursday and I have to wait two days for it to be Friday. I know I haven't been posting much on this blog, as I have been busy beyond belief with my life, but I promise you will hear from me sporadically until I have more time. So much has happened in my life and although I have so much I want to say, it would probably take forever to cover everything.

As many of you already know, I live in Idaho (Meridian) and have been here for several years now. Not only do I have family that lives nearby, but I felt an immediate connection when I first visited hence why I decided to pack my bags from Bozeman and make the 10+ hour move via drive. Idaho is quite possibly the most underrated state, as it embodies an organic ardor of fields. Some areas are flatter than others, but everywhere you look you see endless fruits and vegetables growing.

What really caught my attention aside from the potato fields were the endless fields of onions and how the scent of onion managed to penetrate through the air, making an entire area within a 30 mile radius smell like fresh onion rings. Needless to say, the smell use to bother me when I first moved here, but now I appreciate it more than ever. And every time you travel through this glorious state you are met with many wonderful Spanish speaking people who sell fresh, organic produce right from their rust fruit stands.

When I first moved here, I felt motivated to grow things. Everything from herbs to vegetables to fruits to flowers to even grass and more. And it is because of living here in Idaho I have garnered a huge love and appreciation for gardening. Time is virtuous and I feel like time is never wasted when growing something. With Earth Day just around the corner, I feel compelled to put some of the wonderful things into the ground. After all, the earth is filled with life.  
Today I am incredibly exhausted and just want to have a nice shower, eat a nice dinner and dive into my bed freely without any thought of anything. I thought about binge watching Breaking Bad reruns, but I am just way too tired this evening and can only think about sleep. Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do was just sleep? That's how I feel today. And besides, tomorrow is a brand new day.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Just a quick selfie before I go out tonight

Just a quick selfie before I go to the local wine tasting event this evening. A good friend of mine invited me and insisted that I attend. I haven't seen her in a year, so I am looking forward to going. Did I mention that I am so happy it is Friday? #TGIF I don't usually drink (or at least a lot), but I could really use a glass of Moscato d'Asti right now with a wedge of formage brie.

It has been a while since I have been to any wine tasting event and to be quite frank, I do miss it as they can be fun. Kind of a more refined rendition of a traditional tap takeover with a twist. Anyways, in terms of wine, I'm usually a fan of sweeter wines such as Moscato d'Asti, Tokaji Azsú, Sauternes, Lambrusco, Ice Wine, etc. but can appreciate some of the bitter ones too such as Bordeaux and Burgundy once in a while. Sparkling wines seems to be my choice of port, but sometimes the smoother wines really bring an acquired taste to the palate. Especially when paired with the right food.

I can appreciate dry wines such as Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc and even a fine Burgundy, but to be honest, they are not my first choice. Of course I am not a connoisseur (like I use to be, that is), so more than likely I just haven't tried the right one. My least favorite is Pinot Grigio if I were to choose the one I would unlikely consume tonight.

Now if you ask me to choose between red and white, I honestly cannot choose as some of my favorite wines have been both. Red wine (in moderation, that is) seems to be the healthiest and loaded with an array of antioxidants which is always a plus and a good thing. Rose wine can also be good. Did I mention that I love pink moscato?

But the question remains, what are my favorite wines? To be honest, I love quite a few right now. They include:

-Mascota Vineyards Unanime (the 2013 bottle is the best I have tried)
-Chanteau D'Yquem Sauternes (the 2010 bottle is my favorite)
-Foss Marai Moscato Dolce Reale
-Caposaldo Sweet Peach Sparkling Moscato
-Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial
-Neige Apple Ice Wine
-Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
-Riunite Lambrusco

Tonight I decided to wear a simple blue, v-neck shirt with a belt and matching pencil skirt. It's starting to get warm, so I don't think I will need a jacket. I may take a shawl or even a light hoodie in case it gets cold. My makeup is dramatic yet wearable (as you can see from today's selfie), as my hair is pulled back in light headband. Most of my makeup today is Giorgio Armani Beauty, but if you have any questions on specifics you can ask me in the comments.

If you are filled with knowledge about wine, please do not hesitate to share in the comments. I do read about wine from time-to-time, but I feel like some of the content I read is one dimensional and really doesn't provide me with universal knowledge and accuracy of wines. I think that is a reason to both love and hate non-fiction content on the internet. Everyone is different as everyone has a different point-of-view, so therefore the commentary is different too.

Anyways, I hope you are having an amazing day, afternoon, evening or night depending on where you are in this crazy world, as I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I hope you will enjoy your Friday as I plan to enjoy mine.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Norooz 2018: Sale No Mobarak

As many of you know, I am Iranian American. As I am quite proud of my Persian heritage and culture, I love to celebrate the Persian New Year (Norooz) every year.
 
Well tomorrow is Norooz As the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, Norooz is a holiday that equalizes both night and day, bringing you more than just a new dawn and a new life, but a new day. In fact, the Persian word "Nowruz" means new day. As the first day of Farvardin, it is also the first day of the March equinox and the first day of the Iranian Solar calendar.
 
To celebrate the holiday, Spring cleaning is essential as it symbolizes a "rebirth" of your environment. And for the Persian New Year, a "Haft Sin" table is set up which consists of Sabze, Samanu, Senjed, Serke, Sib, Sir, and Somaq. The items all include some sort of plant and/or food to represent them, which correlate with the planets in our universe.
 
Sabze includes grains such as barley, wheat, or lentil sprouts grown in a pot or a dish. The Samanu utilizes sweet pudding (usually made with wheat germ). Senjed is represented with olives, usually Persian olives. Serke uses vinegar. When it comes to representing Sib, apples are used. Sir is represented by garlic. And last, but not least the Somaq uses sumac.
 
And for every Persian New Year, this is the kind of things you will see on a traditional haft-sin table. Other things you will see on the table include: a living gold fish in a bowl, candles, a mirror, colored eggs, hyacinth, and other random decorations. Creativity is usually embraced, as not every haft-sin table looks the same nor are they created equal. A book of faith (some refer to this as a book of wisdom) is also added. As most Iranians are Muslim and embrace Islam, there are many (like myself) that are not Muslim, so I would not include a Quran at my haft-sin table.
 
Various food is prepared, primarily Persian dishes. Each day there is a new dish, as several are prepared per day. As most are non-vegetarian, I usually create these dishes using a plant-based alternative or if I am eating dinner with family, I request a vegetarian alternative to the dish. Most of the Persian sweets or desserts are vegetarian. When I am not eating baklava, consuming Persian tea, I love to enjoy dolma stuffed with rice and veggies, kuku sabzi (an amazing vegetarian-friendly Persian dish which utilizes various herbs and veggies), and sabzi polow (rice cooked with an variety of herbs as well as, noodles). Most of the time sabzi polow is served with fish, but I eat it alone or with Gardein's fishless filets.
 
I am looking forward to celebrating Norooz this year with family and friends. It is a time to both reminisce and relax. Although many enjoy celebrating before the holiday, the holiday continues days after. Enjoying great Persian food with Persian music and laughter, there is just nothing better.
 
Happy Norooz! Sale no mobarak! نوروزتان مبارک! من بهترین ها را برای شما آرزو می کنم!