Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Whirlwind

I'm sorry I have been gone for so long... 
my life has been a whole lot of chemistry, and a whole lot of flu :( 
I wish this wasn't the case - but my blogging took a major hit, which makes me sad, but I do what I can. 
So here are some tidbits of my Valentine's Day date with Javi at Cilantro (so old, right?).
Cilantro has a special place in my heart; it is where Javi and I went on our first date :)
Oh oh oh
And today, I am stepping out of my seclusion and I am pampering myself with a trip to the hair salon & spa. Because it's just so necessary after the way the last two weeks have been!

My chemistry notes (my favorite pastime)
My man at Cilantro :)
I think this is one of the coolest light fixtures ever
Our sushi boat! Everything was delicious,
as the food always is at Cilantro

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Not Valentine's Day

via Pinterest

You all probably think I am nuts, but due to my hectic schedule the last few days, and Javier's, we have decided we are celebrating Valentine's Day officially tomorrow, so we have time to go on a real date. 
The big kid world is so romantic. 
But I am really looking forward to it, and {hopefully} there will be {some decent} pictures! 

Here is a little {p}leather leggings remix :)

Sweater: Urban Outfitters, Shirt: Jessica Simpson, Leggings: Body Central, Booties: Steve Madden,
Necklace: Juliet & Company,  Bag: Coach, Sunnies: Forever 21


I am obsessed 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Leather + Fur

I have my first Organic Chemistry exam coming up this Monday...
I may be MIA for a few days... I'm going to die. 
On the cheery side of things, this is one of my favorite outfits - I love pleather leggings and I love my fur vest :) And my Madden wedges of course! Comfy yet stylish; my specialty. 
There is something about these leggings that I must share. I had great pleather leggings from Express, and I knelt down on the bathroom rug to give my kidden a bath. It rubbed the pleather off of the knees, ruining my leggings. I went to the mall to find some more and no one had them; then someone said try Body Central. To put it kindly, I really don't like that store. But I was desperate and they had one pair left, in my size, for $5. Win for me! So for now, until I come up with some serious cash, these will do :)

Speaking of serious cash, say some prayers for me guys. I have to take a series of tests for this job I applied for and if I pass them, I get my first job where I will be paid, significantly, over minimum wage. I will be making about twice what I made at my last job - which would be beyond absolutely fantastic. 
Keeping my fingers crossed!

Vest: TJ Maxx (Woodland Brand), Shirt: Banana Republic (Hilary's), Leggings: Body Central,  Shoes: Steve Madden, Necklace: Juliet & Company, Bracelet: Forever 21, Bag: Coach





Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yum In My Tum

I discovered these little munches on Pinterest and decided I wanted to try to make them myself!
Best idea I've ever had.
I made these with Hilary, and again for the Superbowl, and all I did was eat these all day. They are light, fresh and savory all at the same time. The cucumber is crunchy and sweet and the filling adds a salty, seasoning-rich taste. I'm in love. I honestly think I am going to start making these on a regular basis, they would be a great snack anytime!
And you won't regret eating 500 of these...
Ok maybe 500 is a bit much, but you get my point.
Right?
Right.


Cucumber Feta Rolls

Filling:
6 Ounces of crumbled original feta cheese
3 Tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
3 Tablespoons finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 Teaspoons lemon juice
Add some dashes of...
Pepper
Pepper flakes
Oregano

4-5 Cucumbers
(I think it is safe to have more than less - it is difficult to cut the cucumber thinly without butchering many slices!)

The filling before it was all mixed up
Slice the cucumber in thin strips length wise
Put about a small amount of filling at the end of the cucumber strip and roll them up!
End result: delicious, healthy and satisfying 
hors d'oeuvres 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Neutral Love

This post is so late! 
My apologies. 
OU was a blast - it was a great weekend. I'll have (a few) pictures and more about it coming soon! Between Blogger Friday and the trip to OU I've had so much fun, but I am so exhausted! My internal clock is so beyond messed up! Anybody else have the problem where once you have one night off of your normal schedule, you mess up your sleeping patterns for a while? I know I do! Anyways, enough about sleeping, here are some pictures taken by Hilary :)

Dress & Jacket: Urban Outfitters, Tights: Macy's, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Coach, Sunnies: Forever 21



Friday, February 3, 2012

Tidbits

This weekend is going to be epic; I can feel it.
Today I am going to my friend Hilary's, the writer of Young and Na├»ve.
We are doing a "Blogger Friday" afternoon with recipes, outfits and more! 
So be prepared for some exiting posts coming up on Monday! 
I would post sooner, but...
Last minute (as in late last night) Javi and I decided to make a road trip down to
 Ohio University in Athens to visit his friends, 
and I could not be more excited. 
OU is in the middle of no where, but the campus is beautiful and it is the definition of a college town. 
So be ready for lots of pictures from the trip too!

So for today, here are a few tidbits of my favorite little things as of late.

Gold chains & stripes
Bracelet: Forever 21, Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Blush & Gold, my new favorite combo
Mirage Necklace from Juliet & Company
It's time for a home "spa" session - Nexxus hair conditioning treatment and a facial with cucumber 
My silk scarf that I got while I was in China in 2005... I'm still in love with it
Bright, fun tennis shoes and a little fashion segment
Tennis Shoes: Coach
My kidden thinks he is really tough...
look at that smoldering stare

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Health Kick

Tonight my friend Olivia and I went on a health kick.
We worked out and afterwards when we were hungry, we decided to make some healthy munch.
{delicious}
These two recipes are easy, fast, healthy and too tasty!

Fruit Smoothie
Ingredients
Ice
6-7 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 Cup sorbet (we used mango)
1 1/2 Cups Frozen fruit (fresh is always best, but we used frozen pineapple and raspberries)
3/4 Cup milk (we used vitamin D milk)

Throw it all in a blender! That's it! 




Naan Pizza
Ingredients
Naan bread
Olive oil
Canned pizza sauce
Oregano
Red pepper flakes
Minced garlic
Cheese (mozzarella, parmesan or both)
Turkey pepperoni 

The great thing about this recipe is you can really do this however you want - add more or less depending on your taste. And obviously, you can make just about any kind of pizza. A good healthy pizza idea would be a pizza with your favorite veggies! So to begin, spread some olive oil on the naan bread and add light sauce. Then throw on lots of cheese! Sprinkle oregano and red pepper flakes, and add small amounts of the minced garlic. Add your turkey pepperoni and sprinkle a bit more cheese (we wanted this to be very cheesy) Throw it in the oven at 400 degrees and cook until all the cheese it melted. We did not time it but it took less than 10 minutes. Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Spontaneity



This time the bipolar weather of Ohio really paid off; it was in the 60's yesterday! 
My friend Lisa and I decided we wanted to do something outdoors so we could enjoy the beautiful weather. So after class we decided we were going to be adventurous and make the hour long drive up to Lake Erie to the Headlands Beach State Park. This was my first time going - and I loved it! I've been longing for a beach - and Lake Erie is so big you can't see the other side, so for now it is just going to have to do as my "ocean!"
And so, for the afternoon, I pretended I was off on a beach,
 far, far away from real life,
listening to the "ocean" waves with my bestie. 
{Lovely}

Car ride snapshot wearing my favorite new Forever 21 sunnies :)

Liis doing her cartwheel!
The beach, a beer and a magazine - so relaxing
Me, galavanting on the beach, being my normal silly self
Blouse: Express, Pleather Leggings: Express

One for my Javi :)

My boots from Journeys 



And just to share with everyone - I have become obsessed with this song, it's great.
You should listen to it!



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside

Coat: Guess, Scarf: Can not recall where it's from,
 Jeggings: Abercrombie & Fitch, Pumps: Steve Madden,
Sunglasses: Forever 21, Clutch: TJ Maxx
Hair is in a sock bun - check out my tutorial here!

The weather as of late has been insane here in good old northeast Ohio.
 One minute it is sunny and thirty seconds later it is raining... then it turns into freezing rain, and after five minutes there is a blizzard putting three inches of snow on the ground - within fifteen minutes. 
I wish this was a joke, but despite some mild exaggeration, this is pretty true.
 It's been difficult to get some outfit pictures outdoors - but I was lucky enough to be able to snap these after we got some pretty snow! 
So I bundled up, with an attempt to do it in style.





Monday, January 30, 2012

Glitz & Glam

Here I have a new product that I decided to try after my friend Lisa swore by it. This lipgloss from Victoria's Secret makes your lips tingle and plump! It's nothing extreme, but I noticed my lips definitely looked a little fuller and there was a bigger difference on Lisa's lips. I took a before and after picture of my lips and in the after picture I had it on for about 10-15 minutes. Although, I feel that there is definitely a more noticeable difference after about 30 minutes. So if you're looking for a lip plumper, this is a good one! Just be prepared - your lips tingle quite a bit and after wearing it for about 30 minutes they feel like they are swollen - but I did not find this in any way to be uncomfortable. They have one with a slight pink tint (the one I got), one that is a clear gloss, and a clear super shine gloss - all with plumping capabilities! 


A little mini of my favorite VS scent
Before
After 

Smokey Cat Eye Tutorial

I used the lightest grey, darkest grey, and black colors from the Maybelline Expert Wear color palate in "Charcoal Smokes" and Cover Girl Lashblast Fusion 

Put the lightest grey shade all over your lid
Take the dark grey and line the crease of your eyelid,
pulling it out past the end of your eye to create a smokey cat look


Start at the outer end, past the end of your eye and
line your eye with the black shadow
Put on several coats (I did two) of mascara 
Put a small amount of the black shadow in the bottom, outer corner of your eye 
Smokey Cat Eye