Friday, January 23, 2015

MUSIC | Smashing Pumpkins & 90's Flair

Time is never time at all
You can never ever leave
Without leaving a piece of youth

An epic evening indeed, my childhood want of seeing the Smashing Pumpkins perform live was finally fulfilled! Well, this past December I may have not been able to see all of the Smashing Pumpkins because that will never happen again, but I did get to see Billy Corgan perform.

It was all I imagined it to be and was a great show, despite the venue was ridiculously over capacity, other than that it was a lot of hard core fans, people who were there just there for the music.  I feel like I always talk about the latest show being the best I've been to and it being hard to top, but really! I got to see Tonight, Tonight live and I scored press passes to go to this show -pretty epic night. How do you top seeing the Smashing Pumpkins.  Its not going to happen for a while.  

Here's to being young and to the memories.  It's all about the memories of our youth

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NOMventure| Toro Restaurant

Tapas and drinks just like in Spain,
but right here in New York. 

It was one of those, "hey lets grab dinner after, we'll see what's near by" nights.  I was attending an event in Tribeca and found Toro was located a few blocks over.  The menu sounded great with tons of tapas and interesting plates.  I love a place with a ton of small plates, because I can never decide what I want and who doesn't want to try a little bit of everything. 

I highly recommend giving this spot a try! It had so much to offer on the menu, great specials, good wine selection, fantastic service and a chill vibe.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DAILY OUTFIT | Flannel & a Peplum

Mix the Unconventional,
it may surprise you.

I always enjoy mixing things you never would.  I guess that is sort of how I've always  generally felt as a person, so it sort of transcends into my daily vision.  When I was in my formidable young teen years I got picked on a lot. I got called all kinds of names, one was 'poser'.  I was called this because I liked: punk rock, old school hip hop and 90's pop -and I still love all of these things. I never fit into a specified box. Actually, I still love all the same eclectic movies, music, and hobbies I always have -the only difference is I run a blog now instead of a 'zine. 

So my outfit pairings do not either.  I like to mix styles like girlie and grunge, punk and preppy, chic and funky, vintage and tomboy -it all depends on the mood.

I randomly tried the white peplum with the flannel was a great unconventional pairing with the girlie lumberjack boots, funky beanie, and urban necklace.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

BEAUTY | Time to Relax

We all need to take some time to chill,
it makes you prettier.

There are many basic essentials to staying beautiful.  It is beyond the way you cut your hair, the clothing you buy, or the even the way you do your makeup.  It's the ground work you put in before all of this.  These five things are what I consider the most important simple rituals to being more naturally beautiful.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NOMS | No Bread Curry Meatballs over Spaghetti Squash

Time to get Curried Away
Making delicious noms without heavy carbs

So I am the biggest fat-ass in a petite person's body and I have the appetite of a child.  I'm hungry every four hours and if I don't get to eat, "God, help you," because I will become super hangry. If this has or will ever happen to you, I apologize now.  Basically, I just love to eat rich and savory dishes -all the time .  

Now, this sort of preference in meals makes it very hard to cut back on 'what is making me start to loose my 20-year old metabolism' and still enjoying my food in all of its glory of being rich and delicious. Nonetheless, I still try to have my cake and eat it too.

That's why I've been trying to create dishes that are still rich and filling, yet don't have processed complex carbs such as traditional sliced bread or pastas.  So I hope you guys enjoy the latest nom diary from my kitchen of throwing stuff together. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

MUSIC | An Intimate Evening with Art Alexakis

We can live beside the ocean,
Leave the fire behind..

There is always something that reminds me of  g r o w i n g  u p  when I listen to Everclear.  The voice of Art Alexakis always rang so full of emotion and I felt like he understood being a kid, growing up and playing out whatever you were dealt

It was perfect, spending the evening with one of my favorite ladies at City Winery enjoying great tapas, wine and of course the sweet 90's west coast style acoustics of Art Alexakis.  

I know, I'm such a cornball. I can't help it, I'm such a sucker of all that is nostalgic. As time inevitably seems to move faster, I have always felt life is about the memories you collect. And for me, music always cemented every moment in my life.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

BEAUTY | Organic Oils, Serums and Potions.

A Little R&R for your hair, 
during these winter blues.

I know -yes now, 'cue everyone to start complaining about how cold it is'. We get it, December is fun and festive and then January till Spring is just cold.  I personally enjoy parts about all the seasons and for me the cold and gray months are a great time to catch up on movies, books, all of the "one of these days" projects that are accumulating, and then of course all the winter beauty regimens.

Its always a great time to take some special attention to your skin, so why not your hair too.  I don't think it is ever too early to begin taking good care of your face, skin, and hair.  You are going to have this hair and be in this skin for a long time.  

I try to use a good hair mask once a week for that extra hydration.  InstaNatural's Argan Oil mask is perfect.  The product is an intensive blend of organic materials that help deliver moisture, strengthen and protect against heat and the elements. It made my hair dramatically smoother and silky again, despite that I have bleached and heat processes far too frequently. 

*Sponsored to write review, in return I received products.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LIFESTYLE | New Orleans Vacation

I spent six days eating my way through this city.

It wasn't nearly long enough.

Seeing the sights of a new city is one of the best parts of life.  And right before all the holiday season madness began, I got to visit New Orleans, Louisiana. Looking back through what I see, knowing what I didn't have time to see, leaves want to go back!  Like Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

I will always wonder to myself, how I spent so much of my life never visiting this city.  It quickly became another city I fell in love with.  With the food, the history, architecture, music, culture, sweet tea, and that good ol' southern hospitality- how could I not fall in love.  So check out some highlights from my adventure.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

LIFESTYLE | Cheesy Holiday Portaits

Hope everyone's holiday was great!

Tis' the season for family time, cookies, and of course: cheesy family portraits.  The family I grew up with lives about four hours so this is the time of year I actually get to spend some quality time with them.  Though, most days its another group of people who are my everyday family.  So we took this holiday photo together.  No husbands, no babies, just us roomies and our pets.  

So I hope everyone had a great holiday and get to spend it with whomever you call your family.   

Friday, December 19, 2014

DIY | The Best Last Minute X-MAS Present

The Cutest Chevron Bracelet,
easy to make and surely to please.

Well what's better than a thoughtful and useable present.  I suppose you could be sarcastic and say the winning lotto ticket, a vacation, or some other lavish big ticket item.  Though, truthfully -who can afford all that?  Not me and that probably also applies to ninety-nine percent of you as well.  

So how about something cool, thoughtful, inexpensive and something someone would actually want to wear. I thought they would be great mixed in with other bracelets or worn as a trio. 
Sound good okay great!  Check out how I made these chevron braided bracelets. 


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