Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Parties: the Kickoff

It's holiday party season...yayy!! I am prepared this go round. This summer I dropped my business card in jar to participate in a raffle held by Gather Boutique, an online shop that hosts great local pop-ups in the Valley. Never in a million years did I think I would win, but lo and behold, I got an email telling me I had won a $50 mini shopping spree at their online store. I logged in an scored some sweet stuff including a fabulous red dress. I did not know where I would wear it but I knew it would be worn in a fabulous way, duh. First holiday party of the year, the Western Region Black Law Students Associations Annual Fall Mixer, nailed it!

Law graduates/ students do clean up well.
Dress from Gather Boutique, Black head band from H&M in Korea, belt is vintage

Holiday parties are a good excuse to break out the little red dresses, or in this case, red button down are good too!

The only back view I got of this dress does not do it justice. 

These shoes, are to die for. 

Bag and bracelet: Vintage
I think I've had the necklace since middle school.

 I did M.A.C Coopering on the outside corner to mid eye and Stila Prize (a bright shimmering gold) on the inside corner to mideye. Lined top and bottom in M.A.C. Black eyeliner. 
Glitter nail polish by L.A. Colors

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!

The Quickest Way To Get Into My Shorts

The secret to getting into my shorts is to buy them from my new Etsy shop. I know "what a cheap ploy" but these panties, while reasonably priced aren't cheap. All of them are handmade right here in the U.S. of A. And best of of all they are super cute.

These knickers are low rise boy-short cut. The fabric and piecing is done to fit most small and medium ladies. These brightly colored and fabulously printed undies are made of a super stretchy nylon/ spandex blend.

And fellas you have not been forgotten. We've got some great stuff for you too!

The store launched just in time to fulfill all of your holiday needs. Yes grandpa needs those leopard print boxer briefs... trust me on this one.

Camo Knit Boyshorts

Hot Houndstooth- my fave pattern this season!!

You can't go wrong with a black and white Ikat Print

Won't you tush look smart in this preppy striped print.

Teal Genie design easily doubles as swimsuit bottom. Pair these cute bottoms with a gold tube top for a day at the beach or how about a cool crop top for the inner rock star.

You know you've always wanted to try the pant-less look...why should Rihanna have all the fun?

               Image: Style Bistro

Life is Delicious...Go Taste It!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Minted Zucchini and Feta with Sunflower Seeds

I have been staring at the zucchini in my fridge for some days now trying to figure out what to do with it. I had entertained the idea of breading and frying it, but I have skipped one too many gym days to justify anything fried. Just as I nearly devolved into simply sautéing the zucchini with olive oil and salt as usual, I had an idea. Below is a dish that does not skimp on flavor and will leave your waistline in Mint Condition.

Minted Zucchini and Feta with Sunflower Seeds:

Here's What You Need: 

2 large zucchini

1/2 tsp dried finely crushed peppermint

1/4 tsp dried basil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp finely minced garlic

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp olive oil

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons of crumbled Feta Cheese

4 teaspoons of  Sunflower Seed kernels (roasted and salted)

Here's What You Gotta Do:

1) Finely slice the zucchini using a vegetable peeler or stringer tool and place in a large bowl.

2) Add all of the remaining ingredients (Except the Cheese and Seeds) to the bowl and mix well.

3) Cover and place bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let the dressing absorb and soften the zucchini.

4) Uncover bowl and add the feta cheese and sunflower seeds. Serve immediately. 

 * Serves four as a side dish or two as a salad.

Used this handy dandy vegetable shredder tool. 

Tastes as good as it looks!

Tasty Tips: 
- To make this salad Vegan, simply leave out the Feta. 

Life's Delicious...Go Taste It!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Doggie Style: Back in the Desert

My mini vacation at home has ended and I'm back in the desert. I have to admit these past couple of days have been tough because I have been so home sick. I didn't think it was possible considering I haven't lived "home" in years. Alas, my new nephew, the pending job hunt and  traveling boyfriend have left me feeling a smidgen bit underwhelmed with Phoenix. At my dad's suggestion I didn't return to home empty handed. I brought back a friend. Well he wasn't really a friend at first, he peed on my floor, refused to eat what I served him, and growled at me a couple of times. Meet Bono:

He's a Pekinese and something else (aka mutt). My aunt whose job keeps her away from home most of the time, thought it best to give him to someone who had the time to be take care of Bono. And yes he is named after the U2 singer. Bono has tested my patience in more ways than one. Don't let that cute face fool you. On the flight over he was nicknamed "Bark-ems" by the woman in the seat behind me and he tried to escape from that traveling bag the entire flight.

Bono came with the leash below. Poor leash told the story of Bono's temperament, in a word, it was a hot mess. Since we were gonna be starting fresh, new rules, new dog-to-owner relationship, I figured we might as well start by freshening up this raggedy leash.

Hot mess leash 

I used a little acrylic paint and a lot of creativity to cover the scratched surface. I sanded the scratches down a little bit and started with two coats of white paint. The white paint makes it possible fro the other colors to really pop. 

One side of the leash...totally matches his Diva attitude!

The other side is simple and totally reflects my style (i.e. polka dots)

This is a fun way to customize any leash new or an old hot mess. Now the leash looks put together, we are still working on Bono.

Life Is Delicious... Go Taste It!