Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, 2015 is coming to a close. I know I've been saying it quite a bit in the last couple of days but most tend to reflect back on the year they had and reminisce. I wasn't quite sure how I'd like to look back, but then I tried to remember what happened each month since January. Not the entire month, just highlights of each and it's been pretty damn awesome. So here are my highlights of two thousand and fifteen:
When you're trying to make it in NYC, chances are that you're working 2 jobs, if not 3. The problem with having 2 jobs that are complete polar opposites of each other (one in the food and beverage industry, the other's in a law office), besides the obvious lack of time to do anything, is that you have to look office appropriate during the day then like a high end prostitute at night. ...
As a kid, my mom always loved (I mean LOVED) Gone with the Wind. I always wondered about this place called Djo-gee-ah (Georgia). Gosh dang it, it was a delight! From colonial style houses and Spanish moss hanging off old oak trees to food, it was truly enchanting. (Side note: the food, OH MAI GAWD, the food was everything!)
So funny story, I decided to wear this dress to my friend's graduation party and her fiancee, with every good intention, said that the dress was so lovely that it reminded him of a fancy tablecloth. And not just any fancy table cloth, the super fancy one, the one your Nan brings out once or twice a year. Thanks...I guess?
You gotta admit, Valentine's Day is a weird holiday. As I have been in a committed relationship for pretty long time, there is no pressure to make this one day anything special. Truth be told, every day with Brady is pretty damn special. I know, I hear your collective sighs and see your eye rolls.
As the last couple of weeks of winter are in session, I can't help but itch for a getaway. Luckily, we booked our trip to .... CUBA!!! When we were taking these photographs, we were legit freezing our asses off. The thought of going to a warm climate was beyond uplifting as we took these photographs.
Women's March was happening this weekend in DC, NYC, LA, ATL along with numerous other cities around the country and the world. As we enter what, no doubt, will be a very tumultuous 4 years, I wanted to celebrate my minority, immigrant womanhood in my own way.
First of all, Happy New Year! I've been MIA due to the holidays, stressful "adult" things and decided to take a bit of a hiatus. I hope y'all had a lovely end to 2016 and welcoming 2017 on a much happier note.
As most of you know, last couple of weeks have been pretty stressful for me. To those who don't, my beloved devil/angel Dizzy fell 5 stories and broke both of her back legs. With surgery and recovery it's been not only anxiety inducing, but also financially straining. So I've been avoiding shopping and, instead, trying to recreate some looks. My mom always said that good quality basics goes out of style, so no matter what, you'll look polished.
“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
As far as I remember, hanging out on fire escapes was the most peaceful, very New York thing to do. When I was growing in Washington Heights, hanging out on the fire escape either before bed or occasionally reading on a nice day is an uptown way of pretending that you have a backyard.
I'll be the first to admit, Christ rising does not equate to bunnies and stuff. But once we're over the hump of Valentine's Day, every store brings out peeps and chocolate bunnies. So you know what they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
I saw this jacket a while ago and as cool as I thought it was, $300 for a blinged out jacket was a bit too much. So when I saw this affordable version, I was like, DING DING DING! I could bling this out myself! So I did.
I don't know about you, but January is rough for me... any year. I always look forward to it, but inadvertently get disappointed. This January was no exception. I find that making things with my hands tends to help.
Happy 2016, everyone! Don't you feel like you can do anything in this year? I do! And what better way to start than with a DIY. For those who know me, you know that I'm a kitty fanatic so it felt (see what I did there?) appropriate to make this elbow patch. All it takes it about 10 minutes and voila!
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! If you've somehow managed to avoid buying Christmas presents and lo and behold, it is now time to do so! Well you're in luck! You can make this awesome coconut oil scrub (which I have gifted before and gotten positive results) and it'll take you less than 10 minutes.
Buying for women in your life is just so SO much easier than buying for men. I always have countless options for different people and I know they'll love it. I hope you'll gather some inspiration from this board. So here's my list:
I don't know about you, but every year I am always stumped as to what to get for the men in my family and my life. I tend to err on the practical side, staying far away from useless gifts, but trying to keep it special at the time same time. It's a challenge.
Out of all the fall holidays, I feel like Thanksgiving is the most genuine. The reason for that is because the whole idea of it is simply sitting around a dinner table and being thankful. Unlike Christmas, there is no present giving, but simply enjoying everyone's company. This year, for the first time, I'll be having a Friendsgiving and cooking for my band of misfits. I wanted to decorate the house accordingly by making this burlap table run. ...
I used to work at this Japanese restaurant and toward the end of my time there, they put these new beers on the menu. Naturally, I freaked out when I saw Wednesday Cat because it had a kitty on the label. The beer hails from Yo-Ho Brewery and tastes similar to a sweeter version of a Hoegaarden. ...
Oh what can I tell you about this place. It was nothing short of shocking at first, then slowly transitioning into wonder and delight then to food poisoning and having "the runs." Still though. This place was unlike any other place I visited.
After reading about Tulum everywhere, I convinced B to book a vacation there. Since the weather in NYC has been so mild, the temperature there wasn't much of a shock, but upon getting to the beach, we were in heaven.
New York State is quite large, I mean, it's huge. NYC is only a tiny part of the big state and Brooklyn artisans comprise such a small percentage. So we decided to venture to Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY. In fact, there is a growth of local (i.e. NY) made spirits and wines that rival those from overseas.
You always read these stories about LA, its traffic and vapid culture. I wanted to see it first hand for myself when I embarked on that journey last February. Although there is some truth to it all, I truly enjoyed my time there.
One of the best things about Europe is their amazing train system. I mean, it's amazing. Did I say it was amazing? As such, getting around makes it so much easier. Although our friends had a cute Fiat, which got us around pretty well, but we did take a train to Monte Carlo under €10. Here's my recommendations on side trips in South of France.
I was enchanted by Nice as soon as we were driving down the Promenade des Anglais on the way to my friends' apartment. The sheer laissez-faire attitude of the place was enough to get us hooked. We had our wonderful hosts show us around and take us out for day trips, but if you get a chance to rent a car and drive around or take a train to come of the less traveled places, you'd be beyond yourself.
If I ever decide to live anywhere else in the world, it would definitely be San Francisco. I knew that the Golden State was different than the Empire State and I was pleasantly surprised when I was there. Between the food, the sights and just their general quality of life, I was swept off my feet, like a teenage girl falling in love for the first time.
Although my law school isn’t the best, it did offer an awesome class and the only reason anyone takes it is to go to Brazil. Initially I was skeptical, but my friend convinced me otherwise. After painstaking 6 weeks in class, we embarked on our journey to beautiful Rio, and oh my god was it awesome.
Living in NYC, I often forget that there is the rest of the state. And it’s huge. I’m lucky enough to have friends who live in those places and have an opportunity to visit them. For my birthday weekend, which I celebrate with my friend Clayton (his is on the 9th and mine is on the 10th), we decided to go to the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.
I have a friend who, when we used to work together, would always get herself a rice krispie treat. It was kinda her thing. So now, anytime I make them, I always think of her. Considering that February came out of nowhere (I hope I'm not the only one who feels that way) and Valentine's day is around the corner, I made a thematic batch.
As most of you know, I have a cat and, over the years, I've essentially became a crazy cat lady. Although I still don't have all cat everything...yet, my eyes caught this recipeand I became obsessed. I had to make it.
Couple of years ago, I stumbled on this picture and I was like, one year, I have to make it. So I did, last year, from scratch. It took me 3 days! 3! Why? Because I wanted to make everything from scratch and see how long it takes. On top of it all, it heavy AF! We're talking about 5 lbs or so.
I'm a little late to the party but everywhere in France in January people celebrate the festival of Epiphany. Galette des Rois means "Kings Cake" and the name is derived from the biblical three kings. When the cake is baked, a trinket or a bean is placed inside and whoever gets it, gets to be the king for the day.
Working in a restaurant in NYC is something like being thrown with a bunch of felons, perverts and "others", none of which generally doesn't shock. So what if you have issues? Don't we all. And honestly, I don't really care if you were locked up for gun and drug possession with intent to sell. As long as you make me a delicious sandwich, get me a beer and don't get in trouble, we're cool. And when the restaurant goes under or migration happens, those new found friendships tend to travel from restaurant to restaurant.
I know that I posted on Instagram that I'll show you my Christmas house decorations, but due to a series of events, I had have to postpone until Monday. So instead I decided to post these amazing gingerbread cookies.