Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quick Outfit (Fashion Blog Post)

A quick stop and outfit post to say, "Happy Sunday!"

Our family is busy discovering the East Side. In Seattle, the East Side are the newer suburbs east of Lake Washington.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Clean Eating Meal Plan - Since It's Fit Friday and All


Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

- 1 banana, chopped
- 1/2 cup of strawberries, diced
1/2 cup of frozen Greek yogurt
- 1 tea spoon of honey
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Blend til' smooth. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In-Affluenza (Fashion Blog Post)

If you're affluent, you can get away with manslaughter.

I'm not joking.

Have you met Ethan Couch? He's the Texas teen who got out of 20 years of incarceration, with trips to a 450,000-dollar-a-year rehab facility in Newport Beach and some probation orders, after killing three good Samaritans on the side of the road, trying to help a motorist in need. He also severely maimed two of his friends, who rode in his car and screamed for him to slow down.

Couch, at the time 16, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. Prosecutors asked for 20 years in juvenile hall, but Couch walked away with practically nothing, all because his lawyer claimed that he was coddled by insanely rich parents.

So, in other words, if you're affluent, you can kill innocent people and be punished with a sunny vacation in California.

Well. Okay. If I ever get an opportunity to choose a disease to kill my soul with, Affluenza would be it!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Time Capsule - Macy's Prom Event 2014 (Fashion Blog Post)

Seattle is (finally) catching on!

To a cool, new way of educating children called "Project-Based Learning." Brand new schools have established and set their entire infrastructure around the Project-Based Learning concept, in which students step outside of traditional classrooms, and learn by conducting projects from inception to delivery.

According to Queen Anne Elementary, one of the most successful new schools that adopted Project-Based Learning, "students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student 'voice and choice,' rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (collaboration, communication, critical thinking & creativity), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations." (Source:

I like this dress's hi-lo style, and love how it dazzles!

Elegant black looks great against someone with darker skin tone.

What a great way to learn! What a practical way to learn!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Why It’s Important to Get Your Groom a Nice Ring (Fashion Blog Post)

Being a bride can be an overwhelming responsibility.  After all, you have a lot of responsibilities prior to your big day.  Obviously, your main focus will be on planning the wedding and picking out the perfect dress.  However, you also have to take care of other tasks such as deciding which Men’s wedding bands you like best.  After all, your man deserves a great ring.  Although this ring might seem simple, it is important to select one that is higher in quality.  Here are a few reasons why.

You Want Him to Like It

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dermal Fillers: What Do I Need to Know?

Dermal fillers are a simple cosmetic treatment which involves injecting the skin to help relieve the effects of old age. Many people long to keep their youthful looks and reverse the process of ageing, evident with the onset of wrinkles and lines on the face. For some, going through plastic surgery is either disconcerting or too expensive so they look to dermal fillers as a safe and quick alternative.

If interested in rejuvenating your skin, here is some useful information which can help you go through with a dermal filling.

How do they work?

Dermal fillers are injections that revitalize the skin against the usual progression of ageing and everything that comes with it, i.e. wrinkles and contours on the face. Parts of the skin will naturally sink in as we get older; dermal fillers do exactly what they suggest by ‘filling’ in the depressed areas.

What areas are they used for?

Most commonly, people become concerned about the lines which emerge on their forehead, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) or surrounding the mouth. Dermal fillers can be used in these places but also for filling out the cheeks and the lips.

What are they made out of?

There are different types of dermal fillers and because of this, the substances inside are different also. They can be made of natural or synthetic materials, or a mixture of both. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient found in all leading dermal fillers as it is highly biocompatible and gives increased volume to the skin.

What does the process involve?

Dermal fillers only require an injection or course of injections in the desired areas. It is a simple procedure, commonly lasting under an hour, and generally painless. If you are concerned about the sharp pricking sensation of needles however, it is possible to have anaesthetic cream applied to numb the skin.

Are there side-effects?

The chances of any detrimental side-effects of dermal fillers, such as infection or allergic reactions, are minimal. Bruising on the injected area is common but this is often very mild and will pass in a few days. As there are different kinds of filler, some may work better on certain individuals. Go through the process with your doctor to see which type is best for your skin.

How long do they last?

After around 3-4 weeks, a notable and evident improvement will be made to the lines on your face. These effects can last for around 6-12 months depending on factors such as your age and how your skin reacts. Repeat treatments are needed to maintain this improved appearance.

Because the treatment of dermal fillers is not permanent, this could be a good or bad thing depending on which way you look at it. On one side, if the injections work well and your skin becomes revitalised, this means you will probably keep going back for more and more treatments. On the other, if you don’t like the results then, unlike plastic surgery, your face will return to its natural shape.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Traveling with small children - tips and style (Fashion Blog Post)

You've been warned: children are EXHAUSTING!

Especially if they're small like mine, who are three-and-a-half and one-and-a-half. You can't keep your eyes and hands off of them; and they can't stop asking for everything under the sun.

Can you pick me up? Can I take my jacket off? Can you hold my jacket? Can I have ice-cream? Can you buy me that?

All day long.

That's just the older one, who can at least communicate. The toddler points and screams, then hurts herself in some bizarre way.

Comfortable in yoga wear at Disneyland.

Easy travels in cotton shirt dress over capri-style tights and sandals. (BTW, mountains in the SW are beautiful!)

Our recent vacation to Southern California was, therefore, not a vacation at all.

But hey, our family needed bonding after losing a significant member. And, frankly, all Seattleittes need sun after each winter.

I understand you're much too young to have children.

But for future reference, the travel tips below might come handy.

Traveling with small children - tips and style:


Riding boots are both fashionable and walkable.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sample Clean Eating Meal Plan

Here's another clean eating meal plan for you.

'Cause the last one did so well.


Mixed berry bowl; Tomato and green onion scrambled eggs.

Mid Morning Snack

Oats, craisins and coconut shred mix.


Toasted whole wheat naan with all-natural almond butter, and a side of avocado slices.

Afternoon Snack

Apples and oranges.


Flour-less chicken strips made with coconut oil, dressed in homemade teriyaki sauce, and served with a bed of greens.


Banana-mint ice-cream, made with frozen bananas, milk and all-natural brown cane sugar.

Enjoy the food!

And please remember that Clean Eating isn't about dieting and losing weight, but about eating - literally eating - all natural, non-processed foods that build lean muscle mass and are good for you.