Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Your own shoe stylist

I was flipping through magazines when I came across a little Kim Kardashian bit about a new shoe bizz she is endorsing calls Shoe Dazzle. It is a website that selects shoes for you based on your style and will ship them right to you each month after you have approved or changed the shoe selection.

I went onto to the Shoe Dazzle site and began to answer a series of multiple choice questions, such as who has better style, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, or Reese Witherspoon and questions where you have to select your favorite runway outfit and favorite shoe styles.

Within 24 hours one of the three stylists will email me when some shoes have been selected just for me! The service costs on 40 bucks a month!

I cant wait to see what they select for me. I will let you know how the shoes are, and whether or not they are good quality and comfortable.

Click here to check out Shoe Dazzle!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dreams to Conquer- 2010

  1. Move back to Seattle
  2. Open up small store in the storefront space of new house
  3. Finish up my novel and look into publishing
  4. Lose 25lbs
  5. Be consistent in yoga and capoeira if my body can take it
  6. Get Healthy and strong
  7. Write more poetry
  8. Travel
  9. Build my website
  10. Make lots of jewelry
  11. Love love love
  12. Revamp my wardrobe
  13. Remove the lump...
  14. RUN
  15. Master vegetarian cooking
  16. Take my vitamins
  17. Get my family to volunteer with me!
  18. Send donations to my favorite charities
  19. Take photos- of every beautiful thing I see
  20. Plan and take atleast 2 trips
  21. Push myself
  22. check off everything on this list!

BOMB Garden Burgers

Do you have canned pinto beans just sitting in your cabinet? Who knew you could make heavenly veggie burgers with some pinto beans! And they taste amaaaazing!

Total Time: 41 min
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 16 min

2 can(s) (15-ounce) pinto beans
8 ounce(s) fresh white mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 cup(s) shelled edamame
2 small carrots, finely grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup(s) panko bread
2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro
1 large egg white
3/4 teaspoon(s) salt

1/2 teaspoon(s) freshl ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
4 teaspoon(s) olive olive
10 English muffins

Drain and rinse pinto beans. In a medium bowl, lightly mash beans. Toss with mushrooms, edamame, carrots, onion, panko bread crumbs, and cilantro.

Mix in egg white, salt, pepper, and cumin. Form into 10 patties. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Fry patties in 2 batches until golden, about 8 minutes per side. Serve on an English muffin and garnish as desired.
Finger licken' gooood!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Not Your Average Big Banana Yellow Rain Coat

After searching and searching for rain coats that my Grandmother wouldnt wear:) I found some cute well cut coats that are flattering, tough and waterproof.

REI Raindance Jacket.

This is the Stussy Structure Rain coat- comes in a deep indigo blue too!

Click here to visit the Stussy web site

North Face Grace Rain Jacket

I love the belted waist!

Click here to vist the REI web site to purchase yours.

The Soiya and Kio Double Breasted rain coat, from Nordstroms.

Click here to go to

So there you have it, rain coats are no longer embarrassing giant yellow poncho looking hand me downs:)

See my next post about funky fashionable and trendy rain boots and You are all set to make a "splash" :)


Baby It's Cold Outside

Not sure how to "weather" this rainy weather? Well for starters, you need some
cute ass rain boots!
Tokidoki and Chooka created these fun and super funky boots below: You can find them on Amazon or

Click on the pictures below to check out more Nomad Rain Boots

Cowboy style rain boots by Nomad Click here to go SHOES.COM to check out their rain boot selection!

With some cute rain gear, and a good strong umbrella. Thats how.

Of course it doesnt hurt to have a couple move dates, your favorite scarf, and a hot cinnamon latte or hazelnut soy mocha.

You can also stick with the basic colors and more simple styles of Hunter rain boots. Also found at Click her to check out ttheir Hunter selection!

Happy splashin' folks:)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Young Coconut Bowl

I recently tasted something similar to this and it was to die for! I simply added a couple little things to perfect it and I now have the perfect, halthy filling way to start your meatless day:)
One Young Coconut
Some coconut flakes (about two teaspoons)
a couple apples of any kind
1 small bag of pecans
one table spoo of cinnamon
some organic maple syrup
Break open your young coconut and scrape out the meat, try not to srape the walls of the coconut.
Place all your coconut in a blender
Core and chop up your apples, you can leave the skin on if you'd like
Put the chopped apple in the blender along with your pecans
Blend well until smooth slightly lumpy
Poorinto a bowl and top with a couple dashes of cinnamon and a nice light drizzle of your maple syrup. Try it!
It is gooooooooood!!!!! Very filling too:) yummmmy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Learning to Face Risks

It is a part of our nature to learn and to grow. And one way we do this is by taking risks. When we learned to walk, we risked falling down. We are constantly striving to better ourselves and our lives, and we can't do that by standing still. Our instincts urge us to move forward, to see what is ahead, to peek around the corner not knowing for sure what we might find.
Take a chance. The biggest rewards also had the biggest risks.

Getting Ready for Our Big Move

Granted, I havent even SEEN our new place in person yet, only pictures and paperwork with our new address sprawled across the pages. Having been inspired by the thunder storms, rain and winds, and eclectic vibe of downtown San Francisco, and all of its ethnic diversity.
I have begun to shop for home decor, trusting my gut instincts and a few great photos of our soon to be home.

My new goal is to try to decorate the whole place organically. Both in concept and in materials.

Firt thing first!
I need more inspiration.

A combinationof Ikea, and the photos on the Room Decorating Ideas website, and voila! I may have got something here.

I am going to try to give our living room an organic and meditative outdoor feel, with a deep rich colors balanced light shades of grey and cream.
Think, deep rich vibe of Indian nights meets breezy relaxed Fiji.

Our front room, bathroom and bedrooms, are all very earthy colors. Sage green walls, dark bamboo flooring. This is our new master bathroom. In an earlier post I talk about vinyl wall decor, which I am definitely going to use, in the bathroom (white birds on the wall) and trees/leaves on living room wall.
Calla Lilly decals on the bathroom wall.

Something like this in the master bedroom-

Living room:

since there is an oversized window and soo much natural lighting, this would be a nice addition behind the couch

Needless to say I am more than excited to decorate our new home:) I willlikely spend a day at Ikea, shoot, if I could I would spend the night and keep on shopping the next day:)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Boys play house, men make homes:

Boys bring stress
Men bring comfort
Boys make a mess of things
Men bring everything together
Boys point out your flaws and fears
Men help you face and overcome them
Boys start fights
Men create solutions
Boys make matters worse
Men know what matters
Boys are looking for someone to take care of them
Men treat women with the same respect as they treat their mothers
Boys party all the time
Men celebrate the moments that are worth celebrating
Boys strive on hurting others
Men strive on helping others
Boys like to be flashy and materialistic
Men find their pride in the stability of their families and homes
Boys jump from job to job
Men strive for their dreams and goals
Boys jump from girl to girl
Men cherish a good woman and hold on tight
Boys play house
Men, make homes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, to be gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God within us. And as we let our light shine, we consciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson

In each of us shines a great light, it is up to us to allow that light to shine to it's fullest capacity. That being said I was thinking this morning of ways to help others internationally. Then it reminded me that so much help is needed locally. Plus the Center for international disaster information also states that volunteers will not be accepted to travel overseas for disaster relief efforts unless they have prior volunteer experience.

In what ways do you step out of your comfort zone and help others in need? Make no mistake, there are a million ways in which you can be of help or comfort to another person. You can volunteer at your local shelter or church, to serve meals, bag lunches, hand out clothing or blankets, you can round up peoples unwanted household items and donate them to a battered women's shelter, you can have a toothbrush and sock drive, and then donate them all to a local shelter, you can volunteer at the SPCA if you love animals, you can volunteer at a local childhaven and help children in need. There are hundreds of ways to volunteer, and

shine your lovely light.

At the end of they, day what makes you feel better, knowing that something you did, really warmed someones heart and made a difference, or all the other trivial stuff that you usually come out of broke or unhappy or both?

Something to think about 'eh?

Make a difference in your community and give your life some true meaning and purpose.

Or google your local churches or shelters for more opportunities. You can also volunteer in other countries with your entire family (age requirements apply). Costs on average which includes room/board/food is about 2500-3000 per person for 10-14 days.

To make a donation to the rescue and emergency efforts in Haiti visit

Thursday, January 7, 2010