Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Healthy Snacks

It is normal to get hungry in between meals. Satisfy your cravings between meals with healthy, low-calorie snacks. What's so awesome about these snacks is that they are easy to take with you to the office or school. Pick two treats each day to satisfy your belly.

Dark Chocolate:
Dark chocolate decreases blood pressure in overweight adults, according to new research.Consuming just a small amount of this snack can increase blood flow to your skin, making it softer, smoother, and more resistant to sun damage.

Whole Grains:
Did you know that you  need at least 130 grams a day to keep your memory and concentration sharp. Try whole grains high in fiber, to give you energy throughout the day.

Low-Fat Dairy
Not only do you need calcium in your body but calcium can help maintain bone mass when you are trying to lose weight.

Snacking on nuts may help you shed pounds. This snack is been said by researchers that slims down the waistline and reduces body fat throughout.

♥ apples and peanut butter
♥ yogurt and honey with a pinch of cinammon
♥ pistachios
♥ chocolate pudding with graham crackers sprinkled on top
♥ string cheese
♥ cherries

Hope I can be of some help when thinking of grabbing that bag of chips you so crave. Instead replace the junk food with these delicious snacks that will keep you full and fit as well.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Homemade Face Masks

I'm all about homemade and natural skin care. I can honestly say that I'm a sucker for higher end skin care products as well but for masks I always tend to do my own from time to time.

Let's begin...

For the homemade oily skin care, if you want to clear up your clogged pores you should use masks with strong acidic ingredients such as lemon.

Because the concentration of this ingredient you should mix it with other fruits and vegetables that are more advisable like apples(green ones are more suitable for oily skin) tomatoes, kiwi, pears, bananas and even egg whites.

I personally suffer from very oily acne prone skin.

Banana Egg White Mask
♥ 1/2 a banana
♥ Egg white
♥ 1/2 lemon

For the homemade sensitive skin care, use oatmeal, chamomille and aloe vera because they are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. If you have sensitive skin this helps calm redness and itchy skin. Milk is a great alternative as well.

Yogurt Oatmeal Mask
♥ 1 cup of plain yogurt
♥ 1 cup of oatmeal
♥ Honey(optional)

For the homemade anti aging skin care, it is best to use facial masks, that contain a high level of antioxidants such as vitamin C. Guava, grapefruit and kiwi contain this vitamin. Vitamin C is a great exfoliating factor, which removes the dead  cells. Another important antioxidant is, vitamin A(retinol). It is mainly found in carrots, butternut squash, mango, avocado and blueberries.

Honey Mask
♥ 1 tbsp honey
♥ 1 tbsp of yogurt
♥ 4 drops of carrot essential oil

For the homemade dry skin care, usually dry and irritated skin is caused by vitamin A deficiency, with the stimulation of the dry weather. As said before fruits containing vitamin A are carrots, butternut squash, mango, avocado and blueberries.

With that being said, don't overuse facial creams that contain oil. Too much oil for people with dry skin can actually clog up pores, that will mean damage in the long run.

Milk Mask
♥ 2 tbsp of honey
♥ 2 tsp of milk

Many of us, are on a budget but that doesn't mean we have to sacrifice skin care. We are no celebrities but we can sure attempt to look like one.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey

It's true Fifty Shades of Grey is pretty much all anyone can talk about whether is the controversy of how is all porn or not. I think maybe it's because some are just so sex-starved. E.L. James' sexy writing was a breath of hot, sexually aroused air for readers, or maybe it's just one of those summer reading books  that offer the perfect excuse to bury your nose in a sexy book. There is a lot of hype about this particular book, as well as many complaints. Mainly about the writing.

It's pointless to deny that there's something going on here. E.L James has sold 4 million copies of her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in the UK, that doesn't include the 15 million that have been shifted in the US and Canada in the last four months. It's the fastest selling novel of all time since Harry Potter.  It is obvious that it's contents is, rather more adult since it is an erotic romance trilogy.

But what is the big hype to all the haters that keep bashing the books. First of, they obviusly were on the band wagon to read this top selling novel. Well I agree with some of the comments said about this book. Yes, the character of Anastasia Steele is a little childish and almost feels like she is a sixteen year old young women, but that is why is fictional. In my opinion this book describes the scenes very well. There are many books out there that are just as corny and erotic. So what is it about this book that has become so popular? Well I think it finally brings reality to couples to spice up their sex life. Honestly who are we kidding? Sometimes things can get bland and this book might of opened eyes to those that needed some spice. Just saying! We are grown people here and this should not be to any surprise. The only difference is that maybe their sex life happens to be more kinky.

Not everyone is going to love it and some might hate it. That's okay you cannot please everyone. I think it's a must read and I can honestly say since I bought it I cannot put it down. I also can't wait for the movie to be released in 2014. The characters for the movie have been revealed and I'm way excited : )

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ooh La La! Lovely To Look At

So the hot and sexy David Beckham will be debuting classic body wear just for men. I was impressed by the look of all the briefs BUT not as much as his body. Oh geez! I think I was thinking out loud...hehe So gentlemen don't miss out David Beckham's collection now in stores at H&M.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Work It: 9 to 5 Style

I work in an environment where many employees do not have to wear a uniform. Their work attire is way too bland, no offense. I think that you can stick to neutrals and still make it fashionable or if you're more of a risk taker color always works. I'm tired of seeing the same grey or black suits. I've put together outfits that I think will work for the office but with a twist.

Buffalo River Camping Trip

Only one month away for my first camping trip. My boyfriend and I will be heading to Arkansas down to Buffalo River and I have to admit I'm very excited, but scared as well. First of all is my first ever camping experience in the middle of nowhere in the wilderness, mousse, raccoons, coyotes and I can go on and on. Even though all I can think of is "Am I going to make it out alive" lol, but a small part of me is excited to experience camping out in nature, canoeing, fishing and hiking. I'm still coming up with what I will be needing and the things we will be bringing but it is coming along. The scenery from what I've seen looks absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait! Eeek

Camping Food Menu/Grocery List
♥ Cooler for fridge items
♥ Small tote for dry items
♥ Hot dogs
♥ Hot dog buns
♥ Ketchup
♥ Mustard
♥ Relish
♥ Canned chili
♥ Fritos chips
♥ Shredded cheese
♥ Bread
♥ Eggs
♥ Cinnamon
♥ Syrup
♥ Lunchmeat
♥ Sliced cheese
♥ Mayo
♥ Fruit
♥ S'mores
♥ Water
♥ Hot tea
♥ Hot chocolate
♥ Juice packs
♥ Soda cans

Camping Tote
♥ Plastic spork
♥ Camping cookware set
♥ Straws
♥ Paper towels
♥ Cooking spray
♥ Foil
♥ Ziploc bags
♥ Garbage bags
♥ Disinfectant wipes

♥ Toilet paper
♥ Propane
♥ Matches
♥ Pocket knife
♥ Flashlight
♥ Bug Spray
♥ Bug candle
♥ Duct tape
♥ Small garden shovel
♥ Rope
♥ Laundry bag
♥ Towel
♥ First aid kit
♥ Toothbrush/paste
♥ Lotion
♥ Brush
♥ Wipes
♥ Map

Camping Gear
♥ Tent
♥ Air mattress
♥ Pillows
♥ Blankets
♥ Sheet

Personal Items(Clothing)
♥ Undergarments (days+ 2 extra)
♥ Socks (days + 2 extra)
♥ Rainboots
♥ Pants
♥ Shirts
♥ Thermal long sleeve shirts
♥ Sweater
♥ Jacket
♥ Tennis shoes
♥ Sunglasses
♥ Hat/beanie
♥ Swimming clothing

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Endless Summer

The summer is coming to an end, how sad. That doesn't mean is over though, so get out your last summer outfits and end it with style. I put a few outfits that will look great and super comfy. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIY: Cap Toe Pumps

So for a while I've been admiring the Chanel classic cap toe pumpss. As much as I love them the truth is that I can't afford them even on eBay money...haha I decided after much inspiration on the internet I figured how hard can it be to do it myself. I bought some very inexpensive heels from Forever 21 around $22. So let's start this DIY.

1. Take your items needed. In this case all you really need is a pair of heels, tape, and black nail polish

2. Apply tape over the front of the heel and cover as much as you would like to achieve the cap toe trend

3. Paint the front heel with one coat and wait a couple of minutes before moving on to the second coat. You can add a clear top coat if you would like but mine seemed to achieve that high gloss effect by itself

4. Wait about 15 minutes or so before removing the tape and VOILA your very own Chanel inspired cap toe pumps

Chanel Beige Leather Cap Toe Pumps $460
Forever 21 Nude Chunky Heels $22

Yogi Organic Tea

I've been highly obsessed with Whole Foods Market lately. I usually only go to pick up a few things like my favorite coconut water from Zico but I'm also highly addicted to tea as well. I love peppermint flavor tea of course but one day on my run to the grocery store at Whole Foods Market I came across Yogi Organic Tea. Not only is it delicious, good for you, organic but they also have so many flavors and for particular purposes. I'm currently loving the Skin Detox, Bedtime and Joint Comfort.

Skin Detox- I have noticed a difference on my skin since drinking this tea

Bedtime- I don't take this every night but when I'm particularly have a hard time sleeping if is not my Ambien I decide to take it usualyy is this tea

Joint Comfort- I love this one especially for those days when you work out way too much and are sore the next day this helps out a lot

If you LOVE tea like myself I highly recommend this brand. There are so many to choose from women's teas, relaxation, detox, energy and cold season. I'm sure you will find one for your needs. Also check out their website and click on their link to find the perfect tea just for you.

Shoe Porn

My latest obsession SHOES! What girl isn't obsessed with shoes?! I decided to post my latest addiction and show you the shoes I have my eye on. My boyfriend would probably say I'm buying on impulse again but then again our addiction to fashion and makeup is like electronics to them. Hope ya'll enjoy your weekend.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nights To Remember

Hey guys I just wanted to share a bit with you all, I had a good time on my days off. Honestly all I wanted do was stay home and be lazy in my pj's but my boyfriend made it impossible. After much begging from him I got ready and headed for a night out in the town. I met with my buddy at a local bar in Cedar Springs called Alexandre's and then headed to a club nearby. I'm glad I DID decide to go out because it was actually very fun. I highly recommend checking out Avenue Lounge in Uptown if you live in the city of Dallas. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the pictures!