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22 Must See Movies and Shows on Netflix

 

 

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So let me just start off by saying that this was not going to be my blog post today. But because of technology not cooperating and fine print for a gift list post I was going to do, I can’t write what I originally wanted to. I recorded my first video for IGTV, but because the “Clips’ app for the iPhone is not working I’ll have to figure out when I can put that up another time. Any suggestions on free editing apps for IGTV? So two ideas down and I decided why not write about something we all do? Watch Netflix! I would be highly surprised if anyone commented that they don’t have Netflix. But who knows.

 

My list ranges from movies and shows in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Finnish. I love anything British and I don’t mind subtitles so skip those if subtitles are a no-go for you. I’m mainly into mysteries, suspense, and historical genres so if you’re looking for something mushy to watch I can’t help you there. I’m not much of a romantic so I don’t watch a lot of romance. The most romantic movie for me of all time is the “Titanic” and well they all die don’t they? Like I said, not one for mush. So here are the current must see’s on Netflix for me and here’s an older list!

 

P=Period Drama

Spanish (Spain and Argentina)

  • P Velvet and Velvet Collection: These shows are a little bit older, but I still suggest them. The premise is about the Velvet department store and the people who own it and work in it. It’s a clash of societies, the turn of women’s rights, fashion and yes love set in Spain. Velvet is the original show and Velvet Collection was the spinoff.

 

  • P Cable Girls: Set in Spain this show follows the stories of a set of friends who are also cable girls (phone cables) in the 1920’s. For being set in the past the topics covered like abuse, homosexuality and women’s rights are surprisingly relevant. And the FASHION!

 

  • P Gun City: Also set in the 1920’s in Spain this movie showcases the political clashes of the anarchist vs the police. Dirty cops, a possible civil war, flappers and some true Spanish history get mixed into this movie.

 

  • Elite: If you like highschool dramas this one is for you. It’s a murder mystery dealing with different class societies as three students from an urban area get a chance to go to a private high school.

 

  • Edha: A highly successful fashion designer must find a way to save her brand after a sweatshop tragedy. There’s only one problem her new lover is trying to ruin the company, or is he? The fashion is amazing here as well!

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USA

  • One Day at a Time: This remake follows a Cuban-American family as they go through many situations that a lot of Latino-American families do. It is hilarious thanks to Rita Moreno and heart-warming thanks to the rest of the cast.

 

  • Seven Seconds: Regina King’s performance in this is gripping. Set in New Jersey this series tackles police shootings of unarmed black kids. Corrupt cops and a mother who will stop at nothing to uncover what really happened to her son set the tone.

 

  • Travelers: Time travelers who come back in the bodies of present people try to prevent atrocities and make sure events go the way they’re supposed to. I’m still watching this but I like it so far.

 

  • P The Frontier: This is a Canadian/American show starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as a Native American who is trying to balance his relationships with his Irish ties while trying to take down a ruthless fur trading company.

 

  • Altered Carbon: Set in the future Takeshi Kovacs is now in a different body. He has to solve his own murder, while trying to remember who he really is in the first place.

 

  • Grace and Frankie: This comedy features Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who figure out what their lives look like after they find out their husbands are gay.

 

  • The Sinner– This thriller features Jessica Biel as a woman who suddenly murders someone in front of a huge crowd of people. Has she lost her mind or is this mom next door not who she seems to be?

 

French

  • La Mante: This thriller follows a detective whose mother is a serial killer serving time in prison. To solve a new set of serial murders he must ask for her help. Why? The new killer is copycat.

 

Australian

  • Secret City: A political murder mystery and many cover-ups.

 

Finnish (Finland)

  • Deadwind: Detective Sofia Karppi is investigating a murder that’s tied to a high-powered energy company. Although her personal life is a mess thanks to a death, she follows her gut to solve the murder. Many times putting herself in the crosshairs of corrupt characters and the murderer.

 

British

  • Bodyguard: Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) is the newly appointed bodyguard to the UK Home Secretary. But can he protect her from people in the government?

 

  • Luther: Idris Elba is amazing in this as a detective trying to solve serial murders. After a death close to home his personal life becomes intertwined. Not to mention his admirer or is she a stalker?

 

  • P The Crown: If you haven’t already watched this, what are you waiting for! It tells the story of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family. The lives they wish they had, the things they should not have done and so much more!

 

  • P The Last Kingdom: Originally born in Britain but raised by Vikings, Uhtred has to decide who he is and who he will fight for.

 

  • P Peaky Blinders: This is one of my favorite shows! Gang rivalries, illegal gambling, and the rise of a very smart and ambitious leader (Cillian Murphy). Adrien Brody and Tom Hardy also make appearances as opposing gang leaders. Its sooo good.

 

  • The Great British Baking Show: This adorable show follows home bakers who must compete for the title of Champaign. Every week they bake three times, and are judged by Marry Berry and Paul Hollywood.

 

  • Collateral: This mini series features Carrie Mulligan as the lead investigator. After a pizza delivery gone wrong a death leads to a politically involved plot.

 

 

 

Did I miss any you love? What are your must see’s on Netflix? Do you love certain genres like I do? Have you seen any that made my list? Let me know in the comments and on social media!-T.S.

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Why I Took A Break From Blogging

Why I took a break form blogging

 

After NY Fashion Week in September I took a break that was not planned from blogging, writing and most of social media. I specify not planned because I had more blog posts planned that couldn’t get published. I’m a workaholic and if it were up to me I’d be working and writing non-stop. Although your body without you realizing or wanting to pay attention to it, really does need breaks. Mine came in the form of a self-sustained injury, that affected the one thing bloggers, editors and pretty much everyone needs, your hands and arms.

 

My injury, strained ligaments has not allowed me to do much as the way to heal is by doing exactly that, not much. You can imagine I have been going a bit stir crazy not being able to write, answer emails without assistance, and not doing my daily social media posts. As bloggers, that is part of the course, we put out content, receive feedback and interact with our readers and followers. It starts all over again as soon as we create new content, but due to the injury none of this was getting done. What I did enjoy from this break was just relaxing and not caring about comments or feedback.

 

Because of my injury I was also forced to turn down a few jobs, which was frustrating to say the least. To pass the time I was able to read the book When Through Deep Waters, it was one of the few things I could do that didn’t need much movement. If you’re looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend it!

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If you’re into spiritual and mystery filled books, this book is for you.

 

The pain of strained ligaments is a very sharp and shooting pain which for me runs from my hands up to my arms. It’s hard to open, pull, write and pretty much do anything without hurting the injury. Everything I did had to be done gently or not get done at all. Even as I write this blog post I have to take breaks because of the pain. Although I feel 90% better, the pain still flares up when I write for too long. I managed to heal by switching between hot and cold applications, wrapping my arms in ACE bandages and a lot of rest.

 

Although I’m pretty stubborn and I HATE not being able to do anything. I have an A type personality, I’m a get it done and get it done now type of person when it comes to business. So I will admit by trying to do certain things before I was really ready, I probably made the healing process longer.

 

 

This is not the first time an injury or pain has hindered my ability to work or go to school in the past. When I was in the later years of high school I began to have severe stomach problems. I was always in pain, nauseous or not able to eat. I was also stressed, which is something that makes matters worse. My mother took me to many doctors and specialist who diagnosed me with the wrong aliments. Which in turn put me on wrong medications, just to see what would work. This process repeated itself and included trips to the E.R., therapists and more specialists for a year. Until we finally found a good Gastroenterologist who would see me.

 

Convincing my new Gastro that it wasn’t all in my head was a hurdle at first as well. After more tests, my doctor finally gave me the official diagnosis of IBS. Although it was hard for even doctors to admit that I had it, due to the fact that at the time it was diagnosis normally given to the elderly. Which is not the case any longer, IBS has now been proven to occur in teens and there are specific medications available now, something I did not have.

 

I went through my first year of college in pain, taking breaks in between classes to hide and take naps in the car. Thanks to a trip to a nutritionist who taught me the proper diet, and the correct pain meds from my Gasto, I was able to learn how to control my IBS. This diagnosis took a year or two out of my life, but because it did and I was able to bounce back I knew my hand and arm injury was just a drop in the bucket. Although patient, I am not.

 

Why I took a break form blogging

My article! Go check it out with the link below!

 

My entry back into writing came in a great form and I couldn’t wait to share it. I was asked to write an article for the well-known Latinx website, Mitu.com and I’m very happy with the outcome. Not just because of the article itself, but because the job had time constraints and strict guidelines I had to follow. It was also a collaborative piece as I had to work with the editor. To come back to writing not just with my blog but with something that had to be judged and approved by someone I don’t know, was a huge accomplishment for me.

 

It reassured me once again on why I love to write and how easy it comes to me. Here is the link to the article! Sadly my byline was not added, as it is up to the website, but I’m excited about it just the same! The cash was a bonus as well!

 

Have you ever gone through pain, physical or otherwise that hindered your work or something you love to do? How did you get past it? What did it teach you?-T.S.

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My Office Space

Do you have an office space in your home? I find that other bloggers and vloggers or people that work from home normally do. Or if they don’t they probably have a designated spot where they can focus on their tasks. At the current moment I don’t have my own place, so it was imperative that I find a space that I could focus on my blogging, vlogging and editorial work. At first that place was in someone else’s bedroom with the door shut, which worked for a little while and still works if I truly need it. Although I knew that if only for the sake of not throwing my back out and not reactivating some neck and shoulders issues I had, I needed to create an office space. I started to research desks and chairs, via Pinterest of course. I knew what kind of style I was going for thanks to the limited space in the apartment and my personal aesthetic. I have always been in love with the industrial, clean, luxurious and antique design aesthetics.  I watch so much HGTV that I also had a certain vision on what I might be looking for. I’m also a bargain hunter! I make sure to find a deal, coupon, discount, sale or special code before I make big purchases. Purchasing my office space items were no exception, I wanted deals! So with that in mind I began my hunt. My hunt and my overall obsession with Target lead me to the store one day. Reliable Target came through when I saw my desk in the store. The only problem was I wasn’t too happy with the price. As I left the store I knew I would check the website to see if there was a price difference. Unfortunatly there was not, but armed with the name of the desk and the manufacturer I went on a google hunt for that exact desk.

Lo and behold when I simply googled the name of the desk the website Blinq popped up with a picture of the desk! Now I know this desk was meant for me because there were only a few left in stock and it was cheaper! Much less than what it cost at Target. I made sure there weren’t any huge issues with the desk since it was considered a resell from Target for having imperfections. Satisfied with its description I put it in my cart, with only a few left I had to act fast. Although I wasn’t to keen on paying taxes plus shipping and handling so off I went to find a coupon code. The final price for my desk was $95.19, the original price on the website was $109.99. My desk is made of faux wood and metal, so I don’t have to tell you how difficult it was for two women to get it up three flights of stairs. We got inventive on how to get it up and thank god we’re pretty strong because it was HEAVY! The set up was pretty easy and I put it together myself, the desk is perfect except for a few scew holes that were not placed in the correct postion. Revealing why it was placed on the Blinq website in the first place. Which didn’t bother me at all, as it didn’t affect the stability of the desk or how it looks. And best of all it has a charging station within the desk that allows my wires to have a home and charge my computer as I work. It has four charging slots including two prong outlets, two usb outlets and two well sized drawers. It was a great purchase!

Name and Manufacture of by desk: Loring Writing Desk in Vintage Oak by Project 62

 

 

 

 

Next on my search list was a chair. I knew I wanted something that would be comfortable and that had a vintage feel. I also originally wanted a chair with arms, but couldn’t find a well priced option. Lastly I knew that I wanted the chair to be in a veveteen fabric and have a curved back, hugging the body. So my hunt continued on every website I could think of, with no luck I turned to looking at what Home Goods and TJMaxx had to offer. This hunt took me a little longer as I would find potential chairs but didn’t fall in love with any of them. Until one weekend on a random trip to TJMaxx I found it! The deep blue color is what I fell for first, although I wasn’t completely in love. So I walked a away to stroll the store, if you go to TJMaxx you know if you like something you should grab it! But I needed to think about it. As we came back around the chair was still there and a man was sitting in it! So I thought if its gone by the third time I walked around, it wasn’t for me. By the third time I came back around, it was still there! I tested it again, I loved the curved form, the velveteen fabric and the royal blue color. Price? Originally $200 but I paid $99.99. It fit perfectly in the back seat of the car and is lightweight, with polished gold legs and wheels. On another trip to Home Goods I found a fluffy pillow in the a blue/green color that went perfectly with the chair! Exactly what I wanted to add more comfort and texture to my little office space. The pillow not only supports my back but my nerves when I need to squeeze it as I try to figure something out for the millionth time!

 

 

Finally my decorative pieces and desk accessories were the next items I added to my office space. I found a modern yet vintage feeling lamp at Home Goods just as I was ready to leave the store. On a different trip to Home Goods I found some encouraging word art that I look up to when I’m tired and need a push to get my work done. For now they also serve as my backdrop for my Youtube videos. I use old magazines to add inspiration and color to my space and have also found a spot for my camera, which also has a charging home thanks to my desk. Stationary is also a staple on my desk as I’m always writing something down. I love traditional stationary as opposed to taking motes on my phone or computer. Having it written down for me to always see helps me remember what I have to do. I’m also just partial to the feel of writing something down. Ever since I started my blog each year I get a new planner and I keep the old ones, to look back on. The stationary not only helps keep me organized, but gives me a place to write down my goals, achievements and lessons learned along the way.

 

 

 

Here are the points I kept in mind when hunting for my office space.

  • Space: My space is limited so I needed a narrow desk. I also needed a chair that didn’t take up much space. Consider your space options by measuring your potential office space before your search.
  • Price: Since I bargain hunt I knew I would look for deals.  If you’re looking for furniture make sure to search in store and online. Compare and write down prices. Make sure to look for the best deals on sites like Blinq.
  • Aesthetic: Whether you go for a mix of aesthetics like I did or stick to one, pick colors, materials, fabrics and products that will bring you comfort and inspiration.
  • Reliability: Make sure your desk is well made, as you will be using it daily. Choose a material that won’t warp, break or chip such as wood, metal, steel or even slate and marble!

I plan to get a rug in the future, perhaps to add more texture to the space. I love all my purchases, as I know that when ever I get my own place they will fit well and go with my aesthetic. Do you have an office space? How was the process on finding or creating your office space? I will have a separate post on where you can find similar looking office furniture.

T.S.

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Bandelettes Annual Gala

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Sponsored post featuring Bandelettes.

Ladies! Lets chat real quick on how much we love the thigh gap! NOT!! In fact I’m pretty sure that most of you ladies reading this are perfectly fine with not having a thigh gap. As you should be, because lord knows we don’t all need to look like the original Barbie. As someone who has worked on multiple sides of the fashion industry, including production of clothing I have seen how the industry has struggled to get the correct sizing for plus size women. But slowly over the years with voices like that of Ashley Graham, screaming load and proud about her natural curves the industry is changing. Because there is one thing that all women want, to feel beautiful! As a Bandelettes model told us at the end of the night ” I want to wear sexy clothes too!” As a professional FIT model, she has grown an understanding of how clothes are supposed to feel and fall on the body. Which also means she knows how many times a brand has to fix or remake clothing to correctly fit a plus size woman. Getting it right the first time in what women needed was Bandelettes. This genius invention of sexy thigh bands allows you to wear your skirts and dresses without fear of chafing! No more uncomfortable sweating or painful cuts or having to wear shorts under your cute skirts, dresses or shorts.

 

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Created by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, these boss women came from their native countries with non fashion backgrounds. Once they met, they knew they had to create something groundbreaking which lead to the creation of Bandelettes. With a body positive message behind the brand it didn’t take long for women including Project Runway designer Ashley Nell Tipton to take notice. She made an appearance at their first Annual Gala with testimonials on how much she loved the brand. And her tune has not changed as she and the brand recently unveiled her own limited edition designs earlier this month.

The annual gala was held downtown at the recently opened event space, The Mezzanine in the financial district. Special guests included Becca McCharen-Tran, designer and creator of the boundary pushing brand Chromat. The CFDA Fashion Fund Alumni first partnered with Bandelettes last September when she sent models down the runway in the SS18 Serenity collection accessorized with Bandelettes. The partnership, a merriment of body positive brands continued in the AW18 Wavy collection and hasn’t stopped breaking molds since. Becca was the absolute sweetest and took a picture with me! Also in attendance was drag queen extraordinaire Coco De’Ball who performed. The drink of the night was a strong “Thigh-Piranha”, a take on a Brazilian cocktail. While a fun photobooth, a great DJ, hor d’oeuvres (that I and other bloggers stuffed our faces with) and cupcakes with mini sugar Bandelettes filled the room.

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I seriously can’t say enough how Bandelettes have saved my thighs during the warmer months. A question I was asked by a fellow blogger was “Can you see the lines under your dress”? And honestly I’ve worn a pencil skirt with Bandelettes and they were not visable at all. Thanks to the thin fabric and strudy silicone bands they are virtually invisable and stay in place. Bandelettes come in a range of colors and designs from neutral to bold, thanks to their designer collaborations. And ever the inclusive brand they come in sizes A-F (pantyhose sizes). Have you tried Bandelettes? Let me know in the comments and on social media. Read more about Sparkling Carla here and read more about Bandelettes here!

– T.S.

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Ancestary DNA

I had one thing on my wish list for Christmas. That was to receive the AncestryDNA Kit! And thanks to my amazing mother and the fact that the kit was on sale for $79 (and still is) that was one of the gifts I received. Now if you’ve never seen the commercial or heard of Ancestry, it is a genealogy website where you can build and explore your family tree. The Ancestry DNA Kit is a separate service provided by Ancestry that gives you the resources to discover your true ethnicity down to each percentage.

 

The Process

You don’t need an Ancestry DNA kit done to start the Ancestry family tree. So if you are interested in starting a tree, I suggest trying the free trial first. It cost $99 for the full family tree service. I’ve started my own but haven’t completed it yet. Although it is on my list of to-do’s one day. To order the kit you must do so via the website. Once you have received your kit the next step is to create an ancestry DNA profile. This will be the same profile you use if you wish to do the geological hunt. With only a few general questions to answer your profile is set up in no time. The kit includes a beaker tube with a cap that holds a blue solution that helps protect your DNA until its tested.

According to Ancestry they test 23 pairs of chromosome, specifically the autosomal chromosomes that carry your genetic DNA. Once you receive the kit make sure you haven’t eaten, drank or smoked anything for up to 30 minutes before doing the test. Next all you have to do is spit into the tube up to the wiggly line, pour in the solution and shake for 5 seconds. When you send your Ancestry kit back, be prepared to wait 6-8 weeks for the results. Ancestry also gives you the option to make your results public, making it easier to match to potential family members or help in scientific research.

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What I Was Expecting

Over the years I have listened to family members tell stories of loved ones I had never met and their possible origin. I have always heard of Puerto Rico and parts of Europe mentioned, specifically Spain and Italy. My own research and knowing the Ancestry DNA results of my great-aunt also gave me clues into where I come from. I expected certain results that I received and was surprised by others!

 

My Results

As I mentioned previously mentioned Ancestry DNA takes 6-8 to complete. With the lack of patience I have its safe to say I was more than ready to see my results. Your results are uploaded to your online profile which you create when you first receive the kit. Not only does the kit tell you which countries you are from, but the regions within those countries. The kit gives you results for your strongest DNA findings and your weakest DNA findings. Here are mine!

 

Strongest DNA Findings:

Great Britain:22%- England, Scotland, Wales

Native American:19%- North America, Central America (AKA Taino Indian- the native people of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands)

Iberian Peninsula :19%- Spain and Portugal (AKA, Spain)

Southern Europe:10%- Italy and Greece (AKA Italy)

North Africa:7%- Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya

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Weakest DNA Strength findings

Senegal-5%- Senegal, the Gambia

Ivory Coast/ Ghana- 5%

Middle East 5% – Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Lebanon, Israel

European Jewish 3%-  Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Israel

Ireland/Scotland/Wales- 1%

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Countries I Am Not From:

Scandinavia

Caucasus

Benin/Togo

 

 

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My Reaction

Overall I would take the test again, and I suggest everyone take it. I wasn’t surprised to learn about Spain, Italy and Native American, although I would have thought my Italian roots would have been stronger. And although there is a saying that we are all African, I was surprised to see the different African countries listed! The fact that England, Scotland and Whales even made it on my chart was very surprising as well. As my mother said when she saw my results “I’m a mutt”, the result of different people traveling to and from different countries including Puerto Rico. And its safe to say that I will always answer I’m Puerto Rican when someone asks “What are you?” or “Where are you from?”.  Although to know how exactly I became Puerto Rican is fascinating. And when they say “Hey you look like you’re from this country” I may just answer well this percentage is from Italy, Spain, etc!

Have you ever taken a DNA Kit test before? What were your results? Were you as surprised as I was to see the different countries in your results?

T.S.

 

Lifestyle

Becoming Bonnie Book Review

Becoming Bonnie

Here is a tidbit about myself, one of my favorite era’s is the 1920’s. In fact one of my all time favorite authors is F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve read most of his books, and love them each time. Although I’ve always loved to read, during high school I think I would have apprenticed  having to read The Great Gatsby as opposed to Romeo and Juliet. I’m not a big Shakespeare fan! So when I started college I began to scope out F. Scott Fitzgerald books and short stories to read. His stories have a way of transporting you to the past with descriptions and vocabulary that induces a realness. Many times while reading his books I would stop and think, “how did he know how to describe it in that manner?”

So with my love of the 1920’s era and the master author that was F.Scott Fitzgerald its safe to say that anytime I see a book following the theme I will read it. It was no different when I saw the book Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh. As you might have guessed through the title it is a fictional story about Bonnie of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo. With touches of facts thrown into the book, the story follows Bonnelyn as an innocent teen. Although due to a difficult financial situation, disappointing husband and growing into a woman, she slowly becomes the Bonnie we’ve all heard of.

Facts That Were Part of the Book:

  • Bonnie’s dad died when she was young
  • Bonnie had two siblings, Buster and Billie
  • Bonnie got married at 16
  • Her husband was not a good one
  • Both Bonnie and Clyde grew up very poor
  • Clyde’s siblings in the book, were real and so were the some of the crimes he committed
  • Bonnie really did snuggle a gun to Clyde while he was in jail
  • Bonnie’s best friend in the book, was a real life fellow member of the Barrow Gang…and more.

 

What I loved about the book:

It was quite interesting to see Bonnie and Clyde depicted from Bonnies point of view. Many times when this pair is depicted it is from the point of view of Clyde or both. You get to know Bonnie on her own, and learn what motivates her. Bonnie is depicted a smart, strong girl and women. The type of Bonnie you would want to be part of such an infamous duo. Without being too sappy, you could understand the deep love Bonnie and Clyde had for each other. And finally, like the U.S. economy at the time Bonnie’s life hits a crash and she learns how to deal with it.

I hope I didn’t give to much away about the book! I really enjoyed the book, and hope you read it! What type of books do you love?

T.S.

Life Lifestyle

Another Year Older

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Friday 2/2 was my birthday. I’m excited about what this new year of life will bring me. I had a simple day, as I’m not much for huge parties. I’d rather a one and a lifetime experience than a one night party. Although this time around I kept it very simple with some traditions. It is a family tradition since I was a child to make our way to Ihop for breakfast. If you don’t have an Ihop, you should know its one of the best places for pancakes! The next stop for me was the Windows store to buy myself  a new 2-in-1 Surface. My previous Surface tablet had lasted me around 9 years and was on its last leg. Now I had no problem picking out which computer I wanted as I did my homework and the Windows employees were very helpful. With all that being said I was in the Windows store way too long, because of Dell!

You see I had planned to pay a certain amount towards my new computer and finance the rest. This was not what happened as Dell refused to let me leave the store with my purchase. I don’t know why Windows has Dell as their financing company, but I can tell you it was not a pleasant experience trying to prove I was myself. They only use public records like an email. Which they kept on telling me was incorrect, which it wasn’t. My social security number or license number was not enough! In the end I was glad to have a back up solution and left the store with my computer setup and ready to use.

I had other plans to celebrate, but by the time we left Windows all we wanted to do was to eat! P.F. Changs was near by and since I had never been I was excited to see what it had to offer. I highly recommend you stop by and try the following:

Ahi Poke Bowl ( if you eat sushi, you’ll love this)

Handfolded Crab Wonton (creamy crab mix )

Crispy Honey Shrimp (Sweeter than regular coconut shrimp, but just as scrumptious)

Hokkien Street Noodles (Thin noodle dish with a bit of spice)

Banana Spring Roll (Caramel and banana goodness!)

Coconut Mojito (YUM)

All of it was delicious and the experience was great. P. F. Changs for the win!

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Now that I shared my day with you, I figure I’d share some facts about myself.

  • I’m a night owl (follow my Instastories for that)
  • I always wear rings
  • I hardly wear earrings as my ear lobes are extremely sensitive
  • I was raised by a single mom, there is no one stronger than a single mom
  • If I were not in fashion, I’d be in the art world
  • I have a size 5 foot, size 3 in kids
  • I drink a lot of  water! I try 1-3 bottles a day, I feel unbalanced without it
  • I’m very sensitive to smells. I love woodsy scents over floral ones
  • I love the physical act of writing something down. Planners, notebooks, stationary are my choice over digital reminders
  • I also love the physical feel of a book, as opposed to a digital version
  • I do a lot of my work while listening to music. I listen to almost everything from classical, country, rap and beyond. If the song has a great beat, melody or message I’ll listen. I’m in a Latin Trap moment right now, so that is dominating my Spotify account. If you have no idea what that is, Google Bad Bunny.
  • I hate rodents and anything that resembles them! (Insert your “than how can you do NYC” joke here)
  • I’ve had IBS, since I was in high school. It’s a intestinal condition that can be very painful. Although I learned to manage to control it early on by watching everything I eat.
  • House goals will always be a brownstone with an industrial interior. City girl at heart.

Took an OOTD pic, here are some behind the scene gems!

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When is your birthday? How do you celebrate, are there any traditions? Do you have any birthday goals? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

 

 

 

Beauty Lifestyle

Salud For the New Year

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New to the beauty market is Salud (health) by Dr. Rigo. A health and wellness brand that includes all natural ingredient filled products.  Their goal is to provide all natural health and beauty solutions for all your wellness and beauty needs. From hair and skin health to digestive health, Salud has an all natural alternative for everyday products. Now I love trying anything new, especially if its health conscious because as a society we have become more aware about what we put in our bodies. If it’s important to you what you put in your body why not what you put on your body? If you’re leading an all natural lifestyle adding an all natural beauty routine is a no brainer! Here are some of the products I love from Salud.

 

Mabella Facial Cleansing Soap Bar

This has become my go to for washing my face in the morning to when I have take off makeup at night. I absolutely love the scent which is derived from the combination of the natural ingredients. A mixture of oils such as rosehip oil, yogurt made with goat milk and the popular beauty ingredient charcoal are what make up the facial bar.  Each ingredient has a specific natural remedy for skin irritations. Rosehip Oil contains vitamins,antioxidants and fatty acids that help lighten dark spots. The oil also helps reduce wrinkles and hydrate skin. Goats milk contains lactic acid which helps remove those dead skin cells that clog pores. While my favorite ingredient the activated charcoal pulls bacteria, dirt and toxins from your pores. It basically fights my skins arch-enemy, blackheads!

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Mai Hair and Body Oil

If you’re looking for a natural way to style your hair and keep your skin smooth try they Mai Hair and Body Oil. This natural moisturizer combines RoseHip Oil, Organic Safflower, Hemp and Kukui Nut. All of which combined help with the hydration and protection of hair while stimulating natural growth. These natural ingredients are also great for curly hair like mine. Curly hair has a tendency to dry out, but the natural oils in the Mai Hair and Body oil fight brittle dry strands.

 

Maria Firming Cream

For an all natural solution to wrinkles why not source from your own skin. That is the idea behind the Maria Firming Cream. Made from Squalane, an unsaturated oil which is produced by our natural skin cells. Squalane is also found in olives, palm trees and other natural sources. COQ10 is the second and last ingredient  in the cream, known to be in many highly priced anti-aging creams.

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Learn more about Salud and their great health and beauty products here. And watch me test out their Mai Hair and Body Oil on their YouTube and Instagram channel!

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Picture courtesy of Salud YouTube channel.

 

Wishing you love, success and Salud!

T.S.

 

 

 

Life Lifestyle

2018 Goals

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What are your 2018 goals? Don’t we all resolve to have new goals each New Years? Do you feel accomplished with the goals that you had for 2017? I can personally say when I make goals they have to be written down for the simple fact that I have a horrible memory. Between freelancing, blogging, editing and who knows what else I will have to do in 2018 I am bound to forget what my personal goals are! I can’t be the only person with this problem! Am I right? So here is a list of my 2018 goals.

  • Focus more on the blog! There have been so many tasks that I wanted to do for my blog that I could not complete in 2017. I have a list of to-dos for the blog that I’ve started to focus on. While doing so I’m reminded of how much work goes into a blog and a business. So if you are thinking of starting a blog, by all means start it. Just know that what you see successful bloggers gaining has come with a lot of hard work on their end.

 

  • Travel!! This has been a goal of mine that has increased throughout 2017. In particular it is my main goal to make it to Puerto Rico. With all that occurred in Puerto Rico in 2017 I feel a particular pull toward the island. Not only to help but to ground myself in my roots. London comes next on my travel list.

 

  • Have more fun! I’m a work-a-holic, so if given a choice between working and having fun I usually choose the first option. Not sure how I’m going to accomplish it, but I will try to make a conscious effort to do so. Any tips? Can you magically switch off your brain!

 

  • Get back to boxing. In the past I’ve taken kickboxing classes and I loved it. You can have so much fun while doing this full body sport. And its always fun to be able to hit something and not have any repercussions. Anyone know of any affordable, fun classes? Kickboxing or other!

 

  • Tackle at least one thing on my bucket list. Perhaps skydiving?

 

  • Be nicer to myself. I was recently in a meeting where I was told how valuable I am and that I am more than what I give myself credit for. Which is always nice to hear, but sometimes you just don’t believe. I feel very embarrassed when I get complimented. I can’t be the only one right?

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What are your 2018 goals? Were you able to accomplish your 2017 goals? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

 

Travel Uncategorized

A New Years Celebration at Hershey

On a scope of 1-10 on parties I’m a 1.  I’m not nor have I ever been a huge fan of parties. I blame it on my introverted nature and my overall comfortable ability to enjoy being at home. Yes even on major occasions like New Years Eve I’ve stayed home. Although sometimes I’ve regretted not putting an effort into finding something to do. So with really no plans for this past New Years Eve I was excited when a cousin of mine suggested we go to Hershey Pennsylvania! The town that’s known for Hershey Park has much more to do than its famous amusement park, including on New Years Eve. Here’s what we did while there.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction

Now if you have ever wondered how Hershey makes chocolate be sure to make your way to Hershey’s Chocolate World. The free Hershey Making Tour consist of an amusement like ride that teaches you how the chocolate is made. From cocoa bean to fully made Hershey kiss, you’ll learn so much more than you actually think goes into making Hershey’s chocolate. Be sure to grab your free Hershey kiss at the end of the ride. On New Years Eve there is a live DJ and dance floor for kids where they can dance with Hershey characters. Other options include the Chocolate Tasting Experience, 4D Chocolate Mystery, Create Your Own Candy Bar, Trolley Tour and bakery. The giant candy store can’t be missed either!

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The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue

If you are a history lover like I am than you must make your way to The Hershey Story. Inside is not only a museum, but a chocolate tasting experience, chocolate making experience for kids and a café. We did the chocolate tasting and museum portions which took a few hours. If you wish to experience the chocolate tasting I suggest buying your museum ticket on Groupon on which includes the tasting. Make sure to get there early as the museum is only open until 5pm and the tasting closes before that. During the tasting you are given a map and six sipping chocolates. Each is made with different chocolates from around the world, the map helps you figure out which chocolate you are tasting.

 

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The museum is a self guided tour where you learn about Milton Hershey’s life and how he created a world-famous brand and well-known town. You’ll be inspired to go after your dreams when you learn how Milton as young man with almost nothing started the Hershey Company. An innovator and equal opportunist ahead of his time Milton introduced not only chocolate but encouraged a creative and fair workplace. So much so that the machine which wrapped Herheys Kisses was invented by employees and brothers Walter, Howard and Raymond Philippe.

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His generosity continued even when former employee Harry Reese became a competitor. The two men became friends and when Reese was struggling to distribute his products Milton made an alliance with the Reese company, allowing them to use the Hershey’s distribution method. Eventually the H.B. Reese Candy Company was bought by the Hershey Chocolate Corporation. Hershey was continuously generous throughout his life, giving away his fortune to charity.

 

Other things to do:

Hershey Sweet Lights

Stay in your car as you drive through a festive light show.

The Kiss Drop

Watch the Giant Hershey Kiss make its way to the top as you count down to midnight in downtown Hershey. A live band plays music and vendors are out to help keep warm with hot chocolate.  Stay until the very end for a spectacular firework show.

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Hershey Park

The amusement park is open during New Years Eve if rides are more up your alley.

 

Have you ever been to Hershey during the holidays?  What did you do for New Year’s Eve?

T.S.