Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hold onto Dreams


“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly."
  Langston Hughes

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Blogging on a daily basis has always been helpful to me. It has helped me share my thoughts, my wishes and dreams, my life, my ideas, my frustrations, and many more things. Yet, there are times when I just don't know what to share. Call it a blockage or just an uninspired moment. Either way, I don't have that at the moment but I still feel at a loss. 
The quote represents exactly what I am feeling at the moment. Not just now, but this entire week. My dreams are still there, and I am trying to really hold onto them. Yet, I feel alone. I feel bored. I feel uninspired. Yes, I cook, and I kind of explore but there is so much more I would like to accomplish during the day. Having a steady job for once would be a grateful way to make myself feel needed and feel accomplished {not to mention the extra income}. I am so exhausted from looking, and applying, researching and all, and not getting anything in return. It is just a blah-week, and probably also a blah-month. I am driving myself crazy. Also, my favorite person doesn't like to see me this way. It pains him. He cannot do much to make me feel more myself - I just have to find that way out of my so-called crisis and learn how to fly; just like in the quote.   

Let's hope I find a way. 
Any suggestions on how to make me smile more?

Have a great weekend, my lovelies!!
image via tumblr

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simple Pesto Chicken Pasta!


I was bored the other day and didn't know what to do for dinner. So I looked into the fridge and cabinets to find food inspiration; and I did. I found pasta {gluten free of course}, two chicken breasts, spinach, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, half-and-half cream, pesto sauce, and cherry tomatoes. That was all I needed.

I washed, cut, and seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper only. Heated a frying pan, browned the chicken, and then added the dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and spinach to the chicken. I also added a little cream to it and let it simmer a little while. At the same time I brought water to a boil, added some salt, and put the pasta in according to package {you can use spaghetti, penne, fussili, or even farfalle - anything else may work too but to me these are the best sorts of pasta for this dish}. 

Once the chicken and veggies looked good I put them aside and continued with the pesto sauce.

























I heated garlic and butter in a pan on medium, and then added a little cream to it. Added about five teaspoons of pesto sauce and combined it all. I also added more cream. All up to your own personal taste - it really depends on how much you like pesto. Some like it more, some don't. Once the pesto sauce is ready, keep it on low and slowly toss the chicken combo into the sauce. Drain the pasta once ready, and combine in all. Some people prefer the sauce over the pasta and not all together...it really is up to you. That is the beauty of this dish...it goes both ways.


Best thing about this dish? It was done in less than 30 minutes.
You can also add mushrooms, bacon, zucchini, or anything else you think would fit. I usually go with whatever I have in my fridge and think works best. It is such an easy dish. Add a glass of wine, or a green salad to it and your tummy will be full in minutes!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kate Spade Love

Kate Spade Love



If you haven't heard I love Kate Spade. I am not the only one, I know.
There is this certain vibe to KS that I love. It is not only purely feminine, it is also girlie, playful, and just timeless beautiful. This combination makes it so splendid if you ask me. If you were wondering whether or not I owned something with the brand name Kate Spade on it, then yes, I do. I own and love three pairs of sunglasses {the pair above is actually exactly it, just mine is turquoise}, a pair of pink earrings, and a wallet. I am hoping to get either one bag I posted above, as well as the plates. I saw the plates at Nordstrom and fell in love. They are perfect for appetizers, or just finger food for when I do not feel like cooking. I will not a wedding registry {weird, I know} but instead will have a "list" with things we/I need in life. Ha! Kate Spade stuff will definitely be on that "list". I can already see my favorite person roll his eyes. Sorry honey. I need my girlie fix. 

I am so ready to go shopping now. Trouble is ahead...I can tell.

xoxo

P.s. I might have taken advantage of Nordstrom and its Anniversary Sale and bought a few things. Early Christmas/Wedding gift I guess. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Left My Heart in San Francisco ~ Again


Last week, on our day off, we decided to drive to San Francisco for a day. We ended up staying two days and stayed overnight with family. The main reason we wanted to do this was our rental car. Over 4th of July a lady literally drove backwards into our car {while we were already out and turning to leave the parking lot - she did not pay attention whatsoever and it was too late for us to react fast enough}, so we had to have our lovely car repaired. No dramatic damage but the total cost came up to $700; it's not just nothing. Anyways, so while our car was undergoing surgery we got a rental - a lovely brand stinking new Toyota Prius. Awesome mileage, and a brand new car...that just goes with San Francisco. No?

Since my favorite person had never been to SF before {a total shocker to me, since this is my absolutely favorite city in the US} I was more than just happy to visit the city with him. After all, I used to live there years ago and I just miss the big city feel. I am a big city girl there is no denying that - so naturally this trip made my month! I took my man for a loooooooong walk around the city. We parked the car, and then walked. I kept asking if he was okay and would love to take public transportation {he's not so much into PT but I will teach/show him over time that the one in SF is brilliant} - he always said he was okay. I could tell he wasn't used to walking up and down hills but kept going. Once we got back to our car we drove around to where we needed to go, so that gave our legs, feet, and hips a break. :)

While walking I tried to snap away a few photos here and there. I hate looking and acting like a tourist in any city. Granted I am not a tourist in this city but stopping and taking photos in the middle of a street automatically makes you look like one. 


We had a fabulous breakfast at Just For You Cafe. They even have wheat free pancakes available {yet, wheat free is not fully gluten free} but I stayed away and ordered eggs, bacon, potatoes, and two slices of gluten free bread. Needless to say I was in heaven!!!
 

Gluten free bakery and all kinds of goods? Yes, please!!!!


We also quickly stopped by Berkeley for lunch and then headed home. Unfortunately, we also had to return our lovely rental car that same day. Ten minutes after we arrived back home and stretched our legs we got a call saying the car woke up from surgery and was ready to be picked up. Boo. We were sad, but also happy to get a familiar car back. Rentals are great, and when insurance pays for it it's even better. Yet, the familiarity of your car will never be there.

 























This is my little gossip of today. Linking up with Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip. I had a blast in San Francisco. I finally felt like myself again. I am rejuvenated. Even though we walked a ton {literally, my legs were sore I have to admit that much} our little trip felt like heaven. We needed a break from hot and to us, boring, Sacramento. We needed cooler air, the ocean, and some things to explore. We got all that and I believe even my favorite person liked it. I might have scarred him though with all the walking, but it was a fabulous getaway. So glad we could stay with family as well - saved us a ton of money, and nerves! 

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Outfit

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Happy Friday!
This is basically going to be my weekend outfit, or so I wish. I have to find the entire ensemble first. However, I have high hopes. Black skirts never fully go out of fashion {a girl must have a black dress and a black skirt}, and a touch of turquoise in the summer is a must. Whether or not I find a yellow top, and flats {I won't look for new sunnies, and use my cat-eye ones} I am sure I will be able to find the skirt and pair it up with something already hanging in my closet. It is my favorite moment ever, when I walk out the door in a dress or skirt feeling all girlie and ready to conquer the world. I cannot wait.

Do I have plans this weekend?
Not really. My favorite person is working again {what on earth, people. what on earth???} and I have a feeling I will spend it alone again. Dressing up and feeling beautiful has not hurt anyone...and maybe I am a lucky girl, and my guy gets home early so we can do something fun after all.

Have a great weekend!!!

xoxo 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oh Hail No! Russian Hailstorm caught on camera!

Since moving to Sacramento I have learned to go with whatever comes along. I am still trying to get this entire area down, and am determined to make my remaining months here (however long that will be) entertaining, special, and worthwhile. The main thing my favorite person and I have to get used to is the weather. It has been HOT. Triple digit hot. All the time. Worst of all, at least for my lungs, is the wind that does not exist here. The air is horrible. Now, you would think, wait a minute. Doesn't this girl know that her beloved Los Angeles has worse air quality? Yes, maybe. Yet, trust me. My lungs know better. They feel this air is being different, and they are not happy!

Weather and air quality aside, I am so looking forward to going to the beach soon. I am literally counting down the days. I need my lungs to breathe better. Also, I came across the following video...and well, let's just say I am also glad we did not have this kind of hail coming down on us like crazy. All this happened in Russia over the weekend I believe. Pure insanity if you ask me. Just watch it, and wait a little until the camera turns to show the water and people literally running.


This was all over the news, and even a few people posted it on Facebook. Have you seen this? What would you do?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sacramento


It has been over six weeks that we moved from the L.A./OC area to Sacramento. I moved without expectations. I knew it was going to be very different, and slightly maybe even difficult. I knew there was a possibility for it all to be challenging; after all, a move to a different and unknown area is always a bit of a challenge. Not sure how my favorite person felt before the move. He was looking forward to experiencing something new - that is for sure. So far, it's not been my favorite move at all. I don't hate it but I am not liking it either. There, I said it. Granted, we still have to adjust, and we still have to find places to go to and feel okay with. We are working on it every week!

Just like the not working lights in the letter C, that's how I see this move. We have only been here for a little over six weeks but I am so looking forward to moving away again, preferably down south or just closer to San Francisco. Yet, all in due time. Until then, I am trying to really make it happen here, and make the best out of this area. Maybe it's going to surprise me over the next year...hopefully. 

My dislike towards this area (let's hope this changes soon!!!) did not prevent me from exploring it. I mean, we made the effort to move and we want to make it happen at least for the time being. Discover what this city and surrounding areas offer is a must - so we started a little....here's a few photos.


These ducks are my highlight. In our community we not only have ducks and duck babies walking around (they are also quite entertaining to listen to), we also have four turkeys, a peacock and a bunch of dogs and at least three cats. My highlight are the ducks. Leftover, stale bread is what I feed them at the pond. Apparently I am not the only one. :) Plus, they love it. Unfortunately, we discovered a few hatched eggs...but hatched before they were due and ready. My heart broke. :(


With a few exceptions {restaurants, museums, galleries, boutiques} we have pretty much covered/seen Sacramento's  downtown/midtown/oldtown section. There's not much else within the city. I doubt that shopping plazas almost outside the city count with an enormous WalMart and Ikea center. Anyways, I am sure we will come across insider tips on great restaurants and places to see and experience...and I will make sure to document and share. Yes I am trying to be very positive here.


This place by far has become my favorite spot to eat. It reminds me of Los Angeles, NYC, and Berlin. Nice combo. Food so far has been fantastic. I have yet to go in when it is Brunch Time, but Cafeteria 15L is definitely a place I would recommend to stop by and eat in.


We have ventured outside the city and visited Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, and Rancho Cordova. Also, we went to Reno a few times mainly because family lives there now. Next stops are the wine countries, my beloved San Francisco, and maybe even Monterey again. We shall see. Fingers crossed my attitude turns into something better...I have yet to figure this place out, so I won't give up. I refuse to.

Have you ever been up here? Do you live up here? Moved away from here?
Ideas? Suggestions?
Send them my way!

xoxo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Try

Next time you put a ton of make-up on think about this...is that really you? 

Don't get me wrong, I love make-up. I love to put it on and feel girlie. Yet, I also prefer the clear, clean, no-make up days. It is then totally me, and my skin can breathe. Plus, our other halves should appreciate us for who we are without the fake color on our skin. Besides, if he says he loves how you look when you don't even have mascara on and just wear moisturizer {not tinted though}, then you know he loves you for who you are and not for what you think you must look like to him. If he or anyone for that matter doesn't like you at all when you are naked so to speak, then well, sorry! Just saying.

Love this video and the message it sends. Colbie as well as other singers and actors have been speaking out about photo-shopped appearances in magazines and on TV. To me, this video is not solely about the misguided photos we see in magazines and think we need to strive for the same {fake} perfection. To me, this video is about accepting us for who we are and how we look. Accepting our flaws, our freckles, our scars, our weight, our crooked nose, and our short hair or lashes.

I have to say I always wear mascara and lip gloss unless I stay home. Just saying, I think a little makeup is fine - at least if he doesn't distort your natural look.

This video has been going around on Facebook, Twitter, and even on the News. If you haven't heard about it or even seen it...have a look and let me know what you think!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

World Cup Bye Bye


Finally. The Soccer World Cup is over. The game was a drag. Fortunately, it did not start and end like the game between Germany and all-time favorite Brazil {7-1 was a little too embarrassing, really}; then again, a little more back and forth between both teams, and maybe a goal here and there would have been nicer. It is over now, and I am very satisfied.
Whether or not you are into soccer we should agree on one thing; sports brings people together. It's like music, just a tad bit wilder. Granted, throughout the whole time we saw kicking, pushing, faking pain, faking falls, hitting, crying, and yes, even biting - all relatively normal besides the biting. Really. Yet, it brought people together. Strangers hugging each other because the game was so fantastic, and even though their team lost they embraced the fact that the opposite team played far better {excpet when Messi picked up his trophy for best player, he could have at least smiled and be thankful for the fact that he has a job, a way to support family, himself, and be an example to the youth in most countries who is struggling and hoping to live a better life}. Everyone was crying, clapping, and admiring players. Everyone was there; young, old, celebrity or not. A World Cup, a European Championship, and anything else related to sports always brings people together!!!!!

Like in every game though, there's a winner and there's a loser. We are taught this from when we are little. We know that. Yet, ridiculously enough we tend to forget this very fact once our team/country loses, or once we hit adulthood. People get frantically upset, demolish places and even threaten the opposite team and its supporters. Ridiculous. Luckily, it is now all over. One team had to win, and one team had to lose. I'm sorry if it wasn't yours. I'm congratulating if it was yours. And if you were totally against this sport, then I will congratulate you as well. Why? Let's just say, my mom called saying she doesn't know what to do anymore now that the World Cup is over. Europeans...well, soccer lovers... hahaha! So, you, not liking soccer, knew how to live life without the World Cup in Brazil.

Joke aside, I am glad it is over. I can, if I really wanted to, watch other stuff on TV now. Regular life, without soccer for a while, can take place. I am excited about that. Plus, I get to enjoy the rest of this beautifully hot summer without constantly having the TV on; even though we all know I am a TV junkie.

Did you watch the final game?

What did you think about it?

If you were wondering what language these people were speaking to each other...English, maybe even Spanish. We Europeans are very flexible when it comes to languages. :) 

My team won, and again, I am very satisfied.
Have a fantastic Monday. I'm linking up with Leeann today, you should maybe, too. :) 


image via Etsy

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Nights

Happy early weekend everyone.
It has been hot here. I really miss the ocean, and I really miss those fancy restaurants along the pier that make every Friday night a special date night. I am far away from my beloved ocean even though San Francisco is so close. I will be back in my home in a few weeks yet until then I am dreaming of summer nights along the pacific where I hear and smell the the waves crashing. SoCal will have me back early August! In order to celebrate this, and in order to celebrate my friend's Bridal Shower this Sunday (I sadly cannot make it though) I created this outfit and am linking up to Friday Fancies
Have fun, and have a brilliant weekend!!!

Summer Nights




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