Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Wish List

Wish List

1) Kate Spade Glasses {I am obsessed}
2) Plates by Kate Spade {different design}
3) this wallet comes in different colors {I want magenta, or dark blue}
4)  Kate Spade Crossbody in either cream or black {did I mention I am obsessed with KS?}
5) Ankle booties that are comfortable
6 LLBean fleece sweater {purple is a must}
7) LLBean vest {it is getting colder and I always wanted one}
8) I have my stylist on Stella&Dot and found this necklace
9) a new phone. maybe the iPhone 6? Maybe just the 5s...my good old 4s is deteriorating

Fall is around the corner even though we are still having temperatures in the mid and high 90s. I cannot wait for cooler temperatures to arrive. Living in California this may not be happening as fast or as beautifully as it does in other parts of the world but I am still looking forward to this season change. Having moved up to NorCal fall does happen more up here than it does down in the south. I am excited. Also, we have family in northern Nevada and since that is high dessert it does get cold there and it may even snow, so I must be prepared.

You probably noticed my Kate Spade obsession. I found cute glasses and plates and would love to add some fun, color and sophisticated yet still subtle touch to our little place, but I will wait. I might add these to my Christmas list. I am all about money saving, and I am actually pretty good at it. Also, this month I am not buying new clothes or anything for me or the man unless it is truly necessary {like when he comes home with a hole in his work pants...hmmmm...how the heck did that happen? Luckily those pants were old}. 

Are you ready for cooler temperatures?
Are you always buying new items, or use your old items for years?
Do you have a wish list?

I try to keep my clothing items as long as even possible, but what I wore at 20 may not fit me anymore and kind of looks outdated and used by now. Cleaning my closet for fall is always fun!!! I am so getting rid of so much stuff, and yes, will donate if possible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Easy Peasy Tilapia

I am no cook. Sometimes I don't feel like standing in the kitchen for an hour preparing the most delicious meal ever. Sometimes I just want to sit back, read a book, or watch ridiculous amount of tv shows. Dinner needs to happen, and even though I don't want to cook at times I also don't want to go out. When I am in a little food/cook dilemma I defrost my tilapia and look for possibilities to spice them up.

Today, I'm sharing with you the easiest way to make a boring fish fun, spicy and just delicious. 


Here's what you need:

Tilapia fillets {one per person}
olive oil {one tsp per fillet}
fish rub of your choice {make your own or buy one, but use about 1/2 tsp per fillet}

Here's what you do:

thaw the fish
preheat oven to 400F
put the fillets in a non-stick pan or spray a pan
sprinkle oil on fish fillets and rub the oil in
then rub the fish rub on the fillets with your fingers {yes, get dirty}
put the fish in the oven
after about 25 minutes {or until the fish flakes easily or/and is browned} take it out
that's it.


So easy, so simple.
While the fish is in the oven you can make salad, make a rice dish, or like me, watch your favorite show on tv. ;) And oh my, I chose a really spicy rub and it was beyond delicious.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Garlic Love


Oh garlic!!
Are you like me loving this stinking rose?!

For years, well thousands of years, garlic has been used as food and even medicine. My mom always said it is good for the heart and soul. She had a point. After a little research on several medical centers' websites garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent infections during war times. It was also used to fight plagues. Today it is commonly used to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even boost our immune system, and help with iron metabolism. Some say it may also protect against cancer.Since it is rich in antioxidants it helps to fight off free radicals which contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. I am sure it has many more benefits but to go into details here, or for me to research would be too much.

I am by no means a doctor or expert in this field of garlic awesomeness. However, I know that a little garlic won't hurt any meal or body. I try to use it as often as possible. When I make my Turkish cucumber-yogurt dish, prepare pasta and its sauces, and to spice up and add some flavor to my fish dishes first thing I use is garlic. My favorite person likes garlic and is okay with it as long as he doesn't see it. I'll crush most of it or really thinly slice it anyways, so that's fine.

Garlic smells best {not tastes best} when I brown it slowly with butter. It's to die for. Ever done that? Love garlic? Then you know how yummy it smells. Knowing that when I use garlic I add some beneficial factor to our daily diet is just makes me happy. I cannot get enough of this 

Oh, and just if you were wondering if there is a place dedicated to garlic go check out The Stinking Rose in either Los Angeles or San Francisco!!! If you're into garlic I think that's a pretty good place to go, too. I'm already hungry. I might cook something garlic-y tonight!!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Protect Your Own Wedding from Overexposure


Everything happened so quickly.
When my man asked me to marry him in May I was shocked. We had talked about taking this next step together but I had never thought it would happen so suddenly. Then again, why wait. It was hard for me to comprehend the changes that will come with an engagement, let alone a marriage. I told my best friends immediately, and even told my mom {of course}. Friends that I wanted to tell personally I waited, but then the opportunity never came and so I did it impersonal and kind of weird over text. Not my best, I know. One of my dear friends doesn't know yet and I am soooooooo eager to tell her BUT, she just got married Saturday afternoon and I did not want to tell her before just because I felt the timing was wrong. Once she is back from her honeymoon I will gladly tell her the news {if you were wondering, we live in different cities and she got married out of state and I sadly couldn't attend but made up for it with an elaborate wedding gift - that is what friends are for, too}. 

Anyways, back to my blog title.
I told everyone that I could, and thought would actually be happy for me.
There were a few that weren't happy and that is when I thought I won't be pushing details down their throat. I wouldn't tell them where and when we wanted to get married. I just couldn't. Well, if you missed it, we got married on August 29, 2014. It was a small, intimate and quiet wedding in our lovely Californian wine region. I didn't want the news to be spread all over social media and all but one {why oh why} of my friends/family respected my wish. There is just something about my life I feel you don't need to know. I would love to share my happiness with you, don't get me wrong, but I don't think you need to see all details about my life. I don't want to see yours either {just a hint, a touch, something}. Well, and that is why I have chosen to share a little bit of my special day with you today. I cannot believe it's been over a week, and literally happened last month. Time sure flies. I cleaned up the other day and saw a few remnants of our special day and thought it was time to slowly let the cat out of the bag...just for a few minutes. Once I get all photos in I will try to write a little wedding post. After all, this is my blog, and I see it as a journal, a notebook, something that I can come back to and be happy about.

So, how to protect my own wedding from overexposure? I choose to share details...on my own time and terms. That simple.

So, stay tuned.

In the meantime, I hope you had a great weekend and start this week with a gigantic smile. It is September, school started, and pumpkins are coming back in fashion. Love it already!!!  

xoxo

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Happy Drug: Music!

Happy Friday!!!

You know, when you don't feel well you need something to cheer you up. Some people prefer to just simply keep to themselves, drink wine {or something else}, eat, read, go out and get distracted, listen to music or even work out. Whatever works for you when you feel down or sad, music and tv are my distractions. Sunday and Monday of this week weren't my happiest days...this stretched to Wednesday and even to today. I guess that is normal. You know what my man did? He created a radio station on his phone that literally plays music based on my taste of music. Guess what? Apparently, Maroon 5 rocks my world. They rocked my world when they first started over 11 years ago, and they rocked my world driving two hours over a pass to see his parents and back to our place.

Also, just knowing Adam is still as hot as ever {yum!!} made my sadness a little less dramatic. Plus, hello, they just announced the new tour dates. Hmmmm, yes please! 

Making me smile and feel slightly better was needed. So, I am choosing to share this video with you. I am sure most of you have seen it, if not, watch it all. To me, it is a reminder that nobody and nothing is ever perfect but we can strive to work hard on ourselves and believe in a positive and perfect world; don't judge, don't hate, and just accept and tolerate. 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Afghan Hands

Just yesterday I watched the news and then forgot to change the channel while I was cleaning our apartment, and Katie {the show} came up. I am not into daily morning shows unless it is the news. Yet, I kept watching. That is how I learned about Afghan Hands

Afghan Hands is a nonprofit organization and wants to give women in Afghanistan a chance for a better life, and show them that they can create objects of great beauty. The scars of great trauma and long-time abuse, and the loss of hope is slowly being transformed into something beautiful and good. Women learn to create embroidered shawls and scarves, and their exquisite embroidery connects them to a wider world - and to us.

As a scarf lover you can just imagine my instant happiness. I was blown away. Also, I like nonprofit organizations that help others in need and actually make a change. So I thought I would share this with you, my lovelies. These scarves are not cheap. Yet, we sometimes splurge on a big fancy bag, so why not splurge on a scarf - that is, if you are into scarves. I already started saving money and will order hopefully one by October or November. :) I don't want to spend any money on new clothing, accessories and all that for the entire month of September.  Also, I don't think my favorite person will enjoy to see another scarf in my already huge collection. At least this one will be beneficial to women in need. I also know how hard it is for women to grow up. It is far more difficult to be a woman. Maybe not in the western world, but once you learn about or hear of stories from women in the Middle East, Africa, or any other country not as fortunate and as open as others, you will agree with me. 

Anyways, here's a few scarves I loved when I went on their website. I cannot wait to splurge and wrap myself in a comfy, elegant, and just gorgeous, handmade scarf!


The last one is by far my favorite!
Do you love scarves as much as I do?

Happy Thursday!
Cannot believe this week is almost over. Time sure flies.

images via 1 | 2 | 3 |

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was NOT asked to write for Afghan Hands and was not gifted anything.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We Miss You

Over the weekend I was supposed to laugh, dance, smile, and enjoy a memorable couple of days to celebrate not only a new stage in my current life, but also the last couple of days before fall time really begins. It already has cooled down a little, and is now also darker sooner at night. I am officially excited about fall. However, my happy weekend came to a sudden halt when I heard that my beloved uncle in Switzerland had passed away over night. Monday was a day I recall as The Crying Day. Literally. Not my finest moment but hey, life happens and I have learned that keeping emotions in for too long is never a good thing. So, I cried. I mourned. Even today, just writing this and letting my thoughts flow as they come along makes my eyes feel weak and teary.


My uncle was the kindest, sweetest, and most quiet man I remember. His wit was beyond funny, and he knew how to work hard, enjoy life with the finest wines and foods, and be a happy husband, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He was so mellow, so down-to-earth, it was always a pleasure to be around him. When something was sad he would make sure to bring at least a smile back to our faces. He would always joke but in a decent way, just to lighten up the sad or boring moments. His jokes made me cry - that is how much I laughed. He was our calm soul in the family, a man I always looked up to, and admired for being strong and determined to never give up.

Unfortunately, his strength and determination deteriorated this year. Two years ago he was diagnosed with cancer. Well, a huge tumor grew next to his lung and even though it was reduced, removed and literally killed, it decided to come back and hunt this gorgeous man. If you didn't know it you would not have known that he was going through chemotherapy. His hair stayed black naturally, and hardly went gray. He didn't lose his humor, and he was still himself. Yet, the ugly tumor was stronger. He got weaker and my mom told me that he was deteriorating lately; keeping to himself, sleeping a lot, and staying in his room watching movies. 

Without much pain, and that I call fortunate, he finally fell asleep forever Monday early morning. Quietly, just how he lived life, he departed and left a big void in our lives. I am more than just heartbroken knowing I cannot be with my family. Whenever I think of him, I start crying. His jokes are needed now. I really need a good laugh. Hopefully he will send some funny stuff downward so I can smile and maybe cry because I have to laugh so incredibly hard. I am so over this sadness. 

We know you are looking out for us, and are watching us live our lives with your friends, siblings, my grandma, and my cousin. You won't judge us, or roll your eyes. You will enjoy what you see, and we look forward to see you and your humor in others. I know that much.

We will miss you R.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School and Reality!

back to school

My school years are over. At least for the time being. Hoping to go back at some point. Either way, my man went back to school today and that made me all excited. I am more excited about this than he is. Also, it is fall, it is a new season, and it is definitely time to make some changes. Among most changes it will be my wardrobe. What I put together above is probably what I would like to wear in the next couple of weeks. All I have to find are red flats, and a cute fall-colored blouse, and skirt, and hope for cooler weather. I don't own the KS watch and won't go out and buy it, but the inspiration is there. I can then combine it all with jeans, dress pants, and even pull my favorite green pants out. The possibilities are endless.

I have always loved fashion, and the feeling I got when I wore something new or tried a new look. I am excited to see how I feel when I come up with new items in my closet. It will be fall cleaning, not spring cleaning! :) It will feel perfect. It will be liberating and just fun to get rid of items I haven't touch in a year or even two. They will most probably be donated. 

So excited about this.
Red flat shopping here I come!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome, September


Good morning.
Can you believe that yet another month has ended and started already? We are in month number nine, and I cannot believe how fast time has been flying. It is officially fall!!! Yes. To me at least. You may want to wait three more weeks, but to me, September 1st marks the first day of fall season. These next three months will be fantastic. I can decorate the apartment with warm colors, pumpkins, candles, and what not. Halloween will be scary funny, and then I can pack it all away and put up Christmas stuff. In no time we will celebrate a new year again. Insane!!

Yet, let's start with this month. I will not work on a fall list but tell you a few things I am looking forward to. Whether or not I will fully enjoy these items/moments/places is then totally up to me. Hopefully I can accomplish more during fall than summer because frankly I failed my summer list.

Things I look forward to:

- pumpkin spice lattes {the best thing during fall if they are not from Starbucks!)
- pumpkins in all sizes
- pumpkin patches {so want to go to one again, and pick a few cuties out}
- spiced hot apple ciders {oh yes}
- Halloween decorations 
- no more flip flops/sandals but actual closed shoes {fingers crossed this happens here in Sac}
- wearing my scarves
- cooler temperatures
- Christmas time approaching faster

I'm not particularly looking forward to potential rainstorms but if they happen I will just enjoy them. Note to myself: by a new umbrella. 

But right now, I am enjoying a Mrs! Wow!

Happy September!!
image via here

Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of My Summer List

Fall is basically around the corner {this Monday!! September 1 is when it starts for me - I know, so unofficial} and so I decided that it is time to look back at this terribly hot summer.   

A while back I made a summer list, and today I am closing it to see what I have accomplished. Over time I went back to the list to see what I needed to do or should do to make summer 2014 fun, colorful, and especially eventful. I wanted this summer to be a great one especially since it marked a new part of my life.  Easier said or written than done. 

Here's my list, and what I was able to accomplish between July 1 and today August 31:

  • Explore more of Sacramento and surroundings {7.16.14}
  • Visit Orange County {going early August - 8.18.14}
  • Travel to and explore the Reno area {completed, yet will be going back a few times}
  • Visit San Francisco {7.21.14}
  • Visit Monterey  
  • Go to one or two wineries {did so, on 8.29.14}
  • Make strawberry mojitos 
  • Make sangrias
  • Make popsicles
  • Bake a gluten free apple pie, and maybe a plum pie
  • Go to the Farmer's Market hopefully twice a month {went to a daily market, does that count?}
  • Go to the beach because we miss it so terribly much
  • Watch a movie at an outdoor movie theater – preferably a drive-in theater
  • Go hiking
  • Read at least four books {I managed to read three, so I kinda fulfilled this, no?}
  • Catch up on my favorite shows (Criminal Minds included)
  • Decorate the apartment with artwork so it looks welcoming and less boring
  • Turn off my phone for at least two hours each day starting July 1 for two months (yes, each day) - {each day was hard; so it took a while to get used to this...let's just say I tried and I halfway succeeded}
  • Find a job (not a summer goal but it must happen this summer) - {volunteer work found, unpaid, but it was at least a distraction}
Do you make lists, or am I the only crazy one?

My summer started promising, and then it got a little hectic. I wanted to do so much and ended up crossing almost nothing off of my list. I will try to make sangria, and then the recipe will be up soon. We are still planning on going to an outdoor movie theater. We waited until temperatures dropped. It wasn't comfortable or romantic to watch a movie with temps in the high 80s at night. Cooler temps are more fun!! Also, the apple pie recipe should be up soon. So much has happened in the past few weeks, heck days, and so much is going to happen in the next few weeks so bear with me and my recipes, my recaps, and especially with details to what actually happened on Friday - my big day! WOW.

I am definitely ready for fall!! Hope you are too. :)

xoxo

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