October Anniversary

while flipping through February's Nylon, i found these ridiculously amazing and giant rings (hand pieces) by October Anniversary. You really have to see the pictures on their site to get an idea of how big these rings really are. I seem to be attracted more to the silver plated gold rings; of course those are the more expensive ones. They also use recycled metals sourced from eco-friendly factories and donate part of their profits to charity.
fire coral
delicate flower
deserted beach scene
peace lily
freedom birds

Ask And You Shall Receive

I wanted to share with a few of the many great gifts that i received for my birthday. it was one of the best i've ever had thanks to my truly amazing friends.


A few weeks ago a few friends and i were in a fashion show for a local Long Beach vintage store called Imonni. I was ecstatic to learn that i would be getting big hair. It was amazing how confident big hair made me feel; it made it a little easier to strut my stuff that night. I went back to Sam at Flaunt Salon the following night(my b-day party) for a little touch up and kept up that big hair for days.


Damn Girrrrl


Emily is completely working this Pamela Roland dress at the SAG awards. Her body is bangin and that dress fits her like a glove. This is just more inspiration to keep my ass on that treadmill...

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For x-mas i received some great teflon pans which i had actually been secretly wanting for some time now. its amazing how much better i can fry eggs with a teflon pan. after being completely uninspired with what i wanted to make for dinner one night, i decided to try out my hew pans and make a blt with avocado and a medium fried egg on sourdough. so simple so freaking delicious.


Fringe Benefits


I forgot to post this diy project i did as x-mas gifts for my closest girlfriends. It turned out looking pretty good and makes it a whole lot easier to find my keys in the bottomless pit i call my purse.

* square of leather or suede
* D-ring or keyring
* bedazzle studs
* exacto knife
* scissors
* strong needle & thread (color to match suede)
* straight edge

i use the scissors and exacto interchangeably. measure how wide you want your leather to be and cut the length. put the leather through the ring so that each end of the leather meet evenly. sew as close to the ring as possible to secure. bedazzle the studs or use an exacto knife to cut holes and then push them through. Using a straight edge and exacto knife (or scissors) cut the leather into strips. thats it!


Head Case

While browsing the latest Harpers Bazaar, I notice a picture of Salma Hayek looking quite fabulous in this cute beaded head wrap from Urban Outfitters (love the emerald blue) at the Hollywood Domino tournament to benefit the Art of Elysium.

I've always really dug the neo-flapper look because it reminds me of what the original flappers from the 20’s stood for ,and who doesn’t like beading,feathers, and short skirts?


Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is just 3 days away and oh how wonderful it would be if i received any of these...

RH Forcshner Victorinox Chef’s Knife
Brother's Spumoni w/ Cherries & Rum/Angelo's Deli
Gift Cards/Yogurt Land, Forever 21, Zara

Made Her Think Talon Knuckle Buster/lagarconne.comLeather Cutout Gloves/urban outfitters
Influence/Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
Givenchy Nightingale Bag/In My Dreams


Mood Music

The soundtrack to my new years eve started with a great group from the 80'? 90's, 2000? called ESG. Its great dance music with an electro funk feel and it was the perfect music to get me into celebration mode. So good i woke up with a bruised ankle the following morning. I am now on the prowl for A South Bronx Story.

Eugene & The 1914 is a local band that a couple of friends are in. I just listened to them live for the first time last weekend and was fully enthralled in their performance. Visit their myspace page and check out some songs, and if you're in the Long Beach area they often play free shows.
Whiskey & Wine

Warms My Soul

After gorging myself with loads of rich and heavy holiday food, i have decided to keep it simple for the next couple weeks. I found this recipe on About.com and it was exactly what i needed. I made mine slightly chunky (than the one pictured)for texture and heartyness. Its vegetarian, healthy, and delicious served with a loaf of crusty french bread.

Purée of Cauliflower Soup Recipe
By Danilo Alfaro, About.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 lb fresh cauliflower, outer leaves removed
1 medium Russet (or other starchy) potato
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
½ cup dry white wine (optional)
1 qt vegetable broth or stock
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground white pepper, to taste
Cut cauliflower into (roughly) same-sized pieces, about ½ inch to 1 inch thick, depending on diameter. Don't worry about precision -- the soup is going to be puréed anyway. We just want the pieces to be of uniform size so that they cook evenly.

Peel the potato and cut it into pieces about the same size as the cauliflower.

In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the butter over a low-to-medium heat.

Add the onion, garlic and cauliflower and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent, stirring more or less continuously.

Add the wine and cook for another minute or two or until the wine seems to have reduced by about half.

Add the stock and the potato. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower and potatoes are soft enough that they can easily be pierced with a knife. Don't let them get mushy, though.

Remove from heat and purée in a blender, working in batches if necessary.

Tip: Use care when processing hot items in a blender as the hot steam can sometimes blow the blender lid off. Start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam, then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.

Return puréed soup to pot and bring to a simmer again, adding more broth or stock to adjust the thickness if necessary.

Season to taste with Kosher salt and white pepper.

Garnish with a toasted crouton and serve right away.
Makes about 1½ quarts (6 8-oz. servings) of soup.