Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Palo Pandolfo & My Love for Argentine Rock

I have to thank Tomas for introducing me to the world of Argentine Rock. It's funny to think that years ago, I was cruising in my Jeep (RIP...well it's not dead, it just has another owner now), with the windows down, blasting hip-hop. I hated country music, and never thought twice about listening to rock music. Oh, how the times have changed. 

One of my favorite Argentine Rock artists is Palo Pandolfo, who we have seen in concert three times now. The height of his popularity was in the 90s, but he still produces music and does concerts to this day. In fact, there is a concert on Saturday that I wish I could go to! His music has such an interesting sound, and his style is so unique. He does what he wants, and is just cool that way. You guys know what I'm talking about.

I could listen to his music over and over again, and usually do. It hasn't gotten old for me yet. I've actually been on the hunt for one of his albums from the 90s when he was part of the band, Los Visitantes, and can't seem to find it anywhere! Until the glorious day when I find it, there is always YouTube and Grooveshark.

My favorite song from Palo (when he was a part of Los Visitantes)...

A couple of weeks ago, Palo was opening for another group, Onda Vaga, at our favorite venue, Konex. Of course, we HAD to go. 

Tomas even ended up meeting Palo after his performance! At the moment, I was VERY upset that I missed out on that opportunity, but I'm sure we will be seeing Palo in concert again soon. :-D

Palo Pandolfo performing "El LeƱador" 
- October 12, 2014 @ Konex -

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Makeup Geek "Vegas Lights" Palette

I had never heard of the brand, Makeup Geek, until I started watching Tati (from Glam Life Guru) on YouTube. She seems to constantly rave about their products, so I thought I'd give them a try. For a few months, I perused the Makeup Geek website but was unsure of what my first purchase should be. When they came out with their eye shadow palette, Vegas Lights, I knew that it was going to be the perfect first purchase. From what I had heard, the Makeup Geek eyeshadows were super pigmented & easy to blend, but the icing on the cake was the unique offering of colors in this palette. I have never really seen colors like these before, let alone all in one easy-to-use palette. Sometimes I don't even know where to start with eyeshadows...which colors blend together seamlessly, and where to apply them, so in my case, buying a palette takes care of those doubts. I couldn't be happier with the color payoff, the blend-ability, and the staying power! I applied my makeup at around 10am on this day (underneath the shadow I applied the Lorac "Behind the Scenes" Eye Primer), trekked across the city and back (in the rain!), went to work, and returned home around 10pm/11pm and my eyeshadow had not moved! In fact, it looked just as flawless and vibrant as when I first applied it! I could go on and on, but I think I've said enough....I think I should just let the following photos speak for themselves!

It's official...... I am a Makeup Geek fan.
What will I try next?
I have my eye on their blushes!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And then there were three...

Tomas and I alternate taking Agatha and Willy out in the morning. Basically it's whoever wakes up first, and that's usually Tomas on weekdays and me on weekends. So anyway, Tomas went to take Agatha and Willy out yesterday morning while I stayed in bed. A few minutes later (maybe it was more, I was sleeping after all), they were back...Willy jumped onto the bed to wake me up, but I wasn't going to budge. Then Tomas said, "Look what I found...."

I opened my eyes and there was a puppy at the foot of the bed.  Yep, that got me up. Apparently, Tomas came across it tied to a pole in the alleyway in front of our apartment building. Homeless dogs in Argentina are a common sight, but it's not that common that you see a puppy (I can only remember seeing two in the 3+ years that I've been here).

So, I'm sharing this on my blog in hopes to reach more people and find a home for this little sweetie! If you are in Argentina and are reading this, please share this post! We have given her the name Cindy because A.) It's so darn cute, and B.) I've been wanting (for a while now) to name a pet "Cindy".

As much as we would love to keep her, we already have two adopted dogs and our situation is a bit complicated. That being said, we plan to foster her until we find her a home.

I took her to the vet yesterday, got her some parasite and flea medicine, and next week I will be taking her for her shots. She's very sweet, gives lots of kisses, follows you wherever you go and LOVES to play.

According to the vet, she's somewhere between 8 and 12 months old (not as young as we originally thought!), which means that she will grow a bit more but I don't think she's going to be a large dog (like I originally thought...I've been wrong on two accounts now haha).

Let's find this pretty little gal a loving, forever home! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Another Era

It's only been about two years since I started wearing jeans again (I took a ten year hiatus), but I hadn't even dove into the world of high-waisted jeans until last month! I can say, without hesitation, that I am a convert! They are everything I could want in a pair of jeans: comfortable, flattering, and versatile!

On this day, I paired them with a tie-front blouse and suede tennis shoes for a retro look. What do you think?

Blouse - Agarrate Catalina
Jeans - Uniqlo (here)
Shoes - Anthropologie

Have you tried the high-waisted jean trend yet? What is your favorite brand of jeans?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Country Roads, Take Me Home

Farms, cornfields, horses, fresh air...

...the perfect escape from city life.

The people who refer to New Jersey as the "armpit of America" have obviously never seen this part of the state!

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Birthday Makeup: Plum Eyes, Berry Lips, Peach Cheeks

Of course these photos would have turned out better had I remembered to take them right after I applied my makeup, as opposed to at the end of the night, but that's just the way it happened.
At this point my makeup wasn't looking the "freshest", but I wanted to share this look with you guys anyway, since I really loved it.

Some of the products I used to create this look were new purchases and/or gifts during my stay in the United States, and I was very pleased with how well they performed!

Here are my new, standout products...

Lorac PRO Palette 2 - There's been so much buzz about the Lorac PRO Palettes that I knew I had to try one of them. I put #2 on my beauty wish list, and my wish came true! Sixteen buttery, blend-able and beautiful colors, all in one palette! For the look I am wearing above,  I first applied "Plum" to my lids, then pressed "Cool Gray" over top, and blended both colors out.

Milani Baked Blush (in Luminoso) - I never thought much of the Milani brand, but after Miss Glamorazzi raved about this blush, I thought I'd give it a try. Honestly, it's better than I ever dreamed. The glow it gives you, and the way it transforms a dull/pale complexion is really amazing.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1,000 Kisses Stay-On Lip Liner Pencil  (in Indian Pink) - Months back I purchased one of these Rimmel lip pencils in Buenos Aires and have used it quite a bit. Since I liked it so much, I decided to pick up four more when I was back in the States. Whether I am just lining my lips, or filling them in completely these pencils give great definition and come in gorgeous colors!

Physician's Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara - This was a product I had heard Tati (from Glam Life Guru) talk about, claiming it to be one of her favorite mascaras. With the first swipe, I knew it was good.....no, not just good, GREAT.

What makeup looks are you loving currently? 
What are your latest & greatest beauty purchases?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Make-Your-Own Vegetable Cream Cheese

When I was home, I had a (mental) list of all the foods I wanted to eat while I was there...foods that aren't readily available in Argentina. One of those foods was bagels, and I'm actually surprised I only ate two the entire time I was home! Apparently, I CAN live without them. But, if I am going to eat a bagel, I've got to do it right. Usually, that involves an "everything" bagel, and/or vegetable cream cheese. When I saw that my mom had bought bagels for breakfast one morning, I quickly took inventory of the fridge to see if I could whip up an impromptu vegetable cream cheese for my bagel breakfast. I can't remember if I've made vegetable cream cheese before...I may have made it once before, but I have no specific recipe for it. So, I winged it!
The result was pretty darn delicious, and I ate it for the next few days.

Vegetable Cream Cheese
Yield: Good for about 3-4 bagels

- 1, 8oz. container of cream cheese
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/2 a red bell pepper
- 1 shallot
- handful of spinach
- ground black pepper & garlic powder to taste

-Empty your 8oz. container of cream cheese into a medium sized bowl.
-Roughly chop your celery, red bell pepper, shallot and spinach, and add to the bowl with cream cheese.
-Mix together with a spoon, and add freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder to your liking. 
-Generously spread on bagel, and enjoy!
Note: If there is any left over, cover bowl with plastic wrap and keep in fridge. My vegetable cream cheese stayed good for about 2-3 days, then I tossed it (although there wasn't much to toss...I ate nearly all of it myself!).