Monday, March 30, 2015

A Little Bit Western

You know me...I LOVE dressing with a theme in mind. Yesterday, I decided to add a little western flare to my life. Here I thought summer was over, but the heat in Buenos Aires is back and I ended up wearing this sleeveless denim vest without a jacket all day. The vest is something I've had for years and has the cutest little lace-up detail on the back (not pictured) which, as we know, is back on-trend now! It always feels good having kept a clothing item for years (instead of selling it to consignment like I usually do) and it comes back in style! The pastel pink jeans were something I picked up when I was back in the States over the holidays. It was a spur of the moment purchase that I didn't even try on, but I felt that they were something different for me and it's fun to buy something you normally wouldn't, right?

I went for a natural makeup look, wearing Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Milani Luminoso Blush, Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in Natural and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cappuccino.

Denim Vest - Bershka (similar here and here)
Jeans - American Eagle (here)
Boots- Clona
Bag - Gypsy Warrior (similar)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Memories from a Disposable Camera...

Good Morning, and Happy Friday! Sorry for my absence these past two weeks....
Tomas had a health scare and we spent all of last week in the hospital, but he got out on Sunday and he's feeling better! What lesson did we learn? Taking care of yourself is really important, no matter what age you are!

I had originally written a different post for today, a post about my experience working in the service industry, but I got a little off track and it turned into a long rambling post about work, life and the future. I still might post it, but I wasn't sure how many of you would actually want to read a post like that. I try to keep things pretty light here, so the idea of opening up more about myself in a post scares me a little bit. What do you think?


I was going through some folders in the house yesterday, trying to organize and throw away papers we didn't need anymore when I stumbled across these photos of Tomas and me. They are from when Tomas came to visit me in the United States for the first time in January 2011. For some reason, we had a disposable camera during that trip (I can't remember how or why), and I just found a couple of the photos that we took. 

I can't believe how young we look! Tomas was thirty and super tan (although these photos were taken in January, that's summer in Argentina) and I was twenty-three. Even though it was only four years ago, it feels like a lifetime! Ironically, when I found these photos yesterday, Tomas had on the same shirt that he was wearing in the photos! I guess some things never change!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for sticking with me! :-)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Unicorn Nails

                     Wearing: Maybelline Express Finish 210 Pastel Purple
                                      Sephora by OPI It's Bouquet With Me (discontinued)

I'm not sure why I'm calling these unicorn nails. Maybe because they remind me of the Lime Crime lipstick packaging (you know, the purple case with the silver unicorn on it)? Speaking much do I want to try the Lime Crime Lipsticks and Velvetines?! I've been holding off because I haven't been hearing the best feedback about the company. (I have been seeing things about people never receiving their orders, and recently the site was hacked.) Have you ever purchased anything from Lime Crime? If so, how was your experience? I know Urban Outfitters sells Lime Crime products, but they don't carry everything. It might just be better to see if I can find my favorite items on Urban Outfitters, though.

What are you doing this weekend? I'm hoping that my migraine goes away and that I can get some much needed relax time. I see a face mask and peppermint tea in my future...

Happy Saturday, everyone! :-)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Brazilian Beat

In hindsight, I probably should have dressed a bit more colorful for the occasion, but we didn't decide where we were going until the last minute. Most Sundays, Tomas and I make an effort to escape our barrio (we only have the opportunity to do this once a week) and go out on the town. You know, keep that spark alive! This was our first visit to Boteco do Brasil... As soon as you enter you just feel the good vibes...from the joyous music to the colorful ambience and the friendly staff. We drank a couple of yummy caipirinhas and ate some typical Brazilian tapas. As it turned out, Sunday nights are Samba Nights at Boteco de Brasil and they offer a free dance class! Tomas and I observed from afar, but I made a promise to myself that the next time we go to Boteco do Brasil, I'm going to dance. I figure it's about time I challenge myself to do something I'm not comfortable doing in front of a group of people. So, we shall see if I keep my promise! We also want to go back to have dinner because the food looked pretty amazing.

Now, on to my outfit...
I went for something pretty simple & super comfortable. A loose v-neck tee, a faux leather skirt (I bought the skirt in Spain, but have never really worn it much because it didn't fit properly. Well, recently I discovered the magic of bringing your clothes to the tailor, and now it fits perfectly!) and some white high-tops from H&M.

Whenever I wear a simple white sneaker, I feel like a Scandinavian girl. I remember when I lived in Spain, I would see girls from Scandinavian countries wearing fresh white sneakers with all of their outfits and they looked SUPER cool (shoutout to Sandra!). I wish I was from Scandinavia. Anyway, wearing these sneakers from H&M was my way to channel my inner Scandinavian self  ;-)

And how about my new bunny ears ring? I picked it up the day before (it's VERY rare that I go shopping here, but it was calling my name). I think it is so cute! And, surprisingly, it wasn't uncomfortable to wear considering it's interesting shape.

T-shirt - Gypsy Warrior
Skirt - Pull & Bear (Spain)
Sneakers - H&M (similar here)
Bag - Nasty Gal
Bunny Ring - Naked (Buenos Aires) Don't live in Buenos Aires? You can find one almost exactly the same on Etsy!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Dinner for a Special Occasion

Let's go back in time to two weeks ago...

It's been a Valentine's tradition for the past few years that I make a special dinner AND dessert. Yes, making two recipes in one night is an accomplishment for me and I can't help but pat myself on the back every time I do that. Since Tomas' favorite meals are hearty ones, I always try to find something along those lines (even though it is sumer here and maybe hearty dishes aren't the most seasonally appropriate, but it's what he likes!)

For this Valentine's Day, I decided that I wanted to make Baked Ziti, but with a little extra "something" to it. So, I did what I always do...I hopped on the world wide web and started looking for recipes. I found THE recipe with that extra something, and that extra something would be sausage and pancetta. While I try to steer clear of red meat, I cannot turn down, Baked Ziti with Sausage & Pancetta it was! And boy was it good. My only frustration was that it did not photograph well at all. Why is it that some of the most delicious dishes look the worst in photos? I apologize that it's not the prettiest, but we shouldn't be judging food just by its appearance now, should we? In this case, we should not. ;-)

Baked Ziti with Sausage & Pancetta

Now, for dessert....

Earlier in the week, I was watching Ingrid Nilsen on YouTube and she had teamed up with Claire from the Kitchy Kitchen to showcase three special dessert recipes for Valentine's Day, and I chose to make the recipe for Chocolate Molten Cake (see the video here and click ahead to 7:40 minutes for the recipe). I'd never attempted to make a molten cake before, because honestly I thought it was something that was out of my skill league. But, as it turns out, it's not hard at all, and takes no time!

The only thing I did differently was substitute the salted caramel for dulce de leche (then I added a little bit of coarse sea salt to create my own salted dulce de leche).

In the future, I plan to make the following adjustments to this recipe:
1.) I will not fill the cakes with SO much dulce de leche. I think I overdid it.
2.) I will use less sugar...I say this only because I think the chocolate that we have here is sweeter than the chocolate in the US. For example, in the US there are various types of chocolate to choose from and here it's not like that so I just bought a regular chocolate bar, which I think was sweet enough without adding additional sugar.
3.) I will cook my molten cakes for 1-2 minutes more because when I went to remove the cakes from their ramekins, they broke and I think if I cooked them just a tad more they would have held their form.

Broken, but oh so delicious!

Warning: These cakes are VERY sweet, so one small cake per person is more than enough! My ramekins were on the smaller side, so I was able to make three cakes from the recipe that was intended for two cakes, but in the end the smaller cakes worked out well! We weren't even able to eat the third cake....well, not until the next morning at least ;-)

What is your favorite meal to make for a special occasion?