Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

#FridayFunday : Spa Day For The B-Day

June 9, 2017

It’s about that time to play catch-up!

For the past few months, I’ve been pretty busy at work that my social life appears to be non-existent.  I, honestly, do not remember when I last saw any of my friends, which doesn’t really matter because I’m just too tired to do anything anyways!  With my birthday having come around, making time to celebrate another year of my life was the last thing on my mind.  Having already been mentally, physically and emotionally drained from the past months or so of running around, I decided that for my birthday I’d like to do absolutely NOTHING.

Okay, I did do something, but it was somewhat close to being nothing.  All I did was soak in hot baths, smother myself in red clay and lounge by the pool with margaritas all-day.  It was the first time ever that I paid money to be lazy, and all I can say is that it was totally worth it.  My sister and I had spent most of the day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, located in Corona.  How this place works is that you would pay a general admission fee of $68.00.  The only time you’d be able to pay $58.00 is when it’s your actual birthday, and you’re purchasing a service (i.e. massages, facials, etc).  Such services need to be booked 6-weeks in advance, and they are about $100.00 each for either 50 minutes to an hour.  Honestly, I’d skip the services because you can find something much cheaper around your local area, considering you live in the city, of course.

Although I was only able to relax for just a couple of hours (I can only take so much laziness), I did feel rejuvenated to begin another week of hustling.  Once my schedule opens-up, I would pay money again to do absolutely nothing…

Now, I can discuss about what it feels like to officially enter my mid-twenties, but I’ve already discussed here.  If you’ve rang in the Gemini season with someone or if you’re one yourself, let me know how you celebrated it by leaving a comment below!  Other than that, check out some of my highlights here from my birthday last month:

Yes, that is milk leaking from my breast in the picture…Just kidding!  I had just stepped-out of the pool, so my bathing suit is soaking my dress.

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#TrendingThursday : Just Like Family, Tattoos Are Permanent

November 3, 2016

There are plenty of negative stereotypes that surround the whole tattoo culture.  People with tattoos are associated with gangs, violence, promiscuity, unprofessionalism and low-social standing.  But, over the past few years, tattoos have evolved into more of a fashion trend.  For example, you’ve got the men inked with a tribal design on their arms while women have an infinity sign tatted on their wrist.  Regardless of what you get, tattoos are slowly becoming more acceptable in the workplace and society.

For me, I see tattoos as a work of art.  My tattoos are all symbols of the occurrences in my life, so I can pretty much give you a story behind each of them.  One of my latest additions is a dragon’s eye.  To you, it just looks like a triangular prism.  In some cultures, it is a symbol of protection or a balance between love, power and wisdom.  For my siblings and I, a dragon’s eye is a tribute to our mother.  The three corners represent my sibs and I, where we connect in the middle to show the overall bond that we have with her.  Since my mother is a dragon under the lunar calendar, we thought this was entirely fitting.

What also makes this tattoo experience so special is that I had gotten it with my siblings!  Well, not ALL of my siblings.  This would have been a very cute moment if my brother had gotten it as well, but, unfortunately, he’s too “pure” for permanently inking his body.  As my mother would always say, “Don’t you dare taint him with that crap” as I shamelessly try to peer pressure him into getting one.

As you can quite figure out, my mother does not approve of tattoos at all.  One of the reasons is because tattoos are permanent, just like how our family will always be “permanently” attached to us no matter what…

Yeah…my mom didn’t buy that argument.  

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#FridayFunday : Welcoming Fall

October 21, 2016

My life has gotten a lot slower and much quieter in the past few days.  There’s a chill in the air that brings about a sense of calm to oneself.  No doubt, fall is one of my favorite seasons – next to the California winters of course.  Now that we’re getting some decent breezes and clusters of clouds forming in the sky, it’s a perfect time to welcome the fall season with a visit to the Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch!

The Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch is open until October 30th (the day before Halloween) from 10am – 6pm on Sundays’ to Wednesdays’ and 10am – 8pm on Thursdays’ to Saturdays’.  There are no admissions or parking fees to enter the pumpkin patch, so you can just make your way to the field along the white fences.  Other attractions include a petting zoo and a corn maze.  There’s also a farmer’s market that sells homemade preserves and naturally grown fruits and vegetables.  If you’re craving a snack, there are various vendors selling toasted almonds, kettle corn and corn dogs (haven’t touched those since my “Hot Dog on a Stick” days).

Lately, my family and I have been dealing with a lot of shit.  It got to the point where we were at each other’s throats, so clearly we needed a break.  By taking a quick raincheck on reality, my family and I had ventured out into the beautiful, perfect day.  Our time spent at the pumpkin patch helped remind me of how blessed I am, and how I should be more grateful for what I already have, which was my family.  Honestly, it’s moments like these that I’m going to remember most.

Check out the highlights below!

Now, you’ve got just 2 weeks to get yourself a pumpkin so be sure to make a stop at the Cal Poly Pumpkin Patch before all the good ones are gone.  But, most importantly, be sure to bring along your family, a romantic partner(s) or even a friend to enjoy the festivities with.  There’s no better way to welcome the fall season than doing it with loved ones!

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#MotivationMonday : Calm Your Tits Down

October 3, 2016

“Lori, why are you so angry ALL the time?!”

There is no denying that anger is one of the most common and familiar emotional responses out there.  We find ourselves feeling angry when we’re in a heated disagreement, when nothing is going our way or when someone doesn’t meet our expectations.  Like most things in life, there will always be a balance between “good” and “bad.”  If anger helps you to “stand-up” for yourself, then anger has served a positive purpose.  But, if anger is used to “hurt” someone, then we can all agree that that’s not a good thing…

For me, it’s my quickness of temper that gets me into trouble.  Because I am so quick-tempered, the people who I care the most usually are the ones that get hurt, whether they are the sole-cause of it or simply just victims of someone else’s instigation.  In order to help me turn this negative energy into something positive, I had decided to take up yoga!

 

Every Saturday, I participate in what yoga-enthusiasts call “traditional yoga.”  Instead of being confined in a studio, I am learning yoga in the grand outdoors.  Not only is it helping me save money on getting a massage (my upper right shoulder kills me), it’s teaching me to have compassion for others, to love myself a bit more and to live in the present moment.  But, most importantly, it’s teaching me to calm my tits down.

What I hope to accomplish by taking yoga is to, instead of simply reacting to situations, I’d like to get into the habit of taking-a-step back and processing them first.  Yoga is a discipline that focuses on controlling one’s breathing, so whenever I find myself feeling impatient or anxious (leads to anger), I begin to practice these breathing exercises – fill yourself with as much air as possible and then exhale it all out.  With more oxygen to the brain, it provides a clearer mind.

Not only does yoga help connect your mind, body and soul, it also gives you a great ass!  So, for those of you who are looking to improve yourself or needs some self-lovin’, checkout Yogalution Movement.  They are donation-based with professional teachers, providing yoga to the community.

Or in this case – Namaste.

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#TipTuesday : Dating 101 Pt.1

September 27, 2016

Aside from making a monumental decision career-wise (you can read all about it here), I had also decided to get myself back into the “dating” world.

When I was in a long-term relationship back in college, I was not happy with myself.  I was not happy in terms of who I was as a woman nor was I happy about where I was in life, which is flying by way too fast I might add.  What I desperately needed was to figure my shit out, and that had to be done alone.  So, from my last relationship I have been in pursuit of self-discovery ever since.

The expectations that I had for myself three-years ago have been recently met, meaning that I am entirely happy of who I am today.  For me, it is important that I feel good about myself before anything else, which now leads me to say, “I’m single and ready to mingle!”

So, I’ve started online dating.  People had advised me to have some fun with it because it’s going to suck.  Others have advised me to go in with an “open-mind.”  After going on a few dates this past summer, I think I have a gist of what the dating world is like nowadays.

Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:

  1. There are a LOT of creepers out there.  For any future dates, you know I’ll be googling your ass up.
  2. He has no social media accounts anywhere.  RUN.
  3. Why hasn’t he responded?!  This guy could be busy or he’s probably with another girl (s).
  4. This guy is going out with me, and he’s dating other girls at the same time.  Uh so?  You should date other guys too.
  5. When can I respond to this guy?  Well, don’t do it right away ’cause you be lookin’ too available.
  6. He asked me out like right away.  Girl, he’s trying to get in your pants.
  7. It’s been two weeks, why hasn’t he asked me out yet?  He probably is in a relationship that isn’t going so good right now so he’s using you for some sort of emotional comfort.
  8. When this fool lives 100 miles away, and suggest being “virtual” companions.  Honey, tell him you ain’t about to be his pen pal.
  9. This guy constantly talks about his job, and is looking for someone that, coincidentally, is what you specialize in.  Stating the obvious, this guy wanted to meet you for networking purposes.
  10. Looks like things are heating up after just a few dates, should I sleep with the guy?  Have you heard of the 90-day-rule?

The dating world is pretty much a “game.”  It’s a lot of effort gone wasted, but you’ll definitely learn a little bit about yourself along the way.  If you have any dating stories, feel free to share it below because I would love to read all about it!

Images via Pinterest/Tumblr

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Happy One Year Blogaversary !

August 3, 2016

When I started this blog a year ago, I was going through a quarter-life-crisis as most twenty-something-year-olds do.  During that time, I was consumed with the thought and fear of not finding the right “job.”  Even though I was grateful enough to have some sort of income, I was not content whatsoever with where I was.  So, to distract myself from my “misery,” I had decided to officially launch my own personal website.

Not that I am unfamiliar to the blogging world, I just didn’t have a focus or a sense of direction for all the blogs that I had in the past.  However, with this personal website of mine, it would not only serve as a fashion and lifestyle blog, but be a place where readers can feel less alone, specifically within their professional and social life.

It’s been such an amazing experience so far documenting my life over the past year because now I can go back and reflect on those old feelings with a different mindset.  My goal within the following year is to share more of my personal life such as my entrance into the dating world, more of travel adventures (if time and money permits) and more of my fashion-side.

Before I check-out for the night, I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have taken the time to visit my blog, and read what I have to say.  For the next year, I’ll do my best to provide you with some ah-mazing content, and hopefully you’ll stick around!

Cheers to my One-Year Blogaversary !

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#FlavorFriday : Would Anyone Care For A Slice?

April 29, 2016

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, and at the moment, my guilty pleasure is cake.  I’ve been having a slice at least once-a-week for the past month now, and since I’ve been binge watching on Cake Boss to the Kids Baking Championship, it just pushed my cake craving even further.  I mean, who dreams about buying a cake?!  Because I’ve been feeling a bit inspired, I’ve decided to make my very first cake EVER.  Check it out below:

(2) Pillsbury White Cake Mix (1 cup of water, 1/3 cup of oil & 3 whole eggs)

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup of oil and 3 whole eggs.
  4. Mix until everything is blended together, leaving behind any visible air bubbles.
  5. Pour the cake mix into (2) 8 to 9 inched-diameter pans.
  6. Once the oven is heated, carefully place your pans with the cake mix into the oven.
  7. Adjust your timer to 35 to 40 minutes.

Strawberry Sauce Filling (2 cups of chopped strawberries, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of water, 1 tsp vanilla extract & 1 tbsp corn starch)

  1. Pour the chopped strawberries into a saucepan along with the sugar and water.  Keep the saucepan at medium-heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix the corn starch and water until it’s in liquid form.
  3. Once the saucepan comes to a boil, add the bowl of liquid corn starch.
  4. Cook the strawberry sauce for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens into syrup-form.
  6. Remove from heat add the vanilla extract.
  7. Keep it cool and refrigerated.

Butter Cream Frosting (1 cup unsalted, softened butter [2 sticks], 4 cups of sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/3 cup of milk)

  1. Mix the soften sticks of butter in a mixing bowl along with the sugar, vanilla extract and milk.
  2. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.  If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  3. Store it in the fridge until it’s ready for use.

Once the cakes are cooled, use a carver to cut-off its top layers so that the cakes will be flat and smooth.  Grab one of the cakes to use as your bottom-layer.  With the butter cream frosting, frost the outer borders of your cake so that it creates a barrier for the strawberry sauce filling.  Now, for the top-layer of your cake, place it over your bottom-layer that is frosted and filled with butter cream and strawberry sauce.  With your frosting spatula, begin frosting the top of your cake.  FYI, the first layer of your frosting will have cake crumbs so don’t freak out when you see how icky it looks.  Add another layer of frosting and begin to smooth it all out.  Because I like the rustic, unfinish look, I did not frost the sides of my cake all-the-way.  Finally, top the cake off with fresh berries (make sure they’ve been dried before placing them on the cake)!

Voilà!

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#FridayFunday : Afternoon Tea Anyone?

March 25, 2016

It took me three months to finally deliver my final Christmas gift from 2015!

Last weekend, I took one of my dearest friends for high tea at a chic tea room in Pasadena.  The french decor of the Madeline Garden was enticing, even my friend walked in with a gasp.  We were the only ones in the Grand Room so we took advantage of the opportunity to hold a photoshoot.  For high tea (don’t ask me what the difference is between that and the afternoon tea because I really don’t know), we were served peach bellinis, cranberry scones with cream and jam, ginger yam soup, a pot of rose tea and, finally, the three-tiered stand filled with finger foods!

It was so fun to watch my best friend in awe of every little detail of the experience from the scones to the little tea cups.  This is the reason why I don’t give out “materialistic” things as gifts anymore!  I’d much rather invest my money in an adventure, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas present my dear!

Of course I couldn’t leave without a full-body shot!

To check out my review of the Madeline Garden Bistro & Venue, click here.

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#TipTuesday : Say Bye Bye To Dry, Flaky and Itching Skin !

February 16, 2016

Over the past few years, the area around my eyes get super dry, flaky and itching, causing some sort of inflammation on my face.  Typically, this occurs when the climate changes dramatically or when the weather is being bi-polar like it is now.  After doing my research, the only solution to fix this facial problem is to moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!  Because I am sensitive to certain products, I’ve been seeking more organic solutions.  Find out what I’ve been using below:

  • Virgin, Unrefined Coconut Oil – Not only does it act as a moisturizer, but it can also be used as a make-up remover.  The bottle below comes in solid form, so the coconut oil needs to be melted.  Once it’s in liquid form, take a cotton-round, get a dime-sized amount to remove the make-up on your face.  To use the coconut oil as a moisturizer, take a dime-sized amount onto the palms of your hands, and rub it on your face and neck.  To get the full effect, people tend to leave it on over night.  You can find these products at Target and Trader Joe’s.

  • The Revitalizer by Biossance – Acts a moisturizer for your face, body and hair, keeping you hydrated from head to toe.  After a good cleanse, take three drops onto the palms of your hand, and rub it onto the desired area.  I use this product on my face every morning before I work on my make-up and every night before I go to bed.  The Revitalizer is 100% made from natural oils, specially from a plant-derived squalane.  You can find a bottle here!

  • Fu Yu Run’s Ginseng and Pearl Gel – Was obtained over seas, where my family have asked me to be the guinea pig for this product.  There’s the Natural Silver that is used for the evening, and a Natural Gold that is used in the morning.  The Natural Silver diminishes inflammation and exclude toxins while the Natural Gold activates your weak and aging cells, prevents skin senility, exclude melanin, retrain facial freckles and skin wrinkles.  Both products have key ingredients that include the pearl powder and ginseng extract.

A lot of our skin problems has to do with what we put into our bodies like those chicken nuggets from Mickey Ds’ (McDonalds).  A lot of our skin problems also has to do with what nutrients we’re lacking such as the simple H2O.  To have perfectly, healthy skin, it’s time to start changing up our diet.  Feel free to share what you use to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized!

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#ThankfulThursday : Food, Family and Flag Football

December 3, 2015

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and if you associate this holiday with “reliving past pain and getting depressed” like that of Chandler Bing then I hope you enjoyed your grilled cheese sandwich.  Yeah, Friends is my favorite television show, especially the episodes about Thanksgiving.

For the past two weeks I’ve been fighting a cold, coughing hysterically and wiping snout away from my face.  It was perfect timing considering that I had to make the most important dish of all Thanksgiving feast…mashed potatoes!  Alright, maybe it’s not the most important dish, but it’s something that can’t be absent on the dinner table.  So, check below to see how I made homemade mashed potatoes!

Items Needed:

  • Russet or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Whole Milk or Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chives
  • Peeler
  • Potato Masher

Step 1:  It’s important that you use a potato that is high in starch such as the Russets and Yukon Golds.  With starchy potatoes, it’ll be easier for you to mash since they fall apart fairly easily.

Step 2:  Peel the potatoes before washing them with water.  Cut the potatoes into halves and quarters.  If your potatoes are similar in size to the Yukon Golds that I have below, then it’s not necessary to cut them into quarters.  Be sure to cut them all in similar sizes so that they can cook evenly.  Also, do not cut them into tiny, miniature pieces because that will affect the outcome of your potatoes!

Step 3:  Pour water into a pot, toss the potatoes in, season it with salt and turn on the stove.  Do not boil the water before tossing the potatoes in because that will affect the consistency of the potatoes as well.

Step 4:  The water will come to a boil before the potatoes are ready so let it simmer until then.  To know when the potatoes are ready, you should easily be able to poke through them with a knife or fork.  For me, I typically wait till the potatoes are completely falling apart like the image below.

Step 5:  When the potatoes are ready, use a strainer to pour out all that hot water.  Using the same pot, toss the potatoes back in over a heated stove, eliminating any excess water.  The goal is to keep the potatoes completely dried, without having to absorb anymore water.

Step 6:  With a potato masher, mash the potatoes!  If you’re anything like me, you’d like to leave lumps in your mashed potatoes so you don’t completely mash.  At this time, heat up your milk or cream.

Step 7:  The unsalted butter has to be room temperature — microwaving the butter is not recommended because it separates the milk and fat so don’t try it.  Now, throw the milk/cream and butter into the pot of potatoes and start mixing!  You can always adjust the texture of the potatoes by adding more butter and milk, but be careful to not turn your mash potatoes into soup.  If necessary, add salt and pepper for more flavoring.

Step 8:  When the mashed potatoes are finally nice and fluffy, scoop them into a nice bowl and add some chives for effect!

Voilà!  You got yourself some homemade potatoes!  Since Thanksgiving is now over, you can actually use this recipe for the upcoming Christmas dinner.  If you’re feeling very daring, add some melted cheese into the mix!

Besides working up a sweat in the kitchen, I was also sweating buckets in my family’s first Turkey Bowl.  We held a game of flag football which I had a rough time catching up with — first, I was running on a field with a cold; second, I was in no way in shape for this; and third, I was apparently scared of the ball!  Regardless, I still managed to have fun and that’s probably because my family is pretty hilarious.  Even though Thanksgiving is over and Christmas will probably fly by as well, let’s not forget to continue to be thankful for the life that we have and the people we share it with.  Remember, there is always something to be thankful for — no matter what struggles and challenges we face.

Happy #ThankfulThursday Everyone!

– Lori

 

P.S. I apologize to anyone who is offended by the t-shirt.

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