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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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#MotivationMonday : Creative Ways To Serve Your Community

November 9, 2015

Discovering new things are always fun, especially whenever you stumble into them.  If you’ve read my previous post, you know it’s times like these that I love and value the most.

After having brunch, which you can read all about my review here, my friend and I started to wonder off down the block on 3rd until we saw a little shop with all these trinkets inside.

The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is a non-profit business that collect donations of used and recycled materials.  People would then purchase these materials, from construction papers to buttons to fabrics for any crafty and artistic projects.  Originally from the Bay Area, Lisa Hernandez opened the shop about seven years ago in the East Village of the Arts District, having heard word that Long Beach was going green.  Lisa wasn’t happy with the jobs she held in the corporate world, and with the encouragement from her daughter, she then decided to introduce the first creative reusable shop to the city of Long Beach.

The idea of the shop came from many influences, including being inspired by her father.  Growing up, Lisa’s father had her reuse materials until they were no longer able to use them.  She didn’t understand the purpose of her father teachings then, but after doing a little growing up, she learned to appreciate the value of her father’s lessons.  Lisa’s father owned a warehouse, and he had collected arts of his own, so The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is decorated in his memory.

If I had known about the place, I wouldn’t have dumped six boxes of magazine articles in a dumpster.  Because of that, I want to encourage you to find a local reusable shop. Take in your used or recycled materials so that kids or artists within your community can use it for their own creativity.

Lisa reminded me the importance of giving back to the community, and finding creative ways to reuse unwanted materials.  Overall, it was such a pleasure speaking to Lisa about the business!  As advised, call to inquire about dropping off any of your unwanted materials at The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse!  For more information, please visit The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse.


Happy Monday!

– Lori

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#MotivationMonday : It Takes Courage To Be A Woman

October 19, 2015

“It takes a lot of courage to be a woman!” shouts Jackée Harry while a roar of applauses echoes through the crowd.  As people shouted in agreement, I was trying to figure what she meant by that.  How is it courageous to be a “woman” when they don’t have a choice in the matter?

Well, it’s not a matter of choosing to be a “woman,” but the matter of dealing with the cards given to you as a “woman.”  The roles women have been identified with are given at the exact moment they are born like how “women should only be in the kitchen” stereotype.  Women will be scrutinized for their appearances; women will face the challenges of unequal pay; and women will continue to feel unsafe when walking to their cars.  This concept that Jackée introduces emphasis how ALL women live courageously.  Because, let’s face it, it’s tough being a woman!

Jackée Harry, whom you may know as Sandra Clark on 227 and Lisa Landry of Sister Sister, was one of the key note speakers for the Ultimate Women’s Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It is an event that introduces local business from all things lifestyle.  There were cooking, baking, and sewing demonstrations, where the free make-over demos were the most popular.  My sister and I instead took advantage of the free wine tasting at the sample booths.

But, I didn’t come for the free samples or demonstrations — I wanted to be surrounded by other inspiring women!  After Jackée gave her introduction and answered the audiences questions, she gave us one final advice — women should stop being critical of one another and start supporting each other.  Women shouldn’t be putting each other down, but bringing each other up.  We’re at our strongest when we’re working together!

So, start reminding the women in your life how important they are!  Because most likely they need reminding.

Have a wonderful Monday!

– Lori

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#MusicMonday : Light It Up With Eliza and the Bear

October 12, 2015

Lately, I’ve been slacking off on delivering the daily posts.  When it comes to writing, I can’t force myself to come up with something to talk about, especially if I lack the inspiration to do so.  I ended up spending a lot of time checking out local gigs, and found myself immersing in the music scene.  Plato once said:


“Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

On top of that, music creates this sudden awareness of the present moment.  After catching a show for City of the Sun, this sudden fleet of inspiration reminded me of a time that I last felt this way by another band — Eliza and the Bear.  Eliza and the Bear is a five-piece indie, rock band from London that formed in 2011.  The band includes James Kellegher (vocals/guitar), Callie Noakes (vocals, guitar), Martin Dukelow (guitar), Chris Brand (bass), and Paul Kevin Jackson (drums).  Since then they had published the following songs: Brother Boat, Upon the North, and Friends.  With great lyrics and instrumentals, they’ve created a unique sound that is comparable to the likes of The Lumineers and Of Monster and Men.  They’ve debuted an EP that included tracks like Light It UpLet Us Be Young, Talk, and It Gets Cold.  Just recently this past year, they’ve released Make It On My Own and Lion’s Heart on VEVO.  To give you a sense of who they are, check out the videos to some of my favorite tracks below:


While Eliza and the Bear continue their tour across Europe, they’ve also been busy debuting their first album so I’m hoping they’ll set foot on U.S. soil pretty soon!  If you’re having some #MondayBlues, take a listen to their tracks at the following links below!  It will sure cheer you up, I promise!


– Lori


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#MusicMonday : City of the Sun @ The Viper Room

October 5, 2015

If you’ve already checked out my previous post, you’ll know that I had discovered my love for the band during my visit to New York.  To those of you who aren’t quite familiar with City of the Sun, it is an instrumental band that consist of John Pita (guitarist), Avi Snow (guitarist), and Zach Para (drummer/percussionist).  They are known for their “re-invention of acoustic music,” where their sound is simply created out of a box, bells, and guitars.

What had attracted me to City of the Sun is how worldly their sound is.  It’s mesmerizing and alluring in a sense that if you ever heard them from a great distance, you’d come running towards them.  Their music provoke emotions that you didn’t even know you had.  As humble as they appear, City of the Sun is a great representation of artists who are true and passionate of their craft.

From New York, City of the Sun have traveled to the west coast this month.  Last night, I was able to see them perform at The Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard.  One of my favorite songs from the set list is, “In The Beginning,” which gives you a preview of how talented these musicians are.  To get the full experience, City of the Sun are performing tonight at 8pm in Bardot on Vine Street so go check them out!

If any of you have been fortunate enough to hear them busking through town, please let me know what your experience was like by leaving a comment below!  I would love to talk it over with another fan!


Have a great Monday!
– Lori

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#FridayFunday : An Evening With Sofar Sounds + Local Artists

October 2, 2015

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sofar Sounds (Songs From A Room), it is a global network that began in London of 2010.  The two creators who founded Sofar Sounds was disappointed with their experiences in local gigs, where people weren’t appreciating the music in front of them.  So, they started hosting live performances in their living rooms, welcoming friends and family to join them.  Today, Sofar Sounds host gigs in all kinds of different spaces all around the world, most of which are in someone’s living room.  This is a great opportunity for artists to get their name out there and for professionals to find the next big act!

My cousin and I went this past weekend, and it was hosted at a home in Beverly Hills.  The performance was held at a rooftop patio, where the sun was beginning to set down.  The artists that performed are Street Joy, Big Harp, and The Parlour Suite — all local bands from Los Angeles, CA.

Street Joy // An alternative rock band that consist of Jason DeMayo and Scott Zimmerman.  There’s a song called “Moon,” that has a great melody and lyrics — you can take a listen here.

Big Harp // A rock band that consists of Chris Senseney (lead vocalist and guitarist), Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (back-up vocalist and bass player), and Daniel Ocanto (drums).  Check out the song, “Numbers” here — it’s one of the many great songs they played from their set list.

The Parlour Suite // An electronic pop duo consisting of Joel Roberts (vocalist and guitarist) and Inga Roberts (vocalist and keyboard).  You can check out their album, Vibes, here.

If you and your friends are looking for something to do, visit Sofar Sounds and sign-up for a list of upcoming gigs.  It’s great fun for music-lovers, and all you need to do is submit a payment to get reserved tickets for any of their gigs!  It typically lasts for two hours, and you can always bring a picnic basket for the get-together.  It’s a great opportunity to spend a weekend night with your friends and family while discovering new talents.


Have a great weekend!

– Lori

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#FridayFunday : Odd Nights At The Autry

September 25, 2015

One of my friends recommended this app called Time Out.  Based on your location, the app will provide you a list of activities and events occurring in the area.  Over the weekend, I decided to take advantage of the app, and checked out Odd Nights At The Autry.

It’s a flea market that begins at 6pm in Los Angeles at The Autry National Center, across from the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park.  It happens once every month, on the third Friday, until November.  If you ever been to the 626/562 Night Market, then this place would be no different.  There are live entertainment, where local bands come out to play; there are food trucks ranging from sushi to BBQ; and there are handmade products being sold by small, local businesses.

One of the vendors I visited was CA Souls, which recently launched this past month.  The ladies behind this start-up are Chau and An, two friends who have known each other since middle school.  Together, they make up the C and A in CA Souls.  There were a lot vendors selling similar handcrafted jewelry such as the gemstones, pendants, and crystals.  Compared to other vendors, CA Souls stood out the most for me because they had minimalistic pieces like this necklace below:

It’s 14K gold so that means it shouldn’t go rusty or turn your skin green when touched by water.  This piece is also 25 inches in length, and I believe they have others that run 18 to 20 inches.  I actually purchased bar studs from Seoul Little at the 562 Night Market this past summer, which matches the necklace above.  These studs are also 14K gold, and haven’t turned bad at all.  What made CA Souls stand out is that they had great presentation — the display of different pieces put together in a set was a great styling tip!  On top of that, these ladies were quick to respond to my inquiries!  And so I wish these ladies luck with their new business venture as they continue to grow their collection!

Now tell me, what did you find in a flea market that you really liked?



– Lori


P.S.  It’s a double-post-kind-of-day so stay tune for what is about to come next!

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