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DIY Decorating My Lilly Pulitzer Mini Agenda (Inner Cover)

Since I’ve been home on vacation, I’ve found that my creative juices have really been flowing.  While viewing YouTube videos, I stumbled upon what I think is the greatest invention, “washi tape”.  Now true crafters already know about this sensation.  I on the other hand do not have a crafty bone in my body, so I just discovered its brilliance.  I’M IN LOVE WITH WASHI TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many of you have already seen my Lilly Pulitzer Mini Agenda that I received from my lovely mother on Christmas.  She has such great taste.

 

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Design:  Jellies Be Jammin’

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So, I had a great idea to decorate the inner cover and subsequent pages in the agenda.

Here are my results.  I had a blast doing this project!

Before Picture:

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After Picture 1:

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Picture 3:

 

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I’ve already started calendaring health, fitness and beauty activities into my agenda/planner.   I will detail these events and pics in future blogs.

 

Question:   Do you decorate your agendas, planners or journals?

 

Peace and Love

The Beauty of a Name

I’ve asked my mother several times to repeat the story of how she came up with my name.  It’s such a funny tale.  My mother loved to watch soap operas.  While she was pregnant with me, there was a character that she loved to watch daily.  She can’t remember if the soap opera was the, “Edge of Night”, “Guiding Light” or “Days of Our Lives”.  She just remembers that she loved the character named, Andrea.  So, she decided to name me after her favorite soap opera diva.

Oftentimes when I’m feeling quite spirited and over-the-top, I explain to people that I was named after a soap opera character so please excuse me if I’m being a “Drama Queen”.

During a past family reunion several of my aunts produced these wonderful posters which explained what our names meant. My poster was as follows:

Andrea

Origin:

Greek

Literal Meaning:

‘strong’

modest at heart, she is quick to make friends

her beautiful smile captivates others

looks  for thoughtful ways to show she cares

her family feels her love and understanding

Andrea believes in searching for the truth

she’s admired for her way with words

she enjoys the thrill of new experiences

she esteems truth and integrity

I believe this truly captured who I really am today.

Now for some fun with acronyms

A-  ambitious; athletic; adventurous

N-natural; nurturing

D-determined; dependable; dramatic

R-responsible, responsive; real; respectful

E-encourager; elegant

A-aspiring

Questions:

l. How did your parents come up with your name?

2.  What does your name mean?

Peace and Love ♥

Beverly Hills Adventures

My exciting day started at about 9:00am in the morning.  I made an appointment to go to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon for an Eyebrow Shaping appt. and I decided to add in some fitness activity as well.

Sporting my Gel-Kayano 20 Asics today.  They are so comfortable for both walking and jogging.

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Since my brow appt. wasn’t until 11:00am, I decided to walk around Beverly Hills and sightsee.  I turned on my favorite Nike+ Running App to record my mileage.  I love this running app because you can see your activity over several months.   You can join or create walking/running challenges with your friends.  It plays your favorite playlist as you run as well.  There is a Coach feature that will create a program to train for a 5K, 10K, 13.1(half marathon) or 26.2 (marathon).  You receive motivation throughout your run from your friends or professional runners.  A+ for the Nike+ app.


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As I walked, I took a couple of pictures of some of the stores on my route.

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Finally made it to my destination after a vigorous walk.

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My appt. was with Courtney and she did an awesome job of giving me my first professional eyebrow shaping.

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My morning ended with a nice breakfast at the Roxbury Dr. Cafe.

Later on that day I decided to go by Walgreens Drugstore to see what new cosmetics were available.

I picked up a few of the new items from the Covergirl Queen Collection.

CC Creams in the colors:  Sheer Expresso and Golden Honey

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Queen Collection Colorlicious Gloss:  Copper Bliss, Lush Lavendar, Million Dollar Mocha

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Also decided to purchase the Babyskin Instant Pore Eraser

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Put it all together for a Sassy New Years look!

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Peace and Love

Let’s Get Acquainted- My Other Hobby

Those who know me personally know that I enjoy purchasing makeup.  I love to buy the newest items that hit the makeup aisles or counters in any drugstore, Target or department store.  Why do I love makeup so much?  I really just love everything in the world of beauty.  If I had another career it may have been Makeup Artistry.  Here are a few of my most recent purchases and everyday must-haves.

I normally use the BB Kiss BB cream in medium.  It is lightweight, but gives full coverage.  As you can see I use this quite often it’s one of my favs.

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Since my skin can sometimes be oily I have to wear a mattifying base underneath the BB Cream.  I love this one that I picked up from Targets.

 

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I recently purchased several press powders from Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Hollywood.  I’ve yet to try them, but I will let you know how they turn out in a future blog.

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I splurged on two eyeshadow palettes that I can’t  wait to experiment with them soon!

 

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New brushes that I picked up, pink of course.

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Keep those brushes clean to prevent breakouts.  Here are my current brush and beauty blender cleaners.  I already tried the brush cleaner and it’s amazing.  A little goes a long way.

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My everyday fragrances.  I love, love, love these two in combination.

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A few more facts about me…..

l.  My favorite color is pink (any shade)

2.  I love to workout outdoors (walking/running on the beach is my fav.)

3.  Favorite running shoes:  Asics and Nikes (pink has to be present somewhere on the shoes of course!)

4.  Favorite fruit:  Blueberries

5.  Favorite Music:  R & B

6.  Favorite Comedian:  Richard Pryor (who else?)

7.  Favorite Shows:  (Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder -Go Kerry and Viola)

8.  Favorite Meal:  Pescatarian or Vegetarian

9.  Favorite Thing to Do:  Watch YouTube Videos, Blog

10:  Next Major Purchase:  I need another camera because I’m using my iPhone for pics.  I won’t purchase one unless I consistently blog for the next two weeks though.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask in comments below.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest and Relaxation


I saw this post on Facebook today and it pretty much sums up my thoughts right now.

 

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My fitness routine today consisted of getting out of bed and walking into the kitchen to grab something to eat and then heading back to bed.  It feels soooooooooooo good to be on vacation.  And a much needed one at that.  I had a great phone conversation with my Daddy today.  My pop likes to quiz me on theology.  I never get any answers correct, but it’s okay.  It’s just fun listening to him educate me with his Bible knowledge.

 

I did make it out to the mall today.  Lots of sales.  I just paid my Macy’s bill and looked at jewelry, handbags and shoes.  I’m still trying to convince myself to purchase the Michael Kors MK Charm Rain Booties.  They are so cute!

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I also peeped the Ralph Lauren Half Rain Boots (online).

 

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On the way home I decided to grab a quick treat.  Starbucks has the best Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Make sure they warm them up for you!

 

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My favorite Starbucks drink is the delicious Iced Caramel Macchiato anytime of year.

 

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Until next time, see ya!

Peace and Love

 

The Day After Christmas

Well, I spent a fun evening with a childhood friend on Christmas evening.  I enjoyed a delicious dinner with her family.  We sang, danced and ate for most of the night.  I had the opportunity to try out the Panettone Specialty Holiday Cake.

 

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Tonight, I finished preparing a pescatarian soul food dinner for myself.  Fried Tilapia, macaroni and cheese, mustard greens and potato salad were on the menu.   It was delightful!  I watched Divergent as I ate.  It was a really good movie.

 

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I will be letting you know about all my Christmas presents in a future blog.  I just didn’t have time to take the pics.  My favorite is a Lilly Pulitzer Agenda that my mom sent.  I’ll be able to plan some exciting activities for the future.

 

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I also received my first Keurig, so excited to try it out.

 

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I’m still enjoying this time off from work.  It’s great to be back to blogging.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Saves the Day!

I thought all was lost tonight when I tried to find an open Starbucks.  My usual tradition is to order my White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha and drive around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas Lights.  So, to go to three different Starbucks and find out they were all closed early put a slight damper on my cheery Christmas mood.

But lo and behold, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was OPEN!!!! I was so excited.  I ordered my festive drink and went on my merry way.

 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Saves the Day!

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As I cruised the streets tonight, I reflected on how happy and blessed I am in my life.  I have great friends, my parents are healthy, I love my job and God is the center of my joy.

Earlier today, I managed to get all of my grocery shopping done.  As I stated in a previous blog, my love of cooking is being rekindled.  I picked up a new item today that the grocery clerk was telling me was quite delicious.

 

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I will be preparing a Pescatarian Christmas lunch tomorrow.  Pics will be up on the blog tomorrow!  My evening will be spent with loved ones who are very dear to me.

I’ll leave you with the festive sounds of the Whispers tonight.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of Winter Vacay!

Another day of peace and relaxation Yaaaay!  I’m enjoying the days off to rest and recharge.  I can’t believe it, but I’m now watching Gossip Girl Season 1-5 on Netflix and I’m enjoying it LOL!  Tomorrow will probably be more eventful.  I’ve started to open Christmas gifts from my staff.  I’m now enjoying these sweet delicacies that are contained in these delightfully cute boxes.  There are chocolates, kettle corn, peppermints, and peanut brittle YUM!

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I purchased an interesting book from the Getty Villa when I visited the museum a few months ago.  I try to read an excerpt per day.  It is definitely well worth the purchase.

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My new candle from Bath and Body Works will really make the home nice and fragrant.  I love the three wick candles, especially when they are on sale.

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I will take my traditional drive through my neighborhood to look at Christmas Lights on the night of Christmas Eve.  I always enjoy cruising down each street and sipping on a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks while listening to my favorite Christmas song by Ledisi.

Well, have a great evening.

Peace and Love

1st Day Of Winter Break

Sooooooo! I had planned to do some semi exciting activities today. However, I ended up watching YouTube videos and Netflix movies pretty much all day.  Yep! I have started my vacation as a couch potato.  Some of the reasons for my lack of activity may be due to a sudden little bug that I seem to have caught since the light showers over the past week here in sunny California.  I have been trying to treat this little affliction with the following items, but I don’t think they are working very well.

 

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Speaking of You Tube videos.  I’ve been catching up on watching some of the Makeup Gurus on Youtube.  Some of my favorites are:

l.  GlamTwinz234

2.  C Key

3.  SunKissAlba

4.  ItsJudyTime

5.  MsLizHeart

6. BeautybyLee

I have many more which I may mention in another blog.  My latest task will be to master contouring.  I picked up a couple of contouring pallets this Christmas.

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It should be a lot of phone trying out new looks.  I’ll post the new makeup items that I haul in future blogs.  I have a huge haul from Nigel’s Emporium that I need to tell you about.  I will also start adding in My Bucketlist which I am creating.  One item is to complete a Makeup Artistry Workshop and receive my Pro Card.  I love makeup!!!!!!

I’ve completed some Christmas Shopping.  I sent my parents their gifts.  I will not post a pic because they may read the blog and spoil the surprise.  However, I’ve purchased a few new perfumes for myself.

 

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I’ve decided to cook everyday for the next 3 weeks of my Winter vacation.  I will have to grocery shop tomorrow.  But, first I need to make room in my refrigerator.  I will need to make room for fresh fruits and vegetables.  A more recent bit of news is that I am now a pescatarian.  I recently added seafood to my diet.  I think it helps me with balancing my meals a little better.  I will take pics of the new recipes that I will be preparing.  Pinterest is my new best friend.  I love to try the recipes that I see on there.

 

I do have a few YouTube Chefs that I follow religiously.

l.  Cooking with April

2.  Laura Vitale

3.  Divas Can Cook

 

My running routine needs severe help.  I was doing great over the summer.  As soon as my new job started my running ended (sob).  I will have to reinvent myself once again.

My plan is to blog everyday so see you tomorrow!

Peace and Love!

 

 

 

 

 

Long Beach, CA Excursions

This past Saturday, August 3, 2013 started out with a very healthy breakfast.  I had to fuel up for my beach workout: Scambled eggs (easy), Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon and Raisin English Muffins, Almond Butter, Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Chia Seeds and Flax Seed.

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I walked for a total of 3 miles and attacked the stairs as usual.

The rest of the day involved shopping and browsing stores.

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Another great lunch in the afternoon.  I enjoyed this 1/2 green 1/2 oriental salad with the sweetest vinegarette.  Really yummy!

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Nothing beats a healthy snack:  Dried blueberries and unsalted roasted cashews

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I’m excited about changing up my workout a bit.  I’ll be running again in no time.  I can feel myself getting stronger with every workout.

How was your weekend?

Saturday Outings!

Today was a pretty active day for me.  I’m loving breakfast these days.  I usually use my new Nutribullet to whip up a green smoothie.  I’ve become addicted to Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon and Raisin English Muffins.  I spread on about 2 tbs of Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter. Mmmm Good!  The pic below is a typical breakfast for me give or take a couple of hard boiled eggs or scrambled easy.  My smoothies are made with spinach, frozen fruit, chia seeds, flax seed and agave nectar.                                                                                

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So, before I went to workout I stopped by Sports Chalet to pick up a Polar FT7.  This little gadget should help me stay in my fat burning zone and optimize my workouts. Hmm, let’s see if this works out.  I’m totally confused by it already LOL.

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Once I made it to the beach I started my 45 minute long walking routine.  I’m incorporating the “STAIRS” into my routine.  My legs are killing me on the way up.

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But, once I get to the top I’m all smiles.  The stairs are really steep and sandy.

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I will be blogging on my trips to the gym and updating you on my progress.

Lunch today was so-so.  I usually make a mean salad, but today’s was a little bland believe it or not!  

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What was your Saturday workout routine?

What did you have for lunch?

 

Good Morning!

I’m up and at em this morn. Just finished breakfast (pics later). Goal for today, check out the Polar F7 watches and of course workout. I really want to workout at the beach on Saturday morns and attack the dreaded STAIRS! (Pics later). 

Does anyone have a heart monitoring watch?