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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Red Riding Hood

eShakti invited me to pick a product from their Spring Collection. This unique color-block dress caught my eye. I loved the billowy skirt, mix of red & black, and dainty sleeves. I also felt the black trim around the waist & sides would help minimize any excess I had :) HaHaHa When I slipped the dress on, I immediately thought of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. That fairytale involves cake, wine, staying on the path and of course a wolf. Well let's just say, I had plenty of cake & wine for my birthday this weekend! HaHaHa And I better not eat anymore or else I won't be fitting into this dress! HaHaHa I ordered my regular size (and it fit), but just know with eShakti you can customize your size (0-36W) and even appearance (sleeves, length, etc) of the dress you pick. Shipping takes about two weeks. I placed my order on February 5th. eShakti shipped it on the 13th and I received the dress on the 16th. I love the dress. I just wish cotton didn't wrinkle so much. HaHaHa This dress is very true to the picture on eShakti's website. eShakti always comes out with new collections. So be sure to follow them on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram. Now I must be on my way....I've got to stay on the path...The path to the treadmill. LOL


Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Oscar Red Carpet

Who were your Oscar favorites? There were several looks that stood out to me. It doesn't read well here, but Margot Robbie looked stunning. She rocked a razor cut bob, gorgeous necklace, red lip and a Saint Laurent dress that looked stunning on her. She was very confident (a little bit over confident for my taste HaHaHa; the way she kept posing on the red carpet). I wish she would've toned that down somewhat. When you look good, it speaks for itself. People will notice without you putting on a show. Super loved Jennifer Lopez! She was so dreamy in Elie Saab. She looked young (and she's in her mid 40's) & fresh! Loved her neutral look and ponytail. Next for me Lupita! Dripping in pearls. She looked like an angel. I'm also glad she went back to her short haircut. It really shows off her beautiful features. Television host Nancy O'Dell is just knock down GORGEOUS to me! She should've been an actress! I put her up there with Charlize Theron (I miss her on the red carpet)! They both always command the red carpet! The winner of the Aveeno Giveaway is Jennifer R. Congratulations Jennifer! I sent you an email. Picture credits: StyleBistro and US Magazine

Nancy O'Dell (Gauri Nainika), Margot Robbie (Saint Laurent), Sienna Miller (Oscar de la Renta), 
Cate Blanchett (Maison Margiela), Reese Witherspoon (Tom Ford)

Julianne Moore (Custom Chanel), Lupita Nyong'o (Calvin Klein), Jenna Dewan (Zuhair Murad), 
Jennifer Aniston (Atelier Versace), Kerry Washington (Miu Miu)

Jennifer Lopez (Elie Saab), Zoe Saldana (Atelier Versace), Jennifer Hudson (Romona Keveza), 
Emma Stone (Elie Saab), Rosamund Pike (Givenchy)


Friday, February 20, 2015

Have Your Birthday Cake And Drink It Too

Today is my birthday :) I'm having a great time and want to thank everyone for their sweet birthday wishes. I'm truly blessed. I want to share with you some dessert wines I ordered online. They're called Birthday Cake Wines. Aren't the bottles cute? They come in a variety of flavors (both red & white) and they are delicious. I had to have them for my birthday. I ordered strawberry shortcake, cheesecake and cake batter (white wines). I love all three, and they taste exactly like what's stated on the bottle. They are sweet, but subtle. So yep, you can have your BIRTHDAY CAKE and DRINK IT TOO. You can view my past birthday cakes here. Have a great weekend!

{outfit details: skirt:chelsea28 deep fold midi skirt (sim), nordstrom; top:long sleeve crew neck tee talbots} 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Asian Snacks

Happy Chinese New Year! My blog buddy from Little Luxury List, sent me some Asian (Japanese) snacks over the holidays. I had a chance to try them, and let me tell you! I love me some Asian snacks! I'm a fan of Asian culture period! HaHaHa These snacks are so good and the packaging is so MUCH FUN! I'm going to put together some things from New Orleans for her to try! Have you tried any of these? Do you like Asian snacks? Below are my thoughts. You can read my other blog posts about various cultures and traditions here.

Kelloggs Cocoa Krispies Cereal

This one was easy, because the cereal is just like the Cocoa Krispies we have here in the States! Chocolatey goodness and all. The packaging is just different. I saved the packaging for this, because it's SO CUTE! I love the little monkey and vibrant colors.

Hello Panda Chocolate and Milk Filled Biscuits

I enjoyed BOTH flavors. They're like shortbread (but not as hard) with chocolate and vanilla in between. Each gives just enough sweetness (it's not over the top sweet). LOVED the cute panda printed on each biscuit. He does a different activity on each biscuit. Panda's are also good luck! For those in the States, this biscuit would equate to a cookie! In European countries (and from what I can tell ... also Asia), the proper name is biscuit. Also, the milk flavored is like vanilla for us.

Nestle Kit Kat Strawberry Cheesecake

I love Kit Kat candy bars (every now and then of course ;) HaHaHa I've always been intrigued with the packaging of Asian Kit Kats. I got to try THREE different ones! This one was creamy and tasted just like a slice of cheesecake with a hint of strawberry. This Kit Kat is filling! I could only eat one of the two bars (individually packaged) at a time. It's very rich! Absolutely gorgeous packaging! Love the cherry blossoms and I believe pagoda (?) buildings.

Nestle Kit Kat Sakura Matcha

I looked this up and found out this Kit Kat is cherry blossoms, green tea and white chocolate. It's very unique and tastes really good. It even smells delicious! HaHaHa Very nice scent! It's sweet and is a delight to the palate.

Nestle Kit Kat Hokkaido Red Beans

We have red beans in New Orleans that we serve over rice, but this seems to be a more versatile red bean! From what I can tell online they are used in desserts and to make sweet soup Shiruko. They also boil it with rice to make a Japanese dish Sekihan. This Kit Kat had a bean and more of a bitter taste to it. It was good.

Daim Candy

Toffee! Definitely like hard toffee! These have a creamy, toffee and chocolate taste. Very good!

Daiso Green Peas

I LOVE THESE! They're hard peas, but suck them for awhile and then chew. They're lightly salted, seasoned goodness. SO GOOD and DELICIOUS!

Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed

Ok! I've NEVER had seaweed before! LOL My mom laughed at me when I tried these crunchy seaweed strips, because she said I literally made FIVE faces while eating them. HaHaHa I guess it tastes like REALLY fresh seaweed! HaHaHa Even though this wasn't my cup of tea, it gave me LOTS OF ENERGY! Boy did I clean the house and get things done that day! But I'll just have to find another way to get that energy. HaHaHa It is spicy like the picture on the bag, but steam did not come out my ears nor did I cry (like the boy pictured).

I would like to thank Little Luxury List for everything she sent me. It was very generous of her and she is SO SWEET! Very thoughtful! I appreciate everything. I love trying things from other countries (food and beauty products) She sent me some beauty products and I'll be reviewing them at a later date. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Harbour City Chocolate Trail 2015

I always look forward to seeing pictures from Harbour City's Chocolate Trail (January 23 - March 1, 2015). It's an annual event (this is the sixth year), held in Hong Kong, in which everything celebrated is CHOCOLATE. I gathered some pictures from instagram to show you. The theme for this year was "Travel In The Chocoland" from "Bean to Bar". I want two things from Chocolate Trail 2015! That curved desk with melted chocolate atop and the fascinator with pieces of chocolate candy atop! Hope you enjoy! Check out my past Chocolate Trail post.

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