Monday, April 29, 2013


Alright, I got another RT from another one of my favourite shows: Arrested Development. Gotta love twitterverse! I'm so proud of my most favourited tweet!
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

In With The Classic

I've been agonizing for weeks in search for the perfect cross-body bag of quality grade at the right price. There were some Kate Spade and Coach bags that I adored but were way above my budget. Then there were the cheap ones that completely turned me off. I just needed a small little bag that could carry money, mobile, keys, and lip gloss. Let's face it ladies, those are basically all we need at any given time. 

This morning, I was going through my old stash of purses and my eyes lit up when I found the little D&D bag. I remember purchasing it with my mother when I was a sophomore in high school, circa 1997, in one of the D&D factory outlet stores in the state of Maine. It brought back so many good memories.

The bag is absolutely classic. After 16 years, the style is still relevant and the leather is still in good condition. That's the secret to buying purses - always go for the classics, the ones that will never go out of style. Shelling out a little more for quality is worth it in the long run.

In conclusion, I encourage you to look and dig in your closet before purchasing something new. You'll never know what you'll find.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cinnamon Beer Toast

My brother has this Spanish cookbook he got on sale when Borders Bookstore was still an existing business. He has made wonderful dishes from this book, and one is the Cinnamon Beer Toast above. The recipe is supposed to be called, Torrijas, but we modified it: omitted the eggs, used beer instead of white wine, used real sugar instead of dusting caster sugar, used olive oil instead of sunflower oil, and cooked it with minimum oil. It was wonderful! It went so fast. I had to stop myself from eating these. Oh so good!
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Goal: Send My Parents On A Weekend Getaway

Goal: Send my parents on a weekend getaway
Goal Achieved: April 05, 2013
Location: The Richards House : Dubuque, IA
Photo provided by website
My parents have been such a blessing to Andrey and me. As entrepreneurs, Dre and I spend a lot of time working. It truly gives us peace of mind that Maksim is with family instead of a daycare. With everything that has happened, my family is always there for each other - and we're so lucky to have close bonds.

For my parents' 35th wedding anniversary, we decided to send them on a weekend getaway - somewhere different, somewhere unique, something far from the norm. When we mentioned an all-expense-paid  escape to a Victorian B&B, they were excited. 
(CLICK HERE - Read and see more pictures after the JUMP...)
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Product Review: Two Faced Shadow Insurance

  • The excitement of trying a new eye shadow base
  • It got good reviews
  • Extremely greasy. After several uses, grease still oozed out
  • The primer and the grease separate inside the tubes
  • Shadow cakes in the creases of the eyes after four hours
  • It's $20 and it doesn't get the job done
This was the most disappointing beauty purchase in my history of make-up buying. Sephora had stellar reviews on this product: better than UD's Primer Potion, doesn't cake, a little goes a long way, long lasting, enhances eye shadow color, and etc. I couldn't wait to try it. When I opened it, oil came out, not primer, OIL! GROSS! I gave it a few more tries but it always came out greasy, even when mixed. I also noticed that after 4 hours, my eye make up started to cake up in the creases. I don't even want to get into what it looks like after 8 hours.

I'm positively going back to UD's Primer Potion. At least with that one my eye makeup stays decent for up to 12 hours.

Don't bother with this deceiving primer with rave reviews. What a waste of $20.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Get a retweet from one of the accounts I follow on twitter.

Goal Achieved: 
March 25, 2013

I used to dislike twitter with a passion until my facebook newsfeed started to look like endless memes that simply annoyed me. The audience in twitter is smaller and less judgmental so it became my voice. I still use facebook to comment on what others say, but most of my updating is through my twitter.

One of my favourite things about this social media site is following accounts I adore, one of them being Pride & Prejudice - the 2005 movie adaptation of the classic literature. Granted, the movie has similarities and differences from the book, but I simply appreciate everything about the film: interpretation, cast, filmography, and music

I admit, Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy totally won me over. He put a spell on me throughout the movie and I became mesmerized by the intensity of his stare. Behind his eyes revealed the complexity of the human nature to understand, to love, hate, trust, accept, and forgive. I swooned and melted, my heart did a loop-de-loop. The feeling felt like being in love all over again. My husband is a good sport about my being in love with Mr. Darcy, ha ha, and he seems to view my little crush as some form of entertainment. Every time I go on and on about Mr. Darcy, he just rolls his eyes. 

Anyway, so the retweet - I was excited. It's very hard to get a retweet from a celebrity or a popular account. It's a small goal, but I'll take it! 
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Life Goals

I finally got my new LIFE GOALS list up.

The difference with this new list from the previous one is that I didn't set a deadline and the goals are easier to achieve. Then again, small or big goals - they're all the same since it's the learning that counts. But eventually, I'll integrate the old goals into this new one.

I will be adding to these goals as time goes by. This world is so vast and infinite that one lifetime is not enough to explore its greatness. But understanding through experience and perseverance makes a whole world of difference. It is the force that can change a person to become wiser.

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C.S. Lewis -
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