Thursday Obsession

12 Jan

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately at home relaxing, which has given me a chance to do things I really enjoy, like listen to music and catch up with TV shows.

My current music obsession is M83, specifically this amazing song, Midnight City! The video is kind of creepy but I can’t stop listening to it.

 

My current TV show obsession is Jane by Design on abc family. It is centered on a high school girl juggling her life as a teenager, and the life of an assistant to a major design house director. There’s fashion, there’s photo shoots, and there’s cute awkward love triangles, I’m hooked already {they had me at the first outfit}. Highly recommend this show!

On abc family Tuesdays @ 9/8c

When Navy meets Tangerine

11 Jan

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Blue has always drawn my eye. There is something about the calm richness of the hue that makes me so happy. Navy in particular. Sophisticated yet unexpected. It looks good on everyone and is a great neutral alternative to my normal gray.

My resurgence for the love of navy came from the latest addition of Elle Decor ‘trend alert‘. Mixing their forecast with Pantone’s color of the year Tangerine is a quite amazing mix of color. Though I don’t think I could pull off an outfit out of the orange, I would indeed like to try little pops of it in my nails or a luxurious snake-skin bangles.

But why stop at fashion? It looks smashing on the walls and sofas as well. This color combo just might be a game changer for me.

blazer, shift dress, navy purse, nail polish, bangles, velvet pumps

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Beauty Lesson From a Chihuahua

10 Jan

I’m so excited to share with you the newest joy that has been brought into my life. Two days ago, my family and I adopted a six month old chihuahua from Friends Forever. It’s actually a funny story. My sister was doing her volunteer hours at a pet store though her school’s vet program.  My mom had to drop by to sign some paperwork for my sister. That’s when she saw the chihuahua and it was love at first sight. I think it’s safe to say that was the case for all of us. Funny, no one woke up that morning expecting to take a dog home.

Her name was Ella and she was found inside a hoarder’s house with 23 other dogs in dirty, unlivable conditions. She was completely bald, probably due to mange, and was sadly malnourished. I’m so glad we decided to adopt Ella and give her the love and care she deserves. { Her new name is undecided }

If you really look at her I doubt she’s what you would call a beautiful dog, but I think she’s so ugly, it’s adorable. Even though she’s semi-bald, that’s what makes her lovable. The whole situation got me thinking about beauty and perfection. I think she’s so freakin cute because she isn’t perfect. But it seems like we are always expected to strive for physical perfection, especially women (we’re not all like Adriana Lima, sheesh!). But I’ve come to realize there is nothing wrong with imperfection,  it’s way more interesting! So adopting poor little Ella has taught me a valuable lesson I was too stubborn to accept before. We shouldn’t work towards being perfect. Instead be the best version of you that you can be. That’s what will make you stand out, not pretending to be something you’re not. Be comfortable in your own skin, even if it is hairless, like Ella’s.

{ On another note, I need some help with names. My family is split 50/50 two names. The boys want Twiggy and the girls want Lily. What do you think? Or do you have any other suggestions that may break the tie?? }

Free nail polish !

6 Jan

 

ImageWhile researching marketing and advertising firms I want to apply to, I came across this one agency in New York that seems like the perfect place I would love to spend 40 hours a week in, Cameo PR.

I started following them on twitter and today they tweeted about how to get your hands on free nail polish. Zoya is giving away 2 free nail polishes on their website to every customer. All you have to do is type in the code ZOYA2012 at checkout to receive it free, just pay shipping.

It beats going out and buying two nail polishes separately. They also have a TON of colors to choose from! I decided on a neutral tone Anne and a tangerine color called Jancyn. 
Fore more details, Refinery 29 has got you covered.  

Red Blazer Shoot

2 Jan

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot in an abandoned aquatic research center last week. My friend Danny and I walked through some pretty sketch forest area to get to the burned down, graffiti covered research site. The model, Diana, brought some wardrobe selections, but I fell in love with this red blazer. I just loved the way it popped against the background. Let me know what you think!
For more photos, Like us on Facebook, DnA Photography.

 

 

 

Family Dinner

30 Dec

Now that I have more time on my hands because school is over, I decided to embark on the journey through my cookbook, The Best of Cooking Light. My dad was also in the cooking mood so he went ahead and decided on Quinoa and shrimp, but I wanted to add a fresh healthy touch with this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan.
Because my grandmother cannot have anything high in sugar or starchy, this is a healthy side dish low on calories and contains no carbs. Do I have your attention yet?

Here’s how to make it yourself.

You will need:

  • 12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan. You will want to cut off the florets and cut the stem short.
3. Drizzle with olive oil, toss well to coat. I put a little more than the recipe called for but it’s totally up to you.
4. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until tendered and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn your eyes when you stir it like I did!
5. You can chop the parsley and garlic in the meantime.
6. After 20 minutes, Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake an additional 5 minutes.
7. Combine cauliflower mixture, Parmesan cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, toss well to combine.
& it’s ready to serve!

We made a flavorful NO CARB dinner that consisted of sauteed shrimp, quinoa, and roasted cauliflower. Absolutely deelish!!
If you try it, let me know how it comes out in a comment!

 

Photo Studio Open For Business

15 Dec

Recently I decided to venture into the photography world and start my own studio with a good friend of mine. The name is not yet settled but I’m really excited to say the least. I’ve been wanting to do photography for a very long time, but never had the time because of school. Not a problem anymore since I graduate in two days! Oh yea, couldn’t be more excited!

So we decided that we want to concentrate on family portraits for now, that way we can payback the equipment we bought but eventually we will move on to modeling. We’re currently looking for girls who want to model and build their portfolio. I’ve done some shoots in the past but now I’m looking forward to diving into it for reals! Take a look at our Facebook page and browse through some really cool shots.

I was hoping to get a job at a modeling agency right after graduation but haven’t heard anything yet. So photography is at the forefront of my mind again, which means you’ll be seeing a lot more of it here on my blog. I will be using Mauve and Moody as a bulletin board for photos and ideas. Feel free to comment and give me any advice or critique.

Here are a few shots I’ve done in the past.  You can see the progression, from a manual black & white to a DSLR.

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