Monday, August 22, 2011

Fall 2011 Look Book Preview

Good morning Darlins!  I find myself this morning,  very grateful yet very tired.  As some of you may know (twitter followers) this past weekend was my Fall 2011 Look Book photo shoot.  So all week long I was prepping and organizing for the shoot.  Then, because the shoot was quite a distance for the models on Saturday, the girls spent the night at my place.  So I thought why not take them out for a little dinner at a local posh restaurant.   It turned out to be a loooooong night.  We went from appetizers to the dance floor.  Over all, it was a blast.

How amazing are these lights?

Food was delicious.

Yes, at this point....I was feeling 30.

Love them.

After our long night of celebrating, the gals and I had a call time of 7:00am the next morning.  I was up and crazy! I mean I was running around like a crazy woman.  We had a time frame and I had to stick to it.  And guess what? I did it! Thank you Lord! Also, thank you Lord for the amazing weather. The over-cast was perfect for the shoot that morning.  So after a long morning of ants, bugs, dirt, trips, lizards and scares (lizards), we completed the shoot.  I couldn't have done it without these lovely ladies and of course my hubby. Much love.

So here's a sneak peek at the Fall 2011 Look Book.

Restaurant & bar:  The Edge Restaurant

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Foodie - Quick Fiber Lunch

Welcome to my new blog series, Foodie.  I was inspired to start this blog series by my dear friend Nicky.  If I had a dime for everytime we talked about food, I'd have some extra income right now. (ha!)  I mean from cereal (one our favs.) to dining-out and donuts.  So I thought why not talk about food with you, my readers or better yet, share with you my love for cooking.

Let me quickly state, I'm no Rachel Ray or Julia ChildChef Ramsay would die at my presentations and techniques.  This is simply a busy gal who loves to cook and EAT.  Sharing with you how-to-make, where-to-eat, must-tries, and pure...YUM.

Starting with today, a Quick Fiber Lunch.  Have you ever heard of a Sope (pronounced "SOH-peh") ?  Well it's a Mexican food that "can" be very quick and easy to make.  Here's what you'll need;

Cooking oil:  Mazola Canola Oil, 100% pure, Cholesterol free, 0g Trans Fat

Beans:  Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans (note: you "can" make your own fresh beans if your have an extra two hours to spare.  Excuse me while I shame my ancestors)
Sopes:  Romero's Sopes  (once again you "can" make these from scratch if you have more time to spare.)
Sour Cream:  Cacique, Crema Mexicana, Grade A Table Cream (optional)
Cheese:  Ranchero Brand, Queso Fresco, Part skim milk cheese (optional)
Hot Sauce or Salsa:  Tapatio (side note, how cute would Mr. Tapation be with Miss Rosarita!) (optional)

Veggies:  Tomatos, lettuce, avocado, etc.
We start with a plain old sope.  (Note: you don't have to fry it, you can always bake it till it's toasty but know....everything taste better fried, ha!)
Put a little puddle of oil in your frying pan.

Make sure you have the right cooking tools, like these tongs. The longer the better! (HA! "That's what she said!")

Fry each side for about 3mins each.  You don't want them too hard.

Note, the color.
Now it's time for the beans.

I know what your thinking....what's Fidos food doing on your counter!  Trust me, it gets better.

Now we add a little sour cream to make the beans more tasty and moist. (Little trick I got from my sister)

Now we start piling on the fix'ens.

Tomatos. (right about here, I'm kicking myself for forgetting to pick up some avocado)

Sour Cream.
Chile or salsa.

Ta-da! Yum.  What did you think?  Would love to hear feed back from you guys or even questions.  Feel free to ask.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Skin Deep

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Beauty is only skin deep". Do you know what it means?  Here's what I found;

Meaning: Physical beauty is superficial. A pleasing exterior is no guide to a person's interior or character.

Now ponder this. If your skin was let's say, your car. Would you never wash it? Would you use bleach or chlorine to wash it? Now, we're not talking about getting new rims or new headlights. If your happy with the size of your headlights more power to ya!  I'm talking about simple, needed cosmetic maintenance.  Keep your car (skin) looking new as long as possible. 

With all that said, here are a few fabulous products to maintain your shine.

Lip care from Pop Beauty

-easy to apply

-goes on kind of like a lip gloss

Pros:  Removes the dry skin on your lips and makes them smooth and soft.
Cons:  The tube doesn't come with information on it's content or how to use.

Pop Beauty has a lot more things to check that I haven't got around to but your welcome to check them out at Ulta Beauty.  Would love to hear what you think about their products.

Micro-Dermabrasion from Rodan & Fields (the gals behind Proactive)

Pros:  Polishes skin with a sugar-and-salt scrub which also contains vitamins C and E.  Left my skin so smooth and soft, even on the top of my nose.
Cons:  It was a bit tricky getting it on at first, it's pretty pasty but worth the effort.

Face moisturizer from Lather

Pros:  It smells pretty good.  Left my skin very moisturized and healthy looking.
Cons:  Couldn't think of one...hmm.

Body Scrub from Lather

-First thing I noticed when I opened the jar was the smell...A-MAZ-ING.

-It may not look so fab but trust me it sure feels fab once you've washed it off.

Pros:  Left my skin once again, soft and smooth.  The smell is almost therapeutic.
Cons:  It's a bit messy but totally worth it.

Can't wait to try out all the other Lather products.

Take care of your skin Darlins, it doesn't have to cost much.  It just takes your time. 
If your interested in a free skincare demo from Rodan & Fields on 09/10/11 contact Jessica Baca for all the details at or vist