Friday, June 23, 2017

Style: Birthday Shoes

Trina Turk dress (old-click here and here to see other dresses I'd wear with this outfit),
Illesteva sunglasses, Ferragamo pumps and belt (similar), Cos clutch



Right after I told myself that I would only purchase inexpensive heels because the Boston sidewalks are very hard on them, I found these shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo. I fell in love with them instantly, and when I found them at a discounted price, I asked for them as my birthday gift (This is a big deal since finding Ferragamo items on sale is a rarity).

I paired them with understated items-an older dress (almost three years old [click here to the dress’s original post]), classic belt and small clutch so the pumps could be the star of the show. These heels are a gift I will enjoy for years because I can see myself wearing this classic cut for a long time!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Mojito Iced Green Tea

Mick's Karma Bar's Mojito Iced Tea


On my last visit to California, I ate at my favorite burger restaurant, Mick’s Karma Bar. In addition to a habanero burger with French fries, I also treated myself to a mojito iced tea. Since this drink is so refreshing in warmer weather, I wanted to recreate it at home. My version isn’t quite as tasty as Mick’s, but it’s a good substitute when I can’t travel 3,000 miles to get an iced tea!

Mojito Iced Green Tea

1 green tea bag
¼ C.  water
¼ C.  sugar
¼ lime
¼ C.  mint leaves
     ice


Prepare green tea according to package instructions and allow to cool. Heat water, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. In a tall glass, muddle the mint and lime together. Add the tea, about 1 tablespoon sugar syrup (to taste), ice, stir and enjoy.


the ingredients

Preparing the tea and simple syrup. I didn’t want to make a pan dirty, so
I used the microwave the heat the water

Muddling the lime and mint


Summer refreshment!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Four Star Finds: Jilz Crackerz

For more information on Jilz Crackerz, click here


In a previous post, I mentioned missing crackers when I followed the Whole30 eating plan and started making almond flour crackers (click here to view it). When I don’t have the time or inclination to make them, Jilz Crackers are the perfect alternative.

Whole30 compliant, these gluten-free crackers are made from mainly organic ingredients such as tapioca, almond and sunflower seed flours; sesame, chia and flax seed and different seasonings based on the cracker’s flavor. They’re delicious and can be eaten as-is or crushed up and used for breading. Though these crackers are a bit pricey, they’re worth every penny because they’re good for the body and soul!

As always, I receive no compensation for endorsing this product.



Friday, June 16, 2017

Travel: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington





For more information about the Space Needle, click here


When we visited Seattle, I just HAD to visit its iconic landmark, the Space Needle. Completed just before the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is a rotating observation tower that has an outdoor deck, epicurean restaurant and museum. The deck smoothly rotates at a rate of 1 revolution per hour, so despite getting motion sickness very easily, I was fine. 

Going up to the observation deck is a must. It’s more than 520 feet in the sky and has an incredible view of the Emerald City (Seattle) and Elliott Bay. In addition to the observation deck, the Space Needle is home to a museum that provides details on its history.

Eating at the restaurant, Skybar, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Though it’s pricey, the food is excellent and seeing the city views while dining is unforgettable. In addition, if you dine at the restaurant, the price of admission to the observation deck is included.

If you are in Seattle, I highly recommend visiting the Space Needle!

on the observation deck

the view at the restaurant is breathtaking

early concepts of the Space Needle in the museum

building the Space Needle



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Movie Reviews: “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2”



  
   Wonder Woman
   Rated PG-13




Amazonian warrior princess Diana rescues soldier Steve Trevor, and upon hearing about atrocities committed by the Germans, leaves home to fight in The Great War.

I highly recommend seeing Wonder Woman, especially taking your daughter if you have one and not just because the characters are positive role models. This movie is filled with action, has a good plot and is just plain entertaining.





   Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
   Rated PG-13





Peter Quill and the Guardians are pursued by the Sovereign after Rocket steals their precious batteries. While evading this powerful race, Peter is reunited with his father and learns about his heritage.

Irreverent and sarcastic, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is just plain fun!