Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Favorites - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Today's Friday favorites features my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, which is open for early access to cardholders from July 12th to the 19th.  After that, it will open to the general public on July 20th until August 5th.  Here are my favorite items from the sale that I picked up:

1. This adorable Free People top.

2. This GloPro set. I have heard such good things about it and am excited to try it. I'll do a review of what I think once I've used it for a while.

3. My favorite shampoo and conditioner is also on sale. This is second year it's been on sale so I always stock up on it.

4. This cute top that can be worn to work or casually. I love the length and pattern.

5.  And because I love lounging around in sweats and a comfy top around the house, I ordered these bottoms and this top.


Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Favorites

Man, it has been a minute! I find that when life gets busy, the blog is the first thing that suffers. Sad right? I'm back with my favorites for the week.

1. You know all the hype around the cronut when it first debuted? It's warranted. I was a skeptic until I tried one recently, and it was a raspberry flavored, which I normally hate. But this was delicious! More cronuts please! Those in the Los Angeles area can visit Dominique Ansel's bakery here which sells cronuts (among other delicious treats).



2. I was flying Delta a few months ago and the snacks they give out are from Nature Box.  My snack came with a coupon for a promotion, so I used it to try some Nature Box products.  Of the ones that came, my favorites were the Chocolate Nom Noms and the Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels.



3. JW Marriot Dessert Springs.  I miss this resort, the views, and their buffet brunch by the pool.  It's the perfect place to visit if you just want to chill and vege by the pool.






4.  This adorable dress I bought for an upcoming wedding.  Cute no?

Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Favorites

I am back! Mainly because my account was hacked (insert angry face here) and it took a while for google to recover it. In the meantime, I couldn't log into my blog to post. But on a brighter note, HAPPY FRIDAY! This week has been brutal so I'm looking forward to relaxing this weekend. Here are my favorites for the week:

1. After seeing so much hype about the BBG online, I decided to take the plunge and try it (it costs around $20/month to use the Sweat app). I'm fairly fit so I wasn't too worried, but HOLY MOLY, that program is no joke! It's only about 30 minutes per day but the exercises work you hard! What I like is that it takes all the thinking out of it and you just follow the plan. Here's what my workout week will look like next week (LISS refers to low interval training, i.e. cardio).


2. Although I'm not a huge fan of seafood (I mainly like shrimp but am now allergic to it), I've decided I should start trying to incorporate more fish into my diet. I bought wild Alaskan salmon last week and made it in the oven with a marinade of fresh garlic, lemon, a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. It was delicious!


3. Rainbow cake. Enough said.


4.  This dress.  How pretty would this be for a summer wedding or bridal shower?  LOVE.

Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

How is April coming to an end? It feels like the month flew by. Since it's the last Wednesday of the month, I am linking up with Shay for "What's Up Wednesday," which consists of answering the following questions.


1. What I'm Eating This Week
I made a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) pot of healthy turkey chili in my crock pot because I was craving it. I ended up doubling the recipe because I figured I could have it daily for dinner the whole week (I'm a creature of habit and don't mind eating the same thing daily as long as I enjoy it), so the crock pot ended up spilling over at hour four. #cookingfail Although it took forever to clean up, it was still worth it. I make this recipe with lean ground turkey and then top it with low fat cheese, green onions, and fresh cilantro. Yum!

 

2. What I'm Reminiscing About
My San Diego trip last month. It was lovely.

3. What I'm Loving
Have those of you in the LA/OC area heard of Mini Monster? It's a boba/coffee place that I tried recently. What drew me were the cute light bulb shaped bottles that you can purchase at the store to drink your coffee in (and then take home and keep). Cute, no? And they're under $3.

 

4. What I've Been Up To
Spring cleaning and organizing! I organize my closet twice a year and just did so recently. I wrote a whole post on this which you can read here.


5. What I'm Dreading
The really hot weather that will come with summer (I'm talking 100 degree F plus stuff). It's only April and last week it was 95 degrees F. Too hot too soon!

6. What I'm Working On
After being sick with the flu for three weeks+, I am working on getting back to working out. The first time I went back after my sickness-fueled hiatus, I seriously felt like I had been hit by a truck. How is it we get so out of shape so fast? Not cool.

7. What I'm Excited About
My new pink coffee socks.  So me, right?  It's actually boba but no one can tell the difference. ;) You can find them here.


8. What I'm Watching/Reading
I am planning to start watching Dancing With the Stars next Monday (an all-new athlete version will start). I'm also planning on finishing the last two seasons of Scandal. I know, I am WAY behind since the finale just aired a few weeks ago, but I've been avoiding spoilers.

9. What I'm Listening To
I pretty much listen to KIIS FM in my car on the way to and from work. It's upbeat music that puts me in a good mood.

10. What I'm Wearing
I just got this cardigan over the weekend in my favorite color (yay!), so of course I had to wear it to work today. :)

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend
I am having dinner with one of my former coworkers-turned-good-friend. I can't wait to see her and catch up!

12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Visiting Santa Barbara! It's one of my favorite cities in California after San Francisco.

13. What Else is New
I bought the Magic Bullet Nutribullet and it has been life changing!  No more needing to wash a huge blender when I'm making one small shake in the morning before work when I don't have time to clean up.

 

Have a great day!

Jasmin

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! The weather in southern California has been crazy lately-- it was mid 80s on Monday and today it's windy and cold. Boo. I can't wait for more consistent Spring weather. Anyways, here are my favorites for the week:

1. My new Magic Bullet NutriBullet. I already have a big Ninja blender, but it's too much cleanup and mess during the week when I just want to make a small smoothie before running out the door to work. The magic bullet blends so quickly and there's so much less to clean up-- you blend directly into the cup you will be drinking from, so all you have to clean are the blades.

One of my favorite smoothies to make consists of:
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • half a banana
  • 1/2 cup of Trader Joe's Orange Peach Mango juice
 

2. And speaking of Trader Joe's, I already love their Soyaki sauce for things such as stir-fry veggies, chicken, etc. They now have Island Soyaki, which is a slightly sweeter version of the original that can be used as a marinade for meat, poultry, fish, tofu, etc. 


3. The Shopbop sale that is currently going on is pretty good (up to 25% off on select styles).  I picked up these sandals for summer because I think they look cute AND are probably super comfy.

4. I finally finished my closet organization for Spring (I purge my closet twice a year) and it feels so good to have everything organized again. I did a post on this yesterday which you can read here.

5. I believe the Sephora VIB Rouge sale starts today. I will be buying this hair product to try because I have heard nothing but rave reviews about it. Every single person I know who uses it swears by it. Although I don't color my hair, I have heard it is good for ALL hair types because of its amazing repair properties. I will do a post reviewing this product after it comes and I have used it a few times. If you have used this product, let me know in the comments below if you like it.

Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How We Wednesday: Spring Cleaning/Organizing

Hello friends!

This is my first 'How We Wednesday' post (linking up with Shay) and this topic spoke right to me because I am the queen of organization and all things clean.  Today's topic is, 'How we Spring clean/organize.' A few things to know about me: I LOVE to purge/clean/organize...it's very therapeutic for me. If I'm stressed, you can find me cleaning or organizing. If my house/work space is not organized, I get distracted and can't focus till it's organized.

Here are my tips for Spring cleaning/organizing:

1. Clean your closet at LEAST once per year. I actually do this about twice a year, once in the Spring and once in December. I either donate what I don't wear or sell it on Poshmark. One trick I use in between the periods of cleaning is to turn my hangers for pieces I have worn. When it comes time to clean/purge, I can easily tell which pieces I am no longer wearing, and then I can donate them.

2.  Install custom shelves, baskets, drawers, etc in places where you store things.  This makes a HUGE difference.  Before I remodeled my closet, it had no shelves and just basic rods.  I bought the Martha Stewart closet organizers from Home Depot and my dad created and installed the space for me.  My closet is so much more organized now and can fit so much more.





3. When buying a new pair of shoes, I force myself to get rid of (i.e. donate) an existing pair. I have limited space for my shoes, so this ensures I always have room. I actually did a HUGE shoe purge this past weekend and am happy to report my closet looks much more organized now.

4. Buy clear bins, containers, and/or dividers. I do this for my closet, drawers, and pantry to help with organization. For my closet, I store delicate items in there (silk tops, etc); for drawers, the organizer compartments store socks and small articles of clothing; for the pantry, I use the containers to store loose items such as gum, mints, sugar packets, etc. The only exception for this is my Christmas ornaments:  I store them in a red and green bin because that's easily identifiable.  I store those on shelves in the garage, which is another tip:  add storage shelves in the garage on top, instead of the floor.  That will save you space.



5. Tackle one room/area a day. Don't try to do everything in one day...you will become overwhelmed and give up. I tend to tackle the hardest/messiest area first...because then I feel accomplished when it's done.

6. Build shelves in spaces where it makes sense. My downstairs coat closet was such a mess before I put shelves in (wrapping paper was piled up, and it was like Tetris to remove something without something else falling). I had my dad install shelves for me and it has made a huge difference (and has allowed me to store more items).


7. Start a community yard sale! My community does this and it encourages everyone to organize/purge/etc. And you can donate the proceeds to charity. :)

8. Hire someone to deep clean your house at least once a year. I'm fine with cleaning my house weekly, but do I really want to deep scrub the tub and dust the walls? No thank you.

9.  And finally, have a system for organizing important papers.  I don't let mail pile up-- I sort through it immediately in my home office and file it away (I have two file cabinets for storage).  I also don't let magazines pile up and only keep the last few copies on my coffee table. I figure if I don't read them in a timely fashion, I should recycle them.



That's all I have. Looking forward to reading everyone's tips! :)

Jasmin

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I am back. I was hit with the flu pretty hard for two weeks and still don't feel 100%, but I am slowly recovering. Here are my favorites for the week:

1. Saks Fifth Avenue is having their Friends & Family Sale which means 25% off selected clothing and accessories. I ordered these sandals for summer and this structured bag.

2. I bought an Apple Watch a few weeks ago and love it! It only comes with one rubber band, so I was on the hunt for a band that was a bit more formal. I came across this shop on Instagram and ordered a Louis Vuitton watch strap (to match my purse!). What's great about this shop is that he hand-makes custom watch straps using old, authentic LV bags.


3. I am a huge fan of girl scout cookies, especially the thin mints. This candy bar tastes JUST like that and even better.


4.  And finally, for those who live in the L.A. area, Dominique Ansel (the guy who invented the cronut) has opened a bakery at the Grove.  His pastries are not only delicious, but look like beautiful works of art.  Case in point:  this chestnut rose cassis mont blanc that I tired last week. 



Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. It's been rainy here in Southern California so I'm hoping the sunny forecast for Saturday and Sunday sticks. Here are my favorites for the week:

1. My new coffee table decor! I updated my coffee table after about 5 years of staring at the old decor and love it! I posted about it here. Here is the after:

Items shown: Tray (similar), Flowers (similar), Chanel Book, Acrylic Coasters w/gold base (sold out at Z Gallerie, similar here), Candle (same scent but different jar design)

2. This beautiful, floral ruffle top. I will be wearing it for Easter and spring. It will look great with white pants or even light pink pants, and I like that it's longer in the back.

3. I love all things cats, so when I received this key top as a gift, I put it on my house key. So cute!


4. This hair mask. I received it as a sample from Ulta and decided to try it after reading the reviews. It's an Australian brand and smells AMAZING! But apart from the smell, I love how soft it leaves my hair. I use it twice a week and will be purchasing the full size when my sample runs out.

Have a great weekend!

Jasmin

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Coffee Table Update

I don't know about you, but interior decorating stresses me out! When I bought my house 5 or so years ago, I didn't give much thought into decorating, per say. I did do a lot of remodeling when I moved in (kitchen cabinets, installing wood flooring instead of carpet, new paint, new fixtures, etc) but didn't give much thought to interior decorating. I find it so hard because it LOOKS so easy (no thanks to Pinterest, btw), but is actually really hard. Things like mixing metals, fabrics, etc is so confusing. I see others do it and it looks amazing, but when I try to pull it off it looks odd.

I finally decided to update my coffee table and go for a more Pinterest-worthy look, so I thought I would share. If I can do it, anyone can! ;) What do you think?

Before:

After:
 
Items shown: Tray (similar), Flowers (similar), Chanel Book, Acrylic Coasters w/gold base (sold out at Z Gallerie, similar here), Candle (same scent but different jar design)

Thanks for stopping by!

Jasmin

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week flew by and it was so busy that I did not get a chance to blog at all. Next week will hopefully be a bit calmer. Here are my favorites for the week.

1. I bit the bullet and finally got the iWatch. I guess you could say this has been a long time coming (I've thought about it in the past but the price always kept me away). When my Polar heart rate monitor and Fitbit both stopped working, I decided to cut my losses and spend a little bit more to get everything in one device. In the past, I used my polar to measure heart rate, exercise time, calories burned, etc, and my Fitbit to measure steps. When I saw the iWatch combines all this and more, the decision was easy. I will do a blog post soon reviewing the watch, but so far, I love it!

The specific one I purchased can be found here. And of course, I went for the dusky pink one because it pairs well with my other jewelry like this bracelet that I'm wearing with it.



2. These leggings. They. are. amazing. They suck you in at all the right spots and are super comfy.  Bonus: They come in a blush pink color too. :)

3. 85 Degrees Bakery.  One recently opened near me and I am in love! My favorite item from there is the Sea Salt Iced Coffee (amazing-- just make sure you shake it well before consuming) and the yummy bakery items they have available.


4. This mug I found at Home Goods.So funny!


Have a great weekend!

Jasmin
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