Monday, October 29, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and prayers go out to all those on the East coast affected by Hurricane Sandy. I hope everyone stays safe and dry.

Jasmin

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tory Burch Private Sale!

Calling all Tory Burch lovers: Tory Burch online is having a private sale until Monday. To access the sale, click here.

There are some pretty things on there, so beware. :) Happy shopping!




Jasmin

Steak: It's What's for Dinner

I made a pretty good steak last week. I'm finding that the secret to a good steak is making sure the pan is super hot before putting the steak in it to cook it, and making sure I only cook each side about 10 to 12 minutes to get that perfect medium texture. Also, marinating the steak is a must! Here is a recipe that I love. Make sure you marinade for at least two hours for best results. Bon appetit!


Steak Marinade (from AllRecipes)
Recipe makes 1 cup marinade

Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Directions
1. Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and garlic in a small bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Marinade for at least two hours for best taste.

Jasmin

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Carrie Underwood Concert

I attended the Carrie Underwood Blown Away concert tour last week with my girlfriend and it was ahhhhmayyyzing! We ooh'd and awww'd over her multiple wardrobe changes (my favorite was the sparkly black pantsuit she wore) and over her amazing body (she has legs I'd kill for, so much so that I pinned her leg workout on Pinterest). Unfortunately, my brand-spankin new iphone 5 is not so good at taking pictures when there is so much bright lightening on stage, so these are as good as the pics are going to get:












Jasmin

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

#Finally!

I have been waiting for the LA Kings mascot, Bailey (@BaileyLAKings) to tweet me all season...and he finally did! Not only is Bailey the most awesome LA mascot out there, but the LA Kings are one win away from being the Stanley Cup champions. Lakers who?



Jasmin

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's back!

Yes, frappuccino happy hour is back at Starbucks! From May 4 to 13 from 3 to 5 pm, get half off any frappuccino. Hello summer!

Jasmin

Sunday, April 29, 2012

You're Welcome!

A few little things to make your Monday better:
  • Hop on over to the Tory Burch website, where you can shop the Friends and Fans sale and receive 25% off your purchase by using the promotion code FRIENDS12 until midnight on 4/30/12.
  • Macy's is having their Friends and Family sale, where most designers that are usually excluded (such as Michael Kors) qualify for a 25% savings.  If shopping online, use promotional code FRIEND at checkout until midnight on 4/30/12.
Happy shopping!


 Jasmin

One Year Ago Today...

I remember how once year ago exactly I was up super late waiting for the royal wedding to begin, even though I had my MPH comprehensive exam starting the next day. I guess royal wedding excitement trumped my future master's degree. ;) I'm happy to say I was able to catch most of the royal wedding the next day, along with the rest of world, and successfully passed my exam, since I was fueled by about 3 coffees a day. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the royal wedding.


Jasmin

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's so fluffy!

Hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here was beautiful. Here's a short video of a fuzzy little ball of fun. I want one. :(



Jasmin

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh So Lovely

If I was planning a wedding, I'd have a similar color scheme. Is this gorgeous or what?! Turquoise seems to be the "in" color this season.



Pier One Imports has a lot of turquoise decor available for the home, too.

Jasmin

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Smoothies

I love having a smoothie in the morning for breakfast-- it keeps me full until lunch and it's a great source of protein, since I never seem to have enough protein in my diet. The protein brand I use (see below) provides about 24 grams of protein, which is almost similar to the protein content in a chicken breast. A smoothie is also a great snack to have after a grueling workout at the gym. The gym I go to actually recommends having a smoothie within 20 minutes of working out in order to refuel and repair muscle. I always order the one called “Java Jolt” from my gym, and it’s always delicious (plus it gives me something to look forward to after working out).

Below is my attempt at creating something similar (but I had to add peanut butter in there because, well, peanut butter makes everything better, right?). Peanut butter is also another healthy source of protein, as long as you stick to getting the natural peanut butter (the one that has the oil separating at the top that you have to stir) instead of the one that doesn’t require refrigeration (read: icky preservatives).

  • 1/2 banana (frozen bananas work well too.)
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk (I like Almond Breeze brand, but make sure you get the unsweetened one so this recipe stays healthy.)
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (If you want something with a little bit less fat, you can also use PB2, which is peanut butter in a powder form that has a lot less fat and calories. You can find it here.)
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (I use Gold Standard 100% Whey in Double Rich Chocolate. It is the best tasting one I have tried and doesn't taste chalky like some other protein powers tend to be.)
  • 1 tsp whole bean coffee or ground coffee (If you're feeling especially bold, try putting in some cold brew coffee extract instead. I like the Trader Joe's cold brew concentrate, but go easy with the stuff, since it's strong. I would add a quarter cup max).
  • 1/2 cup ice
 Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smoothie.

Enjoy!


Jasmin

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Fluffy!

I love big, spacious beds with more pillows on them than what I know to do with. I saw this bedding by Vince Camuto online and loved it-- super simple looking and classy.



Maybe I'll upgrade from what I already have, which is this set:



No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap. ~Carrie Snow

Jasmin

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How I Met Your Mother

Does anyone watch this awesome show? I just started watching on Netflix a few months ago and I'm now on Season 5 (no spoilers, please). My favorite character is Barney. Does this sound like something he'd say, or what? So awesome.



Jasmin

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Few of my Favorite Things Right Now

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Here are a few things I'm liking right now:

Au Lait Body Butter
Milk- it does a body good! $19.29. You can find it here.


Marc Jacobs Ginger Spray
Perfect for after the gym. $55.50. You can find it here.


Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish
Reminds me of summa' summa' summer time. $4.43. You can find it here.


Vince Camuto Sandles
Aren't these pretty? They look mighty comfy too. $98. You can find it here.



Happy Monday, bloggy world.

Jasmin

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I took a break from posting for a while but will hopefully resume soon. Wishing all a blessed Easter.



Jasmin
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