Celeb Pick of the Week-Kate Hudson

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Hudson looked fresh as a daisy in this stylish two piece outfit she sported at the Decades of Glamour party by BVLGARI on Wednesday in West Hollywood. Her bold yellow low plunging top, white mini skirt, jewelry and clutch were all by  Emilio Pucci. While her white leather pumps by Christian Louboutin complimented her look. With her glowing beautiful skin and sexy toned legs, it’s no wonder she had all eyes are on her! 

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Springing Forward!

Can someone get this girl a pair of sunglasses??? Lol. The recent warm and cold temperatures have been messing with my head! Just the other day it was bright and sunny reaching  a high of 70° and I nearly left the house with no coat!  It’s times like that I want to go to the park with the family and feed the ducks, but I think I’ll have to wait for two reasons:

1) This is crazy flu like weather and I refuse to be deceived.

2) Probably the most important, if the ducks aren’t back yet, it’s a clear indicator not to jump the gun.

Until then, I will take whatever sunshine that comes my way and dress responsibly. I hope you will too! 🙂

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Blouse-Saks 5th Avenue·Pencil Skirt, Plaid Cape,  Braided Belt and Beaded Shell Necklace-Nordstrom·Distressed Buckle Riding Boot-Enzo Angiolini

Emilio Pucci

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Birth Name: Emilio Marchese di Barsento Pucci

Born: November 20, 1914- November 29, 1992 in Naples,  Italy

*Growing up, he came from a wealthy lineage

*In 1932 attended the Winter Olympics apart of the Italian skiing team.

*Graduated from the University of Florence with a doctorate in Political Science in 1937

*In 1947 Pucci got the attention by Harper’s Bazaar photographer, Toni Feissell, when seen in one of his designer ski outfits

*1948 created his ski wear collection

*Created the “capri” style pant for a friend, which was incorporated in his line

*1950 opened the Emilio Boutique in the Canzone del Mar beach area after leaving the military as a pilot during WWII

* By 1951, friend Steven Marcus (Neiman Marcus owner) suggest for Pucci to open and womens’ clothing line
– Became best known for a wrinkle free silk jersey dress

*1964 created the fragrance Vivara after it was suggested by Coco Chanel

*Designed uniforms for the Brantiff Flight Attendants in 1965

*Menswear created in 1970

*Ended his time apart of the Italian Parliament from 1963-1972

*In 1992 Pucci dies and his daughter Laudomia takes over company till 2001

*Today Peter Dundas is the creative director for Emilio Pucci line

Fun Fact:

*Also known as the “Prince of Prints”

*Pucci’s Brantiff outfits were also sported by Barbie

*Laudomia choose the Vivara fragrance, which was one of three choices when she was only 3 years old

*Pucci designed the patch for the astronauts suits of the Apollo 15 mission

http://www.vogue.com; http://www.accessories.about.com

Vegan? II

While I was on my 3 week fast I thought this would be a great time to try veganism for the last week. I have been wondering about If I could actually do it and how good the food would actually taste. I have a friend that is vegetarian and when I told her I was going vegan she said good luck because she couldn’t do it. Of course I was like,  really?  In my eyes she was only a blink away from being a vegan. Yea, sooo not the same.

Cutting out all meat (seafood included), dairy and anything else that had a face was quiet interesting. I even read about the debate on honey and how most vegans don’t eat it because they believe some bees are harmed during the honey process. Then there are some who are vegan and eat honey and call themselves “beegans!” Lol

Anyways,  I was slow to preparing actual meals in the beginning  but I got excited when I started to find some cool recipes that at least “looked” good. During the fast I cut out a lot of salt and did some substitution. Overall, I am glad that I took the opportunity to do this and broaden my palette….Lord knows this was a challenge! 😀

Here are a few pictures along with recipes of both vegetarian and vegan foods I ate during the 3 weeks, just in-case you dare to try!

Baked Chicken, Spinach and Tomatoes
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1 package of chicken wings or your favorite parts
1 can of spinach or bought fresh
1 can of diced tomatoes or 2 freshly cut into pieces
Mrs. Dash table blend seasoning (enough to cover both sides of chicken)
Onion powder
Garlic powder

Cover chicken with foil and bake chicken with seasoning for 30 min on 350°. Afterwards, garnish spinach and tomatoes on top of chicken and add enough Mrs. Dash to cover the top (the seasoning is awesome b/c it is salt free and all natural so you can add as much as you like)! Bake again for 10 min covered and then serve with a salad.

Meatless Lasagna
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2 zucchinis
1 lasagna shells box
1 frozen bag of spinach or fresh
3-4 cups of shredded 3 blend cheese
Extra Virgin olive oil
Mrs. Dash table blend seasoning
Onion Powder
Garlic powder
Oregano
Ricotta cheese
2-8oz cans of tomato sauce
1 12 oz can of tomato paste

Boil your lasagna enough to fit your baking pan (my ingredients were for a large pyrex pan that fit 12 lasagna noodles) Next place frozen spinach in hot water till defrosted. Cut zucchini into half and then in thin strips and cook in a pan using olive oil until soft turning on both sides. Use another pot and chop half an onion and sauté. Once done, cook sauce and paste adding a few sprinkles of oregano, onion and garlic powder and Mrs. Dash (season to liking). Once noodles are done let the layering begin! Layer as much as you like of each ingredient and once done, bake for about 45 min on 350°.

Roasted Potato & Edamame Salad
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Lettuce
Roasted red potatoes
Edamame
Balsamic vinaigrette
Mrs. Dash seasoning or seasoning of your choice
Garlic powder
Oregano
Extra virgin olive oil

Cut potatoes in small halves, add seasoning as well as garlic powder and oregano. Bake till soft using a little oil on 350°. Then fry on stove for a light crisp (may need to add a little more oil). Add to salad and with your favorite dressing and eat!

Mochi

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I didn’t make this from scratch. It comes in a square package and its firm it different flavors. I chose cinnamon raisin. You bake for about 15 min and this is what you get. I added honey for some taste because it tasted similar to toasted wheat bread, but most of the time its eaten with soy sauce or a Japanese soup.

Vegan Burrito-BLT Style
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1 package of Tempeh bacon
1/2 of an onion diced
1/2 a green pepper diced
1 can of diced tomatoes or fresh tomato (I did without)
1 tsp of cumin
1 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
Extra virgin olive oil
Cilantro
Wheat tortilla or tacos

I first cooked my green peppers and onions in olive oil until soft then I added the cumin and soy sauce. Then I basically cut the strips of Tempeh bacon into little squares and added them to the pot to cook for a few minutes and then add cilantro. I added corn as a side, but I’m sure you could add it to the mix!

Vegan Stir Fry
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1 package of Seitan cut into strips
2 large crowns of broccoli chopped ( I used a small frozen bag)
1 bag of bean sprouts
2 tablespoons  olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or powdered
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh or jarred ginger, or more
1 teaspoon natural granulated sugar
1 tsp of grounded ginger
Uncle Ben’s Jasmine rice (I used the microwaveable 90 sec bag)

Heat the oil plus 2 tablespoons water in a pan. Add the garlic and broccoli (I soaked te broccoli in hot water till soft)Turn the heat to medium-high and stir fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Add a handful of bean sprouts and the remaining ingredients including cooked rice and continue to stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add a little water if needed. This by far was my favorite vegan dish!

Vegan Pancakes
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The directions on this one is simple…just follow the box! I used Cherrybrook Kitchen Original Pancake Mix and then added bananas, applesauce, raisins and soy milk. I then topped it off with some maple syrup! The kids loved it and I thought it was pretty good too!
Recipes inspired by http://www.vegkitchen.com and http://www.vegetarian.about.com

A Time to Fast II

So happy to say I have completed my three weeks of fasting!  God has been doing so much on my behalf during this time I can’t wait for the full manifestation! “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 29.

During this time I have had so much to happen that it has given me a new perspective on people, family, “friends” and  God.  Most importantly, I have a new found boldness and have learned to trust God even the more. This is the season that everything I have been waiting for will come to pass. This is not a season just for me,  but you too!  I dare you to ask Him for that thing you’ve been waiting for. Sit back and watch Him do it!

Celeb Pick of the Week-Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita stunned at the 2014 BAFTA awards in London this past week where she was nominated yet again for her film 12 Years A Slave. Her skin glowed in the beautiful emerald green strapless gown by Christian Dior Couture and her gold metal belt and cuffs by Ana Khouri were the perfect accent!  She was simply flawless!

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Striping Up

I have always liked stripes, whether it was on a shirt, cute skirt or even on a pair of pants. With that being said, I never really liked them on me. Well, that was until I found this cute and fun top! I like the darker striped colors and the fact it opens on the sides is a plus! Now as a mom, this top is not very functionable chasing after toodler kids. However, on a bright and sunny day, its great if your out and about or hanging with the girls. Go ahead…be a little daring!

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Stripe High Low Top & Short Buckle Boots-Nordstrom●Flap Pkt. Skinny Jeans-Vigoss●Necklace-Burlington Coat Factory