Olive Fashion for Spring 2015

Ha! Get it?!? I can be so lame most sometimes. If you take a look around, it’s pretty evident that olive is a big trend for spring. As I get older, I find that I’m not so much into trends (though I’m not opposed to wearing them if I feel they suit my style), but I’ve always liked the color olive. However, I’ve always thought of it as a fall color or something reserved for safaris. I suppose because it’s not very pastel-like or bright or anything that you may think are “spring” colors. These are my favorites from the Spring 2015 runways.

1. A. F. Vandevorst

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2. Angelos Bratis

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3. Chanel

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4. Angelos Bratis

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5. Jason Wu

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6. Jason Wu

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7. Jason Wu

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8. Ralph Lauren

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9. Ralph Lauren

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10. Ralph Lauren

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12. Ralph Lauren

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*All photos from Style.com*

Lourdes Loves Lately

What are your weekend plans? I will be doing some #springcleaninginthewinter, hanging out with itty-bitty people (aka nieces and nephew), maybe try to catch a movie and other whathaveyounots. I must say though, I feel I’ve had a very productive week. I guess you can say I’m feeling very motivated (here’s hoping the feeling lasts…oh…only another 342 more days). Here are some things I’m grateful for this week. Have a good one!

1. Evening strolls on a cold winter’s night. In an effort to offset the winter blues, I’ve decided to take longer walks in the evenings. It’s been quite refreshing to feel the cold against my cheeks and has given me some great insights and ideas. This was taken on one such night. (Note to self: figure out how to size pics so they are not blurry.)

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2. I have a love affair with dish towels. My kitchen has lots of white (cabinets and appliances), so I like to add color with accessories (can I use that word for kitcheny things?). I found these at anthro and, let’s just say, it was love at first sight.

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3. This may seem trivial, but why didn’t they think of cake batter Chapstick sooner?!? Could’ve saved me so many calories. Sheeesh!

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4. I found these pretty (and free) printables from happyhandmadehome.net while surfing the interwebs. Yay, Internet! Thank you so much!

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5. I am not afraid to admit that I am obsessed (in a MAJOR way) with pens! I cannot stop buying pens. I don’t know why. I think I need help. I found these the other day and they make my heart happy. They are made from recycled water bottles! My favorites are the pink and purple inks.

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4 Shows to See at the Theater Now

I love theater — from improv to Broadway musicals to Shakespearean dramas, there is nothing quite like watching a live show. When I first visited London, the theater was much less expensive than going to a movie (I know! Can you believe it?!?), so during my week there, I’d gotten tickets for each night of the week. I’ve seen productions of Phantom of the Opera in Chicago, Vegas and London. All this to say (again), I LOVE theater.

I’ve taken plenty of theater classes in college and really love to act. In fact, in my eight grade yearbook, I wrote that I wanted to be an actress as a profession. Alas, I never pursued acting. *Sigh* But, I can still live out my dreams in other performers. I love to sit as close to the stage as possible so I can study every body and facial movement and try to catch every intonation and wonder how the actors “arrived” at their acting choices. Nerdy, much?

This year, I really want to plan out as much as possible, including my date nights (which we usually leave up to chance). I’ve included these shows on my list of “Theater shows to see.”

1. Once

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2. The Book of Mormon

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3. Million Dollar Quartet

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4. Baby Wants Candy

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15 Kitchen Ideas to Kickstart Your Home Refresher

I live downtown which equates to a small kitchen and dining area. It suits our lifestyle for now, since it’s just me, my husband and our yellow labrador fur baby (though he’s not a baby anymore—he just thinks he still is). I love my neighborhood and our building is pretty cool (as in, lots of cool people who live here on a temporary basis). This place was always meant to be temporary for us as well (not that we are like said cool people), so I’ve always treated it as such by not doing much to decorate it and make it feel more “lived-in.” Well, 3 years later, we’re still here and will probably be for another year or so. If I had known  that, I would’ve been more inclined to decorate it. Gosh! Time flies so quickly.

Anyway, I’ve moved around quite a bit and have lived in my homes for 1-2 years max. And, for the most part, I’ve always treated them as temporary spaces. I’ve come to realize though that whether you live somewhere for 1 year or 10 years, you should just make a “home” out of it and enjoy it because you never know how long that short-term living may last.

From now on, I am going to do just that. I have been browsing design blogs, websites and magazines for some ideas to match the ones I have in my head. I like to have a visual reference so I can create a mood board. I do Pinterest as well, but I guess I’m old-fashioned, too. I like having a physical reference. So, while I’ve been pinning my inspirations, I have also been printing/cutting them out to add to my mood board. These are some ideas I’ve had in mind to bring new life to my downtown-dwelling kitchen.

1. Open shelves for easy-to-reach items.

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2. “Ghost” chairs and a white table to “open up” a small dining area.

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3. This bar and step stool looks like a nice project to work on. I love the pastel colors.

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4. Maybe get a colorful rug to brighten up the space and “break-up” the white.

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5. We need a light above the dining table and this one reminds me of the ones my parents had in our old house growing up, which they brought from the Philippines.

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6. I really need to get a stand for the iPad instead of Mcguyering it, so I can easily follow recipes.

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7. My dining area is much smaller than this, but I like the idea of having bookshelves there.

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8. This is about the size of my kitchen. I’ve tried the peg board idea, but went with an Ikea pot rack and rail this time. However, I still have an empty wall that I’m considering adding the peg board to.

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9. I like the idea of having those canisters for all the lemons I keep buying.

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10. Another idea I had for the blank wall was to do a gallery wall instead of the peg board.

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11. I kind of like the idea of having this print up in the kitchen.

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12. What’s there not to love about this goldware? I mean, really.

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13. The ubiquitous bar cart.

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14. Of course, gotta carve out some space for our fur baby’s food and water bowls.

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15. Unless we sacrifice our living room or bedroom, we definitely do not have the space for this dining set-up, but it gives me inspiration for having more dinner parties.

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Tuesday Treasures | 5 Favorite New Ikea Buys

Since I live in the city and Ikea is a pretty far commute out to the suburbs, I don’t have your typical “just going to browse” moments. Instead, I usually take stock of items I may need and make a trip when I deem it “worthy” enough. In this case, I trekked out armed with my list, at the top of which was “extra shelves for bookcase.” Of course, I got everything but the number one thing I went there for. Ugh! Regardless, I’m pretty happy with my purchases.

1. Raskog utility cart in turquoise – this cart is pretty ubiquitous (google it and I’m sure you’ll find 50 ways to use it and such). I have to admit, I actually got this cart a couple of years ago and it sat in the box unopened until now. I don’t know why I waited so long! It lives in my kitchen and is very purposeful. Plus, the color really brightens up the space.

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2. Stave mirror in white – this is my second one because my dog accidentally broke my first one (no worries—while my mirror was shattered, my dog went unharmed). I love it for its minimalist design. It hangs in my hallway now, out of my dog’s way.

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3. Kalas bowls in assorted colors – it’s not like I needed more bowls, but then again, you can never have too many bowls (like Tupperware), right? I love the bright colors and how they are so multi-purposeful.

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4. Grundtal Wall Shelf – this is awesome. Since I am trying to simplify and streamline my life, I thought it would be helpful to have my cookware (which previously lived in cabinets) out in the open. This shelf holds so much, from my cookware to pots to cookbooks.

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5. Grundtal rail – this hangs next to the shelf and stores my most utilized cooking utensils. The shelf and rail really do go hand-in-hand.

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15 Delicious Breakfast Recipes for Healthy New You

I enjoy a good breakfast and love to go for brunch. Like my other meals, I like a combination of sweet and savory. So, of course, breakfast to me should include pancakes/waffles/french toast, eggs, bacon/sausage, hash and fruit. Sure, I’ll go off the beaten path sometimes, like the one time I ordered the BEST eggs benedict EVER in my life at some little place in Ashville, NC. ZOMG! It was so delish!

And then there are Filipino breakfasts. What? You’ve never had? Sorry for you. My mom knows when I am calling her at 8:00AM on a weekend morning, it’s because I have Filipino breakfast on my mind. She is always so happy to prepare and have us come right over. On a cruise once, we had them prepare (for our very large group) a Filipino breakfast and it was the best breakfast on the cruise.

Back to breakfasts. I have food allergies and the standard American and Filipino diets are not compatible with my allergies. Of course, like with everything else, I’ve done research and have read tons on gluten-free and paleo diets. The long-term plan is to adapt all my favorite foods to a healthier version so I can still enjoy them, but for now, working on my Standard American Diet (SAD, I know;) is time-consuming enough so that is what I’ll focus on. I’ve found lots of great recipes online that I think will substitute for my usual American breakfast fare.

1. Coconut flour protein waffles by Maria Mind Body Health

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2. Low-carb pancakes by Maria Mind Body Health

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3. Brownie batter spread by Minimalist Baker

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4. Paleo granola by Chocolate and Zucchini

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5. Homemade coconut yogurt by Petite Kitchen

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6. Quick paleo english muffins by Beauty and the Foodie

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7. Gluten-free crepes by Give Recipe

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8. Paleo egg souffle by Paleo Leap

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9. The perfect hard boiled eggs by Design Mom

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10. Garlic coconut flour bagels by Low Carb Yum

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11. Homemade vegan mocha nutella by Oh She Glows

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12. Low-carb and gluten-free cream cheese pancakes by I Breathe I’m Hungry

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13. Paleo blueberry muffins by Elana’s Pantry

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14. Paleo breakfast bread by Elana’s Pantry

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15. Easy kale quiche by J. Kenji-Lopez Alt

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Monday Musings: What is Sports(wo)manship to You?

So, I came across this article about a coach being suspended because his team won by a lot. Ok, ok, the score was 162-2. I didn’t grow up competing in sports and, let’s just say, I wasn’t a very active participant in gym class. After I read the article, I brought it up to my husband (who played in all kinds of sports because he enjoyed it and it kept him out of trouble).

J explained to me that the coach was suspended because it wasn’t ethical of him to do what he did. I asked if his team cheated (you got me…I just skimmed the article). He said no, but in the sports world, a coach should know better than to do what this coach did. Again, I asked if he cheated. He said no.

Hmmmm. I could not understand what he did wrong then. He tried to explain to me the rules of sports and how the coach should not have let the points get up so high. How it’s like that for professional sports, too and how the losing team was much more inferior than the winning team.

So it got me thinking. How does letting them lose by fewer points teach them about the real world? What lesson does it teach the winning team to “step down” their game? Maybe the bigger question to ask is, should the schools look at the teams competing and try to be more “fair” about it? See, here’s the thing I’ve learned about fairness: “A fair is where you go to get cotton candy.” Not sure where I read that quote from, but it’s ingrained in my brain.

I admit I’m not a sports fanatic. I mean, I enjoy watching basketball and tennis and I love watching the Olympics, but I’ve seen my share of “unfairness” and, yet, just like the theater, the games must go on.

What do you think about the situation? Enlighten me, please, because I’m still not sure I agree with this whole concept of sportsmanship in situations like this.  This whole situation brought to mind one of my favorite Marianne Williamson quotes (which I’ve previously used):

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16 Fashion Favorites from the Resort Wear Runways

The resort runway shows have long come and gone, but the winter is in full bloom from where I stand. I’m not really sure what to think of resort wear. What typically comes to mind is (obviously) fashion for the jet-setters who travel to tropical destinations to get away from the cold, or to snow destinations to experience the adrenaline rush that winter sports has to offer. Either way, I am far removed from both of those worlds right now. We had planned to go on a cruise, but cancelled last-minute due to some unforeseeable circumstances. So, instead of vacation photos, I will share my favorite looks from the resort runway shows.

1. Dior

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2. Ellery

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3. Mary Katrantzou

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4. Halston Heritage

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5. Issa

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6. Ellery

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7. Naeem Khan

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8. Herve Leger

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9. Paul & Joe

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10. Miu Miu

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11. Jason Wu

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12. Matthew Williamson

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13. Ohne Titel

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14. Bibhu Mohapatra

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15. Ralph Lauren

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16. Ralph Lauren

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*All photos from Style.com*

Supermodel Style by Kate Moss

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I’ve always been a big fan of Kate Moss. She convinced me to buy a CK One midriff shirt and the perfume. Laugh all you want, but you know she had you running to the store, too. At a time when fashion models were statuesque (5’9″ and taller), she stood at “just” 5’7″, yet still managed to be one of the world’s top supermodels. These days, that word gets thrown around quite a bit, but Kate definitely fits the bill and she’s still going strong. She turns 41 today and back in the ’90s, that may have meant she was over the hill, but I think she’ll be around for quite a while still. Besides, age is just a number. The woman is a true chameleon. In honor of Kate’s birthday, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Kate style moments.

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Lourdes Loves Lately

Surprisingly, the weather has warmed up a bit *prays it will stay 40F until spring. please, oh, please*. What are your weekend plans? Anyone else have a 3-day weekend? Going out of town? I usually do on long weekends, but planning to stay home this time. Here are some things I am grateful for. Have a good one!

1. Due in no small part to the awful weather (until now) and just because it’s that season, people around here had been dropping like flies with the flu. Doctors say it has been one of the worst virus strains in a long time. My local Whole Foods guy advised me to try these vitamins.

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2. Lemons! Yes, I am so grateful for lemons! My grocer thinks me so crazy because I have been stockpiling them!

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3. This book is so, so good. You.Must.Read.Now. Go. What are you waiting for?!?

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4. I have been drinking lots of tea lately. My favorite of these is passion and wild sweet orange, but I really want to love the green tea. Really, I do.

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5. I don’t know about you, but I lose my gloves all the time. ALL.THE.TIME. So, now I use these cheapie gloves. No biggie if they are lost. Not that I like wasting money, but better to replace one dollar gloves than (much) more expensive ones. (On second thought, maybe I should just get mittens with the clip-ons.)

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