Wednesday, July 17, 2013

what i wore wednesday # 9


Thanks for stopping by to my 9th edition of what i wore wednesday. A fun, frivolous, girly party that I like to attend every week because it is fun, and well, that's all, just fun.
Summer time is the best time for me to be extra purposeful in planning and attending these parties, otherwise, I would probably never bother putting anything on other than my jammies. I actually realized Saturday that it had been 5 days since I had put on any make-up. In my defense, the only places I had gone that week were the water park (who wears make-up to the water park anyway? It's bad enough that I end up with horrific looking hair, I'm not interested in adding the smeared make-up look to my less that stellar appearance) and Wal-Mart. And sorry ya'll, but I refuse to waste my time and precious, expensive make-up on a 20 minute trip to a store that I hate with a passion. Don't worry, I don't go with my pj's on, and sometimes I'll even slather on a touch of lipstick just to keep what remains of my fashion integrity, and to feel at least a little decent in a place that makes me want to shower when I get home every time I go.
Here is a little peek at what I wore around the house one day last week with my clever way to hide my blah looking face. Not very flattering, but comfortable beyond measure...
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The following sunny outfit is what I wore to Church last Sunday.
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This is the -after church, un-tucked shirt, reading glasses, I need to study my photography book for the rest of my life- look. I put my necklace back on to take the picture, but somehow I forgot to add the right earring to my look.
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Boyfriend White Jeans: Old Navy; Shirt: Old Navy; Necklace and earrings: Vera Wang, Kohls;
 Flip flops: Tommy Hilfiger(via Ross); Belt: I've had it forever, no clue...

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I love summer, I love sunshine, and I love yellow. So here is some more of that.

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Top: Gap Outlet; Shorts: J.Crew Outlet; Bracelet: souvenir shop in Grand Cayman; Flip Flops: Teva 
Evidently, my size is a very popular size at the Loft. Loft has awesome sales, I hardly ever buy anything there until the store had their -surprisingly often- 40% off the entire store sales. But I must go on the first day, or else, all things my size will be snatched. I just have to pray that what I want doesn't disappear before I pull on my emergency break and exit my car.
When I was on our Cruise a few weeks ago, I saw a woman wearing the coolest, grooviest, awesome-est shorts ever. I almost went up to her and asked her where she had gotten them. But, because I am a complete chicken I didn't. Once I got home I just happened to have to make a trip to Loft to return a t-shirt that I regretted getting. And lo and behold, there they were! On the clearance rack. One pair. My Size. 40% off! Things like that don't happen to me. I am so excited! I love them!
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T-shirt: Target; Freakin' awesome shorts: LOFT; sandals: Old Navy
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 Stay Beautiful, my friends.

pleated poppy


Friday, July 12, 2013

Fish Tacos

Because I grew up on the South American Pacific Coast, in Viña del Mar, Chile, I ate freshly caught fish at least once a week. I love fish in most any form, shape, or size. Seafood in general makes me happy. That is one of the reasons I love this dish so much. I also love it because it houses two other of my taste bud, and childhood belly happiness triggers: avocado and cilantro.
Oh! the joys of a fresh summer dish!

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The secret to a great Fish Taco is in the slaw, otherwise all you have is a piece is fish wrapped in a corn tortilla. I'm always searching for the greatest Fish Taco. My favorite restaurant Fish Taco is at a local joint here in McKinney, where I live. My favorite homemade Fish Tacos are these. Since you probably don't live here, and you are in the mood for a delicious homemade meal (otherwise you wouldn't be here, right?), I suggest that you run to the grocery store, purchase these ingredients, and make yourself and your family some killer yummy slaw.
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Fish Tacos
olive oil
tilapia fillets
*Corn tortillas
1 bag of slaw
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce)
1 tsp. adobo sauce 
pinch of salt
1big handful of cilantro

once your taco is assembled add a touch of lime and some avocado (it's optional, but not really)

Make your slaw in the morning.
The day I took these pictures I made the slaw with slightly more sour cream and mayonnaise. I thought  it turned out too creamy, so I adjusted the amounts in the listed recipe. If it isn't creamy enough for you, you can always add more, but you can never take it out. Remember that when you first make slaw (of any kind) it never looks like there is enough mayonnaise in it. It does, trust me,  just give it a few hours to settle and you will see.
Also, if you want a more "healthy" version, you can substitute fat free plain yogurt for the sour cream, and a low fat mayonnaise. I personally like this version way better, and I would rather eat less of it than more of the "not as yummy" version.

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I forgot to add cilantro before taking the previous picture. Chop up your cilantro good and add it to the slaw.

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I love making this dish in the summer. Because once I have the slaw made, all I have to do in the evening is sauté my fish in olive oil and warm up some tortillas. It is a super fast dish for my family to enjoy after a long day at the water park.

* I failed to photograph them, but I found some great, new tortillas made by Mission. They are called: Artisan Style Tortillas, Corn and Whole Wheat Blend. I like them because they don't tear as soon as you fold them. They have a mild corn taste, and as the package sais, they are "softer and foldable". Try them. Or, you can use regular corn tortillas. Just don't come crying to me when you take your first bite and the whole thing falls apart.

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Stay satisfied, my friends!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

what i wore wednesday #8 CRUISE EDITION

June 23rd - June 30th I was aboard the Carnival Magic Cruise ship on an unforgettable 7 day voyage that took us to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico.

I may later share some pictures and tales from my vacation, but since I took over 600 pictures -can you believe it?!- it may be a while before I can narrow them down for you. In the meantime I will give you a sneak peak at what I wore to dinner every night. I packed a suitcase and a half of clothes and 8 pair of shoes for a seven day trip. How does that work? Well, as it turns out, most of those clothes were "just in case" clothes anyway, and most days I hung out in my bathing suit all day anyway!

Let me also say that as the self proclaimed photographer of this 7 day event, the odds of getting me into a picture were quite small. Thankfully my son Isaac loves to be given the camera, and is always a willing protégé to his crazy mom that will only allow him to lay hands on the camera if it is securely wrapped around his neck.

With no further ado, here is my what I wore to dinner on my Cruise vacation:

First Evening

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Shirt: Old Navy; White Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Franco Sarto (via DSW); Necklace and Earrings: Target

Second Evening
First "formal" dinner

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Dress: American Eagle (via Ross); Shoes: Franco Sarto (via DSW)
I don't exactly remember why, but I didn't get a picture taken the third night. I recon it was because we spent the day in Montego Bay and we were in quite a rush to get ready for dinner once we got back on the ship.
Forth Evening
I must let you know that on the 4th day we were in Grand Cayman. Our family chartered a boat that took us out to swim with sting rays, and then on to do some snorkeling. I had, up until that point, not had any sea sickness issues at all. But once we got onto the small charter boat and got to bobbing in the Caribbean waters, I got sick like I NEVER have in my life. OH MY! Our charter Captain seemed to think that perhaps I had swallowed some salt water while swimming with the sting rays. By the time we got to the reef, I was so miserable, I was crying, and the proceeded to expel what little breakfast was left in my stomach. Although it helped, I was mostly beyond repair by then. The one thing that I had looked forward to the most, snorkeling, was no longer going to be the best memory from my voyage.
After boarding the ship I felt much better, and then even better yet after downing a nice cold ginger ale. Try as I may to doctor up this next photo, I have not been able to wipe off the look of death off my face. I really didn't want to post this picture, but I love the dress so much, that I just couldn't not show it off. so here is the forth evening:

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Dress: Banana Republic Outlet

Although my previous dress got lots of compliments, the next outfit won the prize in the WOW department. I was feeling and looking a lot better too.

Fifth Evening

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Shirt: LOFT; Linen pants: Old Navy ($8 clearance last fall!!); Earrings: Target; Shoes: Ross

Sixth Evening
Second "formal" evening

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Linen Skirt: LOFT; Sequin shirt: J.Crew Outlet; Shoes: Ross Necklace and earrings: Vera Wang, Kohls 

Seventh and final Evening

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Dress: Ross; Necklace and earrings: Target

 And now, here are a few of my favorite touristy pictures of the family.
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 Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Grand Cayman Island

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Cozumel, Mexico

And my favorite picture of all: Fidel Castro and I met up in Cozumel and got a little fresh with each other!

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Cozumel, Mexico. Shirt: LOFT; Shorts: J.Crew Outlet; Earrings: Target