Thursday, January 9, 2014

Soundsacpe 2014.

Can I tell you how busy I've been lately?

We spent the past week and a half in Lake Tahoe for a New Years week party thrown by my father's company, Total Production Group , and our long time friends at SWAT. We arrived home on Sunday, but since then I've been catching up on work, sleep and laundry. Feels good to be back to my normal routine!

5 nights of Parties, after praties, daytime parties & after after parties. Not for this workaholic, but for thousads of other "kids" around my age. DJ's like Chuckie, Boregore & Carnage. Max 3 hours of sleep every night- well, morning. And, in true special event fashion, many 'OMG the show is not gonna happen unless X,Y,Z gets done & we make miracles" moments.  It was a crazy, exciting, stress-filled week but worth every minute!

Sadly, I didn't get a chance to take many pictures. I'm relying on Instagram right now to collect some from the events.


Like this one, I screenshot from one of our staffs Insta's. NYE 2014.
On the staff side, our day typically is work, work, count, run errands, work, count, squeeze in hour two hours of sleep and find some time to grab food along the way.
On the other side?
 While I'm more of a "let's chill and have a drink" person, I know it's a lot of fun. Tons of activities and lots of new friends!
This is a winter trip. Spring Break, you ask?
A week of tanning, dancing, boating, concerts, pool parties, etc. in beautiful Lake Havasu! We tend to go from one extreme temperature (Tahoe, 7 degrees) to another (Havasu, 107 degrees). No lie. Both are great time... What are you waiting for? Book your SWAT spring break trip today! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas eve!

Even though I'm not home to enjoy it, I thought I'd share a 
glimpse of my Christmas decor. :)

Thanks, Wise Stranger.

"The teacher who is indeed wise does        not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."
                                    -Khalil Gibron

I have a little story to share. Saturday  night the hubby and I met up with some cousins at a local outlet mall. While browsing through Kate Spade, my cousins daughter led us to an interaction that keeps resounding in my head. I'm going to skip the details and get straight to the part that inspired this post. My cousin and I were joking, playfully, teasing our husbands during our conversation with this kind stranger... He suddenly got a bit more serious and told us "Don't throw the hand you're holding under the bus." My husband quickly followed with "Yeah, we'll bring you with us." We all shared some laughs, wished each other Merry Christmas and continued to shop...

As I was falling asleep that night, this kept replaying in my head. What seemed like such a casual, insignificant conversation has turned out to be so much more. 

I'm not sure about your relationships, but my husband and I joke around with each other a lot. Even worse, when we are mad we will take a little stab at one another. We target insecurities yet try to pass it off as a joke. What seems to be playful can often be much deeper.  I hate to admit it, but I am totally guilty. 

I remember reading somewhere to never put down your spouse, especially in front of other. Be it family or strangers, jokingly or serious- always build your spouse up. 

What got me thinking even more about this was my husbands comment- " We'll bring you down with us." Sure it was said in a joking manner, but really thinking about it, there's a lot of truth in that. All around, feisty remarks are hurting the relationship as a whole. I know that they have brought us down on occasion. 

I was really inspired by this wise man to do my best at always building my husband up. Truly being his biggest fan. Focusing on the good. Speaking to- and about- him with the love and admiration he deserves. Remembering to be playful, but always in a nice way. Negativity should have no room in our marriage. 

I truly believe God puts certain people in our lives, leads us to interactions and speaks to us in the most unexpected ways... Thanks, God, for leading us here. Thanks, stranger, for the wisdom and guidance you shared that night. 

By the way (and this might just be a crazy coincidence) the following evening my husband and I went to a different church than usual. My husband- not knowing how much that conversation had spoken to me- pointed out that the man setting up at the alter looked just like the man we ran into the previous night... I didn't have my glasses and couldn't see that far, but how wonderful it would have been to speak to him again if it was! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Just call me Bakerella.

Today I whipped up an easier, somewhat healthier version of my absolute favorite cookies- butterscotch-cranberry oatmeal cookies.

I love holiday baking, In fact, it's the only baking I really enjoy. Baking was my worst subject in culinary school! So as my cravings overpowered my self-control, I realized I didn’t want to buy a ton of ingredients that would just sit in my fridge over the next few weeks while we are out of town . This past week alone I have been trying to 1) use up all our perishables and 2) avoid going to the market and cook from our pantry. It takes some creativity, but I am definitely enjoying it!
How cute are these measuring spoons my sister got me from Francesca's? Love 'em!

 A quick Google search for 'easy oatmeal cookies’ led me to this: Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with just 6 Ingredients. I really didn’t want to experiment with ingredient measurements- trust me, ain’t nobody got time fo dat, so it’s loosely based off of this... Except with more ingredients. A different method. Craisins instead of raisins. Coconut sugar & coconut oil. Longer cooking time…. I did say loosely, right?

What you’ll need:
Mixing bowls
Rubber spatula
Measuring cups/spoons
Electric mixer (optional)
Baking sheet


½ cup coconut oil
½ cup brown suger + ½ cup coconut sugar (or you can use 1 full cup of either)
1 egg  
1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon  
1 1/2 CUPS old fashioned oats
1-2 tsp water
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup butterscotch

  Mise en placing your ingredients, saves time & chaos!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.    Cream together oil and sugar on a low setting, or by hand if not using a mixer.

2.    Once mixture is smooth, add wet ingredients- egg & vanilla extract- and continue to mix on low setting.

3.    Sift together dry ingredients- baking powder, cinnamon & flour- and slowly add to mixing bowl.

4.    Add oats, about ½ a cup at a time, making sure to fully mix before adding more.

5.    Add 1-2 tsp of water, just enough to moisten the dough a bit. (I had to add this step in, as I found the dough to be a tad dry) Use your best judgment.

6.    Stir in dried cranberries and butterschotch chips.

7.    Place dough by full tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet(s).

8.    Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.
9. Remove cookies from oven and allow them to carry over cook and cool on the hot baking sheet.


That’s it! Super easy, very tasty, semi-health(-ier than using butter & white sugar…right?)


snowy essentials

…the SoCal way.

I am by no means a snow fashion expert, but I like to pretend I am a couple times a year. As I’m preparing to head to the beautiful Lake Tahoe next week, I am grabbing all my essentials for the trip. If I’m going to have to deal with the beautiful but ridiculously cold snow, cute accessories are a must!

So how does this heat-loving Orange County girl conquer for the snow?
snow bunny essentials

snowy essentials by clarissa-nieves featuring 
a ceramic travel mug Raxevsky cape coat, $180 / Pink jacket / Gipsy nylon hosiery / UGG Australia ugg® australia boots / Longchamp nylon travel tote bag / Collection XIIX brown shawl / Kate Spade glove / Kate Spade rectangular glasses / Alice Olivia ceramic travel mug / Hunter Rain Boots - Cece Logo Riding Boots, $265

1.       Longchamp Le Pliage
I seriously think these are some of the most underrated designer totes (in America- the French know what’s up!). It fits all the little essentials- wallet, sunnies, camera, tablet, make-up, etc., it’s chic and it’s waterproof. Perfection.

2.       Hunter boots
While the aren’t the warmest by themselves, they are great waterproof footwear. Add some welly socks, or even another pair of thick thermal socks and you’re set. These hunters in particular are my favorite- they are the limited edition CeCe boots and can be dressed up or down. My kinda rain boot!

3.       Kate Spade Geek Chic Tech gloves
I ordered these from Nordstrom and I am dying for them to come in. Tech gloves are a must… and I can’t resist Kate Spade!

4.       Thick tights
It’s no secret that I’m a girly-girl. I love skirts & dresses, even in the blistering cold. These tights offer the perfect a tolerable layer between me and the cold. Must have.

5.       North Face Jacket
Not this one in particular- but how cute is that pink logo? It also supports a great cause –Boarding 4 BreastCancer. I’m all over that!
6.       Sunnies
Have you ever been blinded by the reflection of the sun on the snow? Ouch. Sunglasses are a necessity. Again, not these in particular, though they are a long overdue addition to my collection- KateSpade Gianna.
7.       Uggs
Okay, I am totally guilty of throwing this on as soon as it hits below 70 degrees. Being in the snow reminds me what they are really made for. These ones in particular have great traction- perfect for my clumsy self.

8.       Extra chunky knit scarf
Seriously, these are a God send. I get most of my extra chunky know scarves from Forever 21 for around $12. Cute, stylish & can’t beat the price.

9.       Cape
Well, definitely a necessity in my book. I love how chic and practical capes are. Totally obsessed this winter. Maybe I’m just having Gossip Girl/Blair Waldorf withdrawals. Since I can’t watch her every week I suppose I feel the need to emulate her in my everyday life.

10.   Alice + Olivia for Starbucks mug
Okay, I’m kinda late on this one and I can’t find it anywhere! I’m almost ready to throw in the towel and order it for twice as much on ebay. The bargain hunter in me is cringing... A cute mug to hold a warm drink is a necessity, right?

 I’m sure my list is slightly ridiculous to those of you from snowy areas... So what do you believe are snow necessities?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

10 Christmas songs I love.

In the spirit of Christmas- and since we are less than a week away- I'd like to share my top 10 favorite Christmas songs. Theres something about Christmas music that just captures all of me & can immediately change my mood. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!

I know many of these are not "traditional" Christmas songs, but between their catchy tunes and meaningful lyrics, I can't help but love them.
Hope you enjoy!

10. Chris Brown -This Christmas
Now before you completely disregard this blog on this selection alone- I know his morals and actions are highly questionable, to say the least. However, I have always loved his version of this song. It's fun & soulful, there's no denying he sings it well.

9. The Nutcracker- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Seriously- does the Nutcracker not just scream Christmas to you? I absolutely love everything about it...and this performance, WOW! She's so talented!

8. Taylor Momsen & Faith Hill- Where are you Christmas
Okay, I can't decide which version I like better. While Taylor is simply adorable, Faith is just so talented. This song really reminds me of my Childhood, and I'll always love it for that... I think I may just have to go watch The Grinch after this.


7. Andy Williams- It's the Most Wonderful Time of The Year
Wonderful. Magical. Festive. You name it! This time of the year just brings about a sense of awe and delight. The d├ęcor, the chill, the rush, I honestly cannot think of a season I love more. This song just paints a picture of Christmas in my head that is so hard to shake... Not that I'd want to!


6. Bobby Helms- Jingle Bell Rock
Another classic! It's fun & festive and brings the Christmas spirit to life for me. Not much else I can say about, except that it is on every Christmas playlist I've ever had. (BONUS: Can't get the Mean Girls scene out of my head when I hear it!)

5. Michael Buble - Grown Up Christmas List
Because honestly, who doesn't hope and pray for love, friendship & no more wars?
4. Andrea Bocelli- Angels We Have Heard on High
With all the fun and festiveness thrown at us, at times the true meaning of Christmas can be overlooked... Let's always remember to keep Christ in Christmas. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Plus, Andrea Bocelli can do not wrong in my book!
3. Christina Aguilera- O Holy Night
Again, A reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. I love her, love her vocals and absolutely love how she sneaks the Our Father in there. AMEN!
2. Josh Groban - Believe
Okay, I love The Polar Express. I Love Josh Groban, I mean LOVE. Christmas.Spirit.Overload!
1. *NSYNC- Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Now what kind of 90s kid would I be if I didn't love this song? I still blast the whole *NSYNC Christmas album, no shame! I mean, I could go on and on about being a total *NSYNC fangirl, but I'll save that for another day. This here though, it seriously is my favorite Christmas song of all time and I can't even explain why. 
Some traditional, some religious and some just a bit embarrassing. What are your favorite Christmas songs?

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I just love fall!

The weather, the food, the fashion, decor, holidays, football and events. It's always a busy time in our household that allows us to spend a ton of time together.

With the help of Pinterest, I have compiled some of my favorites for fall 2012.

The Decor
What's not to love about warm colors and cute pumpkins? And as an added plus, the smell of pumpkin & warm apples in the air.



The Food
I love to pull out the crockpot and start up the oven...Soups & pumpkin EVERYTHING on the menu,

How delicious do these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites look? You can find the recipe here. I can't wait to try this one!

The Fashion
Definitely my most favorite part of fall. The cooler weather allows for cute sweaters, boots, leggings, scarves... I can go on and on! I will soon have a post of my personal fall fashion, but heres some of my inspiration:

1.  I love layering/mixing patterns and color. This outfit does a great job of that. Some brown boots & a monogram Louis go perfect with almost every fall outfit. Her blog is super cute, too. Take a look : B.ows & Sequins

2. This outfit is just adorable. I love how the pink just POPS against those neutrals! More of this can be seen here.

3. Just because summer is over, doesn't mean the shorts have to be put away. Blacks, browns, tans and the occasional red or wine can be worn well into the fall, weather permitting. That is definitely the case in southern California. I love all the simple pieces in this outfit. The pattern scarf brings it together, but i would switch the sandals for some Reva's or other flats for a perfect, warmer weather fall outfit. This can be seen here on Polyvore.

4. Dresses are my obsession, and i just love scarves. There are those brown boots again! They are definitely my fall must have piece. This was also created on Polyvore. Check it out!

Those are just a few of the reasons i adore fall... but as I stated earlier, family & football have my heart!

Keep an eye out for my fall wardrobe post. I'm having a ton of fun getting it together!


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