One Nightstand Confession

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What do you have on your nightstand? Is it the latest fashion magazine or newest book club read? Some flowers to brighten up your room? Is it meaningful, simply just stylish decor, or both?

I was looking at my nightstand the other day, and was thinking about the meaning of the items that are next to my bedside.  I have a picture of my dad and I as a baby, eucalyptus spearmint lotion, a cute jewelry plate, and a lamp.  I guess I would have to say that I have a combination of items that are practical and sentimental.  For example, every night before I go to bed, I like to smooth on some of my Bath & Body Stress Relief lotion.  It helps me relax, so I can be able to have a good night’s rest.  I also like to have a jewelry holder for any staple pieces that I put on when I wake up in the morning, like my wedding ring set or diamond stud earrings my mom gave me.  On the other hand, instead of some flowers, I chose a special picture of my dad and I to adorn my bedside table as a sentimental token of remembrance that he is always with me.

I would love to know what are the items you keep beside your nightstand!  Please share and let me know!



You & Me & 5 Bucks

One of my all time favorite movies is Reality Bites with Winona Ryder & Ethan Hawke, and one of many quotable scenes is the “You and me and five bucks“.  Of course, in that scene, the characters were referring to being able to have a good time on a coffee & cigarette budget.  Granted nowadays a coffee may run you 5 bucks, but in fashion there can be such a thing as having a good time and looking great on a budget. So just because (like me) you can’t buy those $400 Miu Miu sunglasses doesn’t mean that there aren’t some affordable knock-offs to be had.

On my recent family visit to San Diego, I found this hole-in-the-wall shop at the mall with quite reasonable prices, including a pair of sunglasses for only 5 bucks, that are ringers for the brand name ones I’ve been eyeing lately.  I was super ecstatic, nabbed them right away, and walked away feeling like true fashionista winner, hahaha.


So remember just because you can’t drop down big cash on a pair of sunglasses, doesn’t meant that you can’t look and feel like a million bucks.  Shop your local boutique shop or go to downtown, and you will find that $5 treasure, I promise!


You and Me and 5 Bucks, Baby!


My Secret Nail Weapon

I don’t know about you, but one thing I hate when I’m doing my own nails is waiting for the polish to dry. I’m so impatient. I just want to apply my coats and go. Que fab find…

About a month, I was randomly perusing the beauty aisles at my local Walmart and low and behold I see this hairspray like can that says “Professional Nail Dryer” by Onyxprofessional.  At first, I was kinda skeptical because it looked too good to be true especially since my last attempt to purchase something to dry my nails was a big fail (Essie quick-e), but after reading the directions on the back and looking over some googled reviews, 8 decided to give it a try.

Let me tell you, I was very impressed!! I followed the simple direction of holding the can 6-8 inches away from my nails and gave a quick spray to each nail. Then, I let about 5 minutes pass by and gently touched each of my nails to see if they were dry, and guess what? THEY WERE!!! Wootwoot!! [Confetti thrown in the air] I’ve used this product about 5x in the last month and it never fails. There has been some times I’ve had to do a second round of spray just to be on the safe side, but it hasn’t let me down yet! Oh, wait, did I forget to mention it was only $2.48? Yes, yes it was for a whole 8.5oz. That’s like cheaper than my hairspray bottle!!  

Pocketful of Sunshine


The other day I was feeling kind of down in the dumps.  I was home, It was cold, and I started to feel a little sorry for myself which is not good so I decided to go out to the yard and cut some fresh roses. I placed them in this small tiny silver pot that I had found while I was organizing the cupboards about three weeks ago.  As I smelled the roses and placed them on my desk, I smiled and thought, “wow, i’m so glad we have flowers. they are so beautiful and uplifting!”

This small simple act really made me reflect on having an attitude of gratitude towards everything that is around me.  Sometimes it’s just easier to just fall into a slump trap and not want to see any of the good things that we do have.  It’s much easier to pull the covers over our heads, ignore the beauty, and close ourselves off to those who love us.

That is why I am making it my goal this month to find a pocketful of sunshine everyday!  Even when I think my day might be going down that hill, I am determined to find something to appreciate.  You’ll be surprised how fast your day will turn around once your attitude turns to gratitude!




El Tepeyac Nachos

Ellie & I were jonsing for some nachos this past weekend so we decided to hit up EL Tepeyac.  This “mom & pop” restaurant in East L.A is not only infamous for its burritos, but their nachos are to die for too!

Lemon Ale w/ Raspberry

I was in the mood to try something new at Starbucks, and the barista recommended I have the Fizzio Lemon Ale w/ 3 pumps of raspberry syrup instead of 6.  It turned out to be my new fav drink for this Summer. It’s cool, refreshing, and sweet. You must try it 🙂

Raspberry Caves

After A Spoonful of Style, put up a recipe for some Swedish biscuits called Hallongrotter or “raspberry caves” it left me with a sweet tooth, so naturally I had to make some to satisfy my craving.  It’s super easy to make, a great companion to have with tea or coffee,  a nice small midday snack ,or to have as an after dinner dessert.


Why settle with the simplicity of watching a movie in 3D when you can experience it in 4DX!  According to it’s description, it “features motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, mist/rain, scents and more that perfectly synch to the on-screen action.”  My husband and I had a date night this past weekend, and we headed out to L.A. Live in downtown to see what the hype was all about.  Guardians of the Galaxy was playing in 4DX, and it was so much fun!  It almost feels like a little roller coaster ride!  We will definitely be going back again.