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!!  



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.




Movies at the Cemetery

I had the chance to get away this past weekend to do something fun with some friends, Ellie, and my hubby!  Got to have an outdoor picnic & watch one of our cult classic favorites Empire Records at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  For the last 13 years, Cinespia has offered movies during the Summer at this cemetery.  It’s such an awesome experience that you will never forget.  If you haven’t had the chance to do something like this, you must try 🙂

Teatulia Green Tea

My brother and I are absolutely obsessed over this organic Green Tea that we found at Target that comes in a cool recyclable wood-like canister.

 DIY Rings

A round-up of cool crafty rings you can make this Summer in a breeze!

Frida, Frida, Frida!!

One of my favorite artists is Frida Kahlo, so I can never get enough of her.  My mom went on a recent trip to Rosarito, Mexico and she came back bearing gifts!  I received this lovely painting and a crossbody satchel.  Love, Love, Love!

Yazbukey & Zanzan Shades

Okay, I’m totally gaga over these shades because I love moons and stars! These red & gold starry Acetate sunglasses are part of Yazbukey & Zanzan’s Autumn/Winter 14′ Collection.



Half Moons & French Tips

I’m absolutely in love with this half moon/french tip manicure! The next time I redo my mani, I will be trying this out.  I cross my fingers in hopes I can do it right 🙂



Quirky Bottle Openers

How adorable is adding this to your bottle opener collection!


Via: World Market


These underwear are revolutionary for women! I really want to try them because it’s meant to help you during your “Aunt Flo” days.  They are high-tech and supposed to be stain & leak resistant, anti-microbial, and absorbent, but still stylish.  I think the best part is that it’s a product developed and made by women for women-super empowering!

thinxVia: Thinx