Juice for energy on a cloudy day

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2 Oranges, 2 Apples, 1 Peach, 1 Knob of Ginger

It has been over cast for a few days at the San Diego coast and this type of weather really drags me down.  By 3 pm, I’m ready for a nap.  To avoid snoozing during the day, I usually run to Starbucks and order a latte, but today I thought I’d make an Energy Juice!

This sweet pick-me-up juice has the following ingredients:
2 oranges (recipe calls for 1 orange, but I added 2 small oranges)
2 apples
1 peach
1 knob of ginger

I also add about a cup or so of water to dilute the concentrated sweetness of the blended juices.

Energy Juice

Energy Juice

The recipe above is from a book called Detox Solutions by Helen Foster.  The book is divided into fourteen plans to help you get back on track if you’ve over indulged in caffeine, sugar, alcohol .. whatever, there is a plan for you.  The book was published in 2013, so I’ve at least had this book 10+ years.  When I’ve over indulged during a three day weekend, I usually do the Lighten Up Plan the following weekend, so I can get back to eating a clean diet.  All the plans are easy and the food is simple to prepare.

Detox Solutions by Helen Foster

Detox Solutions by Helen Foster

I’m off to drink my energy drink!  Here’s hoping the sun is shinning where ever you are.

Cheers,
Monica.

Boho top and braided sandals

I had a relaxing weekend at home and enjoyed the warm (slightly humid) summer weather here in southern California.  I was feeling lazy so I threw on the simplest of clothing items today:  a boho top from Old Navy (new), an old pair of jeans, and a pair of braided sandals from Target (new).

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Boho top from Old Navy, Braided sandals from Target

The boho top from Old Navy is made from a light weight jersey material and has an elasticized v-neck and hem.  The deep-v neck line of this top makes bending over a bit risqué, but I also think the top would look quite sweet pulled off the shoulders.

The sandals from Target are a great deal as the cork foot bed is nicely cushioned and the straps are made of leather.  I was surprised to find my size (8.5) so I purchased the sandals at full price (only $19.99), which I thought was a good deal for leather vs. the standard faux leather sandals that are often found at Target.

Merona® Elaina Braided Sandals

Relax! It’s the weekend.

How was your weekend?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti, over at Not Dead Yet Style

 

 

 

 

Dressing up Old Navy

I love shopping at Old Navy when I have no expectations.  I’m just going to browse and if I find something (Great!), if not then I think it was good to look and move on as there is an Ulta, a DSW and Trader Joe’s in the same shopping mall that need my attention.

At my last shopping trip to Old Navy, I stumbled across these drapey cinched pants and my first thought was, well, they aren’t boot cut so these pants won’t fit; however, they are described as “relaxed fit through hip and thigh” which are key words for the pear shaped gal when looking for pants that fit.  So I tried them on and ~ Wow, these cute pants with a tapered leg ~ fit!  Sold!

The drapey cinched pants come in solid and cute prints.  The fabric is a breezy rayon and although this type of fabric tends to wrinkle easily, I found that the pants wore well and looked great throughout dinner.

 

 

For a top, I purchased a simple Old Navy, sleeveless t-shirt in mint green and the tear drop earnings are also mint green.

Drape cinched pants from Old Navy

Drape cinched pants from Old Navy

The dress sandals that I’m wearing are from my closet.  I purchased these shoes for a sales conference that I attended in Cancun, Mexico about 5 years ago.  Luckily, I was sent to the resort to check it out prior to the meeting so I knew that the walk from the hotel rooms to the conference center was quite far, so I purchased low heels for the awards dinner.

Short dress heels by Caparros

Short dress heels by Caparros

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend.  I plan to catch up with everyone’s blog so make sure you leave your link in the CommentLuv box.

Cheers,
Monica

Fit and Flare Maxi dress for the pear shaped gal

This weekend I found a maxi dress that works for the pear shaped gal.  The dress is from the Lands end Fit and Flare dress line.  The cut of the dress is wonderful for the pear shaped gal because it has a band of material that is fitted right under the narrowest part of the waist which is quite slimming.  The material is a light cotton/rayon and the a-line skirt flows nicely over the hips.  I find that most maxi dress are so long that I’d have to take the dress to a seamstress to hem, but this maxi has a tulip hemline and it’s the perfect length for this 5 ft 4 in gal wearing a pair of wedge sandals.

Lands End print dress

Women’s Print Fit and Flare Maxi Dress from Lands End

I purchased this dress in a size small which was a nice surprise.  I am most unfortunate to have a duo sized body (size 8 top, size 10 pants) which makes dress shopping quite the chore. I tried on the medium first and it was huge, so I’m glad I made the effort to try on the size small as this dress fits perfectly.

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Lands End Maxi Dress

The spouse and I were at the desert house this weekend where it was a nice and toasty 106 F / 41 C. We finally had some pool time and restful down time.

Cheers,
Monica

Minimal makeup for business travel

Last week I was in San Francisco for a meeting between representative from the company I work for and our customers.  I have been working on the logistics for this meeting since March and it’s always great to see my efforts come together and create a successful event.

This was also the first time that I’ve traveled with my manager and she is a pro at air travel. I didn’t want to hold her up, so I packed as light as possible so I could have a carry on bag. This meant that I needed to really pair down all my personal care products, which I found to be a painful process.  I need everything!

Over the years I’ve created a personal care travel check list which I’ll share on Google docs.  I print out this sheet and as I pack away my items, I check the box.  This check sheet works well and I rarely find myself without necessary items.  However, this travel packing exercise did show me that I really don’t need e v e r y t h i n g, but I did use the check list as a guide.

The photo below shows the makeup items that I took on my recent trip.  I considered this collection the bare bones makeup essentials for me to look decent ;-)

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Limited makeup for travel

  1. Makeup bag from Thailand
  2. Mary Kay eyelash curler.  I will be replacing this as it just doesn’t work well.
  3. Benefit Erase Paste:  Not my favorite product, as it is, well .. pasty and difficult to blend, but covers well.
  4. Clinique eye shadow in Fresh Bloom as I wanted a mauve eye shadow to go with an outfit.
  5. Revlon Color Stay Quad in Coffee Bean: Long lasting eye shadow in blend-able browns.
  6. Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm for bed time.
  7. Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer:  This primer is ok, it does control shine, but I don’t find that makeup glides on.  I rather wish I took my small tube of the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer, which makes my skin look flawless.
  8. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer:  Good primer and kept my eye shadow looking fresh and crease-less.
  9. Benefit They’re Real Mascara:  Lovely, glossy black mascara in a nice travel friendly tube. I may pick up the full size!
  10. Lorac lipstick in Ingenue:  Lovely rose shade that goes with any outfit.
  11. Clinique sample blush in Posy:  I’ve had this for years .. and it’s a nice pink blush that’s a little on the brighter side.
  12. Small sample of Prescriptives foundation.  This product line was prominent in Macy’s a few years ago, but they closed shop and now are available online only.
  13. Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye liner duo (black & brown).  The black is a matte black/blue and the brown is more of a browny-rust color.  Not my favorite colors, but worked quite well without smudging.  This product isn’t available any longer.  I purchased mine at All Cosmetics Wholesale.

When I arrived back to San Diego, I discovered the appeal of a carry on bag.  It was absolutely fabulous to get off the plane with my bag and head straight for a taxi.  I can see why more people prefer carry on to checking their luggage.

Are you a carry on traveler or do you prefer to check your luggage?

Cheers,
Monica

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Greetings all,

I’m heading to San Francisco this week to manage the logistics of a customer meeting so will chat with you all when I’m back next week.

Cheers,
Monica.

C Wonder Blue Suede Driving Moccasins

C Wonder Blue Suede Moccasins

C Wonder Blue Suede Moccasins

This weekend I purchased a pair of blue suede shoes from C Wonder.  The shoes were on sale, 50% off .. so quite a good purchase.  A few months ago, I purchased a silver pair of driving mocs and these shoes are so comfortable, I decided to buy a second pair in a different color and texture.

Bottom of suede moccasins

Bottom of suede moccasins

You may think that the nubs on the bottom would be uncomfortable, but the shoes wear just like a pair of slippers.

Blue shoes against the blue sky

Blue shoes against the blue sky

I don’t normally buy two pairs of the same style of shoes even if the color and textures are different.  The comfort was there and the price was right, so I decided to go for it.

How about you?  Have you purchased two pairs of the same style of shoes in a different color or texture?

Cheers,
Monica

Zella work out pants for the pear shaped gal

If your excuse for not working out is that you can’t find any decent workout pants to fit your pear shape .. well, I got news for you .. try the Zella Flex Fit work out pants. I found my pair at Nordstroms and I’ll admit these pants are on the pricey side ($64.00), but I’m ok with buying pants that fit me well.

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Zella Flex Fit Pants

The pants sit slightly below the waist and have a wide comfortable draw string waist band. The pants can expand through the thigh area due to the runching on the side.  So the pants fit loose when standing, but have plenty of room when bending.

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Zella Flex fit pants move with you, but aren’t skin tight ( I’m calling Taylor, but that darn dog won’t come to me! )

The top I’m wearing is by Lole which is an athletic clothing company.  My top is made from organic cotton and was purchased at West Marine (where my husband buys sailing supplies).  I don’t find this brand in retails stores, but have seen the brand at zappos.com and 6pm.com.

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Lole Organic Cotton Top

I also decided to do an athletic wear post because I’m gearing up to do a Get a Bikini Body in 14 Days, Raw Food Challenge with FullyRawKristina on youtube.  Anyone can join the challenge, just click the link to the video.

Of course, the challenge started today (June 1st) and I already forgot about it and had a big o’l burger for lunch, but I will start the challenge tomorrow and see how far I can get.  The sticking point will be next week when I have to manage a meeting in San Francisco.  I’m fairly sure those three days will be a raw food challenge bust .. lol .. but I’ll do my best.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

 

 

 

White jeans for the pear shaped gal

Levis 529 Curvy Bootcut jeans has done it again – same great fit – but now in white!  I’ve looked high and low for a pair of white jeans and I have to hand it to the Curvy ID jeans line - these jeans fit me perfectly.

Levis 529 Curvy Boot Cut Jeans in white

Levis 529 Curvy Boot Cut Jeans in white

The white jeans are a size 8M/29 length.  I tried on a 10M and the rear end was super baggy. As with a pear shape, there can be a bit of extra material in the back of the thighs, so I recommend trying a smaller size if the fit is still comfortable.  These jeans aren’t totally smooth in the thigh area and I’m ok with that.  At least the jeans fit in the waist – no gap and no belt needed.

Levis white 529 Curvy bootcut jeans in white

Levis white 529 Curvy bootcut jeans in white

What I like about these jeans over Not your Daughters jeans is that the waist dips down in the front with a rise of material in the back which prevents the dreaded – butt crack – when bending over.  NYDJ tend to sit at the waist (above the belly button) which offers great coverage when bending or sitting; however, I don’t find a high waist on jeans very comfortable.

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Comfortable waist:  Lower in the front dips below belly button, but higher rise in the back covers the rear end

Speaking of butts, you’ll have to excuse the appearance of my cocker spaniel.

Taylor stopping by to see mommy

Taylor stopping by to see mommy

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Cheers,
Monica

Salmon with tamari, honey drizzle, ginger ice shavings and sea salt

The only fish that I can skillfully cook and remain edible is salmon.  I recently baked a nice piece of halibut and it was as dry as a can of tuna fish.  Let’s just say that Taylor the cocker spaniel is not so picky about dry fish.  Plus, fish is good for his skin and coat.

Maybe it’s all those good omega 3′s that keep the salmon moist during my necessity to over bake fish or maybe it’s the moisture of this easy marinade.  This recipe doesn’t require exact measurements.  It’s just a simple shake of the tamari bottle, a drizzle of honey, a couple of shavings of frozen ginger and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Ingredients for Salmon marinade

First, place one portion size piece of salmon on top of one sheet of Reynolds Aluminum non-stick foil (enough to fold and make into a package).

Add the following ingredients on top of the salmon:

  • 1/2 tbs Tamari (wheat free soy sauce).  You can also use regular soy sauce.
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp grated ginger.  I keep a knob of peeled, frozen ginger in the freezer and then I use a microplane to shave the frozen ginger onto the fish.
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt.  I used Alae salt which is Hawaiian red clay salt.  One of my husband’s sailing crew members lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and he brought me this bag of Amy’s Fish Market Alae Salt when he was in San Diego for a sailing regatta.

The measurements above are approximate (as in a total guess). It’s easier to free-style it and shake, drizzle, sprinkle the ingredients on the salmon.

Salmon_marinade

Salmon marinade

Next, pull the two foil sides together, then fold down to the fish.  Leave a bit of room for steam.  Fold in the ends, place on baking sheet.

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Salmon in foil pockets

Bake at 375 degrees (190C) for 15 minutes.  I like my salmon cooked through, so I had to bake 5 minutes longer.

Salmon_cooked

Cooked salmon

Mmmmm, dinner!

Salmon and salad for dinner

Salmon and salad for dinner

So there’s dinner … mostly greens and vegetables with 3 oz of salmon.  For salad dressing, I squeezed half a lemon, 1 tbs of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt.

What’s your easy go to dinner?

Cheers,
Monica.