HI FRIENDS!

It has honestly been a minute since I last posted! I have a few important updates: I moved to Kansas City and I GOT MARRIED. Wild right?

I surprisingly really love Kansas City. I mean I will always be an ATLien, but Kansas City is one of those cities that is a hidden gem for the following reasons:

  1. It takes less than 30 minutes to get anywhere around town (more like 15-20 minutes – but saying thirty minutes since I had to drive across town to go to a girlfriend’s house and it took about 30 minutes).
  2. The rent prices are cheaper- ATL was about $300-$400 more for rent. Annual savings of about $4,800.00. Now who doesn’t like that??
  3. The food is yummy! The food in Atlanta is better simply because there are so many options, but for the limited options that are here, I would say KC isn’t doing that bad of a job.
  4. My husband is here ūüôā

On that note, me getting married: I met the love of my life through a friend during the fall of 2015!¬† Something just clicked — I seemed to just enjoy talking to this guy for hours on end (and the whole time we were talking it felt like 15-20 mins, but then I’d look at the clock at it would read 1:00am).¬†UMM WHERE DID THE TIME GO???¬†If you know me, I go to bed SUPER early, so this was different :).

I feel like getting to know him was like peeling an onion, so many layers, but each layer so awesome as the next. I couldn’t wait to tell friends and family members about him! He was awesome. Our families got involved and they took it from there.

Years from now when I tell my kids the story of how I met their father in more detail of course, I will tell them that being with him was EASY. I didn’t have to talk him into anything, change him, or wish I was different or he was different – I took him as he was and he did the same. I will tell them -we didn’t fight and each conversation and interaction was a loving one (granted we get into scuffles every now and but I can’t think of any “real” fights – THANK GOD).

Being married what is my relationship like: It is great! I told my husband the other day, part of the problem of being so head over heels is that I cannot wait to come home to him and working big law means working big hours- LOL- I kid -my hours are not as bad as I thought they were going to be and this week especially as been awesome (hence the post).  Luckily, I married someone who supports me and my dreams, so he never complains or says anything about my hours. Rather, he encourages me take on more, wake up earlier and works by my side :).

Okay, I am writing all of this and he doesn’t even check my blog – since I put a DO NOT CHECK THIS SITE prohibition on him months ago, but if he does ever stop by I think he will be happy to see that I am happy to be his .

XOXO.

Health: My Favorite Morning Drink!

Hi Friends,

A fun fact about me is that I love sipping on things more than chewing things! I’m not sure why, but I love a yummy drink: carbonated, fresh juice, teas & coffees (I really don’t discriminate).

Lately, one of my favorite morning drinks has been 100% Bolthouse Farms Pomegranate Juice and chia seeds! (I’ve been purchasing Bolthouse over Pom Wonderful due to the price point. I’m sure if the POM Wonderful price point were better – I’d use either/or.)

I bought the Chia Seeds from amazon for $11 ¬†– you can find them anywhere though. At night (preferred method) or in the morning (least preferred method) I take a tablespoon or two of the chia seeds ad them let them soak in the pomegranate juice. By the time I wake up¬†or am done getting ready for the morning –I have an awesome health drink ready for me!

The benefits of pomegranate juice are never ending, but here are some of my favorite benefits of drinking it:

  • may help stop plaque from building up in blood vessel
  • loaded with antioxidants (antioxidants are known to help prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer)
  • A 2005 study¬†on 45 patients with coronary heart disease¬†demonstrated that a daily drink of 238ml (8.4oz) of pomegranate juice administered over three months resulted in improved blood flow to the heart and a lower risk of heart attack
  • I’m anemic and the iron content is high in pomegranate juice!

I’m also really loving chia seeds – I’m sure you’ve read a million articles dedicated to these inflatable black seeds that turn all jelly-like, but once again here are my favorite reasons for loving chia seeds:

  • one tablespoon of chia seeds have more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries
  • high in fiber
  • may help prevent cardiovascular, neurological and autoimmune diseases

I hope you’re inspired to try the combination tomorrow morning, because it’s something I’ll definitely be enjoying!

Stay healthy! 

DIY MONDAY: Quick fix for MASCARA!

OH NO: Your mascara – it’s clumping – it’s dry- and YES this is the only bottle you have on hand. What will you do? YOU WILL NOT FREAK OUT or use this clumpy-product. What you will do is fix it.

I have two favorite ways to fix it. One con with both quick fixes is that the mascara tends to sweat a little more than usual (atleast for me) and with the coconut oil I seem to get a softer lash – but I end up seeing tiny particles of the product sprinkled around my check (sometimes).

CONTACT SOLUTION / EYE DROPS:

Warning¬†DO NOT USE: ¬†hydrogen peroxide care systems, such as CLEAR CARE¬ģ Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution, or any sort of generic brand. IT WILL STING YOUR EYE AND CAUSE OTHER ISSUES (frankly, all I know is something horrible will happen: so DO NOT do it!!)

But you can use your regular run of the mill contact solution.

Add in a drop or two of the solution into the tube then mix it and move the wand around in it  and you should get a consistency of mascara that is not clumpy. Instead of contact solution you could also use eye drops to do the trick as well.

COCONUT OIL:

I secretly love the coconut oil method. As stated above I get softer lashes and the product in my mind seems “richer” and just better. Obviously, only put a little bit of coconut oil in the tube and then just swoosh it around. ¬†Adding a little bit of coconut oil will allow you to probably use your tube of mascara for another 4-6 days. If you’re wondering how you can use this tip in the winter when coconut oil is in a thicker form: simply take a small glob of it in your hands and it should melt relatively quickly and just funnel it in to your tube!

Do you have any quick fixes? I’d love to hear them!¬†

Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

Hi Friends,

Does anyone feel like their mascara is just not that good for their eyelashes, or is leading to fall out? I’ve had this thought and sometimes when I’m washing my face/removing my eye makeup I’ll notice a lash or two – and i’ll reminisce about the days I had gorgeous full lashes! ¬†So a few weeks ago when I went to Sephora to purchase my new favorite eye liner — they’ll be a separate post on this— and I I apparently had like over 200, or even 300, Sephora points. I asked the teller what the gifts were and actually decided to trade in my points to try out this primer (it was 100 points). I am soooo happy I did, because I actually like it a lot, and will be purchasing the full size version once my sample size comes to an end.

Some of my own personal reasons for like it are:

  • I don’t have to worry about my mascara sweating (huge PLUS for the bottom lash mascara situation)
  • It does add added volume and length
  • It is ¬†an incredibly easy and basic step
  • The price point is not terrible for its apparent benefits

On the online review for the product via Sephora, I noticed that some people saw improvements to their actual eye lashes due to the serum and not just in conjunction with the mascara (that is how I interpreted the results) I haven’t been using it for 8 weeks, probably more like 4? But I will have to update you all on how I feel in another month or so.

Have you tried this product? What did you think/what do you think? I would love to hear more about your thoughts and other primers you have tried.

Cheeky Bronze By MAC!

I recently self sponsored a little mini haul of cosmetics for myself, since my best friend Summar (check out her blog:¬†https://summarbliss.wordpress.com ) had a 20% of coupon at Belk’s and COSMETICS WERE INCLUDED. Naturally, I had to splurge and indulge myself in cult favorites and restock on items that were dwindling and/or backups – because make up is expensive and sometimes having to pick up an item at the very last minute is not a real possibility. I’ll go through each product individually with a separate post, so I can really spend time discussing what I think about it.

Why my opinion matters: I’ve often wonder why my opinion matters in the realm of beauty, and my opinion matters because I am an unbiased consumer. I have high standards and I expect companies to meet that standard. When I was a little girl, I tried the L’oreal Kids 2 for 1 Shampoo – I remember not liking it and noticing fall out ( I had to have been 12 or 13). So dialed the 1-800 number on the back of the bottle and told L’oreal ¬†my thoughts on the product and they felt for my 12/13 year old soul and refunded the purchase price. Companies want to see you happy, and I want to use my beauty blog posts as a vehicle to provide them an objective opinion from an intelligent, beauty obsessed Indian girl!

Why I purchased it: I purchased this product, since I was looking for a bronzer. I had originally purchased the Too Faced Sweet Heart Bronzer (through the ULTA promotion where they were priced at $15 each). I purchased “Peach Beach” and “Something about Berry.” The packaging was soooooooo cute, and the reviews were great, but unfortunately, for my south east Asian, ¬†Indian girl glow, the bronzer just looked ashy and weird and powdery. Since I didn’t love the product, I took it back to ULTA. I did love the Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer because: “Something about Berry” was cute, but the color tones looked incredibly 80’s and clowny; & “Peach Beach” was hardly noticeable. If I were a white girl, perhaps the product would have been great, but alas I’m an exotic, golden tone Indian girl, and it just didn’t work.

Like I stated earlier, I went to the mall with Summar, and she told me about the MAC Bronzer’s ¬†– so I tried them and OMG – I LOVE CHEEKY BRONZE. It just worked. It embellished my skin tone and added this glow. I received compliments from her and another girlfriend of mine the next week (this specific girlfriend prefers a ¬†more natural look). ¬†Confession: I have been loving the brozner so much that I’ve been wearing it to work everyday for a week and half.

I think if you’re in the market for a bronzer and you’re south east Asian or have a more ¬†olive undertone this is a color you should try. A good primer will help make the bronzer last through out the day, and the consistency is something I really appreciate about the product.

HELP -TOO FACED PALETTE ISSUES: WHICH ONE?

Hey Beauty Gurus, Beauty Bloggers and Addicts,

I have a feeling I want to purchase one of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes, but I am so confused  by which one to purchase?

Do any of you have a favorite? I tried the first one and LOVED IT, but here is the thing the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar has an amazing color selection as well. I do not want to purchase both, since my life as a lawyer is not TOO exciting, and I feel like the colors are very similar so it would be like buying the same thing twice, but they are different enough for me to warrant a request by you to determine which one I should purchase!

Please help!

The Georgia Bar Is Under My Belt

(I WROTE THIS POST THE DAY AFTER I TOOK THE JULY 2014 GA BAR. I didn’t want to jinx myself – so I decided I’d post it, if I passed ¬†– and THANKFULLY I did. I hope the advice is relevant and you can learn from my mistakes. Also, hard work is a great way to get over hard luck – I PROMISE)

Hey Friends,

I took the Georgia Bar this past Tuesday and Monday. I thought I would blog about my experience so you could learn from my mistakes and, also, learn things that I did right!

First, PLEASE fill out your character and fitness forms during the first week of November. Do it during the weekend. Just do it. You will save $400 by turning in the required materials prior the early registration date. $400. Not $4, but $400.

Second, once you know for sure you are taking the Georgia bar, GET A HOTEL ROOM. (click on this link to get one that is walking distance to the testing site).

Third, pay for your bar class. You will definitely need a bar class, just pay for it already. Try get the most bang for you buck by trying to get all of those deals they offer.

Fourth, study. So here is the thing with the bar, you literally get 2 months to study for it At the beginning you feel like you have a world’s amount of time — but here is the thing — you don’t. ¬†70 days left will soon dwindle down to 3, 2, & 1. I’m not saying to spend 8-6 hours studying. I’m saying, go to the library with our outline book, and make flashcards for half of the outline everyday, or a third of the outline! ¬†When you go to the library, do not bring your laptop or your cell phone. Just your book, get it down. NO DISTRACTIONS. Study with a friend — sit near a friend — just don’t spend your whole day talking to them, bring ear plugs. ¬†Have a plan.

Fifth, remember to read sample essays on the GA Bar website! Writing the essays is very formulaic. “The issue is ______. The law in GA is_______. Analysis.”

Sixth, just relax, and enjoy your evening and meals. I ate out A LOT during bar prep, primarily because it allowed me to be social and meet up with friends. Try and be healthy about it (I wasn’t — and it shows LOL). Work out with friends or after bar prep.

I wish I had more advice for you, but the bar is just about studying, learning the law. Don’t buy a THOUSAND things to help you study or read a thousand of blog posts about passing the bar: you’re just wasting time with more stuff, and you’re probably ¬†going to feel incredibly overwhelmed. These bar classes are thousands of dollars, I promise they contain all of the material you will need to help you pass the bar.

Don’t make me BLUSH: Tarte Pin up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Palette

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Hey Friends,

For my Birthday (which was a while ago) a friend purchased this beautiful Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush Palette. I do not own too many palettes, just a few eye palettes, so this was an awesome addition to my collection! Prior to the addition of the Tarte Palette I owned: Bobbi Brown ‚ÄúSpice,‚ÄĚ BareMinerals ‚Äú French Kiss‚ÄĚ & a Stila “Coral” pH Blush. I definitely did not own an overwhelming amount, but I had some good options for an everyday look & an evening look.

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One aspect of blush that I never considered could be displaced, was the fact that the blush I would wear at 8:30am was gone by 12pm (with or without primer)! I never considered it a problem; it was just a fact of life.

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So now getting back to this Tarte palette, as I said, a friend got it for me for my birthday, naturally when she gave it to me, I HAD to swipe it on- even if it meant wearing an intense pink blush while hiking–which was exactly the case here. I took my blush brush and swiped the color I wanted and began dabbing it on my cheeks.

WELL FOR STARTERS, ummm.. I guess I have a heavy hand, but this little dab ended up being a lot ‚Äď so ¬†a very light hand is needed to get the optimal amount (SCORE)!

Second, the color payoff was amazing! I love the way it looked on my skin tone, making this palette an incredibly South East Asian friendly!

Third, so as I said before, I literally wore blush on a hike, hours later we had a photo session and the BLUSH was still on and still looking good!

I love makeup and I obviously love blush. I think it is a very rare occasion that I apply makeup without using blush, like very, VERY, very, rare occasion. Ever since I was gifted this palette, I honestly can‚Äôt remember where I placed the other blushes ‚Äď so that is very telling about how much I love this palette. I hope you can get your hands on one and I hope you can try it out. I realize that it may be sold out now, but hey Amazon ‚ÄďEbay could lead you to this awesome palette.

Peace & Love

Favorite Matte Lipstick: Sephora Collection- Color Lip Last

Hey Friends,

I’m probably sure I have posted about this earlier, but I seriously have a favorite matte lipstick brand, and it is something I’m sure your eyes have glossed over while you made your routine Sephora trip: Sephora Brand- Color Lip Last Collection (http://www.sephora.com/color-lip-last-P313004?skuId=1389147). My obsession started when I purchased the Pure Red and then continued with my next purchase of a color whose name I cannot remember, and then with my latest purchase of Burgundy Spirit (which, by the way, was sold out for 5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!).

The reason I love these colors and this collection is because the colors go on vibrant, and literally stay on all day. I mean 9am ‚Äď 3pm at least. I also like them because they do not run, and they don‚Äôt end up on my teeth like other products.

I’ve tried other matte brands like Revlon/Covergirl, and my main issue is that when it dries it flakes, and when it flakes I, literally, go CRAZY: I end up trying to apply more and it flakes more -it is just a vicious cycle, and I’m never happy an hour after I’ve applied the product. On the other hand, this Sephora product by no way feels nourishing (but can with a dab of Carmex), but ¬†it does apply well and it does not flake!!

The price point is another reason I continuously go back and purchase this item as well. Unlike the ridiculous price points of its competitors (not naming names but $24 -$30…. I do not THINK SO), the Sephora Color Lip Last is only $13 per stick. Making it affordable to indulge in a whole array of colors, and not just settle for one color.

Have you tried this product? If so, what did you think?

Designated Driver: My DD RANT

Hello Subscribers & Randoms,

It has been a HOT minute since I have been blogging, but I promise I’m back and will try to post more regularly, specifically on the weekends.

Unfortunately, I’m blogging for all the wrong reasons today, because today I’m going to just ¬†RANT.

As most of you know, I’m Muslim and I choose not to consume alcohol or do drugs. Being the sober one out of a group of many means I always usually drive. I use to never think about it too much, since the perks of driving are great. ¬†My friends and I get to arrive together, and I get the benefit of ¬†leaving when I desire. ¬†This does not mean everyone leaves when I want to, but I never have to worry about flagging down a taxi or waiting for someone to give me a ride, when all I want to do was go home and sleep!

When I initially got to law school I did not mind being the DD, but I unfortunately had this friend & another “friend’ who would always assume I would pick them up or drop them off, and it got UNDER MY SKIN. I would always ask or suggest ¬†it to be polite, but she always seemed to accept my offer, and she never seemed to realize how inconvenient it was for me – or other things like gas I was consuming with countless trips to get her/drop her off (them off). The irony is when I stopped being DD, we stopped hanging out as much, I mean she made other friends as well, but the two did occur around the same time — we may have drifted because I was no longer her DD. I would hate to think our friendship for that period of time was based on me being a DD, ¬†but it was a part of it.

She was also friends with another girl, who was just as inconsiderate as her. When we would be out late at night I would offer, but each time she would accept. I guess I offered each time, because I thought she was a girl and it was unsafe for her to ride in a taxi alone – so I too felt like it was warranted, but at the end I realized that they would never think about me, to the extent I thought about them, and frankly it’s annoying.

Do people ever realize that when I’m driving them around it is a liability? I could get into a wreck- damage my car, while they just got the benefit or burden of sympathizing with me for a few minutes. Did they ever think about my commute which was extended, due to their inconsiderateness – or that now I was going to be arriving back at home even later than anticipated? Hello – DRUNK DRIVERS.

I am sure they did not. Simple minds, cannot conjure deep thoughts.

Venting about it is not mature, but I am sure knowing you are not alone, is comforting. It is something that often comforts me when things go wrong, and knowing that I am not the only person who has to deal with tough situations. After being removed from the situation for about 2 years, current me  would tell former me to ask them to meet me at my place or express my concerns. Ask that I drive their cars instead. I would also request they Uber back home Рit is relatively safe and they can text me when they arrive home.

I would tell my former self, no one will care about you like your parents or you. People will do what is easy for them – because it is self serving, and it’s okay to be SELFISH, because at the end of the day someone is going to be selfish, and I would rather it be me if it will protect me from potential bodily injury.

What do you think? Have you been in this situation?

Peace & Love.

Oil Cleansing Method: I am a believer.

I have been loving my skin lately. I have written many posts on products I have been using on my facial skin, since I have been seeing great results.

For some reason, these past few months, I have become intimidated by the idea of looking old, and getting wrinkles. I am only 25, but the fear is REAL. I sincerely want to look young forever, or at least help my skin slow down the process. Some people look great with age (#krisjenner), but, unfortunately, I am not trying to get Botox (yet) nor am I trying to get plastic surgery (since I have this theory that when you age on top of plastic surgery, you just end up looking really odd).

Okay, done bantering. So what is this OIL CLEANSING METHOD I speak of? How can you make it apart of your skincare routine?  Here is a quick YouTube video on it:

My routine is incredibly similar, except I use organic coconut oil. I usually wash my face with warm water prior to using the oil mixture (60% coconut oil mixed with 40% castor oil –I have oily skin). I will dry my face thoroughly, since water and oil don’t mix, and after drying it I will rub in the oil all over my face! ¬†

Short on time: I will use a wash cloth and use the method shown in CloudyApples’ video!¬†

Time to indulge: If I have 10 to 15 minutes to spare, then before starting the process, I will put water to boil in a kettle, then I’ll do the steps listed above, in regards to massaging the oils in my face. After the water boils I will put it in a plastic container, and steam my face!¬†

I steam my face just like the girl in the above video. I do not do it for 15 minutes, because I do not have the patience to sit for that long – more like 5 minutes -10 minutes! Also, I do not partake in the lemon -cotton ball situation, but I may try it in the future (I’ll let you know if I do, and my thoughts on it).¬†

After steaming my face, I simply rinse my face with cold water to close up the pores & then pat my face dry! ¬†Remember, after doing all of these steps you may have a little excess oil on your face – don’t worry you are fine!¬†

One great side affect I noticed through trying out this method was that my skin was less oily the day after I did the method. Usually around 3:00 pm my skin is super greasy and could use an oil blotting sheet, but the day after using this cleanse, I notice my skin is more balanced – it’s obviously not dry, but it is definitely producing less oil than it normally does!¬†

Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method?  Do you love it as much as I do? 

 

Ru San’s: 1529 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Back in 2010 a dear friend of mine took me to Ru San’s in Charlotte. She claimed it was a “hole in the wall” sushi place & that it was awesome. ¬†We went – I loved it. Fast forward a year later, I moved to Atlanta and saw 3 Ru San’s (Piedmont, Edgewood & Buckhead) ¬†— so yeah not really a “hole in the wall” sushi place, but it’s still great, affordable, sushi!¬†

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I went a few weeks ago, but never uploaded the pictures. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the sushi plates we ordered and a picture of the miso soup, but unfortunately when the food came out, my mind went off track and went into “stuff your face mode” — which is a hard mode to exit. Luckily for you, I did take two pictures -so enjoy!¬†

Some quick tips: the Piedmont location is on the 2nd floor of the plaza, it’s pretty casual – but if you wanted to get dressed up you would not look to out of place. They have other dishes like ramen, udon & rice dishes. I have only ordered sushi & miso soup – so I can only comment on what I thought about those items (I obviously love them). ¬†The venue can accommodate large parties and you don’t need a reservation!¬†

Have you been to Ru San’s? What did you think?

Summer is ending – but you still need SUNSCREEN!

I am sure you already know this – but you “like” have to wear sunscreen every single freaking day. “Like” seriously. Have you seen this video:

So, by now, you’re about to run out to your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. to go buy some, but which one should you buy?!?

I have tried a few sunscreens over the past few years: Oil of Olay, Neutrogena & Suntegrity.

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I didn’t like wearing Oil of Olay, since I felt like it made my skin extremely oily. I did like Neutrogena, specifically the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen & Triple Age Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum. I LOVED Suntegrity.Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 4.38.32 PM

I liked Suntegrity over Neutrogena, because I felt like the formula was thicker and effective. I liked the Neutrogena formula because it was thin, but unfortunately, upon further contemplation -perhaps the Neutrogena Triple Age Repair was TOO thin. I like the Triple Age Repair, and even felt like it  helped with my complexion, but I wanted the consistency to be thicker. I think both products are great, I use both often, but when the sun is blazing, I find myself turning to Suntegrity.

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One thing I love about Suntegrity & Neutrogena: it did NOT make my face oily.

One aspect of Suntegrity I do not like is the PRICE. Paying $24 -$36 for sunscreen is a lot. Unfortunately, I feel like they can up charge, due to the lack of competition in the all natural, vegan, UV chemical-free, and mineral sunscreen category. Even though I paid a premium, I’m only half way through my bottle, and have had the same bottle for one year (a little goes a long way). ¬†If you’re in the market for a new sunscreen, I suggest you check out the Neutrogena ones listed (since you can return them if you it doesn’t work out)! Not sure what the return policy is for Suntegrity, but I am serious when I say I strongly recommend this product. I just told a close friend a week ago about it via text — hence I had the idea to write a post on sunscreen! ¬†

To find out more about Suntegrity, or the product I purchased click here!

What sunscreens have you been using? Do you have any recommendations?!

Stressed Out? EMBRACE IT!

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My pretty little kitty is relaxing away, while the world around her is stressing out!

 I am sorry I have been so slack about writing, but my parents are moving to Stuttgart, Germany for a year! Although I am incredibly excited about their future adventures, there is a ton of chores and donations that need to be made prior to them leaving. I have been furiously packing, cleaning, and donating for the past few days.

On to more important things Рa few days ago I read an AWESOME article in my Oprah Magazine (July 2014 issue).  The article was about stress & how to combat it and reframe it Navy SEAL style!   I thought I would share/summarize the four points in the article, since we can all learn a few things about combating stress.

  1. Prepare for Battle. Think about all of the possible outcomes of your stressful situation and how you would deal with them. For example, do you have a meeting with your boss tomorrow? What is the worse thing your boss could say? What could your boss say to make you feel uncomfortable? Prepare by coming up with a response, or telling yourself to stay silent and not make up excuses.
  2. Talk Yourself Up. Positive self talk¬†is INCREDIBLY important. So you did not land the promotion – you’re still amazing – duh. You’re beautiful, confident, smart, hardworking and are really good at analyzing The Bachelorette (LOL). Make yourself laugh, and think about how you’re contributing positively to the world – (I see you recycling)!
  3. Embrace the Suck. THIS IS MY FAVORITE POINT. ¬†I’m going to quote the article because it could not have been said in a better way: “‘When the weather is foul and nothing is going right, that’s when I think, Now we’re getting someplace!’ . . .the . . . suckiest moments are when most people give up; the resilient ones spot a golden opportunity to surpass their competitors . . . ¬†‘it’s one thing to be an excellent athlete when the conditions are perfect,’ . . . ‘But when the circumstances aren’t so favorable, those who have stronger wills are more likely to rise to victory.”
  4. Take a Deep Breath. ¬†Breathe in four counts. Breathe out four counts. ¬†It will calm you down, and allow you to open up to more intuitive thoughts! I love taking deep breaths. I learned that deep breathing can even help minimize pain –ladies remember to breathe when you’re getting all waxed up, or doing a difficult workout set at the gym. ¬†Deep breathing works well¬†when you can tell you’re feeling emotional too — and trust me I know this from first hand experience.

I hope you’re able to take away something from my small post & I hope next time you’re stressed out you tell yourself, “Bring it on!”

Talk to you later!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

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Have you guys heard of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay? Well, if you have not don’t feel weird about it, because up until the beginning of June 2014, I had no idea what it was either!

How I found out about it: One of my favorite YouTube personalities GeekChic01, “Irene Sarah,” had vlogged about her current skincare routine, and in the vlog she talk about a mask that “pulsates.” I was immediately intrigued and took to the internet to do research on it, and also looked at many of the over 1400+ Amazon five star reviews.

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What did I learn from my research:

  • The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is made from 100% Bentonite Clay.
  • Bentonite Clay when mixed with liquid develops a mild electrical charge ¬†that aids the clay in attracting impurities in the skin tissues and keeping them attach to the clay, and not get reabsorbed by the skin.
  • Depending on your skin type bentonite clay may dry your skin out, so remember to apply a moisturizer
    • or you could mix the bentonite clay with milk, instead of water or organic apple cider vinegar.
  • Many people claim the best results with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I ONLY use the mask with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar).
  • Mix the product in glass or plastic, do NOT USE METAL (it apparently de-charges the clay)
  • Amazon Review link: click¬†HERE

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How to apply the clay mask:

  1. Start with mixing equal portions of the clay with the mixing substance, if you want a thicker mask, then simply add more of the powder. (put it on your face, neck, back, upper arms – go crazy girl)
  2. Place the mask on your face, focusing on covering problem areas with a little more of the clay mixture (1/4 of an inch thick).
  3. Leave it on your face for at least 25 mins — 40 mins PERFECT –1 hour (amazing – and now take it off!)
  4. While it’s on your face, do not talk or move your face to much. The clay will begin to harden in about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once you’re ready to remove it, do not head to the sink instead grab a grocery bag and try and peel a little bit of the mask that comes off easily and effortlessly– do not TUG on your face.
  6. To remove the clay that did not come off effortless: grab a wash cloth, place it under warm to mildly hot water (DO NOT USE A TEMPERATURE THAT WILL BURN YOUR FACE OR SOMETHING THAT IS HOT, just something that is a little bit more than warm).
    1. Wet the cloth
    2. Place the cloth over your face
    3. Leave it on your face for 30 seconds, now gently swipe your face.
    4. Do these steps 3 or 4 times, and you’ll be good to go!
  7. Splash some cold water on your face after fully removing the clay mask
  8.  Now moisturize your face

Side Notes:

  • This mask is a clay mask, so it is thick & will clog your sink if you do not dispose of it accordingly. That is why I recommend placing as much of the mud mask in the grocery bag, so you can simply throw it away.
  • If you mixed the clay in a bowl, then just wait till the mud dries in the bowl and then scrap it out in the trash, instead of cleaning it while it’s wet!
  • My skin did NOT pulsate (I was a tad excited about this part — unfortunately it did not happen to me, although it did happen to my neighbor)!

My experience:¬†I have had an incredibly positive experience with the clay. I’ve gotten one of my roommates to try it, and I feel like she loves it as much as I do! ¬†It is incredibly affordable and allows you to relax for a bit. ¬†I, personally, loved doing the mask while I was studying for the bar. I would quickly put the mask on, and then begin studying — it almost made studying for the bar a tad tolerable! ¬†It has helped reduce the size on my pores and it did loosen my white/blackheads (I actually don’t have that many blackheads anymore -yay).

I did the mask yesterday and I noticed that a few of my whiteheads had surfaced РI quickly decided to skip the cold water portion of my steps and saturated my nose with mildly hot water, and then applied a pore strip.  I waited ten minutes and then GENTLY removed the pore strip!  The only things on my nose pore strip were a few whiteheads Рno blackheads!

Should you purchase it: YES. As stated, it’s so AFFORDABLE ¬†($7-$12). If organic apple cider vinegar is to harsh for your sensitive skin, just use water or a mixture of the apple cider vinegar and water. Also, if you initially break out, don’t worry – this might be happening because your skin is purging itself of the impurities.

If you’re worried: Obviously consult a doctor immediately. I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to be. I am beauty junkie and recent law school graduate – so my advice is limited to my personal results, reviews I have read, and results on friends that have also tried the product with me.

Bye!

Beauty Blender

 

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I have been wanting a Beauty Blender for a while. So a year ago, I decided I would buy the $1 knockoff from China — and I was NOT amused. I thought to myself, “Thank God I didn’t buy the real beauty blender. If this knock off is any indication of the real thing, then I just saved myself $25!”

After further review and investigation via YouTube, I discovered that there are REAL differences between the knockoffs and the real deal.

Many months after discovering there was a real difference between my China Blender via Amazon and the real one, I decided to splurge on the real one via Amazon (I ordered the one with two Beauty Blenders, because it ended up being around $10 a piece, as opposed to $15 per blender).

I noticed the difference between my knockoff and the real Beauty Blender almost INSTANTANEOUSLY. Although they may look like twins from the outside, the knockoff isn’t as sponge-y,definitely tougher, and does not expand with water, while the real Beauty Blender has all three of those qualities! Also, the knockoff doesn’t mold as easily to your face or feel soft on your face, compared to the real Beauty Blender.

Instead of writing a long review I’ll change the format into a question-answer type situation:

  1. Do you like it: YES.
  2. Was it worth the money: YES. I would prefer that it be cheaper, but there are many more pros than cons. For example, you can’t wash a traditional makeup brush everyday — not realistic, due to the fact that I may need to reapply something — and then I wouldn’t be able to, due to a wet brush. You can wash the Beauty Blender effortlessly, while not impeding your ability to use it post wash.
  3. Washing it easy: Yes. Just use the cleanser you use to wash your face or body.
  4. What can you use it for: I use it for my MAC Long Wear foundation & concealer, along with my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.
  5. Would you buy it again: YES. As stated I really like the ability to clean it — it’s a selling point that should be touted more. There is so much GUNK on our makeup brushes that we just choose to ignore due to our immediate need to apply makeup!
  6. Any suggestions: I wish I had something cute to dry or store my Beauty Blender in/on. I use the packaging it came with it to dry and store it (I got this idea from the videos posted by Beauty Blender, which recommends using their packaging as a way to dry and store your Beauty Blender).

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Do you use the Beauty Blender? Have you used a knockoff that was actually comparable to the Beauty Blender? Do you want to splurge on the real one?

Let me know!

Fettuccine Alfredo (with Chicken and Broccoli)

A week or two ago, I really wanted to make something hearty and creamy, and this was one of the first dishes to cross my mind. I thought I would attempt to make it from scratch. I prepared myself mentally to labor over the stove, until I actually started making it and realized how SIMPLE it was to make.  All I can say is: WHY DID I EVER BUY THE STUFF IN THE JAR?

I followed Entertaining With Beth’s Recipe,¬†but I did not add peas and I added chicken and broccoli. I loved the way the chicken turned out and I really enjoyed the broccoli with it as well.

This recipe is INCREDIBLY easy, and can be prepared in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
  • ¬Ĺ tbsp of garlic powder
  • ¬Ĺ tbsp of onion powder
  • ¬Ĺ lb (230 g) Fettuccini pasta
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) butter
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups (350 ml) of heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¬Ĺ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (90 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

  • cook fettuccine according to package
  • cut the chicken into cubes
  • now sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, with a dash of salt & pepper over the chicken
  • once the chicken is cooked, take the chicken cubes out and place them on a plate (you should have a nice amount of better left in the pan)
  • on medium heat, in the pan, which has the remaining butter, place the heavy cream in it and let it simmer, until it’s bubbly and thickened
  • once you see in the bubbles, add the parmesan cheese and mix it well.
  • now add little pieces of fresh broccoli ¬†and let it cook until a pretty green
  • add chicken and give it a nice stir!
  • now add the fettuccine
  • top it all off with a little bit of fresh parsley

 

Best Steak Marinade Ever

Hey Friends,

As most of you know, I LOVE TO COOK. I should have gone to culinary school, as opposed to law school, because I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. I was talking to my best friend the other day (she is in medical school) ¬†and we spoke of dream careers, as opposed to the ones we are in right now, and hers was MAKE UP ARTIST (“MUA”) ¬†(and boy, oh boy, is she fierce with her brushes), and mine was a mix between Food Network/ Cooking Channel Program host and some sort of part time MUA/hairstylist ¬†(I didn’t word it this way, but I’m sure my best friend caught on).

I’ve decided to start a series on my blog where I talk about dinners I’m making while studying for the GA Bar. ¬†I can’t post as regularly as I would like, but I will try to post once a week!

One of my favorite recipes by far is a marinade from: Sally Cooks.

This is a great marinade for any 4th of July weekend BBQ’s you may have planned. I promise – you will love this marinade ¬†– and you will make it again and again and again.

I’ve now made this marinade twice and the portions listed work well for 2 lbs of flank steak!

  • 1/4 cup¬†olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons¬†soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons¬†honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons¬†ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†coffee grounds

Sally just whisked all of this together, while on the other hand, I just threw all of the ingredients in the magic bullet. I loved putting in the magic bullet because I got a finer grain as far as a marinade goes and I smothered the meat in this marinade for approximately 24-26 hours.

A few little side notes:

I had the 2 lb flank steak cut into two 1 lb pieces, prior to putting it in the marinade.  Then I grilled it on each side for about 4 -5 minutes (medium cooked steak).

After removing the beautiful pieces of flank steak from the grill, I transferred them to a cutting board and placed a piece of aluminum foil over the meat (just place it on top) and let the meat REST for 10 minutes. You want to let the cooked meat rest, so that the flavors of the marinade settle in the meat– if you cut the meat to early, you’ll notice that all of the great flavor will just spew out of the meat.

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After 10 minutes, cut the meat against the grain! Look at the meat –see those fine little lines, you want to cut slices that are perpendicular to those little lines! Voila – you’re cutting it against the grain!

I served it with the Akhtar family’s favorite potatoes and coleslaw, corn on the cob, & (not shown-and I cheated a little bit) a Trader Joe’s frozen Mac n’ Cheese. Lets face it- a BBQ is only as good as its sides – so make your favorite sides!

ONE MORE LITTLE NOTE:

I would TOTALLY make an extra pound of meat, so that you can enjoy a skirt steak salad, or a nice sandwich (like I did).

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I hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! What are you planning on grilling — I would LOVE to know (and maybe I’ll add it to my Fourth of July menu).

Bye!

Gardein: Seven Grain Crispy Tenders (Meatless)

I was at Publix a week or two ago and came across these meatless chicken tenders. I’m a sucker for tenders, nuggets and wings, but for some odd reason, if I’m going to prepare frozen tenders myself, I would rather them be meatless, because I, frankly, great freaked out by the chicken used by the manufacturer (how old is this frozen product? was the chicken used all hormoned up? the list goes on and on).

Anyways, I sincerely enjoyed these vegetarian friendly tenders, and would definitely purchase them again! Two tenders amounts to 100 calories (I just had 5 for lunch– 250 calorie lunch for the WIN!)

I hope you check them out!

Quick Fix For Dark Circles, Bags and/or Under Eye Discoloration

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I wear Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX08

Hey Ladies,

This is my little personal letter to you. I was trying to avoid GA Bar studying today, so I naturally hopped on Facebook. As I scrolled through my newsfeed, which consists of many Indian girls, I noticed that so many of them have such bad bags / dark circles (FYI, I am definitely one of those girls with extremely dark circles, even when I sleep for 10 hours – it’s genetic, hyper pigmentation around that area – I know). ¬†What was a tad confusing, was the fact, these girls wear make up, they just did not want to highlight and brighten their under eyes (which to me is like straightening half of your hair and leaving the other half curly/wavy/nappy). I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to conceal their dark circles, but I’ve basically told myself that the reason they’re not taking care of the problem is:

(1) They don’t know they have the problem; and/or

(2) They don’t know how to solve the problem.

How to assess whether you have this problem: get a mirror & look at your face. Is the skin directly under your eye darker than your cheeks? If yes, then you need to focus on concealing the under eye ¬†area when you’re doing you’re makeup.

Don’t fret. I am here for you girl! First off, you need real concealer. The liquid ¬†or cream stuff will work. ¬†The powder concealers are not going to solve your problem (example: using Bare Minerals or Bare Essentials loose powder in a concentrated way, will not help conceal your bags). I would suggest Kevin Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer or ¬†MAC Pro Longwear concealers. ¬†These two are both THICK concealers that should do the trick.

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As stated, I have dark circles under my eyes, I like the MAC Pro Longwear for daytime and I like the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for nighttime, going out, date night, dinner with friends, any evening event  or event where I want to step it up and look my best.

Kevin Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is relatively expensive ($48 @ Bloomingdales) , BUT it will last you a long time. To set the concealer (which is a MUST) I use Ben Nye’s Banana Powder (feel free to use any translucent powder you own).

Just remember, you have beautiful eyes — so show them off girl.

Any questions? I’d love to answer them! ¬†Also, what’s your favorite concealer? Confused about how to apply concealer just YouTube it!

XOXO

Olay Total Effects Night Firming Treatment (Currently Loving This!)

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I wish my blog were popular enough for me to get endorsements or free stuff, because I have seriously been spending way to much of my law school graduation gift funds on beauty products. Not only do I buy these products, but then I end up doing reviews for all my friends, family, and fellow WordPress bloggers – so yeah, it would be nice if I could spend my funds in other areas, but alas, I am a beauty connoisseur. #junkie.

In the middle of May I purchased Olay Total Effects Night Firming Cream, and I must say, I absolutely LOVE IT. I love the way it smells, and I love the current condition of my skin. I am 25 so my skin aging or having fine lines is not a real concern yet, but having an even skin tone and clearing up imperfections (dark spots & acne scars) and just giving me soft, pretty looking skin, is something I really love.

After wearing the night treatment for a month, I woke up this morning washed my face and looked in the mirror and said “Why do I wear so much foundation? This is looking good.” LOL. ¬†I then proceeded out of my bathroom and made some coffee and started my Kaplan Bar Review videos. I wanted to wait till I finished my Bar Review videos to blog about the product, but I seriously can’t contain myself with how happy I am with the results!

Things I love about it:

  1. The results. Duh. I would say about one week in I noticed that this was actually working, and now 4 weeks in I’m clearly head over heels.
  2. The immediate soft feel of the lotion. Enough said.
  3. The smell. I love the light smell. I know that some people hate it when their night creams smell good, but I love it! I feel all fresh and clean.

Con:

I feel like I should give you a con, because I just gave you the pros, but it’s a little difficult and I’m seriously going to give you really pathetic cons, that are extremely DE MINIMIS:

  1. Sometimes I’ll wake up and get the urge to put more on since I will feel like my skin has consumed all the product (so maybe what I’m implying is I want it to be thicker?)
  2. I’ll apply a thicker application under my eyes, and instead of being absorbed I’ll get white residue under my eye.
  3. The price point is actually annoying. I hate pay $17.49 for the product.

The only true con is the price, but it is still considerably cheaper than other night creams, so I am going to keep the complaining to a minimum. If you’re interested in trying the product out here is a link:¬†http://www.target.com/p/olay-total-effects-anti-aging-night-firming-treatment-1-7-oz/-/A-10910238

Tell me what you think about! I am curious to know what night creams you guys use, and what night creams worked or did not work for you.

Keep me posted. Xoxo

Cosmetics Haul!

A week a go a friend texted me about helping her purchase a starter’s kit of makeup! I quickly replied with “YES, WHEN DO YOU WANT TO GO?!”

Long story short her starter kit had the basics (I wish I had taken a picture of it):

  • BareMinerals starter collection: foundation, concealer, mineral veil, brightener and brushes!
  • Mac Lipstick (nothing bright, or dark – also not nude, but a light subtle berry shade)
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Revlon Eyebrow Pencil with setting gel
  • Revlon liquid liner

ITEMS I PURCHASED:

As you know I recently graduated (see last post), I have been dying to try a few beauty products like the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer & a liquid foundation (I’ve never really tried one before).

I have to say — I loved the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in x08. Although the little jar is expensive ($48), everyone on social media has a legitimate point: a little goes a long way. After barley dabbing my brush into the pot, I had enough product to cover my under eyes, nose, forehead, & chin. ¬†As I learn to play with it, I will post more pictures of the product, and even maybe a guide on how to use it for first timers.

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(I used Kevin Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow and chin. ¬†I blended it with a Beauty Blender dupe, which I purchased from Amazon. I have on Mac Pro Long Wear foundation, along with a brown powder for contouring, Blush & Lipstick from BareMinerals and my eye look was created using the BALM)

One other point, I really like the coverage it provides. It’s an full coverage concealer, unlike my MAC prolong concealers (I purchased this as well in NC 42), which are build-able. At the same time, the product is also light. It’s something you’ll have to try out to fully understand.

As far as liquid foundation goes, I decided to go with Mac’s liquid foundation. It is such a trusted brand and a personal favorite — I had to. I did contemplate getting the BareMinerals Liquid Foundation, but I opted not to after reading reviews on it via Sephora.

I purchased some other staples:

  • Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal ( it initially bleeds easily, so I would set it with a black eyes shadow. I used this technique in the picture above on me and the girl in the middle — this picture was taken 2 hours into the night!)
  • Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
  • Acne Wash Target Brand (It’s a dupe for Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub)
  • Olay Total Effects 7 in one Anti Aging Night Firming Treatment
  • False Lashes from Eylure

Okay friends, I’m off! TTYL!

Law School Graduation

Hey Friends,

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I just graduated law school this past MONDAY! I cannot believe it. Wow. Although, academically, these were the toughest three years, personally they were the most influential. I came in as a girl, and I’m leaving a woman. I learned about fake friends, people who will do anything to get ahead, people who will be there for you when they have a million things going on, hard work/working SMART, having fun, cherishing the people that keep you sane, and protecting your health.

At times, I was incredibly skeptical about my education, but  I feel lucky to have gotten a Juris Doctor, since it affects the way I interact with the world, and allows me the ability to hone in on a multitude of conclusions that could occur.

If I had to go through law school again what would I do differently?

  • I finished law school on a strong note, so I wish from the get go, I made my own outlines or used others in conjunction with my notes, since that was something I failed to do as a 1L and relied heavily on commercial outlines and tabbing supplements.
  • I wish I wrote down most class discussions and case briefs that we discussed in class, as opposed to hopping on G-chat, and thinking that “I’ve read the case, so I know it.” I am human and I only have the ability to remember so much, without a trigger.
  • Developing a strong relationship with a professor in a field you like is something you should do very early on. By developing a relationship, you work harder to prove yourself, and they can also attempt to help you with your job search in the field.
  • Networked during my first year of law school. Networking is a such a vague term, so I will break it down for you in another post.
  • I wish I ran everyday, even for 5 minutes & ¬†I wish I ate a light lunch. Eating a light lunch will enable you to be more productive during the day and not feel so sleepy.
  • I wish there was a way to avoid being addicted to coffee. My name is Maheen and I am addicted to coffee.
  • Respect and make time for my parents a ¬†little bit more. I love them so much, and without them attending law school would not have been possible. They’re constantly love me, motivating me, and providing me with my lifestyle. I wish I sent them a few more thank you cards, a few more gifts, and a gave them a few extra minutes on the phone.
  • As far as my friends and special ones, I wish that I could keep a lid on my mouth when I was stressed. I often overreacted and said things that I regret. I love them to pieces and it would really break my heart if they thought I sincerely meant those rude things. I am an idiot sometimes, so working on managing my stress is something that I will actively work on as far as life goes.
  • (I’ll add to this list as I think of more things)

I hope you can learn from my mistakes. I have this little mantra that goes: if I can do it, so can you! I know that you can succeed in ANYTHING you do! Just work hard, I promise.

Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Autograph Collection

Have you been to the  Union Station Hotel in Nashville? I recently got to check it out and, needless to say,  I loved it. Although, I did find the space awkward for a wedding, I did love the space  and all of the unique and detailed moldings around the hotel.

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 I love the candles on the mantle 

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 I assume the table is where the bride, bridegroom & special guests will be seated (parents or maid of honor/bridesmaid/groomsmen). 

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The issue I have with a wedding in the beautiful venue is the lack of control on the ingress/egress of people. Hotel patrons can come in, check in & dine at the Hotel’s restaurant while your ceremony is occurring. Something about that seems unnatural, out of place, and incredibly impersonal to me. Hypothetically (and realistically), random strangers could be checking into their room as the couple ties the knot. Any how, great space — maybe just not the appropriate wedding venue.

Halal Drinks (Mocktails) & Law School Prom!

Hey Friends!

I might have said this in a former post, but I do not drink alcohol! Not drinking alcohol, and maintaining a social life sometimes seems counterintuitive, and sometimes it is awesome. For example, I remember almost every moment out: the good, the bad, the boring, & the ugly.  I am also able to leave whenever I want.  Seeing as I live in ATL, I literally have to drive everywhere, so not having to share a cab with friends, or waiting around for Uber is a plus!

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(Featured drink from Noche: Virgin Margarita)

¬†Some of my favorite Halal Drink options / Mocktails when I’m out are: Diet Coke, Virgin Margarita, Virgin Shirley Temple, Virgin Mojito (read the ingredients — if it’s a mix pass — but if they’re putting in fresh mint and lemon in your drink, with cane sugar— definitely don’t pass), Sparkling water w/cranberry juice or Spirit with Grapefruit juice. ¬†Although, I almost always get a Diet Coke (hello — I’m counting calories people), it’s always fun to try something different.

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I had law school prom (aka: Barrister’s Ball) a few weeks ago, here are a few pictures of the event!

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I’m the girl to the left. I bought my dress from ZARA during their Winter Sale. The dress was a size too big, but I took to my local tailor, who did a great job tightening it up. The belt I’m wearing in the middle is from Forever 21. I bought it in the fall of 2010 for $10-$15? I love the belt, it seriously helps jazz up any outfit! You can’t see this, but I’m wearing, NineWest, black peeps toe pumps!

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Here are some of the outfits the other girls wore! I hope this helps you gauge what to wear to your prom!

Loveless Cafe: 8400 Tennessee Hwy 100 Nashville, TN 37221

Two weeks ago I went to Nashville, and I was lucky enough to go to The Loveless Cafe. It’s a great country venue, with nice people and southern style meals. Here are a few pictures of my experience:

ImageOur waitress. She was incredibly kind and incredibly attentive. 

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Every table gets freshly baked biscuits! 

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Sweet and Savory. For savory, I enjoyed a fried chicken steak (AWESOME). For sweet, I enjoyed french toast. Initially my french toast came out raw and gewy. As stated, our waitress was so at tentative and came by and asked how our dishes were doing, I immediately told her about the french toast and she apologized and left with my plate. Then the manager came out with my  french toast. It was awesome! 

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Look out for this sign and make sure to stop by!  

I had a great time at Loveless Cafe. If you’re in the Nashville area, I would definitely make the trip out to check it out. It’s been around for decades and the service and quality are great. They do not take reservations, so come early or plan on waiting 30 mins to an hour, BUT there are restaurant stores around the venue that you can easily walk to and check out!

Fontaine’s: 1026 1/2 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

I love Fontaine’s! ¬†Every time I’ve gone, I’ve gotten consistently great service, and trust me I can really, really, really appreciate that! I’m not sure if you know this, but Fontaine’s has weekday happy hour specials– so being in law school, I have the perk of checking them out. Last year I enjoyed an awesome seafood spread of crab legs, shrimp, & oysters! ¬†I loved it!

This year I headed back with some girlfriends. We had an awesome time: talking and munching away. Our server was great (I wish I could give her a shoutout — but I don’t know her name- she was incredibly attentive, even though we just ordered waters and gorged on the happy hour deals).

Here is what we ordered:

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Crab Legs! 

ImageShrimp Boil! I love getting them & I love making them! They’re an incredibly easy appetizer to make for a dinner party/luncheon/girls night. All you need to do is boil a tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning (per pound of shrimp) , half of lemon and other seasonings you like with a pot full of water. After the water is done boiling add your skin on shrimp! Once the water re-boils remove the shrimp from the pot on to a platter and now you have boiled-peel and eat shrimp!

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Have you been to Fontaine’s? Do you love it? Tell me what you think people!

False Lashes!

1016325_10102087877648377_609022437_nCan you tell which one of us is wearing fake lashes?

I love fake lashes/ falsies/ false lashes. They instantly take your face from cute and pretty to GLAM. ¬†There is a reason why all of the celebs use it….it’s because it’s like wearing a pushup bra, it gives your face that extra oomph.

Another reason I like fake lashes is because I don’t need to wear MASCARA. I love mascara as much as the next girl, but unfortunately, ¬†I hate the whole “taking off mascara” part, and I feel like my lashes are slowly thinning out.

Long story short: fake lashes are great, but living in Atlanta, I can’t just go to the MAC counter to always get them put ¬†on me for a couple of reasons:

  1. It literally would be an hour situation (I do not have the time or patience drive to Lenox, get them put on and then drive back — um, hello, Atlanta’s traffic is ratchet!)
  2. It gets expensive. It’s a $12-$15 purchase every single time I get MAC to put them on (also, I should add in another $20 cost, due to me purchasing other MAC goodies every time I go!)

I recently went to CVS and saw this brand called “KISS” they have a string applicator. I used them with and without the string, and lets just say I REALLY LOVE THEM.

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  1. They were incredibly easy to put on with the string
  2. I used Duo’s black eyelash glue
  3. It cost me $4

You can only use the strings once, unless you can figure out how to loop them back into the lashes, but I also decided to finally master fake lashes — I turned to my lovely friend YouTube and found this video:

The video is really long, so just fast forward it to the 6.20 mark!

TIP: After I apply the glue to my lashes I blow on them, and I also sing “Happy Birthday” twice in my head. After I’m done with my singing session, my glue is TACKY! Yay!

RA Sushi: 1080 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309

Hey Friends,

So a while ago, I got the opportunity to go to RA Sushi with the Atlanta Eater Editor, Sonia Chopra! Sonia was designing a roll for a sushi contest, whose proceeds would then be donated to charity. Prior to this experience, I had never been RA. But after this experience, I will DEFINITELY be going back!  Here are a few pictures of  my experience at RA (my memory is a little hazyРbare with me, and remember, I LOVED ITРSO DEFINITELY CHECK IT OUT!):

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We ordered these insanely spicy Shishito Peppers, which were sautéed in an Asian seasoning. 

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I loved my lunch — I suggest you order the ¬†BARA CHIRASHI BOWL, which consists of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, avocado & cucumber with Asian green vegetables, mixed with poki sauce; served over rice

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I honestly cannot remember what Sonia ordered, but it looked pretty! 

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The chef taught us how to make sushi! Apparently the rice has to be incredibly fresh, so every 30mins to an hour they throw out the rice in the rice maker and make new rice for the rolls! 

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Sonia created a roll, and this is the final product in many different forms!Image

This is the form that was presented to the audience! 

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Yum!

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Here is Sonia with the chef! 

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Here I am with the chef! 

This was an incredibly fun experience. Seeing as I love food, I loved being able to discover the intricacies involved in sushi making! ¬†My outfit consists of a striped top I purchased from Forever 21, and black jeans! ¬†The striped top is so versatile, the material doesn’t need to be ironed, and it looks great with loose black linen shorts, or even tucked into a work skirt!

See you later!

Le Peep: 3935-A Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Le Peep just opened up in Greenville, SC. This is great because Greenville doesn’t have too many great brunch spots. The items on the menu are great, but unfortunately the service staff is horrible. I had read Yelp reviews on it, and they all echoed the theme: bad service. True to form, the service was bad for me and my friends as well.

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I was lucky, my food was neither cold or under seasoned, I enjoyed my meal (sweet crepe and the salmon benedict), but my friends had horrible experiences, their dishes came out cold, or certain components of their orders were left out (like skim milk for tea). All of us did not receive refills unprompted –which i hate! I mean hello, all you need to do is drop off a water jug at our table!

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Here are some specific issues I had:

*when I asked her what the red sauce side was, she proclaimed it was hollandaise sauce — I quickly responded by pointing to the hollandaise sauce and claimed that “this yellow sauce” was hollandaise sauce.

*She did not come back to fill water back up in our jug: we had to flag her down in order to get water refills.

*She just DID NOT know the menu.

*She messed up the checks and put other people items on other peoples checks.

Now critiquing the cooks:

*I really enjoyed the sweet crepe (hence the two stars) —they claimed they were going to give me fresh fruit assortment which consisted of JUST strawberries.

* Dark roast coffee was awesome

*UNFORTUNATELY, two of the south of boarder items came out cold– so we had to send them back.

*the south of the border options were also not made correctly — I am sure they left out the taco seasoning that was suppose to be added to the beans, since the dish tasted bland.

This place looks so promising, unfortunately it failed to deliver. I think the venue should dismiss the waitresses, and rehire the ones that prove they know the menu, specific items on the menu, are not socially awkward & attentive.

Tell me what you think!

Le Petit Marche

Check out this menu: http://lepetitmarche.net/le-petit-marche-menu.pdf

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OMG. How yummy is that menu? Also, high five on it being incredibly affordable as well. I went there with a friend this Sunday, and one of my first thoughts as ¬†I was searching for street parking was “Wow, Kirkwood is such a cute neighborhood.”

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After entering the Le Petit Marche, my next thought was — will they seat me? and the answer is “it depends” (lol – what a law school answer). It depends because if you see an open table it’s your job to grab it, but if you look confused they’ll help you out and tell you where to sit. My friend and I were seated at a square table for four, which meant that 2 random people would soon be joining us — and yup, that is exactly what happened. I wasn’t a fan of sitting with randoms, but, luckily, I was with good company, so I barely noticed them!

There were plenty of people eating alone (so don’t feel weird about coming here alone — they even have a desk ¬†set up for someone who wants to eat alone, look outside and eat a scrumptious brunch).

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My friend enjoyed the Kirkwood. He throughly enjoyed his meal, but I feel like he wanted something more intricate, since his own, homemade, breakfasts often resemble the above!

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I got the French Toast sandwich! I LOVED IT, and seriously ate every last millimeter of it! It was AWESOME. Being Muslim, I really loved the fact that they had chicken sausage, and will sub out any bacon for chicken sausage!

What to wear: I went on Sunday, so I saw people dressed in their Sunday Best (post church crowd), I saw people in athletic gear, and jeans and t-shirts. Wear whatever you want, but please, leave your pj’s at home.

Have you been to Le Petit Marche? If so, what did you think?

Worst Pizza: Romeo’s New York Pizza (1401-A Oxford Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Wow, do I have a rant for you! Last night, after enjoying a great brunch, ¬†I thought it would be fun to indulge myself with a slice pizza. If you don’t know me very well, just know I love food and I love pizza. Pizza is so yummy. I mean think about it has everything great going on: cheese, bread, toppings all baked into a gewy, crusty, goodness. Unfortunately, Romeo’s New York Pizza was almost as good as warming up a Totino’s Frozen pizza (which is seriously the worst frozen pizza out there).

First I’ll bash the service, prior to bashing the pizza.¬†

When I walked into the Romeo’s the guy behind the counter was HIGH OR DRUNK, (probably high) ¬†and told me about the LUNCH SPECIALS ¬†(mind you I went at 9 pm!!!!) . Then he slurred a few words together and called the guy behind me in line my LOVER. Next, the other guy behind the counter making or food or assembling it or shall I say taking it out of a freezer and deep frying it (since we ordered mozzarella sticks) was wearing head phones (just plain rude and weird to do on the job).

Now, I’ll bash the Pizza.

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(okay i’m going to type this in call caps to purposefully emphasize the screaming) OKAY THIS IS NOT PIZZA YOU IDIOT. THIS IS A SLICE OF TOTINO’S WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH ON TOP, REHEATED WITH 8 SHREDS OF MOZZARELLA CHEESE. ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?

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Then the crust was burnt (the least of my problems). ¬†I AM SO PISSED that I didn’t go to Slice and Pint. It was right across the street. On another note, the HORRIBLE YELP review are on point with this joint. I know the lunch special is appetizing, but I am serious — wjhy would you waste your calories on this? Why not just drop by Publix and eat a frozen Totino’s or a Tony’s or a Red Baron (it will probably be better and cheaper!).

Restaurant Impossible, if you’re reading this — this HORRIBLE chain needs your help.

Manuel’s Tavern: 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30307

Not to sound like a weirdo, or a completely bucket of lard, but I love BAR food. Seeing as I can’t drink, the fried sides are still a huge incentive for me to go and meet people at bars. Luckily, on the day I went ¬†(the pictures featured below) a friend was celebrating his birthday at a bar called Manuel’s Tavern.

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about Manuel’s Tavern, but if you’re a die hard Democrat or a Liberal or even just voted for Obama — you should go and check it out. There is always an interesting crowd of ¬†liberal people there and food is actually really good. My former boss, loved Manuel’s Tavern. He not only complimented the food, but he complimented the way the establishment was run, saying that the owner really cared about his regulars and his workers.

The owner, who has now passed away, apparently set up IRAs (individual retirement accounts) for his employees, he made sure that women who were regulars weren’t barked at or mistreated by men who came to the bar, and he even once employed the owner of Taqueria Del Sol (WHICH IS MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT EVER)!

My first time at Manuel’s is featured below. My BFF ordered, jalape√Īo poppers, mozzarella sticks, burgers, & wings (THANK YOU)! I definitely inhaled a portion of it! ¬†I will definitely go back — but I’m currently living out my “fat stage” so I need to chill out for a while or at least for 2 or 3 months before I can start consuming this without spending HOURS at the gym the same day or the next day.

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Jalape√Īo Poppers (above),¬†Mozzarella¬†sticks (below)

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¬†Pretty good burger 7 out of 10. It’s no Bocado burger (10/10) — but still I enjoyed it!¬†

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The Birthday Boy ordered the “Megan‚Äôs Favorite Nutella Sandwich” Here is a description of it: crunchy peanut butter, Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread, and sliced Granny

Holy Taco: 1314 GLENWOOD AVENUE EAST ATLANTA GA. 30316

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Wow, this is my 2nd post where I say i thought the food was okay. I went for a birthday party a while back — the place was okay. I was happy to be celebrating my friends birthday, enjoying the weather & sitting outside. I did NOT enjoy the people buying and selling drugs across the street. I did enjoy the kindness of the staff and that they brought out plates for us to cut a store bought cookie cake that I brought to the venue! Have you been to Holy Taco? I honestly cannot remember what I ordered, but the birthday boy, LOVES this place, along with my foodie boss from over the summer — I’m apparently the only one that thought it was okay….

Bye!

Ted’s Montana Grill: 201 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

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I tried Ted’s Bison Cheese Burger. Would I go back? No. Did I like Bison? I’m not sure. The other items on the menu were good, but the wheat bread didn’t pair well with bison, which needs a more sturdier bread. I hated how huge the the patty was. I wish there were two small patties. Also — a burger, fries and soda (plus tip) was around $19 (so it was a pricy meal– i only ate half — threw the other half away).

Try the pot roast. Just don’t try this!

P.S. Opt to just get onion rings and not go 50/50! The onion rings are SOOOOO good!

Hot Dogs: An Easy Dinner or Lunch Idea!

Okay — I love hot dogs! I know I LOVE a lot of things — but that’s because I really do! ¬†Hot dogs are no exception! They’re so good, incredibly easy to make, and easy to jazz up! One day 2 weeks ago a friend and I were searching for easy dinner ideas, since I was getting done with class late, and he had a long day at work. Voila. Ball Park turkey dogs (45 calories each) were in my fridge just starring at me and ready for me to open up and attack. I told my friend to drop by Publix after work and to pick up WHOLE WHEAT buns (120 calories per bun) ¬†and some of Publix’s homemade chili (which is in the Deli section)! ¬†I had some red onions in my fridge and some kettle baked bbq chips in my pantry. ¬†The end result after pooling our goods was pure satisfaction.

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Paired it with some traditional yellow mustard

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He thought he could finish three since the turkey dogs were 45 calories each (guess what — he was full by two!)

Do you love hot dogs? How do you make yours? Living in the south we have the good fortune of being able to grill a meal during any season — so we grilled them. But sometimes, when I’m lazy or busy — I’ll microwave them. Growing up we religiously boiled them!

Comment below on your favorite ways to eat hot dogs!

Atkins Park: 794 N Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306

Have you been to Atkins Park? Because of law school I had only seen the crowded bar portion of the restaurant — when I think of crowded, rowdy, bar, I do not associate it with a great restaurant attached to the other side — and this is EXACTLY what Atkins Park is!

A friend of mine LOVES Atkins Park. After being a tad skeptical, I decided I would check it out. Thank GOD I went! I LOVED the menu ¬†and the food. The service was great and the food was well prepared. I loved my dish. I’m not one to want sweet things, but the pairings of the apple with the North Georgia trout was beautiful and the taste was delicate and not over powering. They ran out of the pot roast the night I went, so my friend ordered the special for the night (I think: ¬†brisket with Vidalia onion and local greens. ¬†We also ordered an awesome pimento cheese appetizer with fried green tomatoes: which I LOVE!!!!!!!

Here are few pictures of our meal:

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Thankfully, celery is healthy and has only 6 calories per stalk….

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I have a quick fact to insert about Vidalia Onions (great dinner conversation piece): did you know that in order to be a “Vidalia Onion” it needs to be grown by or from Vidalia, Georgia. These onions are trademarked by the United States Patent and Trademark office, so you can’t legally grow a Vidalia onion, or sell it without it actually being from the following thirteen Georgia counties:¬†Emanuel,¬†Candler,¬†Treutlen,¬†Bulloch,¬†Wheeler,¬†Montgomery,¬†Evans,¬†Tattnall,¬†Toombs,¬†Telfair,¬†Jeff Davis,¬†Appling, and¬†Bacon; or portions of the following seven counties:¬†Jenkins,¬†Screven,¬†Laurens,¬†Dodge,¬†Pierce,¬†Wayne, and¬†Long.

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I definitely stole a few bites of that sweet Vidalia onion and mashed potatoes.

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Loved this! Burbon soaked applies with a North Georgia Trout!

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Who doesn’t love a side of mac n’ cheese?

Have a great Monday friends! Also, comment below if you have been to Atkins or are now planning to go!

Oh yeah, what should you wear to Atkins Park? Preppy, casual, bar chic, bar trendy. Do not wear clubbing clothes, or a short tight black dress — you’ll look awkward – or like you are trying too hard. Also don’t dress TOO casual. Example: if you decide to wear a t-shirt, khakis & rainbows — you will look like a fool.

101 Posts!

I did it! I made it to a 101 posts (almost as cool as “101 Dalmatians” — a movie that I almost FORGOT). When I started this blog ¬†my goal was to develop a blog which addressed questions of dressing professionally in graduate school, for interviews, networking events & work. Unfortunately, and fortunately, my blog took a turn for food. I guess ¬†your true passions end up shining bright. I still love make up ¬†and clothing (all things material) but I also love cooking and my relationship ¬†with food.

I am sure you can think of a great meal you had with friends, a boyfriend, your husband, your parents, sister, brother, and enemy. You associate food with certain memories. For example, I was just thinking of ramadan and how I made a very dear friend of mine a chili ragu from scratch and we both ate it when the sun came down or when my mother came into town and we had Cafe Bombay with a dear friend of mine. I remember feeling excited and all jittery — the food was great and so was the company!

My former boss from the summer would always take me out to eat at the best places around town, and it’s something I cherish and value. Over lunch he would express to me thoughts on personal matters & work. We had the BEST burger at Bocado. I have since gone back 4 times and have gotten it each and every time. He taught me certain values for when I become a practicing attorney — like tell your clients upfront what situation they’re in, settle the case if it’s a bad case & play fair and square. Although basic principles, these are issues that can be over looked when hiding “simple texts” in discovery or when more money could be made by NOT settling.

Okay here are some events that occurred between post 1 to post 100:

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We had okay appetizers provided at  Emory for the Great Gatsby Casino Night!  Also for being okay, I definitely had 10 sliders!!!!! LOL My law school best friend is to my right!

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Seafood Bonanza! ¬†I wanted to make my BFF a special surprise dinner. We enjoyed this so much that after I finished my 2nd year of law school we had “Seafood Bonanza Part II” and it was great!!

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My boss gave me this recipe (which I posted here) I LOVED IT! The filet mignons were purchased by my BFF, who had received a gift card to Publix from his incredibly sweet grandmother! As soon as we got home from work we started cooking away and were literally done within 20-30 mins!

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Nuevo Laredo: my favorite Mexican restaurant in ATL. The wait is always an experience & the food is always worth it!

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This awesome, AWESOME,¬†BARA CHIRASHI BOWL¬†at RA Sushi (I’ll be updating this with a full post about my experience there). Spoiler Alert: I LOVED IT — definitely go there for lunch!

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My BFF took me to this awesome Chinese place in Sandy Springs! I LOVED IT! The food was so fresh, the atmosphere was nice. It was a great day. We went for Chinese food, and then had to literally jet over to the mall so I could pick up this cardigan that was on sale at Express and then we picked up Cinnabon. Such a fun evening!

Have a great day friends. Thanks for following me, supporting me and for reading my random banter. I appreciate each and every single one of you!

-Maheen

Ina Garten’s Meat Loaf

Ina Garten's Meat Loaf

Hey Friends! I recently made Ina Garten’s Meat Loaf ( link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/meat-loaf-recipe.html)

The recipe was ridiculously easy and the flavor was great. Unfortunately, being indian — meatloaf isn’t for me. The spice content that I absolutely ADORE is missing, and I’m not quite sure how to add that in. I did enjoy it more the next day with a little hot sauce drizzled all over it.

A little side info about me: I have been obsessing over making meatloaf for months — but I wasn’t sure how to make it without a loaf pan. Luckily, one day I was watching FoodNetwork and BAM Ina made this! It’s apparently better to make meatloaf without the pan, because it allows the excess fat to leave the loaf and gives you the opportunity to drain it. I wish I had use my broiler pan and plate — and not used the parchment paper; that way the fat could have just dripped down in the pan and I would have had to try and scrape it all out from the perimeter of the meatloaf.

I LOVE cooking. Any good ideas on where being a lawyer and cook mesh? If so, please comment below, also comment below if you’ve made this recipe or any other Ina Garten recipes!

Peace & love.

Hankook: 1341 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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Loved it and ordered way more than I could eat. Two tacos max. Image

I would make it a point to try the steak and shrimp!

What to wear: extremely casual. Around lunch time office people from Pepsi are hurrying in & it is extremely crowded.  You can also see students from GA state, Emory and GA tech making an appearance in their relaxed hipster looks.

Who doesn’t love korean tacos?

Recent YouTube Subscription!

There are SO many beauty vloggers out there — like a ridiculous amount. My favorite vloggers are the ones that really take a lot of time and care into learning the art of making professional looking videos.

All of the effects really amuse me – and I love it when they speed up basic processes. I hate it when they talk forever, although sometimes I enjoy learning more about them.

Teni is my new favorite beauty blogger. I originally started following her, since I was in the market for a new Indian beauty guru who has a similar complexion to me — that way I could wear the same colors as her without wondering if it will suite my skin tone. ¬†I love gurus like Bethany Mota & Michelle Phan –BUT my skin tone is no where near theirs, and my eyes are different: so some of the eye shadow techniques or looks are NOT for me. I have an olive-yellow-ish undertone with a medium/warm complexion (basically I’m a goldish brown color), ¬†I have some serious dark pigmentation under my eyes (so concealer is an essential item in my routine), & I already have big eyes– so I don’t need techniques to make them bigger, or else I’ll look like a walking indian anime doll.

I love more natural looks and everyday glam, as opposed to just CLUB glam, because with law school, everyday glam is more important than club glam (seeing as I rarely “go out” and my now I find myself grab lunch and dinner with good friends).

Teni is great. She isn’t indian, but she is great. She might be two/three shades lighter than me, but her undertone is the same (I think). She is beautiful, she takes care of herself, and is truly a beauty vlogger I feel like I can trust.

I hope you get hooked to her — not a fan of SONA, seeing as she despises the smell of curry – RUDE. I should unsubscribe from SONA, but some of her looks are cute too, and minus the whole curry ordeal, she is okay too, but not as good as Teni!

Who are your favorite beauty vloggers?!

Rosebud Burger (Short Rib and Brisket meat)!

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I went into work this past Wednesday and had a great time listening it to a great client meeting with my boss. The client has is a band (incredibly talented) and their father has quite the life story (so wants to figure out a book deal). After the client meeting, my boss suggested we go  and grab some lunchРhe suggested Rosebud. If you can remember from a previous post, I had a great experience at RoseBud in October for my birthday! The food and service were great, and, once again, Rosebud did not fail to deliver.

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This time I wanted to get the LOBSTER QUICHE! Unforunately, they were sold out! Fortunately, I decided to try the Burger– and O.M.G. IT WAS SO GOOOOOD. I enjoyed half of it as Rosebud, along with a pasta salad. I enjoyed the 2nd half of it for lunch the following day (and it was still amazing)! The burger is juicy, and I devoured every drop of the bbq sauce and I love the caramelized onions and the slice of homemade cheddar (which reminded me of Brie)

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My Boss is on the Atkins diet and is trying to get healthy and lose weight for the upcoming holiday season. I admire his commitment to good health. He watches what he eats & runs, yet still gets to enjoy all of the great Atlanta food and drinks. He truly lives a balanced lifestyle.

He ordered a “Dude It’s a Salad”. He LOVED it!

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it comes with a Bison burger. Bison meat is leaner than beef and has a higher iron content than beef! It’s truly great meat for my health ¬†conscious friends.

I hope you check out these two dishes at Rosebud. Tell me what you think!

Perfume: Britney Spears and My collection!

Have you heard the new Britney Spears song:


I love this song! It’s incredibly on point. Do you remember not knowing what was going on in a relationship and you have to pretend to play it cool because you don’t want to seem like that¬†crazy¬†girl?¬†Well in the song Britney Spears sticks it to this “girl” who may or may not be real! She says:

have you been thinking ’bout her or about me-¬†And while I wait I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you -I gotta mark my territory

All of this perfume talk gets me thinking of my scents and how the smell lingers on my friends. I always have a few bottles of perfumes–so depending on my mood or the occasion I pick my scent! The three perfumes I currently own are:

  1. COCO MADEMOISELLE PARFUM ($115): Such a classic scent. I love it, it sticks on my clothes and can be detected as I pass through doors — and people always know the distinct smell of Coco!
  2. MARC JACOBS FRAGRANCE¬†Daisy ($70): I wear this to school (almost) everyday! It’s fun and playful. I’m not sure if it sticks on my clothes? Definitely more floral and chic.
  3. RALPH LAUREN¬†Ralph ($67.50): I use to wear this in college EVERY single day! I loved it i mainly use it when i want to appear fun or if i’m going out! i love the smell — I wouldn’t wear it to an interview, but i would wear it out ¬†to dinner with friends or going to the mall!

I own the rollers versions of:

  1. RALPH LAUREN Ralph ($20)
  2. RALPH LAUREN Romance ($20)
  3. STELLA MCCARTNEY ($?)

I love roll-ons! They’re awesome — they fit perfectly in your purse and you can always smell great when things get a little hot and sweaty. Who doesn’t love a fresh smelling girl?

Product I Continuously Buy

I am a beauty and food addict. Sometimes beauty is a little challenging to write about it, because  there is so much good stuff out there, and requires a more detailed review, but I would love to share products with you that I continuously buy:

  1. Moroccan Oil (I purchased this 4 times–since trying it 3 years ago). It’s a great product, and now it’s like conditioner, body wash & shampoo– it’s apart of my routine. I put it in my hair after I shower, put it in my hair after I’m done styling it!
  2. TRESemme Heat Protectant Spray (the red bottle– I’ve purchased this 3 times since trying it in 2011). I feel like this is a great product –and hopefully it’s doing what it’s suppose to –because i feel like it is and it smells greats and curbs the frizz mid going out or mid-dinner with friends!
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar (bought this twice since buying it in October, 2013). I am obsessed and will have a WHOLE post dedicated to it! Needless to say: great for your HAIR, SKIN AND WEIGHT!
  4. NARS “Larger Than Life” lipgloss in¬†Place Vend√īme: OMG LOVE IT! AHHHH but I hate the price tag ($26). I only wear it for special occasions/going out & the quality and consistency is awesome, it’s thick, glossy, stays put, leaves my mark on glasses, and has a pretty residual effect! ¬†when i wear it people always notice it and my girl friends are always trying to “borrow it” ¬†so it’s ¬†WINNER! and once i get some time I’ll go out and purchase it again!!
  5. Revlon ¬†Lip Butter in Candy Apple: I’ve purchased it twice. great color, feels great, and doesn’t flake or dry out!
  6. Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve been buying it since 2009. Salon quality product – i like the lather.
  7. Foaming make-up cloths:¬† I usually buy Oil of Olay or Ponds, which ever one is on sale – they’re both great. i use them alot when i’m worried about over working my skin with the Clarisonic!
  8. Neutrogena Grapefruit Body Wash and Face Wash: (Purchased this 4 times!) It seems natural and I like the grapefruit aspect.
  9. Make Up Forever’s Black Eye Liner: LOVE THIS. i use to wear regular drugstore liner (Revlon, Cover Girl, etc) but it would always end up ON my contacts and then at some point during the night my eyes would feel irritated and my vision would blur! Ever since buying this I can say that it’s NEVER HAPPENED. I love this product, and WILL be purchasing it again ($20).
  10. Falsie’s Mascara with the bottom lash brush: LOVE this mascara. My relationship with it is turbulent because it dries out out my lashes and sometimes flakes — but I the results i get with Falsie’s does not compare to any other brand i’ve tried — it’s just AWESOME – people always compliment my lashes. I have purchased at least 5 or 6 tubes!

ZYKA with a Personal Blurb!

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Hey Friends,

Being a law student & a pseudo Atlanta food bloger do not always go hand in hand! ¬†I’ve had a lot on my plate with the MPRE (basically an ethics test you have to take in order to sit for the BAR). ¬†I’m also job hunting for a permanent position — and it’s been a tad stressful and time consuming. I’ve seen a lot of recent graduates graduate WITHOUT a job, but luckily as BAR results come out– I’ve also been seeing a lot of them get jobs (PHEW).

Areas of law I’m interested:

  • Real Estate and Soft IP

Both of these areas really appeal to me. There are A LOT of Indian/Asian Hotel/Motel owners & I would love to work with a firm to facilitate their transactions. I would also love to negotiate on behalf of them to secure favorable provisions. Growing up I moved around a lot and the connection I felt with my homes and spaces near me really molded my identity. For example, when we moved to Greenville, SC, I saw my neighbors houses being developed before my very eyes, I remember running around in them and giving fake tours to the few neighborhood kids that were around (kind of like Egypt from “Property Virgins”). ¬†Right before the recession my parents bought a new house (they over paid), but I remembered thinking– I knew this house wasn’t worth it. If only they consulted me I could have told them my opinions, or at least shed a tear that could have prevented the purchase (I once did that with some formal living room furniture my family purchased — the tears didn’t work, but years later my mother finally admitted that I was “right”. In her defense she wasn’t all wrong).

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Butter Chicken

I like soft IP because I love the arts, and I love the ability art has to change someone’s thoughts. It has the ability to influence someone, ¬†change their perspective or bring touchy subjects to life through subtle means. I’m NOT that artistically creative, but I am like a lioness and if people try to mess with my cubs I’ll bite (my cubs in this analogy would be the artists I’m able to represent)! When I see people selling knockoffs, I’m the girl that actually EMAILS ¬†the company and says “HEY …THIS ____.COM IS SELLING A FAKE URBAN DECAY PALETTE. I DON’T WANT OTHERS TO GET DUPED. TELL THEM TO STOP AND PROTECT YOUR TRADEMARK.” I’ve emailed L’Or√©al¬†Paris, Apple, Tiffany’s, etc..

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Right now — I may not be that great at drafting memos or briefs, but I know, with time, I’ll probably get it down to a science — luckily I have something else on my side that is much more powerful than drafting a good brief — I’ve got PASSION. I’m going to run with it until I reach the “finish line”.

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Scattered through out this whole post are pictures of my favorite indian / pakistani restaurant called ZYKA: The Taste in Decatur, GA

A Charitable Socialite

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

I had a Sex in the City moment this afternoon, I was dropping off a random assort of chocolates to one of the homeless residents in downtown Atlanta. This quote often comes to mind, since I’ll never know what really happened to those goodies! All I know is – it was between God and me.