T-Minus 2 Weeks

We are only two weeks away guys. Two freaking weeks!!! Actually, it’s less than two weeks. To be exact, we are 12 days away from the wedding day. Anyone nervous yet? Yeah.

I’m stressed, been super stressed lately. But not nervous yet. Hope I don’t get nervous and get over my extra high stress levels, so I can relax and enjoy all of this. Thing are all falling together. Just a few little details to get together, but for the most part it’s out of my hands now, meaning all those hired and contracted vendors should be on it or getting on it next week.

Here we go, yahookitie!!! Wish us luck, and hope for not too many things to go wrong.

Happy 4th!

flag and fireworks

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you are off to some fun ventures. I have already had a homemade facial, a teeth whitening, and a bubble bath. Pampering anyone?

I hope your 4th is great too!

Happy BDay Max!

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Maxy turns 7 today.

Happy Birthday, my loud, grumpy and cutest-thing-ever boy!

T-Minus 1 month


(This is so us…)

We are exactly one month away from the wedding date. I haven’t been posting anything about the wedding preparation here. Well, I haven’t been posting anything here lately, wedding related or not.

Anywhoo, a lot of the preparation has been taken care of and we are pretty much set with all the big stuff. I only have left the flowers and center pieces, and the gifts for both the guests and the wedding party. The Hora Loca, is still pending, as well as settling the transportation. But other than that, everything else that was recently pending I have at least touched base with, and will be deciding on this coming week: the food for after the church rehearsal, choosing the cake provider, the make-up and hair tryouts, which I have set appointments for, and buying the tickets for the honeymoon. That’s it, everything else is pretty much set.

One more month people, like Nick says “it’s only 30 days, Je-Ji”!, but who’s counting?

(or is it more like this…?)


Practicing with MakeUp

As I mentioned, I’m debating if I want to do my own makeup for the wedding or if I will go with a professional, so I have been practicing. This is a look I did a few weeks ago.

Every time I see photos of myself really up close, or just plain funny looking, I can’t but sing that old song “con esa cara e’loca…”. Do you know that song? Is it just me, or do you remember that song too? No? Oh, well.

Any way, here are all the products I used, starting from the top with the face primer, ending with lips..

Makeup Products

Some of these products are just ok, but others are the bombikitie. If I decide to go on my own with the wedding-day makeup, I would use them for sure. The ones I highly recommend are: the concealers and highlights (L.A. Girl Pro concealer, Maybelline Dark Circles Treatment, and Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighter), the Naked Urban Decay eye shadow palette, the E.L.F. makeup remover pen for mistakes, the Cover Girl Lash Blast (my favorite drug store mascara), the Bobbi Brown mascara (my favorite high-end mascara), the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil, and the Hourglass blushes. The rest are good, but they don’t make it or break it for me, so I could use another version of the same type of product and probably be ok. In fact, today I’m trying the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte foundation, and so far it is the only foundation I’ve tried that really covers my “problem” pores. I’ve tried others who claim to do it, but nope, this one is the only one so far that has done the trick. This might be love!

On MakeUp

I go through phases of addiction to activities. Sometimes it’s something healthy like yoga, zumba, or jogging. Other times it’s not so healthy, and focused on food, chocolate, ice cream, chips, nuts or a particular candy, off the top of my head: jawbreakers, Double Bubble gum, Charms blow pops, starbursts, sweetarts, toblerone, twix, … you get the idea. And yet other times, I guess appropriate for this era, my addiction goes to digital, online activities like blogging, FB, twitter, pinterest, playing Sims, and most recently You Tube.

I’ve always watched videos on You Tube, I tend to end there when I’m searching for how-tos, specifically technology related, or when I’m searching for class resources for my students. But recently, while looking for bridal makeup tips, I bumped into a whole world of beauty related videos, and now spend endless hours watching a series of beauty vloggers on You Tube.

I’m still undecided between having a professional do my makeup for the wedding, or applying all the skills I’ve been learning these past months and brave it, and do it myself. I’ve learned a ton about makeup application, about different products, and have purchased a lot of products, some which I’m still tying out. It’s definitely a different type of hobby, but it ‘s just fun to watch.

There are thousands of beauty vloggers out there, so I thought I’d share with you my favorite ones, to save you some time. If you are already into makeup, you’ll love them. And if you are not, beware, you might get sucked in.

Lisa Eldridge – A professional British makeup artist, who works with A-lister actors and models.

Essie Button – A young Canadian living in the UK.

Amelia Liana – Another young British fassionista.

Leighann Says – A quirky and sweet girl from Houston.

Kathleen Lights – A young Cuban-American girl from Miami.

Young Wild and Polished – A crazy, funny woman, who loves her bloopers.

Coffee Break with Dani – A young Mexican-American mom of two, from Dallas, who loves to teach “pandas” about makeup.

Jessica Murphy (JAMbeauty89) – A fair girl from Indianapolis, who is getting married soon.

The Makeup Chair – A makeup artist who teaches online.

Sona Gasparian – A makeup artist offering latest beauty trends and tips.



Back in May, my sister organized the best bachelorette weekend extravaganza a girl could ever have. It was filled to the brim with great activities and experiences.  It was a truly great time with awesome friends. I was really excited to go to NY for Memorial Day weekend, and filmed this short video the morning before I headed out. I know, corny, but I wanted to share it here anyway.


As most of you know Maxy, my almost 7 year old Silky Terrier,  is the cutest thing ever. What you might not know is how much of a BOY he is. I had a little fun the other day video recording Max in action. Take a look:


I’ve been having these somewhat confusing dreams about wedding ceremonies gone wrong. In some of them I was the one getting married, and in others I was present at other people’s wedding. The commonality seemed to be that all the dreams had a lot of drama around them; drama about marrying the wrong person, or not wanting to get married and having to, for whatever reason. Mike says I’m getting cold feet. And it might as well be. I’ve always understood marriage to be HUGE commitment and as one ventures in, one has to comprise quite a lot; which might have been the reason I hadn’t really had the conviction of getting married before now. I take it seriously, too seriously perhaps, which could explain the nightmares.

Last night though, I had a different kind of dream. I was with Mike and some of my family, cousins, some friends too perhaps, and we were sorting something out, holding a discussion of some sort around something, that seemed to be banal, or at least from an outsiders perspective, it seemed trivial. And suddenly we hear this loud noise, we look back and this wave of people running, surrounded by bursts of fire, chaos, screaming and just complete mayhem was heading our way, like a tsunami taking over everything. In the dream, I quickly understood it as the end of the world, and the instinct was to run for dear life. In the dream, Mike took my hand and we started running away from this wave of madness that was taking over everything. I woke up, startled and a bit out of breath.


I’ve had chaotic dreams like this one before that turned out to be premonistic. So, I thought maybe if I shared this one, it wouldn’t happen. You know, like when you tell others your wishes they don’t come true, because you somehow jinxed them? Well, I thought, maybe if I shared this dream, I’d jinxed it too. So here it is. I have no desire for the world as we know it to end, not now and probably, not ever. The dream felt real in a way though, and it made me think about how if something like that happened right now, all our worries about petty little things would suddenly end, and shift to, literally running in order to stay alive. It gave me pause, for a minute there.

I do believe we, I, spend too much time consumed with the little things, the mundane, the material, the non-transcendental day-to-day aspects of life. But I don’t think we, I, need the world to go through such an awful event in order to gain perspective of what is truly important. Do you? Which is why I’m hoping this is not a premonistic dream, and just a wake-up call, to pay attention to the truly important things in life, for me: how we relate to and take care of our own and each others’ souls and spirit.

At the hair salon, the other day, I read in a Self magazine, an article by Deepak Chopra’s daughter Malaika. In it she shared her struggles to stay centered in what is truly important and how going back to meditating 10 minutes a day helped her gain back that perspective. I haven’t been meditating for quite some time now, and I think that was why reading that article rang so true for me. And now this dream, I think is trying to remind me to stay focus on what is meaningful in my soul’s experience in this life, and stop consuming myself with the minute, the mundane, and the inconsequential. Are you on that path? If so, how do you make sure you are taking care of your soul? I think I’m going to start meditating again. I can afford to invest 5 to 10 minutes a day on my soul; I definitely need it, look at all the signs!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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My gift to Mike.

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Mike’s gift for me.

Aren’t those flowers pretty? And the cupcakes were delicious!

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day, and enjoyed it in any way that suits you. Mike and I had an appointment with a DJ out n the suburbs, and then were off to dinner.

We had a reservation at Emilio’s, the tapas place in which we had our first date. But when they seated us they gave us an awful table, and when we asked to be moved, they said they couldn’t (or wouldn’t), so we left. We lucked out and were able to find a table in The Athena Restaurant, last minute without a reservation, and enjoyed a delicious Greek meal.

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Our appetizer was a lightly breaded salty goat cheese, flamed in brandy, called Saganaki.

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I had a slow cooked lamb that fell right off the bone, delicious!

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And Mike had the combination plate. Yummy!

A pretty nice date night for us, and a very nice way to celebrate 4 years together :)