Friday, February 27, 2015

Delicious, Easy To Make Baked Salmon Recipe


 
This has officially become one of my favorite dishes to make. It's easy, it's healthy and it's sooooo good. Last night was the first time I made this because B and I are now really serious about getting fit and healthy in time for the wedding!

I'm actually very determined to be at the best shape of my life for the wedding and have told B about my goals. Here's how the conversation went:

Miles: I will be at the best shape of my life for the wedding!

B: What happens after the wedding?

Miles: ............

(Insert Twilight Zone music)

ANYWAY.
 
This dish is not only really simple to make, it's also very, very delicious! B even sent me a message soon after he ate it for lunch at work just to give praise--yup, it's THAT good.
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hair Tutorial: Easy Beach Waves


Being the tropical girl that I am, I have mastered the art of creating easy, beach waves. I love wearing this look during the dead of winter because it reminds me of the sun, sand and sea and (sort of) warms my heart, especially during the harsh NY winter that we're having right now!

This look is so easy to achieve and can be done in 30 minutes, tops!




Products and Items needed:




1. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: This is something that I tried just for this tutorial. I must say, the name "Beach Babe" really talked to me when I passed by the aisle of CVS since I am after all, a beach bunny. Price: $9.00.

2. Tresemmé‎ Hairspray (#4 hold): I've always, always LOVED this hairspray! It gives you superior hold BUT with a touchable feel. I know it sounds contradictory but really, it does. Price: $6.00.

3. Hair Dryer 

4. Curling Iron (medium barrel) 

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Cheesiest Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe (Parmesan + Romano)

New York
I swear I'm 1/2 mouse. I love cheese so much! The main reason why I love eating Italian dishes is that it always, almost, comes with cheese.

This fettuccine recipe that I'm sharing with you is perhaps the cheesiest there is---and probably also the most fattening. So, leave this for special occasions (like, you survived a Monday after the 4th of July weekend---this feat calls for a celebration!)

This recipe is so easy to follow and takes only 30 minutes to make. I made so much of this that my boyfriend and I ate it for 3 days without any complaint!

And oh, you're welcome, fellow cheese lovers.

The cheesiest, yummiest chicken fettuccine! 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Makeover Magic


Girls love makeovers.

We live for those life-changing transformations that turn simple into elegant, much like Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway) in Princess Diaries.



I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be part of a huge makeover, but, yesterday, it happened. No, I didn't end up looking like Anne Hathaway, but, I did look pretty darn good.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why I Added A Photo On Our Wedding Email Address


So, I have finally uploaded a photo on our wedding email address.



Yes, we have a wedding email address and it's the first thing that I made before we started contacting potential partners. It's my little way of making sure that all wedding-related correspondences go to one single inbox instead of getting jumbled in our already chaotic personal ones. It makes our digital lives a little less cluttered.

Anyway, yes, I've uploaded an image and it's an important step that I've missed. Why?

You see, I'm a heavy-duty email person. I like having email discussions with potential partners for maybe 2-3 weeks before even picking up the phone or setting up a physical meeting with them. Email is my choice media and I think I express myself better in the written language.

Not everyone has a photo on their email addresses and I frankly couldn't care less but I have come to realize its important especially with wedding related emails between myself and people who have no idea who I am.

You see, Miles is a non-traditional name for a woman and there have been a lot of times when this kind of conversation happens when we finally meet a partner/vendor in person or over Skype:

Vendor: Oh my goodness, Miles is a woman!

Yup, since I correspond with a lot of our partners over email, they're always disappointed surprised to find out that they will be part of a man-woman wedding instead of a man-man union.



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Back to Black

I've always worn my hair either light brown, dark brown or copper-ish brown but never in black. Well, not in a long time. My hair is actually dark, dark brown, almost black but since I've become vain discovered beauty salons, stylists have told me that I should keep my hair light so my small face would pop up more and not drown from my dark, thick hair. Being the experts, I always listened to them.

B never liked my light colored hair and have always felt that black would suit me more even if he's never seen me that way. So, since my previous color was half-way down my hair, I gave in to his preference and tried something new.

I found this L'Oreal Feria box at CVS and thought how awesome it would be if I used it and my hair color ended up looking exactly like that mane of the model on the box. Having been in advertising for a decade, I was a little skeptical.



Before: Light brow haired Miles


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Japanese Beef Curry Recipe


This is a classic Japanese cuisine that's easy to make and oh-so-delicious. I spent 3 years in Japan when I was a kid and that was when I first had a taste of the infamous Japanese curry (karē raisu)---and fell in love with it. People might find it funny to know that a lot (if not most) Japanese restaurants serve curry (next to sushi, sashimi, etc.) but this is actually a staple dish in Japan.

Though you can quickly order this from a restaurant, you can save a little and make it yourself. This recipe will cost around $10-$15 and can serve 4-6 people---that's a good price!
Japanese curry is very different from the traditional Indian curry. The Japanese version is a little less spicy, the sauce is thicker and is sweeter than the Indian one.

If only you can smell this right now...


Beautiful DIY Personalized Wedding Invites & Website

Being the creative person that I am, I knew that I would definitely be a hands-on-bride and a lot of the elements of our wedding would be DIY. It’s not only more affordable to do so, but, it allows our guests to get to know us more as a couple, versus other cookie cutter weddings.

Have you attended weddings where you felt that you’re just there for a party? Meaning, you either know the groom or the bride but never them as a couple? Surely, you’ve attended weddings of close friends and know their entire love story but I’m also sure that you’ve been to weddings as a spectator.

That’s a gap that I wanted to address in our wedding.

Since majority of my family and friends are from the Philippines, they have not really gotten to know Brian as much as I would have loved them to --- it really is physically impossible to do so. They’ve only met him when he proposed in the Philippines, through my endless chatter or through his emails.

So, since I wanted our guests to feel involved in our wedding, I’ve decided to implement a story-telling type of strategy to the whole event. Yes, it sounds like an entire marketing campaign but hey, I’ve been trained that way! And, it all starts with the save-the-date and the wedding website.

Save-The-Date

According to my very reliable The Knot wedding app that helps me organize, B and I were scheduled to send our Save-The-Dates last December. We actually postponed this and sent it just last January instead because for one, people get a million holiday greeting cards at that time and we didn’t want to add to the chaos.

For the design, B and I turned one of our favorite engagement shoot photos as the key visual, used the wedding monogram that I made (yes, personalization is key!) and added a few details (just a few to get people excited, I’m not a fan of heavy copy writing)



Note: The biggest reason why we worked with a professional photographer for our engagement shoot is because we wanted to use nice photos on key wedding elements like invites and website... Nothing spells class more than great images! I would highly recommend Brave Hearts Photography!

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