Posts Written On March 2010

Home-cooking with B #1

Braised Sweet Chili Pork Chops w/ Curry-Coconut Rice…

Sooo GOOD!

Cold winter days + spicy food=Winner!
It was FREEZING and I was in the mood for something hot and delicious to warm my (our) tummy(ies), but didn’t have much going on in my fridge, except for a couple pork chops and some chilis. So I did what any chef would do when faced with hunger and limited ingredients; I got creative. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to drown food in spices or need a million and one different ingredients to make a tasty meal. I’ve always believed you should allow the food’s natural flavour to take centre stage, and whatever flavoring(s) or sides you add to it, should only enhance the flavour. Look at it this way, when you make/buy fried chicken, your initial plan is to eat chicken, not breadcrumbs with a hint of chicken but we’ll cover fried chicken another day J

All you need:
Rice: 1 cup basmati, 1 ½ tsp curry, 1 cup shredded coconut, ¾ cup finely chopped onions, 1tsp crushed garlic, 1 tblsp butter
Pork: Pork chops, 2 tsp crushed garlic, 2 tsp crushed ginger, 1 cup finely chopped onions, butter, 2 tsp sugar, and couple chopped chilli peppers (depending on how spicy you want it), ½ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp paprika.
This dish is easy to prepare and great for those that have a tender tongue but love spicy food, as the coconut in the rice and the freshness of the salad, help to soften the spicy flavour. Have fun with the recipe!
Stay warm!
♥Bella♥

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Slowly emerging from the cocoon…

After getting my “mojo” kicked the eff out of me and a hell of a wake-up call, I decided to take time away from everything and spend some time with ME… that and my fractured toe didn’t offer me much choice. There is nothing like being forced to stay off your feet, and then having some sh*t throw you off track mentally, spiritually and emotionally… I was totally f*cked. There I was, rock bottom with no desire to get back up… no matter how many pep talks I gave myself or received from the few people that had access to me; nothing was helping. I was mad at myself for letting my situation get the better of me, and even more pissed that I had no idea how to come out of it. I tried to pray but didn’t know what to say… Under normal circumstances I would exercise like a maniac to help me “process” but seeing as I was ordered to stay off my feet, that wasn’t happening. I was completely outta sync and sinking… Mind, body and soul.L

I eventually got sick of drowning myself in my sorrows, and decided to figure my sh*t out. The way I saw it; when you’re at rock bottom there’s only one place to go and that’s up… “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”- Oscar Wilde. My soul AND senses definitely needed some curing. So I took a first class trip to my soul… it sounds a little cheesy lol, but I realized that I had to start healing from the inside-out, before I could do anything else. During my “soul search” I was able to discover A LOT about myself, the people in my life, as well as reconnect with other things that I had somehow let become dormant… We’re quick to advise people to “get up and dust their shoulders off” when they encounter obstacles, but I think we forget just how much easier it is said, than done. I forgot how much easier it is said, than done… but I also learned that sometimes it’s okay to be down. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. We live in a world of quick fixes, temporary quick fixes; but there are no quick fixes for broken/fractured/bruised souls.
 I’ve learned that rock bottom is a great place for self-discovery and if you take a moment and really assess whatever’s wrong or got you down; you may just see the blessing hidden in it all. Again, easier said than done, but I believe it’s always worth a try; sometimes losing your way, means finding yourself… Life/People will let and get you down; ultimately, it’s your decision to keep going. “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”- Thomas Carlyle
I’m still searching, learning and discovering. For those of you going through some sh*t, no matter how big or small, my advice to you is get in touch with you, hang in there and take it one day at a time, BUT KEEP GOING J. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul”- Ella Wheeler Wilcox 
Stay blessed,
♥Bella♥

Happy March!
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CoverFX – Beauty Blogger’s Event

Last week I had the opportuntity to be one of the few to attend CoverFX’s Beauty Blogger’s event for their 10 year Anniversary… ohhhhh so lucky am I!!! I’m in love!!!
Beauty + Medical = CoverFX!
The coverage is incredible, the texture is insane & its boss for you skin!
I got a first-hand look at the ‘Uncover Flawless’ campaign launching for Spring/Summer 2010 and had the opportunity to learn about the products. If I broke down all the reasons to use this make-up, the posting would extend past the page and it would become a novel instead of a blog posting, so I’ll allow you to do that for yourselves… but some things I will mention are:
  • Cover FX is the only cosmetic where the line is a treatment for your skin
  • Cover FX is great for any skin condition; rosacea, acne, dark circles, aging, oily, etc.
  • Cover FX is paraben & emmoliant free
  • Cover FX is full of antioxidants, minerals & SPF’s
Prepping for demos



How-to apply ‘The Big Cover Up’ 3 step essentials kit

Officially the make-up used by Ang Jolie to cover her tatts in films

I’ve worn it everyday since the event!!!

To learn more visit: http://www.coverfx.com/

Peep their blogs:

Cover FX Co-Creator,Le Graff, on skin concerns
Cover FX Foundation Artist, Wanda Longo, on make-up trends

Buy CoverFX:

in Canada @ Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, The bay
in the US @ Sephora, Nordstrom, Naimie’s Beauty Center
in the UK @ Harvey Nichols

xoxo

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"Warehouse" Smirnoff Experience Featuring Paul Oakenfold

Experience the revival & rebirth of the pulsing underground scene of the Nineties. Packing broken industrial spaces all over our cities, this culture was raw, it was real, and it was all about the music… And The Warehouse brings it all back. Join the movement – your chance to revel in anthems and environments that will blow your mind.
Featuring: PAUL OAKENFOLD
Date: Saturday March 6th
Place: The Guvernment
Tickets: General Admisson – $15
HeyDoYou Contest
Tell us what 90’s female hip hop duo Paul Oakenfold signed (as an A&R) & win
2 FREE TICKETS!!!
send your answers to shesshayxoxo@gmail.com, 1st correct answer wins!!!
SEE YOU THERE!
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Beauty: LA Makeup Show

Spent a lovely Sunday downtown LA at the Cal Mart checking out the LA Makeup Show

There was a lot of anticipation for an event like this, especially for us Beauty students. We were able to check out the latest and greatest from well know brands as well as indies who hit the scene running like Yaby from Toronto, OCC from LA.  

I met the most fascinating person rocking YSL Tributes. Ongina aka Ryan Ong.  Do you know about her? What a bad bitch!  WOW. If you meet as many people as I do, you have a knack of picking out those who really emulate life. She had that star power and allure that just drew me to her. It’s probably some sort of cosmic magnetism. She is just amazing, beautiful and gracious.



The following beauty posts will highlight the brands and the best of the show. But for now! Here are the stylish beauty lovers who came out and looked amazing. 

I am such a fan of people with incredible style, those trendsetter and those who living out loud. This is what truly inspires me. When you are around ‘like-minded’ people, you don’t feel so alone after all. What a delightful thing that is!
MUA Maggie Engelter + Bryan Cendejas



Fellow Bloggers 🙂 hiiii!
We run LA!
Love em, Swatch em, Buy em, Wear em!
pro nails
WOW right
BAD
Sona… enjoying the new perks of blogging!
100% Vegan!
Celebrity makeup artist in 2035
139 is the BUSINESS!
my flygirl from NYC
stocking with lines 🙂 Tattoo of stocking lines tho?? ummm…
 More pictures here

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