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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Travel Diary: Barcelona [Part 1]















Happy Thursday!

Continuing from where I left off from our Paris trip, we went off to Barcelona next which was just as amazing! We actually never thought about heading to Spain before but after doing lots of research, I'm so glad we did! So here's Part 1 from our trip to beautiful Barcelona. :)  

1. Cathedral de Barcelona just around the corner.
2. Pulpo a la Gallega - Galician Style Octopus,
3. Grilled cuttlefish at Cerveceria Catalana,
4. St Josep La Boqueria all day everyday. 
5. Plentiful of fresh organic juices. Favorite was maracuya (passionfruit)!
6. Traveling through the streets.
7. Delicious seafood paella at Los Toreros.
8. Pink pitaya (dragonfruit) at the La Boqueria.
9. Snack of churros with warm dipping chocolate.
10. Sagrada Familia partially under construction.
11. Breath-taking interior of the Sagrada Familia.
12. A wooden door - gracies.
13. Pulpitos a la plancha at Bar Central.
14. Jamon everywhere even with a museum. 

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Richmond Night Market + Cheap Tribus







Top: Mango (Here)
Shirt: Aritzia (Similar)
Bottom: Topshop (Here)
Shoes: Target (Here)
Bracelets: Madewell (Similar) and Forever 21 (Here)
Necklace: c/o 9th&Elm (Here)
Purse: Louis Vuitton (Here)

Happy Tuesday!

Trying to play catch up on all my posts which includes these photos from when the Hubs and I decided to take a day trip up to Canada to attend the Richmond Night Market. Each Spring/Summer in Richmond, there would be this awesome night market filled with good food and booths of trinkets. But the whole reason why we would go is for the food of course! The yummy curry fishballs to the lamb skewers. They're all oh-so-good! I would consider myself lucky to live only 3 hours away from Canada. hehe.. :) 

I would also like to thank everyone who entered my Nordstrom giftcard giveaway! The winner is...

JoAnna C!

I've sent you an email already so please check and respond back within the next 48 hours. :)

Lastly, I recently been in contact with Cheap Tribus by Urban Tribus (based in Seattle) who just launched a funding campaign that started yesterday for their Shop by Lifestyle which you can see below on more info:


The campaign will fund their plans to bring high-end fashions and the products of small designers to those who may not have access to them. Such as individuals who has busy lives and do not have time to shop for them or people who live in small towns/rural areas. Also, people will have the opportunity to nominate local designers that they like to become part of this project. The funds that they raise will be used for inventory which also means more designers and more choices for their customers.

If you help them out by donating, you will receive a perk! Such as giftcards towards purchases to their site which you can use yourself or give as presents to your friends and family especially with the holidays coming up. Or discount codes in addition to the giftcards. It all depends on your donation. :)

If you're interested in this campaign, please click here!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shrimp Lettuce Cups


Happy Thursday!

I wanted to share a quick and healthy recipe that I was inspired and picked up from Hey Claire. She showed a great way to eat clean and keep it tasty. If you would like to see click (here) and fast-forward to 5:50 to watch her do the recipe. I went with a slightly different approach by adding a few more veggies and making a dressing besides just lemon juice. Either way it tastes really good and don't need to think too hard on how to make it because it is super easy! Trust me! :) 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of small shrimp (thawed & cleaned)
4 small radishes (thinly sliced)
10 mini heirloom tomatoes (diced)
1 avocado (diced into desired size)
Head of butter lettuce (washed and dried)

Dressing:

2-3 lemons (squeezed for juice)
1/2 piece of shallot (minced)
S+P

Mix well together and set aside.


Cook the whole shrimps with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkled some garlic powder plus S+P. They will cook pretty fast and so once they turn pink all around, they're done. You definitely don't want to overcook them or else they will be rubbery tasting (gross!). Set aside once you're done. 


Have all the veggies prepped and chopped up into individual bowls. This is a great build-as-you-eat type of food and nice way to add however much you like or don't like. :)


There you have it! Super easy right? And I don't feel so bad eating it so right after I can have some ice cream! That's a balance right? hehehe..

Hope you enjoy and try this recipe out!

Don't forget to enter into my latest giveaway HERE! You can win a $25 giftcard to Nordstrom!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Product Review: Influenster VSX Sport




Top: c/o Aeropostale (Here)
Sports Bra: c/o Victoria's Secret (Here)
Bottom: c/o Victoria's Secret (Here)

Happy Tuesday!

When we came back from our Eurotrip, I was greeted with a box from Influenster and Victoria's Secret to try out their new Sports Bra and capri pants. I was thrilled since we did go kinda crazy on all the yummy foods during our vacation so sooner or later it was getting to be that time to hit the gym again! Both the VSX sports bra and capris fitted great! One thing I loved about the sports bra was that it was fully padded and gave lots of support. Something that's definitely needed in the gym. I also liked how easy to slip it on because in the past for other sports bras, I've had a harder time slipping it on and off due to my broad shoulders. Does anyone else have that issue?? Or is it just me?
 
Overall I think it's a great sports bra and the only downside to it I would say will be the cost. But sometimes you have to invest money into items that will give you the full support and lasts you longer. I also love the capris as well since I'm short and any shorter length is great to me! I love the flexible fit and how durable it is without having to worry about ripping or being see-thru. Also, how cute is the floral print? Something to feel stylish in while working out! :)

Have you tried out VSX sport bras yet?

Don't forget to enter my latest giveaway to win a $25 giftcard to Nordstrom!




Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Château de Versailles + Giveaway!





 Top: H&M (OR this) (Similar)
Cardigan: c/o Aeropostale (Similar)
Bottom: Target (Here)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory and Dogeared (Here)
Bracelet: Tory Burch (Here)
Shoes: Target (Similar)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 zip via Nordstrom (Here)
Sunglasses: Chanel (old(OR this)

Happy October!

One of my favorite part of our Paris trip was taking the train out to visit Versailles. We were really close on not being able to fit it into our schedule because we had read that you pretty much needed a whole day to fully enjoy Versailles. But we decided to go ahead and go and we were so glad we did! And it's true on what we had read, you can spend your whole day there, just hours of looking at everything. But we did a little over half of our day and still was able to see majority of the Château de Versailles. We also got to visit the Petit Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet which is where Marie Antoinette spent a lot of her free time. The gardens as you can see from the pictures were beautiful and my favorite room in the whole Palace was the Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces). It was like you can take a selfie anywhere in that room! ;) 

Tip - we arrived 45 mins before entry time and had our museum pass ready. The line is separate from the ticket line but with the museum pass you can go straight to the entry line to wait and get in. We got lucky and was able to go into each room without having a crowd next to you or in front of you. We were able to take pictures without a lot of people in the background or get bumped while listening to the audio guide that they had provided. 












Hope you enjoy my pictures of Versailles! Since I was so busy this Summer planning this Europe trip, I totally forgot to celebrate the 2nd year Blogiversary of She is Lovely! And the blog also hit over 500k views! That's half a million! Crazy... :) I would like to do a giveaway now that things has sorta settled back down. So to all my readers that had stuck with me in the last two years, I wanted to give you the opportunity to enter to win a $25 giftcard to my favorite store - Nordstrom! This will be open to U.S. readers only. So sorry! But for the international readers, I'll have something special for you guys up soon. In the meantime..

All you will have to do is read below on how to enter:

 1. The first four steps within the Rafflecopter are mandatory in order to be entered.
2. Please follow the rules and don't just click through. I will be validating your entries. :)

The winner will have 48 hours to reply back to my e-mail with shipping info once it has been announced. If not, I will pick another winner.


Good luck!!


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