Travel: Epic Vegas Trip at 30

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Two handfuls of visits and twenty-nine years of living as neighbors, can you believe I never “experienced” Vegas?

Strolling the Vegas Strip sober with family, trotting through the club to wrangle talent for red carpet photos, and professionally greeting guests at a registration table does not qualify as experiencing Vegas.

Indulging in crazy Vegas trip(s) is done in your twenties, right? Not for me. I’m extraordinary. My first Vegas experience happened five days after crossing the border to thirty.

Cue Beyonce’s 7/11. Vegas at thirty included: accidental kidnapping by valet, bath tubs posing as refrigerated alcohol storage centers, lost luggage, discovering hotel-rented scooter chairs, over-intoxicated and undernourished friends spazzing out, burning balls (feet) trudging through the club, recorded videos singing chants from the college days, seducing mannequins, seemingly choreographed routines (grand entrances) to Jay Z music, endless jokes, laughs for days, and “spinning while my hands up.”

Below see photos from my crazy, entertaining and epic Vegas trip. Click images to enlarge.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

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Cooking On A Budget: Lazy Chicken w/ Rachel Ray

One year while perusing in Target, I decided to grab cookbooks. I’m pretty sure cookbooks were not the purpose for the visit, but you know how that goes. Twenty-fifteen looks like the year that I will actually use said cookbooks. On Sunday, I flipped open Classic Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook and tried ‘My Sister Ria’s Lazy Chicken, or My Lazy Sister Ria’s Chicken’ recipe. Yum-O! I’m pretty sure the 30-minutes does not include prep time, start to finish took about an hour. Check out my photos and get the recipe below. To purchase the cookbook from Target, click the link above.

Ingredients
Balsamic vinegar
1 & 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets – thinly sliced or pounded breast meat (I used 2 chicken breasts, I sliced into pieces.)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
2 medium white potatoes, thinly sliced (I did not skin the potatoes)
1 medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced (I used a brown onion)
Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, to taste
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used white wine from Trader Joe’s)
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes ( I did not use the full 28oz)
10 leaves fresh basil, torn or coarsely chopped
2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped from the stem chopped

1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded Italian cheese of your choice (I used a packaged mixture of 6 Italian cheeses)

Ria’s (Rachael’s sister) Recipe (with a few changes)

Lightly coat chicken with balsamic vinegar. Heat 1 tbsp evoo (once around the pan) in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for two minutes on each side  (Next time I will add time and cook it about 90 percent through)
Remove chicken and set aside (Next time I will add seasoning to chicken for more flavor).

Add 1tbsp evoo to pan and add a layer of potatoes and onions. Sprinkle potatoes and onion with Montreal seasoning. Continue cooking and turning occasionally until potatoes begin to brown. Add wine to the pan. Layer zucchini on top of potatoes and onion. Add more Montreal seasoning. Top with layer of chicken breasts. Pour crushed tomatoes on top (I used about 3/4 can), then sprinkle chopped basil and oregano. Cover pan and cook until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes (I cooked for 25 minutes).

Sprinkle shredded cheeses on top. Place pan under broiler for a few minutes until cheese melts and begins to brown. Serve directly from the hot pan at the table, with a green salad on the side (I added a baby arugula blend as the side. I used a balsamic and basil vinegrette dressing).

I look forward to trying this recipe again. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

Mon Style: A Monochromatic Night Out

 Dress: black H&M cross-back

Jacket: H&M Tailored Blazer in natural white

Shoes: Steve Madden Stecy in Gold (not suitable for long-wear)

Bag: black H&M faux leather foldover clutch w/ gold chain zipper

Necklace: gold H&M statement necklace

Earrings: gold H&M studs

Budget-Friendly: Leather Ankle Boots

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Brand: Aldo

Style: Sybil Ankle Boot

Current Price: $60

Original Price: $120

 For more details click the link above

*Helpful Tips

If you purchase in-store and your size is not in stock, but it is available online, Aldo will ship your purchase free of charge. These are comfy and true to size.

San Francisco for the BIG three-oh

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On Sunday, I turned 30. Happy Birthday to me! In celebration of the three-oh milestone I traveled. Saturday through Monday I explored San Francisco with one of my best friends.

The city is filled with delicious food. Like a glutton, I stuffed my belly with layer upon layer of food. We stayed in Nob Hill, so we basically hiked through San Francisco, this warranted overeating .

Via LinkedIn, I connected with a sales manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. She emails me rate promotions periodically. I reached out and asked for a promo rate for my travels dates. Boom! Ask and thou shalt receive.

The sales manager and her assistant were super sweet. A welcome package (card, fruit bowl, and Evian) greeted me in the room.

As for my flight, I paid $141 round-trip. Virgin America offers flight sales frequently. In October, I booked my flight for January with a promo.

See San Francisco in pictures. Click images to enlarge.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

EMC Seafood+Raw Bar

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Crispy Dungeness Crab (Whole)

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” -Julia Child

Yes, Julia! My friendships are sealed and celebrated with food. I’m convinced that my friends workout to eat. Birthdays, job promotions, breakups, life chats, or new shoes… food is front and center for the celebration. Eating is a hobby.

I don’t subscribe to the “no new friends” motto, so my circle has a door. My friends are diverse, which makes for colorful foodie adventures.

One adventure landed us in Korea Town at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar (EMC). It happened to be the hot spot that Saturday night. The space is modern and ideal for groups, it’s pretty noisy and open late-nights.

We were seated at a long bar table. We opt for family-style group feasting. Our tasty spread included the items pictures, they are highlighted purple on the menu pages. Five of us dined that night and left happily stuffed. I predicted that the brussels sprouts and Uni pasta would be the weakest links. Wrong. They were delish and two of my fave dishes.

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Uni Pasta

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Oysters

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 EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

3500 West 6th Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90010

213.351.9988

Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection

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As a #UltimateCurlboxMeetup team member, I received the entire Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection for $Free.99. I am under no obligation to review the products, they were complimentary swag for participating in the walk.

The collection includes:

  • Marula Oil 

Each product is labeled with detailed and easy to follow “how to use” instructions. I chose to use the marula oil as a hot oil treatment and submitted to the listed instructions.

  • Gentle Cream Cleanser

After rinsing out the murula oil treatment, I applied the cleanser as directed. So far, so good.

  • Softening Hair Mask

Next up to bat, the softening hair mask. There were multiple play options, I went with the extra-deep treatment. My hair deserved bonus lovin’, I neglected it for a week.

In rule-breaker fashion, I left the softening hair mask on for 30 minutes instead of the suggested 10-15. I deep-conditioned using the towel method. I covered my conditioned hair with a plastic cap, then wrapped a towel over the cap.

Curl Tip* When hair is covered/wrapped, our body heat provides the necessary warmth that allows the hair shaft to open and the conditioner to penetrate the shaft.

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These are my naked curls, after rinsing out the hair mask.

  • Diffusing & Styling Lotion

Before I allowed the next batter up to the plate, I blow-dried my mane. Finally, I re-dampened my hair by section with a spray bottle, applied the product, and twisted each section.

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Results

I consciously decided to try the collection on a i’m-doing-nothing day. The diffusing and styling lotion did not seem like it would be thick enough to tame my big hair. My twists were not layed as usual (see above).

Abiding by the listed instructions, like a good girl, I allowed the twists to air-dry over night. On the following day, I untwisted them and pulled my hair up in my go-to puff.

Guess what? The Marula Curl Therapy Collection hit a home run! Notice the Day 3 fluff on Day I. The light-weight lotion allowed my hair to have volume like whoa!  See for yourself.

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Day I Hair

The collection provided lasting moisture, shine and manageability as promised.

Will I purchase the collection once I run out? Hmmm…  it’s a bit pricey. I will likely grab the Diffusing & Styling Lotion because of the volume it allows me to achieve.

My cost-benefit analysis of the other products is not leading me toward trading in my current cleansing and conditioning products. I purchase my current cleansing and conditioning products for less and they seem to provide comparable results.

Thanks for reading!

Hugs,

Roshell

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Awesome #EverydayWomen That Look Like Me

Awesome everyday women that look like me are too often unseen, therefore we think they are non-existent. I began the #EverydayWomen series to help dispel this myth and spotlight a few women that inspire me. On Instagram, I announced that I would run the series via Facebook from Nov. 25 – Dec. 25, 2014. The series would feature images of 30 awesome everyday women. Instead of 30, there are 31 everyday women featured and the series extended through January 1, 2015.

Science, technology, finance, arts/entertainment, government, health/beauty, military, and fashion are some of the career fields these women dabble in. Like countless women, most of these ladies wear multiple hats. While juggling the demands of their careers, several of these women are wives and/or mothers too.

Click an image to enlarge and learn about the awesome #EverydayWomen pictured. Follow their awesomeness on Instagram, handles are included in the captions.

 

Curl Popping Twist Out Tutorial

Three years ago (Sept. 2011) I went natural. I big chopped again last year (2013), right before my two-year naturalversary because I wanted a tapered cut. The first few years I avoided heated in my regular routine. Over the last few months, I have adopted blow drying because it minimizes my tangles and speeds up the drying process.

Step 1: Cleanse & Condition

For four weeks I have done apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses in addition to the regular wash and condition. I am in the process of evicting pesky dandruff that is living rent-free on my scalp. I wash and condition once a week right now. I deep condition every other week.

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Step 2: Blow Dry

I blow dry in sections on low heat and medium speed. 10784984_740260529363051_320441248_n

Step 3: Moisturize, Twist, & Seal.

I lightly oil my scalp with cold-pressed castor oil before twisting to help with eliminating the dandruff, then I begin the twisting process. In sections, I dampen my hair with water using the spay bottle, then apply my leave-in (avoiding application near the scalp). I gently rub in the leave-in until there is no visible residue. Next I apply a small amount of oil to the hair to seal in the moisture, then twist. Sometimes I twist and apply the sealer last. 10844227_321461368063450_1689997108_n

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Step 4: Style

I aim to have my twists done by 6pm so that my hair is dry by morning. Dry twists and defined curls go hand in hand.  These days, I typically style my hair in a puff because it’s low maintenance and works for my lifestyle.10848212_793782650692146_708238981_n

Miracle Mile Starfish Sushi

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Mango Madness, Fiesta and Sapporo roll, please! For four visits in a row this is exactly what our order looked like. My friend Vee and I are stuck on these rolls, they’re so friggin yummy.

Starfish Sushi is a cute little Japanese spot located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles. The sushi is fresh and yummy. The service is good as well.

Starfish Sushi

5600 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.933.5600