Mon Style: Travel-Friendly Casual Chic

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I heart this look – chic, classic and travel-approved. Comfy flats equal no foot pain. Crossbody bags with zippers provide pickpocket resistant storage.

Black, black and more black overflowed my luggage in prep for my #NYCsummerfling. Why? It camouflages potential sticky humidity dirt, Aunt Flo planned to travel with me, and it supported my recent all black mood. Also, black says: “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me.”

I sprinkled a little color with the footwear, lips and my (self-dubbed) big city blue nails.

Click the links below to get the look. Don’t be fooled by the labels, I purchased most items on S-A-L-E.

IMG_8810‘Take Your Marc – Percy’ Crossbody Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

Zara Fringed Leather Bluchers – Zara

Little Black Dress – Bebe

 Textured Woven Coat – H&M

Amy Bracelet Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Retro Matte Ruby Woo Lipstick – Mac

Nightmoth Lip Pencil – Mac

Nails – Wynn Nail Spa

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Hugs,

Roshell

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Running the Manhattan Beach 10K again

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Runners take your mark! Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one… Go!!! I’m doing great, pacing myself, and staying in front of the grandmas and grandpas. Yes! After about 1.5 miles I slow down, oopsie. My failure to train kicked in.

 If you remember, the 2012 MB10K was my first race ever. I trained for four weeks that year and walked (7.2 miles) to work once a week. I proudly crossed the finish line in 1:14:04 (74 mins 4 secs), but planned to do it in 60 minutes the next year (2013).

So here were are, back at the 2013 MB10K and my pace has slowed. People are passing me, too many people. Oh no! I start running again, but soon after I take another walk break. I find no joy in running, I like the challenge and the results.

Two weeks before the 2013 race, my end time goal went from 60 minutes to just beating my 2012 time. People on the sidelines were really cheering us in about 2 miles from the finish line. “You can do it! You’re almost there!” and then I heard “These are the slow runners”. I picked up my pace and anxiously crossed the finish line in 1:13:25 (73 mins 25 sec).

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Vision Fulfilled! Revlon Run, done.

I love running. Sike! That’s a lie.

It’s been almost a year since I participated in my first race, the MB10K. I still struggle with running, but I notice improvement (when I’m consistent).

Why do I run?

1. The thought of needing a scooter chair scares me.

2. I would have died in The Hunger Games.

3. I have great friends that challenge me.

Since the MB10K, I’ve also completed The Color Run and Revlon Run. Guess what? I pasted the Revlon Run on my vision board over a year ago, before I did my first run. I read an article and decided I wanted to support the cause. Funny enough, my vision board sat behind my dresser (out of sight), so I kind of forgot about it.

When one of the ‘Be A Light’ circuit board members suggested that we participate, as one of our community outreach activities, I was down. It’s always great to see women supporting women. Oh! And I fulfilled one of my visions.

Aside from supporting a great cause, the run is cool because it finishes inside the LA Memorial Coliseum, to the sounds of adrenaline pumping drums. In my head, I finished an Olympic race.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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Pitfire: Reasonably Priced Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

On a budget but you don’t want to sacrifice quality? Consider taking a trip over to Pitfire Pizza. I visited the Westwood location, the address is below.

I can’t speak on the entire menu but these dishes right here are  G – double O – D, good!

If you are not in California, you are out of luck, sorry.

IMG_8833Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs (spaghetti, tomato sauce & grana) – $9.25

IMG_8835The Burrata Pie (burrata cheese, tomato sauce, wild arugula, onion, hazelnut & pesto drizzle) – $9.95

IMG_8837 *Brussel Sprout & Bacon Pizza (brussel leaves, panna, bacon, garlic & fresh mozzarella) – $11

*Seasonal Special

Pitfire Pizza
2018 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.481.9860

How I Fed My Face in 2012 + Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12

In 2012, food and I built an intimate relationship that will only get better. We found love in a hopeless place.

As we come to the close of this year, I want to reflect on the deliciousness that I devoured. Feast your eyes on the food porn below. Want to know where to find them? Visit my “Food Adventures” album on Facebook. And if you like porn under $12 bucks go check out The Unemployed Eater’s “Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12“.

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Open Sesame

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Last night, I enjoyed Lebanese cuisine at Open Sesame in Manhattan Beach. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Tawook dish during my visit at the Long Beach (Belmont Shore #2) location, so I ordered it again. Next time, l will attempt to branch out.

My experiences at both locations have been favorable. The food is yummy, service is friendly and atmosphere is great. Below are meal deets.

CHICKEN TAWOOK $16.49 ($14.99 without rice)
Skewered cubes of marinated, charbroiled chicken breast, served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus, garlic sauce, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).

LAMB KABOB $21.99
Skewered cubes of seasoned lamb, charbroiled and served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus or baba ghannouj, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).