Always playing dress up.

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When I’m not working out, updating instagram, playing with my son, or making little posts for my blog– I work at this nail salon called “Nail Pro”. I’ve done nails for a solid 8 years now (typical vietnamese girl, I know. Spare me the jokes!) and one of the perks of doing this job is seeing the local fashion statement that goes in and out of the salon. You have the wannabe jersey shore guidettes, you’ve got the hood rat hooped earring mamas, you have the conservative sweater tied over the shoulder, you’ve got the crop top– You name it and I’ve seen it. With the summer here, I noticed that every group share a common love for dresses. In my opinion, for a day time look, I want a dress that can be flowy and had a nice open back. I love an itty bitty waste with a slightly poofy bottom. This dress I borrowed from my sister: it fitted weird so I tied it at the top.

What is your go to dress?
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ImageWhat I’m wearing:
Dress: Francesca’s
Jewelry: Alex and Ani
Shoes: Pink n Pepper

 

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Healthier Seafood Salad

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When I think “seafood salad”– I automatically think about mayonnaise doused imitation crabmeat slapped in-between some bread with salt and pepper.  However, I have always been a major fan of real seafood; my stepfather is a fisherman and I am lucky enough to be able to eat seafood whenever I want. That being said, I am always looking for new recipes to try with them. This was the easiest, as well as tastiest, salad I have ever came across!

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What you’ll need:
Dressing:
3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Veggies:
1 tbs sea salt
3 Med Carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 lb of green beans
1/2 Cauliflower
beets (optional)

Seafood:
1/2 cup of white wine
3/4 lb of extra lg shrimp (peeled and deveined)
3/4 lbs of clams
lemon wedges

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ImageUsing a pot, add about 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil. Add salt, carrots, green beans, and cauliflower. Cook for about 5 mins then remove but keeping the water in the pot. Add the wine to the vegetable cooking water and adjust the heat until the liquid is barely simmering then add the shrimp and clams to the pot. Cover and cook until the clams have opened and shrimp turned orange. (about 5-6 mins). Whatever clams don’t open– throw away! Drain then add to the veggie mixture.

For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together and pour over your mixture– then toss like a salad! Serve as is and refrigerate leftovers.  🙂

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What sort of workout do you do?

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I get that question a lot and I never really know how to answer that. The truth is, I don’t stick to just one routine. I am constantly looking for different ways to change up my workout but I do focus on certain pairs of muscle groups at a time. This all comes down to what worked for me. I also love having fun at the gym and what better way to do that then to invite some of my best girlfriends? Here’s a preview of what we do. I promise I will start sharing my workout routine very soon! But until then…enjoy!

Keep it Casual

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Keep it Casual

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a a pair of skinny jeans, oversized sweater and some cute ankle boots. Most of my fall/winter everyday outfits are similar to this. I just find it comfortable and casual. Plus, you’re never too dressed down or too dressed up. It’s cute!

Sweater — LookBook Store
Jeans — Zara
Boots — Chiara Ferragani Collection

Public Nudity is Acceptable for Artists.

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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115

My friend/fellow blogger flew in from Chicago for the weekend and what was our first adventure? To the museum of fine arts! We saw different pieces from the Egyptians Era to Modern Art. It was definitely a different experience but we really enjoyed it.

 

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Admissions:
Members FREE
Adults $25
Seniors (65+) $23
Students (18+) $23
Youths 7–17* FREE*
Children 6 and under FREE
*Weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays; otherwise $10.

 

The best part about being in the military is getting into the museum for me! #perksofbeingmiltiary

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From their website:
The Art of the Ancient World collection ranks among the premier encyclopedic collections in the world, with over 83,000 works of art from Egypt, Nubia, the Near East, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Anatolia. The objects in the collection range in date from about 6500 BC to AD 600 and cover a broad geographical expanse, from Britain to Afghanistan. There is something for everyone, including sculpture, jewelry, coffins, mummies, coins, weapons, architecture, vases, carved gems, musical instruments, and mosaics.

ImageI wish I had a full understanding of what art is..like, in a way where I can talk about it and just interpret what it means. I still have an appreciation for it nonetheless.

ImageBe sure to check out their website! It was definitely a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

 

 

Judge a person by Who they look up to.

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Amy Cuddy, James Franco, Chiara Ferragni, Malala Yousafzai

Classmate, “Who is your role model” 
Me, “Uhm…I don’t know. I have so many!”
Classmate, “Name top 4 without thinking..”
Me, “James Franco, Amy Cuddy, Chiara Ferragni, and Malala Yousafzai”
Classmate smiles, “hmm, interesting.”
Me (raising an eyebrow), “What?”
Classmate, “Just surprised you didn’t name Hillary Clinton or, like, Britney Spears or something”

This little conversation had me thinking. Aside from what the dictionary tells you, what makes someone a role model? What makes them a good role model or a bad? To me, I think a role model is someone that, you not only adore and look up to, but is also a figure that helps mold your future self. Whether they inspire you through their experiences, teaches you ways to help better yourself, or motivate you in a sense that makes you want to strive to be where they are– it’s pretty clear to me, that a role model is much more than just someone you simply look up to. Mine are:

  • Amy Cuddy – Harvard Professor and Psychologist. Her Tedtalk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” really gave me the confidence to put good use to “fake it until you become it.” Basically she explains that we’re not always going to be comfortable with everything but even when we are faced with life’s adversities — as long as we handle ourselves in a manner that we think would be appropriate, we can break out uncomfortableness and start becoming what we want to be. She’s the reason why I have such confidence.

  • Chiara Ferragni – blogger for The Blonde Salad, fashionist/designer. She started her career with a simple blog that she started in 2009. Her tips on fashion, pictures of travels, and her overall personality really makes brings that freshness to the world of social media. She taught me to always follow your dreams because you never know when you’ll catch a break!
  • Malala Yousafzai – education activist. This Pakistani girl had the courage to speak up about women’s right to education. There was an attempted assasination because she spoke so openly about her beliefs and even after that — SHE STILL spoke for the importance of educating women. It’s amazing how we complain about so many things when there are people out there that would die to have what we have. She reminds me to be appreciative of all of our rights and freedom, as well as never giving up in what you believe in.

  • James Edward Franco – actor, author, director, professor, poet, artist, model, etc — this dapper mother effer, is pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Not only is he good looking but is also brilliant and versatile. How many celebrities do you know that is so open with his fans on social media sites such as instagram? I could literally spend hours upon hours talking about this man but we’ll let his resume do all the talking. He motivates me to be brilliant

So, as much as I love Britney Spears and admire Hillary Clinton — these four are my role models.