Monday, January 8, 2018

#DietForever | What is Mediterranean Diet?

Oh my! Few weeks ago, I was on Keto diet, I survived Christmas with very minimal cheating. But still there was cheating, so meh. It takes a while to go into ketosis, I think, for me, give or take, 3 days, so if I suddenly cheat, then there goes the diet, hello, fats! I think it will be hard for me to go back to it because unless I commit to it (truly, madly, deeply), I will always need to worry on all the bacon and fats I'm slurping if I suddenly break the fast. The struggle is even worse after the New Year with all those fruits I hoarded. I thought of going for a week on GM Diet, but realistically, with it, I can only do 2 days. Desperately, I googled weight loss diet  with fruits and vegetables and and red wine (I'm missing my daily glass of red wine with Keto Diet)? Hahaha Tadaaaa...Mediterranean Diet is it!

It is said to be a heart-healthy eating plan where it incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine. It also features whole wheat and other grains, fruits, vegetables, and a certain amount of seafood, but low in meat and dairy products. Hmmmm πŸ€” it's amazing, how it just refers back to the usual healthy diet espoused and preached by my parents, and now I preach and nag to my son about, minus the wine. πŸ˜‰

Mediterranean Diet welcomes a glass of Red Wine to boot. 🍷 Whaaat? Red wine? I'm in!
Mediterranean Diet Food Guide from Wikipedia
Eat: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.
Eat in moderation: Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt.
Eat only rarely: Red meat.
Don't eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods. Credit: Source
The upside of going into this diet today, and hopefully committing to it, is we actually have an abundance of fruits and vegetables in California. It's so easy to eat colors. Plus, we actually use Olive Oil in cooking anyhow. My difficulty will probably be eating less of red meat, which I can survive not eating for a year when I was on medical emergency last time. So yes. Maybe I can do this too. Minimizing sweets and desserts, hmmm, I can do that too. I hope. The serving of healthy carbohydrates via whole grains makes it realistic. People, I need rice and bread too. The difficulty of Mediterranean Diet personally for me is that there's no recommended serving or calories. Plus, there's no measurable committed weight loss like how Keto and Scarsdale diet do (albeit very drastic), where you can actually lose plus minus a pound per day. Going into Mediterranean diet will bring me back to the ever reliable of really living a healthy lifestyle and committing to it long term. Oh well, we're creature of habit anyhow and I've been on diet forever. Will be updating this another weight-loss journey here and on IG (@chicsassymom). Follow me. Wish me luck. Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ✌🏻 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Addicted to Jo Malone #Fangirl

Jo Malone, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Happiness is a new Jo Malone scent. So pretty and nice.
Blackberry and Bay | Nectarine Blossom & Honey | English Oak and Redcurrant | Wild Bluebell
It doesn't help that Lee Jong Suk oppa posted a Jo Malone Post. Ha. A post is in order too. Hahaha #FangirlForever ✌🏻
Lee Jong Suk @jongsuk0206 IG post January 5, 2017 post. 😘
Seriously, sincerely speaking, Jo Malone smells really nice. Random people really tell me that I do smell nice. Then we're instant friends. I feel that I'm armed with confidence and grace, the irresistible me. πŸ˜‰ A bit pricey ($120++ a bit cheaper on duty free like Singapore (where I bought the Nectarine Blossom and Honey, and Abu Dhabi so my sister tells me, but generally that's the price range), oh well. My friend is teasing me that with the 4 Jo Malone bottles I got, I would already have gotten a pair of Gucci sneakers. Oh well, I'll go into those soon. Meantime, Jo Malone first. πŸ˜„

Truly, perfumes create lasting memories. I do tend to reminisce and to associate a scent with something nice and wonderful. True story, Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay reminds me of Seoul. Because it was my first ever Jo Malone bottle, so I save it for special occasions like my Seoul trips. I finished it, and just recently I got a new bottle. Nectarine Blossom & Honey is like the all time favorite and must-have for most if you're just starting. So I made sure to get it too. The English Oak and Redcurrant was a scent that I did not personally pick, but was recommended when my husband bought one without me. The scent reminds me of America.  It's like the scent of USA, when you go into their nice malls like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. It's so classy and lingering rich. The Wild Bluebell is so calming, festive and angelic, reminds me of Christmas (warm and fuzzy feel good kind).

Jo Malone Holiday 2017 Gift Bag comes with glittery pompoms. Bring it on! 
Simple Elegance. Black & White bag, bottle, and ribbon to boot! 
You ought to know I'm so easy to get, once I'm into it, I commit, until something nicer comes a long.  (Thank goodness for my better half for indulging me.πŸ˜™) But for many years now (wow!), I tend to play favorites. Few of my favorite scents are Chloe Classic, Chloe FleurAnna Sui Secret Wish, Salvatore Ferregamo Incanto Shine, and now Jo Malone (looks like I'm in it for the long haul). Though with scents, to each his own. Though I can be very, very, brand loyal (Hello, Innisfree!), I only like one or two scents from a specific perfume/cologne brand. For Anna Sui, it's really only Secret Wish. Same with the aforementioned. But with Jo Malone, my goodness, the possibilities are endless. Plus, the brand is into layering (good job, brand!), there are some recommended combinations, but you can do it yourself, so can personalize a scent. Own it, strut!

In the US, I get it at Nordstrom, Palo Alto, found it also in Neiman Marcus. You can also get it on Jo Malone online, and my, my, new discovery from the site is that you can actually engraved on it. Niceeeh! Oh my, I need to get one soon! Let's do this! πŸ€—

Friday, January 5, 2018

#FangirlModeOn | Hwayugi Ep 3 to resume Jan 6 πŸ€—

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—

Episode 1 and 2 of Hwayugi or Korean Odyssey are truly, madly, crazy lovable to an ardent fangirl like yours truly. Indeed, hello, Lee Seung Gi, it's nice to have you back. My excitement level is like that of Descendants of the Sun now Black Knight's level. But it's with sadness that there are real life drama surrounding the drama that resulted to accidents, investigation of negligence, and cancelling of production and airing. The immature fangirl in me cries pali, pali, juseyo, the struggle is real, but safety first. Then I wise up, prudently and diligently reflect, that truly, no actors, crew and staff should ever be subjected with so much stress (physical, mental, and emotional) for the sake of profits before artwork. Patience is a virtue. No good will come up with things done haphazardly. We need happy artists at work. The labor of love put into the masterpiece should resonate. Korean dramas feed and touch souls and lives here, people.

Lee Seung Gi oppa plays Son Oh-gong, the Monkey King of the Chinese Classic Novel Journey to the West. 
I'm giddy that he's playing the Monkey King role. Hahaha, because my hubby always teased me that I'm a monkey, mischievous, okay sometimes prideful. Hah. I'm born on the year of the monkey, that's why. Anyhow, normally, the fangirl in me would watch the Chinese version (in fairness though, I watched Scarlet Heart first, so was happy to have Lee Jun Ki oppa with Moon Lovers), probably even read the book. But I'll pass. I have all my favorite people playing characters in Hwayugi. No need to make things complicated by comparing.

Oh Yeon-Seo with Lee Seung Gi. I'm already sold to their chemistry. Oh Yeon-Seo will never disappoint.  
I like Cha Seung-won in Three Meals a Day, and yes, I've seen The Greatest Love too. His role and his interaction with Lee Seung-Gi, is sincerely funny. Lee Hong Ki, I love, love, love him in Bride of the Century, and so I'm happy to see Sung Hyuk as Dong Jang-Goon in a drama with him too. Sung Hyuk's character in Bride is a reminiscent  of that one sweet oppa one needs to always have, that he has you back. So you're safe. It feels the same here, with his being a confidant of Son Oh Gong.

Anyhow, I feel and see a more oppa-ble Lee Seung Gi here. Hahaha I watched most of his drama, but when I binged watch again on Shining Inheritance, Gu Family Book and King 2 Hearts to feed my Lee Seung-Gi fix after the hunger left by Ep 1 and 2 of Korean Odyssey, I'm seeing him in a whole new light. It's really that post military aura that makes everyone more oh-so-lovable. Hello, heartthrob!

So it it with happy fangirl heart to hear that Hwayugi team are working on improving work quality, not just the output, but giving health and safety of the team members priority. Episode 3 will resume airing January 6, as rescheduled. Oh happy day. Korean Odyssey fandom, rejoice! πŸ€—

Source: Naver Entertainment

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Festive Tablescape 🍽

Please indulge me, I'm feeling mighty pleased for our Christmas and New Year tablescapes. #FeelingInteriorDesigner The New Year's (naturally, I had to outdo the last one) is my personal favorite with my favorite candles/holders as centerpieces...tadaaa, instant candlelight dinner.

Service for our little family of three. πŸ‘ͺ
  Royal Stafford Dinnerwares | Spode Wine Glass and Candle Holder | Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage Mug | Kate Spade polka dots placemats (Beige face) |  Grace Teaware #Homegoods #HomegoodsFinds
Christmas Table Setting πŸŽ„
Noritake | Grace Tea Set | Spode Glass | Kate Spade Polka dot Placemat (White face)
With the little home space we have, I made do with using our kitchen counters as our

Traditional 13 Round Fruits for good luck and more sweets. I'm collecting pineapples, I usually use this as a candle holder, but for the NewYear...Pineapple Surprise. 🍍 
More desserts, please. Life can only be sweeter. πŸ˜‹ The family that eats sweets together, sticks forever. 😍
Royal Albert Two-Tier Cake Stand with Macarons, Cakes and Crinkles, and chocolate fudge. 
I'm feeling accomplished. Yay! Props to me. Hahaha I'm not sure if I'll do this again for the Chinese New Year (Ha, we're not even Chinese) but we just got used to celebrating it. In fact, for the past years, it's our official New Year since we're out there spending Christmas and New Year elsewhere. Oh my, there's just so many traditions to keep and to follow, oh well, food is food, and family time is the best. So yes, the more the merrier. Hmmmm, diet tomorrow. πŸ€” Let's do this! Aja! Aja! Fighting! πŸ€—

Thursday, January 4, 2018

#ChicSassyMomFinds | Ugg Boots #OOTD

Winter is really here. It's so cold! ❄️☃️ I love, love, love dressing up for winter. *LeSigh  Awwww...the boots, beanies, gloves, scarves and coats, the works, name it, I love to bundle up. 🧣San Francisco weather is perrrfect. You can or can't bundle up so much, your choice, your mood. Anyhow, I finally got my first UGG boots. Niceeeh! I found a pair that's not too bulky looking (classic UGG boots makes me look so plumper hah), looks sturdy but still very much comfy. So yes, I'm finally giving my ever-reliable FitFlop boots a rest.

UGG Maddox Boots in Chestnut Brown. Got this pair in the outlet store at the Great Mall, Milpitas. It's so hard to choose and not a lot of available for my sizes. 
Cloudy day 🌀 aka lazy day’s #OOTD ,  but Macy’s is calling. No makeup. Chubby cheeks. Messy hair bun. H&M with floral appliquΓ© sweater, LV Speedy πŸ’Ό and Ugg boots πŸ‘’ to boot. Hello, 2018! ⛅️
Hmmm, will keep this post updated with more outfit posts, still staying at home. By choice, it's so cold and I'm done shopping. Haha. Hmmm, loving them, will probably get myself a black pair, one can never have too many pairs of boots. That, plus I tend to collect brands that I like (Hello, Fitflop!), you ought to know. πŸ˜‰ Stay fashionably warm, bundle up. Aja! Aja! Fighting! πŸ€—
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