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31 days. A recap

Hello friends and readers that have been following my random rambles this past month. I’m really proud of myself.

I used to always love blogging when I was younger. I had my Xanga and would write about everything that happened in my life. I was even on LiveJournal for a little. But even before online blogging, I loved writing in journals and diaries. I didn’t have very much content, but I liked to write. Sometimes I find old journals from when I was in elementary school and I giggle as I read the random things. But I guess it was my way of keeping memories, whether if it was just a sentence or a long paragraph.

I guess I just like writing about myself. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. But I definitely think I communicate a lot better when I write. In person, words don’t come out of my mouth very well. I stumble and get shy. I’ve always wished I were an eloquent speaker.

I must say, however, that it was hard trying to write about something different everyday, especially when I started this thing without any real motivation or inspiration. I took prompts from Googling “lifestyle blog topics”. I picked and chose topics that seemed easy to write about and I even repeated topics.

There were even days I almost didn’t want to write anything, just because I didn’t know what to write and I didn’t want to make people think they were wasting time. But every time I thought that, I told myself that this is a challenge for myself, not for anyone else. So even if I BSed my way through some days, I at least wrote something.

The top 3 things I felt comfortable writing about were probably OOTDs, food, and of course…entertainment. The whole reason I started this wordpress a few years ago was because of my love for tv shows. But as you can see, I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Even though this is the last day of the challenge, I still plan on blogging more. Not everyday, but at least twice a week. Hopefully because I’m giving myself more time, I’ll put a lot more effort into putting out better content that both you and I can enjoy.

Ultimately, I hope one day I can be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

If you want to check out all my blogs this past month, check it out here.

xoxo,

Adele
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Favorite Way to Spend Time Alone & Unwind

I love my alone time. It allows me to gather myself and rejuvenate. Extroverts get their energy from being around people, while introverts are known to get drained from being with others. If you can’t tell, i’m an introvert.

When I come home from work, I usually drop everything on the couch and go straight to my bed and lay down. I used to think I was a morning person, but it’s clear lately that is not the case. 

If I go out one weekend, the next I want to stay in and re-energize.

But what exactly do I like to do?

If i’m not scrolling through my IG or Facebook feed, I’m making lists. No, i’m not like Arya Stark making THAT type of list. I’m making lists of things I want to check off. I make lists of things I need to do and things I want to do. Whether I do check off the things in the future, is a different story.

I read. There are so many books I want to read. I want to read books that inspire movie adaptations. I want to read autobiographies of my favorite celebs. I read fanfiction. And most of all I want to read books that will allow me to better myself and that will inspire me. Like I said in a previous post, I always want to learn.

I watch things. There are over 50 shows & movies on my Netflix list. I never realized that, but I guess I love my tv. My life is pretty uneventful, so I love to emerge myself into the lives of fictional characters.

I play video games. My favorite video game to play is Grand Theft Auto. I know it’s shocking, but it’s fun to drive around and do stuff that I would never do in real life. Too bad my PS3 is broken.

I sleep. Sleep is essential. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m not a nice person. But i’ll still smile at you.
xoxo,

Adele

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Adele cooks: Tacos

It’s not Tuesday, but I made tacos. My mom was planning on grilling eggplant so I decided, i’d go to the grocery store and buy steak. I haven’t had steak in a while and since the gril was going to be on, why not kill two birds with one stone.

Now, I’m no master at the grill and i’m definitely not a master at steak. I don’t know how to choose the right cut. I just choose what’s inexpensive. I’m not picky when it comes to meat. It all tastes the same to me. I apologize to all the steak connoisseurs out there.

At first, I was just going to grill a steak. But then I remembered that we had tortillas. You got to utilize what you have right? So the thought came to make steak tacos.

As far as the type of steak I bought, I chose beef chuck steak. It was about 1-inch thick and it was the least expensive. While at the grocery store, I also purchased a bunch of cilantro and pre-diced onions.

When I got home, I [garlic] salted the steak. While I let it sit for a while, I decided I didn’t want to grill outside. It was too hot and I didn’t want my mom to have to wait for me to finish or vice versa. So I ended up searing it in a pan. As I let the steak marinate, I heated and oiled up the pan. When it was hot enough, I seared each side for about 6 minutes and it came out medium rare, which is mostly how I like it!


When it was done, I sliced it up into pieces, placed it in my flour tortillas & topped with the diced onions and chopped cilantro. For some reason I had a tough time chopping cilantro. Hopefully, I’ll be better next time.

And then voila! I was done making dinner. I was too hungry to open up the store bought salsa, but the cilantro and onion gave it some flavor!


Cooking is all about experimenting and using things you have available.

If you think what I wrote sounds good, here are the ingredients I used:

  • beef chuck steak
  • garlic salt to season
  • oil (I would’ve used olive oil, but I only had vegetable oil)
  • diced onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • your choice of salsa

Obviously, you can add your favorite taco seasonings and toppings, but I wanted simplicity. But mostly, it was a last minute craving.

What did you have for dinner today?

xoxo,

Adele
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What’s in my Netflix queue? (Part One)

I used to watch a lot of television. Keyword(s): used to. I’d get excited for new shows and new seasons every Fall that I would create a little spreadsheet/calendar of premiere dates.  I would typically stay on top of my shows and never really have to catch up.

I still watch a lot of television. But i’m so behind on my former favorite shows. Plus, I hate watching TV in the presence of other people. I’m anti-social like that. And I have no wifi.

The only show that I love and stayed caught up on was Pretty Little Liars and currently Game of Thrones and The Bold Type.

I’d like to catch up on shows before the new seasons start.  However, I feel like I have a long way to go, especially since my Netflix queue is all over the place. Let’s take a look…

THE TOP 5. These series are a few of my all time favorite shows. Sadly all of them are done, but I’m ready to binge watch.

Glee ended two years ago. I still listen to the soundtracks and see each performance in my head. It gave me life then and it still gives me life now. I miss seeing those kids every week. I need to hear them singing new songs and covers.

Pretty Little Liars just ended back in June. I tried binge watching all the eps before the finale, but that just didn’t work out. 160 episodes to watch in two weeks was pretty impossible. But it was so nostalgic watching the pilot compared to the last few episodes. The finale was an ode to the fans.

Gossip Girl came back on my radar when two of my favorite Filipino actresses revealed they was rewatching episodes. The pilot episode gave me so many feels, but I’m still mad at how it ended.

One Tree Hill had Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, two people I love. Unfortunately, I still need to catch up on OTH. I don’t remember ever finishing the last 2 seasons. But I did watch the finale.

The Secret Circle will always be the one that got away. When I heard of this cancellation, I was devastated. The first season left us with such a cliffhanger! I legit cried and I even participated in signing those petitions and tweeting #SaveTheCircle. Out of all the CW cancellations, this was the one that disappointed me the most. #WitchesRule

THE FAVES I NEED TO CATCH UP ON. These shows have new seasons coming soon and some even their last!

The Originals. I watched TVD to watch Phoebe Tonkin kick ass as a werewolf (She was on the Secret Circle). Then she got her own show with the Original vampire family, so I had to watch it. However, I think I stopped during season 2 or 3. It’s 5th and final season is premiering this Fall and I may wait and just binge watch after it’s done.

Once Upon A Time has many changes in the new season this fall, with several main characters leaving. There are so many twists and turns on our favorite fairytales. I’m curious to see how it goes without it’s main heroine and family, but I have to catch up on about 1 and a half seasons. But since it’s sort of a reboot maybe I don’t have to catch up…

How to Get Away with Murder. I’m on the season where they focus on “Who shot Analise?” That’s season 2 I think? HTGAWM makes me think too much. At first it was confusing with all the flashbacks, but I started to understand more and it sucked me in. In fact, it’s the only show in Shondaland I ever got into.

Orange is the New Black doesn’t have a new season coming out anytime soon, so I have a lot of time to catch up. This past season is pretty good so far. There’s so much chaos amongst the inmate takeover, I can’t wait to see who survives it.

THE SHOWS ABOUT THE SUPERHEROES. Smallville was my favorite show growing up, so to see the following shows make such an impact on their audiences is pretty amazing.

To be honest, I need to catch up a lot on these shows. I might as well start from the beginning.

Supergirl. As a fan of Superman, I was so excited for this show. I was so excited to see Supergirl’s story, not just Superman’s cousin. Honestly, when they brought Superman on the show (Tyler Hoechlin), I was kind of pissed and scared that he would outshine Kara. But anyways, Kara and her friends felt relatable. She wasn’t just this alien, she was a girl trying to figure out what she wanted in life. Also, as a Gleek, Melissa Benoist made me proud.

The Flash. I didn’t know much about Barry Gordon, other than what I saw on Smallville. I still don’t know much about him, but Grant Gustin is a dork and how can you not fall in love with him.

Arrow. Just like the Flash, the only Oliver Queen I knew was played by Justin Hartley, and I loved him. I didn’t know Stephen Amell, but I knew Katie Cassidy and I wanted to support one of my favorite CW actresses. But I fell in love with the drama and the action. What can I say? I love the brooding guys that come out of their shell. Am I talking about the right show?

Gotham. I never finished season one, but I liked what I saw in the first few episodes. We’re all used to seeing grown up, broody Batman, but in contrast, we see the future Batman as an innocent little boy who just lost his parents. However, we do see some brooding from Benjamin McKenzie. Oh how I missed that.

This isn’t my whole Netflix queue, but it’s the ones that are on the top of my list! Stay tuned for more of my list and maybe we can watch together.

xoxo,

Adele

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What’s cookin’? Pinakbet, a Filipino Dish

Food is very much part of the Filipino culture. If you go to a Filipino house, you’re going to eat whether you like it or not. Once you step into a filipino home, some of the first words you hear are, “Are you hungry? Come and eat!” If you stay for a few hours, you’ll probably get a meal and a snack.

Most people know about lumpia, which is basically a Filipino eggroll, and pancit, a noodle based dish. But very few people are willing to try other dishes. If you go to a Filipino restaurant, it’s easy to find lumpia and pancit along with the dish, Pinakbet.

I don’t think I liked Pinakbet when I was younger, but as I got older I became more adventurous with the things I ate. It’s now one of my favorite Filipino dishes, so I’m happy to share it with you.

But what exactly is Pinakbet? There’s no English translation for this dish, but it’s basically vegetables cooked in fish sauce accompanied with pork, fried fish, or shrimp. It’s from the northern region of the Philippines and a widely prepared Ilocano dish. It’s one of the dishes that has been passed down from generation to generation. My mom learned from my Apong (grandma) and she makes it so often, that I feel like I would be able to pass it on to my future children.

It’s a fairly easy dish to make. My mom tells me that it’s something her family used to cook all the time because vegetables were easily accessible. They didn’t have a fridge in their home in the bukid (farm or field), so they just harvested vegetables in the field and cooked it for the day for the whole family. If it was anything like now, they were cooking for a huge family.

If you’re looking to make Pinakbet, here’s what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomato
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • String Beans
  • Sweet chili pepper
  • Kobucha
  • Bittermelon
  • Eggplant
  • Shrimp
  • Chicharon (pork skin/fat)
  • Bagoong (fish sauce)
  • Water


First, prepare the vegetables. Wash and peel the vegetables before slicing them up into small cuts. As for the shrimp, no need to have the peeled. Cook them as they are to get added flavor.

After you prepare the shrimp and vegetables, place it all in a stockpot. Pour the fishsauce according to how salty you like it! I’m not really helpful with measurements, but you can always wing it and do trial and error. Then add water, a little less than how much fishsauce you added. My mom usually goes with one bottle of water. Don’t forget to add the chicharon as well!

Let it cook until the vegetables are shrunken/shriveled – an hour is usually good. That’s where the name Pinakbet comes from. Apparently, that’s the Ilocano translation.

I’m not much of a fan of bittermelon, so I usually put it aside, but my favorite part of the dish is the kobucha. I could eat it all day!

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: M-F Basics

I’m basic AF. Just kidding, but I guess you should be the judge of that. Lately I’ve found a pattern in my every day clothes. I realized that I have the same shirt in 5 different colors, which makes dressing up each week pretty easy. I could sleep in with this routine I have going on!


Jeans are becoming a staple in my everyday outfit, when it used to be leggings. I still throw in the leggings, but my go to are a pair of skinny jeans. I literally only had two pairs of “good” jeans aka not ripped at the thighs, but all of a sudden I ended up with at least four more pairs over the last few months. So now, I’ll go through my jeans first, then my basic leggings (black, navy, wine, purple), then do laundry and repeat. There are some tops that I think look way better with leggings and obviously there are tops I have that don’t go with leggings and are a little too short to cover my behind. It’s all about mixing and matching!

Today’s post is dedicated to my recent finds and going back to basics. As mentioned earlier, I have five colors of the same crew shirt. This find comes from Target and is by Mossimo Supply Co.

Normally, I don’t like to buy plain shirts, but for some reason the striped shirt called out to me first. It was on sale for $5 and then I got the white one (twice) and each time I went to Target, I found myself buying the rest. Each time they were on sale for $5. They also have other styles like v-necks, but I really like the crew shirt with the pocket. It’s soft and comfortable. I can tuck it in or I can let it fly and it’s a nice fit either way. The only thing I dislike is how it easily wrinkles, but thats what irons are for, right?

I believe the regular price is $8.50, but they go on sale like every other week. A few of the colors are currently on clearance at the Target I frequently go to, and some new colors have emerged. $5 is such a good steal!


Then comes the jeans. I always buy Forever 21’s plus size skinny short jeans. They last pretty long and are affordable. They are usually about $12. The dark wash doesn’t usually stain and that’s a plus.

At Target, however, I’ve bought jeans in the past year under $10. They’ve all been on clearance. Denim doesn’t change much, but they do have to make room for the new washes and distressed jeans. Mossimo has been making me happy lately, but I’ve also gotten the Levi Strauss Modern Skinny pair of jeans as well. And of course jeggings from the Walmart are thrown in as well. They’re a little on the tight side, but they are under $10 as well. And that’s what matters to me!


As you can tell, Forever 21 is a fave of mine, but Target also provides with really cute clothes that fit me.

Does anyone else really love the crew shirts at Target that are out now?

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 2017 Teen Choice Awards

When it comes to the Teen Choice Awards, the red carpet is pretty casual. Gowns and suits are not needed. But like any red carpet, confidence and style is a must.

To be honest, this year the only nominations I knew about or cared for were for PLL and Fifth Harmony. But of course the (blue) red carpet looks peaked my interest. [Photos courtesy of Zimbio]

First let’s start off with the actual teens that caught my eye. What is a Teen Choice Award show without their target audience. I mean, let’s be honest. Most of the actors and actresses we see in our favorite teen shows are way over their 20s. Very rarely will we see an actual teen play high school student. But that’s where these 3 come in to play.

Millie Bobby Brown is the breakout star of the Netflix hit show,  Stranger Things. She made her big red carpet debut last year during Emmy’s week. I remember saying that she is going to be a fashion icon of her generation, and that definitely still holds true. The 13-year-old Choice Breakout TV star nominee, chose to walk the blue carpet with a yellow Kenzo dress and some cute yellow and orange block heels. She paired the look with some round sunglasses that screamed she was chill AF.

Maddie Ziegler is best known for being on Dance Moms and the girl from the Sia music videos. The 14-year-old has grown before our eyes and has been the teens’ Choice Dancer for 2 years! Yes, she won again this year. On the red carpet, she went with a black two piece Zac Posen Resort outfit with some floral detail. There was no need for a clutch because she had pockets. Pockets are life. She rocked the red carpet with her BFF Millie Bobby Brown and it’s great seeing these young girls support eachother. She’s going to be a fashion icon as well!

Jade Chynoweth will soon be seen on the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water. If you aren’t really aware of the dance community, she’s pretty popular and can be seen killing so much choreography. YouTube her. She’s fierce AF. I mean, did you not see her performance alongside co-star Kendra Oyesanya at the awards tonight? The 18-year-old opted for a white crop top and some navy striped palazzo pants.

Next comes the Freeform starlets. In my opinion, the PLL cast was pretty much the most stylish cast on TV. With Pretty Little Liars ending, I’ve been looking for some new fashion icons from the network. And think I’ve found them.

Niki Koss is fairly new to the young hollywood game. Famous in Love is her first TV series and she definitely stood out. If you’ve seen one particular photo shoot she’s done, she has this uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.  Her whole aura screams fashion icon in the making. She chose to go with a yellow, floral, off the shoulder mermaid style dress by Pretty Little Thing. Looking at the pictures, she definitely looked comfortable on the red carpet. And those eyebrows are always on point.

Katie Stevens definitely represented The Bold Type tonight. She oozed confidence. Obviously, she’s not a newcomer to the Teen Choice blue carpet because we’ve seen her rock some great dresses when she was Faking It on MTV. But tonight she went with the power pose in a green power pant suit by Styland. She boldly wore a low cut blazer opting to go bare underneath. Her slicked hair and black heels finished out the look.  Jane Sloan would be proud.

Let’s move on to the two experts at the red carpet who happen to be former Disney stars!

Zendaya IS a fashion icon of her generation. People are always looking forward to see what she wears on the red carpet and in real life. She has such a huge influence, she was nominated for six awards tonight, including Style Icon. Although she didn’t win the Style Icon award, she won the red carpet with her outfit. She wore a striped pajama like set by Ashish. She looked comfortable and casual and made the look work.

Vanessa Hudgens has been rocking the Teen Choice Red Carpet since 2005. At that time, we all knew her for her role as Gabriella in High School Musical. Fashion has evolved since then and so has her style. She looked sophisticated in a Reem Acra outfit as she accepted a special award. Vanessa was presented with the #SeeHer award for “pushing boundaries on changing stereotypes and embodying the fight for realistic female portrayals in media.” She has definitely used her voice to inspire a lot of young women to be themselves!

I’d like to acknowledge the PLL fam that represented tonight. Honestly, I’m pretty bummed that Pretty Little Liars lost Choice TV Drama. They gave us 7 great years. Oh well, they are still winners in my eyes.

Lucy Hale took a break from filming her new show Life Sentence to attend tonight. She showed up in a red and gold Fausto Puglisi dress with some floral detail. As she pointed out when accepting the award for Choice TV Drama Actress, this years Teen Choice Awards was practically her last PLL event. I’m definitely going to miss seeing the PLL girls together, but I will be paying attention to what they’ll be wearing on future red carpets. And of course I’ll be supporting their future projects.

Janel Parrish had my favorite look of the night. She was a vision in white from head to toe. The Hamel dress included a ruched skirt and she showed off how toned her body is! Now while she looked like an angel, she went home with the Choice Villain award for her role as Mona Vanderwaal. I feel like some people underestimate her since she’s not part of the core 5, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Also, her hair is flawless. 

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Finally, I want to shoutout to Fifth Harmony for winning their awards and slaying the red carpet with their outfits! I’m so used to seeing them coordinate their outfits, but each of them have their own personal style and showcased that tonight.

What were your favorite looks this year?

xoxo,

Adele

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