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Fashion week in NYC

February 11, 2018

It was bitterly cold out but New York was set to host a magnificently steamy week of fashion. The stars flocked to the city to preview their favorite designers and models. I had the honor of attending one of Style Fashion Week’s shows, all of their shows were held at Cipriani Dolci, a befitting place with opulent architecture. As I entered a procession of tall, stunning models were heading towards the catwalk. I was instantly captivated by their presence and demeanor and this set the tone for my very first fashion event.

Here is how the evening went:

After a break (from previous fashion show), everyone was seated for the next show that featured the collection of three designers.  This show was kicked off by the renowned singer Amanda Holley, who did an excellent job of swaying the listeners to her soulful rhythms, then it was time for fashion! When the first model came on stage everyone stared, then another joined her and stood beside her, and I thought to myself she looked like the first, then to my surprise, both models were joined by yet another who looked like the first and the second models. Yes folks, the show open with triplets, and with this an audible gasp was heard from the audience. Oh yes, what an opening!!!. As the models strutted down the long runway, I could not believe I was there, the lights, cameras, stylish looking people, it was all so much to take in, but in a GREAT way. All three designers had their unique way of showcasing their collection.

After the show was over, everyone was asked to leave their seats to prepare for the next show. In the meantime, I floated around and absorbed the ambiance and activity occurring in the room.  On both sides of the room, there were huge banners with the word fashion week and a multitude of groups took turns being photographed in front of the backdrop. As I was walking out of the room the other show was starting. I was happy to have been privileged to experience this spectacular event.

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Soba Noodle and Chayote Salad Dressed with a Lemon Infused Coconut Oil Vinaigrette

January 26, 2018
Yield: 2 Portion

 

Ingredients Needed

  • 4 Oz of Boiled Soba Noodles ( Buckwheat Noodles )
  • 2 Oz of Cabbage, Sliced Thinly
  • 2 Oz of Julienned Carrots
  • 2 Oz of Julienned Chayote
  • 2 Tbsp of Roughly chopped Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp of Thinly Sliced Chadon Beni
  • ¼ Cup of  Julienned Red Bell Peppers
  • 3 Tbsp of Lemon Infused Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp of Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of Freshly Chopped Chives
  • ¼ Tsp Chili Flakes
  • Salt & Black Pepper to Taste
Method
 
Place Noodles in a medium bowl, add the cabbage, chayote, cilantro, Chadon Beni and bell peppers.
 
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon infused coconut oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, chives and chili flakes.
 
Pour vinaigrette atop the noodle salad. Season with salt and black pepper and toss to combine.
 
To serve, place in a salad bowl and enjoy as a light brunch item or even as an accompaniment with a meal.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Shake

January 19, 2018

Ingredients Needed

2 Cups of Evaporated Milk

2 Cups of Chocolate Ice Cream

½ Cup of Frozen Bananas

3 Tbsp of Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp of Chocolate Syrup

½ Tsp Vanilla Essence

Method

Place all ingredients into a blender. Pulse ingredients in intervals to gradually break it down.

Finally Process on high speed until smooth and creamy. Serve in tall glasses topped with Crumbled Cookies and whipped cream.

Photo Credit: shewearsmanyhats.com

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My birthday lunch

January 18, 2018

January 14th is my birthday. I absolutely love that day, I always feel so special. This year I wanted to celebrate my mom, so I took her out to lunch along with a few other family members.

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In 2018

January 13, 2018

In 2018

 

As the year unfolds, I get set for all the new opportunities and challenges it brings.

Last year was a fun ride; there were a few proud accomplishments. Since then I have grown so much, it is time for a bold approach. Without having to put too much thought into what I want 2018 to blossom into, below are some things I would like to focus on:

 

  1. Stop being over trusting – I meet new people all the time, and because of their engaging approach, I’m always led into believing that’s who they are. That isn’t the case most times as I have learned that people tend to sugarcoat who they are upon initially meeting someone new. Only after investing your time and emotions into a person, you see their true colors. Instead of making excuses for them you should take it for what it is.

 

  1. Know that I did well and let it be – I consciously put my best foot forward and do my best at all times, but sometimes the person on the receiving end still tends to give me the cold shoulder. I am not going to worry because in the end, I know that I did well and it’s up to the person to see that.

 

  1. Graduate – Going to school is rewarding but it also comes with a lot of work. The workload sometimes can be overwhelming, however I only have a few more credits to complete before I graduate. I have worked hard and made many sacrifices to be where I am right now so I am keeping my eye on the prize and pushing forward.

 

  1. Find/Create more time for the ones that are near and dear to me – Last year I was continuously swamped. I barely had time for myself let alone other people. I just want the people close to me know that I love them and I’m always here for them. I will do my best to reach out more and invest my time..

 

  1. Get rid of negative people – I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. In other words forgive, forgive, forgive. But if you are not a positive influence in my life, then it is not worth keeping you. I will have to let go and move on.

 

  1. More Blogging – I enjoy blogging, I love being able to connect with people and blogging is a way of doing just that. My blogs are written with a lot of care and compassion. I hope that I will be able to be much more consistent with my blogging.

 

  1. Spend more time with my queen, my mom – My mom is soo precious, she has taught me the true meaning of love. Her values have resonated with me and I emulate her in more ways than I can ever think of. My time is precious and so is her time. Here’s to spending more time with her.

 

  1. Health conscious – Exercise regularly, choose healthier foods, and drink more water

 

  1. Be the best version of me – In a fast paced unforgiving world, it is difficult to always be happy and one can easily get lost in who you are. I want to be who I am, despite adversities or having to deal with cruel humans. My attitude changes accordingly, but the core value of who I am will not.

 

Here’s wishing you and your family a happy new year with lots of love, success and great health. I hope my goals can inspire and encourage you to have an even better 2018.

 

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Creamy Spinach Eggs

January 5, 2018

Ingredients Needed

  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 3 Tbsp of Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup of Chopped baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp of Butter
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • ¾ Tsp Black Pepper

Method

In a medium mixing bowl, crack the eggs, add the evaporated milk, cheese and whisk until combined. Mix in the spinach and season with salt and pepper.

Place a medium skillet over low heat, add butter. When melted add the egg mixture. Using a rubber spatula, gently scramble the eggs stirring until its cooked through and still moist, about 4 minutes.

Remove and serve with toasted bread or bagels.

Picture credit – budgetbytes.com

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Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton Exhibition

December 23, 2017

I attended the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton Exhibition in Manhattan. It was surely a sight to see. Each room was filled with classic pieces that were full of history.

THE EXHIBITION

Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the
Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

This historic journey, designed by Robert Carsen, is divided into ten chapters, one of which is entirely devoted to the United States of America and New York City. The tour opens with the most symbolic object of the House: the trunk, a model fashioned with contemporary flair, embodying the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition features objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, as well as select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera and the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition concludes with a display devoted to the savoir-faire of the artisans in the Louis Vuitton workshops.

Curator: Olivier Saillard
Artistic Director and Set Designer: Robert Carsen

You still have the chance to enjoy this well-executed history of the famous brand Louis Vuitton.

Click on the link below for more information:

https://ticketing.louisvuitton.com/content/ticket-options?campaign=sem_GG-US-ENG-EC-BRAN-BROT-VVV&gclid=CjwKCAiAmvjRBRBlEiwAWFc1mFGyydbc-LD5JXZvcFb5iYfREjS3Yd-WEpMEDkvXsIvBw2-73uO4ghoCylUQAvD_BwE

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My article in the October issue for the college newspaper

December 5, 2017

The Cell Phone Generation and the Unforeseen Consequences

“I use my cellphone when a class does not interest me,” said Suneesh a freshman at Queensborough Community College (QCC), who is majoring in criminal justice. Suneesh continued to say that he has felt his grades decline due to classroom cellphone usage, and he misses a lot of the work in class and at this point in the semester, he has to play catch up. At this point of the semester, he is trying his best to refrain from using his cellphone in class.

Like Suneesh, thousands of students use their cellphones in the classroom for reasons other than learning. While many students work tirelessly to achieve in excelling in their classes, a lot of students allow their cellphones to distract them. Attending college requires a great amount of commitment, patience, money, and support. Are you one of those students who continuously use your cell phone in class?

A recent Los Angeles Times article reveals that teachers across America must compete with students phones for attention. Matt Miles, a high school teacher from Fairfax County, Virginia, says the problem is getting worse: “Whereas five years ago, I could quietly ask the one rebellious student to put his or her phone away with no real interruption to class, doing that today would require multiple conversations with a majority of my class.”

A second year liberal arts student of QCC student said, “I browse through my cellphone when I am bored in class”. This seems to be a mutual feeling amongst college students.

It is understandable that cellphones must be attended to in the case of emergencies, important calls etc. However, some students are addicted to texting and social media sites, which disrupts learning in the classroom. If a student can give their full attention to all of their classes, there will be a huge difference in their academic achievement.

In an article recently published by the Huffington Post, “the London School of Economics study found that schools which ban the use of phones experienced a substantial improvement in student test scores, with the researchers concluding that phones can have a negative impact on productivity through distraction. Researchers found that phones hurt vulnerable students the most. Study co-author Dr. Richard Murphy, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas, reports: ‘Allowing phones into schools would be the most damaging to low-achieving and low-income students, exacerbating any existing learning inequalities’ ”

Wally Rosenthal was recently interviewed about cellphone usage in the classroom. Mr. Rosenthal who is the lead Math Instructor for CUNY Start, stated “yes there is a difference, there are students who are stronger or weaker in Math. The students who do not have their phones out are more [prone] to concentrate on what is being taught and would progress more. Weaker students who focus in and do not get distracted improve a great deal. Students who are stronger in Math but use their cellphones still get by sometimes but not always. Students who are on their cellphones have an extraordinarily difficult time. As a result of these observations there is a strict policy of no cellphone use in the classroom.” Mr. Rosenthal explained, “This policy is not punitive but has everything to do with trying to help students with a much better chance of being successful in learning the material that is being taught.” Mr. Rosenthal’s advice on cellphone usage in the classroom is “don’t”. He continued to say, “because our phones are so addictive it is necessary to turn off and place in bags while in class”.

This rule can be applied to Jason a QCC student who stated that “While in class I might check for the time on my phone but I when see message notifications and I end up scrolling through my phone”. This is the reason many teachers such as Mr. Rosenthal have a strict no cellphone use policy.

Popular apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Whatsapp and the list goes on require a great amount of content to keep one’s account engaging or interesting. Most of these applications (apps) come equipped with a story option that entails pictures or mini videos of a person’s daily activity, which can be overwhelming and sometimes can eclipse scholastic pursuits. Diana B., a past student at QCC who graduated last year with a finance degree, said that social media was consuming her life and she had to make a decision of either focusing on her classes or keeping up with daily socializing. She chose to focus on her career and is now pursuing accounting at Queens College.

A past professor of QCC from the criminal justice department, Mrs. Evy Poumpouras shared a personal story with her students. Professor Evy, who is a former secret service agent informed her students that she had worked under the Obama and Bush Administration and neither of the Presidents would be on their cell phones while speaking with someone in person, they always gave their undivided attention. She informed her students even the most powerful individuals have respect for their peers. Mrs. Poumpouras continued to state that, “It is very disrespectful to scroll through your cell phone while having an in person conversation. She also had a strict policy in her classroom of not using cellphones, if a student was caught using their phone they would be thrown out of class. While not all professors are as strict, some do have a no cellphone usage policy on the QCC Campus. Some students do ignore the rules and secretly use their phones. The next time you scroll through your cell phone in class, ask your self is it worth it?

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Women In the Workplace

November 22, 2017

Last evening Gretchen Gretchen spoke about her book titled Be Fierce, Stop Harassment And Take Your Power Back. The powerful panel of women were Rebecca Minkoff (Founder of Rebecca Minkoff), Elizabeth Galbut (Founder of SoGal Ventures), Annie Dean (Founder of Werk), and Iman Oubou (Founder of SWAAY Media). Inspired by Gretchen’s actions, the floodgates have opened and thousands of women are joining her movement to Be Fierce and reclaim their power.