Monday, April 14, 2014

Dinner At La Caye

I had dinner at La Caye last Friday, a restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, that serves authentic Haitian dishes, from Fritay (deep fried goodies like pork chunks) to Lambi (conch). I was thoroughly impressed by the décor and even more so by the cuisine. Although, the dish I chose, the pan seared pork chops, wasn't my favorite because I found the sauce little too sweet. However, I did sample a few other dishes and they were delicious. This is a great place to bring friends who want to learn about the Haitian culture.

Oh, by the way while sitting at the table I found out that one of the stories I wrote about Suffolk  County veterans with PTSD was published, check it out!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monogrammed Necklace

I ordered this darling little 14k gold monogram necklace from MyNameNecklace about a week ago, a replica of the necklace the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw often wore on "Sex and the City." I just couldn't help myself, the ads for the necklace has been showing up repeatedly on my site. Yes, they got me. Honestly, I expected a flimsy little trinket that I would stash away after a few weeks wear but I'm pleasantly surprised of  how lovely and sparkly it looks. I will be wearing this everywhere this summer!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Evening Craving: Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

Sometimes, a classic is best. Right now, I'm craving a hearty and satisfying egg salad sandwich, on whole grain wheat bread, off course. To jazz it up, I often add a few sprigs of parsley and thyme. I love thyme!

Here's my go-to recipe, for one:

2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 spoonful of mayo (not too much mayo for me)
1 sprig of parsley
1 sprig of thyme
black pepper
cayenne pepper
(Pictures via here)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Smile Brilliant Review

I've been trying to whiten my teeth with over-the-counter whiteners since I was a teenager so when the director of marketing of Smile Brilliant, an at-home professional teeth whitening system, contacted me to write a review about the product, I jumped at the chance.

Still, I was apprehensive. Did I accept their offer too soon? What if it didn't work?

Since I would never recommend a product to you that I knew was ineffective. The only way to silence those thoughts roaming around in my head was to just test it. And test it, I did.

The guarantee: Smile Brilliant is so confident you will be happy with their product, they offer an industry leading money back guarantee.

When the kit arrived at my house the instructions were fairly simple to follow:

1. Remove battery shield on back of the high intensity LED accelerator light
2. Remove clear plastic disc in order for LED light to work
3.Continuously twist pen cap (about 40 times) until whitening gel surfaces
4. Apply whitening gel onto surface of your teeth
5. Apply insert trays as instructed
6. Activate LED light and place on surface of trays (leave for recommended time 20-45 mins or longer)
Did Smile Brilliant live up to its promise?

The taste of the whitening gel was minty, not off-putting like most drugstore whitening agents I've tried in the past. Furthermore, I experienced zero teeth sensitivity, that's a huge plus for me.

I tried Smile Brilliant for just five days and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. My teeth seems whiter and shinier. See for yourself!
I took the photos on my cellphone with the flash turned off because I didn't want the glare to alter the color of my teeth. It seems to have whiten quite a bit.
If you'd like to try Smile Brilliant, here's your chance. The company has offered to let me host a giveaway on Perception in Print! All you need to do is subscribe to Smile Brilliant Promotions to enter. Good luck my darlings!
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P.S. I did not get paid for this review. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Finally, It's Spring!

It's beginning to thaw ladies and gents. And it's about time, this winter seemed like the longest and harshest winter in winter's history.

A toast: to blue skies, blooming sunflowers, rays of sunshine and warmth, dear God the warmth!

Spring, I can't express how happy I 'am to see you!
(Picture via here)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Stressed)

I'm so excited about the next book from "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. Yes, I love vampires and I'm not ashamed! I can't wait to read this beneath the covers, with my flashlight, like the geek that I am.

The truth about the seasons. I'm so ready for that little sliver portion of spring.

I just ordered these Posh Ankle-Strap flats. Can't wait to wear them!

I'm looking forward to trying this neighborhood restaurant, the menu is quite tempting!

New York, New York! I love these stunning cinemagraphs by Jamie Beck

Bacon scented alarm clock, what a way to wake up!

Yes, folks, happy is in and doesn't seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. What an infectious video!

I would bathe in a vat of this intensely decadent hot chocolate.

This confused little darling had me in stitches.

(Picture via here)

Covet List: Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag (Large)

Oh Chanel flap bag, how I love thee...

I've been considering a classic flap for quite some time but spending over four grand on a handbag is just not feasible right now. I probably could get a much better deal if I shop vintage but for this, a handbag I've been coveting for many years, I prefer to buy it new. But until then, a girl can dream. And dream, I shall.

(Pictures via Chanel)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why We Should Not Ban The Word Bossy

Have you heard of the Ban Bossy campaign?

Well, the Lean In Girl Scouts along with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, have enlisted the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Arne Duncan, Condoleezza Rice among other prominent figures to encourage people to stop labeling girls as "bossy."

Here's their argument:

"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. "

 This ranks as one of the silliest and retrogressive movements I've encountered in quite awhile. 

We would be doing girls a disservice by banning the word "bossy." We constantly encourage them to be confident, outspoken, resilient but wait, let's shield them from criticism.

Rather, we should embrace the word "bossy." Criticism builds character and encourages girls to pursue their goals with the same unabashed confidence as their male counterparts. "Bossy" girls run the world because they grow up to be COO's of multi-billion dollar companies, like you, Sandberg.

Let's relax a bit, Sandberg, and extinguish that feminist torch of yours, at least for a little awhile.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How To Handle Your Partner's Weight Gain

So, your significant other has packed on the pounds. You want to figure out a way to tell him that it's about time he sheds the weight but you're afraid of hurting his feelings. What to do?

Tread lightly as weight is a very sensitive issue. Do not, I repeat to do not pester him to lose weight because it will only create dual frustration and resentment. Remember, he's your equal not some child you need to control. In essence, you are not responsible for his wellbeing. However, you can encourage a healthier lifestyle by stocking the fridge with more nutritious options. You know how the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water...

If your partner refuses to make his health a priority, you have two choices. Either you learn to accept him or leave.

(Pictures via here)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Kiss

Is there anything sweeter than the anticipation of at first kiss? It's awkward at first but as soon as your lips meet all the tension just melts away. And then, it's just, yes!

Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva captured the magic of the first kiss in her short film, where she enlisted 20 strangers to kiss on-camera for the first time. It's both awkward and exhilarating. Take a look!

(Picture via here)

Sunday, February 23, 2014


I was talking to one of my classmates the other day and the conversation quickly turned to relationships and cheating. Specifically, the allure of cheating.

Why do some people cheat on their partners? My theory is because they are ensnared by the thrill of eluding detection. The fear and excitement most people feel before cheating ultimately leads guessed it,  more cheating. Some people figure if they could get away with it once, they might get away with it a second time, a third and so forth. So it becomes this endless cycle of wanting to recreate that euphoric feeling, even if it involves getting away with something that is morally reprehensible.

Here are just a few other reasons why people cheat:

1. They need the attention, for some, cheating is like sustenance for their self-esteem.

2.  Their current relationship is lacking in the sex department.

3. To keep up appearances. You heard me! some people feel the need to prove something they are desperate to believe about themselves.

4. Impulse control issues.

5. They're concerned primarily with their own interests. What's that condition called again? oh yes, being selfish.

6. Lastly, they're just plain bored.

Would you ever cheat on your partner? have you ever considered it? weigh in.

In case you're interested, common facts most people don't know!
(Pictures via here)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dinner At Sazon

Guy, giving a toast to the birthday boy. Happy Birthday, Ralph!
The food!
My drink: Coconut Mojito!
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