Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bark 4 Green

Romeo would like to thank his friends at Bark 4 Green for the bag full of goodies he’s been happily digging through all afternoon. You’ve gotta love a company that has made it possible for puppy parents like Tony and I to considerably curb our carbon footprint and live a greener life by offering items like organic doggie treats and sustainable pet apparel. B4G also carries tons of pet accessories beyond food & adorable outfits, so be sure to check them out.

Check out our happy puppy and his new treats below.



Rebi’s Closet: New Monogram Necklaces

I’m a sucker for accessories. One of my favorite things to do as a little girl was to pile on all of my mother’s jewelry and strut around, adding one scarf after the other and feeling all the more fabulous with each piece. Not much has changed since then and it’s shown each time I shop at my favorite mobile boutique, Rebi’s Closet.

Aside from having a great selection of outfits for quite a few occasions, what I really tend to indulge in is her accessories collection (seriously – I end up with bag after heaping bag of accessories). These monogrammed necklaces are her newest item to lust after, with a choice between sterling silver, gold plated, rose gold plated, or just plain real gold! Check out their Facebook page for pricing and info. Can’t wait to leave my mark on one of these…



Online Shopping Seasons: A Quick Guide to Bargain Hunting

Working from home has also made me more prone to shopping from the comfort of my couch. Recently, to my benefit (and yours!), I came across this useful online shopping guide in Glamour, outlining exactly when specific items go on sale online. The advice comes from Charlie Graham of, a personal shopping service. Here’s to shopping smarter and saving some ca$h!

January: Shorts, Dress Shirts, T-shirts, and Jewelry

February: Suits & Skirts

March: Intimates, Outerwear, and Coats

April: Dress Pants

May: Sunglasses

July: Sweaters

August: Sleepwear, Belts, and Shoes

September: Jeans & Bags

October: Swimwear

Peruvian Seco de Res Recipe

Most who know me know that when I fell in love with my husband, I also fell in love with his food. He and his Peruvian family managed to charm me from day one with their Ceviche, Seco, Causa, and Huancaina. It’s been a revelation in dining.

And so, recently, I tried my Cuban hand at recreating one of these Peruvian dishes. I’m relieved to be able to say I didn’t bring shame to anyone’s culture with my first attempt at making Seco de Res (also referred to as Seco de Carne). So here’s the very simple recipe I followed with pics to guide you along the way. Best of luck to you first-timers and let me know how it goes for you!

Also, for those of you who may not be as “adept” in the culinary arts, you can just call on my mother-in-law for some amazing home-cooked Peruvian food delivered to your doorstep.


  • 1 lb Stew Beef
  • 2 stalks of cilantro
  • 3-5 jalepeño peppers or aji Amarillo.
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 cube of beef bouillon
  • 3-4 potatoes chopped into 1” squares
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • All-seasoning
  • Salt


Remove stems from cilantro. Chop jalepeño peppers and mix with cilantro in a blender with 2 tbsp of olive oil and very little water (less than ½ cup). You want it to be somewhat thick.

In a large pan heat olive oil then add chopped onions with garlic and cook on low heat until onions are caramelized. Add beef bouillon while cooking. Mix well.

Mix in beef, potatoes and cilantro mixture. Add salt and all-seasoning and cover pan. Cook for 30min-1hr stirring frequently to avoid burning beef.

MAC Beads

Nothing says summer fashion like the classic BoHo look that gets us through the balmiest of days. Not one to miss out on accessorizing one of my favorite looks of the year, I picked up some beaded bracelets from mac beads after running into them at the salon. They don’t have a website yet but you can comment on their Facebook pics and they’ll send you a message with pricing, details, and info on how to pick up your selections.  You can also call Maria at 786-486-8806 for more info. mac beads range from $12 to $75 depending on the style. Not bad for handmade one-of-a-kind stuff. I’m sold. Happy shopping!