TriednTrue: salt and vinegar fried fish 

27 Sep

Yesterday, I tried this recipe from Food Network. Was fairly easy to follow 😊 I didn’t have haddock filets so I used catfish nuggets instead and substituted all purpose flour with whole grain flour. 

Friends loved it so my grade is 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿 And my outfit for the cookout further below.   


My outfit was few old items, was going for purple and blue. Happy Sunday!  

OI: Lady-like

24 Sep


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Review: Elsie pumps with enamel heel

22 Sep


What: Elsie pumps with enamel heels by J.Crew

Season: Summer 2015

Material: 100% suede outer, 100% leather lining and sole


Quality: Excellent! I love the rose ash color, very autumnal. The enamel heels are thinner than usual, very pointy but oh so pretty and manageable. No toe cleavage.

Fit: True to size

Pros: The pretty color, the comfortable heel, the classic look

Cons: The price but there’s a sale going on now

Sissi’s verdict: Keeper!

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A week in Tulum, Mexico

21 Sep

For our first year anniversary, we spent time at the all-inclusive Dreams Tulum Resort on the Riviera Maya in Tulum, Mexico.  The weather is quite hot and humid in Mexico in August but we had a wonderful time nonetheless, enjoyed the food, the beach (despite the irregular surplus of algae) and touring the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza.

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Facts I did not know about Tulum, Yucatan/Chichen Itza or Mexico:

  • Life is expensive in Tulum! I could not get breakfast with $4 USD. Have never had such trouble in Philly!
  • Mayans were very smart, pretty impressive how the snake body illuminated on the steps of each of their pyramids, wherever built, on the solstices
  • The belief of life after death has indeed caused many cruel deaths
  • And of course, the mayans have their version of the woman and her seed
  • Cenotes are underground water wells
  • Spent a whole week and did not see a single burrito with rice and beans a la Qdoba. Lots of empanadas, grilled meat, corn meals.  Food tasted so fresh!
  • Authentic Mayans are lactose intolerant and have a birthmark, per our tour guide
  • There’s a colorful pyramid inside the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, the Kulkukan
  • Balam in Yucatan means Tiger….not the Balaam in the bible :)

As far as outfits, I stuck with swimsuit, shorts and J.Crew factory tees during the day and Anthropologies dresses at night for dinner.

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Review: Beaded Rose Necklace

17 Sep


What: Beaded Rose Necklace by J.Crew

Season: Summer 2015

Material: Acrylic, glass and zinc (no previous stone)


Quality: Very Good! I have the white factory version but this retail version is very heavy and higher quality (though I am no fantasy jewelry expert)  The color is stunning, a very bright coral red.


Fit: There is an adjustable clasp so you can play with the length of the necklace

Pros: The color – simply stunning – the quality, the look

Cons: A little heavy and may be too much for some but I love it!


Sissi’s verdict: Keeper on sale.

Do you agree? Please share!


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