Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dominican For The Soul...


Food | Dominican

Yeap, just what this soul needed...yum! Buen provecho...
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Monday, December 30, 2019

Keep Smiling...Because That Is You...


Mindfulness | Keep Smiling

One of the biggest test in life is the tribulations you receive by the people you love and respect. But, the best way to conquer is to keep smiling, genuinely smiling to the tribulations. When you know who you are and with Jehovah by your side, there is no mountain high enough...!


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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Just A Few 'Estatuas'


Just A Few 'Estatuas'

So...Estatuas is the Spanish translation of Statues...just in case you didn't notice, I am Latina born and raised in the beautiful island of Dominican Republic. These are just a few of the beautiful statues I get to see each time I get to visit my familia in my city Santiago De Los Caballeros. 
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Friday, December 27, 2019

Fedora Time


Style | Fedora Time

Most will say, that hats look pretty good on me but I literally, secretly hate them...
I find them heavy or like they are compressing my brain [Like it's not compressed enough already, LOL!!]Even if they are light weight, I guess is just a feeling but it is not a good feeling so I try to avoid them at all cost.

The time I bought my first fedora was a happy moment because it was so beautiful, black and white and it fit right. Although it was still compressing my brain, I was able to pull it up with a smile in my face as usual.

Maybe it helped that most times I was either near or at a beach somewhere when I wore it. =)...
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Not Much To Say...


Nature | Not Much To Say...

Only 5 more days left of 2019 and it is like it never existed but indeed it did...Glad it is almost over!
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

1, 2, 3....


Style | 1-2-3

Each year I attend a regional spiritual convention for 3 days. This is a very important spiritual feast where you have the opportunity to dress up for the occasion. One of the requirements is modesty which I enjoy very, very much! But finding modest fashionable pieces nowadays is like going camping at a jungle with no directions!! Fortunately enough I sort of know how to sew a thing or two...=P. This particular weekend I decided to play with color but still keeping my favorite color 'BLACK' for the last day. I had a blast in this very special occasion with all my brothers and sisters and got many complements for my 3 little numbers. 

P.S. if you would like one of these designs in your closet. Please feel free to go on my website www.shopalphonsina.com and make an appointment to have one of these made just for you!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Cocktail Time...


Food | Cocktail Time

This drink was the size of my head but I was not mad about it. My head is not that big in case you are wondering...
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Monday, December 23, 2019

Being Compassionate With Myself...


Mindfulness | Being Compassionate With Myself

Go to my IG @pompomsbflowers so you know what I mean....
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Heart In A Cup...


Life | Pretty Heart Cups

I used to be a collector of coffee mugs. Quickly realized, this was a rich people problem and had to quit it because it required a house with a royal kitchen. Meanwhile, I admired them from a distance.
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In The Right Place...


Places | San Antonio Winery LA

Throwback to when everything was wrong but the place was right! This was a nice fun day with some friends that ended at a Chinese restaurant somewhere in downtown LA then headed back home listening to Tupac! As far as my memory recalls it wasn't even Friday, LOL! Good times indeed...♥
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Snow In Phoenix?!


Nature | Snow In Phoenix

While I totally understand it does snow in 'ARIZONA' never, ever, ever did I experienced snow so close to me in the combined 7 years + I have lived in this city. This was definitely a surprise when I wake up one day, pick through the blinds as usual and then...HOLY MANOLOS!!!! What on earth it's happening? No wonder I was not feeling my fingers in the middle of the night...

This was a beautiful moment to say the least, not necessarily looking forward to it again because I am a warm weather individual. It was one for the books indeed.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Don't Quit!...


Mindfulness | Don't Quit

Trying hard to stay in a healthy routine when it comes to exercising. Unlike other humans, I very much dislike going to a gym, I find it absolutely hideous and extremely out of my comfort zone.

Lately I have been enjoying a new favorite YouTube channel called 'MadFit' and let me tell you, do not let the sick fit body and the cute face the instructor has, she will definitely kick your butt in no time. Her amazing simple approach with even more amazing results has me in the clouds...

With a very busy schedule on the daily is not all the time I can get to her videos but lately things are falling into place and I'm able to join the routine on a more balance way.

Let's hope it continues this way, because I am absolutely obsessed [in a good way, lol!!]  

P.S. I'm also loving her outfits =)
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tiny Eggplant...


Food | Tiny Eggplant

This is the smallest eggplant my eyes have ever seen! It is so cute!!!
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Cold Times...


Life | Cold Times

Simply cold in Arizona and I don't like it. That's all...
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Peachy Kisses...


Mindful Living | Peachy Kisses

These eyebrows have never seen better days!!! Love the way I hand painted them.
Make up to me, like everything else in life, it is about simplicity with a focal point. More often than not the focal point of my make up are my eyes, and everything else is very simple. For the sake of simplicity I don't even use foundation and when I do it is usually for special occasion events, specially night time scenarios. If I happen to use foundation during the day, always, always, always it is mixed with a lot of face moisturizing creams [ more moisturizer than foundation, always!! ] It just something about too much make up that makes me feel so uncomfortable, like if I am trying to hide something, instead of just embracing life as it is, beautiful and unique. 

To each it's own...nothing against it. Too much make up it is not for me. 

P.S. after watching 'BROKEN' documentary on Netflix. It has changed my look on make up to a whole  other lever. Highly recommend watching it  to learn some stuff and how greed gets in the way of almost anything.
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Beautiful Sky


Nature | Beautiful Sky

When you feel like inspiration has left you...Just look up and you will find it again.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Nippy or Freezing?


Life | Nippy or Freezing?

Same difference to me! Lol! as per my mannequin she insists in no cloth but hopefully I will inspire her to dress with some new designs coming up. One thing I love about my job is how creative it is and my ability to escape mentally with it. Lately, I have been experimenting with colors and hopefully the mannequin will approve.

If you would like to check out my creative work please head over to my website. www.shopalphonsina.com
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Personalized Taste of Dominican...


Food | Dominican Delight

This is what happens when under inspiration and craving warmness in my cold days.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

I Wish I Had A Real Sister...


Live | I Wish I Had A Real Sister

I have two brothers and I am the middle child. With my introvert spirit in full mode 24/7 sometimes I wish I had a real sister that I could escape with and just be the two of us dreaming, laughing our souls out, dancing like nobody is watching, and lifting each other up when life gets a bit cray, cray. 

Sometimes friends can be like blood related siblings for some people. I have only experienced that feeling once in my life and in all honestly it's been a lot harder than I anticipated to find that sister/friend again.

Meanwhile...I will do my best to enjoy what has been handed to me in terms of 'friends'...♥
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Spiritual Treasures...


Spiritual Treasures

Nothing like a good research tool to prove the truth to yourself.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Missing My Long Hair...


Missing My Long Hair

Long hair is a tricky situation. It needs lost of maintenance but boy is it worth it. I love, love, love long hair! 

This time around I'm in a short hair style but its slowly but surely on its way to long.  I can't wait!
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

On the Road...


Nature | On the Road

This was a beautiful capture of snow on the mountains while taking a short weekend getaway.

I have never seen snow on the mountains on this road before. Needless to say, I am very glad I decided to head over this way this time of the year even though it was very super cold.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Little More Pink & A Little Tanner...


Self Care | A Little More Pink & A Little Tanner

Today the day started in a beautiful, weird, scary way. What I mean by this is listed below:

1• Around 4:30 AM receiving and emergency tornado alert before my 5:00 AM daily alarm.

2• Getting up intermediately to check out the window and see what is going on. Wrapped in my warm aqua blanket, because while I had to leave the bed, the bed didn't have to leave me. 

3• Headed to kitchen to make my coffee and keep staring out the window to marvel at the power of creation.

4• Poured my coffee in my Anthro coffee mug and started enjoying my coffee while reading my daily text and soon after watching my favorite section of JW.ORG 'morning worship'.

Today was my last day of work for this week before taking a 2 work day brake to get ready for a weekend get away with a friend.

Living in Phoenix where is mostly sunny all the times which I 'LOVE!', but when is sunny all the time I am in a constant go, go, go mode with no reset button. When we have the opportunity to have cloudy, rainy days, I really enjoy them! In days like these is where I feel my body is asking for a reset time, to slow down and just concentrate on the little things. A cup of coffee, a warm blanket, to just seat and listen to the spiritual feast that has been provided to us, to admire creation from your home windows, to feel the grace and care of our God.

Needless to say, today was a great start to my day and I am very grateful to live each day and to savor the things that have been handed to us even though we do not deserve them.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Food | Fruity & Cheesy Salad


Food | Fruity & Cheesy Salad 

Chopping, adding, shaking and you got this deliciousness!

Do not forget the cheese...
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Smile More...


Smiling is life...

Just when you think life can't get any more unpredictable...(spoiler alert) It does!

It is very easy to get on a big mood that, to your surprise, will get you nowhere.

That being discovered...I choose to keep smiling under tribulations because that is the new norm.

P.S. I look cuter smiling. [just throwing that out there]
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Ready and Clutched Up...


Ready and Clutched Up...

Looking fearless with my clutch under my arm.

This clutch is handmade by me and part of my bags and clutches collection.

Now available to purchase directly from the website.


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stay Close To Him And He Will Stay Close To You


Stay Close To Him

There is no other way around it...Read it for yourself!

[James 4:8]

Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly Hall - Dominican Republic.

Best views of creation for the best place to be in and soak it all in!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Accessorized...


Accessorized

Just a gal that loves some rings. Sometimes, the get bigger and bigger. My chunky fingers might not appreciate it. But, who is listening to them?...
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

One Last Time For This One


FOOD • One Last Time For This One

Yes, once upon a time I was obsessed  with Smash Burgers. That feeling quickly downgraded to 'No More of That'.

Yeap, I really have no specific reasons is just that after this one, which was literally the last one, all of the sudden I could smell the meat and I was not longer interested...

But, on another note, having that glass of orange juice with it made life that much better.

Nothing against other burgers brands, but as much as I have fought to stop eating burgers, I will forever be a 'In N Out' Gal. That might change at some point in life. But, when that happens, I will let you know.
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Monday, September 23, 2019

No Make Up...Skin On Point...


One of my most genuine photos of contentment when referring to my skin. Always believing that maintaining your skin is more important than keeping up with the latest make up trends.
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Decor • Teal Velvet Pillow Cover


Decor • Teal Velvet Pillow Cover

These handmade pillow covers by ALPHONSINA, are just what you need to give your home decor a touch of refreshment. 

Durable, washable, with bottom hidden zipper and reasonably priced...

Wait no more and check out the entire collection.


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Style • When the Selfie is Shady


Style • When the Selfie is Shady

Time and time again you will find me modeling my own handmade products. Needles to say, made to last with style, a touch of sophistication, elegance and of course for a handmade brand, extremely reasonable. Most of the time you can not put a price on custom design. This Black Tote Bag is one of my favorite, with chevron texture pattern, inside drop pocket and a top zipper is indeed a must have for all your whereabouts.

This one is no longer available since it sold out, it can definitely be redesign with special request. Simply sent a request directly from the website and while there check the rest of the collection.


P. S. This pic was inside the bathroom of a N.Y. City fancy hotel. Just looking cute, because, why not?!!

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Caught Between The Moon And The Sun


Nature • Caught Between The Moon And The Sun

It is impossible to imaging anyone getting tired of a beautiful sunset. While life is full of surprises, I just do not think that will be one of them. This beautiful sunset was spectacular because not only did I get the sun but also the moon if you raise your eyes to the White dot in the clouds...(yeap, right there)

This was taken while driving by around the set up of one of the biggest golf events in Scottsdale, AZ
'Phoenix Open Golf Tournament' This one was done at the beginning of 2019. 

This event is extremely crowded, lots of people walking around and flashing their luxurious toys, outfits, etc...

This shot was during the  beginning set up. It sort of represents the calm before the storm.

I am super glad I was able to capture this shot and now I can share it with you.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Style • Life Is Short Get The Shoes


Style • Life Is Short Get The Shoes

These pair of cuties where gifted to me. While no longer in my life, I can not help but to remember how extremely comfortable and stylish these shoes were.

I always tend to loose control over cute shoes, but now that I am getting older and work standing most of my day, the shoe subject has become more of a conscious investment.

I am in the hunt for several pieces of shoes, not only because I want more shoes but this time I really need an upgraded shoe situation...

Even though, I really need them like ASAP, I have been taking my time to make the right decision because it will not longer be Pay-less prices anymore. I have been looking, browsing, saving and drooling over some beauties online but they need to meet my 2 top priorities and those are:

♦ Comfort

♦ Style

So...send all your best wishes my way and maybe some suggestions. I will make sure to share what I get hopefully soon.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Food • Simple Pasta Does The Job


Food • Simple Pasta Does The Job

The day I made this dish was one of those moments that happened to be your day off from work. Instead of relaxing as most people have the hilarious idea that being your own boss means endless vacations and you can close shop and travel whenever and some miraculous way the business will support itself. LOL!! (pictured rolling over on the floor...) Well that was not the case this exact day...

Instead the day looked rather industrious and so busy working from home that somehow I skipped breakfast. My stomach reminded me of it around 11:30 am and it also warned me to make up for that mistake...

So I preheated the large portion of my left over handmade pasta from last night, topped it off with shredded cheese and just like that my stomach and I were more than delighted and ready for the next part of the day.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Turning Away From Negativity...




Turning Away From Negativity

When was the last time someone did you wrong? When you start answering a question like this one, it is way to often when the list is longer than the positive things that person did to you. What most of us fail to realize is that even though the list of negativity is long, with more specific details of hurt and betrayal, it does not add any value to your life! In the contrary it takes away from a meaningful, joyful life. Among the negative results that develop from negativity, hate and resentment are, based on research, health and beauty issues, like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and wrinkles! And in all honesty, who wants that?!

Choosing to concentrate on the shorter list of positive attributes one have will add so much more value not only to you but to that other person as well. The level of appreciation of having friends and family able and available to be part of our lives now will increase tremendously.

It is not always easy, nor a one time hit. It is a continues working progress with different results of good positive energy in our interactions with other fellow humans. I can tell you it is the best way to live this short time frame we call 'LIFE'.
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