Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year! สวัสดีปีใหม่!
December 31, 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, I look back at the incredible year I had. I graduated college, got engaged to an amazing guy, flew halfway around the world for the experience of a lifetime, and started a blog to share the things I love most. I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for me, as I anticipate it to be a very memorable year as well. To ring in the New Year, I have gathered a few fun party favors, making the countdown to 2011 a very festive one. Along with champagne, colorful costumes, and too many balloons to count, the New Year’s celebration is well under way in Thailand.

 

Too many balloons!

 

 
 See you in 2011!

 

Eye Candy
December 29, 2010

 

With New Year’s Eve just days away, I can picture girls everywhere scrambling to find that perfect last minute outfit to wear as the 2011 countdown begins. While last minute shopping may be inevitable, don’t forget to pull out those drawers full of make-up. In an effort to prevent any beauty disasters, I thought it best to practice my New Year’s Eve beauty regimen. Mind you, I love make-up and given the fact that New Year’s Eve is on its way, just gives me one more excuse to perfect my skills. I found some great beauty buys below that have the potential to create a stunning look for the new year. All three of these products are very affordable and available to buy at Ulta.                                                        

BareMinerals glimmer

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length

Maybelline Lash Stiletto

 

Benetint
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Applying my Lash Stilleto Mascara

Applying my Lash Stilleto Mascara

 For New Year’s Eve in Thailand, the asian fashion and beauty trends tend to differ, representing more of their asian culture. Extravagant costumes and colorful make-up are seen everywhere to celebrate and bring in the new year. I decided to research a few traditional Thai looks to satisfy my curiosity. I’m still debating on whether to stick with my usual beauty routine for New Year’s or branch out & try some thai beauty techniques…we shall see! (I may just need to take advice from Stephen’s adorable niece in the center picture below)

A Fruit Frenzy
December 28, 2010

Back home I very rarely went to a farmer’s market, as close and convenient as they were. In Pattaya, I cannot go even a block without seeing some of the most vibrant and juicy looking fruit imaginable. Fruit markets and vendors cover the streets with everything from dragonfruit to coconuts to lychee. Many fruits are so foreign to me that I have neither heard of nor seen them before. I must say I am most likely to buy fruit from a vendor passing on the beach…but today I felt I had to pay a visit to a true thai market, as the fruit is too gorgeous to pass up. As if the range of colors weren’t enough to make you want to buy every piece of fruit, the juicy smells of fresh produce had people coming from all directions. Being the indecisive gal I am, I surprised myself when I quickly made up my mind on dragonfruit, kiwi and pineapple. After a long day of walking in humidity too hot to think, this fruit was on its way to becoming a tasty, refreshing treat after such a long day. As tempted as I was to eat each one individually…and one after the other I might add, I decided to whip up a quick fruit salad.

 

I simply sliced off the tops of the pineapple and dragonfruit and scooped out all of the fruit. I then filled them with all three fruits- such an easy and pretty fruit arrangement! The juices and flavors of the fruits combine to create a juice of their own, but you can also add a little honey and lemon juice for some extra sweetness.  

Feels like Home with French Toast
December 25, 2010

                  

      

With almost 90 degree weather in Thailand it definitely does not feel like the Christmas weather I am used to! In an effort to make it seem like more of the holiday season, Stephen and I attempted to recreate a few traditional holiday dishes that are some family favorites back home. Back home my family has made it a Christmas tradition to prepare French toast on Christmas morning. So it became my mission this morning to make some tasty French toast the good ol’ fashioned way. I have a sweet tooth so I immediately knew a little cinnamon and sugar would definitely be making an appearance.  Along with the basic ingredients including milk and eggs, I added a little orange juice for a yummy twist. My family always adds a little OJ to the mixture and the flavor is incredible but not too overpowering. For being so far away from home, this French toast definitely made me feel a little closer to home during this Christmas holiday. Below is my recipe if you want to give it a try!

 

 

 

FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

  • – 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 loaf of day old french bread

After mixing the egg mixture, dip the bread in and soak each side. French bread tends to be a little thicker so make sure to soak each side well with the mixture. In a pan with melted butter, let each side of the bread brown evenly. Afterwards, sprinkle with cinnamon and syrup!

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