Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rawk my taste buds!

My dear friend Cortney introduced me to her friend Ariane Resnick some years ago when we all used to live in the bay area. Oh. how I miss it there. Any how, talented and intelligent as she is beautiful, Ariane has her own company: Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine. It is a line of raw, vegan, all organic snacks. I am not a vegan, but am open to trying anything. Especially something as pure and delicious as this! The flavors packed into this line are crazy good and you can read as well as recognize all of the ingredients put into them! Fantastic! If you live in Southern California, you can get them at a Whole Foods store and select health food stores. And they are expanding!

Thanks for my shipment, Ariane ☺

I have personally tried: Nothchos, Kaletaliano, Buffalo Bill and Onion a million among the Kale chips. And my favorite are the Notchos. They are smokey and very rich in taste! Among their granola, I have had the Monkey bites (banana granola) and the Kanga Crunch (hello, chocolate!). Both are great as an on the go snack or have some with some soy milk for breakfast! Crunchy, flavor packed granola bites that will satisfy your sweet tooth just enough to say, 'that's what I needed.' I like them both because I love bananas and chocolate. So it's a win-win. I mix them up in a little zip up baggy and have them as a snack.

I asked Ariane to let me in on how exactly she got her company started. She began the company as an unemployment project after being laid off from a GM position at a raw restaurant called Juliano's Planet Raw. She began making raw food meals for a few people as a personal chef/raw foods instructor, and people kept telling her that she should be selling these snacks! She then approached Erewhon, a health food store in Beverly Hills, in January 2009. Where after tasting the Notchos, they told her to go become a brand and that they would buy a case of whatever she was selling.

It took her six weeks from that meeting to have her products on the shelves! She did all the licensing/insurance/commercial kitchen rental/ label concepts/etc. in that time. Everything sold well, but Notchos has been flying off the shelves (and I understand this lol).

Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine began accumulating more small stores, then got into Whole Foods in June of 2009, which their distributor said was unheard of, since no one was ever accepted so fast. This has helped the company grown even more.

Give them a try and check them out at the following links:
Become a fan on Facebook: Rawk-n-Roll-Cuisine on Facebook

Friday, December 17, 2010

A wand fit for a princess

Made these cake pops for a princess birthday party.

Popsicle sticks decorated

Presentation is as important as the taste ;]

Edible wands. Yum!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Baby Shower Cake Pops

One of my clients asked me to make some cake pops for her friend's baby shower.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

More Tees

My friend was talking about wanting to get this tee shirt. So, thought I'd look for it for him.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Cake Pops

Devil's Food Christmas Cake Pops

Inside: Devil's Food Cake & Chocolate frosting
Outside layer of green and red ones: Vanilla candy
" " of brown ones: Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My art

My life has always been inflluenced by art and creativity. As a kid, my dad would take me along with him as his 'assistant' to go paint murals he would do on the side. I would clean his brushes, paint a large section that I couldn't possibly mess-up, and help clean up. He has always done tattoos, sketches, paintings on canvas, murals on walls, etc. I've been around to see it all.
Well, I didn't believe he had such an impact on me until a few years ago. He bought me a huge canvas, acrylic paints, a brush set, etc. I mean, I knew I was creative, pretty good at drawing, had a good handle on some watercolors, but never thought much of it. And I told him, 'I don't know how to paint.' He said, 'Yes, you do. You just don't know it yet.' So he told me to paint whatever I wanted and to send him a picture when I finished.
It took me a short time to figure out what I wanted to paint. I have been fascinated by the colors and the meaning behind the tradition of dia de los muertos (day of the dead). So, a sugar skull it would be. It didn't turn out perfect, but I loved it and I kept painting. Here are some of my paitings I have done. Some inpired by pictures I've seen, loteria cards, etc. but all in all, I love to play with color ☺
I will keep posting as I keep painting more ☺

In order of being painted [Left to right]: Psychedellic Sugar,
Cherry Breeze, Amor Azul
[Bottom right]: Luna Serenade

Painting I made for my friend Sarah using some bright gold
concentrated acrylic for some sparkle ☺ 

Roses & Skulls

Jewelry box I painted for a friend
Inside of jewelry box
[Left]: My painting [Right]: Actual loteria card
[Left]: my painting [Right]: Actual loteria Card

[Left]: My painting [Right]: Actual loteria card
Incubus inpired Skull

My most recent: Love birds.
Thanks for believing in me and always being such an inspiration, daddy. I love you.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Product review: Butter London

Pretty much love this nail polish.

Sure it costs more than your average nail polish, but not by much and the quality is pretty phenomenal. You get what you pay for. You don't have to apply coat after coat to achieve the actual shade. 2 coats, that's it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

No more running on 'E'

It's Christmas time! What better gift for the 'please-stay-the-hell-away-from-me until-you've-had-your-coffee' friend?
Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nice cakes, Bri ;]


All of these cakes have been made by my good friend, Briana Reyes. You can contact her if you are interested in having a cake made for your next birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, etc.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thalia Ortiz

There are many things that our family (mother's side) shares: we are related (duh), girls rule by majority, most of the girls share the same 'almond-shaped eyes' which leads to plenty of us being asked is we are Asian, togetherness, jokes for days, tough love, and most of us were raised with very health conscious parents ♥
One specific girl has always had my heart from day one. Thalia. Not that I love her more than anyone else, it's just the fact that I share many memories with her and see her as a little sister. I've been around her whole life and we have always been close. Could have to do with the fact that her mom, being my mother's youngest sister, lived with us for a while and I grew really close to her before she started a family of her own. I saw her as my 'cool aunt.' I loved how she would make collages of her favorite artists, bands, actors, words, pictures and glue them on things around her room.
When Thalia was born, I knew I finally had a little sister.
She has always had a brightness about her. Quiet most of the time, but very loud on the inside. Once you broke her a bit, her attitude would surprise you. She speaks her mind, is level-headed, sarcastic and is very creative. Something we share in common.
I am constantly creating something. Whether it be in the kitchen, on a canvas, with one of my cameras, in a journal.. you name it. Creating anything beings me joy. She is the same way. She has those same sort of wheels turning in her head. I know she will go far because although she may procrastinate at times, she knows what she wants and is a positive person.
Here are a few of her creations (she's made more clothes, but they got sold, lol):

I cannot express how proud I am of the lady she is becoming. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Love you, Thatis ♥ Now, go make me some sweaters. It's cold out here! ☺

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

15 stories in 6 days

This Level 9 earthquake-resistance, energy efficient, sound proof building was built in six days. No injuries were sustained during the speedy but very efficient construction of this building. This is the first building in human history to comine almost all environmentally friendly, comfortable and secure elements.
I wonder if anyone in the neighborhood took off for a week during this time, wondering if they were still in the same neighborhood when they got back.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Morning Tee

Totally 80s

Starting your morning with the coolest Breakfast Club :P
Watching Duck Tales

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Evelyn, The Make-up Artist

"It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart." - is what my friend, Evelyn Ramirez, always says.

One Christmas day, when Evelyn was 5 years old, she opened up her Christmas gift from her mom. Her very first make-up palette. That's when, she says, she fell in love with art.

Evelyn is a Freelance Make-up Artist, based out of Pasadena, CA. A graduate from Makeup Designory in Burbank, CA. she has been doing Make-up for over 6 years now and loves it!

I have learned a few things from her and can say she is the best at what she does that I personally know. That's why I always recommend her to anyone in the area. Her rates are reasonable, she is super dependable, honest, hard-working, has a good ear for listening to her clients' needs, and an awesome technique when it comes to make-up. She's worked everything from fashion shows, photoshoots, weddings, quinceaƱeras, etc.

Some of Evelyn's work:

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