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REVIEW: SHEIN Tie Neck Self Belted Raglan Sleeve Pleated Dress

This dress looks expensive, but what if I told you I got this for under fifteen bucks! Do you think I’m kidding? Of course not!

ABOUT THE MATERIAL:
The fabric is a little see-through. Just wear a slip under and it’s all good!

ABOUT THE SIZE:
I ordered the XS size, and it’s a bit too big. So if you are wearing a size medium, you might want to get the XS or the Small size.

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Gianni Bini Faux Fur Jacket + Cheeky lime Ava (review)

I love, love, love this Gianni Bini faux fur jacket. I got this as a birthday gift from my friend, Helen, on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. This jacket is by far the most comfortable winter jacket I have ever worn. When I was doing this shoot (see pictures below), it was so windy and cold. At first, I did not even think that I would be able to stay outside a little longer, checking out new views to shoot, and also do my self-photo shoot. Thankfully, wearing this jacket helps me stay warm the whole time I was out. Also, since we are moving to Branson soon, this jacket will be my warmer for the next winter ♥♥♥.

Now, about this cute Cheeky Lime Ava bag/camera bag. It’s on sale right now. It used to be $85.00. However, right now it’s on sale for $29.99 ♥. Now, that’s a steal! Inside the bag, I can fit two camera lenses and the camera body, of course. I’m pleased with this purchase.

ABOUT THIS BAG:

Product Description 

Functional and stylish. 
Weather-resistant polyurethane exterior. 
Detachable shoulder strap.

Outside Dimensions:
Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0″ x 5.0″ x 9.0

Inside Specs:
Padded walls protect your equipment.
Adjustable interior velcro dividers allow customization and flexibility.
Fits a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1 additional lens.
Outside zipper compartment with phone pouch
Room for batteries, memory cards, and accessories.

Misc:
Water-Resistant Man Made Material.
Stands on its own.
Gunmetal Hardware.
Wipes clean with a damp cloth.

See ya next time and have a great day!

XOXO – ESTER

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Review: Latin Food Restaurant In West Monroe

A few days ago, my friend, Helen, called me and invited me for breakfast to this Latin restaurant just a few miles from where we both live. I always passed this place whenever I am driving around the area. However, I didn’t get the chance to stop by and try their food until this day.

It looks so small outside, but this restaurant has pretty good space inside. The place has a relaxing atmosphere, and it’s pretty clean too! The only downside is the parking area. The parking area is too small. You have to either park to the next building’s parking lot, or to the other side, which is a gas station.

I had a great time eating breakfast with my friends, Hele and Mishelle. They told me that the coffee is excellent. So I did have a coffee, and yes, it was good! I may have found a place to get a good coffee, after all. I also had an omelet for breakfast, and it goes with purple rice with beans in it. It’s called Morocco rice. It was pretty good. It reminded me of the purple rice back home (Philippines), we called it “Tapul,” meaning “Purple” in our region.

Later on that very same day, I told Sean about the place when he came home from work, and we decided to dine there for dinner. We had a good experience there. The food was excellent, and their menu prices are very reasonable. This place is worth checking out if you live in the West Monroe area and haven’t been to this place, you need to check this place out.

This coffee is really good!
This serving shocked us. This looks like an order for two ♥♥♥. Sean couldn’t finish his order. It was a lot!
Yummy!

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Review: Starbucks Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel

I’m a hot cocoa drinker, yes I am! However, I wouldn’t say I like every hot cocoa flavors out there. I tried different flavors, some are okay, and some I don’t like. Well, a week ago, Sean bought me this Starbucks Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel at Wal-Mart. At first, I was like, “Okay, let me try this and see if I’ll like it.” Guess what?; this is what I was exactly looking for a hot cocoa taste. The taste of this one makes me feel so close to home (Philippines). I can taste the cocoa in it. That little bitter taste in it makes it tastes excellent. I don’t add any milk to it. I like the flavor more without adding milk in it. So thankful to Sean for this ♥.

Drinking my hot cocoa and partnered it with Filipino Puto (steamed muffin). YUM!!
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HARD ♥ CANDY: LOOK PRO! EYESHADOW PALETTE [REVIEW]

My family and friends know how I love makeup. For me, creating different looks with it is fun! I don’t wear makeup because I’m insecure about my skin or how my face looks. I love wearing makeup to show my creative and artistic side. If someone you know that wears makeup to make her confident in-front of other people, then let her be. Don’t judge a woman because she is wearing makeup.

I love my makeup brands, and I have been using them for a long time. However, three weeks ago, while I was shopping for a new bottle of liquid foundation at our local Wal-Mart store, I glanced at this gorgeous and colorful eyeshadow palette while browsing at the cosmetics department. This eyeshadow palette is by Hard ♥ Candy brand. I honestly haven’t tried using this brand until I saw this eyeshadow palette. The gorgeous earth tone of this palette caught my attention, and I must have it. So, I decided to give it a try.

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT IT?

This Hard Candy’s Earthy Vixen Look Pro Palette features fifteen (15) gorgeous earth tone shades and four (4) professional applicators. I love the warm earth tones. Perfect for this Fall season and even for Winter season.

WHAT I DON’T LOVE ABOUT IT?
The only thing that disappoints me is it’s not as pigmented as I thought.

THE 15 EARTH TONE SHADES

  • DUSK
  • HUNT
  • GOLDEN TOUCH
  • PURPLE HAZE
  • LOST IN THE WOODS
  • WILDFLOWER
  • BLAZE
  • BLOSSOM
  • SERENITY
  • SUNKISSED
  • ENVY ME
  • SAND DUNE
  • NOCTURNAL
  • EVERGREEN
  • SUNRISE

MY FAVORITE SHADES OUF OF THE 15?

  • DUSK
  • HUNT
  • LOST IN THE WOODS
  • BLAZE
  • BLOSSOM
  • SAND DUNE
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Movie Night + Review On Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

A bowl of Pho first before going to the movie theater.

I love the story of Maleficent, but the “Mistress Of Evil” thing I don’t like that because from the beginning of her story, she was a good fairy that was betrayed by someone she loved and whom she thought who loved her for being her. Well, the whole thing was all a lie. She lost her wings, and her heart was filled with anger and revenge because of that.


On this one, Maleficent is not only the fiercest fairy we know who protected other fairies and her kingdom, but also a mother who knows best and willing to risk her own life to protect her child ( Aurora is not her biological child, but she raised her as her own).


To those who weren’t watching it tonight (Oct. 17, 2019), I’m not going to spoil it, haha. You have to watch it tomorrow, Oct. 18, which is the release date. Also, you’ll see more winged creatures on this one. So, don’t miss it!

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Small and Cute: Ardel Wooden Top Handle Faux Leather Bag

When I was in my teenage years until in my late twenties (20’s), I always loved carrying bigger bags and bigger purses. My friends and other family members would comment about it by saying, “You’re bag/purse is bigger than you, girl.” Those comments did not bother me at all. And now that I’m in my thirties (30’s), I don’t carry bigger purses anymore. As much as I love it, my shoulder says something else. You know, we call it “age,” hehe.

Lately, I’m into small purses (one reason to avoid shoulder pain talk). One of the newest cute purse in my collection is the Ardel Wooden Top Handle Faux Leather Bag by Sole Society. I love the quality of this baby and how lightweight it is. The first thing that caught my attention was the wooden handles. Those handles simply add details to the whole look of this cute purse. Plus, it was on sale when I got it. And yes, I will definitely get another color of this style when it is back in stock. 

Details of this purse:

SIZE INFO

  • 8″W x 7 ½”H x 3 ½”D. (Interior capacity: small.)
  • 2 ½” strap drop; 21″ – 24 ½” convertible strap drop.
  • .9 lb.

DETAILS & CARE

  • Magnetic snap-tab closure
  • Top carry handles; optional, adjustable crossbody strap
  • Interior wall pocket
  • Signature animal print lining
  • Polyurethane
  • Imported
  • Item #5820251
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HELEN’S DELICIOUSLY SAVOURY SIOPAO WITH PORK FILLING (Steam Bun With Pork Filling)

Good Wednesday morning, everyone! How’s your Wednesday morning going so far? This morning, I’m thankful I rechecked my work schedule. Somehow, I kept thinking that I have to work this morning, but when I rechecked my schedule, I was like, “oh gosh, I’m closing again.” However, that’s what we call #itslife ☺


At this moment, right now, I am just going to enjoy another Siopao that I bought from my friend (Steam Bun with Pork Filling) to go with my morning coffee. I bought one dozen of it, and if you’re an Asian like me, a dozen steam bun really won’t last long, hehe. Shoutout to my friend, Helen. She did a great job! I will definitely buy SIOPAO from her again ☺.

If you want to order, don’t hesitate to send her a message (◄◄).

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Monroe Tilt Studio: Fun At Full Blast

Tilt Studio is the newest fun place to visit in Monroe, Louisiana. This Monroe action-packed indoor family entertainment center is located inside the Pecanland Mall. This place was used to be Burlington, and now it’s TILT STUDIO. This vast place has a lot of game choices for kids with over 150 Arcade and Video Games, Amusement Ride, Laser Tag, Mini Bowling, Mini Gulf, Outrun Driving Simulator.

My kids had a blast, and we did as well. We also love the fact that this place doesn’t feel crowded at all. Everything is well organized. Definitely one of the best indoor family entertainment center we’ve been so far. Be sure to visit their site and check their attractions.

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Tilt Studio Entrance
My boys love playing air hockey.

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They also love playing basketball.
He had a blast playing mini-golf so now its time to sit and relax beside Mr. Pirate.
Time for Transformers.

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The Crazy Popper-Gourmet Popcorn & More

I’m not a big popcorn fan. In fact, the only time I eat popcorn is when Sean and I go out and watch a movie or when we take the kids to play bowling. I don’t really eat popcorn that much, well not until Sean found out about this popcorn store place called The Crazy Popper. He brought home some bags of delicious popcorn in different flavors last week after work. He brought home a creamy dill flavor, a chocolate caramel and nuts flavor and a Tuti Fruiti flavor. Today we stopped in for a few minutes about an hour before they closed for the day and bought 2 more bags with different flavors than before.

They have over 40 flavors of gourmet popcorn to choose from. And to be honest, they’re so good! Besides popcorn, they also offer old fashioned sodas and nostalgia candy. They accept phone orders and can ship nationwide. Guys, you need to check this place out and try their popcorn if you haven’t tried yet. You’re going to love it as much as I do!

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