500 Subbies Ask Me Anything!

Snapshot_11I had a Giveaway on my YouTube channel for my subscribers to thank them for supporting me and to celebrate reaching over 500 subscribers. I gave away a wonderful tote filled with all sorts of beauty and fashion items; if you would like to see go and check out the video, I will leave a link shortly. To be a part of the Giveaway I asked my subscribers, you did have to be a subscriber to take part, I asked my subscribers to ask me any question they would like to know about me. Since I am a newish channel I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each other better. It is my goal with Embellish Life to create a community of individuals that can learn and grow together and feel comfortable together. I feel that the only way you can do that is if you put yourself out there and are willing to let yourself be known. Show everyone what you are all about, I think false assumptions are the biggest mistakes people can make and can also get people into the most trouble… You know what they say about “Assume” ing anything… LOL Anyway, even though the giveaway is all over my video on all the answers to all the great questions that my subscribers asked me is all completed. It is a great insight into who I am, what I am doing with Embellish Life, a little bit about my family and how I got to where I am today; if you are interested.
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Football Party

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There is no reason to spend your day cooking for a football party. Here is a way to have a great party and spend your day with your guest and still look like the hostess with all the tricks up her sleeve. The tricks are to make only one or two signature dishes from scratch and embellish the rest with whole foods to enhance their flavor and give them the extra pizazz at presentation.

You can find the recipe to my Mexican Hot Carrots on my blog at: http://embellishblog.com/mexican-hot-carrots/

The Key Lime mini pies are at Sorted Food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHjqwNR6T1M
(I’m gluten free so we used gluten free gingersnap cookies purchased from Trader Joe’s)

I embellished my Mexican Beans by mixing two styles: Rosartia Spicy Jalapeno and Bush Cocina Latina.

The Queso Sauce was made with Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium, Progresso Recipe Starters Cheese sauce, 1 cp shredded Mexican 3 cheese, 2 tlbs. chopped fresh cilantro. Melted all together
I embellished my Southwest Ranch dip by adding some fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro (you could add and fresh herb)

Have fun at your next football party! You can apply these tips to almost any party. A party doesn’t have to be a big stress if you now a few easy steps. Check out my “How to Have a Stress Free Party” for more tips. To see the entire Football Party video you can click on the link and see all the photos and video of the party and set up.

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Fashion in My Life

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If you want to know more about my fashion experience check out my YouTube site. I have just finished a new video about why I’m making videos and where I have learned all I know about fashion and style. You can see the video, Embellish Life-All About Style and find out all you ever wanted to know about me and my fashion experience. A few jobs I didn’t mention in my video, totally forgot and I didn’t want it to go on forever… I didn’t mention working as a Manager and Buyer at a designer leather boutique in La Jolla, CA called Extravaganza and I was a stylist, fashion merchandiser at JigSaw a contemporary clothing boutique also in La Jolla, CA. I actually worked at JigSaw twice once just before I moved to Beverly Hills, CA and after I came home due to my car accident. Tip: Try never to burn bridges… You never know when you might need something from someone again. Even if it is not a job, I believe that life is spiral; hopefully in a upward movement, and always spinning and circling back around. Keep as many doors open and windows cracked, you never know when you might want to go back through to get to the other side. 🙂

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What is Embellish Life

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Now that I have moved a lot of my post onto video at YouTube I thought it would be helpful to run through why I started Embellish Life what my goals and ambitions are for the blog, videos and Embellish Life in general… Although, Embellish Life started over 10 years ago my entire life has been dedicated to supporting and inspiring people (mainly women) to reach beyond their expectations and become the very best person they have dreamed of being… I love nurturing peoples goals and dreams and I also love to help people search and strive for realistic goals so everyone can feel the joy of accomplishment. It is my belief that when you strive for the obtainable your will find the extraordinary; keeping your mind and heart open to all possibilities leaves everyone exposed to experience life in it’s fullest. If you want to see more check out my video, What is Embellish Life?

Please join me on my new venture on YouTube while I dump my knowledge onto video in hopes to teach and inspire everyone to face their fears, strive for their dreams and accomplish the possible… Because Everything in Life is Better When You Embellish!

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4th of July Party

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This was a great party! We had about 20 guests. The party was partially catered by a local BBQ restaurant which allowed for everyone to enjoy the day and no one person spent the day cooking and prepping over a hot grill. I also had guest that asked if they could help (this happens all the time and people like to chip in if they can). I don’t normally request help but depending on the party and occasion, I do let people bring dishes. Since this was a 4th of July celebration I let people choose their favorite “All American” side, dessert to bring. Depending on your guest list and volunteers you may want to ask what they are bringing so that you don’t have too much of one side or platter. You know your guest best and what will work for your party. Having people help you will definitely take the stress off of you to prepare all the food yourself. If you are a foodie and enjoy the food prep than there is nothing wrong with thanking your guest for the offer and letting them know you have it all taken care of. Suggest just bringing a bottle of wine or soda… If they will not take “no” for an answer.

Later in the evening we all walked to the bridge to watch fireworks and we even had a few of our own (yes, they are legal here 😉 ) If you would like to see more of the set-up and decorations please check out my Embellish Life YouTube Channel and watch the video!

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Supplies for the decor where purchased at:

Hobby Lobby: http://www.hobbylobby.com/

Joann: http://www.joann.com/

Save on Crafts: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/

Pier 1: http://www.pier1.com/

Watermelon MojitoHere is the recipe for the Watermelon Mojito:

It’s summer, try one, and I guarantee you’ll still be drinking them after Independence Day is over.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups watermelon (cubes about 6 cubes)
5 mint leaves
1/2 oz lime juice
1.5-2 oz rum
1/2-3/4 oz simple syrup (I swap out the simple syrup and club soda for diet ginger ale)
Club soda

Instructions
Cut the watermelon into cubes and measure out 1 1/2 cups (to save time buy the pre-cut watermelon that you can find at most grocery stores in the produce section). Combine the watermelon, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup (I leave this out) in a cocktail shaker. Thoroughly muddle the mixture until the watermelon is mostly liquid. (Here is where I change it up… I use a hand blender and if I am making a big batch for a party I put it into the blender. Once it is all smooth I put it through a strainer to collect most of the pulp. Now continue on) Add the rum and some ice cubes. Shake. Next, fill a glass most of the way up with crushed ice. Strain the watermelon mixture into the glass. Top with club soda (this is where I use the diet ginger ale)

Read more: American Beauty – Gin Drink Recipe http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/drink_recipes/american-beauty-2/#ixzz3c6bWX3Jr

Embellish Life YouTube Channel is up!

I finally did it! Getting over my fear of seeing myself on video and the harsh criticism that strangers love to dish out for no other reason than to be mean; I took a leap of faith and faced my fear head on! I publish my first video, the welcome video, to my new Embellish Life channel and I will be posting more videos shortly. I will be covering a variety of topics that cover all my years of experience… It will be a how to of shorts and also a fun place to visit and watch me create, share ideas, designs and helpful tips that I use all the time to Embellish my Life. Pippa, my little min-pin/dauchie rescue dog will be joining me every video, giving me moral support and comic relief 😉 I will also be featuring a different cocktail each video for a little extra twist 🙂

I hope you join me to learn, laugh and share all the fun we will have while Embellishing Life!

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Go check it out! Can’t wait to have you join me every week when I post a new video on crafts, decor, fashion finds, helpful tips, bargain shopping, party planning and so much more!

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Helpful Party and Event Photo Tip

P1040827Here is a tip that I use all the time, no matter how big the event is or how intimate the party is I take photos of the set up and decor.  I take photos of everything, food placement, decorations (inside and out), and table settings, anything that isn’t normally there.  I know for me it serves a double purpose because I post a lot of my events and parties here and you might think it is not so useful for just anyone to take all those photos, but it is.  I don’t know how many times, even when it comes to decorating for the holidays, that I get out the boxes and for the life of me I can’t remember what I use a piece for.  For events or parties I totally forget set ups for food and stations, even when it is in my house.  I change it up each time I have a party so I can’t remember what I did, say for last year’s Christmas party, I just get out my photos and look at the set up and go from there.

The nice thing also is if you have the photos you can also see what you have and what you have done in the past so if you do want to change it, update any of your decorations or set ups you can see that without having to get out all your stuff.  This can save you a ton of time and considerable mess.  I like to get out my service pieces at least 3 to 4 days ahead of time just in case I need to add to it and this gives me ample time to shop without feeling too stressed. So if I look at photos I can have even more time without having to wait.

An additional tip if you are shy on counter space use risers, simple boxes covered with fabric look great, and that way you can get more items on a table and it also gives your area some interest and dimension.  Another investment that is well worth it is service pieces that are tiered, two or three plates in one, this also gives you more space.  There are a lot of shops, Home Goods, TJ Max, Target, and many $1 stores have nice service pieces depending on your budget.  I have found some nice stuff at $1 stores some plastic some glass and I get a few and just keep them because they are great for taking over items to people’s homes; you never have to worry about leaving with your tray if everything is not finished or you forget.  If you only paid $1  for it you can let the hostess keep it or toss it, so much easier than worrying about getting it back because you know that always takes about 6 months and 20 phone calls going both directions.

I hope this helps in your party planning process.  I know that this is the season and it can be stressful and it really doesn’t have to be.  Make lists, try to plan ahead as much as you can and party planning is the one time that “Hording” can be an asset.  The more stuff (OK, within reason) you have on hand the easier it is to throw a party the key is to be able to get to your stuff and to know what you have and that is where photos come in handy.  I couldn’t do have the parties and events I do without my catalog of photos.