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Archive for June, 2012

Woodberry

Woodberry Dinner

I am just a few days away from embracing another Friday. I can’t believe how fast each day goes, all I can think about is how I can’t seem to get used to this fast paced setting. It’s always work and me looking forward to my 2 days off each week. A few days ago I was able to have the Friday night off and what better way to spend it? A dinner date at one of then most beautiful restaurants I’ve been.

 Look how beautiful the place is! I swear this looks more awesome on the inside. I wish could’ve taken more photos but it was a busy night and I do not want to look like a dork hanging around with my camera. Hahaha 🙂

The name of the restaurant is so perfect for its ambiance, location, and entire look!

I’m still in awe every time I think about how beautiful this place is! I just can’t wait to have a beautiful Saturday or Sunday morning schedule so we could have brunch here!!! 🙂

Basket of different short breads! Loved the strawberry muffin! YUM

Pickled kohlrabi for our appetizer.

First time to try kohlrabi and I loved it!

Poached shrimp salad on a warm toast

Since I just came from work, I’ve decided to eat something light!

Poached to perfection. Greens were fresh. I have no words but YUM!

Beef and Egg Noodles

One of the best pasta dishes I’ve tried!

Amazing dinner with an amazing person <3

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The day after…….

At their herb garden. Made me want to have my own someday. It was the first time he took ,me to their backyard and I loved it!

Fresh Arugula

Fresh Basil

I only took photos of the herbs that we used for our pesto.

Pesto in the making

Grilled vegetables for perfect summer morning.

Rushing off to work,

R <3

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The Girl and New York: Ze Girl

NYC Outfit Post: Funny how some low-class people think it’s okay for them to just live a life of imitation. Knowing and seeing things are not a free pass for you to simulate it. Most of the people in this world works hard to achieve something,and just imagine how devastating it is to see and hear that someone is acting like a copy machine..replicating something that I have worked for..words per se. *sigh* Someone really needs an intervention ASAP. I do not want to sound like a mean B, but hey! This scene has been going on and I’m so sick of it. I know you hate the fact that I exist, and it’s quite evident that you hate me cause you’re nothing but insecure,BUT please stop trying to live my life and copy my words. If you think people don’t notice, you’re wrong. The people around you are not moronic to do not notice. I might sound like a mean B now, but hey..it’s time for me to speak up! I am getting tired of this..and I just want you to know…you are becoming more inane and shameful by the minute.

Anywaysy, so much for venting about this copycat time to move forward and be better! Haha 🙂

06.18.2012 Outfit

The ring on the right was supposed to be ” I  ♥ NY” BUT unfortunately, I lost the “I” while I was switching bags 🙁

Hmm.. ♥NY still works…right? Haha 🙂

This ” I ♥ NY” ring was quite big for my fingers, so I used this “LOVE” ring as a “stopper”! Love how it looked! 🙂

The lady I was seating across to at the subway pointed at it and said it looks good to his husband. Yieee 🙂

Black-Gold x Orange/Tangerine day!

So happy that he is finally learning how to take good outfit shots. Hahahah.

It’s quite funny how people would give me flattering stares and compliment that day and how he would say that people would always regard me every time we are out. :))

Me with “Bo-bob” at Time Square! 🙂 Just had to take a photo with him for my baby Bea!!! <3 🙂

Next Stop: Fast forward to NYC restaurant week,please? 😛

Can’t wait for Friday to come sooner,

R <3

The girl and New York: Pigale

Second to the last 1st NYC weekend post. 

I like planning things and I love setting goals. It makes me look forward to something, to a day where it will all happen, and to that state of elation during that moment. We did not plan anything for this day. All we know is that we’re driving to New York that morning and the rest written by the stars. I love how this New York trip transpired, it ended with a new “hello”, a gratification of a new opportunity to be able to go there again..soon. If you know me, you would know that I don’t let each opportunity pass, I cannot fathom the idea of losing a chance – a chance to be better and a chance to appreciate life more. I am feeling a little bit of sadness cause I have to disclose this trip into words soon, but thinking about the weeks to come, and the greater opportunity for me to explore this city gives me nothing but excitement. I’m untouchable when it comes to travelling.

Pigale for dinner 🙂

Chorvaers chose this restaurant because of the duck breast. -.-

French restaurant in 8th Ave corner 45th street

Complimentary “cold” bread. I don’t understand why most of the fancy restaurants we go to serves us cold bread. WARM BREAD next time please?

Charcuterie Plate

Something that he loves to order!

I loved the pickled vegetables at the center of the plate, it balances the fatty texture and rich flavor of the cold cuts.

Roasted Poratbellos

Just because I love mushrooms… YUM

Frenched Breast of Chicken

Pan-roasted with garlic and herbs, pommes cocottes, roasted tomato, thyme jus

The chicken was overcooked and under seasoned, the sauce was too bland for my life (OA haha).. but yeah, I was a bit disappointed cause it did not justify the amount that we paid for. I loved the sides though.

Roasted Duck Magret

Haricot Verts, Wild Rice with walnuts & tart cherries, pomegrante sauce.

Angel Hair and Seafood Scampi

After n months!! Finally!!! I got to see Leigh again!!! I love you so much!!!! <3

Cannot wait to be with you again!!!! 🙂 <3

New Jersey bound to drive Leigh home and to see my other friends!!!

Outside their house!! Blurry but whatev.. :))

I missed you all so much!!!!!!!!!

Skype with my favorite Yotchie before heading back home….

Thanks for these Leigh,you’re the sweetest!!! Wait for mine!!! <3

I love you!!! <3

It was definitely one of the best weekends in my life! Just thinking about how lovely that way was,or just by viewing the photos brings me back to cloud 9! I’m so happy that I’ll be able to go back there soon!!! <3 I couldn’t be grateful enough for this blessing <3 🙂

Happy Monday and Tuesday, please?

R <3 xx

The Girl and New York: Times Square

06.18.2012: Spent the rest of the afternoon in Times Square. We did a lot of walking, but I did not mind, I do not care if I was in my killer heels. That’s one of the beautiful parts in travelling – you walk to see ; you see to appreciate things.  New York is such a busy city, you could see people everywhere and almost all streets are jam-packed with vehicles. I did not think twice in commuting around this city, I think it’s the best way to get around (when you’re not from here) and immerse myself.

I’ve always wanted to ride the subway in New York,. So yeah, I was kind of excited about this! Haha

Still wearing flats :))

Disclaimer: I covered my face in most of my photos in this entry. Don’t ask me why..but whatevs. :))

Love, R

Times Square!!!!

Spent the afternoon shopping.  We know that we would be back in NYC in no time, so we are not really in a rush in going to places like the Rockefeller, Statue of Liberty and the like.

Jamba juice was quite disappointing for me. Don’t hate me for saying this,but what’s the fuzz all about? The service was less more than we expected too. Eek 😐

Bought this from a Chinese lady who gave me this for a bargain price of $33 instead of $45! AWESOME!

Not a hoodie type of girl, but this is something that I would love to have in my closet! Haha

Can’t wear this anytime soon though

AWESOME pieces!!

Basically, I did not shop in Forever21 and H&M. This city has those stores already, and I just want to raid the shops that we don’t have here.

Aldo x Zara x Topshop = HAPPY SHOPAHOLIC!!! <3

Next Stop: Dinner and Leigh! <3

Late night schedule tonight, yay or nay?

R <3

The Girl and New York: Asian Afternoon

First part of our awesome NYC weekend!:) I love how God puts everything into place. It was raining in Baltimore, gloomy at New Jersey but extra beautiful in New York that day! The weather was perfect…for my outfit! Haha 🙂 But whatever, God has once again amazed me about life. 🙂

Cars heading North = NYC bound

I love taking photos of huge bridges! It doesn’t only connect me to one place to another, it also connects me to the world 🙂

OHHHH YES! Got super giddy when I saw this view!! Yaaaaysy 🙂

Very scenic <3

En route to NYC’s Chinatown.

I don’t know if it’s a downside or whatever,but here’s the thing that I have to deal with for being with someone who fancies Asian Food! Hahahaha 🙂

Got super ecstatic when I saw quickly!!!  Will definitely look for Cha Time when I go back 🙂

Milk Tea Pudding x Taro Milk Tea

AWESOME!

Topshop’s fabulous window!!

Too lovely for words.

Happy baby! Haha 🙂 Outside Topshop!

Zara!!!! How I missed thee!

Reminiscent of Hong Kong.

Asians x Busy streets x Signs written in Chinese! haha

Best Asian Place we went to so far! 🙂

I wasn’t excited about going to another Asian restaurant with the chorvaers at first. But when I saw the chandelier and huge Chinese door, it made me a bit excited to sit and dine! 🙂

So sad that all of the food photos are too yellow-ish for this blog 🙁

They had “push carts” rolling around the huge place! It was quite packed for an afternoon delight, and yes..it was that good! Chicken feet were quite disappointing since I’ve had better CF back home (PHL). But whatever, had an awesome late lunch date still 🙂

Most awesome part of our dining experience – TAHO!!!!!! OMG. Got megaaaa excited when I saw the taho cart!

Just had to cover my face. But whatever. I got my taho, finally!!! <3

Awesome afternoon,indeed!

Next Stop: Time Square <3

Can’t wait for this day to be over,

R <3 xx

On the road on Father’s Day

Will start my awesome weekend trip entries with a post that doesn’t say much,but defies how amazing I am feeling right now. God knows how grateful I am right now – for having a hand to hold on this “road”.

Anyway, random road photos last Sunday. Couldn’t stop taking photos!! God blessed us with a beautiful weather again 🙂 Yaysy! 🙂

“Let’s make our getaway
Just me and you babe
The rest of the world can wait”

“But babe your love is so warm It makes my shield melt down,
And everytime were both at war,
You make me come around.”

“Someday when this is over
We may still have no answer
For now it’s when I hold ya
We are closer
Baby close your eyes
Don’t open til the morning light
Don’t ever forget
We haven’t lost it all yet
And all we know for sure
Is all that we are fighting for “

“These are the things that I want to remember
I want to remember you by”

Some bridge going to New Jersey!

Monday breakfast in New Jersey

Breakfast / Brunch has got to be one of the best things in life! 🙂

Vegetarian white omelette for me!! Soooo yummy!! <3 🙂

Life couldn’t be better! I’m so blessed 🙂

NYC posts coming up!

R <3 xx

Where’s your head at?

Outfit Post: Filipino Festival

Aztec Prints x Bright Color x Sunny weather = Happy Sunday 🙂

One of my favorite rings!!

You’ll be seeing more of it this summer,definitely! So summer-ish! <3

Aztec x Aztec! 🙂

This bandage skirt from Charlotte Russe is one of  my favorites in my closet! Apart from the comfy fabric, I love how it hugs my body without worrying if it’s showing too much skin while I’m waling or something. You get me girls,don’t you?:)

Top: Forever 21

Bandage Skirt: Charlotte Russe

*Had to cover my face :))

Orange / Tangerine x Black & White 🙂

Excited to blog about my recent NYC trip,

R <3 xx

Filipino Festival 2012

06.10.2012: F day

I rarely get a Sunday off, I feel like it only happens once in a blue moon (haha). Every time I see that I’have a Sunday off, there are only two things that comes to my mind – church and Mrs. Angel. I’ve heard about this Filipino Festival a few months ago, and I told myself that I would try to make a way for me to attend. I know it’ll be something that I would need,especially in times like this – being away and busy from my loved ones made me more adventurous and enthusiastic to immerse myself into anything that this place has to offer. Anyway, I never expected to be off that day, I was eyeing on an afternoon schedule and day of rush, but God was amazing, he blessed me with a lovely day-off. 🙂

With Mrs. Angel 🙂

Went to Towson for the Filipino Festival after church 🙂

Fake Halo-Halo (haha)

Had 2 different halo-halos that day. Both were equally disappointing but whatvs, at least I got my halo-halo  :))

Ube flavored bubble tea!!!

Mr. and Mrs. Angel 🙂 My parents here!! 🙂

Liiiike this shot. Fumeeling SLR my camera. Hahahaha

River of Life represent!!! 🙂

With the people who looks after me 🙂

Next: Outfit post 🙂

Day off today,

R <3 xx

Hershey Park 2012

06.11.2012: Hershey Park

This is for you,Daddy 🙂 

Random snaps from our Hershey Park trip a few days ago. What an experience it was! This is going to be a “photo diary”, I am currently out of words and I know the pictures will speak for itself 🙂

Good Morning 🙂 We all gathered early in the morning. We were all so excited!

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Jupiter..and everything in between

“Save me, I need more time..” That’s what I have been feeling lately. I feel like my everyday life is in a rush. I have mustered up the art of multitasking and self procrastination and I do not know if I should be happy and proud about it. Anyway, a lot has happened since the last time I updated this entry, but unfortunately I couldn’t gather myself yet. My entire soul is still trapped at work,wishing that Monday would come sooner!

Backlog: Random food-trips last August 2011- February 2012. Photos that are worth sharing! 🙂

Random lunch day at Miss B’s Tuckshop in Jupiter, Makati! 🙂

I adore their cutie restaurant! It took me back to my elementary days! 🙂

BEST MILKSHAKE EVER!!!!!!!!

Roasted Marshmallow!! Come to Mammmmuh!!!

You’re the best baby!!! *drools*

Red Velvet Shake…..BLAAAH

What we really came for…their burger!!

Just burger and bun! Hmm

Ohhh YES! My kind of temp.. <3

It wasn’t the best burger that I’ve had, but it was worth the try and experience!

Calamansi Beignets! Nomnomnom 🙂

July 2011.. oh how time flies!

Back detail of my dress.  🙂

Bonifacio Global City…oh how I miss thee

Random Foods that I miss

Gelatissimo…need I say more?

Toast Box pastries! 🙂

Reminds me of Singapore every single time. Nom

Parvati’s Taco Salad

I think almost everyone who’s here in the States would agree with me when I say… taho is awesome and I miss it so much!!!

Akiba’s Yogurt Matcha Drink!!! OMG please be with me NOW!

Gong Cha! Milk tea dates with my family 🙁

So I just rushed myself to finish this entry, I think I did not make sense at all but at least I got to finish it before I head to work..uhh. I promise to do better next time. Haha 🙂

Need more time,

R xx

Hello, June!

June has got to be one of the busiest and craziest months ever! I know the month has only started,but I can already feel a more hectic schedule coming my way. I welcomed June 2012 with a nice lunch date downtown. I have the afternoon off,so usual I did not let the opportunity pass — to spend some time away from work and the apartment! 😀

Another beautiful sunny day <3 #Blessed

photo from http://bluemoonbaltimore.com/

The place was PACKED! We had to wait for a table for almost an hour (or maybe so). Good thing Pitango was just nearby :)) Anyway, I wanted to take a photo of the place but since there were a lot of people waiting to be seated, I just think it would be too awkward to do so. #ShyMuch

Quaint famous Cafe!  🙂

The wait was so worth it! The photos explains it all! 🙂

Food was beyooooond awesome! 🙂 I love having a nice brunch 🙂 It jump-starts my day beautifully <#

Blue Moon Cafe’s biscuit and strawberry jam. I loved how the jam is similar to The Manor in Camp John Hay (Baguio, PHL).

Outfit of the day! 🙂

Wore this printed dress with red accents to make the color pop! 😛

I love balloons! Forever and ever and ever! Hahaha

Embracing a beautiful schedule this week,

R <3

Picture Perfect

This has got to be one of the best Monday off ever. The weather was perfect and everything that transpired was beyond amazing. We only planned a couple of stuff to do for that day and the rest that happened throughout the day was a blessing. I really wish I could just tell the best parts, the awesome ones..the stuff that really made my entire soul glad. I really wish I could. So I’ll just let the photos speak for itself and let time help me unfold how lucky I am to have met these people who makes my journey here extra perfect 🙂

The sun shining so bright from the sun roof of his car 🙂

Took the babies to Sam’s Club. Can’t believe they are leaving soon 🙁

*Trunk full of chocolates! Literally. OMG

Bought matching slippers for my roomie and I 🙂

Eiffel Tower x LOVE <3

Went to Sur La Table in Annapolis to buy a new knife for me!! That place is AWESOME!! <3 Wish I was able to take some photos 🙁

Annapolis to Elllicot City! What’s up Monday rush hour? Psh.

Went to H Mart to buy the ingredients for our dinner!! Yaysy

Random Photos while on our way…home.

Having someone that shares the same passion with you is a gift. We talked about FOOD all day,just the kind of conversation that I want to have with my someone on a beautiful day like this.

Basically, our day revolved around FOOD! Literally.

Beautiful view of the city!

Beautiful view x Perfect Weather x “Love is the End” x ASDFGHJKL = Perfect day!

Say heeeeello to my new knife!

Miyabi is too Asian.

Global is too “man-ish”. Don’t like the handle. Eek Haha

So yeah, don’t tell me I should’ve chosen that cause I have my reasons. Hahaha

Mushrooms for dinner!!! <3

Fresh fish! FINALLY!!! <3

Stock making!

He cooked everything that I’ve been craving for. #AwesomeSomeone

Having dinner with this family is such an overwhelming blessing. It was bliss. I wouldn’t spend my Monday off any other way. 🙂

Bones being simmered.

Mirepoix for the brown stock.

Stock pot.

P.S. I feel so silly putting captions haha #Facebook

My new babieeeeeeeees <3 So happy!!!!

It was such a perfect day! I felt so welcomed and loved 🙂 I cannot wait for our next Monday off! Aaaah, Thank you Lord! <3

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Cannot wait to leave early tomorrow,

R <3

Clementine and the babies

06.03.2012:Today is my 3rd month here in the States. I do not know if I should be sad that I only have 9 months left to live the “American life” or glad that I ONLY HAVE 9 FREAKIN’ MONTHS LEFT (period). I feel like time did not “run” too quickly this month. I have stretched most of my days into a beautiful memory,and that’s what counts (most of the time).  Anyway, I’ve realized that my life revolves around the “F5″ – Faith ; Family ; Food ; Fashion and Freedom. This post will keep on going until God-knows-when if I blab about it all. So I’ll just save it and think of words that can inspire you all 🙂

Food – I had an amazing Friday off 2 weeks ago. After shopping with Ysan in Towson, (insert whatever chorva name here) picked me up and took mo to Clementine. If there’s one thing that can cheer me up quickly and leave me elated for a long time, it would be food! There’s something about good food and nice restaurants that keeps me insane and sane both at the same time. It’s hard to set apart shopping and food when it comes to pointing out which I love more, BUT food defines my passion and accordance to this world. Haha #OA

I love how hip this restaurant is! The menu is fresh and interesting 🙂

Clementine is known for their Charcuterie service. Homemade will always be better! Yay for Clementine! 🙂

Bread x Butter.

Cold = BLAH

Clementine Charcuterie

Chicken Liver  Pâté w/ Tart Cherries; Pork and Duck Creton ; Green Onion and Garlic Bratwurst & Lucille’s Bread and Butter Pickles.

EVERYTHING HOMEMADE = BEATIFIC!

The homemade crackers are just too divine with their amazing pate! I swear I felt like I was 5 kilos heavier but it was all worth it!

Ohhhh-some plate!

Hot tea for me!! 🙂

I love how each component compliments each other! I;m not a fan of chicken thighs and legs but this was ahhmazing!

I loved the whole look of the restaurant! Too bad I did not capture it beautifully 😐 EEK!

Fashion x Family – I love dressing up and I like saying it (whuuut). I spend most of my life in the kitchen -looking all haggard and silly. So every time I get the chance to dress up, I act like a kid hyped inside a toy store! I am blessed with a family who puts up with my being maarte when it comes to clothes. What makes my life more perfect (haha) is that the fact that they all have a good taste with their style! I love days where in we would eat in a nice restaurant,all dressed up and HAPPY! 🙂

This arrived at the perfect time. I was tired and stressed from work and this welcomed me when I got home!! 🙂

DAS baaaaaby!!! 🙂

Thanks to my family for sending this pair!!! OMG <3

Food – One thing that I look forward to each day is to learn something new. I just couldn’t fathom the idea of not attaining anything in a day. This baby arrived at the last day of May. It’s too perfect for words! I love books that are related to Culinary. They keep me elated and sane. Aaaah <3

Finally! I’ve been wanting this book for so loooong! Glad I have it in hardbound. Oh yes <3

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Only day-off this week,

r <3

Italian, Mexican and Everything Nice

Random shenanigans during the month of May 2012. I terribly miss eating out and going downtown to spend the wee hours of my day. My life is in major work mode and I feel like time is running too fast. My perspective and goals has changed a bit and all I know is, God is with me through these all and He will be the answer to every dream. 🙂 Anyway, my life revolves around food! I work with food on most days,and yearn to eat great food every single day. It’s like a disease that can never go away. Eating out after a great day of shopping,or just merely embracing a day with food is something that I always look forward to. However,working with food is a different story. It’s amazing and there’s just too much to tell. It defies how unexpected life can be and how the overwhelming feeling of being blessed is.

Italian night in Chiapparelis 05.05.2012! This place looks amazing inside out, but the food was quite disappointing 🙁  It is located in downtown’s Little Italy which made it seem like it’s classy or something.

The salad was AAAAH-mazing though! I must say, it was one of the best salads that I’ve ever had here in the States! And I swear I am drooling right now! “Chappa chappa salad please!”

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Mexican lunch in El Salto last 05.15.2012.

It was a rainy day and the thingy on my forehead made me doleful. After visiting the Doctor, “:)” took me to this Mexican restaurant to cheer me up,he knows I love Mexican food! 🙂

Salsa x Warm Tortillas. YUM

My Chicken Faitas with Cheesy Re-fried Beans! 🙂

I am not really a fan of beans, but this amazing beans took me straight to heaven the cheesiness and texture of this side is just to awesome for words!! Take me to El Salto now PLEASE!

HUGGGE chicken burrito!

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..and yeah, my jacket for work says I’m “Rianne” — of course it does! I wonder if they’ll even change it! Haha.

Flaunting that ugly thing on my forehead with some of my favorite girls! 🙂

Busy nights are less stressful when they are around! Some of my favorite food runners! 🙂

Can’t believe Joy is about leave soon! I’ll definitely miss how she effortlessly makes me laugh in the middle of a crazy dinner service! Working on the line has never been too tiring with amazing people around 🙂 It’s a gift that I will always be grateful for!

Please stay 🙁 Life has been more amazing with you around!!!! 🙁

3 months tomorrow,

R <3

Hello, Summer 2012

Tax free shopping day outfit! 🙂 Since the weather has started to warm up already, I’ve decided to wear something “summer-ish” and weather friendly! I know we’d be walking a lot so I paired this outfit with a flat s 🙂

I am embracing another dreadful week again 😐 One day-off, opening/morning to closing and an average of 150 covers (weekdays) & 240 covers (weekends) during dinner service (and yeah, I am so grateful to be part of the line. The busy lunch service that we are having ever since the last week of May is a different story. Uhh. 5 cooks versus elite members who likes to order high-class food.

Another beautiful morning 🙂

At Barnes and Noble! Haha 🙂

Lovin’ my Topshop flats!

Top: Forever21

Skirt: Pink Manila

Whadddup

Will try to post another entry after work tomorrow,

R <3

Tax Free Day

One reason why I would love to come back here in the States is the “fun”tastic shopping experience! Almost everything is cheaper than the goods in the Philippines!! It makes me feel that I am on “panic-buying” mode or whatever..just the usual me, a crazy shopper! Anyway, here’s how I spent my day-off last 05.29.2012. I was supposed to post this a few days ago but work (once again) made it’s way to lessen my “me time”! 🙁 We went to Delaware to go on a tax free shopping. It was an hour and a half away from us, but the distance and travel time was super worth it! 🙂

Good morning, Star shines! 🙂

Was supposed to leave at 11AM #Anyareh

It was super nice to spend the day with them! I’ll definitely miss you all 🙁

Minus Nicole

Christiana Mall! Too bad this photo is blurry!  😐

Complete group photo!! 🙂

Gelato # 1

Everyone was like “you should eat something first” , “that’s not ‘lunch” , “eat real food”..and I was like “yeah,right (whatevs)” Hahaha! #GelatoForever

Hazelnut , Reese’s and Marshmallow FTW! 🙂

Gelato # 2 (Yeah, I can never get enough!)

Pistachio, Lemon, Cookie Dough and Hazelnut 🙂 YUM!!!!

Hahahaha LMAO

Went to Buffalo Wild Wings for Wing Night! 😛 AWESOME!

Strawberry Mojito

My Salad x 60 wings!! Uhhhh-mazing! 🙂

60 wings for 5!

My new babieeeeees <3

Outfit post next,

R <3

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