Valentine’s Day for One

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Valentine’s day is supposed to be all about showing feelings of love, affection, and friendship.  I have always believed you should show this to those you care about everyday.  Sometimes, February 14th can be overrated.  Even when I was in … Continue reading

Bringing Classy Back

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Dear newly heartbroken, desperate, and divorced women!  For the love of GOD keep your dignity and just live your life.  I have a few male friends who feel like this guy: They are confused as to why women who want … Continue reading

Foot Savers

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Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite pumps.  Here are some helpful products to keep your sexy sassy behind on your toes. First, take care of your feet!  Try a home pedicure. What you will need: … Continue reading

Winter Storm and PJs

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Okay… so what a glorious day!  Snowed in and loving it!  Confession: Yesterday I got everything done…except the workout!  BOO!  I wanted to ensure I got what I needed done for work before bed after cleaning up the house.  I … Continue reading

Feeling Good

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It has been 9 months since I decided to start this blog and I am so grateful for the support.  This past week was pretty interesting.  I learned a lot about people.  Some things good, some bad.  The military has … Continue reading

2014: Friends, Fashion, and Fun

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Ahhh… F-words never looked so good!  2014 is starting off well.  Keeping me engaged and on my toes.  I am staying motivated, focused, and positive.  Tonight, we are having one of my favorite mother-daughter duo’s over for a peaceful, meditation, … Continue reading

Finding Your Quiet Place

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It is said that reading stimulates the brain.  It aids in creativity, builds your vocabulary, and can make someone more empathetic to the lives around them. The New Year is creeping around the corner and I have big changes coming. … Continue reading

Soft Sweet Beauty

Keeping things minimal this season is becoming more and more attractive to me.  To get this look try… 1.  Using INK…Cosmetics Foundation stick in Almond (pick your appropriate skin tone).  Swipe the foundation stick across the forehead, above the cheeks, … Continue reading

Feast to Celebrate the Birth of Christ

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WOW! What an amazing day.  The only thing missing is Mini Me.  I didn’t plan on cooking a huge meal but after mass yesterday I couldn’t help but take in what the Father said and decided to cook in celebration … Continue reading

Christmas Casserole

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I woke up this morning and decided to make something super easy for breakfast.  I chose to make Christmas dinner on Christmas Day this year.  Normally, I do it the night before and we have left overs the following day. … Continue reading

Christmas Blessing

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2013 has been a difficult year.  I worked for most of Christmas Eve but needed to make time to stop and reflect, so I went to the 4pm mass.  I showed up about an hour early and noticed a young … Continue reading

Italian Magic at the Harbor

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Italian Magic at the Harbor! It took me a mad minute to get this post out based on this week’s previous chaos!  As you read through our blog, you will understand exactly what I’m talking about. I would be remised … Continue reading

Week in Review

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This week was crazy!  Monday, I confirmed interviews for the week, did paperwork for the interviews I already completed, and took care of some other unit taskers.  Currently, I am doing leads from other units until I pack up and … Continue reading

Fashionably Warm

So I was out and about yesterday walking the streets in the cool winter air and stumbled into Banana Republic to see what was on sale and what they were showcasing as their current trends/styles.  One thing we as men … Continue reading

Plaid Threads

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Earlier this week I headed back from Mom’s and couldn’t help but stop at JR Cigars on 67 JR Road, Selma, NC.  I saw signs for miles prior to it’s location and thought it was a great place to take … Continue reading

Christmas Decor on a Budget

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YEEAY!  December is finally here!  This is my all time favorite month! The month of giving, sharing and loving!  A celebration for all! As the cold winter creeps upon us, I sit and reflect on all my blessings.  I have … Continue reading

Mojo Isleno Recipe

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On my last visit home my Mom gave me some of her favorite pots so I can venture into a little spanish cooking.  Well, today I tried something new.  I made fried fish with Puerto Rican sauce.  Wow!  Definitely a … Continue reading

Leftovers till the Zombipocalypse!

I just love Thanksgiving and Christmas!  It is a time to just let go, eat everything in sight and be plain glutenous.  My Dad takes a turkey and grills on the BBQ, ummm, AMAZING!  My Mom makes the best sweet … Continue reading

Easy DIY Breaded Gold Nut Bracelet

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Great Do It Yourself (DIY) fashion accessory. Use what you have around the house for an easy industrial look.  Pair with other bangles for a trendy chic statement. XOXO Besos, Anna Castillo Want INK…?  Get it at Shop INK…Cosmetics!

Bittersweet Mini Carrot Cupcakes

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“People should fall in love with their egos closed.” – Andy Warhol No better way to intro this trendy yet relaxed little treasure located in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  I stopped at Bittersweet Catering for a quick snack and refreshment … Continue reading

Irish Pub Grub and Paying it Forward

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Winding down the evening celtic style.  Okay, so earlier I said I didn’t plan on going out in the madness of Black Friday.  Well, call me a fibber!  I couldn’t help but meet my BFF at the infamous Irish Pub, … Continue reading

Balance within the Sacred Circle

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As part of my new look on life I have decided to start by re-energizing my spirit.  Today I spent my afternoon in Old Town Alexandria, VA, and my first stop was the beautiful Sacred Circle.  I recently purchased my … Continue reading

Calm Before the Storm

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Oh how I despise Black Friday!  I recall working at Lerner NY when I was 15-18 years old and I worked every Thanksgiving week.  People are nuts!  I cannot believe someone would need something so badly that they would need … Continue reading

Red Beauties

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Question: Hi Anna, I have seen posts going around social media regarding bold red lipsticks.  How should I wear the color? Answer:  It is easier than you think.  Bottom line is to keep it simple.  Your eye makeup should be … Continue reading


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One of the best things I have read in a long time…”Relationships are harder now because conversations became texting, arguments became phone calls, feelings became subliminal messages, sex became easy, the word “love” is used out of context, insecurities became … Continue reading