Sunday, March 25, 2012

Food: Gloria's Secret Cafe

Nestled in the one block long SW Broadway of Beaverton, Oregon [considered to be Old Town Beaverton] is Gloria's Secret Cafe.  It is truly a secret but boy does she serve up delicious, homemade El Salvadorian dishes.  They look and taste traditional!

Her cafe is opened only lunch time but she will come and serve dinner if you make reservations ahead of time (of four or more).  

This past Saturday, we decided to sort of just "feel" out the restaurant and ordered safe.  I ordered the pork pupusas and my sister got the chicken mole.  Everything was so fresh and wonderfully seasoned.  The rice that came with the dishes doesn't look like it came out of a box but it was actually made from a rice cooker.  

We would have ordered tamales that are steamed in banana leaves but she was out of it that day.  Our table next to us ordered the daily special of a chicken dish simmered in some sort of chipotle sauce.  We asked ourselves why we didn't ask what the special was!  

No matter, we are definitely going back next weekend to try other dishes.  Specifically, the tilapia tacos.

DIY: Studded distressed shorts [Update]

Remember a week ago I decided to become a sort of a seamstress?  Yes, I took on a DIY project to create distressed, studded denim shorts.    

The studding and distressing part went very well.  However, when it came to bleaching... well, something went totally wrong!  The shorts I made [Click here to see post] was great until I bleached it.  Don't know what went wrong but perhaps I bleached it too long.  Anyhow, after I put it through the wash, the shorts came out looking like a g-string.  I kid you not.  Tempted to make it the first Levis 501 denim thong and sell it on e-bay.

So, I went fourth and created a new distressed shorts [above].  This time, instead of soaking it in bleach, I drizzled it with bleach and then brushed it off with a tooth brush [paint brush works well too].  This time, it came out much nicer.

The Know: Nars Schiap Lipstick

Ready for Spring/Summer?  Did you notice that season's runway shows were filled with wonderfully, colorful pouts.  From neon orange to bright pinks and berry colored tints.  Last year, Bobbi Brown had this great berry color called Cosmic Raspberry but unfortunately, it was a limited edition color and so they discontinued it.

MAC would of course have these fun colors but after purchasing their bright orange lip color a few months ago, I wasn't very impressed by the texture of the product.  I felt it to be a bit drying and required you to apply two or three times before the color would stay on.

Decided to stop at Nars counter and ran into this bright berry pink color.  What a great find it was!  The color is just so beautiful on and the texture feels great on the lips.  It wasn't drying either.  Received many compliments too.

Check our Nordstrom and try it on! A great way to add a little pop of color for it compliments well with nude, earthy make up.

The Look: Les Fleurs

Testing out the newly purchased To Be Announced [TBA] flatforms with my Vero Moda shirt dress.  Our first day of Spring in Oregon may have been filled with 3 inches of snow but our first Saturday of Spring was full of sunshine and warmth!

Celebrated the day in the park playing badminton and swinging in the swings.  Of course, I didn't play badminton in those flatforms.  That would have been tragic!

By the way, you can get those flatforms from Solestruck.  I'm normally a 6.5 US but these run narrow and small too.  I decided to get a 6 even though it slips off, slightly, in the back.  A little Dr. Scholls insert won't hurt.  

Today's look...
Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses
Vero Moda shirt dress, from ASOS
Abercrombie & Fitch denim jacket
Forever 21 socks
To Be Announced Kline from Solestruck
Forever 21 assorted bracelets
Gucci watch