Hot Chocolate Recipe-ish

September 30, 2017

There’s magic in hot chocolate. True hot chocolate, with bittersweet chocolate and milk, simmered and steeped with cinnamon and chile. A capricious indulgence, tempting in sweetness with a secret bite. It beckons you to stop and…


Building a Pastel Pen Palette

June 30, 2017

A This Cute Life Featurette   First, came the Sun-Star Delde Slide Pen Pouch. It sat in my wish list for months. I finally decided to treat myself and once I saw it in person, I…


The Part We Play

March 4, 2017

Oh, don’t worry. I’m not talking about you. But my skin is the same shade. My eyes are just as dark. My hair, lighter than most, the only remnant of guera my mother bestowed on my…


Treat yo’ self! Part One

February 18, 2017

I am a big advocate for treating your self. I am also a big advocate for mindfulness and unwinding. So, as part of my evening routine, I have a very thorough skin routine. Later on I’ll…

From Ashes to Snow

VII. From Ashes to Snow, Camilo

February 18, 2017

Camilo is one of my favorite characters. He makes scenes. He ends scenes. He moves things along. How could I not like him? Hahaha Though, it’s hard to think of Camilo without thinking of Satvik. They’re…

From Ashes to Snow

VI. From Ashes to Snow

January 14, 2017

I’ve spoken a bit before about diversity in creating the characters using a music motif. For Aria, I originally wanted her to be Hispanic. That’s why her last name was Adorles, or family of fire. However,…

From Ashes to Snow

V. From Ashes to Snow

January 6, 2017

Originally, From Ashes to Snow was going to be a three book series. The series was called “Aria’s Nocturne”. Movement I was From Ashes to Snow. Movement II and III weren’t titled yet. I’m not the…

From Ashes to Snow

IV. From Ashes to Snow, Seth

January 4, 2017

Ah, Seth. I feel bad we don’t spend more time with him. He’s a fun character to write. He likes to push buttons. He’s playful. And he’s great at opening Aria up. Though Seth and Luthais…