Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Asian Pasta Salad

Katrina Smith here! I would like to share a little story about myself, which I know may seem to be a little out of the ordinary loop. But do not worry; it's about food. You know when you're little and your parents or someone much older than you makes a meal for you, and you have to eat what is being fixed? A younger me tried eating bean sprouts. Let's just say I didn't love them. My imagination back then made me envision bean sprouts to be more horribly horrible than they are right into adulthood. So now, I am still not fond of eating them because of the taste. Yet, that's nothing a great recipe can't fix! I now know how good bean sprouts can be. Bean sprouts, which are also called mung bean sprouts, are loaded with vitamin C, protein, and fiber.

Recipe for 1 Serving

1 package of ramen noodles
1/2 cup of bean sprouts, chopped
1/2 cup of Bok Choy, chopped
1/3 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup of crushed peanuts (more for garnish)
1/2 tablespoon of plain yogurt
1/2 tablespoon of mustard
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of Oyster sauce (optional)

1. Boil water in a small sauce pot. Once the water comes to a boil, add noodles. I like to separate the noodles because it makes it look like you have more. Cook for 3 minutes, or until done, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove from heat, and drain the water. Then add in cold water to stop the cooking process and drain.

3. Add in bean sprouts, Bok Choy, carrots, peanuts, yogurt, mustard, and pepper seasonings. You can stop there, or you can add a bit oyster sauce for a bolder, Asian-infused taste.


Katrina S.
Katrina Smith is an advocate for people with disabilities as the host of "Living With," a nonprofit talk show. She is also a food blogger through her blog "Living Better Cafe" which features traditional yet allergy-friendly recipes at an inexpensive price. When she was 9 months old, she was in an automobile accident. She suffered severe brain damage. She lives with a learning disability. Despite her disability, she is now a college undergraduate. You can check out her nonprofit talk show at and you can check out Living Better Cafe at, as well as

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Blogger Baddie | @Polyvore

Hey Loves! The look below was inspired by the The Pre-New Years Blogger Party at The Granary (thank you  to Culture Snobs for that invite). I didn't have anything I really wanted to wear. I wanted to look like a chic blogger, but this blogger is a Baddie! I just like to stay fly and preserve my sexy. So if I was shopping instead of working my 9-to-5 that day, I would've picked out an outfit similar to the one below. Check it out!

My Stella&Dot Style: Blogger Baddie

Look Bad, Be Good! SMOOCHES XOXO

Friday, September 8, 2017

Teyonah Parris: Fashion Icon | @TeyonahParris

Hey People! Let's get straight to the title, no chaser. Teyonah Parris is most definitely a Fashion Icon. Although she is just beginning to be recognized for her style cues, she can't do much wrong in my book and her track record: FLAWLESS. She has already made major strides in fashion and she was even featured in Elle Magazine. Her personal style is reflective of her regal beauty. And PAUSE: HER HAIR!!! She is my (and every other naturalista in the world right now) natural hair crush. Love all the styles she does! Felicia Leatherwood, you are THE BOMB. Teyonah, GURL, you are just BAD. You are a Beautifully Awesome Diva! See what I mean below!

Flyness on Fleek. SMOOCHES XOXO

Originally posted on on 11/16/14

Monday, February 20, 2017


Enrichment Course 5: DREAM-Maker Goal-setting and Planning Project

Hey, Girl! This quick enrichment course is inspired by Girls Like Me, Inc.'s DREAM-Maker Event THIS SATURDAY, February 25, 2017. You can register HERE. For all upcoming events, check the calendar.

DREAM-Maker Project Guide

Who am I?
Describe yourself. What are strongest qualities? What do you like to do? Where do you want to travel? What are your favorite things? What makes you happy? What defines you?

Who do you want to be?
 Dreams and Goals, what will your future look like? How will you design and define success for yourself? What does your future look like?

What should you learn?
Want and need to learn. What skills you need to master? What do you want to study or major in school? Which schools are you interested in?

Who do you admire?
Who is doing what you are doing? Things you love about others because you see it in yourself or you can relate. Who do you think is successful? Who has inspired or influenced you?

Now Visualize It!
Once you write it out, find pictures, images, and words that fit these categories you defined for yourself. Put it in on vision board with magazine cut outs or do it digitally using PowerPoint or Photoshop. You can even utilize social media by creating an Instagram page or  Pinterest board. The point is to keep these images handy where you can constantly check them for inspiration. And this collection is not permanent and stagnant. I advise you to revisit these questions and redo your visualization every year. Save them all to see how you have grown over the years.

Girlies, I hope this worksheet helps you to set goals, plan, and envision the dreams you have for yourself. I hope you continue to seek the DREAM-Maker instead of the matchmaker. In other words, I hope you continue to put your education and dreams before the boys. They will always be there but the opportunities to follow your dreams may not. FOCUS.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shine. #OOTD|@Polyvore

Hello, My Shining Stars! Today's Outfit of the Day was inspired by Shine! The nude, strappy sandal with shiny beaded details is the not-so-silent slayer of this fit.With the look I styled, I decided to keep the colors neutral but I wanted to amp up the shine with full on sequins. I also love the feather detail on the skirt and the simple top. These pieces add texture and soften the look.

Roses really smell like... SMOOCHES XOXO