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Beauty Tuesday: Gold, Green & Spring

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/22/2016 at 06:00

Hello, ♣Spring! Happy Early †Easter!

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@TiffanyAndCo @Smithsonian #LensCrafters #UnboxWithMe #DrDispoMakeover #SpringIntoSpring #TiffanyAndCo #TAndCo #ReturnToTiffany #HeartTag #TiffanyBlue #TortoiseShell #eyewear #eyeglasses #TransitionsLenses #TiffanyAndCompany #TiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanyHeartTag #ReturnToTiffanySilverHeartTag #hearts #vision #spring #SpringBreak #NewYork #Since1837 #Smithsonian #CherryBlossom #earrings #bracelet from Nanay #Swarovski #silver #gold 💝💍👓🕶😎🌞🌻🌼🌸☘🌴🏝🏖🌇🌆🏙🌃🌉💋👊🏽

In spirit of the season, I softened up my style to ☼brighten☼ up my vibe:

Tuesday Beauty: Spring-to-Summer Transition ~ Belts & Scarves + Slacks, Shorts & Skirts

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/26/2015 at 12:00

Happy 9th ♥Annie-versary♥ to ASIA & me!

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The very photo on the Humane Society website that made me fall in ♥love♥ with ASIA in the first place: her #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes 😍 ♪♫

Now that Memorial Day🇺🇸 has passed, we who abide by fashion rules can wear white shoes👟 until Labor Day!

Welcome Home, ASIA!

At least ASIA ~ as a ⛄️snowshoe❄️ ~ always has her white shoes + she & Lil’ Sis ANNIE😻 have their pink & gray paws

Since we’ve experienced way more-than-usual ❄️cold⛄️ fronts and 💦rain☔️ this 🍀spring, I’ve still found myself wearing scarves, especially since the weather did a number on my health!

scarves

During 🍀spring🌷 cleaning, I switched my scarves (that include my Pashmina shawls ~ gold from my colleague, salmon from my aunt & fushia print from mi suegra ~ + multi-colored from Edwin & chevron-striped from my R.E. student for reading @ her parents’ 🙏🏽Church💒 💍wedding👰🏻) from my 💝heart💖 door hooks to storage in this Ikea bin for the still easy access off-season

As the next school term approaches, I’ve already planned my work wardrobe for the 🌞summer🌼 📋speech🎤 class that I teach over a 📆month📅 ahead of time!

accessories

Belts & light scarves adorn my 💝heart💖 door hook + the 💍bling💎 hook rack also holds my good luck🍀 elephant🐘 mail📮 pouches + my DSLR🎥 & handy-dandy cam📷 bag👜 ~ my 💸$$$$$money-maker🏆

While I’ll wear dresses👗 or skirts almost everyday before play, I do have these bottoms for back up that pair well with seasonal 👚tops!

slacks & skirts

💼Work-appropriate business-casual bottoms in muted neutral tones & fun print patterns for 🍀spring🌷 & 🌞summer🌼 (clockwise⏰ from 🕡6:30): slacks with belts (GAP pink👛 striped Stretch with snap fly • EXP pencil striped ✒️📓Editor📇📰 with 3-snap fly • 💃🏻Fashion👠 🌠⭐️Star🌟💫 for H&M 🐶houndstooth🐾 with double-button snap-flap fly) | below-the-knee (Sofia by Sofia Vergara [SV] black Bermuda🌴 shorts with snap fly • Elle khaki Capri pants with double-button fly) | skirts ~ several of which have my fave feature {pockets} ~ in checkers (Esprit [next 3] gingham 🌹floral🌺 with zipper pockets & triple-button fly • black crosshatch mini A-line with pockets • black, white & blue crosshatch houndstooth) | pencil✏️ silhouette (GAP indigo wash denim with pockets & navy⚓️ blue sash🎽 • Mossimo khaki with wide belt loops and triple-button fly • SV [next 2] black sequined • black bandage) | 📈geometric📉 designs (Kardashian Kollection [KK, next 2] black & blue color block polka dot with 🎀bow-stitched pockets • silver with black animal🐱🐆 print & metal embellishment)

Oodles of OOTDs* coming my way every work day 👜 … after two weeks of grinding my 📜dissertation📖 at 🏡home🏠 (prep to run my 🔭stats🔬 ~ STAT) looking like a hot mess from all of the stress! #DISPObustAFlow

SIFE 2009

Throwback: I still sport these Gaucho Pants (here at Hilton Anatole in Dallas ~ for SIFE regional tourney)

SIFE 2009

Throwback: These Gaucho Pants absolutely are on point (here in Uptown Dallas ~ celebrating my Sam M. Walton Fellowship)

*This time around, I’ve arranged my outfit agenda by the week:

  1. Limited Edition👛
  2. Animal Print🐯
  3. Solids/Color Block🎱
  4. Stripes💈
  5. Abstract🎨
  6. Festive (post-Independence Day)🇺🇸

Beauty Tuesday: Spring Fever 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/10/2015 at 09:00

🍀Happy St. Patrick’s Day a week from today!🍀

Allergy Buffers

Power over Weather: I have my share of Vicks VapoRub for ALL seasons to relieve cold & allergies + muscles & joints * eye drops * nasal spray … My personal preferences for the latter are Visine & Flonase (which was just barely released w/o Rx), respectively!

With spring just around the corner, I’m stocked up for allergy season!

Beauty Tuesday: ♣Spring♣ Clean Teeth

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/17/2015 at 12:45

Bon Mardi Gras!

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In my continued efforts to whiten and brighten my teeth

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My Valentine’s gift to myself ^^

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Yes, I practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly between meals, plus having my professional cleaning every six months, but

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Coffee stains are evident, including in recent photos from the Sweetheart Ball, yikes!!!

Study Saturday: ♣Spring♣ Cleaning

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/07/2015 at 16:00

The clearing of clutter continues …

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Just a few books in my library

Since a book rep visited my campus, I took full advantage by bringing my slew of books from which I studied in college and grad school or taught in undergrad courses.

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More books from my garage

Beauty Tuesday: Spring & Summer Skin Safety

In Beauty Tuesday, Weekly Wonders on 05/07/2014 at 01:50

Happy National Nurses Day and Week plus Teacher Appreciation Week! 

With spring in full swing and summer on the way, I have these two tips for this Beauty Tuesday on: how to make (not cake) your face after lack of sleep ~ like what some of us teachers experience ~ and protection to beat spring showers and the summer heat …  

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I brush on this Neutrogena bronzing powder around my face and concealer under my eyes.

 As a teacher, I’ve stayed up late creating assignments and grading on many nights, and as a graduate student, I’ve burned the midnight oil studying and writing research papers (now on my final one for my Ph.D.: the dissertation). That being said, I must combat the dark circles under my eyes, and what better new way for me to do that than this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 25 that not only conceals the puffiness but also postpones the aging process. Over the concealer (and sometimes sheer foundation during these hotter seasons), I can dust this Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder for a light finish. For more of my favorite Neutrogena and other cosmetic and skin care products, please check out my Beauty Tuesday debut.

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I apply these sweet-smelling oils and lotions from the Philippines to protect myself from bug bites.

With mosquitoes and the like swarming around, especially in the aftermath of storms, we must prevent ourselves from unwanted pests who feast on our flesh.

SPF

No beach bag is complete without sunscreen, like these sunblock sprays and suntan lotion.

☼Sunshine☼ is sublime, and we can get our share of Vitamin D, but to reduce the risk of skin cancer, we need the SPF, as well as limited time under the sun.

Now look and feel your best this season, whether you Train in the Rain or have ☼Fun in the Sun☼ ~ yep, I’m a poet & don’t know it!

Beauty Tuesday: Fave Festive Frocks for Easter & Spring Fling

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/22/2014 at 19:30

Happy Easter Tuesday!!!

I hope that you all enjoyed your Holy Week leading up to the Resurrection, especially †JESUS CHRIST†‘s rising from the dead!

CHEERS to this time of year, when you can pull off these ☼sunshine☼-friendly lovable♥ looks:

  • bright colors, including pastels
  • fun prints, like animal spots and stripes
  • stand-out patterns, such as chevron stripes and florals
  • light layering pieces ~ silk scarves, shawls, shrugs and cardis come in handy!

This is what I wore to my family’s dinner on Easter Sunday, after I had an eggceptionally eggcellent day at work.

#OOTD #Easter #Sunday #Best #white#SpaghettiStrap #HighLow #silk #CharlotteRusse#dress w/ #pink #flower • #salmon #Pashmina #shawl •#gladiator #sandals • #magenta #flowers #bling#earrings • #Guess #vachetta #tote with #RoseGold#bow & #gold #heart #charms #HappyEaster 💒🐇🍳💍👗👡👜🎀

#PutYourBestFaceForward #Easter #Sunday #Best #LastSupper #EasterBunny #BunnyEars #EasterBunnies eat #carrots therefore this #bunny eats #CarrotCake in #cupcake #helix / #cartilage #earring & #magenta #flowers #bling #earrings + #salmon #Pashmina #shawl to #compliment #pink #ears #HappyEaster #JesusChrist the #LORD is #risen today #Peace 💒🐇🍳💍👗🎀🎂🍰

#ManiMonday after #Easter w/#glitter & #shimmer from #NicoleByOPI: w/#ModernFamily #ShesLilySomething #stars + #GumDrops #ThatsWhatIMint #AccentNails (#Thumbnail & #RingFinger) ~ #Nicole by #OPI #green & #pink to keep #ring in #Spring past #EasterWeek complete w/ #EasterBunny & #CarrotCake #cupcake b/c #bunnies eat #carrots #HappyEaster w/ #yellow & #turquoise #ZebraStripes #NailArt 💒🐇🍳💍👗👡👜🎀🎂🍰

Strolling down memory lane with the Bunny Hop through the past few Easters…

Easter 2009

Happy Easter from ASIA & Me (pre-ANNIE)

{yellow, lime green, turquoise, black and white scarf plus white sleeveless woven snap top by Express}

Easter 2010

Happy Easter from Sissy & Me!

{on me: floppy straw hat from the Philippines and spaghetti strap paisley dress from T.J. Maxx]

Easter 2012

Happy Easter from JUSTIN & Me!

{on me: Pashmina shawl from mi Suegra, magenta dress from my mom, Rockstar Flip Flops with Swarovski crystals}

With more special days that we anticipate to celebrate this season, I’d like to share other outfits that are worthy of wearing.

April 2013

Cross into the Orange

{Cross from México + orange camisole & tie-dye halter dress from Express}

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Pastels & Purple

{Black & gold chain necklace from Target + purple v-neck cap-sleeved dress from Express + multi-colored Coach Poppy Pop C backpack featured on my debut Beauty Tuesday}

Mother's Day 2013

Almost dressed!

Mother's Day 2013

Posing with the Posies!

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Dad & DISPO Sisters

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Mom & DISPO Sisters

Mother's Day Fam

DISPO Family in the Yard!

{my accessories: Dallas Cowboys star earrings from Touch by Alyssa Milano & hibiscus necklace as Ph.D. cohort leader’s pasalubong from Hawaii + Fendi shades in purple; my outfit: my purple camisole from Express + pastel floral high-low dress, orange shrug & gold metallic cork sandals from Sofia by Sofia Vergara}

2 Great Minds Think Alike!

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DISPO Sisters in Prabal Gurung

{on my sister & me: sleeveless First Date abstract print top w/black mesh overlay from Prabal Gurung for Target®; my red cami from Express, my grey & turquoise skort from Champion, my black sandals from BCBG}

3.1 Phillip Lim

DISPO Sisters in 3.1 Phillip Lim

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DISPO Family in the House!

{on my sister & me, respectively: floral print blouse & dress shirt by Prabal Gurung by Target® featured in my Beauty Tuesday Doll-Up edition; my stiletto boots from Kenneth Cole featured in my 2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag}

2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag before I Ring in Spring!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Tag You're IT, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 22:55

Let’s hear it for the Sweater Tag!

Like my sweater and snake scarf?

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My family and I went to Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater (approx. 45mi NW of Abilene) ~ which supposedly is the world’s largest!

Now here goes… [Questions are in italics; my answers are in bold.]

Yours truly’s SWEATER TAG

1. Favorite candle scent? Bath & Body Works Salty Caramel

Salty Caramel candle

BBW Salty Caramel

Dallas Cowboys Pumpkin

True Blue Jack-o-Lantern w/Salty Caramel Candle

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? ALL of the Above
3. What’s the best fall memory you have? football ~ most recently Dallas Cowboys 

Dallas Cowboys

GO, ‘BOYS! True Blue, through & through!

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? neither; cat make-up: my red lips in Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Love Cat and cat eyeliner by M•A•C 

Cat Eye & Lips

Tried to pull off Cat Eye & Cat Lips at Christmas Party

5. Best fragrance for fall? COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy Stripes in bag, fragrance and Gabrielle glasses

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? my Cranberry Walnut Pie

THANKSgiving Dessert

My THANKful Cranberry Walnut Pie

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? bipolar: sunny & warm 1 day, snowy & frosty the next

Sunny Day

Sunny Abilene

Snowy Abilene

Snow Day

8. Most worn sweater? my Kardashian Kollection white Open Knit Sweater because I could layer it over any color and wear off-the-shoulder 

Kardashian Kollection Open Knit Sweater

My fave Sweater Weather sweater that I can wear everywhere, including the beach!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kollection Disco Dolls for the gold glitter and Follow Me on Glitter for the dark glitter

Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kolor

Kardashian Kolor from Nicole by OPI®

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? BOTH

Dallas Cowboys home game

Dallas Cowboys on the field! I’d like to play in the leaves with them!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? BOTH … or how ’bout jeggings? (e.g., Sofia Vergara Lurex Jeggings in Gold Foil, Indigo & Jet Black ~ like the glitter effect from #9)

Gold Jeggings

These Gold Jeggings pair well w/this Snake Scarf, along w/my Cowboys Boots!

12. Combat boots or Uggs? neither; I’ll go for my Kenneth Cole knee-high zip-up black stiletto boots, Corral Cowboy boots or Sketchers Tone-Ups camel boots w/ faux fur

Jeggings & Sketchers

Jeggings + Sketchers = Match Made on Snow Day

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? he**-to-the-YEAH

SB PSL

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

SB SC PSL

I asked for Salted Caramel & Whip to top off my PSL!

SB SC PSL w/cap

Salted Caramel PSL in the house!

Starbucks Gold Member

Enjoy like yours truly at a Starbucks near you!

14. Favorite fall TV show? I’d say Grey’s Anatomy for the rainy weather, ’til it went on hiatus before the holidays, but now it’s back to ring in spring! 
15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? Katy Perry’s Eye of the Tiger brought me school spirit because my alma mater, Cooper H.S., was a finalist in her music vid contest

Roar

Katy Perry ~ Hear Me ROAR!

Katy Perry Challenge

Katy Perry Challenge Finalists

Katy Perry & CHS

Katy Perry Challenge includes CHS, all right, all right, all right!

CHS ROAR

Cooper Cougars ROAR to Katy Perry!

5:55 ~ make a wish!!! 

Throwback Thursday-Feline Friday: Decade of ASIA

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/24/2016 at 14:00

Happy BiG 1-0, Grad Cat ASIA!!! 🎈🎁😻😹🎆🎇

Happy 10th Birthday, ASIA!!!

#DecadeOfAsia #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes #WhiskerGirl #BabyBlue #GradCat #BigSis #AteAsia #ManangAsia #BlueEyes #BeautifulBlueEyes #CalendarCat #WaterCat #LiloAndStitch #Halloween #Howloween #SnowWhiteCat #SnowDay #MeowyCHRISTmas #StPattys #StPatricksDay #LuckyCat #BlessedCat #EasterBunnyCat #TreeHugger #GardenDigger #HBD #Happy10thBirthday #Asia #324andManyMore #DrDISPObustAFlow 😻😺😸😹😽🙀🐱🐯🦁🐈🐆🐅🎈🎁🎆🎇🎁🎉📅📆🎃🎅🏽🎄🌳🌴☘🐇🌎🌍🌏💝

Happy Belated St. Patty’s Day a week ago! ☘

Good Luck Cats

#HappyStPattys & sneak #peep to #Easter ♥love♥ & #luck♣ from #DoubleATeam #ShamRockStar #ShamrockersGatherHere #KeepCalmAndShamrockOn #GoodLuckCharm #GradCat #DecadeOfAsia (1wk from today) #CareBears #GoodLuckBear #TMNT #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes #GreenEyes #GoGreen #GOP #GoodLuckElephant #LuckyBamboo #LuckOfTheIrish #KissMeImIrish #shamrock #4leafClover #lucky #LuckyCat #BirthdayCat #ThrowbackCat #ThrowbackThursday #TBT ☘🌈🏆🐱🐯🦁🐰🐻🐼🐨🐸🐢🐣🐤🐥🐇🐘🐈🐆🐅🎄🌳🌿🎈🎂🎁💝💋💐🇺🇸

 Remember JESUS CHRIS†, †Crucified† & Risen, on this Holy Thursday & always! 🙏🏽

 

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#HappyEaster to my #Peeps this #JubileeYearOfMercy #Easter2016 love from #DoubleATeam #RememberTheCross #JesusChristCrucified #MaryMostSorrowful #HolyMedals #flowers #crucifix #OurLadyOfGuadalupe #PopeFrancis #cross #mercy #PeterCottontail #EasterBunny #NewLife #DecadeOfAsia TODAY #BirthdayCat #EasterBunnyCats #HolyCowCats #ThrowbackCat #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #HolyThursday #Easter #YearOfMercy #ElaineDispoPhotography: original photos including medals on the petals #DrDISPObustAFlow 🐰🐱🐯🦁🐤🐣🐥🐇🕊🐈🐆🐅💐🌺🌻🌹🌷🌼💝💒

Foodie Friday: Pocket full of Yumshine 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/18/2016 at 09:45

As Dr. Ken😷* says…

______’s my jam!

In my case, stuffed starches are.

What can I say? I am what I eat!

 
🎎Asian versions from Pho #1 :

  • Steamed potstickers 🍜
  • Boiled wontons (not pictured) 🍜

🍕Italian-style versions from Mami Aya:

Basically, these all are dumplings!

ALM

@abilenelivingmagazine @drhodes3326 #ALM #Spring2016 #DominicRhodes #RhodesToSuccess #PayItForward #ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt (pp. 134-138) #Phil413 #community #leader #leadership #GivingBack #RunningBack #football #SuperBowlChamp #SuperBowlXLI #NFL #IndianapolisColts #AbileneTexas #AbileneTX #Abilene #AbileneCooper #CooperHigh #CooperCougars #StateChampionship #ClackMiddleSchool #ClackCardinals #ReaganElementary #ReaganRangers #RoleModel #Rhodes 📰🏈🏉⚾️🏆🎽🏅👟🏫🏤🍏🍎

While I’m visiting home over ♣Spring Break, the piece that I covered on my homeboy (literally) was published in our hometown magazine:

*Check out Dr. Ken tonight & Fridays on ABC + ISAtv‘s Dr. Ken feature!