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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Sunday, October 16, 2016

10 But whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me—and not without results: for I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet actually I wasn’t doing it, but God working in me, to bless me. 11 It makes no difference who worked the hardest, I or they; the important thing is that we preached the Gospel to you and you believed it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016



Thursday, June 9, 2016

Aged Rum 101 and a Rum-Refashioned Carla Jun 09, 2016

Appleton Estate Rum and Lipstick | Haute CocktailI have to admit that I'm a fan of whiskey. No matter if you hand it to me on the rocks, with a splash of ginger ale or in a classic Old-Fashioned cocktail; I'm all over anything whiskey based. However, once upon a time, you would have heard me ordering a rum cocktail on any given Saturday night. The switch happened throughout years of exploring and trying new things… In other words, it's a story for another day. Today, I want to share with you the resurgence that dark rum is having in the bar scene, and how similar the paths to sipping perfection between whiskey and premium aged rums are.
Premium aged rums are able to match whiskey in complexity, flavor and versatility. In a lot of familiar cocktails, you can even exchange whiskey for dark rum, like in the Rum Re-Fashioned recipe I share below.  So, what are the similarities between dark rum and whiskey?
  • Aging: Like whiskey, dark rum is aged in wooden barrels. The wood, then, gives it delicious notes of caramel, vanilla and fruit while the time in the barrel ensures that the taste is smooth and mellow.
  • Quality Ingredients: While whiskey requires quality grains (rye, corn, wheat, etc.), rum uses first-rate sugar cane. For example, Appleton Estate Rums grow eight different varieties for a unique flavor profile.
  • Master's Touch: Both whiskey and rum are complex liquids that reqquire a keen nose and taste buds to blend each batch to the desired flavor. Whiskey has Master Distillers, while rum has Master Blenders.
  • Versatility: The sweetness of both rum and bourbon are delicious in cocktail recipes or on their own.  
Rum Re-Fashioned cocktail recipe | Haute Cocktail

Rum Re-Fashioned

2 oz. Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old
.25 oz. Maple Syrup
Dash Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters
Orange/lemon Oil
2×2 Ice Cube
Add maple syrup, a dash of the bitters, and Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old and gently stir to combine all ingredients. Gently add a 2×2 ice cube. Stir in the glass 20-30 times and garnish with the oil & peel of lemon and orange.

A lot of bars are bringing in new rum cocktails to their menus. You can also see a lot of Bar Rums sprouting all over the country, while a lot of tiki bars (which tend to have a pretty nice amount of rum-based cocktails) are also reinventing their offerings to be more sophisticated. You can check out Mother of Pearl (NYC), Pagan Idol (San Francisco), Rum Club (Portland) and Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago). Feel free to check out my guide to what to do and eat in Chicago, if planning a visit there.
Do you dare to sip dark rum like you sip your whiskey? Give it a try! I like to sip mine on the rocks or with a splash of ginger ale. Also, when drinking on the rocks, I love the sweet caramel-y flavor I get once a bit of the ice has melted in my Appleton Estate Rum. Get a bottle and let me know what you think of the experience on a comment. And if you are already an aged rum fan, share with me your favorite brands!
*Thank you Appleton Estate Rums for gifting me a bottle for me to enjoy and sharing all this great information with me. There was no further compensation for this post.* 

Wearona Interview: Style, Drinks & What to Do in NYC Carla Jun 09, 2016

Wearona Interviews Blogger Carla Ortiz on Fashion, Cocktails and Things to Do in NYC | Haute CocktailI am very excited to share with you the interview I answered for fashion and culture site, Wearona. The interview focuses on my career as a Lifestyle Blogger, personal style, favorite cocktails, and my insider guide to the top 10 things to do in NYC. Check it out and hope that you are inspired to follow your dreams… or at least to explore and enjoy a cocktail in the Big Apple.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day 2014

Monday, May 9, 2016

Order In The House: Attorney Jerry Ashford and Evangelist Sharon Ashford Sharon Ashford


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pinch Of Yum

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Steve Harvey's emotional tribute to his mom! [Full Video]

Steve Harvey's emotional tribute to his mom! [Full Video]

Steve Harvey Breaks Down After Seeing His Mama's House

Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer Whites + J. Jill May Collection

*This post highlights summer whites and features an item from J. Jill's May Collection, gifted to me for a product review
Hey Everyone!
I wish I could say "Happy Monday", but I'd only be able to say that if I didn't have to work. :-) One thing I am happy about is the fact that the wishy washy weather is gone. Warm weather is finally here to stay and the first day of summer is fast approaching. That means it's time to start planning out your summer wardrobe! I don't know about you, but I plan to wear tons of summer whites this season. There's something so regal about white. I always feel elegant when I wear it. Not to mention the fact that it keeps you cool in the heat. I'm REALLY excited about the pieces I'll be featuring this week from J. Jill's May Collection. I purposely handpicked my favorite white pieces to show you how fun wearing white can be. I'm also in LOVE with every piece I'll be wearing this week so please stick with me as I show you how I've styled them!
Today, I'm wearing J. Jill's Embroidered Tiered Maxi Dress. What can I say…this dress is SO unbelievably comfortable and sophisticated! I've been posting for J. Jill for quite a while now and I've mentioned on several posts how phenomenal the quality of their clothing is. I simply can't say it enough. The fabric of this dress is so soft that you literally feel as if you have nothing on! I shot these pictures on Sunday after it had rained on Saturday. That means that not only was it hot, but it was humid as well. I'm happy to report that I felt cool as a fan while wearing this dress! To give it some shape, I added a brown belt. Brown accessories and shoes were also added to help bring out some more color. The end result? Feminine Bohemian Chic. I think this outfit is definitely going to be added to my list of favorites!
Here's my look: 
*Photos taken by Richard Glass
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I'm seriously crazy about this dress! Stick with me this week for more of my picks from J. Jill's May Collection. You can also check out the entire collection now by visiting j.jill.com!

So will you be wearing any summer whites this season?

*All opinions in this post are 100% my own
Until next time…

Gold and Bold

Bold Eyeliner, glitter on face and Golden lip color are few makeup trends of Spring/ Summer '16, which I combined together to create a new look for my college project.

Taking inspiration from Egyptian makeup style, I recreated the look with square flick eyeliner. Golden lips are done in place of nude lips, using glitter eye - shadow. Attention has been drawn towards eyes by placing Bindi(s) under my eyes. 

Curls are done to add drama. Golden accessories are used to give a finishing touch to the Egyptian look.

Eyeliner - Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
Foundation - Lancome Teint Idole Ultra
Lips - Eye shadow from Urban Decay Palette
Nails - Maybelline Downtown Red 216

What do you think of the look?
Comment below. :)

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Photography  - Harneet Singh


Friday, April 22, 2016

Prince on His Music The View

Prince "Flees from Fornication" on The View

Friday, April 15, 2016

I Will Not Cry

Realizing I will never see that smile.I will not cry.
Not having those debates that we had about life
I will not cry.
Not being able to tell you the news of the day.
I will not cry.
Knowing that you got the last word as usual .
I will not cry.
You will be in my heart always .
I will not cry.
As I think of you everyday.
I will not cry. 


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wings in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings with fearful trill
of the things unknown but longed for still
and is tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom
The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing
The caged bird sings with fearful trill
of the things unknown but longed for still
and is tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.


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