New Years 2011

New Years 2011
New Years 2011 by Lalipourie featuring chandelier earrings

I'm so ready for 2011! Bring it on! A New Year for smiles, adventure, creativity and LOVE!

As you may remember I'm still living without internet in my home! That's why I've been polyvoring like a crazy lady.....Good news is that in about a week I should be all set-up in the apartment and ready for more regular blogging! Hip hip hurray!

So what are your plans this New Years 2011?! I can't believe how fast 2010 was, but I'm super excited for new things ahead. This year I am going with a group of friends to El Valle, a lovely mountainy get-away just 2.5 hours from PTY! We are renting a house for the weekend. Our plans for the 31st are to make speghetti and s'mores before we celebrate the count down to 2011! Then on the 1st a few of us are going on a zip lining tour. I can hardly contain my excitement. Then from there we have discussed checking out the hot springs, hiking and visiting the beach on the 2nd. It's gonna be a good weekend I can already tell!



Bah, Humbug!

Bah, Humbug!
Bah, Humbug! por Lalipourie con gold plated jewelry

I'm inspired my Ebineezer Scrooge. Ive been having a hard time feeling Christmasy this year. I think its mostly being so far away from home. So here is an outfit just for fun.

Soon I'll talk with my favorite big sister and parents on the phone. That will be my biggest present this year. So that is what I am most looking forward to this Christmas.

The other evening as leaving work I was grumbling to some coworkers, that for some reason I did not feel like it was Christmas yet. I got home and while made a quick dinner before heading out to my yoga class, out of no where I heard some Christmas carolers in my apartment complex. I peaked outside and enjoyed my dinner of sauteed mushrooms with sun dried tomato basil and eggs, with egg and onion matzo while listening to the festive music. It may seem sort of cheesy but it made me tear up because I realized how hard it has been to be far from home! But here I am in my home away from home, looking forward to a sunny day tomorrow with my relatives on this side of the globe. Hope you are all having a Merry Christmas with your loved ones!!!!!!!!!!!




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Xmas morning

Xmas morning
Xmas morning by Lalipourie featuring skinny pants

Nothing like being home for the holidays. Imaginary Christmas morning at home with my favorite big sister Miki. After opening some presents we'd drink hot cocoa and make a yummy fritatta and eat pastries. All the while watching our favorite movies and staying in our pijamas until at least noon :D



Christmakkah! by Lalipourie featuring plaid dresses

imaginary outfits for this holiday season!


Holiday Charm

Holiday Charm
Holiday Charm by Lalipourie featuring ankle socks

A little collage inspired by a warm cozy and happy holiday with my family, especially my big sister. We would spend the day making and eating yummy cookies and latkes. That would be the perfect holiday time for me!



I'm back!

Actually I never left but I do not have internet set-up at home yet! Opppps! Right now I am actually at this great little restaurant called the Musa de Chai on via Argentina! A funky little place that serves yummmy yummy Puerto Rican food. I came here for the first time a couple weeks ago to see Scott Pilgram vs. the World. Hilarious movie!

Today I am here at a cute little design fair! I am participating with some new designs! So if you are in PTY come on over!

Movie night at Musa de Chai: fried plantain balls (OMG soooo damn good), with a couple girl friends enjoying some excellent sangria and funny movie

live right now from design sale: new stuff from Lalipourie designs!


Hi my lovely readers!

Hello my lovely readers! I'm sorry I have sort of abandoned the blog! I've been busy with some personal issues and no longer have internet access from home! I am still here and all is well! As soon as I get things back to normal I have lots of beautiful and inspiring things to share! Until then perhaps check out my pin board so see what has been inspiring me lately: My Pinboard

PS: happy belated Thanksgiving and Happy 2 day of Hanukkah!

Laurie S. Harris



if it sounds to good to be true....

...it probably is.

Damn I hate when that saying rings true. The last few days have been sad, very sad and very very frustrating for me. As you may remember I was a winner of a free flight with Copa Airlines and I should be enjoying grilled meat, malbec and excitedly planning my days ahead...But alas I am still in PTY. Why?

Despite having been in communication through various phone calls, and emails with the organizer of this so called "prize," unfortunately neither her nor the short concise letter they gave me explained the horrible risks I would be taking. This note outlines various restrictions as to date and destination, as well as that I needed at least 15 working days to notify them, and present my certificate in order to get my ticket. After communication with said organizer who confirmed that there would be no problem and there was space I made my reservation a good two months prior to my flight date. What was NOT explained was that the ticket, did no guarantee an actual seat on the plane but was actually a Stand By ticket that IF (and only IF), for some reason by the grace of God some one doesn't show up I might get a seat on the plane. On top of that this flight to Montevideo is apparently almost always restricted. I now know that these flights to South America are of restricted, meaning that the plane is never filled to full capacity due to weight and balance.....Now maybe I'm an exception but I don't think this is common knowledge. Well, after waiting over two hours at the gate, stress fully as one by one the passengers showed up for the flight and having to compete with 3 other very upset costumers, I was coldly told that I was not getting on that flight. Add insult to injury, I'm told to come back the next day (only 1 flight PTY-Montevideo daily), AND as the attendant explains to the other passengers that they have hotel, transportation, food vouchers, and 100% guarantee they will be on the flight the next day and that I would NOT. I had a special ticket and didn't have priority. He asked if I was an en employee and I said NO this was a prize, ah well that's why you don't have prioty those tickets are based on availability. WHAT!? Um, so what does this mean now? I was given another ticket for the next day, but told it would be the same situation. I cried right then and there and stormed out of the airport....

Stupidly I prayed and prayed that I could still get out to my trip and not ruin months of planning and money, not to mention a friend waiting to show me around Buenos Aires. Sadly, the next day was an even worse realization that this was basically NOT going to happen. I had been tricked into believing that this was a prize worth accepting. After crying and making a scene basically anyone working for Copa at the airport couldn't do squat and I had to take it up with the person who have be the prize if I had a complaint. I have canceled the reservations I could, but the hotel deposits and ferry tickets are non refundable. Angry, tired, hungry and a few $ poorer I must say this was been a BAD experience.....

Today was spent a good 2 hours on the phone with the woman who issued me this prize...she finally explained all the risks and knitty gritties that she FAILED to inform me before of hand about the terms of these types of tickets and the problems with the destination I had chosen. At this point it's a little too late. Her offers to extend the prize and change destination are hardly tempting to me since, it would still be an issue of being on stand by until I could get a flight.

Out of all this I just thank God that this mess happened while in the country that I live...for I would have also been left on stand by on my return flight to PTY, and worse since it was a flight for 3:51 am. I would have been left hanging in the middle of the night with no where to go in a foreign country all alone, for God knows how many days on flights that are always restricted...Does that sound like a prize to you? This situation is beyond absurd!

UPDATE: after fight back & with the help of ACODECO (like consumer protection) I was able to get COPA to give me a real ticket so I went to Guatemala!


wee people

oh my darling! Aren't these little bohemian girls adorable! Check out wee people by free people!


mmmmm bread!

Hi! I'm off of work for the next few days due to national independence holidays, and today I enjoyed a walk around Casco Viejo (pictures soon) to see the festivities. It was quite nice. Then I came home to cool off and veg out watching Gossip Girls on my laptop! So lovely to have the day off!

This morning I made some coffee to eat with my eggs and toast when sadly I noticed the milk had gotten sour. I was bummed and was ready to dump it when it occurred to me that I could use it for something. This afternoon I remembered my task! I needed a recipe that used a sour milk that was easy and didn't involve me having to go to the store! After some searches I found this recipe for Iris Brown Bread and decided to give it a go! Total SUCCESS! I did make a few slight changes (listed below) but this is yummy. It's kind of a cakey bread, I'm not sure it will hold up to making into a sandwich but it sure tasted yummy as is freshly sliced out of the oven. Mmm the crispy edges are quite nice. Oi I'm gonna be eating lots of carbs this week...

Here's my adaptations:
1/2 C of oatmeal to replace the bran
2 T of flax seed meal
cut sugar down to about 2T and added about 2 tsp of salt
used extra virgin olive oil for the oil
added about 2T of crushed walnuts
*my oven doesn't measure temperature and I didn't put a timer...I just came and check on it and when the fork came out clean I turned the oven off. I made mine in a pot (don't own a loaf pan), but I'm thinking of using my muffin pan next time for more easily accessible size.


a sweet Halloween treat

Hi! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It's just so fun to dress up and gorge on candy. I tend to be sort of a chicken but a little spookyness can be lots of fun! Today I'm going to go to club party, dress up as a punk rocker chick and dance the night away. What are you plans?

Yesterday we were all surprised at work for a special Halloween treat! Aren't these little bottles cute?! They made us spooky little bottles filled with some chocolate and coconut candy from Colombia! I love that they recycled the glass juice bottles, got creative with printing on sticker paper and then sewed adorable little ornaments out of felt! How cute is that! It was a very sweet surprise we were all a buzz all afternoon!!! Happy Halloween!


Hiya quick update + travel chic

Hi! I've been blocked at work from blogging :(, which is too bad because I hardly waste time blogging at work anyway (lately) but alas I will have to be posting in the evenings from the comfort of my own home. I don't have anything particular to share. I just felt like saying hello. I'm feeling all mellow and lovely right now. A friend and I are trying out a yoga class and it feels super good. I haven't felt lovely and worked out in while! Lately belly dance has been kicking my bum so this feels good and I think will help!

I've been obsessing about my travel plans for Montevideo/Buenos Aires trip. Planning what I'm going to see, eat and wear! I've got the knitty gritty details like hostels and ferry boats all reserved up now it's just find things to fill my time! I'm making google maps, general calender of events and budgeting! I can't wait and though this is the first time I will be traveling solo, I am really looking forward to some alone time and adventure! I guess I inherited a my dad's love of research and travel! Because I've gotten all pycho in my planning and preparation! It's way too fun. On a lighter note I would really like to pack with only the essential. I'm planning on bringing one small bag and purse for 10 days! So I am trying to think of outfits in my head with just some basic light weight clothes. Just for fun I made an imaginary collection of items I would pack in a bag for my trip...and made 3 different looks! HAHA I know. But if you have a moment it's really fun to put yourself through the challenge of making cute looks with just a few items! Have a great week!

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travel chic: bicycle ride
travel chic: bicycle ride by Lalipourie featuring a striped handbag



foodie friday!

Here are some things I've eaten or cooked at home in the last 2 months or so.

1) mimosas at Fashion Week Panama 2)sambar and masala dosa at local restaurant Sabor de la India 3) at home curry roasted carrots, green beans with fresh pesto, stewed yellow split peas and brown rice medley (a vegetarian feast!) 4) raspao-Panamanian snow cones 5) roasted veggie & tomato soup with homemade whole wheat/garbanzo flour veggie pizza 6) oven roasted root veggies with curry tofu 7) dinner at a girlfriends house: toasts with olives & sauce, eggplant and chayote 8) oven roasted plantains with spices served with homemade whole wheat papaya and coco muffins and some rum raisin ice cream!

So I've been promising my newest recipe card for Papaya Seed Dressing for a long time. I finally finished the design and since I took so long to get this up here I also redesigned the my first recipe for Quesadillas with Yummy Lentils and added Smoked Pork Chops with Apples. Did you know you can eat papaya seeds? Well you can and they are said to be good for digestive problems. I used the papaya seed dressing for salad and to marinade chicken breast. It was the best with the chicken. Very flavorful! Enjoy! Just print and paste back to back for you recipe file! Let me know what you think!

*©Laurie's Kitchen recipe cards are for your personal use only and I maintain the copywrite. Thank you.


do you no poo?

*image linked to source
So apparently there is this No Poo movement, where basically you stop shampooing your hair. The idea behind this is that shampoos are filled with chemicals and strip hair of natural oils. Consequently we produce more oils and then our hair gets greasy and our scalps get itchy forcing us to shampoo again completing the cycle of dependency on shampoo. My best friend introduced me to this idea about a year ago. Initially it sounded interesting, but I figured I'd let her try it out first and told her to get back to me with her finds. Knowing my BFF, and her love of showering she didn't last too long and then I sort of forgot about it.

However, I am a firm believer in shampooing less through experience. As a classic American girl, I absolutely had to wash my hair everyday. But I have always been sort of blessed in the hair department, I have super easy hair to take care of. My routine was (and basically still is), washing it and letting it air dry....I know I'm annoying and I know for a fact that is not the case for everyone. But hey can you blame me if my hair is shiny and soft no matter what?????? Hehehehe. When I moved to Panama, one of the many different cultural difference I noticed was hair washing routines. Most girls washed there hair only once a week and often go to the hair salon to get it blown out straight. To me this seemed bizarre and I didn't think I could ever let my hair go more than 24 hours without shampoo. But at some point (don't remember exactly when), I just stopped washing it everyday. I don't even remember major transition issues either but eventually I adjusted my hair shampooing routine and am proud to say I only was my hair about twice a week.

But then coming across Cucumbersomes post today it reminded me of the crazy No Poo movement my BFF mentioned so long ago. And I'm thinking maybe I could try it...or just reduce my shampooing even more and try it with a mix of baking soda/apple cider vinegar routines? Have any of you out there tried it? Did it work for you?

some interesting articles:
when it comes to shampoo, less is more
The No-'Poo Do
how to go no poo
Ditching shampoo a dirty little beauty secret


Let's play dress up: rainy day blues

We all probably have a love/hate relationship with the rain. There's nothing more lovely than falling asleep to the rain, or being at home with a warm cup of tea or cocoa and being cozy while it rains outside. And not to mention the glee and wonder that is when you see a beautiful rainbow! All that lovely rain is great, well, until you actually have to go somewhere! Sometimes when it rains I get majorly colossally grumpy. I hate that I can only wear certain shoes, or have to lug around an umbrella or raincoat...or when it ruins my beach trips or plans for spontaneous picnics....or the most dreaded of all things being forced to take a taxi home...If you have ever been to PTY you know, the stress that comes with having to take a taxi when it rains. It's a huge pain in the you know what! But this post isn't just about the negative aspects of rain today I'd like to pretend that every time it rains I do it in style! So hope you like imaginary outfit!
rainy day blues

rainy day blues by Lalipourie

+Here's a picture from the office when we saw a double rainbow! (2nd rainbow hard to see but it was there!) It was soooooo beautiful and fleeting! It absolutely made my day. Moments like that I guess make the rain not so terrible.

* These pictures are for your personal use only and I maintain the copywrite. Thank you.



healthy start

Happy Tuesday! How was your weekend? Mine was lovely! Beach trip sort of fell through due to weather but I spent the day at El Charco with a couple of friends chilling out on the waterfall munching on tortilla chips & hummus, sipping sangria and discussing recent travels. It was both beautiful and relaxing.

So I've been a little lax on my food diary lately but I am happy to say that since I started I've lost about 2 inches! My main issue(s) are when I forget to keep track of my meals. I also notice I screw things up in the afternoons and on weekends. Those are my big issues and I need to choose better when eating out. But I'm happy with the pace I'm going. I would like to loose about 3 inches and I'd be a happy clam.

I've woken up the past 2 days for yoga, pilates and belly dance before getting for work and my usual 40 minute walking commute. That extra bit of time to wake up slowing really lifts my spirits! I soooo need to remember that when I hit the snooze button...anyway to keep myself inspired in this life long change here is a collage of inspiration from my healthy pinboard! Have a great week!

*images linked to source or check out more ideas at my healthy pinboard


on the corner + happy weekend

OMG! I'm so happy! Well about a year a go I was the lucky winner of a free plane ticket with Copa Airlines! After months of debating I've finally settled on my location and picked up my tickets today! Hurrah! So I am going to be traveling to Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina in mid November. Couldn't be more excited. I'm a huge research/travel nerd so I've been looking up every last detail in preparation. Super excited about shopping in street markets, walks along beach promenades, tango dancing, bicycle adventures and meat eating! Buahahhahaha!

Ok. So as a fashion nerd I even found a Buenos Aires Street Style site! Check out the lovely ladies and gentlemen of On the Corner! YAY!

What are your plans this weekend? I think tonight will be a chill Friday with my boyfriend. Leftover spaghetti and a movie perhaps. Tomorrow errands and dance class and Sunday I'm off to the beach!!!!! Happy weekend!


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