About

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I’m just a girl who loves to eat, cook, shop, dress up, and live the life that was graciously bestowed upon me while surrounding myself with beautiful things in this world.

What would you do if you just said “yes” and tried everything in this world that you could?

We only have one chance at life so I believe we should all live our lives at full capacity every single minute of every single day.  There are so many things to do, see, talk about, learn, and love in this world to make ourselves better and happier as people.  And while we’re doing it, we might as well surround ourselves with the many beautiful things in life that make us smile every single day.

After all, we can never have enough beauty in our lives and I’m on a mission to help others enjoy life while they can—beautifully.

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.  Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”—M. Scott Peck

“Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”—Benjamin Franklin

Thank you for visiting!

xo, Carmen

418 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for liking my post, l did enjoy many of your post too. Your blog is refreshingly different. l wanted to like most of the post l read, but l couldn’t find the like button on each post. I will be back to read and learn more from you. Beautiful pictures.

    1. Thank you so much. 🙂 So nice of you. (I sometimes have that problem with the like button on others’ blogs, too. It could be a temporary browser issue or some other thing. But it’s there. 😉 )

  2. Hi, I love your blog. The food looks yummy and the posts are amazing.
    I just can’t resist following you. 🙂
    Thank you for liking my many posts. 😀

  3. Hey! You have very interesting blog and I like it very much! A lot of colorful photos and very clever articles! I’m glad to meet you in my blog too! If you like fashion or music, come! Good luck! And I hope to see you in my blog. -Vlad

  4. Hello, Miss Cita. Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Verstaile Blogger Award. I have mentioned you in a post at crumpledpapercranes.com.

    I enjoy your articles, especially on food. Keep writing, eating, and enjoying life.

  5. You are a wonderfully positive force Miss Cita. 🙂 I’m not versed in fashion and I’m still trying to figure out how to live but I’ve got the food part nailed down solid. Now I’m thinking about food and it’s 3am. Not the best time to eat but hey, no plan is perfect. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanks, Jeffery! And all that really matters in life is having the food part nailed down. Lol. Then all is right with the world. 🙂

  6. Nice Blog and very well written About me section. After seeing some blogs (like yours), reading lots of books, travelling to different places, its quite evident that we should appreciate the things around us and the best way way to appreciate them is to experience them. Share that experience with others, Motivate them to do the same. You mentioned about food and its true that food connects people, it connects one culture to other, one lifestyle to other. About shopping, we can also shop for the different cultures, buy the happiness, try different foods, exchange the food with others, buy that experience.

    The topics of your blog (food, life & fashion) are quite broad and it’s quite that you are enjoying it, appreciate it and sharing with others, thus motivating them. Good Job. I feel that you are managing a good resource.

    I have added your blog in my follow up list. Please pay a visit to my blog and let me know if you like it: http://metimediary.blogspot.com

  7. Hey there,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I enjoy reading your posts, so this is my way of saying thanks!

  8. Peace and Universal Greetings, I just wanted to thank you for the comments/likes you applied to one of my wordpresses. I have several. The one you left messages on, the “Make Me Better (TBD)” started out as an experiment when I was completely depressed. I am an empath so stuff going around me constantly effects me and sometimes I have no control over it. I will be paying some attention to your blog and journey you have embarked on real soon, since it’s been a goal of mine since 2006 to start a fashion blog. 🙂

    Health, Success and Happiness,

    -Cruzzer

    May The Force Be With You

  9. I LOVE that one of your aliases is Anastasia Beaverhausen…that’s what my sister calls me! And thanks for the follow, I love your blog!

  10. Hi, I’ve nominated you forI’m Not featured on Freshly Pressed award. Please visit ladiesbulletin.com/2014/06/10/awards-galore/ for more. Congrats!!

  11. Found your blog much interesting and love your views on life. Thanks for spending your precious time in my blog, also your likes keeps me encouraging.

  12. Thanks so much for checking out my blog; I’m absolutely loving yours! You’re leaving me in stitches! Look forward to reading more from you 🙂

  13. what i am thinking now is you are a great person who loves life and believe in enjoying every bit of it. I am so thankful to you for taking time and visiting my blog and telling me I am so like you. and and i want to be friends with you because you’re such a nice person. Very few i have seen who has this thinking about life. So glad i came across your blog and so thankful you visited mine. and i must say you’re a awesome writer. need to learn from you a lot.

    1. Thank you, Sagar! And it’s so sad not a lot of people think this way about life. People should really enjoy life while they can because life can be too short.

      1. yeah i have seen it with my eyes happen that with many people. who lost their peace in running after life collecting money but not enjoying life by using the money they had. it’s sad. but i m happy that your blog is a great way to tell people how should we live.

        1. Exactly. People should not just save money, but enjoy and spend some of their money too. What good is it if you die and you leave all your money for someone else to enjoy? You understand me so well.

          1. Yes I got your message and I have a Facebook page. You can go to it from my blog and click it there. I do not have a Twitter account yet though.

          2. Thank you, Sagar. I never really promoted my FB page yet because I wasn’t posting on it that much. But I plan to, soon.

          3. Well, let’s just say I use that name for my blog. So you can call me “Cita” for now. 🙂 It’s on the bottom of my About Me page.

          4. hmm means you have a different name. that’s your nicname cita. btw you are a sweet person. you reply to my every comment. thank you so much 🙂

  14. I found your blog so interesting that I started following your blog, for more interesting posts from your side ,thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post dear.

  15. Congrats! You have been nominated for the Beautiful blogger award . Please collect it onhttp://aromasandflavours.com/2014/04/28/beautiful-blogger-award/

  16. Wow – Loved reading this! Was so motivational and inspirational. Genuinely finished reading it smiling! Everyone really should learn to be more positive and live life to the fullest!

  17. Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂 I just wanted to say I think yours is amazing and I’m so happy you took the time to stick with it because it has turned out amazing, you’ve inspired me to keep going with my own blog.

  18. Thanks for visiitng my blog, I found yours. You’re so right, life is short, let’s make the most of it by living well! I like your recipes, exploring more. Look forward to your posts…

  19. Hi Cita, it’s my pleasure to nominate you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Thanks! Please follow this link thewritemight.me/2014/04/02/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

  20. Aloha Lucy–I love food, fashion, & life, too. I learned to cook from scratch because I raised 4 kids on a budget & did not like to eat unflavorful food & also liked to cook ethnic foods. I like fashion & have learned some things on “What Not to Wear” because they don’t try to change peoples’ weight, only their clothing combinations, thus making them more professional, respectable, & confident. Finally, I’m beginning Life 2.0. Looking forward to more from you…

    1. Hey, Kalena! I used to love watching that show, too. I used to watch it all the time. Here’s to more fun with food, fashion, and life!! 🙂

  21. You have a lovely and very versatile blog that’s so full of character! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your posts! Thank you very much for liking, following and commenting on my blog! 🙂 X

  22. Excellent! That’s what am trying to do everyday, enjoying life that I’ve been blessed with. Maybe I need to stop ‘trying’ and just enjoy :). Great post.

    And BTW: thanks for liking my blog.

  23. Dear Cita
    I have nominated you and your blog, for the Sunshine Award!
    Congratulations!
    Please know that participation in purely optional, no hard feelings or unfollowings on my end! I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post [unless you wish to pass on the award nominations]. Promise 🙂
    You can pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass on the award at: http://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2014/03/23/award-acceptance-wishing-for-spring/

      1. You are most welcome! I’ve been a HUGE fan of your blog from day one! I can’t thank you enough for all you support. Your likes and comments have kept me going at this blogging thing 🙂

  24. Lovely to “meet” you. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post. You seem to have a real love of life. Keep letting your light shine

  25. Thank you for spending some time reading my blog – I really appreciate it and hope that you enjoyed it. I’m going to follow yours – it looks like you have an amazing attitude and who doesn’t love food, fashion and life is pretty important too!

    Thanks again,
    Jill

  26. Excellent website,everything what I love is here.Thank you for sharing such as great information.

  27. Thank you for the ‘like’ of “Best Ever Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins Served with Memories.” In addition to encouragement for fellow writers, a terrific thing about ‘likes’ is that they often make you aware of a new and interesting blog. I plan to sign on to follow yours. Jackie

  28. Seems we both value life–check. We both admire fashion and style–check. You love food and I do as well–check. Lol. I may not eat fried treats, but every three hours when it’s time for me to eat, it’s what I look forward to each day. Looking forward to taking this blogging journey. You started yours in January of 2013…my wife created mine in January of 2014.

  29. Hey Cita! Thank you for dropping by 23 and 1/2 Miles. You made me laugh with this About Page, so I had to comment. It’s not often I find one so enthralling. Followed and Liked! Hope to see you in the conversation over at 23 and 1/2 Miles. Thanks!

  30. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

    Happy New Year !!!!!!! and best wishes for you in 2014 🙂

  31. Everything about this just oozes positivity 🙂 Food isn’t something I know much about but I would like to learn more. Fashion is quickly becoming a love of mine. While I may have a different purpose or focus to my own style, I feel like watching others reach their own intellectual/passionate fashion objectives teaches me a lot. So I look forward to seeing more of your work 🙂

  32. Well, well, well. A new person read my blog tonight. I went to his . . . and for obvious reasons, thought of you right away. But in reading the comments, I find that you beat me to it! It’s Hungry Tommy. Looks definitely like your kind of site!

    1. Lol. I just went to it. I remember it now. Oh, yeah. Then again, I’m starting to wonder if ANY kind of food site is my kind of site. 🙂

  33. Nothing like a smile on your face when reading someone else’s blog, thank you for being honest and openly real, honourable. Thank you too for finding me and my posts interesting:) Staying in touch xxx

  34. Food, fashion and life…who doesn’t love that! Despite the fact that everyone in my life seems to be telling me I’m shrinking, I love food! Fashion fascinates me, though I rarely have time or money to shop for it (it’s because I spend it all on books). And life…life is a wonderful gift!

  35. I’ve nominated you for an award, but acceptance is purely optional. If you’re interested then please check out this post: feastingwithfriendsblog.com/award-cabinet/

  36. Thank you for visiting my site and liking my post on panzanella salad! I see we share similar interests, and I look forward to exploring your site more.

  37. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, congrats! sakurayublog.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

  38. Hey Cita,
    Thanks for following my blog! I love the space you’ve got here and look forward to getting more of your updates (especially the foodie ones- that quinoa salad looks the bomb)!

    🙂 Kera from OmBlog

  39. I choose Lucy Penhaligon! There was a character in the British television series “Cracker” whose last name was Penhaligon – and the main character really chewed up that name – for fun! So . . . Lucy is how I will think of you! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    1. No, I’m not. I just rarely take any time off throughout the year because I really don’t go anywhere on “vacation” much. So by the end of the year I have all this time I need to use or I will lose it. And I’m not about to let THAT happen. 🙂

  40. Wow :0
    Just reading the “About Me” page,I was left in awe..Looking forward of reading your posts! Btw,nice to meet you,I’m Anna. 🙂

  41. Smile on LFFL. Thanks for the like and comment on my post ‘Falling Light’. Like you I love food and a bit of adventure, a step into the unknown. Have a great weekend, MM ?

  42. Hi Cita! 🙂 Awesome blog and “about”… I know a Cita whose real name is Carmen! 🙂
    @”Cita de la Fressange” – are you related to the famous French ex Chanel topmodel Inès de la Fressange?… 🙂
    – – –
    My very best and friendly thoughts from Toulouse, France… cheers, Mélanie d’Armagnac 🙂

  43. Thank you for recently stopping by my blog. I like yours. I have a food problem, too!:) I could totally relate to everything you said in that part of your about page. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

  44. Hi Cita,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you liked my post about the fast food strike 🙂 I also LOVE to eat! I wish I could stay as slim as you, but my love shows up on me so I don’t get to enjoy it nearly as much as I would LIKE to! I also love fine clothes but can really only look. I do get out and around, I try to live my life to the fullest every day and enjoy seeing others do too. I like your blog 🙂

  45. Hi Cita. Am I glad to stumble upon your site! 😉 I would love people like you around me. I was smiling the whole time I was reading your post…kinda reflection of me too. See you around more often.
    and yeah…lets live a fabulous life! 🙂

  46. Hi,

    First of all I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and liking my posts!

    Secondly, I really like your blog. I will definitely try the candied sweet potato(on my ‘sin day’ because they look delicious!

  47. Thanks for liking my BuildingMyBento posts about food!

    I think I tried a Culver’s hamburger in Bloomington, MN and found that it was one of the better fast food options. The hamburger bun was flecked with garlic and poppy seeds, so that helped!

  48. Hi! I’ve nominated you for a ‘Versatile Blogger Award’…because you’re awesome of course. If you’re not the awards type that’s cool but if you are go get it here http://wp.me/p3CH62-pt ! Yeah, there are rules but they’re pretty easy to follow. Thanks for reading my silliness!
    : )

  49. Hi lovely. Just wanted to say thanks to you for stopping by my little space on the internet. You’re definitely a vibrant, passionate soul. Love what you’re doing over here!

  50. Hahahahaha! Awesome intro! I found myself smiling and nodding away reading this, just because I agree wholeheartedly on so many things! Loved the way you’ve organized your thoughts here, that’s something I need to work on.

    Fooooood, traveeeel and something new everyday? Sign me up, because life IS too short :)!

    Cheers and keep up the awesome work. Looking forward to reading your blog.
    Utsav

    1. Thank you SO much! Looking forward to your blog as well. I’m glad I found someone that wants to come along for the ride! Here we gooooooo! Here’s to NOT wasting life! Here, here!

    1. I know! I had to find a way to shorten the name at some point. Lol. And I had to give myself some kind of mystery–hence, the eyes. 😉

  51. Hi, Thanks for liking my post. I enjoyed reading your posts too…you have got a great sense of humor. Look forward to reading more. Cheers, Mom of Dragon Boy

  52. Hi Cita, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. I enjoy reading your blog so much. Eat, cook, shop & enjoy life, me too!!!! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  53. I love this “about me” page! You sound like a very frank , straightforward person, Cita! 😀
    By the way, Anastasia Beaverhausen? I guess I am not the only Karen Walker’s fan here… LOL

    1. Oh, I am definitely straightforward! I tell it like it is! And I LOVE that you love her, too!!! Hilarious! That name had me cracking up. 😉

  54. Great blog, you hit a lot of relative topics! Keep it up! 🙂 Thanks for the likes and comments on my blog! Will definitely be back! 🙂

  55. I LOVE your blog! Especially your funny food posts!! But now I started to try to live healthy, it makes me a bit jealous as well, haha!! I follow you!

    1. Thanks, girlie! I try to be healthy sometimes, but it’s SO hard. Good going for you. I’ll be rooting for you!

  56. Hi, thanks for the like! You have a very interesting blog. I’m following your love of food, fashion and life!
    P.S. You do have a lovely smile. 🙂
    -coco

  57. Hey Cita – thanks for the like, I’m so pleased to have found someone with a heart like mine – life is all around and its so silly to waste it and not enjoy it

  58. Hi – Thanks for visiting my blog.. just read yours and I am where you started.. (first time blogger, trying to motivate mums, women, wives out there to make the most of things and share ideas (and food!)… still struggling around the site to make it look amazing.. yours looks great! i can’t even get my profile pic up haha…

    1. Thanks! Mine’s is a work in progress. I’m always making changes to it as I learn something else. You will, too. You have to research, do a lot of reading and playing with it and you’ll get better at it like I did. Takes time.

  59. Great blog. I have gained 5 lbs. just looking at food pics. I am wondering how you are staying so thin. I also can’t figure out what part of the country you are in but I am thinking the south, Hardees and Cracker Barrel. I so miss Hardees biscuits.

    1. I’ve been asked that question my entire life and there’s no scientific answer for it. Scientists probably need to study me at this point. I’m just as clueless as anyone else. Thanks for stopping by!

  60. I can feel your vivacious personality through your writing here! Love the blog and your post on the ice cream man. We have one that comes through our neighborhood and I always want to go chase after him but feel silly. I’ll have to think of you next time and get my shoes on!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post about the Danish cobbler. I look forward to checking back here and see what you’re up to.

  61. Ok…I was getting the picture reading your posts that it wasn’t the UK!….fab choice of meats and cheeses in your markets…Im very jealous!…Tried to like some posts but they arnt working my end but don’t worry I will revist and catch up…happy cooking and chatting new foodie friend!

    1. I had a problem with the “Like” button for a couple days myself. You may have to tell the support people if it’s on their end. Great chatting with you as well. See ya around.

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