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Black and White Perfect for this Fall!


Black and White are the perfect combination for this fall for a more settled look.   No need to spend hours in the closet thinking about what goes with what lol

You can’t go wrong with black and white!  No matter what the occasion is there is always in opportunity to wear Black & White.




This was a modeling gig in AZ with Tallgrass Photography, I had a great time!  The photographer Reanna, was able to capture me from within.

We had fun together, but this outfit fit me like a glove 😉

It was my first time wearing Stilettos!



Link of Celebrities wearing Black & White

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Are you putting on Weight?

scaleLately I noticed I put on some weight and the worst part of all is, I don’t even eat that much lol   I don’t eat the pastas and the rice (most of the time).   So i decided to read more about it cause I needed to find the answer to my problem.

Guess what?  Studies had revealed that if you don’t sleep good at night you will put on weight

SleepingI’m like… ARE YOU KIDDING ME?   The only time I have to do my things is when everyone else goes to bed hahahahaha….

I have always waited for that time at night when everyone is sound sleep so I can sit down and I can start doing something hehe.. Little did I know I was hurting my self and putting on weight.

back to schoolSo now that my kids are back in school I will have to find a way to organize my day a little better so my kids and I can do everything in day light.   So by the time they come back I’m all ready to dedicate my time to them.

The positive thing about this is that I took action.  Sometimes it is so easy to make an excuse for everything.  I was a mess over the summer but I will do my best to go to bed at a normal hour so I can get up in the morning and start my day fresh.

I hope my experience helps others like me to get motivated to do some changes in their daily routine.   I’m all about taking care of my hubby and my kids, but it is so easy to not take care of your self.

Here is a link about lack of sleep from WebMD

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Mahjong Game Sensation!

Have you came across a group of friends talking about Mahjong?   It seems like it is the latest and must favorite among ladies these days.   I hear about it while knitting at a meetup with my Crafty Divas, so I decided I wanted to see what this fun game was all about and I’m glad I did because we are having a blast playing it!

Chinese Mahjong!

According to Wikipedia  the game is played
with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols,  each player begins by receiving 13 tiles.  EAST takes 14.

You can play with 4 players, You start by throwing the dice to choose who is going
to be EAST.  Then you mix the tiles faced down and each player starts building a
double wall of 18 tiles.  (if you include jokers then you add those to the wall count)  If you only have 3 players that is ok, there is a variation of the set up for 3 players

East gets to choose a game type (there is like 59 diferent to choose from) then throws the dice and whatever Mahjong set upnumber it gets he/her will count from right to left on his/her wall, then hi/her will lift the last 2 tiles and that will create a stack of 4 tiles in the beginning of that wall, which becomes the Flower Wall.  This side is for special plays only.  Players will use tiles from the opposite wall to play during the game.



1.- If you get a flower in your tiles then you will show your Flower Tile by facing it up for everyone to see and you will choose a new one from the Flower Wall to replace it.

2.- If you get to play “4 of a kind” called “KONG” you will choose 1 tile from the Flower Wall to replace the fourth tile.  A player should always have 13 tiles to be able to play, last tile win, completes the hand 14 tiles.

mahjong seatingEast will start serving players their tiles in sets of 2 (double stacked).  East serves him/her self first, then the others.  East gets 14 tiles and the other players get 13 each.  Then EAST player will start the game by asking if anyone has any flower tiles, then he/her will discard 1 tile from his/her hand so that mahjong rackwill leave him/her with 13 tiles like everyone else.  He/Her will place the tile in the center of the table,  depending of the type of game, the other players can pickup that tile or chose a new one from the wall.  Some players like to put their tiles in Racks.  This works for the small american version of the tiles.

The Tiles come with 3 sets of characters and 2 sets of honors and the Jokers.

Mahjong tiles names

CRACKS or CHARACTERS,           DOTS or CIRCLES                             BAMBOO  or BAMS                               The Honors are:   WINDS: North, South,East, West                 DRAGONS: Red, White, Green. Special Tiles: Flowers and Jokers.


Mahjong-handsTHE PLAYS:

3 of a Kind is a “PONG”  4 of a Kind is “KONG”   3 CORRELATIVE Tiles is “CHOW”

Don’t worry next time i play I will make sure to make a tutorial on how to set up and how to play 🙂

This is my Mahjong set!   It’s from Hong Kong!

hongkong Mahjong SetHong Kong sets usually are very heavy. The tiles are very large. This set comes with poker chips, 3 dice, a cubical wind indicator in holder, no Western indices on the tiles, and some players don’t like to play with my set cause it doesn’t have any numbers so you will have to memorize each Tile.  Playing with this set is an experience!   (Also, note how the set is packaged, with tiles laid out flat in 4 trays. Each tray is 4 rows of 9 tiles each. 4×9=36, x4=144. It’s not hard to count the tiles when you lay them all out in even rows like this. Driving the point home: it’s important to know how many tiles are in a set when buying one.

This is the “American Mahjong” played with “Score Cards”  rules are a bit different.



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We are playing MahJong @Starbucks today

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Sugar Skull Photoshoot

I was invited to be part of a great event in Houston Texas, the Sugar Skull Photoshoot.  It was an amazing experience from the moment I arrived at Hilton Americas 10457766_790325754336213_1759771308157846742_nHotel to get my make up done by Kim Maracchini.  She is such a wonderful Makeup Artist.  She has done so many amazing fashion shows…  I was very excited when I got booked with her for this makeup session.   Kim has a school/spa in Collage Station in Texas.  She is a very hard working mother and wife!


For more photos about her work please visit this link, you will be amazed!


Makeup by Kim Maracchini & Company


10689950_778599572175498_2984087825625988823_nWorking on this photo session was a lot of fun.  I got to meet with several photographers from Houston and near by cities.

These photos were taken at the University of Houston in Downtown.  This photo was taken by no other then Richard Priest.

10696442_778981992137256_7542421953228093307_nThe more you work the more you understand the art of modeling.  Everyone has this idea of Modeling being an easy job but in reality you spend hours and hours prepping, then comes the make up, wardrobe, location and set up, the selection of models and finally the photo session begins.   Sometimes weather is in our favor and sometimes you just have to deal with it.   In this particular shoot it was 100 degrees out and we had to just act like we were in this tropical weather having a great time.  Every time they rotate models it will give you some time to rest and get in the shade fix your makeup and hair and you will do it all over again.

I have to admit, you have to really like this job to enjoy it.   And having to work with a group of wonderful individuals is a blessing.   It makes the job easier.


As woman we have so many fears, we are always worried about how we look and we often forget that we are beautiful just the way you are.   There is an opportunity for each one of us in this profession….

Yes!  I know sometimes we come across some photographers that have their preferences but Hey, you do your thing and you will shine!

We are all different shape, size, race, culture but in the end we are all women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wifes, business women and we are strong individuals!

When I got to location I didn’t know what was going to happen I wasn’t sure they will pick me but I did the job as hard as anyone else there and as you can see on this photographs the hard work paid off.

For more pics visit me on FB

Zulema Nall Sugar Skull Photoshoot

Special thanks to Richard Priest, John Hege, Edwin Kiddo Soriano for the wonderful photographs!

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