Random Cooking Chemistry: Mushroom Medley Tostadas



My love for latin cuisine and mushrooms run deep so I wanted to come up with a recipe that you all could make for dinner parties or for a night in with your family or roommates.  Now, just as a disclaimer, I like to cut my tortillas down to about a 3.5 diameter because I think it’s easier to eat a small tostada. So with that in mind, that’s how the first serving size was calculated and now we can get to the important stuff like cooking.

Note: This recipe yields 12 delicious tostadas **if you cut the tortilla down*, 6 if you use the whole tortilla.

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A Letter from the Editor – MIA Explained & Site Reboot

I’m usually an extremely private person but since this is a blog and you take time out of your day to read The Closet Chemist, I feel like I should explain myself. Now I know I have been MIA since March, but between another cancer scare, a divorce, and other ridiculous happenings this year, I’m sure you guys can forgive me. Seriously guys, if I owned a dog it probably would have found a way to get out of my unit and make its way outside to get hit by a car…..Yeah, that ridiculous (it’s okay to laugh at this, it’s Hollywood script material). Thankfully, I’m a natural optimist and workaholic so I cope with things by the art of distraction and jokes. Meaning that I literally distracted myself by sewing a copious amount of things for the boutique, studying for the physics GRE, binge watching comedy specials and redoing this very blog. That’s right. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The layout is completely different and new exciting things have been added.

Now, I really wanted to give this blog a reboot so I thought it would be fun to add some series that will challenge my style as well as my beauty routine like the Let’s Try A Trend and Monthly Beauty Buy series. Also, another new item to look forward to is the Shop category where you all can find the products that I am currently coveting including accessories, make-up and things from my boutique. Exciting right? Well I really hope you guys are and to make this even more exciting I will leave you guys with a look at what’s coming up this month on The Closet Chemist.


September Posts:

  • My Beauty Must Haves
  • Mushroom Medley Tostadas
  • 4 Important Tips Before Buying An Item That Needs to Be Fixed
  • Closet Chemistry Reveals
  • …..And much more

I would love to know what you guys think of the new blog layout as well as what you do to cope with a pile-up of bad situations.

Until we meet again,

Tia B.

5 Ways To Wear: The Leather Gored Skirt



Hello Love Bugs!

I’m kind of wanting everyone in my Vegan Leather Gored Skirt (seen here). However, I realize that a lot of people don’t feel like they’re daring enough to wear it. So, to ease everyone’s mind, today’s post will be sharing my favorite ways to wear this skirt as well as a link to PRE-ORDER and a sneak peek of the Closet Chemistry website (woot! woot!).

Now, I’m a firm believer in versatility for an investment piece so I wanted to give you guys five looks that would suit a wide variety of personalities or the crazy person like me that actually wears all of these outfits.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Nordstrom Trend Show Fall 2013

Being a Lady


I’m one of those people who likes to do things because they have a specific purpose.  So, I decided that for the sake of my website and my face in general, I should probably learn a bit about make-up.  Why? Well there are three reasons:

  1. I look like a teenager and frequently get carded at rated R movies…..I KNOW!
  2. I most certainly have adult acne and have survived 8 months of severe insomnia (like 1-2 hours of sleep a day) which has left me with extreme dark circles.
  3. For the sake of product photographs, I should probably not look like Michael Jackson after the flash goes off or as Janice from Mean Girls liked to say, a baby prostitute.

So my bestie and I signed up for the Nordstrom Trend Show this weekend and it was AWESOME!!!!  So much free stuff!!!! (Calming down now….putting the exclamation points in my pocket).

First we started with a little modeling, free samples and a word from the beauty reps.  Let me tell you some of them were so hilarious and I absolutely loved the Smashbox rep.

Next, free stuff from Joeur and a much needed facial from the people over at Arcona to get ready for my new found love Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation.  Check out some of our shots, one of which that was taken by the wonderful Armani rep (and baby it’s awkward):

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Stay tuned! A pre-order of 5 Vegan Leather Gored Skirts will be coming up soon :)!