Sep 26, 2012

Your Eyes Are Like Mine

I recently was able to spend some quality time with my beautiful family - my older sister Nina, her husband Drew, and their two adorables, Ripley and Ryder. You might remember Ripley from a few posts a couple of years back when we visited DC and they came to visit us in CA.

Nina is my older sister (technically half-sister, but we've dropped the "half" formality a long time ago) and I'm always so excited when they come into town. Ryan and I only visited them once in DC, and with the impending wedding coming up, it looks like we might not be able to until after it (just so we can save up).  Being 1 and 3, I was surprised when Ryder and Ripley remembered us - or at least, wasn't afraid of us. Nina mentioned that it was partially due to the fact that I made Ripley a picture book of our trip to DC and since then, she knows our faces and names. I'm telling you - it was the best present, especially when you're an auntie who doesn't live locally. It's great for them to recognize you and there is no "warm up" period. Couldn't recommend it more for gifts!

Ryan and I took some family portraits for them...and unless you have a 1 and 3 year old, you really have no idea how complicated and difficult it is to get two faces looking at the same camera at the same time (without crying that is). We tried as hard as we could...wasn't that successful but we got a few!

Hands-down, one of my favorite moments was when I was sitting with Ripley and she looked in the mirror and said, "Hey! Your eyes are like my eyes!" I melted. We bonded.
Needless to say, I cannot wait for these two to be walking down the aisle in front of me as flower girls and having my older sissy as a Matron of Honor. Gonna be a good time.

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Sep 21, 2012

Love/Hate Thing

This literally describes my sister's and my lives right now:
But then...

Sep 18, 2012

Hearts You

LA has been beat down with a heat wave lately, and the unfortunate part is that working full-time does not allow me to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer! Admittedly I'm kind of over this hot weather (averaging high 80s everyday) and am looking forward to Fall fashion with scarves, boots, and leggings!

On a casual Friday, I wore these shorts and I think they run that line of SLIGHTLY inappropriate for work, haha. Oops. I can't help it, it's SO hot here!

I rarely wear pastels (I prefer bold and basic colors), but this baby pink tank was so cute and can be dressed up (imagine it with a pencil skirt) or worn with my denim shorts as seen here.
zara tank, f21 shorts, f21 belt, f21 socks, coach oxfords

Sep 14, 2012

The Persuasion

So you may be tired of seeing me with one of my besties, Sarah, but I am so excited that she decided to move from Chicago to LA! My week of persuasion worked wonders! As a hostess, I knew she was using this week in LA as a test-run to see if she'd like of course I did everything possible to make sure LA was the BEST PLACE EVAR. And you know what? My scheme totally worked *evil laugh.*

If you have friends/family coming into LA, hopefully these activities give you some ideas!

We started off with gel manis and pedis at Lovely Nails in Culver City (super cheap for gel mani + regular pedi = $35!), waxing at Sassy Ladies Beauty Bar in Westchester, and she got spray-tanned for the first time at Glo Studio in Venice. Obviously I didn't need a spray tan - I've gotten pretty tanned this summer just from running outdoors. Later we went to Sonoma Wine Garden in the Santa Monica Place for dinner, then to The Other Room for a finishing glass of 10-year tawny port wine.
we found these rings at the beauty salon and thought they were too hilarious to not put on
huge glasses of port at sonoma wine garden
attempting to pose turns into awkward laughing
To avoid the longest post ever, read more after the break!

Sep 13, 2012

What's In My Bag

I was just asked on AskPhivy to do a "What's in my bag" post since the reader wanted to downsize her bag. I currently am toting around a relatively small LAMB purse (it's about 12" long, 8" tall) so it's a great grab-and-go bag. 
I try to keep my purse relatively organized, since nothing is more annoying than searching for your keys at the bottomless pit that is your purse. When I emptied out my purse, I realize I only keep the essentials and try to compartmentalize things as best as I can (especially beauty supply stuff):
1) Keys - car keys can be separated from home/work keys in case I valet my car. My Henri Bendel keychain was given to me by my mom because I was born on the year of the pig!
2) Wallet - this LAMB wallet is a bit larger, but that means I can carry coins and not have to fold any bills/receipts.
3) Canon PowerShot - a great point and shoot camera that I can carry and have accessible at all times.
4) Samsung Nexus - obviously I'll need my phones at all times.
5) Hair tie - I'm a girl!
6) LAMB wristlest - I put all of my beauty supplies (see below) in here so that they don't get lost or leak everywhere.
7) Extra Gum - I mean, come on, we all need gum.
8) Samsung spare battery - One of the perks of not having an iPhone is the ability to switch out my battery to a fully charged one so I never worry about my phone dying.

Inside the wristlet, I put my lipgloss, chapstick, etc so that I don't have to continue to search for things in my purse. I normally just wear Vaseline or chapstick to work, but if I decide to go out to happy hour or somewhere after work, I carry lipstick with me to give me a little extra pop of color.
1) Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Crave - I use this lipstain as a lipliner for my pink lipstick.
2) Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter - How cute is this tiny little Vaseline container? I love it!
3) NARS lipstick in Funny Face - I love this pink color, though the formula is a little drying.
4) Neosporin Lip Health - I'm addicted to chapstick and will keep 1-2 different types of lip balms at any given time on me.
5) Viva La Juicy perfume - I carry samples with me in case I need to freshen up on the go
6) Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie - One of Tramanh's top picks that compliment my NARS lipstick and gives it a little bit of sheen.
7) Kotex U - Somewhat discreet.

The one thing I left at home is a red Moleskin notebook that I always have to keep thoughts, reminders, and lists. 

Hopefully that helps give you a sense of what I'm always carrying around and if you have excess things that make your purse 15lbs, you can see that really, all you need are a few essentials to go about your day! 

Sep 12, 2012


Made this with the help of Disney's Frankenweenie app. I just had to post it!


I can't stop laughing.

Sep 11, 2012

All Saints

Sarah bought this All Saints dress (which, by the way, I keep typing ALL STAINS) last year in Chicago and just didn't like how it looked on she donated it to me to see if it I'd like it any better. It had all of  my favorite elements: Sequin! Low-cut! Black! Loose-fitting! The only drawback was that it was kind of long (and since I have short legs, it wasn't hitting me at the best angle). Though that may be the case, I still wore it because I wasn't feeling my typical black tank and black skirt combo. So a black dress was better? Yes. Shuttup.

Surprisingly, the dress never shifted (I think the sequin makes the dress super heavy so it sits in place) and my tatas never made an appearance! Good thing because ain't nothin' could go under this dress. We wore these outfits for our night of CLUBBIN' - we went to Pure in Caesars Palace where Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) performed. In true Vegas-fashion, I have no recollection of him there. Apparently it was a good show? *shrug*
steph: all saints dress, lamb heels / sarah: topshop top

And of course, an outtake of me messing around while Ryan tests out the lighting. My posing skills just get better and better!
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Sep 10, 2012

Jesus take the Wheel

Last week, I had my coworker/bestie from Chicago visit for a week to 1) visit because she's the best and 2) to test working in our LA office. She's thinking (and has decided to) move to LA and I couldn't be happier. Part of her trip to LA was a trip to Las Vegas since she hadn't gone in a few years and never with friends. As our usual, Ryan found that deserted bus in our last Vegas trip (seen here) and we decided to do a sequel!

I will say taking photos with two girls is a lot different than Ryan taking photos of just me. I'm just used to taking 1,000 photos and editing the ones I hate, but when you take another person into account, you want to make sure she likes the photos she's in too. And as girls are, if she liked a photo, I hated it, and if I liked a photo, she hated it. It made me lol.

Sep 5, 2012

I Got it From My Mama

Literally, I saw a picture of my mom wearing this dress and I said to her, "Aw mom, such a cute dress!" and 4 days later, it was in the mail for me. BEST MOM EVAR! I love her.
lucy & laurel dress, club monaco belt, mossimo heels

I've had these leopard print heels since COLLEGE and I rarely (if ever) wore them. Now that leopard is the print for Fall, it's time to dust them off and finally stretch these out!

It's been a full week since I'm on my diet-vacation and I miss working out and eating right, but it's hard when besties are in town and partying and working trump making turkey rolls, lol.

Black & Yellow

I have a bestie in town this week from our Chicago offices, so I've been a bit MIA lately. Mainly so tired from all our outings...but you know what that means...a BARRAGE of photos coming soon!
old navy tee, express shorts, jcrew belt, refresh booties
Here Dallas is, completely oblivious to the fact that I'm trying to take photos. How ROOD!

More posts coming soon!