Mar 21, 2013

Spring has Sprung

Hooray! Spring is finally here! The weather is definitely warming up though it's not quite shorts-and-shirts-weather yet. There's only so many times I can wear leggings and a tunic, so I've switched it up by pairing a sweater with a maxi dress for the cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Plus with maxi dresses, I don't need to shave my legs...and with a sweater, I don't have to shave my armpits. HAHA.
H&M striped maxi (similar here), F21 black sweater (similar here),
black havaianas, F21 studded belt

This unique necklace is from my very own partner (in crime and AskPhivy). Tramanh gave this to me...oh I don't know, over a year ago? It's from a local Seattle jeweler and is super cute and thoughtful!

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Mar 19, 2013

Weekend Update: 3/16-3/17

I am so excited because my younger sissy, Christine, has landed in Orange County...for FOREVER! She is moving back to CA after 5 years in Ohio and I'm so excited for her! I'm sad for my parents because truly have an "empty nest" now but I think we're lucky because our parents kind of expect us to move out and on with our lives. This weekend we're spending quality family time together as both of my parents flew in with her - from visiting Ryan's and my wedding venue to having brunches and dinner, I haven't seen my family since Christmas, so it'll be nice to visit them again! But that's the future stuff, let's talk about what I did last weekend. LET'S TALK MORE ABOUT ME GUYS.

You know when you have friendships that are just...easy? This is one of them. My friend (who is 9-months pregnant btw...can I just say I want to look like her when I'm pregnant?!) emailed me at 6am to say hi and low-and-behold, I was randomly up and emailed her immediately back! We decided to do a spontaneous lunch and I'm so glad! She's expecting her baby any day now and I'm just waiting for that text from her!!

On Saturday, Ryan and I went down to San Diego for a spontaneous day-trip and to start our second registry at Macy's. I'll tell you what - we have a lot of Macy's in LA (and a lot in OC) but decided that since we love SDeezy so much, this is a perfect excuse to go. Unfortunately when we finally go there (2+ hours later), I was so tired and hungry I could not concentrate on what pots & pans I wanted. Instead, I just kind of glazed over and started scanning things for the fun of it. Not as productive as we had hoped! But we did get to eat dinner with Ryan's cousins and his fiance. We texted them:
Ryan: "Dinner tonight?"
Cousin: "Sure, any place in particular?"
Ryan: "Nope, up to you guys."
Cousin: "How about vegetarian"
[Me: WAT. Why? No!]
Ryan: "Good suggestion, maybe something else though?"
Cousin: "Cool, how about Korean BBQ?"
How did we go from a vegetarian dish to the exact polar opposite? IDUNCURR, I love KBBQ!
That night I also learned that if I'm watching television and Dallas wants me to pet her, she will tug on my blanket until the remote falls to the ground and push the buttons to turn off the TV. SHE IS A GENIUS DOG.
Though Sunday was St. Patrick's Day, Ryan and I didn't go buck-wild and drink green beer. Instead, it was his Goddaughter's 5th birthday (PRINCESS-THEMED BIRTHDAY), so you know I was all about that. Ryan and I were the only people there without a child and I was going around taking an immense amount of photos so I know I looked super creepers. She's my flower girl, I can stalk her all I want! A few of my favorites:

Stay tuned to my wedding page - this week I write about how Ryan and I chose a photographer (FINALLY!)
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Mar 18, 2013

His & Her Sweater

One of the best benefits of having a boyfriend? STEALING HIS CLOTHES. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. Oh just a t-shirt here, a sweater come their clothes are so much more comfortable than ours? Yes, I could go shopping in the men's department to truly find a men's sweater I would wear - but why would I do that when I can raid Ryan's closet? Duh, just makes sense.
men's j.crew sweater (similar here), h&m shirt (KINDA similar here),
lululemon leggings, jessica simpson booties (similar here)

This deer-printed shirt is one of my favorites...except it shrank and now is like a baby-tee. I haven't worn it in over a year because it keeps riding up, but DUH one morning I had the realization that I could just have layered it. Now it's back in rotation!
OH and for all you fellow bloggers...and actually, people who take pictures in's a head's up - MAKE SURE you know exactly what billboard you're sitting on when you decide to take pictures in a public place. OR ELSE YOU MAY SIT ON WHAT IS AN HIV-AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. I wouldn't post about it if it wasn't true...for your enjoyment only:

Mar 15, 2013

Week in Review: 3/11-3/15

A few things I've been doing this week (outside of work):

My typography & handwriting. 
Handwriting is a lost art and if you've seen my daily notebook, you'd know that I'm the last person to have nice handwriting. I should have been a doctor with my handwriting is what I'm saying. But after being inspired by the creative ways to write things, I started my own handwriting journal to test out different font types. I'm kind of's doodling that I can actually do!
Cooking from Scratch.
Check making my own avocado-cilantro dressing and homemade BBQ sauce off the list of things to make from scratch! Surprisingly easier than anticipated, I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I make my own sauces and dressings! I've also been YT'ing how to cut properly (using a rocking motion instead of see-sawing back and forth) and have noticed that as I continue to practice, I'm getting better and better! Next stop: The Next Iron Chef!

Running in the fog.
I've been kind of lazy when it comes to running on a daily basis, especially with the time-change last Sunday. The sun isn't up til 7am! Luckily having Dallas gives me a (false) sense of security. How can any murderer want to hurt this face?!

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Mar 14, 2013

If Shoes Could Kill

As a little break from our workday, my coworker/bestie and I decided to scout our building for places to take new blog photos. Normally I hate doing this because there is inevitably people around (and I'm always horrified to know people can see me take blog photos), but I decided to suck it up and be okay with it! Fake it til you make it!

The shoes-printed tee is an oldie but goodie from Brooklyn Industries - one of my favorite shops in NY. I discovered them in Brooklyn (duh) and every time I visit NYC (2-3x a year), I always buy myself and Ryan a tee. This year Ryan went without me (to be there for the birth of his niece) and he kept the tradition by buying me two tees! Lucky me!
brooklyn industries tee (old), forever 21 blazer, forever 21 jeans,
steve madden lace-up booties, hot topic studded belt 
These are my ghetto-fabulous shoes. I mean, army green, lace-up, platform stilettos? COME ON!

Since I don't have any pictures of Dallas, here's an outtake! Rawr!

Mar 13, 2013

Flared Out

I bought these flared jeans a few seasons ago and though the style comes and goes, I can't help but whip them out every now and then. But I am absolutely required to wear heels with them (thanks to my short legs and long torso, if I don't, it only emphasizes my weird proportions). I paired it up with a classic white button-down for a clean and simple look. This brown (vegan) jacket makes its reoccurring appearance as I find more and more outfits to throw under it.
brown vegan jacket (similar here), martin + osa white button down (similar here),
7 for all mankind flared jeans, top shop sunglasses

Last week I bought these black & white striped sunglasses from Top Shop (at The Grove in Los Angeles) and have been sporting them ever since. At $32, it's not a bad price for a pair of sunglasses with a distinct look.

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Mar 12, 2013

Spring Showers

We're only a week away from the official start of Spring! Here and there we've been getting our share (omg so much rhyming) of springs showers in LA and while those are romantical and all - nothing beats a RAINBOW that comes out it. Rainbows are like bubbles: no matter how old you are, you still love them. I mean, who has walked through an onslaught of bubbles and have NOT wanted to run around pop them all? Anyway, last weekend, Ryan and I saw a couple of rainbows right over our church and ran out to take photos of them...yes, THEM. It was a double-rainbow!! (Too bad my camera didn't catch them that well - you can kinda see the 2nd one in the first pic).

I finally got to whip out these rainboots I've had for awhile - I think this is only the 2nd time I've got to wear them all year! Is it bad if you mix the rainboots socks brand with the rainboots brand? Does it matter?
H&M sweater dress (similar here), H&M trench (similar here), lululemon gray wunder unders (similar here),
sperry rainboots (similar here), hunter rainboot socks

And just for funzies :9

Mar 8, 2013

Fall in Winter

Though I was a reluctant Pinterest user (see my work blog post for more), I've now embraced all of its glory: the good and the bad. The bad being the sad, sad "One Day My Prince Will Come" wedding boards, the cream-cheese-and-butter-filled food recipes, and the memes that are 2 weeks too late. But the good does outweigh the bad. While I rarely duplicate hair styles and outfits directly, I do go on Pinterest almost every morning for inspiration. Aside from scrolling down to see what my friends have pinned, I often go to the larger "categories" to see what strangers have pinned, specifically Women's Fashion and Hair & Beauty. Those two are always great boards for finding things you wouldn't normally see on your regular blog list.

One of the most common outfits I keep finding on Pinterest is the typical "Fall staple" outfit: chambray shirt, white tank, black leggings, and brown boots.And while we're almost out of Winter and breaking into Spring, I wear what I want!

Side note - I'm crazy in love with Old Navy's Perfect Rib Knit Tank Top for one reason only - they are super long! As you guys (may) know, I have a super long torso so A LOT of tanks are too short for me to pair with leggings, these tanks are long without being too big or bulky under other shirts or sweaters. And they're like $5.
Forever 21 chambray shirt, Old Navy Perfect Rib Knit Tank Top, Banana Republic vest (similar here),
Lululemon Wunder Under (similar here), no-name brown boots (heeled version here)

I've been wearing my hair in a side-bun more frequently mainly because when I drive, I can't stand having my bun hit the back of my driver's seat (random pet peeve of mine). This is one of the first posts in awhile that I'm not wearing lipstick and I have to say - it's hard for me to get back used to it! I kept thinking I looked so pale compared to when I wear lipstick!
I double-lined my eyes - black liquid liner with an aqua liner on top. I prefer the clean line of a liquid liner when it comes to bold colors (versus too much eyeshadow). I was also wearing this to work so it's much more toned-down than if I had swept my entire eyelid with the same color.

Of course, D likes to make her daily cameos (aka: get fur all over my leggings):

Don't forget to hop onto my wedding page to see an update on Ryan's and my registry experience.

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Mar 7, 2013

Wedding: Registry!

Hop on over to my Wedding Page to see an update on Ryan's and my experience doing our first registry at Crate & Barrel!

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Mar 5, 2013

Day to Night

I wore this outfit to work, but when it was time to go get drinks for First Fridays in Venice, I wanted to wear something more casual, comfortable, and warmer. I opted for lace-up brown boots and a brown leather jacket, but changed out my belt to a plaid belt (love me some mixed patterns). Not only is this "leather" jacket not real leather, but it's also vegan-friendly - I don't know what that means but I felt better about buying it, lol.

I also pulled my hair back due to end-of-day grease bangs. YOUGUYS know what I'm talking about!

This day-to-night look is what I've been writing about on AskPhivy when it comes to redoing the wardrobe you have. It's about putting combinations together that you normally wouldn't. Normally I would probably stick to brown boots with leggings or blue skinny jeans, but by adding it with red jeans, I've created a completely different look that's comfortable and can be worn lots of different ways!
see original post for shirt and jeans
vegan leather jacket (similar here), no name brown boots (heeled version here
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