Christmas Cheer

In an attempt to start the holiday cheer early~ I made these little fluffy balls of tulle and hung them on our curtain rod.  These pictures are pretty terrible, but hopefully you’ll get the idea.  This weekend I plan to finally put up my tree, stockings, and lights! =)

xoxo

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Throwback Thursday

Hansey’s Birthday, 2008

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What to wear…with my DIAMOND!

This morning I woke up and thought about what to wear…what goes with my new ring?  but then I realized…EVERYTHING!!!

hehe Happy Hump Day, Wednesday and Middle of the Week.

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Weekend Recap and Photodump of the Best Weekend of My Life!

If you follow me on Instagram (@estchang), you already know my big news… I’m ENGAGED!!!

This entire weekend has been such a whirlwind of surprises, friends, champagne, and great food.  Here’s the play-by-play that’s ingrained in my brain and life history foreverrrr…

Saturday Morning I woke up (8am) to find Markel furiously typing on his computer in the dark (kinda cweepy right).  I went back to bed and woke up at 9am and got ready to go hiking at Will Rogers park.  (Markel and I are trying to be more fit so we had decided to go earlier in the week.)

But some strange things went down…1) Markel showered before hiking 2) he wore a nice H&M shirt 3) he brought a backpack of water (which he never does) 4) he paid $12 for parking (which we would NEVERRR do)

Yet…I was still in the dark.  Obvi~ since I snapped photos of myself in the car window reflection (exhibit A)

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When we get to Will Rogers, I started to jog (VERY SLOWLLLYY) up the mountain trails but Markel suggested we walk and take it easy (hm…that should have been a clue, but alas…I was still in the dark)

When we get towards the top, Markel takes out a t-shirt for us to wipe our sweat (also very unusual…).  The first time I gave in, the SECOND time he asked…it really should have been a red flag~~ but silly me…i declined and just kept on walking (and sweating).

(it was a PERFECT day out)

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 At the top of the Hill, there were Balloons, Roses, and a sign that read “will you marry me” in Korean.  SOOOOO SWEET.  Markel got down on one knee, said a few romantic/heart warming things, and proposed in Korean ❤  SOOOOO thoughtful.

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After that…I kinda killed the romance because…1) I couldn’t get my other ring off on my ring finger (one that my mama bought me in 6th grade) 2) Markel’s friends popped out of the bushes to video tape and take pictures so I started to pose and laugh.  hahaha

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HOW ADORABLE~~~

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Pop Champagne!

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The walk down~~ I’m sure people were wondering why we had roses, balloons and a giant sign ❤

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And…I really thought this was the end of the festivities…But of course, SUUUPER romantic Markel has to come up with even more ways to make this day Bomb….

I met 3 girlfriends in ktown and they surprised me with Sangria!!  SOOO FREAKING SWEET ❤  My first celebration of the day (after the proposal)

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 After some shopping, I got back home at 530pm and Markel made plans for us to celebrate at Rustic Canyon.  I LOVE that place so I was down to spend a romantic evening alone ❤

(oh…I also realized at the dinner that I hadn’t texted ANY of my friends and hadn’t actually told anyone besides my family and 3 girlfriends.  HAHA.  Yes…I was still in engagement shock.  I texted everyone at dinner and took some pictures of my ring.  My bad, friends!!!)

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  Sneaky Markel at it again…I thought the whole time he was answering congratulatory texts but he was REALLYY checking in on the biggest surprise of my entire life.  HAHA (after the proposal)

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Markel and I met at Busby’s in July 2008 and the rest has been History!  After dinner he asked if I wanted to grab a drink there so we could end our night where we met.  I thought it was SOO romantic so of COURSE I said yes.  Little did I EVERRR expect the surprise I saw when I walked in…

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All my friends were there!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was SOOOO shocked, I don’t think I’ve ever been so stunned!  HAHAHAHAHA

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 As if the surprises couldn’t get any bigger…Markel invited my two besties from SF to come down!!!!!!  One of whom was there when I first met Mike back in 2008.  It was incredibly magical ❤

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This is the fireplace that Markel came over and talked to us.

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4+ years ago, Markel asked us to play Foosball so we played again.  Mellie and I lost (again).  Boo.

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 HAHAHA how awesome are these head cut outs??? HAHAHAHA

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The Parrrrtyyyyyyy

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Sorry if I could take pictures with everyone!  I was definitely floating on a cloud of alcohol and adrenaline ❤

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  I’m sad cause my face is so dark…boo.  haha

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Last pic of the Night ❤

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BEST NIGHT AND DAY EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

The next morning, the SF ladies, Markel and I went to Overland Cafe for bottomless mimosas and breakfast ❤  Along with some good ole hanging out until they had to make the 7 hour trek back home.

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 My house is a flower garden now!  Smells SOOOO good.

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 Sunday Night, final celebration with champs and thai food ❤

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Last champs of the night ❤  And about my 112th glass over the weekend.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated!!  Special thanks to Ejo, Jen, Evan and Jon who helped make this day as magical as it was!!  I felt so blessed and loved to have been able to share and celebrate this next new chapter with ya’ll.

ANDDDD to my special SF lezzies who drove 17 hours in one weekend to celebrate SUCH a big day with Markel and Me.

XOXOXOXOXO  Love you guys!!!

Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2012

I have to say…Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays I can’t get enough of.  I know for most it’s Christmas~ but I feel like since this is the first fall holiday, it really brings your family together after a summer of vacations and busy-ness.  This year (like last year), I spent it with the Blair family.

My day was pretty cray as I visited  a friend for coffee, spent time with my grandma in her nursing home, and then feasted like a starved child the rest of the day/evening.

Yummy Iced Coffee (dabang style)

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Juicy Turkey, Straight from the Oven

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 Markel’s favorite wine

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My first time eating Corn Souffle (YUMM)

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Broccoli covered in heaven

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Perfectly sliced meat with Dark on one side, White on the other.

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My first serving…SOOOOOOO freaking delicious.

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PIES!! Pumpkin, chocolate Pecan, Banana Cream and Cherry.

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of COURSE, I ate a little bit of each

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Waited in line at Sam’s Club to get the new Samsung Galaxy S3.  TOTALLY worth it.

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 Markel and Me…looking fly at 530am.

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My black friday haul~ free food, a diaper genie, and my new phone ❤

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Black Friday Nails

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Thanksgiving Eve…I celebrated all day with wine, tequila, and awesome food.  Two wine nights in 1 day?  I love it.

“1:30pm on a wednesday? yes this is happening”

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“wine night, round 2”

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

Alas…I’m super late on my weekend updates (again).  Here’s a recap from nov 16-18. =)

This weekend was incredibly relaxing.  I spent Friday night and all day Saturday hanging out alone and catching up on R&R.

An interesting tip from Cosmo (oct ’12 issue).  For ever alcoholic drink, drink 2 glasses of water after so you don’t get a wicked hangover.

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uh oh…did not follow that rule this weekend…

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LOVE waking up to a cup of joe with this YUMMY peppermint white chocolate creamer ❤

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Ridiculous piles of laundry on Saturday.  Here’s 1 of 3 loads~

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Sunday

Nursery again in the Morning~ How cute are the toys/colors?

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The beautiful view from the top floor of the JACC building in Little Tokyo.

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Sunday night, we had a big small group Thanksgiving Potluck.  SO MUCH good food and friends ❤  It was the start to a short week and a fun weekend of family/friend time!

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Monday, a Jamba juice breakfast to perk up my day!

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Best Weekend Of My Life

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Weekend update t0 come soon! But, here’s a sneak peak ♥♥♥

Throwback Thursday

Pub Crawl, Venice, 2009

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you’re spending today with loved ones~ xoxo

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Thanksgiving break and traffic has begun!

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love half days

Thanksgiving Eve

It’s the day before thanksgiving and I’m super antsy to leave work already!  Here are some ADORABLE pictures to brighten up your day and long weekend ❤

 

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Sally Hanson: Salon Effects

A few weeks ago, my friends and I had a nail & wine party and tried out these nail polish strips.  To my surprise…they really lived up to their reputation.  My friend RAVED about these and said they would last for at least 10-18 days.  So, I went out and bought the French Mani with red dots.  Putting them on was kind of a nightmare because I suck at precise applications of anything~ but the other girls seemed to have an easier go of it.  The entire process took about 30-40 minutes and the finished product was quite amazing!

My nail polish strips lasted 21 days and were still in perfect condition when I took them off with nail polish removed (so I could paint my nails black, see here).

I really loved the way that these strips went on and lasted.  There was never a need to touch them up and once the stickers were on, they STAYED ON.  I’m a new believer in these babies and plan to use them more often!  Especially for traveling and/or times when I’m really busy.

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BLACKOUT! Fall Nails are back

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This is my first time painting dark nails this season. Can’t believe fall is in full swing and Thanksgiving is upon is! eek~ LOVE the holidays 🙂 xoxo

scarf season!

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I found this beautiful scarf on Larchmont across the street from LF. LOVE this new addition to my scarf family

Throwback Thursday

80s  party 2009

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ASOS Bustier with Taffeta Peplum

Isnt’ this top ADORABLE??  I want it!!

ASOS is having a 10% off of everything sale today!  Use code: USASOS10

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Cozy Winter Outfit Ideas from Pinterest

Don’t these outfits make you want to curl up with warm coffee and a good book?

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend.  The perfect little break in a very hectic Fall quarter at school.

Friday~ Impromptu Wine Night with my Roomie

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Saturday~ Brunch and Shopping with the Girls, dinner date and house sitting with my Markel ❤

Arm Candy Party!

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My Brunch Outfit ❤

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My impromptu Forever 21 Purchase~~ I love Sparkle!

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In and Out~ YUMMMM it’s been SO LONG since I’ve had this!

Sunday~Church, Lunch and Coffee in Little Tokyo, and then Skyfall! =)

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LOVED this movie.  Daniel Craig has gorgeous eyes.  lol

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I found these two pairs of shoes in my closet.  Totally forgot I had them!

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Monday~
I was determined not to waste my free day, so I woke up bright and early and CLEANED.  It was awesome to get so much done before noon!  Then I had lunch with a girlfriend at Milo and Olive and spent the rest of the day catching up on the pile of magazines I haven’t had a chance to read.

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Romantic Dinner made for me by Markel ❤

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Oh, and last but not Least…Happy Veteran’s Day!  To all our brave soldiers~ Thank You.

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

Sorry for the delay (again).  As always I am late on my weekend posts.  Two weekends ago~~was full of fun, food and new experiences!

Friday was a fun Wine Night with the Girls where I tried the Sally Hansen Nail Stickers for the first time! (more to come on that in another post)

Saturday was FUN FUN at the UCLA vs Arizona football game.  I FINALLY got to do my FIRST beer bong!!

Tailgate and Football Game Outfit

The awesome tailgate ❤

Sunday turned out to be much more exciting than I had planned =P

Church, Fairfax Flea Market and then Dinner in ktown with friends~

Badgley Mischka Silver Satin Pumps

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I was cleaning out my closet and I found these babies! I think I bought them two years ago and for some reason I never even unwrapped the shoes in the box! Now…I just need a fabulous event to wear em to! xoxo