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Thousand Step Beach in Laguna, CA circa 2009

(Where we also shot our 2nd engagement shoot last Sunday<3)

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Wedding Makeup and Hair (trial…and ideas)

A few weekends ago, I was in a wedding and I tried out one hair-style that I really loved.  I am really considering it for my wedding!

I love how the hair cascades and frames my face, but the rest is up in a formal up-do.  My make-up below is done by myself, but i”ll be getting it professionally done on the day of.  What do you think?  Is it a wedding-do?

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Landlines Vs Cell Phones

So Cute!!  Happy Hump Day Ya’ll~~

 

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Weekend recap and Photodump (part II)

Friday was one BUSY day.  I woke up at 7am and went to bed at 12am and every moment I was running around doing SOMETHING.

In the morning, Mike and I signed our lease to the new apartment!!  Here he is carrying me over the threshold =P  Although we aren’t married yet, it was an epic and fun day to do this.

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Wedding Dress fittings for both dresses ❤

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Pigging out on Zankou chicken.  NOTHING tasted better after all my starving to fit into the wedding dress!

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Getting our nails did with the lovely bride ❤

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I couldn’t pick a color!  Here’s my polish blot on my nails.  And my final decision.

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 Ring Party!

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All the girls ❤

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Ahhhhmazing Chinese food after the rehearsal.  Oak Tree Inn has the best Chinese food around!

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Words of Wisdom before the wedding?

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Miss these guys!!  My Kindred Spirits ❤

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my bestie ❤

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 with the groom!

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Sacramento Reunion ❤

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In the hotel room, getting our things ready for the BIG BIG Day!! xo

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leftover party!!

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Weekend Recap and Photodump (part I)

SO MUCH happened two weekends ago and during that week~that I’m breaking it down to four posts (1 per day almost)

I had Friday Off, so it seemed even crazier than it was!  haha

Let me back up a little to wed/thurs… It’s Persian New Year (Nowruz) right now and one of the sweetest people brought us heart shaped pistachio cookies.  SO tastey and they were homemade!

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Little Adorable hearts are overtaking my desk!

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Painting the tables on my patio: a bright blue/aqua ❤

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Wednesday night, my small group and I went to Westside Tavern to celebrate one of our members getting a new job! xo

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Tried picking wedding earrings at Nordstroms before the dinner…

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Thursday Night we had a bunch of guests staying over and I was so excited to use my new sheets!  They are from Target and I had been waiting for them to go on sale foreverrr~ untilt hey finally did!  eeek, so exciting ❤  I LOVE the way they look with my anthro blanket.

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my last meal before my dress fitting.  plain chicken breast with a little buffalo sauce.  wasn’t awesome, but it helped keep my hunger pangs at bay.

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Mike’s delicious sandwich on toasted sourdoug and blue cheese crumbles.  OMG it was so hard not to yank this out of his hands!

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breakfast treats with my coworkers ❤

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Engagement Shoot Previews

So…last weekend  Markel and I get to do one more engagement shoot!  We’re incredibly excited and this one will be at our favorite beach in Laguna, called Thousand Step.  It’s the beach that we went to in the beginning of our relationship so it’s extra special to us ❤

Here are some of our favorite shots from the first shoot we did at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA

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Ozero in Little Tokyo

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A sweet treat to end our night after our marriage counseling session ♡

Yellow Tulips

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What a wonderful surprise!! My first housewarming present. Love how they brighten up my room 🙂

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Quickie Lunch and Table Settings

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This is my life now…instead of eating a salad, I needed to relieve stress with a pho-like noodles bowl! Yummm xo

Markel and Me are Moving!

I have a feeling that I might be late on updates for the next week or two (or perhaps until after the wedding…*sigh ).  But last weekend Markel and I got our new keys to our FAB pad.  We rented a uhaul and moved all day Sunday (and most of this week).  It’s such a pain to move and I can’t believe how much STUFFFFFFFF we have.  It’s actually kind of sick…

Anyway, here are some pics from Sunday.  We aren’t nearly done doing much of anything: decorating, painting, buying furniture, tossing junk we brought over…etc.  But for now, all the boxes have been moved in and it’s just a matter of unpacking.  Once the place gets all settled I’ll post some pics!

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Weekend sneak peak

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More to come!!

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Playing Beer Pong and Schlong and Flip cup for the first time!

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Badgley Mischka Heels

My wedding shoes!!  xoxo  I’m so excited to share them with you.

The pair on the left is for the ceremony.  The sparkly pair on the right is for the reception.

eeeek 38 days and counting!!

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was really really fun.  Since Markel and I are able to move in 3 weeks early, we kind of put wedding planning on hold and just started packing and preparing for our new place.  Which…has led to the last 2 weekends of our old life back.  No stress, no monumental amount of stuff to do… it’s been awesome.  As much as I’d like to stretch out this engagement period, I really can’t wait till the wedding is over so we can start living our lives again!  and I can freaking go SHOPPING again!!  lol  I haven’t shopped, gone to a bark, or really HAD FUNNN in MONTHS because everything is about my lame wedding diet (aka no drinking) or getting the 20 million wedding details together.  *sigh *

ANYWAY…let’s not get into that cray stress…

Friday night, Markel and I double dated with one of our FAAAVE couples!  This couple also happens to be getting married this weekend, which will be INCREDIBLY fun and exciting!! xoxo  (I’m in the bridal party of this wedding and the Bride is going to be in mine!  keke  And the most fun is that the groom and I are from the same hometown ❤

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Last date night at Black Hogg before we BOTH get hitched!!  xoxo totally the perfect way to spend this night.

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another cute collage of us ❤

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Saturday morning, Markel and I woke up bright and early to play flag football!  Our church is having a tournament in 2 weeks and we can’t wait to kick butt!  Also, adorable Corduroy came out to play.  LOVE this ball of fur!

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After the game, we went to Pitfire Pizza on Westwood Blvd (my first date place with Markel!)  The food is so yummy there ❤

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In the evening I went to my bff’s bf’s 30th birthday party!!  We had Korean BBQ and oh man…it was HEAVEN.  I’ve been eating really fresh veggies and lean meats (no carbs…*tear *) so eating at Korean BBQ seriously felt like I had died and gone to delicious food heaven.  Love these guys!

(so random…the bathroom stalls have names on them and on had mine!  haha I feel like my name is really coming up in the world and becoming more popular.  go figure huh?)

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Sunday, I was super lazy and spent the day drinking green stuff and sneaking a dessert =P  I also spent the day packing and just hanging out.  With the new time change, I completely missed church (boo) and ended up sleeping until noon!  I guess I was more tired than I realized…

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photodump of the week.  Free STUFF would be the best way to caption it =P

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This next weekend is going to be SERIOUSLY cray with a wedding, moving, and engagement pictures!  CRAYY!

Painting Project Sneak Peak

I’m getting the new furniture all prepared and I just finished painting this side table and the coffee table.  Can you guess the color? =P

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Esther (에스더) in many languages <3

Today at work, my favorite professor came in and gave me this article he found of my name in Hebrew (and a little blurb about it).  Then he was kind enough to write it again in Aramaic as well!  To the right is my Chinese name.  =)

It was fun to see my name in so many different languages!

(plus my little pinky sneak peak)

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ASOS wishlist for Spring 2013

Just like my Forever 21 and Amazon wishlists…I’m making an ASOS one as well!  I’m itching to get some new items for my spring wardrobe!!

With the packing for my new place, I’ve been tossing all my old shoes/bags/accessories/clothes that I haven’t worn in 1-2 years (my rule).  So as my wardrobe whittles down, I’m dying to buy some new trendy/staple items!

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Wine cork wedding decor

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Can’t freaking wait till all the wedding decor is done. *Sigh* Thank you to all my friends who have been saving them for me!! ♡♡

Six days and counting…

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My face Esther twin is getting married in six days!!!  Can’t wait xoxoxoxo ♡♡