Lace + Red Lips

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Xoxo

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TGIF

THANK GOODNESS it’s FRIDAYY!!!!  It’s been a really tough week for me (Admissions season) at work and I’m really looking forward to spending time with friends and my Markel this weekend.

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The blog is still undergoing some updates (new format/layout to come!) so it might be another week or two before I can post about my holidays and some fun recaps of 2013.

Thanks for being so patient with me and the blog!  Hopefully the new set up will be much more user friendly~~ =)  If you have any post requests, please leave them below and I’ll work on those for the new site!

xoxo

Esther

Throwback Thursday

Cirque Du Soleil!

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MAC nailpolish

I got this nail color as a gift a few birthdays ago and I still love wearing it.  It’s a dark khaki color with a gold sheen to it.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the color and it compliments so many outfits and accessories!

Color: Frost-Earthly Harmony

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Wedding Aftermath: Photodump

I was going through some drafts and clearing out the old posts when I found this one!  Looking through these is so fun~~

I got sick after the wedding and Markel brought these home for me ❤

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Pics from the day/week leading up to the Big Day!!

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Lunch in Palm Springs!  From our Mini-moon~~

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Our Gift/Card box

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Some goodies Markel and I bought in Palm Springs =)

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One of my last meals with mama chang before she went back to Hawai’i.  It’s always so nice to have her around!!  xoxoxo  Sucks to live so far away from her~

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hehehe fun pics to remind me of April 2013. =)

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My one and only time on a motorcycle =P

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Lifestyle Updates

I’ve been holding off on lifestyle updates about my weekends, trips, news because I’m working on revamping the site and back-end of the blog!  This should all be up in a few weeks (hopefully less).  Then I’ll update you all about my Christmas/New Years and January moments! =)

Thank you for your patience!!

xoxoxo

A few photos of Lucy Blair =)

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L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo & Conditioner

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This is my FAAAVORITE shampoo and conditioner of the moment.  They have completely rejuvenated my dry hair and made it feel soft and silky. My hair was down to my waist and feeling REALLY nasty, but this shampoo/conditioner duo seriously brought it back to life and made it less tangled.

Discovered this product because of Mama Blair!  She’s been using this for a while and now I’m a total believer!!

This combo pack is only $8 at Target!

If you have yucky hair right now from over coloring or styling~ try this out.  It’ll definitely bring it back to life!

Louis Vuitton Never Full Bag

For my 30th Birthday, I’ve been shopping for BAGS!!  I really want a timeless purse that will take me into the next few years and beyond =)

Here is one option that I’m lusting overr…The bags come in GM, MM, and PM sizes, I want the medium or large size =)

Mint

My two newest accessory obsessions!!!  The soft mint color is so feminine and screams spring/summer 2014.  MUST HAVE! =)

 

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Snow Bunnies: Surviving the Polar Vortex with Style

Everyday I hear more bad news about the East Coast.  Snow, Storms, Wind and below freezing temps…  As a Californian, I can’t imagine that kind of cold!  Winter in LA is a medium weight jacket that can still be paired with heels and a t-shirt.  Here’s an inspiration board for Stylish Winter Wear even in the coldest of temperatures…

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And if you’re REALLY daring~ “Fashion over Function” right?

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EsQuisite Designs: New Ombre Heart

I own two etsy stores and one of them (EsQuisite Designs) makes wine cork hearts, letters, veils, etc.  The Ombre Heart is a new design that I came up with a while back and it has been FLYING off the shelves! =)

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The creative process ;P~ Wine is always a necessity.

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The Finished Product!

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The Ombre Heart compared to my Small Heart Size

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Felt Backing

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Girls Night Out Outfit Idea

I bought a few things recently that would be PERFECT for a girl’s night out~~

Out of this entire outfit, my two favorite items were the Report booties (which I wear ALL THE TIME) and the Vegan Leather Blazer.  The way the blazer is cut is incredibly flattering and really slims your midsection!  This runs a little small, so if you’re in between sizes, make sure to order up.

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New Year’s Resolution

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It’s that sneaky time of year again!  Where people around the world start to make resolutions.  I always make a huge list of resolutions and well…I do a pretty terrible job of fulfilling them.  This year, I’m trying to make only a few realistic ones.  I’m turning the big 3-0 in June and I want this year to be THE BEST it can be.   I want to try to be bolder, live more free

1. Run a Half Marathon

(I want the training to help me become more disciplined~ in my time, health, finances, priorities, time management, career, etc)

2. Read More!!

(I’d like to say 1 book a month, but sometimes time runs away from me.  So no fixed number on this one.  I’d just like to read more books (not blogs or magazines))

3. Learn to cook better (or at least more often)

My mom and grandmothers were all AMAZING chefs in the kitchen.  I want to have a large number of recipes under my belt, for dinner parties, potlucks, meals at home, snacks after work, etc.  I want to be more comfortable in the kitchen)

4. Make a great Career Move

(Whether it’s at UCLA or in my personal blogging/etsy life.  I want this year to speak for itself and show HUGE progress)

5. Get the apartment organized

(No more boxes of stuff that I don’t know what to do with or will save for “someday”.  We have so much clutter that it becomes overwhelming.  I want to not be embarrassed when I open drawers/closets b/c we’ve packed so much into them.)

6. Try 3 new things

I’m pretty stuck in my comfort zone.  I like specific things/places/people and I stay in that realm.  I’d like to try 3 new things this year that are bolder and out of my comfort zone.  I cut my hair this last month to a length that I was not comfortable at.  I feel like it was the start to doing new things.  One of those new things is actually the first resolution (run a half marathon).  Now I just need to pick 2 more things to help me break out of this shell.

7. Go somewhere I’ve never been before

This one should be fairly easy.  There are LOTS of things I’ve never done before and I just want to make it a point to go somewhere totally new, different and fun.  I also love to explore new things with Markel as we grow in our relationship. =)  Checking out a new place that we’ve never been before will be a fun feat for us and something new to share together. xo

8. Travel More!!

Markel and I have 2 trips planned for next year (SF & NYC), but I hope to take some more weekend trips together to celebrate our relationship, our lives, and our time together.  Trips always make me feel like we’re dating. ❤  Love that feeling when we experience new things together.  (like I said in #7 above)

9. Potty Train our baby Lucy Bear

As of now, it’s about 40% positive that we’ve potty trained her and 60% whatever she wants to do.  It’s pretty disheartening/sad when she has accidents around the house, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying more that she’ll get the hang of it soon enough. 

10. Learn to speak Korean & Spanish better

As I grow older, it’s pretty obvious that language is important.  I grew up speaking Korean to my family and English in the rest of my life.  But my Korean is very conversational.  I hope to grow my vocabulary and become stronger in reading/writing.  As for Spanish, I took a little in high school/college, but I’m really really bad.  It would be nice to refresh my memory and start learning it a little bit better.  Living in Los Angeles, Spanish is spoken nearly everywhere and it’s embarrassing not to know even the most rudimentary words/phrases.

 

These are my resolutions this year, what are yours?

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Vegas, Part II

(With all the holiday madness I forgot to post Part II!  View part I here)

The journey, fun and adventure continued Saturday-Sunday.  We all woke up annoyingly early~~~ around 830am.  After only about 4 hours of sleep, we rubbed our eyes and went downstairs to eat at the new big buffet in Casesar’s: Bacchannal.  I am a huge Buffet fan.  I’m not sure if it’s because I have an S&M relationship with food or perhaps the fact that I am just overly glutinous…either way…this was my favorite buffet to date.  Not only was the selection extensive, but the presentation won me over.  Everything was placed in small portions and each section represented the food nicely.  My favorite section was the Asian food!  Dim sum, sushi, noodles, Pho, Tom Yum Soup, etc….

The day was spent relaxing, hanging out, eating, and just enjoying our last day in Vegas together.  It was truly and epic trip of fun and I’m so glad we got to do this before the year ended.  We’ve all been feeling a little old and less social (weekends aren’t just for going out anymore…) and I truly feel like we were back in our early 20s!

Before dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Steakhouse, I played the $1 slot machines and won $150!! =)

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Dinner at Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse.  We had an amazing meal, great service, and a free many things after a little  mishap with our food!

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Free shots on the house!

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Our delicious drinks ❤  All the cocktails we ordered were amazing!

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Playing craps after dinner!!  We all walked away with winnings =)

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I tried to take pics of Mike rolling the dice at the craps table.  uhhh but apparently it’s a HUGE no-no.  >.<  eeek!

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My gorgeous husband ❤  Feeling good after rolling the dice at the craps table and helping us all win!

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The end of the night, where we ended up as gambling winners! ❤

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Goodbye Beautiful Room and Vegas!

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On our way home we stopped by my favorite place: Mad Greek!

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This was such an incredibly fun trip.  We didn’t go clubbing or bar hopping, but we had so much fun spending time together, eating, and gambling.  Can’t wait to take another grown up trip with friends!!

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