Weekend Recall and Photodump

This was the absolute perfect weekend.  After weeks of running around like crazy people, Markel and I finally had 1 weekend of almost nothing. =)

Friday, I met up with a friend who was proposing the next day! (eek!!)  We went over some last minute details at Susina Bakery in Beverly Hills.  BEST latte I’ve ever had and the most amazing white chocolate cake!


After our little pow wow, I picked up Mulberry Pizza for dinner with Markel.  A romantic dinner for two ❤  We’ve been craving New York Style Pizza all week and it we FINALLY filled that craving.  Mulberry has 5 locations in southern California and…boy…it is FANTASTIC.



We spent the night hanging out, talking, drinking, watching a movie and spending much needed 1:1 time together.  For the first time in a long time, it felt like we were 23 again having a super fun night together.  Usually we’re so exhausted that we go straight to bed or watch a few shows in silence~ destressing from our week.

I guess Mulberry Pizza + wine + netflix is exactly what the doctor ordered =)

Saturday morning we helped stage the sweetest and most romantic proposal in Venice.


After the proposal, we walked along the canals and went to Canali cafe on Washington Blvd.  We all celebrated together in one big group and just got to really love the newly engaged couple. ❤  Canali was aiite, but only because I hated our 1 waiter.  The chai latte was amazing and I loved Markel’s meatball sandwich and my tofu sandwich.


My adorable hubby. xoxo as we waited for our food. ❤


We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for our Halloween party. ❤  We had lots of fun eating, drinking and carving pumpkins!

We made the most delicious Hallo-Tini’s =)  They tasted like orange creamsicles and you couldn’t even taste the alcohol!  SOOOOOOOO deliiiiic xoxo

Our dear friend also made homemade whoopie pies that were TO DIE FOR.

ANDDDD for the grand dessert finale, another friend brought Big Man Bakes Cupcakes!!

(I was so hungry I forgot to take pictures of the real food…oops!  lol)


 Party decorations! =)  This is the first time I’ve ever used the spider web decorations and it was  the perfect touch!  I’m definitely buying them again next year.  ❤



Pumpkin Carving! =)




My pumpkin has a perm.  LOL


What I would look like at my mom’s age!  hahaha  Biggest Korean Perm for the girl that LOVES volume in her hair.  LOL



Sunday has been the best day to unwind from the weekend and just relax.  We woke up this morning and named it Markel’s day.  We did only relaxing things. =)  He’s been working so hard the past few weeks…MONTHS really… that today was all about him!

My au natural makeup look for today~


Today was the day that our good friends moved into our building!!  We are SO EXCIIIIITED!! xoxo  Can’t wait for the fun to commence! ❤


Markel and I grabbed brunch at Doughland a block away (we’re trying to walk more and explore our ‘hood).  This restaurant was a great surprise.  The food was SUPER good, the service was impeccable and the hefe beer was aaamaaazingggg.  Markel and I have totally decided that this was our new “spot” for weekend brunches, dinners, and weekday happy hours! =)


Coming home from brunch =)  our last pic of the day.  xo


We spent the rest of the day/night watching football (Markel) and Sons of Anarchy (me).   There are so many TV series’ that I’ve been dying to watch lately!!

First Casual Royal Photo of Georgie

eek obsessed with this family ❤  What a wonderful family~~


Royal Baby is Here!

ok…i Know…too many posts about the Royals maybe?  but…it’s such big news!  I can’t resist ❤

Prince of Cambridge first picture with kate middleton, prince william

Here’s the first pic!!

From UsWeekly, read the article here.

HRH is born: The future King of England

Ok…so lately I don’t write about any celebrity news.  But this was too big to ignore…

dun dun dunnNnnn…The new Future King of England is born!


Article below from UsWeekly:

Sound the trumpets: at long last, His Royal Highness is finally here! The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy — her first child with husband Prince William — at St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Monday, July 22, the Palace confirmed via Twitter. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm. The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.”

PHOTOS: All of Kate Middleton’s maternity looks

UPDATE: The official announcement has been placed on the wood and gold easel behind the gates of Buckingham Palace. The certificate bears the news of the future heir’s birth, as well as a note that reads, “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” Prior to the placement of the birth announcement, a royal crier shouted the news for well-wishers outside the hospital.

“May he be long-lived, happy, and glorious, and one day reign over us!” the crier proclaimed of the new Prince. “God save the Queen!”

An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013, to announce the birth of a baby  boy, at 4.24pm to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at St Mary's Hospital.

An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013, to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at St Mary’s Hospital.
Credit: JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images

As for the royal baby’s name? The Duke and Duchess, both 31, “may take some time” before choosing a name, a royal source recently told Us. After all, it took Princess Diana and Prince Charles seven days to name their firstborn William, two weeks for Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York to name their daughter Beatrice, three weeks for William and Kate to name their dog, Lupo, and one month for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to name Charles.

Married since April 2011, William and Kate announced they were expecting back in December of last year. Although first-time mom Middleton’s first trimester was marred by acute morning sickness, the common-born Duchess found pregnancy “fascinating,” and was feeling “great” in the final weeks before the baby’s birth.

Once Middleton and William leave the hospital, an aide promises the pair “will pose for baby pictures.”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively get Married!!

WOW…this was the LAST news i ever expected to hear this past weekend.  After Ryan’s failed engagement to Alanis Morissette, Failed married to Scarlett Johansson, I genuinely expected that Ryan would slow things down.  However, I genuinely love each of these actors and for that, I hope that they’ll have the best marriage, make beautiful babies and have a long marriage.

Congratulations Ryan and Blake!



More Details from UsWeekly:

Lovebirds Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tied the knot in a surprise, ultra-private ceremony at at Boone Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Sunday, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

The couple, for the most part, managed to keep their plans under wraps until this weekend, when members of Lively’s family were spotted around Charleston. Her close pal — and favorite shoe designer — Christian Louboutin also happened to be in the Southern city. “Spotted: @LouboutinWorld in Charleston! Welcomes to the city!” a user by the name of @TheJoshRatliff wrote. (Lively, for her part, told Marie Claire in June that the couture she’s been exposed to in Hollywood has dramatically changed her wedding style plans. “What I planned before I got into the business has changed,” she shared. “Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture houses should I go to?”) Reynolds and Lively have also traveled back and forth to Charleston several times this past year, adding to speculation that it might be a potential wedding spot.

Though they’ve only been together a year — they met while filming 2011’s The Green Lantern — Lively, 25, and Reynolds, 35, got serious quickly. When they first took their friendship to the next level in Fall 2011, the couple began splitting their weekends between NYC, where Lively was filming Gossip Girl, and Boston, where Reynolds was busy shooting R.I.P.D.

Just six months into their romance, the duo began house hunting together, and ended up purchasing a property in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

“They love getting out of the city and appreciate a slower pace [of life],” a source told Us Weekly at the time of the low-key couple’s decision to relocate.

Couture Gowns: Neon for Summer 2012

Although I have no where to every wear these, I LOVE how gorgeous these gowns are.  They make a huge statement and are so flirty and GLAMMM.



Giuliana and Bill Rancic Having a Baby!

I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for them!!!  After all their infertility, breast cancer, chemo, drama…


They know the baby’s sex but aren’t revealing it yet.  The Rancic’s are having the baby via surrogate since it’s been quite difficult for them to conceive naturally (the baby is 100% theirs).  Congratulations Rancic’s!  You deserve the absolute best ❤

Wedding Hair and Makeup

My brother’s getting married in July and I’ve been asked to help do hair/makeup for the bridal party (including myself). He’s getting married in Oahu, HI (where my family and his fiancee live)~ so the weather is going to be HOT!

I’ve been searching pinterest and other web tutorials so that I can 1) practice 2) get ideas of simple but chic updos 3) find makeup tutorials of long-lasting, natural makeup~  For this last one…I LOVE dramatic makeup, so finding wedding appropriate colors/styles will be a challenge for me.  Here are some thoughts below for ideas that I can use on the bridal party…



Make Up



Jessica Matrasko Jewelry: Spring 2012, 30% off!

Jessica Name 2011

30% Off 
almost everything at jessicamrocks.com!
Now through Sunday 4.22.12
Enter code LUV30 at checkout!
If you haven’t heard of Jessica Matrasko’s Jewelry line…you’re seriously missing out!  These pieces are not only gorgeous, authentic and original~ but they can be work with every single outfit (night or day)!  Beyond that, celebrities have been wearing her pieces for years, they’ve been sold at tons of fashion boutiques like Fred Segal and well…Now I’m introducing it to you! =) All the jewelry is hand-crafted, dipped in gold, and the rocks are hand-selected by JM.  Because she piece is so unique, even if you and your gf buy the same piece, they may be slightly different.  I LOVE that!  I love that whatever I order will never be the same as someone else’s.  ❤
Here are some pieces that I have:
(ps…this one is named after me: “Esther Necklace”)
Other pieces I’m in love with (and can’t wait to buy) are…


Jessica Matrasko is a fashion forward jewelry designer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Her jewelry is composed of rough cut gemstones and minerals, most are painted with 24K gold while others are wire wrapped by hand. Jessica favors imperfect stones with irregular shapes and colors. She also incorporates real leaves and ocean life are that have been hand painted and preserved in gold. Because the materials are all natural, each piece is unique and beautiful.
Jessica’s designs have been seen on celebrities including Rihanna, Cheryl Burke, Lindsay Lohan, Denise Richards, Naomi Campbell and Anna Lynne McCord.

Long-Sleeve Wedding Gowns: Past and Present

My parents came to visit me in LA from Hawaii for the past 2 weeks and you BET the topic of wedding gowns came up 1, 2, …10 times!  My mom is a firm believer that a LADY only wear’s long sleeve wedding gowns.  And that you can measure a bride’s class/background by how covered she is on her wedding day.

WOW…you can imagine my surprise when she asked me, “Are you going to be high-class bride or a low-class bride?”  my thought was immediately…”I’m not wearing long sleeves, so low-class!”  HAHA

In any case, after 2 weeks of this, I’m slowly breaking down and giving long sleeves a second chance.  Do I really want this?  *sigh *  who knows…




My own parents, circa 1979:


What would you do?  Give in or put up a fight?

SHOCKING: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Engaged!


OMGGGG  it’s been confirmed (by a rep for jeweler Robert Procop) that Robert Procop did design an engagement ring for Angelia in collaboration with Brad.  ANDD sources have confirmed that she’s been seen wearing the ring!!

holy smokes.  They’ve been together for 7 years, have 6 kids… it’s about freaking time!

I’m SO shocked!!  Can’t say I’m thrilled but this is crazy, breaking news!

Pregnant Celebrities: Reese Witherspoon, Alyson Hannigan, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Simpson, Alessandra Ambrosio

So many babies!!  These women (err some of them) are so cute with their belly bumps ❤




Hilary Duff has a Boy!

Hilary and her husband, Mike Comrie, welcomed a baby boy into the world!  Luca Cruz Comrie was 7lbs and 6oz~ and was born on March 20th, 2012.

WOW!  Our Lizzie McGuire has grown up!