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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H&M haul

I went into H&M to pick up a Christmas present last week and ended up leaving with presents for myself!  H&M is having an AMAZING sale right now. =)

I scored a gold braided belt for $3, a black crossbody bag for $9.99, and a scarf for $5!!

I love H&M.  I can’t wait to see what their after New Year‘s Sale will be like! =)

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The gray scarf has light pink lips on them.  <^^>  oo la laa~~

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Sequin Pants

WHERE can I buy these sequin pants??  Love this outfit and all the fun that it brings.  The ruffles in the top with a subtle/sparkly necklace is the perfect touch.

LOVE this option for new years!

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Idea #2

Here’s my second option for new years eve.  This doesn’t photograph as pretty as the gold dress, but it’s still such a gorgeous/elegant option!!  I think I’d do the same makeup/hair as the gold dress for this one as with outfit #1.

Accessorized this outfit with…

Pim + Larkin Necklace, BCBG Clutch, DV Black Heels

Dress (click here)~ this is on sale too now!!  Darn it…but at least you guys can get it for less!

Can’t wait for NYE ❤

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Idea #1

I just got this in from Piperlime and I’m obsessed with this gold dress!!  Not only is it incredibly comfortable/stretchy, but the gold really pops out!

I’m thinking I could pair this with hot pink lipstick and some romantic hair? =)

Paired the dress with a beaded black necklace (can’t remember where I got it), black BCBG clutch, bebe heels.

Dress (click here).  It’s on sale right now!!  I totally bought it before then (boo) but at least you can get it for a discount now!

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Walmart Haul

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Picked these up recently and they are all re-fills EXCEPT for the salon perfect lashes and lipstick.  The eyeliners & mascara & powder are my makeup bag staples.  LOVE the products, the colors and the way it wears all day.

The lashes have purple and black lashes that were made to compliment brown eyes (my eye color).  So I’m excited to try it out for new years!  It also comes with a purple eye liner so let’s see if it brings out the brown~ =)

Color Whisperer lipstick is my faaaaave right now.  These lipsticks go on as smooth as lip butters (which i love).  These don’t last very long so you have to keep reapplying throughout the day, but I love the color, amount of pigment it leaves, and the feel of them on my lips!

Makeup Haul Details:

Master Drama Eyeliner
425 coral commander
415 bold brown

The rocket mascara, volum’ express from maybelline
411 very black

True match super-blendable compact makeup from L’Oreal in W3

Salon perfect color enhance lashes

Color whisperer #30 in pin up peach

 

Piperlime Jewelry Wishlist/Lusts

I am…to put it mildly…OBSESSED with Piperlime.  I am such a huge online shopping addict.  It’s sad really…I NEVER go to the malls anymore which would probably be a more useful and productive way to spend my time (burn calories and only buy what looks good).

ANYWAYY…here are a few pieces that I’m seriously lusting after this Winter!

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Christmas with the Blairs

For the past couple of years, the Blairs have been celebrating Christmas at Markel’s Big Bro’s home in West Covina.  It’s a big brunch and morning where we open presents, hang out and spend time together. =)  Markel has a huge family and I absolutely love how loud and full of energy the home gets!  Four generations all under 1 roof. ❤

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Our breakfast table =)

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Opening Presents!  I was so busy opening mine I forgot to take more pictures.  LOL

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Lucy got presents too!!  Grandma Blair and I made her doggie bowls. ❤  They are as big as her, but she absolutely loves them!

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The gorgeous tree!

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Such a wonderful day to celebrate with the Blairs. =)

Afterwards Markel and I saw ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ with the Kims (our neighbors).  That movie was a lot better than ‘Her’ in my opinion…  I totally recommend seeing it!  Leonard DiCaprio gives an awesome performance.

Cozy Sweater Party

Tonight I’m going to a holiday party with a Cozy theme.  =)  I pulled out a few things from our closet and also repurposed an old scarf for the party.

Here are a few inspirational photos for the theme~ xoxo

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Quiet Moments

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I can home from lunch with a friend (and some shopping) yesterday and found Lucy curled up on Markel chest!  Both were asleep and it was seriously the most adorable scene.

Love these two. ♡♡

Christmas Eve

This was the first Christmas Markel and I spent together as Husband and Wife + the first year we weren’t with Family for Christmas Eve.  Sooo, we made up our OWN tradition!  We decided to have sushi for dinner and invited over our close friends who also live in our building.  The four of us feasted on delicious food, drank a little Champs to celebrate and then went to see Her in theatres.  It was such a lovely and low key evening, I can’t wait to make it a continuous tradition for us as we begin this amazing journey as Husband and Wife.

xo  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas!

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Merry Christmas

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A happy Christmas for the Blairs. 🙂  love and blessings to everyone today!!

Winter Break!

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Day 1 of winter break. 🙂  I plan to do a lot of this for the next two weeks!  Aaannnd maybe some cleaning, catch up on netflix and play with fwends. 😉

Happy Holidays~~