Potty Training Lucy

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What a nightmare…we love our little Lucy bear but she is NOT easy to potty train.  In fact…Markel and I are finding it pretty hard to train her to do ANYTHING at this point.  Lucy is 10 weeks and about 1.3 pounds.  OBVIOUSLY she’s still a baby and miracles shouldn’t be expected…but we were hoping for a little bit of an easier time than we’re having.

Owning a puppy has been such a magical experience.  Lucy is a bundle of love and wet kisses from morning till night.  She jumps around for about 30 minutes and exhausts herself and needs a 3 hour nap to recover (much to our relief).  Those 30 minutes are…intense.  As cute as she is when she’s awake, Lucy chews on everything, cries when we aren’t holding her, and eliminates wherever she pleases.  We’ve gotten pretty good about seeing the signs for elimination but…it’s still not awesome.

When we first got her, she was so little that we got to see her discover her paws, learn to cry/bark (not excited about this one), get brave and jump on/off things, and see her personality develop.  We’re totally in love with who she is becoming…we just need some MAJOR dog whisperer action in the Blair home.

My boss has a new puppy and he recommended that we use his water gun method.  Whenever we try to use the word “bad”, “quiet”, “down”, etc and Lucy doesn’t listen~ instead of spanking or something more severe~ a shot of a water gun helps reinforce the word.  AND HONESTLY~~~ it’s the BEST advice we’ve gotten about dog training so far.  The force of water totally shocks Lucy and from that moment on, she totally remembers the command that we give.  When we say “bad” without the water gun, Lucy stops in her tracks and stops whatever she’s doing.  We’re still working on “quiet” and “down” but so far it’s been the best form of training!

I’m sure this isn’t a Dog Whisperer approved method for training, but it’s been the only thing Lucy responds too.  We tried the positive reinforcement only technique and well…it indirectly allowed her to poop/pee/chew/cry anywhere.  It was NOT helpful for us.

We’ve had Lucy for 3 full weeks now, going on the 4th.  We hope that in the next 2 weeks-4 weeks she will be totally potty trained.  Of course she’ll have accidents up until 6 months~ but we’re hoping by the time she’s 3-4 months she’ll have the hang of it!

Wish us LUCK!!

(ps–during my winter break, i fully intend on watching Caser Millan’s show on netflix!)

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This last weekend was incredibly tame and I basically watched Sons of Anarchy all weekend.  This is not a show I thought I would like…but I’m pretty freaking hooked.

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Sunday was an awesome day of just hanging out with Markel.  We went to church, went grocery shopping, hung out in ktown, and then played at night with our new neighbors =)

Lunch with friends~

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Korean BBQ dinner at home =)

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I loved last weekend.  I relaxed and just hung out at home~~  Can’t wait for this weekend (3-day weekend) to do a little hiking, organize our guest room (we’re still figuring out what to do with it) and play with Markel ❤

 

Elorie Bella Ballet Flats

Gilt Group was having a sale this week and I snatched up 2 pairs of Bella Ballet Flats.  I wanted like 5 different colors, but Markel would kill me…so I secretly bought 2 instead. =P  I picked these because they looked really comfortable and they had a nice amount of cushion at the bottom of the shoes~ which means I can wear them at work =)

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This was the one I REALLY wanted, but they didn’t have my size =(

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Beauty Dupe!

I love when Pinterest shows these sorts of duplicates.  I love NYX makeup already so it’s great to see that it compares with MAC colors!

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4 Gold Knuckle Rings from Etsy

I just bought these over the weekend and I’m so pysched for them to arrive!  I have fat fingers, so I didn’t think Knuckle rings would be flattering~ but I tried some on when I was in SF two weekends ago and well…they actually make my fingers look longer!  Go Figure.

Etsy Store: Galisfly

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Accessory of the Day: Jessica Matrasko Ring

Simply LOVE this huge statement piece.  xo

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Random Bits of Our New Place

Here is a random collage of our new apartment.  I originally meant to do a little video tour of it~ but~ I got lazy.  (sorry folks!)

Here are some photos from my phone.  If you like it and want more, let me know!  Perhaps I will try making a little video ❤

My favorite clock from ZGallerie is on our bookshelf ❤

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The B from our wedding and the wine rack that Mike made from Scratch.  My favorite is are the glass decanters from his Grandpa ❤

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Our credenza ❤

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Candy Jars

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Our living Room with a blue/white color scheme.  The map is our newest addition the home.  It’s really cool because instead of shapes, the country’s name is written in the shape of the country.  We’re slowly getting a few more things to add to that big white wall.

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Dining Room Area: “brown room” Where the furniture is brown.

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The bedrooms are still really plain and in the kitchen, I just hung a curtain…nothing much bigger.  We’re still working on decorating more…but I think the initial momentum is slowing.

H&M and Love Culture Buys

I did a little shopping for my birthday (bought by Markel of course).  Here are a few of my favorite finds (will post more later):

From H&M, I bought a lace black shirt and a yellow dress for $5 each!

From Love Culture, I bought these adorable lace shorts!  I’ve worn them twice already and I’m in LOVE ❤

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Statement Mirrors

The more I see them, the more I want a big statement mirror in our apartment.  Currently we have a plain square mirror above our credenza and well…I’m already bored with it.

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I want something cuter and bigger like the ones below!  These are mostly from ZGallerie ❤

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What do you think?  Don’t we need a new Mirror??

Bridal Shower: Hello Kitty Theme

I have the BEST bridesmaids in the entire world.  They threw the most amazing bash for me!!  Every single detail was GORGEOUS and incredibly thoughtful.  They not only were super crafty, but the decor style of the event was classic ❤  I’m so grateful to those girls!

My roomie/BM took 60+ pictures from the day, so here are just some fun ones for you to see.

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Looking back on this day…I feel so blessed to have amazing friends in my life who love me.  I will always see these pictures and remember such a fun girls day to celebrate my marriage to Markel ❤

Z Gallerie Home Decor Accent Lusts

I Think Z Gallerie is my home decor, go-to store.  There are SO MANY amazing piece that I want from there! 

Here’s my first picart collage ❤

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Brian’s 30th Birthday!!

WAYYY overdue!  April 13th, my friend Brian had his big dirrrrty thirttyyyy ~~  I don’t have all the pics from the night, but here are a few that sum it all up and celebrate Brian’s Bday in style ❤

Happy Birthday Chingoo~~

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Sneak Peak: Bachelorette

This weekend was filled with lots of mixed emotions…We had two deaths in the family and I celebrated my Bachelorette.  Luckily I was able to spend the weekend with the best ladies who I love and who were incredibly supportive.  xoxo  Here’s a small sneak peak of our weekend.

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Fifty Shades of MarkelandMe

This is the first day to our Wedding Month!! EEEEK~~  20 days and counting ❤    Therefore, I thought I’d start by opening up with some fun facts about Markel and Me, the people.  I found this post from Taza and thought it would be a cute way to share about Markel and Me =)

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1. My middle name is Soohye.  It means “Keeper of Grace” but in Korean can sometimes sound like “Disastrous Flood”    o.O

2. I started this blog just to talk about celebrities,  fashion and fashion deals I find online…but it’s revolutionized into a blog about my life and my fashion loves.

3. I’m originally from Sacramento and “HELLA” LOVE all things Norcal. =P (ESPECIALLY the SF Giants)

4. Korean was my first language.  Although I’m fluent in English, I still mix up my Idioms. (makes for interesting conversation with strangers)

5.  I was born and raised in a Presbyterian family and am still devoted ❤

6. I swam competitively as a child and in High School

7. I played Water Polo in high school (although I probably could never do it again…)

8. I used to be obsessed with whitening my face (a la Asian Beauty Style), but now I embrace being dark and getting sun during the summer.

9. I always wanted to be either a fiction writer or in Fashion…neither happened tho =T  I was never brave enough to take the leap!

10. I graduated UC Davis at age 20.  I was a Women and Gender Studies Major with a Psych Minor and to this day…my family tells everyone I was a Psych major.   O.o

11.  I have some crazy OCD habits.  I HATE HATE HATE hair that falls on the ground/carpet/floor/shirts/etc.  Bugs the crap out of me.  I also love sleeping in newly washed sheets.  I used to wash them 1 or more times a week until my mom sat me down for an intervention about it (and my crazy laundry habits).  I also prefer to wash dishes myself…dun ask me why.  And…I am CRAAAZYYYY about people/things that touch my bed.

12. I have 1 brother who Lives in Hawaii, is the Chairman of the Republican party there, and has a few businesses.  Saying he’s successful~ is the understatement of the Century.

13. My parents live in Hawai’i as well and are enjoying their sun-filled, chillax retirement life.

14. I love all things furry and hope to own a pet someday…I’m just not sure I can take care of one all by myself (*hint hint Markel *)

15. I played beer pong for the first time when I met Markel at age 24! (sad huh?)

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16. Markel is the youngest of 3 (Older Bro and Sis) and has 3 nephews and 1 niece

17. He was incredible at Cross Country and got scholarships for College (but declined)

18. Markel went to Harvard and majored in Government & minored in Econ (His greatest and craziest stories are all from College =P)

19. He can’t sit Indian Style or bend his knees more than 45 degrees b/c he stopped breathing as an infant and has nerve damage as a result

20. He is a beer pong champion amongst his friends and refuses to partner with me =(  (I’m currently working on my hand-eye-cup coordination)

21. Markel gets mistaken for every ethnicity in the book.  It’s always a mystery~ But he is…Welsh, Sicilian, Spanish, Mexican and French =)

22. His original surname should have been Salazar (but was changed in the early 1900s)

23. Markel is the most polite person in the world.  He teaches me etiquette rules everyday…and everyday, I forget them.  (oops)

24. Markel likes EVERYTHING sports related.  He could listen to sports radio and watch ESPN for the rest of his life.

25. His favorite animal in the whole world are sea turtles and any other kind of turtle species

26. He only started cooking after we met ❤ And…Markel is seriously the best cook in the entire world

27. Markel leaves on every light in the house on, every cupboard and drawer a little open, and all clothes/towels on the ground.  I always tell him he’d be the worst spy/thief.

28. He could live at the beach and be the happiest person alive.  (I personally hate sand and getting dirty/sweaty…so that proves to be difficult for us.)

29.  He is dyslexic, but overcame it by concentrating that much harder.  That’s why today, if he reads something once, he’ll remember it forever.  Pretty cool talent since he can remember things he learned in elementary school/high school/college…things that I completely forgot about.  (i.e. he can still list all the state capitols of all the states in alpha order0

30. Markel’s real name is Michael =)

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31. We met at a local bar called Busby’s and it has been ourspecial place every since.  He even surprised me with an engagement party there! =P

32.  When we met, Markel ran 2x a day and was really active.  I worked out 3x per week and ate really healthy.  Together?  We’ve become sloths who love good food.  Awesome for the soul, but not the waist line.

33. I get really intense good cravings that are super specific.  At first Markel was really weirded out, but now he indulges me in those cravings =)  (Although…he draws the line at midnight french fry runs.  >.<)

34. We are polar opposites in every respect and lead completely different lives.  HOWEVER, our morals/faith/foundations are all the same and it really works.  It’s interesting that we were able to mesh our lives together (habits/likes/dislikes/interests/etc) without a problem since our core beliefs/ideologies were the same.

35. He is Lactose Intolerant, but int he beginning when we dated~ he ate tons of cheese/ice cream because that was her food obsession.

36. He still remembers her outfit on their first date ❤  She still keeps the dress she wore when they first met ❤

37. Our first movie together was “Enchanted“, MY favorite movie ever.  He still can’t believe he sat through it…and many more romantic films in the years since.  hehe

38. Markel is ALWAYS right, but I hate to admit it~ so I always say “let’s agree to disagree” and stomp away like I was right.  HAHAHA

39.  My favorite activity is eating breakfast in bed together and watching TV/Movie.  It’s rare we ever get to do it, so I always cherish those little moments.

40. Markel and I started an etsy shop together and it’s been INCREDIBLY fun.  We use the extra money for date nights, vacations, and little treats for ourselves.  It’s also been a huge blessing to work together and see our strengths/weaknesses and how we jive as “business/crafting” partners.  So far it’s been a blast and I can’t imagine we’d stop anytime soon ❤

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And…the final 10

41. I’m getting married to my Best Friend ❤

42. We talk about baby names and pet names all the time.  I want to name them after fictional book characters, He wants them to have cool/powerful names.  We’ll see how that goes…

43. Markel indulges me in my weirdness and lets me be myself without judgement or criticism.  He helps me reach my goals, supports me in every way, and let’s me be ME.  I hope that I can do the same for him as we grow as a couple, as parents, and as a family in the future.

44.  Markel proposed to me in Korean and it was the most romantic thing in the entire world.  Later, I found a piece of crumbled paper with the words phonetically written.  What a champ ❤

45. Whenever we have bad days, the other person always prepares a treat so that right when you walk in~ there’s a fun surprise.  He always pours me a glass of wine or mixes me a cocktail.  I usually have a comfort food dinner, ice cold soda, or dessert ready for him.

46. We hope to travel to Asia, Europe and South America…hopefully sooner rather than later…since I’m itching to start a family!

47. We did a 100 filled questionnaire about marriage counseling and we passed =)  felt really good to talk about “what ifs” and hear each others answers.  Many of the questions had obvious answers, but it was still nice to talk about it and at least put it all out there.

48. During our registry shopping at bed bath and beyond, we had a lot of fun and found that we have a lot of similar decorating styles~ and will definitely have loads of fun decorating our new place ❤

49.  Markel and I are family minded, which has been really easy when it comes to incorporating our siblings/parents/extended families into our wedding and our lives.  It’s exciting to know that we’ll always put family first in every situation as we head into the future.  I want a HUGE BRAVERMAN (Parenthood), -like family =)

50.  And finally, after MUCH debate about whether or not I should change my name…I am finally going to be a B L A I R. ❤   I was worried about losing my identity and my family ties…but the point of marriage and being one unit is to create a new family identity together right?

…and that’s all folks! =)

Twitter: @fattiedelights

Instagram: @estchang

Etsy Stores: EsQuisite Designs and Little Miss Esther

Food Blog: Fattiedelights.com

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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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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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Fab Winter Coats

Although it’s 80 degrees in LA today, I still LOVE buying and looking at winter coats online.  Why?  I love the style, the gorgeous lines that some have and well…the idea of cold weather.  LOL  Growing up in Sacramento, coats were an absolute necessity!!  So perhaps that’s why I still love buying, searching for, and pinning winter coats.

Here are two gorgeous ones I found on Pinterest!

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These ladies even gave each coat AWESOME style.  Who says you have to be frumpy in the winter?

Gorjana Jewlery: Chevron Tribal Cuff

Got my Chevron Tribal Cuff in the Mail Yesterday!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!  I used to own the Cross Over Cuff as well, until I lost it on my birthday =(

Well, as you know, Gorjana and Kendra Scott are my two all time fave jewelry lines.  LOVE getting new pieces from there!

I’m super psyched to sport my new bracelet!!  Here are some pictures below:

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Delicate Knuckle Rings (and cute Hot Pink Nails)

How cute are these rings???  I love the how thin they are.  This is DEFINITELY on my list of things I want for Spring/Summer!

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THINK PINK: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Man, this year V-day really snuck up on me.  I’m usually prepared with plans but this year…nada.  Work has been REALLY crazy, my  the wedding planning…blah.  So every spare moment I get I usually try to sleep or watch a show that I have in my crazy DVR cue.

Anyway, Valentine’s Day (for me) is a day of all pink, girlie everything,  and all adorable things.  Here is a fun picture collage (photodump really) of things I found online =)  (mainly pinterest)

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