Weekend Recap and Photodump

ahhh this is so late.  the last few weeks have been pretty cray b/c of our littly lucy bear~ this recap is from 11/14-11/17ish

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This is a longggg recap because it covered more than just the weekend =)

First, my awesome co-worker of 4 years got a huge promotion.  Friday was her last day in our unit, so we had 2 going away parties for her: 1 baby shower, 1 goodbye party.  I wasn’t sad last week b/c she’s only a few buildings away on campus and I know we’ll see lots and lots of her~~ the 4 of us (counselors) do dinner/drinks 1x per quarter so it’ll be extra nice to catch up with her and now see her little one (once she’s born)!!

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Friday Night, my friend flew into town from NYC.  We had a quick Ice Cream Date at Scoops in Palms (off Overland).  This place reminds me of a lot of ice crem joints in San Francisco~ where it’s all homemade and the spoons are real metal (to save on waste).  LOVE IT.

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The next Morning we all ate brunch at Ktchn105.  Everything on the menu had pork belly in it and it was…a fattie’s paradise!!

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We are trying to take more pictures together.  We always forget!

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Then we spent the night with Markel’s old roommie and college friend.  We celebrated his big 2-7!!

Shots for the birthday boy!

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drinks at fancy bar on Abbot Kinney~ The Tasting Room

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A snack before dinner + drinks

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Dinner at Gjelina in Venice

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Sunday Markel and I hosted a huge Thanksgiving potluck in honor of our friend coming to town!

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AND got to celebrate our special friend’s birthday ❤

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I got some new owls for our TV =P  Love these little babies~

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Our new Bar Cart was ready to entertain!

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This is a sunrise photo on Monday Morning!  I started to train for a half-marathon this week and I wake up at 6am 2x per week to run.  It’s been such a cool experience so far and I’m feeling so awesome physically/mentally too!

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This has been such a big and fun week~ lots to update later.  That’s why this week the weekend recap came on a weekend!!  Hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend!

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Purses, Purses, Purses

I have purses on the brain!!  I want a big one for my 30th birthday but I’m not sure what I want the next one to be… Here are some I’m lusting after…

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Hawaii (Part V)

On our last full day of the trip~ my brother, his wife, Markel and I all dedicated it to a day of fun with Mama Chang.  It was her 60th birthday (which is HUGE in Korean Culture) and well…it was the first time in a long time we had been together.

we went paddle boarding in the morning, ate at waiola’s, had a huge lunch, and then went to a dinner cruise to top off the night ❤

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My mom is the best cook EVERRRRRRRR.  Below is a spicy udon dish.

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I LOVE WAIOLA SHAVED ICE

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My Mama ❤

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Happy Birthday Mama Chang!! xoxo

For her birthday, we all dressed up in Hawaiian gear, flowers, lei’s, and then spent the day with her.  Papa Chang was stuck in Korea on business so she got all the attention and love from 4 kids ❤

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Free Mai Tai‘s and a dinner buffet

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matching!

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my brother… nuff said.  He likes to take these kinds of pictures ALL THE TIME.  Even my professional wedding photos came back with one of these… *sigh *

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“Son in law” soup.  Although it’s not really called that…Korean mom’s give a hearty soup to their son in laws.  My mama always makes this one for Markel when he comes over.  SO DELIC.

(if you’ve never had it, takes like chicken noodle soup, but with just Cornish hen + you add rice)

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And that’s how we ended our 10-day trip to Hawaii… Writing these posts makes me want to go back ASAP.  Especially to Maui.  That was hands down the best trip Markel and I have ever been on!

 

Birthday Weekend Celebrations <3

I turned 29 this weekend…It was really bittersweet.  I’m in my last year of my 20s! EEK.  Time is passing by so quickly but in my heart/mind, I still feel 23 or 24.  *sigh *  Looking back, I really lived my 20s to the fullest and met some incredible life-long friends.

Thursday, June 27

My wonderful co-workers threw me a surprise birthday party!    The room was decorated, there were delicious treats, and one of my professors brought me champs! xo

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Friday, June 28 (my actual birthday)

I woke up to THIS!  Markel was SO FREAKING SWEET.  He made me an egg scramble and coffee to start off my day ❤  I really love that man.

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I spent the morning (3 hours) in line at the DMV.  The best part was that I forgot to bring my kindle so I just had to stare at people and be that cweepy girl.  *sigh *  I very seriously wanted to die when the lady at the DMV told me I needed to take another picture.  I hadn’t showered, wore no makeup and was wearing my glasses >.<  This is what my driver’s license pic will most likely look like below.  *tear *

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After the horrific DMV, I grabbed brunch with my best girlfriend from elementary school at Cafe Gratitude.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like Vegan food, but really…this place was AMAZING.  Check out my food blog in the coming days for the review ❤

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Next, I went to starbucks and got my free birthday starbucks drink!  This is my first year getting it since I registered my starbucks gift card.  TOTALLY worth it ❤

Unfortunately, the barista spelled both my name and birthday wrong >.<  eek.  Just made for a really funny instagram post.

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The rest of the day I relaxed at home, did a little work and just pampered myself =)  For dinner, Markel and I went to Sugarfish in Santa Monica.  Every year, they always give me a free birthday meal, so we’ve been making it a tradition.  If you haven’t been to any of the sugarfish locations, PLEASE GO.  It’s delicious, fresh and well…the sashimi just melts in your mouth.

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Fun street performers, After Dinner Treats: pinkberry and some shopping!

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Gorgeous skyline in Santa Monica

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The end of my Birthday…I’m definitely not young anymore when I’m in bed by 10:30pm.  >.<

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Saturday, June 29

Woke up, read magazines (my favorite thing to do) and drank coffee while catching up on some reality TV.  BEST way to spend the morning.

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Later, my lovely anna bear came by and gave me a gorgeous birthday gift!!  A ring from Jessica Matrasko Jewelry.  LOVE her pieces and this ring was to die for ❤

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My Birthday at Gaam in Ktown.  Filled with great food, drinks and the bestest of friends.  I’m so lucky for all the loved ones in my life! xo

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I love these girls ❤

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Sunday, June 30 & Monday, July 1st

Major Recovery mode.  Lots of sleeping, eating, and just relaxing.  Soaking up every last second of the weekend before returning to work.

xoxo Lots of Doing Nothing xoxo

Oh! And this past week we went to a really fun raffle event put on by Hotel Angeleno.  Free drinks, food and prizes!!  Unfortunately, we didn’t win any prizes =(

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Writing Wedding Thank You Notes at work during my lunch hour *sigh *  It’s never ending…

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Birthday wishes from the Best Co-Workers

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Solo sweet!  They surprised me with cake, treats and adorable decor! ♡♡♡  I’m so lucky. 🙂

Random Photos for April

Found these photos in my drafts inbox.  I normally start entries on my phone but I always forget to post them!!  Here are a bunch of them from last April that I have yet to post (or maybe have posted sporadically).

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was ANOTHER busy busy busy one~~  Filled with good food, friends, and some physical labor ❤

Friday Night, Markel and I watched a Mad Men marathon and just hung out at home.  We ate leftovers and just did what we haven’t been able to do: RELAX!

Saturday, bright and early, we woke up and drove out to Chino to help Markel’s grandparents move to San Diego.  It was such a gorgeous day~~ it didn’t feel like we were moving.  After the move, we were able to do a little home decor shopping at Z Gallerie & Target ❤

(made a little care package for Markel’s Bro’s wedding, the weather was GORG, so was the sunset!)

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Sunday, Markel and I got to sleep in and slowly get ready for a big bbq birthday bash ❤  Our friends came over, got to see our new place, and Markel was able to use his new GRILL~~~ his most prize possession at the moment.

I forgot to take pictures at the beginning of the party, so here are just some random ones towards the end.  This year, I planned a REALLY REALLY chill birthday for Markel b/c he was so burnt out from work/wedding/traveling/moving/LIFE!  We kept it all incredibly low key and relaxing~ so that Mike could sit back and enjoy the day.  (Markel’s Birthday Pasts)

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He was so special he got TWO birthday cakes

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Happy Birthday Baby!! xoxo

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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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COACH ‘Legacy – Haley’ Leather Satchel

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of Coach.  The style has never really matched mine and I’ve just…never loved their prints/style/accessories.  Which is why

I was surprised to see this bag online at Nordstroms.  It looks a lot like the LV Speedy bag doesn’t it?  I like the clean lines of this Legacy Haley satchel.

I want the black one!  Even the dark purple is cute…  Before I make an impulsive purchase, I think I’ll keep this purse in the back of my mind and see if I still want it around the time of my birthday (for *ahem* Markel to buy???)

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Weekend Recap and Photodump: SusYi Gets Married!

This last weekend was super funnnnnnnnn.  We celebrated another 30th Birthday and Wedding!!

Thursday we went to Lukshon in Culver City and celebrated our beloved Dee’s dirty thirtyyy

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Friday morning I had  ANOTHER fitting….

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Then Friday we had a rehearsal and dinner.  During the church rehearsal, I got to spend time with this cutie, the FAMOUS Olivia ❤

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 The sweetest gift for my bachelorette!  My “Poison” and “Cure”

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Then Saturday was…THE WEDDING!!!  The bride looked GORGEOUS and her new man…he looked aiite too ❤  hehe

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Then the next day was…EASTER!!!  We spent it with Markel’s family ❤

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At the end of Easter night…I was exhausted from partying, playing and celebrating the day that Jesus rose from the dead!

xoxo

Weekend Recap and Photodump

Last weekend was really busy, but fun at the same time.  Markel and I did a lot of wedding prep and this time…it was FUN not stressful!  lol

Friday Night, our small group dropped off dinner to the college group and our church and then Markel and I went home to do some wedding stuff (DIY projects)

Saturday, we woke up really early.  I made us Breakfast Burritos, we picked up wine corks from our vendor, got delicious starbucks (I’m trying to get the gold card!!), and then spend the entire day with Markel’s family in Beaumont.

Markel’s maternal grandparents got married in upstate New York in 1948.  HOW GORGEOUS are these photos?  I’m obsessed with them!  They look so picturesque of the times.  LOVE IT.

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It was Markel’s nephew’s Bday.  He turned 12!

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 Mike played with his niece and this balloon all afternoon.  So adorable.  Love how simple things like a balloon can keep kids busy for the whole day! xo

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The dollar store had St Patty‘s and Easter decorations up the wazOoo.  Can’t wait to have babies someday and actually need these things!

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Markel and I have a storage unit in Beaumont and I keep trying to THROW BARRY THE BEAR away!!  But since Markel won it in Vegas, he is extra sneaky in getting it back into our stuff and keeping him hidden so I can’t toss him again.   LOL

Saturday Night, Markel and I trekked back home and did more DIY stuff.  Um…as much as I love the idea of DIY…my future advice to couples is NOT to do it.  It’s really time consuming and a Pain in the butt when you come home from work.  If it’s 1 or 2 things, awesome.  If it’s all your decorations, flowers, card stock, invites, WEDDING…uhh please pass.  I’m suffering.

Sunday, this was the second to last Sunday that I’d be helping out the nursery until after the wedding.  Not that it’s hard to do, but I have so many things on my plate, I want to make sure to give it my all~ So until May…I won’t get to play with these awesome kids =(

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After Church, we went to Umami in downtown.  YUMMM.  I rarely eat here, but every time I do I’m in love!  The other pics are of other food dates I had with friends or at home with Markel ❤

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Random photos…

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

Friday: Housewarming At Evan and Sarah’s + Hip Kitty

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Markel got into a car accident Friday =(  So I gave him this “chung shim won” medicine that helps calm the body and de-stress.  Tastes AWFUL but I swear it works!

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Saturday was a day of randomness, so here’s a photodump.  We also went to a wine store with tons of alcohol and found TONS of really cool things~~

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 Saturday Night was Rexy’s DIRRRRTY 30!

Sunday: Bagel run, 5-year anniv church service, errands, Football and Korean Tacos!

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oh YaAYyy…football is FOUR hours you say?  wonderful…

Monday: Dinner at Kobawoo with my coworkers ❤

Birthday Ideas for your boyfriend

Every year I throw a ridiculous birthday party that spans 3 days for Markel.  For the past almost 4 years we’ve been dating, I have planned 3 big bday bashes…

The first year, I planned an extension of what he used to celebrate in College…Friday night we went to Tokyo Delves in North Hollywood.  I invited all of his friends from home and college, as well as some of mine.  The night ended with Michael Blair standing on his chair and dancing most of the night.  LOL  Saturday night, we did a “4th floor formal” where everyone dressed up, ate dinner at Mike’s apartment, pre-drank, and then we walked to a nearby bar (the very bar we met at <3).  Since this was the first year we had dated and I had yet to meet all of his friends, I felt really pressured to wear the perfect outfits and make sure that every details was PERFECT.  I’m sure his friends were really annoyed at how many “FYI” and “Reminder” emails I sent with color coordinated details.  I even sent out “save the dates” which, looking back, is pretty hilarious.  I was also so busy playing hostess that I don’t have a lot of pics…sowy Markel.

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Year Two…Many of his friends couldn’t make it to Tokyo Delves and the ones that did were crazy about the place!  So I decided to throw his first night party at the same place.  The group was bigger and Markel had just as much energy as the first year.  I asked everyone to dress up (to kind of keep the “4th floor formal” theme)…This year, I still sent out a save the date, but relaxed about all the emails and plans.  Day 1 was Tokyo Delves and Day 2 was the beach & bonfire where I sent out a potluck list and made enough ribs to feed a small country.

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After year two…I decided Beach was too hard.  So many things to prepare and it was hard to rely on other people to bring things.  Year three was an easy “Jersey Party” where everyone wore their favorite jersey’s and we “tailgated” at Mike’s friends’ apartment.  I made bacon wrapped hotdogs, ordered pizza, made a cake of donuts, and had prizes for the winners of the mini beer pong tournament I organized.  Afterward, we walked over to Mom’s Bar in West LA where I had reserved the back room.  The best thing about Mom’s is that the owner is INCREDIBLY nice, the cover is free, parking is free, drinks are $4, the music is awesome, and we got a few rounds of free birthday shots.

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 Now…the biggest challenge I have is planning his 26th birthday for 2012!  Some Ideas I have…

1. Bowling Tourney at Lucky Strike

2. Game Night & Drinks at ESPN Zone at LA Live

3. Angels/Dodgers game (nosebleed seats) with a FAT tailgate before the game

4. FAT ktown party.  Rent out a patio and invite 30 guests to come and eat, be obnoxious and drink their night away ❤

What do you guys think?  What do you guys normally do for your boyfriend’s birthdays?

Birthday Theme Ideas: Revenge/Hamptons

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This year is my golden birthday~ Meaning that I’m turning 28 on the 28th of June!  It’s a huge day and milestone for me, so I’m determined to make it count!

One Idea I’ve been thinking about…Revenge theme (Hamptons-esque attire)

It’s the perfect theme since it’s pretty stinking hot in LA during the summer. =)    Now I just need to find a venue!  Any suggestions?

Fashion Inspiration Board:

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I’m an early planner…lol…I know ;P