Happy One Year Anniversary to Markel & Me! <3

I CANNOT believe it’s been an entire year since we got married in Cypress, CA.  The day was BEYOND stressful, we had a few too many drinks, and we danced our asses off. xo  That day I married my best friend and I’m so incredibly lucky!!  Here are a few (ok more than a few) of our big day! ❤

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Major Blast at UCLA

Once a year, my coworkers and I go to the dorms and participate in something called “major blast” at UCLA.  It’s for freshman and transfer students~ to help expose them to our majors/minors and also counsel them in person and answer any questions.

My majors are always SUUUPER popular (not) and I’m busy all night interacting with eager beaver students (not).

But on the plus side, I get to hang out with my coworkers and eat free dorm food!  *woot *

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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 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.  ❤

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Pumpkin Carving! =)

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My pumpkin has a perm.  LOL

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

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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~

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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! ❤

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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! =)

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

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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!!

Summer 2013 Bucket List Recap

This summer seriously FLEW BY.  It feels like only yesterday when I wrote a bucket list for myself (and Markel).  It wasn’t until 3/4ths of the summer was finished when I realized I was no where near to completing the list.  Here’s what I was able to finish below.  Since the weather in LA is so great, it’s still possible to finish some of these or even put it on my Fall bucket list.

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Completed Items:

#2. Overnight hiking trip.  I didn’t get to go backpacking, but I was able to go glamping with girlfriends and hike.  That counts right???

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#4.  Markel and I went on several trips to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Big Bear and Beaumont.  Nothing out of state like I would have wanted…but it was still nice to be out of LA.

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 #5: HAWAII!!  xoxo Our honeymoon was AMAZZZZING

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#6 The last shopping cart…

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#7–Markel unpacked our last box last weekend…which was pretty sad.  But at least we’re box free now!

#10 I only read 2 books this summer =(  I’m currently reading a third…but I’m sad I wasn’t able to complete this number.

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#13–Went to a dodger game this past weekend =)

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#15–THIS was the biggest thing I did this summer.  I learned a LOT about myself and about what I like to eat.  It totally gave me a new view on cooking~~ but I dunno if I can do this again.  IT WAS HARD!!  Pinterest Challange.  There were 31 recipes (1 per day) that I tried. It showed me that I could definitely cook everyday, that it wasn’t very hard, and that we could potentially save money.  However…it’s pretty hard to keep it up…

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was fun and relaxing.  I really needed the time at home and then enjoyed a few dinners/lunches to keep the weekend social.

Friday night, my coworkers and I went to ktown and had dinner/drinks at DGM, second rounds of drinks at toeband, and dessert at Paris Baguette and Boba Time.  It was fun to hang out with each others spouses and let our hair down after such a stressful week (first week of school!).

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Saturday, i spent the entire day lounging and watching Orange is the New Black.  I started it several months ago but never had the chance to finish.  SUCH A GREAT SHOW!  Easy to watch and entertaining~

In the evening, I went to a dodger game with loved ones and then hit up Toebang with the ladies!

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It was SNUGGIE night ❤

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Have you ever had a frozen beer?  it’s good!

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Goofing around at Toebang ❤

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Sunday was a lazy day of fun with my friend who just became a new mama <3.  We hung out, shopped, and then took a few breaks in Marina Del Rey.  I had no idea it was this beautiful!  After living in LA for almost 7 years, I can’t believe I’ve never seen this part of the bay!  (and i only live 20-30 min away!)  Can’t wait to bring Markel back for a romantic picnic or bike ride.  xo

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ANDDDD…now it’s monday =(  Not ready for the week, but oh well…

 

Girl’s Weekend Trip To San Diego!

This past weekend was incredibly fun and full of great times. ❤  My girlfriends and I took a big end of summer trip to San Diego and it was a much needed.

We drove down on Saturday morning (bright and early)~~~ We each brought a ridiculous amount of clothes/shoes for our 1 night trip.  LOL  oh ladies…

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I ❤ startbucks.  Love it more than coffee bean~~ This trip I tried something new: Venti Coffee with 3 pumps of classic syrup.  It was tastey!

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Waiting for our table in front of Hash House.  This was a great place~~ huge portions, delicious food, and incredible cocktails.  =)

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When we checked into our hotel, we told the hotel we were celebrating a birthday and they sent us a box of chocolates and champs! xoxo

We Love the Manchester Grand Marriott Hotel in San Diego!!

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Our gorgeous view:

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Chilling by the pool

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Dinner, Drinks and Dessert at The Oceanaire

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The ladies ❤

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The rest of the night we drank, hung out in our hotel room, and got late night room service ❤  It was a night of fun to remember!

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The next day we grabbed lunch at Sergios and it was TO DIE FOR.  LOVED all the food and the California Burritos.  YUMMMMMMMMM  Can’t wait to take Markel back there.

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When I got back home to LA, Markel had a ton of friends over for Sunday Football.  WE hung out, drank a few beers and played Cards of Humanity ❤  (our new fave game)

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Last weekend was SO FUN and so exhausting.  This weekend…will be a lot more chill ❤  Happy Saturday!

Staff Development Day

Once a year, UCLA throws a huge Staff Development Day on the lawn outside my building.  about 100,000 employees gather and have lunch together, picnic on the grass, listen to music and just get… well appreciated. =P

My coworkers and I spent an amazing 2-hour lunch together just catching up & enjoying the summer day.  xoxo  It’s always awesome to see so many familiar faces on campus eating, dancing (with the live music) and unwinding on a picnic blanket. ❤

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My Turkey Lunch Box

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Waterlemon.  YUMMM

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Our little picnic ❤

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My new Shoes!! xoxo

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Weekend Recap & Photodump: Santa Barbara/Los Olivos

 Last weekend, my small group and I went to Santa Barbara for the weekend (Los Olivos to be exact) and it was one of the most fun weekends away that I’ve had this year!

We rented a house in the middle of town (because it was close to the vineyards) and it turned out to be a great find!  Los Olivos was having a big art fair on Saturday and we were literally a block from all the tasting rooms/restaurants.  xo

As a group we ate a lot, played a bunch of games and drank a ridiculous amount of wine.  It was the perfect weekend of bonding and learning new vocabulary like Rachet. =P

 Here’s a photodump of our weekend.

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 Our Backyard~ it was GORGEOUS (pictures aren’t very great…)

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The Art Fair!

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Wine Tasting ❤

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MIke Boo, Trivial Pursuit, Cards Against Humanity

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Our teams =)  (we won by 1 point!!)

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Our last group shot

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Driving Back to LA

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Our last meal together was at Soup Plantation.  I love that place.  Markel had never been there before so it was fun to introduce him to all my favorite things.

AND…the great news of a late weekend recap post is… It’s already FRIDAY!!  WAHOO.  I can’t wait for this weekend~~ xoxo

Happy Friday Everyone!

Adamson House Group Pic

A few weeks ago our work group went on a Staff Development day trip to Malibu.  Our first stop, Adamson House!  It was a fun tour that had a BEAUTIFUL view of the pacific ocean.

Love this work group ❤

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was FUNNNNNNNN and Low Key.  My BFF came out to visit for the week and we had a fun Sacramento Reunion.<3  PLUS I was dogsitting the sweetest, cutest dog for 10 days.  SO MUCH FUN.

Father’s Office in Culver City

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Brunch at Tender Greens + Movies at home

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Cards Against Humanity

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The Virgil in North Hollywood

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Tobi–best doggie in the world

(although…it showed Markel and me that we aren’t ready for a furry pet JUST yet…We go out so often with friends and take weekend trips~ not sure how we could keep doing that with a doggie)

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And now…it’s THURSDAY! =)  Tomorrow we have a staff development day so we’ll be in Malibu eating, hiking and visiting the Adamson House. ❤

Happy Thursday All!

 

Fun Friday: Wedding Moments

My favorite people in the entire world~~ I didn’t get to take group pictures with people (so sad) but I was lucky enough to take them with my favorite people at the end of the night next to the Bar (go figure… that’s where they all were).

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and…these photos below probably sum up the night of our wedding~~ uhh party of 1 since I was always doing things alone it seemed (in pictures ) >.<

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was…SUPER fun.  I did a LOT of driving in the SoCal area~ and it felt like I went on 2 mini vacations!

Friday Night, I stayed home b/c I had to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to leave for Temecula.  BUT the one awesome treat was that our wedding photos came!!

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I’m so excited to share these!  I’ll be posting up like 10 different entries to show them all to you.  Out of like 3,000 photos, there are at LEAST 800 I want to share.  HAHA (literally)

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Saturday

At 645am…bright and early~ I woke up to drive to Temecula.  I had a leader’s retreat with my church and since my car didn’t go friday night (with the rest of the group) we had to be in Temecula before 9am.  sooo earlyyyy *yawn *

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The mansion we stayed in was GORGEOUS!!  It housed at least 22 of us and well…there was DEFINITELY more room.  We had a game room, pool, ourdoor fireplace, spa, and MUCH more!  (there was an american flag themed bathroom too!)

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During the afternoon, we had “free time” so some of us went wine tasting

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Night Time fire, cigars, spa…it was AWESOME.

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So…my air mattress got a hole in it =(  I”ve had it for less than a month and already we had a TIIIIINY hole =(

What do 4 girls do??  We used eyelash glue, 1 stamp, 2 hello kitty bandaids and a panty liner to plug the hole.  GENIUS right???  hahaha we laughed pretty hard but it totally worked!! xoxo

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Sunday

The next morning, I woke up to people making awesome Egg McMuffins!!  I made a yogurt partfait and well…had the best breakfast in a LONG TIME.

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Immediately after leaving Temecula at 9am and arriving in West LA by 11am~ Markel and I drove to San Diego for the day.  We went to visit his grandparents in Encinitas for lunch.

Stone Flat Pizza…it was aiite.  Definitely hit the spot, food came out fast, and the service was friendly.  Not 5-stars or anything though.

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On our drive back to LA ❤  (ROAD TRIP!!  from our summer bucket list)

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On the way back home, we stopped by Brodard Chateau in West Minster…BEST vietnamese food I’ve ever had.  Hands DOWN.

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Wedding Photos Sneak Peak (Professional)

We got a little sneak peak of the professional photos from our photog.  Here are a few for you to see too! ❤

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Can you tell there was a theme going on?

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HUGE Bridal Party right?

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Can’t WAIT to show you guys more!!! xo

Palm Springs Getaway

[warning/note/fyi: all the wedding hoopla entries are out of order]

PALM SPRINGS: Best mini-honeymoon EVER

After the wedding, Markel and I took a MUCH NEEDED trip to Palm Springs.  We drove there Sunday late late afternoon and go to the hotel around 7.  What was pretty crazy was, we made the reservation 10 minutes before we arrived.  Markel had a phone app that showed the last minute hotel deals in the area.  It really helped because the hotel we chose was quoting $100 more per night than the deal we found!  So they honored our app deal =)

LOVE the desert heat

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Our awesome hotel.  we stayed at the colony and it was PERFECT.  The Colony was a small boutique hotel with excellent customer service and the amenities/rooms were all exceptional.

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During the day we went shopping on the main street and found really great pieces for our new home ❤

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Can you believe there’s a line of red cup products??  hahaha perfect for the young adult.

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Our big romantic dinner at Copley’s

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Our last lunch before leaving the calm, relaxing desert

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HAHA “GAME OVER”

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More random fun photos below of our trip.  Didn’t take a ton since we were mostly relaxing and enjoying the day/each other/sleeeep!

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Weekend recap and Photodump (part IV)

March 17th: MOVING DAY!!

Such a fun and exciting day for Markel and Me.  We got a chance to start our lives together and move into a place all our own ❤

This is the morning moving crew that helped us get our Uhaul packed!  Such awesome troopers ❤

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Coffee to keep us going

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Going back to return the Uhaul

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best meal of the day…

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the new place with boxes galore!

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here’s a final girls night to spend at the old place

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Weekend recap and Photodump (part III)

(wow…ok i’m 3 weeks late on this post!)

Saturday, March 16th: The Wedding!

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The big wedding we had all been anticipating has arrived ❤

My little gorgeous friend and my old friend from sac = best couple EVERRR

xoxo

Getting Ready~ we had the best time.  The bride munched on her fave hot cheetohs and got her hair and makeup did

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The breakfast spread.  SO DELICIOUS.

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the engagement ring + band.  SO PRETTY

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Wedding and Reception Dress!

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Awesome BM gifts!! xoxo

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Cutie Pie Justin

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The handsome groom

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Some light flower arrangements before pictures

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Picture time at Castle Green before the Wedding

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Some of The Bridesmaids ❤

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The boys ❤

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Eating more before the ceremony at the church!

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the gorgeous bride!

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The beautiful bouquets

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weeeee (before) The Ceremony~~

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how gorgeous does she look!!

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Bride’s Bouquet

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The beautiful Mom’s in their matching hanboks!  adorbs

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The Reception!! xoxo

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the bridal party ❤

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We CLOSED the place down and had the BEST TIME at this wedding!!  Everything was fabulous, gorgeous, and really romantic.

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was a rare one for me.  I had ABSOLUTELY no plans!!

Saturday Morning, Markel and I rode our bikes to Santa Monica and Venice beach.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  I haven’t done anything like this ever, so it was refreshing to do something new and spend the entire day sunbathing, eating, and relaxing on the beach =)

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For Dinner we were exhausted and in the mood for something sinfully delicious~

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 Sunday was another great lazy day~~  Church, downtown LA for etsy supplies, 5 loads of laundry and a Boardwalk Empire Marathon before season 3 begins!

Lunch in ktown

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My greatest LA find! xoxo

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 Juicing this week~ 2 meals a day

I’ve been craving Lentil Soup for a while now~ and Markel made some for dinner last night =)  YUMMAYYY

Boardwalk Empire~ SUCH an amazing show!

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and now…it’s the work week.  =/

Boyfriend Fashion: Preppy Style

So…Markel doesn’t know it yet…but this summer I plan to revamp his wardrobe with some more preppy pieces.  I’ve decided that preppy looks the best on him and really gives off a clean, put-together look.  He can mix and match without a problem, plus he’ll always look appropriate to every function without much effort.  Button downs, polos, khakis, boat shoes, hats… it’s SO adorable!

Here my inspiration board first, then I’ll show you the new things I’m looking to add to Markel’s wardrobe =D

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My Shopping List:

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 Okay…so it wasn’t just a FEW key pieces…kind of a lot really…But each item was so adorable i just couldn’t take anything out!