Weekend Recap and Photodump

I know…I’m super late again on my updates.  Here’s the update from two weekends ago (11/21-11/26ish).

I’m OBSESSED with tamales.  Markel’s work had a guy come through and sell a pack of 3 homemade ones and he brought some home for dinner.  ❤  YUMMM

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Two weeks ago our small group had a big thai food  + game night.  My bff and I merged our small groups together and this was our first official meeting as a new group.

Thai Boom in Culver City/Palms is BEYOND amazing.  You have to try it if you haven’t!

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We played a game called “mike-boo” or as some other people know it as “salad bowl“.  It’s SUPER fun but I get a little TOO competitive… >.<  I always have to keep my temper in check when we’re fighting for points.  lol.

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GORGEOUS view of westwood!  I’ve been going to training courses for UCLA and this was the view on Friday.  It was a bit chilly and gloomy~~ but still so beautiful.

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Friday night, Markel and I got free tickets to see the Lakers vs Warriors.  SO MUCH FUN.  We did a little pre-drinking and started the night excited to be out and doing something special.

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LOVE stadium fooood~~ *droool *

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We got free tacos!!  Every time the Lakers score above 100 points, the audience get free tacos!  hehe

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My outfit of the night ❤

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Saturday I spent the day with my lovely Aemy ❤  We’ve been trying to plan a get together for a while and Saturday ended was an entire day of funnn ❤  We started with a bottemless mimosa brunch at Overland Cafe in Culver City.  After two bottles of champagne…we knew the day would be amazing ❤  hehe

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In the afternoon we snacked, drank some wine and painted out nails! =)  Another girlfriend of ours came over it was quite the afternoon party of reality shows and girl time.

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Later in the evening the girls + our sig O’s went to the Disneyland Hotel to witness and celebrate the most amazing proposal ever.  There were a lot of tears, laughs, and toasts!

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Markel LOVES Earl of Sandwich.  He was dyyyying to grab dinner here =P

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Christmas is everywhere!  LOVE the holidays~~

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The newly engaged lady!

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We ate dinner at Earl of Sandwich in downtown Disney and Markel bought me this amazing Minnie Mouse Hat! =)  xoxo

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I LOVE MY HAT!

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Sunday was LIFE CHANGING for the Blair Family =)  Here’s a longer post about Lucy: Click here

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My friend from College is a Vet!  He was kind enough to go with us to adopt Little Lucy Blair. =)

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Her temporary home until we got her crate (it was a collapsible toy chest).  We bought this little Dinosaur for her and it’s become her new best friend.  When Lucy first started playing with it, the dinosaur used to win a lot.  >.<  But now that Lucy’s older, she dominates their play sessions.  ❤

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It was SO AMAZING to bring little Lucy into our family.  I pray that she’ll be with us for 10, 12, 15+ years!

oh man, such a long post!!  I have an even LONGER one coming for the Thanksgiving Weekend!! xoxo

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This weekend was a nice and long one.  It started off a little sad (I was sick) but by the start of Saturday I was feeling normal again.

Thursday night I had a few friends over for some girl time.  xoxo  It was nice to hang out and catch up~~ Markel went over to our neighbor’s home (and good friends) were the boys watched the Laker game and the girls chatted over pizza, cupcakes, wine and nails.

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Friday I was home sick eating soups/Ramen and watching Sons of Anarchy all day.  I’m going through Season 4 right now and totally loving it.  I heard seasons 5 & 6 aren’t awesome…so I really hope I’m not disappointed after investing so much!  But the more I watch…the more I love Charlie Hunnam.

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Saturday and Sunday were awesome.  Markel and I spent the day running errands, and just spending time together.  We RARELY get weekends to ourselves to hang out and try new things.

Saturday we went to downtown LA looking for a suit, but we didn’t feel comfortable buying anything from the stores we went into.  The material was obviously cheaper, the deal was $100 for a suit, shirt & tie…but there was a WEIRD feeling that went with it~ so Markel and I ended up leaving.  We also shopped in Ktown for groceries b/c we were hosting Markel’s bro, sis-in-law, friend for dinner.  We seriously cooked up a huge feast of Korean food and I was so proud of the new things I’m learning to make!

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I made pumpkin milkshakes on Saturday.  SOO YUMMYYYY

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The FEAST =)

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Sunday Markel and I ran all over town getting him a new suit from Zara, shoes from Nordstroms and packing for his big trip this weekend.  This is Markel’s first business trip and I couldn’t be more proud of him.  He works SOOO HARD at his job~ like 60-70 hour weeks~ and it’s all paying off!  He’s been getting more responsibilites/projects at work and these business trips are the start to his budding career. =)  I love him so much and it’s so much fun to grow together in our careers and as a couple.  We met in our early 20s and it’s been a fun ride as we mature, get settled in our careers, and make big decisions for our future. ❤

A toast to ourselves and our lives =P

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Shopping in Century City at Zara~ I found so many cute things I wanted!!

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Markel Getting a Haircut =)  Such a small and random errand to run together, but I love doing them with him. ❤

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Sunday Night we met up with Markel’s college friends that are doing BIG things!!  Two are starting companies and it’s so exciting to hear about their adventures.  Sort of motivates Markel and I to be passionate about our lives and our careers.  We ate at Aroma Cafe (an Israeli restaurant) in Hollywood area.  It was tastey!  The appetizers were my favorite~~

(no pics to share =(  I forgot to take some)

AND THENNNN…the best part??  Markel and I met up with our new neighbors (and good friends) to watch THOR at the grove.  I always forget how much I love the Grove and how gorgeous it is.  The Christmas decorations were all up~ really put you in the holiday spirit! ❤

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Andddd Monday I had the day off for Veteran’s Day. =)  It’s a day of purging, catching up on SOA (like Friday) and getting my baby ready for his big trip!  Oh…and about ten cups of coffee (my fav treat).

HOW BEAUTIFUL is this fall weather??

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This picture below is to celebrate Veteran’s day today.  My big bro (and true life hero) has been in the Army since 2002.  He has fought for his country in Iraq and served for 11 years and counting…  I’m so proud of him and his dedication to the protection of this country. ❤  I’m definitely taking a moment today to remember that. xo

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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!!

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was really chill.  Markel was gone in San Diego for 3 days, so I had some nice quiet time since Thursday.  I had Friday off, so I spent the day sleeping/relaxing (I was under the weather) and then Saturday was the first time I left the apartment. =)

Here are my thursday/Friday/Saturday Morning pics…

Pumpkin Crossaints from Trader Joe’s!

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Made a ton of Korean comfort food since i was sick.

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Decorated the apartment with these little pumpkins ❤

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Dyed my hair–didn’t turn out great

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Saturday I went to two events: Housewarming + Birthday Dinner.  Both were so much funnnnnn

Here is handsome Ethan below <3  He‘s the first baby to be born in my group of friends and well…we spent 3 hours obsessing over every blink, smile, bite of food, and diaper change.  He was SUCH a great baby~~ so happy and calm.  I hope my first is as good as he is!

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The ladies of the night ❤  Didn’t take pictures of the boys, they were too busy watching football.

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Saturday Evening Part II!  Birthday Party in South Pasadena at an amazing Thai restaurant called Saladong Song.  DELIIIC.  The outside seating area is super low key and romantic.  I love this place!

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Green Curry

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Seafood Pad thai

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The ladies ❤  The boys were too shy to be on camera.

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Sunday was a huge day.  Sunday was Markel’s grandmother’s memorial service.  Grandma Cordaro LOVED chocolate.  So in her honor, there was a big chocolate bar!  YUMMMMM

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The lunch spread for 50+ guests

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The Blair, Cordaro, Reynolds, Hussey and Rafter family =)

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Isn’t this doggie SO ADORABLE??

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The day of the memorial service was our 6 month anniversary.  Since we didn’t get to celebrate, or just take a moment to remember it~ we did so on Monday. =)

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This week was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to update until now.  And now…it’s already the weekend!  I seriously hope to sleep in and just do a lot of resting with Markel. ❤

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This weekend was…AWESOME.  I went out on Friday night for my friend’s birthday and then I spent the rest of the weekend resting and catching up with my bff who moved to Sacramento this summer.  I was feeling super under the weather last week and exhausted from LIFE.  So over the weekend I kept to myself and relaxed at home.

Friday: Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar + The Virigl

It was my beautiful friend’s birthday party on Friday and it was SO MUCH FUN.

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My favorite earrings from Banana Republic

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The rest of the weekend I literally did nothing but relax… I really needed the down time.  We sold some wedding items which was lovely, and then received some cool canvas prints we ordered. =)

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For this upcoming weekend, Markel and I planned on doing NOTHING~~ but that quickly ended.  We have plans Thurs-Sunday.  LOL  I guess we jinxed ourselves huh?

 

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…

 

Weekend Recap & Photodump

This past weekend was SUPER chill and low key.

Thursday: Caught up with my old roommie/bridesmaid.  It was fun to spend a night catching up with no boys and only each other.  We’ve decided to call our new wine nights, Thirsty Thursdays! =)

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Friday Night: I went to a beautiful birthday party at Cliff‘s in Silverlake.  It was beautiful outside and the food was delicious!  (the portions were a little small though…but whatevs >.<)  The birthday girl gave each of us super cute party favors too!  SO SWEET!!!  I havent’ gotten a party favor since I was a kid.  It was such a classy touch. ❤

Another insanely good idea I learned that night was…BIRTHDAY WISH LISTS!!  She made a list and everyone got something off of it.  PERRRRFECT. xoxo  I’m definitely doing that next year!  (*wink wink * friends!!)

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Saturday was…a celebration of ME.  I literally did 7 loads of laundry, clean the kitchen & both bathrooms, cleaned/swept the patio and watched a ridiculous number of lifetime movies and cheesy chick flicks.  Markel was away for the weekend so I was free to do whatever I wanted.  I also got to cook a few tastey meals and each random leftover throughout the day.

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Sunday, I went to church and then drove down to Huntington Beach to meet up with another old Roomie.  ❤

Note below: OC has TONS of free parking spaces and each space is HUGE.  OC=1, LA=0  >.<

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All in all, it was a fun weekend with Old Roomies and just hanging out alone.  I forgot what it was like to live without markel!  Apparently…it’s crazy productive =P  hehehe just kiddddding…

Anyway, this weekend is Labor Day weekend and Markel and I are going to see his parents out in Beaumont (near Palm Springs).  I can’t wait!  I love going out there, spending time with the in-laws and just relaxing away from LA~~  This weekend I hope to catch lots of sun and eat lots of good food.  ❤

Weekend Recap and Photodump

Work this week has been a bit cray.  So this update is late as well… but what else is new huh?

Last weekend was a really good mix of rest and friends.  I had 2 birthdays to celebrate and each one did it in total style ❤

Friday–Markel and I started Orange is the New Black.

Saturday–I went to a fabulous Birthday Brunch in Westwood at a place called Tavern.  I’ve always wondered about the food here and it really surpassed my imagination.  TOTALLY recommend it for girlfriends who brunch, big groups, and romantic dinners.
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Then for Dinner, We celebrated our beloved Jdawgs Dirty Thirty at Lala’s Argentine Grill on Melrose.  LOVED the food and Sangria here.

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After Dinner, off to Drinks at Edendales in Silverlake! ❤

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Sunday, Markel and I had a friend staying with us so we spent the morning relaxing and eating together.  The boys went golfing in the morning while I tried to cook us a new recipe that ended up being a total fail.  *sigh *  But the boys were nice enough to clean their plates in front of me. =)

For a late lunch/early dinner, I went to Ugo with my bestie.  I forgot how amazing the food is there!

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For the first time in a long time~ the weekend fun did NOT stop there.  I met up with girlfriends on Monday for a delicious Korean dinner in ktown.  Tried out a new place called School Food.  I haven’t had Korean food in so long I inhaled everything!

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Tuesday Night, the Bs and I celebrated/enjoyed our last meal together as single ladies.  One of the Bs is about to have a little one any day!  It was the last wine night without babies ❤  Can’t wait for what this year will bring for the rest of us!

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ANNNDDD, now it’s almost the weekend again! =)  Markel and I are going to Big Bear with a big group of friends so I can’t wait to get dark, play in the water, and enjoy getting out of LA for a bit.

Happy Friday Eve!

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend was  BLAST!!  I went glamping with 2 of my besties and we explored San Francisco a bit on Sunday. =)

Friday I flew out to the San Jose airport and they picked me up along their way to the campsite near Santa Cruz.

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When we got to the campsite, it was SOO nice!  It was called Constanoa~ and you had the option of staying in a hotel, fancy cabin, tent-cabin hybrid (which we did), bring your own tent, or bring your own RV.  The campsite was split into different areas and it was REALLY fun to have a weekend away from city life.  There was absolutely no cell phone reception, but luckily there was wifi!  Not quite “roughing-it”… =)

*Important things first…we set up our snack table!

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For the first part of Saturday we made breakfast, hiked for a few hours, napped, and relaxed in our tent.

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In the evening, we ate at this bomb restaurant (on the camp site) and then tried about 6 times to start a fire.  It took 2 of our neighbors to help us get it going >.<  Next time we’ll know how to start a fire for SURE!  lol

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Sunday…was a day of eating.  And that’s about it… lol

 Breakfast in Half Moon Bay

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Oysters & Champagne in SF

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Ice Cream from Humprhy Slocombe in SF

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Thrift Shopping & Shopping in the Mission District + my Flight home ❤

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It was SUCH a fun weekend…it made coming back to work extra hard >.<

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This is a bit late…but this past week was filled with friends and fun ❤

Last Thursday, Markel’s parents came out to visit us and helped us move the last bits of our storage unit out.  We grabbed dinner and Ice Cream~ and then enjoyed some free 7/11 slurpees!

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CPK

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Friday, we celebrated my beautiful Nansie’s THIRTIETH!! xoxo

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Happy Birthday Nansies!!

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Drinks and Dancing at Edison Afterwards

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Saturday I spent the morning with 4 amazing kids and 4 amazing adults ❤  We played in the pool, got kicked out, and rested in an air conditioned apartment.

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Stopped by Pitfire Pizza to grab food for our next big evening event!

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Next Up…Hollywood Bowl!  There was a Grease Sing-a-long playing and literally 95% of the audience was dressed up.  I was too embarrassed to take pictures of other groups, but everyone was SO CUTE.  There were tons of Rizzos, Beauty School Drop Outs, Pink Ladies, Cheer Leaders, and Danny‘s & Sandy’s.  LOVE IT.  Hollywood bowl was a continuation of Nansie’s birthday week and it was FUNNNNNNN.  I always forget about how much I love it there.

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The Drummer from Nirvana came out for a visit.

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Little Party Favors/props to use during the show ❤

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Ghetto Sangria made in a cup!

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My picnic basket, courtesy of Mama Blair.

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Some shots of the movie ❤

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The Group ❤

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Sunday was my last day helping out with Nursery. =*(  It was sad…but it was for the best.  I was stretching myself thin by volunteering for Nursery and leading a small group.  In any case, I’m going to miss all the adorable little munchkins ❤

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Then on Monday/Tuesday~ I had some amazing friends come out to visit ❤

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Then Tuesday we threw a big surprise birthday breakfast to my co-worker who turned 29 ❤

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And now (THANK GOD) it’s already the weekend again!  This weekend I’m flying to San Francisco to go glamping with some of my college friends.  Can’t wait to hike, drink wine, and catch up in our “tent” (aka cabin).

Happy Friday!!

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past week & weekend was a little weird.  We had Thursday as a holiday and then the weekend ahead.  So it FELT like a 4-5 day weekend.  That made coming to work on Monday THAT much harder…  Luckily I have a sweet gig and love my job!

Friday, I had dinner with the girls at our friend’s new home.  California Chicken Cafe + Wine + Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. ❤  Perfect way to really relax and gab for hours ❤  Love these special nights!

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After dinner, I met Markel and his friends for First Friday in Venice.  Two of his friends were in town from the East Coast so we hung out on Abbot Kinney~ I forgot how much I love that place!

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Saturday, Mike and I went to Beaumont (near Palm Springs) to hang out with Mike’s parents for the weekend.  Saturday was spent cleaning/organizing our storage unit, watching the Dodgers vs Giants, and eating DELICIOUS food.

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Sunday was a FUNday~~ Mike’s entire family came out to celebrate 3 birthdays (mine included =])   We grilled, went swimming, hung out, and watched the Giants game.  It was really nice to spend the day with the Blairs. ❤

(*The not so glamorous part was moving out of our storage unit the morning before all the festivities.  Thankfully it only took an hour at the most*)

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On Sunday, Mike taught his niece how to swim and it was ADORABLE.  He had all these techniques that he had thought out and I definitely melted.  Can’t wait to see him as a Papa Blair down the line with our Littles. ❤

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Leaving and Returning to LA

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Isn’t this the cutest picture ever??  Mike’s in the cutest yellow suit with a blue bow tie.  I die.  I can’t wait to make our baby boy wear one too someday~~ xo

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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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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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Weekend Recap and Photodump: Father’s Day and UCLA Commencement!

This past weekend was really fun, busy and tiring.  But of course…mostly fun ❤

Friday, I came home from work and had some wine while watching Korean Dramas.

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Then…we did something SUPER fun…we walked to dinner and then watched Man of Steel!  We so rarely get to hang out alone together that it felt super special…first date special ❤  When we first started dating, we walked to this same theater all the time and grabbed dinner at the random restaurants around it.  Having this kind of an experience again was…amazing.

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Saturday: UCLA Commencement

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Free Commencement Food ❤

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Arm Swag ❤

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To Beaumont (Near Palm Springs)

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Friday Night we went to Morongo Casino as a foursome, ate dinner and gambled our free $10 cards at the penny slots.  Safe to say…no one won big that night =(

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Sunday: Father’s Day!  We went bowling and had a delicious BBQ

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Coming Home from Beaumont:

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Markel and I have a storage unit in Beaumont with our childhood items.  Both our parents moved and so we combined our boxes into a storage unit and we were settled.  Now that we are…it’s pretty dreadful to move things into the apartment when you’re already moved in.  *sigh *  In any case, it’s going to take about 3 trips to empty it all out.  Here is our first trip (Barry is back!!):

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Random Photodump of the week:

delicious dinner at the Paks before watching the season premiere of Pretty Little Liars

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Strong “shots” of coffee.  I accidentally bought 250 of these from amazon…please don’t ask.  The only “pro” of this is that they are travel size.  I do NOT recommend getting these yourself…they taste AWFUL.

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Fun end of the year party for work!  (i made the salads + fruit salad)

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I had such a fun weekend that it’s hard to come back… *sigh *

Well, have a great weekend everyone!

Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Prep, Bridal Party Madness

Yes…this is more than a month late.  Life has been so cray!  Here are pictures from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner ❤  It’s awesome to post these a little late because it brings back all the wonderful memories of that weekend! xo

Eagles Nest Clubhouse

(note: I would never recommend anyone having their wedding here now that I’ve gone through it.  Read my Yelp Review for more info)

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 My Wedding Rehearsal Outfit ❤

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Rehearsal Dinner

Picked a delicious Chinese Food restaurant with our own banquet room~ That was really nice ❤

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All the unglamourous wedding prep of Thursday Night and Friday Morning…

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Weekend Recap and Update

Markel and I had a really big and busy weekend.  We hosted guests to our new place for the first time.  It was filled with lots of loved ones, fun, good food, and drinks! ❤

Friday Night, we hosted a thank you dinner for some of the people who helped at the Wedding.  (second diner party to come soon!)  We ate delicious chicken enchiladas, chicken tortilla soup, sangria, beer…and dessert that no one got to eat =(

We attempted to play a game, but the girls rocked the boys so fast that…well…it wasn’t fair to finish.  hehe

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Saturday, my new parents (MIL, FIL) came over and we hung out and watched a movie.  It was fun being able to host in our new place ❤

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Sushi lunch date my my new mama

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Sunday, we hosted Mother’s Day Brunch for Markel’s whole family and even did a quick happy birthday song for him.

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I even got to paint a few fingers and toes ❤

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Happy 27th Birthday to Markel

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Wine cork orders galore… I love etsy!

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Table Numbers

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random happenings from last week, more to come on my new necklace ❤

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

Friday, I stayed home and relaxed.  I really needed the night off to just do nothing and slowly pick things up around the house.  Plus, Markel was super sick so he slept most of the night away~

Saturday was one busy morning.  Went to a beautiful Bridal Shower (Nautical and Hamptons Themed).  So cute!  The rest of the day, I did chores around the house and built furniture that we bought at IKEA last weekend.  Long night, but we finally got it all done! xo

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Sunday was another incredibly busy day.  First, a birthday brunch for my bestie (her 29th + 1 birthday).  Then Markel and I ran errands and checked out pets!  We’re hoping to adopt one soon ❤

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My First time eating Five Guys!  Definitely not as yummy as In and Out, but it was awesome to make my own burger, munch on peanuts, and eat their seasoned fries!

xo

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and now…it’s Monday =(  Back to work…

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!

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

eek i’m late again!  Two weekends ago…was a whirlwind of fun, that ended up with me sick in bed and Markel injured on his whole left side =(  We are broken people right now… lol

Friday, I went to a very classy, LBD cocktail Bridal Shower at Chaya in downtown LA.  The ambiance was romantic, the food was DELICIOUS, and the decor was very sweet.  It was nice to catch up with the ladies and toast to a new bride to be!

Then I went out with Markel and his friend to Father’s Office for a chill, late night hang out.

Saturday…bright and early we did tux fittings, flag football, and then Markel and I tended to our big wounds (His got really infected.  gross and painful)

Sunday, we moved out finally!!  Markel and I cleaned ALL MORNING on our hands and knees (next time…we’re hiring someone).  Then we rushed home, changed, went to visit our venue one final time~ and then had our final engagement shoot at Thousand Step!  To say that we were exhausted…doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Here’s a quick photodump.

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FLAG FOOTBALL!!  Markel and I definitely got hurt and needed to tend to our wounds that night =(

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Some more Etsy orders ❤

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We got more presents!  WAhoo ❤

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Using the Keurig =)

And…finally getting the old apartment cleaned for the landlord to inspect!

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Engagement pictures at Thousand Step Beach (our beach…)

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Weekend recap and Photodump (part II)

Friday was one BUSY day.  I woke up at 7am and went to bed at 12am and every moment I was running around doing SOMETHING.

In the morning, Mike and I signed our lease to the new apartment!!  Here he is carrying me over the threshold =P  Although we aren’t married yet, it was an epic and fun day to do this.

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Wedding Dress fittings for both dresses ❤

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Pigging out on Zankou chicken.  NOTHING tasted better after all my starving to fit into the wedding dress!

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Getting our nails did with the lovely bride ❤

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I couldn’t pick a color!  Here’s my polish blot on my nails.  And my final decision.

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 Ring Party!

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All the girls ❤

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Ahhhhmazing Chinese food after the rehearsal.  Oak Tree Inn has the best Chinese food around!

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Words of Wisdom before the wedding?

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Miss these guys!!  My Kindred Spirits ❤

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my bestie ❤

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 with the groom!

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Sacramento Reunion ❤

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In the hotel room, getting our things ready for the BIG BIG Day!! xo

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leftover party!!

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