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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Christmas Eve

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

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

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Engagement Anniversary

Do Engagement Anniversaries really exist???  hahaha  *shrug *  In my life they do!!! =)

Exactly 1 year ago today~ Markel proposed =)  It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and well…I was BEYOND shocked.  I was a zombie all day trying to process it and at night~ Markel threw the BIGGEST surprise party ever.  I am so lucky to have found my lobster (Friends reference) and it’s been the most amazing 5.5 year journey~~~

I have the greatest friends in the entire world TOO!!  they were all waiting for us at the bar that Markel and I met at with signs, flowers, balloons, and drinks in tow!

1 year ago today was the most magical and fun-filled day.  I’ve never been so surprised in my whole life~ and I’m so thankful for Markel, my family, his family and all of our friends.

Read full engagement recap here

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Baby Goodies from Nordstrom

I have babies on the brain!  With my friends and coworkers getting pregnant around me, I looked at Nordstrom.com and found the most adorable little things!!  I’m far from having a baby myself, but these things were SOOO adorable!!  I couldn’t resist posting some adorable things I’m in love with for nurseries and baby shower gifts. ❤

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1. UPPAbaby ‘VISTA’ Stroller

2. Baby Aspen ‘Hug a Lot Amus’ Hooded Robe (Baby)

3.  Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic® Stripe Blanket

4. Jellycat ‘Bashful Penguin’ Stuffed Animal

5. MODERN MOOSE ‘Owl’ Pendulum Clock

6. Boon ‘Flair’ Pedestal Highchair

7. Sophie la Girafe Teething Toy

8. Fred & Friends ‘Lips’ Pacifier

9. Gund ‘Comfy Cozy’ Blanket

10.  aden + anais  Swaddling Cloths (4-Pack)

 

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?

 

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…

Weding Pictures (Part III)

The Ceremony =)

–pretty much the only shot i have with my veil on before the wind blew it away >.<

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Our face is basically—“ahhh we made it”  The weeks leading up to the wedding were SO STRESSFUL, I know understand why people hire wedding planners ( we did not).  They are worth EVERY PENNY!

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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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2012 Monthly Recap and Photodump

2012 has been an amazing year.  A lot of really great memories were made and God really blessed me with wonderful family and friends.  I’m such a lucky girl!  Here’s my photodump of this past year.  I tried really hard to keep each month down to 1-5 pictures to really highlight some fun and big memories. ❤

January

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 February (month of birthdays!)

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October

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November

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December

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 2012 was so amazing.  Can’t wait for 20123!!

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Weekend Recap and Photodump of the Best Weekend of My Life!

If you follow me on Instagram (@estchang), you already know my big news… I’m ENGAGED!!!

This entire weekend has been such a whirlwind of surprises, friends, champagne, and great food.  Here’s the play-by-play that’s ingrained in my brain and life history foreverrrr…

Saturday Morning I woke up (8am) to find Markel furiously typing on his computer in the dark (kinda cweepy right).  I went back to bed and woke up at 9am and got ready to go hiking at Will Rogers park.  (Markel and I are trying to be more fit so we had decided to go earlier in the week.)

But some strange things went down…1) Markel showered before hiking 2) he wore a nice H&M shirt 3) he brought a backpack of water (which he never does) 4) he paid $12 for parking (which we would NEVERRR do)

Yet…I was still in the dark.  Obvi~ since I snapped photos of myself in the car window reflection (exhibit A)

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When we get to Will Rogers, I started to jog (VERY SLOWLLLYY) up the mountain trails but Markel suggested we walk and take it easy (hm…that should have been a clue, but alas…I was still in the dark)

When we get towards the top, Markel takes out a t-shirt for us to wipe our sweat (also very unusual…).  The first time I gave in, the SECOND time he asked…it really should have been a red flag~~ but silly me…i declined and just kept on walking (and sweating).

(it was a PERFECT day out)

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 At the top of the Hill, there were Balloons, Roses, and a sign that read “will you marry me” in Korean.  SOOOOO SWEET.  Markel got down on one knee, said a few romantic/heart warming things, and proposed in Korean ❤  SOOOOO thoughtful.

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After that…I kinda killed the romance because…1) I couldn’t get my other ring off on my ring finger (one that my mama bought me in 6th grade) 2) Markel’s friends popped out of the bushes to video tape and take pictures so I started to pose and laugh.  hahaha

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HOW ADORABLE~~~

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Pop Champagne!

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The walk down~~ I’m sure people were wondering why we had roses, balloons and a giant sign ❤

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And…I really thought this was the end of the festivities…But of course, SUUUPER romantic Markel has to come up with even more ways to make this day Bomb….

I met 3 girlfriends in ktown and they surprised me with Sangria!!  SOOO FREAKING SWEET ❤  My first celebration of the day (after the proposal)

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 After some shopping, I got back home at 530pm and Markel made plans for us to celebrate at Rustic Canyon.  I LOVE that place so I was down to spend a romantic evening alone ❤

(oh…I also realized at the dinner that I hadn’t texted ANY of my friends and hadn’t actually told anyone besides my family and 3 girlfriends.  HAHA.  Yes…I was still in engagement shock.  I texted everyone at dinner and took some pictures of my ring.  My bad, friends!!!)

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  Sneaky Markel at it again…I thought the whole time he was answering congratulatory texts but he was REALLYY checking in on the biggest surprise of my entire life.  HAHA (after the proposal)

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Markel and I met at Busby’s in July 2008 and the rest has been History!  After dinner he asked if I wanted to grab a drink there so we could end our night where we met.  I thought it was SOO romantic so of COURSE I said yes.  Little did I EVERRR expect the surprise I saw when I walked in…

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All my friends were there!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was SOOOO shocked, I don’t think I’ve ever been so stunned!  HAHAHAHAHA

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 As if the surprises couldn’t get any bigger…Markel invited my two besties from SF to come down!!!!!!  One of whom was there when I first met Mike back in 2008.  It was incredibly magical ❤

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This is the fireplace that Markel came over and talked to us.

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4+ years ago, Markel asked us to play Foosball so we played again.  Mellie and I lost (again).  Boo.

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 HAHAHA how awesome are these head cut outs??? HAHAHAHA

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The Parrrrtyyyyyyy

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Sorry if I could take pictures with everyone!  I was definitely floating on a cloud of alcohol and adrenaline ❤

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  I’m sad cause my face is so dark…boo.  haha

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Last pic of the Night ❤

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BEST NIGHT AND DAY EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

The next morning, the SF ladies, Markel and I went to Overland Cafe for bottomless mimosas and breakfast ❤  Along with some good ole hanging out until they had to make the 7 hour trek back home.

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 My house is a flower garden now!  Smells SOOOO good.

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 Sunday Night, final celebration with champs and thai food ❤

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Last champs of the night ❤  And about my 112th glass over the weekend.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated!!  Special thanks to Ejo, Jen, Evan and Jon who helped make this day as magical as it was!!  I felt so blessed and loved to have been able to share and celebrate this next new chapter with ya’ll.

ANDDDD to my special SF lezzies who drove 17 hours in one weekend to celebrate SUCH a big day with Markel and Me.

XOXOXOXOXO  Love you guys!!!

Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2012

I have to say…Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays I can’t get enough of.  I know for most it’s Christmas~ but I feel like since this is the first fall holiday, it really brings your family together after a summer of vacations and busy-ness.  This year (like last year), I spent it with the Blair family.

My day was pretty cray as I visited  a friend for coffee, spent time with my grandma in her nursing home, and then feasted like a starved child the rest of the day/evening.

Yummy Iced Coffee (dabang style)

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Juicy Turkey, Straight from the Oven

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 Markel’s favorite wine

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My first time eating Corn Souffle (YUMM)

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Broccoli covered in heaven

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Perfectly sliced meat with Dark on one side, White on the other.

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My first serving…SOOOOOOO freaking delicious.

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PIES!! Pumpkin, chocolate Pecan, Banana Cream and Cherry.

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of COURSE, I ate a little bit of each

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Waited in line at Sam’s Club to get the new Samsung Galaxy S3.  TOTALLY worth it.

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 Markel and Me…looking fly at 530am.

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My black friday haul~ free food, a diaper genie, and my new phone ❤

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Black Friday Nails

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Thanksgiving Eve…I celebrated all day with wine, tequila, and awesome food.  Two wine nights in 1 day?  I love it.

“1:30pm on a wednesday? yes this is happening”

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“wine night, round 2”

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Goodbye Perr Bear

Last night, one of my favorite people moved from LA to NYC.  Although this a temporary 1-2 year gig…LA will most definitely miss his fist pumping, gym rat, chicken loving man.  Ironically, he is the reason why mike and I are dating and he’s also the reason why two of my favorite people are engaged.  *sigh * In the past year, about 5-6 of my lovely friends have made their way out to NYC.  I’m sad to say…I need to make my way to NYC for a nice long visit then! =D

Here’s a fun memory collage of my perr-bear~

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Hair Style of the Day: Falling Braid

Gosh I love this new braid!  It’s so romantic, fun, flirty and perfect for a special occassion (or just a day out with friends).  I’m actually considering this as the perfect wedding-do for my brother’s wedding, but we’ll see if I can do this to myself…

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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?

Summer Dinner Party Ideas~

Since I live in LA, our warm months far exceed our cold ones.  So with the bright sunshine and the warm weather…I can’t help but only want to host parties out on my huge the patio~~

Here are some fun food/decor ideas for my first one this year =)

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