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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Vegas

I thought about this title for a little bit… “Vegas for old folks”?  “Vegas, when you’re not young anymore” or perhaps…”Vegas without clubbing and binge drinking“…

But in the end, whatever you choose to do in Vegas…the word still holds a lot of significance on it’s own.  So whether you thought I had a CRAZYYY trip or a calm one…you’ve still clicked to read it right?  lol

In any case, this Vegas trip was by far one of the most fun weekends in 2013.

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The day started bright at early at 6am.  Not only did I need to still pack for Vegas, but i had to pack Lucy’s stuff as well.  (I found 2 babysitters who were willing to watch her over the weekend while we were away.)

I swear Lucy sensed we were leaving b/c she climbed into the suitcase while I was packing and cried a little.  SO HEARTBREAKING!!

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I had a half-day at work and we had our Holiday Party at Akasha in Culver City.  LOVE THAT PLACE!!!

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After lunch it was off to Vegas!!! =)

My old roomie and her bf picked us up and we drove in somewhat heavy traffic.  We were hoping to get into the city by around 730-8pm but it ended up being closer to 10. >.<  For our late night dinner, we went straight to Oyster Bar at the Palace Hotel (off the strip).  The hotel was…not awesome and looked pretty old.  But don’t let that turn you off from checking Oyster Bar out!  It was…BEYOND amazing.  I totally plan to go back every single chance I get in Vegas!  (open 24 hours!)

People told us the line could be as long as 3 hours, but we were lucky and only waited for about 30 minutes.  We were pretty pooped from the drive, so it felt much longer~~ but it was good timing!

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Oyster Bar is TIIINY.  So easy to miss or think it’s something hella random if you don’t know about it in advance.

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The Chef cutting our Oysters!  We each got 1 dozen and the meat was literally the size of my palm.  SO CRAZY and delicious.  Usually the larger the meat, the less delicious it is~~ but these were incredible.

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The Sourdough was DELICIOUS and totally picture worthy.  We saved it so that we could dip it into our food later. =P

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Beer & Bloody Mary

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Bloody Mary Shooters!  We got 2 tequila and 1 vodka.  I was definitely BUZZZED after this!

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Our dozen Oysters!  Look at how small the lemon wedges and roll are compared to the Oysters!  eeeek~~

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The Combo Gumbo (Shrimp, Crab, Lobster)

We got level 8 in spicy and it was too spicy for Markel.  I think 5 would have been perfect. The Gumbo was tastey and it was REALLY good with the roll & rice.

My friends got the Combo Pan Roast and I totally thought that was better than the Gumbo.  The creamy tomato sauce was really satisfying and you couldn’t taste the heat as much as the Gumbo…  Next time I go, I definitely plan to get the Pan Roast instead and perhaps a Pasta.  Those looks amazing~~

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Back at the Hotel, we brought out the snacks/alchie and got the night started!  Between 6 people, we had enough food for 12, alchie for 8 and water for 4.  LOL

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My first time playing Video Poke and I won!!

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Our Winnings!!  This was our first time playing Craps and it was SO MUCH FUNNNNN.  We all won lots of monies and left drunk and happy~~

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WINNERS!! =)

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Bonding with other winners at our table

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AWESOME END OF THE NIGHT

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THE BEST WAY TO END MY NIGHT…soggy cup ramen (brand: Shin Ramen)

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Sweater Leggings: Yay or Nay?

I see these sweater leggings EVERYWHERE lately and I’m not sure if I should jump on the trend band wagon and buy a pair.  Markel says “NO” b/c he things they’re fugs.  BUT…I can’t help wanting a pair still.  LOL

YAY or NAY people???  Are these hideous or will they always be super cute during the winter at home with some hot chocolate, uggs and a cozy sweater?

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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 eventful and uneventful all at the same time. I had to work for part of it, and the rest of the time…I overindulged in spirits =P.  I didn’t take very many pictures, but here are the ones I have.

Friday Night, we met up with our favorite friend in Echo Park and ate at Masa’s.  This was the best chicago style pizza I’ve ever had!  Plus, the gnocchi, caesar salad and bread were…out of this world. ❤  I can’t wait to go back and try more things on the menu!

Amazing bread + Caesar Salad

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Meat Lovers Deep Dish Pizza *drooooooooooooool *

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Gnocchi with mushrooms, peas and bacon

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Drinks!  To help ease us into the weekend and let us forget our stressful work weeks.

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After dinner we walked around the new lake in Echo Park and it was GORGEOUS.  I want to go back during the day or morning to check it out fully~ I had no idea this event existed in Echo Park!

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Downtown Skyline.  My camera phone did not do this view justice.

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Lily pads!  They were everywhere and it was so pretty to see it at night~

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The Boys ❤

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Saturday Markel and I went to the UCLA football game.  It was a crazy day and we didn’t get to tailgate like normal~ but it was nice to cheer on the team!

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Wearing a new lipstick color =)

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My first time making Pollack Soup ❤

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Sunday I had to work…so there were no pictures of our Fall BBQ.  But these are my weekend pics.  This upcoming weekend is a 3-day-er for me, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Happy Hump Day All!

 

More Hawaii Pics =)

Got these from my mom the other day!  ahh…makes me really want to go back.

These are pics from our last day~I was so confident about my paddle boarding skills until the ocean owned my ass.  I lost my sunglasses and scraped my knee =(  But it was still great fun to go out and try something new with Mike and my family. ❤

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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!

Pinterest Outfit Ideas

Who doesn’t love to browse Pinterest for ideas on clothes, makeup, home decor, parties…etc!  Here are some of my favorite outfit ideas that have been in my feed lately. ❤

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Happy Fourth of July!

This year I got to celebrate the fourth of July twice.  It really showed me how many loving and wonderful friends we had!  Now that all the wedding stress is behind us, I feel like Markel and I are really enjoying our lovely newlywed life.  It’s really fun ❤

Wednesday we had a Small Group BBQ with three different small groups from our church.  I can’t believe our place fit almost 30 people!  The food was amazing, the people were great~ and It was nice to just hang out and host a big bash.

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 Grilling Veggies

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Cherry Season is here!  YUMMMM

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Thursday Markel and I hung out all morning and spent the first half of Fourth of July…enjoying our coupledom/newlywed life ❤

The second half, we went to the most amazing BBQ at Emily’s.  She is an incredible chef/baker/ice cream maker… the list goes on.  I always look forward to her dinner parties!

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Homemade Ice Creams!

Lemonade & Blueberry Sorbet

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Caramel Ice Cream with Health Bar Chunks

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Fruit Tart from Porto‘s

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Homemade Fruit Tart

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My big plate of delicious fooood ❤

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facebook_1706605428my cutie pie below~

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 Watching Fireworks from our balcony.  This is an awful picture, but we were able to see 8 different firework shows on our balcony!  A ton of neighbors gathered on our apartment building roof to watch. =)

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Funny Fourth Pictures

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Random Bits of Our New Place

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

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

My favorite clock from ZGallerie is on our bookshelf ❤

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

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Our credenza ❤

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Candy Jars

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

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

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

Blair Bucket List for Summer 2013

Markel and I never do bucket lists, but this summer we came up with 15 things that we hope to accomplish in the next three months as a newlywed couple ❤Untitled

What do you think?  Did we leave anything out?  Do you guys every do summer lists?

 

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This past weekend went by WAYYY too fast.  I can’t believe it’s already June!!  Where did Winter/Spring go??

*Sigh *

Well, this weekend was another busy, whirlwind kinda daysrunintogether sort of weekend.

Friday: A calm night of eating pizza, drinking champs (with a little pink lemonade) and watching the last season of Mad Men on netflix.  Markel had to work all night (bummmer)

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Saturday: Went to the CUTEST Baby Shower and then celebrated 2 birthdays ❤

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Sunday: Church, First Birthday Party (SO CUTE) and then Shopping at the Grove!image

Wasn’t the decor and balloon theme ADORABLE?

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There was a caricature artist ❤  I’m not sure Mike and I look like our drawings tho =(

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Live Music at the Grove.  LOVE coming here~~ (although the cost of parking is ridiculous…even WITH validation… *grumble *)

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And now…it’s Monday and I have the blues =(

Weekend Recap and Photodump: Libby Gets Married!

This past weekend was an incredibly fun weekend with friends from college.  Did lots of fun things, but the highlight was really Libby and Scott’s gorgeous wedding.  Here’s a huge photodump below:

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 Jam Party Favors!

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 Kiddie Bags

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ASOS Bags

I’m sorting through my closet and getting ready to sell things on EBAY~ and well…now I’m itching for a new purse!  how weird does that sounds while I’m trying to clean house and get rid of stuff??  Oh wells…here are some bags I love on ASOS. =)

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Bridal Shower: Hello Kitty Theme

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

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

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

Summer Idea: Lawn Scrable

How brilliant is this???  Lawn Scrabble!!  What a great way to spend the day with friends at a summer BBQ. =)  Especially with Memorial Day around the corner~~

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While drinking this:

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Frozen Pink Lemonade

(Recipe Here)

Summer Arm Candy Party

Now that the weather is warm, I’m beginning to bust out my arm candy from winter hibernation.  Here are some style inspiration photos from pinterest.

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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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Newlywed Bliss: Lazy Saturday

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Our first meal at home as newlyweds! ♡♡

Mimosas; crate and barrel champagne glasses; keurig coffee; anthropology mugs; spinach, tomato, fetal scramble. Xoxo

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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