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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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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Flat Clutch Supreme by Clare Vivier

I REALLY REALLY want this clutch!  I first laid eyes on it in SF while shopping near Hait Street.  Apparently Clare got her start in SF, so the store had a special display case for her items.

Piperlime is selling this baby for $195.  *sigh *  A bit too much for me, but someday I hope it’ll go on sale!

Here’s the piperlime listing: click here

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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 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!

 

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 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

Downtown LA

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.  =/

Sunday Outfit of the day

Today was…HAWT.  Like…the sweat while you’re standing in front of the AC kinda hot.  The heat wave in LA has been really intense and reminds me of the days in Sacramento/Davis when I was growing up.   (ahh…the memories)

Today, I was trying to find something cool to wear and I found this studded tank top!  I had totally forgotten about this shirt and was excited to wear it again~ I got it from Forever21 ages ago and it was the perfect look for today =)

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Earrings by Jessica Matrasko (LOVE HER STUFF!)

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My fav sunnies of the moment + glam earrings

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I know you can’t really tell from these pics, but I’m wearing this new pink blush from NYX that I’m obsessed with.  Bought it right before my brother’s wedding (here).  With this crazy heat wave and just the bright summer~ it’s been my favorite beauty accessory!

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Weekend Beach Style

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It’s a gorgeous day in LA and I’m off to the beach to get a tan!  Happy Weekend Everyone! xoxo

Happy Graduation Day JZN!

Today is the day my very best bff for the past 13 years is graduating from Optometry School Today!!  It’s so weird to see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown!  yikes.  But through college, young adult life and all that life has to bring for us in the next 13 years!  Well…Here’s a fun collage of photos and here’s to hoping she’ll be taking care of me for life now!  teehee

xoxo love you xoxo

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Congratulations JZN!!  I’m so proud of you ❤

Accessories of the Day: Bangles and Bracelets

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My new arm candy!! 🙂 I had the day off and a bunch of Etsy orders to fill, so I went to downtown LA to pick up some supplies. While I was there, I did some shopping for myself 😛 I am a huuuge turquoise fan so I picked up skinny bangles with various patterns of turquoise and 2 strong bracelet/links. The two bracelets I found looked like replicas of some expensive ones I saw at Bloomingdales and Nordstroms recently. Can’t wait to add these babies to my accessories!

Birthday Theme Ideas: Revenge/Hamptons

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

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

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

Fashion Inspiration Board:

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I’m an early planner…lol…I know ;P