Weekend Recap and Photodump

In true weekend update fashion…I’m super late!!  TWO weekends ago was incredibly fun and packed with tons of friends/family time ❤

Friday

Markel was home sick~ so we rented red box movies and ordered Pho Takeout xo

Saturday

In the Morning Markel and I got the best surprise ever for our wedding and received a gift of over 100 vases from our friends!  SO SWEET right??  Just in time for our wedding as well =)

Afterwards, I went over to a ladies’ brunch and the 7 of us dishes for hours about our lives, wedding planning and our sig-o’s.

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After Brunch?  I had a quick wedding dress fitting and off to dinner with my besties and their men.  We met in Silverlake at Red Lion Tavern where they have this famous 2L Boot of beer!! =)  Of COURSE we each had to get one ❤

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If that weren’t already too much activity for one day, Markel and I drove 40 minutes from Silverlake to Anaheim for his BFFs birthday party at ESPN Zone and Anaheim Ice Skating Rink for his annual Broomball celebration.

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I DOMINATED all the boys =P  No Big Deal…

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LOVE this sandwich place!!

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Sunday

Celebrated Markel’s Aunt’s and Grandparents’ Birthdays!

(sorry cake is upside down…)

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Then spent the afternoon doing wedding stuff at Paper Source (oh the beautiful colors…)

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My new NYX Makeup! (post to come later)

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ahh Pete’s…love this coffee =)

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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!!!

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This weekend was so cray~ Friday I went to a baseball game and ktown for JLew’s birthday.  Saturday was filled with Larchmont Brunch, Shopping at LF, Wedding Dress fittings, and Aemy’s dirrrty 30!!  Sunday was much calmer and involved a lot of me watching the Olympics on DVR and catching up on blogs and magazines ❤  Now it’s Monday and I wish I had taken a day off.  LOL  oh wells…

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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?

Weekend Photo Dump and Recap

This was a very busy and very productive weekend!  I spend it with a lot of friends from Sacramento and Markel’s family ❤  It’s nice to get back to your roots and spend time with loved ones.

Dodger Game, Fireworks, Errands, FOOOOOOD, Time with Family, Friends, Birthday Bash, Game of Thrones…it was an amazing weekend!

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 And now it’s the work week… I should be a little grumpy, but I just bought my tickets to Hawai’i for my brother’s wedding!  I’ll be gone July 12th-July 25th =D  It’ll be so much fun to see my family and spend time on the white sand beaches while eating all the local treats!

xoxo

Holiday Updates and Recaps: Jan-Feb 2012

I can’t believe how fast time flies!  I’ve written about a few upcoming parties in some past posts, but have totally forgotten to update you guys about them!  Eek…sorry I’ve been a bad blogger~~

Mustache Party Pics Below~ We went to a friend’s house to celebrate NYE and it was such a blast!  The mustache theme made for some awesome and ridiculous pics.  What a great way to celebrate the new year! (continuing from my previous post)

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Broom Balling!  Every year, Markel’s bff celebrates his bday with broom balling.  I haven’t played this since college and I have to say…it’s pretty fun.  I only wish I were more daring on the ice~ I’d be a better player.

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Celebrating NP’s bday in Ktown.  All you can eat BBQ + Dynamites = the best night ever.

(Dynamite: a shot glass of coke and a shot glass of soju stacked together in a beer glass.  At first you taste beer, then you have a sweet coke finish.  DELICIOUS!)

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Celebrating the superbowl at Vinihana’s!  I gotta say…we always have so much fun!

The spread of food that seemed endless~ esp since the people who arrived late brought more and more delicious treats!

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It’s not a party without shots and mixed drinks!  Oh right…and beer for the boys~

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No Shoes in the house! =)

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The Girls~

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Super Bowl XLVI

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Valentine’s Day

Markel and I went to the Lakers Game =)  Since last year he spoiled me rotten (check out post), this year…we had to do an All-About-Markel night!

(we didn’t get to take many pics that night, so here’s an oldie from a previous game we went to)

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February Birthdays!

Ironically, 3/11 girls have a birthday in February.  So it’s always crazyyy and fun =)

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Man I can’t believe it’s already March 2012!  This is another crazy month that I know is going to WHIZZZ by~  *Sigh *