Ceremony Decorations – Altar Part 1

My fiance wanted cherry blossoms for a fall wedding and I thought Manzanita branches would be a better alternative. I spoke with my wedding coordinator and she does have a cherry blossom tree to rent. It had pink silk flowers and it costs 350 dollars PER TREE!

PER TREE?

This wedding planning thing is making me sick to my stomach. 350 dollars for silk flowers? I’m sure they’re high grade silk flowers and I wasn’t interested in pink cherry blossoms — I was more interested in white.

Then came in this DIY project. It was worth waking up at 5 AM to go to downtown LA. I got two manzanita branches, silk white flowers, and silk orchids (which is really great quality) from the Flower District. Later that same day, I got two foam blocks from Michaels. Here is phase 1:

2014-07-13 12.43.24I got these manzanita branches for 4 dollars each and it had so many twigs. This required some trimming to create a more clean look. I still thought the one on the left needed more trimming. I didn’t like the little white flowers I got from the flower district because it was already covered in glue and I had to QA each and every little white flower to make sure there was no purple glue residue.

I went back to Michael’s again to get another silk flower to help cover some of the eye sores such as purple glue residue and gaps on the branches. I know Michaels is pricier than going to downtown LA, but Michaels is down the street from my place so it’s the most convenient.

Anyways, I’m done gluing all the flowers on the branch!

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2014-07-13 20.45.082014-07-13 20.45.34Part two of this project is creating a box and filling the base with…flowers? Or maybe moss.

 

 

July 2014 Stitch Fix

I am so happy I got Windy again this month! Even though I did not get an A-Line Skirt as requested I enjoyed July’s Stitch Fix. I needed more casual tops that don’t look like I am on my way to the gym.

This Fix is slightly overdue so I will try to remember as much as I can. I blame the 4th of July festivities and wedding planning for my overdue writings. I am still playing catch-up with the food blog as well.

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1. Zad – Alva Tiered Beaded Collar Necklace – I’ve never really liked the jewelry in the previous fixes. I am however very pleased with this one. This necklace goes well with a lot of the tops with the fix and the top I wore to work that day. I am definitely wearing this necklace for my friend’s wedding next weekend and maybe the bridal shower next month.

Verdict: KEPT!

2. Ezra Alejandro Printed Double Spaghetti Strap Tank - I think I can wear this top to work on casual Friday if I wore a shrug or cardigan. Since this is a slightly overdue review, I wore this top for the 4th of July festivities.

Verdict: Kept

3. Under Skies Reba Floral Print Spaghetti Strap Tank - The pattern and colors are really pretty but I did not like the straps because I felt they might break easily.

Verdict: Returned

4. 41Hawthorn Dita Sleeveless Ponte Dress - It took me a while to decide whether or not to keep this dress because I’ve been looking for another dress for work that’s not black. In the previous fix, I kept a coral dress and I’ve been wearing it pretty often. I love the shape and the fit of this dress but I would’ve kept it if it was a different color like a turquoise or grey.

Verdict: Returned

5. Kensie Jeans Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jeans

I do not have a picture of myself wearing this jeans. I love the jeans Stitch Fix has sent me and have purchased jeans for every fix but I wasn’t looking to buy another pair.

Verdict: Return`

Post-wedding plans

I think it was very smart of us to plan early and got all the big things needed early in the engagement so we can enjoy a big chunk of our engagement period. But also on the way, I got a root canal and I needed to replace my car battery. We’re glad we’ve been able to have a debt free wedding and be able to pay this out of pocket on our own.

Anyways, recently we’ve noticed we’ve done more post-wedding planning than the wedding itself. Here are things we are doing after October 2014.

1. Got tickets ourselves to the Russell Peters show 

2. Khoi’s college graduation – He gradutates in June 2015. He needs to power through another year more to finish then!

3.  Khoi’s graduation gift - a trip to Italy.

4. Keeping up our food blog, j+k eat [blank] - We’ve got plenty of photos to share!

5. Continuing this blog for my rants and insight. I think I should carry around a written book more often. I’ve been carrying a lot of inspiration around lately that when I go on WordPress I forget.

We also have done non-wedding things during our engagement too such as:

1. Paint Nite and other artsy things- I attended a Paint Nite class and I will be attending more in the future. After 7 years of living nomad, I think our wall deserves something nice.

 
2014-06-17 21.05.182. Doing well at my job – I have witnessed that wedding planning is very distracting. So distracting it prevents people from doing their job at all. It’s EXTREMELY counter productive and I knew I needed to prevent this mistake. I remembered reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In,she said that the time before you have kids/get married/get engaged is the perfect time to lean into your job. It’s probably the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m happy to say it’s paying off. Which ties in my next point…

3. Self-improvement - This applies to any part of my life.

4. Saving money - Enough said

5. Write, write, write (and read) - I don’t think I am writing enough. I feel if I spent less time browsing on Pinterest and Youtube, I could write and read more. Got plenty of Yelp reviews to go through :-p.

6. Buying flowers - I always wanted to be the person who is able to afford flowers every week. Well…I’m almost on my way. I’ve been able to buy flowers for the apartment every other week and it definitely brightens up the room. I like how change where the vases are. One week I’ll leave some on my fiance’s desk and another week I’ll leave it along the bar area. I recently purchased a pot of mini peach roses. Hopefully I’ll get more soon.

 

 

Stitch Fix June 2014

This month’s Stitch Fix has been the best so far (I’m definitely requesting this stylist again for next month and maybe all the way to fall :-P). This month the pieces are more spring/summer pieces which is a nice break from the typical dark gray, black, and dark green colors I’ve been receiving from previous fixes.

1. SOPHIA DISTRESSED SKINNY JEAN (not pictured)

I have bought every jeans and pants from Stitch Fix but this time, I am returning these jeans. I think I am done with my distressed jeans phase.

Verdict: Returned

2. CRANSTON PAISLEY CROSS-FRONT RACERBACK BLOUSE

I love this shirt. In fact, I wore it to work today. Actually I had to pin the straps to make the neckline higher. I also needed to wear a cardigan in my cold office — it makes it more office appropriate.

Verdict: KEEPING!

3. TAYLOR V-NECK GRAPHIC PRINT TANK

This top was ok. I do like the light material and the color but I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep it. I guess I just can’t come up with 3 occasions I would wear this shirt other than going to the beach (which I don’t go very often.

Verdict: Thinking about it.

4. HARRIET IKAT PRINT FIT & FLARE DRESS

I didn’t really like a lot of the dresses from Stitch Fix because it made me look really short or I just didn’t like the way I feel in the dresses. For this dress, I love the fitted top and the full skirt silhouette and the pattern. I think I would like to pair this with a white collar t-shirt.

Verdict: KEEP!

5. EMILIA GEO PRINT PENCIL SKIRT

No outfit picture for this skirt. I couldn’t even fit in this skirt :-(. This skirt reminds me of another skirt I saw from Anthropologie last fall. If I was able to fit in this skirt, I would’ve kept it.

Verdict: Returned

 

 

I’ve learned that no matter what happens,

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou

StitchFix May 2014

I skipped Stitch Fix for April just to save some money but…I find myself buying clothes in April. Darn it!

I have been setting my profile to “the cheaper the better” and also I noticed from my previous fixes I’ve been getting a lot of black or really dark clothes. I requested to not have any black clothes on my upcoming fixes. Plus I requested maybe an accessory once in a while.

The thing I don’t like about our new place is that the mail carrier does not leave our packages at the door when we are not present. Depending on the mail carrier, some of them leave the packages with our manager and the others just carry it back to the post office where we have to pick it up. I feel I have to run around to get our packages. We never had this problem at our old neighborhood. At our old neighborhood, if we were not present, the mail carrier would leave it at the door. *sigh*

Anyways, I finally got my fix! Here are my fixes for May:

1. Zad – Veronica Layered Metal Cuff (Not pictured)

Sorry, I don’t have a picture but I really did not like it. I’m not sure exactly why I did not like it. Maybe because the yellow  gold bracelet clashed with my white gold engagement ring. I think I’ll stick with renting statement jewelry through Rent the Runway. Besides, I don’t really wear jewelry everyday other than my ring and my Skagen watch.

Decision: Returned

2. 41 Hawthorn - Sloane Colorblock A-Line Ponte Shift Dress

Thank you Mr. Fish for taking the photos.

About this dress…I guess  in the photos it looks pretty nice, but  I did not like how I felt in the dress. I am not sure if I would wear this dress to work unless I have a blazer or cardigan but lately it’s been too hot to wear either. I have this long red coat I think would go great with this dress but it would be too hot to wear for the spring/summer.

The dress alone, I would wear for happy hour (which is a rare), but I think I’ll stick with renting dresses for special occasions such as weddings and fancy dinners.

FYI, this dress is navy not black.

Decision: Returned. For spring/summer workwear, I would prefer skirts and wrap dresses.

3-4. Kensie Jeans – Sophia Tall Length Skinny Jean

41Hawthorn - Moni Stud Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

I actually liked the blouse. It felt boho but the stud detail gave it some edge. Honestly, when it comes to clothes shopping, if I can think of 3 occasions I can take my pieces I’ll buy it. For this blouse I can wear it for casual Friday, work (would pair lovely with my gray pencil skirt), and a casual dinner with friends.

Jeans – I have bought every jeans and slacks from Stitch Fix. My fiance said compared the jeans from my previous fixes these have the best fit. I was surprised how comfortable they were.

Decision: KEPT! :-) I kept both of them!

5. Pomelo - Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee

This shirt feels REALLY soft! I feel like I can do yoga because it’s airy and it’s light. Great basic shirt.

Decision: Kept

Overall, my Stitch Fix was ok. I’m glad there were no black or dark gray pieces of clothing. But when I first opened the box, at first glance a lot of the clothes looked like they were for Fall and I was kind of turned off.

I have to admit none of the pieces from current Fix or even pieces from my previous Fixes like they’re inspired from Pinterest Board. I feel maybe look at the Pinterest board once in a while, especially when the seasons change.

“People cut the…

“People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else.”

Tom Bradley