Saturday, May 30, 2009

TRAVELS: [tumi | luggage]

guess what people?! i finally broke down and bought me my own luggage. no more hand-me-downs from my parents. YES! i'm finally a grown adult with her very own luggage yay! haha.

a while back daren told me to just go ahead and buy it at regular price but when i went into the store i just couldn't do it. But as i was returning/exchanging things over at H&M today i saw that the Tumi store was having a sale and decided to go in and check to see if the luggage i've been eye for over a year now was on sale... and guess what?! IT WAS!!! YAY!

i originally had my eye on the luggage in brown but when i went in and saw it in blue/navy i liked it even better. it has aqua colored lining!!! SOLD! lol i also decided to buy the matching smaller carry-on that fits over the handles. so for the price of the luggage at full price i got 2 pieces. can you say SCORE???!!!!

however i do feel somewhat bad about spending money, but i do travel every month and ill be heading to hawaii in a month and NYC in 3 months. so ill definitely get my monies worth. but i still can't help but have a little buyers remorse about buying them. maybe it's because i haven't spent that much money on one purchase in a very-very long time. >_< at least they were on sale right?! lol

SHOE FETISH : [christian louboutin | declic]

O-M-G!! so this morning i headed out to run my errands and after dropping off my shoes to get repaired i decided to stop by the CL boutique to check out the supposed sale i heard about.

most things were ehh! but my eye did find these lovelies to the left. declic in blue suede... they seriously were to DIE for. but sadly of course they didn't have my size. i was however very temped to buy the shoe a half size to smaller and get them stretched but if they didnt have my size it just wasnt meant to be. sigh!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

FASHION: [great finds | h&m]

Oh how I love accessories.

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HOME: [house | hunting]

So this weekend i wanted to check out these condos that are for sale down in Torrance called The Foundry. but by the time we got there on Sunday they were closed and they weren't open on Monday because of the holiday.

However i took Mina with me on Monday and the Security Guard was nice enough to allow us to walk around and look into the windows (no one's moved in yet). Lucky, the model home we could see was one of the ones with the floor plan that i was interested in. I wanted to by the place as is! haha (pictures below)

I decided to call this morning and see if i could come view the place, but i was told that there's only 3 Condos left out of 83 and that unfortunately they happened to be the smallest floor plan that they have (not the one i wanted) BUMMER!!!

i really love the open airiness of the floor plan below. it would've been PERFECT for our first place, minus the whole condo thing. lol oh well, hopefully that just means there's something better and more perfect out there waiting for us.

so the HUNT continues....

click the images to see a larger view//:

{source: the foundry}

Saturday, May 23, 2009

LOVE IT: [j crew | wish list]

these are just a few of the thing i would love to get.

FASHION: [gap 2009 | designer collection]

the 2009 Gap Design Editions in collaboration with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund featuring a limited edition collection inspired by classic Gap Khakis created by emerging American designers/2008 Fashion Fund Winners Albertus Swanepoel, Alexander Wang and Vena Cava (Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai). The campaign images and update has hit my inbox this morning, take a look at the collection on the models with the designers themselves- welcome the khakis!

This year’s Gap Design Editions presents an exciting new twist, offering designers the opportunity to re-interpret a different Gap classic - the Khaki. The resulting collection offers a variety of Khaki pieces ranging from jackets to dresses to hats. Each piece reflects the designers’ creative visions while still retaining Gap’s classic, yet casual aesthetic.

Gap is also introducing a print campaign developed by Laird+Partners, styled by Karl Templer and shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Craig McDean. The black and white photos capture the designers in intimate portraits alongside models Raquel Zimmerman, Anna J, Arlenis & Coco Rocha. Each model is featured in one of Gap’s limited edition khaki designs. The portraits will be featured in select Gap stores nationwide, as well as in print and outdoor ads in select markets.

The collection will be available exclusively in flagship and top Gap adult stores in the US, Canada, UK, France, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Russia as well as online in the U.S. at on June 16th. Items will range in price from $39.50 to $88.00.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a platform to our next generation of American design talent, raising awareness of their work around the world, while offering our customers access to their designs at an affordable price,” said Gap’s Executive Vice President of Design, Patrick Robinson. “I was particularly excited by the prospect of adding a new dimension to the project this year, by inviting the designers to work with khakis that are at the very heart of Gap. I love the way they’ve all successfully captured the spirit of Gap’s casual ease, while staying true to their own aesthetic, creating three super-desirable collections.” - GAP

Photo courtesy of GAP [Alexander Wang with GAP Models]

Vena Cava (Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai) with GAP Models

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i'm really LOVING all these high fashion designers wanting to also design affordable clothing for everyone. I'm not much of a Khaki person but i sure do love Alexander Wang's whole GAP collection and one of the dresses from the Vena Cava GAP collection.. can you guess which one?


WEDDING: [stanely & michelle su]

last weekend i flew up to Sacramento and was honored to be able to attend Stanley & Michelle's Chinese Wedding reception at Happy Garden.



Monday, May 11, 2009

PERSONAL: [weekend | low down]

Its been a little while since I've actually taken time to blog on here. Normally my weekends don't consist of anything interesting so I don't see the need to share with you guys about me being a lazy couch potato. Lol but recently its been a tad busy & entertaining.

APRIL 24 WEEKEND:_____________________

A few weeks ago Annie & Ben came to visit me (well kinda ha) for the weekend (yay!). They arrived Friday night and right away I wanted to take them to some of my favorite eateries. First stop, Furaibo & Pinkberry. Both were a success... Yay!

Annie had a class trip (on Sat) to LA's fashion district to pick out fabulous fabrics for the line they have to create for this semester's project and invited me to join. We started off the day super early, 7:45am. We headed to go get annie her morning coffee and then met up with her teachers & classmates at their hotel, the Farmer's Daughter and then we were off to Downtown LA!

We walked around the garment district from 9:30am-3:30pm and found some amazing fabrics. I even ended up buying some and I don't event know how to sew YET! Lol. But they were too cute to not buy. Ha! After we walked around for 6 hours we headed over to Annie's Grandma's place to say hi and eat a little. Unfortunately we had dinner plans already, it was SO hard to leave there after tasting some of the homemade chinese food... OMG it was delicious!! I didn't want Korean BBQ after that. Sigh! Just thinking about the food again is making my mouth water. But off to Tahoe Gabli we went for some good 'ol Korean BBQ. I was so busy, wasn't thinking and completely forgot to make reservations. So we ended up waiting a good 1.5 hours for a table.

That Sunday before they left to drive back to Sac I had to take them to King's Hawaiian for some yummie Breakfast and of course sense I got her hooked on their cakes, they picked up tons of pastries and a whole doughbosh (sp?) Cake to take back home with them. Heehee. Their trip seemed so short. I wish they could've stayed longer so that I could take them to all the other great places I love to eat at. Oh well hopefully next time!

LAST WEEKEND:________________________

I worked late Fri & Sat. So unfortunately I had to miss out on all the weekend activities like Korean BBQ @ Road to Soul on Friday night with my Tatum Jones friends before they jetted off to do a show in Seattle. And on Saturday night I missed the Fabulous Bev's Bday party.

Luckily I didn't have work on Sunday, so I headed down to Torrance to go get my car washed (finally!) And then Mina & I went tanning & got me a gym membership @ La Fitness. (Which you'd be happy to know I used on tuesday, I would've gone Wed (haircut w/Jane) & Thrus (dinner @ Kristaldo's lol) but had plans already.. Yay!) Oh and then we had KBBQ @ Futosato's with the boys.

THIS WEEKEND:________________________

After work I headed over to Mina's to do card making & baking with her & Stacy. (Thanks Stacy for letting us use your scrap booking/craft stuff) Mina & I got off to a very slow and rusty start but we later got the hang of it. Ha! I don't normally like to do things on Fridays after work because I don't have much energy after working all day. So you can imagine how slow my brain was functioning that night lol.

On Saturday I did get up until 2:30pm (ha I told you I'm not use to doing things on a fri). Once I forced myself out of bed I plopped myself onto the couch (couch potato remember?! Ha) to watch my TV shows that were recorded on our DVR from the few nights before. I was on the couch until about 7pm, which is when I had to get ready to go ROLLERSKATING!!

Saturday night was Tiff's Bday Party @ the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. I didn't think the hubby could make it because of work, so I asked Mina if she's join me. Let me just tell you, I hadn't roller skated since probably Jr. High. So I was Super excited & scared and the same time.

Once we got there we got our skates, strapped in and were ready to roll (pun intended ha!). By the time we were ready to go it was "beginner/intermidate roller skating backwards" time on the floor. You can imagine how scared we were being so rusty AND having to try skating Backwards right off the bat. But we were troopers and headed on out the rink anyway. Oh boy were we rusty haha. I think I almost fell a handful of times and I didn't look graceful doing it heehee. Mina on the other hand looked calm and collected out there. If only we had video haha!

After about 5 mins going backwards it was the "advance backwards skater". Man did they make us look like fools lol. I remember being almost (not really haha) that good. Next it was finally the forward skating time on the rink. At first I was super rusty, but I got the hang of it by the end of the night. I still almost tumbled all thru out the night but I'm glad to report they were all false alarms. YAY!

I forgot how much of a work out roller skating was. Man were we sweating up a storm but we had SO much fun! i'll have to remember to wear a tank top & shorts next time. lol It brought us back to our good 'ol childhood. Thanks for inviting me Tiff & thanks for joining me Mina, I had a blast! Hope you enjoyed your bday as much as wee did Tiff!!

[i stole these photos from tiff. =p]

Sunday was Mother's day (happy mom's day to all you moms). Since my mom is in Sacramento and Daren's Mom was in Vegas we decided to just hang out and spend the day together. We started the day off by watching the laker's & rocket's game on tv. Then we headed to the Bridge to go watch X-men Wolverine (don't forget to watch for an extra scene after the credits) & Star Trek back to back. Both were entertaining but personally I think Star trek was better.

After the movies we headed to the super market to pick up food & drink and then the hubby made us dinner, hambger helper lol. Can't complain right?! At least he made dinner heehee.

Next week.. i'm off to Sacramento!!

Hope you all have a fun filled weekend and a Happy Mother's day!

PS: i really need to start using a camera again, so i can post some photos. >_<>

Sunday, May 10, 2009

HUMOR: [wanda sykes | wh correspondents dinner]

Wanda Sykes @ the White House Correspondents Dinner
one word: HILARIOUS!

CELEBRATE: [mother's | day]

Wishing all the AMAZING mothers out there a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

**even the mothers with pets as kids**


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