Friday, December 10, 2010

i heart ny

I'm hanging out with Way in the hospital today. Boo to tumors and surgeries. Boo to hours of waiting. Yay for free hospital wifi!! Nothing like internet surfing to pass the time. Especially when you're trying to get your mind off the situation at hand. This is better than wringing my hands helplessly in a corner - yes?

Way was born in NYC and I came across some great photos on 20x200 of ... NYC. (The connections strain when I've been under florescent lighting for more than 1 hour.) 20x200 is a good source for art for people who don't know much about art. (me) I'd like to see some of these hanging in the shoebox. I'm cursing myself for not picking up the One Kings Lane deal on this awhile back.

Balloons by Youngna Park

Central Park South by Joseph O. Holmes

Winter Flags by Youngna Park

West 43rd Street by Joseph O. Holmes

Untitled (Mott Street) by Allison Gruppo

All of the prints are available in a variety of sizes. Perfect to look at no matter what nitch of a florescent washed room you may find yourself.

After leaving Way to her procedure, I went to see brand new Baby Conehead. Fresh out of the oven. Welcome to the world!!

Sometimes a full day spent in hospitals isn't so bad. :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

i heart

There are days when I don't want to brush my hair, much less whip it back and forth. These are the days when you'll see me with my hair tied back and a headband popped on my head. The more the fabulous the headband, the less you'll notice my knots and tangles. creates some of the most fabulous headpieces for brides and fabulous girls to wear. I hit up their sale on a recent Saturday and was delighted to take a peek in their work space. I'd love to come to work here!!

Oh where, oh where do they get their fabulous ideas?! Here of course!

To me, presentation is everything. People will shell out more for cash for things not crammed into racks and shelves. The girls at clearly understand this:

Poms make the world go round.

Here is where they shoot some of their fun photos. Everyone should one in their bedroom - every outfit would look 10x better just standing in front of it.

I made out with a few things for me and for gifts. Photos below are from the website.
Giant bow for someone who is not turning 30 and shoe clips for me.

Sported this to the Details, Details Holiday Dinner and got good feedback from the other ladies. However, my real question is - WHERE CAN I GET HER TOP?!

Luscious and simple headband perfect for the non-hair-combing days:

I see some beautiful, sparkly days ahead in the wardrobe forecast. :) Be sure to click over for more eye candy!

P.S. - In my wedding do-over, there is definitely a giant flower headband.

Monday, December 6, 2010

vibiana wedding

We ended Thanksgiving weekend with the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Hipster. Mrs. Hipster is known to be a fabulous fashionista and the invitation had let us know to dress to impress so I was definitely excited.

The event was held at the Vibiana in Downtown and since I've never been, the event addict in me was excited to scope out the venue.

It was a beautiful clear day in DTLA but the LA crowd was not loving the 60 degree weather.

The Vibiana was an old church converted to event space so you get beautiful vaulted ceilings with cathedral architecture. Even without the pews, the altar in the front reminds you that it was once a church. The vaulted ceilings also make for crazy acoustics and the DJ had to place extra speaker in the back of the room because there was so much of an echo. Carpeting or draping the space may help a bit but then you'd lose the beautiful dark hardwood floors.

The ceremony took place outside in the courtyard secluded by tall shrubbery. The whole thing felt very New York rooftop since you could look up and see tall buildings surrounding you.

The couple kept a white theme with black accents. The bridesmaids were asked to wear a white dress of their choosing (sadly, did not get good photo). Fab-u-lous. Very Carrie Bradshaw. Simple arrangements in white containers made the space itself the focus on the night.

What's that brown bottle doing there you ask? It's maple syrup for the chicken and waffles we were noshing on later that evening! I can definitely say I've never had chicken and waffles in my wedding best. While inside an old church building. :) But I'd expect nothing less from Mrs. and Mrs. Hipster.

We had a great time - thank you E & D!!! Congratulations!!! xoxo

Monday, November 29, 2010

it is SO EASY!

I had these amazing cookies and truffles that DanNielle made over the weekend. While my BFFs and I were busy stuffing our faces with them, DanNielle was writing down the recipe for the cookies. Multiple copies. From memory. While knitting a scarf and hat. All at the same time. Her motto of the evening was, "It's SO EASY!" (I didn't have the heart to tell her that my easy = opening a package and putting food to mouth. and does not require oven. :))

DanNielle is just that kind of chick. A lovelier version of Martha Stewart without a record, who is convincing enough to lead you to believe that YOU TOO can make cookies, truffles, and knit hats all in one hour.

Oh she also makes halloween costumes. Exhibit A:

I met DanNielle through MacAttack. They spied each other across the way as GI Joes and have been in love and cahoots for years. She moved out here from Oprahland and was recently laid off from her job which is bad for her but good for you and me because this means she's had more time to knit knit knit! I showed her a scarf I was coveting and BAM, she whipped one out and gifted it to me. Here I am sporting the scarf. I'm still working on perfecting the art of tying a scarf into a bow.

While the scarf is not for mass production or sale, her etsy store features gifts for baby like this bib:

She can pretty much whip up any and everything so if you're in the market for some knitted/crocheted goods, cookie recipes, or halloween costumes, give D a holla.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thoughts

Sometimes there are perks to being Jam of the school. Like a free sign up to The Sketchbook Project.

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

It's an awesomely cool project wherein artists (insert air quotes for self here) send in a provided sketchbook on a topic to be included in a traveling exhibit, ultimately to be archived at the Brooklyn Art Library. This year there are over 28,000 people participating and I'm one of them! I just got my sketchbook this week, along with my Brooklyn Art Library card:

A quick scan of some of the past sketchbooks and examples uploaded to the site let me know that I may have gotten in a wee bit over my head but now the book is due in early January and I have to turn in something. Apparently the blank canvas has already been done. Of the list of possible topics, I chose "Happy Thoughts." It doesn't seem like it'd be a hard topic until I tried to think about what I'd actually sketch.

In the cliche irony of life, it just so happens that I'm in a funk and am currently the complete opposite of happy thoughts. At least I've started by forming a list of my usual happy thoughts:
2. french fries
3. being k's wife
4. louie
5. sequins and glitter
6. girl talk
7. love actually
8. hot fudge sundaes

So internet ... what are you happy thoughts? What would you sketch?

Friday, November 12, 2010

mic check one two. one two.

My bff phoenix is planning a big 3-0 bash for her fiance, who also happens to be my ghost writer. Not for this blog - just for my raps.

I'll give you a minute to reread that.

Anyway, I don't know about Ghost Writer, but K prefers his parties to be low key and easy. If we weren't married, he'd probably never have a birthday party. I feel this is one of the top reasons why God brought us together. :)

Ghost Writer is a huge fan of the SF Giants and so phoenix is going to whip that up into a neat little party. For a man party, decorations are secondary but food is king so I thought it'd be good to serve baseball food in cool packaging. I googled up some pictures and here's what I found:

A popcorn bar? YES PLEASE.
I recently tried Hurricane Popcorn straight from a Costco in Hawaii and had never realized the magic of adding stuff to popcorn and shaking it up in a bag. I think it'd be super fun to have toppings for guests to throw into plastic bags and shake to their heart's desire. Wan created a popcorn bar with gourmet popcorn for her bean's party and I hear it was a fabulous hit!

Hot dogs with all the toppings that the man could ever dream of. OF COURSE.
All of the usual suspects plus some fancy friends like guacamole, hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple. *swoon* The SF Weekly blog has some good ideas here.

Squeeze in some Martha Stewart touches with a birthday banner and personalized packaging and this should be a great party :)

And now your turn: How do the men in your life like to celebrate their birthdays?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

That's All She Wrote

"You've got that typical pretty Asian handwriting," mused a fellow Asian sister at work. I didn't even realize handwriting could be stereotyped nowadays. I had no idea what she was talking about as I whipped my Keroppi topped lead pencil into a frenzy. Internet, do you know what she's talking about?

I actually remember lots of girls in middle school priding themselves on their penmanship, yours truly included. I read somewhere that culturally, the ability to make good rice is the mark of a good Chinese daughter. (In the Joy Luck Club maybe? The source of all my Chinese knowledge, of course. ;)) Apparently, in the early 90s, the mark of a good Asian girl was her penmanship. There was a girl in my middle school whose penmanship was so perfect that it looked like the words were typed on to the page. She was always humble about it, to the point of self-deprecation, but I like to imagine the hours she slaved over her desk crossing her Ts.

I've grown to care less about my penmanship but who doesn't appreciate a pretty, handwritten anything? As the Chinese daughters before me benefitted from the advent of rice cookers, I benefit now from calligraphers. I love the mini works of art they whip up on envelopes and this year decided to commission a return address stamp in preparation for the Christmas card sending season. We got our stamp from Primele!

I chose Primele because her style is totally casual and adoringly chic. It's beautiful calligraphy that doesn't feel too stuffy. This would have been a good place to show you my stamp but then I'd risk all sorts of crazies showing up at le shoebox and up to no good. I'm totally happy with the product and hope it adds that a bit more oomph in our Christmas cards this year ... if we ever manage to get a snapshot for the cards. Sigh.

I have to mention a couple other calligraphers that I totally drool over:

Betsy Dunlap and Paperfinger. Totally modern, unique calligraphy. Perfect for this little Asian girl, all grown up. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I love fall. Even in this crazy 95 degree so. cal weather, fall is fabulous. Fall brings Thanksgiving and Christmas. And after fall is winter. And winter is my birthday. For the 6th time in January, I'll be turning 25. For months (literally) I've been pondering about how to mark this bittersweet occasion. "30 is the new 20," they say - so I presume that the celebration will include colorful libations, stilettos in my hand, and a tiara on my head. ;)

Or not.

Whatever it ends up being, I'm excited - mostly for the celebration. I stumbled across You + Me*, a lifestyling duo and a line in their bio totally caught my eye:

"Throwing the perfect dinner party, proposing to the one you love, planning a birthday surprise, making a vacation feel special, giving a gift that feels personalized instead of generic—all of these experiences require just the right combination of pretty things, thoughtful gestures, and personal touches. With YOU + ME, you’ll get the formula right every time."

It's SO true. There is a world of pretty out there but none of it works unless if it's just the right mix of pretty and you. From the look of their blog, it seems like the girls of You + Me* have really good eyes and a great sense of style. If I were a Real Housewife, I'd commission them immediately. :) But since I'm Jam, I'll have to turn to you internet...

What did you do (or what will you do) for your milestone birthday(s)?

Friday, October 29, 2010

EZEase and KPop: Engagement Lunch

EZEase is K's BFF and he recently proposed to the girl of his dreams, KPop.
He asked me to set up a lunch at their neighborhood park to set the site for his proposal and post-proposal celebratory lunch. It was a fabulous way to share in such a special day and - of course - to set a pretty table.

Inspired by Jordan of Oh Happy Day and the Queen of outdoor parties (just check out this one), I wanted a casual but a table worthy of the special occasion. I didn't actually get any pictures of the table completely finished or every detail, but you get the idea:

Everything was thrown together with a mix of stuff I had from home and some new purchases to tie everything together. The "tablecloth" is a painter's drop cloth from OSH and the runner is a roll of kraft paper overlayed with ribbons from Michael's.

The letters are from JoAnns (we were obviously anticipating a positive result from the proposal) and they're attached to a pretty butcher board that K and I received for our wedding topped with a spread from - where else? - Costco! The vases were a set of glasses I found at the Goodwill for $1/glass and flowers were also from Costco.

The plates were the jumping off point for the whole table. I saw a set of them at HomeGoods and literally squealed! Place cards were made with cardstock and a pretty label from Paper Source.

I covered some books in kraft paper just to personalize the table. Ribbon from Joann's.

Do you love it? I think they did. Their fabulous wedding set for next year is already well in the works and I'm super excited to see how that turns out.

Thank you to Woo-Z for the photos and KPop's BFFs for helping out!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Workin' on my fitness

I gained the freshmen 15 and now I'm well on my way to my married 15. I also apparently no longer have the self-discipline will power to run for miles because there's no white dress to fit into. I'm not jabba the hut, but everyone has to take care of their bodies, right?

I've been debating joining a class/gym/whatever. I used to belong to 24 Hour Fitness but have since stopped renewing my membership, again due to the lack of a white dress. I hate, hate, hate (read: hate) paying for this stuff when I can run on the street and have gym equipment in apartment complex. Of course, this leaves me doing nothing at all. I also figured that the money I'm not spending on gym/classes, I'm spending on clothes to camouflage my growing body. (Strange fact: I can fit into all of my clothes and am the same "size", it's just that I'm spread out differently in them now. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?)

Do you have classes or places you recommend? I don't think I want to join a gym again so probably something where I can just go to take a class. I'm more into cardio but will need toning too. Anything in the Pasadena area would be great.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Like Butta

So the highlighter hell has been banished and now we're soaking in a new yellow courtesy of mr. and mrs. a-z. I don't love it but anything is better than highlighter hell.

Contrary to Behr's name for it (Bicycle Yellow), it doesn't evoke thoughts of biking through a field of poppies on a warm sunny day... at least that's what i think of when i hear the name. It's more of a margarine yellow - but more muted.

like the yellow of Office Depot's "self stick notes" - but not Post its. Two different yellows.

Or the yellow of my yummy shoes. Yum. (Just got them in yesterday. Tis on sale at JCrew!)

Whatever it is, we're living with it for now. I think I'm realizing that I don't like the contrast between the yellow and my blue gray walls in the dining nook. I don't know. HELP ME DAVID BROMSTAD!!!

In other house decorating news, I stopped by a couple Goodwills and scored some frames. We emptied them out, painted them black, and hopefully they'll make an appearance on the picture wall before we leave for the weekend. Though I'm not holding my breath, especially because I still have three frames on the wall empty except for the mats and it's only been about a year since they went up. :)

Have a happy weekend!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Le shoebox decorating continues.

Here are some snapshots of the highlighter yellow. I promise it's much more jarring and bring in real life. It's like this paint color is mocking me even when I try to take a picture of it. Weezermonkey was right. Curse you, conceited yellow!

This is the yellow that mr. & mrs. a-z left for us. It's the Behr bicycle yellow.

I hope it works. K got some primer from his coworker so we're ready to rock. And if it doesn't rock, we're pretty much stuck with it.

As we're revamping the kitchen, we're adding a couple more things as well. K just picked up this Toy Story 3 poster from work.

It's a big poster intended for the theaters that'll fit perfectly in a frame we already own and since I loved the movie SO much, it's going up on the wall. We get several movie posters from time to time, but this is the only one I've loved enough to put up. (Really, if you haven't watched it - go do so immediately.)

K and I are in less agreement over this Savannah Story Bust:

I saw it on the anthropologie website and took K in see it in person. He asked me to explain it's appeal. I rambled on about how I love text/books and thought it'd be a cool visual pop off the wall, but after the highlighter yellow disaster, I don't blame him for thinking I'm crazy. I don't blame any of you for thinking the same. :) I'll wait for my rhino to go on sale and let y'all know how it goes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

highlighter yellow

is the current color of my kitchen walls.

I have failed, internet. Terribly. Our kitchen walls were painted in flat paint when we first moved in (I don't know why) and since then, steam, splatters, and general kitcheneering has left the walls less than stellar. Since we recently found out that K gets a discount at Sherwin Williams (the mouse has hook ups all over the land), we hit up the local store to get some paint. I had originally settled on a color called "Butter Up", bright but pretty in a good yellow sort of way. I then saw the paint chip for "Confident Yellow" and decided that would be a better choice. Brighter. Poppier. And who doesn't love a confident yellow?! I was worried it'd be too bright but since the kitchen has only about 2 mm of wall space, I thought it would be ok. So wrong, internet. So very wrong.

I hung out with MOH for a dinner and movie on Saturday night and when I came home, K had painted most of the walls in Confident Yellow in all its brilliance. My reaction: muffled scream in my head. It is the kind of yellow that sears your eyeballs, even in the dark. You walk into the kitchen, you see it, you want to turn the other way. So very, very bad. Knowing that he had already put on 3 coats, I tried to remain optimistic and withhold judgment until I could see it during the day in natural sunlight. Some hours later after the sun came up, I walked into the kitchen and the white cabinets literally glowed with Confident Yellow. Glowed. Just like a highlighter on a white page.

We both agreed, this just cannot be. I cannot cook in Highlighter Hell. Lucky for us, a friend has extra primer and my new neighbors/BFFs mr. and mrs. a-z has some yellow left over from their bathroom that may work, so hopefully my poor judgement will be rectified soon.

David Bromstad is somewhere judging me right now.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada

... because they said so.

The Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, located in Glendale and Silverlake (I hit the Glendale outpost) has the simplest menu I have ever seen outside of a food truck.

Difficult to see here, but your choices are: fish, shrimp, drinks. That's it!

Basically they give you fried shrimp or tacos in a tortilla and you can add your own shredded cabbage, a variety of salsa, and sour cream out of a pump.

If the variety of salsa is what is being sold here, they really should take care to make sure that the salsas are looking good and fresh. We went for lunch at noon with just a few others there and the salsa bowls were either practically empty or half way there. Even with the 5 options of salsas, I wasn't impressed with the selection - again, if the salsa is the selling point here. I love everything fried so the fish and shrimp itself were fine to me. They also had a selection of horchata and some sort of jimaca (sp?) drink but I didn't try those. Sodas come in a can in a fridge next to the counter.

I'll probably never make it to Ensenada to try the legitimate fish tacos but I hope I find better options than this one.

Have a happy day!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tik Tok

It was one of those weekends that made me glad to be back at work. I love three-day weekends and get all Ke$ha as I head out the door but then tend to overdo it and then long for routine and a regular sleeping schedule.

This past Memorial Day weekend was super special because dear friends Dancing Queen and got married! They were married at Irvine Presbyterian Church followed by a celebration at Celebrations by Turnip Rose (hee), not to be confused with the Grand Newport Plaza. I've never attended/worked a wedding there so I was doubly excited. Sadly, when I get excited, I take no photos. Holding a camera to my face makes me feel like I have to stop for a moment and separate from what's happening to snap a photo, so I tend not to. Plus the fact that there are 6917427 cameras going at the same time helps me to know that someone, somewhere, has the moment documented. You'll just have to believe me when I say it was fun and there was an ice cream sundae bar. love love love.

At one point I thought to myself, this place looks like a club only to hear the Waddles tell me that they had indeed been clubbing there once! Good eye, jane.

Photo from website.

My mac desktop has made me the go to person for wedding slideshows. Thanks iMovie! Here's what I whipped up for this one. It literally is drag, drop, and play with some cheesetastic goodness in between. Yum.:

Congrats you two!!

After a night of fun that lasted longer than it should have, we decided to hit up Disneyland the next day. I took the occasion to sport my new hat but ended up a little more Indiana Jones than I had anticipated.

We had a super fun time because Wasaii is the BEST tourist ever. He brings his own chair, snacks, EVERY thing. It was really, really fun. Please note said chair and across the body bag filled with snack and temporary tattoos. :)

And the best part? WE SPOTTED LOTSA LOTSO BEARS!!! They smelled like strawberries. Literally. Really, they do. Go smell one.

I sadly did not see the real one.