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Fancy Things Friday

April 5, 2013

I like things and lots of them. You’d be appalled at how many tabs I have open in a given window on my Web browser. It’s ridiculous. I see all these fun things that I pine after or want to learn more about, and they just keep on piling up. So to keep tabs on all that catches my eye and/or steals my heart, I present to you “Fancy Things Friday.”

P.S. It’s a double entendre (another thing I’m fond of): These lists will comprise things that I fancy, as in adore/appreciate/am captivated by, and things that I think are fancy, as in extravagant/special/awesome.


1. Wall art. I can never have too much of it. Lately I’ve been eying paintings of birds on telephone wires. (

2. Every now and then we need to be reminded of what we’re capable of. I love this simple but bold statement (Dream Believe Achieve) tee from what just may be new favorite style blog. (

3. I’ve been craving the steak and eggs brunch dish (essentially presented as steak nachos) from Cafe Biere in Emeryville. But since I’m back in L.A., I found this chilaquiles recipe (similar to Biere’s take) that is close enough. (

4. Say what you want about Taylor Swift, but I’m diggin’ these spunky new kicks she designed for Keds. (

5. A few friends and I just bought tickets to the Shecky’s Girls Night Out in L.A., slated for May 31. The discounted tickets are only $12 ($30 regular), and include gift bags, drinks, pampering and fun. Can’t wait! (

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Outfit of the Day: Pretty in Pink (and Purple)

March 29, 2013





“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18

During my recent Bay Area jaunt, my friends and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and had a picnic by Lake Merritt in Oakland. This wasn’t your average last-minute gathering. We classed it up with wine, assorted cheeses and various cured meats, so, of course, I had to dress the part. This outfit is the manifestation of where playfulness and sophistication meet.

Jacket: Thrifted
Jeans: C’est Toi
Heels: Mixx Shuz
Purse: Thrifted
Pearl Earrings: Del Amo Swapmeet

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Outfit of the Day: Perfect Weather for a Sweet Little Sweater

March 22, 2013







“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

These photos were taken during the start of a wonderful, sunny day in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this moment I felt on top of the world as I drank in the sights. The hillside, the lush green grass, the Painted Ladies, the trees that were made for hugging. It turns out that my outfit represents all the adjectives that come to mind when thinking about my surroundings: colorful, inviting, merry, mellow yet sprightly.

Denim Jacket: Wet Seal
Sweater: Thrifted
Skinny Jeans: Forever 21
Oxford Shoes: Miss Me?
Bracelet: Etsy
Earrings: Hand-me-downs from Mama Dee
Clutch: Trifted

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Thrifted Thursday: Weekender Bag and Fun Cups from Goodwill, Santa Ana

March 14, 2013

This post is intended to be the first of many more to come, in which I chronicle the random treasures I purchase at various thrift stores, as well as some rare finds that catch my eye. To set parameters for myself so I don’t run wild a la “Supermarket Sweep” (which I’m liable to do), each adventure will be limited to $20 or less (just like Macklemore, who claims to only have $20 in his pocket. See here for a brief intro to this Seattle rapper).

Coming home empty-handed from a thrift shop is a rarity for me. There’s always something calling my name. I go in looking for one thing (in this case an outrageous wearable birthday gift for my bestie) and soon enough I have a basket full of items. Yes, I need them all, I tell myself.

And away we go, to the Goodwill in Santa Ana.



This Royal Queen’s Polo Team weekender bag ($7.99) already came swagged out with a red rope and a luggage tag that appears to be written in Chinese. I wouldn’t dare take either off. It’s perfect as is.

I enjoy a piece with a back story. How did it end up at the Goodwill?

I’d like to think this bag once belonged to a twentysomething jetsetter who used this as her carry-on while on holiday to Southern California from Shanghai. She spent her money on designer bags at South Coast Plaza or The Beverly Center, and left the Polo Team luggage behind for her younger, doting American cousin.


These glasses (49 cents each) look right at home on my built-in armoire. The word “happy” scribbled sporadically and the mock Composition notebook pattern are so “me.”

The grand finale of this post is the gift I got for my bestie, Yvette (see, I got what I came for, too!). I’ll post it on Friday when I give it to her. No spoilers here.

Grand total: $18.96

Update: March 15, 11:14 p.m.

Here’s the mystery birthday gift I got my friend. This red genuine leather jacket was a steal at $9.99. It totally reminds me of Apollonia or any vixen from the ’80s. And now my bestie will make it her own.




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Design Inspiration: Madewell and Anthropologie

March 3, 2013


My apartment is still a work in progress, so I’m always on alert for new ideas and ways to style it. I stumbled upon these fancy set-ups yesterday at Madewell and Anthropologie while at South Coast Plaza. Now I’m in a frenzy scouring the Internet for vintage clocks and awaiting the next opportunity to go thrifting! This passion for design, it’s a blessing and a curse I tell ya.

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I Believe I Can Fly

October 24, 2012


I happened upon this little gem while hanging at the Urth Caffé in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. I love a random photo opp.

Speed Dating

August 11, 2012


Speed dating. I came, I saw, I conquered.

I’ve always wanted to try speed dating but the opportunity never presented itself. So when my church announced it was hosting its first speed dating event, my ears perked up. It’s a great idea: mix and mingle with other like-minded (saved) people, while also enjoying entertainment. As the days drew closer, I began to have second thoughts, but my friends reassured me that I should give it a whirl.

That entire day, my stomach was in knots. I ran into one of my friends in the parking lot, which was great, because we walked in together. It was pretty legit. We had to sign wavers because there were cameras filming, which didn’t do much to assuage my anxiety. But once the rotations began, there was no looking back. It’s like jumping into a pool. You know that the water’s going to be cold, but once you take the first leap of faith, your body will adjust to the water and it’ll be nothing but fun.

Due to the disproportionate ration of women to men, I only got to “date” four guys. Just when I was starting to get the hang of it, I had to get out of the rotation to give some of the other ladies a chance to make their rounds. It was definitely fun while it lasted. No, there weren’t any love connections made that night. However, it was a very memorable experience I’m glad I committed to trying. Yay for breaking out of comfort zones and trying new things!

DIY Time: Chalkboard Message Mason Jars

July 2, 2012

My birthday, July 7, is rapidly approaching and I want to make it extra special. I have several friends from the Bay Area who are flying down to celebrate with me, so I decided to make them party favors they can use while they’re in town for the weekend. The centerpiece of the gift bags will be these nifty chalkboard message mason jars. (P.S. You may recall the chalkboard paint making an appearance in my previous DIY Time post for chalkboard Easter eggs. I have a whole quart, so don’t be surprised if you see more projects in the same vein soon. Tee hee!)

This is a very simple craft to create, and I know my girls are going to love having a personalized keepsake for my birthday extravaganza. Here’s a play by play of what I did.


To start, you’ll need mason jars, painter masking tape, a small- to medium-sized paint brush and chalkboard paint, of course (and chalk when you’re ready to personalize). I also put down newspaper on my table for safety’s sake to avoid any potential spillage.


Next, position the tape in a rectangle that allows a space large enough to write. The good thing about that masking tape is it’s easily adjustable in case you make the section too small or too large.


Dip the brush in the paint and apply it to the jar in long, straight strokes, repeating until the space is completely covered in paint. I put on three coats so that the paint would be even. Just to be extra sure, I waited for the paint to dry one full day.

Then, I pulled the masking tape off. Remember to remove the tape swiftly to ensure that you get a crisp line. I found that removing the first strip of tape on the first jar slowly caused a funky, wavy line. Not cool.


Now you’re ready to personalize your jars!


One of the nicknames my college housemate gave me was “Ashums,” so I decided to write that on my jar. But I suspect I’ll be switching it up just about each time I refill my cup. I went ahead and used different colors of chalk to customize each jar with my friends’ pet names.


To kick things up a notch, I added these darling mason jar lids that I found on Etsy, as well as these fancy paper straws.