100.

It’s my 100th post! Hot damn that sounds like so few and so many at the same time. I’m close to reaching my personal goal of consistently blogging for one year– only a month and a half away!

For my 100th post I decided to make a list of 100 reasons why I like blogging.

Jk.

I can only think of 2.

Anyway, I’m going to be honest here, I have been seriously struggling to post these days. Is there such thing as a blogging dry spell? Like I mentioned in this post, I feel a bit creatively drained these days, which makes it hard to…. make. Tina did NOT make it. My internship with Oh Joy will be ending in mid-June, though, so hopefully I’ll have more DIY content coming soon. 🙂

I really wanted to make some sort of list of 100 but I’d bore myself, so here’s 5 things I’m really obsessed with these days:

1) Keebler Coconut Dreams. EVERYONE. THESE TASTE (and look almost) EXACTLY LIKE SAMOAS. Including the same number of calories (sorry). I swear you the average person will not notice the difference. Find them at your local supermarket instead of rationing your Girl Scout cookies throughout the year.

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2) Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. I really hate applying lotion on anywhere but my face. Like, hate it as much as most guys do. But this stuff is tolerable to me (it’s not super sticky or smelly), which is saying a lot. PS- ‘Twas a gift– there’s no way in hell I’d spend $48 on 1.6oz of something I only tolerate. -_-

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3) Reading. I finished 6 books from my list in the past 10 days. I’m exhausted because I’m sleeping so late err’ night but I cannot stop. I will not stop (#cantstopwontstop). I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it was such a page-turner. Read it before the movie comes out in October!

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4) Disneyland. I don’t understand people who don’t understand why I like Disneyland. These people have clearly not gone enough and/or have gone with the wrong people. IT IS MAGICAL. Let’s all forget about how they raised their prices last week, and focus instead on how I bought my pass right BEFORE the price hike (actually they’re not even selling the pass I purchased as an option anymore!). See? Magical timing. I’m going for the 4th time this Sunday (in 7 weeks) but I’m still excited.

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FUN: Animation Academy (drawing class) at CA Adventures.

5) Athletic shoes. Okay so this is a bit of a stretch but I HAVE been spending a lot of time looking at REAL shoes online these days. Like… not Keds (elementary school), Sketchers (middle school), Chuck Taylors (high school/college), Toms (post-college), but…… NIKES. I know, right? It’s like a whole new frickin’ world and language I know nothing about. Flyknit-lunar-TR-free-5.0-what? I’m only looking because I can’t remember the last time I owned a proper pair of shoes, and you know… buying new shoes will motivate me to work out more, isn’t that how it works? I may or may not have ordered these Nike Flyknit Lunar2 DCs below…. did I say that right? PS- Is it possible for running shoes to be cute?

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 The End.

 

 

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Lurvin’: Oh Joy for Target

Happy Memorial Day! Thankful for those who gave their lives while serving our country, and also thankful for a day off from work! I’m headed to the OC later today for a BBQ with some friends, and I’ll be bringing my yummy 7-layer dip. 🙂

Did you guys check out Joy’s new summer collection at Target? It feels like just yesterday when her spring collection was out! Anyway, it launched yesterday, and I lurrrrve. It includes more party essentials/decor, but also picnic essentials, like a woven basket and the cutest condiment caddy. Here are some of my faves from the collection (photos via here):

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picnic basket and picnic mat

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tiffin box meal carrier

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condiment caddy with four bottles

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insulated soft cooler

I guess it’s a bit early but now that this collection is finally in stores (we actually received the samples of all the products at the studio in March/April!), I’m excited for Joy’s fall collection to come out… 😉 Hooray!

 

Room / Life / Mess

Does anyone else agree that when your room is a mess, your life is a mess? They are one and the same to me.

My room right now looks like a friggin’ tornado hit it. A few glimpses of what’s going on inside, with the *actual* mess carefully hidden from the camera. 😉

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Calligraphy practice paper, nibs, and ink spread out all over my desk. Why is the learning curve so steep for me? I guess it would help if I practiced more than once a month… kinda like how I should have practiced piano growing up, or Korean, or guitar, or… (damn, I’m kind of a quitter, aren’t I).

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Christmas presents on the ground. If your name is Daisy (or Karin, or Tina), I have not seen you since before 12/2013. -_- This is a problem, and not just because you’re contributing to the clutter in my room.

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An unfinished 3-tiered cake. Made from diapers, obvi. (I would prefer it if this were a 3-tiered cake made out of… cake. And strawberries.)

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Random stacks of fabric, because my box of fabrics is officially overflowing. I always make sewing projects and end up with leftover fabric swatches, which are typically too small to make something substantial but too big to throw away without it feeling like a waste. Wait. I’ve got it. Time to make a quilt. I literally thought of that right now, so you just caught a #geniusmoment. *bows*

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I went to Joann’s yesterday and bought THE GILDED PAPER STACK. Which is 48 sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock paper. Because I love gold. And I love anything 50% off. The name is pretty deceiving, as you can see above that only about half the stack is actually gilded. Also, I currently have no use for this paper, as I have not scrapbooked or made a card in months, but this is not what I was thinking in the store as I mentally patted myself on the back for the find. I embellished that teal plate with gold dots, because I love gold. Wait, did I already say that?

Anyway.

In the time it took me to photograph and write this post, I could have probably cleaned my entire room. Eff.

Tinerd Made a List of Books

You guys. In light of my newfound resolve to read more (again), I’ve started my summer reading list. In case you’re looking to do some reading too, I wanted to share my initial picks. Friends, please continue to send your reccs over…!

  • The Maze Runner trilogy + prequel (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order) by James Dashner
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Three of these books will have movie adaptations coming out sometime this/next year… in case you’re not into the reading thing. 😉 I actually just finished the first Maze Runner book and it reminded me of a darker version of The Hunger Games. Yikes. Took me half of the book to get hooked, but hooked I am, and I can’t wait to finish the series.

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I tried really hard to find a picture of me reading but alas, this is all I could find… -_- Circa 5/2009

Happy Reading!!

Read More Books

I read this NY Times opinion article the other day about the benefits of reading, where the author states, “Reading does things — to the brain, heart and spirit — that movies, television, video games and the rest of it cannot.”

Yes. Just yes.

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Growing up as an introvert with a sister who loved to read and no cable TV at home, I became a voracious reader. My parents encouraged me in elementary school by challenging me to read 100 books during summer breaks; when that became too easy, they challenged me with pages (10,000+ pages (!!) one summer, with every title written down in a notebook). In high school, a few friends and I started a book club, where we read books like The World According to Garp (John Irving) and The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides) and spent our lunches together discussing them. Yes, for fun.

‘Twas sad times when I hit college and grad school, because textbooks became more important than real books, and I pretty much stopped reading for pleasure. The release of Amazon’s Kindle was my saving grace, and for awhile, it was permanently attached to my hand as I caught up on lost time. These days, I go through periods of time when I’m obsessively reading, and periods of time when…. I’m not.

After reading that article, I feel re-inspired to tackle all of the unread books on my Kindle (and add to my ever-growing, never-ending list).

Friends, any recommendations of good books you’ve read recently? What should I read next? I’m open to all genres except romance/horror. 🙂

Chanel Leona

She’s here! Long-awaited Baby C of my dear friends Pri and Dan. I visited Chanel Leona Kim hours after she was born last Thursday– and a quick stop-by turned into a 4 hour visit. There was a code yellow (bomb threat) at the hospital due to a suspicious package found somewhere, so the hospital went into lockdown and everyone was stuck inside. Not that I was complaining… I mean, just look at this face…

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Omg. Just omg.

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I die.

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Pri was an absolute rockstar– she delivered without an epidural!

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I’m gonna be the BEST.AUNTIE.EVER! So excited to watch her grow. ❤

Tina Made a Baby Blanket

I have 4 friends and 1 boss who are simultaneously pregnant so my life has been filled with lots of baby-talk these days.  Yikes. I’m gonna be the world’s best aunt. Anyway, I promised my friend Pri that I would make her a baby blanket to match with her nursery, but I’d been procrastinating like crazy. And then I found out last weekend that she was starting to dilate, so that was obviously reason enough to sit down and make it. :X

I used this simple tutorial and I’m happy with the way it turned out! It fakes mitered corners without compromising the look of the final product. (Note that in the pictures in the original tutorial, the corners of the blanket look a bit stretched/sharp..? I was able to square them off pretty easily though so it shouldn’t be an issue if you’re careful.)

Materials:

  • 36″x36″ cotton fabric
  • 41″x41″ some type of fluffy fabric (I used a super soft polyester)
  • matching thread

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Kind of in love with this neon coral fabric (from Joann’s), which matches beautifully with the sprinkle crib sheets and changing pad cover from Joy’s Land of Nod line that Pri bought a few weeks ago.

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Cameo by Patrick the Pup

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I was able to give the blanket to Pri on Monday and she loved it. Yay! Her husband even wrapped himself in it (trust me, it’s soft) and asked if I could make it in a bigger size. 😉

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Baby C loved it too! 🙂 A quick (fuzzy) iPhone pic from Monday evening. So happy we got to talk over dinner and dessert– which will probably be a rare occasion from here on out.

Pri is actually in labor RIGHT NOW (I’m writing this Wed 11pm, though this post will be published in a few hours), so everyone send a quick prayer her way!