Tinerd Made a List of Books, Part II

Last week, just in time for summer *officially* starting, I finished the first 10 books of my ever-growing summer reading list. My quick thoughts below… which I know 99% of you don’t care about. It’s okay, 100% of me does not care that you don’t care. 😉 HOORAY READING.

  • The Maze Runner trilogy + prequel (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order) by James Dashner: Young adult. Like a scarier, darker version of The Hunger Games but with a male protagonist. A page-turner, though slow starting. Even though this is YA, I had to take breaks reading the series because I got scared haha.
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak: Fiction, short stories. I had SUCH high hopes for this book and was sorely disappointed. I initially assumed this would be a Mindy Kaling/Tina Fey-esque memoir, so was disappointed right off the bat. I only enjoyed about 20% of the short stories, but part of it probably had to do with the fact that it was way hyped up before I read it.
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Contemporary fiction. One of my favorite authors. A sad, haunting, and beautiful story about an Indian family… like all of other Lahiri’s books. ❤
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Contemporary fiction. My favorite book of the bunch!! Dark humor, twisted, and gripping. Read it before watching the movie (or trailer), coming out soon. I LOVE Flynn’s writing style.
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: Contemporary fiction. Almost as engaging as Gone Girl, and even darker.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Young adult. The plot reminded me of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (one of my fave YA books) so it was hard not to compare, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Excited for the movie to come out in 2015.
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: Contemporary fiction/chick-lit. A brainless read, comparable to a Lauren Weisberger novel (any book she wrote other than The Devil Wears Prada, like Chasing Harry Winston, which apparently was voted #1 Worst Book of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly… why have I read most of her books?).

I also randomly read Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) and Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), which I somehow didn’t read as a child (weren’t they “core” books for some schools?). Seriously though, why are they both so sad?!?! Gawd.

Anyway, here are my next 10! Friends, please continue to send your recommendations my way. 🙂

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (I read this 10-15 years ago but remember nothing)

I’m also considering re-reading the entire Harry Potter series, though the time commitment required for that is a bit daunting. But I was having a conversation with a friend last week and couldn’t remember that Snape killed Dumbledore (spoiler alert circa 2005) or that Harry killed Voldemort (spoiler alert circa 2007)..!! :O I seriously have the worst memory ever.

Happy Reading… continued!

 

Wedding by the Sea

Hi y’all. Just wanted to share some photos from a recent wedding I worked with Zoie Events at the Malibu West Beach Club. ‘Twas a PERFECT day in Malibu and the venue was right off the water– you could walk downstairs and literally right into the waves! The couple kept the beach-themed decor clean and simple (lots of DIY!), with just the right amount of color and charm.

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Loved this Instax polaroid station! Photos of the guests (taken by one of the photographers as guests arrived) were taped on baker’s twine with gold and white washi tape and added a cute personal touch at the entrance of the venue.

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Unique driftwood placecards designed by the bride

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The bride also made these gold fin table name signs, and floral design was by the amazing Fleuretica. Especially loved all the peonies mixed into the centerpieces <3.

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White linens, white lights, white lanterns, with a pop of color.

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Everything in this photo is gorgeous, especially the bride!

Wedding season is most definitely underway, so more to come. Hooray!

Lurvin’: Rainbow Eucalyptus

How have I never seen/heard about this tree before? My friend posted a picture of a eucalyptus deglupta the other day (also known as the rainbow eucalyptus) on his Instagram, and I thought, “This can’t be real.”

So of course, I turned to trusty Google, which confirmed that yes indeed, this IS real life:

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From Wikipedia: “The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.”

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So crazy beautiful– it’s like tree art! Apparently in the U.S., you can find them along the southern east and west coastlines, as well as southern Texas and Hawaii. LURVEEE.

Oh Boy

After 3 months of commuting to Hollywood, crafting my heart out, and being a part of Joy’s awesome team, my Oh Joy internship ended this past Friday. I almost still can’t believe that all of this even happened– I’ve admired Joy’s work and brand for years (and her blog has always been my favorite!), so to work alongside her has been a dream. Though I’ll miss being in such a creative space with a million ideas coming to fruition at any given point, I honestly think I’m ready to move on.

I’m approaching the one year mark for having quit my full-time OT job, and I’m starting to feel a little restless. As much fun as it’s been exploring my creative passions these past 10 months, I’m doing some serious thinking to figure out what the next step is. I’m still at my OT clinic part-time and doing events/weddings on the side, but it may be time for another change. Ohhhh boy.

Anyway, my last day at Oh Joy was full of good food, fun, and laughter (as is often the case in her studio). One of her assistants had a birthday, so we ate lunch at the Ace Hotel in DTLA (the grilled cheese was to die for), devoured the infamous Lady M mille crepe cake (also to die for) back at the studio, and had Justin Timberlake blasting all day. Of course, we stopped for a quick photo shoot (below) when all of us, minus Joy, realized we were wearing outfits with back-cutouts. 🙂

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“Flash-back-Friday”

Leaving something good behind is always bittersweet. But I’m ready to move forward, so I’m excited to see what lies ahead in this crazy life of mine.

Happy Monday, friends.

R + TK Wedding

The best is going to an outdoor wedding with beautiful weather, especially when the bride is equally beautiful! My friend Renee got hitched last weekend at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo (remember her from here?). It was my first time at this venue, and I loved it! An intimate garden ceremony under a canopy, cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres, including grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup (!!), and a reception under the stars with tons of dancing and dessert. At the end of the night, we sent off the bride and groom through a path of sparklers lighting up the night.

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Proud father and blushing bride

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Giggling during the ceremony 🙂

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Picture perfect– each girl did her own makeup! Renee is a makeup artist and gave them a lesson before the wedding. Brilliant.

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R + TK ❤

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With Sunghee, fellow guestbook attendant. Polaroids are always fun.

Huzzah! Congrats Renee + TK, blessings to you both!

Evolution of IG

I jumped on the Instagram bandwagon wayyyy late. Like, only 65 weeks ago, which, in the history of IG, is really late. Actually, I downloaded the app at least a year before my first post, but because I was an avid Facebooker, I deemed it unnecessary to use (insert *regret* icon).

It’s strange looking back on my first 9 pictures (below), and seeing how much the style/aesthetic of my IG has changed.

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Pictures with filters, borders… general unpleasant aesthetic. Yuck.

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And then 46 weeks ago, I DL-ed the magical app VSCO cam (pronounced “visco”), which allowed me to actually edit photos rather than mask them with ugly filters. So much better, no?!

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Here it is now. I stopped confining myself to square photos, and now I post almost everything in a 4:5/5:4 size ratio with a white border. It makes me happy to scroll through my recent pictures because my feed is bright and happy. 🙂 Hooray for the little things in life…!

PS- The following makes me the opposite of happy.

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To KaTina Wheeler who “MADE” Terrance Johnson’s IG……… gimme that handle, especially since he’s not using it. D: My suggestion is to change it to KATINAMADEIT. -___- I hate my underscores!

A Simple Shower

Sarah, my roomie from college who now lives in NorCal, was visiting LA this past weekend for her PsyD graduation– so I planned a simple but sweet baby shower on Saturday with our closest girlfriends.

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(Dr.) Sarah… soon to be mother of a baby boy…!

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Shower colors were navy, teal, and gold. Paradise cake from King’s Hawaiian (best ever), cake stand from the Oh Joy for Target spring collection, diaper cake topper is the ever-popular Sophie the Giraffe teether, and real cake topper is DIY.

Btw, I made the diaper cake using a no-roll method (typically diapers are individually rolled up and rubberbanded). I found it to be much faster (and more hygienic, IMHO). In case you’re wondering, I used a total of 60 size 1 diapers to make the three tiers.

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After lunch (catered from Panini Cafe), we decorated onesies with fabric paint, which turned out to be a stress-inducing activity for most of us (but… they turned out cute!)

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Trying to take one group picture with a gorillapod and self-timer turned into 50… after this one, they mostly looked like this:

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…and this is one of the better ones. 😉

Hooray Sarah! Proud of you and your doctorate, and so excited to meet your baby boy in a few months!

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.

 

 

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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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!