Chi-town #TBT; with my college besties circa ’09.

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Lake Michigan

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Asian fusion at Sunda

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Crack the Whip sculpture at Navy Pier Park

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Brilliant blue skies over the Chicago River

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Downtown. Background– Chicago Tribune building and American Gothic statue

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City view from The Signature Lounge

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Reflections in the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park… aka “The Bean”

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.

Inspiration Station

Made a mood board this weekend as step one of a special project I’m working on with an old friend I reconnected with after 10 years. Thanks Pinterest for 90% of the pics, you da you da best.


Clockwise from top left– images via: mini air plant pods // Wilder by Whittard // white kitchen + colorful rug // iPhone case // colorful cake // chips // cleansing bar // bottles

Can’t wait to share about the project once it’s time! It’s going to keep me busy for awhile but I’m so excited.

Happy Monday!


Hi everyone! Did ya’ll have a good weekend? I spent all day Saturday helping my dear friend Pri (recipient of the appliqué onesies turned cupcakes) 😉 shop for her nursery. We hit up Target, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, West Elm, and best of all, The Land of Nod, where Joy’s collection launched just 4 days prior!

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So cool seeing everything in person– such cute bedding, toys, and decor, all inspired by her daughter Ruby’s transition from a baby room to a big girl room. Pri bought a few things from Joy’s line, including the cutest stuffed elephant ever… it’s covered in sprinkles!

#ohjoyfornod FTW! Happy Monday!

Calligraphy Workshop

Last Saturday, I took a calligraphy workshop taught by Jenna Rainey of Monvoir and hosted by Oh, Hello Friend in Fullerton. I recently tried to teach myself and I gave up after one day, so obviously I needed some help learning.

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The workshop was 2 hours and the $75 fee included supplies (ink, penholder, nib, practice paper, alphabet template) and snacks.

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Left: Jenna’s alphabet (copyrighted, btw). Right: Cute wall decor at the Oh, Hello Friend studio

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First we learned technique, then we practiced various strokes, then we traced, and finally, we practiced our own lettering (photo above right obviously traced).

Calligraphy is a lot harder than it looks (for me, I feel like the lettering is harder than the actual technique!), but I’m excited to practice. Buying more paper tomorrow… wish me luck!

Bramble Workshop for Ella Moss

Just wanted to share about the latest project I worked on with Jessica of Bramble Workshop! She was hired by Ella Moss to make a backdrop for their spring photo shoot– and they loved her work so much that they also asked her to do the window displays of their Newport (Fashion Island) and SF stores! We made tons of paper flowers using a Cricut, glue guns, and sometimes paint. Though technically a “simple” project, it was incredibly time-consuming (as you could imagine) to put together the flowers, since each one had so many petals. Nevertheless, they turned out beautifully, no? I work for a creative genius.

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Photo shoot backdrop installed! Pictures above via Ella Moss’ IG here.

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Here’s the installation at the Newport store. Gorgeous. Picture above via Bramble Workshop’s IG here.

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And here it is at the SF store. Total flower count for the 2 stores– 546 flowers!! Thousands of petals. Out.of.control. Two pictures above via here.

The Chalkboard Magazine recently did an interview with Jessica at her studio and captured some beautiful pictures of the flowers, shown below.






See the rest of the photographs (and read the interview) here! Next up– a potential project for my other workplace, Everly Clothing? Stay tuned. 🙂

Tina Made Wooden Instagram Coasters

Jason (from Onigiri Everyday) and I got together last week for collabo DIY project #2 (see project #1 here)– wooden coasters with IG photos transferred onto the wood. It’s a project that’s more easy than quick, but suitable for any crafting beginner with a few hours to spare (original tutorial here). We each made a set of six.


  • six 4.5″ wood squares (we bought poplar hobby board from Home Depot and cut to size using a table saw)
  • six square Instagram photos (or any photos, really), mirrored (flipped) and laser printed on regular white copy paper (Jason used Photoshop for this– tutorial here if you don’t know how)
  • matte mod podge
  • sponge brush
  • bowl of water
  • rag
  • credit card

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Print 6 mirrored Instagram photos (Jason worked his Photoshop magic and then laser printed 2 per sheet) and cut them out using a paper cutter (or scissors/exacto knife).

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Cut hobby board to 4.5″ squares (and sand, of course) or if you’re lucky enough to find wooden squares at your local craft store in the right size, then you can skip this step.

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Spread a coat of mod modge onto the front side of your picture using a sponge brush. Don’t drench the paper, but make sure all parts of the paper are evenly coated.

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Glue the mod podged paper down onto a wood square, being as precise as possible and avoiding dragging the paper across the wood. Use a credit card to smooth out and remove any bubbles under the paper.

WAIT ONE HOUR to let your coasters dry.

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After an hour, take a wet rag and place on top of the paper until the water soaks into the image.

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Use your fingertips (NOT YOUR NAILS) to rub off the paper. The first layer should come off really easily. After the first layer, there will be a second fuzzy layer of paper that is much harder to remove. Be patient, wetting the paper periodically and gently rubbing away. You may accidentally rub off some of the actual photo on the wood, which will be okay in the end because it will give your coaster a rustic look…….. is what I kept telling myself. -_-

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All the paper rubbed off! The places where the wood shows through are the places I accidentally rubbed away the photo. After you’re done with this, let your coaster dry and then paint another coat of mod podge on to seal the image, and let it dry. I actually didn’t take any photos after this step (I was too impatient), but you get the idea.

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All of my coasters, pre-final coat of mod-podge.

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My coasters intermixed with Jason’s… we were saying it would be really cool to make a bunch of these and then put them in a frame! Maybe someday…

Collabo success. Happy mod podging!

Tina Made it for Bramble Workshop

I’m so elated slash excited to share that as of this past Monday, I’m now an intern for Bramble Workshop!!! I’ll be working with Jessica, the genius behind BW, on random projects at random times (thank goodness for my flexible schedule) and I am so so so looking forward to it.

I originally came across Jessica’s work on Instagram because I kept seeing @brambleworkshop tagged in posts of various bloggers/creatives I follow. Anddd I kinda sorta fell in love with what I saw. Here’s a small sampling of her work below– IT IS MAGICAL. Check out more at her website (all pictures below from her site too).


This insane wood + lucite chandelier for Oh Joy! Studio


Here it is installed…!


Urban Palate‘s tasting room


Loving all the wood + pops of color


Window display for Hermès


Installed at the Costa Mesa store!

I love that she uses so many different media to create her pieces. Hoping to learn (and make) tons while I’m with her. My first day will be this Saturday– we’ll be making dreamcatchers. I know… dream job. But tonight, we’ll be going to this:

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Starting off the internship with a party. 😉 Looking forward to meeting tons of amazing people from amazing companies!

Have a great Thursday, friends!

Tina Made Over

Remember my friend Renee? You know, from Beauty Makeup Studio, the one from whom I took a private makeup lesson earlier this year. Well, this past Saturday, she held her first ever makeup workshop, in collaboration with Cathy of Chic to Chic Weddings. It was SO.MUCH.FUN.

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The workshop was held in the heart of Hollywood at Studio 1444, a photography/film production facility. The venue itself has an amazing history behind it (read at the link) and it was the perfect space for makeupping, with tons of natural light streaming through + the awesome white interior.

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The workshop was capped at 6 people and was slated for 1-4pm. Cathy set up a beautiful and delicious table of snacks + moscato so we could mingle and munch before (well… and during.. and after) the lesson.

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Loved the yellow+black+white color scheme! And the cupcakes from Big Man Bakes were freakin’ delicious.

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Left: Renee all set up and ready to go! Each place setting had a ginormous mirror, a cup of brushes, Nars bronzer in Laguna, Mac eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown, Cathycat eyebrow pencil in grey-brown, a folder of Renee’s notes (+ space for attendees to take notes), and a delicious macaron from ‘lette.

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Left: How cute is this candid?! Right: Cathy hung up these adorbz chandeliers as part of the decor.

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Left: Because an event isn’t an event without Instagram to prove it #beautymakeupstudio. Right: In the foreground, the macaron (have you TRIED the salted caramel flavor? I die), and in the background, place cards.

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The workshop itself covered highlighting, contouring, eyebrows (which was the hardest and the longest), and false eyelash application. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was a TON of information and we used up the entire 3 hours. Future workshops to cover other topics.

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Left: Yes, that is a scary-ass face but was a super helpful take-home– it gives info about highlighting/contouring. Right: Renee demonstrated “how to” on different students, and had us practice on our own faces as she walked around and gave lots of constructive feedback to each person. Aside from the makeup/tools already at the table, Renee had foundation, concealer, makeup remover, eyelash glue, etc. on hand at various parts of our lesson.

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Practicing our new skillzz. The 3 hours flew by, and we all had a blast meeting new girls (including Elizabeth, on the far left–from Flourish in Progress— my new favorite blog).

We all left Studio 1444 as prettier versions of ourselves, which I guess is a good sign of a successful makeup workshop.

To be in the know about Renee’s future workshops (and to see some of her other work), follow her on Instagram.

Renee IG: renito
Chic to Chic Weddings IG: chictochicweddings
My IG (I feel left out): tina_made_it
Elizabeth IG (aw what the heck, just call me fangirl): flourishinprogress