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!

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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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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?

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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!!