Whale of a Week

Is it already Monday?! This past week and weekend flew by in a blurrr. Early last week, the Everly girls asked me to coordinate their oldest sister’s baby shower (this past Saturday) so it was a week of late nights, crazed DIY-ing, and multiple Joanns/Michaels/Target/Party City runs. I planned the whole thing from start to finish in four days. FOUR days! I hope it’s a record I will never have to beat. It felt extra crazy because I got sick and felt progressively worse throughout the week. Eeeep.

Hopefully I’ll post some detail shots (from a reeeeal camera) soon, but for now, here’s a picture of the dessert table. 🙂 It was whale/ocean-themed so we stuck with shades of mint and light blue, and of course, cute whale motifs. 

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cake from Cakery Bakery, cupcakes from Dots, watercolor banner by Jason of Onigiri Everyday

After Saturday morning’s shower, I freelanced with the Zoie Events team for an event at the El Rey Theater. Kind of random but it was a surprise 75th bar mitzvah-themed birthday extravaganza. I was slated to work from 3pm-1am, but I must have sneezed one too many times, because halfway through, I got sent home sick. :X Ack. I felt bad but also equally thankful…!

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Outside the El Rey. The family put a lot of love into this huge event– hopefully the guest of honor was truly surprised!

Now that I have the full-blown flu, I’m really looking forward to a (hopefully) chill week of recovery. Have a great week!

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Dip-dye Placemats

Jessica from Bramble Workshop invited me to assist her at a photo shoot a few weeks ago for a DIY she did for designlovefest— these beautiful dip-dyed placemats. When I got to the studio, turns out they needed me to be a hand model. :O Err… woulda gotten a manicure had I known.

Check out some of the pictures below (more pictures here). Photographs by Brittany Wood.





And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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We were pretty much on our hands and knees for the entire shoot 🙂

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Left: Table setting… on the ground. So much easier to take aerial photos. 😉 Right: Love the bleed of the dyes, especially the pink!! Such a great (and easy!) DIY.

Thanks for inviting me, Jessica! Check out more of Bramble Workshop’s DIYs for designlovefest below:

Everly at WWD MAGIC

After six days in Las Vegas for WWD Magic, I AM HOME. ‘Twas my first time in Vegas: 1) for more than a weekend; 2) not going to a club; 3) not sharing a hotel room with 3 other girls. Safe to say that it was not a typical trip.

We flew in Sunday evening, checked into the Palazzo (where we were greeted with champagne in the VIP lounge!), had dinner at Grimaldi’s (I had no idea there were multiple locations outside of NYC), and called it a night. Monday was an incredibly long day of unpacking 293023 heavy boxes, steaming 500 pieces of clothing, setting up our booth, and getting ready for the show. Even though we were pretty much the only booth that had a team of girls only, we somehow survived (barely). *insert bicep emoticon*

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A panoramic photo of our completed booth! Isn’t it beautiful?

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Yes, we steamed each piece of clothing. My first time ever steaming and let me tell you, it’s harder and takes a lot longer than it looks!

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Me with Everly co-founders and sisters, Adri & Fabe. 🙂

The show itself was in.sane, particularly the first day. We were on our feet for 12 hours, doing back to back (to back) sales with buyers. It was my first time doing sales/retail (like, ever, in life), and as an introvert, it was pretty mentally draining (not to mention physically). At the same time, it was pretty cool meeting and talking to tons of people from all over the U.S. By the end of the day, our feet were aching and our heads were spinning, so we got back to the hotel, ordered room service, and knocked out. Repeat Wednesday, ending with a team dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab.

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Above: Our team of 8, ready to go on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, respectively. We’re all decked out in Everly clothing! It was fun choosing our outfits each day.

After our last day of sales on Thursday, everyone flew home, except me and Fabe. The two of us finished up packing, had a late dinner at Pho Kim Long off the strip, and slept like babies.

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Empty booth, all packed up and ready to be broken down and stored for the next Magic

On Friday morning, Fabe and I went back to the convention center one last time to finish packing, and then we finally flew home. Home sweet home.

A big thanks to Fabe & Adri for taking a chance on me and hiring me to coordinate Magic this year! It was a great experience and I learned tons. We had an amazing team of sweet and hard-working girls, which made the whole thing so much easier. Now, time to catch up on sleep all week. 🙂

Everly’s Booth in Progress

[This is a scheduled post… I’m at WWD Magic until tomorrow!]

It’s Thursday morning, which means it’s the last day of Magic. Thought I would share some behind-the-scenes pictures of Everly’s booth, pre-show!

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The booth is built in such a way that it can be easily assembled and broken down. Here it is at our booth designer’s warehouse in Carson.

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Adri and Fabe watching the progress

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Letters of the Everly logo ready to be mounted!

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It’s up! Testing it with a few lights.

After the booth is built, it’s broken down and shipped in crates over to Vegas, where the builders put it together.

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Arrived safe and sound at Magic. You can see all the pieces of the booth in the crates on the left.. our flooring’s been unrolled and laid out.

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The completed sign!

I’ll post pictures of the finished booth (with the 500 pieces of clothing displayed) next week! Happy Thursday!

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. 🙂

Life Right Now

It’s been two weeks since my life turned insanely busy (seemingly overnight), and I am pretty exhausted. No. Very exhausted. A look into some things I’ve been doing (briefly mentioned in my post here)…

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I’ve been working at Everly Clothing a few days a week to help coordinate their upcoming exhibit at WWD Magic (fashion tradeshow). We have 2 weeks left to go, and then we’re off to Las Vegas for a week with a bajillion other exhibitors from around the world. My time at Everly is spent multi-tasking like I’ve never multi-tasked before, and even though I consider myself OCD-organized, it challenges my capabilities to the max. I do love that I make tons of checklists though, because every day, I’ve been checking off boxes like no one’s business. Pictured above right– sneak peek from Everly’s ridiculously beautiful SS14 look book!

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A couple Saturdays ago, I freelanced at a wedding with Love & Splendor again. I had a blast with these crazy girls! They are so sweet and kind and hard-working… such a blessing to be able to work with them. 🙂

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A picture of the beautiful sweetheart table. The venue was the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Such a pretty space!

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And finally, I’ve been interning with Bramble Workshop. Here’s a Smilebooth backdrop I helped Jessica make for Method‘s photobooth at Alt Summit. Fringed tons and tons of silver mylar (and cut tons and tons of green fabric), and she sewed it all together. So crazy. Pictured above right– Jessica’s adorable dog Basho models in front of the mylar strips.

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Here it is in action! Hopefully someday, I’ll be able to actually attend Alt Summit (in Salt Lake City every year). Photographs above from Say Yes blog’s IG here, and Method’s IG here.

….That’s pretty much it. Of course, I’m still doing my OT work, and I started my weekly Photoshop class. Keeping busy for now, but who knows what next month will bring. 🙂 Taking things one week (sometimes day) at a time.

The end.

A Hot Mess

Today, I turn 29 years old, and my life feels like a flippin’ hot mess– more so than any other year of my adult life thus far. It’s been 5 months since I quit my full-time job, and instead of finding another full-time job, or two part-time jobs (as originally planned), I’m dabbling in multiple little things.

Here’s what I’ve been up to since I quit:

  • I started working 3 afternoons a week at a pediatric OT clinic. Gotta keep up those OT skillzz.
  • I started freelancing as an assistant coordinator for Love & Splendor, an event design/coordinating firm. My first wedding with them here; my second wedding is this Saturday!
  • I met with Zoie Events (another event design/coordinating firm) and will be starting freelance work for them as well this year.
  • I started interning with Bramble Workshop, an event styling/store display company, one morning a week.
  • Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working with Everly clothing twice a week to coordinate and work the WWDMAGIC trade show in Vegas next month
  • Also starting tomorrow, I’ll be taking a Photoshop class one evening a week at the Armory in Pasadena for the next few months.

Aside from all of that, I’m still blogging twice a week, trying to teach myself photography with my new DSLR, am continuing to serve at my church on Sundays and attend small group weekly, and am going to Bar Method 3x/week (3..ish -_-).


Despite the craziness that is my life, I’m so thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way since taking my leap of faith and leaving a stable job. It’s been a huge lifestyle change, and my OCD-type-A personality is being massively stretched, but I’ve been learning to live in the unknown. Giving myself this time to explore my interests and passions has been the best gift I could give myself, regardless of the fact that it’s scary. Really scary.

29, bring it. It’s gonna be a good year.

PS- My blog got a little facelift! New banner made by Jason of Onigiri Everyday— lurvin’ his calligraphy skillzz. Look out for our next collabo DIY post coming soon.

PPS- All of my links should be now be showing up as teal, not pink (YAY no more pink)– but things are kinda glitchy, especially in Safari, so please be patient as I figure things out. 🙂

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!

A Day Full of Love & Splendor

Last Friday, I had the privilege of freelancing as an assistant coordinator with the lovely ladies of Love & Splendor, an event design firm. I’ve been a huge fan of their work so it was such an honor to join them! We coordinated a wedding for Van Ness Wu and Arissa Cheo at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. What a GORGEOUS venue for a snazzy couple. The bride and groom enforced a no photograph policy all day (minus the actual photographers, of course), so the pictures below have been credited with the appropriate sources.

We started off the day in one of the villas (pictured below), where the girls had slept over the night before, and did some last minute detail work, like stamping muslin bags with a monogram and filling them with confetti. This probably sounds torturous to some but I love doing stuff like this. 🙂


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Afterwards, we headed to the venue site and helped set up for the reception along with all the vendors, including Mike ColónJose Ortiz FilmsWhite Lilac and Casa de Perrin. By the time we were finished, the room was filled with gorgeous canopies of flowers, candles in hanging glass orbs, beautiful place settings, and tons of intricate details.


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No pictures of the ceremony site, but the picture above is from Pelican Hill Resort’s website, and you get can a good idea of the general set-up and the ocean view– it was unreal, especially as the sun was setting during the ceremony and cocktail hour.

I manned the guest check-in with a few of the cousins of the bride and groom, flanked by Pelican Hill security. Following cocktail hour, we made sure the reception went smoothly. It was ridiculously hectic at times (think: literally running at some points), but the L&S girls were super on top of things. During the less busy times, we were able to take turns eating dinner, sample the desserts, and take photo-booth pictures.

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The photo booth had a custom step-and-repeat! Silly girls.

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Above: The only personal picture of the day, taken on the balcony of the villa by the girls’ makeup artist from 10.11 Makeup— Me, Koko, Angel, and Michelle. Aren’t they gorgeous??

I needed an outfit that was black-tie-appropriate but would also be comfortable enough to move around in– enter Rent the Runway, where I found this Nha Khanh dress. I loved it so much! It was black with lace detailing, knee-length, classy, comfortable, and had a pretty back cut-out. I paired it with black Tahari plaform pumps with gold detailing and a gold+pearl J.Crew necklace. Better pictures of the dress below:

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Pictures via Neiman Marcus

Van Ness and Arissa posted a few pictures on their Instagram accounts following the wedding, via photographer Mike Colón (eeep, his work is to die for…!)–

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Aren’t they just stunning?? A few more pictures of the details– place-card menus here, their Louboutin shoes here (!!!), and their invitations/favors here. Truly a “rock-and-roll-fairy-tale-glam” wedding… which is exactly what they were going for. 😉

All in all, I was up from 5am to 1am the next day (20 hours) and “on the clock” for 15+ of those hours…! Longest day ever but so fun (and worth the cold I woke up with the next morning :X). Hopefully, I’ll get to freelance again soon. Thanks, L&S!!