December 30, 2011

happy new year :)

 (dress: betsey johnson, floral crown: rouge pony, tiara: claire's)

"there are places I'll remember

all my life though some have changed

some forever not for better

some have gone and some remain

all these places have their moments

with lovers and friends

  i still can recall

some are dead and some are living

in my life i've loved them all"

 ~In My Life, The Beatles

hope everyone has an amazing and blessed new year's eve filled with lots of love, laughter, and smiles :)

i've been so blessed in 2011 and can't wait for what God has in store for me in 2012!!!

lots of love to you! XO

ps. i love impromptu photo shoots in my bedroom ;)

December 29, 2011

leopard print, audrey, and marilyn

i spent the day with my mama :) we ran some errands and then had dinner at my aunts and came home to watch some oldies but goodies!

top: zara
jacket: h&m
jeans: ae
boots: bandalino
bag: ebay
(my fav pair EVER, and they only cost $10! i even have them in black, and yes, i love these more than my 2 chanel sunglasses ;)

night all! 
xo :)

December 27, 2011

it's a wonderful life rose colored lenses...or in my case a pair of chanel sunglasses :)

these sunglasses were a bday gift to myself :) purchased at the chanel boutique in boston! i wanted the prada baroque sunglasses, but ended up purchasing the chanel.

and everytime i apply revlon's softsilver rose, i'm reminded of holly golightly from breakfast at tiffany's! the particular scene where she's applying her lipstick and saying "a girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick"...this is a color you can apply without a mirror and while on the go!

blush: stila convertible cheek color in fuchsia and nyx desert rose
eyeliner: milani liquif'eye in blue
mascara: nyx 
lips: revlon softsilver rose 

hope you're having a lovely and blessed day! 

December 26, 2011

flower crowns, lace, and brighton...

with a few days off from work, i've had a chance to relax and do some of the things that i love...spend time with family, watch movies, read a good book, and finally make my flower crown :)

 it took me a little while to do (approximately 1 hour) since i'm a bit inexperienced and not very talented in the craft department but it was worth it! i love how it turned out :) can't wait to make another!

and this is what i wore today to watch the movie, sherlock holmes! i highly recommend the movie...if you loved the first one, you'll love the second. also, robert downey jr. is such a great actor...loved him in iron man too. i was also pleasantly surprised that the movie repeatedly referenced brighton, england :) i love that little has a special place in my heart as i spent a summer studying abroad in that city by the sea :)

sweater: anne taylor loft
thermal: urban outfitters
dress & mesh slip: free people
bag: ebay
ring: mint julep 
tights: francesca's collection
socks: snow socks from my sis :)
boots: steve madden

blush: bare escentuals fruit cocktail
lipstick: ysl rouge pur couture no. 7 fucshia
eyeliner: milani liquif'eye in blue 
mascara: NYX

pretty, ruffley, lacey slip dress from free people boutique in harvard square :)

  brighton beach summer 2005 :)

good night xoxo

December 24, 2011

merry christmas...and red lipstick!

merry christmas eve :) i'm so happy to have a few days off from work and spend time with my family! my little brother is visiting from kentucky and surprised my family!! despite the excitement of the holidays, i have this cold/ cough...aka bronchitis that i can't shake off. praying i have a little christmas miracle tomorrow and my cough is gone! wouldn't that be nice ;)

today i'm spending the day with my brother :) going to watch some funny movies and drink lots of hot cocoa and eat lots and lots of christmas cookies! since i'm sick, i decided to don on some red lipstick. red lipstick instantly makes me feel glam. so when i'm especially feeling not-so-glam, i slap on some red lipstick! i'm seriously contemplating buying another red. i currently have 3 in my collection (mac russian red, chanel rouge coco gabrielle, chanel rouge allure lover) and looking at adding nars shanghai doesn't that sound exotic :)

 one of my favorite things to do at christmas - drive around and look at christmas lights :)

christmas 2007 in orange county (newport beach, ca)...such beautiful sunsets :)

mac russian red :)

i hope you have a very merry christmas!!! 

hugs and kisses to you and your family :) XO

December 11, 2011

boston trip

i'm baaaack! i had such a great mini vacation and wonderful birthday in boston with my sister :)

just some photos of the fun times we had.

 my sister surprised me with tickets to see the nutcracker for my birthday!! :)

birthday brunch at gaslight! my new fav brunch place :)

gorgeous walk through the boston commons

got my hair did and nails done ;) love gelish nails! 

birthday dinner at top of the hub in the prudential building!

beautiful city view :)

birthday wishes :)

 photo op at the nutcracker..haha

delicious brunch at max brenners...gotta love chocolate :)

and of course there was shopping...

and miss this face already!!! xo

November 23, 2011

happy thanksgiving :)

hope everyone has an amazingly beautiful and blessed thanksgiving!

i have so many things and people to be thankful for this year!! :) i'm currently grateful that i'm able to leave work a wee bit early and go celebrate with my friends tonight with some mexican food...carne asada fries to be exact!!! i haven't had that since i went to college down in san diego! for some reason, it's just not that popular up in the SF bay area :(

anyway, how cute is the little baby costume below? a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!

 happy thanksgiving to all! may it be blessed with lots of love and gratitude!
and with lots of yummy food ;)

November 20, 2011

excited for my birthday!

yay! it's almost my birthday and i'm actually really excited :) celebrating my birthday has never truly been an exciting time for me...mainly b/c my birthday always fell right before finals as a kid/student. then when i graduated college and started working, i thought i had made it through the "woods" and could finally enjoy my birthday...but then i started working in finance...and for those of you who work in finance you know what i mean when i say "month end revenue close"- you ain't going anywhere, anytime soon that first week of the month, haha. i also met a boy soon after i graduated college, and suffice to say we had our crazy-rollercoaster-4 yr-on/off-relationship, which was spent most times than not fighting around my yeah...let's just say i'm super excited for this year's celebration :)

i'm going to visit my sister in boston!! i can't wait to see boston in all its christmas glory :D the past 8 years that i've been visiting my sister in boston, i've never made my way there during christmas time. AND now since i don't work in finance, i can take a few days off for my birthday to celebrate!!! i've been so obsessed with picking out my birthday outfit...yes, i was up until 6:30 am making online purchases last night/ this morning hahaha...i can't help it! i've got a couple of bday dress outfits picked out/ ordered...1) pink, fluffy, cupcake, princess-y betsey johnson dress :) or 2) magenta/ fuchsia bandage dress from, i think i'm going to wear the fluffy betsey dress...i can't help but wanting to feel like a princess for my birthday :)

pretty little betsey dresses i'll be bringing with me to boston :) and of course i'll be wearing my warm down parka over these! boston winters can be brutal!

(image from pixel and hank
bought these cute pink, glitter bow shoe clips from etsy!!! cannot wait to pair them with my olsenboye glitter heels! have i told you how much i love ETSY??? haha love shopping on this site and buying from some of the most creative and talented people out there!

 whole outfit paired with this tiara? ;) haha i'm such a dork!

soooo excited for the upcoming thanksgiving break! can't wait to read elizabeth gaskell's novels during thanksgiving and my mini birthday vacay!! also, after watching alex from HRH collection, i couldn't help but pick up a planner..and for me it had to be hot pink! i've always been a list maker and just used scraps of paper, but now, i'm attempting to be a little more grown up and use a day planner :) and this planner of course doesn't replace my work blackberry outlook calendar...i live by that calendar! 

...and lastly, fake lashes. i love the look of falsies but am too lazy to apply them. saw these in the beauty supply store (with the animal print make-up bag which i'm loving next to the hot pink btw) and grabbed them up! i've honestly only worn fake lashes 2 times in my life (college graduation and one halloween). i think these will be fun for my birthday night out :)

hope you had a relaxing weekend :) for those of you in the US...yay for a short week!
can't wait for thanksgiving :)


November 13, 2011

sleep, make-up, and shoes

i slept 12 hours last night and it was glorious. i woke up feeling refreshed, alive, and healthier. that's what a good night's rest can do for you. work's been crazy busy (i even headed back into the office on a sat afternoon to get some stuff done) and honestly, i don't see it calming down until maybe jan? ok enough work talk, let's talk about some make-up and shoes :)

last weekend, i was on the hunt for 2 cute outfits for work b/c 2 execs from our nyc office were coming into town for meetings with our advertising sales group, so we had to dress our best and look sharp. and well, really, just another reason for me to go shopping ;) i had chosen some outfits and then realized i needed some shoes. the below is a compilation from DSW, nordstrom rack, and ebay. love love love my boots!

 left to right: cole haan booties, madden girl boots, ralph lauren riding boots

these are pour la victoire flats i've been wanting for so long. i belive these are from last year's collection that i got from ebay :)

and then this weekend (after a tough week of work) i was in the mood to treat myself :) ok before i dive right into the make-up, let me tell you about alex from HRH collection. i've been following her blog now for about a month or so and looking at it casually. then for some reason thursday night i started watching some of her youtube videos and by friday night i was hooked! she is such a sweet, gorgeous, and fun girl who is super creative! i love her jewelry and cannot wait to purchase some necklaces, rings, and bracelets! i've never really been into her style (boyfriend blazers and such) but she is soo pretty and makes the outfits work! i'm very inspired by her style :) and, while watching her videos, she consistently mentioned her fav lipstick - chanel's rouge coco in gabrielle (a pretty red color). sooo, that lipstick immediately was put on my list of things to get. and below is what i ended up purchasing at my local chanel make-up counter. i only wanted 1 lipstick and what did i come back with? 2 lipsticks, 1 gloss, 1 powder, and 1 perfume. yup, this is how my shopping usually goes..haha.

 left to right: rouge coco in gabrielle, rouge allure in lover :)
my friend has this gloss and it's so pretty! this is my new everyday lip color for work :) 
the color is rose pearl

i've always loved lip gloss and lipstick but leaned more towards glosses in college and my early twenties. now i'm discovering and truly appreciating lipsticks. i feel more refined and put together with lipstick :) whenever i apply lipstick i feel like i'm back in the late 1800s or early 1900s...yea i'm crazy like that ;) now don't get me wrong, i still love a good gloss as well!

ok, completely random, but i've been so obsessed with these cheese puffs! i bought them at a whole foods while i was in omaha a few months ago and cannot stop eating these! they're SO good!

and on a final note, i've been lusting after these prada shades. i'm not a huge sunglass type of girl, but i LOVE these and want them so badly!

hope you had a fabulous and relaxing weekend! here's to a great new week :)

good night! xo
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