Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wedding Planning Update

MARRY Saturday folks!! It's been a while since I last caught you all up with my wedding planning, but that's because things have been chaotic in life, and surprisingly smooth sailing (for now) with the planning process. Here are some updates!

:: one ::
Last time we met for Marry Saturday, I was talking about wedding dress options! Welp since then, I've narrowed it down from two dresses to THE one! So happy and I'm thrilled to show you all when I wear it in 81 days!

:: two ::
Mark also got fitted for his suit, and I la la LOVE it!! It's perfect for Maui, and for him!! 

:: three ::
We got the bridesmaids dresses ordered. Since my lovely ladies are spread out in Cali and Washington, we had to go the smartest route and order online! So that we did, and are now awaiting for them to come in the mail to see if any tailoring needs to be done. Although I haven't decided on shoes yet... I'm debating between wedges or open toed bedazzled flats. 

:: four ::
We also chose the groomsmen attire too! Since most of them are in Arizona (with one exception living here in Oregon), they will be going to the closest Men's Wearhouse to get fitted for their pants! AND they're having a deal right now... buy one get one free!! HOLLA!

:: five ::
As you read yesterday, we finally got our invites out in the mail!

:: six ::
My lovely (almost) mother in law and BFF (almost sister in law) are working on our party favors, and they are dahhhling!! Here's a sneak peak of some of the ingredients to create this masterpiece favor!

:: seven ::
Two of my nearest and dearest aunties, Aunty One and Aunty June, recently made a weekend trip out to Maui to scope out the scene. By surprise, they were met up by my other super duper close cousin, Richard and his wifee Rho Rho, who stayed for a few days too!! They drove around Maui together to check out vendors! They even got to scope out the house that the wedding will be at! They were able to bring back plenty of information as to who to talk to and where to order from! I'm SO thankful they were able to go out there to see the location and peep out the scene... AND I'm super happy they went to get away from reality (they're honestly two of the most hardest working women I know and will do anything for our family!).

Aunty One

Aunty June
Sooooo, what we're in the process of finalizing is:
  • The DJ (or band)
  • Wedding Cake
  • Florist and arrangements needed
  • Shoes for the BM's and GM's
  • Last but not least, so Etsy ordering will be done!

We've got plenty prospects... it's just a matter of choosing things we like, and of course can afford in our budget, especially since we didn't hit the Mega Millions last night!

Til the next update... Marry Saturday my peeps!

Friday, March 30, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Oh, happy day.... it's FRIDAY!! Spring break or not, a Friday is a Friday in my books!!

I'm High Fiving Friday, and linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk once again to highlight my five most favorite things from this past week!


:: one ::
My boo and I shared a delish Sunday night meal together, and had steak, potatoes, and artichoke! Oh... and wine! Scrummy in my tummy!

Pretty Artichokes Before

...And After

:: two ::
I broke in my new kicks (thanks to my boo) and the brightness actually motivated me to step it up a notch! I LOVEEEE Nike Free's... they are super duper light on your feet, and they come in all different colors! I have a black pair, coral pair and now PAAAANK pair :)

:: three ::
We finally got these puppies out and in the mail... so happy that I was able to get the cutie patootie wedding stamps we used for our STD's!

:: four ::
I received some updated dahhhhling pics of my little niecey-poo, KayCee!!

:: five ::
I'm at the last stages of my data collection, which means more work in analyzing the data, but super thankful I'll be able to start that stage and keep the progress going :) 
**A special and warm-hearted THANK YOU for all of you who supported me and recruited your peeps for my dissertation survey!! I couldn't have done it without your help and persistence... that's a FACT!!!** 

Link up with From My Grey Desk, and High Five YOUR Friday!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Love of my Life

Happy Thursday! One day away from Friday heyyyy!!

I'm taking this time on my Free Fallin' Thursday to praise and share the love I have for my love, my all, my fiance, Mark! This is proabably one of the peak times I am drowning in stress.... collecting my data for my dissertation and trying to move forward towards the finish line... 83 days away from the big day... working a few jobs... and just dealing with life and being away from my family. 

No matter how low I feel, he's there with a smile... When he sees the tension in my face (which I can no longer hide from him), he pulls me away from my computer... When I cry, he assures me that no matter what happens, it will work out in the end, and we'll celebrate the victory together. This man was God sent to me and for me. Without him in my life, I wouldn't have any sanity. 

I will always celebrate him being in my life, as my (almost) husband, and that's more than I can ask for :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just Some Pinning Up In Hea!

Happy hump day Wednesday pretties :) Middle of the week, and time is flying on this gloomy spring break week. Catch up time flies more than I thought it would which is scurry! Looks like I need to make a list of what to accomplish each day... otherwise, I'm scattered all over the place!

Nothing is scattered about today though... ecstatic for oh, how pinteresting wednesday! Linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple, let's start our top ten already!

:: one ::
adore the simplicity of this
Pinned here

:: two ::
gotsta' try this DIY... like adding it to the 'to do' list for this week!
Add here

:: three ::
these heels are gorg, and I wanna twirl in this skirt! 
Pinned here

:: four ::
love her blog (Selective Potential), love her outfits, and love her!
Pinned here

 :: five ::
ahhh the small of the ocean.. just 84 more days!
Pinned here

:: six ::
bangles... love these colors and shapes
Pinned here

:: seven ::
DIY crepe flowers... another craft I must attack
Pinned here

:: eight ::
dear summer, i miss you and you need to surprise me already
Pinned here

:: nine ::
I'd kill to have a magic button in life
Pinned here

:: ten ::
Pinned here

BTW, if you haven't heard, my bestie, LC is on Pinterest!! Read about it here, and follow her here :)

Don't forget to link up on this fine pinning Wednesday with The Vintage Apple!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Happy Tuesday lovely readers! And it's an Educate Me Tuesday celebrated with a bit of Q&A about me and this bloggy blog! So sit back and educate yourself on some of my history :)

I was tagged by Momma B on some Q&A time, which I am dying to get to! Momma B is such a cute blog... I love seeing pictures of her baby boy and her TO DIE for recipes!! Check her out!

Not only do I wanna share these answers with you, but I really want this chance to ask YOU guys some questions! Here we go!

The rules:
* Post these rules
* Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you
* Create 11 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag
* Tag 11 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)

Here are the questions I received:

1. When did you start blogging?
I just started blogging January of this year!

2. What made you start your blog?
I wanted to reflect back on things I'm grateful for each and every day... I also wanted to capture the little things that were important throughout my days, but seem to get lost when school and work becomes chaotic.... I blog to live in the moment!

3. What do you like to read about on other people's blogs?
I love to read and look at fashion posts, LOVEEEE DIY projects, and my love for photography is growing by the second!! Not that I'm a good photographer or anything, but I love admiring other peoples' work of art!

4. Have you ever regretted anything you've blogged?

5. What state/country are you from?
I'm from CALI-for-NI-AYE!

6. Where was the last place you went on vacation?
Western Samoa last June, and it was pure bliss!

7. Would you go back?
Of course! Back to visit family and to eat my liver away with all that scrummy cultural food! :)

8. Where's your favorite place to shop?
H&M, Nordstrom, Forever 21, and Kohl's (just for LC Lauren Conrad's line)

9. What's your favorite nail polish?
OPI Pink-A-Doodle

10. Are you a 'pinner'?
Am I?!?! Pshhhht I'm offended by this question (joking). Check me out here!

11. Have you ever done anything you've pinned? Make a recipe/project/etc...
Sho have!! And the list keeps growing... my fave is the DIY jewelry holder here:

I'm tagging:
Kara @ Styled With Life
Simone @ Busy as a Honey Bee
Ashlyn @ let it be beautiful
Liz @ Liz's Lovely Life
Celeste @ Life as Twiggy
Michelle @ The Vintage Apple
Leigh Anne @ Hart to Heart
Steph @ Steph's Sweet Life
Lindsey @ Sensible Nonsense
Brooke @ The Soon Ohana

And here's what I wanna know... if you aren't able to keep the tagging post going, no worries, but I would still la la love to hear your answers! Let's get to know each other gals!

1.  What high school did you graduate from?
2.  What's the most exciting post you have done to date?
3.  Who is your blog-bestie?
4.  What would you do for the rest of your life (if money wasn't an issue)?
5.  Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
6.  Do you have any dogs? If so, POST a pic!
7.  What's the first blog you started reading (like daily)?
8. Who's your celebrity crush?
9.  What show MUST you watch (or else your week falls apart)?
10.  Do you have any brothers and/or sisters?
11.  What inspires you? 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mani Monday

Happy Monday Funday!! I've been MIA this weekend on here, only because I really had to buckle down with some school, work and wedding tasks! But it feels oh so good to be back in action on this fine Monday morning!! 

Thought I would take an approach from TBD (a site I visit daily!), and have a Mani Monday! The simplest thing to change up your outfit and accessorize are your nails! You don't need to do much shopping for painting your nails, as long as you've started a collection of a few bottles of polish at home!

Here are some of my fave manicures yet to date!!

Good ol' sparkle on the ring finger

 Gotta love my bows

Very tribal and very cute

Simplest and cutest POP to add to a mani are dots

Love the sparkly french tip

Mock of the polka dotted shirt

Another cute polka dot look

Who says those circle stickers to patch up holes were ever a waste?
Have any designs you want to share that you've tried? How about any tips for inpatient people like myself who have a hard time waiting for polish to full dry??

Happy Mani Monday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

High Five For Friday

Dear Friday, I MISSED YOU!! This week was super exhausting... staying up late nights, waking up at the crack of dawn to work out before going to work, and pounding the pavement trying to collect as much data as I possibly could for my dissertation.

Just so happy I can take a deep breath of fresh FRIDAY air!!!

Linking up with Lauren once again at From My Grey Desk, let's shine a light of on the five most fave things from this past week!

:: one ::
We got the most snow we've had in the past year in ONE day! It snowed a blizzard, and didn't stop all day long... but the day after was bliss!

:: two ::
I finally went out and grabbed some of the infamous Baby Lips, and I la la LOVE it (Pink Punch is my FAVE)!!

:: three ::
We finally finished printing our wedding invitations, and all we need to do is assemble and address em... and OFF they go!

:: four ::
I did my first sponsor spotlight with Kara at Styled With Life! It was a blast in a glass to have my first guest over and sponsor swap it up! ;)

:: five ::
Today (after work) marks the first day of Spring Break! It'd be nice to be have some sunshine and a beach...Nevertheless, I can catch up with school and life without having to go int he office!!

What are you boasting over from this past week? Link up with From My Grey Desk!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meet and Greet with Kara!

Happy Free Fallin' Thursday my lovely frannnds!! This is a first (and hopefully first of many) sponsor spotlight action on this lil' blog here!

First up is the lovely Kara with Styled With Life! She's an interior designer, and I aboslutely adore her outfits (nuff said!).. so you've gotsta' check her blog out!

Here she be!
Styled With Life

Hey! My name is Kara, and I'm a 20- something just starting out in the blogging world! (I’m really loving it!) I was born in Idaho, have lived up and down the coast of California, but feel most at home in the Bay Area. It’s where I went to college, work, and most importantly where I spend time with my wonderful family and friends. I love fashion, interior design, bad reality TV, bright colors, neutrals, rom-coms, animals, Kristin Wiig and Keri Russell (just to name a few things!) I’ve come to a place in my life where I’m learning to love the little things and take in every moment. I am constantly reminded of how lucky of a girl I am. I find time for gratitude everyday.

Styled With Life is a “lifestyle blog” where I share my love of fashion, interior design and products I’ve come across. I also love to share tidbits of my life, work, family and friends. I’d love for you to stop by, and maybe even stay awhile! I look forward to meeting you! 

What are you waiting for?? Go peep her blog out at Styled With Life!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Another Pin-ful Wednesday!

Happy hump day my lovely peeps!! Love Wednesdays... it marks the middle of the week, which means the rest is down hill, anddddd another chance to shine them pins that you've stacked up on your Pinterest!

Linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple, cheers to an Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

:: one ::
I'm in a zone with all these bright colors for Spring and all, that it's manifested in my eye for food!
Pinned here

:: two ::
Love everything about these... wood heels and gold!
Pinned here

:: three ::
These colors are adorbs! Shimmer and all :)
Pinned here

:: four ::
Fist bump with the bestayyy
Pinned here

:: five ::
I love how the pop of yellow makes this fit!
Pinned here

:: six ::
The cutest idea to track your traveling journey!
Pinned here

:: seven ::
Floral pants and sheer blouse and ADORB strapped shoes
Pinned here

:: eight ::
These flower tea light holders are the cutest things!
Pinned here

:: nine ::
Mint skinnies are so my thang!
Pinned here

:: ten ::
Not sure if this would hold me and my boo, but love it!
Pinned here

What are you waiting for?! Link it up already with The Vintage Apple!
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