February 20, 2011

The little things in life...

10 things that have made me exceedingly happy
[while at home this weekend]:
  1. watching the bruins play an awesome basketball game against Cal (unfortunately we lost).
  2. going back to my hometown's library (where I spent hours tutoring kids in high school.  I miss it.).
  3. eating thai food in front of the fire place.
  4. falling asleep on the couch while watching tv.
  5. eating tangerines off our tree.
  6. not having to wear shower shoes.
  7. catching up on episodes of The Nate Show with my mom.
  8. taking the dogs on a walk at sunset as a family.
  9. wearing my jammies all day long because it was raining and I had no place to be.
  10. long conversations with my parents over tea.

February 17, 2011

Spring Trends.

I enjoy educating myself on trends in fashion but as a rule of thumb, I try not to allow trends dictate what I choose to wear.  If I get too caught up in what's in at the moment and what is "so last year" then I lose my own personal sense of style.  As a sewer and crafter, it is really important to me that I do not dilute my perspective when it comes to design.  Its always exciting, however, when the current trends just happen to align nicely with my own style.  This is precisely why am thrilled about this year's spring fashions.  70s inspired wide-leg trousers, crocheted fabrics, longer hemlines on skirts, and pops of bright peachy-oranges all made their way onto the runway at fashion week this year.  What's most exciting is that I own a few pieces like these already.  I can't wait to shop my own closet and maybe pick up a few new pieces along the way.
70s Style Wide-Leg Pant.
Crocheted and Macrame Fabrics.
Pops of Orange.
Longer Skirts.
1. Anthropologie  J Brand High Rise Flare
4. Anthropologie Crochet Caricature Blouse
6. Banana Republic Skinny fashion belt

February 14, 2011

Old Fashioned.

photo credit: chellywelly-photobucket.com
Disclaimer:  I take no credit for today's post.  The wonderful woman who wrote the letter below gave me permission to share it with you all.  I think that it is brilliant, precious, and very applicable given that today is Valentine's Day.  
By the way, Happy Valentine's Day!

Dear Son,

I just wanted to give you a one time advice on dating.  Your dad and I have a rule of don’t give your grown children advice unless they ask for it, but I feel my job as your mother is to train you in all areas.  I am not sure I have done this in the area of dating.  Please disregard this, if you want to, or bear through it as agonizing as it may be and maybe take one or two things that may be useful.  I have so much confidence in you that you know what to do, so I think it’s mostly my thing as your mom hoping I equipped you properly.  I know this is a whole new generation of dating and these suggestions probably seem old fashioned, but your dad and I have been successfully married for 28years and it’s worked for us. Hahaha…  Get a good laugh out of it if anything or better yet save this for your kids when they start dating and really have a good laugh.  They will think their grandparents were from the dark ages.  Here goes:
  • If you see her before your date, let her know you are excited about it.
  • Women like details.  Let her know, ahead of time, what time and some idea of what you will be doing on date.  They think about how long they have to get ready, are we going to be outside and will it be cold,  what kind of shoes if you will be walking a lot, etc.  Don’t have to be specific, just general.  Say it’s going to be casual, dressy, etc.
  • Pray before you go to pick her up and before your meal together.
  • Compliment her on how she looks when you pick her up.  Women go to a lot of work getting ready.  Let her know you noticed.
  • Open doors for her.  Your dad always walks on street side of sidewalk when strolling along streets.  Chivalry you know.  Hahaha…
  • Women like to feel safe.  Avoid dark alleys, driving fast, etc.  hahaha..
  • Remember where you park.  More chivalry.  Hahaha..
  • Don’t forget wallet.  Pretty obvious.  You’d be surprised how many guys overlook this one.  Hahaha..
  • Make good conversation.  Drink some coffee if you need a boost.  Ask her questions about her family, school, interests, and vacations. Keep it balanced.  Share about yourself, too.
  • Remember you are a student.  No need to spend a lot of money on a date.  Godly women really care more about creativity on a date than how much you spend on them. 
  • Plan the date ahead.  Don’t wait till she gets in car and say “so, what do you want to do?”  A definite no, no.   She wants to know you put some effort into it.
  • So you are more comfortable, maybe go to a restaurant where you are familiar.  
  • If you are sitting in a booth at restaurant, don’t sit too far away from her.  It’s o.k. on a date to sit a little closer than you would normally with a friend.  Awkward!!
  • When you drop her off, let her know you had a great time and hope you can do it again sometime soon.  Women need positive reinforcement, too.
  • If you liked her and date went well.  Call her next day and let her know again how much fun you had and can you pray for her about anything in the coming week. 
Thanks for letting me do my job.

Love being your mom,

February 13, 2011

You're the God of this city.

View of Los Angeles from the Getty Museum 2/12/11

You're the God of this city
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You Are

You're the light in this darkness
You're the hope to the hopeless
You're the peace to the restless
You are

For there is no one like our God
There is no one like You God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

"God of this City" by Chris Tomlin

February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day.

Confession.  I really enjoy Valentine's Day.  Like a lot.  You definitely don't have to have a boyfriend to celebrate Valentine's Day.  It is a good excuse to make crafts for people and eat candy (the white candy hearts are my favorite!).  Lets be honest, who doesn't like crafts and candy?  I remember the good old days in elementary school when everyone in class exchanged valentines.  This weekend I plan to keep that tradition alive and spread some love by making homemade valentines with a couple of girlfriends.  I've been drawing inspiration from these adorable and slightly unconventional valentine ideas.

Heart-Shaped Tea Bag
I love this idea.  So cute and perfect for tea lovers!
Felt Fortune Cookies
This is so fun because you can personalize the fortunes.
Heart Bookmark
Easy, cute, practical. Done.
Happy Crafting!

February 7, 2011


Tonight consists of a PB&J sandwich dinner, sweatpants/sweatshirt ensemble, Mozart on pandora, and a little studying for my Greeks midterm tomorrow.  Mundane? Perhaps. But I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.  It is absolutely perfect!

February 6, 2011

Marathon of a week.

UCLA vs. USC basketball game.
Santa Monica Pier with friends.
3rd Street Promenade shopping spree with the girls (future roommates). 

Ever have just an extra special week?  Aren't they just great?!  Looking back on this past week I can hardly believe how I managed to go on so many exciting adventures.  Here's a recap of just some of the highlights...

  • UCLA vs. USC basketball game at Pauley Pavilion. We won.
  • Korean barbecue dinner at Gushi that turned into a public transportation adventure to Venice and a several mile walk along the beach from Venice to the Santa Monica pier.
  • Along the journey we played on a jungle gym, got Crepes (banana nutella crepe) at Café Crêpe, and caught the last bus back to UCLA just in the nick of time.
  • A second trip to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade for a little shopping and girl time.
  • Dinner at BJ's (BBQ chicken pizza) in Westwood for a birthday celebration followed by the famous Diddy Riese (oatmeal raisin cookie sandwich with vanilla ice cream). 
What a week!