Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 New Years Resolutions.

Pay off all debts.

Most of us had that moment back when we were 18 and had the power of a credit card burning in our little fingers... and then forgot to pay the bill.  Or, those unexpected and highly expensive medical bills that seem to take forever to pay off.  This year, I want to take on my debt head first and get it all taken care of.  This is a joint resolution for both Nick and I.  Once we get married, we want to have clean slates to start our lives together.

Follow my fashion inspiration.

I've always loved off kilter fashion... the preppy but fun look (like Blair Waldorf).  But, I also really love casual styles as well.  In 2013, I want to build a wardrobe around my personality.  Instead of buying super trendy pieces, I want items that are good quality and something I can actually see myself wearing a few years from now.  Some sites I am looking into to help me with this are Daily Look and J Crew.

Make a house a home.

Not only are Nick and I going to get married this year (we hope... plans may be moved to Feb 2014 depending on his job situation), but we are moving into our own place within the next few months.  I really cannot wait to take the space we will live in and turn it into something special for the four of us (can't forget our boys- Awesomo and Nijel!).  I have so many ideas and Pinterest will definitely become even more of my best friend in helping me come up ways to decorate.  It may sound crazy, but I am looking forward to scrubbing our own bathtubs!

Happy New Year to You and Yours!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

engagement photos.

On Christmas Eve we received one of the best gifts ever!  Our engagement photos arrived and I am so excited to share a few of them...

It's so difficult to just pick a few because I feel like our photographer, Brooke, really captured our personalities.  In all honesty, Nick HATES taking pictures so it was fun to get him to laugh and smile in front of the camera.  

I especially love this last photo because the rain was pouring down so hard in New Orleans Square in Disneyland... but it was lovely at the same time. 

Brooke also wrote a really sweet post over on her blog about us that you can find here

How will I ever choose the photo for our Save the Dates and guest book???

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Decorations!

We got started a little late this year with putting up the Christmas decorations since we took our trip to Disneyland right after Thanksgiving.  But, we finally got everything up and the house definitely feels very Christmas-y now!  I put together a video of us putting the tree together... watch all the way until the end for some silly outtakes.

P.S. Nick is not in the video because he was at work that night.  The people in the video are his sisters and dad. :)

P.P.S Watch the video in HD!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

OOTD: Christmas Shopping!

Here is what I wore to go Christmas shopping this weekend!  I hope you guys like this video. :)

Top: Forever 21 
Jeans: Levis 
Shoes: Zappos (Not Rated- Editor)
Necklace: Forever 21 
Handbag: Henri Bendel (Milliner Crossbody)

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Monday, December 3, 2012

engagement photos story.

Last Thursday we left for Disneyland to take our engagement photos and enjoy the holiday season at the parks.  Let me start off my saying that this trip was one of Murphy's law... everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.  But, in the end it all worked out.

Thursday morning, Nick and I packed up my car and hit the road around 4am with his family following shortly behind us.  The forecast was calling for rain in Anaheim, which left me slightly worried... and my mouth was in pain from a wisdom tooth that had decided to jab its way through my gums the night before.  I've felt this pain before from my other wisdom teeth but it usually went away after a few hours.  To top it off, I realized that in the rush of last minute packing (which is so unlike me) I had forgotten to grab my glasses off the nightstand.  This left me to fend with one pair of contact lenses for the weekend.

The day was fun.  A little chilly and drizzly with intermittent mouth pains when I would try to eat.  This was a real bummer since the food at Disneyland is half the fun.  Upon returning to the hotel that evening, I realized that I had left some important daily medication (I'm sure you ladies know what I am talking about) at home, which made me even more upset.  What else could I have forgotten?  Also, would my mouth ever stop hurting?  There's only so much Advil a 105 lb person can consume in one day!

Friday was the day of our photo session.  I was a ball of nerves as the slight sprinkles of rain turned into torrential downpour.  Nick and I headed back to the hotel to get ready.  I had 40 minutes to organize our stuff and tame the frizz ball on my head into something decent looking.  Just as we were about to leave our hotel room, I received a phone call from our photographer saying that if the weather did not clear up we may have to cancel the shoot (the rain would make the camera lens foggy and the lighting would not be right due to so much water).  I was freaking out, but could only accept what mother nature had given us that day and hope for the best.  We hopped in the car and I then discovered... dun dun DUN... I had chipped a nail!  This was a surprise since I had just gotten a gel mani one week ago and those thing are usually rock solid on me for about 4 weeks!  The polish was still on, but hanging on by a thread.  By this point, we were running late and Nick had to drop me off in the Downtown Disney parking lot so I could head over to Sephora to have my makeup done.  With my heels and dress on, I popped open the umbrella, held onto my huge pink tote as tightly as I could and trekked it out in the rain while Nick went to park the car in Mickey and Friends.

Luckily once I got to Sephora, everyone was super accommodating and helpful!  I temporarily fixed my nail with some clear polish, one of the women who worked there graciously offered to re-curl my hair and set it with some spray (since my hair was literally flat and awful looking by the time I arrived).  Jose, my makeup artist worked diligently for 35 minutes to make my face camera ready.  I have never worn so much makeup in my life... I mean, I would not go out in public like this everyday but I have to admit that it looked amazing from a distance and I'm hoping even better on camera!  While all of this was happening, Nick was rushing around to get us a locker at DCA to keep all of our stuff in and pass off our car keys to his family members. He finally popped back into the store when my makeup was about finished.  I asked Jose to touch up a few spots on Nick's face and he went to town, giving Nick a mini makeover that looked completely natural in the end.  It was seriously such an awesome experience and I will be sending a compliment over for Jose today.

Finally, it was time to meet up with our photographer!  The rain had let up a bit and we met Brooke, her husband and two adorable children in front of DCA.  Our shoot began at the front of the park and we worked our way around.  I did not expect it to be so much fun after all of the hectic moments that had led up to the shoot, but it really was!  Brooke was amazing, friendly and made us feel so at ease in front of the camera lens.  We moved over to Disneyland after a quick outfit change and took photos in front of the most magical locations!  The rain began to come down a little more near the end of the session, but we pushed through it (thank goodness for the lone umbrella that Nick and I purchased on a whim Wednesday night before leaving).  I am literally chomping at the bit to see how the photos turned out!  I also cannot even express how lucky I feel to have found Brooke's work on Pinterest, so we could book her for our photos.

The rest of the trip went by in a flash... we were so exhausted from staying at the parks from open until close almost every day we were there.  Saturday morning I put my right contact lens in only to have it literally burn my eye ball and turn it bright red.  Nick came to the rescue by running down to our hotel gift shop and bringing me eye drops so I could look (and see) like a normal person again.  This was the real cherry on top of my Disneyland trip ailments though.  Haha.  My mouth also still really hurt for the remaining two days and it hurts as I am typing this.  I went to the dentist this morning and found out that I need to have all four wisdom teeth removed.  *Sad Face*  But, at least the pain will stop after that!  I then have braces to look forward to... er- yay?

Anyway, I will post the engagement photos here as soon as I can get my hands on them (4-6 weeks)!  I think the overall lesson that I learned this weekend is that there is definitely always a bit of sunshine even on the most awful days.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Delight.

Life has been incredibly busy recently, not only because of the recent holiday, but also the fact that we are going to Disneyland this week to take our engagement photos (finally)!

Here are some quick shots of our Thanksgiving eats... Nick woke up at the crack of dawn to make dinner which is pretty amazing in my book.

If you want to follow us on our Disneyland trip, I will be posting videos on my vlog YouTube channel when we get back.  While you're there, please subscribe!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

save the date ideas.

Although we are still unable to set a date for the wedding, I've been looking for some ideas on the internet.  I can't decide if I will make them or purchase them... I guess it will depend on how much money I will actually save versus the time and effort they will require.  I'm only slightly crafty, so it could be a risk!

Here are some of my favorite save the date card ideas...

If anyone has any suggestions or words of advice when it comes to buying/making and sending out save the dates, please let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Most Expensive Shirt I Will Ever Own...

So, I'm about to purchase this shirt right here...

for our engagement photos (which will be taking place on the 30th of this month)!  It is the Wildfox Couture Red Sparkle Heart Baggy Beach Jumper.  While it might seem like an impulse buy ($100 on a sweater... crazy, right?)- I have been coveting this shirt for A YEAR!  I'm serious.  This seems like the perfect excuse to purchase it...

I got my dress from Topshop in the mail yesterday and I LOVE it!  Now I need  to figure out how I will style it for the photos.

And along the lines of buying things online, I'm also buying two of these:

According to the research I've done recently, Disneyland has discontinued these buttons!  :(  Thankfully, someone on Ebay is selling them, so I'm snatching them up to wear on our trip.  Last time we were at the park, we got anniversary buttons because we were celebrating our 8 year anniversary.

Check out my next post to see how my bridesmaid Ariella and I spent our Friday night!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

time flies... when you're getting old.

Remember when you were a kid and it felt like the days lasted forever and milestone birthdays were ages away?  Well, it would seem that it's the exact opposite from about the age of 21 and on... I can't even remember what I spent my 22-24 years doing.  There was college, South Korea, more college and work.  Now, in my "mid-twenties" (argh- that just sounds bad), I am terrified that this wedding planning, the wedding itself and everything thereafter will be one big blur!

So, I'm trying my very best to bask in each day- even though I am always looking forward to the weekend.  Viewing each day from a childlike perspective is more difficult than one might think since work, deadlines and bills are the main focus of each week.  But, taking a minute to really savor daily experiences is going to be one of my goals for... well, forever.

Last night, Nick and I had Thai food for dinner followed by yummy dessert in the form of ice cream sandwiches!

This one was oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate malt crunch ice cream.  I foresee many more trips to this cute dessert spot in the future.  No problems with savoring the moment in this case!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

style: engagement photo outfits.

Today Nick and I went shopping for our engagement photo outfits.  Little did I know how difficult it really is to complete this task!

We (ahem-I) decided that we would do one dressy and one "casual" outfit.  Nick's dressy outfit was easy to put together... dark denim, white dress shirt, grey vest and skinny textured tie.  It looks great!  Me, however, well... finding something took many hours of online perusing since Nick has little to no patience while we are shopping in store.  His motto is, "Women go shopping, men go buying."

Anyway, I finally found this simple black dress from Topshop.

I have the perfect glittery gold heels to go with it already and a statement necklace will finish it off.

As for our casual outfits, I'm considering these shirts to go along with the Disney theme...

I've seen couples wearing them at Disneyland a few times, so I'm not sure if they are too cliche.  But, I think they are really cute!  Maybe some red shoes to match the bow?  

I'm looking forward to receiving my dress in the mail!  We still need to buy our tickets and book our hotel soon.  I can't wait!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

awkward and awesome thursday.


  • Talking about how weird the word "fiance" is with a co-worker before a meeting... and then having a VP enter the room while girlish squealing was at its peak.
  • Waiting for the light to turn green.  Doesn't turn green for 3 light cycles.  Decide to make a right, so I can make a U-turn.  Light turns green once I turn right.  Of course!
  • Trying on a few of the new gorgeous Cinderella trunk show dresses at Alfred Angelo.  I'll take them all, thanks.

  • Sporting a super sparkly new manicure that has earned many many compliments this week!

  • Watching this guy watch the rain...

How has your week been?

Monday, October 15, 2012

engagement photographer.

Over the past few weeks we've been looking at photographers for our engagement shoot at Disneyland.  There are a few things we know we want from the session:

  • Photos taken when the parks are decorated for the holidays.
  • Classic photos in normal clothing at Disneyland.
  • 1940's inspired photos at DCA (to go along with the current theme on Buena Vista street).

I found an amazing photographer who has done shoots in the parks previously.  The only problem was that her services cost a little more than we wanted to pay.  But, I was prepared to bite the bullet and pay.

That is... until I was searching Pinterest last night for places in the parks to take photos and I found Brooke Aliceon Photography.  

OMG.  Seriously, check her out.

I fell absolutely, head over heels in love with her recent Disneyland photo session, and even more so with the wedding photography she has done in the past.  Amazing editing and she captures emotions like no other that I have seen.  I thought she would be way overpriced because of the high quality of her work, but Nick suggested that I email her anyway for pricing. 

So, I did.  She emailed me back within an hour (and it was around 10pm!).

The price was better than I could imagine and I was ready to give her all money and drive to Disneyland right then and there.  

Check out this amazing shot from the last engagement session she did at Disneyland/DCA.

Cute, right??!?

I'm especially excited to do the shoot on Buena Vista street/Cars Land because this is the first year that both of those locations are open!  The end of November needs to hurry up and get here... but I guess for now I can distract myself with planning the outfits for the session!  

Friday, October 12, 2012

pinspiration: bridesmaids.

I can't decide on navy blue dress/blush pink flat or blush pink dress and navy blue flat! Both combinations are just so appealing and look really nice together.  What do you think?

Thankfully this is not a decision that needs to be made for another six months!
Thursday, October 11, 2012

dollar signs ($$$)

Seriously, every time I think about the fact that we need to book our engagement photos by next month, put down our deposit for our venue and save enough to move by the end of December... all I see is $$$$$ (all while suffering heart palpitations and the panicked thought that we are going to have to move our wedding to 2014).

But, in all seriousness, that might actually be what happens.  Nick has a potential job opportunity that would take him to a different city for 6 months... I would probably have to stay here since my job is here and we would need both career incomes for the wedding.  This means that we would have to push the wedding back since moving it up is out of the question due to finances.  The uncertainty is so stressful, but we literally have to take it one step at a time.  His second interview is this Monday.  I'm doubting we will know for sure what our future will look like until the end of this year.

Regardless of the fact, our engagement photos do still have to be taken in December.  We are planning on going to Disneyland to take them and I want the Christmas decor in the background.  So, my questions is...

How much is too much to spend on engagement photography?

The photographer we are considering is amazing!  But, as the saying goes... you get what you pay for, and she costs a pretty penny (not to mention the fact that we need to purchase admission to the parks, hotel and food for both her and us)!  The other photographer we have spoken with costs $150 less, but her work falls into the great, but not out of this world category.  Is it worth the extra dough to get what we want?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

the faces of wedding dress shopping (part 1)

My Maid of Honor and one of my bridesmaids came with me when I tried on dresses (see that post here).  Ariella, my bridesmaid, was awesome at capturing my "emotions" as I came out in each dress.

All I kept thinking was that this dress looked like a table cloth!

That awkward moment when everyone in the store has just seen your underwear, because the sales lady you've only known for 10 minutes is trying to remove the slip out from under the taffeta explosion around your waist.  Modesty, schmodesty.

My face when I found out that this dress was $1500!  Yes, I asked for lace, but I also gave you price point too! :(

Mermaid fit looks great!  But, in this moment I was thinking, "Can I sit in this dress?"
The answer is NO!

I didn't post any of the potential "winners".  I look a lot happier in those photos, but I don't want to spoil anything!  If I don't end up picking one of them, I will post them at a later date simply because they are all gorgeous and trying them on was definitely memorable!

Looking back at the 306 photos that were taken that day (IKR?), I'm almost convinced that I will 1. Not end up with a fluffy dress and 2. Will probably need to wear heels regardless of how I feel about being comfortable on the wedding day.  But, I may just surprise myself on the fluffy dress front.

As I mentioned previously, I'm going to try more on this weekend...!  Photos to come!

Monday, October 8, 2012

dress shopping part 1.

You know when you're sitting at home watching Say Yes to the Dress and the bride on TV comes out in an elaborate gown, looks in the mirror and everyone in the room cries?

Yeah, me neither. *cough cough*

No, but really.  I thought that I would feel this way last Saturday when I found "the one".  14 dresses in, I had found plenty of "pretty" dresses that looked great... but nothing really striking.

Remember that first dress I have posted here?

Ball gowns are really not my style!  I think a smokin' hot, tall blonde would look great in this dress.  It's definitely made for a Barbie girl!

The search continues next Sunday.  I plan on trying on two of the dresses from last weekend again and the new Disney dresses come out at Alfred Angelo as well (which I am a sucker for)!  It's not like the dress decision is immediate and needs to be made right now... I mostly went so early because my Maid of Honor was in town and I did not know when I would be able to see her again and wanted her there.  

The sales person at Alfred Angelo was super nice.  Although she did bring me a dress that looked like table cloth, and told me it was her favorite one in the store so I felt obliged to put it on.  
We then went to a smaller shop, where the person helping in and of dresses kept barking at me, "Is this THE ONE?  YES or NO?!?!?"  Um... 

Hopefully I'm not that crazy bride who needs to try on every single dress in the store before I can make up my mind!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

wedding venues.

It feels like Nick and I have looked at a million wedding venues already, even though it's only been 6.  Here are my thoughts on the ones we have checked out so far...

1. Victoria's Wedding Chapel
I was actually immediately turned off by the name at first, but decided to go look at it because the photos looked great and my best friends brother works there.  The sales person who took us on a tour of the property was very friendly and funny.  We did not care much for the chapel, and the gazebo area was nice.  However, I did not like that the gazebo area did not offer much of an aisle for me to walk down.  The reception room was amazing!  A separate room for the buffet, large dance floor and photo booth.

2. Red Rock Country Club
The day we visited, a wedding was being set up.  This was not your average wedding... based on the Hollywood props, color changing dance floor and ornate rental furniture it was difficult to gain a sense of what the venue would look like normally.  Our tour was quick, and everything was nice.  The ceremony site did not thrill us, although the website photos looked great it was much different in person.  We determined that it was out of our desired budget.

3. Emerald at Queensridge
This venue is at the very top of our list because it is absolutely beautiful, from the bridal suite, ceremony site and reception hall- breathtaking.  The all inclusive package brings everything full circle, however there are about a million upgrades that bring the picture together.  This is where it becomes difficult.  Custom lighting?  $500.  Photo Booth? $800.  CD of photos from photo boot?  $250.  Chair sashes?  $6/each... the list goes on and on.  Of course we don't need these things, but the reception room basically requires them to provide ambiance.  It is still an option, but we know that our budget will break if we choose it.

4. The Grove
We visited this venue at 9am on my birthday.  I expected to be blown away.  I mean, look at the website photos!  Yes, the gazebo ceremony site is wonderful.  Yes, they allow outside vendors (except for food and alcohol which is standard).  However, the reception room is dowdy and you must walk through the not so appealing public restrooms to reach the bride and groom rooms.  It was a nay for both of us.

5. Wild Horse Golf Club
I emailed the events coordinator, Elena, for a quote and she promptly responded.  However, the quote exceeded our budget by leaps and bounds, so I thanked her for the quote and told her that it was out of our reach.  She quickly responded that the packages can be customized and we should come down for a tour to see what could be done.  So, we did.  Although the parking lot butts up against some not so appealing apartments, the club house is far away enough to forgive this.  I liked how it did not look like a snooty club house, but instead had a warm, old house feel to it.  The reception hall is nothing special, but it's a canvas that can be dressed up.  The ceremony site is right next to the club house.  Simple, clean and pretty.  The main reason this location is a "finalist" for us is really because of Elena.  She has truly been awesome and indulged me in the million questions I have been asking her!  This might be a winner.

6. Ventano Italian Grill & Seafood
I had not considered a restaurant as an option, but one of my co-workers told me that her son got married at Ventano a few years back and it was amazing.  On a whim, Nick and I had lunch at the restaurant and we loved the food!  I asked to see the banquet room and our server took me on a tour, explained what the ceremony (on the patio) would look like and put together an information packet.  He told me to call on Monday to get more information from the event manager.  Everything about this place is great... except I'm a bit worried about the space.  The banquet room is supposed to fit 110 comfortably, but the room was set up for about 45 when we looked at it and looked a bit squished.  Plus, at this location, we would have to put the wedding together ourselves (from DJ to photographer) which could be a bit too much.

I'm a little burned out from looking at places, but it feels like we need to decide now, considering all of the expenses and the fact that we want to secure our date.  Hopefully, this week we will be able to make up our minds and move on to the next task at hand!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Wedding dress shopping commences this Saturday!  My MoH will be in town, so we are taking the opportunity to hit three dress shops in one day.

Here are a few styles I plan to try on...

More to come on the wedding dress front... 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

happy birthday.

Today I turn 25.  2-5.  Wow.
It's strange to know that time has flown by so incredibly fast!  I am now a college graduate, with a real job... planning a wedding.

Today we're going to look at another venue and then I don't really have any other plans.  I just feel lucky to be with the one I love, planning our future together...with another year to look forward to.

Here's to hoping that 25 is a good one to add to the books! 

Image Courtesy of Pinterest.

Friday, September 21, 2012


It's been a running joke for the past week at work that I am a bridezilla in the making.

I'm really not and they're just teasing me which I don't mind.  I find it endearing... I even found this posted at work in my honor...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I sent out my bridesmaid invites last week.

I bought these gems from French Style Events on Etsy.  They come in a standard set of 4 bridesmaid and 1 maid of honor card with matching envelopes.  I contacted Marie to create a custom listing for me so I could save one to put in my wedding scrap book!  I was worried that they would not get to me quickly, but it only took a week for them to appear in my mailbox (which is amazing since they are handmade and she gives each card a special ink staining treatment to give them a vintage look).

I also printed off cute/funny little notes telling the bridesmaid what they should expect if they accept the role of standing by my side on the big day!

My maid of honor received a special addition in her envelope...

Thankfully, all of my lovely ladies said yes!  Now I know for certain that I have the best of the best with me every step of the way.

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