Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My life on a list.

week 1: Chicago to visit friends and family.
week 2: SPAIN.
week 3: Reorganizing and purging my closet to make room for business clothes.
week 4: End of early retirement. First day of work.   

It has been four years since I've had a cubicle. Pinning of photos, whispering quietely on the phone so not to disturb cubicle-neighbors, storing treats in drawers, lining of shoes under the desk WILL all occur. I'm excited to be working for a company I've had my heart set on, but most importantly, I'll be with two of my best friends. This entry goes out to my most supportive, understanding and funny friends, PV and LL. These two ladies are beautiful inside and out, and I would truly be lost without them. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Do you know your ABCs? What about mine?

In an effort to break my long absence from the blogosphere, here's my ABC list (from SweetChic Events)

A. Age: 27, 2 months shy of 28.
B. Bed size: Queen size
C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bath tub and putting away folded clothes
D. Dogs: None, but would love a goldendoodle or labradoodle
E. Essential start to your day: a cup of green tea during the winter or iced coffee during the summer
F. Favorite color: combination of either light shades and a pop of color or dark shades and a soft color
G. Gold or silver: rose gold please
H. Height: 4'11”
I. Instruments you play: Does guitar hero count?
J. Job title: Marketing Manger (remember I said I was waiting to find the perfect job? I scored one!)
K. Kids: None, not ready for another 5 years
L. Live: New York, NY
M. Mom’s name: Ammie
N. Nicknames: Safari
O. Overnight hospital stays: Yes, after a splenectomy in '92
P. Pet peeve: Misuse of your and you're, it's and its, whose and who's, there and their... you get the point
Q. Quote from a movie: "...right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment". The Time Traveler's Wife
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: Older brother and a sister-in-law, both 30.
T. Time you wake up: When bf's alarm goes off
U. Underwear: What about it, do I wear them? Yes.
V. Vegetables you dislike: Okra and red bell pepper
W. What makes you run late: Messed up waterproof eyeliner or mascara
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, colon, spleen
Y. Yummy food you make: Japanese curry and donkatsu
Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Giraffe (DirectTV commercial's giraffe is the best)

Monday, March 21, 2011


marked its first day with a rainfall that lasted all through the night and early morning.  I explored the city in my rain boots and visited unfamiliar neighborhoods. 

Drenched and cold, I made a bowl of noodles when I came home. This hot and savory udon bowl was perfect for today's dreary weather.  I used vegetable stock as a base and added hard boiled egg, shrimp tempura and scallions. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I am a walking contradiction.

I have this irrational fear of balloons. I once almost punched my science teacher during an experiment in high school. When the teacher found out that I had a phobia of balloons and loud noises (ligyrophobia), he came up to my face with a balloon and popped it in my face. I like to remember this incident ending with me shoving him across the classroom.

But I digress.

I, on the other hand, LOVE hot air balloons. I love the colorful look to them and the way they float peacefully in the sky.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Now that I've switched my caffeine source from coffee to tea, I'm always searching for deliciously aromatic, but light tea. Nothing makes my gag reflex react more than a drink that tastes like air freshener or fabric softener. I received an assortment box of Tea Forte for the holidays and I have been rationing them in the past few months.

I couldn't get myself to toss out the packaging, so I scavenged my entire home and cluttered mind to come up with an idea. I am now using these pyramid-shaped boxes as my ring holder. I wrapped three quarters together using double-sided tape and placed them in the center of the box for weight. Then I lined these boxes with paper for a monochromatic look. What do you think?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

If I were a celebrity...

I would wear one of these beautiful Monique Ihuillier dresses on the red carpet.
The very first one is my favorite! What's yours?


Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayers for Japan

Please keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers today. 

A tsunami, wiping out the northeastern part of Japan, was spawned by a magnitude of 8.9 earthquake.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

POV, what's yours?

You probably recall seeing these ads on jetways. After pointing out the thought-provoking cleverness of this ad campaign, I was once asked if these ads actually encourage me to change my bank to HSBC. My answer was no, and it's still no. But I got to thinking, just because an ad doesn't call to action doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good one. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

one of a kind from a thousand of the same

One day, we will own a home. I have always been consumed by work-in-progress projects and I constantly bookmark, rip out, tab images that I come across. Over the past weekend my negotiation skills scored me a free reign over the decoration of our future home in exchange for an indoor golf simulator. I don't think my boyfriend fully comprehends my wickedly awesome memory and isn't aware that he has verbally signed a contract.

I suspect our home will never be complete as I will always scour for new additions and designs. But isn't life about always bettering ourselves? So why not do the same with the place we spend majority of our time? I plan on learning the art of upholstery (those of you living in NYC, check out Furniture Joint) so that I can create unique pieces for our home. In the meantime, I thought I'd journal some of my ideas so that when the day comes, I don't make impulse bulk purchases at my local furniture store.

A cupboard full of colorful drinkware. I vow that no two mugs will be the same.
anthropologie home 

Built in bookshelf for our collection of books and precious gifts from around the world. 

An abundance of natural light in the bathroom will shower us every morning. 

Wall of black & white photos will capture our memories and grow as we grow. 

The foot of the bed bench will allow for some relaxation before a busy day. 
Previous pictures are taken from Decor Pad

Monday, March 7, 2011

Better than Groupon.

No, I joke. My coupon isn't better than Groupon. I think group-coupon is one of the best inventions of 2010 and I envy those deft minds who are capable of translating their clever ideas into implementation. In light of the recent mass social phenomenon, I got caught in the craze and made a coupon birthday card. Every detail (stamped letter, written number, and drawn line) was a result of my need to be perfect. It's funny though, the end product is far from perfection. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Did you know...

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the exact center of the country? And what will I be doing in this exact center of Spain come April? Eating lots of churros and paellas. Maybe one after the other (in no particular order), or maybe together, I don't know.  Vamos a Espana! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Impulse Purchase

Have you ever bought anything on impulse? Of course you have. Honestly, who could resist a knife that can cut through a shoe or 5 discs packed full of the greatest hits Motown has to offer? But not all impulse buys have to end in fits of buyers remorse and self-loathing. Every once in a very long while life gives you lemonade. Enter the pizza cutter and pan combo. My boyfriend laughed off this purchase before we even left the store, but guess who can’t get enough every time pizza night rolls around. 

Trader Joe's: Calabrese Salami, White Button Mushrooms, Cheese, Ciabatta Bread