Cheers to Vibrant Mondays!

How awesome, it’s a Leap Year! What shall we do with this extra day?

Mondays can be intimidating and hopeful at the same time. It’s the start of a new week and opportunity to start off fresh. A clean slate if you will. Do you have plans to make something this Monday? A new project? A new goal? A conversation? It’s Make Something Monday, and I decided it’s time to make it a vibrant one!  –Well, starting with my lips. It’s amazing how a splash of color to one’s lips can change the mood.

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BITE’s Holiday Lipstick Set is a must have!

One of my favorite past times is to play with make-up. I have drawers full (of make-up) and don’t get to play as often as I’d like. I typically go to the same, safe, peachy pink lip liner. A friend of mine recently spoiled me with holiday set of lip colors from a brand called BITE. I love it when gifts expose me to a new brand that works for me. Don’t you?!?! I love this stuff!!! I think you would too! I am obsessed with this brand!

Here are just a few reasons:

  • The colors are bold and bright but do not bleed!
  • BITE’s products are all-natural, using food-grade ingredients
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum and gluten
  • BITE’s products are antioxidant-rich, ensuring that your lips are hydrated
  • Smells so good (not like that common crayon/ wax smell you find with most lipsticks)

Whether it’s making your face or someone’s day a bit more vibrant, I hope you make it a great Monday and a rest of the week for that matter.

Cheers!!!

Tulip Bulbs in a Vase kit? I think Yes!!!

Today’s announcement:

You know when something has me feeling good, I’ve got to share it in hopes of it making your day just as wonderful too!

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Trader Joe’s Tulip bulb kit in a vase

If you want to make someone’s day, rush to your nearest Trader Joe’s (and hopefully they’re still in stock) and buy the tulip bulb in a vase kit! For Valentine’s Day, I got some of these for my sweet sisters and my best friend. Miwa (the BFF) texted me this photo of how they’ve blossomed already (in less than 10 days)! Of course, I rushed to Trader Joe’s last night and got one for myself. Dancing tulips in my house…who can say no to that? Aren’t they just so pretty?  It’s the little things that get me all tickled up inside. Have a great one friends!

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And look at them grow!!! So very pretty!!!

 

Dress Stress – What’s my style?

Before I even got engaged, I’d wonder what kind of a bride I would be. Actually, I remember daydreaming about this as young as the age of ten when I was at a relative’s wedding. Elegant, classic, chic, traditional, simple, dramatic, there are so many different styles to choose from, and at any given mood, I can be any of these…it just depends on what day it is! But there is just one big day. Decisions, decisions.

Past brides, what did it for you? With endless styles and options out there, what made you say “yes” to your dress? What did you go with and why? What was your wedding style? How did you finally decide? In the end, my advice to future brides and myself is to be true to my personal style (and curves for that matter). I’d love to hear from you and get our advice. How did you go from Dress Stress to saying, “Yes!” ?

Here are some of my favorite styles that speak to me:

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Elegant – Source: Raffine Bridal
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Classic – Source: Wedding Inspirasi
Modern Chinese
Modern, Elegant & Chinese Traditional – Source: Rusly TjohnardiAtelier
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Glamorous & Dramatic – Source: Mod Wedding
sophisticated
Sophisticated – Source: Belle The Magazine
Modern Simple
Modern – Source: Wedding Bee

Add Flowers in your home and increase your happiness?

After brunch yesterday, I stopped by the Los Angeles Flower District, and I was in heaven. So many flowers, so little time. I went a little crazy and now my house looks like the Flower Mart too. I read somewhere that flowers increases happiness and reduces stress in a home. I couldn’t agree more.

After a long day of work, it’s just so welcoming to come home to a nice arrangement of flowers. It’s going to be a crazy busy week, so for this week’s Make Something Monday, I wanted to create something inspirational to get me by. This Yellow Forsythia arrangement is going to help me plow through this week.

Whenever I see Yellow Forsythia branches I know that it means that Chinese New Year is right around the corner. Typically, they’re paired with red blossoms and it’s common to see red and yellow blossoms. According to Chinese culture, red symbolizes good luck for the new year and yellow or gold represents great wealth and growth.

What are you plans for this week? I hope that whatever they are that you manage to make something or find something that inspires you or tickles your heart. Make it a great one friends!

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Chinese New Year Yellow Forsythia Arrangement

Here’s a simple tutorial on How to make a Chinese New Year Yellow Forsythia Branch (or any type of branch like flower) arrangement.

Items Needed:

  • Yellow Forsythia Branches (I got 10 branches for $8 bucks! What a steal!!!)
  • Water
  • Wide Hurricane Vase (I used one that’s about 15 inches high)

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the branches inside the vase so that there is a well balanced finish
  2. Fill up the vase with about 4-5 inches of water

 

If your walls could talk, what would they say?

Wall Art. It’s so complicated. Or is it?

Because I am deathly afraid of leaving holes, tearing off the paint, or the fact that I would likely get sick and tired of my wall’s art, I have suffered from BWS. Yes, I just made that up. Bare Wall Syndrome! AKA: The fear of hanging anything up so I’d rather stare at a bare wall.

Really though, it’s not that hard. Or as hard as I thought! So, there’s hope. Once I answered the question, “What do I want my walls to say about me?” the rest was easy. For as long as I can remember, I love maps. Love, love, love them. Don’t know why. I have no sense of direction and Geography is not my strength, but I still love them. Maybe it’s something about maps that remind me that there is a bigger world and a greater purpose or the fact that we are all somehow connected in this big, yet small world? Whatever the reason, I just love them. Especially vintage maps.

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Vintage Map of Mexico from an Atlas

I finally decided to hang up some pieces. I knew that I wanted to create a home that shared a story of Tony and I. Something with character and meaning, and not some random stock photo. Both of us are first generation and are Angelenos, so I wanted to make sure that this was very much so part of our home’s story. When I stumbled upon Many Places Maps, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I pieced together vintage maps (pages from a 1930’s Atlas) of China (that’s where my family is from) and Mexico (where Tony’s from). I complimented these with a hand made map of Los Angeles from an artist who I met at the Renegade Craft Fair. I framed them and chose an “Old World” style of frames and put them together in a collage. Of course, the collage is slightly off centered, which oddly makes it a center stage focal point.

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DIY Art/ Wall Collage: Vintage Maps of our ancestral roots (China and Mexico) and one of where we are today (Los Angeles) tell our story.

Whenever we  have new guests over, it’s a great opportunity for us to share our story with them. Some days when I look at this collage, I am touched and overcome with gratitude for what our families’ sacrificed to get us to the U.S., which opened many opportunities for us (including the opportunity for us to meet and start our own family together). Other times, I look at it and admire the bright sky blue ocean and the contrasting orange lines which create borders of states countries.

For today’s Make Something Monday, I didn’t want to constrain or guide you with a tutorial or template. Rather, I ask, If your walls could talk, what would they say? What’s on your walls? Is it your child’s artwork? Movie tickets of your first date? A heart felt letter you framed? Or an antique piece that you found at last week’s auction? It’s not as complicated as we think and so long as it holds a special place in your heart, it deserves a special place in your home.

Be it wall art, a new resolution, or even your bed…I hope you made something this Monday…and if you didn’t, there’s always Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and…well, any other day. Make it a great week ahead.

What’s got you feeling Fabulous this Friday?

Woooohoooo!!!! We did it! We survived the first full week of 2016! What’s got you feeling FABULOUS this Friday?

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These babies have me feeling fabulous!
I’m enjoying these flower arrangements I made. Anytime I pass by these flowers and see them dancing, they get me feeling so very FABULOUS!!!  One of the sweetest things that Tony does is surprise me with Why Not Just Because Flowers. No joke. Something spectacular just happens and my heart gets zapped with all kinds of happiness and all my stresses are magically forgotten about. It’s definitely these small acts that find a way to my heart.

Tony picked up flowers last week at Trader Joe’s and while I enjoyed the arrangement for a few days, I got antsy. El Nino arrived and was in full force this week and I wanted to make something pretty. After a few days, the arrangement was wearing away, so I decided to take out the dead ones and save what’s left and make as many arrangements possible. At the end of an eventful day, there’s just something so fabulous and rewarding about coming home to something made by me.

What’s making your day a fabulous one today? The crispy winter air? That new wallpaper that you just loaded on to your iPhone? A phone call from a dear friend? The hope that comes with the new year? Or the sound of quiet? Whatever it may be, may you find something that makes your Friday (and everyday) fabulous.

In case you want to make yourself someday, here’s a quick tutorial on how make easy floral arrangements.

Materials:

  • Flowers (pointer: it’s easier to have flowers within the same color tones)
  • Containers/ jars/ vases (I like using different sizes)
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band/ twine
  • Water
  • Pedestals (cake stands, stacked books, whatever you may have around the house)

Instructions:

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    Gather your flowers, discard the bad ones, and cut them to a same length consider the height of your containers/ vases.
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    Make the arrangement and lay it out, tie it with twine or a rubber band
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    To create dimension, place them on pedestals (cake stands, stacked books, boxes, etc.)
  5. Optional: Decorate the vase if you’d like with ribbon…sit back and enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest — DIY Minion Pumpkin Template

It’s Halloween week!!! So you know what that means!!! The Pumpkin Decorating Contest is just around the corner. The competition is always fierce. This year, I wanted to use supplies I had on hand. I don’t like carving my pumpkin…too much work and not enough joy. So, I looked at what I had in my craft supplies…and this is super easy, fun and great for kids and adults alike. I love how crafts can bring people together and how relaxing it is.

This year, I decided to make a Minion pumpkin. The best part is that I didn’t have to buy a single thing, used materials I had and had so much fun making this!! I hope you enjoy this DIY!!! Happy Decorating. Happy Halloween!!!

Here’s what you need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Paint Brush
  • Pumpkin
  • Newspaper or trash liner
  • 1 canned good
  • Yellow Spray Paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • 1 sheet of black construction paper
  • 1 sheet of white foam paper (or white construction paper works fine)
  • 2 mason jar lids
  • 2 googly eyes (if you don’t have this, making eyes using paper is fine)
  • Black Ribbon (you can use black paint, black tape, or even black paper)
  • Blue Tape (you can use blue paper if you don’t have blue tape
  • 2 Black Pipe Cleaners (Cut this up into 1 1/2 in.)

Instructions:

  1. Go outside and line your work space with newspaper or a trash bag
  2. Sit your pumpkin on top of a canned good

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    Easiest way to spray paint your pumpkin
  3. Spray paint your pumpkin, ensuring it’s evenly applied, allow to dry (at least 4 hours)
  4. Get your black acrylic paint and paint the stem

    Paint the stem black
    Paint the stem black
  5. While your pumpkin is drying, get your mason jar lids and white foam paper and cut two circles (you can use the lids to guide/ trace the circles)
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  6. Glue the white circles to the jar lids (the inner side)
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  7. Glue the googly eyes on top of the white foam

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    Glue the googly eyes on
  8. Cut the black pipe cleaners (this will be the hair)

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    Cut the black piping cleaners
  9. Using the black construction paper, create:
    • a lip (you can add teeth if you’d like)
    • Cut 2 small circles (quarter sized), these will be the buttons on the overalls
    • Cut the G logo –> you can download the template by clicking here
  10. When the paint on the pumpkin has dried, apply glue and stick the black ribbon across the top of the pumpkin, this will be the strap to the goggles/ glasses
  11. Glue the eyes (mason jar lids) over the black ribbon
  12. Glue the lips
  13. Glue the black piping cleaners (hair) by apply dots of glue using your glue gun
  14. Using the blue tape, create the overalls. I simply taped the blue tape parallel to the black ribbon (these are the overalls) and then tape strips downward to make up the bib of the overalls.
  15. Apply the black buttons where the overalls and the bib meets

    Minion Pumpkin
    Minion Pumpkin
  16. Place the G logo on top of the middle of the bib
  17. Place it in an area to greet your favorite trick-or-treaters!!!

Whatever you end up decorating (or not) Have Fun!!! Be sure to share your ideas with me. Happiest Halloween wishes!!!