Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Excited for Sue's Little - Part 1

One of my best friends, Sue, is expecting a little bundle of miracle  this year.  I am beyond excited!! I volunteered demanded that I design the nursery for her. This is part I.  Part II will have this & that kinda stuff for the little one and Sue too.  



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Before 2014 Ends...Part III

Last post on my trip to LA. Oh, I miss you so much already.


Just another sunny day in La La land.

Went shopping at APC in Beverly Hills- loved too many things there.  Hubs walked out with a pair of raw denim pants.  
The fit is p.e.r.f.e.c.t.

Kelly Wearstler - omg.


Next time, Claire.  Next time.

Fresh Meyer lemons from our family friend's yard.  Thank you for letting us stay at your home. You spoiled us silly.

Treated myself to this mag at the airport on our way back to Philly.  I loved every single page of this issue. 

So peeps, that's it.  2014 is closing it's curtains on us.  I have such mixed emotions about the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.  More so than the recent years.  Perhaps, it's because I turned 40 in 2014... or because I had certain goals I really wanted to achieve in that are still being worked on... or there have been some significant happenings and changes around me (my folks recent move, my husband's newly developed obsession with cycling, my friends having babies...).  I feel anxious yet positively excited about 2015.  One goal remains the same every year:  I'm going to try to make every day count and appreciate all the "good" around me.  

Happy New Year~~

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Before 2014 Ends...Part II

We took a break from visiting Colorado this winter. Instead, we went to California.  I've visited California once before but it was a very short weekend trip, spent mostly at a hotel doing work.  So, you can imagine I was beyond excited to re-visit California for real.  



We hiked up the trail to the Griffith Observatory and continued further up until we reached the Hollywood sign.  




We also went to the Zuma Beach in Malibu.  As you can imagine, during this time of the year, there weren't that many people.  I ran along the ends of the waves, smiling ear to ear, and screaming whenever the water splashed above my knees.  It sounds cheesy but I  really felt like a little kid and that was a good thing. 





We took a quick trip to Korean town in Los Angeles and enjoyed some delectable dishes from POT.  







More photos from my California trip to come!   

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Before 2014 Ends... Part I

I've neglected this place for some time.  And now that 2014 is almost over, I'm feeling sorry that I didn't document some of the more memorable moments here.  

These are the photos from my trip to the Adventure Aquarium with my nephew, Lukie, a week after Thanksgiving Day.  How did I never visit this place??!!  










Next up - photos from my CA trip over Christmas week. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Designing for My Folks

Recently, my folks downsized and decided to move into a one bedroom apartment.  It was a bittersweet moment as we all recognized their need to simplify their lives, but at the same time, it was a welcomed change to their old ways and surroundings.   

Where I came in this transitioning phase of my parents' lives is the shopping & decorating.  Haha - of course. The focus was mainly their living room & dining area (i.e. the biggest open space in their flat).  My goal was to keep their budget low, yet create a cozy, sleek and well functioning modern space.  With that in mind, off we went to Ikea and West ElmHere are the main pieces we purchased. 



Karlstadt Leather Tufted Sectional // Vittso Coffee Table //  Borje Chairs // Bjursta Extendable Table// Nordli Wardrobe // Lappljung Ruta Pillows (on the sectional) // Malinda Chair Cushion  // Dumont Buffet (I have this too - one of the best purchases ever!) 

Twenty some years ago, my folks would have said "no thank you" to this look.  But now, they love the simple designs of these pieces, the quality (Ikea has much improved for sure!) and the reasonable price tags. They also appreciated my help, which of course, made me happy.  Next project: my brother's home (except they don't know it yet!!).


Friday, November 7, 2014

TGIF

TGIF!!! It's been a couple of dreary and rainy days here, so I'm glad the weekend is about to start.  And on a sunny note to boot. 

Last year, we took some glam shots and I finally managed to download them, and share them with you!  I laugh as I recall all the factors that needed to be met before we took these photos: 1) clean house; 2) clean dogs; 3) clean people; 4) make-up done; 5) hair done (i.e. fully dried hair); 6) hubs available; 7)photog available.  The result: I love these photos and will forever treasure these past moments. 








Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our home life. 
Have a great weekend~~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Warby Parker - Good Cause to Look Good

I know - I'm back~~  thought that would never happen, right? 
It's been awhile and I took an indefinite hiatus.  <sigh> Perhaps, there'll be a post on that one. 

I didn't know how to get back to this little place as the last time I was here, I was feeling a bit uninspired, without a purpose, and tired.  Yup - I call it mid-life crisis.  Then a couple of days ago, I was asked by the folks from Warby Parker to spread a word or two about their 2014 Winter Collection.  I'm a huge fan of Warby Parker and have always applauded them for allowing us to purchase fashionable glasses at a reasonable price. What I didn't know about them is their "Buy A Pair, Give a Pair" campaign and that they have so far, distributed one million pairs of glasses to those in need. 



Please note that I have not been compensated for this post. Yup - no free pair of glasses, payment, etc.  I was just happy to spread the word in light of the good cause Warby Parker supports and yes, I dig their glasses

Here are my favorites from their 2014 Winter Collection. I can't wait to check them out at my local shop! (Did you know?  There's a store list!  My local shop is so close to my home - I can't wait!!)


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