7.23.2014

Outfit // Minty Vixen

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It has sadly been a few weeks since my last outfit post, but I have been saving up to share this very special one with you all! Voodoo Vixen, an online boutique catering to the modern, retro-chic vixen, sent me this floral beauty of a dress. I was so excited when they contacted me to pick out anything from their store that I would like and I knew as soon as I stumbled upon this dress that it had to be mine!voodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dressvoodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dress
The colors are fabulous and the print is unlike anything I have. I was definitely lacking a good floral in my wardrobe! Mint has been one of my favorite colors for a while, and I always welcome a little bit of pink sneaking its way in since I don't tend to choose it on my own.voodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dress
I was very happy that the dress landed at my doorstep within a week of ordering it, since I really couldn't wait to have it in my hot little hands! It is always a gamble to order things online, but this dress really fits me like a glove. It has a hidden side zipper that I didn't notice the first time I put it on, but I was able to easily slip it on without it. The quality is impeccable and it feels like this dress was tailored just for me! The fabric is just heavy enough and feels wonderful to the touch. This dress is just a bit tight in the bust to be buttoned without the fabric buckling, so I opted to wear it with a white tank underneath instead of buttoning it all the way and love it all the same!voodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dress
And it has just the right amount of *swish* to it too! Very important in a dress, of course.voodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dressvoodoo vixen, retro, mint, floral, vintage, vixen, dress, 50s, swing dress
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Simply put, I feel quite beautiful and feminine in this dress! I really feel like I can do anything in it and honestly feel 100% confident in myself when I wear it. I absolutely adore the 50s shape and the little bit of edge that the retro-vintage quality gives it. Just my kind of sexy!

Though this was my first experience with Voodoo Vixen, I can already tell that I will be a long-time customer to this brand if all my future pieces are anything like this one! Claps all around for this dream dress!

Dress - c/o Voodoo Vixen
Wedges - Kohl's
Belt - Macy's
Necklace - Forever21
Ring - Lucky Brand


7.21.2014

A Happy List // 4

+ How late the sun stays out these days.
+ That my sister and her little brood are visiting this week!
+ All things Project Runway.
+ Weekend naps.
+ My baby nephew's 1st birthday!
+ Coffee dates.
+ Pretty new dresses.
+ Evening cuddles with Marly.
+ My new Japanese-English learning books.
+ The aunt adventures I'll be having this week!

What's on your happy list lately?


7.18.2014

Life's a Beach

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Hello and happy Friday! I am particularly happy about this weekend being here since we have big plans! My sister and her brood are visiting, we will be going to my nephew's 1st birthday party, there's a ramen festival happening in SF, and there's also a craft fair that we are hoping to go to! Busy, busy, but fun :)beach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sand
When Dai and I were away on our trip to LA last weekend, we decided to stop off in Santa Barbara for a night and slowly make our way home from there. We had a great time wandering around downtown, grabbing smoothies, and then heading to the beach to take in the sunset. It was a really beautiful ending to our evening! I wish that we had our bathing suits on because I would have loved to go for a swim since the water was actually quite nice. Next time hopefully!beach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sand
I loved playing around with silhouette photos of Dai. The colors of the ocean and sky are just so pretty... And Dai looks pretty handsome too ;)beach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sandbeach, sunset, santa barbara, summer, ocean, sand
I love doing simple, relaxing things like this that allow me to enjoy the quiet and beautiful moments life has to offer. I really just feel so alive at times like this.

I know that things have been a little slow here on the blog this week, but I plan to be back in full-speed next week! I hope you all have a lovely weekend :)


7.17.2014

The Truth Is

The truth is that I had a different post planned for today, but I don't think it's right just to ignore how I am really feeling.
The truth is that I mess up. A lot.
The truth is that I am not good about returning e-mails or texts to people.
The truth is that I am often irresponsible.
The truth is that I am don't always know when to stop or do what I am told.
The truth is that I can be lazy.
The truth is that I have a bit of a temper.
The truth is that I am impatient.
The truth is that I am not always considerate of others.
The truth is that I say sorry, but somehow end up doing the same thing again.
The truth is that I don't have many close friends in real life.
The truth is that I don't always do what I say I will.
The truth is that I don't listen.
The truth is that I can be selfish.
The truth is that I am having a hard time growing up.
The truth is that blogs only show a fraction of real life.
The truth is that there is much more to me. Many more faults.

The truth is that I have hurt someone I love so deeply. And continue to do so because I don't learn.
The truth is that I don't want to be without you.
The truth is that I am afraid you won't come back.
The truth is that it tears me up to think that I could drive you away with my irresponsibility.
The truth is that I don't want to hurt you ever again.
The truth is that I will do whatever it takes to show you that.
The truth is that you are my very best friend.
The truth is that I love you.

The truth is that I am so truly sorry, in the most sincerest way.

xoxo bebé


7.16.2014

LA Weekend Adventure

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Hi! Did y'all miss me? I ended up taking a little unplanned summer blog vacation, which I was actually alright with. During my little break, Dai and I went to LA for the weekend for some family functions and to adventure, of course. I'll be posting more about our trip over the next few days, but for now I thought I would check-in to say hello, let you know I'm still alive, and share a little bit of what we were up to while we were gone!

The Highlights:
+ My super, super cute baby cousin, Arianna. Probably one of the best parts of this weekend!
+ Evening at Concern Foundation block-party fundraiser for cancer research (at Paramout studios!).
+ Adding a stay in Santa Barbara (where Dai went to college, actually) to our trip.
+ Eating at Lemonade in Venice with a friend & exploring the area afterward.
+ A stop in Solvang on our way home to wander around the Dutch-inspired city.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at our weekend and I am excited to post more about it :)

Also, definitely follow me on Instagram to keep up with my adventures on a daily basis ;)



7.09.2014

Everyday Makeup Favorites (VLOG!)

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Hello all! Today I am back with my second vlog! I didn't really think I would do another one so quickly, but today when I woke up from an afternoon nap, I had the urge to make one. So here we are!

I often get questions about my makeup routine and what products I use, so I thought I would put together a quick little video highlighting my favorite everyday items. I'm no expert, but these are my opinions and advice based on my personal experience!

Items mentioned in this video:
+ Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 Moisturizer
+ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55 Sunscreen
+ E.L.F Tone Correcting Concealer
+ Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige                  
+ Bare Minerals READY Original Mineral Veil Compact
+ Bare Minerals READY Blush Compact in "The Indecent Proposal"
+ Bare Minerals Warmth All-Over Face Color
+ Bare Minerals Get Started Kit
+ Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
+ Urban Decay Naked & Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palettes
+ E.L.F Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
+ Julep Kajal Eye Glider in Brown Shimmer/Carbon Black
+ Almay Triple Effect Mascara
+ Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara
+ Stila Lip Glaze

I hope you enjoyed the video! I think I may start to slowly do more of these, but we shall see. I am starting to feel more comfortable in front of the camera though, so that's good!

If you have any questions, definitely let me know in the comments below!

What are your go-to makeup items?


7.08.2014

Tell Me About You // Questions for Readers

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Hi! I'm back from my nice, long weekend. It is probably bad that it is late Tuesday night and I am still calling it my weekend... But is there really a difference for me right now? Anyway, I unexpectedly unplugged from blogging and most social media over the holiday weekend, and it felt wonderful. I feel renewed and ready to tackle the rest of this week with great posts (as well as job searching...) and preparing for our upcoming weekend away.

This holiday weekend was great. We got to spend time with family and friends, laugh, eat great food, and simply relax. Not to mention binge watching the entire 12th season of Project Runway (except for the final episode, so don't spoil it for me!)... After the 4th of July, we spent Saturday casually wandering around town, walking through the mall with our Starbucks fix, getting some Japanese bento to have a late lunch in the park, and finishing off the evening with a swim. Really just a lovely summer day! Sunday, we headed down to a water park that we have season passes for (it was only $4 extra for a season pass, so we figured why not!) and spent a few hours in the sun there, people watching and working on our tans. I was passed out on the couch by 8pm. It was quite fantastic!

Now that I've filled you in on my recent life happenings, on to the (other) fun stuff! Today I wanted to ask you, my readers, some things about yourselves! Remember when I posted that Q&A video? Well, now the tables have sort of turned and I'd like to learn more about you all now!

So, tell me...
+ What is your favorite TV show (past and/or present!)
+ Who is your biggest role model?
+ If you could be best friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
+ What is your preferred season?
+ If you have a blog, why did you decide to start it? If you enjoy just reading blogs, what draws you to them?
+ How do you like your coffee or tea? Iced? With cream and sugar?
+ What is your favorite item to shop for?

+ Do you prefer to stay home or go out?
+ What is your dessert of choice?
+ What is your life motto?

I am really excited to see what you all have to say! It will be great to learn more about you :)

Be sure to answer any and all questions you would like in the comments below!