Monday, November 28, 2011

LV Store Front Display

Pardon the dark pic as I only used my camera phone on this one
I can't help but take a picture of this LV Storefront Display at a Bloomingdales Store a few weeks back. I just love the mix and match of patterns and the concept itself was pretty interesting.  What do you think?

It's that time of the year again..

After Halloween and now Thanksgiving now past us, it's that time of the year again to bring out our Christmas decors, shopping for gifts, sending holiday cards to family and friends far away and getting things ready for the busiest and last holiday season of the year.  I do have mixed emotions about Christmas this year.  It's gonna be the most stressful (I think!) but at the same relaxing (in more ways than one).  It's just getting through that big hurdle of travelling a very long flight with 2 toddlers (I'm keeping my fingers crossed and probably cover my ears during the flight).  I will definitely miss Christmas at home this year. I will miss picking out our tree and decorating it.  Oh well..  I know it will be never be the same celebrating Christmas and New Year in your own home.  But I look forward to celebrating the Holidays this year with family and friends we haven't seen in a long time.  It is a welcome change afterall :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fab @ 60 Party!

Now that I have time to sit and blog about this party, I thought I'd share pictures from my Mom's 60th birthday party last summer.  A lot of hard work, planning, setting up and coordinating with my family members went into preparing for this event.  A party well deserved to the best Mom I know!! It was a labor of love not only from her kids but from her parents, siblings and nieces as well who helped out with the party.

As I said in my previous post here, my mom loves everything Red, Red Roses included.. As you can see it was dominant around the whole venue with accents of Gold (her favorite hue of jewelry) so we thought this would be the fitting color scheme for her party and I thought of the theme "Fab @ 60!" since there is nobody else I know who is Fab at this age as my Mom is.  She has been truly blessed with family who loves and adores her and  has great respect for her.  She has given so much of herself to other people that we thought of making her feel special and throw a  BIG and Fab party in her honor.  I've never seen her this happy and surprised :) As you can see in one of the pictures, she does really look radiant in RED.  It is truly her color.

I am so excited to share the pictures here: (courtesy of Uncle Rodney - a big Thank You!!!)

The Dessert Table, all desserts and pedestals are from Sweet and Saucy Shop

Lighting and DJ by Atmosphere DJ

Flowers made by my sis in law

Event Set Up

Portrait Courtesy of Uncle Rodney

Perfume Bar  for the Ladies

Birthday Cake ordered from Sweet and Saucy Shop

Cake and Chocolate mousse

more chocolate mousse

The Guest of Honor in her Tadashi Shoji dress

Party Time


My Flickr

Finally I have a Flickr account.  I am in process of starting an event planning business specifically Custom Themed Candy Bar and Dessert Tables Designs.

Do check it out and tell me what you think :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

DIY Hairclip Holder

Been doing a lot of DIY around the house lately and this is one of the things I came up with.  My daughter's Letter A hairclip holder.  I've had this wooden letter "A" for a long time.  I've painted it pink as a decor for her baptism party years back. So I thought, might as well put it to good use instead of just using it as a decor in her room right?  I just glued 2 brown satin ribbons at the bottom where I clipped her collection of floral hairclips and put in a beaded flower (my sister taught me how to do this) as an accent that I can also turn into one of her hairclips later on:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Building our nest....

I am very sentimental person.  So when I found these photos of our current home being built, I thought I'd post these here.  These were taken 2 years ago and you can see my very pregnant belly.  When this house was being built, we were so excited that we'd come by almost every weekend to check out the progress of the construction until we had my second baby and we got busy with the 2 kids that we didn't keep up with the ritual of visiting the construction site every week  until we had to come by the sales office to sign docs and go for our final walk through.

me and my very pregnant belly along with my toddler (circa summer of 2009)

I still have yet to look for the other photos and as we've taken lots of pictures during the whole construction.

Can you believe this?

I can't believe it's today: Harajuku mini for Target.  When I realized it is today, I thought should head over to the nearest Target.  Hopefully there's still a lot of items left.  I know a lot of fans like me will be in line...

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Streets of Paris

Again a very late post.  These pictures were taken back in May 2011- Springtime in Paris.  It was a great weather overall the 4 days we were there, warm during the day and a bit chilly at night.

Walking the streets of Paris, I can't help but be amazed of the culture, the food (and desserts - of course my favorite is the macarons), historic architecture of all the city sights, cobble stoned streets and even the Mercedes Benz taxis.  haha.  It may be too that it was my first time in Europe so everything was a welcome change to me.  Let me share a few pictures of the great sights that we took while walking around the city.

Right in front of the Eiffel Tower

In Montmarte, The famous Moulin Rouge

Taken behind the Opera House

Grand Marnier Opera House

Crossing the Avenues de Champs Elyssees

Again along Champs Elysees with the Famous Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Tropmphe du Carousell in front of the Louvre Museum

The Famous and most visited Museum in the World- The Louvre Museum, houses the Famous Mona Lisa

In Front of the Great Notre Dame Cathedral

Hope you guys enjoyed viewing our personal pictures as much as I enjoy looking back at them and reminiscing our trip :)

The Majestic Chateau de Versailles

This is a very late post about our trip to Versailles, the home of the French Monarchy in the 1600-1700s right before they were forced to return to Paris during the French Revolution.
We initially planned on getting there early (as advised by our friends who had been there) as it takes about 45 minutes to and hour to get there from Paris.  But guess what? it took us almost 3 hours for the trip. We knew we had to take the RER to Versailles but we missed the RER train from the metro that we were supposed to take and mistakenly took the wrong train.  This train was also going the Versailles but that train stop or station is not the one right across from the Chateau.  This would be a 10 minute walk from the station to the Chateau.  But we were hesistant getting lost in the streets not knowing where to go so our best bet was take the train back again.  So when we realized our mistake, we got off at this station (I couldn't even remember where) and had to take a train going back.  To cut the long story short, we did get to Versailles but by the time we got there, it was almost 1 pm and we were hungry.  Good thing there was a McDonalds right in front of the train station. (Mc Donalds was our safe bet when it comes to food while we were in London and Paris.  You know what you're getting.  I love the Mc Donalds in Europe, very hip, modern, eclectic and contemporary in their interiors unlike here in the US, the interior are still in the 1980s).

Once you enter the Palace, you will be given a mobile phone type where on you will enter the number ib the right hand side of each area.  The voice over or narrator will discuss the history in each of the staterooms( such as where french royalty used to entertain in the evening after dinner), paintings, different furnitures and  statues.

Here are some pictures I took of the Chateau and it's Grandeur Palace and Gardens

The Train Station in Versailles

The Entrance Gate

Never seen one like this before

Can you believe the massive detail on this ceiling?

Inside one of the apartments couldn't even remember which one, with it's old century furniture

The Garden, this couple might be honeymooners too

The Lantona Fountain

The Siyth Parterre

The back part of the Palace as you enter the Garden

Walking around the enormous garden

To think that Marie Antoinette had lived and walked in the apartments and the gardens hundreds of years ago blows me away.  I had to pinch myself several times as I can't believe I am walking around the Chateau.  This has been one of the most memorable places I've traveled to and wished my kids would get to travel here someday to learn and see a piece of French History.