Archives for January 2011

Recent Look: Mommy & Me Classic Look

On Mommy: Aritzia striped tank, Gap blazer, J Brand jeans, Pour La Victoire boots, scarf (boutique in Santorini, Greece), Louis Vuitton handbag  
On A: Burberry jacket (it was a gift!), Old Navy tights and shoes

A and I met up with my girlfriends for some shopping. Then, we took A for a stroll around the American Girl store. I was blown away. The place has a full service hair salon (yes, for the dolls!), a hospital, a clothing boutique, and the list goes on. It was all very expensive ($20 for your doll to get her hair braided!) and over the top but I couldn’t help but think I would’ve loved this as a child. A is still a little young but I have a feeling I’m gonna get suckered into the whole thing. Would you take your daughter?


Recent Look: Casual Dinner with the Girls

Ella Moss striped tank, Aritzia cardigan, J brand jeans, Pour La Victoire Over-The-Knee boots, Louis Vuitton bag (from the 80’s passed down from my mother), Hermes and Junghwa bracelets
Had $75 of credit to use up on GILT and I kept being drawn to these gorgeous pumps and platform wedges. But, I decided to be realistic about my lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom and get these flat boots instead. So glad I did! These boots are super cute, comfy and hit at a good spot on my legs (not too high), where I can still wear them long after the over-the-knee trend has gone.

I’m a huge fan of Gilt and have found some crazy deals there, such as these boots, this Rebecca Minkoff bag, these Walter shorts, and these Members Only booties. If you haven’t joined yet, click here to start shopping the best online sample sale! Have you ever bought anything on Gilt?

Christmas Day

I took a break over the holidays so I’m just getting a chance to post about Christmas now. We celebrated with the in-laws on the eve, which left Christmas Day for the 3 of us to have family time at home. Here’s how we spent our day…

A pic in front of the tree with our matching pj’s. I found a pretty close match for A and hubbie (Lands End & Old Navy respectively) but mine were pretty off (Target). Oh well!

We put a bow on the greatest gift of all, while she opened her gifts.

Last year was my first as a mom and I wanted to start a tradition for Christmas. I decided on sticky buns every Christmas morning. So last year, I made them using the Barefoot Contessa’s shortcut method (puff pastry sheets). It was pretty good but this year, I wanted to challenge myself by making sticky buns from scratch. HA! It was a complete disaster! I know I made at least 1 big mistake…hubbie, don’t say a word!! If you have a good, idiot-proof recipe for sticky buns, please send my way.

After eating some bready sticky buns, we headed out to the park to build a snowman. It was a first experience for both A and myself!

Posing with Mr. Snowman! She was annoyed that I made her stop running to pose with the guy.

Bidding the snowman farewell..

Hmm…I think you’re a little big for that pack & play.

Back at home, we played with all of A’s new toys and got dinner ready for some good friends that come over every Christmas. It was a lovely day! How did you spend your Christmas?

Thoughtful Gifts

Last post about my birthday, I swear!! Haha…I know I’m really dragging this out! Anyway, this year, I got a lot of great gifts from my girlfriends. Mostly all clothes, of course! :) I won’t post them here since you’ll probably see me wearing them in future posts anyway but I wanted to share 2 really thoughtful, non-clothing gifts I received.

A dear friend who shares my obsession with Lauren Conrad got me her book! I love LC’s (does anyone call her that anymore?) very wearable, feminine, always classic and put together style. And, she also made me a portfolio for this blog! I was super touched! Thanks hun!

I got an amazing package from another bestie who lives in New York. As soon as I opened it, I gasped. Love all the beautiful paper and packaging!

She wrote that she wanted to celebrate my body, mind, and soul so there’s a little of everything (a modern take on a friendship bracelet- she has one too!), exquisite fleur de sel dark chocolate, a personalized journal, some favorite books from her collection, soaps that truly are too pretty to use (ever), and of course some green tea. It felt like Christmas morning going through each item!

This particular friend has amazing taste in food, fashion and friends (HA!). Check out her new blog here.

What’s a thoughtful gift you’ve received or given?

30th birthday Part 2

I bought this bodycon dress with rope detailing at a sample sale in Manila. They were selling clothing by Phillip Lim, Seven for All Mankind, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, BCBG, etc. This dress was the only item that had the label cut off and they had no idea what brand it was! All the items were definitely authentic items…growing up in Asia, you quickly learn to identify the fakes. Anyway, I have no idea who the dress is by! I would love help sourcing this dress! It came with the belt I’m wearing.

We had a truly incredible meal at Henri. This was taken at around 11:30 pm. It was one of those really long meals with amazing food, wine and conversation! It felt good to sit and really talk to hubbie….we don’t get to do that as much anymore with lil miss thang ruling over the household!

In front of the Elysian! Such a gorgeous place!

Giddy with wine and thankful for such a wonderful day!

Switching gears, is anyone else watching the Bachelor or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? (side note: one of the bachelorettes wore the lavender dress I wrote about here!) I love bad, reality TV! Let’s discuss!! :)