Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kiss My Southern Sass

Hey y'all! Hope you're doing fabulous! A couple of days ago I did a senior session with Morgan, a friend of mine from high school. She came to me wanting me to do her senior pictures, as I do photography on the side. I said of course I would and we began planning it out. She's a southern belle, very southern and proper. So I knew this was gonna be fun. She said she had a few different dress options and hats and an old flag she wanted to use. I was so excited to shoot this session! The day came and we met at this little farmstead that had white clapboard house and buildings, beautiful big oak trees, very southern. We also shot at a park that had a pond, more trees and an old silo. I wanted to share with you guys some pictures from the shoot as I can't stop obsessing over how adorable and fantastic it turned out! 


How cute is she?! Very Audrey Hepburn!



Love this pose! 
Classy girls wear pearls.
American pride is hard to hide!


I can't get over how well this shoot turned out! Of course I had an excellent model so that always helps! I'm in love with every single picture! They're all just amazing! I had tons of fun shooting this and really wanna do more "themed" photoshoots in the future. The next one I wanna do is very hippie-esque, flower crowns, pretty dresses, fields, sunsets. Perhaps you will see that photoshoot next! You never know! ;)

Well that's it for today lovelies! Till next time! 




"she's a good girl, loves her mama, loves Jesus and America too"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

20 Random Facts About Me!

Hello again Internet friends! Long time no talk! I know I've been away for a bit but now I am back! I figured to ease back into blogging again I would share with you all 20 random facts about myself. If you know me then some might not be a surprise but some I've never shared. So let us begin the 20 random facts!

Number 1: I am adopted from Seoul, South Korea. I was adopted when I was 6 months old, put on a plane and flown more than half way across the world to my amazing family!

Number 2: I was the spelling bee winner in 7th grade in the middle school spelling be. I even have the trophy to prove it!

Number 3: I tie my shoes different than the majority of people. I do two bunny ears and loop them under. I'm the black sheep.

Number 4: I am a collector of coffee mugs and tumblers/water bottles. As of the moment I have 20+ coffee mugs and 12 water bottles/tumblers. I am always on the hunt looking for more. I have a problem I know.

Number 5: I have the most massive crush on Niall Horan from One Direction. I'm going to marry him and our wedding will be the wedding of the century. You all are invited of course.

Number 6: I have an irrational fear of planes flying over my house. We have a few airports near by where I live and you can always hear them flying overhead. I have this fear that whenever I can hear one go by that it's going to crash into my house. I have no clue why.....

Number 7: When I was a freshman or sophomore in high school (I can't remember, those years kinda blended together) my house got TPed 3 times in one week. To this day I don't know who did it.......

Number 8: Although I am Korean I consider myself a typical white girl and love partaking in the typical white girl activities and will use the hashtag 'typicalwhitegirl' quite often.

Number 9: I don't know how to use chopsticks. Yes I know I'm Asian and I should. I don't wanna talk about it.

Number 10: I have this odd fascination with serial killers and the criminally insane. Could be because I watch too much Criminal Minds and took 3 criminology classes last fall, but hey who knows. 

Number 11: I have to rearrange my room ever 2-months. I hate monotony and frankly I just really love rearranging my room. 

Number 12: I don't have my ears pierced BUT I am going to get them done before summer ends! Yay! 

Number 13: I was born on September 13, also the same day as Niall Horan....so obvi we are meant to be. Duh. 

Number 14: I am pigeon-toed. Meaning that my legs naturally turn inward. It does not mean that I have pigeon toes. 

Number 15: I can't ever order the same food twice in a row at a restaurant. I have to order something different every time. Again this goes back to the monotony/ variety is the spice of life thing. 

Number 16: There are at least 4 tattoos that I want to get. I plan on getting one hopefully for my 21st birthday! 

Number 17: I want to travel the world, to discover and explore, to get lost in all the beauty. I would love to spend a year or a semester or just a summer travelling. 

Number 18: I was 19 years old when I got my driver's license. Better late than never, right. 

Number 19: I want to foster/adopt children when I have a family. I know the importance of having a loving, caring family and I want to give that to other children. 

Number 20: My dad built our house that we currently live in from the ground up! He did have help but for the most part he did everything himself! 

Well guys there you have 20 random facts about myself! I hope you all enjoyed this little post and this is the start of more blogging again! 

Tell me in the comments below or send me a tweet about a random fact about you! I'd love to hear that I'm not as weird as I think I am! 

Till next time lovelies! 



"i am me and that's as good as it can be"



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Get Ready With Me: Night At the Theatre

Hello all! Hope you're doing well! Today you're going to be seeing how I got ready for a night out at the theatre ! A group of my friends and I went to a local production of Spamalot the other night, a laugh out loud production of a take on King Arthur, Camelot and the search for the Holy Grail. 


Group selfie! :)

It was an excellent production and the cast did a superb job! It was a fun night all together! So come and get ready with me for a night at the theatre! :)


.:: Skin :..

I washed my face and then started in on my hair first!

.: Hair :

I curled my hair earlier that morning because I was meeting a friend for breakfast so by the time the afternoon rolled around the curls had fallen out into this really lose, natural look.




I wanted to wear my hair up because it was so blasted hot outside. I put on a headband then twisted my hair back on both sides and tucked it under the headband. I kept tucking the hair under the headband until all of it was rolled into a bun. I then pinned it with bobby pins and sprayed it with my Kenra Scott hairspray.

Here's the finished look!



That was a terrible explanation of how to do it so here's a tutorial with pictures to show you! It's super simple and took me a little over 5 minutes to do. It looks polished and cute while keeping your hair off your neck! I'll definitely be wearing this in the future! 


.:: Makeup :..

Now onto makeup! Since my outfit was pretty simple I wanted to have a more dramatic makeup look. 


Face: 

Products from L to R:
Revlon Colorstay foundation in 250 Fresh Beige// Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in 200 Soft Beige// NYC bronzer in Sunny// Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Translucent// Nyx Blush in Peach// Real Techniques face brush for foundation
First I poured a quarter size amount of the Revlon foundation onto the back of my hand and stipple/blended it onto my face with my Real Techniques face brush. Next, I used my Rimmel foundation as a concealer to conceal some pesky blemishes on my face. Then I used my Rimmel powder with a fluffy brush all over my face. Using a small blush brush I used my Nyx blush and applied it to the apples of my cheeks blending upward. Finally, I used my NYC bronzer and sucked in my cheeks and contoured my cheekbones and temples using a 'C' motion. Now my face is done! 

Eyes: 


Maybelline The Nudes palette// NYX Paris in Love palette// Benefit They're Real Mascara// Rimmel Exaggerate eye primer// Maybelline Falsies mascara// Milani liquid eye liner// Rimmel pencil eye liner in Blackest Black
First and foremost I primed my eyes with the Rimmel eye primer. I then used the bronzey eye shadow from the Nudes palette and applied that all over my lids with a shader brush. Then I used the dark brown color from the Nyx palette in my outer V and crease blending it in windshield wiper motions with a blending brush. Using the light pinky champagne color as an inner corner highlight color. I also used the champagne color as my brow bone highlight. Next, I lined my eyes and tightline with the Rimmel liner. Overtop of it I used the Milani liquid liner and lightly winged it out. Setting the liquid liner I used the black shadow from the Nudes palette with an eyeliner brush. To finish off the eyes I applied a coat of the Benefit mascara and a coat of the Falsies. 



I finished off my makeup look with some chapstick and my Endless Summer perfume! Oh and I'm also wearing Essie's 'I am Strong' polish on my toes! Now that hair and makeup is done time for the outfit!


.:Fashion:.


I had a hard time figuring out what to wear. I didn't want to be too dressy or too casual. My friend Taz suggested a romper and y'all know oh much I love my black one. I knew I had worn it in my first Getting Ready With Me post but I styled so differently so I was like "why not!" 






Romper: Wetseal// Denim shirt: Old Navy// Belt: I have no clue. lol.// Wedges: Ross//
 Purse: Old Navy//  Watch: Charlotte Russe
So I'm obsessed with this romper for the sole facts of it's comfort. It's like wearing pajamas, socially acceptable pajamas. I love it. Actually I just love rompers. It's cute and it can be dressed up or down. It's the perfect summer wardrobe staple! I paired it with a light wash denim shirt because I knew the theatre would be cool and I get cold very easily. I belted it with this brown braided belt to cinch the look together. I added a watch and my brown wedges and bada bing bada boom one outfit of the night! This look is the perfect casual but cute and dressy look! 

So there you have it guys! My completed look from hair, to makeup, to my outfit! I really like doing these! I know they're a bit lengthy, sorry about that, but I hope you enjoy them! Lemme know what you think in the comments below or by tweeting me! :)

Till next time lovelies! 




"all the world's a stage"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's in My Bag: Pool Edition ☀

Hello lovelies and welcome back! Today is going to be What's in My Pool Bag! I don't know why I've waited so long to do this post but I have put it off no further! It could be the fact that I've only gone to the pool like twice this summer.... Anywho here's what I carry with me to the pool!


 

The bag that I'm using as my 'pool bag' is a tote that I got from Target like years and years ago. I got it to use as a school bag then have just used it as a tote and pool bag. I love the coral color and stripes. It's lined on the inside and is suuper roomy. It's a canvas material and built very well. Target has awesome totes so I'd definitely check there if you're looking for a new pool bag! 

A few things not pictured: 
Hat: I always take a hat with me when I go. Usually it's a baseball cap. It covers my head and shields my eyes and face from the sun. 
Phone: This one is pretty obvious. Lol. I never leave home without it. 
Water bottle: I always, always, always have water with me wherever I go. I usually carry my Tervis or Contigo bottle and fill it full of nice, ice cold water. Perfect refreshment for being out in the pool! 

Pictured: 
Plastic bag: This is an odd ball thing to bring to the pool but to me it's a necessity. I use this to put my wet swimsuit into after I'm done swimming, especially if I don't have time to let it air dry or if it's still damp and I don't wanna get everything else wet. This is a lifesaver. 

Goggles: I do enjoy swimming so I bring a pair just in case I wanna put in a few laps. 

Flipflops: Pool floors. Need I say more? 

Oversized t-shirt & shorts: I wear an oversized t-shirt as my pool cover up! It's easy and comfortable! I do bring a pair of nice denim shorts just in case I decide to go somewhere after and I need to look halfway presentable. 

Tanning oil: No need to rip me to shreds about using tanning oil/tanning. I like getting darker faster so I use it. Plain and simple. 

Wallet: I've been using this Vera Bradley smartphone wristlet in Petal Paisley as my 'wallet' for awhile now and I love it! I can use it as a wristlet if I'm running errands and don't wanna lug my purse or still use it as a wallet.

iPod: I always bring my iPod with me to the pool so I can have some good music to listen to when I'm not in the water. 

Glasses & contact case: I wear contacts to the pool so that I can see and wear sunglasses because glasses under sunglasses is just not cute. I also bring my glasses just in case one decides to pop out or something happens. Gotta be able to see!

Extra set of clothes: These are what I call my 'kid' clothes. Whenever I go to the pool it's usually with kids I nanny so I always bring a set of kid friendly play clothes to change into after. Running shorts and a school t-shirt will do just that. 

Keys: Need these to drive. I also have a pepper spray keychain on there just in case.

Gum: I'm a compulsive gum chewer so I have to have gum on my person at all times. Plus you never know there could be a cute guy at the pool and you need some minty fresh breath. 

Bandaids: I can't tell you how many times I've scraped my feet or legs getting out of the pool. I've learned my lesson enough times to always have bandaids with me. 

Hand sanitizer: Just a good thing to carry! Plus when I'm dealing with kids and eating lunch/snacks it's nice to have their hands clean when we don't have access to a sink.

Advil: I sometimes can get sun headaches if I'm out for too long or I don't drink enough fluids so I always keep Advil in my bag. 

Chapstick: Gotta keep those chapped, dry lips at bay! Again, cute boy at pool. Never know! ;)

Headphones: Kinda need these to listen to music with. Unless everyone else at the pool wants to listen to One Direction and Iggy. 

Hairtie: To put my mess of hair up in a bun after getting it all wet. I probably would die without having one. 

Sunglasses, croakies & case:  Sunglasses and the pool are almost synonymous with one another. These are just a pair I got from H&M awhile back! They're just Rayban look alike's. The croakies are the light blue pair from Proper Kid Problems and I LOOVE them. Seriously greatest invention ever. And the case is also from H&M. 

So there you have it guys! Everything that's in my pool bag! I love learning what you keep in yours so comment or tweet me the must haves for you! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this and keep checking back for more What's In My Bag videos and general blog posts! :) 

Till next time! 




"i've got a swimming pool and i pretend to be a mermaid in like the middle of the night. it kinda de-stresses me."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just A Little Thank You Note

Hello Internet friends! Today I just wanted to take the time to write a little thank you note to some really amazing people. So awhile back I wrote a post titled "Forever Like That: Ryan and Chelsie's Story" which you can read here ! It's about a couple, Ryan and Chelsie, and their Nicholas Spark's-esque lovestory. It's literally one of the absolute cutest stories you'll ever hear, I promise. Anyways, I wrote about them and posted it to the world wide web for anyone to see. I have no idea how they saw it but they did. A few days ago Chelsie commented on that post saying how sweet I was and how "blown away that [I] would chose to write about [them] and how "awesome [I] am." I sat in bed reading this amazingly sweet comment from two people whom I admire so deeply. I was grinning from ear to ear and I'm pretty sure I didn't stop smiling till I went to bed. I have no idea how they found my post but the fact that they took the time to read it and leave me such a sweet comment just made my day. So, Ryan and Chelsie, if you stumble upon this post, thank you guys so much! Words just can't express how touched I am that you found my post and that you took the time out of your day to comment on it. I appreciate it from the absolute bottom of my heart. You guys are truly an inspiration and just two extraordinary people. :) 

I know in my heart that they are some of the kindest and sweetest people, yet I've never met them, but I don't have to. Just from that comment I can tell. You can see that their future holds great things ahead and like I said before I can't wait to see what's in store. 

So again, thank you guys. It means the world to me. 

That's all for today! Till next time lovelies! 




"it's the little things in life that mean the most"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

DIY: Ombre Striped Canvas

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a good day so far! Today I wanted to show you a really super easy, simple and affordable room decor tutorial. It literally look me less than 10 minutes to complete. I love ombre and stripes so why not combine them together into this!



You can do this with any color that you want! I chose pink because that's the colors in my room and I just love pink. You can even do multiple colors and even glitter, like this one!



The possibilities and color combos are endless! Let's jump into how I created this really simple ombre striped canvas!


Here's what you'll need:

3 colors of paint (your choice), the original color, a lighter color and white. I wanted pink so I chose red, a light pink and white. 
Canvas (any size will do, I used 8x10)
Newspaper or packing paper for your workspace
A plate for mixing colors
A square brush (you can use any size, I used a 1 inch)

How To: 
Step 1: Lay down the newspaper on your work surface so you don't get any paint on it. 
Step 2: Shake the bottle and squeeze out a good size amount of the original color paint you're using onto the plate. In mine it was red.


 Step 3: Paint one stripe of the original color onto your canvas. Let the bottom taper out naturally. You want that brushed off effect.



Step 4: Add a little bit of the light color into the original color and mix it. I added the light pink into the red and mixed till it was a different shade. 
Step 5: Paint another stripe next to the first one you painted. Now repeat steps 4 & 5 until you get to the very end. You can paint the white stripe or just finish off with a really, really light color that's almost white. 

 



 Step 6: Let your canvas dry completely. 

Once it's dried there you have it! A really easy, simple and cute decor piece! :) You can set it vertically or horizontally, or any direction it's up to you!


I hope you guys enjoyed this simple DIY tutorial! If you create an ombre striped canvas tweet me a picture so I can see! I love seeing how other people do them! :) 

Till next time lovelies! 


"paint stripes of every stripe"

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bedroom Decor Haul!

Hello everyone! Hope you're doing fabulous today! I know I am! Today's post is going to be about some bedroom decor items I purchased recently. Something you don't know about me is that I have this odd obsession with changing my bedroom around. I rearrange my room at least once every couple of months. I just get bored and need a change. They say variety is the spice of life! So I've been wanting to change up my bedroom decor for a while now and I've been inspired by the beautifully decorated rooms on Pinterest and Instagram so I made it my mission to do so. I've been scouring Home Goods, Target, Hobby Lobby and thrift stores for picture frames and things I can hang on my wall. Needless to say I did find a few things for my room. So let the bedroom decor haul begin! 

First up is Hobby Lobby, which recently has been my happy place. In one week I was there 3 times... Yes I have a problem I know. Don't judge. But they've been having really cute stuff on sale! So naturally I couldn't resist. I only got one thing for my room in terms of decor and that was this Gold Polka dot framed print. 



One, I love polka dots. Two, I love gold. Three, I love inspirational quotes. So of course this beauty had to come home with me. I'll leave links to where you can buy everything at the end of the post! 

On Friday I went to Kirklands which is a home decor store because they were advertising a huge 4th of July/Semi Annual sale. I mosied on in not expecting to find anything because a lot of the items were a bit old for my taste. Well I was proved wrong and walked out with quite a few new goodies. 

Right off the bat I saw these individual monogrammed letters. 


 I'm a monogrammin' kinda gal so I fell in LOVE with these! I've seen them on Etsy for a ridiculous amount of money and I couldn't spend it on buying one, but these were only $10 so I scooped up 3! The only downside is that they are a little scuffed but nothing a coat of paint can't fix. I loved the burlap bow at the top and thought it was so cute. Thus another reason I bought them. Monograms and bows, what more could a girl want. 

Next I found these two really cute and unique picture frames. 





 I love the look of ornate frames but I do not love the price. I about died when I found out that this beauty was only $8! It's a grayish-taupe color with some distressing. I love me some good distressed decor. The second frame I had to get because of the burlap bow, the color and distressing. Sensing a pattern here? Lol.

Last thing from Kirklands was this cute little wooden blocks sign. 



I just thought it was cute and I love tea and mason jars so I needed this. 

These next few items I got from this antique market in the city where I live (post here) so I can't give links to where you can buy them. But they're pretty basic things that you could find at any thrift/antique store. 

So I'm mildly obsessed with picture frames and when I found these I knew they would be coming home with me. And the great part they were only $3.50! They're a bargain! I can't wait to hang these babies up on my wall! 



This next frame I loved because of the frame, the color and the adorable print inside it! 



 The quote says, "be happy. be bright. be you." How cute is that?! This will go on my wall but for now it's sitting on my nightstand and it's just a good thing to see when you wake up in the morning! A great way to start your day!

Last is this really cool old film camera. I'm an amateur photographer and I love the beauty and essence of film photography, especially black and white. I love old cameras because of the look they have and the stories they hold. If camera's could talk what stories would they tell? What have they seen through their lenses? What moments have they captured? It's just so interesting to me. 




Links// Polka dot framed art // Monogrammed letters // Ornate frame // Turquoise frame // Block sign // 

Well that's it for my bedroom  decor haul! I can't wait to hang up the frames on my wall! Don't worry I'll put up a post about it when I finish it! :) 

Till next time lovelies! 




"my favorite project is always the next one"

 



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Antiquing and Exploring Downtown

Hello Internet friends! Welcome back to le blog! Today's post is all about an adventure I went on Saturday with my favorite aunt, uncle and my dad! My aunt, dad and I love DIYing, antiquing, decorating/home design and just general refurbishing. We are huge DIYers. My aunt found this really cool district in the downtown area where we live that is one giant antique market and the first Friday and Saturday of every month they have the shops open and food trucks come and sell food on the street. I've wanted to go every since she told me but the first of the month would come and go waaay too quickly. So I made it a point to go this month. I was already going to be over with them for 4th of July, which was Friday, so my dad and I just stayed with them then we all went down Saturday morning. I didn't really know what to expect other than it was heaven and pretty much amazing. We pulled down there around 10am and there was already a good crowd of people in the streets. We parked and walked to the first shop.



The first shop we went into was called Good JuJu. The name alone had me hooked. They had some pieces sitting outside and I knew that I'd love this store. We walked inside and talk about sensory overload. There was stuff everywhere. I mean I had never seen so much stuff in my entire life. Furniture, decor, antiques, rustic, vintage, old, retro I mean they had it all. And there were people everywhere too! This store was in one of the old buildings and even had a second story! I did buy a few things which will be shown in another blog post that's coming so don't worry! 




They even had a live band playing on the second floor! How cool is that?!
 

Mirror pic.
 



I was so fascinated with all the buildings and old advertisements, now weathered away from the elements and age. I love looking at all the architecture and beauty of the buildings that were once bustling with people. Since we were downtown many of the buildings had really cool history as well. One of the buildings use to be the old Studebaker car building. It was about 9 stories tall and had 2 elevators that were big enough to fit cars in! They would drive the cars into the elevator then bring them up to the 4th story sales floor. They also washed the cars in the building on the 5th floor and customers could test drive them on the roof. The roof! A lot of the vendors/workers in the shops knew the very intriguing history of the building and it was neat to listen to it. Another building use to be the old Stowe hardware manufacturing plant and had an elevator big enough to fit a delivery truck inside! That one was working and we got to ride up and down in it! 




This was how high the water was when we had a huge flood in 2003. 
 



The food trucks!
 

We went into half a dozen different buildings that were floor to ceiling, wall to wall filled with things and people. A lot of the stores had a lot of unique pieces that were actually really cool. They had everything that you could ever imagine.They also had more....eclectic pieces such as a canoe and an antelope and sheep mounts. Yeah it takes a special kinda person to buy those things for their home, especially the latter two. 

I've always wondered who the people in the pictures that were at garage sales, flea markets and antique shops were. What were their story, who were they, where did they live, what happened to them? Like this child, what's their story?






This is so cool! A book arch!
It was after 1 and we were all tired from all the walking and hungry too! We decided to walk back to our car which was parked at the opposite end of the district. On the way back we stopped by this kettle corn vendor who was making a fresh batch when we walked by. We stopped and he gave us a tasting, to make sure it was up to par. Then my uncle bought this HUGE bag and we munched on it on the way back to the car and drive home. There's just something about freshly popped kettle corn, especially in the summer that just makes it 10000 times better. 



Tried to take a selfie....didn't quite turn out... Haha! 
Kettle corn.... yummmm!

I had such a good time just walking around, exploring the buildings and looking at all the things inside. If you live in the area I would definitely encourage you to check it out! You can message me on Twitter for the info about it! It's such a cool experience and who knows you might come out with a few unique items for your room or house! :) 

Till next time!





"we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us"