February 26, 2015

Random Life Update: Parisian Style

I'm currently sitting in my office procrastinating to start working on numbers to prepare my taxes. Instead, I'm reading blogs and thinking about Parisian style & fashion. The street style (from what I see on blogs) looks so effortless yet very accessorized at the same time.

I think I need to get myself a black and white horizontal striped shirt, and a red handbag or something! I think once I secure those two items I will be a happy camper this coming Spring! I've never thought about owning a red handbag until recently, and the thought it is very exciting!

I haven't been blogging very much because a lot of my time has been consumed by real estate. If I'm not out physically driving to properties, I'm constantly thinking about my current property listings and transactions. I am very grateful to have a great new and flexible career, but it can be very mentally draining and stressful. I feel like I grew up a lot professionally in 2014. It really changed my life and I'm constantly thinking if real estate is going to the career path I choose to follow for the rest of my life. Can't we all win the lottery and go travel? Now that would be ideal. ;)

I still am running DSK Jewelry, and I just have enough time to fill my jewelry orders. I haven't had much time to create new pieces and photograph them to post. I have a lot of ideas always running in my mind, but I haven't had the chance to make them come to life. I feel like my skills in free style photography is dwindling away. Everything I used to do for my small business seems so foreign and hard now. I sit there and I wonder how I did in the past! It really is hard to care for a business.

In other news, our wedding is happening in about 6 months and everything still needs to be planned. Yikes! We do have our venue secured and it will be at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA (15 minutes from Portland, OR). They just started offering what they call an "Ethnic Wedding Package," which allows outside catering. Our Vietnamese families would like a Chinese course style banquet dinner. It's been such a challenge to find a Chinese Restaurant that will cater to the Hilton (especially since they don't allow the restaurant to use their kitchen at all...only a staging room to plate the food).

Things that still need to be figured out...pretty much everything but to name a few:

Wedding Dress Alteration (I did get a contact of a seamstress!)

Custom Made Vietnamese Wedding Ao Dai

Viet/English Wedding Invitations *priority*

Catering

Chivari Chair Rentals 

Florist

Wedding Photographer *priority*

Videographer  

If anyone has any recommendations for any of the above in the Portland area, please help me. :)
I think right now my priority is to lock down our future photographer. I think I'll be more at ease once we start putting down deposits. This February we had spent 3 weekends in Vancouver & Portland trying to see if we can get the catering locked down. It's been a little bit exhausting taking the 3 hour road trip there and back with 2 dogs.

In yesterday's news, we hire movers to move a whole lot of our friend's furniture over to our house since they're getting all new furniture. I'm so serious lol. Ever since I've moved to Seattle, we haven't had actual bedroom sets so it was a treat to inherit those from our friends! Our house feels a lot more like home when all this "grown up" furniture doesn't feel so IKEA and temporary. We still have a lot of arranging to do this weekend. I'm super looking forward it.

Oo! I've also been super obsessed with light fixtures, Lamps Plus is my new Nordstrom Rack. I love browsing even if I don't buy anything. We recently purchased a really nice chandelier on clearance and put it up in our hallway upstairs. ^^ But more on that later!

What's a blog post without a photo right?
Here is a snap of our entry way/dining area with Timmy modeling next to some new furniture.
I'm still deciding where to move those two lamps. I might take them upstairs. I just put them there after I cleaned them.
We also got a giant new dining table too from our friends which was such a treat!
Our house is such a work in progress, we have plans to repaint the downstairs, frame the windows, and change the carpet into hardwood floors. Those plans are put on hold until after the wedding for now. I would love to share bits and pieces of my house on blog. I feel like you know you're getting old when you get super interested in home goods. lol

I'll leave it at that, I hope you are having a wonderful day and I'll catch up with you all very soon!

Lots of love,

Steph

February 10, 2015

3B Beauty Beyond Borders (Asian Makeup Subscription Box!!!)

3B is Beauty Beyond Borders, a genius Asian makeup subscription box that gives us access to beauty products that are pretty hard to hunt down outside of Asia!
Ke, the founder of 3B is from Seattle too! ^_^ 
 What is 3B? 
"Our passion is bringing beauty beyond borders. We help you discover the most popular Asian beauty products through our curated pouch of deluxe samples each month."
Why 3B?
"Asia is one of the leading markets when it comes to skincare and cosmetic innovation. Yet there is no easy way to trial, buy, and review products overseas. With 3B you can try what you like and buy what you love – from premium products to everyday favorites. At 3B we believe finding your perfect product shouldn’t be limited to what country you live in or what language you speak."
What's in the box?
"Each box contains a collection of deluxe samples that are new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on. The products will change each month, and you’ll get to try new skincare, haircare, nailcare, and cosmetic products. Sample products range from go-to brands such as Lioele, Etude House and Skinfood to high-end premium brands like SK-II, K, and Sulwhasoo. Don’t worry about not being able to read Japanese or Korean – we’ve got you covered with English translations of descriptions in each box."
$12/Month Gets You:
  • A pouch containing four to five deluxe Asian beauty samples that we love
  • Tips on how to use products
  • Unlimited access to our team to answer any questions you might have
 
I grabbed the information above off the 3B website because I really couldn't explain it any better myself! 
 
For $12/month you get a box of quality Asian beauty products which include popular well known Korean and Japanese makeup brands such as The Face Shop, and Etude House. Sign me up because you can't ask for a better subscription box! They've gotten so popular since they've launched that there is now a waiting list to subscribe. (You know it's that good.) I love the concept and I am so thankful that we are now able to get access to beautiful Asian brands.
I was really happy to find a generous size bottle of Peripera Nail Story Korean nail polish in my box!!!  It's my very first time trying Peripera polish and I am beyond impressed with the quality of the polish and the paint brush. (Yes, I would like to collect them all now!) The brush applies the jelly red polish easily and perfectly on my nails. The name of this shade is RD001, and it's a true bright candy red. I have always been curious about this brand and it's such a treat to be able to get to try it here in Seattle and better yet, in the comfort of my own home. ^^ I truly LOVE every single product in my first box and have been using them everything.
I was lucky enough to find The Face Shop makeup face wipes in my first box. Who doesn't love a good makeup wipe? It smells incredible and don't you love smells that make you reminisce? These wipes are awesome, and I hope to be able to get more of them soon! I used to always look forwards to trips to the big city with my girl friends to get my hands on The Face Shop products at H-Mart, a favorite Korean supermarket.
3B, Beauty Beyond Borders was created in Seattle with the intentions of helping US Asian Makeup fans get their hands on the latest and greatest products from Asia. ^^

I've always had a special place in my heart for Asian makeup which many of you already know. :) It's always such a nice treat to get to spoil myself with some high end Korean and Japanese beauty products. 3B offers go to brands as well as high end Asian beauty brands in their boxes.

Thank you again Ke for sharing your awesome subscription box with me and the Asian Beauty fans all across the US!

I think very soon, you will also be able to order the full size version of your favorite Asian beauty products you got to sample in your subscription box from a trust worthy online beauty shop! I'm 100% smitten with my 3B subscription box. Fingers crossed for SK-II products in my next 3B box when I'm able to subscribe myself! ^^

Hop on over to the 3B's Our Story page to get learn more about this new Seattle startup! I wish nothing but successful for your beautiful business, Ke!

October 22, 2014

JORD Wood Watch

It's a wood watch! :) Have you seen anything like it?

October 20, 2014

Candy Talk! Chimes Ginger Chews

 Let's talk gourmet candy! This is one of those where have you been all my life type of find! lol How did I live 27 years of my life without knowing about ginger chews. My friend Trang discovered Chimes Ginger Chews at a high end restaurant on their trip to Texas. She loved them so much, she ordered them off of Amazon. She shared one with me on our car ride to dinner one day. I was addicted at first chew!

October 8, 2014

My Dream Discontinued West Elm Marble Coffee Table *Edit* It's Back!

 West Elm Box Frame Coffee Table - Marble
I first learned of this beauty from eat.sleep.wear in her Instagram photo of her new coffee table back in June. I feel in love with it because I've been wanting a marble top kitchen counter top so I can take awesome Instagram photos. Hahaha I just think a vase of flowers looks beautiful on a white marble top! It's just dreamy. You can find more photos of this beauty on Carly's blog. She was inspired by eat.sleep.wear too but actually got to buy it! *envies*

After months I finally decided I needed it! West Elm sent me a 15% off coupon and I excitedly went on their website to search for my coffee table (that I probably look at once a week online). lol It was no where to be found! It's 'No Longer Available.' I talked with their customer service on their Live Chat and they told me I would have to call the stores individually to ask. I was just so sad yesterday, and I called my local and two other West Elm locations to see if there was a chance they would have one in store. They told me it's been discontinued. Even if the store did have it, they aren't able to ship it. :(

I just wanted to write about the coffee table of my dreams that I probably will never get to own. lol It's just so sad, but I hope I will soon find the coffee table that's meant to be in my house. We're removing the carpet and putting in new flooring and painting our downstairs living soon. After the renovations are complete we get to buy all new furniture! Yay! I've been looking forward to having my "forever" furniture since the day I move to Seattle. :D No more of this mix match college furniture off Craiglist stuff! Haha :)

I hope West Elm will bring it back!! *Edit* It is available now online and I was able to order it! I won't get it until 2015, but I'm so happy it's back!!*

For now, I'm on the hunt for a marble cutting board or marble slab so I can feed my marble obsession.  

I also have been wanting to get gold silverware for well over a year now...so maybe I'll satifisy my West Elm craving with these pretty gold things.

October 2, 2014

Before & After (Makeup and Hair by VanityPham)

I got my makeup & hair done today by the talented Van of Vanity Pham Makeup & Hairstyling for my real estate headshot.  I couldn't stop smiling the whole time I was in her chair! Haha, I've waited SO long for her to bless me with her beautiful makeup & hair skills!
Thank you for making me feel pretty Van Pham Choe! Your artistry is one in a million! I look forward to my wedding next year so I can get my makeup & hair done again by you and feel as special as I do today.  
I've always been a fan of looking at before & after photos so here's mine. I'm never ever washing my hair!! ::hair flip:: 
Book your appointment with Van at Vanity Pham Bridal Salon in Sola Salon (Bellevue, Washington) for makeup, hair, and volume lash extension today! Hehe, I absolutely love her work!! You can find her on Yelp! http://www.yelp.com/biz/vanity-pham-bellevue


October 1, 2014

Now that it's October..

Hello Blog Family! Now that it's October, I am currently obsessed with snuggling up with my new Costco Frozen throw and watching TV after work because of all the amazing new Fall shows! I'm hooked on I Heart Nick Carter, The Mysteries of Laura, and Million Dollar Listing LA to name a few. 

Tomorrow, I'm going to get a makeover by my friend Vanity for my real estate photo for my business card. I'll be sure to take before and after photos for you. ;)
 Bambu now offers Royal Artichoke Tea! I absolutely love it. :)
My nail polish is OPI Pasion of Love from the Mariah Carey Collection, which I also own! I knew it looked familiar when I picked it out at the nail spa.
I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure at Perfect Ten Nail Spa by myself this past Saturday. Sometime it's a treat to pamper yourself. :) I feel my best when my nails and toes are pretty! I'm also not willing to put my Birkenstocks away just yet! I love them. I found mine at Nordstrom Rack for $70. :D Got my fiancé a matching pair too! Haha, they make amazing Summer evening walking sandals!
I finally found the popular Whispering Angel Rose at Total Wine in Tukwila, WA!! I've been looking at all our local Whole Foods with no luck. I can't wait to try it. I've read great things about this Rose. 
In other news, we're moving offices at work! We will have three new office locations in Everett, Seattle, and Bellevue. :) It's just crazy how many things are changing this month and next. We also narrowed down our wedding date to be in August or September. It really depends on what venues are available. :D I think we'll have Dahlia's flowers at our wedding since it seems to be a seasonal favorite. :) Can you believe things beautiful bundle was only $5 at Pike Place Market? 

I recently started selling a lot of my designer goodies on eBay and I absolutely enjoy it! I had no idea how easy it was to list items there. I recently sold a pair of Burberry rainboots, Rebecca Minkoff bag, a pair of Tory Burch flats, and a pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots! I really am happy that I'm able to get some money back for them. It's such a reward to see an item sold on eBay! I think the hardest part is taking the time to take good photos of the items to list. We recently had our annual garage sale and I sold two of my old Coach bags for $100! :) I guess you could say I'm saving up for the wedding shoes!
My 5 year anniversary of living in Seattle just passed in September. I think moving here has changed my life in so many positive ways! I'm really thankful. The dogs are doing great, they're probably enjoying my new Disney Frozen blanket more than me!
I've also been completely obsessed with shopping at Nordstrom Rack! Tomorrow (Oct 2nd) starts their 25% off clearance (Clear the Rack!) sale. :D Last week, I found two beautiful Valentino Lace Scarves at the Lynnwood, WA location.  I found this pair of Alice & Olivia Dina Pumps for $99! :)
I'm going to start cooking and preparing our meals at home again. We've been eating out way too often. I was inspired by HeyClaire's shrimp lettuce wraps and made my own version. It turned out really really good! I could eat it at least once a week. :)

Happy October 1st & a very Happy Birthday to my good friend Jennifer. :)

September 5, 2014

Chanel, Hermes, I Do Adore!

Hello! I am so very happy it is Friday! This Sunday I'm helping my friend set up her son's first birthday party. It is going to be a grand event for such a little man. :D I will definitely share photos on the blog. I can't believe he's one! Remember my post about his full month birthday party? Time really does fly by, and I'm starting to feel old! lol 

All my friends seem to have been getting pregnant and popping out babies! My friend keeps telling me I need to have a baby so her son can have a friend close in age. I'm reminding her that I still need to get married! lol I haven't started wedding planning yet, we've narrowed down the date to September of 2015. It will be a Saturday in September, we just don't know which week yet! I guess it really depends on what weekend the to be determined wedding venue has available. :D 

I prefer to spend my time adoring my girl friend's Chanel & Hermes goodies. She has such an AMAZING growing collection of fabulous luxuries! 
Hermes Anemone (Purple) is one of my favorite colors of 2014!! I could spend hours admiring the rainbow of my girl friend's Chanel & Hermes bags!
She really needs to have a daughter one day. :)
How pretty is this brooch! It has a really good weight to it too. 
 Absolutely gorgeous!
Birkin 30, Rouge Casaque  :D

I've learned so much about Hermes this past year. I've learned all the names of the colors, the type of leathers (Epsom, Togo, Swift, Clemence to name a few!), and all the different sizes of Birkin's & Kelly's. In the future if I ever get the opportunity to get a fabulous bag from Hermes, it will most likely be a Birkin in the 35 size, black with palladium (silver) hardware in Togo leather. :) I will make it my goal for when I turn 40! lol I have 13 years to save. :D

To be honest, shopping at Hermes is time consuming & exhausting...I went with my friend to Hermes at the Bravern in Bellevue, WA and we spent at least 2 hours there working with her sales associate. She would bring out items one by one to show us (starting with the less desirable items first, of course). It's an adventure to get what you actually want at Hermes. You almost are persuaded to buy a Birkin's worth of Hermes items before you get your Birkin offer. You generally only get offered two Birkin's a year. You build a profile with your store and there's some type of system that keeps track of what you buy per semester (2 semesters in a year) and how many of each item you're allowed. I think you're only allowed to buy 2 Hermes belt buckles a year. If you buy a belt buckle, you must buy a leather belt with it, but you are allowed to buy as many leather belts as you'd like. You're still limited to two Hermes buckles per year. It's definitely a journey of a lifestyle brand..they want you to immerse yourself, your family, and friends in Hermes everything to prove your appreciation of the brand before you get the Birkin or Kelly bag of your dreams. 

I just thought I would share my personal learning experience. :D In other news, I hear the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line is all the rage these days! I'm not familiar with her work which shows you how out of the makeup loop I am!! (Check out my makeup blog sale!)  I am curious about the line and would love to try makeup from her line. I think I will order a lipstick from Nordstrom as a treat to myself. :)


August 27, 2014

NEW OPI, "DS TOURMALINE"

Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. I'm currently watching Forks Over Knives on Netflix. I cleared and cleaned out my fridge earlier! It's so wonderful to be able to take day off to tidy up the house. And catch up on my blogging and blog reading. :D

OPI recently released two new DS or Designer Series nail polishes. I'm wearing the new OPI Designer Series DS Tourmaline. It is the sparkliest hot pink with orange and lavender iridescent glitters. The colors look incredibly pretty together, it's the perfect Summer polish!
 This shade simply sparkles and shines in the sun. :)







DS Tourmaline was released along with DS Titanium, which I also have and will swatch soon!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

August 22, 2014

Aquasana Glass Bottles For Storing Juice!

 Hello again! I ordered the Aquasana glass bottles the same time I purchased the Hurom Juicer from Amazon. My first box came with one broken glass bottle so I had to do an exchange.
Amazon has really great service, the UPS man picked up my package the very next day and a few days later came my new Aquasana bottles.
 I used to store my juice in mason jars, but I read somewhere that they weren't good to use.
I didn't like the lid for the juice either, it would just get old. Over washing the canning jar lid also made it rust, which is no bueno.
 The Aquasana jars were recommended item on Amazon (I'm a sucker for target marketing). They were $40 for 6 bottles. The blue lids are a safe plastic while the bottles are glass.

An alternative to buying glass bottles is to reuse old Snapple bottles or any glass type bottles with an easy to clean cap. :)
 Look at me all using my Hurom juicer again. :D
 The Aquasana bottles have a good weight to them. I intend to juice and store the bottles in my fridge.
I have even used them as water bottles.
 I call this juice my clean out the fridge juice. I cut up all the carrots, celery, cucumber, limes and apples I could find in my fridge.
 Cleaning and cutting up the apples and veggies was pretty therapeutic this morning for some odd reason. I didn't mind it. I think it forces me to slow down and focus on the task.
 I'm majorly impressed by the Hurom Juicer. The pulp comes out so dry! I definitely get my money's worth in fresh produce.
 I have 3 apples, 7 carrots, one full head of celery, 2 limes, and 2 giant cucumbers.
 I call this my clear out your fridge juice. :D
 I had a very easy time assembling the juicer this morning and clean up was a breeze!
 I now have 3 16 oz jars of a refreshening juice to drink tonight and tomorrow! Nothing beats waking up to instant breakfast.
Let me know if you have any favorite juice recipes. This one I just threw together (which is what they usually tell you not to do). I think I will go back to my basic green apple, kale, and ginger next. I also heard kale and grapes make an easy delicious juice too. :) Will keep you updated on my juice journey to better health. :D