Yosemite Adventures – Camping 101

Our first camping trip in California. We were lucky to book 2 nights in Yosemite Valley during Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, there were too many people and we decided that next time we would prefer visiting on an off weekend.

General Tips:
1) Pack in layers and pack light with good hiking shoes.
2) Be careful with scented items (i.e. perfumes/colognes/scented sun screen) due to bear at night.
3) Bring a hooded jacket (purchased mine from H&M on sale for $10) just in case it rains.
4) Instead of buying a ton of ice, freeze water bottles/gallons of water. This keeps the cooler cool + provides a refreshing drink in hot weather.

We hiked about 10 miles total in 3 days + 2 nights. Make sure to pack something light to eat + water in case you get hungry like me.

Sequoia Forest in Mariposa Grove


Glacier Point

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Falls

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This was definitely worth the hike. Wish we had known that there was another water fall above this one.

 

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OOTD Thrifting in San Francisco

San Fran has some amazing thrift shops. Stopped by some new thrift shops. My favorite one was the Salvation Army in the Mission as they had a large stock, fairly organized and had an extra 50% off all items on Saturdays.

We came upon an alleyway full of art and decided to take some photos.

1) Vintage Mint Blouse (thrift find) similar here
2) Forever21 Tie Dye Romper (old)
3) Black opaque tights similar here
4) Cognac Ankle Booties similar from Aldo’s here
5) Forever21 Black Crossbody Bag (old) similar here
6) Black Cat Eye Sunnies – similar here

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Vintage OOTD in the Napa Valley

Thanks for your patience! It’s been a busy 2 – 3 months as we are working on opening up a vintage online boutique + traveling on business.

A new winery to check out: Peju. Referred by coworkers. Beautiful scenery + yummy wine.

 

 

Here’s my OOTD:

1) Vintage Blush Blouse similar here
2) Thrifted Zara Lace Skirt similar here
3) Nude Nine West Bow Flats similar here
4) Sunnies – similar Cat Eye Sun Glasses here

Happy thrifting to everyone!

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Style: Mint Maxi

A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I were invited to a birthday party. Wanted to wear a casual chic look and be comfortable in the hot spring Northern California weather. Maxi skirts are perfect for spring/summer days. Initially, I was hesitant on wearing maxi skirts as I thought they would be too long and make me look short. Surprisingly,  I ordered this one from forever 21 in a ‘small’ and it’s the perfect length (I’m 5’1.5″). Material was also quite nice and cost was $12.

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Mint Maxi Outfit

Urban Outfitters Ankle Booties

White Tee-shirt (Uniqlo 0ld)
Thrifted Jean Jacket
Mint Maxi Dress (Forever21) $12.50 (recent purchase) similar below
White Cut Out Ankle Booties (Urban Outfitters old) similar here or cheaper alternative here
Forever21 Studded Cross – Body Bag (Recent) similar here

Here are some other maxi skirts that I have been lusting over.

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1) Urban Outfitters Mint Maxi here
2) Express Mint Maxi here
3) Asos Colorblock Maxi here
4) Asos Yellow Mustard Pleated Maxi here

How do you style your maxi skirts?

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Recap: REVIVED Fashion Show

Attended the Hmomentum Night. Discovered some new voices… including Nancy Yang from YouTube.

 

One of the highlights of the night was the Revived Fashion Show. I went up front to capture the girls on my new camera. But, several turned out blurry or bad lighting. My favorite looks were the Hmong-American inspired pieces. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot of my favorite piece (blue/yellow Hmong inspired shorts).

 

 

Fashion definitely remains one of my passions. It’s amazing to see the progress of  upcoming Hmong Fashion Designers.

 

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Style Your Xauv ‘Silver Hmong Necklace’ + Professional Conference Attire

My husband and I recently went to Fresno for the Hmong National Development (HND) Conference in early April. I presented on how to get in to pharmacy school with one of my students + Hmong Herbal Medicines. Send me a note if you are interested. It’s always feels great to get re-energized. I left this conference feeling empowered and proud of being Hmong (Not to mention: a friendly reminder to  brush up on Hmong vocabulary). One of the most rewarding experiences was being part of the Health Forum and discussing recommendations with other healthcare professionals on Hmong Health to the HND Committee.

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Here are some outfit ideas on what to wear for conferences. Instead of all black (which is a safe option), I opted for my mint + white peplum blazers from H&M for Spring-y feel. Of course, I couldn’t forget my xauv ‘Silver Hmong Necklace’ into the mix.

1) Mint + Chevron

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Chevron Printed Dress similar from Ruche here/ Mint Blazer similar from ThreadSence here/Black Opaque Tights/Black Zara Wedges similar from Aldos here

2) Royal Blue

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Royal Blue Dress (Xgeneration Boutique – old) similar here/Grey Zara Cardigan/Studded H&M Nude Heels similar here/Kate Spade Tote

3) White + Pink

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Pink H&M Dress with Collar Detail (Last Season) similar here/ White Blazer similar here/ Studded H&M Nude Heels

What is the history the ‘xauv’ pronounced ‘sow’?
Some sources state that the Hmong were prisoners in China and wore the xauv for this purpose (see link). However, the xauv have become part of tradition and is given 3 days after a baby is born to protect their soul from wandering.  Now, these necklaces are worn during celebrations (i.e. weddings, Hmong New Year, etc.).

What sources do you have on the history of the Hmong xauv and how would you style it?

If you liked this post, you can see my previous posts on how I styled my ‘xauv’ for every day herehere and here.

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LA Thrift Finds

I was in LA this past month for business. Definitely have to stop by the Warehouse Sale in the Fashion District on Saturday mornings (8 AM – 11 AM). Quite overwhelming + busy but purchased dresses/shirts for $5 – $7. Afterwards, I stopped by a Goodwill and CrossRoads Exchange and found some amazing fashion finds.

1) Patterned Dress

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Yellow H&M Blazer (thrifted) / H&M Sandals (last season) similar here / Rose Gold Bracelets similar here

2) Dolce Vita Ankle Booties 

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3) Striped Top

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Striped Top (thrifted) / Studded Ankle Booties / Pleather Leggings

 

4) A plaid blouse with Peter Pan Collar. 

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Plaid Shirt Dress (Thrifted) similar here

‘Oxblood’ Tights similar here

Cognac Ankle Booties (Qupid brand from Akira) similar here

 

5) Royal Blue Dress 

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Royal Blue Dress similar here / Studded H&M Heels (Gifted) / Collar Necklace similar here.

6) Printed Vintage Blouse 
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Printed Vintage Blouse (thrifted) / Grey Trousers (here) / Nine West Nude Bow Flats (here)

By the way, I tried out Porto’s Bakery while I was there and OMGatos! they have the best cheese rolls + potato balls. Ate way too much. Japanese Soba Noodles from Terminal 2 in SFO Airport. Bubble Tea from Half & Half. Shabu Shabu from Yojie.

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Oxblood Fashion Trend

 

I’m super late on the Oxblood Trend (a whole season). Purchased some oxblood tights + pants last month. If you follow my instagram, here’s how I paired it for work + casually.

1) White Casual OOTD

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White studded Akira Dress – similar here
‘Oxblood’ tights similar here
Cutout Ankle Booties similar here

2) Blush Casual OOTD

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Blush dress from f21 on sale for $10 (unable to find a link)
Grey Cardigan Similar here
‘Oxblood’ Tights similar here
Cognac Ankle Booties (Qupid brand from Akira) similar here

3) Work OOTD

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‘Oxblood’ H&M Trousers (On sale for $10)
Printed H&M Blouse (Thrifted)
Leopard Flats similar here
White Blazer similar here

4) Tie-dye Print  

 

 

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f21 Romper (On Sale – old)
Zara Cardigan similar here
Zara studded ankle booties similar here
‘Oxblood’ Tights similar here

4) Plaid 

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Plaid Shirt Dress (Thrifted) similar here

‘Oxblood’ Tights similar here 

Cognac Ankle Booties (Qupid brand from Akira) similar here

Here are some ‘Oxblood’ items you could add to your closet.

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1) A Statement Necklace (here)
2) ModCloth Lace Shorts (here)
3) ModCloth ‘Meet me at the Mull’ Skirt (here)
4) ModCloth ‘Leave your Mark’ Top (here)
5) NastyGal Carbon Studded Boots (here)
6) AnnTaylor Pumps (here)

Which outfit was your favorite?

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‘Owl Always Love You’ Baby Shower

My best friend’s baby shower just passed and I wanted to share with you how we planned it.

Step 1: Pick your theme
She picked out an Owl Idea Invitation from Etsy here.

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Chevron + owls + baby blue + green + grey

Step 2: Delegate tasks. We were fortunate to have several lovely ladies who helped with different tasks. Each person was in charge of completing that task in it’s entirety.

Appetizers – Fruit platter, chips + dip, salmon with rye bread, tomatoes/basil/mozzarella cheese
Food – Rice, Roasted Chicken (ordered), egg rolls, Fried Noodle + Shrimp Salad
Dessert – Cupcakes
Decorations
Venue
Games – We had 4 people with 1 – 2 games each person

Step 3: Invitations

I made post cards for my BFF using Microsoft Powerpoint and printed them from Staples. The surprise was the photo on the back of baby in the womb. The final product was very similar to my ‘Save the Dates’ which were previously featured here.

Step 4: Baby Shower Guest Book
Instead of a guest book, I decided to use a owl book (to add to the nursery) and have people sign it. A list of gifts was written at the end of the book.

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Step 5: Decorations
For decorations, we found some simple ideas on pinterest + several blogs.

Owl Banner: Found the idea from the Green Apple Home on Youtube here.
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Tissue Paper Flowers/Pom poms:  Youtube here.
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Diaper Cake: Purchased the wooden decoration + wood wrap from the dollar store, ribbon from Walmart, diapers from target. Created the owl from felt + scrapbook paper.

Tassel Paper String: Check out the Youtube link I used to make the tassel paper string here.

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Favors: Luckily, I was able to find some owl Valentine critters on sale at Target. Candy was purchased to place in the bags.
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Step 6: Games!

  • Diaper Raffle - Anybody that brings diapers, is raffled to receive a $50 gift card. Diapers are always a necessity!
  • Baby Shower Bingo – Found some Valentines BINGO cards on sale at Target. Directions are below.
  • “Please fill in each space below with a gift you think she will receive. First person to get 5 in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally will shout out BINGO and receive a prize.”
  • Minute to Win It – Baby Shower - Banana/Orange game, Block stacking on a paper plate
  • Basket – Purchase a number of items, give guests 1 minute to view the basket, then have them recall as much as they can in 1 minute
  • Toilet Paper Diapers - divide into pairs. Guests get 2 minutes to make 2 diapers out of toilet paper. The baby mama picks the best diaper.
  • Decorate Diaper + Modeling Contest – Divide into groups of 4 and the object of the game is to decorate a diaper + model it. The baby mama picks the best team.

What kind of baby shower are you having? Note me with your Baby Shower ideas. You can also follow me on facebook, instagram or twitter.

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Stand OUT in Interviews!

As a Professor at at University, I have had the pleasure of interviewing pharmacy candidates, residency/fellow positions and faculty candidates.

5 Tips for Interviews! 

1) Do your homework: Research the place you are applying for in and & out and demonstrate how much you know about their organization including their mission and goals.

  • Professional School? If you applying for medical school, pharmacy school or a professional school, you need to research what the challenges for that profession, what types of areas you can specialize in and what the future of that profession looks like.
  • Residency? Know the organization including their mission, vision and goals. If it’s hospital residency, know where they strive to be in the next 5 – 10 years and potential projects you could implement. Know what specialties you are passionate about. If it’s an ambulatory care residency, know what a collaborative practice agreement is and what types of clinical pharmacy services you can provide or implement to make their practice better.
  • Academia Position? You need to state the mission + vision of the university and how you embody that vision.

2) Dress the Part: Males = suit + ties. Females = blazer + slacks or dress. I remember one interview where the interviewee wore a blouse and cardigan while her colleagues all wore blazers. Not dressing the part made that specific interviewee unprofessional and she stood out (badly) compared to her colleagues.

3) Listen + always state examples: Listen carefully to the question asked of you. Here is a list of common pharmacy interview questions here. You can also go to forums on Student Doctor here. Residency Interview questions here. If you don’t understand the question or need some time, repeat the question and pause. Rehearsed answers are very noticeable when it does not answer the question. State examples that demonstrate your abilities rather then telling them your characteristics.

Example:
Question: Why do you want to be a pharmacist?
Answer 1 (bad): I want to be a pharmacist because I’m detail oriented and I like to help people. My grandma/Uncle/Father/Mother passed away from ____ and I saw that she had taken a lot of medications and the pharmacist was helpful. I’ve also worked as a pharmacy technician.
Answer 2: (good): I was interested in pharmacy as a high school student and was naturally strong in math + science. The pharmacy profession is a profession where I can give back to the community and remain a constant learner in society. My work experience as a pharmacy technician at _____ has confirmed my passion for pharmacy. As a pharmacy technician at ____ pharmacy, after working for 6 months at the pharmacy, I was able to develop trust with my pharmacy manager for him to allow me to train other volunteer interns on the computer system. I hope to build on this foundation at your school.

The second answer shows that you are a natural leader and will be leader in pharmacy as well indirectly.

4) Be clear + concise + unique: Make sure you have clear + concise answers and DO NOT ramble. Be unique by stating what would make you different from other interviewees. For example, if you have a degree in nutrition and are applying for pharmacy school, know how your degree would make you a unique pharmacist. With a degree in nutrition, you would be able to 1) educate patients on lifestyle tips to prevent chronic diseases including hypertension and diabetes or 2) specialize in total parental nutrition as a hospital pharmacist.
5) Always have great questions! 

  • Bad questions are those that you can look up on a website (How many years is pharmacy school?) or are just unprofessional (Do people date in your workplace or in your class?) 
  • Good questions show that you know something about them. If you have a list of people that you are meeting with, google them and looked at their LinkedIn Profiles. It’s always nice to have an interviewee who is knowledgeable about their interviewers.
  • Where have past residents/students gone for their pharmacy careers? What are some interesting pharmacy careers that past residents/students have completed?
  • What is one of the challenges your clinical practice site has faced and how did you overcome that challenge? (this will get at the weaknesses of that practice site)
  • What is the most difficult barrier you have faced in your career?

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DIY Silver + Gold Necklaces

Thanks to my cousin Julie for introducing me to dylanlex. I was inspired by dylanlex on instagram to create my own necklace.

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Credits to dylanlex for the photo above.

Isn’t this amazing? I love the modern feel. It looks like a modern spin on a traditional Hmong xauv (pronounced ‘sow’) the way the necklaces are paired together.

Just as a general reference, the traditional xauv look like the ones below.

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Photo by PrettyGeeky.

And, now for the two ‘xauv’ I put together with the necklaces I own.

1) Gold

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2) Silver

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Necklaces were purchased from local boutiques in San Francisco (XGeneration, Ambiance), Zara, Forever21, Francesca’s, H&M and a DIY necklace which was previously posted here.

What do you think? Leave me a comment with your favorite necklace.

If you liked this post, you can see my previous posts on how I styled my ‘xauv’ for every day herehere and here. Also, if you want to see sneak peeks of my outfits, follow me on instagram & facebook.

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Photo Fun! Canvas Prints with Printcopia

After taking professional wedding photos, what do you do with all of them? Here are a couple of ideas on what to do with your pictures…

1) Canvas Prints by Printcopia: We received this canvas print from Printcopia. Shipping was fast and already came assembled. The only negative thing would be that our photo turned out a little more ‘pink’ then usual.

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Check out their website here.

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2) Shutterfly Photobooks:  I decided to put all of our wedding photos together and with the 40% off on Shutterfly + free shipping during the holidays. You can also go through other companies but this is the one that I have been using.

 

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All photos by PrettyGeeky. Check out their work here.

Note: If you missed it, here’s a creative idea for our wedding guest book post here.

3) Thank You Post Cards: Create professional thank you post cards with your photos. I created my template using Microsoft Powerpoint and printed through Overnight Prints. See step-by-step directions by clicking here.

Comment below with your ideas on what to do with your wedding photos.

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Style your ‘xauv’ : Hmong silver necklace

This past November I purchased 2 ‘xauv’ (pronounced ‘sow’) silver Hmong necklaces from the Sacramento Hmong New Year.

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Below is how I would style them for every day.

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Outfit #1: Metallic Chic

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This is my favorite outfit of the bunch. The silver on silver contrast with the combination of peach is oh so peachy keen.

  1. Silver Sweater (f21 – recent) – looks very similar to H&M’s sweater from last season. You can also get one from Michael Kors here
  2. Black pleather panel leggings (H&M – old) similar here
  3. DIY Infinity Scarf (see how you can make it here)
  4. Black studded H&M ankle booties similar from TopShop here

Outfit #2: Royal Blue Edge
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This black cross cardigan was one my favorite thrift finds.

  1. Black Cross Cardigan (thrifted) similar here
  2. Blue Oversized Sweater (H&M – Sale for $15 recent) similar here
  3. Black pleather panel leggings (H&M – old) similar here
  4. Black studded H&M ankle booties similar from TopShop here
  5. Faux Fur Infinity Scarf (Target) similar stole here

Professionalwork outfit ideas!

Outfit #3: Purple Leopard
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  1. Purple dress (f21 old) similar here
  2. Black blazer (purchased from local boutique in SF) similar here
  3. Nine West Bow flats (Ross – recent) similar here
  4. Leopard Scarf (thrifted) similar here
Outfit #4: Pink + Leather
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  1. Black/Grey H&M Dress similar peplum style here
  2. White H&M Blazer similar here
  3. Hot pink clutch (boutique old) similar from Rebecca Minkoff here
  4. Nine West Bow flats (Ross – recent) similar here

Outfit #5: Blush + Black

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  1. Black Express shirt/dress with fringe detail (Express old) similar here
  2. Pleated blush skirt (Target – on sale for $11) similar maxi skirt here
  3. Black blazer (purchased from local boutique in SF) similar here
  4. Black Asos Heels (Thrifted) similar here
  5. Silver Clutch (Express – old) similar here
Outfit #6: Grey + White
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  1. Grey/white Lush dress (purchased from local boutique in SF) – (FYI I wore this dress during my engagement photo shoot. If you missed it you can click  here) similar in black at ModCloth here
  2. White H&M Blazer similar here
  3. Black Asos Heels (Thrifted) similar here

Leave me a comment with your favorite outfit! If you liked this post, you can see my previous posts on how I styled my other ‘xauv’ here and here. Also, if you want to see sneak peeks of my outfits, follow me on instagram & facebook.

 

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Holiday Evening Lookbook 2012

It’s that time of the year again! Time to bring out the sequins, glitter, silvers + golds and that little black dress. Here are some outfit ideas for your company holiday dinner party or New Year’s Eve Gathering (Note: Feel free to pair with tights if it’s cold outside!).

Outfit #1: Black Sequins + Red

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  1. Black sequin shirt/dress (f21 old) similar here
  2. Black pleather skirt on sale from Target $11 similar here
  3. Nine west open-toe pumps with red detail (old) similar here
  4. Headband with silver detail similar from ASOS here
  5. Zara silver necklace
  6. Rhinestone bracelet similar here
  7. Silver bow bracelet (f21) similar bow bracelet here
  8. Red flower clutch (H&M – last season) similar look from Jessica McClintock here

Outfit #2: Black Lace

Change up the textures by including lace. It ultimately will give you a quite feminine touch.

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  1. Black lace H&M dress (thrifted) similar here and from ModCloth here
  2. Asos black heels (thrifted) similar here
  3. Zara silver necklace
  4. Headband with silver detail similar from ASOS here
  5. Rhinestone bracelet similar here
  6. Silver bow bracelet (f21) similar bow bracelet here

Outfit #3: Black + Pink

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  1. Black Express shirt/dress with fringe detail (Express old) similar here
  2. Hot pink clutch (boutique old) similar from Rebecca Minkoff here
  3. Silver/gold Nine West open toe pumps (TJ Maxx old) similar from Aldos here
  4. Hot pink headband (this one gives me a headache if I wear it for >2 hours. :/)
  5. Silver/gold Chandelier Earrings (H&M Sale for $3 – recent)
  6. Zara silver necklace – can you tell this is one of my fave pieces? :)
  7. DIY Black & Gold Chain Bracelet

And… now for a little more color!

Outfit #4: Hot Pink + Silver

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  1. Hot pink dress (f21 old) similar here
  2. Gold clutch (thrifted) similar here
  3. Silver/gold Nine West open toe pumps (TJ Maxx old) similar from Aldos here
  4. DIY Gold Chain Bracelet

Outfit #5: Silver + Turquoise 

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  1. Silver dress (f21 old) similar white/silver dress from ModCloth here
  2. Turqoise Nine West Satin Heels (thrifted) similar here
  3. Chandelier Earrings (local boutique in SF)
  4. Silver Necklace (H&M – old)


Which outfit was your favorite? Comment below. Don’t forget you can follow me on facebook or instagram.

Happy Holidays to all of you.

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Faux Fur 101

Recently, I was inspired to purchase a faux fur infinity scarf from target via some of my IG inspirations @kscov, @karlareed, @thewayweare and @stylemeetsnoend. My first faux fur purchase and I was surprised on how instantly it makes any outfit chic.

Faux Fur + Red!

  1. Red thrifted scarf from The Limited similar from Old Navy here
  2. f21 Skinny Jeans similar from the Gap here
  3. Cognac ankle booties currently on sale at forever21 for $13
  4. Silver collar necklace purchased from H&M similar here

Faux Fur + Plaid!

  1. Plaid thrifted shirt (Ecothrift $2) similar from ModCloth here
  2. f21 Skinny Jeans similar from the Gap here
  3. Cognac knee-high boots similar from Steve Madden here
  4. Jeweled Zara necklace
  5. DIY Chain bracelet similar from Charlotte Russe here

Faux Fur + Crosses + studs!   

  1. Black studded ankle booties similar with silver studs here
  2. Black leggings
  3. Royal blue shirt dress (old)
  4. f21 Cross Cardigan (thrifted) similar here
  5. Revlon ‘Just Bitten’ Lipstain in ‘craze’

Here are some other faux fur goodies that could make your outfit chic!

1) Faux Fur Black Stole here.
2) Madewell Faux Fur Scarf here
3) Pieces Ashleigh Faux Fur Hat here
4) Gap Faux Fur Purse here
5) Cream Faux Fur Purse here
6) Charlotte Russe Faux Fur Stole here
7) Catching Snowflakes Mittens here

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DIY Sweater Infinity Scarf, Mittens + Turban Beanie

It’s the busiest time of the year!

Turn an old sweater into… a scarf, mittens + turban beanie without sewing!

Materials:

  • Old sweater – purchased mine from Salvation Army for $5
  • Scissors
  • Tape adhesive – purchased from Hancock Fabrics
  • Fray liquid – purchased from Hancock Fabrics
  • Needle Pins

To make the scarf, cut your sweater and then fold in the sides accordingly so it doesn’t fray. Follow this youtube video here.

For the mittens, I used the tutorial from SecretLifeofaBioNerd here. Wish I had a sewing machine!

For the turban beanie, I followed anneorshine’s video here. My fabric was a bit too chunky so it turned out a little awkward. Suggest you use a medium fabric that she stated in her video.

 

Here’s the final result.

 

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Floral + Dots – Wedding Guest

Floral + dots. What a lovely combo!

Recently, we attended our friend’s vineyard wedding. Absolutely beautiful wedding + they were super creative! <3′d the details.

 

What I wore:

1) Floral dress (old from Forever 21) – similar from asos here or here
2) Black + White H&M polkadot tights similar from Kate Spade here or ShopRuche here
3) Thrifted Asos Tuxedo heels similar here
4) Black f21 bow belt  - similar from here or here from Kate Spade here

The details:

1) Bling bracelet similar here or here
2) Gold belt buckle bracelet similar from JC here or Michael Kors here

Here are some other fave floral + dot pieces.

1) ASOS leggings with floral paneling here
2) ASOS floral pants here
3) ASOS floral shirts here and 4) here
5) Target floral scarf here
6) Banana Republic Zoe Scarf here
7) Floral purse here

1) Dotted sweater here
2) Dex polkadot sweater here
3) Modcloth Dot Dress here
4) Gap refined pants here
5) Kate spade coin purse here
6) Red dot scarf from Nordstrom here
7) Dot Jeans here
8) Bow detail here

 

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Thank You. Ua tsaug. Chain bracelet giveaway!

Happy Turkey Day!

So many things to be thankful for… including YOU! We wanted to send a heart felt thank you to all of you as we recently reached 1000 likes on instagram and 300 likes on facebook.

Head over to our facebook account to read about your chance to win 2 bracelets (black/gold) and (light pink/gold). Winners will be announced on facebook + instagram accordingly.

Giveaway ends on 12/13/12.

Our dinner today: turkey, mashed potatoes + gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, rice + pepper.  What did you have for turkey day dinner?

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DIY Bow Earrings

After watching this youtube video (here), I was inspired to make my own DIY Bow Earrings. Purchased the studs + crystals from a local bead store and the bow connectors on an online etsy shop here. Total cost was about $20.

 

 

If you are interested in other jewelry DIYs, check out some necklaces and bracelets made previously here and here Get inspired to DIY!

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Nom Nom. Wedding Food!

We chose a venue that allowed us to make traditional Hmong food. Here’s what we had for food for our Hmong-American wedding celebration. One important thing is to delegate. Divide up each of the dishes between your family members and make sure you have a food coordinator that knows the big picture of when the food is going to be served at what time.

menu

APPETIZERS
Fruit
Rice Cake
Jello

SALAD
Salad – ‘Xam Lav Qaub’
Beef Salad “Larb”– ‘Laj’

ENTREES
Jasmine Rice – ‘Mov’ – rice was placed in small bags to make it easier for eating
Beef Soup – ‘Kiang Nqaij Nyuj’
Roast Pork – ‘Nqaij Npuas Ci’ – ordered from Milwaukee, WI
Pad Thai – ‘Fawm Kib’
Steamed Fish – ‘Ntse Cub’

DESSERT
Strawberry + almond cake with cream cheese frosting from Manderfield’s Bakery. For some reason, my mom was under the impression that we should cut the sheet cake instead of the actual cake. lol So, make sure that you tell someone to cut and eat the cake!

Professional photos taken by Prettygeeky, Check out their amazing work here. Otherwise all other photos by family + freinds.

And… just in case you missed it, you can check out our engagement photos here, wedding photos (here) + videos (bridal prep video + wedding day video).

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