Sunday Brunch - Snooze Eatery

I spent this past weekend in San Diego visiting some old friends. I have always considered San Diego a second home because I have spent 4 years of my life there, but to my surprise, I could not remember what or where anything was anymore! Old age hits hard man... very hard...

Besides all of that, I love to brunch! Something about a nice hearty breakfast/lunch combo on a sunny Sunday always gets me. We tried out Snooze - an A.M. Eatery for the first time, and my overall thoughts were it was okay... However, I would not bring you all such a mediocre blog post, unless there was something that wowed me there. And that something is... their Blueberry Danish Pancakes! YUMS!

Here's a description of the orgasmic pancakes straight from their menu.
 "Buttermilk pancakes topped with blueberry coulis, sweet cream and almond streusel surrounding a center of lemony cream cheese filling" --> RIGHT?!

The great thing about Snooze is that they let you do little custom sampler plates. For instance, the above consists of 3 different items from their menu, which is called the "Pancake Flight." You get the best of both (or in this case, 3) worlds, which most restaurants do not offer.We even got to try 2 egg benedicts in one.

 Benny Goodman | Ham Benedict III

OMG! French Toast | Sweet Potato Pancakes | Blueberry Danish Pancakes

And now.. a little doggie treat! My dearest Maybe is back on the blog, and she is still the sweetest dog ever. :)


Flashback - Halloween

I know I am nowhere close to Promise Phan's amazing make-up skills, but cannot help but grab inspiration from her Halloween tutorials every year. I have done some variations of her costumes for the past 2 years, and cannot wait to see what else she has this year. 

I absolutely love Halloween, but am deathly afraid of everything scary... Odd right? I guess I love the creativity that oozes out of people and the make-up we get to play with! As a kid, I always got the store bought costume, and finally started becoming more creative in recent years. From 2009-2011, I lived abroad and was able to experience (or lack thereof) Halloween in London, China, and S. Korea. Besides London (sort of), the Halloween spirit was not apparent or celebrated. Since being back in the states, Halloween has been a major adrenaline rush for me. I have some ideas, so hopefully I can really pull it off.

There has been a recent obsession with more cinema type make-up for my Halloween costumes. Make-up is endless and all the creativity that comes with it is so jaw dropping! I cannot wait to whip something up and continue learning more about costume make-up for future years to come. 

Stay tuned for my Halloween outfit - which I am still very uncertain of at the moment... EEP!

Click HERE for last year's Halloween post.

Demonic stretched mouth for Halloween 2013.

My first try at a cyborg/terminator costume effect in 2012.


Obsession Alert - Cat Ear Veil


First off, absolutely love Gary Pepper Girl and everything she embodies in a strong, influential, and creative woman. Secondly, love head pieces and veils. And of course, love all cat motifs.I sense an upcoming DIY project happening... This inspiration is making me overwhelmed with excitement!

For more pictures and the original post, click here.


Sheer Goodness

 Get it? Sheer Goodness? No? Okay...

Absolutely in love with this find from the Tea@Two event. That amazing sheen, gives the right amount of glam, while the intricate sheer details keeps it unique. On top of the design itself, it is a vintage find! Not sure where else you would be able to find this in the world, but let me tell you, it'll be hard.

I cannot express how rewarding it is to find that special thrifted piece that you know no one else in the world has (and at an affordable cost). Although, the Tea@Two event was curated vintage, it still feels good to find something you love. You will be seeing this gorgeous cardi in a styled post in the future. :)


Tea@Two Vintage Pop-Up Shop Charity Event

The best way to raise awareness for a great cause? Using the cuteness overload of adorable babies! Throw in a puppy and your heart will be melted to mush. Well, hopefully the cuteness factor has grabbed your attention, now lets get into some more serious business.

My friends over at CrownBlu Infinity have been and are continuing to raise awareness for Sickle Cell Disease (learn more here).  They have been taking great strives by throwing vintage pop-up shops that combine both unique fashion with knowledge on Sickle Cell. It is a brilliant idea to use donated clothes as a means to raise funds for Camp Crescent Moon - a camp for children with Sickle Cell Disease.

It was of great honor to have met the CrownBlu team and see the ins and outs of how they prepped for their charity events. It was truly awe inspiring to see their commitment to the cause, along with their stories that affected them personally. You could hear the passion in their voices when they spoke, and the gleams of happiness seeing attendees enjoy themselves. 

With that being said, I have learned that they are in need of some help. If you could please take a moment (literally 10 seconds) to sign this petition for the government to start giving resources to further research Sickle Cell Disease. Please click HERE to read more on the petition and to sign. 

I was invited to speak at the Tea@Two event a few weeks ago to give my two cents on how to approach thrifting and how I would style my finds. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous because most of my style tips and tricks are done via blog, and not in front of a group of people. Of course, I persevered and felt extremely accomplished afterwards knowing I had played a part in such a great charity event. There was an overwhelming amount of positive feedback during and after my teachable moment, which reminds me of why I wanted to make my blog public - to inspire.

Scroll down for more pictures of the event and some of the tips/tricks I shared at the event (Should have come if you wanted to hear my entire spiel)

Vintage Piece - Skirt
Tip: Chop off any unwanted length to give a potentially dated print, a new and fresher feel. Use fabric tape to hem as a no-sew alternative. (Took approx. 8" off this particular skirt)
Vintage Piece - Blazer
Tip: You will definitely encounter prints you absolutely love in sizes way too big for you while thrifting. Pair item with body hugging pieces to offset the bagginess, roll up sleeves for structure, and pin a gathered portion in the back for a more tailored look. (Model is a size S, blazer is a size 10)
 Vintage Piece - Mermaid Skirt
Tip: If you are trying to ease yourself into thrifting, and the crazy bold prints and shapes are not your style... There are plenty of timeless pieces that can be worn years to come and is still a one-of-a-kind vintage find. Feel free to style the timeless pieces in a classic way or edge it up.

A HUGE thank you to these ladies for volunteering their time to be my model!
Jamie, Lauren, Kari

*All photos were taken by the on-site photographer :)


Violettes Flowers Grand Opening!

First off, let me apologize for my lack of posting. This past month has been a bit hectic for me. Although it was stressful, it was a good type of hectic that I can only hope will continue. Please accept this post with pretty little floral pictures (below) as my formal apology and peace offering. 

This past weekend was a great milestone for a friend - she opened up a store front for her floral business. I can say firsthand that she has been working hard towards this day, and not without any obstacles of course. But the day had finally come and of course, the celebrating commenced with her family and friends. Her store was decked out with pretty arrangements from succulents, to floral crowns, and some great fall decor! I have snips and pieces of her shop, but if you want to see the cuteness in its entirety, I would recommend checking Violette's Flowers out yourself (and do not leave here without her information)!

Check out her pages and book her before it's too late!


Store Hours!
922 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA

Handmade photobooth fun!

Bamboo for luck (Cause that's how we Asians do) :P

{Top} Local Boutique | {Skirt} The L Closet | {Heels} Michael Antonio via HauteLook | {Floral Crown} Violette's Flowers