One Latte, One Moleskine, and My Future

I love the smell of breakfast. The aroma of bacon and espresso beans fill the air, creating a warm, fuzzy feeling of happiness within me. This nostalgic smell takes me back in time to when I was 7 at Walt Disney World, eating an omelet from one of the resort’s breakfast buffets. All the happiness in the world was in me when I took that one bite of omelet. The happiness of my childhood was always a great place to go back to.

It’s my day off and I took some time to wake up early and go get breakfast. Before heading to the old timey cafe, I got ready and decided to wear my new Hunter Wellington rain boots (although the sun was shining and no clouds were in sight). I decided that today was dedicated to me and no one else. I wanted to bring back the happiness that I felt during my childhood. I’m sipping on a latte that has this wonderful design of a leaf floating atop. Java Point Cafe is the name of this small and wonderful cafe. The walls are painted a warm orange and mustard yellow, adorned with paintings from small children to oil paintings of the local scenery. I love spending my mornings like this. Quiet and contemplative, with a Moleskine journal opened to an empty page, waiting for words and sketches that are stirring around in my mind. My mind asks me, “Where do I start?”

This random urge to “Carpe Diem” began with a phone conversation with my boyfriend Daniel. We were talking about careers and my future. Daniel is a finance analyst who for the majority of the time, looks at income statements and assesses the budget that needs to be maintained. I made a sarcastic remark, something along the lines of, “oh wow, I’m gonna be looking at income statements everyday. Woopdeedoo.” At that moment, I felt terrible because I didn’t want him to feel like I was putting his profession down. I didn’t mean for it to come out that way. I was really trying to say is that that type of work isn’t meant for me. Yet, this fall semester, I’m taking accounting and business law. I’m going to school for something that I have little passion for. And although I’m not the only case of someone who’s left their passion for something realistic, I still find myself wondering if what I’m doing is sufficient enough for my life.

I once wrote for free for a published magazine. I would dedicate all of my effort and time into eventually working for this company. The inconsistency of my works would eventually lead me to ending my freelance writing for them. I realized that when I wrote about a subject that I was interested in, I wrote with passion and conviction. And when the subject that I didn’t care for rolled around, you could hear it in my words that I was disinterested and bored. I guess journalism wasn’t my thing. I didn’t want my passion to become a job that I hated because I had to write about things that I wasn’t interested in.

The question for all of us twenty-somethings is, “What do you want to do with your life?” And for many of us, that is one of the hardest questions that we’ll ever have to answer. Do I become a responsible adult and think realistically about my future? Or do I stay as a child in wanderlust, venturing off to fulfill all that I desire in this life?

The harsh reality of bills, rent, necessities for living, the unpredictable economy and scarcity of jobs, the fact that I was born from immigrant parents from the lowest class, and that I had to move out on my own to support myself, have left me skeptical of trying to go for my dreams. But sitting in this cafe, writing out my thoughts and the things that I’m  really passionate about has left me to say that I’ll never know what I really want to do. The only thing that I can say, is that my life is always moving, always changing, for the fulfillment of love and happiness every single moment of my life. I’ve always been taken care of by the universe, and it’s up to me do what I want to do.  If I am in a cubicle, making financial statements or if I’m in a cafe writing a novel, there will always be the quiet times where I can make a plan for myself onto where I want to go next.

*please leave comments and let me know if you’d like to see more of this, I’m trying different types of writings, and I’m hoping to hear some feedback or if you’d like to see more of this! Thanks! xx.

And for Christmas I got Pearls!

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It came to a huge surprise that my boyfriend bought me a two strand pearl necklace. He even researched on the authentication of a genuine pearl and everything! I’ve been hinting that I wanted something with pearls just because I’m so jewelry-less nowadays. Plus I like to brand myself as a classic look and pearls are the obvious choice of accessory.

 

His Christmas present to me is so much more than just a material blessing. It symbolizes so many emotions and personality traits that are found within me. The genuine pearl may look perfect from far away, but each is unique in size and shape. What makes a pearl perfect is the imperfections within it. And I love it. He bought this for me because he knows I like black tie parties and special events, and that he wants me to wear something special. He bought this for me because he knows I’m in love with the 1950′s fashion and all things that are classic. He bought this for me because he knows me. Even more than I know about myself. I know that 40, 50 years down the line, I will be able to wear this necklace again. And I am so thankful to have this man who found a single gift that sums me up entirely.

I can’t wait to wear this on unforgettable nights. I am so thankful for all of my loved ones who has genuinely loved me for me. Merry Christmas everyone!

-Daisy

The Sexy Kitten: Daisy on Trying to Copy Kate Moss’s Look

cn_image.size.kate-moss-extra-pr.jpg (370×500) Well guys,

I’m pretty excited for the holidays and NYE. I got a bunch of fabulous parties to attend and I’m constantly looking at tutorials on how to create the glamour look of old Hollywood. Tomorrow will begin the chain of parties and if it’s not the end of the world, I can try and copy some classic looks.

After figuring out what type of holiday look I’m going for, Kate Moss’s nude-feline-sex face caught me. So with fingers crossed, let’s hope my make-up turns out that way. Here’s a tutorial that I found on Refinery 29 that I’m going to try and follow.

I’ll upload some pics soon so you can see the results. Lulu will also be with me tomorrow night, so i’m guessing we’re partying it up SimpleStella style. That means, all out, but still classy, dancing and partying. Teehee. If you’re in the Bay Area, party it up in SF! It’s wayyy too pretty to stay at home! -Daisy

me and lulu last friday:

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Thumbtack.com & S.S.

Happy Monday!

In order to further spread the word for our event coverage within Northern California, we’ve also added our listings to the popular website, thumbtack.com. Check out the lWedding Photographer & Writer Package! (2 for 1) at Thumbtack! I’ll be active for any questions or tips throughout the rest of the morning -D&L

Showcase: Livin’ with the Entrepreneurial Spirit //Part ONE

Audrey Mag's Summer 2012 Issue. My first print feature on Cat Seto is in this! Make sure to take a look!

After having writer’s block for what is coming up to be about five months now, it’s refreshing to once again interview and feel inspired. As a writer who relies on inspiration and passion, it’s hard when you have your inspiration … Continue reading

Work Chats- Fall Fashion

Emma Watson in Burberry

Now that i’m at least working somewhat towards my credit card debt, I can dream about what I would buy for this fall season. (Not that I could really afford all of this.) A Mr. “Okinawa” comes into my job … Continue reading

Summers with Simple Stella

June 2011@ BFD

Every summer Lulu and I try to make the best of the season. Our favorite season, we love to have more fun then the usual. As you can see, Lulu and I are a tad busy with our lives & Simple Stella’s not getting updated like usual. Sorry for the inconvenience. Bu you can count on us enjoying all the fun in the sun with bbq&beers. It’s almost summer and I just got me some shorts and a cute dress to wear. That’s wassup! Anyways, this summer, I plan on enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. I will be making a trip out to So Cal and Lulu will be in Texas. It’s about to be super crackin’. Can I get an amen to that!

June 2011 for my 22nd Bday in SF

What’s New With Daisy

While trying to squeeze in time to write this post, I’m busy doing all the summer errands & I gotta buy some beer&water balloons later. I just interviewed Peggy Li, one of my favorite local jewelry designers, and…..tun dunnna nuh!!! Ya homegirl will be having her first published profile feature in Audrey Magazine’s summer issue! Be sure to go to your local Barnes and Nobs and get yourself an issue.

I’m too busy being happy. Can you blame me? It’s my favorite season and I’ll be turning 23 in less then a month. Plus I guess if you were to ask others who talk to me daily about my “love columns”, they’ll probably roll their eyes and mention just one name and one name only. That’s right. I found myself a nice mister. ;) Regardless, you can count on Lulu and I still making it to events, taking pictures and meeting great people!

Vegas

Events we Plan on Attending

1.Heiroglyphics Concert w/mr. (Because I’m trying to make my move ;))

2. Memorial Day BBQ w/family and friends- Lulu can you bring your cam or should I? Eh, I can bring it! ;)

3. Lulu heads to Texas- Can you bring me some cowgirl attire (so serious), I need to learn how to ride like a cowgirl.

4. Lulu and I head to either some spa or wine tasting@ Peju Winery

5. I’m going to LA, with tickets to Jay Leno, Universal Studios, and shopping.

 

 

Greenhouse Design Studio Featured in Walnut Creek,CA

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Goodmorning everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was beautiful out and I myself took a mini vacay. To start off the week, I wanted all my fellow Bay-Areans to know that Greenhouse Design Studio has reached our lovely … Continue reading

Writer’s Block Bug :(

With a bad case of writer’s block, and with a distracted mind; I apologize for not writing this week. It seems as if my life has turned into the love columns for everyone else. And you know my rule of nothing too personal on Simple Stella. So here’s some events that Lulu and I are excited for in the month of May.

1. BBQ
2. Mother’s Day
3. Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco
4. SF Made week (celebration of Local Designers and Local Breweries)
5. Cat Seto’s& Meg Ilasco’s Mom,INC book launch

I gotta do some laundry now and go shopping for some cute sun dresses for Erilou and I. I’ll post later on after I shop so you guys can vote on what we should wear! ;)

Cheers,
D.

Put Some Hot Sauce in my Burrito Baby

Daisy and I spent Cinco de Mayo soaking up the sun in the city of Berkeley. I brought along my DSLR to get familiar with it’s functions.

Later that night, we attended the grand opening of Los Toros Restaurant & Bar in Concord, CA.

Hope your Cinco de Mayo was as awesome as ours, L.

Sliced Cucumber

BEFORE (taken from ziprealty.com)

AFTER

My mom and I finally agreed on a paint color. We both wanted a minty green paint color to cover the walls of the kitchen and the family room but sample after sample the mint ended up being too light for our taste, almost lime like. Then one afternoon while at Home Depot, I decided to pick up a Behr brochure where my mom, without hesitation, discovered the perfect paint color, SLICED CUCUMBER. Having painted the kitchen and the living room the same color, we were scared the color would be too much and cause an eye sore but, instead, the sliced cucumber came out to be oh so refreshing.

Thanks to HGTV, my family and I are in the process of fixing and remodeling the house. My brothers recently just tore off the carpet in the family room. The new dilemma is now whether to put solid bamboo flooring, which is too difficult for my mom to install, or just lay  new carpet. Mom says, “If it wasn’t for Kenji, I would just put the same laminate floors,” the same Brazilian Cherry laminate flooring she installed on the top floor of each room.

SPOILED BRAT

Stay tuned for new developments, L.

Dumpling WARS

Pictures taken from Dumpling WARS!

Love Columns-Rejection

The dating world nowadays isn’t that complicated. It really isn’t. The part where you find someone compatible (obviously the most important) can be difficult to attain. You will meet a ton of different personalities, and it will be a funny or even a disastrous experience. The hardest part is when either you or the other person is no longer interested and you have to cut em’ off. Rejection is tough. But it WILL happen. I myself am too nice of a person and most of the time I can’t really communicate to them that I’m not interested. I stop texting or calling as often, but sometimes people are pretty clueless. I have been rejected before, but I move on. That’s just how it is. So to avoid all of the heartbreaks during dating, here are a few suggestions to help you staying hopeful for love and not a brokenhearted pessimist.

 

1.       He/She is not the One…

If they don’t take the opportunity to reach out to you. Whether it be from a phone call, a text, or even an e-mail; how could you have a relationship if you’re doing all the work? If the other person slowly stops responding to your texts or phone calls, forget about it. Just keep doing your own thing. If that person is still interested that person will call you.

2.       The “I’m not looking for anything serious” Phrase

If a person says this, it is OBVIOUS that they’re dating not only you, but someone else too. Don’t put all your eggs into this basket, because you’ll end up getting heartbroken when you find out that the person chose someone else over you. My suggestion for you? Date someone else too. You never know if there’s someone better.

3.       Midnight phone calls

If you’re looking for a relationship, but the person you’re dating is only calling you after midnight, you know what you’re made for. It doesn’t matter if supposedly he/she works all day, and wants to see you only after midnight. Seriously, if all you do is “play”, then please don’t be so naïve and think that they may be serious material. I remember some idiots would text “Hey I’m not a lunch/dinner kind of guy, but I do like to drink late night”. What a damn insult. I know what my worth is homie, and you should know it too.

 

The best advice I can give to my single folks is to just let it be. If you really like this person, but they don’t like you, don’t fret. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

Traveling on a Budget Pt. 1- Hotels

Taken while laying on a hammock in Maui, HI 2011

Goodmorning everyone! Well it’s already 11a, but my job scheduled me off for today. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I got to experience a little taste of warm weather the past weekend. It was beautiful in the Bay Area! Sighh..Back to the workweek and already an overcast of yucky weather, my summer has left again. Back to my calendar of penciling in and whiting out, I couldn’t help but look at my 3 Day Vacation coming up in May. SO freakin’ excited for that weekend, we hardly ever get anything off together. Today I start planning on our little Simple Stella Getaway. Of course, we’re travelling on a budget. We’re two college students who got bills to pay, so we need to find the best hotel at the cheapest price. Luckily, my sister introduced me to cheap traveling a couple of years back, and ever since I’ve been getting the best deals.

Last January, our trip to Vegas costs us about $200.00 per person. We flew Virgin Air for only 39.99 one way, stayed at Planet Hollywood Towers for $60.00 per night, and had free cocktails and club entry to everything. Ok, maybe because we’re girls and Vegas loves to wine and dine girls. But the hotel and air fare deal were pretty good.

Our Plan

We plan on travelling to Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, or even Los Angeles. We’re both beach girls, and I was finally hoping to take the top off my Jeep Wrangler. We plan on staying up late, sleeping in, soaking up the sun at the beach, and visiting some of Yelp’s best rated restaurants. My first to-do on the list?

The Hotel

Name Your Own Price!

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I’ve been pretty spoiled as a kid staying at some really nice hotels. And it sucks when you’re the one who has to start paying for everything. Thank god for PRICELINE’S Name Your Own Price. I’ve been able to book hotels at the Hyatt Regency, Planet Hollywood Towers, Crowne Plaza Suites, and other really nice hotels. The trick to making this work? Start at $50.00 for a three star hotel. If it’s a busier day, start at $70.00. If I didn’t find this little gadget, then I’d have to be staying at the local motel 6. Terrible.

Airbnb.com

(Pic courtesy of www.letsflycheaper.com)

Don’t mind staying in another guest’s home and enjoying a homemade breakfast? Airbnb.com is a place where you can find local listings to shared homes, vacation homes, or sublets. This site is awesome. There are reviews from past visitors, photos, and the prices are very affordable.

Off to seek for a cute hotel to house us girls for the weekend. If you guys have any other suggestions, feel free to let us know! -D.

Now playing in my car…

Cat Seto& Simple Stella Giveaway Fridays!

Simple Stella Giveaways!!

Ok guys, me and Lulu had decided to give out little treats every friday for our loyal readers. Next friday, we’re giving out some of these cute greeting cards made by my new friend, Cat Seto. Comment on our giveaway posts and we’ll be drawing names from a fedora hat.(old fashioned style) You may be the winner!

I just love her detailed and personalized stationary, and her wedding invitations are AMAZING! (Not like I’m getting married anytime in the future). Cat seto’s stationary has been featured in the Knot Wedding magazine, and in Anthropologie stores across the nation.

 I had the opportunity to visit her store on Polk St. in SF and attend the book launch where we had girl talk while drinking champagne and eating donuts. (An unusual combo, but it was definitely delish) As co-author of the new book Mom,INC I have had the wonderful pleasure to have her as my first interviewee to be published in print in Audrey Magazine’s upcoming Summer Issue. A great start to a new a friendship, Cat has definitely inspired me to continue on in my writing career. 

Cat Seto, Becca of Ruby PR, Melissa, Melissa of Ruby PR, & Kristen of Stylenik.com. (Kristen showing us how to braid hair)

Check out Cat’s beautiful works on her website at www.catseto.com 

AND leave a comment if you want some freebies!

-D.

Fighting Crime

Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA

Okay, so aside from fashion let’s talk about about COMIC BOOKS, yes, comic books. I’m talking about where Batman, Spiderman, Supergirl, Deadpool, Batgirl, and all ‘em other super heros (and villains) come from. I don’t know much but the few things I do know come from thy significant other. Why? Because he’ll quiz me every now and then.

What’s wrong with comic books? I don’t understand why some would consider such things to be sooo “nerdy”. Come on now, what’s so nerdy about Chris Evans playing Captain America or Chris Hemsworth as Thor and, let’s not forget, Ryan Reynolds with Green Lantern (wiping drool off my mouth). No seriously, who doesn’t want to be a super hero and have super powers or super strength? And Comic-Con?! Hello, awesomeness. You see many people dressed in costumes like its Halloween all over again. Let me just say, the next time I attend you will most definitely see me in Comic-Con gear ;)

Here are the few comic books I picked up today (not for me) which are all issues of The New 52s. One of the reasons why I like comic books so much is because of the artwork. The way the artist draws them in action and their face expressions, for example, Marko Djurdjevic.

Above is one of Marko Djurdjevic’s famous covers of the Avengers, some of you might have seen it before. I took this picture from his website sixmorevodka.com. Check it out and you might fall in love.

So forget about Dr. Seuss or fairy tale books, read a kid a comic book or two, I’m sure they’ll appreciate them.

DON'T FORGET comic book readers!

Oh, and one last thing…

He wants to fight crime.

Ta ta, Lulu B.

LoveColumns-Just Go With It

    

I’ve had to re-type this article about three times now. Why? Because I have no idea what to write about. I guess I can talk about stuff that I’ve learned so far, but I think it’s the same ol’ things that everyone’s used to hearing. I’ve been focusing a lot lately on my articles for Audrey anfashion styling, so the whole search for love thing is either non-existent or just not a priority. Plus, my subject of interest shouldn’t be talked about on here, so that’s that.

All I can say is that I’m enjoying where I am right now, and I’m happy with who I’m enjoying it with. No worries, no overanalyzing anything, just a good time. & if it gets serious? Well we’ll save that for later.

The moral of the story? Just go with it. If you’re single, enjoy the fact that you can be free and worry about no one else but yourself. If you’re in a relationship, enjoy each other’s company while the time is ripe. If you’re married, enjoy being each other’s life partners. Really, just go with it.

 

Daisy

1st Street

Yay, finally some good weather, perfect enough to test out my Nikon camera. I was playing around with the ISO along with the shutter speed today and here are my results with Daisy’s favs in her closet.

I la la looooove the picture above. Not only are the colors vibrant but the picture just tells a story, “could Daisy be waiting for Mr. Newark?”

I think I’ll call the black and white picture “130″. I didn’t quite fancy this picture so much not until I saw this on the screen daddy Mac.

Don’t stop, keep shooting! Some of the best photos were taken one after the other. In doing so, you’ll capture those natural poses and a pretty smile :) Well, that’s what I’ve learned today.

Once I get the hang of this, I’ll post what was used to capture the photos but until then “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND…”

Lulu B.

My New Toy

I can’t remember ever being this busy but I am long overdue for a post. I just bought myself a new camera in which I am super eager to use and learn. Let me remind you, I am, what my little brother would say, a “newbie”. I’ve always fancy taking pictures of nature and scenery but I would use either my camera phone or my Canon PowerShot. I have decided to upgrade to a DSLR because I recently discovered the wonders it can create. During the time of events for Simple Stella, I’d borrow a DSLR to capture significant photos, however, I wasn’t able to use it on my own time. Although this upgrade was quite pricey, it’s an investment since I find myself continuously traveling and meeting new people.

Taken with my HTC Android as it was snowing.

Both (top and bottom) taken with a Canon PowerShot SD750.

Using my new Nikon DSLR camera, I plan on taking random pictures so you guys can see my progress in capturing whatever catches thee eyes.

Time to do homework. Until next post, Lulu

Me, My Sister, & Palty on a Saturday Night

Palty Asian Hair Dye

After declaring my abstinence on technology and leaving my phone at home, it came to such luck that my sister had her internet open and ready to browse. Hence, I am on this soul sucking machine and ready to write about what I did tonight. =(

So my sister has been looking all over the place for hair dye that’s made for asian hair. After browsing the internet and reading plenty of reviews, the asian girls raved all about the brand Palty. You can find this brand at your local oriental store or asian supercenters. If you can’t find it anywhere, just go on Amazon.com where they sell it for about 14.99

Anyways, I was really excited to dye her hair this golden brown color, and after just 20 minutes the color turned out perfect. My sister has black natural hair, so it’s a great product if her hair turned out the same color on the box. Here are the results!

Before:

Before: Natural black asian hair

After: Golden brown

After getting her hair did, I decided to put some make-up that she doesn’t often wear…

I decided to put some red lipstick on her and cat eyes to create the retro look with her new do'

This little retreat definitely helped with some quality sister bonding time and being able to do all the girly things that I enjoy doing. Have a good weekend! xx-Daisy

Fashion Talks w/Daisy

     After attending all these fashion events and meeting all the stylish bloggers and fashionable people, I felt inspired to get back to my first love, Fashion. It started with a visit to the new Neiman Marcus in Walnut Creek to the VIP party of the Annual SF Fashion Film Festival. Working at my day job, my business attire of black pencil skirts and powder blue button-ups had made my daily wardrobe a freakin’ bore. So I had this fancy idea of having a little photoshoot to lift up my fashion spirits and called lulu up. Here are some of the necessities that every girl needs in their wardrobe.

My Style: I am a classic kind of gal. My sister tells me I dress too old for my age, but I love to stay classic and simple. I don’t like to wear too much patterns, but if I do, I usually match it with a solid piece. This floral skirt is busy with flowers so I decided to match it with a solid navy blue top.

Blazers&Skirts: I love blazers and pencil skirts. I believe that every woman should have one of each in their wardrobe. For me, this outfit empowers me to go after my goals within my career. A splash of color (especially red) really brings out the more stylish side to an outfit that can easily become dull.

Day&Night: Ready to leave the office and hit up happy hour with your co-workers? Here’s my mash-up of both day and night outfits. Fitted pencil skirts are always flattering whatever event it may be. Just switch up the top for a more “night out” look.

Me being a good homemaker

Ohhh so much fun prancing around in my little black dress

The Black Dress: I have probably twelve or so little black dresses. They are my go-to emergency dresses. If all else fails, the little black dress prevails. Stock up on these bad boys.

I look forward to shopping (for simplestella of course) and taking pictures of all the goodies in my closet. Until then!-Daisy

SF Fashion Film Fest

Convert shoe boutique Opening @ Berkeley, CA.

Jeffrey Campbell. Love love love!

After an exhausting day at our day job, me and Lulu were excited to attend the VIP party opening to the new Convert shoe boutique in Berkeley CA. Walking into the store, we were greeted by Becca of Ruby Press PR, a champagne glass, and an entire room full of some beautiful shoes! Oh geez, shoes and wine?! Needless to say, me and Lulu’s exhaustion from work was no longer present. It was time to start snapping away for Lulu, for me to take a gander all the tasty footwear and for the both of us to meet all of these fashionistas and stylistas!

Convert shoe boutique is all about carrying labels that are eco-friendly, socially conscious, and locally established. They carry labels like Toms, Jeffrey Campbell, Civic Duty, Doc Martens, just to name a few. From the products all the way down to the store itself, Convert strives to promote being eco-conscious. The store itself is creatively displayed with recyclable such as cardboard shelves and those little styrofoam “S”‘s decorated in the front window. When I shop at places like Convert, I feel good about shopping here because I know that my carbon footprint is a lot less then if I was to shop at a big retailer. I also love to help out local designers, and Convert showcases local designers like Oaklandish. -Daisy

All the women wanted to give this little boy a hug! Isn't he the cutest thing ever?!

Oh, you know, just another girls night out for Daisy and I. Well, not quite, this was actually our first time attending a grand opening and we described it as “another dimension”. You should have seen us with our timid steps and puzzled faces asking questions to each other like, “what do we do now?”

That was the first 5 minutes because shortly after we were shaking hands and introducing ourselves left and right. Could it have been that liquid courage? Neh, everyone there was easy going which made it simple to create new friends and being encircled by the one thing women love most didn’t hurt. As always, it was great meeting new people and the shoes, Lord those SHOES, were to-die-for. Not only were the shoes stylish and eco-friendly but they literally weigh as much as diddly-squat. Overall, this event inspired both Daisy and I. It shall not be our last! -Lulu

We had a great time, and you can count on us both shopping regularly at Convert shoe boutique. :) -D&L

Paint in my Hair

Hey, it’s Erilou giving you a whole different perspective on “love”, “relationships”, and all that mush… First off, I’m not much of a writer myself so I’d like to keep this simple and short. I’ve been in a committed relationship for quite some time now and, like Daisy, I am no expert on this topic (trust me) but here’s my 2 cents on what I BELIEVE keeps “lovers” happy.

DO THINGS TOGETHER!
“It’s the simple things in life we forget”, we’re so caught up with this complicated thing called “life” sometimes we forget what genuine company feels like. This past week, I was able to put everything aside (work, school, friends, family, stress of life, etc.) and just enjoy the company of my significant other. Finding time to do things together I believe is important in any relationship to keep the bond as strong as it was in the beginning if not stronger.

First stop, Vegas. Yes, believe it or not, if you’re not searching for clubs, Vegas is do-a-ble for couples. There are other things to do in Sin City together like see a show. We had the chance to see Cirque Du Soleil Ka, which by the way was “legend… (wait for it)… dary”.  Vegas has an array of entertainment to choose from that both can take pleasure in seeing. There’s also the option to gamble. In one Black-Jack table, I witnessed a total of 3 couples who were all having a good time laughing and supporting each other over a game of cards.

Next stop, Tahoe. What more can I say? It’s snowboarding season (woohoo) and, in addition to that, there’s skiing or just good ol’ sledding. Neither does one need to acquire such skills for any of these activities; just as long as your out playing in the snow with each other it should be one hell-of-a time. For me, since the slopes were closed due to the weather (bummer) it was putting tire chains together in the snow that stood out to be the most amusing time on the trip.

Ya’ll don’t have to do much or go very far to do things together. Take a walk to the park, attempt to do P90X together, play co-op mode of Twisted Metal or battle online with others on Halo, go to your local coffee shop, watch a movie,ETCETERA, ETCETERA, ETCETERA. This is one way to keep happy in the relationship, just find time to get away from what can be a “messy” world.

(I currently have yellow paint in my hair because I’m in the process of moving. The paint refuses to come off even after a shower and against my hair it looks grey. So for now, I think I’ll just call myself Rogue) -Lulu

Bucket List: Watch A Kickboxing Fight? CHECK

Winner of California Super Lightweight Title, Nemo

 

Who: Me, my friend Tiffany, her hubby, & his co-workers

What: Internation Kickboxing Federation (IKF)’s Muay Thai fight competition

Where: Fairfield, CA.

Who competed? From SF to Merced & in between.

     Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a Muay Thai fight in Fairfield, CA. It was my girlfriend’s birthday and her husband who’s an instructor in Martial Arts had tickets. For a first timer, I had a really fun time and I tried my best to keep up with the hits and all of that. Walking into the auditorium, the setup and everything was what I expected. There was a fighting ring that looked super legit. We ended up sitting at a reserved table, and I was able to sit up really close. Beers, hot dogs and nachos were being served by sexy chicks, and the whole scene was a total guy experience. All ages, kids all the way up to grandparents were cheering on their fighter.

Dustin Andrick



 

Steve Swaby throwing a punch

It was a very exhilerating experience to watch the fights. It’s totally different to watch it on TV and when you watch it live. You can hear the slap of the roundhouse kicks on the fighter’s thighs. The bleeding noses dripping on the fighter’s white shorts. It gets pretty gory. Anyways, it was a good time, and I can’t really say anymore since I am not really educated on this subject. But I do look forward to watching some Kickboxing and MMA fights in the future!  ;) -Daisy

He tatted up!

Weeknight Cooking: Sauteed Eggplants & Okras with Shrimp Paste

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I was craving this filipino dish that’s a favorite of mine. In tagalog, it’s called “Talong with Bagaong”. Or in other words, Eggplants with shrimp paste. Back in the day, my family was pretty poor so we used to eat … Continue reading