Friday, April 29, 2011

I need a little bit of SUNSHINE!

Cute, affordable, and COMFY shoes will do it for me! :) We've had a record amount of rainfall this season. It seems like it's been constantly gloomy and rainy here. It's getting kind of OLD! But today is supposed to be a g l o r i o u s l y warm & sunny day. I can't wait to open up my windows and let in some much needed fresh air.

I haven't checked out Payless shoes in years. I decided to pop into a store (last month) after seeing one of their wedges in People StyleWatch magazine. I tried on a bunch of pairs and was pleasantly surprised by how comfy most of them were! I really wanted to get their Clyde Peep Toe Wedge, but they were out of my size. I love the neutral color and the low heel. I ended up leaving with a pair of light gold Ahoy Boat Mocs that were on sale for $16.99! The soles are super cushy, and they lasted me through a day of shopping (a very good sign of comfort!)

Below are a few of my picks. The Bella Flower Peep Toe is a very good imitation of a Report brand shoe I saw at Nordstrom's last year. I didn't try on the striped Kendall Knot Wedge or the gladiator sandal though. But Kendi of Kendi Everyday has raved about those gladiators for their comfort. So check them out!

Bella Flower Peep Toe Flat
Ahoy Boat Moc
Clyde Peep Toe Wedge

Kendall Knot Wedge

Looker Ring Gladiator Sandal

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pattern Inspiration: Chevron Stripes + Scallops

I've always been drawn to chevron stripes and scallops. I would love to incorporate one of these patterns into an invitation design. I've been scouring the net for inspiration. These are definitely inspiring me! Check out my slowing growing Pinterest boards here. I'm SO loving that swimsuit pattern!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Birthday, Bubbles, & Easter

My apologies again for being neglectful of my blog. I spent the last couple weeks going to doctor's appointments and having a couple procedures. Don't worry wasn't anything serious. :)

Anyway, just wanted to share a few photos from the past couple weekends. Last weekend, I celebrated my friend, Jennine's birthday at Seasons 52, where everything on the menu is less than 475 calories. Isn't that a rather cool concept? The restaurant had a rustic, yet sophisticated decor...reminiscent of Wildfire's. Our entrees were definitely...healthy-tasting...with a hefty side of veggies (which I always like.) The mini desserts, on the other hand, were delicious!

This past weekend, the husband and I got to spend time w/ some family and nephews. Here's baby Isaac playing with his new (battery-operated!) bubble machine. He had so much fun...giggling and laughing all the while!

For Easter, we headed over to my husband's aunt's house for lunch. The spread was one of the best ever! Mmm...i loved my MIL's Korean Braised Short Ribs (kalbi jjim.) Iit was extra delicious this time! After filling our tummies, our nephews went on a mini Easter egg hunt in the backyard. It was so cute watching them run around. Isaac didn't quite get the concept yet though. Hehehe. Then we all got to enjoy the Sweet Tart jelly beans, Hershey Kisses, and Rolos (my fav!) that were hidden in the eggs. Hope you all had a blessing & fabulous Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recent Project: A Paper Doll 1st Birthday

So sorry for the lack of posts! It's been crazy hectic this week with helping my parents remodel their kitchen to a close friend having their first baby. Congrats, Christine + Will! (Pics of their little man to come.)

Charlotte's 1st Birthday Party Invite
Anyway, here's the invitation I created for Pauline and her baby's 1st birthday party. I also designed the menus, favor tags, and raffle tickets, as well as, a few other paper goods for the dohl. She had a professional photographer at the event, so I can't wait to see their photos!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sheridan French

I came across fashion designer, Sheridan French's blog and website via my SIL's blog (Out of Thin Aeri.) The vibrant colors and ethnic patterns of her chic line caught my eye. I LOVE c-o-l-o-r! Take a look at some of the pieces in her Spring Collection:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Featured on Swanky Chic Fete

Thanks to Lili of Swanky Chic Fete for featuring this baby shower
on your blog! I was touched by all your kind words! :)

Christine's Bow-Tie Baby Shower (Part III)

Group picture from the shower
Here's the last of the photos from Christine's baby shower! I made some goody bags filled with hand-dipped chocolate pretzels and tied it with a coordinated ribbon and tag. In lieu of shower games, we had the guests fill out these cards with sage advice and well wishes. They were then inserted into this Kolo album and given to the guest-of-honor as a keepsake. I hope you enjoyed this series of posts. Have a great weekend!
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