Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Onesies | Romper + Denim Vest

Rompers. The adult onesie that's more appropriate to be worn outside. Convenient for easy dressing up, not so convenient when it comes to going to the bathroom.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DIY Hanging Hat Organizer

I've struggled with organizing my growing hat collection ever since I started accumulating more. It became a full blown obsession early this year after buying my spike studded hat from Zara. I mean I've worn hats before, but for some reason that hat just ignited the fire even more.

So as my collection started getting bigger, I've been having a hard time storing them properly. At one point I was just throwing them inside my dresser, and I've lost a few hats by doing this since they've lost their shape.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Insta-Recap | July 8 to 22, 2013

I know this sounds cliche, but I can't believe how time flew by so fast. We're already in the middle of summer and one thing you know, it's Christmas already!

So here's my Instagram recap for the past two weeks in case you missed it. Don't forget to follow me for more real-time updates and more pictures of my cute pup, Lionel Bean: @yummiebitez.

1. Sleeping beauty. Lionel's idea of a Sunday funday. It's so funny how he likes to sleep on his back. Sometimes I'd catch him snoring too. He thinks he's peoples. And I just realized that I'm posting this picture again. Oops.

2. Happy Birthday! The little booger turned three years old this month!. It seemed like yesterday when I was just taking him home for the first time. I never thought how much Lionel would change my life, and I'm always thankful for having a him despite his naughtiness. I wouldn't trade him for the world. Anyway, he wasn't to happy about wearing his birthday hat.

3. Chanel + Harper Bazaar. Met up with my loves, Heart and Sophia at the Chanel + Harper Bazaar event at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. And it was only proper that I take my new boy (bag) out to the event.

4. #Selfie.When stuck in traffic, take a selfie. Wearing: H&M glasses (similar), Brixton hat c/o Karmaloop, Vest c/o YMI Jeans.

5. Cafe Crepe. I looove my desserts. Took an afternoon break and enjoyed some crepes for an afternoon snack after a long day in Santa Monica. I ordered the caramel cajeta (milk caramel cream) crepes with bananas and nutella and hot chocolate to wash it down. The caramel had a hint of goat milk in it. It was like goat cheese in caramel form or something. 

6. DIY: Hanging Hat Organizer. Have you seen my latest DIY video? If you haven't, please make sure to check it out! I needed a way to organize my growing hat collection. And, what better way to solve this problem by having a DIY tutorial for a solution. Watch the video to find out how I made it.

7. Flavor of the month. My current favorite ice cream flavor, America's Birthday Cake from Baskin Robbins. It tastes like a party in my mouth.

8. Mr. Coffee. After celebrating my friend's birthday at a Korean BBQ restaurant, Holly suggested to check out this place for their crepes. Specifically, their strawberry crepe. And ermahgerd, it was so delicious! The strawberry ice cream tasted like strawberry Pocky sticks! My mind was blown. Click here for my Yelp review on this joint.

9. DineLA Round 1. My boyfriend and I haven't been taking advantage of dineLA compared to last year. We went to Industriel in Downtown LA to kick off the event (yes, dineLA is an event for us). I was pretty disappointed with the menu overall, but the decor was very posh and romantic. You can read my Yelp review here to see how I really felt about the food.

10. Cheese rolls. Can't leave Burbank without making a pit-stop at Porto's bakery. As my friend mentioned, it's a wasted trip if you don't leave without a box of cheese rolls. I also picked up their Cubano sandwich for a late lunch.

11. SweetSnow.

12. Cake, cake, cake. Celebrated my friend Karen's birthday over the weekend in West Hollywood.

13. Wild for the night. How my friend, Heart, and I spent our Saturday night. It was out of control. Lionel wanted to be in the mix (as seen in the picture). We had a night-in and worked on some DIY project after being inspired after our quick trip to the mall. We also rented some Tagalog movies to watch. This is pretty much our ritual when we sleep over each others houses. All we really do is eat, talk, watch a movie, and eat some more. It still hasn't gotten old.

14. Take a Bao. Had a late lunch at Take a Bao in Studio City. I was overall pretty disappointed with the service and food. Their bao was pretty mediocre, and I didn't enjoy it at all. They're also pretty pricey for what they are. I've had better luck with my short rib bibimbap, but the service was just really lacking. My experience at this place really didn't reflect the high ratings they have on Yelp. Not sure what's going on there.

15. My precious. How can one say no to this face? Sometimes I wonder if Lionel is real.

16. Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar. Our dessert from their dineLA menu. For a chocolate dessert (not really a fan of chocolate... yes, shocking), this one blew my mind. Blue Cow is one of my favorite restaurants in downtown LA, and their dineLA menu was pretty solid. If you're still trying to figure out which restaurant to try for dineLA, I highly recommend this place. Their prix fixe menu is only $25 and this gives you a three delicious course meal. Read my review on their dineLA menu here.

And that's it for my recap. Sorry if I had made you hungry with all my food posts. Speaking of food, if you'd like to see reviews on some of the places I've been to, check out my Yelp profile! I'd also love it if you have any places you'd like to suggest for me to try.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cropped | Lace Crop Top + Denim

Happy Friday!!! So glad that the weekend is finally here again. And am I really wearing a crop top? All the food that I've been eating is really starting to show on the belly region. I'm not as toned as I used to be. That's what happens when you get old and your metabolism starts to slow down. One of the drawbacks of getting old.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Pastels | Sheer and Fringe

Sheer clothing is pretty much the only way to go if you want to layer your clothes. The breathable they are, the better. Because if you're going to pile them on your body, you better make sure that it's not going to stick to your skin in the blazing heat.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Insta-Recap | July 1 to 7, 2013

So I just realized that my last Instagram recap was back in May. Ooops? I'm going to try harder from now on to keep up with the schedule no matter how busy life gets! I like doing these recaps because I can insert additional information that I didn't get to include and any helpful links related to the post.

I hope you all had a nice 4th of July weekend and didn't forget to add me to your BlogLovin' list. I had a really super busy start last week since it was our month-end and quarter close (life of a financial planner). And with only three work-days last week, it was pretty chaotic trying to get all my reports out. But, I managed and took advantage of our four day weekend afterwards. It was such a treat after a stressful and busy week. Last weekend was just what I needed. 

Anyway, on to the recap...

1. My latest Youtube video went live last week. Watch my Summer Accessories Haul video here. See what I've been shopping for lately when it comes to accessories for this summer season. I've been mainly gearing towards neon or bright colored accessories. Not to mention, I'm pretty much trying to grow my hat collection as it become my latest obssesion.

2. Easy, lazy dinner. The sample guy at Costco somehow convinced me to buy three bags of three-pack foccacia bread. So I'm not eating the same bread all the time, I simply add my own toppings on top of it, pop it in my toaster over, and make a pizza out of it. Super easy and delicious especially for people who are time constrained. Beats eating a TV dinner all the time.

3. Lionel and I on our beach-view balcony for 4th of July. My boyfriend planned a mini staycation in Huntington Beach for 4th of July. He booked us a room at Shorebreak Hotel with a full view of the pier and the beach so we could watch the fireworks in our room. We definitely had the best seats! Lionel was not too excited about the fireworks though. So he ended up staying in the bathroom for the duration fireworks display. But, this was the first hotel I've stayed at that was pet-friendly. So it was really nice that I was able to take Lionel with us. Aside from the hotel being a few steps away from the beach, it also had awesome restaurants to choose from that are only a few blocks away (favorites: North Shore Poke, 25 Degrees, Zimzala, and Bruxie).

4. Heading back home. Car ride back home to LA! Caught Lionel at a good time for this picture. How cute is he with his little tongue sticking out? Wearing my current favorite sunglasses from ASOS.

5. Accessories snapshot. ASOS sunglasses, Vanessa Mooney Priscilla bracelet, MintBarry wrap bracelet, OPI nailpolish in #17delete, and Balenciaga bag.

6. What I wore for: the Nasty Gal x Unif No Bummer Summer Party at The Standard Hotel in DTLA. Got to the party pretty late, so it was pretty chilly up on the rooftop. Nonetheless, good beats, good company, and awesome view of the DTLA skyscrapers. Wearing my new wide brim "Carmen San Diego" hat from Karmaloop (similar here).

7. Great company. It was a no bummer hanging out with these cutie pies. It was nice too see these faces again.

8. Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo. I always make a stop here when I'm in Little Tokyo. I usually get the Green Tea donut, but I decided to switch it up and try the Green Tea Roti (the guy described it as a Malaysian sweet bread). But, I never stray away from getting their Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, although I totally wouldn't recommend their milk tea if you don't like super sweet drinks.I think that's why it's my favorite :). Accessories: ASOS Sunglasses and Vanessa Mooney Bracelet.

9. Summer brights. Quick shot of my outfit on Saturday. We had to make an unexpected stop at Home Depot which made me too overdressed for the place. Entertained myself by walking down the aisles to check out what Home Depot has to offer for my next DIY project. Wearing: H&M top (reminds me of the colorful and playful prints from Clover Canyon), Vanessa Mooney bracelet, Wren and Glory and Urban Outfitters rings, Zara sandals, and Olivia + Joy bag (in citrus or black).

10. Sunday Funday. This is what Sundays are for a day of rest and Lionel made sure of that.

And that's it folks! Don't forget to follow me on my other social media linked down below!