Friday, February 27, 2015

Food Porn Friday- Pueblo

Although we didn’t get to sample much off this modern Spanish-inspired tapas menu, it was enough for me to know I’m definitely coming back. 

 Montadito de Costilla shortrib crudo & marmalade, sweet onion, toast

Next time with my 10+ chicas in tow so we really know what Pueblo’s all about…

 Ceviche del Día with kaffir lime, red onion, orange, coriander

But hoping these plates are enough to whet those voracious appetites…

 Pueblo's Paella with Wild Salmon and Squid Ink Rice

...At least until tomorrow, lol

Goat Cheesecake! Friggin' DELISH!

Until next time…

Pueblo @ SOCO
3321 Hyland Avenue Ste.D
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 340-5775

Bon Appétit mes amis!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Spotted at Temple

Happy Monday hunnies!  For those of you who celebrated Lunar New Year this past weekend, hope it was a festive time for all!  The year of the Green Wooden Goat is one that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.  It’s been highs and lows for the past few years and things are FINALLY looking up in a year of peace, harmony, rebirth and renewel. 

I always like to start off fresh with a trip to temple, receiving blessings for an auspicious year and getting lost in meditation as I pray for a prosperous outcome.

Superstitious much? Lol…Yup, I’m that girl who spends countless hours reading up on my Chinese astrology, scheduling appointments with my Feng Shui master to bless my home and sanctify my life, and subsequently sleeping with crystals to speed up the process.  

 Oman it sounds a little crazy actually written down, but I swear it works y’all!

So much in fact that I am declaring 2015 my BEST.YEAR.EVERRRRRRRR!!!

Bring on the good luck and good vibes, who’s with me???


Friday, February 20, 2015

Food Porn Friday- The Alley of the Far East

Happy Lunar New Year y’all!  The year of the goat/sheep/ram in full effect!  All this Chinese astrology gotcha confused?  Yeah, me too…let’s just stuff our faces with food, surround ourselves with friends and family, and TGIF!!!

13904 Brookhurst St.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 591-5646

 Hope you're celebrating a festive Chinese New Year wherever you are!!!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Glamorous Mountain Retreat

Having just returned from 4 glorious days holing it up in Mammoth Mountain, I’ve got chic retreats on my mind…

While some dream of vacation homes in Hawaii or the tropics, I’m convinced my first home away from home would be somewhere far from the beach and closer to the mountains... 

Where the air is crisper, the days longer, and the nights oh-so-cozy.  

Snuggling up in sumptuous furs lying by the fireplace… hot chocolate in one hand and my hot guy in another…all the while streaming Korean dramas from morning 'til night only breaking for the obligatory half-day snowboarding runs in between. 


Ahhhh the good life indeed!

What about you?  
Are you more a beach bum or a snow bunny?


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's DIY Custom Block Name Sign

There’s so many ways to customize a name sign, but the easiest and fastest way?  Craft paper decoupage.  One of my go-to staples for baby showers/ birthdays/ home décor and more!  So easy peasy and it simply starts with store-bought block letters. 

I purchased mine from Joann’s Arts and Crafts, while Michael’s carries many versions, I love how feminine the curvy letters are from Joann’s, perfect for a blossoming baby girl.

Materials: Block Letters | Spray Paint (I used Krylon’s color master Brushed Metallic) | Clear Glaze | Spray Adhesive | Assorted Craft Paper | Block Sander | Scissors | Pencil

I like a good mix of patterns so to keep the look consistent I selected a few different girly printed papers in the same color story (pinks + pastels)

Prep:  Since the letters are made from raw wood, I sand the edges and surfaces down first with a block sander before spray painting the entire piece.  Make sure you get all edges and both sides; you never know what will be exposed when styling your space.

Place each individual letter over your craft paper and start tracing the outline.

Carefully cut the paper according to your stencil.

Using the spray adhesive, spray BOTH the back of the paper and front of the block letter to prepare for adhesion.  Start with the most difficult corners of the letter and carefully position the paper to the block.  You have about 15 seconds before the sticky adhesive sets so play around with the placement until you can get it as perfect as possible.

Make sure to erase all pencil marks at outlines.
For the finishing touch, I spray a triple-thick clear glaze over the entire back/front/sides.  This protects the block letters from getting dirty in the future.  Like a plastic resin coat after it fully dries (a few hours), you can simply wipe the blocks down with a moist cloth if it gets lightly soiled.

Mount, decorate, et Voilà! 

Personalized block name made with L-O-V-E!
For more Valentine's decor inspiration see full post HERE

Now who’s ready for Valentine’s Day???

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