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Baby Come On Home

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Went back home this past weekend for my best friend, Megan’s, baby shower. She’s due in November and having a baby girl! Aside from picking out the cutest baby shower theme ever, she chose the name Nora.

I’m so mad that I forgot to take a picture of the treat yo self kit I made for her! I made Meg some lavender scented bath bombs, they were pink and flower shaped. I also used washi tape to decorate a vanilla bean candle and a mason jar full of tea bags (they’re mom friendly, it seemed appropriate.) Seriously though, washi tape is my newest addiction. I’ve been decorating EVERYTHING with it lately. And I threw in a box of a peanut butter brownie mix, because why not? There was a cute little description in the card and I hid everything in the diaper bag I got for her. Seriously, can more people in my life get married or have kids or do anything that will allow  me to DIY until I die please?

If you’ve never had a cake from Wegman’s, you’re missing out. This one was a vanilla cake with raspberry filling and whipped cream frosting. I almost regret not getting a cake from there on my birthday, but this made up for it.

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Look another form of cake! I believe the cupcakes were made by one of  Megan’s friends. On the left is lemonade, and on the right is raspberry almond. They were both delicious and it was difficult not to take all of these cute little owl boxes. Whoooo wants all of the cupcakes? Me.

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My mom came along with me, her and I are an unbeatable force at baby and bridal showers. We somehow got talked into each getting blind folded while spoon feeding each other apple sauce. I got apple sauce stuck in places where apple sauce shouldn’t be. I don’t want to eat that stuff again for a very long time. Just give me more cake please.  Meg works at Starbucks, so I had no doubt that the prizes would be awesome.

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Dress: thrifted, Amvets

Tights: Target

Shoes: thrifted, Amvets

I look like I’m about to start a 1970s folk band but I think that’s why I bought this dress in the first place. As adorable as it is, it somehow got torn at the seam in the front. It’ll be an easy fix but it was a little difficult to not make it look obvious while I was at the baby shower. The shoes need to be a little restored and cleaned a bit better, but again it won’t be too bad of a fix.

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Aside from baby shower things, I also got to do some belated birthday things with my family, Jonathan, and my friends while I was home. After a quick wardrobe change, we had dinner at the new Texas de Brazil at carousel mall (I refuse to call it Destiny USA, okay.) Ever since Vegas, I’m totally obsessed with this concept. I was pretty impressed with the salad and soup bar selection. After filling up on salad, a little sushi, and lobster bisque, it was time for entrees. What’s not to love about people coming at you left and right with delicious meat on swords? It doesn’t take long to fill a plate up. I guess it could be a little overwhelming, there are lots of things to choose from and I definitely wish I tried everything offered. I don’t know why I thought I could finish an entire creme brulee on my own afterwards. I absolutely love cracking the caramel layer whenever I have one. Don’t order dessert based on amusement though.

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Finished the night with Jonathan,a few friends, and some drinks. Bring on the girly moscato, tasty Southern Tier Pumpking beer on tap, and deliciously retro white russian cocktails! Started at Bittersweet and Al’s, obviously. Then went on the hunt for Pumpking which led us to J.Ryan’s.

I’m lucky enough to have a thoughtful family, boyfriend, and friends who all gave me a few birthday presents.

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Soon to be mama Megan got me a pretty sweet iced tea collection from Teavana. On top of the tea I won at the shower, I should be all set on tea for awhile. Maybe I’ll spread the wealth and throw a tea party sometime this semester.

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I love gift presentation almost as much as I love gifts! Fun fact, Jonathan wraps presents better than I do.

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Leave it to Jonathan to incorporate Breaking Bad into this. Thanks Walt White/Heisenberg for the birthday wishes! Sadly, I don’t have a bathtub in my suite on campus, so I can’t test out these bath salts. I’ll have to wait until my next trip home to give them a go. I feel like I should probably watch Breaking Bad while soaking in a bath tub full of “meth” salts.

I’m also crazy about this sailor shirt from ModCloth! I love it to death and I know I could take it too literally if I don’t outfit this correctly. But, I think I’m okay with literally dressing like a sailor in public actually. He also threw in some cute little solid perfumes, one is French lilac scented and the other is Hawaiian guava.

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Even if I wasn’t interning for them this semester, I’m pretty sure Jonathan would’ve given me something Buffalo Sabres related anyways. Besides, I look really great in blue and gold! Maybe I’ll make hockey chic a thing and write my final paper on it.

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I’m really loving these Hunter boots too! Winter always destroys my poor defenseless leather boots. I’m hoping these will last better, and they’ll look great with my trench coat too. I’ve been having fun shopping around for welly socks too. Right now, I’m torn between the moss cable cuffs and the birds eye cuffs.

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And then of course, my parents got me a few things. It’s safe to say that my mom wrapped these up. I got my gift presentation appreciation from her, along with her joy of picking out cards.

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I’ve been in love with Honey by Marc Jacobs since I first tried it in Sephora. My bottle of Dot just ran out, so this gift came at a good time. It smells very similar to Dot, but you can definitely pick out the honey scent, which gives it a distinct sweetness. I know this is a strange way to describe smell, but there’s warmth to this fragrance. Maybe it’ll make sense if you spray it on for yourself.

My parents know I’m a huge Lady Gaga fan, so a bottle of Fame seems fitting. I’m not big on perfumes by celebrities, but this actually smells really nice. It has traces of honey as well. I’ll never understand how this black liquid sprays on clear. What black magic are they conjuring at Haus of Gaga?! Also, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but I thought the description was a little funny. “Tears of Belladonna” was first on the ingredients list. These are reasons why I love mother monster.

I also got another Fossil watch. It’s very similar to the black and gold one I wear a lot. It’s a nice casual counterpart, it’ll be a nice pop of color to add to certain outfits and it’ll look nice with any of my silver rings. I got a nice variety of new earrings too.

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My parents also got me a brand new 50 mm F 1/8 lens! I’m absolutely in love with it so far. I decided to test it out on my favorite corgi, Aggie. She technically belongs to my mom’s boss and he leaves Aggie with her whenever they’re out of town. She spends so much time with my family that I consider her my dog too.

Even though I’ve been back in school for about three weeks, it was still  nice to go home for a little bit to see everyone and spend time at a few of my favorite places!

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Get me a vodka rocks, and a piece of toast.

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Alright, so season 4 of Arrested Development is out and I’m still only midway through season 3 (I just got into it give me a break sorry). So of course I’m avoiding the social media as much as I possibly can because everyone spoils everything always. We’ll see how long this lasts. Figured I’d get dolled up and do something.

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Dramatic hair and skirt blowing in the wind shot, totally unnecessary or totally necessary? I can’t resist skirts that have dramatic flow.

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Sweater – Urban Outfitters

Skirt – Target

I’ll probably never leave this cardigan open because the lace is so pretty. I’m usually never a fan of orange, but I’m a fan of chevron. I didn’t think I could pull off the color, actually I’m still not sure if I’m pulling it off. Today I finally realized this skirt has pockets. Alright let’s be honest I can’t fit all of the contents of my purse into two pockets but it’s nice to know I have somewhere to place my hands.
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Shoes – Nasty Gal

These kitty loafers are ALMOST purrrfect. They’re a half size big and still a teeny bit loose with terry cloth insoles. But come on they’re LEOPARD PRINT KITTY LOAFERS. If I could have black velvet kitty mary jane wedges I’d probably die.

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Backpack – Aldo

Sure it’s totally useless when it comes to lugging around my stuff for school but it’s great for mini trips and adventures as long as I pack light.

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My first Roji trip since I’ve been home and I didn’t order a bubble tea. I blame the unusual chilly weather. I got lavender tea and cinnamon cookies instead. Just as lovely. Tea party time with my friend Amberlee helped distract me from the internet for a few hours. Excuse me while I watch Netflix non-stop until I’m all caught up now!

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Like We’re Gonna Die Young

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and everyone better have a blast tonight! This is the part of the blog post where I thank everyone for being awesome. This is the other part of the blog post where I make some new year’s resolution to improve my blog (which is totes gonna happen so stay tuned!) Since this is my last post of 2012/I procrastinated for a few days, here’s an extra long post!

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Went out for my BFF Meg’s 21st birthday the day after Christmas. Birthday black out blizzard, holla at us!

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Dress: H&M

Belt: H&M

I’ve lost track of how many LBDs and lace dresses I own. I’ll never get sick of them. I thought I outgrew bows until I saw this precious belt.

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Clutch: Express

One of my Christmas presents from Flo! I’ve been lusting after envelope clutches for quite some time. Good job Flo!

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Eyeliner: Eyeko

Lipstick: Lip Tar

I’ve tried out many liquid liners over the years and this one is my all time favorite hands down. I’ve heard so much hype about Lip Tar so I finally had to give it a shot. This shade of red is fabulous and it does stay on for a crazy long time. My only complaint is that it’s kind of messy to apply if you don’t get the hang of it. Other than that I’m loving it!

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The ladies and I went to Pastabilities for dinner. While waiting I ordered a round of birthday cake shots. This baked spinach and manicotti dish did a great job of filling me up pre-drinking festivities.

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Bittersweet for some desert and more wine. Unfortunately everyone attacked the giant cookie desert we split before I could take a picture of it. But trust me it was fantastic. We ordered a bottle of white zinfandel, which I’m a huge fan. I love me some rose. Go ahead and judge me.

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1 round of shots, 2 bottles of wine, a vodka and cranberry, a complementary shot of bailey’s and crown royal, and a few rounds of irish car bombs later I took this derptastic selfie at Blue Tusk. Everything was great up until the irish car bombs, then shit got real and really weird…

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The following night was my karaoke extravaganza that I try to host every year while my friends and I are home for break. Last year’s theme was ugly sweaters, which was a 50% fail. So we’re just going to get dolled up and classy from here on out.

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Dress: Modcloth

This dress is usually referred to as “the beetlejuice dress” for obvious reasons. I bought this lovely thing on sale over the summer. It was originally a tea length dress, but since I’m super short and petite it didn’t look too flattering on me. I got the hemline shortened to my liking and now it’s absolutely perfect!

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I don’t do too many up do’s other than buns because I’m too impatient to learn them. Hair bows are incredibly easy and surprisingly fast to do though! Thank goodness for giant cans of hairspray and infinite supplies of bobby pins.

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On a side note my 2nd karaoke extravaganza was a success! We had quite the diverse variety to say the least. Like Helena by MCR, 90s one hit wonders, T-Swizzle, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and a disco remix of Sweet Caroline diverse.  P.S. yours truly and her awesome friend Rob scored a 100 on Niggas in Paris.

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I should mention that there was a good 48 hours in between Christmas and now where I lived off of my mother’s eggrolls. You’re all invited to come over and eat eggrolls because they’re fucking phenomenal. This is at the top of my list of Filipino food that I need to learn how to make asap.

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Mirror selfie at Roji’s! This was me post ice skating at Clinton Square with my boyfriend and little cousins. Side note this is one of the few times where my bun looks like what it’s supposed to. Gotta love surprise good hair days!

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Sweater: H&M

I’ve been having a wine/burgundy obsession ever since fall. Can you blame me. Also, I need more sweaters. I always need more sweaters.

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Leggings: Topshop

Bought these years ago when I was at the Topshop in Manila. They’re still in great condition and are incredibly comfy and cute! Those ice skates could almost pull off being cute boots. For the record ice skating is the only winter activity that I don’t completely fail at.

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Knitted headband: Forever 21

Scarf: Forever 21

Outdoor ice skating requires shit tons of layers. I’m obviously going to use it as an excuse to wear cute cozy accessories. I adore this headband because it kind of reminds me of a turban and that scarf is one of the warmest things I own. It’d be 100% awesome if it were an infinity scarf though.

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After freezing my ass off on the ice for over 2 hours I needed to warm myself back up. Praise Jesus that Roji’s is within walking distance from Clinton Square! I tried the new cinnamon tea that they had and filled up on onigiri and cinnamon cookies. Their cinnamon tea might be one of my new favorites of all time and my favorite cookies complemented them very well. I love onigiri and desperately want to learn how to make it. I only order it when I’m starving, and then I remember how incredibly filing it is.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pho Serious, Pho Sho’

Day off numero dos. All dolled up for a dinner date with some of my co-workers and other folks.

Dress – Forever 21

Pho-ever 21. Can’t stop won’t stop with all of the pho puns in today’s post.

 

Rockin’ the UO granny hat for a second day in a row. The cat eye sunglasses add a touch of sassy granny to today’s look. For not washing my hair for 2 days and half assing it with my curling iron, it looks kinda nice.

 

Met up at New Century Vietnamese Restaurant in the Northside for some pho. I went with a number 19, pho noodles with steak. Sorry for not getting anything crazy. I haven’t had pho since I was in NYC months ago. My very first pho experience was 3 years ago in San Francisco and I’ve been hooked ever since. I need to stop forgetting that this restaurant exists. You can’t go wrong with a big ass bowl of noodles for roughly $6 or $7. But seriously, whether or not you’ve ever had pho, check this place out.

 

 

No this isn’t from yesterday, I did go to Roji’s, again. Went with the other new flavor that I didn’t get last night, the green apple bubble tea. And my all time fave cinnamon cookies. As much as I love passion fruit, I think I enjoyed the green apple a little more. I could make a silly comment about how I need to not come here so often, but instead I’ll just state how I should come here more often. I’ve got less than a month left in the cuse so I need to make good use of my time by drinking as much bubble tea as possible!

 

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