February 23, 2013

Design Obsession

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I recently read in a blog somewhere that the author is either utterly obsessed with something or completely disinterested and it struck a chord with me--I'm the same way! I tend to fixate on a particular project or "thing" (ie, full skirts, cat eye liner, statement necklaces, red lipstick, wedge heels, Game of Thrones...) and it takes over my life. I have problems. Currently, the obsession rotation is: future house, spring clothes, travel plans, and... Game of Thrones.

I love to scroll through design blogs and Pinterest some of the rooms that catch my eye. Daydreaming about our future family home is one of Hub's and my fave topics during long drives. Bedrooms: five. Bathrooms: six. Kitchen: huge and well-lit. Skylights. Deck. Firepit. Pool: maybe. Gym: hopefully in the basement with the game room and bar. Lots of outdoor space to entertain. Big yard for our 3 (or 4) Shoebabes to run around. A doberman (that's all Brett). A giant walk-in (that's all me). One day, maybe we'll get around to building this imagined little fortress of ours.

For now, here's some eye candy for your Saturday.

gorgeous copper pendant and ethnic print mash up
fur and snowy backdrop
dark cozy cave
 antlers, brick and raw wood
LOVE this one--faux deer head, subtle chandelier, and all that natural lighting
 the backsplash can double as a chalkboard for lists and love notes
the industrial-style lamps are great, too
 pretty and serene
 clean lines, raw materials
 high steel-framed glass wall--amazing
 bright and simple with big sink and open shelving
 black and white and vintagey
inspired kitchen: white subway tile, big hood, steel glass chandelier

We have our first patient case day on Monday and big exam on Thursday, so I better get back to studying! It's a very "Seattle-y" weekend in NC so perfect curl up and study weather! 

Have a wonderful Saturday and don't forget to daydream a little bit, too ;)


February 19, 2013

My Speedy Gonzales


This past weekend, the Shoefam headed to Myrtle Beach to watch Brett run in a half-marathon. It was quite the fun little outing for us. 

 Sister-in-law got comfy at mile 4
 The police escort coming!
 The top 4 dudes
 Team Shoe!
 There he is! We're totally screaming at and probably embarrassing him in this pic ;)
 Sis- and Mom-in-law
 Coming back at mile 9, making amazing time!
 Look at that hottie. He's mine.
Finished before we could make it to the finish line. Congrats, honey! ♥
 The proud fam
Random, but there were tiger cubs there and an elephant too

We were home by Saturday afternoon, in time to have a snowball fight in our backyard. Growing up in Hawaii, I think I'm at a slight disadvantage--I ended up covered in slushy snow and with frozen hands. 

I just want to mention that my little Happiness Project via Gretchen Rubin is NOT going as planned. It got a little derailed in January and I haven't been able to pick up the slack since then. I'm still trying though! February's challenge is to Remember Love by making Husband's happiness a top priority. This means:
  • Quit nagging: try not to assign tasks and instead perhaps do them myself
  • Don't expect praise or appreciation: when I do things for myself and not to be patted on the back, I get more satisfaction out of it and zero resentment
  • Fight right: I have a bad temper. I'm learning to walk away when I get heated and come back to (a) apologize and (b) talk it through. This is kind of a big deal in my book.
  • No dumping: B and I are around each other 24/7 and pretty much just each other. We're buddies, so sometimes it's way too easy to vent to each other about ev-er-y-thing. But this may just transfer the burden to him and vice versa. Not doing it anymore if I can help it. From now on only positive moods and feelings will be shared and passed between us.
  • Give proofs of love: it's the little things--funny notes, texts, or emails throughout the day, picking up his favorite gum when I'm out running errands, hugging him extra long and tighter and unexpectedly.
    [Side note, learned from the book: A six-second hug is the "minimum time necessary to promote the flow of oxytocin and serotonin, mood-boosting chemicals that promote bonding." (p. 45) Therefore, hug it out whenever you can, count to six, and feel the tension melt away.]
Let me tell you since we're all friends here and I'm going to be brutally honest: the first four are way ambitious! I definitely have to try harder. 

I have been able to keep some January goals: like putting aside 15 minutes a night to pick up and prepare for the next day. And we've been going to bed as early as 8:30 and ohmygoodness it feels awesome! I wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning feeling great! At 6:30, I turn on the morning news, Husband slowly wakes up and we're both happy, well-rested go-getters :) Very recommended, this early bedtime thing. Who knew?!

I hope you have an awesome week and thank you for reading!


February 10, 2013

Romantical Valentine's Day Ideas


Happy Sunday, readers! What do you think of the new blog layout? I decided to go minimal and soft and am loving the outcome. Many thanks to Bella Lulu Ink! If you're reading this in a feed or via email, you won't know what I'm referring to unless you visit my actual blog site, which you should do, immediately. I'm so happy with it.

Here are the links to some fabulous Valentine's Day projects (from top, left to right):
  1. DIY cupid name cards for a romantic dinner 
  2. Make your sweetheart a donut tower cake
  3. Whip up a batch of heart-shaped soft pretzels
  4. Write a line from a poem on each heart and strand them all together on some twine for your love to find on Valentine's Day morning
  5. If you have a chalkboard wall, decorate it with verses and happy wishes to be the backdrop for a dinner for two. If you don't have one, make one!
  6. Bring back the beauty of an old-fashioned love letter with this pretty kit from Linea Carta
  7. Bake some muffins and package them with this cute "Stud Muffin" label
  8. Fill your Valentine's personalized envelope with sweet nothings and chocolate and slip on the back of his/her chair
  9. Make a LOVE table runner and top with candles and flowers
  10. This one is quite the project to undertake, but it's amazing: DIY vintage marquee sign that will lead your date to a mini-theater. So rad.
I hope everyone has a fantastic week! I am gearing up for two exams and Husband is prepping for a half-marathon in Myrtle Beach next weekend, so we'll be pretty busy over here. Thank you, as always, for reading!


February 8, 2013

Fashion Friday: In the Mood for Romance

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Did you know that Valentine's Day is less than a week away? If you remember these posts (here and here), you know that I am a HUGE fan of this ridiculous, commercially-driven day of displaying affection for the one you love/lust the most. Most likely because I've been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of gorgeous flower arrangements, candy baskets, and cupcakes; I've been fancily wined and dined by my uber-romantic husband in years past. My favorite was one night after getting off from my bartending job, I got home, exhausted, at 4 in the morning to find a basket full of delicious treats and a big card waiting at the top of the stairs for me. Sweetest guy ever.

Now? We're more of a stay in, cook dinner together, and curl up on the couch with a Netflix DVD duo. But that doesn't mean that I don't love wistfully eyeing these beautiful dresses. There's something so feminine and romantic about maxi dresses, don't you think? I have such a weakness for them. Hence, the perfect Valentine's date night outfit suggestions above--weather permitting. Of course with half the country getting snow today, these are probably not the most practical options. We can just gaze at them together.

And if you're a dude trying to think of a gift for your special lady friend this year, consider the following:
  • A gift card for a spa day: massage, facial, and body scrub (or the more affordable mani and pedi combo)
  • An all-expenses paid night out with her girlfriends (stole that from Bill and Giuliana's book)
  • Homemade dinner at home--check out these blogs for ideas:
  • Clean the house, wash her car, and make her breakfast in bed
  • Every girl can use a soft, cozy new pashmina--pick one in her favorite color
  • Don't you dare forget a card! It's Valentine's Day after all, you have to get her a Valentine! Nothing beats a good old-fashioned, from-the-heart love letter. That's really all that we want, right ladies?

And if you find yourself single and fabulous this year, grab a couple of friends and throw a little anti-Vday girls' night in (GNI) with some 80s/90s flicks or have a Sex and the City marathon with martinis and bake cookies together. Or, get all dolled up and have a fun night on the town. There are definite perks of being a single gal!

Brett is finally home from Seattle after another work trip! You know what that means? The thermostat goes back down to freezing. Haha! It also means I get to hear him complain that I only wear my wedding band recently... I just think it's the prettiest little thing, don't you agree? Question: Married girls, do you always wear your engagement ring?

The pic on the right is my handsome man trying to memorize the streets of Charleston last weekend. He prides himself on impeccable sense of direction.

Here's what I wore the last couple of weeks:

(Left) Blue dress with red squares: Modcloth // Wide brown belt: old // White knit tights: H&M // Brown boots: 6pm.com 
(Right) Black and cream striped dress: Modcloth // Black turtleneck: Forever 21 // Black fleece-lined tights: Target // 
Beige knee-high socks: Modcloth // Black boots: Zappos

Green jacket with faux leather sleeves and details: Forever 21 // White boatneck tee: H&M // Skinny jeans: Levi's // 
Black wedged kicks with gold dots: Dorothy Perkins

I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for reading ♥


February 4, 2013

International Misadventures 2013

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You know how you're supposed to go someplace you've never been at least once a year? Well, in exactly three months that's exactly what we'll be doing and May cannot come soon enough! Spain, Italy, and Mexico, I can't wait to see you!

     

Brett and I will inevitably get hopelessly lost in Barcelona, Madrid, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Rome for the first 2.5 weeks of May. It's our first time using the European train system, and I have to admit: I'm a little nervous. Misadventure, for sure. And the task of packing everything in one little roller bag? This will be interesting.

Not to say that we aren't bursting-at-the-seams excited, because we are! I personally can't wait to immerse myself in the rich cultural history of Spain and Italy. And the food? Ah, don't get me started.

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A few weeks after we get back, I have the pleasure of joining this crazy girl and her amigas in Cabo San Lucas for her bachelorette party weekend! It's sure to be a mess/biggest hangover of my life, but I will need a little unwinding after this semester!

Directly from there, I get to spend a couple of weeks with my family in Hawaii, thank heavens. I can't tell you how homesick I am for these special ladies and my bestfriendsforever these days.

Do you have any misadventures planned for this year? We just got back from spending the weekend in Charleston, SC for my sister-in-law's birthday, which was so fun! Even getting away to a nearby town or planning a mini staycation counts as something novel and adventurous, so I hope you do yourself a favor and plan one or two for yourself this year!

Thank you for reading and have a fantastic week! ♥


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