Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I can honestly say that I have never been so hopeful, so inspired, and so PROUD to be an American. And though I realize it will not be change overnight, I am optimistic and confident that we are definitely taking a step in the right direction.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Holidays are BIG in my family, so we make a BIG deal out of them. If not for holidays, every day would be the same as the next so we make it a point to celebrate each and every one of them, to create memories that serve as milestones in our journey through life.
A lot of thought went into this year's dinner. My sister and I spent weeks putting together a menu and envisioning a set up that would qualify this year as the best thanksgiving EVER.
Here are some pics of our table. (We prepped for 19 people this year! whew!)
This holiday also marks the beginning of my most favorite time of the year! I absolutely LOVE the holiday season and everything about it! Hope you all had a blessed thanksgiving :)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Anyways, here they are... 100 things in the world i love ♥
1. New York City
2. pajama pants
3. scavenger hunts
5. custom closets
6. pretty stationery
7. travel guides
8. peanut butter
9. No. 2 Pencils
10. transition words
11. baby hands and feet
15. family traditions
17. the blogosphere
18. holiday decor
19. county fairs
20. planners and calendars
21. wine glasses
22. well traveled luggage
23. water balloons
24. gift wrap
26. hair spray
28. little black dresses
30. dryer sheets
31. cultural dance
32. chopped fruit
33. lip gloss
34. decorative pillows
35. library books
36. Jon & Kate plus 8
37. thrift stores
39. excel spreadsheets
40. pool loungers
41. layered clothing
43. athlete-inspired commercials
45. reusable shopping bags
48. pizza night
50. jump ropes
51. rollie pollies
52. bobby pins
53. photo booths
54. road trips
55. piggy banks
57. throw blankets
61. greeting cards
62. white out
63. interior design
65. twinkle lights
67. playing cards
68. golf carts
69. flavored water
70. fabric scissors
72. file folders
73. fun facts
74. craft projects
75. paper towels
76. business cards
77. the swiffer mop
79. bottle caps
81. children songs
83. hair dye
84. home videos
85. baked goods
86. worn in jeans
87. postage stamps
88. gift registries
89. garment bags
90. double stick tape
91. passport stamps
92. social studies
93. classic movies
94. paper clips
95. semi-homemade cooking
96. new wallets
97. baseball games
98. photo albums
99. post its
100. making lists
Man, I just realized how quirky I am! I closed my eyes and thought about it for about 30 seconds before starting and then it took me like a whole 2 minutes to write this. I could've easily written a couple more hundred! YIKES!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
See ya at the polls :)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Once Upon a Cupcake one of my new favorite people! It is not my first experience with them and it definitely DEFINITELY won't be my last!
I honestly can think of endless reasons to gift someone with these delicious treats but if I ever am lacking on creativity, I can just turn to her blog full of eye candy and drool worthy gift ideas. Kelly bakes out of her home in South Orange County. She can make cupcakes for all occassions, including weddings! Check out her blog for more yummy details :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
I will still be blogging personal entries here and wedding related posts on the V3 blog.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I know I haven't been keeping up with my blog posts but I have so much good stuff coming up in the very near future so please stay tuned. I am so excited for this new year! So much is in store for the 3.0 version of me :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
The deadline to register to vote in California is just one week away. Voter registration by mail must be postmarked by October 20th. You can visit this link here to find more information about how to register in your state. Wherever you stand on the issues, make your voice heard! If you don't want to listen to me, maybe you will listen to Leo and friends ;)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
One day he actually got me to agree to just "go look" at one with him. If you are smarter than I am, then you know what happened next. It was a classic story of girl meets puppy, girl can't put puppy down, puppy has found himself a new home. Yes, I am a sucker, but this is what I was up against...
Fast forward 3 years later and you would hardly recognize my little lap dog. Diezel is... uh, well, here's Diezel...
Clearly, he has grown. And so has our relationship. I would describe our current relationship like that of a big sister and her pesky little brother. He gets in to all my stuff, wants whatever I am eating, and follows me all around the house to the point where I am constantly tripping over him. Just like a little brother, he can be quite a little nuisance, but just like a little brother, I love him. We always celebrate this day every year because this is the day we became a party of 3. Happy anniversary Diezel!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here is my final farewell to summer and the pool that has harmoniously brought so much joy to our family...
Today marks the first day of autumn. While it is hard to say goodbye to the long, sunshine-filled days of summer, I have to admit I am a huge fan of fall! I love everything about it and though I will miss our pool days, I welcome the change of the season with open arms!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
4 things I did today
*Had lunch and a therapeutic brain dump with my wonderful husband
*Paid a little visit to one of new favorite people, Kelly at Once Upon a Cupcake (separate post with details to follow!)
*Got invited by Kerrie to the Ceremony Magazine party next week!
*Cleaned out my email *If you emailed me at the markessaxo domain earlier this week, I just got it today for some reason. I believe I have answered all emails so if you didn't get a reply, please resend! Thanks!
4 things on my to do list
*Bridesmaid dress shopping for my cousin's wedding :)
*Get a desperately needed haircut
*Launch my website
*Plan our next vacation
*Checking my blackberry/email
*Snacking when I'm not necessarily hungry, BAD habit!
*Jon & Kate Plus 8! reruns
*Spoiling my nieces and nephews
4 random facts about me:
*I am a total wimp when it comes to horror movies. I won't even watch the previews. I think the last scary movie I watched was the Blair Witch Project and it gave me nightmares for days :(
*I have never purchased a lottery ticket. I almost did the day before I got engaged, but just wasn't feeling the moment. I want to be the girl who gets "a notion," buys her first lotto ticket at a hole in the wall liquor store or maybe even an airport (they sell them there right?), and wins big!
*I am a hybrid mix of Filipino and Puerto Rican. I think I get asked this question more than anything.
*I research the heck out of my purchases; I rarely make impulsive buys. I do lots of online window shopping and read every review available. So this means you will not find me at a mall or out shopping unless I know precisely what I am looking for. The exception to this would, of course, be shoes ;)
4 people I tag!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I guess it doesn't look that bad but it is itchy, annoying, and seemingly here to stay. I hadn't worn it in over two weeks and the rash appeared to be healed, but I wore it out to dinner last night and it flared up again. I immediately googled "allergy to wedding ring" and the results were abundant. Here's what I learned on DermaDoctor:
It can happen a day after your spouse puts the ring on your finger, a month later, a year later, even several years later. Suddenly, one day, you notice that the skin beneath the ring becomes red, itchy and irritated. The bad news is, your skin might be allergic to the metal in the ring. All metallic jewelry still contains some small percentage of nickel. Purity is a pretense. There simply is no such thing as pure gold jewelry. While no one is surprised if they break out to their $9.95 pair of earrings, they are horrified when it happens with the real thing. For finer jewelry, prolonged contact with the object is typically required to cause the rash. Gold and sterling silver molecules invisibly wear away over time allowing nickel to come into contact with the skin. The longer that you wear a good piece of jewelry, the more the microscopic "good" metal molecules are worn away, exposing the nickel molecules to the skin. This is how you can suddenly become allergic to an object worn “forever”.
We joke that maybe my ring finger has expensive platinum taste! hehe :)
I read of many home remedies and did some research on hypoallergenic metals. A test at the dermatoligist could reveal specifically what is causing the allergy - exposure to nickel or the gold itself. I've always had to buy hypoallergenic earrings and can't fall asleep with any costume jewelry or I get little red rashy bumps and the area gets infected. I just didn't think it would be the case with my most expensive bling. Total downer :(
Thanks for all your comments guys. But I am pretty sure it is an allergy. I haven't worn the poor thing in weeks, because it almost immediately flares up when I do :( I think we will get it re-dipped for now and then perhaps consider another metal in the future! ;)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
...followed by a series of heartfelt speeches...
I am so glad we hired a videographer, because to be 100% honest I cannot recall what anyone said (with the exception of the exceptionally memorable words of our best man)
This is me getting ROASTED by our best man! It was pretty bad!
He always has this effect on me <3
A few of my favorites :)
It all just flew by. If I could give any piece of advice to brides to be - make sure to take a step back to take it all in. When I think about our wedding I don't immediately think of the flowers, the favors, or our seating chart, but I do recall noticing my mom's hand slightly trembling as she came to hug me just before the ceremony. I remember smiling at my brother and him saying "oh my god" right as we began to walk down the aisle. I picture my sisters making faces at me during our first dance and I recall my nephew not leaving that dance floor all night. And then there was my husband... hugging me so tightly during the last dance, fighting off tears while whispering vow-like utterings in my ear. It is all so firmly engraved in my memories.
Thanks for letting me share the details and pictures with you guys! :)
Photo Credits: Sarah K Chen & Jonilyn Photography
Sunday, September 7, 2008
BTW, I've been asked quite a bit about the calligraphy on the envelopes. In spite of what the experts at Paper Source told us, we were able to print on stardream envelopes. I patiently hand fed the envelopes (purchased from envelopemall.com) into our regular, old laser printer and the hubs sat there with the embossing gun and carefully dried each one. We were told that the ink would not stick to the paper but the intense heat from the embossing gun remedied that problem. Note: Leave it on a second too long and you'll be left with a burnt envelope and a cursing fiance.
And I don't think I ever shared our save the dates on this blog. So here is a picture of the postcards I designed and had printed through vistaprint....
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Our easel directed guests to their seats. The tables were named after places that Mark and I have visited or hope to someday visit. The backgrounds of each card doubled as our table signs and as the vintage postcards that guests signed for our wish board.
Floral Initials - an idea borrowed from the uber talented Mrs. Pootiekins,
CLICK HERE for DIY directions
Our wish boards - click here for more details on this project
Tablescapes - Florals by Flower Allie
I love this aerial shot. I have seen Jonilyn do it at a few weddings now and I think I may even call it one of her signature shots :)
Maui was our sweetheart table, and our honeymoon destination!
Aren't candles completely mood altering?! We wrapped each of those bad boys with ribbon, so we were thrilled that they successfully added to the elegant ambience of the night.
Sarah later had some fun with the candy and took my two favorite ring shots
We opted to serve our guests bite size desserts in lieu of cake. Each table was treated with one of these dessert trays. The grand piano is the Madison's signature piece - made of chocolate, filled with creme brulee and berries! DELISH! This picture was taken by one of our guests...
I have to take a moment to praise the wonderful staff at the Madison. I cannot be more grateful for all the guidance and flexibility was offered to me from their staff. Patrick, the owner, was one of the biggest selling points of this place. He is perhaps the sweetest man you will ever meet and everything we requested was met with his infamous line "my pleasure." We could not have had such an amazing day without him. Christina, their coordinator, was a doll and was willing to do anything day of to make sure the details looked fabulous. Both were present the whole time during the wedding, making sure everything was flawless. Seriously, if you are venue shopping still - I recommend this place without any hesitation at all; it does not disappoint. And if you haven't eaten there, I HIGHLY recommend it! The food is exceptionally fantastic. I'll even go with you! ;)
That's all for now. I am going to attempt to take some photos of our invites to share with ya'll.
Stay tuned for the finale, coming up next!