Friday, April 4, 2014

Movie Club #3 | The Wind Rises

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This is a bit of an old post since I saw this film over 4 weeks ago but I thought I would share anyways cause I rarely write about film I see on this blog. So as you can already tell, I saw Hayao Miyazaki's last film The Wind Rises, a film I had been looking forward to seeing ever since I knew he was making another film. I must say this film was a bit different compared to his other work. The fantastical element I usually enjoy seeing from his films were told in a way of a dream sequence for this film. Since the storyline revolved around real events, the film's subject matter was much more dark compared to his other films. Apparently, in an interview Miyazaki revealed to the press that the main character was indeed based on a person he knew in real life. He didn't reveal who it was because the person who the main character was based off of doesn't even know that the movie is about him. I found that to be a bit of interesting information wouldn't you agree? To cut this rant short, after thinking about this movie and how I did enjoy it for what it was, I wouldn't say it makes it into my top favorite Miyazaki films. The animation is incredible and if you are a Studio Ghibli fan like I am, I would suggest you go see it.

Have any of you guys seen this movie? I would love to hear your thoughts since I totally had mix feelings about this one! I wanted to love it more than I really did.

~Crissy

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY: Iron-On Graphic T-shirts



Hi!

Today, I wanted to share with you a DIY collaboration I did with an amazing OC based blogger Amanda who has a blog called Feast Fashion Faves (be sure to check it out).

I follow Amanda's blog on her Facebook page and she had posted a photo of this really hilarious graphic t-shirt she had found. I believe it said something like "I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry." I actually was thinking about getting a couple of graphic word t-shirts myself.  So when Amanda reached out and asked me if I wanted to a DIY collaboration it was a no brainer to say YES!

Since this is my first DIY post I apologize if my explanation is a bit shabby.

The things would will need for this DIY project are the following:

  • Plain old t-shirt or sweatshirt (basically whatever clothing you want to put your graphic word on). Just make sure to pick up something that is mostly cotton so the adhesive lettering will stick onto the clothes. I bought the white long sleeve one from Gap and the other short sleeve from H&M. 
  • Iron-On Letters- we got ours from Ebay for $3.99 a back. I believe Amanda ordered two packs which allowed us to make 4 shirts. Be sure you use black letters for light colored fabrics and white letters for darker fabrics. 
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Card stock or parchment paper. We used the card stock paper because we didn't have any parchment paper. Just make sure to not leave the iron on for a long time. 

Instructions:

  • Set up your ironing board and turn on your iron and set it on the wool setting
  • Lay out your t-shirt or sweatshirt and put a piece of the card stock paper inside the shirt prior to laying out the letter. 
  • Take the letters out of the package. We sort of didn't follow the instructions and ended up peeling off the letters and placing them onto the fabric directly. Normally, you are suppose to cut out each letter so the paper protecting the letters is still attached to it. 
  • Once you lay out what phrase you want you can use a ruler to make sure if it's lined up or you can just eye-ball it. Whatever is easier for you!
  • After you are ready to iron on the shirt place another piece of card-stock paper on top of your lettering (see image below). 
  • By this time your iron should be heated already so take the iron and place it on top of the paper and heat the lettering. I would say leave it for 10-15 seconds and move the iron around from time to time. It took me about 1 minute for the phrase to really stick on my fabric. It may be different for each type of clothing so the key is to just keep your eye on it and check from time to time. 






And voila! You are done! Super easy right? After much debate I went with the phrase "SHOPPING IS MY CARDIO" and "DRINK TEA ALL DAY"! The cardio one was Amanda's idea which I totally stole after her approval and the tea one just had to be done because I am addicted to tea! 




This is how Amanda's turned out (image below)! I think they came out wonderfully!



I think the shirts came out pretty cool and I am so thankful to Amanda who wanted to do this collaboration with me. What do you guys think about our graphic t-shirts?

~Crissy

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The T Room




Hello!

I've been a bit behind on blogging last week so here a post I wanted to share with you from an afternoon tea experience I went to last Monday. I went to a tea place out in Montrose with my mom, my childhood friend and her mom. Her mom and my mom have been friends for over 20 years now and we've known each other since we were little kids. It was really nice to be able to have a girls day out and spend some quality time with each other.

I've been to this tea place before and really enjoyed my first visit so I recommended it to my friend who wanted to try it out. We ordered the Queen's Tea which I find is a pretty good deal because it come with great sized portions! I had the Empress Tea this time which was a black tea blended with rose petals. The mini desserts served here are made with honey so it wasn't too sweet (the owner was really keen to tell us this info). I've been to quite a few tea places in the Los Angeles area and I must say I really do enjoy this tea place. The service a bit slow at times but the lady who served us was working by herself (so I give her credit for prepping all the food and serving us). She was pretty hilarious and very sweet (she kept making sure if everything was okay). The atmosphere is really lovely, I enjoy all the fine china (it's from Russia) that is decorated. Be sure to check the back, it has a nice outdoor patio that's shaded! By the way, Paris Hilton's mom had afternoon tea here and there's a photo of the tweet to prove it on the wall- be sure to ask the owner to show you!

If you would like to check this place out for yourself the info is listed below!

The T Room
2405 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020
(818) 249-6677
http://www.the-t-room.com/

~Crissy

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Chatter #4



Hello~!

So normally I have a topic I discuss on my Sunday Chatter posts but this week I am going to do things a bit differently. For this week and possibly the other weeks that follow I will just be updating you guys on how my week went. If I feel like I want to talk more in depth about a particular subject I will go back to doing what I did before but I thought it might be nicer to just chat instead.

  • On Monday, I had afternoon tea with my mom, my childhood friend and her mom! It was so nice to have a girls day out. We were celebrating my birthday early that day which was super nice of my friend and her mom because they had put in the reservations and even brought me gifts! I will post a blog to share with you guys what the place looked like and stuff later on this week :)
  • I did a huge spring cleaning where I got rid of a ton of stuff. My room is super clean now and I even got some cute floral bed sheets for Spring!
  • I paid my school a little visit this week to fill out my graduation commencement form so I can walk in the ceremony that's happening in May.
  • I got a bit of happy news on the employment front this week. If you've kept up with my previous Sunday chatter posts you would know that I've been struggling to find a job since graduation. This week I got three job offers from interviews and meetings I went to the week before! I was so ecstatic to take on a temp job as an assistant and I started with a half day on Wednesday. I'm assigned to this job for two weeks and there is a possibility my assignment can get extended (crossing my fingers)!
  • On Thursday, I celebrated my birthday! It was a mellow day where I had a lot to be grateful for. My day ended with a really delicious home cooked meal and a nice hot bath.

  • I got a lot of lovely gifts on my birthday which was super nice of my family and friends. Above are some of the things I got. I absolutely love all the things I got and can't wait to use everything. I am especially excited to try the new beauty products some of my friends got me! My bestfriend was nice enough to order me the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water from a UK online website and ship it to me (words cannot express how crazy excited I am to try this product). Also, my old roommate got me this Harry Potter book which I thought was pretty cool because it shows you all the behind the scene stuff. I especially like the drawings and photographs they show you from the film sets and costumes!
  • Yesterday (Saturday), I volunteered at the Japan Family Day event at the Santa Anita Racetrack. They were having this huge outdoor event and I volunteered at the Japanese Tea Ceremony booth. It was a lot of fun but wearing a kimono the whole day was definitely exhausting! I'll post more about this on my blog later this week as well!
  • Today (Sunday), I bought my very first grown up purchase at Nordstroms! I joined the Tory Burch black flat bandwagon and bought myself a pair for work. These flats are not cheap (at least for me) but I am glad I bought these cause I think they will be a great investment!
So that's it for me this week! My hope is to blog a bit more in the upcoming week but we shall see how that goes! I hope you all had a lovely week and weekend!

~Crissy

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Motivational Monday #3 | Make Your Mark




Happy Monday and welcome back to another Motivational Monday post :)

Today, I wanted to share with you a video that made me feel inspired. I enjoy watching the P&G  Raising an Olympian videos because I enjoy learning these Olympic athletes and their life journey of what they went through to get to where they are today. I've seen a lot of these videos but this video in particular really touched me because it's about reinventing yourself and making a mark.

If you've read my previous Sunday Chatter posts you'll know that I've gone through a bit of a rough patch recently. Last week, I decided to come to terms with the negative feelings I felt for the past five weeks and I decided to refocus on what's important in my life. I realized I needed to find ways to make myself happier and to be content with myself. I came to the realization that if I don't change, nothing in my life was going to change.

This video was inspiring to me because it's all about fighting for what you want and believing in yourself despite the hardships you go through. I thought it was amazing how they refocused on their goals and improved themselves daily to achieve their ultimate dream. My eyes teared up when the moms were talking about their children and just the love a mom has for their child. It made me grateful for my parents and all the support and love they give to me.

If you're in need for a bit of motivation to pursue your goals today, take a look at this video! Would love to hear your thoughts as well on what you guys do when you need a bit of inspiration!

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

~Crissy

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Chatter # 3 | Appreciation



Today's Sunday Chatter is about "Appreciation."

With all of my drama from last week behind me this week felt like a fresh new start. I went on a lovely trip with my mom which helped me clear my head. I came home to do some spring cleaning which was amazing because now my closet is much more organized. This week was such a productive week that it put me in a very good mood!

There were so many things that happened this week that made feel grateful and I felt appreciative to the people who made me feel a little bit better. After making some changes with my life this past week I felt like I found so many things to be thankful for! It definitely opened my eyes to realize that there is so much in my life I need to appreciate.

I also wanted to thank the people who come and read my blog and especially thank the ones who follow (my blog) and leave me comments. It's been really nice to know that I have people who come visit and read what I write :)

I'm definitely looking forward to the upcoming week! Are you?

Anyways, I hope you guys are having a good weekend!

~Crissy

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Snapshot Style #8 | Say Goodbye to Fall



Spring is officially here and I am saying goodbye to Fall!

In this outfit I am wearing a top from Forever 21, jeans from Dear John Denim and boots from Forever 21.

Are you guys ready for Spring as much as I am?

I did a bit of Spring cleaning this week and my closet is all cleaned out and ready for the upcoming season! Have you guys done your Spring cleaning yet?

~Crissy

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sugarfina My Sugarfix


About three weeks ago, I was in Beverly Hills for a meeting and since I rarely go to Beverly Hills I decided to go to Sprinkles to pick up a few cupcakes before I headed home. I had to re-park to a different parking structure and had to pay $2 for an hour parking spot so after I got my cupcakes (in like 15 minutes) I stopped by this beautiful candy store called Sugarfina to kill some time.

I've heard about Sugarfina through various magazines and I know it's a popular thing among Hollywood celebs. Since I had some time to kill I decided to have a peek and I am glad that I did. The people at Sugarfina are very nice and they are very generous about letting you sample their candy.  After trying a couple different candies, I ended up getting the two candies photographed below.  The champagne gummy bear was something I really wanted to try because it has been featured in various magazines and when I tried in in the store it was really unique and delicious that I had to grab myself a box. The Peach Bellini looked amazing so I asked for a sample and after I tried it I just HAD to buy myself a box. I believe the champagne gummy bear was $8 for a small box and the peach bellini was $7. Both candies are imported from Germany and most of their candies are imported from various other countries.


Sugarfina is definitely a high-end candy store but the experience alone is well worth the stop if you're ever in Beverly Hills.

Check out their website if you're interested in finding out more info! http://www.sugarfina.com/


Sugarfina Beverly Hills
9495 S. Santa Monica Blvd (between N. Rodeo Dr. and N. Beverly Dr.)

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 7pm

Friday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm

Have you guys tried Sugarfina? What's your favorite candy? Let me know in the comments below!

~Crissy

*This is not a sponsored post (Although, if the people at Sugarfina read this and want to sponsor a post I would definitely not be opposed to it LOL)*

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