Monday, December 31, 2007
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make things all right
If I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
It's best to start off a new year fresh and what's fresher than new clothing! For that fresh start, I picked out gorgeous feminine and flirty white dresses. These dresses have a minimalist appeal but are still fun and sexy.
Now for the shoes, I'm not bold enough to pull off animal print anything but the CL pumps above would be perfect with a simple white dress. The gold pumps above by L.A.M.B. would also look gorgeous with a short white dress. A long dress would make you look like you stepped out of a Greek myth. Hmmm...what to spend my holiday gift cards on...what a conundrum...
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I started the year off with a surgery. My third surgery for my left arm. Then it was off to a "vacation" in the Philippines for two weeks. I wouldn't really call it a vacation hence the quotes. Two of the most hectic weeks were spent there shuttling off from one part of the country to another. The best part of that vacation was seeing my family for the first time in about 11 years. I also enjoyed the mini-vacation in Hong Kong.
Back to work, chaos ensued with a new controller at the helm of the accounting department. I ignored it and went on two mini trips, one to San Francisco and another to Las Vegas. Chaos at work continued with people leaving and people getting laid off. Mid-year was tough. The company wasn't doing to hot in a real estate market that was shaky. And then there was the break-up. I can't really say that I'm surprised that it happened. I was just surprised at how fast it happened.
Everything this year happened so fast. It's as if this year went by in a blink of an eye and everything is still a blur. I can't believe in a few hours it'll be a new year. As uneventful and partially disappointing 2007 has been for me, I'm still grateful that I have such great friends and family as my support system.
I'm kinda looking forward to 2008. New beginning, a fresh start. Here's to hoping that 2008 has great things on store for me. ;)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Christian Loutboutin Architek 37942 Slingbacks in Nude
Catherine Malandrino Sambala V Neck Dress
Friday, December 14, 2007
There's nothing more comforting than a nice cup of hot chocolate on those cold, cold days of winter. I especially love the really rich ones topped with marshmallows or with a hint of spice. Yum!
I love Christmas tree ornaments and this sassy one from Anthropologie is perfect for the fashionista's tree. Anthropologie has a bunch of other hand-made ornaments that are just as cute as this one. Unfortunately, their stock is running low so hurry to the closest Anthropologie to grab one for you tree. They're currently on sale as well!
The holiday season wouldn't be complete if we don't hear "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on the radio. I actually have the CD and I play it every morning on the drive to work. For some reason, this CD always puts a smile on my face. Now it doesn't work year-round...only in December.
My favorite holiday movie...Love Actually! I've seen this movie tons of times and still everytime I watch it, it manages to tug on my heart strings. Beautifully made with such an awesome cast, this movie is not just for the holiday season (I can watch it anytime of the year) although it certainly is appropriate.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
As bleak as that may sound, these thoughts are not new to me. Still they remain unanswered. I am still searching for answers, still searching for truths. What does life have to offer? Is there solace in death? So many unanswered questions are burning in my brain...in my heart.
When you really think about it, in the grand scheme of things, what we do is so minute. What we do, what we think, what we have to say...does it really make a difference?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Hmmm, I guess the only thing I need to plan is my outfit to the company Holiday Party.
Monday, November 26, 2007
My mom and I decided a long time ago that we would try to make it to the post-Thanksgiving sale at the outlets this year. It turns out that my aunt wanted to go too so we all decided to go together. Collectively, this is our first time to the Camarillo outlets for their post-Thanksgiving sale. We all decided to just "tackle" the stores that we wanted to go to and ignore the rest.
Since most stores opened at midnight for the sale, we left LA at 11:00pm thinking that we'll have a head start and find a good parking spot. WRONG! We got there at 11:45pm and parking was already a mess. Banana Republic had a line about two blocks long and that's just to get in the store. It was such chaos! Lines to get into certain stores. Line to check out. I ended up only getting a few items but I finally got my Uggs.
For those of you who know me, you know I've been going back and forth about the Uggs. One, because I can't stand how they look but I know how comfortable they feel. Two, I live in LA. It doesn't get that cold here but I'm always cold and I have to walk my dog in the wee hours of the morning when it's still cold. Three, I just can't make up my mind. Well, standing in line at 5am in the freezing cold for about half an hour made me realize that I didn't get in that line to walk away empty handed. So, I caved and bought a pair. They are SOOO comfortable and so warm that I walked around in my apartment with them on all weekend. Lol.
Back to the sale. Was it worth it? I think so...just so I can tell people that I'm crazy enough to have gone. Were the sales that good? Yes, at certain stores (J. Crew and Banana Republic). Half the stores didn't have anything decent (Betsey Johnson) and the other half were too crowded (Diesel). But it was fun...exhausting but fun. Will I do it again? Hell no. Once is enough. Next year, I think I'll just go to Nordstrom or something.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I guess if this season can up the drama factor from previous seasons and especially up the level of talent, then say no more because I am so there. I hope they have more interesting challenges too.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
(L-R rebeccataylor.com, bergdorfgoodman.com)
(L-R edressme.com, shopbop.com)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
School is just as busy. I have two Powerpoint presentations due on Wednesday. My slides are almost done. I just need to work on the actual presentation. I hate speaking in front of people but this class has been forcing me to overcome that fear. I guess it's a learning tool that our professor thinks is necessary.
So, my to do list this week:
- Prepare Christmas card and peanuts list for Steve
- Finish Avico AMEX reconciliation for September
- Start on Highmark filing
- Group meeting for Carbohydrates presentation
- Work on Meconium Ileus presentation
- Start Avico AMEX reconciliation for October
- Start Platinum AMEX reconciliation with Avico flights
- Order peanuts
- Finish reading Chapter 17
- Wrap up Meconium Ileus presentation
- Wrap up Carbohydrates presentation
- Continue working on AMEX reconciliations
- Continue working on Highmark filing
- Wrap up AMEX reconciliations
- Start reading Chapter 18
- Wrap up Highmark filing
- Work on CLE filing
- Inquire for Holiday Party
- Finish Chapter 18
- Finish Highmark and CLE filing
- Tie up any loose ends at work
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Located in Balboa Park (they have another location in Little Italy), this little cafe looks nondescript from the outside. Little did I know of what was in store for us inside... As I walked in, all I could see were flowers and fruits everywhere. My eyes had to adjust before I could actually discern which part was the cake because there were just too many flowers.
(L-R Fraisier Triple Berry Torte, Gianduia)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
We counted and recounted the lobsters because it looked like they gave us too much. There were 18 halves total so we thought they made a mistake and gave us the to go orders plus an extra order all together. We pondered about it momentarily but we ended up eating away since the food looked great and we were starving. When we were done with our meal, the waiter brought our our to go orders. We got even more confused. RCN left a big tip since he thought we got away with extra lobsters. On our way out, I heard the waiter explaining to a few customers that it's $17.50 for 3 halves! Lol. We didn't get extra lobsters after all! It was all good though because $17.50 is still waaayyy cheap for good lobsters.
Happy lobster eaters!
After lunch we drove back to Rosarito for some shopping. We left with a few goodies (check next post) and some Mexican candies (not the ones with lead). RCN wanted to purchase a dog but the little guy looked sick so he decided against it. On the drive back home we had to circle around town for a little bit because of some road closures to get back to the border. The drive back to the border wasn't as bad as some speculated it was going to be...it only took about an hour and the street vendors were very entertaining (I wish I had pictures).
Friday, November 02, 2007
(L-R Foley + Corinna Natural Leather Mini City Tote, YSL Downtown Leather Tote, Dior Lady Dior Medium Tote)
(L-R Gustto Cala Bag, Miu Miu Coffer Bag, Kale Chilton)
Casual Clutch: (I really mean any small bag that can be used casually as some clutches come with a shoulder strap.)
(L-R Seven Jeans Double Split Strap Clutch, Chanel 2.55, Marc by Marc Jacobs Lovely Clutch)
Evening Clutch: (Or any bag suitable for an evening out.)
(L-R Derek Lam Clothilde Metallic Clutch, Erva Flap Clutch, Gucci Crystal Evening Bag)
(L-R B. Romanek Caiman Rockstar Clutch, Zagliani Metallic Python Puffy Bag, Nancy Gonzalez Python Tote)