Holiday Greetings!

I have been M.I.A. It's terrible. I know. I'll blame it on the holidays. I've been busy, the good kind of busy.

This Christmas, we traded this tree
Our Tree in L.A.

for this Tree.
Christmas Tree in Virginia

We've been visiting my family in Virginia for the last couple of weeks. Here are some teasers for what we've been up to.










I won't post again until after the New Year.... Until then,

If you have nothing else to do...

Sashay on over to I've added some goodies over there.

I'll trade ya'

I participated in Brooklyn Bride's Annual card swap again this year. I made some nice blog friends from last year's swap that I couldn't resist signing up. {Waves "hi" to Ami}

Here are the rules:
  • Your cards must be handmade [think Gocco, glitter, photoshop, cut + paste, sewing, etc....] Make something that's easy to do multiples of.
  • Send out your cards by December 15 at the latest!
  • Wait patiently by your mailbox!

I can't blog my Christmas card design just yet. They are quite labor intensive and I have to make them in batches. This means I haven't finished my cards for non-card swap friends and family. I don't want to ruin the surprise.

I got partnered up with some interesting folks this year. Check out their blogs:



Here's some teasers.


New Arrival

At Tai and Ivy's housewarming and baby shower, Ivy mentioned she thought she would have her baby in the next week or so. She was right on the money. A little more than a week after their party, Joshua arrived.

I had the honor of being one of Joshua's first visitors. I was on a mission. I wanted to get some great portraits of Joshua for a project I'm working on. {This will be posted on The Paper Stylist blog}. I only visited them for an hour, but in that hour I was able to snap 85 shots! People say that newborns don't really do much. However, if you watch them carefully, they do emote and find differing ways to express themselves. For a 3 day old, Joshua was very focused, alert and interested in his surroundings. Believe it or not, Joshua is very good at working the camera.

Here are my shots:
Formal Portrait

Joshua yawned...

...and slept...

...and cried.

He also stuck his tongue out at me when he was tired of photos

When that didn't work, he tried flirting with me.
{I think Tai and Ivy need to watch out. They have a little lady killer on their hands.}

Santa if you're listening...

Dear Santa,

I know there is a recession going on and there are lots of really important things I could ask for this Christmas. However, I thought I'd indulge in a little wishful thinking. I know my list is technology heavy as usual, but I did throw in a few fashion items. A new purse, cute shoes and some make-up are always welcomed;)

Lots of love,


Save the Best for Last

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm not sure exactly what this says about me, but I have become a professional wedding attendee. Sometimes I'm a guest. Sometimes I'm assisting my coordinator friend. Either way you slice it, I've been to 9 weddings this year. This rivals the year I turned 26. That year I went to 8 weddings. {25-26 is primo marrying age in Virginia.}


I enjoyed all the weddings I attended this year make no mistake. Some I was more emotionally invested than others. I got teary-eyed at every ceremony. I'm a sap. Carmela & George's wedding is no exception. I've become friends with Carmela & George over the course of the last couple of months. George is a sugar fiend like Rob. So, we have periodically traded favorite desserts. I've been especially vested in this wedding because I have worked closely with Carmela on a good portion of her paper accessories. {Note: I did not design all projects. This girl has a lot of her own creativity. My handiwork will be featured on my design blog} We have made a multitude of trips downtown for materials and chatted endlessly over every project. Everything she worked on was meticulously executed. I give her extra points for getting all of these details done a week before the wedding.

POG - Knot-5

The wedding was more beautiful than imagined. The food was awesome. They did their first dance to "Poison" by Bell Biv Devoe. Anyone that can dance like that in a wedding dress or tux kicks @ss in my book. The event exuded ambiance and modern romance.

I think it helps that Carmela & George had a dream team of wedding vendors. The venue La Venta Inn was picturesque. The food and catering service provided by New York Food Company was superb. Tom Chandler of California Sounds was a charismatic emcee and DJ. Sarah K. Chen and Jason Q. Tran were photographers on hand. Pamela Masters Photography manned their photobooth. To help everything go smoothly and on schedule, my dear friend Paola of Just Chic Events was the coordinator of the day.

I had a fabulous time and am glad to end my year as a professional wedding guest on a high note. Congrats to Carmela & George!

Of course, here are my pictures.

POG - Knot-22
George & Carmela cut their cake

POG - Knot-23
Official First Dance

My Inner Pirate appeared in the Photobooth

Me & Paola

Daniella, Me, and Ingrid

Dottie the Holiday Dog

I torture Dottie every year for a Holiday photo. This year is no exception. I dropped into my local Target and bought this year's photo prop - Light-up Reindeer Antlers for the low, low Target price of $2.50. I have to say Dottie is a good sport because she let me happily snap away for 45 minutes. Although, I think this is partially because I bribed her with Roast Beef and she was a tad bit sleepy.

Either way, here are some pics to laugh at. I think Dottie was definitely a tad bit bored and annoyed.





The House is Warm and It's Raining Babies

Saturday November 29, 2008


Our busy social calendar continues. Rob and I attended a party at my friend Ivy's house. I met Ivy through this blog and the knot, of course. Ivy was one of the first people to comment regularly on this blog. {Waves "hi" to Ivy} She and her husband Tai are multi-taskers. Not only was it a housewarming party, it was also an baby shower. They just finished the first part of their home renovation and their baby boy is due any day now. I am bad blogger because in my excitement to see their home I forgot to take pictures of it. Let me just say that I'm a sucker for refinished original hardwood floors, open floor plans and bold paint colors for children's bedrooms. It was my favorite kind of party...a party with a huge array of food. My personal chef even contributed a few dishes. The spring rolls were among my faves. {Sorry, Rob} We had a great time, but again didn't stay long because of the nasty cold that I haven't quit gotten rid of.

Here are some pcitures

The new homeowners and proud parents-to-be - Tai and Ivy

Rob's Thai-inspired beef skewers

Rob's Orange-Glazed Chicken Skewers

My contribution to the party - a little flower arranging and favor tags design