Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Mood Board


February is my all-time favorite month of the year and these are my top reasons why. 

It's the month of....
my birthday (do I need more reason to continue?)
celebrating love for each other
pink, red and hearts
wearing layers of boots, sweaters, scarves and coats
a 3 day long President weekend
NY Fashion week
the Academy Awards
snow in the mountains
Superbowl Sunday




300th Post


Can you believe it?  I have made it to the 300th post. I think those closest to me are probably in disbelief (as am I) that I have come this far and many.  Since 200, I have made more of an effort with photographing with my 30mm snap and shoot,  entertained ideas for a business, and most of all created a new face for the blog (courtesy of the very Fabulous K).  My goals for the next 100 would be to start an editorial calendar, figure out the next steps for a biz, and get more crafty with my hands - I have been itching for DIY-ing.
Cheers to the next 100.  

Photo source via here

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Big D's First Photo shoot

In the midst of rifling through old photo albums on iPhoto and purging any of the unnecessary jpegs that are slowing my computer's roll, I came across Big D's first photo shoot for his birth announcements.  Oohing and awing over his itsy bits tiny frame, these photos also gave me flashbacks of what it was like to be a brand spanking new parent.  We were overwhelmed with mixed emotions such as joy, anxiety, nerves and sleep-deprivation.  Every cry or wince forced us to jump out of our seats.  We stressed over whether or not we were holding or feeding or changing him correctly.  Uuuuhh the thought of sleep training brings me to a dark, dark place.  But beyond all of the doubts of new parenting, we were overwhelmed with this new form of love.  A love that no one can realize until they become a parent them self.  And what I appreciate most about these photos is it truly captured that new love of being a mom and dad. 







Snowy Streets of Paris


The French.  They really know how to strut their furs and smoke their cigarettes.  And with fashion's elite and trendiest out and about in the snowy streets of Paris during fashion week, it's hard to resist pining over these fabulous winter coats.


all photos via Harper's Bazaar

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mondays




I have a serious case of the Mondays.  You know where you have that denial that the weekend is over and you have to use your brain for work? But at the same time, there’s so much going on this week, I want to be a go-getter and write up a focused to-do list and attempt to accomplish them all.

Spend Less, Save More.  The Hubs and I had our 2nd "Monthly Spending Plan Meeting" aka a budget meeting.  But better known as a progress report for me and my horrible shopping habit.  As much as I anticipate "the yellow notebook" that he tabulates all our spending on, these meetings are gut-checks that luxuries need to be sacrificed in order to fund my kids' future education.  
Any tips on fiscal responsibility and cost cutting are welcomed.

Le blog.  I have been reading up on all of the key learnings, new techniques, how to make your blog fab, etc.  from all my fave bloggers who attended Alt Summit this past weekend.  So I guess I shouldn’t feel bad that I didn’t spend money on a ticket and can just mooch off their notes. My key take-aways:

·         get a media kit - define my purpose and ultimate mission for this blog
·         write an editorial calendar - plan out content ahead of time
·         be ME - readers visit PiC to hear & see me, so don't try to be something I am not

To get more detail on Alt Summit, visit here and here - all are great Cliff's note resources.  
Any tips on gaining blog readership are welcomed.

Valentine's Day.  It's Big D's very first Valentine party at school.  Which means my crafty hands need to get busy with creating some DIY classroom valentine cards. I am giddy with joy and have been pin-spired by all the DIY crafts.  You can see what I have bookmarked so far here.  
Any tips on what Valentine treats to give preschoolers that are candy and nut free are welcomed.

Work Out.  Since the New Year, my co-workers and I thought it'd be a good idea to have Friday weigh ins to track our weight loss goals week after week.  Well after 3 dissatisfying - stagnant weigh ins, and body fat tests that deem my status as "poor", it's time to step up my fitness regimen with more cardio.  My work out playlist has been the same one since 2011 - 
so any suggestions on up beat, get off your ass, music would be welcomed.  

Hope you all have a result driven week too!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rainy Days


There's a good reason why I choose to never leave California - the weather.  We are experiencing our fourth consecutive day of rain and I think we are all about to fly out of the cuckoo nest if this weather persists.  The boyz are feeling repressed from not being able to go outside to play and holding in all that hyped up energy is causing this small house to be loud and reckless.  Rain, rain, go away....momma (and dada) could use a little break.  

Photo source via here



Snapshots

It was a week full of experimentations - some with color and in prints.  I sought out potential ventures at the California Gift Show in LA.  But was unlucky in finding any good product and sorted through a whole lot of junk.  I have become over obsessed with polka dots prints between the clothes, pillows and accessories.  Lastly, I took a break from the work day and attempted to design my very own mini dress....what do you think?


Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Weekend


I took a little blogging hiatus while acting as a single parent this week.  Boy is that hard (being a single parent that is)! While the Hubs was away for business, I took advantage of time alone spent with the boys and early 8:30pm bedtimes.  And that was fantastic.  It's always good to take those breaks and have a long restful 10 hour sleep for a couple of days.

The forecast is rainy in LA so it looks like we will be cooped up inside watching on-demand movies.  I have heard hilarious things about this movie.  Will also keep my eyes glued on the latest couture runway shows in Paris.  How theatrical was Karl Lagerfeld's latest Chanel show? Finally, I think we will also make the big move and finally have the bros sleeping in the same room together.  Let's cross our fingers and hope for a seamless transition.

Have a Happy Weekend!

PS. I feel sort of left out reading up on all of the status updates from my fave bloggers who are attending the conference, Alt Summit.  Why wasn't I invited?  

Photo of the fabulous DVF found here 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sweet Nothings





It's been one of those days where I am struggling the inevitable battle between family and work.  I had a fantastic morning moonlighting as a STAM (stay at home mom).  I got to sleep in an extra 45 minutes. I enjoyed every sip of coffee.  I made breakfast and ate with the boys.  I chatted with the gardener. I got to catch up with Big D's teachers and fellow parents at drop-off.  I got to be 110% present for 'Mommy and me' with Tyler.  I got to sing every school song known to man...  and I savored every other nano second in between to just be with my kids.  Until the tides turned the moment I arrived at work, and all went to the wayside from there... sigh.  Just one of those days.

Photo sources via 1 // 2  // 3  // 4  // 5 //  6  // 7  // 8  // 9




Monday, January 21, 2013

Getting My Fitness On



January is nearing it's end, and I haven't been too keen on my New Year's fitness regimen.  With four years of either being pregnant or nursing, this lack of consciousness for diet and exercise has finally caught up to me and it's time to get fit again.  I have acquired this poor habit of snacking on handfuls of peanut M&M's, which I am sure isn't the healthiest  option for a woman in her thirty-somethings.  But this year I have devoted to make more time to care for my body and try to exercise more often.  I strive for 1-2 times a week - a huge leap from couch surfing.   The primary problem isn't wanting to work out - it's finding the time to do it.  

Running is really not my jam, and I don't really get my return on investment with monthly gym memberships.  So I prefer classes.  I don't get the 1:1 militant treatment of a personal trainer, but at least I have an instructor to remind me that I am not there to just sit pretty and nap.  

Pop Phyisque - I was intimidated by the concept of the whole cardio barre experience, but I overcame my fear and loved the results that I was seeing.  I never thought my short and stout legs could look like a dancer's.

Stroller Strides -  a gang of crazy moms and their dual BOB strollers is the perfect motivator to shed that post-partum weight.  Obviously a big plus is that you can bring you baby along for the ride, but what I really enjoyed about this class is that it's like a mom's therapy group between drills.  I learned about sleep training, breast feeding tricks, and diaper rash treatments in between my wind sprints and lunges.

Pilates -  doesn't really stimulate my heart rate but frequent classes strengthens my inner core and shapes my waistline.

Spin - I haven't been to spinning in years, and just started again.  It's unbelievable how much you sweat in a matter of 45 minutes.  Just imagine all the grease and fat sweating off your body!  All the rage nowadays are at Soul Cycle in LA.

Tracy Anderson Method -  she's notorious for sculpting celeb bodies such as Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian.  But her method classes can be quite expensive, so an alternative are the at home work out videos.  Her Post-Pregnancy Workout video was pretty killer for getting my post partum body back into shape.  

My other motivation to peel myself off the couch?  Seeing this recent photo of Jessica Alba vacationing.  Now, last I recall, I had my lil Tyty before she had her little Haven - and my abs don't look nearly as sculpted.  So I am hanging this photo on top of my M&M stash to discourage my late night snacking.   AND on top of that, I need some bright and happy gear to get me in the spirit.  These were my top faves.... 
1.  Zobha yoga capris  // 2. North Face lightweight jacket // 3.  Adidas running cross-training shorts  // 4. Champion sports bra // 5.  Herve Chapelier bag  // 6.  Nike Lunarglide running shoes  // 7. lululemon headbands






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snaps: Tiny Changes

Change of plans for the weekend since the Hubs got infected by a horrible flu virus.  So rather than enjoying the beautiful weather outside, we bunked up most of the weekend inside to recuperate.  Which was a perfect excuse for me to tidy up around the house, rearrange furniture and purge unnecessary clutter we have already accumulated the two years we have lived in this house.  The changes that were made seem tiny, but to me, were huge steps towards a home decorated with my own personal flair.  Have a lovely week!

navy chevron throws that I have been holding off to buy, but then  found them here on sale so I got two for the price of one.  

stocking up the bar car I found at the Rose Bowl Flea market

A cute idea I saw here to fill apothecary jars in the powder room

Rearranged the direction of my office.  It was facing this wall (towards the photos) and I hated my back facing everything (so very un feng-shui) so now it faces outward and now can work and watch my kids at the same time.

this little piggy carries Louis Vuitton and Chanel

Some Valentine flair and a heart garland from my happy place






Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Weekend


The weather is warming up in sunny Los Angeles and I am ready to soak in some Vitamin D.  Many so-cal residents are heading out to snowy Mammoth for the long MLK weekend, while others are staying local to enjoy the 80° temps.  I'll be sticking close to home catching up with girlfriends whom I don't get to see as often as I like. Between soccer dates, drinks, this place for dinner, and finally meeting a friend's newborn baby, I have got a busy agenda.  How are you spending your weekend?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Office Space

I have been vying for my very own creative design space and personal office at home.  One with bright hues and metal accents, a white desk, lucite chair and a rolling rack full of the latest trends for the season.  Now that my boys are ready to start bunking together (haven't made the big move just yet), I think my dream will become a reality soon enough.












Photo source via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9





Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mid Week Snaps

I am thoroughly annoyed and frustrated with my internet connection right now.  It's as if I am functioning off of a dial up modem dated as far back as 1997 and loading a web-browser and navigating through Pinterest is moving at an inordinately slow pace.  So today I am left with my iPhone photos and random snaps throughout the last week.  Wish me better luck tomorrow, or I just may chuck the laptop at the wall.  In the meantime, some mid-week snaps.


thumbed through stacks of unread magazines that have been piling over the last 6 months

attempted an ootd shoot

purchased some kitschy drawer knobs at anthropologie to spruce up Lil Tyty's closet doors

got  new denim for the season. or is it more realistic to say 'new denim for the new season since the old year brought upon additional poundage'?

picked colorful  ripe oranges in the backyard

sold our bed.  now in the market for a new and modern kind. and don't judge all the wires exposed on the ground!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mom Talk

This last week I had the luxury to have a couple of girls' nights out...a gang of moms who work hard at their full-time jobs and ready to blow off some steam. The evening always goes something like this - we talk about work, share current photos of our kids, laugh about the crazy antics they do, and then commiserate how overwhelming it is to juggle everything. It's like group therapy with wine.  And we throw out in the bonfire guilt ridden feelings such as "I feel like I am sucking at everything" or "Should I quit my job to be a stay at home mom?".  We reciprocate, we console yet we never find an anecdote.  

Coincidentally, I came across an article on the Huffington Post, written by another mom out there who tortures herself with the same type of mother's guilt.  Ladies,  it's nice to know we aren't alone.

Amy Morrison, blogger of the Pregnant Chicken, writes "Why You're Never Failing as a Mother"...and her persepective on modern day parenting was enlightening.  Morrison elaborates that the root of present day mother's guilt is purely generational.  Decades long ago, in a world where babies didn't sit in car seats,  and the debate over organic vs. non organic didn't exist, moms did not feel the pressure to master and perfect the skill of parenting.  Their role as a mother was to rear their 6 or 7 children, tidy the house and put food on the table.  And even back then, you were surrounded by moms and sisters next door to lend you an extra hand.  By no means am I discounting parenting back then - I mean they didn't have iPads or washing machines.

Nowadays, parenting goes beyond just feeding, bathing and sleeping and the bar has been set high. We're expected to competitively work a full time job by day and be a kick a$% mom by night.  To abide by strict nap/feed schedules (Ferber, Babywise, Sears) buy organic and BPA free everything, and enroll our kids in every gym and music class out there. And on top of that, add a layer of social media scrutiny with mom's bragging on their facebook status, posting their weight loss on instagrams, and even the super moms posting their DIY crafts and recipes on Pinterest.  Does this all sound familiar? This resonated with me as it made me realize... am I my own worst enemy?  But Morrison reminds us moms that we are in a new realm of mommy-hood and we are "pioneers" to this new generation of parenting..."Your job is to provide your child with food, shelter, encouragement and love..." So keep reminding yourself, we're not failing as a mother, we're nearly just adapting.



Photo source via here
 
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