Chanel S/S 2017 Mini Flap

I have been loving the latest collections from Chanel recently. My favorite color is gold, closely followed by iridescent and then turquoise, so when I saw the new mini flap while I was in Hong Kong I could not believe it! The other bags the SA brought out were mini squares which paled in comparison to the glimmering iridescence of the one below! (There was a primary blue caviar, primary blue calfskin, pastel yellow chevron patent leather, black chevron patent, and caviar red chevron). The ones that have been catching my eye are a metallic lambskin which gives it an ultra shine that changes colors and is kind of hard to capture in one photo! I call it a mood ring mermaid bag — lol… It will match everything, right? I do usually wear neutral colors although I love crazy combinations so I think this little purse could be a great pop of color and interest to any ensemble.

My unboxing video to be uploaded soon and pics of possible outfits in an upcoming post 🙂





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Oregon Bridal Expo

A weekend spent further south, helping out Vien in her VOUTURE booth at the wedding expo [Jan 24/25th]!
I’ve gone to a few of these events, some pretending to be engaged, grabbing fistfulls of cake samples and dinner entrees while critiquing all the dresses I did not like in the fashion show. I’ve never wanted a typical wedding, white satin dress, or cake feeding if I ever do tie the knot. It simply doesn’t feel like me. If I could describe what I would imagine as the “perfect day” it revolves more around the feel, relaxed mingling, groups of people all getting along, eating good food, lots of lights everywhere when sun goes down, an epic food fight // I thoroughly enjoy the experience of attending weddings — whether they be in a church or grassy field. Seeing how the individuals choose to express themselves on their big day, always a good time. Working the expo sales floor I found the atmosphere completely awesome as well. The excitement and (dare I say– love?!) was fun to watch and be a part of. Most brides came with mom and a friend, a few with just the groom, and others with the whole family. This time I was selling the services of my friends’ ability to create anything you dream up for your big day.


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After the first day, we headed home for a real nice Saturday night! Home cooked meal– Vietnamese soaps– and magic tricks!




This above is called Bánh bò — (aka cow/crawl cake) although Vien wasn’t sure how it got this name. A little research tells that the origin refers to a cow because the cakes shape originally resembled a cow’s udder. The crawling refers to when the steamed cake rises and in completion “crawls” up the bowl— I am always mezmerized by food that is bright white… as was this. I assumed from looking at it that the warm coconut dipping sauce would be sweet, and the rice “cake” savory. Surprisingly it was the exact opposite. Delicious and hard to stop eating. The cake is airy, chewy and slightly sweet with its own light coconut flavor (also sprinkled with some toasted sesame seeds).

The Vietnamese yogurt {top pic} was great as well. Couldn’t figure out what made this version better than anything in the American supermarkets, but I noticed it has condensed milk in it. B-i-n-g-o! (Usually the answer to everything: WHY IS THIS OATMEAL SO GOOD? Condensed milk. WHAT’S THE SECRET IN THIS FROSTING? Condensed milk. WHY IS THIS MILK SPECIAL? Condensed.) We happened to be snacking on a sesame Chinese pretzel and the combination of crunchy with the creamy… Vien thought I was crazy for mixing the two, but you really have to try it!

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This vietnamese spicy noodle dish is called Bún bò Huế!

Bun = Noodle
Bo = Beef
Hue = Hue City

Chock full of things: beef broth/lemongrass/fish sauce/chili oil/ squash chunks, noodles/banana flowers, green onion/cilantro, basil/mint, pork cake, slices of beef, (I also added some huge dollops of the “super hot” fresh chili and squeezed lime over it all. This chili made all the difference for me, although it wasn’t too spicy. I did notice a few times that my throat got dry and had that itch of something stuck in it, probably a chili pepper seed, and then I thought I was going to die because I had forgotten to grab my water at the table. I pulled through like a champ and quietly blew my nose, wiped away some tears and dove in for more.

After dinner we watched some Indian/Vietnamese soap operas (Vien translated), looked through all the photos/videos I’d taken at the Expo while I had my legs in a massage machine for a couple hours [all day in heels!] Andrew provided some awesome magic entertainment — and finally, although still stuffed from dinner, had some fried banana, slice of fruit tart, and coconut rice paper for dessert. The decibel levels were high, at least 4 groups of people in separate and excited conversations. Vietnamese flying around, I had no idea what was being said or discussed but it was the perfect family picture and I was thankful to be a part of it.

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Last night I decided to do some late night spray painting.
It’s not really what you think, although that’s a lot of fun too. I have some oldish Nike’s from who knows when that definitely had that grunge look. While I do want to stock up on some new kicks (maybe when I get to go to the Nike employee store *hint hint* *cough cough* *wink wink*) I thought I’d coat these oldies in a fresh layer of paint, or two. I had originally planned a black and gold design but after seeing the shine pick up on the pleather parts I knew I had to go all in.

The paint I used I talked about in my previous blog post, Valspar brand– and I can’t wait to use this for my other non-shoe projects in the future. I didn’t think to take a before pic of the shoes because they were a bluish/greyish/white-ish– so anywho, here are a few of the afters! I’m still trying to decide if I should spray the bottom white like the new Nike Air Max in the photo below. I might just have to try them out as is first…




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