Showing posts from July, 2008

Weekend happs

I already have plans this weekend, but wanted to mention two cool things happening. Taste of San Pedro is a weekend festival at Point Fermin Park. You can enjoy the ocean breeze with international food and music. Long Beach Crawfish Festival will be serving you guessed it crawfish galore. Sounds like a real treat to enjoy New Orleans Cajun cuisine and music. Tell me how it is if you go!


Sometimes I don't get enough sleep. To fake that well rested look, I decided to invest in come good concealer. I've had good experience with Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer and heard good things about her concealer. I recently purchased Undercover. It's a combination of Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer. I've been using the Secret Concealer more as it was developed for dark circles under the eye area. It's super moisturizing and doesn't come on all cakey. I highly recommend it! My lifesaver: More info: Nordstroms Laura Mercier

Mitsuwa feast

So my brother were trying to figure out where to eat after church on Sunday. We both agreed on Mitsuwa. With $30 in cash, we strategized on what to get. We decided on two iced green teas, zaru soba, spicy miso ramen, pork cutlet curry, and a rice bowl w/ beans (I forgot the name!). Everything was delicious and food coma worthy. We couldn't finish it all so had to buy tupperware so we can eat it for dinner. Ice green tea: Zaru soba: Rice w/ beans (I forgot the name, sorry!): Spicy miso ramen:

Bellagio treats

A few weekends ago, I went to Vegas for a friend's birthday. We pigged out at the Bellagio buffet. Here are some drool-worthy treats:


Shared this Shine article on Five Fabulously Fattening Mascaras with a girlfriend recently. She told me that she switched from Lancome Hypnose to Fresh Supernova two months ago and said, "I love's freaking thick, dark, and lenghtens with just a few applications=-----not that i'm trying to sound like an ad! haha!" It made me think I should expand my mascara horizons. I think I'll try the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara or Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express next.

Chocolate malted crunch

Dear Chocolate Malted Crunch, Oh, how I love you! I'm usually a vanilla or strawberry shortcake fan but you made me a fan. I love ordering a single scoop with a sugar cone on top. Delish! The rice crispy type crunch and smooth milk chocolate flavor goes so well together. I wish I could order a whole tub and have it all the time. Please don't go away. Please stay at Rite Aid forever. Yours forever, Donna

The Thread

I discovered a new online show on Shine focusing on fashion. The Thread's first episode featured summer lace and magenta dresses. The perky host shared designer and dress for less options. Dress for less, please!

4, the magic number

The restaurants of South Coast Plaza are serving four course dinner menus for $40 for one week only - July 27 to August 2. I'm thinking of trying Charlie Palmer or Hamamori. Mmm! More info: Pretty HTML email South Coast Plaza -

Natalie Portman, shoe designer

Did you know Natalie Portman has her own line of vegan shoes with the label Te Casan? Some of her collection is on sale right now. Found out from a LA Times Image blog posting . More info: Te Casan -


The word "Famina" means "family mart" from what I read on the postcard. It's a new Japanese convenience store that just opened in Fountain Valley. I was bored on Saturday and decided to take a peek at the new store.. The clean and organized store carried all kinds of yummy and healthy items, ranging from sushi rolls, spaghetti, to strawberry parfaits. It looks like a spot to go if you're on the go and need something good to eat. Take a peek: More info: 9475 Warner Ave. Unit D, Fountain Valley, CA, 714) 968-5241,

Interesting reads

I read a few interesting articles today. Enjoy! LA Times article - Shopping's dark side: The compulsive buyer Shine article - Should you keep your hidden gem secret?


So, the Anniversary sale started yesterday. I can't wait to check out the beauty exclusives they have, especially from my favorite brands like Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, and Prescriptives. Say ooh la la to these items: Giorgio Armani Night Set Laura Mercier Twilight Colour Collection Prescriptives "All Over Glow" Set More info: Nordstroms -

Garlic Festival

Guaranteed halitosis! The Garlic Festival is happening next weekend (July 25- 27, 2008) up north in Gilroy. If I went, I would try the garlic ice cream, see who is crowned Miss Gilroy Garlic 2008, and discover what other treats you can make garlic from. More info: Gilroy Garlic Festival - LA Times article - Top 10 things to do at the Gilroy Garlic Festival


I've been going to Paul Mitchell the School for my haircut needs the last couple years. I can't belive I used to spend major moolah on haircuts, when the students here do such a great job. Case in point: I walked in around 6:45pm last night and barely waited five minutes for a phase 2 student (they're the more experienced ones). Elvie gave me the volume I wanted for my super straight long hair. I now have layers and side swept bangs (a la my Nicole Ritchie). It's perfect for my wash and go style. I can put a little bit of Kiehl's Creative Cream Wax for flyaways and I'm all set. All this for $25 ($15 haircut and $10 tip). More info: Paul Mitchell The School, 1534 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA, (714) 546-8786

So Juicie

I first blogged about Jamba Juice coming out with their own line to sell at groceries way back. I finally tried one and must say the Mango Orange Peach juicie with Fiber boost was good. It didn't feel heavy or artificially sweet like other juices I've tried for breakfast. I think I want to try the Orange Dream Machine with Immunity Boost to see how close it is to the real thing. Check out the cool bottle: More info: Jamba Juice -

YSL inspired shoes

My girlfriend from Arizona was in town the other week and treated me to din-din. She's always been stylish and I love seeing what new outfits she wears. This time, I couldn't help but notice her lovely shoes. Her black leather platform heels from BCBG look just like the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Pump. If you wanna spend $660 on heels, click here .

Kit Kat

Someone brought me back green tea Kit Kat from Japan. I can't wait to try it. Mmm!

Wild Ginger

My favorite restaurant in Downtown Seattle hands down has to be Wild Ginger. I was first introduced to it by a friend when I attended a dinner party. This awesome Asian fusion restaurant has been featured in foodie magazines like Bon Appetit and Gourmet . My mom and I ate a late night dinner where we feasted on tofu satay, halibut w/ green mango salsa, and portobello mushrooms and snow peas in oyster sauce. To celebrate the July 4 holiday, I had to try their special desert called Independence Day Tart filled with blueberries, rasberries, lemon custard, and red sparkler candle. My feast: More info: Wild Ginger -

First Starbuck's

I've had a love/hate relationship with Starbucks. Though they don't have the same vibe as mom and pop coffeehouses, they do make a good soy chai tea latte. I heard the news last week that they are closing 600 stores and found out from my friend that the first Starbuck's store is located in Pike Place Market. Even with a small and cramped store, it is kind of amazing that Starbucks was able to build such a global and recognizable brand. Here's a pic of their busy storefront:

Pike Place

I've always wanted to visit the historic Pike Place and finally had a chance on my recent Seattle visit. The vibe in the morning was bustling and energetic with tourists and vendors alike. We saw fishermen selling salmon, crab, and prawns along with flower famers selling bouquets for $10 to $15 a pop. Other farmers selled fresh fruits and vegetables like bananas, champagne mangos, black plums, potatoes, tomatoes, and many others while one vendor sold fresh pasta. Yum! Here's a lil' virtual tour: More info: Pike Place -

Cherries galore

I'm going through withdrawal. During my Seattle/Vancouver holiday last weekend, I munched on cherries galore - bing, Mt. Rainer, you name it! Oh, how I love them with a pinch of salt. This is the first cherry tree I've ever seen: