Sup, Girl (NorCal Edition)

Spent the weekend celebrating "Dirty Thirty, Dirty Diapers." It was a combination of both my 30th birthday and my baby shower in the comfort of our own home in SF. Although my actual birthday is 4 days away, we felt it was appropriate to kill two birds with one stone. It was great for me because lately I've been having all kinds of preggo issues. To consolidate any type of social event is a win these days. 

Over the past week I had been in and out of OB triage for both a pre-eclamptic workup and to rule out gallstones. Thank the Lord both were negative. Turns out I was experiencing right upper abdominal pain just from uterine stretching. What a relief! When ruling out gallstones, the first line of treatment was a change in diet. I was told to eat a non-fat/low fat diet. That type of diet is difficult for anyone. Now imagine a very pregnant me, with a baby shower/ birthday party around the corner! Again, I was blessed to be able to eat what I wanted at the party and had a great time.

The party was hosted by a whole group of people we love, including my parents, in-laws, siblings/sibling in-laws, and close friends. The decorations were done by both my husband and I. Because of how exhausted I've been, we decorated and organized our home for this party, little by little, over the span of two weeks. I'd say we were successful! Our friends and family loved the delicious comfort food, Filipino desserts, my pregnancy cravings table, baby shower games, headband making station, photo booth and karaoke! I was able to even fit in a short nap. It was a wonderful day.

Sup, Girl (SoCal Edition)

Although I've called the Bay Area my home since 2012, my hometown is back in Southern California in the small city of Chino Hills. Like our wedding, we decided to split up our baby shower so that our friends and family residing in SoCal could attend. We celebrated at the park right next to my old elementary school, down the street from my parents' house. 

It's amazing how San Francisco weather tends to follow us around. When we first looked at the weather report, the temperature should have been in the 80's. In fact, both the day before and the day after the shower the weather was hot. On this particular day, however, it stayed in the low 60's. Surprisingly, the sun decided to peak through for an hour or so right around 5pm when the party started. We were thrilled! It was just enough to enjoy the outdoor event.

The shower, hosted by my mom, best friend, and other family members, was a great success. It was complete with 2 types of cuisine- A taco man in one corner and Hawaiian food in another. The party could not have been complete without a donut tower!


Bridal Makeup

Thanks to Makeup By Sona, I was able to pull off my own bridal makeup for my wedding! I loved this tutorial because it was so thorough and easy to follow. I was really looking for something that was natural and classy. I changed just a few products and used different brushes. Here's the low-down! Enjoy!

Product List:

Skin Care

Clinique- All About Eyes Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream

Murad- Oil-Control Mattifier 8hour

Ole Henriksen- Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

Urban Decay Cosmetics:

Eyeshadow Primer- Potion Anti-aging

Lip Liner – Naked 2

Lipsticks – Naked

Naked Palette – Virgin and Skin

Makeup Forever:

HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 123Desert for light skin/olive undertones

MAC Makeup:

Powder- Studio Fix Pressed in C4

Highlighter- Prep+Prime Highlighter in radiant Rose

Shadows – Amber Lights, Brun, Handwritten

Blush- Pinch Me

Benefit Makeup:

Eyebrows- Brow Zings Brow Kit in Dark


Sephora Prestige Luxe Brush Set


Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

Eyelash Extensions by the very talented Hayley of Bat-N-Rouge

Wedding Photos Are Up!

If you have not read my about page, then you probably weren't aware that I recently had a renewal of vows ceremony a few weeks ago. I'm so excited that our AMAZING photographers, Mark & Jeremiah from Mark Brooke Photography  were there to capture these unforgettable moments. We could not be happier with our photos! 

The celebration was held in Los Angeles at Metro37  --a super hip studio type of venue. Urban meets artsy. Metro37, named after its corner bus stop, is a place that's really meant for CD release parties and other big events.  It was perfect for us because the hubs and I are pretty laid back folks. We wanted something that reflected the type of people we are. Believe it or not, we were the first "wedding" ever done at this venue and we are now the last event to ever happen there. The very kind, yet very busy owner, is moving on to transform it into a studio space for TV and radio interviews. With a very successful business, co-founding TokiDoki , he is embarking on a new and exciting project. The party guests seemed to love the casual environment.

Our party was literally an adult children's party. Complete with a balloon sculptor , piñata, two food trucks (The Mighty Boba Truck & Aloha Fridays ), an open-air Photo Booth by Drunken Pixel Photography, programs that doubled as coloring books made by my oh-so-talented designer husband, and a donut tower cake. We  were serenaded by our very gifted friends who performed throughout the night. One performance in particular left me in tears. Our friends, Jesse & Grace wrote the song "Make it Last (Giddiots)" . We were so touched because this song was not dedicated to us, rather, it was about us. Inside jokes and all. If you are wondering what a Giddiot is, it's a giddy idiot. Hence, giddiot.

Anyway, back to the photos! Here's  some to start. Click this link to see more on the new blog post: Krystal + Leejay Vow Renewal . I'll definitely be linking more as soon as I get my hands on them. Stay Tuned!