Friday, October 7, 2011

Hello Love!

I know it has been weeks since my last post....I've been busy working on Hello Love Events & Designs website. It was so much hard work trying to figure out what to say, what pictures to add to our portfolio and what to write about myself. All in all it was an amazing experience. Change is never easy. I hope I can count on you-all my bloggy family and friends for your support! Thank you all sooo sooo much!

Although, it isn't completely finish still waiting on more photos to be added to our portfolio, today is the day we let you take a peak of the new chapter of our lives. We welcome you to browse through Hello Love Events & Designs website. Here it is.....www.helloloveevents.com

Feel free to contact us through our website, if you need help with any party, any event or a wedding! We would love to hear from you! We love emails! :)

I leave you with a quote from one of the most innovative, creative and legendary man this world has seen, who continues to inspire me; Steve Jobs.


"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle." 

R.I.P. Steve Jobs 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

currently coveting: september


We're leaving for SoCal this weekend for an event and why not throw in a mini vacay! We're taking Natalie to Disneyland for her 3rd time. I know she will love it, now that she is older. And I can't forget about the shopping! I hope to find and buy some of these goodies there! I am in need of some retail therapy hehehe =) 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

backyard fun

Yesterday, after a long Friday of prepping and styling a photo shoot, my sister and I thought it would be fun to have a photo session of our own. We had some time to kill before we had to attend a party. Plus it's been months since I taken my camera out and actually used it. I forgot I even had one! lol! I wanted to rekindle my love for photography again. We had leftover desserts and why not have some fun with it. Not to mention, we had awesome weather! Here is a glimpse of sweet cousin love:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

meet the lovelies

Meet the faces behind Hello Love Events and Designs:
(From left to right: Me, Pinky and Liza)
Photo taken by Jailyn Cannon of sweet photo boutique
Follow us on Twitter @helloloveevents
Contact: helloloveevents@gmail.com
Website is coming soon!

Friday, September 2, 2011

wedding pics please....

Okay....so I know its been forever and I still haven't posted my professional wedding pictures yet. I'll have you know I recieved them about 4 weeks ago. And I must say they are absolutely gorgeous! My incredible photographer did an absolute phenomenal job! I was beyond flabbergasted how amazingly impressed I was. Oh, and the killer view! The view of the water and the beach from my wedding was surreal. Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and Hubby and I are very blessed to have been married in such a tropical rich island filled with so much aloha. So am I going to post them up soon?!?! No. Sorry. Hehehe =)
But there is some good news....if you haven't heard, a change is coming! A pretty exciting and scary one! We (my older sis Lissie and cousin Pinky) are finally going forward with creating our long awaited business project we've oh so been talking about for a year now! We are starting the process of building a wedding and event planning company! Yes! Wedding planning too! I will go into full blown detail on my next post. But back to my wedding photos....I will feature my wedding pictures on our website (currently being designed). Stay tune for the launch! Coming very soon!
Thank you so much for all of your support! It means a lot to me. Thank you again!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

terrible two

The "Terrible Two's" stage. 
This developemental phase in our little toddler has effected hubby and I tremendously. Our Lily Pie has temper tantrums, says no to everything and at times refuses to do as she is told. We were confused. We became frustrated and impatient. There are times where we would just give in and give her whatever she wanted because we were so tired of all the outbursts. I first noticed these changes the week of our wedding. Her behavior was something we haven't seen before and couldn't understand why she was so angry and having meltdowns. We were of course concerned. But because we were so busy with the wedding, we decided to deal with it later and figured it was because we weren't giving her enough attention. But now that I had time to reflect, I believe she was starting the "Terrible Two's" stage. 

After reading so many articles, I came to a reasoning that there is a misconception that your child will not start this stage until their second birthday when in fact it usually starts much earlier. The good news is that this is only a phase and there is an end to the madness. Thank goodness! Researching and reading about this helped me so much. I can now understand this stage in my daughter's life and I've learned to recognize and deal with the situation. These temper tantrums and the disobeying is showing me and hubby she is trying to become more independent. Our daughter is officially no longer a baby.

"Up to this point, your toddler has focused on making you happy. They do silly things, smile, and laugh because they see it makes you smile and laugh. In the next phase (Terrible Twos) the child begins making independent choices which is very important to their development. The problem with making their own choices is that they have to disagree with you for the choices to be theirs and not yours. This conflict often frustrates the toddler and leads to crying and anger. Another issue is that the toddler sees the world from a much narrower perspective while you can see the bigger picture. They might not understand that they need to wear shoes to go outside. They just know they want to go out and perceive you are trying to keep them from doing that by taking time to put on shoes. Toddlers just want to explore their world to see how it works. Your job is to help them discover and participate with their surroundings so they can learn. However, keep in mind that they don’t understand what is safe, good or bad, or right or wrong. These are things you must teach them by guiding them in their activities. Some tactics to help deal with your toddler’s terrible two phase are: • Offer limited choices. Don’t just ask what they want to do, give them a couple of alternatives and let them decide. This helps your child make some decisions on their own. • Set limits to keep them safe, but don’t be surprised when they push these limits. • Don’t give into tantrums. If they learn that tantrums will get them what they want, they will repeatedly use this tactic. • Don’t just tell them “no”. Telling them what not to do doesn’t mean that they will grasp what the right thing to do is. • Distractions. When your toddler is upset about not getting to do something, distract them with something else. It is amazing how well this works and how quickly they forget they are upset. And lastly, don’t forget the good side of this development phase. During this phase your toddler is learning at a rate that will amaze you. They will do things that will surprise you. Your child is also learning great things such as giving hugs and kisses and when they imitate what you are doing it can melt your heart. So, enjoy and focus on the good, but be ready for the bad…" - talkingtotoddlers.com

Here is my "Terrible Two"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

we love to snack

1. Quadratini Cookies. These cookies are deliciousness!!! They have the right amount of filling and will have you wanting more! They taste better when you put them in the fridge so there nice and cold when you eat them. My favorite is hazelnut!
2. Golden Oreo Cookies. These are Natalie's favorite! She can't just eat one maybe because all she eats is the creme filling! I try not to give her too many because its so sweet but she loves them.
3. Magnolia Popsicles. These are omg oh so good! They taste just as good as the real fruit! You have to try the mango! Me and Natalie's favorite!
4. Goldfish Baked Crackers. Natalie loves these fishies. She loves all the flavors!
5. Maui Onion Chips. I am addicted to these chips! They remind me of Hawaii everytime! I love the crunch and the flavor is so tasty. The Target brand is just as good as the Hawaiian one and much cheaper too.
6. Sprinkles Cupcakes. In my opinion, these are the best cupcakes ever. Natalie loves Sprinkles cupcakes. She already knows the box and how the bakery looks like. And everytime she sees one or the other she says "cupcake, cupcake, cupcake." I'm happy we only live 20 minutes away. lol!
7. Anthony's Cookies. These cookies are the best in the bay area. You have to try them!

*These are the reasons why I'm a fatty again hehehe :) 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

joys of motherhood

Three weeks ago, Natalie had a bad fall. She was playing in her bedroom when suddenly we heard her crying. We rushed to her room to comfort her and all she kept saying was "Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch....." as she was holding her left arm with her right hand. Our little girl was in pain & Ryan and I felt horrible. 

By now, your probably thinking weren't you guys watching her? 
I was down the hall in our room sorting my closet and Ryan was no more than 5ft away but was getting his uniform ready for work. He had no visual of her or how she fell. Ryan and I trust Natalie. We felt confident to know she was capable of playing in her room without needing our total supervision. We have never had a problem before until this incident. 

I felt awful. I was so upset with myself. I was full of regret. It is one of the worse feelings to see your daughter in pain especially if it could of been prevented. I was in tremendous guilt. I couldn't bear to see her in such agony. We took her to the ER to find out the bad news....it was the last thing I wanted for to happen and it did. She had two fractures on her elbow and will need to be put in a long arm cast for 4-6 weeks. Felt relieved to know surgery was not in the future. I remember sitting in the waiting area hoping and wishing it was just a sprain. I tried to stay calm and neutral but I was angry. I was upset. I had no one to blame but myself. Ryan and I kept the news private, we didn't tell anyone but our immediate families. I didn't want anyone to make us feel more worse than we already did. I didn't want people to think we we're bad parents. I didn't want to hear any negativity. I was ashamed. I was embarrassed. I kept it a secret for as long as I could. A few days later, I came to a realization that no matter how much you try to protect your child and make sure they are never harmed or hurt....things happen. Kids play, run, jump. Kids are physically active. And I'm learning everyday. And today, I felt better to share my story. This is part of being a mommy. 

And I am happy to tell you....after an orthopedic appointment today, x-rays showed vast improvement and she will no longer be needing a cast. She had her cast removed today and is doing better :) 
Before they applied the long arm cast, due to the swelling, she had a splint to support her elbow. A week later, she had her pink long arm cast. She had it on for 2 weeks before getting it removed today. She is happy and I am too ;)

Monday, August 8, 2011

despicable me

Last week was my god daughter's 2nd birthday =) The theme of her party was "despicable me." She was inspired by the movie. I have yet to watch it! But it seems so cute! Especially those minions (they look like twinkies lol). Of course, I had to help plan the party! Hehehe =) We set up a cute simple dessert table with balloons and a banner. And I made some sweet treats for the kids to enjoy! Lana's cake was so adorable! Our Auntie made it. She also made those lovable minion twinkies! They were too cute to eat!
On the day of Lana's birthday, her mommy invited Natalie to her birthday dinner. The food was delicious! One of the best Chinese restaurants I've ever had! Happy Birthday Lana! We love you!
Oh, you must be wondering is that a cast on Natalie?!?! Unfortunately, yes it is =( but that's another post for me to write about. Doesn't she look cute with a pink cast? lol! I have to make the best of it =)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

favorite purchases

1. After years and months of waiting, we finally got an ipad. I love the ipad 2! It's so funny when me and Natalie use face time to talk to Ryan. His face fills up the entire screen! I can't help but always giggle!
2. I couldn't by pass the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I saw these Vince Camuto "Jerrell" Booties and I just had to have them! On sale for $89.90! Sale price after August 1 is $138.95! I think I got a pretty good deal!
3. House of Harlow 1960 Leather Station Necklace in color Khaki (I first wore this necklace to my cousin-in-law's birthday and I love how it's not heavy at all. The necklace feels as light as a feather).
4. House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Necklace in color Black (You might notice I first wore this piece to Natalie's 2nd birthday party. I loved how the chain was so thin and light).
Thank you to my gorgeous/fashionista/cousin Pwee for introducing me to this super fabulous jewelry line. And I'll be the first to admit, I go to my cousin to be fashionably inspired. We all love the same things and for this reason don't be surprise if you see us all have the same things! lol! I seriously fell in love with Nicole Richie's jewelry collection! Also, you will find a lot of celebrities wearing her jewelry. From Kim K, Lala, Miley Cyrus, Stephanie Pratt and the list goes on....
5. Aaaaah! Milk glass cake stands! I absolutely love them! They are sooooo pretty! I'm starting to expand my collection. Within a month, I have bought a total of 7! Price ranges from $40-$80 and not including shipping! I know! There a bit expensive but they are so worth it! They are an amazing piece of showcase! And I will need them for a future business venture ;)
6. Colored Denim. The first time I saw this look was when Kim Kardashian wore a pair of J Brand skinnies in royal blue. I thought "How cute." Then my cousin Pwee recommended them as well. You can read her post here. But for a pair of J Brands, they will cost you $176! Yes! I know! Crazy! So, I definitely had to wait. Finally, I got my hands on a pair of colored denim. They surely make a fashion statement! I can't wait to wear them again :) 
7. Tory Burch. I can't say enough about this woman's fashion collection. From her shoes to her bags. Pure sophistication. Classic. Definitely known for her infamous flats. Can't wait to get my hands on a pair for Winter. But before we think about winter, we have summer. I love the thora flat sandals and the flipflops. They are so comfy! I wore these thongs slippers everywhere especially in Hawaii! I have them in 2 colors.
8. Tory Burch Continental Wallet. I was in need of a new wallet. Badly. I'm guilty of yet again taking advantage of Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. I bought this wallet for $149.90. Sale price as of August 1 is $225.00. I got a great deal! You gotta love sales! lol!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

new room new look

We recently just moved and for this reason, we had a new room for me to re-design. Actually 2 bedrooms, Natalie was going to have her very own room too. I was excited for the change, the new makeover and the transformation of our room. I already had it pictured in my mind...gray walls, white furniture, yellow accent pillows... but the hunt for all things pretty and "matchy-matchy" was more of a challenge than I thought. By all means, I am no interior designer. As a matter of fact, after squirming around looking for decor, I was beginning to hate it. You would think since I love to design dessert tables, plan parties and have a passion for fashion; I would at least know how to pick curtains, bed linens, table lamps that would go perfectly together. But no...I am totally clueless to designing a room better yet a home. I searched high and low for ideas. And here is what I found for my inspiration board:
1. I love the yellow and gray floral throw pillows and especially the chic carpet rug. The pillows can be found at Target.
2. I love this look! Using picture frames in all sizes to make one big picture of pure art. I definitely want to do something like this once I get my wedding photos. You can find affordable black, white or gray frames at Ikea.
3. I loved how they incorporated yellow by adding yellow chairs and yellow table lamps. 
4. I absolutely love zigzag rugs. This can be found at West Elm for a big price, one that I cannot afford at the moment. lol.
5. I love the gray walls and that mirrior on top of the bed is just beautiful!
6. I cannot get enough of these white vintage frames. I just can't seem to find one at a affordable price. I would love to put one in Natalie's room. I will be on the hunt for one!
7. I love these canvas photos! They are such a nice touch to add to a room. Family photos are always oh so precious!
8. Love zigzag throw pillows! These are so modern and so chic! They can be found at West Elm and Etsy for an affordable price but without the insert pillows. 
9. I love the room included all three colors (black, white and yellow) so perfectly.

And after a week of scrambling around town, going from one store to the next looking for pieces that would suit our room, with a few things still missing; here is what I have completed so far:
Decorating a room, 2 bedrooms for that matter and let's not forget the bathroom and livingroom does not come cheap so this project is going to take longer than I expected. As soon as its completely finish, I will update and post more pictures of our new room. Until then, here was a sneak peek =)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

sneak peek

I'm sure your just as anxious as I am to see my professional wedding photos =) but until then here is a sneak peek of what is yet to come! These stunning photos were taken by Ryan's Uncle.
Thank you to my wonderful bridesmaid Melissa for taking these memorable photos of our cake cutting ceremony with my phone! lol. Love ya to pieces!