California spring

Another gorgeous spring day in Northern California. We are so blessed to be living in this beautiful Golden State.

I started my 4th of July decorations early as I was inspired by these vibrant flowers we picked up from Whole Foods Market today.

Summer and spring home decoration

 

After looking for an outdoor coffee table, we had a hearty Eggs Benedict brunch. How was your Sunday?

I’m feeling cheesy, and you?

Bruno mars moonshine jungle tour

Growing up is required, growing old, on the other hand, is optional. Being childish and looking at things with childlike wonder are two different things. I never ever wanna lose such childlike fascinations and I wish you the same. Before we proceed with today’s blog, dear readers, how do you like the new layout of my blog? I was finally able to put some of my technical skills to good use here. I customized the colors and others using a custom theme and a manipulated CSS! Hope you like it.

So, earlier this week, my husband and I attended a Bruno Mars concert in the Bay Area. (I did warn you this is cheesy). For the record, my husband didn’t go willingly although he had a grand time (I think). Say what you may but I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t have a great time because I did! Here are my outfit choices for the event. In the end, I ended up choosing the black+white skirt and white top combo.

I’m wearing
Double layered top by Zara
Black + white skirt and black sequined jacket by Juicy Couture
Pink ruffled skirt and gray jacket by BCBG Max Azria
Boots, bag and necklace by Kate Spade

Continuing on to the story…

I have never been to many concerts in my life so this is definitely the best by far. The arena was at its full capacity of around 10,000 or so people, and most people were on their feet during the entire performance. There were non-stop screaming and dancing. I think my husband was slightly taken aback when I started jumping and screaming like a madman as soon as Bruno showed up on stage (and then for most of the show). He looked quite confused and I could tell he wanted to blurt out such inquisitions as “Woman, who the heck are you?”. Haha. You see, I couldn’t help it because everybody else was doing it, and there was so much energy around us that I couldn’t possibly ignore. It was like being a teenager all over again, and in a good way. Bruno Mars is a showman for sure. His backup dancers/singers are as equally talented, or more accurately, “brothers got some smooth moves”! The strobe lights were dazzling and blinding; the pyrotechnics deafening and heart-stopping. It sounded like a bomb detonating, and at one point it looked like the stage was on fire! The finale was out of this world, especially the countless confetti that rained down from above. They twinkled like a million stars sprinkled across the galaxy on a clear night that then suddenly descended on earth like ancient gods. I went home with a hoarse voice and a Cheshire smile that couldn’t be wiped off for two days! In short, we had a blast! P.S. The Bruno Mars playlist is still on loop in my iPhone as I write this blog :D.

Here are some videos I took. The last two don’t have the best sound but if you can ignore that, the confetti are well worth it! Have a great weekend!

Home decorating tips

One Kings LaneHow was your long weekend? I hope you all had a great Memorial Day. Today, I went online to check One Kings Lane since their recruiter keeps emailing me about engineering jobs. I wanted to find out more about the company and check to see if it’s worth pursuing once I’m ready. Well, let’s just say I found more than I was looking for! The way I look at it, we need to touch up on our home decorations anyway.. I found these great deals that would really look good in our house, some of them were originally $110 and I got them for $11. No brainer really.

The only thing I dislike is that you can only put a maximum of 5 items in your shopping cart and you have only 9 minutes to purchase them. I guess because the inventory is limited. Also, without using a search filter, the pages are quite slow because of the amount of contents and scrolling through them in my browser is a pain. You’re better off searching for an item, e.g. “pillow” even though there is a Pillow category. Using a search keyword allows to filter by color, price, etc. whereas clicking on the category does not.

Sales are also limited events so if you find what you’re looking for, you should just go for it. I got the 5 gorgeous items pictured above for $130. Amazing in my book!

How to style your neutrals: white

I’m starting a “How To” series that would run the gamut of everything from fashion to travel and everything in between. The first of this series is a tip on how to style neutrals, beginning with your “boring” whites.

Tip #1: Hard and Soft - Go for architectural and clean lines then mix it with a feminine piece to balance the hardness. Bonus point if you can throw in a wedge sneakers for additional cool factor.

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BCBG white jacket Louis vuitton bag

I’m wearing:
BCBG jacket & snake print leggings
Juicy Couture top
Aldo’s shoes
Louis Vuitton bag

Tip #2: Go big or go home – Accessorize with bold colors and stay classy

Zara long skirt and top

I’m wearing:
Zara skirt and top
Juicy Couture necklace and bangles
Chanel inspired vera pelle (leather) bag from Tuscany, Italy

Tip #3: Unlikely marriage – Mix unexpected materials, in this case leather and denim

Club Monaco white skirt Mango denim jacket

I’m wearing:
Club Monaco skirt
Mango denim jacket
Juicy Couture top
Aldo’s shoes
Kate Spade necklace

International House Of lords

Aptly inspired by the highly popular Game of Thrones, today’s post revisits some of my favorite noble houses around the world. By the way, I love the plots and twists of GoT but not so much the scandalous nudity and highly degenerate morals but that’s fine because we’re all adults here. I guess it’s another element that makes it so enticing and intriguing because it combines everything that makes us all human. The medieval lessons of backstabbing and clamoring for the throne is still present in modern times. Don’t believe me? Just look at corporate America. Check out this article about Career Lessons that can be learned from GoT. There’s so much truth to it.

No better way to start this than with the paragon of royal societies, England. [Click the picture for larger view]

Kensington Palace London

 Kensington Palace, London, England

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Buckingham Palace, London

Windsor Castle England

Windsor Castle, England

Casa Batllo Barcelona

Casa Batllo, Barcelona, Spain

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Casa Batllo, Barcelona Spain, one of Gaudi’s masterpieces

Versailles France

Versailles, France

Palazzo Vecchio Florence

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Palazzo Pitti Florence

Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

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Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Piti, Florence Italy

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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Villa Vignamaggio Tuscany

Villa Vignamaggio, Tuscany, Italy

Himeji Castle JapanHimeji Castle, Japan

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Himeji Castle, Japan

Pasta with scallop in creamy sauce

Happy Tuesday! Please enjoy this pasta recipe I cooked for dinner+lunch the other day. So yum. This goes into our family’s favorite recipe vault.

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Pasta with scallop

Ingredients

Wide egg noodles
3/4 up to 1 lb. scallop (I prefer the small ones)
Petite green peas
1/2 cup dry white wine
Mushroom
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp water
Scallion (green onions)
Mediterranean sea salt
Pepper

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Instructions

1. Cook noodles in a large pot until almost al dente. While this is cooking, steam the frozen green peas. You can do them together in the same pot but I prefer to separate the boiling and the steaming.

2. While noodles cook, pat scallops dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a skillet until foam subsides, then add scallop. Stir until scallops are cooked.

3. Add wine to skillet and boil for about 2 minutes. Stir in water and cream and boil for another 3-5 minutes. You may choose to proportionally increase water, cream and wine for more sauce. Add scallion and season with salt and pepper.

4. While noodles cook, sauté mushroom until ready.

5. Drain water from the noodles and mix the noodles, sauce, mushroom and peas. Season according to taste.

Credit: I took this recipe from epicurious.com and made it personal by adding mushroom and slightly altering some of the ingredients.