The Big Move

I can’t believe a month has passed since we moved into our new home in New York!  Adam and I had a busy summer, and it feels nice to settle into fall.  My doctoral classes have started; Adam’s back to working normal hours; and, it took a while, but we’ve adopted our new apartment as our home.

When I left off, we were just about to enjoy our going-away party, thrown by Adam’s family:

Soon after, we packed up our lives and smooshed it all into a truck.  Special thanks to our friends and family who came and helped out!

In the truck, and ready to go!

Of course, we couldn’t leave home without my best bud, J.

My bestie was our support system, and her unfailingly radiant, positive spirit made such a difference in our grand adventure.  Whether we needed help packing, unpacking, cleaning, shopping, making decisions, or just staying sane, she was there for us.  Thank you, star!

And finally, some pictures of our Big Apple home.  Here’s my study area (work in progress–artwork coming soon!):

And here’s our kitchen.  Not as grand or modern as our Chicago kitchen, but we’ve grown to enjoy it just as much.

After we moved in, I met a man who has lived in Manhattan for 36 years.  He said it’s the best place to live, and I wonder if I’ll agree with him someday.  After telling him about our moving adventures, he said to me, “Moving five times is the equivalent of your house being burnt down once.  That’s how much stuff you lose or break or throw away.”  It’s totally true–every time I move, I start with heartbreaking sentimentality and progress very quickly to giving everything away that doesn’t fit in the boxes I have available.  But it’s always nice to start fresh, right?

What was your last move like?  Do you tend to “burn the house down” and start anew when you move from place to place?  Any advice on how to decorate our kitchen and living room? 🙂

September 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

CB2: A Pleasant Surprise

I have always avoided CB2.  I figured it was the teenage/college version of Crate and Barrel.  You know, like PB Teen, the younger sibling of Pottery Barn.  Or like VS Pink, the little sister of Victoria’s Secret.  Initials = Youth, apparently.

Last night, I was on the Crate and Barrel website for the millionth time since we created our wedding registry.  We have a hefty amount of gift cards, but nothing else we really need from there.  Since we can also spend our cards at CB2, I hopped over to their site to see if I could find anything mature enough for us twenty-somethings.


Um, what in the who?  What is this place?  China?  Wine glasses?  Place mats that would look cute with everything we own?  I continued exploring, expecting to stumble upon their skateboard-themed dorm-decorating section at any moment.


Simple, tasteful serving platters?


No ribbons or cheesy phrases scribbled across their picture frames?  Oh gosh.  I completely underestimated CB2, didn’t I?


Once I got over the shock of being utterly wrong, I started bookmarking my favorite items, all of which are pictured in this post.  The mugs above remind me of Max Brenner’s restaurant in New York—Adam and I loved their creative cups and mugs.


I could not believe this table!  I fell in love with a white marble coffee table at Room and Board a few months ago, but it was about $1500.  CB2’s version is $299.  I KNOW, I’m squealing, too!

Has anyone registered at CB2?  I don’t think I could’ve made a complete gift registry, but I’ll happily use up our gift cards there.  Where do you look for home decor?  Have you ever been this completely wrong about a store? 🙂

July 28, 2010. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Moving Days

Just popping in to say that posting will be light for the next few weeks.  Adam found us a lovely two-bedroom apartment in New York, and we’ve only got 12 days to pack up and get over there!  It feels like we just went through all the stress and craziness of moving.  Hopefully, we’ll get through this move with two less emergency room visits!

I’m looking forward to moving back to New York.  I miss choosing all my groceries at the farmers’ market.  I miss gasping and sighing in the audience of a Broadway musical.  I miss walking the fifty blocks to my destination; because it’s nice out, and I’ve been a sedentary bookworm all week, and I’m tired of waiting in the hot/cold/stinky subway stations, and I like seeing all the little doggies taking walks with their owners.

What will I miss about Chicago?  Spending time with my Luxi puppy in the city:

At O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe

I’ll miss our family and friends.  I’ll miss our condo.  It was our first home together, and it was just so beautiful and perfect.

Luxe modeling our family room

I’ll miss all the excitement, hilarity, and surprises of living with my husband for the first time.  I’m sure we’ll be much more mature and prepared for living together in our second home. 😉  I just hope I get the walk-in closet this time!

I’ll be back to posting regularly after the move.  Hope everyone has a great week!

July 20, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Our Picture Book

We still haven’t received our wedding photos, and I’m aching to see them and share them with you!  In the meantime, I’ve been looking at options for our wedding album.  I’ve seen some fresh and fun albums on the web, but I’m leaning toward a classic look.  Luckily, our photographer has amazing taste and offers her clients Cypress albums!

Never heard of Cypress Fine Handmade Albums and Boxes?  Here’s a little show and tell about them:


Each album is carefully crafted by hand.  You can watch a video about how the artists at Cypress create the albums here.  Below, you can sneak a peek of the inside.  The photos can be flush-mounted to the pages, printed directly onto fine art paper, or mounted onto matted pages.


They offer a choice of 18 beautiful bookbinding fabrics and ribbons.  Adam liked the look of these blue albums.


Lucky for him, there are no pink options. 😉  I briefly set my heart on this shimmering plum but finally decided that a little blue in my life couldn’t hurt.


We ordered our DVD folio in the ivory brocade shown below.  We chose pale blue ribbon to bind it, and we plan to reverse the colors for our album.  See how nicely the ivory and pale blue albums go together? 🙂


But honestly, how could one go wrong with their fabric and ribbon options?  The materials are gorgeous.


And the colors are just classic.


Are you leaning toward a fresh, modern album or do you tend toward traditional?

July 16, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

I Like Pretty Colors

Back in my teenage years, I experimented with drugstore nail polish.  A dollar or two was enough to acquire fun colors like metallic silver, bright cobalt, and shimmery pink.  During college, my roomies and I upgraded to French manicures, which we spent many nights perfecting while watching The O.C. and Smallville (back when it was awesome).  Post-college, I discovered OPI and Essie…and kind of fell in love.


Let’s talk Essie.  Why am I so drawn to the pristine rows of Essie polishes at my Ulta store?  Is it the adorably creative names?  The excitement of seeing the new colors each season?  Or is it simply the pretty, feminine colors?  Even the bold colors are softer and creamier than you’d expect—like colorful cupcake frosting!  (I’m going through Magnolia Bakery withdrawal—bear with me and my cupcake similes.)


I wish I discovered the resort collection before our honeymoon, but I did pick up Lapis of Luxury and Turquoise & Caicos once we returned home!  In fact, my collection doubled this summer with these new picks:

Lilacism is a current fav. Adam even gave me a scarf that matches it perfectly!

I’m wearing Tart and Button. They’re bright and perfect for the beach!

And this is my old standby, the color I planned to wear on my wedding day:

It is so pretty.  You have no idea.  Try it.

In fact, Essie has a whole bunch of lovely, wedding-inspired colors!  I know this, because on the night that Adam and I got engaged, my BFF came over and gave me a set of Essie minis.  Upon closer inspection (through a photoshoot with my new ring and the nail polish bottles, natch) I saw that it was a wedding collection!  She had purchased it while Adam and I were dating and waited for our engagement date to give it to me.  I get little happy tears just thinking about it.


Sigh, j’adore les jolies couleurs.

Although I have many fond memories of French manicures and Sugar Daddy and pretty wedding collections, I ended up with $2 drugstore nail polish on my wedding day.  And I was happy, because my nails looked decent, and, more importantly, I was about to marry my favorite person.  What more could a girl ask for? 🙂

Is there a beauty product or product line that you admire?  What beautifying items do you plan to use on your wedding day?

July 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Oh, Joyful Day!

We’re married!!!

Our wedding was the most fun we’ve ever had in one day!  It was incredible.  We still can’t believe what a beautiful, joyous, laughter-filled day we had.

Before we fly off to our honeymoon, I wanted to give a big “Thank You” hug to my readers!  Thank you for everything.  Your positivity, your amazing ideas, and your words of encouragement have meant so much to me.  I’ve loved sharing our wedding planning process with you and can’t wait to share the amazing results!

And of course, I couldn’t leave without giving you a sneaky peek:


Have a beautiful few weeks, everyone!

April 18, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Our Story

When I first saw the idea of a relationship timeline, I knew I wanted to do something similar.  But where would the timeline go?  Our invitations would already be stuffed full, and while cute, it wouldn’t add any information about our event.

While working on our wedding website, I thought we should put a little “About Us” section for friends and family who haven’t seen us in a while.  I added some doodles and before I knew it, we had our very own relationship timeline on our wedding website!

Source for all of the adorable doodles.

What events would you put on your timeline?

March 31, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Reckless Shoe Hunting

I am so impressed by your words of wisdom and touched by your good wishes regarding my shoe post yesterday.  This morning, I had my second dress fitting.  It was my second fitting without shoes, and I know I’m making it hard on the sweet lady who’s altering my dress.  She’s still waiting to see what shoes I pick before she hems the front and creates the bustle.

Motivated by her generous patience (and from writing that shoe post), I went on a shoe shopping spree.  I ignored all boundaries concerning price, heel height, and style.  If I saw a pink shoe in my size, I bought it.  I came home with three rosy pairs:

All photos by yours truly

After writing about shoes yesterday, I realized how much the exact shade of pink mattered to me.  I splurged on these flats, about $40, because they had that bright candy pink color I’ve been admiring.  I also love the shape, but sadly, they’re half a size too big.  After checking two other stores for my size (5.5 or 6, if you’re near a TJ Maxx :)), I took them home and tried stuffing the front.  The sides were still too wide, and once the words “thick wedding socks” drifted into my head, I slid those oversized flats right off my feet.

These heels held my gaze as I walked toward the shoe section at Nordstrom Rack.  When I reached them, I couldn’t believe what I saw—Kate Spades in candy pink!  In my size!  On sale for $110!  But wait, what’s that little red sticker?  An additional 35% off?  That’s still a lot of dough, but compared to the pricing I’ve seen online for Kate Spades, I could handle $71!  The only negative is the ratio of shoe-to-foot when I’m wearing it.  The skimpy bands bare a lot of my flesh, and I don’t find feet especially bare-worthy.  If it provided more coverage along the sides, this would be my winner for sure.

I found this sweet pair at Nordstrom Rack, too.  They were a perfect fit at the perfect price (seventeen dollars, say wha?!), but the downside is pretty obvious.  I want a blast of color on my feet, and these are barely a puff of pink.  But I can’t deny how pretty they are…

Ideally, I’d like to choose one pair to be my wedding shoes and return the other two pairs.  It’ll be hard to say goodbye, but who am I to keep five pairs of pink potential-wedding-shoes in my closet?  I’m hanging out with my bridesmaids tonight, and I’m definitely bringing these three pairs to get their opinions.  In the meantime, what are your thoughts?  Do you have a favorite, or did the downsides kick them all out of the running?

March 27, 2010. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Oh, Shoe-y

My search for wedding shoes started when I saw this photo on a magazine cover:


I loved everything about this look—the simple veil, the puffy skirt, the sparkly cuff, the pink bouquet.  But today, I’m only talking about the shoes.  Let’s zoom in on those kickers, shall we?

When we started wedding planning, these shoes were the only concrete detail I had in mind.  I wanted a bright pop of pink to peek out from under my dress with every step.  I wanted cutesy photos of our shoes side by side.  I wanted to play the Shoe Game, just so we could show off my hot pink heels.

Fast forward to two years later.  It’s less than a month before the wedding, and my perfect pink heels are nowhere to be found.  The originals in the photo are too high for my wobbly self, so I’ve had my eye on a few shorter options:


I love the shade of pink above, but I’ve never spent even close to $300 on shoes.


The puff is too cute!  But again, I face the hurdle of the several hundred dollar price tag.


These flats look so comfortable, and at $65, they’re much more affordable.  But really, I couldn’t spend that much on flats.  Sigh!  You’d think my thrifty ways would keep all prospects at bay.

But nay!  Since my search began, I’ve actually purchased and kept two pairs of pink shoes.


I found the bejeweled pair above on sale for $9.97 at Ann Taylor.  The Ninas below were on clearance for $12 at Carson Pirie Scott.  Now that’s more my price range! 😛  I’ve worn them both for dress-up events, but they’re a little too dark to serve as my wedding shoes.  They’re more deep raspberry than bright candy pink.


So with less than four weeks till the big day, I come to you, readers!  I’m open to any advice.  Should I wear one of the pink pairs I already own?  Should I shell out $300+ for the exact color I want?  Or do you know where I can find the perfect pink heels for, oh, say $15 max?  Okay okay, $50 max? 🙂

March 25, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Just months ago, Adam and I figured we would pass up on the whole wedding registry thing.  We weren’t sure if our old-school Korean/Serbian families even knew about registries, and we didn’t have a place of our own to furnish anyway.  Well, friends, all that has drastically changed.

I am a registry machine!

Heehee.  You see, after being hounded by our relatives (who have apparently been to enough American-style weddings to know all about this stuff) and settling into our lovely-but-empty condo, we decided to set up registries at Macy’s and Crate and Barrel.  It was slow-going at first, but after being in a few locations of each store and checking out the online process, I got totally hooked!  Look how much fun we had at Macy’s recently:

We attended one of their registry event nights, so they had snacks and drinks prepared for us.

We sat down with a registry consultant to learn how to use the scanner and where to find everything.  When we got up, I went straight for the china!  My mom had given me a piece of advice before we started: “Choose whatever you think is pretty.”  So I chose the prettiest one—Ballet Icing Pearl by Waterford.  It reminds me of cake frosting. 🙂

And the matching glasses were just as lovely!

Adam was the practical decision-maker, while I flailed my hands around and chattered about how we might be dooming ourselves to a lifetime of too-soft pillows.  Adam also got to use the scanner the whole time.  I was a little envious, but I knew he’d pass out from boredom without it. 

The Kitchenaid stand mixers had their own glorious section of the store with all the different models, colors, and attachments on display!  I had always planned on having my own bright, cheery mixer someday.  However, when we got to the display, this glittery black model stole my heart.  I take terrible pictures, so you’ll have to trust that it looks better in person.

After an hour or two of frazzled, doubtful decision-making (me) and happy-go-lucky scanning (Adam), we left the store with some parting gifts (Spoiler Alert!): a tote bag, two large wine glasses, and a Lush bath bomb!

Did you always plan to register?  Were you more of the overly anxious worrier during the registry process or the practical decision-maker?

March 1, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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