Picturing Plumeria


Planning my wedding was a little stressful.

Wait, I know what you are thinking. What wedding planning process ISN’T a little stressful? It’s the nature of the beast! I’m sure most brides-to-be have experienced that familiar bottom lip quiver at some point during the process. (Or full-out bridezilla rage…you know who you are.)

My wedding, which was supposed to be a very intimate affair in another country, blew up in my face about 5 months before it was supposed to happen. Chicka chicka BOOM. Suddenly I had no calendar date, no venue, no caterers, and wasn’t even sure if our amazing photographer would still be available.

Like I said, planning my wedding was a little stressful.

I had to start at square one. D and I still wanted a destination wedding, but how were we going to make that happen in such a short time? We dreamed of eloping to Europe, but ultimately couldn’t stand the thought of our immediate family not being there to celebrate with us. And then it hit me like a gigantic coconut in the face. Hawaii.

Several holed up days of internet research, phone calls and faxes later, I booked a lovely hotel on the Big Island.


Those five months flew by, and before I knew it, I was on a plane across the Pacific. Upon arriving on the Big Island, I marveled at the landscape filled with huge lava rocks, but was surprised to see such a difference once I reached the hotel’s grounds. It was absolutely lush. Bright green grass, intensely-colored flowers, the lava rocks mingling with the deep blue ocean. I was in heaven.

I’m pretty sure I was doing pirouettes around the lobby when I got my first whiff of plumeria. To say that it was completely intoxicating would be an understatement, and I couldn’t get enough. Luckily, the lei I received upon arrival at the hotel was made entirely from the flowers. For the rest of the trip, I filled our room with the scent of plumeria leis, and that scent now embodies one of the most wonderful weeks of my life.


There are only a few scents that immediately trigger a walk down memory lane – Opium (the fragrance my mother wore during my childhood), my great-grandmother’s Thanksgiving dressing cooking in the oven, and the smell of a middle school friend’s older sister’s car (a strangely heady mixture of Jasmine stick incense and cigarette smoke). After our wedding trip to Hawaii, plumeria became one of my elite.


From our intimate ceremony,


To the toasts made afterward.


The sweet scent of plumeria lets me hop in my time travel machine and subtract 5 years.


To one of the happiest moments in my life.


hair thursday makeover 79


Say hello to Anh.


Anh’s hair:

Naturally very dark brown
Normal condition
Thick and straight
Uses styling tools
Spends anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour styling
Uses Catwalk Extra Strong Mousse to hold curl

Anh would like to try a short or medium length hairstyle, so I’ve taken the liberty of picking one of each for her.


Be sure to check out other gorgeous celebrity hairstyles and tips at Daily Makeover!

Option #1 – Eva Longoria‘s bob would look perfectly polished on Anh’s thick, straight hair. I love the smooth ends and the shorter layer in the front, which would accent Anh’s cheekbones.

Daily Makeover Key Styling Tip:

Step 1: Combine a dab of styling lotion with a few drops of shine serum and apply onto damp hair. Blow-dry two-inch sections with a round brush applying upward tension at the root for lift, then turn the brush several times to add subtle roundness to the length.
Step 2: Once dry, create a deep side part and run a flat iron over half-inch sections for sleek results.
Step 3: Apply a few drops of shine serum onto your hands and run your palms over your hair to smooth the surface and eliminate frizz. Tuck one side back.

Option #2 – If Anh is hesitant to go that short, Anne Hathaway‘s sleek bob would also give Anh a polished look without taking all of her length off.

Daily Makeover Key Styling Tip:

Step 1: Mix a dime-size amount each of leave-in conditioner and straightening cream along with a few drops of shine serum and apply onto damp hair. Blow dry two-inch sections at time with a vent brush to straighten out your hair.
Step 2: Once dry, set a sleek finish by smoothing a flat iron over half-inch sections and then slightly bend the ends under.
Step 3: Apply a few drops of shine serum onto your hands and then run your palms over your hair to smooth the surface and eliminate frizz.

What do you think? Short or medium?


The Blunt Brigade, for reals


I’m currently slaving away on today’s makeover post, but thought I might tide you over with a photo of the Blunt Brigade in action this past weekend. (Taken in a McDonalds bathroom on our way from wine country back to San Francisco.)


from left to right – Zan, Rebecca, Holly and yours truly

This is going to be our album cover. (Thanks to Jenny for letting me borrow the photo.)


Bake sales, rainy days and beautiful broads


My bake sale is this Saturday, and I still haven’t decided what to make. Good God, the PRESSURE. I want to make every single item you’ve sent me. The Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies? A sure winner! Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies? Delish! Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats? INTRIGUING. I…I just don’t know right now. Must get back to you.


Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days in Southern California. Like actual wet drops falling from the sky with intensity. In all honesty, the last time I remember heavy rain in my area was in the spring of 2004. I will celebrate this incredible feat of nature with a list of my favorite songs with “rain” in the title. (I’m obviously dealing with some premium-grade procrastination issues right now.)

1. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
2. Come Rain or Come Shine – Etta James
3. Fool in the Rain – Led Zeppelin
4. Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurythmics
5. Rain (Falling from the Sky) – Frank Sinatra
6. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby
7. Purple Rain – Prince
8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Burt Bacharach
9. Blame it on the Rain – Milli Vanilli (What? It’s a JAM.)

Feel free to add your own. (You know, if you are also trying desperately to not do what you are supposed to be doing right now.)



(borrowed from Jenny)

Ohhhh, the Broad Summit. What an inspiring retreat. Although the internet brought these women together, computers and internet-ready devices were definitely not in attendance this weekend. Just engaging conversations and lovely experiences across the board. Thank you so much to Maggie, Helen Jane, Laura and Aubrey for such a memorable time.

I think I took a whopping 3 photographs this weekend, but tons of fantastic shots can be found here.