Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BRAIN DUMP {mah-jor}

-I attended the LA Pinterest meet up last week. let's just say i am more obsessed then before (if it was possible) and we got to meet Ben the founder along with some of my favorite bloggers i love! lots of fun new ideas they are coming out with.... eeeeek. excited.
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- i planned my boss's sisters wedding. it turned out amazing. 150 happy guests.
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- i went to Texas for literally less than 24 hours last week for the Semi Finals of the Gold Cup. USA won and we had box seats! couldn't have worked out more perfectly! OH and i got to see Meghann and her hubby Jason!!
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- cheese that looks like it's ice cream could be the best idea ever. paired with wine, and you've got my perfect meal. i literally wanted to buy the platter (s) below.
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- a group of us went to the Gold Cup Final at the Rose Bowl last weekend!! 93,000 fans showed up and were ready to yell.
(Note to self: you shouldn't play a 3 v 3 pick up game with all mexican men while tailgating with a beer in hand. i was sweaty. but our team dominated.)
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-last night i went to Rihanna with my roommates and 4th roommate amber. rihanna KILLED it. VIP seating. thankyouverymuch. i forgot how much i LOVE her music.
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- i have been getting back into my routine of gym + me time. it's literally pitch black most days i am working out. i sold my soul but haven't regretted it yet. and those showers, who has Kiehls products at a gym? obsessed.
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- i just love my bestie so much. i hope everyone has a friend like her.
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- how could you NOT love this face? CoCo literally sits her butt on the stairs and her paws on another. i die of cuteness overload.
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- i have been getting REALLY good at Words with Friends (WWF for all you cool people.) add me if you dare - JKRO1

-i've learned not to tell people "please contact me after this date since we are holding off on all scheduling right now" regarding work stuff. literally on "that date" i received 400 emails. cool.

-if you need a cake for ANYTHING please visit my friends website. she is a GENIUS. (

-i need a new camera apparently since my iphone isn't cutting it. suggestions? blogging friends, what camera do you use? i know they are fancy!!

-this was the longest brain dump ever. i promise i won't wait so long to blog next time.

- i hope you all have wonderful plans for the 4th of July. i know i do!

-speaking of july. REALLY June?! where did you go!??

Thursday, June 16, 2011


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A few friends and I will be attending this next week!
you should too if you live near LA! (or if you don't, it's worth the drive)
gonna meet the brains behind the greatest invention of all time.
thanks Shauna for the email this morning! confirmed!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


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(SF craft night with the girls)

last week when i went to SF i was invited to my friends craft night!
(basically some of my favorite gals get together and drink, eat, and craft!)
i was SO happy to be a part of it (thank you guys again) and so happy to bring it back to So Cal!
i forgot how much i miss and love crafting!

a few of the girls did these bracelets:
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a few did these fun clutches (in different colors):
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and i worked on a scrapbook for a friends wedding gift.
(which turned out SO cute i might add!)

i am going to try to do the above and more very soon!

so fun, right?

ps. thank you ALL for the emails and texts regarding my last post about my father. i really truly appreciate them more than you know.
i will be emailing you individually as soon as i can!
kisses to you all!

Monday, June 13, 2011


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this one is a little personal today...
last week was my dad's 62nd birthday. i took a personal day on thursday and didn't answer emails, texts, and calls. i needed that. i drove back from San Fransisco after a perfect 3 days there with good friends, and many many laughs. on my drive back i listened to "his music" and bawled my eyes out for the majority of the drive. just me and him for 6 hours. we use to drive for no reason at all, with no destination in mind just laughing and talking about life. i miss those days the most. i'm not ashamed to say i needed a good (hard) cry. For a long time i held in the fact that i was extremely heart broken over the loss of my father. don't get me wrong i am in the best place i have ever been since before the day that changed my life forever. i am living in the moment now more than ever, and truly genuinely happy. really, i am. i even cried to my family about how happy i am with everything in my life, and how i just miss my dad so much. it's a strange feeling being so happy and missing someone more than you can even fathom. i have realized that it gets harder as the days go by. people say it gets easier with time, but for me it's definitely not the case. the older i get, the more i experience, the more lessons i learn, the more i grow.... the more i need him and want him to be around for it all. i have learned how to live the life he would want for me, happy and carefree, and good to the core. the very core of my being. i miss him daily, and i am learning to deal with the fact that will never change. i think about him all the time and how i wish he was here to see how life just keeps getting better. i think of all my friends and family and how lucky they are too. they got to meet him. they got to love the man that has had nothing but love for everyone. how wonderful is that? i don't stress out about the small things for it's a waste of my energy. and i feel sad for the friends whom i thought were friends, but just aren't good people. i am getting better at letting them go. i don't need them in my life and they sure don't make me better. i have been a people pleaser for my entire life, and trying to keep friendships because i want people to love me. i can't do it anymore. and who wants that? people that have hurt my feelings, or lied. i know who are you and no i don't respect you. i am sorry for the harshness, but the goodness i bring you can't take that away from me. my dad taught me that. i have started writing down all the "life lessons" he had taught me... and wishing he was here to continue to love and share all of his wisdom. i know he would be proud. i just know it. i am proud of the woman i am becoming and the person i strive to be. i don't think it's selfish to say that one bit. last weekend was the most beautiful wedding i have ever been to and i was sad that i had to walk away at parts. i love that i am his daughter and will forever be. it's okay to cry and miss him, daily even. it's okay to walk away at the father/daughter dance at weddings because it just will never be easy. it's okay to need a day or two for me and no one else. it's all okay. he would be okay with it too. i guess i just needed his birthday to really sink in the fact that he is gone. but in the end i am going to be okay. he's still guiding me every step of the way. cheers to my father, the man who i try to emulate with every breathe and being in my body. i hope i am half the person you are one day. one can only hope.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Over the weekend my family and i attended nick + carly's wedding. it was hands down the most beautiful wedding we had ever been to. so many great laughs, dance battles won (you're welcome), and many more memories made. it's hard not to feel the love between two people when they are destined to be together. wishing you both all the love in the world. we love you Mr. and Mrs. Carter!

congrats to you both!!
Nick and Carly Carter...
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Me and Michelle...
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The most stunning bride...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


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Each summer i think of fun things i want to do, see, try, make and read before the summer ends. i usually never finish my list, however it is still fun to set aside time to try to do so. This year i made a list of 10 things i want to try to do between June 21st - September 23rd (when summer starts and ends)...

1. throw a BBQ with the roommates
2. host a yard sale
3. take a cooking class
4. go camping
5. finish 2 books
6. lay out in Vegas
7. road trip somewhere fun
8. find new hiking trails
9. bike to ice cream shops
10. take Spanish classes

what's on your summer list?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


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hi friends!! i am working from SF this week so we decided to go to a Giants game last night with some of my peeps! it was such a fun night with great company!!! so happy the Giants won - an amazing comeback!! lots of fun stuff planned while i am here!

gosh, i forget how much i adore this city....