• ORANGE BRIGHTS
  • DOS AND HUBSTER TURN 5
  • STRAIGHT UP
  • CHARMED
  • DESERT FLOWER

ORANGE BRIGHTS

orange_brights-1 copy

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I definitely did and the weather here in Chicago was beautiful which fo sho gets everyone out and about.  This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend an Indian wedding reception.  We totally missed the whole morning because like an idiot, I overslept.  I am super bummed that I missed all the traditional stuff but the reception did not disappoint.  There was lots of dancing and performances that entertained the crap out of me.  It was like at the end of some Indian movies when everyone busts out into a choreographed dance.  AMAZING!  And the DJ… holy crap the DJ.  He mixed some Indian songs with current hits like Turn Down for What!  And it somehow magically worked together and was this hypnotic and crazy beat transition that you had to get up and jump around for out of sheer shock and amazement.  Awesome sauce!  Not to mention how I just love this group of people.  So down to have fun and get a little cray on the dance floor.  I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve been at where the dance floor is just empty.  Yikes!  I usually end up being the weirdo jamming out by myself or I drag the hubby out with me and just grind up on him as he stands there like a wall.  So it is always amazing to attend a wedding where the dance floor is non-stop packed.  It’s always funny how dance circles just formulate out of nowhere and usually no one wants to go in the middle so then it’s just a bunch of people dancing on the outskirt facing into the circle and waiting for someone to either, one, get in the middle, or two, break up the circle.  It cracks me up EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  I want to say congratulations to the beautiful couple Shni and Chin (nicknames).  I wish them a long and happy marriage and I am so honored to have been a part of their special day!

Hmmm.. what else did I do this weekend?  Oh yea!  I went to church.  Soooooo…. real talk.  I haven’t gone to church in what seems like forever.  Now before you think that I’m about to go all religious talk on you, I won’t do that.  I’m a firm believer in “to each their own” and everyone should have the right to live the type of life they want.  I just wanted to share that my hubs finally was able to drag me to church with him and I ended up really enjoying the experience.  I’m Catholic so a lot of my religious experience is sitting in church trying not to make a sound, trying not to fall asleep, and going through the motions without really knowing what it all meant.  I recite all the things I need to after years of repeating the same thing over and over, eat the bread, sip the wine, then off we go to lunch.  So when I sat down at Soul City Church with my husband and the lights turned low, I was smacked in the face with what I can only describe as a full on Christian concert experience complete with stage lights and one rockin’ ass house band.  My mouth dropped and I thought “Now THIS I can get down with!”  No falling asleep here.  The pastors were all so passionate and kept it very real which to me is a breath of fresh air.  It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the sermon was honest and something I totally related to.  So if you are in Chicago and looking to get your Holy on, I would definitely come check out Soul City Church.  Mind you, I have only gone this one time but I am going to try hard to keep going.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

orange_brights-2

But anyway… let’s get to the outfit.  How many of you have always second guessed the color orange?  *raising my hand*  It’s just one of those colors you don’t think too much about and then you go.. hmmmm… can I pull this off?  If you have ever questioned this, I would try a bright ass shade of orange first.  I saw this on the hanger and thought BAM!!  Now that’s a statement color.  Plus I already had shoes to match.  Even though I didn’t realize that until I got home with my purchase in hand.  And yea, okay, I am kind of obsessed with my Rag & Bone shorts.  I actually have two pairs.  One in size 24 that fit pretty big.  I got that one before I realized it came in a size 23, which still kind of falls off of my hips.  So if anyone is interested in buying the size 24 off of me, let me know!  Just comment and leave me your email address.  I didn’t even wear them.  I only tried them on.  But I used a coupon code so it’s non-returnable.  =(  I know these shorts are damn hard to find right now and I can totally understand why.  So comfortable!!

orange_brights-4

orange_brights-3

orange_brights-15

orange_brights-5

orange_brights-6

orange_brights-7

orange_brights-8

orange_brights-9

orange_brights-11

orange_brights-12

orange_brights-10

orange_brights-14

orange_brights-13

orange_brights-17

orange_brights-18

orange_brights-21

orange_brights-20

orange_brights-19

orange_brights-22

orange_brights-23

orange_brights-24

orange_brights-25

orange_brights-16

//  top – H&M  //  shorts – rag & bone  //  shoes – alexander wang (old)  //  necklaces – love tatum, cartier  //  belt – asos  //  clutch – chanel  //  sunnies – italia independent  //

DOS signature thin



//  replicate the look  //



DOS AND HUBSTER TURN 5

palm_springs-95 copy

Hey there nuggets!  I am sooooooo happy to share these photos with you all!  As I mentioned before, the Hubster and I went to Palm Springs with our pupperoo Wrigley to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.  And it’s no secret that I’ll use any excuse to have a photoshoot.  So here is the result!  I feel so lucky to have found our photographer Roger Ellsworth of EPLOVE to capture some of the most amazing images that in a lot of ways, really portray our marriage.  I am so obsessed with these photos and I can’t wait to plaster them all over my walls!  These are just a FEW (haha) of my favorites.  These will probably take some time to completely load but it was already so hard to narrow it down to these so too bad.  I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do!

palm_springs-9

palm_springs-10

palm_springs-2

palm_springs-99

palm_springs-96

palm_springs-3

palm_springs-8

palm_springs-101

palm_springs-100

palm_springs-98

palm_springs-1

palm_springs-97

palm_springs-6

palm_springs-7

palm_springs-4

palm_springs-5

palm_springs-12

palm_springs-11

palm_springs-13

palm_springs-15

palm_springs-103

palm_springs-14

palm_springs-16

palm_springs-17

palm_springs-107

palm_springs-25

palm_springs-18

palm_springs-20

palm_springs-23

palm_springs-19

palm_springs-21

palm_springs-22

palm_springs-27

palm_springs-26

palm_springs-36

palm_springs-31

palm_springs-29

palm_springs-30

palm_springs-106

palm_springs-33

palm_springs-104

palm_springs-105

palm_springs-32

palm_springs-28

palm_springs-34

palm_springs-35

palm_springs-37

palm_springs-38

palm_springs-39

palm_springs-40

palm_springs-41

palm_springs-42

palm_springs-43

palm_springs-44

palm_springs-45

palm_springs-46

palm_springs-47

palm_springs-48

palm_springs-49

palm_springs-50

palm_springs-51

palm_springs-52

palm_springs-53

palm_springs-55

palm_springs-59

palm_springs-58

palm_springs-60

palm_springs-61

palm_springs-62

palm_springs-63

palm_springs-64

palm_springs-65

palm_springs-69

palm_springs-70

palm_springs-71

palm_springs-66

palm_springs-67

palm_springs-68

palm_springs-72

palm_springs-102

palm_springs-76

palm_springs-75

palm_springs-77

palm_springs-78

palm_springs-73

palm_springs-74

palm_springs-82

palm_springs-83

palm_springs-86

palm_springs-84

palm_springs-79

palm_springs-80

palm_springs-81

palm_springs-87

palm_springs-88

palm_springs-91

palm_springs-89

palm_springs-90

palm_springs-92

palm_springs-94

palm_springs-93

DOS signature thin

STRAIGHT UP

straight-2 copy

Woot!  More LA love!  What can I say except… lookit my tan!  MUAHAHAHA!  This is a result of hours and hours of baking under the desert sun in Palm Springs.  I’m hoping it will take quite some time to fade away.  I know I know… I’m getting older and I shouldn’t bake myself like I did in my younger days and I should slather on about 50 layers of sunblock but I just can’t help it.  I love that bronze glow that my half Filipino side so graciously allows me to have when I tan.  One of the many fun things about being a mutt.  In the winter, I can rock that pale Chinese thing and in the summer, I can rock that brown Filipino thing.  SCORE!  High five to never getting sunburn.  Wheeeeee!  So I didn’t quite know how to title this post and since I didn’t want to think too hard, I am calling it “Straight Up” due to the fact that I haven’t done my hair this straight in a while and actually take photos of it.  Can you see all my split ends?  Sexxxxayyyy.  I am long due for a trim and also freshen up my color.  A lot of people have been asking me on hair tips and how I curl my hair.  I would say the first step is to get a great hair cut.  One with lots of shattered layers so that when you curl it, it will cascade really pretty.  Also make sure you frame your face to how you part your hair.  Then pretty much all I do is use my 2 inch hot tools iron and curl in sections away from my face.  Easy peasy.  It also helps if your hair is damaged like mine.  LOL.  I find that damaged hair holds curls a lot better.  I am unfortunate and I do not have that silky asian hair where it looks like I just got out of a Pantene commercial.  My hair takes work and most days it’s just gross.  My hair is coarse and has some weirdo waves to it so I usually have to flat iron it straight like this or curl it for it to look presentable when it’s down.  But I’m so glad I tricked all of you to think I have such amazing hair.  Hahaha.  I am no beauty expert so I never really give out tips since I stalk other blogs for this stuff myself.  It takes a lot for me to really recommend anything.  With that said… here is my one BIG recommendation if you are in the market for a flat iron.  Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Ultra Thin 1″ Iron.  This is hands down the BEST flat iron I’ve ever used.  It smoothes out my ish so fast and it always comes out feeling silky.  Definitely give it a try!

straight-4

straight-5

straight-6

straight-7

These are photos of me inside LA Chapter which is the restaurant inside the ACE hotel in Downtown LA.  Good LAWD they have good drinks and food.  We were told that we needed to eat at LA Chapter by the hotel staff because Chef Ken Addington (creator of Brooklyn’s Five Leaves) was in the kitchen that particular day so I was sure to have one amazing meal.  And yes, I sure did.  LA Chapter is everything I love in a restaurant.  Beautiful interior and exterior and every inch of space makes you feel at home and comfortable.  The food is mind-blowing in that you can taste how fresh everything is.  There is nothing pretentious about the menu and the price point is affordable.  No one is trying to re-invent anything here to the point of nonrecognition or to prove that they can think so far outside the box.  Just plain, simple, and well thought out dishes using fresh local ingredients while playfully twisting different flavors into dishes you can relate to.  I was fortunate enough to try a new item on their menu that the Chef had placed there early that morning.  It was an open faced salmon sandwich and it blew me away.  I once had a salmon tartine in Paris that was probably one of the best things I have ever had and this dish definitely took me back to that moment.  Although the flavors and preparation was different, I can clearly say it is right up there with my Parisian salmon tartine experience.  But they don’t stop at the food.  The drinks have just as much thought and care put into them.  I am boozin’ on the North Haverbrook here and I could have had me a whole pitcher of it.  Also the bar and decor of the entire space is awesome!  The tiles, the tables, the chairs, the everythings… me looooooove.  Actually this whole damn hotel is pretty effing amazing.  Having stayed at the ACE hotel in Palm Springs, there were clear similarities between the two and also glaring differences.  Both locations had a very hip, eclectic, and vintage feel, but unlike the desert style and the motif of a really cool run down motel at the Palm Springs location, the LA hotel exudes a funky sophistication with it’s striking tiling, custom furnishings, brass gold hardware, stone facade, preserved parapets, and just its overall cool vibe.  It was a perfect marriage of old preserved stonework and modern quirkiness.  And omg the staff.  Both locations exceeded my expectations in service.  Everyone was so welcoming and genuinely would strike up conversations with us at random encounters.  And of course Wrigley was greeted so warmly everywhere.  I absolutely cannot WAIT to go back!

straight-3

straight-8

straight-9

straight-10

straight-12

straight-13

straight-14

straight-16

straight-17

straight-18

straight-15

straight-19

straight-22

straight-21

straight-1

straight-20

straight-11

straight-24

//  trench – ASTR  //  top – urban outfitters  //  shorts – lovers + friends  //  shoes – saint laurent  //  bag – givenchy antigona small  //  sunnies – house of harlow  //  necklaces – gorjana, thanks to monica rich kosann, cartier  //  bracelet – hermes  //  belt – asos  //

DOS signature thin



//  replicate the look  //