I love my girlfriends. I can’t imagine life without having girls in my life. These are women I admire and respect the most. I value girl talks that last until the wee hours of the night, gossip sessions (especially when they’re about fictional characters), and playing three+ hour catchup over happy hour or dinner.
[The photo above is from my bachelorette party. I felt so honored that all these ladies were able to go to NYC to celebrate with me! It was hands down one of the funnest times I had in my life.]
I’ve valued my friendships with my girls even more throughout the years and throughout all the drama, but this post isn’t about girlfriends. I’m sure most of you women out there totally understand the importance of a good girlfriend (and a good gay friend!). However, this post is about having straight guy friends and how they helped me be a better girlfriend!
Ciao bELLA, Buone Feste! Hi Beautiful, Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving just passed and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! I definitely did – I was able to spend time with family and friends in Los Angeles over the extended weekend. It is now December and Christmas is right around the corner. If you are into gift giving for the holidays, here are some ideas for the beauty lover in your life (I am actually gifting a few, myself!).
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving weekend? I was in the Bay Area all last week and had a great time! Lots of time with Justin’s friends and family. I took some photos so I’ll be sure to post a recap soon. Alright, let’s go to the topic at hand: this week’s enjoy prompt is to smile at passersby.
Happy Black Friday! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I sure did. Many are out shopping right now… shopping for holiday presents, or if you’re like me, you’re shopping for yourself. While you’re out prepping for your holiday outfits, remember one accessory that can top any cute item of clothing, is your smile. Best way to enhance your smile is to keep it clean (second best: lipstick/gloss). I went over tooth brushing techniques a couple months ago. Another important step in oral hygiene is flossing.
This year, I’m thankful for:
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday! This photo was from last year. I’ve been the head cook for the past few years, but today I’m celebrating at Justin’s grandma’s house in Vallejo. I usually prep and cook mushroom gravy, hashbrown casserole, and then turkey with my dad. Our main dish, however, is my dad’s roast beef – always perfectly cooked! We’ll usually also have scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes (yes, three different type of potatoes), corn, sometimes Honey Baked Ham, green bean casserole, pie, and other desserts.
What does your Thanksgiving meal consist of? Also, what are your Thanksgiving plans? Who are you celebrating with?
This year, Ginet and I decided to do a joint birthday celebration since we were both reaching milestone ages — 25 for me and 30 for her! We planned it for last Friday (11/22) because she and Justin would be leaving for the SF Bay Area over the weekend. Originally, we researched a bunch of restaurants who had a lot of prix-fixe menu options for larger groups, but ultimately decided they were too expensive for what you get. Instead, we told everyone to meet us at Carnitas Snack Shack, a place where Ginet and I both love the food, and where it was inexpensive, casual, and close enough to the bars in North Park to go drinking afterward.
Unfortunately, there was rain in the forecast and at the last minute, we both tried to find something else to do since Carnitas’ seating was all on an outdoor patio and we didn’t want to risk it. On Thursday afternoon, my coworker mentioned to me Ballast Points’ new tasting room, larger than their original in Scripps, complete with a kitchen and delicious sounding menu! I got excited, called them and unfortunately they don’t take reservations, but they do have a fair amount of tables that one could reserve if you came early because it’s pretty much just first-come-first-serve, open seating. So after running it by Ginet, we were back on track and were able to focus more on the details of the party.
Ginet wanted to do mason jar party favors because of something she saw on Pinterest. She knew she wanted to include these delicious Chuao chocolates, but was stumped on what else to fill it with. I immediately thought about Tic-Tac’s (the mint and also my nickname) but since I didn’t know what we could include for Ginet’s name, I didn’t suggest it. What Ginet came up with by herself however was super cute and clever. Inside the mason jars were the Chuao chocolates, Tic-Tac’s, mini Gin(et!) bottles, and a short and sweet thank you message. I was in charge of the cake and went to Champagne Bakery in Del Mar to pick up my favorite, their Princess Cake. It was kind of an annoying ordeal service-wise, and from now on, I’ll only be visiting their Carmel Mountain location, but the cake was still just as delicious as any other I’ve had.
I read this Glamour magazine article when it was first published, but I decided to save it until today since, well, it’s my 30th birthday! Her advice for turning 30 is helpful and inspirational. I find her “Do’s” and “Dont’s” useful and it made me freak out a little less about getting to the milestone.
Of course since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, this week’s enjoy prompt has to be Thanksgiving-related! Our task is to send a thank you note. After I came back from my trip to Thailand and Hong Kong, I received a thank you note from William, the Sony UTC employee that helped me with my Nex-6 purchase. He even mentioned recalling my trip! Though it’s probably a part of sales and customer service, it was a thoughtful gesture. There’s something about getting a handwritten note that makes it feel extra special. Maybe because it’s convenient to send an email or text that taking the time to write a note seems a bit more sentimental.
I encourage you to handwrite a thank you note to someone. Even if it’s handing your significant other a sticky that just says “thank you”. I’m sure the gesture will be greatly appreciated. :)
Yesterday was my mom Marinette’s birthday. We decided to have dinner the night before so Justin and I were able to celebrate with her since we headed to the bay area the morning of her birthday. We had dinner at Fogo de Chao in downtown. The restaurant is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, which is basically an all-you-can-eat meat fest!
The food was delicious! My favorite meats were the filet mignon and picanha (top sirloin), their house speciality. And I LOVED the pão de queijo (cheese bread), which is my sister’s favorite in any Brazilian steakhouse. They even brought out a complimentary cake for my mom. There are lots of tables in close proximity so it can feel a bit tight. Overall, it was a great dining experience. A day later, I was still full!
I was born two days later from my mom’s 26th birthday so I consider myself her best birthday gift. Here’s the message I sent her after midnight on her actual birthday this year:
I know, I’m such a sweet daughter. Haha!