Wednesday, December 29, 2010

throwback session: make-up

No (work) day would be complete without emailing my best friend, L.A. Besides the regular chat about work, family, and "brama" (boy drama...mostly hers...lol) somehow today, we got to talking about our appearances - how we looked back then vs. how we look now.  And voila...a throwback moment.

Aaah the late 80s, early to mid 90s...LOL.  Baggy jeans, baggy shirts and hardly any makeup.  Aside from one item that any girl could not leave the house without.  Dark lipstick.  Not just any lipstick.  You had a choice of either 3 shades by Revlon, (sorry to sound like an endorsement ad): 


Blackberry,

Coffee Bean,

and/or Toast of New York.



One might question wearing that same lipstick now, but back then, it did justice.  With pale faces and dark lips in tote, we sealed the look.  For those of you who don't know or can't picture this look right now, let me refresh your memory.




Hahah...good times, good times.  Although I wouldn't go back to wearing that same lipstick or same look, it was an awesome throwback moment!

So, to all my "gangsta bitches" that did the same, this post is dedicated to you!




Monday, December 27, 2010

oh, just another day at the range....

Ok. So we're starting fresh, right? As per my last post, I think it be fitting to fill you in on what I've been doin the past few months while I "stepped away".

I managed to reel in another lovely lady into the world of the "metal spa", as my sister in law dubs a visit at the gun range.  I took one of my best friends, Shiela, to the ladies night on Fridays at DVC Ventures Indoor Range.  And as I've been saying all along, she was addicted as I was for the first time.



 She started off small.....



...but she learned mighty fast.










It won't be long before we head up another appointment at the metal spa.  Thanks girl. Good times!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

peace. love. joy.

Merry Christmas everyone!

I know that it's been a while since I've posted last. Been busy with the new job. But to be honest, I've been quite a loss of words for the past little bit. To sum it up, I guess what I might refer to as my "muse" has somewhat eluded me. LOL.

But now I've decided to start fresh.  It's Christmas, and I would love to start off with wishing you and yours a very blessed and happy filled holiday!  I hope that all the things that inspire us continue to do what we love is never ending and continuous for the rest of this year and the year to come!

Much love!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

so they say...

...that you can never go back home again.  Well, in my case, that certainly isn't true.

This post is dedicated to my best friend from afar, L.A. :)

I first met L.A. in Winnipeg in elementary school.  We were best friends until the end of grade 2, when her and her family moved away.  Needless to say, we never spoke to each other again after that.  But now, with the power of social networking, we miraculously found each other again! After all these years, things haven't changed. We are still "the mysterious Z sisters"....(LOL)...and even though we are provinces apart, we are still as close as ever.

Five months ago, we both went through some major changes in our lives. I had decided to take on a new job that I considered to be "out of my element", while she decided to up and move away from her hometown to be "on her own".  While at the time we both didn't realize that we were going to be fish out of our own ponds, we both viewed these changes (whether minor or major) as positive moves to add to our list of life experiences, so to speak.

In the midst of these past 5 months, we would constantly and almost everyday communicate through email.  We soon quickly realized that even though we both made a step in the right direction, we found that we both didn't belong in our new positions in life.

So, almost simultaneously, things started to happen effortlessly. I managed to find another job opportunity in my realm of comfortable-ness and knowledge (and back downtown!), while she also was able to land her  former position at the job she was at before she had left to move! And as coincidental as all all is, we both had the very same "last day" on the job!

So, here we are, two girls...back in our ponds, and couldn't be happier and more at home! Granted that our short-lived experiences landed us good work acquaintences and relationships, we also were left with us being more self-aware of ourselves and our surroundings, albeit people, places and work environment.

All I can say is that no matter how far apart distance-wise we get, we somehow manage to go through life together - literally! 
So here's to you L.A. - our friendship started long time ago, you are one of the oldest friends that I know, and we managed to find our way back to each other! No amount of distance can come between us, girl!

Here's to us!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

To get into the Halloween spirit, here are some cards that I had made last year. Just haven't had time lately to make a new batch for this year! :P



  

And here is my most favorite images for Halloween; from "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!"




Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

without further ado...

I know that I should have posted this a while back. But this is the routine that I did for my girls' wedding back in August; for ol' times sake. It was such a good experience that I would do it all over again! I always thought that maybe I was too old to dance again, but damn did I prove myself wrong!

It's funny how when performing it seemed like forever; all the hours practicing in just under a month. And it was all over in about 2.5 mins!!! To Rina & Lei - I had such a blast doing this routine! I think we have mastered the hair flip. LOL. For us (straight hip-hop girlz) to end up girlie, dainty and fierce, it was worth the experience!!!

For those viewing this for the first time - enjoy! We had fun doing it, hope you have fun watching it!
(From left to right:  Moi, Rina (the bride) and Lei.) 


Thursday, October 07, 2010

Love is...

Here is a very interesting article I read today.  It's a good read on the go.  Certainly rings true for me...enjoy!!!

From the album: DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

By Gumdrop Shoppe


This is a very good article. Those who are still single may learn something from here...
hose who are already married or in a commitment may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage & relationship ...


DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?


During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said, "How do I know if I married the right person?"
I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, "It depends. Is that your husband?"
In all seriousness, she answered "How do you know?"


Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's weighing on your mind.

Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse/partner. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies (unconventional behavior/habit) .
Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience.
You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love... Because it's happening TO YOU.


People in love sometimes say, "I was swept of my feet." Think about the imagery of that __expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.


Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria (excitement) of love fades. It's the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts.


The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.


At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, "Did I marry the right person?"
And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else.
This is when marriages or relationship breakdown. People blame their spouse/partner for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage/relationship for fulfillment.


Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious.
But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, excessive TV, or abusive substances.


But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it.
I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else.
You could.


And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE/RELATIONSH IP IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON; IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll NEVER just happen to you. You can't "find" LASTING love. You have to "make" it day in and day out. That's why we have the __expression "the labor of love." Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage/relationsh ip work. Sure true love can only happen after you've fallen out of love. When you begin choosing to love, even if you don't feel like doing it ---- that's true love. And that's the foundation of a lasting and strong marriage.


Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.


Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships.


Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger.


It's a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable. .. you can "make"love.

Love is indeed a "decision".. . Not just a feeling. You'll not just go away with your relationship just because the feeling is gone. In the Bible, love is a command. You make it happen.

Remember this always:

"God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go."


FW: Ruth Beltran


"Marriage is more than saying I Do. Marriage, like a precious plant, needs constant tending for it to grow, flourish, and bear fruit to last a lifetime, and beyond."


-David and Evelyn Feliciano

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!!!

Today, I decided to attend a card class at my favourite scrapbook shop in Langley called Precious Memories. I follow their blog and saw that they had a class that I was interested in taking.  And I found it fitting that today marks World Card Making Day!!! My instructor, Colleen, has these wonderful classes that include lovely extras to take home to make extra cards on your own!


Here are the 6 cards that we made today.   We played with one simple sheet of patterned paper on a card...


...and moving on to several patterned pieces.


Also, working with more simplictic designs...


...and lots of patterns that are pleasing to the eye!


 They're "girly" cards, but luckily for me, the Basic Grey line makes a line of cards that are perfect for making my "man-cards" as well.  Stay tuned for those. Enjoy & Happy World Card Making Day!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

31 and blessed...

It's my birthday today!!! My journey into the 30s. I feel so blessed to be around family and friends that I care for so much! Thank you for all the bday greets all (those near & far)! So much love for you all!!!

My weekend celebrations started early...a night with the ladies...Friday night...


And a day with the fellas...Saturday morning/afternoon...and then UFC at night...






And today, my acutally birthday, was calm and collected.  Had coffee with my mom and hubby. And having dinner with my other 2 special guys, my sons.  I thank God everyday that I have an extra day to live in this life! And it feels good! Thanks all again!!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

listening pleasure

Here are some jams that are on my playlist at the moment.  I love these tracks since my bday is this Monday and it's all about feeling good! Feeling blessed for family and friends and a chance to celebrate! Enjoy!




1. I Feel Good - Mary J Blige; well said, Mary
"...like the moon is shining jus for me...tonight I'm fly as I can be...don't u try to bring me down though...it's not like you could...I feel too damn good!"
2. Holdin' You Down - Jazmine Sullivan; the throwback feelgood track
3. Champagne Life - Ne-yo; a cause for sharing a bday toast
4. Bottoms Up - Trey Songz ft. Nicky Minaj; another dancing track
5. No Hands - Waka Flocka Flames; a jam to get me into that dancing groove!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

listening pleasure

One of my top 5 right now...plus, he's kinda cute. LOL. Bruno Mars - Talking to the Moon. Enjoy!

Monday, September 06, 2010

"man cards"

It's been quite a while since I've put my card crafting on hold to work on some poetry. But now that I've had a few occasions where I've found myself low on cards, I am back to my card crafting ways!  Here are a few that I've made in the past few weeks.

This was for a 'Going-Away' party...


This was for a baby boy's Baptism....all of course, with my signature at the back of each card.


But my next focus have been making "man cards". There is always a shortage for these types mainly because, well, let's be honest, a lot of the paper out there just have that feminine look and quality.  So here are some "man cards" that I think will suit that occasion specifically for your "special man".

This set I used for hubby, more recently for his birthday (left) and for Father's Day (right). But both could be used for a birthday occasion.


Here are more "man cards" for birthdays.



Stay tuned for more. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

seeing red

There is something about the color red.
I love red in a way where you can make a statement with class; in a way where simultaneously it's enough to catch one's attention without desperately vieing for it.  For example, a man's red tie with an all black suit or a woman's red lipstick with subtle make-up and features.

I've always been in search of all things red. And I think I've only narrowed my list down a little bit. I've already found the perfect red lipstick, the perfect red nail polish, even the perfect shade of red that's on my walls in my computer nook at home.

However, for as long as I can remember, or way back when my obsession for shoes developed, I have always wanted a red pair of heels. And so began the on going quest for "the perfect red shoe".  And my, has it been a long, drawn out search that's lasted years.  I've come so close, where, only to have the pair not be the right shade, or texture or material or height.

Finally my search is over.

A couple weeks ago, upon browsing in the mall in search of last minute wedding goodies for my girlfriend's big day, I happened to stumble upon "the pair" in the Nine West store, where conveniently there was an end of season sale (up to 70% off!!!).  There they were, on the glass shelf, in my size, as if calling my name: the perfect pair, perfect shade, perfect texture, perfect height. (It was typically that kind of moment where a light would shine upon it while the heavenly choir sings in the background...LOL.) Although as beautiful as they were, I resisted the temptation to buy - which by the way I'm STILL proud of myself for doing!!!

That night, I told my good friend Cristina about them - as I HAD to tell someone about it.

Well, I am so glad to have a friend like Cristina in my life! This week, I had helped land her a job in my workplace; to help her get back to the working world - as she had been a full time super mommy for the past three years.

To make a long story short, she had been job searching for a while already and upon hearing there was an opening at my work, I casually recommended her to my boss. And literally, within an hour of that recommendation, she was hired! We've worked together for such a long time in the past - the past 2 companies I've worked for, she too has been there! This will make it lucky number 3!!! Already, just with her being in the office with me is a life saver! She has made my days at work SO much more bearable, as I've felt a little down and out-of-place as of late. 

Cristina was so grateful to me for helping her land a job, that she decided to do something utterly and completely outrageous (which by the way SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO...ahem ms. xtina).  As a thank-you gift from her, she ended my long drawn-out search by buying those perfect red shoes for me!!!!!






Thank you again, Cristina! You're such a loving, generous person and a wonderful friend to me! I can never thank you enough! You know I always gotchu! Anytime you want to borrow this pair, you are always welcome!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

dream vs. reality

Recently, I had watched the movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan (also the brilliant mind behind other movies such as The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Insomnia and Momento).


A brief flashback - First off, I have to say that after watching The Dark Knight, my breath was taken away, and I left the theatre speechless along with the pang in my gut, knowing that it was a movie I would never forget.


Back to present day - after watching Inception, again, TWICE in a row has this man successfully left the same feeling with me.  All I have to say is for those who haven't watched this movie yet, WATCH IT! And to those who have seen it, call me if you wanna watch it again!!! LOL


But after watching this movie, it reminded me of an artist that blew me away as well.  MC Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher, 1898 - 1972) has many works out there that seem to capture reality in it's dream state.


-Hand with Reflecting Sphere, 1935

"He played with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces."

-Relativity, 1953


-Waterfall, 1961

-Ascending and Descending, 1960

"His art continues to amaze and wonder millions of people all over the world. In his work we recognize his keen observation of the world around us and the expressions of his own fantasies."


-Drawing Hands, 1948


-Bond of Union, 1956


-Circle Limit II 1959 woodcut in red and black, printed from 2 blocks

"M.C. Escher shows us that reality is wondrous, comprehensible and fascinating."


Here is a quote from M.C. Escher that I think is inspiring and can apply to all aspects of life. Happy Monday!




"So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen"






-all images, excerpts and quotes taken from M.C. Escher - The Official website; by The M.C. Escher Company B.V. Please click here for a complete list of works, publications, quotes and bibliography.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

a night to remember...

Congratulations to my friends, Rina & Carlo, who got married yesterday in a beautiful ceremony! Also, an equally beautiful, fun, crazy reception night!  It is amazing to me how I've known these two for years, and to find out suddenly - wow, they're dating...and then wow, they're engaged..and then WOW they're married!!!!

To Carlo, I've known you ever since high school, and to me you will always be a person who I always enjoy sharing a conversation with.  AND you will always be the clumsy fella who used to walk around the hallways and unfailingly get into some kind of minor physical mishap.  You are one of the realest people in my life - even though we don't talk or hang out as often, I will always enjoy your company. Distance and time has never been a factor here!

To Rina, my dancing partner in crime! I love you girl! We have shared many many memories up on the stage - whether it be on top of tables, on an open gymnasium floor, on a dusty sandy parking lot, and more recently on the dancefloor at your wedding reception. You are also one of the realest people I know too. Distance and time again, has never been a factor either. That's why 2 months ago, when I agreed at the drop of a hat to dance with you again, we spent close to 4 hours at Tim Horton's just talking and catching up! And by the way girl - we killed it!!!

To the both of you - I wish you all the success and happiness that married life can offer you! It's so easy to talk about the love that you have for each other because I've known you two for sooo long. It goes to show that even though 2 people may be at opposite sides of the spectrum at the very beginning, God always has a way to bring two loving people together.  I love you guys; you two will always have a special place in my heart!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

poetry session

Across Your Bread
-Jill Scott, from 'The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours; The Poetry of Jill Scott'




I'm juss gon say what I need to
Juss gon put it on the table
And spread it across your bread


As much as I didn't want
I have stumbled
tripped
fallen ova myself in love with every molecule of
you


The walk on you
The way you out then in breathe
Simply your eyes man
got my thighs swellin' and my knees beggin' to part
I do (shaking my head up and down)
I do
love everything about you
All that makes you you
And what I do not know, I swear I will love too
If you just show me


I know it's crazy but I swear
My heart doesn't pump blood
When you are not near me
I juss walk my way through life comatose
'Till I hear my name in your key
I juss stay
Hoping, wishing, praying for the moment you say it's cool for me to
give you what I got
Cool for me to give you what I keep
Cool for me to give you what is fresh behind the apples
And the pears but you don't
             Won't
Accept it then accept it then return it
My logic understands but my back is tired of the weight
My feet are swollen and my fingers ache from writing


Don't you see?
I'm willing
            Willing
To go that extra continent
            Willing
To carry that extra gallon and love that extra kind
I am placing myself on the table
Spreading myself across your bread
So, say something
It's your move



Sunday, July 25, 2010

poetry session

Speechless - Part I
It's not very often that I'm left without words to say. Times like these I try to immerse myself with others' poetry - one's that inspire me.




If I Was A Bird
-Floetry, from the album "Floetic"




Sometimes blindness finds me
And leads me through ignorance
Not allowing us to gain experience
So we become lifeless
At other times I cover with
Self pity or work aimlessly through reality so
Occasionally I choose to travel alone
But never fulfill my possibility so
Mostly I attempt to achieve balance
By seeking right knowledge of loving
And reviewing and eventually overstanding those
Many lessons of my life


You got me caught in a starry eyed world of dreams
And I beg to see truth and promises you made to me
Now we’ve come so far but my visions of happiness
With you in my life I’m afraid and confused
If I was a bird I’d fly


If I was a bird I’d fly away
Spread my wings so I’d escape
If I was the sky
I’d let it rain to wash away the pain


Now why do I feel so alone
Knowing I know I have you
And what made you turn around on me
What did I do
And when did love feel this way
So much pain and misery
Where’s the you I once knew
And could ya fly with me


If I was a bird I’d fly away
Spread my wings so I’d escape
If I was the sky
I’d let it rain to wash away the pain


Now I can’t stay
You won’t need me
Set me free and let me fly






Monday, July 19, 2010

day off - simple pleasures

Another Monday off and I am so thankful to be able to sleep in! It kinda made me think about some of the simple things that make me happy.  Here is a list of those things. I hope that they inspire you to think about yours too!

1. Sleeping in on a Monday when everybody else has to go to work. (sorry working peeps!)
2. Having tea after a filling meal, and smelling its aroma before taking the comforting first sip.
3. Summertime favorite: Watching my 2 boys light up when I say I'm going to take them to the waterpark across the street.
4. Having an occasional coffee with my mom, and she always seems to have Purdy's chocolate with her to share (white or dark chocolate with almonds, mmmmm).
5. Watching TV with the fam after a long day. Not necessarily saying anything to each other, but being able to relax and wind down together is priceless!
6. Unexpectedly stumbling across a phrase or verse for my next poem, and frantically trying to jot it down somewhere either on scrap paper or more conveniently nowadays, on my phone.
7. Having my ipod on shuffle and suddenly having a favorite old skool jam come on.
8. Having homemade crepes with my sister.
9. Watching old movies that I can never get enough of; like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Superman 2".
10. Back to Mondays - watching morning cartoons with the boys, during this summer vacation and having a lazy day like today.

 I'll be sure to enjoy this for as long as it lasts.....or until another hour before I have to make lunch and start doing chores. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

poetry session

Be Around



We’ve reached a place where finally
It’s comforting to me –
Our level of comfortability
We’ve reached a higher form of familiarity
And negativity has made its way out the door
(For the time being)
‘Cause I just want to be around you more
Sense and sensibility, in unison, form
Better times and places for our memories to record
My perception and ability to see the world
In all its beauty and clarity
Reveal how life is really supposed to be
And magnifies itself whenever you’re around me


‘Cause I just want to be around you more
To feel your warm, vibrant radiance more
The minutes and hours of distance
I’m no longer keeping score
Because we’re finally face to face in this instance
Your presence presents me with ways
To try and get you to stay
To prolong our present situation more
An implication towards
Communicating our emotions more
Translating our affection more
Re-enacting our fantasies more


Being around you
Makes me feel whole
Even when I’ve already felt complete before
It’s impossible for me
To over analyze your motives
'Cause my usual hesitation hasn’t yet materialized
Instead

We complement and harmonize
Articulate and verbalize
In ways that I never knew was possible
And I am grateful, for your whole being invites
A new and better part of me to be realized


So I invite you
To be around me more
Dig deeper and peel back my layers more
My vulnerability isn’t a factor anymore
Because I hope
I trust
I love
That you'll be around me more.


-j.sanjuan

Friday, July 02, 2010

poetry session

Poet’s Block (Weary)


I used to write
So free
Uncensored
From the heart
But now I feel
Worlds apart


I need pretense and honesty
Strength and vulnerability
Tragedy and triumph
A feeling or obstacle
To overcome


I need and crave
Inspiration
Tribulation
Altercations and situations
To revive my inner thoughts
My quick stinging words
And long lasting poet prose.


Do you suppose
You got what I’m looking for?


-j.sanjuan

Sunday, June 27, 2010

oldie but goodie...

Sunday afternoon, gearing up to go to dance practice.
Sometimes I think I'm too old to be dancing again. But this is all for my girl, Rina, who is getting married next month.  And for old times sake, she wanted to get together again, (the old Lucid Image crew!!), and do it one last time.
Way back when, during college days, all of us got together, to do dancing gigs here and there. Performing at Flip Day, weddings, parties, fundraisers etc. This wedding in August coming up, will be the first time in a long time that the crew will be all together in one place again.  It's gonna be so much fun! Cuz of course, life, for many of us, has taken over - family, work, travelling, school.
So the moral of this one is - it's always good to go back to your roots!  Love you guys!
So to get in the dancing frame of mind, here are top 3 songs we jammed to.  Enjoy!

1. It's Like That - RUN-DMC ft. Jason Nevis
(This infamous back-up song we had to use to one performance when our original song WOULD NOT PLAY! Talk about dancing on the fly!)



2. Heads High - Mr. Vegas
Always!!! My go-to reggae song...that's right!!!



3. I'll Be - Jay Z ft. Foxy Brown
The perfect song that we always wanted to dance to for pairing. But never got a chance to.



Happy dancing!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

in rememberance

Today marks the 3rd year anniversary of my dad's passing. Even though my dad was in and out for most of my life, going back and forth to the Philippines, sometimes for extended periods of time with no contact - I still have very vivid childhood memories of him.  The last time I physically saw my dad was in the fall of 1997.  The last time I spoke to him was in the winter of 1999, before I gave birth to my first son. 

No doubt, we had our struggles growing up, it was just my mom raising my older sister, myself and my younger brother.  And even though I never really got to know my dad, and understand him in my adult frame of mind, what's most important to me is that, I do understand that many of us have made mistakes and of course, he had his share. I think that he knew his mistakes, but never got a chance to atone for them. 
But despite the absence, I also think that somehow, he knows at this very moment that I've forgiven him - and that there is peace in knowing that you've realized the mistakes you've made in life and ultimately having the faith that whoever you've wronged has forgiven you.
So this is dedicated to my dad - I've made my mistakes too.  Each person has their struggles - and I'm thankful that you don't have to go through them anymore.

Also, in rememberance, since this past Sunday was Father's Day, I'd like to share some of the things I remember about my dad growing up.


-He loved to sing karaoke.
-He drove a 1979 White Pontiac Grand Prix. Until 1990 he obtained his new pride and joy, a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
-Whenever he would come back from the Philippines, he would always bring home candy and smell like home.
-He was a handyman.  He finished our entire basement in Winnipeg.
-He loved Chinese food and Crown Royal.
-He had a gold shiny watch that he would wear whenever we would go out for special occasions.
-And on these special occasions, he would douse himself with Brut cologne, slick his hair back and look very well put together.
-He used to clip mine and my siblings' fingernails and do it soooo short that it would hurt! And everytime he would call us, we would laugh, yell and run away from him.
-Whenever he would come home from work, my brother and I would hide and pretend we were ghosts to surprise him.  We'd creep up and do the "oooooooooooo" sound and he would yell as if he was genuinely scared.
-As we grew older, we would play endless Tetris on our big gigantic Zenith TV on castors and make fun of him when he wasn't quick enough to lay down the pieces as the rhthym and the music grew faster and faster.  He would eventually lose due to his "slower" reflexes.
-He liked to watch senseless dating shows with my sister and I, especially "Change of Heart".

So there you have a glimpse of what he was like. I hope my memories conjure up some of your own about your dad too! Thanks Dad for the memories!

Monday, June 21, 2010

i heart vintage hair...

It seems like more and more, what was once old becomes new again.  I love vintage hairstyles, more specifically in the 50s era.  I've come across this noteworthy blog to check out - all about vintage hair - bobby pin blog. Loving it!!!!


There is a certain air of sophistication and glamour associated with this era that I absolutely LOVE.  Stars from the past have immortalized this look from Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to name a few.


Even in present day, many celebrities are emulating the glamour and sophistication of days past but adding their own little twist:

Emily Blunt, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson

And two of my favorite people:
Dita Von Teese

and Gwen Stefani.

So here is to vintage! I promise myself that one day I will style my hair like this someday!  Happy Monday!