Archive for October, 2011

October 27

I found my new planner for the next year! As much as I love technology, [my phone is bigger than my hand], I still love reading and writing on actual paper. I rarely get the chance to write like I use to in journals, but that’s ok, because my diary and journal entries are photographs in this blog now! As long as I can express myself artistically, have an outlet for my feelings, thoughts, and observations, that’s all I can ask for, right?  Anywhoo, my phone is great for alarms and planning, but I still love entering my plans on paper. I just helps me to see it on parchment. So every year, I buy a new planner. I’m super picky, and I have to have certain things in my book. A two page calendar of the month with room to write in each box is a necessity, lots of notes pages, and good quality paper to write on is crucial. It sounds snotty, but I can’t stand writing on cheap paper! I tend to look for travel books because the quality of paper is superior to other planners since they have to endure a trip! I found this one at Barnes and Noble, and had to get it now, even though I have two months left before I need it.

October 25

I got the wonderful opportunity to second shoot with this gorgeous family a few weekends ago with up and coming photographer Virginia Vo. She’s an amazing person and we found out that we had a ton in common. Needless to say, we worked really well together and had so much fun shooting the Boyer family. Virginia has done family portraits for the Boyer family in previous years, and it’s amazing to see their growth. The triplets were running around now, having the time of their lives, and it took all my energy to keep up with them! Each of the Boyer kids have a distinct personality and look, which makes them so much fun to photograph. Plus, how can you resist those adorable dresses the girls are wearing?!  Thanks again Virginia for the wonderful day in Dana Point!

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October 20

Every so often I will have enough energy to accompany my auntie to Santee Alley and the fashion district. She’s a pro when it comes to shopping here, and I can do nothing but try to keep up. I got a few awesome things to commemorate this trip, and these two are the coolest things I found. Ever. The elephant ring is so well made and the design is just fantastic. Even better, I got it for a couple of bucks. The falcon was another awesome find, and I will have lots of fun sporting both of these rings! [please ignore the dry hands]



This past weekend, I attended the Anatolian Festival with a bunch of good friends and some new ones as well. We ate and ate and ate…and then we ate some more…taking tons of pictures along the way. I came back the next day with Justina and grabbed some more pictures of the places I didn’t get to see much of the day before. My favorites by far in portraits were the characters that posed readily for me at each of the gates. They were dressed in gorgeous gowns, and kept to their characters the whole time. As for the food, i think the gyro and the rice pudding were the clear winners of the day. However, the lahbmajoun and the soups were a close runner up.







onto the fooooood …..

gyros are my favorite

ravioli and baked potato

turkish desserts

rice pudding























and some playful poses as well *_*





It rained all day today so I pulled out my scarves from my bar trip to do this shoot. I chose this pink one to contrast the blue of my shirt, and to match my pink rainboots! I had my brother stand under the porch the whole time while I stood out in the rain. Priorities! Camera stays less wet than me always!

During the day, my news ticker showed that Steve Jobs had passed, and I was deeply saddened that such a great man had so little time on this earth. One of my favorite quotes from his commencement speech at Standford stands out in my mind today, and I hope that his message will continue to inspire generations to come.

“If today is the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer is no for too many days in a row, I know I have to change something.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.  Stay hungry,  stay foolish.”  – Steve Jobs

 bloomingdales umbrella, pink scarf from china, banana republic royal blue shirt, target rainboots

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October 05

I thrifted this black purse at Plato’s Closet, this consignment store that just opened near me. I’m glad to see these stores popping up and giving Buffalo Exchange some competition! They stocked up with some great items, and I found this awesome large black purse! It’s bigger than what I usually carry, but it holds my dslr camera for those days when I want to walk around town. Speaking of walking, the Anatolian Culture & Food Festival is coming up this weekend, and it’s going to be right here in Costa Mesa! I’ve already purchased my tickets on Groupon, and am super excited to see what they are going to showcase this year. I plan on walking through as much of the festival in two days.  I’ve never been to the festival, but in November of last year, I went to Turkey and fell in love with the country. We visited Istanbul, Cappadocia, and then Selcuk. I’m so happy to hear that they are building a Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque here at the festival!! So please check out that site and keep this festival going!!


 club monaco polka dot tee, no brand jean leaggings, jessica simpson pumps, idglassbylauren necklace,  thrifted black bag



October 03

bún bò huế is a noodle dish we love at home. My auntie is from Hue and she taught a lot of the women in the family to make this, and I’m next in line.