Friday, April 18, 2014

Levain Bakery

Beat the huge line at Levain Bakery this morning. Bringing FAT delicious cookie fun to a birthday brunch and pasta dinner. This bakery don't play when it comes to size.

I love the Chocolate Chip Walnut and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Return of the Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon!

Sent out some digitals and needed natural makeup. Love my Clinique Chubby Stick in mega melon!


Here is a review video from a previous post when I compared Clinique Chubby Sticks and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cali Love

Flew into Los Angeles as the starting point for our road trip to Napa.

While in LA, my friend Thuy and I squeezed in a hike at Runyon Canyon Park.

This picture I took looked like it came out of some encyclopedia entry about the prehistoric era. Couldn't you see a dinosaur popping out of here? (ignoring the skyline)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cooking Korean Japchae (Stir-Fried Noodles with Beef and Veggies)

I used this fantastic, easy-to-follow video (with the cutest Korean lady) to make my Japchae.

The video and recipe can be found here.

I actually omitted the white onions since it gives my husband gas. (haha)  I then added 3 jalapenos (we like things SPICY) and about 7 Korean long green peppers (but I suggest only 2-3).  I stir-fried the peppers like all the other vegetables.  I found that the amounts of sesame oil and soy sauce suggested resulted in Japchae that was too bland for me. So I added a LOT more.  You should definitely add to your taste.

Prep Work

My husband had four helpings of the dish. I call that a success!  (Although now he's knocked out on the living room floor from what I imagine is the starch. Or maybe just plain food coma?  He did go H.A.M. on that Japchae!)
This circumference of this bowl is probably comparable to that of a hubcap.  That's a lot of food.

Hilarious Relationship Blog

The other night, my husband and I were looking at potential apt floor plans.

Him: This one has a secret door!
Me: Oooo, a secret door??
Him: Yeah, so if one of us has an affair, someone can sneak out without the other person knowing!
Me: ...

So romantic, right? It reminds me of all the awesome things said between partners. And this blog by a newlywed documents some hilarious stuff (read from Day 1!) :

Some gems from the blog:

DAY 28

Him:  “Are you having a medical issue?”
Me:  “I don’t know, why?”
Him:  “Because you’re so dry.  It’s like an old catcher’s mitt down here.”

DAY 159

Text Convo:
Me:  How was the apartment?
Him:  It smelled like a penis that’s been left out in the sun.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sweet Sakura Tea

When I was in DC, my friend let me try some Sweet Sakura Tea that she brought over from Japan.  It was really neat to see the blossoms open up in the water.  When I stirred the water, it was a beautiful sight to see the flowers dancing and twirling around. :)  If anything, you have to try it out just to see this "show".

The sticky buds that come in the packet.

For me, the flavor was not appealing. It reminded me of drinking water from a glass that still had a bit of vodka in it.  Like an odd lingering alcohol taste that's slightly tangy and...well, alcoholic. (I actually just read that the blossoms are preserved in alcohol. No wonder.)  But I don't enjoy sweet, fruity hot teas so you may very well like it.  My friend likes the taste a lot.  

If you want to purchase this tea, you can find it at  Let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Urban Decay Revolutionary Lipstick

I bought the Revolutionary Lipstick ($22) in the color Jilted, which Urban Decay's website describes as a deep fuchsia shimmer with a blue shift.  I gotta give it thumbs up for its creamy, moisturizing formula.  I usually avoid lipsticks because they tend to feel dry and accentuate any already chapped areas.  But the awesome blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter kept my lips baby soft!  Oh, and this lipstick is vegan, too. Score!  I'm already a huge fan of Urban Decay's eye shadows, so I'm happy that I have a new go-to brand for lip colors!

Here is a close-up and swatch in natural light.

The gunmetal packaging is sexy!

Have you tried any of the Revolution Lipsticks?  Any favorite colors?