Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wedding Shoot Pictures!

Click on over HERE to check out some of the pictures from the mini photo shoot we threw together a couple weeks ago!!!!!

Makeup Artist Gigi Jara

Monday, December 27, 2010

Heading Back East!

Tomorrow night I hop on a plane for the East Coast! I am so excited to see my family and Kingston!!!! My Husband flew back today, (lucky him) and is currently with him and I'm sure giving him tons of love! It really hasn't felt like Christmas..especially living out here. So, I am looking forward to our Orthodox Christmas which is January 7th. Getting together with family...preparing traditional foods, Yummy!!

Speaking of Christmas day...well, ours didn't go to plan..not even close. We are dog sitting for a friend and well that dog has fleas..ugh! Then, we had reservations for Christmas dinner..we get there and they say, "oh we are running behind, it will be at least a one hour wait." ugh...we left.  Then it began to down pour! yes..still raining in Los Angeles!!  So we ended up at a Mexican restaurant :) food was fine.. it got better once I had a margarita in my hand! This was one memorable Christmas day!

This Sunday we are celebrating with family and friends my 30th birthday!!!
So looking forward to seeing everyone!!!  I can't believe I'm turning 30... {sigh}

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Our 2010 Holiday Card!

Oh, I'm so anxious for Tuesday to come around...
This has been difficult to be away from my Family over the Holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Raining and Pouring..

Over on the West Coast, it has been raining like CRAZY!! I mean, every day...every minute! There really isn't any place for all that rain to go!! Mudslides..oh my! There isn't much to do around here..and I want to stay away from the malls since everyone is doing their last minute Christmas shopping! I have been going a little nutty in our apartment..hence tons of online shopping!!

All this rain has inspired me to buy some rain boots! So, I'm currently on the hunt...
Burberry has some adorable booties! LOVING these shimmer check boots!

If I had some extra money laying around..possible these!

These purple boots by Kamik Ellie would be freaking adorable!!

Time to justify...I mean seriously, how many days out of the year would I wear these? They would last forever!!! My 30th birthday is coming up...hmmm should I go for those Burberry Shimmer Check? Would be soo perfect!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wedding Shoot

Last weekend, I helped out my friend who is a makeup artist, do a fun mock up wedding shoot... The photographer, Jordana (Hazelnut Photography) was there to capture the beautiful pictures! So, now we are waiting... and waiting to get our hands on them! She posted one up on Twitter, stating it was her favorite! Take a peak at my friend Anna in her vintage dress :) Oh and my necklace!  :)

Anna hasn't worn this dress since her wedding day...she loved being able to throw it on and feel beautiful in front of the camera!! It was a very busy and chaotic day but I know we got some amazing shots! Soon as I get the rest I will share!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lakers VS Clippers!

So, we FINALLY made it to a game!!! Well, this was Mr. Southbay's 3rd first!  It was such a good game..up to the last second of the game :) Let's cross this off the bucket list!

The Lakers and the Clippers share the same "home court" so tonight was a home game for the Clippers...You wouldn't have known it though! Sooo many Laker fans! I had to get a beer..that's what you drink at basketball games right? :)

After the game we headed outside over to the mini skating rink...soo many beautiful lights!! It definitely got me in the holiday spirit! I'm hoping to get back to downtown to throw some skates on myself!

Not the most flattering picture...but cute! 
Mr. Southbay drove all the way down from work to take me to the game!

Getting into the Holiday Spirit!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Family Photos :)

Jordana from Hazelnut Photography quickly squeezed us in for a last minute session before our Little Man took off for the east coast...and once again she did a phenomenal job! Sorry, photo overload!!!!!

 All Photography by, Hazelnut Photography

Update on the Little Man! He is doing great!!! My family gives me daily reports and says he is getting along with his new furry friends and takes daily snoozes snuggled in my t-shirts :)  Oh, this makes my heart happy :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Tough Week

Tuesday is THE day... {deep breath} Kingston will take off to the East Coast! We are just not ready to part with our Little Man.. It will definitely be a different kind of "life" with him gone. This morning we drove up to Burbank for a quick mini photo session with our favorite photographer Jordana from Hazelnut Photography. It was a completely last minute idea and she was it was meant to be! :) For a quick twenty five minutes she took tons of pictures.. I am so anxious to get my hands on them :)  I am hoping to use one of them for our Christmas card this year. Here are a couple of pictures she took of Kingston this time last year as a matter of fact! Jordana did a shoot with my Parents and kindly snagged some adorable pics of our Little Man!

His hair was super long here.. such big ears!

Love those eyes :)

We drop him off at 10am..then what? We won't come home...where can we go? We want to go someone loud and busy.. Disneyland? Till then, we are snuggling and giving tons of kisses to our Little Man..lots of walks and hugs! We will see him in four weeks! Oh its going to be a tough week without him...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm a little obsessed over these Whisker Works mustaches!

From US to YOU...Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Cards!

The talented Joy Liz Sage created two designs for my family's holiday card this year!

She designed a 5'7 card, designed on both sides. front and back are marked.
Here is the first design! I just love the picture of us walking away..

Here is a 2nd design!

We asked her to bold the family name...

 So, I believe we are going with the 2nd design! I totally recommend Joy Liz Sage! She was a blast to work with and we did all communicating through email. Super quick response too! Click HERE to see the birthday invitation she created for my Father's birthday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MIA Lately..

Life has been super stressful lately.. Mr. Southbay and I have come to the conclusion that we will be sending Kingston back east to live with my Parents. After four months of trying to figure out how to help our Little Man...we have come up empty handed..He is suffering from separation anxiety.. We have tried EVERYTHING! Two trainers & meds later. We are having to pack up his stuff..
For the past week I have been taking him to Doggie Day Care over at Petsmart..and he is finally participating and playing with all the other pups! The daycare is helping during the day but he still freaks out in the evening..At least I won't have any neighbors complaining! Here are a couple of pictures! I had to be careful that he didn't see me..

He is the one at the top of the picture...

Do you see him sniffing the dog? I think they are the same mix breed..Yorkie/Maltese!

A random lady went to the glass and Kingston came right up to say hi! Perfect timing right! This PetSmart,  program is wonderful! I totally recommend them to everyone! If I had to board my dog I would feel completely comfortable taking him here!

Oh my, I am going to miss him soo much! I just can't handle one more neighbor coming by and complaining... or coming home to see him entire face and paws saturated from panting all day.. I am so grateful for my Parents for taking him! Our plan is to move back east as soon as possible..Mr. Southbay has been searching for jobs ...applying but nothing yet! This economy is not helping!

On a positive note, all things happen for a reason. I will miss my Kingston so much! Words can not even begin to describe how it will feel coming home to an empty house everyday.. but I know he will have a huge backyard and a friend (Eli Mae) to hang out with all day. Kingston is leaving us the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We are using PetAirways. I will be unsettled till I hear from my Parents saying they have him in their arms! 

Here is a picture of Eli Mae and Kingston on our wedding weekend! 
They were buddies then...they will be buddies again!

I am soo glad we are flying home over New Years! We will get to spend the entire week with King! My Parents said we will have to Skype in the evening :) 

Okay, deep breath.....exhale.....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Doggie Daycare

Tomorrow is a big day for our little man Kingston... It will be his first day at doggie daycare! His separation anxiety hasn't gotten any better and it is super hard to come home and see his face saturated from salivating all day. Even when the dog walker comes by...he still goes into a panic state. 

So, after checking out several dog day care programs..I feel the most comfortable with Petsmart Doggie Day Care. I can't believe how clean and nice their facility was!! There are cameras in every room and tons of attendants! So I am super anxious for tomorrow and it will only be for about 5 hours..I hope he makes tons of friends and is completely exhausted when I pick him up! 

 Oh Kingston we love you so much but you are stressing us out!!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Perfect Sunset..

Yesterday, we headed down to the strand on Manhattan Beach and took a run... It was the perfect evening! Perfect was super clear out..we could see Catalina Island, which hardly ever occurs! There were tons of people outside just waiting for the sunset..and I couldn't stop taking pictures! 

Mr. Southbay!

Can you see all the surfers out there? 
I couldn't believe how many were out and wading in the water..

This is my favorite! I used our new phone.. Android!

What a wonderful way to end the hustle and bustle of the work week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A San Diego Halloween!

This past weekend we spent Saturday evening down in San Diego with friends! It was one crazy night on the town. Our costumes came together perfectly!! Take a peak...

He we are all ready to go!!

We ended up at The Ivy Hotel, roof top. Very nice..perfect weather.
Oh and btw-his flower is real :)

We needed to rest of dancing feet...three different levels..
Each level different DJ... perfect!!

Smoochy Smooch...i loved my hair piece! Headband 3.99, Feather piece 3.99. 

I found this arm...and well.. put it to good use :)

Thank you San Diego for another crazy year of fun!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Giveaway Time! Family Tree

Click on over to East Coast Weddings to enter to win a family tree by Joy Liz Sage! They are absolutely adorable and such a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season. Please click on over and enter to win!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Carving Party!

This past weekend a couple neighbors came by for some good ole pumpkin carving! So, of course I couldn't just have a plain table and carving tools...Let me share :)

I picked up this Halloween vinyl table cloth over at Big Lots for 3.99! Our table opens up to a nice size..moved the furniture around and created the perfect spot for carving! 

A while back I snatched up these adorable napkins over at Pier One..
Too cute to pass up!

Oh and here is the yummy part!

Mr. Southbay and our neighbor enjoying the cake pops!!

The cake pops were such a task... seriously!!!! So I only did one batch of green and used the rest of the orange frosting to for rest of the pops left over. They were however delicious and everyone LOVED them!

Now,  onto carving!!! I snatched up this adorable "Tricked Out" kitty cat stencil and bling!!

It was super easy and adorable... It is my favorite pumpkin I ever created :) 
I got this over at Pier One too!

Here we are with our masterpieces and several bottles of wine later... :)

All lit up!!  It was a great evening with friends!!

There is just something about getting together with friends and carving pumpkins... makes me feel like such a kid again!!  This Saturday we are headed to San Deigo for a night of Halloween fun!!! Ohh I am super excited!!