halloween fun

on saturday, i decided to go to the oak lawn block party for halloween. i had never been there and i wanted to take pictures of all the neat costumes. obviously, that meant i needed a costume myself, so i had to brew something up. i used some of my nephew’s white face paint and slathered some black eyeshadow on my face and body…..teased my hair…..later on used some of my nephew’s tube of blood…..and this is what i got:



unfortunately, there is something wrong with my memory stick, so i have yet to upload the pictures from the block party. it was a blast, let me tell ya. so many costumes, i couldn’t even enjoy them all as much as i wanted to…or take pictures of them! but i will work on getting the pictures into my mac so i can show y’all. there are tons of great photos.


on sunday, i wanted to do something simple, like a devil…but ended up buying a tray of face goodies (paint, scars, glitter, etc.), so i decided to do up my costume a little more…….note, i have never worked with face paint before. i just wanted something that resembled flames…

these are some of my favorite pictures of sunday night:



it was a fun halloween weekend. finally…a halloween that beat halloween ’02 in hawaii!!!!!!!!!!! ❤




october 21-october 23

the past 7 days have worn me out.

last friday, i worked in the morning and found out that there was a dress being overnighted from LA for me to be modeling at the unveiled dallas bridal show. the dress was designed by rami kashou of project runway (season 4). kashou started working with papyrus last year when he was asked to design a paper dress for a fashion night out event. this is what he created, which you will see on our papyrus posters around the country:


here is a model wearing the dress that was unveiled last year at the century city mall papyrus location:


i knew this was not the dress that was being overnighted, for two reasons:

1. i can’t see how someone would ship a box THAT BIG and that quick.

2. the model looks 6 feet tall. there’s no way i’d be able to fit in that dress.

if you are curious to see more of rami kashou’s paper dresses, all you have to do is google “papyrus paper dress” or “rami kashou paper dress” and look at all the images. they’re fabulous.


anyways, back to my story from friday morning. my boss called and wondered what dress size i wore. he asked, “are you a size 4?” and at that time, i didn’t know why he was asking, but i was so tempted to joke around and yell, “ARE YOU CALLING ME FAT!?!?” i held back, though. that was when he told me about the rami kashou dress, and i immediately thought, “i better eat 7 meals a day for the new 2 days if i want to fit in that dress!” my boss said that i was going to be the only one wearing that dress, and we were going to MAKE. IT. FIT. he was informed that it was a size 4, so we discussed everything from the realistic options like having to wear padding or stuffing the dress to the ridiculous options like getting last minute boob implants. haha! then we just decided to wait until the dress got in so i could drive over and we could figure it out.

obviously, i needed shoes to match the dress…so i hopped over a few stores down to look at what cream/gold/bronze/copper shoes they had since my boss said it was in that color range. i narrowed it down to two pairs:


i chose the one on the left…and after i purchased them, my boss chose the one on the right. of course.

after my shoe purchase, the dress arrived at northpark, and i was on my merry way to take a look at it.

good thing we didn’t stress too much about the dress being too big, because the dress fit. the dress is not a size 4. the dress is a size 0. perfect, minus the fact that i couldn’t breath in it for the first 2 minutes. after a few breathing exercises, i had everything under control.

i had to try on the dress in front of the store because it was the only spot that had room for me to walk around in and have people around me, so we tried on some jewelry. our northpark location is the only location in dallas that sells our NIQUEA.D jewelry/accessories line. i got to try on some awesome blingy necklaces and earrings as customers gawked at the fact that i was wearing a paper dress. people were walking by the store, staring in and pointing at the dress. some came in to touch it. it was pretty funny because i had on an argyle sweater and black tights underneath, so it didn’t look as great. but it sure did knock everyone’s socks off as they walked by…

the fitting was successful and my jewelry was set aside for sunday, so that was awesome.

after work, i met up with some business partners and shoe ladies at blackfinn in addison. i decided to take the opportunity to break in my new heels. the ladies noticed my shoes and loved them. awesome. there were some pictures taken of our shoes, but i have yet to receive a copy of that. i mingled around for a little bit before i headed off to regal beagle to meet up with some friends. i didn’t stay long as i knew i had to wake up early the next morning.


…the next morning came fairly quick. as in 5:45 a.m…

here are a few pictures of the next 12 hours…


i had more pictures, but they aren’t loading. ugh.

but yes, it was just a day of shoes, shoes, and SHOES. shoes in my car, too. i am a closeted shoe freak. no one can tell because i only wear black shoes to work and i wear a select few to shoot pool, but i have……a ton of shoes. i just want to own 1,000 pairs of heels and boots and i’ll be a happy camper.


after my day of shoes galore, i had to run home to get my things ready for the bridal show. i was going to be spending the night at my coworker’s place in euless, so i had to make sure that i didn’t forget anything.

the absolute worst part about the next 9 hours was finding black bobby pins. it took 3 hours around plano and euless to find black bobby pins. seriously!? i’m just glad we found them before the insane thunderstorm arrived!

as the internet was acting up due to the thunderstorm, it took us a while to figure out hair and makeup for the bridal show. my boss wanted “dramatic makeup.” he sent us a picture of how he wanted my hair, which was a casual updo that the beautiful jessica alba had done with her hair. she had her hair braided down the side and the rest thrown up into a messy bun (no, my picture is not uploading…ugh!).

we ended up “taking a nap” from 4 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. which was brutal.

the next 3 hours were spent on my hair and makeup. all i did was sit as bobby pins were stuck in my head and half a can of hair spray was applied to my hair. i later counted how many bobby pins were in my hair. to get a “casual updo” for my hair, it requires 89 bobby pins. we totally overestimated, as we bought about 200. the most bobby pins i have had in my hair was 180+ and that was about 10 years ago. when i was in my beauty pageant (2001 MISS NMI UNVERSE), my sponsor (who was a hairdresser) had turned my hair into a bouquet of flowers. imagine that! yeah, that required an entire bottle of conditioner to detangle. but it was beautiful.



if you look behind those stunning ladies in this last picture (ha!), you can see the first rami kashou dress on the posters. and if you look on our necks, we are sporting some serious NIQUEA.D jewelry from the northpark store. it was fun.

the day was fun. i completely forgot that i was only running on an hour and a half of sleep. papyrus happened to be the only custom printing/stationery vendor at the bridal show, which was awesome. we had brides submit their information to enter into a raffle for $250 off their wedding invitations. they were all about that!

there were flower vendors…photography vendors…bridal dress vendors…linen vendors…cake vendors…entertainment vendors…there was a mini donut vendor. of course i tasted a few samples! as well as the cake booth that was giving away samples of their 4 layered cake slices and the booth that was giving away sandwiches (jonathan: “who serves sandwiches at a wedding?” good point, but i’m not complaining).

i hope our picture makes it into D MAGAZINE. the photographer for the magazine took a few pictures of us, and well…it’s not like there’s always a girl wearing a paper dress at a bridal show, right? look out for their upcoming issue. i know i will.

i wish i took more pictures, but my camera just wasn’t working. i had to bring my ancient kodak digital camera that takes AA batteries. i bought a new pack of batteries, but for some reason my camera would not turn on. i was so bummed because my sony digital, which died in march, could have taken some AMAZING pictures of the bridal show…and of that ridiculous dress in the faux wedding scene hallway (which i did take 2 pics of from my camera phone and showed you above). but i hope you enjoy what i posted. i thought the peacock wedding cake was awesome. the peacock theme and teal/purple color scheme was pretty big this year with my clients.

after the bridal show had to come an end, i drove home and passed out for 14 hours.


state fair of texas part 2

let me start off with my shoe inspiration real quick.

this picture was taken OF ME by my amazing friend, cory.

he has taken a few pictures of me shooting pool, and i do love these boots.

i just want to own 100 pairs of boots…


thank you, cory!! ❤

now, onto the state fair of texas part 2. today, i went with my sister and my little man (my nephew). the weather was about 60ish degrees, which is just too cold for me…but it warmed up later in the day. we rode the dart there and brought our canned goods to get our $2 admissions because it was the wednesday special deal. i wanted to eat before we went to the fair but my sister insisted that we eat everything on the fair grounds instead of my jack in the box breakfast that i kept whining that i didn’t get to have. when we got to the fair, we walked by a huge sign that said “ultimate fried burger” and i was sold. of course i base everything on what pictures of food look like…but fried pickles, fried onions, and fried cheese in a burger? yes, please. my sister’s 2 main things are a funnel cake and a turkey leg, so we got the funnel cake first. my nephew had to have a corn dog. that was lunch.

i didn’t know what to expect at the state fair today. the last time my sister went to the fair (maybe 5 years ago!?), we were there for only 2 hours because she fell sick. last year, i took my nephew to the fair with a bunch of friends and we stayed there ALL DAY. we’ve never been to the fair together…but it was fun!…aside from the fact that my nephew got so hyper that he was getting on our nerves. “i want to ride the big round thing!” which was the ferris wheel that he didn’t get to ride on. “i want cotton candy!” which we did give him. “I WANT SODA!” which we gave him very little of to get him to quiet down and get out of our hair. “i want to go home!” which we eventually ended up doing around 5 p.m…

my only goal was to take fun pictures. the last time i went to the fair with penny, we walked around and walked into every exhibit and every building and walked through the entire fair grounds….this time around, we saw the bird show, saw as many animals as we could, and took a ton of fun pictures. we took pictures with anything from the banana trees (of course, being that we’re island girls) to the fountains to the huge….huge…elephant we walked by….my nephew is quite the model. he just expects to be in every picture. so you will be seeing a lot of him…..




there you have it.

here is my 70+ picture blog of our fun-filled day. i thought the pictures were great. i didn’t edit any of them, which i loved about them even more. i think i got my fix of this year’s state fair. this year was the best year i’ve visited the fair because i got to experience it the most out of both visits than i have in the previous years combined. i got to experience the fair with an adult during the first visit and with a child in the second visit, so it was fun. i didn’t get to eat another buffalo chicken in a flapjack but i was fine with that. i was glad we bumped into the fried okra booth (my sister and i LOVE fried okra) and my sister ended up getting her turkey leg before we left, so she was a happy camper.

cheers to the 125th anniversary of THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS!



i had a great weekend!

first of all, let’s start with a shoe inspiration!


























my sister modeled 2 pairs of heels for me. thin heels, sparkle, PINK…there’s a lot of good going on with both those pairs!

i just want a thousand pairs of high heels right now….*sigh*


i went to a wedding (reception) yesterday (october 15, 2011). it was beautiful.
















































































































the night was great, the food was great, the company was great. at the wedding tony and i attended 2 weeks ago, i got to snatch one of the centerpieces. i was able to do so at this wedding, too. after the reception, we went to blackfinn in addison to meet up with friends and another wedding party group. it was a blast, hanging out with good company. i also ended up going home with a bouquet of flowers gifted to me at 2 a.m.!!!!!!


























wow, i got flowers from one wedding and two guys! ❤ so sweet!

AND HOW ABOUT THEM RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

today (october 16, 2011) is boss’s day. unfortunately, my boss was not feeling well today so he didn’t get to come to work to this:


































i try to show my appreciation as much as i can…whether it be with a simple “thank you” or a gift…and i mean show my appreciation in general, not just for boss’s day. every day. we all never know when we are appreciated. sometimes the little things can make a person’s day. i always feel good when people thank me for something that i do. that’s all i need and i’m a happy camper. =)


here are a few questions that were asked today. i figure i’d answer them for the world to read….

what makes you tick?

-what makes me angry? being lied to. when people tug on the sleeve of my shirt..for some reason it sets me off. there are other ways to get my attention, and i prefer that it not be tugging on the sleeve of my shirt. umm…what else. i’m sure there are a few others, but i can’t think of them at the moment. i don’t like being around obnoxiously drunk people…the ones that breath down my neck and stick their face in mine and hang onto me and try to kiss me. yeah, i get that a few times. i don’t like it.

what makes you happy?

-oh, wow. i could go for days on this one. food. my nephew. my family. my friends. flowers. the color pink. writing. listening to music. driving with the windows down in the middle of the night. hanging out with friends outdoors at night. shoes. cupcakes. sightseeing. museums. soft things. feeling productive. midday naps. ice cream. snow-lots of it. game nights with friends. making people happy…to name a few…

what makes you really sad?

-when unfortunate things happen to good people. when i think i’m being ignored. when my friends don’t want to talk to me about certain things. when my nephew says i’m too busy to play with him. that last one goes straight to the heart. valentine’s day also makes me sad. but it’s hard to be sad because my favorite color is pink and i see it for days prior to the day. =)

what do you like to do on a rainy day?

-sleep in!!!!!!!! i actually like to use rainy days to clean and do laundry, if i’m off from work. if someone wants to play in the rain with me, i’m down for that. those would make good pictures. =) but this isn’t saipan…people don’t run around in the rain here. darn.

do you like to cuddle?

-yes. i’m a girl. don’t we all?

what cheers you up when you’re sad?

-food. starbucks (iced tall/grande with whip white mocha). blink 182. a good friend. and getting lost in a book store.

what is your favorite season?

-fall. it’s like spring, but with not as much rain, and the temperature is nice. summer is my next favorite because i’m a pacific islander, i love heat. this 2011 texas summer was a little too much for me, but the past 8 were great! spring is the next season because i love flowers. i don’t dislike winter, but i have long hair, and i hate shocking people when i touch them. also, even though i wear them, i’m not fond of turtlenecks.

how do you drink your coffee?

-with 2-3 spoons of sugar and lots of flavored creamer. it turns into, “would you like some coffee with your cream and sugar?”

what is your greatest fear?

-rejection. even the slight possibility of getting turned down just eats me up. dating and job interviews are the worst.

where do you want to live when you get married?

-in a house. within a painless driving distance from my nephew. and i like to have neighbors, so that rules out the country side. but i don’t want to live in the city. but i’ve never thought of this question, so i might change my mind a year from now!

what is on your bucket list?

-sky dive. travel…and travel A LOT. visit all 50 states. ride a hot air balloon. own a ferrari. those are a few, and those will happen.


that is all for now.


so……about 2 months ago, my dad told me that there is a russian couple that lives in saipan. they have a 12 year old daughter that collects the quarters for all 50 states but she’s missing one. oklahoma. my dad asked me to find an oklahoma quarter and send it to her. i found one later that night. one of the ladies on my pool team was nice enough to give me the oklahoma quarter that she found in her quarter stash, so i sent it to the little girl with a pretty card. my dad said she was so excited that she called her relatives in russia to tell them about my card. how sweet. well, i just sent her a US virgin islands quarter and told her that her collection is not complete. now i need to find a puerto rico, american samoa, guam, and northern mariana islands quarter. the northern mariana islands happens to the be rarest one in the entire batch of quarters, but i’m not worried about that one. my dad said he got me a roll of BU (brilliant uncirculated) NMI quarters. woohoo! i think they’re the prettiest quarters…not because that’s where i’m from or anything…but this is why:

The Northern Mariana Islands quarter reverse design represents the wealth of the islands in its natural resources of land, air and sea.  Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures.  A canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people’s seafaring skills across vast distances.  Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchrony overhead.  A Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design near the inscription, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.  The mwar is symbolic of the virtues of honor and respect.

there you have it. the latte stone, canoe, birds, and best-smelling flowers in the universe all in one quarter:








i miss home. and my parents. it’s definitely in reverse order.


big things have been happening lately. big things are about to happen. i need good vibes and good energy and good wishes from everyone!

have a wonderful week, y’all!


friendship is one mind in two bodies




“why hasn’t he texted me back?”

“why doesn’t he call?”

dr. p.






the future





“we’re such girls”

self consciousness


“i need assurance that he likes me”





“we just have so much fun together”





“i remember the first time i met him…”










“she needs to grow up”





“that’s why the world hates americans”


i don’t remember the last time i had been on a 4 hour phone conversation.

thank you to my beautiful, beautiful, beautiful persian friend, mishi, for having the best conversation with me about every aspect of our lives and the people in it.

you add sparkle to my life.


this night is sparkling, don’t you let it go…

it was finally taylor time.

i’ve been waiting for taylor swift since february, when her tickets sold.

taylor swift is my guilty pleasure.

she’s fun.

she’s quirky.

she’s cool.

she’s sweet.

and her upbeat songs make me sing and dance in my car, which i’m sure gives my fellow drivers on the road a little bit of entertainment. just a little.

my best friend, gus, took these pictures of my friend, tiam, and i before we headed out. i ruined a perfect picture of tiam in that second shot of us, but i’m posting it up anyways. gus is such the photographer. sometimes the pictures he takes of us when he’s joking around turn out to the be the best ones…like that third picture!

we now interrupt this blog to introduce my favorite concert partner, tiam…

in a previous blog, i had introduced you all to tony, my wedding date.

tiam is my concert date.

here are a few pictures of us on our concert dates…


TORI AMOS, JULY 25, 2009

we looked rough this day because we had sat for HOURS to do the tori meet and greet and then attended the concert…so there was a lot of sun, dehydration, and sweat involved in this day.


stay tuned for tori amos, december 22, 2011…

so back to taylor swift.

i’m not even going to post pictures of our adventure on the way to the COWBOYS STADIUM because i took over 400 pictures of the concert and i have to narrow them down…

when we were headed to the stadium, tiam checked her navigation to get an ETA for us and we were scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m…….




……we did not arrive at the cowboys stadium parking lot until past 8 p.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from the traffic on the ramp of 35 to the construction on 35 to the accident on 35 right before our exit to the traffic going through the texas rangers ballpark to get to the stadium, we had arrived just in time to listen to 3.5 seconds of taylor’s last opening act’s performance before they began to set her stage up…

so here you go.


Hi, I’m Taylor. I’ve been alive for 21 years now, and I finally have my own kitchen. I’m very excited about this, and generally excited by anything else that falls into the “cute” or “cozy” categories. I learned to play guitar when I was twelve fro m this guy named Ronnie who came over to fix my parents’ computer. I like quilts. But that’s probably because I’m always freezing cold. I LOVE Nashvil…le. That’s where I live, when I’m lucky enough to be there. I love the town so much, I sometimes feel like I should just roll the windows down in my car (nicknamed the Toyoat. Because it’s a Toyota) and scream “I LOVE THIS TOWN” loudly out the windows. That wouldn’t be weird, right? Every time I try and wink at someone, I mess it up and end up scaring people. My lucky number always has been and always will be 13. It pops up in front of me in the most obvious and undeniable ways, but only when something good is about to happen. I’m a Sagittarius. I think that means I’m always looking for something new. It also means I have a Christmas-themed birthday party every year. I love bright colors and things that make reality seem more whimsical than it is. I have a collection of ribbons and headbands, and I love them all the same. I over-think and over-plan and over-organize. I’ve been like this since I was a baby, before I was gigantically tall and over-talkative.

These days, I’ve been trying to classify my thoughts into two categories: “Things I can change,” and “Things I can’t.” It seems to help me sort through what to really stress about. But there I go again, over-planning and over-organizing my over-thinking! I write songs about my adventures and misadventures, most of which concern love. Love is a tricky business. But if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be so enthralled with it. Lately I’ve come to a wonderful realization that makes me even more fascinated by it: I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to love. No one does! There’s no pattern to it, except that it happens to all of us, of course. I can’t plan for it. I can’t predict how it’ll end up. Because love is unpredictable and it’s frustrating and it’s tragic and it’s beautiful. And even though there’s no way to feel like I’m an expert at it, it’s worth writing songs about — more than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life.

I’ve apparently been the victim of growing up, which apparently happens to all of us at one point or another. It’s been going on for quite some time now, without me knowing it. I’ve found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn’t mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I’ve just added more things to my list. Like for example, I’m still beyond obsessed with the winter season and I still start putting up strings of lights in September. I still love sparkles and grocery shopping and really old cats that are only nice to you half the time. I still love writing in my journal and wearing dresses all the time and staring at chandeliers. But some new things I’ve fallen in love with — mismatched everything. Mismatched chairs, mismatched colors, mismatched personalities. I love spraying perfumes I used to wear when I was in high school. It brings me back to the days of trying to get a close parking spot at school, trying to get noticed by soccer players, and trying to figure out how to avoid doing or saying anything uncool, and wishing every minute of every day that one day maybe I’d get a chance to win a Grammy. Or something crazy and out of reach like that. 😉 I love old buildings with the paint chipping off the walls and my dad’s stories about college. I love the freedom of living alone, but I also love things that make me feel seven again. Back then naivety was the norm and skepticism was a foreign language, and I just think every once in a while you need fries and a chocolate milkshake and your mom. I love picking up a cookbook and closing my eyes and opening it to a random page, then attempting to make that recipe. I’ve loved my fans from the very first day, but they’ve said things and done things recently that make me feel like they’re my friends — more now than ever before. I’ll never go a day without thinking about our memories together.

For the last two years, I’ve been writing and recording an album called Speak Now. I only have the option of writing about things that happen in my life, so thankfully a LOT has happened in my life in the last two years. I know I don’t always say the right thing at the right time or speak up when I should, but I write it all down. I get my guitar and a pen and all of a sudden, I have a chance to say exactly what I meant to say in real life. Some of the things I wrote about are things everyone saw me go through. Some of the things I wrote about are things nobody ever knew about. I’m beyond excited for you to hear these stories and confessions.

I think it’s important that you know that I will never change. But I’ll never stay the same either. Must be a Sagittarius thing.

I’m pretty stoked that you read this whole thing. I commend you for that. This was ridiculously long, and you probably have other stuff you could’ve done in the last four minutes. So to you, or anyone else who has spent four minutes on me in some way– listening to just one song, or watching one of my videos….Thank you. I love you like I love sparkles and having the last word. And that’s real love.

–Taylor Swift

shoe inspiration of the blog: COWBOY BOOTS!!!

the concert was great, despite the nightmare that we went through to get there. i was surprised that i still had my voice by the end of the night. as some of you know, i had suffered the tragic loss of my favorite digital camera that my parents gifted me, so i was stuck using my little 5 megapixel kodak. i was worried that i wouldn’t capture good shots but i did. well, that’s what taking 400 pics gets you-a good 100 or so. we were on the floor level, and i was stoked because there were a ton of kids, so i figured i’d have a good view……UM, NO. i totally forgot that kids are short, too, and they would stand on the chairs. ugh. thank you, jumbo gigantic ridiculously huge screen. i felt bad for the mother and little girl next to me because security wouldn’t let the little girl stand on her chair. her mother argued and said, “well, those girls in front of us are standing on theirs!” the security guard said, “that’s not my section.” that’s mean. i offered to have her daughter sit on the end (yes, tiam, i offered her your seat!) so she wouldn’t be blocking anyone behind her but she declined and looked defeated. i felt bad. i felt sorry for all the boyfriends that went to the concert. i noticed a few of them with the “what the heck am i doing here?” face. it was sweet and hilarious. see, that’s what tiam is for-so boyfriends don’t need to go through that with me. taylor did a cover of “boys of summer” under her tree and her guest for the night was B.o.B. and they sang “airplanes” which was cool! i especially liked her “speak now” bit (the pictures with the bride in it) and her “better than revenge” bit (in her glittery red dress, she kept moving around real fast so i couldn’t get many pics of her)…and all the songs before those and after. =) during her encore performance, she busted out a dallas cowboys jersey that had her last name and 13 on it. i now want that jersey. the lines to get a taylor shirt were painfully thick, so i didn’t get to snag one. a little bird told me that her shirts online are all sold out. of course they are. that’s my luck.

after the concert, we sat in my car for an hour before we left the parking lot.

next time we go to the cowboys stadium for anything, we’re taking a helicopter.

for sure.


my wedding partner in crime, tony…

my buddy, tony, has asked me to be his wedding date numerous times in the past few years. we recently went to a wedding on october 1 and it was too much fun!!

here are a few pictures of the weddings we have attended together…

MAY 11, 2008


NOVEMBER 15, 2008


JULY 30, 2011


OCTOBER 1, 2011:



we have another wedding coming up. i can’t wait. weddings are too much fun. and they taste so good.