june in pictures

here are 10 random cell phone photos of june with captions.

enjoy!

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

a day at the dallas arboretum with my friends. we like to color-coordinate when we go out. this photo was thought of by our friend, alexis (in the hat). it was hot as HELL that day but it was a blast!

a day at the dallas arboretum with my friends. we like to color-coordinate when we go out. this photo was thought of by our friend, alexis (in the hat). it was hot as HELL that day but it was a blast!

oh. just a photo at 3 a.m. after i took my hair down.

oh. just a photo at 3 a.m. after i took my hair down.

i bumped into a mustache necklace at forever 21 one day. dang that store, they have so many impulse buys there! but i do love my mustache necklace. i'm not into the mustache craze by any means, but i had to have that necklace. and i even wear it to work.

i bumped into a mustache necklace at forever 21 one day. dang that store, they have so many impulse buys there! but i do love my mustache necklace. i’m not into the mustache craze by any means, but i had to have that necklace. and i even wear it to work.

my nephew will love taking photos when he grows up. i am to blame. when we are sitting around, we will take a thousand pictures of ourselves...and this is one of a series of photos taken while we were waiting for my sister to finally come out of hobby lobby. my nephew has the best faces, i could make an entire blog post on all my favorites.

my nephew will love taking photos when he grows up. i am to blame. when we are sitting around, we will take a thousand pictures of ourselves…and this is one of a series of photos taken while we were waiting for my sister to finally come out of hobby lobby. my nephew has the best faces, i could make an entire blog post on all my favorites.

my friend/co-worker, christine, had a baby boy at the end of july. her diaper drive was so adorable. the cupcakes were so cute. i did not make them. haha.

my friend/co-worker, christine, had a baby boy at the end of july. her diaper drive was so adorable. the cupcakes were so cute. i did not make them. haha.

my new neighbor across the hall at work. the bigger and better version of apple northpark. i get to stare at apple boys every day! how cool is that! the girls are pretty nice, too. haha.

my new neighbor across the hall at work. the bigger and better version of apple northpark. i get to stare at apple boys every day! how cool is that! the girls are pretty nice, too. haha.

i write to a little russian girl back home. she spends her summers with her grandmother in russia. her grandmother did the silver design on the plate BY HAND. it is one of the most amazing gifts i have ever received.

i write to a little russian girl back home. she spends her summers with her grandmother in russia. her grandmother did the silver design on the plate BY HAND. it is one of the most amazing gifts i have ever received.

my new favorite card line, old tom foolery. this is a card from their footnote collection. they're hilarious. and fun. and i love all their collections. and i follow the owner on instagram. and i met her mother at my work a few weeks ago. i'm a big fan. the cards are so awesome.

my new favorite card line, old tom foolery. this is a card from their footnote collection. they’re hilarious. and fun. and i love all their collections. and i follow the owner on instagram. and i met her mother at my work a few weeks ago. i’m a big fan. the cards are so awesome.

i was my friend's guest at a wedding. it was such a fun wedding. the dress was beautiful, the ceremony was sweet, the food was awesome, the cake was amazing. it was a very sweet wedding, i enjoyed it very much. and i got to capture this funny photo.

i was my friend’s guest at a wedding. it was such a fun wedding. the dress was beautiful, the ceremony was sweet, the food was awesome, the cake was amazing. it was a very sweet wedding, i enjoyed it very much. and i got to capture this funny photo.

um, yeah. this is self-explanatory. representin' my texas rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

um, yeah. this is self-explanatory. representin’ my texas rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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throwback thursday 05/02/13

i love planning events and throwing parties.

well, i love planning and coordinating and working with color schemes and making party favors and executing perfect displays and finding great food and gathering big crowds and making sure people have a good time.

but i don’t like the whole “burning the midnight oil” part. that’s the part that kills me the most.

i decided to do throwback thursday posts. earlier this evening, i was looking through some old photos and bumped into the pictures of the baby shower i threw for my sister. oh, the memories…..

it was back in 2006. during the first part of my sister’s pregnancy, we didn’t quite get along. we were doing our thing, going our ways…but of course, i had to throw her a baby shower. i’ve never really planned anything ON MY OWN before, so i had no idea what i was doing, but i knew that a baby shower had to go down, and i was the one to make it happen.

i did my research. what elements are involved in a baby shower? food. check. cake. check. decorations. check. party favors. woohoo! check. diaper cake. diaper what?

my sister and i were working for a department store, and we were close to a lot of our co workers, so invited almost all of them. i threw out baby shower invites, but being from saipan, i did not have anyone RSVP. because i did not know how many people were really coming, i just made sure there was enough of everything for everyone-food, cake, snacks, and party favors.

the bath and body works semi-annual sale was going on and i spotted votive holders for $1. a dollar! what a steal! i bought every single clear, frosted white, and blue votive holder in the entire dallas DISTRICT. i drove to malls that i STILL do not know how to get to today. their votive candles were 2/$1. i bought enough vanilla and cotton blossom votive candles to match each holder. i found mini baby confetti, white and blue tulle, and ribbons at different stores and had an assembly team of 4 people assembling the party favors for 2 nights straight-me, my boyfriend at the time, my brother, and his girlfriend at the time. we were like santa’s elves in the workshop, cutting tulle, sprinkling confetti, and tying little bows-and then hiding them in huge tupperware bins under the bed so my sister wouldn’t bump into them if she came over.

i heard that a particular bakery sold THE best tres leches cake in dallas. i don’t even remember who the bakery was but i knew i had to have that cake. all i knew about the bakery was that it was in a bad part of town, so i had my brother go get it. the baby shower had 2 cakes. “more is better than less (do you watch those at&t commercials? you’ll get that quote, haha).”

the diaper cake situation. i discovered that it wasn’t edible-darn. but it was creative-yay! so i made one. you roll up diapers and form them into a wedding cake. easy. i don’t think my first one turned out bad at all.

six years ago was such a blur, especially when i had no idea what i was doing. i remember being so dang tired the day of the baby shower. there was only one picture taken of me from that day and i refuse to post it. i was holding a BUNCH of helium balloons and i wanted to cover my face with them because i looked and felt so terrible. i thought i had thrown a successful baby shower, but looking back at it, i think to myself, “oooh, knowing what i know now, i could really have made it 10 times better….” i would have made party favor tags. i would have done RSVPs. i would have made the cutest little cupcakes. i didn’t bake back then. i don’t think i started baking until about 4-5 years ago. but i could have made some killer cupcakes.

here are some photos i found online of the baby shower. they might not be much, but i thought they were pretty cool!

 

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it was fun.

i hope i find other good throwback thursday ideas moving forward!

xoxo

baby shower madness…

it was a crazy weekend…

we (my friend, tiffany, and i) baked, piped, iced, floured, shaped, rolled, dyed, mixed, burned, and actually taste tested for 22 hours.

here’s another “blog in pictures” that i will caption for you all. i co-hosted a baby shower for a friend, and although a million things went wrong (i totally burned a batch of lemon cupcakes…what in the world!?), the best made it on the tables. haha.

oh, and if timing couldn’t be any better, our friend gave birth today! almost 24 hours after the baby shower, baby ashton was born. there was a miscalculation in due dates and how far along our friend was, but she was very aware of her body and knew that ashton was not going to make it another month. so i’m glad we all got to enjoy the food and fun and desserts, because if the baby was born during the shower…i don’t know what would have happened! haha!

enjoy!

good lemon cupcakes. burned lemon cupcakes.

figuring out a font for the sugar cookies…

attempting to doodle for the sugar cookies…

graham cracker crust for the reese’s peanut butter mini cheesecakes!

after this batch, i decided to cut the peanut butter cups in half, horizontally…

the peanut butter cups looked too tall in the mini cups…

strawberry cake pops!

these reese’s peanut butter mini cheesecakes were….so…..good…….

more cake pop prepping…

this was when i wanted to give up. just give up. we had a dipping disaster.

piped the lemon cupcakes with a lemon pudding down the middle, topped with white icing. i put less batter in the cups to give me a more flat top to write on.

the letter “A” for Ashton.

pink crowns!

baby’s first monogram!

oreo truffles with some drizzle…

mini nutella cheesecakes!!!…the only one dessert i had at the baby shower other than fruits! and they were AWESOME!

the mom-to-be’s favorite, old fashioned rice krispy treats! with some pink icing. =)

some “disaster dipped” cake pops that ended up looking good on the plate!

the cookies, ready to rock and roll…

ta da!!! the dessert spread!

we cut up some of my note cards with squiggly scissors and made little description cards, like at buffet restaurants!

the lemon cupcakes on what was a light fixture that our friend’s mom turned into a serving platter! it was insanely gorgeous!

here’s the light fixture, with a platter, with jewels hand applied on the ends, and doilies on top. isn’t this the neatest thing EVER!?

i noticed that no one touched these oreo truffles. i think it was because they were not in a good spot. so we moved them. and then they disappeared.

strawberries. they were to be dipped in sour cream (whaaaat!?) and rolled in brown sugar and chopped nuts. so good!

veggie tray, marshmallows, and oreo truffles.

baby’s got some napkins already.

our friend’s mom is such a creative genius..turning her kitchen bar into a dessert heaven using different heights and painting a hat box pink, turning it upside down, and decorating it to be one of my favorite things on that table!

the cookies and cheesecakes.

the delicious chips and dip spread….

our friend’s parents own a restaurant called COSTA VIDA. let’s just say that after my juice fast diet, i will be paying them a visit. the food was so good, it was…unreal.

cute plates!

we held a DIAPER CAKE COMPETITION!!!

a diaper tricycle cake!

a fun, sassy PRINCESS cake!

an adorable cake! it even had a little bible on top!!

a cute cake with the baby’s name on it!

a heart-shaped cake with the baby’s name on it!

little washcloth cupcakes!

the winner of the diaper cake competition! tulle, leopard print, and sofie the giraffe!

prizes for the diaper cake competition and games. they included stationery, cute magnets, jewelry, victoria’s secret scents, gift cards to victoria’s secret, bath & body works, and dinner for 2 at costa vida, and more!

the entrance to the shower.

a photographer was on site to take pictures and print them out quickly so we could take them home with us! how fun!

voting on the diaper cakes. hmm….serious face.

opening gifts before the diaper cake winners are announced!

after 2 hours of sleep, my partner finds some time to herself…and the diapers.