happy terrific two

today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging. 

first of all, i want to say thank you for reading my blog. and all of its randomness. 

i have enjoyed meeting as many of you as i can (via blog comments, emails, facebook, instagram, etc…). i have enjoyed reading your blogs. i have enjoyed trying your recipes and experiencing your life through your stories. i have enjoyed reading about ingredients i don’t even like, and have not “enjoyed” reading about your dating woes and disasters. but you are all fantastic writers, and that’s what keeps me reading. 

there’s nothing sophisticated or themed about my blog. it’s just a bunch of random experiences that i want to share. 

and with that said, stay tuned for more random experiences that i will still be sharing!

may you all have a fantastic week. =)

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

the dallas arboretum and the 90th birthday

still trying to catch up on my blogging, here are 2 fun dates a few months ago.

at the end of may, we took my nephew to the dallas arboretum because they were having an event for kids. face painting and a petting zoo. i had bought a family membership at the arboretum which allows me to bring 4 people with me when i visit. i love it. it’s just too DANG HOT this summer to go visit the arboretum. UGH. but anyways, my nephew got his face painted as a tiger and SWORE that he ran MUCH FASTER around the gardens. it took the lady all of 2 minutes to paint his face and she did a fantastic job. too bad adults weren’t allowed to get their face painted, i would have been all about that. my nephew’s nose was running that day, so he was worried that he wouldn’t look like a tiger since some of the paint had rubbed off above his lip. he cracks me up. he probably took 300 photos of himself on his nexus in the car when we were driving home. it was a fun day.

one of the guys that i shoot pool with turned 90 on june 6. his name is bob. he is the cutest and sweetest old man. and he’s a good pool player. our friend, penny (also a fellow pool player), suggested we throw a birthday bash for him at the pool hall, and it was a whole lot of fun. there were balloons at the front door, balloons in our corner of the pool hall, desserts on the table. i had made a little birthday sign for him. there was a picture frame that we had all signed for bob. he had a blast. i made cupcakes and brownies. someone had made cookies. there was a fun cake. it was an awesome sugar overload.

so here are some photos from both events.

enjoy!

xoxo,

sierralei

 

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may 18, 2013

this post has been long overdue, so i apologize. i left my camera in my friend’s car for a while, and then when i got it back over a month later, i had been busy with so many things….so now i am going to start from may and work my way to the present!

on may 18, i had attended a friend’s wedding. she was a former co-worker of mine. she started working with me when she had started dating her now-husband. i feel so old now that i look back at their younger years together.  my, how time flies! i was very flattered that she wanted to work with me on her wedding invitations, and was very excited to be invited to both her bridal shower and her wedding.

the wedding was held at ashton gardens in corinth, texas. a venue i have always wanted to visit, ashton gardens has a chapel that is 3 walls of glass so you can see the trees all around you. it is voted one of the best wedding venues by the knot, 5 years in a row. it is definitely worth the drive, being that you can’t get a venue like this within the city of dallas. the reception area is in the same building and is already beautiful before any alterations are done. the chandeliers, the tables, the chairs-i don’t even think the bride made any changes to the reception area since everything looked gorgeous as is.

my friend, tony, and i got there as the doors had closed because the bride was about to walk in to the chapel. at first i was sad that i had missed getting a seat before the ceremony started, but being able to see my friend outside before she walked in made me glad i was late. i totally almost bawled when i saw her outside the chapel. her dress was beautiful, she looked fantastic, and it felt like i was in big sister mode. “my little baby is all grown up!!!”  it was so sappy, haha.  she walked down the aisle to christina perri’s “a thousand years” which was very fitting for their ceremony. the ceremony was beautiful, it was exactly as i had expected.

while the bridal party was off taking their photos, i was in charge of making sure the “guest book” was signed. their “guest book” was a huge graphic of a tree that guests had to thumb print leaves on. it was real cute. the bride and groom’s engagement photos hung off tree branches in the lobby area for guests to admire while they got their escort cards (which were in mini frames that guests could later use to put their own photos in).

lunch was fantastic. i know that bride’s aren’t always too fond of having the venue serve their food because they might not enjoy the selection, but ashton gardens has quite a big selection of foods to choose from. and that prime rib…oh, boy. everyone knows that i will try everything in a wedding-and of course i spot the prime rib and am definitely curious to try it. a prime rib at a wedding-it could be good and it could be a downright disaster. i love steak, and i love prime rib. i think i watch too many four weddings episodes (that show in which four brides critique each other’s weddings and rate the food, venue, dress, and overall experience) because every time the brides rate the food, it’s always “bland” and “under seasoned” and “dry.” i was very excited to see the prime rib (i don’t think the other guests were as excited as i was because i noticed them walking by the station of bloody meat) but i didn’t know what to expect. shoot…………i should have just had an entire plate of that thing. it was SO DANG GOOD. now, who would have thought that a fantastic cut of prime rib would be served at a wedding reception! let’s say i was hoping it would be good, but it ended up exceeding my expectations. ashton gardens, you did VERY WELL. that was definitely one of the best dishes i have had at a wedding (automatically into the top 3). it looks pretty obvious, since i just typed up an entire paragraph on it.

i believe the cake was from the cake guys, and some people know i’m a big fan of the cake guys. i don’t even remember what flavor her cake was (she told me once, but i forgot) but it was fantastic. the cake guys are known for their beautiful, over-the-top cake designs, delicious-tasting cakes, and reasonable prices for the price-conscious brides who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for their wedding cakes.  last year, the cake guys participated in the annual platinum wedding cake competition and took first place. you can read about it and see their amazing cake display HERE in my previous blog, i tasted cakes.

after lunch and cake, we danced and hung out and took pictures, and it was all great. it’s always so amazing to be a part of someone’s big day, especially when you have been there since the beginning. i remember jessica buying steven gifts every month anniversary during their first year of dating and steven singing songs to her on his guitar. i always love hearing relationship stories and theirs were always sweet. now, years later, they’re grown up, married, and living together. i swear, i feel so old now. but very happy.

here are some photos of the wedding. cheers to jessica and steven on your marriage. may you celebrate MANY, MANY years of happiness together and may GOD bless you with the happiness that you both deserve. come and see me for baby shower invitations when the time comes. haha!!! love you both!

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

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the dallas arboretum

i love flowers.

i’m an absolute sucker for flowers. i take pictures of flowers in grocery stores, i take pictures of pretty flowers on the side of the road, i love receiving flowers from anyone, i just love flowers. they make me happy, they cheer me up, they’re beautiful. i grew up around plumerias and hibiscus and gardenias, which are always going to be an island girl’s favorite flowers, but i just love all types of flowers-especially pink ones. oh, and did i mention that i love flowers?

the dallas arboretum held their annual DALLAS BLOOMS festival and i ended up going 3 times within the month. in fact, during my first visit, i got myself a yearly membership to allow me and one guest to visit the gardens for free with free parking (2 adults plus parking is $40 a visit and an individual membership is $79) but by the third visit, i upgraded my individual membership to a family membership which allows me to now bring 4 other guests (it was less than $50 extra). with the fun concerts coming up this summer and fall, i am sure i will be going to the gardens with my fun group of friends.

here are some fun photos i took during my 3 visits at the arboretum with my friends. this place is truly heaven on earth.

purply flowers...

purply flowers…

amazing flowers!

amazing flowers!

of course i had to do a jump shot!

of course i had to do a jump shot!

my friend, jennifer, who went with me on my first visit. i thought this would make a fantastic facebook profile photo for her. =)

my friend, jennifer, who went with me on my first visit. i thought this would make a fantastic facebook profile photo for her. =)

the pansy garden.

the pansy garden.

 

on the second visit, i managed to get a picture of the sign.

on the second visit, i managed to get a picture of the sign.

lots of photo shoots were going on all over the gardens.

lots of photo shoots were going on all over the gardens.

derek and i in front of SNOWBALLS!

derek and i in front of SNOWBALLS!

derek and i in front of a water wall.

derek and i in front of a water wall.

 

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azaleas!

azaleas!

 

pink flowers!!

pink flowers!!

 

the tulips were thinning out but still pretty!

the tulips were thinning out but still pretty!

 

i had a blast. obviously i took more pictures than  these but i had to put up some of my favorites.

 

this is the prettiest place on earth.

 

xoxo

the lewis wedding in 20 captioned pictures

the night before the wedding. chairs being set up.

 

rehearsal dinner at jaspers…OMG!

 

the sink salad!

 

salmon and oh, that polenta…yumm-o…

 

the butterfinger creme brulee was out of this world.

 

the bride in her toilet tissue sash with some of the bachelorette party girls.

 

fast forward to after the club that we got kicked out of, we’re all smiles! =D

 

sometime in between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m….

 

wedding day flowers!

 

bouquets!

 

one of the photographers, capturing the bride’s bouquet.

 

just hangin’ out…

 

hair. airbrushing. photos.

 

maybe it’s good that the photo is blurry. we’re sweaty and hungry haha.

 

dinner time!

 

wedding dates going strong for years, me and tony!

 

wedding cake!

 

groom’s cake!

 

the view from table 4.

 

what a wedding!

miscellaneous randomness

1. i have never received valentine’s day flowers before, until this valentine’s day 2012. the funny thing is that on monday i kept telling my co worker’s, “i hope someone gets flowers tomorrow so i can take pictures of it and look at it!” and i was the only one that got flowers. *aaaaw!* and not only 1 dozen…but 2 dozen! i absolutely love flowers. they’re beautiful, looking at them makes me happy, they smell good…i grew up around flowers (plumerias and gardenias in particular) so i just love them.

 

2. i have been looking into finding a makeup brush set. during my online search for one, i decided to look up blogs about makeup brushes and stumbled upon a video clip from EnKore that compared makeup brushes to paint brushes! very neat and very interesting…i can’t seem to upload the video, so here is the link.

3. i made an impulse buy…i blame it on working with the personal assistant to the VP of our company. she used to work for sephora and has her “cosmetics certification” if i said that right. i spent a good few days talking to her about cosmetics and beauty products. i knew i was going to get into trouble discussing that with her, she is very knowledgeable. i also blame it on the particular item that i bought because it was a pretty popular valentine’s day gift to girls from their boyfriends and husbands. so…i bought the urban decay naked palette 2.

 

 

amazon is selling this palette for over $60. at sephora it is $50. i’m sure it’s going to be one of the best $50 i’ve spent. i’ve heard lots of amazing reviews on the naked 1 but i wanted the naked 2 first. eventually i will get the naked 1. =) i’ll put that on my wish list. i see a makeup and beauty products obsession coming on…as if i didn’t have it already.

4. rumor has it that the ipad3 is coming out soon, so i figure i’d wait until it does. for now, my apple gift cards must hang out in my bedroom. 

5. i have had a mac-n-cheese kick lately. sometimes i’ll make it for breakfast, too. i have no idea what’s up with that. and no, i am not pregnant. 

6. i had a gift wrap station in the hallway of northpark center from february 1 to valentine’s day. it was definitely one of the most fun experiences i have had at work. some of the popular items that i gift wrapped this holiday were christian louboutins, louis vuitton handbags, lululemon yoga gear, james avery jewelry, sperry shoes, michael kors handbags, perfumes, and those overpriced godiva chocolate covered strawberries. they better be wrapped, half a dozen costed $50. i was surprised that i did not wrap much from victoria’s secret. very surprised. 

7. my brother said i’d be a lot cooler if i knew how to make mocha cupcakes. thanks to my great friend, jessica, who gave me the big book of cupcakes by betty crocker, there is a mocha-caramel cappuccino cupcake recipe. all we gotta do is not put caramel and we’ve got a winner. i don’t hate caramel, my brother just doesn’t want it. i also looked at a recipe for oreo cupcakes. that sounds interesting. i’m definitely down for doing mocha cupcakes soon. i love coffee. 

8. i haven’t been liking my eyebrows lately. i think i need to get them shaped and trimmed. they’ve been just bugging me. that’s what happens when i get my dad’s eyebrows. but i love my dad, so i don’t mind TOO much. 

9. i have been doing terrible with my journal writing. shame on me…*sad face*

10. sometimes i refuse to log in to pinterest because i know it will suck me in for a handful of hours and i won’t care about anything else. and i thought facebook was bad!

that is all. 

xoxo

 

pics/randomness/Qs

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!
xoxo