january 19, 2012

ugh!!!! i’ve been so busy lately!!!!

where do i start!?

love life: 

so after my first date on january 6, i went on a lunch date with R (because i couldn’t think of a nickname, i’m just using a letter for now…haha) that following monday. we had sushi buffet. =) i was happy. things have been going great since then. i’ve been terribly busy so that was the last time i saw R, but it’s okay. i use other ways to communicate with him-we talk on the phone, text, and i shoot him emails often to let him know how my day has been. he’s real sweet. i think this would be the time in which girls ask themselves, “hmm…what IS bad about him? is there something on the other side? there has to be something.” nah, i’m not gonna look or try and figure that out. i’m not out to look for the bad in people. i don’t have time for that, and my first few weeks of the year have been GREAT, so why ruin it? =) he’s REALLY, REALLY sweet…like, “no, sierra, you better not be playing taylor swift over and over again” sweet. okay, enough of this mush…but hopefully, i’ll get to see him tomorrow. =)

moving along….

work life: 

work has been great. this week was inventory week and it’s finally over. when i think of inventory week, i think of all of us getting together, which is very rare, so it was fun. here are some pictures of more gorgeous NIQUEA.D jewelry. the bracelets are new. swarovski crystals. UUUUUUUUGH, SOOOOOOO PRETTTTTTYYYYY!!!! i want THEM ALL!!! and the rings are amazing.

 

my life: 

there are 7 days left until i turn 30. where did my 20s go? to texas. this year marks my 10th year here in dallas, texas. i love it. i’ve definitely enjoyed my 20s. they were spent discovering texas, driving through cities, making new friends, going to new places, meeting and loving my nephew, going to school and working, finding hobbies and passions, reading good books, eating good food, tasting bad alcohol, and breaking hearts. i was half joking on the last one.

i’m very excited for what my 30s have in store for me! =)

my nephew did very well in kindergarten, so he did not fail to remind “aunty ra ra” to give him a prize:

 

on the way home from spending too much money on whatever those things are, i drove by a field that looked great for pictures. the grass was almost all dead, there were no leaves on the trees, the sky looked nice, and the weather was great. i thought, “man…punkin would be great to take pictures of in that field.” and so i did take some pictures….if you consider 92 pictures “some.”

this first picture was just a test shot and it turned out great:

 

out of the other 91, here were some of my favorites. i usually need help from someone to get my nephew to look off in the distance, so i used my sister for that. there were a lot of “look at mommy!” and “look at the cars!” so i could capture some good photos. none of these photos were edited. he just looks that awesome. haha.

 

it was a fun little photo session. =) i’m glad my nephew loves getting his pictures taken or i’d be in big trouble! he’s so much fun to photograph. ❤

 

this week, i made 4 dozen cupcakes. my friend (who is also on my pool/billiards team) asked me to make birthday cupcakes for her husband and have them north carolina tarheels themed. all i knew about north carolina was “baby blue and white.” because i was so busy, i never got a chance to practice my piping skills, but i think they turned out pretty good…my friend’s husband was super happy for them…and even more pleased that he got to take them home. usually, when i make cupcakes and bring them to my pool league, they vanish…so what i did was make 2 dozen for him and 2 dozen for the people at pool league.

 

 

i would much rather pipe icing from a ziplock bag than a tip. i don’t seem to have as much control on the icing when i use a tip and i’m piping tiny letters. i think my lettering is pretty alright. the other 2 dozen cupcakes were just strawberry with a banana cream pudding/cool whip topping.

 

the great thing about a pudding/cool whip topping is that there’s not much sugar and it’s lighter. i found the recipe somewhere on the internet and was obsessed…because i hate sugar icing!! i wanted to do a take on strawberry and bananas. everyone seemed to enjoy the cupcakes, they kinda just disappeared. the picture doesn’t look spectacular because i was running late for pool league and i just squeezed the topping on before heading out the door.

next week, i will be working on baby shower cupcakes. i took a picture of a photo i saw on google images from my phone, so it’s not all that clear, but this photo is going to be somewhat of my inspiration for the cupcakes:

the colors will be baby blue, light green, and yellow. i won’t be doing the little baby cupcake there, with the head. i just want the decorations cute and simple, and something that wouldn’t take an entire day to make. i didn’t want to spend my birthday weekend making cupcake decorations. we’ll see what i end up doing, i might change my mind if i see something better.

i must say, i’m really enjoying my first month of the year. i’ve been in such a good mood lately, there’s a high possibility that i could be annoying a lot of people because of it. haha. but i hope you are all having a great jump start to 2012 as well. =)

that is all for now.

xoxo

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work bling.

i have been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days. for christmas, i got sick. boo! so here i am, at 1 a.m., sippin’ on some orange juice, listening to the tunes of feist on my itunes, suckin’ on a cough drop, blogging in bed…

i have been working at my company’s northpark location for over a month now. it’s been over a month of playing dress up and wearing the NIQUEA.D jewelry line that the store (the only store in the state of texas) showcases. i’ll admit that sometimes when i get ready to go to work, i base my outfit on what possible jewelry i will be wanting to wear. and i’ve been wearing a ton of dresses. it’s been fun. 

the otazu trunk show has been featured at the store for over a month now, and it has been my guilty pleasure. i love clear jewels (swarovski crystals), so you will see me wearing a lot of them. i should wear more colored pieces so i can show them off on the next blog. but for now, enjoy….

these first 4 are by (rodrigo) otazu. i love them all. i want them all. the second necklace was bought by a client that asked her husband if she could buy it before she made the purchase. she collects accessories. i was so sad that it left my store. i told her (linda is her name) to wear it the next time she came to visit. i loved that necklace…and how the crystals just dripped everywhere. ugh…so amazing, these necklaces…linda ended up buying the same bracelet that i had on at the time (that i own-pics further down) and a few other crystal bracelets that i need to take pictures of because i love them. we have the exact same taste. that makes me happy. 

these earrings are from our holiday collection. aren’t they AMAZING!?!? the shades of blue are just gorgeous! 

this bracelet and necklace is also from our holiday collection made by sorrelli. the bracelet makes me feel fierce with the gunmetal and crystals. i love how it looks like a blingy cuff. the necklace is from sorrelli’s french blush line and i obviously love it because i love pink and black! i want the entire french blush line. it’s super pretty! 

this next set of pictures is called our fashion glam collection. when i become a bazillionaire, i will shop otazu…but because i’m not, i shop fashion glam. =) one great thing about our NIQUEA.D line is that there is something for everyone. the first piece of NIQUEA.D that i bought was the pair of earrings in my previous blog, new ear bling. the second piece i bought was the wrap bracelet in the last 2 photos. i love chains and grommets and studs, so i fell in love with the bracelet when i first saw it. HAD. TO. HAVE. IT. i laid it out so you can see how long it is. i actually can wear it as a choker around my neck! i will do that one day-out of work. i don’t have a dress that it would look nice with as a choker. that is the bracelet that linda bought because she loved it on me. =)

these last 2 pictures are of me and my girls at work, wearing some serious NIQUEA.D bling. we love jewelry, and we know you do, too. =)

xoxo! 

monday, monday…

monday is my favorite day of the week. it is also my longest day of the week…well, unless i have the day off from work. i usually get up at 7:30-8:00 a.m. (depending on how much i want to conquer the world that day), then go to work until 5 p.m., then go shoot pool until 2 a.m.

i saw a note for me in the morning:

last week i had written cards for a bunch of family and friends, and this particular client was one of them, so i knew he had received my card in the mail. he was one of my 13 callers for the morning. he thanked me for the card and for thinking of him, and told me that he was on his way to the post office to deliver me a letter and a CD. he works in the music industry. a few months ago, he had invited me and another coworker to see an australian band perform in dallas, but he had to later cancel and apologize to us, as the band wasn’t able to get their passports in time. the CD that he was going to send me in the mail is of that particular band, so i’m pretty stoked about that! he said that in the letter he wrote me, he was asking me to take a trip with him to australia…for a month. what a wonderful gesture, but  i don’t know how something like that would fly by my bosses. “hey, can i go to australia with a client for a month? i know, i know it’s the holiday season, but it’s AUSTRALIA, MAN!”…………….umm, not so much…….(i wonder if i said “yes” would he fly me by saipan…hmm….)………..but yeah, i WISH i could just hop on a plane and go. it was nice of him to offer, though. i’m still excited to get a letter in the mail. woot!

my client that i’m doing the hello kitty cupcakes for stopped by to pick up her son and future daughter-in-law’s wedding napkins. i showed her the pictures of the hello kitty fondant heads. she said they were “perfect.” gosh, are some people just really easy to please. tomorrow i will start making the 48 hello kitty fondant heads.

i went to the “mall post office” and took pictures of the 2 hello kitty window displays i walked by:

swarovski had both their windows displaying their new swarovski crystal hello kitty line. everyone is MORE THAN WELCOME to buy me ANYTHING or EVERYTHING from this collection. ADORBS!

then on my way back to work from the “mall post office,” i took a picture of the new store called HELLO PRETTY:

the store is right below ours. and that ends my hello kitty inspiration for the day…

since i’m on the theme of inspiration, here is my shoe picture of the day:

it’s true. and i do own that magnet.

i saw the guys from chase bank today, and i thought about how easy it would be to make little chase logos for cupcakes. i will be attempting that task tomorrow after work. to make little chase bank cupcakes. they don’t know about my blog website, so they’re not going to read about this until afterwards. =) they’re a fun group of people. it’s always nice to be around a fun group of people.

i saw “miss mimi” today. she works at one of the perfume counters at neiman marcus. she’s one of the sweetest ladies ever. she always talks about how beautiful i am and how beautiful my face is. she’s such a self-esteem/confidence booster. if i’m ever having a bad day, i should just go to her. she used to give me little perfume samples. she’s the best.

when i got home to change before pool league, my nephew was drawing:

“look, ra ra, this is me in the shower (him in the middle with a square which i’m assuming is a towel), and this is mommy and this is daddy!………..HAHAHAHAHA! MOMMY’S SO SMALL!” of course mommy’s so small, she’s not even 5′ tall and your daddy’s about 6’6″ if i’m not mistaken, kiddo. he drew himself with a BIG HEAD. i hope that means he’s going to be smart. hahaha.

i was finally able join the team i have been wanting to be on for a while. one of their players had some personal issues to work out, so he had to drop off the team, which left a slot for me. i played my first match on the team tonight, and i won.

this was my opponent. he is a skill level higher than i am. i didn’t go into the match thinking i was going to win, but i just made sure to play smart and follow all the rules that i was taught in the past 3 1/2 years. my old team broke up in april and we are all now playing on 3 different teams this session, so i don’t get the little pep talks that my captain/pool best friend, tim, gives me. in my very last game for the win, i had the 5 ball on one rail and the 8 ball on the opposite rail of the table. first of all, i call the 5 ball “tim’s ball” because i think it’s his favorite one (mine is the 2 ball), and i remembered a shot he taught me that would take me back to the 8 ball. i executed the shot very well and turned to my team mate and said, “tim taught me that shot!” then i made the 8 ball and i won my match. =) i was pleased. and our team won 5-0. “welcome to the team!” penny exclaimed. THANK YOU!

i went to check on how my friends were doing with their team…and this is what i read on their scoresheet:

hmm. it looked like a lot of pool players had “romo fever” tonight. there were lots of “i did great in the beginning and lost in the end” stories. maybe next time, guys.

y’all have a great night.

xOxO