Valentine’s Day Qs…

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1. Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day (or, since it’s on a week day, for the weekend)?

2. What is the best thing someone has done for you or given you on Valentine’s Day?

3. What is the best thing YOU have done or given someone on Valentine’s Day?

4. Do you enjoy the holiday? Why or why not?

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i’m back.

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at 6:30 a.m. on november 13, 2012 i left saipan and came back to texas. 

i haven’t blogged in 2 months and i wish i had because SO MANY things have happened…like packing back up and moving halfway around the world all over again.

i had planned on being back home for about a year or two, but plans change and things change, so i was brought back to texas. that is pretty much it in a nutshell for anyone who is wondering. if i were to explain, in detail, everything that happened while i was back home, that would be a long blog on it’s own…but i have 2 months worth of stories to cover, so i’d rather move forward.

i miss saipan, but i have missed texas during the 3 months that i had been gone. it felt like going from 200 mph to 30 mph while i was back home, and then when i got back to dallas, it felt like everything went right up to 500 mph because i had arrived during the holiday season and right before thanksgiving. i slid right back into my job of 6 years at papyrus, which i was thankful for. it always feels great to know that you are welcome back. i was moved to northpark center in dallas and it was such a fun-filled holiday season at that mall. the gingerbread competition was held in the hallway right outside our store and i had actually documented the entire thing (duh!). the gingerbread community competition is an annual event at northpark center. about 20 architects and designers and companies get their teams together to form their assigned piece (coffee house, hospital, stadium, etc…) for the gingerbread community. they have a time frame in which they must complete their pieces (like FOOD NETWORK CHALLENGE!) and place them on the display table. the gingerbread community is then up for display for about a week before each piece is auctioned off by the end of the week. here are a few pics i took:

 

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i could have made gingertown dallas 2012 pictures an entire blog on its own since i took so many pics but there are a handful that y’all will enjoy. 

during the holidays, another great sight to see was vitruvian park. 

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that place is truly magical during the holidays. every single tree is lit in one solid color. i just love visually popping sceneries. 

 

the highlight of the holiday season was the launch of my gift wrap station at northpark center. located in the corner of the luxury hallway near nordstrom and taking over the gingertown dallas 2012 spot, my gift wrap station was constructed…

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the wrap station was incredibly busy that we didn’t get to take pictures of it. i was working up to 12 hours a day, gift wrapping. it was complete madness, i tell ya. but it was loads of fun. it really was. and it started me fondness for foot products as well! hahahaha! i would come home with the most painful aches in my feet…i started soaking in eucalyptus epsom salts and i loved it. i recently hit up the body shop’s flash sale a few days ago. they had 50% off all their skincare and i bought a few of their foot products. they’ve been wonderful and they will come in handy when my gift wrap station gets set back up for valentine’s! it will be up from february 1-14. i am super stoked. and i will take more pictures. =)

 

there are tons of other pictures i would like to share, but i’m sure i will take equally great ones moving forward into the year. 

my birthday is exactly a week from now and it’s going to be a fun-filled weekend. i will be starting my search for a birthday dress this week. i’ve already bought the shoes from bakers because they have a liquidation sale going on. 

 

did any of y’all make a new year’s resolution for 2013?

 

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this was my NYE face. 

hope you all have a great evening!

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!!!!!!!!!!! ❤

enjoy!

xoxo