December 8, 2016

Dear Bri

Hi blog family! It's Winter!! I can't believe it's already the 7th of December soon to turn the 8th as I type. I haven't logged into Blogger since October.

I wanted to shout out to Bri, thank you so much for your comment on my last post! For some, reason I only got the notification in my e-mail and it made me so happy to hear from you!! I can't seem to find your comment on the post. Has it really been that long since I used Blogger dashboard? Lol. I want to let you know my collection of Tory Burch has since grown since we last e-mailed! Nordstrom Rack is still just my go-to place to find them. You won't believe the deals I find there. I recently found this beautiful pair of black ballet flats with smaller black medallion. They were so perfect that I didn't even buy them on clearance. I bought them with the Nordstrom Rack sales tag, haha. It is driving me nuts that I cannot find them online. I'm going to have to come back and edit this post with photos of my actual flats and bag! They are just so comfortable, and just the perfect classic flat. As I'm searching for TB flats, I came across a lot of your photos and found your Wordpress. :) I hope you don't mind that I've shared a link to you here!

I also found a matching TB clutch/small bag that happens to match too. The bag is called the Robinson Chain Mini Bag. I had come across the flats about a couple weeks before I found the bag at a different NR. It rang up less than the tag, and I paid $118 for it; I was ecstatic! I've never owned such a mini sized bag but it was fitting to use as a clutch for a wedding I went to in California back in November.
The TB bag I found had a black ring around the logo instead of gold as see in the photo above. :)

The most valuable aspect of blogging for me nowadays are the friendships I've made over the years both online and IRL! I've become such great real life friends with my blog friends! I feel so complete in my day to day life all thanks to blog and the blogosphere. I feel sad, but also happy when I don't find time to log online. After 7 years of living in Washington state, I finally feel like it's home. I have Washington friends! I am in a wonderful place with my husband's family too. We are all taking a family trip to Vietnam soon! I'm nervous, excited, and can't wait to come back a new me. I'll catch up with you again soon! -Steph

Time really does change everything. I also went to the Chirporactor for the first time in my life on 12/6, and that sure changed everything for me! I can't believe I've missed on on getting my neck and back cracked. I feel physically feel like a new person. Dr. told me my left hip is higher than my right, and that my right shoulder is higher than my left. Glad to know it wasn't just my suspicious about myself. lol



Currently obsessed with searching for the best diffuser because I want bougie essential oils in my air. :)

October 11, 2016

It's Fall, and I'm Alive!

Hello!!

I'm alive!!! Man has so much changed since I last blogged. I own a frozen yogurt, bubble tea shop now!! I can hardly believe it either. I have a dream job. It is so fun to have a self serve frozen yogurt bar with 100 toppings! I have SO much fun picking out and ordering candies and delicious chocolate toppings. We also serve soft serve ice cream, and Dole soft serve. Yes, just like at Disneyland!!

It's too exciting, they even have Dole Orange, Raspberry, Lemon to name some other awesome non-dairy flavors.

I will have to tell you more about the shop later. :)

With the weather transition, I am struggling to fight off my eczema. Fortunately, as I've gotten older I don't get eczema dry gross skin patches on my face anymore, knock on wood. I am now 29 and 6 months and 7 days old. I can't believe 30 is coming!! Ahhhhh.

I am starting to take skincare a lot more serious now. I'm all about lotions, potions, and oils. Whole Foods has been my go to for over priced Rosehip oil. Hahaha, I'm not patient enough to order anything online, unlike my husband who loves to order everything x 2 from Amazon. He's probably their #1 fan, everyday.

The awesome ladies over at Style House PR sent me over a lab sample of a Prescriptive's precious face night cream called Super Line Preventor Overnight Radiance Cream. I am in LOVE with this product. It's not too thick and it makes my skin feel so good at bedtime. I look forward to brushing my teeth and washing my face so I can get put on this face cream. I wish they had given me a full size! I am about finished with my premium sample jar. Did you know Prescriptives.com is where you can get all of your Prescriptive needs? They don't sell them in stores much anymore from what I've noticed. I think Shu Emura did the same thing and went online only in the US. Thank goodness I stocked up on their eyelash curlers. ;)
Some awesome information for you about this night cream that I love:

The Super Line Preventor Overnight Radiance Cream launched last month, September 2016. The price is $65 for 1.7oz/50ml at Prescriptives.com.

The Super Line Overnight Radiance Cream is the latest addition to Prescriptives' beloved Super Line Preventor product family. This age-defying night cream goes to work while you sleep and provides a definitive laundry list of anti-aging benefits. Wake up to skin that looks refresh, radiant, refined and plumped with moisture. Over time, Super Line Preventor Overnight Radiance Cream helps reduce the look of aging - smoothing the look of fine lines and pores, helping even skin tone, plumping skin with moisture and restoring a youthful glow.


Super Line Preventor Over Night Radiance Cream formula features the Triple Glow Technology (wn). This complex of salicylic acid, glucosamine and chestnut extract helps to promote cell turnover, gently exfoliating to reveal smoother, more luminous-looking skin. At the same time, super moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and Linoleum Acid help to infuse and plump skin with moisture while Sigesbeckia Orientalis helps to support skin's natural collagen production for smoother looking skin over time. Super Line Preventer Overnight Radiance Cream also contains well known anti-oxidants Vitamin E and Rosemary Extract.

Usage: Apply nightly to face and throat, avoiding eye area.

Clinical Claims: Immediate measurable improvement in moisturization, radiance, pore size. After 4 weeks and 8 weeks, additional measurable improvement in firmness, smoothness, lines and wrinkles, skin tone, age spots, radiance, barrier strength, texture.

-Ophthalmologist Tested - Non-Acnegenic - Oil Free -

I highly recommend this night cream if you're looking for a new night cream!




May 24, 2016

8th Day Spa Bling Nails!

Photo by @thaomiller from her Instagram!
My hair bestie Cindy @hellocindeee convinced me to get my nails done after I got my hair done. I was able to get my nails done afterwards by the talented Thao at 8th Day Spa in Federal Way, Washington. And I'm so glad I did! I gave her full creative freedom and I absolutely love what she came up with. :) Thanks Thao! And Thanks Cindy! I love that I found my #hairbestie and a new friend. :)
I've always wanted blinged out nails! 
I call them my Blac Chyna nails, haha! ;)

Find me on Snapchat for daily my shenanigans:  DSK Steph 
I can't believe it's been 5 months since I last blogged. I've been busy because I am now the owner of a frozen yogurt, bubble shop! :) Lots have changed since I've last blogged, that's for sure!

December 7, 2015

My Holiday Gift Guide...or maybe it's just the things I really want!

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a very pleasant December 7th day. It is extremely rainy here in the greater Seattle area. I left my house this morning to find my light up deer & Santa decorations knocked over and sitting in the pouring rain. -_- Really, wind...really?

I'm planning on throwing my husband a very fun 33rd birthday party later this month. I made the best banana pudding trifle I've ever had this past weekend, and I can't wait to make it again for our family and friends! I'm also looking forward to making jello shots (can you believe I've never made them before?).

Now onto my Holiday Gift Guide slash all that my heart desires!

You need this kettle so you can be extra posh while drinking posh tea. :)
Russel Hobbs Kettle, $85
It glows, enough said. 
Panasonic Facial Steamer, $150
 Who doesn't want the spa treatment at home?
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush, $100
Everyone loves white teeth.
Bleu de Chanel, $70-$220.Best smelling men's cologne, hands down.
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil, $65
Luxury eyebrow pencils, anyone?
NutriBullet, $138
Because all bloggers make smoothies with it. Haha #easilyinfluenced
 
MacKenzie Childs Three Tier Sweet Stand, $198
We like fabulous kitchen's.
Louboutin Lipstick, $90
Any makeup enthusiast would appreciate this artfully packaged lipstick.
MAC Honey Love Lipstick, $17
The perfect everyday lipstick.

MAC Spice Lipliner, $16.50
The perfect lipliner to create the perfect Autumn lip.
Givenchy Antigona Mini-Duffel, $1,750
Possibly the cutest cross body bag. Great color too!
 
 When in doubt, comfortable pajamas always make excellent holiday gifts. ^_^

November 12, 2015

Mini Skincare Review: Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme

Hello again! I received a [deluxe] sample of Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme and I am smitten with this luxury skincare product! I've always heard great things about Prescriptives, but I haven't tried one of their products until now. I'm almost finished with my sample which has lasted me for a couple of good months. I usually would use in the morning after showering and even sometimes right before bed. It has been in my toiletry bag on my trips to San Jose, Las Vegas, and Grand Rapids! It really has lasted me a long time. I can only imagine how long the full size would last. If I didn't already have other skincare products to finish up, I would consider splurging on a full size. :)
This skincare item is more on the higher end, retailing at $84.00 for 1.7 oz at Prescriptives.com

A little history on Prescriptives:

Launched in 1985 and celebrating 30 years of lighting passion among beauty consumers, "SLP" is a super cocktail of targeted antioxidants that diminish the look of lines and wrinkled by up to 54% in clinical trials. Armed with our Super Antioxidant System (SAS), it's a true "Super" serum that defends against the visible aging effects of free radicals, both immediately and up to 72 hours later.

SLP holds one hundred times its weight in water. It binds moisture to the skin, ensuring a smooth and long-lasting makeup application.

SLP helps strengthen skin and boost its natural defenses, by helping skin bolster its collagen production to improve visible skin tone and radiance. Skin looks stronger, smoother, and one step ahead of environmental assaults. 

November 10, 2015

The Sock Panda

Hello blog friends! 
I know I've fallen off the blogosphere, but I have some pretty good excuses...
Soooo, I got married. And I did a little bit of traveling over the past couple months with my husband, family, and friends! I like to think I am having a great year, hehe.

I thought I would share two awesome pairs of socks from the Sock Panda! I figure Halloween just passed so why not bust out my cat bat socks.
You can find my Sock Panda post from 2013 here, if you'd like!
 They're still slayin' it with the cool packaging. I just learned that term from following beauty/fashion Instagrammers. Do you like how I incorporated my new vocab term? ka ka ka 
 Seriously tho, Sock Panda Team, when the time come where my jewelry business is cool enough to have custom packaging, will you guys pretty please help me design it? I just love how quirky & creative your prints are! 
I LOVE IT! I want some more of it! Haha
The lighting bolts are my favorite.
 Thanks so much Patrick! You are AWESOME. I appreciate the time you took to write, inspire & draw for me. :)
The socks come individually packaged which makes it great for gifting! I don't know about you, but my default stocking stuffer has always been socks. I always ask for socks, and I always gift socks. I just feel you can never go wrong with them!
 Husbands gets the hexagon print socks; they're size large, while mine are size medium.
 Designed in Venice, California, a destination I completely am looking forward to visiting! I heard they're home of the Pho Burrito?! Must try that genius invention someday.
 These comfy, colorful socks are made in Peru! Another awesome destination I would love to visit. 
Follow @thesockpanda on Twitter like me to see what they're up to over there.
 Thank you again Patrick & The Sock Panda crew for our awesome socks!
We love 'em!
For all your sock subscription needs: http://sockpanda.com
What makes Sock Panda even cooler than they already are?
They donate one pair of socks of every single sock ordered. #PandaDonatesSocks
p.s. I just got a new Panda debit card that I picked out at the bank. If I have to switch over to these chip cards..I want some cool looking cards to carry around! ;)

Panda out! Talk to you later!

August 18, 2015

Threadsmiths

Threadsmiths, an Australian company reached out to me to share their super cool Hydrophobic T-Shirt on my blog. I thought it was pretty newsworthy and wanted to share it with you guys. I also totally want to visit Australia one day. I think of gorgeous beaches, friendly people, and endless amounts of happiness and sunshine that make up their beautiful country. But travel goals are for another blog post, let me tell you about this super cool new technology they've come up with!
About Threadsmiths
Threadsmiths is a clothing technology company pioneering a new era of everyday performance apparel. We believe that we can create better apparel solutions by leveraging technology, fashion and design.


 Headline! Australian startup creates world's first 100% cotton hydrophobic T-Shirt.

They said: Go ahead. Try pouring some water on it!

And so I did!
It's resistant to water based liquids like soy sauce, coffee, even maple syrup and red wine. My initial reaction is WOW, this is magic! It's so cool to be able to control the water droplets and just pour off the water beads from the shirt. You can use a bottle of water to rinse away any residue liquid. Tell me it's not the perfect Summer weekend going out to eat at the Farmer's Market weekend shirt! AND best water balloon fight shirt ever. ^_^

These shirts are totally the future and probably will be one of my most favorite travel shirts. Don't you hate it when you're out and you get a stain on your shirt and you can't easily just go home and change? I feel like this shirt will help make life a little bit easier when you're on the go. My husband is notorious for spilling drinks and food on his shirts. -__- It happens all.the.time. I wish I would have asked for the Men's shirt because I know he'll get a lot more wear out if his since I'd probably make that his designated eating out shirt/weekend. I'm just kidding. but I think this technology is awesome. They even make them for kids and babies! #puregenius.


I received The Cavelier Women's T-Shirt in Black, Retails for $55. #threadsmithswomen. You can't go wrong with a solid black tee. I wear a lot more black than white, but now that I think about it I should have picked the White one. This shirt is made to last and be stain resistant so I really should have gotten a white one. I like the simple logo on one of the sleeves and on the upper back. It's a very high quality shirt that I know will be a staple in my daily life closet. :D Let's be real, we all have our closet, and our real closets (I call them my default clothes. ;)) This shirt is keeping it real in my life. Thank you Threadsmiths for the awesome threads! I'm proud to be part of team awesomeness and spreading the world about their revolutionary technology. I totally need one in white now. Not want, NEED!
The Cavelier: A 100% cotton T-Shirt crafted with patented hydrophobic nanotechnology application that repels water and dirt.

Melbourne, Australia., 1st of December 2014 - An Australian startup has solved the age-old problem of stained white t-shirts by creating the world's first 100% cotton hydrophobic T-Shirt.

Dubbed "The Cavalier" - the 100% cotton T-Shirt incorporates a lotus leaf inspired nanotechnology that completely repels dirk and liquds, leaving the surface of the fabric crisp, dry, and without stains for up to around 50 washes.

The fibers of the shirt are created with new "water-fearing" nanontechnology.

White other white t-shirts are stained by liquids such as coffee and wine, this hydrophobic fabric causes liquids to bead-up while simultaneously self-cleaning the surface.

The patented fabric nanontech is free of carcinogens and is completely safe for regular wear.

Threadsmiths plans to expand the product range using the technology exhibited in The Cavalier to other articles of clothing and industries such as medical, hospitality and sports.

Check out their shirts: http://www.thethreadsmiths.com/

June 9, 2015

Best Boba in Seattle! Cafe Chi Boba Tea (Issaquah, Washington)

This past Sunday, we were checking out open houses with my fiancé's little sister in the Newcastle/Bellevue area of Washington. Afterwards, we decided we would check out the Issaquah Farmer's Market afterwards to find out it closed at 2pm. His sister looked up boba places in Issaquah and we found ourselves at Cafe Chi. 1. Who knew there was a boba place in Issaquah! 2. It is the best boba I've tried yet in all of Seattle, well all of Washington really!
I highly recommend their Original (Black) Milk Tea or just Black Tea with boba or lychee jelly. Their boba is slightly sweetened. I've heard that some boba shops prepare their boba with honey or brown sugar to add that hint of irresistible sweetness to the chewy boba goodness.
Nail polish is OPI, "The Berry Thought of You" from 2015 OPI Brights Collection
I can tell that they brew their own black tea, and the sugar syrup looks house made. They also use FRESH milk which completely sold me. I tried ShareTea near the University of Washington, but I didn't like the milk tea because of the milk powder. Similar to fresh Thai tea, I like it when they use real milk or half and half. I don't want to waste my drink calories of powdered creamers! Nope. 

But back to Cafe Chi, the tea was so good, I ended up back on Tuesday! It was a gorgeous day for a sunny drive. Note, I don't live very close to Issaquah...it's about a 25 minute drive from me and about 30 minutes from the city of Seattle in general. They were out of lychee jelly yesterday so I got it with the rainbow jelly (fruity flavor).

You can even have lunch or dinner at Cafe Chi; they have Taiwanese foods which I have yet to try. They posted food photos on the wall, which brought back good memories from college. I loved that the shop is next door to Spa Chi and there's an outdoor seating area with koi pond! I only Snapchatted the koi pond and now wish I took some photos! I'm just discovering Snapchat (DSKSteph) and it's pretty fun once you get the hang of it. ^_~

I hope you continue to have a wonderful day! -Steph

June 8, 2015

Golden Garden Beach, Seattle

Yesterday, we went to the beach for the first time this year. I had never been to Golden Garden Beach in Seattle before and it was the absolute perfect place to spend the 86 degree day.
It's absolutely beautiful there and completely different from Alki Beach in West Seattle.
I had a blast exploring the edge of the water looking for shells and crab! It was really nice to enjoy the breeze from the Puget Sound and get a little sun. I loved spending the day at the beach.
Afterwards, we went to Ray's Boathouse for an unplanned fine meal in our casual beach wear.
The appetizers were the best part of our meal. I still can't believe we paid $19 for 6 oysters on the half shell. >.<
We sat on the patio and the views made the dinner worth the experience.

Thanks Seattle for the sunshine!

May 31, 2015

My Best Nordstrom Rack Find Ever!

I never thought I would own a pair of Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats. I knew of the brand and of the cute cat shoes, but I knew the price point was just way too much for me to spend on a pair of flats. I never imagined I find them for a fraction of their original price at Nordstrom Rack!

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of browsing and shopping at Nordstrom Rack. I found this particular pair at their Southcenter, Tukwila, Washington store. I had an adrenaline rush when I found them and quickly snapped a photo to send to my friend. They're a smooth velvet with leather lining soles and insoles. They're honestly one of the MOST comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned so far in my life. The leather stretches and molds to feet and the heel being leather lined is SO comfortable. 

I find that if I don't wear them, the leather will shrink almost back to it's original form..if that even makes sense! Haha, I know because I have wide feet so all my shoes take a little bit of breaking in. I feel it's a great sign of quality when the leather act that way. The form of the shoe withstands the test of time thanks to the quality of the leather! They do feel like $500 shoes and I can genuinely say they're worth every dollar based on my experience with them (SO COMFORTABLE!). I would love to be able to own another pair in the future, but for now, I'm enjoying my classic black Kitty flats!

They are seriously one of the cutest pairs of shoes I'm lucky enough to be able to own! I have gotten so many compliments with strangers stopping me to tell me they like my shoes! =^-^=
Now only are these shoes a cat lover's dream, they're a huge self-esteem, feel good booster to the tenth power!
Thank you Nordstrom Rack for carrying an amazing selection of shoes. The tag says these were worn and refinished, but they were definitely new!