Sunday, October 20, 2019

Navigating Existential Crisis when No Korean Drama works | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Oh hello, hello! I'm okay! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»Fret not on the post title, I have a flair of being dramatic. πŸ˜…I'm on a crisis mode because I felt a sudden disconnect with my Korean and CDramas (ottoke πŸ₯Ίwhat to post on my IG @noonades?!). Backstory. Oh well, some dreams are too awesome not to chase, so here we are on our 29th month chasing our California dreams. Life here, it seems can be amazing, but it's not easy. There are trade offs, heartaches and sacrifices aplenty. It's basically life as we know it, so what's not to like, or love even. I just have to live in the moment. I find comfort on my "me-time", which before I get from my drama marathons. (Let's call it out, shall we, I'm a 38 year-old ahjumma and proud fangirl! πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️πŸ˜…✌🏻) But now, nothing works...I don't feel blissful watching anything. 😭 I can even go on days not watching anything!!! Please help me, cinggu! I need inspiration.

I am a Capricorn, naturally, so no rest for my old soul. But I daresay I'm aging gracefully, just because I'm so vain (kikay forever) and I'm so committed on my skincare routine.  More often than not, I now dress the part too. Hah.

#OOTD I adore Fall outfits! I love Tory Burch Boots ❤️πŸ‘’
I'm so pleasantly busy with work, and our little family of three is so used to the daily grind of living here with nothing better to do except work, school for Chaseyboy, do house chores, family bonding for a moment or two, and then "me-time".  The upside, because I don't watch dramas as I do before, I have time to go to the gym. Here's the real trivial problem... the bad side, I miss work, I miss the busy exchange of calls, emails and text. I must be crazy!!! I can easily pass as somebody who doesn't have a life! I am officially a workaholic!!! Weekends are super lazy, unless I go out shopping (that's worse!), the worst part, the only way to make Chaseyboy (my 9th grade son) go out is to bring him out shopping too! So here's my recourse, just so I don't end up bothering co-workers, or shopping, I'll write a post or two! Let's do this! Aja! ✌πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Nordstrom Rack Haul | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, hope you're all okay. πŸ‘ŒπŸ»I've been pleasantly busy with real life drama and yes, I'm okay with it. Oh well, life happens, I live in the moment.  Weekends though, to no surprise, are spent shopping. Funny, this is our family bonding time. Oh my. Lately, I've been compelled to buy dresses and jumpsuits too...whenever I see Petite, my heart skips a beat!πŸ˜…

My kind of dress...arms and legs covered but with see through laces.  
Oh, good news... for those who've been following me, I've been forever dieting, I actually went two sizes down, from size US 10 to 6. With my current dedication, hah, I feel like I can even push it to size 4. Aja! The bad news, some outfits I got were size 10, so I have to find time to make sure I wear them. And no, I cannot return them, I was too excited and I pulled out all the tags.

Petite Jumpsuits. Yay! I adore these. I can't wait to wear them. #OOTD soon
Below is my fave black dress. I feel pretty.



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I didn't do dress before, I dread it. I have too many rules. But after my last soiree, I want more occasions to dress up. I love shopping at Nordstrom Rack, it's like the thrills of the search for that one perfect dress. So get up, dress up, show up and never give up! Aja! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Starstruck at Michael Mina SF 🀩 | ChicSassyMomEats

I'm a forever fangirl! If I can't see KDrama stars (who are aplenty in Manila), just feed me somewhere nice like a Michelin Star restaurant and I'll probably live another year missing fanmeetings (I'm holding on, I truly hope so!πŸ˜…). True story, we ate at this 2-Star Michelin Restaurant in Japan, I was absolutely charmed. I know it was fancy and pricey, but I just only realized why it's indeed such an experience after watching Bradley Cooper (🎀Shallow) in the movie Burnt. Plus, my brother works for a Michelin Star chef, so it's a joyful moment to see stars in a restaurant.



Wouldn't it be nicer if I already had my iPhone11 Pro back then, so the photos were taken like a pro blogger that I hope I could be albeit the low light setting? Oh well, next time.

Michael Mina SF Official Photo 
Here goes our 5-Course Dinner Menu. We had Pinot Noir to pair and more desserts. It's all new and so fancy to me. It was a mix and match of what I'm familiar (sort of), recommendations, and further indulging some more with the option to add additional fee (which they call supplement).

Bottom pix, counter clockwise: I knew we had starter for supplement. Course 1: Tartare of Ahi Tuna  | Course 2: Osetra Caviar Tajarin Pasta (Supplement $25) | Course 3: Wild King Salmon | Course 4: Yemenite-style Beef Ribeye (Sorry for the photo, I ate it right away πŸ˜‹) | Course 5: Jasper Hill Harbison Cheese 
I love sit-down dinner. It feels like unwrapping Christmas presents. You'll never know what's next. I relished whatever was served to me with much gusto. It helps that I'm adventurous. Dinners are always pricey, the 5-Course Menu comes with a base price of $165 plus all the supplement we had. It was so much fun. As expected, the same friend who treated us to that charming Japanese meal, was the same friend who made the gastronomic experience to Michael Mina possible. Daisuke-san, daisuki!  Now, I'm missing Japan.


The question remains, is it worth it with an average tab per person going for $250++? Well, I say, with special reasons to celebrate, why not? Though maybe a lunch trip for starter would be also as nice. Let's live in the moment. Cheers! 🀩




New Fave Skincare Products ✨ | #ChicSassyMomFinds #LushLife

Annyeong! πŸ€—It's beginning to look and feel like Fall. Autumn in my heart. It's my fave season. 🍁And here goes my new fave skincare routine...πŸ’πŸΌ‍♀️

From my most recent skincare post, only Avene Thermal Spring Water remains.
After double/triple cleansing (makeup wipes, facial wash, oil cleanser) Step 1: Avene | Step 2: Lush Eau Roma Water | Step 3: COSRX Advanced Snail Essence | Step 4: Lush Enchanted Eye Cream | Step 5: COSRX Advanced Snail All in One Cream | Step 6: Lush Celestial Moisturizer | Step 7: Lancome Renergie Lift Multi Action | Step 9: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask for nighttime
New skincare brand...from Kiehl's to Lush. You probably know that one reason I tried Keihl's was because of a KDrama oppa who was endorsing it πŸ˜…. Kiehl's is okay. But I did not see dramatic changes in managing my sensitive skin, calming redness and soothing irritations every so often. Lush is pretty addicting. After my first trip, I asked to sample Celestial Moisturizer, I love it! So I went all-in.

Monday, September 9, 2019

ALDO Amilmathien Red Ankle Boots ❤️πŸ‘ | #ChicSassyMomFinds

There's something about red shoes. They are such magnets of good, meaningful, and random conversations amongst friends and strangers alike. Here's my recent pair. It's so pretty.

Everybody's favorite ALDO Amilmathien Leather Ankle Boots $100+ 
"In search of a pair of shoes that are sure to “kick” some much needed attitude into your wardrobe (see what we did there)? Well look no further: we present the Amilmathien from cult high-street hero Aldo. With an unusual cut-out silhouette and skyscraper heel, these gems are one to wear from the office (if you’re feeling fiery) straight to drinks with friends and, well, on to the dancefloor. We’ll see you there!" -Selfridges Says


They are so beautiful. Soft, comfy and super stylish. I felt tall, sexy and extra pretty. #FeelingModel πŸ˜…I need a black pair. Oh my goodness, I'm running out of shoe space! πŸ™ŠBut, fret not, one can never have too many shoes. Our bed is big enough to keep more pairs. Cheers! ✌🏻
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