Sunday, October 20, 2019

Navigating Existential Crisis when No Korean Drama works | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Oh hello, hello! I'm okay! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸปFret not on the post title, I have a flair of being dramatic. ๐Ÿ˜…I'm on a crisis mode because I felt a sudden disconnect with my Korean and CDramas (ottoke ๐Ÿฅบwhat 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! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿ˜…✌๐Ÿป) But now, nothing works...I don't feel blissful watching anything. ๐Ÿ˜ญ 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 ❤️๐Ÿ‘ข
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! ✌๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Nordstrom Rack Haul | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, hope you're all okay. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸปI'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!๐Ÿ˜…

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! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Starstruck at Michael Mina SF ๐Ÿคฉ | 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!๐Ÿ˜…). 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 (๐ŸŽคShallow) 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹) | 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! ๐Ÿคฉ




New Fave Skincare Products ✨ | #ChicSassyMomFinds #LushLife

Annyeong! ๐Ÿค—It's beginning to look and feel like Fall. Autumn in my heart. It's my fave season. ๐ŸAnd here goes my new fave skincare routine...๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ‍♀️

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 ๐Ÿ˜…. 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 ❤️๐Ÿ‘ | #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 ๐Ÿ˜…I need a black pair. Oh my goodness, I'm running out of shoe space! ๐Ÿ™ŠBut, fret not, one can never have too many shoes. Our bed is big enough to keep more pairs. Cheers! ✌๐Ÿป

Of Weddings , #GucciShoes and #OOTD ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป | I need a hobby! ๐Ÿ˜…

Ni Hao, friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, yes, I'm still on CDrama Mode, and my love for a Chinese dongsaeng is as overflowing as before (see IG @noonadiaries ). Surprisingly, real life drama is keeping me busy (present tense) for the past weeks or so...from one working weekend to another. I'm so engaged!!! The funny thing, I must be driving everyone in our company insane with my relentless (although delivered at the most charming possible way, so I hope) messages, calls, after office hours, to the point that they are asking me to relax, chill and just (for goodness sake) take a day off. So today, I'm off, albeit reluctantly (I'm on sick leave, but please call me anytime! ✌๐Ÿป)! I will try my very best not to call or to send a single message to anyone today. Let's see! ๐Ÿคž๐ŸปI NEED a life...ooops, maybe I meant, I have a life, and they need theirs! And so, I'm back!

One fine, just another California weekend, we went to a wedding at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. 


Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is a tourist destination when in San Francisco. Being Bay Area locals now, we didn't feel the need to visit just yet. So I was beyond ecstatic that my first visit was not for photo op ๐Ÿ˜… but to attend a wedding! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸปP.S. Plan your "tour" to the very scenic Half Moon Bay, ready your valet parking fee $50. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now for the details of my #OOTD

Choices ๐Ÿค”

At Nordstrom Rack, prices are superb ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป, except you are limited with the sizes. Unless it's your lucky day, then you get that one and only dress available that fits you. There's a mix of designer and house brands, the Blue Black is a Kenzo. The Black and white, I adore, but I couldn't fit. ๐Ÿฅบ
You know we have San Francisco Premium Outlets, right? It's not Cabazon, but we do have designer aplenty. If the Gucci shoe fits, buy it!!! It's just so beautiful.
Gucci Black Ophelia Floral Embroidered Sandals
I love weddings in California. They are cozy. The beautiful Half Moon Bay sunset is such a perfect setting for celebrating love. ๐ŸฅฐAwwww, I've been watching too many dramas, so I'm drawn! Congratulations and Best Wishes! Cheers! ✨

Monday, July 22, 2019

Caring for Highlighted Hair #DysonAirwrap | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Ni hao! ๐Ÿค— It’s another hair post ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ‍♀️...highlights are alive, thanks to all those blue, purple, no-sulfate haircare recommendations  (thank you, loves!๐Ÿ’‹) and all those variety of hair serums and oils from my Allure and Ipsy subscriptions that comes in monthly. It's a lot of work. I kid you not, and a lot of products. But oh well... I'm a skincare addict ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️, and I can do multi-step, plus I do love to hoard haircare products. Love is in the hair.

My current haircare #MustHaves :
1) A lot of Hair mask like Lulu, Kiehl's Magic Elixir (from my skincare post), a lot of conditioners (still undecided which is my fave conditioner, will let you know)
2) Neuma neuMoisture Instant Fix, 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment, Redken One United, Plantactive Blend from Sally Beauty
3) Dyson Airwrap just because I'm still in awe over it (though I'm still learning how to make the most of the Airwrap attachments ๐Ÿ˜…)
I'm linking all products I mentioned earlier to their official websites since I don't think I can make a full review of them. The Neuma and 12 Benefits, both cream-based, are all from my ipsy subscriptions. I picked them out amidst all the sea of leave on hair treatments sent every so often. Though admittedly my first qualifier was the scent. Both smells nice. Plus, they soften, moisten and add bounce when applied on damp hair prior styling with Dyson. The Redken, also cream-based, I got from the salon after my hair coloration. Of all the four, I like the scent of Redken the most. But it gives off the same softness as the rest. The Blend is the only serum (oil-based) I bought on a trip to Sally Beauty. I like the scent. Plus, I especially use it on days when I just use dry-shampoo, in between washes.

I can't decide which is my fave cream-based hair treatment, I welcome the variety, so I would most likely repurchase all three (Redken, Neuma, 12 Benefits). But I daresay, they work best because of Dyson. I've tried going on days  (while on business trips) without Dyson, and it was literally bad hair days! ๐Ÿ™ŠIt's truly worth it!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰So bring on the shameless selfie posts. Cheers! ๐Ÿ’‹





Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Favorite High Heel Work Shoes | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Ni hao!๐Ÿค—There's a fangirl story behind my greeting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh my goodness, I'm too sleepy to blog (and there's a related side story about it too ๐Ÿ˜…), but I just want to commit myself on keeping this blog alive as much as I can. Time management at its finest. ๐Ÿคž๐ŸปThere's time for work, chores, family time, drama time and "me" time. With God's grace, it helps that chasing California dreams seems to be a breeze. I'm so engaged with work! Yay! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปIt's super challenging, pleasantly tiring day in day out, but I love that I can still daresay, it's not toxic. In between office meetings, we have luncheon and dinner meetings to boot. (What diet?! ) Plus I love the variety of outfit choices here in California (means that I can shop ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️)...if only I can do #OOTD posts everyday, KDrama inspired, of course, I will! ✌๐ŸปAlthough Fall and Winter work outfits will now be my forever favorite (boots season forever,) I'm happily getting by dressing for spring and summer a la Park Min Young's in Her Private Life. That, plus thank goodness for nice shoes.

Pretty and functional...I love! Comfiest work heels ever 
I couldn't get enough of them. One can never have too many shoes.


Here's hoping for more #OOTD posts.


But wait, there's more...
Pretty, comfy and not pricey at all...Coach shoes, oh how I love thee. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

P.S. Here's the side story.  Super sleepy with shuffling between real life drama and Chinese Drama. Watch raw. Read novel. Watch with Subs. Watch again. Repeat. Yes, yes, Chinese drama not Korean drama! ✌๐ŸปI'm super addicted to this Chinese Drama, my love for it is as much as I love Deng Lun. See my ravings for Go Go Squid at my @noonadiares IG. My fangirl heart is full, but my, my. I need to sleep before I'm off to another LA trip for work. Jiayou! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Finds | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Ciao bella! ๐Ÿค—

You ought to know that I'm crazy addicted to Bath and Body Works (read here, here and here too).๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️I reckon, one can never have enough, so although I was seriously trying to stay away from the semi-annual sale, I was almost out of candles...so on my way to the store, I kept reminding myself...I just needed candles. ๐Ÿ˜…

Candles for $10, plus $10 off for every $40 purchase
Champagne Toast is our favorite scent be it for candles, soaps and sanitizers. It wasn't part of the promotion but I fell in love with the Beach Sage and Mint and Salted Ocean Air. The Ciao Bella is on the sweet side, just for added variety every so often.

There were soooooh many daily offers, as in. Choose wisely. Wants vs. Needs.๐Ÿ˜‰ I needed hand soaps.

Champagne Toast and White Tea & Sage are scents, which are both well-liked by my very picky hubby and son, plus they have essential oils and me likey a lot of essential oils ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป
Living here in California, I thought I'll get over this phase of hoarding Bath and Body Works ๐Ÿ˜…,  but apparently....not! With it, the urge always win. ๐ŸคซOh well! ✌๐Ÿป
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