Monday, April 27, 2015

I Love Colors and That's OK

Hello, my beautiful Friends!

Thank you to you all who have left me some very kind, caring, supporting words! It really does me good to read all your get-well-soon messages and prayers from across the ocean. I am still in recovery after surgery. The surgery itself had some complications, and recovery had been slow, but the good Lord had shown His mercy and made small miracles for this little sinner which is me. Praise Him forever and ever! 

If you have followed my blog for a while, you might know that I just love colors. Especially in an outfit. My Mom often criticize my fashion sense, saying that my love for cheerful colors, pattern mixing, daring color combination, tendency for over-accesorizing, Hello Kitty, various shades of pink and all things cute and kawaii as kitschy, childish, and unclassy. She herself loves neutral colors, simple lines, high named brands, and animal prints. She oozes class and exudes elegance.

Well, yeah, I admire Audrey and Coco. A lot. But I am not them. Elegance is not my first, middle, nor my last name. I love looking at pictures of high-society ladies like Ivanka Trump and Aerin Lauder. I admire their fashion sense and simplicity. But I know that if I wear what they wear on a daily basis, I would get bored pretty quickly. Their fashion sense is their own. Mine is mine.

And my fashion sense can be summed up in M3F as I wrote in About section of this blog: modest, frugal, feminine and fun. And I would underline the word FUN.

Fashion is what get me going out of bed in the morning, most of the time. I'm not a morning person, waking up early to go to work or pretty much to do anything early in the morning is a hard chore. However, thinking about all the pretty colors and fun outfits and accesories that I'm going to wear that day makes me excited and want to throw aside the blanket, get into the shower and start my morning preparation ritual that would set the tone for the whole day.

Granted, once I'm dressed and dash out the door, I would forget about what I wear. And that works for me. By liking what I see in the mirror before starting my day, I start the day in a joyful mode and soon after I can focus to do whatever it is I need or want to do for the day: go to work, go to the park with my son, meeting friends, trying out new restaurant, clean the house, prepare holiday decoration. My morning ritual - beauty and fashion - is like what a stage actress does before she starts the show: make up and preparation to get into the role.
My role is not an elegant lady of leisure that covers the page of a magazine. My role is a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, a career woman, a business owner, a middle class woman who loves life and embraces it with open arms and sparkles in her eyes. A woman who loves colors, Hello Kitty, pinks, and kitschy, cute stuff. Tacky to some, pretty and fun to me.

And that's OK. Take a look around you. The color of the sky, the different shapes of flowers, birds, texture of grass, food, architecture of buildings, different bone structure of people around the world. Can't you tell? The Lord loves beauty and variety.

After all, if all women look like Ivanka and Aerin, Coco and Audrey, don't you think the fashion world would be a little bit boring? After all, it's their individuality that makes these magnificent ladies stand out among everyone else.

What say you? ^__^

That's why Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands. It's fun, colorful, good quality, and relatively affordable. I love this Kate Spade purse in tosca. The color is fun, the shape classic, and it can carry a multitude of things. I finish the look with hot fuschia wedges with this cute bow and colorful beaded necklace and bracelets. Unclassy? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely.

R & M Richards R & M Collection Long-Sleeve Ruffle-Front Jacket Dress • $89.99 Lauren Ralph Lauren Ruffled Skirt • $79.50 Style&co. Silver-Tone Purple and Blue Bead Long Necklace • $16.99 Mixit Hematite Multicolor Bead Earring and Necklace Set • $16.80 Kate Spade New York 'lucca Drive - Small Candace' Leather Satchel • $358 Kate Spade New York 'cedar Street - Maise' Satchel • $298 DAZZLING DESIGNS Multicolor Heart-Shape Faceted Glass Bead Stretch Bracelet • $15.99 BLEU NYC Bleu Multicolor Beads Stretch Bracelet • $8.99 Frye Alexa Leather Bow Wedge, Red • $99.50 Shoe Magnate Inc Who Bows There? Wedge • $39.99 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Week in Recap: Through A Dark Valley

Hi Friends!

Last week has been a rough one for me as well as for our family. I have a bit of medical condition that needs urgent treatment. I will not elaborate what the problem is, but let's just say that I might take an absence from blogging for the next couple of weeks to take care of this condition. Hereby I ask your kindness to pray for me and for my family. 

Still, life goes on. There are still many wonderful things to do, lovely sights to see, delicious food to eat, fun activities to enjoy, and happiness in this life to smile and laugh about!

On the weekend I went out with my family to the nearest mall. It just so happened that all three of us wore stripes that day, which was unplanned and rather hillarious. Hubby wore green, I wore blue, and Michael represented his parents by wearing blue-and-green overall that he got from my mother in law.

My big man and little man in stripes.

Michael has been a bit fuzzy for the past several days, It seems like he knows that Mommy is unwell. He kissed me all the time and held my hand when taking nap. Little children surely know more than we think they do!

Michael loves to play horsie with Daddy and Mommy, so when he saw these horse statues he naturally were attracted to them!

After the mall, we went to visit the nursery that I wrote about in my previous post. This time, we made it to go inside and talked to the teachers. We let Michael explore by himself around the play/classroom. Seems like he likes it! I plan to get him in a trial class in the next couple of weeks after my medical treatment.

If you find yourself in a seemingly no-way-out, pretty bad situation, I urge you to keep on living and keep on praying. And keep on being a good person. You really don't need to prove that you are good, because God in Heaven is not blind. He sees your effort. He sees your trials. And in the Lord's economics, nothing goes to waste. Including trials and hardships. They will bear fruit, with interest!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me;
You restore my strength. You guide me along the right path
for the sake of your name.
Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm
for you are at my side;
Your rod and staff give me courage.

You set a table before me as my enemies watch;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and love will pursue me
all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

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