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11/16/2009

Word on the Street Is….

11/05/2009

…that I have a FB Fanpage? WAHHH?

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Thank you!

Halloweenie!

11/02/2009

Hope everyone had a MIGHTY Halloween weekend! My body is not what it used to be. Halloween eve sucked all my energy for Halloween. Nonetheless, I still wore a costume. I  custom made lacy bunny ears and a bunny tail with ribbon details, which was hardly noticeably against that black outfit of mines. I was also sporting my garnet knuckle ring. I don’t have the best photos of me wearing it but below and you’ll see an image of the ring.

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Reality has entered. Now, working on a line sheet and, hopefully, a bit on the website. Happy Monday!

Who Says Magic Pumpkin Seeds Don’t Exist?

10/22/2009

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pyrite line earringsPyrite Drape Necklace

Hammered Pyrite Gems/Sterling Silver/ 14K gold filled.

Absolutely Golden.

Back on this Trotting Horse!

10/18/2009

This post is long overdue and I apologize! Seriously, I had meant to update everyone during the week of my arrival from Cambodia/ Hong Kong.  However, I didn’t realize several events were in line nearly everyday and an unexpected, disturbing wave of imbalance in life arrived. For now, I can push it all aside and get back on the horse.

First, the vacay to the motherland, Cambodia, was not absolutely relaxing until the very last week. This was because we were trying to visit every place possible for the first-time visitors to see. Yet, it was a fulfilling first week in Cambodia. We were able to visit a temple for a ceremony and directly donate money and ‘sarongs’ to the villagers.

One of the Village Children

Donating Money

I’m so happy we were able to have contribute to those smiles on their faces.

Smiles on the villagers faces makes you feel content

Leading a walk in the temple:

Me, Leading a Ceremony Walk

Along with getting a glimpse into the lives of these villagers, my family and I came across the smallest house we’ve ever seen. An old lady sat in the doorway and my aunt immediately felt the urge to help. The whole bus went in a frenzy to find Tylenol, food, sarong, and money for her. When my cousin and uncle came up to her door and explained themselves, she told us how she cannot afford food and was usually only able to eat when her neighbors offered some to her. Can you imagine living day to day like that?  I’m reminded of how fortunate we all are here, not only because of opportunities and nice —or even just decent— homes, but also for simple things like water, napkins, beds, and healthy sanitary practice.

Giving back is a beautiful thing, especially when you see where it is being given to and when you actually feel the sense of how grateful those people are to have been helped. I had mention this to a few but maybe I shall share it here to make things more ‘official’.  Once my online shop is open, I’d love to contribute to those less fortunate. Inspired by this trip and by my parents, who had lend their hands and money to reopen a school in Cambodia a few years ago, I’m looking into a charity or some program to donate to—most likely ones directly helping the needy in third world countries or ones that help improve schools in these countries. I’ve been doing some research on and off. If anyone knows of any, I’d appreciate it if you can LEAVE A COMMENT and I’ll be looking into it! Thanks!!

Other than this experience, I was able to revisit the ruins of Cambodia, eat exotic fruits, relax in the ubiquitous hammocks hung in huts, and visit the beaches. Cities/ Villages visited includes: Koh Kong (Kong Island), Kampong Saom, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Baray, Battambang, and a few other areas.

So much has change in three years in Siem Reap. Honestly, it was better three years ago. Why? Well, there is so much restoration and walkway renovation going on. Thus, lots of ugly restriction zones. We were able to go through the ruins more freely in 2006/2007. I feel that now it is too much about the money and too little about the education. However, it’s still a site that absolutely stops you in silent wonderment.

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sweet sticky rice in banana leaves.

Angkor Wat

David and the Insane tree growing over one of the ruins

Walking Past the Carved Murals of Angkor Wat

Outside our Hotel in Koh Kong- The Ocean

One of my favorite stop:

This is my grandma’s childhood house in Battambang, which is now over 100 years old! It’s still amazingly in great condition, and during its time it was one of the ‘upper class’ homes (grams was such a lucky girl). It has became somewhat of a tourist sightings now. Visitors can relax at the many huts that is scattered in the yard and pick a variety of fresh fruits from the trees. Do I sound like I’m advertising?

Grandma's Childhood Home

Inside the house, there are many antiquated household objects that are as old as the house, such as chests, elaborate mirrors, drawers, paintings, and this iron (it can either give you an eerie feeling or puts you in a state of fascination):

Old Iron from my Grandma's early years!

One of the many huts around the huge yard. They came in all different sizes, some with walls and some without walls (I totally do sound like I’m promoting some vacation spot)!

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Wanna go to Starbucks?

Starbucks?

I’d have to say, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Macau reminds me of another busy city in the U.S. I met two wonderfully hilarious people on this trip, a mother and daughter , whom I hope to remain in touch with. Even in the middle of typhoon season, we were able to gallivant around HK with our cheap plastic ponchos provided by our tour guides. I was thankful to have not gotten sick even with wet socks on my feet all day, which is quite rare for this weak immune system of mines. Unfortunately, the insane rain in China didn’t allow me to take any post-worthy photos.

Now, BACK TO THE USA! And look what came in the mail when I arrived home:G.G., GIA

Couldn’t attend any ceremony for it, but that’s alright. I’m happy it’s alllll done with! Woot!

Right after this, I finally was able to order those business cards I designed with the bf! It will be something like this:

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Like I have said earlier, I couldn’t exactly get back into my rhythm until recently when Linne from Linne’s Boutique gave me a call saying her store was ready to get new pieces from me! It was a bit of a success at Linne’s Boutique! This time, I really want to send out my items with the full on packaging. I’ve already got my earring cards and hang tags designed and will have it printed by two etsy designers, pixelbypixel and scrapbits, who were quick in responding to my needs!  Also, boxes are soon to be ready! I hope to finish a few other tasks before hitting up other boutiques, which I saved for last because I find them so tedious!

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photo courtesy of scrapbits

No earring card preview! Maybe next time?

I’ll stop with the photo-filled post for now. I should be working.

I am a Gemologist! =)

09/04/2009

Sorry, I’ve been away. I wish I can say I’ve been gone because the website has kept me extra busy. But that would be a little fib. Actually, because I’ll be gone for 3 weeks for Cambodia and Vietnam, I had to renovate the house, clean up for 8 guests visiting coming week, render a few custom made piece to be completed, and study for a final in Carlsbad. Great news, folks! I passed this 6 hour exam in 2.5 hours and I am now a Gemologist! WOOOOOOOOOT! I was so happy to have passed the first try because I seriously didn’t want to drive to Carlsbad again. The campus was gorgeous and the scenery was serene. However, driving there for lab classes and an intense exam, was no fun! No more school! I can now solely focus on my work, which I’m so happy about.

Despite all of this distraction from my jewelry, I did manage to come together with 2 former roommates to work on a small photoshoot.

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As I drove up to LA to meet the lovely ladies, I realized I had forgotten an outfit at home. Panicking, Regg and I sped to 3rd Street Promenade for a quick buy. We met up an hour later than planned and took slightly too long to get ready due to our love for the TV Show, ‘Friends’. We planned to go to UCLA (what a nostalgic walk it was) for the shoot, since several location we would have love to work at came along with LA traffic. A lot was done considering the amount of jewelry we had to shoot and the time constraint. Sadly, a few pieces weren’t able to be featured in the shoot. I’d love to thank my sweet friends, Ha and Uyen, and the supportive boyfriend! You guys are wonderful and I greatly appreciated the time!

I had hoped to have the photos up on site by the time I leave for Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, I have to say the outlook is slim. With the 8 guests AND working on lots of custom fine jewelry pieces. Some of these pieces, will be on the site. I’m definitely ecstatic for this. My mom, long time jeweler, has helped me planned for this. She can be tough one. Mother love does come in so many forms. One of my favorite design from my parents, which I’ve adored for years, is this Colombian emerald pendent with diamond accent. The emerald is breathtaking in person. It is this piece that confirmed my love for the gem. However, this pendant is not for sale. Luckily enough, we own another emerald with this cut and decided to create a bangle. The bottom image is just a quick rendering (without color, yes not so exciting) of the bangle to jot the idea down. Emerald Pendant

I’ve also worked on serveral other rendering for other pieces to be made by mid October. With focus on gems such as rubies, sapphires, amethyst, emerald. Jewelry Rendering

It’s overwhelming when I am working on something specific but cannot finish it due to unexpected responsibilities. Exciting as it can be, it’s still frustrating to have a pile of unfinished duties. But there is no room for complaints when I’m off in a houseboat to Mojave Lakes for Labor Day Weekend. I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

Slightly feeling like this:anonymous

Fall Wishlist

08/08/2009
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There are a few items I wanted for quite some time. However, there was always something stopping me– ran out of my size, never found the right one, or wasn’t sure if I wanted to break the account yet. Here is that wishlist: combat inspired boot (since last October, I’ve been on a search), a slightly loose romper, an item or two with noticeable zipper details, a cropped shirt, a somewhat relaxed boyfriend blazer, and an alternative piece to wear under all my sheer tops. Maybe that is more than a few.

Here is what I found so far:

1. If the boot has no bulk and looks sleek, I think I will wear it for decades with dresses, jeans, shorts–anything.

Combat Inspired Boots(1. We Who See Field Boot, Urban Outfiiters; 2. We Who See Leather Lace-up Boots, Urban Outfitter; 3. Jeffrey Campbell Buckle Bootie, The Academy; 4. Jeffrey Campbell Class Bootie, Lori Shoes; 5. BC Footwear Stormy Weather Lace-Up Bootie, Endless)

I think I am gearing towards BC Lace-Up (5) because it’s very similar to all of them but under $100. The second We Who See boot (2) is on sale for under $100 also. BUT I read that the tiny metal that hold the lace may break off easily. My real yearn is for the We Who See Field Boot (1) and the Jeffrey Campbell Buckle Bootie (3). Who knows I might go in a frenzy, and get one of them!

2. I wanted to romp in a romper since January. I only found 2 perfect pieces in the past but my size was out by the time I made the great discovery. I still am on a lookout. Some of these fit my standards.

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(1.Ditsy Crinkle Romper, Free People; 2. Silence & Noise Buttoned-Up Jumpsuit, Urban Outfitters; 3. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, Shopbop; 4. Topshop; 5.Summertime Floral Romper, Free People)

3. Ah yes, a noticeable zipper adds that edginess to any item. Seriously love everything here.

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(1.Urban Renewal knit Pull On Mini, Urban Outfitters; 2.  Silence & Noise Ponte Zipper Skirt, Urban Outfitters; 3. Horror Girls Nude Zip Front Dress, Topshop; 4. Silence & Noise Zip-Up Bodysuit, Urban Outfitters; 5. Urban Outfitters)

I am pretty sure that Silence and Noise bodysuit (4) will be added to my closet soon. It will be awesome with any skirt and high-waisted items.

4. The Crop Top- I really want something relaxed over my fitted dresses, skirts, and high-waisted bottoms.

5. An undergarment besides a tank, plain bras, or bandeau. The longline bras are catching my attention.

6. That slightly oversize, relaxed boyfriend blazer will surely become my favorite, once I acquire one.

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(1. Snake Print Cropped Tee, Topshop; 2. Loose Crop Tee, American Apparel; 3. Horror Girls Black Bra Top; Topshop ;4. Leafy Lace Bralet; Topshop; 5. Silence & Noise Long Party Blazer; Urban Outfitters; 6. Premium Tonic Boyfriend Blazer; Topshop)