Back in late December, Josh, my sister and I visited the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. Josh and I went to the Los Angeles location the second day they opened, so we liked to call ourselves vets in exploring these Willy Wonka-esque exhibitions. Oh gurl, it did not disappoint, especially since I was suffering from a head cold at the time (shh, don't tell anyone I was probably contagious). My favorite colors, my favorite food (one of them at least) and my favorite persons to share this Instagram-worthy galore with!
New Sactown apartment means a new holiday decor entry. The last time I did this was in our Glendale home back in 2015. I realize now, I tend to post at the end of the year rather than throughout the year like how one should blog. But my motto has always been, "better late than never" and you know me, livin' that procrastinator lifestyle. Now on to the (semi) annual eye candy!
You guys, this tree has been a part of our household since we first moved in together five years ago. I want to say it was a thirty-dollar artificial tree from Target, it might have even been less than that, nevertheless, I'm pretty sure we got our moneys worth three years go. When we first got it, we only had Target ornaments and they just covered the front side of the tree, barely. Look now at our grown up baby with all its lovely friends hanging on to their dear lives. I'll point out a few of my favorite ornaments further down in the post.
In the new place, we made the bookcase more of a display case, and I cleared out a cubby to put in my huge ass Christmas nesting dolls that I wish could stay up all year round. Atop the book case we put our "NOEL" iron signage and adorned it with fairy lights. We had so many left over from the wedding, why not put it everywhere for the holidays! Like, I'm considering putting some fairy lights on top of the toilet; we have that many (doubles as a night light for those pesky 2am pee sessions).
Now back to the main attraction of any home during Christmastime, the tree, ya nerd! I'm still very much in love with my mint green origami star tree topper. I remember being apprehensive to get it because it doesn't light up. I don't know about your tree, but I love looking at mine just as much in the daytime as in the night. For me, hoarding ornaments is like collecting figurines, but more depressing because I only get to take them out once a year and they are displayed for only about a month. When I do take them out, it's like seeing a long lost friend, and you have to apologize profusely for not keeping in touch. It's also exciting adding new buddies to the mix. This year, my dearest cousin made me custom ornaments with beautiful gold lettering, and they fit in so well with my "pops of color" theme, as if they always belonged in my tree.
The little, pink elf will always have a special place in my heart and in my tree. She's so adorable. The sloth ornament is a new addition and an instant favorite. I see a lot of myself in that sloth. The light purple-dashed triceratops is also a fairly recent crew member and he is as fierce as my other absolute loves beneath him, the sequin reindeer and the rainbow tiger. They all contribute to my everyday happiness whenever I take a break from the daily grind to admire its beauty.
We have a proper dining room (more like nook), so we dressed it up with more fairy lights, our wooden village with my growing collection of pastel-hued mini bottle brush trees, ceramic reindeer, and those whimsical pom pom stockings! Oh, I have been searching for the quintessential "Tammy" Christmas stockings, and when my eyeballs narrowed in at those beauties from Anthropologie, I gasped so loud, it sounded like my last breath on Mother Earth. Mostly because I was shocked they were under $100, but more so because they looked like they were made for me. You always gravitate towards objects that look like they were created just for you.
That's all, folks! Before I sign off (and who knows when I'll return? I don't, clearly...), I just wanted to point out that I've always wanted to own a macramé wall hanging, but until I can figure out how to make my own, I did get a little macramé ornament from local artist The Northern Needle.
Merry everything to you!
Please check out Part One if you're interested in the look of my wedding with a little insight on planning one.
I apologize that these iPhone pictures aren't the clearest, but I really just wanted to put them out there and one day I'll reshoot these with my fatty cam...hopefully. As it says above, this is the #weddingjammy wedding stationery created by yours truly. First up are the Save the Dates.
Made a cute monogram to put on everything, and I drew some wedding-related icons. I didn't want it to look busy, so I kept the text short and clear.
Several months after that, I sent out the invitations (people can be impatient in receiving these). The reason I kept them a-waiting was because I was being indecisive on how I wanted to present the information. After forcing myself to just sit down and think about it, I chose to do a tri-fold. I really liked the overall size and the unraveling action you'd have to do when you open the envelope. I also like imagining my family and friends hanging these on their fridges and it taking up so much property.
I carried on the design elements onto our menus, programs, escort cards, table names, table numbers, and signage. I was a fool and only saved the menus and programs, but you can see the complete reception seating look over here.
2017 has been a crazy year. The months leading up to the wedding in April were hectic and stressful. Not only did Josh and I have an entire wedding to plan ourselves, we also had to pack for our move to Northern California. Fast forward to now, we've settled into Sacramento life, and Josh spends most of his time studying, so I figured it's time to post a little bit about the biggest event I've ever planned and probably will ever plan.
I never dreamt about "the big day" or had a secret binder filled with cut out pictures from magazines, and I've been dating Josh since 2008. I like to think the wedding is more of Josh's (he would say otherwise), because I had the overall style be less romantic and frilly, and more sophisticated and minimal. To be honest, I would have like to use pastels with pops of hot pink, but obviously I didn't tap into that fantasy. Above were our ideas for what we wanted the feel and look to be: informal, intimate, less floral more foliage. I wanted the bridesmaids to be in different navy blue dresses, Josh wanted his groomsmen in gray and his own suit to stand out in navy blue. We wanted an ube cake but dressed "naked," and we both really wanted succulents incorporated everywhere. We DIY'ed our copper ceremony arch, our escort cards and table numbers. You can see how crazy we got with "pinning" things on our Pinterest account.
Because I am design-oriented and (borderline-OCD) organized, I liked to have everything clearly displayed in one place. I made myself a PDF containing my mood boards (one for the ceremony, the other for reception, and another for my wedding "look"), the floor plans (that Josh and I took a whole Saturday afternoon to create to scale), timelines, etc. That PDF and Google Drive were our new best and closest friends for a year. Josh was really great at researching vendors and I really have to commend him on finding some of best local businesses, and even some of them I still exchange pleasantries with on Instagram. To show you a glimpse into my madness, I created this "compact" PDF for our day-of coordinator (who was my fairy godmother), I didn't have to make this at all, but it calmed me down doing so the week before.
To show my madness, I made these mock-up images of my centerpieces. I really wanted something non-conventional and was entertained by the thought of not having florals. So my centerpieces were more like vignettes of how I'd style my coffee table at home.
And talk about combining the trendiest decor items: marble, copper, fairy lights, succulents and hand figurines. I got to dabble in event design and it was enjoyable to a degree (our budget, budget, budget, Josh would constantly remind me of). Sometimes still, I will go into a Target or Home Goods, see and item and say to myself, "This would make a good *centerpiece/guestbook table/another wedding-related item*!" Mind you, it has been 4 months since the wedding.
So if you'd rather just see how the it all came to together, you can head over to our wedding website and I've uploaded our photographer's pictures in an organized gallery, because, you know me.
As I continue to get older, the years tend to blur together, which is why I like to return here and post these yearly recaps. This year definitely opened my eyes to the importance of awareness. In terms of minimizing prejudice and discrimination, America as a whole, has a lot of work to do. Living in liberal Southern California, it's easy to forget that abhorrent acts of racism and sexism still take place. I came to the realization that I can't allow myself to just live in my own little bubble, and after the results of the election, I went to Instagram to announce my intentions to become a more active citizen. It may seem like a small gesture, but I rarely discuss my views publicly and one of my goals in the new year is to be more involved in politics (or at the very least, understand the issues) and more importantly, help causes that are meaningful to me.
Obviously the main highlight of 2016 is getting engaged, but the summer was jam-packed with great memories, I've listed them above. Seeing to Adele live was incredible, but I have to admit that "The Little Mermaid in Concert" was marvelously magical. Tituss Burgess is love. One show I didn't list was a 2-hour, two-person improv at the Largo, performed by Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley") and Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation"). That too was flippin' magical.
If last year was the year of me eating poke, this year, Josh and I were on the hunt for Filipino restaurants, whether it be traditional, modern or fusion. Irenia in Santa Ana served the best Filipino meal I had this year (besides my aunt's, hey Tita!). If I lived in Orange County, I'd stay fat there every weekend. I eat with my eyes, so their plating was exceptionally delectable and their dishes refreshing and zesty. Our hunger for Filipino food will be met again on Valentine's Day, next month, when we go to LASA.
Now onto my favorites of the year. I watched a free advanced screening of "La La Land," I think in the early spring time, and I couldn't wait to see the final piece. Finally it got released in December and I enjoyed it even more so than the first time. You got my favorite actors, filmed in my favorite city of Los Angeles, combine music, dance, romance, dreams and of course it becomes one of my favorite movies. I can easily say that the soundtrack is also my favorite album of the year (because I'm listening to it as I type this post up and have been for the past three hours).
// Runners Up // only yesterday, moonlight
Season 3 of "Transparent" displayed an innovative approach to story-telling. I loved the pacing of it, the characters' story arcs, the surrealism, bah by golly, I just love the Pfeffermans. With every season of a show, I always worry that the current won't be as good as the last, but in it's third season, I think this was the show's strongest. This is a definite recommend if you have not seen it. Amazon that shizz!
// runners up // insecure (hbo), stranger things (netflix), atlanta (fx)
Along with not blogging much in 2016, I also didn't read much in 2016. I was able to gulp up this very relatable, witty graphic novel by Lucy Knisley titled "Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride." It was exactly what I needed to read after being proposed to, it comforted me in doubts of hosting a wedding and marriage in general. If you know anyone tying the knot, this is a great little engagement gift, just sayin'.
// runners up // modern romance by aziz anzari
Adios, 2016! I'll miss you, but I won't really.