18 June 2014

Black and Gold 30th Birthday

18 June 2014
Hi, friends! It's already turning out to be a busy summer, but I'm happy to finally share photos from my birthday with you. I had so much fun planning, but really, it was a group effort - my husband and friends helped put all the details together. We had such a great weekend; any time I can spend time with my friends is the best time. Thank you to my rockstar girlfriends for flying in to celebrate - I love you!
James Roy Photography

Gold foil balloons - Party City
Table runner - Paper Source
Mini champagne bottles - Binny's
Straws - Hobby Lobby
Gold ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Black gift bags - Hobby Lobby
Gold tinsel - Hobby Lobby
Sparklers - Pigment
Flowers - Flora Chicago
Glitter candles - DIY 
Glitter 30 - DIY 

18 May 2014

Sneak peek and an anniversary wish

18 May 2014
Hi, friends - I've been away for a while, busy with work and life, but I will be back! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of my black and gold-themed 30th birthday, but more importantly...

Happy 2 years, Mr. Smith!
Let's keep exploring.

10 March 2014

I'll be back

10 March 2014

Hi, friends. I know I've been absent the past couple of weeks, but truth be told, I just haven't had the time to blog or be a good blogger friend. I'm going to give myself some time to get my schedule a bit more balanced, and when that happens, I'll be back! Until then, if you're looking for reading material take a peek at the blogs and sites under the Inspiration tab (here).

24 February 2014

Life lately

24 February 2014
Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Lately, I have been laying low as I get over a nasty cold, enjoying fresh flowers from James, and watching House of Cards and the Olympics pretty much every night.

And this weekend, we finally replaced my childhood desk with a grown-up sized desk and I love it! We're saving my old desk set for the future since it is lovely and good quality, but if I had hit my knee trying to sit down or get up from that desk one more time, I was going to lose it. 

I'll share more details and photos once I have had a chance to buy a few pieces, like a desk lamp. Have a great week!

all photos via

20 February 2014

London calling

20 February 2014

I referenced a while back that I had something exciting in the works and I'm happy to finally share it with you...

I will be starting an Executive Master's in Management program at the London School of Economics (LSE) in August! It's a part-time, module-based program with 1-2 weeks of all-day classes at a time (vs. night and weekend classes).  I won't be relocating to London, but I will be spending time there, Singapore and Turkey for classes, and taking advantage of traveling to places like Paris and Amsterdam when I can.

I have been thinking about pursuing an advanced degree for years and I finally found the right program at the right school. It's going to be an intense 1.5 years balancing school with my job, but I couldn't be more excited. I'll be sure to share my travel adventures with you and please fill me in: what are your favorite parts of London?
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