coming home for christmas

It has been 8 years since I’ve left NY. I’ve never gone home for Christmas and instead during that time, I’ve celebrated Christmas in different countries including Korea, Thailand, and Singapore. Some of the memories I’ve made were  volunteering and giving out gifts at an orphanage in Korea, relaxing on the beach in Thailand, or watching Christmas movies in sweatshirts with the AC blaring while pretending that it’s cold outside. However, it’s not home. It’s not with family. It’s not Christmas in NY.

I just splurged and bought my ticket home for Christmas this year. So what am I looking forward to besides the 24+ hours of travel time, jet lag, and freezing weather? Hopefully a snow filled Christmas morning, ridiculous Christmas lights on homes (think full sized lighted reindeers on roof tops), and the tree at Rockefeller Center. Oh, there will definitely be some hanging out by the fireplace, opening presents with family on Christmas morning, and walking along Fifth avenue to take in the Christmas lights.

There’s something quite magical about Christmas time in New York. It’s hard to really explain it in words, it’s just something you have to experience. The countdown begins to Christmas!

Some photos I took in New York this past summer at the observatory of the Freedom Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge.dsc_0294dsc_0297dsc_0319dsc_0325dsc_0326dsc_0327dsc_0332dsc_0323dsc_0345

field of lavenders

You’ll be surprised what a two and half hour drive will get you to. We ended up taking a road trip to the end of Long Island to find this beautiful and not so secret lavender field here in NY. This lavender farm located in East Marion, Long Island, is called lavender by the bay. There’s an $8 entrance fee that you can use as credit in the store. I would highly recommend buying the fresh lavenders! Along the long drive out, there are plenty of wineries with livestock (alpacas, buffalos, goats, etc…), cute towns with good food, and a nice ocean drive for part of it. So if you can’t splurge or take the time off to travel to Provence, this is a great alternative. Loved all the good photo opps as well! xx

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emily & victor {june 7.2014}

The recent trend these past few years has been to rush back to NY to be part of a wedding right after my school year ended. This year, I was so blessed to be able to make it back in time for Emily’s wedding.  I landed in NY on a Friday afternoon and had enough time to drop my bags off at home and shower (much needed after 24 hours of traveling) to make it to the rehearsal dinner. The next morning, I was up early in the morning to make it to the church to get our make-up and hair done!

Emily and co did a fabulous job of transforming our church gymnasium with their creative diy touches for the reception. All the meticulous details from the lemonade drinks stand outside, cute and practical fan like programs, lantern centerpieces, to the pinterest favorite- diy tassels, created a beautiful backdrop, for the real story. The story of a lifelong commitment, of God intervening and bringing two people together, and of a love that grows stronger in time.

For me, weddings are about those moments. I remember when the church doors opened, and the stunning bride, Emily walked down with her arm in her father’s. I remember  the groom, Victor was choked up and Emily had to dab at his tears. I remember the pastor trying to hold back his emotions. I remember the joy that exuded from the bride and groom as they face the audience as husband and wife for the first time. Thank you Emily and Victor for allowing me to be part of your beautiful wedding story!

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Here are some photos, taken by my iphone 5s! IMG_0155IMG_0102 IMG_0131 IMG_0116 IMG_0127IMG_0179

beach adventures with jake

One of the things I look forward to with coming back home for the summer is hanging out with this guy. He’s a constant reminder to me about God’s faithfulness when I see how much he has grown in 1 short year. We had a chance to take him to the beach for the first time! He absolutely loved it. From building sand castles, jumping the waves, and eating yummy snacks, seeing him zonked out in his car seat on the ride home with his stuffed giraffe as a pillow was evidence enough of a good first time. Not only did he have fun riding the waves, he was so fashionably dressed for a two and half year old! I will give him credit for being the hippest toddler I’ve had a chance to take photos of.

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And of course, some photos of us two via our iphone! 

mo-mo jee young loves you jake! xoxo.


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sails and stripes: a themed party

What’s not to love about unnecessary diy themed parties?! Christine and I had fun planning and organizing a fourth of July nautical themed party. After doing an initial search on pinterest, we quickly found so many cute nautical themed parties. I guess the nautical theme was partly inspired by our recent trip to Newport!

Christine is actually the crafty and creative one, and I just did what she told me to. We even had our own #hashtag and diy photo booth with props that we created. The dress code, in case it was not obvious were stripes or navy blue, which almost everyone followed. 🙂DSC_0997DSC_1020   DSC_1006DSC_1013  DSC_1012 DSC_1005DSC_1001DSC_0993   DSC_1009DSC_1030DSC_1033 DSC_1036 DSC_1071DSC_1089

a nyc adventure {fashion, food & friends}

I don’t know what it is about NYC, but every time I come back I can’t help but love it more. I mean in what other city do you have the subway conductors yelling at the people over the intercom for not getting inside the doors that are closing, or do you end up sitting next a homeless women in a thick fleece jacket with multiple bags that keeps falling asleep on your shoulder? Yes it’s quite the unique city, but you just have to appreciate the diversity and beauty found on each corner. Here are some photos from shopping around in Soho and then meeting up with my good friend Nuree in Eataly! DSC_0561 DSC_0564DSC_0569DSC_0567DSC_0575 DSC_0579 DSC_0582 DSC_0592 DSC_0595DSC_0600 DSC_0603 DSC_0605 DSC_0606 DSC_0607