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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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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I’ve Got Seoul…

Of course I couldn’t end my summer without a quick stop over in Seoul.  I made sure to do all the things I desperately missed like eating Korean bbq, hanging out in cute cafes, getting my nails done, watching soccer games and taking photos with Melody.

On my birthday, we ate lunch at The Tasting Room in Itaewon, which was delicious.  I highly recommend the spinach flatbread and lasagna. This was the first time I went to their branch in Itaewon, which was behind the Audi dealership, closer to Hangangjin station.  While waiting to meet Elaine, Melody and I took some photos by the outdoor sculptures at the Leeum museum which was further up the hill from the Tasting Room.

After lunch, we hung out at the glamorous penguin cafe. I mean, how could we not check it out with a name like that.  Then, I had to make sure to catch the airport bus and I had no issues. This was the second time that I had to fly on my birthday, and unfortunately I didn’t have any famous Korean celebrity encounters on this flight. But, I did get a handwritten birthday card from Korean Air and ate miyukgook (seaweed soup) on the plane.

It’s always a fun time stopping by in Seoul, especially seeing my friends that are still there. Until next time, 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

i {heart} chicago

Next stop on my great American tour was the midwest, starting with Chicago. I had the best tour guide, Jane aka Ms. Cho. I honestly don’t remember the last time I went to Chicago, but I did go a while ago. Once I saw the “beach” with the Chicago skyline in the background, I was in love. I loved how there were so many people outside running, biking and hanging out at the beach. However, I was kindly informed by my friend Joe that it’s pretty cold and miserable during the winter.

Besides the amazing weather and timeless architecture, I enjoyed all the good Chicago food. In case you missed my gazillion instagram posts, I had the signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s and a Chicago-style hot dog from Portillo’s. I definitely found the food to be a bit too salty at times, but it was still satisfying.

I enjoyed Little Goat Diner which was started by Stephanie Izard. She was the only woman to win Bravo’s Top Chef. We actually did see her at the restaurant to come out and talk to some fellow diners. I was so surprised to see Korean food like kimchi in some of her dishes! I had to try the  kimchi & bacon & eggs & pancakes. They were surprisingly good and the kimchi was ripe as I like it. I heard that they actually make the kimchi there. I wonder where she gets her recipe from.

In the short time I was there, I definitely felt like I ate my way through Chicago. I also happened to be there in time for the taste of Chicago, which happens once a year, which meant a lot more eating. Chicago, I’ll be back again sometime. You’ve got a piece of my h e a r t.

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Stay tuned for more on my midwest travels to Michigan to see Melody!


road trip to rhode island {part 2}

“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.” –Ralph Aldo Emerson

Day 2 of our road trip was packed with adventure, whimsy and laughter. We went  on a sailing excursion in the afternoon. Then, we went to the cliff walk which had breathtaking views of the Rhode Island coastline. Of course in between all the sight seeing there was plenty of time for good food, laughter and taking photos, of course.