Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday to Noa Bear!




I can't believe two years have flown by so quickly!  Our little Noa Bear has turned into a bonafide toddler, full of fun and sass, loving and easy to please, but always a few seconds away from a crying-on-the-floor tantrum.  While her first birthday was a true undertaking, we kept this party decidedly low key with a Cinco de Mayo theme and burritos from Baja Fresh (one of my favorite fast food joints!).  I bought almost all the decorations from Amazon.com, making the party super easy to throw together.  We also kept the party at our condo, which put Noa at ease and free to roam about like the queen of the castle.  Here are some photos from the party!

 Delicious naked funfetti cake by my talented friend Jen from LoveMercat

Flowers from Trader Joe's

 Eyeing the cake (which she calls a cupcake)



Fiesta themed dresses!  Me in Marc by Marc Jacobs (super old), 
and Noa Bear in Hartstrings.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gilded Natural Baby Shower for Jen


I helped throw a baby shower for my good friend Jen (remember her bridal shower?) recentlyWe piled into a private room at Zinc Cafe and Market, a restaurant I had actually never been to but had been dying to try.  I'm not really into vegetarian food but the food was seriously so delicious and so fresh.  That avocado toast...drooool.  

Having the event at a restaurant made party planning SO much easier.  Less slaving in the kitchen means more time to actually enjoy the party!  We could concentrate our efforts on the decorative elements like the florals and the dessert display.  Early morning trips to the LA Flower Market can be a bit stressful, but it's so gratifying to put together your own florals.  We always go in with a general game plan, but end up being surprised with what we find.  This time we found these gorgeous, open, blush pink dahlias.  I also happily used this party as an opportunity to trim down my mom's way overgrown succulent container as part of the party decor.  I've been obsessed with succulents ever since my wedding (has it really been 6 years??), and my obsession hasn't waned.    

Jen is actually due the week before me, and I feel blessed to be able to go through this pregnancy with her!  We enjoy commiserating about pregnancy woes such as pelvic pressure and shoulder pain from sleeping on our sides.  And I already know that having each other's support will be crucial during the newborn months when we are up all night on nursing/diaper duty.  I can't wait for our kids to start playing with each other! 







Avocado Toast!

Asparagus sandwich with cauliflower puree, poached egg, and toasted breadcrumbs

Chef's salad with lemon dressing

Gold spray painted alphabet blocks

Vintage baby books


I was obsessed with finding a cloche!

Confetti geronimo balloons with fringed streamers
 


Albanese pink grapefruit gummi bear favors (the BEST flavor!)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Expecting Baby #2!


It's crazy how quickly time flies.  It has been almost TWO years since the birth of our first baby bear, and here we are expecting #2!  And I'm already at 29 weeks!  I definitely think this pregnancy has gone faster overall, mostly because I'm not obsessing over every little ache or pain and rather am just trying to enjoy it.  Although, that first trimester was hardly enjoyable.  I had the works again - the fatigue, the nausea, and the vomiting - the hardest part being that I wasn't sharing our pregnancy news with anyone at that point.  Leaving in the middle of rounds to go puke and then coming home to go to bed at 7 PM every night was no fun.  Thankfully this time around it ended a bit earlier around the 12 week mark, and I soon entered the much cheerier second trimester (dreary, cheery, and weary, as the saying goes).

This past weekend, Dr. S and I left our baby bear with my parents and attended a wedding for a co-resident.  When I first saw the invite that said "Black Tie," I groaned (sorry, Phil!).  Finding maternity clothing is hard enough as it is, but a formal maternity gown??  Do those even exist?  At least at a reasonable price point?  I searched for rental options like Rent the Runway but struck out.  The dresses I found seemed plain and a bit overpriced to rent for just a night.  Thank goodness for Asos with their wide collection of maternity dresses!   For those looking for sizing recommendations, I ended up with a UK size 8, which is equivalent to a US size 4 (non-pregnant, I'm usually a size 2-4 depending on the brand).  The bottom half had plenty of room, and I could easily wear this dress to full term, had I more black tie events to attend!      


 





Black lace overlay maternity formal dress: Little Mistress at Asos (love these options too: option 1, option 2).  Bracelet: DIY.  Lipstick: Tom Ford Bruised Plum.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

100 Layer Cake-let Feature

Thanks to 100 Layer Cake-let for featuring Noa's 1st birthday party!

I have found endless creative inspiration on this blog.  Love it!

And thank to you to all the family, friends, and vendors who helped make the party as fun as it was.  
While Noa may not remember it, we certainly will!



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teagan's Winter One-derland


Eek! Has it really been almost a year since I last posted? This blog is supposed to promote making time to live, especially when things get busy, and I promise that I've been fulfilling this offline but I apologize to the few devoted readers out there that I haven't been present to share this with you. This past year has been a whirlwind as I try to navigate this new world of motherhood. There are so many resources out there on sleep training, breast-feeding, baby gear, etc. but no one prepares you for the mental and emotional struggles of this journey. 

For me, surviving the first year was a big milestone. So to celebrate, we threw a winter wonderland themed party. Since Teagan's birthday is close to Thanksgiving, we decided to host the party back in Michigan and use this as a chance for us to introduce her to our extended friends and family. Planning from California was no easy feat but I was fortunate to find some great vendors to help my vision come to life. And I exercised one of the many lessons I've learned from motherhood - learning that compromising is not the same as settling - tough lesson for a person who has obsessive compulsive tendencies! 












Birthday cake: Zingerman's Bakehouse
Monkey, snowflake, and "1" sugar cookies: Painted Pastries
Burlap runners: The Rustic Chic Boutique
Bottle brush trees and decorative metal-accent trees: Target
Invitations: Fat*fa*tin
Paper snowflake backdrop: KM Hallberg Design
Photo Booth: PhotoBooth-Detroit
Photographer: JR Magat Photography
Smash cake, bunting, caramel chocolate pretzel sticks: DIY
On me: Ted Baker
On Teagan: Janie and Jack

During my absence, I've been thinking about what direction to take this blog. Over the past few years, we've featured fashion, lifestyle, recipes, and DIYs. While we'll continue posting about these topics, we'll also be focusing on some issues regarding work-life balance, specifically those aspects that relate to motherhood in medicine. We hope this will be of interest to our reader base. Last but not least, we want to say thank you to the handful of loyal readers who keep checking back and leaving comments.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for more...

xo,
Carolyn

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Happy First Birthday to Baby Bear!

 Here are belated photos from my baby bear's first birthday party, or as we call it in Korean culture, her dol.  The dol is a huge celebration, and usually there's a table full of mounds of traditional rice cakes and fruit - or in this case, rice cakes, macarons, cupcakes and rice krispies.  I love my sweets!  The highlight of the party is a ritual when the child selects a single object from a number of objects placed in front of her.  This object symbolizes what she will become in her future.  Noa picked the pen, meaning she will become a scholar!  The party took a lot of work, mainly since I didn't want to hire a planner, but thankfully with amazing friends and family we were able to pull it off.  A special thanks goes to my good friend Jen, and her etsy store LoveMercat which showcases her artistic talents.

















 








Happy birthday, Noa Bear!

Ombre cake: Jennifer Wang (she made this monkey cake too!)
Gold cake topper: Z Create Design
Korean rice cakes: Siroodang
Mini Cupcakes: Dots Cupcakes 
Bear cupcake toppers: KaLiceDesign 
Macaron tower: Lette Macarons 
'Happy birthday' banner: Rifle Paper Co 
 Invitation, welcome sign, and doljabi sign: LoveMercat
Rentals (crates, books, wooden risers, cake stands, vintage scale): Party Pieces by Perry 
Marquee letters: Heidi Swapp, customized by me
Flowers, vases, backdrop, party hats, Rice Krispy hearts: me
Venue: Saladang Song
Photography: Erin Saldana



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