Dec 27, 2011

Welcome to the world, Chloe.

On December 26, 2011, my beautiful baby cousin came into our world. Healthy as can be, she's already the most precious little peanut I have ever seen. Aren't Asian babies the cutest? Okay, all babies are the cutest but I can already tell she's going to bring so much joy into the world. She already has! Thank you God for blessing us with this beautiful little peanut and congratulations to my Auntie Lelah and Uncle Huy! You are going to be wonderful parents! Chloe is the first newborn I've held in my arms, just eight hours old (in the picture with me and her).

I can't wait to babysit you, buy you precious bows and tickle your cute little feet!
Love you already Chloe.

Dec 24, 2011

From my heart to yours

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas!
Otherwise, Happy Holidays!
I hope it is filled with laughter, love, family, friends, pets,
good food, good company, hope and faith.

God Bless.

Have you told someone you loved them today?

*Photo taken Christmas 2009 by yours truly. 

Dec 23, 2011

A little holiday cheer

A friend of mine decided to make a JibJab video of us for the holiday season. He made it a couple weeks ago, but I just noticed it last night, so thank you Frederick for having this float around on Facebook [without my knowledge]. I find it extremely humorous. He's made these videos for the past two years. New holiday tradition? Probably.

Also, one of my favorite artists, Rachel Platten, is having free music on Noisetrade today. Download here! You won't regret it.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Dec 20, 2011

Tuesday Tunes v.1 || Free Music Edition

One of my best blogging friends Danielle has been doing Tuesday Tunes for quite some time now and I am finally linking up with her! She has one of the best taste in music, so look at her past TT posts and bond with her over the love of music. Today's post will consists of some amazing artists (some even local!) that I want to share with everyone. For a bonus, every artist I'm sharing offers a free download of one of their songs (I know, early Christmas presents for all, right?)

Without further adieu...

Love You Strongly

I ran across this lovely sweet song on Amazon as a free download and guess's still one! Click here to get your free legal download of this song. Amy has the sweetest voice and downright honest lyrics about "the other side of love." You can't help but fall in love with her fresh talent.

I Don't Want Love


When I say I'm in love with this song, I mean I'm in love. The kind of love that hurts while at the same time makes you extremely unhappy. I guess the kind of unhealthy love. I don't want know it is about this song, but it hits some sort of nerve of mine and I can't let go. I listen to this song maybe five times a day an hour. I wish I were exaggerating! Trust me, there will be more posts on The Antlers. Click here for the free Amazon download for "I Don't Want Love." All you have to do is listen and you'll understand.

The New River Boys are three of the most entertainingly, talented and giving gentleman out of Boone. No, but seriously. They are all over Boone and have the best sense of humor I have ever witnessed in my life. If you don't like to laugh or listen to great music, just don't go to any of their shows. They recently played for a fundraiser I planned a couple weeks back and I can't thank them enough. Oh, and did I mention they play the BEST covers of The Avett Brothers? Seriously though. I melt every time they play "Murder in the City." Ask them, they saw for themselves.

Click here to listen and download their version of "Silent Night" & other Christmas treats.

Slow Roll (Acoustic Version)

Straight out of Augusta, GA, Funk You is, you guessed it, a funk band that "delivers an eclectic blend of funk, reggae, jazz, and hip hop focusing on a high energy progressive funk sound that will keep you moving all night long!" It is quite true. When I saw them a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but get down to their funky sound. I had dance moves I didn't even know I had. None other than their fresh sound, don't they just look like people you want to be friends with? They're going places, so why don't you join them in their journey. Visit them on Facebook and if you're in GA go see them live! They have "Slow Roll" as a free download on their Facebook page, so go download that to hold you over until their EP comes out (which is soon.) Hope you all enjoy the free music. Go support these artists in other ways by going to a show, buying their album and just spreading the word. Have a lovely Tuesday with your new music!

Dec 17, 2011

ugly sweaters = photobooth


In the midst of finals, my roommates and I decided to throw a little shindig for a small little study break for yummy food, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey edition), ugly sweaters, good company and some great laughs. Moments before the party, I had a epiphany! Let's have a photobooth! It's not quite as fabulous as professional ones, nor is my flash high-end, however, we turned our back porch into a photobooth! It was a hit :)

We got to capture some wonderful moments and even better [ugly] sweaters. I even added a prop box for added fun. Aren't my friends wonderful?

No school or work for a whole month :D

Dec 13, 2011

Life right now >>>

College life!
I am 2/5 done with my last week of final exams & presentations.
I'll be back soon, with a bang.
I promise.

To my fellow college friends, good luck.
To the rest of the world have a wonderful week!

Dec 8, 2011

A little black & white film

Two years ago, I was able to take a Black and White Film class offered at Appalachian. It truly was one of the most creatively inspiring and challenging courses I ever took. I say challenging because the dark room aren't no walk in the park! I was feeling nostalgic about using my manual camera and dug some of these photos up from my old class binder.

I'm on a mission to find the photos that I used for critiques. These photos were either not turned in, or developed just for the sake of developing :]

I hope you enjoy a little of my adventures with my '76 SLR Nikon and the photos I had the lovely opportunity of developing in a dark room. I miss you dark room.

Photo details
[1] My camera and I on a little adventure down 105 [2] Appalachian Library [3] My beautiful friend Olivia who I used to swap clothes with [4] My inspiring father and loving younger sister [5] My old roommate and wonderful model back in the day when I took more photos [6] Isn't she beautiful? [7] Right outside that little park [8] Hannah being the cute model that she is [9] My ever inspiring friend, Rene [10] My first love, Zoey.

I'm escaping down to Georgia this weekend to take a break from finals. Good luck everyone!

Dec 4, 2011

DIY: Tea Bags

I present to you, a DIY inspired by A Beautiful Mess. My lovely roommate Kaleigh & I finally implemented this project for my Her Campus article this week. She was also my hand model!

Click here for the FULL instructions on my HC article.

Dec 1, 2011

12. December. Diciembre. Dec.

It seem as though November has come to an end,
& an old friend named December has come to visit.
Hello December.
Did you know I started this blog last December?
Let's just say I took some ...huge breaks in between posts back then ;)

Here's the first post.

Well friends, if you've been following me on the monthly goals journey, it looks like it's time for a little update! You can see the all the posts here. Here's the list and what I've marked off so far.

I've already written 21 thank you notes, so here are the remaining nine! Since all I've been putting in my moleskine lately are lists (school lists really), I decided to write my last thank you notes in there.

So, thank you November.
In the midst of a few bad days, awkward moods, cold hands and confusion, there were more days of joy, discovery, warmth, new friends and good food. You were a wonderful month. I feel more and more blessed every single day.

PS: If you're in Boone and looking for something to do, come out to my group's fundraising event this Friday from 5-8 p.m. during Boone's Art Crawl. All proceeds to go towards a local nonprofit, F.A.R.M. Cafe < -- go to their website for more information. Here's the flyer I made for the event. Be sure to check out the official Facebook page!