Galentine’s Day goodie bags

It is no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite Hallmark holidays. With Valentine’s Day also comes Galentine’s Day: the day we celebrate not only romantic relationships but relationships with the important gals in our lives. Because I’m clearly a 5 year old at heart and still love passing out store-bought Valentine’s Day cards (Hello Kitty won again this year… as she has in the last 3 years haha!), I’m pairing these with some of my favourite candy in the form of goodie bags! With the pouty face of my all-time favourite gal, Sushi Magoo (my lil kitty cat), this year’s goodie bags are too cute to pass up:

Custom goodie bags for Galentine's Day with Stickerapp
Through the site StickerApp, I made a set of 50 custom die-cut stickers of Sushi’s face to adorn the backs of the goodie bags. As she’s my ultimate gal pal, I couldn’t pass up a reason to send her grumpy face along with a bag of chocolates!

With limited supplies (glassine bags and a magenta brush-tipped Sharpie), these goodie bags were a breeze to make in an afternoon. The hardest part was picking out a set of candy to include in the bags because I wanted to buy one of everything at the grocery store! haha… If you’re looking for a last minute surprise for your gal pals, there’s still time!

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Goodie bag ideas with customized stickers from Stickerapp
I wasn’t planning on sharing these stickers with Sushi Magoo, but she somehow found me on the day I was making these goodie bags and approved of her pouty-faced stickers on the spot! :)

A huge thank you again to StickerApp for letting me try their service to make these stickers in exchange for this post! It was so easy customize them to be exactly what I was looking for. Now that I know I can make more small-sized batches of Sushi Magoo stickers… watch out, pen pals!

For custom stickers of your own, StickerApp is offering 20% off with coupon code DEMURESTICKERS20 (expires Feb 28,2017).

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Wandering mind


The last couple weeks have been quite the blur. Between the usual work schedule and a handful of cheery events like weddings and birthday parties, one of the most heart-wrenching things happened to my circle of friends. I usually try to keep things pretty lighthearted on the blog, but the news of one of my close friends going missing has shuffled all the priorities in our lives. In trying to think of a way to describe the feeling, helpless is the only word that comes to mind.

It’s crazy to think back to some of our last memories together. We had just seen each other a week or so before his disappearance. We were at our monthly friends night dinner that he planned. Coincidentally enough, it was also the week of my birthday and he is the friend that arranged the little surprise ice cream float at the end of dinner. This is the same friend who organized a surprise birthday party last year for me at the Boba Guys Mission Store. If there was any one person in our friend group who remembered birthdays without the help of Facebook, it would be him!

I keep thinking back to all the happy memories we had together and how amazing of a friend he truly is. I have never met another person as selfless, loyal, and caring. Not to mention, he is a wizard with Excel and made a spreadsheet for things like bill splitting to trip planning to optimizing routes when shopping at IKEA in a time crunch.

It’s hard to know how this situation came to be or how he went missing. All of his friends and family have banded together to try o piece together this mystery, but we haven’t yet found any answers.

His father met a group of us up for brunch over the weekend where we all shared our favourite stories and moments of him with each other. It was one of the most heartwarming, touching conversations I’ve ever been lucky to be part of. Looking around the table at all his friends, it was obvious how much he is loved and cherished by every single person he has crossed paths with. His father reminded us all to continue to stay positive and to never forget the good times we’ve all shared together.

I won’t lose hope or faith that we will one day find him. Until then, please send positive vibes and prayers.

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Tatted up with MetaInk

As the summer is starting to wind down, I’m starting to think about all the awesome things that have happened in the last couple months. It’s kind of crazy to look back at the last 8 weeks and all the amazing things that Seattle summers bring. For me, these months mean being outside and hanging out with friends more often because we’re not all being poured on by the rain like the other ~9 months of the year. This summer was especially exciting for me because I met a lot of new friends through volunteer programs and friends of friends who are just all-around awesome as is (Hi Kimmmy!).

One really fun thing this summer was meeting the beauty and brains behind Meta Ink and working with Kim to style and shoot a summer look book for them. Aside from this blog, it’s been a loooong time since I’ve purposefully gotten to take styled photos – especially with other people – and had SO MUCH FUN.

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Can we seriously talk about how gorgeous these ladies are? It really wasn’t hard to get a couple of us together with the promise of getting to play with metallic temporary tattoos, getting all prettied up to shoot during golden hour in the forests just outside of the city. This is quite possibly the best way to spend a Monday night after work, don’t you think?

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If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend checking out Meta Ink. They make temporary tattoos that bring me back to all my childhood memories of walking around my parents’ house with sleeves of skulls and roses, but more mature and age-appropriate ;)

This photo didn’t make the cut for their look book, but it’s one of my favs from the set. Why? Well, the banter that you can’t hear through the photo is the fact that Kim was telling me to take the bra off – because the back was too high- so that we could shoot the back of the dress (which I borrowed from her closet) and I was laughing because I was all shy and like, “Nooo, all the forest animals are going to see this?!?!” Yeah, we’re ridiculous. (& for the record… the bra stayed on)

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Life snippets: Toronto in a weekend

The last few days were spent in Toronto, catching up with friends from university, celebrating one of our closest friends tying the knot, and stuffing my face with way too much good food. If you follow along on Instagram, you might recognize some of these photos already. Ines, aka Tiny Tourist, was a gracious host for part of my stay and made sure to take me to all the amazing restaurants and bubble tea shops that have popped up in the city since I moved to Seattle. (She’s the best, right?!?)

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1 // the sweetest “welcome home” note and my favourite chocolate :D
2 // did I mention that she also has amazing style?
3 // Chatime– the hottest new bubble tea chain to open up shop in Toronto. Grass jelly in roasted milk black tea is on point!
4 // DIY project #3 for the weekend: matching Hello Kitty keychains. Don’t judge!

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1 & 2 // Taiwanese-styled pulled pork baos from Lucky Red
3 & 4 // flower crown making (& the aftermath of being burned by a glue gun)
5 // obligatory cat photo while shopping for prints at Off The Wall
6 // Brunch at Smith: brisket hash and mascarpone with pistachio crepes

Back to real life in Seattle…

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Cliff jumping into the blue

Heights: one of the top three things I am terrified of. On the scale of 1 to 10 on the fear scale, I’d put my fear of heights at a 12. Growing up as a kid, I would freak out whenever walking within 5ft of the railings of the second (or third, or forth) floors of a mall because I was scared of flipping over the railing and breaking my neck. This was an extra weird thing to be afraid of as a 6 year old kid who could barely see over the railing… Ridiculous? Yes.

My fear of heights is still as irrational as an adult. Now that it’s physically possible to flip over the railings at the mall, my tolerance for walking (or even standing) close to one is waaaaay low.

Funny thing is, there have already been a handful of experiences where I forced myself to grow a pair, man up, and conquer my fears… even if it’s for a few seconds. A true test of this was crossing the Capilano Bridge back in 2012, but again on the trip to Eastern Washington when cliff jumping.

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Even though the cliff I jumped from was only just a smidge over 10ft, it took a lot of pep talk to jump off the edge. After throwing the tube off first (which hit the rocks and landed much further to the right than I had originally planned), I stood overlooking the rocks thinking, “shoot… so, do I really have to go get that?”

Super glad that the irrational fears went away just long enough to make a full leap off the edge for this photo:

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Not going to lie… now that this photo exists, I can die happy and never have to jump off another cliff.

P.S. How insanely beautiful is this water? The whole area was pretty much a dream in itself.

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