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february 2012 very dearie girly recap [Feb. 29th, 2012|12:57 pm]
Happy Leap Day! Here's a recap from very dearie girly for the month of February...



2/13/12 what a mess! (room re-do in progress)

2/20/12 pancake flavored Kit Kats

2/24/12 the skater dress

2/25/12 angelic pretty san francisco 1 year anniversary party
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moved! [Jan. 28th, 2012|02:19 am]
It's 2012! I've had this journal for almost 8 years -- can you believe it?



So I decided to make the move!

One of my main reasons is that I hope to be connected with bloggers with more varied interests such as fashion, crafting, and interior design -- and not just J-fashion. It's the same me, but with a new address. ^_^

See you over there!

http://dearie-girly.blogspot.com/
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gmat - we meet again [Nov. 27th, 2011|10:37 pm]
[mood |determineddetermined]

I'm taking my GMAT (again) tomorrow.



These are the *real* reasons why I need to earn a good score tomorrow...

I'm tired of studying. At this point, I've spent more hours than most studying for the darn thing. I started prep classes in July and have been in varying degrees of study-mode since then. The end of this week marks the start of December.

I need to start applications. I'm a month behind my initial application schedule, as I wound up having to go back and study some more for the test during November. The second round application deadlines for most schools are in early January, so it will be important that I utilize my flex schedule wisely in the next month to complete and submit quality applications.

I miss dressing up. Since I dedicate most weekends and free time towards studying (with the exception of some very choice events and outings and requisite errands), I make a conscious effort to not go out, let alone get dolled up to do so. This is also a reason why I stopped posting outfit shots here. :(

I want to spend time with my boyfriend. Less 'go out to dinner outings to get fed' and more fun recreational outings. I skipped all of the Halloween festivities so I'd like to be able to enjoy Christmas activities please!

I want to go running. I'm a blob! I haven't exercised much in the past few months despite the weather cooling down, which makes it perfect for running.

I can't wait to clean my room. Now that the construction to my room is complete, I've yet to finally unpack all my belongings and put my room back together. My sister's lovely redecorated room (with brand new furniture to boot!) is a constant reminder that I'm still living out of boxes.

I want to go to Michaels. I need to organize said messy room. I regret not being able to go out during Black Friday to take advantage of the sales -- even to nearby Michaels arts & craft store. I have some ideas to organize my ever-growing collection of craft materials and want to hit up the craft store to purchase some storage.

I miss Dearie. With the GMAT in my conscience, I have stopped thinking about new goods that I want to make for Dearie, as creativity has had to take the backseat for the past few months.

And finally, I need new adventures. It's time to find a school and MBA program to lead me to a career that I will love.

I have my fingers crossed.
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How the heck is it November?! [Nov. 2nd, 2011|10:53 am]
It's been awhile since I've written anything... last time I was off to New York for the second time this year and hadn't really buckled down to study for the GMAT. Today, I suddenly find myself in a hotel in Woodland Hills and back at my Valley client. I'm on flex schedule today, so it will be a designated study day (especially after lunch when I head to the library to wait for Jon to get off from work).



Renovations: In early September, my parents forced me to move all the stuff out of my bedroom so that they could change the flooring. (See above for room photo!) Two months later, this initial project has turned into an entire home renovation... changing carpet to wood, crown molding, painting, remodeling the kitchen, new appliances, etc. It has also served as another distraction from studying since my room is still in a disarray.

GMAT: I took my GMAT exam on October 24th as planned. I committed to a date because I started to feel that time was running out to apply in the round 2 application period for several MBA programs (and it is!). However, I ended up scoring only "above average" and nowhere near my target score that I was aiming for so it's back to studying math in hopes to up my score by November 19th. (Thank goodness my verbal and essays were decent). Even with a flex schedule, it's been challenging to sit myself down and study for a good amount of time each day.

However, I feel very pressured to get what I would consider a good score. I finally came to terms with the fact that I both need and want to go to grad school because I've felt that I've become increasingly bored with my job. Indeed, the once perky first year Advisory Associate is now starting her fourth year with the firm -- a Senior Associate supposedly in charge of the jobs -- with stress and an obligation to the client, my project (often several at the same time), and ultimately my team. Though I've been on that reduced work schedule a.k.a. "Flex Schedule" since April, I feel like I have little to show for it, as I've still yet to get a decent GMAT score and now should be applying to schools... yet am still studying!! To begin with, I'm really terrible at standardized tests... I think aptitude tests really confirm how "average" I am compared to the entire testing/applicant population and I'm hoping my entire application including the resume, essays, and letters of recommendation will somehow make up for it.



Baby Mocha: Somewhere in the month leading up to my GMAT exam, my sister found an ad on eBay Classifieds for Shiba Inu puppies for sale close to our home! She's been back home since August and actively searching for a puppy to adopt. We were considering a dachshund or corgi, but this cutie found it's way home with us! Her name is Mocha and she was about 8 weeks old and 3.5 pounds when we adopted her in mid October. So cute! I really need to get some new photos of her; she's almost 11 weeks old this coming Saturday so though she's about the same weight (weird...), she has definitely gotten bigger.

I guess I still have a bit on my mind lately... I conscientiously let myself miss all of the October festivities in lieu of studying, so I should really start up again if I want to take that exam in 2.5 weeks and not miss out on autumn events. I think I'm skipping PMX next weekend. :( See you guys!
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off to new york! [Sep. 5th, 2011|11:52 am]
[music |WAY WAY WAY PON PON PON]

Packing to go to the concrete jungle where dreams are made of...



Random crap:

1. Thank you Jon & Erin for helping me move my entire bedroom yesterday.
(My parents will return from their trip to find that the downstairs living room now looks like an episode from "Hoarders.")

2. I can only listen to that PONPONPON song without watching the video at the same time. I feel like a deer in the headlights when I simultaneously do both, so much that I can't even hear the song. It's like watching a trainwreck. I can't stop staring.

3. I don't know how I feel about this full split wig... (Though Sheyne said it was cute.)

4. I finally told my coach/engagement manager at work the reason why I keep going on trips while we were at the client site last week. (Wide-eyed, he was kind of surprised.) Anne said it was like I have another job, lol. (You mean to tell me you're not just an Advisory Consultant by day?!) I said it was like being Hannah Montana, but... not. Gotta give it to them in terms they can understand, haha!

5. I turned twenty-five earlier this past month. No quarter life crisis yet.
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lovely girl [Sep. 3rd, 2011|07:15 am]
[mood |enthralledomg!]



YEA!! Finally caught this lavender rider's jacket on auctions!
(Yes; I know -- another lavender coat -- why does one need so many?)

Angelic Pretty also just released their winter coat reservations yesterday.

I love the 'Classic Sailor Coat' and 'Fancy Ribbon Short Coat' (waffle fabric).

Coats are one type of lolita garment that I love more than the dresses.
Years ago, when I started out in lolita (it was in ~'05 when I started learning how to buy branded stuff), one of the season's "newest" releases was the Candy-chan houndstooth coat --
I wanted that *so* badly!
(I even tried sewing my own, which failed. But I made this bag.)

However, without outfits to match, this would be a poor choice for a brand new lolita since the coats are not versatile with casual clothes. (If anyone has tried on a branded coat, you will notice that they are super oversized and often long with the intention of fitting a full outfit and pannier underneath). They are also very expensive.

As such, I've always considered the winter coats as the real 'luxury' items in lolita because --

1.) You can get away with not having a specifically 'lolita coat' at all since you
usually take a coat off when you get to your final destination
2.) Unless you only wear only one color, they tend to not match all your outfits
so you get limited wear from them
3.) As I mentioned above, you can't wear them with casual clothing because it
looks like you are wearing a tent.
4.) It's usually freaking hot in Southern California!
5. They are sadly really expensive :(

Oh, man... I love the winter coats this year, but I don't know if
I can justify buying another one! AHHHHH!!!
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tim burton exhibit grand opening @ LACMA - may 29, 2011 [Aug. 28th, 2011|04:14 pm]
[mood |thirstythirsty]



Above: At LACMA's famous street light installation
May 29, 2011

JSK: Angelic Pretty
Bolero, Shoes: Emily Temple Cute
Tights: Betsey Johnson
Accessories: Nordstrom, BTSSB, Chocomint
Bag: Innocent World


In May, I attended the grand opening of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) thanks to Nicole and Arianne who organized our get together. We decided to dress the part and made a whole day of it!





I think Nicole was extra excited that everyone was to wear their most Burton-esque outfit since it really suits her style. Unfortunately, I really only have one black 'fancy princessy outfit' so it was my default outfit. (When I got home, I realized I had a black and white striped skirt hidden in the closet... oh, well! Next time!)

Delicious eats and outfit snaps from the day...Collapse )
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rilakkuma mall walk - april 23, 2011 [Aug. 28th, 2011|01:19 pm]
[mood |giddyyey!]

Back in the Springtime, I was invited along with five other cuties to particpate in the Rilakkuma Mall Walk for SAN-X. We were to visit a number of popular Southern California shopping and tourist areas to hand out Rilakkuma goodies and spread the word about SAN-X and their bear!



Above: My buddy for the day.


Although this gig was the morning immediately after arriving back from Hawaii, I was excited to be a part of this because Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma have been my favorite characters for awhile now. ^_^



Above: Tired, but dressed!


Unfortunately, the Sephora x HK girls and I had missed our original flight from Hawaii back to the mainland and just arrived in Los Angeles a couple of hours before we had to arrive for the Rilakkuma Mall Walk at Mandie's house. I couldn't believe that I made it throughout the day even without sleeping the night before (it's impossible to sleep on the plane!). Rushing home to shower, drink some coffee, and eat a proper breakfast really helped, though.

Pics of our day!Collapse )
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lazy weekends... [Jul. 22nd, 2011|08:52 pm]
Sometimes there are those delightfully lazy weekends where I don't have to get super dressed up in frilly stuff and I can look forward to hanging out with the boyfriend in what I consider my second home -- Orange County.



Above: From lunch to shopping to movie!
July 9, 2011

Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan, Bag: Nordstrom
Boots: Steve Madden
Accessories: Daisy Shoppe, MintyMix


I need a haircut.Collapse )
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6% dokidoki x MIGHTY HARAJUKU (april 17, 2011) [Jul. 22nd, 2011|08:07 pm]
[mood |recumbentmmmm~]



Above: Vow to mighty Harajuku!
April 17, 2011

Dress, shoes, bag, blouse: Angelic Pretty
Accessories: Angelic Pretty, MintyMix, 6% dokidoki
Tights: Nordstrom


A week or so before we headed off to Hawaii, BubblePunch and 6% dokidoki hosted some events on behalf of 6% dokidoki designer Sebasian Matsuda's MIGHTY HARAJUKU campaign. Though I missed the fashion walk the day before, Jon and I battled traffic drove up to Hollywood for the pop-up shop and to grab a bite to eat at Umami Burger afterwards.

This was one of the first days in 2011 that felt like summer -- it was so hot outside! (If you look closely at the photo above, you can see that I intended on wearing my lavender engineer boots, but decided to go with sneakers instead! -- in hindsight, a good choice!)

A few photos I took during the day and at Umami Burger!Collapse )


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a dress fit for a princess [Jun. 21st, 2011|11:41 am]
[mood |workingworking]

Admittedly, I haven't been following Baby, the Stars Shine Bright for ages now -- my pocket book can really only handle so much -- but this soon-to-be-released dress set entitled "Claudia, the Fairytale Princess" is a beautiful must-have.

I feel that it's remniscent of a medieval princess' outfit that she would wear in her quarters. Though I recall BABY releasing dresses in the past that really feel royal with belled sleeves, boned corset-like bodices, and made of rich printed fabrics, this dress really has an understated elegance.

My favorite part is that the dress looks to be made out of a polyester or crepe fabric... and it includes the corset which makes the dress very fitted in the bodice. The roses also add a nice touch!



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What's your opinion of this release?
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zoomars petting zoo at mission san juan capistrano [Jun. 14th, 2011|09:14 pm]
[music |mine - taylor swift]

A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend Jon and I finally got to visit Zoomars, a petting zoo located near Mission San Juan Capistrano. After some nice experiences at the Orange County Fair petting zoos last year where I met the cutest little lamb, I figured it would be fun to check out this zoo.

I originally learned about the family-owned petting zoo through an online deals site of all places. I was at the client with my engagement team and jokingly offered to buy the pass deal for six. I told the guys it would get them what a Yelp review called many "wonderful/amazing/perfect boyfriend points" since they were always looking for date ideas, but they passed on it. However, I decided to take my own advice and pick up some of those girlfriend points from Jon, haha! ^_^



Above: A little apprehensive about those goats...

I don't know how much petting I was able to do... the animals were a little crazy!Collapse )
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new york, new york: days 3-5 (march 17 - 19, 2011) [Jun. 10th, 2011|10:50 pm]
[music |pitbull ft. ne-yo - give me everything]

Here we go! 50 photos from the last three days of my journey to the Big Apple! I know it's been long awaited, but I finally wanted to get these up here because I have so, so, so many other photos from events to post!



Thanks to our lovely guide, Jennifer, we were able to visit a bunch of places and attractions, meet up with local lolitas, shop in Soho, and try out more eateries!



Me not working hard? Yea, right; picture that with a Kodak... or better yet, go to Times Square -- take a picture of me with a Kodak!Collapse )
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new york, new york - days 1 & 2 (march 15 - 16, 2011) [May. 6th, 2011|01:55 am]
[mood |chipperwheee!!!]



Above: On the streets of Soho, New York!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Finally! It is about time! After radio silence on my journal for more than a month, I've finally decided to get crackin' and post photos from the numerous fun things I've done in March and April.



Above: Me, Sandy, Julie, Melissa (from left to right)


The last time I wrote here, I was about to leave for the Sephora x Hello Kitty event in New York, where Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi would make an appearance on behalf of her fans. New York was a great trip in itself and definitely the longest I've been on away from home by myself (not counting going to Calabasas for work). I feel really fortunate to have been able to spend time with a great group of girls and help out at an awesome event!

Sephora Event Photos & Delicious Eats!Collapse )
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