rodeo style

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

it's that time of the year again. the month long celebration gathers millions of fanatics and lovers of rodeo in our hospitable city. i thought it's best to do a cowboy-inspired fashion post today! 

rodeo style


   blouse monki // boots frye // fringed bag mz wallace // turquoise cuff // turquoise earrings 

national pancake day

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

today is IHOP's national pancake day! 

one of my favorite breakfast food celebrates big today. if you want to try out delicious pancakes in your own home, check out these mouth watering recipes : 

double chocolate peanut butter pancakes (my son will LOVE this!)

lemon berry twist pancakes (this one my husband will like - he loves berries!)

{all recipes & photos from betty crocker}

weekend report and more

Monday, February 27, 2012

it's rodeo time here in houston and last friday was my son's rodeo day at school. we went for the urban cowboy look wearing a plaid shirt and old H&M boots which surprisingly held up well for the price we got it for last october. this coming wednesday is their rodeo cook-off at school where they will actually get to BBQ their lunch themselves. hopefully, they won't burn the school down! 


technically, spiderman and the cowboy look does not blend well but he has to show it off somehow. 

Stripey twins

Crazy happy

these were scenes from our weekend. it was cold and dreary but we still had a lot of fun driving around with daddy. we were both in stripes and i thought that was cute! 

lastly, neiman marcus beauty event is ongoing - what did you pick up in order to score that adorable faux python tote with freebies in it? i fell in love with my purchases : 

Tom Ford loot

tom ford's lip color in cherry lush and casablanca. also, a bottle of african violet nail lacquer which i'm now wearing and it's an amazing color!

the beauty event lasts till march 4th!

have a great week all!

quick hello

Saturday, February 25, 2012

i am excited to launch today my new blog design created for me by Shalon of  pretty lovely design. she is amazing and so wonderful to work with. i hope you all like it too! 

the decision to do a design redo comes along with a new direction in my blog content. i just wanted something new and fresh in terms of blog design. i yearn for bright colors, a clean background and a more subtle simplicity. i will still be posting and sharing party planning and entertaining ideas here but i am incorporating more of a lifestyle blog content encompassing style, family matters, shopping and so much more. my old fashion blog, the style spy, will be infused here and i am excited about that as well. 

i hope you'll stick with me in light of this blog content shifting and changes. i am always grateful for everyone's support and will forever be! 

lastly, if my blog button is in any of your blog pages ~ please take a quick moment to update it with the new HTML code provided above! 


casino royale

Thursday, February 23, 2012

 this party feature is way overdue but it's never too late to share this amazing casino-themed party we had the honor of being invited to several weeks ago! 

my lovely niece anne-marie and her husband, cal hosted the celebration that was to usher in the lunar chinese new year and it was just fitting that a casino-theme was rolled out with such fantastic party details. real black jack and roulette tables were out for the guests to gamble on and it was such a fun-filled night! 

gorgeous asian-themed decor with the colors gold and red for good luck!

party sources : cake + cakepops by the sweet boutique // photos by anne-marie and ailynne


bright concrete

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

i've never been a runner but i love doing power walks with the husband and even the little guy in his bike. i was thinking of investing on a bright colorful pair of running shoes comfortable and stylish enough even for brisk walking. i still have my old puma mostros from over 5 years ago and they are just not that comfortable now (my feet really grew after having a baby). 

check out these eye candies. i am loving the newton's and any of those flourescent bright nikes

                               Bright Concrete

stylish active wear

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

i've recently signed up and surprisingly enjoyed a pure barre class. i've been going with my girlfriends and it makes muscle shaking and calorie burning moves quite fun despite the post-class soreness. 

i've been excited scouting for cute stylish activewear and i have happily found them at lululemon

stylish active wear

check out these new ones just uploaded on their website earlier this morning. btw, they run out of stock like almost immediately if they are popular styles in the bright colors! 

i just love the back of this pink tanktop and below is my new favorite wrap, they call it the transformation wrap which is reversible and has a cinchable drawstring in the back for a more versatile look. it comes in 3 colors - black/coal (i got this), navy/white, grey/white! it is so comfortable (it has thumbholes to warm your hands in cooler weather months) and great to slip in to after a workout!

{all pics from lululemon}

doo-ri for macy's

Monday, February 20, 2012

the latest collaboration to hit stores last week was doo.ri for macy's and i'm actually excited to see this. although i have yet to check them out in the stores, the pictures online (it debuted last feb 15th) were enough to get me all wired up. here are just a few of the pieces that i like. that long gunmetal dress with the right accessories and jewelry is just gorgeous to wear to a formal gala or wedding. and the red patterned coat is stunning! 

 to check out the complete line, visit HERE

{images from fashionologie}

bold and bright

Thursday, February 16, 2012

the upcoming spring season is making me think of anything bright, bold and neon. why not start with pretty baubles guaranteed to brighten up your day! 

and if you're not the bold type, the new acrylic monogram pendants are just darling too! 


all available at

and if you sign up now, you get 10% off your first order! 

happy hearts day to all

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


little valentine's

Sunday, February 12, 2012

the weekend was a quiet one. it was a cold weekend and after church and brunch, the little guy and i spent some time preparing his school valentine's treats for his buddies. 

he is bigtime into lego star wars lately and it was one of those days that a store bought lego star wars treat was just the perfect valentine's for his little friends. i am glad that he is willing to share that obsession with them and is just ecstatic to hand them out. we received strict intructions from his teachers that they themselves need to write their names and their classmates' names on the cards so he spent a great deal of time perfecting the scribbles. 

of course, i was not about to give up my semi-crafty skills and  helped out on the simple packaging for it.  check out the little guy's handwriting below. i think more practice is in order for him during the summer in preparation for kindergarten! 

Little Valentine's

for the easy bags to hold the stickers and cards, here are the supplies : 

smallest sized ziploc
craft scissors
card stock paper

all i did was cutout the patterned paper (i used a polkadot red & white one - not too girly but still perfect for valentine's) just enough to fit as a favor topper to dress up the package. i trimmed the edges using a pretty craft scissor for an added design touch. finally, i glued them using my trusty tombow glue.

Packaging supplies

you can kick it up a notch and stamp a valentine-themed design (with the help of the little one) on the favor paper topper if you are using a plain colored cardstock. but since we are using a patterned one here, i left that out and just trimmed the edges with a fancy craft scissor. 

Ready to go!

......and here are the valentine's treats all ready to be handed out this tuesday! 

{photo apps used were pixlromatic and phonto via iPhone} 

happy friday

Friday, February 10, 2012

here's a prelude to valentine's day....

enjoy the weekend!

shop anthro

Thursday, February 9, 2012

don't you get inspired to get cooking or baking when you find pretty lovely things in your kitchen? i happen to stop by anthropologie the other day and i was drawn to their home/kitchen section more than the clothing. i want to just grab everything bright and colorful and just go home and start something cookin'! 

i was even THIS close to re-staining my kitchen cabinets to either a robin's egg blue or a muted yellow hue. the husband won't like that so, i guess our distressed beige cabinets shall do for now. 

have you been by lately? what did you pick up? 


all images from anthropologie

front door drama

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

tuesday's thrills. just a few gorgeous front doors greeting you. 
and the lovely topiaries flanking them are just pretty!  

monday musings

Monday, February 6, 2012

here's to an exciting week for all of us. i hope.

superbowl sunday

Saturday, February 4, 2012

are you ready for the superbowl? 
better yet, are you ready for madonna? 
i miss watching her perform and i'm most excited to watch her! 

have fun everyone !

bushel and peck paper valentine

Friday, February 3, 2012

valentine's day is almost here and if you're still just getting over the holidays (like ME!), look no further to get started on those little valentine's your kids get to hand out to special friends and teachers. or if you're planning a get-together along with friends and their special loved ones, bushel and peck paper , may just have the perfect paperie for your romantic soiree! 

little valentine cards

XOXO valentine's day banner

valentine's day countdown calendar

vintage mini-valentine's

valentine's stickers

valentine's sweet stationery

all valentine's goodies are available HERE!