Easy Summer Updo’s with Target Beauty

While this post is sponsored by Target, all ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Summer is right around the corner, and with all the formal events like prom, weddings, graduations, date nights with the husband (that is what I look forward to the most) or even just wanting to put your hair up for a ladies’ brunch, I have come up with three hairstyles that are very easy to do! I added a few makeup favorites that work with the looks, and you can find all the products at your local Target. Or, better yet, buy it online; Target offers free shipping on orders of more than $25 and free returns on every order. Best online store for all Target goodies (I wasn’t even told to say that; it really is a personal favorite! LOL!)

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The first look I am going to show you is probably my favorite out of all of them. When I’ve done this hairstyle in the past, I have been asked a handful of times what salon or hairstylist I used. It’s fairly easy and, now that my hair is shoulder-length, it’s fun to do. It mainly combines twists and knots.

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Start off by parting your hair right down the middle. I always say second-day hair is the best to style, but freshly washed hair is perfect too.

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1. Part your bangs from the top to your ears, and pin your bangs to the side for now.

2. Now part your hair in the back into two parts: top and bottom.

3. I love using the Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Mist because it protects from heat and it has a nice hold. Spray onto the bottom half.

4. Using the Nu.Me Curling Wand, take pieces and lightly curl your hair, creating texture.

5. Part the bottom into two parts with a slight twist.

6. Tie your hair like you would any knot!

7. If your hair is long enough, tie it again.

8. Now tuck the ends in and pin away.

9. Do the same with the top half. Spray, heat, twist and tie into a knot, then pin away.

Now for some tips and tricks and the makeup items I used to finish this look. Don’t forget, I have two more hairstyles I want to show you. So keep reading…

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Quick Mothers Day DIY

Quick! You have one day left!! What to do?
Here are some idea’s you can make today-tomorrow. Or maybe make it together with mom! Would be a nice way to take her mind off things and a little down time to catch up!!

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DIY GRAPEFRUIT ROSEMARY BATH SALTS
Looks and should smell so nice! It’s basically mixing some things you have in the kitchen with some little things you purchase at the store. Not too hard

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DIY&Photo from Curbly

Patterned Cork Coasters
Was looking for some new coasters for home.Love the look Curbly made…BUT I have other pattern idea’s.hehehe

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Tissue Paper Fruit Art
So easy and so chic! I would do a pineapple and some berries maybe? Heck! Make your mama a fruit basket!!

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Printable Mothers Day Cards
AND if you forget to grab your mom a card, no worries! There are plenty of sites or Etsy stores where you can just print it out yourself.

These are just a couple idea’s. Are you going to give it a try? If you do lemme know!

I belive in you

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There have been so many changes career wise with not just me but with my friends around me. Even though it is scary to not know where you are going to work next or if you can find a stable job that will pay you every month. I have chosen to take the leap and believe in myself again!
My first job was at a coffee shop in Japan. After that even though my dad didn’t think I could do it I conquered my fears and made a leap to try TV and I was one of the first “half/ha-fu talents” in Japan. Found out I didn’t like the people who ran the industry and came to LA to pursue my love for fashion. After two years for working in an office and learning the in’s and outs of designing and doing full production in Los Angeles I quit and started my own line…a few lines actually. The third one AHNIIMURA probably did the best if we are going off of sales and celebrity sightings wearing our tee’s. But then my partner and I decided to go our own ways and that was that. I have been freelancing on my own since then. As much as I would like to think I was working half time for myself, I wasn’t. I was freelancing under contract for one company and now they have decided they want to cut my job in half….. That’s when I panicked for a minute (new mom, new baby. no way I can find a full time or even part time job right now) and then thought… I got this.
This is the universe kicking my butt into action and telling me to do what I REALLY want to do! And so I am going to try.
I have been a mom for two months now and am hoping I will find more time (fingers crossed while all other moms are smirking at me thinking “it’s not possible”) to be able to work on what I want to do which is be a real content creator on YouTube/Blogger. Work on my Etsy shop creating paper goods. Wether that be cards, stationary or my recent love of planner stickers!! Eventually I would love to have a store AND have a small production company. I really do enjoy creating video’s and would love to work behind the camera and create cool videos for other companies!
I know there is a ways to go on my dream’s but I am going to believe in myself as much as I believe in my friends. I believe in all of you!

Newborn Runny Nose Remedy

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I have only been a mom for two weeks and my little one decides to throw me the “I have a runny nose, AND I am a newborn” challenge! So I did what any new mother would do and go online to find information! “Google It” ! The information I got was good. It was basic, but good. The down side was that since he is a newborn that all we can really do is just wait it out! Wait 7-10 days! A whole week of the sniffles!!!I have no idea how thats gonna happen!
(make sure you check out the symptoms of why you would NEED to take your baby to the doctors)
Let’s start with the basics on what I found:
1. Saline (Saltwater) drops
You can purchase or make your own to apply in the babys nose to remove some mucus.
2.Remove Mucus
Use a cotton swab with warm water to clean around the baby’s nose.
3.Give him love pats
Lay the baby across your knee’s and gently pat with cupped hand. You want to loosen the mucus in the chest.
4.Vaporize or Humidifier
A cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your baby’s room to add moisture to the air.Clean the machine regularly so mold doesn’t grow inside!
5. Know when to wait it out
Not every stuffy, runny nose needs treatment. If it’s not bothering your baby, you don’t have to do anything. As long as your little one is active and eats and drinks normally, it’s fine to wait and watch.

NOW all of that is great and all but I needed something else, so I asked my midwife and she gave me some awesome idea’s that actually worked! It’s all a natural way to heal, so it didn’t happen over night.But today is day three and he is breathing a lot better through his mini nostrils.
1. Eucalyptus Oil
In your humidifier or in a diffuser. Just make sure you have pure oil!
If you do not have either of the machines then you can bring the baby into the bathroom with you when you shower/bath and drop some oil in the tub. It will help your mini me breath!
2.Lavender Oil
Place the oil on his earlobes, chest and bottom of his feet. Use pure oil.
I thought the oil would be too strong so I used a carrier oil and diluted it before I applied it on the baby.
3.Nose Frida
This is something you don’t want to over do because it might irritate the nose, but using a Nose Frida (or even a nasal aspirator) before the baby breast feeds or right before bed will help them breath a little easier.
4.Breast Milk
No need for saline, you have something better. Your breast milk is an amazing miracle liquid in so many ways! Adding little drops of breast milk in your baby’s nose will help. Try squeezing a few drops of breast milk into his nose to loosen congestion; some experts say that the milk’s antimicrobial properties can help.
5.Keep Baby Upright
Because it’s so hard to breath, try keeping him in a car seat, in your sling in an upright or angled position or when you lay him down to use a wedge to incline the mattress. The incline helps the mucus to drain better down the throat and avoid sticking around inside the nasal cavities.
6.MOM- Keep Hydrated and Vitamin C
You want to be in the nest shape possible for your baby and making sure you have enough breast milk and are full of vitamins! Don’t slack:)

Good Luck mama’s! Hang in there!! Your newborn will be better in no time!

Welcome to the World Everest

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Would like to welcome to this world, my little angel Everest born on Dec 23rd, 2015.

Sorry for the delay in blogging and for all of you who were watching my Vlogmas on my Youtube, apologies for not being able to finish it! BUT I am planning on filming a “birth story” as soon as I am feeling like I kinda have control over Baby Everest and myself with my body. Please give me another week or so of rest so I can deliver that to you!

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32 Week Bumpdate and My Baby Shower

For my baby shower I did go back and forth with idea’s. My husband is a huge Super Hero’s fan so I thought of doing that..BUT then I thought the older my son gets, I know at one point he is going to want to have a “superhero” themed birthday. Then I thought to go all pastell color and soft baby like….BUT then I thought I want to have my son to be an adventurous one! So when I found out the “woodland theme” I really liked it, BUT then again I didn’t want to go full force “Forest Man” vibe lol
I added a few “cute” twists to it all but still keeping it boy’ish, fun and “adventurous”!
Here is the theme board I had made for myself from different pinterest photos I had found online.

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I drew a little sketch of what I wanted the main food table to look like:
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Here are some of the games I found to play. Wanted to stay away from the chocolate in the diaper game LOL
Didn’t want to gross anyone out!

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Draw a baby game:
participants are given pencil and paper plate, they must put the plate on top of their head and draw a baby. mom to be chooses the best drawing and the winner gets a prize
Clothespin Game:
Give all guests 2-3 clothespin and they are not allowed to say “baby”, my name and husbands name.
Whomever has the most at the end of the day wins
 Draw a book (activity):
Have guests pull out an alphabet and then have them draw something that starts with that letter. Later on I will bind it and make it into a book for the baby.
Name that Baby Animal Game:
(printout list) A list of animals and guests have to write what the babies are called. Like “Cat” is “kitten” etc
Guys could do the:
Drink out of a bottle game. Add juice in there and whom ever can drink the fastest
Had these games on the list but never got the time to do them:
How Big is the belly:
Have twine or yarn and have people cut to guess how big it is.
They can write their name on washi tape and tape to the end.
Guess the due date:
Have a calendar and write when I am due, but guests can go in and take a guess on when they think the baby will actually arrive
Game for Guys:
Guys Blindfolded put the diaper on the baby game.

As for favors:Like on my theme board I made little packets of s’mores for everyone to take home and printed out a cute tag to add on the bag. “Sending Home Smore Love”

Hope these helped you in some way! And good luck with your babyshower!!

Our Studio Story

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It was maybe a year or two ago when I was talking to my husband saying that I really wanted a studio space to work out of. I had been working from home for the past 5 years and even though I LOVE it and cannot complain because I am lucky to be able to call my dining room table my office desk..I needed a change and wanted to be around people and other creatives. I felt like I was working everyday and feeling more and more alone. SO ! Even if it was a 1 bedroom apartment down the street, or a back house somewhere I was always searching. But nothing would come up.

Then one day at a cafe on Larchmont, I was chatting with my friend and telling her about this dream of mine and she mentioned she was looking for a space too! That’s where it all started! Never really thought it would come true…but come to find out I had other freelancer/creative friends whom were also looking into a studio space just so they can have a place to go and work!Thats how I got two more of my friends involved ,also including my friends husband!

A week before this cafe meet up I had gone to see a space in DTLA in the arts district that was a friend of my sister in laws. She is a successful photographer and was renting this amazing spot with two other photographers. Well, after she showed us around I went ahead and talked to the building manager and had a little more of a detailed tour. There were about 5-7 spots open and wanted to get in there as fast as we could. Took application home and showed everyone photos, but not everyone was in LA at the time and it was hard to get a response. Week had gone by and I called the building to see if the unit we wanted was still available…it wasn’t. By then I had given up and started looking at other buildings around here…..again, nothing for the price/view/location that we wanted popped up. My heart was broken.

I had posted that I had a group of friends looking for space in DTLA and if anyone heard of anything to message me. Well!! My friend who owned a sneaker store in Beverly Hills was now into real estate and mentioned he would help. I gave him the info of the building we were originally looking at with our budget. He called the building just to check before looking elsewhere and got an appointment to do one last look around.

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Come to find out, my friend who owned the sneaker store KNEW the building manager because she used to buy all here sneakers there growing up! It was a magical reunion happening in front of us!! She lite up and told us there was a unit we should see. That unit was better than what we had originally been looking at. And it just opened. And it was spacier. It was just perfect. We all looked at each other and said we wanted to sign the lease right away…so thats what we did! If it wasn’t for my friend, non of this would’ve happened. Was just meant to be. Am so grateful!

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Its been almost three months and our studio just keeps getting better and better. Everyone bringing their own uniqueness to the space and it feels like we are all creating this one place together. It really does feel special being here and being able to share a space with your friends. Don’t know how I got so lucky!! SO very excited for the months to come. And hopefully we can stay here longer than a year and keep creating and building ourselves into what we want to be. My studio-mates are the bestest and couldn’t have asked for better people.

Here I hope to be more productive in everything! (designing/consulting/creating/youtube) and am hoping to being able to do workshops early next year after the baby is born. There are so many possibilities here, I am almost for sure I will think of more ways to use the space! CANNOT WAIT!!

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