Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

  • I've been DIY-ing a lot again. Have you checked out my Sharpie Mug tutorial yet? Or my Redesigned Mason Jars? Both super cute and easy peasy! Jewelry tray and Mason Jar Holders coming soon!
  • Supervisor training has been a whirlwind. It's not even in my career path at all but while I go to school, it's definitely nice. Can't wait to start supervisor shifts next week! 
  • Speaking of work, I passed testing and certification for another program so I'll be busy as all get out - time for some time management skills balancing school, gym and work! 
  • Tried a new restaurant in Beverly Hills called Terrine. It's a 'California Brasserie' and they had delicious food but kicked ass in the wine list and cocktails were dreamy. Oh and the dessert we shared?, friends. (Pictured above). Definitely on my faves list. 
  • #LoveWins #ThatIsAll
  • Really digging "Where Are U Now?" - Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber (yes, Biebs.) 
  • It's no surprise I hate soccer but despite feeling sorry for England, I'm so happy for Japan. Defending champs, y'all! I'd rather not have two of my countries compete but what can you do, right? #GoJapan 
  • More than 10 people have taken their time to inform me that they thought of me while watching Disney & Pixar's new movie, Inside Out. Specifically, the "Disgust" character pictured above. I've been told I look like her but mostly her personality and attitude. I guess I should be offended but I'm really not. Loved her. Plus, who doesn't want to be compared to Mindy Kaling?
  • How cute is the water bottle from Victoria's Secret that says, "LA is BAE"? Want. (Pictured above)
  • Brooke and I took yesterday off and headed to Newport for some shopping and beach. Had the most delicious lunch, shopped, had Sprinkles Ice Cream (yum!) and enjoyed the beach. It's still hard for me to wrap it around my head that we worked together and I was her boss. It's turned into one of the best friendships and I'm so grateful. <3 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

DIY : Sharpie Mugs

Here's another DIY! I know, I'm going DIY crazy - one of the amazing perks of working from home. You can focus on work while you take short breaks to craft. Love!

I've always wanted to try this DIY and I was so excited to finally try it. Unlike some other DIY's, this is extremely cheap to do and super easy. The only problem is in total, it takes a couple of days since you have to let the Sharpie dry 24 hours prior to baking (ideally).

As usual, Snapchatters have seen this already but here's a version that won't disappear after 24 hours! Find me on Snapchat: dimamura :)

Things of note:

  • Make sure you buy cheap mugs. Mine was $1.50 from Michael's. Why? The cheaper the mug, the thinner the protectant over the mug and makes the Sharpie harder to stay.
  • Rub the surface where you'll be drawing with white vinegar or alcohol.
  • Put your mugs in as you start the oven. Placing them in the oven after pre-heating will cause them to crack. 
  • If you make any mistakes, which I did several times, just have a cotton ball soaked with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol on hand. The Sharpie will come off easily! 
  • Unfortunately, you can't put it in the dishwasher. Love them by washing them by hand!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

  • Attended Adam's colleague's wedding this past weekend at Lake Elsinore. Despite it being an outdoor wedding and 105 degrees out, it was an adorable, Pinterest-overload, 'garden chic' wedding. Every girl loves an excuse to dress up, right? My dress, hair and makeup were all cooperating, which made me very happy.  
  • I've been kicking school's butt lately. Now I know why people tell you to get your Masters degree after getting some work experience. It's a lot easier to relate to case studies that you have to work on. 
  • We watched Jurassic World in 3D! It was pretty great. People were complaining about how unrealistic it was but I think that's such an odd thing to say when you're watching a dinosaur I right? 
  • Hockey season is officially over and I'm already having withdrawals. I'm so happy Chicago won. Eff the Lightning. Now onto baseball for 3 months, I suppose. 
  • I've basically been working full time the past couple of months and now I'm getting promoted for the remainder of the contract. This isn't even really my career path. Oh well! 
  • That cute little baby on the top right hand corner is my best friend Christine's little girl Vivian. She's wearing the most adorable outfit purchased by yours truly. She's half Korean, half Columbian - how sweet is her face?! I hate babies but I'm obsessed with her. 
  • That drink on the bottom right was in ridiculously delicious. Mango slices with chili and watermelon juice to dunk it in. My friends have informed me I'm turning Mexican. 
  • My new class that started yesterday has a quiz every, other, day through the entire course. #WTF
  • Really enjoyed Jon Stewart and Malala's bit on The Daily Show (last week?). Malala is unbelievably brave and Jon Stewart is just incredible. I'll probably cry like a baby on his last day, just as I did when Stephen Colbert left. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DIY: Mason Jars Redesigned

Aloha, friends!

I got such great feedback regarding my last DIY where I upcycled finished wine bottles so thank you for that! If you haven't already, click here to check it out.

My friend Justine and I decided to get crafty last week. I was inspired by this video right here and decided to give it a go! I Snapchatted my way through the process again (@dimamura) and everyone loved it!

It's such a fun way to spruce up a mason jar and how fun would it be to fill up and give as gifts? Yeah, I know.

Few things of note: 

  • Make sure your animal fits comfortably on the mason jar. 
  • Glue the two-part lid first. 
  • Always, always be careful using spray paint. Do it outside on the grass, get some newspaper, anything.
  • Be patient when the paint is drying! It'll all be worth it at the end!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Laguna Beach


I don't even know if this actually counts as "Travel Tuesday" but I think anything that requires a hotel and packing constitutes as "Travel", right? Something like that.

Adam and I went out to Laguna Beach this past weekend for a warm, beach-y getaway. We looooove Laguna and hadn't been back since last August (tragic, I know) so we were super duper excited to visit. If you haven't been to Laguna Beach, it's a must. Did I only know about Laguna Beach thanks to MTV? Yeah, so? (#TeamKristin). It's an adorable small town full of beach, cute boutiques, eats and a ton of rich people living in gorgeous hilltop homes. The weather was cloudy with the occasional sun but still perfect in my eyes. There's nothing like waking up to the sound and soft breeze of the ocean.

Although...crazy story. We woke up on Sunday to this bright red line through the sand. We had no idea what it was but when we strolled down to the beach, see below! A TON of tuna crabs and I mean a TON. There had to been at least a million of them up and down the beach with absolutely no exaggeration. They were either dead or dying and it made me really sad (I have a heart). We found out later that it was some strange El Nino conditions pushed them up ashore from their normal habitat :(

We were sad to say bye to the perfect beach life yesterday but off to Jury Duty I went. Thankfully I was dismissed but I have to say, I definitely want to experience the whole jury duty service someday.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Poor crabbies!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DIY : Wine Bottle Vase

Aloha, friends!

Ok really though, how perfect is it that I'm doing a wine-related DIY? Wine and DIY are two of my favorite things and when they're combined, it's basically magic <insert sparkle emoji>. Recycling wine bottles is eco-friendly but what if you could upcycle them so you can enjoy them in a different way?

Well, you can!

This was a lot easier than I thought, the only difficult part was waiting for paint to dry! Obviously the way you decide to paint the bottles is up to you but I wanted them to look clean. It looks simple alone but adds a pop to any room and they're absolutely adorable.

As seen below, I used Snapchat to showcase the DIY, thanks to all who viewed it! Add me: dimamura <3

Let's get to it!

This DIY is inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. Click here for her video so you can appreciate her DIY videos as much as I do.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

L: My article! C: Snapchat love <3 R: New amazing Mexican restaurant!

Aloha and happy June! 

Here are some thoughts for this Thursday: 

  • Holy moly, can you believe we're halfway through 2015 already? June? What? 
  • I've been working all week from 5AM-2PM with people in New York. Sleepy!
  • My post was "Most Read" for a few days on the Women's Prospects - happy! 
  • Had lunch with two former colleagues from my recent position. Fun times :) 
  • A new Mexican restaurant called Mr. Taco opened and it was delicious! 
  • Speaking of Mexican food, I finally tried King Taco (at 3AM, duh) out in Pasadena! YUM!
  • Obsessed with Jason Derulo's new album - Everything Is 4 
  • Do Americans actually believe the NSA will stop collecting information? #SMH
  • Experimenting with Snapchat as of late: @dimamura
  • So excited Stephen Colbert has a podcast available on iTunes now! 
  • Stanley Cup Finals excitement is REAL. Go Chicago! #Original6Represent
  • I've been shopping online so much I left a note and a bag with strawberry Kit Kats for my UPS driver and guess who took it? A random OnTrac deliverer! Ugh!
  • Often : Kygo Remix - The Weeknd is on repeat. Is there anything nicer to the ear?
  • Working from home is awesome. 
  • T-1.5 months until Cabo! 
  • I made a friend at the Starbucks I like to study at. See who it is on my Insta: @deenakana
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