Monday, May 11, 2015

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY WITH SPACE 46 BOUTIQUE

A few weeks ago I had a photo shoot with Zooey for a Mother's Day campaign for a tulle skirt brand called Space 46 Boutique. I'm sure you've been seeing Zooey in this super adorable skirt on social media and she loves it so much and calls it her princess skirt. It goes with everything and I LOVE that I have a matching one! Anyhow..Let's talk about Mother's Day..
Before I became a mother, my sister and I used to always put together something super cool for my mom, a bouquet of flowers, some lingerie from Victoria secret... but since becoming a mom, Mother's Day came by so quickly that I didn't have as much time to be creative as before.  But my mom has always been cool about it and just really wants to spend time with us, especially since my sister lives in LA and doesn't come home as much.. So we make time to have lunch or dinner with her and spend the day with her. I realized that we don't have enough photos together, so for my MOM this year, I'm setting up a photo shoot like this one (I HOPE!)
Zooey is officially 3 years old now and this was the first year that she was able to wish me a Happy Mother's day! This morning was SO cute.  She's talking up a storm and just enjoys being a HAM and loves that we love when she's being cute. It took 3 years for me to finally feel appreciated for being a mom. Imagine that. I don't come from a 'traditional' gift receiving situation so the little things really make me feel special. I got a necklace made of painted uncooked pasta from Zooey that she made at school and she was so happy to give it to me.  I don't remember getting to do these things with my mom when I was little, but gosh all the feelings I got from just feeling loved..    
Being a mom is not easy. But I give props to the moms who make it look like it's no big deal! I'm not going to sugar coat it. It's been hard. I'm constantly juggling a million things in my mind.  My priority is always for the well-being of my daughter, so I'm constantly hustling but at the same time I want happiness. I want what that other mom has, you know the one that has the really nice house, with the perfect playroom for her kids and always sharing some really amazing trips they are taking with their family...I'm soooo lucky that I have my parents to help me out right now, but they aren't getting any younger. I'm trying to find the balance between building a stable financial foundation for us, saving up for Zooey's future, maintaining my marriage, and hopefully before it's too late, repay my parents. Mother's Day brings all these thoughts ... for me at least.. I'm so happy that there is a day that is dedicated to moms. I don't know where I would be without my supportive and loving mother. She's so fun and having her around to help me raise Zooey has really contributed to Zooey's well-roundedness, her ability to switch from one language to another (she is tri-lingual!), and her ability to joke around and laugh out loud.



Enough feelings...I want you to scroll through this post and enjoy these photos.   












She's so silly isn't she.
For a week, we were on the top page of Space 46's website. 

We had so much fun. 
Every girl needs a tulle skirt. Zooey and I are wearing the Carrie one.

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All photos by Azusa Takano

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

#TARTCHELLA TO #PSWxREVOLVE TO POPSUGAR + SHOPSTYLE - PARTY HOPPING REPORT


 After HoneyNFriends, we drove toward the desert about 30 minutes to have brunch at the #tartchella event hosted by Sahara Ray Swim. This party was also hosted at a private house.  


 the DJ booth. 
 Ran into Donna & Jo from Ladies First Events.

Met a lot of cute and beautiful people!

 Hung out with these boys. 
Bryan & Gabe. 
Love them!
selfies ALL day.. 


After staying at this event for longer than intended, we headed back to Palm Springs to the next party.

 We ended up at People Style Watch x Revolve next.

I'm too shy to be in photos!






 I ate 4 tacos, took some photobooth photos


 then we went next door to PopSugar + Shopstyle


 This colorful maze was super fun!



 GLORIA from LOOKBOOK. My new friend who I LOVES!

 Stumbled into the ShopStyle Villa 

 I love Mara Hoffman!
 Cuteness OVERLOAD.










 I made a little backpack for Zooey.


So there was a little performance by Zoe Kravitz and I didn't even notice. OOPS! lol

My take on this party hopping experience...

Just like Tokyo, when there are like a ton of events to go to, it's important to 'follow the schedule'. Unfortunately, the schedule wasn't easily followed this time and we missed a lot of events that I wanted to go to. (Rachel Zoe x DFM + Mcdonalds with 2 chains were actually the ones I really wanted to go to...) It was my first time to experience this whole Coachella Parties shindig and it was a little overwhelming especially since everything wasn't conveniently located near each other. Having still not adjusted to moving back to the US, I had only 'heard of' some of the brands that were hosting events. I had fun tho and I met a lot of cool people. I took home the experience and will do better next year, if I decide to go again! Who am I kidding, I think I will be jumping on the band wagon next year and possibly even harder! lol I think I should bring Zooey next year and really only go to the events that are worth it-or maybe actually experience the concert.  When I saw some people with their kids I was thinking..MAN, I wish I brought Zooey, she would have so much fun at these things!!! Now it's weekend 2..does anyone actually go to weekend 2? Do the brands do the same parties? How much does it all cost!? Tokyo doesn't really do anything like this...Imagine brands trying to throw parties near Fuji Rock or Summer Sonic. I don't think I can see any cool fashion brands doing anything cool in Niigata in the mountains near Fuji Rock. Or in Makuhari during Summersonic. Brands always plan something in TOKYO.. It just isn't the same...but an idea to ponder?  

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