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Monday, February 22, 2010

Valentine's Weekend 2010

Hey y'all :)

I hope y'all had a great Valentine's Day (or Single's Awareness Day)! I've had lots of questions about how my Valentine's Day went down.... so I'll share :)

But before I get started, I wanted to say congratulations to my friend, April, for getting engaged last month!!!! I'm so happy for you and Justin :) Check her out, she's such a sweet person!

Onto my Valentine's weekend.... the NBA All-Stars game was held in Dallas this year (which was on Valentine's Day) so traffic in the area was RIDICULOUS!! Mike and I went shopping during the weekend in Dallas (thank you tax refund!) & it was packed. Not fun but I braved the crowds to finally get my man.... Louis! I waited a year to buy him. I was gonna buy him after my internship last year, but I donated the money instead..... so when I got my money from my tax refund, well I HAD to get him :) I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I feel proud when I look at him, knowing I worked my booty off for him.... ahhhhhh accomplishment!



On V-Day weekend (maybe Friday, I don't remember), it snowed yet again in TX! We got around 8" of snow while other parts of the DFW area got a foot of snow! This is sad, but this was the most amount of snow I'd ever seen! I had a blast playing in it!

I'm attempting to make a snow angel while Juicy looks on at my silliness :)

She's so good, still getting her business done :)

She loved the snow!!!!

Mike and my townhome was without electricity for 36 hours... arghhhh! Thankfully we didn't park the Suzuki under any of these trees... its about to snap from the weight of the snow!

Had to camhoe with Juicy. I'm wearing Wonder Eye circle lens in green from Pinky Paradise. Buy HERE!

Mike bought me this HUGE Juicy Couture engagement ring keychain... I don't need to carry mace anymore... knock a person out if they try to mug me!

On our way to Northpark Center in Dallas. All-Star banner atop one of the skyscrapers in Downtown.

After shopping, Mike and I had dinner at Kona Grill. If you are ever in the area, try them out. They have delicious sushi as well as steak.... a variety of food to appeal to any craving. My mojito is on the left. It was delicious! Just the right amount of sugar, lime, mint and rum. Not overwhelming in alcohol. I like my drinks tasty, I'm not a fan of straight liquor anymore... getting old :P (drink responsibly, y'all hear?!?!)

My fave sushi roll, spicy tuna with cream cheese.... SO GOOD! We also ordered the spider roll & some other roll with shrimp that I can't remember the name of... their sushi is delicious!
My friend Melissa and her man :) He came down from Canada to visit.

On Valentine's Day, Mike told me I had to get out of the house for a little while. I went to church & when I came home, I found the walls covered in sticky notes :) We have this thing where we write each other little love notes and stick them somewhere where we'll see it when we're not together, like in his work truck. Anyways, that was the meaning behind these :) He used a ladder to get real high up on the walls LOL... these are just a few pictures but literally EVERY wall was covered in notes. My mom thought he was going to propose.... she was real disappointed when she saw these pics on Facebook rather than a ring on my finger... LOL one day ;)





Mike got me roses and we added little diamond looking gems to fill the vase. The card plays "Love Will Keep Us Together" hehe....


Mike got me this bracelet from Tiffanys for my present :)


We had our Valentine's dinner at Five Sixty which is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. We went later in the week because everything was crazy with the All-Stars game in Dallas. If you're ever in the Dallas area, this is a MUST!


The restaurant is on top of Reunion Tower and rotates slowly so you see the whole DFW area. Absolutely beautiful! And as you can guess, the restaurant is five hundred and sixty feet up :)


Its our second year to go here and I always enjoy the elevator ride :) My dress is from Forever 21. I loved the slight train in the back of the dress... looks like a simple LBD until you turn around :)


The restaurant has an Asian theme to it. I loved the setting!


The chopsticks were lying on a rock... very interesting lol

A complimentary appetizer. Green beans in ponzu sauce with candied walnuts... OMG the walnuts were DELICIOUS!!! Sweet and crunchy but not ridiculously sugary. Yummy!


Me and my mojito. I really didn't like it. Tasted more like alcohol than anything. Couldn't taste much mint, lime or sugar. Not yummy.


Salt & pepper calamari with a jalapeno & pickled ginger vinaigratte. This was so yummy! The calamari was very tender and not greasy.


Mike got the roasted chicken with lapsong sausage fried rice. I was going to order this but he beat me to it LOL


I ordered the Alaskan halibut with Thai shrimp, keffir lime, and pineapple chili sambal. It was very yummy. Truth be told, I didn't see a full shrimp... more like cut up little tiny pieces, maybe 2 or 3 haha.. but the fish was moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Yummm!


I finished my meal with Eiswein (or Ice Wine) which is a VERY sweet dessert wine. I like sweet wines like Riesling... this wine was soooo sweet. I didn't like it at all. But I had to try it out.

For dessert I got the fuji & granny smith apple butterscotch crumble with vanilla bean ice cream. I loved the little crumbles, tasted like shortbread cookies which I <3


Mike got the turtle cheesecake with salted caramel. It was very creamy and delicious. The salted caramel made it even better!


The view from the restaurant... a must see if you visit!


They had a whole wall of this wine case.




My outfit. Dress & earrings from Forever 21. Shoes from Michael Kors. Necklace & bracelet from Tiffanys & purse from LV :) The bracelet was my Valentine's gift form Mike.

When we got home, this is what we found Juicy doing :) Chewing on her bone.



I hope y'all had a great Valentine's Day!

XO,

Stephie




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Requested Tutorial: Simple & Smokey Eyes for a Debut

This tutorial was requested by my cousin, Kate, who is having her 18th birthday debut next month. I'm sorry to y'all who have wanted the Mod Doll tutorial... it was up next but family comes first :P Watch out for it though, let me survive the next week through midterms and I'll get it to y'all!




Items Used

FACE
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35
MAC Face & Body Foundation N5
MAC Invisible Set Powder
MAC Emote Blush – contour w/ 168 brush
MAC Prism Blush – cheeks w/ 136 brush

EYES
Deuba MX21 Violet Circle Lens from Pinky Paradise
MAC Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader w/ Smashbox Angled brush
UDPP Sin
MAC Ricepaper e/s – highlight w/ 213 brush & tearduct w/ 219 brush
MAC Knight Divine e/s – lid w/ 239 brush & outer 1/3rd of lower lashline w/ 219 brush
MAC Tete-A-Tint e/s – crease w/ 217 brush
Shiseido Mascara Base & Perfect Mascara
Think & Long Ebay Lashes from seller: etopauction

LIPS
Concealer
MAC Oak l/l
MAC Peachstock l/s