hello weekend

foggydress_wknd_ill I have been battling the flu all week, telling myself that I’m not actually sick (my body disagrees), sleeping lots and taking plenty of Nyquil and Dayquil (the legal amount, don’t worry). Seeing as AKG is also trying to get over the flu while wrestling his first week of finals in graduate school, it’s looking like a low-key weekend. I’ll be finishing this book that I started ages ago, have you read it? I love the front page book summary in one sentence: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Sounds like a no-brainer but most of what people eat today is a result of food-science rather than whole, fresh foods. Speaking of food science… I’ll also be drinking some of this over the weekend:

foggydress_wknd_ill I’m sure it’s not a new thing, but I only discovered it a few days ago. I think I still prefer the regular (dairy) egg nog, but this one isn’t as thick so I like it.

What are your plans? It’s only been one week of December and I’ve already been to see the Nutcracker Ballet, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. In between book reading and egg nog drinking, we’ll be decorating our tree and listening to plenty of Christmas music while wrapping ourselves up in thick, warm blankets. It’s getting cooooold!

Enjoy this adorable Christmas video, and have a wonderful weekend….

hugs, hanalei

Christmas Cards…I need your help! *UPDATE*

It turns out you an get $25 off your order at Minted if you refer or friend or if a friend refers you! I wish I’d known, as I already ordered my cards… 😦 But if you want to order through them, please let me know and I’ll send you a link so you can get $25 off $50 or more.
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I’m in the process of hunting for a good christmas card layout. We’re celebrating our 3rd Christmas married and I think it’s time (we think it’s time) to send out our first round of Christmas cards! Here’s my favorite websites:

Sadly, though Costco is by far the best deal (50 cards & envelopes for $34.99) but they lack in unique style. Minted has the best designs, but also costs the most. Shutterfly is a good mix of the two. Does anyone know any coupon codes for a good Christmas Card site, at either Minted, Shutterfly, or another awesome company? PLEASE let me know!

It’s been a crazy few months, otherwise you know I’d love to design my own card. But it’s already Dec 4th so I need to get REAL and realize there’s no time for that this year! So far I like this one from Costco and this one from Minted . (yes all these cards have babies on them, and no I don’t have my own babies so put on this years’ cards… here’s to hoping there’ll be a Gene baby on next years’!)

hugs, hanalei.

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5 Steps to a Great Holiday Party

foggydress_holiday_party We just had our annual friendsgiving with some long-time best friends of mine. We started doing this in high school and have been going strong for 11 years! Every year there’s a few friends who aren’t able to come because they’re in Africa (Eric!) or somewhere else. And every year there’s a few extra face’s we’ve invited to make the gathering more memorable. This year was our biggest gathering yet; we had a fantastic time together thanks to a few steps that we thought of and prepared for ahead of time. If you’re planning a holiday get-together with some friends or family this December, this if for you! Here are 5 steps that we found led to a great party.

foggydress_holiday_party What kind of party do you want this to be? For a long, goes-until-midnight kind of party, it’s best to choose a friend’s house for obvious reasons (it can last until whenever you’d like). But if your friends have kids or other commitments that only allow for a few hours of gathering, you can choose something more public like a favorite restaurant or a party on the beach (they kick everyone out around 10pm). We went with my friend Ali’s house because he had lots of space (both inside and out) for eating, socializing, and playing sardines! Plus isn’t his house/yard so romantic?foggydress_holiday_party

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foggydress_holiday_party This goes back to the first question: what kind of party do you want to have? An intimate, close one where everyone knows each other well, or a social, larger gathering where friends can meet & make new relationships? Every year we bounce between the two, and this year was a large gathering where we all made new memories and laughed long into the night. Outdoor sardines was traditional game that we’ve played since high school, and bag of nouns was a big hit too–perfect for a large group (although AKG & I were dizzy with exhaustion so we didn’t stick around to play). foggydress_holiday_party

foggydress_holiday_party Since the sun sets early and it’s too hot in Southern California to have a daytime party, we chose an evening setting with plenty of glowing lights & candles for a magical ambiance. We hung lots of white lights in Ali’s trees, and adorned the table with plenty of candles. Because it does get so dark, we opted for the lights to be the main decor for the night. (If you’re having a daytime party you might consider other decorations since light won’t really be an issue.) We also had flower center pieces from Anna’s mom, with candles & mini pumpkins woven down the middle of the table, and hand-made name cards for each of our guests.
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foggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_party We opted for a potluck party, and had a delicious variety of home made dishes. Be aware of your guest list–we had many in our party who were Vegan or Vegetarian. I would say most of our dishes (besides the turkey, and a few other treats) were Vegan. We made sure everyone brought something that they made, from drinks and hors d’oeuvres, to main dishes, sides dishes (lots of yummy veggies!) and dessert. It was a feast to be remembered!  foggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_party

foggydress_holiday_party I love taking pictures. Mostly because I’m trying to work on my photography skills, but also because I love capturing happy memories together. I think It’s really important to have one or two “designated photographers” to capture all of the laughs, hugs, and pictures with each other. Of course I’m also good at handing the camera off to others, so I can get in a few pictures too. It’s also good to have a tripod handy, for the big group picture (see picture at the end, skyping with Eric!).foggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_partyfoggydress_holiday_party

DIY: Painted Jars … they make great holiday center pieces!

foggydress_jars This tutorial comes via request from one my readers, Kate. I decided to paint a few old pickle jars, and she wanted a tutorial so…here you go! Do-It-Yourself spray painted old bottle & jars.

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foggydress_jarsfoggydress_jars Supplies:

  • Spray paint: You can choose any color (obviously) but  I chose gold…mostly because that’s the only color I have!
  • Painter’s tape, any size
  • A glass bottle/jar

foggydress_jars1. Clean off any stickers or jars. I did this by soaking this old olive jar in water. MAKE SURE to place sticker face down in water. Soak for 20-30 mins or longer, depending on sticker size. Rub off excess stickiness under running water, and use Goo-gone if necessary.
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2. Decorate your Jar! I used painter’s tape, and cut up little un-even strips. Get creative… I loved lines and uneven spacing when decorating these jars. foggydress_jars 3. Spray paint away!foggydress_jars 4. Carefully peel off tape

foggydress_jars I also decided to jazz up a few of my old coke bottles…they make great center pieces for the holiday! Just follow steps 1-5 above.foggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jars Hope you enjoy these, and decide to NEVER throw away another glass jar again!

hugs, hanalei

holiday shopping

foggydress_daiso I know, lots of phone pictures lately… I promise to break out the big boy lens soon. Today I went out to run some errands, specifically the stack-up-on-holiday-treats-at-trader-joes errand. I love their peppermint chocolate pretzels… so much so that I only bought one bag (self control).

I have a few projects to post about over these next few weeks, so be on the look out! Creating things is very therapeutic for me, so I have many projects lined up. My brother is also helping me create a better blog layout for the new year, so lots of new-ness to look forward to at foggy dress. 🙂

One of the reasons I really like living in Chino Hills is, of course, all the shopping. They have every kind of clothing/home decor/food shops a girl could ask for. I mean, they just opened up a brand new Daiso down the street!  foggydress_daisofoggydress_daiso

foggydress_daiso Please tell me you’ve all been to a Daiso?! If the above photos aren’t adorbs enough for you to go, then consider all they have to offer: japanese hair ties, bows, dishes, towels, baggies, candies, socks, etc. Almost everything is $1.50! Super chic Japanese fashion & style at a super low cost.

Just look at these socks I found! <3<3<3

foggydress_daiso  No, Diaso did not sponsor this post… I wish. I’m still waiting for that day…

So, check out the store and let me know what you find.

hugs, hanalei