Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Safe & Sound

I know...Taylor Swift again but seriously her new song, Safe & Sound - the sound track for The Hunger Games - is awesome. I've been listening to it over and over again this whole week and I think it's driving my husband crazy :) Check it out...

and she's wearing a 1920's vintage dress.

Can't wait for the movie to come out!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Lovely Surprise

I had an awesome surprise on Friday...a Valentine chocolate strawberry cake from the same maker of our wedding cake! We had the most awesome wedding cake for our wedding and I've been wanting to eat it again. My husband was lovely to pre-order it for me. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate strawberry (with real strawberries) cake and whipped creme and that's exactly what he got me. It's so good and dangerous at the same time :)

The design of our wedding cake was inspired by a photo of a vintage cake and they tried to make the Valentine cake in a similar way. Pretty awesome!

so surprised look.

love it look.

eat the cake now look.



I made heart shape banana pancakes Saturday morning and it didn't turn out too good. Hand crafting wasn't easy with pancakes :) I end up burning a couple pieces..lol...but it's ok I sometimes like stuff to be a little burnt. After breakfast we went to the movies to watch The Vow and it was a very sweet movie - inspired by true events. Then we had dinner at a Korean restaurant - was so delicious. Now I'm off to the thrift store. My weekend has been awesome so far. Hope yours is too! Happy Sunday!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

V-Day Tuesday

On Valentine's Day I woke up with a card and my favorite sweet chocolate from my husband. Love how he crossed out the word "lucky" and replaced it with "blessed." Yes, we believe everything we have and work hard for is a blessing not because we're lucky :)

Pork chops. Recipe from my BFF's mom...so good!

I made a simple warm dinner for us to celebrate Valentine together.

My favorite dessert - strawberries with chocolate...mmmm
We both exchanged our little Valentine gift and lo and behold I got a pair of boots that I so wanted. Yes, I collect shoes :) Muah! Love you husband!

I got another surprise on Friday that I will share later :)

p.s. I got him shoes too ;)
p.s.s. I'm wearing a 1970's vintage dress

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're having fun. I made dinner for Valentine's Day today but since my husband and I both work we are going to have a Valentine weekend - look forward to it :)

Just in case you didn't see the performance that I've talked about yesterday, here it is...

Love the theme and her innocence.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Taylor Swift 2012 Grammy Awards

I finally watched the whole Grammy Award show last night for the first time ever - my husband and I decided to have TV night together :) I had always adore Taylor Swift and I do like country music so it was awesome that she won two Grammy Awards for her song, "Mean." Every time I listen to her song it just makes me think of high school :)

Her dress is just so stunning at the Grammy's.

(photo from www.taylorswift.com and google search)

I really enjoyed her performance. Especially, when the costumes are in the 1930's...love her vintage dress.

Here is her official video of, "Mean."

Happy Monday!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Please check this out...

Amy Dinh is a sweet friend of ours that is currently in training to get ready for her mission trip in the Middle East this Spring. We love what she and her team do - willing to invest their time and energy to reach out to prisoners, orphanage and more. Her letter below will explains everything. Not everyone can do this - be the goer, but it's not hard to be the sender. We hope that you will join us in sending her to ACTS. Every little counts!

Hi Embriven readers.

My name is Amy Dinh and I am currently raising support for my missions trip to the Middle East in April!

My journey started last July when I made my move from San Jose, CA to Kansas City, MO after being accepted to a 6 month Missions program called ACTS (Antioch Center for Training & Sending). I spent 3 months training and equipping in Kansas City and then my team of 10 and I spent another 3 months in Thailand.

We saw the good news of Jesus Christ impact more than 1500 people in: prisons, local churches, the Red Light District, Peace Home Orphanage, High Schools, College Campuses, Middle Schools, villages, and temples. National workers are continuing to disciple and pastor the new believers. In addition, a Prayer base has been established in Chiang Mai with paid staff from Every Home for Christ ministry that now serve as a missions base to the surrounding regions in Thailand.

So while in Thailand, God placed it on my heart to come back to Kansas City for the 2nd Track of ACTS. I will be spending another 3 months in Kansas City to go deeper in Biblical studies pertaining to long-term missions work along with college outreaches to International students. I feel that this season of further training is necessary as I prepare for a missional lifestyle. After three months of training in Kansas City, my team of 8 and I will be heading to the Middle East for 10 weeks.

We want to invite you to partner with us in fulfilling the Great Commission in our lifetimes! We cannot do this without partners, both in prayer and finances. Would you consider joining with me in whatever capacity the Lord leads and, together, we can have an impact among the unreached peoples. The total amount needed for the next 6 months is $9000. This amount will cover all housing, tuition, food, airfare to/from outreach, resources, vaccinations, visas and extra expenses.

For Tax Deductible: Please make check payable to “IHOP-KC” without my name on the memo and please send it to my temporary address found below (If my name is written on the check the donation will not be tax-deductible.)

To support me personally & not Tax Deductible: Please make check payable to Tieuphuong Dinh and please send it to the same address found below or you can give online through my pay pal: Online Payment, Merchant Account - PayPal

Amy Dinh
3517 E. Red Bridge Rd
Kansas City, MO 64137

*If you want further information on my trip, I can send you a support letter.

Thank you so much.

May Jesus receive the reward of His suffering in the nations.

(you can learn more about Amy Dinh on her blog, Love Letters)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

just a little here and there

r1. my munchies - strawberry chocolate dip; cranberry almond cookies; cucumber w/chili powder (yup! mexican style :))
r2. thrift finds - clothes; shoes; kitchen stuff
r3. new nail color - dark grey; in the making of pom pom flowers

♥ - athena

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Short & Sweet

This seems like a good video to share since Valentine is coming up :)

(video is a lookbook from Ruche)

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage Closet

Haven't owned a vintage piece yet? Not sure how to wear vintage clothes? Well, here's a great video with Kate Foley sharing her closet with some of her true vintage pieces. Maybe she can give you some ideas of how to pair a vintage piece that you've been eyeing for so long :) Enjoy!

click here for video

(Photos and video from Refinery 29)

I love how she wears vintage!
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