Wednesday, March 28, 2012

French Braid Updo

Here's an awesome hair style that I think you'll enjoy...

Don't know if I can pull this off but I definitely will try it. I'm always up for a new hair style. I have always had a little secret desire to pull off dreadlocks but just haven't been brave enough...on top of that it doesn't suit my job but maybe one day it will happen :)


Monday, March 26, 2012


sometimes it's ok to treat yourself a little...or maybe even a lot :)
couldn't resist the sweets at Byerly's...

and I picked out the filled cannoli.
just saying glad spring is here. we've been doing a lot of spring cleaning and packing ;)

and eating yummy food :)

happy monday!
xoxo, athena

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

healthy & yummy...

yogurt dots that taste like candy with your imagination...

Someone had a genius idea of making frozen yogurt dots with just yogurt, a zip lock bag and any type of cooking sheet. You can get full instruction here. As soon as I saw my sister-in-law, Becca re-pinned these yogurt dots on Pinterest I was like "woah, what a genius!" and I'm definitely trying it right away!

I love to freeze my yogurt and eat it more then non-frozen. That's what our mother used to always do. She froze yogurt so we can eat them frozen but it takes forever to finish them and a lot of work because you have to keep breaking and scraping the frozen yogurt with the spoon.

Eating them this way is so quick and easy! It taste better this way too...haha.
Side note: I used foil on the cooking sheet because my sheet is all burnt up :) but it ended up making it easier to peel off the frozen yogurt dots.

Here's a soup I've been loving to eat lately, Asian opal squash soup with grounded shrimp. I eat it with rice and it's super healthy and tasty.
Again, the recipe is from my best friend's mom - she's an awesome chef :)

Have fun with the yogurt dots if you decide to try them!


Monday, March 12, 2012

so excited...

these past few days i've been super excited and I'll share that with you when it's the right time :) however, this excitement definitely draws my focus to home decorations and designs. here are some of the inspirations that have been wondering through my mind lately...

a. obsessed with this green sofa & the brick wall

b. yellow chair

c. the night stand that doesn't look like a night stand and that's why i like it :)

d. vintage scene

e. awesome cabinet and the black board wall

f. i think it would be so cool to have this chair hanging in the living room

g. a nice way to set up a studio..digging the mirrors, the chair and the hanging light bulbs

h. awesome bed frame

i. mustard sofa

j. this picture makes me want white walls again (our house is completely painted)

photos a, b, c, d, e, f, g, & h - anthropologie.
photo j -
happy monday!
xoxo, athena

Friday, March 9, 2012

Free People in Vietnam

It's pretty cool to see that Free People did a photo shoot in Vietnam for their March 2012 catalog. You can check out their March Travelouge to learn about their journey in Vietnam and view some of their videos. They even mentioned their experience with Pho - one of the most popular dishes from Vietnam. You can't go wrong when eating Pho :)

(photos from

Have a wonderful weekend!
XOXO, Athena

Thursday, March 8, 2012

International Women's Day

Happy Women's Day. Today is marked to appreciate and acknowledge those who have the biggest impact and influence in our lives. To some (including me) is your mother and to others, they're political figures, working women, celebrities who inspires us, etc. If you're a woman, please take the time to give yourself a pat in the back... You truly deserve it! Here are the women that inspires me:

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” — Coco Chanel

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

“If men had to have babies, they would only ever have one each.” - Princess Diana

“When people say, 'She's got everything', I've got one answer - I haven't had tomorrow.” - Elizabeth Taylor

"You got it dude!" - Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

"I am a woman above everything else." - Jacqueline Kennedy

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." - Mother Teresa

Behind every successful man is a woman who is getting ahead of him! Three cheers to the woman of tomorrow! Happy Women's Day!


Dora D.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

not too good news...

we've been working diligently trying to get our shop up on time. we were close to being done and had it ready with all the sneak peek outfits day...while we were at work...our computer had an automatic update that totally erased all of our data...ahhh. that's the result of not saving it on a backup file. there goes all of our hard work :( so I apologize for not getting the shop up on time. i'll be traveling for work next week so we probably won't be able to get it done any sooner but hoping by mid-end of march. hang tight and continue to check back for updates. meanwhile, here's a little here and there lately...

addicted to this starbucks oatmeal...with dry fruits, nuts mix and brown sugar...mmmmm.

wake up to an awesome message on our refrigerator white board from my husband - he wrote it before he left for work :)

i figured out how to make grilled cheese sandwich that is more tasty and exciting. apple grilled cheese sandwich!

have a great night everyone!

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