26 Things About Being 26

Birthday time!  I have reached the ordinary age of 26,  I am now officially closer to the 30s than to the 20s.  First year of adulting has such a learning curve.  Here is 26 things about being 26:

  1. Your alcohol tolerance is basically of non existence.  Not that I ever truly had a great one to begin with.  And now, you are back to square one.
  2. You have traded those loud college bars for those fancy and totally bougie cocktail lounges.  You are there for the atmosphere.
  3.  You think about travel a lot. You contemplate the idea of pulling out all your savings and travel for as long as possible on a daily basis.
  4. The topic of babies come up more often than ever.  Tho it might be a product of your wedding, but seriously.
  5. You are still get carded….in Europe.  The legal drinking age is 18.
  6. Your friendship circle have shrinked.  You are not sorry about it.
  7. You are starting to look at the nutrition label…jk.  Just the calories and then decide, screw it, you will eat oatmeal later to even it out.
  8. Target is your biggest addiction, but you have managed to walk out without a purchase a few times!
  9. You learned how to strategically load up your dishwasher to maximum each load and save money on dishwasher soap cubes.  Those add up.
  10. You now force yourself to drink water daily.  Still hates the [non] flavor.  It is not about you anymore.  It is about what your organ needs.
  11. You have a designated doctor that you spam with your own Web MD diagnosis.  A sneeze mean you are dying from some form of a deadly disease.
  12. Prevention is better than cure.  Until scientists figure out how to turn you immortal with no wrinkles, you have started using eye cream and anti wrinkle cream.
  13. You enjoy the outdoors and would drive 2 hours just to hike…maybe Instagram while you are at it.
  14. You take your weekend seriously and pack more activities than you can manage in those 48 hours.
  15. You take grocery shopping seriously.  No groceries actually mean no dinner.
  16. You miss your mother’s cooking.
  17. You eat more tacos than any other types of food.
  18. You have a weird obsession of taking photos of your feet/shoes with gorgeous floors.  It ranges from stunning ancient tile in Portugal to feet in sand to the floor at Whole Food.
  19. You know your period is coming when that pimple set up camp on your chin every month.
  20. You take your gummy vitamins everyday because they are basically doctor approved candies.
  21.  You don’t own a house, but you think you can handle a fixer upper.  Thanks Jo and Chip.
  22. You started to appreciate fruits.  Nature’s sweets.
  23. You thought at 16 that you will have your life together by 25..now you are 26 and life is a still a mystery.
  24. You wonder how you are actually doing financially compared to everyone else.
  25. You have officially been out of college for a whole school generation [4 years].  You know no one at your school campus.
  26. You own Spanx to literally hold everything together.

The end.  Until next year.


Smile #265 – Say Yes in 5 Days

This almost 2 years long project, AKA the wedding, is coming to a conclusion.  All the planning and DIY-ing will now be on display at our dream venue for all to share.  It feels a bit surreal.  All this work for this magical day.

However, even with all this time, there are still little things we forgot until the last minute.  Such as, a tie clip for the groom.  I am not well versed in men’s apparel, particularly formal style.  A tie clip never crossed my mind until a few nights ago over causal conversation with my dad.

Bubble checked off his last groom duty of ordering donuts.  I am having my final dress fitting with Mom tonight.  Then we just need to pack our bags and goooo!


Smile #261 – Say Yes in 30 Days

Time is narrowing.  Given the amount of time Bubble and I have allocated for our wedding, the whole planning process has been mostly stressed free.  We have booked all our vendors a year ago.  In between, we might have exchanged one or two emails.  But once we hit that 30 day mark is the day has come to empty our bank account.  Ouch!

As we fork our money over, Bubble and I are excited about the day.  Having all our closest friends and family gathered in under one roof to enjoy each other’s company is just wonderful!

…And we are also overdue for our vacation so that Honeymoon is much, much needed.  🙂




Smile #260 – Say Yes to the Dress

Now that the wedding is slowly coming together, my next focus is finding a wedding dress. It would be kinda important to be appropriately dressed on the most important day of my life.

We (Mom, I Do Crew and I) took a total of 4 trips to 3 different salons: David’s Bridal – the quintessential wedding shop; Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery – closing sale; Jillian’s Bridal Outlet – all gowns under $699.  Thank you ladies for sitting through hours of me trying on dresses and fluffing each dress a few dozen times!

As a result to the much evolved fashion world, the once-upon-a-time Queen Victoria’s white wedding gown has spun into all sort of new styles.  Tip to future brides, brush up on some of these dress silhouette terms before going in will avoid those deer-in-the-headlights look.  Good thing the ladies knew and helped pointing me to the right way.

My only criteria is …. I need to see my feet.  The idea of not being able to move freely throughout the night is a nightmare.  I mean I don’t plan on running a mile in the dress, but at the minimum I would like to walk down the aisle without reenacting any of the Lizzie McGuire’s tripping scenes.


I tried on at least 30 dresses with different styles and different cuttings.  Before this, I thought I could find me dream dress in one trip.  Oh no no no, there is so much to consider.  Some were too poofy, some were too tight.  Some were just horrendous!  See for yourself!

Left: The thin satin fabric felt like I was wearing lingerie in public…
Middle:  The old style lace reminded me of dry skin…slowly peeling off…
Right:  Forget wedding cake…I am THE wedding cake. See my layers?

All jokes aside, some dresses did look pretty decent.  Never underestimate the power of a cutting.  Some gave the illusion that I have hips-don’t-lie and others gave the illusion that I am not the captain of the itty-bitty-tiny committee.

The story to my final YES to a dress was a bit complex…

I said YES the first time to a beautiful ivory James Clifford gown with detailed lace back. It looked beautiful, especially from the back with the train laid out perfectly.  As I stood in the room, everyone awed and gave their stamp of approval.  I’ll insert a photo after the wedding.

Due to some unforeseen issue, we ended up exchanging it for another gown.  Making the decision the second time around was not any easier.  The shop added so many more gowns.  At least with so many trial and error, we did learn which style looked best on me.

The decision always came down to two gowns.  Do I want to the dreamy tulle look or the elegant satin look?  Both gowns looked gorgeous.  If only I can have both!   I stood in the mirror staring at each gown.

After comparing and comparing it again, I finally made a decision!  I said YES TO THE DRESS!  🙂   I feel like a princess in it and can’t stop staring at the little details.

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Now we are ready to get married!



Say Yes to 100 Days




Today marks the 100 days until our wedding!

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In exactly 100 days, Bubble and I will be standing at the altar with our closest friends and family gather together.  We will watch all our planning come to life!

We.  Can’t.  Wait!  

Happy to report, most of our projects have been finalized.  We have accumulated so much decorations.  Gladly take any storage boxes or cardboard boxes if you have them!

The focus for the next 25 days are:

  • Send out invitations – Maybe I’ll share a sneak peek of the final version
  • Finalize all DIY projects
  • Bachelorette Mystery Trip
  • Engagement Photoshoot

Stay tuned!