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My favorite blogs

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Hi, guys~ Are you enjoying the spring weather in Chicago? Oh wait, it’s still March, isn’t it?

I am loving this weather… Not a big fan of cold winter or hot summer… Although if I have to choose, I will choose summer over winter.. Flu and cold in winter is just not fun at all. You know..

Today, I would like to share some of my favorite blogs that I follow these days. You might think that my favorite blogs are photography blogs or wedding blogs, but a lot of these are food or fashion blogs… Is it weird? Oh well. Like Ms. Lady GAGA said, I was born this way.. lol.. Don’t get me wrong, I do follow some photography blogs as well, but I try to draw my inspiration from something other than wedding photography. Plus, I’ve gotta eat too you know… :) I love eating gooood food and cool fashion.. Who doesn’t? – My secret to the brown sugar blueberry cookies is from here. It’s like eating muffin top as a cookie. Her writing is kinda funny too! – Fashion and cooking. Who does’t like these two?  – Beautiful food photography with great story and yummy recipe. – This is where I got my Chewy Lemon Cookies recipe. easy easy recipe. – Food blog that makes me hungry.. – These girl knows how to make food look yummy! – I found this blog by chance. Street photography from Chicago. Interesting. – Fashion Fashion and Home and etc. – Photography blog by Sue Bryce,One of the TOP portrait photographer. Inspiring. True to herself. She turns normal people to super model through her lens. Go and see how she does her magic!


Waiting for the spring to come…

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I love Chicago weather in Spring and Fall. The cool breeze and warm sunshine falling on my skin…. Yesterday, I went outside to get a scone and I realized that it was too warm to wear my winter jacket. 58 degree on March? When I came back home, I couldn’t stay inside. It was perfect weather to grab my camera and snap some photos walking around the city! Time to enjoy the great weather and the freedom to walk around without freezing by butt!! It was time for me and my camera to got for a mini trip! I could walk around the city anywhere I wanted and take photos of whatever I felt like. Who cares if it’s not well composed, who cares if it’s blurry!~ It was purely for my won enjoyment, and when I brought back those images home, whenever I look at them, I remember how I felt when I took those photos… The sunshine and breeze and freedom and excitement that I felt about the great weather after the cold winter. The very simple magic of photography…. I think that’s why people love taking photos themselves.

Olive park. One of my fav park in downtown Chicago. Not many people goes to this park so it’s not too busy.

A father and a son… sweet moment…

Girl Scout Cookies

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Have you ever sold or had the girl scout cookies? My niece is a girl scout 😀 and she was selling the girl scout cookies this year. Believe it or not, I’ve never had the girl scout cookies in my life! (I grew up in Korea…) We ordered 5 boxes, two Thin Mints for my husband (I don’t like mint cookies or mint chocolate), and two boxes of Savannah Smiles, and a box of Tagalongs. Love these cookie names… If you want to order the girl scout cookies, you know who to ask now~!!!! Call me next year, I will hook u up with some cookies!

Like Ross said, “Cookie Duuuude!”

If you want to meet the GS cookies, visit the official GS cookie page here! Thx, Genna!


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Do you like vintage items? I do!! I was walking down on State St, and found this super cute small vintage shop next to the grahamwich called P.O.S.H. in River North, Chicago.

P.O.S.H. sells “vintage and unique finds for your home”.

I remember seeing this place from HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway – Chicago Trump Tower episode but I didn’t know this place was so close to my place!

I wonder if this small tin is for tooth fairy. What do you think??

Pancakes does make people happy… 😀

“Talk to the hand….”

They also have many many plates and cups and other vintage china and glasses for your home.

For more information about this place, please visit


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Have you ever tried a sandwich from the grahamwich? It’s a sandwich shop by famous Chef Graham Elliot at River North area in Chicago downtown. Francis and I wanted to have a nice late lunch on Friday, so we decided to take a walk to grahamwich. We saw Chef Graham Elliot on TV before, so we were really exited but did not want to have too high hopes since we wanted to be a fair on judging the taste of the food. :)

It’s not a fancy restaurant. It’s a hip sandwich shop… We ordered southern bbq sandwich and pastrami reuben sandwich with lemon-lime soda and Hot Choco.

I wanted to eat some ice cream but I was too full. 😀

They have more seating area at the back.

I really like these lightbulbs hanging down from the ceiling and the chalk board wall menu as well as white black yellow interior…<3


They only open from 8 am to 5pm, 7 days a week. For more information about this place, please visit Let me know how you like them!

Post Valentine’s Day

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How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was filled with great news, flowers, fried chicken, and chilling with Francis and friends watching Biggest Loser and new drama series, Touch. No fancy restaurant since we hate long wait at the restaurant.(To me, waiting is not so romantic…) We are a big big fan of 24 and so excited to see Kiefer Sutherland on TV again! I was keep referring him as Jack Bauer while watching the first episode. Hehe…

Pretty Nail Color~~

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Do you go to the nail salon often? I just do mine at home because I can never keep them neat after putting them on. They get scratched and dinged all the time after washing dishes and etc. So I do them at home myself. They are not perfect, but who cares~. I would rather go shopping with that money~!

These are my favorite nail polish colors these days. OPI Nail Polish Need Sunglasses?(How fun name is this?), Essie fancy delancy, Essie Mademoiselle. It’s really hard for me to pick the color, so, sometimes, I just wear them all! One on each finger! haha. What’s your fav color?

My new toy

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Wooo… This is my first softbox! It’s called Cheetah Qbox 24. (Isn’t it a cool name?) I will post a review soon after playing around with my backdrops+stand which will be delivered tomorrow! Can’t wait!!!!


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I like to bake. Well, I should say I like to bake them so I can eat them. Who doesn’t? For about a week, Francis and I got a cold and we were coughing in harmony all day. We’ve been eating this big pot of the same chicken soup that I cooked couple days ago and we wanted to eat other foods like regular people. 😛 So we decided to pick up some Indian food (Yum!)  and cupcakes for dessert.

I told Francis and I’ve never bought the fancy cupcakes but I really wanted to try this time, so we drove to the local cupcake place called ‘More’. Yum!

Flavors: strawberry cheesecake, white velvet, red velvet, bacon maple…. crazy huh?

Maybe I can bake some cupcakes next time… Got any good cupcake recipes?


Ahhh.. Honeymoon….

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Ah…. Honeymoon… One of the good thing about being a wedding photographer is that I get to remember the weddings I’ve been to, especially MY WEDDING!  I got married in Chicago and we stayed at the Trump Tower in Chicago. Still now, the experience at the Trump Tower was the best hotel experience I’ve ever had, hands down… Seriously, the hotel suit itself was super pimped since it’s a brand new building, and the doorman and the staffs at the hotel remembered that it was my wedding day and asked us how my wedding was even though I wasn’t wearing my wedding dress at that time! Plus the rose pedals in the bed and champagne and chocolate cake and etc… I just wanted to live there and Francis and I ended up staying one more night before we went honeymoon.. To where? Disney World! No joke.. That was the first time I’ve ever been to the Disney World as well as FL. We had such a great time there..( I wish I am there now.. haha)  We were at the park everyday, die hard style, make our money’s worth..haha… Also gave away some desserts to the random families since we were on dining plan and Francis and I both are not a big sweet tooth.  We were saying, ” Have a magical day!”, and we loved giving away free desserts to the family who were sitting with many kids. One of the coolist moment was when Pluto proposed to me before taking a group photo. It was really magical and I am so glad that they captured this moment… I love photography…

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