Seattle, Washington

This week I got some amazing news. My boyfriend told me that for our anniversary in February we will be going to Seattle!

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Last year we celebrated it in Portland, Oregon and it was such a unforgettable vacation. When we were there we heard about Seattle and how beautiful it is over there. My boyfriend was completely sold on the idea when he heard about a fish market that tosses fish inside.

So now all I’m doing is counting down the days until it is time to take off. I fell in love with researching and planning out our days that I’m beyond excited that I get to do it all over again. If any of you are from Seattle or have ever been there I would love some recommendations on where you think we should go visit? I know that we are planning on eating the majority of our time there because after looking at yelp my taste buds can hardly wait.

Hope you all have a great Thursday. Just remember one more day until a new year arrives!

 

Love,

Erika

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Today is not only my birthday but my friend Brittany too!!!

I can’t believe that today I turn twenty three years old. Yesterday my birthday Twin surprised me with a ticket to see a taping of The Voice. Amazingly I got to see Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine! They were so sweet and just as beautiful as I imagined. Alicia Keys was so loving when fans from the audience would yell out that they loved her she would just give the sweetest smile and mouthed I love you too.

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We waited for almost three hours to get in and seat but it was an experience I will never forget. It was a perfect way to start off our birthday week.

I’m pretty excited to see what the week brings, I’m hoping that the universe sends me some luck.

Hello September!

YAY! It’s finally September!!!

Can you tell that I’m excited? Yesterday I was running an errand at Target and noticed all there Halloween stuff in the dollar section.

There was so much cute stuff I had to stop myself from getting overboard. I even got accepted for a Target credit card!! So I have to control myself from completely losing it at Target lol.

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I got some window sticker to decorate my office and home. Today since it is the first day of September I decided to celebrate Halloween a month early. So far a few of my co-workers saw what I created and loved it.

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Nothing makes me happier than decorating, it gives me a reason to use all my FIDM skills.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday. Just remember one more day til the weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Erika

Happy Birthday Modern Meow!

 

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Today marks the first day I started my blog. I remember being afraid that no one was going to read it or that I wouldn’t receive any followers. But yesterday I got my 50th follower!

I am really proud of how much my blog has grown since I first started. There is much more in store for this blog I can’t help but feel excited for what the second year brings.

I want to thank all my followers and readers for supporting me and my dream. It has been stressful and there were many time I just wanted to quit. But once I see a new follower, a comment, or just a like; it makes it all worth it.

As I enjoy my day of hard work I welcome you to enjoy a piece of cake on my behalf!

Happy Birthday Modern Meow! I promise this second year will be fabulous!

 

Love,

Erika Ochoa

 

Survey for Modern Meow Designs

Hello my beautiful readers!

Today I decided to switch things up and ask you guys a design survey. Yesterday and this morning I have been focusing on creating a business card for myself. It has been a long two days trying to create something that I would approve of.

But since this project is too personal I’m going to need your help chosing a design. Each one is slightly different so be sure to take a good look at each of them.

Comment your favorite below.

I appreciated your time.

STYLE 7

Option: 1

STYLE 6

Option: 2

 

 

STYLE 5

Option: 3

STYLE 3

Option: 4

STYLE 2

Option: 5

STYLE 1

Option: 6

STYLE 4

Option: 7

626 Night Market

Today started off with a nice hot coffee.

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

I woke up feeling the effects of having a fun weekend. It all started Friday night after work, we decided to go to the 626 night market. It was beyond tasty!

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

Right when we arrived we had no idea where to start. Our minds were being blown after seeing booth after booth. I found myself saying that I had to try that after every single one.

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Paintings that were turned into art fixtures.

 

But like most night markets you get some things that were not worth trying. There were about two things that I found that were pretty delicious. For dinner we tried this Filipino chicken and beef BBQ skewers. It was the best Filipino BBQ I have ever had. The ratio of crispness and sauce was perfect!

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For dessert I had this Thai rolled ice cream. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. Since it was rolled up, it was extremely creamy and light. Every spoonful was pure heaven! The guy who worked there highly recommended the Cookie Butter ice cream over any other creation.

So I took his advice and was extremely happy with it. The only bad thing is now I crave it. Hopefully I can find one near my apartment if not, then I’ll have to wait until September 626 night market.

 

Erika

Yelp Elite Event At The District

So yesterday I attend a Yelp Elite event with my boyfriend. This event was located in Beverly Hills at the restaurant called The District by Hannah An.

We got there 20 minutes early because in any Yelp event it is always worth getting there early. So we walked around the area just to pass the time. As soon as we came back there were already some people heading upstairs.

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We signed in, got our name tags and free drink tickets.  The first thing we did was go straight to the bar. The line was small so we thought lets put in our order before it becomes chaotic. We both ordered the “Hot Asian”. I was in such a great mood that I started making puns/jokes. I told my boyfriend, “You know for liking a hot Asian, I really don’t care for the Hot Asian”.

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As people started coming we picked a spot to sit down and enjoy the free food. They had servers that would come around with trays that sampled their food. We tried their Tuna Poke, Duck Confit flatbread, Hannah’s Homemade Noodles and their Spring Rolls. This was just in a bite size since it was a tasting.

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This was my favorite by far it’s the Tuna Poke. That bite size sent me to heaven! I loved how all the favors complement each other so well. I was dying to get my hands on another.

 

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My second favorite was the Duck Confit flatbread. I was so amazed at how much I liked duck. But the cheese , pickled onion and vinaigrette took it to another level.

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Next was Hannah’s Homemade Noodles. They came out nice and warm I had to take moment to properly take a photo of them. This was so simple yet so delicious at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I had some fun mixing all the ingredients together. Other than the noodles it had garlic-lime, Thai basil and panko. My boyfriend and I had two each, so that has to tell you something.

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If you are a vegan or vegetarian then this might be something you should try. Personally this wasn’t my for me. I was not use to the chef choice protein or their garlic lime vinaigrette.

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After we left the event I was able to snag a few Yelp goodies such as their lip balm and cute notepads.  The restaurant even gave us these 20 dollar off coupons. I had such  a fun night out that we stopped at our local BCH Tofu place to fill our hungry bellies.

  • Since I was at a Yelp event I’ll post the meal planning tomorrow.

 

 

Summer Soludos Ipanema Espadrilles

Every morning I go through my personal emails and read some articles. I always like staying up to date with everything and find out things that are trending. So yesterday I came across a really cool article.

The article I was reading was from Refinery 29. It talked about making this summer fun with a DIY project that can’t go wrong. The creators from Wool and the Gang  joined creative forces with the brand Soludos.

What you probably don’t know is that Wool and the Gang is a company that prides themselves with selling recycled wool. They are also such a unique company because they are all about teaching you how to make things yourself. Which to me sounds freaken amazing. Since I come from American Apparel I know how much that means to people. When I read their story on how they grew as a company I knew that I had to support them. “We’ve all done it, purchased low quality, cheap fast fashion made in factories abroad and wondered “how do they make it so cheap?” The reality is not good. There has to be a better way to produce, one that allows us to wear with pride and sleep soundly. So Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.” To read more about this company you can check them out in this link.

As for Soludos they are a well known brand known for their summer sandals. Once you go on their website you are going to want a pair of everything. So I had to stop that thought midway because of their prices. But the quality of the shoe is worth it.

So when I saw that the article mentioned that the price for these shoes are 45-55 dollars I went straight to their site. To my surprise the Wool and the Gang were sold out of all colors in my size. As I was accepting the fact that I missed my opportunity to get them I saw a note at the bottom of the website. It said that if they were sold out in your color to go to the Soludos website and check with them as well. Thank the universe that I saw that because they did have my size, well at least in black they did. I automatically pulled out my card and placed my order.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get them in the mail! I really want to make my own summer sandals. I promise once I get them you’ll be the first to know.

Hope the rest of your day goes great!

Erika

Sephora Play! May Review

Happy Monday!

This month I was so excited that I got off the Sephora Play waitlist. I was put on the wait list since January and completely forgot about it. I didn’t think I would ever get off that list. But here we are and let me say I beyond happy that I kept this subscription.

The unboxing was amazing! I loved the cute striped cardboard it came in and as you open it you were welcomed. They had everything placed neatly that I had to take a moment to enjoy it. Underneath the welcome pamphlet was the Sephora goodie bag.

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The pamphlet included all the feature products for the month.

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When you opened it up it explained what the product is, how to use it and tips for maximum usage. This was my favorite part of it because sometimes I feel lost when using new kind of products.

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It felt like it was my birthday when I saw what came in the box for May. They included Origins MaskimizerDrink Up, and Clear Improvement Masks, Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial , Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask , Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi, Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram and Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine .

 

Origins Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer. This product is amazing for the summer. It helps boost your mask to work harder and better for your skin. Since it was on the hot side this weekend; spraying this mist before applying my mask felt so hydrating. I felt a difference when applying that with a mask. A summer must have for people who breakouts during the summer.

 

Origins Drink Up™ 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst. I loved this one with the maskimizer. I felt my skin thank me for rehydrating it. Before, I honestly didn’t even know how dry my face was until I used this mask. Thank god I got to try this amazing mask.

 

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores. The second day of using this I was shocked . I thought that my skin was junk free but after using this I couldn’t believe how much dirt it took off. I saw all this dirt that was deep in my pores go down the sink. It was nasty but yet amazing. Just remember that a little goes a long way.

 

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial. So for the longest I have trying to keep my skin as clear as possible. When I finally cleared it I noticed that I needed to tackle huge pores and scarring from the damage. So when I got this mask, I thanked Sephora for reading my mind and gifting me with this mask. One thing off the bat that I loved was that its perfect for lazy people (like myself). All you do is apply it to your clean face and go to sleep. A phrase I wish was in my beauty routine vocab.  After once use I was hooked I noticed my dark spots become lighter. Another plus was its amazing Rose scent, it soothe me to sleep.

 

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask . I applied this on the ends of my hair because I have an oily scalp. I noticed a little softness to my hair but not a significant change. I think I liked the smell more than the results of it.

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi. Its hard for me to find a lip shade that goes well with my skin tone. Either its too mute or too loud of a color. So when I saw this shade I had my doubts if it would look good on me. I liked the matted shade and how pigmented it was. I even loved the smell of the lipstick, it almost reminded me of the perfume I got.

 

Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram. Tarte released it new collection and I was dying to try something out. I have never used nor own a lip liner mostly because I never felt the need for them. But this liner made me second guess my last statement. It glided on so smoothly and the color was a beautiful nude. Once I used it I couldn’t stop looking at my lips. The only tip I have is make sure to exfoliate your lips before using.

 

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine perfume. This was my favorite by far! I completely fell in love with this scent. It smelled so zesty, fruity and yet romantic. It reminded me of fun beach trips along the coast line. Even my boyfriend got a sniff and loved the aroma it gives off. I caught him many times trying to get a whiff of the perfume. So I’m happy that I found my signature scent for the summer.

 

After my first experience I will be dreaming of the next box to come! I can’t thank my lucky stars for this amazing subscription.

 

Let me know your thoughts below and be sure to hit the like button.

Erika