Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beauty Basic Part I (even if you don't wear make up)

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I love playing with make up and trying different looks but I personally don't wear a lot of make up on a daily basis. Although my daily routine is pretty basic I know a lot of women who don't wear any make-up at all. So, I was inspired to share a beauty basic I learned growing up.

The #1 basic beauty tip for me is to have a well shaped eyebrow.  Our eyes are the center of our face so it helps shape our facial features. If we have well groomed and shaped eyebrows it can help shape our face. Well groomed eyebrows can make a dramatic difference even if you don't wear any make up.

Here are some tutorials on how to shape your eyebrows:

After you shape them you can choose to shade them in or not. I have really light eyebrow hairs so I personally like to shade them in with an eyebrow pencil but if you naturally have thick eyebrows you can just lightly brush on a clear coat of eyebrow mascara or lightly fill it in with a eyebrow pencil.

When you're choosing a eyebrow pencil color I like to chose a color a shade lighter then my current hair color to make sure it looks natural. Sometimes it looks a little unnatural and tacky when you have light brown hair but black color eyebrows. My hair is currently black so I usually use a dark brown or natural black.

Here's how my eyebrows look after they're filled in:

This spring let's start fresh by doing a spring cleaning on ourselves...clean pretty eyebrows!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I had to relearn how to accept compliments

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This past weekend Chris and I drove to Vegas for a conference and we had a really great time just talking about random things. As we were talking the topic of accepting compliments came up. When I first met Chris I didn't know how to accept compliments. When he said some thing nice to me I wouldn't know how to response so I would say something like, "no I'm not" or "whatever".  I thought if I said "thank you" I would sound conceited and not humble. Then I started wondering why I felt that way. Then it reminded me an incident that happened when I was young.

I remember when I was young I use to say "thank you" all the time whenever someone complimented me. Then in 7th grade one of my girlfriends told me that I sounded conceited because it seemed like I was saying "I know". That was a bit traumatizing because that was the last thing I wanted other people to think I was. Since then I stopped saying "thank you" and instead responded by putting myself down thinking I was being humble. The danger of that is that you are what you say you are and if you keep saying "no I'm not" then some how you start to believe you really aren't. Also, when we put ourselves down other people start to look at us that way as well.

So, I asked Chris "how should I accept compliments?". He recommended that I should say "thank you" and sincerely compliment the other person back. I started practicing with Chris and at first it was a little awkward but after a while it became a habit. Now when he compliments me I say something nice back. 

Compliments are a form of gift as well. It's okay to accept it and it's even greater to give it back.

Do you catch yourself doing what I use to do as well?

Monday, January 23, 2012


Hey Everyone,

Scarf: Zara, Sweater: Mikkat Market, Leggings: American Apparel, Bag:CC Skye Onie Messenger, Shoes: Zara, Necklace: Mikkat Market
I love bundling up in scarfs during the winter. Here's a picture of one of my favorite scarfs. I love that I can wear this all year long and the pop of colors make it very unique. What do you guys like to bundle up in during the winter?

Hope all of you guys have a great week!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Creating a good habit

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This past weekend my family (it's still feels surreal to say that) and I went to Renovare; Latin word which means "to renew" or "to restore"; from church. It's also known as a retreat but our pastor doesn't like to call it that because retreat means to withdraw from something difficult or dangerous and that's not what we're trying to do. I like the thought of renewal more then retreating as well.

I really enjoy listening to our Pastor John speak because he doesn't only just preach the word but he shares logical ways to apply it into our life. There were a lot of great things that was addressed and one of the questions that people asked during our discussion time was, "How do you create a good habit?" Our Pastor's response to that was, "the same way you create a bad habit. You just do it."

I really connected with that question because I had a hard time breaking a bad habit of mine for a long time. Ever since I was young I held things off until the last minute and that became a habit. The consequences of procrastinating wasn't as harmful when I was young but as I got older it really bit me in the butt. I've made subtle changes throughout the year but it wasn't enough. This year I really really really wanted to make a change. I knew if I really wanted to achieve my dreams and goals I had to change. The key is I REALLY wanted it. So, I wanted to share a few things I did to create a good habit in my life.

I'm reading a book called "Leading an Inspired Life" by Jim Rohn and this book is what really helped me to create a good habit. I would highly recommend this book because it's such an easy read. The chapters are short so it really makes you feel like you're going through the book really fast which is awesome.

So, how did I create a good habit? The magic word is Discipline: the continuing process that brings all the good things.

"How do you get a miracle going? It's all a matter of discipline. And it begins with one simple step: doing what you can do."

We sometimes look at an undisciplined day and conclude that no harm was done but add up all those days which makes a year, then add up those years which makes a lifetime. Failure is not a cataclysmic event. It's not a result of one major incident but it's a result of little things we failed to do. So, we must be disciplined in order to create good habits. We discipline ourselves to do the little things in our daily life to create a good habit overall.

Here are the steps I took:
1) I started by not procrastinating even on the little things in my life such as: doing the laundry, washing the dishes right away, making my bed, putting my clothes away, writing on my blog, working out, etc. I have to learn to accomplish the small things before I try to accomplish big things.

2) Every time I accomplished something (such as washing the dishes right away) I really congratulated myself. I told myself, "Sandy, you did a great job!" This created confidence and motivated me to continue what I'm doing.

3) I didn't try to over achieve in the beginning. In the past I tried to change too much all at once that I felt unmotivated once I failed to do it but this time I made goals each day I knew I can achieve. Once I started to master those goals I would set higher goals to stretch myself.

4) Just keep doing it! Try your best to be consistent but if you fail to do it once don't feel discouraged. Just keep doing it. Success in anything doesn't happen over night so creating a good habit doesn't either but you can do it.

5) Don't share this new dedication with someone who won't support you but with someone who will truly root for you.

Sometimes when I try to talk myself out of doing something because of fear or other reasons, I think of someone who was able to accomplish it and remind myself that God created me just as great so I can do it too. This always seems to give me the courage and strength when I need it.

I've been applying these steps the past few weeks and I already see a difference in myself. It's like a ripple effect. Since I'm gaining more confidence I feel like I can accomplish a lot more.  I would highly recommend for you to get the book if you want to know more in details as well. I hope this helps you guys in some way.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The best skin care advices

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I'm sure you guys all heard it before but washing your face everyday is very crucial but its just as important to use a toner. Not only is it the final step to cleansing your skin but it also balances your skins pH level.  It also preps your skin to absorb the nutrients from the essence and creme. Also, make sure you apply the toner with a cotton so that your face absorbs all the nutrients and not your palm. 

Taking 5 minutes out of your day to take care of your skin will go a long way. We all have 5 minutes to spare right?

A few weeks ago I asked my friends on facebook what some of the best skin care advices they received and a few people answered back with great answers. So, I thought it would be great to share what some people said.
  1. Jenny Lee wear sunscreen everyday!

  2. Chris Choe If I don't wash my face for a day it's equal to 3 days of not washing.

  3. Caroline Vasquez-Coronado Wash your face daily and moisturise day and nite.

  4. Roselynn Peungtuan-Dang Sunscreen daily and exfoliate BEFORE cleanser :)

  5. Allysha Almada Keep your hands off your face

  6. Jenn Lee Baking soda helps with blackheads:)

  7. Anne Song sunscreen rain or shine!

  8. Sandy Choi Thanks everyone for sharing. The best advise I've learned was "don't savor". If it say's 12-weeks supply use it up in 12 weeks to get the full benefit.
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Thanks everyone for sharing great information!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

A video of our 2011

In the year of 2011

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There's 8 minutes left until 2012 as I'm writing this post and I'm really enjoying reminiscing about all the great things that happened this year.

Just to name a few things that happened this year... we went to DC with CJ, pregnant with Topher, a lot of morning sickness, found a great church/ family, made great friends, our T-Day group was launched, great mentors, Vancouver, my surprise birthday party, baptism, baby shower, Renovare (retreat), TOPHER, etc... so much more.

Chris and I were a little sad that we couldn't spend New Years Eve with our Numanites because we didn't want to take the chances of Topher getting sick with bad germs going around everywhere but we made the best of it with great wine, desserts, and conversation. We've been talking about all the blessings we've been given this year and the new goals and visions we have for 2012. We started 2011 with plans but God surpassed them all with even greater plans. He blessed us with great new friends, a great church, Topher, our business, and most importantly we grew a little more as a couple. I love Chris more and more each year.

The best thing that happened to us this year by far was obviously Topher but another great event was my baptism. It was a really special moment for me since I was pregnant with Topher and Chris helped baptize us. Also I'm thankful for our family, friends, and our Numa family. This year wouldn't have been the same without any of them. Above all I'm thankful for my husband who has been consistent and never changing. I thank God for sending me the perfect person for me.

I'm looking forward to all the great surprises God and life has in store for us in the upcoming year of 2012.

As Jim Rohm said, whether it was 1000 years ago or 1000 years from now life is made up of the same mix. It's filled with opportunities and difficulties. Let's make the best of all of it.



Hey Everyone,

I got this beautiful coach bag from my in- laws as a pushing gift. If you don't know what a pushing gift is basically it's for having a baby. You usually get one from your husband as well. I didn't know about it until Chris and his cousin told me.

I've been looking for a nice red purse and this is perfect. I love the gold details. It really makes it elegant and stylish. It's definitely a timeless piece. Maybe have a daughter in the future to pass this on too? Hopefully~

Shirt: Target, Pants: Zara, Jacket:, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Purse: Coach, Watch: Michael Kor, Bracelet: Vintage, Key Necklace: Nadri (Nordstrom)



Hey Everyone,

I don't know what happened by a few of my posts got erased. Past few weeks of writing and sharing all gone. I'm a little upset but I'm not going to let it get to me. A few of you guys might have already seen these pictures but I wanted to re-post it.
I've always had a passion to travel all over the world. My goal is to travel to anywhere I can go to experience the beauties God has created.
I've always wanted to go to Hawaii since I was really young and I got a chance to go for my honeymoon. It was so much fun. We did so many things in one week. It was a bit short but really sweet.
We're planning to go with Topher next year when he's two years old. We want to play with him in the sand. I'm sure it'll be a whole different experience traveling with Topher. It's going to be that much more sweeter! We're also planning to send our parents there as well. We're planning in the next 2 years. They have to experience the bright blue ocean, tropical weather, Giovanni's shrimp, and many more.

Here's a few pictures from our honeymoon:

 Looking back at pictures brings back so many memories and emotion. Oh how I miss you Hawaii. Can't wait to see you again!!

Where would you guys like to go on your next vacation? I would love to know!

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