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31 August, 2010

Spicy Woman!!

I can't live a day w/o chili sauce to go w/ my meal ..... so I definitely deserve the title of Spicy Woman!! lol 

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They are great for cooking or as dipping sauce!

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This is how much chili sauce I ate along w/ my noodle soup for lunch......Chili dry fish w/ black bean curd, Thai chili sauce and Chili Garlic sauce.
~~~ All we want is HOT HOT~~~ ^O^


Didn't I tell you that I had all my food pre-prepared yesterday and they are ready to go IN the pan anytime?! Well, most of them!!


But obviously, I can't pre-prepare my Tonkatsu until the min. before dinner time.


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Flour, beaten egg, Panko bread crumbs, can't mess up the order!!

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Ta da~ 

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Those are dinner of the day! 
That red soup is Kimchi spicy beef w/ toufu pot...... yeah, spicy food for dinner too!!

I had to cut Tonkatsu into pieces for my kids and they love dipping broccoli into that roasted sesame salad dressing...... so I guess dressing or sauces or spices plays a big role in the dishes for my family! ^O^


Speaking of food preparation, you know, refrigerators,  microwave oven, coffee maker, food processor, and dish washers really emancipated us from much of the drudgery of meal preparation and afterward cleanup.  Let alone those so-called small "kitchen Gadgets" for peeling/crushing garlic, for extracting seed out of cherries....etc. are really helpful in certain situation.  Take me for instance, imaging w/o the extracting cherry seed gadgets, how many seeds I have to take out for all my 3 children when they eating along and the triple speed that I have to train my teeth and tongue to do the job before they all reach out for the next one!! ^O^ Therefore, thanks to the inventor who came up w/ it especially it really works~~ AMAZING!!


It took me 20 mins to cook for myself a lunch and an hour to assemble 4 dishes for family dinner.......... how about this morning!?


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We all woke up around 7:30 AM for kids' dental appointment at 8:30 AM. 
zzzzzzz....... sleepy bed head~

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Niel, Abby and Ilona (in the next room) take over the entire dental clinic this morning~ lol


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Ah, that's why they can really sit on the exam chair -- watch
Sponge Bob - Square Pants on the ceiling!


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So after hour and a half, we are OUT the dental office ......


My ODJ. 


1. Top:

  • Sequin tank (gift from Pei)
  • Inochi Fox fur w/ collar vest 

2. Bottom:
techno metallic charcoal skirt w/ drawstring


3. Accessory:

  • Chanel Hawaii LTD metallic silver timeless clutch
  • pink sparkle loose leggings
  • J crew mustard green studs belt

4. Shoes:
Boss Orange 3 tons mary-jane platform


Going up to the city tomorrow~
Have a good nite sleep!


xoxo Rachel

30 August, 2010

CHILD-LESS and Ilona's First Day of School!!

Today is the day that Ilona goes to pre-K... FULL DAY from 9 to 6 PM. She stays at school mostly from 9 to 3:30 except for Monday and Wednesday. I know, you probably think I am so cruel to her...... 


However, if you listen to what she talked about school stuff endlessly, I know that only denotes SHE IS SO READY FOR School! ^^


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Ilona looked very "sleepy" there~ 
How cute she sits on her luggage for her "bedding" and that lunch box placed right next to her seems so gigantic!! Lol


I did a lot of house chores in the morning, except for cleaning the stove top, I also went two grocery stores to shop.....then I came home to do the preparation for rest of the week prior cooking such as cutting/dividing the beef into small containers, use "Cuisinart food processor" shredding carrots, asparagus, and wash string beans and cabbage and store them in the ziplock bags ... for ready-to-use. As far as what types of dishes and what kinds of ingredients make up a dish goes, I think it is a pretty big task for everyone ....especially for moms to bring the food to the table!!  So I think prewash, pre-cut..... food definitely helps. 


You know, when I was choosing some pre-cut/pre-washed/packed vegetable in the WHOLE FOODS Super Market on Sunday.......I saw a "cutting" man standing in front of a HUGE sink full of water and cauliflower behind the shelves, suddenly want to take picture w/ him. To thank him for doing such boring job to make people's life easier, to thank him for understanding his girlfriend/wife's hard work too..........Well, I guess he must wel-know that how tiresome and boring doing these cutting/chopping everyday. ^O^


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RUGBY dress, Jean Paul Gaultier flower print blouse (past season), Max Co. leather jacket, brown w/ lace trim socks, Chanel Hawaii LTD metallic silver clutch and Proenza Shouler runway heels.   

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I can't believe today I have the whole world luxury to really SIT on my sofa and not yelling my kids for messing around the decoration at home and enjoy my full cup of coffee!! 


See you tomorrow. 
xoxo Rachel


29 August, 2010

Quality Time w/ Family at Burlingame!

You know, there must be a lot of moms who thanks for technology just as much as I do too....  ^^

Why?

When we are on-the-go, Iphone and I-pad are our life-saver, literally!! 

Those cartoon movies or games are just a-touch away and they keep my children entertained while I can speed up or enjoy a little longer doing whatever I am doing. 

We went to Burlingame city this weekend and we had a wonderful time there... high fashion and high technology.... I mean APPLE store where my kids can enjoy playing the latest games on i-Pad. NOW, whenever I mention there is an APPLE store in certain area that I am going to, I can see my kids' eye lighten up.... cause' they know, they wont' be bored anymore!!! lol



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Gymboree where my kids can watch some cute and educational TV in the store. 
Abby found it~~ ^^
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Apple store.... We 3 girls love the no-brain game.... haha.... Marble Mixer!!


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This harvest furniture store has this cute and vintage looking mini mannequin which is a perfect alternative to a accessory rack/hanger for your necklaces.($38)


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Children's wear: Baby Contour. 


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Ralph Lauren has been a long time fave. brand since I was in high school. 
Their clothes are classic and sophisticated yet so feminine if you pair it right. 


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Do you remember that I have this leather vest w/o pockets from 3 or 4 seasons back....
I love it and it is one of my wardrobe staples! ($498) 


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I talk DH into buying this 4 pockets cardigan... I love the fun look of those pockets and I know it is another wardrobe staple for MAN. ^O^


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I create this hallucination look of a pair of over-the-knee leg warmer + mary-jane heels =  FAB. BOOTS. 


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1. Top:

  • Brown cropped turtle neck sweater
  • Tsumori Chisato pink puff-sleeve blouse



2. Bottom: Orange wool wrap skirt


3. Accessory:

  • Proenza Shouler PS1 yellow clutch 
  • Argyle pattern tassel belt (bought at India)
  • Free people pink/nude/coral leg warmer 
  • gold tassel earrings



4. Shoes:
Chanel 09' runway pink tulle mary-jane heels


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I had that brown cropped sweater and orange wool wrap skirt like thousand years ago. You know it is hard to depict how I am pleased to see CHOLE brought those back to the runway A/W 2010! ^O^


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resource: Chole: Style.com 


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Big kiss to Pei who gave me this pair of sparkled pink/coral leggings for my another birthday gift. (FREE PEOPLE) 


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Last, my little fashionable daughter, Ilona. 
I am very much of a heel gal, so TOM shoes is ruled out by me.  
Now I am glad that Ilona can enjoy the shoes while knowing I am doing some good to the poor. 




Tomorrow is Ilona's first day of school.... let's hope she will be fine all day at school!!
xoxo Mom

28 August, 2010

Stepping Into Fall in Mustard Yellow and Orange!! Plus, Chanel Nail Polish 509 PARADOXAL!!

So I heard that Chanel nail polish 509 PARADOXAL eggplant shade is not quite flattering,  NOT EVEN ON ME!! But some of you know me enough that I'd try my best to make things WORK FOR ME! ^O^ 


Stubborn that I am!! 


Today, I dug out my very first Christian Louboutin Very Prive sequin heels in deep navy/purple. I was thinking perhaps the purplish sequins could "highlight" that iridescent purple nail polish on my toes better to coax it doing the work of "flattering" MOI!!! 


Then I think it worked!!!


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What do you think? (Pardon those veins!)

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There I had very bright ORANGE polish on.... keep the FUN! ^^


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Doesn't Pei look adorable there!!!


I always amazed how detail that Pei would pay attention on her every single piece, the layer, the color matching, the bag and the boots! 
Kudos to her!


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Yu and I both had orange and yellow accessories.... pure coincidence! ^O^


Don't we look like sisters again!! 
People tend to be confused by us two...in the gym, on the street, in the shop....whenever we are trying shoes or clothes!! haha~~~  


You know how people eventually distinguish us two apart...by counting the number of our kids!! hahahahah... 


I had a great great time on my birthday today!
And big thanks to everyone who stops by my blog and please remember to come by often!
xoxo Rachel 

26 August, 2010

The Color of Bib Necklace echos my 2010 s/s YSL Tribute Platform Heels.

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I am going to apply that Chanel iridescent eggplant purple nail polish on toes and taupe one from Target on my nails later in the afternoon for a ready for A/W look!  

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MAC cream purple eye shadow, SmashBox pale pink eyeshadow, make-up forever purple eyeshadow. 


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Jill Stuart purple eyeliner on top, Chantecaille green eyeliner at bottom eyeliner, smashbox pale pink eyeshadow highlight just below the green eyeliner. 




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MakeupForever purple eyeshadow on the crease and Mac cream lavender eyeshadow between eye and nose beneath eyebrow. 
I also dashed a little highlighter from Bobbi Brown on my nose there. 




It seems that I use a lot of eyeshadows doing make-ups but the keys is "always dash a little bit" when doing more than 2 colors on eyelid.  You know little color would go a long way. (my skin is Normal to a bit dry in continental weather here and gets more oily in Asia... wired, huh!?) 

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Thanks to Irene who gave me that cute sea shell leaves/pearls earrings as my birthday gift. 


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This India made bib necklace is very versatile after all..... just think Outside the BOX, any solid color would highlight that busy bib necklace~~ ^O^


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I might want to fold the other leg... a cropped fold-over pants is not bad looking after all! ^^


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 I think Paige black label military inspired jacket, the bib and YSL tribute platform sandals are quite compliment w/ each other in some ways. 

Have a good Thursday everyone!
xoxo Rachel

Girls Tea Time at Crown Crumpet!!

I can't wait to have mommy/daughters shopping DATE in the NEAR future!! ^^ Today is Abby, Ilona, and Vanessa's training day for their manners while we are having an English Afternoon Tea Time. 


We stop by Cris consignment store in Polk st. before we head for lunch. 


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The owner, Cris, is kind enough to give our girls small gifts. 


As for two of us? 
We each got our own things and happily left the store. 

OFF WE GO CROWN CRUMPT English tea room!!

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Am I wearing something too cute today!!? I even had a tutu skirt underneath that pink bubble skirt! 

Pei gave me that pretty sequins tank top as one of my gifts and both Ann and her come up w/ this best match skirt for it. Thanks to them!! 


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Thanks to Yu who introduces us this pretty decor. store.  
Although I am a cannibal and pretty much need meat for LUNCH instead of those itsy-bitsy treats. lol






Crown Crumpet English tea Room
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Girls are waiting for the table to be set up. 

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Abby gently pours the "lemonade" into the cub. ^^


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Everyone had a great ENGLISH TEA TIME! 







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