Vegas Blooms


dress: JunieBlake // shoes: DSW 

Lemme tell you about this dress. I got it as a bridesmaid for my brother's wedding and I have worn it SO MUCH since then! It is stretchy and super comfortable, modest, and so flattering. Quite frankly, when I don't know what to wear, I always wear this dress. And the compliments I get are off the charts. AND these shoes are basically my favorite spring-time purchase ever. They go with everything because they are strappy, white, and super versatile.

This past weekend my parents and I were able to go to Vegas for a concert. Whenever I think of Vegas I think of the strip, casinos, and uncleanliness, because lets face it, it's Vegas. Today, before we headed home, we stopped in a small ward to take the sacrament. And there, in the middle of the neighborhood in Las Vegas, were all these blooming bushes on the sides of the street! What a beautiful reminder to look for the beauty in all places!

Easter Blues

shirt: Banana Republic // skirt: Banana Republic // shoes: DSW // purse: Kate Spade

This is my outfit from Easter (haha I'm so late and I know it) but it's one of my favorites! I just recently got this skirt on sale for $50 and it is the darn cutest thing and I love it. Easter we spent at my parents house with delicious lamb and the cutest cookies, cupcakes, and rice crispy treats.

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because we celebrate life and the joy of the atonement in our lives. Remembering that Christ lives and loves us unconditionally is one of the most beautiful reasons to live. In case you weren't able to watch it, or you want to watch it again, here is the Easter video that the LDS church published for this holiday season.



Ojiichan's Eulogy


In my public speaking class we have written and presented all types of speeches. We have done an oral interpretation, a speech of introduction, and an impromptu speech. Most recently we were given the assignment to write a special occasion speech. It could be anything from presenting an award to someone to commemorating an event. I decided to commemorate the life of my grandpa, my ojiichan, who passed away last summer. This is my what I presented in front of my class.


Ojiichan

My grandfather was a wise, old Japanese ojiichan with a long stringy beard that he stroked while he was thinking. But you all know that. At face value, my grandfather was the typical elderly asian man. But to me, my ojiichan was the embodiment of sunrise. You don’t question if the sun’s rays will peek over the mountains every morning because you know it will always be there, shining light on every part of your life. And even now, as we gather today to celebrate his amazing journey on this earth, he is still the sun. But rather, the sunset, leaving vibrant memories scattered in the skies of our minds, still lighting places that before seemed forever dark.
It seems only fitting that we lay this great man to rest in the country he fought so hard to thrive in. Instead of food and water, the American Dream ran through his veins and fueled his drive for success. Success in his education, success in his family, success in the face of hardship.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And change the world is what my Ojiichan did. At least, he changed my world. He shines brightest through my education. It’s not hard to be reminded of him in every book I read, every class I take, every hour I study. It is in faded library lamps, late night laptop glows, and fluorescent lecture bulbs that he resides. He brought to light the significant importance education is on an individual, and everyone around them. Martin Luther King Jr said, “Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” While a young father in Japan, my ojiichan dreamed of coming to the United States to learn. And although he spoke little English, he bravely traveled thousands of miles alone to become a master watchmaker. But he didn’t stop there. His life was in a constant state of learning, his brain a glass of knowledge that was never filled. His home was overflowing with books covering hundreds of topics that he would study each morning and each night. Even as his eyesight started to fade, he read every day, with a magnifying glass as his aid to quench his thirst for knowledge.
As he spent his time studying in a land far from his home, he realized that this was what he wanted not only for himself, but also for his family. Three long years he was separated from his wife and children. Three long years were spent working and saving every penny to bring his family to America. But oceans and time could not diminish his love for them. After three long years of sleepless nights and endless hours of work, his family finally set foot on American soil. And that was the beginning of his American Dream. His light simply shined brighter in America. Like a single flame in a pitch black room, his family and their experiences brought diversity and color to other people's seemingly blank canvases. With the drive of obtaining the American Dream, he was a workhorse, always finding things that could get him closer to obtaining his goal. What was his American Dream? To provide for and encourage his family to be the best they could be.
            While working toward his dreams, he faced hardship and adversity head on, exuding confidence and assurance in times of despair. When darkness so desperately tried to overtake him, the light in his heart shined even brighter through service and love. Even in times of weakness, he was a torch, guiding those around him, helping them see their potential and reach their dreams. Ultimately, his life was spent brightening others and helping them see the light within themselves.
There’s a reason Japan is called the land of the rising sun. It’s not only because they see the first light of the day, but it is where my ojiichan was raised to shine as a beacon for others. Paul C. Brownlow said, “it is true that we only live here once, but if we do it right, once is enough.” I live today in the glowing embers of ojiichan’s flaming life. Because of him, I too try to shine in my education, and help others see their own light. I am reminded of him each sunrise and sunset, with colorful memories and the shining light that he was in my life. He will forever be remembered in my mind and in the sun, still providing light to those around him.


Sunshine and a Little Pink








 dress: Gap (hurry it's on sale!) // shoes: Forever Young Shoes // Bag: Kate Spade


Say hello to my new fashion blog! I've been dying to document my outfits because honestly, I can't remember how I style my own clothes half the time! Get ready to see all my favorite outfits, hairstyles, and super awesome shopping deals.

I found this dress on sale at Gap for $20. I literally couldn't not buy it! It is perfect for spring because it's light, flowy, and has POCKETS. Oh and these shoes? $4. Forever Young Shoes is having a huge sale right now and you need to check it out stat. Comfiest shoes ever. And as always, my Kate Spade bag. Everything looks better with Kate Spade!

Also, day three hair right here! Dry shampoo is my best friend.

True American


If you guys haven't seen New Girl, you are seriously missing out.
True American is a drinking game off of this show. Here's the clip:


It's funny because it looks like absolute nonsense, right?
But, there are real rules. And they are online. For everyone to use.
Check it out: TrueAmericanRules.com
This is real, you guys.

As you can see from the video, it is part drinking, part lifesize candyland with the floor as lava. Naturally, you are trying to take out the Soldiers of the Secret Order (each can of soda if we are talking nonalcoholic version) to get to the king (the glass bottle of soda). And you do so by moving spaces, which is the furniture. You can only take a can of soda when you are in the space that allows, you cannot touch the ground, you cannot put your drink down, you cannot not have a drink in your hand, or else you have to grab another.
So, basically drinking, with a loose candyland-like structure.

Sounds fun, yeah?

Well, I played it with my cousins and had a blast, so I introduced it to my FHE group at BYU.

We reserved the activity room in our building, moved the furniture to make the game board, and laid all the drinks out. The photos look like absolute nonsense, but if you read the rules, it's actually pretty easy.
It was down to the final cans and the king was exposed, but non of us could finish all the cans in our hands and drink the bottle in the middle, but one. He chugged the first, threw up, and then drank the king and won the game!
It was a pretty intense final moment, but it was great.

We were all so hungry that we bought 24 tacos and ate them all, and then 24 more.

It's college, right?