Lancome Olympia’s Wonderland

French beauty might bring to mind words like “effortless” and “natural”, but who says it can’t be whimsical, too?

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@lancomeofficial and Parisian designer @olympialetan are collaborating on a new makeup collection, and it is delightfully pink and oh-so-pretty!

I tried it out and instantly fell in love with the shades included.

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EP#2: Tres by José Andrés at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Hello, beauties!

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For this second Afternoon Tea series episode, I will be taking you to Afternoon Tea at a place called Tres by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. This was the second place I’ve checked out, and I’ve since decided that, from now on, I will give each Afternoon Tea location a personal rating and a review (so that you have an idea of what to expect).

So, I would give the first place I visited, The Peninsula, a 9/10! It was a lovely, beautiful place. However, I would give the Tres by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel a 5/10: the service was good, but the food wasn’t as great as advertised and there wasn’t much variety.

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That is okay, though! Luckily, these episodes aren’t just about the location. In each episode, I will be teaching an Afternoon Tea lesson. This week, I will show you how to get ready for Afternoon Tea in literally 10 minutes. . . And still look as elegant as can be! We all know that sometimes you just don’t have that much time to prepare— luckily, with this tutorial, you’ll never have to stress about time ever again! I hope you enjoy!

 

The Happiest Mind x US Polo Assn

Hello, darlings!

I hope you are having a splendid Labor day!

It’s Monday… which means that I have a new video up on my YouTube channel! For this week, I’ve been doing a collaboration with US Polo Assn and have created a fun photoshoot of combining their fashion brand with Mind Millinery Hats!

Since most people say that they don’t know how to wear a hat in a casual, everyday-life setting, I made this video to show them how possible it can be! You don’t to wait for a special occasion. These US Polo Assn dresses are laid-back and fun, but I have also added a nice, whimsical touch to them with some fascinators and hats.

I hope you enjoy!

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Me and my 15 bridesmaids

It’s been a year since my bachelorette party. Yet, every day, I still find myself in complete awe of how truly wonderful my friends are and how fantastic of a bachelorette party they secretly threw me. For that, I am making this video in their honor.
You see, I live in Los Angeles and nearly all of my dearest friends live all the way across the world, in Thailand. However, this great physical distance did not stop them from showing their love for me in such a magical way. . . I was so incredibly busy organizing the wedding, itself, that I didn’t even have time to think about a bachelorette party.

I frantically arrived in Thailand just a few weeks before the wedding. During that time, my amazing girlfriends invited me out for dinner. Little had I known, they had beensending group chats behind my back, planning, organizing, and producing an absolutely stunning and glamorous night out for me and renting out a section of the Laydy Brett restaurant in Bangkok.

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I had always imagined bachelorette parties as just being a fun, goofy night out to make memories. Well, these ladies showed me that a bachelorette party can be so much more; they showed me just how deep love can swim and how truly loved I am — nothing could have prepared me for this overwhelming feeling.

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I feel so blessed to have such an amazing team of powerful, loving women by my side! So, this video is a tribute to all of my 15 breath-taking bridesmaids, my girls, and my family. Palm, Mimi, Nat, Ying, Pear, Pum, Jaa, Wan, Tao, Pink x 2, Prewwan, Vathu, Mick, and Bua, Thank you one million times over for making my bachelorette party something that I will never, ever forget.

 

Afternoon Tea Series EP#1 – The Living Room at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Hello, darlings! Would you like a cup of tea?

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Yes?

Fantastic!

There really is nothing more fulfilling than wearing my classiest fascinator and enjoying conversation over a delicious cup of Afternoon Tea. For that, Afternoon Tea is one of my favorite traditions (and perhaps the best contribution the British have made to global cuisine).

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As I yearn to share my passions with others, my first YouTube video series will be about Afternoon Tea! By touring all of the best Afternoon Tea places in the world, I will share with you everything you need to know about Afternoon Tea and how to eloquently follow all of the British rules of tea etiquette!

By touring all of the best Afternoon Tea places in the world, I will share with you everything you need to know about Afternoon Tea and how to eloquently follow all of the British rules of tea etiquette!

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To being, I will share with you the prettiest places for Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles (where I currently live). The first place I visit will be The Living Room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

The Living Room is an elegant, immaculate place with some seriously legendary Afternoon Tea and incredibly comfortable couches. Every afternoon, guests enjoy the pleasures of Champagne, delectable scones, tea pastries and sandwiches, and 19 carefully selected choices of tea… all to the sound of an enchanting harpist.

I hope to see you there!

How I Planned My Magical Wedding In 30 Days

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Weddings are often looked upon as daunting impossibilities that can not be achieved without copious amounts of money or extensive planning, however, I am here to share with you how I made my enchanted forest wedding a reality in just 30 days!

Today, July 18th, 2017, makes one year with my beloved husband. He proposed to me on February 20th, 2016, at Big Bear Lake in California — I remember it like it was yesterday.

Soon after, however, I found out that my grandmother was in the last stages of terminal lung cancer. With no more than 30 days of planning and fierce love to guide us, we were able to organize a mystical celebration of love that my grandmother would be able to witness and enjoy, and I got to marry my prince charming!

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Below are the 5 steps I took to quickly turn my dreams into a reality. You can do it, too!

  1. Envision your perfect wedding and write it down!

Visualize your dream wedding and decide on your theme, guest count, date, venue, dresses & tuxedos, invitations, pre-wedding photoshoot(s), number of bridesmaids/groomsmen, etc.

  1. Pinterest Visualization Board

Pin all of your inspirations on a mood board to manifest exactly what you want.

  1. Use social media

Use social media to find all of your desired vendors and get price quotes (catering, entertainment, bartending, etc.).

  1. Budget

Calculate your budget and cut back costs on unnecessary things.

  1. Final touches

Book the vendors, secure the venue, send out the invites, and let the magic begin!

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Is a dream wedding with your special man something you have always wanted? — you can have it! With or without a pressing deadline, all it takes is determination, creativity, and a heart full of love!

 

 

Macaron Secrets with Chef Jean-Marc Montjarret

It isn’t every day that you find out your next-door-neighbor is a chef from Paris!

Jean-Marc “Chef” Montjarret, is well-known for his intricate attention-to-detail and delicate designs —  a master of his craft.

We first met one evening at a friend’s house for dinner. For this special event, I couldn’t resist making my own macarons in hope for some of his esteemed feedback.

Before I knew it, he had whipped up a variety of macarons for everyone — they were absolutely scrumptious!

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My second attempt at macarons

He then tasted mine. . . “The flavor is there” he said, “but you are missing all of the key secrets to making the perfect macarons.” We then scheduled a private lesson at my house, where I learned how to make perfect french macarons!

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Perfect macarons by Chef Jean-Marc Montjarret!!! It tastes sooooo goodddd!

Here are the 10 key secrets:

1. Measure in grams

Digital scales are inexpensive and perfect for precise measurements.

2. Sift thoroughly

Sift your sugars and run them through a food processor or blender to eliminate any lumps. This guarantees smooth-top macarons.

3. Use aged egg whites

Separate the egg whites and put them in a covered container at room temperature for three days. If there is urgency, you can age them overnight, though they won’t be as perfect.

4. Whisk egg whites

Egg whites must be whisked into shimmering meringue peaks, but not too stiff or it may thicken the batter.

5. Proper consistency

The consistency should resemble a thick cake batter.

6. Pop bubbles

After piping your batter onto the tray, get rid of trapped air bubbles by banging the tray on the counter. Use a toothpick to pop any bubbles that rise to the top.

7. Let rest

Rest the macarons for 30 – 60 minutes after baking. If they are still sticky on the sides, they are not ready.

8. Bake at 140-150 degrees celsius

Not much hotter or they may crack!

9. Remove gently

Gently remove the macarons from the tray when they are cooled. If you try to pull them off when they are warm they may stick.

10. Store properly

Store macarons in airtight containers at room temperature for up to one week, or in your freezer for 4 – 5 months!

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This was my very first attempt at French macarons by myself

With these tips and tricks you are fully equipped to conjure up delightful french macarons just like the mastermind Jean-Marc Montjarret himself.

Happy Baking!