Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I've meant to blog about me + V's mini trip to Jamaica last week, but life, man, life happened. Some good friends from Arkansas visited town, mini photoshoot session, days upon days of new job orientations, Houston for Turkey Day, then back to Austin just in time to meet up more out-of-town guests. Whew. All that in just one week! The Holidays are most def officially in full swing!
And now, sick as a dog as I finally have the time to type this out. Much of the trip details are a bit hazy, thanks to the copious amount of free alcohol drank every freakin' second we were there. Morning, noon, night. Maybe in our sleep. I'm not sure. Kinda felt like it, though! Except during KF + Jeff's wedding, but even then I can't guarantee everyone was 100% sober! Uber fun, laid-back, destination weddings in tropical heaven - how can you not not leave this place without a drop of alchy touching that tongue?? Yah, mon.
But honestly, that's really all you can do when you've spent most of your time in the bubble of the good island life. Yup, 3.5 days of sun, alchy, beach, alchy, ocean, alchy, food buffets galore, alchy, spa time, alchy. There really wasn't enough time for us gals to venture out of the resort due to wedding preppage. (Me and V did somehow manage to squeeze in a brief tour excursion to The White Witch of Rose Hall. Some pretty spooky stuff for being nearly all legend!) As for the dudes - V, the groom and the groom's bro had quite the colorful misadventure(s) in the span of 4 hours leading up to the wedding. It just wasn't all about snorkeling and ocean swimming and canoeing like we all thought it would be. Like it should be. Something about spotting seahorses and drifting off to Cuba and falling out of canoes and saving lives and rowing a boat with one arm and washing up on the wrong part of the shore and getting mistaken as a Cuban. Yah I know! Hard to believe all that happened in 4 hours! But it did. You should ask them some time! Yah, mon.
Anyways, this trip may not be V and I's ideal vacation. We're more into the nitty gritty, down n' dirty, get wonderfully lost sans map traveling style. But hey, makes for a nice 2 year wedding anniversary celebration for V and I. Double yay for double weddings in Jamaica! Kinda like a ... double rainbow! Yah, mon!
besos ... jin.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Best Maid of Honor gig. Evar.
As a second shooter. Which I actually prefer, honestly. Just lil ol' me hanging back, capturing the pure essence of happiness. No directing, no forced poses, no worries about snapping the shot. No 'Look this way' and 'Face that way' and 'Smile!' This is what I love to do, tip-toeing around unnoticed and stealing visual moments.
A few months ago I almost had an opportunity to shoot one of my dream weddings. Small outdoor hand-fasting ceremony at the Wildflower Barn in Driftwood. Halloween. Black, white and green. Sunset. Rustic/vintage vibe with pumpkins, hay bales, a fire. Is this for real?? I couldn't believe the email I was reading! (Finally attracting the unconventional clients! Yesss!) But things didn't fall through and before I got all bummed out, another dream wedding opportunity popped up. Still intimate, still unique, but in Montego Bay. Sun, ocean, beach. Yah, mon! I'll take it!
But anyways, back to the real reason why we're in Jamaica. Aside from slowly crossing off a bucket list of weddings to curate, I'm genuinely honored to be part of a handful in witnessing my 'sister' marrying her dream guy in her dream wedding at her dream destination. Hun, welcome to wedded bliss! Yah, mon.
besos ... jin.
Friday, November 22, 2013
There's so much of November I want to dive into and share and talk about! My bestie's amazing beach destination wedding in Jamaica last Sunday. The insanely fun and stress-free experience as Maid of Honor. Mini Jamaica travel misadventures. Upcoming holiday photoshoots. Creative projects I always keep bringing up, but could never just start. I want to delve into end of the year musings and ponder about 2014 dreams. I want to touch on a #tbt heartfelt sister message from the ex-sissy in laws (I love ya, Nadia + Bianca!) and find solace in aging and quell this restlessness of wanting to travel, travel, travel. I want to do what I love, and love what I do.
Such are my November highlights and conundrums.
But it's Friday. It's cold. It's rainy. It's gray. All I want to do is cuddle with the dog. Drink coffee with the roomie before she heads off to Dallas. Edit pictures. Try out a pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe. Video chat with the sister and besties. Wrap presents and cook a warm butternut squash gourmet meal with the hubsterz. Maybe watch a foreign film or two. The best kind of stay-at-home weather and activities, no?
besos ... jin.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hi, lovelies! Just spent the past few glorious days in Jamaica for one of my bestie's wedding. Yah, mon. Long story short, everything about KF + Jeff's wedding was fun and laid-back and fun and intimate and FUN. But more on that later! The reason why I'm posting: 1) It's been a week since I've poked my head around here. Let's face it. I've been slacking. Aaaaand 2) One of my DIY tutorials got featured on a Holiday 2013 article by Sainsbury's! Eee! Now I don't normally blog about things like these, although getting featured as creative/photographic inspiration on various social media and blogs over the past few years has been an honor and a blessing (MUCHO THANKS for the support, everyone!!), but this blog is from UK! Whoa! International, baby! Ch-ch-check it out! There are some pretty amazing holiday tutorials featured alongside my dinky Mustache Straw DIY. Specifically the gold-tipped feather tutorial. I've been meaning to do a similar tutorial, but looks like somebody beat me to it! (Long-distance high five, Copenhaven!)
besos ... jin.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
2001 // Met.
2005 // Dated.
2011 // Married.
2013 // Adopted.
That's 12 years with this guy.
Laughing. Dreaming. Joking.
Here's to 12 more. And then another 12 more!
HAPPY 2 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, MR. LOVE!
#teamjincent #111311 #onenovemberday #fistbump #pixbymrsbaotran #pointlesshashtagsonblogs
besos ... jin.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Target denim vest // UO sweater // F21 red tribal print dress // H&M necklace // F21 booties.
One of the possible seasonal outfits I have lined up for the upcoming holiday festivities, as well as quickly becoming my fave transitional ensemble of the season thus far. And with the Texas weather being this insanely nice in November, I'm really liking it's chances in making those holiday party cameos! Everything about this outfit has been heavily remixed. Except that dress. It's new and red and tribal print. And I'm totally remix crushin' on it. I foresee it's beeyootiful remix future with other clothing items in ze wardrobe. Oh yes. Me and my remixing layers! Best thing about Fall! Besides the various autumn hues and gourds galore!
By the way, a little bit of girly, a little bit of a rocker's edge. Need more proof that opposites really do attract?
besos ... jin.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Today, 'I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.' (Harry Pothead for life!) No photo editing, no side projects, no business emails, no classes, no exhaustive research, no Jamaica / Puerto Rico planning. Just a lil breather before the full-swing of the holiday festivities + photoshoots + projects get underway. Coffee, puppy love, hubster chats, light reading, quick errand runs, a bit o' daydreaming. It's been awhile since I had Fridays like these! Now if only there's a week full of Fridays. Hmmm. That'd be nice. Probably my best idea all week!
God of Friday, now would be a good time to do your thayng! Just sayin'.
besos ... jin.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Been obsessing over anything geometric lately. It's my new thayng. Throw in gold accents and pops of color and I'm stupid-in-the-head in love. Oh, yes. Swoon-worthy stuff in Jin's world! So take a wild guess what came to mind when inheriting V's old Galaxy S III (It's no iPhone, but whatevs!) and the once-clear-now-yellowish phone case that came with it. Yup, you've guessed (hopefully) right. That old phone case ain't going nowhere. 'Cause I'm cheap like that. And besides, it's still functional. Just needs a lil cosmetic TLC and a fun geometric pattern, is all!
Materials // Acrylic paints of various colors. (My colors of choice: Champagne, Pure Gold + Seafoam Green.) Small paint brush. Tape. (The not-so-sticky tape works best.) Clear top coat nail polish. Nail polish remover. Q-tips.
How to // 1. Tape desired geometric shapes onto cell phone case. Make sure there are no air bubbles near the edges of the tape. // 2. Dip paint brush into paint and brush away! (In this case, I started with the middle triangle first.) Wait a minute. Then brush another coat of paint. Do as many coats of paint as your lil heart desires. // 3. Immediately remove tapes and wait for paint to dry. (Drying time about 20-30 minutes.) // 4. Brush a coat of nail polish over the painted area. It's ok to brush beyond the painted area! You can always clean up the edges a bit, if you're OCD like me, with Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover. // 5. Now the hard part. The waiting game. Must wait til clear nail polish is completely dry and hard! (This may take hours depending on what kind of top coat you have.) // 6. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Go get a drink. This may take awhile. // 7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the next geometric shape. // 8. Lastly, a second coat of clear nail polish to seal it all in is optional. But recommended. 'Cause ya never know.
Note: Don't skip a step or two. Don't do it! Trust me. I've learned the hard way, having to start over at least 4 times. That's 3 hours of my life I'll never get back! And be patient! Yes, this DIY will take all day. Maybe 2. Yes, you will get antsy. And yes, you will be glad you've waited.
Mmmmm. Loves me some yummy geometric goodness. Almost hides the fact that it's not an iPhone snuggled up in that 'new' case! Almost!
besos ... jin.