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November’s End

It has literally just occurred to me that today is the last day of November.  Where did this month go?!  Things have definitely been hectic, but the least I can do is this one last blog post before the month is over!

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[1] We kicked off the month with my bridal shower! [2] We finally got to play the SNES! (in my wedding make-up) [3] We had a big meeting with our wedding venue and things got so real.  Are you sensing a theme here?! [4] I finally got my hands on some of Essie Wild Nude’s including my new favorite, “Exposed.” [5] ULTRA SUN & ULTRA MOON RELEASED! [6] We put our Christmas tree up! [7] I rocked many a moon, including this sweater from J. Crew & gorgeous Alex & Ani necklace. [8] This dachshund creamer arrived in the mail the other day as a shower gift from my friend Kelsey! [9] We tried Tora, a new restaurant in Chinatown, and loved it!

I think things are only going to be more hectic as we wrap up 2017!  What were your favorite November moments?

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May ‘Grams

What a month it’s been!  This post is a little late because I took too much vlog footage last weekend… and I think I should have a lot for this weekend too, but you’ll have to stay tuned to see.

For now, let’s talk about May:

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[1] It’s hard to be home after Japan, but this view makes it easier! [2] Amanda and I stalk Christina on her class field trip to Boston. [3] The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in America. [4] South shore adventures & scouting spots for our engagement shots! [5] It’s not exactly Tsukiji omakase, but sushi is still my favorite. [6] Going so hard at the Uniqlo x Nintendo collection. [7] Loving plants so much lately. [8] My hometown girls before Diva & Deepan’s sangeet. [9] Their wedding was the best I’ve ever been to!

 

Kusama + Tokyo Tower

Remember when we travelled to Houston to see Kusama?  How could we not catch her in Japan too!  We also caught another of my favorites, Mucha!  Sadly, I wasn’t allowed to film in Art Nouveau.

After the National Art Center Toyo, we walked through Roppongi Hills (and made a legitimate attempt to creep on the Pokémon Company) to Tokyo Tower.  The top floor wasn’t even open, but WHAT A VIEW we got regardless!

This is my second to last Japan vlog, but I’ve got a few more Japan posts in the works too!  Stay tuned!

Osaka to Kyoto

Pokémon Center Osaka was probably my favorite one– we went right when it opened so it wasn’t so crowded.  Also, it was the first time I had seen a Pokémon Center and the magic is real!

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MasterChef Junior: Tag-Team Sushi

This week’s episode started off with a test-your-knowledge challenge for the top three from last week: Jenna, Nathan, and Corey.

Stocked up in the MasterChef Junior pantry are over 500 ingredients without labels including 83 herbs, 32 kinds of peppers, and 11 types of rice.  Jenna, Nathan, and Corey each receive a shopping list of 20 ingredients with two minutes to shop the crowded pantry.

Corey successfully identifies and retrieves 7 ingredients.  Nathan beats him by one, correctly identifying 8 ingredients.  Jenna is the winner with 10!  She wins an advantage in the evening’s main event.  For the win, she selects the teams for the elimination challenge.  For herself, she selects Kayla.  She pairs Andrew with Riley, Ryan Kate with Nathan, Jack with Corey, and Ayla with Jimmy.

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The junior chefs’ challenge is to recreate this sushi boat.  They will work individually while their partner advises from the side for 3 minute intervals, then switch and tag in their partner.  This intricate task involves rolling the California roll, slicing the fish for the nigiri, preparing the tempura batter and frying the shrimp.

Jenna chose Kayla because she’s her friend, but their teamwork was nonexistent.  They cry through the judges’ evaluation.  Jack thought he was a sushi master and Corey was too crazy for him.  He was not a sushi master and they had no success either.  Andrew and Riley made a nice team and a nice plate of sushi.  Nathan and Ryan Kate did well too.  The true superstars were Ayla and Jimmy, who created the best sushi and won the challenge!

Ayla & Jimmy's excellent duplicate of the sushi boat looks so delicious!

Ayla & Jimmy’s excellent duplicate of the sushi boat looks so delicious!

The bottom two teams are Jenna & Kayla, and Corey & Jack.  It was almost good night ladies, but Corey and Jack end up being asked to leave the MasterChef Junior kitchen with their heads held high.

It’s always impressive to see these kids cook, but the highly technical preparation of sushi just leaves me awestruck.  I love to see these kids work, and these two should be proud to be in the top 10!

I know Jenna has more to offer, so I’m glad she’s safe for now. I’m excited to see what else Ayla has in her now, too!