Ok, I think it’s time to spill the beans. I’m excited to let you know that there’s a tiny person growing inside of me…yup, I’m pregnant and tomorrow will be 18 weeks! Woo hoo πŸ™‚ It has been an exciting time for us and we are so grateful for all our friends, family and church family who have been praying for us for this moment. T H A N K Y O U S O M U C H!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for growing with us this year. As we celebrate with friends and family today, we’d like to extend our sincerest thank you for sharing the seasons with us this year.

Just a little reminder from embriven – Give thanks to God for each day, good or bad; For just like the good days are meant to make you happy, the bad days are meant to make you strong. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving!


hi there, so a little here and there lately…my husband and i have been busy bees. we just celebrated his birthday last friday and that was on the same day i flew back from arizona (for work) so imagine how exhausting that could be. poor husband, had to celebrate his birthday with a tired wife but we’re at the age where birthdays are not important anymore – in fact i don’t want it to come so fast! πŸ™‚ anyhow, we went out to eat and i continued to work after the little celebration. below is a picture of the birthday boy!

we are just rolling and preparing for new and exciting things to happen in our life!

happy tuesday!


Engagment Photos at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Session One

We had the honor and privilege to do an engagement photo-shoot with Sothear Nuon and Randy Tu of Aesthetic Shutter this past weekend. The day had perfect weather for the shoot and it was so much fun getting ready and posing for the cameras. Here are our engagement photos…

Dora D.

Photograhpher: Aesthetic Shutter / Venue: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk / Bride-to-Be’s Dress: Francesca’s Collection / Bride-to-Be’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Groom-to-Be’s Shirt and Pant: Urban Outfitters Groom-to-Be’s Skinny Tie: H&M / Groom-to-Be’s Shoes: Aldo


top ten styles picked for thursday…

(all photos from pinterest)



I haven’t tried this yet but definitely will want to…

(photo from free people)

What you need to fabricate a vintage T-shirt:
1/4 c sodium carbonate washing soda
2 c salt
1 pack fine-grit sandpaper
1 new T-shirt

Step 1: Make Your Mix
To create a vintage T-shirt, start by mixing together the washing soda and salt. “The salt acts as an abrasive, making the shirt look older,” says Miyong Noh, who, as head dyer at Gene Mignola in New York City, ages clothing for designers such as Calvin Klein and Polo Ralph Lauren. The alkaline washing soda breaks down the new shirt’s built-in coating that keeps it stiff, crisp, and . . . well, new. Start with one size larger than you wear; it will shrink considerably.

Step 2: Do The Wash
Throw the shirt into the washing machine with a towel or with other shirts you’re trying to age. Set the machine on the highest temperature. “The heat weakens the fibers,” Noh says. After the water has risen past the top of the load, dump in the soda/salt mixture and your usual detergent. After it’s done, dry the shirt on high heat. Then mix up another, smaller batch of soda and salt, and repeat the whole cycle three to five times, drying on high heat after each wash.

Step 3: Brush It Off
Now for that pesky logo. “Most printed shirts are screened with a resin-based material called plastisol,” Noh says. “You can distress the hell out of the shirt, and the plastisol logo will still be pristine.” Here’s where some elbow grease comes in. Using fine sandpaper, lightly swipe at the logo using circular but irregular strokes. “You have to make the aging look natural,” says Noh.

(DIY found on Pinterest from Free People by Men’s Health)



a sneak peak of our 2013 summer collection – coming soon to the shop at embriven.com!

model: sarah meek
makeup aritist: felisha whitney


Wedding DIY Photobooth

Mehdi and I recently did our own little photobooth photoshoot in order to create our wedding website. Doing this on your own was easier than I thought and it definitely saves you so much money! This project is fun, simply and easy!

What you’ll need:
– Cardstock or scrapbook paper
– Home printer with ink and paper
– Tape
– 3/4 inch natural wooden beads
– Colored twine
– Scissors
– Glue
– Full roll of wrapping paper or solid/design cloth (5X4 ft or larger)

Step 1: Use the template of triangular shape, print it out, and cut out 5-6 triangles. Do this once on white printer paper and trace over cardstock/scrapbook paper or print directly on.

Banner Cut-Out
Step 2: Punch holes as directed on cutout and pull colored twine through holes to create the banner

Step 3: Cut wrapping paper or colored/design cloth (5X4 ft or larger depending how big you want your backdrop) and tape the edges to a spacious wall (I used a chevron print wrapping paper roll as seen below)

Tip: Try using a matte type paper so the wall won’t glare when taking the photos

Step 4: Tape your banner to the top of the backdrop

Step 5: Use the of various shapes, print out, and cut out on colored cardstock paper

Step 6: Lay your cardstock side up and glue the top of the wooden skewer to the cardstock

Step 7: Make sure your props are satisfactory by testing them out in the mirror, you can also buy your own props

Step 8: Pose in front of the photobooth and snap your pictures!

Step 9: Optional – edit your pictures and post on your website

Here are some of our pictures:

Another example from our website:

This is a great and inexpensive way to create photos for your wedding (Save the Dates, Engagement photo session, website, etc.). It was also a fun experience because we were just goofing off while catching it all on camera. Hope you all can use this for your wedding or any other event.


Dora D.


(saw quote on facebook/pinterest)

so insightful. love mother teresa!


top ten styles picked for thursday…

(all photos from pinterest)

the last dress is super amazing!


Style Gaze

Have you ever really liked something or been inspired by something so much that no matter how many times you looked at it, it still amazes you or causes you to turn your head back the second time and when you do you just gaze at it? Exactly πŸ™‚ and I do that a lot. Here’s what I’ve been gazing at lately…

not just the style but the whole photo itself

(photos from Free People)
the saddle shoes – still waiting to own a pair one day

this smoky/cat eye makeup

(photos from pinterest)
her lovely hair!

(photo from google)
and Angelina’s maxi dress!

what have you been gazing at lately?



we had a photo shoot a couple weeks ago for our summer collection and it was a great success! here’s a peek behind the scene at the studio…

with makeup artist, Felisha Whitney and model, Sarah Lynn. we had so much fun and they both did such a great job! stay tuned for more photos!



summer is here and there are so many activities that you can do outside. i think music festivals can be one of the most fun events to go to in the summer especially, going out with a bunch of friends. here’s a video by free people showing you how to style 3 different looks for a music festival…

which look is your favorite?



top ten styles picked for thursday…

(all photos from pinterest – belongs to best dress)

these are amazing photos with gorgeous styles…definitely in love with the dresses and shoes!



we are proud sisters with a brother who just completed the ironman triathlon yesterday in idaho coeur d’alene – a long distance triathlon race consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. wow, what an accomplishment! we just wanted to congratulate him on such an awesome accomplishment! love you Manly!

him crossing the finish line!


you don’t know where the path will lead you until you start it…don’t be afraid to take the first step. sometimes this is a challenge for me that’s why i really like this quote as a reminder.

no, the guy running is not aaron πŸ™‚


everything in this video is absolutely beautiful…the music, lyrics, setting (vintage inspired)…Brooke Fraser has a beautiful voice with a great sense of style. definitely feel inspired from this video…


this song has just been ringing in my head lately so i had to share – a very fun video. the setting is making me excited about an eventful trip that dora, i and our family will be going in september and i’m sooooooooo look forward to it.



Gangnam Style

ok so everybody knows the famous gangnam style song. well, i’m not a fan of that song or the dance but i saw this on facebook and these two adorable ladies just killed it. i’ve never like that song until now…well, maybe not the song…it’s more the voices πŸ™‚ they did such an awesome job and have such beautiful voices. enjoy!



May this year bring you and your family health, happiness, peace, prosperity and success in all that you want to accomplish. Shake off anything that is holding you back from last year. Let 2013 be the new start!!!

(video from Fine Frenzy)

Happy New Year from Embriven!!!

Merry Christmas!

(our Christmas card that was sent out to our friends and family)

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the rest of the holidays with your love ones!

Me Without You

Talent everywhere – so awesome! Check this out all done with vocal sounds…

I know I’ve been hiding from blogging lately πŸ™‚ but I’ll be back soon with some new posts.


‘Call Your Girlfriend’

I know.. I know.. It’s been sooOo long since I’ve done a post. Please forgive me for the abandonment… I promise I will be coming back as soon as thing thing called “life” settles down a bit. I miss you all from the bottom or my heart. Welp.. Hope you all had a great week so far!

My friend Lynne sent me a little video this morning that was just so adorable I had to share! Definitely reminds me of my two nieces which made me smile after watching. So without further ado… here is a Lennon Stella (12) and Maisy Stella (8) singing a cover to ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ by Robyn… please enjoy!!

I promise I will be back soon!

Dora D.

Dancing with Violin

Really? Playing the violin and dancing at the same time? I think this is super amazing and this Lindsey Stirling is super talented. I just love how creativity just gets better and better. I played violin for about 3 years and often people view it as a boring instrument and this just made it super cool! πŸ™‚ Oh, did I ever tell you I really enjoy orchestra and love dancing? Yes, I do! It’s a bummer that I’ve never had a chance to professionalize in any of those two areas…haha. Well, at least I can focus in fashion. BTW, if you haven’t watched the movie “August Rush,” you should really check it out. It’s one of my favorite movies. I’m not the type of person that likes to watch a movie over and over again but I found myself watching “August Rush” twice and I can totally watch it again – it’s about music with orchestra πŸ™‚

Happy Good Friday!


P.S. the video was shared by a friend on Facebook


Oh my word! Have you seen Anthropologie wedding line call BHLDN? It’s fabulously gorgeous, breath taking, pretty awesome collection πŸ™‚ They’ve been around for about a year and they have put it in pictures…

Everything is just so pretty including the decorations!

Happy Tuesday!

French Braid Updo

Here’s an awesome hair style that I think you’ll enjoy…

Don’t know if I can pull this off but I definitely will try it. I’m always up for a new hair style. I have always had a little secret desire to pull off dreadlocks but just haven’t been brave enough…on top of that it doesn’t suit my job but maybe one day it will happen πŸ™‚


Safe & Sound

I know…Taylor Swift again but seriously her new song, Safe & Sound – the sound track for The Hunger Games – is awesome. I’ve been listening to it over and over again this whole week and I think it’s driving my husband crazy πŸ™‚ Check it out…

and she’s wearing a 1920’s vintage dress.

Can’t wait for the movie to come out!



Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re having fun. I made dinner for Valentine’s Day today but since my husband and I both work we are going to have a Valentine weekend – look forward to it πŸ™‚

Just in case you didn’t see the performance that I’ve talked about yesterday, here it is…

Love the theme and her innocence.


Short & Sweet

This seems like a good video to share since Valentine is coming up πŸ™‚

(video is a lookbook from Ruche)

Have a great weekend everyone!


Quick hello!

Hello! I know it has been a little quiet here on the blog and it’s because we had a couple weddings that we attended in California. The weddings were very fun with wonderful sweet moments. California weather was very nice but ironically I got sick from it. Still trying to recover πŸ™ Anyhow, just want to say a quick hello and leave you with this beautiful video from WishWishWish for Nadinoo. Enjoy!

Sounds of the Woods – Nadinoo AW11 Film from WishWishWish on Vimeo.


adorable new years song!

I just remember that I had to share this with you. My sister-in-law, Becca forwarded it to me the other day and it’s super cute seeing these two singing the cutest song! If you haven’t watched the movie 500 Days of Summer, you should! They’re both in there.

My birthday was last Friday and my husband surprised me with a two day celebration so we celebrated my birthday on New Years Eve…but you probably don’t want to know how early I slept in – lets just say very, very early πŸ™‚ What did you do on New Years Eve?

Happy Turkey Day!

Thank you for growing with us this year. As we celebrate with friends and family today, we’d like to extend our sincerest thank you for sharing the seasons with us this year.

embriven is all about embracing the things we have in life and the things that we cherish. We also embrace the things that motivate and drives us to keep moving forward (such as dreams, goals, desires, etc.). We believe if you really put your heart to it… good things will come.

We want to take this time to encourage all of you to stay in the fight… Keep dreaming… and keep believing… Be grateful for the things around you…

We also want to encourage you today to reach out to those in need when the opportunity arises. Say hello to a stranger, pray for the hurting, feed the hungry, spare some change, be a shoulder to cry on, and the list goes on… These simple gestures can ultimately be a life changing experience for others… Let someone know you care because I can guarantee it’ll speak life into someone’s heart =)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and hope you enjoy this video!

We love because He first loved us… 1 John 4:19



Oooohhh, I just discovered “the girls with glasses” and they are pretty darn fun.

Happy almost Friday!
xoxoxo – athena

Thank you Veterans!

Sometimes we are so busy with our lives and so busy living it that we forget to take a moment to think about how there are actually people out there fighting for our freedom and how we don’t even know how to thank them. I remember seeing a lady in her army suit one time and asked her if she’s in the army. She answered yes and I reached out my hand and shook hers and told her how much I appreciate her serving the country and thanked her for everything she has done. I only share you this story because I can never forget the joy and the smile on that lady’s face after I thanked her. I could see that she was happy to hear that there was actually someone out there that appreciated her service. I hope the next time you run into a Veteran you will also reach out your hand to thank them or if you have a great story to tell please share. I want your story to inspire everyone including me.

I want to take this moment to thank all the Veterans of the USA. Veterans, we honor you. We recognize and appreciate all you have done, all you are doing and all you will do to bring safety, protection and freedom to our country. Thank you to you and your family!!!

β€œThe willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” –Jeff Miller

This video says it all…please enjoy


Busy Schedule

We’ve been busy bees here at Embriven…

1. working on new stuff to bring to the table
2. trying to finish up the shop – promise to have it up as soon as we can but don’t have a date yet…hang tight.
3. personal projects – ahhh, lots going on
4. we have a 9-5 job to work around with
5. will have more sessions of the Q&A with the models up soon

Meanwhile, you should check out this Orla Kiely lookbook. Such an out of the ordinary one but we love all the dresses. Enjoy!

For your amusement…

For those of you who didn’t know…I’m from California (grew up there) and just moved to Minnesota over two years ago. I’m enjoying it so far. My husband sent me these little fun facts the other day and I thought it was pretty funny and so I wanted to share with you.

Cold is a relative thing ya know

At 65 degrees, Arizonans turn on the heat. People in Minnesota plant gardens.
At 60, Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in Minnesota sunbathe.
At 50, Italian & English cars won’t start. People in Minnesota drive with the windows down.
At 40, Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wool hats. People in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt.
At 35, New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold.
At 20, people in Miami all die. Minnesotans close their windows.
At 0, Californians fly away to Mexico. People in Minnesota get out their winter coats.
At 10 below zero, Hollywood disintegrates. The Girl Scouts in Minnesota are selling cookies door to door.
At 20 below, Washington DC runs out of hot air. (Ya think? Nah.). People in Minnesota let their dogs sleep indoors.
At 30 below, Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Minnesotans get upset because they can’t start the snowmobile.
At 40 below, ALL atomic motion stops. People in Minnesota start asking, “Cold enough for ya, eh?”
At 50 below, hell freezes over. Minnesota public schools will open 2 hours late.

Hahaha…this is close to being true. I’m pretty sure the Minnesotans enjoyed this πŸ™‚

xo – athena

a happy Thursday

Today is such a happy Thursday for me because I get to hang out with one of the most special person in my life for a couple of days! My best friend, Linh is in town visiting me and I just couldn’t be happier. This end of the week is a great start for my weekend πŸ™‚ We just had a great dinner and tomorrow will be a day out full of fun and shopping – just like the old days. Yipee!

because i’m so happy i have to share this super cute and super fun video from the fine frenzy with you! cute video! cute song! cute outfit! don’t you think?

A Fine Frenzy – Blow Away by AFineFrenzy-Official

β™₯ – athena

Fairy Tale in Fashion

Can you guess what fairy tale this fashion shoot is?

(click on photos for larger view)

You guessed it! It’s Alice in Wonderland. This was featured in Vogue magazine a while back (my guess is in the 90’s). I used to have a hard copy of this Vogue issue (lost it ever since I’ve moved) and I love it because it has one of my favorite models, Natalia Vodianova playing Alice. Alice in Wonderland was not my favorite fairy tale as a kid but I would still watch it a lot because I was trying to figure out the story. To me, it wasn’t a story that was in order with the beginning and an end but the story was everywhere. As a kid I thought it was a mystery fairy tale or a puzzle that I had to try to figure out…yeah, a little naive πŸ™‚ Anyhow, I do think it is one of the most creative fairy tales with a lot of imagination. Creative enough to be able to do a fashion photo shoot!

Happy weekend!
β™₯ – athena

Fabric of our lives

I guess we can’t stretch enough of how much we adore Zooey Deschannel…lovely commercial πŸ™‚

xoxo – athena

Canada Photoshoot

I did a little photoshoot with the cousin in Canada and it was so much fun! We were in a small town call Gimli and it was such a fun little town. The lake was beautiful and the country side was so nice.

(click on photo for larger view)

Our first visit was at a relative’s farm and I LOVE farms. Even though I grew up in the city I always adore the farm life…I love the simpleness of it and the organic lifestyle. I did dream of owning a farm with lots of animals and a ranch with horses when I was a little girl. Maybe I might want to live on a farm one day…

but only if I could be close enough to the city. I love the farm life but I also don’t want to be too far away from the city πŸ™‚

Model: Eva DeMeo
Baby: Evelyn Elisabeth Olson

I love this last photo…it’s so sentimental! Thank you Eva and Ev!


More Beautiful

I woke up and read a beautiful post from Pie N’ The Sky, (a blog that we are part of sponsoring this month) and it reminds me of the song “More Beautiful” by Jonny Diaz. It’s no artistic/fancy video but the lyric itself speaks enough. Hope you enjoy because there aren’t too many songs out there that speak encouragement πŸ™‚

Happy Weekend!


Zoey Deschanel as the NEW GIRL

Ah… New Girl premieres September on FOX. I am most definitely excited for this show… I know I’ve blogged about Zoey Deschanal before, but I just can’t help bragging about how amazing she is.

This amazing indie girl can act, sing, write, and has an amazing heart in which you can tell from her blogs at www.hellogiggles.com.

Her band She and Him is definitely on my top ten list because the sound is so raw and so unique.

Her work definitely has an indie edge to it in which I’m all about! One of the things everyone just loves about her is that her work is so different from regular mainstream actors and artists. She embraces her differences and its definitely giving her a boost/advantage in her career.

She’s the type of girl who knows she’s different (dark hair, shorter than the average hollywood star, in an indie/folk band, stars in independent films) and loves it. It definitely gives her that cool-girl persona in my opinion =)

She’s now going from the big screen to the small screen as you would say (TV Show) and I couldn’t be more excited. The show is about a quirky/geeky girl who caught her boyfriend cheating on her at their home. She decided to move out and moved in with a group of bachelors who thought they could use her to get them to her model friends. Little did they know, this girl is an emotional mess and they’ve decided to help her move on.

After watching the trailer, I just completely fell in love with it. This is definitely my type of show and my type of sense of humor… It definitely reminds me of my goofy self and all the crazy emotional coaster I’ve been through!


Dora D.

Behind the scenes – Video Shoot

We’ve recently shot a small promo video for the upcoming fashion show. It’s still in the editing process but here’s a little behind the scenes for you!

You can now buy tickets for the show here!
Embrace Fashion Show

Have a great weekend!


Dora D.

Atlas Hands

Happy weekend! I just saw this video on Marie Bee a new blog that I found through Skunkboy Creatures (a blog that we are a part of sponsoring this month). The beach makes me miss California!

Such a beautiful video with a beautiful song! Enjoy!


Home Inspired

I keep wanting to rearrange our house again but I know it’s not time yet. It’s just so tempting looking at all these home decorations and ideas…

I’ve been loving the rhinoceros bust and this ordinal dresser at Anthropologie. Just don’t think I will have a chance to ever own them but maybe I can recreate them one day πŸ™‚

Can’t take my eyes off of this unique lamp and I’m still searching for a vintage telephone – hopefully, I can find one during my treasure hunt.

Here’s a slightly worn sideboard that I love.

I want a black chalk board just like this in our office.

Love, love this table and the chairs.

This Krispy Kreme donuts painting is just too good to resist!


Our Story. Our Vision.

Hey everybody. Hope you all are doing well. Wow, it has been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been a busy bee! It’s been full of work, planning, and of course fun ever since I got back to California. The pace is definitely different from state to state. It’s so calm in Minnesota!

Well I promised I was going to tell you about my story and my vision of how this fashion show came about… so here goes!

A very close friend of mine went on a missions trip to Vietnam more than 5 years ago and he came back with tons of stories and testimonies. At the time, I didn’t know much about Human Trafficking, what it was, or that it even existed. He shared many great stories, but the one that really broke my heart was the one about a little girl. He saw it with his very own eyes; a man, walking down the alley way holding the little girl’s hand. Mid-way down the alley, he stopped in front of the other man, gave the little girls hand to him, and took what it looked to be money. He had sold the little girl to the other man…. my heart sank, and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing…

From then on, I felt a burden in my heart for young girls who were forced to take their innocence away from them… but at the time, I felt there was nothing I could do because I felt like I was a nobody who didn’t have a voice or who wouldn’t be able to make a difference even if I tried.

As the years passed, my big sis shared her dream to me one day… The things she was passionate about, and the goals she wanted to set for herself. My sis is a very humbling soul and the first thing she said was that she wanted to be able to help others through her passion and love for the art and fashion industry. I asked her how that was possible and she began to share with me the different experiences she had at work as a makeup artist. As a makeup artist, she was able to see the self-consciousness and the self-esteem these women had. She said the greatest joy was to see these women start to see how beautiful they really were when she was done with their makeup. She began to explain that it wasn’t the makeup, but that they looked beautiful because they are already beautiful… the other stuff just helped enhance it and bring it out. It touched my heart hearing these stories and in my heart, I wanted to do the same thing… I wanted to help these girls who felt helpless and hopeless…

The name Embrace and be Driven came from that story. I’ve started my blog about 7-8 years ago.. but it’s more of a personal blog and about my little arts and crafts here and there… after I heard both their stories… I knew I wanted to change the image of the blog… My sister and I wanted a blog that will inspire people through the arts, creativity, music, and fashion. We wanted people to see the world in a different way… the beauty in everything that surrounds us, but especially the beauty in oneself.

“Embrace and be driven…” God has created you to be beautiful in your own unique way… so embrace it. Embrace the tiny things in life… life is too short not to enjoy it… And to embrace both the good/bad things in life… you’ll always learn something from it. These are the things that should drive and inspire you…

Anyways, back to the fashion show! After hearing my sister’s dream… I knew there was something I could do to make a difference, especially with the things I’m passionate about. I wanted people to be aware that modern day slavery still exists. This was such a great opportunity to show awareness for those who are suffering and those who are hurting. I wanted to do a fashion show to reflect beauty and hope… I’ve had this vision for about 5 years now and its finally going to happen this year! The vision eventually grew to have all the arts and creativity involved… from music, design, art, fashion, and dance. And now, we’re in the middle of planning this event; Embrace: 2011 Fashion/Art Show.

Embrace Fashion Show Mission Statement:

Embrace: Our mission is to provide a platform for local talents to showcase their unique artwork, designs, and music that will transpose and translate into a forum in purpose of inspiration and encouragement. We believe every man-made creation has a purpose, as we would like to reflect love, confidence, and beauty through others. In addition to our efforts support our love for fashion and art, this event also provides opportunities to increase public awareness and education towards human trafficking movement, as much of the proceeds of our event will be donated to these organizations.

Embrace 2011 Fashion Show
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Urgency Recreation Center
174 Nortech Parkway
San Jose, CA 95143

Check back in July for more info and ticket sales and come back to hear my sister Athena’s story.

Dora D.


As a little girl our parents couldn’t afford to buy us whatever toys we wanted. For the most part, our toys were either given to us from the church or it was a hand-me-down toy. We could only play with what we were given. The one thing I’ve always dreamed of having was a dollhouse, I love playing with dolls. I remember we visited someone’s house one day and their daughter had a dollhouse…from that day on I kept dreaming of having a dollhouse with all the accessories and dolls to play with. I remember looking at the ads and wishing I could make a wish and wish for all the toys I wanted in the ads to come alive. Yeah, I know, it was a very silly fantasy but hey, I was a little girl πŸ™‚ Even though I’ve never had a dollhouse and that dream was still just a dream I am still very grateful for everything that I had.

Here is a video – made for Target – that bought me back to that memory. Reminds me of a fairy tale…

Have a great Father’s Day!


I’ve been loving to…

thrift shop – the sign says it all

listen to She & Him volume two

collecting vintage instant polaroid cameras

talk to this girl almost everyday – oh, I miss her and her daughter so very much!

drink Starbucks shaken ice green tea with eight pumps of classic! My favorite drink!



“Erin Austin of OK SWEETHEART has the voice of Billie Holiday, but she dresses all that longing in a polka-dot vintage dress with a scalloped collar and croons to bouncy chords on piano. She sings about as many cities as she claims her project hails from β€” bandmates McKenzie Smith (Midlake) and guitarist Jeremy Buller (Sarah Jaffe, Bosque Brown) connect Austin (ha!) to Denton, though she resides in San Franscisco and the project has ties to Tulsa and Brooklyn. I enjoy listening to OK Sweetheart much more than I do Regina Spektor, but the comparison is an easy one to make at a cursory listen, so you hear it often.”
-Lyndsay Milne

Besides the music and her adorable personality, my favorite part of the video is the 60’s vibe it carries. I’ve recently picked up some baking as a new hobby and I just love all her baking essentials. If she actually did all the baking herself, what a mighty great job!


Dora Danh

Just a little imagination

I love how kids can have so much fun with the most simple thing. It only takes a little imagination to be creative. Let this little French girl tell you her creativity…

Here are some little ones with style for you to enjoy…

Small blog

Davina Zagury Photography

from Misha Lulu

Chakra for Children

Looking at these pictures make me want my own little ones to style them up with πŸ™‚ Check out some more from my sister’s post Fashion for Young Ones.

Happy Monday!


Taylor’s Closet

I came across Taylor’s Closet a couple of months ago and I was amazed by the things they are doing for their community. What is Taylor’s Closet? Taylor’s Closet is an organization that brings comfort to girls who have been through some sort of trauma in their lives. Whether its abuse, addiction, rejection, hopelessness, etc., Taylor’s closet is there to show that someone cares and to reflect the love of Christ on them.

Various fashion designers, clothing co. have definitely offered support by donating great quality, high-end clothing items so that Taylor’s Closet can bless others in need. I was truly touched after coming across their website and what they’re doing is just fantastic.

Girls are truly being changed through their experiences at Taylor’s Closet. Please check them out and read the different testimonies and inspirational stories.

Taylor’s Closet

Taylor’s Closet has truly inspired and motivated me to continue my works with embriven. I believe we can reflect Christ’s love through the creative arts industry.

Hear my story on my upcoming blog post!


Dora D.

The Royal Wedding

After hearing so much about the Royal Wedding I’ve decided to watch the “William & Kate” movie online and the movie turns out really great. It reminds me of those Disney princess movies but this movie is even better because it’s based on a true event. I didn’t stay up to watch the Royal Wedding but I’m tempted to watch it online now πŸ™‚ I did take a look at the wedding pictures and it’s royally beautiful!

The Princess is lovely and the wedding dress is overwhelmingly stunning!

It’s breath taking every time I look at this picture of Westminster Abbey. My thought: if this place seem so amazing…imagine how heaven would be like…100 times better!

Have a royalty weekend!!!


Hello Birdy.

I’ve been listening to this cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” over and over and over again… It’s been on repeat on my computer.

The amazing thing is that the singer, Jasmine Van den Bogaerde aka Birdy is only 14! She’s also from the United Kingdom, which makes her even more adorable. Hope you enjoy.

Dora D.

Happy Earth Day!

Here’s a little quote from Green-Inspired that will hopefully influence you to make greener choices!

What Inspires You?
For us, it’s fresh air, clean water, and positive change. It’s greener choices. Everything matters. The little things you do make a big difference.

Eco-Heather, Eco-Fleece by Alternative Apparel

I just love the thought of everyone making small sacrifices like recycling or greener substitutions in order to make a difference. My favorite must be being Green in the Fashion Industry. I love the saying “Green is the new black.” Green is such a positive trend that can really benefit everyone. Here are a few FAQS in Eco-friendly clothing:

Eco-friendly dyes: Low-impact dyes that do not contain heavy metal or toxic substances

Eco-friendly fabrics: You can mix fibers with organic cotton (non-pesticides) with recycled polyester (from bottles or plastic) and rayon (from plants)

Recycled Clothing: My favorite! Thrift store shopping or re-inventing old clothing to new and modern stytles!

Hope you’re enjoying your day and the beautiful place God has created around us!

Dora D.

Winter Song

For a moment I thought winter was done but it snowed yesterday. Oh how I long for it to be over. I saw this video on Arian Armstrong and it just reminds me of this year’s winter but it helps ease my heart. Summer soon to be here…


Looking Vintage…

Drew Barrymore

Shannyn Sossamon

Penelope Cruz

Juliet Roberts

Liv Tyler

Angelina Jolie

Who’s your favorite look?


The Runway…

Here is some footage of the Anthropologie Spring Fashion Show as I promised. Enjoy!

We love how Anthropologie keeps it real and used models that come in all ages, sizes and shapes. It allows the audience to feel more comfortable fitting into their clothes.


Some insights on how to put pieces of clothing together and accessorize your outfit for the spring. A booklet that was given to us at the fashion show talking about the 2011 spring trends.

I apologize for the delay in posting this. We had a “Bloggers Day of Silence” yesterday to show our love and support for those who are affected by the devastation in Japan. Our prayers be with them.


Anthropologie Fashion Show

What can be better then celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your sister at a fashion show?! My sister-in-law, Becca and I went to the Anthropologie Spring Fashion Show tonight and it was one of the best nights ever. It was so wonderful to be able to spend some quality time with the sister!

We had dinner at Mozza Mia pizzeria for the first time and the pizza was delicious!
Here we are at Anthropologie Fashion Show. They have beautiful settings and provided some delicious food.

I love how Anthropologie has so many unique things that you can get for the living room, bedroom and even the kitchen πŸ™‚

I’ll be posting some footage of the fashion show so don’t forget to check back. Hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!


Polaroid Moment

Hope you guys had a wonderful Friday so far…the husband and I went out to dinner with some friends and we had a great time chit chatting. It was nice to get out after a long day at work. Here’s a polaroid moment to wish you all a wonderful weekend!

*picture taken by the Polaroid camera that was shared by Dora here*

Now it’s time for a hot shower and cuddle up in bed…night, night.


Flea Market Finds…

I was so excited to find out that Her Library Adventures blog is doing the Flea Market Finds. What it is, is sharing with others about all the goodies that you found at the thrift store or the flea market. I love shopping at the thrift store to look for vintage items and good deals. Every time I find something good I will be as excited as a child receiving a candy treat πŸ™‚ I went thrifting today and this is what I found…
Three lovely, vintage, pyrex bowls in a addition to my collection! Woo hoo! A vintage knitted blanket, a green vintage butter dish and the one thing that I’m most excited about is the 1983 mushroom cookie jar. I love mushroom art and this cookie jar is the cutest thing ever!

I also found this vintage dress. I might show you how it’ll look like on me someday πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to jump over to Her Library Adventures to see all the other treasure hunts. Friday is coming…yeah!


What did you wear?

At the wedding…
For those who asked *The bride’s wedding dress: Jessica McClintock; Headband: Anthropologie; Bracelet: Jcrew; Maid of Honor’s skirt: Top shop; Blouse: Forever21; Shoes: Steve Madden*

We found the same pattern of dresses for the bridesmaids at UO and Top Shop. I meant to break the tradition with weddings and not have a theme color and wanted the bridesmaids to wear everything different. I gave them the freedom to reconstruct their dress however they like it to be and that’s what the Maid of Honor did. She reconstructed the dress, turn it into a skirt and added a blouse – it became a two piece outfit. It turned out perfect!

(click on picture for larger view)

As for the shoes, they could wear whatever they want. I believe your wedding should reflect who you are and not how it should be – you’ll have more fun that way. I had a lot of fun mix and matching everything! You can see more of the wedding pictures here


Finger Waves

Nothing can be more vintage then to style your hair in finger waves…

Nicole Richie styles them really well.

Kiera Knightly finger wave hair features in the movie “Pride & Prejudice.” I love the vintage fashion in the movie…got to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Liv Tyler my favorite fashion icon…always looks great in everything.

As for Charlize Theron, she can go with any hair style.

Long hair works too!



It was Saturday, we baby-sat, and what a fun day it was. This is Josh and he’s our friend’s 3 year old boy. We had him for a few hours on Saturday and it was a blast!

We played with alphabet blocks…notice the teapot I have on the table?

Under little boys eyes it’s not for tea…it’s for stuffing the “elepent” stuff animal inside πŸ™‚
It’s “elepent” not elephant…lol


Lost Things

I adore Alison Sudol from the Fine Frenzy and this making of the video with her in it is just so creative and artistic…umm, just lovely.

Aarontine’s Day

Happy Thursday! Thought I should share with you about Aarontine’s Day. The husband was sick on Valentine’s Day so we didn’t get to do anything but he made it up last weekend with so-called “Aarontine’s Day.” It was so sweet and cute! We hung out together the whole day, we had Thai food for lunch – yummy! And he prepared a candle light dinner with steak and corn. The husband did such a great job with the steak – sooooooooo good! Here’s a peak of our Aarontine’s dinner…
I got a gift card from UO – my favorite place to shop and the cutest card. It was such a wonderful time! Big thanks to the husband! MUAH!

Happy Friday!

I am so happy that it’s Friday! It has been a stressful week at work…blah…not worth talking about. However, the weather was awesome this week. We had some sunshine and the snow is slowly melting. It’s so ironic how I get so happy and excited when it’s 30 degrees out in Minnesota and all I wear was a t-shirt and a sweater. Back in California 30 degrees is considered freezing cold and I would bundle up with layers and layers of clothes. You only bundle out in Minnesota when it’s zero and below – burrrr!

This is what I wore during the 30 degrees weather:)

*Vintage grey t-shirt with a cable fisherman cardigan and corduroy legging*

*Frye boots and carrying an Anthropologie tapestry bag (a gift from my BFF)*

This is how much snow we have piling up in our front yard this year.

Pretty crazy. Have a wonderful long weekend – for those who get President’s day off! I do πŸ™‚

Hello 2011!

Hi there! I know it’s been a while since the last time I blogged. There was just so many things going on that needed my full attention – good things – and now that things are settling down, I can converse πŸ™‚ One of our New Year’s resolutions is to give and share more of what we have to offer. Keep in touch and check with us as often as you can to learn what Embriven is all about! πŸ™‚ Keep in mind that we would love to hear from you! Enjoy!

Here are some of my highlights from 2010…

β™₯ I visited California in July for my bachelorette party. As you can see, my sister posted the bachelorette pictures on the previous post. I had a wonderful time and everyone did an awesome job putting it together!

β™₯ A lot of wedding planning and got married in September to a wonderful man! Here are some of our wedding pictures…

My wedding shoes. I love this Seychelles (one of my favorite brands) shoes. It was so comfortable that I was able to wear it the whole day without being in pain. On top of that it totally matches my wedding dress along with the vintage theme.

My Bouquet

Our wedding cake was inspired by a photo of a vintage cake and the cute owl toppers was made by Skunkboy CreaturesMy makeup artist was Linh, my best friend/maid of honor. She’s so talented with makeup and did such a great job!

We had a blast with these poses while the bridesmaids helped me dress up.

Our wedding party!

Our baby flower girls! They are the cutest and did such a great job as our baby flower girls. Our pictures with them will definitely serve as one of the greatest memories.

Bret and Matt Christensen, our photographers, did such a wonderful job. They totally went out of their way to help us capture our special day the way we dreamt of. It was so fun working with them! Thank you guys!

β™₯ And another year older in December. My husband prepared a honey baked ham for my birthday and bought me a carrot cake. Mmmmmm…delicious!


Welcome September – National Sewing Month

I love the fact that there is an actual month to celebrate the art of fashion, creativity, and talent. I’m hoping that I would be able to squeeze a couple of days this month to work on some sewing projects to post. To start of the month, here are some of my favorite items from these independent fashion designers/crafters/artists from


Metallic Forest Backless Chiffon Dress by HollyStalder

Red line Cotton Jersey Dress by jenfashion

Child Keyhole Flates by HydraHeart

Leather Bound by NoelFales

Handmade Owl Mini Hair Clip MayCrimson

Owl Bookend by aprilfoss

My Big Sis is Getting Married Next Month!!!

My big sis, Athena will be a married woman next month! I’m so happy and excited for her! I will definitely be pushing for a nephew or niece soon. Well, I’ve had a blast helping her pick out colors, dresses, and being a small bit of a deciding factor. I’m so excited to show off some wedding pics towards the end of next month. It will definitely be one of those unique, vintage, DIY events that makes the day twice as memorable. Here are a few pictures from the Bachelorette party at Crown and Crumpet and few DIY Weddings that are so inspiring to me.

The beautiful bride to be (Athena Olson)

We took a stroll down Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco, CA and stopped by this cute little boutique for kids.

The Wedding party!

Here are some of the most beautiful and creative weddings. Great wedding inspiration from Style Me Pretty

It is such an honor to be one of the bridesmaids in her wedding. My mom and I are currently working on my bridesmaid’s dress. I am having so much fun with it and I can’t wait to show you pictures next month. It will definitely be posted for Septembers National Sewing Month and will definitely update you all on the wedding!

Had a Lovely Past Weekend

I spent a lovely weekend with my old college roomate, Julie. It was about a 3 hour drive up north from San Jose, CA. I had a blast with her. We were able to do an early birthday celebration for her with a tray of cupcakes from Sprinkles and a bottle of Korbe champagne.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Fashion for Young Ones

I have two beautiful nieces and I’m so obsessed with making sure they look nice and have cute little outfits to wear. I think it’s very important to make a child look ready and prepared for an outing. Here are some of my favorite places to shop for them… I wish I had these clothes when I was their age!

10 Cute Little Things

1. Cute plastic cups with red heart in the middle

2. Delicious looking cupcakes with victorian teacup

3. Decorative binder clips w/ matching masking tape

4. Vintage telephone

5. Paper mache sailboat

6. Vintage inspired coin purses

7. Cute drinking glass from Modcloth.com

8. Chinese lanterns

9. Kitchen aprons by Anthropologie

10. These super cute pillows

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Altoid Tin

Gift wraps and small gadgets

Some hand-crafted cards

Who can resist some sweets!

Loving the Pearls

I absolutely adore anything with pearls… from clothes, home decor, to fashion accessories

I love this DIY vintage herat ring bowl. Learn how to make this at ruffledblog.com

Audrey Hepburn wears her pearls so well

Love these shoes from geekshoes.com

They work so well with your little black dress

October Paylist

1. Karen O and the Kids (Where the Wild Things Are)

2. Norah Jones

3. Eisley (Room Noises)

4. Imogen Heap

Fall is just around the corner… 10 Reasons why I love FALL!

1. Fall Fashion

Photo from MarieClaire

Neverending Seam Bag from Anthropologie

2. Fall Colors

Photo from livinginhd.com

3. Fall TV Shows

4. Fall Holidays

photo from agoodson.com

5. Fall Home Decor

photo from angelaadams.com


6. Fall movies

Where the Wild Things Are

Coco Before Chanel

7. Fall Flavor

8. Fall Pillows

9. Fall Weather

Light rain with the cold sensation

10. Fall boots

Dream a little Dream of Me

Zooey Deschanel is so lovely and talented! I loved her in the movie 500 days of Summer. Here’s a clip to accompany the movie.
I love the fact that she sings in every role she plays. I also love her style… my favorite is her blue dress in the movie.
(photo from paiseleypetunia.com)