Mama Travels: Puerto Rico

October 5, 2014

Did you know that there are more Puerto Ricans living in New York than in Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States (sounds as friendly as “legal alien” which I know something about) and only a 4 hour flight from New York.

Maybe because it’s feels like an extension of New York and is so close in proximity, I’ve been to PR many times. PR used to be my weekend getaway when I first moved to New York. Due to fatigue and stress, all I wanted to do was sleep and I never really explored much of the island though I did visit the breakfast buffet. The trip is super easy. No need to go through customs on the way in or out!
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Sister’s Epic Wedding

October 1, 2014

Between flying around Southeast Asia, jet lag, a sore throat, and mama duty, I completely forgot to write about the most epic wedding. My younger sister’s wedding was one of the most labor intensive, beautiful, and emotional wedding I’ve ever attended.

The pictures explain it much better than words.

Here’s the skinny on the wedding:
Venue: Hammersky Vineyard, Paso Robles
Bride Wore: Grace Loves Lace
Groom Wore: J Crew
Mama Wore: Yumi Kim
Odin Wore: J Crew (out of stock)
The flower girls Wore: Zara
Band: Family Crest
Florist: Mama and flowers are from Trader Joe’s in Paso Robles (More on DIY Flowers)

* all the photos are by Mama except the cover photo

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Mama Travels: Rockaway, NY

September 24, 2014

Rockaway Beach in Queens (Not Brooklyn) is my new hidden gem in New York. This area was very much affected by Hurricane Sandy but most of the area is back in business and they need support! I take the 2/3 train toward Far Rockaway and arrive there within 1 hour from my door to the beach. After my surf lesson, I took the day to explore the area. Below is what I found!


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New York Fashion Week 2014 Recap

September 15, 2014

New York Fashion Week used to be my Superbowl. I used to get so excited and would count the days till the pilgramage to Lincoln Center. Just read my past entries here. At peak, I attended 15 shows daily and would fall asleep in full make-up and stilettos, only to do it all over again the next day.

I’ve attend NYFW for the past 7 years and have relaxed my approach quite a bit more — much like the relaxed attire that has been a trend in street fashion lately. (more…)

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Mama Surfs?

September 8, 2014

I have been hearing lately a lot of “so you’ve been surfing…” with hint of skepticism. Maybe surfing is my red porsche (#midlifecrisis) or I am a little deranged, but it is my new found love. I can’t get enough of it.

I first tried it in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. At that time, I had no idea Costa Rica was the ideal place to learn how to surf. I was too green to realize the perfect conditions. Everything, including the swell, water temperature, and sandy bottom for your beginner ass to fall on, contributed to the perfect conditions to learn. Of course, the hot guys and girls who are surfing in Santa Teresa enhance the experience and make you want to buy into the whole lifestyle.

Prior to learning in Santa Teresa, surfing was a big illusion for me.  I grew up in Korea until I was 13 and then lived in Michigan until I graduated college. Both of these places are cold as hell and impossible for cultivating surfers.

Like unicorns, dragons, or the tooth fairy, I thought it was just a dream. Since I wasn’t born in California or Hawaii, I thought my chances of ever learning were slim to none. BUT, I was wrong.

I learned that surfing is a lifestyle and you don’t have to be born to do it. You CAN learn and quickly, too(getting good is a long journey)! People pick it up for many different reasons. I think it’s bit like golf (surfers will kill me for even mentioning this). You play against yourself. It’s all about self improvement and not just beating someone else.  Among those that I asked, many surfers told me they got into for the sheer physical challenge, self improvement, anger management, or just becoming one with the nature.

My reasons for trying are a combination of all of the above. I’ve also learned to apply what I’ve learned from surfing to my daily life. I know you have to be in motion to get a good wave, learn to be selective, patient, and that timing is everything. Surfing is good for the body, mind and soul.

Despite the not so great conditions in New York, I’m going to continue pursing my new found love since these tough conditions will undoubtedly make me a better surfer in the long run.

Who wants to come along?


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Looking Back Summer 2014

September 4, 2014

I swear I blinked and the summer is over. We are in the last quarter of 2014. Time has really gone by fast this summer and I am taking on Garancedore’s advice to see if recapping about the summer will make it longer.

The summer started off with a wedding bonanza. I attended 2 of the most epic weddings. One was my business partner Pierre’s nuptials in the North Fork in New York and the other one was my younger sister’s wedding in Paso Robles, CA. I have never worked so hard as I did for her bridal shower and her wedding but when I saw my son walking her down the aisle, the tears of joy in the couple made it all worth it.


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Mama Travels: Koh Samui

August 24, 2014


I have six girl friends with whom I travel around the world. I believe the best gift we can give to another person is to make time for one another and am lucky enough to have five girlfriends who share the same philosophy.

There are plenty of obstacles to keep us all from showing up. Money, jobs, significant others, kids, family obligations, and whatever else life throws at you at that moment, but each year, we’ve always managed to get together.


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