Nail Stickers!

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It’s not that often that I get to have very much fun with my nails.  Because I am in the jewelry business, I have to always have my nails manicured and looking nice.  But because I am in the color gemstone jewelry business, my nails always have to be a clean, neutral color so they don’t clash with any jewelry I am trying on to show the customer.

However, this week I don’t have any jewelry shows, and I can finally have some fun with my nails.  I was in Japan over the summer, and I bought a gazillion nail stickers.  I think they are so much fun, and make it really easy to jazz up your nails.  I stopped going to nail salons since Sephora came out with home gel nail kits, but I missed having the little hand painted decals.

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Nail stickers to the rescue!  They are uber cute, and super easy to apply.

I just love this color too.  It’s not gel nail polish, but a Revlon Colorstay – I find these polishes to be very long lasting and very smooth and easy to apply.  Here I am wearing my new favorite color, Rich Rasberry.

I usually just stick them on before I put on the final top coat.  I like to do it while the nail color is still a little bit tacky, I feel like that will help them to stick better also.  I love having the bows down by the cuticle instead of by the tip like I normally do.  It is a little bit like having a reverse french manicure and I think it looks SO CUTE. ❤

Nail art is one of the hottest trends right now, and using nail stickers is one of the easiest ways to get this look at home.  I love the look of nail art, especially all those cute tutorials I always see on Pinterest.  But I just don’t have the patience (or a steady enough hand) to pain my own designs.  Nail stickers to the rescue!

Check out these celebs rocking their own nail decals:

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Well, I am off for the night.  Someone is taking me for a ride on a motorcycle- yippee!

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I like to dress occasion appropriate.  This is what I wear when I go riding LOL.  I really love the combination of leather with the pearl pink chiffon lace top.  The purse and jacket are from Honk Kong, boots by Tory Burch, Diesel Jeans.   Have a fun Friday night everyone!

DIY Wedding Fans

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20130124_110850When my sister Michelle decided that she was getting married in Bali, I knew immediately that I needed to make a wedding favor that was appropriate for the climate.  I’ve always hated those silly little packets of jordan almonds packaged in tulle (does anyone even use those anymore?). After working so hard on our new website, Curious Curations, I was happy to get more hands on with a new DIY project.

I really wanted to make something that was meaningful, that would be useful, and most importantly, something that people would actually want to keep after the wedding.  After straining my brain for quite some time, I hit upon the idea of making  souvenir wedding fans- genius!  Especially since the wedding was in Bali, I knew it would be hot and sunny there, and that wedding fans would be appreciated while our guests waited for the bride to make her entrance.

Actually, originally I had wanted to make super large cutouts of the bride and grooms faces so we could hold the fans up to our faces and take pictures that way.  If I had my way, I would blow up their faces, then all the embellishments would be little sticky mustaches, eyeglasses, cat whiskers etc, a la Mr. Potato Head.  This (hilarious to me) idea was quickly vetoed by my sister.

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I unfortunately didn’t take any photos of the process when I was making them, but I thought I would post some of my finished creations here to inspire anyone who is interested in making these.  I made all of them slightly different, because I am insane that way.  I get bored if I have to make everything the same, mass production style, so I always switch it up.  Plus it was really fun to play with all my tools.  Luckily there were only about 30 guests, so it wasn’t that painful.

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DIY Wedding Fan

This is one of my favorite ones.  So my basic method of making these is:

1. Print cute photos of couple on cardstock.  I used textured cardstock because I think it makes the fans look more professional.

2. Cut out circles about 7″ in diameter from foam board. This was easily the most annoying part of the process. Luckily I coerced my brother Peter into helping with this part.  He also managed to squeeze about 7 circles out of a single foam board, when I was only getting 6 before.

Luckily I had a circular cutter.

3. Cut the photos into circles as well.

4. I wanted the back of the fan to have the story of how the bride and groom met, along with some trivia about the couple, and we also added a special thank you to the parents at the bottom.  I think the guests really appreciated learning some tidbits about the couple, especially some of our relatives from overseas.  It also helped keep the guests from being bored while they waited for Michelle’s big entrance.

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Some info has been covered up to protect the innocent.

It took me a couple tries to get the formatting to fit on the circle.  I first printed it on vellum (because I had some one hand) and then holding the page up to the circle, and tweaking little by little to get it to fit right.  I just used regular printer paper when the formatting was perfect.

5. Take popsicle sticks, and stamp some cute words or flourishes on the ends.

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Luckily I had just bought a stamp set for making invitations, and they had these cute little words on them.  I stamped the words on on side, and a flourish on the other.

6.  I modge podged everything onto the foam board circles I had already cut out.

7. Embellishment time!  These are my favorite to do because I can be creative and play with all my little tools and stamps and things.  I made custom titles for each photo. 20130124_103333

I made this one by first taking one of my favorite stamps and inking the different little flowers with one of my favorite inkpads with removable pads.

After stamping the image, I used letter stickers to write the “Bali” and “2012”.  Then I cut everything out by hand.  Even I can’t believe I went to all this trouble for a title.  The end result looks really good though.  I used 3d foam stickers to stick the title onto the fan, I think it looks MUCH better when you add dimension.

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In this photo, you can see that the title to the upper left was glued directly onto the wedding fan, and the title in the bottom right was attached using 3d foam stickers.  The added dimension creates a pretty shadow and just looks more interesting, in my opinion.

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Here is a close up of the title:

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I used black ink to stamp the fleur de lis, then I added the gold accents with a metallic gold gel pen – because I have serious issues when it comes to being overly detailed with my embellishments.

A couple of the photos were really good ones I wanted to include, but the way they were taken didn’t allow for a clean circular cutout.  I worked around it by using some romantic vellum quotes I had been saving.

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What I did was I glued the side of the vellum quote to underneath the photo, then glued only the photo to the foam board circle.  That way the vellum just sat on top of the foam board.  I just ripped the excess vellum off in the shape of the circle.

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I think this technique worked out pretty well, and let me salvage some photos that otherwise weren’t going to work.  This quote says “True love stories never have endings”.  Awwwww, so sickly sweet.

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I finished the fans by tying a little bow around the handle.  I had found these cute little embellishments that said “To love and to cherish”, so I went ahead and tied them onto the ribbon.  I think I could have done without them, to be honest.

Well, here are a couple more of the fans that I made, hopfully they will inspire you to make your own for those hot summer weddings!

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I wish I had taken more photos of the wedding fans in use, but I was so busy that day, doing my bridesmaid thing.

DSC_0769This is one of my favorite photos from their wedding.

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Here I am being escorted by my handsome little brother Peter.  I had the most ridiculously crazy gigantic smile plastered to my face all day.  Also, my bosoms are popping out because at the last second Jade made me switch dresses with her.

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Momma and Poppa Law, aka Maria and Lawrence.  Mom looked so beautiful that day, and you can see that she is holding one of my fans! Dad is beaming, and looking pretty natty himself.

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I love that Jade and I look like Siamese twins here.

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Our Make Way flats from our website http://www.curiouscurations.com makes an appearance!  I think Jade gave up her heels immediately after the ceremony and slipped into her Make Ways.

The wedding fans were a big hit!  Everyone loved them and couldn’t believe that I made them.  They also kept saying “wow you must love your sister a lot, to put so much work in”.  So I definitely got some major un-lazy points with the relatives.  I had so much fun making these – but thank goodness I only needed to make 30!  I think we will re-use them as part of the centerpiece for their wedding banquet coming up in March.

Chicken Paprikash

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If you live in my house, you know that pretty much my favorite dishes to cook are all comfort foods.  Dishes that are hearty, filling, and comforting.  So the other night when I found myself with not much on hand besides some frozen chicken breasts, a tub of sour cream and a couple onions, I knew I was going to make Chicken Paprikash.  I had never made it before, but I had seen the recipe floating around on All Recipes and Epicurious.

If you’re not familiar with it, Chicken Paprikash is a Hungarian stew.  I think it’s one of those things that every family cooks differently, but it has the same basic componants: chicken, onions, sour cream, and paprika, served over some kind of dumpling or noodle.

I made mine with chicken breast meat, because that’s what I had on hand.  First I diced up 4 chicken breasts, seasoned it with pepper and paprika then cooked it for about 8 minutes.

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Next, chop up 1 1/2 onion, 1 bell pepper and 2 plum tomatoes (because that’s what I had on hand.

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Remove chicken from the pan, and sautee up the veggies with a tablespoon of butter. After the onions get soft and translucent, dump the chicken back in.  At this point, I added about 3 tbs of paprika (oh I wish I had the good Hungarian stuff) and 1 tbs of cayenne pepper (because I love spicy food), 1 tbs of black pepper, 1 tsp of white pepper, and 1 tsp. of salt.

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I mixed up a tablespoon of corn starch with 1 1/2 cup of chicken broth and poured it into the pan.  Let this simmer for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile I got started making dumplings.  This was my first time making European style dumplings, so I was a bit apprehensive, but I think they turned out alright.

In a mixing bowl, mix together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of water (I added a bit of chicken bullion for flavor) some black pepper and 2 tsp of salt.  Slowly stir in 2 1/2 cups of flour (I used half whole wheat which might have made the dumplings a bit heavy).  I also added a dash of Maggi seasoning because I love Maggi.

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Then you just drop spoonfuls of it into a big pot of boiling water. I was a bit worried at first because it all just looked like a big gooey mess that wasn’t holding together.

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I mean, I didn’t have memories of a Hungarian grandmother making these, like most of the other recipe authors had, so I just had to play it by ear.  I think they turned out alright in the end.  You just let them boil for 10 minutes then scoop them out and rinse with warm water.

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Here is the resulting dumpling.  They look a bit ugly to my eyes, but then again I have no idea how they’re actually supposed to look.  In most of the pictures I saw online, they were already slathered with sauce and stews.

At this point I mix in 1 cup of sour cream to the chicken.  Mmmmm, sour cream…

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The resulting mess smells delicious and reminds me a bit of stroganoff, which I love love love.

After this, you simply scoop a couple dumplings into a bowl, top it with the chicken and lots of sauce, and gobble away.  20121210_191226

Sorry for the messy bowl, I’ll be sure to have better presentation next time, but I was hungry!  It was fantastic to curl up on the couch, wrapped in cats and blankets, noshing on Hungarian comfort food while catching up on season 2 of Breaking Bad.

Don’t be Afraid of Statement Rings.

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Don’t be afraid of this ring!

As many of you know, I run a jewelry business, Lo Rador Gem House.  We specialize in exotic color gemstones, and our style is center stone focused.  I travel all around the country exhibiting our jewelry, and one of the most common phrases I hear is “Oh I can’t wear that, it’s much too big”.  Now ladies, don’t do yourself a disservice by turning down that 10 carat Aquamarine!

I know most people aren’t used to wearing “big jewelry”.  They are afraid people might think it’s too gaudy.  My answer is, who cares!  If you like the ring, just wear it!  In the larger scope of things, it’s one of the smaller accessories you will be wearing anyway, and jewelry ALWAYS looks better the bigger it is.  The point is, don’t dim your light just because others don’t want you to shine.

I love wearing large rings, and one of the hottest ways to wear a large cocktail ring is on the index finger.

Angelina Jolie with a stunning Emerald ring

I think wearing a large cocktail ring on the index finger really keeps it from being too pretentious.  Rather than saying “I’m wearing this ring to show it off”, I think wearing a ring on the index finger says “I’m wearing this ring because I absolutely love it”.  It really seems to say that you’re not taking it too seriously.  And it definitely adds a chic vibe to a ring that could otherwise be gaudy.

Ashley Olson sporting a chunky green stone ring on her index finger.

Wearing a ring on the ring finger is more traditional, while wearing a ring on the index finger is more edgy, more chic.

One of the ways I wear my rings.

On my ring finger, I’m wearing a Burmese Ruby in style R495 set in 18k white gold with princess cut diamonds, and on my index finger, I’m wearing my “Love” ring that I bought from my friend Ed, and one of my favorite pieces, a ring containing a rough diamond that my father designed and had made for me.

Wearing those two rings together are very important to me because they remind me of what’s important in life- Love, and Possibilities.  Don’t be afraid to rock those statement rings!

-Peih-Gee

About Me

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I thought I’d blog a little bit about myself. I originally had this in the sidebar, but it was taking up WAY too much space on the side.

Hey there! I’m a 34 yr old Chinese-American with a penchant for crafty hobbies, cooking, style and cats. I love all kinds of Life Pro Tips, basically any tip for making life easier.  Amongst my hobbies are knitting,

crochet, scrap booking (any paper craft really),  gaming, reading, travelling, and cooking.  I’m interested in learning about sustainability, cooperative living, and healthy (and vegetarian) eating. Lately I’ve been fooling around with sourdough starters and baking with wild yeast.  I love all things that are design oriented.  I love playing dress up, and trying out new beauty tricks.  All this is always finessed with a healthy dose of style and love.

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From left to right, my brother Peter, me, groomsman Roger, our friend Caroline, my brother-in-law Boeing (groom), my sister Michelle (bride), Boeing’s brother Alex, her best friend Ann Louise, groomsman Jim, and my sister Jade.

I live with my sister Michelle, her husband Boeing, his brother Alex, and our 2 cats, Butter (the fat friendly one) and Sugar (the shy but sweet one).  We have a great place in Santa Monica 11 blocks from the beach, and living with family is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Butter is the one with fur that looks like dead leaves. Sugar is a black and white tuxedo with a Hitler stache.

I’ve been very lucky to have had all kinds of interesting experiences already in my 34 years on this earth. At 21 I danced in a number of music videos for such artists as Janet Jackson (I am the one in the blue wig), Madonna (you can catch me staring up at the camera for a few seconds), Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Maxwell.  I performed at the MTV Music awards with Madonna.  I’ve spent 2 weeks on a little island in Malaysia scuba diving, staying in a little hut with no electricity or running water.  I’ve started and failed a business in England at 22. And at 29 I participated in the CBS reality show Survivor China, lasting 36 days and placing 5th overall with 2 immunity wins. Not bad for a little Asian chick, eh?

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Here I am with Jeff Probst after one of my immunity wins.

I run 2 businesses.  My main business is  Lo Rador, a jewelry business founded by my grandfather.  I manage it along with my parents Lawrence and Maria, and my Uncle Patrick helps out as well.  We design and create fabulous high end color gemstone and diamond jewelry. I exhibit and sell my jewelry at jewelry shows in different cities around the US.

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Paraiba Tourmaline set with round and princess cut diamonds in 18k white gold. Our own design.

I also co-founded Curious Curations with my sisters Michelle and Jade.  It’s a collection of charmingly cute shoes, bags and accessories.  It’s our pet project, and it’s been really fun working together with my siblings.

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Piano Melody heels, modeled by Michelle.

 Phew!  I think that’s enough of an onslaught of Peih-Gee-ness.  Keep following my blog to see more of my life and projects.  Thanks for reading!

-Peih-Gee

First Post!

 

 

Hi everyone!  This is me, Peih-Gee Law.  Welcome to my blog!  Image

 

I’ve finally decided to stop being lazy and start this blog that I’ve been talking about forever.  I’m going to be documenting and sharing interests from my life.  I just want to talk about crafty things, my misadventure in trying new recipes, share all my beauty tricks, show off my lazy cats, and discuss issues and happenings in my business and industry, the jewelry industry.  

Thanks for reading!  Also, here is a cat.  Image

-Peih-Gee