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Mum Mode: Light Cardigan days are here

Love my Marimekko x Uniqlo dress. I actually have 3 different prints. I would buy them all if they made more! It’s the right length for someone 5’ tall and comes almost to the ankle. The flared design hides weird body shapes and I absolutely want pockets in every single thing I wear.

I rotate my bags pretty often but this yellow Longchamp is going to stay for a couple more weeks. For the foreseeable future, it holds everything I need – keys, wallet, phone, makeup pouch, spare diaper, wipes and snacks for my kid…

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Mum Mode: Frigid Friday

Never thought it’d get this cold in Southern California and I love being able to layer my outfits. This is probably the rainiest winter I’ve experienced since I moved to the US about 10 years ago. But everything is green and we love it! I know that isn’t the case for those further north of us and it has gotten pretty bad.

Coat from RRejina Pyo, DKNY hoodie dress, Longchamp bag and Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

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Mum Mode: Boots season is almost over in SoCal

I take my boots out of storage in early November and they go back in the closet at the end of February. It gets a little too hot here otherwise and I don’t want to sweat up a stink.

I wear my regular Harley Davidson lug boots most often but these knee highs only when I’m in skirts or dresses. How many pairs of boots do you own and what kind of climate do you live in?

Also, LOOK AT THAT! It’s the same H&M top from the previous post! Told you I love it with everything, told you!

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Christmas 2014 at Happ Home

If you haven’t figured, Happ Home is where I live with T and Max. And we celebrated Christmas in advance here because we are flying off to New York for actual Christmas with T’s family. Also we had some of my family visiting with us too! It was supposed to be a small affair like it was last year with my mum and sisters – 5 of us. But we had the great fortune to have my uncle Gable’s family share this occasion with us while they holidayed stateside!

When we found out earlier in the week that my uncle and his family might visit, I got all excited. My sister Rachel, who arrived more than a week ago, got to start the work with me! We planned the Christmas menu, shopped for food and GIFTS! I think that’s my favourite part. It’s not easy buying suitable gifts for everyone but when you manage to get a good one that people appreciate, it’s so much more fun! I’m glad I live close to lots of good shops!

For the actual dinner, food prep began on Friday afternoon. I made a KFC-style coleslaw, baked a chocolate bundt cake and some thumbprint cookies. It came in very handy when I discovered that my husband bought me a really fancy KitchenAid Professional series stand mixer! Wheeee!

On Saturday morning itself, we glazed the cake and filled the thumbprint cookies with homemade fudge. Then in the afternoon, everyone pitched in to help with the rest.


I would like to take credit for all the food but it wasn’t me at all. We made most of the food from scratch except for the bone-in glazed ham, shrimp cocktail and the delicious Gardein vegan roast.


I think the meal was made so much more enjoyable being shared with family – the conversations and the laughter. It was the very first time Happ Home had so many guests all at once and I loved every minute!


Then to round off the night, we adjourned downstairs for a 2nd round of laughs with a very hilarious Christmas gift exchange. Our cousins Shawn, Scott and Sarah, as well as uncle Gable and Aunty Jenny had 2 gifts each as well! It wouldn’t be as fun if all our guests weren’t participating!


And that was the second ever Christmas dinner hosted at Happ Home, done and dusted.

How was yours?

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Fat-shionista #578

IMG_7634Stripes and polka dots. Clashing prints, always okay in my books.

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Neon Pink and White striped dungaree dress from TOPSHOP

Top: Black/White polka dot top from UNIQLO x Lulu Guinness

Accessories: Black bow headband with skull & crossbones from FOREVER21; Bronze folded spectacles (a gift from my pals Mylene and Jon)

Footwear: Purple sparkly pleather ballet flats from STEVE MADDEN

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Chinese Dumplings in Soup

IMG_6873This is my vegetarian tofu version of Shui Jiao, the larger cousin of the more common Wanton (aka wan tan or won ton). These Chinese dumplings are traditionally served in a light clear broth and that’s what I did here. Other than swopping out minced pork and prawns for tofu, nothing’s changed. T and I had it both boiled in hot soup as well as deep fried – we love them equally much!

Vegetarian Chinese Dumplings in Soup

Serves 2-4 (makes about 15) Prep Time: 15 minutes. Cooking Time: 15 minutes.

1 block of extra firm tofu (pressed dry)

5 water chestnuts

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 cup cilantro

1 egg

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 cube of vegetable stock for broth

5 cups of water

15 – 20 Wanton wrappers (Pre-made in a packet)



1. Chop up the water chestnuts and tofu into mince. Then add it to a medium mixing bowl.

2. Add garlic, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, pepper and only 1 tablespoon of corn starch.

3. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl thoroughly to make the filling.

4. Mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water to form the sealing agent for the dumpling skins.

5. Bring water and the vegetable stock to boil while you fill the Wanton wrappers (if you use a premix liquid stock, then there’s no need for water).

6. Take 1 generous teaspoon of the filling and put it in the centre of the dry Wanton wrappers.

6. To seal, dab a pinkie finger in the starch mixture and trace the border of the wrapper. Fold and press firmly.

7. Drop the completed dumplings into the boiling water. Put in a few at a time to prevent crowding. I use a medium sized pot so I put in about 3 to 5 each time.

8. When the dumplings start to float, they are about done. Let them cook for a little while longer before removing them. I usually dish them out into the serving bowls.

9. Once all the dumplings are cooked, you can pour the boiling broth over the dumplings in their serving bowl and garnish to serve. Some people use clear boiling water and keep the soup broth separate but I don’t think it is necessary.


That’s it! Enjoy your hot Chinese Dumplings aka Shui Jiao.

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Fat-shionista #564



This is the only 2nd time I’ve worn this dress since I bought at the post-holidays sale in January this year. My sisters and I were shopping at the H&M sale in Town Square (Las Vegas) and we basically bought more than 15 pieces for like $200 or so. This dress was $15 and I liked it enough because of the starry galaxy print but not enough to buy it without the encouraging of my sisters *koffkoff* If you ladies know what I mean…



What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Black starry print dress from H&M

Accessories: Grey Chinese knot necklace from 2014happy5866 on eBay

Bag: Grey bag with leatherette bow from BERSHKA

Footwear: Black strappy peeptoe heels from KIMCHI BLUE (Urban Outfitters)