Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wedding Planning Update

It just happens to be my last bride's wedding anniversary this past week! Happy Anniversary, Fatima & Tim! It took place at the beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California.

I have been quite consumed opening and trying to keep a new business adventure, Dirty Water, keep afloat. A few responsibilities have shifted and I have goals that I am kicking into high gear: #goalby40. I am looking to gain more experience and saving money for that 2 bedroom 2 bath condo on the beach in Maui. I am determined to make that happen.

What would you do on that island? 

I am an Event Planner and am doing well with my Stella & Dot business. I am planning a wedding for September 2017 and June 2018. I have also an On Call Banquet Server at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California to gain event experience from a hotel perspective. Maui is a common wedding destination. I'd fit right in, don't you think? I will also be going back to Maui in October for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. I love researching venue, food and this gorgeous island.

As for the two weddings on my hand, here is what's happening:

September 2017 Wedding
I was recommended to the Bride by my former colleague, friend and my future Paris travel partner post wedding. I had an initial meeting with her at a local Philz, recapped our meeting by updating an Excel workbook of tasks that need to be completed and a timeline. My Bride and busy executive was consumed as a female Partner at a firm. (GO women in business!) I didn't put too much pressure on her but with being three weeks out, work needs to get done. Majority of invitations are out, existing contracts have been reviewed, a site visit was done, rehearsal dinner venues have had site visits and inquiries sent, bridesmaid dresses options have been researched, etc. There is so much to do!

June 2018 Wedding
"I immediately thought of you!" How sweet it was to hear that I am trusted with such an event. Of course I said 'yes!' My Bride is in Southern California but would like to have a 120-person affair in Northern California. We scheduled a phone call to discuss her wants, do not wants, ideal budget and next steps. A proposed budget and how it should be spent was prepared with a recommended budget, how to cut costs, etc. As the Bride has not narrowed down a city or area of Northern California, there are so many options! I have a few in mind but have also visited venues in Sonoma County. Photos to come soon!

Today happens to be their four-year anniversary. Lots of love in June.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Selfie Day - June 21, 2017

We've all done it. There's even a category and album that Apple automatically puts your selfies in. How many do you have? I currently have 403 on my phone. I'm so vain, right?

Well, don't be ashamed, it's Selfie Day on Wednesday, June 21st. Rock those selfies!

As a Stella & Dot Stylist, it's my job. I make money off of my selfies because I take pictures of how I wear the jewelry I'm selling via social media and possibly during live trunk shows. It's easy. Even with cute dogs. That is Gizmo. My long time buddy, now 14.

I have a few friends that are Roman Fields reps and tomorrow, for every selfie posted via Twitter with no makeup and use the '#RFgonaked' hashtag, one dollar will go to BuildOn. I'm down. Post a pic, unfiltered and give yourself some self love promo of you all natural. You'll be happily surprised how many compliments you'll get. Own it. You're beautiful.

Will you participate? Have fun with it! We do!

Monday, June 19, 2017

#StillInIt 2017 - Week 8

Week 8 of 8 of the's fitness challenge with Dymatize. Again, I made very little progress. I stopped drinking with the exception of maybe three days, I switched up my workouts and made it a point to get up early to make it happen and I feel like I ate better. But still, not that much progress. What's up with that? Frustrating.

Abs, Back & Cardio

Arms & Cardio

I started a new part time job and I had to drive into work. I would get up at the same time but I didn't hit the gym.

Being tired from working a double on Thursday, I took the day off. I had planned to take After pics the next morning.

Abs, Legs and Cardio
With After pics not showing any progress, I pushed even farther at the gym. It felt good.

Chest and Cardio
I felt those booty moves from the day before and felt I deserved a fun evening with a friend.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Raising Funds to Find a Cure


My friend, Carmelita, will be participating in her FOURTH Team Challenge Half Marathon in Napa, California on July 16th with monies funding to find a cure for Crohn's and Colitis. Last year, she raised over $5,000. This year, her goal is to reach $6,000 and she is 48% there!

Carmelita is a rather new friend of mine but we immediately hit it off when I met her at a Veuve Clicquot event at Dirty Water where she won a magnum! Since then, we have donated a gift certificate to a golf tournament benefiting children, she has attended other Women Wednesday events and other fun events around the city. We became Facebook and Instagram friends and this woman does it all. She's a professional, constantly traveling and enjoying life and doing good for this world. It's an honor to have met her and I would like to support her efforts. Read more about her story here:

I am donating 10% of sales from her online Stella & Dot trunk show. Please make your purchase by July 2, 2017. We have items on sale, you can earn Dot Dollars with purchases of $50 or more by June 19th and there are specials to take advantage of when you spend $50 or more. Please shop here:

Thank you for your consideration and cheers to Carmelita!

Bond Bar for Women Wednesday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Three times here and always a good time. The first time was having a birthday luncheon out on the patio with Bevo after a long walk on the beach. The second time was after hiking Purisima Trail with friends. And this last time was with my sister for her birthday weekend. 

What should we get? 


My friend John of Mujicians Brewing Company always gets all the beer at a brewery to try them all! Why choose just three? Why choose beers you think you'll like? Tasting beer is just as fun as wine tasting. With so many breweries popping up, I assure you, they're not all Bud Lights (thank God). Some won't taste like you think they would. I enjoy being shocked with a unique scent and an unexpected flavor or color. I am no expert on the topic but I can tell you you'll have fun if you get 'All The Beer!'

I told Nelson that this should be addition to his food truck.

My sister, Melyssa, has never experienced this and we received a tray of all the local beers on tap. The Filipino in her thought we had to finish them all. Nope, just finish what you like. We took beer menu, wrote down what we thought we tasted and put in order which were our favorites.

The results:
Our favorite - HMB's Apricot & Passion Fruit Belgian Blonde. 5.5% ABV. 20 IBU.

Melyssa's #2 - HMB's Kolsch. 5.1% ABV. 21 IBU.
My #2 - HMB's Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. 7% ABV. 23 IBU.

Melyssa's #3 - HMB's Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. 7% ABV. 23 IBU.
My #3 - HMB's Daily Ritual Coffee Blonde. 5% ABV. 16 IBUs. Because it was soooo weird!

Other notes were that the Honey Ale was like nothing. It was the Bud Light on the tray. The Honk If You're Heffy from El Granada, CA was 5.4% ABV and a Bavarian wheat beer. It smelled of rotting oranges and the finish was not pleasing. Sorry, Honky beer on the tray.

My sister ended up going with a pint of our favorite, the fruity Belgian Blonde. Sadly, she couldn't finish it and I did. It's good!

Frank, our Server, was awesome and attentive. He also delivered a pretzel with melted cheese, two crab sandwiches and  my Jameson just like I like it.

After the flight of beer, I wanted a picture in my Kauai Island Brewing Company sweatshirt near their sign. Clearly, the beer and whiskey has kicked in. 

Take 2


Cheers! And remember, order ALL THE BEER!

Mervyn's Demo - Hayward, CA

I have lived in Hayward for almost 15 years and this long-time vacant orange  building is being demolished. Condos and retail space will take its place.

What kind of retail shops would you like to see here? Being a foodie, I would like unique restaurants.

Below are photos taken the week of June 12, 2017. I hope to post more updates. Follow the blog by following my Facebook page or entering your email address below to the right.

Re-Post Love

It's always nice to get notifications when your photos are re-posted on Instagram. To do so on IG takes a lot more effort than hitting the ReTweet button on Twitter so a special thanks for the IG love. I definitely appreciate and love the Twitter retweets, don't get me wrong! I just started a list of those users that have retweeted me in appreciation. Check out my lists!

But to focus on Instagram where I finally reached my first 1,000 followers on my main account, shout out to The Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Gillythebugg and Manila Bowl who have reposted pics from each of my accounts! Please show them some love too!

Now with 298 likes

Posted because I'd want Bevo returned to me!

 I do re-post IG posts myself, check them out on my main account (bappletree) for @gardenshf @hyattsfo and @emarqana. I am currently working on a wedding at the Gardens at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek, Ca, I am a new Banquet Server at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA near the San Francisco International Airport to get an idea of banquets from the hotel perspective. And being inspired by my friend, Rob Arias and Owner of The E'ville Eye blog, I am trying to get more involved and support my city of Hayward. I have been a resident there of 15 years. I should and could do more!

If you have a moment, re-post, reTweet, share, Like and invite friends to an event, like a page or even show some old fashioned love by word of mouth, we small businesses and bloggers would much appreciate it!

And I love these kind of follows - DANNY WOOD of New Kids on the Block. Awesome. Wuv u!

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