Nordstrom Stacked Wrist Winner!

Sorry everyone – it has been too long and I owe you all so much. I have been busy settling down into a new job and my life has gone from a comfortable pace to a rapid one. Now that I’m settling in, I am excited to announce that in the time of absence, I was one of Nordstrom‘s Stack Wrist winners (click here for details). @Nordtrom‘s Instagram handle encouraged its followers to take a selfie of your stacked bracelets and wrist combo accessories and hashtag your photo with #stackedwrist. In order to be considered in the contest, you were also encouraged to sign up for the sweepstakes on their website. I was SO excited to enter and add the hashtags to all my wrist shots (accessories are probably one of my favorite things to Instagram). Check out my @TediTsuruda Instagram here. What do you think of the #Stackedwrist instagram images below? Think they’re worthy of being a Nordstrom winner?

Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 1Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 2 - Hong KongNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 3 - ShanghaiNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 4 - PortlandNordstrom #StackedWrist - Jazz Night, PortlandNordstrom #StackedWrist - Portland FleaNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 5 - YogurtLand Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 6 - Portland StreetsNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 7 - Oregon Coast

So what was the big prize? I won $500 to Nordstrom! I had no idea the prize would be that generous. I made a “Nordstrom Lust List” of what I want to put the $500 towards! Take a look, what do you all think?

Nordstrom Lust List

Click the image above for product details here. Thanks everyone, so happy to be back! xx

Pretty Things: Pink

French Macaron

French Macaron

Pink is definitely the color of this week’s, “Pretty Things.” It has been a crazy couple of days for me but I am so happy it’s Friday. I am excited for the weekend so I can do more awesome projects like featuring store reviews, concocting and sharing my favorite cocktail recipes, and more crafted DIY projects. I have really enjoyed taking pictures and learning new camera tricks on my SONY NEX. I love it! BTW this french macaron is so yummy (literally melted in my mouth). Check out my review on the cafe, Nuvrei here.

Daily Arm Candy

Daily Arm Candy

My favorite: stacking bracelets. I added more colors and a Chan Luu wrap bracelet on top of my usual “daily arm candy.” To get this look, stack as many as you want! Try not to go overboard, and to prevent this, add more narrow pieces instead of bulky ones.

Sun

It’s been both freezing and sunny in Portland this past week. When my skin is exposed to cold temperatures (low 30s), I usually double up on the moisturizer and apply more hydrating face masks more regularly. Try LUSH face masks if you are unsure of what a moisturizing face mask is. I like the people at LUSH because they are super helpful and let you sample as many products as you want. Right now, I am using the BB Seaweed mask. It’s great for balancing out my skin’s oils and keeping my usual dry spots around my chin extra hydrated (and not oily).

Photographing My Zara Boots

Photographing My Zara Boots

I can’t tell you how much I love these Zara boots. I love photographing and featuring fun shoes and accessories on my blog. These boots are really fun to wear and  they definitely make a statement. If you ever wear “loud” shoes make sure you keep it simple on top. These shoes make a statement on their own.

Pink Cosmo

Pink Cosmo

Yumm.. need I say more? This is a picture from my Wednesday after work “pick me up.” I have grown very fond to cosmopolitans. My mother and her friends usually always have a batch of cosmos in their freezers during the summer and around the holiday seasons\. It is their drink of choice. I can’t wait to share my recipe with you! Stay tuned.

Nuvrei via @TediTsuruda Instragram

Nuvrei via @TediTsuruda Instragram

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about doing store features on local boutiques and cafes. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I am pretty shy when it comes to photography and asking business owners to let me feature their store on my blog. These interviews and imagery are really helping boost my confidence and initiative skills. I can’t wait to share these places with you. xx

Restaurant Review: Nuvrei Patisserie Cafe

Nuvrei Patisserie Cafe - 404 NW 10th Avenue, Portland OR 97209

Nuvrei Patisserie Cafe – 404 NW 10th Avenue, Portland OR 97209

Are you in Portland and want to feel like you’re in Paris? Head to NW and find yourself at the Patisserie Cafe, Nuvrei in the heart of the Pearl District in Portland OR. This little cafe is lovely and filled with delicious coffee, salads+sandwiches and yummy treats. They are well known for their decadent and beautifully crafted 12 flavored Parisian macarons.

Nuvrei Flower Box

Nuvrei Flower Box

French macarons are decorated throughout Nuvrei. They are featured in the flower boxes, wreaths, and dangling from the ceiling. Overall the atmosphere is very inviting and fresh. Seating and space is limited, but it gives this cafe a cozy feeling.

Nuvrei French macaron details

Nuvrei French macaron details

Nuvrei Counter

Before you order, you get to see all the lovely baked goods Nuvrei has to offer. The macarons are placed convenient and dangerously to the right of the register. Take a look.

Nuvrei selection of pastries

Nuvrei selection of pastries

12 Different flavors of French macarons

12 Different flavors of French macarons

Nuvrei Coffee Beans + Punch Cards + Gift Cards

Nuvrei Coffee Beans + Punch Cards + Gift Cards

Nuvrei Coffee Selection

Nuvrei’s Coffee Selection

Nuvrei Coffee + Treats

Nuvrei Coffee + Treats

Once my friend, Dinesh and I ordered we sat at two bar seats by the window. It was nice being able to look out onto the street on a rare sunny day in Portland during the winter. We ordered four Parisian macarons, one chocolate croissant and two lattes. It was a perfect afternoon “pick me up.”

Latte

Latte

fresh flowers

French Macarons + Chocolate Croissant

French Macarons + Chocolate Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

Chocolate Croissant

Parisian Macarons

Parisian Macarons

Pink + Orange Macaron

Pink + Orange Macaron

Nuvrei Cafe Latte

Nuvrei Cafe Latte

Overall I liked Nuvrei and its cute and delicious treats. The staff was a little unfriendly and were not so keen when I asked them if I could take pictures for a “Restaurant Review.” But overall  it is a great place to come and treat yourself for some Parisian snacks and coffee. Let me know if you get the chance to visit Nuvrei. Click on the image below for Nuvrei’s website. Click here for their Facebook and Twitter page.

Nuvrei Website

Nuvrei Information

facebook.com/Nuvrei 
twitter.com/Nuvrei

Pretty Things

LUSH Cupcake Mask

LUSH Cupcake Mask

I am obsessed with doing My BEAUTY 101 everday. This consists of having a daily skin regimin every morning and night. I love my Mia 2 Clarisonic, Kheils Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Clinique Dramatically Different Gel, and Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Cream. To give my skin the extra TLC it needs I also include a 2-3 times a week face mask. My best friend, Winnie Tsui (click here), a beauty blogger from Hong Kong swears by this refrigerated LUSH Cupcake Mask. It’s lovely. TIP: Make your own strict BEAUTY 101 and wear hydrating eye cream every night. You’ll thank me later, I promise.

accent nail
My favorite is the accent nail, especially when it’s gold or silver. I continued the gold accents with my accessories by adding a two band gold ring. TIP: Keep your look fresh and daring. It’s nice to look down at your fingers and see something new and out of the ordinary. An accent nail color is fabulous. Also, for quick drying top coats, check out Essie’s “Good To Go” Topcoat (click here).

decorated lattes

decorated lattes

I love decorated lattes or espresso, americanos or just plain coffee for that matter. Caffeine fuels my advertising company. I love to treat myself and walk over to Barista and get one of their delicious lattes. TIP: I really don’t have too big of a tip for ordering coffee. However, calories run wild once your start adding syrups, whole milk, sugar packets and whipped cream into your daily coffee. I had a chat with my boss who got married this summer and she said she completely cut sugar and creamery out of her morning coffee. She said she felt and saw a difference. Ladies and gents, this could be your answer to cut down on those extra calories and work towards your New Year’s resolutions.

studded loafer

studded loafer

My classic: studs + prints. I love this look. I actually wore these Hurley Jeans and Jeffrey Campbell studded loafers yesterday (despite the freezing temperature). Don’t be afraid to mix crazy prints and shoes. I can’t begin to tell you how many compliments I get on these jeans. TIP: Like I have said before, don’t be afraid to be daring. If it’s ridiculous, it’s ridiculous. But the main goal and objective you want to achieve is, is that you feel awesome and excited about your look. To make this happen, take a look in the mirror.  Start swapping different flats, pumps or heels with your pants. Wear a plain sweater or top instead of adding a shirt with too much different colors and patterns. Think of it as you are doing the “reverse your clothes.”

Birthday accessories

Birthday accessories

Love these studded boots from Zara. TIP: Always bring out the best accessories for your birthday: champagne + shoes.

photo
Best Birthday week ever! Notice my bracelets? Take a look at my easy DIY beaded bracelets here.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Pretty Things! Let me know if you need TIPS on anything else. x