Our Wedding

… and WE’RE BACK! I know we have been MIA for quite a while, but now we’re officially Mr. & Mrs.!!! We had a beautiful September wedding in Maui with some of our closest family and friends. If anyone is even debating a destination wedding, don’t think twice. It was the best decision we made and our guests had so much fun!!! (I’m also a little biased because I’m a wedding planner, so I’ve seen it all)

Now it’s back to reality. I just can’t help sharing a couple of our favorite photos (taken by the amazing Anna Kim) from the day… the first one was even featured on Huffington Post! The rainbows were out of control!

b&w portraits

Now that we’re back, it’s time to start eating healthy again! Between my surgery (ugh), traveling and the wedding, our diet and exercise routines went completely out the door! But, now that we’re back and we got some INCREDIBLE wedding presents, I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and start cooking and baking again. We have a brand new 12-cup Cuisinart food processor (it’s also hot pink!), a Vitamix 300, a lot of new shiny knives and other awesome kitchenware (registering was so much fun!).

magnetic knife rack We’ve missed all of you and we can’t wait to share our food, health & life adventures with all of our amazing readers!!! Get excited because it’s fall and I have been waiting all year for pumpkin and squash to come back in season!

Paleo Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

Happy July 1st and happy 2nd half of 2013! Time sure flies… I can’t believe the year is already halfway over. I apologize for being MIA, but over the last couple months I had to take some personal time off to focus on many things from wedding planning to big birthday celebrations to health issues. Unfortunately, I had to have an unexpected surgery and so I have been focusing on my health and recovering instead of blogging. However, this health “scare” has given me some time to reflect about my health, fitness & just life.

Almost a year and a half ago (Feb 2012 to be exact) I started on my paleo journey. During that time some of my health issues were “cured” (or so I thought). I’m going to be a little vague because I’m not comfortable sharing with world my health problems. Because my test results last year came back negative I got cocky and assumed I was fine and so I skipped my 3-6 month checkups. One year later this April I went to the doctor and after many tests found out that what I had progressed into something way bigger than even in the past. So I was scheduled for an immediate surgery.

Now, I definitely agree with many of the beliefs and health benefits of the paleo diet, but what I realized is that not all Paleo diets should be considered equal. I mean I knew that (I read a lot about different versions of Paleo in the Practical Paleo book), but I still followed only the basic guidelines of Paleo and did not tailor it to my lifestyle. I should’ve realized I wasn’t a “one size fits all” type of girl, I mean, if I can’t even wear clothing that is one size fits all, why should my diet be the same!

one size doesn't fit all I discovered that the large amount of red meat I was eating (even though grass-fed & hormone-free) was actually making me sicker than healthier. Again, this is ONLY specific to me. I know many Paleo people who eat meat and are fine. I also discovered that I have a weak immune system and need to take different approach to both diet and fitness.

The bottom line is every person is different in their metabolic, dietary, and lifestyle needs, so the key to being healthy is MODERATION and DOING WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR BODY. People get so hyped up on asking “is that paleo?” that they forget about balance and the bigger picture. Eating eggs & bacon every morning and a steak at night is not healthy. Doing 7 days in a row of intense CrossFit is not healthy. Listen to your body and remember, one size does NOT fit all!

Cupcakes to Crossfit + Preppy Chic Blog

With today being the LAST day of our 6-Week Paleo Challenge, I want to make a big announcement!!! After doing a lot of professional & personal reflection, I have decided a little “online” spring cleaning is necessary.

Over the last couple years I’ve run a blog for my event planning company called The Preppy Chic Blog. It’s been a mix of weddings, wedding inspiration, real events, lifestyle, fashion, etc…  However, it is becoming too difficult and messy to manage two blogs at once causing the Preppy Chic Blog to stray away from its original intent: a place of wedding & event inspiration + wedding & event planning advice + showcasing my company’s work.

Because both blogs now cover elements that I’m not only personally passionate about but also think are relevant to this audience, I am excited to announce the merger of The Preppy Chic Blog & Cupcakes to Crossfit!!!

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= My NEW Paleo & Lifestyle Blog!!!


I am going to keep my Preppy Chic Blog just for weddings & events, and Cupcakes to CrossFit is going to be well… everything else! Instead of being my journey from cupcakes to a healthy lifestyle, I am going to span topics that deal from everything from cupcakes to CrossFit! I will still continue to write about paleo & fitness regularly, but I will add in more lifestyle elements like fashion, home decor, etc…

Get ready for some exciting things to come (including little blog Spring Makeover!)

Paleo Challenge Week 6: Tiger Blood & Faileo

Yes, I’ve been a blogging failure this week. I started this post on Sunday and it’s now Thursday. I’m always amazing how busy life gets.

I’ve officially made it to Week 6 of the Paleo Challenge (I’ve now lost track of days once we past 30). I feel like I’m in the last leg of the marathon… running on pure fumes and adrenaline. With only one week remaining, I know I must push through and stay strong until next Tuesday when this all ends.

According to the Whole30 Timeline, the period after Day 16 is pretty much like being on “Tiger Blood.” I have to say that the latter half of this journey has been a little different for me than last year. I haven’t been working out as often, which I think is a huge factor in my tiredness, and I also don’t think I’ve been eating enough calories. I can’t seem to get on a normal schedule. I’m awake until 2 or 3am and I can’t wake up in the morning! I’m extremely tired and then from 9pm – 3am it’s like I’m so energetic I can’t stop working or thinking! Everything about my body is out of whack which is also disrupting other “cycles” besides my sleep (sorry for the overshare), but it’s very frustrating since last year, paleo did wonders for me and this year, it’s making me feel “off.” We shall see how the next week goes. On the upside my stomach feels phenomenal and apparently I’m getting my “body karate” back!

{Thursday Update: This week I’ve been a paleo faileo mess – with friends in town, wedding events, dinners out and business meetings, I’ve definitely snuck in some rice, soy, tortilla chips and gin :( not to mention I haven’t worked out in over a week! ME = HOT MESS}

So I’ve come to the conclusion that my body definitely can’t tolerate gluten. Being strict gluten-free for the past 5 weeks has made me extremely sensitive now when I consume anything with gluten. I ate tortilla chips, soy sauce & some wedding desserts and my stomach was so bloated and in pain that I didn’t know what to do. I actually had to take a Tums for the first time in a long time. I felt like I ate poison. It was a good reminder though on why I’m doing paleo and why I need to stick to it. I can’t even imagine what all that sugar & gluten was doing to my body. Cupcakes & macarons are just a form of poison in a pretty outfit!

Anyway, to help keep me going this week I thought I’d share a little inspiration… here’s to being better today than I was yesterday!

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Wednesday Words: Things That Fire Me Up

This post was originally posted on 3/13/13 on The Preppy Chic Blog:

I’m so sad that I couldn’t make it to Making Things Happen 2013, which starts today. Last year, this program changed my life, my company and my vision of the future. It really gave me the opportunity to dig deep and reflect upon what I want and how to get there. In one of the exercises, we wrote down a list of things that fire you up because this is the source of passion and motivation in your life & business.

Lara Casey (the EIC of Southern Weddings & the founder of Making Things Happen) wrote: “DO more of what fires you up.  When you are living out your passion actively – not just thinking about it or planning when you’ll do it, but DOING it – life happens.  Real, full, life.  DO more of what fires you up.  When you are actively doing the things that make you come alive, you find an endless well of creativity, giving, love, energy and inspiration.  Life gets richer in the best ways possible. Write a list of all the things that fire your heart up and post it where you can see it all the time!  Then… DO them.”

So I thought I’d share my list of things that fire me up…

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So what FIRES YOU UP??

Download a blank “things that fire me up” sheet by Emily LeyHERE (rainbow), HERE (blue ombre) or HERE (pink ombre), print it and write down all the things that fire YOU up!!! I hang mine in my office right next to my computer as a daily reminder to help keep me going!

Wednesday Words: Creating Momentum

This post was originally posted on 2/27/13 on The Preppy Chic Blog:

I can’t believe February 2013 is almost over! The year is flying by so quickly! I also can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years (this March) from when I started this blog. What started off as a place to showcase wedding inspiration & real events and other random stuff about me and my company has really become more of my brain dump and personal journal. I realized I think it’s time for me to really sit down and figure out the direction for Preppy Chic.

Since the beginning of 2013, I have been doing more soul-searching to really try to figure out where I’m headed in my business, career and life. I love what I do, but there are a lot of things I still want to accomplish, which is making me scattered and all over the place. From focusing on wedding & event planning and building that business, to trying to figure out a direction for this blog, to attempting to maintain my other health & fitness blog, to launching a new startup, I basically have entrepreneurship & business a-d-d and spreading myself thin. I admit that I am an extreme overachiever and I need to remind myself exactly this:

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This quote really struck a chord with me because I put so much pressure on myself to be everything that it leads to stress, disorganization, and loss of focus. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% committed to all my clients and my work, but sometimes the pressure is overwhelming.

So what are my next steps? Like natural evolution, I think it’s time to make some changes in my business & blogging. Instead of writing about what I thought I should be as a wedding & event blogger, I think I am going to start writing about things I love… like fashion, business, and entrepreneurship… to give readers a little bit of insight to who I am. I want to do more destination weddings with Preppy Chic Events because I love travel & think intimate weddings are so special. I want to work on my startup that I think will really help make the wedding & event industry more transparent.

I love this article by Whitney English on creating momentum in your business because it’s so true. It’s very similar to what I learned in Making Things Happen: making a list of action steps. Action Steps have to be “physical, accomplish-able in under a couple of minutes and they have to be realistic.” It requires breaking down a big project or goal into manageable tasks that will allow you to reach your completed project (check out Lara Casey’s article on it). Right now I’m working on creating actionable tasks that will lead me to my final goal. For example, buying a DSLR and an instruction book. Simple easy task physical that will help me to create the food & fashion images I want to help build my blog. I definitely makes getting to where you want to be a lot more realistic!

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Paleo Challenge Day 3: Motivation & Paleo Banana Bread

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I am not an athlete. I didn’t grow up playing team sports (or any sports for that matter). I was a dancer and cheerleader, but I don’t think that compares. Although we “worked out”, we never ran miles or pushed ourselves to a level of fitness that soccer players, basketball players, swimmers, runners, etc… do while they’re training. I’m not making excuses, but daily exercise and going to the gym was never something I was passionate about. I more dreaded it and since I was genetically blessed on being Asian and skinny, well, I sort of put it off.

Unfortunately, this thirty year old body is not holding up too well. I thought I was sore yesterday, well today was worse. I could barely move. The Mr. told me that the best thing to do is go work out again. I wanted to stay sleeping in bed, but instead I got up and attempted a CrossFit Fundamentals class (a toned down version of a regular class). It felt good, but I still feel like my muscles are functioning on a separate wavelength than the rest of my body. On top of it all I promised my best friend I’d go with her to a Pop Physique class tomorrow morning!

“Push through” is what I keep telling myself! But seriously, what I realized is that fitness is all in your head. Anyone can get started, but it’s forming the habit and pushing yourself to be better is what keeps you going!

Another hard part about being paleo is going out to dinner with friends, especially when they order things like this:

IMG_3258 Tonight I went out with some of my girlfriends and they ordered this delicious apple stuffed donut with salted caramel, glaze & ice cream. I was a little jealous, but I managed to stay strong… forming habits (good ones) right? So instead I went home and had an apple with almond butter… mmm… healthy and curbed my dessert craving.

Another craving most people have is for bread… or at least something that resembles it. When I found a recipe for gluten-free banana bread on Elana’s Pantry, I was excited to test it out. With some modifications, it turned out delicious & 100% paleo-friendly. The Mr. loved it so much I think he ate 1/2 the loaf in a day. Pop a leftover piece in the toaster oven and add a little butter (if you’re not dairy-free) and enjoy it for breakfast!

Recipe: Paleo Banana BreadIMG_3138

Paleo Banana Bread
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This delicious moist paleo banana bread (gluten-free & sugar-free option) is perfect for a morning breakfast or an afternoon snack!
Recipe type: Bread
  • 3 extra ripe bananas (should be squishy), mashed
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs raw honey (if you don't want added sugar, you can also substitute in pureed dates)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add together the bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey (or date puree) and coconut oil in a food processor & pulse until ingredients are combined (option: you can also use a hand mixer and blend together all the wet ingredients)
  3. Slowly pour in the almond flour, salt and baking soda
  4. Blend together until all ingredients are combined
  5. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (I used a 4" x 8" non-stick loaf pan. If your pan is too big, the loaf will be flat! This is "bread" not a cake!)
  6. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  8. Remove from the pan, slice and serve.

Happy 1st Birthday

I can’t believe how fast time flies.  It’s been a year since we wrote our first blog post… so Happy Birthday!!! {disclaimer: this is not a paleo cupcake}

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It’s only fitting that on Monday, I will start a strict 6-week Paleo Challenge at our CrossFit gym. Sometimes it takes being super strict once a year (like doing the Whole30) to get yourself going again!

I’m also super excited because I won a free download of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad app last week. If you don’t already have it, it’s worth every penny. The recipes are beautifully displayed (and tasty) and the controls like the ingredient grocery list are very helpful when meal planning. Check it out! She’s also giving away a free iPad or iPad Mini…  so make sure to enter the contest here!

The Paleo Journey Begins Again

Week 1 of the New Year restarting our Paleo journey has gone reasonably well. While we’re not 100% strict right now (we’re trying to ease our way back in), I forgot how much I love cooking, using our slow cooker, going to the Farmer’s Market and feeling less sluggish & lazy. We will probably do a 30-day completely clean “challenge” in February to celebrate our 1-year since we started, but right now we’re not 100% sugar-free, dairy-free or alcohol-free (let’s just say I went to Vegas for the weekend…). Thanks to our new book Practical Paleo, we’ve been experimenting with new recipes, while dusting off our old ones!

From Practical Paleo, we attempted making the pumpkin pancakes (although I think I prefer my coconut flour version better), apple streusel egg muffins (they tasted good, but it ruined my cupcake pan and was a weird texture), mustard glazed chicken thighs (success & delicious) and balsamic braised short ribs (anything in a slow cooker is amazing) with a kale salad tossed in a homemade citrus vinaigrette.

We also brought back our quick & easy taco salad (recipe to follow)! One of my favorite things to do is to reuse leftovers in a different way, so our taco salad night turned into a nice Mexican breakfast scramble the next morning!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the paleo foods from the week! IMG_3063 short ribs and kale

Wednesday Words: Inspiration for a New Year & a New You

This post was originally posted on 1/2/13 on The Preppy Chic Blog:

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions. Mainly because I feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. No one wants to fail right? Instead, I make decisions to try harder, do better, take action and strive to be the best me I can be every day.

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Although I don’t make resolutions, there are some goals/actions I’d like to work on for the New Year:

  1. Health & Fitness {I have a wedding to get ready for}
  2. Organization {I love my new notepads & action book}
  3. My Business {I want to marry tech & weddings/events in a new different way}
  4. Traveling {It’s one of my passions that I haven’t embraced in the last few years}
  5. Balance {Spending more time with those who I love and cherish}

I realized in 2012 that life is short and goes by so quickly. If you don’t take action, take risks, live in the present and dream, you will ever reach your potential. So to start of 2013, I thought I’d continue my Wednesday Words with some inspiration to help kick off a productive, successful, motivated year!

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{top to bottom: minna may | marilyn monroe | eleanor rooseveltsuccessful people | life is short}
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