festivity

Ugly Sweater Parties

I’ve been wanting to go to an ugly sweater party for the longest time! I was determined to make an ugly sweater for some Christmas gathering. There was a Christmas party at my church and I told myself that I’d make an ugly sweater even though there was no dress code. So I bought some fabric, sequence, and some holiday stickers from Walmart and Michael’s. I also used some small ornaments from my Christmas tree. I think I spent a little less than $12 on my sweater which included the sweater itself ($5) and the decor. I had to make myself a budget for the sweater just because it was going to be ugly and because it was going to be a one time kind of a thing.

Ugly Sweater Party #1
The day after I bought my ugly sweater materials, I found out that my church was having an ugly sweater competition! It was perfect timing! I’ve never worked so hard a project that I wasn’t going to be graded on! I didn’t even procrastinate on this! So a lot of love and time was put on my sweater. Though a good amount of time was spent on my couture sweater, it was really fun putting it together when it came down to it.

So I wasn’t the only one wearing a homemade ugly sweater. A few competitors/friends made their own too! Who do you think won? Drum roll. The one on the right at the end. Michelle! Her sweater was definitely ugly!

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Ugly Sweater Party #2
My company was encouraging all employees to wear holiday sweaters and anything festive for our annual holiday party. Once I found out that it was ok to wear “holiday sweaters”, I immediately knew I was going to wear an ugly sweater. This time, I switched it up a little. I made my sweater cugly aka cute ugly. A lot of my coworkers were impressed with my sweater. They all liked it but I’m not sure if that meant they liked it because it was more ugly than cute or the other way around. Either way I took it as a positive comment!

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The cool thing about our holiday party was that there was a photo booth! So my coworkers and I took one! I had to put a Christmas tree hat on just to match with my ugly sweater even though you can’t see the tree!
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Ugly Sweater Party #3
My last ugly sweater party was a girls only gathering! Before going over to the party, I had to buy some salad since it was potluck. I went to Ralphs with my ugly sweater on. People started looking at me intently. Well, they kept looking at my sweater. I was getting really uncomfortable so I ended up zipping up my jacket. I’ve never felt so self conscious before! It was a little humorous though. At the grocery store, a kid complimented out loud about my headband with the big bow. So that was nice but I was still self conscious about the ugly sweater. Anyways. At the party, two people, including myself, were the only ones who wore our ugly sweater. I kept my sweater still cugly.

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Knowing that I was able to wear my ugly sweater three times made the craft work worth it! I can’t wait to make another ugly sweater next year!

Christmas Lights #2

There’s a cul de sac in Tustin that has some crazy lights and decorations. The first time I went to this neighborhood was actually my senior year in high school. My friends somehow found it and ever since then I checked out the neighborhood annually. Last year I went was with Dasom. We walked around and then had some hot tea in her car. We were being really cute.

This one house has the front lawn full of snow and all kinds of Christmas decorations (top left corner picture). But what’s crazy about this house is the garage. The garage is covered with holiday figurines. It’s a whole different world in there. You just have to go there to really know what I’m talking about. The top right corner in the collage is a picture of the garage.

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One house across the street had a nativity scene and other sorts of holiday characters in the front lawn. I have a feeling they made all the wooden cut outs of the characters.

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There’s another house in the cul de sac that has crazy Christmas lights that flashes to the beat of the music. The night my friends and I went, somehow the lights and music didn’t go off. I was a little upset that my friends weren’t able to experience the epic lights show.

If anyone is interested in finding this neighborhood, here are the directions. But let me warn you that these are not good directions. I just don’t know the address. I just know how to get there by memory. So here we go:

  • Drive down Walnut towards Tustin
  • After you pass the street Tustin Ranch, make an immediate left. There should be an opening for you to turn left into a neighborhood.
  • Go straight. Drive by the park that is on your right.
  • At some point the street will curve to the left.
  • I think after it curves to the left, you only have two options to go straight or turn right. In this case, turn right.
  • Then in your first or second left, you will see cul de sac with some crazy lights.

Worst case, just Google this neighborhood. I’m sure they’re  on the web! Enjoy!

626 Night Market

This weekend in Arcadia, there will be countless booths lined up to sell all kinds of Asian food. It’s time for the festivity of Asian food to begin (soon)! I’ve been eyeing on this event for a month or two. I’m looking forward to see how it turns out! It seems like there will be 40+ vendors there. Be ready to make some choices on what to eat or be ready to eat everything. If you want to know more about this, check out: http://www.626nightmarket.com

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