CHEERS WITH NESPRESSO

THE PERFECT SHOT

I had my first coffee when I was ten. It was my mom’s naive influence and humor to let me try my first cup of latte. From then on I was hooked. you can say I’m kind of a coffee snob. Actually, I’m the most annoying kind of coffee snob. I’m an owner of a high-end (and obnoxious) espresso machine, drip coffee is my savior, and freshly roasted coffee beans make my day- and yet, I may be Nespresso’s biggest fan.

Nespresso’s high end technology enables the beans to stay completely fresh within the capsule. The machine also makes crema. That’s right, crema. Making crema is the entire point (and the most difficult) of an espresso, and yet, Nespresso has dummy it down for us with a simple push of a button. Did I mention the plethora of flavors they offer, and how absolutely delicious they all are?!

Nespresso also recycles all their capsules. They even make it easy for you to do it within their boutique by supplying bags with free shipping. I try to be eco conscious (proud owner of a Prius) so that’s a huge plus in my book!

Getting the perfect shot may be a thing of tooth fairies and Easter bunnies, but Nespresso makes it pretty easy. I have partnered up with Nespresso to share a couple of my tips on how to take “the perfect shot” of coffee. Here are a couple of my cardinal rules:

1. LIGHTING

The number one rule to taking any great photo is having amazing lighting. You can take a photo of the most mundane rock, but if it’s taken during golden hour, it’ll be the most beautiful rock you’ve ever seen.

Where the sun sets and rises in your house pretty much dictates when you’ll be taking photos. For me, the best time is always in the morning. I have lots of shadows and bright lights to play with in the kitchen.

2. BALANCE

A well balanced photo helps your audience immediately recognize the focal point of your photo. That, and it adds a lot of texture to a photo.

3. COLOR

I think this is one of the most overlooked rules in taking “the perfect shot.” Color is the first things we see when we look at a photo. It catches your readers eyes the most. Even for myself, I find myself more attracted to a photo purely based upon the merits of the colors that were incorporated into the photo.

For myself, I lean more on the brighter and whiter type of photos, but I try to break it up with neutral and contrasting colors. Pro tip: the brown palette of coffee is always a great contrast to white backgrounds.

4. A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE

When I say a great cup of coffee what I really mean is a great prop. If you have a great prop, the likelihood of you keeping the photo simple is higher. You don’t need to crowd the photos with too many objects. In fact, if a photo is too crowded, it may draw away from the focal point. Keep the necessary props that complements the focal point well, and get rid of the rest- a photo is like your life; keep the necessities and throw away things that don’t make you happy.

My cardinal rules are to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone works differently. For me, brighter less crowded photos gets me giddy, but perhaps your method is, “the more, the merrier.” What I’m getting at is the “perfect shot” is really whatever photo makes you happy.

Funny that I brought up happy, coffee, and “the perfect shot,” because my photo will be hanging at the Beverly Hills Nespresso boutique store and I would be happy if you could check out my “perfect shot” of coffee over yonder (see what I did there?).

DENIM RULES

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Cruiser Straight Crop Jeans and Oversize Boy Shirt in Waterfall Blue by Madewell

Here’s my denim rule to you: break all denim rules.

If people tell you that you can’t wear denim with denim then you break that conception cause you can. There’s something so exhilarating about going down a road less taken, being the devils advocate, and well, giving zero shits.

Now to be a complete hypocrite (it’s really all about semantics), I like to wear my jeans with comfort. Throw on a white tee or a crisp blue shirt, sneakers, and I’m ready for adventuring! Effortless dressing is how I like to dress, which coincidentally is also known as lazy dressing.

 

TEA CEREMONY AND CAKE

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One of my biggest issue during my wedding planning period was whether we needed to have a tea ceremony. In traditional times, a tea ceremony is where the dowry is usually given. Nowadays it’s just a ceremony that people do, it’s tradition. For me, I have no connection to this tradition. I grew up going to a couple of these ceremonies, but I also grew up watching the same types of wedding we all saw in movies. So how do you gap the discrepancy between these cultures?

For myself, it was important to remember that this wedding was not all about me. It’s to honor your heritage and give thanks to your parents for procreating what is to be your husband’s best-thing-to-ever-happen-to-him. But at the same time I just wanted a simple garden dinner where we all got drunk. So can you have it all? Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too!

I wanted to soak in the actual wedding day so we decided to have the tea ceremony a month before the actual wedding date. It was for our family’s sake, and really my own peace of mind. No longer did I have to hear the nagging and complaining of

You have to have the tea ceremony! Why are you being so disrespectful?! What will people say?!

After I agreed it was all rainbows and sunshine, well, at least momentarily. I let them plan it. I let them decide what they wanted because really, it was their day, and I happily let them do it. All I had to do was show up!

To be honest, when I told my mom I wasn’t going to have any type of tea ceremony I felt a bit guilty. Why? Other than the fact that my family kept nagging about it, it was also because I identify with being Asian. I eat Asian food, I speak Vietnamese, and well, I’m Asian. But most importantly, my mom really wanted the ceremony, and if there’s one thing I learned about weddings it’s that it’s really only 20% for you and 80% for the lady who popped you out.

In the end I was quite happy we went through with the tea ceremony. Everyone was happy, I got a bunch of red envelopes, and I’m a little bit closer to my Asian side now.

 

TYING THE KNOT

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Throw Practicality out of the window. This will be the beginning of many long posts about weddings. Think of this post as an introductory of sorts. Bear with me as I try to organize my thoughts into well thought out articles that’ll help you manage a wedding of your own.

My experience so far has been a struggle between being practical and throwing the most impractical party of your life. I think all weddings are difficult, juggling what your families want and what you want, but I think it gets a bit more complicated when you’ve got to mix your culture in this hot mess. More on this later.

I’ll be writing articles based upon vendors, negotiating, what key cultures to keep and what to throw away, etc.. Stay tuned!

P.S. The photo above is taken by none other than my photographer who I adore!

 

NOTES FOR AUGUST

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I can’t believe it’s August already. Time seems to really fly by when you’ve got a million things to do. Here’s a list of erratic thoughts flying through my mind for August.


Random thoughts:

Trying to streamline my closet is becoming quite difficult when Zara’s new collection is just so damn good. I’ve got a million things sitting in my cart.

I want to create a life where I’m perfectly happy not traveling, which shouldn’t be confused with not wanting to travel. I want to travel not because I want to escape my life, but because I want to see the world.

How do we feel about suede lining?

Finally finished the bathroom at the boyfriend’s home. Learned a lot of do’s and don’ts in the process.

Been neglecting a handful of people lately due to my busy schedule. Being an adult is tiring.

Planning a wedding sucks. Going to weddings suck. Weddings are a big waste of money. Did I mention I absolutely hate weddings?

Necessary Improvements:

Learn to speak louder, affirmatively, and smoothly

If something makes you uncomfortable, unhappy, or just straight up angry, go ahead and raise your point. Make a strong and logical argument, and if possible, come up with a solution

Don’t complain.

 

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“JUST” HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE THAT WORD?

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LinkedIn Influencer, Ellen Petry Leanse, recently published a post on LinkedIn about the word just. It’s a seemingly innocent word, but has a huge impact on how you execute your meaning.

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Weak: I just wanted to say thank you for…

Strong and appreciative: I wanted to say thank you for…

Weak: I’m just following up…

Strong: I’m following up…

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While I was in law school, I learned a list of words that should never be used. Words like: “obviously”, “clearly”, or “of course” do not belong in any law school classroom or paper- you will definitely get a verbal lashing for using it. If everything was so obvious and clear then why even explain? I have trained myself to stay away from these words and now adding “just” to it.

If you have read the article that I linked above then you will definitely agree that “just” doesn’t make you sound assertive. You may think you’re being polite or friendly, but in the long run it makes you seem insecure. I catch myself using it ALL the time, especially in emails. My goodness, “just” pops up everywhere, like an unwanted pimple. As soon as I take away “just” from any sentence it gives the sentence a different meaning. I suddenly sound confident, still friendly, but I know what I want and I’m going to get it, damn it!

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The next time you write up an email or talk to someone be a bit more aware of the word “just.” Take it out of your vocabulary and see how well your sentence is executed. I’m still working on it, but I’m really enjoying the difference it makes in my emails and how well I am perceived.

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A TINY LITTLE CORNER

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Hello Friends!

Welcome to findingpris! This is just a fun little space for me to share my photos and the happenings of my day (maybe month). I’m not going to promise to update often and I’m not going to apologize for the lack of updates because this isn’t a commitment. It’s a place where I can post if I suddenly have a double shot of creativity, or if I have something exciting to share that will benefit you. Trust me, you don’t want me to update often cause it’ll be filled with lackadaisical outfits and mundane weather updates. I want this to be a place that entices creativity and inspiration.

I probably just gave the worst sales pitch ever– I’m totally getting you guys interested in my blog (drips of sarcasm). Well, I never said I was a saleswoman.

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