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    What To Wear

    Lavender Label

    An Dyer Outfit

    Vera Wang Lavender Label Fiona Boots | Brass Plum Relaxed Tee | Banana An Skull Necklace & Sunglasses | Michael Kors Watch | Forever 21 Sweater, Neon Bandeau Top, Jeggings and Striped Clutch | JC Penney Ring

    I apologize for being MIA for the past two weeks. A few days after Christmas, I was fiddling with my camera and pressed some button to “format” it and *poof* all my photos from the past week (yes, including Christmas) disappeared from my camera and memory card. Devastating. I lost tons of blog-worthy outfit shots but most importantly, all my holiday photos with friends and family. Luckily for me, lots of the photos were captured by others but it’s just not the same as coming from your own camera and views *sigh*.

    Anyway, among other things, my husband gave me these amazing Vera Wang Lavender Label “Fiona” boots for Christmas. I’d been eyeing them for some time now so once I tore open into the gorgeous lavender (literally!) box, my mind started racing with myriad of ideas for outfits I had been stocking up subconsciously. I wore the heck out of these boots after Christmas but like I mentioned, I lost most of those photos due to my brainless actions. Oh well, I guess that gives me the excuse to wear them with reckless abandon since none of my previous outfits in them are floating around the internet yet.

    An Dyer Vera Wang Lavender Label Fionas

    An Dyer Outfit

    An Dyer Outfit

    Xox,
    An

    What To Wear

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

    An Dyer Balboa Park The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

    H&M Blazer | Forever 21 Camisole | Louis Vuitton Monogram Inclusion Necklace & Ribera Mm Bag | Joe's Jeans Cigarette Jeans | Bakers OTK Suede Boots

    Last year, my husband (then, fiance) coordinated one of the best surprises for me to date. He’s normally great with surprises and gifts (lucky me!) but usually, it’s something I’ve mentioned wanting, thought about or seen in passing. This surprise was something I never saw coming and didn’t really know existed. He told me to dress nice and that he was taking me somewhere that evening. We got into the car and started driving – I had no idea where to. We finally got to San Diego’s Balboa Park and I searched and searched for clues… I saw signs for ballets and various symphonies performing nearby, but he wouldn’t budge. We found parking and started walking into the park, passing museum after museum. Finally, we turned a corner and I saw this gigantic cartoonish tree, followed by posters for The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – he surprised me with front & center tickets on opening night to The Old Globe Theatre! I absolutely loved it (and would recommend it to anyone – at any age). It was incredible; beautiful voices singing heart warming songs, impeccable attention to detail on set, award-winning talent… I was head over heals in love with it. Afterwards, he took me to dinner at The Prado, a restaurant I’d been wanting to dine at for years but never got around to trying. Naturally, I mentioned that it was something we had to do again. This year, my husband did not disappoint. He surprised me with front row tickets (I could literally touch the stage without reaching too far). I was ecstatic and the show was better than ever! We were so close, it was as if were part of the show! Unfortunately, no cameras are ever allowed inside; I saw a few peopled trying to take camera phone shots who were immediately scolded by security and threatened with removal – yikes. Following our new tradition, we had a delicious dinner at The Prado, again. If you’re ever in San Diego during the holidays, this is a performance I would highly recommend!

    An Dyer The Prado's roasted jidori half chicken

    The Prado's Roasted Jidori Half Chicken - mascarpone polenta, sauteed spinach, fennel confit, truffle pan sauce

    An Dyer The Prado's braised short rib

    The Prado's Braised Short Rib - golden raisin couscous, sunchoke horseradish puree, root vegetable confit, bordelaise

    An Dyer The Prado's truffle mac-n-cheese

    The Prado's Truffle Mac-N-Cheese - look at those slices of black truffles! Delicious!

    An Dyer at The PradoLast year:

    An Dyer The Grinch Who Stole Christmas 2009

    An Dyer The Prado 2009

    Xox,
    An

    What To Wear

    Going Bananas

    An Dyer Grandma's birthday dinner outfit

    Louis Vuitton Salaya Gm | Vintage Hand Knit Cable Sweater Coat | H&M Mustard Top | Banana An Fluer Royale Ring | Forever 21 Camisole, Rosary Necklace, Belt & Skirt | Michael Kors Watch | Christian Louboutin Decollette 868 100 Glittart Pumps

    Please excuse my lack of creativity for blog titles :p

    An Dyer Christian Louboutin Decollette 868 100 Glittart

    An Dyer Grandma's Birthday Dinner outfit

    I’ve mentioned before my Grandma’s distaste of dark/harsh colors so when her birthday rolled around, I racked my brain for outfit ideas. I decided on mustard, caramel and dark brown for the family get together and birthday celebration. I love this Forever21 skirt because it’s fun and functional with deep pockets to stash my camera and cell phone and also full and twirly to keep me comfortable while stuffing my face with all the yummy foods my relatives would be bringing. I also took full advantage of the 80 degree Southern California weather by skipping the tights and showing off some legs but the sweater coat would keep me cozy in case it got cold later on that evening.

    An Dyer's Banana Nut Bread

    I love comfort food and Banana Nut Bread is definitely one of them. When I saw this No Fuss Banana Nut Bread recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, dailyfoodgasm, I knew I had to try to make it. I’d been meaning to try this recipe since Vy first shared it on her blog but unfortunately for me, my husband loves having a banana for breakfast every morning and they’d disappear before I had a chance to make it. Feeling determined and planning to attend my Grandma’s birthday dinner last Saturday, I made a run to the grocery store for bananas. Two bundles to keep both my baking urge and my husband satisfied. The recipe was fuss free overall; except for sifting the flour – I can’t seem to ever do this without making a mess! In the end, it was well worth the mini flour mess I made because it was a huge hit! My Grandma loved it and everyone kept telling me I should make this again. This recipe is definitely a winner & a keeper in my book!

    An Dyer's Banana Nut Bread

    An Dyer Banana Nut Bread

    Xox,
    An

    What To Wear

    Christmas on the Prado

    An Dyer Christmas on the Prado

    Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses replaced with prescription lenses | DKNY Leather Jacket | Michael Kors Black Bag | JC Penney Owl Ring | Louis Vuitton Monogram Inclusion Necklace | Target Plaid Button Up Shirt | Forever21 Black Camisole | Charlotte Russe Jeggings | Louis Vuitton Pochette Florentine | NYLA Black Booties

    I knew it would be a cold night and we’d be doing a lot of walking around so I wanted to make sure I wore something warm, comfortable but of course, still fashionable and cute. I recently scored these NYLA black leather booties at Nordstrom rack for an awesome price (only $30 after using the Groupon deal) and I wanted a fun occasion to wear them. The heel isn’t too high at about 3.5 inches with a 1.5 inch platform and was thick enough to give great support. I wore a long-sleeved plaid shirt underneath my jacket so that it would still keep me warm in case I wanted to take off the jacket during the night. My Pochette Florentine is always my go-to accessory when going anywhere with extensive walking (county fairs or amusement parks etc.) especially since it gives me easy access to my camera or Blackberry… no need to rummage through my big purse and risk missing a great Kodak moment! Glasses? Unfortunately for me, I’m near-sighted and over the years, my vision has gotten progressively worse. Although I have prescription glasses, I usually tough it out and only wear them when necessary (usually only while driving or at the theatre). They’re definitely a fun accessory though – hopefully that will entice me to wear them more often… as I should ;p

    An Dyer Christmas on the Prado Outfit Accessories

    An Dyer Christmas on the Prado Outfit NYLA Boots

    Every year since I was little, as far back as I can remember, my family attends Balboa Park’s Christmas on the Prado. It’s the event that’s known to jump start Christmas season in San Diego. The entire park and it’s museums are decorated with Christmas decor and there are carnival rides, various holiday performances, international food booths and especially my favorite – The Christmas Tree Story.  It’s always the first weekend of December and only lasts two days. During the two days, entrance to the museums are free and the event typically has over 300,000 visitors. It’s truly amazing and I love every part of it.

    Christmas on the Prado Food Booths

    Yummy Food Booths - Ruth's Chris is my all time favorite restaurant so I had to stop at their booth and was I glad I did, their filet mignion sandwich was amazing!

    Christmas on the Prado - Ruth's Chris Sandwich

    Christmas on the Prado Baklava King

    Christmas on the Prado - Baklava

    Christmas on the Prado 2010

    Beautiful Choir Performances by the Del Cerro Baptist Church

    Christmas on the Prado Del Cerro Baptist Church Christmas Tree Story

    Del Cerro Baptist Church's Christmas Tree Story - the tree opens up and they go through the nativity scenes, telling the story of baby Jesus with narration and music. It's beautiful! (This is why I wanted to wear my glasses.)

    Xox,
    An

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