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Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I know it’s a bit late, but I just couldn’t miss putting up what is always my favourite post of the year… a recap of 2010 in photos, and then looking forward to what’s coming in 2011. :)

First of all, thank you to all my awesome blog visitors in 2010! We had just over 1.1 million unique visitors in 2010 and about 2.8 million unique visitors since the birth of this blog a couple years ago! :) Woohoo!

2010 was an amazing year… I’m so thankful for my friends, family, and of course Allan… my amazing boyfriend-turned-fiancé in 2010! Here is the recap in photos:


Our new bedroom makeover! (Fisheye)

Sports Room

We completed our apartment makeover by the beginning of 2010! It was great to start the year with a fresh design and a cozy home to come back to.


Our signs at the Canada-Norway Game

Our group with Five Alarm Funk

February was truly one of the best months of my life. The 2010 Winter Olympics came to Vancouver and we partied hard and cheered our hearts out for Canada. We went to the men’s Canada vs. Russia hockey game, women’s Canada vs. Sweden hockey, and Canada-USA curling semi finals. We attended the exclusive invite-only Club Bud parties, saw Canada win the Gold Medal in men’s hockey at the Molson Hockey House, and checked out all the venues around town. I will never forget those moments.


Amazon Kindle sleep mode view

Blackberry Bold 9700 Front

In March I bought the Amazon Kindle which is the gadget/technology that has made the MOST impact on my life since the invention of the cellphone. I read almost every day and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to read using my Kindle. I use it at the gym, on trips, before bed at night… it’s made a big difference in my life. Speaking of cellphones, I also bought a new Blackbery Bold 9700 which I still have, and love immensely!


Mustang Powder Catskiing/Catboarding

Recipe: Tender Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Papardelle Pasta

In April we went on the best snowboard trip of our lives doing catskiing / catboarding at Mustang Powder… it was absolutely incredible! Fresh powder lines every day. We also started cooking a lot more and learning to make fresh pasta and more.


Surprise Proposal!

Heirloom Ring

In May, Allan got down on one knee and proposed to me. It was the happiest day of my life! A complete shock and surprise. I’m so happy to marry the most amazing man in the world in September. I love him with all my heart and couldn’t ask for a better person to spend every free moment with and never get tired of it!


Downhill Mtn Biking at Mount Fromme

Ceremony Site: Black Rock Resort

In June, I learned to downhill mountain bike at Mt. Fromme and we also booked our awesome wedding venue at Black Rock Resort in Tofino/Ucluelet area. Woohoo!



Jonetsu Vancouver Wedding Photography

In July we went on a few awesome surfing and camping trips with friends, and booked our freaking amazing wedding photographers, JONETSU. We now consider Chadwick and Camille our good friends and can’t wait to create magic with them.


A Day At the Races

Allan & Allie Engagement Party

In August, we attended the annual horse races event that our friends’ throw which is always a blast, and we threw our engagement party in my parent’s backyard for our close family and friends.


Time to RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hornby Island Trip 2010

In September we started playing dodgeball (which is SUPER fun), and went on an annual trip with friends to Hornby Island!


Awesome time at company hockey tonight!!!  Trout Lake Arena is SERIOUSLY sick.. Great new facility!

Me and @abeautifullife at @WhistlerBlckcmb :)

In October I started playing ice hockey more regularly and we started hanging out more with our now close friends Liv and Rob. I’m so happy that we met in 2010 and became good friends so quickly! So thankful to have them in our lives.


My Birthday Party

New York Trip Part 1/4

In November I had my birthday party and Allan and I went with my best friend and maid of honour Kim and her fiancé Greg to New York for a trip of a lifetime! Kleinfeld’s Bridal, Lion King, Mesa Grill, Mario Batali’s Del Posto, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Serendipity, Times Square, and lots more eating, shopping and sightseeing.


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And December was filled with some more fun and sentimental memories with family and friends.


I’m so excited for 2011 to get rolling! Our wedding is in September this year and it’s hard to believe how fast time has gone past. There’s so much planning to do. We’ve also got a bunch of great ski trips planned to Big White and Apex, and maybe a few more places. A couple surf trips in the summer (cutting back due to wedding costs!) and maybe a couple mountain biking days too. I’m also hoping to finally start working out more and losing the weight I’ve been trying to lose over the past year and a half. And lastly… be better with my money! We really have to crack down now that the wedding costs are starting to add up.

And that’s it for me!

How was your 2010? What are you most looking forward to in 2011?


Thursday, January 6th, 2011

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my site, and I am really sorry for the delay! It’s been a nice, relaxing two weeks of holidays. Although I did have to do some work over the break, it was just nice to unwind and spend some time away from the computer for the most part.

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This post is HUGE. Tons of photos… I thought I’d lump it all into one… everything from our Christmas parties in December, to snowboarding, Christmas Day, New Years, and a trip to the island. :) Here I am above all ready for Christmas!

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I love this portrait of Allan… so handsome!

First tracks of Cypress pow = Happy Faces :)

A nice view...

We also managed to get up to Cypress and Whistler a few times :)

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For many, many years now, Allan’s group of friends have been doing Christmas sweater parties, called “The Erection Party” which refers to erecting the Christmas tree every year. Christmas sweaters and Christmastown decorations are a must!

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Every year there is a gift exchange which is always a lot of fun and sometimes stressful! Plus just awesome Christmas outfits and an all-around good time :)

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Here are some photos of the outfits :)

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The girls…

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The guys…

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The group…

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The group take 2 :)

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Maybe too much fun?

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Next up was our work Christmas parties… unfortunately my Christmas party and Allan’s party always happen to fall on the same night every year. So two parties in one night, but I guess we only needed to dress up once ;) I wore a red BCBG Max Azaria dress. Allan wore Hugo Boss and Etro.

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My Christmas party took place in the CBC building here in Vancouver which actually turned out pretty nice all dressed up in lights and with a casino theme. Catering was by The Reef and was very yummy.

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Fun with coworkers :)

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Then it was off to Allan’s party which took place at Steamworks in Gastown. Good times!

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Since we both work for video game companies, it’s not uncommon to see cool accessories like these Pacman socks ;)

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It seemed like it was going to take forever for Christmas day to come. It’s my favourite holiday of the year and since I spend time planning what presents I want to get people all year round, the few days and hours before Christmas seem to drag on.

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We love decorating the house!

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I’m quite proud of this flower arrangement I made for my mom. I picked out the flowers from Granville Island florist and I think the Christmas arrangement turned out quite nice!

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Added some nice colours to the house :)

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Christmas Day was finally upon us which means one thing…. Christmas waffles in the morning!

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In our family, Christmas Day must begin with homemade waffles with homemade sauces… this year strawberry, blueberry, and cherry. Mmmmm! So good!

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Some family photos with my grandma (96 years old!) from my dad’s side, and my mom, brother and Allan. He’s definitely a part of the family now and it feels so amazing to have him around and know everyone loves him as much as I do.

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Here’s a cute photo of my niece on my mom’s side.

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Our Christmas tree this year! Note ridiculously huge present in background. This will come into play later.

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My dad was very excited to get some Blu-Ray discs and a pair of lower bowl tickets to the Canucks-Oilers game on Boxing Day!

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My brother got a Kindle, which he says is the best thing ever! (As a Kindle owner, I would have to agree :))

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Cousin got a sequin party dress and nieces got Disney DVDs… my mom got a getaway trip to go away with my dad!

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I got a Cuisinart popcorn maker and a camera stabilizer… and Allan gave me a brand new Xbox 360 and a necklace that I just adore from Alexis Bittar!

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This year I wrapped up a ridiculously huge box for Allan’s present and got him….

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… an iPad! He was super stoked. The whole family was in on it too as they bought him accessories like the keyboard docking station, camera kit and case.

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It was engraved :)

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The rest of Christmas Day was spent doing fun activities like singing karaoke on the Xbox (Lips) and playing lots and lots of Kinect. We played JoyRide, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports (bowling), and of course.. Dance Central! It was a huge hit and my cousins even ended up buying a Kinect for themselves the following week!

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Christmas dinner was a delicious affair by my parents with turkey, lots of sides, and some of the cookies I made :)

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Next up was New Year’s Eve and it was a busy night! We had three parties in one night! First stop was my coworker Asa’s house, where she made us some delicious champagne and black current cocktails!

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Group photo at Asa’s :)

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Then it was off to a house party with some of my friends…

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Here’s me, Kim and Chrissy…

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So we went to the Commodore Ballroom for NYE and it was a blast. I loved getting to go out to a club, dance the night away and spend time with our friends.

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It was also nice to spend NYE with Allan :)…

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… and 15 of our friends!

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Soon it was midnight…

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… and time for champagne and cheersing with friends!

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After a little while we headed over to Allan’s friend’s place to have a couple more drinks and say hi. We had to wake up the next morning to have breakfast and then catch a ferry to Courtenay so unfortunately we didn’t get to stay long.

Mmmmm my fave brunch in the whole world.. DB Bistro hangover brunch with friends from NYC :)

A quick breakfast at DB Bistro with friends Edwin and Yanshu who were in town from New York City… and then it was off to catch a ferry to Vancouver Island!

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We headed up to see Allan’s mom and her husband in Courtenay and do a quick overnight trip. Dinner at Boston Pizza followed up some socializing… and then a trip to the Blue Moon Winery.

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We had a pretty amazing tasting there. I wasn’t sure if I like fruit wines or not, but I was definitely convinced after a tasting. So delicious, crisp, and not too sweet!

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Yeah, we ended up buying a case of some different ones… apple, pear, blueberry wine, and then blackberry port. Yum!

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The winery was really cute as well.

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I love this photo!

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Of course, no trip to Courtenay is complete without stopping by Hot Chocolates to try some of their AMAZING gelato and pick up some of their chocolates and truffles.

Phew! All in all, a pretty good holiday break! :)

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