Love & Happiness

Are you happy?

Happiness is a choice.  Choose it.  It’s not hard.

Just live life as if everything is magnificent, a miracle.  Look beyond the imperfections, the teeny things that don’t matter because there’s bigger more important things that do.  Enjoy, seize and love every moment. In reality it’s not really what you have that makes you happy… or who or where you are, or what you’re doing….It’s what you think. If you’re in a miserable place but you think beautiful, happy thoughts, then you’re happy.  Believe that if you think it, it will be.  So if you want to be happy, there is no other way but to be.

And love?

Don’t go looking for it.  Because it will find you. I promise.

Love yourself first.  Love the world and the people around you, and everything will fall into place.

The person you are meant to be with- he/she will come around.  The secret is to know that the this person, they’re already a part of you.  And when that one day come, you will know. 

So don’t worry…be happy.

Honey Aubrey Millon

What’s Bakin Miss Honey? Peanut Butter & Toffee Cookies ;)

Sunday evening my inner domestic goddess decided she wanted to bake cookies.

Using scraps I found in my cupboard and fridge, and a little bit of help from google (on substituting baking powder for baking soda), I created my super delish version of Peanut Butter & Toffee Cookies.

PeanutButterToffeeCookies

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INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Natural Honey Peanut Butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup Heath toffee bits

MIXING DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together.
In a separate bowl (large) beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer- setting on high. Beat until light and fluffy.
Add peanut butter and egg and beat until smooth.
Change mixer setting to low. Slowly add flour mixture.
Stir in toffee.

BAKING DIRECTIONS

Drop 1 tablespoon of batter onto baking sheets about 1 inch apart
Flatten with a fork if you like.
Bake until edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!!!! Tastes even yummier with milk!!!

Love,
Honey

Geek Chic Stuffs- iPhone 5

It is official ladies and gents.

As of yesterday, September 12, the buzz and rumors going around about the new iPhone 5 has finally been confirmed.

The most important iPhone since the very first ever created, the iPhone 5 sound oh-so-fab.

Although I’m not one to constantly talk tech (I could if I want to), I am very excited about this one.

Specs/Built

The most obvious change is the significantly thinner and longer dimension. The iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the previous iPhone 4S. It is only 0.30 inches thick, weighing 3.95 ounces! This makes it the thinnest Smartphone in the world.  The larger 4-inch Retina Display produce 1136 x 640 resolution, making for more accurate display, with better color saturation. The processor, Apple’s new A6 chip is a smaller overall processor, with a performance capacity of twice as much as the A5 chip for the iPhone 4S. Amazing, a smaller chip at double the performance! To help keep up with this processor, of course this possibly means a higher RAM. Tech geeks are guessing a 1GB RAM, although unconfirmed by Apple (yet).

Camera

My favorite part (of course)- the built-in iSight Camera. Still at 8MP but focusing is dynamically improved and photo capture is expected to run faster. I really hate it when I try to take photo of something, and my phone is too slow to take it, making me totally miss the moment, so this is definitely an important aspect. Another new thing that sets them apart is the Panorama Stitch feature- the camera’s ability to capture beautiful panoramic photo simply by “stitching” together a landscape view taken in real-time. It can take up to 28 megapixels.

Video & FaceTime

Video capture and Facetime is also at its best. You can now take still photos while recording a video. Not only the iPhone 5 has a face recognition feature. Facetime is at 720p HD video, which means every blemish, every hair on your face is going to be visible. Just kidding, but totally fudging awesome.

Siri

Siri is still the phone’s Intelligence Assistant, aka my very own Secretary, and she’s also revamped. She has the ability to launch apps AND….get this FB addicts- Siri can post up your status for you.

Maps

Oh, and another rather dazzling new feature- Apple’s new Maps application, Turn-by-Turn Directions and Flyover. Flyover renders 3D models of cities in realtime. You can pan, rotate, and pan around photorealistic three-dimensional views of a city. The turn-by-turn feature is pretty self-explanatory, a must-have for drivers like moi who have little to no sense of direction. Again, fudging awesome.

Other miscellaneous specs and features include:
*A new charger/connector Apple named “Lightning” notably smaller than the 30-pin connector of all previous iPhones. There is no “right side up” which means you can connect it to your phone on either side.
*EarPods as headphones
*Headphone socket is on the bottom

A side-by-side Comparison of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 taken from APPLE below:
(Any booboos on my part please let me know. I do not tolerate rude comments, no thank you very much.)

Still not conviced? View Apple’s official iPhone 5 trailer below:

iPhone 5 will be released on Friday September 21st at 8am. Pre-orders begin tomorrow, Friday, September 14.

Now the fashionista’s dilemma- a stylish, chic iPhone 5 case.

I got an e-mail from Nordstrom yesterday the same time Apple’s announcement of this much-anticipated gadget, and boy I must say their marketing scheme is phenomenal. Designer brand Kate Spade is also releasing a collection of iPhone 5 cases (yes, you can pre-order).

A case that I have my eyes on.  No pun intended.

Isn’t it sassy? So excited. Can’t wait!

Love,
Honey

Dear Diary…..

Needing inspiration to last me for the next few days and needing to keep this peace of mind going even though it is absolute madness around me, I go through my old writings to move me and I found this in an old online diary….

***

We all encounter life differently. The world is cruel and unfair, and it’s only human to sometimes feel like giving up. We all have experiences that lead us to where we are and some of them even become a barrier to what we want to accomplish, where we would like to go.

Life is simple, but it is not easy.

Remember, the easier the path taken, the simpler the reward granted. It’s okay to be who you are, no matter how disapproving the world is, because in the end, all the hard work is worth it.

Believe in Beauty, no matter how ugly the world seems.

Believe in Goodness, no matter how harsh life may be.

Believe in Hope, no matter how impossible days become.

By believing this, you have the power to be the best person you can ever be and even better.

***

This is all I need.
Thank you, Diary.

Love,
Honey

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Mahalo to the beautiful and inspiring Hiba, (Cloud of Lace) who took a minute to designate me my very first WordPress nomination, or any nomination in this blogesphere EVER, The Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloudoflace is about everything and anything marvelous- from art, to fashion, to recipes….”little treasures” as she calls them.  Reading her blog is just refreshing.  So of course, I was delighted to find out she feels the same about mines.  Again, as we say here in Hawaii, Mahalo Nui Loa, Hiba!

Here are 15 wonderful bloggers/blogs that I have truly enjoyed reading, and would like to share them with you by  nominating them for the Most Versatile Blogger Award.

Cloud of Lace

The Occasional Affair

Rasta Teacher

Rebecca The Red

Dodging Commas

Leather and Lace

Live, Learn and Pass it on!

MLM Worldwide

Hazel Frames

Revolutionary Beauty

We Heart Vintage

Humaira Beauty

The Merry Life

Hepburn Loves Givenchy

Style City

And finally, here are 7 Things About Me that I would like to share…

1.  I love love love love Starbucks, especially mocha frap and hot mocha with 3x shot on busy days.  I’m a proud Starbuholic, and a chocoholic.

2. I’m very flexible. I owe it all to yoga pilates that I’m so busy to do nowadays.

3. My hair is jet black, thanks to my beautiful Filipina mother who had always told me to never color my hair.

4.  I prefer Asian cuisine to just about any other type of food- Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai…

5.  I have five siblings who I love so much – Natalie, Ersa, Neil, Sally, & Dessa.

6.  I heart Korean dramas, especially romantic comedy, and the lessons behind them.  I truly believe in undying love and devotion, that through any trials and tribulations, love conquers all.

7.  In April 2010, I launched Fashion With a Mission, a non-profit organization focusing on providing clothes to orphaned children throughout the globe. The organization is still on its beginning stages, however, I hope to fully establish Fashion with a Mission and encourage fashionistas that “we can make a difference, one trend, one style at a time”.

Love,
Honey

The World’s Cutest Puppies

Happy National Puppy Day!!!

Since I have been wrapped up with planning fashion shows and pageants this week, I have not had the time to sit down and write blahblahs.  However, today, I had a few minutes to browse through ohsocuteijustwannatakethemhomeandspoilthem photos of puppies online and am delightfully sharing them with you.

Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.Net with their respected owners.

ENJOY!!!!


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Havanese Puppy Photo by: Dynamyte Imagery

Bulldog Puppy Photo by Photostock

Charles Spaniel Puppy Photo by Timeless Photography

Shihtzu Puppy  Photo by Posterize

Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Photo by SOMMAI

Chihuahua Puppy Photo by olovedog

Aren’t they all sooooooooooo adooooorable?

Love,
Honey

The Man in the Moon

A couple of nights ago, while pulling into my garage, I saw one of the most magnificent full moons in the night sky.

I wanted to share it with you all, my darlings. Hawaii’s weather hasn’t been all the great this week, with the storm, flooding, hail and even a tornado, but I wanted to remind you that beyond these disasters exist the marvelous beauty, and wonder of nature…

Just like the scientists who, for centuries, have observed and studied the moon, I too, have always been fascinated by its mystery. From the eyes and heart of a dreamer, I look at the moon like I do the sunshine.

I think we can always turn to the man in the moon (or the goddess of the moon) to give us hope.

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.” ― Carl Sandburg

“We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun..” – John Lennon

“We must strive to be like the moon.’ An old man in Kabati repeated this sentence often… the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others. [S]he said that people complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, and also when it rains too much or when it is cold. But, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Everyone becomes happy and appreciates the moon in their own special way. Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. These are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon.”
― Ishmael Beah

“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” ― Tahereh Mafi

“When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize, in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon. Imagine it — delicate, slim, precise, like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel. It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful. And sometimes it is enough.” ― Vera Nazarian

“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ― Susan Beth Pfeffer

When you feel like the whole world is crushing down on you, always look at the moon, and remember that there is a bigger, more complex world out there. That you are not alone. And yes, you can always talk to the moon 😉

Love,
Honey