Do you believe in Color Psychology? #WardrobePlanning

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. 

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Per Roz, an immediate need in my closet is a basic red outfit, a red top & red skirt. When she first told me, I was hesitant.  Currently, I do not have a single red clothing item in my wardrobe.  The color makes me feel self conscious because it is such a strong bright color.  I have worn accents of red through jewelry & accessories but not an outfit.  I rarely wear bright colors.  The only time I wear it is when I run 🏃🏻‍.

Do you believe in Color Psychology?  I am not a psychologist or claim to be, but as I was sewing my basic red outfit, I had time to think about the impact of color.  My initial hesitation about sewing a red outfit made me wonder about the last time I wore red.  I decided to go through my old photos and collect images of me wearing red.  Surprisingly, I wore red at some important events in my life.  And for some reason, I didn’t find a single photo of me wearing red after having children.  Actually, I didn’t have a lot of photos of myself post pregnancy, most were of my children.  In conclusion, I wore red in my younger days when I was energetic and more bold.

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When I got pregnant and started having children, I realized that my wardrobe colors got darker.  In my mind, I believed darker colors made me look slimmer.  I had my 3 children 2 years apart, 2006/2008/2010, and throughout those 5+ years to current, dark colors were a staple in my wardrobe.  Now I didn’t mind the weight gain because I knew I was carrying something precious and gaining weight was a by-product, but I had to relearn how to dress my new body and adjust to new responsibilities after I delivered my babies.  That calls for another post one day when we have the time;)

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I wish I wore red at delivery;) #babyfat #whoisthis

So here I am creating the first red outfit after all these years.  It’s bold but I have been wanting to make a change in my life.  My basic red outfit is complete and it is time to take chances and be bold again;)  Stay tuned for the red outfit!

Did you go through a similar wardrobe color experience?  Were there stages in your life where you wore bright colors and other phases of dark?  Just curious, do you believe in color psychology?

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Hugs!

Ann

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I did it! I completed the Chevron Houston Marathon 26.2miles

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I did it! I completed my first #fullmarathon! Congratulations to everyone that ran! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻To be honest, I am a fairly slow runner so I didn’t think I would complete it in time. However, I was determined to run 26.2miles, even if the gates closed on me.

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Reflecting on the day, there were so many factors that kept me going.  Trust me, at about the 20mi mark, I saw two guys pulling an empty medical stretcher by….I never thought a stretcher could look so comfortable!🤣  But really, it was a culmination of things that kept me going:

– the painful training that made me want to quit, but eventually wore away
– coach @vinhthuy12 who followed up with our progress and shared his experiences/tips.
– the #runners in my training group who hit milestones and inspired me to do better
– my husband @tan.ngo keeping pace for me
– family cheerleaders who braved the freezing temps to cheer us on @carlyjhoang@mynameisngo. It was also nice to see complete strangers holding up signs


– my brother @dentite37 who ran the half for the first time and did amazingly awesome
– the familiar faces along the way that brought a moment of joy when it felt miserable. Some I haven’t seen for years!

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– Appreciating my surroundings, especially the roads we ran on. They are usually filled with traffic jams or speeding cars. It felt strange to run along the Westpark freeway to Post Oak.


– the texts I received from friends and love ones
– the mental games I used. During training, I ran to my sister’s house 7 miles away and then back home. During the marathon, I had to literally imagine myself running to her house then back home. So I used 7 mile markers during the marathon.
– I prayed my rosary cousin @mtnguye gave me at the 22-24mile point.

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– Mr. T, Tuan, & Cuong were my guides (they didn’t know it). I kept them in sight to keep me moving forward.
– the volunteers passing out water, food, & gave medical care.
@phamcpafirm thank you for the food that soothed the aches & pains.

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Would I do it again? If you asked me during training up to yesterday, the answer is NO! It takes a lot of time, a lot of physical energy, mental energy, and the pain can be unbearable, but…

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But on a side note, I bulked up to run the Chevron Houston Marathon.  Literally.  I put layers of clothing on to endure the cold freezing temperatures of the day.  The morning started at 32F and reached a high of 54F.  I never ran in those temperatures before.  It is common to shed your clothes while running.  People would throw clothes along the side of the road.  They have designated volunteers to pick up the clothing and it would go to Goodwill.  I already had a bag of clothes to be donated so it was all in good timing to wear the sweater and 2 t-shirts I would toss on the side of the road.

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Here are the main items I had on for the run.  Thank you Nancy for my wool socks!

Well, it is still early 2019 and it feels good to accomplish something so big (at least it is big for me).  I learned so much from this experience.  I am interested to see what the rest of 2019 would bring.  All the good and bad coming this way will have plenty of lessons to learn from, so…BRING IT ON 2019!

Hugs,

Ann

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I would be content sewing and creating in a corner all by myself. But guess who makes my creative journey so much more special? YOU! I want to make sure I say thank YOU to those who have shown support in big and small ways.  Because you visited my page, bought my kit, watched my videos, read my posts, commented, liked, shared, and/or subscribed, YOU have encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone (my sewing corner☺️) and helped me grow over the years – growth beyond my imagination. Without you, the journey wouldn’t be EXTRAordinary. Thank YOU 🤗😍😘 and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🦃 🍁 🍽

What are 3 things you are grateful for today?
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Hugs, Ann❤️ #grateful #thankful #thankYOU

ps. Here are two more reasons I’m grateful today.

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Thankful for this man. Mr. T has to finish a school exam today before he officially starts his Thanksgiving break. I get to witness his perseverance and hard work for our family every single day. #myrolemodel. For once, he needs time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the soft sound of a #harp 😜.
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We got to enjoy #hightea ☕️ at the @stregishouston for his company Holiday party. #studyhardworkhard

 

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👦🏻👦🏻👧🏻. I am truly thankful for my children who reminds me to live in the moment, laugh heartily, give tight hugs, and just “BE”. My children are home from school this week and it is time to be present and take in those precious fleeting moments with them.

Happy 14 year Anniversary!

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Exactly 14 years ago today, November 13, 2004, Mr. T & I knelt down before God and invited Him to be the center of our marriage. Reflecting on our personal journey, it was the only reason we made it to fourteen years. Because of God, we grew to have a better understanding of one another through the years.

Also, I never thought I could love Mr. T more than the day I married him. But as we brought children into the world and I saw how he cared, loved, and nurtured them – my heart melted. When I thought love couldn’t grow beyond that, God showed me otherwise. Over the years, Mr.T made sacrifices for our family. He wanted our children to know they can accomplish anything if they worked hard & believed in themselves. For that, my love for him grew more and to be honest, he not only showed our children, but he showed me what dreams are made of. Yes, Mr. T is my inspiration😍.

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In no way is our marriage perfect, but I am grateful for what God has taught me about love through our journey.  I would like to ask you, our family & friends, to pray for us – that God continues to be the center of our marriage. As many know, it is not easy to walk the narrow and winding path.  Thank you so very very much 🙏 ❤️


xoxo,
Ann.

Super Moms

I hope all Mothers & Future Mothers receive the love and attention they deserve yesterday, today, and everyday.

Here is a #painting of my Mother in her younger years.
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I get into an emotional wreck when I talk about my family.  I truly do owe my life to this person in every way.  I sometimes wonder how Mom was able to survive the Vietnam war running with a one year old in hand (me) and being pregnant with my Sister Linda. Like many leaving the Homeland at that time, she came to a new country not knowing the language, culture, and experiencing tragedy.  My sister and I often talk about how amazing Mom is and if she can accomplish what she did for our family against all odds, there is no excuse for us not to accomplish our dreams.  Her strong will and determination keeps me going when life gets a little tough – and it does get tough cause life is funny that way.  Thank you Me and I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ you!

So to all the Supermoms and Supermoms-to-be, thank you for inspiring us and future generations. ❤️💐  Happy Mother’s Day!

XOXO,

Ann Ngo

12 Years of Marriage : 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


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When I came across this picture, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.  I bet you are laughing at me already:) I know, I look pathetic in this picture — pathetically in LOVE!  This moment was captured by our dear friend & Groomsman Anthony P. 12 years ago on November 13, 2004.

Well, Mr. T and I had this thing called LOVE all figured out (I mean look at that picture of us 12 years ago:).  We were going to experience this “feeling” of great jubilation and sheer bliss for the rest of our lives.  And as long as we “felt” the LOVE, we were going to have a perfect marriage…Ladies & Gents, we were in for a big surprise.

Brides and Grooms-to-be, I truly do hope and pray you will experience the “feeling” for the rest of your life.  Chances are, from speaking with many friends, family, and those who married before me, the “feeling” of LOVE every single day of your life for the rest of your life is very slim.  Here are a few things I have learned from my journey of marriage, it may or may not be helpful to you but take it with a grain of salt:)

 I learned that feelings will come and go, but the ACTIONS rooted in LOVE will get you through almost anything — even an imperfect marriage like ours.  I also learned that people will change.  My husband and I change every single day.  Our daily experiences, our interactions with others, our feelings & emotions, thoughts, etc. change every single day…and it effects our marriage — positive or negative.  Also, I learned that men process information differently from women.  I’m complicated and Mr.T’s well…simple:)  Another thing I learned is our relationship with each other changes as it matures through the years.  For example…

Here we are in our early 20’s…that’s the 1990’s.  We dated 6 years before we married.

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Remember the early days of dating?  Well, when I look at this picture, I see two young naive people.  Two people who thought they knew what love consisted of…LOVE=butterflies in your stomach.  Those were also the days we would speak on the phone for hours…sometimes to the point we were mumbling words that made no sense…talking literally in our sleep.  Silly me, I would get so excited when he paged the number “10” on my beeper (yes, old school pagers were in:) cause that stood for Mr. T’s name (btw, his name is Tan)

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For you old schoolers, remember when you could spell LOVE upside down with the numbers 31707?  lol!

Well, below is the most recent picture of us.  When I look at this picture, I see two people who love each other with all their hearts and had to work extremely hard to make it work, sometimes even making mistakes.

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  There were days when we were not on the same page about life but those were the times we had to work harder to try and understand the “why’s” of it all.  Or the times when children came into the picture and we became strangers because somehow life was about the kids. Instead, we had to try harder to find time to talk and get to know each other again.  How about when we got so comfortable in our marriage that we forgot how to treat each other with kindness and respect.  Often strangers were treated better than how we would treat each other in the home.  But we re-evaluated our behavior and worked harder to build, encourage, and help each other become better people.  And when one decides to make a career change for a better future (however long it may take – inside joke)?  Well, it just meant we had to work harder and pray harder to somehow find harmony and peace through the challenges of change.  Looking back, I do not regret going through the 12 years filled with tears and laughter.  We may have been tempted to walk away at times because the “feeling” of LOVE was lost but I am so grateful to stick it through because it opened my eyes to what LOVE (in action) truly means.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8a)

Well, Mr. T…Happy Anniversary!  I am so grateful for you and how much more beautiful you have made life.  May we celebrate 100+ more Anniversaries:)

Love, Ann

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If you enjoyed this post, feel free to read “Growing Old With My Valentine”.

Q&A : Veil Making

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  Today my husband Mr. T has been in my thoughts all morning because he is working on something very important…I am wishing him the best;)  Also, the weather is expected to rain and I am craving for a warm cup of tea.  So how is your day going so far?

Well, I am doing something a little different today.  I have compiled a few questions left in the comment section of my two veil tutorials, the Two Tier Bridal Veil and the Drop Lace Veil.  I decided to answer them in one short video in hopes that it will help the Bride as well as others who may have the same question.

Here are the questions:
*{0:27} Where would I purchase the hair combs?
*{0:47} Can you please show us how to cut the veil so that it will cascade?
*{1:52} My style of veil is the drop veil with embellishments on the lace, so for the reception if I pull it back I’m afraid the embellishments are not going to be seen and it will seem as if I wore the veil the wrong way. Can you suggest something?
*{2:53} This question followed my circular lace drop veil…Can I do this with 3 yards of tulle and make a larger veil?
*{3:45} I would love to purchase your veil kit but I would like to create a longer 54″ veil in the style of the single tier ballet veil, what do you suggest I do?
A: At this time, I have the lace veil kit which includes 3 yards of my exclusive delicate eyelash lace and 54″ width tulle. Please email me for more details at youtiquebridal@gmail.com

Feel free to view the following as well:

(1)Two Tier Bridal Veil: https://youtu.be/5vd9wzzY-gs
(2) Drop Lace Veil: https://youtu.be/_6-1WBhMIr8

Also, I just want to thank Angela Rae for encouraging me.  As you may have read in my last post, I am fearful of doing live interviews.  I am okay with recording myself doing work and then voice-overs, but there is something different about talking to the camera.  Is it just me?  Please tell me I am not the only one uncomfortable with this. lol!  I know it’s trivial for most, especially Angela whose experiences include being a news anchor and interviewing big names like Oprah.  She is now on a new journey of expanding her professional life.  Her dream is to bring women together from different cultural backgrounds and experiences, build a strong network of support, and then empower and give them a voice to go out and make positive change.  Well, imagine the excitement I felt when Angela asked me to do an interview?  Yes of course I was super excited!  BUT….talk to a camera?  Ummm…  Well I have to admit, it was a wonderful first interview experience.  Thanks Angela for alleviating my nerves and being patient with me.  Because of the interview with her, I had the courage to do this Q&A video which I recorded right after finishing our interview.  I would love to share more about Angela Rae and the interview in the near future…stay tuned!

Hugs,

Ann

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