February 16, 2016

25 Things You May Not Know About Me

  After seeing a bunch of "Getting to Know Me" posts on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to do one of my own!  Given that most of you don't know me in person, or even if you have met me, hopefully you'll learn something new!

1. My full name is Eva Kim Phan

2. You probably already know that given that my business is Eva Kim Designs

3. I'm half Vietnamese and half European, but all American.  ;)

4. I speak English and French, and I know some Vietnamese. (Give me some credit, Vietnamese is difficult!)

5. I have no idea what I want to do with my life, but right now I want to double major in business and fashion design.

6. I'm terrible at cooking.  Seriously the worst.  Until literally three days ago I had no idea that melting vs. softening butter made a difference, which explains many of my previous cooking fails.  More on that later.

7. I have multiple favorite quotes, but here are three of my favorites at the moment: "Sometimes you need to step outside get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be" -Blair Waldorf

8. "A woman is like a tea bag –- you never known how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
Eleanor Roosevelt

9. "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head

10. My absolute favorite show is Gossip Girl because A. I want to be Blair Waldorf and B. Never have I ever seen a show with such great wardrobe.  Eric Daman is a genius.

11. I have yet to find a comedy that I like more that Melissa & Joey, but New Girl is a close second.

12. I fully believe that Jane by Design got cancelled wayyy too early and I was thoroughly disappointed.

13. I binge watched Gilmore Girls because Lorelei and Rory just make the bad days better. I use them with a combination of Melissa & Joey when I have a bad day.

14. In October I went to see Zedd because I'm lowkey really into EDM.  That night was amazing. It was Halloween.  Enough said.

15. I have two sisters who are both younger than me.

16. Being a blogger and needing to know hex codes for HTML, I know my exact favorite shade(s) of pink.  My favorite shade is #ff0054 and it's also the theme color for this blog!  My favorite shade of light pink is #ffe9f3.

17. This year I switched to online school and it's been one of the most difficult things I've ever done. I'm lonely all the time to the point that it really hurts sometimes.

18. Summer of 2014 I was in Tampa for three weeks for the Next Generation Ballet intensive, summer of 2015 I was in Miami for five weeks for the Miami City Ballet intensive, and this summer I'll be in Boston for five weeks for the Boston Ballet Summer Intensive!  Let me know if you're in the area and want to meet up!  :)

19. I manage three Instagram accounts: @Eva_Phan, my blog account; @Eva_Ballerina, my personal; and @EvaKimDesigns, my shop account!

20. The two designers I aspire to be the most are Elie Saab and Erin Fetherston, but I admire Zuhair Murad for his willingness to take risks and take a modern twist on old classics.  If you've seen his Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture show, you'll know what I'm talking about.

21. I learned to sew when I was 5.

22. I've always been a night owl, but I actually love waking up around 8 or 9 after the sun's already risen, getting up, and getting stuff done.

23. Once I Tell You Everything was one of the most difficult things I've ever written and one of the most difficult subjects for me to discuss. I can't even count the amount of times I broke down crying while trying to write it.

24. I really love snowboarding which is probably a good thing given the climate in which I live and that my immediate and entire extended family both love skiing and snowboard.  It's not so good for that, so let's keep that one quiet.  ;)

25. When I was 5 my favorite color was orange.  Not kidding.  It hasn't been pink forever people!

  If you didn't learn at least one new thing about me in that above list I'm a little scared.  I had a fun time making this list and hopefully you had a fun time reading it!  If you have any questions for me, you know where to reach me!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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February 12, 2016

Georgetown Cupcake- Tips and Tricks on How to Visit the DC Cupcakes Phenomenon

  Georgetown Cupcake the adorable little pink cupcake shop on M Street that just so happens to be the focal object of the hit TLC reality show Georgetown Cupcake.

  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, the owners of Georgetown Cupcake, Katherine and Sophie, create large and extravagant cupcake displays, including a cupcake dog, a glow-in-the-dark cupcake guitar, and even a cupcake wedding dress.  Their shop, Georgetown Cupcake, opened on Valentine's Day, and from that point on Georgetown Cupcake became a Georgetown staple even before the show aired, with lines wrapping all the way around the corner and up the hill.

  Let me tell you something: that hasn't changed.  I happened to be in Georgetown one Saturday night {I should probably just stop there because Saturday night in Georgetown is crazy}, and of course, wanted to visit Georgetown Cupcake as I've been a fan of the show for years. Last time we were in DC in 2012, I actually discovered the show literally a week after we flew back home, so you can imagine my disappointment there.  Needless to say, my mom and I arrived at the shop to be greeted by a longgg line of people. We stood in the line for 15 minutes and moved exactly 2 1/2 feet, not kidding.

  Never fear!  You all can learn from my mistakes, because I'm here to share the best tips and tricks to visit the beloved cupcake hotspot.

1.  Order your cupcakes in advance a day or two before you plan on being in Georgetown.
       What many tourists, travelers, and even locals, don't know is that Georgetown Cupcake actually lets you order your cupcakes online for pickup in their store for no extra fee!  Doing this allows you to do two things: a. Skip the long line you'll be greeted by outside and b. Ensure that you get the cupcakes you want! Anyone who orders in advance is allowed to completely cut the line, and head right inside. Also, given that Georgetown Cupcake is so busy, if you head there later at night, it's likely they could be sold out of the cupcake flavors you had your eye on. We ordered ahead and they actually messed up our order, so they completely remade it and we got a dozen cupcakes for the price of a half dozen!

Top: Correct order Bottom: Incorrect order turned happy accident :)

2.  Check the Georgetown Cupcake Facebook page in the morning on the day you're planning to go!
       Every morning Georgetown Cupcake posts a special secret flavor to their Facebook page.  If you request this secret flavor when you visit, it's free! {Yes friends, a free cupcake.} Be quick though, they only make 100 per location, which leads me to my next point.

      Yes, I realize that waking up early is one of the most difficult and worst things to do and no, I don't like it either, but in this case, the pros outweigh the cons.  There are three reasons why going to Georgetown Cupcake right when it opens is going to help you: a. No line b. Cupcakes are at their freshest and C. FREE SECRET CUPCAKE.  The no line is pretty self explanatory, when I went to pick up my cupcake order, I went Sunday morning about a half hour after they opened.  There were maybe two couples sitting in the shop and only about five people in line, compared to the fifty Saturday night. My cousin, who grew up in the D.C. area, said several of her friends visited Georgetown Cupcake in the afternoon and found the cupcakes to be kind of dry. I can't promise they'll be really fresh if you go during peak hours of at the end of the night, but I can assure you that if you head there in the morning the cupcakes will be fresh and full of flavor! The free secret cupcake that I mentioned above is limited, only 100 per location, so going early ensures that you'll be able to get your hands on one!  Trust me, these flavors are totally worth it, they're cupcakes that aren't on their regular menu at all, regardless of the day, month, or holiday.  When I went the flavor was chocolate dipped strawberry, which was absolutely perfect for me due to my love of both strawberries and chocolate! Going early also ensures that you can take photos in the cute little shop without it being crowded with other people, a definite plus for all you bloggers and tourists out there!

Standing in front of the iconic cupcake pop art canvas!

  Georgetown Cupcake is so so cute, and it really doesn't have to be difficult or stressful to go there as long as you're smart about how you do it!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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February 8, 2016

Craft Preppy: Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Hair Clip/Piece DIY

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you're like me and as single as that surprise song BeyoncĂ© just dropped, you're spending it at home watching Valentine's Day {the perfect Valentine's Day movie, in case you were wondering}. Nonetheless, I love Valentine's Day simply because I can wear head-to-toe pink with relatively little judgement, and conversation hearts are the best!  I came up with the perfect Valentine's Day hairpiece DIY that is a perfect addition to your Valentine's Day outfit!  What's better, you probably already have all the items needed for it!

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Hair Clip

Your choice of cardstock {I used three shades of pink!}
Red Fine Tip Sharpie
Bobby Pins or Alligator Clips
3/8 inch wide ribbon that coordinates with your cardstock
Glitter {optional}
Mod Podge {optional}

1. Cut out your preferred heart shape from a piece of cardstock.  Use this as your stencil and trace a few hearts in each color of your cardstock and cut them out.  The amount you draw can vary by the number of hairpins you're making.  Given the size of my hearts, I found that I could fit 5-6 on a bobby pin.

2. Using your red Sharpie on your lightest color of heart, write your conversation heart messages!  I used some of the classics such as "love you" and "cute," but also went for some personalized ones such as "tutu cute" and "Lilly Lover!"

3. Optional: Make your hairpin really pop with adding glitter to a few of the hearts!  To do this, Mod Podge the heart and sprinkle glitter over it!  After the Mod Podge dries, add another layer on top to seal it.

4. Prepare your bobby pin or alligator clip by cover the top of the pin or clip with your 3/8 inch wide ribbon.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!  Doing this ensures that your hearts will adhere to the clip and not just fall right off!  To do this, measure out ribbon twice the length of the pin or clip and slide one end in between the top and the bottom.  Add a layer of hot glue to the top of the pin or clip and press the two halves together.

5. Start hot gluing the hearts to the pin or clip in any pattern you choose!  To achieve a clip similar to mine, put your plain heart on the bottom, then the glitter hearts, and finally the "conversation hearts" on top!

6. Enjoy your cute and easy hair pin for Valentine's Day!  These would make such cute favors for a Valentine's Day party or a cute addition to a Valentine's Day card for your friends!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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