Monday, March 29, 2010

lynn in love with epiphanie bags

Hello lovelies!

Remember when I blogged about some HOT camera bags here:

Well, the Epiphanie bags just got COOLER, as the company is also giving a Canon 5DMII, only one of the best cameras out there! Read all about it here:

You only have a few more days to enter, so hop on it!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

lynn in love with the huz

One year ago, I married my soulmate, my love, my best friend.
We've had one heck of a first year and I can't believe I get the spend the rest of them with this man.

Husband, I love you!

One year ago today. Picture by my fabulous wedding photographer, Heather Essian.

Take yesterday, by my lovely new photographer friend, Catie Ronquillo.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

lynn in love with vacation 3: Holga

I've kinda obsessed with my new little film cameras! I never really got to experiment much with my Diana (may she R.I.P), but I was so excited when my sister gifted me with a new Diana and my husband got me a Holga! These following pics are from my first two rolls from the Holga in Vegas... and I have to admit... I'm smitten!!

It's SO different to lose control when I'm shooting with these little toy film cameras, but I think that's part of the fun. Just compose, click the button, and see what comes out when you develop the film. I need rethink my composition and subject matter for my future adventures with Mr. Holga... but still loving these :)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

lynn in love with vacation 2: polas

OK, OK, so I was cheating a little bit with my iphone "analog" pictures from the hipstamatic app on the previous post... but really, don't they make such nice cheery pictures??

Next two posts are the real deal though. First up are my polas! The Bellagio at Las Vegas has a lovely little atrium/garden/conservatory that is decorated with these amazing flower sculptures! A perfect place for the polaroid and the Holga!

It was a little Alice in Wonderland, which we just watched in 3D and L-O-V-E-D!

I don't really know what happen to our film here, but it still looks cool :)
Haha... we asked this sweet old man to take our picture here b/c he had a fancy dSLR and I assumed he'd know what he was doing... and this is what we got!!
...and with my Holga!

Monday, March 22, 2010

lynn in love with vacation

Hello my little lambs!! Long time no see! The Huz and I have been vacationing it up and having so much fun, it's going to be hard to get back to the grind today!

However it also means I have a tons of pictures and adventure to share... so hold on tight, lynn in love is totally going to be ON this week!

We started off the first of the week in Vegas for a short 3 days stay. Vegas will always be a surreal experience to's so weird that somebody decide to make this adult playground in the middle of the desert that has no basis of reality. 3 days was just enough time to eat, shop and play my heart out! It's been a while since I've been in Vegas, but nobody warned me about how much WALKING there would be. Since we were trekking for miles, I decided to ditch my large dSLR camera and document the trip purely in "analog", meaning iphone with hipstamatic app (my fav!) and my new sweet little film camera, a TRL Holga!

I'm picking up my Holga film from the lab this afternoon, but here are my iphone pics of the trip!

We stayed at the Bellagio, which was so sa-WEET! Lovely rooms, lovely pool, yummy buffet, classy clean casino, gorgeous fresh flowers everywhere. We got a great deal on travelocity, and now I don't know if I can stay at any other hotel again.

I ate myself silly the entire trip, but maybe my favorite meal was this yummy hotdog at Pink's!

The pool at the Bellagio was pretty incredible and we were so glad that it got just warm enough in Vegas to spend every afternoon relaxing by the pool.

Don't believe me? This was the view at the pool!

Perhaps my favorite picture of the trip! Here I am with my lovely sweet new Holga and the poppies I was a little obsessed with, they were so gorgeous!

More to come tomorrow!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

lynn in love with this sprite caravan

Oh hello pretty. When I spied this over at, I just about died. I have a thing for trailers and airstreams, but this 1957 Sprite Caravan is to die for. It's amazing! I would be be in heaven if I ever own my own!

Unfortunately this sprite lives in the UK.... go over to this flickr photostream to go drool over this lovely little thing with me! If you're lucky and live in the UK, you can rent it!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

lynn in love with sister's birthday and lime meringue!

Last week with celebrated my beautiful big sister's birthday! I offered to make a birthday dinner for her. I obviously didn't what I was getting myself into, since my sister is pregnant and super nauseated! My mother to the rescue however, who brought crab which surprisingly didn't make my sister nauseated at all! The baby is truly part of our family :) We all had a great time celebrated with my sweet sissy.

One thing I did successfully make however where these Lime Meringue Cupcakes! Oh my, the moment I made that lime curd, I just about died and went to heaven!! So good... the recipe is down below after the pics!

My dad using a torch to help brown the Meringue!
Using the torch to light the candles.
My nephew blows out all the candles in this family!
My sister's beautiful family!

Lime Meringue Cupcakes (by Shelly Kaldunski, from a book my cousin gave my for Christmas)
I actually did not care much for the actual vanilla cupcakes themselves. Next time when I make this recipe, I'm gonna stick to my favorite standard cupcake recipe. Try it, but I suggest you do the same!

Vanilla Cupcakes:
Ingredients: 1 1/4 c flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup sugar, 6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 large egg plus 1 large egg white at room temperature, 1tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup whole milk,

Cupcakes: 1. Preheat Oven to 350 2.Lightly spray a cupcake pan with nonstick cooking spray. 3. In a bowl, whisk together four, baking powder, and salt. 4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. 5. Add egg and egg white one at a time beating well on low speed after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. 6. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating the milk in 2 additions, beating on low speed until just combined. 7. Beat on medium-high speed just until no traces of flour remain, about 30 seconds, do not overbeat 8. Divide the cupcake batter evenly into the muffin cups. 9. Bake about 18-20 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 10. Let cupcakes cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. 11. While the cupcake are cooking, make the lime curd, below. 11. Using a paring knife, halve each cupcake horizontally. 12. Spread 2 tsps lime curd on each cupcake bottom, then replace the tops. Spread each cupcake top with about 2 teaspoons lime curd. 13. Make Meringue Frosting as below. 14. Frost top of cupcakes with Meringue frosting. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the meringue.

Lime Curd: Ing: 6 tbsp fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 large egg yolks, Pinch salt, 4tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, 2 tsp finely grated lime zest.

1. In a heavy-bottom non-reactive saucepan, whisk together the lime juice, sugar, egg yolks, and salt. 2. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat whisking constantly and scarping the sides of the pan, until curd is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 5-8 minutes; do not let the curd boil or it will be lumpy. 3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. 4. Whisk in the butter, one piece at a time, until smooth. 5. Strain the curd through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. 6. Stir in the lime zest and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming. 7. Refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 1hr or for up to 3 days.

Meringue Frosting: 3 large egg whites, 3/4 cup sugar, 2tbsp water, 1tbsp light corn syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract.

1. In a large, clean heatproof bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, water, and corn syrup. 2. Set the bowl over (but not touching) simmering water in a saucepan and heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is very warm to the touch (160 degrees) about 2 minutes. 3. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. 4. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the mixture until glossy and voluminous, about 5 minutes. 5. Beat in the vanilla. Use right away.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

lynn in love with cupcake photos

Ahh... you know I love cupcakes, and I love taking pictures of those cupcakes!

There was a recent contest on photographer Lauren McConnel's blog on this very subject! Of course I had to submit a picture. Although I didn't win (or deserve to as I simply sent in a picture I already had), it's so fun to see all the cupcake pictures that were submitted!

Go take a looksee here!

You've already seen the picture I sent here on this blog, but if you care to see again, at the bottom of the post, it's the 5th pictures on the 2nd row!

Happy cupcake eye feasting! And speaking of, another cupcake recipe on the blog tomorrow!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

lynn in love with week in iphone pics

A glimpse of my week in iphone pics! Since my p&s has long since died, my iphone has since become my go-to everday camera.... It's so handy to have since it's always on me!

Monday: All you can eat stonecrab claws at Trulucks with the Huz! I died. The claws were so yummy, and the all you can eat sides pretty amazing, too! All thanks to a sweet client who sent me a gift certificate! I was well fed before going in for a shift.... iphone_001

Tuesday: I have SO many iphone camera apps, but I gave in and finally downloaded the Hipstamatic, it's the iphone version of my lovely toy analog cameras. I had nothing to photograph, so you get random piles. But the hipstamatic even makes piles cool!

Wednesday: I spent the day preparing for my big sister's birthday feast! She is all kinds of pregos and nauseated so it was difficult to find a menu that she could tolerate. We had lots of fun celebrating though! Big Happy Birthday to my awesome big sissy!!
My cousin, Minh, and her awesome chef boyfriend, Wolfie.
Thursday: Eh. Worked a shift... nothing for you there.

Friday: spent in bed recovering from Thursday's shift. We have two beds in our apt that we actually take turns sleeping in. This is the view from the "guest bed". The Huz's desk... and the only stuff animal he lets me keep around. I called her Snowie, the Snow Princess. He calls him, Boogie, the Booger Owl. The poor thing has an identity crisis.

Working ALL weekend, but grateful to be alive, in love, able to work, and to have big dreams.

Happy Weekend, y'all!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

lynn in love with the busy life

Hi Friends!
You all probably think I've abandoned this blog! Not so... I know I haven't been keeping up as much as usual, but it only means that life is beautiful and busy and that I'm busy making new friends and enjoying the good life. Very soon enough, I'll be back on track will this blog, which is seriously like my little baby. I adore all you sweet readers and I hope you hang on tight a little longer!