My Top 5 Favorite Ice Cream Shops!

Today’s topic for this blog post is all about ice cream. Yes! I can’t really have sweets anymore in the meantime. So I am in sweets widthrawal. I am not an ice cream aficionado, but now that I am refraining myself from sugar, I am realizing how much of a sweet tooth I actually am. There is a Museum of Ice Cream here in Los Angeles for those who do not know. I have not been there, but if I get a chance I will blog abut my experience. I also made an artwork painting of an ice cream, which I gifted to my cousin that you can view here. So anyway, here are my favorite ice cream shops. They are in a particular order:

1) Coldstone Creamery – I pretty much didn’t realize that Coldstone is my #1 favorite ice cream until I learned I can’t have sweets as I used to. I grew up having it and I prefer it than Baskin Robbins. I just love how you can get so many options and also that it is so creamy. Also, you can get Coldstone EVERYWHERE!

2) Ice Cream & Shop[pe] – My first time trying this cool ice cream shop when I went in a recent trip to Palm Springs! You have to try it. They have a selection of FREE toppings and I LOVE that they serve sugar free options and their sorbets are good!!!

3) Afters Ice Cream – With their unique flavors and creamy ice cream, this ice cream shop is definitely in my top 3! I want some right now.

4) Honeymee – This soft serve ice cream is wonderful because of it’s famous honey toppings and drizzle on milk ice cream. I would have this whether winter or summer!

5) Pinkberry – There are so many yogurt places, but Pinkberry for me remains as the original. It is also my Mom’s favorite!

I know I narrowed it down to just five places, as there are really many ice cream shops out there. A special mention to McDonald’s Mcflurry, because I am craving that so much too. Yum! Let’s not forget mochi ice creams, as well.

What’s your favorite ice cream? What flavor do you usually get?

Happy Friday and have a blessed weekend! xoxo


Quote + Longchamp Le Pliage

Hello again! I want to share the quote that I found recently. Live simply. Walk humbly. Love generously. Sounds like a good thing to live by! I am writing this blog at 3AM and my back is aching… signs of aging, I tell ya. Anyhow…

I also want to share a review of the Longchamp Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote, which I got recently. I have seriously been wanting one for myself. My mom got hers some years ago and since then I wanted to have one as well. Hers is actually the Neo, I believe in Medium size/Black. I would prefer the Medium, but when I went to Bloomingdales and looked at all the sizes on me, I thought a large one would be more practical for me. I already have a lot of totes and big bags, which is why the thought of owning yet another big bag makes me feel that I needed a Medium. After deliberation, I got the the Le Pliage in Large in color New Navy. I would have got it in Bilberry color, which was out of stock at the time. Could have I waited for an order for that color? Yes, probably. But I really wanted to start using it for the Palm Springs trip! It is great for travel. Now that I think about it, I prefer this color anyway. It’s versatile, classic and goes well with everything really. I have to say, I’m not a fan of soft material purses, so this might be an exception for me. I prefer handbags that are sturdy.

My iPhone broke tonight. I don’t know what happened, but I’m not looking into having it fixed. I don’t want to waste money by doing so. It’s expensive to get a new iPhone. I have a love and hate with iPhone. Lol. It’s like I’m so done with it, but really I like it’s features and functionality. Maybe it’s time to let go of this iPhone SE, which I just got only sometime last year. Not cool. I’m thinking of the iPhone 7.

What kind of phone do you have? Let me know! Have a great rest of the week! God bless. xoxo


Staycation : Palm Springs

Happy Summer! Just came back from a mini getaway with my cousins to Palm Springs. My family used to go here, so I was excited to be back. There’s really much more to explore than when I came before. I have not seen downtown Palm Springs until this time around and it’s quite nice. It is full of restaurants and shops… you name it! We stayed at the Riviera Hotel and our check in was not until 4PM. So we decided to go around other places to explore and take pics. Here are some photos from our trip:

It was so hot over there, though as expected. At night, it was hot yet really breezy so it was nice. I think my favorite thing was when we went to the ice cream shop called ‘Ice Cream & Shoppe’. Not only do they have chocolate sorbet, they carry sugar free chocolate ice cream! I. HAD. TO. Good thing I have to go all the way to Palm Springs to get their ice cream. Otherwise, I’d be in serious big trouble.

I’m going to try to blog again soon. I will update about my travel essentials, probably. Wishing you a happy weekend! God bless! xo


Beauty Products I’m Trying!

Hello lovelies! As you can see, I am trying some new products this month. In no particular order:

1) Burberry Weekend For Women Eau De Parfum 30ml – I love the scent of this! I’m not disappointed at all. I got it without even smelling this, but I’m glad it smells good!

2) Mario Badescu Facial Spray – It has Aloe, herbs and rose water! I have been wanting to try this one! I came across this on social media (Instagram), and what made me want it is the rose water. I like rose scents, so this is right up my alley!

3) Urban Decay High-color Lipgloss – I really was looking for lipstick and compact face powder. Instead, I came across this product and what caught my eye is the name. It’s called “Obsessed”. It’s a pinkish tone. I tried it this morning over another lip color and it looked great!

That’s it for now. Are you a beauty junkie? What have you tried lately? Share under the comments and let me know! xx God bless us all!


Quote of the Day!

So, I’ve been blessed to be working on projects and freelancing. I’m really enjoying it, and I am SO SO SO grateful! Thank You Lord for entrusting me. My heart is full of thankfulness. Last night however, I felt like throwing in the towel. It happens. Strangely enough, I felt really hurt and I broke down. I won’t go into details. Maybe I needed it to seek His ways and to be honest, I don’t have any answers.

I like this quote. I totally can relate. It may not happen overnight, but I need to trust Jesus!

Lastly, here is my affirmation: I radiate joy. I seek His light!

So anyway, Happy Wednesday! Love you all. xoxo, Iris



What have I been up to recently on my spare time? I have opened a shop through Instagram & linked to my Facebook, which is basically my closet for sale! If you want to check it out, click here. I sell clothing and pre-loved handbags and accessories. I just need to get rid some of my things and I have been wanting to do this for so long. Finally it is here! It’s private currently and only available to family and friends.

I picked up a few items lately from Nordstrom, Macy*s and Target:

Happy Memorial Day! By the way, if you did not know… I’m cutting my sugar. It’s such a bummer. For instance today, I went to 85C Bakery Cafe and I could not have any drinks. I miss having milk teas and bobas! Anyway, hope you have a great week! God bless us all.


Spring Outfit Favorites!

Hello! I’m sharing with you some of my Spring outfit favorites! In no particular order, they are my: Michael Kors Activity Tracker, Striped Off Shoulder Top, White Off Shoulder Top, Distressed Jeans, Black Floppy Hat, Silver Mirror Sunglass, etc.

Okay, let’s change topics. So I know I mentioned that I want to take a calligraphy workshop. It’s coming up and I think it’ll be better if I have company. It will be much more fun that way! Let me know if you want to take the calligraphy workshop with me! I’m serious.

Alright, I’m off to watch Survivor since it’s Thursday! Also, let me know what you like about Spring! What are your favorites this season, favorite outfits, things to do, etc. Oh, and it’s already May! I’m very excited this month. Praying that everything goes well.

Thanks for reading! God bless. xx


Slip-On Mules/Loafers + IKEA Runs!

Can I just say, I’m obsessed with these shoes! I need another pair in Black. Anything slip-on mules/loafers, I’m into right now. It’s classic and comfortable. Love them!

Lately, I have been going to IKEA. Tonight, went there again with the family. Anyway, I have the urge to start painting again. I have not done so in a while. I’m going to just ramble, but my little nephew loves church! He is excited and can’t wait to go back. What a cutie pie!

Alright, hope you have a good weekend! Lord bless us all, xoxo.


Life Update + Design / Art!

Hello! I just want to update my blog, which is why I’m writing. I have been working the past two weeks for Ted Baker US Wholesale division as they asked me to help them. I’m really thankful for the experience. I LOVE TED! Everything is sooooo pretty!

Speaking of things that I love, here’s my cutie little nephew toddler:

Other than that, I’m back on having time to study (Yes, I’m still on it. Ugh). It’s okay, learning is fun and you grow knowledge. I also have time to paint again! YAY. I’m excited about that. I also on plan on attending my first calligraphy workshop in May. That’s definitely one of the things on my bucket list! That’s all for now. I’ve been shopping, but trying to save at the same time.

Alright, hope you have a great day. God bless! xoxo


Friday Five!

Hi there! I’m getting sleepy again, so I wanted to write something even for just a bit. Let’s do a random Friday Five!


1. How do you like your coffee?
I like my coffee black with half and half or with Nonfat milk.

2. How do you like your tea?
I like different types of teas, especially with floral notes.

3. What’s your favorite late night beverage?
Boba! As a matter of fact, any time… boba sounds good anytime.

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Probably a shake or smoothie.

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you’d drink to celebrate?
Fresh coconut juice! Or anything pretty that’s tropical.

Alright. So, this is it! Happy Friday! I might spend the weekend resting. I have been coughing, and I need to get better. Thank you for reading my post and have a great weekend! Blessings! xoxo

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