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Colorful Stones

For my birthday, I went out with some of my closest friends from DC. We had a great time- and I spent the night dancing away. I wore 2 necklaces that my mom had sent me for my birthday – all made up of semiprecious stones- amethyst, citrine, peri-dot, blue topaz and pink topaz. It was on a 28 k yello gold chain. I wore a white short Cinderella- puffy dress, and I thought the dress complemented my jewelry well. I am really loving semi precious stones, and the necklaces are definitely 2 of my favorites from Kaye Gems.

Do you have any favorite jewelry? Do you find it difficult to match your jewelry to your outfits? Please share! I’d love to see and hear what you wear on special occasions.







Birthday Bling

I’ve finally turned the big 25, and so far there is no quarter life crisis. Life’s been good, and there have been many changes. I moved to a new house and have been ecstatic with my stay there. My walk home from work and to work are a little longer, but I like the exercise. ( I’ll post pics of my new house soon!)

On my birthday, my coworkers surprised me with a birthday cake, and I had gotten so many well wishes from everyone- family and friends. Nice to feel loved. My phone ran out of batteries because of the many alerts, but it survived after a little charging. I didn’t do much on my actual birthday, but one of my friends bought me a drink at a bar. I left after one drink, and instead opted to go home, read a book and eat a slice of cake by myself way past bedtime. I thought that was living on the wild side- eating carbs right before bed! I’m feeling old!


I wore the gold pearl necklace my mom had sent by Kaye Gems. She designed it herself. I also wore earrings and a ring from Kaye Gems. I love the uniqueness of all the jewelry. The ring has a leaf shape curve to it, and my earrings remind me of earrings from traditional old times. What do you think? I have to thank my friend/colleague Donald ( who is also in the pictures ) for the photos. He took pictures of the jewelry for me on my birthday. lol



The Secret to Success- there are 2 noted in this post!

Posted in diamonds, jewelry, kaye gems, necklace, Work Chic, Work Clothing by kayemlin on September 9, 2011

Hi All,

I’m just itching to promote my website, http://www.kayegems.com – my mom’s and my jewelry company. I really should do more to promote it, but my passion for my work in Journalism-pursuing stories and personal life have been getting in the way! However, I love jewelry, fashion and that is my other passion. I revealed to a guy and a girlfriend that I go home and prepare outfits for the week. ( I don’t do it every week, but I try to do it at least the night before, and put thought into my clothing. I’m pretty sure I scared the guy off lol and my girlfriend responded with a shock, ” Jeez, wow that’s so anal of you.” lol ) That’s the secret to success – be assertive and dress smart! I always choose my jewelry to give that extra UMPH (I’m serious and Independent and I want to Make an Impression look), and I’ve always enjoyed seeing my mom put a little more spark and attention into her clothing and style with a little jewelry on. I’m going to have an auction soon ( online as well as in real life) so I will keep everyone up to date with the planning! Also feel free to contact me if you are interested in the gems. They’re all whole sale! http://www.kayegems.com Revamping website soon!

I’m just so captivated by people who are ambitious and driven. I think I owe a lot of my drive to my mom. I’ve always seen her really hard at work, and my parents have sacrificed so much to get my two brothers and me to where we are today. ( And let me tell ya, they never let us forget it…they’ll go on for hours giving us lectures about it.) I just met a man today who came from Burma with nothing – only 16 dollars in his pocket; now he’s a millionaire. We interviewed him for a story – on how he was invited to speak at President Obama’s speech on the economy and jobs yesterday. He was sitting right next to Michelle Obama. He is the Founder & CEO of a sushi company and owns many sushi companies around the US. With $16 dollars in his pocket coming to the States, he became a self made millionaire. We asked him what his secret to success was and how he got here. He said, “hard work and determination”. He used to work on average 12 – 16 hours a day. He said, “Sometimes I used to work 24 hours a day.” The secret to his success was that he kept going…When he lived in Burma, he was a pre-med major, and he revealed that he got kicked out of school, however that didn’t stop him from pursing his interest and becoming a business man.

So with that in mind…I am posing in the pictures below with two of my loves near me- reporting the news ( Journalism) and wearing my Black Onyx, Gold and Diamond necklace with a diamond ring ( Kaye Gems-business with my mom). Here I am with my 2 loves. ❤ Will be posting more jewelry soon. Contact gemskaye@gmail.com if you’re interested. Will be revamping website-www.kayegems.com soon! So be sure to come back and check it out. xoxo

NYC Tutoring

Posted in Events, fashion, style, summer wear, Uncategorized, Work Chic by kayemlin on September 2, 2011

I’m in NYC this weekend, and it has been eventful. I do miss NY sometime, but I’m loving DC so much that I don’t think I can move back here. It’s too hectic for me. Sometimes I just need to go take a breather and just stop and stare when I’m in the city. The one thing that I do miss about NY is the mix of people, and I always think about the students that I used to tutor. I used to tutor students of different backgrounds who were failing school. I was tutoring 8 individual students- all girls- and they ranged from 1st grade to 11th grade. I was so happy to have gotten that job because I felt like I was making such a big difference in the students’ lives.

I remember coming home from tutoring these kids (I was working practically as a social worker) and remembering just how happy and sad I was each time. Many of them came from nothing. They didn’t have people to support and push them hence their grades were bad. Many lived in hostile neighborhoods and were teased badly. Others were left back 3 times and told me that that it was social suicide if they were ever seen with books in their hands or a tutor by their side.

The one little girl who left the biggest impression on me was this beautiful 1st grader. I won’t tell you her name ( it is very unique and pretty) because I want her to be given some kind of privacy. She had 2 parents who were both deaf and an autistic brother. I used to go to her home three times a week and tutor her in Math and English. She was teased so badly by her peers. Her books were ripped, and she could barely write in them. She had her writing notebook duct taped in the front and inside the pages because it was ripped; she told me her parents couldn’t afford to get her more. I didn’t know just how badly her situation was. Her brother was also teased, but he was a little older and I was sure that he could fend for himself. She, on the other hand, this little bright thing, is so smart, and with the weight of her family on her shoulders and being a girl, she was sensitive to the teasing ( As any young girl would be. Even older girls are still sensitive to these things.)

This 1st grader amazed me. I sat with her 2 hours each time I came over, and we used to go to the park, sit on steps, go to Dunkin Donuts and cafes, and study. She has the street smarts of a high schooler too. A few times I took her to Dunkin Donuts, and each time I’d take her there, I’d get her a hot chocolate and a donut. Then I’d tell her to take one donut and a hot chocolate for her brother as well. She’d never let me go back in with her when I took her back home. She just waved to me by the door and went inside. I later found out that she never gave her brother the donuts or the hot chocolate. She was hiding then eating the donut and drinking the hot chocolate herself. She loved her brother so much, but she was being a little sneaky and loved treats.

One time, as I was visiting the family  on a Saturday ( one of my last days with her), I brought her and her brother treats and school supplies. The brother all of a sudden came up to me and jumped and squeezed me so hard. I thought I was going to pass out. The little girl yells out in laughter and starts jumping, ” Oh, he likes you. He never hugs anyone. He really really likes you.” I didn’t know what to do. I smiled, but I was hoping that he would’ve been a little bit easier on my shoulders. She later told me, after our 3 months were over, ” I used to get teased all the time, but since you came around, none of the girls tease me anymore. They actually want to be my friend.” 😦   I thought that was the most rewarding compliment I have ever gotten in my life. The little girl is such a gift to her family. She helps them communicate to others. She helps her mom with laundry, helps her brother and is the sunshine of her dad. You know that she is just their world. I know she could go such a long way in life, and I just hope that she has people to keep her on that track. After our tutoring session ended for good, I tried to get in touch with her, but never got a response. I tried contacting her one last time before I moved to DC, but that wasn’t successful either. I just wish that I get in touch with her soon… like be a pen pal.
Here are the pictures of this beautiful baby girl.

Promo video

Posted in fashion, jewelry, kaye gems, Pendant by kayemlin on August 31, 2011

Hi All,

Today was a mildly hectic day. I’m going away for the weekend for a story, and I’ve been preparing for that shoot, however, I also had to do a promotion shoot for our Magazine show today! I wrote my script yesterday; however, I wasn’t dressed to be on TV. So… in a few moment’s notice,I had to get dressed, do my hair and put on the make up- meaning mostly the lipstick and a little lip gloss. It always seems to do the trick for me on TV. Hope I can share the promotion video soon. This promotional presentation was to showcase our show and what we’re doing to the rest of the East Asian Pacific division at my agency. It’s not to be aired yet.

I’m wearing a necklace from Kaye Gems – a pink topaz pendant ( which I will present on the blog soon), a blazer of my mom’s years ago and a laced top. I’m also wearing a penciled pink/beige skirt that you can’t see on camera. 🙂 Here are the pics. Sorry if you’re not able to see the pendant well. I will be writing another post just on this pendant and matching earrings alone.


I always think I look funny on video. lol



Old pictures

Posted in Uncategorized by kayemlin on August 28, 2011

I dug up really old pictures yesterday and thought I’d share them. It really has me reminiscing of my friends in NY, Boston and everywhere else.


The Restaurant and the American Dream…

Posted in Uncategorized by kayemlin on August 28, 2011

Hey Guys,

Here’s the video that I created on the Restaurant and the American Dream ( right before the earthquake hit). I hope you like it.



The American dream is often seen in the restaurant industry as restaurateurs persevere through all of the challenges. The American dream is still alive for immigrants who come to the United States to find opportunity for themselves and their children. Burma Restaurant in Washington DC began with one immigrant family’s hope in their new found land, America.


My New Favorite Place- Nationals Stadium

Posted in Uncategorized by kayemlin on August 26, 2011

So after the Earthquake hit, I went to a scheduled baseball game with a friend. Rafi had an extra ticket for me and so we went to the Nationals game against Arizona. Isn’t it uncanny that my boss and his son went to watch the game the day before? lol We were talking about the games later on the week, but I never paid attention to the game, that I had nothing to talk to him about except for the architecture of the stadium, the food and the bar. lol

You might remember my friend, Rafi from a previous post. He’s a friend of my childhood Burmese friend. They went to Tufts university together while I was at Boston University, and his brother went to the same university as me as well. lol And, I know his brother! We worked at the same college radio station, and we are both broadcasters. SMALL WORLD!


The Nationals Stadium must be my new favorite place! It’s a great place to hang out. I paid no attention to the game. Instead, I got Rafi to sit at the lounge with me while we had margaritas and watched the game on the screen. There was nobody at the stadium! It was so desolate due to the earthquake, I believe. Hope you guys get to go to a game soon. The tickets weren’t so expensive either.


Posted in Uncategorized by kayemlin on August 26, 2011

We had an earthquake in DC on Tuesday, August 23rd 2011, and it reached 5.9 on the Richter scale! It’s the first earthquake of that scale and intensity to hit the East Coast since 1897- more than a century ago. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Mineral, VA; and it reached as far as Boston and as down south as North Carolina. I was covering a restaurant shoot at that time, and as soon as I turned off my camera and put it in my bag, of course the quake hit. It didn’t even occur to me to record the quake or the people.

At first I thought it was a massive truck that came near the building and shook the restaurant, but then I felt the ground shake and saw the paintings sway too much to think that it was just a truck affecting the building. I’ve been called a pansy before, so I didn’t want people to think I was affected by it. lol I was a little dizzy though,   ( I get motion sickness. lol)   but I brushed it off- stepped outside and saw so many people in shock. I took some breaths of air, took a cab to work and was greeted in front of my building by many federal employees. I didn’t see people from my service, but was hanging out with others.

I wanted to take pictures, but there was nothing to take pictures of! lol So I took pictures of the day just to remember and share on the blog. My office building has cracks on the stairwell due to the quake. I took those pictures with my mobile phone. I’ll share those in the future. For now, you can see the pictures of the day at the Burma Restaurant ( which the Entertainment/ Feature video will be available soon). I’m bummed I didn’t get any interviews or did no story on the quake. Sometimes, I don’t know what I’m thinking. I do everything on my TO DO LIST, and when something bigger shows up, I’m just appalled and still continue doing the stuff on my list! I promise I’m not like that during interviews though! I follow up with questions, and make myself interrogate and make myself and the other person uncomfortable as well as conversational… ( if that makes sense)…I’ll share my theory with you another day.

Here are the pictures from Burma Restaurant.  It’s located in Chinatown, Washington DC  and they carry really healthy food. There are also pictures of the day when people were waiting outside right after the quake hit. Did you guys feel it? What did you think?

Right now, everyone I know is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Mother Nature must be really ticked: Earthquake and Hurricane all in one week. What’s going on?



Earrings and Matching Ring

Posted in Earrings by kayemlin on August 18, 2011

I’ve gotten complaints that my blog doesn’t have enough jewelry on it so I’m posting up the sale that I had last month. I sold a ring and matching earrings. The setting is made up of diamonds and yellow gold. Unfortunately, I only took pictures of the ring and had forgotten to take pictures of the earrings! The earrings is the same shape, size and design as the ring.