New Year New Plans

January 2, 2017
New year

Happy new year everyone! I hope you had an awesome celebration :)

This year I’ve decided to go easy with all of the resolution stuff. I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t turn into a marathon runner or a vegan chef, but I know that I can make small changes to do better. Here’s what I’m hoping to do:

Treat my body better – I know I hate going to the gym, but I love doing yoga. Luckily Alex got me a yoga membership for Christmas so I’m good and ready go start going to a little yoga studio that’s right by where we live. It’s not only good for the body but also for the mind, I’m trying to be more calm and zen this year. It’s easy to get stressed out in a busy environment where everything around you is always go go go, so I really want to start taking the time to sit down and find peace and quiet.

Treat my skin better – I’ve been trying to do better with sunscreen, and my recent visit to the dermatologist has definitely helped stir me in the right direction. I’m hoping to be less lazy with sunscreen this year because it’s very important. I also want to get a good summer hat because I currently don’t have one. I’ve been getting really into face masks, especially the overnight ones, so I will have to share that with you also. Finally, I’ll try to drink more water which is good for both the skin and the body. I feel like I’m always trying to drink more water but this time I’m actually going to force it upon myself!

Treat myself better – I feel like I’m at the point in my life where I’m slowly accepting certain facts about myself that I cannot change. It feels like a great relief because constantly wanting things that you’ll never have is kind of exhausting. Like the fact that my thin hair won’t ever be thick and luscious, or the fact that I’m pale and I wish that I wasn’t. I also won’t ever get taller, I’m stuck being 5’5″ and that’s okay. We can’t all be the same and we have to embrace what makes us unique!

So I’m hoping for a good year filled with positive improvements that will benefit me without stressing me out and making me feel like I failed if I don’t achieve them all. The most important thing for me is to be happy and healthy, and to make sure others are also feeling the same way!

Do you have any resolutions?

 

Quarter of a Century

December 29, 2016
Birthday

Here I am, 25 years old. It’s the age that I’ve been dreading for as long as I can remember. It always seemed to be like the kind of age when you don’t feel like you’re young and carefree anymore. It doesn’t sound like a fun early 20’s age either, because it’s the definition of mid-20’s.

Being 24 was a good year, so much has changed for me. It was my first birthday celebrated in the US, and I moved to New York when I was 24. This will be the first one that I celebrate here, at our little apartment in this bustling city.

I guess at this point in my life I’m feeling a bit more grownup than I did before. Maybe it’s time to start using wrinkle creams and stop wearing graphic tees. Both of which seem wrong because deep down I feel like a child, who can decide what to have for dinner every day of the week.

I’ve stopped making birthday plans since I turned 17 I think, just because I’m too lazy to organize and plan anything. My birthdays are very low key. This year is a little bit different, just because tonight we’re flying out to Canada to visit my mom. I guess it’s sort of a birthday gift! And it’s a first, getting to spend my birthday in two different countries. So I suppose turning 25 is kind of exciting!

Happy New Year to everyone! What are your plans?

November 2016 Reading Wrap Up

December 28, 2016
November

November was a pretty light reading month for me, but I got to read some great stuff which I didn’t expect to!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – (5/5) I haven’t read much poetry so I didn’t know if I would like this book or not. This was beautifully written and she was able to share so many deep and important messages. This poetry was easy to read and I never felt like I wasn’t getting it. This book has a quick read for me but I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure about poetry.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – (3/5) I had the highest of expectations for this book because I’ve heard really good things. It did have that creepy feeling to it, but it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped. The ending was a bit unexpected to that kind of made the enjoy this book a bit more, but overall it was a pretty average book in my opinion.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – (4/5) I loved this book. It’s so rare that I read a book where I genuinely care about the characters and their fate. In this case the characters were easy to like and all of their hardships were understandable and made me feel bad for them. I’m a big fan of the ending in this book, I really respect the way author ended the book and I think that made it a much better read because of it.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – (4/5) This book was the most enjoyable nonfiction book that I’ve ever read. It was so good and the story was so compelling that at times I would forget that I was reading the real deal and not a work of fiction. The fact that it takes place in Savannah made it extra special for me, and I just really enjoyed the writing in this book.

Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading lately?

Glossier Products Review

December 26, 2016
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After taking a month long hiatus I think I’m finally ready to start posting regularly again! I guess sometimes you just need to have some time off to come up with more interesting materials and to really miss blogging.

So here I am, a basic girl testing out some Glossier. I was interested in this brand when they were just online but this month they also opened a showroom here in NYC and that isn’t helping my case very much. I have to say though, when I went to the showroom I ended up getting less stuff than a lot of other people that I’ve spotted there. I guess I’ve been trying to test things out one step at a time. The showroom was busy, but not too busy that you couldn’t view all of their goods. So if you like this brand and you’re in the city I recommend stopping by their space. Not to mention the people working there were all incredibly sweet and helpful. Below is the photo that I quickly snapped.

GlossierIf you look closely at the right side of the photo, behind the girl wearing a hat you can see Emily Weiss. I didn’t notice her till after I was leaving with my purchases.

So let’s get to the good stuff! I’ve tried 3 things from Glossier so far and I’m dying to share!

Milky Jelly Cleanser – I like this stuff because it’s great for removing my make up. I don’t use anything waterproof so it’s not usually a struggle but this stuff feels very gentle and effective. I like the mild scent of it, it’s kind of like Cetaphil in consistency but with a more pleasant smell. It’s not overpowering, which I like and you can use it on both wet and dry skin. For makeup removing I  use it on dry skin. I’ve had it for a few months now and it’s still going strong and won’t be running out any time soon. The pump is great and makes for easy dispensing.

Super Glow Serum – Oh how I wanted to love this stuff. I’ve seen so much advertising for the “Supers” (because there are 3 serums that they have) and I was always thinking how badly I wanted to try the glow one. My skin isn’t bad but I would love to have some fabulous glow, so I had the highest of hopes for this little guy. Sadly for me it did nothing but break me out. It started with my chin area getting covered in pimples and then it slowly worked its way to my forehead, aftermath of which I’m still trying to battle. So needless to say I stopped using it and things have calmed down a little bit. I’m a bit surprised that I had that sort of reaction to it because normally I don’t have any problems with new skincare stuff, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. The texture of this serum is like water, I expected it to be oily or thick but it’s just a clear liquid.

Stretch Concealer – This one here is the true winner! I don’t think I’ve ever used a better concealer before. I got it in the lightest color (I think it’s called Light) and the texture of it is so smooth. It practically glides on my under eye area and covers it up so well. Usually concealers in those types of containers are hard and are very thick, but this stuff is unlike anything I’ve tried before. I thought I liked my NARS concealer which ran out before I got this one, but there’s no way that I’d use anything else! It’s also good for covering up spots when you want to go without using a foundation.

Overall I’ve had great experience with Glossier so far in spite of my bad luck with the serum. Next on my list to try are their Boy Brow and Soothing Face Mist. Luckily my eyebrow pencil just ran out so I will be back into their store sooner than expected!

Have you tried anything by Glossier before? What are you looking to try?

Holiday Wish List

November 16, 2016
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It’s that time of year again, when I can post all of the items that I want for all to see. I’m changing things up a bit and requesting more clothes items, I guess I’ve been eyeing a few things. Less makeup this time because I have so much sitting around that I don’t know if I will ever get around to using it all up.

1. Everlane Cashmere Crew – I’ve been curious about Everlane in general, having never shopped there before, so the first thing I’d like to get would be a cashmere sweater. It looks very cozy and appears to have fine quality, so sign me up.

2. Madewell Leather Loafers – I didn’t use to like loafers but I’ve seen so many of them around that they finally grew on me. They seem like the perfect shoe for the weird weather we’ve been having here. Not to mention they would go with a lot of outfits.

3. J.Crew Cashmere Scarf – Whenever the colder months roll around I pretty much live in scarfs. They are so cozy and add style to any outfit. Since I’m back in the north I think I really need another toasty scarf to keep me warm all winter!

4. Moleskine Notebook – I have a soft spot for notebooks and I’ve been eyeing these for a while. I like writing stuff down and doodling so I could use another notebook for all of that good stuff.

5. Acure Organics Dry Shampoo – I’ve been using natural dry shampoo and it’s been going great. I’ve heard good things about this one so I’m eager to try it out. I’m currently using their shampoo and it’s a pretty good.

What are you wishing for lately?

October Reading Wrap Up

November 9, 2016
Reading

October has been a decent reading month for me, but I didn’t read as many scary books as I had hoped. Fortunately I will get to read some of those in November.

The Nest (2/5 stars) – I was not expecting much from this book in spite of how overhyped it was. It’s a book about a group of siblings who are worried about getting their inheritance. All of the characters are bland and pretty much nothing happens the entire time. I wish I could unread it.

Coraline (3/5 stars) – This was a short and sweet little read. A little bit sinister as the little girl discovers a secret passage in her new home that leads her to another reality where all of the people she knows aren’t really themselves. Awesome Halloween read.

The Catcher in the Rye (4/5 stars) – I found this book very funny in spite of how silly the main character was at times. He got kicked out of his school and instead of going home and confessing this to his parents he chooses to wander around NYC getting into all kinds of situations. Overall a pretty entertaining read and it turned out much better than I expected.

I Let You Go (3/5 stars) – The synopsis of this book is rather misleading and clarifying it would give away one of the main plot twists in this story. The first half of the book was very boring but action picked up in the second half as the earlier mentioned plot twist emerges. Also, in the second half of the book the narration becomes a lot darker and I feel like that would have been good for the entire book.

Results May Vary ( 3/5 stars) – Good read and I never felt bored or tired of it. Best of all the main character was a normal person who didn’t annoy me as a lot of main characters tend to do. I was genuinely worried about what was going on in this book and cared about the main character. The ending was also good and very realistic.

What have you been reading lately?