December 11, 2012

December Birchbox: All Wrapped Up

Received my first Birchbox, since I figured I try to expand my variety of products and it was relatively cheap. December's box was centered around the holiday theme and these were the items that came in my box. See what I got after the jump!

December 8, 2012

OOTD: Casually platformmin'

 Had a small photo shoot for with a photographer, who happens to be a friend looking to expand his portfolio, check out the awesome photos and see what I wore!


October 23, 2012

School girl mode

School has literally kicking my ass lately, but I'm still hanging in there and still trying to put up a fight. This October has been nothing but studying, good eats and cooler weather. Winter is truly coming, I can feel it in the crispness of the morning air. 

This month I also participated in the American Heart Society's Heart Walk with my mother, which was nice as we both got a light workout and bonding time in.


October 2, 2012

October Pickups: Edgy & New Closet Additions

American Apparel Denim Circle Skirt / Forever 21: Pleather High Waist Shorts, Neon Green Sweater, Cat Print Blouse

September 28, 2012

My Friday morning

Self Renewal

Now that I've finally completed my first week of classes, I've come to understand that the feelings I've been experiencing. It's what I've been waiting for the past few quarters. A spark of self renewal, a new burst of motivation and optimism about my future. I've realized that hard work and baby steps is bringing me closer to the future I've always wanted. From packing my schedule with classes I was always too scared to face to commuting to a new school to get more college credits is a new change that I'm willing to take up.

I've come to accept that most of my time will be me studying and stressing over my subjects. Therefore causing me to lack a social life, but for some reason I feel like it's all worth it. That going out every other day to eat or to socialize with friends has fallen from my priorities. Although, it doesn't mean I have to quit spending time with my family, friends or boyfriend but when I have time I will be sure to spend it with them.

It's funny to think back to when I felt like I was stuck in some state of trance or void. Where it didn't seem as if I was advancing anywhere in life, I was just there. So I'm grateful, to feel purposeful again and to give everything I can to keep this motivated me going.

September 25, 2012

Weekly Pick Ups: Courduroy and Stripes

American Apparel: Stripe Crewneck / American Apparel: Corduroy Shorts
Picked up these two AA pieces for the summer time! I love striped shirts and couldn't pass up these awesome corduroy shorts. They'd look great paired together, but both have a lovely, casual feel.

September 22, 2012

NOTW: Bandeau

It's a blue toned purple that has a hint of neon to it. It dries to a satin finish, not matte and not completely shiny. Check out how it looks swatched, after the jump.

August 28, 2012

NOTW: Pink Gradient

Wet N Wild: Blazed / Wet N Wild Megalast: 2% Milk / Buillon Beads & star on accent nail

July 14, 2012

NOTW: MLP "Rarity" Inspired

Wet N Wild: French White Creme / OPI: Do You Lilac It? / Zoya: Breezi /
Wet N Wild: 101A White Lights Glitter / China Glaze: Black Mesh

July 4, 2012

Happy July 4th!

I spent my fourth of July with a BBQ, beer and good food was a great start. Later in the day my friends and I gathered around a bonfire for warmth and s'mores, overlooking San Jose then finished off the night with a variety of fireworks, that were explosive and beautiful.

June 21, 2012

Save Our Shores: Beach Cleanup at Moran Lake Beach

I've been wanting to do a beach clean up for the longest time and though many of my friends may not have the same passion for Earth conservation or love for the ocean I was willing to do it alone. However, my brother did come with me to this clean up event and grabbed a few scoops of ice cream at Marianne's. Such a rewarding day to be out cleaning up the beaches, soaking in the warm rays in Santa Cruz and driving with the convertible top down all the way back up 17.

June 20, 2012

Crossing my fingers!

It's always great to see other bloggers who have the same passion for makeup, fashion and great hauls all posted in one spot. Though, we all have our different reasons for starting up a blog it's reassuring to see so many people documenting their lives, interests and style. I know I started my blog as a continuation from my previous blog in hopes of expressing myself and looking back to lessons learned. However now, that is not the sole case in my blog ... it's more documenting events and simple joys I really care about.

So from one blogger to another ... cheers to many more hauls, swatches, giveaways & instagram pics.
*Please check out "See it, Love it, Swatch it." for an amazing giveaway of jewelry, makeup and polish!

June Instagrammed


Make up collection / Little Chef Counter  / Melon Mamba's at Blush Raw Bar & Lounge / High temps in SJ / St. John's Bar & Grill w. the bf / Poolside

May 28, 2012

May Pick Ups: Crossroads, H&M & Ulta

By Corpus Denim Shirt / Daisy Dress / Purple & Blue Boyshorts / H&M Pleat Skirt / F21 Destroyed Purple Shorts / H&M Blue & Teal Shorts

St. Ive's Apricot Scrub / John Frieda Frizz Ease / UD All Nighter / NYX Glitter Cream Palette / NYX  Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean & Milk / Beauty Blender

Some items I picked up before I head out to Vegas the second week of June. Got excited to find such good finds at Crossroads and colorful new pieces for summer. I splurged at Ulta for travel sized items and products I've had my eye on for awhile. I now use the Beauty Blender and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk religiously.

May 24, 2012

OOTD: Salmon Pink

Thrifted Salmon Button Up / American Apparel Side Zipper Tricot Leggings / Ralph Lauren Loafers / Nordstrom Bag

What I wore shopping in search of a dress for an upcoming wedding reception in June. I'm really into  light pastel colors such as Salmon for this Spring/Summer, pastels are the new black.

May 23, 2012

Quality time with the best friend.

My best friend Kimmi finally came home from Long Beach so we decided to catch up over a small picnic outside flipping through magazines and drinking Iced Green Tea. After we finished our Tortilla Pinwheels and apple slices, she found some awesome recipes to bake on Pinterest. We decided on Chocolate Meringue Cookies with corn flakes as a sub for nuts, since she's allergic. It came out light, with a moist center and the corn flakes gave them a nice chewy texture.

I sported a light sweater over a black tank and did a fish tail braid with lavender/white extensions.

May 20, 2012


A photo from today's eclipse that happened around 6:30 P.M. Khoa and I were on the way to dinner when we took this, wish we had the proper eye vision to see it more clearly :-P

NOTW: Metallica

Wet N Wild: Metallica / Seche Vita: Top Coat

EDC Package

May 7, 2012

Eating Healthier & Working Out

I'm finally getting back in shape! I've set myself on a running schedule, with a daily workout routine and gradually incorporating fresh fruits/vegetables/fiber into my diet. Wish me the best of luck and that I stay motivated to keep on going! :-)

May 1, 2012

Finally paid off!

Finally paid the last payment for Khoa and I's 3 Day pass and shuttle passes. Las Vegas here we come!

April 17, 2012

Sweet Treats from my sweetie!

My SO recently got his wisdom teeth pulled out so he's been eating solely soft foods and primarily eating with only a spoon. After class, I headed over to spend time with him and brought him Jamba Juice to ease the pain. That's when I heard that distinct ice cream truck bell that frequents his neighborhood at night. Unfortunately, it started moving to the opposite direction of his house. Little did I know, the truck had made a full circle and was outside! We both got soft served Vanilla on cones and of course I got mine Chocolate dipped. Absolutely wonderful and I got to eat both cones!

April 13, 2012

Rainy Weather & Work Surprises

This week has been oddly rainy and there has been 2 instances of hail already. On the bright side, I received a gift card from work for submitting "The Best Comment" on improving my work establishment. I also broke my fast food fast with Taco Bell and tried their Doritos Locos Tacos. Taco Bell with the first season of Community was the perfect way to end my Saturday, post work.

April 11, 2012

Tea For Two!

Alas, quality time with my best friend! Kimmi was back and town and we decided to go to Lisa's Tea Treasures for tea and a bit to snack on before strolling around Santana Row. The Boysenberry tea we got was deliciously sweet and was perfect to dip our Gingersnaps in. The tea sandwiches, quiche and lemon tart were my favorite! 

We left satisfied and strangely full, I opted for more caffeine at Starbucks and we continued shopping around afterwards. 

I'm going to miss this girl when she goes back to Long Beach! :*(

April 10, 2012

100 Foods To Eat Before You Die

Just saw this on my news feed on Facebook and got curious enough to Google it and found this food challenge list. I got 54 out of 100 and I'm actually pretty curious to try those I haven't tried yet. A lot of the ones I haven't tried I've heard before but never got the chance to try yet. This sets up a lot of motivation to venture out to try these new and even exotic foods!

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator 
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder 
24. Cognac
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets 
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes 
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat's Milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie 
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po' Boy
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S'mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle 
91. Spam
92. Squirrel
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers

March 24, 2012

BB Cream Ruined

I was explaining to my boyfriend what BB Cream was and how it's starting to become a new trend here. I was startled to see Clinique have their own BB Cream line out when I was recently at the mall! Then he had the nerve to say this. Whatever it is, it whitens and makes skin look so flawless I like it! I'll be adding Clinique's BB Cream to my "To Purchase" list since it's finish was matte and smooth.

March 11, 2012


I've been feeling really motivated recently. I've been gradually been receiving wake up calls or reality checks, if that's what one calls them. Mostly from realizing, how much I've been putting off and how much others my age have already done with their lives compared to mine. I've always known or have been told not to compare yourself with others due to different factors, but it's good to see what you're up against sometimes. From being jealous of the adventures my former class mates have been making, to seeing the success they have obtained changed my point of view from being apathetic to being motivated in seeing what I can actually do.

I've decided it's finally time to get my act together, it's better late then never.