August 26, 2013

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve | Los Altos, CA

I spent my Monday off to go on a day hike to Rancho San Antonio. I got to some quality time alone with nature and got to be a little more active than I've been lately. The weather was absolutely beautiful and nothing beats the stillness of being surrounded by trees and witnessing the wildlife that resides in the area. This park was interesting in particular as it has it's own farm, garden and has a historical background as well. The vista point was a nice break and it's always great to overlook the cities and see the mountains that surround our valley.

July 22, 2013

NOTW: Gorgeous

This Sinful Colors nail polish truly is "Gorgeous" with colors of brilliant, bright blue, jade green and silver it's a color with brilliance that can't truly be captured with a photo.

July 14, 2013

NOTW: Nirvana

Thought the name of this polish was interesting and concluded it was named so after it's chocolate brown color.

July 11, 2013

Haul: Spring H&M pieces

A mini haul of some cute, spring pieces I got at H&M from their summer sale! 

June 17, 2013

Ipsy Bag June 2013

Here's a look at June's Ipsy Bag, it's theme is "On The Wild Side". It's animal print with a neon green zipper. It's totally trendy and fun!

NOTW: Mint Apple

Sinful Colors- Mint Apple

OOTD: Buckling Flowers

Vintage Sunglasses / Floral Cape / Gray Skater Dress / Buckle Boots

June 12, 2013

NOTW: Glittery Julie

This week's nails are inspired by the color combo of the Make Me Crazy brush set by Sigma Beauty. Check out what I used to create this look and more pictures!

June 3, 2013

OOTD: Cut Out & High Waisted

I'm wearing all bargain pieces that I got from Crossroads Trading Co. and eBay! They were all a steal, you won't believe how much this outfit cost. Check out the pieces and more pictures after the jump!

May 29, 2013

Seacliff State Beach | Aptos, California

 My family and I decided to spend our memorial day weekend at a state beach in Aptos, it was a bit gloomy at first but before we knew it the weather became bright and beautiful. The beach is also home to the concrete freighter, The Palo Alto. For more pictures, check them out after the jump!

May 15, 2013

Ipsy Bag May 2013

This is May's Ipsy Bag, it's looking quite full this month which is a good sign. This is by far my favorite bag from Ipsy, with it's bright colors and print which I think is perfect for Spring!

May 12, 2013

The Rave Run 5k | San Jose, California

 I spent my Saturday night running a 5k at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds for The Rave Run with my brother and friend. It was a night packed with glow sticks, lights, lasers and music. The theme was a nice change and was definitely fun. Check out the pictures from last night, after the jump!

May 7, 2013

Rose Gold Makeup Inspired by itsjudytime

Did this makeup video inspired by Judy from itsjudytime because I'm in need of a change and I'm willing to try new fun colors this Spring! The tutorial she did was called Rose Gold & Purple Eyeshadow. I'm a big fan of Judy, as well as her husband Benji and their adorable baby Julianna. I thought this tutorial I did my makeup based off of was the perfect pop of color mixed while still using neutral colors. 

April 28, 2013

OOTD: Floral Me Up

What I wore to Davis to meet with Jenn Im of clothesencounters and to bask in the warm weather. See the rest of the outfit after the jump!

Day Trip & Meeting clothesencounters | Davis, California

My friends and I decided to head to Davis for the day to visit a friend and to meet Jenn Im at the Davis flea market. Which of course I was obliged to buy her clothes, because her stuff is ridiculously awesome. I ended getting a white button up blouse with leather accents and a Motel Rocks sheer black dress with cross beading, pieces she's worn in her recent winter videos. After the meet up with Jenn we stopped by a friends and decided to grab lunch. We ended up eating at Raku Sushi, which was AYCE sushi for $12 bucks. Talk about sushi heaven! The weather in Davis was really warm, but beautiful and quiet nonetheless which made going home a bit hard. The ride home wasn't as long as I thought even with a bit of traffic and produced those rare, great car talks. So all in all, the day was perfect!

April 24, 2013

Yelp Event ArtHouse Preview Party | Downtown San Jose, California

Yelp threw a small event that did a collaboration with ArtHouse, which hosted a preview party. This was no usual Yelp event as it was art based, but that made it nothing short of fun. My friend Jenny accompanied me where we got to do artsy fartsy things and look through the galleries located in downtown San Jose. I never knew we had such great galleries so close to home. I got to make my mother a hand made plate, observe art and get to finally try the Grilled Cheese Bandits gourmet grilled cheeses. Such a wonderful event, it's events like these that I feel are definitely needed to get back in touch with our creativity and away from our computers and phones.

See what we did and saw during the event!

April 17, 2013

Ipsy Bag April 2013

Took this little bag a bit longer than usual to reach me, but it's finally here! Let's see what I got!

April 14, 2013

OOTD: Blue

 Wore these lovely, basic pieces to a friend's birthday dinner at Espetus in San Mateo. It was a lovely Brazillian Steakhouse with amazing food and great service. Stay tuned after the jump for more pictures of this outfit from this night.

April 8, 2013

Review/Empties #1

This will be my first empties post! Just a few items I've used up within the last 6 months. Some things I decided to try out and some samples I've obtained, whether they be from Birchbox or just from over the department store counter.

April 5, 2013

Haul: Haight Ashbury /San Francisco Pick Ups

Here are just a few items I picked up when I visited Haight Ashbury in San Francisco! I managed to find some amazing pieces at Goodwill and this basic Oxford at Uniqlo.

April 3, 2013

Day Trip with Kimmi | San Francisco, CA

My best friend, Kimmi and I decided to spontaneously visit San Francisco. Being thrifting buddies and all she was surprised to hear that I've never been to Haight Ashbury so that was our first stop. . Check out where we went and what I thrifted after the jump!

March 25, 2013

Final Push

It is finally finals week it's nothing short of stress, studying, lack of sleep and exam time.

It's the final push and I feel as if I've fallen a bit short of my expectations and goals this Winter quarter. Even with the limited social activities- if I dare to say they exist and more time at home with my nose buried in a textbook or notes. I'm trying to transition this feeling of guilt and low spirits into a more aggressive type of motivation to do even better as my exams come up day by day. (Have I also mentioned I've been on this kinda low carb challenge? That may also be the reason why.)

I suppose when you view your time spent in retrospect there's always more you could've or should've done. I suppose that's a self learning lesson right there. Not surprisingly a reoccurring one.

Here's to pushing through and giving it my all.

March 13, 2013

Swatch: e.l.f. Baked Blush in Rich Rose

I got this baked blush during e.l.f.'s 50% off sale a little while ago, so I thought this would be a steal. 
A lot of people say it's comparable to Mac's Mineralize blushes and my favorite Beauty guru/vlogger, itsjudytime, loved this one in particular. This is the baked blush in "Rich Rose".

February 17, 2013

Under water

Winter 13' quarter is definitely consuming me.

Just like last quarter I decided to solely focus on my studies. That meant little to no outings with friends, limited time with the boyfriend and more time with my studying alone in my room. This dedication and self discipline led me to get an A in Biology and a B in Chem which was very rewarding.

However, this quarter even with the same amount of effort it's just not the same. I have added new priorities to my life and further removed most social activities out in hopes of achieving the same results as last quarter.

I guess this is just a little friendly reminder to stay motivated and disciplined in whatever you choose to achieve. A little suffering and hard work now will pay off in the end. 

February 14, 2013

My kind of flowers for Valentine's Day

Cherry Blossom & Orange Ball from Omee J (Santa Clara, California)
After a long, tedious lab working on the hydrolysis of Aspartame in Chemistry I finally got to get out of that lab and enjoy the rest of my day. My boyfriend and I decided on sushi for Valentine's day, which was perfect as I had worked up an appetite and wouldn't have flowers any other way- for the most part. We got to catch up over these beautiful dishes with more soon after, which was all I could ever want. Quality time together and eating deliciously, fresh food. It's always such a treat, as I don't see him often.

Valentine's Day is usually regarded with chocolates and romance, but I believe it's a holiday that forces people to show their significant others how much they care about them. It's not limited to your spouses or partners, but I believe surprising your family and friends with sweets or your time is the true significance of this holiday. It's a perfect reminder to show the ones you love, how much you care about them. It's really never a bad time to do so!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day, just spreading love and eating lots of chocolate on this day!

XOXO, indeed.

January 11, 2013

January Birchbox: Best Year Ever

I had higher hopes for Birchbox's January box, especially after the new year passing. This box was a lot better and I believe had more value. See what's inside after the jump!