Quick Update! I'm selling on Vinted?!

Hey guys!

I just wanted y'all to know that I've taken the leap and started to sell my clothing on Vinted! If you don't know what Vinted is, it's an online space where you can sell, swap, or giveaway clothing to other users. I have a lot of clothing that I don't use or aren't my style and decided to sell them first before donating them. 

Some of the thrift stores near my city price their clothing at ridiculous rates. I thought it would be easier to just to try to sell them first at a cheaper rate. I also needed a way to get money for college since I can't get a job yet. 

So check out my shop! Just search laceituplove in the search bar. I'll update this post once I can get on a computer to add a link to my profile. Unfortunately, I can only ship within the USA because of the aforementioned college student budget.

That's all for today! Thanks for reading! 

LIFE HAPPENS #30

Hey guys!

This week has been very long for me. I did get a few surprises though!

SCHOOL
I finally got my English book in the mail! Now I can do assignments and know what everyone else is talking about. It's in good condition as I decided to buy it used online. 

My math test on Thursday went pretty well. I think I did fine in chapter eight, but I blanked out in chapter seven. Hopefully I get a good grade overall. 

In dance class, we've finally started on our first choreography. I'm very excited to learn the whole routine and add my own twist to it. 

PERSONAL
I think I've spent enough of my life in hospital rooms. I spent my Monday with my grandfather watching over my grandmother who was hospitalized a little while ago. She's doing fine now and my dad, aunts, and uncles are hoping to move her back home. 

I have also gone shopping a lot this past week. I ended up going to Daiso yesterday and the thrift store today. Not only did I get a few crafty items to make resin pieces with, I got the Influenster VoxBox too! Look out for upcoming blog posts about what I got in it. 

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 

Style It//ZNation #TeamMorphine

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SPOILERS AHEAD(not a lot, but still). ALSO MAY CONTAIN CURSING. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you haven't noticed, ZNation is one of my favorite shows. It's only been two episodes, but I've already had my heart ripped out and stomped on by the writers of the show. Thanks for that guys. I noticed this season a new ship that I didn't even consider, but I think someone is definitely trying to push. Murphy and Sunshine (also known as Cassandra). Oh yeah. I totally thought Team Moonshine (Doc and Sunshine) was going to get it on. Who cares about 10k and Cassandra? They don't even have a ship name.

So here's my version of their outfits from the show. They're definitely far different from their season one outfits.

Sunshine from ZNation (Season 2)



Can't find the source for this photo at this moment, but it's not mine. 

Oh yeah. Sunshine has definitely been dressed by Murphy. The perv. 

Now I couldn't find a picture of Season 2 Murphy, but believe me when I say that he looked like a mafia business man in the first episode. Then he lost his fedora somewhere. At least, I think it was a fedora. I was more distracted by how he dressed up Sunshine.

Murphy from ZNation (Season 2)



That's it for today! Thanks for reading!

Influenster//Homecoming VoxBox

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It's been a while since I qualified for one of these bad boys. If you didn't know, Influenster is a platform where you can test products for free and review them on their site. Of course, you can still review even if you're not participating in a campaign, but most people sign up just to get free things. I'm totally fine with people who do that, however I dislike how some people just think they're handed free things the moment you sign up. You actually have to work for these. I was lucky enough to get the Homecoming Voxbox targeted towards college students.


Here's what was inside:
Red Vines - $1.59
Kettle Brand Potato Chips in Jalapeno - Prices Vary
Luden's throat drops - $1.35-$2.49
SinfulColors SinfulShine Nail Polish - $2.99
Olay Active Botanicals Refreshing Gel Cleanser - SRP$5.99


As a busy college student, snacks are a staple. The moment I saw the Red Vines and Kettle Brand Potato Chips, I wanted to eat them. I did restrain myself though as I realized that I can bring them to school on Monday. I can devour them during the four hour wait between my classes. I already love Red Vines and I'm sure that most people have had at least a similar candy. It's just red liquorice. Really good red liquorice. I've tried the Kettle Brand Potato Chips in Sea Salt. It's one of my favorite flavors. It's nice and salty and has a really nice kick to it.


I haven't been through the cough medicine aisle yet, so I don't think I've seen this brand of cough drops. I have the Strawberry Banana flavor which I'm hoping isn't going to taste like medicinal Strawberry Banana. With fall and winter coming up, I already know that I'm going to be coughing up a storm. Hopefully these will help once the cold settles in.


The Olay Active Botanicals Refreshing Gel Cleanser came right on time. Although there's no shortage of St. Ive's products in the bathroom, I need something new to make me keep up with my routine. The SinfulColors SinfulShine Nail Polish are a two step manicure system. Just add two coats of the Step 1 color of your choice and seal it with the Step 2 top coat. I have Step 1 in Picante which seems to be a metallic red orange in the bottle. I've been meaning to get gel nails and now it seems it'll be much easier to do.

All in all, these are things that would make college life easier. I'd prefer to have a pen or two in the box, but I do like everything I got. Want to see what I'd put in a College Life #DreamVoxBox? I created a list of what I'd put in a voxbox here: #DreamVoxBox College Life! Don't forget to like it for me!

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 


College Life//How To Deal With After Exam Exhaustion

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I know, I haven't been updating as much, but I do have a good reason. Math. Oh yes, the dreaded M word that most college students hate. Unless it's your major, you probably either don't like math or really don't like math. I really don't like math, but I try to work hard in that class. After last week's English test, somehow I ended up having two chapter tests today in math. Two chapters. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was, but I did end up not answering three problems in one chapter because of the time constraint and I had no idea what I was doing. By the end of the hour, I was exhausted to the bone. Here's how I deal with that after exam exhaustion.

EAT SOMETHING REALLY YUMMY
It can be anything. Good or bad for you, it really doesn't matter if you're not health conscious. I ended up scarfing up a KFC Famous bowl after class ended. If you are health conscious, snack on some grapes and strawberries, for no other reason than that they taste so good. Fruits are definitely a must when you're exhausted after an exam. They somehow taste all the more amazing after a test.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Maybe you were so nervous that you didn't drink anything before the test. Maybe you chugged down soda to give yourself energy. No matter the reason, water after an exam feels like you've given your body a boost that you should've gotten during the test. Water is good for your body and it's important to make sure that you drink enough of it in a day. I totally recommend Plant Nanny as mentioned in one of my LIFE HAPPENS posts! Some of those plants are so cute! And they make some funny noises too.

SLEEP IT OFF
After eating, I really recommend just sleeping. If it's for thirty minutes or so, that's great! Naps should be thirty minutes to regain energy. If it's any longer, then you'll feel more tired. Believe me, I know. However, if you don't have any classes after your test or any the next day, go ahead and sleep the day away. It'll make you feel so much better.

BLAST YOUR MUSIC
If nothing so far has appealed to you, just blast your favorite music. It'll put you in a better mood and help get the focus off of how you did after the test. Whatever kind of music you like, just remember to choose something upbeat or that can really get your energy levels high.

No matter how you deal with after exam exhaustion, it's always a good idea to just unwind. Do what makes you happy. Remember that you did your best on your test and you'll be improving as the school year slips by.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!



LIFE HAPPENS #28

Hey guys!

This week went by so fast that I wasn't prepared for it at all.

SCHOOL
On the school front, I just finished my first college English exam as mentioned in my College Life//Making an Outline for English Essays. It was surprisingly easy and I finished with about thirty minutes to spare. Although I don't know how I'm going to finish my current English assignment as I can't seem to find a seller that isn't backlogged with orders. I'm thinking of texting some friends if they can send me some screenshots of the pages I need.

This following Thursday, I have my first math test for two different chapters. I'm somewhat behind on homework as I've been having my friend send me screenshots of the pages I need which are kind of hard to read. However, I finally got the math book I needed for class this Thursday. I spent almost all of today working math that I feel like I'd start talking about x and y intercepts in my sleep.

The rest of my classes are going pretty well. My arms have been getting a great workout from learning how to Tut. Oh yes, hip hop terms will be creeping up in blog posts soon. :P

PERSONAL
Since school has been taking up most of my time and homework is steadily piling up, I've been trying to figure out how to juggle blogging, school, and my other interests. Hopefully next week will have a more consistent schedule as I attempt to catch up on everything.

Besides frantically trying to do my school work, I've been listening to a cover of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid by Dalton Rapattoni. I've loved Dalton since he was in IM5. I'm not sure if he's making more music for YouTube, but I'm hoping to see him live one day. His evil laughter gives me the chills.


That's it for today! Thanks for reading!

College Life//Making An Outline For Essays

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School has really been tough for me. I just finished an in class essay test for my English class. It was our first essay for the class and worth fifty points. Our teacher allowed us to print out an outline and to use our phone this time. I didn't use my phone for my essay as I knew it would distract me and make me stay later to finish my essay. However, I did make an outline which I thought was pretty good for a quick one done the night before. Which is why I'm sharing with you guys the best way to make an outline. Not only will this help you during an essay exam if they're allowed, they make sure you hit the important topics or details when you're writing. 


PICK A SUBJECT YOU KNOW (OR BECOME A MASTER ON IT OVERNIGHT) 
If the essay is open subject, pick something you know. You're already familiar with it and know where to get more relevant information. If the essay isn't open subject, make a quick search online. Use google scholar to get to the more relevant articles and cut through the junk.

WRITE YOUR OUTLINE IN SENTENCES
Whenever you can, write out your outline in sentences. That way you have a general idea of what you want to say and you can add, take away, or alter it when you start writing. If you have to make a more visual appealing outline, use subheadings and bullet points. It'll be easier to rearrange if you can see the small chunks instead of just huge balloons of text. 


PUT ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
My outline only had the basics. As I started to write, I added in little details that I remember as those were what I thought were important to know since they came to me when I was writing. If it's something that can't be forgotten, write into your outline. If you're iffy about it, leave it out. Once you get writing, you'll realize what you need to add as you go along.

ONE PAGE IS ALL YOU NEED
Okay, so I had a page limit on my outline. However, I realized I didn't need that many paragraphs for my essay. See if you can cut down on irrelevant information. You don't really need a conclusion on your outline since you have the opening paragraph written out. Just reword it and hash out the topic sentences of each body paragraph. If your opening paragraph is too long, cut it down. Your body paragraphs are the meat of the essay and should reflect that.

I thought my essay was pretty good. Of course, it was a process analysis essay and I just needed to tell people how to do something instead of arguing with them.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!   


LIFE HAPPENS #27

Hey guys!

This week was really short for me. School was actually enjoyable, but I have a lot of homework to do on Sunday. 

Today my family went to Great America for my dad's work picnic. I saw a giant Pokemon stuff toy, but unfortunately I couldn't win it. The guy in charge of the game was really cute though. I was kind of a stalker and took a picture of him. Don't tell me you haven't done it or had one of your friends do it before. I wanted to tell him I thought he was cute, but I was too intimidated. Isn't he adorable? 



ZNation also premier it's second season yesterday! Who else was not expecting a few of those surprises?! Especially Sunshine and Pie Girl! I can't wait for what happens next.  

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 


Zombie Slaying 101//Basic Survival Skills

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The next installment of the Zombie Slaying 101 series is all about basic survival skills. Different from The Essentials in that, if you don't have what's on this list, you can at least survive with these skills until you acquire them. I myself don't know that much survival skills, but I do know what you need to know in order to survive a zombie apocalypse.

So let me show you how to...

BUILD A FIRE
Graywolf Survival has a lot of good information and experience in making fires. While the Art of Manliness looks like an easier read, the website makes me snort. Really guys?

PITCH A TENT
The Backpacker has several articles about pitching a tent, but I like this one that has pictures. You need a place to sleep if you're out in the open. But don't forget the tin cans on barb wire to alert you to when zombies are approaching. Thanks The Walking Dead! 

CHANGE A TIRE
If you're a woman, then you'd understand how hard it is for someone to teach how to do this particular skill. One of my friend's father actually told her to call him or a male relative if she needs to change a tire when she asked to learn. Then he went on to say to call a mechanic if she couldn't reach them. That's well and good, but during a zombie apocalypse the mechanic is a zombie, your uncle is a zombie, and most likely your dad is now a zombie. Learn how to change a tire. Also, learn how to get it unstuck from anything.

PURIFY WATER
Apparently you just need to boil it over a fire to purify water most of the time. Or you can read this post from Survivopedia for more ways to purify salt water. The comments also have helpful tips.

USE A GUN
Okay, maybe you should go to your closest shooting range to learn how to do this. Or a relative who knows how to do this. Remember, don't point the nozzle at yourself even if you think it's not loaded. Treat the gun like it is, because you never know.

FIRST AID
Take a CPR class or a basic class at your local community center. This one I definitely recommend to do. You can save the trip to the doctors for minor scrapes and be able to bandage up any scratches from branches when running from zombies.

OTHER RANDOM SKILLS OR NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT ACQUIRING

BECOMING MORE FIT
If you can't outrun a teenager, you definitely need to get into shape. I definitely recommend getting in shape not only to outrun zombies, but it'll be good for your health. Think of all the long term goals.

FREE RUNNING OR PARKOUR
Not something most people can pull off, but I think it'll be a good idea how to get from point A to B without injuring yourself or others. Besides, you'll more than likely be able to get out of sticky situations if you know how to scale a building with just your body.

HOW TO USE A BOW AND ARROW
Think about Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. He doesn't need a gun. You won't either if you learn how to properly use a bow and arrow. Remember what I said about them in the other Zombie Slaying 101 post?

That's all I can think of that would be helpful in a zombie apocalypse. If you want a general skill set (think more along the lines of natural disaster), Graywolf Survival has great post about "The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive". What do  you think is important to know in surviving a zombie invasion?

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 

Zombie Slaying 101//The Essentials

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With ZNation's second season premiering this Friday, I decided to make a short series on surviving the zombie apocalypse. Today's post is on what I think you might need to have to survive until there's a cure or you find a nice community to take you in. 

FOOD
Nonperishables
These are very important. This is why people should stock up for natural diseasters. You never know when you need them. 

Trail Mix 
Easy to make while on the road. You can also plant the nuts along the way as a guide and mark of where you've been.

Energy Bars
Easy to find in stores, energy bars can handle a lot of rough housing. They also come in bulk which makes it easy to just grab a few boxes and hide the rest in case you ever come back that way.

Peanut Butter
Have you looked at their experation dates? They can last a long time. 

Water 
If you learn how to purify water, you'll be set for most of your journey. Sodas may give a good juice, but they're sugary and everyone knows what happens after a sugar high. You crash. And you may crash into a zombie.

CLOTHING
Long sleeves 
If a zombie grabs onto you, you can just rip off the piece of clothing they latched onto. Not the bell bottomed, swaying long sleeves, but the ones that are right against your skin are much better in making sure your warm and zombies won't be able to grab you. 

Jacket
The kind that Brandy Melville makes since no one really cares if you don't pay for it in a zombie apocolypse. They're light and warm at the same time, so they're perfect for transitioning when the weather changes. 

Jeans
Not skinny jeans, but something that'll make it easy for you to run in. 

Leggings/Tights
You can find them in almost any store. They can keep you warm and are easy to run in. 

BAGS
Camping Bags
They can hold a lot. Great for trying to have everything in one place. Although if they get bulky, they might slow you down. 

Messenger Bags
You can use them as a makeshift weapon if you have enough items in there. They may get caught on some things, but they're easy to yank off in a hurry. 

WEAPONS 
Knife 
For when zombies get too close, don't waste your bullets. Stab them through the brain, but make sure not to get it stuck in their heads. It's easy to hide on your person and if you lose one, you can always ransack someone's kitchen.

Gun
Better used for zombies that are walking steadily towards you. Not many people know how to properly use a gun, so brush up on your skills before you head out to kick some zombie butt. Although guns would be easier to use, they're only a one shot kind of deal and are pretty loud. I suggest using guns only when you really need to. 

Bow and Arrow
Okay, not everyone knows how to use these. But that's the point. No one is going to go for the bow and arrow because it takes a lot of muscle and hand-eye coordination. You can also make your own arrows if you run out using branches and such. 

Slingshot
It works! If you get those metal BB gun pellets and have really good aim. Also very easy to make if you have a branch and rubber band. 

Most other weapons are a variation of these. Sword? A very long knife. Nunchucks?  A slingshot that you can hit people with. But I don't recommend nunchucks. Too close for zombies to get you. 

OTHER BITS AND BOBS
Flashlight
You definitely need this at night, but make sure you try to dampen the brightness. Zombies are attracted to light, sound, and smell. 

Batteries
For any electronics you have. Make sure to keep a wide variety. You can also try to trade them with others if they're nice.

Rope
From climbing mountains to tying yourself to a tree limb, rope can be used for anything.

Pocket Knife
These have everything. From a bottle opener to screwdriver, you can do a lot of things with this bad boy.

Some cutlery 
Because you have to be civilized some way right? 

Lighters/Matches
If you don't know how to make a fire, at least have one of these.

If I could bring most of these, I would. Although a zombie invasion doesn't seem like a plausibility, it's always good to at least have something prepared for natural disasters. 

That's it for today! Thanks for reading? 

LIFE HAPPENS #26

Hey guys!

This week has been tiring for me. I started college Monday and have survived my first week as a freshman. Here's how it went down.

SCHOOL
I decided to drop Yoga and Meditation because it was from about 7:30pm to 8:30pm and I wasn't too keen on waiting outside in the dark for my ride. I also dropped my Women's Studies class as it was an online class and I didn't think I'd have to right mindset on working online and doing things from home. 

Which means I only have four classes this semester: English, Math, Career and Life Planning, and Intro to Hip Hop. My English class is more focused on writing and I wanted to learn how to be a better writer and know more about the intricacies of writing. I ended up retaking Algebra 2, but I prefer that than PreCalculus. That class took a lot out of me and I didn't want a repeat of it so soon. I thought Career and Life Planning would be a good class to take as I don't really know what to do and needed some guidance in figuring everything out. My friend actually convinced me to do Intro to Hip Hop with her. Although I'm good at some dance styles, hip hop is kind of a challenge for me as I'm more of a soft dancer. But why not challenge myself? 

This first week of school was surprisingly easy. I found my classes easily and didn't have too much of a hard time looking for them except for dance. Dance class was at the larger campus and within two minutes, I was lost in the parking lot. I did find my way to class after my friend found me.

PERSONAL
I found this cute app called Plant Nanny which Morgan D recommended on her August favorites video. You basically try to keep a plant alive by drinking water. I think it's really cute and I can't wait for my plant to grow up! While on the topic of apps, My Study Life is also a great app for students. I wanted to get a student calender on my phone since I always forget to use an agenda during class. Now that I have a syllabus and an outline of when everything is due, it's a lot easier for me to work on homework to get ahead of class. 

When I came home from Chicago, I found myself with a mess of a room. It's not too bad, but I've been trying to wittle down my wardrobe and I keep tripping over things. I'm going to spend this long weekend to get rid of a few items and trying to figure where everything should go.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading! 


Style It//Zombie Killer

Hey guys!

Next week, one of my favorite shows is premiering its second season. That's right, ZNation is up for another round of kick butt zombie killing and sassy drama. So why not help you guys find the right attire for zombie killing? Not only are these outfits going to hide you in the night when zombies are crawling all over the place, they're baggy enough for you to run comfortably and hide your weapons from people with bad intentions. Also included are some suggested weapons because ah, hello! You need something to kill those zombies!

Let's Leg It!






Hidden In Plain Sight




Ready For Anything



Obviously you might not have enough time to get ready for a zombie invasion. So watch out for some Zombie Surviving 101 posts coming up!

Don't forget to follow my twitter for Friday #ZNation spam!

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!