LIFE HAPPENS #62

Hey everyone!

I got sick in the beginning of the week. It wasn't that big of a deal, but it did cause me to be late in my math test. I think I did a good job, but I did forget a few equations I needed. It's fine though as I did my best with what I had.

I was doing well with NaNoWriMo, but a family matter came up. I only wrote about one hundred words yesterday, but I'm hoping to write 2,000 words later today. I have about 288 words right now, and after this posts goes up, there will be more (hopefully). I did attempt to plot a bit for my novel. I am at a crossroads on how I want to end up getting my characters to where they're needed to go.

I also got an early Christmas gift. The Sonia Kashuk Serpent brushes were on my wish list the moment I saw them. I loved the look of the snakes crawling on the brushes. In real life, they aren't as detailed as I liked, but for the price, it was worth the expense.

This week has been a trying time, but it was still a good week.

What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading!

A PAUSE IN NANOWRIMO

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It's the middle of NaNoWriMo, and I am losing steam. I do love to look at my NaNoMon to check my word count though. My Eevee has evolved into a Flareon, and although they're cute, I was hoping for an Espeon. (UPDATE: Apparently the Eevees circle through each Eeveelution when you hit certain word counts.) Despite being far ahead in my word count, I'm losing the will to put my ideas onto the screen.

I love my idea, my characters, my plot, but sometimes you get tired of reading it over and over again. Sometimes I can't type fast enough for my thoughts to get onto the screen. I know I could try dictation, but I talk too fast and might mess up. At this point, I knew I needed a break. Not a break from writing per se, but something that will perk me up to continue writing. If I stop writing for one day, I know that I'll end up not writing for the rest of the month.

So I headed to The Body Shop at my local mall. I haven't done a full Body Shop Haul since around March where I purchased my first every products from them. I went into the store to buy a Vitamin E toner to replace mine, but came out with a lot more items than I was expecting.


I first picked up two brushes. The face mask applying brush is useful for those who have a large amount of masks and don't want to keep using your fingers. I found that using a brush to apply my masks have significantly helped in controlling how much product I put on and using my masks regularly. I needed a fan brush because I wanted to see how that would affect the application of my highlighters. The Body Shop's fan brush is soft, easy to use, and the perfect length for me. My highlighter seems to be more even and blends in a lot better than what I was doing before.


The sales associate recommended the CC cream to create a brightening affect for under eye bags and a subtle highlight. The peach glow tone suited my skin color well, and it has definitely made my skin look brighter. She also demonstrated the new English Rose Facial Mask for me. Since it was a new product, and I wanted to treat myself, I decided to take a chance with it. I've seen a large improvement with my skin when I use this. My acne has started to diminish and my skin has never felt this good in a while.

I picked up another Highlighting Dome in 03. I liked the one I have, but I feel like it's a little too light on my skin tone. The pink undertones of this one is a lot more noticeable on me. I try to use this with my fan brush, but I think it works better with a large wet brush.


The last item is the biggest one. Instead of buying a toner, I bought the three product Skincare Edition Holiday Gift Set. It was $30 so I had gotten an item for free. The toner seems to have a new look that makes it look very aesthetically pleasing to me. I got a large cleanser and a 48 hour moisturizer included with the set.

My love for The Body Shop is growing with each product they create. I might try their Spa of the World section the next time I browse around.

Have you shopped at The Body Shop before? What are your favorite products?

Thanks for reading!

LIFE HAPPENS #61

Hey everyone!

This week has been a challenge for me. Not only have I attempted to write about 2,000 words a day instead of 1,666 words for NaNoWriMo, I have two essay due, a math test, and a midterm this month. It's like everything important happens in November. I wonder why?

My current NaNoWriMo project is going better than I expected. There's a definite plot and characters who are taking control of their lives and steering the novel to where they want to go. I only have a few problems. One of them is naming the main character. Since I write in first person point of view, the main character is stubbornly refusing to name herself. I just decided to let her do what she wants and name her later once she decides on a name.

The second problem is that I have a short story assignment due on the tenth, but I have dedicated all my energy in writing about my novel. So I used today to write out a small scene that would happen later in the story that can stand alone. It's suppose to be a short story with about five to twenty-two pages. I doubt it's going to be shorter than twenty pages since my teacher wants it to be double spaced for easy reading. Hopefully I'll be able to edit it before the due date.

Those two problems are honestly the most exciting events I've had this week. I've been holing myself up in my room in a desperate attempt to keeping writing. I may have also neglected a bit of my homework so after writing about one hundred more words, I'll be working on that the whole night.

What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading! 

STYLE IT // WRITING IN STYLE

Hey everyone!

If you're participating in Nation Novel Writing Month, then you know that comfy clothing is a must. Some days you might want to look good for the rare occasion you leave the house for food, but most of the time your frantically trying to reach the word count. Even though NaNoWriMo makes people go deeper into their hermit like state, there are times where you must get dressed up and socialize.

When that happens, I prefer dressing comfortably and having my notebook on hand. Here's a few outfits that you can always customize to fit your style. I went with clothing items that are easy to put on and could potentially double as lounging outfits.

NaNoWriMo House


Late To The Write In


As Dark As My Writing

What do you like to wear when writing?

Thanks for reading! 

MY (KIND OF LATE) NANOWRIMO 2016 PREP CHECKLIST

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Today is the beginning of NaNoWriMo! I'm excited to announce that I have already passed the word count for the day. Although I am done with today's word count, I will be writing more after this post. I have a vague outline for this novel, and I'm hopeful that I'll be able to finish it this month. Before I could even think about finishing my novel, I want to share with you the items that I use to prepare for an easier NaNoWriMo.


1. Notebooks

Notebooks are my preferred method for writing outside. I like to carry one around and jot down notes and scenes when I don't want to use my phone.

2. Pen

I find that the Bic Crystal pens have an easy ink flow, and I don't have to grip the barrel too hard to hold onto the pen.

3. Laptop

When I'm home, I usually type my NaNoWriMo work as it's easier to count my words and edit later.

4. An outline

This year I have a vague outline that's specific with only the characters that need it most. I'm really excited about what I'm writing this year.

5. Tea

Green tea keeps me warm and wanting to keep writing when it starts to get cold. I bought a special cup for this year's NaNoWriMo because I wanted something bigger so I don't have to get up that much.

6. Snacks

Usually Halloween candy and chips. I have a fondness for chocolate sweets and have to pace myself whenever I start to reach for them.

7. Music & Earbuds

I don't create playlists like other people because I don't have the patience for it. I do listen to different songs and a variety of music to motivate myself when writing.

8. Comfy clothing

I concentrate on writing more when I'm comfortable. I usually change into pajamas right when I get home so I don't get distracted when doing work.

9. Zines or Books

If my mind wonders when I'm writing, I like to take a break and read a book or zine. I use zines to spark inspiration and read books to get insight on character development.

10. Movies

Movies are a great way to take a break or have background noise. Featured in the picture is Chocolat and Labyrinth.

11. YouTube

Not only can I catch up on my Watch Later list, the background noise usually sparks inspiration to write.

There's everything that I use to make NaNoWriMo easier for me. I tweak this list a little depending on what I'm feeling that day. My goal this year is to be win like last year.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How far along are you today?


Thanks for reading!