LIFE HAPPENS #84

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I just got back from work, and I realize that I should really stop writing blog posts late at night. However, I'm not an early bird and I work better at night than in the morning. I tend to find myself concentrating better when it's around 10 am. When I do get up early, I like to do get a few of the easy habits or to-dos. From my daily tarot reading to catching up on my emails (and then forgetting them soon after! Need to change that habit in 2018), my mornings are mostly spent lazying about.

This is what this week has essentially felt like. A week filled up with work and family time. I spent the last two weeks figuring out my life and what I want to do next year. I found that I want to be able to learn more. I've already started learning Tagalog (the Filipino language) within the last two days to get a head start. There are various reasons why I'm not fluent in Tagalog that I might address in a future blog post, but it's fun to learn more about my culture through learning more about the language. I want to organize my thoughts more about what I want to learn in 2018, so I hope you guys hold tight while I get that under control.


I've also found out about Buzzfeed Unsolved. Here's an episode where they cover three different hauntings to see what it's all about. It's a series of paranormal investigations and true crime theories made by Buzzfeed. Although I don't like Buzzfeed, there are only about two or three series that I think are worth it. The Try Guys and Buzzfeed Unsolved may be the only reasons why people would regularly watch that channel. There's something soulless about Buzzfeed that makes me wary, but those two series always pull me in. At least I can get my paranormal fixings online now instead of missing my favorite shows on TV.

What have you been up to in the last week of 2017?

LIFE HAPPENS #83

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I decided to end Blogmas because I'm tired. The truth is that December is one of the busiest months of the year for me. Not only is it the end of school, but with my new job, I ended up staying an extra hour practically every week. It's tiring. I need a break.


In contrast to that, I've decided to add one habit into my routine for a month to learn new habits. I blame Thomas Frank on YouTube for motivating me to make my life better. My writing habits are all over the place so it's the main reason why I'm adding it to my routine. I think the main reason why I haven't been writing as much is that I don't have a chair for my desk. It's the littlest thing, but having a chair instead of standing up at my desk makes a huge difference.

Christmas is on a Monday this year. I have a day off that day so now I have a three day weekend where I can start habit tracking and learning what I like. Since my family isn't too big on Christmas, I won't have a large "What I Got For Christmas" post like other people tend to have during the holidays. What's important to me are my family and friends, and that's all I need for Christmas.

What have you been up to this week?

MY 21ST BIRTHDAY (AND FAILING AT BLOGMAS)

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I recently turned twenty-one, and I wanted to share a few photos. I didn't do anything special for my birthday because I had work later that day. However, I did do a mini photoshoot. I wanted to do a full outfit of the day shoot, but I was too tired and cold.


I haven't been posting daily like I should've for Blogmas so I decided to just end it. Despite the fact that I do have several blog posts sort of written, I'll be saving those for next year. It's been a month, and I'm still adjusting to my work schedule and personal life. It's a pain to do, but I do like making my own money.



Since I did work on my birthday, I was hoping for the regular four hour work day. I got an extra hour of work. At least I'm getting paid extra right? Although I didn't get the alcohol right after work when I planned to, I'm glad that my birthday was relatively relaxed and chill. It's different from the usual scramble of jumbled up emotions.

Did you have a memorable 21st birthday?

4 SIMPLE ROOM DECOR IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

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It's officially the Christmas season for everyone in the United States! I try to be festive in small ways since I don't celebrate Christmas as much as other people. My Christmas "decor" is minimalistic and based on how easy it is to take off or transition into a different season.

Fairy lights // Practically everyone has these somewhere. Drape them on the window, the wall, the bed frame, whatever you want, and it'll be festive. They come in different styles and colors which means that you can definitely use purple fairy lights to go from Halloween to Christmas.

Paper snowflakes // Throw it back to grade school by making multicolored paper snowflakes and taping them onto walls, windows, and whatever else your minds comes up with. It looks whimsical and adorable. You can even use fancy papers to make them more adult-ish.


DIY snowglobes // There are various ways to make your own snow globe. I tried the Martha Stewart version because it was the first DIY that popped up. I made it a general snow globe since I wanted to display it on my desk.

Art decor // You can make your own Christmas art to frame on the wall or on a desk using any art material. A crayon drawn picture of a snowman? Tape it to a wall. A color pencil rendition of reindeer? Hang it on the tree. A squiggly marker drawing of Santa Claws that looks more like a misshapen person? Frame it and put it on your desk.

How do you decorate for Christmas?


COMPLETING MY CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST

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Kristen Soup made a video on her other channel about Christmas bucket lists. I know I made a few (here, here, and here), but I didn't think of making a Christmas specific one. While I was thinking up what I wanted to put on my Christmas bucket list, I realized that I already completed most of it last year. Most of what's on my bucket list involves snow which means my trip to Chicago last year fulfilled all of what I wanted to do during Christmas. 

I went ice skating at the Winter Wonderfest in Navy Pier with one of my favorite cousins. She went on most of the "faster" rides while I chilled out and took pictures.


We made a few snowmen after I stubbornly refused to give up after the first failed attempt. The front yard didn't look too good after, but the snow in the backyard didn't have the right consistency for it. Although I do wish that I had pushed a snowball down their yard to see if it'll grow bigger.

Since my cousins have a hill next to their yard, my cousin and I went sliding down it with one of those little boogie board things that are for snow. It was both amusing and slightly horrifying as I realized halfway down the hill that I was slipping off the board.

I also fulfilled taking Christmas themed photos while in Chicago since my family doesn't decorate for Christmas anymore. Although I do wish that I took more pictures, maybe this year I can do a winter themed photo shoot with some friends and family.

What's on your Christmas bucket list?


5 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE MUSICIAN IN YOUR LIFE

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It's the last of the gift idea guides this year because I'm overwhelmed with research and finals. What a volatile combination. However, I'm sure the musician in your life is chilling out using their preferred instrument so here's some ideas on what to get them.

The actual instrument // If you have a potential musician in your life, why not nurture that skill? You can always rent or borrow an instrument from a store or friend to see if they truly want to learn how to play an instrument.

A metronome // A basic item that practically everyone needs. Sure, there's apps for it, but nothing beats having a classic metronome when your phone dies and you suddenly need to stay on beat.


Instrument accessories // From guitar picks to drum sticks, accessories for instruments can get easily lost when a musician is on the go. Get a few of them and stuff a decorative sock with every little product they need.

That one expensive accessory they need // Most instruments have that one item that costs a ridiculous amount of money, but sometimes you don't have the money for it. Getting that one item they need for Christmas (and also having some kind of warranty!) guarantees that they'll be using it for a long time.

Classes // It's always a good idea to help your musician keep their skills sharp or learn new things. Signing them up for classes (or asking them what kind of music class they want to take) is definitely a gift that'll teach them new skills.

What are you getting the musician in your life?


5 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE FASHION FORWARD PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

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I decided to do two more gift ideas because my philosophy with gift giving is to always ask for a list of what they want. But today I'll be writing about what fashion forward people would potentially want in under the tree.

Magazine subscriptions // A classic gift idea for someone who loves trends. Nylon, Elle, and various other fashion magazines that your recipient would like to help them keep up with fashion trends and news. You can also renew any of their current subscriptions too.

Clothing subscription box // I'm a sucker for subscription boxes, and clothing subscriptions always catches my attention. Find the right subscription box for your fashion trendy friend using reviews online or finding out what they want by snooping.


Classic jewelry // Even if your recipient is into alternative fashion, classic jewelry that goes with everything and anything is definitely a good idea. Find something they'd like using Etsy or browse their bookmarks for jewelry they've been looking at.

Gift card to a clothing store they can't afford // If you have someone in your life that loves fashion, then they have that one guilty pleasure store that always go into, but don't buy anything because of the price range. This not only gives them a chance to expand their wardrobe, but also avoids the awkwardness of getting something that's not their style.

A fashion consultation // Some fashion forward people need a little help with their wardrobe and aren't afraid to ask for help. Or they may even need help with figuring out what looks better with a skirt or dress. Giving them the gift of a fashion consultation is great in that they get advice from a professional and can learn more about their own personal style.

What are you getting for the fashion oriented people in your life?

MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST FOR 2017

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I'm taking a break from researching gifts for others to write about what I'd like for Christmas. This list is short because I've found that I don't really want a lot for Christmas. As I grow older, there's less material items I want on my list and more experiences. However, I do have a few products that I'd love to get my hands on.

Cleaning supplies // I am that twenty-something who wants a cleaner home. Living at home with teenage boys is a pain. The one cleaning item I want the most is a deep cleaning vacuum. Vacuums are at the best prices at this time of year, and I'm hoping to get a better one for the living room.

Games // I've been eyeing some games on the Steam store since getting my gaming laptop. I'm waiting for the Christmas sales since I already spent a lot of money for my laptop.


Monthly subscription plan // I'm splurging on a year long food subscription box once my paycheck comes around. I want to some snacks to myself before sharing with my brothers. Getting snacks each month sounds like a good idea for me.

Stationery // My bullet journal is minimalistic, but I want to add a bit more color to it. Stickers are what I want more, but photos are also something I'd consider.

Electronic accessories // A microphone and a pair of headphones are what I want the most when it comes to electronics for my laptop. For my camera, a tripod and remote would be perfect in helping me take pictures. I already have a new laptop that I love so I don't need anything else. I just want to be able to talk to my friends easier.

Like I said, my wishlist this year is short. I'm not looking to expand my wardrobe or makeup collection because I already have what I need for the most part.

What's on your Christmas wishlist for 2017?

5 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GAMER IN YOUR LIFE

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I will admit now that I am not a gamer (yet), but all of my brothers are. I watch a lot of gaming channels on YouTube though, and I know what most of them channels use. So here are a few gift ideas for the gamer in your life. 


Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone ($50) // An affordable microphone for people who like to game or record videos (or both!). My brother uses it for voice-overs and talking with his friends on Discord. It's also easy to use for anyone looking to make YouTube videos.


Wacom Intuos Tablet ($70) // For artists and gamers, a drawing tablet can do multiple things. From drawing to playing rhythm games, there are endless possibilities in using a drawing tablet. If the Wacom tablet isn't in your price range, the 

Huion Tablet ($22) is a good alternative.



JOBY GorillaPod Focus ($92) // This idea is for the gamer with a YouTube channel. They may need one for their camera for those moments when a voice over won't do. 

eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack ($100) // This backpack is perfect in keeping all your electronics in check. It stands up on its own and has several different compartments. If you're trying to playing games at a friend's house, then having a reliable bag is important. I actually bought one for myself which is arriving soon.


MSI GL62M Laptop ($899) // A gaming laptop is a must despite the fact that the battery life for them aren't that great. I'm currently using this laptop for everything in life, and it's amazing. If this laptop isn't for you, then I definitely recommend a laptop that has similar specs since games can take up a lot of space. 


If none of these ideas appeal to you, then checking out what gaming channels recommend is always a good place to look for more ideas. If you know what channels the gamer in your life is watching, maybe getting something that that YouTuber uses is a good way to show that you understand what they like and that you care about them. 



What are you getting for the gamer in your life?




5 GIFTS FOR THE GAMER IN YOUR LIFE

6 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR PEOPLE IN THEIR 20'S

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I was texting one of my favorite cousins a while ago about Christmas presents. My family doesn't give each other presents as we're more focused on the family aspect of the holiday, however my cousin and his family tend to give each other presents every year. He doesn't really know what to ask for, but as I texted him ideas, I realized that there are a lot of people who don't know what to give a twenty-something in college. Money and gift cards are a good idea, but only if you aren't that close with the person being gifted with the present or if they actually want a gift card or cash. So I compiled a list of items that a twenty-something may want, but is too shy to ask for.

Home decor // If their room is a little sparse and they've been complaining about adding some pizzazz to it, home decor is a good choice. Just make sure to discretely check what they would want in their room or on their walls. Buying home decor that they won't even use defeats the purpose of it. Products to consider: photos, indie art, clocks, statues, frames, etc.

Cleaning supplies // This might just be me, but Black Friday made me want to buy a new vacuum so badly. I bought a small compact one for quick cleaning earlier in the month. However, a deep cleaning vacuum is something that would last for years and is a practical purchase for anyone who doesn't know what to get for someone. If you're gifting it to a woman though, make sure they want a vacuum first or you might send the wrong message. Other cleaning supplies to consider: mop, broom, toilet cleansers, oven cleansers, etc.

Kitchenware // Similar to cleaning supplies, kitchenware is a practical and long-lasting present. Especially if the college age person in question has barely anything in their kitchen. I know that I would be ecstatic if we had more spoons and forks. Products to consider: utensils set, microwave, oven toaster, toaster, sandwich maker, tea kettle, etc.



Electronic accessories // Items like workout counters, E - Readers, tablets, and microphones are always something to consider for a twenty-something. My interests tend to change, so having electronics that match my mood help tremendously. E - Readers especially may be useful for a college student who doesn't want to carry physical textbooks. A tablet would also be a good way to have e-textbooks and take notes, but it may also distract them. Products to consider: art tablets, e-readers, headphones, microphones for the laptop or phone, lens for a camera, lighting equipment, etc.

Software // I know this may sound like something that can be found in the electronic accessories of this post, but I consider software different from electronic accessories. New software like video or photo editing can be useful for the more artistic people in the twenty-something demographic. Products to consider: Photoshop, audio, video, writing, etc.

Monthly subscription plans
// I'm eyeing a food subscription plan as I write this post. There are a ton of different types of subscription boxes from beauty to pet accessories to food to clothing. Most plans have a gifting option where you an buy a set amount of months for someone in advance without charging your card for reoccurring payments. Products to consider: stationery, food, clothing, books, jewelry, metaphysical.


Honestly, the most important (and easiest!) way to figure out what to get a twenty-something is to just ask. They'll most likely have a list of things they desperately need and will be happy that they don't have to pretend to like whatever gift they would've received if they weren't asked. 


What do you think would be a good present for this age group?

NOVEMBER FAVORITES OF 2017

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November was not my month. Although I started my new job, I had to push NaNoWriMo to the side which resulted in me not winning this year. However, I have learned a lot more about the way I tend to write. I didn't get to consume a lot of new materials, but I do have a few songs and articles to share.

MUSIC 

status - dounia // Indie artist Dounia makes music that makes me want to chill out and be a confident woman. I get "cultured, but willing to learn from any mistakes" and "doing things my way" vibes from her music.

up in this by blackbear ft tinashe // Blackbear drops random songs out of nowhere which always makes me do a double take. This is one of my favorites.

queen by jessie j // This is definitely an anthem for confidence. The beat is smooth, and it makes me want to be my best self.



ARTICLES

answering these five questions can help you navigate stressful time // I enjoyed reading the questions and explanations. It definitely gave me a new perspective for when times get stressful especially at work.

6 simple ways to start a blog // I've been indecisive about whether or not I should buy a domain name and all that rot, so I've been researching on the best way to do it. I found this post informative and easy to understand.

What have you loved in November?


OCTOBER FAVORITES OF 2017

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November is almost over, and I haven't post about my October favorites yet! I was busy with NaNoWriMo then starting my first job so I haven't truly been putting as much energy into the things I love. However, my October favorites is a short list that anyone can go through for an hour or two.

TED TALKS

Love, no matter what from Andrew Soloman // I always enjoy his talks as his voice is very soothing to me. This one made me want to cry.

ARTICLES

The Missing Diamond from love liberty shelter // An inspiring (to me) story about loss, materialism, and minimalism.

not to do lists from unstuck advice // I really should try out this method of "to do lists" since getting distracted is a lot easier than getting started for me.

bug out kits for writers from writer's digest // A silly article about what different types of authors should bring with them when on the road or without any internet.


BEAUTY

this blow drying technique // I tried it once after a shower. It definitely helped my hair style.

MUSIC 

gangsta (cover) by new years day // This is a "harder" version of the popular song from Kehlani that was featured in Suicide Squad. I love Ash Costello's voice in general, and she brought this song to life.

What did you love in the month of October?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - AN UNOFFICIAL LIFE HAPPENS UPDATE DISGUISED AS A NANOWRIMO UPDATE (DAY 19 - 25)

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I know, I know that I've practically given up on NaNoWriMo for this year. My poor Feebas counter will not evolve into a Milotic. I can already see my cousin's disapproving stare. Oh well. As a result of NaNoWriMo, I mentioned several times that my writing routine has changed. Right now, it's not for the good.

It's the end of week three of me having a job. It's exhausting. Not only do I need those gel insoles because of the amount of standing and walking I'm doing, but I think I need new running shoes. They've somehow gotten a huge workout this semester, and I've worn down the bottoms of them.

The workload has picked up in the last week which caused me to miss the newest episode of ZNation. Carrying large boxes around is tiring. I missed last week's episode because I had to help someone in distress which is much more important to me in the grand scheme of things. Don't get me wrong, I love ZNation. But life likes to crash and burn sometimes. I just had to go with the flow.

I did spend some time shopping during Black Friday. I might make a post about them because I just know that I'll end up being obsessed with one of the items I bought soon. Which is not good with Finals rolling around the corner.

What have you been up to this week?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - WHAT AM I EVEN DOING? (DAY 13 - 18)

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I have not been writing as I should be for NaNoWriMo. I'm still adjusting to having a job and studying for school. I choose the wrong year to participate in NaNoWrimo, but at least I have an outline that I'm excited about. If I don't end up finishing NaNoWriMo (which is definitely a possibility!), I'm most likely going to figure out the best way to add writing to my everyday life. I miss writing fiction and poetry.

Next week I'll have Thanksgiving break which is where I'll try to expand on my outline more. I think I'll be making my NaNo project into a year long one. Or at least until I'm done writing it. I do have the work I wrote for last year's NaNo on my Drive, but I feel like it needs more work in terms of what happens when and to who. I don't have work tomorrow, so let's see if I can get some outlining done.

What have you been up to lately? 

NANOWRIMO 2017 - GIVING UP? (DAY 9 - 12)

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Daily blog posts are not for me when it comes to updates about my life, especially when it comes to writing. I want to give up. I truly do. I'm still only at 7,000+ words, and it's so far from what it's suppose to be that I can't see myself ever getting to 50,000 words by the end of November. I'm not sure how I did it the first time.

I'm not giving up though. Sure, I may not have written the amount of words I should have by now. I may not have the best story idea or plot. I may not even be the writer that I think I am. But I have figured out what's working for me and what's not. I've gotten a large kick in the rear about my habits and changing myself for the better. I'm finally implementing the routines and strategies that can (and hopefully will!) help me evolve into a better person. (I totally didn't sound like I was a Pokemon or Digimon in that last sentence!)

The best lesson NaNoWriMo can teach anyone, is that writing is possible if you truly want to write. NaNoWriMo teaches me that I truly have to want something and be willing to change to get it. It's unfortunate that some events are out of my control, but I have to remember that I can still change and become better in spite of it. So I'm not giving up NaNoWriMo. My word count goal may be slightly lower than everyone else's, but that's okay. As long as I've gotten writing down into a daily routine, anything is possible.

What are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ALREADY FAILING NANO (DAY 8)

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Remember how ambitious I was at the beginning of the month? Well everything has gone downhill. Tomorrow the word count goal is 15,000, and I am around 7,000 or so words. It's not looking too well for me right now. Although I outlined, I can't seem to get the words down on paper.

I'll be attempting to flesh out more scenes and character traits in an attempt to convince myself to write more. The pacing of my story feels kind of slow even though I do have to set up most of the background stories and main theme before even tackling the fun stuff. There is a few more topics I need to research before I could write some scenes which may help my word count goal later this week. Let's hope I can pull through with a miracle this month.

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, what's your current word count?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - BEHIND ON WRITING (DAY 7)

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If you keep up with the little Pokemon counter on the side of the blog, you can tell that I'm behind on my word count in NaNoWriMo. I'm currently working on it. Kind of. I'll be mostly catching up tomorrow or Friday since Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busier days.

One way that I'll be trying to catch up is outlining scenes a bit which may seem a little cheater-like, but I know that some people like to write out what happens first and then flesh out the details. I'll be using that method to see if it'll help my word count. I'll be aiming to get over at least 500 or more words over Saturday's word count

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - SLEEPING ALL DAY & MY FIRST DAY OF WORK (DAY 5 & 6)

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I mentioned on Day 4 of my (almost) daily NaNoWriMo blog post that I had an eight hour work training day. It was mostly watching various videos and learning how to do things correctly, however it was also a full eight hours that I was awake. I like to take on a little persona on my little blog where I mostly write about the more positive aspects of my life.

I'd rather not write about the more negative parts of my life, but there are days where I am not at my best. It's starting to add up recently. Which means that I spent all of Day 5 of NaNoWriMo asleep on my bed. Yes, I definitely didn't leave my bed for more than ten minutes on Sunday.

I felt numb, neutral, and tired. I didn't want to get up for anything even for food. I begrudgingly got up for the bathroom to brush my teeth in the morning because I wanted to check off that little box in Habitica (and considered that trek as my exercise routine for the day). I got only about 100 words down on Sunday. Day 5 was not my best day, but I had more hope for Day 6.

The moment I woke up this morning, I was nervous. It was my first day of work. An actual paying job where I had to interact with coworkers and ask for help. I had to psych myself up by applying makeup and blasting a few songs that made my heart jump. It helped for the most part. By the time I actually got to the job and was working, I felt good.

And the day ended. I spent four hours working, and I didn't feel like I was going to mess up. Although there was definitely a small disaster when a previous worker hadn't properly stacked items which caused the pallet to collapse later. Another newbie coworker and I were able to get help from a more seasoned coworker in making a stable pallet. After finishing the pallet, the shift was over.

I'm around 700 words for NaNoWriMo today. My aim was 6,000 words, but today was filled with a little too much excitement for me. I might stop there for today and catch up on Friday or Saturday.

What have you been up to today?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - TRAINING FOR WORK OR WHATEVER (DAY 4)

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I just finished eight hours of training. Yes, there was breaks. Yes, I am tired. So tired. I didn't get a chance to write in that eight hours or in the morning before I left. I did get about fifty words down in between waiting to be picked up from work, but I know I can write 2,000 words in two hours if I really put my mind to it.

If I don't write 2,000 words by tomorrow, I still have an extra hour since we gain an hour tomorrow. Oh yes, more time to get homework done and write at the same time. Which means, it's time for me to go speed write those 2,000 words.

What have you been writing for NaNoWriMo?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - ORIENTATION AND WRITING (DAY 3)

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Today I had my job orientation. We watched a lot of videos about safety and other similar topics for about three hours. It was very tedious. At the end, we got our shifts, and I had to change my days because I somehow got assigned a day that I didn't want. Thankfully I was able to switch the date so I don't miss class.

I'm currently attempting to get to 2,000 words as I type this blog post. I just finished watching an emotional ZNation episode. It was intense. I need to write to escape my feelings.

Have you been writing lately?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - A LONG DAY (DAY 2)

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NaNoWriMo Day 2 is almost over, and I still haven't reached my personal word count. Today has been a busy day with most of my physical classes going on Tuesday and Thursdays. I'm most likely going to keep writing passed midnight despite the fact that I have a job orientation tomorrow. I like to live on the wild side, isn't it obvious?

In other news, I have figured out the names of my characters. Yes, I didn't think of them before hand. When I write new characters, I almost always write about what they do and their personality before their name ever shows up. I like my characters to "choose" their own name by having them try out a few different ones as I write. It helps me keep them from being too restricted by a name that has too many meanings or doesn't have any at all.

Do you write? If so, how do you name your characters? If not, what do you think makes a good name for a character?

NANOWRIMO 2017 - THE BEGINNING (DAY 1)

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I decided to blog and post a picture on my instagram (almost) everyday for the month of NaNoWriMo. If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's where you write 50,000 words in a month. Instead of writing just 1,667 words a month to reach the goal, I'll be writing about 2,00 words a month in case something unexpected happens.

I do have a test coming up in a few days which is why I wanted to be able to be ahead of the word count. Besides having a test coming up, I'm going to my orientation date this Friday for my new job. If you want to keep up with how much I'm actually writing, I do have a word counter on my blog that I'm not sure you can see on mobile. It's a Pokemon themed word counter that I got for free here. My cousin wanted me to have a Feebas so I can get a Milotic at the end of the month. Let's hope I can keep up with this daily writing on my writing projects and the blog!

Are you participating in NaNoWrimo?  

LIFE HAPPENS #82

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It's a little bit passed the middle of the semester for me, and I am already anticipating winter break. I've changed my major countless of times in the past three years, but I've suddenly found a career route that I may actually like and go into within two years. I won't be talking more about it until I can meet with an academic counselor in November or December just so I don't jinx it.


In other news, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I can't remember if I already mentioned it in an earlier blog post, but look forward to some daily or semi-daily blog posts updating you guys about it. This year I've planned out two projects to work on in November. One of them is a fantasy piece while the other is a fic. What's a fic? It's shorthand for fanfiction. Yes, I do read fanfiction. I've been reading it for about eight to ten years and hopping through different fandoms. It's an integral part of my life, and I may be addicted to it. But that's another story altogether.

On twitter, I mentioned that I was going to a job event after going to a job fair at my college. Now that it's confirmed, I'll be going to an orientation event to start training for my first job! I'm definitely excited for it, although I'm not too happy about staying until eight on the second day of training. Getting a job this semester wasn't in my plans, but it was definitely an opportunity I couldn't let pass me by.

What have you been up to this week?

PROCRASTINATING ON READING A BOOK ABOUT PROCRASTINATION

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Does the blog title sounds like anyone else? I am a huge procrastinator. And procrastinating on reading a book about procrastination is not outside the realms of possibility for me. Even though Procrastination: Overcoming the Bad Habits of Procrastination and Laziness and Become More Productive is only seventy-five pages, it took a me a while to read it for various reasons. The main one being that I am a procrastinator.

I've mentioned it multiple times throughout my years of blogging, but I will reiterate it again. I am a procrastinator. It's a fact that I've accepted and tried to change. With various results that still haven't really stopped my procrastinating. This book sounded interesting, but it fell a little flat for me.


Most of the content is well-thought out and engaging. However, a lot of the information can easily be accessible online and not many of the suggestions to stop procrastination are new or amazing. There are a few grammatical mistakes throughout the book that throws off the rhythm if you're picky. I also wish that the author included an index to all the studies and articles they mentioned as I wanted to understand more of the language and content they used.

All in all, this book is an okay read for people who are just starting to procrastinate or just small time procrastinators.

Are you a procrastinator? What do you think about books about procrastination?


*This book was given to me free for review. I am not getting any monetary compensation for any of my reviews. All opinions and comments are my own. 

WITCHCRAFT - IT ISN'T (MOSTLY) ABOUT HEXES AND CURSES

Hey everyone!

I mentioned in my LIFE HAPPENS #66 post about how I started to practice witchcraft. I realized while writing that post that it may scare or intimidate people who don't truly understand what witchcraft is. I've always been interested in the Craft, but it wasn't until recently that something flipped the switch in my brain to start practicing it. It's been years from the original time I started learning, so I'm a little rusty, but hopefully this post will help clarify what witchcraft really is. Keep in mind that the rules and practices of witchcraft are different for each person and that definitions vary between religions and people so if something sounds different from what you've heard before, then you should do more research on the topic to truly understand the little details of witchcraft.

The traditional ways to practice witchcraft are Paganism and Wicca. They're very similar, however Wicca is based on Paganism, but also believes in duel deities. There is an abundance of different types of witches, but those two are the most well known and the types I will be focusing on in this blog post. The original or traditional practitioners of the Wicca have two main rules known as Witch's Redes. The first one is if you put out negativity (as in hexes, curses, etc.) then it will come back to you threefold. The second is to harm none. See how those two redes are connected? Of course, those only apply to those who practice the "traditional" Craft or adopt it into their work. There has been some talk about how the threefold rule was made up by an author, but that's another story altogether.



Witchcraft has different subcategories ranging from kitchen witches to god/goddess praising witches to atheist witches. The most important aspect of witchcraft is that it is all based on you and what you want to do. You're using your own energy to power your work so whatever you decide to work with will be special to you. However, there are a lot of different items used in witchcraft that many people agree on in terms of definitions and importance. For example, clear quartz are seen as a good crystal to use for beginners as you can charge them with whatever intent you want as they are seen as a general crystal. Although it is more powerful to find a crystal that corresponds with your intent and personal correspondences, a clear quartz is a good basic to have on hand for when you don't have the right crystal for a spell, charm, etc.

The fact that all the power is based on yourself is the reason why witchcraft appeals to me. I am the one who connects with a god or goddess if I choose so. I am the one who makes sure that a spell is right for me. There's a freedom in immersing myself in witchcraft. I can "stop" being a witch for a time, but once I'm ready to go back, it's like no time has passed at all. There's usually no rigid structure when it comes to worship in witchcraft. You can worship the traditional Greek gods, Pokemon, whoever, or whatever you want.


Since I'm still considering on what or who exactly I want to worship (or if I even want to worship someone/something), I've tentatively labeled myself as an eclectic witch. A witch that practices a bit of everything. I know I'll be learning more about divination, pop culture magic, and the like as they're some of the topics that drew me back into witchcraft. I know witchcraft isn't for everyone, just like Catholicism and other religions aren't for everyone, but I'm already finding my way through my Craft.

Have you learned something new about witchcraft? What are some perceptions of witchcraft that you'd like me to dispel?

LIFE HAPPENS #81

Hey everyone!

I'm currently on a time crunch. I told myself I wouldn't procrastinate, but look at where we are? The procrastination station with Ellie. This is the life I live, and I really should change it. Once I'm done with all the work that I was suppose to be done with earlier this week. Someone should come yell at me.


This week not only have I procrastinated, I have tentatively chosen to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again. This is the third year in a row, but about my tenth or so attempt to do it. I did hit over 50,000 words in 2015, but in 2016 a family emergency had blindsided me. This year I've started to outline and prep before NaNoWriMo as a way to be more prepared to write. I've also decided to make a bullet journal for my writing as a way to keep everything organized.

So expect daily updates on my writing in NaNoWriMo. I thought that maybe making a video everyday would be fun, but I don't have the time to truly edit videos like I want to in that frame time. Maybe I'll do a little vlog each day and compile them into a video at the end of the month? Hopefully I'll be able to finish my novel next month.

What have you been up to this week? 

MY FAVORITE FILIPINO SUPERSTITIONS

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Since it's Friday the 13th, I wanted to make a quick list about my favorite Filipino superstitions. These are only the ones that I've been told by my family or are the most commonly known. The Philippines in made up of islands so each region will have their own unique superstitions. I find that the "tamer" ones are on the main island where the capital Manila is. My family has experienced a lot of paranormal activity over the years so I'm used to hearing about many different superstitions and stories.

Don't take photos of three people or the one of them will die. // Usually the middle one will die, but I've been told that anyone in the photo could have their days numbered.

Don't stand from tallest to shortest or the middle person will stop growing or die. // This one is similar to the photo one. One of my friends always made sure that none of us stood from tallest to shortest since she's very superstition like me.

Don't sleep with wet hair or you'll go blind. // There's a lot of variations to this superstition. I know my family also doesn't like braiding their hair when it's wet for a similar reason.

Always have money in your wallet so you may have a full wallet. // Every time I get a new wallet, one of my family members will give me a dollar or a penny to put into it. Even if you're not using the wallet, you must have a penny or a dollar in it so you don't tempt anything into depleting your savings account.

Put coconut oil at the front door, windows, and other doorways to ward off a manananggal. // A manananggal is a vampire like woman who splits herself apart from the waist up and down. The bottom part of her body would walk around while the top half will fly. They usually take on the appearance of a beautiful woman in the daylight hours. Manananggals eat unborn children so the coconut oil is used to ward them off.

Don't sleep under certain trees or you will be taken by their spirits or killed. // This superstition includes specific trees, but each one differs from region to region. If you sleep under a tree you're not suppose to, the spirit or being that lives in that tree will either take you away or kill you for disturbing it.

There's a lot more superstitions that can be found in the Philippines. These are the ones that I know intimately as I've heard them throughout my life or learned of it from friends.

What are some of your favorite superstitions? 

STYLE IT - WITCHY FASHION

Hey everyone!

I know I might be getting some flack for not putting "witchier" fashion on this set. However, most people won't be able to recognize a witch in real life. Most witches don't follow the "usual witch wardrobe." If you're thinking all black clothing and pointy hats, you'd be right on the nose. In today's fashion world, witches wear whatever they want. There's so many categories of witches and each witch has their own individual style that you can only tell if they're truly a witch is if they tell you. And even then, they could lie to you. So the witch fashion here is based on what I like to wear on a daily basis with a few tweaks since I can't find all of my clothes on Polyvore.


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What kinds of clothing do you think of when you hear the word "witch"?

SEPTEMBER FAVORITES OF 2017

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September was the start of the new school semester. Although it's sad to see summer gone, I like my new routine. This month I didn't try out a lot of new products, but I have read and listened to a lot of different genres and topics.

ZINES

warden of the woods - the knife zine // I love Warden of the Woods. I think I mentioned this zine in past favorites post. This new edition to the series deals with a controversial topic that doesn't reveal itself until near the middle and end of the zine. This is one of my favorite zine series that I eagerly await the next installment of.

ARTICLES

time it takes to see results from skin care from the klog // I'm a firm believer of trying out products in a considerable amount of time to truly see results. Whenever I find out that someone only took a week or so to try out a new product, I'm always thinking about how it would work in a longer time period. I enjoyed the way this article puts into prospective the best way to figure out if a product works or not.

please stop trying to empower women with cutesy titles from fastcompany // I never liked the book #Girlboss, and this article sums up what I think about it and similar terms in a concise and thoughtful way. I definitely agree with most of the points of this article.

does it spark joy is the wrong decluttering question from becoming minimalist // I mentioned in a few past fashion posts that I have narrowed down my wardrobe to what sparks joy. But this article really put into prospective why framing your minimalism with that question doesn't fully impact your mind and change your views. I think reading more from becoming minimalist has really helped me cut down on what I don't need in my life.



MUSIC

pain ft caitlin weber by eppic // Anything from Eppic is going to be, well, epic. A lot of his music and raps are emotional and talks about feelings without being too corny. I feel like most of his music is for those days where you want to connect with your feelings more.

YOUTUBE 

the adorakable misogyny of the big bang theory // I will admit to watching only one or two episodes of The Big Bang series, but the ones I did watch made me uncomfortable for a reason I couldn't put into words. This video sums up everything that I felt when watching the show. It definitely helped me figure out why I don't like watching the series.

PODCASTS

lore // I love listening to Lore in the morning, when I'm working, or just about every time I feel like learning more about dark historical tales that still influence modern society. Every episode is well researched and the music is soothing.

circle of salt // This is one of the first podcasts that I started listening to this month, and I love it. The sass and snark of the S. Rune Emerson and Felix Warren about witchcraft and the occult helps me learn more about the Craft in an easy going way. I definitely recommend listening to them for a more experienced perspective about witchcraft.

What have you been loving this month?

LIFE HAPPENS #80

Hey everyone!

It's the last day of September, and I am ready for October and all that goodness. I have a ton of homework to turn in tomorrow and an exam on Tuesday, so I'll keep this life update short with what I did today. Because the rest of the week was full of school and stress. Except for the start of ZNation. That episode was shocking and you should definitely watch it.

Today I went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with my dad, uncle, and one of my three brothers. My brother and I didn't feel like going on any of the rides, so we went to the animal attractions. We went to Six Flags because it was my dad's company picnic. They usually have the picnics in the same areas so we went to the sting ray area to find our lunch. I wanted to touch the sting rays as I always love being close to animals. I felt blessed as one sting ray stayed near me and my family as I tried to touch them.


After lunch, my brother and I started out on our animal journey. Along the way he bought some souvenirs for his teachers. I didn't plan to buy anything, but I'm always breaking that silent promise. I fell in love with the butterfly garden when we finally found it. The butterflies were gorgeous. I loved them, despite the fact the room got humid very fast. I ended up getting a chunky rose quartz and pyrite crystal from the butterfly souvenir store. I couldn't help myself, but the crystals were calling me.

Another "purchase" was actually a prize from a claw machine! It may have taken me four tries, but I did get an Eevee backpack. I wanted to try for the Squirtle, however my brother had to urge me away from spending all my money. We left the amusement park soon after that as my father and uncle didn't want to stay for the start of Halloween Haunt, and I was getting thirsty. I wasn't going to spend $4.50 for a soda.

The rest of the day, I relaxed by finishing some of my photography homework. And now I need to finish the rest of my work. There's no rest for the wicked.

What have you been up to this week?

ON TAROT CARDS & A JOB FAIR

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This post wasn't on the editorial calendar because I didn't think I'd be going to my college's career fair. I had class during the beginning of the fair, and it wasn't going to end until it was about halfway done. In a twist of events, the lab ended early. I found myself in the middle of a bustling event looking for one of my friends to walk around with and take a few free items.


I got a reusable bag with a water bottle just for signing up and getting a name tag. While my friend snagged me a stress ball from a booth with construction and similar jobs because I didn't want to get into a conversation with the people at the booth. They were already eyeing me weirdly whenever I walked by. I wasn't about to get into a conversation with them.

I ended up at the Amazon booth because my friend was trying to find booths who had easy to reach items on their tables. She's really smooth at taking items off the tables that I didn't want to question her on where she sharpened her skills. I got lured into talking with the two guys at the booth by their perky personalities and the words "no resume needed." I applied for a part time job a few minutes after I was done speaking with them.


I'll be going today to the next stage of the hiring process which is where I'll most likely be taking a medical test of some sort. I honestly didn't see this sequence of events happening this morning. If you don't know, I am a witch. Yes, an honest to goodness witch. I have always been interested in Witchcraft when I was younger, but it never felt like the right time. I was suddenly pulled into the Craft a few months ago, however that's another story.

I started doing daily tarot readings to see how my day would go and to compare the guess and the reality. Today's two card pull was the 8 of Wands and the inverse of 2 of Wands from the Manga tarot card deck from Lo Scarabeo S.r.l. 8 of Wands is the advice I was given while the inverse of 2 of Wands is the why. I did a one card summary where I ended up with the inverse of Queen of Chalices.


The 8 of Wands was right in that I went with the flow and adapted to the situation. I wasn't really curious in the beginning as the inverse of 2 of Wands implied. It may be the reason why the inverse of Queen of Chalices showed up in the one card summary. My mind was telling me to go out there and find a job, but everything else was telling me no.

As a result, I unconsciously followed the 8 of Wands' advice and somehow ended up applying for a job before my next class. Now I'm going to the next part of the hiring process where I will hopefully have a part time job in a week or so! Not only am I excited for that, ZNation is back tonight with season four! I'll be tweeting as always so don't forget to join in on the fun at 9/8c on the SyFy channel!


Will you be watching the newest season of ZNation tonight?

LIFE HAPPENS #79

Hey everyone!

It's another week of going off my editorial calendar. It's slightly annoying, but I'm still adjusting to the new school semester. I have a tendency to work all at once which a bad habit that I'm trying to break. While typing this post, I actually have several assignments due tomorrow. What a procrastinator, right?



Besides agonizing over my productivity skills, I've listening to more TED Talks and podcasts. I enjoy learning new concepts, but some TED Talks are contradictory or have no clear point. I listen to them while doing something productive as a way to make sure I'm using my time wisely. Or as wisely as a procrastinator can.

Once this week's homework is over, I vowed that I'd start next week's homework immediately. Let's see if I can keep that promise.

What have you been up to this week? 

AUGUST FAVORITES OF 2017

Hey everyone!

August is over, but I'm still excited to share my favorites of that month.

MOVIES

things to scream at the sun // I enjoyed the retro vibes in this short film. One of my favorite YouTubers Mei Yan (princessmei on youtube) is one of the main roles. It's a very interesting movie.

MUSIC

congratulations - hamilton // I know I mentioned Hamilton in my JULY FAVORITES post, but this song really spoke to me. Although Angelica is definitely not an angel like many people think she is (she had feelings for both Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson while she was married), I definitely understand her protectiveness over Eliza.

woman - kesha // Kesha coming back from being hurt and being better than ever will never stop being amazing. I definitely support her on her journey.

look what you made me do - taylor swift // I know, this song is definitely different from her other music and might not be the best off her new album, but it gives retro emo vibes. I know. I don't know what comes out of my mouth sometimes.

savage - lights // lights was one of my favorite bands growing up. I didn't think she was making music again after she became pregnant, but I'm glad she is.


YOUTUBE CHANNELS/VIDEOS

peter monn // He's technically a drama channel, but the type to have constructive criticism instead of just bashing someone. It's ironic that I have a YouTube channel on my favorites post when I talked about unsubscribing to people in an earlier post, but I love Peter's personality and honesty.

basic hair care video // I'm trying to take better care of my hair. It's been dyed a few times which has definitely changed a lot of the texture. This is a very informative video about the science behind hair care with added citations.

STATIONERY

post it notes // I had forgotten how useful these were until I had to take notes again at the end of August for both my bullet journal and my school notes.

EVENTS

solar eclipse // I mentioned seeing the solar eclipse on one of my LIFE HAPPENS posts. I took a few photos with my phone and camera, but I definitely just tried to soak in the atmosphere.

What were your favorites in August?


LIFE HAPPENS #78

Hey everyone!

This week was a lot better than last week in terms of productivity. I was able to finish most of my work by the end of yesterday. I still have a few more items to finish, but I'm not too worried about them.

However, I seem to be a bit behind on my blog posts, but that's what editorial calendars are for. I know how important they are to magazines, blogs, and other media that runs on a schedule, but I always resisted the urge to make one. Now I regret never implementing them in the first place despite the fact that I made this blog for fun. An editorial calendar is definitely a blogging staple I can get behind.


In other news, my photography skills are slowly developing. I took a few photos yesterday in preparation for an upcoming blog post, and they are looking a lot better than what I took a few years ago. I might start using my blog Instagram account again with how much I want to show off how my skills are doing. If you haven't followed me yet, I'm @laceituplove and @laceituploveblog on Instagram! I have a tendency to lurk instead of post, but I'm thinking of creating an editorial calendar for both of my Instagrams to see if that'll help me post more consistently.

What have you been up to this week?

UNSUBSCRIBED - CHANNELS THAT I'VE STOPPED WATCHING

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YouTube has always been one of my favorite social media platforms. However, it's become overly saturated with similar channels. There's only so much that I can take. Not only that, I've outgrown some channels that I was interested in months ago. So it's time for a YouTube cleanse. Here's a list of people I'm unsubscribing from YouTube and why I'm not interested in them anymore.

Good Mythical Morning // The channel is amazing, don't get me wrong. I'm just not watching their videos. If I want to, a quick search will get me to watch at least one video before going to a different channel.

IISuperwomanII // I love Lily, but I'm just not clicking on her videos anymore. I'm more into her vlogs, despite the fact that I'm so behind. As in, I'm only on vlog number ten. Yeah.

Alexa Ilacad // She's a Filipina actress who makes YouTube videos on her spare time. Although I like her, I'm not that interested in her.

ardenBcho // I subscribed to her because of RyanHiga. My crush I've had on him since 2009 has been crushed by their confirmed relationship. Although her singing voice is amazing, I'm not a fan or interested in knowing more about her.


RRcherrypie // I loved watching this channel open collectibles and other boxes, but I don't really watch it anymore. I do hate that their videos are being reuploaded by other channels and YouTube lets anyone put in a counter-claim so that their claims to copyright are being questioned. Just another reason to start looking for another video uploading site.

Alexa Poletti // I used to love her bright and cute videos where she showcased a lot of her fandom items and her how to take care of wigs series. However, I'm (currently) not interested in wearing wigs and her adventure into the NYX Face Awards.

AndyBlackVEVO // I love Andy and Black Veil Brides, but his Vevo channel only uploads his music videos, and I can search them up at a later date. There's no reason to have it in my subscription box when he's not coming out with a new album anytime soon.

Anne Curtis // She's a well known Filipino actress who doesn't really make videos. They're more like added TV segments, but either way, I'm not that into her.

I know that I'm going to get a lot of flack for some of these. I can already hear my cousin's voice in my head: You unsubscribed to Lily?! Yes, yes I did. I have over 500 subscriptions, and my feed is too overloaded with the same content. I'll be going through my subscriptions in the upcoming weeks to get it down to who I watch the most. It's only natural for interests to change.


Who have you unsubscribed to lately?

LIFE HAPPENS #77

Hey everyone!

This week I started my third year of college. It was exhausting. My legs are still sore from my athletic classes. I didn't expect to start off fast in my kickboxing class, but here I am with jelly legs after two days of rest. My form was not very good, so I asked one of my friends who knows karate to help me out. She's almost done with her first term of classes which I didn't expect at all. I feel slightly behind, but I have to remind myself to go my own pace so I don't burn out.


If you live in California, then you've been hit with the heatwave that has me scrambling to do anything. Whenever it gets too hot, I become more lethargic. It's only the first week of classes, and I'm slightly behind on one of my classes. There is just so much work to do for this one specific class that I'm not surprised that people were already dropping in the first day. And speaking of work, I think that's my cue to go finish it up.

What have you been up to this week?

LIFE HAPPENS #76

Hey everyone!

It's a late night LIFE HAPPENS post because I am a mess. No, literally. I've been getting ready for my third year of college this past week by trying to sleep early. It's not really working out well. It's a good thing that my only class on Monday starts in the afternoon.


I saw the solar eclipse on Monday at one of my local parks. I'm currently editing my vlog to upload on Monday or Friday. I'm thinking of trying to be a week or two ahead with recording videos, but creating ideas that haven't already been done yet is difficult. A lot of what I want to record involves a lot of researching so long term projects will be mentioned on the blog before they get to see the light of day.

What have you been up to this week?

STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL FASHION

Hey everyone!

I made another STYLE IT back to school fashion post last year. Click here to read it. Since most college students aren't focused on their fashion choices (except if they go to a fashion school of course!), it's always fascinating to see what people wear at different schools. My community college's fashion scene is a mix of laid back sweats and trendy clothing. In contrast, my style is all over the place. School starts on Monday for me, so here's what my outfit might look like on Monday!

STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL (1)


STYLE IT // BACK TO SCHOOL (2)


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What's your school style?