LIFE HAPPENS #71

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Yet again, it has been another slow week. One of the only exciting events that has happened to me was that I took a walk around one of my local lakes. I took my camera with me to practice my photography. It felt a little awkward to be walking around with it. The camera also felt like it was getting heavier every step I took which is definitely a sign that I need to gain a little more strength.

While taking the walk, I tried to center myself and sort through my feelings. Since I've been feeling hopeless lately, I knew that I had to reevaluate myself and my goals. Of course, I want to accomplish my summer goals, but I don't want to finish them and mess up my mental health. For now, I'm not dropping any of my goals. I'll most likely be adjusting them so I don't burn out.


Since I didn't do much this week, I'll leave you with a new song that I've been listening to lately. It's definitely going onto my July favorites post next month.


Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this week? Leave a comment down below!

JUNE FAVORITES OF 2017

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June was a slow, long month. I ended up reading a lot of comics and listening to new music.

SKINCARE

acne fighting face wash in spearmint, orange and green tea from tara lee naturals // I wanted to find a more affordable face wash than the


BOOKS/COMICS/MANGA

webtoon // The site in general has a lot of comics and makes it easier for creators to get paid. The Webtoon app easier to navigate than the Tapastic app also. 

siren's lament - webtoon // I love the art and the storyline. The concept of the sirens in this comic is interesting and there's a lot of twists and turns. I'm not sure who to root for in this one.

lumine - webtoon // This comic is only in the early stages of setting up the plot, but I already love Lumine and Kory. I'm excited to see where this comic goes.

trump - webtoon // Contrary to the name, it is not about political policies or the like. There is a bit of politics, but it's mostly about keeping a certain group of people alive and the politics of school. I've finished season one, but I haven't gotten around to catching up with season two and three.


MUSIC

don't mess with me by temposhark // I was scrolling through the Reverse!Pines tag on Tumblr and saw a few lyrics from this song. It's amazing.

hopeless fountain kingdom by halsey // I love practically every song off this album. Each song is different, but together they create a story. My favorites are Lies ft Quavo and Bad At Love.

biggie smalls - cupcakke // I've seen a few posts about cupcakke, but I hadn't listened to any of her songs since I'm not into rap. However, I fell in love with this song for its beautiful message. It doesn't fat shame or skinny shame women, and it actually takes about loving one's self without bringing others down. I definitely recommend it.

That's it for what I've been in love with in June! Thanks for reading. What did you love in June? leave a comment down below!

LIFE HAPPENS #70

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It was another slow week for me. I have been working on my resume, but I keep delaying on sending it out and finding a job. I'm sure there's a psychological reason for it, however I'm more concerned about my mental health than getting a job. For the past week or so, I've been using an app called Pacifica to track my daily moods. Practically every input is an "Okay." The only day where it was "Good" or "Great" was when I met up with some friends on Thursday. Spending so much energy with them has made me tired to socialize for the next few days. I honestly don't remember the last time I spent time with other people besides my family or left my room for so long. It's getting to the point where I know it will start hurting me mentally and physically.


I can't let it get to that point. So I have decided to be more proactive in getting treatment. Although I hate going to a therapist/psychologist/whatever, it's something that I have to take into consideration. I am due for a check up anyway. You would not believe how long it's been since I've seen a doctor.

In other news, I've started to learn Greek in addition to Irish and Spanish. It's a hard language to write as I'm not used to letters. I might learn how to write circular gallifray for writing secret messages and other fun stuff. It looks complicated, but there are a lot of different ways to write and read the language since it didn't have an "official" codex in Doctor Who.

Thanks for reading! What have you been up to this week? Leave a comment down below!

LIFE HAPPENS #69

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I didn't do much this week. I went thrifting for some new teacups for divining, but I ended up getting a large cup and saucer combination for making sweets and tea. There were a few teacups that I was eyeing, however I wasn't sure if I had space for them. I might go back for them if I can't find any teacups anywhere else.


I've been looking for shirts to turn into crop tops whenever I go out. Buying crop tops are usually a hassle especially since I tend to want a certain material or image, but can't seem to find them. The best crop tops are the thicker material shirts like cotton and such. Guy's clothing seems the best way to make a crop top that's not too thin and see through. Maybe I'll go to Target to find shirts on sale to make crop tops in the next few weeks.

That's it for this week. Pretty boring right? I'm trying to get my summer goals done, but I holding myself back. I'm planning to just start something tomorrow so I can get some of them done by late August or early September.

Thanks for reading! How has your week been? Anything exciting happen to you? Leave a comment down below!

APRIL AND MAY FAVORITES OF 2017

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This post is late, but better late than never right? April and May went by fast. I didn't really have a lot of favorites for April which is why I put my April and May favorites together this month.


APRIL


WITCHCRAFT

manga tarot // I've had this tarot deck for years, and I've finally gotten the nerve to learn how to read them. I always thought learning how to read tarot cards would be a huge production, but it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it.


BOOKS/MANGA/COMICS

super secret by eon on webtoons // The story of a werewolf who's in love with his best friend. It's not the typical kind of supernatural love you'd expect from a plot like that. The dynamics between Ryan and Emma makes me want to cry. The latest updates has hurt my heart.

oh! holy by Ahyeon on webtoons // Another love story where the main characters like each other, but everything gets in the way. This comic is a roller coaster ride of emotions.


MAY




WEBSITES

ebates* // I've started using this cashback site since I've been loving Etsy lately. It's slow going, but at least I can get some cashback whenever I shop.


ETSY SHOPS

sacred rock stars // I love the selenite heart crystal I got from this shop. The rose quartz I bought is also gorgeous.

slytherin morse code bracelets // I found this shop while looking for Slytherin merch. I only know the morse code for SOS, but I never thought of this idea before. I'll definitely buy a custom bracelet in the future.

shymyrtle // A great place for buying bulk ribbon and velvet. I use them to make chokers and other jewelry pieces.


MUSIC

mad love album by jojo // I'm late to the album, but at least it's in my life now. High Heels,Vibes, and Reckless are my top three favorites from the album.


What did you love in April and May? 


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LIFE HAPPENS #68

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Not only have I not been writing blog posts like I want to, my desire to do practically anything I love is dwindling. Although I've gotten better at going out and taking long walks with my family to enjoy nature, I just haven't really been feeling anything lately. I know this is a lot heavier than my normal posts, but it's something important to me that I need to work on and grow from.

What does this mean for you guys? A lot more witchcraft related posts that I might cross post on my Witchcraft Tumblr. More in depth posts about my wardrobe and why I choose each piece. A little bit more insight about my mental health and how mental illnesses don't really go away. Lots of pop culture as I can't hide it on this blog anymore since it's a huge part of my life. I want to be more open, and this blog was created for that purpose. It's time to own up to it.


Hope you guys had a great week! Thanks for reading! 

SUMMER GOALS OF 2017

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Summer is officially here for me. I decided to go easy on the goals since I know I'm not in the right mindset to finish a lot this summer.

Learn a new language // Since school had been in session, I hadn't continued learning languages in
the pace I wanted. I've downloaded Duolingo again to make sure I can learn on the go. I might start learning how to speak Greek or French in addition to Irish and Spanish.

Learn how to sew // I blame one of my friends for this goal. She somehow got me interested in Miraculous Ladybug last month so now I want to learn the basics of sewing. Not only would it be a good idea for future clothing emergencies, but it would be nice to learn how to make simple clothing.

Learn how to play an instrument // I had to stop learning how to play an instrument earlier in the year since I was traveling a lot. I still remember the basics for playing the ocarina, but I really need to figure out a good time to play.

Finish writing the middle of my book  (or alternatively, write 500 words a day) // I'm about a third of the way done with my current novel. I'm trying to get into the habit of writing everyday, but I can't seem to figure out when I want to write. Hopefully I figure it out soon because I'd really like to be done with my novel by the beginning of next year.

Since I'm focusing on four goals this summer, I think it's safe to say that I'm most likely going to finish most, if not all, of these goals. I'm a little bit unsure on how to continue my novel at this point, but I'm confident it'll be done sometime early next year. Hopefully.


Thanks for reading! Do you have goals for the summer? Share what they are in the comments below!

LIFE HAPPENS #67

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The last month of any semester usually pulls me away. Now that I'm back, I have a few posts planned and new hobbies to share. I mentioned going back to witchcraft in an earlier LIFE HAPPENS post, and it's been surprisingly easy to slide back into the Craft. I'm not a Wiccan or a Pagan which makes it a tad harder for me to find information about the difference practices people do. However, I'm making the best of what I do have and following what's important to me.


I recently wrote about the first time I went cherry picking (read it here!), and it really was a great way to relax after my Finals were over. Since summer is here for me, I've decided to make a short goals list. I decided to have about five or so goals this summer so I can focus on what makes me happy.

I spent this week resting and figuring out how to structure my mornings since I want to try to wake up earlier. My mental illness isn't very helpful, and the summer is always a little harder for me. I might get a job since there isn't anything planned this year. Although one of my favorite cousins was suppose to fly over from Chicago, he's starting his summer job soon so he might come next year. I'm still indecisive about getting a job soon, but I will eventually.

What have you been up to this week? Thanks for reading! 

FINALS AND CHERRY PICKING

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I unexpectedly took a long hiatus in the middle of April. Although this is my second year in college, I forgot how much work is piled onto college students' laps when Finals come around. I did well this semester, and it shows in my grade. I took the week to figure out what I wanted to do this summer. I also got invited to go cherry picking with one of my aunts and uncles, so here's a few pictures from the trip. I've only gone cherry picking when I was little, so it was a great experience for me!






Outfit Details:
Shorts: American Rag High Waisted Shorts
Shorts: Nike
Jacket: Gift

Have you ever gone cherry picking? Thanks for reading! 

LIFE HAPPENS #66

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It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and write blog posts. I switched rooms with my brothers which took a few days to happen. I still don't have all my clothes inside my new room as we are still trying to figure out where to put people's things. Most of my personal belongings are in my new room. It's currently a mess, but it's progress.

Besides my messy new room, I've decided to become more spiritual. It's like the stars aligned, and now I'm going back to my roots as a witch. Yes. A witch. Although many witches do curse or hex people, I found out early on that I am not that type of witch. Could I bind someone? Maybe. Could I curse or hex someone? Nope. The three fold rule is definitely applied to my brand of witchcraft, and the harm none is also going to be a new motto. I'm currently focusing on learning how to read tarot cards this month as it's one of my favorite divination tools. Once I'm comfortable with it, I'm going to start on pendulums. From the moment I started my Craft, it's like a part of me is more peaceful. Not all of me, mind you. But a great deal of my soul feels free.


I only have about five weeks of school left. I'm eagerly counting the days until I can relax. I've already planned out most of my classes for my fall semester, although I still haven't officially changed my major. I'll hopefully be changing my major during the summer or fall. For now, I'm concentrating on finishing my classes with strong grades. Since this semester has been particularly rough on me, I know I didn't give it my all, but next semester I'll be focusing mostly on my studies. I might look for a job, however I do have lab times next fall. I'm not looking forward to writing lab reports.

This week has been a busy week with changing rooms and finding my spiritual side. I'm already planning out next week so that I can finish some more work than this week.

What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading!


MARCH FAVORITES 2017

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This post is coming late because March was a stressful month filled with midterms and tests. I know I did well for most of my classes, but I won't rest until the semester is over. Even though this may be a little late compared to others, I'm always up to reading about people's favorites any time of the month.



MUSIC

that one song by gnash // The beat and lyrics make me happy.

the finale and shape of you by natewantstobattle // I love practically everything that NateWantsToBattle comes out with.

it ain't me (remix) - eppic, julia sheer, and landon austin // It's a quick cover, but I really enjoy the different elements from each artist.

artist: snowthaproduct // One of the few artists that I listen to that are classified as rap or hip-hop. I enjoy her mixture of politics and real life.

YOUTUBE

night in the woods - therpgminx and mrkravin // The game is really cute and has multiple endings. Minx goes with the Bea route while Kravin goes with Greg and his man.

WEBSITES/APPS

amazon prime // I have the student discount which makes this perfect for those times where you have to get a new book in the middle of the semester.

ETSY SHOPS

bows - titashidingplace // I made a quick unboxing video about one of the bows I bought from this store. I definitely recommend getting your bows here.

poems - 99centbroadsides // I enjoy the simple poems that come from this shop. There's something about them that give me energy.


MAKEUP

eco tools lip liner // This is the perfect lip liner for me. It was in the six piece makeup set. I use it to apply the blistex lip balm that I've obsessed with lately.

blistex lip medex balm // I got this because it was $1. It was the best decision for my chapped lips. It's really given them a new life.


BOOKS/MANGA

beauty pop by Arai Kiyoko// I read this a long time ago, but rereading it again, brings back the giddiness and love I have for it. It's only ten volumes long with fifty chapters.

uzumaki by Junji Ito // I've been meaning to read this since the hype years ago. I definitely understand why people find it terrifying.

What have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading!

LIFE HAPPENS #65

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This week I had Spring Break. I didn't do much as I focused on cleaning my room for when my Aunt M came to visit. She flew in from Chicago to stay with my family for two weeks to help take care of my grandfather. He hasn't been feeling well these past few weeks, so my family has been more vigilant in taking more care of him.

I've also amassed a large amount of packages these past few weeks. I did an unboxing and mini review on YouTube on one of the bows I bought on Etsy. Click here to watch it. I tried a different style for shooting that video as I didn't want to make it too long since it's only one item. I might do a collective haul at the end of the month since there's so many items. I'm still waiting for a few more packages to be sent to me.

One of the items I bought is specifically for my budding photography skills. I'm hoping to use it in the future when I start to write more outfit posts. I'm still a bit awkward when in front of the camera, but I have to start somewhere.


What have you been up to this week? 

Thanks for reading!

MY BUCKET LIST - REVISITED

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In the summer of 2015, I listed a few activities that I wanted to cross off my bucket list. It was a short list, but I've surprisingly crossed off a few of them in the last two year! So let's revisit my bucket list from 2015, cross a few of them off, and add a few more!

Go to Warped Tour in Chicago // DONE! On July 23, 2016, I went to Warped Tour for the first time. It was glorious. I didn't vlog it, but I do have a few pictures that I've posted to my Facebook page.

Make a scrapbook // ON HOLD! I'm not sure if a scrapbook is for me. Although I'd love to have a physical copy of memories, I don't have the patience for making one right now. Maybe this will be a summer project?

Read (and finish reading!) a book // DONE!
Last January I read and finished a few books. I also started March by reading and finishing Uzumaki. I'm slowly putting in more time in reading physical books this month. 

Learn how to skateboard // ON HOLD! This one may be a pipe dream. I just don't have the confidence to skate. I'm too nervous on a board especially if it's a penny board. Maybe a different physical activity like yoga or aerial silks. 

Write something // DONE! I mentioned this in my "6 Goals for 2017," but it's something that I want to keep up. Since I took Creative Writing class last semester (and I'm working on a novel!), I've written a lot in 2016 and 2017. I'm excited to keep it up.

Make macarons // ON HOLD! Making macarons is one of those goals that seem attainable, but the amount of work and patience may do me in. I can't seem to find almond flour in any of my local stores, and the ones that do have it, don't have packages for a small amount. I'm not trying to make fifty pounds of macarons. I want to make a few batches of them to devour.

Learn how to play the ocarina // IN PROGRESS! I know how to play about six notes on the ocarina. I'm working on learning how to read tabs and chords, but it's a trying process. I do have enough knowledge to play Hedwig's Theme song and Lugia's theme.


NEW BUCKET LIST GOALS

Finish my Pokemon games // Yes, you read that right. I have semi-complete Pokemon Moon, but I haven't finish Pokemon White, SoulSilver, or Alpha Sapphire. Not only am I behind the lore, I feel guilty every time I look at my 2DS. It's practically crying out for me to finish my games.

Learn how to use my new camera // I'm not sure if I wrote about my new camera. It's a Canon T6i, and it's difficult to figure out. Since I used a shoot and point camera for about less than a year, the change isn't that big, but it's still there.

Make videos // This was also mentioned in my "6 Goals for 2017" post. I've been woefully behind in creating videos, but I can't seem to figure out what to talk about. Maybe I'll start with vlogs then move onto different content.

Be able to touch my toes // I'm not flexible. I've always admired people who can do splits and touch their toes, and one day I'll be able to do that. My flexibility is a lot better than when I was younger, although I still have a long way to go.

Go to the UK // My family tends to only want to visit places where other families live. It's all good and dandy, but I want to be able to go to the Harry Potter attractions all over the world. The UK also seems to be a nice place to explore.

Visit all the Harry Potter attractions // Harry Potter is my life. I won't rest until I've been to every attraction that I can get go to.

I'm sure that this list will keep expanding as I grow older and my interests change. I'll keep adding and adding my life goals for as long as I can.

What's on your bucket list? Thanks for reading! 

FEBRUARY FAVORITES

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Normally I don't have a lot of favorites, however I tried a few new things in February. I didn't make a favorites of the year like I did for 2014 or 2015 so this year I'm trying out new apps, videos games, etc. each month so I can attempt to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I'm also trying out new ways to format blog posts since I don't have the time to write a lot of in depth articles because of school.


MUSIC
murder - boyinaband ft minx and chilled // This song has been out for a long time, but I just got around to listening to it in February. I love the lyrics and the sound.

make daddy proud by blackbear // I've started to listen to blackbear a lot for the past few months. This song has been on repeat the most in February.

artist: morgue on soundcloud // Her sound is very chill which makes me want to lay down and relax. Since she sings for fun, most of her songs are covers or collaborations with other singer.

GAMEPLAYS
siren blood curse - therpgminx // I love Minx, and her commentary in this game makes me giggle. The game itself is alright, but it is frustrating.

APPS/WEBSITES
trello // I use the app to organize my writing and blog posts. I'm still figuring out how to use it, but it's easy to understand and free.

YOUTUBE CHANNELS
channel notes // This channel is a great resource on starting your own YouTube channel and working on your content.

I hope you guys had a great February! What were some of your favorite items in February?

Thanks for reading!

LIFE HAPPENS #64

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Since I started classes in January, I haven't really been focusing on blogging. I have been swamped with homework which is why I've been away for long lengths of time. I also have midterms coming up in a few weeks. However, I have been trying out new things and listening to new music which you'll see in my February favorites post going up next week.

I have been working on my photography skills while school is in session. I enjoy taking flatlays more than any other type of picture because they're fun to style and easy to do indoors. I want to create more fashion focused posts, however I'm still a little awkward in front of a camera. I currently have a lot of pictures for upcoming blog posts to edit so this month will have a bit more posts than the past two months.


I'm in the middle of the writing a scene in my novel where someone (or everyone) dies. There's a fair bit of research I have to do before I kill anyone though. I want it to be believable enough to happen in real life without going into too much details. I finally broke down and made an outline for it a few days ago to make sure I keep the world building consistence.

I got some new products from The Body Shop that I'll be posting about later this week after I test them out a bit more. Most of my skincare products from The Body Shop. I did a skincare consultation with them and it was a great time. I definitely recommend doing a skincare consultation with your local Body Shop store because their products work effectively and are good quality. I also write about The Body Shop here, here, and here. You can even see the evolution of my blog by just reading these posts!

That's all I've been up to these past few weeks. What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for reading 

ON BEING SINGLE

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Valentine's Day is here, and I am still single. Although I do want to say it's okay to be single and focus on yourself, sometimes I can get lonely. I like to cuddle and my brothers are not cute five year olds who likes hugs anymore. As a person who likes to use physical contact as a way to show affection in a world where a lot of people mistake it as romantic affection instead of platonic affection, I am not getting a lot of physical contact. It sucks.

I like to roll around in my bed as a way to deal with it. I'm not sure why it makes me happy, but there you go. The strange habits of a strange girl. Besides that, since I've been single for a while, I've learned a lot about who I am, what I like, and what I dislike. It's one of the reasons why I'm happy that I'm single as I notice that once someone gets into a relationship, both persons involved start to imitate each other a little bit. It's kind of cute, but kind of scary. You can easily lose yourself in a relationship if you're not careful.

I've seen it happen in a lot of relationships, and if a relationship ends, the aftermath is horrible. A person ends up with someone else's little habits and ideas, and they don't know who they really are. That's why I advocate for people to take time away from the dating scene to be them again. You need to know what you want in life and in a relationship before starting over again. It's scary to be alone, but it'll benefit you in the long run.

Thanks for reading!

STYLE IT // ONE DRESS - IN THREE DIFFERENT STYLES

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I saw this dress while browsing around for style inspiration. Immediately different styles were going through my mind as I envisioned what it would look like paired with different items. Since I like to mix up my style a lot, I thought I'd share with you guys how I'd style it.

Style It // One Dress - in Three Different Styles: Sporty Cliques

Style It // One Dress - in Three Different Styles: Flirty Vibes

Style It // One Dress - in Three Different Styles: Edgy Babe

Style It // One Dress - in Three Different Styles: Edgy Babe by laceituplove featuring flat boots

How would you style this dress? 

Thanks for reading! 

6 GOALS FOR 2017

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I struggled with writing a list of goals for this year because I know that I haven't been feeling my best. I finally decided on a small list to ease myself into accomplishing them within a year. I have started on a few of them in December, but progress is slow. Some of my goals are long term ones, but most of them are short term goals.


GET INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM AT MY SCHOOL // This is a long term goal since I need to have about two to three years of classes to get into the program. It's definitely changed from my Chemistry major, but I feel like it's something that I might be really good at.

WRITE A BOOK // I'm halfway through the novel I started in November. I'm conflicted on certain events and how the ending goes, but I'm definitely going to finish writing it.

LEARN HOW TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT // I've set my sights on the ocarina and the guitar for this goal. I know a few notes for the ocarina, but I'm having a bit of trouble with the guitar. My fingers seem to be too short to reach some of the frets and strings.

PRACTICE CURSIVE/HANDLETTERING // I follow a lot of bookstagrams on Instagram, and I've been inspired by all the artwork they have in their photos. Cursive seems to be a lost art in this day and age, so I want to be able to keep my ability in how to read that style of handwriting.

GET FASTER AT TYPING // Although I spend a lot of time on the internet, my typing speed has gone down in recent years. Besides the fact that I run a blog and have multiple social media accounts my typing speed is not where I want it to be. It's definitely a skill that I want to nurture this year.

MAKE VIDEOS // I have a new channel over at Vid.Me because YouTube isn't as great as it use to be. I'm missing a fair bit of my notifications for some of my subscriptions. If YouTube doesn't get its act together anytime soon, I'm going to keep most of my video content over at Vid.Me. Don't forget to check out my account here.


What are your goals for 2017? 

Thanks for reading!