Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ran are ger

Ran are ger? Get it? It spells 'rearrange' which you must do in order to understand the..never mind.

I did something revolutionary today. Well, not really, but I did move around two pieces of furniture in my room today and that was a big deal! They have been collecting dust in the same positions for the past 12 years or so and it definitely showed when I moved them around. Eek.

Now that I've placed them in different position, I feel like my room has magically expanded and is much cooler! Er..cooler as in air circulation not as in Cool School! yes.. I did just type that.

Have you ever thought of the possibilities of how your life would alter if you just changed one tiny detail? I often ponder the possibilities if I had been somewhere a second earlier perhaps I would have run into someone I knew. Or on a micro-level if I chose to buy the red pen instead of the black. What would happen? Would it somehow have changed the world? Would it somehow snowball into creating larger effects like not having invented the iphone or not having Obama as the president or not having the economy fall into a recession? Wow, all that from a pen.

At the end of the day, our choices have been chosen, life is as it is and for better or worse: we cannot change that.

I do believe that everything happens for a reason, I believe that everyone's fate or path has been predetermined and it is difficult to see until we experience it. If you are rejected from a school or job, it is possible that you were destined to belong to another. Don't you ever think that way? If you had not lost your glasses, then maybe you would have never found a better alternative by getting contacts. Er... crappy example but you get what I mean.

At the end of the day I just wanted to share my news that I rearranged my room furniture. And you know what? That one little insignificant detail has completely changed my mood. So I encourage everyone to make a tiny adjustment in your lives because one little change can make a world of difference.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Skincare smells!

Since I started off my blog with a post on bad smelling things, now is the time to discuss good smelling things. You see how relevant my entries are to the importance of ... life? Anyway, I am starting to notice that out of our five senses (five is it?) we usually tend to hone in on one or two specifically. What I mean by this is that we usually are more sensitive in smell and sight or in sound and touch or in taste and touch. It seems more rare for all five senses to be equally balanced.

With that said, I noticed that I have neglected my interest in smells. Sounds weird. But unless it involves food, I usually just sniff something with a bit of disinterest and decide if it is a good smell or bad smell. Lately I have been putting more attention in skin care since the many hours of sun damage, lack of sleep, and neglected lotioning have begun to catch up and I am starting to hone in on smells.

Some products use more of a natural scent without bothering to put a lot of chemicals to neutralize any sort of organic fragrances which is good because that means less chemicals to mess with our skin, but also bad because sometimes it smells kind of medicinal. Other products boost overly floral scents, *ahem* Bath and Body Works, and though they smell nice I question what exactly is in it. Now I wonder what kinds of scents everyone prefers. There are a variety of smells offered with skincare products such as fruits, floral, spices, candies, and other organic scents. I do not like the chocolate smells (sorry, May!) that come with lotions or bath products but I love fruity, other candies, and organic smells like honey and grapefruit!

Here are some products I purchased, mostly tried, sniffed, and loved:

LUSH: Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

Now, I have not yet tried it but I purchased it and am loving the scent. I have tried the Rock Star Soap and I think that Lush soaps are pretty nice. They are all handmade and organic so you can be sure that they are rid of harmful chemicals. They charge by the pound so I am not sure how to list how much it costs...pretty pricey but worth trying because it's different.
0.300lb was $11.34

SEPHORA: Lip Attitude Glamour Lipstick $12

This lipstick offers a candy smell that is awesome! It is not overly strong and you will like opening the container just to smell it! What? Doesn't everyone do that? In addition to the smell, this lipstick is high end in quality and staying power where the glossy finish makes lipgloss
unnecessary for hours. It may seem pricey to drugstore fans but for the quality of the product, you should reconsider. Besides, if you buy something for $4 that will last you two months versus something for $12 that will last you six months, what makes more sense?

BURT'S BEESWAX: Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme $6

I'm not sure how many times I mentioned this product only to receive an excited, "I love that product!" Well, I'm afraid I have to join the bandwagon here because I do like this product and it smells like grapes! Just kidding, as the packaging says, it smells like oranges. Despite its delectable scent, it is also quite effective in softening the cuticles. It's also conveniently available at Target stores which we all love!

Okay and the final two that I can think of right now aren't exactly skincare but...

Victoria's Secret has a new line out called their Naturally Victoria's Secret. Creativity wins! Anyway, I tried some of the lotions in the store and I quite liked them but the only thing I ended up purchasing was actually a candle! I really am in love with the Honeysuckle & White Patchouli scent. I would strongly recommend it!

And the last thing I am mentioning when talking about smells is of course a perfume. And this one in particular is from Bath and Body Works and it is their Black Amethyst roll on perfume. It is $7.50 and is very portable for easy touch-ups! I liked this scent in particular but my sisters also purchased ones in other colors and I love them too! I know that they have deals here and there so you should look them up because we were able to get them at Buy 2 & Get One Free.

Anyway, that ends a very odd post about smells and bath/skin stuff. Please let me know what scents in products you all enjoy! Remember this, sharing is caring. But hoarding is rewarding! Heheh bye!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shoes : can they heel the sole?

So in the event of Fall quickly approaching, all students suddenly feel a similar pang of regret that they have not accomplished enough during their summer breaks. I am one of them. Although, I think most people worry if they have not done anything productive during break while I consider if I have not had enough fun yet.

I don't consider it irresponsible. I feel that summer breaks for students are to have fun and more importantly to catch up on stress-free sleep! Summer school is sometimes necessary and of course work, yes I do work part time, but everyone needs to put time aside for fun. I generally do not make that effort during the school year because I am often tired, stressed, and preoccupied to the point that going out to dinner becomes an obligation rather than a happy event. Don't let this happen to you!

Anyway, the main point of this was to talk about shoes. (How the heck do I always manage to stray so far?) During this summer, I have taken my sisters (Jeanne is an extended sister) out to shopping areas to spend our relaxing afternoons since they are going back to school soon. And through these shopping trips I have purchased a few pairs of shoes. Three to be exact. WOW, that is a lot even for me. And they are very different in terms of style and comfort. I decided to do some shoe-research to determine what makes a good pair of shoes and here are the pro and cons of my purchases.

First off came this beautiful pair of heels from Nine West.

Heels are beautiful additions to spice up (not food) an outfit whether it be a formal dress or a night going out with skinny jeans. They actually serve a purpose as well, they give force you to fix your posture. It is best to shift your weight to the back of the heel to straighten your back and tighten your abdomen. So actually, it is good to wear heels! Just as long as they are not too high and support your arch.

Then I bought this lovely pair from a brand called, Liliana.

This of course stands for all the flat pairs that are cute paired with a nice pair of capris, skinny jeans, or sundress. Flats are nice but not when they are too flat. If you squint at the loverly picture, you will see a minuscule heel that really does not serve enough to support one's arch. Unfortunately, there is also no padding to support the soles of the feet. So though this pair is incredibly cute, I realistically named them my "don't you dare walk far distances in these shoes" shoes. They are great for casual outings to add a bit of interest but definitely not fitted for far walks. Do not run a 10k with these!

And finally, I purchased flats from Bakers shoes.
Ah flats, the dependable friend of sandals. I consider flats to be more versatile throughout the seasons because they can be worn in the spring through winter with ease while being both formal and casual. These in particular are cushioned and offer enough overall support. There is an arch that supports your tired feet while the front should have support for the balls of your feet. It is best to find good quality flats to last you for a long while, these are leather and comfy!

Finally, shoes are just like accessories, they add sparkle to an outfit. But do not forget the practicality of these mighty feet protectors. Here are some basic rules to go by: Ophe-style.

A.) Do not skimp on quality and only focus on price. I would advise that you spend money on shoes that have decent quality and will last you a long time. There have been too many ocassions where I purchase a trendy item and can only wear it once or twice for appropriate events.

B.) Comfort is key. Do not purchase anything that is too painful to wear because your feet will never shrink to fit them.

C.) Do not always purchase expensive trendy shoes because styles change with seasons! Why waste the money and not wear them again? Unless you love them to death and will wear them no matter what the trend is, do not indulge in overly trendy items!

D.) Colors should be considered. Do they match anything you have? Or are they shoes that you will have to find something to match them?

and finally,
E.) Go have some fun! Do not always go with something plain and simple and... should I say it? Boring. Try different styles even if you do not plan to purchase them because you may be surprised. Shoes can make an plain outfit more interesting! So go out there and be thoughtful when buying shoes so you can choose items that will last and make the best bang for your buck.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Life of a Design Student

So I often get asked by friends and family to help give design tips and advice. It is such a flattering thing to be asked and I always feel very honored. Here's the problem.

So let's say my dad will ask me to choose an appropriate piece of furniture for our living room. I go through many magazines and many websites for inspiration before I make any sort of decision. I would then excitedly run to my dad and announce my advice only to be greeted by a puzzled frown. He would list all the reasons why my choice would not work and spend a lot of time afterward to give me a variety of the same type of furniture from his special 'dad' catalog. Right when we approach the furniture store, he will see what I chose and reluctantly agree to purchase it. Once it is settled in the room his eyes will light up with excitement and suddenly start congratulating my choice.

This drives me insane! And yes, it DOES happen all the time. It is such a flattering thing to be asked for design decisions as I am still a student. But I think all the second-guessing and snide looks kind of ruin the moment. Don't get me wrong, it is frustrating but funny and I am happy as long as everyone is happy at the end of the day.

By the way, the furniture story was not true. It was actually a paint story...yes...he asked me to design a paint color. ???

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Sunday Afternoon

Not really sure what to write about today so here goes a regular journal-type entry.

So today was another busy Sunday that began with a furry of house searching and ended with a loverly BBQ at a fellow tkd-er's house. The house hunting in Long Beach was long with few possibilities and though many of the houses were quite nice, one stuck out in particular. No, I do not mean this in a good way. After looking at four Open Houses, our Realtor (a.k.a. Aunt Rebecca) took us to look at condominiums in the same community.

Our first obstacle was presented when we drove up to the driveway and realized that a large iron gate decidedly neglected our presence. Despite all our verbal abuse, it stayed strongly shut so we had no choice but to wait it out. Luckily, a few cars showed up and used some sort of magically box-shaped device to command the evil gate to open its filthy trap and we were able to sneak through. Once inside, we realized that it was certain: this is a place that we were not meant to be in - oops. We quickly parked our cars and scrambled inside to take a gander (yes, I said to 'take a gander') and misdirected ourselves towards a different unit that was opened for viewing. So we walked inside the holy grounds and quickly walked out. Too much for me. I noticed a tall figure walk by and quickly escape into a door so I assumed he was a resident just making his way into his house and thought nothing of it. The next unit was on the same floor but in the opposite direction so we trekked over there and arrived at unit 349. As Aunt Rebecca tried to open the lock box, I noticed the tall bearded figure walk towards us again. Weird. So we all scooted aside as he made his way past us and into some other door. After Aunt Rebecca opened the door to the vacant condo, we walked around admiring the hardwood floors and newly painted bedrooms when suddenly Senior Creepo, the tall gayish actor-wannabe, walked into the room and everyone was suddenly silent.

"Hello, can I help you?"

Senior Creepo, "Oh no, I live here on the first floor."

So uncomfortable! He just kept walking around with a closed cell phone to his ear while he peered into each room diligently. As we made our way out he still had not moved so my dad actually had to stand there to make sure he left before we locked him in there. Though now that I think about it, that might have been the better choice!

After that, I had no interest in any of those units. Not now, not ever.

Onto part two of Sunday.
We arrived at Ling's house around 5pm and found everyone crowding around the flat screen tv while taking turns playing Tekken 5. The BBQ was delicious and fulfilling. At the end of the night, Ling informed us that he and his girlfriend, Sammy, were going to also include a 6 pound pasta they had purchased at Costco but could not do so since they could not figure out how to use their high tech oven.

We laughed and exclaimed that we would help them figure it out just for the heck of it since we had prior baking knowledge. Oh what fools we were. That piece of machinery was deliberately ignoring our requests and would not preheat for anything. After sixty-thousand tries by about ten different people, we have come to the result that it is busted.

So the conclusion of this blog today is: How can technology make our lives better if we cannot understand how to make it work?

Technology = Tech No Know Logy.