Just a daily dose of comedic relief for you on this fine Wednesday…

The Californian’s is alllllll time. Kills me everytime. The bloopers are the best part.

YooooOOOooOOOoo guyssss. I’m so excited for this Part II of my gift guide because I am giving away my deepest, darkest and best skincare secret that has, not kidding you, changed my life without sounding too dramatic. Skincare is something I’ve fallen into a deep passion for as of lately and this is the closest product that has come to magic that I’ve tried. I’ll do an entire post on my regime soon but this just gives you a little idea.

1 | Anyone else wear the same disgusting sweatpants and giant t-shirts they’ve had for 10+ years to bed? Just me? Well, I am in desperate need of some cute pajama sets and I love this one from Abercrombie. Aerie has really cute options as well!

2 | Lip tints are very underrated in my opinion. I’ve been using the Benefit Lip tint but since I’m almost out, and saw this youtuber raving about TONYMOLY lip tints, I feel like it’s just meant to be.

3 | Soooo this perfume by Hanae Mori has been my number one favorite scent since beginning of college when I first tried it. It is just the most beautiful floral, flirty but also sexy perfume I think I’ve ever had/smelled. Second favorite is anything by Michael Kors.

4 | If you drive a lot and listen to music while driving. Or maybe you just use your phone a ton in general, then a car power charger is sooo so essential. A true necessity. And don’t buy the cheap kind cause they are BS and don’t work!!

| Okay guys…MY HOLY GRAIL/SKIN SECRET comes from the brand The Ordinary. No joke I have never had better skin in my entire life. I get compliments about every other day from friends and family which makes me want to cry because skin is sooo hard to friggin perfect. I’ll be doing an entire post on my skin regime soon!! This company is seriously no BS. It’s pure, clean, effective and so.damn.affordable. My mind was blown. Still is. Will be for a while…

My two essentials I use morning and night. (Both are under 10 effing bucks. Absurd.)

ANTIOXIDANT: “This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This water-free, oil-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally high concentration.”

HYDRATION MIRACLE WORKER: “Unlike plant oils, Squalane is completely non-greasy, is exceptionally pure and stays stable in varying UV, temperature and oxidative conditions. Its non-comedogenic emollience hydrates while improving visible elasticity and texture.”

Ferulic Acid: Plant-based antioxidant that enhances the properties of other vitamins, helps skin’s defense against sun damage and increases hydration from retinol

Squalane: a natural hydrocarbon that is present in the skin, helping to prevent loss of hydration and to improve suppleness

6 | I’ve gotten into doing a quick booty workout daily whenever I can fit it in, usually in the morning, since I’ll be in a bikini in less than 3 weeks. These little mini workout sessions would be a lot more effective with these bad boys. Ankle weights are another very underrated item in my opinion and I think these are a great gift for the health/fitness freak in your fam.

| I just got these shoes yesterday and ohhhh mi gawwddd I love them so so so much. The best little slip on shoes that make your outfit look chic AF. I got these on sale so I know a lot of the sizes are sold out, but they have a ton of other pattern/colors.

 

I’ve had these 3 articles (#3 is a video) bookmarked for a minute but they’re definitely still worth the read (or skim).

I don’t tend to read all of the articles on articles on articles that cross my path online unless I vibe with what they’re talking about or it’s a topic I want to learn more about.

  1. How to be a better listener. Everyone could use a little help with this. I feel my attention span gets worse and worse the more I’m on my phone, scrolling, swiping through instagram stories, etc. Trying to improve on the idea of “cultivating genuine curiosity” and slowing down when it comes to communicating & listening to others.
  2. Healing Mushrooms to Add to your diet. I’m pretty over fads and keeping up with “the new thing” in health and wellness because I’ve learned that every single time, it always comes down to just whole and simple foods from mother nature herself. Drinking charcoal-infused drinks is great and all, but not suuuper necessary to live, you know? Mushrooms and superfood powders derived from plants are the closest thing I’ve found to “magic” in nature and in reaching optimal health. Since taking them for about almost a year now, these have truly blown my mind and I can’t say they are a fad because I know I’ll be incorporating them into my diet forever. The balancing qualities are absolutely no joke and I think more people need to learn about them. I haven’t felt jittery from coffee for about 4 months after putting adaptogenic mushrooms in my cup everyday. #score
  3. The environmental cost of free two-day shipping. Definitely relevant as holiday season is here and everyone (including myself) loves to do last minute shopping online.

Hi!!

Been a minute…

It’s funny, sometimes I get so anti-internet and social media. I think, why do I have a blog and feel the need to my thoughts into the world wide web and potentially take up people’s time (if they do choose to read this), but then I get really inspired by something or need to get a thought off of my chest and then find myself back here. It’s a very public, more colorful and censored diary I guess? (P.S. just took me 5 minutes to remember how to spell ‘censored’).

Love rambling…

I haven’t been up to a whole lot lately. Went to a few markets here and there, been baking a ton, went to my first Creative Mornings SD event, reading a lot, watched the entire season of Mindhunters…highly recommend, walking a lot, working on being content in silence (aka: not playing music every second there’s silence around me-I’m very bad at this) and pretty much just enjoying being aaliiivee ya know?

On a side note, some (seriously random) topics that have been on my mind a lot lately that I just neeeeed to write down somewhere to make note of personally. So don’t mind me…

  • Water + music + sunshine actually cure everything.
  • Astrology is 100% more legit than believing in a “God.” It’s severely underrated.
  • How stupidly easy veganism is.
  • People grossly mistaking positivity for naivety.
  • Why are people so open to learning about illnesses and relieving mental issues with pills and drugs, but aren’t open to learning about things that may expand the mind or take it to a higher level whether that be with meditation, marijuana, etc.?
  • Nobody ever ACTUALLY cares as much as you think they do. 
  • Nothing is ever one sided. Think analytically. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. Asking questions doesn’t mean you’re stupid…be vulnerable, ask and learn.
  • Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes when arguing and imagining what you look like from their perspective is a game changer.
  • Every action someone makes is a reflection of their own feelings and thoughts. Whether that be angry gestures, nervous ticks, an act of kindness…
  • Vulnerability is fucking admirable!! So much respect for that trait in people.

“Do you ever think about the things you think about?”

Fall sunsets are #lit.

Dad’s breakfast vs……
…my breakfast
First time going to a Creative Mornings SD!

Ended Sunday with some pho, and wine…to cure our colds.

^Local halloween decor from my neighbors. Also, still have zero clue what to be. Thinking maybe real housewife? Maybe I’ll go as sriracha again…

Anyone else feel like this sometimes?

This has been a consistent theme in everything I’ve read and watched this past week for whatever reason.

Oh, this person just bought their own apartment? This person just became a teacher? This person is always traveling. Geez, I feel so bad sitting at home taking some time to relax for myself. I should be doing something!! Etc, etc. 

Social media creates this platform that just asks you to feel guilty about yourself and become caught in your own head as you watch your friends, celebs, your “inspos,” etc. constantly doing things/succeeding at whatever it is they do. And because it’s social media, it’s always the successes that you see. This isn’t breaking news, but it’s so important to remind yourself every now and then.

There is fully a time where you have to ask yourself: maybe I could be doing more and be more productive, but usually, if you are happy and feel fulfilled in doing what you do, then those outside influences are something you have to shut off from internalizing. I think I’m pretty much over this hump. Everything that I’ve done, especially the miniscule seemingly pointless things have led up to where I am and am currently going. And it makes me happy. So what if it’s temporary or not, this is all a part of the huge picture of wherever I end up.

ALLLL I HAVE TO SAY IS: Trust yourself, do what makes you happy, don’t be flaky and work hard. The things you do when nobody’s watching, like holding you accountable and patting you on the back (aka the hardest and most annoying crap) is usually the most important. I feel like I’ve been told this since I was a kid but it’s beyond true. Ya it sucks sometimes, but life ain’t a walk in the park guys!!

Everyone is their own person, doing their own thing, getting to their own destinations in their own way. Not everyone has this problem, but sometimes I feel it extremely heavily and it’s hard for me to shut off. Screw it if you make people upset/don’t please everyone, another KEY tip.

Yes, be productive and strive for success at whatever it is, but constantly comparing yourself to others (whose lives you base off the internet or a little screen in the palm of your hand) does you zero good.