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Friday, October 31, 2014

October Accomplishments!

Happy Halloween! It's also the last day of October, so here's another round of Monthly Accomplishments! I'm actually writing this before Halloween so I don't know exactly how I'm going to dress up yet. I know, so last minute. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to be an alien. And I might even go Trick or Treating even though I'm way past the age. I can pass younger than my age, so it usually works out. Now, onto the accomplishments~

1. Finishing my Extended Essay! This is actually one of the main goals I've started many months before, but now that it's over I don't really want to think about it. It's one of those projects that I'm just so glad I don't have to panic over anymore...Actually, most of my biggest accomplishments are school related. But that's boring so I won't mention it that much here ;).

2. Finding a semi-formal dress! For my semi-formal dance haha... And yes I call my dances semi-formals. It's really called Through The Looking Glass, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but I don't think anyone says that in real life. Anyways, I don't usually have any fancy occasions to go to, so finding a dress was of upmost importance. I normally go through such a struggle of finding something that looks good on me, and it was a miracle that when I went shopping last week, the first dress I tried on turned out to be The One. I did spend the rest of the day looking for other dresses though, and eventually going back to the first one like I knew I would. Does this ever happen to anyone else? I swear it's happened to me every single time. And I never learn.

3. Finding a good studying place! I've started studying and doing work at the library this month, and it's made me so much more productive. I really like working there now. I've already been there about 8 times this month, probably more. I just sit at a table with my laptop and do whatever projects I have to do. I don't always stay 100% on task, but it's definitely a lot better than at home! If you have problems concentrating at home, you should switch up the environment and go somewhere else! Coffee shops are great too, except sometimes (most of the time), I get distracted by all the delicious treats.

4. Listening to Taylor Swift's entire album the day it came out! I think my accomplishments are getting weirder and weirder...or maybe I'm just revealing more of myself here on the blog. I guess there comes a time where you will see it anyways. I know her new album 1989 is so different from her usual country songs but I surprisingly still like it. Well, not that surprisingly, because let's be real, I own all of her CDs. True story. Even though I don't use CDs anymore. But this CD comes with special polaroids from her with song lyrics written on the bottom, so yeah, that's how I justified buying it ;).

How has your month been? Did you accomplishment anything you're proud of?

Monday, October 27, 2014

More Necklaces from Born Pretty Store!

I usually never get things in the mail, so when these necklaces came around, I was so happy! And as you might know from my last review of the Born Pretty Store necklaces, I was already in love with their style and all their cute jewelry. Because seriously, they have so many cute things- and it's not just jewelry! If I were a nails kind of person (you know what I mean :P), I would try out their crystal embossed nails...I'm still obsessed with all things sparkly! So of course, two out of three of the necklaces I picked out have jewels! I had to refrain myself somehow, because then I would only have sparkly jewelry ;).

The Adjustable Bowknot Necklace* is so unique, you can pull the chains at the bottom to move the bow higher or lower, whichever you prefer. And it's also super convenient because there's no clasp, all you have to do is slip it on :). It's perfect for when you're in a rush and running out the door with your jewelry in one hand...or is that just me? Sometimes I have to put it on in the car ;). Anyways, this necklace is quite sturdy, which is reassuring because a lot of cheaper necklaces tend to have very fragile chains. Thankfully that's not the case with this one!
I was most excited for the Jewels and Ribbon Necklace*! This was the necklace that made me place the order (there's always that one piece that starts it all!), and since it was so inexpensive, the other two were a bonus. All three necklaces together were under 10$! I've seen so many necklaces like this in stores, but even in relatively cheaper ones like Forever 21, they're still over 20$! Born Pretty Store's is way cheaper, and it doesn't lack in quality either. Of course, it's not 100%  perfect, but it's definitely up there with other costume jewelry stores like H&M. I love the look of jewels together with the gold chain and even though I wore this with a casual sweater, it looks even more amazing with fancier outfits! I'm going to remember this for the next time I have a formal occasion ;).
I saved the last for the best- the Triple Hearts Necklace* somehow ended up being my favourite. It's the one I've worn the most, and I've already gotten a few compliments on it. The three mini hearts are simply adorable, and since they're so small, it's perfect as an every day necklace. I wore this a few days in a row when I didn't want to take it off ;). It's also shorter than the rest of the necklaces, which means more attention goes to your lovely face! Just kidding. But yes, your face is pretty too (the "just kidding" part sounded like an insult- it's not!).

That's all the necklaces I got from Pretty Born Store! And now I feel compelled to make a joke about how I was Born Pretty... but I'll spare you. I know you were probably thinking it though, right? It's okay, I don't blame you ;)

If you're still reading this after my writing has progressed to the slightly stranger sides of things, then thanks! And congrats, I actually have a 10% discount code for all my readers! Enter EIGT10 (code is also in my sidebar) at checkout for 10% off your whole purchase! Plus, I just checked the website and they're having 20% sitewide for their 4 year anniversary November you would get 30% off! Most things are currently on sale too. I just got distracted from browsing the website and have already picked out what's next on my list: this, this and this. Oh, and this gorgeous set ;). 

Would you try out Born Pretty Store? Or let me know if you have already ordered from them and how you like it! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfits Inspired by Taylor Swift! #TeenBlogSeries

I can't believe it's already the last week of the #TeenBlogSeries! I still remember the first time I found out about the series and thinking it would be such a fun way to write posts about things I wouldn't usually consider. And let me tell you, making outfits inspired by celebrities was definitely not on my to-do list! But I always read the ones on College Fashion, so why not give it a go myself? And of course I had to choose my all time favourite (okay, maybe not all-time, but I've got to add some drama somehow) fashion icon, Taylor Swift. I feel like she's been under the radar for some time now, but hey, her style's classic so it's all good ;).
Taylor Swift Look no. 1

Products: shirt, purse, hairband, pants, heels
I found three of Taylor's cute and casual looks that I would wear. Maybe not the heels, although you can easily replace those with some flats. And the options I chose are all pretty expensive, but these are all just suggestions! I would definitely find some cheaper pieces that are similar to the ones in the collage. If I were going for the classic look, a white button down is the way to go! Actually, I just realized all three of the outfits include a button down...that's got to tell you something ;). Add on your favourite headband and some black pants and you're good to go!

Taylor Swift Look no. 2

This outfit is pretty simply, but it's 100X better because of the purple pants. I mean, that's what you'll look at first, right? So yes, that's what the outfit is centered around. Purple and blue is such a nice colour combination, though for so reason I don't see it a lot. Well, adding some blue flats and throwing on a dark blue knit sweater over that white button down makes the outfit super chic. And don't forget your sunglasses! Not that we really need them anymore, now that it's fall :P.
Taylor Swift Look no. 3

Products: hat, tights, shoes, purse, dress
I saved the cutest outfit for the last! I think it's the hat that gets to me...I love the adorable touch so much I automatically think the whole outfit is cute. It's got another button down (a great piece you can wear in so many different ways) but this time it's a longer one so you can wear it as a dress. Or if that's not your thing, you can wear it over leggings. Since it's cold now, tights are necessary...I really like the look of sheer black tights and they look great under dresses. And if you add a dark green bag, you'll be sporting the Christmas colours before everyone else! ;)

Who are your fashion icons? Do you have any to go pieces that you wear all the time?

Monday, October 13, 2014

8 Easy Beauty Tips! #TeenBlogSeries

Happy thanksgiving to those who are reading from Canada! I hope you're having a lovely long weekend :) And to everyone else, welcome to another #TeenBlogSeries post. I think the last one will be next week, wow, time flies! I'm going to miss having a set topic every week and seeing what other people write...anyways, today's topic is sharing some beauty tips. I'm not really a beauty tips person, but these are some things I keep in mind and they work great for me!

1. Have a designated day of the week to use face masks! I know I always forget, or I just think, "I'll do it tomorrow" and usually never do. So I write the day of the week on the product container, and whenever I look at it, I'll remember it's time to put on a face mask!

2. Let your hair learn to get oily slower- go a day more in between showers! If you start washing your hair less frequently your hair will naturally start producing oil at a slower rate. You can save some time, plus you're not taking away as much of the oil your hair needs to stay healthy and shiny! Skipping a day of shampooing is not as disgusting as it sounds, all you need is a little dry shampoo. And if you don't have any, you can just use corn starch. It works as well as any store bought dry shampoo. In fact, I always used the Lush dry shampoo, but I looked at the ingredients and it's literally just corn starch and essence oil to make it smell good!

3. Add sugar or sea salt (which is stronger) to honey or your normal face wash to exfoliate. Easiest and cheapest method- and it works so well ;).

4. Rinse hair with cold water after washing it. This seals your hair cuticles and makes it super shiny afterwards so you can rock that mane, And if you're really iffy about standing in cold water just to rinse your hair, I discovered the life hack of simply rinsing my hair one last time in the sink. It's a thousand times easier.

5. Use a clay mask to tighten pores followed by a moisturizing sheet mask (shown above). The combination on a Friday night is seriously the best feeling ever. It's going to be a good day (week) for your skin if you do ;).

6. Use a hair drying towel and leave that on for thirty minutes. We all know skipping the hair dryer is a good thing, and here's how I do it. My hair always drips a ton so I have to keep it wrapped in a towel when I come out of the shower. If it's summer, you won't need to blow-dry it after. But it's winter :(. Or at least it feels like it is.

7. If your hair's feeling particularly oily or dandruffy (made that word up, sorry), spray on some white vinegar and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. If you haven't done this before, you should dilute it either a third or half. Personally, I make mine really saturated with vinegar so it works better at deep cleaning my hair. And no, it will not make your hair smell like vinegar after you wash it out! So don't be afraid to try this ;).

8. Always put on lip balm before any lip product! You don't want your lips to crack in the middle of the day. And since lip balm can sometimes make your lip gloss slide around, make sure to wait a minute before applying anything over that lip balm. Unless you're not that much of a perfectionist when it comes to putting on lip products.

That's the end of my easy beauty tips for today! Make sure to share your favourites beauty tips in the comments!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Balancing Blogging with School! #TeenBlogSeries

I really like this week's #TeenBlogSeries topic...I'm excited to read what other people write. I have a lot of tips and as you can tell from my lack of posts, I've been very affected by school. I'll post once a week these days, but last year I posted five times a week! I don't even know how I manged that...nonetheless, I did learn a lot of tips on the way!

1. Be committed to blogging! It may seem obvious but it's super important that you really want to keep writing and sharing your photos with all your fellow bloggers :).

2. Have a general amount of posts you want to have per week, because if you don't, you'll have nothing to aim for and it's so easy to start writing less and less. It's easy to say, "I already posted this week, so I don't need to worry about writing now", but it's not about how much you post, but about writing when you have something to share. If you know how many times a week you want to post, you can schedule your posts to go up on those days and then write whenever the inspiration hits you ;). Plus, you can always write less than the amount you set up previously, if you're not feeling it.

3. Create your blog content around your life, and the posts will come naturally. Share what you're loving at the moment or what captivated your attention recently, and people will be interested too!

4. Have an hour per day for blogging purposes only. Whether that be taking pictures, thinking of ideas, replying to comments, typing up posts...focus all your time for a little while each day and you'll see how much you can get done in a minimum amount of time. An hour a day might seem like a long time, but I easily spent over three hours on my posts when I had time during the summer, so spreading out the time evenly could actually save you time. Of course, each post does take a different amount of time to create and write, and that's the good thing about following this tip, you can keep writing until you finish what you have, and then publish it! ;)

5. Plan in advance! If you don't have time to actually sit down and think of ideas, keep a list running! And during that hour that you set every day, you can be more productive (yup, I brought out the big word) and cross another thing off that to-do list!

6. Takes pictures for your blogs on the weekend and write the text part the day before you want to publish the post. That way if you're not good at planning in advance or writing as you go, you can still benefit from both situations. I get home on the weekends pretty late, and there's usually no good lighting anyways:P. I have to take them during the weekends, hopefully in the morning depending on how my day is planned. I need pictures before I start writing, so I always use this method to make sure I have pictures first.

I hope you learned some new ideas to try for your blog! One last bonus tip- If you really want to blog but just can't bring yourself to concentrate and start typing, try listening to some piano music! I heard it's scientifically proven to help you focus better ;). StudyMusicProject has a lot of free music on Youtube. Here's a two hour music melody that I really like, because yes, my attention span is really small and it takes a lot of effort for me to stay on track for two hours! Personally, I only use it for school, but writing blog posts is only a little short of writing an essay, right?

What are your blogging tips? I'd love love hear from you! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monthly Accomplishments: September 2014!

Um, can I say just getting into the habit of school is already an accomplishment? Okay, maybe not actually, but sometimes it feels like it. And then other times I feel like I'm exaggerating about how much stress school brings. I pretty much only write about school and the weather, but heyy, that's what on my mind most of the time. Just kidding, I think of some other random stuff too ;). But lately it's been so hot for fall, and it feels like summer again. Anyways, October is officially here (tomorrow) so now everything is going to be pumpkins and leaves and cinnamon. Am I right? ;) Also, I feel like I should also mention that I've gotten obsessed with the song Black Widow by Iggy Azalea because it's not usually my taste but I've been listening to it so much recently! I wonder if I'll still like it in a few months...

Onto my accomplishments as usual~

1. Starting up yoga classes again! I used be an intense yogi (or so I thought) and I would go almost every day but then the studio I went to shut down. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this on the blog before, or maybe I didn't. My mind is running kind of blank at the moment. I've always considered myself a yoga person, because I'm not really good at any other sports or other types of exercises. And I've said in other monthly accomplishments that I've started to work out more...but going to yoga class is so different! And waay easier... I'm so glad I signed up for a new studio even though it took me so long to find a good place.

2. Making my bed every day! This sounds like such a small and useless thing, but I'm actually very proud of myself for remembering to do this everyday. It's not the actual action that I'm proud of, but rather keeping up with the plan I had of remembering to do it every morning. But looking at my made bed is pretty satisfying too ;). I actually do make my bed usually, it's just not on a regular basis. Yeah, I don't know why I used to be that way either. It's kind of weird now that I think of it. I also made the goal of clearing my desk every night, and that wasn't as successful. Maybe it will be next month though!

3. Finishing the Across the Universe series! If you haven't read that series, I really recommend it! It's such an easy read, you'll seriously go through it super fast. I'm usually the type of person who can save books to read until I have a lot of time to read, and I can stop in between books and read others at the same time. But this trilogy was so addicting- just the plot was suspenseful enough to keep me reading more. It was very unpredictable and there were so many twists and fave. And it's teen fiction! I don't really read teen fiction anymore but this was one book(s) I could not put down. By the way, I added it as an accomplishment because I successfully balanced out reading this series while I still had other things to do, but I scheduled it so that I would have time to do both :).

4. Driving! I'm officially on the road! Okay, not really because I haven't gotten my license yet but I've been driving everywhere now so I feel more independent (again, not really because an experienced driver still has to be with me at all times). I'll get there soon though ;). And I've discovered that driving when it's really bright outside actually makes me momentarily blind. It's quite scary. I have to remember to bring sunglasses more often!

What are your monthly accomplishments? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Finally Some Autumn Fashion! #TeenBlogSeries

 One of the most exciting #TeenBlogSeries post has arrived! Well, for me at least ;). I love writing OOTD posts, and they're so fun to take pictures for. The hard part is just getting someone to help me take the pictures...I'm sure you can all relate! I would have a lot more of these if I had a personal photographer! Alas, I can only dream...(can't help but giggle at the word alas, but it works here so I decided to throw it in). It's officially autumn now! As of September 23rd, if my calender is to be trusted. I thought the first day of a new season usually starts on the 21st or the 22nd? Am I going crazy? Anyways, it's surprisingly still quite warm here in Canada, and I can get away with no jacket. Well, actually I still wear one in the mornings because I'm a wimp and scared of the cold ;).

I wore my typical outfit- jeans and a shirt + a scarf! I'm so excited it's the perfect time to wear scarves now! But I've had a few chemistry lab experiments in class recently so I couldn't wear one yet :P. The time will come soon though ;).

On a sidenote, I don't use the word autumn too often so it feels weird typing it out. I use "fall" instead, but I guess that can be kind of confusing here. Which word do you guys prefer?

And here's a bonus photo of a blooper- Pointing at the bugs in my way, as usual. Happens every time I go out for OOTDs :P.
Are you enjoying autumn so far? What's your go-to fall outfit? I'd love to know!