Fashion

Snip, Snip

By on September 21, 2017

With fall about to roll in, and the feeling of wanting to wear something flowy, I pulled out my maxi dress with bright pink flowers. This is actually the only maxi dress I own. I’m 5’2, so I’m pretty short, and most maxi dresses are overflowing and I look like I’m drowning in them.  But I got this from Macy’s INC’s petite section. Even though it’s petite, it’s still pretty long and I actually wearing my wedges to not let the dress hit the floor.

Also, Tyler got a good photo of me as I was on the phone talking to my mother. Thank you, Tyler!

But new update: I decided to dye my hair in a light shade of brown. I didn’t bleach my hair, so it doesn’t look like it too much, but I also got straight bangs again.

The last time I bleached my hair was back in high school. But back then, because I dyed my hair quite often ~ half of college, I was confident in bleaching and dying my hair myself. I really like my hair being in a chesnut shade, but the shade I really want to try once is a pastel color. The upkeep for pastel hair is difficult, and that’s probably why I haven’t tried.

Anyways, why do I have my hair in buns in the first two photos? I wanted to curl my hair, but I knew I didn’t have time during the day to do so before dinner/movie night last Friday. Instead, due to the lack of time, I wrapped them into these two buns after I showered from the night before and left them there all day until after work. The hardest thing about these buns is making sure you split your hair evenly.

The final result is no-heat curled hair! My curled hair lasted all night, so I was pretty happy with the result.

I was looking for some more maxi dresses, and since it’s almost fall most of these dresses are starting to go on sale. Here’s some of my picks (the last one on this widget is my dress but in a different pattern):

Do you guys have any no-heat methods that you do? I have heard people tie their hair in leggings, and it lasts for a couple of days. I haven’t tired that out myself, but it’s nice to have a change in your hair.

 

 

 

Elizabeth

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Lifestyle

Fundrasing for Alzheimer’s 

By on September 18, 2017

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms usually develop slowly worsen over time. Most people tend to mistake Alzheimer’s as a part of aging, but there have been cases (unfortunately) where the person is in the 30s.

 

 

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Picture is taken from the Alzheimer’s Association

On the left is a healthy brain, and on the right is a brain that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. What generally happens in a brain that has Alzheimer’s is shrinkage. Common areas that shrink are the frontal lobe which is where executive function lies and the hippocampus where memory and formation of new memory lies. **** I can get really detailed into this, but I think stopping here is okay unless you guys want to read more about the brain. *****

Anyways, why am I blogging about this (besides spreading awareness)?

I have worked with people who have Alzheimer’s (via research and volunteering in centers) and I used to volunteer a lot of the Alzheimer’s Association and back in Boston during college. When I moved back here to California, I wanted to continue being apart of the association. For this past year, I have been apart of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy team for California’s 19th district (Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren).  I haven’t been as active as I was in college, but it’s the time of year where it’s fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Donate to my team The Advocates! The donations go towards Alzheimer’s care, support, and research!

Want to find more about Alzheimer’s click here.

~Elizabeth

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Food

Gromance’s Birthday!

By on September 9, 2017

This is a bit late post, but for my gromance (Michael)’s birthday we went to Gintei Japanese Restaurant. It was a bit last-minute planning since he was going to spend the majority of August traveling with his family to Switzerland.

This place is decently sized, but parking isn’t that great. (San Bruno, right?) We had to park in the surrounding neighborhood. But the service was impeccable!

We actually came on a special event day! They had the owner of Homare Sake Brewery there that night, and he was going around table-to-table telling people about the history of Homare and showing us some sake from his brewery. His sake won the International Wine Competition this year (there’s a sake bracket).

His sake is Aizu Homare Daiginjo (white labeled bottle) and Aizu Homare Junmai Daiginjo (left of the white labeled bottle). The Junmai Daiginjo was my favorite! Anyways, we order the appetizers that paired with the sake. I think the fish was probably my favorite out of the appetizers.

By ordering the appetizers, you get a sake cup. There was only one, and I took it. Yes, I know it was Michae’s birthday, but you know when do get to meet the owner of a sake brewery pouring you sake?

Anyways, here’s the birthday boy needing to take a photo of his meal.

For our entree, we had the special platter. There was definitely more fish to rice ratio here. A few mixed feelings about that. The staff surprised us with dessert (since I mentioned it was Gromance’s birthday day)

This is probably the 2nd nice Japanese restaurant I have been to this year. Although this place is good, and I would go again, I still liked Wako more. I went there in March for Tim’s birthday. I made reservations a monthish in advance! But I think my inner food snob is coming out, because who doesn’t like star restaurants?

~Elizabeth

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