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And I’m so sick of love songs, so tired of tears, so done with wishing you were still here

By on December 2, 2017
December is here! 2017 is winding down. It’s been a bad year for me, so I’m looking forward to it ending.
Here are something things I’m looking forward to crossing out on my bucket list this month:
  • Calligraphy Challenge  – Last month’s challenge was fun! Also, it’s nice to have some set-aside words to practice on.
  • Reading News: I get the Times and the New Yorker delivered to me, and I’ve been better reading the New Yorker but the Times…some days I don’t even look at the paper. Sure, I have it electronically with notifications from the app, but it’s not the same (also am somewhat wasting money) – so this month, even when I’m busy, I need to squeeze in time to read at least the main section and business section!
  • Read Dubliners: I have been putting off reading Ulysses or I read to a certain point, and then I stop. I think to get back into Joyce, I’ll reread Dubliners. Some of his characters in Dubliners appear in Ulysses
  • Finish holiday shopping: I don’t have many things to buy for people, but there’s still some that I haven’t gotten to yet!
  • Baking: For those who I don’t buy presents for, I tend to make cookies. My friend Liz and I tend to do cookie exchanges, and I normally put 5 of the same cookies in own box, but with all the extra cookies I put them in boxes and give them to other people.
  • Self-time: This holiday season I’m not planning on going anywhere, and a good amount of people I know are leaving town, so that leaves me extra time to spend on myself this month!
  • Photos: I’m so bad at taking photos of myself, and I don’t usually like asking people to take photos of me (sometimes), so I’m hoping to take more photos using the tripod I recently bought.
What’s on your bucket list this month?

 

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Take your promises ’cause they’ve all been broken

By on November 27, 2017

Announcement: I’m currently hosting a giveaway with some other bloggers on my Instagram. The giveaway ends on the 29th! We’re giving away three makeup/skin care kits and a $250 Sephora gift card!

 

 

I’m trying to get better at flat lays, and I think I have improved! The biggest problem I have is lighting, and it doesn’t help that I only have one window, so the perfect time to take photos is during the afternoon. I need softer lighting. The light I have is yellow, so it doesn’t really do a great job + the unevenness of natural light from one window. Time to invest in some lights.

 

Anyways, I’m combining this post with some gifts I got for my birthday and housewarming (and snuck in a couple of things I got myself). I didn’t make a flat lays out of all the gifts (partly didn’t have good lighting and partly not making time for it). I feel really loved and special receiving gifts. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me a gift, but what I’m most thankful for is having you apart of my life.

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I would have only given you love .

By on November 1, 2017

Everything is horrible, and I feel like my life is falling apart. There’s this rotting feeling in me, where the earth’s gravitational pull sits in the shape of a disk beneath you like the center of the universe swallowing itself in its core, silencing the air through willing suffocation.

But not to be too personal in this post, these past few weeks I have been swamped with work,which was hard to do since my glasses broke and wearing contacts all day and staring at a screen isn’t fun, juggling coursework / graduate school applications, and trying to fix my bust up life (kind of).

My bucket list for November:

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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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If this is all we’ll ever be, I’ll just take defeat — cause I know I’d rather be alone

By on August 30, 2017
Date nights in are always nice, and it’s a good way to mix things up from always going out. Lately, I’ve been a much more indoor person. I’ve been quite tired and when I have free time I want to get some R&R.
Tim and I decided to have a nice dinner in, where we would dress up, and have everything set up like we were eating somewhere with stars. We had a bread plate with grapes and prosciutto (should have had cheese, I know). For our meal, we had some pesto pasta with green beans, tomato, and a fried egg and file mignon.
He was surprised I made all of this or more surprised with how I set it up. Props to me!
But anyways, we ended up drinking wine from Bonny Doon (it’s a winery that’s in Santa Cruz). The decoration at the wine tasting room was really unique! They even had a spaceship (mainly due to one of their wine’s history)!  I remember liking Cig Alt E. when I was there for a tasting, but I don’t like it so much now.

My consistency has been lacking with this blog, but I haven’t given up on it yet! It’s been such a whirlwind this past month, but some updates:

-My apartment is finally completed and everything is furnished and decorated (Thank you so much, Tim!). I’ll do another post with images.
-I have a second project at work! It’s very different, but it’s nice to have two things to work on side-by-side.
-I have lost weight! I’m really glad I started DietBet’s Transformer Challenge. So far, I have lost almost 10 pounds (9ish).
-I have finally started working on grad school applications for master programs.
-The temperature here in Livermore has been so awful. It has been fuming hot, and it’s supposed to be worse over the weekend.
-The current news lately has been making me [insert adj]. In the mix of all that’s going on, I’m hoping Houston will make a rapid recovery (and that the relief bill will pass), but those affected by Hurricane Harvey need our help. NPR has narrowed some ways people can donate to help.  I agree that donating to the Red Cross is great, but your dollar can often go further with smaller organizations!

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